it’s been a little while, but my sister erica is finally making another appearance on the blog! it took a bit of coercing on my part, but i was really excited to do this shoot with her to talk about hackwith design house. they recently updated their hdh basics line to include even more of their classic styles in a larger range of sizes from xs to 4x. a common complaint that my sister has is that plus sized clothing offerings aren’t the same as the cute stuff you find in straight sizes. i know it’s not easy, but if more brands would hire multiple fit models, they could scale their sizing up or down to fit a broader range of people, so that everyone can enjoy the same garments instead of being relegated to only one section of a shop.
case in point: we were both able to get this easy wide leg jumper and be twinsies haha. no, we don’t match like this every day, but it is great that no matter who asks us where we got our jumpsuit, we know that they can go online and find it in their size. and that’s exactly how it should be!
i’m wearing: hackwith design house wide leg jumper, vintage blouse, vintage handbag, maryam nassir zadeh sophie sandals, steven alan bryce sunglasses in peach crystal
erica is wearing: hackwith design house wide leg jumper, easy kimono in white, pons avarcas, clare v. petite kenya bag, g-star raw caramel crystalline sunglasses
two exciting things today: 1. i’m sharing another little peek at the progress i’ve made on my patio, and 2. i’m giving away one of these beautiful hammocks from someware! if you’re not familiar, they’re an online shop based in los angeles featuring beautifully curated items for the home, handcrafted by artisans and designers from around the world. in addition to paying fair wages for these expertley crafted handmade goods, they also donate a portion of profits to live simply 4 peru.
i’ve been a fan of the shop for quite a while because they have such a great selection of woven baskets and beautiful textiles. this hammock was the perfect addition to the patio as i continue to spruce things up in our little outdoor living area. the hammocks have since sold out, but someware set one aside specifically for one lucky winner of our giveaway!
and get 20% off your purchase at someware with code ‘calivintage’ now through sunday, july 23rd!
ok so i know this is a polarizing topic. love it or hate it, but cue your best zoolander impression because according to pinterest, the “mom and me” trend is so hot right now. and while it may sometimes be cringe-inducing, i challenge you to resist the urge! back when adam was a teeny tiny thing, we often ended up in matching outfits by accident, but even i couldn’t help but get dressed up in our very best motherboy ensemble. he’s grown quite a bit since then, so while you may not find us matching quite so literally any more, we still occasionally step out in tastefully coordinated outfits like these.
i’ve also included some of the very top “mom and me” pins trending on pinterest right now, along with plenty more of my favorite mom style pins in the board below!
curator theo dress
steven alan bryce sunglasses in peach crystal
saltwater classic slides
lo & sons bag
adam is wearing:
misha & puff boardwalk t-shirt
soor ploom scout shorts
saltwater sun-san sailor sandals
fairends waxed canvas camp cap
we’re stepping into a heat wave over here. a 107 degree high in the middle of june. it’s kind of a bummer, but it’s the perfect time for me to throw on my new matching set by margu! it’s made of a breezy cotton silk blend with a subtle woven stripe, and i can’t think of anything better to wear in such hot weather. and you know how much i love a good matching set. wear together, mix and match. i have a feeling that i’ll be getting a lot of use out of both of these pieces for the rest of the season.
if you aren’t familiar with margu, she makes the best selection of feminine, vintage-inspired womenswear! based in fayetteville, arkansas, designer emily delong designs, cuts, and sews each garment by hand using sustainably-sourced natural textiles. she makes an especially perfect fit and flare dress in a bunch of different fabrics and colors in addition to easy separates and a wrap dress that i can’t get out of my mind!
margu regatta top and sawyer pants
maryam nassir zadeh palma low
steven alan bryce sunglasses in peach crystal
natalie joy arc + line earrings
only child cardiff work coat
vintage woven handbag
since becoming a mother, i get a lot of questions from people about how to dress post-baby. having a kid can really affect your wardrobe, particularly if you’re breastfeeding. the solution is usually to wear jeans and a t-shirt or some other simple combination, so you can pull up your shirt to feed the baby. but sometimes, i really miss wearing a dress! the new uma dress by curator is the perfect solution. what i love is that it isn’t exclusively a “maternity” or “nursing” garment– anyone can wear it. it’s just a really comfy caftan style dress with a hidden zipper up the front. perfect for before, during, and after pregnancy. a versatile dress that meets a lot of needs for a lot of different people. and it comes with a self belt, which i wore a few different ways in the photos, making it even more fun to play around with.
and so, for all you mamas and mamas-to-be, we’ve decided to give away $250 to curator! so you can pick this or anything else from the shop! everything is designed, cut, and sewn in the bay area. and they have a ton of comfortable, wearable clothes to choose from!
to enter, visit this instagram post! and get 20% off your order with code “calivintage” now through june 14!
uma dress courtesy of curator
metronome earrings courtesy of curator
maryam nassir zadeh palma low sandals (<– get $20 off your first order at garmentory with my link)
vintage woven handbag
garrett leight wilson sunglasses
it’s been a few years now since i’ve been back in southern california where i grew up as a kid. and for the first time since i’ve gotten back, i’m finally starting to head out to explore and rediscover some of the beauty out here. it’s easy to get distracted by day-to-day life and forget that i live pretty close to all sorts of fun adventures: i’m a quick drive from the historic route 66, the iconic dinosaurs at cabazon (and hadley’s date shakes!), and a massive expanse of desert including palm springs, joshua tree, the salton sea… so when i feel the urge to get away, it’s just a quick drive down the highway for a major dose of nostalgia and summer fun.
so i headed out this weekend for a little bit of exploration in my new wrangler denim. i’ve partnered with them on the launch of their limited release collection to celebrate their 70th anniversary with styles inspired by designs from the archives. i picked up this classic pair of women’s 70th anniversary flare jeans with a retro screen print tee and cropped denim jacket and felt like i was in a vintage picture postcard stomping through the desert in my 1970s getup. but this is not a drill: these pieces are only available in very limited quantities, and they will sell out fast!
if you’re someone who loves vintage as much as i do, then you know how hard it can be to find the perfect pair of vintage jeans. i feel like i’m always searching, so i get super excited when an iconic brand like wrangler decides to give us a little peek into their archives. i often fantasize about being able to just walk through the vintage vaults of a brand like wrangler just to pick and choose all of my favorite styles from decades past. so of course, i’m pretty excited about this huge 70th anniversary celebration with more limited releases expected throughout the year.
so don’t miss out. shop the wrangler 70th anniversary release and sign-up for email alerts when more of their upcoming limited releases roll out!
this post is sponsored by wrangler. all opinions expressed are my own.
since i usually write about fashion and home decor, you may not know that i’m also totally into bikes! i don’t ride around nearly as much as i used to, but i still have a growing collection of bikes! once upon a time, i would go on long bicycle tours, and while i hope to do that again some day when the kids are a little older, these days i’m a lot more focused on city bikes. and by city bikes, i mean casual bikes to get around town. i have a really cute mixte frame with slightly more upright geometry, but i have been itching to get back on a road bike, too! so when papillionaire asked me if i’d like to try out a bike, i went straight for their new remi. i love it because it reminds me of some of the vintage road bikes i used to ride around on back in the day, but it’s shiny and new and not quite as clunky as some of those vintage bikes can be!
at home. for whatever reason, i always forget that i can share photos of me in my natural habitat haha. if i think about it for a minute, i realize that i probably spend a lot more time at home than the average person. i work in the mornings while adam is at school, so you’ll usually find me enjoying my coffee and then getting to work at the computer. after school, it’s the lunchtime routine with adam and edie, then usually a mix of kid time and household stuff. it’s rather unglamorous, but i’d like to think i do it with style. since i spend so much time at home looking at these walls, i spend a good amount of that time planning, arranging, rearranging, trying to make it a pleasant space for me and the kids. there’s always more work to be done (which can be infuriating), but we’ve also come such a long way since we first moved in two years ago.
The other day someone very kindly told me that I looked incredibly comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. It pretty much made my day because that’s exactly what I’m going for when I’m picking out new clothes to wear! I like fashion, but I live in the suburbs, so I’d feel a bit ridiculous stopping by the coffee shop or dropping off my kids at school looking like I’m walking down the street during NYFW or something. So I try really hard to find my middle ground. Clothes that look good and make me feel put together, but that are still 100% practical when my reality is that I work from home and spend about half of my day on the floor of the kid’s room getting covered in play-doh and mashed-up banana.