an ode to vintage flax

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i’m not sure if you follow our vintage shop on instagram, but if you do, then you know how much we love vintage flax brand. whenever i go out thrifting, i pay close attention to the textures of the fabrics to try and pluck out anything made of cotton, linen, silk, or wool. and whenever i find something by flax or eileen fisher or brynn walker or any one of those brands, i always do a little happy dance. i especially like the ’90s silhouettes. they often come in matching pant sets or as oversized jackets. dresses are harder to find, but occasionally i score something really amazing like this beautiful rust colored linen duster dress. it has a sort of artsy vibe to it, the type of clothing our mothers wore when we were kids that seemed way too grown-up while we were going through our doc martin and baby tee phase, but that is so perfectly nostalgic now that we’re older. the other thing i love about a lot of these brands is that they tend to be oversized and able to fit a wide variety of shapes and sizes to accommodate our ever-changing bodies. i’ve gone through two pregnancies in the past several years, so i really appreciate being able to find clothing that is not only beautiful, but that is forgiving enough to be worn no matter where my body is in the process. we all have our ideal goals in mind, but that doesn’t mean we should wait until we look exactly the way we think we should in order to wear beautiful clothes. flax has generous sizing for the plus sized woman and a petite size for smaller gals.

and let’s not forget the most delightful thing about flax: the positive affirmations on the labels! i just looked through my closet and found two labels that read–in all caps, “UTOPIA IS A STATE OF MIND” and “I APPRECIATE MYSELF SINCERELY I LOVE MYSELF AND EVERYONE DEARLY” they always give me a good chuckle. the brand is actually still around, but sadly, they no longer feature these fun labels. i think we should petition them to re-release a collection of some of their ’90s styles and to bring back the labels! perhaps we’ll have to do a flax + calivintage collaboration!! i kid, i kid.

erica is wearing:
vintage flax brand duster dress
swedish hasbeens peep toe high

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gravel & gold fall 2016

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you may be familiar with gravel & gold’s iconic boob print seen ’round the web, but what you may not know is that they have also been producing beautiful collections for several seasons running! way back in the day, when i still lived in san francisco, i would stop by their shop in the mission district to buy gifts and things and even got a dress from one of their very first collections. since then, they’ve only gotten better. and their new fall 2016 collection might be my favorite yet! i’ve been more and more drawn to art prints, so the night landscape print is hitting all the right notes. i love that they used it on a bunch of different pieces including a dress, top, pants, and jacket so you can go all out with a matching set or keep it subtle as just a little statement.

everything is up for pre-sale right now, so you better head over and place your order because i have a feeling they’re going to sell out quick! shop gravel & gold.

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calivintage - gravel & gold fall 2016
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mom uniform

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i haven’t gotten a haircut since a couple of months before edie was born, and she’s getting awfully close to six months old! this mop of hair is looking rough.

i accidentally tossed my last pair of contact lenses down the drain last week, so i’ve been stuck wearing glasses until a new box arrives in the mail. not a huge deal for most, but i’m blind as a bat and have issues with lens distortion wearing glasses, so i feel like a geeky parody of myself. i’ve been comically tripping over things and pushing my glasses up the bridge of my nose like a total nerd.

but at least i’ve got my mom uniform. my wardrobe as of late has been a mix of vintage and new pieces that are made with really sturdy, washable fabrics that i can wear over and over again without having to worry about dirty toddler hands or baby puke. i could literally wear this outfit every day. a vintage top made out of a really nice, textured woven cotton, kamm pants in tobacco, a vintage denim jacket, my trusty j.w. hulme legacy bag, and my new mari giudicelli leblon mules.

and then of course, there are the little details. my young frankk orb cuff, this incredibly charming little opal radium ring by laura lee jewelry paired with my giantlion scoop ring.

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good night, day fall 2016 (pt. 2)

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and without skipping a beat, part two of the good night, day fall 2016 lookbook. all of the designs are so thoughtful and beautiful, made better knowing that designer tara-lynn morrison uses only sustainable yarns fairly sourced from south america and only her hands to knit each and every order. i’ve been following her since i started blogging, and each season i think that she can’t top herself, and yet she does! her latest round of knits make me wish i could move up to canada and swath myself in her luxuriously soft shawls and toques.

if you like what you see, make sure to check out part one of her collection and to head on over to shop good night, day.

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good night, day fall 2016 (pt. 1)

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i have long been a fan of canadian designer tara-lynn morrison and her knitwear brand good night, day. i think our online friendship began right around the same time that i became a blogger over 8 years ago! which is truly impressive when i really start to think about it. she’s been dreaming up beautiful knits for years and hand-knitting every single piece in her shop, and continuing to inspire me as i follow along on her journey. with fashion, it’s so easy to get swept away with the latest trends or the most sought-after labels without thinking too much about who made them or where they came from. but tara-lynn’s work stops you in your tracks and helps to shake you out of your fast-fashion trance. all of her fibers are ethically sourced from south america and every single piece has been knit by her. when you make a purchase from good night, day you are contributing to the slow fashion movement. her work is consciously political, sustainable, and beautiful.

and this season, she does not disappoint. looking at these images, i want to step right into the dreamy world that she’s created, draped in luxurious textures and feeling the crisp autumn air against my skin. my favorite is definitley the dark umber inklin sweater seen above. it seems like the perfect thing to wear with a pair of jeans or thrown over a simple dress on a chilly day.

shop good night, day.

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solly baby fall 2016

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a couple of months back, i had the extraordinary opportunity to work with solly baby on their fall 2016 lookbook! our household is really big on babywearing (even adam!), so we were really delighted to be involved. and i got the chance to try out some of the fall collection before they hit the stores, including the currently sold-out but soon to be back-in-stock rifle x solly baby wrap seen here in the photos.

poor little edie was unexpectedly sick the day of the shoot, so she ended up sleeping on my chest throughout the entire shoot, which actually turned out to be the perfect thing for her. holding them close like this makes all of the difference because it helps them to feel calm and comfortable, while i’m able to keep my hands free. it’s a win all the way around!

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a family trip to st. louis!

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if you follow me on instagram, then you may have noticed that we actually left the house last weekend! and not just for a stroll around the neighborhood. we packed our bags, drove to the airport, boarded a plane, and survived a two hour layover in order to make our way to st. louis–with a 2.5 year old and a 5 month old! i know, it was no small feat, but it was 100% worth it. with the little ones around, we tend to be homebodies. we kinda stick within a few-mile radius of the house so that we can take naps, eat good food, and avoid toddler meltdowns whenever possible. but it also means that mama starts to get a bit of cabin fever. so when my friends at the alive influencer network and explore st. louis asked if we’d like to visit, i didn’t even hesitate! the last time we were in town, i was 6 months pregnant with adam and we had so much fun exploring the city. this time, things have changed quite a bit, but it’s only expanded our appreciation for just how family-friendly it is in st. louis.
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city museum

this was the first place we went when we got to st. louis, so we still didn’t have our bearings. adam had a ton of fun there, but we totally forgot to take photos, so i hope that crumb bumbs doesn’t mind that i’m using some of her photos. she lives in st. louis and has featured this place a number of times on her blog, so you should definitely check her out. having said that, i can share our first impression, which is that the city museum is amazing and unlike any other place i have ever been. it’s like a giant playground for children and adults alike.

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calivintage - exploring st. louis
calivintage - exploring st. louis

pi pizzeria

i was really excited to visit this place because one of their claims to fame is that they make president obama’s favorite pie! in addition to their chicago-style deep dish pizza, they have a really great selection of craft beers and cocktails.

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calivintage - exploring st. louis
calivintage - exploring st. louis

living collective

after filling-up on pizza, we took a stroll down the street in the central west end neighborhood to this rad little boutique. they stock a really great selection of indie designers like samantha pleet, rachel antonoff, and nooworks. and they had the best halloween decorations up. not only that, but they share a space with vino gallery, so i got to sip on a glass of rose while i shopped!

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calivintage - exploring st. louis
calivintage - exploring st. louis

taste bar

this was my last stop for the evening because i had to get back to the kids, but it was pretty nice to sit and enjoy yet another cocktail and this incredibly indulgent ice cream treat topped with magic shell!

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calivintage - exploring st. louis
calivintage - exploring st. louis

strange folk festival

as luck would have it, our trip was perfectly timed so that we could enjoy not only the murmuration festival, but also strange folk! this free event takes place in the incredibly charming lafayette square. it was a seriously hot and humid day (we’re talking nearly 100 degrees), but we still enjoyed a slow stroll through this indie craft show while sipping on cold drinks. not only were there a ton of cool vendors, but the neighborhood and park were stunning. i seriously can’t get over the incredible history and architecture of this city!

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calivintage - exploring st. louis
calivintage - exploring st. louis

vicia

after heading back for a nap in the hotel room, we headed out to the vicia dinner pop-up to kick off the murmuration festival! they served a variety of super-fresh, farm-to-table bites and we had a chance to lounge around and relax a bit before the evening began.

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calivintage - exploring st. louis

murmuration festival

we only stayed for a short bit, but mr. adam blended in quite well playing with my cell phone like a proper blogger, haha. the main different being that he was watching videos of monster trucks while patiently waiting for me to stop catching up with friends. it’s a 3­ day festival featuring influential speakers, national innovation thought­leaders, a juried art competition and cutting-­edge music performances. innovators, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs are invited to engage the public and share their work. this was the first year of the festival, so i’m sure it will only continue to grow and feature some of the best and brightest of st. louis and beyond.

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the missouri botanical gardens

we have lots and lots of photos from our sunday morning at mobot because we were lucky enough to have the photographer, elizabeth wiseman, come along with us. she’s also the person who took most of the photos for this post. and she has a son close to adam’s age and lives nearby, so she gave us the insider scoop on the best spots for kids. they have a children’s garden with sand boxes. splash pads, a giant slide, the list goes on. definitely one of the more family-friendly gardens i’ve ever been to! definitely worth a visit if you’ve got kids!

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calivintage - exploring st. louis
calivintage - exploring st. louis

the preston

we rounded out our trip with one last stop for the evening at the preston inside the chase park plaza. this beautiful, historic hotel is located in the central west end, which is a super charming neighborhood right next to forest park. it’s a really great place for fine dining without all of the pretension. adam and edith were welcome to eat with us as we sampled their ecclectic menu of shareable dishes. and mom and dad got to try a fancy cocktail!

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the cheshire hotel and restaurants

and last but not least, a big thank you to the campy cheshire hotel for having us once again. we stayed there on our last trip, so it was fun to go back and say hello to the giant taxidermy bear and play on the giant chess board outside. they also have several restaurants on the property including basso, boundary, and the fox & the hound tavern. they were kind enough to supply us with a few gift cards to the restaurants, so when we weren’t out and about, you could find us sampling each restaurant while lounging around in the hotel room.

and once again, a huge thank you to the alive influencer network and explore st. louis for inviting us for such a fun family weekend!

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family style with the new zappos loyalty program!

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this post is sponsored by zappos.

if you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you probably know that i’ve been a zappos customer for years. i think i made my first purchase on the site before i was even a blogger, and i’ve been doing this for over 8 years now! so you know i was excited when they let me know about their brand new zappos loyalty program! whether you’re brand new to zappos or have been shopping there for years, it’s free to join and you can instantly start earning points towards perks and benefits like free expedited shipping and early access to sales. earn 10 points for every $1 spent, earn 50 points just for logging in, and earn 100 points each time you leave a product review. the more points you earn, the more rewards you get! and for a limited time, existing zappos customers will get a $15 zappos reward code when they join the zappos loyalty program.

so here we are outfitted in some of our zappos favorites for some fun family photos. i’ve been trying to make a better effort to get photos of us all together, which i have to tell you, is no easy feat! but getting some new early fall clothes in the mail was certainly a good excuse to do it! i’m having a lot of fun putting edie in little vintage dresses with tiny cardigans, while adam is going a bit more practical with sturdy pants and comfy sweaters. but this is california, so you know we all love our sandals, haha! these are some of my favorite classics from saltwaters sandals, swedish hasbeens, and birkenstocks. they all stand up to constant wear and go with pretty much everything. and i love the convenience of being able to buy all of these brands in one place with free shipping, free returns, and excellent customer service.

i’m wearing: colorant cashmere sweater, samantha pleet plank jeans, swedish hasbeens braided high clog sandals

edie is wearing: vintage dress, petite soul bonnet, pumpkin patch kids chunky cardigan, saltwater sandals sea wees

adam is wearing: fairends camp hat, polo ralph lauren kids hooded pullover, volcom kids frickin slim chino pants, birkenstock kids roma sandals

all linked items courtesy of zappos

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garmentory pop up vintage shop!

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it’s vintage month at garmentory! they’re hosting an exclusive pop-up shop all october long with one-of-a-kinds and coveted pieces from vintage curators where i was from, duo nyc, hey jude, blacksheep, the shudio, kaleidos, objects without meaning, shop boswell, johan and nonna. the shop just opened today, so you better head over because i have a feeling these pieces will be selling out fast. and you know the drill with vintage, once it’s gone, it’s gone!

bonus: if you’ve never shopped at garmentory before, you can get $20 off your first purchase using my referral link to sign up! the credit will automatically be applied to your account and works on anything available through the site.

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des enfantillages

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even though today is only the last day of september, it really is that time of year when we’re switching gears and preparing for the holiday season. i always let it creep up on me, but with two babies to tend after, it’s become very important for me to prepare well in advance if i want to accomplish even half of the things on my to-do list for the holidays. that means i already have their halloween costumes picked out and almost complete, and i’m already thinking ahead to christmas gifts and birthday parties (adam’s birthday is at the very beginning of january, i can’t forget)! this year, we seem to have lots more babies and small children around us than in years past, so i’ve been on the hunt for nice gifts. which is how i came across the montreal-based children’s brand, des enfantillages. they make the most simple and charming little toys for children that i have come across in a while.

as i’ve mentioned before, we practice the montessori method both at school and at home for the kids. if you search around online, you’ll notice that a lot of the toys are very plain and simple. part of the ideology is that you don’t want things that are overly stimulating or distracting while they are engaging in imaginative play. and while i do tend to follow that to a certain extent, i do still enjoy a bit of color and whimsy. so these toys really do hit all the right notes for us. not that we don’t also have tonka monster trucks for good measure, but i do like to have a balance of toys around the house that will be both entertaining and educational for the kids. plus these make especially good gifts!

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