The Botanical Gardens

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Outfit details: Topshop camisole (double strap version), New York & Company cardigan, Forever 21 shorts, Topshop shoes, Longchamp tote

On the last weekend of our spring break, A and I visited the botanical gardens at Roger Williams Park. One of my girlfriends let me know that there was a fairy exhibition, and my inner child had to go immediately! I'll write a separate post on the exhibition - which was as whimsical and dreamy as it sounds - and focus this post on my outfit, as we had taken over 100 photos!

We were fortunate to have beautiful weather for most of our break, and this day was no exception. The sun beat down through the glass of the greenhouses and although I was wearing shorts, I felt warm in my light cardigan. The flowers and greenery were in full bloom and any water in the gardens glistened.

The high spirits I was in and the awe that I felt reminded me of when we were in Prague, where everything was beautiful and made me fall in love.

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The Botanical Gardens | affecionada
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It was later in the afternoon, so there weren't too many people around, and the gardens had plenty of room for the ones who were. I become self-conscious even when we take photos on an empty street, so it was nice to be able to take them in a public place at our leisure.

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I of course had to sit on these stools - albeit sheepishly after the children and families left - amongst the flowers that reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, one of my favorite childhood stories/films. Can't you imagine the caterpillar blowing smoke rings on top of the blue and purple mushroom?

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I was immediately drawn to this cardigan when I saw it in New York & Company, so much so that I also picked it up in nude. I love the beautiful, crystal-like buttons (the nude cardigan's are golden) and the tissue texture of the fabric that looks like flower petals, which, incidentally, fit right in with the scenery. It's an old cardigan, but NY&Co currently have other pretty options, such as this lace-front cardigan and this vintage, floral and dot print cardigan.

These Forever 21 high-waisted shorts are also old, but have proven to be well worth the $15 or so I paid for them - they've held together and remained soft through the numerous wears over the years. I first featured these shoes in this post and still can't get over how simultaneously comfortable and chic they are!

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We are slowly exploring these beautiful parts of Rhode Island and New England. I can't wait for this summer when we'll have more time to enjoy more of the outdoors!

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