I'm back with another vacation/beach inspired outfit, but this one is also appropriate for island hiking. You've probably noticed that printed dresses are my summer 'go to' item. Yesterday I showed you a cherry print one and today I'll show you how to wear a dress with a geometric print. The geometric prints that are trending the most this season are retro ones. We saw retro patterns and prints featured in numerous 2019 resorts collections. Not that I bought this dress with the intention of following this trend, it's more a coincidence. With all the summer micro trends, you're bound to pick up on some trend sooner or later (even if you don't try).
I actually had this dress for years, got it in a collaboration. You know that I'm all for shopping's one closet as it is a great way to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Today you can see me wearing a geometric print dress I wore many times on this blog (proof here, here and here) and even more in 'real life' , a pair of Startas sneakers I wore just as much (proof here). The only 'new' thing about my outfit is the necklace I made myself (from left over materials). Therefore, you could say this outfit is pretty sustainable. I'm thinking about starting a feature called sustainability files where I would share how I shop my closet and do other sustainable stuff, but until then you can also check this post where I pointed out the many benefits of getting the most out of our closets.
5 BENEFITS OF ISLAND HIKING
(THAT ARE RELEVANT EVEN WHEN YOU'RE ON A VACATION)
As I explained, today I'm sharing a hiking outfit with you. There are many known benefits of hiking and spending time outdoors. Going for a walk in the nature always makes sense, even when you're vacationing- and perhaps especially when you're on vacation. In fact, hiking can be the perfect way for you to explore some area you're staying in. Island hiking is a great way to get to know any island. I feel that island experience is always a special one. Being surrounded by water can feel so relaxing and calming. Whether it is an island located in a sea or one in a lake, one can feel calmer with all that water surface around. Some of the health benefits of going for a longer walk in nature can include:
1. Digital detox (because sometimes we are tempted to check our phones even on vacay):
Resting our eyes from the screens is pretty important and what better way to do it than by taking in some beautiful landscape in? Going on an island hike is a great way to remind ourselves that the best panorama is not on Instagram or Pinterest but rather there where we can enjoy it, aka in the real world. Nothing wrong in searching for inspiration online but sometimes we really do need a digital detox.
2. Physical activity (because potato coach lifesytle comes with a health risk):
Great thing about hiking is that you can adjust it to your fitness levels. It doesn't have to very long or intense if your health or general fitness state doesn't permit. Listen to your body. A slow walk is appropriate even for the elderly and chronically ill. Physical activity is an important aspect of overall health preservation and maintenance.
3. No noise, less stress (because we all need some peace and quiet):
You hear warnings about the dangers of prolonged screen times, but often we are not aware of how much the noise we're exposed to daily can increase our stress levels. Resting our ears might be as important as resting our eyes. Don't underestimate the effect of silence. In addition, nature sounds such as the sound of the waves, a creek or the bird song can have a relaxing effect on many. The calming sound of waves can be the perfect accompaniment to your island hike.
4. Fresh air (because our lungs need some TLC as well):
Our lungs works hard and so does our whole body. The air we breathe in isn't always of the best quality. Often we spend our time indoors and we don't get nearly enough fresh air. Even when we do get out (especially if we happen to live in a city), the air we breathe in might be problematic. A typical urban settlement has its own fair share of traffic and we know how polluting the city air can be. That is why an island getaway can be such a great idea. Fresh air is obviously beneficial for our lungs and overall health. Fresh air boosts our immune system and spending time outdoors can lower the changes of depression.
5. Inspiration and a change of scenery (because it can boost creativity and make us feel better):
Nature can be a great way to find inspiration and get our creative juices flowing. I always say that the nature is the best artist. Indeed, observing nature (both flora and fauna of some place) can teach us a lot. Island hiking can be a perfect way to get inspired and this doesn't only apply to artists or people working in creative field. A change of scenery is a good for anyone really and we all need it sometimes. Best thing about hiking is that it is free. It doesn't cost anything and it is a fantastic way to change up our routine.
BENEFITS OF SPENDING TIME BY THE SEA
(OR ANY LARGE WATER SURFACE, LAKES ARE GREAT FOR RELAX TOO!)
I might have already mentioned this on blog, but years ago I read somewhere that the beach is the most perfect environment for us. Why? Supposedly, it is because of that the fact that on a beach we have all the elements present (water, earth, wind). That makes sense and it is indeed possible that this balance of elements is something that calms our senses. A beach is an open space, a place where the sea meets the sky. Perhaps it is true that a beach brings all the elements in harmony. Moreover, over the years I read many articles about how and why is the sea so beneficial for our health. I've always loved the sea and with years I've found more reasons to love it you might say. I believe there is some good scientific evidence behind the claim that the sea may be good for us. Perhaps not for all of us, but for most of us. We are all different and not everyone will adore spending time by the sea, but there is definitely truth in the claim that being by the sea can be beneficial for our health. Island hiking seems to be me like an activity that can give us the best of both worlds. According to some experts, spending time by the sea can help both our mental and physical health. The same can be said of hiking, on overall it is good for our health. Hiking doesn't cost anything and it can help us in many ways. Whenever I'm in Croatia, I try to for a walk by the sea, even if it is just a very short walk. I don't live by the sea anymore, so whenever I'm near sea, I try to make the most out of it. I do hike around lakes when I can as well. Any big surface of water has a calming effect of me. It was only a few days that I blogged about hiking by Neretva river. Spending time outdoors is always great!
BAY SOCA- ONE OF THE SMALLEST SOUTHERN GDINJ'S BAYS
These images were taken in bay Soca during one of our island hikes. I wanted to check out what is new in bay Soca so I had a look around. When I was a kid there was only one house there (and I'm not sure that one was fully finished either), but now there are two beautiful houses there (and one that isn't finished). When we went hiking it was (besides the obvious benefits of hiking) with the purpose of showing my husband other Gdinj's bays and coves (apart from bay Torac) where we were staying. I really enjoyed visiting bay Soca. It is one of the smallest bays belonging to Gdinj village. I visited it quite a few times when I was a kid and it was nice to see it again. Like Torac, Soca bay is located on the Southern side of island Hvar. In case anyone is interested in vacationing here, I googled the accommodation for you, here is a link to the house you saw a moment ago. June is already booked, but August still isn't. Smaller bays are a great option if you want to have the beach all for yourself.
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