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!

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!

Konnichiwa

Just returned from a whirlwind trip to Tokyo, where I fell in love with the beautiful city. I can’t even form the correct words to describe it at the moment. Before I begin sharing some of the photos from this trip, I wanted to share one last set of photos before I left.

A few months back, I saw Jeanne of Shop Sweet Things post this simple Instagram picture about how she wants to join in the jumpsuit trend, but because of her shorter height, never can – and instead decided to fake it by tucking in a blouse into pants. I have the same issue, but because I’m a bit taller than most. Jumpsuits look weird on me. The body length is sometimes too short, or the waist always falls lower than my natural waist (making me look super wide across). So this tucking in a blouse trick was the perfectly easy solution! A suit for leisure indeed – we went straight to the beach dunes to enjoy the sun and break out my new kite! There was wind for exactly 10 minutes while my picture was taken, and then it mysteriously died, hah. Back to lounging then.

Item From Made in… BUY
Alexander Wang T Nordstrom.com China HERE
Joie silky pants thrifted China HERE
vintage hat Flea Market USA -
vintage Ray Ban wayfarer thrifted USA HERE
Loeffler Randall flats Shopbop.com Brazil HERE

Thrift Eye, diy jumpsuit, all black outfit, style blogger

Thrift Eye, diy jumpsuit, all black outfit, style blogger

Thrift Eye, diy jumpsuit, all black outfit, style blogger

Again, can’t wait to share my Tokyo pictures! Stay tuned :)

Night at the museum

I told you I wasn’t done with the museums quite yet – we have a fashion exhibition currently rolling through San Francisco at the Legion of Honor and I HAD to see it! I love seeing these fashion and style exhibitions whenever I can, they are truly inspiring to understand how different generations have dressed (then to see it come full circle in contemporary fashions!). I kept my own fashions simple but fun.

Besides the special show, the Legion of Honor itself has some amazing classic art

Item From Made in… BUY
Orla Kiely dress Uniqlo China in other print here and here
DKNY tights Nordstrom Rack - HERE
Loeffler Randall flats, older style Shopbop.com  Brazil similar version HERE no ankle strap
vintage Bill Blass watch Ebay.com -  -
Revlon Infallible lipstick Walgreens.com -  Charismatic Coral HERE
Madewell purse Shopbop.com China  this season’s version HERE

Legion of Honor San Francisco

Legion of Honor San Francisco

Legion of Honor San Francisco

Thrift Eye, what to wear to a museum, style blogger

Legion of Honor San Francisco

Legion of Honor San Francisco

Thrift Eye, what to wear to a museum, style blogger

Some of you may recognize the Charles James dress that was part of the MET exhibit last year. What a dress!

High Style at the Legion of Honor San Francisco

High Style at the Legion of Honor San Francisco

High Style at the Legion of Honor San Francisco

High Style at the Legion of Honor San Francisco

High Style at the Legion of Honor San Francisco

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Clicking on the museum images should take you to my Flickr account, which has even more photos!

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