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enter to win $125 to iadornu jewelry!


today i am excited to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of iadornu. this nevada-based etsy shop is run by mary beth heishman, who makes each piece by hand using recycled, sustainable sterling silver. i’m wearing two of my favorites from the shop, but she seriously has something for everyone. from dainty little jewels inspired by the southwest where she lives to nautical themes to personalized initial sets. so of course, i am quite pleased to give you the opportunity to win $125 to this lovely shop!

enter to win $125 to iadornu jewelry!

bonus: iadornu would also like to offer you 20% off orders with code “calivintage” now through june 24!




the essentials


just getting back to reality after a very busy weekend! brendan’s family came for a visit, so i was running around like a madwoman trying to clean the place up all last week. it was the first time they’d seen our house, so i was a little embarrassed because it’s still very much a work in progress. i still haven’t hung all of the window treatments, and even though i’ve been painting the cabinets on and off for weeks, they’re still not quite finished! needless to say, pulling together some elaborate outfit hasn’t been top-of-mind for a long time. instead, i’ve just been stocking my wardrobe with clothes that require absolutely no fuss. a chambray dress like this one from lucky brand is pretty much the epitome of easy. you can throw it on, add a few practical accessories, and you don’t have to think about it again. even when a toddler covered in hummus decides to rub his little face all over it. which definitely happened right before i snapped these pictures. the nice thing about a sturdy fabric like this is that all you have to do is clean up with a baby wipe and you’re good to go.

henley shirt dress courtesy of lucky brand
vintage coach belt bag
jenni kayne d’orsay flats
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panama straw
shinola runwell watch

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to market


sometimes you wake up bright and early on a sunday morning in the mood to get dressed up for the farmer’s market. i’ve been on one of my health kicks lately, so i’ve been stocking my fridge with lots of nutrient-rich fruits and veggies. a big part of it stems from the fact that i have this growing toddler who really needs to be eating the good stuff. he’s not especially picky, but i do have to get creative to make sure he’s consuming a variety of different foods. i’ve been making lots of pesto as a way to sneak in those dark leafy greens. it was a revelation when i realized that i could swap out the basil for kale, chard, spinach, or any other greens, and the pine nuts for any type of nut!

vintage raw silk blouse
button front skirt courtesy of lucky brand
vintage clogs from wear it well vintage
vintage plastic tote
brookes boswell wakefield hat

shinola runwell watch
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet



tomboy style


when it comes to life lately, it’s beginning to feel like all work and no play over here. so in between drying coats of paint in my house, i went for a quick bike ride around my neighborhood to get some fresh air, and to remember that my muscles can move in a direction other than that of a paint brush! and it was the perfect opportunity to swap out my paint-covered jeans to test out my new levi’s commuter skinny jeans. they’re part of their latest commuter collection, designed for cyclists, by cyclists. they’re basically a regular pair of high rise skinny jeans made with a super stretchy water-resistance performance fabric so that they are comfortable and practical to wear while cycling. they even have a little reflective strip along the inner side seam, which reveals itself when you roll up the cuffs. i really hate wearing “performance” gear unless i absolutely have to, but it’s nice to have the functionality when you’re riding around, so these are the perfect middle ground.

and as much as i love a good pair of dark denim, it was actually fun to play around with this lighter shade of cornflower blue. i’ve been experimenting a lot with mixing different shades of denim, so i tried them out with a cropped denim top and a simple pair of clogs for a tomboy vibe. it’s super casual, but i still feel like i’m retaining my sense of style, even when i’m spending more time focusing on paint colors than clothes!

indigo jane top courtesy of loup
commuter skinny jeans courtesy of levi’s
vintage clogs
vintage linen baseball cap

willow three speed courtesy of brooklyn bicycle co.





the temperatures are rising, and it’s really starting to feel like summer around here. and as much as i’ve been into wearing very utilitarian clothes lately, sometimes it’s fun to throw on something whimsical and feminine and just plain fun. enter my new swimmers dress by canadian brand noémiah. the print was designed in collaboration with montreal-based artist, paule t.b., and the dress was hand sewn by designer noémie vaillancourt as part of her very first complete collection. all of her designs have a certain dreamy, feminine quality to them with lots of swingy silhouettes and delicate fabrics that lend themselves to twirling around on hot summer days.

swimmers dress courtesy of noémiah
vintage linen top
jenni kayne suede flats
vintage coach bucket bag



cherry season


nope, not picking cherries, but wearing them! which seemed kind of appropriate since cherry season is upon us. and i have a sneaking suspicion that we’ll probably be heading out to the cherry festival now that we’ve got a toddler to entertain. though this beautiful set by bon george is much more appropriate for going out on a late afternoon date, which is exactly how i wore it! i’ve been kicking around the house in work clothes a lot lately, either watching adam or attempting to work on an endless list of home improvement projects, so it felt especially good to throw this and go out! like an adult! it can become a bit of a rare treat when you’ve got littles, but things will be changing soon. i just realized that in about a month, adam will be old enough to enroll in a toddler program at a nearby school. and i’ll have a few precious hours to myself every couple of days, just in time to enjoy this amazing summer weather. it really is only a short time before they’re off on their own… queue the happy tears emoji!

the amos top and the wyatt skirt courtesy of bon george
brookes boswell wakefield hat
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
turquoise ring courtesy of iadornu
right hand charm bracelet




outdoor inspiration, pt. 2

the time has finally come for me to reveal the final result of my recent project in collaboration with hp sprout! you can read this post to see the first part of the process, but i’ll also catch you up to speed right here. after playing around with the capture app, i chose a few different scans of bright orange kumquat branches to create a custom fabric for my very own shirt design. i uploaded my design to spoonflower, and in a couple of weeks my custom-printed fabric arrived, and i was ready to start sewing! i’m not much of a seamstress, so after doing a bit of research online, i decided to simply trace the pattern of a very simple top i already owned to use as my guide. it was literally two pieces of fabric sewn together and took all of 10 minutes to complete. but what really brought it to life was the bright  and cheerful pattern.

it was a really fun process to go from picking flowers in the garden, to designing my own custom print using sprout, and creating a finished product. i would never have even considered taking on a project like this, but with the sprout, i managed to create something in only a matter of hours.

self-made top using fabric designed with my hp sprout
vintage denim skirt
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panama straw
vintage coach bucket bag
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
shinola runwell watch
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet



my happy place

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you may remember a couple of months back, i teamed up with hp to share a glimpse at how i’m able to work remotely utilizing mobile technology. well, for their latest campaign, they decided to expand upon the concept and encouraged a group of bloggers to share how we work from our ultimate happy places. at the time, i’d been spending a lot of time getting sun and snapping photos at the park. when i’m feeling overwhelmed, i pack myself a little picnic and head out for a leisurely hike and a bite to eat before diving in to a busy week. it gives me a chance to clear my head and get the fresh air that i need to tackle my countless jobs, and it’s a great place to take adam so he can run free and explore nature. but not so far off the beaten track that i can’t stay connected using my hp stream 8 tablet.

they just released the video, and it’s so much fun to catch a glimpse of my own happy place among so many other varied worplaces. it’s really inspiring to see the way others work, and a good reminder to myself to turn those dreamy aspirations into a reality in my own life. if you could work from anywhere, where would you go?

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royal caballito giveaway!

i first learned about the spanish-based brand royal caballito a couple of years ago, shortly after designer diana saldana launched her shop. i was immediately drawn to her whimsical designs and dreamy lookbook images, and have been following her ever since! her spring 2015 collection is one of my favorites to date, with lots of fun, patterned knitwear in easy, wearable designs. and as always, i love supporting small designers who focus on creating quality garments using sustainable practices. all of the pieces are sewn in a small professional workshop in spain with great attention to detail. and as you can tell from the photos, some of my favorites are the lluvia top and skirt, which can easily be worn as a set, or mixed and matched into your wardrobe in endless combinations.  this bold, cobalt blue is my favorite color lately, but they also come in green, coral pink, dusty grey, and aquamarine.

so today, we’ve teamed up to offer you the chance to win your choice of either the top or skirt in any color of your choice! simply enter using the widget below:

Royal Caballito Giveaway!

lluvia top and lluvia skirt in blue courtesy of royal caballito
vintage denim jacket
vintage sailor pants
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panama straw
shinola runwell watch
gillian steinhardt right hand charm bracelet



ifẹ’s closet

one of the coolest parts about writing this blog is that it gives me the unique opportunity to connect with new and emerging designers. such was the case when i recently met titi, the designer behind london-based brand, ifẹ’s closet. i was instantly drawn to her designs because of the way she combines classic, vintage-inspired silhouettes with laid-back style, and stunning west african prints. many elements of her designs were inspired by the women in her own family, and are an integral part of the daily life and culture in west africa. so of course, i was delighted to not only have the opportunity to try a few of her designs for myself, but to offer you the chance to win any one in-stock item from her shop!

enter to win any one item from ifẹ’s closet!

get 20% off your order at ifẹ’s closet with code ‘calivintage20′ now through monday, may 18!

shift tails dress courtesy of ifẹ’s closet
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panama straw
jenni kayne suede d’orsay flats

buba blouse and midi straight skirt courtesy of ifẹ’s closet
hat courtesy of echo design
swedish hasbeens peep toe super high