Friend Friday: I am built for comfort, not for speed.

by byanika on 29/04/2011 · 45 comments

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Hi Sweethearts!

This weeks Friend Friday questions deal with the delicate subject of fitness.

I would like to start with a disclaimer:  

“What you are about to read are my honest and spontanious responses. I have the utmost respect for people who are fit. I, however, am not.”


Do you keep some kind of fitness routine? 

I follow a rigorous routine of  throwing dance offs in my living room. Why? Because I am intent on having as much fun as possible while moving about.

Has working out, maybe training for a marathon or something of that nature, helped with your own perception of body image?

In a word, no. But rapelling down a mountain (ok, fine, a wee hill) gave me a deep appreciation of the force that is gravity. Also, it gave me a chance to perfect the art of denial. I will never ever own up to those pictures of my bottom coming down from above.

When you are hitting the gym or just going out for a long walk what do you wear?

At this point I would like to direct your attention to the pictures displayed in this post, as they serve as a perfect illustration of “Anika does sporty-chic”.

Is it about functionality or fashion?

Functionality, obviously.

Do you feel there is a cultural perception of what you ‘should’ be doing for your own physical fitness?

Yes. I probably should stop being plus sized.

The thing is though, I am healthy. I am a vegetarian, how unhealthily can I possibly eat? (Don`t answer that.)

Dream big… what would be your ultimate fitness goal?

That would be to take my dancing to the next level as a professional flamenco dancer ,dancing my soul and heart out in a two hour solo-performance to the fierce rythm of a drum and the clapping of hands.



I bought this H&M dress in Brussels. It was six sizes too small, so I cut off the bottom of it and added the material to the back. It was never going to happen otherwise.


As you know I like to spread some serious love here chez moi. Recently I have been at the receiving end of a shower of love,  thanks to Stephanie of The Loudmout who very kindly featured me as her inspiration for April.  I can not tell you how much I appreciate all of your lovely comments and our conversations on twitter, sweethearts.

I also need to give a big thanks to Casee , B, Bella and Ann for giving me lots of help and input on my header and sidebar. You guys are true blogger divas, and I am in awe of your kindness and skills!

The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for fashion bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Join the conversation by joining the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group.

If you would like to join this wonderful network but feel unsure of how it works be sure to check out the eminent post on just how to do the Friend Friday by the gloriously talented and savvy Grit and Glamour!



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1 Ann TindallNo Gravatar April 29, 2011 at 12:28 am

I feel the same way about exercise, dancing is the way to go! It’s far too joyful to even be called exercise! I walk everyday but would run only if my life depended on it!! I gotta get on this FF bus, it looks like a fun ride!!
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byanika 2 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 12:45 am

Oh Ann, let`s go dancing toghether! I have some serious moves to bust out, and I so want to see your groovy ones! Get on the train darling, next city: EvenMoreBloggersConnect! Hugs for you xx


April 29, 2011 at 12:35 am

That dress is amazing! You are so good at DIY! I need to learn from you!!!

“The thing is though, I am healthy. I am a vegetarian, how unhealthily can I possibly eat? (Don`t answer that.)” DYING LAUGHING!!!!!!!
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byanika 4 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

I mean it though! DON`T answer it it! AHHAhahhahahhahahhahhahahahhahahahahhaha Is it wrong that I am laughing so hard at my own funny? Probably, but now I am laughing even more! You my dear have a wicked effect on me, and I LOVE it! <3 <3 <3


5 Fabienne JachNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 12:47 am

I love that you march to the beat of your own drummer. Fitness, etc, however it’s described is a personal thing. We are the size we are. That’s it. My idea of being out of shape is someone else’s idea of being in shape. On the other hand, my idea of being in great shape is someone else’s idea of not making the grade. Who care? Be healthy, be happy in your body. I’m “usually” incredibly healthy and I only do what’s right for me.

Apparently today it included a Red Bull, a Hagen-Das ice cream bar and a bag of chips. I took my craving very seriously. It happens!
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6 Casee MarieNo Gravatar April 29, 2011 at 1:23 am

Ha! So many priceless bits in the post. I love your spunk, Anika dear. I tend to take the Joan Rivers view of fitness: “If God had wanted me to bend over He would’ve put diamonds on the floor.”

I love what you did with the dress! Your skills are out of this world. And thanks for the shout-out. You know I’m always happy to help in any way I can! xo


byanika 7 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Thanks pumpkin! I just wrote it the way I would talk about it :D As for the picking of the diamonds, I couldn`t agree more. It is the same principle as with not skiing because there are no boutiques in the slopes. Perfect logic, and I adhere to these prinsiples in the strictest of manners. You are exellent company my dear, I am so exited for when we get to hang out outside the bloggersphere too. Happy friday to you! xx


8 JazmineKarissNo Gravatar April 29, 2011 at 1:29 am

I love the title of this post and how you mix your patterns:)
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9 MadisonNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 5:57 am

I think you & I need to dig into each others accessories drawers.. I love them! You look amazing dear! Ha, I do love your answers!
I used to love running, but recently hurt my back a bit so I’ll stick to yoga/pilates-ish some days.. too busy otherwise to make it a daily effort! :)


byanika 10 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I think you are absolutely right, and I think it is an emergency. Send me a thought the next time you stretch for the sun! Love, Anika


11 OfeliaNo Gravatar April 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

I don’t like gyms. I love to walk, do yoga and small weights at home.
Orange is a lovely color on you; it goes so well with your hair color!
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byanika 12 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm

You know Ofelia, I have a feeling I would feel comfortable exercizing with you, which is not something I say or do lightly. I always feel so safe with you, it is your warm heart shining all the way across the Atlantic, all the way into my living room. Hugs and happy friday!


13 SACRAMENTONo Gravatar April 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

Fantastic answers, Anika. I am in no rush to get anywhere, so why run??? heheheh.
Nothing I hate more than a gym, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
I like trekking and walking , at my pace, while I contemplate the beauty of the countryside.
You are so fantastic.
Love u!!
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byanika 14 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm

My thinking exactely, what is the hurry?! hahahhahah I love walking too, just like you describe it. How about you and me exploring your beautiful area, going for walks in the hills, soaking up art and each other and then skinny dipping? Olè! Grandes besos i bracas para tu mi amor-my friend of the heart. I love you to bits. Hugs to you and your fam! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


15 FashnlvrNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Anika – I love your answers and your dress! I am amazed it started out 6 sizes too small!! Good job! Dancing – the most fun way to keep your heart rate elevated for more than 5 minutes! HEHEHE!!
And you have the most beautiful blue eyes!!
Happy Friend Friday!!
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byanika 16 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Thank you my friend. Yes, this was a case of me refusing to accept that I could not have that dress, I searched all over Oslo and Brussels for my size. It was really easy to let out, took five mins :) Let`s go dancing together,what do you say? I am batting my baby blues at you, how can you resist? That is a date then! :D Love, Anika


17 Mode PlusNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Hahaha, Anika this so you: to start with a disclaimer. By the way, your header looks great. I get more and more excited to see you one day share your designs with all of us. Saving for a personal sewing lessons from you. Hugs!
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byanika 18 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Thank you for your feedback. I will confess I found this post funny my self too, and the disclaimer was one of my fave parts. I was a little weary about how to adress this topic, so I decided to answer the questions the way I would in a conversation, and not change them afterwards. So when you who know me says it reads like me, then that is the best compliment I could have. Thank you dear! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


19 MeleNo Gravatar April 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Anika you are too funny!

Thoroughly enjoyed this post <3
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byanika 20 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Thank you darling, so happy you enjoyed it! <3


21 Beautifully InvisibleNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm

First – orange is your color. Seriously, it looks AMAZING on you. And I am forever in awe of your skill in re-working dresses. Can’t wait for you to open that shop of yours!

Second, I love your honesty. I find it quite refreshing that you don’t hide who you are or what you believe in. Thank you for being YOU – we wouldn’t have it any other way!
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byanika 22 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Thank you so much darling friend! That is the thing about not having worn colours for so many years, each one that works on me is a revelation :) Thank you for your encouragement, I am getting there!

As for my honesty, I mean, how was I going to get away with this topic without being honest? I only hoped my answers wouldn`t be read as sarcastic. The thing about honesty is, I am not so worried anymore about being able to handle jugdement. I know that I will be able to handle it, so therefore I just let it rip. Volim te ljubavi.


23 GRIT & GLAMOURNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm

1. You look AMAZING in orange! More, more!
2. Your blog is looking as fantastic as you. Great job. Cannot believe how far you’ve come. Seriously.
3. Flamenco…so gorgeous. I think you should pursue your dream!
4. I love you and have a wonderful weekend, my beautiful friend!

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byanika 24 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm

1. Ask and you shall receive.
2. Thank you so much Vahni, I was secretly hoping you would come on over because I knew you would like it! I owe a lot to you in terms of getting on with my blogging, one of the things going to your blog helps me do is center my self, and really check with my self if I feel my content and layout is up to par. If no, then it must change and I must learn.
3. I have been dancing flamenco for years, and just might. Will invite you to the opening show.
4. I love you right back and hope you enjoy yours too, once you catch up on the sleep you lost due to being royally romantic.



25 myheartbloggedNo Gravatar
April 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Now that is my kind of fitness goal. I don’t care about how quickly I can run a mile. I want to dance like there is no tomorrow, and do it beautifully!


byanika 26 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 30, 2011 at 12:01 am

And you, are my kind of girl! Let`s dance the night away! Working on your email tomorrow love. Big hugs to you! Ps, this dress would look so fab on you!!! <3


27 KimberleeNo Gravatar
April 30, 2011 at 12:35 am

haha loved this post! I have dance offs as well ;)


byanika 28 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 30, 2011 at 12:42 am

Come on over honey! :D


29 BellaNo Gravatar
April 30, 2011 at 4:52 am

Anika, I loved this post! I loved reading your answers to the questions, I loved how you made me smile with adding material to the H&M dress and I especially love the title of this post! We can always count on your sincere answers that are like a breath of fresh air! It’s so unusual to meet someone like you–so real! And may I say your hair is really growing out! I like it! :)


byanika 30 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Thank you so very much! I really appreciate your feedback. I am loving that my hair is growing out too ;) By July it should be back to normal! Lots of love, Anika


31 EmNo Gravatar April 30, 2011 at 7:07 am

I love this post. EVERYTHING about this post feels really natural – from your answers, to what you are wearing.

The blog is also looking really great hon. x.


byanika 32 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Thank you so much Em! I always feel so happy when I get a comment from you, your blog was one of the first I started following, did you know that? I hope you enjoyed a lovely day with the girls in London. Hugs!! xx


33 EmNo Gravatar April 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Anika, I always look at your blog, always.
Work, often means I don’t have time to really invest myself in commenting etc. like I used to be able to, but I adore your blog and your style, fashion etc. I always look at it. x.
Val and I were talking today actually, about how creative you are. Really. We were in a London store literally betting you could buy a whole heap and absolutely transform things.
I had a fun day with the girls, thank you.
Big Love. x.
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34 AnikaNo Gravatar
May 1, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Em! Thank you so much! I really was sad when I couldn`t meet you in London this past February, but I so look forward to the day I get to give you a big hug. Basically I think you are fab. FAB! I know what you mean about time management, it is a constant struggle for me as well. I appreciate your feedback, and I hope that you know that I am loving what you are doing with your blogging too. Happy Sunday and lots of love from me to you. xx


35 ColleenNo Gravatar April 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Dancing is a great way to calorie burn and also it is less boring than so many exercises out there.
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byanika 36 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I completely agree. After writing this post I have decided to go back to dancing class! Happy weekend darling, and thank you for your comment. xx


37 ColleenNo Gravatar April 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

That’s great. Isn’t it funny how making a post about something can motivate you.

I really wish I knew how to dance. or danced.
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byanika 38 byanikaNo Gravatar
April 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

For me dancing is all about feeling the music, being in the moment, letting go, and forgetting what I look like dancing :) If you ever come to Oslo we`ll go together! xx


39 kristyNo Gravatar
May 1, 2011 at 6:23 am

lovely answers! i LOVE flamenco!!!!!! i think it’s so cool that you love it too. it’s such a gorgeous and passionate dance.

you know… i used to hate the gym. like, LOATHE it. now i love the gym. go figure! but my point is… when i used to hate the gym, i absolutely refused to go. and the times when i was coaxed into going by other people i always had the worst time. i wasn’t feeling it! how could i possibly get anything positive out of it?! so that’s the thing… whenever people start getting all “oh you SHOULD be doing going to a gym” i can always think back to that time in my life and remember how absolutely torturous it was. no, there’s nothing wrong with being into it and being fit and all that jazz. but forcing it and hating every minute of it… that’s just no way to live.

anywho! that’s my two cents. =P
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byanika 40 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Hi sweetheart, I absolutely agree with your cents! It is important for me to be able to lead an active life, and that motivation helps me make good choices in terms of lifestyle. When I am working out I love it, if I am doing something that I feel confident and strong doing. It is all about finding what works for you, with the motivation and pride that comes from within. Thank you so much for being your wonderful, wise self. Love to you! xx


41 Heather FonsecaNo Gravatar
May 3, 2011 at 6:33 am

Dancing is great exercise! I go for really long walks and sometimes I even jog. My husband’s been making me lift weights – I hate it.

I think what’s important is keeping fit by moving your body, how you do it is up to you. And you look fabulous! I love your orange dress. I’m impressed that you altered it up 6 sizes! That’s not easy.

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byanika 42 byanikaNo Gravatar
May 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm

I will only lift weights if they are connected to a check/cinnamon bun/new handbag that drops down as I lift the weights. I completely agree about being active, I want to be fit enough to live my life the way I want to, and when I dance etc I feel happy. How are you my dear? Sending you lots of love and hugs. xx


43 Curvy CanadianNo Gravatar
May 10, 2011 at 4:29 am

You look fantastic. Thank you for dealing with this subject honestly and with style! You rock. I danced 4 days a week/4 hours a night for about 7 years throughout high school and university, and I was plus sized the whole time. I would say my fitness is not bad, but people probably assume I couldn’t keep up with them just from looking at me…


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