Sardinia Shoes – Charlie Stone

Though my social media may lead you to believe I am some sort of vintage glamazon, truth be told, I will always choose comfort where possible! Heck, I was wearing black bonds underwear under my gorgeous vintage wedding dress which I feel speaks for itself.

But, good news: Comfort doesn’t have to come at the cost of style. Charlie Stone shoes are walking proof!

I was excited when I discovered Australian brand Charlie Stone shoes, especially given my fun foot troubles in 2018.

As a runner and a dancer, my feet aren’t the biggest fan of me and the treatment I put them through. I’ve spent the better part of 2018 nursing a stress fracture and other ongoing podiatry issues. Heels haven’t been my best friend during this time, so cute flats have become essential.

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Charlie Stone’s mission is to “make elegance effortless, every single day” and the brand was born when owner and designer Samantha Szetu wanted to create a shoe that would accommodate the physical stress placed on the feet and knees of dancers.

The brand aims to arm women with a “balance of vintage class and modern design” so they are set to conquer the world in style, all while still feel comfy.

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As a woman who was guilty of buying pair after pair of $8 Kmart flats, I now appreciate the design features in a shoe which though may come with a larger price tag, will ensure my feet feel fab.

Charlie Stone has done the leg work and built in the following design features to ensure your tootsies always feel terrific:

*Unique flat design with hidden elevation for better arch, ankle and knee support
*Custom cushioned insole
*Soft genuine leather upper and lining
*Flexible and durable bottom soles for prolonged wear
*Comfortably positioned low ankle strap

I was super excited when my pair of white Sardinia’s arrived. I tried to choose something a little different for me and a pair of white flats was on my need list. The shoes were beautifully packed in a cute canvas draw string bag and I was blown away by the quality craftsmanship from the moment I opened the box and was greeted with the aroma of luscious leather.

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The Sardinia style features:

*Genuine leather upper (‘snakeskin’ style texture) and lining
*Smooth man made sole
*Soft cushioned insole
*25mm internal heel elevation, 10mm external heel.

The Sardinia style retails for $169.00 AUD and can be purchased here.

I am an Australian ladies size 8 or European size 39 and the 39 in this style fit me like a glove…or a shoe rather! I was a little concerned as I think my foot is ever so slightly on the wider side but these couldn’t have been a better fit.

Check out the Charlie Stone size chart to asses what size would be best suited to your soles.

These shoes were comfortable from the very second I put them on. I wore them for over an hour while shooting and experienced zero rubbing and came out unscathed and completely blister free (which is often rare when breaking in a new pair of beauties!) I was actually blown away!

I have failed to mention at this point just how flipping adorable these are too! I’m picky with flats (I hate when you can see your toe webbing and look somewhat like an aquatic creature of sorts) but looking down at these on my feet I just couldn’t help but grin. Charlie Stone is definitely hitting their mission bang on.

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I am so happy with both the impeccable quality and style of my first pair of Charlie Stone shoes, I deeply suspect this will most certainly not be my last pair! I may need every style and colour at this rate.

Do yourself (and your feet) a favour & check out the rest of the Charlie Stone range on their website!

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Wilhelmina Buttercup – Collectif

I bought the plain black Collectif Wilhelmina dress months ago because I knew it would be super versatile. I’d been looking for a plain black wrap because I knew it would be handy to wear to burlesque gigs as a stylish costume cover up that wouldn’t mess up my hair and makeup when taken on and off!

I loved the plain black so much that when I saw it in this cute buttercup print I needed it too!

I love wrap dress styles and this one I find particularly flattering. The cross over v neckline compliments the bust area and can be adjusted depending on how much you’d like to show off and the tie nips you in at the waist. You can tie a bow at the back or front….Have I mentioned versatility yet?! I adore the cute little puff sleeves too.

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The navy base works so well with the yellow floral detail of the print. Navy is my husband’s favourite colour on me, so he was a big fan. This number seems to really suit those like myself who are a Winter season in terms of skin tone and what colours best suit.

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100% polyester, I love that this dress simply needs a light steam to freshen her up and then she’s good to go! If I don’t need to get the iron out, I’m a happy pinup!

I’m wearing an XXS or a UK 6 which suited my 32-24-32” measurements perfectly.

You can purchase your very own buttercup right here.

Trixie Velvet Sparkle Dress – Collectif

I’m a long time lover of Collectif’s classic colours and cuts and they’ve really brought the goods again with the winner that is the Trixie Velvet Sparkle Dress!

I’m gonna come right out and say still images of this dress truly don’t do her justice: I’ll let the video speak further to this point… LOOK AT HER SHINE ‘N’ SPARKLE!!

This dreamy dress hugs your curves in all the right places and brings a big dose of bling to your life. What’s not to love really?!

Made of 95% polyeseter and 5% spandex, this pretty has plenty of stretch and it’s reccomended you size down if wanting a real pinup, figure hugging look.
I’m wearing an XXS or a UK6 and it suited my measurements (32”-24”-32”) perfectly!

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I personally love the plunging cross over sweetheart neckline: This is my favourite kind of neckline and with the right strapless bra, I actually feel like I have something to show off for a change!

This dress does up with a covered zip at the back so it’s easy to get in and out of (which can sometimes be a struggle with wiggle style dresses!)

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Collectif offers worldwide shipping. If you need a little glitz and glamour in your life, you can make this beauty yours right here.

The Hannah Polka Dot Dress – Voodoo Vixen

Some ladies consider a quality denim jacket, a versatile pant that transfers from day to night or a good pair of jeans to be wardrobe staples. Me, well I consider a good polka dot dress to be a necessity in every closet! The Hannah Pink Polka Dot dress by Voodoo Vixen ticked this item off my must-have checklist!

Voodoo Vixen is a Vintage inspired fashion brand who specialises in 30’s to 60’s style women’s clothing. I bought my first Voodoo Vixen dress back in 2014 and have enjoyed following their gorgeous retro designs ever since.

The Hannah dress features a stylish square neckline, tie straps and POCKETS!!! She sports a swishy swing skirt and does up with an invisible zip closure at the back. I found this shade of pink was perfect on my complexion: David who is my colour police even complemented me on it which is a good sign! He’s the one who prevents me from wearing colours that just make me look ill and as much as I adore pink, the wrong shade can make me look exactly that: wrong!

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I hadn’t read the dress description and for some reason was expecting her to be a plain cotton. I was pleasantly surprised to discover Hannah is actually a 95% polyester, 5% elastane blend giving her this gorgeous silky, soft smooth kind of feel when wearing. A quick steam and she was good to go which is always a bonus as well!

I styled the Hannah dress with this sweet Black Patent Heart Buckle Belt also by Voodoo Vixen. It’s a super cute and versatile belt which is actually available in five colours!

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I’m wearing a S in Hannah which according to the size chart, is designed for 34”-27”-36” and consequently, was a little big on my 32”-24”- 32” frame. I was able to cinch the waist in a little with the belt, but this was also a little big so I’ll need to put an additional hole in it so I can wear it more comfortably on my natural waistline! Check out the Voodoo size chart to see what would best suit you: The sizes in this style range from S through to XXL.

Voodoo Vixen offers International shipping so you can get in on these goods wherever you are in the world! Check out the Hannah Dress here.

Pauline Oversized Gingham Dress – Bright & Beautiful

If you didn’t already know, I am an absolute SUCKER for some gorgeous gingham. The beauty that is the Pauline Oversized Gingham Dress by Bright & Beautiful was the first addition of purple gingham to my wardrobe and I am very much a fan.

Bright & Beautiful by Collectif is influenced by the 60s and 70s, aiming to bring you all of the fun and colour but mixed with a modern twist. The Pauline dress is a 70s inspired swing dress that will have you swirling and twirling to show off her beauty.

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A 50s gal at heart, I styled this with a 50s look in mind. It’s a gorgeous dress for spring and summer weather and a perfect partner for a picnic. The skirt was much fuller than I anticipated after viewing the product photos, but this was a welcomed discovery. I enjoyed the modest boat neckline and the somewhat cheeky scooping shape of the back. I also loved how much it tapered in at the waist.

This beauty is made from a textured linen blend (70% Cotton 30% Linen ) and only required a quick steam before she was ready for her first outing. The blend means this garment can be machine washed at 30 degrees which is handy too.

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I’m wearing an XXS or a (UK 6) and it fit my measurements (32”-24”-32”) absolutely perfectly! Check out the Bright & Beautiful size chart to see what would best suit you. There isn’t any give/stretch in the fabric so do definitely use the chart as a guide when selecting your size The sizes range from UK 4 through to UK 18.

International shipping is available and you can make this gorgeous garment all yours right here.

 

Jane Plain Shorts – Bright & Beautiful

I’m not normally much of a shorts kinda gal, but the Jane Plain Shorts by Bright & Beautiful were game changers!

I think what sets these beauties apart is the girly flare and fit that made me question “Wait, am I wearing a skirt?” The best kind of question when it comes to shorts, as far as I’m concerned.

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Bright & Beautiful by Collectif is very much influenced by the swinging 60s and 70s, aiming to bring you all of the fun and colour but mixed with a modern twist.

This particular style ticks all of those boxes. The shade of green is simply gorgeous and complimentary to the vast array of skin tones out there. On the topic of green, it’s really doing things for me this season and is a big leap away from the usual pinks that fill my wardrobe. Change is as good as a holiday right?

The Jane shorts are high waisted allowing you to showcase that nipped waist before they flow out in all the right places. I’m shot sporting these in the (albeit, mild) Brisbane winter and their floaty nature meant a nice little breeze: I can imagine this would be welcomed ventilation come summer!

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The shorts do up at the front with both a button and zip and here comes the part you’ve all been waiting for….JANE. HAS. POCKETS! The fabric is 100% polyester and a quick steam was all that was needed to get this pair of pretties ready for an outing. I’m lazy and couldn’t tell you the last time I actually ironed so if it can be steamed, I’m on board.

Dress Jane casual with a plain tee or knit as I have here, or doll her right up with heels and a strapless top for a night out. The options are endless.

Bright & Beautiful sizing is the same as Collectif ranging from XXS through to 4XL. I’m wearing an XXS (UK 6) here and found the measurements to be bang on for my 24” waist. There’s no give in the fabric, so you want to use the size chart as a guide to ensure a good fit.

Bright & Beautiful offers International shipping so no matter where you are in the world, their beautiful threads can be yours.

Check out all the shorts Collectif has on offer here. 

Veronica Heels – Lulu Hun

I feel everyone needs a staple, sleek and shiny silver shoe (all of the alliteration) in their wardrobe and I think I’ve found her!

The Veronica by Lulu Hun by Collectif is a traditional t-bar style with a heel that’s cute but comfortable in terms of height!

Given I’m currently recovering from a broken sesamoid bone in my foot, I’m on the hunt for more foot friendly shoes with a reasonable incline and these are great in that regard. The heel is 8cm high, so much kinder to my feet than some of the shoes in my wardrobe. The Veronica fastens with a little gold buckle that has elastic for further comfort.

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I love the unique triangular cut out detailing and the open toe design to show off my classic red pedicure. I also feel the shoe is very versatile and could be worn with a day wear style outfit but also out on the town during the evening.

The Veronica is available in a UK 3 to UK 8. I’m wearing a UK 6 and am normally a EU size 39 or an Australian ladies 8. Initially, I was concerned they were a touch big, but I think the size below may have been too snug for me. My feet are on the wider size of things so I’d advise checking the Lulu Hun size chart to ensure the best fit for you!

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If you need these on your tootsies immediately, you can get yours here.

Lulu Hun offers international shipping so put these puppies in your cart right now! A woman can never have too many shoes!

Worn here, with the gorgeous Collectif Mainline Jace Ice Cream Swing dress which you can purchase here. 

You can also see a short video of it below: