The Curve Fashion Fest 2016 – Runways, Babes & Plus Size Fashion

For most of this year’s I was thinking this year I would not be able to make it to this year’s Curve Fashion Festival. A real shame as I really loved the event last year. There is just nothing better than a day full of fabulous fashion and being surrounded by lots of amazing like-minded fat babes. Luckily Simply Be swooped in as my saviours from missing out and invited me as one of their bloggers to the event and not only that they even went to the effort to send me a little surprise care package for the event.

Fat Fashion Heaven

I and trains just do not get along. So after missing the first train I was finally on my way and tought some lovely ladies who were part of a hen party the secret of putting on makeup on the train which I acquired over many years of commuting to school. Ultimately it is all about the timing and avoiding contact with the back of the seat or any other surfaces – but I guess this is a topic for a whole of a another post. The hen party girls at least suggested I should start a youtube series about this. Who knows, I might ;).

Finally in Liverpool, I immediately dove into the action and like always there was so much to soak in. Tons of amazing brand stands, one fashion show after the other and lots of great talks and expert panels, not to forget so many amazing blogger ladies.

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Like always I was busy soaking all this up that I turn into to worst blogger and forget to take pictures of everything. In future I think I have wear some sort of alarm or pay somebody to keep pinching me if I forget to take pictures for too long.

OOTD

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While I am usually a fan for colourful outfits I decided to stick to black for today but not less daring. I felt like it was time to give my Asos crop top another outing which I first wore in this post along with my Missguided skater skirt and yours clothing kimono. All pieces are old season but nonetheless I don’t think that I looked out of date.

Knowing events like this, opting for layers is usually the best option. You never know if you are going to end up in a boiling or freezing exhibition hall. It was definitely a good decision to opt for such a light base outfit. Except when I was travelling, there was absolutely no need for the leggings, cardigan or jeans jacket that I had on me. In fact I wished I would have had a fan on me.

There are times when I do still feel a little self-conscious in  a crop top and keep trying to adjust it. I do love this outfit thhoughI just wished I would have been at least a tiny bit more tanned though.

 

Runway Shows

Where I did not forget to get my camera out were those fantastic runway shows. Not only were they showing off an amazing range of bodies but also a great range of ages from a size 16 to 32 from teenager to stunning grey hair all was represented and all looked absolutely stunning. London  New York,  Milan & Paris Fashion Week take note and learn – this is how you do diversity.

Here are some of the great pieces and stunning models that were on show on the day.

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Picture taken by Gin Fuelled Bluestockings

 

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Want That Trend

Out of all the Runway Shows my favourite show & line was the new plus size range by Holly Hagan, in cooperation with Want That Trend. While all the other designers have done an amazing job, I believe that this range has taken it just one step further. It is an unapologetic range that picks up all the current autumn trends in the most flattering and sexy way. But not only that, it is not a separate plus size collection – just a collection. Their range comes in a size 8-32 and makes no difference between straight and plus size in neither style, cut nor price. Well done!

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And here we come to the best bit where I can brag just a “little” . Holly actually ended up announcing the launch of the collection featuring a picture of little old me posing next to her in same dress she was wearing.

 

Catching Up With & Making New Friends

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Kitty Rambles A Lot & Me At the Navabi stand
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Catching up with Charlie from Gin Fuelled Bluestockings who I first met at the Florentyna Dawn Event

 

 

It was really great to meet so many amazing bloggers and plus-size ladies. Being surrounded by so many like-minded & strong women (and men) is undoubtedly the best apecst of events like this. This is not only a great inspiration & encouragement it is also a great boost for the self esteem not to forget a great chance to catch up with and make new friends and acquaintances you meet far too rarely.

A great opportunity to do just that and to round this great day off I joined some lovely ladies including Lolly, Amber, Sam, Freckles, & Nikee eating far too much at Reds True Barbecue in Liverpool. If you love some ribs, smoked meat or a good barbecue sauce this is definitely the place to be. I have to warn you though, come hungry and prepared to take a doggy bag home with you. The portions are as massive as they are yummy.

Have you been recently to any plus size events or are you planning to go to any events? Which event is your favourite that you cant wait for or love looking back to?

 

Lots of love

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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.

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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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#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.

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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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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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The Geek Side Of Me – Geeky Plus-Size Fashion #OOTD

As you all are well aware, my blog name is Girl Geek In A Dress and next to me loving fashion, being Girl Geek is a very important part of my identity. Particularly after I spent this Saturday at the Manchester Girl Geeks Mini Barcamp I realised that I have pretty much neglected this very important part of me, which is also an important part of my fashion choices next to all the dressy choices that I have been sharing with you here.

 

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The Geek in “Girl Geek In A Dress”

I decided that it was more than hight time to share with you my geekier fashion choices. I do believe this is a truly important section that I have neglected far too long, as while it is difficult to find nice plus-size fashion, it is even more difficult to find nice geeky plus-size fashion…

 

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Qwertee – A New Geek Shirt Each Day

One of my favourite places to go to for particularly creative and out of the ordinary shirts is Qwertee. Qwertee in the UK and Teefury in the US are shops that offer every day 1 (sometimes 2) new geeky designs often also featuring a mash up of two different films or comics from pac man, to breaking bad, the Big Bang TheoryLord Of The Rings, etc. or simply things held dear by geeks like catscoffee or astronomy.

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Happy Qwertee Customers In the Various Designs

Happy Qwertee Customers In the Various Designs

Only Up To UK Women’s Size 18

While Qwertee offers women’s cut t-shirts they unfortunately only offer them up to a size WXXL which corresponds to a width of 55cm across the chest, with a circumference of 110cm the corresponds with a UK size of ca 18, far too small. It appears as if Qwertee believes there are no plus-size geeks out there… really? It is not that difficult to find a t-shirt company that offers plus-size women’s shirts to print on.

So it is clearly something they need to change and the more people tell them the more likely it is that they are going to change it. So use your social media power and tell them on Twitter or Facebook that you want plus-size womens’s Qwertees and tag or mention me (@GirlGeek85) or my post if you are super lovely :).

Still Possible To Be Worn By The Plus-Size Girl Geek

That does not mean though that you won’t be able to wear those great designs if you are a plus size. I personally am somewhere between a size 24 and 26 and buy ther XXL men’s shirts and am quite happy with them.

What is important when buying men’s shirts is to check the width stated in their sizing chart and check it against your chest measurements, as this is most likely your widest part and the part that was not planned in, in a men’s shirt. I personally would recommend though not to go too big, otherwise it could look a bit shapeless and too baggy, but that is totally up to you and how you prefer it.

 

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Wearing a men’s shirt does not have to be masculine. I like to combine my geek shirts with a skirt, particularly skater skirts, as they really help to build that hourglass figure and a belt will help to really take your waist in, shaping your feminine silhouette further. Other than that I like to stay casual and practical combining the shirt and skirt with leggings and sneakers for comfort. Perfect for a long day of talks or any other tech or geek event.

 

What I am Wearing

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Geek Shirt – Qwertee
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Grey Leggings Simply Be
Grey Sneakers – Passed down to me by my stylish mum
Motorola Moto 360 Stainless Steel Smartwatch – Amazon

I am wearing my favourite Qwertee design depicting a mash up of Doctor Who and Despicable Me, showing the Minions stealing the Tardis and the Sonic Screwdriver of the Tenth Doctor. The skirt I combined this shirt with today was the Missguided Wet Look Skater Skirt which is a great skirt to be dressed up or dressed down. It is currently reduced to £12 at Missguided and soon I will be showing you the bolder side of it in my most daring outfit yet.

 

What Do You Think

What do you think of my more geeky side? I can’t believe I haven’t shown you more of that sort of thing yet, as it is an important thing of my style. I guess I was so busy stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing it with you that I completely overlooked to share my comfort zone self with you.

Would you like to see more geeky plus-size fashion? Do you have a favourite geek shirt or a great place to get geeky fashion? I’d love it if you would share it with me!

Lot’s of love

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Missguided+ On A Girl In Size 24

The Missguided Lace Peplum Dress

I am more than excited that I was provided with a lovely peplum dress out of the new Missguided+ Plus-Size range that only launched yesterday, which I will be wearing to the Simply Be Spring /Summer Collection 2015 preview tonight. Check out the hashtag #SimplyBeSS15 if you want to watch live what will be happening.

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I am very much looking forward to wearing this Missguided+ beauty. The dress comes in a lace look but also in a leopard print. This might not be as extensive as a usual review but I just wanted to give you a first idea how this dress looks on a girl that is on the larger side of curvy, namely a size 24-26.

 

True To Size – Slightly Larger

The dress feels lovely and appears to be true to size. If anything, it is a bit on the larger side, as it fits me well while I am usually somewhere between a size 24-26 with a relatively large bust. Although I would say despite that, there is no need to size down.

 

More “Missguided On A Size 24”-Pictures To Come

I will be posting quite a few of these looks. So keep checking back here on the blog or make sure to follow me on Instagram. Obviously I won’t be modelling the whole 70 pieces, Unfortunately I can’t quite afford that, but I am sure I there will be quite a few interesting pieces and that there will enough to give you a good idea :). Let me know which pieces you would like to see.

Some of the things of which I can tell you that you will definitely be able to see them here soon are: the leopard print midi skirt and the beautiful cobalt blue wrap dress, in fact I  will be wearing the latter one to the British Plus Size Awards.

Complaints About Sizing Range A Little Unfair

I have seen quite a few people complaining about the sizing range ending at a size 24. I personally hope as well that the sizing range that I hope will be extended in future. However, complaining about the sizing range is unfair.

You do have to think about this from a business point of view. Missguided is a retailer that so far has only catered for women up to a size 14 (and the occasional 16). Immediately moving from this to a range which is upwardly open would be an incredibly risky move. As there is no guarantee as to how the collection performs.

Therefore this collection should be seen as a first entry into the plus-size business. Missguided are basically dipping their toe into the plus-size market. Trying to work out what works for them and what does not. I am sure there will be one or the other amazing piece and some great surprises in the future.

What Do You Think?

There are so many things I would love to her from you about. What you think about the dress and the range in general? Which of the items would you like to see on the blog?

Lots of love

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My #FridayFavourites – First Edition

New Weekly Post: #FridayFavourite

I am planning to share with you every Friday from now on my favourite outfit of the week, my #FridayFavourite. Which I am aware is no clever pun, but it serves it’s purpose, a bit like #FollowFriday I guess…

#FridayFavourite is not meant to be an in depth review but rather to give you a glimpse into my day to day combinations,  showcase my new but also my older all time favourite pieces in always new combinations. This can be something that has never made the blog, or something that has already been on the blog but newly combined.

First Edition

I would guess that in most cases the photography would also be relatively low key, like the below.

Skirt – Anna Scholz
Body – Asos
Necklace – Missguided
Belt – Yours Clothing
Cardigan – Hand my down (given to me by my mom)

Finally A Bit Of Animal Print

This is an outfit I have been and am quite excited about, paricularly the skirt. I had been looking for some nice animal print, and particularly leopard print, for quite a while. The problem with leopard print though is that especially in the larger sizes it easily looks” cheap”. So I was dead excited when I found the skirt in an Anna Scholz Sale, it was reduced from £139 to £27 and it has not disappointed me. I am absolutely loving it.

The Perfect Autumn Office Outfit

I also love how the mesh insert of the high neck body goes with the amazing choker from Missguided. And finally the waterfall line cardigan is smart enough for the office but still dressing it down enough to make the combination of the otherwise maybe a little bit to glamorous for the office combination, the perfect autumn office outfit in my opinion.

Fashion Updates On Instagram

If  you want to keep up with little treasures like that, that I might love but that might not quite make it to the blog, for whatever reasons it might be (in most cases most likely time), follow me on Instagram.

 

What Do You Think?

I hope you like my new category and that you will come back to check for next weeks #FridayFAvourite In the meantime you could let me know what is your favourite autumn office outfit? Do you have a blog and maybe want to join me, showing me your #FridayFavourites? Let me know! Signoff