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Woohoo! First What I Wore post in SF! Several things to note about this outfit:
1. I love pairing colorful cardigans with more neutral, muted colors (as well as the reverse – neutral cardigan to tone down a colorful top. I just love cardigans I guess).
2. Bright kelly green goes really well with navy.
3. I’m in love with ankle boots right now. They look great with cuffed jeans!
Tank top from Banana Republic, cardigan from H&M, old jeans, ankle boots from Taget, bag from Payless, glasses from Tiffany & Co, old necklace, tiered trench coat from eBay (similar to a Burberry one I obsessed about a couple years ago)
PS: Sorry about the bad lighting, it’s hard to find a good time/spot in the apartment that has good natural light!
You might have noticed that I haven’t really done any outfit posts since my move to SF. This is due to several reasons. One, I don’t really have much reasons to go out most days, so I get lazy and just lounge around in leggings and t-shirts and sweaters all day if I know I’m going to be in the apartment most of the day. Two, the weather, climate, and geography in SF is really hard to dress for. It can be freezing in July and hot in October. It could be bright and sunny in one neighborhood and foggy and cold in another. It’s nice and warm in the afternoon but windy and chilly at night. And the hills make comfortable shoes really important. Many days I just find myself unable to come up with a reasonable outfit for the day. Other days I end up grabbing another layer or a scarf that doesn’t match the rest of my outfit right before I leave. So I haven’t quite gotten the hang of dressing appropriately for this city yet. I’ll get there someday.
That said, here are a couple of the outfits I have managed to capture on camera. This was on an unseasonably warm day in July:
Vintage top from mom’s closet; silk maxi skirt, belt, and sunglasses thrifted from Goodwill; sandals from Aldo; necklace that’s actually a watch from Disney
This is a more typical summer outfit:
Sweater from my aunt; dress/tunic from store in Canada; leggings from Seductions; Bucco boots; bag thrifted from Goodwill; free sunglasses from college career fair
Now that it’s fall and the weather should stabilize to a certain degree of coolness, I hope I can have an easier time dressing. Fall is actually my favorite season for fashion; I just love boots, jackets and coats, scarves, and sweaters. So hopefully I will be doing more outfit posts soon!
I finally checked out the thrifting scene in SF last weekend. Since we live in Lower Haight, I decided to go down to Haight-Ashbury, where there are a ton of vintage and second-hand stores. I went to Buffalo Exchange first since I’ve been to a couple of their stores in New York, but this location was way too crowded and their stuff was a little overpriced in my opinion. A little disappointed, I headed a couple of stores up the street to Crossroads. The store had more higher-end stuff as well as lots of fast fashion brands. I found this Jason Wu for Target bag for $18.
It was in excellent condition, just a few tiny stains, which I was able to remove with an old toothbrush and laundry detergent. It’s nice and roomy, the perfect bag for work or school.
Next, I headed to Goodwill, which turned out to be full of treasures! I spent a good 3 hours there. The store is pretty organized, which made searching for the gems a lot easier. They also played really awesome music! Always a plus when it comes to a pleasant shopping experience. The only downside was that they only had 2 dressing rooms and a 5-minute time limit (I had to line up twice). Anyway, here’s all the stuff I got at Goodwill.
This gorgeous pair of Steve Madden leather wedges. At first I thought they were really high, but when I tried them on, they were actually not bad. And they were the perfect size for me. Pretty good condition, a few minor scuffs on the edges. But they are so fierce and only $10.49!
Here’s another pair of shoes I got. Brand new Merona pumps! They were size 6.5 and just a little big for me, but with some insoles they fit me just fine. The mid-heel makes them comfortable and easy to walk in.
I also got this mini crossbody bag and brown belt, just because they’re items missing from my closet.
Now onto the clothes. This gorgeous 100% silk maxi skirt was only $5.49!
This top was from Forever 21, but I loved the vibrant color and cute yet work-friendly style, and it was only $2.74.
Next I have 2 dresses. The first one is from Ann Taylor LOFT. I’m pretty sure this LBD is brand new (it still had the “please remove before wearing and washing” tag on). The style is perfect for both formal and casual occasions, and the little ruffles on the collar are so cute.
The second dress is this BCBG number. I love the print and the purple and yellow color combo, as well as the sleeves.
And here I am wearing 2 of my thrifting finds!
I was very happy with my haul this time, and due to the proximity of these stores I think I might make regular trips down there from now on. The great thing about thrift stores is that it’s never the same each time you go!
This outfit ended up being unintentionally a little Robin Hood, a little school teacher.
White collared shirt from Charlotte Russe, camel hair sweater dress thrifted in Montreal, black tights from Calvin Klein, brown belt thrifted from Goodwill, boots from Payless.
I’d also like to show off my newest nail look:
I call this look 1001 Caribbean Nights, because I realized afterwards that it reminded me of a shimmering ocean under a night sky. I’m totally new to nail art, but I’m starting to get into it more. It’s so much fun treating your nails as little canvases where you can unleash your creativity!
This past week has been absolutely gorgeous and summery in New York! This is one of my many spring outfits of the week, and almost every piece was thrifted!
Yellow tank top from Ardene, vintage grey pleated skirt from Goodwill, vintage jacket from Buffalo Exchange, black flats by Rocket Dog from Clothing Xchange in Nashville, sunglasses from Payless.
I don’t have a good full-body shot of my outfit but I really loved this look so I’m sharing this photo:
Top from H&M given to me by a friend, skinny jeans, red patent flats from JCPenny, white and gold woven belt thrifted from Goodwill, gold origami crane necklace from Forever21.
A thrifted winter business casual outfit.
Silk horse print blouse by Club Monaco from Buffalo Exchange, grey pleated skirt from Goodwill, black tights, black flats from Payless, Navy tiered coat by BB Dakota from Modcloth.