Magic, color, flair – the world of Mary Blair

I have been awful at documenting life with my camera – guilty of not using the nice camera I had to its maximum, like I used to. So recently when I was upgraded to a better hand me down camera and lens, the joy of taking photographs has reappeared! I took full advantage to capture photographs at the Mary Blair exhibit currently going on at the Walt Disney Family Museum here in San Francisco, running until September.

Mary Blair was a fabulous artist that was one of Walt Disney’s most cherished inspirations. Many of the classic movies and characters are inspired by her hand. She left a very Mary touch on many of Disney’s most recognizable feats! I’ve followed anything Mary Blair for some time now, so when I caught wind that this exhibit was starting, I knew I had to go! Luckily, they allowed photographs! The main part of the museum allows no pictures at all, so it was a treat to be given free roam to take pictures of something I loved so much.

And this post couldn’t have come at a better time – Disney is also celebrating 50 years of singing along to It’s a Small World, a ride that came out of a vision and love from Mary Blair. So this post is for all of you art and Disney lovers!

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Family Museum, mary blair, mary blair art, disney concept artists

The crazy part is that I didn’t even link to all the pictures I took! If you click on any of the photos, it will take you to my Flickr account where you can see them all!

If you’d like to look back on more of my San Francisco adventures, I’ve kept them bookmarked with this SF tag here for your viewing pleasure.

And P.S. a huge THANK YOU to all of you that took the time to enter the tablet giveaway, I will announce the winner shortly!

Dark dressing

As you saw in my previous post, there are some days where I’m impossibly attracted to darker colors – in that case, trying a skirt in a new silhouette. In this post, quite similarly, trying a skirt with a very different silhouette – one that has a defined waist but some gathering at the pockets that gives a more voluminous shape at the hips. So the basics aren’t quite so basic anymore. Case in point, the last time I wore a black/neutral outfit back in early December, which looks so similar yet so different at the same time.

Scarf: no name shop in SF. Top: old H&M, would love to replace it with this one from Splendid. Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Shoes: Loeffler Randall, purchased through partial store credit from Shopbop. My style aren’t available in this color anymore, but these non-ankle strapped ones still are.

Thrift Eye, black outfit, dark outfit, all black outfit

Thrift Eye, black outfit, dark outfit, all black outfit

I feel like Jekyll and Mr. Hyde some days – I need to find a medium between the dark outfits and the day-glo ones :)

Matching dresses

I never really understood people that went crazy over buying the same item in different colors – I’ve always wanted to incorporate as much variety into my wardrobe – in brands, eras, styles, and colors. That is until I found the sister dress to one of my favorite dresses ever!

This Richard Chai for Target collaboration dress has been worn to many types of occasions – from date nights to weddings, and has always fit so well. The thing fits like a glove and has some of the best Target quality you really don’t see as much anymore (it has an invisible zipper). I loved that it was two different colors together and that I could tie it at the waist.

Dress: Richard Chai for Target. Shoes: Gap designer series. Watch: vintage. Lipstick: Bare Minerals in Get Ready.

Thrift Eye, matching dresses, same dress, wearing dresses, Richard Chai Target dress, colorblock dress

Thrift Eye, matching dresses, same dress, wearing dresses, Richard Chai Target dress, colorblock dress

Old dress, meet new dress. While what I loved about the other dress were the bright colors, I think because I like the fit so much, I’ll be getting extreme use out of this classic color combination. Making me finally understand, when you find something you love, you’ll want to buy many others of it.

Dress: Richard Chai for Target, thrifted. Heels: Target (looooong time ago). Lipstick: Bare Minerals Call the Shots.

Thrift Eye, matching dresses, same dress, wearing dresses, Richard Chai Target dress, colorblock dress

Thrift Eye, matching dresses, same dress, wearing dresses, Richard Chai Target dress, colorblock dress

Do you have something in your wardrobe like this, that you’ve found you need multiples of?

Spotlight on: Splendid

Since I have been so interested in exploring the Made in USA theme here on my blog – I thought it would only be appropriate to begin featuring brands, both large and small, that have that have a mission to create fashionable things of great quality and are Made in the USA for men, women, and children too.

I thought a great kick-off point would be to spotlight Splendid! They really have made a huge comeback the last few years, branching out from the t-shirts they were so known for. While they’re not 100% Made in the USA, I would say it looks like they’re about 80% (because they’ve branched out to shoes now too). Their parent company, VF Contemporary Brands states

“We work hard to ensure that every individual enjoys a clean, safe work environment, free from discrimination and harassment. We believe that workers at supplier facilities have the right to freely choose employment.  We support the right to fair compensation, the right to associate freely and bargain collectively. These and other rights are embodied in our Global Compliance Principles or GCP, established in 1997.”

And now they’ve just released this really cool Indigo dye collection (see all the pieces here or a few more here at Shopbop) “The combination of indigo dyed fabric and Splendid’s coveted knits was born by way of the brand’s natural surroundings. Through neighboring denim wash houses and rich ocean colors of its Los Angeles roots evolved new ways of thinking the color blue.”

Looks good to me!

Splendid clothing, splendid indigo dye collection, made in the usa

Splendid clothing, splendid indigo dye collection, made in the usa

Splendid clothing, splendid indigo dye collection, made in the usa

Splendid clothing, splendid indigo dye collection, made in the usa

Splendid clothing, splendid indigo dye collection, made in the usa

I hope you guys enjoy this, and hoping something good comes out of this new feature! :)

My love sweater

Every time I wear this pretty sweater, people around me smile (or tell me it’s perfect for Valentine’s day). It’s quite funny.

So when I wanted to wear this skirt, I couldn’t figure out what sort of blouse to wear with it in the morning as I’m trying to go to work – and I quickly realized that my heart sweater would be the perfect contrast to it! I’d initially worn a tshirt underneath, but did not like how the collar looked sloppy and plain with the sweater, so I swapped it out. Which is funny because what ended up occurring was a throwback to this outfit. I can’t believe I used to wear that thing as a dress! I’ve since cut it and can now wear it as a top like I did with this outfit.

I feel like I have toned down the bright colors and in your face patterns I used to wear more when I was younger (I mean, look at this outfit or this one, not sure I’d have the courage to pull those off now!) But it manifests itself nowadays through more tasteful pattern mixing, if you can call it that (who knows how I’ll feel down the road).

Sweater: Jcrew, found at Crossroads (a Wildfox version in blue!). Top: vintage. Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Boots: Dolce Vita, purchased at Shopbop with store credit. Watch: vintage.

Thrift Eye, heart sweater, jcrew heart sweater, diane von furstenberg skirt, dolce vita boots

Thrift Eye, heart sweater, jcrew heart sweater, dolce vita boots

Thrift Eye, heart sweater, jcrew heart sweater, diane von furstenberg skirt, dolce vita boots

Oh yeah, my hair is red now :)