Last weekend, it was so warm that we decided to get in a small road trip to Wisconsin. It’s one of our favorite things to do, and this year with buying the house and settling in and everything that comes with that we’ve had very little opportunities to do it. So with temperatures 20 degrees warmer than earlier that week, we hit the road in style.
We spent the day in and around Kenosha, and had lunch at a cute little café, the Secret Garden Café and Gallery. We found it thanks to sitting in a parking lot by the lake and looking for Yelp reviews nearby… ah, the wonders of technology.
I had tasty tomato basil soup and a grilled cheese sandwich which looked like a heart.
They had something called a Little Free Library in the entrance way. I love projects that promote literacy. You can even get plans from them to build your own!
Along with a used bookstore stop, where I found a 1960s copy of the Bishop Method of Clothing Construction, we went to an antique mall and picked up an ornate mirror and a few small antique prints for our bedroom. I’ll have to photograph them when we eventually paint and decorate the bedroom and hang them all up, but the room is quite lackluster still.
Did I mention what was outside the antique mall? Actually this pig had a couple of friends with him as well (not including Mel of course).
We also took the opportunity to revel a bit in the amazing autumn colors in a park. This is one of my favorite pair of shoes lately, 40s alligator pumps.
The bench just matched the leaves so perfectly.
I loved these vintage ring boxes in particular. I definitely need one like in the middle or on the right!
I couldn’t miss the chance to pose on the stairs of this amazing side entrance to a church, it looked right out of Europe to me.
All in all it was a lovely way to spend one of the last hurrahs of fall!
I hope you’ve been finding ways to enjoy it, too!
These picture are simply dreamy! What a wonderful day this looks like..a road trip leading to antique store hunting is also my favorite kind of day! You two look great! I adore everything about your outfit but especially am in love with those amazing shoes!!
You make fall look wonderful!
Eartha Kitsch says
That looks like such a fun day! I loooooove that pig and both of your outfits.
Robert Dulaney says
you both are so cute, i could cry. mel’s sweater is perfect! did you make it?
there’s a free library like that one down the street from my house. it’s the sweetest thing. i stop by and drop things off as often as i can.
That’s great that you use it! And thank you. And to answer your question no, I didn’t knit Mel’s sweater, it’s a vintage cowichan. 🙂
Ahh, I love these pictures… the epitome of a fine fall day!!! Makes me miss New England right now, where the leaves and little towns look quite similar!
(Your hair is also just too good to be true– what perfect waves!)
Thanks Dakota! I always miss New England in the fall too, it’s where I went to college and nothing beats it for fall colors, that’s for sure!
i’m always writing comments for you on my phone and then i always have trouble posting them, and i never bother to retype them when i get home so you never get to see them. anyway, now that i have my new cat-eye glasses i really want a vintage hairdo. i’m not even sure how to find one that’ll work for my hair. both of my grandmothers had wavy hair, and it leaves me with no ideas for my stick straight 60’s flower child hair. anyway, i’m so excited to hear about your trip to kenosha because lisa has never been to wisconsin and we’ve been thinking about taking the metra up there. my only complaint is i never see photos of you and mel in the same frame! i’m sure her fedora looks great next to your red nails 🙂
You guys should definitely go! We saw where the Metra station was right in downtown Kenosha. The lakefront was neat, and within walking distance of their (little) downtown area. The antique mall wasn’t in town, but the cafe, park and used bookstore all were within a few blocks of one another.
We should setup to tripod to get pictures of us together– we’re usually snapping the picture of one another and I don’t like to accost strangers to ask their help. lol
I love that dress! It’s nice to see it again. And it reminds me that I really wanted to make something from that fabric. Can you post the link to it again?
You bet. They still have it, too, and on sale! The name is different from the selvage, which reads Yuwa Live Life Collection.
Bunny Moreno says
What a beautiful fall day captured! You look adorable in your outfit-like a flash from the past! xox
Your hair is immaculate! Wonderful job. Would love to see a how-to on those bangs!
Thanks! I will be happy to do a tutorial on those bangs, I’ll try and work something up soon. 🙂
Hooray! What joy. I recently chopped my hair to a bob & while I love the style, I’m looking for some variation. A front roll bang is almost too much, so I think these will be poifect! Thanks Tasha!
What a great weekend trip! I love that green cardigan such a pretty color and pattern. I wish we didn’t have this darn wind. It makes it at least 10 degrees colder.
Gosh I love your dress! I’m wondering if you made Mel’s sweater too?
What a lovely day! You and Mel both look so snazzy 🙂
You bot look great! Did you knit the sweater for Mel as well?
What beautiful autumnal pictures – I love the coat!
Sew little time says
that dress and cardigan combination – lovely!
Great photos the side photo of you is amazing.
You two look amazing! Love the pictures 🙂
Love the pictures, you two look great! One of my sisters lives in Wisconsin and every time we visit I am in awe of the architecture.
Thanks everyone! And to answer the question several have asked– no I didn’t knit Mel’s sweater, it’s a vintage cowichan style sweater/jacket. 🙂
Jessica Cangiano says
You gals both look absolutely fantastic, cozy, and beautiful! I adore the autumnal colour palette running through your outfits. Lovely, lovely photos, day out, and ensembles. Thank you for taking us along to Wisconsin with you.
Ahhhhh – I love Autumn 🙂 And your cardy & bag!
wacky tacky says
Great photos!!! There is so much here to love but I find myself obsessed with your lunch! The heart sandwich is such a simple, cool idea…it’s the little things, I guess.
looks like you both had a great day … love your dress and the red coat.
I just love your outfit! Perfect for autumn!
You both look fantastic – I love autumn, we just don’t have it here in tropical Brisbane. Do you know what pattern your friend used to knit the jumper – I love it! Thanks!!
Incendiary Blonde says
Oooh what a fun trip! I love your dress, such a cute print! It’s also making me giggle that everyone keeps asking if you knitted Mel’s Cowichan, teehee! 🙂
I love your outfit – and your cardigan is beautiful.
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Rochelle New says
Hi. Just me. Stalking your blog again. Mel looks FANTASTIC in that sweater, and your dress is crazy amazing. …It’s cramazing, even.