French Elegance in Saint-Paul-de-Vence

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La Colombe d'Or Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France - Bold Bliss

Asos Top | Topshop Moto Culottes (similar here, here and here) | Hudson Mirar Ankle Boots (similar here and here) | Zara Bag (similar here and here) | Vintage Beret (similar here, here and here) | Forever 21 Sunglasses (similar here, here and here)

 

Saint-Paul-de-Vence… Listen to the music in that name. It is fraught with the French artistic elegance that epitomizes this medieval hilltop village surrounded by ramparts. There was but one problem. The postcard good looks of the village had put their spell on far too many tourists. Yet we managed to find some back alleys, overlooked by other visitors with the exception of a cat or two. There the same exceptional light shone on the quaint Provençal houses and cobblestoned pavements that decades ago attracted famous painters like Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse and later on movie stars and writers like Ernest Hemingway, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jacques Prévert.

We stopped by café La Colombe d’Or (TripAdvisor), once an unpretentious hub of the arts and stuffed with works of Picasso, Matisse, Leger, Braque etc. It certainly would have made a great set for our outfit shoot. Unfortunately the owners didn’t display the same lenience as in its heyday when art was often accepted as a currency for food and drinks. We were denied access for a drink (apparently they only served full lunch menus), but I did manage to sneak in and make a photo of the charming bar area that I had been so desperate to see.

My outfit might as well be my favourite blog outfit so far. It couldn’t be more French: the perfect striped top with off-the-shoulder neckline (so very Brigitte Bardot), the culottes (there isn’t even an English word for them – they’re thát French!) and the beret (equally derived from a French word, “béret”). Wikipedia tells me this headgear has been popular among nobility and artists across Europe all throughout modern history. One of its admirers was my late granddad who wore it not as a fashion statement but simply to cover his balding head. I recall that the only way my sister and me, as little girls, could annoy my grandfather, was by our naughty habit of snatching his treasured beret from his head (and, by that gesture, stealing his pride). Sorry, granddad. Girls will always be girls. Now, as a young woman, I cherish that one beret I never gave back to you. Look how it features in my Saint-Paul-de-Vence shoot. Hope you are proud of me as I will always be of you.

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45 Comments

  1. Emma October 22, 2015

    Wow such a gorgeous outfit lovely! Love the French vibe! Xx

    Emma | http://www.theemasphere.com

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  2. The late Jacques Prévert October 18, 2015

    I simply can’t believe you were not allowed into ‘La Colombe d’Or’. Not when you wore that beret the way you do. In my time my dear friend Paul Roux would have welcomed you (and your granddad) heartily. Am I right, Paul? Am I right, Pablo?

    The late Jacques Prévert (1900-1977), poet and screenwriter

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    • The late Paul Roux October 18, 2015

      Of course you are right, Jacques. Pardon.

      The late Paul Roux, founder and first manager of ‘La Colombe d’Or’

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    • The late Pablo Picasso October 18, 2015

      Mon Dieu, Paul, this is pretty unRouxlike.

      The late Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), artist.

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    • The late Paul Roux October 19, 2015

      You know the Roux family, Pablo and Jacques. You know that this must be a misunderstanding. I shall try to get into contact with La Colombe d’Or and suggest they invite Bold Bliss for a shoot in La Colombe.

      The late Paul Roux, founder and first manager of ‘La Colombe d’Or’

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  3. Yoonae October 15, 2015

    This outfit has such a french vibe, it looks awesome!

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  4. Emily October 13, 2015

    Would you mind if I featured this outfit on my upcoming blogpost? I absolutely love it! I’ll obviously give you full credit but I thought I should check first.

    xxxx from Emily at diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

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    • Bold Bliss October 13, 2015

      Hi Emily, thanks for your lovely comment! No problem at all to use my photos, I’d be honoured to be featured on your blog :) Xx

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      • Emily October 13, 2015

        Thank you very much! I will be sure to let you know when it is uploaded so you can check it out! Thanks again.

        xxxx from Emily at diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

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        • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

          Looking forward to it and thanks for the feature! :)

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  5. Marissa October 13, 2015

    Lovely outfit, lovely location, lovely photos! x

    http://www.theshabbysuitcase.com

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  6. Kamila October 11, 2015

    Gosh, your posts are always so dreamy <3 I love french style !!

    http://simplethingsbiginspirations.blogspot.com

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  7. Roxanne October 10, 2015

    Great blog post! Love the outfit

    http://rxyroads.weebly.com/blog/cajun-chicken-spiced-quinoa

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  8. Summer October 10, 2015

    You look stunning♥♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  9. Annessa @ Seeking Sunshine October 10, 2015

    Such beautiful photos and those denim culottes are so fun! I love how you styled them with stripes and a beret!

    Annessa / http://www.seekingsunshine.com

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  10. M October 10, 2015

    Cute beret!

    Made in MauveBloglovin

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  11. Kuo October 10, 2015

    it’s really neat how you know so much about the culture of saint paul de vence and that cafe you went to. and i’ve never really been into the culottes trend but they look so amazing on you. the loose shape looks really nice with the tight structure of the beret

    http://hellokuo.blogspot.com/

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Haha, nice to hear that I might have been able to convince you to give culottes a try ;) Xx

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  12. Danielle October 10, 2015

    What a nice outfit! The hat gives this look a special touch! Love the place and photography! Have a nice weekend!

    Danielle
    http://www.spring2spring.com

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks, Danielle! A nice week to you too :)

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  13. Marta Pozzan October 10, 2015

    THE CULOTTES!! SO GOOD <3 Awesome post girl!
    -M

    http://www.itssuperfashion.com/2015/10/rachel-rachel-roy/

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  14. Petite Maison of Fashion October 10, 2015

    Oh man this just makes me want to get culottes even more.

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

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      That’s the intention ;)

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  15. sahra October 9, 2015

    denim culottes?! I NEED! great style dear <3

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

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  16. Neha October 9, 2015

    these are magazine worthy shots!!!

    -Neha
    Love Playing DressUp

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      That’s such a lovely thing to say! Thanks, Neha! Xx

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  17. malu October 9, 2015

    such a pretty look! :)

    xx Malu

    The Stylish Confessions | The online destination for fashion inspiration, beauty tutorials and lifestyle tips & tricks.

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  18. Laura October 9, 2015

    Absolutely stunning :) I visited Nice recently and I loved the beautiful city of VilleFranche Sur Mer. Saint Paul De Vance was one place I really wanted to visit and I was suggested to go by a blogging friend of mine, unfortunately we didn’t get time during the trip. Next time I visit Nice and the surrounding areas I would love to visit, Canne also although similar to Nice apparently.
    Great outfits. This post makes me want to go travelling even more. I could seriously live in a place like this! great blog and nice to meet you http://www.shehearts.net xx Laura

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      I’m sorry to hear you missed Saint-Paul-de-Vence while you were visiting the Cote d’Azur. I’m sure you’ll get there one day! I also didn’t visit Cannes but from what I hear it’s not that amazing… I could live in Saint-Paul-de-Vence as well but I wish I could make all those tourists disappear! :) Xx

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  19. Rena October 9, 2015

    So beautiful your look with the culottes! And the pictures are amazing, too!
    Many thanks for kind comment on my blog. Do you want to follow each other?
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  20. la vida loka October 9, 2015

    very nice look and photos.
    http://lavidaloka.com/

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  21. Danielle October 9, 2015

    Stunning! Your photography is amazing!!! Such a gorgeous look! Love the hat!

    Danielle
    http://www.blushblossom.com

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks for the superlatives :)

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  22. Tamara October 9, 2015

    What a perfect outfit! you look so cool :)

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

    Tamara xxx

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  23. Sara Nuša October 9, 2015

    I adore this french look and the photos are beautiful as always!

    http://sarawritesadiary.blogspot.si/

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  24. Laura Mitbrodt October 9, 2015

    Love these photos, especially your beret
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  25. ~ carmen ~ October 9, 2015

    This is such an adorable & classic look. I really love the denim culottes because the add something unique to the mix. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  26. Monika October 8, 2015

    Such a cute classically french ensemble! Too bad you weren’t allowed into that cafe for just a drink though.

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

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  27. Ela October 8, 2015

    I adore your photos! They are beautiful and mysterious! Sounds like a really great day! xx

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

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  28. Yasmin October 8, 2015

    In love with this look! You nailed French style here and you have a certain je ne sais quois :) The stripes, beret and the carefree attitude. I wish I could take such lovely pics with my hair in my face and believe me, I’ve tried. But I just can’t pull it off. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep trying haha!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks, Yasmin! Love your expression “a certain je ne sais quoi” :) We make quite a lot of photos and sometimes you get a “lucky shot”, caused by a little breeze or something else that adds something extra to the photo! Xx

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  29. Nataly October 8, 2015

    What a beautiful place with beautiful pictures! Especially that first picture, loved it! France is so beautiful :)

    http://natalyg.co.uk

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      I can only agree with that :)

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  30. Gemma October 8, 2015

    Oh wow! Your blog posts just keep getting better and better! I love this outfit and the setting. So chic. Gemma xx
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks, Gemma, I really appreciate your comment. Crossing my fingers I can maintain the quality of my blog posts! Xx

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