My party was due to start at 8pm that evening so with the kids at after-school, I did a try on of everything that I've admired from the current range and also just anything that would fit...brace yourself for a photo heavy post :)
Starting with outer wear - and the sold out Charlotte Cape was on my last chance to purchase rail with 30% off. This is the size L and is a bit too big for me. The shape is so lovely but it is an autumn piece as it's quite lightweight - like a smooth boiled wool fabric.
Sienna Coat in Oatmeal that has been a huge blogger hit. It was also was on my Last Chance rail in the size 16 and I loved it - it's a great shade & a lovely weight. Comes up small though.
The Velvet Coat in blue next and this is the 12. Felt quite big on me and I didn't feel it was worth the price - seemed a bit shapeless.
The Velvet Jacket in a size 10 (neat so I'd definitely need the 12) and the
Chelsea Jacket in grey. The latter is a size 12 and was a little large on me. I have to say that both seem really pricy to me...more so than some of the coats! I'm not a blazer lover though - no matter the price so I'm not the right woman to comment...
the Duffel Coat. This is a size 12 and it's so lovely and cosy. Sadly I've been scarred by the duffel coats of my youth so I can't love them. Sizing wise, it was spot-on.
Windermere down filled coat - exactly what the cold frosty school run needs. This is the 12 and was a bit generous but with a jumper it would be fine on me. 50% down and 50% feathers so it's going to keep you super warm. Lovely fur on the hood and well priced for real down.
The Mac - the new version of the Rainy Day Mac which is more like a mac making it a bit dressier but it's still got the fab fleecy pockets and lining - a sheer joy...it's the simple things! This was a size 10 and fitted me well so I'd say it comes up big.
Fair Isle Jumper. Wasn't to my liking - it was HUGE so maybe size down on this one.
I had more luck with the Animal Intarsia Jumper - nice shape and so lovely and soft. This is the 12:
Mia Jumper in a size 14 (loved the neckline but not the shape on me) and the Alexa jumper with its cute navy trim was lovely on the hanger but not the best shape on me - this is the 12:
Relaxed Stitch Coatigan - ADORED it in the grey and could see me wearing it so much. This is the 12.
The Ravello Top I had on above. I love the Ravello top in the catalogue but it never really works on my shape for some reason. Admittedly, this isn't the best colour for me and in a 14, it's too big but I think it's the pleating on the front that doesn't quite work as I've bought it in a 12 in the past and returned.
And the first one of the The Tamara Tops - this one in the spot pattern (size 10)
the Tamara Top in the floral colour way was a good seller on the day of the party. I'm big floral pattern shy so it's not for me (wearing the 14 here though so it was a bit big for me)
Much preferring The Rosalyn Top in purple - great shade. This is the 12 and it comes in cream and black too with a great sleeve length. It's the same style as a sleeveless version that was part of the SS15 range:
The Square Tee is amazing but the shape wasn't great on me. It comes in a dress though which I had more success with (see further below) Wearing the 12 here. The Gwyneth Top was lovely - I prefer the navy colour way though. This is a 12 again in the brown:
The Ottoman top was another bestseller - back in stock in some of the colour ways after a sell out early in the season. It's fairly true to size - this is the 12R:
The Dobby Panel Top is a gorgeous piece - definitely my runner up in the top department. This is the 10 and it was a good fit though it's the sort of top that you could wear bigger and not really notice much difference.
Dolly Top in Blue Deco Tile, which also sold well. Just a great fabric that hung really nicely and the style would work worn loose or tucked in. This is the size 12:
'The Shirt' and realised I had a blue shirt gap in my wardrobe. interestingly, it came in both the regular length and the long length so you can see both on me in the size 12 - good for comparison. Despite having a long body, the regular length is fine for me I think:
Starting with the Annabel Knitted Skirt which looked like nothing on the hanger but was a fab skirt to wear. So comfy and flattering. I'd definitely have it in my work wardrobe if I had an office based job. This is the 10.
The Cambridge Skirt - this is the 10. A lovely practical skirt that would dress up for work wear but would also work great with tights and ankle boots:
Julia Patch Pocket Skirt - purely on the basis of the colour selection available. Check out this yellow - it's a 14 but wow on the colour!
It comes up big because the 12 in the navy was quite generous too:
There wasn't a 10 to try but in the interest of research, I beat myself into the 8 and I guess this just serves as proof that it's on the large side....
Nora Ponte cross over dress looked really unimpressive on the hanger but was a nice shape on. Too big on me in the 12 though so size down. Also deep on the cleavage so would need a vest underneath.
The Boho Tie Neck dress is fab on too - and perfect for me in the 12. It's got a great weight to it and with navy and black in the print, is very versatile:
The Hartland Dress - in a 12 here and is too big for me so size down! Fab print, lovely length and great dressed up or down, it was low in stock and there were a few disappointed customers who weren't able to secure this in their size. And the The Retro Hotchpotch Tunic Dress is a real Boden staple - fab print and a good fit in the 10:
Lara Sparkle dress which looked like nothing on the hanger but was the most amazing fit on me - perfect for my shape! It made my bust look bigger, my waist look smaller and the flary sleeves are so flattering and feminine. If I had an occasion, I'd snap it up tomorrow. A great classic dress that would stand you in good stead for many years - also available in navy, this is the size 10:
This is the Jodie Dress - a great print and it's a real dress up or down piece. I could see it with boots and a long cardigan but also with a navy jacket and heels. Fab print too! I'm wearing the 12.
High Waist Super Skinny was first and the 10R fitted perfectly. I'm wearing the metallic grey in the photo but if I was buying, I'd get the Eggplant - the fabric is so lovely and soft.
The Jade Joggers were a little long for me here in the 12 so they'll be great if you've longer legs.
Alexis High Heel Boot, which were as lovely as they look in the catalogue, though quite narrow so I'd have to size up to the 40. Not too high and easy to pull on and kick off. And the pony skin Scallop Point were a good fit on my wide foot (in a 40). I found these the most comfortable of all the flats I tried.
The Court shoe in seaweed green was lovely. These are a 39 and fitted perfectly and were surprisingly comfortable. They come in a leopard print too:
The Beatrice Mid Heel wasn't for me but a beautiful shoe none the less - a good fit in the 39.
The Bloomsbury Bag came in the peach pink shade - a surprisingly neutral colour that works even though it's autumn. The only one that perhaps didn't wow me was the Chancery Clutch which felt a bit impractical - I can't imagine fitting much into it so it wouldn't be great for daytime, as these styles of cross body/clutch have been in the past. The clasps seemed a bit loose too but that could just be because it's been carted around so many parties. It looks divine though!
and the Berkeley Zip Bag is just stunning - a beautiful beautiful bag in the flesh. If I could have justified it, I'd have snapped one up in a heartbeat. I'm a cross body girl at heart though, as you know!
It just leaves me to thank everyone who supported my Boden party and travelled from near and far to come along. It was great to meet some readers of the blog whom I'd not met before.
A HUGE thank you goes to Lisa, Natalie and my sister Siobhan who helped me before and during the party, setting up, taking orders, making coffee and clearing up. And I can't forget my school mum friends who baked the yummiest tray bakes and scones for me and helped with pick up's and drop-off's during the day. Oh and the long-suffering husband who made himself scarce on Wednesday night AND looked after the kids on Thursday afternoon, keeping them away from the house so the party would run smoothly. You're superstars, all of you.
So I'm back with a blogging bang this week with a ton of posts that I've had on the 'to-do' list for a couple of weeks. Brace yourselves :)
Signing off for now,