MoMa

So a lot of my outings lately have been to museums. Sorry (not sorry.) I’m now the proud member of three different museums in San Francisco and cannot urge you enough to do something similar near you! In the long run it becomes affordable if you visit often (like I do) and you typically always have a bonus ticket to invite a friend – and what good friends wouldn’t take you up on an offer to visit world class museums for free?!

So when I got the chance to visit the SF MOMA for the first time, I jumped at the opportunity to get a membership. Solely for the fact that it’s also too large to enjoy in one whole day. So now I get to come back as much as I want for a whole year! I feel lucky.

I’ve been trying to figure out where one can wear a bright yellow, wool, mini skirt…and if a museum isn’t perfect, I don’t know where else you’d wear the damn thing?! I still can’t believe I found it at the thrift store! It’s by Sonia Rykiel, who seems to have just passed away (RIP)

Item From Made in… BUY
Uniqlo top Uniqlo.com China HERE
Sonia Rykiel skirt thrifted Hungary HERE
Fjallraven backpack Shopbop.com Vietnam HERE
Spanx opaque tights Nordstrom.com Honduras HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE
vintage RayBan wayfarer thrifted USA HERE
Shashi earrings Shopbop.com USA

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Sonia Rykiel yellow wool skirt

Thrift Eye, San Francisco style, Sonia Rykiel yellow wool skirt

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!

Following the fountain of youth

I normally don’t apologize for not posting – but I had a series of attacks on my blogs that had me working around the clock to get rid of some bad stuff that was put into the framework of this site. It was really complicated and frustrating because it wasn’t anything visually damaged or broken – the infected bits were hidden and potentially more damaging in the long run. So I spent way too much time behind the scenes fixing some stuff up! We’re all set now, phew!

A few weeks ago on a lazy day off, I got on the bus heading downtown. Two teen girls sitting across from me caught my eye. They were some crazy timewarp for me, reminding me of teen times. They were dressed very similarly, almost like they were fraternal twin sisters – almost identical, but with slight differences. They were so young, and their outfits a nod to the 90’s era they never saw at all! It made me smile. They wore mini dresses with matching sheer black drugstore tights, the kind that look they will run with the softest of touches, but with black clunky boots. And this pairing really stuck with me, I had to try it!

So I was inspired by two teens to wear this new dress with the sheer tights and casual boots. This outfit with any other shoes would be very, very dressed up. But I combined the boots and faux leather jacket to tone this outfit down.

Item From Made in… BUY
Diane von Furstenberg dress thrifted China HERE other color
Topshop jacket thrifted China
Target sheer tights Target.com China HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE
vintage Swatch watch flea market Switzerland

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

Thrift Eye

The tights are snagged now, but not running. I think they’ll last one more wear. Sadly. I know I won’t be buying these kind any time again soon. I wish I could have shown you guys the back of this dress, it didn’t photograph well for me. But there is a thick brass zipper running the length of the back, which gives it this really cool look! Can’t wait to wear this dress again, I’m really enjoying the color green again!

Watercolor dress

Do you ever have that one item in your closet you tell your “hmmm, I should wear that” but never do? That’s exactly what I do with this dress my mom made for me. I tell myself these sentiments over and over, and before I know it, it’s been YEARS since I wear the damn thing! What the hell 🙂 Oh well. Besides, I’ve already shared I feel guilty about getting rid of any of the clothes my mom makes for me (one day I should share all the early 2000’s things she’s made for me that I have in a box hidden away).

The funny thing is, I’ve never really known how to wear this dress! It’s a little too short for my every day taste – so I wear it when it’s really warm outside. It definitely fit my lifestyle better when I lived in Las Vegas (where you can wear short clothes most of the year because it’s so damn hot). So when we finally got warm in San Francisco (hallelujah!) I knew I couldn’t skip over the dress again!

Item From Made in… BUY
custom dress Mom 🙂 USA
vintage hat flea market
Sam Edelman boots gift China HERE
Bill Blass watch ebay.com Japan

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

Thrift Eye, watercolor dress, vintage orange hat, sam edelman petty boots, style blogger

It helps that my new (vintage) orange hat motivates me to wear more colorful things too!