Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Give Thanks

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to take a moment to tell all of our readers and loyal customers how grateful we are for all of you. Thank you!

[Digital Art Print, Etsy]

SWI Vintage's Anne Shanahan shares some pictures she snapped at a recent dinner party of her stunning place settings for some holiday inspiration.

 [We love how festive touch that tartan napkins bring to the table]

[Silver accents are a great way to bring a modern twist to traditional place settings]

[Get festive by adding berries in a floral arrangement] 

Every family has a standard thanksgiving menu that has developed through years of tradition, compiled of favorite recipes that are made every year with loved ones. We thought we would share a great recipe for thanksgiving morning that doesn't mess with those traditions. This delicious pumpkin spice french toast recipe comes from the amazing blog Minimalist Baker.

  • 5 1/2 – 7 1/2 cups 1-inch bread cubes
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar for topping
  1. Cut any kind of bread into 1-inch cubes – I recommend a crusty, whole grain variety, but sandwich bread will work, too. Just use enough slice to fill a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish quite full.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, pumpkin butter and pie spice until well combined. Pour over bread and push down with a spoon or your hands until it’s all soaked and mostly covered. Cover with saran wrap or lid and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees, uncover and top with brown sugar, additional pumpkin pie spice and nuts (optional). Bake for 35-45 minutes or golden brown and no longer wet.
  4. Serve immediately with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar. Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered for up to a couple days.

We hope everyone has a great holiday with loved ones!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jessica Alba's Favorites

We are excited to announce that some of our SWI Vintage pieces have been hand-picked by Jessica Alba to be featured in her tastemaker tag sale today on One Kings Lane. See them here, before they are gone!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fall Favorites

The leaves are changing and Starbucks has their red cups out, it's that time of year again! We wanted to share a few of our favorite fall trends and decorating ideas as the holiday season approaches us.

[If you aren't into the traditional fall brown and orange color scheme, use gilt accents as an alternative to create a glamorous Thanksgiving centerpiece.]

[This Tom Ford lipstick in 'Black Orchid' is the perfect color to give you deep, oxblood lips.]

[Sienna Miller keeps it casual chic in a blush blouse and a leather YSL bag.]

[Add a touch of the outdoors with this beautiful lacquered antler trophy. Modernize this traditional look by hanging them in an unexpected place such as your home office or guest bedroom.]

[Aerin Laudeer's new book, Beauty at Home, is packed full with beauty and decorating inspiration. This book makes an excellent addition to a coffee table or as the perfect hostess gift this season.]

 [Get out your sharpies and spray paint, this DIY place setting couldn't be easier!]

[The top on this stunning console by Leonardo Co. unfolds to double as an extra dining table, perfect for entertaining large parties this season.]

[There are few things more enjoyable than candles during the Fall. We love Diptyque candles because last forever and the votive can be reused when the candle is gone.]

[Intricate gilt sconces add a touch of elegance to a room, and we love that these are vintage.]

[All black everything this time of the year, you can't go wrong!]

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