outdoorsy Guys, I'm going on an adventure (said like Bilbo Baggins)! Kevs and I are saying adios to Meowmers for the week and heading to Yosemite. Wahoo!

While I'm not the most outdoorsy person in the world, I'm super excited to visit Yosemite. Something tells me (aka my boyfriend, all the time) that Yosemite is uh-mazingly beautiful. I can't wait.

To get myself even more pumped for the trip, I've been scouring the internets for outdoorsy inspiration. I'd definitely want to camp more often if I had that Anthropologie sleeping bag... et tu?

01 tee 02 print 03 backpack 04 sleeping bag (no longer available - argh!) 05 bottle 06 pants


I recently received a pretty awesome little gift from Hobstr. Well what was it you ask? A Holga camera... who (yes, who) I've nicknamed The Holgs. We were a little unsure of each other at first. It had been years since I loaded film into a camera, ugh that was like so 2004. But it was kinda like riding a bike... plus I watched the Hobstr tutorial video (thanks, guys).

I brought The Holgs camping with me and Kevin. So not only was I creating this video while we were "away from it all," but I was also playing with my new toy. Man, I didn't really unplug at all, did I?

I may not have unplugged, but I sure had to let go using this camera. It was an unexpected challenge... and a great lesson. These days I'm so used to controlling every little aspect of the creation process. When I take photos for the blog or for Instagram, I basically take and retake a shot until it looks EXACTLY how I want it to... then I may go into Photoshop and perfect it even further.

But you can't control The Holgs. I had to let go and try my best to create a photo the "old fashioned way" by concentrating on composition, lighting, and subject matter. I only had 12 shots too!! It made me much more discerning with my photo-taking. I often found myself thinking that would be a good Instagram, but would it be a good photo? Ha!

Then I started noticing I wasn't taking certain shots because I wanted to "save" my film for something cooler... something I never have to worry about with my iPhone. It got to a point where I just had to start snappin' aka the reason why there's a picture of our New Belgium beer and 3 pics of the sky.

It's been a long time since I took real photos. I loved it. Time for the next roll... and now that I've gotten used to The Holgs, hopefully the next batch will be better.

Do you guys ever take photos the "old fashioned" way or have you made the switch to digital for good?

all images by artsocial | post made possible by the generosity of Hobstr


So remember my camping trip where I got back to nature and really unplugged for a couple days? Welp, looks like my way of unplugging involved taking lots of iphone videos. Hmm I sure felt like I'd unplugged. Maybe next time I won't bring my phone... yes I will.

video by artsocial | song Rainbow by G. Love (featuring Jack Johnson), purchased from iTunes


This weekend roundup is dedicated to my camping adventure...

1. Fat Tire and Skinnygirl Margarita... clearly a combined effort picking drinks for the weekend. You guessed it, I picked the Skinnygirl. Unofficial/official plug for Skinnygirl cocktails - they're actually pretty perfect for camping. Just open and serve. You don't even really need a glass if that's how you roll... ok, you should probably use a glass. We're trying to have a civilization here.

2. Holgs! My new Holga camera, thanks to Hobstr. This was my first experience with a Holga, I cannot wait to see if the pics turn out. I'm so used to the instant gratification of my iphone/instagram, it was strangely difficult for me to decide what to take a picture of. It seemed so definite, I couldn't just review it and retake if needed. It was a great lesson in slowing down and really discerning what was photo-worthy... more on that after I get my holgas back (unless all my pics are lame, in which case we never had this conversation).

3. These happened.

4. Rope sandals aside, Kevin is the bestest ever... especially when he makes gourmet-style hamburgers while camping. What a badass.

5. Kevin has a whole set of camping utensils. I became a bit obsessed with this mini whisk... I think I like holding mini objects because I'm only 5'3" and it makes me feel like a giant. Completely reasonable, right?

6. There's something so relaxing about staring into the campfire... plus it was the s'more-maker, so I will always think of the campfire fondly.

7. Sexy, huh? I grew up in Colorado and this is my first pair of hiking boots. I guess it's finally time to embrace my Colorado-ness.

8. It wasn't until the second day I finally felt relaxed. It's crazy how long it can take to unwind from the week. I finally felt like I was on vacation when I took this picture. We had just got back from a hike and I was sitting around watching the clouds... perfect moment.

9. I posted this s'more to the 'gram yesterday... I still miss it. S'mores really should be served in restaurants... gasp! or food trucks. Someone please start a s'more food truck.

In conclusion, I had a great time... I think more camping adventures are in my future. How was your weekend, friends? I missed you guys.

The Art Drank // 13

In honor of this week's camping adventure, we're gettin' outdoorsy with the Art Drank. Now this drink has a few different (extremely classy) monikers: hillbilly mimosa, brass monkey, brewmosa, beermosa... whatever you call it, it's super easy and thus great for camping. P.S. This print by Dan Boardman is making me pretty excited to hang out by a body of water for a few days and just stare off over the relaxing water... but maybe no rafting.



beer (I used New Belgium's Sunshine Wheat) orange juice (I used Simply Orange) orange wedge if you wanna get fancy


Fill glass with half beer, half orange juice. You can always change the ratio depending on how cray you wanna get and/or how much you have to do that day... add garnish.

Does anyone else have this song in their head?

(drank recipe and photo by artsocial)


Tomorrow is my boyfriend's birthday, and what does he want to do this week to celebrate? Go camping. Ugh such a boy answer. I'm clearly not the outdoorsy type, I'm just not built for it - I'm pale and small, that's a blogger physique not a hiker/wilderness survivor physique.

But ya know, this guy's a game changer. It seems anything is fun with this one... and that includes camping for 3 days. I'm even looking forward to it! Crazy.

Needless to say, this means I have to say adios to twitter/facebook/my beloved instagram for a few days. But I've gotcha covered on the blog front, including another one of Laid Off Mom's DIY Dates on Thursday! Hope you enjoy, friendies. I'll be eating smores and drinking wine. Great combo, eh? In moderation, always in moderation.

How do you guys feel about camping??

Image one by me | image two found here