i took these photos last week before the results of the election came in. i was feeling incredibly hopeful because i saw the polls showing a strong victory for hillary. i think one of my friends had just added me to pantsuit nation and i was feeling all warm and cozy in my little bubble, hearing positive stories about this historic moment for women. and i kinda laughed because while i don’t own any pantsuits, i certainly wear a lot of jumpsuits! of course, history was made, but not in the positive direction that we were hoping for. regardless of political affiliation, the election results were a shock for the entire country and so many vulnerable communities are now feeling very afraid for their futures. and very honestly, as i wrote in my last post, in the wake of all this, it does make this fashion blog feel rather pointless. but at the same time, i do work so very hard to support small, independent designers like the canadian-based noemiah who very kindly sent me this beautiful dusty rose jumpsuit from her fall 2016 collection. perhaps it’s not as revolutionary as other types of political action, but i’d like to think that supporting designers who produce their clothing thoughtfully and locally is a statement against the human rights and environmental abuses that are perpetuated by fast-fashion brands. i’ve always felt this way, and i will continue to promote what i believe in as long as i am able.
so with all of that being said, i would like to share a treat with you today! noemiah has kindly offered up the chance to win $200 to spend in her online shop. i absolutely love this jumpsuit because the wide legs give it the feel of a dress, but it still has the practicality and unexpected detail of being pants (which incidentally reminds me of this incredible hilarious/accurate video). it also comes in a really lovely dark denim, if you aren’t so daring as to wear this pretty shade of pink. i wear so much blue and so much denim, that i’ve been trying to challenge myself to wear a different color every now and again. and of course, there is so much more available from her collection!
to enter: simply visit noemiah and tell us which item in the shop is your favorite using the comment section below.
bonus: use code “cali15” for 15% off at noemiah!
this giveaway is open to international readers, so anyone can enter. giveaway ends on tuesday, november 22 at 11:59pm p.s.t.
wearing: noemiah dusty rose jumpsuit, mari giudicelli leblon mules, vintage top, j.w. hulme legacy handbag
this is my first blog post since the election and i’m having a hard time figuring out where to start. i haven’t published a post in days because it just didn’t feel right to resume talking about fashion without first stopping to acknowledge what is happening in this country. it’s been a very rough week for many of us. thankfully for me, i have my two babies to take care of. they don’t know what is going on in the world, but they need me to be strong even when i am afraid. afraid for my brown family, for black lives, for immigrants, for the dakota pipeline protestors, for lgbtq+ rights, for anyone in marginalized groups who are threatened by the rhetoric and proposed policy of our new “president elect.”
i know i’m not perfect, and i know i don’t have all the answers, but i do want to do something. so starting this week, i’ve committed to donating 10% of my calivintage shop profits. first to the aclu, and then to a rotation of different organizations who promise to protect the rights of marginalized people and the environment on an ongoing basis. and i will continue to support sustainability through vintage, and i will continue to support small, to support local, to support the environment and human rights. because that is what i believe in. and i want that to be clear in everything i do.
i completely forgot to mention in my last post that i got a haircut! though i suppose that’s probably a bit obvious from looking at the photos… as much as i wish i could be a girl with long, messy hair, i just don’t think it’s for me! i really only truly feel like myself when my hair is short. long hair just feels too feminine for me, being the type of woman who doesn’t necessarily fall squarely on the girly side of the spectrum. so i suppose it’s fitting that today’s post is featuring a menswear-inspired shirt from the new power of my people fall 2016 collection. this season, they focused a lot on their textiles, which is obviously very exciting for me being a bit obsessed with fabrics. it’s also a bold move for an online retailer because you don’t really have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the fabrics like you would in a store. but luckily, you can order free fabric samples to get a better look and feel for the textiles. which is actually how i picked out this shirt. it’s made of a cotton linen blend with a very subtle vertical rhythm in the weave. it’s a bit hard to describe, but it’s those details that really elevate a simple everyday shirt into something that feels more special.
i also really love the slightly relaxed “wayward” fit, but if you prefer something a bit more tailored, they also make a “proper fit” style as well. but you really should just click over to the site to see their selection to get a better idea for yourself! and if you spot something you fancy, we are very pleased to offer you a coupon code for the month of november:
use code “LOVECALIVINTAGE” for 20% off your orders at power of my people through nov. 31!
wearing: power of my people the linchpin shirt in wayward fit, rachel comey slim legion pants, young frankk orb cuff, mari giudicelli leblon mules, illesteva sunglasses, benah handbag
phew! it’s tuesday, but doesn’t everything feel a bit thrown-off after halloween last night? i’m easing off my candy hangover and back into reality, including election-cycle fatigue. so i thought i’d offer a little pick-me-up before i drop off my vote by mail ballot with a new outfit– and a discount code! i’m sure you’ve noticed that one of my favorite designers lately is the austin-based esby apparel. i don’t remember how i first came across them, but what i do know is that their linen jumpsuits pulled me in and have kept me coming back for the past several seasons. and now that fall is in full swing, i’m so happy to be able to wrap myself in their cotton gauze duffy jumper and dark denim kirby kimono jacket. they are both so perfectly versatile, yet still interesting enough to make a statement on their own, which is something i really value when i’m looking for new clothes to incorporate my wardrobe. these photos were shot on a couple of different days because i’m not afraid to repeat an outfit when i like it this much!
and of course, besides the impeccable design, i really love esby because all of their clothes are proudly made in the usa using high quality materials like linen, cotton, and wool. and each season, they update and improve the fit of the clothes based on experience and feedback, meaning that you can always expect something well made and ready to wear. so in the spirit of ethical business and civic duty in this fair country, we’ve teamed up to offer you a discount code!
use code “CALI15” now through election day (nov. 8) for 15% off your purchase at esby apparel!
had to snap a few photos of the halloween costumes this year! edie is wearing a little vintage dress with cat ears from janie and jack and little black patent leather elephantito mary janes. and adam is wearing a vintage-inspired pumpkin costume that i made from scratch, in linen of course! hope you’re enjoying the holiday!
as i’m sure you know by now, i have been a big fan of elizabeth suzann since her very first days as a designer. so it is no surprise that i am hugely excited about the release of her new cold weather collection. granted, i don’t live in a very cold clime, but the collection was very thoughtfully created in a similar vein as their signature collection. they are all timeless classics that may change and evolve over time, but that will remain a core set of garments offered year round for chilly summer evenings or crisp winter days alike.
and of course, as you have come to expect from elizabeth suzann, everything has been created with the same design philosophy: to make getting dressed easy and enjoyable, while being comfortable and functional. but one thing that really stands out about the new collection is the story about how they’ve improved their supply chain. of the change, they said:
with the shift to a permanent cold weather collection, fabric selection felt more significant than any other seasonal collection. we decided to make a monumental shift to using all locally woven wool fabric from our good friends at tennessee textile mill right here in nashville. the wool yarn is also sourced domestically in oregon at imperial stock ranch. the implications of moving not only to locally woven fabric but also domestically sourced wool yarn are many and significant, including a complicated supplier process, in addition to an increase in price to account for both the vastly improved yarn and local production. these were obstacles we considered and ultimately decided were worth overcoming, and we hope that you agree.
the end result is an incredibly luxurious collection of wearable garments that will act as mainstays in your closet that can be worn for years to come.
shop elizabeth suzann.
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
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.