sail away

calivintage: sail away

this weekend, i couldn’t wait to wear my brand new nadinoo dress! the moment i laid eyes on it, i knew it would have to be mine. i see a sailor collar, i have to have it! so this is what i wore sunday for a fun day at the alameda flea market. it’s usually on the first sunday of every month, but because of the rain last weekend, they pushed the date back. and it couldn’t have been a better day for a flea market, with sunny skies and a gentle breeze. i scored some pretty awesome loot including a beautiful blue and purple floral cocktail dress from the 1950s (for only $15?!) and a couple of darling 1960s hats among other things. i also decided to take street style photos of some of the fashionable ladies i saw browsing through the rows of antiques, and got a few really cute shots that i can’t wait to share with you! and in the process, i met a few people who actually read my blog and had some really nice conversations! it really made my day!

then after the flea market me and the boy went back to our neighborhood in oakland and snapped a few pictures by lake merritt. i’ve mentioned it before, but we live about 3 blocks from this lake! i just rarely have photos of it because there are always so many people hanging around and as i was mentioning last week, i just get so shy about taking photos in public. but after having been approaching strangers for street style photos all day, i was feeling pretty gutsy!

dress: nadinoo pixie goes sailing dress
bag: vintage straw tote
shoes: swedish hasbeens braided sky high
sunglasses: tom ford nikita

calivintage: sail away
calivintage: sail away
calivintage: sail away
calivintage: sail away
calivintage: sail away
calivintage: sail away

56 Responses to sail away

  1. Victoria/Justice Pirate June 13, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    This is very unique to see the Sailor flap without a back part! What was your phobia??
    I love the lake location.

    • erin (calivintage) June 13, 2011 at 8:50 am #

      oh, i’m just so incredibly shy taking photos in front of so many people! i get awkward with all the cars driving by on my street when we take photos, but by the lake, there were literally hundreds of people hanging out in the grassy areas, walking past, and sitting on the steps to see the view that i was standing in front of! i would normally never pose for photos with so many people around, but i somehow got up the courage to do it!

  2. Ashley June 13, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    What a unique piece! I really love how unexpected the back is. And that color is awesome on you!

  3. Marie June 13, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Oh a cali flea market. (Jealousy) That is a an amazing dress, the little peekaboo back is a fun surprise on a classic.


  4. vio June 13, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    perfect! :)

  5. Vanessa June 13, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    So lovely! The back of your dress is amazing!

  6. Robin June 13, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    LOVE the back of this dress!

  7. My CoCoon Vintage June 13, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    That dress is very you. It has some amazing details. Glad you were feeling bold with your photos that backdrop really makes them sparkle {Literally}. Happy Sunny Days!

  8. Laura S June 13, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    That’s such an adorable dress! I love how it’s more interesting because of the cut-out at the back. :)
    – Laura S

  9. Meghan June 13, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    simply phenomenal! That dress is really special and perfect on you!
    I get really self-conscious taking pics in public too, people seem to stop and watch like they’ve never seen a camera!

    • erin (calivintage) June 13, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      i know, right?! i didn’t think it was that odd to take photos… i mean, people do it all the time. so yes, i’m always a bit surprised when people just stop and watch! but surprisingly, in a public place like this, i got less people watching me because it’s such a picturesque spot that people are always snapping pictures there anyway. i was somehow less out-of-place than when we take pictures on my street!

  10. Amy June 13, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Love this dress and the colour of the bag is amazing! x

  11. Sally Jane Vintage June 13, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Ooohhh! I’ve been eying that same Nadinoo dress for weeks. I’m glad to see it looks so good on.

  12. Nadia June 13, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Oooo Erin you have made my day! You look adorable in your sailor dress, it shows off your tattoos beautifully :)

    You are fabulous, enjoy all those envious eyes on you! Or just give yourself an alternate name and personality when you take pics and play a roll…

    hugs Nadia x

    Heading back to my blog to post your pics!

  13. Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys June 13, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    I have to say, that dress looks a million times better on you than on the website. I couldn’t really see what the fuss was, but it looks great on you! I kind of wish all these brands would stop putting their clothes on sticky models… I find it really hard to imagine what the clothes will look like on real people!

  14. Wild Things Run Fast June 13, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I’m loving the dress and shoes. Great Pics :)

  15. nikole June 13, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    i’m excited to learn you live near lake merritt. i live in berkeley but am super curious about lake merritt… would like to hear your thoughts on the area!

    <3 nikole

    • erin (calivintage) June 13, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      the lake is big so not all sides are created equal. i live on the lakeshore side behind the grand lake theater near the town of piedmont and i absolutely love it! and it’s really nice to walk around the lake, too! you should check it out!

  16. Maria O June 13, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Oh wow, I like it a lot. I love anything nautical.

  17. Jenni June 13, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I agree with Emily–I was pretty meh about this dress on the Nadinoo website, but on you it looks great. Love the yellow tote, too!

  18. Mon June 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Erin, you doll. The dress is stunning and so are you!

    • erin (calivintage) June 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      oh, thank you mon! p.s. i miss you! so sad we didn’t get to hang out more in nyc!

      • Mon June 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

        Shoot me an e-mail when you’re back in the City and we’ll go vintage shopping. I’ve found some great spots since last fashion week ;)

  19. meanz June 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I love this dress, the back is adorable! I have been trying to get over my phobia of being photographed in front of crowds of people. I think I just feel like everyone is looking at me, so congrats for braving the crowds for these photos! They turned our beautifully!

  20. Eli June 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I was at the Alameda flea, it was great for vintage jewelry! I found some really cool ones. I came in from the city wearing two sweaters and ended up so hot I had to take them off, and got my arms burnt because I didnt think I’d have to show them and didn’t put sunblock on! I’m not used to seeing the sun, perhaps I need to hang out in the east bay more!

    • erin (calivintage) June 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

      oh man, i totally got sunburn on my shoulders, too! it’s been so long since i’ve been exposed to the sun for more than a couple minutes, that i completely forgot the sunblock. gotta remember that next time! also, too bad we didn’t run into each other! maybe next time!

  21. Honor June 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    I love your dress, as well as your sunglasses, they are both fantastic!

  22. Rebecca June 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Love this dress! Will you post your street style photos? I’ve always wanted to do that, but feel really odd asking people!!

  23. Julie June 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    That dress is fantastic! I love the back detail!! Can’t wait to see your street style photos!

  24. Caitlin Rose June 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    This dress looks amazing on you! well Nadinoo does know how to make a girl look cute! I love your short hair as well : ) makes me happy to see another bob walking around!


    Caitlin Rose

  25. Hazel June 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Hey hey, I’m long time reader, first time commenter!

    I have the exact same bag as you, except mine broke from over stuffing and is now being pimped/fixed by a accessories designer friend. Hope yours lasts well, if if it doesn’t and give me a holla for my friend’s details!

    Big love, Hazel x

  26. Taylor June 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I really want a pair of those shoes, they look so good with your dress!

  27. Natalya's Closet June 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Gorgeous dress, I love the back especially! XOXO

  28. Chevere Vintage June 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Wowwy you look super cute and sexy. I love your tattoos. I am sure everyone is staring at your lovely dress. But ya its kinda weird taking outfit photos with a bunch of people around.

  29. taylor kitto June 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    you are so lovely! man, that dress is gorgeous!! I also love your market bag, it’s perfect. I’ve been trying to snatch one up at a thrift store but haven’t had luck yet.

  30. taylor kitto June 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    and i totally know whatcha mean with taking pictures in front of people, i wish i had the guts to do so!

  31. Shelby June 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    this is such a perfect dress. when i am taking pictures for my blog i always have a back story in my mind just in case anyone asks what i am doing. for some reason saying “its for my fashion blog” doesn’t seem like a good enough answer!

  32. cb June 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    wow what a dynamite dress! i love the bare back with the sailor flap! so cool!!!


  33. karafina June 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    ah, the dress was made for you!

  34. melissa June 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    OMG! That dress is awesome!!!!

  35. Jamie Rose June 14, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    Such an adorable sailor dress! it’s so cool that it’s backless yet still has its signature collar. Great sunglasses too!

  36. Chaucee June 14, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    You look great Erin! And what a unique dress. I wasn’t expecting the back. Love it!

  37. Rosaspina Vintage June 14, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    It looks adorable on you as I expected :) I paired mine with tan accessories, but looks so fresh and summery with your touch of yellow!

  38. Red Mera Vintage June 14, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    Oh my! You are are doll, i adore this outfit and you look stunning! Super envious of your Tom Ford shades, want them so bad.


  39. melly June 14, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    This is such a tastefully done cut-out! You look terrific :DDD

  40. Senta June 14, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    Awesome dress! Back and front ;)

  41. zoe, lion heart vintage June 14, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    OH MAN this dress is a total win. looks amazing on you and the collar detail?! amazing.

  42. kbmurray June 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    The designer should hire you as a model! Just fab.

  43. Jo - Lost in the Haze June 17, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Oh I have been wanting this dress for quite some time! it truly looks gorgeous on you! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS giveaway!


  44. Lauren June 19, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    The back cut-out is so cute!! I love it!

    Yellow & blue is such a good combination. Your bag pops perfectly!

  45. Cassidy June 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    You look fantastic! The outfit, the sunglasses, your purse, the ocean.. everything is perfect!

  46. Alix June 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Hey! I know you! you stopped by my booth at the flea market (it was my first time selling…..we had a blast). I’m also pals with James/bleubird….what a small world! And yes, the dress was SMASHING in person!

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