outfit: comforts

calivintage - steller jay shop

The other day someone very kindly told me that I looked incredibly comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. It pretty much made my day because that’s exactly what I’m going for when I’m picking out new clothes to wear! I like fashion, but I live in the suburbs, so I’d feel a bit ridiculous stopping by the coffee shop or dropping off my kids at school looking like I’m walking down the street during NYFW or something. So I try really hard to find my middle ground. Clothes that look good and make me feel put together, but that are still 100% practical when my reality is that I work from home and spend about half of my day on the floor of the kid’s room getting covered in play-doh and mashed-up banana.

I shot these photos after spending the day at the spring carnival at Adam’s school on a ridiculously hot day. I volunteered in his class booth, a little ring toss game in a sweltering tent. I held Edie on my hip while watching Adam go up and down the bouncy slide. I ate lunch, and even climbed into bed with Adam to put him to sleep for his afternoon nap. And then I got up and snapped these pictures. It’s linen, so it wrinkles, but if it’s a good quality textile, then it’s the good kind of wrinkly. It keeps me cool on a hot day, but still gets me compliments from complete strangers, which is always such a delightful surprise.

And if you’re wondering, the pants are from Steller Jay in New York. I connected with shop owner Katherine on Instagram and we became fast friends over our love of vintage and lovely textiles. I highly recommend her shop because she carries a lot of my favorites!

Esby Apparel Poppy Top in Indigo
Sugar Candy Mountain Chiara Pants courtesy of Steller Jay
Greek sandals from Avenue Boutique Tucson
Steven Alan Bryce Sunglasses in Peach Crystal
Clare V. Kenya Bag in Black (sold out in black, but still available in Cream or the Petit version)

calivintage - steller jay shop
calivintage - steller jay shop
calivintage - steller jay shop
calivintage - steller jay shop
calivintage - steller jay shop

esby apparel spring 2017

calivintage - esby apparel spring 2017

it’s officially spring, and i’m already falling behind on sharing all of my favorite spring collections! as you know, i’ve been a really big fan of esby apparel for several seasons running, and their latest spring 2017 collection is high on my list of favorites. this austin-based brand was founded in 2014 by stephanie beard, and has continued to grow, with a selection of garments made in the usa using quality fabrics and thoughtful design. i’ve picked up two of their best-selling jumpsuits and they are easily some of my favorite pieces. everything is designed with ease and comfort in mind, without ever being boring. they experiment with shapes like cropped tops and wide legs, long dusters and versatile dresses. everything can be washed and worn from season to season, so you never feel like you’ve invested in something that will go out of style. you can shop their online store, or you can use my link below:

use my link to shop esby apparel on garmentory and receive $20 off your first order!

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esby apparel fall 2016


for a few seasons running now, i have been so in love with everything that esby apparel puts out. even though i’m still not quite ready for summer to be over, this new fall 2016 look book is definitely getting me in the mood. you know how much i love a good one piece, so of course their new duffy jumper in ivory is at the very top of my list. as are many of their other effortless wardrobe staples for fall. one thing i especially love is their use of natural fibers like cotton, linen, and silk. i have a jumpsuit from last season that has been washed and worn that only seems to get better with time. and i can’t wait to incorporate even more of their lovely clothes into my wardrobe this season.

the fall collection is already up and available on the site. so definitely go shop esby!


esby apparel spring 2016


the new esby apparel spring 2016 collection, and i basically want to own all of it! over the summer, i picked up one of their bestsellers, the allison jumper, and wore it more times than i could count. so i was really excited to see that they’ve updated the fit this season with a cropped, wide leg! i didn’t even know it was possible to improve on it, but it is definitely on the top of my wishlist for spring. in addition to their beautiful, linen jumpsuits, they also have a really cool denim kimono top and plenty of wide leg, ava cropped pants in lots of different colors. summer uniform? check!

esby apparel was founded in 2014, by designer stephanie beard. all of her clothes are made with the idea that they’ll be worn often, so everything is well-made right in the united states using high quality fabrics. everything is designed in austin and constructed in new orleans and dallas before making it’s way to your doorstep.