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17 February 2011

Sunday Best: The Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens
I'm more than a little ashamed to admit that it has been 10 days since I updated last. However, I have valid excuses. My birthday was on Monday so naturally that meant celebrating it over a four day weekend, which resulted in a nasty hangover and subsequent head cold. I then spend the rest of the week hauled up in bed reading and drinking tea, which was nice for a while but I'm happy to be back!

This weekend I visited another antique fair, the same one that I mentioned in my previous post. I bought a few small things, a perfect 1960's blouse pattern with the most gigantic collar... not so dissimilar from the one I am wearing here. Aswell as a couple of shabby tins, I'm actually addicted to buying tins and usually Adam forbids me to buy any more save they take over the whole house but I slipped these past him alongside a few other pretty little things. If anyone is interested in my tatty findings then I'll happily show you but don't want to bore you unnecessarily.

The Royal Botanic Gardens

Coat - Topshop, Bag - Vintage, Heeled Loafers - Topshop,
Pinafore Dress - Primark, Blouse - Topshop, Umbrella - Orla Kiely.


Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens
We stopped in off in the Botanic Gardens near our flat, en route to the fair. I can't believe that we haven't taken picture there before because its so beautiful, even at this bleak time on year. I was quite impressed with my rock clambering skills given my 5" heels (yes, I actually wore them), the wet steps and temperamental drizzle.

The reason we clambered up there was to get to a mossy waterfall but once we got there everyone in the gardens, or so it seemed, flocked around us to stare while we took pictures. It happens all the time when we're shooting but it always really annoys me... its only a few pictures, people are always taking them so I don't see why they feel the need to stop what they are doing and stare at us. Unsurprisingly I looked disgruntled in all of the waterfall shots so I don't even have anything to show for our trouble.

The Royal Botanic Gardens
Royal Botanic Gardens
Then it started to rain again which meant my lovely new umbrella, a birthday gift from my Orla Kiely loving Mum, was put to good use. I actually didn't mean to style my outfit around my umbrella but doesn't it match nicely? Nor did I mean to wear Topshop head to toe but I did. Orange or we can call it 'Blush' if you would like, isn't exactly a colour that I would normally conceive of wearing and truth be told I bought the blouse because I loved the huge crazy collar. Only once I had taken it home I was pleasantly surprised by how many items in my wardrobe that it matches with. However I don't think that I will be purchasing any more orange pieces... sorry, sorry Blush pieces.

In other news, I recently answered a few questions for Cellardoor's blog including a funny little truth about myself but you can go and read that for yourself.

37 comments:

  1. You are so gorgeous! Seriously..and I cant get over the scenery in these photos. So pretty! I want to come to your city for a vacation! :) Hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend love bug. And happy upcoming Valentines Day!! xo

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  2. I love the umbrella. And I found it hard to believe that such a dainty thing as yourself was having some sort of hangover. But you see, I immediately linked hangover to some crazy party.

    Gorgeous blouse by the way!

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  3. You've just reminded me why I am in love with your blog :)

    xo

    Giulia
    http://giulesss.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm glad you decided to buy that blouse Cait, that color really suits you! I think it's lovely on brunettes and brightens up everything :) Plus, that collar is beautiful.
    I am the same when it comes to taking pictures with people around, I've been wasting so many shots because of my grumpy face ;) So every time I just pretend to be a tourist and it seems easier to go unnoticed ;)
    Have a lovely sunday and happy belated birthday!
    Ale

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  5. I really like your outfit! And amazing umbrella by the way!

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  6. Stunning photographs Cait! I hate it when people gather round to watch you take photos, I always end up just looking at the floor in most of mine because of it. Really like the layering, you've inspired me to try a long sleeved blouse under a dress now! x

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  7. The last photo looks really pretty...ohh, and I hope, you had a wonderful birthday!
    xx
    Lea

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  8. i absolutely love your umbrella, it's so pretty! & i hope you had a lovely birthday. X

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  9. I think everyone deserves a blogging break from time to time :)
    That last picture is really beautiful!
    X

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  10. Amazing outfit + pictures and that umbrella is beyond adorable! Ugh, yes people really need to stop starring when pictures are being taken. Jeez! ;-) Happy Sunday to you. xx veronika

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  11. Cute outfit lady!
    I must add that I really like your umbrella and pictures. Magical!

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  12. Lovely outfit and that blouse looks amazing and the colour really suits you! I've seen it at work and love the collar on it! Hope you had a great birthday! x

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  13. You're so lady like and elegant. Those gardens look lovely, I wish there was something like that near me.x

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  14. Belated congratulations! Hope you had a nice birthday. I just love your shoes, this thick heel looks comfy even if they are that high!

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  15. I can't put into words how much I love this post- but I'll give it a shot. Your trench is beyond fabulous, I love the length and soft color it has. And the layering of that pretty pink shirt under your black jumper is perfect!

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  16. Happy belated birthday, darling!
    I absolutely adore this post-- you look like you should be frolicking about in a music video!

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  17. i love love love your umbrella!! xx

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  18. hey cait!
    happy (late) bday!! hope y had a great day!
    btw, the umbrella is amazing!
    you look gorgeous, as always
    xx

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  19. Cait (or should I say Drustic?), you look absolutely wonderful here. I was contemplating buying the orange/blush blouse and I think these photos have swung it - my lunch hour will be mostly spent in Topshop, the perfect Valentine's gift to myself I feel. Sally x

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  20. Are you engaged or not? I'm confused because sometimes you talk about your boyfriend and on your about me page it says fiance.

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  21. Haha to the above comment. ARE YOU ENGAGED OR NOT?? Cause it's really very important for us readers to know. haha.

    Loved your Cellardoor interview!
    And that blouse is beautiful! Sounds like you had a great birthday :) x

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  22. Hello Ladies,
    Sally, did you buy it? I hope so because I'll be looking to you for styling tips!

    Ellie, I guess atleast the question was topically appropriate for Valentines day even if it wasn't for the post.
    I'm glad you liked the interview, I'm always so nervous that I'll sound like an idiot.

    Cait x

    P.S. Adam and I have been engaged for a few years but I don't like to over use 'Fiancé' because I think it can come across as a little ostentatious.

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  23. I seriously love the outfit, especially the blouse. I was trying on a trench like that the other day and was unsure to buy it, but now i think I will. such great pics. xo

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  24. So stunning Cait! Your dress and vintage bag are perfect! I love wearing my cape coat minus the cape, too!!

    You're making me want a clear umbrella!

    xx
    Maria

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  25. this entire outfit, the photography...just stunning! what a beautiful blog
    xox

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  26. What a gorgeous outfit, I love the colour scheme and the beautiful setting of your photoshoot. Your umbrella is fab too =)


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  27. Your umbrella is just gorgeous! x www.lostinthehaze.com

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  28. beautiful <3

    http://tonight-and-everynight.blogspot.com

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  29. You should wear more colour this S/S. It looks amazing on you x

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  30. At first glance I would not think of choosing to combine the individual elements in your outfit the way you have. Honestly....they are not matchy matchy but somehow they seamlessly blend together and accentuate each other with their simplicity.

    Beautiful photos.....thanks to you and Adam. :)

    I wanted to ask you....the image transfer on the t shirt that you did, would it work with any printed /photocopied image? does it have to be a special kind of paper? And Can you do it on silk or cotton woven fabric instead of knits?

    Love

    Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style and inspiration blog

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  31. In my personal opinion, it's a shame that we don't have anything in America with the prefix "royal." It just makes everything sound so fancy. I love your coat, you're making me want to get a trenchcoat so badly now. And I HATE when people watch you take pictures! It makes me so self-conscious...which is probably why I rarely do it.

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  32. I love your umbrella :)

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