Forget about winter – let’s rewind to the summer

It’s cold everywhere, and I just got my hands on these photos from the summer, so I’m defying reason and posting these pictures instead to remind me of warmer times :)

As a child, I once saw an episode of Reading Rainbow that was about oceans and more importantly, otters. I spent most of my child and teenhood then dreaming about being a marine biologist just so I could work with otters. Even making plans to go to college at Cal State Monterey Bay (otters are their mascot!). And then in high school, I took a biology class and quickly realized that my other interests (math and writing) outweighed my passion for science, and I left this dream go.

I was, and still am, obsessed with otters. In fact, I think my obsession was perhaps more with Reading Rainbow itself (which makes sense now, giving that I’m a librarian!). And I’ve long wanted to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium myself as a full circle. They do so much work to research and protect the animals of the Bay, especially otters.

Top: Splendid. Shorts: Maison Scotch, from Jeremy’s SF. Sandals: Nine West, thrifted. Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs, partially purchased with credit from Shopbop.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium, otters,

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium, seahorse, sea horse

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Photos by Jorge Novoa

Looking at these photos and then at the current temperatures makes me want to crawl into bed and never come out. I’m just grateful we’re not in snow like most others!

And while I did love visiting the otters, I’m by no means a supporter of keeping other large animals in captivity. The Monterey Bay Aquarium houses no other mammals. They partner with local marine biologists and organizations to research and rehabilitate some of the other animals so that they can go back into the open.

The Miu Miu copy cat

While withdrawing some really old books at work the other day, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw the inside lining pages of this book and found a very surprising set of illustrations. Note, this book is from 1991 -

The illustrations are credited to a Dan Wright, I actually tried to contact him (but was unsuccessful) because you may recognize these illustrations from the Spring 2010 Miu Miu runway full of cats and swallows.

It’s really interesting to see how fashion is pulled from anywhere. I just hope the illustrator was properly compensated.

 

Summer lovin

Loving the summer heat (but not “lovin” how grainy and faded these photos came out, sorry). I haven’t had a chance to wear this dress in ages, because honestly, I don’t ever get a chance to wear anything like this in San Francisco. Being in Southern California and in melt your face off weather, this was the perfect opportunity.

Summer essentials- fresh out of the shower throw your hair in a bun, strappy dress, sandals, minimal makeup (only wearing lipstick, blush, and a little mascara) is all you need for an afternoon of trying to beat the heat and reading books under the shade of a big tree. I didn’t even bother with jewelry, besides the studs I wear in my ears every day.

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Fitting in the little poochie dog in the photos is always nice.

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Dress: American Apparel Le Sac dress gift from boyfriend. Heels: Dries van Noten from Nordstrom Rack.

I’ll be back in San Francisco in a few days and I’m not sure how I’m going to deal with the fog again! I do wish this dress was a bit longer now, I didn’t bat an eyelash about it when I lived in and wore this in Vegas. But that seems like a lifetime ago (I also would wear leggings as pants, yikes). I’m thinking about adding a few more inches in a contrasting fabric, maybe in fabric type or color, to give it a little chance.

The silvery details

So in a rush to get ready for a kids party, I had to change out of my original top and throw on a much lighter shirt before heading out, only to realize then that most of my outfit was from J.Crew (granted thrifted!). I think a lot of people out there hate those folks that get decked out in J.Crew and call it a day. Not how it works here at Thrift Eye, but thought it was interesting to do it for one day of my life I guess.

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Top and shorts: J.Crew from thrift store. Belt: J.Crew from Buffalo Exchange. Flats: Zara.

I’m not sure why the pets wanted to be in these pictures SO bad.
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Do you ever find yourself in a head to toe outfit from one brand or store? This used to happen to me when I worked at Fornarina and had to wear their outfits for my shifts. I inevitably feel weird, because it sort of feels strange to limit yourself to one brand (this is also why I hate most editorials in fashion magazines now that just feature one brand per look).

Variety is the spice of life :)

Just Blue

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Dress: Zara thrifted. Shoes: Fornarina Las Vegas (now closed). Belt: gift from sister. Gold necklace: vintage. Blue necklace: Forever 21. Earrings: Shotwell SF (now closed). Watch: vintage Bill Blass from Alameda Flea.