don’t sweat the small stuff

calivintage + stainmaster carpet care

as i’m sure you know, the past couple of years have seen a lot of change around here. it’s been an adjustment getting used to life with a toddler and an infant, on top of settling into our first home together as a family. the place has really started come together decor-wise in recent months, but it hasn’t always been that way. let me tell you a little story: before adam was born, i was never really into home decor. i was into punk as a kid and as i grew older, my various apartments were mostly filled with random thrift store furniture, house plants, half-finished art projects, piles of laundry… i didn’t know a thing about lamps or rugs or accent pieces. but in those last moments before adam was born, my hormones kicked into high gear and i suddenly found myself in a nesting frenzy. i was literally rearranging furniture at 38 weeks pregnant, and in a panic because his nursery wasn’t even finished. and in my rush to get the house perfect for the baby, i made some… interesting design choices. for one, i fell in love with a very stunning (and very expensive) vintage kilim rug with a pale floral pattern. and then adam was born.

shortly after his birth, our doctor referred to him as a “happy spitter,” which was basically a polite way of saying that he was a puking machine. he didn’t have anything medically wrong with him, he wasn’t sick or suffering from reflux or anything, he just puked. a lot. within months, my entire apartment was literally covered in baby puke. and that beautiful pastel rug i was talking about? let’s just say it was a small sacrifice to pay for a happy, healthy baby. fast forward a couple of years and i’ve learned quite a few lessons about decor and housekeeping. for starters, it’s probably a good idea to choose a rug in a more forgiving color scheme and pattern, preferably something that was designed for high traffic areas and lots of messes. we swapped out our beloved vintage rug for indoor/outdoor rugs made of 100% recycled plastic bags! they look like wool, but they do a really good job of repelling dirt, so they require a lot less care than a super absorbent natural fiber. but also, there are such things as cleaners that you can use to clean up messes before they get out of hand. yeah.

enter stainmaster carpet care. we teamed up with the brand to try their line of carpet care products, which are specifically designed to treat stain-resistant, nylon, and polyester carpets and rugs like the ones we now use. they have several different formulas designed to remove tough stains while leaving behind an invisible shield to repel dirt and protect against future stains without sticky residue. those two simple solutions have totally changed the way i react to my little “mess makers” around the house. now when edie spits up or adam drops his food, i’m not stressing myself out over ruined rugs. we simply wipe it up and move one to more important things. which is exactly the type of outlook us mamas need to keep sane and enjoy these precious moments with our little ones before they’re all grown up! oh, and it doesn’t hurt when dad pitches-in and helps us clean our messes, too!

calivintage + stainmaster carpet care
calivintage + stainmaster carpet care
calivintage + stainmaster carpet care
calivintage + stainmaster carpet care
calivintage + stainmaster carpet care

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misha and puff fall 2016

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true story: i’ve been a fan of children’s knitwear designer misha and puff since before i even knew if i wanted kids! and now that i have two of my own, my love for them has grown even more. knitwear is so perfect for little ones because it’s so soft and stretchy, while still being a tad more interesting than your standard issue onesie. don’t get me wrong, i still love a good onesie, but i am absolutely nuts over all of misha and puff’s adorable designs. this season is decidedly playful with stripes and geometric patterns, rich colors, and a perfect confetti yarn that looks like birthday cake. i also love that each season mixes and matches perfectly with the last so that you get plenty of wear out of whatever your choose, just as long as your baby fits in it!

personally, i’m starting to come to terms with the fact that edie will be my last baby, so i’m even more tempted to splurge on all of the cute clothes for her. in a few months time, i won’t even be able to call her a baby anymore. so yeah, i don’t think i’ll be able to resist a few of these pieces. especially with a family portrait coming up for the holidays!

shop misha and puff.

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calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016
calivintage - misha and puff fall 2016

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four eyes

calivintage x eyeconic

little known fact: i have terrible vision. i’ve been wearing contact lenses for so long that most people have no idea i need glasses to see. it’s funny, too, because i had to wear glasses for so many years that i still think of them as being a part of my identity, even though i don’t tend to wear them outside of the house all that often these days. but wearing contacts every single day is not quite so easy on the eyes. i’d been meaning to get some new glasses to give my eye balls a break, but i’ve been so busy lately that it’s been hard for me to find time to even pick out a pair! so i was really excited when eyeconic asked if i’d be interested in partnering up to give them a try! i picked out a pair of non-prescription sunglasses that shipped out right away, and also found a fun new pair of prescription glasses that came with scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses and uv protection, which is especially helpful in avoiding my coke bottle lens problem! yes, my vision is that bad.

one thing that makes me kind of anxious about buying glasses online is that i never know what to do if i need to get them fitted. the nice thing about eyeconic is that they’ve partnered with a network of 37,000 local doctors for frame adjustments and content lens consultations at no additional charge (yes, they sell contacts, too)! and if you place an order that just doesn’t work out, they also offer free shipping and returns, which is an even bigger relief. fortunately for me, i’m really happy with my selection, and i’ve been having fun incorporating them into my wardrobe. so far, my sunglasses seem to go with everything i own, and i’ve been playing around with more geeky looks to go with my thick-rimmed glasses. but of course, these are only a teensy tiny glimpse at what they have to offer, so go take a look at eyeconic now!

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calivintage x eyeconic
calivintage x eyeconic

look number one:
g-star raw caramel crystalline sunglasses courtesy of eyeconic
elizabeth suzann top
m.i.h. nautical cropped trousers
young frankk orb cuff
vintage salvatore ferragamo sandals

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calivintage x eyeconic

look number two:
mcm tortoise frames courtesy of eyeconic
vintage shirt and jacket
neuew denim paris crop jeans
young frankk orb cuff
giantlion scoop ring
benah handbag

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lauren winter fall 2016

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the new lauren winter fall 2016 collection is hitting all the right notes. looking through the collection, all i want is to be swathed in layers and layers of her beautiful garments. as i dream of cooler temperatures, i’ve been imagining lightweight turtlenecks layered beneath dresses and jumpsuits, so you know this collection is speaking to me. and as we’ve come to expect of lauren winter, there is a huge focus on beautiful textiles: hemp, silk, cotton, linen, denim. the types of clothes that have excellent drape and feel while still being totally wearable and washable for years to come.

lauren winter is a design studio based in portland, oregon with a focus on creating “high quality, statement designs that reflect the individuality of the wearer and evoke an air of timelessness.” each garment is hand sewn in portland using natural fibers and sustainable practices. even the packaging is made from 100% recycled material, so you know that your purchase is going towards not only a beautiful garment, but a more sustainable future.

shop lauren winter here.

calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016
calivintage - lauren winter fall 2016

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after school snack: beet, yam, and broccoli tots

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adam is back in school, which means that he’s super hungry when he gets home! and having a quick snack ready is my first line of defense against toddler meltdowns. during the summer break when he was home all of the time, i kinda slipped into the bad habit of feeding him a lot of packaged snacks. they aren’t terrible or anything, but a fresh start to the new year has got me brainstorming ways to feed him quick, easy, and healthful meals and snacks. so when got milk? asked me if i’d be interested in partnering up to share a fun and savory milk pairing for kids, i knew just the recipe to share!

adam is pretty good about eating fresh fruit, but i have to be sneaky when it comes to convincing him to eat his veggies. thankfully, i’ve figured out a way to pack in tons of nutrients into these colorful little tots! the concept is pretty simple: swap out potatoes for any veggie you want. three favorites around this house are beets, yams, and broccoli. and they certainly aren’t just for kids. adam likes them plain, but i like to toss in a few spices for myself and dip them in a chipotle aioli sauce. add a heaping glass of organic whole milk and enjoy!

after school snack: beet, yam, and broccoli tots
 
ingredients
  • 12 oz. veggie of your choice (we used beets, yams, and broccoli)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar
  • ½ cup panko or bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a side of chipotle aioli, mayonnaise, or ketchup
instructions
  1. preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit
  2. blanch your veggies in boiling water until slightly soft. the cooking times will vary depending on the vegetable you use, but no more than 2-3 minutes each. shock in cold water and drain. use a paper towel to remove excess moisture if necessary.
  3. in a bowl, combine veggies with cheese, panko, and egg. quickly stir them together to incorporate, then drop them in the food processor and pulse a few times until they are chopped finely. you can play around with the texture you prefer.
  4. using a tablespoon to measure the size of the tots, form them into little spheres and line them on a baking sheet. spray with cooking oil.
  5. bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  6. enjoy with a tall glass of california milk!

i’ve gotten into a habit of preparing three batches at the beginning of the week and then storing them in the refrigerator so they’re ready to bake right as adam is arriving home from school. he’s a bit young, but he does enjoy helping me shape them into tots as well! if i make a handful for him and myself every day, they usually last all week!

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the basics

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it’s  funny, looking at this outfit, i’m suddenly reminded of my “summer uniform” from last year. it was really similar: a statement hat, a cream top, wide leg jeans. it’s a little bit updated for the season, but it’s essentially the same outfit. and apparently a go-to look of mine. i think we all have a tendency to gravitate towards certain silhouettes that make us feel good, and this is one of those looks for me. now that the seasons are changing, i’ve been transitioning to wearing wide leg jeans because they have more of a fall vibe, but the loose shape still keeps you cool on these hot late summer days. these are also incredibly flattering, in my opinion. i’m four months postpartum and don’t feel self conscious in them at all. if anything, i feel like the high rise gives me back some of the shape that i lost during my pregnancy, which still hasn’t quite bounced back.

in other news, i’m standing in front of the historic mod building here in redlands. i posted a photo of it on instagram a while back, but didn’t mention that it’s actually been sold and getting ready for commerce. it’s walking distance from my home and has been standing here empty for a number of years, but thankfully there is a new plan to renovate and turn it into a fancy food court of sorts. it’s one of the few original packing houses still standing in this town, which was once a major distributor of oranges in southern california. the more you know… haha.

wearing:
brookes boswell cortland hat
japanese gathered blouse courtesy of zady
neuw paris crop jeans courtesy of article&
young frankk necklace
gillian steinhardt right hand bracelet
greek sandals

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the refashioners: diy jacket

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you may remember last summer, i took part in portia lawrie’s the refashioners challenge and made myself this simple wrap top out of a thrifted men’s shirt. well, this season, she asked me if i’d be interested in taking on a new challenge. despite my success last time around, i was still feeling pretty intimidated. i don’t know how to draft a pattern and my sewing skills are still sitting somewhere in the beginner level. but despite those restrictions, i still love a challenge, however daunting it may seem.

the new challenge? refashion a pair of jeans (or two or three or ten) to create an entirely new garment. i have to admit, this was a but perplexing at first since the only denim clothing i own are pairs of jeans. but after spending some time thinking about my favorite simple designs, i came up with an idea: a poncho! and yes, this was in large part due to the fact that a poncho is essentially two pieces of fabric sewn together with a hole for the head. my version is simply open in the front with some sleeves attached for a sort of modified poncho jacket. if you’re interested in trying it out yourself, grab a few pairs of old jeans and head on over to the diy!

 

wearing: elizabeth suzann georgia midi in raw silk, young frankk necklace, brookes boswell cortland hat, j.w. hulme legacy handbag, martiniano glove shoe

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along for the journey with backpacks.com

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summer is officially over at our house. the fall semester at adam’s school started on monday, so he’s off to his toddler program once again. and while a backpack isn’t yet a requirement at his age, and my own school days are well behind me, i still couldn’t resist getting matching backpacks to welcome the fall season. because really, whether you’re 2 or 32 (cough), headed to play school or high school, a backpack will always come in handy. so of course, i was very excited to partner with my friends at backpacks.com to share my personal experience. with a new baby to look after, i’ve got tons more stuff i need to bring with me for pretty much any excursion out of the house, so my new strategy involves two backpacks: one for myself filled with diapers and baby things, and one for adam so he can bring along anything he might want or need. he loves packing his bag before we head out, and toting it around with him wherever he goes. and it helps to lighten my own load just a little bit.

since i was feeling a bit nostalgic thinking about back-to-school times, i took a browse through the student collection. and while i was tempted to pick up a jansport like the one i carried as a kid, i got way too excited when i spotted the fjallraven kanken mini backpack in just the right size for adam. and of course, i got a fjallraven kanken laptop backpack for myself. i love the style of them for their simple design and cute little fox logo, but i also appreciate that they’re made of a sturdy, water-repellant fabric that is nearly indestructible. of course, if you’re looking for something different, backpacks.com has you covered. whether you’re headed back-to-school, back to the office, or on a hiking adventure, they’ve got backpacks that will suit your needs. us? our journey has us headed to nursery school, play dates at the park, and grandma’s house.

 

i’m wearing: zady japanese gathered blouse, vintage linen pants, greek sandals from avenue boutique, sunglasses from eyeconic
adam is wearing: black crane kids linen square top in fat stripe, tiny cottons trousers, saltwater sandals, linen cycling cap from niko’s naptime on etsy

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calivintage - backpacks.com
calivintage - backpacks.com
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calivintage - backpacks.com

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long layers

calivintage - long layers

over the past couple of years, i’ve been wearing a lot of crop tops. and while i still love them to death, lately i’ve been having fun playing around with different proportions. especially now that we’re transitioning into fall and i’m itching to change up my style a little bit, while still keeping cool in these hot southern california temperatures. this loose, swingy dress by jane sews is definitely long enough to wear on it’s own, but it’s also really great for layering.when the weather gets a little cooler, i plan to pull it on over a dark turtleneck and under an easy trench coat for a completely different look.

wearing:
jane sews layah dress
mih nautical trousers
maryam nassir zadeh roberta suede pumps
clyde angora pinch hat

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calivintage - long layers
calivintage - long layers

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solid state sandal workshop!

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several months ago, i got my very first pair of custom-made mules from solid state. they were handmade-to-order in los angeles by shoe designer julio chavez, and have quickly become a favorite. and being the collector that i am, i now want to own one of every single design he makes! so of course you know i was beyond excited when he let me know that he has just opened his new chinatown studio and will now be hosting sandal-making workshops. his first two classes will take place on september 24 & september 25. for $200, you get to learn a new skill and walk away in a new pair of custom slides. needless to say, i will be there, and you should come, too!

of course, if you are not in the los angeles area, you can always place an order as well! after you make your purchase, you can choose your own leather or textile and send a scan of your foot so they can be made exactly to your size. shop solid state here.

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