The Geeky Girl Tag

The Geeky Girl Tag

This tag has been going since the start of the year and was started by Zombie Goddess Beauty  but I came across it on A Geek Girls Guide. I’ve been under representing the geeky side of me on this blog recently so thought it would be a great tag to join in with!

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?

My Macbook Pro as it’s essential for blogging (the WordPress app on the iPad can be quite hit and miss) and for storing all of my photo’s.

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

So I’ve done a few of the sorting hat quizes to answer this question and decided to ignore the very mixed answers. I’m clever in an unconventional way, intense sometimes but open minded, creative, determined, street wise and have a strong sense of fairness and loyalty. So who knows!?

3. Who is your favorite Doctor?

I have never been able to take it seriously tbh But I’m willing to give the one’s with Peter Capaldy a go because he’s a fantastic actor.

4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

Captain Sean Renard from Grimm because he would appreciate the finer things. I doubt there would be any immediate threat of peril and if there was he’s pretty handy. He looks good in a suit and especially out of one incase we skipped desert.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?

I’m going to say the original Playstation because their are so many classic games on there that I love, like Spyro The Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Cool Boarders, Tekken and Odd World and Devil Dice.

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?

I think a fair one would be Teleportation because I could visit countries that would be too hot or too cold for me to cope with IRL (which are a lot of them) and then just leave when I’d had enough. The second would be to have people notice I’m struggling because of chronic hidden illness and to offer to help me. Amazing for days when I’m exhausted and feeling week and/or brain foggy but I have shopping to do. However, that’s robbing people of their free will so not exactly fair!

7. What is your favorite fantasy world?

Most of the ones created by Studio Gibli and the Miyazaki’s as anything magical can happen there.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

Sometimes I feel rather Vulcan but I think I’d quite like to be from Helion Prime (The Chronicles of Ridick) way before the Necromongers arrive obviously as they look like a nice people on a nice planet.

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?

I’ve tried to watch Star Wars three times and even as a kid I could never take it seriously when Jabba The Hut and other aliens would show up I’ll give The Last Jedi a chance though. I love the two modern Star Treck films and it’s really given me an appreciation for the type of man Spock is. I say ‘man’ rather than Vulcan deliberately, as he chooses to be his own man and make his own choices and not to just follow blindly what went before him.

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.

Oh you are killing me with this question!

TV series – The Flash, Westworld, Jessica Jones, Grimm, The Man in the High Castle. Retro shout out to My So Called Life, Daria, Third Rock From The Sun and The Mysterious Cities of Gold.

Film – The Crow, Sin City, Terminator, Avatar, The Craft. Retro shout out to Teen Witch, Fright Night, Legend and Labyrinth.

11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

At the moment I’m stuck with C.O.D. on the Bloke’s PS4. Even though I like it, it gives me sensory overload after a few hours. If we are talking all time, I’ll go with Bounder (C64), Bubble Bobble (C64), Sonic The Hedgehog (Sega Mega Drive), Translworld Snow Boarding (XBox), Spiro The Dragon (PS1).

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Me as a Pop! Cat edition

If you want to join in then here are the questions

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
3. Who is your favorite Doctor?
4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
5. What is your gaming system of choice?
6. If you had a super power, what would it be?
7. What is your favorite fantasy world?
8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my answers and I’d love to know what you think!

Chrissie

Veggie review – Lilly’s, Ashton-under-lyne

The Bloke asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday and I suggested going to Lily’s vegetarian Indian restaurant, which he was chuffed about. It’s in Ashton-under-lyne so that meant a bus and a tram (in rush hour) but it was totally worth it.

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We were struggling to decide what to have from the amazing menu so we decided to order the rest as takeaway. To start The Bloke had Bhel Puri a mixture of puffed rice, potatoes, chick peas, crushed puris (fried bread), onions and tamarind sauce. For a change I didn’t get any kind of Puri and chose Aloo Tiki instead, deep fried potato patties with spices. These arrived with a dairy free spicy mint (?) sauce after the waiter inquired wether I was having dairy or not.

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I then decided that it was my birthday so I’d treat myself to dairy after all and went off menu, ordering the Special Sizzler for my mains. A heated pan of fried onions, paneer cheese, green bell pepper, a meat substitute which tasted similar to bacon and a vegetable I thought might be parsnips but forgot to ask. I ordered two puri on the side. I love them so much I could eat them without sauce just for breakfast! The Bloke went for a Vegetable Jaipuri of mixed vegetables, paneer and cashews cooked in an Indian sweet and sour sauce, with Pilau rice on the side.

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It’s lucky I find Indian sweets almost too sweet and that I don’t like the texture of Rasmali as it meant that I was able waddle slowly back to the tram stop around the corner. I have to thank the transport people for linking up my bus stop in town to my fave restaurant with a tram line and a ticket which costs only £3.80.

The thing which really clinches it with Lilly’s is not just the quality of fresh food or how clean the place is but how friendly the staff are and how considerate they are of dietary needs. The prices are also very reasonable so obviously it would have been rude if we had not left with seven takeaway dishes, two Battered Stuffed Chilli Peppers and 12 Batada Wada’s (chickpea battered balls of fluffy curried potato and onion). Hehee!

Maybe next time I’ll try some of their Southern Indian and/or Indo-Chinese options for a change. I’m sure if it’s made at Lily’s it will be wonderful.

Lily’s, 75-83 Oldham Road, Ashton, OL6 7DF Tel: 0161 339 4774

Chrissie

My Lifestyle Lately – April Flashback

Style

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I found some really nice sports-luxe trousers from Very. They can be worn at waist height with a fancy belt, fitted top and block heels for a casual evening look or lower slung with a hoodie and trainers in the day. So versatile for Spring/Summer!

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I found some fat laces from B Boy Laces so now my trainers finally look proper old skool.

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If I’m going to wear summer makeup and an outfit that’s pretty, it’s going to have to be tropical! Click here for where to buy each item.

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I always feel that I verge on the modern glam-rock side of alternative style when I go on a night out so I put this together. I’ve just realised this look would also be great for a festival if you replaced the heels with ankle boots or wellies.

Beauty

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I’ve really struggled to find cruelty free shampoo for coloured hair, that has a decent use-by date on it and a mouse that gives a natural look. Read my review of these two here.

hand wash beauty

Beauty isn’t all about complicated skincare and haircare solutions, sometimes your household products can help too. Read my review of Beauty Kitchen Hand Wash here.

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I absolutely love this colour of Zoya nail polish! A pretty medium 80’s kind of pink in daylight, tropical pinky-orange in the evening and almost illumines orange in bar/club lighting. Read my review of Zoya nail polishes here.

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Practical and natural Dr Organic lip balm. Read my review here.

Drinks

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Could this limited edition packaging be any cooler. Nope.

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I like Chai tea with milk and sugar so I thought I’d give this a go. It’s a really nice spicy-sweet milkshake.

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I usually make my own smoothies but I’ve been too tired to keep up with shopping for fresh ingredients so I bought this. It did give me a boost of energy and was thick enough to water down by a third so it lasted for hours. However, I did have a big sugarless slump several hours after I stopped drinking it.

Random

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My bloke found this pad he’d had for a while but not used. He said it looked cute and wobbly just like me, ha! I love that it matches my pen.

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My mate was gigging with his band The Breath at my mates bar MASH in Macclesfield so he gave me a lift down there. What a lovely gig! I always find it funny how many muso’s around Greater Manchester are friends, I mean it’s hardly a small place.

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The backyard is doing really well, thanks to my Dad ^_^

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My bloke got a little accidental visitor. The Bluetit was surprisingly chilled out considering, and left when it’s mates called to it through the open window. Much nicer than the giant pigeon we had last time o_O

Chrissie

Monday Motivation – Silly Quotes

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Yours Sincerely,

Princess Mermaiden, rider of Unicorns and the odd dragon now and then.

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An important question which should be asked on all occasions.

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True story.

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Sometimes it’s the people who make the place.

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Embrace your ‘lasagne days’

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*sings* “We’re busy doing nothing…”

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Lets hope neither wear off for a long while.

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Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than smile, unless you are equally amused and confused.

Chrissie

My Favourite Slogan Sweaters from Romwe

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One of the most important questions you can ask.

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I love the bold urban feel this has.

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I asked a male friend if he liked this. He replied it reminded him of anime tentacle porn. O_o So anyway, it remindes me of Gothic tales like that of the Kraken.

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My natural state.

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It’s cute but not sickly grab-me-a-bucket kind of cute.

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For those days when you just don’t give a damn. Plus, I thought it balances out the inclusion of the panda ;0)

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This is my ‘pastel-grunge girl chills out’ choice. It would look great with a dark blue or black mini skirt and grungy tights/leggings to balance it out.

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Very apt.

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Ancient symbolism combined with cute emoji’s and festival flower crowns. What’s not to like.

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How is it possible that I don’t own anything with galaxy print?!

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I know I certainly am, oh wait…

All of the sweaters on Romwe are reduced in price, which is great but some item are ‘one size only’. Others are S, M, L. I suggest getting a size smaller if you want a feminine silhouette as these are a standard square fit. I personally think this fit of sweater looks great to dress down a mini skirt or to wear over leggings or skinny jeans with trainers or pretty flats.

Chrissie ❤

Motivational Monday – Telling It Like It Is

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So volunteer for the next tea round or go to the corner shop for that forgotten loaf of bread. Maybe have a quick tidy up or get off the bus a stop earlier, it all adds up.

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Apparently our brains are hard wired from caveman days to continually analyse our mistakes and bad situations so we don’t repeat them. Also, life isn’t fair and bad shit happens to good people obviously. However, you gotta choose to let the past go though, before it negatively effects your future.

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This can apply to how you treat others as well as yourself. Next time you are about to open your mouth to criticise someone (again) for something they did in the past, maybe don’t.

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Fair enough lol

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This actually gave me goose bumps I thought it was so clever and bad-ass.

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The birds are singing, I’ve got food in the cupboards, my socks actually match, I patted a friendly doggy today.

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Life lessons.

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Sometimes what you have planned your life to be doesn’t make you happy and sometimes, something totally unexpected does.

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If it’s just not you, then why are you wearing it? There’s a big difference between giving new things a try, and wearing what others expect of you, especially if it makes you miserable.

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Absolutely.

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Especially in a zombie apocalypse.

Chrissie

Motivational Monday – Just Be You

The first one in this series is from a disability/chronic illness/neurodiverse perspective but I reckon most people will be able to relate to this, in one way or another.

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I love the part in this which says ‘Be safe, if you can be.’ I cannot tell you how many times I’ve battled on when really it wasn’t safe for me to do so because I was that exhausted, I was having accidents and making terrible decisions. Having a rest is not giving up, it’s enabling you to come back stronger later.

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This idea sunk in when I was around 14 and I thought if people are going to stare at me no matter how hard I try to blend in, then I might as well give them something that I’ve CHOOSEN for them to stare at. Something so they actually see me for a change.

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Neurodiverse people are just a different kind of normal. Don’t forget your quirks are part of who you are and they have helped to shape your character.

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Too loud, too fast, too bright, too busy, too freakin much! This is when you know you need to take a moment to reset and de-stress, if only for five minutes.

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I cannot tell you how important it is to do this, for your own self esteem and sanity. I ended up having to cut a really good friend out of my life because his mates hated me and he ignored it – expecting me to put up with it. Nah! I’ve also tried my arse off to fit in with a group who had no intentions of even trying to understand me. If they are ‘your kind of crazy’ you shouldn’t have to try that much.

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Bit of a literal one for me this, haha! Seriously, though today is a new day and another chance at getting that difficult thing right. Which led me to creating this one myself…

You are enough.

Chrissie

Style Edit – Modern Glam Rock

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My Lifestyle Lately – March 2017

Style and Homeware

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The Bloke re-dyed my hair for me which took a much shorter amount of time than the first time. I just don’t get how some people get the depth of colour that they do!? This is a cruelty free dye from Star Gazer.

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My beloved biker boots have finally died after having the sole glued back on twice, just as I managed to find these as a replacement (after months of searching). I added the spike and chain strap which I bought separately.

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This adorable little fella is utterly impractical as a mug – right handed he’s facing away from me and left handed his horns hitting my glasses and he wont sit properly in the draining bored – but as I said, it is adorable!

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Sea for Yourself – sea inspired style and homeware post.

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Spring/Summer Cross Body Handbags post.

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Rainbow Accessories post.

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Its a running joke between me and the Bloke that when I suddenly realise something or I’m contemplating something I sound like I’m mooing, so he surprised me with this!

Food

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I was invited to Zouk Tea Bar and Grill to sample some of their new Spring/Summer menu. Me and The Bloke enjoyed, contemporary and classic Indian food, cocktails and of course mango lassi.

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Every morning I either have a smoothie or if I really need it, I’ll make a small milky coffee with vanilla essence. Banana and peanut butter smoothies are the bomb!

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Gluten and dairy free of course as are these…

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I found this pre-made meal at Coop in the open fridges. They also had a mushroom risotto to heat up the rice did not behave like risotto rice and it contained quinoa which gave it a very noticeable bitter taste. Total fail!

Here’s my Dairy Free, Veggie Goodies post.

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Here are the best naughty treats I’ve tried this month…

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Tiny bites of caramel, biscuit and milk chocolate heaven!

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Higgity! Higgity! Higgity! This Higgity feta and spinach pie is rather wonderful when heated up. Posh restaurants can save their silly feta reductions as far as I concerned.

Beauty

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I don’t know about you but my skin has been freaking out with this wildly changeable Spring weather. I was really pleased to review this Tea Face hydrating, calming and exfoliating tea treatment.

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Read why I love this polish so much here.

Decals (or y’know, stickers)

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Yeah, man. This went straight onto my laptop as did the one below.

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I put this one on my iPad cover. I love the simplicity of it!

Lifestyle/Personal Interest

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I wrote 20 Little Things to Appreciate in Life after the weather had been bad, my back had been bad and I’d not gone out much but I realised I was still relatively happy.

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“I’ll bing you flowers, in the pouring rain…” Great old school garage song by two Manchester lasses. Well, it was pouring and the bloke did bring me flowers.

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My own shot of street art by Tank Petrol in The Northern Quarter

And the award for longest tittle goes to: 10 Helpful Things Having Chronic Illness & Invisible Disabilities Have Taught Me About Life. I really wanted to make sure I didn’t just have a big old rant with this and tried to keep it balanced and upbeat in places.

Always nice having a cuppa (‘tea’ for my American readers) and a catch up. Chat to you again soon!

Chrissie