esby apparel fall 2016

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for a few seasons running now, i have been so in love with everything that esby apparel puts out. even though i’m still not quite ready for summer to be over, this new fall 2016 look book is definitely getting me in the mood. you know how much i love a good one piece, so of course their new duffy jumper in ivory is at the very top of my list. as are many of their other effortless wardrobe staples for fall. one thing i especially love is their use of natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk. i have a jumpsuit from last season that has been washed and worn that only seems to get better with time. and i can’t wait to incorporate even more of their lovely clothes into my wardrobe this season.

the fall collection is already up and available on the site. so definitely go shop esby!

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georgia o’keeffe

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here’s a little story about me. maybe some would disagree, but in my recollection, i was a total art kid in high school. my boyfriend at the time worked at the local children’s bookstore, and hidden in the back room was a women’s reading room. i hadn’t ever thought about how cool that was until i became an adult, but that little room was filled with feminist women’s literature, and now that i think about it, probably had a strong impact on me as i grew into an adult. i would ride my bike there on summer afternoons to meet my boyfriend for lunch, and ended up spending hours sitting on the floor in that little room, leafing through the books. occasionally, i’d buy something that would catch my eye long enough to consider taking it home. and somewhere buried in a box i probably still have my copy of the now out-of-print georgia o’keefe at ghost ranch. i would flip through those pages and dream about living in new mexico, spending my days collecting objects in the dessert, hanging out with coyotes, and painting masterpieces. it’s kind of funny to think about, because at the time, i was a silly punk kid wearing thrift store clothes with my hair dyed pink. but now, all these years later, that book seems to resonate with me more than ever. and it’s a huge influence over how i want to dress and decorate my home. lately, all i wanna do is dress like georgia o’keeffe and hang out in some artsy abode surrounded by pottery and giant paintings, haha.

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calivintage - georgia o'keeffe
calivintage - georgia o'keeffe

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brookes boswell fall 2016

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over the past couple of years, brookes boswell has become my number one when it comes to hats. this portland-based milliner makes all of her hats by hand, and her designs are top notch. the new fall 2016 collection is out, and my wishlist is long. these are some of my favorites, but there are even more available on her site. and, in addition to her collection, she’s also recently opened up an online shop and brick & mortar boutique in portland. next time i got on vacation up there, i am definitely going to make it a point to stop by.

shop brookes boswell!

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the jersey dress

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hard to believe it, but my little baby edith is three months old today! we’ve made it through the “fourth trimester,” and i can no longer call her a newborn. she has been good to me so far, happy and healthy, growing and developing right on track. she’s an excellent sleeper at night just like her big brother, but she does make up for it during the day. i have to fight her pretty hard to get her down for naps because apparently she did not get the memo about the importance of sleep. she would much prefer to hang out and give her mama smiles, or practice tummy time. she can already hold her head up and roll over, and she is desperately trying to sit up already! yikes!

needless to say, babywearing has definitely come in handy not only when i need to get things done, but also when i need to get her to sleep! so i thought i’d share this really simple outfit just to give an example of what to wear while babywearing. it varies depending one what type of carrier i’m using, but i really love to pair my sakura bloom linen ring sling with simple dresses like this one from storq. it might not come across in photos, but this dress is seriously amazing. it is a super soft and stretchy modal jersey, which i highly prefer over cotton because it tends to maintain better shape and is somehow a million times softer. and if you’re anxious about wearing something that clings to the body, don’t worry, it is not flimsy or sheer in the least. i actually wore this dress to the hospital the day edie was born, pulled it on for my first walk around the maternity ward after she arrived, and wore it a ton in the first few weeks after we brought her home. the scoop neck makes it easy to pull down for nursing, so you can even breastfeed while babywearing if you’re feeling up to it!

if you’re looking for more tips, you can check out my guide on what to wear when you’re expecting (which includes this same dress!) or take a peek at some of my 4th trimester outfits.

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calivintage - storq maternity dress

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hdh plus fall 2016

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i know it seems a little bit crazy to be thinking about fall clothes in the middle of a heat wave, but the temperatures will be cooling off before we know it, and hackwith design house has got us covered with their upcoming fall 2016 plus collection. the new pieces will launch on august 22, and we cannot wait to check them out. you may remember last summer my sister decided to start sharing some plus size content on my blog, but our plans quickly lost traction with the news that i was expecting a baby. she’s still been hanging out behind-the-scenes, primarily helping me out with vintage sales, but now that our schedules are starting to get normal again, she’s gearing up to start sharing more. and i can definitely see her rocking some of these styles.

in the meantime, if you’re not quite ready to start planning for fall, almost all of their current plus offerings are on sale now!

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lotfi bags

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it’s crazy to think that summer is already winding down, but here in southern california, it kinda doesn’t end? so hopefully you don’t mind me sharing a few more spring collections before the season is over. even though lotfi handbags have been around since 2011, i only just recently learned about this cool california-based brand. it was started by designer sharareh lotfi shortler after the birth of her daughter because she was looking for something minimal and un-fussy that was practical without being boring. this is something that i can personally relate to 100%, so you know the designs are right up my alley. all of her spring 2016 bags are made with sturdy organic cotton canvas and robe, lending a subtle nautical vibe without being too literal. and being a san francisco based company, it’s great to know that all of the designs are also produced right here in california.

shop lotfi bags

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calivintage - lotfi handbags
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calivintage - lotfi handbags

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built by wendy is back!

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she’s back! i was so bummed when wendy mullin shuttered her stores several years back. she was probably one of the first “indie” designers that i learned about back in my formative fashion years. and for that reason alone, i will always have a fondness for her designs. so you know i was excited when the email popped up in my inbox letting me know that she’s back at it again! this time, with a really awesome collection of ’80s and ’90s-inspired basics in a range of unexpected colors and combinations. that slight nod to the past speaks both to my personal nostalgia for the brand, but also to the current trends that we’ve been seeing lately. i think if anyone was going to get me excited about seeing those bamboo sandals and a bright quilted tote bag in teal blue, it would be built by wendy.

go shop the full collection here!

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calivintage - built by wendy is back!
calivintage - built by wendy is back!
calivintage - built by wendy is back!
calivintage - built by wendy is back!
calivintage - built by wendy is back!
calivintage - built by wendy is back!
calivintage - built by wendy is back!
calivintage - built by wendy is back!
calivintage - built by wendy is back!

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the caftan

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it’s officially caftan season, and this new caftan by storq is so perfect that it almost makes me miss being pregnant. fortunately for me, i still have a postpartum belly to contend with and an 8-week-old baby nursing on demand. oh, and i’m human. so yeah, this caftan is awesome. it was designed to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy, so i’m basically gonna be wearing it every single day. the fabric is super soft and sturdy, while the cut is generous and forgiving while still having some interest. i really love the subtle shape of the collar and sleeves, and i appreciate that there’s a button front, which is pretty much necessary for breastfeeding.

speaking of clothes to wear during the “4th trimester,” i was thinking about creating a guide on what to wear during recovery, breastfeeding, and babywearing. but instead of holding out on you guys for one big lookbook, i thought i’d just start sharing some of my favorite looks as outfit posts and then rounding them all up into one post at the end. i’ve definitely learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t after having two babies, but i’m sure there are tons of great brands out there that i haven’t even heard of, or styling tips that i haven’t considered, so please let me know if you have any tips or recommendations while i go along!

and in the meantime, you really should check out storq if you haven’t already. lots of really great basics for maternity and beyond!

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brookes boswell cortland straw hat
storq caftan
marais usa jardin heels

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pansy co

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i don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like i am forever on the hunt for the perfect pair of undies. i’ve always preferred a high rise style, and i particularly like wearing them under breezy dresses. but they’re not always easy to find, especially if you’re looking for something made in the usa out of organic cotton. enter pansy co. this bay area-based brand makes all of their undies in san leandro out of organic cotton that has been grown and milled in south carolina. from there, the underwear is dyed in novato, ca. before it makes it’s way to your doorstep. they have a simple selection of underwear, from a classic high rise to a low rise and a cute little bralette. but it’s the colors that really get get me! they have the most beautiful shades of apricot and pale pink and rust. not colors you can ordinarily find when you head to the department store.

shop pansy co.

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elizabeth suzann spring 2016

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the new elizabeth suzann spring 2016 lookbook is out and it is so good. if you’re looking to build a versatile wardrobe with clothes that can be worn during any season and mixed and matched in countless ways, then look no further than elizabeth suzann. she has figured out the art of dressing with easy pieces in quality textiles like silk, linen, and cotton. in addition to a signature collection filled with the best basics, she has been hitting it out of the park with her seasonal collections. on spring, she says:

“I’ve never been a warm weather person. I’ve written before about how I prefer fall and winter – I’m uncomfortable with my skin exposed, I am much more at home swathed and wrapped in protective layers. And yet, despite all that, my most fond memories are of times spent in the sun and heat. It seems, in my mind, that there is simply more real living to be done in the bright, warm, light of day. How can I make myself, and other women like me, feel at home in their own skin and able to freely enjoy the incredible experiences these warm seasons have to offer? What are we lacking, what have I longed to dress in on those days I remember so fondly?”

she was heavily inspired by shapes for the season. from the triangular shape of the elodie work belt to the rectangular shape of the caftan to the spherical form of the olina jumpsuit. i own some of her clothes and i can attest to the fact that each piece drapes perfectly on the body giving off the air of such minimal effort that it feels more like a second skin.

shop elizabeth suzann.

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