Friday, September 7

I think I'm in love ......

...... but not with a new man. Or a monkey. Not even a muffin. Oh no. With a catalogue. Sad but true.


A few weeks ago this little pamphlet dropped out of our Sunday paper ......


I'd only heard of Boden once before, after seeing a rather lovely top that Suzie Sews had bought and amended, but then I thought no more about it as I'm not a fan of clothes buying. Or I wasn't - until I saw this coat .....





...... and this one ......





...... and this cardi .......




...... and this skirt .......






...... AND THESE BOOTS!!

Oh God how I love these boots!


Sadly, when I had totted up how much these gorgeous items would cost it came to the princely sum of Four Hundred and Seventy Seven Pounds and Thirty Pence. Plus Postage. That's a heck of a lot of monkeys to knit and sell. Sigh. And unfortunately Boden don't seem to do the usual catalogue pay-forever terms.


So I put away the pamphlet and tried to forget about THOSE BOOTS, but then just yesterday my colleague, who knew about this latest obsession, bought in this ......



I wanted to jump up and kiss her on the lips shake her by the hand quite vigorously.

And as I pored over the full size catalogue I came to realise that yes, although the clothes are beautiful and look top quality, I think if I'm being honest with myself it may be more that I want to look like those gorgeous girls and live the fabulous lifestyles that are leaping off the page at me.


Then I noticed that each of the aforementioned gorgeous girls must have been given some kind of Meme questionnaire at the start of the assignment (tough job!) as there's a little snippet of information about them on each picture.

For instance, Jessica, pictured here with two rugged fishermen, informs us that her best party trick is : "I can fit a pint glass in my mouth."


Hmm, bet those guys LOVED that fact!


And it's a good job they weren't pictured with Anne-Flore, as her best party trick is Naked Twister ..... they'd have had those waders off quicker than you could say "Blimey, you stink of fish, must you stand so close?"

And Haylynn tells us that she's dreading : "turning into my parents"


Roll with it Haylynn, it happens to all of us.


But then I realised that I'd stopped looking at the fabulous clothes and instead was reading all about the models (bad, bad marketing ploy, Boden).

Here are a few more facts ......

Anne-Flore's karaoke speciality is anything by Wham
Diana never has a quiet night in without candles
Clare, if she could choose who to be for a day, would be a monkey swinging in the trees (you've got to love Clare)
Especially as her first drink of the night is a pint of beer
On the other hand, her best present ever received was tickets to Dolly Parton ..... no offence Dolly fans.
Poor Edda is dreading giving birth. (Hold onto that thought girl.)
And finally, Jessica likes licking stamps


You see? I couldn't tell you what they were wearing but I know quite a lot about that bevy of beauties. Fascinating!


And at the back of the catalogue, there's even something for the boys .....


..... nah, scrub that ..... there's more for the ladies!




Oops, I nearly forgot any knitted monkey content then. That park we went to the other day? The one that said No Dogs?


Wish they'd make up their minds.

10 comments:

Lucy Locket said...

Know what you mean about Boden! I've spent many a happy hour looking at the back pages in particular!!!

Suzie Sews said...

You are so naughty, ever time I read your blog I laugh out loud. I have read the Boden book cover to cover and already my winter coat has arrived (could not wait for the sale on that one, sale is half price...best time to shop with them) and I know these silly comments as they do it every time, but YOU, You put such a naughty view on it, it had me in stitches...I think your world must be a fun place to be in!
SUzie Sews;-)

the vicious chicken said...

I agree with Suzie Sews about the sale being the best time to shop with Boden (although in my case it often brings them down to just above the price range I can afford!) My other top tip though is to get on their database by buying one thing, then don't buy anything for ages (for me: about 5 years), and they'll send you offers of increasing value to try and entice you back. In a mere five year's time, you could save a tenner! Bargain!

VC x

Michaela said...

I have obviously been in the kitchen far too long. I thought Boden made Coffee machines and cooking equipment.

Am I losing it completely? Just get knitting some monkees and start saving up for those boots. Or the coats (I love the one with the spotty inside) or even the cardi.

Tracy said...

ahh Boden......
like you i love the look and feel of this catalogue - and the village that i have just vacated was full of Boden women - fresh from dropping the little ones off at one of the many private schools, they would breeze in to my shop head to toe in boden - all looking the same!
i would of course stare at these beloved clothes and often find myself inching forward to get a feel of the quality - needless to say i was standing behind the counter in my finest collection from Asda!!
if you love an item - go for it - the clothes are wayyyyyy over priced but they are wonderful.
just don't visit Hawkhurst unless you want to be part of the Boden gang.
tracy x

weirdbunny said...

Your so funny .... lol.

I don't even look at those boden catalogues any more, way to drepressing due to prices, however you've certainly put a different stance on reading one ! - Julia x

Rubyred said...

I'm with Michaela,I thought Boden made coffee mchines and the like too! Ha-Ha!I like to buy Monsoon in the sale but mainly Asda Sainsburys,Florence and Fred.I do like a bargain!You'll obviously have to knit quicker and sell tons of monkeys if you want to be a Boden girl!

April said...

I wanna be a Boden girl! How well do you think those boots would stand up to horse pee?

Zoebert said...

...they (the models) all have PhDs, want to be Doctors / Rocket Scientists, and wnat World Peace...

What a hoot!

Kelly said...

Well being a Boden girl wouldn't be such a bad ambition if you could fit a pint glass in YOUR mouth! LOL Where do they come up with this stuff? :) I hope you sell lots of monkeys so you can get those boots and have a taste of being a Boden girl! :)