fall classics with zappos + clarks


you guys, it’s finally starting to feel like fall! i know my friends in the eastern states have already had a chance to breathe in the crisp autumn air while sipping on pumpkin spice lattes wearing cable knit cardigans, but those of us living in sunny southern california have been experiencing the unique torture of enduring 100 degree weather… in october! so yes, i was a little bit more than excited when i was actually able to step outdoors in closed toe shoes and layers without breaking into a sweat.

and thanks to my latest partnership with zappos + clarks, i was dutifully prepared for the occasion. i was really excited to team up with clarks because i’ve been a fan of the brand since as far back as i can remember. when i was a little girl, i would go with my dad to the local shoe shop where he would buy a new pair of clarks whenever his trusty pair wore out. and later, when i was in my early 20s, i became totally obsessed with the clark’s originals, and still own my favorite remakes of their classic styles from the ’60s and ’70s. the brand has a history spanning all the way back to england is 1825, and i’m pretty much a sucker for anything that has stood the test of time. so i was especially happy to find this cute pair of chelsea boots, the clarks pita sedona, from their new fall collection. i placed my order and they arrived in the mail in exactly two days with free shipping. i am so excited to continue wearing these throughout the season, and for years to come.




glad to give


we may be in the middle of yet another heat wave, but the seasons are changing and it’s officially fall. i’ve been slowly getting into the mood with a few decorations here and there, but more importantly, i’ve been doing a lot of cleaning up and clearing out. hard to believe it, but adam is 21 months now, and he’s just about grown out of all his summer clothes. i’ve even had to say goodbye to many of the baby toys he once loved so much! he’s still occasionally entertained by a rattle or little wooden clutch toy, but i have to face it, my little baby isn’t so little anymore! but having to cycle through new things so frequently while he grows and changes has been a good exercise. it helps me to realize how fleeting these moments truly are, and it reminds me not to get too attached to stuff. our collection of stuff is not what defines us, and once it’s served its purpose, it’s time to move on.

but of course, most of the things that adam has outgrown have barely been used, and still have lots of life left to them! so it was perfect timing when glad asked me if i’d be interested in teaming up for this post, in hopes of inspiring others to donate their gently used goods to those in need. you can visit glad to give to schedule a free donation pickup from a local charity of your choice.




new attitude


remember when we wrote about the new hdh plus collection? well, erica got her hands on the new cole jumper for her very first outfit post, and we are both super excited. but i don’t want to do her talking for her, so here is what erica has to say about her look:

“when i first heard about the collection i was basically counting the days till i could get my hands on a piece. the plus size market is still something that is emerging and it is really exciting to see what designers are starting to offer. hackwith’s mission of creating timeless and special clothes made almost specifically for you is a rare find in a market saturated with the latest trends. when i saw the cole jumper, i knew that it was something i had to try. my sister’s jumper obsession had me intrigued. they offer such versatility and ease of wear.  i had seen a few on the market, but none that called to me or seemed like something approachable.

it was a little intimidating slipping into the jumper for the first time. my mid-section is always a place i tend to cover up with multiple layers – there was no hiding in this garment.  as the moment of truth approached, those tiny little butterflies in my tummy started flapping, the tension was building…. all for me to be over-joyed at the wearability! the fabric draped nicely. i didn’t feel the need to constantly cover my major trouble area. the belt gave me the flexibility to highlight my waist for a more feminine feel. i felt really pulled together with my hair down and a little lipstick. and once i rolled up the sleeves a little and tied up my hair, it felt like one of those great pieces i could throw on to run errands or grab lunch.

overall, i know this piece will become a wardrobe staple.  and i learned a few things along the way. one, no matter what you may think your trouble area is, it’s worth it to take a chance and try something new. if it doesn’t work, hey, at least you tried and you just might be pleasantly surprised. two, for a long time being plus-sized really held me back. i shied away from photos, and limited my time spent in a mall or looking for clothes. shrinking from style instead of embracing it. but doing something out of your norm is always good. life is short, too short for anything to hold you back from living it!”

erica is wearing:
navy cole jumper courtesy of hackwith design house
clare v. kenya bag
sandals found at marshalls



a slightly more casual version of the look. a top knot and rolled sleeves because we shot these pictures in 100 degree weather!





elizabeth suzann fall 2015


oh man you guys, i’m still not back in the swing of things over here, but i had to pop in to belatedly share the elizabeth suzann fall 2015 collection. it’s been out for a little bit now, but we’re just barely getting some cooler days in these parts, so i have only been slowly getting used to the idea of fall clothes. and if i could swathe myself in only one collection this fall, it would probably be this one. i’ve been following elizabeth suzann since her first collection a few years ago (i have her classic vera slip dress that i wear on fancy occasions), and her designs really truly get better and better every season. for fall, there are lots of luxurious textures and interesting silhouettes, which were inspired by louise bourgeois and eva hesse. of the collection, she says,

Some of my favorite artists influenced the Fall/Winter 2015 collection. Texture fascinated these women, who adeptly created tactile sensation through visual art alone. I have always been selective about what fabrics we use, but texture and fiber were driving forces this season. We wanted to use fabrics that are not only incredibly warm and rich, but that intrigue before you even touch them – sheer wool gauze, chunky rib knit, fuzzy woven wools.

The collection was not only shaped by the works of great artists, but also by their lives and the lives of all creatives. I find that an artist’s wardrobe can be so informative. They are aesthetic and visual individuals that also require practicality and function. Deep pockets, easy layering pieces, heavy-weight wools that can stand up to dead-of-winter cold – this collection is our most versatile yet. Structured and architectural pieces can be dressed down and layered, or worn alone for striking simplicity.

my current favorite is the holland pant. apparently they were a popular style because they are already out of stock with more coming soon. i really love the way her variety textures and textiles elevate these simple, yet elegant and very wearable clothes.

shop the full collection here.




summer snapshots


i’ve been a little scarce around these parts lately. sort of a forced “vacation” thanks to a pretty nasty bug that found me spending most of last week stuck in bed! but of course, life has still been moving along as usual. adam has been keeping me thoroughly entertained. he may be hard to keep up with (especially when i’m sick), but it’s fun to watch him grow and learn and play. just about every day he says a new word that i’ve never heard him say, and we have little conversations about trucks or trains or owls or the moon. we picked up a pumpkin at the grocery store and a book about pumpkins at the library and he now incessantly talks about pumpkins. i have a feeling that halloween is going to be especially fun this year.

and now i’m off for a mini 10-year-anniversary celebration with brendan. we basically just took the day off to spend together while adam hangs out at his grandma’s house. it’s a pretty modest celebration for such a big milestone, but we have plans to make up for it soon!



he occasionally lays himself down on the ground like this. it’s also become a really great strategy for passive resistance when he doesn’t want to do something!


here adam decided to draw on me with sidewalk chalk, thanks dude!


contemplating his it’s it ice cream sandwich. they have a new online shop, so they sent this toddler tee to adam as a gift.




late summer


i recently realized something about this blog. i usually only take outfit photos one day of the week, maybe two, which means that i’m actually only sharing 1/7th of what i normally wear on a daily basis. so if i’m not really paying attention, you could end up getting a pretty inaccurate view of what my wardrobe really looks like. case in point? i haven’t shared a single outfit centered around a jumpsuit in months, yet i actually own one for every day of the week. i’m not even kidding! jumpsuits, overalls, rompers, coveralls. they’ve been the foundation of my wardrobe this entire past spring and summer, yet i never seem to pull one on when the camera is around. i have no idea why.

but over the weekend, i did get a few photos of my newest acquisition: this amazing denim jumpsuit, handmade in los angeles by 323. it was one of those perfectly serendipitous finds. seven sisters boutique posted it on their instagram feed, so i reached out to the shop owner jillian to find out more about it. while it isn’t currently available on the site, they do stock it in their brick & mortar shop, or you can reach out by phone or email to place an order. it’s one of those really perfect summer transitional pieces. easy to pair with a t-shirt now, or to layer over a sweater when the temperatures get chilly. i decided to go with some “explorer vibes” for this look. i’ve been accessorizing everything with my ranger hat and bandana lately. makes me feel a bit like indiana jones, haha!

vintage raw silk top
denim jumpsuit courtesy of 323, also available at seven sisters in portland
maryam nassir zadeh roberta heels in navy
brookes boswell ranger hat
self-made indigo dyed bandana





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hdh plus

Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House

last night while browsing through pinterest, i came across the new hackwith design house plus lookbook for fall 2015, and i am super excited!  it could not have come at a better time since i just joined the team here at calivintage earlier this week, and i already have a new collection to write about! both erin and i are dedicated to supporting independent designers, but unfortunately, when it comes to plus size offerings, there are a lot less options out there. so this new collection of minimalist designs is a pretty big deal. not only is the collection a filled with incredibly wearable options, but each piece is hand-sewn in small quantities using high quality fabrics in their design studio in minneapolis.

i love that the focus is on timeless designs that can be worn season after season rather than hitting on whatever is trendy at the moment. they’re the types of clothes that you can use to build the foundation of a really solid, versatile wardrobe. using interesting shoes and accessories, you can create your own unique look. the collection will be available september 21 and lucky me, that’s three days before my birthday!

photographed by eliesa johnson for hackwith design house

Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House
Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for Hackwith Design House

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oh you know, just me wearing yet another vintage dress that i over-dyed with indigo. when i found this dress at the local antique mall, it was kinda sad looking… a dingy white with pastel patchwork that had clearly seen better days. it seemed like the perfect candidate for a refresh in a vat of dye, and i could not be more pleased with the results. it’s always a bit of a gamble when you dye something like this because the dye will only react with natural fibers, but lots of clothes are sewn with polyester thread because it’s less expensive and more durable than cotton. i don’t always mind the contrast stitching that results, but i do really love when an entire piece is transformed into this dark, inky hue.

so yeah, still continuing my love affair with indigo. it’s so easy to just pull on a dress like this and style it with simple, classic pieces. like this straw hat that i’ve worn practically every day this summer. and my clare vivier tote bag. and my new pair of mnz roberta heels. i had been dreaming about these shoes all season long, and i finally decided to take the plunge and get them. i’m really glad that i did because despite the fact that i was afraid they were too tight when i got them, they’ve stretched out nicely and have actually turned out to be really comfortable and practical to wear. and of course now i want them in all of the colors!

vintage dress over-dyed with natural indigo
brookes boswell wakefield in panama straw
clare v. petit kenya bag
maryam nassir zadeh roberta heels in navy suede




good night, day fall 2015


it’s still a bit too warm for knitwear around these parts, but taking a look through the pages of the new good night, day fall 2015 lookbook is getting me in the mood for cooler weather. tara-lynn is constantly coming up with the most beautiful knits in the softest and comfiest yarns. she does all of the work, from sourcing fairly traded natural fibers from south america to designing and knitting each and every order. her focus is on sustainability, and her approach is consciously political. creating handknit, minimalist designs as a positive contribution to the slow fashion movement. as a fashion blogger, it’s something that i think a lot about. increasingly, i chose to spend my dollars on clothes made my independently run businesses like tara-lynn’s. and of course, it doesn’t hurt that all of her work is incredibly beautiful!

her latest lookbook was shot by arden wray and modeled by airin mcguinty and brooke manning with clothing provided by lauren winter.












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the new kid on the block


for the first time since i started the blog way back in 2008, i am very excited to announce that i’m finally adding a new member to the calivintage team! and if she looks familiar, that’s because we both share the same genes! that’s right, it’s my sister, erica! i’ve written about her a few times before, and she’s actually made some behind-the-scenes appearances on my blog. most notably, she helped me out with a series of family recipe posts and holiday d.i.y. projects. but today, she’s officially joining calivintage to share plus size style tips and to help me expand my little vintage shop. in particular, she’ll be helping me to increase my plus size vintage offerings and helping to introduce housewares to the shop.

i am so incredibly excited to have her onboard with me, and i can’t wait to see what she adds to the mix. so please join me in giving her a warm welcome to calivintage!

erica is wearing:
vintage dress
vintage coach doctor bag
brookes boswell boro in black panama straw