Camping Style: Renee Does Nature, Thanksgiving Edition

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Alright, so let’s be real here. I feel like I’m not as high maintenance as one would expect a style blogger to be, and I’m here to prove it to you with my 2nd-day hair and unshowered-natureness in this very delayed post about my Thanksgiving camping trip. While one may not call me the least maintenance person either, I think I do ok keeping a balance of realistic expectations when it comes to spending 4 days in the great outdoors.

It wasn’t until I met my boyfriend and started spending time with his family that I’ve recently gotten back into camping a couple times a year. Before that, it had been since my freshman year of college that I had actually done this, so I’m getting more and more relaxed with each experience. It’s really nice to be able to chill, enjoy the outdoors, and not care about your appearance as much. When my boyfriend’s family announced our Thanksgiving get together (about 20-some people) would be a camping trip up north in Pismo Beach this year, I was a little intrigued about how it would all come together, as well as excited. Excited for the flannels, the layers, the makeup-free days, the drinks by the fire (Bourbon Apple Cider anyone??), the off-roading on the sand dunes, and the amazing campfire food.

When it came to packing, I definitely had to have some strategy. I am a person who totally believes that you can be anywhere doing anything and your skin care does not need to suffer! I had a treasure trove of Sephora product samples, such as cleansers and moisturizers, so I was able to toss a few into my bag and finally use them up. Seriously, all those free samples are perfect for camping trips!

I can definitely camp and enjoy nature without needing too much, but I do also like to be somewhat comfortable. Maybe some would call this “glamping” since we were at a campground with showers and bathrooms, but that definitely made the experience much easier this time around. We slept in a tent, on cots, and I chose to only shower every other day since I was allowing my skin to take some time off. That part was nice. Pitching the tent on a spider nest however, was not! Thank God we didn’t notice until we were packing up…that may or may not be where I draw the line in my nature experiences.

When it came to clothing, I packed comfortable, warm, and layer-friendly options like flannels, stretch skinny jeans, leggings, wool socks, and warm pajama-like tops. Most of the time I was lounging in leggings, converse, and layered shirts and jackets, but for Thanksgiving Day I chose one of my favorite flannels, layered with a knit tank and thermal long sleeve underneath, and a heavy utility jacket on top. I wore some comfy boots with thick socks inside, and a camping staple – a beanie. On my face was only a tinted moisturizer from a free sample and mascara. Yes, I know, mascara is cheating. But if there is one product I cannot live without, it’s mascara. I have dark but fine eyelashes…so they tend to not even be visible on their own making my eyes look tired and haggard. All other makeup ditched, I was keeping the mascara! And thank goodness for professional Canon lenses making you look good! This would never fly as an iPhone pic. My boyfriend snapped these on my 5D about 5 minutes before our Thanksgiving feast, during golden hour. All that beautiful light is natural! Couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend Thanksgiving this year! :)

Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmeid, similar here
Striped Thermal: Target, similar here
Flannel: F21, similar here and here
Utility Jacket: Nordstrom Rack, similar here
Beanie: Cotton On, similar here
Boots: Dolce Vita, here and here

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