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GIVEAWAY ENDED: win $200 to shop aro!


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

palo marie smokey quartz matchstick earrings

hey murphy half circle white acrylic necklace 

gillian steinhard right hand charm bracelet


palo marie turquoise seer necklace

UPDATE: congratulations to our winner, alena!


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.



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.

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





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!

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


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.



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



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





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




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


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.

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


sneak peek: shop my closet

get ready, because my calivintage pop-up shop is launching this week at twice! if you’re not familiar with the site, it’s like a hybrid between traditional online retailers like amazon and peer-to-peer marketplaces like ebay. if you’re cleaning out your closet, simply request a free selling kit or label, fill it up, and ship it to twice. they make you an offer as soon as they get your package, and you can get paid instantly. from there, they list your items for sale. or you can just skip to the fun part and shop the calivintage pop-up filled with gently used boutique, designer, and high street pieces from my personal wardrobe, including all of the clothing and accessories you see in this post!

if you want to be the first to know when the pop-up goes live, you can sign up for the newsletter to get a notification. and if you want an insiders tip: you’ll get a coupon code for 40% off your first order when you sign up!

i’ll also be posting an announcement here on the blog when it goes live, or you can follow me on  instagram so you don’t miss out!


giveaway: win $150 to micaela greg!

i’m happy to say that adam and i are finally recovering from that nasty cold we caught last week. and it couldn’t have come at a better time because today just so happens to be my birthday. i ended up postponing my own party plans until next week, but in the meantime, i decided to celebrate with a giveaway! i’ve partnered up with san francisco-based knitwear designer micaela greg to offer you the chance to win $150 to the shop!

i’d been familiar with design duo marie and karen potesta’s line of womenswear knits for a couple of years now, but was especially excited when they recently launched their first kid’s line this fall. i think i’ve said this before, but as much as i love dressing myself, i have even more fun dressing adam! so when they sent me these little sweatpants, i knew i wanted to bundle him up in all his best knits (including a misha & puff sweater and hand knit goodnight, day toque). meanwhile, i’ve been lounging around in this ridiculously comfy knit jumpsuit, usually paired with an oversized jacket and mules.

so now’s your chance to win something for yourself! you can enter by using the widget below:

Micaela Greg Giveaway!

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#passthebag: donate clothes to benefit schools!

and just like that, it’s 2015! we had a nice few days off to enjoy with our little family, but now it’s back to the grind. we’ve been cleaning the house and clearing out all of our christmas decorations to embrace the new year with a clean slate. adam has gone through yet another growth spurt, so we’ve been sorting through his clothes and saying goodbye to the last of his little onesies. he’ll be one year in just a week, but he’s already wearing toddler sizes! i was getting ready to drop them off at the local thrift store when schoola contacted me and asked if i’d be interested in donating some of our gently used kids’ clothes as part of their #passthebag campaign to generate funds for schools. if you’re not familiar with the site, schoola is an online, gently-used clothing retailer selling kid’s clothing, sizes 1 year and up (and will be introducing a women’s clothing category late this year). all the clothes they sell are donated by parents, and $2 out of every $5 spent on the site goes right back to schools!

here’s how it works:

step 1: go to schoola and request a donation bag.
step 2: once the bag arrives, fill it with gently-used children’s or women’s clothes, and send it in for the benefit of your child’s school.
step 3: challenge at least 3 friends or family members to do the same by posting on facebook, twitter, or instagram and using the hashtag #passthebag.

adam helped me pick a few items to send in, which will soon be for sale on the site. so now it’s our turn to #passthebag! i’ll be nominating a few friends on instagram later today!


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the year in review: what i wore

i’m feeling especially reflective this year, thanks in large part to all of the drastic changes that happened in my life in 2014. the biggest, most obvious being that i became a mother in january, and when it came to my wardrobe, i basically had to re-learn how to get dressed in the morning. looking back, i can remember those early days when adam was born, when i would rush to the bathroom and scramble to get the knots out of my hair and splash some water on my face before attempting to squeeze into an old pair of jeans that were too tight for my swollen body. back then, it felt like i would never be able to get ready in the morning again! but i’ve since learned how to streamline my routine with a quick and easy beauty regimen and a very simplified wardrobe.

i had no idea that having a baby would change my style so drastically, but i’m pretty happy that it did. i was getting bored with my old favorites. the super mini ’60s dresses and twee little collars were fun, but i’ve never really stuck to any one style for very long and i was way overdue for a change. now i feel much more comfortable and confident in a simple wardrobe with lots of neutral colors, wash and wear fabrics, and varied silhouettes. i’ve learned a lot about what makes sense for my lifestyle, and i’m pretty excited about all of the looks i have planned moving into 2015. so here’s to another year of ever-evolving style!