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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.

Vintage Tv Dinner

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 :


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.

Cooking Vintage Recipes. ( 60s / 70s )

Jem Written by Jem


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!

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.

Beginner’s Vintage Sewing.

Jem Written by Jem


Here at Seven Minutes in Heaven, we OBVIOUSLY – LOVE – Vintage! So I think we are always trying to think of different ways we can acquire new pieces or add to our collection in some way or another. We collect from vintage stores, online shops, friends, jobs, etc. But what about making your own vintage pieces?

Have you ever found a pretty dress while shopping at a thrift store only to find that it didn’t fit? Or you loved the fabric for something but hated the design? I know I have found myself in that position several times. After passing over pieces for a long time I decided I couldn’t keep letting these beauty’s go, so I decided to look for my options.

Firstly I should mention that I am a self taught sewer, by no means a seamstress. The skills I use I acquired from my 7th grade Home economics course. I hand-sew everything but I have had experience using sewing machines (and at one point in my life owned one). I always use patterns to sew [clothing] and have in the past made VERY simple patterns for small items based off of designs I saw and tried to recreate. In short what I am saying is that, if I can do it you can do it!

I love working with patterns, vintage or new. Sometimes I feel they may be tricking me when I mess something up. But once you get into the swing of reading patterns then it definitely goes a lot smoother. Practice makes perfect right?


I feel like I have a huge catalog of vintage patterns saved on Etsy, that I am just dying to find the time to put into play. For me though it usually is a matter of coming upon the right vintage fabric to match it with. I haven’t had much luck [currently] finding affordable vintage fabric online or in thrift shops, so I substitute in completed pieces I find in my finds that don’t work in some way.

Retro Pineapple Print

Here is a fabric swatch from a beautiful ‘pineapple’ print dress I found at Buffalo Exchange in Williamsburg that I just could not live without. Unfortunately I would have had to redo the entire top part of the yoke to make it fit and that didn’t seem as fun as finding new purposes for the fabric.

Enter in this 70s Mccalls hippie, flower-child pattern! I used the fabric as the lining to this skimpy  lace eyelet tank so that it would peek through whenever wind caught the lace just right. It took about 4 hours to make (with some stops in-between) and I have a new top! Plus I have extra fabric left over for other fun projects – I always think just to make a million pillows. But maybe some other sort of house-hold thing could be a possibility as well.

Simplicity Caftan Pattern 70s

Now sometimes I find a vintage pattern that I just absolutely have to make something with it right away. Which was the case with this 70s Simplicity Caftan pattern. Initially I was on a massive hunt for a similar tropical waterfall pattern – but couldn’t find enough in the massive yardage that it required.

Completed Caftan Dress from Pattern

Luckily for me I was able to find this beautiful parrot in paradise pattern at a local fabric store that suited it. This project took over a week working on and off (remember I hand-sew everything, a machine would make this a lot easier) to finish. But I loved the outcome. Unfortunately I haven’t found an occasion to wear it and have considered putting it up in the shop to sell. But it was a good learning experience in making a Caftan from scratch.

Here are some other pieces I have bought simply because I MUST have the fabric! Admittedly I have an obsession with astrological print everything – ESPECIALLY when it is vintage. It took two years of working at a vintage shop before this incredible find came in. I think I might actually try to alter the dress to fit (I suck at alterations – but maybe I can learn to get better?) and the space button-up I thought of taking the sides in and giving it as a gift to my space-loving boyfriend but it might look swell as a button-up pillow as well. (see what I said about making everything into a pillow)! :p

So where does all of this leave us, dear readers of SMIH? Well let’s inspire each other to find more ways to use Vintage Patterns in our sewing projects, or maybe not pass over that muumuu that has the most perfect 60s print on it – repurpose it!

I’ll leave you with some vintage patterns I am currently swooning over!

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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!