Thrifting & Tacos


A couple of weeks ago my friend Sarah and I both had a weekday off from work so decided to meet up to do some thrift shopping followed by a late lunch at Antique Taco. Originally we planned to do a mini road trip outside the city but unfortunately due to some car trouble we ended up not too far from my neighborhood. We still had fun,however, and each scooped up some fun vintage pieces.

Before lunch we took a few quick outfit photos in the Wicker Park neighborhood on Milwaukee Avenue. I posed Sarah in front of a funky black & white mural down the block from Antique Taco.





I especially like the ribbon/bow detail on the back of Sarah’s shirt and it might be hard to see but it actually has a novelty print of cats


Surprisingly it’d been a while since either of us at eaten at Antique Taco so I was happy to see a few new decor pieces/vintage items for sale in the restaurant including the set of vintage luggage above. If you’re curious to see more photos of the restaurant and read my review of the food, check out the blog entry I posted last month.


Last time there were flowers on all the tables and this time they’d switched it out to wheat/summer reeds.


Besides my beloved fish tacos, I split an appetizer of beer battered deep fried cheese curds (Wisconsin style!) topped with chorizo chili, crema fresca and scallions. They were crispy, rich and satisfying. An unusual find at a Mexican restaurant too.


I took photos of the fish tacos last time but they’re so photogenic I had to take more pictures.



During the summer Antique Taco has a side patio open with rows of tables. There’s also a colorful mural that runs the length of one wall that worked well as a backdrop for my outfit.



I wore a simple, comfortable “everyday” outfit that day, not something I’d usually document for the blog. When I’m having a laidback day in my own neighborhood I usually wear a cotton, A-line dress, comfortable shoes & my dependable leather bag that houses my dSLR camera.

Late 1950s/early 1960s handmade floral print dress: Unique Thrift Store, Chicago
Vintage Men’s Leather Oxfords: Brink Dwellers vintage, Chicago
1970s leather bag: Garage sale a few years ago, Chicago
1960s sunglasses: Antique shop in Chicago


My favorite accessory was the 1970s necklace featuring a Victorian woman holding her fussy Persian cat. Isn’t it kind of bizarre? The necklace was also thrifted at Unique.


Piling on the accessories as usual, the red ring actually has a center stone that spins from coral to Mother of Pearl to black onyx. The black and white ring is carved out of a shell. I thrifted the 1970s feather bangle bracelet that morning with Sarah.

Also, just a little bit of blogger news, I recently hit 600 followers so I’ll be hosting a giveaway soon! Look for an announcement in the next 2 days.


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  1. You two both look fantastic. Especially love the brown oxfords. They look so rich.
    Beautiful job on the photos! And those are the best looking fish tacos I've ever seen. 😉

  2. Hi from your newest follower – over here in Western Australia! I came across your blog and wanted to say how fab it is. I'm a relative newbie to blogging on my op shop finds, but I'm glad to have people like you to pave the way & inspire! Your photos are really inviting and that cat top is to die for! Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Kelly 🙂

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