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one step at a time

just last week, we celebrated adam’s eight month birthday. i seriously can’t believe how quickly these past eight months have flown by. i’ve mostly been focusing my energy on taking care of this little guy and adjusting to our new life here in redlands, but i would be lying if i said that i never thought about myself. i don’t know if i ever talked about it on my blog, but seeing my body right after adam was born really threw me for a loop. this kid was not small. he clocked in at 9lbs. 14oz., and that unplanned c-section was no joke. needless to say, it was difficult coming to terms with the fact that i was never going to go back to my pre-baby body, and that it would probably take a long time for my body to recover after everything it had been through.

i mean, that little guy grew to massive proportions inside of me over the course of nine months, he stretched my body to the limits and smashed all of my internal organs. then one day he was born, and i literally ballooned up into this giant pufferfish while my body adjusted to the drop in hormones while recovering from major surgery. then two weeks later, i hopped onto the scale at my doctor’s office to discover that i had literally dropped 35 pounds, leaving me with all of this strange, loose skin, and a scar that severed my abdominal muscles in half.

fortunately, i had more pressing things to worry about. like, you know, my precious little bundle of joy. so like any person trying to keep their sanity post baby, i did my best to be kind to myself. instead of dieting, i focused on taking my vitamins and eating healthy so that i could breastfeed my baby and provide him and myself with the best nutrients possible. and instead of going to the gym, i focused on holding my baby in my arms and rocking him to sleep, and taking him on long walks around the neighborhood.

and now it’s eight months later. i said goodbye to the baby weight months ago, but it’s not like i was a fitness model before i got pregnant. shoot, i had an office job and i wasn’t getting nearly enough exercise. if anything, i feel myself getting stronger than i was before. and i’m more motivated than ever to be as healthy as i can be so i can run around and chase after my little dude who’s frighteningly close to taking his first steps. so when jawbone asked if i’d be interested in partnering with them to try out their UP system, i was definitely on board. i just got my bracelet in the mail last week and have been wearing it for a couple of days. it’s been recording my sleep at night and my activity during the day, while providing me with realistic goals for both. turns out, taking care of a baby is actually a pretty good workout in itself! i’m still getting to know how it all works, but i’m going to be sharing a few updates here and there, and will be reporting back in a month to tell you how it’s working out for me.

chambray boatneck shirt courtesy of eileen fisher
asos farleigh mom jeans
coach bucket bag courtesy of twice
sven clogs
giantlion for of a kind aquamarine ring
rose gold pinch cuff courtesy of nashelle designs
runwell watch courtesy of shinola

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earning stripes

as i write this post, i can’t help but find myself getting a little nostalgic for the summer that, as i said so myself, isn’t even over yet! but it has been a summer of so many firsts: my first summer with a baby, my first summer living in la, and then smack in the middle it became my first summer living in redlands again after being gone for over 13 years. the weather has been hot and sweltering, but i’ve been happily carting around the babe on outings around town to rediscover places old and new, and most importantly, on visits with family. together, we’ve watched him grow and develop each day, we’ve seen him learn to sit and to stand and to crawl, to clap his hands and bob up and down. to incessantly demand for mama mama mama. oh, and he waves hello and goodbye in the most deliberate way. we call it his pageant wave, and it kills me every time.

so of course, looking at these pictures, i see a mom. a woman who has grown and learned so much this summer alone. i’m forever a changed person. and yeah, that sounds cheesy, but damn if they aren’t cliches for a reason. the clothes barely matter, but even that has evolved. my style has matured, it’s become more practical and pared down. these clothes have been worn and torn and loved. and i’ve lived this summer like i never have before.

a.p.c. crop top
kingsley dress courtesy of curator (the short version of this dress is on sale here)
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
benah for karen walker handbag
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker




summer’s not over


i know it’s getting chilly somewhere out there, but the temperatures are pretty damn hot around here, and i’m still holding onto these last days of summer. i’ve kinda been trying to play around with transitional elements, but it’s actually been so hot that i can just barely get away with wearing jeans. this shirt by california tailor, on the other hand, is cool gauzy perfection.

and yes, i brought the fanny pack out again. i’ve been seeing a few of them popping up on the spring 2015 runways, so i thought i’d give it another spin with this super simple outfit. it also happens to be especially convenient for weekends spent hitting estate sales and flea markets. i’ve been doing a ton of that lately, actually. it’s one of the sneaky little benefits of moving out into suburbia. lots of untapped resources out here!

shirt no.1 in sunset blue menswear stripe courtesy of california tailor
asos farleigh mom jeans
j.crew kiki ballet flats
vintage coach belt bag

the runwell 41mm watch in brown courtesy of shinola
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker
audacious lip stick in natalie courtesy of nars



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simple style

jut wanted to pop in for a quick outfit post as i head out to nyc! i’m currently (hopefully sleeping) in an airplane en route to the event i’ll be hosting at shinola in collaboration with scout la. if i hadn’t been shamelessly promoting it enough the past few days, you can find the details right here. it’s going to be a super fun event with lots of awesome american designer vintage and beautiful detroit-made watches. it was a bit of a last-minute decision, so i’m only going to be in town for one whirlwind night, so if you live in nyc, i hope you can make it out!

but now onto more important stuff: i got a hair cut! i’d been sporting longer locks for the past couple of years, and while i did really love my longer hair, i never really not stopped dreaming about going back to the bob. every time i’d visit shannon (he’s currently cutting hair at refuge salon in echo park), he’d ask me if i was ready to go back. this cut is probably the style that i’ve worn the most throughout my life, and it’s always the look i go back to time and again. it might be silly to say it, but i just feel the most like myself when i have my hair this way. in fact, i think my favorite look is an even shorter bob, but i figured i didn’t want to lose too much hair in one sitting!

ayr the everywhere top in seeded cotton
vintage linen dress
jennie kayne d’orsay flats
benah for karen walker bag


we woke up like this

ok, i know full well that i’m reaching maximum baby capacity on the blog lately. but it was a long weekend and when you wake up in bed with a happy lil bebe like this, sometimes you’d rather just stay in your pajamas all day. so i decided to skip the outfit post for today in favor or showing off our preferred sleepwear of choice. i’m wearing my favorite set of j.crew pajamas and adam is wearing a set of eric carle pajamas that we received as a gift from gymboree. i don’t think there is any better way to start off the day than with your little one smiling in your face when you first open your eyes. and i’m glad that we pulled out the camera to capture this moment, because boy, is it fleeting. looking at these pictures, i can’t believe how big he’s gotten already! i can’t help but sort of wish that he would stay little forever!



thrift life


if you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen that i went on a little thrifting expedition with adam a couple of weeks ago. i’ve been spending so much time thrifting lately, that savers must have noticed, because they asked me if i’d be interested in taking their $60 challenge. if you hadn’t already guessed it by the name, the challenge was to pull together a fall outfit with $60 or less at a savers store. of course, i didn’t even have to think twice before i dutifully accepted the challenge and headed to the closest location in riverside, possibly the largest thrift store i have ever been to. it is filled with racks upon racks of clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, housewares, etc. i stepped inside, plopped adam into the cart, and started digging. i usually start with the dresses and quickly scan the fabrics for colors and fibers that jump out at me. i’ve been on a major linen kick lately, so i was excited to almost immediately find this cool green pinafore. i probably haven’t worn anything in this shade of green since i was a kid, but this fall, it’s the color i’ve been wanting to try the most. that’s one of the reasons i love thrifting so much, it’s a really fun way to try something new without having to worry about spending more than a few bucks.

needless to say, i was able to pull together this cute look with plenty of extra cash to spend. i guess i’m kinda cheating because i didn’t do an entirely thrifted look, but i ended up leaving with a massive haul of vintage dresses, tops, and jackets that i’ll be having fun mixing and matching into my wardrobe for months. and in my opinion, that’s pretty much the best way to approach thrifting. you go in, find what catches your eye, and play around by incorporating it into your existing wardrobe.

vintage linen jumper and linen striped blouse courtesy of  savers
marais usa slippers (i removed the bows)
benah x karen walker bag

rose gold pinch cuff courtesy of nashelle designs
brass cuff courtesy of academy jewelry





i didn’t plan this. no, really, i didn’t! earlier this summer, i just so happened to post a picture of myself wearing this corey lynn calter dress on instagram when my pal katie (and co-founder of mother) spotted it and told me that her baby diego had the matching onesie designed as part of an exclusive corey + buru collaboration. clearly, it was a sign. so thanks to the internet, the wheels were set in motion, and it was only a matter of time before i found myself doing my very best lucille bluth impression in a matching mommy & me outfit with adam. and i’m not gonna lie, i kinda think it’s the cutest thing ever. #noregrets #sorrynotsorry

dress courtesy of corey lynn calter
handmade sandals by tuto
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker

on adam:
baby jumpsuit courtesy of corey lynn calter + buru
handmade moccs courtesy of freshly picked
hand-dyed baseball cap


giveaway: enter to win $250 to tradlands!


today i’m very pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of tradlands! i’m a huge fan of this menswear-inspired, women’s shirting company, so it’s a real honor for me to be able to offer this giveaway. the brand was conceived in 2012 after founder sadie roberts made it her mission to design a line of high-quality womenswear shirting to rival those worn by the boys. i’ve always really loved menswear, but finding the right fit for a decidedly feminine shape has always kept me from really being able to wear the tomboy styles that i love so much. but tradlands has really changed that for me. i can attest to their superior quality and impeccable fit. each shirt is handsewn in small batches right in san francisco, and each iteration is improved upon based on customer feedback and a dedication to great design. this latest shirt is a testament to their hard work. i’ve been playing around with styling it in different ways and it’s really allowed me to experiment with more boyish styles than i’ve been comfortable with in the past. i felt especially cool trying out this sporty summer look.

anyway, enough of my rambling on. these shirts are awesome, so i highly suggest you take a few moments to enter to win $250 to try out a few of these shirts for yourself!

Calivintage X Tradlands Giveaway * $250 Gift Card *

tradlands would also like to offer you 15% off your next order using code “calivintage15” now through august 25!



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lake merced shirt courtesy of tradlands
thrifted vintage shorts
derby oxford in camel nubuck courtesy of rollie
lawrence fox tote
timex rose gold watch
rose gold cuff courtesy of nashelle
thrifted baseball cap



outfit: tourist

today i decided to pay homage to the tourist. it’s been a month since i moved back to my childhood home of redlands, ca. and while most of that time has been spent getting myself situated in our new place and settling in to a new routine, it’s also been a fun opportunity to look at this place with new eyes. yes, i spent half of my life here, but back then i was just a kid. i could hardly appreciate where i was living because i had no other perspective to measure against. then, when i was a teenage, i spent all of my time hating everything and counting down the days until i could move away. i wasn’t strolling along appreciating all of the old historic landmarks or extolling the virtues of such a family-friendly community. so it’s been kind of fun to play the tourist and to revisit all of my old haunts with a fresh perspective on the place. so since i was trying to conjure up the touristy vibe, i decided to hike up the hemline on my overalls for a bit of a geeky look. and the round bag looks kinda like a canteen, which speaks to a certain practicality while trekking around in new lands.

fall 2013 overalls courtesy of family affairs
everlane box cut tee
kork-ease ava wedges
benah for karen walker bag
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker




since having my baby earlier this year, i’ve been jokingly referring to my style as momcore. i was laughing when i bought a pair of mom jeans because i was like, well duh, i’m a mom now. and it’s pretty convenient that your mom in the ’90s is now serving as fashion inspiration because, well frankly, that’s a pretty convenient point of reference for my current lifestyle. but all joking aside, i am totally wearing a “mom outfit” today. the dress is by loyal hana, a clothing line designed for nursing mothers. and my art teacher-chic necklace is by mama and little, made with silicone beads for the sole purpose of being chewed on by a teething baby.

i’m generally of the set that doesn’t believe you need to specifically buy “maternity” or “nursing” clothes, but i have found myself drawn to some of the new designers out there who are tackling some of the challenges for dressing as a new mom. the dress is designed like any other dress, it just so happens to have two hidden zippers conveniently placed at either side so that i can still wear a little shift dress without having to run off to hide while i hike up my entire dress in an attempt to nurse my baby. the design is kinda perfect. until i got this dress (and another design by au lait), i was stuck with wearing either separates, or dresses with a button front. buttons are ok, but when you’re holding a wiggly baby in your arms all day, those buttons have a tendency to come undone. just picture yourself walking around the grocery store entirely unaware that half your dress is open. it’s happened.

so here i am, channeling my own mom in the ’90s, who also happened to be an elementary school art teacher, and totally would have worn something like this while teaching her students how to basket weave.

cybelle nursing dress courtesy of loyal hana
mama and little teresa silicone teething necklace
asos bag
swedish hasbeens braided clogs
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker