Posts Tagged ‘accessories’

Lauren’s Top 5 – Summer Sales

June 29, 2010

Greetings from a transitional layout-ed Pocket Rocket… Will hopefully be getting a sleek and neat new layout soonish.

Today’s post is brought to you with the following (paraphrased – the mag got thrown away) quote from Celebs on Sunday magazine this week:

Any woman can wear my designs, no matter their size, shape or colour. I am very proud that I am one of the few designers who can say that.

Guess who? None other than Julien MacLOLand, bitches! I’m assuming if you’re a size 14 wearing one of his designs in a room full of 8s, you better get the hell out?

Anyway… It’s summer sale time! In no particular order here are my picks – click on the images to be taken to the website. Happy shopping!

Note that you can get an additional 10% off orders over £40 using the code EVPOCKET until 6th July!

FYI: Very’s South range goes up to size UK24. So Fabulous! Is for sizes UK16 – UK32.

Goddamn, I need a job. What are you ladies buying in the sales?

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2 x OOTDs – Yes, Really!

June 14, 2010

…Because you miss my mug, right? These pics are special as they were taken by my lovely mum in our garden – so obviously I couldn’t get too Vogue. Apologies for the picture quality – you can click on the images to get the full size versions…


Lace overlay Dress: Simply Be
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: Wee Sparrow

I’ve been buying clothes from Simply Be since I was a teenager, so I was super excited when they contacted me – they sent me this gorgeous dress I’d been eyeing for ages, from their Frock’n’Frill range. Frock’n’Frill is my favourite range in Simply Be at the moment though they have collections by Mica Paris, Anna Scholz and Joe Browns. Unfortunately while the dress was the perfect length on Valerie and a smidgen too short on Dee, I had to lop a good few inches off the bottom! But I think it’s the perfect length now, and I love it so much. It fits like a dream! The shoes are also wonderful:

Vintage style courts from New Look’s Wide Fit section.

I recently won my first ever competition = $50 worth of jewellery from Wee Sparrow – I didn’t even realise I’d entered! But I chose some lovely necklaces and this is one of them.


Dress: ASOS Curve
Heels: Evans

Words cannot express how much I love this dress. I love the fact that ASOS Curve had the balls to make it in the first place – not only do you have the outrageous ruffle, but both the front and back are fully ruched -the detailing is incredible. And you know what? It’s made of thick jersey knit, making it one of the most comfortable dresses I own. I have no idea when I’ll get to wear it in public but I’ll make an occasion if I have to!

Also, on the subject of ASOS Curve you should definitely check out the lovely Vanessa‘s blog – she’s their fit model and has really opened my eyes to the laborious processes retailers go through. Though I feel she should be their actual model as well as the fit model, she’s stunning!

Totally in love with these shoes – again, not only do they look fab, they’re really comfortable! A++, ASOS Curve & Evans!

IRL Style Icons, Part 2: Diana

April 29, 2010

So I have finally gotten round to my second interview of real life style icons. This time is the turn of Diana. Diana is a very old friend of mine, and one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. She’s almost disconcertingly gorgeous – but at the same time is so sweet and nice, she can turn even the most hard nosed bitches into doe-eyed, giggling puppies. Quite a useful trait for a fashion photographer, no?

As with Camilla, she happily took the time to answer my questions and has been completely honest. Whether you agree or not, I hope you enjoy!

How would you describe your style and what/who are your biggest style influences?
My style is a bit of a clash – somewhere between supergeek vs glamour. I spend a lot of time in the studio taking photos, where it’s all skinny jeans and robot tees, loud, grungy make-up and statement necklaces. In my head, I’m still a 17 year old jumping around to Hole, and my casual style is defiantly clinging onto those teenage dreams with chipped red nails and smudgy eyes. However when I’m heading out, I like to vamp it up a little more. Red lips, corsets, flowers – I love the opulence of the 1940s and 50s, and try to mix it up with my own touch of grr. It’s all a bit messed up – Daria boots with Bettie hair. But that’s what makes fashion so much fun – there are no rules, no restrictions. If you feel like you can pull it off, do it. Most of the time, even the most offensive outfit can be saved if the person is wearing it with confidence.

With regards to influences, they come from so many different places. There are the obvious ones such as Bettie Paige, Sophie Dahl, Shirley Manson, Karen O and Dita. Then perhaps the less obvious ones like the photography of Cecil Beaton, old movies, even things as silly as colour swatches.

Where are your favourite places to shop?
I love trawling through vintage shops – there are so many wonderful ones dotted around Brick Lane, and I could easily lose a whole Sunday afternoon doing just that. On the high street, New Look, Dorothy Perkins and Primark are always good for a budget fashion fix, although I try to make sure that if I’m wearing something from the high street, it’s paired with something brought from a market or a vintage shop with it so that it’s not cookie-cutter couture.

I love finding people who create beautiful one-off curiosities as well – Bink at Pearls and Swine is one such example. She makes the most incredible fascinators and hats, and each one is a miniature work of art. I can’t leave the house wearing one of her pieces without being stopped asking where it came from, and have enough of her bits in my room to start my own shop! Tatty Divine is also wonderful for show stopping jewellery. If it’s bright, chunky and made of plastic, chances are that I will fall in love with it.

What is your number one favourite item of clothing/accessory and why?
My favourite item of clothing would have to be my black waspie. Worn under or over a dress, it feels feminine, and harks back to a more elicit age of decadence and perfection. It’s also amazing when you’re a bit low on self-esteem, and want something to give you that extra confidence boost. Even if you’re wearing something fairly ordinary, you can’t help but feel just that little bit sexier as you tie yourself into it.

Bags are also a great way to finish off an outfit, and I have accidentally created something of a collection over the years. One of my favourites is an old faux-leather camera box-bag from the 1970s, which has lots of compartments to fit all of my bits into, whilst still looking cute. It was brought back from New York by my best friend after he found it in a thrift shop out there, and is always an old-faithful when I don’t have to carry anything too big. My Hello Kitty quilted bag is also another gem, and another vintage item that I always get lots of comments on.

Image courtesy of Tom Medwell

Have you found it more difficult to develop your style because of being a larger size than most stores cater for?
As a teenager, I was a bit of a tomboy because I was scared of fashion. By myself, I enjoyed playing around with make-up and experimenting with colour, but when off to a gig I would always be in baggy jeans, baggy t-shirts with my hair scraped back. I didn’t want to draw attention to myself, so dressed accordingly. It wasn’t until I begun to work with make-up artists that I dressed more like I wanted to – feminine and theatrical, and it was a bit of a jump from where I was before. I would take basic dresses and wear them with bright tights and accessories, and over the course of a few years, my style really begun to change into how I like to present myself now. Part of the reason why I distanced myself from fashion when I was younger was because I didn’t know how to dress for my shape. I was a size 14 / 16, but with huge breasts which I didn’t feel comfortable with, and felt like everything either looked too revealing, or hung over them like a tent, doubling my silhouette. I have a waist, and it’s only in the last few years that I’ve discovered the miracle of cinching belts, which balance out my breasts and hips, making my shape look less warped. It’s refreshing to see that shops are starting to cater for the 16+ market, although there is still a long way to go before I’d be tempted into high street retail on a regular basis as although the style details are leaping forward, there is still that element that everyone is the same shape, and I really don’t want to buy a dress that is two sizes too big because it’s the only way that it’ll fit on top. Bring on the summer with it’s stretchy sun dresses, so that I can buy them in the correct size, and layer them with leggings and cardigans in the colder months.

What’s your favourite piece of fashion advice?
Dress for your shape, and make everyday a fashion show.

New dress x3

March 6, 2010

Oh my poor little blog! My life’s been incredibly hectic now I’m trying to branch out and do more fun stuff with my life. Which is sad because I enjoy this so much and don’t have the time to keep up with it and all of you. BOOOO. I hope everyone is well!

My stupidly busy weeks have been punctuated with nice purchases though, so I figured I should show you all here, complete with links to those still on sale – here goes…

Shift dress, Shoes: New Look Inspire/Wide Fit
Spot tights: Simply Be
Lace gloves: ASOS
Black shrug: Yours Clothing
Pink bow headband: Primark

Pictures just don’t do this dress justice. It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever bought from New Look Inspire, it has a lovely shape to it and fits beautifully!

Dogtooth dress/tunic: Yours Clothing
Red tights: Evans
Shoes: New Look Wide Fit

Black, white and red is probably my favourite colour combination, and I try to wear it as much as I can. Not sure if it started before or after I became an obsessed Interpol fan (now jovially referred to as InterLOLOLOLOL) but it’s stayed with me for a long time. As soon as I saw this top on the web I knew it had to be mine! This is one of the few perks of being a shortarse, in that I can wear longline tops as dresses, like this. Like the dress above, I’d say this is the best thing I’ve bought from Yours, and I’ve been buying from them for years. The turnaround is really cool to see.


Lace overlay dress: Dorothy Perkins Tall range
Velvet belt: Evans
Spot tights: Simply Be
Shoes: New Look Wide Fit
Sequin bow headband: Primark

I tried on and bought this dress in a rush last week, not sure whether I like it or not. I know now that I don’t like it. I fucking LOVE it! The underlay is tshirt material, so it’s deceptively comfy but still makes me feel all glam. All the lace around at the moment makes me so happy! I’ll probably wear this out to my birthday next week.

Let me know what your fave outfit is! xx

Checking In

February 8, 2010

Hello my lovelies! Thank you for any new readers that were sent my way by Christina, Gabi or Shapely Prose! Hope you don’t think I’m too rubbish. I’ve unfortunately got too much of a headache and too little time to update properly, but I thought I’d share my recent purchases (My first since last year! Hooray for employment!) with you:

I saw this dress on Stephanie‘s blog and couldn’t believe it was from New Look’s Inspire range. They’re normally so drab, but this was so pretty! So shapely! So quietly detailed! I’ve ordered it and wow, if I was more arrogant I’d say it was designed for me (haha). It’s a total Lauren Dress, even more than the Lauren Dress I’ve been bought for my birthday but which I was supposed to have forgotten about, shhh!

This is also from New Look Inspire but looks plainer than in real life. I’m not normally one for hanky hems at all, but it looks really cool paired with edgier accessories. I will be doing an outfit post soon though, I promise!

Not pictured are the lace body and spot tights from Simply Be/Fashion World/JD Williams/Marisota/Whatever they’re calling it nowadays. Yay!

Although I feel a bit like an egomaniac asking you to become my “fans”, I went and got myself one of those Facebook page thingies, and it would be lovely for you to join! Link is here.

Lastly but NOT least, I’m SO excited by all the new blogs popping up and especially with more Brits on the scene! Here are some of my favourite new UK kids:

Buttons, Bows & Brogues
Messy Carla
Cupcakes Clothes
Embrace Your Curves
Fashion For Aliens
One Fabulous Thing After Another
Fat Nurse (Essex girls represent!)
Plus Size Beauty

Night night everyone. x

IRL Style Icons, Part 1 – Camilla

January 29, 2010

One of the first things I wanted to do with this blog was showcase people in my life who’ve been a massive style influence on me personally, and who I think should be influencing everyone!   

Then I forgot. But then, I remembered! First up, Camilla Pia:   

Image courtesy of Nicolas Murray

Camilla is an ex-coworker of mine and one of the coolest people I’ve ever seen and then been lucky enough to know. She writes for various music magazines and DJ’s as a hobby, and her style is a cohesion of day-glo geek chic mixed in with an absolute riot of pop art-esque accessories. Sometimes I feel like she belongs in a nerdy yet hipstery comic book rather than real life. Whenever I see her I’m always totally mesmerised by her gigantic brooches and jewellery – Camilla is someone who totally knows how to work a statement necklace!   

But enough of my waffle. She kindly answered some questions about her personal style for me and answered really candidly and thoughtfully. Here’s what she had to say…   

How would you describe your style and what/who are your biggest style influences?   

Hmm… Geeky, glitzy, eccentric: lots of black, bold colours and classic prints finished off with huge (generally very sparkly) accessories. Biggest style influences are Karen O, Lady Gaga, Iris Apfel, Edith Piaf, Ghost World, Beth Ditto, Vivienne Westwood, my mum, my gran (Kika) and my friends John William, Ruth and Tamsin (Unskinny Bop) and Kirsteen Connor.

Where are your favourite places to shop?

I shop mostly online (farfetch.com, net-a-porter.com) but also at Tatty Devine, Evans, Beyond The Valley, Libertys – when I can afford it –  and this amazing jewellery shop off Portobello Road for most of my mad old lady bling. I have been going there for almost five years and still don’t know the name of it which is a bit silly really.

What is your number one favourite item of clothing/accessory and why?

Oh this is really hard, because it changes all the time. Right now it would have to be a tie between my big black gold and crystal turtle necklace and my gold Vivienne Westwood armour ring.

Have you found it more difficult to develop your style because of being a larger size than most stores cater for?

When I was growing up definitely. As a tween and teen I felt like I had no fashion role models and as a result felt completely like that world and looking good was totally shut off to me. I always wanted to buy vintage but could never find anything in my size and I refused to wear the bland high street stuff that was available at that time for larger sizes. It was sad because I really hated my body as a result and wanted to express myself in clothes but couldn’t. After years of slouching in band t-shirts I started to develop an obsession with quirky statement accessories. I really started to grow in confidence in my mid-twenties and focused on expressing my personality through jewellery and scarves and huge bright handbags which eventually became a kind of signature look for me. Things have improved for larger sizes in the past few years definitely and I find increasingly that I have more options on the high street and this has allowed me to pick out more interesting prints and colours but much more still needs to be done.

What’s your favourite piece of fashion advice?

Not fashion advice as such but a line from a song: “I want your ugly/I want your disease” from Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’. It feels very personal to me. I don’t think of larger sizes as ugly in general, but I’ve always had issues with my body and its imperfections because of various reasons and I find it really freeing and empowering when people like Beth Ditto and Lady Gaga talk about celebrating and loving your freakishness. It just makes me want to be freakier.      

Check out the blog she keeps with the equally fantastic Alex and John here: http://www.creepclub.co.uk

Get outta my dreams, get on to my feet!

January 5, 2010

 

Courtesy of Yatzer, here is one of shoe designer Andreia Chaves latest concept designs: the invisible shoe. As some people have commented these are not for the superstitious – nor for the knickerless – but damn would I like these on my feet!

Reckon they’ll do ’em in a size 6 EEE? ;)

I’d also like to thank Carmen for providing me with the blog title!

Cheryl and THAT hairpiece…

October 29, 2009

I’m a rare breed of person, in that I prefer to stay in on Saturday nights, complete with Chinese takeaway, some chocolate and a good film. So like most of the country, I’ve been totally sucked in to X Factor (and Strictly, but that’s a WHOLE other post) against my wits! Fashion wise, both Dannii and Cheryl have gone to town in the fashion stakes this season with… shall we say, varied results. This week was Big Band week and as a result the female judges were dressed in a vintage Hollywood style – my favourite! – with the Geordie Barbie opting for a grecian wedding look:

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Yeah yeah so the dress (Atelier Versace, if you were wondering) is lovely. But… THAT HEAD PIECE!

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It was so pretty and left me mesmerised every time Chezza was on screen! I’ve had a soft spot for bridal-esque head pieces for a good few years anyway but this was possibly the most perfect I’ve seen.

Initially viewers assumed it was a bespoke Cartier piece, but it turns out it’s by celebrated bridal designer Jenny Packham, and is even on general sale for a surprisingly reasonable £350:

Me being me, I went on an etsy hunt for afforable vintagey goodness…


Croska Silver Bow Headband

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Lottieda Designs ‘Rena’ Headband

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LiveInStyle ‘Beverley’ Headband


Croska Vintage Glamour Headband


RetroBridal Tiara Headband

What do you think?