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Friday, September 21, 2007

Utterly Random Friday: An Ode to Boden

Do you like Boden as much as I like it? Probably not... I look forward to the arrival of the escapist little catalogs more than to my W or Allure. More even than to Perfumer & Flavorist. I would love to live on the pages of the carefully understated and deliberately casual world of the inconspicuous (British upper-ish) middle class elegance, the world of fun skirts, comfy jersey tops and sidewalk cafes. What I especially enjoy are the little questions that models answer in each catalog (to further cultivate the warm feeling of "just-like-you-and-me-ness" that permeates everything Boden). Today I decided to answer the questions from Boden Autum 2007 together with Mr Colombina...Imagine us strolling hand in hand in Notting Hill, dressed expensively low-key...a laughing child and a dog running ahead of us...

First Pet - Mr. C: parakeet. C: never had any.

What is your karaoke speciality- Mr. C: Only Fools Rush In. C.: Would not sing to save my life.

Crumpets or Toast- Mr. C: Toast. C.: Crumpets.

Make-up tip- Mr. C: Ladies, go easy on the eyeshadow. C.: Faites simple.

Biggest thrill- Mr. C: Birth of my daughter. C.: Shopping.

Best place to be in autumn- Mr. C: Cape Cod. C.: Paris.

Never have a quiet night in without - Mr.C: Porn. C.: A good book.

Who would you be for a day - Mr. C: Heffner. C.: Heffner.

First drink of the night - Mr. C: Sambuca. C.: Champagne.

Favorite hero - Mr. C: Audie Murphy. C.: Hercule Poirot.

Best character trait - Mr. C: Pragmatism. C: Sense of humor.

I shouldn't like but I do - Mr. C: Smoking. C: The Girls Next Door.

I am always told off for - Mr. C: Things that are not my fault. C: Not finishing my drinks.

Least favorite household chore - Mr. C: Cleaning the toilet. C: Cleaning the bathtub.

Best present ever received - Mr. C: A camcorder. C: A Chanel watch.

Ultimate tear-jerker - Mr. C: It's a Wonderful Life. C: Titanic and Armageddon.

Dreading - Mr C: Moving again. C: Bad news.

Favorite sweet - Mr C: Cheesecake. C: Raffaello.

Best beauty tip - Mr C: There is no such thing as "too revealing". C: Exfoliate.

Favorite baddie - Mr C: Odd Job. C: Woland and Dracula.

Last meal ever would be - Mr C: ...Put off as long as possible. C: I can't eat when I am stressed.

Best winter warmer - Mr C: Fleece. C: Mr. C, whose natural temperature is 104 degrees, at least.

Where is home - Mr C: Where my wife and daughter are. C: Where my parents are.

Best Music decade - Mr C: 60s. C: 90s.

Favorite daily read - Mr C: The Onion. C: Perfume and bag blogs.

Most excited about - Mr C: Finishing this survey. C: The fall wardrobe.

Favorite Elvis song - Mr C: That's All Right Mama. C: Only Fools Rush In.

Best tip for a photo - Mr C: Take a lens cap off. C: Don't lose your neck. Look fierce.

And a bonus, a perfume related question, not from Boden - 3 perfumes you wear most right now- Mr C: (can't remember the names). C: White Aoud, Piment Brulant, Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia.

Please feel free to answer any of the questions in your comments!

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Blogger Unknown said...

Cool! I have some questions:

1) The Sopranos or The Wire ?

2) Your first car ?

and finally..

3) Tabac Blond or Cuir Mauresque ?

Thats all folks !

10:41 PM EDT  
Blogger NewKidOnTheBlog said...

Firstly ...

To Colombina: How about I get some nice porn BOOKS and we have a nice night in?

And to Faizan:
The Sopranos
AMC Hornet
Tabac Blond - no idea why but see my response to what I like but shouldn't.


11:26 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the crumpets...

And I own a few Boden things you know...

4:15 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOOOOOOOOOL at Mr.C's "porn", "scrubbing the toilet" and "most excited about finishing this survey". the latter sounds exactly like something my husband would say (if he would even bother to answer any of its questions, which is highly doubtful in itself ;)).

I'll answer my own couple of questions:

1. Q: my body is aching from the lemming to buy?
A: Fifi Chachnil, Lipstick Rose, White Aoud, Agent Provocateur Strip.

2. Q: fingers tightly tightly crossed for?
A: my dream plan for a late honeymoon (a few days) in Paris this November to come to reality.

have a wonderful weekend, Cs! :-D

4:22 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...


1) The Sopranos or The Wire ? - Neither

2) Your first car ? - Never had one

3) Tabac Blond or Cuir Mauresque ? - Tabac Blond

6:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Mr C,
Only if it's an elegantly written classic, say Anais Nin.

6:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I always knew there was a reason I liked you so, apart from the fact that you are kind and funny and write great reviews.

6:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I am keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that you do have your dream honeymoon in Paris!!!

6:44 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

Now, see, I don't even know what Boden is (well, now, I do a bit). Will you ever speak to me again?

Loved reading the answers.

Tabac Blond above most things:) (cuir mauresque does a funny hippie thing on me).

6:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I would always speak to you.

Cuir Mauresque doesn't like me either (anymore). I don't know what happened. :-(

7:09 AM EDT  
Blogger NewKidOnTheBlog said...


Sure ... we could go the route of the 'classics' this time ...Anais Nin, Kate Chopin, D.H. Lawrence, Jackie Collins ... whoever.

OK so maybe not Collins.

By the way ... a little FYI trivia ... since you mention Ms. Nin... Did you know her second husband was named Mr. Pole? I find that interesting.

You can look it up!

Mr. C.

9:37 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, you two are flirting on the blog, that's so sweet :)
I loved this btw & um, my bedside reading is Valerie Steele's Fetish (got it in a clothing swap. it IS about clothes after all) & Barbara Barg's Origin of the Species. And Calvin & Hobbes. Can't imagine what that says about me.
Tabac Blonde vs Cuir Mauresque = very torn + undecided

11:14 AM EDT  
Blogger priscilla said...

I thought I was the only one! I LOVE The Boden catalog. Pure escapist fantasy. Wonderful post!

11:20 AM EDT  
Blogger Ducks said...

Hee hee... I can hear the Odd Couple music!

You two are a darling couple. How nice to see you out and new-kidding it, Mr. C. :)

11:31 AM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Never heard of Boden! Can't talk now, have to shop...

12:43 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

I admit that I've never heard of them either, but you forced me to sign up for the catalogue!


The Wire

1967 Barracuda Convertible

Tabac Blond by a nose

1:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Mr. C,
To quote Chandler Bing, "Two many jokes, two many jokes!" :-)

1:40 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Wow, what a diverse list! Calvin & Hobbs, aww :-)

1:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Hurray! High five! I feel so much better now ...:-)

1:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Haha, we are an odd couple for sure :-)

1:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I especially love the skirts, check out the skirts :-)

1:42 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

My work here is done then.
I can totally see you in some of their stuff. :-)

1:43 PM EDT  
Blogger Erin said...

I am soooo with you on scrubbing out the tub. Lord, I hate that. Yay, Piment Brulant.

5:34 PM EDT  
Blogger Solander said...

Uh, and I thought Boden was a small town in northern Sweden, feared among 19 year old males as the worst and coldest place to do your military service?

Ok, I'll answer the perfume-related question. "Most" is tricky since I wear a different one every day, but "right now" must mean the last 3 days, so it's Chypre Rouge, Jicky and Mitsouko.

6:56 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

What is it about tubs, eh? Just can't stand cleaning them.

9:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Love the new avatar! is it you? Such a great picture.
Is it cold where you are now? I've been to York (it is York, right?) once and remember it as the coldest, most windy place on earth...albeit stunningly beautiful in places. Your list seems like such a cozy, warm one- for cold weather.

9:35 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a little late - had tons of trouble with security settings to post a comment - ugh!! Anyway - would anyone more talented than I be able to tell me what the difference is between Tabac Blond and Cuir Mauresque? I tried both yesterday and wished I could distinquish it.... thanks!

10:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

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12:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi anonymous,

They are very similr to my nose as well. The leather note (isobutyl quinoline sp?) is practically the same. Its more intense and rich in Tabac blond (I have only tried the edt). In CM there is a thin layer of orange peel which hovers over this note and lends a muted sweetness to the accord. TB has a smoky vanilla base, while CM integrates an incense and clove notes to create a less vanillic but slightly cooler base. CM is certainly one of the quieter Lutens on my skin, and its definitely not a very original scent considering how similar it is to TB. However I love to wear it and will take it over the apricot fruit bowl that is Daim Blond anyday.

12:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Solander said...

M, It's meee! And look what I've got, I've got a golden ticket! (Does obnoxious Veruca-smile)It doesn't look a lot like me though, I have my natural blond hair colour now.

I've been colder places, but yes, York's rather windy and rainy. When I first came here from the utterly chilly and autumnal Sweden I was amazed by the fine, sunny, late summer weather though. The windows are draughty, but with my red-hot radiator and a steaming cuppa I think I'll live. ;)

I just checked in the perfume stores... such a depressing sight... All the lovelies are locked up behind counters and guarded by scary ladies waving test strips with the "latest"... Although I saw a really tempting sale of classics from houses like Grès, Rochas and Elizabeth Arden for £10-20 in a shop window...

12:31 PM EDT  
Blogger Carol said...

Thank you Faizan! I like both of these very much (and prefer both to Daim Blond too)... one thing, I guess the Tabac Blond is easier to get than CM when you live in the states...

Signed, Carol (not anonymous... just having trouble with signing my name too!)

P.S. Sopranos and VW Rabbit - 4 doors and orange. So ugly, but they were my very own wheels, so wonderful!

3:13 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all i have to say is awwww, you guys are adorable :-)

4:07 PM EDT  

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