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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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Perfect Fall Maxi…

IMG_9543IMG_9548IMG_9510IMG_9591IMG_9604IMG_9636Fall is my absolute favorite time of year to shop. For some reason, there’s nothing I love more than sifting through varying pieces to use for layering. For some reason I feel like the possibilities are so much more endless than with summer or spring shopping, where the clothes tend to come off a little bit. It’s much easier to add interest and depth to an outfit when you’re piling it on.

That said, a little shout out to one of my best friends back home! My friend Megan has great style herself, and she knows the way to my heart when it comes to clothing for sure. My birthday was a couple of months ago and I found she had left me a lovely little present in my inbox to do some shopping at Urban Outfitters, and lord knows I can’t hang onto a gift card for very long, so I was quickly watching the inventory for something perfect and unique for fall when I came across this skirt. SOLD! Thanks Megan! You’re seriously the best :)

I was obsessed with this skirt the moment I saw it, from the gorgeous scarf print, to the beautiful fall-inspired bright colors, to the flattering length and fit. Don’t have to show me twice, it was in my cart so fast. This skirt was even better when it arrived, with the high waist making it easy to pair with crops and sweaters alike…not to mention hide those food bumps from a night of chowing at happy hour. I didn’t want to take away too much, so my first time wearing it, the pairing of choice was a simple whit crop top, allowing the pretty colors to really pop. For when it cooled down at night (because that is LA’s definition of fall – night time) I chose an awesome striped and oversized cardigan for added texture, and a bit of pattern mixing with the scarf print, and of course, topped off the look with my favorite hat for fall. For the cherry on top, you can never go wrong with layered delicate gold necklaces and rings. I think this is officially my go-to fall outfit for when I’m in a pinch and don’t want to think too hard. We may be seeing this one a lot….

Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Crop Top: Topshop, similar here
Bag: Lucky Penny, via Anthropologie, (similar here and here)
Cardigan: Forever21
Hat: Nasty Gal (similar here and here)
Necklaces & Rings: Brandy Melville, 2020Ave, Nasty Gal

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Limelac…

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I’ve always been a fan of slightly unexpected color combinations, and for some reason when I bought this super basic open back tank from Zara, I knew I wanted to contrast it with something different. It’s so easy to pair neon with neon, or balance it with metallic, but lately I’ve been loving the look of dull neutrals with brights (I sported this concept previously here), or pastels with brights. In this case, I incorporated both, and went one further with a tiny splash of modern leopard print in my shoes…so as not to keep everything too basic.

It was a hot day, and involved running back and forth between two studio lot campuses, being both inside and outside, so layering with the vest was essential. It gets pretty cold inside our buildings, and as we ALL know, this summer/fall has been brutal outdoors as well.

One of my favorite pieces to pair with bright colors is my utility vest, this one being from H&M. It’s pretty much a staple in my wardrobe, and I wear it over everything. Neutrals, brights, ikats, florals, polka dots, crotchet, long sleeves, short sleeves…you name it. The bright lime of this open back top needed a bralette for sure, so I tossed on my trusty black longline bustier from ASOS. I’m extremely lucky to work in an industry where I can literally wear almost anything I want to work! I added the lilac sunglasses to offset the lime, partly because my nails already happened to be painted my most favorite shade for these past few months (Essie in “Playdate”). Then I tossed on my standard layered necklaces, kept my hair product free (hey…it was a work day), and threw on the flats for some added comfort to all of the running around. I ended up really liking the subtle, yet eclectic mix of elements.

Vest: H&M
Pants: H&M
Top: Zara, similar
Bra: ASOS
Shades: F21, similar
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar here and here)
Necklaces: 2020ave, Baublebar

Nails: Essie “Playdate”

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Black Magic Woman…

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California is hardly moving into fall any time soon, but it’s nice to own pieces such as this dress that can benefit from layers and accessories added, giving it an immediate spot in an overly-hot-fall clothing rotation. This dress is one of my all time favorites, and it’s extremely comfortable. It pairs well with hats, scarves, jackets, vests, heels, and sandals, making it extremely versatile. The little cutout shows just the right amount of skin without being too much for everyday wear. I wear this dress casually, and I also dress it up a bit on occasion, and judging by my last post (you know, like 2 months ago) I obviously love pieces that are flexible and transitional from day to night when working in the fast-paced production industry.

I live in Culver City and work in Glendale, which is like EIGHTEEN MILES apart. **Gasp**, what a tragedy! Well, I’m right there eye-rolling with you, but that can feel like an eternity in LA when it usually requires taking 4 freeways to work. I have Midwest friends who regularly commute from Lincoln to Omaha for work (60 miles or so) and probably make it to work faster than I do, which is why a metro commute, in my opinion, is a good thing. It has actually taught me the artful skill of PLANNING MY DAY. I plan ahead on what I wear, what I bring with me, when I can stop at the gym and when I can run my errands. When I lived in the Midwest this was not a functioning part of my brain, ask anyone who knew me, mainly because it didn’t have to be. I always had time to go home and change, or stop and run random errands without thinking about it, so having a few outfits on hand that are functional, transitional, and COMFORTABLE are absolutely key.

I stepped into the pre-fall vibe a bit by adding this hat, but not much more accessorizing than that was doable on a 100 degree day in Glendale. I’m equally obsessed with this dress and hat for fall, so get ready to see them paired with pretty much everything in the coming weeks!

Dress: Tobi
Sandals: DSW
Hat: Nasty Gal, (similar here and here)
Necklace: 2020ave (similar here)
Bracelet: Nasty Gal (Similar here, here and here)

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