Sunday, July 20, 2014


Cocktail shorts are SO my jam right now. Especially with a little Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.

Shirt, Victoria’s Secret. Shorts, Sans Souci. Shoes, Prabal Gurung for Target. Earrings, Girlshop. Bag, Carlos Santana. Belt, thrifted.

Tacky Tourist

Day three of Mickey! Oh, yeah, I didn’t blog days one and two. I guess I didn’t think short shorts and tee shirts were “blogworthy.” But a short overall “dress” and Mickey Mouse hoodie are.

Hoodie, Disney. Overalls, Hydraulic Jeans (thrifted). Boots, Madden Girl. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Long Beach antique market. Scarf, Claire’s. Bag, Allstate Leather.

Here’s what you “missed” on Friday and Saturday:

Tourist wear.

Sporty Sunday: Hiking Twin Lakes and Island Lake

Wright’s Lake, a destination in its own right, is also the starting point for multiple Desolation Wilderness hikes. The hike to Twin Lakes is one of the most popular. It’s a fairly steep (1000 foot elevation gain) 1.5 miles through mostly open granite. Both the lakes and their outflow offer opportunities to splash and cool off.

The two lakes are large enough to accommodate many visitors while maintaining a wilderness experience. But hike half a mile further to Island Lake and one really feels the peaceful quiet of the alpine. All three lakes are dotted with small rock islands that tempt the hot hiker to enter the clear, cool depths for a short swim.

The trail itself can be a little tricky to find in sections, especially over bare granite. I found Jasper to be very useful at those times! If you don’t have a trail dog, though, I recommend bringing a map to keep yourself topographically on course. It’s well worth a little “getting lost” for a dip in one of the lakes!

Source: Evans, Stephen L. "Twin Lakes Trail" Top Trails Sacramento. 4th ed. Birmingham: Wilderness, 2012. Print.

Length: 5 miles. (Hiking to Island Lake and back adds another mile.)

Water: The lakes are quite deep in places and I assume contain water in even the driest years. The outflow from Twin Lakes and nearby Grouse Lake is at about half capacity. I expect the water level in the streams will drop as our drought continues.

Use: Heavy. This is a short hike with great reward. Many hikers make the trip, despite the elevation gain. The parking lot for the trail fills up early. We try to arrive by 8 a.m. to gt a spot.

Differences from published description: None

Jasper’s rating: 5 paws out of 5.

Sporty Sunday is a recurring feature in which I share my fitness routine and offer and solicit advice. While this content might seem a little out of place in an outfit diary, a healthy, strong body is the foundation of my wardrobe. I hope to inspire my readers to be fit as well as stylish!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


I’ve long since gotten over my instinctive avoidance of mixing black and brown, but I still remember where my inspiration to pair the two came from: the feathers and fur of animals. Mother nature thinks nothing of mixing black and brown plumage. Brown eyes are the perfect compliment to a black and white fur coat. And often, the color we perceive as black, is nothing but a very dark brown . . . its true nature revealed in direct sunlight. (Study a black cat in a sunbeam. Often, the “solid” black cat is striped with rusty brown.)

Shirt, Old Navy. Skirt, Mossimo. Shoes, Sole Obsession. Sunglasses, Target. Necklace, Zad.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Place Your Bets

If you’re the gambling sort, you could probably lay odds on me wearing a shirt tied over a dress on any given day in the summer.

Shirt, Express (consignment). Dress, swap. Shoes, J Crew. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Girlprops. Necklace, thrifted. Bag, Canvas Boutique.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Like most ladies, I’ve tried a lot of lipsticks. Most were drugstore brands, but I’ve owned a few fancy tubes. One of my favorites, though, costs only 99 cents. It’s Wet & Wild’s 521a.

Shirt, Christopher & Banks (thrifted). Dress, Theory. Shoes, Carlos Santana. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, vintage. Bag, Nine West.

521a is that perfect shade of fuchsia that whitens teeth and makes blue eyes pop. It also happens to match the most common shade of pink in my closet.

It isn’t particularly long lasting, but I don’t mind applying frequently. It wears off nicely. (I.e. no crusty pink bits or a ring along the edges of my lips.) It isn’t prone to smearing on my teeth (unlike many glosses). At less than a buck a tube, it can’t be beat!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sweat Stains

No matter what I wear, I’m sweating through my clothes once it’s this hot. By late afternoon, the temps were over 100 outside and much higher in my vehicle, parked in the sun. I’m afraid the customers I see at the end of the day have to put up with a shiny, damp rep!

Dress and shoes, Prabal Gurung for Target. Sunglasses, Girlprops. Belt, Sugadaminka. Earrings, self-made. Bag, Merona.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sporty Sunday: Hiking Loch Leven Lakes (via Salmon Lake)

Loch Leven Lakes are a popular destination for hikers and dogs. But it seems that few people know the “secret” way to the lakes. Most hike up 1,000 vertical feet of switchbacks from I-80. The back way, described in Top Trails Sacramento, starts from a dirt road at Salmon Lake trailhead, has very little elevation gain, and features a fourth lake (in addition to the three Loch Leven lakes).

Although the high point of the hike (High Loch Leven Lake) is only 250 feet above the start, there are enough ups and downs in the 2.5 miles to give one a good aerobic workout. The four lakes, Salmon Lake (full of catfish, not salmon), Lower Loch Leven Lake, Middle Loch Leven Lake, and Upper Loch Leven Lake, offer plenty of opportunities to cool hot hikers and dogs. The views, while not outstanding, are a nice mix of forest, granite, lakes (including many small lakes besides the big four), and distant peaks.

The downsides of this trail: heavy use, lots of dogs (only a negative if you don’t like dogs!), and the long and confusing drive on dirt roads to the Salmon Lake trailhead. For more of a wilderness experience, I recommend hiking this trail off season or on a weekday. Top Trails Sacramento describes the route to the Salmon Lake trailhead, but there are some misprints and missing commas that make it easy to miss the trailhead. I’ve noted the corrections below.

Loch Leven Lakes via Salmon Lake is an easily hiked alpine experience and a great day trip or overnight. In fact, I’m considering making this Jasper’s first overnight backpacking trip later in the season!

Source: Evans, Stephen L. "Salmon Lake Trail to Loch Leven Lakes" Top Trails Sacramento. 4th ed. Birmingham: Wilderness, 2012. Print.

Length: 5 miles.

Water: Plenty of water in the four lakes! But the shallower ponds and the smaller seasonal streams are dry.

Use: Heavy! As noted, this trail is popular with dog owners. We only encountered well-behaved pooches, but I recommend avoiding this trail if dogs make you uneasy.

Differences from published description: From Yuba Gap Road, turn right on Lake Valley Road, not Long Valley Road. The next turn is in 1.1 miles (book says 1.3 miles). Once on Road 38, drive exactly 2.0 miles to the trailhead, just a bit past Huysink Lake. The text in the book is missing commas, so it mistakenly reads that one drives 2.0 miles past Huysink Lake to the trailhead. If you do that (like I did the first time), you’ll have gone much too far (and the road becomes inappropriate for highway vehicles)!

Jasper’s rating: 4 paws out of 5.

Sporty Sunday is a recurring feature in which I share my fitness routine and offer and solicit advice. While this content might seem a little out of place in an outfit diary, a healthy, strong body is the foundation of my wardrobe. I hope to inspire my readers to be fit as well as stylish!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cocktail Shorts

In the late 90’s, I wore some skankalicious outfits to the clubs. Despite my total lack of taste, I was scandalized when a girl in my group wore shiny athletic shorts with heels out dancing. I made endless fun of her outfit, but it turns out she was ahead of her time. Cocktail shorts are “it” right now. (At least I think so.)

Blouse, Maeve (consignment). Shorts, Audrey. Shoes, Enzo Anglioni. Sunglasses, Girlprops. Earrings, Cuffs. Belt, thrifted. Bag, Colini Handbags (thrifted).

Below, I’m the skank on the left, the visionary in shorts is in the middle, and my regular clubbing buddy, Julie, is no doubt wearing head to toe Bebe on the right.