Thrift Made in USA

Thrifting operations have changed gears somewhat – I feel very content with this direction my wardrobe has gone in and since I have shifted towards more made in USA items; I thought I would continue this Thrifting made in the USA bit I did a while back to show you that it can be done even on a dime. I approached it in two different ways (and next, I’ll show you how you can shop made in USA in other stores too) – first at an actual thrift store (in this case Goodwill), and second at a re-sale store (at Crossroads trading). I surprisingly had similar results at both stores! The price points being a little different of course.

We’ll start with Goodwill! The only downside is that yes, you’ll have to sort through lots of things. Thrift stores have now become graveyards for cheap mall clothes, so it takes more time to find the hidden gems. But do not lose hope, gems are there to be found, even if you have to dig deeper.

A trendy black blazer by Aqua
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Or how about a vintage (had a made in USA label inside) midi skirt with oversized pockets?
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Surprise, this Betsey Johnson dress was made in the USA!
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A beautiful black party dress by Milly
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Summery and silky dress by Rory Beca
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Or how about a simple cotton dress by LNA?
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And now, moving onto Crossroads – stores like this will be less digging through, and consequently, prices will be much higher.

This well constructed coat was $50 and by St. John, you’d pay that much or more for a coat that was already falling apart the day you bought it new
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My new go-to denim brand, J Brand
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A bright dress by Cynthia Vincent
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Or how about this funky Marc Jacobs mainline skirt that yes, was also made in the USA
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My suggestions to you, is to always try something on before you buy and to resist the temptation to buy things that do not fit you (that goes without saying for any type of shopping!)

I didn’t buy any of these things, although the temptation was high – and I encourage you to ask yourself when shopping if you really NEED those things!

A literary take on fashion part 26

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

So I knew I hadn’t done one of these collages in a long time, but I didn’t realize how long it had been – until I saw a blog out there that basically stole the idea. I knew I had to ressurect it!

Because I have several book series going on here I’ll break it down again

Books into Fashion
Covers into Fashion
Best, Last, Longest reads

And here we go! My newest books into fashion is my latest read, it took me just about FOREVER to get through Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. I’d been reading it for several months now, because I was never able to finish it during the three week library checkout. Not only that, it took many, many, many pages in for me to even get hooked! There are SO many details – many necessary, other details you can just gloss over. It can be a very frustrating read at some points! But the good parts are really good. I made this collage just out of some of the details, there is no way to allude to all! From the Barbour jacket, because of the family that takes Theo in, the ring that brings Theo to Hobie, his terrible pill addiction, a puppy cup for Popper! An antique table, the Ozma book he leaves Pippa, to Kitsey’s pink coat, his mother’s emerald earrings, and a memento to the wild and crazy times in Vegas.

The Goldfinch

As a San Francisco transplant, I knew sooner or later I would have to read Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. It was worth it. A very easy read that follows the lives of several people that have ended up in SF by different fates. Their stories intertwine in funny ways – through friendships, with the landlady, at work, at Safeway, and avoiding explaining things to their family. It’s funny to me that the book was written so long ago, but could very well be about young people this day.

Tales of the City

What do you guys think, have you ever read either of these before?!

A Marc Jacobs kind of girl

My previous post reminded me of how much I have admired Marc Jacobs – there is always a great vintage-like twist to his brand, which I really love. I just wish it wasn’t made in China, but I’ve been lucky to have gotten most of the clothing second-hand at great prices! Do you ever feel like there are just some designers that get you!? So I’ve rounded up some of the Marc Jacobs things I’m lucky to have collected over the last few years!

As with other similar posts, click on the photo to get to the original post!

A little Marc by Marc purse that perfectly fits just my wallet, phone and keys! Here’s this seasons version
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Or this sweater
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You don’t see to many of these watch necklaces pop up any more!
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But here is one heart clock for purchase
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And another heart watch for purchase
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A pop of red! Fun M by MJ skirt
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A funky blouse that may have come from the same season as my dress!
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Mouse flats!! They belong to my sister, but I love borrowing them when I visit her. Here’s another white version.
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This funky cocoon sweater (had to get rid of it because it pilled like crazy!)
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Thank you Marc Jacobs, for making my day!

The one that got away

When there is something I like, I remember it forever until it’s mine. So don’t find it odd that I’ve had this one specific dress in my mind since I saw it in 2008 – I usually don’t pine over things I see on the runway. BUT I could not get this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress out of my mind. I waited, and waited, and waited (for a good sale) until it went away and I never found it. I always had hope I’d see it again. And then I did while browsing the racks at Wasteland. I held onto the dress, walked around the store clutching it – like it was too good to be true, like someone would pull it from my hands and tell me it wasn’t for sale (fears that arise when you find something you really want – I think other thrifters can relate!)

But it fit, and it’s mine! Yahoo!

Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (if you search for Marc by Marc Jacobs Alessandra on ebay you can find several for sale). Tights: Kate Spade. Shoes: Rachel Comey. Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Lipstick: Bare Minerals. Watch: vintage Futura.

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My sanctuary

Hope you had a nice weekend, I’m already gearing up for the next one! I took a nice long break because I got caught up between two separate out-of-towner guests and being generally exhausted from work like everyone else! I have had blogging on my mind quite a bit though – generally the state of it and my footprint in it. When I started my blog in 2006, I had no clue that I’d still be doing this and taking it in this direction. But I’m very happy about where this has all ended up and where it heading. Something I cannot say for others I see blogging out there, you can tell when people don’t like it anymore. The bigger you grow, the more pressure it all becomes. From both outside influences but also yourself. I feel pretty confident in doing my own damn thing now :)

One thing I am now forcing myself to do more is to pick up the real camera again, and start shooting non-blog photos. I’m finding pleasure in capturing shadows again. I kick myself for having fallen so reliant on my iPhone for photos, when I have this amazing camera to use. So when I saw the light hitting my living room so perfectly, I knew I had to take these photos. In the almost four years I have lived in this apartment, I have rearranged the furniture more times than I can now remember!

My living room is my happy place, as I’ve collected things that serve a purpose and have meaning. The couch used to belong to our good friends, who no longer had room for it. We gladly took this lovely thing into our home. I made the alphabet myself! It hangs as a memory that I can do anything I put my mind to it. The tree sat at my former job, dying from neglect until I saved it – I rescued it back to health and brought it home with me when I quit because I knew they wouldn’t take care of it! We recently had a friend move away to Africa, and while very sad about it, we bought this furry blanket from her at the yardsale she hosted to sell most of her life she wouldn’t be able to bring with her! It’s bittersweet. Oh, and my dream coffee table – I went three years without a coffee table while we lived in San Francisco because I saved up to buy this one!

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Oh yeah, and my library books in the corner!

My home, my work in progress, my sanctuary. My blog is my home.