Before and After

I had someone again ask me the other day, “What’s your secret?” I never know how to respond to these questions. People always assume I’ve been thin my whole life, better yet, they assume everything and anything. That’s where I’ve learned to mind my own business about other people’s bodies over the years – but I know people are inevitably curious and like to ask questions. There is no secret to losing and maintaining weight.

Almost four years ago, I was tired of being inactive, having gut problems, and being asked if I was pregnant by strangers (it messes with your head!!) And I decided to take charge of how I was eating so I could relieve stomach issues. Losing weight was just the side product. By eliminating most bread from my diet, I was able to lose weight. But after a very difficult beginning of the year, I decided 2016 was the year I was going to learn how to run and finally get fit. I run and go to the gym between 3-4 times and week. It’s crazy how at first there seemed to be no changes in my body, the changes actually were in my brain! The feeling of exercising felt like nothing else and it did good for my mental health. And all of a sudden in the last two months, my body has taken a drastic change where I can finally see all the hard work. There is tone and definition. And I’m like, is this really  me??!!

I ran across this old picture of myself from 2012 and I had to do a double take. I loved wearing this dress, but the cut across my midsection ALWAYS made me feel so self conscious. It honestly barely fit and probably shouldn’t have been wearing it. But I did.
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This outfit had been in the back of my mind – I thought to myself, I could still wear it! I still have all these pieces. So I dug them out, and rocked this outfit again. But now I have to wear a belt. In fact, the belt itself is another story – it was given to me by a coworker in a pinch and it never fit. It’s plastic (so no stretch to it) and I could only wear it on the last hole. And through this journey, I’ve been able to belt it smaller and smaller. So much, that I’ve now put three extra holes in it! That’s what shocks me the most sometimes.

I guess this story is about finding comfort in yourself no matter what size!

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

I’m happy in my skin no matter what size!

I did also want to share that I’ve been told that Shopbop (one of my widget sponsors!) is having a huge tiered sale right before the holidays. I always advocate for them because they support and showcase many of the Made in USA brands that I support! The sale runs this Tuesday through next Tuesday. Head on over here to get more details about the sale.

Because my sister wore it

Hi folks!

This month has just been…ugh! I don’t get into politics with others much, if ever, but the elections really had me on edge and just feeling overall saddened by the actions of many people. I had no mind to concentrate on any sort of blogging. This was just the cherry on the top of layers of crazy stuff that has happened to me this year. So I will continue to, and urge you too, to find find comfort with friends and family to spread love.

I was able to visit my family briefly, and between my sisters and my mom, we’ve been able to mutually swap all kinds of things in our wardrobes. It’s quite wonderful. So you sometimes see me referring to things here as “borrowed” from my sister. This dress though…we can just say she left it in the care of my mom for some mending and I helped myself to it! It’s just so beautifully structured!

Item From Made in… BUY
Jason Wu dress borrowed from sister USA HERE
Freda Salvador Shopbop.com Spain similar

Thrift Eye, Jason Wu dress, style blogger

Thrift Eye, Jason Wu dress, style blogger

Spotlight on: Clu + Shopbop Sale!

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

I love these posts because many of the brands are actually brought to my attention as I’m thrifting – where thrifting puts you in direct tactile contact with thousands of brands in one swoop. So my first knowledge of Clu was when I bought this dress! It’s comfy and cute, I wear it ALL the time. Clu seems to be that flowy & feminine brand – you’ll see LOTS of ruffles. Contrasts between cotton & chiffon, starched & flowing within the same piece. But yes, you’ll notice that their knit pieces are not made in the USA (where I’ve explained before, knit manufacturing is typically not a specialty of the USA fabric industry.) The cotton pieces, which seem to make up 90% of the merchandise are definitely made in the USA though!

Clu USA

Clu USA

Clu USA

Clu is one of the brands sold by Shopbop, one of my favorite online retailers that heavily carries made in USA brands! They one of my widget sponsors, but I shop there myself all the time. They’re having another big annual sale again for the next few days. Checkout some of the Clu items, but really, they have so much! See details of sale here.

Midnight in a Perfect World

I feel cryptic repeating what I’ve recently read in another book, that there cannot be darkness without light. There needs to be this dichotomy to create balance. I’ve also had THIS song on repeat (I think I’ve referenced it here before!) So the balance of this sunny day and the black outfit works for me.

This ALC dress is also one of the coolest and more unique pieces of clothing I’ve picked up in a while! It’s a little short for my every day tastes, so not something I’m going to wear to work obviously. But an awesome piece to wear on a fun weekend. I love the contrasting pin-stripes!

Item From Made in… BUY
ALC dress thrifted USA
Fjallraven backpack Shopbop.com Vietnam HERE
New Balance sneakers DSW.com Vietnam HERE
vintage Ray Ban wayfarer glasses thrifted USA HERE
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Black outfit, ALC dress

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Black outfit, ALC dress

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Black outfit, ALC dress

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Black outfit, ALC dress