Clean lines

Hello December! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving time, I was traveling non-stop but took some time to see the Keith Haring exhibit currently running at the De Young Museum here in San Francisco. It’s a must see! I’ll share pictures below. These past gloomy days have me dressing like the weather, in a rainbow of grays to match. I finally have pulled out the cozy sweaters. The great thing about thrifting, is that you’re never far from a cashmere sweater. I plan on eventually replacing all itchy sweaters with thrifted cashmere one day.

Item From Made in… BUY
TSE sweater thrifted China -
Elizabeth & James skirt thrifted China -
hat vintage USA -
tights DKNY probably China HERE
Dolce Vita boots Shopbop.com China this season’s version HERE
Revlon Colorburst lipstick Walgreens.com - HERE

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Thrift Eye, fall outfit, what to wear to san francisco, sweater with skirt, tse cashmere sweater, san francisco style

Thrift Eye, fall outfit, what to wear to san francisco, sweater with skirt, tse cashmere sweater, san francisco style

Here are just some of my exhibit photos, you can click on these photos below to get to my Flickr account and see the rest
Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

It’s very moving for reasons I don’t even have to state here. If you’re in the area, it is a must see!

Sewn by my own hands

Over a year ago, when I began to explore to world of responsible fashion after the Bangladeshi clothing factory tragedy – it pushed me to approach this whole thing (both blog and real world-wise) in a more ethical and human way that celebrates the people dressing you, not punishes them. I did this in several ways (we each find our own path, mine is no better than anyone else’s). This was done by thrifting (and thrifting Made in USA when possible), buying vintage, shopping Made in USA for new items, wearing things my mom made for me, getting rid of everything in my wardrobe that was Forever 21 (almost there with all H&M things too), and the last goal was to begin making clothes for myself.

I found a step-by-step instruction book at work that allowed me to see, read, and cut patterns (I shared that post here and you can get the book here.) I visited a fabric store on the way home one day and finally decided what fabric to get. I chose something relatively inexpensive and forgiving for a first timer since I would probably make mistakes – in this case, a cotton slub knit fabric. It has a nice stretch to it, and the slub means that instead of being smooth, it has tiny knots throughout that gives it a textured feel. I knew I wanted to make the baseball raglan first! So I cut my patterns and set off.

This is my first thing ever cut from a pattern and sewn by my own hands. It’s nowhere near perfect (I accidentally cut short, it’s too cropped for my day-to-day style, but looks fine when tucked in) but I made it! I’m using it as a prototype of what not to do the next time. Because next, I want to make myself a short sleeve raglan dress. This is a great start – not only in making things myself, but also rethinking what I want my wardrobe to be and also what kind of shopper (or better yet, nonshopper) I am.

tl;dr I made a shirt!

Top: me, using Built by Wendy Pattern. Skirt: Elizabeth & James, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Boots: Dolce Vita (mine are from a few seasons ago, these are the new ones). Lipstick: NARS.

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Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

It’s only the beginning!

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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Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, marc by marc jacobs dress, marc by marc jacobs alessandra dress, marc jacobs bow dress, thrift blog, thrift style

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, marc by marc jacobs dress, marc by marc jacobs alessandra dress, marc jacobs bow dress, thrift blog, thrift style

Leaning into the afternoon

The weekends are for relaxing, that’s for sure. Comfy beds are the way to go.

Dress: Thrifted with label ripped off. Tights: Wolford. Boots: Dolce Vita. Watch: Vintage Bill Blass from Flea Market.

Thrift Eye, black dress, fashion blogger

Thrift Eye, black dress, fashion blogger

Photos by Jorge Novoa

PS…trying to figure out how it’s already the middle of May?! Wasn’t it just 2013?

You are the sunshine of my life

I’ve really enjoyed all these sunny days we’ve already had – it’s given me great reason to wear my vintage hats as much as they deserve.

Top: Uniqlo (I want to replace it with this Splendid one very soon). Skirt: vintage Sonia Rykiel, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Boots: Dolce Vita. Hat: Vintage.

I really love how this outfit came out, there’s not much to say besides that :)

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Thrift Eye, black and green outfit, vintage sonia rykiel, fashion blogger, thrift blog

Thrift Eye, black and green outfit, vintage sonia rykiel, fashion blogger, thrift blog

Thrift Eye, black and green outfit, vintage sonia rykiel, fashion blogger, thrift blog