If you’re not aware of Honiara Vintage yet, you’ll be forgiven as it’s a relatively new outlet from the very fabulous Charlie Stone. With a tiki twist for pin up loving, vintage style, gals, Honiara Vintage focus on vegan leather shoes for summer styling.
I chose the Makira heels in white and it took about a week to arrive and I was especially happy to see a compostable bag included for any returns too. As well as being kind to animals, they’re also being kind to the planet 💚
The packaging is really lovely and feels special with a branded box and dust bag, which features a pink ribbon closure. Both shoes are then in individual dust bags too so your shoes arrive perfect and well cared for during transit.
Upon opening the bag, you’ll let out a little squeal with delight as your new pin up shoes emerge. They are absolutely gorgeous! I really love the diamond lattice details on the Makira which really emulates the 50s style of shoe.
Also note the close up of the foot bed in this photo which is super cushioned. It’s honestly the most comfortable summer heel I’ve worn. This is a classic feature in Charlie Stone collections and it’s great that they’ve continued to think about comfort for summer wear too. I could happily wear these all day and night and for anyone that dances, these are the shoes for you! The 2.5 inch heel makes it very easy to wear too. They’re low enough to be practical but high enough to add a little spring in your step and elongate your legs in your outfits for that perfect pin up look.
The strap is a quick release style; lifting it up easily over the hook to get in and out of without having to do the buckle up. This style of closure is great when you’re in the cutest wiggle dress but can’t actually bend down (oh yes, I’ve been there!), or if you have disabilities/arthritis issues it’s super practical too.
Trying them on for the first time, it felt like my foot slipped into Cinderella’s shoes – the perfect fit! They feel really good on, so incredibly comfortable and as I chose white, they’ll go with so many of my outfits. Size wise, be aware that this is a style which comes up large and is suited to regular/wide feet. I have quite a narrow foot so following the guide on the website and with help from Honiara Vintage too, we decided a size down would work well for me, which was absolutely spot on as the fit is really good. To ensure you order the correct size, check the sizing guide or contact Honiara Vintage and they’ll recommend the best size for you.
I love a peep toe sandal and combined with the security of a small strap, they’ll be a staple for my summer outfits. I wore a palm tree playsuit to add some tiki inspired, pinup, vibes and they work so well together.
What I love most is that they’re so practical and comfortable but delicate and daintily styled too. The strap sits just low enough to highlight the curve of your ankle whereas a lot of sandal straps completely cover this area which makes your legs look smaller (especially if you’re of a petite nature).
As well as white, this style is also available in red, gold and black and cost £59 with FREE worldwide shipping! I think I may need every colour haha and look forward to wearing the Makira at every opportunity this summer! x
I’m a size 4 (37) in shoes normally but the above are a size 3 (36).
These shoes were gifted to me as a Brand Ambassador for Honiara Vintage. I only give honest reviews and all thoughts shared about the product are my own.
Mahina Playsuit, Sunnies and Hair Flowers – Collectif Clothing (previous season stock)
Bangles – Splendette
Happy new year you gorgeous lot! Hope this year is amazing for you. I have sashayed my way into it with this gorgeous Mimi Clueless dress which my lovely sister bought me. I missed this the first time it came around so I was delighted to receive it for Christmas (along with some Splendette goodies – that gal knows me well!).
I’ve written about the Mimi before as I loved my pumpkin check version (see here) and this print certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s so bright and cheery with reds and blacks mixed in to the check. Yellow is my favourite colour (alongside teal) so I was pretty much swishing around with the dress pressed against me for quite some time at Christmas haha (no joke though).
The sweetheart neckline is so flattering and has black bias binding around it. I found it tts and the same fit as the pumpkin, despite hearing it came up smaller for other people. I’m glad I went with my normal size.
It’s a mid calf length on me and I strutted my stuff around Market Harborough in it while attending an Afternoon Tea event hosted by the Vegan Cakery (check them out, they’re award winning, and rightly so!). Food porn below.
I was wearing my Lulu Hun Selma boots which are so comfortable and the cobbled streets were no match for them. For stylish, you can see them on the pumpkin check post. I was also snuggled up in my Carmella coat as the Pearl would have been too big to take to the venue (which is the quaintest little building on stilts as you can see in the main photo).
These products are all available in the big Collectif sale at the moment with a whopping 50% off (code SALE50) so snap them up while you can! The Carmella is from 2018 so the black isn’t available any longer, but there’s a beautiful camel colour way this season in that style. The Mimi is currently only £17.49 with the code! I’ve had a little splurge too during sale time and will post my bargains up soon xx
For reference, I’m a standard size 6 in Collectif Clothing and wearing a 6 here. I’m 4’11” and wearing 2.75 inch heels.
I absolutely love a pop of colour on my feet and the Lulu Hun’s Spring/Summer collection never disappoints! As well as adding a sense of fun (and your own personality) to an outfit with accessories (see here for some inspo), you can easily brighten up your day to day wear with some fun and fabulous shoes.
I bought the gold Veronica’s last year from Lulu Hun and I was lucky enough to win the silver pair in a Collectif competition (which pop up on my previous post here). They are the most comfortable shoes – I danced all night in them at the Collectif party back in December. I do love bright, primary colours though, so when I saw these were coming in red and green too, I was absolutely delighted! I’ve obviously snapped them both up and now have all 4 – shoes for every outfit or occasion!
There have been a couple of slight changes to the Veronica’s this season, one of which is the funny little hook catch which is on quite a few of the Lulu Hun range. This has been swapped out for a normal buckle and is a very welcome change as, although I didn’t mind the hook, I much prefer a buckle. The other alteration is to the footbed of the shoes which are now a fabulous floral print. I love that this pretty print peeks out from the vibrant red and green, they’re a great new design feature.
I tend to match my clothes with red accessories quite a lot, so the opportunity to buy the new Lorena heels in red too, was just too tempting. I’ve always loved these fun and funky shoes with their ric rac detailing. I have the black and green pairs from last year already (seen on my previous post) and though they seem high at 4 inches, with the 5/8th platform they’re super comfortable to wear.
The block heel and buckle straps make you feel very supported. How cool are these shoes?! I never want to take them off.
They go so well with my ric rac skirt, Carrie bangles and Natalie bead sets from Collectif.
The Lorena heels are £43.75 each, available in black, green and now red in sizes 3-8. All the pairs I bought are true to size and fit perfectly. I’m a standard 4/37 and bought my normal size.
There are so many more Lulu Hun Summer shoes I have my eyes on, but I only have one pair of feet (you know that’s not going to stop me, right?!). Enjoy brightening up your feet on grey days, dolls!
Hi everyone! Hope you all had the most wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year to you all!
I had a few gorgeous treats this year from Collectif and thought I’d share them and sizing info for you before we all hit the sales tomorrow!
I’m not one for short jackets usually as they don’t tend to sit right on me (being half the size of a normal person!). However, the Molly jacket is absolutely amazing and I wish I’d noticed her sooner!
In a beautiful olive green, and belted with the sweetest lining, she’s a perfect fit for me – I found her true to size, however I know some ladies have to size up. I would suggest if you’re anything over the Collectif size guide then size up but otherwise it’s bang on. It has a lovely wide belt that matches and a detachable fur collar for days when you feel like being less fancy – though when are those days?! Always be fancy!
Next up is the black and white Marilu skirt which had a revamp in 2018, being a slightly different fabric to its predecessor of 2017. I much prefer the new one and it’s fully lined too which is a dream to me!
This skirt is absolutely true to size with no stretch, so again, if you are a teeny bit over the size guide, size up. Mine is in my normal size which will be perfect for me when I stop eating all the Quality Street!
The Ines Tropical Fruit Pencil dress I tried on in the summer at Camden and decided to take the Cecilia Lemons instead (another beautiful summer print!), as I didn’t think I needed 2 pencil dresses that day – but I totally regretted not picking it up at the time!
I was delighted to receive this frock with it’s fab fruity print and deep front pockets (I love shoving my hands in pockets – mine, obviously!). It is true to size for me and has a lovely matching belt to cinch you in.
I was also treated (no, spoilt) and given these two amazing frocks which I absolutely adore! The first of which is the Winona Slither Check Pencil Dress. Who doesn’t love a good tartan for winter? And I know the Harry Potter fans were loving the whole range.
The Winona dress has a pretty black collar, long sleeves (I favour longer sleeves in winter) and pockets (winner!). This is such a versatile dress – easy to dress up or down but always stylish.
The second dress I received was one I hadn’t considered before it was made in the Make A Wish print (so sparkly!) because I’d assumed the shoulders would be too high for my frame – how delighted I was to be so very wrong!
The Vanessa Make a Wish dress oozes sophistication and style. I loved the Make a Wish range with its shooting stars on sumptuous black velvet, but I’m unable to buy the Trixie version of this as it’s too big in the 6 for me (tip: always size down in the velvet Trixies). So I was over the moon to be able to have this print in another style, I absolutely love it! There’s plenty of stretch so it accommodates my over indulgence at Christmas and if you’re in between sizes, you’ll be fine with your normal size. This is currently out of stock online but may be available in stores. I’ll be looking out for next year’s Vanessa’s now I know what a great choice they are!
Lastly, my new Lulu Huns, which I’d been eyeballing since last year! The Mara is such a classic style and so easy to pair with everything.
I love the burgundy colour with red velvet trim and bow detail. I actually size down in most of my Lulu Huns and this was no exception. I have a narrow foot so find it suits me better – if you have a wider foot, go with your normal size though. I prefer to wear a lower heel in the day so these are perfect at 2 1/4 inches.
I’ll be posting pics of all of the above on my Instagram so give me a follow there if you’d like to see how they look in real life.
Which vintage inspired treats did you find under the tree? I hope you all manage to get what you want in the sale too!
Back in July, I first caught glimpse of this gorgeous set of shoes and knew I would need them! Having gone particularly potty over the large gingham check dresses Collectif have released this season (see previous post here for full details and sizing advice), I knew they would be a match made in heaven! The little red buckle is a darling detail to tie in with the red on the dresses. As well as the June Dress, I also now have the Suzanne which is the swing version so they’ll get lots of wear!
They are described as a high heel but the angled block makes the 3 inch heel feel very comfortable to wear as well as the mary jane strap to keep your foot secure. I’m a size 4 (37) and found them absolutely true to size, the 4 fits me perfectly.
Available in the black and white check I’ve bought, they are also come in red and black check (perfect with a Mara dress!) and a plain suedette black (which would be great for work or adding a plainer shoe to a jazzy print dress). As well as my checked dresses, I’ll be wearing my black and white pair to add interest to plain black outfits and also adding some mustard into the mix (you can’t have Autumn without mustard!). Catch my outfits on my instagram for how I style things.
They are priced at £43.75 and come in sizes 3-8 (36-41). Currently Collectif are offering free delivery over £50 until the end of the month yay!
This season I seem to have gone a little gaga for Lulu Hun shoes! Having previously seen this season’s offerings at London Edge in February, I knew I would need so many new pairs in my life! With bright, summery colours, fiesta feels and amazing metallics, there’s something to carry everyone through from day to night with a range of heel heights, including flats, wedges, block and stiletto heels.
I’m a bit of an Imelda Marcos at heart and have hundreds of shoes, but I can never resist a retro feel, summer fun or cute heel! I already own a few Lulu Hun shoes and found the sizing to vary previously (the flats were either a little large or true to size, and the heels came up big), but this season the sizing is very much improved and I’ve found them all a perfect fit (I’m a size 4/37, bought a 4/37 and they fit perfectly).
So, on to my hoard! Three pairs were gifts for my birthday (lucky me! more about that next time) and the silver Veronica heels are an amazing competition win from Lulu Hun (keep an eye on their facebook page for competitions/updates).
These are even more delightful than I’d hoped and so comfortable! I was very lucky to be one of the five winners during a competition to win your favourite pair. I chose the Veronica as I love the metallics (they also come in gold), the t-bar style and the versatility with the chunkier 8cm heel – perfect for dancing! Silver goes with so many things, so they’re a really good addition to my collection. They do have a rather odd fastening (unique to some of the Lulu Hun range), which has a faux buckle and hook attachment to fasten. This threw me a little on previous sandals I’d tried with it on and though I prefer a normal buckle closure on shoes, with the Veronica it works great and my foot feels well supported. I would very much like to snap these up in the gold too as they’re so nice!
The next pair are the gorgeous, sunshine yellow, Juliette, heels. No longer in stock in the yellow as I think I bagged the last pair online, but there were a few pairs in store last time I visited and the pink is still available in limited sizes. These are so summery and a perfect 3 1/4 inch heel for a classic look. I can’t wait to wear these with so many different colours to brighten up my outfits, I’m thinking navy currently which teams well with yellow. I’m keeping everything crossed this style returns next year in other colours!
Now the fun begins! How amazing are these Lorena heels?! Available in black or green suede (obviously I needed both), they feature the sweetest ric-rac design and a 4 inch heel with a platform. They fasten with a normal buckle and the wider heel gives great support. They are the most awesome shoes! I’ve paired them with othe ric-rac and pom pom items and they really add a fun edge to outfits (you’ll see them a lot in future posts!).
One last word about the packaging, which includes a very cute vintage lady on the front of a retro styled box. There are extra heel tips included, cardboard guards to protect the sides and a plastic support with branded tissue wrapped around them to keep them safe. I’m a big fan of this brand, which offers a great variety of fun and practical styles. The full range is available in sizes 3-8 (UK) from Collectif.