Navy blues

When you find out that you’ll be on a boat for a few hours, what do you wear? This is not typically a predicament I find myself in. A luxury really. But one that I had the joy of joining last weekend, and even more lucky we have many boats here that will take you cruising in the gorgeous bay. This atypical January weather has allowed for Spring outfits. My goal has been to wear things I haven’t worn in a long time – what I got was a street guy yelling at me “Hey, you look like the 40’s” all I could do was laugh, he was right!

Item From Made in… BUY
Vintage dress thrifted
heart tights old H&M probably China
Rachel Comey brogues Wasteland Peru
vintage hat flea market
Nars Red Square Nars.com HERE

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Thrift Eye, boat dress, nautical outfit, personal style, vintage dress

Thrift Eye, boat dress, nautical outfit, personal style, vintage dress

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.

Short & sweet

I haven’t worn this dress/muumuu thing in a very long time and something about the summer sun made me pull it out of the deepest corner of my closet (the San Francisco fog has returned, so it’s been put away again for a long time).

I have recently been pulling out my record player and listening to some music before leaving the house (hence why I have a hat on). This time it’s been Chet Baker on rotation (back when I flew to New York in 2009, it was one of the two free listening options on the very long flight, so I listened to his best of album like 50 times that night!!) and happy to have found his album on vinyl! So with records in hand, I’m channeling a little bit of a modern bohemian vibe.

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You can see our cat Dot camouflaged in this photo :)

Dress: vintage thrifted (similar). Hat: vintage from Alameda Flea market. Boots: Sam Edelman (get them here)

And in the spirit of spring/summer cleaning, I’ve moved around my living room for the the 3rd time this year. It is now in another reincarnation than what is pictured above. Just two more finishing touches and we’ll be done with it (1. mounting TV to the wall 2. finally finding a table, this is the one I want). The record player has a permanent place, instead of this little spot on the ground! The cat is always intrigued by it and I constantly have to stop her from wanting to do a little scratching on the record! :)

Here’s to wearing things you haven’t worn in forever!

Inspired by Behind the Candelabra

I’ll preface this by saying I haven’t fit into this dress in maybe 5 years and it’s been hanging on the wall of my bedroom as ‘decoration’ for the last two – I’ve recently made a (hopefully) life choice to eliminate bread and eventually all gluten out of my diet. So when we were invited to a Behind the Candelabra viewing party, I had initially concocted some Liberace lounging 70’s leisure suit homage type of outfit. But I then looked at the dress that had been hanging and decided to try it on. And it finally fit. I first had my doubts, but when else would I get to wear this awesome monstrosity ever again if not to a Liberace party?!

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Dress: Vintage thrifted. Tights: Henry Holland for Pretty Polly. Booties: Fornarina.

The glittery star tights were the perfect touch! And the dress is now back up hanging where it was before.

The movie itself was pretty sad (for all parties involved) but it was interesting to see my old local Vegas.