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

simon-says-harris replied to your postHopped up on coffee at this time of night again.

That statement’s confusing. Does that mean you’ve done your homework, or haven’t done any of it?

It means that I’ve done all of it. Keep up!

kingcohldrum replied to your postHopped up on coffee at this time of night again.

You know you’re never going to get any sleep that way, right?

Yeaaaahhh. I am not in sync with the Circadian rhythm, or my Circadian rhythm is fucked up. I don’t know. I don’t listen to my Biology teacher that much.


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  (Although crushed velvet is considered outdated and may be labeled as tacky, it feels so damn good that you want to sit in that sexiness forever!)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

Drifting || Sharrie

Shelby had found herself being very cautious around her friend not only because of the precarious emotional state that she was in but because of her own emotional state. Despite her efforts, Shelby could feel old feelings resurfacing and a part of her hated Carrie for it. It was unfounded and irrational but it made Shelby upset with the other woman but at the moment she couldn’t bring herself to snap at her. Carrie still needed some sort of support and so Shelby swallowed down her anger and kept a respectful distance. “Thank you for dinner,” she broke their silence and stood from the table. “Finish your chores and you may bring your work to the office.” She made a quick exit, finding some solace in her short time alone in her work space. 

Narrated Shaddad bin Aus: The Prophet salallahu alahi wasallam said “The most superior way of asking for forgiveness from Allah is:

للَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّي لا إِلَهَ إِلا أَنْتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ وَأَنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَمَا اسْتَطَعْتُ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا صَنَعْتُ أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ وَأَبُوءُ لَكَ بِذَنْبِي فَاغْفِرْ لِي فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلا أَنْتَ

‘Allahumma anta Rabbi la ilaha illa anta, khalaqtani wa ana abduka, wa ana ‘ala ahdika wa wa’dika mastata’tu, A’udhu bika min Sharri ma sana’tu, abu’u Laka bini’matika ‘alaiya, wa Abu Laka bidhanbi faghfirli fainnahu la yaghfiru adhdhunuba illa anta.”

(O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.

The Prophet added. “If somebody recites it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm faith in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.”

Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 75 Hadith 318