Solstice at the Spiral Jetty

Casual outfit for the summer solstice at the Spiral Jetty, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spiral Jetty during the summer solstice, Great Salt Lake, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spiral Jetty at the Great Salt Lake, northern Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual outfit for a windy day at the Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Korri and I spent our summer solstice meandering through southern Idaho and northern Utah on our way to Salt Lake City for the weekend. Our last stop of the day was to the Spiral Jetty, an earthwork sculpture created by Robert Smithson located on a remote northern shore of the Great Salt Lake. This famous piece of “land art” consists of over 6,000 tons of basalt rock, salt, and sand found at the site. It’s 15' wide and juts 1500’ into the lake. In years past, the Spiral Jetty has been completely covered by the lake, but in recent years, drought has exposed the jetty. You have to take a nearly 16-mile dirt road to get there. Let’s just say that I’m very glad my car held up!

Casual summer outfit with grey cropped tee and black wrap skirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black wrap skirt summer outfit with grey ribbed tee — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Spiral Jetty earthwork sculpture, Great Salt Lake, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black wrap skirt casual summer outfit with grey tee and red sandals — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I lived in Utah for a few years for grad school and never made it out to see the jetty, so I’m very happy we finally made it! As luck would have it, we visited on one of the coldest days so far this summer. Gotta love when the summer solstice is chillier than the days around it! ;) It was about 60°F, which was chilly but not terrible, but the wind over the lake made it feel ten times colder…it was blowing at 20-30 mph! I picked an outfit that would look fine in the wind, but I wasn’t anticipating it to be that windy. I probably (definitely) flashed the other folks there…

I actually ended up wearing this outfit all day. I don’t normally travel in skirts, but this one is flexible around the midsection, soft, and so comfortable. I topped it with my ribbed crop tee; the long-sleeves added much-needed warmth. I added the sandals for ease and knowing that the jetty would have sand, and sandals fit the “scene” the best in my opinion. I did almost slip/trip a couple of times walking down to the jetty, though, haha. I don’t wear sandals while driving, though. When I drive long distances, I wear secure shoes, like sneakers or my old Toms, because I like having the stability.

We had so much fun taking the scenic route for once! It was way better than sitting behind a computer working all day. How did you spend your summer solstice?


OUTFIT DETAILS

H&M tee / exact style (limited sizes) or similar from Zappos
Amour Vert skirt / exact or similar by ASOS
Kino sandals / exact style or similar by Frye
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

Tinker's Cat Café

Adoptable cat Cassie at Tinker's Cat Cafe — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Tinker's Cat Cafe mural by Geri Cordova — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

While we were in Salt Lake City last week, we made sure to stop at the new cat café that opened up about a month and a half ago! Tinker's Cat Café is the first of its kind in Utah: a place where you can grab yourself a beverage and sweet treat and hang out with adorable adoptable kitties at the same time! It's heaven for a cat lady like me. ;)

I supported the Kickstarter almost two years ago, so I was very excited to finally get a chance to visit, especially since it opened after I moved!

Inside Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Treats at Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Menu at Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Donation tree at Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Tinker's is situated in a cute little building just south of downtown Salt Lake City. You walk into the café part, where you can order an assortment of drinks and pick out a treat (or two—no one will judge). Their snacks come from City Cakes & Café, known for their vegan goodies! You would never know their baked goodies were vegan—trust me. ;) They're so good!

My boyfriend grabbed a mocha for himself, and I got a peppermint hot chocolate. 'Tis the season!

If you are waiting for your time to visit the kitties, there's ample space to sit and enjoy your drink or work on your computer, just like in a regular coffee shop.

Adoptable cats at Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Cassie

Cassie

Adoptable cat Cassie at Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Alaska

Alaska

Next is kitty time! Only a limited number of people can visit the kitties per hour. We made reservations to secure our spot, but they allow walk-ins if the hour isn't full. Weekends fill up quickly so definitely make reservations ahead of time if that's when you're planning on coming in. It costs $8 per person, per hour to spend time with the cats, but it's worth it; all of the money goes straight back into their care. We had so much fun hanging out with the kitties and snapping their cute faces. The hour flew by!

The room is set up with a table and chairs and lots of other places to sit and play or pet the cats. I loved how "catified" the room was (that's a Jackson Galaxy word, haha). The room featured lots of soft beds to lay on, scratching posts, stick-on window shelves, and an entire wall of regular shelves that the cats can scale if they so please. I tried to convince my boyfriend that we needed something like that in our place, but he was quick to shut that idea down. ;) There's also (human) games available to play and cat toys if you want to bring out their frisky side!

Cat wall at Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Kamet

Kamet

Nala

Nala

Inside the cat room at Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The kitties at Tinker's are all available for adoption (except the long-haired black cat, their resident cat, not shown in any photos) and all come from Salt Lake County Animal Services, the largest no-kill shelter in Utah. I absolutely love that they partner with a shelter! This kind of environment is so much better for the cats than shelter cages; it's more relaxing and they're able to come out of their shells and show off their personalities! As of this post, Tinker's has facilitated 15 adoptions since they opened in early November. Isn't that amazing?! I would absolutely love to open a cat café in Boise!

If you ever find yourself in Salt Lake City and love cats, I highly recommend blocking out an hour of time to spend with the kitties at Tinker's! :) 

Kitty in the window at Tinker's Cat Cafe — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Cat shelf wall at Tinker's Cat Cafe — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Adoptable cat Nala at Tinker's Cat Cafe — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Adoptable cats at Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Petting cats inside Tinker's Cat Cafe, Salt Lake City, Utah — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

LOCATION: 302 EAST 900 SOUTH, SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Downtown

Blanket scarf outfit with patent leather boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Packable puffer coat with blanket scarf — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with camel blanket scarf — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Blanket scarf and cable knit sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with packable puffer coat — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Whew! These past couple of weeks have been a bit crazy! After we got home from Mexico, my boyfriend and I drove down to Utah for a few days of fun. We saw the Foo Fighters, The Nutcracker, Lady Gaga, and the Utah Gymnastics team preview meet—one event a night for four nights! It's been a struggle to keep up with the blog to say the least. ;)

During the day, we checked out a few of my old stomping grounds in Salt Lake City, including the City Creek shopping center downtown. The shopping in SLC isn't the best—compared to LA or NYC—but it is so much better than the shopping in Boise! I have to make a stop at Madewell and Nordstrom every time I visit. I ended up forgetting both socks and regular tights on this trip, so having those stores nearby definitely came in handy, haha.

Our first day in the city was freakin' cold, and even though it warmed up about 10 degrees for our last couple of days there, I was very happy to have brought along my coziest sweaters, big scarves, and my newest coat addition, a packable puffer! This week of frigid temperatures was the coat's first major test, and I have to say that I'm quite impressed with how warm it kept me. Of course, I wore wool or cashmere sweaters all week, but the extra layer was definitely helpful. Plus, the fact that it's packable means it's easy to travel with! It's currently 50% off if you're in the market for a packable puffer. :)


OUTFIT DETAILS

Abercrombie & Fitch coat / exact
Amour Vert sweater / exact style (limited sizes) or similar from Nordstrom (last seen here)
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Marc Fisher boots / exact (on sale!) (last seen here)
H&M scarf / old; similar by Polo Ralph Lauren or similar from Zulily
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by American Eagle Outfitters