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Mannequin 2: On a Joyride

I write about the oddities in my neighborhood quite often. Either I don’t get out much or I live on one of the weirdest streets. The jury is out.

But it’s hard not to point out things like this:

Just half a mannequin playing back seat driver. She was a little too hot for my internets.

Just a half-mannequin lady playing backseat driver. No big deal.

Yep, this happened. I noticed this too-hot-for-my-internets lady sitting in the backseat of a parked silver Dodge Neon on my way home from work the other day. Rarrrr. Let’s just say she was more anatomically correct than Barbie.

I can’t quite pinpoint the Neon’s motive for including the mannequin on its joyrides. We don’t have carpool lanes in Chicago, so there’s no use in using a faux friend to get to work earlier like people in other cities do. And I can’t imagine that she’d have much to say on long trips. Perhaps she was on her way to see her friends down the street, the 80s mannequins. Yep, that’s happening too. Mannequins are all the rage in this neighborhood. They’re the new skinny jeans. Better outfit your apartment or car in one today.

Fun fact: Did you know there is a Mannequin 2 movie? Sounds like it has an amazing plot line: “The film stars Kristy Swanson as a mannequin who was frozen one thousand years ago by an evil sorcerer using a magic necklace. She remains frozen until the necklace is removed and can stay permanently unfrozen if she receives a kiss from her true love.” Netflix, please rush.

Thanks to my pal, Ryan, for humoring me with his Photoshop wizardry.


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Neon sneakers—The new Chuck Taylors

This blog owes gratitude to Converse for a good portion of the traffic it’s seen thus far. Interestingly enough, every day or so, I’ll see search results for “Chuck Taylors” or the stylish combo of “Chuck Taylors and skinny jeans.” All thanks to my dude, Joe, who’s become a convert over the past year…and who let me announce that here.

Chuck Taylors are popular indeed. Especially with the kids who live in Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village/West Town/Bucktown. So, I don’t know how to tell you this, Mr. Taylor, but you’re starting to be replaced. And you’re being replaced by more colorful, trendy sneakers, like these:

Pay no attention to the crappy iPhone quality. Look at the pretty colors instead.

Pay no attention to the crappy iPhone camera quality. Look at the pretty colors instead.

The Reebok sneakers below are also quite popular with the Wicker Park kids. I’ve seen several pairs of feet sporting them.

Remember these? You probably had a pair in the 80s...except they were white and you wore them with stir-up pants.

Remember these? You probably had a pair in the 80s...except they were white. And you wore them with stir-up pants.

Neon, in general, has burst onto the scene, almost simultaneously with spring. I had a “you know you’re in Wicker Park when…” moment the other day when I saw two people wearing neon pass each other on the sidewalk. Word on the street is that kids in Brooklyn/NYC and other cities have been rocking neon for months though. So, we’re behind the times in Chicago. I blame winter and the necessity of ridiculous layers.

How long it will take for us to embrace the boldness of neon?  I, for one, would like to think I was ahead of the times when I wore neon pink biker shorts as a kid.

(Reeboks photo credit: polyvore.com)

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