The Huntington

I recently was able to visit the Huntington Museum and Gardens for the first time in my life. I was blown away by the beauty of its grounds and exhibitions. As a dedicated museum lover, it made me wish it was the kind of place I was closer to. Part garden, part museum – it’s really the best of both my favorite worlds!

The other part of me was a “what was I thinking” moment when I dragged my sister and her baby out there in 100 degree heat! I think living in San Francisco so long, gave me amnesia of how hot the rest of the world gets. We were melting! I save all the strappy things I don’t wear in SF for my trips out of town, like this one. I got the chance to wear one of my old favorites! This weird tangly top dress I borrowed (but never gave back) from my other sister.

Item From Made in… BUY
no name dress my sister probably China
Ilano sandals West Coast Craft fair Mexico HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vacation style, black dress in the summer

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vacation style, black dress in the summer

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vacation style, black dress in the summer

Huntington Gardens & Museum

Huntington Gardens & Museum, lotus flower

Huntington Gardens & Museum, lotus flower

Huntington Gardens & Museum

Huntington Gardens & Museum

Huntington Gardens & Museum

Huntington Gardens & Museum

Huntington Gardens & Museum

Summer minimal

I’ve been attracted to wearing solids more and more (even though my heart explodes with wanting to wear patterns and lots of colors!) It just feels me *right* now. I’ll bring the patterns back eventually.

So I’ve also actually been wearing this simple, old skirt quite a bit more now. I’ve had it for a good 4+ years. It’s a skirt made out of three thin layers of mesh, so it’s particularly easy to wear in warm weather – but also easy to dress up or down. Which brings me to this other thing, I’ve turned into that person who wears tennis shoes with skirts and dresses! Sure makes walking up those hills so much easier.

Item From Made in… BUY
Vince top gift from sister Portugal
Elizabeth and James skirt thrifted China HERE
vintage Ray Ban wayfarer thrifted USA HERE
New Balance sneakers DSW.com Vietnam HERE

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The plunge

Do you dare the deep V?
Do you dare to go bra-less?

This has been the Summer of dares and firsts. I’ve had this Sportmax dress for a while, but never dared to wear it in the daytime. I’m very self-conscious about people staring at my chest and this was just asking for people’s’ eyes to pop out of their heads. Surprisingly, there were no Poltergeists. Because I’ve been going to the gym, I feel a shape and strength to my body that I never have EVER before. The old me would have been afraid to wear this because I felt really out of shape, the now me is worried about boobs. I wanted to be daring, and I want to celebrate my body. These photos are a little old, I loved this outfit so much I dared the plunge again when I went to NYC. There, a deep V wasn’t such a big deal!

This won’t be a typical daytime dress for me, I’m actually looking forward to wear it again at night because it can look very classy with black heels. What I don’t do a good job of showing is the matching V in the back!

Item From Made in… BUY
Sportmax dress thrifted Italy
Kaanas espadrilles Shopbop.com Colombia
vintage Swatch watch flea market Switzerland
Shashi ring Shopbop.com USA HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, how to wear a black dress, little black dress, deep v dress, Sportmax dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, how to wear a black dress, little black dress, deep v dress, Sportmax dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, how to wear a black dress, little black dress, deep v dress, Sportmax dress

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

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