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
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
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
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
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
this is my first outfit of 2012 and my last set out outfit photos taken while on my visit to redlands. as you read this, i’m probably somewhere along interstate 5 on the seven hour drive back up to oakland getting ready to transition back into the working world. i have to admit, i’m pretty sad to be leaving and in some way, i almost wish i never had to leave sunny southern california. as much as i love oakland and san francisco, something about the view of the san bernardino mountains to the north and the big stretches of desert to the east just call to me… i lived here for the first 18 years of my life, and can’t help but be hit with intense waves of nostalgia when i’m here. it seems like i’ll always feel homesick when i leave this place, even if i have been calling the bay area my home for over 10 years now.
but as hard as it is to say goodbye to family, i have to get back to work! and i certainly won’t mind arriving home to my little apartment with a pretty view of the hillside and of downtown oakland with my little kitty friend waiting to greet me. and it will be nice to be able to walk into my closet to get dressed in the morning instead of living out of a suitcase. and i can cook a healthy meal in my new le creuset pot (thanks, brendan!) and sleep in a comfy bed with the one that i love. and hopefully 2012 will be as kind to me as 2011 was, and i can’t wait for all of the exciting things i already have planned in just the first week of the year alone!
top: j.crew silk crepe blouse
sweater: j.crew mockneck sweater
skirt: j.crew mini felted wool skirt
coat: boutique by jaeger knot sleeve mac
shoes: vintage salvatore ferragamo vara flats
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
lipstick: make up for ever rouge artist intense #20
despite that fact that i packed for the winter, the weather here in redlands has been unseasonably warm, even for southern california! it’s fun to see everyone (myself included) walking around in their new jackets and sweaters looking a bit uncomfortable discovering that the weather doesn’t really require quite so many layers. so i decided to shed a few of my own layers and opted to prance around in a very mini skirt with my fancy new pink polka dot shirt!
i went for a little walk on olive ave to admire the cool old craftsman and victorian style homes and palm tree lined streets. we didn’t really capture them in this set of photos, but redlands has some of the most amazing historical buildings. it’s the type of place where you can just drive (or bike) around for hours admiring all of the interesting architecture.
top: babes in toyland pink polka dot top c/o lulu’s
skirt: american apparel denim circle skirt
coat: boutique by jaeger knot sleeve mac
shoes: vintage patent leather salvatore ferragamo vara flats
bag: rebecca minkoff covet satchel
lipstick: stila long lasting lip color in petal
shoes: vintage mary janes
with the holidays upon us, things have been just a little bit crazy around here! as soon as i finish writing this post, i’m jumping in the car to make the 7 hour drive to my hometown of redlands, ca where i’ll be visiting with family and working from the los angeles office for the next couple of weeks. it’s not quite a vacation because i’ll still be working, but it will be nice to have a change of setting and to be able to see my family when i get home at the end of the day. and i’m super excited to sit around the kitchen table with my grandma, mom, aunt, and sister to make tamales for christmas! yum!
but before i head out, i wanted to share part two of my series of outfits that i styled for ralph lauren denim & supply (you can see the first look here). these photos were shot on a sunny, albeit deceptively chilly, weekend afternoon. me and the boy headed over to blue bottle cafe in the jack london area of oakland for a nice hot cup of coffee and a stroll around the neighborhood. it’s an interesting mix of old buildings, some that have fallen by the wayside, and others that have been resurrected in the form of cool restaurants and fancy lofts. i like walking around and seeing the way the area has changed even in just the past 5 years that i’ve lived here. as we strolled around talking about nothing in particular, we could see the light bouncing off the side of this old brick building from a few blocks away and knew it would be a nice spot to hang out and goof off while drinking our coffee and enjoying the last of the light on a nice weekend day.
tunic: ralph lauren denim & supply sleeveless turtleneck sweater
coat: ralph lauren denim & supply cropped wool pea coat
skirt: lulu’s ma cherie skirt
tights: tabbisocks fleece lined tights
shoes: dvf felicity heels
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
lipstick: ysl rouge pur couture in le rouge
remember the other day when i was dreaming about laying around the house in my pajamas, drinking hot cocoa, and taking naps? well, i finally got some well-needed rest both on thanksgiving day itself, and this past weekend. while the rest of the world was out shopping, i was taking it easy. this is not to say that i did nothing, but it was nice to chill out without any particular plans or obligations. on saturday, i was still craving mashed potatoes, so me and the boy took a little stroll to the grocery store to buy the ingredients for a shepherd’s pie, which we promptly enjoyed with a glass of wine watching television on the couch.
as far as getting dressed was concerned, i decided to continue on with my fall color palette and pulled out this old vintage skirt from the depths of my closet. the wide pleats and front pockets were giving me some serious schoolgirl vibes, so i decided to run with it and add a button-up shirt, my new toggle coat, and over the knee socks. it made me feel like a 1960s school girl on the set of some creepy horror film.
coat: tulle toggle coat c/o lulu’s
top: thrifted vintage silk blouse
skirt: vintage pleated skirt
socks: ribbed otk c/o tabbisocks
shoes: vintage oxfords
tote: family affairs
oh hello. i’m in redlands! i’m going to be working from los angeles all week, so i decided to come to town early this weekend to visit with family. these photos were taken by my brother after i woke up from a bbq induced coma yesterday afternoon, as we kicked around in my grandma’s backyard and around the neighborhood. i had originally purchased this marc by marc jacobs skirt with the intention of layering it up for cool weather, and was saving it in my closet for the perfect fall day. but when i was packing for my trip and i discovered that the highs would be reaching the 90s during my visit here, i realized that i would have to find a way to wear it for the “summer.”
i like that i ended up pairing it with an orange top while hanging out in redlands, since this little old town is known for it’s orange groves. well, at least it used to be back in the day. even my childhood home was surrounded by orange groves, but by now, most of them have been replaced by housing subdivisions. but it’s still nice to hold onto those memories of hot summer days with the smell of orange blossoms thick in the air…
top: american apparel cotton spandex jersey crop tee
skirt: marc by marc jacobs silk impala print skirt
shoes: kork ease bette wedges
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag