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spots and specs

this weekend was super busy, the type that leaves you feeling a little cheated out of your leisure time come monday morning when you can hardly lift your head off your pillow! but despite the fact that i spent most of my weekend working, i really can’t complain. we were lucky enough to have beautiful spring weather all weekend long, and there’s always time to go out on a stroll through my neighborhood between errands to enjoy all of the fresh tree blossoms illuminated against the blue sky.

i kinda like the way my fall outfit sorta stands out against the spring foliage. it’s still only february, and the weather is not always as warm as it seems. i can’t quite leave the house without a few layers, so i’m still going to be enjoying all my fall clothes for at least a few more weeks.

wearing: vintage leopard print coat from secret shop vintage, wool sweater from mill mercantile, vegan leather skirt courtesy of lulu’s, vintage salvatore ferragamo boots, rebecca minkoff bag, la marquise glasses courtesy of bonlook.


enter to win a dress from mona!

today i am excited to announce  my latest giveaway courtesy of mona. if you’ve never heard of her before, she is the creator of the beautiful suspender skirt i’m wearing in this post, and she has a shop full of even more lovely designs. these photos were snapped one day in big sur, illuminated by the early morning sun filtering in through the trees. i don’t think there could have been a more perfect place to highlight this dreamy piece. and this week, we are offering you the chance to win this, or any one item from the shop!

to enter: simply visit mona and leave a comment in the section below telling us which piece is your absolute favorite.

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 monday, february 4. winner will receive their choice of any one in-stock item in the shop.

not interested in giveaways? mona would also like to offer you 20% any purchase with code “calivintage” now through february 4!

wearing: lauren moffatt top, mona skirt, marais usa flats.

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just a simple outfit for a weekend day. i’ve been doing a lot of hibernating over the last couple of weeks, and a lot of my daily outfits have been super comfy to reflect that. i wore this for a very easy going sunday, eating decadent cream filled doughnuts from doughnut dolly, getting a flu shot, and doing some “spring” cleaning. i’ve been cleaning, rearranging, and decorating the apartment in an attempt to change things up a bit. the space is starting to feel fresh and new, which is especially nice for building a nest on the couch and reading books. it’s been really nice to use this month as a time to recharge in advance of what i expect to be a very busy year!

wearing: steven alan sammy dress, j.crew silk crepe blouse, carven double-breasted tweed coat, target tights, rachel comey bootsstay home club tote bag

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win $150 to summerland boutique!

today i’m excited to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of summerland boutique. this super cute online shop is based out of portland, oregon, and has a seriously awesome selection of pieces like this silk eskell dress i’m wearing today, pretty accessories, and unique vintage finds.

to enter, simply visit summerland and leave a comment in the section below telling us which item in the shop is your absolute favorite!

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 monday, january 21.

see something you like? summerland would also like to offer you 15% off your purchases with code “calivintage” now through january 21!

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flowers and braids

these photos were snapped back at the beginning of december during a stroll through the mountain view cemetery near my house. some weekends are just made for long walks, and it really is the perfect place to visit after meandering through the neighborhood and stopping for a warm cup of coffee. i call this my “mcdonalds sweater” because it’s yellow and red and it makes me think of ketchup and mustard. i love it because it really does look vintage, but it’s a new piece from the lauren moffatt fall 2012 collection. she really does make the dreamiest pieces.

wearing: lauren moffatt sweater and skirt, seychelles sycamore flats, j.crew bag, and ysl rouge pur couture in le rouge

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on solid ground

well, it’s a new year and i’m back at home after the holidays slowly transitioning back to my usual routine. whenever i visit my hometown of redlands, i always imagine that i’ll have all this time to snap outfit photos in from of all my favorite spots, but relaxing in the warmth of my grandmother’s home with my brother and sister, aunts and uncles, and cousins, usually lures me away from my usual antics. but i did snap these photos on the last day of the year in front of the historic a.k. smiley public library. i have many memories in this place, hudled on the marble floors flipping through books.

i’m also wearing what i can easily say is my current favorite outfit. if i could get away with it, i’d wear this every day. the little tunic is handmade out of a velvety soft fine wale corduroy, and it matches so perfectly with the embroidered details of this vintage blouse. and the pièce de résistance is my new carven coat which i scored on super sale as a little christmas gift to myself. it has quickly put all of my other coats to shame.

wearing: elizabeth tunic courtesy of wayward daughter, vintage blouse, carven double-breasted tweed coat, tabio 110 denier tights in navy, vintage salvatore ferragamo vara pumps in navy, orla kiely gold sparkle leather holly bag,  ysl rouge pur couture glossy stain in rouge laque

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a year of outfits


this december marks the four-year anniversary of calivintage, and i sort of can’t believe the whirlwind it’s been since i first started sheepishly snapping outfit pictures on my rooftop in 2008. rather than post a million and one outfits from the beginning of time, i thought i’d stick with the usual year-end round up of some of my personal favorite outfits over the past year. it’s always fun looking back and seeing the ways we’ve grown and changed (or stayed the same), and each outfit holds it’s own set of memories.

a few observations:
1. this year, i decided to be comfortable and just wear my favorite flats instead of destroying my feet with sky-high heels. the only problem is that i think i got a little too comfortable slipping on my ferragamos every day. good thing for me, i did some christmas shopping the past couple of weeks and invested in quite a few pairs of fancy new shoes. perhaps 2013 will be my year of shoes?
2. my hair grew so long! i always think of myself as the girl with a blunt bob, but 2012 was the year i decided to grow out my tresses. the past couple of months it got long enough to try a few updos, but we’ll see how long i can resist the stylist’s chair…
3. i feel like i really came into my own this year in terms of my style. my whole life, i’ve done a lot of experimenting. i appreciate a broad range of styles, and i’ve certainly gone through a lot of phases. most of them have been fleeting, but as i find myself approaching the age of 30 in less than a month, i think i’ve started to settle-in to a signature look, and i’ve really started to focus on cultivating my ideal wardrobe with those “investment pieces” they speak of in magazines. i know my style will never stop evolving, but i can say that i feel more comfortable in my clothes, and my skin, than ever before.

who knows what 2013 will hold, but thank you so much to each and every one of you for following me along on my journey, stopping by to say hello, and being the wonderful people that really truly make this blog possible. here’s to another wonderful year ahead!

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california christmas

i’ve been happily on vacation visiting with my family in redlands since thursday, and i’ve certainly been taking advantage of the mild winter weather! i’ve gotten away with bare legs and light coats just about every day, and i’ve been soaking up the clear skies and valley views of the san bernardino mountains around us, and spending every minute with my family. it was my brother’s birthday on friday, and i feel like we’ve been celebrating non-stop since then. last night i decorated christmas cookies with my cousins, and today we’re getting ready to feast on chicken with mole before turning around and stuffing ourselves with tamales on christmas day.

these pictures were snapped at the historic train station in downtown redlands, before we headed over to my grandma’s house to enjoy the holiday.

wearing: hot to trot dress courtesy of nanette lepore, vintage coat from pretty penny in oakland, vintage salvatore ferragamo vara pumps, furla candy satchel, nars schiap


win a dress from corey lynn calter!


today i am excited to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of corey lynn calter! we’ve partnered up to offer you a chance to win any one item from the shop. my personal favorite is this bold orange shift, but they have plenty of pretty dresses, tops, and bottoms to choose from. and what’s even better is that every piece is made here in the usa!

to enter:
- visit corey lynn calter and tell us which piece in the shop is your absolute favorite
- bonus: follow clc on facebook and/or twitter to receive one additional entry

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 wednesday, december 26.

wearing: paloma zipper shift dress courtesy of corey lynn calter, lace top from lulu’s, vintage coat and mary janes from pretty penny vintage in oakland, thrifted vintage clutch

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