Spotlight on: Shoshanna

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 vacation on my mind, I’m overdue for one *but have none planned* so I’ll daydream from the internet instead. Shoshanna is a Made in the USA brand I’ve had my eye on for a while (I currently own one dress by the brand!) So it was pleasant to see that their bathing suits are also manufactured in the US. As someone who follows this industry closely, it’s refreshing to see – many brands that once used to manufacture in US factories have slowly started to move some of their production overseas. First banking on their ethical popularity, and then all of a sudden switch gears to another song when profits outweigh consciousness. So we must continue to encourage brands to be as ethical as possible.

Shoshanna and her brand are known for stylish dresses. So these bathing suits are just as cute. If you can’t tell, I’m a sucker for a one-piece swimsuit! All these photos were borrowed from their 2016 swim lookbook. Click on the images to head on over to their site.

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

Shoshanna, Shoshanna swimwear, Made in the USA

And because Shopbop is my favorite online store stocking Made in USA clothing (they’re also one of my ad sponsors you see in my blog sidebar) I wanted to let you know they’re having a big sale until the 7th, which includes Shoshanna merchandise and so many more Made in the USA brands I love!

Shopbop sale

Remix: Burberry trench coat

It was interesting to go back and see how I’ve worn this trenchcoat over the years – I think it really lends itself to be layered, and I really like that about it. I do wish I’d worn it more, I won’t deny that. It’s wasteful of me to have it just sitting in the closet for so long. I even like how I wore it down there with the black belt. So know I know to not wait for that damn rainy day to wear it!

I think you can have pretty good luck on Ebay finding one fairly cheap. I search for vintage Burberry trench coats – some are expensive, but you can find a reasonably priced one here and there. Like I mentioned, mine only cost $30! Per usual with these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post.

The boots were a little clunky for this outfit, but hey! It was raining!
Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, vintage Burberry trench coat, how to wear a trench coat

I loved these night-time San Francisco pictures, I felt like a spy.
Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, vintage Burberry trench coat, how to wear a trench coat

This is where I should have known this was too short on me, and to never ever belt it like that again!
Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, vintage Burberry trench coat, how to wear a trench coat

Wearing it belted and open, looks much better. This was my last outfit before moving away from Las Vegas!
Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, vintage Burberry trench coat, how to wear a trench coat

I found some early blog photos – here was an almost completely neutral outfit.
Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, vintage Burberry trench coat, how to wear a trench coat

Back when I worked at Fornarina. I loved those weird boots! My 2007 hair was so weird!
Thrift Eye, style blogger, San Francisco style, vintage Burberry trench coat, how to wear a trench coat

Inclement weather sweater

If the darkness of these photos doesn’t give it away, I can tell you that the clouds were looming and I, being of fashionable preparedness had worn this trench coat ready for the rain. Rain? It hasn’t really rained in the Bay Area for years. YEARS! You better believe that this trench coat that hasn’t seen the light of day for a few years would get taken out to play. I’m glad I wore it (and oh so glad it rained) because I realized that this coat is actually built for another body. I had been wearing it wrong this whole time!

This trench coat came to me second hand after expressing to my roommate that it would be so cool to find Burberry trench coat. They were the rage of the runway when I started my blog in 2006 (blame Kate Moss.) And said roommate and I took a trip to the Las Vegas Buffalo Exchange together and one of the sales associates handed her THIS trench coat, she looked at me and reluctantly gave it over, knowing I had just told her I wanted one! I bought it because I’d figured I’d never find one again (something I learned does not exist in the world of second-hand.)

This trench is made for a petite person. So on me, the sleeves that should come to my wrist, are 3/4. The belted waist, is more like a belt right under my boobs. But when you’ve invested so much thought to keep this one damn thing, it’s hard to get rid of it (FYI, it only cost me $30.) So I realized I have to wear it another way, and the simplest thing I did finally was to just remove the belt! As a loose trench, I don’t have to worry about some of the aforementioned issues. I call this a success story! And you want to hear the cherry-on-the-top part of this story? My buddy was working at a Burberry store up until recently and gave me this rich wine colored lipstick from their makeup line! It’s so good!

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage Burberry trench Buffalo Exchange England  –
TSE sweater thrifted China  –
vintage Levi’s 517 thrifted USA HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop China HERE
Burberry lip velvet in Oxblood Burberry store HERE

Thrift Eye, vintage Burberry trench coat, style blogger, vintage Levi's, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, vintage Burberry trench coat, style blogger, vintage Levi's, San Francisco style

And yes, it did rain. I wear my TSE cashmere sweater when it rains because in the weirdest of coincidences – my dentist taught me it’s waterproof when we accidentally spilled a cup of water on me at an appointment!

Made in the USA thrifting

This is the feature where I show you all that it’s quite easy to shop Made in the USA second hand!

It is also my challenge to you all out there reading this, to diversify where your clothing comes from. One of the biggest complaints about shopping Made in the USA is that it’s TOO EXPENSIVE! I’ve been taking pictures of some of my thrifting trips, and how I find a variety of Made in the USA items and an incredibly low price! Some items are vintage, from a time when almost all American brands were made in the US. But many of the items are new brands, and sometimes even brand new but still second hand. To me, there is little shame when I thrift, I frequently still buy new! Here is just a small peek.

A simple cut dress with a funky print, by Amanda Uprichard
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

Quirky striped vintage dress with equally quirky name (Cuddle Teen?!)
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

A beautiful blue knit St. John vintage dress
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

A lush velvet top by local brand, Cut Loose
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

Layered cotton and chiffon top by Dolan
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

And the most beautiful silk skirt by Jason Wu (you best believe this skirt came home with me!)
Thrift Eye, made in the USA, thrifting made in the USA, style blogger

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