the plunge

calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra

if you’ve followed my blog for a long time, then one thing you may have noticed about me is that i hardly ever wear something low cut. it’s funny, because i think a lot of people assume it has something to do with modesty. but if i may be frank, it’s because i have really big boobs. my size fluctuates a bit, but i’m currently fitting into a 32F. and i know this probably sounds like sacrilege, but to be completely honest, i do not love it. and i am forever envious of my smaller busted friends who talk about the liberation of going braless– and wearing all sorts of revealing clothes while doing so. unfortunately for me, that is literally not possible– especially because i’m still breastfeeding, but also because it is not a comfortable (or socially acceptable) option for those of us who are naturally very well-endowed.

i tend to wear full-coverage bras with lots of support to hold me in place, to push everything upwards and inwards– and out of sight. it’s never particularly bothered me because in many ways, it’s just how i feel more comfortable. but lately, i’ve been itching for a change. maybe it’s because i’ve gotten older. or maybe it’s because i’ve had two kids and i just don’t feel the same way about my body as i used to. maybe it’s the patriarchy getting me down, but what they heck? why not show a little more skin every once in a while?

so this season, i challenged myself to try some new clothes. i picked out a few new things for spring, including this reversible tank top with a deep v that can be worn in front or in back. i thought i would just wear the v in the back, but then i discovered the new thirdlove perfect contour plunge bra.  i often choose clothes with more coverage to avoid showing any lace or straps, but if you’re wearing the right bra, who’s to say it’s such a bad thing to get a little peek of an elegant detail? the perfect contour plunge has an elegant sheer mesh overlay along the front, and most importantly, it is made with super-soft memory foam cups that provides a very natural lift that is universally flattering, even for someone with an F cup like me. it is very soft and comfortable, while still actually providing support. and dare i say, i might be liking it even better than my usual full coverage bras. it’s given me the freedom to change things up with my wardrobe, and it’s made me realize that there are other ways to be comfortable in a bra that don’t involve always being covered up!

shop third love and find the perfect bra for your body. use the fit finder and try before you buy!

calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra
calivintage - third love perfect contour plunge bra

this post was created in partnership with thirdlove. all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make this blog possible!

Continue Reading

winter water factory, part two

calivintage + winter water factory

as fun as it was to wear matching outfits with edith last week, this is the real fun right here: matching siblings! since edie was born, i haven’t been able to resist getting them at least one or two matching outfits every season. i know i won’t be able to do it forever, so i’m trying to soak it up now.

adam is wearing the winter water factory t-shirt and micaela greg pants. edith is wearing the summer romper with a petite soul x winter water factory bonnet.

calivintage + winter water factory
calivintage + winter water factory
calivintage + winter water factory
calivintage + winter water factory

Continue Reading

lacausa jumpsuit

calivintage + lacausa

at this point, i think it’s safe to say that the jumpsuit is probably the most important item in my wardrobe. once upon a time, i only wore vintage dresses. but over time, they’ve become the less practical choice for a host of different reasons. with a jumpsuit, you get the ease of a dress with the practicality of a pair of pants. i’m especially into the lacausa santi jumpsuit because when you’re just casually standing there, it looks like a dress, but as you start to walk, the silky fabric floats around revealing this special little detail. which may sound silly in writing, but it really is delightful.

and once again, i am stunning you all with my color choice haha. no blue in this outfit at all, and i’m feeling pretty good about it. i think this might be a turning point for me. perhaps it’s finally time for me to experiment with more colors this year. i’ve been dreaming about shades of green and apricot and lavender…

wearing:
han starnes short sleeve jersey top
lacausa santi jumpsuit (it comes in several different colorways!)
mari giudicelli leblon mules
clare v. petit kenya bag

calivintage - lacausa jumpsuit

calivintage = lacausa jumpsuit
calivintage - lacausa jumpsuit
calivintage - lacausa jumpsuit

Continue Reading

misha & puff spring 2017

MP-SS17_lookbook-17

forever a fan of misha & puff, i had to share the photos of their new spring 2017 collection. i have loved their vintage-inspired knits since before i even thought i wanted to have kids. and now i have two of my own that i get dress up, and i always pick at least one thing from every new collection. after they grow out of their clothes, i donate most of them, but i always keep our misha & puff pieces in a little box as keepsakes because they are so special to us.

MP-SS17_lookbook-3 MP-SS17_lookbook-4 MP-SS17_lookbook-5
MP-SS17_lookbook-30MP-SS17_lookbook-6 MP-SS17_lookbook-8
MP-SS17_lookbook-2MP-SS17_lookbook-11 MP-SS17_lookbook-12  MP-SS17_lookbook-15

MP-SS17_lookbook-18 MP-SS17_lookbook-22

MP-SS17_lookbook-13

MP-SS17_lookbook-39

MP-SS17_lookbook-43MP-SS17_lookbook-23    MP-SS17_lookbook-31 MP-SS17_lookbook-32

MP-SS17_lookbook-25MP-SS17_lookbook-37 MP-SS17_lookbook-38

Continue Reading

blluemade

calivintage + blluemade

i’m sure by now you know all about my dedication to linen. over the past several years, it has become a prominent textile in my wardrobe for a number of reasons. for starters, it’s a much more sustainable material than cotton because it requires far less pesticides to be grown. it also gets softer with each wash, and is incredible comfortable and breathable. it’s typically considered a summer material, but it comes in all different weights, making it a practical choice for all seasons, especially if you live in california.

which brings me to blluemade. just launched earlier in 2016, the brand sources high-quality linen from belgium, and designs and manufactures all of their garments here in the united states. the husband and wife team behind the brand both come from backgrounds in art history and philosophy, and they’ve joined forces to create such an elegant and timeless collection. they are both huge fans of indigo, and are inspired by vintage workwear, which are two things i absolutely love. so of course you know i’m a huge fan. i’m wearing their modern smock shirt and wrap skirt, which look great together, but are also really fun to mix and match with your existing wardrobe.

the best part is that everything on the site is currently 30% off with code ‘FEB30’ from now until the end of february! after that, these pieces won’t be back, so hop to it while the deal is still on!

wearing:
blluemade black modern smock shirt
jesse kamm sailor pants in salt white
mari giudicelli leblon mules
guatemalan hat
clare v. petit kenya bag

calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade
calivintage + blluemade

wearing:
han starnes long sleeve jersey top
blluemade black linen wrap skirt
marais usa jardin heels in blue
guatemalan hat
clare v. petit kenya bag

Continue Reading

adam turns three

calivintage - adam turns three

well, it happened. adam turned three last month! it is so hard to believe he’s such a big boy now. and as you can see, he is 100% obsessed with trucks. when i asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said “only trucks, please.” more specifically, he’s really into monster jam, but thankfully they don’t appear to have a ton of licenced products for parties, so i was able to get away with going more generic and found a ton of really cute paper decorations from meri meri. they make the best party supplies! adam was especially pleased with the big rig cupcake stand because it has functioning wheels, so he got to play with it after we were all done.

for the cake, i just went with a boxed mix and pre-made frosting. which is especially funny because i’ve actually been to culinary school and am a certified pastry chef. oh well! adam very specifically asked for a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles, which is awesome because that’s the kind of cake i’ve made for him since his first birthday. i think i see a tradition emerging…

anyway, decorations aside, it was a really wonderful day! the clouds and rain parted for one day only, so we were able to celebrate outside in warm, sunny weather before retreating indoors for the rest of the week. and it was the first time we got to enjoy our newly constructed pergola, which is a total game-changer. now we can have all sorts of parties out there! now if only i could find some furnishings for it…

meri meri truck-themed cupcake stand, napkins, party hats, truck garland, confetti balloon kit
martha stewart paper flowers
miss jones organic cake mix and frosting 
eucalyptus from my mom’s tree
stokke tripp trapp high chairs

calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three
calivintage - adam turns three

adam is wearing:
janie and jack chambray shirt
go gently striped t-shirt
appaman skinny corduroy pants
converse high tops

edie is wearing:
petit soul x winter water factory bonnet
winter water factory onesie
belle and the bear t-straps

Continue Reading

lacausa

calivintage + lacausa clothing

can you believe it? i’m not wearing blue! i always always always fall back on my trusty blues, so i’m feeling rather proud of myself for wearing a different color haha. in the past, i’ve shied away from greens out of fear that they weren’t “flattering” against my pale olive skin, but that’s just silliness. i hate the idea of avoiding things because of silly “rules.” if you like something, you should wear it. and i’ve been drawn to all sorts of different shades of green lately. perhaps this is the color of the year somehow sneaking an influence on me? or perhaps it’s because i just desperately need to break free from my endless stream of blues?

anyway, if you’re really worried that a color won’t work for you, just keep it away from your face and/or try some lipstick or blush to balance it out. i did both of those things with this outfit. you can barely tell, but i’m wearing a peachy shade of lipstick from my new make beauty celeste e verde palette. that and the peachy sunglasses seems to do the trick!

the t-shirt and the pants are from lacausa clothing. in spanish, lacausa means “the cause” and this la-based brand has made sustainability and ethical conditions their cause. they carefully select fabrics for both ease and comfort, without losing sight of their ethical stance within the industry. and they’re totally affordable! sometimes it seems that these things don’t go hand in hand, but they do at lacausa! you can select from more timeless basics like what i’m wearing today, or you can pick something a bit more bold, all without having to save up a months worth of wages just to buy it.

wearing:
lacausa vintage frank top and isabelle trousers
steven alan bryce suglasses in peach crystal
make beauty celeste e verde palette
mari giudicelli leblon mules
vintage sweater

calivintage + lacausa clothing
calivintage + lacausa clothing
calivintage + lacausa clothing

Continue Reading

winter water factory spring 2017

calivintage + winter water factory

whoa how did that happen? it’s suddenly spring around these parts! since moving back to southern california, i’m still surprised by how quickly the cool weather fades away and we get right back into warmer days. and of course it was the perfect opportunity for us to slip into our new winter water factory spring 2017 clothes. it’s funny, i used to make a lot of jokes about my matching “motherboy” outfits with adam, but i think this is the first time i’ve worn a matching outfit with ed! of course, she steals the show in her tiny summer romper. but if you’re a fan of their iconic kid’s prints, then you will be happy to know that they recently started making women’s sizes, too. i’m wearing one of their newest t-shirt dress prints that just came out today, but they also have several other dress styles and prints to choose from as well. what’s more, all of their clothes are certified organic cotton and made in the usa.

shop winterwater factory here. or get edie’s adorable petite soul ladybug bonnet here.

calivintage + winter water factory
calivintage + winter water factory
calivintage + winter water factory
calivintage + winter water factory
calivintage + winter water factory

Continue Reading

eco-friendly at home

calivintage - eco friendly

let me just start this post by quoting the wise words of esqueleto from the movie nacho libre…

“i believe in science.”

i know i’m being a little silly, but the truth of the matter is that things are scary out there. we’re living in uncertain times. but what i do know is that there are people out there– people in our own administration– who don’t believe that climate change is real. but it is real! and every individual (as well as institution) has a responsibility to not only accept the scientific consensus, but commit themselves to doing whatever we can to help save our environment. all of the social issues that we’re currently struggling with (and they are major), won’t matter at all if we completely obliterate the environment. it’s scary stuff. so i have strengthened my resolve to be more vocal about the ways that i’ve committed to being eco-friendly around the house. you may remember this post about going green that i shared after we moved into our new house. i touched down on energy-star rated appliances, recycled denim insulation, solar panels, buying used and vintage, grey water, and drought-tolerant landscaping. i’m still moving forward on those projects as well as doing research into smaller ways that i can reduce my waste, including cloth diapering!

so today i thought i’d share some of the  inspiration i’ve been collecting on pinterest. mostly around reducing waste by buying bulk, using reusable glass and cloth containers, and generally replacing plastic with more sustainable materials. very soon we’ll also be installing solar panels on our home, so i’ll be sharing information and updates on that project as well as the progress we’ve been making on our california native, drought-tolerant landscaping!

calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly
tumblr_mgxcgrNTDv1qei7a7o1_500
calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly
calivintage - eco friendly

Continue Reading

cloth diapering (some of the time)

calivintage - cloth diapering

first things first! i know that cloth diapering isn’t for everyone. having had two babies, i’m well aware of the multitude of barriers that keep people from doing it. before having kids, i really thought i’d be one of those crunchy mamas with babies in cloth diapers. my mom cloth diapered me and my siblings, so i kinda just assumed i would do it, too. but as adam’s birth drew closer, i just didn’t take the plunge. i was worried that just taking care of him would be enough work. i was already overwhelmed and i didn’t want to add to the stress i was experiencing. i lived in an apartment without a washing machine. then, after he was born, i gave it half-hearted try, and of course, it didn’t work out. i thought maybe i’d eventually try again, but before i knew it, he was out of diapers.

then edie was born. i stocked up on our “eco-friendly” disposable diapers and water wipes, and didn’t even consider cloth. i did all of the other eco-conscious things with her like i did with adam. exclusive breastfeeding, babywearing, avoiding plastic, using organic textiles and products, wood toys, all that crunchy stuff. but i didn’t try cloth diapers. until i started chatting with a local friend who recently launched squeaky cheeky, a new cloth diapering service here in town. i had never heard of such a thing before, and it sparked a little glimmer of hope for us. i was especially intrigued because it was the perfect way for me to give it honest-to-goodness try without sinking-in all of the up-front costs of buying a ton of inserts, covers, supplies, etc. that’s a huge barrier because the up-front cost is kind of high when you don’t even know if it will work out for you!

the way the service works, you pay a monthly fee (similar to that of an eco-friendly monthly disposable subscription) and all of the supplies are dropped off at your doorstep. in our case, we got prefolds, covers, snappis, and cloth wipes. then each week, you leave the bag of dirty laundry out on your doorstep and they swap them out for clean supplies. we tried it for a month to see how it would go, and the verdict is in: we’re now officially cloth diapering part-time.

what we learned right off the bat, is that we couldn’t go full-time because we have too many caregivers helping with edie. that’s great for me, but not so great for cloth diapering. not everyone is comfortable learning how to use them, and you certainly can’t send a baby to most daycares in cloth diapers. so we’re using cloth diapers during the hours when i’m watching her, but we use disposables when she’s being watched by someone else. edie also sleeps through the night, and i can’t stand the idea of waking her just to clean-up a diaper, so we’re using overnight disposables so she can stay comfortable and dry without being disturbed.

another thing i learned is that i’m terrible at using pre-folds. i know with time, you get better. but there are also other options. we got to try out an all-in-one diaper, and i really like that you can pretty much change them just like you would a disposable diaper. they’re a little bit more expensive than pre-folds, but they work for us. on the flip side, i’ve now switched over to cloth wipes! i didn’t even know that they existed before, but i like them so much better. for those who aren’t familiar with how they work, you use water or bum spray first, then wipe things up with the dry cloth. wet wipes are awesome for cleaning up dirty hands and faces, or picking up small messes around the house, but i know adam hates them because they’re cold. and those wipe warmers are notorious for getting moldy and gross. so this is the perfect option if you’re ok with a bit of (admittedly gross) extra laundry.

as far as the service, i’m no longer using it because i’m able to handle the extra laundry, but i think it’s a really great option for households who want to go green, but don’t have a washing machine. and it’s an especially great gift for a new family who is on the fence about cloth diapering because it gives them a chance to try it out without making any up-front investment. i know it was a great learning experience for me.

calivintage - cloth diapering
our top drawer set-up. prefolds with bum spray and clippis, covers, cloth wipes.

calivintage - cloth diapering
don’t worry, we lowered her crib right after taking these photos! she was 6 months in this photos, so she had literally just started standing on her own.

calivintage - cloth diapering
calivintage - cloth diapering
calivintage = cloth diapering
the supplies arrive in this laundry bag, and the service provides a laundry bin for the nursery.

calivintage - cloth diapering

Continue Reading