The Secret Garden

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dress: GAP (with the bow worn in front) :: cardi, bag, shoes: thrifted:: necklace: Forever 21


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Lately, I've been re-visiting many of my childhood favorites via audiobooks. Now, I usually love the feel and smell of books, but when I'm in the gym, cleaning the house, or cooking, I can't very well hold a book right in front of me now, can I? I am currently listening to Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden-- one of my to-go books when I was little.

I'm sure that the book has influenced my current choice of clothing, what with the wide skirts and the heels, but it's also affected my choice of background for these photos. I actually ventured out into the hot and humid world to take advantage of the beautiful sunlight.

My weekend was a flurry of comic books and video games. Oh, and enchiladas. I love making enchiladas since that means I get to spend more time in the kitchen with my fon fon ru (my husband). Making the dish is time-consuming and tiring, but well-worth the effort. To go with our meal, I also made some delicious pico de gallo using fresh tomatoes and jalapenos from my garden. In the past week, I harvested at least half a dozen ruby red tomatoes and a ton of jalapenos. I'm a natural Mary Lennox, I know.

How was your weekend? 

PS. Thanks for all your wonderful comments about my new layout! I'm glad you liked it :)

50 comments:

  1. You look adorable! I love that dress.

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  2. Nice dress!

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  3. Hey Sweetie,

    Gosh this has to be my favourite outfit from you so far. You look like a princess in that dress, and your hair is so gorgeous.

    Everything is just perfect! ♥♥


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  4. Girl: I am loving the dress, the sunshine and MY your hair looks FABULOUS!
    I love Enchiladas too, do you have a favourite recipe?

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  5. i just noticed the change in layout. hehehe. i love its simplicity... :D

    nice dress. looks very comfortable.:D

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  6. you look great ! amazing dress :)

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  7. Love love love the location of these photos! With the location and the outfit your wearing you totally remind me of a character from a novel :) I am absolutely adoring your outfit! It's so cute and dainty. & I remember reading The Secret Garden, I read so much as a kid. Also, it's really cool that you have a garden. I love the aspect of growing your own things and actually eating them! :)

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  8. Yummm.. i need to go over for enchiladas haha.. Love the outfit..

    Love! ~Angel

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  9. What an adorable dress! You look so sweet! Your weekend sounds lovely!

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  10. i have never listened to an audiobook. is it someone just reading the book, do they read it in a story-telling way? i'm one of those that has to read and re-read paragraphs sometimes because i'm not focused, lol. this is interesting...i may have to try this.
    enchiladas are my favorite. mexican, period, is my favorite!

    [oomph.]

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  11. oh heyyyy the blogs looks awesome!!! And your pics!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE xo

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  12. Blue looks so lovely on you! Gap has such a lovely selection of blue/grey dresses at the moment. x hivenn p.s enter my giveaway?

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  13. Comic books, video games AND enchiladas?! Sounds like my kind of weekend! And thank you for your comment...feminism maybe should be renamed to something more like 'gender equalism' x

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  14. I LOVE your dress!! It's so pretty. I used to love the Secret Garden. I wanted to have one, so I could be like the book.

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  15. I love the Secret Garden inspiration (I'm rereading Little Women right now so I can totally relate to the childhood inspiration). And that dress is soooo pretty!

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  16. I'm so jealous of your garden actually producing veggies! My tomato plants have grown like crazy, but I've yet to see any tomatoes!

    This is such a lovely outfit. I love the flare of the dress with the heels and cardigan, so keep on dressing like The Secret Garden!

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  17. pretty dress, I like the bow details in the front!

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  18. Laura, look at you, girl! You look beautiful! I love this ultra feminine look and this type of dress suits you beautifully! I look at your photos and feel like i should be inviting you to have tea somewhere! Lovely! :)

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  19. LOVE the title of this post as secret garden was one of my all time favorite books & movie when i was a kid!!!

    you look SOOO perfect for a stroll in the secret garden.. adore that dress on you girl it's absolutely beautiful on you!

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  20. Your hair looks uh-mazing in that second picture! Did you do anything different?! And the new layout is great!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  21. Great dress and awesome shoes! I never read the Secret Garden, but maybe I should put it on my list!

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  22. I love audiobooks as well... I've been listening to the Song of Ice and Fire series (what HBO's Game of Thrones is based on). I find it's a nice alternative to reading the lengthy novels, and I can do it as I'm driving to and from work, which is a half hour commute each way.

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  23. so adorable, love you in dresses! gardens are the cutest~

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  24. that dress is fab!!
    And I also remember watching the Secret Garden many, many times, in school and at home.

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  25. Your layout does look great! How come I've never been able to get through The Secret Garden? It's such a classic, and yet even as a child I couldn't get past the first handful of pages. I need to try again!
    Ps. I love the way you've paired shades of color in this outfit.

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  26. awe that dress is just so flippin' cute. you look so happy:)

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  27. lovely photos! u look great in blue!

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  28. oh your dress have the prettiest color!
    and I love the background!

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  29. All these birdies on your blog are amazing ! I love the colors you put together !
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  30. I love the blue hues you've put together ^___^ You look very pretty in natural makeup!!

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  31. Mm... homemade enchiladas! I'm comin' to your house! :D

    My round-trip commute to & from work is roughly 1 hour, so audiobooks sure come in handy when I get bored with music or NPR.

    This is an exquisite outfit. I love the color palette. Your blue and green garments go so well your white/ecru accessories.

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  32. nice!

    weekend was great hope urs was too

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  33. I read the Secret Garden so many times as a kid! How fun to revisit old faves. I also loved Little Women and Encyclopedia Brown.

    Pretty dress!

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  34. I took a Young Adult literature class over the summer and was able to revisit a lot of my favorite books from when I was a kid. It was so fun to read them again and study them from a more advanced point of view. I loved the book "Number the Stars."

    This dress is gorgeous!!!

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  35. Lovely! Those are adorable shoes :)

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  36. You look fabulous. Love the look and your hair is to die for it's so silky and shiny!!!

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  37. i am loving your new layout - and your outfit is super pretty :)

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  38. That dress is fantastic on you! Oh and comic books! I used to be so into comics - my parents still have boxes of my old stuff up in their attic - all cardboarded and plastic wrapped!

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  39. Love your handbag! Very chic outfit doll!

    xo

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  40. You look so good in these pictures, I love your dress, the color, the length, the shape are perfect and the combination with the cardigan is awesome, you look so chic! Your blog is lovely and I'm a new follower! Hope you'll like my blog and follow back!

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  41. you look too cute!! love that dress!!

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  42. i've been meaning to try audio books but haven't downloaded any yet! i really think i need to because i hear they're addicting! love the summery dress, super cute.

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  43. what a sweet look! loving the pretty silhouette on you, and those shoes! the inspiration happens to be a favourite childhood read of mine. and did you say pico de gallo, I just enjoyed some for dinner. nothing like some good pico de gallo!

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  44. Enchiladas sound SO good right now! I love the sweet & pretty look. Do you also find that you start speaking in the cadence of the books you read as well? I have that problem, major.

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  45. Love the outfit and your shades are hot.
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  46. the dress is lovely on you and I adore the bag x

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