The Hamburg #PSFdays Runway Show

An Impressive Fashion Show

While I am overall still quite new in the whole plus size blogging szene  I can say I have seen by now quite a few runway shows and this one was by far the most impressive so far…

While I had been a bit disappointed by the PSFdays marketplace, compared to British events, the fashion show was really something else here. Not only was it in the most glamorous setting I have seen so far it was also the best choreographed, varied and planned out fashion show I have seen so far, if anything, a bit long.

The Show Before The Show

The show began long before the actual runway show. So many women had an amazing effort and come in absolutely stunning outfits. I love it that the event had a little red carpet area in which a team of photographers immortalised all of those stunning looks.

Given how many amazing women there were this night I actually quite proud that I have made it on the official collection of red carpet pictures.

Pictures courtesy of andreasgrav.com

I have left Germany about 5 years ago and the state of plus-size fashion really was not great at that time. So it was even more amazing to see how far plus-size fashion has come in Germany in this time.

Thank you Tanja

The show was hosted by Tanja Marfo, the organiser of the event, blogger at Kurvenrausch, Make-Up-Artist and most recently founder of the new Kurvenrausch plus size model agency, all in all a very busy women.

She led through the evening supported by Eric Schroth. The two did a good job of leading through the evening and I loved how the two looked together.


During the show I even got mentioned during the show, as one of the international guests, although the got slightly wrong where I am from, they might have said I am from London instead of Manchester, but I will forgive them…

The Runway Show

Ther was everything in the beautiful fashion show, from plus-size workwear, over plus-size evening wear, some plus-size lingerie and even a few great causal pieces for lounging about at home in style. I will spare you from going through each designer, label and piece separately. I very much prefer to share a few impressions and show you some of my personal highlights.

I would encourage you though to have a nosey on the websites of the labels yourself having a bit of a closer look round. There is a lot to discover.

The Labels

During the show I actually lost count how many labels participated. The show consisted of a varied mix of local boutiques, international retailers and a few independent Designers.

Represented Were:

Most likely I actually forgot 2-3 but I will update this list over the next days in case I did. In case you notice I did, just let me know in the comments 🙂

A Few Highlights…

While I loved seeing the variety, there were a few things that stood out to me:

Miss Molly – Online Underwear

Plus-Size, Germany and beautiful underwear: 3 things that still don’t appear to go much together. When I left Germany 5 years ago it seemed basically impossible to find a bra in my size, online or offline.

While we were a bit disappointed that there was no dessous retailer at the market place, it was nice to at least see a few beautiful and actually also sexy pieces in the runway show, thanks to Miss Molly. Although the website does need a makeover…

Dagmar Gräf – Plus-Size Trousers

At the market place I ended up in a conversation next to a clothing rail full of lots of varied and fashionable plus-size trousers. The conversation was about the fact that on blogs as well as events one does not really see many trousers.

We wondered if this was due to the women or due to the lack of trousers. Looking back at catalogues and the offerings online, what you usually see there is  leggings, jeggings, office trousers and the occasional office trousers, if you ignore track suit and pyjama bottoms. There is definately a lack of fashionable trousers.

I am happy that Dagmar Gräf is planning to change this. Looking at the collection I can say that  I would happily wear almost every single piece of what I have seen of the collection. Unfortunatelly we will have to wait till January till these beauties will hit the market.

Adam Brody – Timeless Yet Innovative Glamour

I loved seeing Adam Brody‘s pieces. While most of the fashion will most likely be far out of my price range I loved almost every single piece of them. Not only that, they had this timeless feel to them that their style might last you a lifetime and from the look of it (keeping in mind this was judged from a distance), it appeared that these lovely pieces might actually have the quality to match it.

Was fascinated me about Adam Brody was that while his fashion appeared timeless and classic on the one hand each piece had an unique innovative style about it. Well let’s stop here. I start sounding like a pretentious, overpriced fashion magazine. I rather let the picture speak.

 

Dear Adam Brody: Can I please wear this for the British Plus Size Awards…

Picture courtesy of andreasgrav.com

 

The Red Carpet  – Meeting A Few German Bloggers

I also finally had the chance to meet a few German bloggers. I briefly bumped into Elli from Curvy Fashionelli, Birgit from Charming Curves and Jennifer from Dressing these Curves with who I actually remembered to take a picture.

All in all meeting the German bloggers is what I would say I have missed out the most on during this trip.

I would have loved to get to know each of them better and meet all the others that have been there. In hindsight I would say we should have organised a bloggers lunch or something similar.

What do you think?

Did you go to the #PSFdays? Which of the red carpet looks is your favourite? Have you discovered a new label/designer for yourself? Let me know in the comments.

Lots of love.

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British Plus Size Awards

I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for the British Plus Size Awards in the cateogory “Best New Blogger”. I really would appreciate it if you would take you time to vote for me.

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#OOTD Lady Vintage Polka Dot – Plus North

One Of My Long Loved Dresses

This lovely dress was my #OOTD (Outfit of the day) on the second day of Plus North. I have had this Lady Vintage London for ages and am still absolutely in love with it, like I was from the very first second. However, somehow up till now it had not made it’s way onto my blog yet. Although this is the dress I am wearing in my header picture on the top right.

The Lady Vintage Tea Dress

This is one of Lady Vintage London‘s tea dresss just like the dress in this post, Unfortunately they don’t offer this style anymore in the plus-size versions (meaning above a size 22).

I have worn this dress a thousand times and it is and will always be one of my dresses. To be honest you just can’t beat polka dots .  Polka dots are just a timeless classic and an amazing throwback to the 50s. The cut of this dress not only just really comfortable but also very figure flattering, especially with a thin belt. I also love to wear it with a cardigan, which goes really well with it,  for the chillier days.

A Plea To Lady Vintage London

So I can only plea:

Dear Lady Vintage London, I plead with you, please offer your tea dresses again in sizes larger than 22.

If you do, I can promise you I will most likely very soon own one of them in almost every single pattern of the plus-size tea dresses you will offer.

In Love With The Colour

I am absolutely loving the colour of this dress, especially after I was for years I not able to wear blue as it basically made me look “dead” complexionwise. This changed when I dyed my hair darker. The happier Iam now how well this lovely blue still goes with my new orange hair and actually even nicely “pops” the orange colour due to the strong contrast.

Where You Can Get (A Similar) Dress

If you are one of those lucky people that fit in a size 22 or below, here is where you get them, maybe not in polka dots but in a lot of other lovely patterns. While they offer neither the tea dresses in the larger sizes nor the tea dresses in polka dots anymore, Lady Vintage London has recently released quite a few polka dot dresses in the larger sizes (going up to a 32), which you can get here.

One of those cuts offered now in polka dots is the lovely “Estella Dress” which I absolutely love and bought in several patterns as soon as it came out (some of which are not offered anymore). Now that it is available also in polka dots I might be tempted again. Although owning one dress in 4-5 different patterns (currently 3) might border to madness. I am actually considering wearing one version of this dress to the upcoming Plus Size Fashion Days in Hamburg

“Flawless” by Missguided

On this day I was also showing off my new “Flawless” earrings from Missguided. A company that is most likely not on most of your radars. While in several interviews they have stated that a plus-size range is very likely to follow at some point, up till now they offer a clothing range up to a size 18.

However, I have currently really discovered them as a great place for  shoe and especially jewellery. To me they are becoming, despite being a fast fashion retailer, bit by bit a real replacement for my favourite jewellery shop in Germany, Bijou Brigitte, which I still dearly miss since I moved to the UK.

I love these earrings. The hoopstyle reminds a bit of the 90s but they also have something 50sy about them of which I can’t quite put my fingers on yet, but I do like whatever that is. They went bang on with my outfitand and especially my hair on that day, but most importantly, the “Flawless” statement” sends a great and important body positive message!

What Do You Think?

Would you like Lady Vintage London to bring back their tea dress in the plus sizes? What do you think about Missguided and have you ordered from them before?

I would love to hear from you.

 

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British Plus Size Awards

I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for the British Plus Size Awards in the cateogory “Best New Blogger”. I really would appreciate it if you would take you time to vote for me.

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#OOTD: 50s Inspired Plus-Size Pin-Up Style

Gosh it was not easy to decide what to wear for Plus North, I still had (and have) quite a few outfits to show off that I had not worn yet and there are just so many great pieces that just have come out for the new season. On top of all that I just had changed my hair colour, (and at that to orange!), which really changes the look of *everything* on you.

So as said above, I was really unsure what to wear and went through about a thousand different options, till I came on Asos Curve across what you see below and then what I was about to wear was immediately made clear.

 

1  – ASOS CURVE Pleated Skater Skirt
2 – Alice & You Bardot Body
3
– ASOS Bandana Print Headscarf Neckerchief

Current Favourite: Pleated Skirts

I am currently absolutely in love with pleated skirts and if you follow my blog you know that there is basically no skirt or dress I am wearing without a belt. However, on pleated skirts most belts appear to look a bit “off” and somehow never sit right or stay in place. So the contrast waistband on this skirt is really amazing and exactly what I was looking for.

ASOS CURVE Pleated Skater Skirt

Unexpected Favourite: Bodies

Bodies are my new love. I am currently discovering so many new things that work for me. And one  revelation for me was that I actually like the look of myself with my shirt tucked into my skater or a-line skirts and even feel comfortable in it.

However, that once again can be a bit of a pain as, depending on the shirt, you might constantly have to keep an eye on it if it is staying properly tucked in. The amazingly simple solution? Bodies!

Alice & You Bardot Body

I would have never thought I would ever be found in a body again. As a kid my mom had to force me into them, but now they are my new found love. I already own this beauty and am loving it, although unfortunately it is currently sold out. I am sure I will be collecting more bodies (of the textile variety of course) in my wardrobe over the next months.

The Cherry On Top: The Accessories

The final pieces to top the outfit off and to give it the proper 5os style were the accessories: The absolutely essential 50s worker style headscarf from Asos and a killer necklace from Missguided.

Necklace: Missguided – Cleksa Geometric Plate Necklace
Headscarf – ASOS Bandana Print Headscarf Neckerchief

 So Far One Of My Favourites

So far this outfit has been one of my favourite outfits. I absolutely adore the 50s plus-size pin-up style. Not only since blogging but, well basically ever. It is a killer outfit showing off my best curves and enhancing them to a nice hourglass shape. Most importantly it is also a great homage to the 50s and the pin-ups of that time. Not to forget that this day was also one of the first times  I (more or less) successfully managed to style my hair in a way that involved back-combing.

What Do You Think?

What do you think? Have you been to Plus North? Did you have the same dilemma? What is it you like to wear to events like this? I would love to hear from you!

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 British Plus Size Awards

I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for the British Plus Size Awards in the cateogory “Best New Blogger”. I really would appreciate it if you would take you time to vote for me.

To vote for me and your favourite plus-size retailers & celebrities just click on the button below:

 

Extra 15% Off Sale Items – Plus-Size Bargains at Asos

Update: The Discount Code for an extra 15% off has unfortunately expired but the reductions up to -75% are still available

Discount Code GET15

Asos is currently giving you an extra 15% off their reduced items,  using the code “GET15“. This code will be valid till Monday the 8th of September.

Usually I am not the one to shout about reductions, so many were happening recently. In this case however, there are a few real bargains and I had to work hard on controlling myself not to go on a giant spree. So I thought this one would probably be quite interesting to you.

Sale items are reduced  up to 75% and with the extra 15%, there are quite a few great bargains available. In fact also the jumpsuit I have written about in an earlier post is available in this offer:

New Look Inspire Aztec Print Bandeau Jumpsuit

At full price this plus-size jumpsuit was £22.99. With the discount and using the code, you can get it now at £13.60, which really is an amazing bargain.

What’s In The Sale

As it was to expect most items are summer lines, but there are also some great transitional pieces amongst them. Also most of these summer pieces will be great to see you through autumn and maybe even winter if you mix up the combination a bit, for example with a leggings, a cardigan or maybe even Wingz. In case you have not heard about them yet, Wingz  are separate sleeves that you can wear under a sleeveless top, giving you a bit of extra coverage and great for turning a summer dress into a lovely autumn dress.

 

My Sale Wish List

There are actually a lot of great items available within this sale that I had my eye on for a while. The truth is unfortunately though, neither my wallet nor my wardrobe space is infinite. But one can dream…. and so I put the below wish list together.

 


1: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Midi Skirt In Colourblock – Was £22.00, Now £11.00, With Code £9.35
2: ASOS CURVE Scoop Neck Skater Dress With Short Sleeve – Was £22.00, Now £11.00, With Code: £9,35
3: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Skater Dress With Applique Lace Trim – Was £40.00, Now £12.00, With Code £10.20
4: Forever Unique Plus Size Esta Bandage Dress – RRP £247.50, Now £100.00, With Code £85,
5: Club L Plus Size Mesh Insert Pencil Skirt – RRP £38.00, Now £15.00, With Code £12.75
6: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Salon Dress With Scallop Edge Applique – Was £85.00, Now £42.00, With Code £35.70
7: Alice & You Pleated Skater Skirt – Was £25.00 Now £10.00, With Code £8.50
8: ASOS CURVE Full Skater Skirt In Scuba – Was £30.00, Now £18.00, With Code: £15.30
9: ASOS CURVE SALON Fit & Flare Dress With Inserts In Print – Was £75.00, Now £52.00, With Code: £44.20
10: Barney’s Originals Plus Size Leather Biker Jacket – RRP £225.00, Now £75.00, With Code: £63.75
11: ASOS CURVE Floral Skirt With Lace Hem In Longer Length – Was £45.00, Now £13.00, With Code £11.05

 

Ultimately I Could Not Resist

As mentioned above, neither my wardrobe space nor my wallet are infinite and I actually had promised myself not to buy any further  clothes till next payday. However, looking at the choice available I at least wanted to try a few pieces on. And so I ended up ordering the 3 lovely items below. The plan is to keep only the 1-2 items I like the most. However, I know myself… f I like them on myself it will be very unlikely that one of them is  actually going to get sent back.


1: ASOS CURVE Pleated Midi Skirt In Bright Floral Print – Was £35.00, Now £24.00, With Code £20.40
2: Club L Plus Size Mesh Insert Jumpsuit  – Was £49, Now £22, With Code £18.70
3:  ASOS CURVE Exclusive Leather Trousers – Was £95.00, Now £28.00, With Code £23.80

What is your favourite

What is your favourite? Have you made use of this offer and if, what have you bought? Or are there maybe any other great deals out there we don’t know yet about… Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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Sold – Buy My Wardrobe – Red Strapless Cocktail Dress

I am selling my red strapless George cocktail dress.

I have worn this dress once, for the Athletic Union Ball of Manchester University when I was part of the Rugby team, and I have had a really great time in it.

It is a size 20(EU48, US16) and has only been worn once. At only £15 (€19) it is yours.

 

To buy it, just send my an email to GirlGeekInADress@gmail.com and I will get back to you with additional info. Alternatively you can also head over to Vinted and buy it here.

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The Little Black Party Dress

Since I came over to the UK from Germany my night out wardrobe has significantly changed.

I still remember my very first night out in the UK. I had just moved to Cardiff to go to University. I had put on my smoky eye make-up and had decided to wear a very nice pair of skinny jeans combined with a grey shirt with a beautiful & colourful sequins detail and some nice high heels. Although when I say high heels, at the time I meant  about 2-3 inches high heels.

Little did I know about the fashion in the UK and particularly about Cardiff nights out. Because what expected me was this….

 

 

 

 

 

The above pictures are part of the Book “Cardiff after Dark” by Maciej Dakowicz, a book that is well worth checking out. You can have a look at its Flicker here or buy it on Amazon.

During my time in Cardiff I learned fast, that a skirt for a night out can never be too short, you can never wear too much hair spray, high heels never can be too high and that there is no shame in walking home barefoot.

Now I live in Manchester and in total I have lived almost 5 years in the UK and while I still have not adopted the British night out style completely and most likely never fully will, I have assimilated quite a bit.

Asos Curve Black Peplum Dress
Asos Curve Black Peplum Dress

While I lived in Germany I almost exclusively used to wear trousers on a night out. I now predominantly wear dresses and the dresses are much shorter than I ever would have dreamt wearing in Germany. However they are still much longer than many that I have seen here. But each to their own. I am still not so much a fan of massively high heels, particularly as I am 5’9 (1.75m) but occasionally I am daring to wear some 9 inch heels. However, in these cases I will always have some ballerinas in my handbag.

Club L Plus Size Lace Panel Peplum

One of my night out dresses is the Club L Plus Size Lace Panel Peplum Dress in the picture above from Asos Curve. This is another one of the little black dresses I recently bought from Asos after I realised that I had been overlooking that essential wardrobe piece by far too long.

 

At £9 it was a real bargain and so it is no surprise that it is unfortunatelly sold out. This dress has also become one of my favourite pieces of this mini haul. While it is quite short, it is still a decent length at which I am not flashing my knickers and the peplum details gives me a great hour glass like shape, in short: a great party dress.

little black party dress accessories collage

I am wearing the dress with a skinny embossed belt that I also got from Asos as well as with some Deichmann black and red plateau heels which also were a great bargain. I bought them a while back, when Deichmann had a sale on. As far as I remember they were reduced by 75% and I only paid about £5 for them, so like the dress they really were a great bargain.  They also are actually a lot more comfortable than they look. Although I would still never leave the house without some spare ballerinas when I am wearing them.

Deichmann  - Black Plateau Heels

Did you like me ever have a fashion culture shock on your first night out abroad? What do you think about this party outfit?  And lastly what is your favourite plus-size party outfit?

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