Boot camp and partitions

Hello all,
I am a bit new with boot camp and I am not sure about the size of patition.
What do you suggest me for OS X and Windows partition size?
Thank for advices

ok, thanks for your advice.
I would like to ask you something else. I just inmstall my first boot camp with Windiws 7 and it works fine. I also install boot cam driver, and all seams to be fine.
I also discover that when I reboot from Seven, it start Seven. And when form Windows Seven I got to Control Panel -> Boot camp and I restart on OS X.
And from OS X I restart my laptop, it starts OS X.
So If I retart my system, it will restat to the OS it has been restart from.
My question, when I Start my workstation, how can I do that from one piont it let me choose to which OS I want to start. (Excepted from olding the "option bottom"?

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