14 March 2015

A Check-ah Check-ah, Check-ah Check-ow

I have a thing for Gingham.
I don't know exactly why I love it so much, but there's something about gingham that draws me into it. This cotton gingham in particular is a dream to work with - large woven check, behaves itself and although it can fray easily (as with most cotton) pinking is no problem for seam finishes.

Hair Flowers; Lady Luck's Boutique
Brooch; Luxulite
Belt; Collectif
Stockings; What Katie Did
Shoes; Irregular Choice

11 March 2015

Spring Cleaning for my Attitude

So the sun is peeking through the grey clouds, daffodils are poking out of the ground and people seem to be really excited about the upcoming spring.

I, for one, am completely and utterly done with winter.

Over the last few month's I've been struggling a bit with both my physical and mental health, which - added to the 45-hour-work-week - has been a complete drain and left me without the energy to even want to get out of bed.
It's all just gotten a little bit  s a d  around these parts, and even I'm bored of my whining and spontaneous crying (real bored of that last part), so it's time to take my moods into my own hands and create good experiences and environments to surround myself in.

That was possibly the most depressing opening to an announcement... Bourbon and Bras has had a Spring Clean!

A new layout, a new colour palette, a new lease of life and I've gone and dumped a load of posts that just didn't matter in the scheme of things.. It's a fresh new start for me.

Along with this, long-time readers will know this blog originally was a sewing-centric blog, but unfortunately with the aforementioned 45-hour-a-week job I just don't find the time to sew like I used to. So I'm switching up this blog a little! Soon enough you can see more style and lifestyle posts (and more posts in general AHAHAH), more beautiful photography from my boyfriend, and a few little giveaways maybe?

It's all going off in Bourbon and Bras towers!

So my darlings, please let me know what you think of the layout - and how it looks on your screens. All feedback is wonderful - how it looks on mobile, how it looks in your readers - I want to really make this perfect!

Have a gorgeous week, and let me know how you're doing - I've been away too long!

11 December 2014

What Katie Did and Miss L Fire Launch Party at Collectif Spitalfields!

So, I dropped off the earth for a bit.

Partly due to being crap, partly due to the fact we've been hard at work in the Collectif Spitalfields shop!
We now stock amazing shoes by Miss L Fire, and a collection of gorgeous lingerie by the wonderful What Katie Did!

Want to come in and see? Of course. Want discounts on knickers and clothes? OF COURSE YOU DO.

So it would only be natural that we do an event, right? 
20% off on What Katie Did and Collectif on Saturday 13th December, with a party kicking off from 3pm with bubbly and burlesque to properly show off our new Boudoir Basement and Cobbler's Corner!

Please come on down and party the Collectif way! (Drunk and in knickers!)

See you soon dolls!


13 September 2014

Check, Please!

On the back of my post about Kew, I thought I'd have a little chat about my outfit - and the me-made Check Please dress that has featured briefly on the blog before. Because Gareth took a lot of lovely photographs of me, I'm extremely vain and also I'm pretty damn good at colour coordinating my outfits!

6 September 2014


I'm possibly one of the worst bloggers - I'm SO behind!
All the way back in June (!) me and Gareth had finally shook off my birthday hangover and decided to enjoy the sunshine at Kew Gardens (a beautiful botanical garden here in London), which is one of those "We should go to this place" places that... you only go to after years of saying it.

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