My mother’s vintage dresses

I spent almost half a month in Mexico over the Summer. It was an amazing getaway to disconnect from work, the internet, politics, news, and general stresses of life. It really gave me a whole new perspective of life privilege that I experience on a small and large scale living in the US (but I digress!)

One of my favorite moments (and there were many,) was asking my momma to unearth her wedding dress from 1972 so I could try it on. I recall that many, many, many, many years ago I tried to put it on…and it never fit. Being that the last time I had visited was 2011, I knew that it would fit me this time. I begged her to let me try it on again.

I didn’t want to unfurl the veil because it was too delicate and complicated, but the dress is so groovy. I loved it.
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Oh, but that wasn’t it, I also made her let me try on the suit my dad wore as his groom’s outfit! We all had a good laugh because it fit too!
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And then this meant we had to empty the wardrobe of course. I had to try everything on. So we had some lovely conversations I’ll appreciate forever – like about where the clothing came from, when, why, and who made it.

This green and white piece was from my retro dreams
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This burgundy suit set had a lovely marled texture of white flecks – I’m regretting not bringing this back now so I can wear it in my everyday wardrobe
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I think this is pinnacle 70’s
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And this ruffle shirt didn’t originally go with this skirt, but I couldn’t resist combining the two purples
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There were some other individual pieces I tried on, like some high waisted bell bottomed green pants! I just wish I had used my real camera to take the photos instead of my Iphone.

One day I’ll go back and have enough space in my suitcase to bring this all back home with me. Today, I have the memories :)

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an age of technology

So I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven – I recently have returned from the most amazing, wonderful, whirlwind trip to New York City where I got to wander the streets for four days straight! I ate everything I bookmarked, and visited every museum I fancied. From the top of the Rockefeller center, to subways, I hit high and low, up and down the city!

I would have never in a million years imagined I would get to see one of the Met Costume Institute exhibits, and so shortly after the Met Gala! But I did, the stars lined up for me. The Manus x Machina fashion exhibit was one of the most exquisite ones I have ever seen (and I’ve had my fair share here in San Francisco.) The sub-title, fashion in an age of technology, and title which is a nod to man-made and machine-made gave you a sense of what to expect.

Please enjoy the following photos, a selection of my favorites – but you will be able to see the rest if you click through any of the images to get to my Flickr account.

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Manus X Machina, Metropolitan museum New York City, Fashion exhibit museum, costume institute, couture, Met Gala

Aqua

I have been on a serious roll at the thrift store! And finding some awesome gems to add to my wardrobe in terms of both quality and adding COLOR!

This is an outfit of pieces I found on the same thrift store visit, in different departments, but just seemed to work well together! I would have never pictured myself adding much more vintage to my wardrobe again. I used to have my closet organized vintage hanging on one side, new on the other, split right down the middle. As I grew older, my vintage slowly disappeared for more vintage “inspired” pieces. Eventually, the vintage half has now become a tiny slice of the closet instead. I think losing weight had a big part of departing with some beloved clothing – it also didn’t inspire me at the same level it once did.

But now…look! I’m finding some more interesting vintage that instead “inspires” modern!

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage Yves Saint Laurent sweater thrifted no label
vintage Kenzo skirt thrifted France
Vince flats gift from sister Italy HERE

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Thrift Eye, vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sweater, vintage Kenzo Paris skirt, Vince Nina flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, vintage Yves Saint Laurent Sweater, vintage Kenzo Paris skirt, Vince Nina flats, style blogger

Old school

I was a young teenĀ 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

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!