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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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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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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leader bag co. giveaway!

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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found company + murray & finn giveaway!

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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blluemade giveaway!

calivintage + blluemade

as i’m sure you’ve noticed by now, i’m a big fan of linen. over the years this sturdy, breathable, and sustainable textile has taken over my closet. and one brand who knows how to do linen right is blluemade. this brooklyn-based brand has quickly become a favorite thanks to their dedication to quality and craftsmanship. they don’t have a huge selection, but what they do, they do right. this dress was one of their first designs and it has become a classic for good reason. the weight of the linen means it can be worn for all seasons, and the simple shape is versatile enough to be worn alone or as a tunic with jeans, or layered over a cozy sweater. you can really achieve just about any look you’re going for with this! and today, we’re offering you a chance to win any one item from the shop!

visit this post on instagram to enter for a chance to win any one item from blluemade!

and get 20% off with code CALIVINTAGE20 now through friday, september 29!

calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade

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enter to win a jumpsuit from lindsay robinson!

calivintage x robinson jumpsuit

a couple of years ago, i found this really incredible pair of vintage coveralls. i loved them. i wore them a ton. and then, in some sort of kondo-induced blackout, i sold them. mistakes were made. i always regretted it.

fast forward a couple of years and i have finally found the perfect replacement: the beryl jumpsuit by san francisco-based designer lindsay robinson. she is a textile designer with a background in traditional dyeing and weaving, so you already know that i’m going to tell you that’s it’s made of an amazing 100% cotton washed japanese twill that you will love. these days, textiles are one of the first things i look at when picking out my clothes. i need something that is sturdy and washable, but still comfortable and easy to wear. this jumpsuit ticks all those boxes, in addition to being a great option for new moms because it’s a one piece that you can just literally throw on without another thought, and it’s got a button front so you can breastfeed on the sly. i went for the natural fabric, but it also comes in a blush pink and a stunning indigo blue. oh, and did i mention they’re made in california? interested?

we’re giving away a beryl jumpsuit to one lucky winner! simple head on over to this instagram post to enter!

wearing:
linsday robinson beryl jumpsuit
clyde wide brim pinch hat in angora
maryam nassir zadeh roberta heels in navy suede
vintage handbag


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esby pre-fall

calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall

despite the incredibly hot and humid weather we’ve been having lately, i’m still kind of grasping-on to these last few days of summer. luckily for me, the esby apparel pre-fall collection is helping me ease into the new season with these beautiful new clothes. the rose top and lucia seamed ankle pant was the uniform of choice for a bit of adventuring in a nearby park with my two very talented neighbors, melissa and yvette. the top is made of a beautifully textured cotton with a deep v that can be worn front or back, and the pants are a classic cotton canvas with the perfect high rise and relaxed, wide leg. they’re such classic wardrobe staples that compliment just about any wardrobe and they come in a variety of different colors to suit any taste.

in fact, we aren’t the only ones sporting this exact combination! we teamed-up with an entire crew of talented women to share a few more variations on the theme! you can hop on over to see geneva wearing the tomato top with the deep v in front. or paige, who’s styled an all camel look for her outfit.

i certainly have plans to style these in many more ways as the weather cools off, but for now, i’m just going to stare wistfully at these dreamy photos and soak up this quickly fading summer sun.

photography by yvette.

calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall

calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
calivintage - esby apparel pre-fall
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