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 -

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

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

The vintage hats

The last post really cemented how much I love my vintage felt hats. I’m addicted to buying and wearing them – so much that I sometimes leave my hat out of the outfit because I’m embarrassed to show you guys how often I wear one (kind of like those bloggers that never take their sunglasses off, I don’t want to annoy you guys as the “hat lady”)

Having previously lived in Las Vegas where it was too hot for felt hats, I feel like the SF weather is the perfect conditions for wearing them. Plus, our proximity to vast amounts of great quality vintage sure helps. I’ve found a woman who runs a booth at our local flea market that only sells vintage hats, most of which are from Germany (occasionally she also sells Steiff stuffed animals and silk scarves, but her main focus are hats). The kicker being is that she is the middleman that sells vintage hats to our local vintage stores – so I’m getting them directly from her and at a better price! In other words, she’s got me baited and hooked. If you don’t have a hat lady like I do, Ebay seems to have the best online vintage selection.

There’s no way I could show all hat posts, so instead I picked some of my favorites. As usual with these posts, click on the image to see the original post!

While this look is very retro – these hats prove to be very versatile
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Or how about 50 shades of black and grey?
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Whoa I got to figure out where this top went!
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I don’t think I’d wear so many textures like this again now, but it was a fun outfit then.
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I’m actually itching to cut my hair this short again!
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Another outfit, like the one above, to prove that denim and hats just seem to work so well together!
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I still love my little pink hat, I should wear it more often
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This hat has since been sent to a better home, as I wasn’t wearing it as much. This is from two years ago, when my hat collection began to grow.
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Did I just say I want to cut my hair? Seeing this is making me have second thoughts!
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What about you? Are you a fellow hat lover too?!

the Hemp dress

Since returning from Japan, I have actually had a different eye when thrifting – my attention immediately went to looking for natural fabrics that breathe, can be worn oversized, and drape rather than hugging curves. A very different aesthetic than what we’re used to seeing in the West and what I normally would wear.

And with that idea in mind, I then hit the thrifting jackpot recently- it must have been the same woman cleaning out her closet (which I always assume when I find similar taste items within the same visit). I was able to find some very beautiful linen type pieces to fit into my wardrobe seamlessly (ie they’ll be able to mix and match what I already wear in my closet). Plus, these new pieces fit into the San Francisco wardrobe – which forces you to wear layers that you can add or remove on call as the weather changes so frequently throughout the day and through neighborhoods! I leave my house in the morning freezing, and get to work in another neighborhood that has me sweating! PS. Excuse the wrinkles, they’re impossible to get out after sitting.

Item From Made in… BUY
TSD dress thrifted USA -
J Crew sweater thrifted China

DKNY tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Loeffler Randall flats Shopbop.com Brazil Similar
Vintage hat flea market -  -
Bill Blass watch Ebay.com Japan Similar

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

Thrift Eye, hemp dress, coral colored dress, linen dress, loeffler randall flats, style blogger

I hope I get chance to start wearing and photographing my new outfits to show you guys!

West Coast Craft 2015

This is not my first time at the rodeo, you may recall that I previously documented going to the West Coast Craft show way back in 2013! I like attending this show not because I’m on the hunt to purchase more things, I actually love going because it inspires me to create!! I like to sew (still learning), exploring embroidery, trying to kickstart my calligraphy again, crochet, home decorating, and crafting in general – that I get to see trends and just get inspired. I have been to several other craft shows as well, and definitely felt that for a few years some creators were relying heavily on jumping on a bandwagon of making things out of canvas and leather – I’m happy to report that bandwagon  has scaled back significantly finally.

So here are some fun photos of things I enjoyed!

A cute hanging shelf with a hole for your small planter – I can see one hanging by the window at home.
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

This booth had a lot of embroidered clothing – something I have been hoping to do (currently on the hunt for some vintage Levi’s!)
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

An up close photograph of one of the wool weavings we saw – the tufts are very large and billowing, unlike many of the structured weavings we’re used to seeing. Once I get the right materials, I’m definitely going to try this!
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

I absolutely loved the leather products at this booth! The aged leather had a gradient of color that was so beautiful in person. The black and brown leather together was just divine.
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Who can resist a flowery print?
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

We saw a lot of ceramics – these marbleized ones were very cool
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

This booth consisted of rugs created by students who just used their imagination to create – I say that the results are actually really creative and artsy!
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Not the best photo unfortunately, but I loved the printed silks inspired by nature at this booth
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Hovering above one booth, they were really trying to make a point I guess, this giant shirt loomed over us :)
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and get inspired to create too!

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