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

Get Glammed Up With BeGlam – App Launch Event

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Everybody loves a little glam

If you are like me you will love to get proper glammed up once in a while when having a night out with the girls, going to any other sort of special event or sometimes simply just because. The only thing that does feel even better than glamming yourself up is getting glammed up – and there is a new kid on the blog when it comes to booking experts.

 

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A Little Glam Can Go A Long Way For Body Positivity & Self Love

Getting glammed up really can do so much more than just getting you ready for a special event or a night out. Practising some self-love & self-care by trying out some new amazing makeup looks or getting your “hair did” can do soo much for your self-esteem and make you feel soo good about yourself and even your body.

This does make me think of “Cheap Thrills” by Sia.  It does express in a great way how treating yourself to a little makeover (and hitting the dance floor with your loved ones) can make you feel a million dollars.

 

 

Everybody needs a little glam once in a while. At least this is how I feel.

 

So What Is BeGlam & What Has It To Do With Getting Glammed Up?

Like I said earlier, the only thing that feels even better than glamming yourself up is getting glammed up with some professional help, making  you look your best and pampering yourself a bit – and this where BeGlam comes in.

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Source: www.beglam.co.uk

BeGlam allows you to easily browse and book your local makeup artists and hair stylists. The great thing about freelance MUAs and stylists is that they will come to you rather than you having to go to their studio or salon, so this is perfect for a little pamper party at home or especially if you are looking for a somebody to do your wedding makeup and hair for you and your bridesmaids.

be glam booking stepsSource: www.beglam.co.uk

You can book via the website or the iPhone/iPad app. I believe an Android versions in planned and will follow soon. If you are interested, keep an eye on my Facebook page, I will let you know as soon as BeGlam will hit the Google Play Store.

 

Bubbly, Celebs & Makeovers At The Release Party

The release party  at the Artisan was good fun: Celebrity guests (Housewives of Cheshire), makeovers, tasty food and bubbly.

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Oh and yes, I mentioned celebrities. Who they were. I was told they were part of the cast of The Real Housewives of Cheshire. I have to admit I would have not recognised them or had the faintest idea who they were wasn’t I told as I do not really watch that sort of show,  but once it was pointed out to me who they were it was actually interesting and nice to meet them.
I guess while this would have been an exciting point for many, it was a little lost on me.

However, celebs or not the event was great, you simply can’t beat the combination of bubbly, yummy food and  especially makeovers.

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My OOTD

dressDress: ‘Ionia’ Sea Blue Polka Dot Tea Dress –  Lindy Bop
Shoes: Old Season – Deichmann

Here is a quick glimpse of what I wore on the day. The beautiful Lindy Bop  ‘Ionia’ Sea Blue Polka Dot Plus-Size Tea Dress. I do love this dress and I got a lot of compliments for it. I will fairly soon post a full review of this dress to give you a better idea and include some better pictures of what I mean by that.

I want to leave you with one little word of warning though: If you consider buying this dress and your boobs are a bit on the larger side, you will have to be careful with this dress.

What do I mean by that? Take a closer look at my left boob in the picture (a thing I did not expect to say today…) . You should see a seam going across my boob. If this dress would fit as it was intended, this seam should lead around my bust, not across it. In my case the seam luckily ends up bang in the middle of my boob wich makes it kind of look like it was intended this way and I more or less get away with it.

All in all a lovely dress that I very much love but I guess if you are on the more well endowed side you will have to try the dress on and see where this seam ends up on you.

 

What Makes You Feel Glamorous?

What do you do when you want to feel glamorous? Have you ever booked a freelance make-up artist, mobile hairdresser or maybe a mobile nail artist?

Now go out put your make-up on do your hair and hit the dance floor, hit the dance floor….

Lots of love

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Flik & Flak by Swatch – So Many Childhood Memories

 Swatch & Flik  Flak – Tied To So Many Childhood Memories

Every once in a while an event comes along that really excites you because it is a brand that is really close to your heart – the opening event of a new Swatch Shop (about which I will post soon as well) that has opened in the Arndale Center was one of these events that I was very excited about even long before the event.

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Growing Up With Swatch and Flik & Flak

Swatch is a brand that is and was really close to my heart – the brand is tied to so many great memories for me. Why? I literally grew up with it. My very first watch was a Swatch Flik Flak and I even learned to read the clock with the help of Swatch  and Flik & Flak.
I  remember being out with my friends, climbing trees, having picnics, building dams and whatever else we have done out and about in the woods and fields, looking down at my watch checking the time when I will have to be home (or more realistic how late I was this time).

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So what exactly is or are Flik & Flak?

Flik Flak is Swatch’s collection of cute but practical children’s watches. They are not only built to be very robust they & come with a machine washable textile strap they are also designed to make it easier for the kids to tell the time  & to help children to learn to read the clock in the first place.

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Source: www.flikflak.com

 

How Flik & FlakTeach Kids To Tell The Time

The idea behind the line of watches is to kids to read the clock  via stories and games. Flik & Flak  are two cartoon characters who are siblings and represent the hands of the watch.  Flik (the big brother) tells the minutes, Flak (the little sister) tells the hours.

 


What time is it? Flick it pretty tall, he can stand up straight and touch the numbers around the watch. He will count the minutes. Flack is his younger sister and she is in charge of the hours. Let get going, it is time to tell the time…

Swatch introduced Flik Flak in 1987. I do remember that the watch also came with one of those cardboard practice watches and I I believe some cute stories. While that was basically it in my day (the early 90s), in 2016 Flik & Flak have gone fully digital, including Youtube videos, online games and all sorts of other content on www.flikflak.com/en/fun-and-games/ .

 

Great As First Watch

Ultimately these are great watches and I can only recommend them if you are looking for a watch for your child. I believe this collection is a great choice, especially as a very first watch. They are rugged, practical, help your child to learn a new skill and I can only hope that your child will tie as many great memories to their watch as I do should you decide to get one for them.

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Always Wanted A (Grown Up) Swatch

Ever since I grew out of wearing a kids watch on my wrist I had wanted to get myself a grown up Swatch. For some reason though that never really materialised, So I am more than happy that Swatch  & the Arndale Center reminded me of their great watches and even more that they have decided to treat to one of their beautiful time pieces – not to forget to evoke me of so many great childhood memories.

I hope you enjoyed this post even though it wasn’t about one of my usual topics (I am not exactly a parent blogger) but I guess stylish watches for kids is also kind of a fashion topic… 😉
I will share more about the actual event my favourite watches and lots of pictures of  the day and all those quirky & colourful watches very soon.

What Reminds You Of Your Childhood?

Do you have a brand or item that makes you think of growing up? What is it that wakes those memories for you?

Lots of love

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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).

Laser Tag Collage

 

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.

Eds Hair

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.

Bramhall Cricket Ladies Day

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.

plus size sports ootd - H&M & AsdaTop – Asda
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!

Neighbourhood

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.

Neighbourhood Brunch - Eggs Norwegian

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.

Brunch at Neighbourhood - Bottomless Prosecco, Mimosas & Coffee

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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