Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bicycles and Mai Tais

The third annual Vintage Bicycle Hop happened this past weekend at Forbidden Island and we had a great time!  We missed last year's but made it to the first one back in 2012 (see this post for a few photos).  The DJs played such great music!  There were so many interesting bikes it must have been difficult for the judges to pick which ones to award trophies to. We ran into some friends we had not seen in ages which made for even more fun. 

I was flattered to be roped into the best riding frock contest by Cindy of the Broken Spokes, along with two other contestants even though I was extremely embarrassed to be up there in front of the crowd. The winner had a bicycle themed novelty print skirt. Who could compete with that? I was excited to finally debut the Luau print Shaheen I bought off Etsy though it is not good for bike riding. I had to pedal standing up the whole time so my dress would not get caught in my spokes. I’ll think it through better next time for sure and probably not wear such a valuable dress!  Or better yet, get dress guards for my back wheel!
Known these guys for years! 
Part of the crew from back in the '90s coffee shop days at Newark Java. 

Tiki nerd!

Award time...

Best riding frock contest...

So embarrassed...
Thanks to the Broken Spokes, A-Town Booking Agency & Events, and Forbidden Island for such a fun Sunday!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alameda Vintage Fashion Faire - Spring 2014

Ready to shop!

A couple of weekends ago another Alameda Vintage Clothing Faire was held, this time at Michaan's Auction House, and it was a shopping success! The theme this year was WWII since it was held the weekend of Flag Day. Once again my friend Jodi and I went to the opening Friday evening and we had a blast! I’m not sure I’ve ever had such a successful shopping experience all at once, including finding a couple of items I’ve been after for some time (new eyeglasses, celluloid & fruit necklace) all for killer deals. The best deal would have to be the two piece painted / sequined Mexican number I scored. I usually see these way too small for somewhere around $200 - $300 and I got mine for $120! I still cannot believe it! We had such a great time and swore we were high on shopping. Thank goodness they sold wine there to calm us down. I wish I would have been better about taking photos but I was just too darn busy shopping and catching up with fellow vintage lovers I had not seen in a while!

The loot!  The only photo I have of my new glasses from Allyn Scura since they are off getting lenses put in them. Very excited!

In the lobby of Michaan's Auction House after all the shopping,
already wearing my new fruity necklace along with my Jitterbuggin top and Luxulite brooch.

First stop was the Relic Vintage booth where I found my dream blouse!  I could have easily spent all of my money there but managed to stay strong and only buy the top.

Ric rac, ric rac, and more ric rac!

Not sure the name of the vendor I bought this from but I love this belt!

Still cannot believe this is mine!  So much going on here...

And the necklace I have been dreaming of...all mine!!!

This past weekend wearing my newest Relic Vintage purchase.

If you have never been to the Alameda Vintage Fashion Faire, go!  If I remember correctly it is usually held twice a year with one in the spring and another in the fall.  Can’t wait for the next one!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jackson Car Show

Headed up to the in-laws this past weekend and checked out the car show happening in historic downtown Jackson since Ben’s dad was showing their VW. (This was after we watched Arsenal defeat Hull for the FA Cup of course!!!)  It was the perfect sized car show with a variety of cars lining the main street, thankfully none of which looked like they came from a ZZ Top video. Sadly there were no Thunderbirds. There are a lot of great buildings in this old town founded in 1848. It was the perfect backdrop for the show. The National Hotel has been restored and looks beautiful perched at the end of the main street.


Ben's parents' VW

The Buick was my favorite

Funny moment came as I was walking down the street and heard ‘Hey, rat rod girl!’ coming from the owner of a convertible Fairlane. I guess I was the only one there dressed as I was so he asked for a photo with his car. Why not! In all my years, I think this is the first time I’ve done a pose like this with a car, except for the Batmobile at Magic Mountain in 1996 when I jumped the rope! Anyhow, he was nice enough to email the photo to Ben’s dad so I could share. He shouted ‘Bye hot rod girl!’ as the cars left town. Funny to be the only one at a car show in vintage with tattoos! We all had a great time that day (though I’ve not had allergies that bad in years and now know Zyrtec and wine may not be the best combo!). 

Sadly I did not get any shopping in.

The old court house...

So pretty but makes me so sneezy!

Shenanigans at Gallagher's Pub near the in-laws...
Always been so curious what the inside of the Buckhorn Lodge looks like...

Before wine and allergy meds got the best of me!