Tropical Toxic

March 23, 2016




SWEATING UP A STORM IN A GIANT TERRARIUM
It's not exactly the sexiest blurb for a photoset on a lifestyle blog which for all intents & purposes is an aspirational read, but then again I'm not one to pull the acrylic over your eyes and call it wool. Since I've already unravelled the typically tightly-wound threads of what bloggers call 'creative license' allow me to make another confession: the moment I get home from a shoot, my gilded trappings come off and the pyjamas come on. 
Vanity-induced discomfort is fleeting, but the internet lives forever. And so, when Henry & I acquired for Regimental Vintage a rare, stunning Hussars military jacket not dissimilar to the one Jimi Hendrix made famous among the fashion-set, what better way to immortalise it than with a photoset in an equally lush setting? I hope my ensemble - accessorised with a vintage Escada silk blouse and a full skirt - will inspire you to try the military-chic look with genuine military pieces, which I think you'll agree are very wearable.

PHOTOGRAPHY & EDIT: HENRY RIDLEY-COOK & JASIMINNE YIP
LOCATION: KEW GARDENS, LONDON
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Kew Gardens, or as I call it 'The Queen's flower patch' may be a world-and-a-half away on the far end of the District Line, plus to add insult to injury there's a £14 admission fee. That said, Kew Gardens is truly splendid and well worth a visit for any budding botanist or flora enthusiast. 

Apart from the conservatories which are basically massive terrariums, the gardens are seasonal. This week you can expect to see blue Scilla, magnolias, and daffodils in bloom. Don't miss the cherry blossom walk this Spring and try to catch Brazil: A Powerhouse of Plants at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art - an exhibition of Brazilian flora and illustrations by artist Margaret Mee. Make a day of it - go early, as the gardens close at 5pm - but don't tiptoe through the tulips or you might get a right royal bollocking.

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, KEW







In case you're wondering, no, I haven't forgotten to blog the second part of Edinburgh Express - I just thought I'd break up all the travel posts with a little bit of vainglory. Edinburgh Express Pt. 2, coming soon! 

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