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giveaway: enter to win a reifhaus bolo necklace!

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today i am pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of reifhaus! this portland-based brand was started by lindsey reif with a focus on creating unique, yet approachable designs that are versatile and easy-to-wear. in addition to an amazing fall 2015 collection that has just been released, she’s also designed a small collection of bolo necklaces including the duet bolo which i’m wearing for this post. and today we’d like to offer you the opportunity to win any one in-stock bolo necklace from her collection, which also includes the eclipse and infinity styles.

enter to win a reifhaus bolo necklace!

wearing:
reifhaus duet bolo necklace
vintage top from scoutla
jesse kamm sailor pants in bill cunningham blue
clare v. kenya bag 
brookes boswell wakefield in panama straw
vintage kork ease wedges

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summer transition

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yesterday it suddenly donned on me that we’re in that weird summer to fall transitional period. it hadn’t occurred to me before then because we just got through a really intense (read:110 degree) heat wave, but i’m pretty sure most of the kids are back in school and i somehow missed the whole shopping craze. but as i was browsing through the racks at the thrift store, i started to realize that it’s probably time for me to stock up on my fall goods. nothing crazy, but i’m starting to prepare myself for the inevitable fall vibes ahead. so now i’m playing around with summer staples like a jute tote and straw hat in an inky black hue. still appropriate for the heat, but sorta hinting at what’s to come. perhaps a little summer goth?

wearing:
brookes boswell boro hat in black panama straw
apiece apart crop top
vintage flax linen pants
clare v. kenya bag (with a bandana that i shibori-dyed with indigo!)
shinola runwell watch
swedish hasbeens peep toe high

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linen for days

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i remember when i was much younger, i always inexplicably hated linen. but never say never because over the past couple of years, i’ve suddenly come to appreciate the natural, woven fiber and the way it wrinkles up from wear. and i especially love how comfortable and breathable it is on a super hot summer day. i’ve been wearing a lot of this stuff lately and just playing around with different accessories, like this cute vintage purse i found at the thrift store. it’s my little statement piece that does all the work so i don’t have to worry about fussy clothes. it’s a pretty big shift in my style because once upon a time, i would opt for statement dresses to pair with really classic accessories. and now i’m basically doing the exact opposite!

wearing:
vintage linen tank, pants, and handbag
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
raen optical flowers sunglasses

shinola runwell watch

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looking forward, looking back

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the weather is hot. it’s so oppressively hot and humid here that it’s the only thing i can consider when getting dressed. so of course my new summery shift dress from canadian designer eliza faulkner has become a go-to. accessorizing is hard when it’s so sticky and sweaty, but scarves and bandanas have been doing the trick for me.

but enough about my outfit! summer is halfway over, and i’ve suddenly found myself in a rather reflective mood. i was counting the months and realized that july marked our one year anniversary living in redlands, and our three month anniversary living in our new home. and of course adam turned 18 months. but the really big one was 10 years ago when when i first met brendan at the berkeley annual kite festival. neither of us remembers the exact date when we made our relationship “official,” so we’re calling august our anniversary month.

it’s crazy looking back on our past ten years together. it was filled with so much angst and so much excitement. we grew up together, and we started our own little family. and now when i step outside to snap a few photos for the blog, adam comes running out of the house calling, “mama mama mama,” and i scoop him up and hold him in my arms and i squeeze him tight and do my best to hold on to the memories of these hot and sticky summer days when our lives really began.

wearing:
eliza faulkner chambray shift dress
vintage silk scarf
swedish hasbeens peep toe super high in mustard 

clare v. messenger tote in navy
raen flowers sunglasses

oracle star id bracelet and star band by laura lee jewelery

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no, i’m not petite. this kid is just huuuuuge! at 18 months, he’s literally off the charts for height, and at the tippy top of the weight scale.

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run free

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hard to believe it, but my little adam is already 18-months-old! no longer a baby, he’s now a rather rambunctious toddler, and these days i have to get pretty creative to complete even the simplest of tasks. i put on my makeup in the bathroom while adam takes a quick bath in the morning. i answer emails with one free hand while i nurse him in the afternoon. i even practice my lunges while dancing him to sleep in my arms. because let’s face it, i’m not about to get a break. which is why i was especially excited when bugaboo asked me if i’d be interested in teaming up with them to try out their new bugaboo runner. before this shiny new beacon of light arrived at my doorstep, i was struggling to find time for even a quick jog a couple of times a week!

so when the package arrived, it was basically like christmas day. adam was squealing in delight over the big cardboard box, and i was already pulling on my jogging shorts while i ripped apart the wrapping and snapped everything into place. we’ve never tried a bugaboo before, so the first thing i noticed was the seat. adam is a particularly picky customer when it comes to strollers, so if the seat is too deep, or the harness is too clunky, he kinda freaks out because he’s basically feels ‘stuck.’ so it was pretty cool when i sat him down without the slightest protest, and he was able to sit comfortably upright with a really nice vantage point while we rolled around town. not only that, but you actually have the ability to position the seat facing you or facing the world, a unique feature among running strollers. but of course, if you already have a different bugaboo seat (like the bee3, chameleon, buffalo, or donkey), you can easily snap it into the runner chassis.

but the real test is once you get moving. the three-wheeled suspension is so smooth that it practically begs you to run. in fact, it almost feels like it glides along more smoothly the faster you go. and if you’re lucky like me, your child will also act as an exceptionally motivating personal trainer. adam particularly likes it when i run very fast for short spurts and then abruptly slow down for a bit before picking up the pace again. yep, apparently he is already versed in interval training. and if he were to have a preference for speed, it would definitely be very fast. hey, i’m not gonna argue with the kid. he clearly knows what’s good for me!

but joking aside, it’s really is huge relief to have found such an amazing stroller. it’s enabled me to get out into the world and to get more exercise while still being able to bond with my little guy. and it’s just as useful while walking around town or through the park. sure, it’s a running stroller, but it’s just as practical even when i’m not trying to fit in a workout. we’ve been taking it out for walks around town or through the park, and people even stop to complement me and ask where i got it. it’s not big or clunky or garish, just a really good tool that fits right in with our lifestyle.

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a family affairs midsummer dream treat!

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i have always been a big fan of vintage workwear. i love the mix of retro vibes with a very utilitarian aesthetic. so of course, i was immediately drawn to the family affairs river jumpsuit. they are inspired by a pair of mechanics coveralls, but made in a bright and crisp pastel blue and white cotton perfect for hot summer days. it looks really cute on it’s own, but i couldn’t resist pairing it with a lightweight linen blouse for a slightly more literal take on the look.

get the family affairs river jumpsuit for 50% off (only $95!) with code ‘midsummertreatriver‘ july 20 & 21!

wearing:
family affairs river jumpsuit (half-off july 20 & 21st only!)
vintage jaeger linen blouse
vintage clogs from wear it well vintage
shinola runwell watch

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textile

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as dedicated as i am to denim, lately i’ve been finding myself equally attracted to beautifully woven textiles. in particular, pretty pieces like this guatemalan dress i found at the thrift store a while back. it is soft yet sturdy, and so beautifully hand made with all sorts of amazing colors woven in. it really makes you appreciate the fine handwork that goes into textile design.

wearing:
vintage guatemalan dress
vintage coach bucket bag
swedish hasbeens braided high in natural

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nadinoo giveaway

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today i am very pleased to share my latest giveaway courtesy of nadinoo. i have been a fan of designer nadia izruna’s work since her very first collection several years ago, and i’ve enjoyed every single piece that i’ve owned over the years. one thing that’s fun about following a designer over the years is to watch the way they evolve over time, and even more fun is when their style evolves right along with your own. for her latest collection, the good life, nadia was inspired by the english countryside, but she was also interested in creating a practical collection that she could wear fir herself since becoming a new mother with a very active toddler to watch after. so of course, every piece in the collection is pretty much perfect. she has loads of pretty illustrated prints with very practical construction in mind. i love the swingy smock dresses and form fitting wraps. and today, i am so excited to offer you the chance to win any one item from the good life collection!

wearing:
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panama straw
vintage chambray shirt from the wares shop
the good life pinafore courtesy of nadinoo
sven low heel criss cross clogs
vintage coach bucket bag

you can get up to two entries below:
1. visit nadinoo and pick your favorite piece from the good life collection
2. leave a comment below this post sharing your favorite
3. bonus entry: sign up for the nadinoo mailing list directly below:


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i’m a pinterest ambassador!

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i think i mentioned it in a few places on social media, but it always feels more official when i make an announcement on my blog. so if you hadn’t gathered from the title, i’m a pinterest ambassador! the brand has just started the program, so it’s the first time that they’re delving into local events, and i’m super excited to be involved. basically, i’ll be hosting a series of #pinmeetup gatherings in the los angeles area over the course of the next year. and i’ve pretty much got carte blanche when it comes to what we do! the first event is all planned-out, but the flyer isn’t ready yet, so i’ll just tease you a little bit: we’ll be meeting at a very cool shop in silverlake for sips and snacks, vintage shopping, and two really awesome diy workshops to be announced! the whole setting will be appropriately pinterest-worthy, and i’m so excited to share more in the coming weeks.

i’ve already got a few more events in the works for the near-future, so i promise to keep you up-to-date on all of my pinterest goings-on! in the meantime, i’ll be sharing a few posts about how i use pinterest as a blogger, and will be sure to post lots of pretty pictures and recaps of all our events for those of you who can’t make it out. and don’t forget to check the pinterest events page to see if any events are headed your way, too!

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oh yeah, and be sure to follow me on pinterest if you aren’t already!

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summer staples

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if i had to pick only one outfit to wear for the rest of the summer, this look would be it. i’ve been kinda playing around with the same silhouette for the past several weeks, but i think i finally nailed it. the top is a vintage find from hawaii made of raw silk that came as part of a three piece set with a skirt and kimono jacekt. it was originally much longer, but i decided that it would be perfect as a little crop top to pair with high rise pants and skirts. and what i love about these pants is that they’re a nice, sturdy denim with a super high rise, but the wide leg and cropped fit keep me cool and comfortable. i seriously don’t know how people wear skinny jeans on super hot days, they drive me insane! finish with a pair of clogs and my trusty summer hat, and i think i’m just about set for the rest of the season.

wearing:
brookes boswell wakefield hat in panama
vintage raw silk crop top
high waist wide leg jeans in indigo courtesy of asos
vintage coach belt bag
shinola the runwell watch
sven low heel criss cross clogs

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