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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