“Let Them Eat Cake”

Straw boater hat on staircase of Château de Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Wearing boater hat on staircase of Château de Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Staircase of Castle of Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Interior of Château de Seneffe, Belgium at permanent exhibition - Bold Bliss

Self portrait in bathroom of Château de Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Exhibition "Faste & Intimité" in Château de Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Corsets at exhibition "Faste et Intimité" in Castle of Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Dining room at Château de Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Striped off the shoulder top, white denim skirt and boater hat - Bold Bliss

Outfit with striped top and boater hat - Bold Bliss

Boohoo straw boater hat - Bold Bliss

Asos silver espadrilles - Bold Bliss

Striped blue plaited top, white denim skirt and silver espadrilles - Bold Bliss

Wearing blue striped off-the-shoulder top from Missguided - Bold Bliss

Tea and cake at Château de Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Les Saveurs des Lumières salon de dégustation at Château de Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Chinese room at Castle of Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

View of the garden from Chambre chinoise at Château de Seneffe, Belgium - Bold Bliss

Missguided Top (similar here and here) | Vintage Skirt (similar here and here) | Asos Espadrilles (also available in cream/beige and navy stripe) | Boohoo Boater Hat (similar here and here) | Vintage Bag (similar here, here, here and here

 

A few weeks ago, we gracefully dived into the past, straight to the era when hot chocolate was still considered a remedy for many ailments and Marie Antoinette was deemed to have uttered the phrase cited in the title of this blog post – upon learning that the lower classes were suffering from bread shortages (the attribution of these words to her persona being as questionable as the health claims in relation to hot chocolate at the time).

The scene of our voyage dans le temps was the Belgian 18th century Château de Seneffe (TripAdvisor), where we made our way through lavishly decorated parlours, bedrooms, garderobes and bathrooms, seemingly left untouched for the last two or three centuries. We strode over the stunning patterned parquet and we let costume drama videos immerse us in the atmosphere of the hoop skirts period.

We concluded our visit in the Chinese room. There we took ample time to savour “les Saveurs des Lumières. While looking out of the window onto the grand parterre we practiced the delicate art of tasting chocolate cake, blueberry cake and cranberry cake while sipping with extended pinkie finger le Chocolat de la Comtesse (flavoured with unidentified herbs according to a secret recipe) and le Thé Blanc à la Rose, served in small fragile porcelain cups.

I enjoyed this epitome of refined pleasure wearing a striped, plaited off-the-shoulder top from Missguided, a white vintage denim skirt and a Boohoo boater hat which, despite being a serious anachronism, worked well with the château interior. I wore silver espadrilles I’ve been swooning over lately – a subtle touch of bling I suspect Marie Antoinette would have approved of as well. Not that I want the queen of extravagance to approve of my tastes. She’s the living (or rather dead) proof that fashionable cakes, chocolate, hair poufs and hoop skirts, in short a fashion-conscious and wealthy lifestyle, can in fact be dangerous and for the truly unfortunate even lead to the guillotine on the Place de la Révolution.

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23 Comments

  1. The late Marie Antoinette October 18, 2015

    Dear Bold Bliss,

    The words ‘Qu’il mangent de la brioche’ are not mine. I was not the kind of queen that would speak such shameful words. Don’t you believe me? Then read Wikipedia and learn that Jean Jacques Rousseau had already written them down in his ‘Confessions’ long before I arrived in Paris. So I plead not guilty.

    You say you don’t want me to approve of your tastes, but I can’t help I do. I like your comfy outfits. And good for you that your generation has banished hair poufs and hoop skirts to museums or opera houses but still holds in high esteem the cakes and chocolates I was so fond of.

    Finally my dear, and just between you and me, let me tell you that I cannot read your words and watch your photos without some tears welling up in my eyes, not out of nostalgia for my heyday as a queen, but because I am sincerely yearning for your days and ways.

    The late Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793), Queen of France and Navarre

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  2. Heba September 18, 2015

    Where do I begin? I loved your entire outfit. I loved your photography. I loved the scenery in your photos. I loved everything. STOP BEING SO PERFECT! :p

    Heba xx || The HebaBloglovinInstagram

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    • Bold Bliss September 25, 2015

      Who’s the one being perfect here? :) I adored your latest photos from Paris: the atmosphere, your outfits, and – not to forget – the macarons!

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  3. Akanksha Padhi September 14, 2015

    I love the look. Especially the hat.

    x https://ahsknaka.wordpress.com/

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  4. Tamara September 13, 2015

    This place looks amazing! I love your outfit! Thanks for sharing :)

    Check out my blog if you want: http://www.theglamandglitter.com

    Tamara xxx

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  5. Cristina September 9, 2015

    I still think that hot chocolate is the best remedy for many ailments!! ;)
    It’s a beautiful location, there’s nothing like French castles to feel transported to a different time in history.
    By the way, I love your hat!

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

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    • Bold Bliss September 25, 2015

      I had to laugh out loud about your comment about the hot chocolate :) Glad you like the post! Xx

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  6. Yasmin September 9, 2015

    I would love to spend the day at a chateau. These photos are gorgeous! And I love your espadrilles!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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  7. Rachel September 8, 2015

    Beautiful, I would love to go back in time if it looked like this always! Love your cute shoes, you look great.

    http://www.racheldinh.com

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  8. Carmen Antal September 8, 2015

    Such an inspiring post, really amazing pictures!

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  9. anna September 8, 2015

    oh my goodness, this is the cutest outfit ever. Obsessed. You look beautiful, love. xx :)

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  10. Sara Nuša September 7, 2015

    I adore these photos! Beautiful post!

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  11. Ela September 6, 2015

    This place and photos are simply amazing!

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  12. Kamila September 6, 2015

    Stunning post, I’m absolutely in love with your photos !!!

    http://simplethingsbiginspirations.blogspot.com

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  13. Scarllet September 6, 2015

    The setting and the outfit are simply amazing!

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  14. Zarrah September 6, 2015

    The place looks amazing.
    Lovin the photos as always!
    Your flats is so pretty too

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  15. Monika September 6, 2015

    This is so cool. I love those silver espadrilles and I would love to visit a place like this. The colors are quite lovely.

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

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  16. Petite Maison of Fashion September 6, 2015

    Ah I am in love with the architecture of castles. Your hat is wonderful too

    xoxo,
    http://petitemaisonoffashion.blogspot.com/

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  17. Carmen September 5, 2015

    Wow, this looks so so awesome!! And I love your shoes:) xo, Carmen

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  18. Bing September 5, 2015

    There’s an eerie feeling to the setting,specially that white dress by the window haha.
    I love your shoes though,and your writing style,always awesome.
    Xoxo Bing.

    http://www.bingyourstyle.com

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    • Bold Bliss September 25, 2015

      Thanks! I know, that white dress hanging there created quite a particular effect :)

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  19. Kuo September 5, 2015

    i can really feel the rich history through your photos and writing(: this trip sounds amazing and your photos really capture the elegance and character of the place

    http://hellokuo.blogspot.com/

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    • Bold Bliss September 25, 2015

      Thanks for your lovely comment! (the most thoughtful comments always seem to come from you :))

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