October 31, 2012

DIY Pumpkin Terrarium!

Happy Halloween, lovelies! Today we have a simple Halloween inspired DIY for ya! Instead of just carving a big ol' smiley face into your pumpkin tonight, why not turn it into a terrarium filled with (plastic) plants and some cute vintage figurines?! Which is exactly what we did! All you need for this is a nice big round pumpkin, some pieces of fake grass (which you can get at any dollarstore) and some cute little animal figurines like a few ceramic fawns. In the evening it would also be cute to add a little battery-powered tea light at the back to light up your little nature scene!

Seriously, how cute would this look sitting on your porch this evening?
Happy trick-or-treating!
Love, Erin & Stef

October 30, 2012

Not just your typical Halloween colors.

When you think of the colors orange & black the first thing that pops into your mind is Halloween, right?! Well we beg to differ! Here are some cute non-spooky orange and black things that we are currently loving:

These beautiful vintage-inspired dresses from Modcloth! I can't decide if I like the first dress or the second one better?

Love these pretty polka dot and striped party straws.

This is the perfect men's fall outfit. (pretty doubtful that we could convince our guys to wear this though... in a perfect world, right? Haha!)

Cute mod braclets.

What an amazing focal point this retro 70's-looking artwork makes!

And last but certainly not least, how incredible is this bright orange mid century modern pencil sharpener?! Gah! SO amazing!

Happy early Halloween, friends! XO

October 29, 2012

Vietnamese rice rolls & the perfect peanut sauce!

I figured that since Stef and I are lucky enough to be on the other side of the world, eating like queens, I'd share some of our favourite Asian-inspired things to eat back at home! Thai peanut sauce, and with the help of this easy rice roll technique, Vietnamese rice rolls!
Here are my favorite rice roll ingredients. The crunch is a necessity in rice rolls, so I like to add carrots, red pepper, cucumber and bean sprouts, as well as fresh basil and mint to give it lots of flavour  You will also need leaf lettuce and rice vermicelli noodles, and of course rice paper to roll them up! For information on the easiest way to roll up the rice rolls, go and check out this tutorial-I used it and I had perfectly rolled rice rolls on my first try! I like to soak the rice paper in a pie plate with warm water.

Cook the noodles as you prep your vegetables!

Now for the peanut sauce:

First chop 1 TBSP of ginger as well as 1 TBSP of garlic.
Fry the ginger and garlic in a tiny bit of oil, then turn down to medium heat and add the following:
3/4 C crunchy peanut butter
1 1/2 TBSP soy sauce
1 1/2 TBSP rice vinegar
1 TBSP hoi sin sauce
1/2 TBSP sesame oil
1 lime, juiced
1/2 C water
1 TSP red chili flakes
Hot sauce (optional)
brown sugar (only add if you find it too salty depending on what kind of soy sauce you use-some are way saltier than others)

Mix everything together and heat until it comes to a boil, than remove from heat.
The rice rolls are best eaten while they are fresh! You can wrap them up in saran wrap and refrigerate for the next day though. Enjoy! Let us know what you think if you try making them!

These rice rolls are vegetarian, but taste great with chicken or shrimp too! Enjoy!
xo Erin

October 28, 2012

Pyrex Pattern Identification Guide! (Part 2)

You may remember that a little while ago we made a Pyrex Pattern Identification Guide, but we obviously didn't come close to covering every pattern out there, so today we figured that we would try to fill you in on a few more cute prints! So without further ado, here is the second part of our guide to knowing what's on your pyrex for your educational enjoyment:

1. "Autumn Harvest."
Colors: found in several rust tones.
Introduced in 1979.

2. "Crazy Daisy."
Colors: also found in avocado green on white.
Introduced in the 1960's.
Often confused with the "Spring Blossom" pattern.

3. "Constellation."
Colors: found in yellow on white.
Introduced in 1959 as a promotional item.

4. "Woodland."
Colors: found in shades of brown.
Introduced in the 1960's.

5. "Balloon." Cinderella bowls.
Colors: found in turquoise. Used for chip & dip sets.
Introduced in 1958.

6. "Black Tulip."
Colors: found in black and white.
Introduced as a promotional item over Christmas in 1957.

7. "Bride's Casserole."
Colors: white and pale green.
Introduced as a promotional item in 1961.

8. "Town and Country."
Colors: found in several color combinations.
Introduced in 1964.

9. "Verde."
This pattern is found on lids. Bases and bowls are solid colored.
Introduced in the 1960's.

10. "Forest Fancies."
Colors: shades of dark and light brown.
Introduced in 1981.

There are still so many other cute pyrex patterns out there, so who knows, we may be making a part 3 in the future...


Information sources: "Pyrex: The Unauthorized Collector's Guide" by Barbara E. Mauzy 

First image source found here and all the rest were found via google images.

October 27, 2012

Guest post by Love Music Wine & Revolution: Bachelor in Paradise!

Hey, it's Love Music Wine & Revolution here! I'm obsessed with capturing the sets and wardrobes from stylish old movies. When I saw Bachelor in Paradise (1961) I fell in love with the sets. It stars Bob Hope with the beautiful Lana Turner and takes place in a fictional suburb called Paradise Village. Lana Turner lives in a fabulous pink mid century home with an incredible home bar that I thought Oh So Lovely readers would enjoy. Aren't the colors great? 
What an amazing mid century pink house, and of course a fun convertible in the driveway!

I spy a Pyrex dish at the back!

Such a fantastic bar!

Thanks so much for doing a guestpost Whitney! We're huge fans of your blog, and look forward to seeing more of your old movie posts!

October 26, 2012

Hello, October!

Say hello to this group of lovely, talented people!
My name is Breanne. Canadian. I have a passion for burnt orange and mustard yellow hues, feline critters and fashion. Knee patches, vintage finds and unique printed skirts are what you'll find in my etsy shop.

For Shauna Salazar, an Art Director from Southern California, the inspiration for The Friend Collective was simple. It was every phone call, e-mail, and dinner conversation she'd shared with her circle of friends. Why not start a community blog enriched by that diverse circle--women with different backgrounds, talents, stories, and interests? Thus was born The Friend Collective, the perfect place for these friends to think and laugh out loud, post a recipe or hilarious video, release their frustraations from a long day or a crazy diet. All with that most rare of commodities--sincerity.

Whimy & Juno are Sarah and Lauren, two sisters who share a love of all things crafty, creative and vintage. We recently launched our online shop where we sell all manner of lovely things from stationary, jewellery and knitting patters to craft supplies and vintage finds. We also love meeting new people so we'd love for you to drop by our blog sometime and say hi!

Hi I'm Jess. I run the Etsy store Jessamity and live in the U.S. desert southwest where I comb thrift stores for vintage awesomeness, have fun putting on crazy outfits every morning and love to make things myself. My shop has a fun eclectic mix of vintage clothing and accessories, along with my handmade jewelry and bags. My blog follows my daily pursuits and inspirations with an emphassis on a vintage loving lifestyle, a diy attitude, handmade creativity, and fashion.

Hi, I'm Allison of Thrifted. As you may have guessed, I love thrift shopping. When I'm not searching for my next great thrift store find, I'm working on a DIY project, baking, or taking photos. I hope you'll come and visit my blog!

SHOP // TWITTER // INSTAGRAM: sorrythankyou79
Hello! I'm Andrea and I love vintage ANYTHING, but especially books! I have always enjoyed reading and decorating vintage books--and I wanted to be able to share that with others. Sorrythankyou79 is my outlet for creativity and fun. I love shopping for vintage and retro finds, and I have a book obsession--so etsy allows me to do what I love (yard sale, flea market, bargain hunt) while having an outlet to sell when my collectionsget a little too crazy! I am constantly adding to my shop--rare books, colored book bundles and all manners of vintage greatness.

Hello! I'm Karen. I live with fellow treasure hunter Andy and our dog Lucy on a lake in Michigan. I sell vintage clothing and my obsessions include: plaid, classic cocktails, Scotland, books, and black coffee.

Hello there! My name is Julene, but you can call me Beans. I'm a vintage lover, seller and a professional twirler! ;o) I have  vintage clothing shop on Etsy called Gypsy Plunder. I spend my days hunting for treasures, taking pictures, drinking herba tea and reading historical fiction novels! Feel free to peruse through all of my findings!

Standard Vintage is an online vintage boutique that curates and specializes in Japanese vintage clothing dating from the 1950's to the 1980's. It is committed to sharing and connecting people with vintage fashion they love, ranging from funky casual to high fashion especially for modern women. Every piece is unique and carefully handpicked by its founder, Andy Chow, who is also an architectural designer.

Greetings everyone from Swan Song Vintage! I'm Suzanne, a fellow vintage enthusiast. Hope you'll stop by my Etsy shop and check out some sweet vintage clothing and accessories!

October 24, 2012

Get the Look: Mad Men Style.

Halloween is just around the corner which got us to thinking about cute costume ideas! In the past, we have always gone for something more on the "costume-y" side but this year we are thinking about dressing up more as characters instead. When we started brainstorming character ideas of course our minds instantly went to our favorite show: Mad Men. So we thought it would be fun to compile a list of costume essentials for the lady characters!

...And let's be honest here, who isn't looking for an excuse to Mad-Men-yourself?

To get Betty's look you will need:
a set of hot rollers, a vintage pearl necklace with a matching set of earrings, flared false eyelashes to create her signature doe-eyed look, a pretty sundress, and of course a glass of red wine in hand.

To get Joan's look you will need:

To get Trudy's look you will need:
a beautiful turquoise sundress, a sun hat with a matching hang bag, big sexy hair root volumizer, stila liquid eyeliner to create her signature cat eye look, and a set of pink manicured nails with a big (fake) diamond wedding ring sitting on your finger!

What about you, do you have any fun Halloween costume ideas up your sleeve?