The Pearl of France

Waving my hat in Menton, France - Bold Bliss

Wearing Asos chiffon maxi dress and New Look coral across body bag in Menton, France - Bold Bliss

Wearing floral dress, coral saddle bag and oversized sun hat in Menton, French Rivièra, France - Bold Bliss

Watching the bay of Menton, France wearing a flowy floral maxi dress and oversized hat - Bold Bliss

Wearing Asos flowy floral maxi dress in Menton, France - Bold Bliss

Floral dress and coral bag - Bold Bliss

View of colourful old quarter of Menton, Cote d'Azur, France - Bold Bliss

Standing on the pier of Menton, France, wearing Asos maxi dress and Missguided oversized hat - Bold Bliss

View of colourful old quarter of Menton, Cote d'Azur, France - Bold Bliss

Standing on the quai of Menton, France, wearing billowing Asos maxi dress and brown clogs - Bold Bliss

Colourful old quarter of Menton, Cote d'Azur, France - Bold Bliss

Menton coastline seen from Quai Impératrice Eugénie, France - Bold Bliss

Standing on the rocks wearing maxi dress and oversized hat in Menton, France - Bold Bliss

Standing on the rocks wearing flowy floral maxi dress in Menton, France - Bold Bliss

Asos Dress | New Look Bag (similar here and here) | Missguided Hat | (similar options here and here) | Asos Mules (similar here, here and here)

 

If you ever visit the Cote d’Azur, don’t make Roquebrune-Cap-Martin your last stop eastbound. There’s a lesser known little town a few miles further down, just before you cross into Italy, that beats its glamorous neighbours in charm and ambiance: Menton. It boasts a microclimate making it the warmest nook of the entire French Riviera with 316 days of sunshine a year. Nestled in the embrace of a crescent moon of mountains, it keeps mistral winds at bay and shuts out the cold. Menton’s balmy climate makes its lush gardens and fruit trees flourish almost all year round. It’s nicknamed, not surprisingly, la “perle de la France”.

France’s pearl shone particularly bright when observed from a little distance. From the Quai Impératrice Eugénie in the old harbour, we had a dazzling view of Menton’s beautiful bay with its houses in an array of warm tints spilling down the hillside to the sea and its palm trees in the foreground swaying gently in the same soft breeze that also made my dress billow. The view reminded me of pictures I’ve seen of Cinque Terre in Italy (sadly I haven’t been there yet), but Menton is a lot less touristy.

I couldn’t resist the temptation to add some more shades to that rainbow of colours and wore a flowy Asos chiffon dress with bright print, wrap bust and strategically cut out sides: the perfect dress to wear to any wedding or garden party. I paired it with my Asos mules (previously worn here), my New Look coral saddle bag (which I own in four different colours: see this instagram), my oversized Missguided hat and a wooden bracelet in the same tint of green as the leaves on my dress.

Standing on the pier and looking at so much beauty, I oddly felt a hint of sadness. Why, you might ask. Perhaps it was the bitter taste of realising that I’d never be able to twirl this dress in such flawlessly matching, ethereal surroundings again.

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28 Comments

  1. Crissy Kahlo October 19, 2015

    This shoot creates a prototype of complementarity. Appearing on the Quai Impératrice Eugénie you enhance the exceptional qualities of beautiful Menton. Menton, as a reward, emphasizes the colourful beauty of your dress. Many years ago I walked on that same Quai, admired picturesque Menton and for one reason or another thought I missed a je ne savais quoi. Now I know what it was. Thank you, Bold Bliss, for bringing about a prolific synergy.

    Crissy Kahlo

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  2. Abby October 19, 2015

    First off, the dress is super fab! It looks amazing in these gorgeous photos!!

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  3. Amanda October 18, 2015

    Gorgeous photos! Your dress is sublime.
    http://www.themoremandy.wordpress.com

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  4. Trang Do October 16, 2015

    You looks stunning!! Love these beautiful photos!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  5. Lyana October 16, 2015

    Such beautiful shots. I love learning about the lesser known places in Europe to visit. Totally can relate with you on the last line…sometimes when things are so beautiful it’s almost sad because the moment is only temporary. Good thing we have photos to remember :)

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    • Bold Bliss October 18, 2015

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Lyana! I agree: leaving places like this makes you a little sad, but browsing through all the pictures makes your heart swell again…

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  6. Carly Conners Kenihan October 16, 2015

    Beautiful photos!
    xx
    Carly
    http://bunbunbook.com

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  7. Christiannei October 15, 2015

    Your dress is <3 amazing pics!
    Xo, Christianne
    http://simplychristianne.com

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  8. Lita October 15, 2015

    these photos are absolutely stunning. enjoy your time in france. xx Lita
    http://www.fancy-notebook.com

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  9. Yoonae October 15, 2015

    Stunning photos, I have to say, I just love your dress ♥

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  10. Rena October 15, 2015

    Such a wonderful floral summer dress!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  11. Valentina October 15, 2015

    Wow, such an amazing photos. You are stunning :)
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  12. glamdevils October 15, 2015

    Omg this place is so amazing. I wish I were there right now. Love your cute floral dress.

    xx

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  13. Ali October 15, 2015

    Amaizing pics!
    kisses…

    Zapatos Rojos

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  14. Vesna October 15, 2015

    Your photography is always so breathtaking! Beautiful dress!

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  15. Seerlee October 15, 2015

    You, that dress and Menton is all very stunning. Definitely on my map for places to travel! xx
    http://www.chroniclesoftheseers.com

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  16. Faith October 14, 2015

    Stunning photos and you look amazing. Love the dress

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  17. Lauren October 14, 2015

    Wow! These photos are so absolutely stunning! I love that colorful dress too!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  18. Danielle October 14, 2015

    What a beautiful place! You look lovely in that dress.

    Danielle
    http://www.spring2spring.com

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  19. Sharon October 14, 2015

    Your photos are stunning! And your dress is the perfect vaca dress!
    <3, Sharon

    http://www.sharinaone.com/

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  20. Kuo October 14, 2015

    that last sentence is a bit heartbreaking! but at least you have these GORGEOUS photos. seriously, the buildings in the back complement your dress amazingly well. all the warm colors mixed with the life of the town and your hair blowing around are so beautiful

    http://hellokuo.blogspot.com/

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks for your beautiful comment, Kuo. I agree: these photos definitely make up for that hint of sadness :) Xx

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  21. Petite Maison of Fashion October 14, 2015

    Beautiful dress, it’s so flowy!

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

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks, Emma!

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  22. Emily October 14, 2015

    Gorgeous! That view is amazing, what a beautiful place. Love that dress, it looks great on you!

    xxxx from Emily at diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks, Emily!

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  23. Malu October 13, 2015

    Wow such a breathtaking view! That Asos dress is perfect for your adventures in Cote d’Azur. The breeze flows through the chiffon beautifully! I hope you are enjoying yourself. Definitely a sight to see!
    http://www.musebymalu.com

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    • Bold Bliss October 14, 2015

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Malu! I had such a wonderful time at the Cote d’Azur and being able to wear this dress only added to the delight ;)

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