July 28, 2011

A Closet Visit

It is so much fun peeking into other people closets. You usually find so many things you want. I thought I'd take a trip over to Closet Visit today. If you've never visited this site please go it's fantastic. I love it so much. They have mini closet tours of actresses, writers, designers, stylists, etc.Often these beautiful ladies will have vintage clothing or shoes or decor in there homes. It reminds me of when I fell in love with Apartment Therapy. Gorgeous mini house tours. Great clothes. So please go and enjoy and let me know your favorites! Here's a glimpse of mine...

July 24, 2011

Shop Update: Sneak Peak


I have found so many wonderful things for the shop. I thought I would give you guys and gals a peek at the new stuff before it comes out. So many new things are going on right now for D&B Vintage. We recently featured a giveaway on Mousevox Vintage. Congratulations to the lucky winner! We have partnered up with Previously Owned, you can now find our link on her site and we will also be doing an interview with her soon. Speaking of...we're looking into doing partnerships/sponsors here as well so y'all can help us and we can help you by featuring your ad and doing interviews, giveaways, etc. Also all of our shoppers from now through August will receive a free gift with purchase! What do you think? It's so rewarding doing something you love so much. If you guys have any ideas on how to help us along our journey email us at deanandbettievintage@gmail.com. We'd love to hear your ideas. 


July 22, 2011

Summer Siren

Is the heat dome getting you down? It's easy when it's so hot out to just throw on a tank, some shorts, and sandals and you're out the door. I love to make my outfits fun when the weather isn't cooperating. This affordable outfit combines a touch of vintage with stunning lace, fun pops of color, and playful feather hair accessories to spruce up your locks. Enjoy!
Enchanting Lily


July 18, 2011

I Can't Wait For Fall

There's something about putting on a pair of boots that makes you feel a little stronger, more rebellious, sexier, and throw in a hint of don't mess with me attitude. I've been drooling over these Ann Demoulemeester triple lace up boots. They are so bad ass. I wanted to parade these pics around to everyone. Put these babies on and bring the the Apocalypse! I wanted them so bad but $2000 price tag quickly brought me back to my senses, it's a bit much for boots. So I thought, "That's the price you pay to put on something that looks like it should be worn by a hellion...or an assassin. How completely unfair."


                                                                    via Nostrolicious 

After I spent an embarrassing amount of time googling these boots I found these wonderful knock offs for a much more affordable $200. Glorious!

                                                                  via Amazon

Boots are my favorite thing right now. Maybe because I'm longing for cooler air and that fall breeze across my face. But I put together a treasury of some pretty great Etsy ones for you as well.

16 eyelet Lace up Knee Hig...

$125.00
Vintage Stacy Adams Brown Le...

$65.00
Vintage riding tall knee hig...

$139.99
Antique Black Leather High T...

$110.00
Vintage riding knee high tal...

$199.99
Victorian Womens lace up rid...

$175.00
Off white hand made ropers w...

$150.00

$545.00
VTG Tall Leather Boots Lace ...

$75.00
Beatrice, Vintage Tan Suede ...

$88.00
Vintage Altered Couture Chic...

$20.00
Farm Girl Boots- Tall Laced ...

$19.00
Philosophy Di Alberta Ferret...

$100.00
vintage 80s 90s COMBAT black...

$72.00
Vtg Pixie Riding Knee High G...

$35.00
authentic hippie couture 60s...

$198.00

July 17, 2011

$30 Gift Certificate GIVEAWAY to the Shop!

Today we are having a gift certificate giveaway hosted by Mousevox Vintage. Click on over to her site and follow her directions to enter and you could win a $30 gift card to Dean and Bettie Vintage! So exciting. Don't miss this opportunity to finally get you favorite piece in the shop at a steal!

July 15, 2011

SHOP UPDATE


Tons of new items in the shop. Click over to see more details on these items. Mousevox Vintage is hosting a D&B Gift Certificate Giveaway on July 17th. Tune in Saturday at www.mousevoxvintage.blogspot.com for your chance to win it!

July 6, 2011

Christian Dior Fall 2011: Torn Between Appalling and Breathtaking

   Late as usual on the news. But I thought I'd share this. Many of you may have heard about the drama surrounding Christian Dior in March earlier this year where lead designer John Galliano made appalling comments about loving Hitler, and his quick firing short after. His Fall 2011 collection was inspired by Wallis Simpson, a Nazi loving American and accused spy who won the heart of the King of England. The King was dethroned because she wasn't royalty and they were an embarrassment to say the least. After losing the crown and marrying her they went to visit The Fuehrer himself. It's true. These traitors are the people he was inspired by?! Disgusting! But before I get riled up...back to the story! Ha...After the firing of John Galliano the show went on. And despite the shameful inspiration for the collection the Christian Dior team managed to finish it and make it into a gorgeous art deco extravaganza. It's a truly breathtaking collection. You can see more here and here. Enjoy!











July 4, 2011

July 4th Hullabaloo

Happy 4th everyone! Hope your enjoying your Independence Day. Hello to the fam! Love you guys, wish I was there with you. Man, I get so excited about fireworks, and sparklers make me giddy like a kid, i love baking, and cookouts, and holiday theme wear. Yay! Speaking of holiday wear, today's bit is about Jill Stuart's Resort 2012 Collection. I've been finding inspiration on the runway lately. As designer's takes notes from bygone eras, I'm taking notes on how to make vintage clothing and accessories look relevant and hip. It helps so much in the selection of my pieces for the shop, and for myself of course. Clothing always circles back to earlier trends but this year it really is fantastically reminiscent of the art deco and WWII eras. I love it! Jill's 2012 collection has some delicious little numbers I want in my closet. But as usual I'll try to get the look for less in vintage fashion. Scavenger hunt time...40's dresses I got my eye on you. Enjoy your 4th of July guys and gals, stay safe, and savor the pyrotechnic displays!

 

July 4th How To: Black Forest Cupcakes

     Baking is one of my favorite things to do. Most of what I learned about baking I learned from my grandparents. Every 4th of July, I remember my grandmother would make a black forest cake and sometimes decorate the top like a flag. It was fantastic and so delicious! This year I thought I'd make it myself and share with you. And since smaller versions are more fun, I made cupcakes! I modified this black forest cake recipe to make them. I'm diabetic so I substituted the sugar. I also substituted the milk. This would be very easy to make vegan by substituting the eggs as well. You can make them as "normal" as you like. But here's my version...
 Black Forest Cupcakes 

  • 1-1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups truvia
  • 2/3 cups dark amber agave
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ( you could sub Dissarono or Kirsch) 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12 cup cupcake pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared cupcake pan.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes, or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Let the pan cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Loosen the edges of the cupcakes with a small rubber spatula or butter knife, and transfer to your wire rack to cool completely.

For the topping I covered the tops with whipped cream (this is one of those rare occasions where I used store bought, shameful I know). Then I added fresh blueberries (placed in a circle to keep cherries from sliding off), and a modified version of this cherry pie filling recipe. My version is listed below. And I didn't have a cherry pitter so I came up with my own DIY method. You'll need to pit your cherries first.
How To Pit A Cherry Without A Pitter
  1. Lay down some paper towels or newspaper (I didn't and made a huge mess), put on an apron, and you'll need a bowl to catch the pits.
  2. Remove the stem. Take a knife and cut and + shape into the bottom and top of the cherry.
  3. Take your chopstick (square ended chopsticks seemed to work best) and twist the bigger flat end into the bottom side of the cherry and push firmly through. The pit should come out pretty easy. I only had about 1 out of 10 cherries fall apart.
Now that your cherries are prepped here's the topping recipe.
Homemade Sugar-Free Cherry Pie Filling
  • 3 1/3 cups fresh pitted cherries (I used Bing cherries)
  • 1/2 cup truvia
  • 1/2 cup dark amber agave
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cornstarch (or Clear Jel if you can find it)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (you could sub Dissarono or Kirsch)
  1. Rinse your cherries and place in a pot with the cold water. Boil for 2 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon remove the cherries and keep them covered bowl, do not discard the water.
  3. Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon warm water. Add to the water the cherries were boiling in.
  4. Add sugars, cinnamon, and almond extract. Whisk mixture and cook over medium high heat 5 minutes.
  5. Add lemon juice and cook until desired thickness, stirring constantly.
  6. Fold in your drained cherries immediately.
Now assemble your cupcakes as you like; Stars, stripes, hodge-podge, or flag shaped and Enjoy! Happy Independence Day!

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