New Bike New City

by jennine on August 14, 2009

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Well, we made it to Chicago all in one piece. I actually never thought I’d be living here, but day two into the Chicago experience, and the city is really lovely. For some reason though, I imagined that it would be more compact, but it’s actually very spread out, and after one day of walking around, I declared I needed a bike. So last night I picked up a vintage 1967 Varsity Schwinn. To tell the truth, it needs a lot of work, but I just fell in love with it, the speedometer, the old decals, the typography, the glittery handles, the self-powered headlamp. My, the list can go on.
Here I’m wearing some bike-friendly attire… the linen pleated pants and motorcycle jacket are from Charlotte Russe, they had sent me a gift card, and well, I’ll talk more about this soon. But I just love the bow belt and the lovely pleats. It goes perfect with my silk Theory blouse and my standby brown brogues, which will pretty much be worn until they disintegrate.

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Sweety P August 14, 2009 at 9:33 am

I love Charlotte Russe! You look wonderful! So happy you made it safely to Chicago! Can’t wait to read more posts!
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Princess Poochie August 14, 2009 at 9:41 am

I’ll be in Chi briefly the end of November/early December, maybe we could grab a meal.
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Leia August 14, 2009 at 9:51 am

I love those trousers!
.-= Leia´s last blog ..How to wear new things =-.

patti August 14, 2009 at 9:52 am

Welcome back to this side of the pond Jennine! Another new city to explore and what better way than a new bike! I got a new one in early 2009 and because they raised MUNI fares I decided to start riding to work everyday (well, almost everyday)… It is liberating, I must say.
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PAPERFASHION August 14, 2009 at 11:32 am

awesome bikeee!
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Christina August 14, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Holla! Welcome to Chicago!
This city is fabulous, but you may want to also invest in some fabulous/waterproof/saltproof winter boots. If you can find a pair, do share the love (I’ve been looking for one…forever)!
PS. Please be a safe biker and wear a helmet. When I drive I cringe at the thought of what may happen to the poor bikers if cars hit them. :)

Alicia August 14, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Love this outfit!!! Congrats on the move and keep warm!!!

You and Molly Cake should meet up since you’re in the same city now!
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TopStyle August 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Super cool vintage ’67 Schwinn,inspired to start riding..
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eyeliah August 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Oh I love your bike, that will be so fun to go around your new city!
.-= eyeliah´s last blog .. =-. Maegan August 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm

cute cute CUTE!…to the bike and the outfit! love it. Have fun in Chicago!
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WendyB August 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I feel like you’re so close yet still so far away!
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Christina August 14, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Welcome home, well sort of! Welcome back to the states. The lighting is so pretty in this picture. Is that your new backyard?
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hanako66 August 14, 2009 at 3:42 pm

ohmygosh it is so cool! and you look so awesome…what cool photos!

Clare August 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm

So pretty! Welcome to Chicago! It’s lovely here right now.
.-= Clare´s last blog ..The Canyons and the Seas, Are they Just What You Need =-.

Amanda Nicole August 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Oh, she is a beauty! Your outfit is perfect for cycling, too ;)
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SwanDiamondRose August 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm

yey! hello! you made it. you look like you fit right in. i look forward to Chicago bloggings!

Lani Nguyen August 14, 2009 at 7:16 pm

i love everything about this post! your outfit is perfection, and that bike is such a good find!

congratulations on the move! i’m so excited for you. chicago is one of my favorite cities. :)
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K-Line August 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Only you would find a butterscotch coloured bike! Do you have a place to live? Are you in a home or a hotel still?
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alexandra keller August 15, 2009 at 6:39 am

you are brave - i never had the nerve to ride a bike in the streets of Chicago - please be careful!!!
there are lots of great vintage stores all over - and great food!
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Natanya August 15, 2009 at 11:00 am

Congrats on the big move! Now go ride on over and get a slice of that deep dish Chi-town pizza pie…yummmy
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jennine August 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

oh my goodness… i want to say thank you to everyone… i’m sorry i haven’t been so active online, but thank you….

Lovely Bicycle! August 16, 2009 at 9:55 am

That is a great bike, and the colour is wonderful. All vintage bikes need work, but once you get them into ready-to-go shape, it is worth it!
.-= Lovely Bicycle!´s last blog ..Night Time Bike Art =-.

Dottie August 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Welcome to Chicago! You were right on to buy a bicycle immediately. A must-have in the city :)
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Nubiasnonsense August 16, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Your outfit is very cute! Charlotte Russe is great, They always have nice rompers as well.I’ve been wanting to ride my bike but I get to paranoid in the city. =( too much crazy cars

Matt Fox August 16, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Welcome back to the US. Hope to see you in NYC soon!

RidingPretty aka Shelly August 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

Looking SO Good on your vintage bicycle. Yeah! Vintage bicycles are the only ones I own and ride (except for the new one I just won from TopShop!)
So happy to see your bicycle photo on your blog!!!

Ridngpretty’s last blog…Flower Girl with Bicycle
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Sheena August 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Welcome to Chicago! That bike looks great and so perfect. Please be careful riding because it can get a little crazy, but enjoy exploring the city :)

violetville August 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Yay! You made it!! More details please!! (Where are you staying? When are you coming to Violetville?!)


reckless daughter August 17, 2009 at 5:49 pm

that bike is fantastic!

enjoy Chicago - it’s a great city.

Sophia August 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Love your new ride (and your outfit of course as well)! I’m actually moving to Chicago this Fall and searching for a vintage bicycle for once I get there-would you mind spilling where you got yours? I know I can always scour Craig’s List, but there are also what seem to be a couple awesome used bike shops too.

Prêt-à-Porter P August 17, 2009 at 8:27 pm

cool jacket!!
i always hear good things about chicago! :) i hope you enjoy your new home!

JeneRhian August 18, 2009 at 8:08 pm

aWW Chicago, my BFF is there and will be relocating there soon from stl when I finish school :)
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