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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Retro Camp

Happy Humpday and what a happy day it is indeed! I finally got my new Etsy shop started... RetroCamp ( get it...? hehe). Please do have a look. There are only 6 items for now, but hey, its start, right?

Here are just two of the things for sale. But what I really wanted to show you are the rad business cards my bf made!

 What do you think? Pretty snazzy, right?!

Well, there will definetly be more to come in future...and not just jewelry, oh no, Ive got much more up  my sleeves, so I suggest you stay tuned!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Retro Recipe- Roasted Corn on the Cob

Happy Tuesday!! Well, its mid August, and like I said yesterday, that means summer is almost gone...and snow is well on its way. In the mean time, lets celebrate the few weeks we have left together... us and summer.

Today's recipe...well, I don't know the date of its origin, but it sure seems retro to me, especially when I always see it for sale at fairs/exhibitions/carnivals... why, its none other than Roasted Corn on the Cob!

I recently got a BBQ and since then have had much, much bbqed corn on the cob....First,Ill tell you how I do it, then Ill find some fancy Martha Stewart way...

My Way:
Take off husks and stringy stuff,and give it a good wash.
Place it on some tinfoil.
Add Butter and spices, or even bbq sauce. Try pepper, seasoning salt, dill, or whatever tickles your fancy
Warp it twice. Twice!
Place it on the top grill and cook it on low for 20-30 mins.

Marthas Way:
  • 4 ears of corn
  • Oil, for grates
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into 4 pats
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Chili powder or paprika

  • Peel back husks, leaving them attached at the base of the ear. Remove and discard silk; pull husks back over corn. Place ears in a large bowl or pot; cover with cold water. Let soak 10 minutes.
  • Preheat grill to high; lightly oil grates. Drain corn. Arrange ears on grill. Cover and cook, turning occasionally, using tongs, until husks are slightly charred and corn is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove ears from grill. Holding bottom of hot ears with a towel, peel back husks and, with a knife, coat kernels with butter. Season corn with salt, pepper, and chili powder or paprika. Serve.

this is what Marthas looks like when its done

Monday, 15 August 2011

The Last of Summer Days

Good Morning my little vixens! It appears to me that summer is almost over! Where I live, winter is the majority season, usually beginning in October. But we still have a few weeks left of sunshine... so long as the rain holds off. This means we also still have time for summer dresses, last days at the beach, small town carnivals, picnics in the lush parks, and nights out on the patio. And what better way to do it than vintage?!

Here are some lovely summer time vintage and vintage inspired necessities

What are some of your favorite vintage summer time essentials?

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Vintage Jewelry

I love vintage jewelry! I love the cuts and colours and the bulkiness of it. When I wear a vintage piece of jewelry I instantly feel a bit more sophisticated and mysterious.  Only in the past few years has my love for jewelry, new and old, come about. When I was younger, I didn't have the time of day for a good piece of jewelry, but now, what I wouldn't do for a gorgeous necklace or ring.

I just thought of writing this post and had I premeditated it, I would have taken pictures of my own vintage pieces, but alas, we will just have to settle with pieces from etsy and ebay.

I stumbled upon a website, Twist, which sells gorgeous handmade jewelry. Some of the jewelry reminded me of vintage pieces. The rings below are all by Cathy Waterman.

 The deep, rich colours of the gems are very vintage
The detail is very glamorous

The cut and sparkle of the gems are timeless

 The shape and size of the rings also remind me of vintage pieces
This blue piece is gorgeous. I could see a fabulous 1960's socialite wearing this at a cocktail party

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Mad Men inspires Banana Republic

I'm sure you have all heard of that fantastic show called Mad Men  by know... right?! Right! Well, I'm sure just like me, you all envy the gorgeous fashion of the stylish ladies... like Joan and Betty and maybe even Peggy, now that she seem s to have gotten some fashion sense

Janie Bryant is teaming up with Banana Republic this fall to create a line inspired by the fashions on Mad Men.  The line consists of structured pants, jackets and dresses, cardigans, a-line skirts and dresses, houdstooth, lace, leopard, and bold patterns. They don't have quite the extravagant dresses as the Mad Men ladies sometimes don, but how often does the average gal get dressed to the nines when the boss comes over for dinner or when running to the grocery store?

The new line appeals to the average, modern women, who wants that old time look but without the cost or the discomfort. The looks are perfect for both work and play. Pants and blouses paired with suede pumps for the office, and a matching pencil skirt and structured jacket for a date on the town.

 They also have matching accessories, which include leopard print pumps and handbags, faux pearls and suede pumps. And don't think they forgot about you, gentlemen, they also have a line of suits inspired by the dapper men on the show.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the new line

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Retro Recipe- Chocolate Milkshake

Good Day! Its already + 16 degree's here and its only 8:30! Its too bad Ill be stuck inside my box ( aka my windowless office) all day! But, to lessen the pain of not getting to enjoy the small amount of summer days we have here in Edmonton, how about a nice classic recipe!

Today's retro recipe is:

An Old Fashioned Chocolate Milkshake- now who doesn't smile and giggle when they've got a milkshake in their hand?!

2 cups of vanilla or chocolate ice cream
1 cup of milk
6 tablespoons of chocolate syrup

Put all the ingredients into a blender; blend until smooth; serve in a tall glass with a straw

Easy as Pie!

If your feeling extra retro, you can get this nifty items to go along with your milkshake!

1. Stainless Steel Milkshake Cup

Friday, 5 August 2011

Retro Home on House & Home

I wanted to share this video with you, from House & Home. It features a modern home, with tons of retro inspired looks- mostly 70's.This home is also going to be featured in the Spetember 2011 issue of house and home.

I dream one day of owning my very own house to decorate in 1950s and 1960's decor.

Click on the link to get to the video.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Thirsty Thursday- Lynchburg Lemonade

This week is just flying by... but I don't mind. Id much rather it be the weekend, when I don't have to work or wake up early.

Well, we may as well kick off the weekend early... it is summer after all!

Today's Classic Cocktail is:

Lynchburg Lemonade

This classic cocktail is named after Lynchburg, Tennessee, which is home to the Jack Daniels distillery. The drink was created in 1980 by restaurant and lounge  owner Tony Mason, who also named it Lynchurg Lemonade. There was some controversy over the drink in the late 1980s, as Mason went to court against the Jack Daniels distillery, who were promoting the drink as there own. The court eventually ruled in Masons case, however instead of rewarding him the 13 million he as seeking, he got one dollar in nominal damages. Mason appealed this, and the result is unknown.

Thanks Wikipedia!

What you will need
1 part jack daniels
1 part sweet and sour mix
1 part triple sec
4 parts sprite soda

What to do:

Mix all the ingredients together in a tom collins glass
Add ice and stir
Garnish with lemon slices and cherries.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Shabby Apple

Ive mentioned Shabby Apple in previous posts, but I wanted to do a more elaborate one of them today.
Shabby Apple creates comfortable yet very stylish dresses and skirts, which all have a retro feel to them- either through the design, cut or colour.  It can be very hard to find quality made pieces now-a-days among the stores like h&m, forever 21, Zara, and Le Chateau, where dresses are mass produced and of poor quality and material.

On Shabby Apples website,. they have this to say about themselves:

" A return to what dresses were meant to be- a one piece outfit. No need to add anything else...no tank tops, no cardigan, nothing ( except accessories, of course!). "

Their dresses are statement pieces in and of them selves. They bring back the glamour and style of women and clothes past.

Shabby Apple has various collections, all with their own (vintage) theme. The newest collection, for summer, is Inca Trail, which features ruffles, layering, bows, interesting and unique collars, chunky buttons and high waist lines- everything that a vintage gal dreams of.

Despite the high quality of the designs and fabric, Shabby Apple is for the every gal- meaning, it is unbelievably affordable. Further, there are designs suitable for the office, for an evening out, for a date, for a wedding, for, well, almost any occasion. Shabby Apple even has a swim line!

Shabby Apple goes one step beyond with its involvement in charity. Shabby Apple donates 5% of its net sales to support work in India, which is also where they have sourced many of their dresses and the textiles used to make them.  Shabby Apple also offers it customers the opportunity to donate $5 to Unites every time they purchase a dress.

You can feel good about the choice you make when purchasing a dress from Shabby Apple. Not only will you get  a beautiful and quality garment, that will bring you back to another time, but you can also feel good knowing you've helped out Shabby Apple in their charitable cause.

To learn more about Unites, go to: http://unitus.com/