Red and white from day to night

What’s happened to me?! I’ve gone red crazy!! Not so long after stating I’m not sure how I feel about the color red in my wardrobe it has started popping up everywhere! I think red is going to be my 2014 color instead for sure :) I wore this mostly white outfit to stroll around San Francisco, the red hat was a perfect detail – it’s a new vintage find for me, and people on the street love seeing it! I got stopped a few times by strangers to compliment me on my bright hat!

When I got home later on, I was greeted with news that we were going out – I wanted to continue the red and white theme and incorporate part of what I was already wearing into the new outfit. I had thrifted these pants a while back, but found a stain on them when I got home. The pants finally came back from the cleaners and they’re ready to wear! So here I am, wearing red and white from day to night!

Top: Gap, thrifted (I’d love to replace it with this made in USA one by Splendid). Pants: J Brand skinnies. Boots: Sam Edelman. Hat: vintage from Alameda Flea.

Thrift Eye, red and white outfit, vintage hat, red J crew pants

Thrift Eye, red and white outfit, vintage hat, red J crew pants

Top: Gap, thrifted, same as above. Pants: J Crew, thrifted. Shoes: Fornarina. Lipstick: Bare Minerals Call the shots.

Thrift Eye, red and white outfit, vintage hat, red J crew pants

Thrift Eye, red and white outfit, vintage hat, red J crew pants

Thrift Eye, red and white outfit, vintage hat, red J crew pants

Now, I think I may need a red coat! I used to have one, I can’t remember what in the world happened to it!

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?

Favorite outfits of 2013

How did 2013 escape through my hands so quickly?

I went from living so unhappy with how my body was feeling in the early part of the year, to losing 30 lbs after I cut bread out of my diet – giving me a whole new perspective on the relationship with myself but also revisiting my wardrobe and how things fit me. Also, after four years of not getting a haircut, I said goodbye to #longhairdontcare it was so amazingly liberating and interesting to get more haircuts in one year than I had in the six years before.

This year was also the year I was finally able to call myself a librarian after having struggled through my Master’s program for a few years. I took it upon myself to find a new job, but instead found two new part time jobs in addition to the one I already had! Yet somehow still managed to find time to blog. I’m so happy I did though, in spite of being so busy – I love having this catalog of all these outfits, and will be so glad to look back on this one day.

2013 was also the year of realizations on our unhealthy relationship with our clothing – I vowed to only buy new clothing that was Made in the USA and have learned to appreciate how our clothes are made.

I went through the blog and found 12 favorite outfits from each month of last year.

A chilly January, bundled up in a fun coat
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Wow, February was when I finally decided to make the chop!
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I’ll always love the Mad Men vibe from this outfit
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A fun photoshoot exploring one of my favorite places, Golden Gate Park 
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What I wore to a Liberace party! I think this is the first post where you can actually notice I lost weight.  I hadn’t worn this dress since about 2006 (cause I didn’t fit in it anymore).
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Discovering the most jaw droppingly beautiful place in the Bay Area, the top of Mt. Tamalpais
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A summer brunch with some other SF blog gals!
Thrift Eye, Fornarina dress, red dress, red print dress, jockey print

My birthday outfit.
Thrift Eye, american apparel dot, trina turk blouse, red lips, short hair

One of my favorite LWD’s.
Thrift Eye, white dress, vince dress, botkier purse

My new favorite pair of thrifted pants. 
Thrift Eye, zara top, jcrew pants, printed tee

When I thrifted this awesome vintage Saint James top!
Thrift Eye, saint james striped top, saint james breton, boyfriend jeans, gap boyfriend jeans, rachel comey oxfords, rachel comey shoes

And a new spin on this old favorite dress! 
Thrift Eye, Diane von Furstenberg dress,

If you even made it down this far in the post, thank you for taking the time to read and follow along. I don’t believe in resolutions, just following your heart (and brain). Here’s to 2014, up up and away!

Lace on lace

Temperatures have risen a bit this December, was I just complaining about it being cold? (hello global warming!). It got warm enough to enjoy a quick bare legged walk to dinner in an outfit with a story.

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See, my mom made this lace top and skirt set just for me. I’ve only worn it once before, and it was worn just like this. They’re not attached to each other, but in my head they’re like once piece – they have to be worn together.

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Skirt and top: made by my mom for me. Shoes: Fornarina.

Do you find yourself with a similar outfit that just HAS to be worn together? And the weird thing is, if this was something store bought, I probably would have donated it a long time ago because I don’t wear it. But because it was made for me, I just can’t ever give it away either. I need to show you guys some of the 90′s and 00′s things my mom made me and I’ve kept!

A fun birthday outfit

How to say this in the most humble way possible…it was my birthday the other day – at first I thought it would turn out to be a casual jeans and tshirt night, but was surprised with plans that required me to dress up. It was a pleasant surprise :) and it was also nice to dress up since there aren’t many occasions to do so anymore (SF: land of the casual masses). I had one outfit planned (a black dress) and then decided to switch it up last minute!

Back in 2008 I wore this skirt as a dress for my birthday (see old blog photo here) and I recently rediscovered it in my sister’s room as she’s getting ready to move. So five years later here I am wearing it as a skirt instead – which in itself symbolizes the evolution of my style over the years. I thought the black and white dots of the skirt would somehow look good with the red and embossed print on the shirt – I put together the outfit flat on the bed, and didn’t know how it would look on. But it actually looked great (which is nice, because in retrospective, now I have something else to remember this birthday for).

Thrift Eye, american apparel dot, trina turk blouse, red lips, short hair

Top: Trina Turk. Skirt: American Apparel. Heels: Target from many years ago, a similar pair here by Vince Camuto.

Thrift Eye, american apparel dot, trina turk blouse, red lips, short hair

Thrift Eye, american apparel dot, trina turk blouse, red lips, short hair

I love how the red leopard print from the blouse works so well with the polka dots, but also the faux croc from the heels. So I kept the jewelry to a minimum, only wearing small stud earrings. And my hair sleek as to not add to the busyness of the outfit. It’s not an outfit for everyone, and I don’t see myself wearing this together ever again. But for a birthday that only comes around once a year? Why not :)