Disneyland play

Sometimes you just got to unwind and enjoy yourself in a kiddy way, so we escaped to Disneyland for a little bit (although, the price tag isn’t as enjoyable as of late). I found my most Minnie Mouse looking outfit, comfy shoes, finally got myself a little embroidered cap, and I was set! Only kids are allowed to wear costumes, but there aren’t any rules about having fun with your outfit!

Psssst, I’ll be trying out this new table form for the outfit information – so I can track my shopping sustainability a bit better. I’d love your feedback about it (if you have any).

Item From Made in… Buy
J. Crew top thrifted China
Theory jeggings borrowed from sister not sure HERE
Superga sneakers Shopbop Vietnam HERE
vintage Bill Blass watch Alamdea flea Japan
Ray Ban glasses vintage USA HERE
Marc by MJ earrings Shopbop China HERE
NARS Red Square lip color NARS - HERE

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Thrift Eye, what to wear to disneyland, fashion blogger

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Spotlight On: Fidelity

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 have one goal by the end of the month, to buy a quality coat. Not a jacket, not a sweater, but a real coat that will keep me warm. So when I was doing my made in USA shopping rounds last month, this coat by this brand Fidelity caught my eye. You don’t see too much outerwear made here, so I thought I’d look a little more into the brand. What I found was a heritage brand that had been manufacturing coats for the military. Fidelity manages to span from utility to fashion – these are the type of brands we should strive to support!

Their about section states

Fidelity Sportswear was established in 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts as a military supplier to the US Navy. Gerald & Stewart Webber, the present day owners of Fidelity Sportswear, have been involved with the company since their youth. Their father, Edward Webber, was an original partner in the American outerwear company and worked with his sons in the factory in their teenage years. The brothers have maintained a hands-on approach to the family business and remain active in all areas of the company. To this day, all manufacturing takes place in Boston under one roof with the hands-on supervision of brothers, Gerald & Stewart Webber.”

Just look at how awesome their latest lookbook is!

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Fidelity Sportswear, made in usa, fidelity coats, coats made in usa

Photography : Shane Godfrey

The way I see it, there are coats of worse quality out there going for the same price (or for more), one by Fidelity will last you a very long time. It is worth the investment.

PS. I know it’s been a little quiet over here, I’m working on some Halloween costume posts that will be coming soon!

Sewn by my own hands

Over a year ago, when I began to explore to world of responsible fashion after the Bangladeshi clothing factory tragedy – it pushed me to approach this whole thing (both blog and real world-wise) in a more ethical and human way that celebrates the people dressing you, not punishes them. I did this in several ways (we each find our own path, mine is no better than anyone else’s). This was done by thrifting (and thrifting Made in USA when possible), buying vintage, shopping Made in USA for new items, wearing things my mom made for me, getting rid of everything in my wardrobe that was Forever 21 (almost there with all H&M things too), and the last goal was to begin making clothes for myself.

I found a step-by-step instruction book at work that allowed me to see, read, and cut patterns (I shared that post here and you can get the book here.) I visited a fabric store on the way home one day and finally decided what fabric to get. I chose something relatively inexpensive and forgiving for a first timer since I would probably make mistakes – in this case, a cotton slub knit fabric. It has a nice stretch to it, and the slub means that instead of being smooth, it has tiny knots throughout that gives it a textured feel. I knew I wanted to make the baseball raglan first! So I cut my patterns and set off.

This is my first thing ever cut from a pattern and sewn by my own hands. It’s nowhere near perfect (I accidentally cut short, it’s too cropped for my day-to-day style, but looks fine when tucked in) but I made it! I’m using it as a prototype of what not to do the next time. Because next, I want to make myself a short sleeve raglan dress. This is a great start – not only in making things myself, but also rethinking what I want my wardrobe to be and also what kind of shopper (or better yet, nonshopper) I am.

tl;dr I made a shirt!

Top: me, using Built by Wendy Pattern. Skirt: Elizabeth & James, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Boots: Dolce Vita (mine are from a few seasons ago, these are the new ones). Lipstick: NARS.

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Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

Thrift Eye, using built by wendy pattern, sewing raglan, black and white outfit, fashion blogger, style blogger

It’s only the beginning!

Naughty or nice

I like the idea of one little change to an outfit that can transform the look. A little bow can go a long way – from sweet to sassy in one second. I was going to wear the bow look out to dinner, but decided it was too fussy in the end (my hair was already sort of wild this day). So I took it off and just fluffed my hair up a bit instead.

I also found these shoes again for a great deal! This pair fits a lot better than the other color I have, so I’m gonna try to wear these more often.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Dress: Theory (they release a version of this dress every year, it’s a classic keeper for sure). Shoes: Melissa x Vivienne Westwood (other colors HERE). Belt: Vintage. Twist scarf: American Apparel.

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Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, black dress, melissa vivienne westwood shoes

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, black dress, melissa vivienne westwood shoes

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, black dress, melissa vivienne westwood shoes

Happy Friday folks! I’ll be on the road again this weekend!

Made in USA in regular retail

In my previous post, I showed you how you can shop Made in USA with second hand style, but you can also shop Made in USA in retail stores with mixed merchandise! It doesn’t just have to be bought online or through thrift stores! I went window shopping recently, and was pleasantly surprised to find so many things that fit the bill (more than I could take pictures of). So look for more features like this here; hopefully soon and ongoing.

The first store I stopped at was Steven Alan – they carry a lot of the S.A. brand obviously, which a lot of (but not all) is made in the USA, but also some other brands worthy of noting!

This pretty floral top has a nice silky feel to it, from the Steven Alan mainline
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Another Steven Alan mainline, the perfect long blouse for work or days off
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I’ve been on the hunt for a good peacoat, and this one by Fidelity sure caught my eye
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A short bus ride later, I found myself at Anthropologie browsing their racks. Surprise, not everything there is made in China! They do carry some USA manufactured items, you just have to look.

This interesting Nanette Lepore top would look great layered
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This Corey Lynn Calter watercolor/polka dot dress is so beautiful.
Thrift Eye, shopping made in USA, anthropologie

Now I have this Dolan dress on my mind for workdays!
Thrift Eye, shopping made in USA, anthropologie

I wish some American brands would start bringing back some of their production to balance out the other stuff – Levi’s tries to do this, but wouldn’t it be great if a brand likethe Gap had a section in its store with some Made in the USA merchandise too?