Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Shop Update: Black, White, Pink, Grey and Red

1930s French beaded silk purse

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays!! I'm very slowly coming out of Christmas hibernation mode to get some new listings up in the shop. I took out my needle and thread this afternoon to tackle Elly Maggy Vintage's ever-growing mending pile and prepared lots of fresh pieces to be photographed. I'm looking forward to sharing them very soon! 

In the meantime, I hope you like this latest update, featuring a collection of 30s, 40s and 70s gems. As usual, click on the links to shop the Etsy listings...

1940s pale bink beaded sweater by Bronte knitwear
1930s two tone crepe dress with bias cut skirt

Monday, 19 December 2016

Winter inspiration

It's very nearly the shortest day of the year here in the U.K. and the early sunsets mean I'm just about ready to fall asleep at 4 o'clock! With the long nights, there's been less time for outdoors-walking and more time for armchair-festering... But I've been trying to put the long evenings to good use by researching the history behind forthcoming shop items and tweaking a new online Elly Maggy Vintage project... More news on that in the New Year!

I've also been spending more time over on Pinterest, browsing pretty pins and putting together this winter-themed ideas board. I hope these vintage images cheer up your December evening!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Vintage cocktails + a mid-century home bar collection

1950s atomic shot glasses set

It has been a while since I've listed anything in the homewares section of the shop but I just couldn't resist adding these super sweet mid-century drinkware sets... Bought together, they make a pretty cool instant home bar collection!

1950s gold grapevine tumblers
 I love the gold frosted grapevine tumblers and quirky atomic shot glasses... but the star of the show has to be the cocktail recipe coasters!

Mid-century cocktail recipe coasters
 As always, you can click on the captions to shop the collection on Etsy. And, in case you're itching to re-create some mid-century mixed drinks, I wanted to share the full recipes with you here on the blog:

Brandy Toddy
1 and a 1/2 oz brandy
1 teaspoonful granulated sugar
hot water to taste

Rob Roy (Scotch Manhattan)
2/3 Scotch
1/3 vermouth
3 dashes of angostura

Singapore Sling
1-oz dry gin
3/4" cherry brandy
1/2" dash lemon juice
3 dashes of angostura
teaspoonful of granulated sugar

White Lady
2/3 dry gin
1/3 cointreau
lemon juice

Tom Collins
dry gin
juice of half a lemon
soda water and ice
powdered sugar

Dry Martini
2/3 dry gin
1/3 dry vermouth
twist of lemon peel

I'm definitely intrigued by the Rob Roy! Manhattans have to be my all-time favourite mid-century cocktail... I like mine served with a cherry and plenty of orange peel. If you give any of these mixes a try, be sure to let me know in the comments below!