Category Archives: Inspiration

Scooter Culture

Nicki Written by Nicki

I absolutely love scooters. My husband and I have an aqua Vespa that we just adore! I plan on finding a vintage one for myself, as I can’t drive ours because it’s too tall! My stumpy legs don’t reach the ground. Scooters have been wildly popular in Europe for decades, but only recently caught on in the states.

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Since the early 1960s, scooters have been closely associated with the mod subculture of England. It was one of the ways they differentiated themselves from the “rockers”, who drove bigger, louder motorcycles. This was immortalized in the 1979 film Quadrophenia.  Mods would embellish their bikes with tons of lights and mirrors. Basically, the more junk that was hanging from your scooter, the cooler you would be! Personally, I prefer a sleek look. However you like to decorate them, scooters are a gas! I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can take to the streets again.

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Etsy Round-up: Vintage Christmas Decor

Nicki Written by Nicki

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With just a few days left until Christmas, I’m sure most of you already have your home decorated with lots of festive fun decor. When I imagine decorations for this time of year, I always think of my Grandmother’s house when I was growing up. I spent every Christmas Eve and Christmas morning there for years and years, and she had the same decorations every year.

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My Grandmother’s decor was likely all purchased around 1955, because it was just like all of this lovely atomic Christmas gear I’ve featured today! She had it all- the colorful glass ornaments, elf figurines with little doll faces, and that ceramic tree! 

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She had a red tree topper exactly like this one.

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I definitely remember lots of reindeer decor. It seems the reindeer have been put on the back-burner in more recent years, but in the atomic age they were everywhere!

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I just love vintage Christmas decor! It’s so cheerful and sweet, and it reminds me of my childhood. Most of my Grandmother’s beautiful collection has disappeared or broken, but I plan on creating my own collection with the help of Etsy and vintage shops.

 

Vintage Style Inspiration: Mad Men

Nicki Written by Nicki

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Ok, I know I am wayyy late on this, but I just binge-watched Mad Men seasons 1-5 on Netflix, and it is AMAZING! After years of not having cable television or membership to streaming services, I have finally jumped on the Mad Men bandwagon. My biggest surprise? There has been a television show seemingly created just for me and I have been missing it! For like, 6 years!   As much as I am totally wrapped up in the story of the 60s advertising giants and their exploits, I just can’t get over the overall design of this show. The costumers, set designers, and writers have done such an amazing job of recreating the look, feel, and attitude of the 1960s. They even make a point to show all the women smoking while pregnant like it’s no biggie. You can actually witness the (quite accurate) evolution of style from season to season.

Since I was a little child, I have been obsessed with all things 60s. I watched nothing but Nick-at-Nite growing up (when it actually ran shows from the 50s and 60s, not the late 90s). I always wanted to emulate the style and sophistication I saw on the screen. I ferociously teased my hair to get that bump on the crown of my head, wondering why it would constantly fall flat. I later realized that not only was my hair quite fine, but no amount of hairspray and teasing could do what a good old fashioned hair-piece could do. My Grandmother’s house was almost completely decorated with mid-century furniture and decor, right down to the Christmas decorations! Watching Mad Men not only feeds my fashion and drama desires, it makes me feel like a kid again (even though I wasn’t born until the early 80s).

Honestly, my favorite part of the show is the set design. I want Don & Megan Draper’s super mod Manhattan apartment! Even the office was upgraded when they switched agencies. They went from slightly subdued late 50′s straight lines and muted colors to super pop colors and Eames chairs.

The cars!

The nightgowns!

Betty’s insufferable distaste in children!

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I just can’t get enough of these effortlessly stylish, endlessly troubled characters and all of their 60s shenanigans. I know I’m not alone!

 

 

 

 

Orla Kiely x Clarks 60s Inspired Line!

Jem Written by Jem

First I have to start off with a little squeal! Because look how cute all of these shoes are! When I originally saw them I knew I had to share them with our 60s lover readers.  Vintage shoes are always the hardest for me to find in my size – so when I find a current label that does Vintage justice I can’t help but be excited because I know I will be able to find a style that will work with my vintage pieces so effortlessly!

I remember first seeing Orla Kiely’s work when she did her first collaboration with Target back in 2009 and have always loved her bright, bold, colorful prints. They all just scream 60s/70s and I love it when I could possibly find a piece in a vintage shop and mistakenly think it was vintage for a second. That’s how I know a designer is doing true homage to the decades I love.

The above collaboration is slated for a February 2014 release.. Pretty close to one of my favorite holiday’s Valentine’s Day – where I am never afraid to treat myself to a new pair of shoes in celebration – and to complete the day’s ensemble perfectly! You can bet I will be in store trying these pretties on – and I probably will drag Nicki with me so we can give you guys a proper fashion show!

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Her SS14 Collection is shown here with the shoes on display alongside a very Wes Anderson ‘Suzy Bishop’, Girl Scouts – photo shoot. How beautiful are all of these pieces – they just make me want to go on my own adventure with my girl-friends!

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I could go on-and-on posting more of her lovely collections and housewares – but I am going to save that for another time. You guys just have to settle for drooling all over these pretty pieces until we can get our hot little hands on them!

If you’ve gotta have something now – check out these hand-selected 60s Wedge and Platform beauties I found over on our favorite online shopping avenue Etsy!

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Vintage Fall Fashion.

Nicki Written by Nicki

For a lifelong Floridian, the concept of “fall fashion” and all of the excitement surrounding it has been mostly a lost cause for me. In Florida, our 4 seasons consist of Summer, Summer II, Hell, and Ice Rain (aka January). For years, I’ve been so envious of the girls who get to wear chunky knits and wool knee socks in rich earth-tones. It just seems so warm and romantic to me! Fortunately, I’ll be a New Yorker soon. I’ll probably be a bit late for fall this year, but next year I will be decked out in cozy Autumn threads and drinking pumpkin spice lattes!

It’s super easy to get a great vintage look for Fall. Lots of trends from the 60s are very in this season. So if you’re lucky enough to live in a place that accommodates warm, cozy fashion, go ahead and deck yourself out in a swingy cape, colorful tights, and over-the-knee boots!  If you can’t dig the cape, try a swing coat that’s the same length as your dress. So cute!

Over-the-knee boots are having a serious moment right now. You can find them just about anywhere. A few of my personal faves are here and, if you really want to splurge, here.

I’m also loving this vintage orange wiggle skirt. Paired with tall boots and a swing coat, it would make a great outfit for Thanksgiving dinner! What are your favorite Fall Fashion items? I can’t wait to have an actual Fall wardrobe next year!

 

Inspiration Behind the Blog

Jem Written by Jem

It’s hard sometimes to focus on what inspired me to start ‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’ with Nicki, but I wanted to give an idea of what has been spinning around in my head for the last couple of months, that gave me the push to start putting things together. My love for Vintage has always lingered around every different type of style I’ve had since I knew what ‘thrifting’ was when I was in High School. But I’m the type of girl who has always been for the bold look, the weird look, or just the statement piece.

So my very first inspiration post for SMIH (oooh our first acronym usage!) will be based on being bold and fabulous, and always paying attention to the details!