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Fashion 101 what to wear for camping

Fashion 101 what to wear for camping

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jean overalls and striped tee
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I grew up in the Chinese countryside. I did’t have a single toy when I was little but I had the whole world of nature as my playground. I spent hours outside running, climbing, jumping, crawling and sitting. Our house was tiny and my mom wanted me out of the way when she was cooking so the Great Outdoors was where I spent a lot of time. But I knew when I grew up I’d have a nice place to stay where I would be comfortable, warm and dry. So after I moved to America, and my husband tried many times to take me camping, I was like, “what is wrong with these Americans?” I worked so hard to finally earn my own home so I didn’t need to stay in a place in the wild. And now, let me get this right, I have to pay money to suffer? 😉 But my husband didn’t give up and kept telling me many interesting camping stories so I decided to give it a try. If you are my regular reader, you probably remember I mentioned this first camping trip. It did not end well and after I thawed out enough to make a fist, I shook it as I announced that my camping career was now over. As often happens, decisions made in the heat of the moment don’t hold up very well.

It turns out that like many things there are several different levels to “camping”. When I went with my husband we were at the bottom level. That means we used a tent and pretty much slept on the ground. Oh we had an air mattress but there was nothing to insulate us from the cold. But this year my step daughter bought a quite fancy camping trailer that would let us move up a few levels on the Camping Comfort Chart! So with this in mind I decided to try camping again.

Since our new surroundings were a bit more civilized than the last time out, I didn’t want to just wear my sweat pants and hoodies. Come on! I am a fashion blogger and I have a reputation to uphold, right? So I did some homework before this trip.

Before you begin packing for a camping trip, do some research on the area you are going to. What is the weather forecast? Remember, usually camping areas are pretty far away from the cities and run a bit cooler. And this can change quickly too. A rainy day in the woods can feel a lot colder than when you’re sitting on your couch in front of the TV. So layering is vital to being outdoors. The second thing you need to consider is the activities you are planing to do. If you are hiking, make sure you have a pair of comfy shoes. Leave the high heels at home. You’ll be walking on all kinds of surfaces from dirt to sand to wood chips and if you’re poking holes in the ground every step it won’t be much fun!

Our trip was only for two days and one night. The first day we went to the local Tulip Festival. And then later we sat around the campfire and had dinner at our camper. After dinner we went to the beach to watch the sunset. The second day, we had a very yummy breakfast and then went hiking. Here are the outfits that I wore for different activities.

Day 1: Tulip Festival. I used my kimono, ripped jeans, fringe and a lot of arm charms to create a festive look that was also comfy to walk for a whole day.

What to wear for camping
What to wear for camping
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
festival outfit
festival outfit
Festival style
Festival style

As the sun dropped into Lake Michigan in the evening, the temperature dropped pretty quickly too. So I changed my top to some warmer layers and put on my comfy and warm shoes. Now let’s enjoy some amazing sunset views!

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

Day 2: Photoshoot for my blog and hiking.

Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans
Leather jacket and ripped jeans

Now let’s get some dirt on my shoes. Time to hit the hiking trail!

Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park
Camping at Michigan Holland State Park

We are super women and we look amazing at any location! 😉

Here is my new look for today, it can be a good choice for a camping trip as well!

jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee
jean overalls and striped tee

SHOP MY LOOK:

Striped tee @French Connection
Jean overalls @Guess
White sandals @Lord & Taylor
Sunglasses @TJ Maxx
Fringe backpack @TJ Maxx
Watch and bracelet set @My Arm Charms

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Casual chic weekend outfit
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So let’s pretend. Say someone comes up to you and offers to give you 25 dollars. For the money these people hope you can talk to your friends, family and co-workers and tell them that something they have to sell is great and that they should take your word for it. You’ve never seen what the people are selling and when you asked to see it, this person told you “sorry, that’s not part of the deal. There are a lot of pretty photos on our website though”. Do you feel comfortable? The people you’re trying to influence are the ones who followed you for a long time and trust you. How much is that worth? I know; crazy right? Who would even think of that? Well apparently lots of people! And many of them have blogs just like me. This is exactly what’s happened to me several times already. I’ve only been blogging for less than half a year but I am taking it super seriously. My goal is someday to become a blog that people can come to for guidance. When that happens it means I have become an “influencer”. This is what many bloggers are hoping for.

Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit

So I’m actually sort of surprised. Maybe it means I’m still too new at this. Now don’t get me wrong, there are lots of great companies out there that have wonderful relationships with bloggers. I work with a few already and am always open to hearing from more. But I have a few pretty reasonable rules. I have to take a look at the products. I mean in my hands. I want to make sure the quality is something I would buy before I would recommend them to you. You are why I am doing this. I consider many of you to be friends even though we haven’t met face to face. I work hard and plan to be around for a long time. You can’t be successful in this blogosphere without repeat business. You don’t get that without being up front and honest. And you don’t get that if you can’t SEE WHAT YOU’RE PROMOTING! Duh!

Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit

Anyway, I’ve found a couple websites that I use to check out other websites! There are probably many more that I am not aware of and I hope you can add your comments with your suggestions on where else we can look to make sure we’re getting what we pay for as a comsummer. The ones I’ve found are scamadvisor.com and sitejabber.com. I found both these sites by good old fashioned Googling! I’m not sure if I can say old fashioned and Google in the same sentence yet but it seems they’ve been around a long time! Anyway, if you are worried about a web retailer you can do a lot to check them out before you type in your credit card number or agree to work with them! These sites can tell you if there’s something not quite right with the site. Maybe they have a lot of bad feedback. Or maybe they are hiding their real location. These web-tattle-tales aren’t perfect and are the first to admit they may not know the whole story, especially if the site is new. BUT if I get a bad report from these places AND the site wants to just give me a little cash instead of a sample I can check out, I’ve got a pretty good idea that you’re not going to hear about this place from me! After all, we may never meet face to face but I still want to be on your “Favorites” list!

Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit

So the bottom line is, being a blogger, we do influence people. That means we need to take responsibility for what we write, say and promote. But we’re human too and that means we get tempted to maybe do something we shouldn’t. When I first started my blog I was pretty excited as my number of followers grew. And then, it wasn’t too long before I heard from a company that wanted to pay me $20 to write a post praising their webstore and put out a few backlinks to their site. WOW! I thought, now I’m getting some attention! I was pretty excited because I really wanted to be able to show my family and friends that somebody would pay me money to write a post. That meant a sort of validation. A lot of people don’t understand the whole blog scene and think it’s just a hobby. So anyway, I asked that company to give me a sample so I can decide if it is good quality. But instead, they gave me the website to let me check it out and provided an example post. Of course, the website looked very good and the example post sounded ok too. But when I checked them out online, I found out they were hiding their real identity and there was a lot of bad customer feedback. Even with this I was still trying to talk myself into it, I mean they wanted to pay ME! It wasn’t much but I wanted that 20 dollars to show I was successful. Thankfully my husband reined me in by saying: “I remember you said you will never lie to your readers”. How bad was that? I was ready to sell my good word for the price of a lunch! But I learned my lesson. I turned down that deal and more similar offers after that.

My point is, everybody wants to be successful, but we need to also think about our responsibility of being a blogger. There are so many followers who trust and respect you, some from day one. Let me know your story about sponsored posts.

Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit
Casual chic weekend outfit

SHOP MY LOOK:
Hat @old from Kohl’s
Purple heart print shirt @Loft
Ripped boyfriend jeans @JUSTFAB
Fringe backpack @TJ Maxx
Silver shoes @Nordstrom Rack
Mirror sunglasses @TJ Maxx

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