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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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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!

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!

 

 

 

 

Nicki’s Semi-Vintage Wedding.

Nicki Written by Nicki

On October 5, 2013, I married the man of my dreams. We had a (very!) small ceremony at Memorial Park in our hometown of Jacksonville Florida, and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

Our style was very much vintage inspired, without feeling to costume-y. Nearly everything was DIY with a touch of vintage flair. My AMAZING bridesmaids made all of the decorations and details by hand, even our bouquets! Instead of a fancy wedding cake, I had a local pastry chef recreate my famous pink lemonade cupcakes (my husband’s all time favorite!), and instead of birdseed or rice, the guests threw rainbow sprinkles at us when we made our exit.

The main reason we chose this spot for our big day was our tree. When we first met, we went on a picnic at this very spot, and carved our names into the oak tree. As the story goes, we were having our picnic and looked over at the tree, seeing that someone had already carved “Steve” into it. We figured, “why not finish it?” So obviously it’s a very special spot for us!

When it came to planning the motif for the wedding, I knew I didn’t want anything that felt too “new” or pre-packaged. A lot of weddings seem to feel forced, like everyone is uncomfortable and putting on a play. We wanted something more authentic to who we are, so we went with a more “whatever” kind of attitude. We chose a pastel color palette, even thought it was technically fall, of mostly minty greens and aquas with a few blushy colors for pop. No one matched, and all I told my bridesmaids was “wear something mint”. They both picked out adorable short-length dresses, and I also went with a short dress. At 5’2″, finding a long gown is quite a challenge for me! Without even planning it, my bridesmaids and I were decked out in dresses and shoes all from ModCloth, an online shop that specializes in new clothes made with a vintage feel. My amazing aqua fascinator was a perfect vintage Etsy find, both of our wedding rings are vintage (mine has “June 6, 06″ engraved in it- that’s 1906!), and at the reception I carried my grandmother’s vintage beaded clutch. My hubby also looked totally mod in his suit from Topman, black and white loafers from Delicious Junction, and heart-print shirt from Coton Doux!

I couldn’t imagine a more perfect wedding, and it would have been impossible without my bridesmaids Adrienne and Michelle, my friends Jenny and Pricilla, and of course my incredible husband, Steven.

all photos by Dennis Ho.

Fashion Icon: Mary Quant

Nicki Written by Nicki

Several fashion houses have their iconic styles, images immediately conjured upon mentioning their name. Coco Chanel has her little black dresses and quilted handbags,  Christian Dior has his nipped-waist hourglass frocks, and Jean-Paul Gaultier has the (in)famous cone bra. When it comes to the 1960′s mod movement and “swinging London”, there is just one designer who defines and embodies the colorful, liberated look of that amazing time. Mary Quant and her Vidal Sassoon fairy haircut completely overhauled the look of young women everywhere. Most importantly, she had an integral part in popularizing a staple piece of clothing that has never gone out of style since its 60′s inception: the miniskirt!

Mary Quant’s use of bright colors and bold patterns put her right in the middle of the mod scene in London, with her shop, Bazaar, helping to make King’s Road a fashion hot-spot. She got the attention of all the most popular it-girls and models, including Twiggy and Patty Boyd, who were often featured in her ads and seen just hanging out in Mary’s punchy designs. Her miniskirt, named after her favorite car, was intended to be a liberating piece of clothing; something a woman could run for the bus in. Mary paired the skirt with colorful graphic tights, sharp haircuts, and mod makeup to create an irresistible look.

Mary wasn’t just a behind-the-scenes type of designer. She could always be spotted wearing her own fashions; she seemingly was designing for herself and girls like her. Even though she’s no longer designing, she’s still sporting great style and that signature crop at 78 years old. Her cosmetics line is still wildly popular in Japan, and you can always recognize anything Mary had her hand in by her signature daisy logo. Plus, all girls everywhere should be thanking Mary Quant for a modern miracle- she invented water-proof mascara! So next time you’re crying over your boyfriend while wearing your favorite miniskirt, remember who to thank. Mary!

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!