outfit: swim wear

calivintage + deta swimwear

i can’t remember the last time i loved a swimsuit quite as much as this beautiful mustard one piece from deta knits. for starters, it doubles as day wear. and in my case, lounge wear as well. yes, i’ve literally just pulled it on to wear in bed while reading a book or lounging on the sofa when no one is around. it’s made of a fine knit so it’s a perfect cross between a bodysuit and a more traditional swimsuit. and you can’t go wrong with the color! i’m also particularly fussy about the way swimsuits can kinda cut into your skin, but because it’s a knit, you don’t get any of that! so you’ll be hearing me sing praises about this for the rest of the season, for sure.

oh, and it’s ethically produced in new york city by anna berger, a communication designer who recently moved from berlin to nyc. what’s even more interesting is that her line is not just experimenting with knitwear design, but also co-developing and producing designs with local seniors. of the work, berger says:

We’ve heard from a lot of our senior collaborators that it’s been a good use of their time as well as an outlet for their passion for handcraft. It’s proven to be a mutually beneficial relationship: the seniors help the label with their skills, and the label provides them with additional income. It’s been rewarding working together with a cross-generational team on a product that normally would not be expected to unite different age groups.

so wonderful! i really love the way she’s thinking outside of box and i’m so excited to see what else she comes up with! not only that, but today we have a deal for you:

use code “calivintage” for 20% of deta knits through july 25!

one piece mustard swimsuit courtesy of deta
ilana kohn cielo skirt courtesy of mada
maryam nassir zadeh mules
thrifted vintage belt

calivintage + deta swimwear
calivintage + deta swimwear
calivintage + deta swimwear
calivintage + deta swimwear
calivintage + deta swimwear

outfit: the mada summer sale (and a $100 giveaway!)

i can’t believe how long it’s been since i’ve hosted a giveaway! they’re one of my favorite things to do, so today is a very sweet welcome back. i’ve partnered with seattle-based mada boutique to celebrate the launch of her mega summer sale, and we’re kicking things off by offering one lucky reader the chance to win a $100 gift code to shop.

and get 20% off at mada (including sale items) using code “madavip” through july 27!

now onto these photos! i had so much fun shooting this mini lookbook for the shop. this desert backdrop is literally our back yard while we’re staying at my mom’s house for the summer, and it was the perfect place to showplace these fun summer looks that i’ve been wearing nonstop. all available at mada right now. so don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!

visit this post on instagram and enter for a chance to win $100 to mada!

espanola hat from avenue boutique
first right tank top
ilana kohn cielo skirt courtesy of mada
maryam nassir zadeh sandals

whit esme dress courtesy of mada
loq sandals

espanola hat from avenue boutique
ace & jig heights jumper in nymph courtesy of mada
maryam nassir zadeh sandals

custom t-shirt courtesy of silvae
re-done ultra high rise jeans
maryam nassir zadeh pumps


outfit: suburban summer

i may have forgotten to mention this… but a couple of weeks ago, we quietly packed up all of our belongings and temporarily moved out of our house for the summer. we’re in the middle of a big house project that has forced us to leave while work is being done, so we’re staying with my mom out in the desert for the next several weeks. it’s a pretty big change for all of us, and it’s definitely taken some adjustment. but it actually turns out to be kinda like a mini vacation. if for nothing more than just the change of scenery. that and the fact that my mom is around, spoiling us with home cooked meals, and even letting me sneak in some much needed naps.

she lives on a nice big property with a vegetable garden and a swimming pool! so we’ve been enjoying that quiet, suburban life. and wouldn’t you know? it seems to be affecting my style, too. someone mentioned that this outfit was a bit of a “calivintage throwback,” and i have to agree. it definitely feels like i’m stepping into a new chapter in life these days, too. my kids are kids now! the baby phase is over, we’re all getting more sleep, and dresses don’t seem quite as ridiculously impractical anymore!

vintage crop top courtesy of rawson
rachel antonoff barbie dress (i got mine from myrtleit’s currently sold out, but you can pre-order it in ivory denim!)
everlane modern buckle sandals in dark green suede
clare v. petit alistair in veg tan

outfit: midsummer

and just like that, summer has arrived. i’m hanging out with my little buddy (who makes an appearance in the very last photo in this post) and trying my best to “be present” as they say. we have a running list of fun activities we want to do: build a fort out of cardboard boxes, get a kid-friendly camera to shoot photos (his request), melt crayons, go swimming, make play dough, etc, etc. so we’ve been keeping ourselves occupied. and i’m appropriately wearing this beautiful new jumpsuit from my friends at fauxgerty because it truly is the perfect “mom uniform.” something you can throw on to look pulled together, but that you can still totally wear on an impromptu trip to the park with the kids. not only that, but everything from fauxgerty is made where they’re based in st. louis, so they can ensure that their garments are sewn with attention to detail while abiding by their ethical standards. their seamstresses are paid 36% over the regional average, but their clothes won’t break the bank. this jumpsuit is made in the usa with an upcycled linen cotton blend, and clocks in at totally reasonable $155.

and if you’re on the hunt for a new pair of summer clogs, now is the time to snag a pair from sandgrens. i’m wearing the classic rio grande sandal, which is on sale for 50% through sunday. get to those links below!

sandgrens is having their midsummer sale right now. get 25 – 50% off through sunday, july 1st or while supplies last!

the amber jumpsuit courtesy of fauxgerty
espanola hat from avenue boutique
rio grande high clogs courtesy of sandgrens, currently 50% off!

outfit: transparent

as much as i’ve been working on perfecting my summer uniform, i’ve also been experimenting with clothes completely outside of my comfort zone. case in point? this ultraviolet dress by ajaie alaie. not only is it a color i have literally never worn in my life, but it’s also a slip dress. something that i rarely ever wear because i have to wear a strapless bra underneath, and i get all weirdly uncomfortable about my arms because they’re not michelle obama perfect. but you know what? it’s exhausting to be so self-conscious all of the time! if i wait until i’ve lost those few pounds i gained from stress eating hot cheetos, or until my arms are perfectly tanned and toned, then time is just going to pass me right by. so i say, life is too short! wear the damn dress!

oh and i haven’t even talked about this tote! it’s from one of my favorites, golden ponies, and it comes in a bunch of different colors: pink, clear, holographic, black, and the tortoiseshell pattern i’m wearing now. i’ve been thinking a lot about alternatives to leather, and i think this tote really fits the bill because it’s fun and affordable and, well, not leather. and if you’re not familiar with the brand, they also have a ton of cute shoes, all handmade in mexico.

get 20% off your purchase at golden ponies using code ‘calivintage’ through june 22!

ajaie alaie full moon dress from brookes boswell
loq ara sandal in nude
clear plastic tote bag courtesy of golden ponies

photography by melissa sonico.

outfit: puff sleeve summer

wearing my summer uniform today courtesy of one of my favorite online vintage shops, rawson. or if you’re lucky enough to be in chicago, you can visit their brick & mortar. they have a ton of vintage blouses just like this one and i kinda want one for every day of the week? i remember back when i was in high school and early college, my friends and i would do “sleeveless summers.” meaning we’d cut the sleeves off all of our t-shirts. well, now i’m declaring it a “puff sleeve summer.” and rawson is providing the goods.

in other news, i seriously need a haircut. i feel like i’ve been even more camera shy than usual because i’ve been growing out a botched cut i got earlier this year. and i just know it’s the universe punishing me for cheating on my hairdresser for the first time in 10 years! so it’s just been one long agonizing awkward growing-out phase. i’ve been using bobby pins to hide it, or else pulling it back into a tiny ponytail and wearing a hat. if you live in the los angeles area, go see shannon at refuge salon in highland park. he won’t do you wrong.

vintage blouse courtesy of rawson
jesse kamm sailor pants in american denim
mari giudicelli leblon mules
bamboo clutch courtesy of moorea seal


outfit: fauxgerty

little known fact: i became a vegetarian at the age of 12, and vegan at the age of 15. in high school, i was the president of the animal rights club. i would mostly bake vegan cookies and pass them out at lunch in an attempt to convince people that you could give up dairy and still have delicious treats. yet i was still somehow labeled as “the girl who hates cows” because i did a presentation about factory farming and suggested that cows were damaging the environment. obviously, i didn’t get the message across. i was a real-life lisa simpson.

fast forward more years than i’d care to count, and i’m no longer as militant in my beliefs as i once was. i’m not a self-identified vegan or even vegetarian, but the number of years i spent focusing on a plant-based (and cruelty-free) diet has really shaped my lifestyle choices today. obviously i don’t talk much about food because this is a fashion blog. but i can say that i’ve pretty dramatically shifted my focus towards a more ethical garment industry over the past several years.

and while i’ve seen a lot of talk about sustainability in fashion in recent years, it doesn’t typically delve into leather. i know i’m guilty of it! i tend to wear leather because i see it as a “natural” option that can last a lifetime. but the reality is that the production of cow leather leaves a massive footprint on the environment. i know a lot of us tend to shy away from “synthetic” materials, but fauxgerty is really leading the way in sourcing alternative materials with less impact on the environment, and on animals. founded in 2013 by chrissy fogerty,

“[their] garments are made of pre-loved vintage, innovative faux-leathers and suedes, and sustainable fabrics like hemp and fair-trade, organic cotton. [they] repurpose vintage fabrics for [their] dresses, skirts, jumpsuits and liners (beginning in 2017) to upcycle textiles that otherwise would have been disposed of in a landfill. [their] faux-leather is now pvc-free and [their] faux-suede uses post-consumer materials in it’s construction.”

if you’re leather-free, or interested in going leather-free, they truly have the best faux-leather jackets! two of my current favorites are the delicious olive suede biker jacket, the swazey, and the cute, rust suede bomber jacket, the ebaughmer. and of course, they also focus on other sustainable textiles, my favorite (photographed in this post) is the frannie dress, constructed in the usa with upcycled vintage 100% linen fabric. you already know how much i love linen, so this one was a no-brainer for me. and once this hot summer weather cools off a bit, i’m seriously looking into getting one of their amazing jackets! in the meantime, look out for a few more outfits featuring this awesome brand. and…

use code “calivintage” for 15% off at fauxgerty now through june 2!

the frannie dress courtesy of fauxgerty
maryam nassir zadeh mules
bannet bag courtesy of ollie ella

day space night

i’ve been following day space night for a few seasons now, and finally realized that i’d never shared them with you! i was initially drawn to them for their easy matching sets and fun color palettes. but it’s funny, as much as i love color, i always shy away from the bold prints that catch my eye. luckily for me, they’ve just released a collection of neutrals in oatmeal and black linen. the kinds of clothes that lay the foundation for a practical wardrobe without being boring. because as much as i love “the basics,” i need a little bit of style, too. and that’s exactly what you’ll find with these beautiful linen wares. i could easily see myself snapping up every single piece from this collection in both colors and wearing them again and again. the sam crop is such a perfect take on a classic men’s shirt. and was so bummed what i saw that the a-ok overalls were already sold out because i could easily see myself wearing them as part of my summer uniform. but thankfully, it looks like they’ve be restocking soon!

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you can tell i’ve been bracing myself for some seriously hot weather by how much i’ve been posting about linen lately. but can you really resist when collections like this exist to keep you looking fancy as hell even in the heat of the summer? i first came across stil while browsing through the offerings at one of my favorite shops, avenue boutique. the first thing that jumped out at me was the perfectly retro loren playsuit, which is what my summer vacation dreams are made of. but then of course, i wandered over to their site to learn more about the brand:

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outfit: wild country

just like with my last outfit, sometimes you just gotta go with it. as soon as i laid my eyes on this gauzy dream dress by little tienda, i knew i had to have it. never mind that i rarely ever wear dresses anymore, or that it makes me look like a member of the rajneeshpuram. the heart wants what it wants. and maybe what i want is to float around on some remote oregonian commune wearing this dress. but also it’s just a complete ’80s dream, and i fully plan to be living that dream all spring and summer long. i wasn’t kidding when i said i was going to be fully embracing “the summer of the statement sleeve.” i kinda hope that the end of this season culminates with me walking down the aisle looking like a cream-puff princess diana. i am so ready to go over-the-top.

but in all seriousness, that wasn’t a wedding announcement, but this dress is just great. it’s a lightweight cotton gauze that i literally just washed (in the gentle cycle) and tossed into the dryer (on low), so it would take on a slightly crumpled, and totally casual texture. it’s exactly what you need to be wearing when the weather gets hot. and i’m bracing myself for it because i know it’s coming.

little tienda freya dress
circulo handwoven palm bag in small courtesy of artisan & fox
maryam nassir zadeh slides