Clean lines

Hello December! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving time, I was traveling non-stop but took some time to see the Keith Haring exhibit currently running at the De Young Museum here in San Francisco. It’s a must see! I’ll share pictures below. These past gloomy days have me dressing like the weather, in a rainbow of grays to match. I finally have pulled out the cozy sweaters. The great thing about thrifting, is that you’re never far from a cashmere sweater. I plan on eventually replacing all itchy sweaters with thrifted cashmere one day.

Item From Made in… BUY
TSE sweater thrifted China
Elizabeth & James skirt thrifted China
hat vintage USA
tights DKNY probably China HERE
Dolce Vita boots Shopbop.com China this season’s version HERE
Revlon Colorburst lipstick Walgreens.com HERE

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Thrift Eye, fall outfit, what to wear to san francisco, sweater with skirt, tse cashmere sweater, san francisco style

Thrift Eye, fall outfit, what to wear to san francisco, sweater with skirt, tse cashmere sweater, san francisco style

Here are just some of my exhibit photos, you can click on these photos below to get to my Flickr account and see the rest
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Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

Keith Haring The Political Line, de young museum, keith haring, museum exhibit

It’s very moving for reasons I don’t even have to state here. If you’re in the area, it is a must see!

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!

Get off of my cloud

Something about this new short hairdo and my now shorter bangs (hello world, I can see you again!) PLUS the fact that I broke my old sun glasses at the river last weekend, forcing me to rediscover my old Raybans, gives me the urge to dress with a bit more of an old school feel! I’m celebrating that I can wear this skirt again (I’ll touch more on that in my next post) with this striped top and skirt combination that I’m liking because typically when I wear this top, it’s very nautical, and this time it’s not!

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Top: Zara, old. Skirt: Elizabeth and James, from Nordstrom rack (similar one here). Shoes: YSL wedges from Rose Bowl Flea Market. Glasses: Rayban vintage thrifted.

Now I’m REALLY motivated to look for vintage dresses and skirts to play up my rediscovered joy for the retro look.

Photos by Jorge Novoa

Simple lady

I guess most of my outfit posts as of late are a testament of how I like to keep it simple – some days I feel like I maybe kept it too simple by sticking to my top + pants type of uniform. I’m trying to incorporate all those skirts that have been hanging in my closet ignored for a long time.

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I’m so happy for these sunny days we’ve had here so that I can indeed enjoy wearing a skirt (I’ve seen the correlation now, crappy SF weather = less dresses, even less skirts).

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Top: Alexander Wang T, gift from sister. Skirt: Elizabeth and James from Nordstrom Rack. Boots: Sam Edelman.

This black skirt is definitely I want to wear more often – not sure why my shirt was so horribly half tucked in this photo. I promise it didn’t look that bad all day.

I kept it very casual with my everyday boots, but I think I could easily switch out to some more dressy shoes for a nice dinner.

These days I live for soft slouchy tee’s like this one.