breakfast in bed with eve


as many of you know, my life has changed pretty dramatically over the past couple of years. after making a big move across the state, having our first baby, and buying our first home, we just found out that we’re expecting another baby early next year! with all of these constant changes, we’ve been making a lot of big adjustments. one adjustment we didn’t anticipate? the shrinking size of our bed! we’re all about attachment parenting, and we’ve been co-sleeping with adam since he was born. and while we are beginning to transitioning him to his big boy bed, we still fully expect him to occasionally wake up during the night and wander over to our bed… which is soon to see yet another new occupant! so when eve asked us if we’d like to try out a mattress, i jumped at the opportunity to upgrade!

eve just launched in the us earlier this month, so i was pretty excited to be among the first people to give it a try here in the states. the model is simple and straightforward: they designed one ridiculously comfortable mattress, cut out wholesalers and middlemen, and ship the mattress in vacuum-sealed packaging so it can easily fit through a doorframe, or up a flight of stairs. the result is a luxury mattress experience at a fraction of the price. when it came time to pick my own, i didn’t even hesitate: i knew we needed a king sized bed to accommodate our growing family.

when the mattress arrived, it was tightly wrapped up in its compact box. we slid it into the bedroom, pulled it out of the packaging, and watched as it magically unrolled and filled with air right in front of our eyes. the yellow trim and cheeky packaging was unexpected and delightful, but we were sold once we stretched out on our new massive expanse of bed. adam hopped around while i dressed the bed in new linens. and we spent the rest of the day anticipating bedtime to give it a try. as expected, the mattress is super comfortable thanks to four different layers of squishy memory foam. and all of the extra space feels like a major luxury after sleeping on a much smaller bed for the last couple of years.

one major perk? eve offers a 100 night trial – if you don’t like the mattress, they pick it up and give a full refund – no questions asked. but we’ll be keeping ours, thanks!

this post was sponsored by eve. all content and opinions are my own.

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blurb books for the holidays


’tis the season, you guys! in some years past, i’ve been known to be a little bit of a scrooge, but having a baby has really changed my perspective on the holidays. children have this way of making the holidays magic. and this year, i’m really excited to have had the opportunity to partner with blurb books to create customized photo books to give as gifts to some of my closest relatives. adam’s grandparents and great-grandparents are always pestering me for more photos of adam, so i know that these little books will bring them lots of joy. i have to admit, even i got a little teary-eyed when the package came in the mail and i flipped through the images of adam over the past two years. i arranged the book in reverse chronological order, so as you turn the pages, you watch him transform from a rambunctious toddler to a squishy little baby to the very day he was born. it’s kind of fun to get lost in memories as you reminisce further back in time to days not so long ago, but forever in your memories.

and the best part is that the entire process was totally painless. the books are completely customizable, but virtually foolproof. i get completely overwhelmed by projects like this, but i was able to do the whole thing online. you can start by choosing a book size, pick from a few different style options, and then simply upload your photos and insert text wherever you desire. my hard drive is currently a mess, so i was happy to see the option to pull all of your images directly from your instagram account. and that’s pretty much it! of course, if you happen to be a design pro, then there are also a lot of other options for publishing your book, but i definitely like that you can keep it simple, and still come away with a really beautiful book.

this post was created in collaboration with blurb books.

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baby on the way


that’s right, we’re going in for round number two! today i am exactly 17 weeks along with my second little dude or dudette. i don’t really have much to share other than one of my typical outfit posts. at this stage in the pregnancy, i basically just look like i ate a really big burrito, though i’m sure that will change any day now. yesterday i discovered that i can no longer button my largest pair of jeans, so i’m scrambling to pull together my maternity wardrobe! it’s actually a funny coincidence that i even have this dress. kinwolfe reached out to me a few months ago and asked if i’d like to try one of their maternity nursing dresses since i’m still breastfeeding adam. little did i know that only a few weeks later, i would find out that i was pregnant! needless to say, it was a lifesaver to have it hanging in my closet when i started to burst out of all my normal clothes.

and this time around, when it comes to getting dressed, i’m a lot more focused on comfort and practicality than when i was pregnant with adam. now i kinda feel like this seasoned veteran, and in a way, it’s fun to be able to have this whole arsenal of learnings from the last time around. it’s really helped me to feel much more calm and positive about the whole process. and i am so excited to see what this next little human being is going to be like!

silk radiant maternity/nursing dress courtesy of kinwolfe
benah for karen walker handbag
hatch cashmere socks
swedish hasbeens pearl high




the indigo collection


i haven’t mentioned it on here, but over the past several months, i’ve gotten increasingly more involved in my little vintage shop. i’ve sold vintage on and off since i was a teenager, mostly due to the fact that, if left unchecked, my vintage habit can easily escalate to hoarder status. i almost impulsively collect racks of clothing, so it only makes sense for me to have a shop. it’s a fun, creative outlet for me because i just genuinely love vintage clothes. these days, i’ve been quietly selling on instagram under the name shopcalivintage, mostly dealing in minimalist vintage basics with a focus on really nice textiles like silk, linen, and cotton.

in the meantime, i’ve also gotten increasingly interested in crafty things! over the summer, i started mixing up large batches of indigo to overdye some of the beautiful vintage pieces that i’d been collecting. so finally, without further adieu, i will be posting some of my collection for sale, starting today! and in honor of the occasion i put together a mini lookbook, styled and modeled by my internet pal emily theobald. she came down for a visit to southern california, so i took her out to a wilderness area by my house to shoot a few of the pieces that will be up for sale.

to  keep an eye on my listings, you can follow me at shopcalivintage. i usually list around 10 new items per day, and i try to keep them spread out so i don’t spam your feed too much. if you’ve never purchased anything on ig before, you can take a peek at my shop rules here.

wearing: calivintage indigo collection dress, ayr top, brookes boswell hat, vintage shoes from pretty penny, emily’s own jewelry.

wearing: calivintage indigo collection jacket, lauren winter wrap top, brookes boswell hat, vintage pants, soludos sandals.

wearing: calivintage indigo collection top, vintage pants, vintage mules.

wearing: calivintage indigo collection jacket, vintage top and pants, maryam nassir zadeh roberta heels.



devoted to denim with hudson jeans


when it comes to my personal style, you know i love an easy vintage dress, but nothing beats a good pair of jeans. when you find that perfect pair of dark wash skinny jeans, you pretty much know they’re going to be the hardest working staple in your wardrobe. they’re universally flattering, and they fit into any wardrobe, regardless of your style. they’re like the fashion thread that binds us all together. so of course, when i teamed up with zappos + hudson jeans for my latest outfit post, picking these jeans was pretty much a no-brainer. they’re made of a super soft and stretchy viscose-denim, so they’re insanely comfortable, and they’re the darkest shade of inky blue, which is one of my favorite colors. i really have to hand it to hudson: they have cool british roots, but with an ease that captures the whole laid-back california vibe.

so far this fall, i’ve been really obsessed with comfort, so these were an especially good match with a super warm and cozy oversized sweater. and i went with a totally neutral palette because who says you can’t wear black and blue and even brown all together? that happens to be one of my favorite color combinations. but of course, you could just as easily dress the whole thing up with a flowy top, fancy heels, and a bright pop of lipstick for a night out on the town.

hudson krista super skinny jeans in delilah courtesy of zappos
colorant sweater
brookes boswell wakefield hat
j.w. hulme legacy handbag
maryam nassir zadeh roberta heels in midnight suede


this post was created in partnership with zappos + hudson jeans.

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the pinterest ambassador summit


i don’t think i mentioned it on my blog, but if you follow me on instagram, then you may have noticed that i went on a quick trip to san francisco a few weeks back. i packed up a few things and took off with my little family in tow so that we could squeeze in some touristy time between my days spent at the pinterest headquarters with an incredible group of influential pinterest users from around the country. and to be completely honest, i don’t even know how i ended up being selected to attend among so many talented people to choose from! but there i was, sitting in a room with evan sharp, one of the co-founders of pinterest, and chatting away with the legendary enid hwang.

to give you some background, earlier this year, the pinterest community team started work on their first ever pinterest ambassador program. this first group of individuals is serving as a sort of pilot to help them build an even larger community program over the next months and years. it’s essentially turned into a very rare opportunity for us to not only become more educated about the platform, but to be able to give our feedback directly to the team about what we’d like to see incorporated into the program. so we spent a lot of time digesting information and thinking up big ideas during the three days we were there. i came home with a ridiculous wealth of knowledge around how to utilize pinterest to grow your blog or business, and i’m pretty excited to start sharing some of that information with you here.

and as part of the summit, we hosted a #pinmeetup at the pinterest headquarters and had a chance to meet with tons of people from the community. each of us set up a different pinterest project at our own respective tables and welcomed guests to participate. i shared an easy demo on how to create your own sea salt bath soaks based around my own pin. it was a really fun evening, and these photos are the only evidence of the entire weekend, so i thought i’d share!

enid hwang and sara martineau of the pinterest community team!



#foreverforward with zappos + hudson


you guys, it’s finally fall. as in, it was cold and rainy yesterday and it was actually necessary for me to wear jeans and a sweater. when i woke up this morning, it was 39 degrees outside. it’s downright chilly. so yes, i am quietly rejoicing while pulling all of my knits out of boxes and planning what outfits to wear while the weather is cool. and luckily for me, i recently joined forces with zappos to pick a few pairs of hudson jeans for the season. i was instantly drawn to their ’70s-inspired fall collection, and placed my order for this pair of insanely soft mia jeans. they arrived in two days with free shipping, just in time for me to pull together this comfy look on the first chilly day of the season.

and they totally satisfy my desire to swath myself in warm and cozy clothes while still looking pulled-together and vintage-inspired. i’ve talked about this before, but for me, even if i’m just wearing jeans and a t-shirt, i still always try to add an element of interest to my look. i tend to be a bit of a minimalist, so instead of piling on lots of accessories, i usually like to play with interesting shapes and silhouettes instead. the slim fit of the jeans keep the boxy sweater from being too overwhelming, the heels add height (and another little nod to the past), while the hat balances out the shape of the flares. it’s an easy outfit formula that i’m definitely going to be revisiting a lot this fall.

hudson mia five-pocket mid rise flare jeans in oracle courtesy of zappos
vintage sweater
brookes boswell boro in black straw
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
vintage coach bucket bag


this post was created in partnership with zappos + hudson.

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little owl


i know, i know, it’s kind of sacrilege to be posting these three whole days after halloween, but i couldn’t resist sharing a few snapshots of adam’s owl costume. if i had been a good blogger, i would have had the whole thing completed and photographed at least a week before halloween, but the reality is that i barely finished it the night before! i had even originally planned to buy the costume from an etsy seller called tree +vine, but unfortunately, i failed to place my order the requisite three weeks in advance. so without many other options, i set out to make it myself! unfortunately, i am not the world’s craftiest person, and quickly after i began cutting the felt, i realized that the whole operation was going to require a lot more geometry and precision than i had initially anticipated. i literally ended up making a very complicated paper pattern using a giant compass as my guide. don’t ask me how i had a giant compass on hand…

but a lot of math, a lot of cutting, and a bit of sewing later, his costume was complete! and at this point, i was getting concerned about whether or not my 21-month-old would want anything to do with said costume! but after convincing him to try it on, he got super excited and started running and jumping around and hoo hoo-ing about the house. in fact, he’s still wearing the mask on top of his head today, so i’m going to count it as a success… and i have the pictures to prove it! ;)

self-made costume fashioned after a design by tree + vine, leveret brown shirt and leggings, zuzii loafers in cocoa brown






#yourbesthair with living proof


when it comes to doing my hair, i don’t tend to do a whole lot. call me a creature of habit, but i don’t really stray from my usual routine or the same old products that i’ve used for years. in fact, i’d say the bulk of my routine is really about getting frequent haircuts and then hoping that’s enough, haha. it’s not that i don’t want to try new things, i’ve just never been one to spend more than a few minutes getting ready in the morning, and i wouldn’t even know where to start when it comes to conditioners or serums or treatment masks.

but over the past several months (has it already been over a year?), i’ve started to get increasingly frustrated with this messy mop of hair. it always used to be predictable. my whole life, it’s been super thick and super straight, and as long as i went in for a cut now and then, i was good to go with my very minimal routine. but after adam was born, something changed. my typically pin straight hair started to bend. not a curl, not a wave, just a bend. this annoying bend that doesn’t seem to want to go here nor there. no, it’s not some major crisis, but it’s definitely been a challenge dealing with this new post-pregnancy texture. i don’t want to fight it, but i do think i’m long overdue for an update on how to manage this hair.

so when living proof asked if i’d be interested in partnering-up to try out their line, it was the perfect opportunity for me to break-free from my usual routine, and try some new products for my “new” hair. i used the product selector to choose a routine, and ended up with the perfect hair day shampoo and conditioner, as my base. some days, i coax it to go straight using the no frizz nourishing styling cream, but i’ve also been having a lot of fun adding more texture and wave.


to get the look:

  1. start with the prime style extender cream on damp hair to prep for any look you want to achieve.
  2. i wanted to play up the texture in my hair, so after partly drying it with a blow dryer, i sprayed it with the instant texture mist to scrunch and twist it into place. it looks really cute like that, but you can also encourage a few loose waves with the help of a curling iron.
  3. my hair is still on the straight side, so i finished up with the flex shaping hairspray to keep it in place for the rest of the day.

the finished result definitely helps to make the “bend” in my hair look more textured and intentionally messy, as opposed to literally looking like i just rolled out of bed. it’s a fine line, people!



this post was created in partnership with living proof.

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halloween candy for grown-ups


i’ll be the first to admit that i’m not actually a very big fan of halloween. i mean, demons and ghosts are cool and all, but i just don’t get into all of the goofy plastic decorations lining the shelves in every store, or worse, the flood of sexist and/or racist costumes that clog my social media feed every year. but i digress…

if there’s one thing i do like about halloween, it’s the candy. so i decided to round-up some grown-up versions of my favorite halloween confections… not to be confused with those big plastic bags of snickers we’ll be handing out to the neighborhood kids!

above: homemade twix by a sue chef

homemade almond butter cups and dark chocolate almond joy that i made last year!

diy sour patch kids by autumn makes & does

homemade tootsie rolls by sprinkle bakes
homemade mallow cups by how sweet it is