more double denim

yep, that’s right. i am wearing double denim yet again today! it basically stems from my need to wear this chambray blouse as often as possible. it’s been fun mixing and matching it with different shades of denim shorts and jeans. just check out some of the ways i’ve worn it: native daughters of the golden west, double denim, chambray baby, and lazy weekend. phew! oh yeah, and i wore a very similar variation of this outfit yesterday. apparently i’m working on a theme here. but i say, hey, that’s a sign of a really versatile and important wardrobe staple.

coat: h&m navy trench
blouse: heritage 1981 chambray blouse
shorts: thrifted vintage denim shorts
belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt
socks: tabio wool over the knee socks
shoes: vintage nine west boots from vintageless beauty



happy feet

i really know i should have posted about this a little bit sooner, but i just had to share this cute collection of socks and hosiery by hansel from basel. i’ve actually written about them before because i bought a particular pair of strawberry top crew socks to go with my swedish hasbeens seen here after learning about the collection at fashion for writers. i wanted to dedicate a post to all of their cool socks, but i feel a little bit bad showing you some of these as many styles have already sold out, but there are plenty of great options still in the shop. and you can even purchase items from previous collections. i love their fun and quirky patterns in subdued colors. they’re basically perfect for pairing with cute wedge sandals this spring.


work related

calivintage chambray blouse blazer

well hello. we meet again. (or maybe you’re coming here for the first time. either way, hooray!) but before i get into my little story about my outfit, i decided that i wanted to address my comment policy. and no, not like rules of etiquette or anything like that, but more about how i want to respond to the topics that come up in the comments section. i’ve decided to just follow up in my actual blog posts. for example, yesterday i wore khaki shorts. it was quite fun to discover that many of you have bad associations with khakis because of work uniforms. i can most definitely relate, considering that i went to catholic school for 9 years and had to wear a little plaid pinafore. similar things always seem to happen with work related clothing. seems like we often want to keep our normal clothes completely different than what we wear to work, whether it’s jeans and a t-shirt in a bakery (my old job) or business casual in the office (also been there). but it’s also fun to take those same items and kinda twist them around into something completely different than their typical association. i guess it’s kinda cheesy, but you know, like wearing a blazer with a casual outfit instead of part of a power suit. which brings me to my latest outfit:

soooo, today i am a bit of a copy cat. i decided to try out this look after being inspired by an look seen on emsedge. i just altered it a bit and wore a skirt instead of jeans because the weather is quite a bit warmer here in california than it is in sweden. one of the rewards of my near constant blog browsing is that sometimes i come across an outfit and then bam! it hits me that i own pretty much all of the pieces and it’s such a creative way to put them together and oh my, i never thought of that before, how awesome! or something along those lines. and in this case, it was really nice because i hadn’t worn this cream blazer in months because i kinda went overboard on blazers last spring. and while getting a little nostalgic for last spring, i pulled out these sandals that i hadn’t worn since then. ah, i’m glad i kept them. though this is the reason the piles of clothes are so high and i’m seriously beginning to feel like a pack rat. that age old question, “what if?”

blazer: j.crew from a sample sale ages ago
blouse: heritage 1981 chambray blouse
skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black piqué
belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt
shoes: star ling from last spring
purse: thrifted vintage coach
sunglasses: vintage sunglasses from lum vintage

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i never…

i know it’s hard to imagine, but can you believe this is the first pair of khaki shorts i’ve owned since i was probably ten? i have absolutely no idea why i hadn’t had a pair for all of those years, and i sorta can’t believe it myself. khakis are right up there with denim. how odd that i’d missed out on one of the classics for so long, especially considering how much i care about my good ol’ basics? it’s kinda like saying you’ve never seen star wars. how is that even possible?but once i recognized the situation, i promptly solved it with this classic pair of high rise shorts that are almost exactly the same as that original pair i owned in the 5th grade. and of course i had to pair it with stripes. i am telling you, i could wear stripes every day of the week. in fact, today i finally told myself that i really should make a concerted effort to try something new. like a floral print!

top: rodarte for target striped t-shirt
shorts: vintage high rise khakis from treefox vintage
shoes: kork ease wedges
necklace: tree & kimball ottilie necklace
purse: thrifted vintage coach
sunglasses: vintage sunglasses from lum vintage



up on the roof

just sharing a few little snapshots from my weekend. these were taken last evening during a quick visit with friends in the mission district in san francisco. roof access is pretty much one of my favorite things ever. perhaps you already figured that out considering the amount of time i spend taking photos up there.

anyway, it’s just us kids having silly mixed drinks made with raspberry vodka, ginger beer, and kombucha whilst eating popsicles and chips with guacamole. yep, that’s a pretty typical weekend activity for me.


white eyelet

as you can see, i’ve been having a love affair with this vintage white eyelet blouse i recently bought. it’s one of those perfect basics that you can wear with almost anything to add a bit of a summery feel. and in fact, i’ve been building up a little collection of similar blouses in different colors, some with stripes, some made of eyelet, and some with fun collars. they definitely come in handy as casual attire on the weekends to pair with high rise jeans or shorts and flats or sandals. it’s pretty much a formula that’s becoming my spring uniform. i’ve found that separates this time of year help keep things interesting before we all start throwing on a dress and heels and calling it a day when summer comes around.

oh, and before i go, i wanted to mention that i’m happy you guys are liking my new cycle chic saturdays. i was glad to see that you had lots of questions about what to wear on longer rides and options for fashionable bikes at more affordable price points. so don’t you worry, i’ve got your covered! i’ve been brainstorming new ideas for future posts that i think you’re really gonna like. and definitely keep the suggestions coming. i always like to know what you’re interested in reading!

now go enjoy the rest of your weekend!

blouse: vintage eyelet blouse from helgesok vintage
jeans: j brand 210 the oslo jeans in indigo
belt: h&m braided leather belt
sandals: kork-ease platform wedges
purse: vintage coach doctor bag
sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarers


cycle chic saturday

so yesterday, i mentioned that i would be introducing a new little feature here at calivintage. so without further adieu, i’d like to announce cycle chic saturday! i’ve mentioned it a few times here on my blog and in a few interviews here and there that one of my passions (besides style and fashion) is cycling. living in the bay area has given me the benefit of being exposed to a rich bicycle culture, and it’s something that i would love to share with you. but being that this is a style blog, i’m not going to get technical and talk about geometry and components, but instead, i’d like to focus on bike design and fashionable cycling attire.

for my first installment, i decided to keep it pretty simple and introduce you to some incredible bikes that are not only perfectly functional, but absolutely beautiful. rivendell bikes is a company based out of walnut creek, ca. (which happens to be about 20 minutes from where i live).

their mission:

“…to make things that wouldn’t be made if we weren’t here, to offer an alternative to racing-centric bikes and parts, and to espouse a different approach to riding. And to resurrect and keep healthy many of the better ideas, designs, and styles of bicycles, clothing, and accessories that we personally like to use or wear.”

while i don’t own one of their bikes (it’s a bit out of my budget range), i definitely admire what they do. the pictures shown here are some of the fashionable bike frames they offer in addition to a range of racks and bags. not only that, but they offer bike camping supplies and cycling attire. each item they sell in their shop is beautifully designed and perfectly functional, so i strongly urge you to check it out!


blog favorites april 30

this week i decided to change things up a little bit, so you’ll notice a slight change. i usually do a blog favorites roundup on fridays to give a little shout out the people who inspire me. then i do street style saturday on, well, saturday. but i feel like i would prefer to focus more on blogs and outfits that i love, rather than just posting images from the same street style sites week after week. so now they’ll just fit into this same category to free up some space on saturdays for fun new features like (wait for it…) cycle chic saturday! more on that tomorrow. now let’s get back to my favorites this week:

hannah karina
bright and cheery polka dots with a lovely straw hat and perfect mustard cardigan? this girl has so many beautiful pieces all combined to make a killer spring outfit. i die. on a side note, i didn’t know exactly where to direct you for this image. this lovely lady has a blog and a tumblr, but i found this outfit on her flickr.

kansas couture: please mr. postman
first off, i have to brag a little because i had the opportunity to meet katy in the fall during nyfw and she’s such a doll! and we’re kinda like hair twinsies coz we both got pixie cuts on possibly the same day? anyway, i am in love with the way she styled this cute little dress with a huge statement necklace and crazy cool sunglasses. a work of art!

mademoiselle robot: a pretty dress… and the most boring shoes ever.
dang, girl! that is a pretty dress. and the shoes aren’t boring in my opinion! i must say that not only do i love laëtitia’s sense of style, but i also love her sense of humor and the incredible, unique content on her blog.

turned out: lauren
ok, this is probably my absolute favorite outfit of the week. her look is perfect, from the mustard jeans to that amazing vintage pendleton to those round sunnies. i actually have a similar jacket and i’m feeling inspired to try an outfit like to this (though not nearly as good)!

stockholm street style: outside victor & rolf fashion show
i will always and forever be a sucker for these inky blue and black color palettes. but what makes this so unexpectedly awesome is that she’s wearing a denim jacket under that coat and her skirt has that quirky pattern. too cool for school.

love ship: sotw (cont.)
i am dying over how incredible this vintage lace dress is. and to make things even better, she got it for $5 at a thrift shop. that’s right, $5. these are the kind of amazing thrifted finds that make us live for the hunt. every once in a while you come out with something that is not only undeniable awesome but that also gives you bragging rights for weeks!


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