summer whites

calivintage + margu

we’re stepping into a heat wave over here. a 107 degree high in the middle of june. it’s kind of a bummer, but it’s the perfect time for me to throw on my new matching set by margu! it’s made of a breezy cotton silk blend with a subtle woven stripe, and i can’t think of anything better to wear in such hot weather. and you know how much i love a good matching set. wear together, mix and match. i have a feeling that i’ll be getting a lot of use out of both of these pieces for the rest of the season.

if you aren’t familiar with margu, she makes the best selection of feminine, vintage-inspired womenswear! based in fayetteville, arkansas, designer emily delong designs, cuts, and sews each garment by hand using sustainably-sourced natural textiles. she makes  an especially perfect fit and flare dress in a bunch of different fabrics and colors in addition to easy separates and a wrap dress that i can’t get out of my mind!

shop margu

wearing:
margu regatta top and sawyer pants
maryam nassir zadeh palma low
steven alan bryce sunglasses in peach crystal
natalie joy arc + line earrings
only child cardiff work coat
vintage woven handbag

calivintage + margu

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enter to win $250 to curator sf!

calivintage + curator sf

since becoming a mother, i get a lot of questions from people about how to dress post-baby. having a kid can really affect your wardrobe, particularly if you’re breastfeeding. the solution is usually to wear jeans and a t-shirt or some other simple combination, so you can pull up your shirt to feed the baby. but sometimes, i really miss wearing a dress! the new uma dress by curator is the perfect solution. what i love is that it isn’t exclusively a “maternity” or “nursing” garment– anyone can wear it. it’s just a really comfy caftan style dress with a hidden zipper up the front. perfect for before, during, and after pregnancy. a versatile dress that meets a lot of needs for a lot of different people. and it comes with a self belt, which i wore a few different ways in the photos, making it even more fun to play around with.

and so, for all you mamas and mamas-to-be, we’ve decided to give away $250 to curator! so you can pick this or anything else from the shop! everything is designed, cut, and sewn in the bay area. and they have a ton of comfortable, wearable clothes to choose from!

to enter, visit this instagram post! and get 20% off your order with code “calivintage” now through june 14!

wearing:
uma dress courtesy of curator
metronome earrings courtesy of curator
maryam nassir zadeh palma low sandals (<– get $20 off your first order at garmentory with my link)
vintage woven handbag
garrett leight wilson sunglasses

calivintage + curator sf
calivintage + curator sf
calivintage + curator sf
calivintage + curator sf
calivintage + curator sf

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talking montessori with noble carriage

noble carriage interview with calivintage

wanted to stop in today to share that i was interviewed for the noble carriage blog and talked about how we do montessori at home. it’s a bit of a departure from my usual outfit posts and home decor posts, which was a little scary for me at first, but i’m really glad with how the photos came out and i hope you enjoy getting a little glimpse into our daily lives. of course toddler tantrums have been edited out, but other than that, it’s a pretty accurate picture of how we live.

my very talented neighbor yvette came over to shoot the photos, so i decided to share some of my favorite images (including a few that didn’t make the cut), but you should definitely head on over to the blog to read the interview and see the full feature!

noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage

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nanushka spring 2017

calivintage - nanushka spring 2017

i know we’re kind of getting midseason over here, but with summer vacation upon us, i’m just getting started! the spring 2017 collection by nanushka has been popping up in my pinterest feed lately, and i love it so much! the brand had never really been on my radar before, but it was started in 2005 by designer sandra sandor and has grown to over 30 countries worldwide. so it’s about time that they caught my attention! all of the collections are designed in budapest and produced in europe.

the latest collection really caught my eye because it has this very fun, touristy vibe to it. it’s playful, yet still sophisticated with lots of interesting and offbeat elements. it’s the type of wardrobe i wish i could pack for my imaginary summer getaway. probably my favorite piece is the woven dana dress above, and i’m also really enjoying the straw hats and wicker handbags for that fun and carefree vibe.

shop nanushka here

calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017
calivintage - nanushka spring 2017

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a fireplace before & after with true value

calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value

another little space in our house is coming together! i never say a project is “finished” because there are always improvements to be made, but i’m feeling pretty good about this transformation. if you take a quick scroll past the text, you’ll see what i mean. that photo down there is what it looked like the day we moved in. dirty brown carpet, heavy drapes, cheesy sconces, hotel room artwork. the fireplace was boarded up with a really hideous screen leaning up against it. when it was on the market, i’m sure some people took one look at this living room and turned right around, but i knew that it was just a matter of cosmetics. all it really took was a couple of days work. we peeled away that dirty carpet to reveal the original 1920s hardwood floors, we switched out the light fixtures, added our own decor, and slapped on a fresh coat of paint.

and today i’ve teamed up with true value to share my experience choosing the perfect shades of white for your home. but before i go too far on the subject, i do need to preface this by saying that it is nearly impossible to photograph white and get an accurate depiction. i tried to get as close of an approximation as possible with these photos, but the only way for you to truly see what these colors look like is to get some samples and paint your walls! it even took me a few different tries mixing different shades of white to land on something that i really loved. so if you’re on the hunt, i’ve done a little bit of the legwork for you.

the walls are my absolute favorite shade of white. it is the true value easy care ultra premium flat interior in swiss coffee. the color was actually first recommended to me by my house painter and it is a standard shade that it available though many different brands. but it is still a standout choice and my personal favorite for my home. it’s a really great neutral white that isn’t too stark and clinical or too dark and yellow. it gives you that perfect scandinavian vibe– a nice soft white that serves as a clean backdrop for your decor. if you’ve ever had trouble with whites looking too blue or too dingy, then this color will be like a breath of fresh air.

it’s not as noticeable in the photos, but for the trim, i went with a slightly warmer shade of white– true value easy care ultra premium satin interior in sand dollar. i was going for more of a traditional look with this choice because i think it goes well with my 1920s home. i like it because it’s a nice creamy vanilla shade that helps to give just a little bit of dimension and depth without jumping out at you or competing with the decor. it just looks like it belongs. i actually had to go through quite a few different shades to land on this one, so i’ll share what i learned: look at the undertones of the shade you’re using! i was just plucking colors from the samples that i thought looked nice. but when i got home, they were either too pink or too yellow. i finally figured out that you can actually look at the undertones of the color formula as a guide to help you find a complimentary color. i took a look at the neutral undertones of swiss coffee and it helped steer me in the direction of the right shade to warm things up just a tad.

then it was just a matter of painting! this was the first time i’ve tried true value paints and i was really impressed with how viscous the formulas are. the ultra premium line just came out, and it is a paint and primer in one, so you can literally just slap on a coat or two and you’re done.

details: true value easy care ultra premium flat interior in swiss coffee on the walls and satin interior in sand dollar on the trim, visual comfort right angle sconces in hand rubbed antique brass, rock & pebble ele villa, areawear balancing blocks, vintage rocking chair and throw pillows, kosas home cosuma indoor outdoor kilim rug

calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of True Value. The opinions and text are all mine.

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summer nostalgia with wrangler

calivintage x wrangler

it’s been a few years now since i’ve been back in southern california where i grew up as a kid. and for the first time since i’ve gotten back, i’m finally starting to head out to explore and rediscover some of the beauty out here. it’s easy to get distracted by day-to-day life and forget that i live pretty close to all sorts of fun adventures: i’m a quick drive from the historic route 66, the iconic dinosaurs at cabazon (and hadley’s date shakes!), and a massive expanse of desert including palm springs, joshua tree, the salton sea… so when i feel the urge to get away, it’s just a quick drive down the highway for a major dose of nostalgia and summer fun.

so i headed out this weekend for a little bit of exploration in my new wrangler denim. i’ve partnered with them on the launch of their limited release collection to celebrate their 70th anniversary with styles inspired by designs from the archives. i picked up this classic pair of women’s 70th anniversary flare jeans with a retro screen print tee and cropped denim jacket and felt like i was in a vintage picture postcard stomping through the desert in my 1970s getup. but this is not a drill: these pieces are only available in very limited quantities, and they will sell out fast!

if you’re someone who loves vintage as much as i do, then you know how hard it can be to find the perfect pair of vintage jeans. i feel like i’m always searching, so i get super excited when an iconic brand like wrangler decides to give us a little peek into their archives. i often fantasize about being able to just walk through the vintage vaults of a brand like wrangler just to pick and choose all of my favorite styles from decades past. so of course, i’m pretty excited about this huge 70th anniversary celebration with more limited releases expected throughout the year.

so don’t miss out. shop the wrangler 70th anniversary release and sign-up for email alerts when more of their upcoming limited releases roll out!

calivintage x wrangler
calivintage x wrangler
calivintage x wrangler
calivintage x wrangler

this post is sponsored by wrangler. all opinions expressed are my own.

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papillionaire

calivintage + papillionaire bikes

since i usually write about fashion and home decor, you may not know that i’m also totally into bikes! i don’t ride around nearly as much as i used to, but i still have a growing collection of bikes! once upon a time, i would go on long bicycle tours, and while i hope to do that again some day when the kids are a little older, these days i’m a lot more focused on city bikes. and by city bikes, i mean casual bikes to get around town. i have a really cute mixte frame with slightly more upright geometry, but i have been itching to get back on a road bike, too! so when papillionaire asked me if i’d like to try out a bike, i went straight for their new remi. i love it because it reminds me of some of the vintage road bikes i used to ride around on back in the day, but it’s shiny and new and not quite as clunky as some of those vintage bikes can be!

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lykke wullf spring 2017

calivintage - lykke wullf spring 2017

it’s funny, just last week i was talking about how i try not to pay too much attention to trends, but the flipside is that sometimes i feel like my style can be so very reserved. which is why i’m finding myself so drawn to these fun looks from the lykke wullf spring 2017 collection. i’ve been an admirer of the brand for the past several seasons, but just barely placed my first order. i decided to take a risk and go a little bit out of my comfort zone with these linen ruffle pants! because sometimes you need to have a little fun with things, and that’s exactly what la-based designer jemma swatek serves up.

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sotela co.

calivintage + sotela co.

at home. for whatever reason, i always forget that i can share photos of me in my natural habitat haha. if i think about it for a minute, i realize that i probably spend a lot more time at home than the average person. i work in the mornings while adam is at school, so you’ll usually find me enjoying my coffee and then getting to work at the computer. after school, it’s the lunchtime routine with adam and edie, then usually a mix of kid time and household stuff. it’s rather unglamorous, but i’d like to think i do it with style. since i spend so much time at home looking at these walls, i spend a good amount of that time planning, arranging, rearranging, trying to make it a pleasant space for me and the kids. there’s always more work to be done (which can be infuriating), but we’ve also come such a long way since we first moved in two years ago.

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