I don’t know what to say

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I started this little blog when I lived in Las Vegas. It was my home sweet home for five years. I started this blog there because I felt lost in a world where it was difficult to find friends and I was trying to find a career that fit me. I found blogging and I was able to build a tiny community of it, and it helped me appreciate and LOVE living in Las Vegas. So I’m still in a staggered sense of shock to have heard the devastating news about the massacre that happened at that concert and Mandalay Bay. I USED TO WORK AT MANDALAY BAY! Back in the beginnings of this blog, I had also started working at (the now shuttered) Fornarina store, and it was helping me explore global fashion. I spent countless hours and evenings at the Mandalay Bay with locals and tourists. I don’t know where I’m going here with this. I’m sad. I’m mad. I wish this wasn’t the reality we live in. I’m grateful that none of my friends were injured, but so many other people were and that’s nothing to be grateful about.

I had just returned from Mexico and I was feeling invigorated to blog again, and then the hurricanes happened. Then the earthquakes happened. And now this shooting has happened. As I type this, homes are being burnt to the ground less than 50 miles from me in Sonoma/Napa counties! Something else will happen again. I don’t want anyone thinking because I don’t address these things frequently on my blog or social media, that I don’t think about them. They weigh heavily on me. I will be searching for some places to make donations to this week and hope you all can too if it is something you can afford.

Hello new blog look!

A bit behind, but starting off 2014 with a new look for this blog! When I transferred from Blogger to WordPress 2 years ago, I went with a basic layout that comes free. Besides customizing the header, there really wasn’t much I could do. A few months ago after searching high and low, I found a new theme that I liked. But I sat on it, worried that I wasn’t going to be able to handle the import! Instead I worked on a new logo, finally settling on one after many revisions.

Today I bit the bullet and just did it – I figured if I was able to do the WordPress import, then I’d be able to do this myself too. It was actually so easy (the actual theme switch), it was the adjustment of getting the links, header, and bits and pieces that took the whole evening. In fact, there was one damn button that would not budge, I had to teach myself a bit of CSS to fix it. It’s just hidden at the moment, so I won’t say this thing it’s 100% complete – there are still some adjustments I’d like to make (and also optimize the mobile layout). But blog is a one woman show! I’d love to hear your feedback or even tips!

Did I think I’d get here and be doing this when I started this blog in 2006? Absolutely not – I’m drowning in a sea of other bloggers. Many who come armed with photographers and web developers, that jump right into a professional site! I started this thing from the bottom and have worked my way up mostly by myself. I laugh when people ask if I get help from my boyfriend – and although he’s a professional photographer, he’s too busy doing his own damn work to help me here most of the time. I do most of it myself, and I thank each an every single one of you for motivating me to continue. Blogging is not my main job or income, I do it for fun – even though it drives me crazy some (most) nights, and you’ll often put a lot of work into something that doesn’t pay back very much. What I love is the writing and photography outlet, the opportunity to hone my web and photo editing skills, the community and people I have met, a catalog or my outfits I’ll be able to keep forever, and getting to interact and share information not only with people in the city I live in, but also all over the world.

thank you again and again

Just as a reminder, I have found some of the old versions

This being the latest, I was so proud of my moving gif header that spelled out Thrift Eye

And this was how it looked when I started with WordPress, I carried over the header from the Blogger one. I basically looked the same!

Because you want to see how it looked last on Blogger?

Basically, I’ve been stuck with polka dots and blue for way too long. I did find my woods themed theme from when I was still in Vegas, I had this one for a bit too. I had all kinds of buttons and business cards designed around this.

I wasn’t able to find any of my other blog layouts sadly. I did find this super old header that pretty much summed up how I felt being the only blogger in Las Vegas for a very long time…

So here we are now – again, suggestions and tips are welcome! Hoping to have this optimized very soon!

There is hope

The other day I took a stroll by myself into Golden Gate Park and had a yearning to visit the Conservatory of Flowers. I took these pictures of all the beautiful and fragile orchids – here I am almost a week later and keep coming back to their pictures because they’re comforting. It reminds me that life is also just that, both beautiful and fragile! We take so many moments for granted until frightening, unexpected, awful, jarring (ETC) events happen that can put everything into perspective. Combined with some unexpected health issues I have been dealing with recently (that seem totally irrelevant when considering what other people are experiencing), I hope you guys don’t mind that it’s been a little quiet here. My heart is with and goes out to everyone affected in Boston and West Texas.

I’m still here

New shoes, old socks. Awesome combo :)

My graduate school portfolio is due in 5 weeks, I’m freaking out a little bit (okay, a lot). That’s a whole month before the semester is even over, not to mention I have another class at the moment too (big paper due Satuday). I have blog posts, just not enough time to edit photos, do all the html stuff, proofread, and all that jazz. So this is short and sweet.

If you’ve ever thought about going back to school for higher education, take a good look at yourself and see if you’re willing to sacrifice many things for a few years – mainly your sanity. Will this really be over in December? Is this TMI for you guys?

ps. thrifted my dream ruby red slippers the other day, thought I’d try them on with my favorite Cheap Monday socks