December 16, 2011

Dogs in Cars

 

We love dogs at Unique Vintage. It’s kind of ridiculous. Smooshy or snouty-faced, scruffy or puffy, big and small, we love them all. So of course, we instantly fell in love with this viral video and wanted to share. With all the hustle and bustle surrounding the upcoming holidays, it’s important to take a few minutes to chill and reflect on what’s really important in life…kinda like how these dogs do. Enjoy!

http://vimeo.com/keith/dogs-in-cars

December 14, 2011

Let’s Hear It For Ugly Xmas Sweaters!

 

We couldn’t be more proud of our latest endeavor! Unique Vintage has been asked to judge the first ever Chictopia “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest!  We want to see your most ridiculous, over-the-top Holiday sweater. If your knitted creation makes the ugly cut, Chictopia will reward you with BIG prizes!

HOW TO ENTER:
-Upload an outfit photo for the contest of yourself wearing your best, most ridiculously over the top Holiday Sweater.
-Encourage people to vote, favorite & share your entry – the most voted, favorited and shared entries will be finalists.
-Guest Judges will vote on the finalists to determine who will be the winner and four runners-ups.

The grand prize winner will win $300 budget to use in the Chictopia Shop, 500 Chic Points, and a feature on the homepage. The four runners-up will win a $100 budget to use in the Chictopia Shop and 200 Chic Points each. The contest ends on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST, so hurry and show us your most FESTIVE Holiday Sweater! The winners will be announced the following week.

Also since we recently joined this fantastic fashion community, be sure to check out our new Chictopia profile!

Here’s to ugly sweaters everywhere! xoxo

December 13, 2011

Your Chocolate Is In My Peanut Butter

 

I’m just gonna say it: Counting calories during the holidays is an evil and unnecessary chore. People during this festive time of the year are supposed to relax and enjoy. Save the shame of consuming the following recipe for January 2nd when the rest of the world Googles HCG diet and re-joins their local gym.

Call me mean, but that’s why I’m going to share this incredible dessert with you. If there’s ever a time to treat yourself and your loved ones to something truly epic in the “your chocolate is in my peanut butter” universe, now is the time. Get ready to loosen your belts…behold the Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bar.

The first time I encountered one of these indulgences, I wanted to punch the girl who made them. Not because I didn’t like her (she’s an ol’ friend, no worries), but because I truly thought I had something called willpower and her little tray of highly caloric heaven broken that wall down real fast. Now for the recipe (adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking).

For the crispy crust
1 3/4 cups crisped rice cereal
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the milk chocolate peanut butter layer
5 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup creamy peanut butter

For the chocolate layer
3 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 72 percent cocoa), coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 2 ounces) unsalted butter

Make the crispy crust: Lightly spray a paper towel with nonstick cooking spray and use it to rub the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan.

Put the cereal in a large bowl and set aside.

Pour 1/4 cup water into a small saucepan. Gently add the sugar and corn syrup (do not let any sugar or syrup get on the sides of the pan) and use a small wooden spoon to stir the mixture until just combined. Put a candy thermometer in the saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil; cook until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage, 235 degrees F.

Remove from the heat, stir in the butter, and pour the mixture over the cereal. Working quickly, stir until the cereal is thoroughly coated, then pour it into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the mixture into the bottom of the pan (do not press up the sides). Let the crust cool to room temperature while you make the next layer.

Make the milk chocolate peanut butter layer: In a large nonreactive metal bowl, stir together the chocolate and the peanut butter. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for about 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the cooled crust. Put the pan in the refridgerator for 1 hour, or until the top layer hardens.

Make the chocolate icing: In a large nonreactive metal bowl, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter.

Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring with a rubber spatula, until the mixture is completely smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir for 30 seconds to cool slightly. Pour the mixture over the chilled milk chocolate peanut butter layer and spread into an even layer. Put the pan into the refrigerator for 1 hour, or until the topping hardens.

Cut into squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for up to 4 days.

Enjoy! xo

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December 12, 2011

Birthday Epiphany

 

My birthday milestone culminated in a bash last Saturday at the Parlour Room, a 1920s style bar/lounge in Hollywood that perfectly complemented my Roaring Twenties party theme. I’m not going to lie. I had been dreading this birthday for quite some time because now, when the clock strikes midnight on December 3, I’m not longer growing up. Rather, I’m getting older. What a morbid thought! But as Oprah Winfrey so eloquently pronounced in her Life class “Aging” episode (which I coincidentally watched a day after my birthday), aging is fabulous! Because with age comes a new found sense of freedom and ability to let go of the superficial things in life that quite frankly do not matter very much so that we can embrace, strengthen and cultivate our inner selves and find truth and meaning in everything we do. And as we age, hopefully we get to know ourselves better, learn what matters in life so that we can live happily and truthfully.

I’m not quite ready to let go of the ties that bind me to my present reality just yet, but I hope this upcoming year will bring me closer to finding my truth!

In fact, visiting this store and re-watching The Joy Luck Club has inspired me to dress like a 1920s high society Shanghai girl from now on.

Source: Jenny Wu from www.GoodBadandFab.com wearing Unique Vintage

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October 7, 2011

How To: Throw A Mad Men Party

 
This past weekend one of my friends threw a “Mad Men” themed birthday party. Everyone had to dress up in their best 1960′s duds and the hostess served authentic, pre-hippie martinis and appetizers. It was such fun I wanted to share with everyone how to throw your very own 1960′s Martini Party (otherwise known as a “Mad Men” party if you’re looking for something catchy to write on the Evite).
Unique Vintage carries some of the most varied selections of buttoned-up 1960′s style dresses, so naturally when choosing my costume I turned to them. Below are a few tips to help you achieve the look of the women of “Mad Men” at your own party.  Each has their own unique style, while staying true to the constructed 1960′s aesthetic across the board.
BETTY
Betty is the most girly. Pastels, florals, and light fabrics dominate her wardrobe. Her silhouette is usually a cinched waist and a full skirt with a form fitting - but never revealing - top. Betty’s look is completed with perfectly coiffed hair and make-up, cute but sensible heels and minimal jewelry.
PEGGY
Peggy is no-nonsense career woman, and her style reflects that. Checked prints, simple color combinations such as black and white or cream and red and and simple accessories define her style. To finalize your Peggy costume, comb hair back into a ponytail, then add a small circle hat and wrist-length gloves.
JOAN
Joan is ambitious and not shy about getting what she wants. As the most voluptuous of the three women, her hourglass figure is emphasized with pulled in waists, solid color schemes and heavy fabrics such as wool and tweed. A long gold chain, power heels, a sweep of red lipstick and a chignon complete Joan’s signature style.
Unique Vintage’s “Mad Men” Style
Eat Like a “Mad (Wo)Man”
Don’t forget no Martini Party would be complete without strong cocktails, mayo-filled appetizers and everyone’s favorite retro-dessert, a Jell-O mold!  Here are some of my favorite throwback appetizers…
October 3, 2011

THINK PINK

 

October 1st marks the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to statistics, there will be 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer  in 2011. One in 8 women will be diagnosed in the U.S. It is a real and upsetting statistic. You will most likely have a family member or friend who will get breast cancer at some point in your life. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and it wasn’t until we found out that she had cancer, that we decided to become educated.

This month, however, isn’t a time to be sad. It is a time to empower women to take control of their health and become educated about breast cancer. Here are some basic breast health steps from the Susan G. Komen website:

*Know your family health history

*Have a mammogram every year starting at the age of 40

*Have a clinical breast exam at LEAST every 3 years starting at 20

*Self Exams- know how your breast look and feel and report changes to your doctor right away

Most insurance companies cover mammograms and some places such as a local health departments offer screenings at a low cost or for free. Here is a link for centers: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfMQSA/mqsa.cfm

Early detection and screening is key to lowering the risk of dying from breast cancer. Screenings can find cancer early on and most cases, it is treatable. Let’s stand up and support breast cancer awareness, and most of all, find a CURE!

Check out Unique Vintage’s Breast Cancer Awareness items to help the cause (click on umbrella):