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topshop x nordstrom

i just got back from a very quick weekend trip to san francisco and probably the last trip i will take for some months now that the baby is so close to being here! it was a nice opportunity to visit with a few of my bay area friends and of course, i had a blast hosting an event to celebrate the launch of topshop x nordstrom at the san francisco center. i’ve long been a fan of topshop and have spent many hours browsing through their online shop admiring their cool uk offerings, but i’d never had an opportunity to actually see the clothes in real life here on the west coast, so it’s pretty exciting to see that the retailer has finally expanded into the u.s. market with these cool shop-in-shops as a new permanent fixture in nordstrom department stores and online. and i finally got to try on a few pieces for size, and am drooling over their fall offerings, lots of fuzzy sweaters and soft oversized coats!

wearing: dot jacquard pinafore, floral check mix print shirt, jensen faux fur collar biker jacket, maple mid heel court pump all courtesy of topshop x nordstrom.

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maternity style

i suppose every outfit that i wear now that i’m pregnant can be filed under “maternity style,” but today i’m sharing three looks i put together for my latest post up on refinery29 my stylist sharing a few of the tips i’ve learned about dressing my bump so far. these were all taken at roughly around six months, which is crazy to imagine considering i am now nearing the seven month mark! i try not to talk too much about my pregnancy on here, mostly because it’s a pretty personal experience and things are overwhelming enough without sharing something so private in a public space. and i also doubt anyone wants to hear an expectant mother talk about all of her annoying aches and pains, especially when it is obviously a very exciting time. but let me tell you, the cliches are true, and it is not as easy as it looks! i haven’t even gone through labor yet and i am already pretty impressed with how much of an impact it has had on my mind and body!

for me, one of the things that really helps me to feel good is getting dressed. whenever i feel kinda crappy, whether i’m sick or blue or otherwise feeling low, i always feel the best when i take the time to pamper myself a little bit. throw on a nice red lipstick, play with a new hairstyle, or put on something that gives me a little confidence boost. it kinda helps me to feel better facing the world and dealing with whatever other little annoyances might get in my way. so during this pregnancy, even when my ribs feel like they’re about to crack, or my hips are aching and i feel like i can barely walk, or i’m feeling super self-conscious about how much my body has changed, it’s made a huge difference to just feel pulled together and polished.

wearing: a.p.c. dress, palette red vegan leather handbag courtesy of alice & roi, vintage shoes from pretty penny, nars lipstick in jungle red

wearing: vintage maternity top from the loved one, j brand jeans, swedish hasbeens peep toe super high, j.w. hulme mini legacy bag, tom ford nikita sunglasses, nars lipstick in jungle red

wearing: lauren moffatt crochet top and striped skirt, rachel comey mars boots, orla kiely handbag, michael kors tortoise watch, ray-ban clubmaster sunglasses, nars lipstick in jungle red


discount: 15% off tradlands!

if you haven’t seen it yet, i recently published a quick interview on refinery29 with sadie roberts, the sf-based designer behind the new womenswear clothing line tradlands. and to celebrate the occasion, i styled up my very own jones st. buttondown. what i love so much about her collection is that each shirt is carefully constructed with quality materials, just like you would find in some of your favorite menswear shirting, but she has really taken the time to make sure that the cut is made for a woman. and as someone with a small ribcage and large bust, this is always a challenge since i’ll find a shirt that fits every part of my body, but it will still be gaping at the bust! but such is not the case with shirts from tradlands. now that i have one, i kind of wish i could just have a closet full to wear with jeans and cardigans for a very casual sf style. what’s more is that sadie is generously offering 15% off all orders for the next week!

get 15% off your order at tradlands using code “calivintage15″ now through october 22!

wearing: jones st. buttondown courtesy of tradlands , james jeans twiggy maternity jeans, bass wayfarer loafers in karicole, vintage scarf, fieldguided endless summer tote, flowers by alex knost sunglasses courtesy of raen opticsnars jungle red lipstick



GIVEAWAY ENDED: enter to win $100 from lulu*s!

today i’m excited to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of lulu*s! i’m sure you’re already familiar with this online destination, but just in case you aren’t, then you’ll be happy to know that you can find everything i’m wearing currently on their site. i’m especially pleased with this suede leather jacket because i’ve been wanting one for years, but have never really found an affordable option that i liked until now. it’s such a perfect basic that i’m sure i’ll be wearing it throughout the season and even for years to come. for this look, i opted to go with a simple plaid dress. and even though i’m already six months pregnant, i still haven’t picked up anything specifically “maternity.” i just size up and i’m good to go… for now!

to enter: simply visit lulu*s and tell us what you would buy if you were the winner!

bonus: follow @lulus on instagram and for an additional entry! simply leave an additional comment in this post once you’ve followed!

the fine print: up to two entries per person. this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email after monday, october 21.

wearing: ark & co plaid dress, obey suede leather motorcycle jacket, chelsea crew mary jane heels all courtesy of lulu*s, and a vintage ascot tie.




i just got back from my trip to saint louis, and after a day of recovery, i am finally getting around to posting an outfit from my trip! the weather was quite hot and humid almost every day, which is why this new dress came in handy while i was there. the loose tent shape kept things cool while the dark color is definitely more suited for fall. throw on some red lipstick and a pair of low heels and it’s kind of the perfect thing to wear when you’re six months pregnant and still trying to look pulled together for events and things. i also didn’t realize it until later, but i am also totally channeling hannah in this look. blogger inception haha!

not gonna lie, traveling at this point in the game is starting to get pretty exhausting, but i’m so glad i went! saint louis is such a charming place and we really got the v.i.p. treatment while we were there. it was actually my first introduction to the midwest and it couldn’t have been any better. and in addition to my instagram feed, i have like a million photos from the trip that i will hopefully be sharing this week!

wearing: dear creatures diana dress, make a scene heels courtesy of seychelles, j.w. hulme mini legacy bag, nars heatwave lipstick

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fall feelings

the weather isn’t exactly chilly in los angeles, but some days have been cool enough to wear pseudo-fall outfits like this one without breaking a sweat. i’m still so used to the frigid san francisco air that it’s hard not to want to wear long sleeves and pretty new fall clothes every day (not that i’m complaining)! i’m particularly in love with this cute little jumper i picked up at the loved one‘s brick-and-mortar shop in pasadena over the weekend, especially because the empire waist and full skirt are able to accommodate my 26 week bump. that’s right, i’m almost six months along. the third trimester. the home stretch, if you will. it’s been harder than i anticipated to get outfit photos lately, but i did shoot a cute series of maternity outfits for refinery29 that should be coming out any day now, so i promise to share once it’s up!

now onto the real hard-hitting stuff: shoes! i fell in love with this pretty pair of mary janes the moment they popped up on the golden ponies instagram feed. a few conversations later and they were on their way from mexico with the promise that i would share you all on a very exclusive discount to celebrate this new collection of shoes, a collaboration between two creative forces, chica de canela and golden ponies shoes! if you like golden ponies, then i promise you will love this limited edition collection. so without further adieu…

get 10% off any pair of shoes by chica de canela + golden ponies using code “calivintage” now through october 31!

wearing: blouse courtesy of nadinoo, reconstructed vintage jumper by the loved onemary janes courtesy of chica de canela + golden poniesbelmont crossbody handbag courtesy of j.w. hulme



belly poppin’

i’m gone for two weeks and look what happens? sometime during my trip to nyfw, my belly officially “popped.” many people had mentioned this phenomenon, wherein one day you wake up and have suddenly grown a round basketball belly overnight. i kinda didn’t believe that it would happen so abruptly, but the rumors are true. i am now 5 months pregnant (24 weeks!) and the baby belly is here. i figure i’ve entered the “cute stage” where my belly is big enough that i don’t just look like i’ve been eating too many donuts, but it’s not so huge that i look like i’m about to go into labor at any moment. so it seemed like the perfect time to pull out something a little more form-fitting to show off the little man in my belly. it’s also the stage in which every time i pull on another outfit, i’m pretty sure it’s the last time i’ll be able to wear it for many months. saying goodbye to my entire wardrobe is frustrating and the prospect of acquiring new clothes is making my wallet very sad. seriously, i think i have like 5 outfits total right now, boohoo!

i was actually chatting with nicolette, who suggested that i should hold an event (or if i was feeling entrepreneurial, start a service) for pregnant women and recent moms to swap maternity clothes. i mean, i know that whatever i buy in the next few months is only going to fit me for a short period of time, and then i’ll be stuck with a ton of clothes that would be better suited for someone who actually needs them! now that i think of it, i’m sure this type of thing already exists, but i definitely think i need to get in on this action for myself. perhaps i’ll have to pull together an event here in los angeles. anyone interested?

wearing: whit top, lauren moffatt skirt, bryr clogs from nooworksj.w. hulme mini legacy shoulder bag, flowers by alex knost sunglasses courtesy of raen optics, watch courtesy of esq movado



cream puff

as my body has been rapidly changing, it’s pushed me right out of my comfort zone and challenged me to try dramatically different things. normally, i would see a silly romper like this hanging on the racks at a vintage shop and i wouldn’t even consider trying it on. it’s got no shape. not only that, but it’s just one giant ruffle after the next, exactly the type of volume that most girls have been conditioned to avoid for fear of adding bulk where we don’t particularly want it. but now that i basically have no discernible waistline, it’s not like i’m concerned about trying to achieve the coveted hourglass shape. so when i came across this cream puff of a romper, i decided, “what the hell? why not try it on?” and yep, that pretty much sealed the deal. it’s just about the most fun thing to wear ever. and i couldn’t care less that i basically look like a giant dessert.

in other news, i believe i am now somewhere between 21 and 22 weeks (he’s measuring large, so we suspect that i’m a week farther along that we had first calculated). i kinda can’t believe that the little mister in there is now measuring 10.5″ inches long from head to rump. or about the length of a large banana. haha, rump. and banana. pregnancy books use the silliest analogies and terminology to talk about babies. it’s kind of hilarious how each week you can track your baby’s growth by comparing him to a fruit or vegetable… and i am currently comparing myself to a cream puff.

wearing: vintage romper from playclothes vintage in glendale, heart shaped sunglasses courtesy of paulette magazinepalette red vegan crossbody bag courtesy of angela & roi, vintage sandals, nars heat wave



oh baby!

so i’m just gonna cut to the chase because it’s already pretty obvious… i’m pregnant! and not just a little bit. i’m kinda sorta already 20 weeks along, i.e. 4 1/2 months, i.e. halfway through my pregnancy! i didn’t mean to keep it a secret for quite so long, but life has been full of big changes lately what with packing up all of my belongings and moving my entire life from san francisco to los angeles. i spent almost three weeks staying in a hotel in burbank while commuting to work and spending all of my free time hunting for an apartment, and we just barely unloaded the uhaul truck into our new home last week. so in all of the chaos and excitement, i am only just barely getting back into the swing of things. and during that time my belly bump has begun to protrude! and my little baby dude is swimming around in there, practicing his ninja moves and getting ready for his arrival at the very beginning of january.

so now that we’re caught up to speed, here is my very first maternity outfit post. at this point, most of my clothes no longer fit my uncomfortably large bust-line (32g, anyone?), and even my oversized clothes are bursting at the belly seams. when i packed up to move, i kinda knew that most of my clothes would most likely be staying in those boxes for at least another six months. fortunately for me (and not so fortunately for my wallet), i get to have fun picking out new clothes and i’m back on a super 1960s kick, which is perfect because all of those a-line dresses and baby-doll silhouettes are just what i need to accommodate my rapidly expanding waistline.

wearing: anna sui dress, vintage mary janes from pretty pennyfurla candy bagnars lipstick in fire down below



easy rider

today i thought i’d share a couple of photos i snapped a few weeks ago for one of my latest posts on refinery29 my stylist! if you’re not familiar with the site, it’s a fashion hub on refinery29 featuring a selection of bloggers from all over the country. i have been representing the bay area, writing 3 posts per month on a variety of fashion topics like retro swimwear, overalls, and my latest cycle chic post. i pulled this look together for a very casual weekend ride around town, cruising past lake merritt and stopping by the farmer’s market for flowers and fruit on my trusty public bikes m8 (which just so happens to be on sale right now)!

see my full post on refinery29 right here.

wearing: ganni overalls, american apparel top, vintage jute tote, rachel comey mars boots, rayban clubmasters courtesy of sunglasses shop