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Monday, October 10, 2011

How are Vintage Clothes Given a Modern Twist Today?

Vintage clothes are becoming increasingly popular today. Top celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Renee Zellweger and even models including Kate Moss, have been seen wearing this early 20th century style of clothing. It is a way to not only recycle the clothes – which benefits the environment – but it is an opportunity to relive this unique fashion with a modern twist. Below are just some of the popular vintage styles we see today, from shoes to dresses.
Vintage clothes, are considered those fashions which have come from the 1920s to 1990s; whereas prior to the 1920s is considered the antique era. Many people enjoy wearing vintage clothes because it is almost like wearing a piece of history because the clothing has character to it. We see some women wear a vintage slip for example but add modern Diamonds accessories or a fitted belt with it. Fashion today sometimes relies on vintage styles for inspiration and we often see clothes our parents might wear, suddenly coming back into fashion. There have been many vintage items which have made a comeback, such as leggings and periwinkle pointed shoes. These are two of the most popular fashions which are still common today. Girls however, wear black leggings under a short dress or a skirt, rather than wearing them as trousers. Pointed-toe shoes have remained popular for many years. The periwinkle shoes are more popular with women, who can now buy flat or heeled versions of this style.
Vintage clothes can be found in markets or one off shops. They are normally inexpensive because they are second hand. However, wedding dresses or fur coats remain pricey as it is a garment of high quality. A typical 1950s vintage wedding dress looks rather like a night gown. We see a long, silk, fitted dress, embroidered with pearls and edged with ruffles. These haven’t been particularly popular as many women choose designer or custom made dresses these days. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mayonnaise Bread

This recipe has been made in my family for years. It tastes like homemade bread; but without all the work.
Simply added one spoonful of mayonnaise (like a regular spoon you eat with) then add some flour. Add just enough milk to make it of a nice consistency. Then spoon it out onto a well greased pan, Bake until edges are golden brown.
My family has made this so long, that we gave up measuring and I can’t find the original recipe; but if you cook often it won’t be hard to eyeball the flour and milk.

Banana Bread

Banana Bread
2 large or 3 small bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening, soft
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, unbeaten
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients together, and pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.