The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden | She and Hem | Devon

Whenever I get the opportunity, I love to spend a long weekend exploring areas of the UK that I’ve never visited. Even better, I like re-visiting places I travelled to as a child on a jolly family jaunt, seeing what has changed and what hasn’t. Although Devon is somewhere I’ve frequented many times before, I always love going back, as it holds very special memories and well, it’s just such a beautiful place. Whilst I was there visiting Bovey Castle recently, I found the most glorious country garden. It definitely wasn’t seedy!

The Secret Garden | She and Hem | DevonThe Secret Garden | She and Hem | DevonThe Secret Garden | She and Hem | Devon

As luck (read: much planning) would have it, I was dressed in my finest florals. I bought this Zara dress for the Vogue Festival in March and think that it’s got some real staying power! I’m sure it’ll be a staple for several summers to come. I can also see it creeping into my winter wardrobe, perhaps frolicking with a cable knit jumper, thick tights and boots. As I was popping into Exeter to enjoy all it has to offer, I wore my trusty and super comfortable humble oak brogues from Clarks teamed with fun yellow New Look sunglasses, my Boden bag* and a tan belt from ASOSYou could perhaps say that my choice was outstanding in it’s field (I hope that one wasn’t funnier in my head!). 

The Secret Garden | She and Hem | DevonThe Secret Garden | She and Hem | DevonThe Secret Garden | She and Hem | Devon

I hope you enjoyed weeding about my own secret garden party!

Vx

Dreaming My Life Away at Bovey Castle

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and HemDuring a (slightly soggy) weekend away in Devon, I popped along to the beautiful Bovey Castle for a delicious afternoon tea in front of their roaring fire, which soon warmed my cockles! It was the perfect opportunity to wear this incredible and slightly Twin Peaks-esque embroidered ‘Dreaming My Life Away’ dress from Rivers and Roads*. It has all of the features I love in a dress; a flared skirt, sleeving and a distinctive print, as well as managing to stay comfortable whilst looking swish enough to wear on a sophisticated jolly in Dartmoor!

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

To dress it up ever so slightly I wore my black New Look cut out block heels, which I hurried back to New Look to purchase after wearing the silver version to the Company Awards last month, as they were exceptionally comfortable. I accessorised my look with a heavy downpour, a glass of fizz and a belly full of cake!

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Bovey Castle | Rivers and Roads Dress | She and Hem

Whisky anyone?

Victoria