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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.




outdoor inspiration, pt. 2

the time has finally come for me to reveal the final result of my recent project in collaboration with hp sprout! you can read this post to see the first part of the process, but i’ll also catch you up to speed right here. after playing around with the capture app, i chose a few different scans of bright orange kumquat branches to create a custom fabric for my very own shirt design. i uploaded my design to spoonflower, and in a couple of weeks my custom-printed fabric arrived, and i was ready to start sewing! i’m not much of a seamstress, so after doing a bit of research online, i decided to simply trace the pattern of a very simple top i already owned to use as my guide. it was literally two pieces of fabric sewn together and took all of 10 minutes to complete. but what really brought it to life was the bright  and cheerful pattern.

it was a really fun process to go from picking flowers in the garden, to designing my own custom print using sprout, and creating a finished product. i would never have even considered taking on a project like this, but with the sprout, i managed to create something in only a matter of hours.

self-made top using fabric designed with my hp sprout
vintage denim skirt
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panama straw
vintage coach bucket bag
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
shinola runwell watch
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet



nadinoo – the good life

british designer nadia izruna has just released her latest collection for nadinoo! titled the good life, her latest selection was inspired by the english countryside with silhouettes crafted for everyday wear and ease of movement, and a healthy dose of prints designed in collaboration with children’s illustrator genevieve godbout, all printed on 100% cotton cloth by a small english print house. what i love about the collection is that it still retains the whimsical spirit that we’ve come to expect from nadinoo, but without sacrificing practicality. so it was no surprise when nadia revealed that part of her focus on this collection was about creating the perfect wardrobe for a working mother (like herself) who wants to look her best while running around after her little ones.

if you’re not familiar with the brand, nadinoo is a small slow clothing brand based in england that was founded in 2009 with all of the garments being designed and handmade in limited runs with a focus on quality and craftsmanship. i own a few of her pieces from previous collections, and they have become prized possessions in my wardrobe.

you can pre-order pieces from the good life right here.



yestadt millinery spring 2015

if you hadn’t noticed, i’ve become a little obsessed with hats lately. i’d been on a bit of a hat hiatus for the past couple of years, but i’ve rediscovered them this season and have been searching high and low for a few new pieces to add to my collection so that i don’t end up wearing the same hat every single day. which led me to the yestadt millinery spring 2015 collection. what i like about their selection is that they have really pristine classics, but they also like to play around a little bit. if you’re ever looking to take a risk, you can have fun with a bright red baseball cap that ties in a big bow at the back, or you can rock some serious paddington bear vibes in their fisherman hat. either way, you’ll be sure to stand out.

photo courtesy of yestadt millinery



language of the birds spring 2015

against my better judgement, i’m heading out to palm springs again this weekend (kinda hard to resist when you live about 50 minutes away)! so of course, i’ve got resort vibes on my mind. and i can’t think of anything better to wear than the new capsule collection by honolulu-based language of the birds. designer tsia carson was inspired by traditional hawaiian silhouettes like the holomu’u, mu’umu’u and kappogis and modernized them with beautiful custom textile designs by clothing designer and store owner of beklina, lina rennell, and textile designer and critic at risd, gina gregorio. the result is a beautiful collection filled with interesting details, fresh colors, and incredibly wearable designs. not only that, but they believe in ethical business practices and embrace transparency in the supply chain. of the collection, they state:

every item is made in the usa using small independently run factories and sustainable, eco-friendly production processes. the fabrics are silk screened by hand in rhode island using a traditional water based vat dye method. they are cut and sewn in nyc’s garment district in a small factory run by a lovely woman named theresa. the integrity of the craftsmanship creates a fabric with a beautiful hand, superior quality and long lasting construction that will endure for decades rather than years. language of the birds could be called old fashioned with their emphasis on supporting american manufacturing, but they believe you should buy something you love and be able to wear it forever.

photos courtesy of language of the birds.



whit spring 2015

i’ve skipped out on the last couple seasons of nyfw, so it was a nice little treat to head out to palm springs this weekend for a special presentation of the whit spring 2015 collection. coincidentally, all of the looks were giving off major resort vibes. the girls literally could have walked right off the runway and fit right in with our surroundings at the parker hotel. and even though i’ve toned down my own personal style quite a bit the last couple of years, i still really love a good print for vacation weekends, or fancy events. so the bold prints and patterns definitely caught my eye and got me thinking about how i’m long overdue for a little getaway myself!

photos courtesy of whit.