merci milo $200 giveaway!

i know i don’t always write many posts about my kids, but edie just celebrated her third birthday (how?!), so i decided to partner up with my favorite toy shop, merci milo, to give away a $200 gift card! we’ve been shopping there since shortly after they opened their first los angeles location in highland park, and the kids’ toy collection has never been better! this tiny shop has the best selection of toys, hands down. and not to worry, if you don’t live in the la area, the entire selection is also available online.

we shopped there for edie’s birthday this year, so i thought i’d share some photos of our current three-year-old kid favorites, which mainly revolve around this little ollie ella holdie house and her collection of maileg mice. also photographed in no particular order: holztiger wooden animal toys, melissa and doug take along horse stable set, ollie ella holdie single bed set, living room set, and dining room set, sweetheart doll, ollie ella mini luggy, maileg kitty, maileg little hedgehog with leaf, melissa and doug wooden cutting fruit set, wooden box car set.

click here to enter our $200 merci milo toy shop giveaway!

and if you’ve never been to the shop, a little tour inside!

click here to enter our $200 merci milo toy shop giveaway!


a gravel & gold photo shoot (and a giveaway)!

a few weeks ago, i had the pleasure of meeting up with photographer morgan austerweil for a quick photo shoot at the iconic noguchi gardens. i packed up my car and drove through the most beautiful superbloom, watching the painted ladies flutter past the highway, and pulled in to the gardens set right in the middle of a corporate plaza in orange county. the sun was shining bright and the wind was blowing hard. it was a nice little refrain from the usual routine and a fun opportunity to play dress-up in a few different styles from the gravel & gold spring 2019 collection. fun fact: i used to live a couple of blocks from their san francisco brick & mortar shop before they opened their doors. and i remember going back to visit after they opened and purchasing this  tunic dress from possibly their first collection?

but i really can’t take credit for any of this work! morgan took the reigns in planning the entire thing, and i’m just feeling so lucky to have played the tiniest role in bringing this shoot together. for the collection, gravel & gold collaborated with artist claire gallagher on their picnic print, which you really need to see up close to appreciate. it’s just so fun and pretty and unexpected! my favorite piece was definitely that cute little romper. so feast your eyes on some photos and then get ready for a giveaway…

head on over to this post on my instagram feed to enter to win $185 to gravel & gold!

the rancho romper in picnic and the sorrell dress in picnic

the forti dress in sunset

the rancho romper in picnic (my personal favorite!)

the rush jumpsuit in sunset and the forti dress in sunset

the sorrell dress in picnic and tote

spring dresses

as much as my wardrobe has shifted focus toward practical separates, the beginning of spring always gets me really excited for easy dresses. this year in particular, i’ve already collected a wide assortment of dresses just waiting for the warmer weather. lucky for me, a heatwave hit us and it was literally 90 degrees the day i took these pictures! this style of dress is a little bit of a departure from my usual style, yet someone feels so perfectly “me.” when i pulled it on, i almost felt like it had always been in my wardrobe, or at the very least, something that was sorely missing from my wardrobe before i got it! i spend so much time thinking about durability and practicality that sometimes i forget the pure joy of just slipping into a dress and feeling the movement, the texture of the fabric against my skin. and this dress in particular is made from a beautiful deadstock fabric sourced in los angeles, a blend of super soft tencel and organic cotton! designed and sewn in st. louis, supporting ethical work conditions and fare wages. so you have more than one reason to feel good about it. if you haven’t ordered from them before, or if you haven’t taken a look at their latest garments, then go check it out!


use code CALIVINTAGE for 15% off at fauxgerty!


oh, and before i leave, let’s talk about their hats! i had to include a shot of the woven straw hat (also worn here). it’s been my go-to so far this spring, and what i love is that you it comes with a removable and replaceable hat band, or you can wear it without one. i kinda flipped it up at the brim and love that i can basically wear it any time, whether i’m gardening outside or heading to a brunch date.

the fiona dress courtesy of fauxgerty
clare v. pot de miel bag (use this link for $25 off your first order)
zouxou eugenia flat in black 
woven straw hat courtesy of fauxgerty

use code CALIVINTAGE to get get 15% off at fauxgerty!

everlane denim drops: edition two

oh hello again. i’m wearing the exact same shirt two days in a row. i have a tendency to latch onto clothes and have favorites that i seem to want to wear for days on end, if i can get away with it! so of course, when the new everlane limited edition denim wide leg crop came in the mail, this top just seemed like the perfect match, so here we are! i took them for a monday run to the grocery store and it felt so good to soak up the sun on my walk after such a gloomy winter (for so-cal, at least)!

so here’s the deal with the jeans: everlane has launched a series of limited edition “denim drops,” to be released throughout the year. edition two is the classic wide leg crop in a 100% cotton premium japanese denim. they’re only making super-limited quantities, and they’re only available to those who sign up for the waitlist. so now is your chance to sign up, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

having worn these twice already, i can tell you now that they are worth it for the denim alone, even if you find that you need to get an alteration here or there. i ordered my usual size and tossed them in the washer and dryer to get a little bit of shrinkage because i felt they ran slightly large. they’re definitely a style that you can size down in if you prefer something more fitted, but they’re also nice in a slightly more relaxed fit. it definitely just comes down to preference. the rise is high at 11.5″, but not suuper high like some of my 13″ rise jeans. for reference, i’m 5’5″ so they’ll be cropped if you’re about average in height, but looking at them, i think they would be really cute if you let down the hem and wore them with a raw edge if you’re on the taller side or just wanted a bit more length. either way, they’re a really great casual option, especially if you’ve been on the fence about trying higher rise denim, but don’t want to go too extreme.

elizabeth suzann linen petra crop
everlane limited edition denim wide leg crop (click the link to sign up for the waitlist)
clare v. petit alistair in cuoio (get $25 off your first order here)
mari giudicelli leblon mules

sign up for the everlane denim drop: edition two, the denim wide leg crop!



and just like that, it’s spring! so i’m shedding my layers and prancing about in this skin that hasn’t seen the sun in months. it feels good. i’ve been tending to my garden, which is something that my mom always did when i was a kid growing up, but nothing i’ve ever tried on my own. mainly because i’ve never had a yard! but we’ve been living in our house for almost four years now, and between moving-in, having another kid, massive renovations… i hadn’t gotten to that big patch of dirt until now. so perhaps it’s fitting that the first springy look i’m sharing this year has a bit of a utilitarian vibe. the straw hat for sun protection, a fanny pack for easy access. but fashion, so you know, a crop top and a high rise skirt with these mules that i think i’ve pulled out of my closet for the third year in a row?

and this is a pretty solid example of how i’ve been dressing most days lately. easy separates, so that i can swap out whatever bottoms i’m wearing with an old pair of levis so i can head out to take care of my baby plants. but also some really cool brands that are worth sharing. if you follow my blog, then you probably already know about elizabeth suzann, they have a pretty solid reputation for their approach towards garments, from their design to their made-to-order production in their nashville studio. this simple linen tank top is something that i wear year-round as a base layer in the cooler months beneath wool sweaters, or on it’s own when the weather is pleasant. this straw hat was created by my friends at fauxgerty, a st.louis-based brand dedicated to sustainability and the environment. i’ve been working with them on an ongoing bases and will be sharing some new designs very soon!

but one brand that you may not have heard of is label by three. though their selection is small, this arizona-based brand caught my eye with their beautiful product photography featuring a variety of models, so you can really get an idea of both their design philosophy and commitment to creating clothing for all sizes and all people. not only that, but as a mexican woman myself, it’s also incredibly inspiring and uplifting to see a fashion business run by women of color, dedicated to sustainability and versatility. this skirt and everything in their current collection is on sale to make way for new stock, so if you were on the fence, now is the time to snag something!

fauxgerty woven straw hat
elizabeth suzann petra crop
label by three vela skirt in black
vintage leather fanny pack
maryam nassir zadeh mules

super awesome springtime giveaway!

hello, hello! springtime is here, we’re all lifting ourselves out of the winter funk, and i’m back with a fresh giveaway in partnership with my pals at reifhaus. we’ve teamed up with an incredible group of talented designers to offer you the opportunity to win this super mega awesome springtime gift! what’s up for grabs? everything you see in the squares above:

luz ortiz daily hoops
seaworthy arium ring
vincetta studio silk cocoon caftan
rosebud cbd bath set
botanica workshop organic cotton undie set
megan huntz fine arts sweatshirt
reifhaus lani wrap pants

to enter, simply click here and fill out your name and email!

and follow all of the brands in this instagram post for additional entries!

public goods launches food!

you’ve already heard me sing praises about public goods. so you won’t be surprised that i’m back today because i’m super excited about their latest foray into (drum roll, please…) FOOD! so far, 2019 is definitely the year of the house for me, which has been especially challenging thus far because i still can’t share the results of our big renovation project! but i can show some of what’s been cooking… literally, in the kitchen. we got our first sampling of some of the new public goods food offerings just in time for the rainiest of weekends. rather than run out to the store, i reached into the cabinets for the basics: a crusty loaf of bread dipped in organic olive oil and vinegar, a flavorful tortellini soup made with chunks of italian sausage topped with hot sauce and a side of organic crackers, and a piping cup of organic coffee to top things off. just the types of items you keep in the pantry for a rainy day.

i’ve already talked a little bit about how it works, but the easiest comparison is that it’s basically like costco. you pay an annual membership fee of $59/year (starting with a 30-day free trial so you can decide whether or not you like it), and have access to the all of the goods at direct-to-consumer prices. i was skeptical at first because i’m always skeptical of anything that requires a membership, but what really sold me was their home goods like reusable cotton mesh produce bags, eco-friendly detergents and cleaners, wool dryer balls, etc. but their latest addition of (mostly) organic foods is just as exciting! it’s so expensive to nab these types of pantry items, so i’m always interested in where i can catch a deal.

use code CALIVINTAGE for a free tote bag with your public goods order!

or use this link to sign up and get $20 off your first order!

garlic habanero hot sauce

tortellini dried soup mix

balsamic vinegar

extra virgin olive oil

thin wheat crackers

organic ground coffee

enter to win $250 to rachael harrah!

back to the blog after a lot of time off, and i’m so excited to be announcing my latest giveaway with rachael harrah! she designs the dreamiest linen garments, sewn right in los angeles, and her latest launch is this fun pair of overalls! i love the way she styled them with a chambray blouse so much, that i did the exact same thing for my own shoot. what i love about garment like these is that they really are all-season. the weather is still a little chilly most days, so i’ve been pairing them with my trusty babaa cardigans to keep warm. and of course, these will be awesome worn simply over a t-shirt with a pair of sandals when the weather heats up!

to enter to win $250 to rachael harrah, simply visit this post on my instagram and follow the directions to enter!

a new year’s refresh with public goods (and a discount!)

it’s january, everyone is watching tidying up with marie kondo on netflix, and i’ve made one too many jokes about konmari-ing myself within one inch of existence over here. but seriously, the abundance of stuff that comes into our house during the holiday season is enough to make my head spin. i’ve been sorting and organizing and donating as much as i can, just trying to get things to a simpler place so that we’re not all swimming in a sea of junk.

and you wanna know something that always sparks joy for me? pretty packaging. there, i said it haha. but it’s not just about pretty packaging! i really am into substance, and i want both in equal measure. i was introduced to public goods a few months ago, and am head-over-heels for not only the simple design, but their eco-conscious, budget-friendly selection.

they sent me this beautiful sampler of body and skincare products including the cutest refillable glass dental floss dispenser, a classic wood-handled razor, and a little tin of mints for my handbag. these drew me in, but what really kept me was their selection of things like reusable produce bags, eco-friendly cleaners, biodegradable trash bags… they even have hand and bath towels!

the way it works is that it’s a direct-to-consumer subscription service, so with an annual membership (think: costco) you’re able to shop for whatever you need in both personal and home goods without any of the usual retail markups. the products have safe ingredients and clean packaging, perfect for your minimalist home goals in 2019.

use this link to get $20 off your first purchase from public goods, or use code CALIVINTAGE for a free tote bag with your first purchase!

reusable cotton mesh produce bag

organic cotton kitchen towel

castile soap

walnut scrubber sponge

hand soap refill

wool dryer balls

liquid dish soap

dental floss

ayate washcloth

new year’s eve entertaining (with bed, bath, and beyond)!

i know that new year’s eve is often celebrated with over-the-top glitz and glamour– and partying into the wee hours of the morning. but for as long as i can remember, my new year’s eve tradition has been a lot more casual and low key. i mean, i love a good party, but after all of the festivities of the holiday season, i’m usually ready to just relax and unwind with a few close friends and family members. one last warm and cozy gathering before we refresh our palettes and look forward to new beginnings.

and speaking of new beginnings, i don’t know that i’ve mentioned it much, but we just got through a pretty major home renovation a couple of months ago and have yet to show it off! we have some time until the big reveal (more details on that to come), so we’ve been taking it easy and slowly refreshing the decor throughout the house in anticipation of the big day. one of our main goals in renovating the house was to be able to do more entertaining. a lot of my family lives here in town, and we really like having our doors open for family dinners, play dates, impromptu bbqs. so when bed bath & beyond asked me to share some of my tips for new year’s eve entertaining, i was all over it. i’ve basically spent the past 3 years in our house just planning out how to use this space once we were able to invite guests over, even if it is just a casual affair!

my bed bath & beyond NYE checklist:

nambe grove candlesticks (set of 3)

dailyware stempless champagne flutes (set of 4)

libbey glass signature kentfield champagne flutes (set of 4)

godinger hammered stainless steel bar set

artisanal kitchen supply cheese knife set

j.k. adams co. 3-piece appetizer tray set

artisanal kitchen supply acacia footed paddle board

dansk matera napkin in bark

relaxed cotton tablecloth

artisanal kitchen supply edge 20-piece flatware place setting in satin

artisanal kitchen supply edge bowls in linen (set of 3)

artisanal kitchen supply edge dinnerware collection in linen

like i said, i’ve been scheming all of the things i need for entertaining for quite a while, so i felt like a kid in a candy store shopping around at bed bath & beyond. for our new year’s eve gathering, i knew i wanted something that was totally decadent, yet still comfortable and casual. it took a lot of restraint on my part, but i opted to go super neutral with the table settings because i knew that i wanted to add lots of color with bright red peppers, deeply hued pomegranates, glossy black olives, rich cheeses, and fatty meats. i even added vodka and cranberry to the champagne! so for the tableware itself, i decided to stick with neutral colors and luxurious textures: perfectly rumpled napkins and a tablecloth fashioned into a runner, matte dinnerware and bowls, natural wood-grain peeking through the serving boards and trays. and i added a spray of foraged dry florals over the table to add a breath of fresh air to remind us of the coming new year, even when it’s gloomy and cold outside.

as i was shopping for all the perfect pieces, one theme that started to emerge as i started to put my list together? i really love their in-house brand, artisanal kitchen supply. it was a great starting point for me because they have a lot of very on-trend options like marble, wood, and cast iron in really beautiful complimentary color schemes. i decided to go for the linen colorway on the dinnerware and expanded from there. a quick search for cotton and linen came up with beautifully textured napkins. i went for a mix of both classic and stemless champagne flutes. and since we have a lot of mid century furniture in the house, i was even able to find a set of perfectly retro candlesticks to tie things together. i literally didn’t have to step foot into any other shop (besides the grocery store) and my place is now totally holiday ready. if you need your own starting point, they have tons of holiday shops, which include hanukkah, christmas, even halloween all in one destination so you can sleigh the holidays.

this post was sponsored by bed bath & beyond. all content is by calivintage.