Sunday, June 24, 2012

Humboldt Style

Italian Vogue
We are leaving next week for a trip to Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons and then down to Utah for dear friend's wedding. I was thinking of all the possibilities of what to wear to this event when we got the groom, Justin's email detailing the activities of the day. He is renting out the lodge of a gorgeous ski resort and many guests are camping out there. They are being married by a pastor from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  Serious! It's real, check it out. I thought it was Justin joking. Justin and his fiancĂ© Laurie will be in, "costume," and he encouraged others to dress comfortably for scavenger hunts, star-gazing, roasting s'mores and more. He said he'd probably be changing into Carhartts later. Hmm, I wondered, "What the heck is Carhartts?". When I googled Carhartts it said flame resistant work wear, i.e. plaid shirts and the like. Huh? All the high fashion possibilities for this event just crashed and burned!

 A Carhartts look for Fall.  WHAT??? You can see from the background they know their customer!

Okay, I have some knowledge of this stuff. My husband grew up in Humboldt County, in the little beach town of Trinidad, 7 hours North of the Bay Area. This area of California is often referred to as behind the Redwood curtain. It's a place where even few Californians ever venture. Carhartts is the uniform up there give or take a pair of birkenstocks and a tie-dyed T. It's a unique area of the world that  is a mix of hippies and lumber jacks. When I met my husband Max he only owned shorts, Ts and wore Tevas with socks. I kid you not and he was a late 20-something engineer who was going places. One day I'll do a post on Humboldt, but suffice it to say that Justin, his family and all his friends are from up there.  They also happen to be the kindest, most fun and loveliest group of people I have ever known.  All of them.

Reese Witherspoon in a Carhartts type of plaid.

So I'll work the California nature girl/grunge look I guess. I can do that. It will also be right for the first 4 days we are spending in Jackson Hole and the Tetons. I'll have to incorporate some of my own things with the flannel shirts!! Some possible inclusions:

 A vintage looking denim skirt 

 Cargos for hiking and a Prana yoga top plus my woven necklace from my friend Etsuko in Japan and my J Crew Timex.

Maybe if I add a boho type scarf they won't look too preppy?

Gotta have my stripes! A shout out to my pal Kim from How to Love this World, who always inspires me with her love of all things stripes also. Just check out her very chic blog for inspiration!

...I could always add one of my son's plaids on top!

Because this is a casual wedding, maybe I'll wear this Roxy stripe dress above with a J Crew cardi and bauble necklace.

And I'll take this.

And why not? ( This T was a gift from my husband. ;P)

I'll need some deet apparently. :(

As my friend June said, "You can leave Louis Vuitton's at home." I crack up at the thought.

Bringing my Feed bag for sure...

And my union jack tote from Boden.

Of course a few pairs of Toms and hiking shoes.

I think this Michael Kors bracelet my husband just bought me has an earthy vibe so I'll bring that too.

Here's a few of the styles from Humboldt I snapped on our last trip.

Kale just adds that extra oomph to an outfit...

At the Arcata Farmer's Market, men in skirts and women who may have time traveled from Sherwood Forest. This was just a random sample, but you see what the vibe will be at this occasion!

The groom Justin above after surfing and below with his fiancé Laurie. Sweet.

I can't wait to tell you about all the fun!

Last four images Northern California Style. Others via my Pinterest Boards with original links unless noted.


  1. This looks really good fun, and will be a wedding with a difference. I think this is such a brilliant idea and will be great fun for you lucky guests (just for a few days, anyway - I wouldn't want to live in Carhartts all the time. That guy from the ad looks like an UnSub from Criminal Minds).

    Your friends look great fun and so happy, and I love your wardrobe for the trip. MEH t-shirt is brilliant. Make sure you don't forget that DEET - nothing else works!

    Can't wait to hear how this goes! xxx

    1. Thanks Mrs E! Too funny he dies look like the Criminal Minds guy.
      I'll do a post on this for sure !

  2. Kim! How fun is this?! What a unique and fun idea for a wedding celebration. Your outfit is perfect - very pretty and meets the dress code :)

    Have a wonderful time and we will look forward to hearing more upon your return.


  3. I love so many things about this post -- not the least of which is your sweet shout-out -- thank you so much! Also: stripes and scarves -- I like to pair my stripeys with leopard print scarves, as weird as it sounds -- but it works --at least in my stripe-addled mind. :-) I'm also totally on board with your love of Clarins and OF COURSE, all things Nor Cal.

    Have a great trip -- Kim

  4. Love this entry! So fun! We'll all be waiting on pins and needles (pine needles!) to see photos from the big event! Your wedding outfit is perfect ... pretty, casual, and fun.

    Just a side note on Max. I remember exactly what he was wearing the first time I met him: aqua blue shorts and a Ren & Stimpy tshirt! I knew you had your work cut out for you, Kimi!


  5. California at its finest! Excellent choices, chic and casual. And how much fun you'll have - you already ARE having! I often agonize over the wardrobe prep part of trips and you seem to have it well under control. I look forward to reading how the rest of your adventure unfolds (and had no idea REI had dresses!)- xoxo

  6. I really want one of those big plaid shirts, wonder if they'd ship here?
    I've always wanted to go to Jackson Hole _ I've been told it's very me, I wonder!