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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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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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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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Gray Day in LA.

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A little bit of chilly drizzle isn’t enough to slow me down, but it is enough to slow everyone else down. Every time it rains out here, people drive as if a little water is not only going to ruin the finish on their Mercedes, but will also kill them. So frustrating when you’re trying to get somewhere. The freeways turn into the biggest mess over a few little drops falling from the sky. Come on people, you don’t know what weather actually is. In fact, can you even tell it’s raining on me in this photo?? Didn’t think so.

Anyway, staying waterproof from the waist down in coated skinnies and over the knee boots, and cozy from the waist up in a chunky scarf and a super-old patterned wool coat I’ve resurrected from 2008.

Coated Skinnies: Zara (similar here and here)
Boots: Dolce Vita (similar here and here)
Coat: F21
Tee (Underneath): Zara
Scarf: H&M
Beanie: H&M

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