Botanical Gardens & Chambray

November 10, 2014

Hello, friends!  Just a quick, easy outfit post for you today as it is the start of a busy, busy week.  These photos are actually from several weeks ago, but I have been debating posting them because, honestly, they aren’t the greatest.

It was the end of a hot week and I knew I wanted to wear one of my favorite chambray dresses since I hadn’t shared it on the blog all summer.  I styled it for fall as a transitional piece, headed off to the botanical gardens, and then realized that for whatever reason, there was no memory card in my camera.  Never one to be deterred by such a minor detail, I took photos with my cell phone instead.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a Samsung Galaxy S5, and it’s got a pretty great camera, but I was in a really tricky lighting situation with lots of contrast and tons of green around me, and my poor cell camera just didn’t handle it all that well.  But, I played around with the pictures in Photoshop and I think the results are passable.  Plus, this is my real life blog, and in real life, things are rarely, if ever, perfect.  So, without further ado, enjoy my tour of the botanical gardens and my simple chambray dress.


The details: chambray dress (H&M) // moccasins (Minnetonka via Marshall’s) // tan leather crossbody purse (Fossil; gift) // turquoise & leather belt (Old Navy) // acorn necklace (Etsy) // blush & gold chain bracelet (Kay & Kompany) // green bead ring (handmade)


Even though I know these photos aren’t my best work, this is a great example of improvising and being resourceful, especially when all I really wanted to do was pack it in.  Besides, if I had given up, then I wouldn’t have spent the time learning how to use the different features on my cell phone camera.  And while I know the color is a bit wonky and the focus is definitely, uh, shifty, I still think my composition is pretty spot on.

What’s your best story of improvising when you really just wanted to give up??

As always, thanks for reading!  Love + memory cards, Kristi ;)



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  • bethietheboo

    Gorgeous! Both you and the landscape! We have snow today so this was nice to see!

    November 10, 2014 at 8:43 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! Glad I could bring some of the California sun to your day! ;)

      November 10, 2014 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Jess Nguyen

    Such a cute dress!

    November 10, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply
  • Shaurya

    awesomme post..! loving your style <3

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    November 10, 2014 at 9:24 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! I’ll be sure to check out your blog!! :)

      November 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    LOVE this! Love the background and love your look!! Send us the warmth!! :)!!

    November 10, 2014 at 10:20 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! It’s finally cooled down here, actually, and I am super excited, but I’ll see what I can do about sending sind warmth your way! ;)

      November 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm Reply
  • Jackie and Marilyn

    Still super cute!! I was planning to take photos tonight, but we just got our first winter storm. And if the roads this morning are any indication, I may not be home until after sunset…so I may have an improvising story soon!

    November 10, 2014 at 10:35 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks! Bummer about the storm and the roads, but I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with something awesome for photos!! ;)

      November 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • sistasfromcali

    We think your pictures came out great. You look so cute in your dress.
    Which Botanical Garden is this?

    November 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! These are the botanical gardens at UCLA :)

      November 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm Reply
  • Justine Smith (@justismith)

    What are you talking about?! These pictures are great! This really makes me want a chambray dress like yours! Love the Fossil bag, too!

    November 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Justine!! I love my chambray dress, it’s so versatile and easy to style, you need to get yourself one! ;)

      November 10, 2014 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Chambray is actually one of my favourite fabrics and you wear yours incredibly well :)
    Have a great day,
    Much Love,

    November 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, Karen!! I love chambray, too, I totally have more chambray dresses and shirts! ;)

      November 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    That dress is darling! I love that belt with it! It looks like you were in another country – the gardens look so beautiful!

    November 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Erika! I love this belt and feel like I don’t get to wear it often enough. And the gardens are so beautiful, and that was just one small section, they’re huge and awesome!!

      November 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm Reply
  • salomematsaberidze

    wow nice photos , beautiful nature
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    November 11, 2014 at 2:44 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! I’ll be sure to check out your blog! :)

      November 11, 2014 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Melisa

    Love this photos and your outfit. Looking stunning :) Mel

    November 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm Reply
  • Life Style Over 40

    Beautiful dress on a lovely lady. Love this location too! Sara

    November 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Why thank you! I love these botanical gardens, they are so cool and full of so many different types of landscapes! :)

      November 12, 2014 at 6:41 am Reply
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  • Slight Charm

    This look is timeless – I love the western vibe in combination of slight Audrey prep twist with the high waist line and your short hair; it’s great! And the pictures turned out good (better than my cell photos).

    December 23, 2014 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you so much!! I have to keep playing with my vern phone camera, but it’s fun and a convenient alternative to my dslr :)

      December 23, 2014 at 9:15 am Reply

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