Infinity Dreams [Belbeina Lee]

infinity hat by Belbeina Lee leopard print New Zealand vintage hat maker milliner small business Miss Amy May

For a vintage-clothing loving girl, I’m actually woefully ignorant of, well, many aspects of vintage clothing. I don’t know the correct terms for most of the design features of the clothing I so greatly admire from past eras, let alone details of fabric type or authenticity when it comes to inspecting possible true vintage pieces. That means sometimes when I’m watching a period film or TV series I can spot a dress style or accessory piece I desperately covet but I can’t figure out what to search for online to even begin the process of tracking down a repro version I can purchase myself. Continue reading

The Perfect Chilly Duo [Collectif + Lulu Hun]

Look, I know here in the UK we’re currently experiencing a heatwave–again–which might make it seem like this autumn-themed post is a poor idea, but I posit the opposite. Picture this; chilly mornings with a slight crunch to the grass, the browning of the trees, the here-again-wonder of that first time you can see your breath when you exhale out of doors, the first time in so long that you’re reminded of your childhood belief that perhaps, just perhaps, you might be a dragon. Acorns. Chestnuts. Rain.

Now, don’t you feel just a bit cooler? No? Okay well at the very least maybe we can agree on wistful? Because that’s what I’m feeling right now, as I pick uncomfortably at the seams of the lightest dress I own which still isn’t quite cool enough. I want autumn and I want it ASAP, not just because I’m fed up of summer but because I want to get back to wearing outfits like this.

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Claudine on a Picnic [Lindy Bop]

I was thinking the other day about the kinds of prints I love and why, and for some of them it boils down to something surprisingly simple: squares. My winter favourite, plaid, and my summer favourite, gingham, are both prints created by criss-crossing coloured lines to create squares of various sizes. As boring as that sounds, that description can also be applied to picnic blankets, and is there a single person out there who’s willing to say they hate picnics? If there is, there shouldn’t be.

This Lindy Bop Claudine dress makes me think of picnics, and buttercups, and being a bit too excited to be able to bust out one’s sunglasses for the first time this season because the sun, and even some warmth, are finally here. Let’s soak it all in! 

Claudine Blue Check shirtdress by Lindy Bop Large Round Straw shoulder bag Miss Amy May plus size pinup fit review

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Delightful Devon [Unique Vintage]

It feels a long way off right now, but for a minute let’s just pretend it’s summer, okay? Close your eyes–picture a blue sky with nary a cloud in sight, the sun warm on your skin. The air smells fresh, clean, pure. The condensation beading on the outside of your ice cold drink slides slowly down the glass…And what are you wearing? Chic, timeless, pure white. Specifically, this Devon dress by Unique Vintage, and damn would it make summer look good.

Devon white ivory dress Tan Bell brim straw hat unique Vintage plus size fit review Miss Amy May Continue reading

Sweet on my Feet [Lulu Hun]

Give me olive accessories or give me…well, not quite death, that’s rather dramatic, but you know, a very mild punishment that proves how much I like the colour olive, okay? Like…a really inopportune power cut right as I’m about to settle down to watch that movie on Netflix that I’ve been looking forward to for ages. Yeah? So, give me olive accessories or give me a really–okay, you know what, you get the point, let’s just look at the damn shoes!

Green Maryjane Block heels gifted by Lulu Hun Collectif Clothing shoes fit size review Miss Amy May

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Green Elegance [Miss Candyfloss + Charlie Stone Shoes]

‘It’s one of my favourite colours!’ I feel like I say to people a lot, but not just about one colour. Once upon a time I claimed purple as my favourite (when I was 10,) and then lime green (13.Yikes!) Over time it became navy blue, then red. For the past few years though, it has been very clear–very clear that I have 3 favourites, that is, and I can’t be asked to choose between them. Burgundy, mustard (every tone of it,) and green, practically every shade of green. Olive, khaki, emerald, grass, they all make me happy, and without tooting my own horn, they all look good on me. But really I think they look good on everyone; green is an equal opportunity colour. Which is why today this review is going on hard on the colour green, right down to my toes.

Arista-Gia dress Miss Candyfloss size fit review plus size Miss Amy May Dark Green Toscana shoes by Charlie Stone Shoes Continue reading

Handy Little Ivy [Hotter]

When it comes to handbags, I’m a mostly practical woman. As much as I adore sporting chic little box bags or impossibly small oddly shaped clutches for dinners out socialising, on a day-to-day basis I don’t want to have to edit down my payment cards, ID and assorted change into a tiny coin purse in order to be able to fit the necessities into a pretty bag that will elevate my outfit. Realistically, I’d much rather find a lovely bag that fits my actual, whole purse, because that is what adulthood requires. Thankfully, adulthood doesn’t also require that one’s sensible day bag be boring, because this little Ivy number certainly isn’t that.

Blood Orange/Beige Ivy leather satchel handbag gifted by Hotter Shoes Miss Amy May casual vintage style

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A Festive Duo [Collectif + Hotter]

You must know by now that I have a thing for velvet. With Christmas coming up fast, it’s the perfect time of year to get a bit plush and lush with some velvet on ya body, whether that’s as luxurious trim on a piece made from another fabric, a little glimpse of a velvet top layered under other items, or a full-on, can’t-be-denied, say-hello-to-my-velvet-dress!

The latter, especially, is my favourite kind to flaunt for some festive fun, and thanks to Collectif I’ve added a truly stunning velvet number to my collection with this Clara dress. But as if the festive perfection ends there; paired with these rose gold beauties from Hotter Shoes–could I be any more ready for Christmas? I think not. Praise be and pass me the candy canes!

Collectif Clothing navy velvet Clara swing dress christmas party Hotter shoes Rose Gold Viviene heels Miss Amy May plus size pinup fit size review

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Happy Feet in Donna [Hotter]

Lately, shoes have been a bit of a sore subject for me–literally. I’ve been suffering with plantar fasciitis in my left foot for 3 months now and while it does seem to be slowly healing, I am still in pain daily and unable to wear most types of footwear. Even going barefoot is a no-no at present, so it’s no surprise that heels are out of the question. Or, so I thought.

It turns out that on a good pain day, a very low heel on a well-made shoe crafted to properly support the foot, I can hop along–not literally. But how many shoes are there, really, you’ve found that hit all those points? Well, if you’ve shopped at Hotter, the answer is ‘a wholeee bunch!’

Hotter Donna Deep Teal suede heels shoes Miss Amy May review

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