Aloha

Another catching up post, but I had the awesome pleasure of going to Hawaii for the first time ever – I’m kicking myself for having waited so long. It was the beautiful serenity that I imagined, and so much more. Having already visited Tokyo earlier in the year, I wasn’t expecting how much Hawaii and Japan intersect! I loved it. It was this interesting blend of American, Hawaiian/Islander, Filipino, and Japanese cultures – and I appreciated that cultural experience as the true luxury of getting to travel.

I took a very small luggage, only wore one pair of sandals the whole trip, and ate my way around and through Oahu. I even had Spam for the first time (how do you learn to not want to eat the whole can of it?!) I don’t have more to say, other than I fell in love.

I’m already daydreaming of my next trip!!

Oahu Hawaii

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Oahu Hawaii

Oahu Hawaii

Oahu Hawaii

Oahu Hawaii

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Caught wearing – Rachel Pally bathing suit top, VPL bathing suit bottoms, Havaianas sandals, and a bright vintage hat.

Old school

I was a young teen girl in the 90′s, where California cool ruled the world. I would browse my brother’s yearbooks constantly to see what older girls wore (it was one of my favorite summer time hobbies as a kid). Seems fitting, as I caught a rerun of Baywatch last night. So I always feel somewhat connected to that familiar 90′s wardrobe – even though it’s not something I always wear. So lately I had been on the hunt for the perfect vintage Levi’s (had to be made in USA!) and had an urge to pair them with this simple button up top, it was the perfect hint of the 90′s I was looking for. They’re a little snug, but considering I like how they look from behind, I can’t complain :)

Item From Made in… BUY
Gap button up thrifted China HERE
Levi’s 517 thrifted USA HERE
Jeffrey Campbell blue flats Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, vintage levis, levis 517, gap white button up, jeffrey campbell flats, jeffrey campbell belanger, blue suede shoes, 90s outfit, style blogger

Thrift Eye, vintage levis, levis 517, gap white button up, jeffrey campbell flats, jeffrey campbell belanger, blue suede shoes, 90s outfit, style blogger

Funny enough, I was able to find a companion pair to these blue jeans on the same trip – an identical cut of Levi’s but in a darker wash BUT in spite of being the same size, they do not fit me. Like at all! This is what happens when you shop at a thrift store that doesn’t let you try on clothes (womp, womp). But since I had been browsing for some denim to try an embroidery project on, this is the perfect opportunity. Hoping I can share that with you guys soon!

Disposable fashion

Just watched this very inspiring documentary streaming on Netflix (& a few other places online) called The True Cost. The consumerism of having a fashion blog and living in a time of non-stop consumption is something I have struggled with. I try to consume as little as possible, reuse & restyle my wardrobe, and be conscious of what I buy. It’s not easy when bloggers who buy, buy, buy are soaring to to the top! But I’m happy staying behind if it means I’m setting a responsible model to be mindful of what you put on. I might just be at a stage of my career where I don’t need to shop second hand – but I’m using it as a means to not shop the high street and replace my old cheapy wardrobe with better quality things!

Watching this documentary is eye opening to a global impact that we can make if we change the way we shop.

It’s not something we can fix immediately – but you can choose to tell brands to not pay the bottom line, to pledge better wages and work environments, pledge sustainability and mindfulness over profits in their pockets. This goes beyond shopping Made in USA – but also promoting ecofashion and true fair trade. Our wardrobes don’t have to be disposable – don’t let the high street brainwash you into thinking so!

West Coast Craft 2015

This is not my first time at the rodeo, you may recall that I previously documented going to the West Coast Craft show way back in 2013! I like attending this show not because I’m on the hunt to purchase more things, I actually love going because it inspires me to create!! I like to sew (still learning), exploring embroidery, trying to kickstart my calligraphy again, crochet, home decorating, and crafting in general – that I get to see trends and just get inspired. I have been to several other craft shows as well, and definitely felt that for a few years some creators were relying heavily on jumping on a bandwagon of making things out of canvas and leather – I’m happy to report that bandwagon  has scaled back significantly finally.

So here are some fun photos of things I enjoyed!

A cute hanging shelf with a hole for your small planter – I can see one hanging by the window at home.
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

This booth had a lot of embroidered clothing – something I have been hoping to do (currently on the hunt for some vintage Levi’s!)
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

An up close photograph of one of the wool weavings we saw – the tufts are very large and billowing, unlike many of the structured weavings we’re used to seeing. Once I get the right materials, I’m definitely going to try this!
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

I absolutely loved the leather products at this booth! The aged leather had a gradient of color that was so beautiful in person. The black and brown leather together was just divine.
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Who can resist a flowery print?
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

We saw a lot of ceramics – these marbleized ones were very cool
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

This booth consisted of rugs created by students who just used their imagination to create – I say that the results are actually really creative and artsy!
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Not the best photo unfortunately, but I loved the printed silks inspired by nature at this booth
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Hovering above one booth, they were really trying to make a point I guess, this giant shirt loomed over us :)
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and get inspired to create too!

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