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!


20 September 2014

Mud, Mud, Mud - Glastonbury 2014

I told you I was behind!

At the end of June, there's this little thing called Glastonbury Festival.
Basically 200,000 people go invade a guy's farm in the West Country over one weekend in June, some 100 stages happen to pop up and the world's greatest performers play - and you have to forgo all hygiene standards and get used to slipping up in mud for the pleasure of it.

And it's amazing.

This year is my second Glastonbury, and now counts as the second Glastonbury where I did not cry and/or punch someone for being annoying. It was, however, my first Glastonbury where I embraced the real meaning of "Glastonbury Mud" - And believe me, that sort of mud, with 200,000 people trampling over it at speed whilst also drunk? D a n g e r o u s. When you're not in the mud, though, it's hilarious. Honest.

These are the long drops. The clue is in the name, but be glad you can't smell it.

It's hard to really sum up how Glastonbury makes you feel in a blog post, you want to talk about nearly tripping over Maisie Williams, the madness of the weather, the goddess that is Dolly Parton in real life (at a 1:3 scale, of course), the really annoying guy camping next to us, the Hill of Death, and all the amazing experiences, food, performances, artists and bands we saw this year - but even from such a short list, there's far too much to say!
For now I'll leave you with pictures - And the BBC's Coverage - but Glastonbury is certainly something you should experience soon, even if you're as high maintenance as me!

Miss you, Glastonbury! Until next year (probably)!

Have any of you been to Glastonbury? Or any other festival -- and how did you get on?


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!

This dress was actually made a year ago, now! And I loved it when I made it, but I just never wore it until the sun came out this year - and it's one of those dresses that I wear more often than I really should. 
It was really simple to put together, the fabric is a beautiful 100% cotton check, fully lined with the softest white cotton I've ever felt (rescued from curtains, unbelievably!). The pattern is self-drafted, the No Cock Nor Tails bodice with a knife pleat dirndl. That's it, really. No pockets (gasp! horror!), no frills, just a damn good gingham dress!

Dress; Check, Please! Me-made
Bolero & Belt; Collectif
Necklace; Topshop 
Shoes; Miss L Fire
Handbag & Bangles; Vintage from Old Spitalfields Market

From me to you, my darlings, have a lovely weekend!


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.

The particular day we went was the day after my birthday (luckily two days after my birthday drinks, we'd had a whole day to sleep THAT hangover off!) and just so happened to be one of the most beautiful, sunny days we'd had. Somewhat luckily for us it wasn't too hot - those glass houses were certainly steamy!

The day, and Kew was absolutely beautiful. It was a place I'd never been to before, but one of Gareth's favourite places in the whole of the country and even though we missed the bluebell walk, the entirety of the gardens and the glass houses were gorgeous! 
My particular favourites were the area by the pagoda that had a scaled Japanese shrine and zen garden - and the Orchid house! How I love an orchid.

Hilariously enough, I spent most of my time working out what flower I wanted as a hair clip next...


After all the walking around (and pretending to eat bamboo), we got to relax in one of the glasshouses that had been made into a botanical gin bar and reflect on the day, and all the damn flowers we saw. There was a lot of flowers. And trees. And Geese. And Geese droppings. Kew is lovely, though, and I can't recommend it enough for a relaxing walk through beautiful scenery as a welcomed break from London's insanity!

Isn't this so nauseatingly sweet?
From myself, and Gareth - have a wonderful weekend my loves!


31 July 2014

Welcome Aboard - Our New-Look Shop!

So I mentioned in my last post on the shop that we were getting a little bit of a refresh, and MY GOD IT'S ADORABLE.

And a while back (I've been busy, okay?) we finished the shop in time for our Sample Sale last month, and my boyfriend came to take some pictures of our new-look nautical themed shop, I thought you'd like to see!

The shop has been given a new lease of life inside and out with our new Oxford Blue and White colour scheme (Which matches our new swing tags!), and with it has seemingly grown in size, giving a cool and fresh new feeling. Check out that door on the right hand side - you better believe I painted that door (and many other things, mostly things I shouldn't have painted...)!


I hope you'd agree that even this little glimpse of the new shop has completely transformed it - if you compare to my last post, you can really see a difference! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't pleased as punch with this restyle!

And since I'm sure you'll ask, the handsome fellow in between myself and Izabela is one of my managers, who was the brains and braun behind the refurbishment, working long hours and getting covered in paint regularly to make it the beautiful shop it now is!

So, if you're in London, you should pop into our Old Spitalfields branch, and you DEFINITELY should come in for a visit this weekend. Why this weekend in particular? Well, from 10:00am GMT Thursday 31st July to 23:59 GMT Sunday 3rd August, we're having a HALF PRICE SALE OFF EVERYTHING IN STORE. That's right, half price of all clothing

Buuuut, all is not lost for my non-UK followers - use code SUN50 online from these times to get beautiful clothes, for half the price!!

Good luck and have a wonderful weekend darlings!

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