back pack

while on my quick trip in nyc, i’ve been thinking a lot about appropriate bags for lugging around all of my stuff! and while i know a backpack can get a bit warm, they’re certainly nice when you’ve got to carry around a big old camera, maps, an extra pair of shoes, a notepad, and all of the random items you might pick up on a shopping excursion, while still keeping your hands free so you can hail a cab or dig around in your pockets for subway fare. so a browsed around and found some fashionable bags so you can be a tourist without looking too much like one!

a.b.k. custom leather craft, fjällräven kånken mini, kimchi blue canvas backpack from urban outfitters, canvassing backpack from modcloth, fjällräven vintage 20l

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red-eye ready

ah yes, to think that this was me less than 24 hours ago, all bright eyed and ready for my overnight flight to nyc in my casual traveling outfit. this time, i was convinced that i wouldn’t be a sucker and arrive at the airport an hour before my scheduled departure only to discover that my flight would be delayed for another hour or more. so i checked the flight status from the comfort of my own home and decided to chill out before driving over to the airport. so i dillied and i dallied, and i checked my flight one last time before i left, only to discover that my flight was no longer delayed. the giant words, ON TIME, were staring back up at my from my computer screen as i realized that i had a mere 30 minutes before take off: the same amount of time it takes for me to drive to the airport!
so of course i panicked and ran and we rushed as quickly as we could (while observing the speed limits, of course…), and managed to somehow make the drive in 22 minutes, which just might be a world record! i anxiously waited in line at the security checkpoint and made it through the gates only to discover that my flight was still delayed. oh technology. i love you, but sometimes i hate you. but at last i made my flight! and i’ve opted to forego the whole sleep thing, coz sleeping is so overrated when you’re only gonna be in new york for 2 days!

blouse: j.crew selvedge chambray shirt
sweater: american apparel sailor stripe pullover
shorts: vintage levi’s 501 cut offs
shoes: steve madden oxfords via gilt groupe
watch: timex men’s watch
sunglasses: karen walker
bag: vintage nylon duffle

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a little project…

well, i survived the red eye flight, and i am writing this post, bleary-eyed, from my hotel room in new york. and i’m excited to finally tell you what my trip is all about! charlotte russe was kind enough to invite me to participate in a blogger styling challenge that will be streaming live on the web at 7pm e.s.t. tonight! you can click here to watch the event and rsvp to be part of the panel of judges to vote for the winner of the challenge!

obviously, i would love to have your support in watching the video tonight at 7pm p.s.t and casting your votes! wish me luck!

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my beso favorites

back when the clog trend first started coming back into fashion, i was certainly a little bit hesitant. i associated them with the strange crocs fad, and those silly birkenstock kitchen clogs i wore as a baker. hardly something that could be translated into my daily style. but then of course, i discovered swedish hasbeens, obsessed over them, finally bought a pair, and well, the rest is history! now, with wooden heels in full force, there are plenty of options out there to suit almost any style. so when one of my lovely sponsors, asked me to do a search on their site for a favorite trend and to pick out some of my favorite pieces, i instantly knew that i would be looking for anything with a wood platform or wedge! in just one quick search, i was delighted to find several cute options to tempt my poor wallet.

i love this simple pair of platform wedges, especially because they are quite reminiscent of the shoes that walked down the celine runways.

the pretty red color would add just the right pop of color to a simple outfit, and i love the criss cross ankle straps.

i actually own a similar pair of swedish hasbeens and i can tell you right now, i love them! they’ not nearly as high as many of the heels in my closet and despite the wood sole, they’re quite comfortable, too!

this is a particularly special pair because not only are they pink, but the lace up style has a 40’s retro feel. imagine how cute these would look paired with some cute ankle socks during the transition to fall!

at first, i was very hesitant of the mule type clog, but this sweet little pair have certainly got me thinking twice. they would look adorable with a pair of grey ribbed socks.

6. michael kors sycamore wedge sandal
if you’re not into bright red shoes, these tan strappy sandals are another great option. certain to add that special element to a cute summer dress!
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cherry on top

i had a lot of fun today in my vintage-inspired outfit! what i find so great about these pieces is that they are all new items, but they were all inspired by styles from the past. the nice thing about vintage reproductions and vintage-inspired styles, is that you’ll always be able to find your size! oh, how many times i have found the perfect vintage dress or the most amazing vintage shoes, only to discover that they will not fit! or else the condition is such that i can only reserve those special pieces to be worn on the rarest of occasions. this dress is particularly nice because it is made of a sturdy 100% cotton, so it’s something that i can wash and wear over and over again. and the pretty puff sleeves and sweet floral and cherry print on this dress remind me of styles from the 1940’s, so i thought it would be fun to pair it with my reproduction 1940’s platform heels. and of course, the best way to top off such a cheerful outfit is with the cherry on top: my favorite bright red boater hat.

and in other news, i am excited to announce that this time tomorrow, i will be in new york! i’m only going to be around for wednesday and thursday, but if you want to meet up, let me know! or if you want to give me any recommendations, i’m all ears! i read the forecast and apparently it’s going to be 80 degrees with thunderstorms. i have yet to figure out exactly how to dress for such weather, but i’ll do my best!

hat: the last straw hat in ruby
dress: with flying florals dress courtesy of modcloth
it’s currently out of stock, but you can sign up to be notified when they get more!
shoes: remix vintage shoes ‘rita’ reproduction 1940’s platforms

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tiger cult vintage $40 giveaway!

enter to win a $40 gift certificate to tiger cult vintage!

this week, one of my lovely sponsors would like to offer you a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to tiger cult vintage! all of the vintage items in the tiger cult shop have been hand-picked by sadie rose in the sunny lands of northern california. she has a beautiful selection of vintage treasures from the 50’s through the 80’s with styles to suit every personality. so go check it out!

to enter:
-visit tiger cult vintage
-leave a comment in the section below telling us your favorite item in the shop

this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. just be sure to provide your e-mail address if your profile doesn’t link to your contact information so that we can send you a message if you’re the winner! winner will be randomly chosen and announced on july 16 at 10am p.s.t.

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sunday in point reyes

yesterday was one of those perfect days where i kinda just rolled out of bed and threw on something comfortable to go for a drive up north to hang out in point reyes with brendan. we were partially motivated by a request from my mom to go collect some kelp for an art project. unfortunately, we didn’t bring anything back for her on this particular trip because we decided to go to a beach that didn’t have many sea plants washed ashore. in fact, the beach was practically deserted in general, probably because it’s not the type of place where people go to lay out and get a tan or go swimming. point reyes is a cape located 30 miles north of san francisco. since the point reaches out so far into the ocean, it’s almost always foggy, and several degrees colder than the surrounding area. with all of the fair weather we’ve been having in the bay area, you’d think we would try to go somewhere sunny, but the beauty of point reyes always brings us back for day trips, hikes, bike rides, and camping trips.

on this particular day, we took the short hike to kehoe beach and laid out on the sand enjoying turkey and swiss on a baguette, and mapping out a short story that we’re writing together. well, brendan is doing most of the writing, but i helped him out with character development and plot! i’m really excited about this latest project and hope we’ll be able to find a suitable place to get it published in a lit mag or journal or something (if you have any tips or hints, let me know)! then we napped a bit before hiking back and exploring an historic dairy ranch in the area nearby. and you’ll have to excuse me, because we had so much taking pictures that this post is going to be packed full!

and since this is still a bit of an outfit post…
jacket: gap belted utility jacket
sweater: american apparel sailor strip pullover
jeans: j brand 210 the oslo
shoes: vintage anne klein flats from pineapple mint
sunglasses: karen walker

(you can click the images to enlarge)

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calivintage illustrated

i am so very honored to have been the subject of several illustrations by avi jacob. avi contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if he could use some of the images from my blog as the subject for some drawings. i gladly agreed and patiently awaited an e-mail back, curious to see what he came up with. you can imagine my delight when he sent over so many lovely drawings! i’m so delighted that my blog was an inspiration! avi doesn’t have a blog or website (yet), but he’s always looking for new subjects for illustrations. you can contact him through facebook or leave a comment here to get in touch.

*update: avi got a blog! it’s called lavender scribbles.

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outfit favorites july 10

copenhagen street style: boquet de fleurs
definitely my favorite outfit this week, this girl has got the look down to her t. get it? yeaaah. anyway, i love the way she paired the cute vintage floral skirt with a simple t-shirt, round sunglasses, and cute summer sandals. definitely a nice way to keep cool and stylish in the hot weather.

altamira: beata holmgren
this outfit is amazing in it’s simplicity, but also in the key details that make it work. her dress has a subtle floral detail and who ever thought to layer a statement necklace over a scarf? yet it works so perfectly right down to her socks and oxfords.

l’atelier d’une fee: the village
you know me, a sucker for a cute girl on a bike! but i love that she wore a cute floral dress with nerdy glasses, and super tall oxford heels. it’s super feminine with just a touch of the masculine for good measure. i love it!

fancy things: holiday
i love the way she paired pink and baby blue. it’s a color combination i’ve never thought to try, but she definitely balances it out with more substantial brown leather accessories, but keeps it super pretty with a floral headband.

hoy fashion: topshop bandstand picnic
how cool is that little two piece? i’m going to assume it’s vintage because i’ve seen cute little sets like that in vintage shops before, but never dared to try them! but seeing how cool and breezy she looks with just a little teeny peep of skin has definitely got me thinking twice!

les mads: the turban
besides being a sucker for turbans, i also love her play on proportions here. the short cropped blouse paired with the high rise trousers create such a cool and relaxed look. definitely something to try.

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