Red Dress day wear outfit post Sunglasses and red dress Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats Oxford Botanical Gardens IMG_5657p
(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...
Oxford Lily pads Oxford 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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Red Dress day wear outfit post Sunglasses and red dress Charlotte Olympia Kitty flats Oxford Botanical Gardens IMG_5657p
(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...
Oxford Lily pads Oxford 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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68 comments:

  1. These are such stunning photos, I am so obsessed with your shoes! xo

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  2. That dress is absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. The photos are gorgeous and you look amazing! I love how you make a simple outfit look so glamorous and luxurious, because of the way you wear them. So beautiful. And that color suits you perfectly, its like a shot from a movie

    Renate from http://thecuriousklutz.blogspot.com

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  4. Oxford looks beautiful, as do you. x

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  5. Mary Lennox has been a style inspiration for me too, for quite some time! As a little girl (and admittedly, even now) I always used to look for potential secret doorways hidden behind a mossy garden wall or bush.

    You look so stunning in this outfit, and the gardens look beautiful

    xx Carina

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  6. Gorgeous outfit and Oxford looks so beautiful! I thought it was France at first. You are one of my biggest style crushes!

    Beth // SANS SOUCI

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  7. this is so cute i live near oxford when im back home!! your gorg

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    x

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  8. I just love your dress sense! You always look so perfectly polished! xx

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  9. You look amazing! I love the secret garden book & the film such a great story! Xxx

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  10. Olivia, you are just too beautiful! Lovely post, lovely photos, lovely hive. You are an absolute dream lady.

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  11. I love your outfit!
    Your shoes are super cute.
    And I wish I could have your hair.

    DarlingSophie
    Giveaway

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  12. What a lovely post :) - You look GORGEOUS in red Olivia, not forgetting your Charlotte Olympia's xxx

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  13. Stunning look as ever Olivia! Looks like you had a beautiful day in Oxford, i'd love to live close enough to explore.
    Oh and i NEED those sunglasses!

    -Jade
    Gracious Silhouettes

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  14. You look lovely as always! The dress is gorgeous and the shoes are so cute :) ♥

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  15. That dress is gorgeous, and those shoes are so cute! These pictures are just beautiful! x

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  16. Stunning photos and outfit as always. Whats more I absolutely adore how you styled your hair, wish I'd knew how to get it like that so I could give it a try. I also used to read The secret garden when I was really little!

    Eloise | simplynaturale xo

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  17. God, these are gorgeous...You look so pretty

    Love, When You Dream Big x

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  18. Olivia you look a vision in red!
    Sophie
    x

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  19. My dad is always saying he wants to take me and my sister to Oxford and now I understand why, those gardens look lovely, and those flats are so adorable xx Emmi

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  20. This is such a beautiful post. In fact, all your posts are beautiful! I'm absolutely in love with your blog.
    xxxx

    www.sarah-nunn.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. This dress is gorgeous on you! I love that second photo, you look beautiful.

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  22. This looks beautiful, i really need to visit Oxford again as I obviously missed this part! I used to love the secret garden as well, I had such a love for that film and The Little Princess!
    You also look fab - fit in with the beautiful surroundings perfectly. Love the cat shoes!

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    xo

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  23. awwww Olivia, the secret garden is one of my favourites too, I actually re-read it recently. You look stunning as always, oxford looks gorgeous too :)

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  24. That's a nice outfit Olivia :)

    Melanie ~ www.iheartsharingthings.blogspot.fr

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  25. That dress really suits you, it looks so nice. The area of Oxford you went too looks amazing, it looks so peaceful and beautiful. I'd love to visit there x


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  26. gorgeous photos, love your shoes too!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  27. Wow, beautiful photos! This dress is amazing! Red is definitely your colour!

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  28. So cute and very Audrey Hepburn x

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  29. You look so flawless! So classy with the hair, dress, lipstick, shoes- perfect! Xx Lovely photos too :)

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  30. Red is such a gorgeous colour on you. It’s a wonderful transitional colour and I am loving red lippy at the moment; I’ve said goodbye to my 60s matte coral as summer waves us goodbye on Sunday (yes, it’s official, Autumn is here).

    Looking fab!

    Mags xx

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  31. Beautiful dress - and loving the cat ballet flats! Good old Secret Garden - Maggie Smith will always be Mrs Medlock to me!

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  32. Dear Olivia, no matter what you wear, you always look fantastic <3
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  33. love your outfit x

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  34. Amazing! That dress is adorable!

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  35. You look amazing! Those cat flats have been on my wishlist for a while now! Love how you styled them :)
    The Style Picnic

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  36. Love the dress, the cut of it is so beautiful! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  37. This is great , I love the dress , reallly want to go there now the secret garden looks like it holds many mysteries that are waiting to be unfold , or maybe its just a beautiful garden , either way I would love to go there .x

    Beverly | http://Beverlysbit.blogspot.com

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  38. The Secret Garden was one of my favourites too! Love your dress and shoes, the drop waist is lovely. I've only visited Oxford once on a trip down south but think I may have to go again! looking forward to seeing more of your autumn style:)

    lily x
    www.jolihouse.com

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  39. You look lovely Olivia, I am in love with that red dress - it's perfection and what a beautiful setting for your shots!


    Elizabeth x

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  40. I am desperate for some of those shoes! Such a good shade of red and the hair is complements perfectly
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  41. So classic and simple! I adore this look.

    xo,
    Tiny darling

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  42. Your outfit is gorgeous and your shoes are beyond fantastic!

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  43. Great pictures! You are gorgeous :)

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  44. Love the dropped waist dress! Beautiful pictures :)
    Naomi, x

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  45. Love this! Such a lovely post :)

    And those shoes are amazing!

    Kate xo

    http://katiecharlotteblogs.wordpress.com

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  46. You look stunning Olivia, red really suits you!
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  47. Ah, I'm inlove with the dress!
    Wanna follow each other? Let me know :)
    Girl's temptations

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  48. Adorable dress! :) I'm also a big fan of the movie. Winter lights is one of the best movie songs I've ever heard.

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  49. Such a cute outfit, and amazing pictures <3

    Cute to the Fashion

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  50. Love those pictures, Oxford has a very special place in my heart (studied there)

    That dress is so gorgeous and love that you paired it with those cools flats!

    Greetings from London,

    www.chrissabella.blogspot.com

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  51. This little red dress looks gorgeous on you! <3 And those kitty shoes are adorable~

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  52. You always happen to have the best locations! Lovely photography.
    Bian, Mortem Blonde

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  53. these photos are seriously gorgeous as are you olivia! totally adore your dress xo
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  54. Love tha dress and these photos are amazing :)
    Love Alana xxx
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  55. You´re so pretty!
    And I loved your dress!
    :)

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  56. My sister and I used to love The Secret Garden, it was one of our favourite movies when we were little! Love your outfit, the photos are great :) x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  57. Your hair is gorgeous! I'd never know how to do anything like that

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  58. You look so beautiful as always :) gorgeous photos!

    Hayley xx
    www.addictionstoshopping.blogspot.com

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  59. absolutely stunning pictures - love your outfit and love oxford! xx
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  60. These pictures are amazing! Love your outfit and your hairdo!

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  61. You look beautiful in red!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  62. amazing pictures!! It really does resemble the Secret Garden! I love your hairdo too - you should do a blog post on how to do it, for people like me who are rubbish at hair! All I know is straighten and curl (managed that one after a few years!!)

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  63. The Secret Garden - my favourite movie of all times! Receiving the movie on VHS on Christmas day (many years ago) I think I watched it three times in a row that day ;-)
    You have a very cute blog!

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