Thinking: Berkeley With Me, Myself, and I.

Some random building I ate lunch outside of.
top: UO, $10 - shorts: F21, $15 - shoes: UO - bag: target - earrings: World Market, $5

Items I bought from UO, a boutique, and a street vendor.

Yesterday I took a little solo trip to a place of fond memories, Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley. When I was there I needed an opinion on a shirt I was contemplating buying and so I texted my sister a picture of it. We kept texting and when she found out I was there by myself her response was, "Are you lonely??" double question marks and all. I wasn't lonely, and had actually planned to go by myself. My plans didn't fall through with anyone else, I wasn't going to be in the area, I chose to go and spend the day with myself in a place I love. Notice that I said 'with myself' and not 'by myself'. Every once in awhile I want to spend time with just me. That doesn't mean sitting in my room on netflix eating junk food, because I do that often enough for it to be considered part of my routine. I mean going out and doing something that I would generally go do with friends with myself instead. Two years ago, I never would have done that. I would have felt extremely uncomfortable and never wanted to. But now, I think its something everyone should do on occasion. One of the girls I used to live with was talking to me about some things she was dealing with and I could really sense her need to be wanted by others, and so I asked her if she ever took a day to spend time with herself and she said no. So I suggested it to her and I think she was nervous about it. I don't think she felt super comfortable with the idea and I don't know if she's ever tried it. Its nice to spend the day within your own head formulating your own opinions and thoughts without someone else's input or stopping where you want for however long you want. I think of it as if you don't want to spend the day with yourself, why would someone else? Self-love is really important and I feel that often times the focus of self-love is on appearance. While thats also extremely necessary for a life of happiness I think self-love for your personality is equally necessary. So I challenge you to go see a movie wth yourself (its tough when you have popcorn and need use the restroom), go to a nice dinner with yourself, or go out of town with yourself. Understand while other people love to spend time with you. Until my next post, Elyse.

Share your adventures with yourself in the comments!

A New Beginning

      Long time no talk! I unfortunately have not had much time to take pictures of my outfits. In fact, I kind of just forgot about this whole blog thing to be completely honest. A lot has changed since I posted last so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to kind of revamp my blog. 
      I came up with the title "Threads & Thinking" imagining that I would create a place for my love of clothes and also a place to share my thoughts about things that affect the world (does that even make sense?). Anyways, I haven't quite done the latter half of my blog title justice. Yesterday as I was reading in a local coffee shop the idea struck me. I should make my blog my "Thinking" half of "Threads & Thinking" with my youtube being the "Threads" part. 
      So now this blog will be dedicated to my reflections upon the things I read for class, world news, social problems, and critical consciousness. 

Until my next post, Elyse.


So I've felt a little blah with my wardrobe lately, as if I've worn everything so many times that its boring. If I could I would go shopping and just buy a whole new wardrobe brand spankin' new, but I have to live my life and don't have the spare change (although I did just get a new job, yay!). Anyways, I've really been loving plain things with cool silhouettes and textures and shapes etc.
All I want is to layer silhouettes and textures on top of each other and finish it off with a cool black bootie. Until my next post, Elyse.

Grey Summer

Today my sister wanted my help to boost her wardrobe and make her a bit more stylish. I knew the types of things that would work perfectly for her and when I picked them out for her at the store, she hated them. Heres the thing though, they were basics. I pulled out a crochet cardigan (similar to the one I am obsessed with) and she made the most disgusted face I've ever seen. Then I pulled out a basic black and white striped skater style dress and she said it was ugly....I think she's a lost cause. 
While her style venture was less than successful, I really liked what I wore today. I haven't put this boxy tee on in awhile and this cheetah print purse was begging to be worn outside, so I threw them on! Super basic and simple, but I loved it anyways! Until my next post, Elyse.

Grey Boxy Tee: Urban Outfitters, donated from friend
Distressed High-Waisted Shorts: F21, $20
Celine Inspired Booties: Kohls, $30
Cheetah Print Bag: H&M, $10
Crescent Moon Necklace: F21, $8

Summer Jewelry

This post is dedicated to the items of jewelry I have purchased this summer. Most of them were bought recently, and I've become obsessed with them! They have definitely been my go-to pieces.

Baublebar Rose Gold Double Chain Necklace, No Longer Available. Received in Pop Sugar Box
Gorjana Open Circle Necklace, $65. Received in Pop Sugar Box
Aldo Turquoise Bib Necklace, $12.95. Not Available Online
Aldo Gold Horn Earrings, Free (Buy one get one free). Not Available Online

I've been wearing these pieces with virtually anything and everything. Having these pieces has made me realize how much better an outfit can look when accessorized the right way. Until my next post, Elyse.

Back to School

Tis' the season for back to school shopping! I don't really go back to school shopping since I shop all year round for clothes that I can wear to school. BUT if I could go back to school shopping I'd get everything pictured below:

& this is the back to school video I filmed on my youtube channel!

Until my next post, Elyse.

Back to Basics

My weekends have become days to  lay around and wait for my shift at work to begin. Since I didn't start until the evening I asked my mom if we could do something today. I really just wanted to go thrifting, but I left it open for interpretation so that way she'd be happier doing what she wanted than what I wanted. So we went and checked out a little shopping center we've never been to and I got a couple of really cute things that I'm sure I'll style very soon. 
This is the outfit I shopped in. I've been very into basics lately so I thought I'd pair this tank shorts that I've never worn before with the crochet cardigan I'm currently living in. I just love how slouchy and comfy it is!

Crochet Cardigan: Eco-thrift, $4
Black Tank: Eco-thrift, $1
High-Waisted Shorts: Superior Thrift, $4
Blue Sneakers: Vans, $35
Red Bag: F21, $15
John Lennon Sunnies: HM, $9

p.s. I'm working on a better background for pictures. I wish I just had a photographer boyfriend or best friend to take pictures of me, but until then its just me, my tripod, and my camera on self-timer.

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