paisley days

calivintage: paisley days

woke up bright and early on saturday to attend the modacademy workshop, a seminar for college students and recent grads interested in the fashion industry put on by my work. i spoke on a panel about emerging social media with angela tafoya, the refinery29 san francisco editor, and eugenia chien, the blogger relations manager at polyvore. i tend to be pretty shy in real life, so i was a bit nervous about speaking to a crowd of people, but once we started talking, i actually had a lot of fun offering up advice on navigating this strange world of fashion meets tech. it also gave me flashbacks to my previous career, a two-year stint as a 5th grade educator, teaching classes like art, comic book writing, and journalism to 10-year-olds as part of an extracurricular program at a charter school, offering a college prep opportunity for students who wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise. there are some obvious differences between the two, but both offered me an chance to not only overcome my shyness, but to also have a chance to make a positive impact on people’s lives. it was really fun, and i hope to do something like it again!

then on sunday, i ended up in petaluma again! this time, we wandered around the historic downtown to check out antique shops in search of silly cat figurines, first edition books, and vintage clothes. the weather was downright hot, but i kept cool sipping on ponche from sol food, this heavenly puerto rican restaurant in san rafael where we stopped for lunch on the way out. i’ve talked about this place before, but it’s worth mentioning again. i ate the camarones empanizados, prawns breaded in plantains and fried to perfection. then washed the whole thing down with ponche, a sweet mix of iced tea and limeade. i’m not much of a foodie, but i highly recommend this place!

dress: summer of love green paisley print dress courtesy of lulu’s
shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe
sunglasses: karen walker von trapp
bag: metal corner clutch courtesy of rebecca minkoff
lipstick: nars shchiap

calivintage: paisley days
calivintage: paisley days
calivintage: paisley days
calivintage: paisley days
calivintage: paisley days
calivintage: paisley days

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  1. Petaluma was one of my very favourite places in California. I had the best peanut butter pie there, in 3 months I still haven’t found anything that even comes close! l also stumbled across the most amazing thrift store that was selling dresses from the 20s-40s for like 20 bucks each…. Crazy! You’re looking lovely as usual, such a great dress <3 x

  2. Good job on speaking at the event – I have major public speaking anxiety so I’m impressed!
    I love the back of the dress – so cute!
    Sol Food sounds really good – have to check it out one day.


    1. i think we’re going to be posting a recap on the modcloth blog this coming friday. i’ll link to it when it goes live!

      it was a pretty fun experience both speaking and listening the rest of the panelists speak. it’s always nice getting insight into different careers, and to hear advice from successful people. very inspiring!

  3. Yay! You are in my neck of the woods! I love going up to Petaluma. :) I live in Novato, so there isn’t much of a pretty downtown to run around through… but Petaluma is only a short 10 minutes away!

    & Sol Food is delicious! Your paisley dress looks perfect for a hot day.

  4. Your hair is getting so long! I tried growing my hair out but couldn’t wait any longer so i chopped it all off! My hair now looks like yours when you had it really short. Anyway, I totally love the casual feel of this look! Paisleys rule!


  6. That’s so interesting! Didn’t know you taught in the past. I never heard of comic book classes, but think that is awesome that some schools have it offered!!!!!! haha. I used to draw anime and manga in the mid to late 90s (I watched a lot of subtitled shows that I bought from the store that weren’t on TV here) but I hate drawing now for some reason. Weird that it took up so much of my time back then and now I rarely try my hand at it.

    I adore the colors in this outfit and think that it is cool that your shoes match your yellow in your dress.

    1. yeah, it’s crazy to imagine that i ever taught kids, but it was something that i wanted to try out. in the end, i just don’t think i have the patience it takes to work with children, but it was a really rewarding experience to be able to impact their lives in a small way. the comic book class was especially useful for kids who were having a hard time with reading and writing. it was more accessible for them, and the illustrations also helped them to comprehend the written word. and of course, when they wrote their own stories, they got to express their creative side by drawing, too.

      you should pick it up again! i myself have been meaning to dabble in a bit of art lately!

  7. That dress is beautiful – and look how long your hair is getting! Are you growing it long? I love that grown-out-bob length – its what i’m currently trying to achieve.

    modacademy sounds great – i wish we had things like that in the uk. I would love to work for modcloth if only i lived in san fran! my job sounds quite similar to yours – i write the blog and the content for a british website called flannelsfashion, but i would love to write for a young, fun company!


    1. thank you! i didn’t set out to grow my hair long, but now that it’s gotten this far, i’m tempted to let it keep going. i think it would be nice to grow just a tad bit more so i can try some updos!

  8. You look lovely Erin! Love that little dress on you. You totally know how to work mini dresses. I wish I could have been at the modacademy workshop – would have been so lovely to hear your advice. It’s so cool that you help young people the way you do.

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