Marimekko style

I’m not sure how long ago it took me to realize this, it must have been after what felt like the 100th BIG BOX STORE and SMALL BRAND collaboration. I quickly realized I could find the real deal much cheaper most of the time. I’m fairly certain it was right after the Missoni x Target collaboration happened and people went crazy in the stores. So when I saw that Marimmeko was collaborating with Target…I told myself again, I’ll be able to thrift the real deal. And I did!! The same week it came out. I had several kiddos at work (in the library) tell me my dress was fun and bright! (it’s always sweet when a little kid compliments you on your outfit!)

Item From Made in… BUY
Marimekko tunic thrifted Estonia Similar
Gap velvet blazer old gift from sister Thailand HERE
Spanx leggings new gift from sister Romania
J. Crew boots flea market Italy HERE
Ray Ban wayfarer glasses thrifted USA HERE

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Marimekko, Marimekko dress, style blogger

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Marimekko, Marimekko dress, style blogger

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

Oui! Non!

I love a good graphic tee, but have issues with most of them. I’m conflicted – anything that makes strange weirdos stare at my chest, naturally makes me super uncomfortable. So I’m very selective about the graphic tees I wear as to avoid said awkwardness. This cute and simple one came across my path while browsing for new Made in USA brands on Shopbop. I think the front is good, the back is even better!

Item From Made in… BUY
Clayton top Shopbop.com USA HERE
vintage Levi’s 517 thrifted USA HERE
Fjallraven backpack Shopbop.com Vietnam HERE
vintage RayBan wayfarer glasses thrifted USA
vintage Swatch watch flea market Switzerland
Loeffler Randall flats Shopbop.com Brazil

Thrift Eye, how to wear vintage levis, San Francisco style, style blogger

Thrift Eye, how to wear vintage levis, San Francisco style, style blogger

Thrift Eye, how to wear vintage levis, San Francisco style, style blogger

Thrift Eye, how to wear vintage levis, San Francisco style, style blogger

Spotlight on: Reformation

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

I found out about Reformation in the oddest way possible – at the thrift store!

What I thought was a typical weekend for me at the thrift store, going from rack to rack like I normally do, turned out not as typical. I noticed tons of brand new dresses from this brand Reformation! All made in the USA! I called up a very fashionable friend of mine who works in the industry (but has since moved out of San Francisco) and she let me know they had just had a sample sale in SF. So it looks like the loot I had come across were sample sale leftovers. I scooped up armloads of these items to try on. Sadly, the sample sale sizes were way too tiny for me, other pieces were true samples (aka garments that were not finished.) None of it came home with me, but petite industry friend was able to go back later and get lots of things for herself! And the more that I looked into the brand, the better I liked them for their sustainability endeavors.

“Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, we design and manufacture the majority of our limited-edition collections in our factory headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. All other garments are produced by responsible manufacturing partners here in the U.S. or abroad using sustainable methods and materials. We source sustainable fabrics and vintage garments while incorporating better practices throughout our supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion. It is our mission to lead and inspire a sustainable way to be fashionable.”

The brand is aiming to make transparency and sustainability of buying, caring for, and reusing fabrics a larger part of the fashion conversation (similar to how Everlane does.) I like their washing tips on their website! *especially since I hate laundry*
1. Only wash when needed
2. When you can, skip the dryer
3. Wash cold
4. Spot clean if you can, instead of washing the whole thing
5. Freeze your denim instead of washing

Oh yeah, their clothes are pretty darn cute too

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling

Reformation, reformation clothing brand, made in the USA, sustainable fashion, upcycling
All photos from thereformation.com

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