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Golden Afternoon at the Botanical Gardens (Pic Heavy)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011





Sorry, this is such an image-heavy post! There's just so many fun things I want to share!!

 On Sunday afternoon, my family and I went to the Missouri Botanical gardens for the annual Chinese Culture Days festival. The Missouri Botanical Gardens is one of my absolute favorite places on the face of the earth. The 79 acre garden was founded in 1859 and still contains many beautiful buildings of the day, including founder, Henry Shaw's original townhouse. If you're ever in St. Louis, the garden is a must-see.
Chinese Culture Days 
Chinese Culture Days is one of my favorite St. Louis events. We saw a dancing dragon parade, traditional Chinese dancers and had tea in the Chinese garden while we listened to music. 

The Beauty of the Garden
Even when it's not festival day, there are plenty of amazing things to see and do in the garden. The tree below is one of the gardens most important treasures. This Scotch Elm was one of five brought to the US by garden founder, Henry Shaw. This beautiful tree is the only one that survived. It was planted here over 150 years ago. The hedge maze in the Victorian garden is one of my favorites.


















 












 

























Chihuly Glass
A few years ago,  the garden exhibited a stunning display of glass art by Dale Chihuly. St. Louis was lucky enough to be able to keep some of his most amazing works on display throughout the garden. 



 


 Today's outfit was based on comfort and staying cool. I've worn this skirt and dress combo tons of times but it has never appeared on my blog! I picked up this awesome green cloche at a garage sale last weekend. I tried to wave my hair, which worked well since I slept with the clips in. I used the method in my fingerwave tutorial for the front and pin curled the rest. I did attempt to get waves all over using pin culs (one row in one direction, the next row in the other direction) but it didn't work! maybe I didn't brush it out well enough., maybe I messed up when rolling the pin curls...Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!






vintage cloche hat- garage sale
Vintage peasant blouse- estate sale
skirt- Target/thrifted
vintage wedges-estate sale
vintage ukelele brooch- antique mall



                      By the end of the day, we all pretty much felt like this...but we had a great time!!
                   

8 Responses to “Golden Afternoon at the Botanical Gardens (Pic Heavy)”

  1. Such great pics, looks like such an amazing time! The Culture festival looks like it was a lot of fun, I bet the dancers were really cool. :D

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  2. aww that looks like so much fun! Love the shade of that green cloche, what a great find :)

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  3. Aww! Olivia's face when she is feeding the Koi! Bless her :)

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  4. I absolutely love your cloche I want one. You are so lucky when it comes to good finds!

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  5. I'm so in awe that you can balance being a vintage vixen extrordinaire with motherhood! Inspirational!

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  6. lol! Thanks, Vera! It's no easy task, that's for sure. I don't think I'd be able to do it without my husband. He watches the kids while I get ready and keeps my daughter out of my makeup! :P I must admit, it's 5:30pm and I'm still in my pajamas....so I'm not so vixen-like every day! :D

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  7. Looks like a wonderful day.

    You are from St. Louis, and so is my father's family. My great-grandfather was a prominent business man who was involved in early commercial aviation (TWA). He was also partially responsible for downtown revival in the late 50s and early 60s. His name was Sidney Maestre.

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  8. You look so pretty in the 4th photo bottom up. I like the green headband with big black flower. I should made one like that for me in this summer:)

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