On The Way To Old Baldy

I’ve blogged before about Mount San Antonio, the highest peak in Southern California, standing tall at 10,064 feet.  I live in the suburbs outside LA right at the base of this lovely mountain, more affectionately known as Mount Baldy.  It’s a 20 minute drive from my house to Mount Baldy Lodge, where you can grab a bite to eat or rent a cabin for your weekend getaway.  Drive a bit farther and you’ll enter the Angeles National Forest where you can hike for miles along a mountain stream.  Keep going and eventually you’ll reach the ski lifts – great for a quick ski day after a winter snowfall.  Because it’s so very close I head to Baldy often.  Usually for lunch at the lodge on their outdoor patio (or inside near the fire if it’s wintertime). When the weather is good I’ll hike the famed Ice House Canyon Trail, though I’ve never made it the full eight miles, not just because the hike is long but also because it’s a strenuous uphill battle.  On this particular day I was heading up to the lodge for lunch when I was struck by beautiful yellow flowers covering the mountainside.  We were blessed with heavy rainfall this past winter, which has brought so much color to our desert landscape.

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Trend Transitions | Almost Sweater Weather

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As I sit and write this, it’s actually cold and rainy outside, and it finally feels like fall is here!  A few days ago when I shot this look, it wasn’t quite as cold, but it was overcast and cool enough to wear a little sweater.  I styled this outfit because I wanted to show how easily you can transition a spring trend into fall.  Gingham was probably the standout spring print.  Florals and stripes are always big for spring, but this past season gingham was the fun, fresh wildcard.  It’s incredibly versatile however, because black and white prints have classic, seasonless appeal.  These particular pants are not heavy enough for a cold winter day, but they definitely work for a cool-ish fall day.  I could have layered a lightweight coat or jacket for additional warm, and opted for booties instead of sandals, but again it wasn’t quite that cool.  I just got really excited to wear a sweater 🙂  Alsoooooo, I’m wearing Lime Crime’s velvetine in cashmere on the lips.  It’s honestly one of my favorite colors for fall/winter!

SHOP THE LOOK

Sweater: Banana Republic (similar here & here) / Pants: LOFT (exact here & similar here) / Sandals: Sam Edelman (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Quay X Shay (sold out, similar here) / Earrings: BaubleBar (similar here) / Necklace: BaubleBar (similar here) / Bracelet: JewelMint (similar here) / Handbag: Ted Baker (similar here)

Photography by Jessica Kircher