cool water

calivintage: cool water

over the weekend, i decided i wanted to get out of town. so with no particular plan in mind, we hopped in the car on saturday morning and headed north. we started our day with a bit of shopping first in corte madera, then in petaluma, and finally managed to wander all the way out to bodega bay to lay on the beach and cool our warm bodies with the ocean breeze. the temperature difference between the coast and the inland areas was like night and day, and i was happier than ever that i had a change of clothes in the car because i started the day in a sun dress, sweating in the summer heat, and ended it wrapped in multiple sweaters watching the seagulls float past in the misty ocean breeze.

these bleary-eyed outfit photos were snapped at the end of our day after waking up from a nap on the beach after the crowds of people had already packed up their blankets and headed back to the warmth of their cars and beach house rentals. we, of course, followed suit and headed home watching the sun set over the ocean as we drove along highway 1.

you can click here to see more of my outfits featuring jeans.

sweater: dots amore polka dot sweater courtesy of lulu’s
jeans: j.brand maria in black courtesy of j.brand
bag: coach classic mini leather handbag
shoes: sanita clogs
hat: vintage equestrian hat

calivintage: cool water
calivintage: cool water
calivintage: cool water
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dittos

calivintage: dittos

as much as i’m influenced by everything 1960s, sometimes i just can’t help but fast forward a decade or two and get all decked out in ’70s and even ’80s-inspired looks. in particular, i just can’t seem to resist a good pair of high-rise flares. so when dittos denim contacted me and asked if i’d like to put together an outfit featuring a pair of their iconic jeans, it was pretty much a no-brainer. they’ve recently revived a number of styles from their vintage archives, and this particular pair was perfect for pulling on with a soft and stretchy vintage t-shirt and my beloved kork-ease wedges for an easy, retro look. i mean, i’m essentially wearing a t-shirt and jeans, but adding in those vintage elements really help to add interest to a simple outfit. the perfect way to embrace the summer without a ton of fuss.

to see more of my outfits featuring denim, you can click here.

top: vintage t-shirt from mars vintage
pants: high rise bell bottom jeans courtesy of dittos denim
shoes: kork ease bette wedge
bag: vintage woven jute tote
sunglasses: karen walker von trapp

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calivintage: dittos
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south west

calivintage: south west

most of my time spent in redlands involved kicking around town with family close by. i had these big plans to sneak away and get outfit photos in front of some of my favorite local landmarks, but of course, most of those plans fell through. on sunday evening, we decided to run over to this little old bookstore on redlands boulevard out in loma linda, but by the time we drove up, the last of the sun was setting behind the san bernardino mountains and the shop was closed. we poked around the cool little spot filled with cactus and dry brush and snapped a few photos before heading back to my grandparent’s house for banana splits and dairy queen blizzards.

to see more photos i’ve taken while visiting redlands, you can click here.

top: whit striped crop top
shorts: vintage denim shorts from lola vintage
shoes: vintage navy salvatorre ferragamo vara flats
sunglasses: karen walker von trapp
bag: dooney & bourke flower basket bag scored at the local marshalls.
lipstick: ysl fard a levres rouge pur in rosy coral

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space case

calivintage: space case

the other day i was cleaning out the folders on my computer when i happened upon this set of photos i took back in march, but never managed to post. not sure exactly why i didn’t share these before, but i’m glad i found them in the depths of my computer before i hit the delete button. from what i remember, this look was inspired by my teenage days when i wore tiny little graphic tees that i found in the boy’s section at the thrift store. it was also my attempt at actually incorporating a t-shirt into an outfit in general, since i have a bunch of them stuffed into my bottom drawer that i pretty much only pull out for bedtime and sick days. and from the look of these pictures, it’s possible that i was getting a little loopy from too much cough syrup on one of those sick days…

t-shirt: threadless celestial cat shirt
blouse: american apparel oxford shirt
skirt: american apparel denim circle skirt
tights: falke sheer tights
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo vara flats
sunglasses: karen walker von trapp

calivintage: space case
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conquering the weekend

calivintage: spring spots

i know that weekends are meant for enjoying, but they really can be quite stressful. i have two days to accomplish all of the things that i can’t do during the week, and usually have a list of things to do that is nearly impossible to complete in just 48 hours. the weekends come and go, and i always feel like i’m playing catch-up, trying to remind myself of all of the things i have to do next weekend: the car needs an oil change, i still haven’t gone to the bank, for that matter, the car needs new tires, the refrigerator is empty, etc, etc.

but every one once-in-a-while, i have one of those glorious weekends where i somehow manage to conquer a huge to-do list with several hours left to actually relax. perhaps there was some cosmic alignment because i really did have a very fulfilling few days. went out on friday night for a mall date with brendan and saw moonrise kingdom. woke up bright and early on saturday to go to the farmer’s market and buy fresh, local produce. then headed out to get new tires for my little junker of a car. and finally got that oil change! and since we were out in a suburban town that i rarely visit (san leandro), we did some exploring and happened upon a little thrift store filled with vintage gems, everything was $5 or less, score! then we came back home to lounge in the grass at the morcom rose garden until the sun turned to shade and we had to run back home for sweaters. we sat drinking beer and talking about anything and everything, and took a late night stroll around the neighborhood before calling it a night. on sunday, we cleaned the apartment (it was a pig sty), and planned out home-cooked meals for the entire week. picked up more groceries, and packed a picnic for another evening laying in the grass at the rose garden. the late afternoon sun was so dreamy and serene, and i managed to take a deep breath and watch the sun go down and the weekend come to a close.

top: madewell indigo ink pocket tee
sweater: thrifted vintage cable knit cardigan
skirt: madewell silk dotty passenger skirt
bag: vintage jute tote
shoes: bass wayfarer
glasses: bonlook jungle chic
ring: datter golden watchful eye ring
brooch: vintage plastic dachshund pin from the flea market
liptick: make up for ever rouge artist intense in bright orange
nail polish: essie clambake

calivintage: spring spots
calivintage: spring spots
calivintage: spring spots
calivintage: spring spots
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action slacks

calivintage: action slacks

just a few snaps from a walk around my neighborhood on a particularly sunny day. this is another one of those outfits that i wear pretty often, but don’t usually photograph. i could live in these jeans if i could get away with it because they’re super soft and stretchy with a perfect high rise. i remember when i was in high school, i used to have this pair of men’s action slacks. they were comfort jeans for old men that had a tab waist with stretch denim. i was a skinny kid and they were regular men’s sizes, so wore them slung awkwardly at my hips, but i just loved them because they were this perfect baby blue. now i just like to refer to all of my stretch jeans as action slacks, though i suppose these are slightly more fashionable…

top: equipment sailor blouse
jeans: j brand maria
shoes: thrifted vintage loafers
sunglasses: ray-ban round wayfarer
lipstick: nars heat wave

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wear to work

calivintage: wear to work

i know we’re still riding the high of a three day weekend, but that also means that tuesday = back to the grind. so today i decided to share one of the typical work outfits i’ve been wearing lately. it usually consists of some formula of button-up shirt tucked into high rise pants with a practical low heel. i work in an office most days of the week, and the air conditioner is always a bit too chilly, so i’m also often wearing a big sweater or coat despite whatever the temperature outside.

in other news, my hair is getting crazy long. i cut my bangs (a bit too short and not quite straight, oh well), but the rest of it is now reaching a little bit past my shoulders. it’s getting to the length where it sorta swishes around in the wind and gets in my face when i’m trying to eat dinner, but i think i like it longer? i always like to change things up, so it’s gonna be fun to see how long i last until i’m chopping off more than just my fringe…

top: j. crew luxe silk crepe blouse
pants: american apparel high-waist pleated pants
shoes: vintage loafers from pretty penny vintage
coat: ralph lauren denim & supply
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
watch: michael kors tortoise watch
ring: datter industries golden watchful eye ring
sunglasses: courtesy of dear fieldbinder

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calivintage: wear to work
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americana

calivintage: americana

i don’t know about you, but i’m feeling the tinge of summer. i’m sure kids are sitting in their classrooms looking out the windows just waiting for the last day of school before they can run free, and take day trips to water parks and boardwalks. i won’t be afforded quite the same luxury, but i have been enjoying the changing atmosphere. over the weekend, we drove an hour east to lake del valle to bbq and enjoy the sun. we sat on a park bench under a tree shooting the shit and filling our bellies with grilled veggies and fancy farmer’s market meat. we waited an hour, or maybe it was two or three, before hiking out to find a swimming spot along the water while the moon orbited around the earth and covered up the sun, and the light dimmed around us momentarily. and i stuck my feet into the murky lake mud and waded in the water drinking a beer until i was too cold to stand it anymore.

i completely forgot to bring my camera with me, so i can only document that memory with words, but this is one of my almost summer outfits. it’s basically the same thing that i wore a few weeks ago, a bit of a summer uniform for me. simple tank, wrap skirt, wedge sandals.

top: stylemint blossom tank
skirt: vintage denim wrap skirt (similar)
shoes: kork-ease ava wedges
bag: family affairs tote
lipstick: nars heat wave
glasses: 3.1 phillip lim from a few seasons back

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water color

calivintage: water color

one of the things i love about my neighborhood is the secret network of sneaky little pedestrian pathways. it’s a hilly area, so these hidden stairwells make it much more convenient for getting around. whenever i stumble upon another shortcut, i always feel like a little kid, having discovered some entryway into another world. and this time of year, they are particularly pleasant since the springtime flowers and vines and weeds are taking over. the light is usually quite harsh in this spot, but as we passed by early saturday morning on the way to the farmers market, the light was just right, so we stopped to take a few photos.

the weather was nice, so i took the opportunity to get dressed up in my most festive farmer’s market garb and pulled on my new lauren moffatt top and skirt. both are constructed of a lightweight linen, which kept me cool as a cucumber on a warm weekend day. after stocking up on summer squash at the farmer’s market, we headed to the greek festival with free tickets in our pockets (a gift from one of brendan’s clients). i’d never been to a greek festival, so it was quite the treat! we got to peek inside the stunning greek orthodox cathedral, and were treated to epic lamb sammiches and loukoumades. a little old lady even stopped to compliment me on my crochet top, which pretty much made my day!

top and skirt: lauren moffatt
shoes: kork-ease bette wedges
bag: vintage woven tote
lipstick: ysl fard a levres rouge pur in rosy coral

calivintage: water color
calivintage: water color
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may flowers

calivintage: little flowers

and i’m back! just recovered from a few days off with a kidney infection. it was only miserable for a couple of days before the antibiotics kicked in, but i took it easy this weekend and spent most of my time indoors, taking the opportunity to lay low and chill out instead of working myself to the bone with my usual twenty million projects and side projects. i know it seems kinda silly, but sometimes sick days can be the best for that. besides the party where you feel super crummy.

anyway, these photos were taken last weekend when i was feeling much better. i had been reminiscing about the early days of calivintage, when every single outfit photo was taken on the roof of my apartment. it’s a favorite spot for me and brendan to hang out, drinking beers and watching the sun go down on a warm spring evening. we just don’t usually stop to snap photos up there anymore… but it’s still there, up above the treetops with an epic view stretching out over our little corner of oakland. the weather has been so nice and springy that it feels like every day, we’ve been celebrating the warm temperatures and enjoying the smell of fresh blossoms all around us. so in honor of the occasion, i pulled on my fancy little lauren moffatt top, covered in teeny tiny white flower sequins on a pretty yellow silk shell for a little impromptu dancing session!

top: lauren moffatt car song sequin shell
skirt: american apparel denim circle skirt
shoes: thrifted vintage
bag: vintage wicker umbrella basket, gift from mom
sunglasses: flowers by alex knost sunglasses courtesy of raen optics
lipstick: makeup forever rouge artist intense in satin bright orange

calivintage: little flowers
calivintage: little flowers
calivintage: little flowers
calivintage: little flowers
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