I just got back from a trip out to California last week. I managed to stay out there a little longer this time given I had just quit my full time job and had been wanting to spend some time with my family. As an LA native, being back had its moments of reminiscence--the years I had a car to roam around the city in, the blissful California sun I yielded myself to everyday, the countless palm trees and mountain ranges I had grown up indulging on--it was all very familiar.
During my extended time in LA, my brothers and I went on a weekend road trip up to San Francisco along the California coast. One of the highlights of this trip was this incredible area we explored across the golden gait bridge up north known as Mount Tamalpais. Surrounded by various lakes and state parks, our goal was to get to the peak of Mount Tam and catch the sunset. Driving up what seemed like endless mountain roads we made numerous stops in between to bask in the beautiful fields of nature we came across. Living in a crammed city for the past seven years, I guess it's all I really want to do when I see large patches of land. It's like this liberating moment you feel like you can just breathe.
We moved quickly from mountain to mountain trying not to miss anything. And as the sun started to set and the winds blew stronger, the fog began to roll in and our pathways began to blur. Standing in the middle of all this wonder, I wished time would pause for just a moment so I could take it all in a little longer. I couldn't remember the last time I had a moment like this surrounded by nothing but nature, thinking about nothing but the present beauty before me. I missed it. And I realized how quickly we can become blind to the beauty around us if we're living a life of haste. The stillness of that moment made me feel at ease. I decided I didn't want to be blinded by hurry. It's hard to maintain this calm being back in New York now where everything seems to be a race. But it's something I'm sure we can work on and improve as we have more of these epiphanies.
There's two things to be said about this casual outfit today.
One is, I've officially fallen in love with Mother Denim because they damn well know how to make a good pair of jeans with a great fit. I've even considered buying all the different washes of the same pair because they fit so well and are so comfortable. Denim in general has never been my to go as I've found difficulty finding a pair that fits well but after coming across these guys, things may start to change.
Second, I've really gotten into the idea of a popover after finding this light weight woven popover by Lou & Grey. It's extremely soft and because it's so light weight, you barely feel like you're even wearing anything. It's a good casual piece to have that you can wear as a beach cover up or a summer going into fall layering piece. Otherwise just pair it with jeans for a casual statement, making sure to tuck in some of the front to give your body more definition.
**Note: An inch and a half of jean hem length has been removed. #SHORTSCAPE