Generalife

View of Alhambra at Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Flowers in Generalife gardens, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Dark blue Bardot style dress at Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Stairs with roof of green at Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Walking down the stairs at the Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Asos Bardot dress and black pearl bracelet - Bold Bliss

Asos black pumps - Bold Bliss

Hedges of the Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Blue bodycon dress and black clutch - Bold Bliss

View of Alhambra at Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Generalife (Alhambra), Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Formal dress in Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

Courtyard at Generalife, Granada, Spain - Bold Bliss

River Island dress, sold at Asos | Asos pumps (similar here and here) | Vintage Clutch (similar options here, here, and here) | Long black pearl necklace, vintage, worn as bracelet

 

Rectangular ponds surrounded by immaculately arranged plants, bushes of giant damask roses and riots of blooming jasmines, dun-coloured courtyards, stairways with roofs of green, lofty trees bending under the weight of ripe oranges, well-groomed hedges and archways, and an exquisite (almost clichéd) view of the Nasrid Palace in the near distance below. The Generalife gardens provided for quite a backdrop when shooting this outfit.

The first thing that came to my mind to describe it, was “Eden”. I discovered later that the Generalife was in fact designed to be an earthly paradise in the shape of a unique, luxurious leisure villa for the kings of Granada. The name “Generalife” is derived from the Arabic Jannat al-Arif or “garden of the architect”, which could possibly be a poetical allusion to God the creator, the architect.

The photos tell most of the story here (if you can’t get enough of this Eden – I’ll post a photo diary of the Alhambra and Generalife later), but I must add that the visuals are just a fraction of its sensory delights. Imagine the soft murmur of the fountains and ponds, the perfume of a thousand blooms in spring, the aromatic fragrance of the herb gardens. Everything in these pristine gardens is a delight to the senses.

I was wearing this timeless figure-hugging River Island dress with a touch of French glamour. In order to let the dress shine, I paired it with simple black accessories: a vintage clutch, a pearl necklace parading as a bracelet for the occasion, and elegant suede pumps. (For the sake of mystery, I’ll leave in the dark whether or not these shoes were the ones that walked me up the hills of the Generalife.) I love how the gold-tone hoop detail adds a slightly frivolous Roman element defying the classic aesthetic of the dress. Think: Brigitte Bardot meets Julius Caesar. And all of that in the Garden of Eden! Quite some anachronisms and anatopisms we have here, but a prolific phantasy often opens windows on unexpected horizons.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Heba August 17, 2015

    This dress is wonderful!!

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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  2. Murielle Delavigne July 13, 2015

    Classy. Every inch a gentlewoman.

    Murielle Delavigne

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  3. NGOC LAN July 8, 2015

    GENERALIFE Garden is so beautiful and peaceful. Your photos with the great bokeh are very impressive and breath-taking. I love our outfit and accessories. You have beautiful long hair.

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    • Bold Bliss July 11, 2015

      Thanks dear for your praise! That’s so kind!

      Reply
  4. BSV July 5, 2015

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  5. danielle July 4, 2015

    your photos are gorgeous and you look great!

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  6. Monika July 1, 2015

    So beautiful! This place is stunning and I’d absolutely love to go someday. It looks like such a serene paradise.

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

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    • Bold Bliss July 11, 2015

      Yup, Eden it was!

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  7. The late Cecil B. Demille July 1, 2015

    I dig your dress and pumps. And the spiritual meeting of BB and JC in the Generalife AD 2015.

    The late Cecil B. Demille (1881-1959)

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  8. M. d'U d'A July 1, 2015

    This garden of God is sheer MAGIC. And so is your dress. And you are the perfect trait d’union between them.

    M. d’U d’A

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  9. Floortje July 1, 2015

    Beautiful photos! I love your dress

    XX

    http://www.floortjeloves.com
    http://www.facebook.com/floortjeloves

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  10. Krissie July 1, 2015

    So lovely to have found you blog! You take beautiful photos and that location is so perfect

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

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    • Bold Bliss July 11, 2015

      Thanks! Just had a look at your blog and it is lovely too!

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  11. Mica July 1, 2015

    That is such a lovely feminine look and what beautiful surroundings! These are great photos :)

    Away From The Blue

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  12. MONIC July 1, 2015

    THIS DRESS FITS YOU LIKE A GLOVE ! I ADORE THE SETTING AS WELL !

    M
    Simply Sutter

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  13. Cristina June 30, 2015

    Your photos are always stunning! I love the Alhambra, one of the most beautiful places in Spain.

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

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    • Bold Bliss July 11, 2015

      You’re spot on ;)

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  14. Annie June 30, 2015

    gorgeous! who does your photography? and how the heck do you fit in so many posts with all of this incredible travel!? hehe i kid…kind of. its all so beautiful!

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    • Bold Bliss June 30, 2015

      Thanks Annie, glad to hear that! It comes out of the mouth of someone who produces quite gorgeous pictures too ;) To answer your question: my outfit photos are shot by friends or family, depending on who’s with me (I put the camera settings right for them and explain them a little about composition etc. – that’s it actually! So far they’ve turned out quite talented photographers!). All other photos of surroundings etc. are taken by me. Xx

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