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Une Femme Libre

Jessica Wagner

Ice Shove : A Free Woman On Top of The World

With the Women's March happening this weekend, it seemed like a good time remind the world THE FUTURE IS FEMALE! I am all-in for supporting female empowerment with this sporty tee by L’ecole Des Femmes. It's a stretchy cotton-blend with bold red graphics that will help you practice your French - “a free woman.”

I seriously felt the part scaling the giant wall of ice that formed this week in Port Clinton, Ohio during the perfect mix of wind and temps that created an "ice shove." Some piles were up to 40 feet high! 

This shoot might be my favorite cold-weather adventure we've ever had. It was incredible to explore these gigantic forms on Lake Erie at our favorite summer spot. I’ve been visiting this place since I was a little kid. It was so surreal to see the beach transformed into a frozen arctic wall. 

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I'm more of a warm weather adventurer but my wanderlust kicked in when we saw the scale and magnitude of the natural ice forms. We knew it was worth bundling up the kids and driving out before the temps transform them back into puddles.

Of course I was embarrassing the kids and singing "Frozen" at the top of my lungs - {let it gooo!!!} like a kid myself. ;)

It was almost 40 degrees out which made it extra slippery, so I was nervous letting the kids scoot around on the ice, but at least 60+ people were also out and about taking photos, sliding down the ice walls and enjoying the sunshine. I'm so happy we got to explore the phenomenon in person.  

There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.
— Unknown

I am so proud of what women everywhere have accomplished this year. Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

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Outfit Details:
Top: Urban Outfitters L'ecole Des Femmes Une Femme Libre Tee Bottoms: Old, similar here and here Boots: Old, also love these here and here Sunglasses: Amazon Cat Eye Vintage Mod Hat: Similar here Socks: Madewell Lipstick: MAC Lady Danger

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Glamping

Jessica Wagner

Backpack Tramp

Attention troops: looking for an upgrade to your weekend getaway? For maximum rest and relaxation the combination of glamour and camping – glamping – is the answer. Forget about tents and sleeping bags, and prepare to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury.

We recently spent the weekend in Hocking Hills, Ohio for one of my best friend’s bachelorette soirées. We stayed in a glorious wooded cabin (that was really more of a private lodge, check it out the link here) complete with a built in pool, hot tub and to-die-for cathedral ceilings. Fireplaces, cozy corners, a theatre room, you know all the necessary amenities. (Ah-hem. So basically camping, but without all the “uncomfortable” negatives.) 

We had a fabulous first night roasting marshmallows under the stars with multiple dips in the hot tub and an early morning trek to Old Man’s Cave, where we got to scope out the waterfalls and cavernous sandstone rock walls. Equal parts terrifying and amazing. (I get a little queasy when things start to get super steep.)

It was a fun way to discover Ohio’s history straight from the rocks. The best part was after sweating it out on the trail, we arrived back at our cabin (to air conditioning) and drank champs all afternoon while floating on our basic swan floats. If you are looking for a place to 'Glamp' with a big group this is the way to do it.

Seeking a backpack adventure I went ‘Indiana Jones meets Troop Beverly Hills.’ (Both solid movie character choices for hardcore outdoor outfit inspo if you ask me. Minus needing a whip, I felt ready to lead a Wilderness Troop.)

An oversize trail hat offers UV protection, and a wide stiff brim keeps the sun and rain off your face and neck. Bonus if you choose a topper for breathability, comfort and durability. I mostly chose mine for style.

A soft cotton tee that breathes is a must for adventuring in the great outdoors. I seriously love this fabric. Cotton is soft, absorbent and breathable. (Plus it doesn’t cling.) 

If you are feeling trendy, there’s a cool new tee in town. This basic gets a cheeky upgrade with embroidery across the upper pocket.  This is the easiest way to elevate your look and make a clever statement. (Love this one and this one.) If you are resourceful enough, create your own with a swift stitch. (Add a tiny heart, initials, or an "insert here" above a pocket would be cute.) 

Comfortable shorts and walking shoes are a must. Leather combat boots offer support and still make a statement. Thick socks will also take you to the end of your excursion blister free. 

Last but not least, the western standby, a bandana. It's an accessory I have been wearing a number of years, and a must-have styling staple. It doesn't have to be paisley. A simple print like dots, stripes or even a solid will do. Perfectly knotted around your neck, as a headband or strung around your bag strap, this third piece is a majorly modern look. 

Glamper or camper, you don't have to be outdoorsy to climb mountains. Sure it's nice to be warm and comfortable, but get at it Huckleberry Finn. Run in the mountain forest, sleep among the trees. I remember growing up, being outdoors, exploring, collecting rocks and fairies alike. All that space. Everywhere. Sound and color. A whole world hangs outside your window. Then you can go get a good night sleep in your feather bed and temperature controlled rooms. 

Outfit Details:
Tee: Brandy Melville Cute But Psycho Embroidery (Plain version here) Shorts: Banana Republic (old, similar here) Hat: Forever 21 (similar here) Shoes: Steve Madden Brown Leather Troopa Combat Boot Bandana: Urban Outfitters Basic Neutral Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters Socks: Forever 21 Marled Knit Crew Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur

Water Wellies In the Rain

Jessica Wagner

Hunter Boots - Summer 

We travel almost every weekend in the summer to our family cottage by the lake. With the unpredictable mid-west weather, I usually toss my wellies in the trunk, just in case. 

I purchased these hunter green rain boots two years ago and they are well worth every penny. I have worn them every season, rain, snow or shine. The Hunter brand is known for their exceptional fit and comfort and is dependable as the English rain!

The ‘tour’ style is constructed from a lightweight foldable rubber that allows the leg of the rain boot to fold down for easy packing and transportation. This style is waterproof, lightweight, and handcrafted. I love mine in the matte finish (vs. gloss) and have since purchased a second pair in the original style. You can’t go wrong with such British style and luxe.

As we tend to spend our lakeside weekends on the water fishing and often exploring the surrounding rivers, marshes and ponds near shore, these boots have come in handy, for more than just a rainy day. With many nature preserves and hiking trails nearby, we never know what we might discover. 

We stumbled upon the most gorgeous water lilies last weekend, and planned to visit the following morning for an early morning picnic (bruch-nic?) Rain clouds rolled in and hung low the entire day and I couldn’t have asked for a more Monet-esk backdrop. Its no wonder the French Impressionist’s water lilies are so beloved around the word. What a radiant example of the beauty found in nature.

The lily pad sanctuary glistened with droplets of water and my knee-length waterproof boots fulfilled their role so I could cross the wet muddy ground, to get an up-close view of the floating flower garden. Protected from the light rain showers, puddles, and whatever creepy things might be lurking nearby I was able to embrace a sense of youthful adventure.

Hunter boots are iconic, and everyone from early pioneers to modern day celebs has helped their rise in popularity. Lady Diana wore them in her engagement photos back in 1981, and later, Kate Moss taught us how to pull off that cool-girl in shorts and rain boots look at Glastonbury. Today, they are a recognizable festival staple from the fields of Brittan to across the globe.

Rain boots are a practical wardrobe staple. If you are thinking about purchasing a classic and long lasting pair, I would highly recommend Hunter.  Black, red, yellow and hunter green are a great place to start for a chic look. Need more inspiration? Look not further than the likes of Paddington Bear and Christopher Robin… kidding, but they always look so cute, right?!  You can also always try a pair in a fun pattern or print.

There are endless ways to style wellies, and they can work in every season of the year. For dodgy weather, use them to reach a destination and change into regular shoes. For summer styling you can’t go wrong with a simple dress, or shorts, a simple tee and a cute hat. Easy, comfortable and chic. I also love the combination of a skirt, sweater, and tall socks, a great way to stay warm and dry, as cooler weather will be here before we know it.

Alright mate, once you find a pair you love, slide them on, dance in the rain, jump in the puddles and listen to the rain drops, all while looking brilliant. You can be pretty sure an adventure is about to happen. 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage Boots: Hunter Women's Original Tour Hat: Forever 21 Sunglasses: ZeroUV Nails: Essie Ballet Slippers Lips: Anthropologie Albeit Pomelo