Our community is in a state of emergency as the Camp Fire is now the largest and deadliest in the state's history. Looking to help fire victims? Below are some vetted charities that are accepting donations:
Shasta Regional Community Foundation
Shasta Regional Community Foundation is accepting donations for its Community Disaster Relief Fund. Click here to donate.
The United Way of Northern California
United Way of Northern California is accepting donations for its Shasta County Fire Relief Fund. Click here to donate.
North Valley Animal Disaster Group
This organization works jointly with public and private agencies and organizations in the area to help in the safety and well-being of all domestic animals and farm animals, including wildlife, affected by a disaster. This includes assistance with emergency temporary shelter, evacuation, and medical care. Click here to donate.
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This is an outfit my hubs and pals are used to seeing because it’s been in my weekly rotation for 7 years! My ‘style’ morphing into this iteration after NYC is why I was determined to relaunch Loyale as an ethical everyday essentials collection...premium classics that last and go with items already in your wardrobe. And yes, clothing treated with care can have a long life…
It may not look like much, but this is my get sh*t done outfit; it’s comfortable, flexible and I feel good in it...this really goes a long way - no humming and hawing in the AM, just hitting the ground running and taking care of my long to-do list.
And because I attempt to shop responsibly, I want to take care of these items, and all clothing in my closet, so they don’t fall apart. This means wearing them at least 2 to 3 times, then washing them in cold, inside out with Seventh Generation detergent and air drying them on my jumbo Ikea rack.
Correct, I wear my clothes, including Loyale tees, several times before I consider washing them, it’s the best thing you can do for your clothes (and the earth - it saves so many resources). After each wear I hang them on hangers to air them out, then boom, they’re ready to go again a few days later! A sniff test comes into play to determine if I need to pull the trigger on laundering an item.
The point of this soliloquy? If you find clothing that you adore and pieces that serve you well, show them some tender loving care and they can be in your life for many, many years...
“No temple made with human hands can compete with Yosemite,” John Muir once wrote. And I have to agree. I lived in California until I was 21 and have no idea how I managed to miss out on this heaven on earth National Park in my youth. I can’t emphasis how incredible and beautiful it is, most of the time I felt a rush of awe to my core as if my soul was being wiped clean. I know this sounds outrageous, it just really had an effect on me that I’ve never experienced. I climbed to the top of Vernal Falls, took in the scenic reservoir scapes of Hetch Hetchy and hiked Four Mile Trail admiring the fall palette of cinnamon, rust, citron and lime; there were fire scars, but it didn’t diminish the epic beauty of the place. Going in the off season gave the park an aura of peace that added to my wonder…Here are my thoughts, if you’re looking to plan a trip!
We stayed at the Evergreen Lodge, a delightful rustic-chic property that offers cabins of all sizes, plus a lovely heated pool and hot tub area with views. We adored this place, though it's about a 70 minute drive from key attractions and hikes. One day, we’ll consider staying at the posh Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly called Ahwahnee) or the more low key, Yosemite Valley Lodge because they’re near so much and that will save us hours of driving so we can focus on hiking. Honestly, the driving wasn’t bad, as the vistas were pretty, but in peak season, I can’t imagine what the traffic is like.
Restaurants in and outside the park are limited, but one bonus, most of the places have vegan and other very healthy offerings, which was a great surprise. We had a nice lunch at the Priest Station Cafe on the outskirts, before we made our way to Hetch Hetchy. After a 7 mile hike, we had a leisurely lunch at the Majestic Yosemite Dining Room; this turned out to be one of our favorite experiences. We were amazed by the intact vintage lodge interior, were seated in the sunny alcove with huge windows and they had a pretty impressive wine list. Also, for film trivia buffs, interiors of this hotel were adapted for The Shining; the designers incorporated the lobby, elevators and Great Lounge into sets for the Overlook Hotel. Finally, another reason we enjoyed staying at the Evergreen Lodge is because they have a tavern, restaurant and general store, all of which had pleasing options. After long days of driving and hiking, having a hearty, delicious meal before catching some z’s was essential.