28/08/2016

FASHION | Gingham & Stone


I don't do as many outfit shoots as I'd like. My fellow blogger friends will know, these posts need a lot of preparation - planning the outfit, finding a good location, having just the right weather and sunlight, finding an angle, posing, going through dozens and dozens of pictures, with sometimes people passing by and looking at you like you're some kind of weirdo... That's a lot of work! Also, you have to find that one person that will take your photos for you. A partner, a friend, a parent... I'm pretty sure most bloggers don't have a professional photographer at hand when they go somewhere nice with a cool outfit on! So as it is bloody hard work, these posts don't appear very often on my blog. But when they do, I'm really happy to share them with you!

When I went to visit Senlis with my parents and little brother, I thought the little medieval town would be the best backdrop for my photos. So of course, I kept harassing my mum the whole day to take photos for me (well, she was actually really understanding and I asked her nicely, she knows how much blogging matters to me). And I love how these photos turned out. I'm wearing one of my new favourite dresses, and the background is just the cutest. Let's talk a little more about both!


Senlis is a little town in the north of Paris, and classified as a medieval town. A lot of the buildings are centuries old, there is a Gothic cathedral (one of the first built in France in the 12th century), and even a Roman arena - of course not medieval, but that shows how ancient the town is. To discover all these gems, we followed a trail that led us all through the main points of interest of the city, through little cobbled streets and along the old defensive walls. I really liked Senlis, it is just so pretty and these old stones have so much to tell. I loved the quirky houses, the narrow staircases and pretty façades. 

Because I do like to blend with my surroundings (as someone has told me recently), I wore this beautiful strapless gingham midi dress from ASOS. I am honestly in love with it. I spotted it on Rosie from The Londoner a few months ago, but only got it in the sales a while after - I am so glad I waited! Rosie just looked fabulous in it, and she is goals (as the saying goes) so I decided to grab it. I have to say, I did feel amazing in it! It's so perfect that it gives you that little bit of confidence we all need. It feels very vintage as well, and would probably look great with a petticoat underneath! I paired it with nude sandals, which I think are a great staple to have in the summer.

And there I was, exploring the cobbled streets, looking for pretty doorways and beautiful old houses... Mind you, we had a map of the town to avoid getting lost in that maze of ancient stones!


Discovering Senlis was really interesting and made me realise how many of these little gems we must have all around France - so much more to explore!

Do you have medieval towns or villages near you? What's your favourite country escape?
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40 comments:

  1. Oh Gosh! These photos are Everything! Such a beautiful location, I wish I was there right now, so sooo beautiful, and the photos captured it splendidly. Also that dress looks like it was made for you - you look so lovely and beautiful in it! It does have a very vintagey feel to it. I love it!
    Very jolie!! XD
    Much love,
    Mona

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    1. Aw thanks so much Mona for this lovely comment! I'm glad you enjoy it, Senlis is a beautiful place that not enough people know about :) xx

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  2. Wow such a lovely location to shoot at! I love your dress, so efforlessly beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Andrea, I'm glad you enjoyed the post! xx

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  3. omg julia! i'd love to visit this place..next time i come to paris i'll call you and we head there!!XD
    it is so medieval that i wanna stay there for at least one week (middle age has always had a huge appeal over me!)...ahh getting too excited!

    anyway that dress is so you! you look really natural in these pics... i also think you were more comfortable with all the posing problem! i particularly love the pic where you are on the bridge(:

    xx from italy
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    1. Yay that would be an amazing plan! :D It is such a gem of medieval history and architecture, lots of thing to see and learn about that era. I felt quite comfortable because the streets were empty and there was no one to look haha, which is probably why the photos turned out good! Thanks so much <3 xx

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  4. Such a lovely vintage dress !
    Landscapes are beautiful.
    xx,
    Margot
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  5. The whole concept is really good. Your outfit, the place and photography as a whole is very eye-catching. Keep it up. Want to see more. Thanks.


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    1. Thanks so much Shreemayee, I'm glad you like it! xx

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  6. The whole concept is really good. Your outfit, the place and photography as a whole is very eye-catching. Keep it up. Want to see more. Thanks.


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  7. These photos are stunning! I love your dress!

    Bella x
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    1. Thanks Isabel, I'm totally in love with the dress haha! xx

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  8. Love the dress :-) It's such a pretty, casual style!
    xoxo
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  9. Seriously fashion photography is hard, you rely on so many factors and the most importantly, you need to have someone to take your photos (you can use tripod however it would take ages to take one photo) :) Your mum did a great job, these photos are beautiful and you look beautiful in your dress, style of that dress is so pretty, good that you got it :) I like discovering towns like that, they are mystic and there are so much to discover, also looks good in photos :) x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. I contemplated taking photos myself with a tripod, but this would indeed take ages and be too much hassle! Little towns are the best, it is so fun to explore new places :D xx

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  10. The photos are amazing! I really like them! I love the dress! It's so cute and pretty! What an amazing place! I love going to places like this! I get s excited!
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    1. Aww thanks Stacey for this cute comment, you do seem excited haha! xx

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  11. I love this dress on you, it's so pretty! I've never been to France but when I do go I would love to visit this place, it looks so cute and lovely.

    |Georgia Megan|

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    1. It is really easy to go from Paris to Senlis, so if you ever stop by the French capital this would be an amazing day trip to add to your programme! xx

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  12. Lovely pictures dear. Really love your dress, it looks pretty on you.

    xx
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  13. The cityscape is just so idyllic. .. it's giving me a serious case of wanderlust! I can't even begin to express how I feel you pain about having someone at hand to take photos, the process is almost always troublesome and strenuous however the effort always manifests itself in the end result... and of course in this post! You are a vision in this dress julia and the surroundings are stunning!

    Vintagonista-Sumeyye xx

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    1. Thanks so much Sumeyye! If you ever travel to France you'll stumble upon many a cute village like Senlis :D xx

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  15. The buildings here look so romantic and beautiful! I adore that entrance and buildings swathed in virginia creeper and ivies remind me of the Sleeping Beauty story, where the tower is completely grown over :D such a magical location and you look lovely! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

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    1. Oh Sleeping Beauty could totally have been set in Senlis - there were the ruins of a castle too, that I should probably have included in the post! xx

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  16. What a beautiful dress (and one that's totally prompted me to go check out dresses on ASOS now, haha) - it fits in perfectly with the pretty surroundings! I think I remember this on Rosie too; I just adore her blog - isn't it dreamy?! Hope you're having a fab week so far!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. We can find so many gems like that on Asos, and for good prices too! Rosie's blog is the best, an endless source of inspiration! Thanks Gabrielle xx

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  17. beautiful outfit and i love the location, quaint historical villages are forever on top of my favourite things list. I can relate haha, there is a lot of planning that goes behind a blog post but its so worth it when you get a lovely outcome such as this xx

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    1. You are right, blog post planning is worth it in the end! Especially when people enjoy them as much as we do as we write and post them :) xx

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  18. See, this is why I don't do outfit posts. I take most of my pictures myself and wouldn´t know whom to ask. But your mother is very talented, you look lovely in all your pictures.
    As far as medieval towns go... No town as consistently as the one you showed us, but I live in Heidelberg, so I have quite a few nice backdrops at hand without traveling too far.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Thanks Anne! I wish it was easier for us bloggers to take photos by ourselves. I remember checking out Heidelberg as you talked about it once, it looks like a beautiful city! xx

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  19. Your pictures came out so pretty and your outfit looks like it was made for you! We also love how chic and comfortable you look, you have a great eye for fashion!

    ISA Professional

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    1. What a lovely comment, thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoy the look xx

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