grand lake

dress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hat

considering the nautical theme of my outfit today, i thought the lake would be a very fitting spot for photos. i’m always surprised that i don’t take pictures at lake merritt more often, considering that this is about 5 blocks from where i live. it’s a hot spot for joggers, since the perimeter is a little over 3 miles long. and on this particular day, we discovered that people still go rollerblading as well. i hadn’t seen someone on rollerblades since i got a pair for christmas when i was 10! anyway, even though i thought they looked pretty silly, i myself felt pretty awkward snapping pictures out in public. it was actually my most public photo session to date, and i was quite proud of myself for managing to get as many shots as i did, seeing as how i get incredibly embarrassed when people are watching.

so today i am wearing one of my favorite summer uniforms. a cute belted dress, a cardigan for layering, platform wedges, and a straw hat. it’s a relatively simple formula, but it can always look completely different given the choice of colors, patterns, proportions, and accessories. i particularly love this dress because i know it’s going to be a very versatile part of my wardrobe. the soft and thin jersey knit is beyond comfortable. today i dressed it up a bit, but it could also double as a casual beach cover up with a simple pair of flat sandals. and well, the super short length will come in handy when the weather finally gets hot. and it was something that particularly appealed to my boyfriend. i certainly don’t dress for him, but it’s always entertaining to see what he likes, even if it isn’t very surprising! haha!

dress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth
sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan
shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew)
hat: vintage straw boater hat

dress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hatdress: the pagoda knot dress courtesy of modcloth sweater: zara boyfriend cardigan shoes: castañer espadrilles from espadrilles etc. (hint: you can get a similar pair at j.crew) hat: vintage straw boater hat

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and the winner is…

michelle elaine of fvncy!
michelle is the winner of this vintage lord & taylor nightgown courtesy of rainbow jaguar vintage! she was selected as the winner using the random number generator at random.org. congratulations, michelle!

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! rainbow jaguar would also like to offer you a 20% discount from now through july 4. just enter the code “calivintage” in the note to seller during checkout to receive the discount through paypal.

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thrift town

blouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers

after getting my day started bright and early yesterday, you can imagine that i got all of my work done quite a bit earlier than usual. i’m still adjusting to the new schedule, but one thing i like so far is that i have extra time in the early afternoon to go on thrifting excursions! last year at this time, i was literally out in the shops 3 – 4 days per week and was waking up at 5am on the weekends to hit all of the estate sales, driving upwards of an hour one-way just to get to them! now it’s been months since i’ve fueled my vintage addiction, so it’s nice that i’ll get to indulge myself again this summer. and honestly, an addiction to thrifting is much more affordable that buying everything new!

so today i am wearing a little thrifting outfit in honor of my newest revelation. there’s really no reason to get dressed to the nines when going to the thrift store, post office, or farmer’s market, but it’s still nice to bring out a little bit of style while keeping comfortable. and basically, when thrifting yesterday, i found the perfect silk shirt for just that purpose. i’d been hunting for one for months with no luck, when suddenly this simple cream blouse with a perfect collar and a heavy gauge silk peered out at me amongst the hundreds of cheap castaways from big box stores. the fabric and construction actually remind me of the perfectly adorned spring 2010 miu miu blouses and i’m very tempted to try my hand at a little d.i.y….

oh yeah, and before i go, guess what i finally got myself? those round ray-ban sunglasses i’ve been going on and on about on tumblr. i thought i would go for the round karen walkers, but they ran out of stock where i had store credit, so i opted to go for the more toned-down ray-bans. they’re much more fresh and current than my classic wayfarers, but i’m still feeling a little bit on the fence about them. oh to keep or not to keep, that is the question.

blouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse
jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo
bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT
shoes: kork-ease wedges
scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf
sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarers

blouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersblouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse jeans: j brand 210 the olso in indigo bag: woven leather caning hobo courtesy of LOFT shoes: kork-ease wedges scarf: thrifted vintage silk scarf sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarersand just a quick note to remind you that i’ll be guest editing at live.love.LOFT. for the month of june!

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my history

after recently celebrating father’s day over the weekend and mother’s day last month, i decided that perhaps it was time to do another mi familia post today. i’ve done a few installations in the past including images of my mother’s side of the family from as long ago as the 1910’s seen here, here, and here. i was really delighted by the positive reception i received from them, particularly because i recognized that there isn’t a lot of representation of people of color in historical images of the united states unless it’s in the context of migrant farm workers or the civil rights movement. we don’t often get to see the more typical images like family portraits or snap shots at the park or on the beach. so i’m glad to be able to contribute my little collection to the public archive by posting them on my blog occasionally.and while we’re on the subject, i want to let you know that threadbared is calling for submissions for images of women of color in fashionable looks! they’re also looking for garments and accessories, newspaper articles, or other ephemera relating to women of color for a special fashion exhibition. click through for details on how to submit!i definitely intend to continue sharing more vintage images of my family on my blog as i unearth them, but in honor of my parents, today i thought it would be fitting to show you a few more recent images of my family. above from left: my mom, my dad, my dad’s sister/my godmother, and my mom’s brother/my nino. oh yes, and the little baby is me back in 1983, a few months after i was born. hehe, my mom is especially tiny at 4’11”. note the super tall wedges.

with my older sister, erica. i would just like to note that she is now 5’9″. apparently she got tall of the tall genes…

from left: erica (my older sister), devin (my younger brother), and me!

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cattitude

i should probably jump right in and explain the title of my post today. i’m sure someone is going to call me out for being completely nuts, but on sunday night i decided to get a new tattoo. it’s a cat wearing sunglasses. cattitude! get it? basically, you put a pair of sunglasses on anything and it become ten times funnier than it already was. and if you decide to get a stick and poke on the fly at midnight on sunday, then it should probably be something you can laugh about later. though i can definitely see the danger in getting too many joke tattoos, i’m certainly pleased with this one. and this is coming from a girl who has a tattoo of a bear hugging the state of california. (oh yes, and on the subject of tattoos, some of you were asking about them recently, so here is a link to a post i wrote about them a while back.)

so today i am wearing polka dots because they are just so undeniably fun and playful. i felt so cheerful up on the roof this morning, despite the fact that these were taken at 6am! i don’t usually wake up quite so early, nor do i take photos at such a godforsaken time, but my boyfriend is working different hours this summer, so i’m still adjusting to the new schedule. it’s funny that i should complain about getting up so early, considering that i was a cake decorator and bakery manager for a number of years. it was pretty much standard that i had to wake up before sunrise, hard at work before most of the world was awake. but oh how quickly we adjust to new circumstances…

dress: vintage polka dot dress from we move vintage
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo bow flats
belt: urban outfitters skinny leather belt
hat: straw boater hat from modcloth
clutch: loft woven leather clutch



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win a vintage dress from rainbow jaguar!

enter to win a vintage lord & taylor nightgown from rainbow jaguar vintage!

this week, i have teamed up with one of my lovely sponsors to offer you the opportunity to win a vintage lord & taylor nightgown from rainbow jaguar vintage! rainbow jaguar is two sisters living in the high desert of new mexico with a love for the vintage that they find and collect in the area… desert vintage! in honor of the giveaway, they made this beautiful video to feature the dress. roxane filmed and karrie composed and played the guitar that you hear. they live next door to each other on beautiful desert land which is where they shoot most of their photos for the shop and also where this video was shot!

rainbow jaguar would also like to offer you a 20% discount from now through july 4. just enter the code “calivintage” in the note to seller during checkout to receive the discount through paypal.

to enter:
-visit rainbow jaguar vintage and admire the lovely selection!
-leave a comment in the section below.

be sure to provide your e-mail address if your profile does not link to your contact information so we can contact you if you’re the winner! this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. the winner will be randomly selected and announced at 10am p.s.t on june 25.

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back to basics


sweater: v-neck cardigan courtesy of LOFT tank: essential tank courtesy of LOFT skirt: basic principles skirt in coral courtesy of modcloth shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT

happy summer solstice, guys! i seriously hope that we actually get a hot summer this year because i have so many plans for bbqs and swimming holes already. in fact, i made it my mission to visit every single public swimming area in the east bay. i even did my homework and found a handy dandy list of spots on the east bay parks and recreation website. i’m actually kind of amazed that i haven’t gone to so many of the places on the list, even though they’re all right in my own back yard! my wanderlust usually leads me on trips farther away from home, but i think it will be quite nice to do more exploration right here where i am. and of course, i’ll be sure to bring my camera to share it with you.

anyway, on to my outfit for today. this is an ideal outfit for a casual night out with friends. the tank top and cardigan keep it comfy, but the bright skirt adds just the right amount of fun and fancy free. in fact, the heavy fabric helps it to hold the lovely shape and it makes me feel kind of whimsical and dancer-esque. also note the ever-so-subtle pattern play between the straps of my wedges with the pleats on the hem of the skirt. sometimes it’s the little things…

sweater: v-neck cardigan courtesy of LOFT
tank: essential tank courtesy of LOFT
skirt: basic principles skirt in coral courtesy of modcloth
shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT

sweater: v-neck cardigan courtesy of LOFT tank: essential tank courtesy of LOFT skirt: basic principles skirt in coral courtesy of modcloth shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFTsweater: v-neck cardigan courtesy of LOFT tank: essential tank courtesy of LOFT skirt: basic principles skirt in coral courtesy of modcloth shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFTsweater: v-neck cardigan courtesy of LOFT tank: essential tank courtesy of LOFT skirt: basic principles skirt in coral courtesy of modcloth shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFTsweater: v-neck cardigan courtesy of LOFT tank: essential tank courtesy of LOFT skirt: basic principles skirt in coral courtesy of modcloth shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFTsweater: v-neck cardigan courtesy of LOFT tank: essential tank courtesy of LOFT skirt: basic principles skirt in coral courtesy of modcloth shoes: wedge sandals courtesy of LOFT
and just a quick note to remind you that i’ll be guest editing at live.love.LOFT. for the month of june!

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outfit favorites june 19

les mads: peach strip
indeed. again with my love of breton stripes, only this one is even better! patches on the elbows and paired with a perfect peach silk skirt.

nast: lol
this lovely lady shoes us the perfect way to do casual oxfords. i love how she balances out the super comfy jacket with bright white jeans to keep things looking nice and refined.

yeye! style blog: quiet day
is this not the most adorable vintage 1930’s dress you have ever seen? the details are amazing. this is the kind of vintage find i hope to snag for myself one day!

lionheart vintage: blogging bummer denied!
such perfect use of color in this fun summery outfit. the romper and straw hat are perfect for hot days, and that amazing turquoise jacket is a great cover up for when it cools off in the evening.

vanessa jackman: running with the fash pack… australian fashion week 2010
another excellent use of color. i love every beautiful shade of rich blue, and the addition of those amazing chartreuse silk pants is pretty much perfect.

love more: stripes shirts and denim
and one more study in casual cool. note to self: find a sweater like that to throw over my chambray/skinny jeans uniform to take it up a notch!

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