When the colder months are upon us and everything suddenly turns grey, including our wardrobes, a pop of colour is like a breath of fresh air. From eye-catching statement shoes in bold red to jumpers and jackets in mustard, this season is all about standing out from the crowd. As much as I like wearing black and I’ll only change that if a darker colour comes into existence, I’m trying to avoid falling in this winter colour scheme trap. Investing in pieces in bold colours that I can elevate my simple looks with has become a staple of mine this season.

When it comes to dressing for autumn, I want to feel at my most comfortable but still look like I’ve made an effort. As soon as I saw this jacket in Primark (YES, Primark!) I knew it was going to give my wardrobe the much-needed update. This mustard jacket is super lightweight and the soft fabric makes it really easy to wear. It’s the perfect transitional piece for days when you’re too warm to have a jacket on but too cold to take it off.

Transitional wardrobe is great because you can still wear your beloved clothes from the previous season and simply add a knit or a cute jacket to give it an autumn vibe. For example I wore this mustard jacket over the dress from this post and it perfectly complemented it, without being too much. Another great thing about this style jacket is that you can dress it up or down by simply changing trainers to a pair of black suede heels. Either way it makes a statement. My best tip here is to keep the look really simple, basic tee and denim. A jacket this good has to be the main dish, no distractions!

Thanks to the amazing Becky Winter Photography for capturing this look

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These early days of autumn are some of the most unpredictable when it comes to the weather forecast. It’s all too common to have a beautiful sunny day and then heavy rainfall the next. Sometimes the two even happen in the same day and if you’re not lucky at all within the space of an hour. That’s when planning your outfits becomes a daunting task. To be able to make the right sartorial choices when it comes to mastering the transitional wardrobe, it’s important to have an arsenal of items in your closet that layer easily.

I’m still reluctant to buy knitwear at this stage and when I hear people talking about Teddy coats and chunky cardigans, I just cringe at the thought. Nothing compares to a leather jacket when it comes to transitional wardrobe. It’s so easy to throw on when it feels chilly and it looks good with almost anything from dresses to leggings! If you haven’t invested in one yet, you can find my top leather jacket hits here

As a Mediterranean girl who is used to a much warmer climate (yes, even in September) I refuse to let summer go at this stage. No matter how cold I feel, I still opt out for a dress instead of jeans 98% of the time. Instead of investing in heavy knits for the colder months, I’m trying to make the transition from one season to another, a slightly less painful one. By that I mean, I’m stocking up on long sleeve dresses like this ASOS one I’m wearing here. These can be easily paired with cut out boots like these Balenciaga babies or block heel ankle boots. I’m saving the latter for when it gets really cold.

Speaking of cut out boots, they’re the perfect item for a transitional wardrobe. You’re probably not warm enough to wear sandals right about now, but it’s not quite cold enough to rock your ankle boots just yet. Compromising with a pair of cut out boots can actually make the adjustment to the new season very exciting. You can shop some of my favourite affordable options here.

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When I was still at the early stages of my blush pink obsession, I never thought this will become a permanent condition. Looking at how bad it is now, I think I’ll never be able to see the world in any other colour ever again. I’m currently making a list of items I need to get for my room and it looks like this:

    • Blush pink curtains
    • Blush pink bedding
    • Blush pink sheepskin rug
    • Blush pink stationary desk set
    • Blush pink towel

You get the picture.

Even my Instagram theme was based on this colour at one point and it still kind of is but I’m trying really bad to hide it by throwing in the occasional post of blue jeans, blue sky sort of business… Booooring! It’s so bad, I no longer order gelato based on the flavour, I just take what’s pink and that’s it. My wardrobe consists of pink jackets, pink skirts, pink dresses, pink shoes, a couple of pink pom poms, pink sunglasses and it goes on, and on, and on.

So instead of going into rehab, I just pretend this is normal and continue adding a huge amount of pink accessories and clothes to my shopping trolley. And guess what? I decided to share what’s on my list with you. Try not to get a blush pink overdose and if you do, call emergency and don’t mention my name. Or you can pour yourself a glass of rosé (as if this wasn’t pink enough already) and immerse yourself in this symphony of pink.

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Now that the weather in London is so much nicer and all the trees are blossoming, it’s all about spending time outside. Organising a fun afternoon in the sunshine seems like an obvious thing to do. London is such a diverse and dynamic city, and there is something for every mood and occasion. So much that sometimes we find it hard to sift through all the options.

When I’m searching for inspiration and places to visit in my favourite city, I normally look on Instagram first. However, the place we visited this time, I discovered by accident a few years ago. It was one of my first times visiting London back in my student days. I was traveling on a budget, so coaches back then were the only affordable option for me. I met my friends near Victoria coach station and right next to where they had parked, I saw this girly, blush pink cafe. It was like a fairy tale come to life.

A couple of weeks ago, while browsing on Instagram and Pinterest for some girly inspiration to match my new pink skirt, I stumbled upon the same pink cafe again! I could not hold my excitement and messaged my friend to meet up. Cake included, of course! You cannot go to Peggy Porschen without trying her award-winning treats. I highly recommend a slice of the strawberry and champagne one, with a side of macarons, if you too are a fan. A selection of Peggy’s own blend teas, inspired by flavours from her kitchen, is also available. We couldn’t get enough of the jasmine one, which had such a beautiful aroma.

Later that afternoon we went on a quest to find the most instagrammed pink door in the area. I’ve seen it scrolling through my Instagram feed a million times but I had no idea where exactly it was. I remember taking a screenshot of it on my phone but it wasn’t there anymore. That’s the problem with having no memory – you end up deleting important stuff. Luckily, everything’s online these days, if you are lucky enough to have battery on your phone of course.

After a long stroll down King’s Road in the sunshine and a few stops on the way (mainly at florist shops), we found ourselves on Oakley Street. We had to stop and admire the beauty for a while before continuing ahead. And just when I thought the afternoon could not get any better, we discovered a pink bridge at the end of the street. It lead to the beautiful Battersea Park where we spent the rest of our lovely afternoon.

I would love to know where you guys find inspiration and places to visit. Do you have any tips and different sources to Instagram and Pinterest?

The photos were taken on my Olympus Pen camera.

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H&M Spotted Blouse | New Look Pink Leather Skirt | Dune Patent Heels | Katie Loxton Pouch

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I have to say I’ve never been much of a dress girl but if you open my wardrobe you wouldn’t believe me. There’s so many dresses that I have bought at some point and never had the chance to wear. And there’s the ones I picked as a last minute emergency option for some occasion and only worn once just because they’re not the type of dress I feel comfortable in.

And then there is THE dress – that one piece I can style with so many things in my wardrobe and looks equally cool with flat shoes as it does with heels. But let me tell you something, finding it ain’t easy! Maybe I haven’t discovered the secret behind it yet but I do have a few tips.

GO FOR PRINT

A printed dress has the potential to make a girl feel and look great. This floral print can instantly add a feminine touch but pair it with a leather jacket and you can certainly make a statement. The bright yellow tones in this dress lift my spirit and they’re perfectly balanced by the blue and green colours.

CONSIDER SHAPE

Considering your body type when choosing a dress is a must if you want to feel comfortable. Go for a shape that is flattering and doesn’t restrict you in any way. I chose this Zara dress because it was slightly oversized around the waist and the sleeves didn’t feel too tight.

THE LENGTH FACTOR

Length is another important aspect to look at when choosing a dress. In this case I went for an over-the-knee length as that creates a long, leaner silhouette. Few inches shorter and I would be constantly worrying if my legs are too bare. If you’re tall you might wish to consider below-the-knee length because let’s put it that way – you can pull it off!

And last but not least, give some thought to the fabric. Is it something you can easily wear on a daily basis? I personally don’t feel comfortable with a see-through fabric just because I don’t really like the idea of being exposed unless I’m at the beach but I would still prefer a lightweight material.

Photos by Radana Hruba

Zara leather jacket | Zara floral print dress | Whistles heels | Zara chain bag

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