the joy is in the details

calivintage + cath kidston

The holidays are upon us, and while I’ve resolved to hit the ground running in preparation for the season, I know it won’t do me any good if I can’t also remember to slow down and take the time to enjoy the little things. One such detail that has really been helping me to be more mindful and to stay in the present are my morning walks with Adam. Our tradition began when he was just a baby. I would wake up the in the morning, get us both dressed up for the day, and head out on a stroll to the neighborhood coffee shop. Even if there was nothing else to do for the day, it was this little routine that really helped me to feel alive and ready to tackle my day.

Fast forward a few years and my little guy is nearly 4-years-old! What was just a simple morning routine has now grown and blossomed into something even more special than I could have imagined. Adam is no longer nestled in his baby carrier, but walking right beside me. When we get to the coffee shop, he holds the door open for me, and picks out a carton of milk from the refrigerator all by himself. We walk at his pace, stopping to pick dandelions or splash in puddles. And in those moments, he teaches me so much about slowing down and looking at the world through those wide eyes of a child. All with just a simple morning walk through the neighborhood.

And this season, we’ve partnered with the iconic brand, Cath Kidston, to share all of the joy in those precious details. I was so excited when they first contacted me because I still remember the brand from when I was a kid in the ’90s! They first launched in 1993 with a small shop in West London, selling car boot finds and vintage fabrics before Cath began designing and producing her own prints and products. They have since grown into a renowned brand available across the globe. I can still remember going with my mom to the local fabric shop and falling in love with those playful, vintage-inspired prints on oil cloth and cotton. So of course, I’ve been hit with a wave of nostalgia picking out matching outfits for me and Adam, with their cheerful details and modern vintage design. And I’m so excited to continue to share even more of our favorite details from The Home of Modern Vintage throughout the holiday season!

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Adam is wearing: Marching Band Breton Stripe Boy Long Sleeve T-shirt, Mono Guards Boys Jeans, Guards Kids Watch

I’m wearing: Oil Painted Posy Dress, Tweed Coat, Medium Leather Duo Cross Body Bag (with a vintage beret and vintage boots)

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calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston

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bat babies

calivintage - diy kids bat costumes

i think that making diy halloween costumes has become a new tradition around here. last year, i made adam into a pumpkin and edie was a little kitty. a year before that, i made this cute owl costume for adam. this year, neither of the kids really had any opinions about what to wear. the only request from adam was to wear all black, so i ordered these pajamas from primary and just added black linen wings and bat ears. edie’s are actually the same cat ears from last halloween. and adam’s were a diy that i fashioned after her headband with black grosgrain ribbon. add black shoes and you’re good to go. i really like the simplicity of these looks and i appreciate that they weren’t “too much” for my teething 18-month-old and picky 3.5-year-old.

hope you all had a happy halloween!

get 20% off plus free shipping on your first order at Primary.com with code AFF20PCT

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calivintage - diy kids bat costumes
calivintage - diy kids bat costumes
calivintage - diy kids bat costumes

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morning & night

i know most of your feeds are probably overtaken by halloween costumes and party pictures, but i’m just over here enjoying these first few days of real fall weather here in southern california. it was 107 degrees one day last week, so this sudden turn to foggy skies and chilly mornings has got me in the mood for the coming holiday season.

having said that, i’m a realist. i’ve decided to do all of my holiday shopping super early this year in an effort to keep the stress from getting too overwhelming, but first, i had to treat myself to a few new things from my newest partner, moorea seal. they make great gifts for yourself, but are also perfect as small gifts for friends or family. a cup of coffee in the morning is exponentially better in the pour over ii. and you can’t forget to unwind at night with the coconut milk bath soak and a host over other luxurious bath goods by herbivore.

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good night, day fall 2017

i know, i know. i live in southern california where it hardly gets cold. my friends living in colder climes are always quick to point out that i am a total cold weather novice. but two things: 1. contrary to popular belief, it does get pretty cold out here. it doesn’t snow, but we’re out on the very edge of the desert, so we end up with pretty extreme temperature drops in the evenings, often dipping below freezing, and 2. despite that, i admit that it really is warm and sunny most of the year, which is why i am all the more obsessed with those rare occasions when i can wrap myself in a cozy sweater. but the truth is, i’m usually not prepared with nearly enough sweaters. so this year, i decided it was high time i started building a better cold weather wardrobe. and this season, one of the first places i looked was the canadian-based knitwear line good night, day.

i’ve followed designer tara-lynn morrison since i first started blogging, and have enjoyed watching her work evolve over time. in many ways, i feel like my aesthetic has grown and changed right along side hers. and i’ve only grown to appreciate her ethical stance in the business even more and more as the years pass by. all of her yarns are ethically sourced, and every single piece she sells is made by her, by hand. her goal is to create classic pieces that will last a lifetime so that you can reduce the amount you buy and contribute to a more sustainable, consciously political, slow fashion movement.

shop good night, day.

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jesse kamm fall 2017

calivintage - jesse kamm fall 2017

i’m sure by now, you’re familiar with the iconic kamm pants. i will admit, i may own several pairs in different colors. but what you may not know, is that jesse kamm has come out with a really amazing collection for fall 2017 that has lots more than just good trousers. she’s of course, come out with a really lovely new colorway for the pants, but i’m also just generally into the styling and the wrap style seen in an easy top, a kimono jumpsuit, and a chic midi dress.

i love the brand because her pants are made of the sturdiest cotton canvas, constructed right here in california and garment dyed in the most beautiful colors. i’ve really shifted focus onto ethical fashion, with clothes being made with eco-conscious materials and with ethical standards in regards to labor. bonus points for being nearby, so that they don’t have to travel halfway across the planet just to get here.

you can shop jesse kamm here.

her clothes are also available from various retailers on garmentory. if you haven’t already signed up, you can get $20 off your first purchase using my referral code, if you’re interested!

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ilana kohn fall 2017

calivintage - ilana kohn fall 2017

the new ilana kohn fall 2017 collection is out! i’ve long been a fan of her work, but for some reason, didn’t actually own anything by the brand until the past year. i picked up a pair of her now iconic boyd pants and i now have to try to stop myself from wearing them for days in a row. they are so comfy and i get compliments on them all the time, which is of course, an added perk. i just love her aesthetic, everything is simple and wearable, but she isn’t afraid to try new and interesting silhouettes. each piece makes a statement on it’s own, but is versatile enough to wear a million different ways. i love the fall color palette, and i’m really into the marion shirt and the phoebe shirt! i just know they’ll go with everything.

you can shop the ilana kohn fall 2017 collection here.

or if you haven’t yet signed up, her collection is also available at garmentory. and you can get $20 off your first purchase using this link.

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blluemade giveaway!

calivintage + blluemade

as i’m sure you’ve noticed by now, i’m a big fan of linen. over the years this sturdy, breathable, and sustainable textile has taken over my closet. and one brand who knows how to do linen right is blluemade. this brooklyn-based brand has quickly become a favorite thanks to their dedication to quality and craftsmanship. they don’t have a huge selection, but what they do, they do right. this dress was one of their first designs and it has become a classic for good reason. the weight of the linen means it can be worn for all seasons, and the simple shape is versatile enough to be worn alone or as a tunic with jeans, or layered over a cozy sweater. you can really achieve just about any look you’re going for with this! and today, we’re offering you a chance to win any one item from the shop!

visit this post on instagram to enter for a chance to win any one item from blluemade!

and get 20% off with code CALIVINTAGE20 now through friday, september 29!

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han starnes fall 2017

calivintage - han starnes fall 2017

it’s definitely that time of year when all of the fall collections are dropping and i’m having a hard time keeping up with all of my favorites! the new han starnes fall 2017 is, of course, amazing. it’s a small yet elegant collection of beautiful knitwear complimented by easy denim pants. these types of clothes really speak to me because not only are the styles perfectly timeless, but everything looks insanely comfortable to wear. i know that if i got even one sweater from this collection that i would have a hard time wearing anything else. you can just toss these on with messy hair and a pair of jeans, a swipe of lipstick and you’d feel perfectly cool and put together wherever you went. that’s what a good textile (and good design) will do for you!

you can shop han starnes here.

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soor ploom fall 2017

calivintage - soor ploom fall 2017

the new soor ploom fall 2017 collection is out, and as always, i am in love. this brooklyn-based brand is one of my most favorites for kids because everything is made from beautiful cotton and linen textiles in classic yet fun styles that really allow for both ease of movement and room to grow. i first bought one of their little tunics for edie when she was a newborn and she was able to wear it until she was nearly a year old!

on the flipside,when adam was born, i bought him tons of clothes from fast fashion brands, and felt pretty bad when i realized how much of it he never even wore. so with edie, we’ve taken a slower approach. i try to keep her wardrobe small and simple with versatile pieces like those from soor ploom so that we still have fun getting dressed, but we know that we’ll get lots of use out of everything we buy. and once she does finally grow out of them, i tuck them away in a box as keepsakes because they truly are so special!

you can shop the new soor ploom collection here.

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