From The Archive: 2013

With magazine placements on the side, 2013 was the last year I juggled blogging as a side gig. Things get a bit girlier in the style department too, with a lorra love for the sixties and a 'hive!


The Secret Garden

Red Dress day wear outfit post
Sunglasses and red dress
Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats
Oxford Botanical Gardens

(Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Dress: C/O Our Wandering Minds, Shoes: Charlotte Olympia, Lipstick: Topshop)

When I was growing up, one of my favourite books on my Nan’s bookshelf, and coincidentally films to watch- was a hard copy of The Secret Garden. The mystery, adventure and beauty of it had 5 year old me at hello, and at the time- I’d probably regard Mary Lennox as a bit of a style icon (no one works a boater like Lennox), and to be honest that really hasn’t changed…

Lily pads
Purple flowers
Oxford buildings

…Minus the straw hat and over sized tea dress (but complete with an urge to explore), a couple of weeks ago I found myself in one of the most charming beauty spots in Oxford, which transported me straight back to my mini self, only with Joe at my side and an entry receipt for the Botanical Gardens in hand. The whole garden was flourished with blooms, and even in early September made for the most colourful space to float around in aimlessly. After traipsing through overgrown arches and strolling alongside the river, wishing we’d gone punting- we’d passed an afternoon by without even realising it- which, sometimes is the best way to spend one.


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