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5 useful tips to get your style from summer to fall

Summer is winding down and fall is on its way, but the temperatures aren’t always on the same page. In other words, it’s transition season! Whether you are planning a weekend escape to a Greek island to enjoy the peace and quiet of the end of the season, you are getting ready to take off for cooler weather conditions or you have an exciting road trip on you mind, here I thought of 5 tips to extend your summer wardrobe and make the seasonal shift comfortably and fashionably.

1. Refashion your summer pieces

I know very well how tempting it might be to go and buy a whole load of new fall wears, because your favorite stores remind you, that you’re not ready for the upcoming season. Before you do so, keep in mind that with some strategic styling your favorite summer pieces can be repurposed for cooler climes. The key to transitioning your summer wardrobe to fall is having the right balance. Typically, I pick one classic summer piece and I try to bring in the right fall touch. For example, pair your favorite sundress with an open cardigan or your denim shorts with a long sleeve blouse. Even by covering your shoulders and showing less skin you inject the desired seasonal change to your summer item. Also, if you swap your strappy sandals for black or brown booties, you’ve already said a lot about the time of year of your outfit. You’ll still be able to wear sandals for few more weeks, but as the days get shorter you will naturally switch to ballet flats, closed toed pumps or ankle booties. When it gets too cold for bare legs, add tights to your outfit. This is another way to extend the life of your favorite summer skirts and dresses, while you can make your outfit pop by playing with patterns, colors and textures.

2. Invest in one staple item

First of all, I highly recommend, to clean your closet, before you hit the shops because you have nothing to wear during this tricky season. Chances are that you have the foundation for a great fall wardrobe already in your closet. Once you know what you have and what is missing, make a list (and a budget) and go shopping prepared. My advice is to save the money for traveling and to purchase one statement-making jacket that really stands out, but goes with all of your summer clothes as you transition into fall. Depending on your personal style, you may need a leather jacket with moto styling, which you can wear with summer dresses and boots, a blazer with a three-quarter sleeve, that is easy to match with your casuals, as well as dressier items or a denim jacket because it’s such a versatile piece. All these items are the capsule wardrobe essentials, that allow you to create endless outfit options and to cook up new ways to wear your summer favorites.

3. Layer up

Since the tropical days are over and the temperature in the evening drops, it’s all about layering. I don’t know how about you, but when I travel, once I feel hot – once I feel cold. Therefore, no matter the season, with layering dressing strategy you will be ready for all conditions. One of my favorite summer to fall looks is pairing an oversized comfy sweater with my summer dress. You can also add a belt around your waist. Another easy way how to incorporate layering into your look is the use of scarfs. If you just add a scarf or a hat, your look is suddenly so much more interesting and dynamic. As I mentioned hats, other accessories like notable necklaces or bracelets in the right fall shades will perfectly work for you as a part of your layer styling.

4. Mind the color palette

Each season has a corresponding color palette, inspired by the colors that naturally occur in the world during that season. Therefore, the pastels and neons of the spring and summer give way to darker and warmer colors. Clothing is only part of the story – make-up also moves with the seasons. Around this time of the year, I usually add deeper hues to my beauty routine and I switch my sheer summer lip gloss with a creamy lipstick formula. Trade your pink, coral and French manicures for more earthy tones like burgundy and taupe or go for shimmery metallic.

5. Be yourself

Don’t spend too much time thinking about whether or not an outfit is season-appropriate, but that it’s weather-appropriate and makes you feel great, regardless of the rules. For the adventurous road trip (which had a happy ending) I was wearing a navy blue soft tulle skirt and I paired it with a light blue denim shirt, while still having on my favorite summer sandals. Since the colors and my three-quarter sleeve made the desired transition to fall, my bag and hat remained clearly summerish. How do you transition your closet for fall?

Skirt – Pure Peggy (handmade)

Denim shirt – Tally Weijl

Boater Hat – Giorgio Hatter

Bag – Fullah Sugah

Greek version of the article is available here!

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Lifestyle

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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