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Monday, September 22, 2014

Pug on a Bike, A Street Fair, and a Vintage Outfit Post

This Saturday was the 4th annual All About Downtown Street fair in Jersey City.  We have lived in Jersey City for seven years but this Saturday was our first time attending the fair.  Since we new parking would be impossible, but that it would also be a dog friendly outdoor event, we decided to bring Ping in her Cynthia's Twigs basket. 

She seemed pretty eager to get on the road.   Since I naturally associate autumnal bicycling with tweed

I decided to have my own tweed run for one by pairing my old Brooks Brothers jacket from the Salvation army with a 1930s dress and hat from Adeline's Attic on Etsy.   Individually I love all of the pieces in this outfit but together, I like them even more.  I think this is my favorite new fall look 


The poodle brooch is very old, early 1900s.  It is from Chronically Vintage's Etsy shop and its one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.  She has lots of beautiful and fun things for reasonable prices and if you like vintage you simply must check it out. 

I love when you have things for a long time and then you put them together and get something totally new.

Anyway, back to the more interesting, at least for the non-vintage obsessed, subject of the street fair and the pug on the bike.  Ping did very well on her bike ride, she loves her basket and we stopped to snap her picture outside city hall. I wanted to dress her up too so she is wearing one of her dresses from Pugpossessed.

The fair was packed! 

Thousands of people and tons of food trucks and stands.   It was hard to even squeeze through. 

In the 7  years since we have moved here I have really seen Jersey City grow and change.  I think it used to be a sort of overlooked suburb of Manhattan and now its become a very up and coming place, its going through the kind of renaissance Brooklyn did in the 90s and early 2000s.  The fair had so many vendors and all with interesting stuff.

I quickly found a stand from the local vintage store Another Man's Treasure.  I particularly loved their sign (I think you can see why, though a pug dog would have been even better).

Ping helped me shop and we were admiring this amazing Miss. Marple style carpet bag

when the shop owner called me over to look at the most amazing late 1930s or  early 40s coat that matched my hat.   Now obviously I buy a lot of vintage but I don't usually impulse buy and I really didn't need a new coat, but sometimes things are meant to be.  The coat fit perfectly, was super warm, and definitely the sort of item I would never see again.   I thought about it for about ten minutes before agreeing with the shop owner that it was destiny.  Since we had our bikes and couldn't carry the coat home on them I put a deposit down and I will pick it up on Thursday.  I now wish I had taken a photo to post here but somehow I neglected too.  Once I get the coat home I'm sure Ill take tons of pictures.

Ping had been a patient shopper so we had to award her with some tripe treats from the Hound About Town stand:

They clearly met with her approval even if it took her remaining old lady teeth a good ten minutes to gum them down.   Next we went to a stand that sold  Peperoni Bread and offered free dog treats, and Ping of course sampled both.
By the time we got home Ping was pretty tired form her adventure: 

The fair was lots of fun and reminded me of how lucky I am to live in such an interesting and vibrant place.


  1. What a fun day! And an awesome adventure for Ping ...

    Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney

  2. What a lovely day out for you and Ping. I only wish I could persuade Bertie to settle down in a comfy bicycle basket! Oh and you ARE lucky to live in such a vibrant area of town.
    Cheers, Gail.
    PS Thank you so much for your kind comments about Bertie. I have taken a day's leave from work today to keep an eye on the poor wee lad. (I am lucky that my boss and her partner own seven dogs so she is always sympathetic about Bertie issues!)
    Bertie seems settled and not too uncomfortable (well done painkillers!) and his expression is less forlorn than when I collected him from the vets yesterday evening.

  3. Oh we love to see Ping on her bicycle enjoying the fresh air. I wanted to tell you the other day mom was talking to her oldest girl, and they had a discussion about how cute you always look in your vintage clothing..the older girl likes the vintage look for her little girls.
    stella rose

  4. What a fun day at the street fair. You look comfy in your basket
    Lily & Edward

  5. You always look wonderful in your vintage outfits. You make a great model!

  6. Can't wait to see the coat! What a great day :-)

  7. You look lovely, as does Miss Ping! The dress is beautiful.

  8. Love your outfit, and yes somethings are just meant to be. Love seeing Ping and that last picture of her with such a big smile is wonderful!
    Bailey & Hazel

  9. What a lovely day out with the family! I love going to outdoor events like this in the fall! Love your blazer! Gosh I need to get one hehe xox

  10. Love the basket and outfit pics!! Look forward to shots of the new coat. Did you have to carry Ping thru those crowds? Looks like a fun day!

  11. What a fun day and how exciting for Ping to have a ride in the basket. You look lovely as always. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  12. Fabulous outfit. Looking forward to seeing the coat.

  13. Looks like a really fun adventure. That tweed jacket is really cool - I wonder if they come in pug sizes... :)

    Glad Ping had such a fun day with you guys - she is so cute in that basket!


  14. Little Ping is so adorabe,,, and so cute in the basket,, and we love your clothes that are so colorfuls!


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