I was thrilled to get the opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime experience a few weeks ago. I got to ride along while a CAT driver groomed the slopes of Baldy Mountain in Sun Vally. Of course, when planning a once in a lifetime bucket list activity the first two things that came to mind were: “What am I going to wear?” and “Blog entry!”
A few years ago I followed the photos of Naomi Campbell in couture as she performed court-ordered community service at a sanitation plant. Since I don’t plan on assaulting a housekeeper so I can dress myself in couture while doing community service, nor do I ever want to work at a sanitation plant even if it means dressing in couture, her fashion statement stuck with me. So when thinking about what to wear while riding in a CAT, the largest CAT in the country mind you titled “the Beast,” the first thing that came to mind was couture! I don’t exactly have the access to haute couture that Naomi Campbell does, so I settled on the fanciest dress I could find in my closet: a little number I purchased for a black tie gala a couple of years ago. This BCBG frock is on the edgier side of gala attire, perfect for a ride in the Beast. I completed the look with a few footwear options and a nice warm fuzzy fur.
The experience was everything I imagined and more, complete with a CAT driver named Crusher. Crusher is a super nice guy, and oh-so-talented at his art form, his art form being perfect corduroy snow. He humored my antics and despite his inevitable first impressions of me being a “lodge bunny”, I convinced him of my die-hard-skier status as I begged for him to take me down the steepest slope possible. I hope you like these crazy shots of my own personal fashion statement on the Beast… long love ya Naomi!
Thank you Crusher for an experience I will never forget, I’m guessing you won’t either, for better or worse!