lo & sons

when it comes to clothes, i feel like i pretty much know my taste. i know what i like and what i don’t like, and i tend to have a pretty intentional wardrobe with clothes that are classic, versatile, and a little bit interesting. i have a formula that works for me, and i’m pretty happy with it. but when it comes to handbags, i’ve been having the hardest time figuring out what i really want. i guess that probably seems silly, but i can never seem to commit to any particular style, so i’ve been putting off buying a new handbag for ages, and just stick with the same old, same old. so i was really thankful when lo & sons helped pull me out of my rut with this new handbag. designed with travel in mind, they created a small handbag that can be worn four different ways to suit your many different needs: as a classic crossbody, a shoulder bag, a clutch, or a belt bag.

pretty much perfect for my indecisiveness about handbags, don’t you think? i particularly like wearing is as a crossbody or belt bag, but you can see all of the different iterations in the photos. and it comes in black with gold or silver-toned hardware, grey, and sienna leather as seen in my photos.

shop the waverley now!

wearing:
the waverley convertible leather crossbody & belt bag courtesy of lo & sons
power of my people linen shirt
jesse kamm pants in cunningham blue (this color has sold out, but them come in lots of other shades)
mari giudicelli leblon mules
steven alan bryce sunglasses in peach crystal




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seeing double

calivintage + hackwith design house hdh basics plus

it’s been a little while, but my sister erica is finally making another appearance on the blog! it took a bit of coercing on my part, but i was really excited to do this shoot with her to talk about hackwith design housethey recently updated their hdh basics line to include even more of their classic styles in a larger range of sizes from xs to 4x. a common complaint that my sister has is that plus sized clothing offerings aren’t the same as the cute stuff you find in straight sizes. i know it’s not easy, but if more brands would hire multiple fit models, they could scale their sizing up or down to fit a broader range of people, so that everyone can enjoy the same garments instead of being relegated to only one section of a shop.

case in point: we were both able to get this easy wide leg jumper and be twinsies haha. no, we don’t match like this every day, but it is great that no matter who asks us where we got our jumpsuit, we know that they can go online and find it in their size. and that’s exactly how it should be!

i’m wearing: hackwith design house wide leg jumper, vintage blouse, vintage handbag, maryam nassir zadeh sophie sandals, steven alan bryce sunglasses in peach crystal

erica is wearing: hackwith design house wide leg jumpereasy kimono in white, pons avarcas, clare v. petite kenya bagg-star raw caramel crystalline sunglasses

calivintage + hackwith design house hdh basics plus
calivintage + hackwith design house hdh basics plus
calivintage + hackwith design house hdh basics plus
calivintage + hackwith design house hdh basics plus

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someware goods giveaway!

two exciting things today: 1. i’m sharing another little peek at the progress i’ve made on my patio, and 2. i’m giving away one of these beautiful hammocks from someware! if you’re not familiar, they’re an online shop based in los angeles featuring beautifully curated items for the home, handcrafted by artisans and designers from around the world. in addition to paying fair wages for these expertley crafted handmade goods, they also donate a portion of profits to live simply 4 peru.

i’ve been a fan of the shop for quite a while because they have such a great selection of woven baskets and beautiful textiles. this hammock was the perfect addition to the patio as i continue to spruce things up in our little outdoor living area. the hammocks have since sold out, but someware set one aside specifically for one lucky winner of our giveaway!

to enter, visit this post on instagram!

and get 20% off your purchase at someware with code ‘calivintage’ now through sunday, july 23rd!



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the frame

you may remember a few weeks back, we started the process of redecorating our living room. the whole space got a fresh coat of paint and i started simple with a fireplace makeover. but one thing i forgot to mention is that we completely removed our old television from above the mantle because we just couldn’t figure out a way to make it work in our tiny living room. don’t get me wrong, i like to watch tv as much as the next person, but i don’t really like the way it takes up so much space and has a tendency to become this dominating presence in the room. add in the fact that we don’t have a ton of wall space– and tastefully decorating a functional living room for the family has become a really tricky endeavor.

enter samsung’s latest collaboration with designer yves béhar– the frame. we received this innovative new tv in collaboration with samsung, and i didn’t even know what i was missing before it arrived! you may remember that previously, this wall served as a sort of makeshift foyer (see here and here). our current patio/mudroom is out of commission due to renovations (which is an entirely different story that i’ll have to save for another day!), so we’ve been sacrificing a big part of our living room as a place to store our shoes and drop off the mail. it was cutting the room in half and was creating a lot of wasted space in an already cramped area of the house. after changing things up, i can honestly say that without the frame, there is literally no other way we could have made a television work in here so gracefully.

true to it’s slogan, it is literally the most beautiful tv you’ve never seen. if i hadn’t taken these photos myself, at first glance, i don’t even think i would have known it was a television. the beauty is in the super sleek design coupled with the no gap wall mount so that it hangs flush with the wall alongside all of your favorite framed photos or artwork. the invisible connection is virtually undetectable and eliminates the usual mess of cables so that it truly looks like framed art on display. when you’re not watching your favorite shows, you can leave it in ‘art mode,’ allowing you to select your favorite art from a gallery of 100 professionally curated pieces of art. or you can upload your favorite family photos, it’s up to you. if the black frame isn’t your thing, you can also customize it with three additional bezel options in light wood, walnut, or white metal.

the design is really what sold me because it’s allowed me to ‘hide’ the television in plain view and put it in a place that helps to keep the living room cohesive and functional at the same time, which has totally opened up the possibilities when it comes to the rest of the decor as we continue working on the space. but if you’re more into the technical specs, then you’ll be impressed to know that it is a 4k hdpro tv with four times more pixels than full hd. and it’s no small thing coming in both 55″ and 65″ sizes. it’s like having an art gallery and a secret home theater all wrapped up into one tiny living room. who knew a tv could do so much?

go check out the frame for yourself!

other details: framebridge frames, vintage rocking chair found on apartment therapy marketplace, cb2 stax shelf, monroe workshop toy elephant, vintage baskets, good thing mini container in forest, manhattan toy skwish, areaware balancing blocks, vintage throw pillows, kosas home indoor/outdoor rug (sold out, but this one is similar)






this post was created in collaboration with samsung.

 

 

 

 

 

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mom and me

calivintage - mom and me

ok so i know this is a polarizing topic. love it or hate it, but cue your best zoolander impression because according to pinterest, the “mom and me” trend is so hot right now. and while it may sometimes be cringe-inducing, i challenge you to resist the urge! back when adam was a teeny tiny thing, we often ended up in matching outfits by accident, but even i couldn’t help but get dressed up in our very best motherboy ensemble. he’s grown quite a bit since then, so while you may not find us matching quite so literally any more, we still occasionally step out in tastefully coordinated outfits like these.

i’ve also included some of the very top “mom and me” pins trending on pinterest right now, along with plenty more of my favorite mom style pins in the board below!

calivintage - mom and me

calivintage - mom and me
calivintage - mom and me style
calivintage - mom and me

i’m wearing:
curator theo dress
steven alan bryce sunglasses in peach crystal
saltwater classic slides
lo & sons bag

adam is wearing:
misha & puff boardwalk t-shirt
soor ploom scout shorts
saltwater sun-san sailor sandals
fairends waxed canvas camp cap

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summer whites

calivintage + margu

we’re stepping into a heat wave over here. a 107 degree high in the middle of june. it’s kind of a bummer, but it’s the perfect time for me to throw on my new matching set by margu! it’s made of a breezy cotton silk blend with a subtle woven stripe, and i can’t think of anything better to wear in such hot weather. and you know how much i love a good matching set. wear together, mix and match. i have a feeling that i’ll be getting a lot of use out of both of these pieces for the rest of the season.

if you aren’t familiar with margu, she makes the best selection of feminine, vintage-inspired womenswear! based in fayetteville, arkansas, designer emily delong designs, cuts, and sews each garment by hand using sustainably-sourced natural textiles. she makes  an especially perfect fit and flare dress in a bunch of different fabrics and colors in addition to easy separates and a wrap dress that i can’t get out of my mind!

shop margu

wearing:
margu regatta top and sawyer pants
maryam nassir zadeh palma low
steven alan bryce sunglasses in peach crystal
natalie joy arc + line earrings
only child cardiff work coat
vintage woven handbag

calivintage + margu

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enter to win $250 to curator sf!

calivintage + curator sf

since becoming a mother, i get a lot of questions from people about how to dress post-baby. having a kid can really affect your wardrobe, particularly if you’re breastfeeding. the solution is usually to wear jeans and a t-shirt or some other simple combination, so you can pull up your shirt to feed the baby. but sometimes, i really miss wearing a dress! the new uma dress by curator is the perfect solution. what i love is that it isn’t exclusively a “maternity” or “nursing” garment– anyone can wear it. it’s just a really comfy caftan style dress with a hidden zipper up the front. perfect for before, during, and after pregnancy. a versatile dress that meets a lot of needs for a lot of different people. and it comes with a self belt, which i wore a few different ways in the photos, making it even more fun to play around with.

and so, for all you mamas and mamas-to-be, we’ve decided to give away $250 to curator! so you can pick this or anything else from the shop! everything is designed, cut, and sewn in the bay area. and they have a ton of comfortable, wearable clothes to choose from!

to enter, visit this instagram post! and get 20% off your order with code “calivintage” now through june 14!

wearing:
uma dress courtesy of curator
metronome earrings courtesy of curator
maryam nassir zadeh palma low sandals (<– get $20 off your first order at garmentory with my link)
vintage woven handbag
garrett leight wilson sunglasses

calivintage + curator sf
calivintage + curator sf
calivintage + curator sf
calivintage + curator sf
calivintage + curator sf

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talking montessori with noble carriage

noble carriage interview with calivintage

wanted to stop in today to share that i was interviewed for the noble carriage blog and talked about how we do montessori at home. it’s a bit of a departure from my usual outfit posts and home decor posts, which was a little scary for me at first, but i’m really glad with how the photos came out and i hope you enjoy getting a little glimpse into our daily lives. of course toddler tantrums have been edited out, but other than that, it’s a pretty accurate picture of how we live.

my very talented neighbor yvette came over to shoot the photos, so i decided to share some of my favorite images (including a few that didn’t make the cut), but you should definitely head on over to the blog to read the interview and see the full feature!

noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage

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nanushka spring 2017

calivintage - nanushka spring 2017

i know we’re kind of getting midseason over here, but with summer vacation upon us, i’m just getting started! the spring 2017 collection by nanushka has been popping up in my pinterest feed lately, and i love it so much! the brand had never really been on my radar before, but it was started in 2005 by designer sandra sandor and has grown to over 30 countries worldwide. so it’s about time that they caught my attention! all of the collections are designed in budapest and produced in europe.

the latest collection really caught my eye because it has this very fun, touristy vibe to it. it’s playful, yet still sophisticated with lots of interesting and offbeat elements. it’s the type of wardrobe i wish i could pack for my imaginary summer getaway. probably my favorite piece is the woven dana dress above, and i’m also really enjoying the straw hats and wicker handbags for that fun and carefree vibe.

shop nanushka here

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a fireplace before & after with true value

calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value

another little space in our house is coming together! i never say a project is “finished” because there are always improvements to be made, but i’m feeling pretty good about this transformation. if you take a quick scroll past the text, you’ll see what i mean. that photo down there is what it looked like the day we moved in. dirty brown carpet, heavy drapes, cheesy sconces, hotel room artwork. the fireplace was boarded up with a really hideous screen leaning up against it. when it was on the market, i’m sure some people took one look at this living room and turned right around, but i knew that it was just a matter of cosmetics. all it really took was a couple of days work. we peeled away that dirty carpet to reveal the original 1920s hardwood floors, we switched out the light fixtures, added our own decor, and slapped on a fresh coat of paint.

and today i’ve teamed up with true value to share my experience choosing the perfect shades of white for your home. but before i go too far on the subject, i do need to preface this by saying that it is nearly impossible to photograph white and get an accurate depiction. i tried to get as close of an approximation as possible with these photos, but the only way for you to truly see what these colors look like is to get some samples and paint your walls! it even took me a few different tries mixing different shades of white to land on something that i really loved. so if you’re on the hunt, i’ve done a little bit of the legwork for you.

the walls are my absolute favorite shade of white. it is the true value easy care ultra premium flat interior in swiss coffee. the color was actually first recommended to me by my house painter and it is a standard shade that it available though many different brands. but it is still a standout choice and my personal favorite for my home. it’s a really great neutral white that isn’t too stark and clinical or too dark and yellow. it gives you that perfect scandinavian vibe– a nice soft white that serves as a clean backdrop for your decor. if you’ve ever had trouble with whites looking too blue or too dingy, then this color will be like a breath of fresh air.

it’s not as noticeable in the photos, but for the trim, i went with a slightly warmer shade of white– true value easy care ultra premium satin interior in sand dollar. i was going for more of a traditional look with this choice because i think it goes well with my 1920s home. i like it because it’s a nice creamy vanilla shade that helps to give just a little bit of dimension and depth without jumping out at you or competing with the decor. it just looks like it belongs. i actually had to go through quite a few different shades to land on this one, so i’ll share what i learned: look at the undertones of the shade you’re using! i was just plucking colors from the samples that i thought looked nice. but when i got home, they were either too pink or too yellow. i finally figured out that you can actually look at the undertones of the color formula as a guide to help you find a complimentary color. i took a look at the neutral undertones of swiss coffee and it helped steer me in the direction of the right shade to warm things up just a tad.

then it was just a matter of painting! this was the first time i’ve tried true value paints and i was really impressed with how viscous the formulas are. the ultra premium line just came out, and it is a paint and primer in one, so you can literally just slap on a coat or two and you’re done.

details: true value easy care ultra premium flat interior in swiss coffee on the walls and satin interior in sand dollar on the trim, visual comfort right angle sconces in hand rubbed antique brass, rock & pebble ele villa, areawear balancing blocks, vintage rocking chair and throw pillows, kosas home cosuma indoor outdoor kilim rug

calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value
calivintage - a fireplace before & after with true value

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of True Value. The opinions and text are all mine.

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