Gingham and Blossoms

When the cherry blossoms are in bloom, Wooster Square Park is arguably one of the prettiest places in New Haven, and for the last several years I've made a point of getting at least one photo shoot in before the petals fall.

A couple years ago I made the huge mistake of going during the Cherry Blossom Festival - fun I'm sure if you like festival things, food, music, crowds - but awful if you want to take photos, as you are competing with hundreds of other people to do so. Now I stick to weekday afternoons when I can enjoy the blooms without competition.

I'll admit I'm guilty of dressing for the blossoms here - on a cool spring afternoon I'm most likely to be found in jeans, but I planned this maxi dress for the shoot. While this dress was from Old Navy last year, the style doesn't seem to be going anywhere, and the current iteration at J.Crew Factory might even be cuter with the larger scale print, but I swear I'm not going to buy it.

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The Rundown
Gingham Maxi Dress Old Navy similar
 White Denim Jacket c/o Aeropostale similar
Ankle Strap Sandals Target
Black Straw Bag Zara similar
Straw Boater Hat Hinge similar
Tear Earrings Etsy custom design via Bonanza Studio
Rhombus Charm Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique
Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
 Nail Color "Find Me an Oasis" Essie 

 Linking up with Pink Sole's How I Spring


  1. Believe it or not - I am still struggling to believe it myself - I woke up to snow this morning. It won't stay on the ground, but it is snowing. So your photos are giving me very serious spring envy. I had grand plans to capture one of my first spring outfits of the season over the weekend... and then wound of swapping out my light blouse of a sweater, in which I still found myself freezing because my legs were bare. At least it's spring somewhere, and I can live all of my cherry blossom fantasises through your beautiful photos.

  2. This gingham dress is such a steal! It reminds me of one I had from Anthropologie last year.

  3. Such a cute look for the blossoms. I avoid New Haven like the plague because of parking so no blossoms for me, haha. But we do have pretty flowering trees at the historical society near me.

  4. Oh wow! Those blossoms are looking so gorgeous! I love this dress it's so pretty, I wish we had blossoms near me!

  5. Love everything about this! Such a perfect spring look!


  6. I love the gingham dress and have been hunting for one for a while. The backdrop is gorgeous here. Cherry blossom season is the best time!

  7. I miss that area of New Haven so much - it was always so beautiful there. And well the cherry blossom background definitely creates a spring vibe for these photos, your whole outfit just screams "spring" to me too. It's perfect for this time of year.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  8. Wow, those cherry blossoms are amazing! We have a cherry blossom festival here too and it's the same thing...if you want a photo of any kind (blog or not) without other people in've come to the wrong place! Your dress is so cute and flattering. What a perfect choice for Spring/Summer!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  9. Gingham + cherry blossoms = a spring dream!! LOVE this dress!

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  10. There is a tree that blooms the most beautiful yellow flowers in front of my apartment building. I saw it bloom and said to myself that I would get pictures here. Two days later all the flowers were on the ground :( Happy you are being able to photograph these marvels of nature in that gorgeous dress. Don't even think about getting the J Crew one ;)

  11. I think gingham was made for you! This dress is beyond beautiful on you, girly! I love the maxi style and the fun ruffles. So cute!

  12. I am 100% in love with this dress- give me all the gingham this spring! I love it!

  13. That gorgeous cherry blossom place is definitely worth a photo-shoot... or a dozen! It looks like a stunning Spring picture there. You have the perfect outfit for it, too. Gorgeous gingham maxi dress. Love the sandals and boat hat, with it!

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  14. What a pretty gingham dress! You look ready for summer in your hat and gingham.

  15. The blossoms, the hat and the gingham. All so perfect for spring!

  16. I almost went to a cherry blossom festival a few weeks ago, but I didn't make it, which is probably a good thing based on what you said. You managed to get a ton of pretty pictures with these beautiful blooms, even with the lovely tulips!

  17. OH MY GOSH, this is absolutely gorgeous!! I literally can't get enough of these photos! The outfit, the blooms, all so beautiful!

  18. Wow you are right this park is beautiful with cherry blossoms. Such the perfect place to shoot a spring look and speaking of looks this one is spot on. I need a dress like this in my life!

    Allie of

  19. Spring has been touch and go around here ... It looks like spring but feels like winter. Love your gingham dress. I hope to find one too.


  20. I love the dress and your styling of it! Thanks for the links! The cherry blossoms are beautiful!

  21. I've always been in awe of all the blossoms you find near you. But the funny thing is there are some close to us now that I actually look. Not as many or in a row like that!! But they are SO pretty.
    And this dress is absolutely amazing, Lydia!!

  22. I was in DC this year during the cherry blossoms but couldn't travel to see the basin! Luckily they're in the neighborhoods.
    Sincerely, Jennie

  23. Cherry blossoms are so pretty!! Love this pretty outfit and gorgeous setting!

    xo, Laura

  24. Love the gingham with the blossoms! It's ok to dress for the occasion :-) I definitely think the hat makes the outfit though! A perfect spring look!

    Virginia | More to Mrs. E

  25. I would love to pick up a beautiful maxi like this! You look beautiful!

  26. Can't go wrong with gingham this, especially this season. Such a beautiful classic. Also, your photos are stunning dear! Gorgeous background you got there.

    Jessica |