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make-up

i remember when i first started this blog almost four years ago, my signature pose involved me sheepishly looking away from the camera. my friends would all tease me and imitate me by awkwardly posing and hiding their faces. it’s true, starting this blog was about sharing my outfit photos, not my face. people would sometimes leave comments asking me to smile or look into the camera, but if you haven’t figured it out, i’m not exactly a ham for the camera. to quote one of my favorite films, “i have no illusions about my looks. i think my face is funny.” and unfortunately for me, this is not a movie, and i’m no audrey hepburn. my bangs are usually crooked from my last home haircut, i rarely pluck my eyebrows, and my makeup application is far from perfect. this is not to say that i’m wallowing in a pit of self-hatred, it’s just to say that i don’t exactly consider myself to be a seasoned beauty expert.

be that as it may, i’ve still had my share of fun at the makeup counter, and over the years, i’ve cultivated a pretty solid routine when it comes to my signature look. this coming from a girl who never even wore makeup until her mid-twenties and who recently googled “what the hell is bb cream?” but if you were ever curious about how i paint my face, then here it is:

 

what's in my makeup bag

what’s in my makeup bag by calivintage


above are the items i use almost every day, give or take a step or two, depending on how much time i have in the morning.1. make up for ever hd foundation (i’ve found this to be one of the few brands that carries a light to medium olive toned foundation for my skin), 2. urban decay 24/7 waterproof liquid eyeliner in perversion, 3. tarte cheek stain in natural beauty, 4. stila eyeshadow in kitten, 5. beautyblender sponges, 6. lipstick, 7. smashbox photo set finishing powder, 8. mac brushes (including a lip brush, which is super crucial), 9. tarte maracuja creaseless concealer, 10. diorshow black out waterproof mascara, 11. smashbox bronze lights, 12. j.crew leather dopp kit.

the only thing i usually swap out is my lip color, so i’ve listed my favorites below:

favorite lipstick

favorite lipstick by calivintage

1. ysl rouge pur couture in le rouge, 2. mac russian red, 3. nars heat wave, 4. make up for ever in rouge artist intense in satin bright orange, 5. nars schiap, 6. ysl rouge pur couture in le fuchsia.

i also wear a couple of other shades not listed including ysl fard a levres rouge pur in rosy coral and radiant cosmetics moisturizing lipstick in peony. and if you’re looking for the best drug store lipstick, then i recommend revlon matte lipstick.




 

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spot on

wore this outfit over the weekend to visit the lick observatory on the top of mt. hamilton in the south bay. we’ve frequently gone on day trips up mt. tamalpais and mt. diablo, so we decided it was high time we explored another mountain top in our area. it was a long and very windy road up to the top and we couldn’t believe how freezing cold it was up there. the car thermometer read 37 degrees and we could even see a few chunks of ice along the road. needless to say, i wasn’t prepared even when i pulled on a big coat and wrapped myself in a blanket that we keep in the car. so we poked around, took a look at a big telescope, and made our way back to civilization.

rather than head right home, we decided to to a bit of exploring in san jose. we happened upon a big vintage shop called black and brown where i managed to score a ton of new stuff. all of the kids working there were very sweet and chatty, and we actually got a good recommendation for a dinner spot where we feasted on spicy jerk chicken. all in all, it was a very pleasant way to spend a weekend day.

wearing: lauren moffatt mrs. dollaway dotted sweater, lauren moffatt lolita velvet jumper, vintage salvatore ferragamo vara pumps in navy, coach classics leather shoulder bag in cream, nars lipstick in fire down below





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fall back

denim days are here again! though you often see me in dresses for outfit posts, the truth of the matter is that denim is a very important staple in my daily wardrobe, and at the risk of sounding slightly silly, i happen to be very serious about my denim. obviously fit is the most important factor, but it’s always a bonus when you know you’re buying a quality product from a trustworthy brand. so when james jeans offered to send me a pair, i obviously couldn’t resist. the brand was founded by james and his wife seun here in california, and each pair of jeans are handmade and designed in the u.s. this particular pair is constructed of a warm brown coated denim, adding a beautiful lustre for an almost leather look. and they have quickly become a favorit for fall.

today i pulled them on in my very best early autumn outfit. the skinny fit of the pants with the hems rolled up made me feel a bit mod, so i went for a sort of beatnik-in-the autumn outfit. the california leaves don’t change colors with the same splendor as they do on the east coast, so i like to channel the season with warm autumnal shades of rusty red, burnt orange, and chestnut brown.

to celebrate the season, james jeans would like to offer you 25% off all purchases with code “JJ001″ now through december 31!

wearing: james jeans twiggy coated jeans in java, vintage mary janes from pretty penny vintage in oakland, asos coat, l.l.bean signature sweater, j.w. hulme mini legacy bag, vintage hat, nars lipstick in heat wave







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plaid pinafore

i think i’ve mentioned this before, but here’s a little history for you: i went to catholic school from kindergarten through eighth grade and was required to wear a little plaid uniform to school every day. we had “free dress” days one friday per month, but the rest of the time was spent in white button up shirts and a few variations of that same tartan plaid. for this reason, i spent quite a few years of my life avoiding anything plaid due to the association with those long, boring days in grade school being forced to copy pages out of the bible if i was caught talking in class. then in college, people would host catholic school girl parties and all of the girls would dress up in sexy uniforms, causing me to shudder at the memory of my pre-teen self running around with my skirt hiked up to here…

but now as an adult, i almost look at these little pinafore combinations with a certain fondness and nostalgia. so much of what i wear is drawn from references to the past, usually from movies or old magazines, but even from my own personal history. i always carry a jute tote bag in the summertime remembering the one my mother used to wear when i was a child. and i pull on silly pinafores with knee socks and mary janes imagining i’m an extra on the set of one of my favorite 1960s films. but there’s still always that cheeky little hint at that girl i used to be. a culmination of everything i once was and still aspire to be.

wearing: baker street chic jumper from modcloth, equipment silk brett blouse, modcloth scarf, orla kiely gold holly bag, ysl rouge pur couture lipstick in le rouge. or check out my collage on polyvore to see to see another way to style this pinafore.








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animal instincts

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fall has officially arrived in the bay area. i’m definitely a summer girl at heart, but there is something quite wonderful about bundling up on cozy clothes and curling up on the couch with a hot toddy. fall food is definitely high on my list of favorite things. i’m the type of girl who prefers warm oatmeal over cold cereal and steaming hot soup over cold cuts. and while i don’t enjoy my cold fingertips, i certainly don’t mind wrapping them around a warm mug. and i’ve been wrapping myself in my trusty leopard print coat! it’s one of those pieces that seems to make such a statement all on it’s own, but that also seems to go with just about everything in my wardrobe. and on this particular day, i decided to play with textures. leopard, lace, and crocodile. though i promise no animals were harmed in the making of this outfit!

wearing: asos eyelet dress from last spring, vintage leopard print coat from secret shop vintage, vintage mary janes from pretty penny vintage


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mountain town

calivintage: mountain town

after visiting snow line farms in oak glenn, i decided to continue my little walk down memory lane with a stop at mountain town. another spot filled with childhood memories, this campy little roadside attraction is a self-proclaimed “animal museum.” for three dollars, you can enter into a another world, which is equal parts creepy and fascinating. this little habitat is complete with stucco mountains, taxidermy animals, and real-live caged reptiles and birds. i suppose it might seem rather odd that i would be so enamored of this strange place, but perhaps that’s just the biproduct of a being raised on books by edward gorey and films like the dark crystal.

i snapped a few too many pictures to document the memory and am already scheming another trip for a proper editorial-style shoot! anyone looking to do a creepy look book?

wearing: j.crew sweater dress, ralph lauren oxford shirt from marshall’s, coach classics shoulder bag, cream knee socks from marshall’s, vintage mary janes from pretty penny vintage

calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
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calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
calivintage: mountain town
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oak glen

calivintage: oak glen

things have been silent the past week here on the blog. last monday, i quietly slipped out of town for a visit to southern california to see family, and decided to use the time for a bit of an internet break. i was working remotely for part of my stay, but the rest of the time was reserved for some quality time with family. i didn’t even take outfit pictures except during a day trip to oak glen for mini apple cider donuts! the weather was excruciatingly hot until sunday, when the clouds rolled in and we got some real california fall weather. so we hopped in the car to visit the apple orchards and take in the local sights.

i remembered snow line farms from my childhood. a silly little attraction in oak glen renowned for their mini apple cinnamon donut-making machine. so of course, we waited patiently in line to place our orders and enjoy piping hot donuts on a park bench in the crisp evening weather. i wore a very simple black, cream, and white outfit that seemed to contrast brightly against the apple trees.

wearing: j.crew sweater dress, ralph lauren oxford shirt from marshall’s, coach classics shoulder bag, cream knee socks from marshall’s, vintage mary janes from pretty penny vintage

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calivintage: oak glen
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lacy days

calivintage: lacy days

lately i’ve been living in little mary janes with mini dresses, messy hair, and too much eye makeup. on this particular day, i was feeling fancy, so i wore this combination of gold, lace, and crocodile for a very indulgent sunday brunch. much of the rest of my weekend was spent in shorts and a chambray shirt as i tackled the process of purging my apartment of the excessive amounts of crap that’s been piling up over the past four years that i’ve lived here. after unloading my vintage collection at my pop up shop at pretty penny on friday night, i felt as though a weight had been lifted from my shoulders, and i found myself motivated to continue the purge. it feels so good to get rid of all those pieces that were either too small or too big, or just not quite right. and going through so many years of accumulation has been a nice time to reflect, but also a nice time to start fresh.

wearing: lauren moffatt gone with the wind a-line dress, vintage faux crocodile mary janes from pretty penny in oakland, gold orla kiely bag

calivintage: lacy days
calivintage: lacy days
calivintage: lacy days
calivintage: lacy days
calivintage: lacy days

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mod squad

calivintage: mod squad

can i just tell you that i’m completely obsessed with this skirt? the moment it arrived in the mail, i unwrapped it and sort of gave it a little hug. it’s made of a thick wool, and it’s completely lined making it a perfect option for a girl like me who insists to wear mini skirts even when it’s cold. i think i’ve described the effect as similar to wearing a down puffer vest when you go camping. your arms are unhindered, but you’re still hella warm. it’s also kinda like sleeping with a warm blanket and sticking one leg out to regulate your temperature. that and i love the perfect a-line shape and sweet ’60s style.

this is also what i wore last monday when refinery29 visited my office to snap a few photos for this cute article about modcloth! i love their office tour features, so it was fun to invite them in to our workspace to snap a few photos and to interview me and a few of my adorable co-workers.

wearing: equipment brett silk blouse, lauren moffatt mini skirt, vintage salvatore ferragamo vara pumps, j.w. hulme mini legacy bag, ralph lauren denim & supply wool pea coat, ysl rouge pur couture in le rouge

calivintage: mod squad
calivintage: mod squad
calivintage: mod squad
calivintage: mod squad
calivintage: mod squad

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weekend dreams

calivintage: gualala

i was home sick all last week (and most of the weekend), so instead of going out and about snapping new outfit pictures, i was sitting at home watching bad television reruns and reminiscing about my recent weekend retreat at st. orres a few weeks back… most of our time was spent relaxing in the hot tub, but we did venture out to a small beach nearby to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. looking at these photos is kind of like a mild form of torture since i’m starting to get stir-crazy, but they are certainly getting me in the mood for fall weather and for more weekend retreats.

but before i get lost dreaming about the weekend, i need to focus my energy on getting ready for my pop-up shop this friday! i hope you don’t mind my shameless self-promotion too much, but i’m really excited for the event. for one, i seriously need to let go of my massive vintage collection before it eats me alive, and i can’t wait to meet everyone who comes out. pretty penny is seriously one of my favorite vintage shops, and it’s really exciting to be able to have an event in oakland and support local business here! can’t wait to see you guys there!

wearing in outfit one: whit striped crop top, rag & bone cardigan on sale at marshalls, american apparel corduroy circle skirt, vintage sandals from mars mercantile in berkeley, ca

and outfit two:  ralph lauren denim and supply peacoat and breton stripe shirt, j brand maria jeans in burnt sienna, rachel comey mars boots, dooney and bourke medium flower bucket bag on sale at marshalls, karen walker von trapp sunglasses.

 calivintage: beach retreat
calivintage: gualala
calivintage: beach retreat
calivintage: gualala
calivintage: beach retreat

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