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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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Flannel Friday…

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Being a Midwest girl, I have a natural affinity for flannel and all things cozy (thanks, winter…) I’m happy that even with the warm weather year round in LA, it still cools down enough during the evenings and occasional gloomy days to bust these out often enough. I am constantly layering with flannel and I definitely believe you can never have too many choices. When I stumbled upon this little number a while back at the end of summer I pretty much had to have it. This guy is WAY oversized, which I love right now, (I’m actually wearing an XS and it’s huge) …and it has fun little details such as hidden slit pockets lining up with the side-seams, and gingham sleeve linings for a fun little contrasting touch when you roll your sleeves. Not to mention….super soft and comfortable.

On this particular Friday it was pretty tough to get out of bed for the early morning studio record with the cast of our show. In fact, I skipped the shower and consequent blowdry in favor of an extra half hour of sleep and picking up coffee on my way. The studio gets pretty chilly, so this outfit was perfect for maintaining that “protesting getting out of bed today” look. Oh, wait. That’s every day. See why you can never have too many??

Paired with rolled navy skinnies and zipper booties in observance of fall, this particular flannel is one that can be dressed up or down. In fact, I just wore this on a night out tucked into a black skater skirt with sky-high heels last weekend to fancy it up. I highly recommend everyone snatch this one up, and maybe even size down a little! Yay for feeling small!

Flannel: Zara
Skinnies: Paige
Booties: Chinese Laundry, (similar here)
Bag: DSW (here, in black)
Necklaces: Bauble Bar
Bracelet: Nasty Gal, similar

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Laziest Blogger Ever…

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Apparently I just gave up this last month. I would say that things have been abnormally busy but that’s just a lie…I’ve been extremely lazy. In all honesty, this past month I have valued sleeping in over morning shooting, and working out over evening shooting. This outfit is not even from the recent weeks where I’ve been getting busier at work, it’s from a casual day of running errands like over a month ago. Woo!!! LAZY.

Actually, this whole look is lazy. My makeup is not primed, and therefore barely there by the time my naturally oily skin could get around to being photographed, and my hair is product free and frizzing out with little flyaways from being near the ocean part of the day. At least my skirt is wrinkle-free….oh. Nope. Wait, I see a few….

Fail. Sometimes putting together new outfits and taking the time to do things right is simply not worth it. Like on a Wednesday. Which I believe this was….screw it.

But on the outfit note, I’m wearing this year’s version (in tan) of these sandals from last summer, available at DSW… along with my favorite denim skater skirt, and a French Connection blouse I found shoved in the back of my closet with the tags still on from the 2009/2010 era I believe. Thank goodness for the classic candy stripe. I remember purchasing it, I can’t believe it had gone this long unnoticed and forgotten. Good work, Renee. You’re awesome.

 

Skirt: Thistle Pearl, Urban Outfitters (similar here)
Belt: Target (similar here)
Blouse: French Connection, old (similar here and here)
Sandals: Wanted, DSW 

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The Deep V.

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My apologies for the lack of consistent posts lately, I started a new job about a month ago so my schedule has been going through some changes! I seem to find the time to snap my outfits more than I find the time to post about them. So I’ll work on that!

Anyway, this is an outfit from so far back I don’t even remember what I wore it to! I think it was just a casual Friday night look for hitting a couple of chill bars. You know, like those places that are middle ground between dive and swanky lounge. I remember it being really hot, so in classic Renee fashion I kept it as breezy as possible! I have had the top for a while, like several years, and I honestly can’t remember who made it. It was either Free People or Rebecca Taylor, but I cut the tag out because the sheer fabric showed through and it was quite distracting. Both the front and back of this top are an extremely deep V, so this is one you want to pair with a lace bralette for sure. And definitely a longline bustier style, not a little triangle bralette or you will be showing some serious skin! You want it to peek out but still cover you a little or the look is just too much for anything other than the beach.

The shorts are a couple years old as well, from Sabo Skirt in Australia, but this look can easily be recreated with some pieces I’ve seen floating around online at several places. A nice, cool, breezy look for a casual night out, without compromising comfort. WIN.    

 

Top: Unknown, but you can achieve a similar with this or this style
Shorts: Sabo Skirt (Free People version here on sale, and also here)
Bralette: ASOS
Shoes: Steve Madden

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California Casual.

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The trend around the beaches these days is everything ripped, and everything shredded. My beach days tend to fall on Sundays the most. I think that’s just the day I feel most ok with being lazy, not trying too hard, and baking in the sun for so long that I’m oddly worn out and get nothing else done. Since it still get’s a little cool by the beach most days (our really warm weather doesn’t usually happen as consistently until late summer) this happened to be a day where I felt like I needed the full sleeve length. This is a light sweater, and the ombre dip-dye and distressed details are perfect for that grungy, skater beach vibe that is oh-so-in right now.

I took my favorite high-waisted cutoffs, added the distressed sweater, and tossed on the most classic Venice Beach staple of all: Vans. These three elements are the exact recipe for that California casual beach-kid look. Looks like I’m blending right in.

 

Sweater: 2020ave (similar here and here)
Shorts: BDG, Urban Outfitters (similar here and here)
Shoes: Vans
Bag: DSW
Shades: Urban Outfitters 

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