Porcelain toile

So I’ve written about this dress here, but a very long time ago. I had it imprinted into my memory, after seeing someone else wear it online back in the early years of fashion/style blogging (I hunted down the image from 2007 here, on the Cherry Blossom Girl’s blog). Once I had seen it, I KNEW, I just knew it had to be mine. Once I found it, I loved it, wore it, and then never wore it again? I resurrected it on January 1st after many years of being in the back of the closet, as a motivation to give things another try (you may have seen the Instagram photo here). Too bad it’s a little too cold to show the whole beauty of this dress – bless those nude pantyhose keeping me warm.

Item From Made in… BUY
H&m toile dress ebay.com probably China -
J. Crew linen jacket Crossroads Phillippines HERE, HERE, or HERE
vintage fur collar Held Over vintage SF - many on ebay!
J. Crew belt Buffalo Exchange - -
 Socks sockdreams.com USA HERE
 Rachel Comey shoes Wasteland will update soon -
 Revlon colorburst Target.com - HERE

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

Thrift Eye, toile dress, style blogger, wearing dress in winter

I’m starting to fall in love with toile again!

Fit: for better or worse

I don’t make resolutions for the new year, it’s been a while since I’ve stuck to the ‘make your goals year round’ type of thing. I’m about to hit the two year mark since I cut starchy breads out of my diet and it took my body for a huge spin. It’s a daily battle, but the enemy is bread (gosh, it sounds so pathetic typing that out). I’m not gluten free, and don’t claim to be.

Changing my diet changed my body, but doing light exercise also helped tremendously. I’m not a long distance runner (barely a short distance runner). But I have tried to walk every single day, throughout the day – most days I walk between 3-5 miles by the end of the night. At my peak, I was jogging too. Something I never saw myself doing. I seriously slacked off the last few months because *life* and I want to get back on track again to light jogging to strengthen my body.

I have 3 things that have helped me tremendously to even get to these goals

1. Pacing myself – I have a goal point in my neighborhood, and I know that when I get there and back home, I have completed two miles. What I do then, is jog one block, then walk one block. When I’m feeling really energetic, I’ll zig-zag up and down the blocks in this path alternating the walking and jogging (the blocks are also up and down hill). This gets my heart rate up, and gives me adequate rest so I don’t hurt myself.

2. Kinesiology Tape saved my life (well, legs) from excruciatingly painful shin-splints. They work on other body parts too – but this stuff is serious magic. When I’m wearing the tape, I can sometimes jog for longer distances (than the one block described above, to about 3 or 5 blocks) or even a longer total distance for the day.

3. Wearing a Fitbit. For a long time, I didn’t even use the FitBit app. I use it to see my total distance and steps in the day like a pedometer. I use the app now to track weekly and monthly progress (I like charts and graphs). I have a few friends, but don’t see what they do, I don’t like to compare or compete. This is real life, there are no winners or losers.

I get almost all of my workout clothing second-hand. You wouldn’t believe the brand new stuff I find out there all the time. I think it’s because some people buy fancy workout clothes and sometimes give up (it’s sadly so easy to), or because of poorly thought out gifts that go straight to donations. It would be wonderful to find some made in USA workout brands! (pass them along if you know of any). Wouldn’t it be nice if American Apparel made dedicated workout clothes? I also wear a very light backpack so I can carry water, phone, keys, and usually a book (I sometimes read when I get to my destination, before I go back home).

Item From Made in… BUY
Fitbit Amazon.com - HERE
Nike Sports top thrifted Sri Lanka -
Nike leggings thrifted Cambodia -
Nike Free Waffle gift from mom Vietnam -
Adidas hoodie thrifted Indonesia -
Alite squirrel pack gift China -

Thrift Eye, fitbit review, getting healthy, how i lost weight

BEFORE – don’t let this cute photo fool you, exercising is not this glamorous
Thrift Eye, fitbit review, getting healthy, how i lost weight

When this is what I’ll look like if you see me on the streets
Thrift Eye, fitbit review, getting healthy, how i lost weight

I get people asking me all the time what my secret is. I’ll gladly tell people I don’t eat bread, but I’ll be frank and tell them that might not work for you. The secret is to listen to your body and be kind to yourself. Don’t hide your problems with a fork and spoon. I went to the gym for two solid  years when I lived in Las Vegas and never lost a pound. Life is just like that sometimes. My path is not to be skinny or anything like that, the goal is to be on a road of life-long healthy patterns that I should have learned at a younger age. This post isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to motivate myself to get moving again, and if possible, motivate someone out there waiting for that nudge!

My holiday dressing, my way

I like a good opportunity dress up, just like anyone else. But I can sure appreciate and enjoy the ability to be comfortable with your friends and family, instead of fancy but uncomfortable. I was saving this dress for a special occasion just like the holidays – because honestly, it is my first foray into wearing maxi dresses, when I said I would never wear one. *and this is the most maxi I think I will get!*

When I found this special dress, I really had to make an exception. Sea NYC is a brand I’ve admired from afar for some time. But I found a great deal at my local gem, Jeremy’s. It really is a perfect holiday dress to wear between our rainy days. I hope you had a happy holiday (or if you don’t celebrate, just an awesome week :) ) I’m wrapping up some projects and posts to ring in 2015!

Item From Made in… BUY
Three dots top Shopbop.com USA HERE in another color
Sea NYC dress Jeremy’s SF USA -
Bill Blass vintage watch Alameda flea market Japan -
Marc by MJ earrings Shopbop.com probably China HERE
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE
Revlon Colorburst Walgreens.com - HERE

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

The perfect rain coat

I have the best luck thrifting, I am now the owner of an Everlane trench coat (which I had been eyeing on their site for a few months) but found at Buffalo Exchange. It came at the most perfect time, since we’ve had some non-stop rain the last two weeks. We sorely need it, so no complaining from my end. Especially now that I get to stay dry and look good :) It does have a wide swing, so I’m still learning what shapes work best, so I don’t look like a tiered Christmas tree. Right now, slim jeans are my choice!

And let me just stay, this Everlane coat is pretty awesome. It is fully lined and constructed SO beautifully. I could only wish all coats were like this, I hope they start making more coats in more shapes.

Item From Made in… BUY
 Everlane coat Buffalo Exchange China HERE
 Uniqlo turtleneck Uniqlo China HERE
 J Brand pants Thrifted USA HERE
 H&M beanie H&M probably Bangladesh -
 Dolce Vita booties Shopbop.com China this season’s version HERE
 Nars Red Square NARS  - HERE

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, fall outfit, everlane green trenchcoat

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, fall outfit, everlane green trenchcoat

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, fall outfit, everlane green trenchcoat

Do you like all the knick-knacks on my shelf? It’s time to reorganize!

Clean lines

Hello December! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving time, I was traveling non-stop but took some time to see the Keith Haring exhibit currently running at the De Young Museum here in San Francisco. It’s a must see! I’ll share pictures below. These past gloomy days have me dressing like the weather, in a rainbow of grays to match. I finally have pulled out the cozy sweaters. The great thing about thrifting, is that you’re never far from a cashmere sweater. I plan on eventually replacing all itchy sweaters with thrifted cashmere one day.

Item From Made in… BUY
TSE sweater thrifted China -
Elizabeth & James skirt thrifted China -
hat vintage USA -
tights DKNY probably China HERE
Dolce Vita boots Shopbop.com China this season’s version HERE
Revlon Colorburst lipstick Walgreens.com - HERE

Thrift Eye, fall outfit, what to wear to san francisco, sweater with skirt, tse cashmere sweater, san francisco style

Thrift Eye, fall outfit, what to wear to san francisco, sweater with skirt, tse cashmere sweater, san francisco style

Thrift Eye, fall outfit, what to wear to san francisco, sweater with skirt, tse cashmere sweater, san francisco style

Here are just some of my exhibit photos, you can click on these photos below to get to my Flickr account and see the rest
Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

It’s very moving for reasons I don’t even have to state here. If you’re in the area, it is a must see!