When it comes to dressing in vintage, it’s the finishing touches that make all the difference. I love playing around with all my bags, shoes and accessories and putting lovely outfits together. As well as some new additions this season, there are lots of Hotter shoes which I pair up with my vintage dresses. I like modern shoes as they fit better and are so much more comfortable than their vintage counterparts! When I go to events or just for everyday life I wear shoes that won’t be hurting my feet after a few hours and my Hotter shoes are perfect. I own quite a few pairs, so today I’m sharing some of my favourites to wear with my vintage outfits.

Hotter Shoes for Vintage Outfits

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

For everyday I mostly wear flats. I walk a lot so it’s the most practical choice. I almost always wear pretty dresses though, so I like shoes that are actually more practical than they look! So popular everyday choices for me include my Flare sandals and for a slightly dressier look I’ll go for something like Hallie. For more dressy occasions or vintage events I’ll usually wear Donna or Viviene. I’ve also included Valletta in the picture above, I don’t own these, but I spotted them in the Outlet section of the Hotter website and there are few sizes left for a few lucky feet!

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Viviene and Village Vintage Style Shoes

Vivienne are one of my favourite pairs of Hotter shoes. I own them in this simple cream colour and they are so versatile, I can wear them with almost anything. These are from last year and they now come come in a selection of other colours and two tone options. These are ideal for wearing with vintage dresses. I love the navy and cream pair so much.

Another favourite pair are the Village brogues, again I own them in a very easy to wear natural shade. This is another pair that is now in the Outlet section, but I thought I’d include them just incase any of you are a size 8. I mostly wear these with my cropped jeans, but they’d look great with skirts and dresses too. For some alternative lace up options click here.

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Flare and Mabel Comfy Shoes for Everyday

I own the Flare sandals in two different colour-ways, the brown pictured above and a red pair from last season. I wear these at least 3 or 4 times a week and they just don’t seem to wear out. They are great quality and will last for years. I like the nod to 40s sandals with the Flare and I think they look great with vintage dresses. These come in lots of colours, so you can match them up to your favourite outfits.

I love a nice pair of lace up canvas shoes and the Mabel from Hotter are a firm favourite. These are another one that come in so many different prints, I’d love have a few pairs go these to match different outfits. I chose these because they’re quite an easy colour to mix and match with.

Vintage Style Shoes from Hotter Shoes

Donna Comfortable and Stylish

My all time favourite Hotter style would have to be Donna. These have been available for a few years now and have come in a variety of colours over the years. both my pairs are quite old now and the pink especially have been worn a lot. They are so comfortable and look amazing as part of a vintage inspired outfit. At the moment they come in a pale pink, a truffle and black and cream options. there are also a few colours in the Outlet section.

Hallie for Dressing Up and Down, Sol for Happy Feet

One of the newest additions to my collection are the Hallie shoes, these are low heel while still being quite dressy. I love to wear these with really casual outfits like jeans and gypsy tops and also go all out and wear them with a gorgeous dress. This is a pair I’d take on holiday, so I could wear them day and night. These also come in black a metallic nickel finish.

I wear my Sol sandals so much, that I had to take them off my feet to take this picture! Although not specifically vintage in style, they do go with just about everything, especially in the gold shade that I have. This is another style that comes in loads of colours and I definitely wouldn’t mind having a few more pairs. I’ve walked miles around London in these without my feet hurting at all, I’d definitely recommend these if you walk a lot, but still want pretty sandals.

Find your Perfect Pair

Fine the full range of comfortable shoes over on the Hotter website.

This post was sponsored by Hotter who I will be working with on a few posts over the summer. I am so grateful to be able to work with brands who I already shop with and love. All opinions as always are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 


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It’s been quite a while since I found a bikini that I really love and feel comfortable in. Much as I love my body, I like styles that cover my stretch marks, but also have enough room for my boobs. It can actually be really hard to find something that works when you’re not a conventional body shape. I recently got the opportunity to choose a bikini and cover up from Boohoo and I’m so glad I chose this simple black bikini and beautiful fringed kimono.

When I started looking on the Boohoo website, I went straight to the plus size section, which has an amazing selection of swimwear in size 16-24. The plus range is every bit as lovely as their main range and I was impressed with how fashion forward everything was.

In dresses I usually go for a size 14, but in swimwear I like to size up as I have a big bum and boobs and feel more comfortable in a larger size. The bottoms fit perfectly, but the top was a little loose round the back, so I had to wear it as tie back. I’m a 32F, so I often need to size swimwear up to allow for my cup size and make things smaller round the back to allow for my smaller rib cage. This isn’t a big problem for me though and so worth it to get a great fit. I couldn’t believe how supportive the bikini tops was, I felt secure and comfortable and the style was perfect for me.

The best thing about the bikini was how confident I felt in it. It hid the bits I’m self conscious about and supported my boobs, so I could just enjoy a lovely day on the beach with Rob and the kids without worrying about how I looked. I definitely believe that every body is bikini ready and there is a perfect bikini out there for everyone. Confidence shouldn’t come from changing you, but finding the right swimwear for you. I now want to buy lots more gorgeous bikinis, so me and my new found confidence can have even more fun on the beach.

The cover up is so perfect for me and I love both the print and the fringed details. It was nice having an extra layer as I don’t go to the beach to tan but to play with the kids, take in the view and have fun. It was also nice as we visited the beach later in the day and it kept the chilly breeze at bay. This would be perfect to take away on holiday.

You can find the full range of swimwear on the Boohoo website or check out the plus size range.

These pics were shot by Rob on a lovely day out at the beach with the kids. *Thank you to Boohoo for sending me a bikini to try and thank you for focussing on a body positive inclusive range.


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I’m trying not to buy any new dresses at the moment. Like I discussed in my post a few days ago, I’m trying to lose a little weight for my health. So I don’t want to get too many new things in case they don’t fit me soon. My wardrobe is also completely full! So right now I’m just saving money and investing in accessories and things that aren’t dependant on my dress size.

The only dress I’ve bought recently was this one for £10 in Primark. I feel in love with the beautiful ditsy floral print and the shades of blue and yellow are just lovely. I also love that it’s a wrap dress, so if I do lose any weight I can just tie it a little tighter.

The dress is lovely quality for the price, the fabric is 100% viscose and has a lovely drape. The ruffle detail that runs all the way round is evenly stitched and sits well. My only misgiving with the dress is that I need to fasten it at the bust with a safety pin, to avoid exposing my bosom to the world. I do find this with most high street wrap dresses, they’re not really designed for busty women. It’s a little shorter than my usual dresses, but I like that about it and I think I’m going to wear this length a bit more. My usual dress size is a 14, but with most Primark things I size up and go for a 16. I’m glad I did with this dress, as the fit is just right and the 14 would have been too small. I would recommend trying this one on to make sure the size is right, rather than just taking it home, like I usually do in Primark.   I wore my dress with a simple gold necklace and my new Flare sandals from Hotter, which I featured in my sandals wishlist. I think the outfit looks really pretty, while still being comfortable and practical enough for a lovely walk in the park with Rob.  I’d definitely recommend this dress if you want something affordable and easy to wear. I also think this will work for years to come as it’s quite a classic style. Just because some clothes are cheap, it shouldn’t make them throwaway and every purchase should have a certain amount of longevity and I think I get that with this dress. Now I just hope they bring it out in another colour way. I may be budgeting, but for £10 it would be hard to say no. have you bought anything nice recently?


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If you follow me on Instagram or having been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a lot of love for Hotter shoes. Obviously I love wearing gorgeous dresses and dressing up all the time. But I’m also a big walker and I like to take the kids out for outdoor fun and exploring, so I need footwear that not only looks great with my dresses, but also keeps my feet happy when I’m on them all day. A couple of years ago I started wearing Hotter when I fell in love with their vintage inspired range. I got a couple of pairs of their flat comfortable sandals last year and wore them non stop. This year I am lucky enough to have partnered with Hotter to created some posts and to try some of the lovely shoes from their summer collection.

Hotter comfortable sandals wishlistToday I thought I’d share some of my favourite comfortable sandals from their current collection. I’ve also been thinking about how they work within my wardrobe and which shoes would go with some of my most worn dresses, as well as a couple of more casual outfits for trips to the beach or for chilling in the garden. My summer wardrobe always consists of some cropped jeans and lots of cotton dresses with a few pairs of shoes that mix and match well. I put together a little wishlist of some of ,my favourites.

Hotter comfortable sandals wishlist

Sandals from top of page to bottom…

  1. Resort Sandals in Leopard Print (top picture)
  2. Sol Sandals in Gold. I got these last summer and wore them so much. They’re still in perfect condition this year, so I’ll be wearing them with everything again this season.
  3. Resort Sandals in Rose Gold. I have these in another colour way, but I have my eye on this gorgeous rose gold pair.
  4. Dazzle in Leopard Print. These are casual but cute and perfect for wearing with jeans or block coloured outfits.
  5. Hallie in Tango Red. This is another pair that I have, I wear them with all of my dresses with red details. They are great because they’re quite dressy but also not too high for everyday.
  6. Tourist in Sand. These are the ultimate comfy and casual sandal perfect for jeans and casual playsuits. I’d wear these for barbecues and days out with the kids.
  7. Betsy in Rose Floral. I love the pretty print on these. I’d wear them with some of my colourful summer dresses. Like my vintage check one which I wear a lot.
  8. Sol in Tango Red. I already love my gold Sol sandals and I think they look absolutely lovely in red too.
  9. Sol in Brown Multi. I love the mix of colours on these, perfect for picking out the colours in different outfits. these would look great with both dresses and jeans.
  10. Resort in Dark Tan. These are the ultimate versatile sandal to go with everything. They are also really comfortable, so these would be a great all round choice.
  11. Tourist in Salmon. These are such a pretty colour and I think they would look amazing with jeans or some dungarees.
  12. Flare Sandals in Tan Multi. I had these in red last year and they were ridiculously comfortable all summer. I’m looking forward to wearing this colour too. I reviewed these last summer.

Hotter comfortable sandals wishlist

Which is your favourite pair and what would you wear them with? Do you recognise any of the dresses pictured above, they are all inspired by favourite pieces from my wardrobe.

Find the full range of comfortable sandals over on the Hotter website.

This post was sponsored by Hotter who I will be working with on a few posts over the summer. I am so grateful to be able to work with brands who I already shop with and love. All opinions as always are my own. 


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I’ve been very excited to put together a huge yellow Wishlist for Spring and Summer. As I mentioned in my recent Dolly and Dotty review, I am obsessed with yellow at the moment. I’ve been doing a yellow theme on my Instagram for a few months now. This obsession is definitely spilling into my wardrobe at the moment. And while I’m enjoying putting outfits together with the yellow things I already have, I do have my eye on a few new bits too. I shared my green Wishlist a couple of weeks ago and now it’s time for a very long yellow Wishlist!

Row One

  1. Every year I stock up on lots of crop tops, they are perfect for wearing with all my pretty skirts. I don’t like showing any tummy, but I find most sit just on the waistband of my skirts. I love this Bardot crop top from New Look. It’s so fun and classic.
  2. As usual everything in Collectif this season is awesome. This crop top and matching shorts really caught my eye. Perfect for holidays. xx
  3. These yellow floral shoes from Marks and Spencer would look so cute with the set above. I love the idea of dressing up simple outfits with such pretty shoes.
  4. This spotty wrap top from New Look is another one that would be great wear with skirts and jeans and is a totally gorgeous wardrobe staple.
  5. As you know I can’r resist a bit of Cath Kidston and since they don’t have any yellow dresses at the moment this yellow floral book bag is the next best thing. I love the book bags as they’r perfect for carrying my work around or for taking the girls books to and from the library.

Row Two

  1. I’ve had my eye on this lovely floral dress from Joanie clothing forever. The gorgeous floral print reminds me of the Queens yellow Horrockses dress from 1954 (pictures here)
  2. This ribbed button front vest from New look really appeals to me. With it’s big buttons I think it would look amazing with a full 50s skirt for a very vintage summer holiday look.
  3. This yellow dress from Marks and Spencer would be a great everyday summer dress. The dress in the link is slightly different (and nicer) than the one in the pic.
  4. I want this yellow lace dress from Joanie clothing for summer evenings, it’s so lovely!

Row Three

  1. I love the idea of wearing this gorgeous crochet bralet  from New Look in the summer with a gorgeous skirt like the yellow midi skirt from Marks and Spencer.
  2. The yellow circle bag would go with just about everything and straw bags seam to be everywhere this season. I love small bags like this, just enough room for a few essentials.
  3. I keep spotting these yellow shoes from Marks and Spencer and thinking how useful they’d be over the summer. Their clock colours accessories are amazing at the moment.
  4. I couldn’t resist adding this lace tassel crop top for a more boho summer look. This one is also from New Look, who seem to have loads of amazing tops at the moment.

Row One

  1.  I absolutely love Primark, for filling gaps in my wardrobe. I’ll often mix and match Primark pieces into outfits with original; vintage pieces or other high street items. This season I’m particularly loving all their summer tips and accessories. I’ll be searching my local store for this striped top, floral camisole, sunglasses (how awesome are these!).
  2. The the perfect summer smart out fit I love this yellow jacket and shorts co-ord set from Miss Selfridge. The two pieces are sold separately, so if you’re different sizes on top and bottom, then this would be ideal. I also love the very vintage styling of the side buttons on the shorts. These could be worn on their own with a vintage top for a 40s look.
  3. These Primark sandals are just £10 and would be perfect for adding a little yellow to summer outfits.

Row Two

  1. Probably the most me thing on this list is this lace sundress from Joanie Clothing. It’s the sort of thing I wear all summer and I absolutely love it.
  2. Other useful bits for building up a bit of yellow in your wardrobe are this cross body bag and crop tops Primark. I have the second top already and I love wearing under my dungarees for a casual look.
  3. also from Joanie clothing is this lovely embroidered midi dress, such a beautiful shade of yellow and a very versatile style, to carry you through all seasons.

Row Three

  1. The weather may be delightful right now, but the British summer cannot be relied upon! I always stock up some light knitwear for summer evenings and unseasonable cold spells. Two of my favourites include the aloha sweater and this gorgeous open weave cardigan, both from Joanie Clothing.
  2. My favourite new dress for the season so far is this gorgeous yellow floral cape dress from Simply Be. I love the light fabric and the little cape detail is just adorable. You can seeing me wearing it in yesterdays blog post.
  3. These block heeled shoes are from Primark and at £12, I’m going to find them hard to resist!
  4. I like to have lots of crop tops in my collection to mix and match with my high waisted skirts, this knot front top from Primark is another must-have. Lets hope I can find one!

I hope you enjoyed my yellow wishlist, what are your favourite pieces? have you seen any nice yellow stuff that you think I’d enjoy? Send me links!


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