Pursuit of Exploration

It has officially been two years since I started my journey with Jason. It has been such a beautiful ride, and I’m so lucky that I can continue to make memories with him. To celebrate our  anniversary, Jason planned a surprise picnic at The Sunken Gardens in St. Pete. I have been wanting to explore there, and it definitely lived up to expectations. Once you enter the gardens, it feels like you are transported into the jungle, no longer in St. Petersburg. It was a wonderful little escape for us on our special day.

IMG_4300According to their site, the Sunken Gardens were created over 100 years ago.  “In 1903 a plumber by the name of George Turner, Sr. purchased the six acres that would become a world famous botanical attraction. Using an elaborate maze of clay tiles, he drained an ancient lake on the property, leaving a rich muck soil that was ideal for his favorite hobby – gardening. Neighbors so enjoyed strolling through Mr. Turner’s garden, that by the early 1920’s, he was charging a nickel for tours. Three generations of the Turner family continued the vision that created this unique tropical garden, with its flowing ponds.” Eventually the city bought the grounds in order to preserve this little gem.

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IMG_4219Jason and I had a lovely time exploring and peeking at the birds and fish.

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IMG_4237This little number was the perfect outfit for the occasion. I felt girly yet classy, and also felt pretty cool in this crazy hot Florida weather.

IMG_4296Keeping the color palette monochromatic made this outfit pretty simple to put together. Black and white has been a go-to for the past couple of weeks, simply because I know it will always look put-together, classic, and in-season.

IMG_4336 IMG_4232By the way, this skirt is on SUPER sale from Anthropologie. (We’re talking $29.95 with an extra 20% off, you can’t beat that!) This piece is something I can wear again and again, and will get great use out of.

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After seeing a picture of Taylor Swift in a very similar (but Oscar de la Renta) skirt, I knew I had to have this one. I had been eyeing this skirt for a long time before purchasing it, and  it was truly a steal after being marked down. This skirt is a classic piece that will never go out of style. (See what I did there?) My outfit was inspired by this look:

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.53.02 AMNow my skirt is known as “the Taylor Swift skirt,” which I am totally okay with. Of course I was not on the red carpet, so I toned it down to stroll through The Sunken Gardens. I traded the pumps for flats, threw on a casual tank tied at the waist, and a statement necklace of the same color palette.

IMG_4339If you live in the St. Pete/ Tampa area and haven’t explored The Sunken Gardens, it truly is beautiful.  To me, it would be the perfect way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon, strolling along, and enjoying the gorgeous gardens surrounding you. There is so much beauty hidden within this city, and I am slowly uncovering it all.

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 9.12.09 AMTo the man behind the camera: I love you, Happy Anniversary love 

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