back yard

i was so eager to see my family again, that i just couldn’t wait for christmas. so we piled our stuff in the car for the long drive down to southern california on the most travelled holiday of the year. we set out after work on tuesday night and drove through the late night traffic to arrive at my grandma’s house at 5am. it was a rough drive, but it was worth it to spend time with the people i love the most.

these photos were taken in my grandparent’s back yard on saturday afternoon. we’d already had our thanksgiving feast and plenty of leftovers, but at the perez household, that’s never enough! my grandma decided to barbecue steak, chicken, and hot dogs for all of the family that had been coming and going, so i found myself lounging in the yard enjoying the southern california sun with a belly full of bbq. i have so many memories from this little yard in redlands. my great-grandparents lived in this house before my grandparents moved in, and my cousins lived next door. i will always remember running around in the yard going back and forth between the two houses and eating tangerines from the trees. it’s nice that even though so many things have changed, this small space in the world has still stayed the same.

wearing: vintage sweater dress from black & brown vintage in san jose, target tights in mustard, vintage mary janes from pretty penny vintage in oakland, orla kiely gold leather holly bag.



25 Responses to back yard

  1. marie November 26, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I adore the perfect for fall colors and your bangs,

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  2. Fabiola "Fab" November 26, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Ooh such wonderful photos! Love the stripes and golden purse and tights!

  3. melissa November 26, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    your hair is getting long! :) did you do any black friday shopping?

    • erin (calivintage) November 26, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      we stopped in at ontario mills because we were driving by and i scored some dvf heels on sale, but i really didn’t get to do much shopping! i was holed-up at my grandma’s house eating most of the time, haha! but i’ll be back in redlands for two weeks around christmas!

  4. Sweet Harvest Moon November 26, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Sounds wonderful!

  5. Orchid Grey November 26, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    gah, that last photo is so beautiful! Love this little dress, so cute!

  6. Rachelle November 26, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    love the mustard tights

  7. Kristi McMurry November 26, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Beautiful light in your photos! I feel that way about my aunt and uncle’s house in La Mirada. We visited there from Tennessee several times when I was a kid and it was SO MUCH FUN. Now that I’m older, it’s so nice to go back there and visit because it’s still the same as I remember it. Unfortunately my grandparents’ old house here in town is in a terrible neighborhood, so I can’t go back there :/

  8. Joy November 26, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    love these! your outfit is so perfect for fall. gorg!

  9. Monique November 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    what sweet memories and a lovely vintage sweater dress

  10. Sarah November 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    That third to last photo with you grinning so warned my heart :) I love how you not only put together great looks but also bring us into the fun and quirky events in your life :) I so want to hang out with your family now! In a non-stalker way, of course :)


  11. Berty Morales November 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I am in love with this dress and you look adorable. Love the vintage bag too..xoxoxo

  12. Jo November 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Lovely Autumn stripes! Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. kitsune-kun November 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    ha! I love the cute happy face. cutsie wutsie!

  14. Jennifer November 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    Love that dress :)

    x Jennifer

  15. Meghan November 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    beauteous photos! I went to Palm Desert for Thanksgiving, how lucky are we?!?

  16. isitsecretisitsafe November 26, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    I love that color combo with the tights! It sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving!


  17. Kat November 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    You look adorable – the dress goes perfectly with those tights. So happy to have discovered your blog. xo, Kat

  18. Chelsea Elizabeth November 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    You look lovely as always I’m glad you got to see your family!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

  19. Dani November 28, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Love the tights! Amazing fall colors.
    And the lipstick is great.

  20. Jamie Rose November 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    This sweater dress is just so cute! I love the stripes and the length of it. The yellow tights look great with it too. These photos turned out so pretty.

  21. Dus December 14, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    That sounds so wonderful growing up w/ family so near! I def have no complaints of my wonderful family, but sure woudl have been great to not have my extended family way across the country. Glad you had a great day w/ family! love your simple little sweater dress w/ the tights, super cute but cozy for lots of eating too : )

  22. Lindsay & erik December 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Very well put-together outfit. Especially adore these alluring Pantyhose on you! Great photo/outfit concept.

  23. mariebayarea January 17, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    love the sassy expressions.

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