Feeling Playful

Ticked another London day-out off the list last weekend when I headed to Kew Gardens for an afternoon explore. It hadn’t even crossed my mind to visit so I was over the moon when my friend suggested we go – it was so much bigger than I ever anticipated!

I started off slightly hungover, but there’s nothing like surrounding yourself with nature and good company (and nourishing a Diet Coke) to bring you back into your own. Slipping into this playful little Boden number and hiding behind some bright sunnies didn’t go amiss either!

Managing to wangle myself a student ticket (top tip for any ex-students: it’s always worth a try with your old uni card) was a great start to our walk, especially as it was about £10 cheaper and we were only there for 3 or so hours.

That being said, we packed a LOT of walking into that time and saw quite a big chunk of the park. The temperate and tropical houses are so beautiful and vivid (although the heat made me feel a little faint) and the treetop walk offers a unique canopy experience – at times it genuinely felt like we were in a jungle.

Every corner you turn unfolds another treasure (except when the map doesn’t quite correlate to the paths and you end up winding in circles through the woods), like the colourful, spiralling blown glass sculptures on exhibition at the moment. I’ll no doubt be returning to soak up the sights we didn’t fit in – you could spend weeks on end learning in-depth about plant species and origins and discovering hidden spots that you missed the first time.

SUNGLASSES Boden (gifted) | PLAYSUIT Boden (gifted – sold out in navy but available in stripe) | TRAINERS Adidas | BAG Topshop (old)

For such a playful and adventurous activity it felt fitting to debut this super cute Boden playsuit. I’ve never been much of a playsuit lover but recently have found my place within the trend: funky, glittery styles to shimmy around in at festivals (post coming soon) and baggier, boyish versions.

The mid-length sleeves and longer shorts make me so happy – and not least because it’s so bloody airy and comfy. One-pieces are fab to pack for a city break as they don’t take up much space or need any effort other than accessories, or to sport on a day when the weather can’t make its mind up – I’ll swap trainers for my Birkenstock’s when the sun decides to come out to play.

Anything with a button-down front is a yes from me (even if it means a faff when you need a wee in public and haven’t worn a bra), and the material is yet another testament to my obsession with linen at the moment. I love the effortless athletic vibe of this outfit when paired with some classic white trainers (I was most definitely NOT feeling athletic on the inside) and just how fun and fresh it is.

Navy is reaaally growing on me and I’m finding it quite an easy colour to work with – look how vibrantly it compliments the pop of red from these Boden sunglasses! I’m incredibly fussy about new glasses because I have the smallest head ever so they usually just slide off without notice, smudging my foundation in the process.

After buying my catseye pair from Zara last year (the ones I’ve worn in just about every blog post) I genuinely thought I’d never invest in sunglasses again, but decided to try something new – I usually go bold with clothing but rarely accessories so it was a chance to mix things up. The pop-art design embodies the youthful, refreshing personality that Boden carries as a brand; whatever you’re into their quirky prints or more basic staples can be adopted lovingly into any wardrobe.

I was worried the oversized frames would swamp my features and make me look ridiculous but the result had the polar opposite effect! The arms are pretty tight so fit like a dream and statement red is my favourite colour to wear so they have slotted in seamlessly as my go-to pair of sunnies. They come in a beautiful Boden case and the lenses have the highest level of UV protection – something that’s very important to me and knocks the Zara pair off top spot.

So it turns out dragging yourself out of bed and making the most of the day really does clear up a hangover – who would have thought it?! But next time I will definitely be going to Kew with a clear mind and a whole free day stretching ahead of me to spend exploring.

Lily x

Ph. Abi Thomas

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