Monday, October 18, 2010

Time to start layering!

My own vintage coat collection might be a tad unnecessary in Southern California. I can't help it, I just love old coats! Wool, cashmere, tweed, fur, whatever..... there are so many choices! I have to have one in every color!

There are some fantastic coats and jackets for sale in the Second Wind Vintage shop. Take a look at the Outerwear Section.

This picture is from when I was still in school. Sometimes sewing and drafting patterns all day would make us a little crazy. So late at night when no one was around we would turn the cutting tables into runways (don't tell). Anyway, that's my favorite vintage coat. I just wanted you to see it.

Seriously, if I didn't already have too many coats, I'd probably keep a few from the shop.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cali Weather.

Our weather here can be so strange! We had this lovely cool Summer, which seemed to be leading into a perfectly timed Fall.

Then out of nowhere it's 111 degrees outside. Awful! We almost never get temps that hot here. That was the beginning of last week. On Monday we swam and sat by the pool eating popsicles, after school. Yesterday all we could think about was curling up under a blanket eating kettle corn. It was 58 degrees and raining and today seems to be bringing the same weather. Within a week the weather took a complete 180.

Mmmm! Kettle corn is such a great treat, and SO easy to make! I also wanted to show off some of the awesome glass pieces I scored this week! I am beyond excited about my new (old) glass treasures. Those forks and butter knife are absolutely wonderful too. As far as I can tell the silverware was made in 1912, from "Extra Coin Silver Plate."

Kettle Corn:
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 - 2/3 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Popcorn Kernels
A pinch or two (or 3) of salt

Heat oil in a large pan. When the oil is hot, add the popcorn kernels and sugar. Give it all a quick stir. Put a lid on the pan and shake gently over the heat until the popping has almost stopped. Be careful not to let it keep going til the popping has stopped. The popcorn with burn easily. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool. Sprinkle with salt. Stir to break up and large clumps.

Eat it right away! Because it's way too yummy not to! Yum!


PS- D has decided he is going to be a ninja for Halloween. Mama needs to go find a pattern and fabric!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

costume contest!

Halloween is right around the corner! And my boy has no idea what he wants to dress up as......

Doesn't it seem like kids always know waaaay ahead of time what they are going to be for Halloween? Well my boy is facing a little dilemma..... he has no idea what he wants to be!

Hello! Mama needs a little time to get a good costume pulled together! Last year he was a spy. I found a vintage trench coat and he wore a plaid fedora I had picked up in the garment district. He looked super cute! We've bought superhero costumes before, but I AM NOT A FAN. I'd much rather make him something original.... something special!

We are in serious need of costume ideas for a really cool 8 (almost 9) year old boy! What if we make it a contest?! How 'bout..... if D picks your costume idea I will give you $15 toward any purchase at Second Wind Vintage?

Sound good?

Email me or submit your ideas as comments. The winner will be announced as soon as D settles on a costume idea. Even better if you can link to a picture of you costume idea!


Friday, September 10, 2010


Usually the short fig season is over before I can think of things to do with them. I wait all year for the beautiful green figs to ripen. They come, I eat a couple, and then they are quickly devoured by the birds and Japanese Beatles. That's that.... and so another year I wait.

However, this year I decided I'd pick as many as I could and quickly, before they disappeared. What the heck do you do with that many figs though?!?! Make jam!

So now I have delicious fig jam, but another question begs answering. What the heck do you do with that much fig jam? Haha!
Maybe a moist little cake flavored with fig jam and brandy? I adapted this recipe from a South African dessert known as Malva Pudding. It calls for a small amount of apricot jam.... I, of course, used fig!

Now what should I do with the purple figs I picked??

Friday, August 27, 2010

pink overload.

This week I loaded the shop up with pinks and pretty feminine florals!

Although pink isn't always my favorite color, I like it a lot better than I did 12 years ago when I was still an emo high school kid. I've come to terms with pink. While I'll never be a frilly pink girly girl, pink is more than ok here and there.

 I love this dress.... and if I have too long to think about it, I might end up keeping it!
There is no denying that the 1950s left behind some charming and beautiful treasures, like this blouse!
Pretty pink drop waist dress!
How 'bout a pink "All Weather" coat? That could be a fun addition to a Fall wardrobe!
Or this lovely puff sleeve bohemian dress?

At first glance, I knew this super cool floral blazer had some serious potential!

There are more pink and floral treasures in the shop. Stop by and see what's new! Also, if you don't already, follow me on Twitter for updates on new stuff.


Friday, August 13, 2010

happy friday to you.

Usually on Friday afternoon I take a minute to sit back and look over my haul of vintage treasures for the week. For some reason I'm ├╝ber tired today (i did wake up before 8am for the first time all summer). I picked up a couple pretty cool things today, but you're going to have to stayed tuned to the shop to see them. Sorry!

As I sat here blankly staring at my computer screen, I thought to myself.... Am I the only one who wonders what other bloggers look like as they write their posts? Is that weird?

I kinda like what my crazy air dried hair is looking like right now. Wanna see it??

So umm yeah.... that's me, right now, as I write this. I'm going to the theater tonight with my ma and pa (I don't really call them that), so in a few minutes I'm going to start curling my hair with hot rollers. 

I don't think I've curled my hair since I chopped it off.

Earlier this week I ordered some things from Flourish on Etsy. For a while now, I've been eyeballing this shop, and finally placed a small order. It came in the mail today. Yay!
I obviously haven't tried that brown sugar soap yet, but it smells yummy! The tinted lip moisturizer feel awesome on my lips. I wish it was a little more tinted, but it's still good. And those perfume samples smell true to their names. I got Saltwater, Peach Tea, and my favorite..... Gingerale. It totally smells like gingerale!

Sorry it's been so long since my last post. I promise it wont be so long next time. 

Love ya!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

lots of baby things......

Do you know about my new baby vintage shoppe?

Pumpernickel Toast is open for business on Etsy! I'm finding and adding new things all the time!

I'm just loving hunting for these wonderful baby things! It's so much fun! Too bad my baby is 8 and a half......

Thursday, July 8, 2010

circus wedding.

This treasury made me smile.... and so I had to share it. What an original theme, right?

Thanks MiriMoMo for creating such a fun and lively treasury and for making my shoes a part of it.

If you have included anything from my shop in your treasury and would like me to possibly feature the treasury here, on my blog, please let me know. This could be a reoccurring blog feature.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

forget the flour.

For a while I've wondered if I would feel better if I cut glutens from my diet.

No, I'm not allergic to wheat and no, I don't have Celiac's or anything. Just done a tiny bit of research and really do believe that as a culture, we might over consume glutens.

Anyway..... back to the reason for this blog post. Last night D and I were heading to some friends' house to hang out. I decided I'd whip together a desert we could all share. Then I remembered my friend doesn't eat gluten (but her kids do). Shooooot! I really had to think for a minute if there was something I could make that we could all eat and enjoy. Fortunately I had a bag of Red Mill Gluten Free Flour sitting on the shelf in my pantry!

With a quick internet search I discovered Gluten-Free Girl's blog! I took her recipe for gluten free blueberry muffins, and used it as a guideline for my.......

Gluten Free Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins!
I used this recipe as a guideline, Blueberry Muffins with Lemon Zest, by Gluten-Free Girl.

Instead of her flour suggestions, I used 1 cup white rice flour and 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour. There was no yogurt in my fridge so I used 1 1/4 cups sour cream mixed with 1/4 cup milk. Instead of blueberries, I added 1 cup fresh raspberries and about 1 cup chocolate chips.

The truth is I could give up glutens if all gluten free foods tasted as good as these muffins! 3 out of 4 kids approved and my gluten-free mama friend was happy too! As far as the 4th kid.... well I promised that cute little blondie chocolate chip cookies. She specifically asked if I would make them with "real flour." But of course!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

my shoes.

I have a pretty cute collection of shoes in my shop right now and they are totally in the spotlight this morning!

These beauties popped up in the loveliest Etsy Finds article today. If you haven't seen the Storque today you should look! It's one of the prettiest ones I've seen and I just had the added bonus of being featured.
The rest of these sweet shoes have just had a lot of lookie-loos this morning. And I don't mind at all! Go ahead and take a look!
It is true, I have some really great shoes right now. Sadly they are all too small for my size 9 feet. Lucky for you, I have to sell them!
I better get listing shoes! Today seems like the day for it!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

drowning in a sea of zucchini.

A couple weeks ago I made a yummy savory zucchini bread, but that only put a couple zucchini to use..... We have a dozen coming up everyday. I love 'em and I hate to see them go to waste.

So what I need from you is suggestions, recipes, and links to blogs with inspiring and delicious ideas for my abundance of zucchini.

I plan to start here......
I think I'd like to make a frittata, a sweet and a savory bread, maybe a zucchini chocolate cake, and some zucchini cake donuts.
You guessed it! I also collect old recipe boxes and cookbooks. That box is my newest! My cousin Sara (you might know her as Sadie Olive) picked it up for me recently. Yes, I'm the one in the family with the obsession for mid century kitsch!

Please comment with links to your recipes suggestions. Seriously even your own recipe blogs! I promise to let you know what I make.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

please forgive me.

I was starting to list this cute little romper and realized it might fit me. So I tried it on to get a better idea of the size..... and well..... it's not getting listed now.

Lets be honest, I haven't taken it off since I put it on. It has this built in bra thing, and it actually works!
It had not crossed my mind earlier that I needed to add this romper to my wardrobe. Sometimes you really just have to try things on. Usually when I help people shop for clothes, I make them try things on that they would never pick out. Try it next time you are clothes shopping!

I have no plans for changing out of this anytime soon. However, I really wish I had some yellow sandals! If I get a picture of myself in it today, I'll add it for you to see.

There are new summer things in the shop. Be sure to check them out!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

my turn.

Have you heard about the Notebook Journey?

If you haven't heard about it, well I'm going to fill you in!

A friend of mine, Lauren from SomeWhineWithCheese, had this brilliant idea to put together a notebook and find contributors from all over the world to fill its pages. The concept is quite simple and the possibilities are endless.
The notebook arrived at my house looking pretty cute. I was the 8th person to receive it, and it has already been all over the US and out of the country once! This little book is quite the jet setter! For some reason I thought that once it was in my hands I would be inspired. No such luck....... so what I did was bring it with me on my little weekend get away. With 6 hours to drive in each direction, I would surely think of something!
It took me a while, but finally I came up with something! I didn't want to be too wordy, but I needed to leave my mark. How 'bout some simple wisdom to live by?
Next stop, Boston, MA or Wellesley to be exact! I wish I could hand deliver the book. I'm a little jealous that it gets to go visit my BFF and I don't. 
Goodbye notebook! Thanks for letting me be a part of your journey! It's been nice having you in Orange County.

If you are interested in participating, I believe there are currently 3 spots left. So hurry! Because the book is just about full. Hop on over to

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

emergency landing.

My friend Erik is certainly a talented pilot. He was truly put to the test last night!

So glad he's safe. I had to share!

Monday, June 7, 2010

tide pools.

Life in Orange County does not suck!

I have a secret (or not so secret) spot I like to go to. It's a small beach with protected tide pools. The most people I've ever seen there are about 10 other groups (usually there are no more than 10 people total). My son and I have seen all kinds of amazing and fascinating things there. We even saw a whale spouting once!

This photo is over a year old, but still one of my favorites!
This one was taken yesterday.
Here's a picture of D and his best buddy R.
Usually we pick up trash as we leave the beach. That's what they've got in their buckets. Lots of people like to visit our beaches, but don't respect them like we do. In order to give back to this coveted place and to the creatures who reside there, we pick up bits of trash. I think it's a really important lesson for me to teach my son, in hopes that he regards the ocean with as much respect as I do.
Sea Slug
I could spend countless hours staring into these miraculous pools! It's our secret spot, so I can't tell you where it is. However, if you are planning a trip to OC and you ask really nicely, I might just tell you.

are you ready for summer?

Awesome summer pieces, coming to the store!

I need to get listing, because I have a whole bunch of really great things for summer. As a matter of fact, Etsy thought so too! This morning a really fun, fluffy, summer perfect, petticoat type skirt of mine was featured in Etsy Finds. 
Etsy Finds is part of Etsy's Blog, which is called the Storque. To the best of my knowledge I have never been featured in the Storque before..... but then again, I just recently started subscribing to the emails. So who knows?!

Check out the shop if you get a minute. I'm stocking it with new things today. Yay!

Friday, June 4, 2010

feeling old.

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think to yourself, 'holy crap, the last 10 years have just flown by!'

I think that sometimes.

This morning I woke up smelling of stale perfume and wearing last night's makeup. I know, I know..... sounds hot, huh?

Going to shows on weeknights (and weekends) and constant hand stamps, or the always cool sharpy Xs, on the backs of my hands, was the norm 10 years ago. So when I woke up this morning and spotted the stamp on my hand, I felt old!
D and I went to see his dad play a show last night. I've been told it would be his last show with Hollowell. For as long as I've known my son's dad, he has been in a band with those guys. Hollowell's not breaking up, but it might be the last time D sees his dad play a show. So we had to go.
There's little doubt in my mind that my son will also play in a band at some point. I'm pretty sure the influence around him is too great for him to resist. Most of the males in his life, whom he looks up to, are musicians.
I couldn't resist giving my friends (who are like family) a little shout out. Good show last night boys! You always make me proud.

Oh and did I mention, as I quickly approach my last year in my 20s, I'm feeling OLD!

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