Wild At Heart

By now, you've surely heard of the book, "Wild," which was featured in every major magazine this spring. Author Cheryl Strayed traveled 1,100 miles across the Pacific Crest Trail in an effort to find some healing from heroin addiction, unhealthy romantic relationships and the death of her mother. It's such an exceptional book that Oprah Winfrey recently resurrected her book club with Strayed's book serving as Winfrey's first book selection. And, on top of that, Reese Witherspoon is set to play the writer in a movie based on this memoir. You can read my interview with Strayed here

For our Santa Cruz readers, Strayed will be speaking at the Capitola Book Café at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. 

But what does that have to do with fashion? Admittedly, not much, since her book is about hiking, and anyone knows that the trail is not a fashion show, and anyone who thinks it is, well, that's pretty silly. Still, it can be fun to express yourself in a fashionable but practical way when going out on your own adventure. Now, these trail clothing suggestions are ideas for long day hikes or even weekend trips outdoors, not necessarily the type of gear you'd wear to hike from Mexico to Canada. 

As an avid hiker myself (I've been hiking almost every Saturday for the last nine months), I've found the following items to be really useful, as well as cute. These trail shoes by Nike+ are bright, stylish, have extraordinary flexibility and traction, and can be paired with the Nike+ system, where you pop a sensor into your shoe and it tracks your mileage, calories, pace, and of course, the time. The sensor syncs with this watch by Nike+, and it comes in a variety of colors. The bright orange shirt below is a great deal at Target and wicks off sweat and moisture as good as any high-end brand. And the hiking pants (which admittedly look kind of dorky in this picture) are much more attractive in person, look flattering on a curvy figure, are water and wind repellant, have SPF built into them, and can roll up into shorts. 

I think Cheryl Strayed would approve.

Wild At Heart