the holidays are well behind us, we finally wrapped up adam’s birthday month, but doesn’t it seem like there’s always another occasion to buy gifts for kids, or clothes for kids, or pretty much anything for kids ( whether they’re your kids or not)? whenever i’m looking for gifts, i tend to avoid the big box chains when i can, and i’ve been making a really big effort to shop small. but in my town, we only have two small children’s boutiques that don’t always cover all the bases when i’m looking for kid stuff. online, there are so many shops that i get completely overwhelmed. so if you’re like me and you’ve been looking for a sort of one-stop shop, then you should definitely check out maisonette. i can’t remember how i first stumbled upon the site, but i love it! it’s basically like garmentory for kids: a marketplace offering children’s goods from independent boutiques and designers. they carry many of my favorite brands, and i suspect that they will be introducing even more favorites as the site expands.

and the most exciting part is that when you sign up to shop, you automatically receive a $25 credit in your account that you can use towards your first purchase of $50 or more! how awesome is that? so i’m sharing some of my personal favorites to give you an example of what they have available on the site. definitely worth a look if you’ve got some kid shopping on your to do list!

get a $25 credit when you sign up for maisonette with this link!

collections: ace & jig spring 2018

as is the thing with fashion, i’m already anticipating the new spring collections, some of which are already trickling into stores as early as january. one that is high on my wishlist already is ace & jig spring 2018. over the years, i have become more and more of a fan of their beautiful textiles and interesting designs. they really never disappoint, and always outdo themselves with each new season. i’ve probably said this before, but one of the things i really appreciate about ace & jig is that their textiles are so easy to wash and wear. you don’t even need an iron, you can just pull them from the dryer and put them right on. they have this really substantial weight to them and a depth of texture that makes them just so easy to wear again and again. and i always feel so pulled together when i throw on one of their dresses for the day– and i usually get the most compliments when i’m wearing ace & jig because they stand out from the crowd, but aren’t overly flashy or intimidating. it really is no wonder that they have such a cult following with people buying, selling, and trading their pieces.

the new spring collection is about to drop and i’m really really into the orange, tan, and mustard colors! although if i’m being honest, looking at the styling makes me feel like i could even pull-off some of the colors i normally avoid, like lavender or bright teal! i think one mark of a good designer is having the ability to convince the customer to try new things and to really get pulled into the whole world they’ve created. and that’s definitely what happens to me each time they come out with a new collection.

the new collection isn’t out just yet, but you can run and catch the fall sale if you head over now…

shop ace & jig

outfit: eli & barry

i know i’ve said this before, so i hope i don’t sound like a broken record, but one of the great pleasures i get from writing this blog is all of the amazing people i’ve had the opportunity to connect with. i have to admit, in the back of my mind, i’ve always secretly wanted to be a designer myself, but it’s never really been in the cards. so being able to meet so many amazing designers doing incredible things really is the next best thing! and i am always so inspired by the talented, creative, and hard working women who dedicate themselves to creating ethical, sustainable fashion. one such designer is lily of eli & barry. she started the brand in 2016 and it is a one-woman show. she designs, pattern drafts, and produces all of the clothes in her hometown of denver, colorado. and it is that slow approach to fashion that guides her entire process. creating wearable clothes that will last a lifetime and earn a top spot in any wardrobe with their versatility and craftsmanship.

we connected on instagram and one day, she asked if i’d be interested in picking something out. i had been eyeing this top, so it was a no brainer. i love the sturdy cotton canvas because i know that it will age beautifully, getting softer and taking on character as i wear it. it’s brand new in these photos, but like the jeans, i know it will start to crease and take shape against my body. i just love the marks of something well-worn, and i look forward to breaking it in!

and use code CALIVINTAGE15 to get 15% off eli & barry!

wearing: pullover 2 in cotton canvas courtesy of eli & barry, jesse kamm sailor pants in american denim, centinelle julie’s bumble bees cotton silk bandana, sylvain le hen barrett 21 xs, martiniano high glove in saffron suede, clare v. petit henri (it’s sold out, but here is the full-sized version), garrett leight wilson sunglasses 

outfit: adventure time

calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017

i can hardly believe it, but today was edie’s first day of school! she’s 20 months, so it’s not some rigorous academic thing, but it is a really lovely toddler program at the montessori school where adam has been going since he was about the same age. i’m so excited for her because she’s such an independent kid and i know she’s going to love it! but let me tell you, after being at home most of the day with two kids for the last four years, it’s such a strange feeling to have both of them out of the house. it’s just so… quiet. and now i’m sitting here in a bit of a daze, trying to figure out what to do with myself!

but as much as i miss all of the activity and excitement of having both kids running around the house, i have to admit i’m pretty excited about having more time to work. when i decided to go independent after adam was born, i had no idea how much i would miss working full time. i know that probably sounds crazy to some, but i really loved the sense of purpose i got from my 9-5. i’ve still always worked on my blog and updated my vintage shop, but over time, i really slowed down online. it got to the point where i wasn’t able to update things for weeks at a time, and i wasn’t even sure if i could even keep up with it anymore. but things change quickly! and suddenly i have all of these hours in the day again! and it may take me a little while to get back into the swing of things, but i’m so excited for the new adventures ahead of me!

wearing: patti dress in captain courtesy of ace & jig (currently on sale!), karen walker x benah bag (this is a past season item, but baggu makes a really similar style!), maryam nassir zadeh andrea mules, suncrest hat in panama straw courtesy of brookes boswell

calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017
calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017
calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017
calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017
calivintage - ace & jig fall 2017

outfit: happy new year!

calivintage - moorea seal slip dress

see ya later, 2017! and don’t let the door hit you on the way out! the last few months of the year totally kicked my ass, so i’m definitely ready for the new year. in october, i got my wisdom teeth pulled and then ended up with the dreaded dry socket. i couldn’t eat for like two weeks and it was so miserable! then november hit and i somehow managed to end up with pneumonia for the entire month. and just when i thought i was in the clear, i got a kidney infection and ended up having to take two separate rounds of antibiotics to clear it up. yikes.

so my resolution for the new year is to stop being so sick all the time. can i wish that upon myself? but in all seriousness, i do have some pretty big plans for 2018! i have a ton of projects around the house that i’m working on that i can’t wait to share. and most notably, edith starts school full-time on wednesday, which marks the end of my time as the primary caregiver in our household and the beginnings of some really great things for me and my blog! so it’s onwards and upwards over here!

and i’m ringing in the new year in my most casual dressy look. this little slip dress is made from post-industrial cotton jersey, meaning the brand salvaged the fabric from factory room floors where it would normally end up in a landfill. the result is an eco-friendly dress that is so perfectly versatile and a piece that should own a spot in every wardrobe. add some heels to dress it up a bit and you’re good to go if your planning a simple get-together like i am. we’re doing champagne and hors d’oeuvres and an early countdown with the kids and then probably staying up late to watch netflix.

wearing: cami midi dress courtesy of moorea seal, self-made blouse, maryam nassir zadeh andrea mules, clare v. petit henry

calivintage - moorea seal slip dress
calivintage - moorea seal slip dress
calivintage - moorea seal slip dress
calivintage - moorea seal slip dress
calivintage - moorea seal slip dress

kids: play osmo

with adam turning 4-years-old in a little over a week, i’ve been thinking a lot about what toys and games we can get him to keep on track with his development. and one thing that i’ve pretty much avoided until now, is technology. we did have a period of time where we were letting him watch netflix on the ipad, but i decided to pull back and re-evaluate whether he really needed to be using a device so young. but the reality is that he’s obviously not getting any younger over here, and technology is a fact of life. and if i take the time to actually think about it, i think the important thing is to strike a balance. i want my kids to be familiar with tech and to have a positive relationship with it. there are so many amazing things we can do and learn as long as we know how to use it the right way.

and that’s when i got a message from osmo. i had never heard of them before because i am living under a rock over here, but i was so delighted when i started checking out all of their educational games. they sent us the creative set and an iphone and ipad base so that adam could try it out. as soon as the package arrived and he saw the monster game with all of the dry erase markers, he got the biggest smile on his face. we set it up, and he was over the moon. the monster game is seriously the cutest thing ever. “mo” appears on the screen and guides your child on an interactive adventure where they draw pictures of objects and watch them come to life on the screen. seriously, technology has come such a long way. it was super easy to set up and we haven’t had any problems with frustrating glitches. just pure childhood joy.

giveaway: win a campaign sofa!

it’s that most wonderful time of year, and i’ve teamed up with campaign furniture for a very special holiday treat! i’m taking over their instagram feed to share some photos of some of our holiday traditions, which you should definitely check out. but more importantly…

we’re giving away a campaign sofa to one lucky winner! head on over to my instagram for details on how to enter.

we’ve had our campaign sofa for several months now, and i love it. the first thing that stood out to me was that it’s built with a steel frame, meaning it’s virtually indestructible. and true to it’s name, it’s perfect for travel. i remember how annoying it was to move large pieces of furniture when i seemed to be hopping from apartment to apartment every couple of years, but this sofa can be easily disassembled so you can fit it in the back of your car. and with that, you can actually remove all of the upholstery to throw into the hand wash cycle whenever you need to clean it– or completely replace it if you want a different color. in fact, we started out with almond white and decided to switch things up with this harvest yellow color just for a change. it truly is a great piece of furniture and i look forward to enjoying it for years to come.

outfit: sugar candy mountain

over the summer, i got the best pair of linen pants from los angeles-based designer, sugar candy mountain (which you can see here). and i’d have to say that today’s outfit is definitely the winter version of that look. this beautiful wide wale corduroy monique dress is so insanely comfortable that i want to wear it every day. which is a welcome change because during this time of year, i wear so many sweaters with jeans that i start to get bored! so this velvety corduroy is a really nice alternative to the usual, and i’ve been having fun wearing it a lot of different ways. it’s great paired with jeans for a more casual every day type of look, but you can even dress it up with some sparkly socks and kitten heels for a holiday party. and if you’re not familiar with the brand:

Sugar Candy Mountain is an ethical and sustainable clothing brand created out of a desire for a confluence of comfort, beauty, and community. It is a reference Orwell made to Heaven, but in our sense, a Heaven of nature and community that can be lived-in and brought from Big Sur to Manhattan. It is generated from the ideals of radical creativity, revolutionary beauty, and a future that is self-sustaining.

needless to say, they are dedicated to creating garments that will last a lifetime, reducing waste and leaving the smallest footprint possible. and everything is sustainably made right in los angeles. not only that, but:

sugar candy mountain would like to offer you 20% off the entire fall 2017 collection with code “SCMCV20” through january 31st!

wearing: monique dress courtesy of sugar candy mountain, ilana kohn boyd jeans, martiniano high glove in saffron suede, clare v. henri petit

gift guide: for a very curious 20-month-old

just like my previous gift guide for the brainy not-quite-4-year-old, today i’m sharing a very specific gift guide. it’s my christmas list for edith. she’ll be close to 20 months on christmas day. but if you could ask her, she’d tell you she’s as big as her brother and that she can do anything he can. edie is on a mission to get into everything: inside the cabinets, on top of the dining room table, up the christmas tree, into adam’s toys and clothes… there isn’t really anything she isn’t into. she’s a super curious kid, and she’s still really young, so she’d probably like just about anything we gave her. but she is forming some pretty strong interests, too! she is obsessed with babies and dolls and tiny figurines. she loves to hold them and kiss them and brush their hair. she enjoys playing in the dirt more than any kid i’ve ever seen. and would you be surprised if i told you that my own daughter is obsessed with dressing up? oh yeah. so below are some of the things that i’ve added to her list this year.

alphabet blocks – since edie is singing her alphabet (and just about every nursery rhyme she hears), i figured it’s the perfect time to get familiar with the letters. plus all of the blocks by uncle goose are adorable!

bambi hoodie hat – did i mention that my daughter loves to play dress up? she has a little collection of hats and shoes, and she’s made a little game of trying them all on. she’ll demand that i change her clothes at least once a day. i see a future with a very large collection of dress-up clothes and i think she’ll really get a kick out of this bambi hat!

the holdie house – i know she’s still a bit young for doll houses, but on a recent trip to the local toy shop, we could hardly pull her away from the display of calico critters. so while we aren’t quite ready to go all out with teeny tiny pieces, we picked up a few of the figurines and this adorable little house to go with them!

big sister mouse in a box – adam has one of these little matchbook mice and ed has all but claimed it for herself. it’s on the same tip as her early obsession with calico critters. the little boxes with their tiny pillows and blankets are hours of entertainment for this little one.

farmer’s market playtime kit – edie spends a good amount of time playing with adam’s play kitchen, so i think this little activity set would be a fun addition to our collection. and i think the little matching game with be a great primer for her because she’s about to start a toddler program in january!

animo 4-piece sand play set – digging in the dirt is a serious pleasure for my daughter. her current set of garden tools was yet another hand-me-down from adam that has seen better days. i think she’ll really enjoy these pretty colors and shapes. but really, it’s all about the dirt!


gift guide: the hdh x nisolo bundle (spend $35 for $250 in gift cards!)

we’re in the final stretch before the holidays and i’ve got a really awesome deal to share! whether you’re looking to treat yourself to something special, or you have a few people to check off your list, then you should definitely check out the hdh x nisolo holiday bundle this year! here’s how it works:

• you pay $35 to get $250 in gift cards
• that’s five $50 gift cards to the participating retailers (more details below)
• nisolo will donate $10 from every bundle purchase to help build a school in kenya
• treat yourself or gift to someone special
• gift card bundle offer ends 12/25/17, while supplies last. and these are going to sell out fast!

shop the women’s bundle and the men’s bundle.

and what i love about this is that not only will your dollars be going towards a good cause, but all of these brands are ethical and eco-friendly. you can buy a couple of bundles and give out the gift cards as stocking stuffers or thank yous to whoever still needs a gift. or you know, just get one for yourself and enjoy the savings. check it out below!

shop the women’s bundle! spend $35 for $250 worth of gift cards from the brands above!


shop the men’s bundle. $35 for $250 worth of gift cards from the brands above!