and the winner is…

jenni is the winner of a $50 gift card to purple deer vintage! she was selected by the random number generator at random.org. congratulations sarah louise!

thank you so much to everyone who entered the contest, but no worries if you didn’t win this time! there are many more opportunities to win great prizes each week thanks to the sponsors of calivintage.

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the little things

i was just remembering that when i was in high school, i used to give myself these silly “style challenges” where i would walk into my closet with the light out and just feel around for clothes and put on whatever i grabbed and wear it to school for the day. this would usually consist of something like a ninja turtles muscle tee, a pair of men’s jeans, and mismatched socks. oh, and my hair was probably pink. or any other color offered up thanks to manic panic.

today i opted to go with a similar philosophy, though i was much more deliberate about it. rather than let the closet gods figure out my outfit, i decided that i would pick out an eclectic mix of accessories and that i would resist the urge to get too matchy-matchy. when getting dressed, i often opt for safe color combinations and themes rather than giving in to a touch of spontaneity. i still kept things simple, but i had a bit of fun thanks my new karen walker shades. they arrived in the mail yesterday and i think i’m in love.

blouse: vintage eyelet blouse from helgesok vintage
shorts: ever tap shorts from gilt groupe
belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt
shoes: castaner espadrilles
sunglasses: karen walker
scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf

 

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bathing beauties

calivintage zelda sweetwater vintage reproduction inspired swimsuits swim suits bathing suits

a while back, i wrote a post about vintage-inspired swimsuits after getting several requests for some tips on where to find them. i pulled together some pictures of vintage bathing beauties and shared some of what i had found up until that point. but after recently browsing through the purple deer blog, i discovered a collection of vintage-inspired swimsuits that are truly amazing. these incredible swimsuits are designed by zelda sweetwater. and while the price tag certainly isn’t cheap, they are some of the most beautiful reproduction vintage suits i’ve seen out there. my two favorites are the pink strapless jane suit and the white one piece charlotte suit!

i also love that they showcased many of the suits on such a buxom babe! since i personally have fit issues with a lot of the swimsuits i’ve encountered in terms of support, it’s good to know that they can hold up! (though if you need something in a broader range of sizes, i still urge you to check out the selection at modcloth where they have extended sizes for their bathing beauty suit!)

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here and there

cardigan: kimchi blue pointelle peter pan collar sweater dress: jack by bb dakota brodie dress belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt shoes: star ling woven leather sandals clutch: loft caning woven leather clutch

i’ve been hearing about the insane heat in nyc lately, but it certainly hasn’t hit us here in oakland. i remember it was the same last year: a relatively mild summer. when i was in new york for fashion week in september, i remember being completely shocked by how insanely hot and humid it was there. this came as a surprise to me, since everyone always thinks of california as being so warm. and while we certainly have our hot days, layering is still king during every season here in the bay. today i’m wearing a nice, cool strapless chambray dress with hopes that i’ll have a need to shed my sweater, but i think i’ll have to make a trip to nyc for that!

anyway, i guess it’s the summer that’s got me anxious to travel. but the next trip i have planned isn’t until the end of august when i go on a bike tour with my partner. i don’t have plans made yet, but i hope to attend new york fashion week in september. i’m also desperate to make my way across the pond for paris and london fashion week as well, though i don’t have any plans for that, either. i’ve actually never traveled to europe before, so i’m really anxious to see what it’s all about. the farthest i’ve ever been is to belize. though now that i think of it, i certainly wouldn’t mind another trip to the carribean! oh to live the life of a jet-setter!

cardigan: kimchi blue pointelle peter pan collar sweater
dress: jack by bb dakota brodie dress
belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt
shoes: star ling woven leather sandals
clutch: loft caning woven leather clutch
ring: marika king lace ring in brass

cardigan: kimchi blue pointelle peter pan collar sweater dress: jack by bb dakota brodie dress belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt shoes: star ling woven leather sandals clutch: loft caning woven leather clutchcardigan: kimchi blue pointelle peter pan collar sweater dress: jack by bb dakota brodie dress belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt shoes: star ling woven leather sandals clutch: loft caning woven leather clutchcardigan: kimchi blue pointelle peter pan collar sweater dress: jack by bb dakota brodie dress belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt shoes: star ling woven leather sandals clutch: loft caning woven leather clutchcardigan: kimchi blue pointelle peter pan collar sweater dress: jack by bb dakota brodie dress belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt shoes: star ling woven leather sandals clutch: loft caning woven leather clutchcardigan: kimchi blue pointelle peter pan collar sweater dress: jack by bb dakota brodie dress belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt shoes: star ling woven leather sandals clutch: loft caning woven leather clutchcardigan: kimchi blue pointelle peter pan collar sweater dress: jack by bb dakota brodie dress belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt shoes: star ling woven leather sandals clutch: loft caning woven leather clutch

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river weekend

as promised, today i am sharing a few pictures from my weekend at the russian river. as usual, i brought my camera with high hopes of getting excellent coverage of the weekend and sort of imagined myself documenting things meticulously right down to each meal we ate. but unfortunately, i hardly remembered to pick up the camera! the one time that i did bring my camera was on a canoe trip down the russian river, which in hindsight, was probably the least opportune time to bring it. i’m sure you can imagine my angst at the idea of capsizing and losing it, or my utter horror when i discovered that the people on the shores make a pasttime of shooting passers by in canoes with giant water cannons. it was definitely nice considering the sweltering heat, but after a certain point, i had to wrap my camera in a towel and bury it in a moderately water proof bag for the duration. live and learn!

anyway, we spent our time staying at a cabin in forestville and enjoyed a long and leisurely canoe trip down the russian river. we were all so exhausted from all of the rowing and heat of the sun that we barely had enough energy for an evening bbq! the next day we went on an expedition to one of my favorite bakeries, wild flour, for delicious fougasse, and then did some wandering around sebastopol, guerneville, and healdsburg before finishing up the evening watching the local fireworks show. all in all, it was a nice, relaxing weekend.

view of the front of the canoe.

view of the back of the canoe.

i think cheap beer is mandatory on the river.

almost every single shore was filled with people.

the bus ride back. heat exhaustion!

guerneville.

healdsburg.

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travel style

sweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglasses

today i am back from a relaxing holiday weekend trip to the woods! i have to admit, i certainly wouldn’t mind an even longer trip, but it was definitely nice to get some rest and relaxation for a few days before getting back to the grind, as they say. and to give you a proper illustration of my state of mind, here is what i wore for the drive up north to the cabin where we stayed. it’s a warm and comfy variation of the scalloped shorts and cape ensemble i had worn earlier that day to accommodate the chilly evening weather. here in the bay area, we’re still experiencing pretty random weather patterns, as you’ll see when i share some of the pictures from a canoeing expedition the following day in which the temperature soared up over 90 degrees (more on that tomorrow)! and to give you the full picture, today we’re back to gray and gloomy skies!

the chambray blouse and dark jeans are my favorite go-to items when i want to be cozy, and based on the sheer number of times i’ve worn these wedges, you could probably guess that they’re extremely comfortable for something with such a high heel! and of course, an outfit for the great outdoors wouldn’t be complete without a thick knit vintage sweater with 70’s appeal. perfect for arriving in style, but also appropriate for enjoying a few beers outside by the fire.

sweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage
top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt
jeans: j brand 210 the oslo
shoes: kork-ease wedges
sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglasses

sweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglassessweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglassessweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglassessweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglassessweater: vintage cardigan from we move vintage top: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: j brand 210 the oslo shoes: kork-ease wedges sunglasses: ray-ban highstreet sunglasses

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win a $50 gift card to purple deer!

win a $50 gift card to purple deer vintage!

this week, i’ve teamed up with one of my lovely sponsors to offer you the opportunity to win a $50 gift card to purple deer vintage! purple deer is a vintage shop run by the lovely melissa out of her home here in the bay area. she has a wonderful selection of eclectic vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories at seriously affordable prices. she has a great eye for beautiful prints and patterns, and tons of items perfect for summer, so you should definitely take a look!

to enter, simply visit purple deer vintage and then leave a comment in the section below.

this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. just be sure to provide your e-mail address if your profile doesn’t link to your contact information so that we can send you a message if you’re the winner! winner will be randomly chosen and announced on july 9 at 10am p.s.t.

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outfit favorites july 3


i tell you, the more blogs i frequent each week, the harder it is for me to pick only 6 outfits to feature in my round up posts! but i suppose you can always see everything that’s inspiring me in an almost constant flow on my tumblr. and onto my favorites:trendy crew: carlota, sonar barcelona
ok, this lovely lady is wearing a lot of what i’m loving for summer: round sunglasses, cute little shorts, and ankle straps! i’ve only been getting into ankle strap wedges and platforms, but her cute little sandals have got me thinking about flats! much more casual and easy.


altamira nyc: tati cotlier

i’ll admit, this photo isn’t actually from this week, but it did make the rounds on tumblr and i fell in love. i’m really seeing the possibility of a cute little sweater like that, especially when paired with stripes, slacks, and cute little oxfords!

hoy fashion: topshop bandstand picnic
i have been really loving the outfits coming up on hoy fashion lately. there is just something so appealing to the easy simplicity of a cute 90’s dress with oxford boots and a loud pop of bright lipstick. i think this is appealing to my 10 year old self in some ways (you know, way back in 1993.)

team peter stigter: streetfashion paris menswear
i love this outfit because i find it so perfectly androgynous. the prim and proper button up oxford tucked in to those cute rolled up shorts with the best pair of oxfords i have ever seen and a clutch!? not to mention the great colors. it’s basically amazing.

hoy fashion: topshop bandstand picnic
another really simple, yet perfect outfit. i really like the fluffy, lacy cream dress with a denim jacket. and it reminds me that i don’t even have a denim jacket anymore. i think i need one asap.

mr. newton: the sundowner
and of course, i am collecting as many inspiring pictures of girls in scalloped shorts because they can be trick to style. this is actually blogger alma luna. i definitely like her cool pairing complete with a pretty headscarf as the topper!

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summer capes




back in the winter, my mom sent me a couple of blanket capes to keep me warm. it kinda got me feeling a little bit cape obsessed, and then during nyfw, i discovered that rebecca of the clothes horse was also feeling the frenzy in an adorable knit cape very similar to this one! i had seen a few here and there, but opted not to get one because i knew that the weather would change and they just seemed so wintery. but when this vintage knit cape came up in a swap with the delightful dozen, i decided i would give it a try, summer or not! and i’m really glad i did because the lightweight knit and flowy shape is actually the perfect way to keep warm as the sun begins to set, and the air gets a tad bit chilly.

it also gave me the perfect opportunity to try out my scalloped shorts for the first time! these have actually been hanging around my closet for a couple of weeks while i tried to figure out the best way to wear them. ever since chloe spring 2009, i’ve been wanting a pair of scalloped edge shorts, so i guess i’d built it up a lot in my mind! so i’m glad that i was able to pair them up with the scalloped hem on this lovely cape.on a side note, yesterday i was having a conversation with my boyfriend as to the origin of this cape. my first inclination is that it’s a scandinavian style pattern, but i’ve also seen other similar capes with more native american style and mexican style prints as well… it’s vintage with no tag, so i’m basically just guessing. anyway, regardless of the origin, it got me thinking about conversations i’ve been reading on blogs like threadbared about cultural appropriation. so i thought i would offer up that link with some suggested reading for your friday afternoon. always good to do a little research into the history/origin of our clothes!

cape: vintage cape from leproust vintage
top: thrifted vintage silk blouse
shorts: lucca couture scalloped shorts
belt: thrifted vintage woven belt
shoes: kork-ease wedges
sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers



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and the winner is…

sarah louise of tzipporit!

sarah louise is the lucky winner of a $30 gift certificate to vintage strings! she was selected by the random number generator at random.org. congratulations sarah louise!

thank you so much to everyone who entered the contest, but no worries if you didn’t win this time! there are many more opportunities to win great prizes each week thanks to the sponsors of calivintage.

and don’t forget! vintage strings would also like to offer calivintage readers a 10% discount on all items in the shop through july 31st! just enter the code “calivintage” in the note to seller at checkout to receive the discount through paypal.

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