Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rosie's Diner

Once upon a time, this place used to serve up the best diner food in the state! Now permanently closed, Rosie's Diner is a spot of nostalgia of the 50's. I took a trip on US 131 north to 14 Mile Road in Rockford, Michigan to scout out the old dining cars! This diner was originally opened in Little Ferry, New Jersey, as the Silver Dollar Diner. The diner was located on U.S. Route 46 when it first opened in the 1940s!


In the 1970s and 80s, a series of commercials featured Rosie, a no-nonsense waitress who was featured in the Bounty paper towel commercials. So, the diner was renamed Rosie's and in 1991, it was brought to Rockford and soon it was serving diner food again. After closing in 2011, all that's left are the three dining cars, an amazing old-time miniature golf spot and an empty parking lot!


Red and mint is a new favorite spring color combination of mine. I can just imagine wearing this mint dress to enjoy a trip to our local diner. I love ModCloth's description of this dress... "The sweetheart neckline, ruched back, and sugar-white polka dots of this charming dress whip up a look that’s as delectable as the mint-chocolate milkshake you order." I always love how they put a story behind their clothes. It always inspires me to constantly tell a story when I wear them.


Diners have always been symbols of American optimism. I absolutely love the history that was created inside the walls of these dining cars. Plus, what's better than your typical American food of hamburgers, french fries, club sandwiches and milkshakes? So, let's play some Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, The Beach Boys and Little Richard and visit our local diners soon, hm?


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113 comments:

  1. this dress is soo cute, goes so well with your red shoes. great spot to take outfit photos. xx

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  2. Oh thanks so much for sharing this little treasure pot that was Rosies! Do you know why it shut last year? One of my all time favorite color combinations too, a scooter is mint & red's best accessory, lucky you've got one!

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  3. I really, really want this dress. Seeing how lovely it looks on you, it makes me want it even more!

    Carmen Ri.

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  4. Love the color combination, and obviously love diners. Well done, lady!

    -Lauren

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  5. I love the mint and red combination! Awesome spot for a photo shoot too!

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  6. Ohhhh I love these! What a cool location!

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  7. oh my goodness, oh my goodness. in love with everything about this. you look lovely

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  8. I love the color combo of red and mint. It's funny how vintage it feels and that it matches the diner.

    -Chloe
    2floralfinches.blogspot.com

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  9. sooooooooooooooooooo cute! i love the retro feel to this post :)

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  10. Love love love love love this post! One of my all time favorite Tieka posts! :) Love you toooo<3

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  11. The dress is gorgeous.
    UK doesn't have real diners and I wish they did. Little country pubs with chairs that don't match and only 5 tables yes =)
    xx

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  12. Adorable dress! Too bad it's closed!

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  13. I really enjoy your blog. It always brings a little smile to my face. Rosies looks fantastic :)

    Kate
    myvanillawardrobe.blogspot.com

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  14. Aluminum diners are my favorite! There's one not too far from me that serves up some excellent waffles. I don't go there as often as I'd like because they are so busy. At least I know they will be around a while!

    I love the clever descriptions that ModCloth comes up with for each of their items. I never would have put mint and red together, but it looks really good!

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  15. first of all you look so adorable in your outfit! and second it's so sad, do you know why they closed?

    I LOVE diners, so cozy and fun. I haven't seen a really good one here yet so I'm still looking :)

    xx

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  16. wow i can't believe how cute this is!!! you look so adorable :)

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  17. such a fun post indeed! love those red blowfish shoes and your mint dress is too darling!

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  18. I love this so much! Your mint dress is perfect and so adorable. The combination of mint and red is great too. I don't think I would've thought of that color combination but I love it.

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  19. Man that dress makes me want a milkshake so bad! Love the lip/shoe color match up!

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  20. I absolutely love this outfit and the little story of the diner and how you connected to the dress is too adorable for words.

    xoxo,
    Laura
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  21. awesome pictures! i love the colour of the shoes with the dress :)

    georgia
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  22. oh my, do I love diners. If you are ever on the eastern side of MI check out the fly trap diner in ferndale. It is definitely not your typical diner (gingerbread waffles with apples and butterscotch and lemongrass thai soup!) it's amazing and was on diners, drive-ins, and dives!

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  23. Tieka,

    You always leave me incredibly speechless with your beautiful outfit and always, always, ALWAYS inspire me ❤

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  24. I'm a little heartbroken by this post! I've always loved Rosie's, and am surprised to hear that it's closed...it ALWAYS seemed busy when we went! I last ate there not that long ago :(. Guess I'm lucky I got to!

    Looking cute as always!

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  25. That sounds like a fun trip! You look great as usual! I actually used you as an example of a style icon on my blog :)

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth
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    underpeachtrees.blogspot.com

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  26. I used to go to Rosie's with my parents when I was younger. My most vivid memory of the place would have to be when I broke my arm at a friend's lake house and my parents met us at Rosie's to pick me up. Even with a broken arm, no cast (yet) and on a lot of pain killers I wanted a milkshake for the way home!

    P.S. I think I need to order those shoes...

    Jen
    motu viget

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  27. this whole photo set is AWESOME. i love the dress, and it goes perfectly with the background of the diner. what an amazing story :)) x

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  28. I'm curious: why don't you allow your images to be pinned?

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  29. Tieka, I LOVE this post! I love pretty much all of your posts. Pairing your outfits with a location is a fantastic idea - I love getting little snippets of Michigan history, and how you present your outfits with a theme. This dress and lipstick combo is perfect for a diner!!!

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  30. Oh it's all so perfect! Love the mint/red combination, and you really got my attention with the diner! I love all the American mid-century style, it's so iconic and such a shame when those places close down. Thanks for sharing your lovely images :)

    Kitty
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    Kitty & Buck.

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  31. These are Just Beautiful!!! Love little old diners like these <3

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  32. Tieka, you look SO pretty! I just bought this dress last week and am so excited to wear it! It's the perfect summer dress, and I love the way you styled it here! & I completely agree, mint & red is quickly becoming one of my favorite combinations!

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  33. I have noticed that your images are no longer able to be pinned. Is that just a Pintrest issue?

    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  34. Red and mint IS a fabulous color combination! I love your red lips with this-you look like you could have stepped out of a time machine from the forties! I love the story of this post too-makes me long for summer soon!!

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  35. Oh my gosh.So cute!! I adore that dress and your bright red wedges! Also, that red lip is basically the perfect shade ever! What brand/color is it? Must have!

    xo
    Lizzie
    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  36. Gorgeous! That dress looks super cute on you, and I loooove mint with red. I'm also obsessed with turquoise and red together. I don't think I'll ever get tired of those combinations.

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  37. You look adorbz. I am fully in support of this red/mint movement. Diner food usually results in me making a sad face at the menu because I'm gluten-intolerant and everything contains delicious bread! Milkshakes are just about my favourite dessert, though. Yum!

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  38. ohh! Red and Mint are great together! Your dress is fabulous, and so are those shoes! So 50's and diner-like. Perfection, dear!
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

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  39. i love the combination of red and mint..beautiful dress!

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  40. i love that dress, i actually know where that orginal diner is in littly ferry i live like 15 min away from it

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  41. love this outfit so much, you can work an era i swear

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  42. cute cuuuuteee, I love the photos and the color combo <3

    Meghan

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  43. Love these pictures, they have such a nice retro/vintage feel!

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  44. How Beautiful! The shoes just make the outfit and I absolutely love the dress

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  45. i wish we have diners like this in australia. alas, only rarely. i'm so jealous of the spring fashions the northern hemisphere is experiencing. I just have to sit and wait for autumn and winter to pass. the red and mint is so so lovely!

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  46. love the colour combination! you looks so cute!

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    xxx

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  47. Very cute! Yesterday I ordered clothes from ModCloth and I think I got that dress or one just like it. I can't remember the name of the one I ordered. LOVE your shoes.

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  48. You look so sweet, your dress and red lips make you look like you fit right in the 1950s. You guys take the cutest trips, there were still old school cars there? It's too bad that that diner closed, it would be such an adorable spot for dates :)

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  49. You look so sweet, your dress and red lips make you look like you fit right in the 1950s. You guys take the cutest trips, there were still old school cars there? It's too bad that that diner closed, it would be such an adorable spot for dates :)

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  50. I've been here! It's been years, but on a school trip long ago we stopped for great greasy spoon food at Rosie's! So fun! I love the Michigan history that works it's way into your blog, Tieka!

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  51. Gosh, I heart your wedges!

    Reading your post makes me want a chocolate milkshake!!

    www.littleraewrites.com

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  52. Such a cute dress and shoes. Photo location is ideal!

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  53. I didn't know Rosie's closed!! Bah! I'm so out of the West Michigan loop! But this is such a fun post and you wear that dress beautifully :)

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  54. this is such a fun post! rosie's looks like it was so cute in its hayday.. and its still so cute! mint and red look fab together!

    Xo,
    steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  55. Super super super cute dress <3 I LOVE the whole feel of this shoot!!!! :D :D :D

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  56. Best diner inspired outfit EVAR. Absolutely adorable... though the closed diner and abandoned parking lot is so sad and is bumming me out. Oh wait - RED WEDGES. Ok, I feel better now.

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  57. Wow! I thought your last blog post was amazing yet I think you topped it with this one!! Your blog is the best! I love red and mint too. :)

    ~monica

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  58. I am so, so jealous. That dress + shoes are perfect and that diner - oh! I have no words!

    I just love all things 50's/Route 66. It's all just so awesome! <3

    And like I said on Twitter - I just want to steal that dress from you! I don't think any dress should be allowed to be that perfect. Love it!

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  59. These pictures are amazing! I have really been loving that color combination too, it looks great on you (and you are also looking QUITE the skinny mini if I do say so myself!) I was so excited to catch up on the blog once I saw this on instagram over the weekend, and it definitely did not disappoint! Hope you're having a lovely Monday!
    xo Hannah
    thebraidedbandit.blogspot.com

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  60. Ok you're just the cutest Tieka!! Oh my goodness. I love this mint (one of my favorite spring colors) dress and this really is the perfect photo location. x

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  61. CUTE color combo, Tieka! Now that you're in GR you have to hit up Pal's Diner. It's in Cascade and super adorable!

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  62. Ooh, this post is just so full of fun & charm Tieka + the photos are stunning! I love, love your red & mint combo... polka dots are absolutely one of my favourite things this spring and you couldn’t have picked a more beautiful dress - if you ever get bored of it or anything... ;)

    Yay, diners!! Absolutely adore them, we just visited one this weekend and it was so retro & just plain adorable! Lovely getting to learn more about this one... have a great week!! xo

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  63. Thank you for stopping by our blog Tieka! Hope you're doing well!!! Lovin' your red shoes and you dress is soooo cute! The colors look great on you :)

    -Trang
    www.benjaminandtrang.com

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  64. Lovely outfit, and what a lovely photo spot! I saw Rosie's on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives awhile back! Sad to hear it closed!

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  65. Beautiful look! And what a shame that Rosie's Diner is closed now. It looks like an awesome place. There were probably many, many first dates hihi... I wish we had an old-fashioned diner like this somewhere here in Berlin. Hmmm... business idea?

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  66. I absolutely adore everything about this post! This kind of retro Americana is so fascinating. And you look fantastic! I loved this colour combination in spring, too :)

    Oh I totally agree. One of my favourite things about Modcloth is their product discriptions! They are so whimsical and creative.

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  67. I love your colour chouces, the minty green and red shoes are perfect!

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  68. wow i love these shoes. i searching a long time for those!

    Greeting from germany xx

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  69. Fantastic photos! Your look amazing!

    Lisa x

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  70. You´re absolutely cute and beautiful! Enjoyed your blog :)
    Simona
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  71. This is absolutely one of my favorite posts of yours. That outfit and location are perfect!

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  72. Such a great story, and the ModCloth dress fits so perfectly. <3

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  73. beautiful dress ! I love the color and pattern :) and it goes so well with your red shoes

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  74. I love this color combo too!
    Those shoes are soo cute!! And who doesn't love polka dots right?

    That diner looks like it would bea fun little hangout back in its day!
    Too bad we don't have more placed like that anymore!

    Kirsten
    {travandkirk.blogspot.com}

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  75. This outfit is so adorable. Love the lipstick too! Love these pictures!

    -Hannah

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  76. this outfit is absolutely perfect for the location that you are in. so sad to hear that it's closed down, i love old places like this :)
    xo TJ

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  77. Tieka, this is my favorite post, ever. Stunning! xxx, j

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  78. love these pictures! the dress is just too lovely!

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  79. The color combo is great! And I love the look of old diners! They just don't make them like that anymore!

    xo Bea

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  80. I also love how your shoots tell a little story! And you are so brave with how you pair colours together. This is all adorable :)

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  81. I always think I've seen my favorite outfit photo shoot of yours, and then you prove me wrong again! I adore mint and red together, and the diner adds the perfect touch! The tones in these photos are just gorgeous!

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  82. These are the prettiest pictures EVER! I love your look from head to toe and the background is perfection. The red and mint combination is just so so lovely.

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  83. the polka dot dress is just adorable!<3


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  84. Oh my gosh! I can't believe that Rosie's is closed! I was just there only two summers ago and it was so wonderful. That's such sad news. :(

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  85. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this. You look beautiful! I need to find some mint and red items to mix, now! That dress is darling on you, and I love the setting of your photos, too. It inspires me to scour the area around where I live to see if there are any interesting old places with good history!

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  86. red & mint, such a lovely combination!
    and rosie's looks great, i love 50s diners.
    xo, cheyenne

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  87. red & mint, such a lovely combination!
    and rosie's looks great, i love 50s diners.
    xo, cheyenne

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  88. mint and red is one of my favorite color combinations too! i'm a big diner fan too so great pictures and great post!

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  89. Aww, I had no idea Rosie's had closed - so sad! I went there a few years back and had a lot of fun. It's a bummer that they're closed, but these pictures are so wonderful :)

    thejoyfulfox.blogspot.com

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  90. You are so darling! Your blog has the best stories and the most positive attitude!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  91. gosh, you look fabolous in this dress. The color suits you so well, the shape is amazing and I am a sucker for dots. The red shoes and detailing in the bakc just makes this one of my favorite outfits on you in a long time. Love!!

    Anja
    A Heart and Soul Story Blog

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  92. could this be any more amazing?! one of my fave color combos, so perfect with the retro diner. gorgeous!!

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  93. I love those old dining cars. I don't think there are any near me still around, but I've seen them on various travel & Food Network type shows and I would LOVE to go inside of one!

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  94. this is a beautiful shoot and location!

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  95. cute dress! I love your shoe selection!

    Lindsey Turner
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  96. Aw that dress is too cute! Love mint and red as well! I've never been to the US so the only thing remotely close to a diner I've been to is the one at Universal Studios Singapore. Quite sad really... They had really good pizzas and milkshakes though!!


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  97. Aw that dress is too cute! Love mint and red as well! I've never been to the US so the only thing remotely close to a diner I've been to is the one at Universal Studios Singapore. Quite sad really... They had really good pizzas and milkshakes though!!


    x Aliya
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  98. You perfectly paired this outfit to the location!

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  99. Oh you look so adorable! I love the color combination!

    Your post took me back to good memories and made me sad all at once. My parents live within walking distance of Rosie's. My grandparents used to take my brother and I there on a regular basis, as well as going to dinner there with my parents. And mini golfing...oh I just adored mini golfing there. They would always have an Easter Egg hunt on the mini golf course the Saturday before Easter. Such fun memories! Oh, and they used to have a classic car show in the parking lot every Wednesday night! My daddy would pack us kids in the car and bring us up to look at all the cars. Later in the evening, you could hear the engines roaring from my house as they took off out of the parking lot.

    The diner is actually set to be auctioned off in just two days on the 26th. My heart breaks to think that it my not be there the next time I drive by.

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  100. Awesome outfit!! Your pictures are very beautiful along with the beautiful setting!! I love your blog and am following you now!!

    xoxo

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  101. Such a pretty outfit!! I really like how your lip colour and shoes kinda matches the colour of the diner. It looks like a amazing place.. such a bummer that it closed.

    xoxo
    Liz

    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  102. Picture perfect Tieka! You look adorable and what a perfect location! :) I hope you are keeping well, stay strong sweetheart! :) x

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