blog favorites march 26

calivintage blog favorites march 26

this week, i saw so many delightful blog posts that it was difficult for me to narrow it down to just six entries! but if you want to see where all of my inspiration goes before it get’s filtered through and turned into a blog post here, then you should definitely check out the calivintage tumblr.

a thought is the blossom: playful girls playing dress up
if you have not seen these fun group photo shoots over at a thought is a blossom, then i suggest you hop on over and check them out. so many adorable ladies donning pretty vintage clothes, prancing around and having a blast. it’s got me excited to try coordinating a shoot of my own with some of my friends!

variacje: lodz cycle chic
alright, so this photo is not from last week or even the week before, but i just recently discovered this blog via tumblr. i can’t remember who posted about her, but i’m glad they did whoever it was! i’m in the market for a vintage bike to ride around town, so my eye has been drawn towards fashionable ladies riding equally fashionable bikes!

trop rouge: hometown walks
i just discovered this cool blog today while browsing through lookbook and i’m already in love. christina really knows how to rock a mini dress with over the knee socks. and she’s got the cutest pair of vintage coach buckle oxfords. i seriously need to get myself a pair like that!

dear beatrice: the daylight eludes me
i’ve been appreciating all of the outfits over at dear beatrice lately, but this week i was perfectly smitten with the classic pairing of knee high socks with those adorable t-strap flats and beautiful vintage-inspired dress that she scored at anthropologie on sale for only $40!

style like u: twisted classic – the khaki pant – day 2
i’ve been really enjoying the twisted classics over at on of my favorite style blogs, style like u. you might be familiar with the site for publishing video interviews with fashionable people. it’s the kind of site that sucks me in every time i visit, and i find myself entranced by the wardrobes and personalities of all the people on the site. but this week, i was head over heels for the cool and easy styling of these khaki pants!

esther from the sticks: rainy day sailor fun
i discovered this beautiful photograph after rosemud posted it on her tumblr, and i just had to post it this week because not only am i bike hunting, but i’m obsessed with sailor collars. and well, this lady has composed the perfect picture with both of these!


double denim

calivintage double denim canadian tuxedoit’s no secret that i’ve become a big fan of double denim, or as some like to refer to it, “the canadian tuxedo.” ever since i got this chambray blouse, i’ve been tossing it on with jeans and heels every chance i get. mostly on the weekends, or on afternoons when very casual attire is in order. i had been envisioning it paired with a pair of high rise denim shorts for quite some time, so when i saw these up for sale at lola vintage on etsy, you’d better bet it took me about 5 seconds to click that “commit to buy” button. they’re liz claiborne, probably from the 80’s, possible from the early 90’s. either way, they’re totally 2010 now. haha!

what’s so fun about buying and selling vintage clothes on etsy (and within the blogging community) is that you get the opportunity to see your pieces on other girls and get a fresh new perspective on a piece that either didn’t work for you or else you’d finally grown out of (literally or figuratively). and vice versa. plus, i love to support sellers who i really admire and who have a keen eye for great vintage.

chambray blouse, heritage 1981
vintage liz claiborne shorts, lola vintage on etsy
skinny belt, urban outfitters
navy tights, target
blimey oxfords, courtesy of seychelles

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frequently asked questions


just stopping in for a moment to let you know about a new section on the calivintage blog. i now have a frequently asked questions page. i took the liberty of answering the questions that i receive in my inbox and comments section the most often, but i am sure i’ve left some important things out. please feel free to ask any questions you’d like to see added to the page in the comments below. it’s always good to know what you wanna know!

additionally, since i’m not hip to the whole formspring thing, i’m gonna do this the old-fashioned way: i’d also like to answer any of your less frequently asked questions as well! so go ahead, ask me anything. in the comments section below.


the calivintage dress

modcloth calivintage dress dear creatures

as promised, the modcloth calivintage dress is making it’s premier in today’s outfit post. i must say, i am over the moon about this dress, which happens to be from the dear creatures spring 2010 collection. the moment their lookbook came out, i had my eye on this lovely little sailor dress, so you can imagine my excitement when modcloth named it after yours truly! and you know what? it’s kinda like it was made for me. in fact, when i got it in the mail last week, i immediately put it on, and have already worn it 3 times since then. if i didn’t have so much fun taking photos today, i would have fit in the pictures of the other ways i’ve styled it so far, but then this post would have waaaay too many photos in it. you’ll just have to wait for the rest, i guess.

the calivintage dress, courtesy of modcloth
red boater hat, courtesy of modcloth
vintage socks, thrifted
kork ease wedges, rue la la


spring picks and an interview

calivintage modcloth blogger of the moment

today, i am happy to announce that i am the current modcloth blogger of the moment! in addition to a nice little interview over at the modcloth blog, i was asked to select my favorite items from the shop. it was quite fun browsing through the catalog on a window shopping spree, and i found quite a few fun, vintage inspired pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe this spring.

so head on over to the modcloth blog to read some of my tips for bloggers and to find out some of the things i do when i’m not online. or if you’re just in the mood for shopping, check out the calivintage picks! included is the calivintage dress, one of my absolute favorite dresses from the spring 2010 dear creatures collection! don’t worry, that will be making it’s appearance on the blog later today…

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calivintage x clyde’s rebirth

calivintage clyde's rebirth body jewelry harness

recently, the creative genius behind clyde’s rebirth contacted me and asked me if i’d like to style up some of the new pieces in her upcoming spring collection. having seen the offerings already up in her etsy shop, i happily obliged and she sent me some very unique pieces! so in honor of the launch of her brand new website, i decided to give you a little sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the new collection goes up for sale next week! today i am modeling the “pink piggyback harness” in a very simple pairing with a fresh chambray dress and vintage salvatore ferragamo bow flats.

i have to admit, i’d never considered body jewelry before, but merl knew that and thought it would be fun to see what i came up with. and i must say, i’ve had quite a nice time playing dress-up with what she sent me, thinking of all sorts of creative ways to wear them. and the best part is that you’ll have an opportunity to purchase all of the pieces featured on my blog starting next week. can’t wait? clyde’s rebirth happens to be having a mega blowout sale on the current items in her shop right now.

the “pink piggyback harness,” clyde’s rebirth
chambray dress, b.b. dakota
vintage salvatore ferragamo flats, thrifted

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vintage shoe love $40 gift certificate giveaway!

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win a $40 gift certificate to vintage shoe love on etsy!

this week, i’ve teamed up with one of my sponsors, vintage shoe love, to offer you a $40 gift certificate with free shipping! vintage shoe love offers an incredible selection of vintage shoes with an inventory of nearly 300 items to choose from. i spent some time last evening browsing through her offerings and chose some of my favorite picks in the store right now! what’s more, you definitely wont have to break the bank to get that perfect pair of shoes, because the prices are super reasonable. you should definitely check it out!

see something you like? vintage shoe love is also offering a 15% discount to all calivintage readers! just type in the code “calivint” in the note to seller during checkout to receive your discount.

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to enter the giveaway, all you have to do is visit vintage shoe love on etsy and then leave a comment in the section below. be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win! the giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter! the winner will be randomly selected and announced on friday, march 26 at 10am p.s.t.



peaches and cream

calivintage peaches and cream
sometimes, i get into a phase where it feels like almost every morning when i get dressed, i’m much too pressed for time to put very much thought into my outfits! i might have some vague idea of an outfit i want to wear, but then i throw it on, look in the mirror, and discover that it was a much better idea in theory. and so, i rummage around through my piles of clothes to find something a little bit easier. usually, i’ll take my outfit photos and come back into my room to discover a cute hat or scarf that could have “completed” the outfit, but by then it’s too late for more photos and, well, life goes on.

but there’s definitely something to be said for spontaneity. for me, it usually invites an element of minimalism to my looks, since i often feel compelled to add various fussy details for fear that my outfits are too simple. but pairing things down can be quite refreshing, especially on these easy springtime days.

charter school cardigan, courtesy of modcloth
eyelet dress, forever 21
oxford heels, courtesy of tree & kimball on etsy

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