There’s something about gardens that no matter what, when I walk in I’m automatically filled with a sense of peace and joy. I always loved the story of the Secret Garden as a little girl and always dreamed that one day I would have my own. When I discovered the Earl Miller Japanese Garden, a hidden gem on the Cal State Long Beach campus, I knew I had to visit and take some blog photos there! It is truly Orange County’s real-life “secret garden,” and is the perfect venue for weddings, photo shoots, and special events. There is metered parking (I paid about $2 for an hour and a half) and admission is free to everyone. It is closed on Mondays and Saturdays, but weekly hours are Tuesday through Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. If you are interested in taking a trip to the gardens and are near the OC, you should definitely check it out!
This Lush dress is perfect for all year round wear; simple and classic but can be dressed up or down depending on your accessories. I’ve been trying to wear more neutrals/whites lately (here and here), especially since I’m normally I’m in all black for work. I think that this dress is the perfect spring & summer piece, especially if you’re headed to the gardens! Plus it’s a flattering shape for any body type, and fits loose so you’ll be comfortable even after a big lunch/dinner + dessert. Side note: I’m completely loving my new hair curled!
Photos edited by Joel Alexander
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