In the tall grass

1. Hello California drought

2. A quick Saturday trip up north is my battery charger – stepping away from the hustle & bustle of the city is nice, makes me appreciate it all that more when I come back! I wish I could take longer trips up there, but alas! The laundry calls (along with 8 billion other errands).

Hat: Vintage. Top: Vintage. Top: The Row, from Jeremy’s SF (black or white version here). Shorts: Maison Scotch. Sandals: Nine West. Glasses: Ray Ban.

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, summer outfit, maison scotch shorts, the row tank

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, summer outfit, maison scotch shorts, the row tank

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, summer outfit, maison scotch shorts, the row tank

And now back to the grind! Happy Monday!

Camping crew

Why am I continuing to torture myself with wanderlust weekend pictures?! (is it Friday yet?!)

Well with this view, how could I not want to go back?
thrift eye

See, double denim IS perfect for the weekends!
thrift eye, double denim

thrift eye

thrift eye

thrift eye

Hello summer, I see you around the corner! Are you a city mouse (like me sadly) or do you like to go out in the wild? If so, what is your favorite adventure?

Am I too old to wear shorts?

I used to be that person that would never be caught dead in shorts – I hated them throughout my teenage years and most of my adulthood. Exactly why? I’m not quite sure, I like how they look on other people, but always hated them on myself. Back in the day I wasn’t allowed to shave my legs in junior high, when the rest of the girls around me were getting acrylic nail manicures and stealing lipsticks from the local pharmacy to be cool. And here I was, feeling like the girl with the hairy legs. I could attribute the change in heart to two different things. First, was moving to Las Vegas, where you quickly learned that no matter how ugly you feel, shorts are an absolute must in the summer. Second, having a blog has taught me to push the limits of what I thought I could and couldn’t wear.

So in the last few years, I’ve finally felt comfortable wearing shorts! But now I get this creeping feeling that maybe shorts are for the really young? Are my shorts TOO short? I guess the self-consciousness of some things never really goes away. But here I am, I busted out the shorts – because we’re in an in-between weather, I’ll sometimes wear shorts with tights underneath like this, just in case it gets too cold or windy (which did happen this day).

Top: Alexander Wang T. Shorts: Vintage Levi’s, leftover item from bf’s photoshoot. Tight: Wolford. Boots: Emma Cook for Topshop, via Ebay.

Thrift Eye, vintage levis shorts, too old to wear shorts, fashion blogger, thrify outfit

Thrift Eye, vintage levis shorts, too old to wear shorts, fashion blogger, thrify outfit

Thrift Eye, vintage levis shorts, too old to wear shorts, fashion blogger, thrify outfit

Thrift Eye, vintage levis shorts, too old to wear shorts, fashion blogger, thrify outfit

After working on this post for the last two hours, and thinking about this shorts subject the whole time…I just feel like I had some sort of therapy session!

Forget about winter – let’s rewind to the summer

It’s cold everywhere, and I just got my hands on these photos from the summer, so I’m defying reason and posting these pictures instead to remind me of warmer times 🙂

As a child, I once saw an episode of Reading Rainbow that was about oceans and more importantly, otters. I spent most of my child and teenhood then dreaming about being a marine biologist just so I could work with otters. Even making plans to go to college at Cal State Monterey Bay (otters are their mascot!). And then in high school, I took a biology class and quickly realized that my other interests (math and writing) outweighed my passion for science, and I left this dream go.

I was, and still am, obsessed with otters. In fact, I think my obsession was perhaps more with Reading Rainbow itself (which makes sense now, giving that I’m a librarian!). And I’ve long wanted to see the Monterey Bay Aquarium myself as a full circle. They do so much work to research and protect the animals of the Bay, especially otters.

Top: Splendid. Shorts: Maison Scotch, from Jeremy’s SF. Sandals: Nine West, thrifted. Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs, partially purchased with credit from Shopbop.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium, otters,

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium, seahorse, sea horse

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Photos by Jorge Novoa

Looking at these photos and then at the current temperatures makes me want to crawl into bed and never come out. I’m just grateful we’re not in snow like most others!

And while I did love visiting the otters, I’m by no means a supporter of keeping other large animals in captivity. The Monterey Bay Aquarium houses no other mammals. They partner with local marine biologists and organizations to research and rehabilitate some of the other animals so that they can go back into the open.