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PEPITA SHORTS AND A CROPPED TOP FOR A VISIT TO HUTOVO BLATO

No summer is complete without a visit to nature park Hutovo Blato. This wetland nature park is such a gorgeous wildlife oasis. Perfect for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Hutovo Blato happens to be one of my favourite destinations in Herzegovina. I'm happy that I managed to pay it another visit before the end of summer. Hands down, Hutovo Blato is one of the most beautiful nature parks in the area. Needless to say, I really enjoyed my last visit. Scroll down to see and read more about it!



THINGS TO DO IN NATURE PARK HUTOVO BLATO 
1. GO FOR A BOAT RIDE AND ENJOY MAGNIFICENT VIEWS (BRING YOUR CAM!)
If you want to experience something truly unique, why not go for a boat ride? I went for a boat ride more than once and I can recommend this experience to everyone. It's possibly the best way to experience the wetland area. As this is a wetland area, some places are hard to reach by hiking so boat rides make perfect sense. So, taking a boat ride is a great way to really get yourself familiarized with the area. The boats used for these rides, as you can see, are very comfortable. The boat ride is also a great opportunity to take photographs of wild life, so be sure you bring your camera. 
2. VISIT A SECRET BRIDGE THAT IS EVEN OLDER THAN THE FAMOUS OLD BRIDGE
Right next to the sign announcing entrance to the park,  you can see a very old bridge. If you don't know it is there and if you don't look carefully, you can easily miss it. For some reason, nobody really pays attention to this historical bridge.  This bridge is even older than the more famous and more 'touristy' old bridge in Mostar. If you want to avoid the crowds, and still get some cool bridge photos, this is the place to go. The bridge isn't super visible at times because of all the vegetation and greenery, but NOW that you know where it is, you won't have problems finding it. You're welcome!
3. DINE OR STOP FOR COFFEE AT THE RESTAURANT MOTEL PARK
There is a nice restaurant/motel in the park that I can recommend. As far as I know, it's called simply Motel Park and it's the only establishment of the sort in the park. Trust me, you won't be able to miss it. There is a parking area right next to it, and there you can park your car whether or not you're going to check it out or not. It's perfectly fine to park there even if you're just a visitor. There are no other parking areas in the park that I know of, but there is always enough place for parking. There is a playground for kids in front of the motel. The motel's restaurant has more than one outdoor sitting/dinner area as well as an inner dinning area. It's a really nice place.
4. GO HIKING OR CYCLING AND DISCOVER THE AMAZING NATURAL BEAUTY
Besides taking a boat ride, hiking and cycling are also a great ways to explore this nature park. Exploring this place on foot will allow you to interact with nature in an intimate way. The wild life you can spot is an additional bonus. You can also go cycling. You can drive to the park, but you can't really explore it fully by car. That is why I recommend strolling around, hiking or cycling. Moreover, the additional benefit of these activities is a health one. We all know about the health benefits of being physically active, don't we? 



THE STORY OF AN OUTFIT - HOW TO WEAR CROPPED TOP AFTER THIRTY?
I don't wear cropped tops that often, but when I do, I typically pair them with high waist items. That is what I did here. I'm fine with shorts as long as they are slightly longer. I always go for high waist cut when it comes to shorts because it is so flattering.  Some think you shouldn't wear shorts after a certain age but I simply don't agree with that. I think it all depends on what you're comfortable with and also on the occasion you're dressing for. I think everyone should wear what they like no matter the age (but you should also always make sure your outfit is appropriate for the occasion and the weather- that's just common sense). Personally, I have never been a fan of those really short shorts and I didn't wear them (except to the beach) even when I was much younger, so there's that.  Anyhow, I quite liked the combo of this cropped top with these preloved shorts. Back to the rest of this styling. The sandals and the cap were sensible options as the day was very warm and I needed the protection both from the sun and the heat. 


AIMING FOR SUSTAINABILITY BY SHOPPING BY CLOSET EVERY DAY!
I'm happy to report that this outfit is pretty sustainable. I wore this t-shirt more than thirty times (I have actually had it for many years, I think I bought it as a teenager). See how I styled it previously here, here , here and here. These high waist printed pants were a second hand purchase. They look vintage to me but I have no idea whether they are or not, I'm just guessing. I actually wear these shorts all year around, even in winter. You can see how I styled these shorts here, here , here and here. These tropical sandals were such a great find. I've been practically living in them this summer. You can see how I wore them here, here, here, here and here. I almost forgot about the yellow belt! I took it off from one of my jumpsuits. 

A FEW MORE LINKS THAT MIGHT HELP YOU IN EXPLORING HUTOVO BLATO 
There are quite a few photographs in this post, I do try not to overboard. However,  if you want to see more of Hutovo Blato or learn more about this place, I'll leave the links to some other travel posts featuring this amazing nature park ( hereherehereherehere and here) as well the link to another Hutovo Blato boat ride I took HERE. My experience tells me that boat rides are definitely a great way to explore wetlands but hiking and strolling around are fabulous options as well. In the park you can also find information about the bird, fish and other wildlife that is typical for this place. 
As always, thank you for reading and visiting!

Comments

  1. Che meraviglia questo parco, un vero polmone verde! E tu come sempre hai il look giusto!
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  2. Sviđaju mi se kratke hlače. Da, što se tiče toga što se kada nosi, čujem tu i tamo, znaju ljudi imati ideje. Ljudi uvijek imaju ideje :)

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  3. That is a fun cropped top and it looks so nice with your shorts! :)

    Hope that you have a lovely weekend ahead of you :)

    Away From Blue

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  4. Dear Ivana, you can wear shorts perfectly and personally I think I never will stop wearing shorts :) I really like your summer look and that nature park is really amazing. So good you managed to visit this spot that belongs to your favs until summer ends. Thanks for sharing this super lovely post and have a wonderful weekend!
    xx Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  5. That Park is so beautiful!! I looks so scenic!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  6. Oh very gorgeous style darling
    xx

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  7. Ma che meraviglia quel parco, e dal vero sono sicura che deve esser ancora più bello!
    Anche a me piace tantissimo visitare parchi e riserve naturali e stare a contatto con la natura; visitare città e monumenti è senza dubbio interessante e divertente ma niente è rilassante come stare a contatto con le piante!
    Carinissimo il tuo look, io sono una grande faan dei crop top e li metto molto spesso anche in inverno(anche se in effetti ho 30 anni anche io). Abbinati con un pantalone o una gonna a vita alta li trovo molto moderni e stilosi!
    Il tuo look è super carino e fresco, e ti sta davvero bene, il look perfetto per una bella giornata all'aria aperta! :)
    Baci!
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  8. What a great place to spend the day. We are going to take advantage of the outdoor activities here soon too!!
    And i love how you rocked that crop top. You look fabulous Ivana,
    XOXO
    Jodie

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  9. Very cute casual outfit - you look great in yellow! Your pictures of the scenery are always interesting - water lilies and lily pads on the west coast of Canada look just like those!

    Have a great weekend, Ivana!

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  10. Great opening photo!! I am like you, I adore wetland parks, and Hutovo Blato is one gorgeous park judging from your post! Blato - болото! our languages are so similar at their roots! :) A boat ride would feel so good, I must find one in our area. You look adorable in your youthful outfit - wear shorts and crop tops, wear what you love and feel great in, that's always the key, and you, my dear, demonstrate it every single time. You are beautiful!
    Sorry for random commenting/posting - life got so busy lately, but please know that I always have a warm spot for you in my heart. Lots of love, my dear!

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    1. no worries! Life gets busy and as long as it is a good kind of busy, I'm happy for you.:)

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  11. I love boat trips in such pretty area! What a beautiful area! Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. What an utterly enchanting nature reserve, Ivana. I absolutely love nature reserves which involve wetlands. We have several smaller reserves with lakes, ponds and swampy areas near where we live, but none of them offer boat trips. That must be absolutely delightful. And lovely boats they are too! Your outfit is just perfect for it. I totally agree with you that there are no age restrictions on certain items of clothing, and that you should definitely wear things you're feeling comfortable and confident in, whatever the so-called fashion rules are! It's mind-boggling to me that you still own, and still fit, into a tee-shirt you bought as a teenager! Enjoy your weekend, my lovely friend. xxx

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    1. I have grown to my full height by the time I was eleven so I fit into my teen clothes without problems.

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  13. This place is so beautiful.
    I love your outfit.
    Kisses!

    galerafashion.com

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  14. I must say you made such a nice itinerary around Hutovo Blato, as I always tell you you're always showing us the best surroundings and this is such a playful outfit to have fun in the nature or in the countryside :)

    I like the idea of having tons of options, sometimes people tend to thing that nature is boring but you show us that the possibilities are endless!

    PS: I liked the pop of color in the outfit in the crop top and in the hat.... the hat is one of those special pieces that can take an outfit to the next level ;)

    Pablo
    www.heyfungi.com

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  15. Ohhh I love this look so much Hun! Gorgeous post :)

    Grace || http://gracelouiseofficial.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Those shorts are a lovely length. I struggle with super-short shorts but these are great. I agree that high-waisted ones work well with cropped tops. This is a darling outfit and you look comfy and cool with your lovely nautical-looking hat. I always like it when you've worn that one. Your ideas for what to do here are all useful suggestions. I do enjoy a boat ride particularly.

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    1. I don't like the super short shorts either. Thank you. I'm sure you'd enjoy the boat ride.

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  17. It looks like a beautiful place to visit and it sounds like you had a great time. I also love your outfit! I agree that people should wear whatever they want no matter their age.

    And thanks for sharing your tips on what to visit. That old bridge sounds really interesting.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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    1. thank you Kathrine. The old bridge is lovely!

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  18. Lovely place!
    HAPPY WEEK
    xoxo
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  19. I'm so happy Ivana that you finally managed to visit this park which is one of your favorite spot for summer. I can see how peaceful this place and full of beautiful surroundings. The outfit you selected for this visit is perfect. It's so comfortable and cute. I love the length of this shorts and how you have worn that crop top over it. Totally admired your style, the sandals and cap everything makes your look ideal.
    Have a happy Monday.
    Kisses <3
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