Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Breast feeding, Nursing and Maternity

You may or may not know, perhaps you don't need to know.....yet, or never need to know but in the boudoir we do sell breast feeding bras or nursing bras which ever you want to call them.
Notice I didn't say maternity bras (will get on to maternity bras after)


Welcome to the boudoir


Earlier up on our Insta Stories this week we put a couple of videos of a black lace wired feeding bra that was being sent out to Kensington to a gorgeous new customer after she came in for a fitting last week (went home with 2 and ordered a third) and our DMs went mad, literally so many questions being asked so we thought a blog post on Maternity and Feeding bras is needed, put to bed some of the myths and old wives tales out there that scare us all- time Tallulah told you the truth.

And it comes from my own experience, first breast feeding my son Finn 16 years ago, that time only managing 3 months, I was young and really didn't enjoy it plus Tallulah opened when he was 8 months old. Then second time with Dolly I managed 8 months and that time I had to stop (well not really had to stop but it was a perfect excuse for me anyway) it was my 30th and knew I would be drunk for days. Enough about me, sorry its purely so you know I have had breast feeding experience and understand the problems that may or may not arise. 

I'm going to start off with During pregnancy it is utter rubbish that one cannot wear a wired bra.
There its been said. Yes it is uncomfortable if you are in the wrong size whether you are pregnant or not and Yes it is bad for your breast tissue if you are in the wrong size whether you are pregnant or not. Basically the wire should support the breast and hold the breast tissue within the wires not dig in, being pregnant doesn't change this just your size and shape. Its just lots of ladies are not used to being fitted properly. Yes your breasts grow when you are pregnant that is why another sized wired bra is needed.
There is so much more support in a wired bra.
Plus the back may not need to go up that much, having only a couple of bras and heavier breasts means the 2 bras you are wearing will stretch much quicker then if you have your entire lingerie drawer on rotation so its not always the case to go up that much if at all. Yes your ribs expand but the elastic gives too.
We recommend coming in after that wonderful 12 week scan. Hopefully the growth spurt of your breasts has calmed down, I mean you will probably still be tender but being supported will help with this tenderness too. We will fit you with 2 bras, a light and dark- very practical here.

Everyone is different but we find another fitting is needed around the 22-24 weeks and then that normally is OK until nursing time.
All the time our mothers-to-be pop in and we check the fit, if something is uncomfortable we may add a bra extender if needed or tighten/loosen straps. 
One thing I wish I had been told in my pregnancy with Finn is to wear a bra to bed. Now NO WIRE PLEASE to bed.  Repeat NO WIRE to bed. So a wire free bra or bralette. Also it is nice to switch into this once home and relaxing. One it helps with the support so in turn it helps with the tenderness.

Below is the new Cosabella soft cup bra and i have to say it is amazing, just the sort of bra I wear to bed now so definitely would have worn during pregnancy whilst relaxing at home.


Cosabella soft cup bra set



We only carry 1 brand for feeding bras, to be honest there are much more out there nowadays, but for me they are more fashion bras and when I was breast feeding I just had in my head that my boobs are feeding my babies and needed bras that would dry quickly after the milk squirts out to quickly to reach the babies mouth, they must be comfortable and supportive with deep bands and cup sized rather then Small Medium Large etc.... and the look of them was the least of my worries- said from the mouth (or rather finger tips) of a true lingerie addict. OK back to that brand, Anita, a German brand. To us they do the best feeding bras that offer everything you will need whilst feeding.


Fitting the first feeding bra is quite different to a regular bra or even any other feeding bras you might go on to get if you continue with feeding. Its best to book an appointment if you wanted a fitting with me, otherwise one of the fabulous girls are more then capable after my training, but they haven't breast fed, so can't explain with experience the sensation of the milk drawing in. Nursing bras are like maternity clothes, graded different so please don't think you will be wearing a 38d if you were a 32d before baby. 


Wired black lace feeding bra

Pretty ribbon detail

Image taken from the Anita Look Book



Above is the black lace wired bra that started off this blog...
On the video it was mentioned it goes up to a H cup, but actually it now goes unto a J cup and available in 3 colours. Black is obviously our best selling colour, also forgot to mention she starts at a 30" back, although to be honest this bra does fit quite snug on the back but really good if you are a 28". As it is unwired it is not suitable for bed, so this is the bra we recommend you start with...


Non wired feeding bra up to H cup

Deep band for extra comfort

Thick padded straps for extra comfort

Pretty lace detail





Up to a H in both black and white. As you can see the straps are padded and thicker and the side is rather deep helping it to be super comfortable for when you first start feeding. This fabric dries quick for that squirting mentioned before due to the breathable high-modulus microfibre fabric, plus when you wash it quick drying always helps.
We never encourage you to buy too many bras at once as your shape will change, to start with when you come in around week 38 for your fitting we will start you off with this bra, 2 of them so when 1 is in the wash you have 1 to wear. Then once some sort of "routine" has happened come in for another fitting then we can get you in the fabulous wired bras to give better shape and more confidence whilst you work out your new body shape that has just created a new life!


Another from our best selling feeding list is this bra, again she is underwired for more support and of course that better shape that we want after having a baby but still not for night time. Not to sure what the lady is doing in the picture (taken from the lookbook we work from) but anyway focus on the bra. Really practical and goes to a J cup so fantastic because realistically your boobs will get really rather big!

Not sure about her facial expression but this image is taken from the Anita Look Book

Pretty jacquard fabric

Inside the feeding bra

The inside of the bras look like the image above with that 'sling' to hold once you have un-clipped the cup ready to feed. All the Anita feeding bras have the KwikKlip system for ease too. 
The toning loop you can see by the clip is so one can tie a ribbon on so you can remember which breast you last fed from....genius! 


Another myth I would like to do away with is that if you buy your feeding bras to wear during your pregnancy you will save money- Now this is just not true and false economy, let me explain- if you wear your feeding bras before you are feeding then when you come to needing them they will not have the full support you will be needing for your milk filled heavy breasts, so please don't do this, trust me your boobs will Thank You later.

Also please don't reuse your feeding bras for other babies, generally one washes and wears their feeding bras so much that the elastic has gone so not great to use them again because of the lack of support.
Lastly, whether you dislike breast feeding like I did or totally love it, if you can do its great but if you can't breast feed then its absolutely no biggy, it means you get to wear the beautiful bras again much sooner- bonus!


Thank you for reading this blog, and I hope it inspires you to get fitted and wearing nice pretty supportive bras during your pregnancy hopefully in the boudoir or if not another independent boutique as I promise you, you will get a much better service and fitting.
We are part of the Lingerie Guild maybe click on the link to find your closest indie if you can't get to us.

So to finish off, it is fine to wear wire in pregnancy, it just has to fit you correctly- just like any other time in your life of wearing a bra. At about 12 weeks go for your first fitting, get a couple and a couple of soft cup bras to sleep in and to wear at home lounging. Keep checking your bra fits, swing by so we can check. Feeding bras around the 38 week. Good Luck.

If you know anyone pregnant please pass on this blog.

Hope to see you soon lingerie loves,
Until then kisses to you,
Tallulah x






Friday, 17 May 2019

Indie Brands in the Boudoir


Hello Lingerie loves 💜

Many of you are already familiar with our brands. 
But here is what's going on behind the curtain: Magic!

As shopping is getting more overwhelming with choice, our busy lives tempt us to buy online for convenience, but sadly we end up forgetting about the beautiful stories behind our latest purchase.

Naturally prices and bargains will always be a big factor in our shopping decisions, 
but here at Tallulah we believe in a different approach, promoting slow fashion and beautifully made things that will be part of your life story.

Sourcing new independent designers everyday we try to get as many options in to satisfy your lingerie needs. We are lucky that many of our brands are still handmade and source the most amazing silks and lace. It really makes a difference !

Take for instance this Dreamy outfit here.
Floor length Christine gown paired with an Antique 1960's ceremonial kimono.
The Christine gowns are THE perfect fit, giving you the wow factor without forgetting comfort and quality satin silk, all bias cut 
( very important luxurious detail to make the silk hug your body in all the right places 💜)  
and hand made with love in Vancouver.

Our Antique kimonos are sourced in Japan and one of a kind as traditional kimonos were always made to measure and hand stitched.
This particular one is a ceremonial kimono embellished with silk and gold thread embroidery.
Absolute magic!
                          




Even when feeling in a kinky mood, why not enjoy beautifully crafted designs over mass produced outfits? We love something a bit out of the ordinary and for that we found you the most exquisite leather brands, from the decadent Loveday London lingerie sets to the Halt Harrison cheeky accessories.

     


One of our latest independent brand to join the family, Marc de la Morandiere Parfums, is also all about craftsmanship.
This family brand launched in the 80's focuses on impeccable quality, focusing on more natural ingredients and all handmade in France.


Oh and we also draw our own Gift Vouchers! 💕


I hope this post has inspired you to cherish even more your beautiful pieces at home or to start your collection of hand crafted items !
Wishing you a lovely week lingerie lovers 💋

x T

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

National Bra Fitting Week

Yes, you heard right! We have coming up in our diaries the first ever National bra fitting week 🍒🍒🍒

Artwork courtesy of Julia Heffernan @crownjulez
The Lingerie Guild (which we are now part of 💕) is bringing together Independent boutiques and lingerie specialists, like ourselves to ensure you get the perfect fitting service!

Established in 2018, The Lingerie Guild has been set up by a strong mix of established independent lingerie retailers and lingerie specialists. 
To become a member one has to be invited. 
We are very proud and feel privileged to of been invited and to be associated with such well respected independent lingerie boutiques.

The first project with the Guild is National Bra Fitting Week.




Working collectively to provide a strong, unified voice within the industry they speak out about how a correctly fitted bra is vital to a woman's sense of well-being, confidence and health.

Bra fitting is the one thing you can't do online, that is reason we do not sell bras online, never have. We make it our mission here at Tallulah to find you the best fit with our 15 year expertise.



Here, we do not necessarily believe in measuring tapes as all brands come with strikingly different fits and sizing. 
First we make sure you are comfortable and in the right mood, because ladies, bra fitting should above all be fun!

Once we've had an idea of your proportions we use our expert eye and many years of experience to get you the correct size in the style we think will suit you best. Not a tape measure in sight, sorry, it is much more accurate plus we are the professionals.
After we've determined your perfect fit, we take you through colour options, beautiful lace, everyday smoothness to find you the perfect bra and fulfil your lingerie wishes.
So it is more a Bra Fitting rather then measuring.

Book an appointment during the week for you bra fitting, we will be delighted to offer you the Tallulah experience! 💖💜
National Bra Fitting week runs 6th -12th May but the 6th is Bank Holiday and the boudoir will be closed so appointments will begin from Tuesday 7th at 11 am.
To celebrate this exciting date for the diary we will be offering a fantastic free gift with every fitting appointment booked PLUS with every purchase one will automatically be added in to our prize draw to win a lingerie set of your choice from one of our favourite lingerie designers Aubade.

We stock all sizes from 30" back- as we work with mainly French brands they do not go under this, but we have all cup sizes. We offer an alteration service on all bras and we can order anything in. We can go through our catalogues with you to find your perfect shade or shape needed!
That's what us Independents do, go that extra mile, offer you the service you deserve.

Really hope to see you in the boudoir over National Bra Fitting Week. To Book your appointment please email info@tallulah-lingerie.co.uk with your desired date and time.

Lots of lingerie love 
x T

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Swimwear season 2019 💛

Counting the days to your next holiday?
Well, we've got the perfect event to get you even more excited!


Yes ladies, it is that time of the year where we unveil the new swimwear lines.
So many gorgeous collections are awaiting 💘
Tallulah is getting ready for a boost of sunshine & a taste of summer!

We hope to see you in the Boudoir for some bubbles & treats on the :

Friday 22/3  2-7pm 

Saturday 23/3  11-6pm

Sunday 24/3  12-5pm

In the meantime, here's a little sneak peek 💋

Lots of lingerie love! 
x T

























Thursday, 28 February 2019

The Bridal Edit 2019

The Bridal edit 2019


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Spring is in the air! 
And so our heart melts for dreamy Pastels and delicate silks. 
For 2019, Blush & Pastels are once again stealing the show. Although we love an ivory lace on any day (wedding or not) we are loving that our brides are mixing it up a little.

We can't think of anything better than lingerie shopping to take your mind off the stress of planning a wedding. Yes, ladies, this is the fun part 💖

To build the perfect bridal trousseau here are a few Tallulah tips, inspired by 15 years of fittings!



Tip n.1 Don't skip the foundations.

Let me explain. What we call foundations here at Tallulah's is the magic that will make your dress fall on your body like it was sown on! 
Bridal gowns can be tricky, even if custom made, the fabrics are delicate and the details to make it so special will need the proper lingerie to do her justice. It is always best to bring in a picture of your dress at your fitting so we can help you with your foundations.
Think low cut basques for open back gowns, smoothing high knickers for barely there satin slip dresses, or simply a smooth strapless bra for your bustier look. Foundations are essential. 

There is a wide selection of basques available which can be altered to be just perfect for your dress.

Tip n.2 Timing is key

Try not to leave your lingerie fitting to the last minute. 
First off, it goes hand in hand with your dress fitting for the foundations. 
Make sure you have your lingerie in mind when selecting a style. 
We can make magic happen but always better to know what we are working with.
To create the perfect trousseau items may need to be ordered or even made with our bespoke service. We will make sure to get in the right fit or size for you, so it is recommended to book your appointment early on.

Your lingerie will be an important part of your wedding as it is the only thing from the very start to way after the big day and honeymoon that you will wear day after day.





Tip n.3 Your 'getting ready' outfit

We've found over the years that many of our brides will have pictures taken while getting ready in the morning. Those are beautiful memories to catch on film with the bridesmaids, friends & family around you, prepping for the big event. 
Even if it is just a few snaps on your iPhone, you will want to cherish that memory forever. 
💖
To make these moments perfect, we can help you create a beautiful 'morning of the wedding' look.  Whether you want to be a showstopper in a beautiful antique kimono or prefer the ultimate understated glamour of a delicate silk & lace slip with matching robe, we pretty much have it all!





Tip n.4 Start with your colour palette

As we've said before, the bridal trend is confirming to be more than just ivory! We recommend working from a colour palette rather than just an outfit you had in mind. This way you might stumble upon a few key pieces you would never have thought of trying, and the results are always stunning! 

Pastels are hot hot hot and we've got lots to offer from decadent blush, almond green to candy pink and tiffany blues. But maybe darker tones are more your vibe? Think deep navy & magenta silk with delicate black lace for your wedding night... 





Tip n.5 Don't forget your pearls!

We cannot say it enough, the Pearl thong is a must.
One of our best selling items here at the boudoir, the pearl thong ticks all the boxes.
It is delicate & pretty in its ivory (or black) lace, has the cheeky factor of massaging pearls AND will complement any lingerie outfit to perfection!
Surprise your future husband with this cheeky item while having dinner on your Honeymoon. 
A simple whisper under the table that you are wearing your pearls & just let them do the rest...
we guarantee you will not be having the dessert trolley in the restaurant, instead YOU will be the dessert!





Tip n.6 Be prepared

Make sure you stock up on a few things. Being prepared means less stress on the big day. 
Always get extra pairs of hosiery just in case and fresh knickers for the rest of the evening.
Wedding dresses are not always the most comfortable to dance the night away in. If that's the case, maybe ask us about different lingerie options for the second part of the event. 
Yes, just as dress change is now a thing, lingerie change can sometimes be essential to have a good time at your reception!

Vintage lace or embroidered Ell & Cee garters
Tip n.7 Have fun!

Remember, this is the fun part! So don't hesitate to try different looks, we are here to help you do just that and are more than happy to show you all the beautiful things we have in the Boudoir. 
We'll make sure to give you the full Tallulah Experience 😉

Building your lingerie trousseau doesn't need to be only smooth and shaping. Think about all the dreamy lingerie you will get to wear on your honeymoon.
And how oh so sexy it will be for your partner to see you in your cheeky belt set or glamorous silk gown you've picked out just for the two of you.


Why not finish off your look with the perfect scent? Handmade French Perfume, yes please!
We love love love bridal fittings & take the bridal trousseau very seriously 💘 so we hope those little tips will help you make your day extra special.

When booking your appointment, we recommend making sure you have time to enjoy and not coming in with a crowd so we can fully focus on you & your lingerie wishes. 
Clear your schedule, book an appointment on a calm, stress free day 
and let Tallulah take care of the rest!

x T 


(For more inspo, scroll down 💋)



 

Cheeky ouvert delicate lace set from Only Hearts paired with a lace bolero.
Silk  & lace Ginia ivory slip paired with long lace short sleeved kimono.

 

Untie me Shell Belle Gold lace knickers 💘

 

Sheer romantic look : Boho chic lace slip from Marjolaine or delicate ivory lace Bella cami with matching knickers by Marie Jo.

 

Always the wow factor with the silk Christine glamour gowns in midi or floor length. 
More colours available!

 

All over lace belt set with antique Kimono.

 

Marjolaine silk & lace heaven 💙

 

VERY Low back bodies with detachable straps and garters. perfect for open back gowns.