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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!


party party

if you ask me, new year’s eve is a bit overrated. especially if you’ve got an 11-month old baby expecting to be tucked into bed by 9pm. but i still do have plans to enjoy the last day of the year eating hors d’oeuvre and sipping champagne. i’ve been saving this dress from loup nyc for just the occasion. it’s a simple little white dress, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that the print is a series of tiny drawings of cigarettes, undies, baguettes, boobies, and champagne glasses. exactly the types of naughty things one would be up to while partying into the early hours of the morning. but since i’m not going to be up to quite so much debauchery, i opted to dress it down a bit with a flouncy little crop top, and only a few subtle hints of shine. though it’s certainly versatile enough to be worn on it’s own with a bright pink lip and strappy little heels. perhaps i’ll have to try that out on my birthday later this month…

party icons liv dress courtesy of loup nyc
vintage crop top by scout la
double hoop necklace courtesy of giantlion
gold mary jane heels


wherever i wander

Over the weekend, I decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm California winter weather by borrowing my dad’s vintage Alfa Romeo for a little spin. I should preface this by saying that I don’t have a ton of leisure time because when I’m not busy with Adam during the week, I’m cramming in as much work as possible into the weekends. My Saturday mornings are most often spent tethered to my computer for hours on end, editing photos, writing blog posts, answering emails, and working on freelance gigs. I count myself as lucky because I’m able to do what I love, but I certainly wouldn’t mind a little more fresh air once in a while. So of course, when HP & Intel asked if I’d like try out the new HP Stream 8 Tablet with Intel Inside®, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and into the world again.

I have to admit that before now, I hadn’t gotten on the tablet bandwagon before. Call me old-fashioned, but I usually get all of my work done on a regular desktop computer. So I might have been a little more excited than the average person to discover all of the features you can get on these things. HP Stream is a new kind of tablet with Intel Inside®, and one of the more intriguing features is that all of the HP Stream products include a free 4G data plan for life. They also include Office 365 (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Access) along with 1TB of free cloud storage for one year. Did I mention that the tablets run on the Windows operating system? They essentially operate like a mini desktop computer with Intel Inside® for lightning fast performance. Clearly I am behind on the times because I did not know that mobile technology had come this far.

Needless to say, I’ve been having a lot of fun zipping around town in my dad’s car, toting around my tablet and setting up my own little workspace wherever I wander. I’ve been going off on vintage shopping excursions, scouting new photo shoot locations, and just getting out of the house and getting inspired. I’m still working, but now I’m free to work from my happy place.

This post was written in collaboration with HP & Intel. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible!

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outfit: easy does it

hard to believe that we’re fast approaching winter and that christmas is less than two weeks away. this time of year always seems to speed up and pass me by before i even know what hit me! i don’t feel anywhere near prepared for christmas day, and i’m just barely keeping up with my normal responsibilities. but isn’t that the way it goes? this year has definitely been a lesson in efficiency for me. i’ve had to learn how to get ready in the morning with a fussy little baby who would much rather be held in my arms than watching me attempt to swipe some blush on my cheeks or mascara on my lashes. i’ve had to learn how to do virtually everything with a baby propped on my hip. and i certainly don’t have the luxury of staring wistfully into my closet, trying to think of what to wear every morning. my closet, much like the rest of my life, has been arranged into a foolproof arsenal of essential goods to help me get through the day. shirt dresses? check! easy jacket? check! flats and low heels? they’re all lined up in coordinating colors! and this is one of those outfits. it’s a trusty standby that gets me through the day feeling good. the primary function is to keep me comfortably clothed while taking care of a baby and going about my daily business, but it’s got just enough style that i feel pulled together and ready to embrace the day.

vintage raw silk shirt dress
vintage denim jacket
asos wool fedora
rachel comey mars boots
clare v. messenger
the runwell watch courtesy of shinola


family affairs holiday treat no. 12!

every year, nina of family affairs celebrates the holidays with a series of treats! and today i’m excited to announce that i’ve partnered up with her to offer holiday treat no. 12! the johnny pants, originally $188, are on sale today only for $85! these are real patchwork pants, nina selected each square of cotton menswear shirting, which was then quilted together to create the fabric. the result is a pair of playfully retro bellbottoms perfect for strolling around in the california fall. today, i paired them with my family affairs pony up shirt, an oversized vintage denim jacket, and a pair of clogs. but i’m equally excited to try wearing them with a little cropped t-shirt in warmer weather.

shop the johnny pants, on sale for only $85 today only!

family affairs pony up shirt
family affairs johnny pants, originally $188, on sale today only for $85!
swedish hasbeens braided high in natural

warby parker jasper sunglasses



giveaway: enter to win $175 to earth & beauty!

today i am excited to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of earth & beauty. this new online shop features modern women’s clothing and accessories sourced from independent and hard-to-find designers across north america, europe, asia, and the middle east. every piece of clothing is carefully selected for it’s quality craftsmanship, and i have to say that i was really impressed when i received this versatile little dress in the mail. it has a certain quiet elegance and effortless ease about it, and i especially love how it creates the perfect canvas for showcasing a statement necklace, like this little marbled piece i made a few weeks ago. and it turned out to be the perfect thing to wear this weekend to a thanksgiving dinner with family.

earth & beauty has just released their winter lookbook and have freshly stocked the shop with plenty more to choose from, so i’m especially excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to win a $175 gift card to the shop. there are four ways to enter below:

Calivintage x Earth & Beauty Giveaway

gaia black shift dress courtesy of earth & beauty
jenni kayne suede d’orsay flats
vintage coach bag courtesy of twice
self-made necklace

earth & beauty would also like to offer you 20% off your order with code “calivintage” now through 11:59pm pst on sunday 12/7!



giveaway: win $100 to standard edition!

today i am pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of standard edition. this la-based etsy shop is filled with a beautiful selection of unique vintage, including this amazing cat jacket that i’m wearing in this post, which will be available in the shop in the next couple of days! so of course, i am very glad to be able to offer you the chance to win a $100 gift card to the shop!

enter using the widget below:

Enter to win $100 to Standard Edition!

cat jacket from standard edition, available soon!
steven alan dress
swedish hasbeens
j.w. hulme mini legacy shoulder bag
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker
self-made teething necklace

standard edition would also like to offer you 15% off all orders with code “calivintage15” now through november 25!




there’s just something about vintage workwear that really gets me going. a perfect pair of selvedge denim dungarees, a rugged chambray work shirt. so perfectly nostalgic and staunchly american. if i could find such menswear to fit my body, i would certainly wear more of it in my daily life, but alas, i am not built with the body of a man. and nor do i want to be. so when i laid eyes on this dress by heinui, i knew i had found something good. it’s made of the most amazing japanese chambray, but constructed in a decidedly feminine shape. it’s actually a lot more sophisticated than most of the clothes in my wardrobe, but it’s not delicate or precious in the least.

ellis dress courtesy of heinui
rachel comey mars boots
clare v. messenger
the runwell watch courtesy of shinola