jane sews summer capsule

today is a good day for those of you in the southern hemisphere! the south african-based label jane sews has just released their new summer capsule collection, and as expected, it’s a good one! designer amy venter has introduced a beautiful new set of classic dresses and separates in a clean black and cream palette with the cutest little sandals and handbags to go with them. the palm print is fun and playful without being overdone, just the type of thing i would love to wear on that imaginary resort vacation i’ve got planned in my head. everything is constructed in crisp cotton, breezy rayon, and luxurious silk blends right in their durban studio, at an incredibly affordable price point. if you haven’t taken the time to check out this brand, then today is the day!

tink photography
hair and make-up by candice mac nicol
model ndumi matiwane



a variation on candied yams

and just like that, thanksgiving is upon us. my family will be gathering at my grandma’s house for a traditional thanksgiving with all of the usual suspects: a giant turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, rolls, and steamed veggies. my grandma’s been making it that way her entire life, and we don’t tend to stray away from her tradition. but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a bit of fun on our own. my sister came over this weekend, eager to try out a recipe for “healthy” candied yams that she’d dreamt up the night before. it turned out so good, that we’ve decided that we might as well entertain ourselves with all of our own thanksgiving alternatives  in the days before and after this most gluttonous of holidays.

a variation on candied yams

  • 4 cups cubed sweet potatoes (you can also go half and half with butternut squash if you like!)
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil, or enough to coat the potatoes
  • 3 – 4 Tbsps maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • juice of half an orange
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans, lightly chopped

set oven to 400 degrees. toss the potatoes lightly in olive oil and bake in the oven until tender, about 20 – 25 minutes. remove from the oven and stir in the orange juice, pecans, and cranberries. drizzle with maple syrup to taste, then return to the over for an additional 15 minutes, or until the dish has caramelized. let rest for a few minutes and enjoy with your favorite thanksgiving dishes!


the warm bright by swords smith

i’m quite the fan of new york-based boutique swords smith. so much so, that i literally have to avoid looking at the site, for fear that i might black out and buy all of the things. but when my pal emily theobald sent me the photos from their latest look book, i could not look away. she was basically given free reign to create this beautiful november editorial, and of course the results are on point. i know i’m a “personal style blogger” and all that, but if i was rich and famous, i would try by best to convince her to be my personal stylist. so behold a sampling of looks available online.

creative direction, styling, and modeling by emily theobald for swords smith.



giveaway: win $100 to standard edition!

today i am pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of standard edition. this la-based etsy shop is filled with a beautiful selection of unique vintage, including this amazing cat jacket that i’m wearing in this post, which will be available in the shop in the next couple of days! so of course, i am very glad to be able to offer you the chance to win a $100 gift card to the shop!

enter using the widget below:

Enter to win $100 to Standard Edition!

cat jacket from standard edition, available soon!
steven alan dress
swedish hasbeens
j.w. hulme mini legacy shoulder bag
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker
self-made teething necklace

standard edition would also like to offer you 15% off all orders with code “calivintage15″ now through november 25!


stuffed squash

the weather is finally cooling off around these parts, bringing with it the opportunity to warm up the kitchen with all sorts of autumnal delights. my sister came over earlier in the week with a big butternut squash all ready to bake, so we whipped up a tasty stuffing to go with it. even though it’s a pretty simple recipe, it certainly isn’t short on flavor.

butternut squash stuffed with wild rice and brussels sprouts

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 2 cups uncooked chard
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice
  • 2 cup of cooked brussel sprouts (cut in half)
  • 2 tbsp roughly cut craisins
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • enough olive oil to coat squash/ sprouts/ pan to saute onions

heat the oven to 375 degrees. half the butternut squash, and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. coat the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. pop it into the oven with the cut sides up until the flesh is tender, about 45 minutes or so. while the squash is baking in the oven, cook the wild rice to instructions. in a pan, saute the onion and chard in about a tsp of olive oil. roast the brussels sprouts in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. in a medium sized bowl, mix in the cooked rice, onion, chard, brussels sprouts, craisins, and slivered almonds. scoop the ingredients into your cooked butternut squash and serve!


want: marais usa cowboy mules

i’ve been going through my fall wishlist, and a new pair of shoes are at the top of my list! all summer long, i was scouring ebay and etsy for a pair of western mules that i’d dreamed up in my head. i found a few pairs that weren’t my size, and was getting pretty discouraged until this perfect pair popped up by marais usa. i love the almond-shaped toe and the low heel, and i really like the way the haircalf adds just the right touch of interest. or if you want something a little more flashy, they also come in two different snakeskin patterns and leopard print!

the marais usa cowboy mule.





lauren manoogian fall 2014

for the first time in my entire life (ok, maybe since i was a little kid), i left the house in a pair of sweatpants. mind you, it wasn’t like i’d just rolled out of bed and meandered out into the street. i was wearing a pair of “fashion” sweatpants rolled at the cuffs,  styled with a pair of loafers, a soft button-up shirt, and a denim coat. even so, it was a departure from my typical style. for me, walking around in the daylight wearing glorified loungewear was akin to wearing my underwear in public. i kept glancing at the people around me, scanning for their looks of disapproval. but of course, once i realized that people weren’t shocked and horrified by my relatively boring sartorial choices, i got comfortable with the idea, and have since become obsessed with what i am now calling “elevated loungewear.”

so of course, i now dream of swathing myself in all of the clothes from the lauren manoogian fall 2014 collection. these beautiful knits are spun with luxurious alpaca blends from peru. they’re expertly constructed in cool silhouettes that would elevate even the laziest of outfits. toss on a pair of old 501s and a big roomy sweater with a statement necklace, and you’re good to go! i have been wanting a cozy shawl collar coat, and i certainly wouldn’t mind one of these. a girl can dream, can’t she?

photos courtesy of lauren manoogian, photography by dan mcmahon.


giveaway: win $100 at olive austin!

today i am very pleased to announce that i’ve teamed up with olive boutique for my latest giveaway! this awesome indie shop is nestled in a little white bungalow in east austin, texas, and is run by photographer, stylist, and photographer laura uhlir. she launched the shop with the aim of sharing her ever growing vintage collection, and passion for smart design. i follow her on instagram, and am constantly falling in love with all of the cool indie designs she stocks in her shop. so much so, that it’s making me want to plan a trip to texas to see what it’s all about! but fear not, even if you’re not headed to the area anytime soon, all of her offerings are also available in the online shop. and today, we’d like to offer you the chance to win a $100 gift card!

to enter: simply visit olive and tell us which item in the shop is your favorite.

the fine print: this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. only one entry per person. winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email after tuesday, november 18.





there’s just something about vintage workwear that really gets me going. a perfect pair of selvedge denim dungarees, a rugged chambray work shirt. so perfectly nostalgic and staunchly american. if i could find such menswear to fit my body, i would certainly wear more of it in my daily life, but alas, i am not built with the body of a man. and nor do i want to be. so when i laid eyes on this dress by heinui, i knew i had found something good. it’s made of the most amazing japanese chambray, but constructed in a decidedly feminine shape. it’s actually a lot more sophisticated than most of the clothes in my wardrobe, but it’s not delicate or precious in the least.

ellis dress courtesy of heinui
rachel comey mars boots
clare v. messenger
the runwell watch courtesy of shinola


closet cleaning season

the seasons are changing, and i’ve been going through yet another massive closet-cleaning session, getting ready to let go of all those clothes that have just been taking up space in my closet. this time, i’m saying goodbye to a ton of cute party dresses by boutique designers, as well as a good chunk of barely worn high street pieces. unfortunately, while i might be long on clothes, i’m short on time. so for this round, i’ve teamed up with twice to offer you the chance to shop my closet. this week, i’ve been packing up dozens of dresses, separates, shoes, and bags for an upcoming calivintage pop up shop! all of the pieces you see here (and like 80 more pieces) will be up for sale online very soon!

the nice thing about the service is that all you have to do is request a selling kit and then ship off all of your used items to be photographed and listed for sale on the site. from there, you simply wait for a check in the mail. i just don’t have the manpower to list all of this stuff online and then pack and ship that many boxes, so this really is the next best thing. everything will be ready to go soon, so consider this your sneak peek. and i’ll give you guys the heads-up when the pop up shop is open!