Since the beginning of the blog, I’ve shared pictures of my family at our family ranch house. I mentioned in last Friday’s READER QUESTIONS post how it’s our favorite place to go in the world, and several people voiced interest in knowing more. So, today we are going to do three things: 1) I’m going to tell you more about the ranch. 2) We are going to take a walk down memory lane and I’m going to show you
some a ridiculous amount of pictures from year’s past. 3) I’m teaming up with Nordstrom and Shopstyle to show you what I pack when I head to the ranch.
Let’s get started!
See that cabin in the back? That’s our beloved ranch house.
Chris’s paternal grandparents bought the land back in 1961, but it wasn’t until 1998 that the family built the cabin. Ever since Chris and I started dating, going to the land has been a big part of our relationship. Even before there was a house, we would drive to the land and fish all day on the tank and then drive back to town to stay with his grandmother.
After the cabin was built, we would go to the ranch at least 1 time per month. We love taking friends and family there as well. The entire extended family loves spending time there, and after everybody saw how much use the small house was getting, the family decided to expand it back in the fall of 2015, and they doubled it’s size!
The picture of the cabin here shows it after it’s expansion. It’s got a great front porch where we all spend a lot of time, and the house overlooks the dock and tank.
If these walls could talk.
HOW I PACK FOR THE RANCH
I’m an over packer. Always have been, always will be. Even when we are just headed to the ranch.
There are a few essentials that have become necessary for me to have both at the ranch (and anywhere I might be traveling).
First of all, my newest travel obsession is packing cubes. I fell in love with them last month, but I’ve already taken them to the ranch twice. I can’t believe how much more I can pack in the same size suitcase. Nordstrom has a similar option to my packing cubes, and they are so much cuter! I love the stripes.
These are the only types of ponytail holders I wear anymore, and I always make sure I have several in my bag before heading out the door. To be honest, I freak out if I don’t have some on hand. They give my ponytails good height and volume, I don’t worry about hair breakage, and they don’t give me headaches!
When I travel, especially on the travel day, I like to wear huggie earrings (earrings where the post goes inside the earring on the back of your earlobe). I feel naked without earrings on, but I don’t like for the posts to stab me if I’m trying to catch a quick snooze either on an airplane or in the car. And to take it a step further, when I go to the ranch I typically don’t pack any jewelry. So I typically choose 1 pair of earrings, and I wear them the entire time. Here are some great huggies to choose from. Just click on what you are interested in!
Even though I keep an old hair dryer at the ranch house, ever since I purchased the Dyson dryer, I take it with me. I love it so much that I can’t imagine not using it. Even when just at the ranch. I also travel with my Drybar hairspray, and I always carry a small Jo Malone fragrance from a Jo Malone set I received two years ago at Christmas. And if I have a Jo Malone sample available (I always choose those when available during the beauty add-ons that Nordstrom does), then I just take one of the tiny little sample sprays.
And I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about this for, but I always travel with Rose Salve. I always need to hydrate my lips at night, and this small tin of Rose Salve (only $5!) is perfect for doing so on the go. And just fyi, it’s the only thing that ever works during the cold months when I get dry and cracked elbows.
Another travel essential for me, whether headed to the ranch or somewhere else, is a large tote. And in that tote, I have a laptop case with my laptop, make make up bag, my wallet, and some other essentials. I ordered 3 totes that caught my eye to feature for y’all and review their potential for making travel easier. But 2/3 have have been delayed. So you’ll see this one later in the post! I actually considered this diaper bag (love that it has a cross body option), and this brightly colored TB Nylon tote (Brilliant Red and Bright Azalea) is DARLING. If I love them, I will show them in future posts.
And although I don’t take jewelry to the ranch, I do like to take jewelry choices on other trips. I have a case similar to this one and there’s also this one that quite a bit less expensive. They do a great job of organizing jewelry in a small space.
WHAT I WEAR TO THE RANCH
When it comes to choosing outfits for the ranch, or for any trips/travel days, my main priority is comfort. EXTREME comfort. Being cute is just a bonus.
My family was supposed to be at the ranch for 4 days and nights over New Year’s. Carter and Chris were, but I got really sick and headed there several days after everybody else. So, my grand plans of taking pictures of all of my ranch outfits didn’t pan out. I was only there 1 night. (It’s okay to feel sorry for me. I felt realllllllllllllllllly sorry for myself.)
In the winter months, I like to wear leggings at the ranch. Wearing leggings while at the ranch is pretty much my happy place. Add in a cocktail and some yummy snack foods (both always in abundance at the ranch), and I’m living my best life.
Here’s the outfit I wore to the ranch when I headed down on New Year’s Eve. This tunic hoodie is PERFECT for leggings and all types of travel days. And get this…..it’s just about as soft as a blardigan. SERIOUSLY. It’s fantastic. I’m wearing a small and it’s still oversized, but perfect for leggings. If you are only going to wear it with jeans, then I would definitely recommend sizing down.
On this particular trip, I was responsible for bringing the dogs. And because I ended up getting sick, the dog’s trip was delayed too. I swear they knew Carter and Chris were at the ranch, so they were more than ready to get down there too.
I was only able to join everybody for 1 night, but we had the best time. It was perfect weather to hang out around the grill and the campfire with family and friends.
And the fireworks show did not disappoint.
Because my trip was cut woefully short because of my illness, I’m now just going to show you outfits that I had originally planned to wear while I was there. All of these outfits aren’t just great for the ranch, they are also perfect for road trips and even airplane travel.
I’d been eyeing this draped wrap for awhile, and I decided this ranch trip was the perfect reason to finally get it. I knew I would love it and would get a ton of wear out of it both at the ranch and in everyday life. And I do LOVE it! I got a small, but think I’m going to try sizing up to a medium to make it oversized and long enough for leggings. I wear a medium in the cami.
I added a tote, because I always take a tote with me whenever I travel. This one is awesome! It’s reversible (cognac or black), its just under $50, and it holds my 15″ laptop. This would also make a wonderful and super affordable work bag, or just an everyday bag.
The scarf is fabulous. It comes in this gorgeous rose color as well as a mustard. It’s soft as can be, and although it’s large, it’s not overwhelming. You can see it ties easily around a tote handle, and I love to tie scarves on a tote when traveling. It looks cute all tied up on the bag, and it’s easy to pull off and use as a blanket or pillow if you need to! I wore it on travel days to and from New York recently, and it was perfect.
Sweatshirts, leggings, and sneakers are a ranch staple. This type of outfit is also what I would call a PERFECT road trip outfit! Comfy, cozy, and lots of room for Corn Nuts and Funyuns. #justkidding #butnotreally #ilovecornnutsandfunyuns #iblamemydad
I’m wearing a small in the sweatshirt and the leggings.
I knew it was going to be really cold at the ranch for New Year’s, so I pulled out my North Face pullover. This one has a hood and a toggle close neck. It’s so cute! I love how it’s warm and cozy, but it’s not too bulky. I sized up to a medium, but I almost always do in North Face.
I was really late to the party on this piece, because I’m pretty sure every single blogger I follow has featured this in the past. WELL. When I knew I was going to be partnering with Nordstrom for a travel wear post, I knew I finally had to try it.
This one button wrap cardi is an incredibly soft fleece on the inside and great for a car or airplane ride. And get this, it comes in 10 colors and is UNDER $30. You can wear it open like a more traditional cardi, but I prefer it closed with the cute button.
How in the world am I just now trying this? #bloggerfail #iapologize
Okay, now that I’m in the ROAD TRIP OUTFIT frame of mind, I want to show you some other examples of past outfits that would be perfect for travel!
I mean, you can’t go wrong with a baby blardigan EVER, but it’s a no brainer for travel. I would of course lose the statement earrings, but the rest of the outfit is made for a travel day!
A baby blardigan with leggings is an even better idea.
Or what about a hooded blardigan with the like buttah tee? Both are stupid soft. Which I enjoy.
PERFECT FOR TRAVEL.
In the summer I wear the short sleeve peplum tees to the ranch, and in the cooler months I wear the long sleeve versions.
And Caslon just came out with a v neck version of their peplum tee!
This cowl neck is one that I own in 3 colors, and all 3 colors have been to the ranch countless times.
In the spring and fall, you’ll find me wearing lots of jeans, joggers, and tees. And I always have one of my denim jackets, a military jacket, or both when traveling. This is a super cute outfit, but it’s also crazy comfy!
A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
Now that we’ve talked about ranch and road trip attire, let’s take a walk down memory lane. These pictures start about 15 years ago. before Carter was even a twinkle in our eye. We still miss sweet Scout.
I hope y’all enjoyed a closer look at our family ranch house! As I’ve said before, it’s our favorite place on earth. We’ve made more memories than I can count, and I look forward to all the time we will spend there with each other in the future. Looking through all of the above pics made my heart incredibly happy.
And amidst all the ranch memories, I hope you got some great inspiration for what I think are pieces that make a great travel outfit.
Just for fun, even though these next outfits weren’t worn to the ranch, these were outfits I wore for airplane travel recently that I wanted to share.
I wore this on the way to L.A. to shoot the Gibson Glam collection!
Jeans that feel like leggings (see my WHY YOU NEED A PAIR OF BLACK JEANS YOU LOVE post for details), wedge sneakers, a comfy tee, and a stretchy denim jacket for warmth FOR THE WIN.
I wore this on the way to NYC for our annual girl’s trip!
As soon as we got off the plane, I pulled this scarf out of my bag for an additional layer and some warmth. It’s super soft, comfy, and easy to style. And it comes in 2 additional colors, including a great mustard.
And I wore this on my way home. The scarf worked so well for me on the way there, I pulled it out again for the trip home.
You can’t see it, but I’m wearing one of my very favorite sweaters (that I now own in 3 colors) that is NOW 40% OFF! Last year I purchased it in both red and black, and this year I grabbed it in shitake. I have smalls, and it’s definitely a relaxed fit, just how I like to wear it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this sweater.
I know lots of today’s post focused a lot on travel during the fall and winter months, but if you are going anywhere warm or tropical, Nordstrom has you covered there too! Click HERE to get vacation ready!
I’m soooo excited, because when looking around, I discovered that my orange slides from last year that I loved now come in a perfect neutral!
Check out all of these DARLING items! Somebody take me on vacation! Just click on what you are interested in…
If you have any travel essentials that you think I need to know about, please sound off in the comments!