Monday, June 8, 2015

The Great Outdoors

I believe that life is enriched through exploration.  A life lived indoors is a sheltered and unadventurous life.  So when I want to do something great, there's no where better to go than outdoors.

Nature's beauty never ceases to amaze me.  It's wonderful how the most amazing things are created naturally by the earth.  Taking time to appreciate nature is one of the best ways to spend a day, whether you're going on a nature hike, taking a trip somewhere scenic, or just taking a walk outside.  Here's a few essentials for a foray into nature!

Julia's Outdoor Essentials {featuring Fjallräven Canada}

1~ A Great Jacket
No matter the weather, a jacket is a must.  Pack one that keeps you warm and dry (and stylish as an added bonus!)  

2~ Durable Boots
Good footwear can be the difference between a sore, aching hike and an awesome trek through the outdoors.  Make sure you pick a good pair of boots or shoes that protect your feet, support them, and fit you well.  
My Picks: Hunter, LL Bean, Sperry

3~ A Baseball Cap
Baseball caps are essential for protecting your head, shading your eyes, and even hiding messy hair!  I love my pink Vineyard Vines one that I'm wearing here, and these options too!  They all include adorable motifs on the front.

4~ A Roomy Backpack
Nature is no place for a handbag.  But you can still tote around a cute backpack!  Make sure your pick has room for your supplies, and anything you pick up along the way!  Trust me: one time I came back from a hike with ten different pinecones that I picked up off the trail.  

5~ A Warm Coat
If you need heavier layers, a really warm and durable coat is definitely a great thing to buy.  Fleece or fur lined parkas and anoraks are great! 

6~ Good (Healthy!) Snacks
Healthy and delicious snacks will fuel your hike and keep you strong.  Pre-packaged is easier to carry, but you can whip something up too!  

7~ A Cozy Sweater
A warm and soft pullover is great for me because I can get cold as it gets later or the weather shifts.  This is especially good to have it you are climbing in altitude.  When I hiked up Corno Bianco in Italy, I started in a tank top and finished in a sweater and a fleece jacket!

8~ Lots of Socks
Easily the most forgotten essential on a hike.  What if your socks get dirty?  Or wet?  Or cold?  Or (ew) smelly?  Always bring along extra socks for any occasion.  You won't regret it at all!  And the best part is, they take up minimal space.
Thank you to Fjällräven Canada for sponsoring this post!


  1. Loving all the backpack suggestions! x

  2. the selections are really great :)

  3. Great Picks! Adventure is out there!

  4. Loving all the outdoor inspiration! Those coats are so cute!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  5. These are all such great picks! Healthy snacks are a must, and I love those cute socks! Great post!
    xo Kiki

    1. Snacks really are essential: I hate it when my friends (or me) get hangry on a hike!

  6. A cozy sweater and adorably warm socks are my essentials! Haha, I loved this list and your selections!

    May x • THE MAYDENbloglovin'

  7. i definitely don't spend as much time outdoors as i should, great picks!

    danielle | avec danielle

  8. Spinach chips sould delightful. I've never tried or made them before. :]

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    1. I've never made spinach chips either, but I've made kale chips, and they were delicious! Here's my recipe:
      Kale leaves
      Olive Oil Spray
      Seasonings of choice- I use salt, chili powder, and garlic.
      Optional- Tabasco sauce

      Spray kale pieces with oil spray and toss with spices. If you want, coat in a few drops Tabasco for heat. Bake in oven until crisp.

  9. I completely agree with you! These are wonderful essentials!


  10. Great picks for outdoor adventures! My J.Crew field jacket helped me survive the Oregon rain during college. It's so durable!

    Shae @

    1. I haven't bought one yet, but I hope to soon! Right now I'll stick with my fave Burberry jacket.

  11. This is such a great post! I love all of your picks, especially the jackets!

  12. So just found your blog tonight, and it is seriously adorable!! You have great style and content on here! Great work! (:

    Emma –


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