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Garden Dresses That Are Out of a Storybook

If you've been following along on my Instagram stories, you'd know that I've been dipping my toes into the wonderful world of gardening for about a year now. It all started last February when my mom and I took a little weekend trip to Monterey (you can watch the vlog of that trip here), and decided we wanted to pop over to my favorite place, Big Sur, for a quick stop at the Big Sur Bakery.

The Big Sur Bakery is the cutest, most quaint and adorable little shop with delicious food and treats that make the 3 hour drive down the coast absolutely worth it.

Right next to the bakery, is a cute little boutique with wellness items, odds and ends, books, and more. They happened to be selling some seeds from Baker Creek Seeds and I, for whatever reason, felt called to give planting them a try. Fast forward a few months and I'm waking up every morning at the crack of dawn, singing to and watering calendula buds. All of which can be seen on my Instagram story highlight called "Growing."

(I can't believe I had THIS many blooms over summer! I wish I had known about dehydrating them sooner!)

I had so much fun nurturing my calendulas and watching them grow, that I've decided to take on a few more plants and flowers this year.

  • First up are Peonies. I love Peonies. They are, to me, the epitome of femininity in floral form: soft, delicate, layered, and stunningly beautiful.

  • Second, are Marigolds. I don't know much about these flowers but they're so fire-y and bold, it'll be a nice addition to my otherwise gentle garden.

  • Third, Broccoli. My favorite vegetable, since childhood, is broccoli. I've given Whole Foods so much of my money purchasing it that I finally decided to plant some of my own. There were some starters at Home Depot and all I need is a raised bed to get those growing!

  • And lastly, is Ruby Cabbage. If you would've asked me a week ago if I liked cabbage, the answer would've been an easy and swift NO. But after making this recipe, I think I've found my new favorite side veggie. I'm hoping to grow big heads of cabbage so I can have cabbage steaks whenever I want.

It's a small garden, but you have to start somewhere.

Wearing: Nirvana Day Dress, by Selkie.

Linked here.

I also garner heaps of gardening inspiration from the one, the only, Paula Sutton. Otherwise known as Hill House Vintage. It's not just her green thumb that I'm hoping to emulate, it's also her immaculate gardening dresses and wardrobe.

Paula's taught me that it's okay to indulge in the things that make life so very sweet. Whether that's a beautiful bouquet from your garden, or a slice of cake.

I find the idea of gardening in dresses wildly romantic and so much fun. So, I intend to curate a "Garden Dresses" aspect to my wardrobe, filled with dresses that I believe to be perfect for spending a sunny day out with my buds and blooms.

Here are some that I think are right out of a cottagecore dream, and will be perfect for getting your hands a little dirty :).

Head to my shop page, "Garden" to shop all of your gardening essentials!


I hope you enjoyed this post! And I hope it inspires you to get outside and garden in a beautiful dress!




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Just a California girl who believes in a good cup of tea, a fresh bouquet of peonies, page turning novels & romanticizing everyday life.

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