Monthly Archives: December 2013

Classic Coffee: The Bialetti Moka Express

Nicki Written by Nicki

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I had planned on doing a post about my makeup routine today, but as I was shooting the photos I discovered that I looked like a scary monster in just about all of them! So, that one will have to wait for another day. Instead, I’m gonna talk a little about one of my favorite things: COFFEE! Specifically, my favorite coffee maker, the classic Bialetti Moka Express.

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The Bialetti stove-top coffee maker was designed in the 1930′s and has been a mainstay of kitchens around the world since the 1950′s. Nearly every Italian kitchen has one, (I’ve seen Giada De Laurentiis use one several times on her show). If you enjoy a rich, smooth flavor, it really does produce the perfect cup of coffee. 
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I know we’re in the age of the Keurig (I’m guilty of having owned one myself), but once you taste a cup from the Bialetti, you’ll never want to go back to the pre-packaged one cup method again. It’s really quite simple to use. Just unscrew the pot in the middle, take out the aluminum filter, fill the bottom with water, fill the filter with coffee, put it back together and plop it down on the stove. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a bubbling hot pot of rich delicious coffee! (Photo ℅ Penelope’s Oasis)

The Bialetti has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, so of course there are some copy-cats. Pantone has jumped on the bandwagon with their line of brightly colored pots. It’s a very simple design, so i’m sure it’s pretty similar to the classic Bialetti brand. I love the colors!  

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My husband and I just got our very own Bialetti for Christmas! We’ve been using the one provided in the apartment we’re subletting and fell in love with it. Now we’ve got our very own to make thousands of cups of perfect coffee with for years to come!

You can purchase your very own Bialetti here and the Pantone version here

 

Our Holiday Photoshoot

Jem Written by Jem

We had the pleasure of having our 2nd Photoshoot for Seven Minutes in Heaven, right around the Holidays! So we took full advantage of all of the great holiday colors and motifs we could in this shoot.

Also in this shoot you may notice someone very special to Seven Minutes in Heaven, Nicki! That’s right guys – she made it up here safe and sound with her lovely husband Steven practically hours before this shoot began.

We had a lot of fun and a lot of help making this shoot a success, and of course all of the pieces featured in this shoot will be available on our etsy this week!

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Thanks again to everyone who helped us out including :

Our Models : Jocelyn and Stephanie

The amazing Photographer : Andres Zawadzki : Instagram him : @andreszz

60s inspired Updos brought to you by : Sandra Milena

The lady who came the earliest and styled all of the models : Sydney Scott: sydneymichellescott@gmail.com / sydneymscott.com

Special Thanks to Naty and George for helping out around the shoot as well!

Holiday Cookies!

Jem Written by Jem

I love baking. Cookies are one of the easiest baked goods to prepare. And with the holidays in full force it is high time that you got into that kitchen of yours and preheated that oven and got to making some Holiday Cookies!

At my house growing up we always had the tradition of having family members over and all of the kids would gather around the kitchen and decorate sugar cookies with lots of colored sugars and jimmies and all sort of other pretty decorations. They usually looked like a mess afterwards and I don’t know if we ever ate all of them. But the act of it was festive enough for me!

I’ve pulled some fun holiday cookie recipes for ya’ll to try out this month!

 

Shortbread cookies – are by far my favorite cookies to make any time of the year, but this version makes it just a little bit more festive – probably even more so if you used colored sugars!

I love this holiday take on a cookie classic. I remember I used to get the original kind in the cookie aisle – but come to think of it I haven’t seen them in awhile – I wonder if they are still around? Either way, this cute ‘Shirley Temple’ is fun!

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without lots of excessive alcohol added into every sweet dish possible! These bourbon balls are doing it right by adding the colored sprinkles onto this potent cookie.

Now these I love for multiple reasons, I love myself some beets – in any form, and I love how the beets naturally turn these cookies into a fun holiday hue. I’m not sure I’ve ever had the original Rugelach myself but according to my findings these are very much a holiday favorite! 

Well whichever path you take this holiday season. Get to making something sweet and tasty for all of your loved ones – and of course pop a few of the right out of the oven ones for yourself!

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.

 

Nicki’s Top 5 Christmas Movies & T.V. Specials

Nicki Written by Nicki

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It’s Christmas time, and in my opinion, the best time for movies and television! Like it or not, Christmas-themed programming just has a certain longevity that makes it enjoyable and totally charming for young and old, no matter how many times you’ve watched it. I’ve comprised a list of some of my favorite Christmas viewing goodies, many of which must be watched every single year or it just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me.

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965).  There’s just no denying that this masterpiece of animation is most  people’s favorite. It’s a classic story of the kid that no one ever seems to like who finds someone less fortunate (a sad tree) and gives them a chance at fulfilling their destiny. The voices, the songs, the dancing you just can’t go wrong with this heartwarming gem.

2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964).  This clay-mation special was my favorite when I was little. I had a Rudolph toy whose nose lit up as it walked across the room, and I would always play with it while watching. The story is quite a lesson in tolerance, especially for parents. Donner was such a jerk to his son! That is, until he realized that Rudolph’s freak “problem” actually made him very important and essential in saving Christmas. The Abominable Snow Monster is my favorite character. All he needed was a dentist-in-training to fix his toothache and he turned into a giant googly-eyed teddy bear!

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3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). Hands down the funniest Christmas movie of all time, Chevy Chase’s wacky holiday romp will always have a special place in my heart. My dad was, undeniably, the Clark Griswold of the south. He did it all- covered his house in millions of tiny lightbulbs, stapled himself to the side of the house, fell from the roof (and broke his pinky toe), never yielding in his insatiable need to celebrate Christmas in the BIGGEST way possible. One of my favorite things about this movie is that it shows just how incredibly wrong everything can go during the holidays, and that it’s ok to be ok with it. Sometimes the turkey just comes out mummified.

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4. Love Actually (2003). Every boyfriend’s least favorite, this mash-up of every English actor you can think of gets me every time! Hugh Grant’s rendition of “Good King Wenceslas”, Bill Nighy’s horrendous christmas cover of “Love is all Around”, Rowan Atkinson painfully gift-wrapping a gift that Alan Rickman should not be buying- it’s a laugh riot! It’s also incredibly heart-warming- the kid gets the girl, a man professes his love for his best friend’s wife without any expectations, and the widower finds his Claudia Schiffer. I also like that not every storyline has a happy ending. Laura Linney gives up on the dreamy office guy for a greater responsibility, and Emma Watson basically just stops her husband from doing anything to completely ruin their marriage, but not without some serious damage. I could do without Santana’s “Smooth” segueing Colin into Wisconsin, but the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” makes up for it in the end. Not to mention this movie solidifies Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you” into eternal holiday life, as if it needed any help.

5. Saturday Night Live (1975-present). Anything SNL has ever done having to do with Christmas is included here. Since the beginning, the jokesters down at Studio 8H have been lampooning the holiday season in style. No matter what anyone thinks about any given cast over the years, there’s no denying that when it comes to Christmas, SNL always delivers. Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song” and Jimmy Fallon’s “I Wish it was Christmas Today” have become holiday classics, and Alec Baldwin will forever be know for his “Schweddy Balls”.

These are just a few of my favorite things to watch at Christmas. What are some of your faves? I’d love to hear about them!

 

 

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

Jem Written by Jem

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!