Monday, January 30, 2012

A night down town

Here's a little tribute to one of our favorite vintage stores in down town Elgin. It's Keeny's, of course! A sporting goods store on top and a vintage treasure below. We had to buy our middle school gym uniforms from here and that's when I first found out about what the basement held. Such AMAZING clothes!! Although, I didn't fully enjoy it until I got a little older. haha The owner's name was Patricia Keeney. She was a funky little old lady. She always had on all this crazy cool jewelry and she'd always be watching some soap opera up in the sporting goods area. She passed away recently and even though her fellow shop owners kept her shop open for a bit after that, I only ever see it look like it does above lately. : / I miss Keeney and I miss her amazing collection of clothes, jewelry, dishware, magazines, books, toys, and so much more.   

Store front window display

On Friday, Anna and I went out to dinner with our parents. We went to Al's cafe and creamery. I may or may not have already mentioned Al's before. I lovelovelove Al's! And isn't it such a cute place?? I think it used to be the post office or an office building. I'm not sure. It's just really old and still has a lot of features from whatever it used to be inside.

Featured is a picture of their amazing veggie cheese burger, my favorite. Also a picture of an onion that I thought looked like a power ranger and Anna thought it looked like Nacho Libre. What do YOU think?!

So on our way home after dinner I had our mom pull over so I could take some pictures of Keeney's and of course an outfit shoot. Our first public shot, apart from those people in a van in our driveway. haha I have to admit, it was a little awkward. I feel awkward enough taking pictures in front of Anna but add in my parents and complete strangers! AWKward. haha

Denim jacket: Thrifted
Dress: Thrifted
Scarf: Borrowed from my mom
Belt: Thrifted
Socks: Borrowed from Anna (Forever 21)
Shoes: Thrifted
I styled my hair in a cute bun thanks to Ticktockvintage!

Chilly out!
 Count down 'till my birthday is 6 days! AH! Time can't move fast enough. :] I'm even more excited for next weekend because that's when we'll be going to Chicago for my birthday party! I'm still unsure of who is all going but I know that it'll be a hoot and a hollar. I hope Max's brother, Kevin, will let Max use his i.d. so that Max can come too and out to the bars with us. I wasn't sure what we were going to do with Max and for a while there it looked like he wouldn't be coming at all, but hopefully things are looking up! I'm staying positive and hopeful. It kinda sucks that my boyfriend and most of my friends aren't 21 yet. I'm totally a girl who will buy liquor for everyone, but who wants to go to the bars if you can't go with your friends? *Sigh* BUT soon enough we all will be! And what a joyous occasion that will be. MMHMM! I'm just worried about being carded EVERYWHERE I go! haha I mean, I get carded 3 times trying to get into an R rated film at the movie theater! Who knows when the "mature" look will finally kick in. Then again, when it does, I'll probably weep for my younger years. But that's all in the future. Let's just make it to Sunday first. ha!

See ya guys then!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Topgun Tomcat

Here's an outfit from the other day. I wore this awhile ago to Trivia at the Public House in Elgin. I sort of feel like a biker chick, except I the jacket is from the U.S. Air Force. Either way I feel cool and tough, but with a some sass and sweet mixed in too. The flowers are a given; they're one of my favorite prints (flores, flowers, you know...). The bright red lipstick is also fun seeing as I don't ever wear any. It can seem so intimidating. But I bought some for a wedding I went to a couple weeks ago, and it was expensive ($12 is a lot for someone who never buys make-up!) so I swore I'd wear it everyday. And, well, I haven't really done that, but I'm definitely on my way to evening out the value.

dress: borrowed from Bette, thrifted
jacket: borrowed from Bette, vintage
tights: Target
boots: thrifted
lipstick: Kohl's

Jump shot! One of many...

Storm's ready for the HIGHWAY TO THE DANGER ZONE.
A rare moment of peace between the two cousins.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Style Icon: Charlotte "Chuck" Charles from Pushing Daisies

The lovely Chuck from Pushing Daisies! While this was a short lived show (only 2 seasons!), it has become a cult classic. The show follows a pie maker who has the power to bring things back from the dead. But if left alive for more than a minute, the closest living thing take it's place an dies instead. The pie maker, Ned, brings back to life his childhood sweetheart, Chuck. But they can never touch, because then she'll die. First touch life. Second touch, dead, again…forever. So Chuck and Ned make googly eyes at each other and figure out other ways to be intimate without touching. Kissing through cling-wrap anyone?

The show has a slew of other charming characters and no shortage of beautiful visuals, including a fanciful wardrobe, most of which belongs to Chuck. Her clothes are sweet and colorful, like candy! She also has a real knack for vintage inspired outfits, a lot of 50's and 60's style dresses.


So here's to Chuck, the prettiest and most well dressed zombie I've ever seen!


p.s. You can watch free episodes here!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Marti Parti

This weekend Marybeth and I went to a 21st birthday party for a friend of ours, Marti. We ventured to Chicago, or the Windy City as it is affectionately called, and boy, was it windy and coooold! But we did our best to look good and stay warm.

We got to hang out with some beautiful ladies that we don't normally see, as well as meet a whole crew of friendly and funny people. Most of the people here live and go to school in Chicago, the lucky bastards.

Bette and I were originally going to catch the 12:40am train back home, but it took us so long to take the train, walk the 7 blocks to the subway, ride the subway, and walk the 4 blocks to the apartment, that we were only going to be able to stay for an hour, before we had to make the trek back home. That was a real bummer, and the party was just picking up, so we decided to stay and hang out and parti. For Marti (who, by the way, we bought a travel game of Guess Who? and a set of sweet dinosaur tattoos for, the latter pictured below). 
art mural (i added the astronaut cat)

dress: borrowed from Shelly (Forever 21)
sweater: thrifted
necklace: borrowed from Anna (thrifted)
tights, belt: Forever 21

dress: Modcloth (new!)
blazer: thrifted
tights, belt: Forever 21
shoes: Ebay
watch: gift
(Bette has corresponding pendant!)

marybeth! whatever you do, do not turn around....
We stayed up super late and woke up kind of early to walk all those blocks back in our high heels. All in the name of fashion. Our feet killed, but we made a commitment to those shoes.

But overall, we had an awesome time, and I'm glad we stayed!

Anna & Marybeth