the emmaljunga

since adam was born, i’ve posted a few pictures of my emmaljunga pram on instagram. a lot of people have expressed some interest in it, so i thought i’d share a bit more about it. it’s vintage, so i always kind of awkwardly ramble on whenever people ask me where i got it. “oh, it’s vintage. it’s by this swedish company called emmaljunga. actually, i don’t know how to pronounce it. um… they’re kind of hard to find in the states. i found it on craigslist…? eh?”

then cue the eye rolls because i know that everything that just came out of my mouth totally sounded like something a very pretentious cartoon character would say. ok, i’m dramatizing. i usually have very nice, friendly conversations about it, even if some people think i look a little silly with it. i just always knew that i wanted one of these slick, european strollers. even before i knew i wanted to have kids, it wasn’t hard to conjure up some romantic fantasy of myself being that mother, the one who always seems to look so effortlessly pulled together while strolling down the sidewalk with her fashionable baby or whatever.

so when it came time to actually start looking for baby stuff, i knew that i would have some challenges resolving the idea i had in my head of all the cool stuff i wanted, and the reality of having a budget and not being able to just buy whatever fancy toys they sell in fantasyland. i would browse the aisles in the big box stores kinda cringing at the baby stuff in all of it’s bright plastic glory. yeah, i know it’s about the kid, but let’s be real: babies would be perfectly happy playing with trash all day if you let them. buying stuff for them is just as much about your own preferences as it is about the practicality of it. and yeah, i admit that i’m picky.

enter the emmaljunga. it’s a swedish brand that’s been family owned and operated since 1925, having the distinction of being the oldest pram manufacturer in europe. i looked into buying a new one, but i was disappointed to see that the modern styles had been updated and were a little too “sport utility” for me. that coupled with their rarity in the u.s. market and an astronomical price tag, and i knew it was going to be a hunt.

but who can resist the thrill of the hunt? i started scouring ebay, craigslist, and etsy several months before i was due. they don’t pop up often, and when they do, they’re usually not in the world’s best condition. the fabric might be faded or ripped in some tiny spot, or else there would be a pram with no seat attachment, blah blah. i even found the perfect one, only to have the seller, suddenly struck with nostalgia, pull out of our craigslist deal at the last second.

but after months of determined searching, i found her. i don’t know the year, but it’s a viking model if you’re interested in sleuthing around. she’s a beautiful navy blue buggy perched atop a shiny chrome chassis (with suspension for a smooth ride). when adam was a teensy little guy, i would gently lay him in the bassinet while he was napping and cautiously stroll him around the neighborhood. then once he was old enough to sit up, i detached the bassinet and replaced it with the equally pretty, upright and adjustable seat. i bought it from a woman who had pushed around two of her now-adult children in it, and kept it in pristine condition because it was a top-of-the-line purchase at the time. and now i, too, get to push him around in it feeling every bit the glamorous mother that i always wanted to be. at least until he starts to cry…




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smock by mohawk general store

los angeles-based retailer mohawk general store has just released their first line of womenswear, and i think i’m in love. as described on their website, smock is a small collection of “easy-to-wear, seasonless staple pieces designed and made locally in los angeles.” i think every wardrobe is best built around a really sold foundation, and to me, these cool, breezy basics are ideal. i love that they have a slightly nautical vibe to them: breton stripes, light chambray, crisp white, and navy. but what really elevates these pieces are the interesting shapes and silhouettes. just interesting enough to stand out on their own.

photos courtesy of mohawk general store.











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shop calivintage!

old habits die hard. as is the case with my latest vintage collection. i shop primarily for myself, but after heading out on the hunt for vintage treasures to build my new wardrobe, i somehow ended up with enough new pieces to open up my shop again! i’ve been really focused on easy basics in neutral colors and natural fibers like linen, cotton, silk, and leather. so i asked my new pal and neighbor melissa sonico if she’d be interested in modeling a few looks for the re-launch of my shop. i’m really excited about how the first round turned out, and i can’t wait to add more to the shop. definitely take a look and let me know if there are any particular vintage items you’re on the hunt for. i can keep an eye out for you!

not only that, but i actually have a ton more to list! i’ve got a massive collection of new clothes from my personal wardrobe that i plan to list for very reasonable prices, and i’ll be slowly adding them into a special sale section of the shop in the coming weeks. and after that, i’ll be introducing more fall-appropriate vintage pieces. but don’t fret, because i’ll list all of my updates here and on my social media channels so you don’t miss anything.

so what are you waiting for? head on over and shop calivintage!




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wallflower giveaway!

ooh, you guys are super lucky today! it’s been a while since i’ve hosted a giveaway, so i’m especially excited to announce that i’ve partnered up with wallflower, a new san francisco-based boutique specializing in vintage clothing, home decor, and other treasures for the modern girl. seeing the lovely photos of the boutique makes me feel a little nostalgic for my old stomping grounds in the bay area! but fortunately for me (and anyone who doesn’t live in sf), she has an equally lovely online shop. and for this week’s giveaway, owner victoria nicoll has handpicked a beautiful selection of items for you to win. i’m currently decorating my bedroom, so i’m a teensy bit jealous of the gal who scores this awesome little set because i think it would be perfect on my bedside table! the winner will receive:

1 pf candle co. summer breeze candle
1 etta & billie horchata soap
1 air plant crystal (each selection is one-of-a-kind, winner will receive the one pictured above)
1 nature’s coaster

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the giveaway ends on tuesday, august 29 at 11:59pm PST. to enter, simply use the widget below!

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outfit: tourist

today i decided to pay homage to the tourist. it’s been a month since i moved back to my childhood home of redlands, ca. and while most of that time has been spent getting myself situated in our new place and settling in to a new routine, it’s also been a fun opportunity to look at this place with new eyes. yes, i spent half of my life here, but back then i was just a kid. i could hardly appreciate where i was living because i had no other perspective to measure against. then, when i was a teenage, i spent all of my time hating everything and counting down the days until i could move away. i wasn’t strolling along appreciating all of the old historic landmarks or extolling the virtues of such a family-friendly community. so it’s been kind of fun to play the tourist and to revisit all of my old haunts with a fresh perspective on the place. so since i was trying to conjure up the touristy vibe, i decided to hike up the hemline on my overalls for a bit of a geeky look. and the round bag looks kinda like a canteen, which speaks to a certain practicality while trekking around in new lands.

wearing:
fall 2013 overalls courtesy of family affairs
everlane box cut tee
kork-ease ava wedges
benah for karen walker bag
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker




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mayflower supply summer 2014

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the new mayflower supply summer 2014 look book is out! and to be honest, i’m super stoked because i’m not even close to being ready for summer to be over. august is the hottest month of the year here, so despite the fact that retailers are pushing pre-fall and back-to-school, i’m right in the middle of my summer and i’d like to enjoy it, thanks! and i’m glad that shop owner liz hull was feeling the same way, because these vintage pieces are feeling pretty much perfect for finishing off these hot summer days. head on over to the shop for more hand-selected vintage goodness!

photography by elizabeth weinberg, stylisg by liz hull, modeled by emily twombly

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adam: 27 weeks

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i can’t get over putting little hats on this boy. my mom picked up this straw fedora on sale at gap, and we’d been waiting months for it to finally fit his head! this picture makes me think of adam’s namesake and my great-grandfather, juan urzua roque. i always remember him in a straw hat similar to this one. and a simple button up shirt, as old men will wear. my great-grandpa had very strong mayan features, and we could actually see this very slight resemblance in adam when he was born. it’s hard to say who he’ll actually take after, but it’s fun to see little glimpses of similarities from different family members.

also, he is making the most ridiculous face, haha. i was actually snapping his photo on my iphone and got this cute shot before i decided i should probably memorialize it with a better camera. of course by then he wasn’t too interested in waiting around for me to get a good shot anymore.

wearing: gap hat, denim shirt from swapdom, koala baby leggings.

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clare v. fall 2014

after getting my first clare vivier bag earlier this year (the messenger tote, which i coveted for years before finally purchasing), i can’t seem to get enough of this l.a.-based designer. so it’s really no surprise that i went all gaga over the fall 2014 lookbook, which they’ve been uploading onto pinterest over the past couple of weeks. i love all of her stand-by classics in a wide array of colorways in addition to the fun printed clutches and totes. there’s an elegant ease to her designs, and i like that she doesn’t feel the need to go overboard with logos and hardware like many handbags companies do. that coupled with the very cool styling and beautiful photography, and i’m sold!

photography by stella berkofsky for clare v.
















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indigo diary

last week, my mom came into town and we embarked on a fun summer project: indigo dyeing! as i mentioned in my last post, my mom was an elementary school art teacher (among other things) for a long stretch of my childhood, and one of the benefits was that our summers were filled with arts and crafts projects. she would test out new projects on us, or give us the leftovers from previous classes. as a kid, i had a pretty large repertoire of crafty skills including fiber and basket weaving, paper making, crochet, rug hooking, cross-stitch, sewing, etc. so you’d better bet that it was a nostalgic event for us to set up shop with adam watching closely nearby.

it all started a couple of months ago, when i started hitting up the local thrift stores on the hunt for new pieces to fit into my wardrobe. i needed new clothes in easy, washable fabrics that would be practical enough to wear while taking care of adam. i didn’t want to spend too much money because i was experimenting with new styles, and i was still losing the baby weight. not exactly the time to be investing in super expensive pieces. and going to thrift stores turned out to be a pretty fun little outing for me with the baby in tow. i would wear him in a carrier and bounce him to sleep while i scoured the racks.

but old habits die hard. before i knew it, i was deep in the throes of my thrifting addiction.  i almost immediately began unearthing all sorts of pretty silks, cottons, linens. themes started to emerge, i started finding multiples, i could even divide my spoils into different colorways. and as usual, a lot of it wasn’t quite my size or wasn’t exactly what i was looking for, but i just couldn’t stop myself from picking them up. i told my mom that i probably already had enough pieces for a small vintage collection, and that perhaps it was time to open up my shop again (more on that later).

my mom, of course, is my enabler. she’s the woman who taught me about the joys of thrifting. telling her this information was all she needed to start her own thrifting frenzy. they clearly have some amazing thrift stores out in arizona, because after a month or so, she’d amassed a collection of her own. and, of course, it was her suggestion that we try indigo dyeing some of the stuff she’d found in odd colors like grass green or saturated pink. stuff that i wouldn’t have considered, but that would be pretty cute in a nice, deep shade of my favorite color.

so we pulled together our masses of thrifted goodies and embarked on our dyeing experiment. i mostly wanted to over-dye some lighter denim pieces, and to play around with how the dye would turn out on an array of different colored fabrics. but once we had all the dye in a tub, i figured i might as well try a few shibori techniques as well. i didn’t share any pictures, but my mom also had some fun dyeing vintage linens, doilies, and hand towels.

i won’t dare try to outline the directions for how to do all of this, mostly because you can easily google plenty of really detailed instructions on the subject. so instead, here are some photos of the process (which we did over the course of three days in the sweltering heat) along with some of our results. now that i’ve tried it out and seen how it all works, i’m already itching to try new techniques. i really want to try my hand at marbling next time!
















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momcore

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since having my baby earlier this year, i’ve been jokingly referring to my style as momcore. i was laughing when i bought a pair of mom jeans because i was like, well duh, i’m a mom now. and it’s pretty convenient that your mom in the ’90s is now serving as fashion inspiration because, well frankly, that’s a pretty convenient point of reference for my current lifestyle. but all joking aside, i am totally wearing a “mom outfit” today. the dress is by loyal hana, a clothing line designed for nursing mothers. and my art teacher-chic necklace is by mama and little, made with silicone beads for the sole purpose of being chewed on by a teething baby.

i’m generally of the set that doesn’t believe you need to specifically buy “maternity” or “nursing” clothes, but i have found myself drawn to some of the new designers out there who are tackling some of the challenges for dressing as a new mom. the dress is designed like any other dress, it just so happens to have two hidden zippers conveniently placed at either side so that i can still wear a little shift dress without having to run off to hide while i hike up my entire dress in an attempt to nurse my baby. the design is kinda perfect. until i got this dress (and another design by au lait), i was stuck with wearing either separates, or dresses with a button front. buttons are ok, but when you’re holding a wiggly baby in your arms all day, those buttons have a tendency to come undone. just picture yourself walking around the grocery store entirely unaware that half your dress is open. it’s happened.

so here i am, channeling my own mom in the ’90s, who also happened to be an elementary school art teacher, and totally would have worn something like this while teaching her students how to basket weave.

wearing:
cybelle nursing dress courtesy of loyal hana
mama and little teresa silicone teething necklace
asos bag
swedish hasbeens braided clogs
jasper sunglasses courtesy of warby parker


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