outfit: waves

calivintage: on the beach

the day before i left for my vacation in hawaii, i received an express package from the very sweet jaclyn of audrey grace boutique. i pulled open the wrapping to reveal this pretty dress by la-based designer, popavina. she had sent me a little iphone photo of the dress before it arrived, but that teeny tiny picture did not do it justice at all! i instantly fell in love with the pretty layers upon layers of wavy lines in pretty pinks, sea foam green, and brown. i know it’s a bit of a dressy little number, but being in hawaii on vacation, i thought it would be the perfect thing to wear on a quick trip to the beach near my hotel here in ko olina. i think it would also look equally stunning for a fancy night out. perhaps just the thing i would wear to visit the audrey grace pop up shop opening tomorrow night in new york. i won’t be able to attend, but if you’re in the new york area, you definitely try to make it out. she carries a lovely selection of some of my favorite designers, so i’m sure it will be  a blast.

i was also recently interviewed for the audrey grace magazine, which you can check out here!

calivintage: on the beach
calivintage: on the beach
calivintage: on the beach
calivintage: on the beach
calivintage: on the beach
calivintage: on the beach
calivintage: on the beach

insta-hawaii

i’m halfway through my hawaii adventure, and enjoying every moment of it. thought i’d pop in quickly to share some of the photos i’ve snapped over the past couple of days with instagram. now i’m off to grab some shave ice and kahuku shrimp!

enter to win a stylemint t-shirt!

calivintage: kailua beach

today i am excited to offer you the opportunity to win a t-shirt from stylemint! if you’re not already familiar with the site, then just take a look at this cute little nautical number i’m wearing today. i packed this easy little t-shirt dress because i knew it would come in handy on my trip to hawaii. i wore it on a scorching hot day to go out to lunch and drive around the country side, and then used it as a swimsuit cover-up while laying in the sand at kailua beach. this little dress is pretty much perfect for the coming spring and summer months, and i have a feeling i’m going to be wearing it a lot!

to enter:
1. sign up for stylemint. it’s free to join and there is no obligation to purchase. simply visit stylemint.com and take the style quiz to be taken to your showroom of recommended styles.
2. leave a comment in the section below telling us which t-shirt is your absolute favorite.

contest is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. only one entry per person. winner will be randomly selected after tuesday, march 27 and contacted via email. winner will receive one stylemint credit good towards the purchase of one stylemint t.

calivintage: kailua beach
calivintage: kailua beach
calivintage: kailua beach

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EDIT: THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. congratulations to our winner, jinah!

hawaii photo diary, day one

calivintage: hawaii day one

as i write this post, i’m sitting in bed with the windows open to let in the cool breeze and the sound of birds chirping outside. it’s a heavenly 76 degrees outside. i think i’m in love with hawaii.

yesterday was our first day in o’ahu, so we opted to drive out of the sanctuary of our picture perfect resort and out around the island to get a feel for this beautiful place. we headed up kamehameha highway through grassy fields towards the north shore. when we arrived, the streets were lined with tourists and surfers enjoying the sunny sunday afternoon. we stopped in for lunch at kua’aina burger, then made our way through the traffic and past the sandy beaches all the way up over the northernmost point of the island, then back down the east side and through the tetsuo harano tunnel to our hotel. i snapped most of these pictures through the car window, and while they are stunning, they don’t even come close to capturing the beauty of this island.

also: thank you to everyone who left so many wonderful recommendations on where to visit while i’m here! i’m excited to check it all out and can’t wait to share the rest of my trip with you!

calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one
calivintage: hawaii day one

hawaii bound

hawaii photo diary, day two

as you read this post, i will be on a plane flying across the pacific ocean on my way to hawaii! i know, i know, it’s exactly the place i went last summer on vacation, but now that i’ve been there, i think i might be hooked. this time i’ll be staying about an hour outside of honolulu to get a taste of what it’s like in oahu. just like my last visit (on the big island), i haven’t done much in the way of planning, so i would absolutely love your suggestions on places that i must visit while i’m there. good restaurants, sandy beaches, antique stores, hidden treasures! i’m open to any and all suggestions!

also, just like my last trip, i’ll be chronicling my adventures via instagram, twitter, and right here on my blog!

and in the meantime, you can take a look at the photos from my last trip to hawaii here.

hawaii photo diary, day two

my nyfw: hello new york

me

after a bit of a rough morning involving a missed flight and several hours sitting around in a noisy airport before boarding another plane, i finally made it to my hotel in new york last night! i arrived a bit late, so i had just about enough time to change into my pajamas, unpack some of my things, and hop right into bed for one last day of “hibernation” from the blog before the beginning of new york fashion week.

so since i’ll be staying here for a little while, i thought i might show you the little space where i’ll be holed up for the next nine days!

my little room
makeup
a gift
this lovely little welcome gift was waiting for me when i arrived. thanks so much to lauren moffatt!

hair
work station

weekend away

calivintage: weekend away

this past weekend i celebrated my 29th birthday. i’m not one to make a big fuss or throw a wild party, and i’ve very specifically informed all of my closest friends that i do not like surprises. instead, i prefer to take the opportunity to ease into my new year on a relaxing weekend away. it’s actually become a bit of a birthday tradition for me. and this year, we drove three hours north to a little town called gualala along the california coast, to stay in a beautiful beach house at st. orres overlooking the ocean complete with everything you could possibly need: expansive views, a cozy fireplace, a sauna, and a jacuzzi overlooking the water.

the beginning of the trip was just a bit tumultuous. the forecast threatened rain and thunderstorms, and we found ourselves driving through winding country roads when the gas light started blinking. past the point of no return, we meandered along the hilly terrain for 50 miles until we finally popped out on the coast to be greeted by a service station. the entire time, we were doing our best not to imagine what it would be like to find ourselves stranded in the middle of a thunderstorm on a windy one lane road without cell phone reception. but our fears were for naught because we we made it out alive with .2 gallons of gas left in the tank, and a bright blue sky with the sun continuing to shine as we explored the area before heading to the house for a very pleasant evening (see photos).

the next morning wasn’t quite so kind, but it was honestly just as beautiful. i woke up obscenely early to look out at the ocean and watch the waves crash along the shore while big grey clouds filled the sky and it began to rain. and it pretty much rained for the rest of the day, foiling our plans to explore the nature areas, but certainly not stopping us from enjoying a few indoor activities like breakfast in bed, naps, and more sauna time. on the way back, we drove along the coast and reminisced about our bike tour, almost amazed that a couple of years ago, we actually rode that entire stretch of highway one on our bikes.

all in all, it was a weekend i will not soon forget!

calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
a beacon of light. never have i been so excited to find a gas station.

calivintage: weekend away
quite possible the prettiest gas station ever.

calivintage: weekend away
a room with a view. i could seriously get used to this.

calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
i still can’t decide what was better. the jaccuzzi overlooking the ocean, or the sauna.

calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away
sometimes rainy mornings are the best.

calivintage: weekend away
the saddest part of my day was when we had to pack up and leave. i stuffed all of my belongings into my amelia weekender by portland-based line, ellington.

calivintage: weekend away
calivintage: weekend away

hawaii on film

calivintage: hawaii on film

remember when i went to hawaii way back in july? well, i finally got the film developed and thought it would be fun to share a few memories with you. it’s especially fitting considering that it’s a ridiculously  hot october day here in the bay area. i think the high is around 80 degrees, which is about how hot it was on the big island when i took these photos…

calivintage: hawaii on film
calivintage: hawaii on film
calivintage: hawaii on film
calivintage: hawaii on film
calivintage: hawaii on film
calivintage: hawaii on film
calivintage: hawaii on film

the big island

calivintage: keokea

today is my last day in hawaii! my week long adventure has finally come to an end and i’m headed to the airport in a few short hours thankful to have had to opportunity to come here, and happy to have a few photos to remember it by. these were taken near keokea beach park on the northernmost tip of the big island of hawaii. the scenery on this part of the island is breathtaking to say the least, and i really wish i had more time to explore the area! but it was fun to hop around the beach in another one of the vintage dresses i picked up at discovery antiques earlier this week! the sixties style and bright colors really popped against the green and blue scenery.

i’m also very honored to have picked up this beautiful hand woven clutch from the kimura lauhala shop. i discovered the shop while exploring the artist community in holualoa and was blown away by the beautiful selection of hand woven bags and hats. the woman behind the counter told me that the shop had been built by her grandfather in 1914 after he walked across the island from hilo with her grandmother. they set up shop and her grandmother began designing beautiful hand woven bags and hawaiian fabrics. lining the shelves behind the counter were vintage purses woven by her grandmother that i wish she would have let me buy! but she said she was keeping them in hopes that her daughters would learn to make them! it’s that wonderful, rich history that draws me to vintage, and i was so thankful to have had the opportunity to listen to her story!

dress: vintage hawaiian print dress from discovery antiques in hawaii
shoes: saltwater sandals
bag: kimura hand woven clutch
sunglasses: karen walker number six

calivintage: keokea
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calivintage: keokea

hawaii photo diary, part two

hawaii photo diary, part two

and just as quickly as we got here, the trip is already winding down… i leave hawaii tomorrow, but i’m glad to be bringing back so many memories with me when i return. these photos were snapped yesterday on a little tour of the puʻuhonua o hōnaunau national historical park. it was a touristy little spot, perfect for taking cheesy vacation photos!

earlier in the day, upon the recommendation of a tumblr friend (thanks for all the suggestions, you guys!), we made our way up to a little artists community in holualoa, where we checked out local art galleries. we  were so curious to check out the holuakoa cafe there, that we returned in the evening for some delicious local cuisine. all in all, a very enjoyable day!

hawaii photo diary, part two
hawaii photo diary, part two
hawaii photo diary, part two
hawaii photo diary, part two
hawaii photo diary, part two
hawaii photo diary, part two
hawaii photo diary, part two
hawaii photo diary, part two
hawaii photo diary, part two