Monthly Archive: December 2015

Fresh baked bread is the best potpourri

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I have a confession to make: sometimes I like to bake bread merely for the way it makes the house smell.  Shameful, I know.  Sure, we all eat the bread and it’s delicious and worth it.  I don’t tell anyone I’m making it for the smell alone.  It’s our secret, don’t tell, okay?

I thought I’d share a few pictures of the mega adorable Jen in the Lemon Sorbet Dress that is available in the shop now, plus a bread recipe!  It’s a double whammy post.

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How ADORABLE is she in that dress?  Jen was sweet enough to come over and teach me how to bake bread a few weeks ago.  She ran the kitchen for many years at one of the most popular baked goods and coffee stops in our area, and you better believe I pounced on the opportunity to learn to bake from her!

She taught me a pretty easy No Knead Beer Bread Recipe that was delicious!!  This is not that recipe because I misplaced it.  This one isn’t bad either, though.  I like how easy it was to make.

No Knead Beer Bread Recipe

Ingredients
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup warm water (100 degrees F or 38 degrees C)
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
all-purpose flour for dusting
1 tablespoon cornmeal

Directions
1.  Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup flour and warm water in a large bowl. Cover and let sit in a warm spot for about 30 minutes.
2.  Stir beer, remaining flour and salt into the bowl. Mix until all the flour is incorporated and forms a thick sticky dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for 2 hours, until doubled in size.
3.  Scrape all the dough from the bowl with a rubber spatula, and place on a well-floured surface. Generously flour the top of the dough and form into a loaf shape.
4.  Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal. Transfer loaf to the baking sheet and sprinkle the top with flour. Cover loosely with a towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
5.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
6.  Place a small loaf pan of warm water on a lower rack to humidify the oven.
7.  Slash a long slit in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife or razor. Place the baking sheet on the rack above the pan of warm water in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown.
8.  Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

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Enjoy!!

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Feminist Princesses

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I’ve been working on a blog post about great female superheroes to get your daughters started reading comic books.  I think comic books have evolved SO much in the past 25 years when I started reading them.  They are actually making a point of putting women in them that are strong and capable and intelligent – not just as love interests for the male superheroes.  It’s pretty great.  While googling “Gloria Steinem as a superhero” (because what feminist hasn’t googled that at least once, amiright?! (p.s. why hasn’t that been drawn yet? someone draw that please)) I discovered a great set of drawings of feminist women through the years AS DISNEY PRINCESSES.  This mashup makes me happy like whoa you would not believe.  I am printing them all and making them into paper dolls for my boyfriend’s three young daughters to play with.  I’m for real stoked about this!

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Found via the Atlantic.

Flower Child Power

The ’70’s are back in style and we couldn’t be happier about it!

The 1970’s have such good, down-to-earth vibe that pretty much anyone can pull it off. There’s no need to go full blown hippie either – a dress in a floaty material, a wide brimmed hat, or an accessory with some fringe can add a little boho touch without going overboard.

 

This fantastic semi-sheer floral full length Flower Child dress is available in the shop right now and it’s giving us all the feels!!

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Some suggestions for adding 70’s to your wardrobe:

  • Crochet pieces – a cute crochet tank top or sweater is a nice touch.
  • Plunging neckline
  • Suede suede suede – boots, coat, or dresses
  • Mini-skirts – show off them legs, baby
  • Layers and layers of patterns
  • Chunky, funky accessories

The 70’s were all about freedom of movement, owning your sexuality, and having fun!

Teddy Girl Style

I have long been obsessed with Teddy Girl style.   Teddy Girls emerged in the 1950’s as girl “gangs” in England.  For the first time, teenagers were developing their own sense of style instead of dressing like miniature adults.  Teddy boys and girls were a mix of punk, prep, and victorian with a twist.  The best part about their style was how effortless it was – the women took menswear pieces and added them to feminine items in their wardrobe to produce a completely unique aesthetic.

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Teddy Girl style is a great way to adopt a retro look without having to shop for a whole new wardrobe!

How to get the Teddy Girl look

  • Blouses.  You can get this style with any kind of blouse really – button down or plain.  BUT you don’t want too much pattern going on.  You’ll notice that most of their tops are very simple and sans pattern.
  • Men’s or boy’s crewneck sweater.  You don’t want it to be too baggy, so a boy’s size sweater is usually a good fit.
  • Blazers.  Teddy girl style is ALL ABOUT the blazers and jackets.  A blazer in any cut or style will work, but look for men’s, boy’s, or menswear inspired if you want to stay authentic.  You want the blazer to be a little longer.
  • Jeans, cuffed up several times.  “Boyfriend” cut jeans are perfect for this.
  • Plain flats or loafers.  Again, menswear inspired is great for this.
  • Teddy Girl style is ALL about the accessories.  A ribbon tied under your collar with a broach at your throat is a great touch.  Even better, knot a scarf at your throat!
  • Add other menswear accessories such as suspenders or a newsboy cap.

So, I put together my own version of a Teddy Girl look to show you how easy it can be.  The best and easiest day-to-day wear version is just a pair of high waisted jeans, a vintage blouse, suspenders, a scarf, and a blazer over it.

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As you can see, I kept it pretty simple: loafers, blazer, cuffed pants, vintage blouse.  I don’t think this is a look that would be hard to wear for people new to wearing vintage.

An alternative to cuffed jeans would be 1930’s newsboy style pants, shown below.  You definitely want to wear suspenders with this style of pants.  Not everyone feels comfortable wearing suspenders and that’s okay.  Just stick to jeans if that’s that case.

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You really can have a lot of fun with this look.  Try ties, bowties, cardigans, different types of trousers, loafers, slippers.  It really is a versatile look to copy and so much more forgiving than a pinup style.

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Teddy Girl Style Hair and Makeup

  • Keep it simple with your makeup.  A little eyeliner and mascara and red lipstick.  I will say that red lipstick was the look du jour in the 1950’s.  I opted for a color called “True Red” by Loreal.  You can wear a darker red or one with purple undertones.  Pick a color that works with your skin tone but stick with a red in one shade or another.  I wouldn’t wear red lipstick for YEARS because I didn’t think it looked good on me.  It’s all about finding the right shade.
  • Teddy Girl hair was messy and fucking gorgeous.  I love the curls and messy buns worn by the women in that era.  I did a sort of reverse pompadour with my hair.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m lazy lazy lazy about my hair, so for me to do a style it has to be easy and quick. AND NO teasing.  I just won’t tease my hair.  I skip that part of any hair instructions.  I started by checking out a few hair tutorials and this was the easiest and best one that I found:  a great tutorial on how to get teddy girl hair.  I didn’t follow instructions completely because, well I never do.  I simply flipped my hair upside down, gathered it, and twisted it up so that the ends were on the top of my head.  I stuck some bobby pins in randomly.  When it was sorta secure (I wanted it messy so I left it pretty loose), I curled just the ends of the hair that was at the top of my head and my bangs.  Most tutorials don’t even touch on what to do with bangs, so I’m assuming they weren’t common for that style.  I just threw a few hot curlers in my bangs while I was doing my makeup and then brushed them to the side.  A little bit of hairspray and I was done.  Seriously, super easy.  Anyone can achieve this look.

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As you can see, loose and messy are what I went for.  It was pretty lopsided and falling out everywhere. Perfect.  See, you too can do Teddy girl hair!teddy hair back

Ready to try Teddy girl style?  Check out the shop for great vintage items for emulating this look!

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Bad Housewife Chronicles #3

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Betty, the bad ’50’s housewife never minds hosting dinner for her mother-in-law.  

She always cooks a delicious meal and spends all day  making her mother-in-law’s favorite pie for dessert.  Betty never minds her criticism and knows that her mother-in-law has her husband’s happiness in her heart.

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The Boston Dream Pie Dress is available in the shop!

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Betty always makes sure she is perfectly coiffed and looks attractive when her husband arrives home late at night.  She is always up and waiting for him with a big smile and a prepared cocktail.

Whether he was held up in a work meeting or stayed out playing poker with his pals, Betty stays up until he arrives home.  She understands that her husband wants her to look sexy no matter how much she cooked, cleaned, and wrangled kids that day.

 

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The Bad ’50’s Housewife

The year is 1954.  Betty is a housewife living in suburbia.  She’s been married for several years when her mother-in-law gives her a pamphlet titled “The Good Wife’s Guide”. Betty is shocked and offended that her mother-in-law thinks that she needs advice on how to keep a nice home and keep her husband happy!  After a quick perusal, Betty decides that she does everything that the pamphlet suggests a good housewife should do!

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Betty sets out to prove to her mother-in-law AND her husband just what a good wife she is!

Betty always keeps fresh flowers and live plants in the house.  

She wants her husband to return to a home that smelled fresh and clean every night!  She takes great care of her plants and makes sure that they receive love and attention every day.  She never forgets to water them.

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This is a part of an ongoing series that we’re working on, the “Bad ’50’s Housewife” series.  Join us every week as we share more stories of Bad Housewife Betty’s exploits!

Do you have any suggestions for future photos?  Leave them in the comment section!