Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pumpkins & Parties

I absolutely adore Fall, the change of colors, the fashion and anything pumpkin! So this week, I found a way to appreciate every part of fall. I had a very busy week of photo shoots but on my downtime I wanted to be outside and with friends enjoying the crisp air.

It was the weekend of the Hot Diggity Dog Vintage Sale. My dear friend Jen from JenStyle organized a fabulous sale and party to benefit the Chicago Animal Care & Control. It was a blast! Pretty much hanging out with with all my favorite people all weekend telling stories and dressing up for the Holiday! Jen had the best outfit, Pee Wee Herman, she perfected it! I was Courtney Love, now I don't dress up unless I own everything already. In this vintage community there are always costume parties every year. So 2 years ago, I was Edie Sedgwick. Last year I was a porcelain doll. Looking through my closet this year I thought, I can be 1 of 2 things...Grace Kelly in Rear Window or Courtney Love (The 95'-96' Hole years). I though if I do the Grace Kelly thing it will look too much like how I normally dress and Courtney will be out of my normal comfort zone. So Courtney won.

My 15 year old chucks, I don't think I'll ever part with them. A pair of tights that I ripped up just for the occasion, that's dedication:)  A dress you can find in Dethrose Vintage and a Tiara lent to me by Nicole. Voila! Courtney, circa 95, was made!

 Seriously, I can not stress how much I love all these ladies! Sweetest, most awesome women in 1 room:) 
 Jen (JenStyle Vintage) as Pee Wee! Nicole (Bomshell Shocked Vintage) as 93' Niki!
 Sarah (half of the sister duo Zzouzi Vintage) & Tanya (Half of the sister duo Bunny's Trunk Show)
One of my favorite people, Sara (Lovestory Vintage) and her hubby Matt. Seriously amazing couple!  And you have all seen many of my dresses come from Sara's lovely shop!!
 This was my first time actually getting to know some of the gals. A very talented and sweet group of women. Please visit all their shops at the links:)

To celebrate the weekend and time with friends I decided it was time to try a new recipe for Organic Pumpkin Spice Muffins (Vegan & Gluten Free).  Nothing makes me think of the Fall season more than the taste of pumpkin. However, it's hard for me to find place that carry foods I can eat these days:( Being Gluten free and lactose intolerant can be frustrating, so I have to improvise with my own recipes:) I made 2 batches, both Gluten Free, but my personal batch had 1 egg (for protein) and the batch I made for all the ladies were completely vegan. I will share both recipes with you! I hope you all enjoy it! 
First you will need your basics:
A large Mixing Bowl
1 and 1/2 Measuring Cups
Tsp & Tbsp Measuring Spoons
Liquid Measuring Cup
1 Large Spoon
Cupcake Pan

Cooking Ingredients, Gluten Free, Vegan & Non-Vegan:
Rice Flour
Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1 Egg or 2 Bananas (Vegan Option)
Organic Unsweetened Canned Pumpkin
Organic Raw Agave Nectar
Baking Soda
Nu-Salt (Sodium Free)
Organic Vanilla Extract
Organic Pecans
 Begin with 1 cup of Unsweetened Apple Sauce and 1 Cup of Rice Flour, Mix together.
 Next mix in either Egg or Bananas depending on your dietary needs...
 Next add 1 cup of Pumpkin and a few dashes of Cinnamon & Nutmeg, mix.
 Next, mix 1 tsp of Baking Soda, 1tsp of Nu-Salt, 1 Tbsp of Vanilla Extract and 2 Tbsp of Agave Nectar and 1 Cup of Organic Whole Pecans.
 Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and Bake Muffins for 15-20 minutes (depending on how hot your oven gets).
I like to adorn mine with a whole pecan on top and cinnamon.
Let stand in room temperature for about 30 minutes. The middle of the muffins should be very moist.

Yummy! I hope you all enjoy this healthy alternative:)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dethrose Shop Update Part 1

Here's part 1 of this weeks Dethrose Vintage shop update! Winter Blues; Separates, Accessories, Coats and Dresses!!! Start shopping HERE now:)

 Early 50's Melody Striped Day Dress (Xs-S)
 1970's Marshall Field & Co. Plaid Wool Blazer (Xs-S)
1960s Royal Diamond Sweater Vest (Small)
 1970's Brooke Blue Striped Blouse (Small)
 1970s Lovely Lilac Plaid Ruffle Blouse (Xs-S)
 1960's Rosa Lee Blue Cardigan (Small)
 1960s Icy Blue Tweed Coat (Large)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thrifting, Decorating and Pop-Up Shops!

The past month has been a long one. Not only for how many showcases there have been, but I have had several changes around me. I totaled my car in September, so there was the stress of getting a new car...ok, so getting the car was a relief. I am still suffering from the accident, no worries I'm sure I'll be fine, just headaches and dizziness. Then a few odd gigs here and there, I'll let you in on more later about those. Then the photo shoot for my upcoming look book and changes to Dethrose Vintage, don't worry I'm not going anywhere:) And finally there was a impromptu re-do of my apt...that was the most fun and the biggest stress reliever! Here is a sneak peek of the sitting room, sorry for the blurry photos they are from my phone.
 I am in love with this 1960's dream:) More to show you later!

Before having my vintage shows I usually go hunting for some goodies to bring to all of you. Now I don't usually thrift in the city but every once in awhile I'll stop in my favorite spots. I invited my friend Leilani from The Thriftaholic to come. With coffee in hand, we ventured out and boy did we have a blast!
 A Karen coat for Karyn?? Nope...if only it would of been cute! I did however come across a 40's Dutch pinstripe dress from Denmark with Karyn printed on the tag. That did make it's way into my closet.
 Leilani and I came across this lovely stallion of fashion did NOT come home with us...
 And the end result...
 I couldn't stop laughing in the photo below because we came across these weird boxing glove looking socks...yes...they are SOCKS!!! Hilarious.

 And here is the outcome of my purchases and finds for the week! The displays set up quite nicely, now most of its all gone, it's time to go hunt for more!
 So many dresses to add to Dethrose Vintage this week! Are you excited?!
 I have been finding the best accessories lately!
 The accessories and displays, notice the needle point Cat handbag! It sold in two seconds!
 The ladies running the Modern Vintage show were sweet enough to put me in the running for best dressed. So this was one of the dresses I wore for the weekend. Again, sorry for the terrible photo, I was very, very sick this weekend. Ugh, terrible slouching!
60's Cotton Gauze Dress ~ Thrifted
Tights & Shoes ~ Anthropologie

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Modern Vintage

Dethrose Vintage invites you to this weekends Modern Vintage Sale!
 Here is a peek of what Dethrose Vintage will be bringing to the show! Tons of new additions, dresses, separates, shoes, handbags and jewelry!!
I hope to see you all there!