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I know the topic of camping may not necessarily be associated with the posts I typically write on fashion and beautiful interiors, but my inner Boy Scout is feeling the call of the wild (I almost said the call of nature; totally different topic)!  Summer may be thought of as the prime time for being outdoors, but these last few weeks of the beginning of fall, with crisp air, and not-too-cold temperatures seem like an ideal time for hikes, campfires, stargazing, and watching the colors of fall unfurl.  My idea of fall camping is borderline ‘glamping’, considering I would most likely prefer a warm cabin on San Juan island to pitching a tent.  I’m also loving the idea of a decked out Yurt, complete with sheepskin rugs on the floor and a wood-burning stove crackling nearby.  The modern Airstream trailer, or a vintage one gutted and transformed for the 21st-century has also been an idea I’ve loved ever since I saw a Ralph Lauren designed one way back in a Neiman Marcus “dream gifts” holiday catalogue.  Mine would have a John Pawson-esque interior with blonde wood, steel and a lot of white.

I was also inspired for this post by the recent spring 2014 collections shown in NYC, London, Milan, and Paris.  In particular the Moncler Gamme Rouge collection, which I was completely unaware of the fact that Giambattista Valli was the Creative Director for.  I knew Thom Browne designed Gamme Bleu, but Valli’s looks are much different and more up my alley.  If you’re glamping, you might as well look good too, right?  So we know what we’re staying in and how we’re dressing for our camping trip, but there are some other stylish essentials to think about too.  Herewith is that list of some of my favorite items to hit the trail with!

Moncler Gamme Rouge spring 2014

Moncler Gamme Rouge spring 2014

Moncler Gamme Rouge spring 2014

Moncler Gamme Rouge spring 2014

Airstream

Airstream

Now this is modern roughing it!

1980's Toyota Landcruiser

1980’s Toyota Land Cruiser

Maybe it’s because I live in Seattle, but I have been lusting over a cream color vintage Land Cruiser to have at a simple island home here in Washington state.  Oh, and of course to pull that Airstream, and fill with antique shop finds, and farmer’s market goodies!

enamel mug from West Elm Market

enamel mug from West Elm Market

I’m in love with enamelware.  From the white with a black rim style in plates and bowls, to the colorful mugs like the pale and navy blues.

Stanley products from West Elm Market

Stanley products from West Elm Market

Every Seattleite needs their coffee (or bourbon), even on the go or off the grid.  This is a classic way of enjoying it anywhere.

Lodge pan from West Elm Market

Lodge pan from West Elm Market

Lodge grill from West Elm Market

Lodge grill from West Elm Market

Camp food can be the best food ever with the right tools!

Campsuds from West Elm Market

Campsuds from West Elm Market

To clean the grill, or yourself, this stuff is a huge necessity.

Dopp kit bag from West Elm Market

Dopp kit bag from West Elm Market

Don’t forget your Kiehl’s essentials and Marvis toothpaste, and this great bag for storing it all!

Areaware wood flashlight from West Elm Market

Areaware wood flashlight from West Elm Market

Why not be one with nature and carry a wood flashlight?  So chic!

Moncler Gamme Rouge spring 2014

Moncler Gamme Rouge spring 2014

I would recommend sleeping in your sleeping bag instead of wearing it, but this inspired me.

Moncler Gamme Rouge spring 2014

Moncler Gamme Rouge spring 2014

Snakeskin print for camping?  Yes please!

Faribault wool blankets from West Elm

Faribault wool blankets from West Elm

I’m obsessed with the blankets and pillow covers by Faribault Woolen Mill Co. for fall at West Elm.  Perfect to take to the cabin!

a luxe Yurt

a luxe Yurt

How can you resist a refuge from the cold and snow like a chic Yurt complete with sheepskins, cowhide rugs, cozy linens, and a wood-burning stove?

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