vintage festival fashion

there’s been plenty of talk about coachella and the season of summer music festivals lately. while i don’t have plans to attend anything besides our local outside lands fest in san francisco this august, i still enjoy searching through photo archives trying to get a glimpse at what those first festivals in the 1960’s must have been like. there were no street style photographers lurking about looking for fashionable ladies in cut off shorts and flower headbands, but there certainly was some pretty impeccable style worn by the popular musicians of the time. this is only a small selection and i know i’m leaving out a ton of people, but i thought i’d share some of the inspiration i collected while pulling together my first regular column for polyvore. each month, i’ll be finding a vintage photograph and recreating the look with modern pieces, so head on over to polyvore and check it out!

above: joan baez with her sisters pauline and mimi photographed by jim marshall.

calivintage Recreates the Classics: Summer Music Festivals

leonard cohen and joni mitchell at newport folk festival, 1965.

marianne faithfull.

bob dylan, donovan, and mary travers at the newport folk festival, july 1965.

grace slick and spencer dryden, 1967.

lip balm


i have a confession to make: i’m addicted to lip balm. it started as a healthy habit, tossing a little tube of chapstick into my purse to keep my lips moisturized throughout the day. inevitably, i’d misplace that little jar or tube and pick up another one while checking out at the grocery store. then i started finding myself interested in trying something new. gone are the days of being happy with my coveted dr. pepper lip smackers circa 1990, now i find myself lusting after the fancy packaging and pretty tinted hues of luxury lip balms. needless to say, i have now discovered that as i dig through my totes and handbags, or reach into the abyss of my sofa cushions, there always seems to be a pretty little lip balm waiting for me to try.

above are a few of my current favorites, neatly organized on my dresser tray. not pictured: probably 10 other tubes of partially used, melted, or disfigured specimens found at the bottom of beach bags or in the dryer after the clothes have been washed and dried, and a greasy mess has been deposited all over my whites…

have any favorites to add to the list?

lip balm

the polyvore designer collective

work wear with madison harding

today i’ve partnered up with polyvore + madison harding to introduce you to the new polyvore designer collective. the program was developed to help boost awareness for up-and-coming talent in fashion and design, and madison harding is one of the inaugural members! so in honor of the occasion, they asked me to style a fun work wear look using my favorite pair of shoes from their latest collection.

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i remember when i first started this blog almost four years ago, my signature pose involved me sheepishly looking away from the camera. my friends would all tease me and imitate me by awkwardly posing and hiding their faces. it’s true, starting this blog was about sharing my outfit photos, not my face. people would sometimes leave comments asking me to smile or look into the camera, but if you haven’t figured it out, i’m not exactly a ham for the camera. to quote one of my favorite films, “i have no illusions about my looks. i think my face is funny.” and unfortunately for me, this is not a movie, and i’m no audrey hepburn. my bangs are usually crooked from my last home haircut, i rarely pluck my eyebrows, and my makeup application is far from perfect. this is not to say that i’m wallowing in a pit of self-hatred, it’s just to say that i don’t exactly consider myself to be a seasoned beauty expert.

be that as it may, i’ve still had my share of fun at the makeup counter, and over the years, i’ve cultivated a pretty solid routine when it comes to my signature look. this coming from a girl who never even wore makeup until her mid-twenties and who recently googled “what the hell is bb cream?” but if you were ever curious about how i paint my face, then here it is:


what's in my makeup bag

what’s in my makeup bag by calivintage

above are the items i use almost every day, give or take a step or two, depending on how much time i have in the morning.1. make up for ever hd foundation (i’ve found this to be one of the few brands that carries a light to medium olive toned foundation for my skin), 2. urban decay 24/7 waterproof liquid eyeliner in perversion, 3. tarte cheek stain in natural beauty, 4. stila eyeshadow in kitten, 5. beautyblender sponges, 6. lipstick, 7. smashbox photo set finishing powder, 8. mac brushes (including a lip brush, which is super crucial), 9. tarte maracuja creaseless concealer, 10. diorshow black out waterproof mascara, 11. smashbox bronze lights, 12. j.crew leather dopp kit.

the only thing i usually swap out is my lip color, so i’ve listed my favorites below:

favorite lipstick

favorite lipstick by calivintage

1. ysl rouge pur couture in le rouge, 2. mac russian red, 3. nars heat wave, 4. make up for ever in rouge artist intense in satin bright orange, 5. nars schiap, 6. ysl rouge pur couture in le fuchsia.

i also wear a couple of other shades not listed including ysl fard a levres rouge pur in rosy coral and radiant cosmetics moisturizing lipstick in peony. and if you’re looking for the best drug store lipstick, then i recommend revlon matte lipstick.


rise and shine

rise and shine

rise and shine by calivintage

despite the fact that i was once a pastry chef and had to wake up every morning at like 5am, i have never ever been a morning person. but ever since we set our clocks back last week, i’ve actually been able to wake up “early.” the sun is high up in the sky and if it’s not overcast and gloomy, then it’s pretty much guaranteed that i’ll be out of bed and buzzing around before 8am. this is an incredible feat for a self-proclaimed night person like myself, and it’s making my morning routine much easier for now. sometimes it’s the little things.

sailing into the night sky

night sky

night sky by calivintage

halloween came and went. for whatever reason, i didn’t feel compelled to get all dressed up in a silly costume this year, but i still always enjoy the general dark and creepy vibes associated with the holiday. i think it’s a fun ritual to celebrate the macabre as we watch the leaves fall from the trees and welcome the coming winter weather. so i created this slightly less costumey outfit to wear for an evening of night sailing and storytelling.

weekend adventures

weekend away

weekend away by calivintage

after being out of town all last week, i decided to take it easy and stay close to home this weekend. but with the beautiful blue skies and crisp fall weather, i found myself dreaming of a weekend away in a rustic cabin overlooking the ocean in some secluded spot along the northern california coast. i put this little look together imagining what i might wear while sitting on my imaginary front deck sipping coffee and looking out at the misty sea before heading out for sunday brunch at the local diner.

i’ve been having a lot of fun putting outfit collages together over on my polyvore lately. i’ve been having fun finding new folks to follow for inspiration as well, so leave me a link to your profile so i can add you!

win $500 from woolite x polyvore!

calivintage: peter pan

if you’ve been reading my blog for a while (or heck, even if you just stumbled upon it for the first time today), then you know that i have a deep love for all things vintage. my closet is bursting with vintage treasures picked up at thrift shops, vintage boutiques, and flea markets. i like to imagine that if these old rags could talk, they’d each have their own beautiful, rich history to tell. and when i buy a vintage piece, i almost feel honored to be able to continue writing that story. each item feels so special and unique, that sometimes i find myself saving my best vintage for only the most special occasions. i don’t want my prized possessions to rip or fade or disintegrate, but i still want to be able to enjoy them. so of course i always take care and wash them gently so that they will last for many more years to come.

one brand that understands the needs of our most delicates is woolite. and today they’ve asked me to help them host their latest contest in partnership with polyvore. simply create a polyvore collage featuring one of your favorite vintage finds to be entered for a chance to win $500! i’ll be judging the contest myself, and i can’t wait to see the pretty collages that you come up with! click here for the official details!

wearing: vintage dress from milk teeths vintage, karen walker von trapp sunglasses, coach classics leather shoulder purse, chelsea slingbacks from sole society, nars schiap lipstick

everlasting style with woolite + calivintage!

enter the woolite x polyvore everlasting style contest here!

calivintage: peter pan
calivintage: peter pan
calivintage: peter pan
calivintage: peter pan
calivintage: peter pan

the great indoors

the great indoors

the great indoors by calivintage on polyvore

we’ve started the slow transition to fall, and i’ve been changing gears and getting used to the idea of wearing layers and curling up on the couch next the space heater to enjoy the great indoors.

organic by john patrick thermal pulloverkaren walker keep the faith sunglassesplaid flask, zara leather bag, karen walker shirred frock, round glasses, fogal knee high socksmanolo blahnik akkin mary janes