Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Forest Bound

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Is there anything better than escaping the city in favor of fresh air, trees, and maniacally chirping birds? The short answer is: no.

While I love what I do from 9 to 5 (or, rather 10 to 6), lately, I've felt too much defined by my job. I allow it to exhaust me during the week, and by the time the weekend rolls around, I can't seem to get out of my own way. In order to succeed professionally and remain creative, I have to get out. To live less for sleeping in and lazy Saturdays and more for hitting the road, exploring, and getting those big gulps of fresh air. Chris and I have been making an honest effort to get out of Pittsburgh and into the woods.

This past Sunday, we woke up to blue sky and sun. As much as I wanted to just hit 'snooze' one more time, I dragged us out of bed and we were soon on the road to McConnells Mill State Park for our first hike of the season. While I typically prefer my hikes to be a little more challenging -- I love climbing up and having something to look out on -- this was a great start after a rather dormant winter. Sort of a mini hike. Next up, I'm looking forward to making a trip up to Allegheny National Forest and, eventually, taking a trip down to Asheville, NC. I can't wait to get out and on the road!

I definitely would have been fine wearing jeans, but even for a moderate hike I find them to be too constricting and stiff. Instead, I opt for soft things that I can move in and lots of layers. This tank from Cory Vines is nice and long and light weight, and I love how it allowed my floral bra to peek out. It provided the perfect base layer, and I'll admit to also liking how it matched the frames of the 'Hall' glasses from Warby Parker. Fun workout/weekend gear is where it's at, when I feel good in what I'm wearing, I'm that much more likely to actually get my ass in gear and out the door.

Wearing: Jacket: Obey // Sweatshirt: Forever 21 // Tank c/o Cory Vines // Sport bra c/o Aeropostale // Yoga leggings, sneakers, & long sleeve: TjMaxx // Sunglasses c/o Warby Parker // Hat: Analog

20 comments:

samantha ramage said...

i agree with your sentiments, exactly! hoping with spring thaw to get out into the wild air once again as well! this time, with a baby in tow ;)

xo
sami

Heather P. said...

I got out a couple weeks ago when the sun was shining, and it was perfect! I can't wait to do more hiking too!

Rhiannon Lorenzo said...

love this! so many gorgeous photos!!

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Bridget Bugla said...

Love your floral bra and Asheville NC. Looking forward to seeing pics of your future trips.

By The Shore, Life + Style said...

Martin & I are huge nature lovers. We left the city a few years ago and now live nestled among amazing forested & ocean lined trails. It's instant therapy and we love it! Couldn't agree with your thoughts more Julie + you look fab & chic on your hike, note to self, must get cuter clothes!! ;) xoxo

monica said...

Oh this looks so refreshing and beautiful!! I miss the cooler hikes when we lived in the PNW. I love hawaiian tropical weather, but I do enjoy the variety of greens and awesome trees/ plants out there! Thanks for sharing. (Fun shirt too! :))

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

I have to recommend Mt. Nittany in State College. The thrifting in SC and Bellefonte is epic and the hiking at Mt. Nittany is beautiful (though, not super challenging). I LOVE these pics...spring hikes are really good for clearing out those brain cobwebs.

Kaisu said...

I'm not a really big fan of text printed shirts or haven't found one with good text until now, that your one is funny.

It's so difficult to express myself in english =)

Seeking Style said...

This looks like such a relaxing day! I love getting out in nature to clear my mind!

xo Jennifer

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Awesome outfit. Love it:)

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The Littlest Smitten said...

Looks so beautiful there! I'm trying to figure out the same thing especially now that I'm going to have a regular Monday through Friday schedule-the balance of wanting to be lazy and rest on the weekend and also get out. Get exercise for both my brain and body. Find time for my own creative projects. I guess I'll figure it out when I really get into my new work routine and my head around this differnt job.

Meredith Atkinson said...

HA! I love that sweatshirt.

Anonymous said...

I'm getting a bit put-off by all the c/o's

Jessica U said...

I love the sweatshirt! I live in asheville nc and you really can't beat the outdoors here. I'm excited for some day hikes! It is tempting to hit the snooze button but no one ever regrets a hike right?!

Orchid Grey said...
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Orchid Grey said...

Jessica U - haha this sweatshirt made me laugh. Can't wait to check out Asheville!

Orchid Grey said...

@the Littlest Smitten - Congrats on your new job! A fresh schedule always feels like it opens new doors :)

Orchid Grey said...

Anon - I can see your perspective, but to be fair, it's three c/o items vs. six that I bought myself. Are you feeling turned off because they're there, or because of how I wrote about them? I'm genuinely curious - it can be a challenge to figure out the right way (the most organic way) of speaking towards a product you love within a post. Also, my previous two outfit posts featured zero c/o, just saying. In the end my style is my style and I wear what I wear. and this happened to be a prime hiking outfit.

veryveronique.com said...

I love that sweatshirt, it looks super comfy and yet stylish enough that I'd just wear it probably end up wearing it all the time haha (it would be a perfect look to go to uni). I also like the layering of the bra top and the tank. It all makes me want to go out for a hike but there's always so little time, oh well, maybe next weekend...

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