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.



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.



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.



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!



adam: 33 weeks


i usually post my photos of adam over the weekend, but i was so busy the past couple of days that i wasn’t able to get to the computer! so here is a belated photo of my little dude at 33 weeks, decked out in autumnal hues in celebration of the season. it’s still too warm for all this layering, but we usually go out on early morning walks, so i take advantage of the opportunity to bundle him up before the chill burns off. that’s just what we do in california, we wear sweaters purely for the novelty of it!

he’s also sporting a silly little face courtesy of all those new teeth he’s been growing. he’s always chewing on his lip or making some other silly contortion as he gets used to his new chompers.

wearing: pact organic cotton trail stripe bodysuit and pants with matching trail stripe socks courtesy of pact, and a gap cardigan and knit beanie.



ace & jig fall 2014

i’ve been a fan of ace & jig for quite a few seasons now, and every time they come out with a new collection, i find myself more and more drawn to their easy, layered aesthetic. as if it were any surprise, i am loving the deep saturated indigo blues, but i’m also equally drawn to some of their more toned down autumnal shades. i especially love the cocoon coats, and i’m a total sucker for the quilted detailing on a crew neck sweater and varsity jacket. they’ve really pulled off an excellent collection with beautiful textiles and cool styling. here’s to hoping i can snag a piece for myself, they seem to be selling out a lot of styles at some of my favorite boutiques!

photos courtesy of ace & jig.



a current affair

since moving back to southern california, i’ve caught wind of so many cool events going on in the area, but with a lil bebe, i haven’t always had a chance to go! one event that i do not want to miss is a current affair, a pop-up vintage marketplace in the cooper design space in downtown la being held this sunday, september 27 from noon – 7pm. the show will feature over 50 vintage vendors including scout, mixed business, mercy vintage (an old oakland favorite), and maeven, among others. and if the photos from previous events are any indication of what it will be like, then the people watching will be an event all of it’s own!

see you there? buy tickets here.

photos by lani trock courtesy of a current affair.


black and blue

i am fully aware that for the better part of a year, my entire wardrobe has been almost entirely blue. i remember several months ago, as i was rebuilding my wardrobe post-baby, i kinda laughed when i looked into my closet and saw that the whole damn thing was filled with white and cream and blue on blue on blue. i knew that i would need to start adding in other colors eventually, but here i am months later, and most of my outfits are still centered around that inky hue. it’s funny, too, because i saw somewhere that indigo is a top contender for the color of spring 2015. i’ll just say i was ahead of the curve… haha!

and while i am slowly picking up fall clothes in other colors, i’m still fully immersed in my “blue period” for at least a couple more weeks. so naturally, when wink & winn offered to let me design my own handbag, i went straight for the navy suede. the site is basically perfect if you’re one of those people like me who tends to be obsessive about every last detail. i’m especially picky about bags because i like simple, classic styles without logos or branding or too many colors. a quick browse around, and i got to work building my bag. you start by choosing your shape, then move on to customizing the leather, color, lining, hardware, and accessories. i went for the classic appeal of the small duffle in navy suede with black smooth leather accents, a black lining, and gold tone hardware. you can actually get pretty wild with the colors and textures, but i always find that i have the hardest time finding simple things for every day. then you simple place your order and patiently wait 3 – 5 weeks for it to be made before it is delivered to your doorstep all wrapped up like a christmas present!

thrifted vintage shirt dress, hand-dyed in natural indigo
customized small duffle courtesy of wink & winn
peep toe high clogs courtesy of swedish hasbeens
asos wool felt fedora
the runwell watch courtesy of shinola
horseshoe ring courtesy of erica weiner
aquamarine pebble ring by giantlion for of a kind
gold scoop ring courtesy of giantlion
rose gold pinch pure cuff courtesy of nashelle
up24 courtesy of jawbone (read more about it here)



the whitepepper fall 2014


i have to finally admit defeat and accept that it is the official first day of fall! luckily for me, there are plenty of fall lookbooks making me feel better about cooler weather on the horizon. the whitepepper has been consistently putting out some of the most adorable and creative lookbooks since their early days in the asos marketplace. the clothes definitely skew to a slightly younger consumer than myself, but i still really appreciate the cool clothes that they put out. and i can definitely see myself wearing at least a few of their fall pieces. this season they took to the kitchen with silly egg prints and embroidered bean patterns. but save for a few cute dresses, most of the silhouettes are inspired by retro punk looks, with cool bomber jackets and braces on skirts, with a decidedly fun twist.

photos courtesy of the whitepepper.

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