roadside nostalgia

Since I absolutely love anything to do with Route 66, vintage road signs and ephemera, 1950’s diners and Americana…here are a few more pictures I’ve gathered. I think these are just so cool!


Vintage ad for Papaburger (good ol’ A&W, it does not get better my friends…I miss the South!)

Tad’s Chicken n’ Dumplings in Troutdale, Oregon 

The Steak n’ Shake in Springfield, Missouri

A cafe in Oklahoma…love the giant fiberglass figures, such an awesome relic!

Tacoma, Washington

Henry’s in Cicero, Illinois


…by the beautiful and talented Sophie. Seven random tidbits about yours truly. Aren’t you excited?!

1. The most romantic date for me is a lovely, quiet, candlelit dinner, followed by a walk on the beach. I live close to the ocean, and it’s such an important thing to me, I doubt I could ever move to a non-coast-adjacent state. I don’t care how cliche it is, either…

2. My favorite restaurant is Viola V’s in my home city of Rochester. Their Masterpiece Marsala is to die…well, everything on their menu is awesome. Plus it’s got the best atmosphere (they have the coolest artwork and paintings, Christmas lights year-round, wrought-iron chairs)…and it’s underrated and offbeat in location (next to the DMV!), so it’s never that crowded. Any excuse I get to go there, I jump at it!

3. Lately I can’t get enough of The Weepies. I have loved folk music since my mom got me listening to Peter, Paul and Mary when I was just a tot. I’m in love with the song “Gotta Have You” right now, it’s so simple and sweet, but so meaningful at the same time.

4. I love horseback riding. If I could, I would go all the time.

5. I’m a big believer in astrology and the zodiac…I’m a Leo through and through.

6. I’m a hardcore bargain shopper. I rarely buy clothes or shoes full price unless they’re crazy cheap to begin with, or in the rare case that I have to have it and am afraid it will disappear if I don’t buy it immediately. I think it has to do with me being young, working, and perpetually broke, but I make straight for the clearance racks. My friends get annoyed because I’ll pick through racks for a really long time–you find the best stuff on clearance sometimes.

7. I don’t cook very often…but my “ideal” self is always preparing gourmet meals. Someday I’d love to have a great kitchen and whip up culinary delights on a nightly basis, and wow the pants off some lucky man.

Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns

J. California Cooper’s Wild Stars is a worthy collection of cautionary, life-inspired short stories. Cooper delicately bridges the gap between wisdom and coming off as too preachy. The story titles are lyrical, but best of all is her introduction to the book, chanting the beauty of the good. However, most of the stories end abruptly with little closure. Nonetheless, Cooper’s stories urge us to maintain strong moral fiber in our choices of love and life, and show the simple pain of a lonely heart afflicted many realistic but often dramatized, “worst-case” dilemmas. A worthwhile, simply-written book to be treasured.


I’ve been checking out Pinkytoast’s art and dolls for awhile now. I love the big-eyed characters, her use of whimsy and color, the sense of fantasy, and also the darkness and edge she gives to something that could come off as overly childlike. She has a range of characters from her Tattoo Girls to her Sweet Tooth Girls, and she’s always coming up with something new. A few of my many favorites:

Tie Up My Heart Circus Girl

Twilight and a Midnight Swan

Little Tattoo Mermaid

Sweet Ginger Heart

“Living and working in Brooklyn, NY, Pinkytoast…has a soft spot for all things, (well, most things) sweet and sour. Her original paintings, dolls, and drawings are peppered with pinks, sour pouts, big eyes, raindrops, baby doll dresses, twins, moon balloons, and flying bananas. [Her art]…is inspired by retro kitsch, fairy tales, little kiddles, mod fashion, blythe, dollfie, vintage rag dolls, sad clowns and circus shows, the melancholy of goth, and all things pink.”

Pinkytoast’s art is available for purchase at Etsy, the hardest part is choosing what to get!