Boden in Bloom, + afternoon tea at The Berkeley!



It’s not every Wednesday that’s as full of beauty as last Wednesday was. Mostly, I think of Wednesdays as being pretty mediocre. Often grey, often full of tedious jobs (the ones you’ve been putting off during Monday and Tuesday), and still too far away from the weekend to be hopeful. Last Wednesday though? It was a whole other kettle of fish.

Boden press days are always a sight to behold. Their eye for detail extends way beyond each season’s clothing collection, and encompasses every part of the world Boden create. Shoes are placed alongside potted flowers that match their shade of pink exactly. Vintage gardening books are sourced and strewn (artfully, always artfully) around a handmade neon ‘greenhouse’. Mini-workspaces are set up to create the perfect Instagram backdrops. White garden gnomes are given hats that match fabrics taken from the new season’s collection.

It blows my mind, and never fails to inspire and encourage my own eye for detail. The Spring Summer 15 collection is entitled ‘Great Boden in Bloom’, and is, as you’d imagine, horticulturally-themed. As always with Boden, there’s a pattern and a shape to suit every taste imaginable, and let me tell you, the collection suited a LOT of my tastes! A few photos from the day are below, but I’m afraid I must’ve been on a major shoe kick as the vast majority of photos are of footwear. Then again, I never need apologise for shoes, right? ;)

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^^ Mini Boden yellow boots! Aren’t they gorgeous? ^^

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^^ Lizzie, who works at Boden, was wearing the pink pair of heels on the right on Wednesday, and they looked completely amazing on her. Already at the top of my wish list! ^^


I met up with my loves Kathryn and Natasha at the press day (we hadn’t seen each other since our last Boden-related escapades in July!), and after having had our happy fill of floral prints and Diptyque candles and vintage gardening tools and being able to log in to the wifi, we kissed our friends at Boden goodbye and headed on our merry way. But the fun wasn’t over! Natasha had suggested a couple of weeks previously that we go for afternoon tea at the Berkeley after the press launch, and since I’m never one to say no to afternoon tea, to the Berkeley we went!

I’d heard such great things about the Berkeley’s ‘Pret-a-Portea’, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Beautiful service, best afternoon tea sandwiches ever (the smoked salmon especially was delicious!), and the most flamboyant and colourful sweet selection I’ve ever seen! I will say that the sweet things (biscuits, mousses, and the like) weren’t as delicious as the ones I tasted at Ladurée or Pennyhill Park in Surrey, so I’ll deduct a star for that on my totally arbitrary and just-this-second-instated rating system ;) The English Breakfast tea was divine though, and since that really is the best tea of all time (Earl Grey, be gone!) I haven’t really got much to complain about!

It’s always so lovely to see Natasha and Kathryn, not least because it always reminds me once again how amazing the internet is. Kathryn’s based up in Yorkshire with her three gorgeous babies, Natasha lives in Oxford and works at the university, and yet we all found one another (with a little help from Boden, of course!) through the magic of blogging. It always leaves me with a serious case of the warm and fuzzies, when I think about how these little creative online spaces can help us find our kindred spirits.

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And after so many hours of talking, tea drinking, photo taking, and macaron eating, it was time to leave this most beautiful of Wednesdays in London behind and head on home. I would’ve been sad, but with a mini neon lunchbox filled with sweet treats to eat on the train home, who on earth could complain? :)

What I wore :: Coat || Scarf || Jumper || Top || Jeans || Shoes || Handbag

p.s. A little heads up! Boden have a 25% off EVERYTHING sale on right now! I’ve just snapped up a couple of bits for myself, it’s too good to miss out on! Ends Thursday eve. Just click on the promo banner on the homepage to apply the discount to the entire site- go go go!

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  • Ala

    Those gold slingbacks !!! x

  • Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

    So many pretty shoes! Love the yellow ones, so cute!

  • The City Post-It

    Beautiful photos! I went to The Berkeley in the summer for afternoon tea but, seeing this, I think I need to go again to see this season’s fashion updates in all their glorious cake and biscuity form! x

  • kelly rae

    looks like a lovely time! :)

  • Jessica Edmunds

    Oh wow what a fabulous event, I am very impressed. Everything looks picture perfect and quaint- thanks for sharing the discount I am off to shop xx

  • Laura

    What a beautiful afternoon tucked away for afternoon tea :)

    Laura x

  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    And now I want all the colourful shoes! x

  • Prettygreentea

    This looks like a really lovely day, Boden always seem to get it so right. Also, your afternoon tea looks delightful!

  • Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    Mwah – so good to see you darling! Hope to do it all again soon xx

  • Polly

    This looks like SUCH a perfect Wednesday!

  • MissPond

    Such beautiful shoes! I’ve only recently discovered Boden as we don’t have one in Manchester yet! It’s nice to take a peek when down in London :) I love ALL the shoes, especially the pink ones and that afternoon tea looks delicious! x

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    I love your Zara scarf! I also love Boden’s Christmas items, especially the penguin sweater and fun gloves with the Queen’s guard on them :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I’ve never bought anything from Boden before, but I’ve been more and more impressed by their recent collections so am feeling tempted!! I love pret-a-portea at the Berkeley – it’s such a fun thing to do! And a very appropriate outing after a fashion event ;)

  • Kate

    Love your scarf :) the tea looks delicious and so pretty! x

  • chelsea

    Oh my, I need those yellow booties for my girls- they are so cute!! It sounds like an amazing day, you have accomplished so much, and I’m continually impressed!

  • Chiara

    That scarf is amazing, it looks so warm and cosy! Looks like you had an amazing time x

  • Niki

    I love the China…bright and quirky and what is not to like at Boden!?!

  • Deenie

    This post is so sweet! The Boden shoes are gooorgeous and The Berkley sounds like a lovely place to visit with friends.

  • Ursula

    What a fun day! I love going out for tea and those desserts look heavenly. Also, how cute are those red shoes?!

  • Sammie

    This looks a stunning event, the shoes…ohh the shoes! I thought they were Sophia Webster at first so they already have my heart. Payday Friday needs to hurry it’s little self up now for a spot of shopping.

    Afternoon tea too! What more could you want in an event, shoes, tea and cakes. The cakes look incredible although I think I would have gone for the salmon sandwiches too.


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  • Shu –

    Sounds like the most amazing Wednesday! Seriously hankering after those yellow shoes and the afternoon tea would go down a treat! Loved your outfit too, those leopard shoes! :)

  • Candy Pop

    It was such a lovely day and I’m already looking forward to the next one! :)

  • Bethany

    I adore afternoon tea! And the savories are always my favorite- I can only handle so much sweet before falling into a sugar coma.
    I have never had smoked salmon and I’ve been very curious to try it lately.
    Internet kindred spirits are lovely! My husband makes fun of me when I talk about my friends I’ve never met- funny how close one can feel to someone far, far away without ever having been in the same room!
    Those pink shoes are to die for!!!!!

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