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The Perfect Party Bag & Other Boden Beauties Plus Another Discount Code!

I seem to be developing a HUGE love for anything hot pink at the moment & luckily for me this season there seems to be quite a bit of the colour around.  Now I've already got a stunning tweed blazer in hot pink (see here) so when Boden kindly let me choose some Autumn essentials I just knew I needed this lovely blouse to add to my hot pink collection/obsession.


















Made from 10% silk & 90% viscose I just love the Peter Pan collar & the slightly relaxed fit.  Plus it's machine washable & a great top for either wearing alone, under a jacket or even a jumper which would really show off the collar.  

I ordered by normal size & the fit is spot on.  Fitted enough to have some shape to it but not too fitted that you're going to worry every time you move your arm that the seams are going to start giving.  As for the colour, the picture above is really accurate - think a gorgeous jewelled pink & you've got it & its just perfect for brightening the dullest of winter days.  

The next item I chose is something I've had my eye on as soon as Boden's autumn catalogue popped through my door & that is these gorgeous ankle boots.  Made from suede with leather lining with a 7½ cm chunky heel, these boots are my ideal.  Perfect for teaming with skirts/dresses as much as jeans/trousers they're a great multifunctional boot.  Plus they have a rubber/leather sole for better grip, which when you're as prone to falling over/tripping up as me it can only be a good thing!  And they're super comfy too!


















The only decision I had to make was which colour to go for as they're all lovely.  But in the end I went for the navy as I think they're that little bit more unusual to black & grey not to mention they're going to look fab teamed with a navy blazer & jeans.

Finally I decided to go for one of their new bags.  Well it wouldn't be the start of a new season if I didn't have a new Boden bag to add to my collection & I've had my eye on this beauty since I saw it at their press day.  Needless to say my inner magpie nearly burst with joy when unwrapping this amazing bag.  I just LOVE the glitter, which whilst it will make the most stunning bag for the coming Christmas season, I fully intend to wear in the day dressed down too with ripped jeans & a simple jumper.






This stunner is described as black but I would say that overall it looks more navy than black due to the gorgeous navy glitter which has the occasional hot pink & emerald glitter thrown in for good measure.  Plus only the front of the bag is glitter, with the back of the bag being metallic silver foil coated leather so in fact you're actually getting two bags for the price of one!  

As with their summer bags of a similar design these beauties can either be worn as a shoulder bag & fit snuggly just under the arm should you need to go hands free for that all important drink at a party or for shopping in the day but the strap can also be detached & the bag can either also be used as a clutch or the smaller strap attached for wearing over your wrist.  Plus it has internal pockets so you can quickly find your lippy etc & from a size point of view its approximately 26cm by 20cm.  But if glitter isn't your thing it also comes in the following colours.


















Now of course you'll know by now that as soon as I unpacked my goodies I had to have a mini-try on session, so here's just a few ways on how I intend to mix these babies with items from my wardrobe.

First up here's how I'd wear all three times with a simple pair of distressed skinny jeans.  I just love this shade of pink against the denim & as you can see from the pictures the boots are a great soft navy blue.




Blouse - Boden £59
Necklace - Stella & Dot
Bag - Boden £69
Bracelets - Handmade & Pranella £23
Jeans - Zara (similar here)
Boots - Boden £119










Next I wanted to try the blouse against some of my beloved leopard print & a lighter shade of denim.




Blouse - Boden £59
Necklace - Stella & Dot
Bag - Boden (similar here)
Bracelets - Handmade & Pranella £23
Jeans - Zara (Similar here)
Ballet Pumps - Bought in Majorca (similar here)




In this next outfit I wanted to show how the bag teamed with a simple white shirt, heels & distressed denim makes the perfect going out outfit for drinks with the girls.  Whether of course I could walk in my heels after the odd glass or two without hubby to hold onto remains to be seen!!




Shirt - Zara (similar here)
Necklace - Stella & Dot
Bracelets - Handmade & Pranella £23
Bag - Boden £69
Jeans - Zara (similar here)
Shoes - Zara £79.99






And finally just to show you how perfect these boots are with a dress, I've teamed them with a simple denim dress & my new scarf, which surprise surprise features hot pink!!!




Scarf - John Lewis £25
Bracelets - Pranella £23
Dress - Topshop (similar here)
Boots - Boden £119


And before I go here's what I'm wearing today.




Pearls - Zara
Sweatshirt - Zara
Skirt - Zara
Leather Cuff - Banana Republic
Slip Ons - Boden


Accessorising An 'A' Line Skirt


Pearls - M&S £18
Sweatshirt - Zara £25.99
Bag - Wallis £59
Skirt - Zara £25.99
Slip Ons - Boden £69


So what do you think of the new Boden pieces are you as in love with them as much as I am?  Perhaps you've already purchased some of the items in their recent 20% bonaza or have had your eye on them but were a little unsure?  As always I love hearing your thoughts & comments.  And just to tempt you further you can currently get 11% off plus free delivery and returns on all items with code 'A94E' or for today & tomorrow only 25% off all tops & dress (click here).....happy shopping!!

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28 comments

  1. I love all the pieces Jane, they are all things on my radar especially the sparkly bag! x

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    1. The sparkly bag is gorgeous isn't it Sharron, I can't wait to team it with a simple breton & distressed denim for daytime.
      Jane xx

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  2. I love all of your choices, Jane. Every outfit you styled looks gorgeous in you, too. I especially love the one with the pink blouse! :)

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    1. Thanks Melissa I'm definitely having a hot pink love in at the moment & love the fact that this blouse looks that bit more special due to the fabric.
      Jane xx

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  3. Love the pink Tuileries shirt, gorgeous! The glitter clutch is fabulous too...love the colour. I have a pair of the Boho boots from last season in Pewter & they are so lovely...hankering after the leopard print too! You look fab as always Jane! :) x

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    1. Aww thanks Sian the leopard print version are gorgeous aren't they, I was very tempted by these but to be honest I could quite easily have one of every colour in my wardrobe as the fit & heel are perfect!
      Jane xx

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  4. Great choices! The Boden catalogue dropped through my letterbox yesterday & I'd earmarked the navy boots too....although I love the leopard ones too! X

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    1. Sarah they're both gorgeous & great wardrobe classics.....have you made a decision yet?!!
      Jane xx

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  5. Jane you look amazing! Love the pink on you and I am delighted to see the navy boots on you also, as I am thinking of ordering a pair! Do they fit true to size? Have a lovely evening:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Aww thanks Anne. Yes I'd say the boots are true to size I'm generally between a 6½-7 & the 40 fit me perfectly.
      Have a great evening too.
      Jane xx

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    2. Thanks Jane....must check them out again xx

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    3. Yes you must!! Let me know if you get them.
      Jane xx

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  6. Love all 3 pieces you have chosen Jane......they look great together!! Just trying to work out if I can justify buying the bag, I really love it!! Super outfit of the day too! xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle, it's a stunning bag & the beauty of the multi coloured glitter means it goes with everything....am I tempting you to click the button ;-)
      Jane xx

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  7. Gorgeous pieces! I love the navy boots. I'm on the hunt for a pair of navy ankle or shoe boots! :) xxx
    Just Emma

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    1. Thanks Emma, you should definitely try these boots, they're the most beautiful soft shade of navy & super comfy too!
      Jane xx

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  8. Great choices you lucky thing!! I love the boots and the bag .... Both of which are on my boden wish list. X

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    1. I know I'm a very lucky girl Annemarie & totally in love with all three pieces I'm going to be wearing them a lot this autumn!!
      Jane xx

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  9. Great picks Jane, all of these items I would buy in a heart beat! The blouse is gorgeous and I've been drooling over the green one for a while! X

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    1. Ooh the green would look gorgeous on you Sue....there's currently 25% off too ;-)
      Jane xx

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  10. Great choices, love the navy boots and I have the bag in leopard, it's gorgeous!
    A x

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    1. No if I didn't already own a leopard print bag or two Abbi I would have definitely have gone of rate leopard as just like the glitter version it will go with everything & instantly transforms a plain outfit.
      Jane xx

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  11. Great choices, Jane. I have the boho boots from last year and I love them! Love you in pink too. Stylish as always. Lynne x

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    1. Aww thanks Lynne. I'm so in love with the Boho boots just perfect height, colour, design & comfy too :-)
      Jane xx

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  12. Oooh- this is a gorgeous blog. :-) thanks for showing you modelling the shirt- I love it but the stock pic didn't do it justice. Having seen you wearing it I want one in my life...plus the boots...plus the bag...plus the skinny jeans- this could get tricky!!
    #BPTW

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    1. Hi Tanya & thank you for your comment :-) I seem to be falling in love with everything hot pink & glittery at the moment....which can only mean that Christmas is round the corner!!!
      Jane xx

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