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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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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.

 

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. 

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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!

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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

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!

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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!

 

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!

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?

 

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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