Sweet Rides


Cute Cruisers

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On our road trip last month, we were able to stay with our dear friends in Southern California for a few days, who were gracious enough to indulge my need to sight see. We hit up Old Town Pasadena, which is a great place to window shop, and walked into a pop up shop for Linus Bikes.

I was immediately taken with the clean lines and classic colors of these Venice, CA made bikes. It was hard to turn down a test ride around the block, and even harder to not impulsively buy one on the spot! Our friend Frank even offered to lend us his bike carrier for the 24 hour drive home. Alas, practicality won out in the end (they ARE sold in our area), but I’ve had cruisers on my mind ever since. Do you ever imagine yourself pedaling down the road with a smile on your face and a wicker basket filled with pastries and fresh flowers?

I’m also taken with the fashion label bikes that have been getting attention over the last few years (and a classic tandem to boot!).

1st Row: G by Guess, Schwinn, Lilly Pulitzer.

2nd Row: Kate Spade, Liberty of London, Alexander Girard

Top photos: Gretchen Lilly


Vintage Microcars

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The snow just keeps piling up around here, which means I haven’t left the house since Tuesday (luckily my work has been closed due to weather!). One thing that has kept the cabin fever at bay is diving deep into the archives of my favorite blogs. I have to thank Jordan from Oh Happy Day! for mentioning her love of microcars- I’ve always loved the look of these cute little vehicles, but did not know the term for them. There is something so visually appealing about the gentle curves and soft colors found on these cars- almost like little scoops of ice cream coming down the road!

Let me tell you, searching for “microcar” on eBay will have you examining your bank account to see if you can afford one (especially since three of the current listings are in Washington!). Luckily, Brian finds them just as cute as I do, so we’re making plans to buy a couple of acres, built a dozen or so garages, and just live in a camper to support our vintage car habit. Also, who knew that Vespa made a car?!

Sources: Isetta/360/Multipla/400