City Mouse, Country Mouse: Rock The Downtown Look For Your Next Upstate Retreat

Dunno about you guys, but after the last few months, we could really use some time away from the cold concrete and constant rumble of the city. Alas, just like the pretty, perfectly styled blogger of Downtown Romantic, Laney Crowell, we have neither the scratch nor the time to get ourselves to, say, Buenos Aires for a month or so. No, a weekend away will have to do. But let's make the most of it, shall we? With some good friends, good food, a pair of Clarks, and some good packing tips from Crowell (herself bound for an upstate-lakeside retreat), there's no reason two days in the hinterlands can't be as rejuvenating (and stylish) as a long, beachy vaycay. Click on for this downtown girl's upstate packing strategy and a few inspirational anecdotes for planning your own mini-escape and follow all her adventures at @laneycrowell!
Photographed by Bek Andersen; Styled by Haley Loewenthal; Hair and Makeup by Andrew Colvin.
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"I’m off for a weekend with my best girlfriends at a beautiful lakeside cabin. We love to get out of the city with a car full of s'mores ingredients and comfy clothes. Check out how I geared up for the occasion."

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"I adore these loafers. They’re the perfect preppy contrast to my favorite jean cut-offs and vintage T-shirts. It’s also essential to have slip-on shoes for lazy weekends like this one."

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"My style is defined by the name of my blog, Downtown Romantic. I love to pair super-feminine pieces with equally edgy pieces. When heading upstate, though, I leave my motorcycle jackets at home and pack all my pretty dresses instead."

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"These heels are fantastic because they look great with both dresses and jeans. I like that they don’t perfectly match the clothes I’m bringing, keeping my look interesting and not too matchy-matchy."

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"Being from Northern California, I feel pretty strongly that stilettos do not belong on lakeside retreats. These babies get me out of the city still looking chic, though, which is pretty important."

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"Just texting details with the crew. We've decided — this weekend is about delicious food, hours of talking on a big couch, and walks around the lake, and nothing else. Sounds perfect!"
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"I don’t think a whole lot about what pieces go with each other when I’m packing. Instead I focus on bringing things I love, like my favorite scarf, and floral skirt."

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"I wear the same pieces of jewelry every day: My long-charm necklace and tons of delicate rings. One time I forgot to bring my jewelry and I felt, you know, off the whole time. Not going to make that mistake again."
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"While there's no place more exciting than New York City, there’s also nothing better than leaving it. It’s been a long winter and I can’t wait to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a couple days. Sometimes you just need a breath of fresh air."

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"Ciao, bellas! Hope you all have a great weekend, too!"

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