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

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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

Bay watch: weekend wardrobe

I’m an opposite person, I love to dress up on weekends because I can be so casual on the weekdays sometimes. When I’m casual on the weekends, I feel like I’m on an alternate universe (which I’m realizing is called Earth, and I’M the alien!) My weekends have been full of exploring the Bay (farmers markets! craft shows! ice cream!) and visiting museums in between chilling at the park.

I was pretty bummed coming back from vacation because NYC seemed so alive. San Francisco has been weird lately in case you haven’t heard mentions of skyrocketing rents and the social issues that arise from it (like homelessness and drug use.) I feel very lucky and privileged to enjoy the things I get, I try to enjoy every minute of my life with gratitude! Well, that conversation took an odd turn. And so, here is my bizarro outfit where I fit in with everyone else! I’m loving my new little espadrilles, they walked me all over NYC too! Super comfy. So while this isn’t a typical outfit for me, I was running around all over the city and being casual was essential for the long trek I was on.

Item From Made in… BUY
old Alexander Wang tee Nordstrom.com China
Cheap Monday jeans thrifted Bangladesh
Kaanas espadrilles Shopbop.com Colombia HERE
vintage RayBan Wayfarers thrifted USA HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Franscico style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Franscico style

Marimekko style

I’m not sure how long ago it took me to realize this, it must have been after what felt like the 100th BIG BOX STORE and SMALL BRAND collaboration. I quickly realized I could find the real deal much cheaper most of the time. I’m fairly certain it was right after the Missoni x Target collaboration happened and people went crazy in the stores. So when I saw that Marimmeko was collaborating with Target…I told myself again, I’ll be able to thrift the real deal. And I did!! The same week it came out. I had several kiddos at work (in the library) tell me my dress was fun and bright! (it’s always sweet when a little kid compliments you on your outfit!)

Item From Made in… BUY
Marimekko tunic thrifted Estonia Similar
Gap velvet blazer old gift from sister Thailand HERE
Spanx leggings new gift from sister Romania
J. Crew boots flea market Italy HERE
Ray Ban wayfarer glasses thrifted USA HERE

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Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Marimekko, Marimekko dress, style blogger

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