Friday, 5 August 2016

Loose Summer Dressing: Two-Tone Shirt and Tropical Print Pants | Painswick Rococo Garden in the Cotswolds

Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
This is my penultimate summer sightseeing post for our mini trip to the Cotswolds last week! These photos were taken in (the not-very-Cotswoldsy-looking) Painswick Rococo Gardens, the UK's only surviving complete rococo garden. I wore something super casual and comfortable for walking, but I wouldn't have felt out of place in an 18th century brocade silk gown to be honest - just wait till you see the rest of this gorgeous place!

THE GARDENS WERE DESIGNED IN THE 1740s FOR THE OWNER OF PAINSWICK HOUSE TO ENTERTAIN HIS GUESTS... YOU CAN JUST IMAGINE THEM ALL SWANNING AROUND IN AN 18TH CENTURY VERSION OF A GATSBY PARTY.

The gardens were designed in the 1740s as a "flamboyant pleasure garden" for the owner of Painswick House to entertain his guests... you can just imagine them all swanning around in an 18th century version of a Gatsby party. It's like a huge theatrical set designed just for fashion bloggers to go nuts in: Pavilions and follies, a maze, a Gothic exedra, vegetable and flower gardens, lush woodland and more.

It was totally and utterly breathtaking and provided us with no end of photo opportunities.

Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
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Of course I went all casual wore a loose shirt thinking it would be lovely weather that day... Er, no. (You'd think I'd know the British weather by now.) In fact I was pretty damn cold, and I didn't have a jacket or anything else with me; all I really needed was a t-shirt or vest top underneath to keep out the chill of the cool wind. But the tropical print trousers I first wore last summer were suited to the gardens and those lush embellished sneakers fared me well for a day walking around this beautiful spot.

We went there on a recommendation (thank you if that was you) after I asked where to go and what to see in the Cotswolds on my Facebook page - you would have been fed up of seeing yet more limestone cottages in an outfit post, wouldn't you? (Wouldn't you...??!)

HAVE YOU EVER VISITED PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDENS? OR HAVE YOU BEEN TO SOMEWHERE SIMILAR (ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, I'M THINKING ITALY OR FRANCE)! TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB!

Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
The Gothic Red House at Painswick Gardens, The Cotswolds
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
The Exedra at Painswick Gardens, The Cotswolds
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
The Eagle House at Painswick Gardens, The Cotswolds
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
Summer style: Two-tone button up shirt, tropical print pants, orange tote, embellished sneakers (Painswick Rococo Garden, the Cotswolds) | Not Dressed As Lamb, over 40 style
ASOS shirt (I love this classic stripe Oxford shirt, this blue shirt with white sleeves and this blue / white short sleeved shirt) | Dorothy Perkins trousers (these floral print trousers are very similar - and on sale!) | Kurt Geiger embellished sneakers | Hobbs tote c/o (this orange leather tote is similar) | Le Specs pastel mirror sunglasses via ASOS (on sale!) | New Look cuff (love this double wrap leather bracelet) | Lizzy O rose gold diamante wrap bracelet | Nails Inc 'Porchester Square'


Catherine

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16 comments

  1. WOW it looks absolutely gorgeous there. Perfect location for some lovely shots of you Catherine! I don't think I've ever been anywhere like it. Seville, perhaps? I'm definitely going to add it to my list for our next visit to that part of the country. Gorgeous!
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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  2. The gardens are beautiful & I love the printed pants that you're wearing!
    XO

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  3. Isn't it funny how we look at places in a whole different perspective as a fashion blogger now? I mean, yes it is lovely on it's own. But, you're right, it's a mecca for backdrops for our outfits!!!
    Speaking of backdrops---no I don't get tired of limestone cottages....we don't have them here, so they intrigue me!!
    Love these pants---they are perfect for a garden stroll! And don't worry---once you hit 50 you get a load smarter and take a jacket everytime and everywhere!! Ha ha!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  4. Fun outfit gorgeous spot. and the perfect backdrop

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  5. Gorgeous photos Catherine.......beautiful!!! xx

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  6. So much charm! The place, the outfit, & you! I'm gaga over that red gothic building. Amazing photos too. And hey, we miss you over at Fun Fashion Friday!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Catherine!

    OXOX

    Dawn Lucy

    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  7. Someday, I would love to visit the Coltswolds of England! You look lovely in your outfit. The pants are beautiful! So sorry you were cold, though.

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  8. What a great location! And I love this mix up of plain v printed x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  9. Oh those trousers - so pretty! And I love your historical setting, very evocative. xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  10. Sounds like the UK and Vancouver are sharing a very similar summer experience this year, dearest Catherine...I haven't featured a lot of truly "hot weather" looks on my blog either because it's been too chilly to wear them!! Still, I totally agree that these tropical-print pants were the PERFECT choice for a walk around this gorgeous rococo garden!! I imagine you had to remind yourself several times that you were, in fact, in the Cotswolds...and not some faraway exotic land!! ;)

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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  11. Looks like so much fun! Love your casual outfit. Perfect for walking these beautiful grounds. Thanks for sharing pics! - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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  12. What a lovely place. It reminds me of place we visit when in Portugal, about 40 min Lisbon called Sintra with its opulent villas and palaces. Here is the link:https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au/2016/05/my-european-holiday-portugal-part.html. It is so beautiful and only couple of hours from London :)

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  13. What a beautiful area! Love the pictures as well. The buildings architecture is what I love checking out when vacationing. I love those pants! so pretty and summery
    Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  14. Lovely. I can't get over these photos - they're stunning! I've never been to anywhere like that in the UK, but, yes, you could easily be in North Africa in some of these photos. And the tropical print would be perfect there, too! x

    Kat
    http://www.kittyandb.com

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  15. Painswick gardens are lush, I went there several years ago with a friend and we had a super time! Nice to see these photos, you are looking trendy xx

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  16. What a beautiful place! Never visit it, but now I'm wanting to. Wen I saw the first picture, thought you were in Sintra (Portugal). If you have not visited it yet, you must because you surely will love it :)
    And what great pics you'll take there.
    Have a great week,
    Maria
    https://thewandererschroniclestravelblog.blogspot.pt

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