Showing posts from November, 2011

tonic tuesday (on a wednesday) 11/30: vintage servingware!


music (cyber) monday: Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"

Happy Cyber Monday, folks! Usually Monday is the worst day of the week for most people, myself included. This week, however, is a different story. I'm chock full o' motivation and ideas and plans and I'm stoked about it. Expect lots of great things in the next few days/weeks/months. :) One of the many tasks on the good ole to-do list today is to shoot all the vintage merch that is just sitting in my room, patiently awaiting a new home. I was putting this sexy black number onto my dress form and couldn't help but start singing "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate. Can you blame me? Also, the weather in Central Jersey is unreal today (low-70s in late November?) and this song is so fun to sing in the breezy sunshine!

Speaking of Cyber Monday, don't forget to check out the Etsy shop for the last day of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale!
15% off all regularly-priced vintage items + save an additional 25% with code "ALMOST400"!

christmas wishlist • vintage christmas decorations.


fake-baking • banana bread, an easy thanksgiving dessert!

Today is Thanksgiving. For some people, today means leisurely eating turkey, watching football, and getting a little drunk with your family. For others, today means slaving over a hot stove, panicking about how the stuffing will taste, and battling a mountain of dirty dishes. I really love cooking and baking and all that jazz, I do..just not on holidays. I'm a firm believer in making things as easy and stress-free as possible. A few weeks ago, my mother bought this banana bread mix because she said she used to eat it all the time when she was younger. I (fake-) baked it for her as a surprise and she said it was just as good as she had remembered. In my opinion, this is a perfect dessert to make for Thanksgiving because it's so simple! Regardless of whether you love going nuts in the kitchen or would rather have your dinner at Ruby Tuesday, I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! :)

The ingredients and instructions were pretty basic, so you don't need much help from me …

happy thanksgiving!

I'm so thankful for my family, friends, boyfriend, and readers; my health; my iPad; and being able to do what I love! For what are you thankful?

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black friday sale!

black friday sale! 15% off all regularly-priced vintage items from now until 11/28!
shop here.

christmas wishlist • handmade necklaces.


tonic tuesday 11/22: jfk.

Today marks the 48th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. This week's tonic tuesday features some vintage JFK memorabilia. Click the links below to go to the Etsy listings.

(clockwise from top left)
1 • The Living JFK illustrated biography by Robert N Webb
2 • John F. Kennedy's Funeral
3 • Retro Kennedy Political Pin
4 • large vintage Kennedy campaign pin . great political presidential jugate . 1960 rectangular JFK button . patriotic red, white and blue
5 • Wonderful vintage set of soft drink glasses with John F. and Jacky Kennedy print (Dutch)

music monday: Stan Getz - "Autumn Leaves"


vintage disneyland photo shoot.


oops. typical lauren.

Remember how I said that I was going to blog more frequently and consistently? Well, I pre-wrote some blog posts for the week and--guess what?--forgot to schedule them to post! Typical. Lauren. Anyway, I decided to combine what was supposed to be music monday and tonic tuesday here, since they had similar themes! The weather has been a little kooky here the last few days. One day will be clear and warm, and the next grey and rainy (or grainy, as I like to call it). Therefore the music monday song is "Blue Skies" by Mr. Bing Crosby (swoon) and tonic tuesday's theme is a little grey gift guide! Enjoy!

column 1
Grey Silhouette Portrait
lace locket necklace : KHANH, silver grey
Vintage 80s GREY Western Ankle Boots, Women 5M new NOS
Tiny Flying Demon in grey
column 2
Stylish 50s Inspired Grey Dress (S)
70's angora fedora slate grey blue with side buckle

Finally, before I leave you..I have some giveaway winners to announce!

The winner of the Please Note Paper gi…

shop preview/update 11/11/11 • bags, owls, menswear, dresses, and blouses!

Presenting one of the biggest shop preview/update posts ever to happen to A Wild Tonic. Yesterday was 11/11/11 and it truly was a lucky day because I got so much work done. There is a whole lot of vintage still to come that hasn't been photographed yet, but for now feast your eyes on these bags, owl figurines, menswear (?!), dresses, and blouses! Some of these items are already in the shop (remember to use code "ALMOST400" for 25% off your purchase) and some are on the way soon. If you have any questions about any of the items, email me at

a possible DIY?

I bought this dress at Goodwill with the intention of cutting it into a nice mini-babydoll dress for the spring/summer. I tried it on to take "before" shots, and my sister and I agree that we kind of like the current length! What to do? I don't want to ruin it! What do you guys think? Do you like it better longer or should I chop off some inches? Anyway, I'm wearing my Polaroid Impulse around my neck because I shot a quick photo of my sister while she was shooting photos of me (look for it below)! We so craaazay.

vintage dress: Goodwill | enamel pin: Salvation Army | vintage shoes: Buffalo Exchange