While living in London, I probably only visited Regent’s and Hyde Parks a handful of times. There was always next weekend or next Summer. Since relocating to the US, I’ve become geekily interested in the local flora and fauna and finding little pockets of paradise in the city. The other week I ventured out to the UCLA botanical garden.
UCLA Botanical Garden
The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a cute spot to escape the city hubbub. It’s only seven acres but they’ve created a desert and a Mediterranean section housing over 3,000 types of plants. There’s a stream and a couple of ponds running through the garden. I was enchanted by the families of turtles and sadly missed the resident Koi. I might have also talked too much, which probably scared off the salamanders and lizards…
Before visiting, I was recommended to play a game at this garden. One person closes their eyes and they are led around the garden by the other. While being guided, you reach out and feel all the different plants. Apparently, it’s pretty trippy and your senses heighten. In the heels I was wearing that day, it may have also been pretty precarious.
I feel like I should reel off a list of all the different plants and trees we saw, but I was too busy strolling to remember everything and I need to work on my Latin. Syagrus romanzoffianl what? Instead, UCLA has compiled a nice list of plants here if you’re curious.
If you’re in the area, I recommend popping in. The garden is a great place to read or spend your lunch break, but I wouldn’t expect to make an afternoon of it. I’d also recommend wearing flat shoes. A school boy error of mine…to wear heels!
Speaking of shoes, I wanted to tell you a bit about the ones I was wearing. They were inspired by the lush green Emerald Zone of Colombia by a new company I discovered called Veerah.
Veerah is a luxury shoe startup that looks to make a positive impact. Each shoe is responsibly sourced from cruelty free, vegan materials and includes a plant-based foam interior, which is then layered with an organic cotton lining. Even the box they come in is made with soy ink, which is easier to remove than regular ink when it comes to recycling the box.
So far, Veerah has launched five main styles and you can customise each of these to make them unique. The style I’m wearing is the Florence, named after Miss Nightingale herself. Each style comes with a signature accessory; the Florence comes with an Orchid brooch and I added a pair of tassels. Both are detachable. The brooch fastens like a pair of clip on earrings and the tassels attach via a loop at the back. I was a bit scared of marking the shoes when I attached my accessories for the first time.
Veerah empowers women all over the world through their community of #VEERAHwarriors and their 1-10-100 battle plan. 1% of proceeds is contributed to social impact courses, 10 paid hours every month are given to employees to take self-improvement courses or volunteer and, for every 100 interviews, they sponsor a one-year scholarship through She’s the First.
These weren’t the most practical shoes for walking around a rocky park, but it was a perfect place for this plant-obsessed lass to christen them.
Dress: Berry dress by prAna
Bag: Juniper rattan handbag by Purse for the People
Special thanks to Veerah for gifting me the shoes. As always, all opinions are my own.
I’m obsessed with botanical gardens! I’ve only been to our local one twice though 🙁 I need to get on that more. On another note, those shoes are awesome!
Maybe you’re there for this long weekend! I hope you get out there soon 🙂 Thank you, I love them! xxx
Sounds like a lovely garden and those shoes are so cool! I love the detectable brooch!
Yes, it’s a nice spot to get away from it all 🙂 I love the brooch too It’s a great touch isn’t it!xxx
I’ve been to that garden, I love the idea of that game but would definitely be difficult in those cute shoes. Beautiful photos as always!
Oh yay! A lot of people I mentioned the garden to didn’t know about it. We’ll both have to give the game a try next time while wearing flat shoes! 🙂 Thank you Kasha xxx
Love it! The garden looks amazing and the shoes are gorgeous too! X
Thank you! Maybe I’ll see you there! x
All of your pictures are so beautiful. Would love to visit this garden sometime. And the shoes are so gorgeous.
Aw thank you! It was hard work getting shots I liked that day but we got there in the end. Hopefully you’ll be visiting LA soon! xx
Those shoes and that bag are EVERYTHING!!!LOVE LOVE LOVE
Hehe thank you! I love them to 🙂 xxx
This is a great article. Veerah shoes are a perfect match for the botanical garden, and I love the fact that you chose Florence, too. 🙂 I just checked their website. I love the black and nude colors. It’s good that we can customize it. 🙂
With ♥ From Marj At,
Paris Chic Style
Thank you so much, Marj! It’s so fun that you can customise them isn’t it! I’m excited to see what colours Veerah release next! xx
Wow this garden is really very pretty and also are your shoes! 🙂 xoxo
Thanks so much Ivana! I hope you’re enjoying the first days of Summer! xx
I saw these shoes on your Instagram and fell in love! The color is EVERYTHING and I love how you styled it! Since it’s a bit of a bolder color I would have had a little bit of a hard time coming up with what to wear with it, but you really nailed it babe. I hope to check out that botanical garden next time I’m in LA. Maybe you can show me around? 🙂 xo, sharon
Aw thank you Sharon! I’m so glad you think so and the colour combination worked out! You know I’d love to take you around the Botanical Garden next time you’re in LA, let’s get some succulents too! xxx
These shoes are the bomb! Wow! So pretty! And the pictures from the botanical garden are too. I love botanical gardens and I just went to the one in our city yesterday with my little one. I want her to grow up close to nature so we spend a lot of time in our little garden and in the parks and botanical gardens in the area 🙂
Rosa Larissa Klara
conscious lifestyle of mine
Hehe I need to use the phrase “the bomb” more when I like something! That’s such a good idea to spend a lot of time close to nature. I definitely think it’s good for you and your little one. I used the play in our wee garden for hours! xx
I wish we had more gardens where I live, as I totally love flowers and plants of all kinds. Also, your vegan heels are such a pretty color and tie in beautifully with the blooms! What a special find! xo
Hopefully more gardens similar to this one will pop up soon. I can see you and your girls enjoying them very much! Thank you, the colour is so striking, isn’t it! xxx
Such beautiful pictures. I love those shoes as well.
Thank you! Aw me too, they are a firm favourite at the moment!
Ahh I adore visits to the botanical gardens! You are so stinking cute in your outfit and your excitement in that one shot is so infectious!
Hello my fellow botanical garden fan! I can totally see you enjoying one too 🙂 Hehe, I’m pleased my excitement is infectious xxx
Thanks for the impressions of UCLA botanical garden. Your shoes are so cute! I really like them! xoxo
Thanks so much for reading about them! Aw yay, I really like them too 🙂 xx
When your home ……………we ought to go to Kew!
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That’s a good idea! I’d like that.
Love you Pop.