A blog by erin perez hagstrom. You're reading calivintage, a collection of personal style, fashion inspiration, and street style photography written by a california girl with a love for everything vintage.
it’s funny, i spend a lot of time on my personal style, but you wouldn’t know it if you ever caught me off guard at home! i recently realized that i was pretty much just slipping into the same pair of old, worn out sweats every evening after dinner. they’re soft and comfy, and i don’t have to worry about the kids getting them dirty. but when a girl scout troupe knocks on your door at 6pm and you open the door holding a beer in a ripped t-shirt, you start thinking it might be time for an upgrade.
so i’ve been doing some shopping around, looking for ethical brands that make practical garments to wear at home. a friend of mine introduced me to canadian-based brand the sleep shirt a while back and i had been admiring their sleepwear from afar when they got in touch and asked if i’d be interested in spreading the word about their latest campaign.
the campaign runs from today, march 8 through march 31. so if you’re in the market for sleepwear, now is a great time to use your purchasing power to support an incredible women-owned small business that is not only donating profits to great causes, but ethically producing their garments in canada using quality materials.
i’m gonna go ahead and say that this is my spring look. super high rise pants because, yes, i’ll be wearing this style to the grave. i don’t care if low rise comes back. i’m old now so it’s mom jeans 4 lyfe. and this blouse is basically the standard by which all other blouses will be compared. puff sleeves? ruffles? ’80s vibes? check, check, and check!
and actually, i should talk more about this blouse because i’ve got a whole lot of things to say about it. for starters, it’s pure nostalgia because it looks exactly like the blouses that my mom wore around the time i was born in the ’80s. i can also expand on that and say that basically every woman had this blouse, including the most iconic princess diana. there was this whole young edwardian/laura ingalls wilder/prairie girl thing going on at that time, which is making a huge comeback, and i couldn’t be happier about it.
if you’re interested in more of the same, keep an eye out over at little tienda. their southern hemisphere fall 2018 collection is out any day now, and a little birdy told me they’ll be serving up even more ruffles and puff sleeves like this!
i was recently interviewed by one of my favorite brands, leader bag co. you may have heard me mention them before because they make the holy grail of diaper bags in the form of this beautiful canvas and leather backpack. after two kids, i can confidently say that this brand has got it all figured out. so i was delighted to be able to answer some questions for them as part of their leading with love series. as you know, even though i’ve had this very public forum for almost a decade, i still tend to be pretty reserved when it comes to talking about my private life. i’m not even trying to be so private, it just isn’t very natural for me to start divulging lots of information! so i really appreciate having the opportunity to answer such thoughtful questions and share more about myself. so i hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about me, where i came from, and where i’m headed next!
i’ve never been much of a driver. in fact, i didn’t even get my first driver’s license until i was 25. this was despite the fact that i grew up in suburbia, but definitely because i moved to san francisco at 18, where bikes and buses were the easy way to get around. i lived in oakland for years before i finally decided i should learn to drive, and even then, i was still mostly riding my bike to work and around town, with only occasional weekend trips.
a lot of time has passed since those days, but even now that i live in the ‘burbs, i think i’ve carried that same city mentality with me. we chose our first home because it was one of the most walkable neighborhoods in town, only a few blocks from grocery stores, restaurants, our favorite coffee shop, the bank. our family did finally graduate from a tiny two door yaris to a family wagon last year, which was an awesome upgrade, but my driving habits are admittedly similar to that of a granny! i work from home, so i really only drive the kids to school and back, or on short trips to the grocery store. if you think about it, the car mostly sits in the driveway.
but you certainly wouldn’t know if it you looked at our car insurance bill! the way traditional car insurance works, you pay the exact same rate no matter how much you actually drive. if you don’t drive a lot, you’re basically subsidizing high-mileage drivers with your insurance bill. we knew we were paying too much, but we couldn’t find an insurance company with fair rates. until we found metromile’s pay-per-mile insurance, designed for people driving less than 10,000 miles per year like us. i partnered with the brand to see just how well it works. and the proof is in the pudding: we’re now paying a low base-rate plus pennies per mile. before making the switch, we were paying about $105 per month. and as you can see from the shot of the incredibly nifty app, we’re now paying under $70 on our first bill. each month will be different based on how much we drive, putting us in control of our bill, and resulting in a much fairer price for insurance.
i can now pull up the app whenever i want to see exactly how many miles i’ve driven, and how much i can expect to pay at that point in the billing cycle. and if you’re worried about paying too much for a weekend road trip, you won’t. metromile doesn’t charge above 250 miles per day, so if you drive more than that, you’re actually saving money. and you get the same type of coverage as most big insurance companies, from collision to comprehensive. the obd-II device only measures how many miles you drive, not your driving habits. and it comes in handy in the event of theft– gps tracking! plus a host of other app features like a street sweeping reminder, and an engine health decoder.
it feels so good to finally be paying a fair price for insurance after being gouged by other insurance companies for so many years. especially now that we have kids! i can think of a lot of better ways to spend that money than on a car sitting in the driveway, can’t you?
this post was created in partnership with metromile. we pay our own insurance bill and all opinions are my own, as always. thank you for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible!
it’s funny, i call myself a fashion blogger (and i’ve been doing this for just about 10 years now!?!), but i’ve only ever owned one trench coat. and i didn’t like it very much. i loooove trench coats and always seem to be looking for one, yet i never seem to find exactly what i want. until now. i know this probably sounds silly, but it’s totally true! my main issue with trench coats is that they usually just come in classic khaki or black. i hate the way pretty much any shade of khaki looks against my light olive skin, so i’ve never been comfortable wearing those colors. and despite how much i like the look of black clothes, they always make me feel like i’m fading into the background– or else they manage to collect every bit of fuzz or dust or dandruff floating around.
but everything changed when i found this beauty from san francisco-based azalea boutique. it’s made of a super sturdy cotton canvas in the perfect shade of rusty brown. it’s got an oversized fit, but the heavy fabric gives it a nice structure so that it doesn’t just fall flat against the body, which i really like. and it’s a lot more affordable than most garments of this quality for sure. to give you an idea, the textile is like the heavier-weight cousin to kamm pants. yep, i’m sold.
this post is about a month overdue. but i thought i should write a proper post to tell you that i hit a milestone. i turned 35-years-old in january! which is surprisingly hard for me to grasp? when people ask me my age, i have to pause and think about it for a moment because i sorta still think i’m only 30! it’s almost as if time stood still for me after adam was born and i’ve just been coasting along in this state of limbo, caught between my old life and this new one that is centered so squarely on two little kids. in fact, adam’s birthday is about a week before mine, so i have a hard time even remembering that mine is coming up because the dust is still settling after the holidays and his big day. which is not something i mind at all. it just means that i’ve stopped keeping track as well.
and i suppose that’s probably pretty typical once you get to your thirties. it’s not like when you’re a kid and you’re counting down the days until you’re 18 or 21 or even 30. and there really isn’t anything particularly special about turning 35. i suppose it’ll be pretty big when i turn 40. but for now, i’m happy to be where i’m at. i’m excited about the year ahead, and i’m enjoying my time adjusting to a new schedule with both of the kids in school now. i’m getting that “me” time that had been almost non-existent for so many years, and i’m thinking forward about my business and what i want to accomplish moving ahead. all really wonderful, positive things!
but more importantly, this is still a fashion blog, right? so let’s talk about clothes! the moment i laid eyes on this ace & jig dress in the fall, i knew i had to have it. i envisioned it styled exactly like this, with kitten heel mules and a little drawstring pouch. an updated take on a totally ’80s look. i wore it on christmas and on my birthday. and honestly, if i could get away with it, i would buy this same dress in several different colors and wear them all of the time!
the holidays are well behind us, we finally wrapped up adam’s birthday month, but doesn’t it seem like there’s always another occasion to buy gifts for kids, or clothes for kids, or pretty much anything for kids ( whether they’re your kids or not)? whenever i’m looking for gifts, i tend to avoid the big box chains when i can, and i’ve been making a really big effort to shop small. but in my town, we only have two small children’s boutiques that don’t always cover all the bases when i’m looking for kid stuff. online, there are so many shops that i get completely overwhelmed. so if you’re like me and you’ve been looking for a sort of one-stop shop, then you should definitely check out maisonette. i can’t remember how i first stumbled upon the site, but i love it! it’s basically like garmentory for kids: a marketplace offering children’s goods from independent boutiques and designers. they carry many of my favorite brands, and i suspect that they will be introducing even more favorites as the site expands.
and the most exciting part is that when you sign up to shop, you automatically receive a $25 credit in your account that you can use towards your first purchase of $50 or more! how awesome is that? so i’m sharing some of my personal favorites to give you an example of what they have available on the site. definitely worth a look if you’ve got some kid shopping on your to do list!
as is the thing with fashion, i’m already anticipating the new spring collections, some of which are already trickling into stores as early as january. one that is high on my wishlist already is ace & jig spring 2018. over the years, i have become more and more of a fan of their beautiful textiles and interesting designs. they really never disappoint, and always outdo themselves with each new season. i’ve probably said this before, but one of the things i really appreciate about ace & jig is that their textiles are so easy to wash and wear. you don’t even need an iron, you can just pull them from the dryer and put them right on. they have this really substantial weight to them and a depth of texture that makes them just so easy to wear again and again. and i always feel so pulled together when i throw on one of their dresses for the day– and i usually get the most compliments when i’m wearing ace & jig because they stand out from the crowd, but aren’t overly flashy or intimidating. it really is no wonder that they have such a cult following with people buying, selling, and trading their pieces.
the new spring collection is about to drop and i’m really really into the orange, tan, and mustard colors! although if i’m being honest, looking at the styling makes me feel like i could even pull-off some of the colors i normally avoid, like lavender or bright teal! i think one mark of a good designer is having the ability to convince the customer to try new things and to really get pulled into the whole world they’ve created. and that’s definitely what happens to me each time they come out with a new collection.
the new collection isn’t out just yet, but you can run and catch the fall sale if you head over now…
i know i’ve said this before, so i hope i don’t sound like a broken record, but one of the great pleasures i get from writing this blog is all of the amazing people i’ve had the opportunity to connect with. i have to admit, in the back of my mind, i’ve always secretly wanted to be a designer myself, but it’s never really been in the cards. so being able to meet so many amazing designers doing incredible things really is the next best thing! and i am always so inspired by the talented, creative, and hard working women who dedicate themselves to creating ethical, sustainable fashion. one such designer is lily of eli & barry. she started the brand in 2016 and it is a one-woman show. she designs, pattern drafts, and produces all of the clothes in her hometown of denver, colorado. and it is that slow approach to fashion that guides her entire process. creating wearable clothes that will last a lifetime and earn a top spot in any wardrobe with their versatility and craftsmanship.
we connected on instagram and one day, she asked if i’d be interested in picking something out. i had been eyeing this top, so it was a no brainer. i love the sturdy cotton canvas because i know that it will age beautifully, getting softer and taking on character as i wear it. it’s brand new in these photos, but like the jeans, i know it will start to crease and take shape against my body. i just love the marks of something well-worn, and i look forward to breaking it in!
i can hardly believe it, but today was edie’s first day of school! she’s 20 months, so it’s not some rigorous academic thing, but it is a really lovely toddler program at the montessori school where adam has been going since he was about the same age. i’m so excited for her because she’s such an independent kid and i know she’s going to love it! but let me tell you, after being at home most of the day with two kids for the last four years, it’s such a strange feeling to have both of them out of the house. it’s just so… quiet. and now i’m sitting here in a bit of a daze, trying to figure out what to do with myself!
but as much as i miss all of the activity and excitement of having both kids running around the house, i have to admit i’m pretty excited about having more time to work. when i decided to go independent after adam was born, i had no idea how much i would miss working full time. i know that probably sounds crazy to some, but i really loved the sense of purpose i got from my 9-5. i’ve still always worked on my blog and updated my vintage shop, but over time, i really slowed down online. it got to the point where i wasn’t able to update things for weeks at a time, and i wasn’t even sure if i could even keep up with it anymore. but things change quickly! and suddenly i have all of these hours in the day again! and it may take me a little while to get back into the swing of things, but i’m so excited for the new adventures ahead of me!