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Snow Envy…

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With all of this snowstorm action happening on the East coast, it’s hard not be a little jealous of the beautiful, clean, white, snowfall – inconvenient or not. Throwing this post back to a month ago, we had the privilege of getting one full actual day of snow this year when we were back in Nebraska, and it had been at least a couple years since I actually saw a Midwest winter be pretty in my time visiting home. I was stoked, and I know I get to wake up most mornings of the year not having to worry about being too insanely cold, how I’m going to get to work, or having to scrape my car (DEFINITELY don’t miss that), but I do actually really miss just having a good, cold, snow day. A reason to bundle up on the couch by the window in your PJs drinking tea or hot coffee, and a reason to throw all your plans and to-do lists out the window for the day. As “lucky” as southern-californians are, that is not EVER something we get the privilege of enjoying.

It only snowed the last couple of days I was home this year, but I always plan ahead in case since Nebraska weather can be pretty unpredictable. I didn’t bundle up to the full degree, since we weren’t outside much of the day when it snowed, but since we flew out that evening to head back to LA this outfit was appropriate. Warm and cozy to handle a short amount of time in this snowy weather, but light and layered enough to transition to California weather.

The jacket is my all-time favorite ribbed leather jacket from Zara, given to me by my boyfriend as a birthday gift. The zip skinnies are made of the absolute softest stretch denim material, and are SO comfortable for flying (seriously, I’d sleep in them), and the scarf was also a gift, this time from my sister. Top it all off with a cozy beanie from Target’s winter collection, and the layering was perfect for transitioning from a daytime of snow to a cool LA evening.

Zip Skinnies: Zara
Jacket: Zara
Slouchy Tee: Zara (similar here)
Boots: London Rebel (similar here, here, and more affordable here)
Scarf: Gifted from my sister, similar here
Hat: Target (on clearance now!)

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I’m On A Boat!

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So, it’s been a while since I devoted an entire Saturday to drinking, and a little over a week ago we had the pleasure (no really, it was a ton of fun) of cramming two birthdays into one day, both in completely different areas of Los Angeles. Well, one of those happened to be a daytime booze cruise celebrating the birth and general awesomeness of my good friend Raechel! What do you get when you combine 60 people, an open bar, and a party yacht in Marina Del Rey? A DAMN GOOD TIME. Oh, and quite possibly a hangover before 8pm. I’m not a heavy drinker by any means, and Lord knows I’m not 21 anymore! So this was quite the feat. Or “defeat”, however you want to refer to it.

Regardless of how badly I should have napped before heading off to Birthday #2 in Hollywood, Birthday #1 was an awesome time with an amazing group of friends, most of whom it’s been too long since I’ve seen. And when you’re on a boat, it’s only natural to implement a nautical theme. In fact, the invitation read “Dressing in Nautical Attire Encouraged, and Drinking Like A Sailor Required.” Umm…done and done. By everyone…

I had a lot of fun going through my closet and picking something out to wear. I love a good theme, it always adds an extra element of challenge into getting ready! Everything I selected was something I already had on hand, and I think it hit the sailor vibe quite well without overdoing it. I chose to pair my high waisted red midi skirt from ASOS, a basic white crop, and my trusty navy and white nautical sweater for when it cooled down a bit after dark. It was gorgeous boat weather, hitting near 80 degrees in the sunshine, so this combination was perfect! And let’s be honest, how cute are my friends?!? This crew knows how to have a good time and there’s no one I would have rather spent my afternoon with! Cheers to Raechel, and Cheers to an amazing group of people just lovin’ life on a Saturday! :)

Skirt: ASOS (50% Off!)
Crop top: Topshop, similar here
Cardigan: F21, sold out (similar here)
Belt: Target, sold out, (similar here)
Bag: Warehouse, sold out, (similar here)
Shoes: DSW
Shades: ASOS, sold out, (similar here)
Necklace: Rebecca Minkoff
Bracelet: Nasty Gal, similar here

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…And a Happy New Year!

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So my New Year’s resolution of posting more things to the blog in a timely fashion is obviously off to a great start. So incase anyone still cares about the holidays now that were a third of the way through January, here is what I wore this year on New Years Eve! Probably the only reason I’m even posting it at this point is because this is an outfit that could be worn any time of the year, not just for holiday celebration.

Am I the only one getting old enough to feel like every year having two holidays within a week of each other is overwhelming? I always travel for Christmas, making my grand return to LA a couple days before the new year usually. This year for Christmas, I had a jam-packed schedule at home with family events with a boyfriend in tow, not to mention some airport drama on the way home…so by the time we got home the last thing I wanted to start thinking about was what to do on NYE.

It’s always fun to have a reason to get dressed up and sparkly, but honestly, as I get older I realize that all I REALLY need to kick off the new year is time spent with good friends. So this year, we made our final plans about 7pm the night of, winged it at a bar in West Hollywood with some great friends, and it was awesome. I was toying back and forth between this outfit and another dress, and ultimately wanted to get some use out of this awesome multi-colored sequin top from H&M’s 2014 Holiday collection. Paired with one of my many skater skirts for some girly flare, and my newest black shoe obsession, the Joe’s Jeans “Ali” pump, I was set for some West Hollywood action to ring in the new year.

Top: H&M, sold out (similar here)
Skirt: H&M, sold out (similar here)
Leather Jacket: Zara
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: Joe’s Jeans (on sale!)
Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff

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Merry Vestmas!

IMG_0462IMG_0486sqIMG_0407IMG_0373IMG_0381IMG_0454IMG_0544IMG_0526IMG_0534IMG_0568IMG_0563sqIMG_0656 The holidays were a blur for me this year, so as always, getting around to posting for these in January. My goal for 2015 really should be to be a little more timely with these…but honestly, I go home to my family at best twice a year, (this year it was once), and it’s a lot of time away from family and friends to snap pictures, format them, write posts, and dig up links. It felt a bit self-centered to spend my time that way when I’m at home for the holidays, so I don’t feel bad about my lack of posting this season. There’s absolutely nothing wrong if you’re a blogger who can find the time to blog on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and for New Years, but for me it just wasn’t top priority. I missed my family and friends too much!

That said, I had such a great trip home this year, bringing my boyfriend for our first Christmas spent together! He usually stays in LA with his family, while I head home, but this time we got to introduce the California kid to the Nebraska Winter! Mildly disappointing at first, since it was rainy and too high of temps (everyone in the Midwest wants to kill me), but finally toward the end of our trip we got some real Midwest snow for him to experience. And it was colddd.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were wonderful as well. My sister and her boyfriend were back from Ohio, so the four of us got to spend lots of time together which was amazing. I’m very lucky to have a sister who’s so awesome and WE are very lucky to have boyfriends who treat us so well :)

These photos were taken for my Christmas day outfit this year, traditionally spent in my Grandma’s town of Crete, Nebraska. Very small and cozy little place, and Christmas Day has been at her house for as long as I can remember. The weather, once again like last year, was particularly nice and even sunny, so layers were a good choice. I chose my favorite flannel of the season, this absolute steal from F21, for its holiday vibes, layered with a big furry vest to keep me warm. Paired with a skirt, tights, and my favorite knee-high boots, I was comfortable, yet fashionable for a lovely Christmas Day!

Flannel: Forever 21, sold out, similar here
Vest: H&M, sold out, similar here 
Skirt: H&M, similar here
Tights: Target, (Haynes Opaque and Super-Opaque are my new favorites)
Boots: Dolce Vita (On Sale Now!)
Necklace & Bracelet: from my wonderful boyfriend this Christmas, Rebecca Minkoff

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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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