Old and new

We couldn’t wait until Spring over here to clean out our closets. The cleaning started early to ring in the new year. After two weeks of nonstop rain, we came to the sad realization that our overstuffed closets were perfect breeding grounds for dampness that could only be remedied by getting rid of stuff. I have been very sensible this past year about the ‘one in, one out’ thing. BUT, I had issues letting go of other things. I had lots of clothes and shoes I had plans for – they were unwearable (ripped things, broken shoes, and the like) BUT still, I had plans for them. And I had to realize that those plans should be to just let them go.

I had lots of shoes and clothes that no longer fit my lifestyle and personal style. Many years ago when I began this blog, my vintage side of the closet outweighed the new side. I once lived a lifestyle and in a city that allowed me to horde things in this way. Getting rid of them, was a realization that that lifestyle was long gone. A little part of me fears being that person one day that I got rid of that ONE thing. But part of it was understanding that keeping a few things that will stop me from enjoying the whole thing is just not worth it!

Moving on… :) I like several elements of this outfit – mainly that it is a mix of new shoes, a vintage dress, and a new (to me) coat that I took from my sister but is probably a decade old (are the 2000′s vintage yet?). And WOW! Look at all the places my outfit came from.

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage Contempo Casuals dress thrifted India -
Gap velvet jacket hand me down Thailand sometimes they pop on ebay
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
vintage Bill Blass watch flea market Japan -
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, black and white outfit, fashion blogger

I can’t wish for a new closet, but I can take things into my own hands and make small changes.

2014 moments

Wow, I blinked at 2014 is almost gone!

I want to take this small moment to thank all of you that visit this space here, this year, and the few of you that have stuck around since 2006 when I started. I never imagined it would turn into this! I love this blog and everything it has become. I get to share and converse with you about books, made in USA stuff, thrifting, and all in an honest and real way. This blog is my voice and my ideas, and I’m lucky to have the freedom to do it this way. So thank you again.

January was a big month, I relaunched the look of my blog, and did it all myself! From the installation to the logo design. But it was also the month I finally compiled a list of Made in USA brands, I still refer to it all the time! This outfit in particular was my favorite of the month.

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February was a huge leap in personal things. I left my comfortable job of three years and multiple part time jobs to work at one library full time! It is a huge relief to finally feel so steady and not have to juggle multiple jobs (not to mention the uncertainty of life when you work between 40-70 hours a week!) This outfit below, is still one of my favorites. I need to mend a hole in that top so I can wear it again!

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Because of my transition, March was a very short blogging month for me. I worked so hard to make this video for Intel, which I’m super proud of! I only shot two outfit photos that month, I still like the colors of this one. I would just wear it with different shoes.

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April was fun, I made my way up to the Walt Disney Museum to see a special exhibit of my favorite Disney artist, Mary Blair. I didn’t disappoint. I also challenged myself to dress outside of my “age appropriate” comfort zone! Pondering if I’m old to wear shorts. The answer is no.

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In May, I had the great idea of starting a new book series called Best, Last, Longest – I’m hoping to restart this in 2015! I still love this Texas tuxedo look!

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June was a blur -

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While July was spent running around trying to take advantage of all the Summer fun things going around all over San Francisco and the Bay Area. I’ll always love these photos taken of me at one of my favorite secret spots :)

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August is my birthday month, and I was also enjoying my new hair! I finally used this new hair color to try a fun temporary dye. If I had a minute to breathe, I would do this again. I also finally rounded up my favorite fashion books in the same place. I often get asked what are my favorite and must have fashion books, now I can point you to this link!

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By the time September rolled around, we were losing our outdoor light and I start moving outfit photos back indoors. I really like that I started these window shopping posts to show that you can buy Made in USA at thrift stores AND regular stores too! My favorite outfit of the month? The fact that I was able to find my dream dress that I had been searching for since 2008.

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Wasn’t it just October?! I went to two weddings and traveled a lot between Southern and Northern California thus. One awesome trip to Palm Springs, another to Disneyland! This month saw the most posts because I was going crazy with my Halloween posts, I’m still super proud of them and am already plotting ideas for the next one! I also took a leap and finally bought fabric and sewed my first thing ever using a real pattern! I wore it in public, AND people asked me where it was from. It’s an awesome feeling!

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October was so crazy, I feel like I spent November recapping it! But November was very special to me because I was able to surprise my family for Thanksgiving, after sadly thinking I wasn’t going to be able to see them. I had a lot to be thankful about. This outfit was very interesting, I’m not sure I would wear this much green together (yes, thinking this, even a few months after it was worn).

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And here we are, December! I reviewed and then gave away the Teen Vogue Handbook - it’s at its new home waiting inspire a young teen :) I also got to see the amazing Keith Haring Exhibit, see it before it goes!

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2015 is going to be a great and awesome year! I’ve had some hurdles, just like anyone else, and I want to use my time being productive again (I suffer from Couch Potato-itis). All I need is a jump start. I want to be more mindful. So weird how it takes so long to figure all these things out right? Happy new year my friends.

My holiday dressing, my way

I like a good opportunity dress up, just like anyone else. But I can sure appreciate and enjoy the ability to be comfortable with your friends and family, instead of fancy but uncomfortable. I was saving this dress for a special occasion just like the holidays – because honestly, it is my first foray into wearing maxi dresses, when I said I would never wear one. *and this is the most maxi I think I will get!*

When I found this special dress, I really had to make an exception. Sea NYC is a brand I’ve admired from afar for some time. But I found a great deal at my local gem, Jeremy’s. It really is a perfect holiday dress to wear between our rainy days. I hope you had a happy holiday (or if you don’t celebrate, just an awesome week :) ) I’m wrapping up some projects and posts to ring in 2015!

Item From Made in… BUY
Three dots top Shopbop.com USA HERE in another color
Sea NYC dress Jeremy’s SF USA -
Bill Blass vintage watch Alameda flea market Japan -
Marc by MJ earrings Shopbop.com probably China HERE
Spanx tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE
Revlon Colorburst Walgreens.com - HERE

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

Thrift Eye, fashion blogger, sea ny dupioni dress, sea ny dress, maxi dress with boots

So this rain…

I’ll be the first to admit, I really don’t know what to wear when it rains. Either I’m staying home or en route to somewhere where I won’t need all the rain gear. You’re basically stuck overdressing or underdressing. Considering it’s been raining almost  non-stop here for the last two weeks, I’ve found no inspiration to getting dressed (other than the few hours it has stopped, I’ll share those outfits soon). Worse yet, I’ve found only THREE rain outfits in my 8 years of blogging!

I’ll share those three here in hopes they’ll inspire me to be more creative with even what I wear on rainy days! As always, click on the image to see the original post!

Wow, I’ve lost that clear umbrella. But I still have this trench and these boots!
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Layers galore, gotta dig out those boots!
Thrift Eye, what to wear in the rain

Seems fitting, this was one of, if not the last, outfits I shot right before I left Las Vegas four years ago almost to date! My, how I have changed!
Thrift Eye, what to wear in the rain

Happy Friday!

Spotlight On: Edith A. Miller

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

When I shop thrift stores and second hand now, I always look for Made in USA first! I’ve also been looking for more prints to add to what’s starting to look like a very solid colored wardrobe. So when I came across a top by Robert P. Miller, a brand I hadn’t heard of before but was made in the USA, I was very intrigued. I brought the striped top home with me, and began to research on the internet who Robert P. Miller was – when I came across this interesting article with an equally interesting timeline

//August 12, 2010: Party Foul
Former investment banker Nancy Gibson and fashion designer Jennifer Murrayare at a party on Fire Island, New York—and are both wearing Robert P. Miller shirts from Opening Ceremony. Awkward. Then, opportunity: They stay up all night envisioning a new brand. “When I worked on Wall Street, I specialized in distressed assets,” says Gibson. “So I’m always trying to find overlooked value.”
//August 24, 2010: A New Name 
The women throw together an “inspiration book” for a line named after Robert P. Miller’s imaginary kid sister (whom they name Edith because they like its antique sound). Then they road-trip down to Pennsylvania and get the Mohnton mill on board.
//September 5, 2010: Edith Debuts
Murray’s boss, Maryam Nassirzadeh, runs a showroom for fashion buyers and tells Murray she can show the Edith A. Miller line during Fashion Week if she has samples ready. Furious scrambling ensues. After viewing the collection, 24 stores place orders.
//Fall 2011: Sell, Baby, Sell
Now in its second season, Edith A. Miller can be found in 70 stores, including all 27 Barneys and five J.Crew flagships. “The big stores wanted to see if we could evolve over time,” Murray says. “Now they know we’re a brand they can grow with.”

And so my Robert P. Miller top lead me down a rabbit hole that sent me right to Edith A. Miller, which I then saw stocked at the Steven Alan store, and then popping up on the Shopbop site! I’m falling in love with stripes again!

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Edith A. Miller lookbook, robert p miller, made in usa

Photos by Libby Gray

So many stripes, so little time.