Gingham for summer!

I seem to be noticing the gingham print worn everywhere this summer in all colors! So I decided to play it up for the summer in non-summery colors! What I wish I could wear this outfit with is a pair of cowboy/western style boots (why did I sell mine to Buffalo Exchange a few years ago?!).

ps. excuse the hair in these pictures, it was so hot I couldn’t figure out what to do with it (besides shaving it off!) The downside of having short hair after having had really long hair, is missing the ability to throw it all up in a bun!

Thrift Eye

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Top: vintage gingham thrifted (a very similar one here!). Dress: worn as skirt, by Theory thrifted. Shoes: my trusty low top Converse.

I don’t know what happened to this dress, but I used to be able to wear it to work. Now I’m looking at these pictures and realizing that putting it way too many times in the dryer may have shrunk it!

I also want to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and messages about yesterday’s post. It’s not easy to put yourself out there for the world to see, in a bathing suit nonetheless. But I find the courage to continue pushing my own boundaries through this blog and through your encouragement. So thank you to those that started reading just this week but also those of you that have been following and reading for years!

Spring in Santa Cruz

Spent the last weekend escaping to Santa Cruz for the first time. It’s a charming little city about an hour and a half away – with quite possibly the best climate in California. It was already pretty warm, while we’re still living in fog and cold in San Francisco (not cool SF). I temporarily lost my sunglasses, so I wanted a big floppy hat to cover my eyes. This vintage one I had seems to match my jeans almost perfectly!

We actually didn’t do too much – we lounged on the cliffs and watched the surfers, walked around the vista with amazing views of the bay, enjoyed the sun, had some burritos, tried to find ice cream, and then drove back home. Nice to know that some sunshine is just a drive away. I’d heard so many nice things about the city from my own mom, who used to frequent it as a teenager (late 60’s or early 70’s) because she briefly lived close by. I want to regularly come back now – on top of exploring more areas of Northern California of course.

Thrift Eye by Jorge Novoa

Thrift Eye by Jorge Novoa

Thrift Eye by Jorge Novoa

Thrift Eye by Jorge Novoa

 

Hat: vintage (similar). Top: vintage, thrifted. Pants: JBrand denim, partially purchased with gift card from Net A Porter. Shoes: Target wedges (although I like these summery ones).

I always get bogged down on not exploring my area more – then I remember when I lived in Las Vegas for five years, I got to see very little of the surrounding areas. I don’t want to do that anymore, and I want to take advantage of being able to travel so easily before I can’t anymore one day.

Photos by Jorge Novoa.

Remix: grey and green day

Another remix post. I’ve often thought about this outfit and how I would never wear it in that incarnation ever again. Too many tight things at the same time. Not to mention that the jeans have gone to denim heaven. I have been looking for a way to wear this skirt, which is very different from most other things I have in my wardrobe. I was able to get a great deal on it (think less than $10), so it kind of had to come home with me. The embossed bamboo print, while beautiful, is kind of difficult to match. So I thought why not with some of the elements of that one outfit. Here is where the remix comes in. The mint green polka dots work better than I expected with the print on the skirt. AND the skirt has pockets, win win.

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Top: Vintage thrifted. Skirt: Marni, from Jeremy’s SF. Boots: Fornarina Las Vegas (closed). Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs Fossil outlet Las Vegas.

It really is incredibly nice to have a blog to catalog all your outfits and how you’ve worn them. It reminds me of Wendy’s posts about how she’s particular to wearing certain outfits on certain days. Maybe I’ll look at myself in another three years and be amazed at how I even wore this outfit. I’m glad to have a blog where I can see my own wardrobe evolution.

Remix: the printed blouses

Thank you everyone for for kind and thoughtful comments in the previous post. All I can say is to embrace the body you’re in.

Onto the next thing – I’ve been re-imagining many of my old outfits. I actually went through my old archives and dug out outfits that I really liked, and pulled the bits and pieces that I enjoyed the best to recreate the outfit in a new way. So you’ll be seeing these remix posts here and there. After blogging for almost  6 years, I’m intrigued to finally remix myself. Especially since I love repeating outfits that go really well together. It’s also interesting to see what I have since departed with or have kept – I am not a wasteful buyer of clothes anymore, so I like that I’ve kept lots of my favorite things and can still wear them years later. Not to mention that my camera situation back in my early blogging days was pretty awful so I get to recreate some terrible picture situations.

The first remix is with this polka dot skirt and cotton skirt combination. I haven’t gotten around to wearing that skirt too much – mostly because it always seems to be just too damn windy in San Francisco. Luckily I’m the kind of girl that wears shorts under all dresses and skirts (these are my favorite). So I really liked this outfit as a before, I actually STILL have both the same shoes and belt too. But thought it would be more fun to add some different elements.

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Thrift Eye

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Top: vintage. Skirt: The Gap, a few years ago. Tights: Henry Holland for Pretty Polly. Shoes: Rachel Comey from Wasteland.

I now just wish I had this shirt in every single colorway possible.