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wrap happy

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the flowers are blooming, the weather is hot, and i’ve been stuck inside for the past several days taking care of a baby with a really nasty cold. we normally spend a lot of time out of the house, so it’s rough being cooped-up inside, especially when the weather is so nice. we’ve been alternating between episodes of yo gabba gabba, taking quick baths to help him clear his chest, napping, and going on walks around the neighborhood for fresh air. all of which has been made much easer with my the help of my new tula woven wrap. when babies are sick, they just want to be held nonstop, and without a carrier of some sort, i think my arms might fall off! i definitely prefer this to propping him up on my hip because his weight is more evenly distributed across my back, and my hands are free so i can get things done around the house. bonus points: these wraps must be woven with some kind of magic, because when you put a baby in one of these, they usually pass out in 5 minutes flat!

i’ve worn adam in a soft sided carrier since he was a tiny baby because it was super convenient and easy to use, but i was always intrigued and intimidated by woven wraps. they come in all sorts of pretty patterns, and they look nice and comfy, but the wrapping techniques look really complicated. but now that i’ve given it a try (with the help of this video), i wish i had gotten one sooner! it’s really not hard to do, and they are super comfortable even with a large baby like adam!  i like the pretty mustard yellow pattern on this wrap, and i’ve been having fun figuring out how to coordinate it with my outfits. so far, i’ve discovered that simple jumpsuits like this are a really good option because they stay put when you’re pulling the wrap up and around you and baby.

in fact, i’m beginning to think i could write a whole book about what to wear while babywearing. or at least a comprehensive blog post! so stay tuned because i’ve got a few more suggestions on the way. and feel free to ask me any questions you might have about wraps or carriers or babywearing in general!

wearing:
lauren moffatt romper (past season)
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panana straw
tuto sandals
migaloo woven wrap courtesy of tula
clare v. messenger
shinola runwell watch
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet courtesy of aro

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outfit: the denim dress

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with the temperatures warming up, i can already tell that simple shift dresses like this one will be overtaking my wardrobe in the coming months. i wore this easy dress while painting a wall in adam’s nursery this weekend, and literally snapped these photos between drying coats of paint. i finally got his nursery “photo shoot ready” so i could share pictures on the blog, and i wore this dress while painting thinking that it might add some character if a bit of paint were to land on it. unfortunately, i wasn’t messy enough for it to happen organically, and not quite ballsy enough to just go at it with a paint brush. either way, it was the perfect thing to wear because it felt just as appropriate while going to a morning walk, painting a bedroom, or grabbing a late lunch downtown. definitely the types of clothes i love the most.

wearing:
monki raw hem denim dress courtesy of asos
brookes boswell wakefield in panama straw
vintage ankle boots
clare v. messenger tote in navy
thrifted brass cuff bracelet
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet courtesy of aro
shinola runwell watch


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giveaway: natalie joy jewelry

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today i am excited to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of natalie joy jewelry. i actually connected with this portland-based jewelry designer through the magic of instagram. i caught sight of a pair of earrings and it was love at first sight. so i am especially pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win any one in-stock item of your choice. today i’m showing off the dreamcatcher necklace, but there are so many more lovely pieces on her site to choose from.

natalie joy jewelry giveaway!


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heat wave

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we’re currently experiencing a bit of a heatwave out here in southern california. i like the heat, but it’s hard to enjoy it knowing that we’re in the midst of a pretty terrifying drought. so for once, i’m gonna have to say i wish were were experiencing some rainy days. but since that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for us at the moment, i’ve been playing with some warm weather outfits. i got this cotton and linen pinafore dress in the mail the other day, and decided to try a completely monochrome look. it was so very tempting to add that “pop of color” that fashion magazines and blogs are always raving about, but i’m glad i held back. even though i suppose i do look a bit like i’m getting ready to drink the kool aid….

wearing:
pleat pinafore courtesy of the whitepepper
vintage raw silk shirt
elizabeth suzann scarf
vintage boots
fieldguided tote

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GIVEAWAY ENDED: win $200 to shop aro!

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today i am pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of shop aro. this new austin-based jewelry shop has quickly become one of my favorite online destinations for browsing unique, indie jewelry designs. every item in the shop has been thoughtfully selected  for quality craftsmanship and interesting design. i’m wearing some of my favorite new arrivals from the shop, but there are tons more to choose from!

there are two ways to enter for up to two entries per person:

  • visit shop aro and leave a comment telling us which item is your favorite in the comment section below
  • or follow shop aro and calivintage on instagram and regram any image from this post using the hashtag #AROcaligiveaway

this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. up to two entries per person. winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email or instagram direct message after monday, march 16 at midnight p.s.t.

above: the gillian steinhard right hand single joint necklace and right hand charm bracelet

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palo marie smokey quartz matchstick earrings

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hey murphy half circle white acrylic necklace 

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gillian steinhard right hand charm bracelet

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palo marie turquoise seer necklace

UPDATE: congratulations to our winner, alena!

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giveaway: win a pair of ray-bans from sunglasses shop!

today i am pleased to announce that i’ve partnered up with sunglasses shop to offer you the opportunity to win a pair of ray-ban sunglasses! being vintage-obsessed as i am, i’m a total sucker for their classic stylings, and have gotten my last several pairs from sunglasses shop. they offer a huge selection of designer sunglasses at really great pricing, including this impressive array of ray-bans. i’m wearing the round wayfarer, meteor, clubmaster, and the round metal, which all come in a variety of different colors.

to enter, simply visit sunglasses shop and tell us which pair of ray-bans are your favorite in the comment section below!

this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. only one entry per person. winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email after tuesday, march 3.




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riding around town

since having adam and moving to a new home, i’m embarrassed to admit that it’s been quite a while since i’ve gone on a bike ride around town! riding a bike has been a big part of my lifestyle up until now, and it’s certainly not something that i want to give up. so when brooklyn bike co. got in touch and asked if i’d like to try out one of their bikes, it was just the kick in the butt that i needed to hop back on a bike. after a bit of consideration around my needs, i picked out the willow 3-speed in a sleek gloss black frame. it’s a nice lightweight, but sturdy chromoly frame that weighs in at about 28lbs. it’s got three speeds– nothing crazy– but just enough to help me get around town. it’s relatively flat in all of the places where i would be doing casual riding, so i don’t need a fancy road bike with a million different gears. and i like the classic black frame because it’s simple and chic and won’t clash with any of my outfits. of course i love that the step-through frame has a vintage vibe, but since it’s brand new, it’s much more comfortable to ride. i have a vintage raleigh which i love, but i swear to you, it’s like 50 pounds. super cute, but not always the most practical.

so here’s what i wore on my first day back in the saddle! it was a sunny day, but just cool enough that i opted to wear jeans and a long sleeve shirt. but the nice thing about an upright bike like this is that you can get away with wearing pretty much anything you’d like. i went for a but of a tomboy look, but once the weather is a little bit warmer, i’m sure i’ll be hopping on in a little sun dress.

wearing:
willow three speed courtesy of brooklyn bicycle co.
lake merced shirt courtesy of tradlands
mih halsy straight leg jeans
marais usa cowboy mules
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker
the runwell courtesy of shinola
horseshoe ring courtesy of erica weiner





 

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sunshine

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yesterday, i was going through my photos when i came across a few snapshots that never made it onto the blog! it was just a super casual day and my outfit was pretty simply, but why not share? yellow just so happens to be my favorite color, yet it’s the color i probably wear the least! i have yellow/light olive undertones to my skin, so i tend to worry that it washes me out a little, but one easy trick to get away with wearing something that “isn’t your color” is to add a swipe of lipstick. for years, i’d just banished certain shades of tan, khaki, and pea green because i didn’t realize how something as simply as a little makeup would help balance it out. so i offer it up to anyone who may find themselves in a similar conundrum. and a reminder to myself that i should enjoy wearing my favorite color a little bit more often!

wearing:
karen walker sweater
mih halsy jeans
trixie iridescent courtesy of miista shoes
nars semi matte lipstick in heatwave

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four days, four outfits

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one thing i’ve noticed is that life has changed so dramatically over the past couple of years, that it’s really hard for me to get into the routine of photographing my daily outfits like i used to. i’m just so distracted by whatever i’m doing that i never seem to stop and think about taking a picture. i certainly haven’t lost interest in my personal style. in fact, getting “dressed up” every day has been an important part of my routine. it just makes me feel good about myself, and more prepared to tackle the day. but i haven’t exactly been documenting it!

so last week, i decided to bend the rules and do things a little differently. i partnered up with HP and Megan Trainor to feature the four ways you can use the HP x360, and i saw it as the perfect opportunity to take it along with me while i documented four days in my life, outfits included! instead of trying to make a big production out of getting the usual head-to-toe outfit shots, i just kept my camera by my side so that i could snap a few quick pictures of whatever i was up to.

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monday

the weather has been so ridiculously nice lately, that we’ve been taking every opportunity to head out and explore the parks and nature areas around town. my brother has been really into photography lately, so we’ve been getting together a lot to visit new places and snap a few photos. when i lived in northern california, it felt like we did this kind of thing just about every weekend, so it’s been fun to finally get into the routine here in our new home. i certainly never knew we had this cool little spot hidden in our own back yard!

wearing: gaia black shift dress from earth & beauty, elizabeth suzann raw silk tie, rachel comey mars boots, claire v. messenger tote, warby parker jasper sunglasses

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tuesday

my sister usually has one day off during the weekday, so we’ve made a routine out of getting together once a week to cook a meal or two. we’d been doing it so often, that it’s actually what motivated us to try our hand at food blogging. i just never thought to take a picture of myself in the kitchen!

of course, i spend an embarrassing amount of time on pinterest, which is where most of our new recipes are born. the HP x360 was a nice new companion because we could convert it to tablet or display mode while we browsed around the web looking for new ideas.

wearing: cardigan new york marc sweatshirt dress

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wednesday

i tend to get my work done in very brief intervals throughout the day, usually for a couple of hours while adam is napping. we got this really cool coffee table that converts to a desk so that i can set up my laptop to answer emails and work on blog posts whenever the opportunity arises. it was a ridiculously sunny day, so i was actually quite happy to perch myself at the couch with my new HP x360 in tablet mode to get some work done. i am terrible at typing on a tablet or phone, so it’s nice that the 360 has a keyboard so i can get through emails more quickly. later on, i may or may not have cheated a little and switched it to tent mode to catch up on new episodes of broad city

wearing: apiece apart crop top, lauren moffatt jumpsuit, swedish hasbeens braided high in natural

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thursday

i don’t get out as nearly much as i used to, but luck had it that i was able to get away for a quick daytime date with brendan. so of course, i used it as an opportunity to throw on this silly vintage dress i picked up at the antique mall downtown. it’s a little different than what i normally wear, but it was fun to try out for afternoon drinks.

wearing: vintage dress, warby parker jasper sunglasses, swedish hasbeens peep toe high in black

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this february and march, HP is going on the road with Meghan Trainor to cover her u.s. tour in a new documentary series, “all about that tour,” giving you a glimpse behind-the-scenes as they travel from vancouver to nashville with some of their favorite Meghan Trainor fans from her lips are movin’ video to help bring the tour to life—check it out here!

this post was created in partnership with HP. thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible!

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california winter

if you’ve been following my instagram, then you know i’ve been basking in a ridiculous amount of sunshine lately. which is kinda crazy when i see all of my east coast friends coated in a thick layer of snow. so i know it’s kind of sacrilege to say that i really wouldn’t mind a few more weeks of chillier weather so i can finish going through all of my winter clothes! one of the color schemes i really wanted to try this season was black and red. ooh, getting real crazy over here, haha. but if you’re familiar with my wardrobe, then you know that practically everything i own is blue! so much so, that it’s taken me this long to get it together to try something different. i’ve slowly been picking up pieces in black over the past couple of months, which is a no-brainer for most people, but it turns out that hardly own anything black. it’s weird! so here i am, finally trying it out on the very tail end of our ridiculous california winter.

and if i could get away with it, i’d wear this jane sews jumpsuit every. single. day. in fact, i almost can because it wraps in a number of different ways. on this particular day, i wore it with a little cropped jacket and tied it around my waist. the very next day, i layered it over a crisp white blouse and tied it in the back, as you can see here.

wearing:
linen willow wrap jumpsuit courtesy of jane sews
short kimono jacket courtesy of eileen fisher
marais usa haircalf mules



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