I absolutely love making plans for summer, when the sun comes out I just want to get outdoors. Whether it’s visiting a stately home or garden or heading to the seaside, I like to take the kids to as many places as possible. I have quite a few little day trips and a couple of mini breaks planned.  As well as making sure the girls have everything they need, I’ve also been thinking about what I’ll be wearing. I like to plan in advance and work out what clothes and accessories I want to wear. When Hotter asked me to write about their summer shoes I thought it would be fun to plan some of my summer outfits around some of my lovely collection of Hotter shoes.

Summer Holiday Outfit Planning with Hotter Shoes

Summer Holiday Outfits with Hotter Shoes

Hotter shoes are designed with comfort in mind and are perfect for people like me, who are never off their feet. I have a few of their heels. But for the summer holidays I’m all about comfy flats that will carry my feet wherever I need to go. I have lots of different colours to go with different outfits. I definitely like to be true to my own style and wear things that I love and that make me happy. I love vintage influenced, but also love just having fun with pretty colourful clothes.

Summer Holiday Outfit Planning with Hotter Shoes

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

I absolutely love the colour pink, but don’t have many pink clothes. I love add accents to outfits with pretty pink accessories. The Flare sandals in this pretty pink and cream shade are perfect for fresh feminine outfits. I wear my big straw hat non stop on the summer and my white sunglasses are really easy to mix and match with different coloured accessories. I’d wear these with white and cream dresses or just to dress up a plain t shirt and shorts outfit. Of course I can’t forget my favourite book, I’m hoping to get a little reading in over the summer!

Summer Holiday Outfit Planning with Hotter Shoes

You are Doing Good!

I have worn my gold Sol sandals almost non stop over the last two summers, they are my favourite sandals ever. I thought it would be great to get them in another colour, there are lots of shades available, but I thought the white pair would be really handy and versatile. I’ve put them with a cute polka dot dress and fun girlie accessories. I’ll be taking lots of Instax pics on our travels, so I have to look my best!

Summer Holiday Outfit Planning with Hotter Shoes

Be the Girl Who Decided to Go For It!

I love wearing casual shoes with pretty vintage dresses, to dress them down a bit and make them more suitable for every day wear. The Mabel shoes are really versatile and go with so many different things. I’ve kept it simple with a straw cowboy hat and a lovely vintage horse brooch, for a classic American country inspired look. Magazines are essential holiday packing, if you don’t have time to read a whole book, you can just dip in and out of a magazine.

Summer Holiday Outfit Planning with Hotter Shoes

Think Happy Thoughts

This 70s dress is one of my absolute favourites and as you can see my brown Flare sandals have also had a lot of wear this summer. I’ve paired them with some earthy toned accessories and some big sunglasses. The big straw bag is my biggest vintage bag and is perfect for days out with the girls as I can fit so much into it. This outfit makes me so happy as it contains such lovely vintage pieces that work perfectly with the addition of the shoes.

Summer Holiday Outfit Planning with Hotter Shoes

You are my Sunshine

I adore colour and the brighter my outfit the more summery and cheerful I feel. I love clashing tones and mixed prints for bold and beautiful outfits. This is one of my favourite combos. The Resort sandals from Hotter and perfect for slipping on and I love the cheery leopard print design. I have also worn this outfit with my gold Sol sandals which are great for walking long distances.

Summer Holiday Outfit Planning with Hotter Shoes

Bon Voyage

My final outfit is inspired by the 1950s, although I had to throw in the fun 60s brooch as well. The Hallie shoes have all the prettiness of more formal shoes, while still being every bit as comfortable as my other Hotter shoes. I’ve paired them with this lovely full skirt and some classic sunglasses, for an eye catching eccentric summer look. I can’t wait to wear this one on my travels.

Which is your favourite outfit and which Hotter shoes do you have your eye on?

This post was sponsored by Hotter shoes 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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The weather over the last few days has been absolutely glorious. Sometimes I hate the unpredictable British weather, other times I love the way it goes from one extreme to another. No wonder we never stop talking about the weather. I made the most of the lovely days, by wearing lots of pretty dresses. One of those was this new addition to my wardrobe from Fashion World, which I was recently sent to try. They stock a huge quantity of brands and this particular one is by Simply Be.

This pretty yellow dress comes in the most gorgeous yellow floral print, perfect for this time of year and also perfect for my yellow Instagram theme! I love the vintage feel of the cape detail and neckline, but also quite like the more modern shorter length on this one.

I got the dress in a size 14 and like most dresses I’ve had from Simply Be the sizing was pretty good. The dress comes in sizes 12 – 32, and I definitely think it’s one of those magic dresses that looks good on all shapes and sizes. I also love that the cape details skims over my upper arms, which is so flattering.

I wore the dress with some sandals and a bag which are also from Fashion World. The espadrille style sandals are by Simply Be and I absolutely love them. I have quite wide feet and these are just so comfortable and easy to wear. I’ve pretty much not taken them off at all for the last couple of weeks, as they go with everything.

There were so many different bags on the Fashion World website, but this embroidered saddle bag really caught my eye. I love a cross the body style and the colours in the embroidery go really well with the dress. This is another item that’s going to be really versatile over the summer and will do with so many of my outfits.

I love this outfit, as it’s so simple and easy to throw together, but still looks really lovely. This is why I love the summer so much, all my outfits consist of a dress, sandals and a bag and then I just add jewellery or other accessories if I need to.

Lets hope there is plenty more lovely weather, so I can wear more of my dresses. Which is your favourite season for fashion?

For more pretty dresses, take a look at the Outfits section on the blog. I also share lots of my everyday outfits over on my Instagram.

*This outfit was sent to me for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. 


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