cool water

calivintage: aqua

this is actually one of the outfits that i wore while i was on vacation in hawaii, but i never managed to snap a picture of myself wearing it while i was there! so yesterday, when i saw the sun shining outside, i pulled on this easy linen dress and took it for another spin. it’s one of those dresses that i don’t think i would ordinarily wear– it’s decidedly ladylike and much more mature than my usual girlish garb– but after having seen the sturdy linen fabric and well-constructed lines, i decided that it was just too nice to pass up. and definitely the type of thing to bring on a tropical vacation.

i’ve actually been a bit obsessed with linen this summer. i think i’ve mentioned it before, but it has always been one of those fabrics that i sort of hated because it gets wrinkled so easily. but then i realized that part of it’s charm is that it does get wrinkly. it’s supposed to be that way! i like that i don’t have to iron it and i can sort of just let it do it’s thing. it’s got this perfectly easy quality that’s pretty much the epitome of summer casual.

knitted dove linen dress
kork ease ava in water
thrifted vintage bag
ysl fard a levres rouge pur lipstick in rosy coral


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lauren moffatt fall 2011

lauren moffatt fall 2011

you may remember back in february, i posted about the opportunity i had to visit the lauren moffatt studios to preview her fall collection! at the time, i could only share this sneak peek with photos from the studio, but now that it’s august and it’s officially “back to school” time, i thought i would share my favorite looks from the collection in all their glory. (many of which, might i add, are already available to purchase online!)

the fun part about this collection is that it’s inspired by laura ingalls wilder. and if you’re anything like me, then you probably read little house from cover to cover and watched the reruns of the television series on tv. so this updated take on the ’70s hit is definitely right up my alley. i’ll take one of each, please!


calivintage on!

grazia press

i just wanted to take a quick moment to thank the lovely folks over at for including me in this wonderful gallery of fashion bloggers wearing denim! that outfit was one of my favorites this summer and i am so honored to have been featured alongside so many talented bloggers in such an awesome publication! thank you!

calivintage on the bust blog!

bust magazine

today i was delighted to discover that calivintage was chosen as blog of the week on the bust blog! bust magazine has been one of my favorite magazines for years, so this is quite an honor. just to know that the awesome people behind the publication even know about my blog makes me all giddy inside. thank you so much bust!

guest post: what i wore


remember a while back when i kicked-off a series of guest posts? well, i know it’s been a while since the last one (see: rebecca), but i still have a ton of really awesome guest bloggers lined up. and today i am excited to welcome jessica of what i wore! she has been a great inspiration to me over the years, and i am honored to have her here today! if you aren’t already familiar with her, then you might not know that she recently released a book titled what i wore: four seasons, one closet, endless recipes for style. so in celebration of her new book, i thought it would be fun if she cooked up a little outfit recipe for me!

“I’m so excited to guest post for Erin today on Cali Vintage. Erin and I first met two years ago at the Weardrobe Conference in NYC and have been good friends ever since. I love Erin’s sense of style, so I opted to illustrate some pieces I can absolutely see in her closet.

1. Tortoise Spectacles – I love how Erin is always a step ahead of the curve in her choice in eyewear. These frames have such a vintage sensibility to them and I actually think you may have already seen similar glasses in Erin’s outfit posts!

2. Short Red Dress – The dressed screamed ERIN to me for a handful of reasons 1) she loves little details (the white piping on the collar and sleeves is adorable) 2) anything remotely nautical makes me think of Cali Vintage 3) The girl’s got gams!

3. Geo Necklace – I’m not sure what about this necklace caught my eye, but it’s definitely very now, which is why I think Erin would dig it!

4. Retro Two Piece Swim Suit – One of my favorite aspects of Erin’s style is that she can look very vintage, yet oh-so-now at the same time. The high rise bottoms in this set have that pin up quality (which looks great on Erin), but the top is a little more modern.

5. Chunky Bootie – Erin wears the highest heels and is always onto the next thing in footwear. After experiencing some of San Francisco’s hills last week, I have a feeling this rough traction would come in handy for her as well!

6. Red Lipstick – I wish more women would rock red lipstick as fearlessly as Erin!”

check out more of jessica’s awesome illustrations, daily outfits, and inspiration at what i wore!


calivintage: pin-up

it’s the middle of the summer, and i have to admit that when it comes to my clothes, i’ve been feeling a little ho-hum. i’ve been throwing on a lot of easy basics, and calling it a day. but even in the dog days of summer, sometimes it’s nice to change things up and play a little dress up. so when rockabilly clothing store stop staring! recently asked if i’d like to pick out a dress, i knew it would be the perfect opportunity to have some fun and try something new! the look may be retro, but somehow, in all my years of loving vintage, i’ve really never actually owned a proper pin-up dress!

and as you might guess, this darling little sailor-inspired number had my name written all over it. it’s definitely demure with a modest neckline and a longer hem, but the figure hugging silhouette is quite a bit racier than my usual duds. so of course, when i slipped into this bad boy, i had to indulge in some silly pin-up poses and play homage to my favorite racy vintage photographs and illustrations. i seriously think that wearing a dress like this makes you stand up just a little bit taller, and certainly commands a lot of attention. i even got a few compliments from passers-by on the street! so i’ve come to a conclusion: i think that every girl should have a fun pin-up dress in their wardrobe, even if it’s only for dress up! don’t you agree?

stop staring! dress
vintage candies from pretty penny vintage
vintage straw hat
tom ford nikita sunglasses

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