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

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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!

Partying in the 60s the Canadian Way!

Jem Written by Jem

1960s Canadian Party Cookbook

I found this beautifully illustrated miniature paper cookbook on etsy a couple of weeks ago and knew I had to review it for our blog over here. It was written by a Canadian brewing company and has some very fun and creative ideas of how to entertain using different kinds of beer as the center piece. Getting creative with beer has never seemed so elegant thanks to this cookbook.

It’s chock full of recipes usually centered around different kinds of parties you can have,  I will be going through them each week till the end, so you can have some party inspiration to last you all year long!

The first installment is getting the basics down! The first couple of pages inside the book give you the low-down on pulling together a party and giving you a little insight into the Canadian way!

p.s. if you are having trouble seeing the images at this size – simply click not the image and it will bring you to the larger size!

1960s Canadian Party Cookbook

The introductory page lets you in on the ultra hip modern Canadian lifestyle and how they like to party almost any time of the year. 

1960s Canadian Party Cookbook

The 2nd page is all about planning here are their tips :

  1. Plan guest list carefully.
  2. Complete guest list early so you know how many to plan for.
  3. Write your plan on paper!
  4. Decide on a Theme.
  5. Plan Menu one week before, and don’t make anything you haven’t prepared before.
  6. Do Party shopping far enough ahead.
  7. Prepare as much food ahead as possible.
  8. Position beverage bar away from area where food is served.
  9. Use one large dramatic decor instead of multiple small ones.
  10. As the hostess you are responsible for keeping the party moving!

1960s Canadian Party Cookbook
1960s Canadian Party Cookbook

The Final two pages in the introductory section give you all the fine dining tips of a beer connoisseur so that you will never mistakenly serve it incorrectly. Here are a few of the tips :

  1. Serve ale and lager in attractive beer glasses, the Stein is more suitable for outdoors or game room parties where everyone is on the move.
  2. Beer should be served at a temperature from 42 to 45 degrees, normally you will find this temperature on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator.
  3. For smoother, more enjoyable beer it should be poured with a proper head. Hold the glass upright and allow the beer to splash down the centre of the glass. If the head builds up too rapidly, decrease the flow. If the head is not growing fast enough, hold the bottle perpendicularly over the glass and allow the remainder to splash down and froth around.
  4. Beer glasses should never be washed with soap since the fat from soap leaves invisible traces on the glass which will cut down the beer head. After washing in hot water with detergent, the beer glass should be rinsed in cold water and turned upside down to drain. Some connoisseurs even insist on finishing glasses in a hot water and salt solution, then in clear water – then drain dry without wiping.

Now that you are all prepped and ready to get down to Party Planning, here are a couple of beer related pieces to get you on your way to hosting the most fabulous party!

 

60s Amber Continental Can Company Beer Pitcher Set with Four (4) Tall Depression Glass Tavern Mugs
Vintage set of 4 Amber American Eagle Crest Beer Mug Glass Stein

Can’t go wrong with some classic 60s amber beer glasses.

(click the images to go to their etsy page!)

Awesome Vintage Bakelite Bottle Opener - Butterscotch Swirl - Can Opener - 60s Barware

A lovely bakelite bottle opener for all opening all of your beer bottles with class and dignity!

Vintage 60s Olde Canhardware Insulated Pewter Beer Stein Ice Bucket

And finally this lovely pewter stein ice canteen, would look lovely as a piece for your barware set.

Well that’s all for now folks! Until my next installment – have fun party prepping!

Vintage Style Inspiration: Mad Men

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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!

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!

 

 

 

 

Etsy Roundup: Vintage Coffee Pots and Tea Kettles

Nicki Written by Nicki

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In honor of “Winter Storm Cleon” freezing out a large portion of the U.S. this week,  I thought it would be fitting to spotlight something that keeps us warm and cozy… adorable vintage coffee pots and tea kettles! What’s better than cuddling up with a hot cup of coffee or tea on a cold day? Not much, in my opinion!

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All of these vintage pots are so adorable! I obviously love the style of kitchens from the 60s and 70s. They paid so much attention to detail. Check out that groovy bird one! These beautiful pieces are so bright and fun, perfect for cheering you up on a chilly day.

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I have a weakness for anything with that “atomic age” style from the late 50′s and early 60s. The starburst patterns, the gold leafing, I just can’t get enough! All of these pots are perfect for get togethers or just enjoying a cup on your own. It’s never too late to ditch that boring individual-pod coffee machine! Or just neglect it until that morning you’re super late for work- hey, modern conveniences have their merit, too.

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How cute is that lemon one? If that doesn’t cure your winter blues, I don’t know what will!

 

Orla Kiely x Clarks 60s Inspired Line!

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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!

Orly Kiely SS14
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Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14

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!

Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14
Orly Kiely SS14

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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Fashion Icon: Jane Birkin

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Many of you may have heard of Jane Birkin; she’s a cultural icon for sure.  With a new book on the shelves all about her family life with famed french singer Serge Gainsbourg, I thought I’d chat about her just a bit.

The book is Jane & Serge. A Family Album and it’s compiled of photos taken of the family by Jane’s brother, Andrew Birkin. The British-born model / actress / singer caught the eye of noted ladies’ man Serge Gainsbourg on the set of the film Slogan in 1968. The pair instantly became France’s golden couple. They made records, films, and a quite enviable life together in Paris. Jane’s easy-going tomboy style has served as an inspiration to countless designers, stylists, and women in general for decades. Photos of her bangs probably appear in thousands of hair salons everyday, and that mouse-y voice she whispers with on her records is just adorably irresistible.

Although Jane and Serge’s relationship lasted only 13 years, Jane’s iconic style lives on. She even inspired the chief executive of Hermès to create the Birkin bag, arguably the most famous handbag in fashion history. Two of her daughters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, are artists and muses in their own right as well. That’s one talented and stylish family!

 

Etsy Roundup: Vintage Luggage.

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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!

Cooking Vintage Recipes. ( 60s / 70s )

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Being a fan of all things Vintage, and loving to cook every day – it’s natural that I may one day mix the two hobbies. I have decided to try out a new past-time here on SMIH, with experimenting using Vintage recipes and bringing them up-to-date with my pescatarian diet. I probably will occasionally make some of them into vegan/vegetarian as well, as I like to give myself a challenge.

Until I acquire some of my own cookbooks, I will be using the aid of the internet to source recipes. So far I have had good look, check out the Vintage Recipes I found below!

1960s Cocktail placemat

The Retro Housewife has amassed a fine collection of 1960s specific recipes, including : Mistletoe Dip, Charlotte Russe, and Big Top Circus Cake.

Hey My Mom Used to Make That‘  showcases some 1960s food and beverage recipes, with their original accompanying advertisements!

Psychedelic Cookbook

I absolutely love this Psychedelic Dessert Cookbook, the etsy gives you a preview of an awesome cake that uses assorted sized gum drops to make flowers!

Or maybe I can splurge and buy these Chicken/Turkey Molds, which go along with this ad Kitchen Retro found that shows how they were used back in the day! Make Seitan turkeys for thanksgiving?!

And of course every vintage kitchen isn’t complete without it’s very own aspic collection! Now here is where a vegan recipe would be interesting since most aspics use gelatin, using a vegan substitute like Agar, Carrageen, or Kosher Gelatin. Let’s see what I can get into! Honestly this may be one of the first things I make because it is odd looking, and I would love to force people to eat it’s strangeness!

1960s Hostess Cookbook

 Couldn’t go wrong with picking up this ‘Hostess’ cookbook from the 60s! I love the description : “Chapters cover “Gay Supper Parties,” “Easy Little Dinners,” “Bright Little Brunches and Lunches,” “Teas and Receptions,” holidays, patio parties, and more.”  I want to host a ‘Bright Little Brunch’ !

Speedy Orange Cake

This ‘Speedy Orange Cake’ from Recipe Vintage – looks like an easy go to cake!

1960s recipe card

Peggy’s Antiquated Recipes‘ gives a run-down of a collection of 1960s Cookbooks and includes a couple recipes including : Cheesy Pups, Ramequins, and Pink Lady Pie.

Let me know if you have any 60s/70s recipes that you want to share! I would love to test them out for the blog!

Our First Photoshoot!

Jem Written by Jem

Our first Photo-shoot for ‘Seven Minutes In Heaven’ was such a blast! All of the girls I have known from previous jobs and I had a great deal of assistance from some very talented people. The photos that we ended up with, were exactly how I had envisioned it for our first time out, and I couldn’t be more happy with it! Here are the editorial shots we took from the day :

The hair and make-up was kindly done by one of the models friend’s : Michelle Elizabeth (micdli.fashion@gmail.com) and the styling was assisted by my lovely friend James, who was so helpful and professional, and being an ex-model himself knew just how to give direction to the ladies to help get the perfect shot!

Here are what the listing posts looked like for some of the items  (click thru to go to the shop btw!) :

Pink Mandarin Vintage Dress
Baby Blue Flower Child Dress
Sunflower Fall Vintage Dress
Pale Blue Designer Vintage Dress
Gold Paisley Vintage Dress
Pink Marilyn Monroe Wiggle Dress
Tribal Vintage Maxi Dress
Lavender Baby Doll Dress
Silver Mod Dress

 

and here are some of the behind the scenes instagram photos from the day.

 

All in all it was a lot of work, and I am so appreciative for everyone who put their time in to help make it a great shoot!