Monthly Archives: November 2013

Etsy Roundup: Vintage Luggage.

Nicki Written by Nicki

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I’m sure many of you are doing at least a little bit of traveling over the holidays. I love to travel, and I have learned a thing or two about luggage during my adventures. It needs to be spacious, comfortable to carry, and of course, stylish! I find that having a cute suitcase makes me more motivated to pack without waiting until the very last minute. As much as I do love today’s super-light rolling luggage, there’s just something so chic and classy about a good vintage suitcase! They make me think about the jet-set era of the 1960s, when it was considered a glamorous special occasion to fly on an airplane. Passengers would even dress up instead of just throwing on their favorite sweatpants.

So, I thought I would feature some of my favorite Etsy luggage finds to give us all a little inspiration for traveling in style!

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Wether you spring for a full matching set or just maybe a small train case, there are lots of vintage cases in multiple shapes, sizes, and styles for all of your traveling needs. You can even mix and match!

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If you want something more funky, there are a lot of suitcases with great florals and other patterns. I had a similar floral one when I was a kid! These are usually a soft material with a zipper, as opposed to the hard-side cases previously mentioned.

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Traveling with your favorite vintage hat? Or some other odd-shaped item? Try packing it in a lovely vintage hat case! These beauties have plenty of space for say, a fragile or elaborately wrapped christmas gift, and they’re strong enough to keep your valuables from getting smashed. Plus, you’ll look super chic carrying one!

I hope you’ve all been inspired to travel in style this holiday season!

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!!

 

Favorite Vintage Finds of 2013

Jem Written by Jem

It’s that time of the year when you start cataloging all of your favorites, all of those momentous occasions, all of the special things that happened throughout the year. And I am here to start with one of my favorites…my Vintage Finds!

Hats

I have definitely upped my Hat game a lot this year. But it is easy when you find so many great ones. I had started a bit of a hunt trying to find the cleopatra beaded headdress type hats for awhile and was pleased to find a gold one at a thrift shop early in January. The White fascinator was a steal as someone was selling it for practically nothing and I snatched it up. It’s a great piece to work with all of my glittery outfits. The Purple velvet pillbox hat has been a great addition to all of my darker and fall pieces this year. The Delicate blue flowered bird cage veiled head piece was so beautiful I couldn’t say no to it – plus it matched my blue hair at the time! And the Burgandy Bowler style hat is an easy staple for me to throw on whenever.

Caftans

This had to be the year of the Caftan for me. I couldn’t turn around without a beautiful one slapping me in the face begging me to buy-buy-buy! I need this for my collection! So I obeyed and did as I was told. They are just so comfortable and at the same time they do what I love which is make a bold statement! I wore the two variations of the tiger ones almost weekly. The Silk-Wintery looking one I saved for special occasions and the long maxi one just does amazing things to my cleavage so I of course took advantage of that! Can’t wait to find more to add to my collection next year!

Dresses

My favorite go-to clothing item always are dresses! I never can find pants that fit, and dresses are the most simplest thing for me to accessories – usually with nothing – especially with how beautiful most of the prints they have are. The floral fall dress I wear almost weekly now since it is perfect for the season – and I can get away with layering whatever I want underneath to stay warm since it is so long. The Red Polyester dream dress I wore to watch the opening of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and was pleased to find that a lot of people dressed up -and some even brought champagne! The Lavender dress I saved for the cooler months but I have yet to find a long enough slip to go underneath yet. But just look at it’s beauty and wonder! The white lace dress and I are madly in love and I even paired it up with this head-piece for a special anniversary dinner with my man-friend! The green maxi was an ebay steal for $10! I have a couple of 70s house dresses that sometimes I have to wear out of the house like I did when I paired it with this letterman jacket. When I picked up this orange oriental maxi it was labeled ‘costume’ during Halloween time at a thrift shop I frequent – but it was most definitely Vintage! This Disney Princess dress I fell in love with – it really makes you feel quite magical while wearing it. The print on this floral halter bathing suit piece instantly attracted me to it. And finally another see-through lace dress to complete my favorite Dresses of the year!

Sweaters

Sometimes I feel that, finding an amazing sweater is the equivalent of finding an amazing t-shirt but just for another season. These three finds killed it this year for my sweater collection! I was on a tare the beginning of this year and the end of last year trying to find all things that reminded me of mermaids – and this glittery sweater just so happened to fall into my lap. It has individual large sequins sewn onto this soft wool sweater base. It makes everything around me glitter when I wear it. Now the Popeye sweater – there really isn’t much to say – but that was an amazing find – and I doubt I will ever part with his fantasticness! The houndstooth sweater is a recent find and an amazing one at that. It’s so cozy and goes exactly with the type of mod vibes I have been trying to put out lately.

Shoes

Amazing Shoes in my size that are comfortable enough to wear in NYC are one of the hardest things for me to find. It’s weird to think that I used to wear heels ALL the time before I lived in New York – now I hardly wear them. Unless I’m getting driven to wherever I’m going – it’s just a killer on your feet. I did manage to find these 1940s Dead stock camel colored heels at my work last week and they fit perfectly and don’t hurt my feet! The Justin’s happened to be the 2nd or 3rd time I had tried to buy and wear them on a daily basis. It only took me buying 1 1/2 sizes up for me to be able to wear them on the daily.

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These pieces were must have accessories or else I would have been lacking this year. The 1st is actually a beautiful piece I bought a couple of weeks ago in anticipation for next summer (just need a high waisted skirt or perhaps shorts to go with it. The Sage Robe was bought during my kimono crazy time – but it compliments this green forever 21 dress I bought ages ago to-a-tee! The skirts came all at the same time – the rainbow one has gotten a lot of play – and I foresee the floral one getting more use this coming spring. My little Red Riding ‘no-hood’ cape added the right amount of whimsy to a lot of my summer ensembles this year!

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So how about you gals? What are some of your favorite Vintage finds this year?

 

My Thanksgiving Dress

Jem Written by Jem

I don’t know about you guys, but I love starting my own traditions. Whether it be to have week-long birthday celebrations, getting a new tattoo with my best friend for each of our birthdays per year, or saving a special dress to wear once each year.

This post is in dedication to one of those traditions. ‘My Thanksgiving Dress”. Here is the story :

So I started my own Thanksgiving tradition three years ago when I first moved to Minneapolis.
I had this particular dress in my closet that, to me, didn’t feel like it fit into any other season or occasion so I hardly wore it. The only time it seemed proper was for a holiday meal, and since I don’t celebrate x-mas that was out. Leaving only one other Fall holiday – Thanksgiving!

I can’t pin-point when and where I purchased this dress, but I think I got it from this store in Jacksonville, FLA in riverside for on the cheap! It is thrifted but, someone hand-made this dress. I always hope that it was some sort of bridesmaid dress or another lovely event such as that. Whenever I come upon handmade dresses at thrift stores I almost always pick them up if they are in my size the quality is always great and it is a great treasure. I have some of my handmade things out in the thrifted world as well and I hope someone found it and loved it as much as I did when I made it.

Thanksgiving 2008
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This was the first year I wore it, but the second year that I spent in Minneapolis for Thanksgiving, both times were magical. This year all of us were vegetarians so there was no turkey but we found some delicious substitutes for it instead.

Thanksgiving 2009

The 2nd year I went to South Dakota for thanksgiving. This was my first time ever in South Dakota and everything about this Thanksgiving was completely different from any other Thanksgiving before. Their extended family was so large that they had their thanksgiving in an elementary school cafeteria. I was the only vegetarian, and the family was so sweet to accommodate me, but I have learned to adjust to eating only just side-dishes from growing up in my family.

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The 3rd year‘s Thanksgiving was my smallest one ever. Just my best friend, Ben and I here in New York to celebrate in our tiny little apartment. I made my first Tofurky roast from their ‘feast’ meal you can get at the store. Everything was very yummy and I was happy to eat all the leftovers.

For the 4th year of my Thanksgiving Dress we went all out. It was my 2nd year in NY and I moved in with a good friend of mine from High School. We made a massive feast had some of our closest friends over, and I made some very potent Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes. As you can see we got a little rowdy and by the end of the party my poor little Thanksgiving Dress got ruined! But it was okay it was worth it.

Last Year’s Thanksgiving Dress was a switch up. Obviously I could only wear something else that was Vintage, and suited the holiday. So I chose this white knit sweater dress by ‘Dress Du Jour’ made in Korea. I couldn’t find any information on it. But I just loved the traditional aspects to it, while it also had the bomb-shell / wiggle-dress to it, plus it was sweater-like to keep me warm in this weather!

I will be wearing it again this year, and add it to the tradition of my Thanksgiving Dress!

Do you guys have any holiday traditions like this? I know some people all wear matching sweaters for holidays, maybe you could start your own ‘hat-wearing’ tradition? Everyone has to wear a hat with a bird on it!

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Well, it’s an idea – isn’t it?

Vintage Cookware.

Nicki Written by Nicki

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Yesterday we shared with you Georges Briard’s fantastic pineapple cookware, and with Thanksgiving coming up we figured we would continue with our cookware theme! Today I’ve pooled together some favorites from Etsy. Vintage cookware is so vibrant and fun. It really brightens up any kitchen! This beautiful lotus/diamond pattern (above) was quite popular in the 60s and 70s. I can see why, it’s adorable!

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These pots and pans have the greatest combination of colors and patterns! I’m working on decking out my kitchen with vintage goods, but so far all I’ve got is a green floral Pyrex bowl and a set of cocktail glasses from the early 60s.

This little beauty is my favorite. Anything with a fruit print obviously gets a thumbs up from Seven Minutes in Heaven!

Mad about Georges Briard’s Pineapples!

Jem Written by Jem

Earlier this year I had a pretty strong love affair with all things fruit and tropical related. I was running around like a mad man trying to find pieces to add to my wardrobe that included ‘pineapples’ ‘parrots’ or anything that resembled ‘paradise’! After a couple of hours searching I kept coming across these beautiful kitchen-ware pieces.

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Upon reading a bit up on them it turns out they were created by Jascha Brojdo who went under the named Georges Briard to mark his ‘commercial’ pieces. His pieces were big in the 50s, 60s, and 70s and sold at places like Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller. His pieces are generally signed and come in a variety of kitchen and household items – you have probably seen his glasses/cups at some point at a thrift store or flea market you’ve been to.

Frankly I just loved the pineapples, (check out my sweet pineapple manicure I’m currently sporting!) and could EASLIY see me being one of those brides that requests to have all matching pieces for my registry! “Yes you have to go on etsy to see my registry!, do it! DO IT!!!..I must have all my precious!” ….okay you see I went a little crazy there.. But I am serious about my entertaining pieces I told you!

In closing, I will leave you with another bigger collection of Mr. Briard’s pieces for you to ogle over and possibly purchase – thanks to his extensive popularity on my favorite website (other than this one of course) 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!

 

Laziness Celebrated with Susan!

Jem Written by Jem

1960s Table Spread

I was in a vintage shop this past month (surprise, surprise!) and stumbled upon what I originally thought was a simple tin platter dish, and was quite surprised when I realized it spun around in a circle.

Lazy Susan

What had I discovered, but a Lazy Susan!

I don’t know about you guys, but it had felt like forever since I had seen one in action. I remembered the one from my childhood (late 80s early 90s) being a part of the kitchen table set up, and my mother had another double stacked version in the cupboard for her spices. But In her current home, and that of any relative or spouse’s family member whose house I had the privilege to be at I can’t recall noticing one.

The last time I remembered seeing one in use was at a chinese restaurant back when I lived in Chicago in the early 2000s.

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Where had all of the Lazy Susan’s gone? My thoughts immediately go to the fact that less and less people eat dinner at the dinner table with a full family, and that could possible warrant less relevancy of such a kitchen accessory. But I’ve considered it to be such a great piece to add to your kitchen table or counter top to collect your most used spices, or oils and vinegars, possibly napkins and misc. pieces like decorative straws?

On Etsy the options are nearly endless. Almost 2000+ options show up. And the fact that it’s history is some-what of a mystery is also an interesting piece of it’s puzzle.

60s Table Layout

So what else to do with all of this information, but to pluck through the listings and search out the best 60s/70s versions of ‘Susan’ to share with our readers looking to give their Thanksgiving / Holiday tables a little of that vintage charm!

Here are my favorite picks :

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I’m primarily a fan of the flat versions with the fun mod and psychedelic patterns or designs on the top. It would look pretty swanky especially if you topped it with dishes that were made of glass! Also these would make great cake stands as well, taking a slice of cake and get a beautiful design underneath as an extra treat! The sort with the separated dishes would be an easy way to spruce up a veggie platter – source the dip in the center of course!

Henry Ford's Lazy Susan

I will leave you with Henry Ford’s use for the Lazy Susan. Leave the help and servants at home while camping and serve everyone on this gigantic scaled Lazy Susan. Man after my own heart, he doesn’t take entertaining lightly – no matter where the setting!

 

Record Collecting.

Nicki Written by Nicki

There’s no denying it- I am a music fanatic. I’ve been collecting records since I was about 9 years old, which wasn’t easy considering I was 9 years old in 1992. Vinyl records had all but vanished into thin air, and the shiny new CDs were all the rage. My mom’s small collection of mostly Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin records helped to keep my passion alive for several years, and then in the mid-2000′s, something wonderful happened. Vinyl was back! The world had turned away from the easily damaged CDs, and went the way of the digital download. Suddenly, with nothing tangible to represent their passion, music lovers everywhere began turning to that old, warm sound of a needle on a big black dinner plate. I was thrilled!

Besides the fact that artists were beginning to release their albums on vinyl again (many accompanied by a digital download), one of the greatest things about the record upswing was the increasing availability of affordable turntables. Companies like Crosley started mass-producing record players that not only were in new working order, but had the classic look of players from the 1960s and 70s. Plus, they’re less than $150! That teal one is mine, I picked it up from Urban Outfitters about 3 years ago. In case you’re wondering what that checkered tape is all about, it’s holding a few coins on the back of the needle arm for counter-balance. An age-old problem with record players is that after a while, the arm becomes unbalanced and begins to drag on the record. The coin trick is something my mom taught me on one of her old players when I was a kid. Works every time! One day, I hope to get my hands on a classic record player cabinet- one of the most brilliant pieces of furniture ever created, in my opinion. The turntable, shelving, and speakers are all built in!

For now, I’ve got a pretty nice shelving cabinet to keep my current collection. It’s of course full to the brim, so there’s some spill-over. When my husband and I were in Paris recently, we hit the mother-load at a record store called Vinyl Office. We stocked up on early reggae records and french pop from the 60s. We even got a hefty discount for buying so many at once!

Here’s my favorite record in my collection- not necessarily because of the music, but because of the story behind it. I was minding my own business in a record store in Orlando, and who do I see but Fred Schneider of the B-52s! He autographed this B-52s single for me. Look closely- he wrote “wooo nicki”! Best autograph ever.