Caveat emptor – Buzzfeed investigates “Made in China”

Have any of you been following these Buzzfeed stories about angry buyers who received their merchandise from Chinese wholesale retailers? It’s quite fascinating. It is the ultimate buyer beware moment we dread while shopping online. I think it’s best to say that if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Always try to do your research on the retailer before buying anything online.

I wasn’t going to write about this topic – except the week the original Buzzfeed article came out, I was emailed by one of the retailers asking me to run ads for them. They must have missed the whole thing about me being very pro-Made in the USA. I just didn’t respond to them – but I know that other bloggers run ads for these companies and often take free clothes from them.

The original article is about how Facebook heavily advertises and misleads users towards these sketchy online retailers.

Buzzfeed investigates
picture from Facebook group

The people then began to use Facebook itself as a tool to warn other potential buyers – creating forums where people could share their woes and warnings. They were also using the ability to contact Facebook heads via Facebook itself, to shame them for accepting ad money from these retailers. Facebook had no choice but to respond – it looks as if action still hasn’t been taken though.

I found it even more interesting that Buzzfeed followed up for us all by ordering a spread of merchandise from the accused sellers and creating a whole other post about it. Most of the items were not as described, just as the people on Facebook had shown. Items tend to not be of the fabric described and sizing was off.

Buzzfeed
Lauren Zaser / Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

A few of the things were wearable, but not of great quality and just not what the original picture presented. There was no original item, the retailers are stealing pictures from blogs and Instagram to sell items they do not carry in the first place. I haven’t heard much from the story recently – but I’m definitely following these types of stories as they progress.

Camping crew

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

See, double denim IS perfect for the weekends!

thrift eye, double denim

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?

Weekend denim

I’ve been obsessed with doubling up my denim looks. I don’t care if it’s tacky, call me Texas Tuxedo/Canadian Tuxedo. Sometimes wearing double denim just works (unless you’re on a red carpet). In this case it was for a morning of antiquing – where you’re sometimes getting elbow deep in junk, and may have to get on your knees to look through piles or underneath furniture. I’m totally guilty of having done it before too. And not the last time you’ll see it here.

Top: Vintage, from Rose Bowl flea. Pants: old Gap boyfriend jeans, hand me down from my sister. Shoes: Target. Hat: Vintage, from Alameda flea. Belt: old Jcrew, from Buffalo Exchange. Watches: both vintage, from flea market (the gold one I had just purchased this day, hence why I was wearing two)

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Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

Thrift Eye, double denim, fashion blogger, texas tuxedo

Are you down with the double denim?

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.

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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!