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four eyes

calivintage x eyeconic

little known fact: i have terrible vision. i’ve been wearing contact lenses for so long that most people have no idea i need glasses to see. it’s funny, too, because i had to wear glasses for so many years that i still think of them as being a part of my identity, even though i don’t tend to wear them outside of the house all that often these days. but wearing contacts every single day is not quite so easy on the eyes. i’d been meaning to get some new glasses to give my eye balls a break, but i’ve been so busy lately that it’s been hard for me to find time to even pick out a pair! so i was really excited when eyeconic asked if i’d be interested in partnering up to give them a try! i picked out a pair of non-prescription sunglasses that shipped out right away, and also found a fun new pair of prescription glasses that came with scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses and uv protection, which is especially helpful in avoiding my coke bottle lens problem! yes, my vision is that bad.

one thing that makes me kind of anxious about buying glasses online is that i never know what to do if i need to get them fitted. the nice thing about eyeconic is that they’ve partnered with a network of 37,000 local doctors for frame adjustments and content lens consultations at no additional charge (yes, they sell contacts, too)! and if you place an order that just doesn’t work out, they also offer free shipping and returns, which is an even bigger relief. fortunately for me, i’m really happy with my selection, and i’ve been having fun incorporating them into my wardrobe. so far, my sunglasses seem to go with everything i own, and i’ve been playing around with more geeky looks to go with my thick-rimmed glasses. but of course, these are only a teensy tiny glimpse at what they have to offer, so go take a look at eyeconic now!

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calivintage x eyeconic
calivintage x eyeconic

look number one:
g-star raw caramel crystalline sunglasses courtesy of eyeconic
elizabeth suzann top
m.i.h. nautical cropped trousers
young frankk orb cuff
vintage salvatore ferragamo sandals

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calivintage x eyeconic
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calivintage x eyeconic
calivintage x eyeconic

look number two:
mcm tortoise frames courtesy of eyeconic
vintage shirt and jacket
neuew denim paris crop jeans
young frankk orb cuff
giantlion scoop ring
benah handbag

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michelada party

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with labor day this weekend, i realized that we’ve reached the ceremonial end of summer. the past four months kinda flew right by since edie was born, so you’ll have to excuse me while i milk these last few days of the season for everything it’s worth, haha! which includes lots of paletas and micheladas. if you’re not familiar with the drink, it’s essentially a bloody mary made with an ice cold mexican beer. line the rim of your glass with salt and chili, add tomato and/or clam juice with lime to your beer, and top it off with whatever you like. on this particular day, we tried a few different variations. one with a chili mango paleta, one filled with the usual drunken veggies you’d find in a bloody mary, and one with a skewer of spicy, salty mexican candies.

once we started playing around with different ideas, we started imagining even more exotic combinations. we’ve dreamed up a lavender beer topped off with jamaica and sweets, so perhaps i’ll be back to share another recipe soon. happy end of summer!
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the basics

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it’s  funny, looking at this outfit, i’m suddenly reminded of my “summer uniform” from last year. it was really similar: a statement hat, a cream top, wide leg jeans. it’s a little bit updated for the season, but it’s essentially the same outfit. and apparently a go-to look of mine. i think we all have a tendency to gravitate towards certain silhouettes that make us feel good, and this is one of those looks for me. now that the seasons are changing, i’ve been transitioning to wearing wide leg jeans because they have more of a fall vibe, but the loose shape still keeps you cool on these hot late summer days. these are also incredibly flattering, in my opinion. i’m four months postpartum and don’t feel self conscious in them at all. if anything, i feel like the high rise gives me back some of the shape that i lost during my pregnancy, which still hasn’t quite bounced back.

in other news, i’m standing in front of the historic mod building here in redlands. i posted a photo of it on instagram a while back, but didn’t mention that it’s actually been sold and getting ready for commerce. it’s walking distance from my home and has been standing here empty for a number of years, but thankfully there is a new plan to renovate and turn it into a fancy food court of sorts. it’s one of the few original packing houses still standing in this town, which was once a major distributor of oranges in southern california. the more you know… haha.

wearing:
brookes boswell cortland hat
japanese gathered blouse courtesy of zady
neuw paris crop jeans courtesy of article&
young frankk necklace
gillian steinhardt right hand bracelet
greek sandals

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the refashioners: diy jacket

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you may remember last summer, i took part in portia lawrie’s the refashioners challenge and made myself this simple wrap top out of a thrifted men’s shirt. well, this season, she asked me if i’d be interested in taking on a new challenge. despite my success last time around, i was still feeling pretty intimidated. i don’t know how to draft a pattern and my sewing skills are still sitting somewhere in the beginner level. but despite those restrictions, i still love a challenge, however daunting it may seem.

the new challenge? refashion a pair of jeans (or two or three or ten) to create an entirely new garment. i have to admit, this was a but perplexing at first since the only denim clothing i own are pairs of jeans. but after spending some time thinking about my favorite simple designs, i came up with an idea: a poncho! and yes, this was in large part due to the fact that a poncho is essentially two pieces of fabric sewn together with a hole for the head. my version is simply open in the front with some sleeves attached for a sort of modified poncho jacket. if you’re interested in trying it out yourself, grab a few pairs of old jeans and head on over to the diy!

 

wearing: elizabeth suzann georgia midi in raw silk, young frankk necklace, brookes boswell cortland hat, j.w. hulme legacy handbag, martiniano glove shoe

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along for the journey with backpacks.com

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summer is officially over at our house. the fall semester at adam’s school started on monday, so he’s off to his toddler program once again. and while a backpack isn’t yet a requirement at his age, and my own school days are well behind me, i still couldn’t resist getting matching backpacks to welcome the fall season. because really, whether you’re 2 or 32 (cough), headed to play school or high school, a backpack will always come in handy. so of course, i was very excited to partner with my friends at backpacks.com to share my personal experience. with a new baby to look after, i’ve got tons more stuff i need to bring with me for pretty much any excursion out of the house, so my new strategy involves two backpacks: one for myself filled with diapers and baby things, and one for adam so he can bring along anything he might want or need. he loves packing his bag before we head out, and toting it around with him wherever he goes. and it helps to lighten my own load just a little bit.

since i was feeling a bit nostalgic thinking about back-to-school times, i took a browse through the student collection. and while i was tempted to pick up a jansport like the one i carried as a kid, i got way too excited when i spotted the fjallraven kanken mini backpack in just the right size for adam. and of course, i got a fjallraven kanken laptop backpack for myself. i love the style of them for their simple design and cute little fox logo, but i also appreciate that they’re made of a sturdy, water-repellant fabric that is nearly indestructible. of course, if you’re looking for something different, backpacks.com has you covered. whether you’re headed back-to-school, back to the office, or on a hiking adventure, they’ve got backpacks that will suit your needs. us? our journey has us headed to nursery school, play dates at the park, and grandma’s house.

 

i’m wearing: zady japanese gathered blouse, vintage linen pants, greek sandals from avenue boutique, sunglasses from eyeconic
adam is wearing: black crane kids linen square top in fat stripe, tiny cottons trousers, saltwater sandals, linen cycling cap from niko’s naptime on etsy

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calivintage - backpacks.com
calivintage - backpacks.com
calivintage - backpacks.com
calivintage - backpacks.com

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long layers

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over the past couple of years, i’ve been wearing a lot of crop tops. and while i still love them to death, lately i’ve been having fun playing around with different proportions. especially now that we’re transitioning into fall and i’m itching to change up my style a little bit, while still keeping cool in these hot southern california temperatures. this loose, swingy dress by jane sews is definitely long enough to wear on it’s own, but it’s also really great for layering.when the weather gets a little cooler, i plan to pull it on over a dark turtleneck and under an easy trench coat for a completely different look.

wearing:
jane sews layah dress
mih nautical trousers
maryam nassir zadeh roberta suede pumps
clyde angora pinch hat

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calivintage - long layers
calivintage - long layers

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enter to win $100 to ozma of california!

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my summer wardrobe this year has been all about really easy linen pieces, like this simple jumpsuit by ozma of california. i really love the way you can completely change the look of it depending on how you feel. wear it with a belt for a slightly more vintage-inspired vibe, or wear it loose and oversized for a more beachy, laid back look. it’s basically perfect because those two looks pretty much sum-up the way i’ve been feeling about getting dressed lately. resort vibes forever, because this is california after all!

but more importantly, i’ve teamed up with this san-francisco based brand to offer you the opportunity to win a $100 gift card towards anything in the shop! if you’re not in the mood for a jumpsuit, there’s a really sweet crop top and skirt combo, or an incredible pair of high rise wide leg pants. enter below!

Enter to win $100 to OZMA of California

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calivintage - ozma of california
calivintage - ozma of california

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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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true blue

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if i could only wear one color for the rest of my life, it would probably be blue. looking at my clothing rack, it is dominated by this indigo hue. even when i consciously try to avoid it in favor of something different, i inevitably fall back on it. so when i saw this jumpsuit by heinui i had to have it immediately. the only problem is that at the time, i also happened to be six months pregnant, so i’ve been patiently waiting for months to finally try it on! fortunately for me, it was worth the wait. it makes such a stunning statement, especially with this abandoned turn-of-the-century train station as the backdrop. and i just kept the outfit simple so that none of my accessories would compete with it.

it also comes in a few different options: short or long sleeve in indigo or chambray, and there is a dress version as well. they are all currently on sale along with a bunch of other amazing pieces, so you should go check it out!

wearing:
heinui ernesto indigo cotton jumpsuit
brookes boswell cortland straw hat
claire v. kenya bag
swedish hasbeens braided high in natural

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calivintage - heinui jumpsuit
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my new workspace

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since getting my new hp spectre, i’ve been feeling inspired, and itching to put it to good use. it’s literally the thinnest laptop in the world and it weighs only 2.5lbs, so it’s been super easy to tote it around wherever i need to get work done: on the sofa while adam eats breakfast, laying in bed while the baby naps, propped up at the coffee shop when i head out of the house for some fresh air. but most-importantly, at my brand new dedicated workspace. i have an office, but with life as busy as it is these days, it’s more important than ever for me to have an inviting workspace that can still function while fitting in with my busy schedule. having my spectre laptop ready at my standing desk has become my new secret weapon for getting the job done.

like i mentioned in my last post, a lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into maintaining this blog. i’ve been doing it for eight years now, and i’ve had a lot of people ask me for advice on how to make it as a professional blogger. a lot of people talk about strategy and social media, but my number one recommendation is almost always to make sure you have the right tools to get the job done. i remember when i decided to start taking this blog more seriously, the first thing i did was go out and invest in a brand new computer, a professional camera, photoshop, and a host of other essentials necessary for independently running my own self-hosted wordpress site. strategy is certainly important, but without these essential tools, i never would have been able to launch this blog into a full-time career. and as time moves on, it’s been more important than ever for me to evaluate my technical needs to make sure i can be as productive as possible, especially when i’m pressed for time.

so here’s my new setup. a lot of the usual suspects: computer, software, a stash of chocolate bars hidden in my drawer. but things have been upgraded with my new standing desk and some clean and simple decor for a calm and inviting workspace. it makes it so that i’m able to stop in at any time of the day to type out a few emails or edit some photos. and it’s where i’m standing right now as i type out this post. it’s really important for me to have a beautiful space to work, and love the way my spectre fits in perfectly with my setup, while still being able to do some seriously heavy lifting. it comes with windows 10, up to 512gb of pcie-based ssd storage, intel® core™ i processing, up to 8gb of ram, and three multi-use usb type-c™ ports. so while it may look pretty, it’s also helped me to change the way i approach my work, and to reinvent my obsession with this blog so that i can continue grow and evolve this ever changing space.

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calivintage - hp spectre standing desk
calivintage - hp spectre standing desk
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