Summer Backpacking Essentials with Sierra Trading Post

I’ve had lots of questions in my inbox about backpacking, especially how to get started.  Today, I’ve partnered with Sierra Trading Post to share some of my top gear picks for summer backpacking.  We hike from spring to fall (we aren’t hardcore enough for winter trips) but Summer is my favorite.  I’ve divided this list up into three categories… Gear everyone should have in their pack, a mix of necessities and luxuries for around camp and hiking gear specifically for women.

Please note, this isn’t a complete list.  A lot of items depend greatly on preference and experience.  Consider this a jumping off point on your gear stock pile.  If you get all the way through to the end you will find an AMAZING offer from Sierra Trading Post as well.

Backpacking _ Basic Needs in Every Pack on Lost and FawnedFirst up are the necessities everyone should have on their person when hiking with or without your backpack (keep in a day pack if day hiking).  It should go without saying, but a small supply of food should also be included.  Make sure to familiarize yourself with how to use all of these items on your own in case you are separated from the group.

  1. Paracord Bracelet / Bison Design Paracord Bracelet
  2. Water Bottle / Liberty Bottleworks Aluminum Bottle
  3. Knife / Ontario Knife Company Fixed Blade Knife
  4. Headlamp / Pelican Products LED Headlamp
  5. Fire Starter or Waterproof Matches / Scout Firesteel Fire Starter
  6. Bear Spray (if in Bear Country) / UDAP Bear Spray and Hip Holster


Backpacking _ Around Camp on Lost and FawnedDepending on how lightweight you plan to go and how many people are joining you, you’ll need to make some decisions about gear for around camp.  Of course things like tents, sleeping bags and a bear bag are necessary, but things like a hammock (there is nothing better than positioning your hammock on the edge of a creek and soaking your feet after a long hike) and how many cooking tools, will depend on weight and comfort.

Read LOTS of reviews when selecting your big purchases like packs and tents.  We actually currently use this exact tent and it’s perfectly snug for the two of us and our two giant dogs.

  1. Container to use as Bear Bag / Granite Gear Dry Sack
  2. Camp Hammock / Travel Hammock
  3. Backpack / ALPS Mountaineering Transcend 5500 Backpack
  4. Sleeping Bag / Kelty Cosmic Sleeping Bag – Short
  5. Tent / ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent
  6. Camp Mug / Classic Stainless Steel Mug
  7. Lightweight Camp Stove / Kovea Vulcan Camp Stove
  8. Camp Towel / Lewis & Clark Travel Towel
  9. Cat Hole Shovel / Outdoor Products Folding Hand Shovel


Backpacking _ Gear for Girls on Lost and FawnedFinally I wanted to share my picks and some tips for women’s summer hiking gear.  Most often overlooked is rain gear.  Find a lightweight waterproof shell you can keep handy.  I also bring one of those cheap, compact plastic rain ponchos in an exterior pocket to cover my pack if the clouds open up.   Don’t forget sun protection as well.  There are lots of clothes out there now with sun protection built right into the fabric.

I love yoga pants and shorts for hiking.  They are easy to move in and easy to sleep in.  A pair of hiking sandals are a must have in my book.  I hike in them almost exclusively in the summer months.  When picking out tops, consider where your straps (both shoulder and hip straps) are going to lay and keep those areas protected from rubbing.

  1. Proof Eyewear Pledge Sunglasses
  2. Craghoppers Cropped Pant with Insect Repellant & UPF +40
  3. Icebreaker Willow Tank with UPF +40
  4. Lucy Hatha Shorts
  5. Teva Butano 2 Sport Sandal
  6. Helly Hansen Vancouver Waterproof Jacket
  7. Sunday Afternoons Zephyr Military Cap with UPF +50
  8. Keen Gypsum Mid Hiking Boots
  9. Mountain Hardwear Pandra T-Shirt


So there you have it!  I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to go on your first trip with someone who is experienced.  If you have any questions about the gear that we have personally invested in or picking out what is right for you, leave me a comment!  I’d be happy to talk shop with you.

A huge thank you to Sierra Trading Post.  They always have great prices and their staff is super knowledgeable.  If you are trying something new in the outdoors, whether it’s backpacking or water sports, make STP your first stop.  As a bonus, through July 8th you can get an extra 25% off your Sierra Trading Post order PLUS half off of your shipping!  Use the discount code ‘ALSUMMER5′ when you purchase to receive the discount.

This post is brought to you by Sierra Trading Post.  All opinions expressed are my own and I only promoted companies and products I love and would use myself.  For more information on reaching Lost & Fawned readers, please visit this page.

Weekend In

Weekend In - On Lost and Fawned

I’m taking a “staycation”.  Jared has a weekend with the guys on the books, so I have the whole 2 days free to do whatever I want.  So I’ve planned to do nothing.  I’m going to read, quilt, watch “no ones here to judge me” movies and wear my comfiest pants (or no pants at all).  I’ll probably meander down to the flea market on my street tomorrow, but other than that, the dogs and I are locked in the house.

Here are my weekend picks for a relaxing weekend in.

The Relished Collection for Summer

You might remember the gorgeous pieces I picked up from Relished when I featured them in my 11 Main post.  They felt a connection with me and my readers so we have been working together again and they asked me to put my spin on a few more of their pieces.  This time we selected some items from the Relished Collection to play with and I’m so thrilled to share these with you!

Relished has also kindly offered a special deal to Lost & Fawned readers!  Get 15% off your entire purchase at Relished by using the discount code “lostandfawned” with you check out!  It will make their already wallet-friendly prices even sweeter!

This dress!  Seriously this dress is my new favorite.  I’ve been looking for an easy dress that is comfortable and casual but still looks tailored.  The Coney Island Chambray Dress is my dress. I’ve been wearing it constantly.  It’s the perfect bridge between classic and modern.

The back is ruched, so while the bodice is fitted, it’s comfortable and not constraining if you want to run around with the little ones (or without them… I’ve been known to occasionally kick my shoes off an frolic on my own if I come across a good field on a sunny day).  The skirt is SO FULL and floaty.  It’s been a windy week and it’s been fun to wear around town.  I’ve worn it so many different ways from work to errands to play.  I can’t wait to take it to the coast for the week.

For a lunch out, I paired it with a red cardigan and some vintage fisherman’s sandals.

I’m a jacket, blazer and cardigan girl.  I layer all year round.  In Oregon and Ohio, a lightweight jacket is a great piece for spring and summer.  Days are warm, but nights get cool, and with late night bonfires and barbeques, it’s nice to have something light to cover your shoulders.

Relished’s Marin Country Jacket in Beige is a great staple.  Field Jackets are a classic for a reason.   It’s breathable cotton with brass hardware.  The toggles allow you to cinch the waist or let it out for a more low-maintenance right from the farm look.  I love the points at the tail, and the hood offers utility.

I wore it with a medium wash pair of skinnies cuffed with a nautical striped tee and red saltwater sandals for Memorial Day weekend.


As always, a HUGE thank you to Relished!  Don’t forget to peruse their entire collection and take advantage of the 15% off discount I mentioned in the beginning (discount code “lostandfawned”).  For updates also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I was provided with sample product to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed are my own and truly reflect my opinions.  I only back products I love.  To partner with me, please visit my advertising page.

Summer Patriotism

Memorial Day my Way on Lost and FawnedHere in the States, Memorial Day Weekend is the kick-off for summer.  Time for barbeque, beaches and sunshine!  Too bad here in Ohio is cold and rainy, but I’ll probably still throw my starry chambray dress think warm and sunny thoughts.

Have a safe weekend!  Here are some patriotic picks to celebrate.

  1. Hanging Paper Fan Decorations  /  $9.67
  2. Scholar Stripe Cotton Bow Tie  /  $19.00
  3. Women’s Star Print Shirt  /  $23.00 SALE
  4. Women’s Gingham Shirt in Red  /  $22.00 SALE
  5. ‘Eagle Captain’ Iphone Case  /  $28.00 SALE
  6. Splendid Striped Summer Flat  /  $88.00
  7. Red Gingham Sundress  /  $59.99
  8. Bikini Bombshell Woven Jute Tote  /  $28.00
  9. Silver Star Stud Earrings by DesignMali  /  $28.08

We have been busy!

We have been busy! - Lost and Fawned

This spring has been a whirlwind.  It has been a series of ups and downs and ups again. I’m not quite ready to talk about it all here, but it has really been exhausting physically and emotionally.  I found it a little difficult to come here and keep my posts upbeat when I was feeling so low.  Thanks to support from my family and friends, I’m feeling more like myself and getting back into my routine.

On a side note, after saving up the old fashioned way (one bill at a time in an envelope with our goal written on the outside) we treated ourselves to a WACOM tablet.  We have been trying to get practice in when we can and are both showing improvement.  Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you some new free resources soon (lots of doodles, arrows and banners for your graphics) and then new fabric prints shortly after.

I’m leaving to spend a couple of weeks soaking up sea air in Oregon at the end of June and staying through my birthday.  It is a much needed trip and I can’t wait to see my family and I’m sure I’ll return feeling refreshed.

I hope you all have a beautiful and safe Memorial weekend.  The weather is supposed to be icky here, so we pushed back our annual backpacking trip to next weekend.

Covet / Vice & Velvet

Vice and Velvet - Covet on Lost and Fawned

Here at Lost and Fawned, we are all about little luxuries.   Every once in awhile, you are your loved ones deserve a treat.  Bath products are a perfect way to indulge a little.

Vice & Velvet is a vegan bath and beauty brand handcrafted in Melbourne city, Australia.  Every product is created from scratch, with no pre-made bases and only simple ingredients.  Products include bath whips, body bars and exfoliating bath mouses.  I love their indulgent scent combinations like Quiet Time which includes Vanilla Marshmallow, Rose and Sandalwood.  All products come in the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen, guaranteed to make you or the lucky recipient feel special.

For more visit Vice & Velvet on etsy.  You can also follow them via Facebook or Twitter for updates and sale announcements.

Great Graduation Gifts

Great Garudation Gifts from Lost and Fawned

It’s graduation party season (it’s also wedding season and shower season… o.O) so you might have one or two grads on your list to shop for.  A check is always welcome, but I like to get a little creative with my gifting.  Help them prep for the next steps in life, whether it’s a watch to get them to their job interviews on time (and looking great), a portable turntable to make them the coolest kid in their dorm or a camera to capture the journey.  Here are my picks…

  1. Fjallraven Kanken Daypack in Sand  /  $54.43
  2. Sugarcube Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Mint  /  $39.95
  3. Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Wallet in Gold  /  $58.50
  4. Clothespin Clip Book Light  /  $8.95
  5. Timex White & Rose Gold Leather Watch  /  $46.36
  6. Bison No. 1 Wallet in Whiskey  /  $50.00
  7. Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 Instant Film Camera in Blue  /  $75.75
  8. Crosley Cruiser Turntable in Blue  /  $75.66
  9. Composition Book IPad Case  /  $14.99

Spring Backpacking / Layers for Women

Spring Backpacking - Hiking Layers for Women on Lost and FawnedIt’s almost time for our traditional Memorial Day Weekend backpacking trip.  This time of year, hiking in Midwest, Northeast or Northwest means unpredictable weather and chilly nights and mornings.  To combat this, I pack in layers and pack items that can be hiked in and slept in.  I always bring a good pair of thick leggings that I can wear to sleep and hike in on chilly mornings.  A hat is also on my must-have list since nights get cold and I can’t sleep with my face zipped into my bag.

Here are some of my picks to keep you comfortable in any weather and temperature.  I also tried to pick pieces that are made for women but aren’t in the usual pink or purple they seem to LOVE to put female backpackers in.

  1. Northface Bashie Stretch Jacket from Backcountry  /  $107.37 SALE
  2. Mountain Hardware Pandra Pullover from Sierra Trading Post  /  $64.95 SALE
  3. Chi Extra Long Tank from Athleta  /  $42.00
  4. Quest Chaturanga Tights from Athleta  /  $69.00
  5. Smartwool Saturnsphere Socks from Moosejaw  /  $20.95
  6. Icebreaker Valor Beanie Hat from Sierra Trading Post  /  $26.95
  7. Kuhl Splash 11 Shorts from Backcountry  /  $64.95
  8. Patagonia Stretch All-Wear Cargo Pants from Moosejaw  /  $63.99 SALE

Shedding Season with

Shedding Season with on Lost and FawnedWith two big black mutts, Spring means fur… lots of fur.  It’s a trade-off.  We don’t have to pay to have them groomed, but I do have to spend a significant amount of time with a vacuum in the two big coat blow-outs (one in fall and one in spring).

But there are ways to make it easier.  Our favorite, is a good brushing. sent us a couple of products to try this spring, so this weekend the pooches and I spent an hour enjoying some rare sunshine and some spoiling.  We always do their brushing outside.  It makes for easier clean-up (just let the hair float away, birds love it for nesting material).

Shedding Season with on Lost and Fawned

Brushing with the Furminator on Lost and FawnedThe FURminator Dual Brush is right on target price-wise and does the trick beautifully.  At this point, their fur is pretty loose, so we don’t need a super intense brush.  This is gentle and the dogs adore it, especially Finn.  Logan has a hard time sitting still but Finn practically melted into the grass with this brush.

The pin brush side is great for getting that hair loosened up and the bristle brush shines their coats beautifully.  It helped also remove dander from dry winter skin and made their coats super glossy.

Primal Chicken Chips from on Lost and FawnedAs a special treat for being patient also sent some Primal Chicken Chips.  Finn is a picky eater.  He’s pretty so-so on most treats, but he devoured these.  He couldn’t get enough.

The waffle pattern makes them easy to tear up for smaller dogs or for sharing.  Logan has recently gone on a new diet and medication regime to help with a seizure disorder, and I feel good about these treats in particular since they are made of three simple ingredients, organic chicken, organic honey and sea salt.  The price is a little high for an everyday treat, but we plan to keep them around for special days and grooming (they were great from bribery when I had to trim their nails).

A huge thank you to for spoiling our boys.  How do you handle shedding season in your home?  Please share your favorite tips and tools in the comments.

My Vintage Pyrex Collection

My Vintage Pyrex Collection on Lost and FawnedAfter I posted my gift guide for vintage Pyrex collectors, I had lots of questions about my own collection.  I frequently share new additions and my #pyrexinaction photos on Instagram, but I thought it could be fun to share it here on the blog.

My collection is quite modest in the world of Pyrex collection.  Some collectors have vast, impressive, museum-like collections.  I keep it pretty simple.  It all started with Early American.  I fell in love with the metallic gold and retro country motif.  It was created to celebrate the bicentennial back in the mid-1960’s and was available through 1971.  It’s a controversial pattern in the Pyrex community.  It seems many people don’t love the brown as much as I do.  My set is nearly complete.  I only need a handful of pieces, most of which were promotional limited sets (like the large white bowl with the cradle and lid, or the chip and dip set).  Early American is the centerpiece of my collection and nearly everything else I have is selected specifically to coordinate with these pieces.

I have 50% of the beautiful Americana mixing bowl set, which is are solid colored in autumn hues and a band of white at the rim.  They are harder to find, but were originally advertised with my beloved Early American, so I had to have them.

My Vintage Pyrex Collection on Lost and FawnedThe rest of my collection is pretty scattered.  I have a set of mismatched mixing bowls I keep in the kitchen.  I have a soft spot for Butterprint, the icon turquoise and white pattern with an Amish farm motif.  It was one of my great grandmother’s patterns and it’s so classic.  One of my crowning jewels is my Golden Bouquet casserole, which is a small oval casserole in deep navy blue with metallic gold flowers.  It was a lucky purchase from a fellow collector who simply was happy to sell it to someone who would love it and gave me a great deal.  Most of my collection is on anything with the metallic gold (like the above Hex mixing bowl or my Medallion bowl).

I spent a good amount of time writing up a very specific wishlist that I plan on sticking to.  Once I get most of them, I’m done collecting.  It should prevent me from achieving a hoarder level of glassware.  I do use my Pyrex.  Every piece is used in my kitchen frequently.  It keeps them from getting dusty and helps validate the amount of space it takes up in my home.

A few quick tips if you are considering starting a little collection yourself:

  • Handwash only.  I know this seems like a hassle, but it’s worth it.  Dreaded “dishwasher death” (or DWD) is heartbreaking.  Hand-washing is the only was to preserve the coveted shine and patterns on your vintage Pyrex.  I actually kind of enjoy it.  It’s very satisfying to see a beautiful spread of clean and drying glass on the counter and then arranging them back on the shelf.
  • Shop around.  Prices will vary drastically depending on condition and rarity.  Ultimately the right price will come down to how popular an item is and what you are willing to pay for it.
  • If you are lucky enough to find Pyrex in the wild but they need a little bath, here is my line up of products that I use to clean up the toughest baked on build up.

Let me know if you have any specific questions!  I’m not an expert, but I can probably point you in the right direction.  I hope you enjoyed seeing a little glimpse of my collection.  For more, visit me on Instagram.