Hey everyone! Gawd, I haven’t had any time to really update the blog recently, just because everything has been happening all at once! I am so excited for Plus London, we’re putting the final bits and bobs together and now it’s the just the unglamorous stuff of getting everything we need to the venue for the evening ‘do. Can’t believe this time next week it’ll all be over!

Anywho, I didn’t want to neglect the blog entirely and one of the event’s sponsors, Simply Be, have been leaking photos of various collections to different bloggers, which is a sweet idea as it can get a bit dull looking at the same photo sets on 25 different blogs. I have been given Grazia, which is a very grown up and feminine range. What d’you reckon?

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sb3My favourite is definitely the white lace dress – it feels at home with the Dolce & Gabbana SS11 collection. I must admit though, I am not a great lover of sandals so I might have to give those babies a miss…


Props to Letilor and Katrin for the head’s up!

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Inclusive – a collection exclusively for H&M Online

This spring H&M presents Inclusive – a one-off collection of colourful and feminine fashion with lots of attitude in a wider than usual range of sizes. The twenty pieces will be available in sizes 32-54 and will be sold exclusively through H&M Online from early March. The collection includes figure-flattering party dresses in 50’s styles with large polka dots and rose patterns, as well as skirts, tops, cardigans and lingerie following the same theme.

Inclusive. Inclusive, inclusive, inclusive. I can’t stop repeating it in my head. That right there is a word you don’t see fashion brands embracing every day. If anything the polar opposite underpins the entire industry, with clothing used to elevate you above the norm, be part of a select set – all that nonsense. That’s why I’m a bit gobsmacked at seeing this new move by H&M – a capsule range going from size 6/8 – 24 with no alterations or limitations imposed on the larger sizes. The very idea that women of a range of sizes, from skinny to fat can wear the same clothes and it’s not something to be feared or repulsed by, but a fun way of sharing the love of fashion, is so refreshingly positive I can barely deal.

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Obviously, it’s not perfect: There are fashion conscious women above size 24 who are yet again excluded; the aesthetic is very one note; and it’s a one off. But I hope that if this goes well, then it creates scope for H&M to continue and experiment with even bigger sizes and more styles than ever. Who knows, maybe one day mine and Amy‘s dream of a shop that sells fashion – the same fashion – from 0 – 36 and beyond is finally coming true? H&M Inclusive definitely feels like a step closer.


Hi everyone,

I am so unbelievably busy at the moment so I apologise for the radio silence – it’s just over two weeks to Plus London and I’m starting to stress, plus I have my new job to contend with! I’m just glad it’s all loads of fun! To plug the gap in the meantime though, here’s a belated “ootd” i.e. photos taken at my friend’s Mad Men/Jersey Shore themed party. I went as Mad Men, but the dress I’d hoped my mum would make never materialised so I had to cobble something from my wardrobe…

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Dress: Evans (2009)
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: Thrifted
Glasses: Nicked off my friend Mris
Hair by my friend Ruth!

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Can you tell I was a little inebriated by this point? Unfortunately there were still quite a few hours of party to go… so far, this is the only photographic evidence of the last few hours:

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Classy.


Remember the LDN XL GRRRLS Funzine I mentioned in my video? Meryl still has about 20 copies for sale! They are £2 each + postage and feature articles by myself, Jessica, Devon and many more! To order a copy email Meryl at ldnxlgrrrls@gmail.com

In another wildly hypocritical move of mine, after saying that I am more interested in plus size clothing than plus size models, yesterday I judged a plus size modelling competition, hosted by Plus Size Tall and Evans. I debated whether to drop out of taking part because of what I had previously said, but actually I am really glad to have done it. I had a wonderful time, but more importantly I saw first hand how important and emotional the idea of diversity in modelling is, and that it does fit in to the wider idea of normalising fat bodies. There were a few tears when various finalists were telling how they came to accept themselves and what it means to be an advocate for size acceptance, and some of the women were so passionate (although a few did mention “real women”, which made me wince) that it was just lovely to see. If I could’ve sent them all to Las Vegas, I would have!

As it stands, the stunning Kelsey is representing the UK at the Curvy Revolution, with Serena and Georgina as runners up. Well done ladies!

It was really strange to be on the judging panel as I wasn’t really a “professional”, but I guess what I brought was a knowledge of what the consensus is among plus size consumers (basically… us lot!) are talking about and the kind of things we’re looking for.

If I start talking about the rest of it and the judging process I’ll be here all night as there are so many interesting points and discussions that happened, so I may leave the process itself for another post. I’m also writing a small article on the event for Evolve so look out for that!

Anywho: here is what I wore to the event:

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Dress: Beth Ditto at Evans
Boots: Evans
Headband: ASOS
Brooch: My mum’s

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I wanted to document my hair before it inevitably dropped 5 minutes later! I ended up ditching the headband as wearing my fake fur coat gets me enough looks on the walk to the train station, and silver and gold isn’t that great a combo in my opinion. I wore the boots as I knew I’d be walking from Liverpool St to the venue and I knew they were comfy! I’m still completely in love with the velvet dress, it can do no wrong!

Okay I think that’s enough rambling for one day! I must say it was awesome to meet everyone, especially LaCara who is gorgeous and adorable! I also got to catch up with Naomi as her gorgeous friend Lorna was a finalist. Yay!


Hello all! It’s been a bit of a mad week. Some awesome things are happening in Lauren Land!

♥ If you haven’t seen on twitter/facebook, I had some really great news – I begin working for Yours Clothing as their social media person on Monday, although as you know they’ve already let me loose on their blog. I’m so happy I could scream! I just want to say though: all of my work for them will be on their website – Pocket Rocket will be completely independent with no surreptitious ads, scouts honour! And actually, now I’m working I’ll take Google Ads off. I think it generated about £6.50, anyway. Sponsored content and ads are just not my thing at all, and hopefully you know I’m a gal of my word?

♥ Tomorrow I am on the judging panel – as me, Lauren Pocket Rocket, not as Yours Clothing – for Plus Size Tall & Evansmodel competition along with representatives of both of them, Evolve Magazine, Beautiful Magazine, and Hughes Modelling Agency, which is hella exciting! It’s down to 15 finalists and since I’ve never done this before, I hope I can make the right choice. I do hope there’s a plus size Freja or Alek Wek in there…

Plus London is just over three weeks away! I promise we will be putting up a programme of events in the next couple of days. To be honest, the daily activity is just meeting and shopping, it’s really really informal. The main event is the evening party at The Strand Gallery. I viewed the venue last night and it’s really cool. I’m so, so excited! I had no idea so many people wanted to come, I can’t quite believe it. It’s just gonna be so lovely to meet all of you!

I apologise if this hurts your eyes, but this was the best I could do with the sun streaming in the other day. God, despite all the exciting stuff happening I look really sad don’t I? Cheer up, love!

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Khaki Leopard dress: ASOS Curve
Black top: Peacocks (2009)
Belt & Black Collar Boots: Evans

I had my eye on this dress since it first arrived, and once it went down in the sale I splurged some of my Christmas money on it. I really like it, even if it’s different to how I imagined. I expected the material to be thicker and to hold it’s shape, but it’s actually a thin jersey. That’s not a bad thing at all, though – if anything, it means I can carry on wearing it during the spring and summer as it’ll keep really cool! I have to belt it though, to give it some shape – my mum remarked that I looked pregnant without a belt on… Um, thanks mum?!

The boots were another Christmas money treat, and I think they are my absolute favourite purchase. They seem to have disappeared from both Evans and Style369’s websites, which is so sad as I wanted to buy more pairs! It’s rare to find boots that are as ladylike and pretty as they are comfortable – bikers & brogues are great trends, but they just don’t suit me all that well. But I’m so in love with these.

What do you think? I’m in dire need of a haircut, I know!


Carmakoma SS11 lookbook

You all know I’m a huge Carmakoma fangirl, right? It’s only been a couple of weeks since I blogged about their amazing video. Well, they released the lookbook to go with it, and I am really impressed, more impressed than the past couple of seasons.

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It’s been really nice to see them break out and experiment with prints this season, and the colour black is far less omnipresent than in the beginning of the brand. With white and muted beiges being big news on SS11’s runways, this definitely slots in nicely. Here are my particular favourites:

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Also, I just want to note how much I like the casting of models at both ends of their size range, so you can get a good idea of how the pieces look on different bodies. My no1 item is definitely the dobby spot top, it’s just stunning.

What do you think? I am definitely gonna try to save up and purchase from them again!


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One of my new year plans (I am loathe to call them resolutions) was to feature more outfit posts on the blog, so let’s start with this:

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Jumper: Peacocks (2009)
Polka dot skirt, belt and shoes: New Look
Bow headband: Primark (2009)

The skirt was sent to me a few months ago by the lovely Kat – she’d been clearing out her wardrobe and thought I’d like this skirt. And guess what? I do! The colours are really sweet, and it has a nice pink ribbon at the waistband, but my jumper hid it. So I brightened it up a little with a bow that came with an Inspire dress I bought last year.

What do you think of my ~posing (haha)? The middle one is me attempting that stand-straight-shoulders-apart-glare-at-camera thing that was de rigour all last year in lookbook photography. Not sure it works, but it was fun to try. Let me know what you reckon, peeps!

By the way, I finally succumbed to Google Friend Connect, so if you want to follow via that then the button is roughly over there —->. Thanks everyone! xx


Hello everyone!

I am so sorry for the lack of blogging over the Christmas and New Year period, it always tends to be like limbo in Lauren Land. I hope you all had a wonderful new year and that 2011 will be a great year for us all!

I got given a camera for Christmas, woo-hoo! So I thought I’d test it out by rambling on… beware: it’s long, and a couple of swear words slipped out (me? swear?! never!) where I talk about what I’d like to see with regards to plus size fashion in 2011.

Thank you, I love you all! (And I really hope this works!)

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