Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tall Talk Tuesday: Lauren AKA Lauren Loves (5' 9.5")

Tall Talk Tuesday is where I'll introduce you to real people, tall or not so tall people!  We'll have a chat and a nose in their wardrobe, share funny tales...  Today I bring you Lauren of Lauren Loves Blog.  Lauren has been a blog friend for many years- we met via several events and she is really sweet.  Her blog is a place for her passions- beauty, fashion and day trips out with friends (and her very cute puppy!).  She also has flawless skin.

Lauren Loves Pink Hair!

Tell us about you?
My name is Lauren and I write www.laurenlovesblog.com – a blog about fashion, makeup, hair, baking and anything else I see and love!

How tall are you?
I’m 5 foot 9 ½ - I grew an inch 10 years ago when I had a spine operation meaning I can’t even slouch to hide how tall I am!

Like or Loathe your height?
A bit of both. Some days I love my height – being able to see at concerts, being able to pull off many different styles of clothes and being described as “legs up to here” are all pretty awesome. Some days it’s fairly rubbish, like when I hang out with my tiny friends or mum. I joke that when I wear heels with my friends I must look like a man in drag compared to them!
Lauren loves the outdoors

Where do you buy most of your clothes?
Most of my clothes come from Zara, Mango and ASOS – I tend to get around sizing by always wearing ¾ length sleeves, skirts, dresses and cropped trousers.

Are there any places you find the clothes too short?
Most places on the highstreet! Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge, Topshop if not in longer lengths, Primark. I’m that girl who has to try on everything in the shops because there’s no guarantee things will fit, much to the dismay of my boyfriend.
Lauren in a vintage style pussy bow blouse from Dorothy Perkins, layered over a long line tank top.

What was it like growing up tall?
I was always the tallest in school, which was embarrassing when the boys were all smaller. Sadly I grew so quick I developed scoliosis meaning I was in a backbrace and eventually had my spine fused.  (I wrote about it here http://www.laurenlovesblog.co.uk/2012/04/personal-post-my-scoliosis-operation.html)

Any funny ‘tall person’ storied to share?
Thankfully there aren’t too many funny stories, although a couple of weeks ago I met The Saturdays (http://www.laurenlovesblog.co.uk/2014/09/garnier-ultimate-blends-and-meeting.html) and standing next to them I looked like a giant which everyone else found very funny! I’m doing my best to dip my hip and look shorter here!

Lauren and The Saturdays

Who is your style inspiration?
I like to go a bit vintage-inspired so I tend to go for 60s looks (probably because I can get away with a lot of skirts and dresses rather than having to find trousers that fit!) I love Brigitte Bardot’s style, particularly her hair and makeup. I also love Rachel Bilson’s look and watched Hart of Dixie, drooling over her wardrobe, wishing I could wear shorts to work.

Any tall dressing style tips?
Embrace your height and don’t let it stop you wearing highstreet styles with skirts and cropped trousers. Make sure you try everything on and if you’re not 100% comfortable in what you’re wearing, then don’t bother! Walk tall and enjoy being able to see over other people.
Lauren Loves cropped dresses

What is the best thing about being tall?
Sounds strange, but my Mum always says the advantage is being able to put on a little weight and it doesn’t really show! Also, being able to step over rows of seating and fences to get to places quicker! I’m clearly impatient.

And the worst?
Being taller than boys! Also, my puppy Teddy is a small breed so doing puppy training classes were difficult because I had to twist and bend down to do a lot of the training exercises, whereas the 5 foot tall instructor made it look easy!
Teddy the puppy!

Tall + High heels.  Yes or No?
Depends… thankfully my boyfriend is 6’2” so I can wear heels with him and still be smaller. With girlfriends I tend to steer clear for fear of looking like a giant.

Any words of wisdom you’d like to add?
Just keep swimming!
Lauren loves seeing her friends.  Stop by her blog and say hi!

Thank you to Lauren for taking part in Tall Talk Tuesday!  I really enjoyed our chat, although I am now heading to broswe Mango online!  Oh and next time you meet the Saturday's, feel free to take me along to help balance the tall girl ratio :)

Please do check out Lauren's blog at http://www.laurenlovesblog.co.uk or you can find her on twitter @laurenlovesblog.  I know you will find lots of great blog posts and pictures.

If you have enjoyed this post, please leave a comment below and thank Lauren for taking part.  If you want to read more 'Tall Talk Tuesday' posts, or fancy taking part then click here (link).

Stand Tall x


  1. I've loved meeting Lauren! Great interview. It's amazing how one can feel inmeditaley identified with the tall issues she describes :)

    antes Alta que sinsilla

    1. Thank you so much for your comment Patricia- I am so glad you enjoyed the post. It's good to know we aren't alone :)

  2. Fab post! I often have mixed feelings about being tall too - I always seem to end up being surrounded by much shorter people at work and constantly look like a giant! :)

    1. Me too! Just Stand Tall :) Thanks for your comment :)

  3. Thanks for a great insight into someone tall and fashion minded's thoughts! I'm six feet myself, and I have to say that I don't have the same issues with finding garments that fit as Lauren. If I want trousers or jackets, I stay clear of any of the Spanish or Italian highstreet brands and head for a Scandinavian brand, where the garments are cut taller and broader over the shoulders. The slimmer you are as a tall girl, though, the harder it is going to be to find trousers that fit right, as they tend to be longer the larger the size. Cropped trousers truly are our friends, aren't they?! I dream of the day I can wear a shift dress without it having to be tailored...


    1. I hate shopping for trousers! Very difficult to fit, and a pain to try on. Not to mention a panic to remove if you try on a pair which are too small! Thanks for the comment and tips :)

  4. WOW - I was just browsing through & stumbled upon your lovely blog - It looks gorgeous and it has interesting posts that I can relate to. I'm now following you via gfc, Hope you check out my blog & follow? keep in touch love x

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. Thanks Benish. I tend to subscribe using bloglovin these days, though I will have a look :)


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