Fort Bragg, California

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This summer I began a road trip up the coast of California and Oregon with a stop in Fort Bragg which lies directly on Highway 1 just above San Francisco.

Fort Bragg, California is one of those misty places that you never want to leave but have no idea how you'd survive staying... 

As my uncle Sean says it's a "drinking town with a fishing problem."

Part of one day was spent oogling the immense coastline at Glass Beach. Glass Beach was a beach made from the remnants of a dump. The glass and china pieces left worn and smooth from the ocean tide made the beach a very popular place for me and my sister growing up. We'd spend hours picking through all of the glass just to find old pieces of china and choice colors for mosaics. Funny to imagine a dump becoming such a fun place to play... 

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One of my favorite things about the Northern California coastline is the drama. It's intense. The colors and waves of the environment are dense, saturated, and loud. The weather, whether it be misty and foggy or brilliantly sunny, evokes emotion.

Most of the time you won't be walking around any of the Fort Bragg beaches in a swimsuit, as it's a bit on the brisk side for that. But if you were to wear one, it'd definitely be this Mermaid inspired one of a kind velour swimsuit that I made. Melanie MacTavish is featured in this editorial wearing the Mermaid Velour High Waisted Bikini Bottoms and Tie Back Bikini Top at one of the epic beaches that line the coast of Fort Bragg, California. 

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