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jane sews summer capsule

today is a good day for those of you in the southern hemisphere! the south african-based label jane sews has just released their new summer capsule collection, and as expected, it’s a good one! designer amy venter has introduced a beautiful new set of classic dresses and separates in a clean black and cream palette with the cutest little sandals and handbags to go with them. the palm print is fun and playful without being overdone, just the type of thing i would love to wear on that imaginary resort vacation i’ve got planned in my head. everything is constructed in crisp cotton, breezy rayon, and luxurious silk blends right in their durban studio, at an incredibly affordable price point. if you haven’t taken the time to check out this brand, then today is the day!

tink photography
hair and make-up by candice mac nicol
model ndumi matiwane



the warm bright by swords smith

i’m quite the fan of new york-based boutique swords smith. so much so, that i literally have to avoid looking at the site, for fear that i might black out and buy all of the things. but when my pal emily theobald sent me the photos from their latest look book, i could not look away. she was basically given free reign to create this beautiful november editorial, and of course the results are on point. i know i’m a “personal style blogger” and all that, but if i was rich and famous, i would try by best to convince her to be my personal stylist. so behold a sampling of looks available online.

creative direction, styling, and modeling by emily theobald for swords smith.



want: marais usa cowboy mules

i’ve been going through my fall wishlist, and a new pair of shoes are at the top of my list! all summer long, i was scouring ebay and etsy for a pair of western mules that i’d dreamed up in my head. i found a few pairs that weren’t my size, and was getting pretty discouraged until this perfect pair popped up by marais usa. i love the almond-shaped toe and the low heel, and i really like the way the haircalf adds just the right touch of interest. or if you want something a little more flashy, they also come in two different snakeskin patterns and leopard print!

the marais usa cowboy mule.





lauren manoogian fall 2014

for the first time in my entire life (ok, maybe since i was a little kid), i left the house in a pair of sweatpants. mind you, it wasn’t like i’d just rolled out of bed and meandered out into the street. i was wearing a pair of “fashion” sweatpants rolled at the cuffs,  styled with a pair of loafers, a soft button-up shirt, and a denim coat. even so, it was a departure from my typical style. for me, walking around in the daylight wearing glorified loungewear was akin to wearing my underwear in public. i kept glancing at the people around me, scanning for their looks of disapproval. but of course, once i realized that people weren’t shocked and horrified by my relatively boring sartorial choices, i got comfortable with the idea, and have since become obsessed with what i am now calling “elevated loungewear.”

so of course, i now dream of swathing myself in all of the clothes from the lauren manoogian fall 2014 collection. these beautiful knits are spun with luxurious alpaca blends from peru. they’re expertly constructed in cool silhouettes that would elevate even the laziest of outfits. toss on a pair of old 501s and a big roomy sweater with a statement necklace, and you’re good to go! i have been wanting a cozy shawl collar coat, and i certainly wouldn’t mind one of these. a girl can dream, can’t she?

photos courtesy of lauren manoogian, photography by dan mcmahon.


closet cleaning season

the seasons are changing, and i’ve been going through yet another massive closet-cleaning session, getting ready to let go of all those clothes that have just been taking up space in my closet. this time, i’m saying goodbye to a ton of cute party dresses by boutique designers, as well as a good chunk of barely worn high street pieces. unfortunately, while i might be long on clothes, i’m short on time. so for this round, i’ve teamed up with twice to offer you the chance to shop my closet. this week, i’ve been packing up dozens of dresses, separates, shoes, and bags for an upcoming calivintage pop up shop! all of the pieces you see here (and like 80 more pieces) will be up for sale online very soon!

the nice thing about the service is that all you have to do is request a selling kit and then ship off all of your used items to be photographed and listed for sale on the site. from there, you simply wait for a check in the mail. i just don’t have the manpower to list all of this stuff online and then pack and ship that many boxes, so this really is the next best thing. everything will be ready to go soon, so consider this your sneak peek. and i’ll give you guys the heads-up when the pop up shop is open!


goodnight, day fall 2014

despite the fact that the highs will be reaching near 90 degrees this week (in october!), we have been generally experiencing our first hints at cooler weather. which makes the novelty of bundling up in warm, cozy knits all the more exciting around these parts. last week, we all exclaimed how chilly it was when the morning temperatures dropped to 50 degrees, haha! and i pulled out my sweaters so i could wear them at least during the early hours of the day. so of course, it only seems fitting to share the fall 2014 lookbook from one of my favorite knitwear designers, good night, day. i’ve been following tara lynn online since probably before i even started this blog. and i’ve continued to admire not only her work, but her dedication to hand-crafting beautiful knits with sustainability and fare wages at heart. she knits every piece with fairly traded natural wools from south america. not only that, but in addition to all of the hand-knits you see here, she has published a series of knitting books, so you can try your hand at making your own!

photos courtesy of good night, day.


myrtle fall 2014

the new myrtle fall 2014 look book was just released today, and i think i’m in love. this local la-based shop has an amazing and ever-expanding selection of some of my favorite indie designers, and her look books never disappoint. shot in the historic holmes-shannon house in los angeles by megan mcisaac, the latest collection features pieces by shop favorites dusen dusen, samantha pleet and wrk-shp, and also introduces many new-to-the shop brands like charlotte stone, delfina blada, diarte, j southern studio, loup, and roos vandekerchkhove.

photography by megan mcisaac
modelled by claudia cassina and natalia hawe
styled by whitney bickers
all clothing is available for purchase at myrtle boutique



heinui fall 2014

today we have got to talk about the new heinui fall 2014 collection. you know i love a good hand motif, so of course i went a little nuts over the amazing embroidered details and intricate hand prints. the pretty details were mixed perfectly with workwear inspired pieces in japanese chambray and utilitarian silhouettes. the standout piece for me was a certain pinafore dress made of a black cotton twill with silver embroidered hands, and a few lovely smock dresses constructed around the same theme. but more than anything, i just love the way she was able to take such rugged materials and turn them into perfectly feminine and wearable pieces.

if you aren’t familiar with the brand, heinui was launched just last year by claire pignot, a graduate of the école supérieure des arts appliqués duperré who worked with gaspard yurkievich and peter som before breaking out on her own.

photos courtesy of heinui.



shop update!


just popping in quickly to let you know that i’ve updated my vintage shop with a few new pieces. lots of easy dresses in cotton, linen, and wool that can be worn alone or layered up for cooler weather.

shop calivintage!


maryam nassir zadeh spring 2105


ok, after posting about the roberta heels last week, i realized that maryam nassir zadeh really deserves her own post. she launched her own womenswear line last year and while it is small, it really is on point. the color combinations, the styling, the attitude. everything about it is totally fresh and interesting. except for the hair… and those dirty, dirty nyc streets. but that’s not even a critique! these are the types of outfits i wish i could pull together, or even just pull off. i can’t even explain it, but i’m totally charmed by a little muscle tee layered under a cool sundress, and you already know how i feel about those shoes!

photos courtesy of maryam nassir zadeh.

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