up and away

it’s been a month since i started using the up system by jawbone, which means it’s time for me to share an update about how it’s been working out. i have to admit that i was a little skeptical about how a simple little bracelet could really do anything for me. i mean, it’s essentially a really fancy pedometer, right? well, yes and no. it records your steps during the day and your sleep at night. but the interesting part is what happens once the data is collected in the up app (which, by the way, you can use to record your information even if you don’t have a bracelet).

when i first put it on, i was a little concerned that it would somehow make me feel bad. i didn’t really know how much i walked in a day or if my activity was up to snuff. and i have a baby and, you know, a life. sometimes these things are out of our control, and the last thing you need to hear is a little voice in your head telling you that you aren’t good enough. but much to my surprise, it’s actually an incredibly helpful tool. instead of telling me that i needed to reach some unachievable goal in order to be healthy, it began recording my activity and smartly creating incremental goals to help me inch towards higher goals. i wasn’t getting enough sleep at night, so it would give me a mini challenge now and again, providing me with a suggested bed time that might help me get the sleep i need to function during the day. it even provides tips and tricks to help you get a better night’s sleep, and links to relevant studies about sleep. i was skeptical that these tiny suggestions would really have an impact, but after a month, i’m actually getting better sleep! for the first time since i started using it, i’ve been reaching 100% (or more!) of my goal.

and even more interesting than that: over time, the data gets smarter. the app started to look for a correlation between how much sleep i get at night and how active i am during the day. and wouldn’t you be surprised to know that since i’ve been getting more sleep, i’ve been way more active during the day? no, i haven’t suddenly become a marathon runner, but i am very surprised to say that a funky little bracelet and a smart little app have actually been helping me to make some pretty positive lifestyle changes. so while my one-month challenge is over, i won’t be giving up on up any time soon.

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playing hooky

i hadn’t really stopped to fully acknowledge it before now, but boy has my life changed over the past year. i mean, i know it goes without saying since i had a baby, quit my day job, and became a full-time caregiver and whenever-i-catch-a-moment freelancer and blogger. i’m really happy that i’m able to pull it off, but i would be lying if i said it wasn’t without it’s challenges. last week, i realized that things were starting to get a little monotonous around here, and that i really needed to shake things up if i wanted to break free from the usual routine and get myself into a better headspace. whether you have a traditional 9-t0-5 or not, sometimes you just gotta play hooky.

so on monday morning, i started things fresh. the night before, i resolved to hide my phone from my bedside so i wouldn’t be tempted to mindlessly stare at that glowing screen until some ungodly hour of the night, a habit that i’m embarrassed to admit was really causing me some major sleep problems. and isn’t it funny how that works? the next morning, it was almost as if that one seemingly tiny change caused this little ripple effect to ever so gently push me through the day unencumbered by my usual routine. instead of checking my emails first thing, which i’m apt to do most mornings, i turned on some music instead and gave my dad a call to invite him on our morning walk around the neighborhood. of course, this meant that when adam drifted off for his morning nap, i wasn’t at my computer to answer endless emails and publish my usual blog post. and i actually felt this little twinge of guilt knowing that i’d shirked off a day of responsibilities, but sometimes that’s exactly what you’ve got to do.

so i’ve been out and about, embracing the last couple of days and enjoying the change of the seasons. on monday, i took adam with his great-grandparents to the pumpkin patch to enjoy the festivities. rows and rows of pumpkins in all colors, a hay maze, a petting zoo, pony rides, and even a little train, all spread out on a little farm complete with dogs lazily roaming around. my 82-year-old grandfather, proudly carrying adam in his arms to show him around. we’ve been to the playground several times just to sit and watch the kids run around, and to push adam on the swings. and i’ve been dutifully keeping my cell phone out of reach, so i’m not tempted to peek at social media in every free moment. i’m already feeling more energized and ready to embrace the coming months, complete with plenty of work, but remembering not to skimp on play.

wearing:
thrifted t-shirt, altered by hand
time zone necklace courtesy of academy jewelry
thrifted vintage linen pencil skirt
peep toe high clogs courtesy of swedish hasbeens
coach bucket bag courtesy of twice
horseshoe ring courtesy of erica weiner
gold scoop ring courtesy of giantlion
up24 courtesy of jawbone (read more about it here)




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jane sews fall 2014

the new jane sews fall 2014 collection is out and i think i’m in love. in fact, i think i’ve found a solution to my new warmer clime: shopping designers in the southern hemisphere! actually, even though jane sews is based in south africa, her focus is really on timeless pieces that are suitable for all seasons. and she really has done just that with her latest collection. i can easily see myself wearing any one of these looks just as they are styled, or switching them out with a pair of ankle boots and a light jacket when the temperatures finally dip.

photos courtesy of jane sews.









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mona fall 2014

as i slowly begin to pull out my fall wardrobe, i’ve been looking to some of my favorite designers for a few bit of inspiration. and the new mona fall 2014 collection, titled “lovers in lisbon” is right up my alley. in contrast to her sugary sweet spring collection, designer moriah hemed has taken a decidedly more mature turn this season with elegantly patterned prints and a cool blue palette. of the collection, she says:

during my honey moon in portugal back in 2010, i took special attention in the unique buildings of lisbon. they took my breath away, all covered with fascinating painted tiles, telling stories in many different colors. one image that didn’t leave my mind ever since is of a black yorkshire sitting at the edge of an amazing blue and white window on a gloomy day. so this collection is all about lovers in love holding hands, making plans and walking through colorful streets made of dreams.”

she still has plenty of dreamy signature frocks, but i’m also enjoying some of her more structured pieces as well. so much so, that i’m actually have a hard time picking a favorite from the bunch! you can shop the collection on her site now.

photography by ifat vercik, styling by anna karpunov, hair and make up by hen zarum, modeled by chen sherer at mc2








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zoë miyori fujii giveaway!

today i am very pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of zoë miyori fujii. this los angeles-based designer creates all of her own original prints and lovingly hand sews each piece in her shop. in addition to this fun picnic print shift dress, she’s created an array of easy tops, skirts, and accessories in all sorts of cute prints! i’ve had this particular dress since the spring, and i love the way the apple red color easily transitions into fall. and today, we are super excited to offer you the chance to win any one item in the shop, valued up to $125!

to enter: simply visit zoë miyori fujii and tell us which item is your favorite in the shop!

the fine print: this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. only one entry per person. winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email after monday, october 13. winner may choose any one item in the zoe miyori fuji shop valued up to $125.

wearing:
poppy picnic print dress courtesy of zoë miyori fujii
vintage oversized denim jacket
swedish hasbeens peep toe high
vintage coach belt bag
rayban round classic sunglasses courtesy of sunglasses shop
up24 courtesy of jawbone (read more about it here)



 

zoë miyori fujii would also like to offer you 15% all orders with code “calivintage15” now through nov. 6!

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watch: advanced style

10_ADVANCED STYLE_Photo Credit to Ari Seth Cohen

the interesting thing about having a blog is that you really only get to see just the teensiest bit of my life and interests. one thing that i very rarely write about, but that is a big part of my life, is film. i have always devoured movies of many genres, from old hollywood films that i watched over and over as a child, to the french new wave and political documentaries that took over my life in my early twenties, to just about everything in between! for years, going to the movies has been a weekly affair for me. so of course, when i found out that ari seth cohen of the advanced style blog was filming a documentary, you know i was first in line to watch it. fashion in film? sign me up!

i was able to wrangle myself an advanced copy of the documentary, so i took it with me on a visit with my grandparents so we could all watch it together. only seems fitting, right? i don’t want to say too much because i don’t want to spoil it for you, but i can easily say that it was a delightfully charming slice of life. besides the incredible characters he followed, i was struck by how new york the film was. i mean, really, where else could you live such a fabulous and colorful life? it honestly made me want to book a flight and head out just to experience it on my own.

it’s currently showing in nyc, but will be continuing to roll out across the country throughout the month. or if you live out in the boonies like me, you can pre-order a digital copy from the advanced style documentary website or on itunes.

 

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isabel wilson fall 2014

isabel wilson first caught my attention last season with a beautiful spring collection filled with fresh, bright colors and trippy water prints. with a background in textiles, it’s no wonder that she has a serious talent for design. and if last season was all about the prints, then her fall 2014 collection is all about texture. of the collection, she says she focused more on complex knitted structures and kept the color palate very simple. the result is a beautiful collection filled with luxurious wool coats, thick knits, textured prints, and the most adorable fringed crop top that i need in my life like right now. that paired with an easy color palette of black, grey, and navy and just the perfect hints of a bold, dark red, are really making me excited for when the temperatures finally drop!

photos courtesy of isabel wilson.






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need supply highland punk

i’ve long been a fan of need supply, and i’m telling you, their lookbooks just get better and better! last month they put out their latest, titled “highland punk,” and it’s really got me in the mood for fall.

from o’keefe and her west to viv westwood and her brash old world, there’s something about a pioneering lady whose art is intimately connected to its place. this is harsh highlands and santa fe chic remixed via l.a. and london for a new street.

it’s been a long while since i’ve been attracted to plaid, but these mixed tartans are really doing it for me. especially in a pared down color palette with just the right punch of dark red mixed with moody neutrals. you can shop the entire lookbook right here.

photos courtesy of need supply.









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giveaway: enter to win $150 to rebecca mir grady!

today i am pleased to announce my latest giveaway courtesy of rebecca mir grady. she’s just released her fall 2014 collection, and it’s absolutely beautiful. as always, she’s dedicated to offering the best jewels, all hand-made using reclaimed sterling silver, 14k gold, and ethically-sourced stones. she’s only in her third season, and she’s already been named a 2014 martha stewart american made award finalist, and for good reason! i own one of her rings and you’ll be hard-pressed to find me without it! i’m only showing a small selection of what’s available, but there are plenty more pretty jewels to choose from in the shop, and i’m beyond excited that she’s generously offering the opportunity to win a $150 gift card!

to enter: simply visit rebecca mir grady and tell us which piece of jewelry is your absolute favorite in the comment section below.

the fine print: this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. only one entry per person. winner will be randomly selected and contact via email after tuesday, october 7.






rebecca mir grady is also offering 20% off all orders with code “calivintage20fall” now through october 7!

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