Car Shows… Guaranteed to Satisfy!

This little lady is gettin’ reeeeaaalll “penny-wise”! With a little less than 1 year until the wedding, Tanner and I are going to pinch where ever we can, in order to save up for our dream day! The topic that has really been on our minds lately has been “what can you do for free?” Answer…not a ton, but wait…

Living in the Pacific Northwest there isn’t really a big rockabilly/pinup scene. In fact, I am actually the only pinup style chick I know in the area :/ Thankfully one of our favorite past times this summer has been attending local car shows. It’s where I find I feel right at home! Photo above is us just before heading out to the last show : )

How Car Shows Work:

  • They are often put on by local car clubs or auto shops.
  • Each car being shown pays an entry fee, which goes to the clubs or local charities.
  • The cars can enter competitively to win a variety of awards.
  • The public can then view the cars on display and have a meet & greet with many of the owners for free or a small donation!

Most often the shows have retro rocking music playing, and sometimes there will be food vendors and a kid’s area. All the people that we have met thus far have been super friendly and nice!

Here are more of my favorites from the last car show we went to in downtown Gladstone, which was hosted by the Associated Fords of the Fifties

The owners L.O.V.E. to talk about their “babies”! Also, if you enjoy dressing up as much as we do, it is appreciated there as well : ) My favorite compliments come from the older crowd who tell me things like: “I remember the days when people used to dress like that! You look just wonderful!”

Don’t know a thing about cars? Who cares! If you can appreciate the artistry it took to originally design these beauties and the passion and patience it takes to maintain them to this day, you belong at a car show.

If you are interested in car culture or a vintage lifestyle, classic car shows in your area is where you should look. My favorite part of going to the shows, is that it gives me another excuse to dress up!

Hope you are having a great last few days of Summer! (Faux nose pick for the win!)

-Pennywise

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Our Rockabilly Inspired Engagement Shoot

Ahhhh! We just received our engagement photos!!! About 3 weeks ago, Tanner and I packed up the ’52 and headed out to wine country to meet up with two of the most incredible photographers!

Adam and Laura Queen from A Plus L Photo are a husband and wife duo that recently relocated to Portland, Oregon. Their romantic style and ability to capture light and intimate moments made them the perfect fit for us. When I first reached out to Laura with the proposition of a vintage, rockabilly themed shoot, she was all in! Over the next month we went back and forth trying to determine the best time and location for the shoot. In the end we figured that a sunny, Sunday evening down an old dirt road would be just the ticket.

As the day grew near we realized that our “sunny Sunday” was turning out to be more like a “sun stroke Sunday!” With the temperature reaching 95+ we knew this was going to be a bit of an ordeal, but we were a couple on a mission! I gathered up all the face powder I could find, along with extra deodorant and told Laura if they were still down, we were all in.

We decided to meet at a little diner out an old country road and from there, just drive until we came to a dead-end spot that could work for our shoot. Just as we were reversing to leave the parking lot, a coworker of mine walked up to the car! As soon as he found out what we were up to that day, he immediately offered up his friend’s winery as a shooting location! He said they had just closed up tastings for the day and he would call ahead and tell them we were on our way. Just like that we had an entire winery to ourselves!

Bergstrom Winery ended up being more beautiful than we could have imagined! Thanks to the amazing generosity of the winery’s owners and my incredible coworker, our engagement shoot location was absolutely perfect. If you find yourself in Newberg, OR, make sure to check them out!

Just a few more!! Fun fact: The dress below was found in my grandmother’s house after she passed.

Hope you enjoy the photos! If you are in need of amazing photographers check out A Plus L Photo. I couldn’t recommend them more!

-Tanner & Pennywise

Wine Clubs: Not Just For Pretentious A-Holes ;)

Besides vintage, horror, lingerie and a good deal, wine is right up there as another one of my passions. As oppose to beer, which was an acquired taste on my part, wine was love at first sip. [I even own a 1950’s grape hat. Yes. This is some serious shit we’re talking about here.]

Now I don’t have the most discerning palate, but I have learned to distinguish between the good and the bad. A good deal, and a bad one.

It was a couple of anniversaries ago that Tanner took me out for an afternoon of wine tasting to the local wineries in our area. The day was wonderful! Sun was shining! Birds were singing! We were buzzed ; ) It wasn’t until the weekend was over that we realized we had signed up to be a part of each wineries wine club! Oye. “What have we done?!” I thought to myself. (Below is a photo from that anniversary. We had just headed out to the wineries.)

Before we did any rash canceling we decided to try them out for a couple of rounds. Here was the breakdown…

Winery 1: David Hill Vineyards & Winery [Forest Grove, OR 97116]

The Deal:

  • Quarterly selections in February, May, August, and November. (We chose the 2 bottle pack, at a charge of around $45 each pick up.)
  • Complimentary tastings for up to 4 people each visit.
  • Exclusive member event invitations.
  • Discount admission to public events.
  • 25% wine bottle discount on first order as a sign-up bonus
  • Friend Referral $15 Credit. Current Members only

(Source: davidhillwinery.com)

Winery 2: Ardiri Winery & Vineyards [Cornelius, OR 97113]

The Deal:

  • Two bottles of wine each quarter (January, April, July & October), selected by Árdíri’s winemakers. (We again chose the 2 bottle pack, at a charge of around $50 each pick up.)
  • Free tastings for up to 4 people each visit
  • 20-35% off bottle purchases
  • Discounts on private events
  • Invites to member exclusive events
  • Preview tastings of some of our newest wines

(Source: ardiriwine.com)

Verdict:

The Price Breakdown- Over all it comes out to about $25/bottle every 3 months. Though you can find cheaper wine at the grocery store, the advantage of buying local, delicious, seasonal wine from the vineyard down the road is well worth the extra $5! Where the real killer deal is, is in the free tastings. Every 3 months we take a couple of friends out with us to make the rounds picking up our wine club orders and tasting the newly released wines of that month… all for FREE! David hill pours you around 7 samples and Ardiri, around 6. Though I don’t partake in the tastings every time, the ability to drive on out to the country side and sip on award winning wines for $5 a glass with the club discount, plus getting to bring a couple of friends to share that with is totally worth it! Each time we venture out there, I only spend around $10, as oppose to hitting up a bar downtown where I have to pay $7 for parking and then $7-11 for a glass of less quality wine.

“That’s nice, but what about the wine snobs?!”

I thought you would never ask! Now that I have toured around 10 wineries in my area, (and another 5 elsewhere), I have found that 80% or more are surprisingly “snob” free! David Hill & Ardiri both have AMAZING employees that don’t make you feel like an idiot if you can’t pronounce Gewürztraminer, or you have no idea what wine even is! They simply give you an awesome history lesson while letting YOU decide what you like. Diggin’ on the $10 bottle of sugar water and not the 98 point award winning Pinot Noir? That’s OK! I have found that the pretentious ones are most often found in other patrons, but hey, we aren’t there for them! I show up with some friends, they pass me a glass of that red, and my Saturday has been made.

Happy Sippin’!

-Pennywise