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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.



elizabeth suzann fall 2015


oh man you guys, i’m still not back in the swing of things over here, but i had to pop in to belatedly share the elizabeth suzann fall 2015 collection. it’s been out for a little bit now, but we’re just barely getting some cooler days in these parts, so i have only been slowly getting used to the idea of fall clothes. and if i could swathe myself in only one collection this fall, it would probably be this one. i’ve been following elizabeth suzann since her first collection a few years ago (i have her classic vera slip dress that i wear on fancy occasions), and her designs really truly get better and better every season. for fall, there are lots of luxurious textures and interesting silhouettes, which were inspired by louise bourgeois and eva hesse. of the collection, she says,

Some of my favorite artists influenced the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Texture fascinated these women, who adeptly created tactile sensation through visual art alone. I have always been selective about what fabrics we use, but texture and fiber were driving forces this season. We wanted to use fabrics that are not only incredibly warm and rich, but that intrigue before you even touch them – sheer wool gauze, chunky rib knit, fuzzy woven wools.

The collection was not only shaped by the works of great artists, but also by their lives and the lives of all creatives. I find that an artist’s wardrobe can be so informative. They are aesthetic and visual individuals that also require practicality and function. Deep pockets, easy layering pieces, heavy-weight wools that can stand up to dead-of-winter cold – this collection is our most versatile yet. Structured and architectural pieces can be dressed down and layered, or worn alone for striking simplicity.

my current favorite is the holland pant. apparently they were a popular style because they are already out of stock with more coming soon. i really love the way her variety textures and textiles elevate these simple, yet elegant and very wearable clothes.

shop the full collection here.




hdh plus

Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House

last night while browsing through pinterest, i came across the new hackwith design house plus lookbook for fall 2015, and i am super excited!  it could not have come at a better time since i just joined the team here at calivintage earlier this week, and i already have a new collection to write about! both erin and i are dedicated to supporting independent designers, but unfortunately, when it comes to plus size offerings, there are a lot less options out there. so this new collection of minimalist designs is a pretty big deal. not only is the collection a filled with incredibly wearable options, but each piece is hand-sewn in small quantities using high quality fabrics in their design studio in minneapolis.

i love that the focus is on timeless designs that can be worn season after season rather than hitting on whatever is trendy at the moment. they’re the types of clothes that you can use to build the foundation of a really solid, versatile wardrobe. using interesting shoes and accessories, you can create your own unique look. the collection will be available september 21 and lucky me, that’s three days before my birthday!

photographed by eliesa johnson for hackwith design house

Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House

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good night, day fall 2015


it’s still a bit too warm for knitwear around these parts, but taking a look through the pages of the new good night, day fall 2015 lookbook is getting me in the mood for cooler weather. tara-lynn is constantly coming up with the most beautiful knits in the softest and comfiest yarns. she does all of the work, from sourcing fairly traded natural fibers from south america to designing and knitting each and every order. her focus is on sustainability, and her approach is consciously political. creating handknit, minimalist designs as a positive contribution to the slow fashion movement. as a fashion blogger, it’s something that i think a lot about. increasingly, i chose to spend my dollars on clothes made my independently run businesses like tara-lynn’s. and of course, it doesn’t hurt that all of her work is incredibly beautiful!

her latest lookbook was shot by arden wray and modeled by airin mcguinty and brooke manning with clothing provided by lauren winter.












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the new kid on the block


for the first time since i started the blog way back in 2008, i am very excited to announce that i’m finally adding a new member to the calivintage team! and if she looks familiar, that’s because we both share the same genes! that’s right, it’s my sister, erica! i’ve written about her a few times before, and she’s actually made some behind-the-scenes appearances on my blog. most notably, she helped me out with a series of family recipe posts and holiday d.i.y. projects. but today, she’s officially joining calivintage to share plus size style tips and to help me expand my little vintage shop. in particular, she’ll be helping me to increase my plus size vintage offerings and helping to introduce housewares to the shop.

i am so incredibly excited to have her onboard with me, and i can’t wait to see what she adds to the mix. so please join me in giving her a warm welcome to calivintage!

erica is wearing:
vintage dress
vintage coach doctor bag
brookes boswell boro in black panama straw



giveaway: enter to win a reifhaus bolo necklace!


today i am pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of reifhaus! this portland-based brand was started by lindsey reif with a focus on creating unique, yet approachable designs that are versatile and easy-to-wear. in addition to an amazing fall 2015 collection that has just been released, she’s also designed a small collection of bolo necklaces including the duet bolo which i’m wearing for this post. and today we’d like to offer you the opportunity to win any one in-stock bolo necklace from her collection, which also includes the eclipse and infinity styles.

enter to win a reifhaus bolo necklace!

reifhaus duet bolo necklace
vintage top from scoutla
jesse kamm sailor pants in bill cunningham blue
clare v. kenya bag 
brookes boswell wakefield in panama straw
vintage kork ease wedges




brookes boswell fall 2015


as i’m sure you’ve noticed, this past summer, i’ve had a certain brookes boswell hat permanently glued to my head! i have light sensitivity, so i’ve been hopelessly dedicated to sunglasses, but the wide brim on my wakefield hat finally offered me an alternative to the eyewear that i’d been getting kinda sick of wearing all the time. i’ve worn it so much that if i had to pick my number one piece of the summer, my wakefield would be it. but as summer is drawing to a close, i’m starting to think about what i’ll wear in the cooler months ahead, so i’m pretty excited that the fall 2015 collection is out now!

















tradlands summer shirts


i know a lot of people are talking about “back to school” and “pre-fall,” but out here in southern california, we’re still in the thick of summer. in fact, i’m still stocking up on summer pieces like the new women’s shirting by one of my favorite brands, tradlands. this season, design duo sadie and jeremy released a collection of short sleeved shirts in soft cotton plaids and stripes, and the most perfect white linen. along with a selection of classic button-ups that will always have a perfect place in any wardrobe.

and i know i’ve talked about this brand before, but i can’t tell you how highly i recommend them! they are hands down the best menswear-inspired button-up shirts i have ever worn. they are specifically designed with a women’s body in mind, and as a rather busty gal myself, i can attest to the perfect fit, even if you usually find yourself popping buttons on all of your tops! not only that, but each shirt is constructed using quality materials right here in the united states.

get 20% off all orders from tradlands with code “calivintagelove” now through august 24th!

photos courtesy of tradlands.









bon george summer 2015


the summer is hot and i can already tell that i’ll be living in really simple, breezy dresses all season long. and if there’s one designer who understands my needs, it’s los angeles-based brand bon george. the summer collection is filled with lots flirty dresses and matching sets in cool colors that are perfect to wear on hot days and warm nights. and of course, they are all the more appealing because everything is constructed using vintage deadstock fabrics right in the heart of downtown l.a. with prices that won’t break the bank. it’s pretty much everything you could ask for in a collection all wrapped up into one. they only make a limited number of each piece, so you better get in your pre-order before they sell out!

photos courtesy of bon george

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secret shop la


i’ve long been a fan of los angeles-based vintage boutique, secret shop. so when shop owner kitty jensen recently revamped her site to include housewares and a rotation of featured art prints, you know i was excited. especially after i saw the beautiful editorial photographed by genevieve dellinger and modeled by beth houfek. so many beautiful and unique vintage pieces all set in her own dreamy world. the shop is filled with tons of goodies like this perfect cotton set and this perfect ’60s tent dress, so you better head over before you miss out!

photos courtesy of secret shop.