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

Urban hiking outfit

I didn’t expect to take such a long break between posts – I have been drafting a very long 10 year anniversary post for myself, that’s taking longer than expected. But I’ve also recently re-joined a gym, trying to get some strength on my body. All of a sudden, two weeks went by incredibly quickly.

We have a little inside joke in San Francisco (and some of the Bay Area) where there are so many little parks (and some big parks) dotted around the city, we can consider it urban hiking. You can go from city, to neighborhood, to wilderness pretty quickly. So, you dress accordingly. Another reason I’m so glad I finally got my Converse! My favorite and essential SF dressing tip? Dress in layers – you can go from sunny hot to windy fog pretty quickly.

Item From Made in… BUY
Gap jacket old Gap Hong Kong HERE
vintage Ann Taylor dress thrifted USA
Converse All Star black hi-top DSW.com Vietnam HERE
vintage Ray Ban wayfarer glasses thrifted USA HERE
vintage hat flea market

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, Converse black All Star hitop, vintage striped dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, Converse black All Star hitop, vintage striped dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, Converse black All Star hitop, vintage striped dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, Converse black All Star hitop, vintage striped dress

When you want to wear your Summer dress in Winter

I’ve made a lot of weather compromises this Winter – which has forced me to wear the same boots and pants to combat the rain & cold. Doesn’t make for great outfit photos to share. The other day, I said to myself “THAT’S ENOUGH!” I decided to wear this dress I’ve had hanging for way too long, that’s for warmer weather (both in fabric and color) and figure out how to wear it for winter.

This Sonia Rykiel dress is a beautiful silky goodness that was too gorgeous to pass up at the thrift store (YES! This is indeed a thrift store find.) The bright colors reminded me too much of my dream Marc Jacobs dress, and I loved how the cotton fabric at the bottom contrasted the silk fabric from the top. I can already see myself wearing this dress in August with a bright hat, except it’s January and freezing for us here. So the easiest fix was to wear this dress with my black fleece lined tights and a turtleneck for maximum warmth.

Item From Made in… BUY
Sonia Rykiel dress thrifted Portugal
H&M turtleneck very old H&M China
fleece lined tights Crossroads Trading China HERE
Dolce Vita boots Shopbop.com China
vintage Swatch watch flea market Switzerland
Sashi ring (can barely see it!) Shopbop.com USA HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, how to wear a summer dress in the winter, striped dress, Sonia Rykiel dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, how to wear a summer dress in the winter, striped dress, Sonia Rykiel dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, how to wear a summer dress in the winter, striped dress, Sonia Rykiel dress

Bundling up

So I finally had to do it, I moved my photos indoors because getting up early to photograph before the sunset just became too tedious this winter. THEN the rains came, which has rendered outdoor photography pretty impossible. I’ve been going to work in boots nonstop – and when I do wear flats, I’ve worn my rubber boots for the commute and change out when I get there.

I also finally forced myself to get a haircut – my usual lady kept giving me this flippy hair-do which wasn’t awful, but not what I would ask her for. So on a whim, I went to my mom’s not-fancy-at-all lady that had given me a decent bob years ago. I finally have grown out my bangs and wanted to have my hair almost all the same length, with a bit longer in the front. She actually did it really well! Because I wear my hair curly and straight, it’s just always a struggle. I’m hoping to just let this grow out for a long time so I don’t have to worry about it.

Because it is a new year and I’ve challenged myself to wear things I never dreamt wearable for my body, and I kinda fell in love with this new dress. Another vintage Ann Taylor Made in USA dress like this one I wore before. I used to be afraid of wearing long dresses, but I’m learning to get over that!

Item From Made in… BUY
Splendid moto jacket Shopbop.com USA HERE
H&M turtleneck old H&M China
vintage Ann Taylor dress thrifted USA
vintage hat flea market USA
Dolce Vita boots Shopbop.com China

Thrift Eye, vintage Ann Taylor dress, striped maxi dress, Splendid moto jacket, style blogger

Thrift Eye, vintage Ann Taylor dress, striped maxi dress, Splendid moto jacket, style blogger

Thrift Eye, vintage Ann Taylor dress, striped maxi dress, Splendid moto jacket, style blogger

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