A Pink Petticoat + an Abandoned Bowling Alley

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Amelia's husband's birthday was yesterday, so I'm flying solo on this post and I decided to go exploring.  There's this abandoned bowling alley in Madison, TN (a town that borders Nashville) and I drive by it all the time and every time I pass it 1) I want to explore it 2) I want to steal all the amazing signage 3) I'm sad that it's no longer operational.  I also wonder what's inside.  It's a little bit stranger danger, but I figured it was time I finally went exploring anyways.  Also, it was super windy that day, excuse the crazy hair.

Outfit Details:
Hair Flower c/o  Your One Stop Pinup Shop
White Off Shoulder Top  |  eBay
Harlequin Jenny Skirt  |  Pinup Girl Clothing
Bexterity Petticoat c/o Your One Stop Pinup Shop
Heels  |  Modcloth (similar)
Brooch  |  Luxulite


Unrelated to my dilapidated bowling alley exploration; A while back, we introduced you to Bek of Your One Stop Pinup Shop / Bexerity (also mentioned here) an incredibly talented, sweet lady with an eye for good ideas and good people.  For example, I absolutely love the employees of her shops. Meet Bek, Erin + Borana. They're are all such beautiful, stylish ladies and I love following each of them on instagram, they've introduced me to some awesome brands + items and I love seeing how they style pieces I already own.  Bek saw that we posted about petticoats (here) and was sweet enough to send one of her handmade ones my way.


I absolutely LOVE my normal petticoat, which is the Hell Bunny "short" petticoat, because of the shape it produces, but it's itchy.  I usually suck it up and wear it all day anyways, but it annoys the shit out of me.  I've actually never owned a petticoat that WASN'T itchy and I assumed a little irritation was just par for the course since most of them are made of crinoline.

While I did have to take my new Bexterity Petticoat up and in, as it was a bit too long and a bit too big in the waist (I'm 4'11" and my waist is 26 inches), I was incredibly excited to find that it isn't itchy, which is a first!  I've also never owned a colored petticoat.  I guess I was afraid a color would show through on my lighter colored dresses, but since I already own a white one, now I can swap them out... and colored ones are so much more fun.  If you follow the link you'll also see they all have an adorable bow at the top.


Luckily, my urban exploration didn't end in another creepy dude yelling weird stuff (I am crossing my fingers that was a once in a lifetime experience) but I was bummed to find that there was no way inside, I peeked through the windows though.  It looked very empty, no awesome retro bowling relics there besides the signage.  It was fun to walk around the building nonetheless and now I want to go actual bowling... although I am horrible at it.  Can grown-ups still play with the "bumpers?" That's acceptable, right? ; )

Are you a petticoat wear-er?  Have you found one that isn't itchy?
Also, has anyone else explored any dilapidated buildings lately?

36 comments:

  1. I really like your hair here and the colored petticoat is adorable.

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  2. First of all, two big thumbs up for this outfit. The colored petticoat is so cute (and I don't own a full petticoat that isn't itchy either), and your hair looks amaaazing. This also makes me want to go bowling, and YES, BUMPERS FOR LIFE.

    xox Sammi

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  3. Silver Cat Tea PartyJuly 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Oh no June! Be careful! If there were a way in you probably would have run into all kinds of dodgy squatters! Eek!!! Too bad this bowling place is closed down. The signs definitely do look awesome. And I love your new pink petticoat! <3

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  4. I love your hair like that and that petticoat/skirt combo is definitely aces.

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  5. Victoria AndersonJuly 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    My petticoat is a vintage one and it has a lining of a material that is not itchy. You should get a half slip to wear under yours, it might be a little too hot in the summer but would definitely protect you from the itchiness.

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  6. That is an awesome photo location. Did you try the doors? It would be really fun if one of them happened to be unlocked (I mean, how were you to know they weren't open? *innocent face*)...
    Vintage square dancing petticoats are the business! I have an amazing, peach colored one that is super full and very comfortable. Unfortunately, because it's so full it doesn't fit under all that many skirts, so I don't get to wear it very often. I have another one that works better in terms of my life, but is really itchy. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

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  7. I love your hair here!


    and I love exploring abandoned places, one of my favorite things to do!

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  8. I got a petticoat for my wedding, and it wasn't itchy either. I got it from on etsy shop (MissBrache) who is based in Florida. It was light blue for "something blue" and it showed through my white wedding dress, so I had to make a slip to go over it. XD I want to wear it again, but sadly it is a little too long for current skirts and dresses. It gives me motive to get a tea length dress/skirt though!

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  9. Fabulously fun, adorable outfit! Your passion for this harlequin print is infectious - I want any version (especially the purple one) so badly myself, too. I have a couple of argyle pieces in my wardrobe, which aren't that far off, but no actual harlequin garments, so I like to think I could justify buying one on those grounds alone. :D

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Well hello cutie!! Yes all my petticoats are itchy. I need to save up and buy a better quality one. Cute outfit! I loved the color of the petticoat.

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  11. Ah the colored petticoat is so pretty and such a nice addition to the skirt! I love that building, I would also do anything to have those old signs! Especially the bowling pins in front.

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  12. The fourth photo of you is just stunning. Of course you always look beautiful in the photos you share, but this one brought a smile to my face. :)

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  13. I just found your blog and I have to say that I've died and gone to heaven! Such beautiful stunning outfits always! That skirt is gorgeous and that petticoat just brings so much life into it!

    Marie,

    http://www.mariedarling.com/

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  14. I love Bek's petticoats! You look stunning (as always). I'm super impressed if you got those pictures yourself - best selfies ever? (Or did you have someone with you?)

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  15. You know what they say about big hair! haha. And thank you, I think the color is fun as well!

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  16. Yayyyyy for two thumbs up! And seriously, people need to like... test group petticoats for itchiness or something, I would willingly participate! And I was having a super shitty hair day and gave up and shook it out and headed out the door. haha


    Seriously, agreed, bumpers for life, I'd rather feel like I'm awesome at bowling than ACTUALLY be awesome at bowling.

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  17. This is my "I'm having a the worst hair day ever I'm just going to shake my head and leave the house" hair, it turned out pretty well haha. And thank you!

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  18. Haha ohhhh life's got to have a little but of adventure! But of course, I wouldn't have gone inside had it looked too shady, no worries!



    And I agree, I wish someone would renovate it or something, it'd be so much fun!

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  19. I have a slip I normally wear under mine, but I agree, definitely hot in the summer! It's so much easier to just cross my fingers and hope non-itchy ones are out there! I'm happy I finally found one that qualifies!

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  20. This is my "I'm having a the worst hair day ever I'm just going to shake my head and leave the house" hair, I put too much setting lotion in... oops!


    And so do I! Collin works SO MUCH and I don't know many people here that want to explore, it's such a bummer, I'd be a bit braver if I had an exploration buddy!

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  21. Of course I tried the doors, because apparently, I have no voice in the back of my head saying "Amanda, this isn't a good idea!" haha but sadly, they were locked.


    And see, I've almost bought a vintage square dance petticoat a couple of times now and that's exactly what I was afraid of (as far as being too big for some things.) I really love my Hell Bunny one minus the itch factor. I think this will probably be my new favorite!

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  22. I'll have to look up that Etsy store! I seriously will forever remember the day I discovered I could sort-of get away with wearing tea length items! I know they're probably not made for shorter ladies, but I have no f*cks to give because I love them anyways haha

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  23. I feel like those are the perfect grounds for buying a harlequin piece! And actually, you just reminded me, I don't have anything argyle anymore... what am I thinking?!

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  24. I really love this one, not even a little bit itchy! The Hell Bunny one isn't HORRIBLE but it's still itchy. And thank you! ; )

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  25. Thank you! I thought so too! And EXACTLY, they're freaking huge or I will admit, I probably would've tried. lol

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  26. Well thank you so much, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised that I turned my bad hair day around and I'm flattered that you said that, seriously so sweet. : )

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  27. Oh! Well thank you so much and I'm so happy you found us! And I had such a hard time deciding what outfit was worthy of this lovely pink petticoat, so I'm glad people agree.

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  28. She seriously spoiled me sending me one, it's seriously the best! And nope, I take all my photos myself, I have a tripod! <3

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  29. XD I love tea length skirts and dresses, but I am a little cheap and there is a lot of extra material that goes into them (and therefore are more expensive!) But I plan on making a bunch of skirts with my Mom soon, so I can have new clothes!

    But if you are curious about MissBrache's clothing, she use to be really retro but now I guess she is moving into more modern-wedding gear. Some cute stuff though. I got the Single Layer Knee Length petticoat... though she does the size by length, so that would be perfect for you.

    If you are curious about the fullness, I posted my wedding photos on the blog. I used the same petticoat for the wedding dress (which gave a nice bell shape) and the reception dress (which is mostly just viewed in the gif my photographer made of my dance skillz)
    http://one-sonic-bite.com/2014/05/my-first-wedding-anniversary/

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  30. Just found your blog thanks to Judy's Vintage Fair - amazing! I'm now following
    you on Bloglovin :)

    http://www.jessicainyourear.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  31. You know, I never thought of that as the reason why tea length things would be so expensive but it's very logical! If my mom or I knew how to sew, I'd do the same thing.

    And that would be perfect for me since I like my petticoats short and HUGE haha. The bigger the better (within reason.)

    And aww how cute is that little GIF, that is a really lovely shaped petticoat! <3

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  32. OH! You found our friend Emily then (she's an employee, she's our favorite, she's the cutest.) We're so happy you found us!

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  33. If your skirts got any bigger you'll need a hoop skirt! XD Thank goodness they never really came back in style. lol

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  34. I know, I thought the signage was so much fun! I really wish it hadn't fallen into disrepair! And well I'm glad you found one that wasn't itchy, that's rare! Now that I have a colored one I was like... a million more! haha

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  35. Oh that is THE LINE, but actually, if my skirts got bigger, I'd just keep on layering petticoats haha

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  36. Aww bummer! I used to go there all the time and was in love with the sign and retro exterior. I didn't know it had shut down but it makes for a perfectly fab backdrop for you!

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