Shopping responsibly and conciously links

Links post are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.

Somewhat random, and somewhat off topic – but I found this INSANELY expensive nail polish at Sephora the other day. Could be nice…but I find the price tag extremely wasteful unfortunately!

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The Power of Manufacturers Using ‘Made in the USA’ in Marketing

“…manufacturers are discovering that home-grown production has increasing financial benefits, especially compared to China, whose competitiveness has dimmed significantly.” You don’t say! Consumers crave local products.

H & M’s Ongoing High-Fashion Experiment

A fascinating read about the beginnings of designer collaborations, and what those early stages looked like for H&M. It has been met with open arms, but this wasn’t always the case in fashion’s past – “In 1983, Halston, famous for his minimalist seventies party clothes, created a collection for J.C. Penney, featuring cut-price takes on his signature Ultrasuede disco wear. But the collaboration was ahead of its time, and the purveyors of high fashion were not yet prepared to see a luxury designer close the gap between couture and the masses. Bergdorf Goodman promptly dropped Halston…”

Cleaning out Your Closet for Fall: What to Keep, What to Sell, What to Donate

Local blogging pals share some awesome tips to declutter your wardrobe. In case you needed a gentle reminder “you are not going to wear it. It is going to sit in the back of your closet collecting lint.”

Clothes should be treasured, not bought and discarded like fast food

The title says it all. It really brings home how I have felt about shopping the last few years. When you shop absentmindedly at trendy cheap places you not caring too much about the quality of how you dress, nor think much of the people making those clothes. So I like how this article is challenging designers to create a system that lets people shop sustainably and think of the clothing they buy as long term investments (no matter the price point.)

H&M’s Cambodian Garment Workers Are Only Asking for $177 per Month: Why Can’t They Get It?

Wow, the headline for this feels like a punch to the stomach. Still feel good about those $10 pants you bought at H&M or that collaboration piece mentioned a few lines above? But boycotting these brands isn’t the solution that will fix their issues. It is urging and demanding these brands to increase wages and working conditions ASAP! Sign their petition HERE.

Apron dress

Isn’t it funny how we can become SO sure of something like, say your own personal style? That you put yourself in a box that isn’t open anymore to let other things in? You tell yourself “that’s not something I would wear.” Until you do. I never thought something you could call “minimal” or “modern” really works for me. But what if we finally open that box and try letting something new in? (doesn’t just have to be in the sense of clothing either :) )

I found this apron dress while thrifting and really thought, I could never wear that. The wrap waist was so tiny, I was able to get the buttons closed, but it still didn’t fit. BUT, I just really saw myself wearing this! I took a risk, and brought it home – resolved to easily fix the button situation (just moved the buttons a bit over with some easy sewing.) And let me tell you, in the month I’ve had this thing, I’ve already worn it about four times. I LOVE it. It wasn’t me, but it now is me.

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage apron dress thrifted - -
old H&m turtleneck H&m China -
Freda Salvador flats consignment Spain -
Tai ring Shopbop.com Thailand HERE
Catbird NYC earrings gift USA HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage apron dress, Freda Salvador flats, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage apron dress, Freda Salvador flats, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage apron dress, Freda Salvador flats, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage apron dress, Freda Salvador flats, San Francisco style

I guess I never met a dress with pockets that I didn’t like :)

The never say never dress

I used to have some NEVER NEVER statements I stood by with might – I’ve learned to never say never

And then I bought some Jeffrey Campbell shoes (I had said never). And now I’ve bought another long dress (said never too!) But I guess that’s the thing about personal style and fashion – it should be ever evolving and developing for personal tastes, and because let’s be honest, for fun too. When I found this dress while thrifting, it wasn’t something I’d typically want to get. Except it’s too beautiful to have left behind! Even if I don’t wear it regularly, I’ll be able to let someone else borrow it for a special occasion (my sisters and I do this every so often). Now the challenge is to find ways to wear this pretty dress for the every day…my first inspiration was to dress it down with casual shoes to take it from gown to maxi.

Item From Made in… BUY
Theory dress thrifted -
Vans lo sneakers thrifted China HERE
vintage Ray Ban wayfarers thrifted USA HERE

Thrift Eye, theory dress, black maxi dress, style blogger

Thrift Eye, theory dress, black maxi dress, style blogger

Thrift Eye, theory dress, black maxi dress, style blogger

Do you have something in your wardrobe you’d also said never about?

Watercolor dress

Do you ever have that one item in your closet you tell your “hmmm, I should wear that” but never do? That’s exactly what I do with this dress my mom made for me. I tell myself these sentiments over and over, and before I know it, it’s been YEARS since I wear the damn thing! What the hell :) Oh well. Besides, I’ve already shared I feel guilty about getting rid of any of the clothes my mom makes for me (one day I should share all the early 2000′s things she’s made for me that I have in a box hidden away).

The funny thing is, I’ve never really known how to wear this dress! It’s a little too short for my every day taste – so I wear it when it’s really warm outside. It definitely fit my lifestyle better when I lived in Las Vegas (where you can wear short clothes most of the year because it’s so damn hot). So when we finally got warm in San Francisco (hallelujah!) I knew I couldn’t skip over the dress again!

Item From Made in… BUY
custom dress Mom :) USA -
vintage hat flea market - -
Sam Edelman boots gift China HERE
Bill Blass watch ebay.com Japan -

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

It helps that my new (vintage) orange hat motivates me to wear more colorful things too!

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