outfit: eli & barry

i know i’ve said this before, so i hope i don’t sound like a broken record, but one of the great pleasures i get from writing this blog is all of the amazing people i’ve had the opportunity to connect with. i have to admit, in the back of my mind, i’ve always secretly wanted to be a designer myself, but it’s never really been in the cards. so being able to meet so many amazing designers doing incredible things really is the next best thing! and i am always so inspired by the talented, creative, and hard working women who dedicate themselves to creating ethical, sustainable fashion. one such designer is lily of eli & barry. she started the brand in 2016 and it is a one-woman show. she designs, pattern drafts, and produces all of the clothes in her hometown of denver, colorado. and it is that slow approach to fashion that guides her entire process. creating wearable clothes that will last a lifetime and earn a top spot in any wardrobe with their versatility and craftsmanship.

we connected on instagram and one day, she asked if i’d be interested in picking something out. i had been eyeing this top, so it was a no brainer. i love the sturdy cotton canvas because i know that it will age beautifully, getting softer and taking on character as i wear it. it’s brand new in these photos, but like the jeans, i know it will start to crease and take shape against my body. i just love the marks of something well-worn, and i look forward to breaking it in!

and use code CALIVINTAGE15 to get 15% off eli & barry!

wearing: pullover 2 in cotton canvas courtesy of eli & barry, jesse kamm sailor pants in american denim, centinelle julie’s bumble bees cotton silk bandana, sylvain le hen barrett 21 xs, martiniano high glove in saffron suede, clare v. petit henri (it’s sold out, but here is the full-sized version), garrett leight wilson sunglasses 



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outfit: adventure time

calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017

i can hardly believe it, but today was edie’s first day of school! she’s 20 months, so it’s not some rigorous academic thing, but it is a really lovely toddler program at the montessori school where adam has been going since he was about the same age. i’m so excited for her because she’s such an independent kid and i know she’s going to love it! but let me tell you, after being at home most of the day with two kids for the last four years, it’s such a strange feeling to have both of them out of the house. it’s just so… quiet. and now i’m sitting here in a bit of a daze, trying to figure out what to do with myself!

but as much as i miss all of the activity and excitement of having both kids running around the house, i have to admit i’m pretty excited about having more time to work. when i decided to go independent after adam was born, i had no idea how much i would miss working full time. i know that probably sounds crazy to some, but i really loved the sense of purpose i got from my 9-5. i’ve still always worked on my blog and updated my vintage shop, but over time, i really slowed down online. it got to the point where i wasn’t able to update things for weeks at a time, and i wasn’t even sure if i could even keep up with it anymore. but things change quickly! and suddenly i have all of these hours in the day again! and it may take me a little while to get back into the swing of things, but i’m so excited for the new adventures ahead of me!

wearing: patti dress in captain courtesy of ace & jig (currently on sale!), karen walker x benah bag (this is a past season item, but baggu makes a really similar style!), maryam nassir zadeh andrea mules, suncrest hat in panama straw courtesy of brookes boswell

calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017
calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017
calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017
calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017
calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017

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outfit: happy new year!

calivintage - moorea seal slip dress

see ya later, 2017! and don’t let the door hit you on the way out! the last few months of the year totally kicked my ass, so i’m definitely ready for the new year. in october, i got my wisdom teeth pulled and then ended up with the dreaded dry socket. i couldn’t eat for like two weeks and it was so miserable! then november hit and i somehow managed to end up with pneumonia for the entire month. and just when i thought i was in the clear, i got a kidney infection and ended up having to take two separate rounds of antibiotics to clear it up. yikes.

so my resolution for the new year is to stop being so sick all the time. can i wish that upon myself? but in all seriousness, i do have some pretty big plans for 2018! i have a ton of projects around the house that i’m working on that i can’t wait to share. and most notably, edith starts school full-time on wednesday, which marks the end of my time as the primary caregiver in our household and the beginnings of some really great things for me and my blog! so it’s onwards and upwards over here!

and i’m ringing in the new year in my most casual dressy look. this little slip dress is made from post-industrial cotton jersey, meaning the brand salvaged the fabric from factory room floors where it would normally end up in a landfill. the result is an eco-friendly dress that is so perfectly versatile and a piece that should own a spot in every wardrobe. add some heels to dress it up a bit and you’re good to go if your planning a simple get-together like i am. we’re doing champagne and hors d’oeuvres and an early countdown with the kids and then probably staying up late to watch netflix.

wearing: cami midi dress courtesy of moorea seal, self-made blouse, maryam nassir zadeh andrea mules, clare v. petit henry

calivintage - moorea seal slip dress
calivintage - moorea seal slip dress
calivintage - moorea seal slip dress
calivintage - moorea seal slip dress
calivintage - moorea seal slip dress

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outfit: sugar candy mountain

over the summer, i got the best pair of linen pants from los angeles-based designer, sugar candy mountain (which you can see here). and i’d have to say that today’s outfit is definitely the winter version of that look. this beautiful wide wale corduroy monique dress is so insanely comfortable that i want to wear it every day. which is a welcome change because during this time of year, i wear so many sweaters with jeans that i start to get bored! so this velvety corduroy is a really nice alternative to the usual, and i’ve been having fun wearing it a lot of different ways. it’s great paired with jeans for a more casual every day type of look, but you can even dress it up with some sparkly socks and kitten heels for a holiday party. and if you’re not familiar with the brand:

Sugar Candy Mountain is an ethical and sustainable clothing brand created out of a desire for a confluence of comfort, beauty, and community. It is a reference Orwell made to Heaven, but in our sense, a Heaven of nature and community that can be lived-in and brought from Big Sur to Manhattan. It is generated from the ideals of radical creativity, revolutionary beauty, and a future that is self-sustaining.

needless to say, they are dedicated to creating garments that will last a lifetime, reducing waste and leaving the smallest footprint possible. and everything is sustainably made right in los angeles. not only that, but:

sugar candy mountain would like to offer you 20% off the entire fall 2017 collection with code “SCMCV20” through january 31st!

wearing: monique dress courtesy of sugar candy mountain, ilana kohn boyd jeans, martiniano high glove in saffron suede, clare v. henri petit






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holiday traditions

ever since having kids, each holiday season has been getting more and more exciting! this is the first year that adam has pulled together a christmas list: he asked for a “city,” so i did some sleuthing and found some fun blocks that i hope will fit the bill. and while edie is still young, she’s old enough that we know exactly what she likes and we get to enjoy watching her unwrap a dollhouse complete with tiny dolls to play with. and not only are the kids getting more into the spirit, but our holiday traditions are starting to take shape. my mom was always a huuuge fan of christmas, so i have very fond memories of pulling all the decorations from storage, and very carefully placing her nutcrackers on the shelves to display, and thoughtfully arranging the intricate ornaments on the tree. it’s been really fun to enjoy that same tradition with my own kids.

so when we received these darling christmas baubles from our friends at Cath Kidston, adam and edie were jumping up and down in excitement. they literally claimed a few ornaments for themselves and sat entertaining themselves for a good 30 minutes, which was a success all on it’s own. ed didn’t have the patience to decorate with us, but it gave me an opportunity to do something special with adam. he snuggled up in his dragon printed pajamas and we got to work. it was a special time for us to enjoy those tiny pleasures that really are the most dear during this otherwise hectic time of year. with a special thanks to Cath Kidson for adding just the right touch of nostalgia and whimsy to our holiday season, from morning walks to disney surprises to our very own christmas celebration. and if you’re looking for some special pieces to gift during the holiday, they have the perfect collection.

courtesy of cath kidston: twinkle jumperflower jacuard skirtboys jersey pj set in dragonsset of 4 crochet christmas baubles









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outfit: fair season x lucy michel

if you’re looking for a piece of jewelry for the discriminating person in your life, look no further because this beautiful sterling silver collar necklace by fair season x lucy michel is exactly what you need. i’ve long been a fan of fair season vintage and her painfully good selection of vintage denim and minimalist basics. and this collaboration between her and ceramicist and jewelry designer lucy michel is the perfect compliment to all of her amazing vintage. it’s handmade in los angeles, and it’s simple, elegant, and understated in exactly the way i want all of my jewelry to be. i love that you could wear it with a little slip dress to a fancy party, but that it is also adds just the right amount of interest to your jeans and t-shirt while running errands on the weekend, which is exactly what i’m about to do in this easy getup.

and in the spirit of the season, fair season would like to offer you 15% off the sterling silver collar necklace using code ‘calivintage15’ now through monday, december 11.



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outfit: the holiday dress

it’s that time of year for holiday celebrations of all kinds. even though my holiday season is pretty mellow this year, that hasn’t stopped me from searching for the perfect holiday dress. so when i saw this beautiful larkspur dress by san francisco-based curator, i knew i had to have it. i love it because it ticks all the boxes. it’s made in san francisco, it’s 100% cotton, and while it does have a dressy vibe, it’s still totally casual and comfortable enough to wear while lounging on the sofa after inviting a few people over for a cheese platter, haha.

not only that, but it comes in multiple colors. i personally can never get enough indigo, but it also comes in black, oxblood, and olive green. it’s already super affordable at $194, but were sweetening the deal!

curator would like to offer you 25% all orders with code “calivintage25” through saturday, december 9!


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giveaway: win a leader bag co. backpack!

i have to admit it. have a love/hate relationship with diaper bags. to me, they’re a kind of necessary evil. if i try to leave the house without one, i usually end up regretting it. either because all of the baby things are scattered in the little storage bin under the stroller, or sliding around in the back seat of my car. or worse yet, i find myself stuck somewhere without extra diapers and wipes. so i know i need to bring one, but i am not super into the idea of carrying around a puffy shoulder bag with baby characters splashed across the front of it. and while i admit that the selection of diaper bags has already gotten so much better than when i had my first kid, there still aren’t many that i would hold up as very awesome. but leader bag co. is one such bag. in my very first guide to diaper bags, i held them up as the holy grail of diaper bags. and that still remains true today.

i finally got my hands on the julien leather set in ivory and tan, and it was love at first sight. the only catch is that, as some readers pointed out, the price point wasn’t super attainable. but here’s the thing: the brand really took the comments to heart and came back this year with not only a lower price point on their original leather bag, but a brand new bag: the julien canvas set, which comes in the black you see in my photos, along with a variety of other fun color combinations. i went simple with mine, but i already have my eye on the golden colorway. but enough talk, and onto the fun stuff….

we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win any one of the leader bag co. julien canvas sets! to enter, simply visit this post on instagram!

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giveaway: found company + murray & finn!

it’s been a little while since i’ve had a giveaway, so i thought i’d come back with a double whammy. today i’ve partnered with two favorite shops, found company and murray & finn, to offer one winner the chance to receive $100 to each shop. which was really just another elaborate excuse for me to get dressed up in coordinating outfits with my babe!

i got the lykke wullf overalls from found company, an independent boutique based in connecticut specializing in vintage, slow fashion, and indie goods for mamas, papas, kiddos, and the home. and edie scored her misha & puff popcorn sweater from murray & finn, an online shop based in new jersey with a focus on unique clothing and toys for kids, and chic maternity wear for mamas-to-be.

to enter, simply visit this post on instagram!

we’re wearing:
lykke wulff dusty overalls in camel corduroy courtesy of found company
clare v. henri petit in chestnut with pink tassel hook
mari giudicelli leblon mules

misha & puff popcorn sweater in confetti cake courtesy of murray & finn
elephant and castle corduroy romper
vintage shoes



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the joy is in the details

calivintage + cath kidston

The holidays are upon us, and while I’ve resolved to hit the ground running in preparation for the season, I know it won’t do me any good if I can’t also remember to slow down and take the time to enjoy the little things. One such detail that has really been helping me to be more mindful and to stay in the present are my morning walks with Adam. Our tradition began when he was just a baby. I would wake up the in the morning, get us both dressed up for the day, and head out on a stroll to the neighborhood coffee shop. Even if there was nothing else to do for the day, it was this little routine that really helped me to feel alive and ready to tackle my day.

Fast forward a few years and my little guy is nearly 4-years-old! What was just a simple morning routine has now grown and blossomed into something even more special than I could have imagined. Adam is no longer nestled in his baby carrier, but walking right beside me. When we get to the coffee shop, he holds the door open for me, and picks out a carton of milk from the refrigerator all by himself. We walk at his pace, stopping to pick dandelions or splash in puddles. And in those moments, he teaches me so much about slowing down and looking at the world through those wide eyes of a child. All with just a simple morning walk through the neighborhood.

And this season, we’ve partnered with the iconic brand, Cath Kidston, to share all of the joy in those precious details. I was so excited when they first contacted me because I still remember the brand from when I was a kid in the ’90s! They first launched in 1993 with a small shop in West London, selling car boot finds and vintage fabrics before Cath began designing and producing her own prints and products. They have since grown into a renowned brand available across the globe. I can still remember going with my mom to the local fabric shop and falling in love with those playful, vintage-inspired prints on oil cloth and cotton. So of course, I’ve been hit with a wave of nostalgia picking out matching outfits for me and Adam, with their cheerful details and modern vintage design. And I’m so excited to continue to share even more of our favorite details from The Home of Modern Vintage throughout the holiday season!

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Adam is wearing: Marching Band Breton Stripe Boy Long Sleeve T-shirt, Mono Guards Boys Jeans, Guards Kids Watch

I’m wearing: Oil Painted Posy Dress, Tweed Coat, Medium Leather Duo Cross Body Bag (with a vintage beret and vintage boots)

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calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston
calivintage + cath kidston

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