Friday, March 16, 2012

Amy's Old School Tips Adieu

A whirlwind has blown through my life and brought with it a new venture. I am opening a brick and mortar shop with a fellow Etsian, Moon Over Marilyn, in the Golden Triangle neighborhood of Denver! Everything has come together VERY quickly and is taking all my time, as I am sure you all understand! As a result of my limited time I need to step down from the team and focus my efforts on making Night and Day Vintage a success. I have appreciated all the support and friendship this team has provided and would love to keep in touch! I will still have my Amy's Old School shop for my personal Etsy shopping but it will be empty of vintage items. If you are in Denver come by and say hello at 39 W. 11th Avenue, Denver, 80204!
I wish everyone much success!
Amy's Old School

Friday, March 2, 2012

Amy's Old School Tips The Wearin' O' The Green

The Vintage Market Team on Etsy know's how to wear the green with vintage flair! There is time to get your green on, vintage style, and here are some wonderful items that could keep you from getting pinched!!
 "May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love."

Friday, February 24, 2012

Amy's Old School Tips Vintage Black Out Survival Guide

Winter isn't over yet! Wednesday night the wind whipped through Colorado leaving a wake of broken trees, fences and anything that wasn't lashed down blew to new locations! The Vintage Market Team on Etsy can help with surviving severe weather and in my case a black out!

First light loads of candles. creating a lovely ambiance! Next mix some cocktails  and throw together some food that doesn't need heated up such as cheese and crackers or if you have a fondue pot melt some cheese and dip away! Head to the game closet and dust off a favorite game! After some competitive action sooth your tense muscles in a warm bath (the water will still be hot!) then slip into something more comfortable, wrap in a blanket and cuddle up close with someone to keep warm!

This survival guide works in numerous circumstances such as being snow bound, but you can enjoy the adventure of it even if you aren't experiencing severe weather! Turn out the lights and have a fun, dark  night indoors!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Amy's Old School Tips A Vintage Valentines

The Vintage Market Team on Etsy has some fabulous vintage Valentines dresses, jewelry, sweaters, decor and cards! You can celebrate with retro flair that is unique and not a dime a dozen! Here are some of those items to inspire you! 

And from the pen of Robert Browning and the reason we love vintage so much, "Grow old with me! The best is yet to be!" Happy Valentines Day! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Amy's Old School Tips And the Oscar Goes To....

There is a tender place of my heart devoted to period films. I love a good movie that takes me to a different era, one that hits the nail on the head with story, costumes and set design! There are some fabulous period movies up for the 84th Academy Awards on February 26th! Including:
Best Movie
"The Artist"
"The Help"
"War Horse"

"The Tree of Life"
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Best Actress
Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis, "The Help"
Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
Best Director
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"
Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

The list obviously goes on and you can see it entirely here

Get a taste of the Red Carpet by having an Oscar Party! Send everyone an invitation that looks like an awards envelope! As guests arrive take photos of them on a  "red carpet" (get a piece of red fabric or purchase a scrap piece of carpet and spray paint it red!) Post the photos on Face Book or a blog after the party! You can get some amazing party dresses from the VMTeam and this gives you an opportunity to wear them!

Petra Size 10 Black Sequin Evening Gown
Lilli DIAMOND Black Velvet and LACE Formal Frock
Honeysuckle Pink Chiffon Evening Gown
40s vintage pink peplum formal dress

The Vintage Market Team on Etsy can serve as a time machine for you of era's gone by. There are some fabulous movie posters, projectors and cameras that could would be fun to integrate into your decor. Cameras look so cool on a bookshelf and movie posters can be a great statement graphically on a wall! 

Whip up some quick and easy vintage finger foods served in funky trays! Lay out fun star related books or images, decorate with posters to set the mood! Create an Oscar game and have everyone mark down their winner predictions and give the person who has the most correct an Oscar related prize!

Vintage Meals In Minutes Cookbook - Better Homes and Gardens
70s Autumn Green Orange Ceramic Glazed Serving Tray
Napkins Retro MCM Eames
A Producer's Complete GuideBook to the Stars Homes

There are some fabulous blogs, handmade items on Etsy and other party ideas online! Just do a search for DIY Oscar Party

Do you have a favorite film nominated for an award? What do you think the best picture, actor, actress, director will be? Are you planning a party, if so what are you party plans? Leave me your comments, I love hearing from you!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Amy's Old School Tips

To get in the mood for Valentines day here is one of my favorite "vintage" things, If you can call it that, watching period pieces that evoke eras with amazing fashion and architecture and of course romance! Valentines day is the perfect day/month to imbibe in this guilty pleasure and require your significant other to participate in the viewing of a great romantic movie! I recently watched The North and South a BBC miniseries, from 2004, about a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern factory town of Milton. It is staring, a very handsome, Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe.

Of course I have many favorites including Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility  Becoming Jane (Are you noticing a Jane Austin theme here?) and that's just the beginning! The BBC's Masterpiece Classic creates the most amazing miniseries which can be found online for viewing!

So, Grab a glass of wine, box of chocolates, and tissues, and celebrate the joy, sorrow and joy again that is a romantic period piece!

What is your favorite romantic period film? Leave me yours in a comment and maybe I will get inspiration for one I haven't seen yet!

And finally for more Valentines inspiration, here are some wonderful items offered by Vintage Market Team Members for this romantic holiday!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How old is your vintage globe? by retrotrend

After scoring a vintage, light-up globe for a steal, I decided to try and narrow down the date of production.

This awesome Cram's globe is available from lisabretrostyle2

I found this exceedingly useful chart, courtesy of Replogle Globes. It allowed me to date my globe to between 1982 and 1984. It's very cool to see how the world has changed, and to brush up on your geography at the same time.
Where is your favorite destination in this great big world of ours?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Amy's Old School Tips Get the Look Downton Abbey

Season two of Downton abbey just began (for us Yanks) last Sunday. It is a wonderful period Masterpiece classic show on PBS that tells the tale of the fictional aristocratic Crawely family, Lord and Lady Grantham, their daughters, the children's love interests, the Dowager Countess (the Lord's mother), and their extensive staff. the First season swung into gear with the sinking of the Titanic. The second season begins at the Battle of Somme during the first world war.

The writer and creator, Julien Fellows, also wrote Gosford Park. The costumes are absolutely LOVELY! The setting is amazing with the exterior and most of the interior filming are taken at the imposing Heighcere Castle in Hampshire, the servants quarters are filmed on a set. The plot leaves you waiting for the next episode.

Don't worry if you missed the first season or the first episode of season 2 you can catch them on PBS online!

Here are some fabulous Edwardian pieces offered by some Vintage Market Team members:

Edwardian Petticoat Slip with lace By: LucysClosetVintage
Edwardian Cape Clasp By: TheQuiltersAttic
Black Velveteen Bodice Blouse By: BibbysRocket
Black Lace Brogue Oxford Shoes By: BibbysRocket

Are you already a fan or planning on catching up? I can't wait to hear your impressions too! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Swank Home Decor For Less! - Your Retro Home by retrotrend

Lovely, aren't they?
I sold this set of glasses to a NYC interior design shop a few days ago. Yay for me, right? Let's just say (AHEM, Sex and Whiskey Glasses) that the glasses were obviously purchased for resale. Not really the end of the world, as I made some money. Also, I "rent" my basement office from myself and don't have to pay NYC prices for real estate, overhead, etc.

But it got me thinking- lots of other members of the Vintage Market Team have had this happen before. It is, after all, a free market economy and prices do vary seller by seller, region by region.

Without further ado- here are some completely swank vintage decor items that would be equally at home in a shelter magazine or high end shop. All brought to you by our team members, of course.

Check out this shapely '60s lamp from ArtDecoDame.

And this Industrial stool from lisabretrostyle2.

Let's not forget a place to store those shelter mags! This MCM rack from AmysOldSchool should do the trick.

So what is your favorite vintage score for your home? Did you discover it at a flea market, antiques sale, or at a high- end shop?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Amy's Old School Tips Soldes Sale

 It is a new year and time to make some room for new inventory! So in tradition with France the Vintage Market Team is having its bi-annual Soldes sale. Each shop has its own sale set so be sure to check their shop announcement to see their individual details. Some are using coupon codes and some are already marked down! Here is a treasury with a Valentines theme all on sale!

All sale items can be found by searching VMTeamSoldes in the Vintage category!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nutella Mousse - Your Retro Home by retrotrend

Hello and Happy New Year!
Nutella has been around since the 1940s - pleasing taste buds around the world for decades.

While many have resolutions of dieting, I'm not a believer in that sort of thing. I live a rather healthy lifestyle so when I want to indulge just a bit- so be it.

Christmas dinner was one of those times. Hosting dinner meant making dessert as well. Having made classic Buche de Noels in the past, I decided on an easier version- sorry, a more modernist version.
A simple chocolate cake was elevated with Nutella mousse.

 The mousse recipe (which was inspired, if I do say so myself!):
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
8 oz Nutella
Whip to mousse like consistency- because mousse really is just flavored whipped cream. You are looking for soft peaks.
Place in small cups and refrigerate if serving as-is. If using as an icing (as shown), start building.

No matter how you choose to serve it- you'll love the results!


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