Showing posts with label retro. Show all posts
Showing posts with label retro. Show all posts

Friday, November 2, 2012

Late Fall Harvest: Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

If you're fortunate enough to get a late harvest from your tomato plants I have just the fall recipe for you. Whether you've got a bowl full of cherry tomatoes or you have larger plum or roma tomatoes you can make this fantastically simple and delicious bruschetta recipe.

Herbed Goat Cheese Bruschetta...great for fall!

I call this recipe Herbed Goat Cheese Bruschetta and it is both very simple to make and utterly delicious. Below are ingredients for 2 lunch/dinner servings or as a party appetizer making approx 12-16 rounds.

What you need:
Olive Oil
1 baguette - sour dough or french, whole wheat, whichever you prefer
3 cloves of garlic
3 roma tomatoes, or a full box/bowl full of cherry tomatoes
Fresh Basil, rinsed and sliced julienne style - 1-3 leaves per round
OR dry basil - 1/2 to 1 tsp, to taste
Fresh Spinach - optional - rinsed and sliced julienne style
Salt & Pepper - to taste
Herb Rolled Goat Cheese Log - or Plain - I get mine at Trader Joe's because it's cheap and delicious
Balsamic Vinegar - optional, and I've never actually added it

Rinse your fresh greens (basil and spinach), then gently pat drier and set aside. Rinse the tomatoes, cut off the green leafy tops and half them. De-seed your roma or plum tomatoes (skip this step for cherry tomatoes) by halving the tomato and scooping the insides out with a spoon. Now dice your tomatoes.

Saute the crushed/minced garlic cloves in olive oil for a minute, then add in the diced tomatoes. Add a little more oil if needed for a light even coating. Stir in a small pinch of salt & a few twists of pepper, then heat through for just a couple minutes on low-medium heat to soften the tomatoes and meld the flavors a bit. Remove from heat and add dried basil to mixture if you lack the fresh stuff. Add additional Salt & Pepper to taste.

If you cook the tomatoes for too long they may become soggy and liquidy. It still tastes great but the texture is less ideal and you may need to drain off the extra liquid they'll sweat off. The tomatoes cook up quickly so try to avoid overcooking!!

While that cools a bit slice your baguette and get it toasted. You can cut it in rounds as pictured or slice the baguette in 3-4 inch sections split down the center like a deli sandwich. While bread is toasting, get your rinsed greens back out and stack & roll the leaves together to slice them in julienne style strips.

Assemble your bruschetta - on the toasted slices heap a generous spoonful of the tomatoes on, then add your sliced fresh basil and spinach on top (or just mix the greens and tomatoes together and spoon it on. Whatever.) Now pull your herb goat cheese log from the fridge and twist your fork in the cheese to create crumbles. Sprinkle said crumbles on top and enjoy. This creates a lovely warm-cold contrast with the cold cheese getting melty and smeary as it warms from the tomatoes and toast.

With delectable goat cheese crumbles all around!

 So. Good. Hope you like it! Be sure to check out our vintage kitchenware and serving pieces for the coming holidays for a one of a kind get together this season! We love plating these little rounds on long skinny trays like the one pictured below to create a colorful center display on our appetizer table.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rocking the Frock: Then and Now

The OV fashion team truly believes vintage style is timeless. Whether it's a certain print or hue combination, cut or unusual fabric, style comes back around to many popular aesthetics from the 40s to the 80s. With this in mind we work to offer fashions and create looks that incorporate these vintage pieces while being easy to wear for today's women.

Sometimes a modern dress hits so close to home we have to do a side by side style a little how-to and where-to-wear tips for the fashion lover!

ModCloth - $43
Ophelia Vintage on Etsy - $125

How would you rock the frock? See our tips below!

60s Mod Bubbles Maxi Prom Dress: A unique vintage piece in mod bubbles this maxi dress is a tailored beauty. Comes with a long sleeve over layer, not pictured. If you're looking for a prom dress this fall, this is totally it cuz NOBODY else will be wearing this one of a kind dress! Pair with white or orange pumps and solid white handbag for a complete look.

Dot You'd Never Ask Dress: With panels of reversed polka dot prints and a flirty ruffle bust this shorter frock is ready to work for you at the farmers market to Friday happy hour. Pair with a wide white belt to slim the waist over the elastic band and complete the retro effect with espadrille wedges to keep things breezy and bright into fall.

Check out white labor day accessories here to get the extra pieces to complete these gorgeous ensembles!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Practical Fashion: April Showers

The saying goes "April showers bring May flowers." This certainly seems true for Spring 2012! We are listing one of a kind unique umbrellas for the vintage loving girl. Little touches like lucite loop handles and retro avocado green really makes these umbrellas shine in the rain!  Shop the look now!

Everything's coming up roses with this sweet blue and yellow 60s umbrella. There are few ways to stay cheerier with bad weather in store. Shop the look now!

Stay tuned for our rain coats, leather boots, and many more spring and summer accessories! What's your favorite stylish but practical spring time accessory?

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Meet and Greet with Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin as the'helpful'
telephone operator Ernestine
Lily Tomlin as Edith Ann - on Laugh In

 When I was told I could see a “comedy show” with my boyfriend’s family I jumped at the chance without any further ado, following the logic that I like stand up and it was free, so it was a win-win situation. When I actually bothered to ask who was performing and found out it was Lily Tomlin I immediately Youtubed some of her more famous characters.  I checked the venue website and saw she sold out the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD so I thought it must be a good show. As a little extra my boyfriend’s family had been in touch with her manager (or maybe publicist?) on her fan forum and we got to head backstage after the show for an intimate meet and greet with this great lady of comedy to see her unwind after her lively and nostalgia-inducing performance.

Source: Marty Lederhandler, AP
With a black patent belt, cut out heels and a bold color skirt
 Ernestine's retro look is great spring fashion inspiration!

With appearances from Sesame Street to SNL, Lily Tomlin may be a familiar name in your household too. Or perhaps you’ve only heard of her alter egos? Whether she’s in character as the troublesome and saucy little girl Edith Ann or her sour Ernestine the Telephone Operator act, Lily gives an energetic and funny performance.  And just look at that Lucite jewelry, full skirt, and fantastic patent black belt paired with those cut out heels! Just gotta love that vintage styling.

Lily Tomlin with Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan

Seeing her with such big stars made me feel extra special when I got my own picture with this iconic lady of comedy!

My meet and greet with Lily Tomlin! I'm pictured far right.

Lily was gracious enough to meet with a few lifelong fans after the show, where we got to take a picture, get an autograph and hear a little about her tour. After a certainly exhausting performance she was still absolutely charming and patient with her eager fans. Check out Lily Tomlin's 2012 Tour Schedule to see if you can catch her one of a kind performance in a city near you! It won’t disappoint.