(Vintage dress, Pebble watch, All Saints western boots, vintage shades)
On a sunny day like today, it’s so easy to fall in love with London all over again. I can’t really grasp what the special ‘it’ factor is, but London when it’s sunny is like walking through a real life musical. The city comes to life as iridescent beams of light reflect off of windows and limestone architectures turn almost transparent. It’s also a customary (dare I say a London tradition) for everyone to strip off the layers down to the bare essentials and to spend as much time as humanly possible outside on sunny days. I guess it’s human nature to want to absorb some much needed vitamin D as the population density in parks and green spaces shoots right up.
So on a day like this, I love walking through one of London’s prized Royal Parks, namely, Holland Park. It is by far the most romantic and peaceful park and I love the variety of flowers and fauna there. A north to south stroll is like an adventure through different environments, countries and time periods. The massive horticultural variation between the semi-wild woodland and the perfectly tended gardens around Holland House is simply breath-taking. I might also be biased as Holland Park is the home of the Kyoto Garden, which is not only a reminder of home but a place where I can find some Zen. The waterfall in the Kyoto Garden is a favourite feature of mine. The only downside is that it seems to be a favourite of a lot of people, so time spent on the bridge can be limited especially on a high-demand days like this. I also think the gardeners at Holland Park do an incredible job of tending and manicuring the grounds to perfection. The fields of different tulips in complete harmony was a spectacular sight and one which shouldn’t be missed!
It’s a little bit of a cliché, but floral prints create the best outfits for a day in the park. I found this vintage piece not so long ago and fell in love with the print. The dark base gives it a dramatic edge and makes the image of a forest pop out so magically. It’s also surprisingly tough making it ideal for prancing around and lying on the grass to soak up the sun.