Compton Acres, Dorset 30.07.2014.
August 5, 2014
Last week, Kieran and I took a trip to the beautiful Compton Acres gardens in Dorset. We’d passed it quite a few times (mainly whilst on our way to Sandbanks beach to make the most of this summer heat!) and, as a self-confessed lover of all things floral, I was looking forward to finally visiting somewhere that’s been right on my doorstep for so long.
The gardens, originally built in 1920 by Thomas William Simpson, have been open for public viewing for a small charge. Entry was £6.95 for me on student concession, but you’re granted access to all the intricately themed gardens that range from Italian to Japanese.
Dotted around the meandering paths were sculptures and pieces by various different artists that either fit in or completely juxtaposed their settings. I liked how contemporary pieces sat amongst a woodland landscape! A café sat amongst the top of the garden with perfect views of Poole harbour – a stunning sight in this weather that really made me feel lucky to live where I do.
I also used it as an excuse to wear this navy polka dot number that I bought for a steal from eBay this month – it’s originally from ASOS! The sweetheart neckline and slight boning on the torso gives an amazing shape and real 1950’s feel, perfect for any occasion.
I paired it with white cut out sandals from Primark and my new tan shopper tote that I picked up from H&M for only £14.99 – I’ve been after one just like it for ages and couldn’t leave it behind when I saw it (not that I really gave it a second thought!)