Category Archives: New York

The Pizza Underground – 60s Pizza-Themed Revival of The Velvet Underground.

Jem Written by Jem

The Velvet Underground

It was during the early 2000s when I first became obsessed with The Velvet Underground. Amidst working a full-time job, my first year in college, my first time living on my own, and having my own car – I would drive around aimlessly (back before gas prices became too steep) pop their ever famous recording with Nico cassette in my car tape deck and bliss out to the drug-fueled tunes of this mid 60s band.

The Velvet Underground

I feel like this is a common story when people recall  their first time getting into The Velvet Underground it usually stems around some sort of ‘glory days’ or excellent times in people’s lives.

The Velvet Underground

The band was created by Lou Read and John Cale right here on the dirty streets of NYC and they also had the fortune of being managed by one of my biggest artistic influences Andy Warhol, which I’m sure was nothing short of inspiring in the way of having free creative musical rein.

The Velvet Underground

As the band went through many different band-mate configurations throughout the late 60s and early 70s it is the early two recordings that stay most in people’s brains when thinking about The Velvet Underground.

The Velvet Underground

With Lou Reed’s death this October has brought upon many tributes to the late singer. And with that sad event has come something lovely that originated once again on the now cleaner streets of NYC.

The Velvet Underground

The Pizza Underground, a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band. That may be a mouth-full but it sure is amusing. Take a listen here :

Currently they are just a medley band and do not have any full tracks – which anyone who is a fan of The Velvet Underground may be a little disappointed with – considering the droning on of the longer tracks on their albums is always a treat to get lost upon. The band was originally formed in February 2012 obviously as just a joke/laugh by musicians Phoebe Kreutz, Matt Colbourn, and Deenah Vollmer. The band may have a little celebrity upper hand with Macaulay Culkin joining the band this November and pulling together the above recording.

Not only have they created some fun music to hopefully let the younger generation segue into learning about the original band – they also have some fun imagery being created in their honor.

The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground

Personally I am in love with this combination and want to urge all my fellow New Yorkers to head over to their free show in Williamsburg TODAY at Baby’s All Right @ 7pm! Free Pizza While Supplies Last!

Moving Day!

Nicki Written by Nicki

moving truck

 

finally, Finally, FINALLY! Today, my husband and I are packing up everything we own and hauling off to the big apple! We’ve been waiting AGES for this and we couldn’t be more excited! Now, both creative forces behind SMiH will be based in NYC, the fashion capitol of the world. I’m very excited to join Jem in the big city so we can make this little vintage business in to something amazing! We’ve already got a photo-shoot in the works for this weekend, so stay tuned!

Vintage Style Inspiration: Mad Men

Nicki Written by Nicki

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mad men megan and don
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!

Joan!

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!

 

 

 

 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Nicki Written by Nicki

Earlier this week, we shared Jem’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition, so today, I thought I’d share mine! It is, without a doubt, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This spectacle of sight and sound has come to me through my television screen every Thanksgiving morning for as long as I can remember. I have watched it without fail every single year since I was probably 5 years old.  I even set an alarm to make sure I wake up in time so I can catch the entire broadcast. It signifies to me the beginning of the holiday season, and makes me feel happy and optimistic no matter what is happening in my life at the time.

My love for the parade most certainly developed because of my childhood obsession with the Radio City Rockettes. As soon as I was old enough to figure out I couldn’t grow up to be a pony, I decided I wanted to be a Rockette. This dream was quickly shattered when I stopped growing at 5’2″ at 12 years old and I realized that the 6 feet tall Rockettes could high-kick right over my head. Oh well, they are still absolutely magical. Their synchronicity is unsurpassed- and those outfits! When they wear their Christmas outfits in the parade, it looks like they just busted out of a snow globe at the North Pole! Where do you think Mariah Carey got the idea?

The Rockettes really are the embodiment of the glamour of New York City. Their giant smiles and perfectly coiffed hair, their long legs, and the way they seem oblivious to their beauty is just so innocent and refreshing in a time when everything has to be outrageous or shocking to get attention.

I would guess that part of the parade that most people really enjoy would have to be the giant balloons! They’ve had countless different characters since 1927 when the balloons replaced the live animals that they would borrow from the Central Park Zoo. Mickey Mouse, Garfield, Big Bird, Sponge Bob Square Pants– You basically aren’t a successful cartoon character until you’ve made an appearance at the Macy’s Parade!

I wish I could have seen the parade during 1962-1972, when it was hosted by Betty White and Lorne Greene (of Bonanza fame). I guess I’ll make do with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. The most exciting thing for me is that this time next year, I will (finally) be a resident of New York City, and I will most definitely be as close to Herald Square as I can possibly get when that parade comes marching down from the Upper West Side! I’ll be fighting for my spot with my thermos of hot coffee and lots of warm layers for my view of this glorious occasion in the most-loved city on the planet… New York!!