With winter at our doorstep, I think it's important to make the most out of the left over autumn days. With that in mind, my husband and I payed another visit to our favourite (still not officially opened!) ethno village in vicinity of Medugorje. I wrote about this eco/ethno village a number of times, so if you want to know more (or just see more photographs) feel free to check out my old posts here, here, here, here and here. Autumn is Herzegovina is always gorgeous, and this year hasn't been an exception. We had some sudden weather changes and drastic changes of temperature, but I would still describe this autumn as a beautiful one. The Sunday this photographs were taken on was rather gorgeous, so I'm certainly glad we went on this little trip. I know I'm repeating myself, but I do cherish moments like this. Every time I step into this little village, I feel as if the time has stopped or rather like I have just travelled in time. It's such a charming place! I have to say I'm really keen on this kind of rural tourism. If I had the time, I would totally book a weekend in some remote village and spend hours listening to birds signing. That sounds like paradise to me.
How To Style Animal Print in a Subtle Way?
My outfit of the day is all about earthy and neutral colours. I wanted to wear animal print in a neutral way. This dress is an old favourite of mine. I must have worn it a hundred times already. Here I had paired it with brown boots with imitation snake print. The print (or rather texture) on the boots is quite subtle, and the boots themselves come in an earthy colour, so they are easy to style. I finished the outfit with a vintage brown blazer and bag. How do you like it? I think earthy or neutral colours are always a good way to wear animal print in a more elegant and sophisticated way. If you want to see another animal print outfit suggestions, you can check this one. Generally speaking, I think we should be careful with colours when we wear animal print, especially if we are going for a more elegant look. Not that we need to stick to the basical colours, but we might want to try to keep our other clothing items less colourful. Animal print is noticeable enough on its own, we don't need 100 other colour schemes to clash with it. Unless you're really good at print mixing and you feel it's your thing, then go for it. Otherwise, you might want to keep it a bit more simple. Keeping jewellerly to a minimum can be a great idea as well. Do you agree? What are your tips for wearing animal print?
What about you? Are you trying to get most out of these last warm autumnal days? Or are you already making plans for winter? Maybe it is already quite cold where you live, in that case you might feel like winter has already arrived. Which season do you prefer: autumn or winter, or maybe neither? What is your favourite thing about autumn? There are many things I love about autumn, but one thing that always gets me are the colours. Autumn is such a beautifully coloured season. When the leaves turn and you see them in different tones of gold, red, orange and so on, it is easy to believe there is still some magic left in the world. Do you feel that way or is it just me?
A while ago, I wrote this: 'Autumn magic always appears when you least expect it but sometimes there is joy in being caught off guard. A pleasant surprise is always welcome. So, why not pleasantly surprise yourself ? Last minute picnic and perfect weather. An hour of blissful peace. It is autumn.' I still do believe in autumn magic. Every season has both its down and up sides. We do our best to adjust to each one. Nature seems to take this change of season gracefully, so we try our best to mimic its strategies. Sometimes imitating nature isn't a bad idea at all. Being inspired by nature is only natural, I'd say.
So, we do our bests to keep up with autumn. We layer out outfits trying to keep up with the weather changes and often we have a lot of fun in the process. Autumn is a good time to remember that change can be a good thing...and that trying to control everything kills the joy in living. Make the most of every moment because you might not get that second change. Life is not always fair, nor does hard work pays off in the way people assume they do. People get easily discouraged if they don't experience success in the traditional sense of the word. However, there are many ways to be successful. Hard work has its benefits, even without the rewards granted. Doing the right thing gives us a feeling of inner peace but it does not mean traditional success is behind the corner either. Sometimes it never arrives and it's something to live with. Every investment, be it emotional, spiritual or material is a risk of some sorts. Life is a gamble, so when you get the change to have a moment of peace, cease it. One moment of autumn magic can be the rest from all that hard work that you need and deserve. Magic is not something that can be bought or earned, it is something that happens on its own. Do not forget it.