Fall is the most beautiful season in NYC but I’m still sorry to see summer go. I’m softening the blow by getting psyched about fall clothes, especially furs! Vintage furs are my favorite, they’re so classic and glamorous. I found these two beauties at one of my favorite thrift haunts this week. The first is a mink fur stole from the ‘50s and the second is a late ‘30s or early ‘40s marmot fur cape. I also love that both have the original owners monograms sewn inside, it just makes them feel that much more special. Look for them in the shop soon!
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I’ve been meaning to post photos of our adventure at Dead Horse Bay which are a little old now (this having occurred on Labor Day) but better late than never. Dead Horse bay is a really strange strip of beach in The Rockaways that is so named because it used to serve as a dumping area for horse carcasses after they were used for manufacturing glue. The area later turned into a landfill of sorts up until the ‘50s. Now the beach is scattered with remains from the old landfill which continue to wash up onto the beach. This may sound gross (and some of it is) but it’s also a fun place to go treasure hunting for vintage glass and ceramic pieces of which there are plenty.
It took us awhile to find the beach since it's sort of off the beaten path but once we did, the grass parted...
...and we began foraging. This was right after Hurricane Irene so there was a lot of plant debris including this huge tree that was uprooted.
We made the mistake of not looking up the tide schedule so we ended up there at high tide. There was still lots to explore, most of the beach looked like this:
Of course we couldn't drive through The Rockaways without hitting up Rockaway Taco. Fish tacos=highly recommended.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Flavors coming up next include sweet corn, apricot and basil, and cookie dough!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Vintage lingerie is actually not that easy to come by, I guess like most people today, undergarments were mostly worn and tossed out when they became skeevy. Whenever I see a special piece of lingerie, I make sure to snap it up for the shop and last week I found this slip by Barbizon on a thrifting trip. Not knowing much about the brand, I did some research and found some really interesting tidbits.
Barbizon was established as a brand in 1933 specializing in silk and rayon lingerie, not the cheap-feeling nylon that you see in a lot of lingerie today. What set Barbizon apart though is that instead of sourcing their fabric from outside companies, they made all of it in-house. Each Barbizon fabric was given a playful name like Saucy, Beau Belle and Trubeau as you can see on the slip that I have. Each one also comes with the U.S. patent number on the tag so you can actually see when the fabric was introduced which as a vintage clothing geek I find super interesting.
According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, Barbizon was bought by the Vanity Fair Corporation in 1991 and it sadly doesn’t appear to be produced any more. There are lots of lovely pieces on Etsy, here are a few of my favorites.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
A few days ago I went to check out this lot of vintage clothing in Brooklyn. It was at the home of a man who owned a moving company, someone's mother had passed away and they had hired him to clean out the house. This woman, bless her soul, must have been a hoarder because she had a TON of clothes and this man had the good sense to save the clothes and find good homes for them. As I was digging through the bags of pieces, I found one labeled "100% silk" which I naturally gravitated towards and inside were all of these lovely silk blouses (ok so the white one is actually silky polyester) in different prints and colors. I personally love blouses like this, they're lightweight, pretty and the kind of top that you can just throw on with jeans and run out the door in. I restrained myself from buying the whole bag of blouses since I wasn't sure how much demand there was but maybe I should have--do you guys like tops like this? They will all be available in the shop soon!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Start off with some pizza dough. You can make your own but this was store-bought whole wheat dough. After rolling it out, stretch it out over a hot grill.
After the bottom has some nice grill marks on it and the top is bubbling, use a pair of to take it off the grill.
The toppings you use are up to you but you should keep them pretty light since the dough cooks fast, not leaving much time for the cheese to melt on top. We used some oven-roasted tomatoes, baby arugula and grated fresh mozzarella cheese.
Once you have your toppings on, slide the pizza back onto the grill and cover it up for a few minutes so that the cheese can melt and the toppings can meld together.
Slice and serve! I drizzled mine with a little truffle oil since I’m thoroughly addicted to it and I would drizzle it on just about everything if it didn’t cost $20 a bottle. The slight char on the dough gives this pizza a great summer feeling and it’s really the perfect light summer meal.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
For the Flapper Bride
My chin literally dropped to the floor when I came across this ‘20s Art Deco cotton lace gown. With finger waves and red lipstick this dress would be amazing.
This ‘50s allover lace dress screams English garden wedding with lots of tea roses and finger sandwiches. Plus the orange belt adds a cute pop of color!
For a Country Bride
A barn wedding complete with mason jars chandeliers and line dancing and would be a perfect match for this casual Edwardian eyelet dress. Pair it with cowboy boots and some turquoise jewelry for a real country touch.
For an Evening Wedding
I could see this ‘60s number being worn (without the matching top) for an evening reception filled with LOTS of dancing and Champagne! I also love that it’s a pale pink instead of the traditional white.
For An Elegant Affair
Just because you’re having a more traditional wedding, doesn’t mean that you have to wear a bland wedding dress. This stunning ‘30s chiffon gown would look beautiful walking down the isle of any church around.
Couldn’t you just see this stunning ‘30s printed dress worn by a bride on the beach with flowing hair and bare feet?
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Here are some goodies that I wished I had picked up at one of the antique shops:
We went to a great little restaurant in Hallowell called Slates and it was fantastic! Nothing fancy but lots of local and organic ingredients