In case you don’t follow along on instagram, we just returned from our trip to Mendocino County. It’s located along the northern coast of California, sometimes referred to as the lost coast. I was a little scared that our trip would be cold and foggy, but it was quite the opposite. Most days were in the high 60’s and sunny. Some places were cooler since they were shaded or windy, but for the most part the weather was beautiful. The Glass Beach was harder to find than we expected, especially without cell service on our phones for directions. We ended up parking in a lot at the end of Mackerricher State Park Road, next to Pudding Creek, then walked back along the coastal trail to get to the beaches. There wasn’t a lot of glass left in the more accessible beach, as people keep stealing it by the bucket full despite the signs advising against it. If we hiked a little farther, there are two more beaches that feature more glass than the one we saw. Either way, the glass is still on the decline and it is frowned upon to remove. On our way out we saw where the official parking lot was for the Glass Beach, but I still enjoyed and actually preferred our hike.
We parked near here:
1000 Mackerricher State Park Road
Fort Bragg, California 95437
I have to be honest with you, I haven’t been very good at paring my closet down to my Minimal Closet standards. Part of the problem is that we are still mid closet remodel and I don’t have a good way to keep track of my clothes, but I think if I take it one item at a time, I can make it work. I’ve had a big response to my first minimal closet post, so I’m going to take you along on my journey.
The first item I’m sharing is the black jean, or black denim, or whatever you’d like to call them. I wear black jeans 99% of the time. They seem to go with anything effortlessly, and are very flattering for me.
Frame Denim Inez and Vinoodh Inez / Acne Studios Skin 5 Jean – Black / Acne Studios Flex Black (Favorite!) / J.Crew Reid Jean in Black / J.Crew Toothpick Jean in Black
The Acne Studios Flex Black Jeans I purchased while shopping during our trip to Copenhagen in July of 2013. I wear them regularly and they are still in almost perfect condition. The mid-rise cut and black color is very forgiving. I should probably have them hemmed because the inseam is a little long for me, but I honestly don’t want to give them up for the couple of days it would take. The J.Crew Reid Jean in Black is similar in that it is a mid-rise and straight leg. I’ve paired my black denim with everything from a blazer and loafers to an oversized sweater and boots.
Day V-Neck Top / Black Denim / Ankle Boots / Leather Tote / Felt Hat
Night Tank Top / Black Denim / Black Clutch / Strappy Heels / Leather Jacket
How would you style your black jeans? Would you wear them often?
Søren should be napping, but he’s not. I saw the door wiggle a little and told him to get back in bed. He peeked his head out instead. His favorite nap time activity is to read books, which I guess I can’t complain about. It could be a lot worse. Normally I’d make sure that he has a good nap because he’s crazy if he doesn’t, but I was too busy helping Aiden pack for Science camp. When I went to school it was called “6th grade camp”, and his school attends in 5th grade. I remember so many feelings of nervousness and excitement. I can’t help but worry inside for him. I know he will be fine, especially since I’ve volunteered to chaperone the first night. I enjoy volunteering with his school and class, but I will admit that this particular occasion was with a more selfish agenda because I wanted to make sure that he would be ok on his first night away from family. We finished packing before dinner and Søren played quietly in his room through most of it. They’re both growing too quickly.
Did you go to camp with your school as a child? Did you have a good time?
52 Weeks Project is a portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2015. To see the whole series, click here.