halloween costumes for imaginative play

since having kids, halloween costumes have always been a challenge for me. don’t get me wrong, i love halloween, but i don’t love all of the waste. you know how it goes, once the holidays begin, the consumerism picks up and just keeps growing until it peaks at christmas and your house is filled with piles of stuff. i love all the cute decorations and the kids have a blast trying one costumes at the store, but i just can’t justify all of the disposable stuff. so for the past couple of years, i’ve tried to focus on finding costumes that can be used or re-used beyond just the school carnival or halloween night. two years back, i bought the kids black pajamas and used scraps of fabric to turn them into little bats. then last year, we found these amazing and durable canvas capes from lovelane. it was a lot to spend upfront, so i was really nervous about making the purchase, but my kids still have so much fun playing in those capes a year later.

so this year, i knew i wanted to get them some new open-ended costumes for imaginative play to add to their little play chest. they already love the playsilks i put in their easter baskets earlier in the year, so when sarah’s silks reached out and asked if we’d like to try some of their costumes, the kids were so ridiculously excited. edie picked out the fairy dress, rainbow garland, and rainbow streamer. and adam picked out a reversible silk crown, star cape, and soft sword. we still have a couple of weeks left before halloween, but they have been playing with the silks nonstop and it is literally the cutest thing i have ever seen.


use code HALLOWEEN for 20% off costumes from sarah’s silks!









our 1927 bathroom restoration with true value

Since our one really big renovation last year, I haven’t had a whole lot to share about the house. We’ve mostly just been enjoying the space and keeping things mellow. But the one space we haven’t been enjoying? THE BATHROOM. It was the one really big, glaring project that didn’t get done last year despite the fact that our little vanity was literally falling apart, our bathtub was pitted beyond belief, and the window was… well, nonexistent. Our house was built in 1927 and even though it may be small, it’s always been big on charm. Except for the bathroom. And we only have one bathroom in the house! It had one unfortunate remodel somewhere around 1967 in which almost all of the original vintage features were removed and all that was left was a very hideous faux marble (?) sink and the persistent smell of old people. Literally. No matter how many times we cleaned, you’d always get the strongest waft of powdery perfume and mildew when you opened the cabinet door or the medicine cabinet. No, we weren’t living in squalor, but it was definitely creepy. A gross. And time for a change.

It’s always been my dream to restore this little house to it’s former 1920s glory. And I’ve always had some pretty strong ideas about what I’d like to do with the bathroom. I did a ton of research on vintage bathrooms from the time period and really wanted to go as historically accurate as possible while still, of course, acknowledging that we do live in modern times. I could write an entire post dedicated purely to all of the little details (and I probably will), but it’s not nearly as much fun as talking about (drumroll, please…) PAINT. I’m not kidding! It’s so funny, but of all the decisions that I had to make about this little bathroom, the paint color was definitely the most debated topic. For those of you who followed along on my Instagram stories, you’ll know what I’m talking about!

The bathroom itself is fairly simple. I went with an antique white subway tile and black accent details with just a little splash of green in the daisy pattern mosaic tiles on the floor, so we started with a nearly neutral base. I really enjoy designing this way because it means you really can’t go wrong with just about any color palette you choose for decorating. And even though changing the paint color is a lot easier than pulling out all of your tiles, it still manages to become one of the hardest decisions to make! Perhaps because it’s one of those final decisions. The color that finishes off the design and really pulls the room together. After comparing various brands, I decided to work with True Value’s EasyCare Ultra Premium Paint, which is known for their long lasting and superior products! I was quickly able to narrow it down to three options: a bold mustard (EasyCare Paint SUNBATH), a unique green (EasyCare Paint PARSLEY ROOT), and a soft pink (EasyCare Paint ROSE QUARTZ). Despite being my favorite color of the bunch, I could tell as soon as I swatched the mustard that it wasn’t going to work for the tiny space. Still, you always have to try something really out-of-the box because you never know until you get it up on the walls. But then it came down to team green vs. team pink. Do I echo the color of the floor tiles on the walls? Or do a bit of complimentary pink to balance it out?

In the end, I went with my gut. The kids were both taking a bath and singing and playing. I sat there watching them with three little swatches painted on the wall above them and just chose what jumped out at me in that very moment. Something about the pink just felt so fun and cheerful for a period bathroom. Using the EasyCare Paint Color Gallery, I explored the pink options and in the end, I landed on THE COLOR:  EasyCare Paint GLEE, in the Interior Satin finish. (Also available in flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss sheens for both interior and exterior applications, btw.)

I’ve been a fan of EasyCare Paint since I worked with the brand to find the perfect neutral yet complex white for our living room and fireplace. It’s become my go-to paint around the house, so I was really excited about this project because I knew I wanted to have some fun playing with COLOR. And it’s super easy to use because it’s a paint-and-primer in one that offers durability, smooth application, impeccable finish, and rich color. It has superior stain resistance and delivers long lasting color and performance which is especially important for a bathroom that has to endure tons of moisture and plenty of wear and tear, particularly when you’ve got two little kids! And most importantly for them, it’s low-odor, low-VOC, and certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It minimizes irritants and pollutants in the air, creating a healthier indoor environment for your whole family in a range of colors to suit literally everyone. Picking a color is literally the hardest part, and they even make that easy.

Available at True Value stores nationwide and many independent paint and hardware retailers. Visit the Store Locator on EasyCarePaint.com to find a retailer near you.


I used the fan deck to get an idea of what colors to swatch, comparing against some of the tile and decor


Ready to sample swatches!


Are you team mustard, team green, or team pink?


Drumroll, please…


Just doing the final touch-ups to the room with the winning shade: EasyCare Paint GLEE


THE BEFORE:

AND AFTER:

This post was sponsored by True Value and EasyCare Paint. 

universal standard pick of the month

ok so it officially rained for two seconds this morning and i ran to my closet to finally style my new universal standard leather jacket. it’s been like 100 degrees every day, so you know everyone in southern california was just waiting for the chance to wear more than one layer haha.

but i am especially excited because this is my first time working with universal standard, and i am so blown away by the brand. if you’re not familiar, universal standard was founded by two friends who were determined to create an inclusive shopping experience where both “straight” and “plus” sizes could shop side by side. they carry garments in sizes 00-40, which is truly amazing. i’ve talked a lot about ethical fashion and slow fashion over the years, but one big issue that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough is size inclusivity in fashion in general! i love that i can share a photo of myself wearing this jacket and know that anyone who wants a leather jacket can find one in their size at the same store as everyone else.

not only that, but universal standard has a program called “fit liberty” that literally allows you to exchange any of their core collection pieces for a different size within one year of purchase. because yes, our sizes fluctuate and we shouldn’t be stuck with something that doesn’t fit just because our bodies change.

so here is the universal standard pick of the month, the leather jacket. each month, the editors choose a different seasonal style to help you build a timeless and effortless capsule wardrobe. it is such a classic and so fun to wear. i’ve been playing around with the styling and it pretty much goes with everything. just throw it on over any summer look and you’re good to go for fall. yes, you. whether you’re a size 00, a size 6, or a size 40.


get 20% off your entire order from universal standard with code calivintage20 now through october 14!



the lindsay robinson tia dress

and just like that, it’s fall. we don’t exactly get that season here where i live in southern california, but when i pulled on this linsday robinson tia dress in bronze and headed out to the park for a photo shoot, it certainly looked like fall with all of the bronzy dried flowers to perfectly match my outfit. one of the things i struggle with is finding a good “going out” dress. i tend to be so super casual in my style, and i try to be so thoughtful about what i buy and own, that i have a hard time justifying anything that might seem “frivolous.” i have such a strong desire to have clothes that i can wear every day, which is definitely a smart approach. but then, when i’m the mood to dress up or a have a little bit of fun, i realize that i don’t really have anything hanging in my closet to match my mood! which is why i love this sparkly dress so much! it’s still casual enough that i could wear it out for an afternoon burrito date with brendan (which i did on this particular day), but it’s also something that i can throw on for a holiday party and still feel appropriately dressy. it’s a middle ground that i really think i need to explore more often when i picked out new clothes to wear.

not to be pushy or anything, but i should probably note that this particular dress is a limited release, so you’re interested, now’s the time to check it out before they sell out! or if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, it also comes in a 100% sand silk noil.


wearing:
linsday robinson tia dress in bronze, gift from brand
winden nicole barrette in pearl, gift from shop boswell
maryam nassir zadeh mules
clare v. petit lea in cream, use this link for $25 off your first order






the usual

it’s summer, it’s hot. i’ve been wearing lots of giant puffy sleeves. and mostly staying indoors. we’re getting ready to move out of our house again because we’re getting our one and only bathroom renovated in a couple of weeks! we’ll be packing up and moving in with my mom, which is not quite a vacation, but not too bad. she lives on the edge of a protected wilderness area out in the desert, so it’s pretty calm and relaxing just sitting around, dipping in the pool, and looking at the views. not glamorous, but nice. and when we get back, we’ll have a new bathroom! and the kids will go back to school! and it will still be insufferably hot until at least october, but i’ll have my puffy blouses. and summer will end soon enough. and things will finally be back to “normal.” until they aren’t again!


wearing:
rudy jude adult day blouse
re/done wide leg crop jeans
everlane day slide sandals
clare v. fannypack
velvet canyon ruby tuesday sunglasses





 

ginny & jude

my summer of puff sleeves is well underway, and my latest dress is by australian brand ginny & jude. i’ve been admiring their dresses from afar for years, so i was very pleasantly surprised when they reached out and asked if i’d be interested in being interviewed for their series, the women project. so if you’re interested in reading a few of my ramblings, definitely head over to check it out, and take a look at some of the other women they’ve featured, who are most certainly more interesting than i am! and don’t forget to take a look at the dresses! this particular style comes in a number of different colors and fabrics including a dreamy velvet number that would be so perfect for special occasions.


wearing:
ginny & jude ‘mood indigo’ puff sleeve dress in sea foam ramie
maryam nassir zadeh sophie mules
clare v. petit alistair in cuoio





 

christy dawn x madewell

earlier this week, i had the pleasure of photographing and sharing one of the new dresses from the latest christy dawn x madewell collaboration. i am a huge fan of christy dawn because all of their garments are made in los angeles utilizing up-cycled deadstock fabrics, so seeing a more ethical, sustainable brand model getting this type of visibility is a great step in the right direction for the fashion industry. so i headed out to one of my favorite parks on the edge of town to snap some dreamy photos, and was actually really surprised by how comfortable i felt wearing it in 95 degree heat! i don’t tend to go for more lightweight, semi-sheer fabrics, but it just felt so good! i’m wearing the dawn midi dress in floral garden, but you can shop the entire collection here.






linen jumpsuits (and a $250 giveaway to nadinoo!)

shall we kick off the summer with a little giveaway? i think so. this week, i’m giving away a £200 (about $250 USD) shop credit to nadinoo on my instagram! if you’ve been around here for a long time, then you’ll know that i’ve been a die-hard nadinoo fan for years. she’s always been one of my favorite designers, and i feel so fortunate to have been able to wear her clothes for so many years running. and this season, i just couldn’t keep my eyes off this inky blue linen coverall. i have this sort of rule that anything in my wardrobe should be able to double as both workwear and loungewear. my days see me doing so many varied activities, from digging in the garden to chasing after two little kids to meetings over coffee or just sitting at my computer answering emails. you might even throw in a little furniture-building as i’ve been working on setting up my home-studio these days, too! i like to be able to wear clothes that move and breathe and that still look good if they get a little dirty, good enough to go out for coffee or to just crash on the sofa. and i think nadinoo really has that figured out. so without further adieu…

click here to enter the $250 giveaway! and get 10% off everything at nadinoo with code CALIVINTAGE through june 30!


wearing:
nadinoo suteki coveralls in indigo linen
old basket backpack (this ollie ella soukie backpack is very similar)
zouxou eugenia flat in miel




summer daisies (and a noemiah discount code!)

hello hello! i shared a photo of this beautiful noemiah dress several weeks ago on instagram, but never got around to writing a proper blog post about it! these days it seems like less and less people are looking at blogs, but i forget that it’s the only space online that i truly own. i really need to get into the habit of sharing things here more often! it’s fun to be able to write more long-form posts, even if not everyone reads them. and i love that i can share several images so you can really get a good look at what i’m wearing.


use code CALIV15 for 15% off your order at noemiah!


so here i am in my noemiah dress! i’ve been a fan of this montreal-based designer for years, and when i told her how much i loved this design, she so very kindly offered to send it to me. and as is often the case, it’s even more beautiful in person! it’s made of this deliciously pillowy double cotton gauze that is both big and floaty, yet still retains a certain amount of structure as you wear it. the perfect dress for spring and especially summer because of the large shape that really allows you to breathe. and my favorite detail, of course, are the embroidered daisies on the bodice.


wearing:
noemiah embroidered daisies dress
maryam nassir zadeh mules
clare v. petit alistair (use this link for $25 off your first order)




woven play

if you’ve been following along with me for the last couple of years, then you know i have a pretty short list of favorites when it comes to shopping for my kids. and one of those favorites is noble carriage. this mama-owned shop is based out of san diego and focuses on organic goods for babies and kids. we’ve partnered together a number of times over the years and this time, we got the opportunity to photograph their latest exclusive with woven play, this adorable organic jada sunsuit in lavender (which also comes in a number of other colors and styles)! so we packed up the kids and headed out to one of our favorite parks in town to play around in the riverbed as the sun set over the hills.

it was a lot of fun for me because i really enjoy photography and photo editing, but i don’t always get to do a ton of the former myself anymore. always a good reminder that i can still do it when the occasion arrises, even if it’s just shooting photos of my kids playing. heck, i might even get one of these photos framed for the house!


photographed:
noble carriage exclusive woven play organic jada sunsuit in lavender
tortoise and the hare white hair clip pair
scandic gypsy little gypsy mules in summer tan
noble organic utility suit in indigo (on adam)












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