I’ve finally decided to write an extensive post about plus size rompers and jumpsuits.. I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea because they can be quite intimidating. Today, I would like to address the two main questions I get from you guys. The first is “where to buy plus size rompers and jumpsuits?”. The second is “how to find the right one for your shape and size?” I am actually shocked that I never addressed those questions in any of my previous posts. Well ! It’s never too late.
How to find the right Jumpsuit for your shape and size.
If you are looking for trendy plus size jumpsuits for a tall and plus size woman you might have to do a little digging. A good one that fits all the requirements is hard to come by. It’s easy to find my size but not so easy to find one that is the right length. I also feel the pain of short plus size women. Many of my friends always complain about not finding one that is short enough. Hopefully, the options below will solve that problem.
If you do not own a jumpsuit as of yet, I would recommend you try one in store first. That would help you determine your size. There are three things I look for in my jumpsuits
The fit from waist to crotch: I do not want the crotch to be too saggy or too tight. Always make sure it nips in at the smallest part of your body like I am wearing the photos in this post. I did not follow these rules when I wore this outfit because I was going for the oversized look.
The fabric: Stretchy material is a must. For a more elegant look just a tiny bit of stretch is enough.
The inseam: Knowing your measurements is a must when you shop online. Grab your best fitting pants that are similar to the bottom of the jumpsuit you’re buying and measure from the crotch to the hem. Depending on the kind of jumpsuit, you could size up just to get a little wiggle room and some length.
I purchased this jumpsuit a few weeks ago and just couldn’t wait to wear it. Even though it has an open back ( which is a little out of my comfort zone), the length was perfect. Since we’re in that in-between phases where we want to wear all the warm weather things, but mother nature is not cooperating, I layered it with a black turtleneck. That’s just one of the many ways you can style it before it’s time to bare arms.You could layer it with a plus size cropped sweater like this one or this one. You could also wear a white tee under it them finish the look with a cozy cardigan.
Trendy Plus Size Rompers and Jumpsuits
In my opinion, every girl should own at least one romper or jumpsuit but only if you are comfortable in it. I own many of them, and each them is for a different occasion. So without further ado, please find some of my favorite trendy plus size rompers and jumpsuits
Plus size Jumpsuit with SLEEVES
BLACK plus size Jumpsuits and Rompers
Plus size denim jumpsuits and overalls
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“Hi, My name is Assa Cisse, a Toronto based lifestyle influencer. My blog, My Curves & Curls aims to inspire and educate women and girls around the world about loving their bodies.” These are the two sentences I use to introduce my blog to brands and other influencers. If someone had told me 20 years ago that I would own a blog that aimed at educating women and girls about self-esteem and confidence, I would have called them crazy. It never even crossed my mind. Why? Because I had low self-esteem growing up, which affected every part of my life. I can share with you hundreds of instances where my low self-esteem held me back from getting ahead. Even though things are much better now, there are still days where everything goes left.
Dove Self-Esteem Project
When Dove asked me to take part in their Self-Esteem Project this year with a girl in my life, I knew this was a campaign I had to be part of. The Dove Self-Esteem Project aims to help change how girls see and feel about themselves. Our self-esteem is tested daily as we navigate our way through social media. We are consistently bombarded with images of perfect bodies, beauty, and hair. It’s crucial now more than ever to teach young women about self-love. Since its creation more than a decade ago, The Dove Self-Esteem Project has helped support mentors, teachers and parents in ensuring the next generation of women grow up with confidence.
To help shift the script on positive self-image, Dove sent me the Workshop-in-a-box #HourwithHer toolkit. Leading experts believe that one hour talking to a girl about beauty, confidence, and self-esteem can change the way she sees herself for a lifetime. The kit provides educational tools (worksheets, questions, and topics) required to approach difficult conversations.
I was super excited to spend the hour with my niece to facilitate these discussions. She was shy at first but started to open up when I shared with her my self-esteem issues and how I am working to overcome them. To kick things off, I asked her to write about an experience that impacted the way she feels about herself. I know how hard it is for young girls these days because we live in a society that values and strives for perfection.
In the booklet, she mentioned that she struggled a lot with skin (acne) issues and felt like people always stare and make comments. It’s got to a point she refuses to attend a lot of social events at school. This is a reminder that we all play a role in deteriorating our friends’ confidence by making mean comments about their appearance. Her story reminded me of the time in high school when I refused to attend my sports classes because everyone made fun of the fact that I was to fat to run and jump.
“She is kind, honest, smart, loveable, powerful and the list goes on…..”
With the Dove Self-Esteem Projects prompts, we talked about different scenarios where she felt uncomfortable. Then, we flipped the script and wrote and spoke about how she could turn similar situations in the future into something positive. I reaffirmed to her that practicing positive affirmation is the best way to help build self-esteem. Her beauty and appearance are not the only things that define her. She is kind, honest, smart, loveable, powerful and the list goes on. Again, positive reaffirmation.
We’ve also touched on other healthy steps I like to use to improve my self-esteem. Those include but not limited to
Stop comparing myself to others
Surround myself with positive friends and family
Learn from my mistakes
Live life unapologetically
Accept my imperfections
Use my voice to build others.
Embrace the things that make me unique.
Cut down on social media when I can (even though being on social media is part of my job.
By the end our workshop my niece was undoubtedly not the only person that was left empowered. I was reminded that embracing your inner and outer beauty, lifting others up are the best ways to live life.
Whether you’re bursting with confidence or feeling a little unsure about yourself, the Dove Self-Esteem kit is a great way to start your year or day on a positive note. I invite you to visit Dove.ca and access free at-home workshop materials to practice with friends, family or by yourself. It only takes one hour to change a girl’s life.
These past few weeks got me feeling like Spring. Mother Nature teased us just a bit and then we are now back in winter. I am already done with spring cleaning my closet but have done little shopping to fill the gap. To be honest, I have been busy roaming around decor and furniture stores because we are ready to decorate our living room. I cannot wait to tell you all about it in future posts as this post is all about the latest plus size Spring pieces you need in your closet.
Below you’ll find some spring essentials, affordable and trendy pieces. I have been eyeing this sleeveless Longline Trench Coat for a while, never got it because I thought they did not ship to Canada. Well! come to find out they do so it’s currently in my cart. Another one that is an absolute must-have in my book this spring is this beautiful orange suit. A good colorful plus size suit is hard to come by, so grab it before it’s gone.
Shop My Favorite Plus-Size Spring Dresses, Skirts & Jackets.
This post is all about the side of blogging you do not see.Well, that is not necessarily true because if you follow me on Instagram Stories, you might have seen a snippet of these events and even some of the pr packages I have received over January and February. This is my chance to share unbiased and honest reviews of the products that I’m gifted by Pr companies on behalf of brands.Nothing in this post is sponsored in any shape or form. I do have a whole lot of things to share. However, It’s best if I keep these posts to a minimum of 2 to 3 products. Please note that I will also review some of the them individually, so keep an eye out.
January and February 2018 have been a little slow but still exciting. I went to a few events and came home with a few exciting products. Let’s get started!
Olay Whip Face Moisturizer launch
Last January, Olay launched their much anticipated new moisturizer; Olay Whip. A lot of women love moisturizers that produce great results but cannot deal with the heaviness certain moisturizers. Olay came up with a product that claims to be super light, provide a smooth matte finish and retails for $39.99. After the event, which by the way was off the chain we were all gifted with our own Olay Whip. I came home with the Regenerist Whip ( with & without SPF ), but the product is also available inTotal Effects Whip and Luminous.
As I am writing this post, I’ve used my Olay Whips for only two weeks. When I first tried it, I was drawn to it because of its texture. It went on smoothly and instantly absorbed into my skin with a matte finish. That made it the perfect moisturizer for me to wear under my make up since my skin is oily. As I get older, moisturizers that help fight wrinkles have become very important.The Olay Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer also features an anti-wrinkle formula. So far I am loving it and would recommend it to anyone looking for firmness and smoothness. Please keep it away from your eyes; I learned that the hard way. I am hoping to give you an update in a month time.
Rosa Faia lingerie
The next products I loved this month are the Rosa Faia undergarments. I had the pleasure of visiting their showroom in Toronto a few weeks ago. Anita is a brand I had never worn or even heard off. However, I assumed if I was invited to come, they must have something to offer to plus size women. I went in with an open mind and left impressed by their offering, quality and size range (A to J cup).
After my fitting and learning some fun facts about the brand, I came home with a few bras set I fell in love with. Let me make something clear before we continue, all the bras mentioned below are investment bras. They are not cheap but will last you years based on the quality.
As a 30-plus years old woman, an undergarment that is functional, comfortable and gives a beautiful silhouette are vital to me. The Rosa Faia Fleur and Selma Underwire Bras offer all that and some. These underwire bras are both beautifully designed giving you a flawless and feminine look.
Selma is a gorgeous lace bra with the most beautiful straps. Fleur is equally beautiful but a lot more old school. You’re going to get lots of support because of the thick bands and wide straps.The wires sit perfectly around my breast tissue. Two bras with cups that hold my breast in place with no gaping or overspill are winners.
After blogging for many years, the question about where to buy affordable plus size clothing in Canada still pops up on my feed now and then. To be honest, this question is a little hard to answer because what might be affordable to me might not be for you.We can least agree that a piece of clothing under $50 is affordable to most. If you’re a long time reader, you already know most of the items I wear on this blog are accessible to everyone.
A place I always find affordable plus size clothing is Forever 21. Granted many of their items do not fit within with my current style, but from time to time, I find a few pieces I love.
This Gingham puff sleeves bodysuit is actually a knockoff and the plus version of this Johanna Ortiz bodysuit ( retails for $995). I wish you could have seen my excitement when I scored it for less than $60. The top has some stretch to it. I would recommend sizing up if you have a big bust. I paired it with this plus size white denim I bought years ago from Addition Elle. It was purchased for a little fortune but worth every penny. The fit and the length are perfect.
Top: Forever 21 Here , In black Here similar Here | Jeans: Addition elle (sold out) similar Here | Earrings: Express| Shoes: Just fab ( sold out) similar Here | Lipstick : Mac Ruby Woo | Watch: Reitmans |
Now let’s get back to why you are here. Below is a list of my top places to buy affordable plus size clothing in Canada. By all means, if you have any other stores you’ll like me to add to this list, please leave it in the comments.
I love shopping at Old Navy. I once bought a pair of Jeans for only $1.94. Never leave the store without checking the clearance section. When customers return online exclusive items to the store, they are put on sale for half the price (5o% off). Since their plus size selection is only sold online, the chances of you finding affordable plus size dresses, jeans and activewear are pretty high.Online Shopping available
Just like I previously mentioned, I cannot make a list of plus size affordable clothing without including Forever 21. The sizes are junior plus, so keep that in mind when you try on the clothes. The’ve recently started adding other brands to their online selection. Online Shopping available
There are only three things you need to know about Reitmans. You pay the same as everyone; it’s the perfect place to find work clothes and the prices are affordable. Regular shoppers always get coupons. Online Shopping available
Nothing I love more than going thrifting on weekends. A few years ago, I bought the most amazing jackets in my closet from thrift shops. The funny thing is that is cost me more to clean them. Thrifting is not everyone’s cup of tea but I promise you if you give it a chance, you’ll thank me later. Online Shopping NOT available
I have love/ hate relationship with H&M. First, the selection is very minimal, second; they now moved everything online. With that being said If you are looking for affordable basic and casual items you can check them out. Online Shopping available.
Your Big Sister’s closet is one of the best plus size boutiques in Toronto. Their clothes are super trendy and affordable. Karen and Peter are both plus size and they know what plus size women want. Check out my post about them a few years ago. Online Shopping available.
Imagine booking a vacation and your entire family ends up getting sick just a few days before your trip. That’s exactly what happened to us last December. I had our hotel booked in Quebec City, suitcases almost packed and boom; one of my little munchkin comes home with a stomach bug. To make matters worse my husband also came home from a business trip with a nasty cold. The kind that made him stay in bed for days. If I am honest that was a blessing in disguise because he needed to slow down a bit. Besides, I am sure he enjoyed being taken care of for a few days.
Historically when one of my family members gets sick especially with a cold, I end up getting it too since I am the caretaker. Something had to change because the last thing I wanted was to end the year under a blanket with a box of tissue. I had to find a way to kick that cold to the curb before it could get started. Yes friends, making it to Quebec City was that important to me. Although there is no sure way to avoid catching a cold or the flu, there are a few things I did this time around to lower my chances.
Clean the house/Wash your hands
From the moment I found out that my husband had a cold, I went into cleaning mode. The doorknobs, remote controls, basically everything that tends to be passed around from hands to hands. Germs are less likely to go around when everything is disinfected. With that, I still wash my hands, use hand sanitizers and instruct everyone to do so. I must say it’s easier said than done especially when you have two active boys.
Take Vitamins to boost your immune system
Let me introduce you first to the Jamieson Vitamin C Chewable. These tasty tangy flavored chewable tablets are a wonderful immune booster. They contain no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavor. I take at least 4 a day whether I feel like I am coming down with something or not.
The second supplement is my Jamieson Vitamin D. This vitamin is important especially during the cold winter months. Our bodies are not exposed to the sun as much as in the summer months. Having the right amount of Vitamin D helps improve immune health.
After taking care of the husband for a few days, my throat was getting a bit itchy. I just knew I was one sneeze away from a full-blown cold. The Jamieson Cold Fighter, which contains four natural ingredients (Echinacea, Zinc, Vitamin C and Ginger), came in very handy. I took a pill a day until I felt like I was back to normal. It got rid of my sore throat and congestion. One thing I really love about this product is the fact I did not have to worry about being drowsy during the day. As a mother the last thing you want is worrying about not being able to take care of your daily duties because of a medicine. Yes, friends one chewable tablet or one soft gel once a day is all you to kick that cold to the curb. After my experience, I think the Cold Fighter is great product to add to your at home cold and flu emergency kit.
Rest and Sleep
Last but not least I slept and slept some more. There was no binge watching, no late-night phone calls with my sisters either. Even though it was the holiday season I tried to get that nap anytime I could. As working adults, the last thing we think about is sleep. Believe me it makes a whole lot of difference when you get a good night sleep, my kids can attest to that.
I would love to know how what preventive measures you take to prevent getting sick with a cold.
Happy Monday loves! Last week, I took over the Insta Stories of Shoppers Drugmart to share my quick and easy skin care routine. Talk about going through all kind of emotions. I am super nervous everytime I step in front of a camera to tape a video. Thankfully everything went well and the feedback from those who follow my stories have been positive. For those who missed the broadcast, I thought it would be nice to write a blog post to share all the details. The evening skincare routine I am about to share is for every woman who is living a busy life. If your evening skincare requires a lot of products and steps, nothing wrong with that. On Sundays, there are a few extra steps I take, since I have a little bit more time.
Skincare is something I didn’t care about until my late 20s. I would come home every day, remove my makeup, maybe wash my face and that was it. I did not tone my face let alone moisturize. All that changed when I started blogging and started to have access to countless of beauty products. By going to many beauty events and talking to beauty experts I learned the importance skincare. Obviously I am not an expert, however, these are some of the products I have been using for some time now and they get the job done. My routine has only 3 steps – Cleanse, tone and moisturize.
Does anyone hate removing her makeup especially when your face still looks good? I bet I am not the only one. As much as it looks good all those products on your face have to go before bedtime. Our faces need to breathe and nighttime is the best time for the products to do their work. I have always loved using wipes. They are easy to use, transport and best of all get the job done quickly. Not all wipes are created equals though. I have used wipes before that were dry, rough & left my face irritated. If you have not yet, try the Clinique Take the Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes. The wipes are saturated with Micellar cleansing liquid and are appropriate for all skin type (I have oily skin). To further cleanse my face after removing my makeup with the Clinique wipes I use the Biotherm Biosource Self Foaming Water. This soap-free, light, foaming product leaves your skin soft and fresh.
In my line of work, I get to try a lot of products. So far, the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4is one of my absolute favorite toners. My mom started using it years ago and she always makes sure to restock when she comes here. After my cleanse, I like to go in with this 100% fragrance-free toner. It gets rid of all the excess oil and flakes on my face. Using a toner before I moisturize allows my moisturizer to do a better job. Toners are recommended for both morning and evening skincare routines.
Guest who used to skip to step? I thought I did not need to moisturize because of my very oily skin. Well! I learned the hard way. I am still on the hunt for the next best moisturizer for oily skin but for now the Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme is doing a good job. Now, many people have complained about breaking out after using this product, I have not so far. It leaves my silky soft and has reduced my lines. This moisturizer produces a better result if paired with the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.
There you have it loves, my fast and easy evening skincare routine. The Beauty Boutique by Shoppers has so many skincare options from various brands and all skin types. Whether you’re new to skincare or savvy with beauty products, the beauty experts at the beauty boutique counters can help you build your perfect skincare routine. Remember skincare is self-care!
Happy Friday! My closet is full of so many goodies, some I bought and some were sent to me. I just wish I had enough days in the year to wear them all. Since I can’t, I try to purge every six months or so to get rid of pieces I no longer need. I am not going to lie I get attached to my clothes and it’s hard for me to give them away. For instance, take the sweater I am wearing in today’s post. I bought a few years ago and every time I tried to get it I could not. Glad I kept it though because it paired perfectly with these cute culottes I also purchased sometimes last year.
For the longest time, I avoided wearing culottes. I thought they would make me look bigger than I am. The moment I tried my first pair, I was hooked. They are perfect for all seasons and work everywhere from the office to a cocktail party. The above look can be easily tweaked by replacing the pumps with ankle boots,Over the Knee Boots and adding another layer.This oversized coat would be perfect. I also love the idea of pairing it with a chunky sweater and sneakers. If you are not sure how to wear culottes in the winter, just remember that layering is key.
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Hey Friends! Are you looking for new plus size workout clothes? It’s that time of the year again where we are working on our new resolutions or in my case goals. I am pretty sure those resolutions/goals include hitting the gym 5 times a week, eating healthy and so on. Guess what? Workout five times a week is part of my resolutions every year. I am not ashamed to say that I fall out of the wagon at least twice a year. Life happens and on this blog, we don’t judge.
I used to not put any effort into what I wore to the gym, not because I did not want to but because the options were lacking. Now that many brands figured out that fat girls also love to work out, there are more and more options on the market. I can’t attest with certainty that cute and comfy plus size workout clothes enhance your performance, it sure does make a difference. Beside new clothes are always good motivation to hit the gym again right?
Today’s post is not about my favorite stores to buy plus size workout clothes because I wrote about that already last year. Thought I might have to update that list because I found out that Asos, Marshalls, and Winners all have some cute plus size workout clothes. Yes friends, cute enough to wear outside of the gym.The above outfit along with the gears were all purchased from Marshalls and Winners.
Ok, now let’s get to the reason why you are actually here. I ’ve sorted through the best workout bras, leggings, and tops for plus size/ curvy women.
Damn guys it’s 2018! I am still in disbelief. I hope you all had an amazing holiday season. If you are still reading this little blog of mine, thank you. Thank you for sticking around even though a lot of us do not read blogs any longer thanks to social media. I have not blogged as much as I could have last year.Many of you already know that I blog full time.With that comes a lot of commitments, deadlines, planning, travel … add that to being a soccer mom. I still would not change it for anything. I never knew My Curves and Curls would grow to be what it is today. Last year, I worked with a lot of amazing brands, went to amazing trips, attended fabulous events, was part of an epic photo shoot ( more on that soon). None of that would have been possible without your comments, encouragements, and clicks.
I am skipping the whole resolution thing this year because I hardly keep up with them past January. Instead, I’ve written down a few reachable goals for the blog.
1.Going Back To The Roots Of Blogging
The last few years, I’ve dedicated way too many hours to social media mainly Instagram only for them to switch things up last year. It’s virtually impossible to grow your following by the thousand anymore unless you’re doing something shady like buying followers or using bots. Oh! I forgot, also be part of one big whole loop giveaway. Unless things change which it probably won’t I will go back to my blogging roots. Although this blog was started as a creative outlet, it was also created to help you, my readers with all of your questions. I want to make this blog fun again! Hopefully get back the community we once had.
2. Create New Content/ Rebranding
I would love to create content that you guys engage with. Fashion will forever be my main content. With that being said, I think it’s time to add other subjects, such as kids, videos and beauty content. All these are part of my daily life but hardly shared on this blog. Another subject that is dear to my heart is the business of blogging itself. It’s about time I share with you a few things I’ve learned last 7 years. Eventually, if all go as planned my goal is to rebrand by the end of the year.
3. Optimize the blog
I moved from blogger to WordPress last year.Let’s just say I did a lot of things wrong and my blog is still suffering from the move. I am hoping to hire someone to help me optimize the blog to make it more search engine friendly.
I know many of you think my photos are the bomb.com but I feel like they need a lot of improvements. Though I’ve invested in quite a few lenses lately, my husband still uses our Nikon D7000. This Christmas I was gifted a Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Camera. I can’t tell you how excited I am for that Camera.It’s honestly the perfect camera for travel.
I have plenty of other goals I plan to share on later dates.