Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boden Weekly Review Roundup...includes Johnnie B. and Baby Boden.

UPDATE, 8:40 pm: I have added three additional reviews to today's can find them *above* CW's Fifties Dress Review.

CW is gonna kill you all with cuteness today in her adorable Baby Boden Fifties Dress, but you all are gonna have to wait until the end of the post to see it.

Going three months strong now, I am thrilled that the reviews still keep pouring in, and I really want to thank ALL of the wonderful women who have sent in their reviews either through e-mail, polyvore, JCA, or their own personal style blogs. I anticipate being able to keep this up, and I find that having a catch-all place for reviews wonderful, ESPECIALLY when it is sale time, so helpful!

Of course right now we are in the midst of a diminishing discount sale at Boden, and tomorrow is the last day for the additional 25% off your order. After that, Friday is an additional 20% off, and Saturday is an additional 15% off (basically what my "maternity" coupon can normally offer you).

Just a quick make sure you receive the 25% off, do click through the diminishing discount link in my sidebar (it is the second link from the top), which will ensure that your shopping bag is calibrated for the sale.

To see an item at Boden more closely, please click through the Boden stock photo. To see an item more closely on me or CW, please click the photo, which will take you to a larger version of the photo. To see it on one of my sweet blogger friends, please click on the link I have provided.

And let's begin with a ridiculous romper that. I. just. had. to. have.  And will not see the light of any mall, eating establishment, or school.  It is seriously just for home and the pool.  ;)  But that is more than fine for me.

This is a Johnnie B. item which means that I *am not* the target demographic.  You all know that means squat in my mind, right?  ;)

I bought this is the right/wrong size.  More on that later.  This is a size large, and it is in the adorable sailboat print colorway.

Hand on hip to show off exactly wear the elasticized waistband is.  The straps of the play suit are adjustable, so if you are a bit longer-torsoed than me, you will be able to adjust the romper so that your waist and the waistband will align properly.

From the side.  This play suit has a very short inseam, which is why this romper is only for home and for the pool.  I ain't no teenager, nor am I an adult fool.  That said, this is insanely comfy, and very lightweight, which makes it utterly perfect for our HOT and HUMID summer days here in VA.

From the back.  It has a racerback, which means you *shouldn't* wear it with a bra, but I totally did.  But for you all, I totally photoshopped those pesky bra straps out, 'cause you all don't need the distraction.  LOL.

I kind of have one main problem with this romper's construction.  The fabric adjusters on the straps are plastic, and not metal or coated metal, which means they are very very susceptible to breakage.  If they break, I guess I will be forced to "fix" the straps to one length and sew the straps to that length, but here's to hoping I don't have to do that for a while.

Here is how I anticipate the romper looking on me after I do a bit of tailoring, nice and fitted on top and the perfect width on bottom.  It actually looks like the top half fits here, doesn't it?  Just wait.

Yeah, it doesn't.  My grandpa wanted to know why I had stolen some other woman's romper that is how large this top is.  ;)  I think the lower half of the romper is fine, I may have been fine with a size medium (my true to size Johnnie B size), but it wasn't available, and I was also a bit nervous that the medium would be like saran wrap on my non-junior sized hips.  Yeah, I should have known.

So the plan is to tailor the top, add a zipper to the back and keeping the hips the same.  I wouldn't be doing this if I hadn't gotten the romper for 30 and some change.  Is this romper worth $44?  No way, no how.  The cotton is thin, the construction isn't the best, and it runs large...BUT on super-sale, heck yeah. 

Any of you all gonna take the romper plunge?

Shorts Play Suit
Shorts Play Suit. As of right now, most of the smaller sizes are gone, but there are some mid-range and larger sizes still around. 

Favourite Crew Neck Cardigan
Santorini Skirt
Favourite Crew Neck Cardigan (top) and Santorini Skirt (bottom). Suburban Mom put a BIG smile on my face by pairing the yellow version of this skirt with the green version of the cardigan. She looked like the dressy version of her beautiful garden. :)

Rainyday Duffle
Rainyday Duffle. Polly and Fiona give a great review of this coat in two colorways, and I love the result of the dilemma they found themselves in...good luck getting the navy in the smaller size!!!

Textured Cotton Skirt
Textured Cotton Skirt. Yesterday I had a post where I not only reviewed this AMAZING skirt (I admit it, I went ahead and got the navy version with this sale), but I also wore it as part of an "Emma Pillsbury" inspired look.

Breezy Beach Dress
Breezy Beach Dress. I wore this wonderful summer sundress on Saturday, and wish that my size was back in stock in the radish colorway (it is so soldout).

THREE NEW REVIEWS (as of 8:40 pm 05/25/11):

Saint-Tropez Skirt
Saint Tropez Skirt. Lauren PhD, a bloggie friend from JCA, e-mailed me about this skirt and here is her take: First off is the Saint-Tropez skirt, which arrived in the mail today. It was so cute that I actually wore it right out of the package. I don't really feel comfortable in shorts so I wear skirts all summer and this one is my version of a perfect summer skirt. The fabric is cotton lawn with cute pintucks and lace detailing that give it visual interest. I got the pewter, which is an odd brownish-gray, but is a great neutral that goes with everything. It fits true to size. I also have a very high waist and I love that this hits slightly below the waist. I have the feeling that I'll be getting a lot of use out of this skirt.

Lauren PhD, I believe your review may be enabling a few of us with this glowing review. I didn't even know it existed before your review! :)

Twist Jersey Top
Twist Jersey Top. Lauren PhD also reviewed this top, about which she says: I also got the twist-front jersey tops a couple of weeks ago, but it's only recently gotten warm enough to wear it here. I got the poppy, which is a VERY bright coral. I have olive skin, so the color works on me, but it might be too bright for some. The cut is very flattering. I have a bit of tummy and the shirt hides that without looking like a maternity top. Also fits true to size.

Thanks, Lauren PhD. :)

Pool Party Tunic
Pool Party Tunic. Polly reviews this tunic, which is turning out to very popular here in the DC/VA region (all the reviewers have been local, lol).

Okay, you all ready for the cuteness overload?  ;)
Yes, that's her in the most adorable baby dress Boden has ever, hands down, come up with.  Agh!  It is the same print as the romper (of course it is, you all know me), but this aqua color looks divine with the red and white sailboat pattern.

She also happens to be wearing the tie-dye sandal from Calypso St. Barth for Target in the pink color.  She is very fashionable today.  Of course we aren't going anywhere, but that's fine.  Grandpa is impressed!

Close-up of her in the dress.  I bought her the 3-4 size, which is the largest size they offer, btw.  It fits a bit big, but it is nice to know that she will be able to wear it next summer, too.  I wish they had made this in mini-Boden, but the print was only in a handful of baby Boden and Johnnie B. items.  Huh.

And CW wanted a momma/me pic.  She is holding her "phone."  The phone just fits in one of her front pockets, too...

Fifties Dress
Fifties Dress.  It comes in other colorways, too.

Fifties Swimsuit
Fifties Swimsuit. Agh, so freaking cute! Won't be getting this for CW, but wanted to show it off for all you moms of adorable baby girls (it goes up to size TODDLER 3-4).

I have hopefully published all the reviews I could find this week, but if you have an additional one, would you mind e-mailing me? ( I try to catch all the reviews, but I freely admit not being able to get them all. :)

BTW, tomorrow I will be posting a review on the Silk Feather Top. It came FAST! I have to say I am not only thrilled with the top, but I adore that the limited edition is also part of this diminishing discount sale. Awesome! :)

You all have a great Wednesday!