Dainty Li’l Jennifer [Lulu Hun]

Sometimes I miss being able to wear high heels, mostly when I see a really delicate style, as it’s just harder to find dainty styles in a lower, sturdier heel. There’s something about footwear brands that assume those of us who wear lower heels automatically want a bulkier, blockier style overall, and that’s simply not the case–I wear low heels because my left foot has never quite been the same after I suffered with a stretch of Plantar Fascitis a few years ago, not because I don’t like stylish, pretty, lovely things. At least when it comes to summer wedges we low-heel wearers don’t automatically get relegated to a frumpier footwear category, since espadrilles and all the other usual summer suspects look just as cute with a lower wedge as with a towering one. Lulu Hun, however, have gone one step further in pleasing me this season by releasing Jennifer, a gorgeous pair of wedges with a strappy open toe that makes up for all the slinky little strappy stilettos I can no longer wear. Roll on summer!

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May reviews the black Jennifer low wedges by Lulu Hun

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May reviews the black Jennifer low wedges by Lulu Hun

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Veronica in Ivory [Lulu Hun]

Long gone are the days I could wear a towering, dainty heel that was barely strapped onto my foot by a criss-cross of skimpy straps–well, about 4 years gone, really. These days I appreciate the distinct lack of a threat of a twisted ankle provided by a thicker heel, an enclosed vamp, a solid ankle strap. Give me stability or give me flats! All that does not necessarily mean frumpy, ugly shoes, thank goodness, though admittedly finding pretty, sensible heels is harder than finding, say, gorgeous death traps. Lucky me that vintage inspired brands are brilliant for finding the kind of heels I need, and the Veronica heels are one of my all time favourites.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Ivory Veronica heels by Lulu Hun for a fit review

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Ivory Veronica heels by Lulu Hun for a fit review

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Spring Florals [Splendette]

I’m not a huge jewellery person. I don’t have pierced ears and I never really got into rings. My hair always seems to tangle around the clasp of necklaces, which also twist as I wear them, so more often than not I just forget to put them on, even though I own many. Mostly, I love a brooch and a bangle. Or, well, three bangles, more specifically, because as a lover of colour blocking my accessories I typically like to stack together matching bangles of varying widths. That makes Splendette my perfect bangle maker because every release comes in 3 widths, as well as in 3 wrist sizes, so no folks get left out. Let’s take a look at their lush new Spring Florals line. 

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models Duchess size Petal bangles from Splendette Spring florals 2022 range for a quality and product review

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My Darling Peta [Charlie Stone Shoes]

There’s something I do which may or may not be weird: I go through phases of hyper-focusing on certain aspects of my wardrobe. (Is that just me?) I’ll be putting together an outfit and find myself thinking something like ‘damn, this would be perfect if I had a velvet navy bag to wear it with,’ because I am a bit obsessive about colour matching, and once the idea occurs to me that my collection has a glaring hole in it, suddenly all I want is to find the perfect piece within my budget to fill it. These phases are often accessories focused—hats, bags, belts, bangles.

My latest phase is all about finding pretty flats. It started at the end of last year, when I treated myself to two pairs of Charlie Stone Shoes‘ not-actually-fully-flat flats. I loved them so much that I began to daydream about their other gorgeous flats, which I didn’t need but definitely wanted. But then, oh ho! What did I realise? I actually do need some of them, because guess what, they fill one of the gaps in my shoe collection: comfortable, good quality flats in staple colours I will regularly wear, that—here is the crucial bit—I CAN EASILY CLEAN.

Pl.us size pinup Miss Amy May models the black Peta flats by Charlie Stone Shoes for a fit and size review

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Rhea & Alberta Are Ready to Shine [Ruby Shoo]

Last year was an uncertain year for us all, obviously, but as we move into December that uncertainty seems to be coming back around for many of us, thanks to Covid. The small joys of Christmas are still on my mind, despite that precariousness, and if there’s one thing that feels concrete for me, no matter life’s circumstances, it’s that Christmas means sparkles. Ruby Shoo’s Rhea heels and Alberta handbag set certainly has sparkles to offer in abundance.

Pinup Miss Amy May models the black sequin Rhea low court heels and black sequin Alberta bag by Ruby Shoo for reviewPinup Miss Amy May models the black sequin Rhea low court heels and black sequin Alberta bag by Ruby Shoo for review

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Gemma, Vintage Perfection [Banned Retro]

For quite a while I’ve been wanting to get a brown or burgundy vintage style handbag. Wanting it to be medium-sized means modern high street stores likely wouldn’t have what I’m looking for, as even when they lean into vintage inspirations they often then make it comically small (what is going on with the tiny bag trend right now?! Do not understand) or on the larger size, like a tote bag. Considering I already have a burgundy faux croc tote sized bag that I rarely reach for because it is so large, I was being very specific in only buying precisely what I was looking for and not something ‘near enough,’ as I sometimes do when I get frustrated shopping on a budget. Well, my prayers were finally answered when I stumbled across this Gemma bag by Banned Retro. In fact, I loved the style so much I also snapped it up in the green. Sorry, did I mention shopping on a budget? Er, just forget that bit while we look at my TWO BEAUTIFUL NEW HANDBAGS.

Pinup Miss Amy May models the Banned Retro Gemma faux croc vintage style handbag for reviewPinup Miss Amy May models the Banned Retro Gemma faux croc vintage style handbag for review Continue reading

London in Velvet [Charlie Stone Shoes]

As I detailed last week when reviewing their Manhattan glitter flats, Charlie Stone Shoe’s 2021 autumn/winter line is a family reunion of re-released and reimagined past bestsellers. One of the reimagined kin is the London flats, previously available in red and this year released in a navy velvet, a perfect match to the gown I’ll be wearing for my younger sister’s twice-rescheduled wedding next spring. There was simply nothing for it; I had to order both. If you read last week’s Manhattan review you’ll know I adore them, and so it is likely no great surprise to learn I feel just as ardently about the London.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the navy velvet London flats shoes by Charlie Stone Shoes for a fit review

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Glittering Manhattan [Charlie Stone Shoes]

Charlie Stone Shoes made a name for themselves by designing glamorous, high quality flat shoes. As their popularity has grown, they moved into also producing heels and handbags. They produce a new themed range each season, with their special edition spring/summer range this year inspired by the art nouveau architecture of the city of Porto, with a nod to the magical world of a certain famous boy wizard. For Autumn/winter 2021, the theme is Home for the Holidays, a representation of the hope we feel for reuniting with our families this coming ’21 holiday season with a Charlie Stone family reunion of their own, re-releasing some of their past bestsellers and reimagining a few others. When I saw that their much loved Champagne Manhattan flats would be re-released I knew I would be making an order, as I deeply regretted not snagging a pair the first time around. Well, I can you tell you one thing for sure, they’ve certainly lived up to my high hopes!

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models  the champagne glitter Manhattan flats by Charlie Stone Shoes

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Chic Atop Chic [Fascinators Direct]

There are many industries that have been hard hit this year by the pandemic, one of them being the wedding industry. Sellers and vendors both big and small found their sales dropped off sharply as weddings were postponed and cancelled all over the country, including my younger sister’s. It can sometimes feel like there are so many small businesses to support that one isn’t sure where it’s best to spend one’s money, and it’s true that one person can only do so much. One of the excellent things about the vintage loving community, though, is that the notion of dressing for events is slightly redundant for us, because we love getting dressed up all the time. That makes us excellent candidates for supporting businesses like today’s feature, Fascinators Direct, a Brighton-based fascinators and hat company–because, hey, if sassy mid-century loving folks don’t know how to rock some killer headwear, then who does??

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Freya and Rachel [Belbeina Lee]

I am obsessed with Belbeina Lee. Everything she makes is stunning, whether it’s an original design or a piece inspired by a true vintage item; they both generate the same effect, which is me falling in love and adding yet another fabulous hat to my wishlist. Since it’s been a crappy year I recently decided to treat myself to two brand spanking new Belbeina Lee pieces, and my goodness, they more than live up to my expectations, just as they always do.

Freya hat handmade by Belbeina Lee modelled by Miss Amy May

Rachel hat handmade by Belbeina Lee modelled by Miss Amy May

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