kickstart the loved one

during my trip to new york for fashion week, i had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the beautiful hannah of hannah and landon and the loved one. if you aren’t familiar with her blog and vintage shop, i highly recommend that you click the links and take a peek! she has an incredible eye for vintage as showcased in her etsy shop and in her amazing personal style. so when i discovered that she launched a kickstarter project to gather funds for a vintage inspired lingerie collection, i knew i had to share it with you!
the way it works is that individuals can donate a set amount of money towards the loved one’s financial goals. if they reach their goal by the end of the month, then they will receive the funds and have the opportunity to launch their collection. in conversation with hannah, she mentioned that if every person who viewed her kickstarter page donated only $1 each, then they would already have enough funds to start the project. so if you want to help them reach their goals, get on over to the loved one’s kickstarter project page for more details and to make a donation!
not enough motivation? just look at this cute video. i mean really, how can you resist?

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nyfw

calivintage: nyfw
and just like that, i’m back from my short trip to new york for fashion week. this time, i kinda knew that i wouldn’t be able to find the time to blog about all of the happenings while i was there, but i’m kinda glad because that means i get to hang around the house in my pajamas for the next couple of days while i catch up on blog posts and get back to normal. so today i’m sharing with you my absolute most favorite new dress from tba! it’s much more expensive than most of the dresses i wear, but i decided to treat myself to something special, even though i wasn’t sure when i would get the opportunity to wear it. then fashion week rolled around, and i realized that it’s pretty much the perfect time and place for such a pretty piece. i felt a bit like a vintage paper doll walking around in it, but i decided that my short hair and tattoos keep the look from being too saccharine.
so this is what i wore on saturday to attend the rachel antonoff presentation (don’t worry, there will be plenty of photo coverage from the amazing show tomorrow)! from there, i went on a lovely visit to the family affairs studio to play dress up and pick up some lovely new pieces along with rebecca of the clothes horse (that’s right, for the third fashion week in a row, we were joined at the hip)! and we wrapped up our day getting cozy with a nice group of bloggers at the modcloth dress up party. it was probably my favorite day out of the whole trip and i can’t wait to share the rest of it with you.
bag: thrifted vintage coach satchel
outfit photos shot by rebecca of the clothes horse.
calivintage: nyfw
calivintage: nyfw
calivintage: nyfw
calivintage: nyfw
calivintage: nyfw
calivintage: nyfw
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the renegade style blogger meet-up


well folks, i’m in the big apple and i’ve begun participating in the madness that is fashion week. and while my schedule is hectic (to say the least), i’m looking forward to meeting some fellow style bloggers at the renegade meet-up!
friday at noon, sheep meadow, central park.
there will be 10 red balloons and a ton of bloggers, so you should be able to spot us.
bring your own cupcake!
more details and r.s.v.p. at the facebook event page. hope to see you there!
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and away i go again!

calivintage: away i go again!
today as i write this, i am on my way to join in on the madness that is new york fashion week. this will be my third time in attendance and it promises to be the perfect way to end a lovely summer before getting back to business back at home. i’ve been having a pretty nice time enjoying the lat summer with a few short excursions such as this one. in fact, over the weekend, i went on yet another cycling/camping trip through the sacramento river delta. then i had yesterday to rest up and recharge my batteries before taking off again for new york. and so, in the middle of all the madness, i’ve been dressing pretty simply. this is the outfit that i’m wearing for my travels, and it’s a pretty basic get-up, perfect for snoozing on the plane for the next 6 hours or so.
this evening, i’ll probably be relaxing at the hotel and adjusting to the time-difference, but tomorrow i’ll be attending the ifb evolving influence conference and party. it promises to be a really great event, and i’m happy to be going for the second time in a row. if you spot me, be sure to come up and say hello! i tend to get a bit flustered and overwhelmed at large events, so i hope to see some familiar faces as well!
bag: thrifted vintage coach purse
brooch: redwood pin from a gift shop in the avenue of the giants
calivintage: away i go again!
calivintage: away i go again!
hair touching. though doesn’t it look a bit like a paparazzi shot? no pictures, please!
calivintage: away i go again!
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minutemen from mars!

calivintage: minutemen from mars
and it’s friday! today i woke up bright and early around 7am in my recent attempt to change my sleeping patterns to a more early rise. i typically wake up around 9am, but with a new schedule this fall, i’ve got to train myself out of my old ways. it’s been going alright, but after being up for a couple of hours this morning, i suddenly felt the urge to crawl back into bed. and i accidentally took a two hour morning nap. i’m still easing into it, but i’m kinda glad i got the extra sleep, because i woke up feeling revived and felt like getting dressed up! with my silly fur topper, i feel a bit like i stepped off the set of an old science fiction b movie. the refined vintage outfit makes me feel like i might be a housewife pod person in disguise!
speaking of science fiction, i’m quite proud of my boyfriend for getting one of short science-fiction stories published online today. it’s a pretty cool story, so if you’re in the mood for a quick read, you should stop by and check it out: living somewhere i never thought i’d be again.
and that’s it for today! hello holiday weekend. if you can believe it, i’ll be off on another cycling adventure to soak up the last rays of summer sun.
hat: vintage fur hat
blouse: vintage blouse from simplicity is bliss
skirt: bb dakota skirt
tights: brown tights from the drug store
calivintage: minutemen from mars

calivintage: minutemen from mars
calivintage: minutemen from mars
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and the winners are…

ashley and iris!
ashley and iris will each be winning a $45 store credit to clever nettle for creating these lovely fall outfits on polyvore! the collage seen above was created by ashley and was my pick for the win. i like the way the outfit is perfectly balanced, but the mixed prints keep it from being too matchy matchy. i also love the unexpected color combination! the collage seen below was created by iris and was anja’s pick for the win. anja said of her choice, “it makes me think of these funny old romantic beverly clearly novels i used to read when i was 12 or so, they were written in the late 50’s and it seemed like they were always about a highschool girl who is just starting to do grown up stuff, dinner dates and wearing something fancy while not really knowing what to do, haha. the combination of the boyfriend-style cardigan and those chanel flats did it for me!”

congratulations to ashley and iris! and no worries if you didn’t win this time, there will be plenty more opportunities to win great prizes thanks to the sponsors of calivintage. what’s more, anja is hosting a similar contest of her own over at the clever nettle blog. so check it out, create a few more polyvore collages, and enter for a chance to win a $1000 gift card!
and don’t forget that clever nettle is also offering you a 15% discount on your order through september 7. just enter the code “calivintage” in the note to seller and you’ll be refunded through paypal.
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last days of the bike tour

calivintage: end of the bike tour
as i mentioned, i had just a few last pictures from the end of the bike tour. unfortunately, we have less epic photos from the last two days because we remembered that we brought a flip cam to take videos, so the still photography took a back seat to our amateur videography. i guess that means you can expect to see a little wrap up video once i actually upload them all and take the time to edit them!
so here are just a few shots from the last two days of the ride. on day 7, we rode from kirk creek to san simeon state beach. and on day 8, we rode from san simeon to our final destination in san luis obispo. from there, we hopped on a bus and a train back to the bay area and said goodbye to the last few days of summer. it was a really wonderful trip touring the california coastline from half moon bay to san luis obispo. i have another roughly 235 miles under my belt, and tons of new memories to cherish forever.
tank: outlier ultrafine merino wool tank courtesy of outlier
sweater: smartwool
pants: women’s daily riding pants courtesy of outlier
sunglasses: rayban round wayfarers
calivintage: bike trip day 7
a very foggy morning leaving the kirk creek campsite.
calivintage: end of the bike tour
calivintage: end of the bike tour
elephant seals along the san simeon shoreline!!!
calivintage: end of the bike tour
country roads on the way to san luis obispo.
calivintage: end of the bike tour
riding through geranium fields on the way to san luis obispo.
calivintage: end of the bike tour
the last stop. riding our bikes to the train station on our way home.
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back to school!

calivintage: back to school
yes, it’s true. even at the age of 27, it’s back to school time for me! which means i still get to have fun pulling together a classic look to start the fall semester, even if i’m only taking one evening course. this is especially nice because i just scored this cute vintage skirt at a shop over the weekend and i was aching to try it out with my recently acquired vintage hat. they’re two pieces that i already know are going to have heavy rotation in my wardrobe over the next couple of months. in fact, i’ve found myself focusing a lot on gathering a good collection of basics like high denier opaque tights and cardigans in a multitude of colors for layering as the weather gets cooler and cooler.
i have to say, the changing of the seasons is bringing me a lot of delight this time around. the feeling of transition is good for my head and it helps me to focus on the transformations going on both in the world and in my own life. that’s pretty cheesy, but i guess that’s just my mood these days!
hat: vintage wool hat from mars mercantile
blouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse
skirt: vintage pleated skirt from mars mercantile
shoes: seychelles platform clogs
bag: thrifted vintage coach satchel
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calivintage: back to school
calivintage: back to school
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win $45 to clever nettle in this fall contest!

enter for a chance to win a $45 store credit to clever nettle!
this week, we’re back with our regularly scheduled giveaways to offer you the opportunity to win a $45 store credit to clever nettle vintage. this beautiful shop is run by the lovely anja louise out of portland, oregon, where she travels by bike scouring the land for vintage treasures. i have been a huge fan of her shop and blog for a long time now, so i’m especially happy that she is a sponsor this month and is offering you a chance to win some cool vintage duds.
see something you like? clever nettle would also like to offer you a 15% discount to the shop through september 7! just enter the code “calivintage” in the note to seller at checkout to be refunded after purchase.
and we’ve got a fun twist this time! anja has uploaded a bunch of her shop inventory into this collection on polyvore and we’d love to see how you would style up some of her beautiful vintage pieces for fall.

to enter:
create a polyvore collage representing your fall inspiration using any item(s) from the clever nettle collection and post the url to your collage in the comments section below! we’ll select two winners on september 3rd to win a $45 store credit to clever nettle vintage!
this contest is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. if your profile doesn’t link to your contact information, be sure to provide your e-mail address so we can contact you if you’re a winner!
THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. TO SEE THE WINNERS, CLICK HERE.
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