universal standard pick of the month

ok so it officially rained for two seconds this morning and i ran to my closet to finally style my new universal standard leather jacket. it’s been like 100 degrees every day, so you know everyone in southern california was just waiting for the chance to wear more than one layer haha.

but i am especially excited because this is my first time working with universal standard, and i am so blown away by the brand. if you’re not familiar, universal standard was founded by two friends who were determined to create an inclusive shopping experience where both “straight” and “plus” sizes could shop side by side. they carry garments in sizes 00-40, which is truly amazing. i’ve talked a lot about ethical fashion and slow fashion over the years, but one big issue that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough is size inclusivity in fashion in general! i love that i can share a photo of myself wearing this jacket and know that anyone who wants a leather jacket can find one in their size at the same store as everyone else.

not only that, but universal standard has a program called “fit liberty” that literally allows you to exchange any of their core collection pieces for a different size within one year of purchase. because yes, our sizes fluctuate and we shouldn’t be stuck with something that doesn’t fit just because our bodies change.

so here is the universal standard pick of the month, the leather jacket. each month, the editors choose a different seasonal style to help you build a timeless and effortless capsule wardrobe. it is such a classic and so fun to wear. i’ve been playing around with the styling and it pretty much goes with everything. just throw it on over any summer look and you’re good to go for fall. yes, you. whether you’re a size 00, a size 6, or a size 40.

get 20% off your entire order from universal standard with code calivintage20 now through october 14!

the lindsay robinson tia dress

and just like that, it’s fall. we don’t exactly get that season here where i live in southern california, but when i pulled on this linsday robinson tia dress in bronze and headed out to the park for a photo shoot, it certainly looked like fall with all of the bronzy dried flowers to perfectly match my outfit. one of the things i struggle with is finding a good “going out” dress. i tend to be so super casual in my style, and i try to be so thoughtful about what i buy and own, that i have a hard time justifying anything that might seem “frivolous.” i have such a strong desire to have clothes that i can wear every day, which is definitely a smart approach. but then, when i’m the mood to dress up or a have a little bit of fun, i realize that i don’t really have anything hanging in my closet to match my mood! which is why i love this sparkly dress so much! it’s still casual enough that i could wear it out for an afternoon burrito date with brendan (which i did on this particular day), but it’s also something that i can throw on for a holiday party and still feel appropriately dressy. it’s a middle ground that i really think i need to explore more often when i picked out new clothes to wear.

not to be pushy or anything, but i should probably note that this particular dress is a limited release, so you’re interested, now’s the time to check it out before they sell out! or if you’re looking for something a little more subtle, it also comes in a 100% sand silk noil.

linsday robinson tia dress in bronze, gift from brand
winden nicole barrette in pearl, gift from shop boswell
maryam nassir zadeh mules
clare v. petit lea in cream, use this link for $25 off your first order

the usual

it’s summer, it’s hot. i’ve been wearing lots of giant puffy sleeves. and mostly staying indoors. we’re getting ready to move out of our house again because we’re getting our one and only bathroom renovated in a couple of weeks! we’ll be packing up and moving in with my mom, which is not quite a vacation, but not too bad. she lives on the edge of a protected wilderness area out in the desert, so it’s pretty calm and relaxing just sitting around, dipping in the pool, and looking at the views. not glamorous, but nice. and when we get back, we’ll have a new bathroom! and the kids will go back to school! and it will still be insufferably hot until at least october, but i’ll have my puffy blouses. and summer will end soon enough. and things will finally be back to “normal.” until they aren’t again!

rudy jude adult day blouse
re/done wide leg crop jeans
everlane day slide sandals
clare v. fannypack
velvet canyon ruby tuesday sunglasses


ginny & jude

my summer of puff sleeves is well underway, and my latest dress is by australian brand ginny & jude. i’ve been admiring their dresses from afar for years, so i was very pleasantly surprised when they reached out and asked if i’d be interested in being interviewed for their series, the women project. so if you’re interested in reading a few of my ramblings, definitely head over to check it out, and take a look at some of the other women they’ve featured, who are most certainly more interesting than i am! and don’t forget to take a look at the dresses! this particular style comes in a number of different colors and fabrics including a dreamy velvet number that would be so perfect for special occasions.

ginny & jude ‘mood indigo’ puff sleeve dress in sea foam ramie
maryam nassir zadeh sophie mules
clare v. petit alistair in cuoio


christy dawn x madewell

earlier this week, i had the pleasure of photographing and sharing one of the new dresses from the latest christy dawn x madewell collaboration. i am a huge fan of christy dawn because all of their garments are made in los angeles utilizing up-cycled deadstock fabrics, so seeing a more ethical, sustainable brand model getting this type of visibility is a great step in the right direction for the fashion industry. so i headed out to one of my favorite parks on the edge of town to snap some dreamy photos, and was actually really surprised by how comfortable i felt wearing it in 95 degree heat! i don’t tend to go for more lightweight, semi-sheer fabrics, but it just felt so good! i’m wearing the dawn midi dress in floral garden, but you can shop the entire collection here.

linen jumpsuits (and a $250 giveaway to nadinoo!)

shall we kick off the summer with a little giveaway? i think so. this week, i’m giving away a £200 (about $250 USD) shop credit to nadinoo on my instagram! if you’ve been around here for a long time, then you’ll know that i’ve been a die-hard nadinoo fan for years. she’s always been one of my favorite designers, and i feel so fortunate to have been able to wear her clothes for so many years running. and this season, i just couldn’t keep my eyes off this inky blue linen coverall. i have this sort of rule that anything in my wardrobe should be able to double as both workwear and loungewear. my days see me doing so many varied activities, from digging in the garden to chasing after two little kids to meetings over coffee or just sitting at my computer answering emails. you might even throw in a little furniture-building as i’ve been working on setting up my home-studio these days, too! i like to be able to wear clothes that move and breathe and that still look good if they get a little dirty, good enough to go out for coffee or to just crash on the sofa. and i think nadinoo really has that figured out. so without further adieu…

click here to enter the $250 giveaway! and get 10% off everything at nadinoo with code CALIVINTAGE through june 30!

nadinoo suteki coveralls in indigo linen
old basket backpack (this ollie ella soukie backpack is very similar)
zouxou eugenia flat in miel

summer daisies (and a noemiah discount code!)

hello hello! i shared a photo of this beautiful noemiah dress several weeks ago on instagram, but never got around to writing a proper blog post about it! these days it seems like less and less people are looking at blogs, but i forget that it’s the only space online that i truly own. i really need to get into the habit of sharing things here more often! it’s fun to be able to write more long-form posts, even if not everyone reads them. and i love that i can share several images so you can really get a good look at what i’m wearing.

use code CALIV15 for 15% off your order at noemiah!

so here i am in my noemiah dress! i’ve been a fan of this montreal-based designer for years, and when i told her how much i loved this design, she so very kindly offered to send it to me. and as is often the case, it’s even more beautiful in person! it’s made of this deliciously pillowy double cotton gauze that is both big and floaty, yet still retains a certain amount of structure as you wear it. the perfect dress for spring and especially summer because of the large shape that really allows you to breathe. and my favorite detail, of course, are the embroidered daisies on the bodice.

noemiah embroidered daisies dress
maryam nassir zadeh mules
clare v. petit alistair (use this link for $25 off your first order)

merci milo $200 giveaway!

i know i don’t always write many posts about my kids, but edie just celebrated her third birthday (how?!), so i decided to partner up with my favorite toy shop, merci milo, to give away a $200 gift card! we’ve been shopping there since shortly after they opened their first los angeles location in highland park, and the kids’ toy collection has never been better! this tiny shop has the best selection of toys, hands down. and not to worry, if you don’t live in the la area, the entire selection is also available online.

we shopped there for edie’s birthday this year, so i thought i’d share some photos of our current three-year-old kid favorites, which mainly revolve around this little ollie ella holdie house and her collection of maileg mice. also photographed in no particular order: holztiger wooden animal toys, melissa and doug take along horse stable set, ollie ella holdie single bed set, living room set, and dining room set, sweetheart doll, ollie ella mini luggy, maileg kitty, maileg little hedgehog with leaf, melissa and doug wooden cutting fruit set, wooden box car set.

click here to enter our $200 merci milo toy shop giveaway!

and if you’ve never been to the shop, a little tour inside!

click here to enter our $200 merci milo toy shop giveaway!


a gravel & gold photo shoot (and a giveaway)!

a few weeks ago, i had the pleasure of meeting up with photographer morgan austerweil for a quick photo shoot at the iconic noguchi gardens. i packed up my car and drove through the most beautiful superbloom, watching the painted ladies flutter past the highway, and pulled in to the gardens set right in the middle of a corporate plaza in orange county. the sun was shining bright and the wind was blowing hard. it was a nice little refrain from the usual routine and a fun opportunity to play dress-up in a few different styles from the gravel & gold spring 2019 collection. fun fact: i used to live a couple of blocks from their san francisco brick & mortar shop before they opened their doors. and i remember going back to visit after they opened and purchasing this  tunic dress from possibly their first collection?

but i really can’t take credit for any of this work! morgan took the reigns in planning the entire thing, and i’m just feeling so lucky to have played the tiniest role in bringing this shoot together. for the collection, gravel & gold collaborated with artist claire gallagher on their picnic print, which you really need to see up close to appreciate. it’s just so fun and pretty and unexpected! my favorite piece was definitely that cute little romper. so feast your eyes on some photos and then get ready for a giveaway…

head on over to this post on my instagram feed to enter to win $185 to gravel & gold!

the rancho romper in picnic and the sorrell dress in picnic

the forti dress in sunset

the rancho romper in picnic (my personal favorite!)

the rush jumpsuit in sunset and the forti dress in sunset

the sorrell dress in picnic and tote

spring dresses

as much as my wardrobe has shifted focus toward practical separates, the beginning of spring always gets me really excited for easy dresses. this year in particular, i’ve already collected a wide assortment of dresses just waiting for the warmer weather. lucky for me, a heatwave hit us and it was literally 90 degrees the day i took these pictures! this style of dress is a little bit of a departure from my usual style, yet someone feels so perfectly “me.” when i pulled it on, i almost felt like it had always been in my wardrobe, or at the very least, something that was sorely missing from my wardrobe before i got it! i spend so much time thinking about durability and practicality that sometimes i forget the pure joy of just slipping into a dress and feeling the movement, the texture of the fabric against my skin. and this dress in particular is made from a beautiful deadstock fabric sourced in los angeles, a blend of super soft tencel and organic cotton! designed and sewn in st. louis, supporting ethical work conditions and fare wages. so you have more than one reason to feel good about it. if you haven’t ordered from them before, or if you haven’t taken a look at their latest garments, then go check it out!


use code CALIVINTAGE for 15% off at fauxgerty!


oh, and before i leave, let’s talk about their hats! i had to include a shot of the woven straw hat (also worn here). it’s been my go-to so far this spring, and what i love is that you it comes with a removable and replaceable hat band, or you can wear it without one. i kinda flipped it up at the brim and love that i can basically wear it any time, whether i’m gardening outside or heading to a brunch date.

the fiona dress courtesy of fauxgerty
clare v. pot de miel bag (use this link for $25 off your first order)
zouxou eugenia flat in black 
woven straw hat courtesy of fauxgerty

use code CALIVINTAGE to get get 15% off at fauxgerty!

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