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 -

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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!

Old school

I was a young teen girl in the 90′s, where California cool ruled the world. I would browse my brother’s yearbooks constantly to see what older girls wore (it was one of my favorite summer time hobbies as a kid). Seems fitting, as I caught a rerun of Baywatch last night. So I always feel somewhat connected to that familiar 90′s wardrobe – even though it’s not something I always wear. So lately I had been on the hunt for the perfect vintage Levi’s (had to be made in USA!) and had an urge to pair them with this simple button up top, it was the perfect hint of the 90′s I was looking for. They’re a little snug, but considering I like how they look from behind, I can’t complain :)

Item From Made in… BUY
Gap button up thrifted China HERE
Levi’s 517 thrifted USA HERE
Jeffrey Campbell blue flats Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, vintage levis, levis 517, gap white button up, jeffrey campbell flats, jeffrey campbell belanger, blue suede shoes, 90s outfit, style blogger

Thrift Eye, vintage levis, levis 517, gap white button up, jeffrey campbell flats, jeffrey campbell belanger, blue suede shoes, 90s outfit, style blogger

Funny enough, I was able to find a companion pair to these blue jeans on the same trip – an identical cut of Levi’s but in a darker wash BUT in spite of being the same size, they do not fit me. Like at all! This is what happens when you shop at a thrift store that doesn’t let you try on clothes (womp, womp). But since I had been browsing for some denim to try an embroidery project on, this is the perfect opportunity. Hoping I can share that with you guys soon!

Oversized casual

I told you guys – my fashion sense got flipped upside down since returning from Japan. I used to feel so safe with my shapes and sizes to make me feel comfortable, funky, but yet feminine in my own way. Until I saw how people in Japan embrace interesting shapes in their clothes that aren’t necessarily form fitting (some silhouettes are huge and billowing!) but also risky and fun as the norm. They don’t take huge risks with colors, but more so with the shapes and construction of their garments, which in the end is where you get quality clothes from!

I always felt like I needed to wear a shape that would accentuate my waist and be ultra feminine (I love dresses). But my wardrobe felt very repetitive, and I wanted to add elements to my existing wardrobe that could make it look very different! I had to get creative – and like the last outfit post with the orange dress, this is where the adventurous thrifting came into play. I had everything in this outfit, except the jacket (a recent thrifting find), but I had never worn them together. The big shape of the jacket goes well with the slim skirt – both in complimenting shapes, but somehow the texture of the blue linen jacket and stretchy mesh of the black skirt just seem to work! The “old” me would have thrown on some black flats or boots. But since the “new” me is trying to be more adventurous, I threw on sneakers (I know that’s not groundbreaking), without worrying that it would break the outfit. The funny thing is that this jacket, of whose size I could not capture in one photo (it’s HUGE), actually is part of a set with matching high-waisted linen pants. The pants are really cool, I’m not sure I’m brave enough to wear the two things together :)

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage linen jacket thrifted no tag Similar
Splendid button up Shopbop.com USA HERE
Elizabeth & James skirt thrifted China HERE
Superga sneakers Shopbop.com Vietnam HERE
vintage Bill Blass watch flea market Japan -

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Thrift Eye, vintage blue linen, style blogger, mixing blue and black, japanese fashion

Thrift Eye, vintage blue linen, style blogger, mixing blue and black, japanese fashion

Thrift Eye, vintage blue linen, style blogger, mixing blue and black, japanese fashion

The perfect rain coat

I have the best luck thrifting, I am now the owner of an Everlane trench coat (which I had been eyeing on their site for a few months) but found at Buffalo Exchange. It came at the most perfect time, since we’ve had some non-stop rain the last two weeks. We sorely need it, so no complaining from my end. Especially now that I get to stay dry and look good :) It does have a wide swing, so I’m still learning what shapes work best, so I don’t look like a tiered Christmas tree. Right now, slim jeans are my choice!

And let me just stay, this Everlane coat is pretty awesome. It is fully lined and constructed SO beautifully. I could only wish all coats were like this, I hope they start making more coats in more shapes.

Item From Made in… BUY
 Everlane coat Buffalo Exchange China HERE
 Uniqlo turtleneck Uniqlo China HERE
 J Brand pants Thrifted USA HERE
 H&M beanie H&M probably Bangladesh -
 Dolce Vita booties Shopbop.com China this season’s version HERE
 Nars Red Square NARS  - HERE

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Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, fall outfit, everlane green trenchcoat

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, fall outfit, everlane green trenchcoat

Do you like all the knick-knacks on my shelf? It’s time to reorganize!

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