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Style for the top three most traveled European cities

When we travel abroad we want to experience the flavor of the country we’re visiting in every way. After all, this is the reason we love to travel! We try to learn a few words in the language spoken in that place, we search for the most typical food and we look for the cultural events that are taking place. What else can we do to blend in with the locals? A style is the answer! And by that, I don’t mean you should go shopping for new outfits before your trip! It’s about the right selection of the pieces you already have in your wardrobe and of course about the details.

According to the largest and most recognized online travel agency in Southeastern Europe, Tripsta S.A., iconic European cities London, Istanbul, and Paris rank as the top three most traveled to international destinations. Speaking about hopping around Europe, carrying just hand luggage makes it easier to travel from place to place but the struggle with packing is real. In order to make a lot of different outfits without taking with you too much stuff here are my two basic packing tips: Take neutrals and also pieces that you can layer with. A good example is a button down denim shirt! You can wear it on its own or almost like a cardigan over another top, plus by adding a necklace you can get a lot of different wears of it. But now, let’s have a closer look at how to adjust your personal style to the spirit of Paris, London and Istanbul.

Paris

Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world and you wanna try to look your best. The first thing you notice when you hit the Charles De Gaulle Airport are the scarves. It’s a nice accessory no matter in which season you visit Paris. In winter it can be made of wool and in summer for instance of lightweight cotton. Another essential piece of a French wardrobe is an elegant blazer and if it’s a bit shiny or has interesting details even better! Pair it with a simple tee and a well-fitted pair of dark blue jeans and believe me you won’t be overdressed, but just right. The best advice is to pack one dress, but make sure it’s versatile, so you can wear it for a dinner, museums, and sightseeing. Whatever you do, leave your comfy leggings, hoodies and running shoes at home as that would be a surefire sign you’re not a local. French women are not wearing sports clothes for anything but sport. Also, speaking about walking shoes prefer a pair of flats instead of sneakers.

A French designer Justin Leconte says in her Youtube series about Parisian women that they never mix black and brown color in their outfits. She also mentions that international beauty brands aren’t successful with fancy colors of lipsticks and nail polish in France, because women there have always and will always wear red lips and red nails. I believe the most of French women look so elegant and stunning even in pretty simple outfits because they know how to dress for their body type. I also like the fact, that they don’t necessarily go with current trends, so they’re not fashion slaves, but rather style followers.

London

The London style is a little more complex than that of the Parisian style as it is segregated by London’s class system. There is not one British style but many because different districts dress differently. You will see anything from the posh style of the upper-class, through the subculture of the 70s punk rock style, to the Urban style. Unlike Paris, you can experiment more with the colors and prints, without worrying that your outfit will be too loud. Mixing and matching are key. Make a small research on the places you’re planning to visit in order to get an inspiration on how to highlight your individuality in such an electric city. Don’t feel like you need to see every popular site and attraction. Because really, how much does visiting Westminster Abbey tell you about everyday life in London? Find the neighborhoods you like, dress accordingly and explore! Just don’t forget your wind-resistant umbrella.

Istanbul

Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city but it’s smart to dress a little more conservatively especially if you’re planning to visit religious sites. Dress casual but stylish during the day and make sure you have a few outfits that transition into the evening because the locals tend to dress up at night. Incorporate some color to break up your neutrals. The city is full of beautiful colors and patterns in the markets, tiles and rugs so reflect these in your travel wardrobe. A maxi skirt seems to me like a good idea, because it’s comfortable and keeps you covered enough wherever you go. Just as for a trip to Paris I would bring a scarf because Istanbul is a windy city. Actually, I would rather buy one in the bazaar!

No matter where you go you don’t need to wear the latest trends to look fashionable. Wear what looks good on you and you’ll be always fashionable. Are you already planning your next trip? Download the app of airtickets®


Outfit details for my Athens style:
Skirt – Pure Peggy
Bag – Handstuff
Accessories – LeChat
Watch – Jord Watches
Photo credits goes to itphoto.gr

Greek version of the article is available here!

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How do you deal with the dark side of fast fashion?

I know that it’s hard to keep wearing your clothes for a longer period with the same love you did when you wore it for the first time. I also know how tempted you are when you see all these new stylish garments in the showcases. New trends inspired by the catwalks are coming out every week! Moreover, fashion bloggers and influencers are churning out their new outfits so intensely, that you feel “out of trend” if you haven’t shopped for two weeks. The goal of fast fashion is for consumers to buy as many garments as possible, as quickly as possible. This doesn’t seem to me like a sustainable lifestyle, so some time ago, I changed my mindset about shopping clothes. I also stopped being completely blind to the ugly truths of the fast fashion industry.

Things that fast fashion industry doesn’t want you to think about

So how are the popular clothing brands able to mass produce their products so swiftly? They use sweatshop labor in Bangladesh, Vietnam and other developing countries. In these factories, mostly women and children work hard long working hours for less than $3 per day in horrific and dangerous conditions. I’m sure you’re already aware of that, but in case you’d like to find out more details, you can spend hours here. Another truth is that fast fashion is a disaster for our planet. Negative environmental impact, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste makes fashion one of the dirtiest industries in the world. Clever campaigns of some popular brands make us think that they are OK and even doing good in the world. But as long as they’re still selling clothes as cheaply and as quickly as they are, these “green” initiatives aren’t going to make a difference. But it’s all about the profit, my friends, that’s the deal breaker.

The change starts with you

Well, we can’t expect these fast fashion giants to change their business model. What we can do however, is to start with ourselves and change our shopping model! It’s tough to make big changes overnight, but we can be more mindful and minimize our excessive consumption patterns. So, how to start? First of all clean your wardrobe and I’m sure you will realize you have a lot more things to wear than you thought. When you go shopping, prefer quality over quantity. What I’ve learned during the last years I’ve been sewing is to be really picky about the fabric quality and its composition. Check how the garment is sewn, you can see that some clothing is just garbage designed to fall apart after one wash. Stop with the impulsive shopping. Buy only clothes you are 100% sure about and you know you’re gonna wear it for a long time. Also, it’s always a good thing to support local brands and designers who manufacture or handcraft their products with care and love.

Finding an ethical way to shop fast fashion brands is tough, but when we buy clothes more responsibly, we send market signals to change the system for good. The more demand for sustainable clothing we generate as consumers, the more supply there will be. So let’s start treating our wardrobe consciously! Will you join me?

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The Rewards Of decluttering Your Life

I started to think about the clutter issues a few months ago while I was moving to a new place. I realized I was surrounded by things that I didn’t need or I didn’t even like. I categorized all the stuff that had no value to me as clutter and I got rid of them. But this was just a beginning because there are so many areas in our lives that need to be cluttered up. Every time I search for something in my handbag, I get mad about the mess I accumulate inside. It keeps reminding me that decluttering is not a one-time action, but maintaining things relatively clutter-free is an ongoing process I still need to work on!

Reasons you need to declutter

You may think that it’s not a big deal because everyone has some extra stuff, right? But too much junk can actually be harmful to your health. No doubt that clutter invites chaos into your life, it can distract you or weigh you down. In a messy environment, it’s harder to focus and process information, so you have to expend more energy to do everyday tasks. It also stresses you out as according to researchers there is a link between clutter and depression. This extra stress caused by clutter could be the thing that leads you to overeat. The bottom line is that however innocent the whole situation might seem, the cost of ignoring the clutter can be higher than you imagine. By devoting a little of your time to get rid of the things that aren’t functional and don’t make you happy anymore, you’ll reap the rewards of pleasing living areas, reduced stress, and a more organized and productive existence.

Time to take a massive action

Just look around you and start the process in order to simplify your life with easy items like useless receipts and similar papers. If you are one of those people who get super nostalgic getting rid of a train ticket, take a photo of it before you scrap it and throw it away. You can digitalize almost everything, so your memories can live in the cyber space forever without being a physical clutter. Then go room by room and drawer by drawer. You don’t have to do it in one day, but make a plan with milestones and deadlines. An important thing to keep in mind is, that every item needs a place where it “lives.” You never lose anything when you put it where it lives.

Going over all the things you have, you may find asking yourself questions that hold you back like “What if I need this one day?”. Instead of that think about questions that will work for you. My favorites are: Have I used this recently? Would I miss it if I lost it in a fire? Would I keep it if this was someone else’s stuff? Would I buy this today? If you are still not sure after that, I suggest you apply the method of the “unsure box”, where you put everything you are not sure about. You will keep that box for a month or two (write an exact date on it). During that period you are able to take anything you need from that box and these are the things you will keep. After the expiration date is over, you have to throw the box away with the remaining items as it is without opening it again.

If you find it difficult to get rid of something because you spent a lot of money on it, remember that the damage has been already made. It’s gone and just because it was expensive, it doesn’t mean it’s worth keeping. You will not miss it and after a month you won’t even remember that you had it. You don’t need to throw it away, you can donate it to somebody who will utilize it.

When it comes to downsizing your wardrobe get a friend, family member or significant other to help you with it. They will hold you accountable and give you an honest opinion. Put all the clothes you have in one pile. That way you will see the number of clothes you have and you will probably get overwhelmed. How much of that do you actually wear? Hold up each piece and ask some tough questions. Besides the cliché ones, like “When did you last wear something,” come up with hard-hitting questions that may make you feel a little uncomfortable, but definitely will bring the result you need. An example could be: “How did I feel the last time I wore this?” or “Is this a representation of my ‘fantasy self’?”

Since I’m on a massive mission to declutter, I was excited to discover the Kon Mari Method by Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo, whose book can walk you through her extreme strategy for simplifying, organizing and storing your belongings.

Clutter prevention

Now when you have done some decluttering, the good news is that you will be able to control your purchases easily. If you don’t know what you have, it costs you money. Try to keep your space airy and do not accumulate new things. Be smarter of what you are buying, because that’s where it all starts anyway. Don’t buy anything you are not sure about, don’t buy “good deals” and don’t buy back-ups! Be honest with yourself to find out the reason you are buying that because maybe you are doing emotional shopping or you are buying it because it’s cheap. You don’t want to bring these items at home because half a year later you will face the question whether you should get rid of it because you don’t use it. Take care of the things you have and you love, simplify your life and be more minimalistic. Be pure 🙂

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Change your mindset about shopping clothes

Let’s admit it! Living in the consumption world we buy more and more clothes not because we need it or we like it that much, but because we want it to make us feel a certain way. Buying new clothes isn’t just about necessity, it’s such a confidence booster, right? Same thing happened to me countless times in the past. After an exhausting day at work or even at lunch break I decided just to “have look” in a familiar shop I just found on my way. Surprisingly, most of the times something caught my eye and I left the shop drugged with endorphins carrying a new piece or more into my wardrobe. This heady moment never lasts long and a few minutes later my state of mind gets back to reality. I also realized that a significant part of my clothing I had purchased was hardly ever worn, because these purchases were based on impulsive decisions. What about you? Are you in charge of your charges or are you trapped in the cycle, where you buy things spontaneously, never wear them and then you buy more things because you think you have nothing to wear?

Apply a wealthy mindset

Since I have been in process of mindset changes in various aspects of my life, spending my money consciously is the basic pillar in order to get my financial life restructured. I decided to be more frugal in general and it’s less painful than I thought it would be. “Frugal” isn’t synonymous to cheap, it’s about spending more on the things that you really want and are important to you and less on the things that aren’t. In short, value is what matters. All wealthy people do this and this is one of the reasons they hold onto their wealth. I think of it as the first step on my road to wealth building and a more abundant life. If you want to spend your money consciously and live your financial life with the eyes wide open, you can translate the above into two basic rules. 1. Instead of stocking up on cheap clothes, invest in quality. 2. Always think in terms of time and money. Realizing the hours of work you have to dedicate in order to buy the item will help you to understand whether the particular transaction is good for you or not.

Be aware of your emotions

Most of you know that buying clothes (or anything else) is not a path to a lifelong sustainable joy. But why do we keep attaching our happiness to the things that we buy? We like to believe that we’re in control and choices we make result from a rational analysis of available alternatives. In reality, we are driven by emotions so the decisions aren’t logical. Even a small sign of depression or unhappiness, when our emotional desires are not fulfilled can take away our clear mind. Unconsciously we may try to fill this emotional gap by shopping clothes. Therefore, anytime you find yourself ready to get out your credit card stop for a moment and realize your emotional mood. If you don’t feel super level-headed at the moment, just leave the shop, because this is the best decision you can make. Find another relaxing activity like reading a book, educating yourself or meditating. That doesn’t cost anything, it’s an investment in you. You will be a much happier and successful person.

Have a plan

Clean your closet, before you hit the shops again because you really have nothing to wear. You realize you have a lot more than you thought you did. You are not going to be tempted to buy another simple t-shirt when you realize you have another five. I know it’s hard to believe because you find yourself searching through your closet every morning, looking for clothes that just don’t exist. But believe me, it’s there and you just don’t see it through the clutter inside. Downsize your wardrobe by letting go the things you don’t wear and apply minimalism. Create a vision how you want your style and wardrobe to look like and start to think about your wardrobe strategically.  Once you know what you have in your wardrobe and what is missing, make a list (and a budget) and go shopping prepared. Like this, I guarantee you’ll be automatically more picky about what you buy but to be on the save side your new mantra should be “If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.”

If you accidentally find yourself in the shop ready to make an unplanned purchase, I recommend to test your decision by putting the item on hold. I usually gave myself at least 24 hours to see if I really want that thing. Furthermore, using cash and seeing the amount of money in notes also helps to be a lot more conscious! How do you control your impulse buying? 

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