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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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

calivintage: americana
calivintage: americana
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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
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warm weekend

calivintage: banana split

oh how sad when such a glorious weekend has to come to an end. we got legit warm spring weather in the bay area, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! on saturday, i went on a shoot for audrey grace boutique with two very talented pals, diane and jon. we wandered about in the ucb botanical gardens and around tilden park snapping photos and filming video, and it was honestly only of the easiest and most relaxed shoots i’ve ever done. i can’t share the photos just yet, so i should probably stop teasing you about it! and instead i will shift focus onto my easy weekend look: my dear friend nina of family affairs was so generous to send me this adorable little set! i know i’ve talked a lot recently about having a bit of an obsession with little vintage sets just like this. i love that i can mix and match the skirt and blouse in any number of variations, or i can simply wear them together just like this. the fabric is light and breezy, which was perfect for the hot weekend weather. and the cheerful print just makes me smile.

in other news, i finally decided that all of that vintage i’ve been hoarding over the years is taking up way too much space in my apartment, so i’ve started the process of parting with the overflow. on sunday, i sorted and photographed my entire vintage collection in anticipation of their departure. i’m not sure exactly what to do with it just yet, but i would love to find the right person to sell my collection, so definitely get in touch if you’d like to request a line-sheet! i have hundreds of pieces ranging from the 1940s through the 90s, many of which i’ve worn on my blog and plenty of which have just been stashed away in my closet for far too many years…

top: family affairs banana split shirt
skirt: family affairs fantasy skirt
shoes: swedish hasbeens peep toe super high
bag: thrifted vintage purse, gift from mom
sunglasses: karen walker number six
liptick: makeup forever rouge artist intense in bright orange

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simplicity

calivintage: simplicity

wore this outfit to a bbq at a friend’s house over the weekend. i kept it super simple because i wanted to let the huge a-line skirt take center stage. seriously, i might just be mildly obsessed with the shape of it. and it was the perfect thing to wear while lounging around in their expansive back yard eating grilled veggies and hanging out with the chickens and goats. they just bought the house a couple of months ago, and are the first of my friends to buy a house. the bay area is one of the most expensive places to buy real estate, even with the market bottoming out, so it’s pretty cool to see them move into their own little space, and makes me wonder if buying a house will ever be in the stars for me…

in other news, my hair is long enough to pull into a ponytail. when did that happen? i actually met with my pal shannon at revamp salon the other day to get a much needed trim and he convinced me that i should let it keep growing so i can try some fun up-dos. the only other time i had long hair (about 3 years ago), i just ended up wearing top knots like this every day, so i’m excited for him to show me some new styles as it gets long enough to do so!

top: old j.crew tank top
skirt: vintage denim wrap skirt
shoes: kork ease bette wedges
sunglasses: karen walker von trapp
lipstick: nars heat wave

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calivintage: simplicity
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tv party

calivintage: almost spring

i came down with a little stomach bug on friday, so i ended up staying home sick watching television. i so rarely talk about television that i thought it might be fun to share my thoughts on my tv overload this weekend:

  • caught up on reruns of 24 hour catwalk. have you seen it yet? it’s not especially remarkable, but the sassy cast of sewers really make the show. the judges are also pretty fun and, of course, it’s always nice to see what alexa chung is wearing.
  • finally saw the descendants after i realized it was directed by alexander payne. i feel like the way they’ve been marketing this movie has completely missed the mark because i would’ve run out to the theaters to see this months ago had they just mentioned that it was made by the director of about schmidt and election, the latter of which happens to be one of my favorite movies!
  • after being beaten over the head with the mildly entertaining previews of the babysitter while browsing through the ondemand menu,  i somehow decided it was a good idea to finally watch it. trust me when i tell you that it was absolutely terrible.
  • the bible told me so. i think a friend recommended this documentary to me years ago when it first came out, but i never got around to watching it. decided to catch the first few minutes, and was pretty immediately sucked-in to the film listening to the personal stories of conservative families coming to terms with homosexuality for the first time in their lives. it’s nice to know that the political climate has come such a long way even since this film was made in 2007. and it’s pretty encouraging to know that we now live in a country where the majority are now in support of same-sex marriage (according to some polls). not all the way there, but i’m happy to know that we’re trending in the right direction.
  • my week with marilyn. not sure if it was the best movie i’d ever seen, but thinking about marilyn’s fucked-up life kinda stuck with me the entire next day.
  • mad men. that’s a whole other post. i’ll just say i’m happy it’s back!

yeeeaaah. i know. it was a lot of tv, but what else do you do when you’re under the weather? anyway, by sunday i was feeling just fine, so i was finally able to escape the lure of sitting on the couch with the clicker and headed out to san francisco to work on a super secret project that i will be sharing with you quite soon! i also took a ton of photos including this almost spring outfit. it feels like it’s been cold and rainy for an eternity, so when we finally got a break in the clouds, i was pretty eager to at least pretend that the weather was warm outside. what did you guys do this weekend?

top: thrifted vintage wool sweater
skirt: o’neill skirt courtesy of lulu’s
bag: cambridge satchel
shoes: kork ease bette wedges
lipstick: ysl rouge pur in rosy coral

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california winter

calivintage: california winter

ok you guys, i know what you’re thinking: scandalous! i know, this skirt is short. sometimes i’m just in the mood for teeny tiny things, so i had a bit of fun with the super cropped proportions for my look of the day. don’t worry, i always arm myself with little tap shorts beneath my micro-minis so i don’t give anyone a free peep show! anyway, brendan aptly observed that this is the type of outfit you wear for a california winter. the weather has been mild, so i’m still getting away with bare legs on some days and enjoying my little fashion coats. i.e. they just look like coats, but don’t really serve any actual warming functions.

jacket: crop pea coat c/o forever 21
top: american apparel cable knit sweater t
skirt: american apparel denim circle skirt
shoes: dvf felicity heels
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
lipstick: ysl rouge pur couture in le rouge

calivintage: california winter
calivintage: california winter
calivintage: california winter
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thrift magic

calivintage: thrift magic

the other day (when i went on a little thrifting expedition with forever 21), i managed to score an almost complete outfit white rummaging for vintage clothes at thrift town. this is a very rare occurrence, so i had to celebrate the occasion by wearing all of the pieces together. the sweater, skirt, and shoes, all jumped out at me as really solid basics that i could easily incorporate into my daily wardrobe. throw on a fun polka dot blouse and you’ve got an outfit! this is exactly the type of thrift magic that keeps me going back even on those days where i come home empty-handed.

so i wore this outfit for a very eventful day on saturday. i woke up bright and early to attend the forever 21 store opening in sf. i had no idea it would be so wild! there was a line of at least 400 people waiting to get in and once they opened the doors, the whole place was packed full of very excited bargain shoppers. i was a bit overwhelmed and slightly bewildered at so much activity on a saturday morning, but it was a pleasure to be there and to roam around the shop putting little signs on my favorite picks in the store. and since i was already in san francisco, i took the opportunity to swing by hayes valley for a bit of brunch and shopping before heading back to oakland to visit popup hood for the first time. i’d heard about this very cool revitalization project in historic ‘old oakland’ last month, and had been eagerly intending to stop by for what felt like an eternity. i swung by manifesto to ogle at the pretty bikes, then popped into marion and rose’s workshop and browsed their cute selection of art and gifts. piper and john’s general goods was closed for lunch, so i’ll have to stop by another day, but i was delighted to check out crown nine jewelry where i picked up a pretty new ring designed by kate ellen metals. it’s a lovely little shop nestled in the sun-filled breezeway where we snapped these photos. i’m so excited to see some cool retail shops in oakland, and can’t wait to watch the neighborhood flourish.

top: equipment earl retro polka dot blouse
sweater: thrifted vintage wool cardigan
skirt: thrifted vintage suede skirt
shoes: thrifted vintage salvatore ferragamo heels
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
sunglasses: karen walker number six
watch: michael kors tortoise watch

 

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