I’m not sure how Lil Sis ended up being so photogenic.
She definitely doesn’t get it from me or OH, as I have to take about 40 photos to get one that looks halfway decent, and OH… let’s just say his face translates better in real life (seriously, some of the photos of him over the years have almost made me split an internal organ I laughed so hard).
But this girl always manages to look completely angelic – despite the fact she doesn’t particularly love her photo being taken anymore (a shoot these days usually requires ‘incentivising’ with pizza afterwards).
When ROCO CLOTHING got in touch to ask if we wanted to try something from their lovely range of shoes, accessories and formal dresses for girls, I could already envisage how lovely Lil Sis would look.
She has a proper ‘English Rose’ look, with pale skin, pink cheeks and rosebud lips I’d cheerfully kill for, so I knew the pretty, feminine styles would suit her so perfectly. Together, we chose the Natalia dress, these Lily shoes, and this gorgeous pink and ivory flower crown, which I absolutely adore.
We headed to Cliveden House, the stately home with the scandalous past, to take our photos, as they have the most magnificent Grade 1 Listed formal gardens. After wandering alongside the Long Garden and admiring the bluebells, we found this amazing tree (I’m not going to pretend to know what it is, but the leaves were the most beautiful dark-green, and the boughs were deliciously twisted, and the fallen petals looked like confetti on the ground).
We were so lucky with the weather – thunderstorms had originally been forecast, but it was sunny and warm, with cloudless blue skies. I actually took this shot of Lil Sis right at the start, when I was checking the photo set up, and love how you can see all the gorgeous lace detail on the dress. And how pretty is the floral garland headband? Not just ideal for weddings, but also the perfect boho accessory for the kids’ festival season.
Spot the lovely bluebells in the background too!
We found a carpet of the loveliest pale daffodils, and while I took some more photos to show off the garland, Big Sis was just out of shot, doing roly-polies down the hill.
I managed to convince her to take just a few more shots by the Japanese Water Garden, this time sans shoes for a real ‘flower child’ feel. We finished our day with some fun in the Storybook Play Den, and an ice cream from the Doll’s House Café (which actually used to be the life-sized doll’s house of one of the former residents).
Just as we were driving out of the carpark, the rain started to fall…
A huge thank you to the mercurial English weather for cooperating with us, and to Roco Clothing for Lil Sis’s gorgeous outfit – I’d love to hear what you guys think of it!