Odin reached over the side of the bed and grabbed for something in his bedside table, “You want to know why you can trust me, Sharrie? I can show you something if you would like”.

"Yes, show me. What is it?" Sharrie asked as Odin leaned over her, revealing a small red box in his hand. He had owned this box for a little more than a year now.

"I didn’t tell you about everything I had planned for that weekend", he whispered as he opened the box, "I was going to ask you to marry me".

Kosovar Wedding Paint

The Albanian Terbesh people of Kosovo who preside in Lubinje, a village at the foot of the Sharri mountains and very near to Prizren, have a tradition of dressing and making up a bride for her wedding day. It’s done to ward off the evil eye and discourages gossip and speculation.



1112 N. Ashland Ave.

If you know me well, you know I idolize “The Lisas” when it comes to style—Lisa Bonet, Lisa Turtle, and the creator of fluorescent unicorn turds, Lisa Frank.  With that said, you should also know that my favorite accessory is a fly ass leather Unicco Jeans fanny pack and that I also gladly payed for the download of The Best of Cece Peniston. Twice.  That’s right folks…I’m an 80’s baby and couldn’t be more proud!  Which is why I had to share the gem that is KOKOROKOKO with all of you!  

About 2 weeks ago on a random Tuesday off, I was out exploring my new ‘hood and just happened to step into this awesome 80’s and 90’s-inspired independent boutique.  KOKOROKOKO had me drooling over their racks of affordably-priced polka-dotted minis, Bart Simpson tees, ALF dolls, and Jodeci boots until I couldn’t contain myself anymore!  After pouting because I couldn’t buy the whole store, I came home and looked up the boutique and found rave reviews—including their recent achievement: Chicago Reader's “Best Place to Retro-fy Your Wardrobe.”  They've also recently been featured in Lucky Magazine and named as one of Time Out Chicago's “Top Ten Vintage Stores.”  I didn't need all of those credentials to sell me because I had already fallen in love when I saw the Salt & Pepa vinyls near the door!  Even if you've retired your Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fashion sense, just visiting this place will make you feel like you’ve found the fountain of youth!

Check out the store’s blog above and also keep an eye out for them at the next Vintage Bazaar on September 18th at the Congress Theater.   

-Photos courtesy of Kokorokoko


Seek Vintage

1432 W. Chicago Ave.

Everybody’s family has had a velvet brown and/or orange couch, chaise lounge, or reclining chair from the early ’70s that they  just can’t seem to part with.  (Although crushed velvet is considered outdated and may be labeled as tacky, it feels so damn good that you want to sit in that sexiness forever!)  After seeing one of the owners’ cute pooch roaming the boutique and eyeing a small brown chaise in the window, similar to one my grandmother had back in the day, I had to stop in this place!

I was instantly marveled by the blast from the past that was inside!  The vintage clothing and housewares encompass a wide range of trends from the 1930s-80s so you can only imagine all of the awesome goodies that I found.  From 1976 bowling league t-shirts to those classic ‘Doe Eyed Girl’ prints to the Godzilla board game, there’s something here for everyone!  I also loved the fact that vintage-style artwork by local artists adorned the walls and can be purchased for sale.

After looking up the details about Seek, I found that the store has been open for over a year now and was started by 2 vintage-lovin’ friends, Chris Hunt and Audra Yeomans.  They’ve received kudos in national publications like Nylon and VenusZine and have been featured locally in Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, and the Red Eye.  For more information, visit their website or just head on in! 

-Photos courtesy of Seek Vintage

Atelier Sharry announced for PS3, out June 26 in Japan.[Updated]

From Gematsu:

The next game in the Atelier series, first teased at Game no Dengeki Kanshasai in Akihabara last weekend, is Atelier Sharry: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea for PlayStation 3, this week’s Dengeki PlayStation reveals.

Due out on June 26 in Japan, standard edition will cost 6,800 yen, download edition 6,000 yen, and a Premium Box including a four-disc special music CD and drama CD will cost 9,800 yen.

Like Atelier Escha & Logy, the game will feature dual protagonists. This time, however, they’re both girls, and both are nicknamed Sharry (シャリー).

Shari Stella (シャリステラ) (voiced by Kotori Koiwai)

(Pictured right on the cover.) A 16 year-old alchemist. She comes from a family that protects an ancient alchemic relic. She became head of the family after their death and must find a way to save her hometown which is on the verge of life and death. She sets out on her journey to the oasis town Strard (ステラード).

Her story: A story about the mystery of the world draws near. A story about the heart of dusk draws near. A story about the growth of a brave and diligent young girl.

Charlotte Eluminous (シャルロッテ・エルミナス) (voiced by Sumire Uesaka)

(Pictured left on the cover.) An 18 year-old, sub-par and poor alchemist. She runs the Atelier on behalf of her late father in Strard (ステラード). However, she lacks aptitude and experience so she’s kind of a knock-off alchemist.

Her story: A story about an adventurous and ordinary comedy chick. A story about a seemingly life-sized “Atelier.” A story about the growth of a reckless and straightforward young girl.

The game’s story will progress by way of a new “Life Tasks” system, which provides players an objective, through which you’ll complete three steps (explore, mix, and battle), and when the task is cleared, the story will advance.

Note: Until scans are out, I’m not 100 percent on the names’ English translations. Once they’re out and online, I’ll update the post, if anything is wrong.

Thanks, Re: ZaregotoOtakomu.