A houndstooth

So a little while back, I found this dreamy dress. It’s a little Mad Men, it has a great print, and the length is perfect (I like my dresses to be long enough to wear in and out of work). Back in the 90′s, my mom used to have a few houndstooth print things in her closet. I am my mother’s daughter, I love it too. But finding good pieces in the print are hard to come by. So then, to find a coat in the same print as the dress, but slightly different color variation, is nothing short of a wardrobe miracle. The two pieces just had to be worn together right?!

Item From Made in…   BUY
Marc by Marc Jacobs dress thrifted China HERE
Ben Sherman coat thrifted China  -
Spanx black tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
YSL wedges Buffalo Exchange Las Vegas Italy HERE, HERE, or HERE
Bill Blass vintage watch Flea market Japan -
Revlon Colorburst Target.com - HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, houndstooth dress, houndstooth coat, retro style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, houndstooth dress, houndstooth coat, retro style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, houndstooth dress, houndstooth coat, retro style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, houndstooth dress, houndstooth coat, retro style

I look like Sherlock Holmes’ daughter right? :) But I think I hit the jackpot with these two.

Porcelain toile

So I’ve written about this dress here, but a very long time ago. I had it imprinted into my memory, after seeing someone else wear it online back in the early years of fashion/style blogging (I hunted down the image from 2007 here, on the Cherry Blossom Girl’s blog). Once I had seen it, I KNEW, I just knew it had to be mine. Once I found it, I loved it, wore it, and then never wore it again? I resurrected it on January 1st after many years of being in the back of the closet, as a motivation to give things another try (you may have seen the Instagram photo here). Too bad it’s a little too cold to show the whole beauty of this dress – bless those nude pantyhose keeping me warm.

Item From Made in… BUY
H&m toile dress ebay.com probably China -
J. Crew linen jacket Crossroads Phillippines HERE, HERE, or HERE
vintage fur collar Held Over vintage SF - many on ebay!
J. Crew belt Buffalo Exchange - -
 Socks sockdreams.com USA HERE
 Rachel Comey shoes Wasteland will update soon -
 Revlon colorburst Target.com - HERE

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Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

I’m starting to fall in love with toile again!

Old and new

We couldn’t wait until Spring over here to clean out our closets. The cleaning started early to ring in the new year. After two weeks of nonstop rain, we came to the sad realization that our overstuffed closets were perfect breeding grounds for dampness that could only be remedied by getting rid of stuff. I have been very sensible this past year about the ‘one in, one out’ thing. BUT, I had issues letting go of other things. I had lots of clothes and shoes I had plans for – they were unwearable (ripped things, broken shoes, and the like) BUT still, I had plans for them. And I had to realize that those plans should be to just let them go.

I had lots of shoes and clothes that no longer fit my lifestyle and personal style. Many years ago when I began this blog, my vintage side of the closet outweighed the new side. I once lived a lifestyle and in a city that allowed me to horde things in this way. Getting rid of them, was a realization that that lifestyle was long gone. A little part of me fears being that person one day that I got rid of that ONE thing. But part of it was understanding that keeping a few things that will stop me from enjoying the whole thing is just not worth it!

Moving on… :) I like several elements of this outfit – mainly that it is a mix of new shoes, a vintage dress, and a new (to me) coat that I took from my sister but is probably a decade old (are the 2000′s vintage yet?). And WOW! Look at all the places my outfit came from.

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage Contempo Casuals dress thrifted India -
Gap velvet jacket hand me down Thailand sometimes they pop on ebay
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
vintage Bill Blass watch flea market Japan -
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, black and white outfit, fashion blogger

I can’t wish for a new closet, but I can take things into my own hands and make small changes.

My holiday dressing, my way

I like a good opportunity dress up, just like anyone else. But I can sure appreciate and enjoy the ability to be comfortable with your friends and family, instead of fancy but uncomfortable. I was saving this dress for a special occasion just like the holidays – because honestly, it is my first foray into wearing maxi dresses, when I said I would never wear one. *and this is the most maxi I think I will get!*

When I found this special dress, I really had to make an exception. Sea NYC is a brand I’ve admired from afar for some time. But I found a great deal at my local gem, Jeremy’s. It really is a perfect holiday dress to wear between our rainy days. I hope you had a happy holiday (or if you don’t celebrate, just an awesome week :) ) I’m wrapping up some projects and posts to ring in 2015!

Item From Made in… BUY
Three dots top Shopbop.com USA HERE in another color
Sea NYC dress Jeremy’s SF USA -
Bill Blass vintage watch Alameda flea market Japan -
Marc by MJ earrings Shopbop.com probably China HERE
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE
Revlon Colorburst Walgreens.com - HERE

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Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Winter is coming…

…but it isn’t here yet! Instead, we’re flip-flopping through some sunny weather, rain, fog, and bitter cold that would make anyone want to just wear pajamas and stay home. So just a quick hello between chilly weather, to share this sunny Fall day outfit.

Item From Made in… BUY
Clu dress thrifted USA -
Orla Kiely Uniqlo Scarf Uniqlo no tags, probably China HERE
Rayban wayfarer vintage USA HERE
Matt Bernson flats Shopbop.com China HERE

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