Summer minimal

I’ve been attracted to wearing solids more and more (even though my heart explodes with wanting to wear patterns and lots of colors!) It just feels me *right* now. I’ll bring the patterns back eventually.

So I’ve also actually been wearing this simple, old skirt quite a bit more now. I’ve had it for a good 4+ years. It’s a skirt made out of three thin layers of mesh, so it’s particularly easy to wear in warm weather – but also easy to dress up or down. Which brings me to this other thing, I’ve turned into that person who wears tennis shoes with skirts and dresses! Sure makes walking up those hills so much easier.

Item From Made in… BUY
Vince top gift from sister Portugal
Elizabeth and James skirt thrifted China HERE
vintage Ray Ban wayfarer thrifted USA HERE
New Balance sneakers Vietnam HERE

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This Old House

I didn’t expect to be gone so long from here. I’ve been working through some personal issues that left me quite drained and detached, that I’m finally getting over that hill towards being myself again. So I’ve been focusing on feeling better. I’ve been dividing my time between going to the gym to strengthen my body, and my photography project.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I love sharing my sidewalk snaps through #sffromthesidewalk. For some time, I have been wanting to get t-shirts printed with my photography but I couldn’t think of what to use. And then my eureka moment was realizing that photos should be of those old quirky San Francisco homes I love so much! But it was also extremely important to me that the apparel be Made in the USA. Because I have a full-time job, I can’t take on the manufacturing process myself. I was glad to find that Society6 prints their tees with American Apparel!

I only have one little home up, but more will be coming soon! I can’t wait to order one of the shirts for myself. Find them HERE. And the cool thing is that even though my goal was to have apparel, art prints and phone cases are available as well! More to come soon.

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Shopping responsibly and conciously links

Links posts are a dedicated space here for a roundup of links (that don’t fall into my normal post categories) that are sharing information about Made in USA, and as the title mentions, shopping responsibly and consciously.
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Before I post anything else, I can’t even find the right words to express my sadness and anger over all the shootings that have happened in the last few days AND months. Black lives matter. LGBTQ lives matter. Immigrant lives matter. And we can stand together to fight inequalities and injustices. Speak for the voiceless. We need to make this an ongoing conversation in all our lives.


“The Associated Press and market research firm GfK polled more than 1,000 Americans…and discovered that 71 percent said they would like to buy items made in the U.S. but high prices and limited availability prevent them from doing so.” The article is behind an ad to join the website, but the article is so short, you can just read it behind the ad. It says most people don’t want to pay the price for Made in USA!

Research Shows Majority of Consumers Want Made in USA Apparel

Wow it’s hard to hear one headline and then another. But good to hear that people still want this – I guess what we need to do is revolutionize the way we think of buying clothes. “Among those who say it’s important that the clothes they buy are made in the USA, 79 percent say it’s because they prefer to support the U.S. economy, 46 percent believe U.S.-made apparel is better quality, and 30 percent believe it’s environmentally-friendly, according to the Monitor data.”

American Apparel uses crowdsourcing to seek new product ideas

“The Los Angeles-based company, which recently announced that it might start outsourcing some manufacturing to another U.S. clothing maker, is asking vendors to submit proposals for U.S.-made goods that would retail for $100 or less.” Crowdsourcing is a little misleading, since the crowd being asked are other potential vendors. But an interesting idea nonetheless.

Shinola’s founder shows how contradictory the FTC’s “Made in the USA” regulations are

Sometimes I wonder what things would look like if regulators (like FTC) put the work they do into regulating Made in USA, into punishing American brands that have sweatshops overseas…This is an ongoing conversation about is an item technically Made in the USA when built with parts made elsewhere? Shinola was dragged into this by the Federal Trade Commission. The article explains more, but I like this Shinola statement, “Until a change in policy clarifies for the consumer what it truly means to be Made in the USA, Shinola will always strive to do as much as it can in America with the benefit of an American workforce.”

Made in America: 9 Brands That You’ll Be Surprised Are Still Manufacturing in the USA

Did you know Shinola manufactures in the USA? I didn’t until I read the article above. It’s awesome to find out information about more brands. Apartment Therapy shares some home goods brands that are USA made! I would recommend to read the comments too.

PS. The picture above is from my yearly visit to the West Coast Craft show, featuring West Coast artisans. I never got around to sharing the pictures…oops!

The plunge

Do you dare the deep V?
Do you dare to go bra-less?

This has been the Summer of dares and firsts. I’ve had this Sportmax dress for a while, but never dared to wear it in the daytime. I’m very self-conscious about people staring at my chest and this was just asking for people’s’ eyes to pop out of their heads. Surprisingly, there were no Poltergeists. Because I’ve been going to the gym, I feel a shape and strength to my body that I never have EVER before. The old me would have been afraid to wear this because I felt really out of shape, the now me is worried about boobs. I wanted to be daring, and I want to celebrate my body. These photos are a little old, I loved this outfit so much I dared the plunge again when I went to NYC. There, a deep V wasn’t such a big deal!

This won’t be a typical daytime dress for me, I’m actually looking forward to wear it again at night because it can look very classy with black heels. What I don’t do a good job of showing is the matching V in the back!

Item From Made in… BUY
Sportmax dress thrifted Italy
Kaanas espadrilles Colombia
vintage Swatch watch flea market Switzerland
Shashi ring USA HERE

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Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, how to wear a black dress, little black dress, deep v dress, Sportmax dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, how to wear a black dress, little black dress, deep v dress, Sportmax dress

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