first day back: i am now blogging from the comfort of my own home after a whirlwind trip to nyc. i have already been harassed for mentioning this on twitter, but i really am delighted to be back in the california sunshine. i stepped outside this afternoon wearing jeans and a simple sweater and sorta pranced around a little bit in the warmth and sunlight, observing the first of the spring flowers blooming in the neighborhood: little peeks of pink and red and purple emerging from dark green shrubs and trees.

but enough of that. now i must tell you a bit about my trip: i arrived in nyc on thursday afternoon and spent my evening with jessica of what i wore. we chatted for hours about blogs and life while enjoying a delicious home-made meal and sharing a few glasses of wine. it’s really quite nice to be able to connect with other bloggers in real life to talk shop, and it was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to be able to do just that.

then i spent friday morning pacing around in jessica’s apartment waiting for the mail to arrive. when i left for my flight on thursday, i knew i would forget something: MY PHONE. fortunately, my bf sent it in the overnight mail, so i only had to wait a few hours before things were back on track. then i was off to meet rebecca of the clothes horse during her photo shoot with market publique. it was great to meet the ladies who run the site and to reconnect with rebecca after meeting her over the summer during the weardrobe conference!

so these are a few shots of what i wore while hanging out during the day on friday. as you can see, there was quite a bit of snow on the ground, and i quite like the comparison between my outfit and a frozen confection. i really did feel like a real life creamsicle, freezing cold in my peach mohair sweater!

vintage fur collar, gift from mom
brown coat, j.crew
belt, zara
classic white belt, j.crew
vintage peach mohair sweater, idol vintage
high rise skinny jeans, forever 21
platform oxfords, courtesy of seychelles


sneak peek: chictopia10

after the lovely girl’s night out on friday night, i spent saturday attending the chictopia10 conference and after party, and sunday doing a photo shoot and enjoying a pleasant lunch with chictopia and modcloth followed by a little soho shopping trip. we even spotted scott schuman and garance dore casually leaning against a brick building in a romantic little moment that would have been picture perfect if we weren’t driving past in a taxi. how very new york.
i have a lot to share, but my trip isn’t over quite yet. i’ll be attending the ifb conference tomorrow before heading back home and finally getting some much needed sleep! at which point, i promise to share my outfits from the trip and to tell you all about my new york adventures.

sneak peek: girl’s night out

me and rebecca of the clothes horse.
so i’m kinda sorta IN NEW YORK FOR FASHION WEEK. it’s been quite a whirlwind of a trip so far and it’s only just begun. it’s been a bit of a challenge to remember to take photos while running around manhattan and brooklyn wearing heels and trying desperately not to slip in the several inches of snow on the ground, but i’m doing my best to document the trip so i can tell you all about it when i get back. but just for fun, i thought i would take a moment to show you a few shots from our blogger girl’s night out courtesy of dove vip hosted by jessica of what i wore.
and now i’m off to the chictopia10 conference for the remainder of the day. i’ll be “tweeting” from my phone so be sure to follow me on twitter for all the latest updates.

rebecca of the clothes horse, me, jessica of what i wore.

the conservatory of flowers

for today’s outfit post, i would like to give you a little sneak peek at a photo shoot i did with jt paradox of the sf style for the local lifestyle magazine 7×7. we ran into a bit of a time crunch, and of course, the moment we met up for the shoot, it began pouring rain. so we headed off in the car going nowhere in particular when i remembered how lovely it is inside the conservatory of flowers in golden gate park. we both agreed that the turn-of-the-century architecture was the perfect match for my vintage boater hat, so off we went! it’s such a cool little spot with different rooms of varying temperatures and humidity to accommodate the lush greenery.

i have to say, this was a particularly daring outfit, but i decided to have a little fun with it since we were shooting for a magazine. i think i would wear this exact same outfit for a nice outing, only with a black vintage camisole underneath so i wouldn’t look quite as “pin-up.” but it was definitely fun and i can’t wait to see the feature in 7×7 magazine.

here’s a shot of what it looks like from the outside on a sunny day, via the conservatory website.

all photos shot by jt paradox of the sf style.

vintage straw boater hat, ebay
vintage sheer blouse, ebay
full pique skirt, american apparel
nude spiral lace tights, courtesy of tabio
1940′s reproduction platforms, remix vintage shoes


hair play

today i would like to share a little video with you about how i do my hair. ever since i got my bob, i’ve gotten quite a few emails asking me various questions about the style, cut, and care of my hair, so i finally decided to discuss the topic!

my hair is naturally straight with just a little bit of bend. i say it’s pretty thick both in diameter and in the amount of hair on my head. it is currently untreated in any way and this is my natural color. i usually shampoo my hair with the cheapest shampoo in the drug store: suave daily clarifying shampoo. it’s like $2 for a giant bottle. i don’t use conditioner because my hair seems to do just fine without it.

and this is how i style it:

1. blow dry. i have zero technique here. i just aim the blow dryer at it all willy-nilly until it gets dry. my hair is thick, so this takes quite a while. (in fact, sometimes i take a break to eat chocolate candies.)

2. once it’s dry, i add a dab of product. lately, i just work some bumble and bumble grooming cream into my hair for a little bit of texture and to control any pesky little fly-aways. i also like to use b&b brilliantine, which adds a bit more gloss, but i ran out and have to restock.

3. this step is optional. i take a flat iron and straighten just the top layer of hair to get a more tidy look. (if i’m going for something more messy, i’ll skip this step and use b&b surf spray with a dab of sumotech.)


but i cannot take all the credit for this look. i must thank my dear friend and hair stylist, shannon dean, who works at revamp salon on 16th and guerrero in san francisco. i don’t think my hair would be nearly as easy to style if i didn’t have such an excellent cut! seriously, if you live in the area, you must give him a call. he is incredibly talented, very communicative, and he will give you one helluva salon experience. if my look isn’t your cup of tea, he also styles diane of darling darling, liz of late afternoon, and his girlfriend: jennie of going west, to name a few.


can’t stop won’t stop

alright you guys, so far this is my third– that’s right– third valentines day outfit. i can’t make any promises, but i think it might be the last. it’s just that i’ve been on a roll. it’s like i discovered pink and red for the first time in my life and i’m kind of addicted. some might say that these colors do not go together, but i will just have to disagree. it’s a bit of a bold statement, but i’ve been having fun with it. and i will admit that i would never ever have looked twice at this blouse until jessica of what i wore sent it to me in the mail for a little clothing swap. she sent me quite a few bright and colorful pieces and i knew it was just the challenge i needed since i had been wearing so many neutrals for the past several months.

so here we are. a pop of color. in your face. BOOM!

vintage velvet bow bandeau hat, ebay
red cardigan, zara
vintage sheer pink blouse, from what i wore
high rise skinny jeans, j brand
t-strap flats, urban outfitters


the delightful dozen

depending on which blogs you read, you may already be privy to this little announcement… if not, i am happy to introduce you to a new project. we’re called the delightful dozen: a group of 12 bloggers who wanted to add another level of creativity, variety, and inspiration to our wardrobes.

and we’re going to be swapping clothes and sharing “traveling” items to show you all of the different ways we style the same pieces. what’s more, you’ll have an opportunity to win some of these same pieces in fun giveaways hosted on all of our blogs! to keep up to date, be sure to follow your favorite bloggers from the delightful dozen or keep track of our progress at our brand new facebook page! i have to say i am honored to be part of such a creative group of women.


fancy pants

i know you can’t tell just by looking at the photos, but i have to let you in on a little secret: i’m not wearing anything vintage today. as you know, i have a deep love for all things vintage and always wear at least one vintage piece in every outfit. i just prefer to buy thrifted and vintage clothes because they’re super affordable and more unique than your usual trendy “high street” pieces. but on some rare occasions, i have to admit that it is rather refreshing to get decked out in brand new clothes. though i always keep true to my style; you can see that these are all timeless classics. a breton stripe shirt, rayban wayfarers, and kork-ease wedges? they might as well be vintage and you can certainly thrift these exact same pieces. though for good measure, i ended up throwing on a vintage jacket right before i left for the day!

and i must also take a moment to give credit where credit is due, because after buying this awesome pair of trousers the other day, i knew i had to pair them with a breton stripe shirt, inspired by tracy rosenbaum (assistant to the sartorialist) as pictured in my post about trousers found here.

breton stripe shirt, rodarte for target
high rise trousers, zara
kork-ease platform wedges, rue la la
vintage jacket, thrifted
rebecca minkoff morning after bag with strap, on loan from tweetmybag

and one last thing before i go: i must give a shout out to the folks over at tweetmybag for loaning me this awesome rebecca minkoff bag as part of the launch of their new site. rebecca minkoff will be giving away one free bag each week to the most stylish tweetmybag users. and make sure to check out the way some of my other favorite bloggers styled up their rebecca minkoff bags: keiko lynn and liebemarlene vintage.

*this is not a sponsored post and i did not receive compensation to write about this promotion.

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capricious traveler vintage giveaway!

enter for a chance to win any one item priced $30 or under from capricious traveler vintage on etsy!

this week, i’ve teamed up with the capricious traveler vintage shop on etsy to provide you with this awesome giveaway. the winner gets to choose any one item priced $30 or under from the capricious traveler vintage shop with free shipping! and to give you an idea of the great selection of vintage items you can find in the shop, i’ve pictured some of my favorite picks, all priced under $30! not interested in clothing? capricious traveler also has a sister shop full of beautiful vintage housewares: olive vintage.

once you’ve checked out the great selection in both shops, be sure to keep in touch on the capricious traveler blog for inspiration posts and shop updates.

to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment in the section below telling us what item you would pick from the capricious traveler vintage shop priced at $30 or under, if you were selected as the winner. be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you are chosen. this giveaway is open to our international readers, so anyone can enter. winner will be randomly selected on february 15 at 7am p.s.t.


and the winner is…

isquisofrenia was selected as the winner of the red lips vintage giveaway using the random number generator at and will receive the pink vintage native american print cardigan.

thank you so much for everyone who entered the contest, but don’t worry if you didn’t win this time. there are many more opportunities to win more cool stuff each week thanks to the wonderful sponsors of calivintage!