Ever since my english literature studies in university, I have had a fascination with the Victorian era. Actually now that I think of it, I have had an interest in the Victorian era ever since I was a little girl. Maybe it was the birthday cards that my grandparents would give me. I remember one year, my grandparents gave me a birthday card that folded out into a set of paper dolls dressed in Victorian-style dresses. I remember loving those dresses and hoping that one day, I would be able to wear them too. There was also my fascination with Victorian era accessories. Handheld fans are a staple in my summer wardrobe. Parasols are beautiful as they add a certain whimsy and femininity to a sunny day outfit. I have also always loved older homes and fortunately living in Toronto there are plenty of them. The character, charm and stain-glassed windows in a century old home speak from a time gone by. But have those times really gone by? Sure times may have changed but thanks to television shows like Young Victoria we are able to relive some of the most influential historical moments.
Like when I visited Kensington Palace last year. My friend and I were on vacation in London and decided to see a fashion exhibit dedicated to the beautiful designer gowns worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana. The exhibit was held in Kensington Palace and lucky for us after the exhibit we were free to explore the rest of the palace. Unfortunately, this did not include the living quarters of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. However, the parts that we did get to see included the exact spot where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert met for the first time, the rooms where kings and queens entertained and, the dollhouse that Queen Victoria’s children played with. The palace was absolutely beautiful! If you love history like I do, I highly recommend visiting Kensington Palace.
Kensington Palace is situated inside the gorgeous Kensington Gardens which is home to enormous trees, pathways, gardens and, a statue of Queen Victoria herself. My friend and I visited in the springtime so all of the flowers were in bloom. It was absolutely beautiful! If you love gardens and nature, you must visit Kensington Gardens! As an earth sign, I was at home.
My friend and I planned on enjoying afternoon tea at The Orangery after our tour so before we enjoyed our mini cakes and sandwiches we had an impromptu photoshoot. How anyone could not take the time to capture the beauty of Kensington Gardens is beyond me.
For my day at the palace, I decided to wear a white fit and flare dress with a floral blazer and floral scarf. I chose this outfit because the fit is flattering and the fabric has a slight stretch which made the seemingly formal look quite comfortable. White is also a favourite of mine for spring. The shade is so fresh, crisp and, bright. Perfect for the season of new beginnings.
I went with my floral blazer and scarf because well duh it’s spring! Also, I happen to love the look of flowers on clothing and thought the combination of the white mixed with a floral print would look just splendid on the palace grounds. As you can see, bright white and florals contrasted nicely with the green grass and clear blue sky. Whenever I travel, I love to dress in a way that matches my surroundings.
Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely day!