It can be tricky to find practical shoes to go with vintage dresses. For me comfort is a huge priority. I’m a busy mum and I do a lot of walking. A lot of my job involves going from place to place and keeping my feet happy is really important to me. I’ve mentioned numerous times, how much I like Hotter shoes. I have so many pairs now, but until recently they were mostly heels.

A few weeks ago, I was sent a pair of their Flare sandals in red and yellow and they were perfect to wear with this original 1940s dress which I picked up at a car boot sale.

The sandals are one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I have ever owned. They are wide enough for my feet and have adjustable straps for a perfect fit. The shoes are contoured and have a microfibre insole for ultimate comfort. I went for my usual size 6 and the standard fit. They also come in a wider fitting. My feet are reasonably wide, but I always find the Hotter standard fit to be spot on.

I chose the red and yellow colour way, because they remind me so much of original vintage ones I’ve seen. There are so many lovely 40s sandals in bright colours like these. For a modern shoe, I think they’re a perfectly acceptable addition to a vintage inspired outfit. I think they’d work well at festivals, where comfort needs to come first. These will definitely be coming to Twinwood with me this year.

I love how well they match up to my bangles and I’ve definitely been picking out similar coloured items from my wardrobe to wear with these this summer. As well as this lovely colour, the Flare also comes in several other colourways including gold, blue and aqua, and brown. See all the colours here.

The quality is everything I’ve come to expect from Hotter – excellent. They are beautifully made from high quality materials and best of all, they are produced in the UK. These sandals cost £59.

Find the full range of sandals on the Hotter website.

*Thank you to Hotter for sending me these shoes for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 

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As an avid collector of original vintage, there are certain brands that get my heart all aflutter. One of these would have to be Horrockses. The brand made beautiful cotton dresses in the 40s and 50s and even dressed the Queen in their stunning ready to wear collection, I wrote a post on her Horrockses outfits a couple of years ago. Even back then the dresses were very desirable and were a very special addition to women’s wardrobes.

The brand have been much discussed and written about a lot in recent years and have been part of some major exhibitions. A few dresses from Horrockses have passed through my hands over the years as a dealer. I’ve even found a couple for under £5 at car boot sales in the past. Online they sell for big money these days and as most are safely stored in museums and collectors wardrobes they are now reasonably scarce.

The main problem for me, is that they don’t really come in my size. The main collection was only ever made up to a vintage 16, which is a modern size 12. So as a size 14 I just can’t fit into them. When this dress popped up on a Facebook selling page in my size, I just had to snap it up. I was especially happy to get my hands on this one, as I was quite familiar with the print, having seen it in books before. Apparently certain shops did stock Horrockses dresses in slightly larger sizes, so they are out there. One day I might find another!

I found this particular print in Christine Boydell’s book Horrockses Fashions – Off the Peg Style in the 40s and 50s. It was designed by Alastair Morton in 1947 and as far as I can tell the dress was produced in 1948. Christine recently wrote a post featuring this design on her blog, which is a really interesting read and goes into more detail than I could on here. In fact her whole blog is a fascinating read if you’re interested in vintage textile design in general.

The dress cost me £75, this is pretty cheap for a Horrockses dress and this was mainly because it has seen better days. The label is missing, the zip is broken and it has a fair few marks on it. Luckily it is still totally wearable and I just adore it. It just goes to show you shouldn’t give up on a vintage item just because it isn’t perfect. I bought the dress from Liz who’s blog Advantage in Vintage is an incredible resource, she also has a ridiculously large collection of Horrockses dresses. Her Etsy store is also a bit dreamy!

I’ve worn the dress with a cropped cardigan from Tu Clothing, which I picked up last year. I’m wearing the Mimosa shoes from Hotter which I got recently, they are a cute comfy wedge that will look great with some of my vintage summer dresses. My basket was a recent £5 bargain from Ikea and my necklace is an original vintage one. I wore the outfit for a stroll around Richmond and a pub lunch with my dad last week.

I wear a lot of modern and reproduction clothing for everyday, as a mum I find it more practical, but it is lovely to wear some of my really special original vintage pieces and now that the weather is warmer, these will be appearing a lot more on the blog. I’ve also been sharing a lot of my everyday outfits on my Instagram over the last few weeks.

As for Horrockses, after its heyday in the 40s and 50s they continued to make dresses into the 60s and 70s, but those classic cotton and full skirts were a thing of the past. The brand name was recently licenced to another company who have made a selection of dresses based on the original prints. The dresses are available on Asos, but are made with duchesse satins and have a lot less fabric than the originals. As dresses I really love them, but I’m not sure they pay a true homage to the stunning original designs. I did think they were worth a mention though, as they would look fabulous for events. Click on the images below to see them in full. (above pic via Pinterest)

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One of my favourite things about blogging, is sharing my outfits with you. Putting them together, getting dressed up and choosing my favourite pictures is so much fun. I’m not sure my trusty photographers Rob and my Dad enjoy it quite as much, but you never know! Anyway, as well as sharing my outfits on here, I also post quite a few of my everyday outfits on Instagram. These are the usually just quick snaps I’be got people to take on my phone and they never make it onto the blog.

I though it would be fun to share a few of my favourite Instagram outfits on here today…

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I usually post a couple of different outfits each week and I’m going to try and share more. I also add a lot of pictures on my Instagram that don’t appear anywhere else. So if you’d like to keep updated and see what I’m wearing or doing you can follow me over on Instagram.

Heyday Vintage Style

I can’t quite believe the new year is here! Having not really done anything to celebrate the beginning of a new year, last night kind of passed me by. I haven’t really thought about any resolutions either. 2015 was a pretty good year for me and my only plans are to keep working hard, spending time with my family and enjoying life. The only thing I’d like to do is wear even more vintage and record more of my outfits here on the blog. It’s one of my favourite parts of blogging and Rob and I always have fun finding nice locations and taking pictures together.

Home Made Dress OOTDTodays outfit photos weren’t really planned. I got dressed and went to the park with my camera and decided to get a few snaps of what I was wearing. I have shared this dress on the blog before about 18 months ago and I have only worn it a couple of times since.

Home Made Vintage Style DressThe dress is one that I made myself from an old vintage sheet which I picked up for 50p at a car boot sale. I used to make my own clothes so much more and I really don’t know where I found the time! I don’t think I completed many garments at all last year and it’s definitely something I’d like to start doing again this year. I collected heaps of vintage fabric and I definitely want to turn it all into stuff I can wear.

Enid Collins Autumn Leaves BagIt may be winter, but todays accessories are still paying homage to the beautiful colours of autumn. I totally forgot that I had my autumn themed hair flower until last week, when I found it at the bottom of my jewellery box and I really wanted to give it a wear. I teamed it up with some coordinating plastic bangles and my vintage Enid Collins Autumn Leaves handbag. I wore it with some comfy modern ankle boots which were perfect for  a rainy day in the park.

Autumn Leaves Enid Collins Handbag

Outfit Details 

Dress – Handmade by me using a vintage sheet

Cardigan – Primark

Hair Flower – Rosie Alia Designs

Handbag – Vintage Enid Collins via eBay

Bangles – Car boot sale find

Boots Primark

I’m really looking forward to another year writing this blog, cataloguing all the things I love and sharing as many of my vintage inspired outfits as possible. Most of all I want to wish everyone a very happy and joyful 2016!

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I am a very very happy lady at the moment! On Thursday I attended the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards feeling a little amazed that I was there at all. When I made it to the shortlist I was so stunned I cried! To be in the Best Use of Photography category was an amazing thing for me. Since the blog started, the photos are one of the things that I have really worked on. I’m a very visual and creative person and making the blog look beautiful has always been important to me.

Blog Awards
When they announced the winners and said my name, it was the biggest surprise ever. At that moment I realised just how much I hadn’t expected it and I was thrilled. It’s a moment I will remember forever!

A huge amount of hard work goes into all my blog posts and each one takes a long time both to write and to photograph. To have that recognised at one of the most prestigious awards in the blogging industry, just means more to me than I could ever explain. I just feel like jumping around hugging my award because it really is such a fab thing to have happened to me.

Cosmo Blog Awards Winner
Anyway, I just wanted to say !!!!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! to all the lovely people who helped make this happen for me by nominating me and then voting for me when I made the shortlist. You really are the best, if I could give you all hugs and cake I totally would right now.

Going forward I just want to keep improving the blog, posting as often as I can and just enjoying what I do. My award is going on the shelf in my office and I am so incredibly proud to own it.

I’ll probably post a bit more about the actual awards soon, but I just wanted to quickly let everyone know my fab news and to once again say thank you! xxx

Also I decided to leave my camera at home and just enjoy the night without taking loads of pics. I took about 10 pics on my phone so I know the qualities not great, but thought I’d share anyway!

You can see a full list of the winners and a video of the event on the Cosmopolitan website.