outfit: endless summer

calivintage: endless summer

ok, i suppose it isn’t officially summer for a few more days, but the last few weeks have certainly felt like it to me! the weather is warm, all of the school kids are out for the summer and roaming the streets, and my favorite swimming spots are filled with families soaking up the sun. i’ve been making my best effort to take it easy on the weekends, avoiding work like the plague and spending as many hours as possible lounging around outdoors with some sort of summery cocktail in hand. most weekends have been pretty casual when it comes to outfits, but yesterday i decided to step up my summer game just a little bit in my new carven pinafore. i’d been drooling over this acid yellow dress for over a year, hoping that by some strange series of events, it would somehow be mine. dreaming about owning this little gem actually led me to make a concerted effort to lay off the spending and to save up a little for more special pieces. having said that, i still waited for it to go on super sale at net-a-porter before taking the plunge. me and this dress, we’re gonna have some fun times this summer, haha.

pinafore: carven resort 2012 cotton-twill dress
top: whit cropped stripe t-shirt
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo vara flats
tote: fieldguided endless summer tote
sunglasses: raen optics flowers by alex knost sunglasses
lipstick: make up for ever rouge artist intense in bright orange

calivintage: endless summer
calivintage: endless summer
calivintage: endless summer
calivintage: endless summer
calivintage: endless summer
calivintage: endless summer
calivintage: endless summer

outfit: birds and bees

calivintage: into the woods

do you ever get a new piece of clothing only to hoard it away waiting for that very special moment to wear it for the first time? i got this pretty outfit from the nadinoo fall 2011 collection months ago, and while the shirt made an appearance back in november, i just kept waiting for a frolic in the woods to wear them together as a pair! i’ve been a bit obsessed with the idea of sets. a shirt with a matching pinafore, much in the same vein as the uniforms i wore in school, or a printed top and skirt constructed of the same fabric that you can wear together or mix and match. these pretty pairings remind me of vintage patterns that my mom or grandma might have sewn when they were young. it seems so perfectly practical, but i regret that it’s something of a lost art these days.

top: nadinoo pixie’s a bird a day shirt
dress: nadinoo pixie’s trusty pinafore
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
shoes: marc by marc jacobs brogue pump

calivintage: into the woods
calivintage: into the woods
calivintage: into the woods
calivintage: into the woods
calivintage: into the woods

outfit: hot pink, heat wave

calivintage: hot pink

i kinda can’t keep myself from giving you guys the play-by-play of the weather since i’ve been here in southern california. but seriously, i just can’t get over it! when i took these photos outside of the san bernardino county museum, we were in the middle of the 77 degree high for the day. on december 29. i know, right? which is why it was rather fitting that i found myself in this little cactus garden as a reminder that despite all of the trees and foliage in redlands, we’re still basically in the middle of the desert. drive one hour east and you’ll find yourself in palm springs.

so to celebrate the heat, i thought it would be fitting to throw on my new hot pink dress! since it’s a whole lot of color and really makes a statement on it’s own, i opted to pair it with my new favorite ‘nude’ blouse and a bit of orange lipstick for fun. ooh, and my new to me vintage salvatore ferragamo flats! i’ve been collecting them in every color, so i was happy to finally snag a pair in brown! a lot of people tell me that they have a hard time wearing these shoes because they’re always so narrow. and it’s true that while they do come in regular widths, some of them can be damn narrow. this particular pair is aaa, and i almost thought that i’d have to pass them along to someone else, until i realized that it would be worth a try to take them to a local cobbler to have them stretched. five dollars from my pocket and a day later and they fit perfectly! um, why have i never thought of this before?

top: j.crew silk crepe blouse
dress: hot moddy dress c/o lulu’s
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo vara flats
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
sunglasses: karen walker number six
lipstick: make up for ever rouge artist intense #20

calivintage: hot pink
calivintage: hot pink
calivintage: hot pink
calivintage: hot pink
calivintage: hot pink
calivintage: hot pink
calivintage: hot pink

outfit: madeline

calivintage: madeline

the other day i was thinking about how often i dress in outfits that evoke the comment: “oh my! you look like madeline!” this is never actually intentional. perhaps it has something to do with the fact that i went to catholic school for 9 years of my life and had to wear a uniform to school every day. i always say that i deeply resent my parents for it, but perhaps i have developed some sort of deep and twisted relationship with the school uniform. or else maybe i just really like hot dogs. ketchup and mustard? har har.

now let’s discuss this dress: i’m very excited to be working with the lovely dierdre of curator boutique in san francisco. we got in touch by means of the internet and met for coffee one afternoon to discuss fashion and blogs and life and whatnot. she told me about her label and invited me into her lovely shop to play dress up and pick out a few pieces from her latest collection. this is exactly the type of partnership that i dream of! all of their clothes are made in san francisco of beautiful, soft and sturdy garment-dyed cotton. they do their best to limit waste during production and use organic fabrics whenever possible. the result? very high quality and relatively affordable locally made dresses that you can basically live in. i was immediately drawn to this easy sheath dress and immediately knew that i would layer it over some of my favorite button-up shirts this fall for yet another 60s schoolgirl-inspired outfit.

hat: vintage wool hat from mars mecantile in berkeley
coat: asos from last year
dress: the sadie sheath dress c/o curator
top: thrifted vintage silk blouse
tights: sheer reflections sheer tights c/o hanes
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo vara flats
bag: waverly three way bag c/o stella and dot

photos by kristin cofer.

calivintage: madeline
calivintage: madeline
calivintage: madeline
calivintage: madeline
calivintage: madeline

outfit: fall uniform

calivintage: fall

i think this formula of a blouse worn beneath a simple shift or jumper might become my new fall uniform. there’s something so simple and utilitarian about the look (and just a little bit schoolgirl) that is feeling pretty much perfect these days. you can add a nice wool coat and a pair of tights if it gets too chilly, but you won’t be bored to death like you might with a one piece dress because you can always swap out any number of tops and jumpers in different colors and fabrics. and, of course, when you’re on a budget, it’s nice to be able to mix and match as much as possible!

i know most of the photos are in black and white, but i was quite pleased with the color combination of rust and pale pink. i’ve always liked the mixture of warm earth tones in the fall with a splash of bright pastel to keep things interesting. and i’m trying to play more with color these days, so it’s been fun trying to break free of my typical neutral tones. but i think what i loved the most about this outfit was the mixture of silk, velvet, and suede. just something about these fabrics that feels so perfectly luxurious, don’t you think?

top: j.crew silk blythe blouse
dress: family affairs velvet dress (from a few seasons ago)
shoes: vintage suede mary janes
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag

calivintage: fall
calivintage: fall
calivintage: fall
calivintage: fall
calivintage: fall

 

outfit: hunter

calivintage: hunter

with the autumn equinox only a few days past, i am happy to report that as per usual, san francisco offered us a nice rainy day to welcome the new season. so of course, i took the opportunity to wear one of my new comfy cozy fall outfits while wandering about in the mountain view cemetery. the sky was perfectly gray and gloomy, and the earth was still moist from the showers. i wore a black dress for the first time in a long time, and i loved the depth that it added to my look. i know that a basic jersey wrap dress such as this is a no brainer for many, but in all my life i’ve never owned such an essential basic, so i was very pleased when karen kane offered to send one along for me to try out. it’s the type of thing that you can mix and match with any combination of things, and it’s so perfectly soft and stretchy that you could practically live in it. needless to say, i’m quite happy to finally have it in my wardrobe! and as you’ll see when you begin to scroll down, i clearly had a good time prancing around in my silly, preppy fox hunter outfit, as is evidenced by the number of pictures we snapped! yikes!

dress: karen kane wrap top dress
blouse: deyrolle pour opening ceremony silk fox print blouse
jacket: family affairs runaway blazer
shoes: vintage cut out oxfords
sunglasses: karen walker number six
bag: rebecca minkoff covet satchel
lipstick: ysl rouge pur couture in le rouge
nails: butter polish in pillar box red

calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter
calivintage: hunter

outfit: good spirits

calivintage: good spirits

on saturday morning, i woke up bright and early with weekend plans to drive up to marin to enjoy the beautiful beginning of fall. i perched on my computer with a cup of coffee, as per usual, when an unexpected package arrived in the mail: this pretty pretty dress from nina of family affairs! i immediately threw it on and did a little dance in my apartment before heading out of town with brendan. we made our way to one of our favorite spots in san rafael, sol food. if you’re ever in the area, you need to stop by for the best puerto rican cuisine ever! this time, i tried ponche, a mix of iced tea and limeade, and i have been dreaming about it since! i need to head to the grocery store so i can make a huge jug of it to keep in my refrigerator, even if the weather is beginning to cool down!

then we meandered around the area, popping into local thrift stores and boutiques before taking a very scenic route partway up mt. tamalpais and through the california coastline. and, whenever we find ourselves up in the area, we always have to stop at another favorite restaurant, avatar’s! which, i know, as with sol food, i’ve mentioned it before, but you really have to try it if you find yourself in northern california. nothing beats their sweet potato punjabi enchiladas! and of course, we had to round out our very decadent day with a big cup of coffee for the drive home.

dress: good spirits dress by family affairs
blouse: thrifted vintage silk blouse
shoes: thrifted vintage heels
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
sunglasses: karen walker number six
watch: michael kors tortoise watch
lipstick: ysl rouge pur couture in le rouge
nails: butter london polish in pillar box red

calivintage: good spirits
calivintage: good spirits
calivintage: good spirits
calivintage: good spirits
calivintage: good spirits
calivintage: good spirits
calivintage: good spirits
calivintage: good spirits

lucky magazine!

calivintage: lucky magazine

today i am so happy to be sharing some exciting news: i’m a member of the new lucky magazine style collective! you may remember a couple of weeks ago, i tweeted about the news and linked to this new york times article, which outlines what we expect to be doing in the coming months. and just this past week, the september issue came out and i was lucky enough to be asked to contribute a little piece for their “from the blogs” section in the print magazine! i styled up this outfit as a preview of how i hope to be dressing this fall: in pale pastels and 1960s-inspired shapes. mostly influenced by the fall 2011 collections from philosophy, prada, and peter jensen.

anyway, i’m as happy as a clam right now and so pleased to be able to share this exciting news with you! so next time you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, pick up the september issue of lucky to catch a glimpse of me!

dress: family affairs
shirt: thrifted vintage silk blouse
shoes: thrifted vintage heels
bag: vintage fur clutch
sunglasses: tom ford nikita
lipstick: ysl fard a levres rouge pur in rosy coral

 

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oshkosh b’gosh!

calivintage: oshkosh b'gosh!

yep! today i am wearing my new pair of overalls. i like to think of these as the grownup version of those classic oshkosh engineer striped overalls we all seem to have had at some point in our lives. and they were perfect weekend wear for a lazy sunday spent sleeping in, indulging in lots of delicious food, and stopping in at a couple of thrift stores.  i pretty much had to have a chill weekend after having a bit of a rough time adjusting back to regular life post-summer vacation. it’s certainly not like those oshkosh days when summer was three months long! but at least i can kinda sorta pretend with a little bit of silly nostalgia.


thrifted vintage silk blouse
boutique by jaeger denim dungaree
thrifted vintage handbag
vintage vera scarf
swedish hasbeens peep toe super high
ysl rouge pur lipstick in le fuchsia


calivintage: oshkosh b'gosh!
calivintage: oshkosh b'gosh!
calivintage: oshkosh b'gosh!
calivintage: oshkosh b'gosh!
calivintage: oshkosh b'gosh!
calivintage: oshkosh b'gosh!