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what's in my bag midwest wedding weekend

What’s In My Bag: A Midwest Wedding Weekend

This weekend I’m taking a long weekend to celebrate a college bestie and a wedding weekend in the midwest. I decided to bring you all along, as I share what’s inside my bag. From light layers to a simple palette, these pieces are perfect for the fall season and can be worn again and again, far after a special occasion. The best part? With a bit of smart packing it all fits into a weekender bag.

Keep reading for the full looks after the jump!

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01. For the Plane

If you’re anything like me, you might find that air conditioning on planes is a bit too much to handle. Because of this, I love wearing a popover with distressed skinnies. Paired with a pair of classic Nike’s it’s perfect for early mornings and long days of travel.

02. The Rehearsal Dinner 

With a bit of trendy accessories, elevate a chambray shirtdress for a night with brews, bonfires, and cornhole. We love the cut out flats and can’t wait to use these throughout the fall season. Paired with a bold, geometric earring and a casual up do, enjoy the ease and casual nature of all that the Midwest has to offer.

03. The Wedding Day

Made with chiffon and with pockets, we purchased this dress for a graduation and have worn it to two weddings since. It’s a lightweight material perfect for summer and early fall and in a navy shade, its spanned the seasons flawlessly. By pairing it with a casual zipped bootie, it stays within the wardrobe of the groom’s side, perfect for my role in this wedding.

Sources: 
Burnt Orange Popover | Black Distressed Skinny Jeans |Weekender Bag
 Modern Drop Earrings | Cut Out Flats | Linen Indigo Sleeved Dress
Navy Off The Shoulder DressFoldover Leather ClutchLeather Booties

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Weekend Diaries: Camping at Lake Siskiyou

This weekend was perfect and beautiful in every way. A combination of old and new friends. Surrounding a campfire and spend by the lake. There was the crispness of the blue water, the stunning summit of Mt Shasta in the distance, and the green nature of the pines.

Keep reading for the full Weekend Diary after the jump!

Nights were spent by the fire, bear stories were cultivated, and campfire doughnuts went down as more than a legend. My new car, finally made it’s inaugural trip, and did all the things a Subaru should do. I got my kayak out for the first time this season and literally can’t wait to take it out again.

We started out to the campsite on Saturday afternoon after spending the morning prepping for the weekend. We met friends at the Lake Siskiyou Resort and hit the beach. Our afternoon was spent enjoying the beach, kayaking through the bays, and swimming in the crisp lake water.

As the afternoon met the evening, we made a quick stop at the general store, picking up a bit of ice cream. (Life is a little too short. Sometimes you should eat dessert first.)  Heading back to the campsite, we started building a fire and prepping dinner. Placing our salmon and potato foil packets over the fire, we cleaned up for dinner. As the dinner cooked over the fire, we opened a favorite brew. It was the perfect way to start our evening. With camp chairs surrounding the fire, the sky grew dark and was glistening with the galaxies that were revealed in the openings in the pines.


The next morning after an eventful evening (Bears are a true reality in NorCal), we placed a pot of coffee over the fire in hopes of finding a bit of energy. The rest of the morning was spent sipping a cup of coffee, enjoying a cherry and chia seed oatmeal, and an organic apple.

Packing up the site, we headed to Castle Lake. This lake is smaller and slightly more placid in nature. With a small boat ramp, we decided to take the kayak out again enjoying a slower pace, navigating the lake with ease, taking in views of Mt. Shasta.

What to Know before You Go:

Castle Lake Campground is part of the National Parks service and is somewhat primitive; however, it is free to the public. There are six sites available, first come, first serve. Make sure to bring your water with you. If this site is full, make your way to Lake Siskiyou Resort and Camp. This fills up quickly in summer months. Make sure to reserve your spot prior to arrival. Both lakes are somewhat busy during the summer season. We recommend coming here during the week to enjoy the lake with fewer people around.

Hikes: 

Hike around the perimeter of Castle Lake. This is a short hike and easy to navigate. Take in the tall pines, views of Mt. Shasta, and the crystal blue color of the lake.

Ready for an adventure? Head to Heart Lake. This trail is strenuous, steep, and the elevation gain isn’t for the faint of heart. However, the views are absolutely stunning and perfectly unparalleled. Total hiking time is around 1.5 hour with an 1,100 foot elevation gain. Catch the trailhead from the parking lot at Castle Lake.

Feeling beast mode? Meet Castle Crags. With stunning rock formations, commit to the summit and do it. It will take around a half a day. As you go up in elevation, you will be more exposed to the elements. Wait until the height of summer has passed, to avoid the summer in triple degree temps. If hiking in summer, pack plenty of water and sunscreen, making sure to have plenty of energy for the hike.

Eat:

You’ll find great food in Dunsmuir on the 5. Most of it is pub food, but some of the best you can find.

Yaks: Rated one of the top 100 restaurants on Yelp, while it is slightly unassuming, it is delicious. While dining there we met Nancy the owner. She has stories for years of how she has seen Redding transformed through delicious food. We had a sampler of their tots, homemade sticky buns, glazed chicken thighs, and stuff jalapeno peppers with a lemon ginger marmalade. This restaurant is worth the drive over and over again.

Dunsmuir Brewery Works: With one of the best burgers of elk you’ll ever have, this brewery has amazing beer and bites. After a long day at the lake, enjoy dining on the patio, under the string lights. I recommend sipping on their summer ale, with notes of citrus and apricot, it remains light and refreshing.

Where are some of your favorite camping spots? Any places in NorCal we should go explore?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below.

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What’s In My Bag: Camping Edition

Last weekend, we spent our first weekend out in the woods and camping with a group of friends. It was my first trip since moving to NorCal and a much needed reprieve. Not to mention, I was able to get my kayak out for the first time this season. A welcome sight indeed. While I might have encountered a few more furry creatures than I would have prefered, all in all, the trip was a huge success. There are a few tips and tricks that we absolutely love and are perfect, whether you prefer backpacking or car camping.

Keep reading for to find our camping essentials!

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Camping Stove from MSR: I received this as a Christmas gift many years ago. While you can easily purchase a variety of camping stoves, I loved this one due to it’s compact nature, efficiency in burning time and the ability to work with a variety of fuels. The Whisperlite stove has a wide stance, keeping a variety of pots stable and have the ability to feed larger groups of people.

Backpacking Sleeping Bag from REI: Perfect for three seasons of camping, this bag will last for years. (Ours is going on 7+ years.) This bag works in temperatures in the 50s, making it a slim bag for backpacking. With a stuff sack, it is perfect for attaching to the side of a pack.

SingleNest Hammock from ENO: We love our hammock. Whether setting it up to backpack, camping, or just in the back yard. On most of our backpacking trips, this is our bed and it’s far more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Promise.

Atlas Suspension System from ENOWhen purchasing an ENO, these straps are the way to go. Woven throughout the strap is a rubber webbing. It adds extra grip to trees and has additional loops, making setting up your hammock an absolute breeze. We know there are other straps on the market, but when it comes to these, there literally is no comparison.

Toploader Camera Bag from LoweProWhen it comes to simple setups for shooting content while backpacking, I love this bag. It has a front pocket for my keys, phone, and a protein bar. (Basically my essentials when hiking.) I never miss a shot due to the toploading nature of the bag. It holds a camera with one lens and has additional storage for 1 more lens in a bottom velcro compartment. Face rain while hiking? It has a sewn in rain jacket that will keep your gear protected if it has to face the elements. When I’m not hiking and backpacking it stays in the top of my pack for quick and easy access, giving my camera the extra padding and protection it needs.

Coffee Press + Thermos from Stanley: We all know regardless of how comfortable you bed might be camping, the reality is you want a strong cup of coffee at sunrise in the morning. This coffee press holds 32 oz of coffee so it has enough capacity for all those around the fire.

Sleeping bag liner from Sea to Summit: Pair this with your 3 season backpacking sleeping bag and your sleeping bag liner will work all year. This liner is super soft and fits in rectangular and mummy shaped bags.

7-In-1 Multi Tool from DG Sports: This multi-tool is phenomenal. With collapsable silverware, a great pocket knife, bottle opener, and corkscrew it does everything you could possibly need with an outdoor kitchen.

Pack from Marmot: I bought this pack for a trip to the Rockies around 6 years ago. I love it more and more every trip I take. It has great hauling capacity and compression. I love the additional pouch on top for an essentials needed.

Hiking Sandal from Chacos: Any person who loves the outdoors, needs to own a pair of Chacos. I stick with basic black and opted for a pair without toe grips. (It makes long hikes much much more comfortable.) Ready for a variety of terrain, you can go from hiking to crossing creek beds while keeping plenty of traction and with shoes that dry quickly.

12 Inch Frying Pan from Coleman: With a collapsable handle, the skillet remains compact. The handle also has a rubber coating, keeping it cool while over the fire. With a non-stick coating, it’s easy to wipe clean and use over and over for a variety of meals. Our favorite? Sweet potato and pumpkin pancakes.

Better Sweater Pullover from Patagonia: While I don’t swear by loads of additional outdoor clothing, this piece is worth the investment. It looks great and wears well year in, year out. I think one year this doubled as my winter coat. It’s a must buy for any of those who love to do hikes and backpacking in the winter months, providing great layers.

Get the Gear.
Camping Stove | Backpacking Sleeping Bag | SingleNest Hammock | Atlas Suspension System
LowePro DSLR Camera Bag | Coffee Press + Thermos | Sleeping Bag Liner | 7-In-1 Multi Tool
Marmot Pack | Hiking Sandal|12 Inch Frying Pan |Better Sweater Pullover

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Salmon Packets

When it comes to camping, I always find that a few hacks up my sleeve are worth it. This recipe is one of those and a game changer. Whether made in charcoal embers in the bowl of a grill or over a campfire, with a bit of simple prep, this meal can be easily made in the backcountry, on the campground, or in the backyard. Made with simple ingredients, it’s whole, seasonal, and fresh boasting the flavors of summer.

Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump!

Begin by prepping your ingredients. Make sure any pin bones are removed from salmon. Rinse asparagus and trim off woodsy stems. Scrub potatoes and chop into cubes. Cut lemons into rounds, removing seeds.

Place a 12 inch piece of aluminum foil on your counter surface. Divide your asparagus in two portions. Place filet of salmon on top. Add three rounds of lemon, 1 T of butter into pads, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring up sides of aluminum foil and fold into a packet. Roll as tight as possible. Place packets into ziploc bag for travel. Place another 12 inch width of aluminum foil on the counter. Place diced potatoes, salt, pepper, olive oil, and  diced garlic. Roll into packet. Place in separate gallon ziploc bag for travel.

Once arriving to your campsite, build your fire. These can be placed in embers of a fire or over an open grate. Cook potato packets for 10 minutes. Then add salmon packets to the fire. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until salmon is perfectly pink and potatoes are fork tender. Enjoy!

Salmon Packets

2 servings
30 minutes total time
10 minutes prep time
20 minutes cooking time

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon filets
  • 2 T Kerrygold butter
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 russet potatoes, diced
  • 2 lemons, cut in rounds
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
Begin by prepping your ingredients. Make sure any pin bones are removed from salmon. Rinse asparagus and trim off woodsy stems. Scrub potatoes and chop into cubes. Cut lemons into rounds, removing seeds.

Place a 12 inch piece of aluminum foil on your counter surface. Divide your asparagus in two portions. Place filet of salmon on top. Add three rounds of lemon, 1 T of butter into pads, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring up sides of aluminum foil and fold into a packet. Roll as tight as possible. Place packets into ziploc bag for travel.

Place another 12 inch width of aluminum foil on the counter. Place diced potatoes, salt, pepper, olive oil, and diced garlic. Roll into packet. Place in separate gallon ziploc bag for travel.

Once arriving to your campsite, build your fire. These can be placed in embers of a fire or over an open grate. Cook potato packets for 10 minutes. Then add salmon packets to the fire. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until salmon is perfectly pink and potatoes are fork tender. Enjoy!

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What are some of your favorite foods to enjoy around the campfire?

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Currently Loving: Home

Over the past month, much of life has been spent up in the air and on the open road. There’s something about travel. Past the beautiful feeds, you discover different cultures, those who think differently, and adapt a different rhythm. When creating on the road, you adjust to a new groove, one where spaces and places are meant to be discovered. I’m one who always loves travel seasons. There’s bliss to be found in the newness of adventure, the wildness found in road trips, and the energy of urban environments. It resonates deep within and a value I will continue to create margin for in the years to come, regardless of the seasons of life that may come.

More than anything after being away from the familiarities that fill my days, there’s nothing like coming home. Every time I seem to fly out, I find that I land back into a new season. There’s spiritual and physical that always seems to change. On the past month, I’ve found the margin and rhythms of rest my heart has been longing for. More than anything, I’ve become more self-aware as a creative, entrepreneur, and a small business owner. There’s something about living and breathing to serve and love other people. Over the years, stress has lifted and I’m no longer concerned about significance, and influence. Rather I’m more focused on creating things that matter. These are becoming the driving questions behind what I create.

Will it serve and help other people?
How am I making my world a better place? 

If I’m honest, landing and reentry after traveling is always a challenge for me. 

I often try to adapt and answer questions a bit too quickly. My head is filled with questions, “How do I apply the growth I’ve learned? How does this affect the day in and day out operations of my life? What adjustments do I need to make? What do I need to catch up on?”

The past week has been focused on finding my footing. We have large projects in the works that we’re hoping to launch at the beginning of August. (Get ready. Our walls are filled with mood boards and pre-production calendars. Our Evernote is filled with notes unlike any other project thus far. It’s going to be really, really good.) Until then, there’s a bit of joy in laundry, chores, meal planning, and transforming my room into a phenomenal creative workspace and studio. I’ll be bringing the garden back to life and getting in the groove as a prep for a full fall. Much like Dorothy journeying back from the land of Oz, there’s truly no place like home.