Yin and Yang

I love a balanced outfit – whether it’s through the colors, proportions, fabrics, etc. I feel good when an outfit just seems to balance itself out. And this is exactly how I felt about this particular outfit. I love the proportions, contrasts AND compliments of the black and white, but also the polka dots! Wearing the black tights with the black boots make my legs look so much longer too.

*I will also mention that a few years ago, I pledged to only buy new clothing if it was made in the USA. See original post HERE. And I have to be consciously clear that the top I am wearing in this post is the first piece of new clothing I have purchased that was not made in the USA since that pledge was made. Why? I’m a hard sucker for artist Yayoi Kusama and it was a collaboration with her. Do I feel great about it? No…but I will continue with this challenge. I will also add that this was my first and only new non-USA made purchase of clothing in 3 years! Every other piece of clothing was either second-hand or made in USA when new! My next step is to only purchase shoes made in non-Asian countries, wish me luck.

Item From Made in… BUY
Yayoi Kusama tee Uniqlo.com China HERE
Diane von Furstenberg skirt thrifted missing tag HERE
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Loeffler Randall boots Crossroads Trading Brazil Similar

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, black and white outfit, Yayoi Kusama tshirt, Yayoi Kusama Uniqlo, Diane von Furstenberg wrap skirt, Loeffler Randall Nanette boots

Uniformity: Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Back in NYC one more time, to share a little bit of this interesting free fashion museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) called Uniformity. I’ve never been a fan of uniforms, maybe because I enjoy the freedom of expression fashion allows. This exhibit focuses solely on the fashion created through uniforms! It was quite interesting to realize how prevalent uniforms actually are. From distinguishing teams, jobs, schools, rankings, affiliations, etc. there are SO many reasons to wear uniforms.

And then uniforms bleed into the fashion world – because when you really start paying attention, you will see nods to uniforms on the modern runway! One of the exhibits was a side by side comparison of a vintage Chanel suit and a military suit, it was difficult to tell the difference between the two. It kind of blew my mind! I hope you enjoy these pictures.

A military print turns high fashion
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A old timey sailing inspired uniform next to what I think was an Oscar de la Renta dress, which included a fancy silk bow!
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Aforementioned military uniform with Chanel suit
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Two army jackets become fashionable when worn with other pieces.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A modern Moschino runway piece and a 1970’s McDonalds employee uniform, interesting juxtaposition huh!
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

A dapper vintage child’s suit with a Thom Browne suit
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

This Japanese school uniform stands next to a vintage Rudi Gernreich vintage piece.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

It was so cool to see the 1920’s football uniform (seen in the middle) next to a 1960’s vintage uniform inspired sequin dress (on left) and a strange uniform/tropical/grunge outfit (on right) all together from similar influences.
Uniformity: museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Beauty: Cooper Hewitt Museum

I was given a tip to see the Cooper Hewitt museum on my trip to NYC. It’s not a very large museum, but designed focus and kind of a hidden gem! It was absolutely beautiful inside and out, I was kind of in awe – as it previously was a home! Started out as a mansion and was turned into a Smithsonian design museum. And now I read that it was an Andrew Carnegie home – my library radar loved that!

Here are a few photos from that trip! Enjoy

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Cooper Hewitt Museum, Design museum, things to do in NYC, NYC museums

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of technology

So I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven – I recently have returned from the most amazing, wonderful, whirlwind trip to New York City where I got to wander the streets for four days straight! I ate everything I bookmarked, and visited every museum I fancied. From the top of the Rockefeller center, to subways, I hit high and low, up and down the city!

I would have never in a million years imagined I would get to see one of the Met Costume Institute exhibits, and so shortly after the Met Gala! But I did, the stars lined up for me. The Manus x Machina fashion exhibit was one of the most exquisite ones I have ever seen (and I’ve had my fair share here in San Francisco.) The sub-title, fashion in an age of technology, and title which is a nod to man-made and machine-made gave you a sense of what to expect.

Please enjoy the following photos, a selection of my favorites – but you will be able to see the rest if you click through any of the images to get to my Flickr account.

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

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