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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