Watercolor dress

Do you ever have that one item in your closet you tell your “hmmm, I should wear that” but never do? That’s exactly what I do with this dress my mom made for me. I tell myself these sentiments over and over, and before I know it, it’s been YEARS since I wear the damn thing! What the hell :) Oh well. Besides, I’ve already shared I feel guilty about getting rid of any of the clothes my mom makes for me (one day I should share all the early 2000′s things she’s made for me that I have in a box hidden away).

The funny thing is, I’ve never really known how to wear this dress! It’s a little too short for my every day taste – so I wear it when it’s really warm outside. It definitely fit my lifestyle better when I lived in Las Vegas (where you can wear short clothes most of the year because it’s so damn hot). So when we finally got warm in San Francisco (hallelujah!) I knew I couldn’t skip over the dress again!

Item From Made in… BUY
custom dress Mom :) USA -
vintage hat flea market - -
Sam Edelman boots gift China HERE
Bill Blass watch ebay.com Japan -

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

It helps that my new (vintage) orange hat motivates me to wear more colorful things too!

No color summer

What’s going on!? I’m noticing the lack of colors here! I honestly now think that, looking back and my previous and comparing my now wardrobes, the lack of vintage clothing has eliminated lots of color from what I wear now. See exhibit A from a recent window shopping trip to Buffalo Exchange. Or maybe the drabness of SF weather has finally gotten to me – that when it does finally get sunny, I don’t know what to do anymore!

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage hat flea market - HERE
Theory dress thrifted China HERE
Marc by Marc Jacobs flats Shopbop.cm China HERE
vintage Ray Ban Wayfarer thrifted USA HERE

Thrift Eye, theory dress, black dress, marc jacobs mouse flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, theory dress, black dress, marc jacobs mouse flats, style blogger

I’ve been trying to go to Golden Gate Park any outdoor moment I have! And I have had the chance to quite a bit recently and will continue – look for more outdoor pictures soon!

the Hemp dress

Since returning from Japan, I have actually had a different eye when thrifting – my attention immediately went to looking for natural fabrics that breathe, can be worn oversized, and drape rather than hugging curves. A very different aesthetic than what we’re used to seeing in the West and what I normally would wear.

And with that idea in mind, I then hit the thrifting jackpot recently- it must have been the same woman cleaning out her closet (which I always assume when I find similar taste items within the same visit). I was able to find some very beautiful linen type pieces to fit into my wardrobe seamlessly (ie they’ll be able to mix and match what I already wear in my closet). Plus, these new pieces fit into the San Francisco wardrobe – which forces you to wear layers that you can add or remove on call as the weather changes so frequently throughout the day and through neighborhoods! I leave my house in the morning freezing, and get to work in another neighborhood that has me sweating! PS. Excuse the wrinkles, they’re impossible to get out after sitting.

Item From Made in… BUY
TSD dress thrifted USA -
J Crew sweater thrifted China

DKNY tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Loeffler Randall flats Shopbop.com Brazil Similar
Vintage hat flea market -  -
Bill Blass watch Ebay.com Japan Similar

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

I hope I get chance to start wearing and photographing my new outfits to show you guys!

Tokyo diaries: second half of trip

It’s been two weeks since returning, and I’m finally returning some sort of normalcy around here. Jetlag has gone away, no more “we just got back” excuses for unpacking, all that’s taken care of! But I’m still feeling really nostalgic, and looking back through these photos isn’t helping. BUT I will say this, I’ve immediately begun thinking of my wardrobe in a new way…I want to revamp what I have, add some more essentials that are better fabric quality & better fitting. We continued each day exploring, we rarely went to the same place twice (unless it was a Lawson convenience store) – so I felt like I had to make the most of each trip! Once we got a handle of where we were going, and getting around, it was easier to make mental notes of how to return to certain spots to check out later! I think you could spend a month in Tokyo and do something new each day!

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage hat flea market USA -
Gap dress thrifted India HERE
Vans sneakers thrifted China -
Madewell purse Shopbop.com China Similar from this season 
Rayban glasses thrifted USA HERE
Uniqlo tote Uniqlo.com China HERE

Cruising towards Harajuku
Thrift Eye, what to wear in tokyo

Thrift Eye, what to wear in tokyo

Little pockets of street art hidden everywhere like this
Walking to Harajuku Tokyo

Braved all the floors at La Foret – each shop had its own unique flair for every dressing style imaginable. Harajuku crossing La Foret Tokyo

We walked to Harajuku, through Omotesando, and over to Roppongi to get to the Mori Art Museum. The views alone were SO worth it!
Inside views View of Tokyo skyline from Mori Art Museum Roppongi Tokyo

Outside views
View of Tokyo Tree from Mori Art Museum sky deck Roppongi Tokyo

We spent one day in the city of Hakone – with the intentions of hoping to see Mt. Fuji or getting close to it. It was just our luck that the tram that would take you up the mountain to see it was closed because of volcanic activity. We ended up experiencing three earthquakes while there, so maybe it was for the best to not go up further! The little city is beautiful nonetheless. It’s supposed to be well known for its spas! It was very, very green here. The further you pulled away from Tokyo.
Hakone gardens Japan

We stopped by a garden that has been in Hakone for a very long time. It made me so bummed we missed the cherry blossom season.
Hakone gardens Japan

I never felt the pressure to dress in tourist type clothing or shoes. Even on this side trip.

Item From Made in… BUY
Three dots dress Shopbop.com USA blue version HERE
vintage denim top flea market USA -
Sam Edelman boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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A cute little water spout in the park
Hakone gardens Japan

So we returned to the city to visit Shimokitzawa, which was described to us as vintage heaven. This area is more low key than other parts of Tokyo. I loved that it was full of American vintage and lots of cute restaurants & coffee shops!
Shimokitzawa thrift shopping Tokyo

A walk through Ginza to get to…
Ginza Tokyo

Tsukiji fish market!! We had some of the best tuna of our lives. If you like sushi & fish, please visit here. We weren’t extremely interested in catching the auctions, which you have to wake up really early for – just to eat the good food. We weren’t disappointed.
Tsukiji Fish Market Chuo Tokyo

Probably the happiest cat in Tokyo, king of the fish market
lounging cat at the Tsukiji fish market Tokyo

A quick walk away were the Hamarikyu gardens – a small piece of serenity in the city
Hamarikyu Gardens Chuo Tokyo

With an interesting view. Certain parts of the park make you forget you’re in the city, other parts are swallowed by the Shiodome city view!
Hamarikyu Gardens under the Shiodome Chuo Tokyo

I started to wear this extra layer tied around my waist most of the days – the weather would alternate between sunny, cloudy, windy (sometimes rainy) as the day went by. At nightfall, it quickly got cold. Layers were a must! Not pictured, my umbrella that shielded me from the sun.

Item From Made in… BUY
Three dots top Shopbop.com USA HERE
vintage denim shirt flea market USA -
Joe’s Jeans corduroy thrifted USA HERE
Loeffler Randall gold flats Shopbop.com Brazil HERE and HERE

Thrift Eye, what to wear in Tokyo

I bet people thought I was crazy taking this picture, but I loved these sakura flower manhole covers
Sakura manhole covers Tokyo Japan

We saw the Robot Restaurant show one night (no non-iphone pictures from me because it was so dark) and some other tourists told us to catch the festival going on at the Senso-Ji temple the next day
Senso Ji Asakusa Tokyo

The Sanja-Matsuri festival was in full effect with teams of locals carrying the bulk weight of these several ton shrines. The teamwork & energy was electrifying the air. It was amazing.
Senso Ji Sanja Matsuri Asakusa Tokyo

At the Tokyo National Museum, you could spend a good part of the day there exploring vast amounts of Asian art! We saw some beautiful kimonos and the ever so popular ninja swords, as well as the statues, brushwork art and paintings.
Tokyo National Museum Ueno Tokyo

There was a peaceful garden view
Tokyo National Museum Ueno Tokyo

The museum consisted of several buildings with different themes, I liked the exterior of this modern looking one.
Tokyo National Museum Ueno Tokyo

Took the opportunity for a photo in the beautiful marble window view

Item From Made in… BUY
Clu dress thrifted USA sleeveless version HERE
vintage denim shirt flea market USA -
Vans tennis shoes thrifted -

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I’ll end this post with another cute manhole cover
Manhole cover Tokyo

This trip has definitely changed my life – there’s no way I can possibly even share all my photos with you guys. I’ll be updating my Flickr with some of the pictures periodically (editing them takes a LONG time, hence why these posts took so long, sorry). But going through my photos, I kept kicking myself for not having taken more! Or days I didn’t want to bring the camera along for whatever reason. Those memories will live in my head as my treasures. From memories of getting ripped off playing pachinko, to our special breakfasts each morning – those things you can’t capture with a camera. I took a small notebook and filled it each morning with things from the day before. That way I’ll have my favorite memories saved forever. I was so afraid to go, I wish someone had told me to not be afraid and to have done it sooner. Now I just want to save up and visit during cherry blossom season! I hope this inspires you go for the first time or go again!

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