even though i no longer live in oakland, my latest obsession is oakland-based boutique, lisa says gah. they only recently opened, and i am super bummed that they weren’t around when i was still living there. although perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise because i pretty much want to own every single thing in the shop! they carry a ton of my favorite brands, and they have the most enviable product photography of anyone around.
as you may already know, when it comes to bikes, i’m a bit of a fanatic. i’ve toured the california coast on a sporty touring bike, i’ve commuted to work on a cute little road bike. and i may have a bit of a habit of collecting vintage bikes…. so you know i was super excited to add a new columbia bike to my collection! if you’re not familiar with the brand, they’re basically the mother of american cycling companies. columbia has a long history, starting in 1877 when they were founded by alexander pope (who served as a mentor to henry ford himself). they invented the tandem bike, and i’m sure you’ve seen some of their classic styles from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, including those spectacular vintage cruisers decked out with banana seats and wild colors. i tend to be a little bit less flashy in my styling, so i went for the men’s westfield vintage city bike. i love the vintage styling, complete with a cute little led headlight and fender taillight. and the sturdy steel frame with internal 3 speed hub is just right for a smooth, easy ride around town.
and lately, a leisurely ride around town is exactly my speed. i don’t commute to work or race on the weekends, i just like to hop on my city bike to get some fresh air and to clear my head. for me, it’s a luxury to get a few hours to myself so i can grab a market bag, swing by the farmers market to pick up some fresh fruits and veggies, and stop by the park for some relaxation. and i’m really excited to continue riding this bike around town in the months ahead.
the columbia westfield is available at dicks sporting goods. be sure to check out toys r us, target, amazon, and walmart where additional columbia bike models are sold.
today i’m excited to share my latest giveaway courtesy of secret shop la! i have long been a fan of this los angeles-based vintage shop, so it’s always an honor to be able to offer you a chance to win some goods! they currently have a ton of stuff that i would love to nab for myself! or, if you aren’t into clothes, they also have a really awesome selection of vintage home goods, with lots of kilim pillows, wall hangings, and little trinkets to decorate your home. so get to it and enter below!
hard to believe it, but we’re actually coming up on the one year anniversary living in our little 1920s home. even though our house isn’t huge, it’s still been a long process pulling everything together from scratch. and while we still have a long way to go until we can say it’s “complete,” we’ve been making some good progress on all of the rooms. today i’m excited to finally share a little glimpse at how things are shaping up in our bedroom!
i have never, ever decorated my bedroom as an adult. it has always just literally been a bed, a closet, a pile of laundry. i don’t think i’ve ever even had matching linens! so even imagining what i might do with this room was a daunting task, make infinitely easier with the help of my friends at framebridge and paper jam press. i teamed up with them and a few other instagrammers on for a cute feature called art we love 5 ways: paper jam press. it’s really fun to see all of the different ways we styled our prints. and as a bonus, paper jam press is offering 20% off your next order with code “FRAME20” through may 15, 2016.
but now back to my bedroom! it’s still not 100% complete, but it feels so much better now that i have a little gallery wall around this cool mid century modern vanity that i scored on craigslist last year. from the left, the artwork is: fine little day eye eye poster in blue in the sonoma frame, secret holiday co. it’s ok banner, margins imprint live by the sun/love by the moon print in the marin frame, and paper jam press today was a good day print in the irvine frame. oh, and a special shoutout to my sacrificial chair from thing industries.
i think i can say with 100% certainty that my current obsession with hats stemmed from my first handmade panama hat by portland-based designer brookes boswell. i got it last spring, and pretty soon, it found it’s way onto my head almost every day, especially in the warm and sunny summer months. she’s just released her new spring 2016 collection, and now i’m trying my best to narrow down my new wishlist! she has a large range of both straw and felt hats to cover any type of weather, with plenty of styles to choose from. i decided to try something new, so i got the new straw cortland for myself, and i’ve been having a lot of fun wearing it. or if you’re curious about the hat that i’m always wearing in outfit photos, the wakefield is still available to order!
each hat is custom made to order by brookes herself, and you can usually select from a variety of different types of straw or felt in different colors to really personalize the look. she also has a really great selection of hat pins and vintage hats, and if you’re in portland, i hear she’s opened a store front so you can check them all out in person!
with baby girl arriving in just about a month, i’m get super anxious about dressing her! i know that they are only tiny for a couple of months, so i’m trying my absolute best not to go crazy buying lots of clothes, but it’s really hard to resist with so many adorable spring collections coming out every week! i bought a little peter pan collar top by soor ploom from misha and puff last season, and now i’m hooked! their new spring 2016 collection is just hitting retailers, and you’ll be able to shop everything on their site at the beginning of april. the collection is designed and made in brooklyn, and i can personally attest to the quality! everything is made with super soft linens and cottons in classic styles, but each piece is unique and interesting with little details that you just don’t find everywhere. also, i cannot get over this adorable look book!
i have to make a confession. as much as i talk about how important skincare has become for me, i have a very bad habit of going to bed without washing my face. i don’t wear a ton of makeup, but it’s enough that i know it’s a bad idea to hit the pillow without removing it! my excuse? it’s really easy to forget those bedtime routines when all of your energy is focused on getting a toddler to sleep on time. especially now that i’m in the last few weeks of my pregnancy and i have zero energy. sometimes i kinda just collapse in bed and forget to take care of the basics. so when kleenex asked if i’d be interested in teaming up to try their new facial cleansing products, you know i was on board. they’ve just released this new line of products, including facial cleansing wipes, exfoliating cushions, and eye makeup removers. it’s not a whole cleansing system, just a collection of products with a range of solutions to help you clean up. they’re particularly useful to keep by your bedside if you’re a sleep-deprived mamas like myself, but they’re also perfect to pack in your bag for a trip, or to keep in your gym tote for a quick refresh before or after a workout.
since my nightly routine of crashing in the bed after putting a toddler to sleep is a little less than glamorous, i decided to take some silly pictures instead. enjoy! and check out the new products available exclusively at kleenex!
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perhaps it’s the impending birth of my new baby, or maybe it’s all of this california sun, but something has got me feeling the more relaxed and romantic vibes lately. i recently came across the new spring 2016 collection by dôen. i’d had them bookmarked on my computer when i ran into my friend katie of mother mag wearing the beautiful raw silk quintana dress. i’m so glad i got to see one of their pieces up close, because they really are beautiful and well-made!
the brand is a new collective of creative women based in los angeles, and the line is vintage-inspired with a focus on elevated basics in quality fabrics, all the while managing to keep prices quite affordable. the clothes are produced within the united states when possible, with beautiful handwoven textiles ethically sourced overseas. they’re exactly the types of clothes i want to be wearing right now! and i can’t wait to order my first piece. i’ve really got my eye on the raw silk fringed tate tunic!
you may remember a couple of weeks back, i shared a few images from the spring 2016 lookbook of austin-based designer esby apparel. well, today i am excited to announce that i’ve teamed up with the brand to offer you a chance to win $300 towards anything in their online shop! i’m particularly enamored with my new allison cropped jumpsuit, though i will admit that i’m more excited to wear it when i’m not 33 weeks pregnant! still, i love the fact that i’m able to wear it when most of the things in my closet don’t fit anymore! and i know that it’s going to get a ton of wear this spring and summer after baby is born. bonus points because you can wear it with the wrap in front or back, making it particularly appealing for those first few months of breastfeeding. but enough about me, let’s talk about esby! the brand was founded in 2014 by designer stephanie beard and is proudly made in the usa using high quality fabrics with an emphasis on comfort and wearability. this season features lots of beautiful linen and cotton dresses, jumpsuits, and separates that seamlessly fit into any wardrobe. you can enter the giveaway below!
crazy to think about it, but i think i’ve been blogging for eight years now. it’s actually been so long that i’ve started to lose track of the time! and between blogging, social media, selling vintage, and shopping online, it’s safe to say that i have a hard time managing it all! not only that, but for the past eight years, i’ve pretty much just used one email address for everything i do online. back when i started in 2008, i wasn’t thinking about internet security or business plans. i didn’t have some carefully crafted stage name, it was and still is, just me. and all these years later, as embarrassing as it is to admit, i’m still basically operating like it’s the early aughts.
fast forward nearly a decade, and i can’t tell you how many times i’ve found my inbox flooded with online newsletters, invoices, weekly social media updates, pr emails, personal family emails… the list goes on. or how many times i’ve missed a really awesome opportunity because i literally never saw the email amid all the junk. and i can’t tell you how many times i’ve had my credit card information stolen thanks to online security breaches. but i’m only one person! and i only have so much time to dedicate to everything i do online. especially when i’m also the primary caretaker of a very rambunctious toddler.
but despite all of that, i’m still very dedicated to my little “online empire” haha. in addition to recently finding a renewed sense of interest in filling this blog space with things about my life, i’ve also been moving full steam ahead with my vintage shop. i don’t mention it here much, but it’s been a really fun and rewarding outlet for me. and it helps pay the bills, so it’s a win-win. and for today’s post, i thought it would be fun to share a little sneak peek at my home office/studio space. i still have a loooong way to go in setting this space up, but a little corner of the room is starting to shape up!
and one thing that’s helping me along is my latest partnership with sudo. this brand new app allows you to automatically generate safe, secure, and private personas to use online to help you protect your online safety and privacy. each persona comes complete with email addresses, working phone numbers, and password managers so that you don’t have to worry about giving out too much personal information that might leave you vulnerable to data leaks, hackers, or just plain spam. and it helps you to compartmentalize all of the different things you do online, whether it’s blogging, social media, shopping, or selling. i’m especially excited because they’ll also soon be rolling out sudopay, a virtual credit card service that encrypts your personal information to protect you from credit card and identity theft. if you want to check it out for yourself, you can read more and download sudo here.