Girl Geek In A Dress

The beauty and fashion adventures of a plus-sized girl geek

Girl Geek In A Dress - The beauty and fashion adventures of a plus-sized girl geek

Laser Tag & Geordie Shore

Lisa & Kyle Christie

So Random That I Need To Be Part Of This

Yes, you heard right…. I am not sure if you thought about that headline the same thing I thought, but when I read about this event my exact thoughts were “This sounds so random I just can’t miss this” and it did not disappoint.

While I was initially hoping for Charlotte or Hollie I realised that by not having watched any actual TV for ages I had missed about 4 seasons and had absolutely no idea anymore who was or wasn’t part of Geordie Shore. The celeb guest finally turned out to be Kyle Christie from a very recent season and was a pleasant and nice person.  Unfortunately I have to disappoint you none of us got mortal on this day and there was nobody “tashing on” to spot anywhere. I cannot speak for his behaviour in the season having missed it, but at least in that setting no Geordie Shore craziness or similar antics to detect. Just a normal lad with pretty cool tattoos….
Now I am actually half tempted of catching up on the seasons I missed.

A Game Of Laser Quest

The game took place in Prestons Laster Quest which is also the home of Escape Rooms. It was a good old fashioned  boys against girls battle between Kyle & his friends/entourage he had brought with him and us, a group of bloggers etc and the lovely Steph from Ledigo PR (Manchester’s favourite PR Executive).

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It was good fun despite it being stupidly hot at the time. The last time I had played I had done quite well, but at that time I had found something like a “sniper position”. What I mean by this is a somewhat elevated point that most people can’t see well and don’t go past while you can see most of the battlefield. End-result, this time, was that I was constantly taken out in both matches, with a slightly improved result in the second match. Ultimately I placed both times somewhere in the bottom half. However, whatever the outcome  was,  I had a real great time playing.

A Quick OOTD – This Is A Fashion Blog After All

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To finish off, let’ bg2s have a look at what I was wearing on the day, this is a plus-size fashion blog after all… :) I did dig out one of my favourite skirts again that I had actually forgotten for a while, my ASOS CURVE Pleated Skater Skirt (not available anymore) that I wore in one of my early OOTDs along with my  Nicky Rockets:  “Do You Want Curves With That” shirt that I bought at Plus North.

 

Loving Laser Quest

All in all a fun yet sweaty day. I will happily play a game of laser quest whenever I get the opportunity, if I am good at it or not (spoiler I am not) it is fun anyway. So if you want to invite me to a match around Manchester, I am game! (See what I did there).

Did You Have A Match Recently?

Like always I am interested in what you have to say. Are you a fan of Laser Quest or Geordie Shore maybe? Who is your favourite member of the Geordie Shore Gang? What activity would you like to do with one of them if you could choose?

Have a lovely day and lots of love

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Charity, Fashion, Cupcakes & Bubbly – Bramhall Cricket Club Ladies Day

Perfect Sunny Summer Day

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One of the best ways to spend a nice sunny summers day is with lots of lovely ladies, great fashion and not to forget bubbly and cupcakes. At the Ladies Day at Bramhall cricket club, we did not only get that but also further entertainment via a cricket game and the chance to contribute to some good causes, supporting the “Target Ovarian Cancer” charity.

 

Fashion SOS – The Runway Show

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The fashion show was supplied by SOS Fashion in Bramhall and as you can see in the pictures they had a great selection of fashion.  Mosts runway shows that I would usually attend are plus-size (PSF Days, Plus North).  SOS Fashion does however not really offer plus-fashion I was still able to appreciate the fashion as they were showing off some great and interesting styles some of them even bit out of the norm or even a little quirky. I guess I will be keeping my eyes open for some dupes soon.

Here is a selection of a few pieces. I did unfortunately miss some great pieces as there were some issues with the camera which also caused most of the pictures to come out a little bit dark.

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Although there weren’t quite what I would call Plus-Size Models on the runway it was nice to see at least a little size diversity, as much as I guess the collection allowed, and to see some curves here and there. Ultimately, it is a real shame that the majority of pieces did not come in plus size, except for one or the other, still lovely, beachwear piece that came in one-size. I ultimately ended up buying a kaftan myself.

I will definately be looking out for a dupe of this jacket....

I will definitely be looking out for a dupe of this jacket.

Stunning Curls

You won’t be able to miss the stunning hair. For a few minutes, I actually thought they had cast the models based on their stunning curls, but the more models were walking down the runway it became more and more impossible to find that many women with that stunning hair! These masterpieces are the work of Eds Hair who have salons in Salford and Bramhall.

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I actually ended up on one table with Ed himself and his team, a lovely guy. Well, not only him, all of them were lovely. It turns out most of the models have very straight hair and they did spend hours chopstick curling their hair followed by braiding in the sides, leaving them with this lovely somewhat Brazilian looking style. Since then I am really tempted to

Since then I am really tempted to get a chopstick curler myself, with £19.99 they are not too expensive, but I don’t think I would really have the patience to properly chopstick curl all my hair. I have heard of some people using straighteners and a pencil, but I guess that would take even longer. So if I would ever try it, I guess I would rather invest the £20 than try employ one of the complicated hacks I have seen so far.

Yummy Treats

The only thing that made that day even better were the yummy treats. Awesome little cheesecakes, scrummy scones with cream and strawberries and sweet cute cupcakes. I was so distracted by the yummy food that I completely forgot to properly take pictures, not to forget that Ed (from Ed’s Hair) kept filling up my glass… But we bloggers so often anyway experience events so often more through the lens rather than really being there and once in a while it is nice to forget the blogging for a little while and just enjoy the day.

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Ovarian Cancer, Breast Cancer’s Step-Sister.

A great day and a lot of fun for a great cause. I was surprised how little I knew myself about ovarian cancer.

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By now most of us are quite aware of breast cancer and how to check for it, but only very few of us ladies are really aware of ovarian cancer and its symptoms and ultimately when it comes to cancer the earlier it is caught the better are the chances. According to Target Ovarian Cancer only 3% of women in the UK feel very confident about naming an ovarian cancer symptom.

So if you want to find out more about ovarian cancer prevention and/or symptoms, check here. If this is a matter close to your heart, you can Text TOVC01 followed by your donation amount (for example, TOVC01 £10) to 70070 or donate here.

What Do You Think?

Which of the fashion show pieces is your favourite? Have you tried chopstick curls yet? And most importantly, where you aware yet of ovarian cancer?

 

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#Workout – Plus-Size Sportswear OOTD

I have always struggled to find good plus-size sportswear. I only new of very few places to look and what was available was either far too expensive or boring and unshapely. SimplyBe and their sportswear section was pretty much the only place where I was able to find a few things.

As I have recently started to try working on a more active life I started to keep my eyes more open if I can not find here or there a few unexpected gems and in fact I came across one of those gems while going shopping for food.

Asda – Plus-Size Up To A Size 24

I keep forgetting that Asda’s George  does do plus-size clothes, at least up to a size 24.  So when I was recently changing up my shopping routine I came across this pink hashtag themed shirt. I real gem to find.

Althoug at the moment they unfortunately not  have any sportswear. At the moment they only have swimwear although keeping the plus-size sections to swimsuits, not offering any bikinis. I guess think though it will definately worth keeping an eye out as I am sure they will have some nice gym wear here and there.

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The trousers are from another one of my recent discoveries for great plus-size exercise clothes, H&M Sportswear. The trousers I wear in the picture are unfortunately sold out by now but they do have some other great things still in their offering at the moment

Although I still have to find the right size for me. I am somewhere between a size 24 and a size 26.  I have multiple versions of these trousers in multiple sizes as I really like them. H&M goes up to a size 3xl, I usually wear a size 2xl in other clothes but for these trousers 2xl appears a little small and 3xl appears a little wide, but unfortunately I do have the issue with the slowly sliding sports trousers with most of them, either due to them being too small.  I hope that with maybe toning up a little bit or maybe by losing a little weight that the 2xl will end up to fit even better over time.

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Bottoms – H&M
Trainers – Asics

 

What Do You Think?

Do also have the same problem of the sliding sports trousers when you run or exercise in general? Have you found the solution or perfect  trousers to solve the problem?
Where do you buy your sportswear or now of any other places that are hidden gems for plus size sports-wear?

Lots of love

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Perks of the #Bloggerlife – Brunch at Neighbourhood

An Invitation To Brunch

While there is a lot of work and effort that has to go into blogging it obviously has its perks. What I am writing about today is, next to an excuse for impulse buys and shopping sprees despite being broke, one of the prime example of those perks: An invitation to brunch – yum!

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Neighbourhood is a Manhatten style bar and restaurant and offers modern European and US-influenced food. It has recently undergone major renovations and menu updates and to celebrate the new brunch menu and so they invited some local bloggers to taste some of their yummy new brunch dishes.

Brunch! Yum!

We got to taste some absolutely yummy american style pancakes, which are extra thick pancakes in a little stack just as you always see in all those american programs and films. Usually I am more of a thin pancake or even Crepe kind of girl but those were amazing, I have not hat pancakes as fluffy as these in a long time.

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American Pancakes

This was followed by a luxury version of the good old british classic of sausage & egg butty which can be described in only one word. YUM!

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Luxury Sausage & Egg

And the final dish was for each of us our personal choice of eggs from simple scrambled eggs over poached eggs with avocado to eggs benedict and more. I always wanted to try eggs benedict so I grabbed the chance, although with a little twist. Neighbourhood is not only offering the classic but also an adapted version called eggs norwegian exchanging the classic bacon with salmon – this does not only sound like a dream it really is amazing.

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Eggs Norwegian

Bottomless Mimosas

For the ordinary mortal the brunch at Neighbourhood comes with two courses and is served every Saturday from 10am – 2pm for £35 pp. The food is  delicious & to put the cherry on top it also comes with bottomless mimosas, bloody marys and obviously unlimited refill coffee (including cappuccino etc.) – so it’s all in all absolutely perfect for a catch up with the girls.

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Bottomless Mimosas, Prosecco & Coffee

Lana from Lindy Bop – My OOTD

For a posh brunch like this, I wore one of my recent favourite dresses which obviously is once again a vintage dress – the Lindy Bop Lana Dress in a Size 26. The great thing about this dress is that it also comes in many different prints, however like with most Lindy Bop dresses you have to be a bit careful about the sizing as it runs a little bits small.

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What Do You Love About Brunch?

What do you love about brunch? Do you know another great place for brunch?

Lots of love

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Feeling Like A Princess – With Florentyna Dawn

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Special Occassions – A Time You Should Feel Amazing

When attending a special occasion it is just so so important not only to finds a dress that looks great but to also in which one feels comfortable. Although what am I saying here, more than comfortable, one should feel a million bucks and struggle to avoid mirrors and other shiny surfaces as you love the sight of yourself so much. It is a time when you should feel amazing and it is a shame if an outfit you don’t like should be the thing ruining how you feel.

As much as this holds true as a wedding guest or similar, but especially when attending a once in a lifetime event like your prom, your daughters wedding or maybe even your own wedding it is more than only important, it is crucial.

Making Do – The Issue With Ill-Fitting & Boring Dresses

It is a real shame how much we plus-size ladies have to make do with mediocre and ill-fitting dresses on occasions like this. Might it be just because there is hardly any choice or that clothes were so hard to find our compromise arrived last minute and there is just no time to exchange it or finally the worst case when we did not find anything at all. In this case we are presented with the choice of not going or we often make do with any day dress we can find that we can somehow pass on as evening dress.

I Hated My Graduation “Dress”

I do think back to my graduation ball (Abiball). This is one of the rare occasions in German everyday life where you have an excuse to dress yourself up to the nines.While other girls usually attend the dance in lovely flowy evening gowns, I was forced to wear a more or less tight chinese print tunic over black trousers. This was the best I could find after a 6-month search. I don’t think there are even any pictures of myself in that outfit I hated it so much…

Florentyna Dawn – One Of The Rare Truly Size Inclusive Boutiques

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Experiences like this are what make me appreciate little gems and exceptions from the norm like Florentyna Dawn so much. Florentyna Dawn is one of the rare shops that are truly size inclusive and body-positive. Without question, they are offering all their dresses in a size 6-50+. Yes the plus means that even the 50 is not limiting. They specialise in mother of the bride dresses, but they do have something available for any special occasion you might come across. We do need more size inclusive businesses like that, that are not petite, not plus size, not tall but just well stocked and flexible!

 

 

#WhatILoveAboutYou – Plus Size Blogger Event

A while back they invited some of us ladies for an afternoon to their Hazel grove shop and they made all of us literally feel like princesses. The dresses were stunning. It was amazing to be able to take dresses as special as these of the rail and to be able to just try them on.

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One might expect they have the dresses in a few standard sizes and if you are above that you have to order them in, but this is not the case. While each of us came in a different size representing pretty much the whole size spectrum each and any of us were able to pick some lovely dress of the rail and try it on.

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The day was absolutely amazing, not only were the dresses stunning Florentyna Dawn had even invited an amazingly talented MUA Sarah Maredith who did our hair and makeup and she really did an amazing job!

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Before & After MUA

We all literally did feel and look like princesses.

Have a look, don’t we look stunning?!

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Jaqui, Helena, Charlie, Michelle, Me, Tanya

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A Big, Big Thank You!

We really have to give a massive thank you to the amazing ladies of Florentyna Dawn for making this awesome day possible and for making each of us feel so special and simply put, like princesses.

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The lovely staff of Florentyna Dawn & the owner Dawn Priestnall (3rd from left)

Florentyna Dawn Sponsoring Ms British Beauty Curve

I am more than proud to announce that Florentyna Dawn is supporting me as Ms. Manchester Curve 2016 and will be one of my sponsor the in Miss British Beauty Curve Pageant.

Have A Browse

If you have an event coming up I can only recommend giving them a look either online at www.florentyna-dawn.co.uk or maybe even in their brick in mortar shop in Stockport near Manchester.

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What Do You Think?

Like always I would love to hear from you, about your experience and what you think. This time I really can’t decide on one question, so here are a few things I would love to hear from you about:

  • Which of the above is your favourite dress?
  • What is your experience with evening wear?
  • Where do you buy your occassion wear?
  • What was your last special occasion and what did you wear? I would love to see your pictures!

Lots of love

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#HealthyCurves – New Blog Section

 

Up till now my blog has centered mainly around fashion, body positivity and self love with the occasional beauty post sprinkled in, going forward I am going to add a new section to the blog: #HealthyCurves.

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Invisible

From the runway to the Sports Illustrated Swimwear Issue, we plus size ladies have by now conquered so many domains.  The gym-scene however is still one of the main areas where we lack visibility.

The result of this is unfortunately quite often that plus-size individuals  are afraid of going to gym, scared of standing out, being stared at or maybe even being ridiculed. I myself have suffered from that in the past and still find myself once in a while looking around when I am at the gym.

 

Time For Us To Conquer The Gym

It is time for fat women exercising to be more visible making the sight of us in the gym a lot more normal – we need to conquer the gym and flaunt our curves  proudly, showing off that we are fat and fit or at least fat and working on it.

 

Body Positivity – Loving Yourself To Make Healthier Choices

But this is about more than being confident enough to wear a gym outfit and to conquer your fear of being stared at. This is about loving yourself enough, to make healthy choices for yourself.

The issue is that most of us, if and when we were going to the gym, focus most  of the time so much on weight that we end up failing so often, ending up in a never ending spiral, hating ourselves.Rather than focussing on weight, like I too used to do for so long,  we should be focussing on making healthy choices every day, being the healthiest self we can be that day, just a day at a time. If it means that we are losing weight or not.

If we are stubbornly chasing a weight that is difficult for us to reach, it will most likely lead to us being a lot less healthy, either by us following unhealthy fad diets which do not only lead to bad nutrition but in most cases also to yo-yoing, in the worst case it might lead to eating disorders or other mental illnesses and finally in most cases it will lead to simple plain unhappiness which is practically guaranteed by chasing an in many cases unattainable number, or at least unattainable in the short time we give us.

Torturing ourselves like that is often even unnecessary. While I am pretty sure no one will argue that weight does not have an influence on health. The idea of how thin we actually have to be to be healthier is also over-estimated. Not everybody is made to reach a size 8. To be healthy it is important to listen to our own bodies, however, to do this it is important that we are honest with ourselves.

 

My Story & Relationship With My Own Body And Fitness

I myself had to make theses experiences myself in a quite painful way. I have yo-yoed around most of my life going from crash diet to crash diet most of the time following a self-hating low till a few years back I decided that it was finally time to follow through and make the big chang, become a new person.

I was convinced this time I would make it and this time, I would make it to make the long-term change, a lifestyle change not a diet.  I  put all my effort in it for a very long time and over the time of more than 1.5 years I lost 30 kilos (ca 5 stone) slimmed down to a size 18 and even ran a half marathon.  I was so proud of myself.

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Then I hit the wall, the weight did not want to budge further, but my BMI still called me obese, I still bought my clothes in plus size shops and society still called me fat?! What to do? I kept and kept trying, counted my calories, exercised obsessively, struck more and more foods out of my diet but still the weight did not budge. There it was again, that anger with myself…

At that time I did not have the confidence I have now, I still thought I was fat and ugly. I completely missed how great my body felt, that all tests said I was fit and healthy that I without issue was able to run 10kilometers. I look amazing now and looking back I now know I looked amazing then, but all I could see was that my clothes still said plus-size, that despite all blood and heart tests saying healthy the BMI chart still said obese. The official classification and the german society still called me fat. And so at some point, I gave up hope and the inevitable  happened and I ended up unhappy and annoyed with myself and ended up gaining everything backover time.

Self-hate is not a good motivator. I am very very happy that after coming to the uk I stumbled across the body positivity movement who taught me that my self-worth is not tied  to my weight. It took me a long time but now I love myself and my body and know that I am fucking beautiful.
Unfortunately however after I always used to be fairly fit more weight I have recently noticed that I am by far too quick out of breath and I have also picked up some lower back pain and the occassional early pain in my right knee – the typical weight issues. There is no way round it if I want to tackle that pain and make sure that knee stays healthy I need to tackle that gym and work on my health and this is a journey I would like to share with you and also want to use as an opportunity to as a fat woman be as visible as possible going to the gym and also beating my own residual phobias.

 

Love Yourself & Be Our Healthiest Self Every Single Day

The best we can do for ourselves is love ourselves and realise that we are beautiful and worthy as we are and do every day the best for ourselves and our body. Ultimately this will lead to our healthiesst self – should this in each individuals case mean losing weight or not.

This is ultimately what I am going to be working on and will  try to  convey via my new #HealthyCurves posts. I am by no means planning in turning this into a dietblog in any way shape or form, but from now on you can  look forward to hopefully being able to me on my way back to an even happier, healthier self.

 

Look Forward To #HealthyCurves

Over the next sees you will see the occassional post seing me  trying out an online training system, working with a personal trainer, testing out yoga, trying to make more health conscious food choices and, as this ultimately is and stays a fashion blog,  lots of plus-size gym wear and plus-size bikinis.

Girl Geek In A Dress & Bear SCP - Plus Size Fitness

If You Live in Manchester & Surrounding you should definitely check out Bear SCP – Darren is by far one of the most body positive personal trainers I have met in a long time!

 

What Is Your Philosophy On Fitness?

Where do you stand when it comes to fitness? Are you a fitness fan or do you go nowhere near a gym? What is your favourite sport or fitness routine? What is the one fitness/self worth tip you would like to give to your younger self? I would love to hear from you?

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