the little white dress

what better to wear for a fancy weekend brunch than this pretty little white dress from modcloth. a little white dress is definitely a spring must-have item in my wardrobe this year because it’s a perfectly versatile piece that you can dress up or down for any occasion, and it’s certain to grab attention in the bright sunlight. i decided to pair it with my mustard clogs and straw clutch, but it looks equally nice paired with black shoes and accessories for a more formal affair.

dress: the woman in white dress c/o modcloth
shoes: swedish hasbeens super high peep toe clogs in mustard
clutch: vintage straw clutch
brooch: oh my cavalier!


blog favorites april 16

spirit ditch: standby
as i mentioned earlier in the week, i’ve been thinking a lot about the perfect outfits to wear on hot summer days as the weather warms up. this 90’s bathing suit combo complete with a chambray cover up, comfy flats, and a cute hat is pretty much the best thing to wear to a summer festival or bbq by the lake. love it!

we counted all the tiles: all is love
a little bit more button down, we have to remember that we can’t run around in our swimsuits every day! and what a perfect mellow combination of a big silky blouse with the perfect pair of high rise trousers. the colors are perfection and i love the simple black pumps!

elinkan: shuffling about
a long time favorite, i am always struck by the beautiful shots over at elinkan. she has the most stunning, high contrast outfits and the incredible hair and makeup! her blog is inspiration for days.

the velvet bird: fields, friends, and bugs
after i put together my collage for this week, i realized that i had already written about the velvet bird in a previous blog favorites post, so i guess vanessa gets an encore presentation! which is perfectly fine by me because she looks absolutely beautiful in that pink vintage dress.

another day to dress up: jumper
i’ve been following this blog for a while now after discovering her cute pictures on chictopia. she definitely has a very unique style with quite a collection of “blossom hats” as my bf calls them. it’s very refreshing to see someone sporting such quirky looks! this week, i particularly loved this simple look she put together with a pretty little jumper.

elenita: 070410
another one of my new foreign blogger favorites, i am completely inspired by this mix of black and white prints topped off with a classic trench and all black accessories. she’s reminded me of the fun you can have mixing prints without being obnoxious at all!


and the winner is…

calivintage floremark giveaway

annie is the lucky winner of a custom made-to-order ‘roxy’ striped t-shirt from floremark! she was selected as the winner using the random number generator at

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.


no logo

the other evening i was chatting with my boyfriend over dinner, and as per usual, i was going on and on about new media and the relevance of blogs, where things are going, etc. and suddenly the book no logo by naomi klein popped into mind. i read it waaay back in 2001 when i was 18. it’s a critique on globalization and of course, being the impressionable young kid that i was, i soaked it up and used every possible opportunity to quote what i had read in almost every conversation. years later, i don’t much think about that book anymore, but i’ve always really respected klein’s work, so i wondered what she was up to and what her take would be on the influence of the internet (and blogs) in our culture. since she wrote that book, besides the major economic collapse, we now live in a world where social media is king. the landscape has certainly changed and i tend to believe it’s positive. bloggers like me can hang out in the comfort of our own homes and have the ability to influence fashion (or whatever they’re writing about) from the ground up. we really are experiencing a democratization of fashion, as they say. and it’s happening in news and politics as well.

and what a perfect subject to bring up on a day when i decided to wear some of the most recognizable brands in fashion. so what do you think? too much? haha! ;)

jacket: marc by marc jacobs via gilt groupe
jeans: j brand 210 the oslo jeans in indigo
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo bow flats
purse: vintage coach doctor bag
watch: men’s timex dress bracelet
sunglasses: rayban wayfarers


mini for many

calivintage mini for many

here we are, spring is in full force, and i thought i had already gone through all of my favorite collection for spring/summer 2010. but lo and behold, mini for many slipped through the cracks and i never posted about it! this is definitely one of my favorite collections this year and it’s one of the reasons that i’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair of platform wedge espadrilles. in fact, they’re actually quite affordable, so if i can find a retailer, i think i might have to get a pair! oh, i am also reminded that i never found myself a lovely equestrian hat, either!

but beyond the must-have accessories, i’m really appreciating the fresh and sporty look of this collection. all of the pieces look super functional, but they’re in fresh colors, stripes, and polka dots. which means you can look perfectly fashionable while out and about on springtime adventures that call for more casual attire. want!


the basics

i am beginning to see a trend emerging in my outfits this week… obviously, i’m nuts about stripes lately, and i can’t get enough of that red, white, and blue! americana is definitely a clear trend this spring/summer. or as i say, it’s pretty much timeless. i mean, do these types of looks ever really go out of style? i’d say that all of these pieces are wardrobe essentials that everyone should have in their closet!

a striped top: today i’m wearing the steamboat top from modcloth. it’s simple and classic and i love the silky material. this one is cool and lightweight, which is going to come in handy on hot summer days relaxing by the bbq!

a red cardigan: i was searching high and low for a perfectly crimson hued boyfriend cardigan for months. it’s one of those pieces that can be surprisingly hard to find, but well worth the hunt. adds an instant pop of color to almost any outfit. i finally found this one at zara.

blue jeans: it’s a given you guys! i found my perfect pair in these j brand 210 the olso jeans.

wedge sandals: these are kork ease that i got on sale at rue la la. they make me like 5 inches taller, but i can wear them all day thanks to the platform wedge.

raybans: a classic! i’ve been loving my wayfarers, but will probably try out a pair of clubmasters this summer, too!

simple black purse: i’m a sucker for vintage coach purses. they are super affordable compared to new designer bags and they are made with super sturdy, high quality leather.

ok, this last one isn’t exactly the best shot of me, but check out the little squirrel dude makin a run for it!


forces, unlimited

today i would like to introduce you to one of my dearest friends, mr. richard scott rideout. not only is he an incredible artist, but he is also a great friend. we met way back at the young age of 14 and have been friends ever since. i recently asked him if he would be willing to contribute some art for my blog, and he said he’d be delighted. the subjects for his art aren’t typically fashion-related, so it was fun to see what he came up with for this first round. if you’re interested in seeing some more of his work, he has a blog called forces, unlimited and a web porfolio. i particularly love his children’s book illustrations.

he’s a bit of an elusive character, so when i asked him if he’d be willing to do an interview for his introduction on my blog, he took the liberty of pre-writing his answers for me. i was supposed to fill in the questions, but decided that it would be much more fun to give you, dear readers, the pleasure of filling in the blanks for yourselves!

A: i have been using them for about ten years, it seems. i always find using the synthetics akin to using a piece of string to spread my peanut butter.

A: sand has always been really hard to draw for me.

A: i dont know if i can remember back that far, but probably something to do with eating or fighting with my cousin.

A: hmmm… now that is a toughy. i think that the current trend lends itself to super saturation. pretty soon (if it hasn’t happened already) there will be a complete overflow and unless we want our brains to become overwhelmed with the stuff, we will have to build a huge sponge to soak the rest of it up.

A: always at home and with frequent trips out into the world.

A: all kinds, but i would say my favorites would be gabriel era genesis, yes, magma, and solo wakeman.

(you can click the images to enlarge)


80’s prep

with all this recent talk about spring and summer music festivals, i’ve started thinking about casual cool outfits for you know, like, fun in the sun and stuff. so while i’m not going to be spending my weekend at coachella i know a lot about dressing for that type of weather since i’m a native to those parts. to be exact, i’m from redlands, which is about an hour inland from los angeles. and if you drive for another hour east, you’ll find yourself in palm springs. in the summer months, it easily gets up to 115 degrees and hotter, so i know all about staying cool in the dry dessert heat. (also, redlands is actually a really spectacular city with incredible victorian architecture and historic buildings, but that’s for another blog post!)anyway, for some reason, whenever i think of dressing for the heat, i think of these types of preppy 80’s looks. perhaps because i’m familiar with the resort and retirement communities out in the desert, i always think of upturned collars on pale pastel blouses to wear while sipping lemonade and playing a round of tennis. last year, i would have sported this same look in a pair of perfectly destroyed denim cut offs, but this year it feels much more fresh to wear a cleaner look with an actual hem or rolled cuffs.

blouse: vintage 80’s stripes from treefox vintage
shorts: thrifted vintage 80’s guess shorts
purse: vintage clutch from red lips vintage
shoes: white woven oxfords from maude loves harold vintage
glasses: 3.1 phillip lim spring 2009
nail polish: no miss in gainsville green



organic cotton t-shirt giveaway from floremark!

calivintage floremark striped shirt giveaway

win this custom, made-to-order ‘roxy’ organic cotton striped t-shirt from floremark!

this week, i am very excited to announce my latest giveaway from floremark on etsy. the ‘roxy’ blouse pictured above comes in sizes s – xl and is made-to-order so it can be customized for those who are petite or tall. floremark is a small collection of sweaters, tops, and other knitwear made of high quality fabrics in natural fibers, some of which are also organic. all of floremark’s clothes are designed and custom-made by johanna lundström with great attention to fit, craftsmanship, and style. so be sure to check out her shop for the full collection!

see something you like? floremark would also like to offer you 15% off all items in the shop now through april 30th! just enter the code “calivintage” in the note to seller during checkout.

calivintage floremark striped shirt giveaway

to enter, all you have to do is visit the floremark shop and then leave a comment in the section below. be sure to leave your email address or link to your contact information so we can contact you if you are the winner! this offer is open internationally, so anyone can enter. the winner will be randomly selected and announced at 10am p.s.t. on april 16.