My Packing List for a Winter Weekend in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

We just got back from the most relaxing winter trip to North Carolina, where the rain and cold forced us inside for much of the trip. I’d packed efficiently with layers and neutrals, which were perfect for a weekend where I was changing more than anticipated solely to stay warm and dry.

Here are the pieces that made it in my suitcase, and how I styled them for a weekend of unexpected weather.

Outfit One: Travel Outfit

I’m all about comfort when I’m traveling. I’m not going to be one of those people who puts on my evening out outfit in the morning just for the sake of ease when I arrive at my destination. Even if I’m traveling four hours and arriving somewhere after lunch, I’m still planning on changing once I get there. Do not expect me to wear hard pants in the car.

These Derry Jeans are perhaps the one exception. They feel like leggings — though perhaps that’s just because they’re not skinny. I paired them with the Shirley Oversized Shirt in Italian Corduroy from Frank & Eileen. The rust color is perfection and the silhouette is effortless (it’s going to make another appearance in just a minute). I threw on cowboys boots and was good to go — even with wet hair and no makeup.

Outfit Details: Shirley Oversized Shirt in Italian Corduroy | Derry Jeans

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Outfit Two: Dinner Out

We arrived in Blowing Rock just before dinner so I did a quick change, slipping into the Isabelle Funnel Neck Dress. I have this dress in two colors and the black is so incredibly versatile and classic. I’ve worn it a few times this holiday season with a thin hunter green belt, tartan scarf, and tall black suede boots. It has a comfortable hunt country elegant vibe that I love for the holiday season.

Outfit Details: Isabelle Funnel Neck Dress

Outfit Three: Frigid Morning to Get Coffee

The storms rolled in, and we woke up to frigid temperatures the next morning. I slipped on the Shirley Oversized Shirt in Italian Corduroy again, though this time in vintage white, and, this time, layered. Every outfit from here on out was layers, layers, and more layers. I wore it with a slim black turtleneck, black jeans, and, again, my cowboy boots.

Outfit Details: Shirley Oversized Shirt in Italian Corduroy

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Outfit Four: Strolling Around Blowing Rock

After getting caught in the rain, we ran back home for a quick change into dry clothes (note the wet rat hair change, too!). I kept with the same look, but pulled out my Frank & Eileen Eileen Relaxed Button-Up in Flannel in winter white. This time, I went with a warmer brown look than black, pairing it with suede leggings, a brown turtleneck, and a plaid brown wrap.

Outfit Details: Eileen Relaxed Button-Up in Flannel

Outfit Five: Relaxing By the Fire

We had to cut a lot of the hiking and outdoor activities from our itinerary due to the pouring rain but, thankfully, we had a fireplace in our Airbnb, which made for a relaxing way to warm up between treks out into the inclement weather. Y’all already know I am obsessed with my Frank & Eileen sets, and the Tokyo travel set might be my favorite silhouette. I was in this way too much over the course of the weekend, just curling up by the fire, hot chocolate in hand and cozy socks on my feet. Is there any better way to spend a cold, stormy Sunday?

Outfit Details: Tokyo Travel Set


1 Comment

  1. December 28, 2023 / 6:53 pm

    Blowing Rock is just the most charming town – I feel like time slows down there, it’s amazing!

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