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short shorts

as i’ve mentioned before, this gray and gloomy weather is kinda sorta maybe starting to get to me a little bit. being a native to the southern california desert, i tend to think that any temperature below 70 degrees is cold! so you can probably imagine how much i anticipate the spring and summer now that i live in the bay area. unfortunately, the weather has been rather bizarre lately and we’ve been experiencing a lot more rain than sunshine these days. but over the weekend, we got lucky and the sun decided to come out to play. overwhelmed with excitement, i got a bit more adventurous than usual and picked up a pair of really short shorts.

i’ll tell you now, i’m still on the fence about them. the color is beautiful and the side zippers are a nice little detail, but it certainly takes a bit more courage than usual to prance around in such teeny tiny pants! fortunately for me, it’s gonna be raining even more this week, so i’ll have some more time to decide.

sweater: charter school cardigan from modcloth
top: rodarte for target striped t-shirt
shorts: american apparel stretch twill high rise shorts
sandals: oh sailor sandals courtesy of bc footwear
purse: thrifted vintage coach


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dive right in

with all of the gloomy weather we’ve been having this spring, it’s hard to imagine that summer is right around the corner! but looking at photos of awesome vintage swimwear and browsing for vintage inspired suits is certainly getting me in the mood! i’m sure some of you have seen these vintage photos before, but for those of you who haven’t, they’re all by the photographer nina leen for life magazine in the 1950’s. i recently found them via my vintage vogue.

above: summer nostalgic bikini and natalie one piece

above: basketweave print bikini and polka dot v-neck one piece

above: beach blanket bingo two piece and beach blanket bingo one piece

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sunny slope

top: vintage striped pullover blouse from treefox vintage skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black pique shoes: thrifted vintage huaraches belt: urban outfitters skinny belt purse: vintage coach doctor bag sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarer

today i went on another little stroll around the neighborhood and managed to get a few more shots of where i live. it’s easy to think of oakland as a huge metropolis (and it is the eight largest city in california), but it’s also very spread out. there’s a diverse selection of terrains, from the flatlands stretching out to the bay, to the hills in the north and east, to a giant saltwater estuary alongside the skyscrapers and lofts downtown. on the whole, the city is mostly flat, but i happen to live in the lower hills on one edge of town, which are quite picturesque if you ask me.

so today we kinda rolled out of bed and sauntered our way over to piedmont ave. for a simple breakfast of eggs and toast at a little coffee shop. it was a nice way to spend a sunday morning, especially after such a gray and gloomy week! on occasions like this, i tend to wear pretty simple outfits without much thought or planning coz, well, it’s the weekend, dude!

top: vintage striped pullover blouse
skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black pique
shoes: thrifted vintage huaraches
belt: urban outfitters skinny belt
purse: vintage coach doctor bag
sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarer

top: vintage striped pullover blouse from treefox vintage skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black pique shoes: thrifted vintage huaraches belt: urban outfitters skinny belt purse: vintage coach doctor bag sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarertop: vintage striped pullover blouse from treefox vintage skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black pique shoes: thrifted vintage huaraches belt: urban outfitters skinny belt purse: vintage coach doctor bag sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarertop: vintage striped pullover blouse from treefox vintage skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black pique shoes: thrifted vintage huaraches belt: urban outfitters skinny belt purse: vintage coach doctor bag sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarertop: vintage striped pullover blouse from treefox vintage skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black pique shoes: thrifted vintage huaraches belt: urban outfitters skinny belt purse: vintage coach doctor bag sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarertop: vintage striped pullover blouse from treefox vintage skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black pique shoes: thrifted vintage huaraches belt: urban outfitters skinny belt purse: vintage coach doctor bag sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarertop: vintage striped pullover blouse from treefox vintage skirt: american apparel full woven skirt in black pique shoes: thrifted vintage huaraches belt: urban outfitters skinny belt purse: vintage coach doctor bag sunglasses: ray-ban wayfarer

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outfit favorites may 21


hel looks: jenni
this outfit totally makes me rethink my casual weekend outfits. this is jeans, a hoodie, and a jacket done sooo right. the combination of colors and little details like rolled cuffs and a cute little fringe just boggles the mind.

mr. newton: paris in the spring
ok, so i don’t have legs for days, but this outfit is still seriously tempting me to get some teeny tiny pastel shorts to prance around in when the weather gets warm. wait. it should be warm right now! what is up with the weather, dude?!

loulou loves you:magic garden, flowers for you
gah! this week lou lou of loulou loves you came out with her collection of one-off floral headbands, and she styled up this pretty outfit to give us a peek. not only do i want every single headband, but i die a million deaths thinking about how amazing that dress is. this summer will be the summer that i find the perfect lace dress!

stay fancy free: what we got up to
ok, don’t you want these two lovely ladies to show up on your doorstep and take you out for a night on the town? i don’t even have to break down all the reasons why they look all kinds of awesome. i just want to go out for a beer with them!

radar zine: daily
i kinda cheated on this one. it wasn’t from this past week, but it just came round my tumblr dashboard thanks to darling days this week and i just really love the way her hair matches her coat and she has the coolest pair of white tights! want.

hanneli mustaparta: cream on white
indeed, this simple combo of cream on white is something i’ve been meaning to try for ages. they’re two colors i never think to put together, but they really are quite nice side by side. oh, and her awesome cape, sunglasses, and confident strut are definitely helping.

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lace in your face

 headband: lace headband courtesy of ban.do sweater: j.crew cashmere cardigan dress: rodarte for target belt: urban outfitters skinny belt shoes: black flats courtesy of bc footwear

the past few days have been so cold and dreary around these parts that i almost forgot that we’re in the middle of spring with summer fast approaching! perhaps my icy blue dress bundled up with this warm gray cardigan was an indication of my feelings about this tricky weather… but despite my frustrations, it actually turned out to be an unexpectedly fun outfit to wear: the movement of the sheer skirt paired with this pretty lace headband made me feel super feminine. whereas, i usually like to find a balance between the masculine and feminine in most of my outfits, today i went all the way and got in touch with my girly side. i kept twirling around like i was in the ice capades or something! haha!

sooo, if you’re in the mood to get a little girly, then may i direct you to a nice little giveaway? the folks over at ban.do are giving away a pretty headband on tweetmystyle.com and it ends today. just upload a picture of yourself onto the site and you’ll be entered to win.

headband: lace headband courtesy of ban.do
sweater: j.crew cashmere cardigan
dress: rodarte for target
belt: urban outfitters skinny belt
shoes: bc footwear black flats

 headband: lace headband courtesy of ban.do sweater: j.crew cashmere cardigan dress: rodarte for target belt: urban outfitters skinny belt shoes: black flats courtesy of bc footwear headband: lace headband courtesy of ban.do sweater: j.crew cashmere cardigan dress: rodarte for target belt: urban outfitters skinny belt shoes: black flats courtesy of bc footwear headband: lace headband courtesy of ban.do sweater: j.crew cashmere cardigan dress: rodarte for target belt: urban outfitters skinny belt shoes: black flats courtesy of bc footwear

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the bee’s knees

after seeing a number of different examples of interestingly adorned tights, i have finally decided to embark on my very own little d.i.y. tights project! over the past several months, i’ve come across a few exceptional examples of really creative tights that have inspired me to finally try them out for myself. i find myself particularly enamored with decorated knees, either painted or appliqued as shown in the examples above. i won’t tell you my plans just yet, for fear of jinxing myself, but i promise to show them off in upcoming outfit posts! until then, i will leave you with my inspiration:

from top left, miss ukon spring 2010 lookbook, the clothes horse, vintage photograph (i will give you a cookie if you can find me the source!), style bubble, and cocorosa.

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flowers and kittens

blouse: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: current/elliot denim leggings shoes: platform clogs courtesy of seychelles scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf purse: vintage clutch via a swap with what i woreok, i feel like i have to address this: yes, i am wearing chambray again. and yes, i am also pairing my chambray with jeans. again. i just can’t help it! it really has been my go-to uniform this spring. in fact, i had been wearing the chambray blouse i got from heritage 1981 so much that i finally decided to upgrade to something a little nicer. so i invested in this lovely japanese selvedge chambray blouse after my brother recently got one for himself and told me that it was totes awesome. and i have to agree. it looks and feels like it’s vintage, and i like that the cut and style are so very work-wear inspired.

i also got a new pair of jeans. ok, they’re denim leggings. jeggings, if you will. i was on the fence about them because they’re just so comfortable it feels wrong. like wearing pajamas in public. but they have 5 pockets and they’re made of super stretchy denim, so they are not pajamas and well, call me a sucker, but now i kinda love ’em. this is basically a dangerous combination here. the comfort level is through the roof. i may never change my clothes again.

but all of that aside, check it out! i went back to the morcom rose garden by my house on a little stroll through the neighborhood and got a few pictures. the sun was quickly setting in the sky, but the park was still full of joggers doing their work out routines and little crews of teenagers hanging out on the benches smoking cigarettes and acting cool. we wandered around a bit before setting back for home, but not before we met a kitty on the street! i named him street cat (i think he lives in the laundromat) and he followed me past the tuxedo shop and the liquor store before a couple with a dog walked by and scared him off. all in all, it was a nice little evening.

blouse: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt
jeans: current/elliot denim leggings
shoes: seychelles platform clogs
scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf
purse: vintage clutch via a swap with what i wore

blouse: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: current/elliot denim leggings shoes: platform clogs courtesy of seychelles scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf purse: vintage clutch via a swap with what i woreblouse: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: current/elliot denim leggings shoes: platform clogs courtesy of seychelles scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf purse: vintage clutch via a swap with what i woreblouse: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: current/elliot denim leggings shoes: platform clogs courtesy of seychelles scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf purse: vintage clutch via a swap with what i woreblouse: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt jeans: current/elliot denim leggings shoes: platform clogs courtesy of seychelles scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf purse: vintage clutch via a swap with what i wore

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carry all

after writing a post about wallet searching a couple weeks ago, i got to thinking about my ideal handbag. i tend to go for pieces that are uncomplicated, simple in design, high quality, and practical. the only problem is that they don’t tend to come cheap! my solution to this problem is still the one that i recommend the most: vintage! my absolute favorite purses are vintage coach because they are made with super thick, high quality leather. i mean, they’ve already lasted this long… and they pop up in thrift shops all of the time for really affordable prices. i have a solid collection that i’ve been building up over the past several years, and while many of them are starting to look a little worse for the wear, i discovered that they can easily be refurbished with a bit of leather dye, as demonstrated by little ocean annie.

so while i know i’ll continue buying my favorite vintage purses, i can’t help but notice that there are some pretty awesome handbags with the same promise as my old standbys. they clock in at a bit of a higher price, but they’re not going to set you back nearly as much as your typical “it bags.” so after a lot of searching, i’ve whittled it down to my top 4 picks (in no particular order) for simple, practical, and high quality handbags:

clare vivier messenger tote: the most notable aspect of this bag, besides it’s clean and simple design, is that it is made of reclaimed leather! it’s the next best thing to thrifting a handbag, only without all of the tireless hunting. when this style is available in brown, i think i just might have to make an investment!

cambridge satchel: made of a thick and sturdy leather, you know that this baby will take at least a year of wear and tear before the leather begins to soften. then once you’ve broken it in, you know it will last for years more to come.

foley + corrina mid city tote: i have always been drawn to this twofer tote! i like that you can carry it with the shoulder strap as a purse, but that it unfolds to become a larger tote with handles if you decide to fill it up with a few goodies on a shopping expedition.

radley london grosvenor: their spring lookbook caught my eye when it featured these lovely bags being worn by equally lovely ladies riding around on pashley bikes. once i was drawn in, i recognized that this satchel style purse is actually quite nice! all of the pockets and compartments are certainly convenient for storing all sorts of little accoutrements.

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skirt so good

since snapping these photos, the weather has taken a change for the better, and i can now hear birds chirping from my office window, and the sun is shinning bright. i woke up earlier than usual this morning in an attempt to prepare myself for the summer of training i’ll need to do for my bike tour at the end of august. i don’t know if i’ve officially mentioned it on my blog yet, but i’m planning a bike tour! we haven’t mapped out our route yet, but we think we’ll be riding from portland, oregon down along the coast through northern california. when i’ve gone on long tours in the past, i’ve never really trained for them, but i wouldn’t recommend it. so this time around, i’m going to make sure i wake up bright and early every morning and do about an hour of riding through the hills of oakland. but since i’m so utterly out of shape, all i managed to do today was wake up early and eat a healthy breakfast. baby steps. i’m sure by the end of the week, i will make it out of the door with my bike! haha! i’ve got to ease into my new routine!

and so instead, i got together a simple little outfit for today. i just got this new skirt from modcloth and it’s already out of stock! but have no fear, i have been informed that they will have more available in the last week of may, and you can actually sign up to receive an email when it comes back in stock. it’s a super affordable basic chambray skirt with a pretty sash that you can tie in the front or in the back, and it’s certainly going to be a wardrobe basic for me this spring. in fact, i already have several more outfits planned out with this baby in mind already!

blouse: h&m ruffle blouse
skirt: skirt so good courtesy of modcloth
shoes: kork-ease wedges
bag: thrifted vintage coach purse

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