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5 Films All About Love

February 11, 2021

A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Retro Lifestyle Blog, Movie Blog, Old Hollywood Blog, Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's, Breakfast at Tiffany's MaskValentine's Day is just around the corner and I wanted to share with you some wonderful films all about love. When we think of Valentine's Day we often think about romantic love but there are so many other types of love. There is family love, young love, self love, and unexpected love just to name a few. 

Here are some films that you might want to watch for Valentine's Day:

Sunday in New York (1963): Starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Romantic Comedy. A comedy of errors about love, romance, and the state of ones virginity.

Yours, Mine and Ours (1968): Starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. Family Comedy. A widower and widow with large families find love with one another and renewed love with their children.

The April Fools (1969): Starring Catherine Deneuve and Jack Lemmon. Romantic Comedy. Two unhappy married people find themselves unexpectedly finding love with one another.

A Little Romance (1979): Starring Sir Laurence Olivier and Diane Lane. Romantic Comedy. Based on the novel 1977 novel E=mc2 Mon Amour by Patrick Cauvin, it follows two teens who find young love and adventure ensues.

Just The Way You Are (1984): Starring Kristy McNichol and Michael Ontkean. Comedy Drama. A disabled young woman finds herself in all sorts of situations only to finally learn to love herself exactly as she is. 

Wearing What You Love

February 09, 2021

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I struggled to find my own style within the vintage community for years. I experimented with true vintage going through most of the decades settling mainly on the 1940’s-1950’s. Although I enjoyed wearing the vintage pieces, I felt like the style I was acquiring was more like dress up.  It honestly felt costumey more than actual everyday clothes. I also struggle with the huge cost with vintage and the pressure to constantly prove that I was indeed a vintage girl.

Mixed with all of these conflicting feelings was also my lifestyle. When I started blogging and delving into vintage again (I dressed 1970’s in the 1990’s) I had really young children. Wearing true vintage was becoming a hazard especially since I can’t sew (because of my disability). 

I learned through the years after I finally developed my own personal style, that you can still love vintage fashion and be a vintage girl at heart without looking like you stepped right out of 1949. 

My personal style is now a happy blend of true vintage, retro, and modern pieces. I no longer feel the pressure to have to look or dress a certain way to prove my affinity for vintage. 

Although it was a long process to get to this place, finding a sense of love and joy in my personal style became a self affirming act. It’s a gift to myself that boosted my confidence and self-esteem. Yes it’s just clothes but it’s also a great way to express your passions and who you are as a person. What do you love about your own personal style? 

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Outfit: Jean Skirt from Modcloth, Red Cardigan from Retrolicious, True Vintage 1970's Turtleneck, True Vintage 1960's Sunglasses, and Accessories are from Etsy

My Favorite Winter Products

February 07, 2021

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I am big fan of taking care of your skin. Whether it's moisturizing it in the winter or covering it in sunscreen in the summer. When cold weather comes so does the dry skin. There is nothing worse for your skin that to allow it to dry out. Although these are fairly modern beauty products, these are some of my favorites that I like to use during the winter months. 
  1. First Aid Repair: Ultra Repair Cream: Est. 2009: Products made in the U.S.A.  
  2. Elemis: Papaya Enzyme Peel Mask: Est. 1988: Products made in the United Kingdom. 
  3. Soap & Glory: Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream: Est. 2007: Products made in the United Kingdom.
  4. Too Faced: Hangover Lip Balm: Est. 1998: Products made in the U.S.A.
  5. Tula: Instant De-Puff Eye Renewal Serum: Est. 2014: Products made in the U.S.A.
  6. Republic of Tea: Get Relaxed Tea: Est. 1992: Products made in the the U.S.A.
Whether you are twenty or fifty I really believe that taking care of your skin, your hair, and your overall health is the most important thing we can do for ourselves. I enjoy these products because they quench my sensitive skin and they feel great. What products do you like to use during the winter months?

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The Twilight Zone Inspiration: Kick the Can

January 31, 2021


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Season Two of The Twilight Zone gives us a few iconic episodes. One of them being "Kick the Can" which was the 86th episode that aired on February 9, 1962. It tells the story of the residents of Sunnyvale Rest, a home for the aged. Haunted by the affects of aging, Charles Whitely (Ernest Truex) starts to believe that if he acts young then he will become young. A few people are skeptical of Whitely's idea including his best friend, Ben Conroy (Russell Collins) who thinks he is going crazy.

One night Whitely convinces a group of residents from the home to play kick the can with him. A short time later Whitely and the others are assumed to have turned into children. Conroy didn't join them in their game because he saw aging as inevitable, something he comes to quickly regret when he sees Whitely has reverted into a boy again. Whitely doesn't recognize him and runs away leaving Conroy realizing the missed opportunity in regaining his youth.

Recapturing your youth can be a tricky thing. You can attempt to turn back the clock by changing how you look but its how you think about life that really helps you recapture youth. Whitely was right to a point. Thinking young can keep you young in many ways. It doesn't take away your experiences, knowledge, or bags of luggage from your past, but it can help you stay connected to that child within you. 

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45 Wishes For My Birthday

January 30, 2021

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It was my 45th birthday recently and I cannot tell you how blessed I feel be able to be this age. It's been a rough year but if I can be honest I have had other rough years. Those past challenges taught me to just go with the flow as much as possible especially when tough times appear.

Now when it comes to my birthday I only things I wanted for myself was exactly what I got. A day with my favorite people, my four (six if you count the cats) best friends. The day was spent at home of course. My family decorated the house a bit then I blew out candles from my favorite cake. Throughout the day I was spoiled with gifts, phone calls, and texts. 

If I could make 45 wishes for my birthday I would start with having the best birthday. Luckily for me that is exactly what I got.

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A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger,  Modcloth Sixties Dress, Modcloth Velvet Dress, Sixties Fashion, Modcloth Fashion, Retro Birthday, Retro Fashion Blog, 1960's Inspired Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger,  Modcloth Sixties Dress, Modcloth Velvet Dress, Sixties Fashion, Modcloth Fashion, Retro Birthday, Retro Fashion Blog, 1960's Inspired Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger,  Modcloth Sixties Dress, Modcloth Velvet Dress, Sixties Fashion, Modcloth Fashion, Retro Birthday, Retro Fashion Blog, 1960's Inspired Fashion
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Outfit: Modcloth Mod Velvet Dress, Blush Beret from Urban Outfitters, and Vintage Jewelry 

How to Destress with Panic Pete

January 11, 2021

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These days we are all feeling the affects of the stress. Each of us are attempting to deal with it the best way we can especially within a quarantine environment. We take walks when we can, watch a good movie, drink a cup of hot tea, or listen to music, all as a means to destress. 

This is where a little fella called Panic Pete comes into play. Give him a good squeeze and his eyes, nose, and ears all pop out. I mean adding one to your list of destressers is not a bad idea given he's cute, retro, affordable, and gets the job done. Think of him as the ultimate stress ball. I scored mine recently at Bobb Howard's General Store which is a local retro candy shop that doesn't just have a selection of nostalgic treats but also nostalgic toys and gifts. 

These days I'm trying to add in as much fun and cuteness into my life as I can. Panic Pete does the trick for me. Have you ever used stress balls to destress? 


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A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger, Panic Pete, Destress Advice, Bobb Howard's General Store, Retro Toys, Retro Lifestyle

The Twilight Zone Inspiration: What You Need

December 30, 2020
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When we think of the holidays many of us may think about the gifts we plan to give or to receive. The lists are written and checked and rechecked to make sure we haven't forgotten anything. But something we might forget is sometimes is when we get things that we need without realizing that we need it. One such story can be found in the episode of The Twilight Zone called, "What You Need".  Ironically it aired on December 25, 1959 and it was the twelfth episode in Season One. It starred Steve Cochran as Fred Renard and Ernest Truex as Pedott, a peddler. 

The episode is simple, a meek old man approaches strangers and gifts them things they may need because he has the uncanny ability to to gift people what they need before they need it. But things then go wrong when Renard keeps asking the peddler for more items that he may need. Time and again Renard is saved from whatever item the peddler gave him (or that he takes) until it backfires on him permanently. Renard wants to take more than the peddler is willing to give and in the end although he gets what he needs, he pays the ultimate price for his greed.

We may not be able to see into the future like the peddler does but what if we were able to give ourselves and others what they needed instead of what they may want? For the holidays, the new year to come, or just any day, maybe we can give more of what is needed. For example, we could reach out and call someone we haven't spoken to in a while, we can text a friend "hello", mail a birthday card to loved one, or even just simply comment on their photo letting them know how fantastic it was. What if we pampered ourselves more by doing a face mask, painting our nails, or watching a nice movie? Giving ourselves and others around us the little things that we may need can really uplift our spirits and theirs as well. We can't go out and do the usual things we did to support others or to tend to our own well beings but there are so many other ways we can help each other along these challenging journeys we are all on. 

So next time you give think about what you may want, think about what the peddler might give you if you saw him. And ask yourself, what do I really need? 

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The 4 Lessons I Learned from Miracle on 34th Street

December 19, 2020

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947) is one of those quintessential Christmas movies that for many of us, is a part of our childhood holiday memories. Starring Maureen O'HaraJohn PayneNatalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn. Natalie Wood was just nine years old when this film came out and was already her sixth film.

The story follows the Walker family (O'Hara and Wood), their neighbor Fred Gailey, and the illusive Kris Kringle. From beginning to end you can't help but wonder if Kris Kringle is really Santa Claus. It keeps you wrapped up in this sweet mystery all the while teaching valuable life lessons.

Here are 4 lessons I learned after watching Miracle on 34th Street:

1. We should never forget what it feels like to be a child whether we are a child still or all grown up. Keeping a connection to our innocence and fun keeps us young at heart.

2. Be passionate about the things you love. Kris loves being Santa Claus so whether he is or isn't doesn't matter. He loves what he does.

3. Don't use your past as a way to stop yourself from living a fuller and happier life. We all make mistakes, some big and some small. We are all perfectly imperfect. Don't use your past as an excuse to not be your best self.

4. Believe in the impossible. Not everything can be explained. Just repeat after me, "I believe...I believe... I believe."

Miracle on 34th Street really embodies the spirit of Christmas. The spirit the reminds us of the importance of friendship, love, and faith.

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8 Essential Classic Christmas Albums

December 13, 2020

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It's that time of the year where we bring in the Christmas cheer and play our holiday music. For some of us its on a radio or on our phones, but for others it may be playing old fashioned vintage vinyls on a record player. I find myself lucky that both my husband and I grew up with listening to music on a record player. Both sets of our parents listened to their records often and I remember listening to them while lying down on a pillow in the living room. Listening to vinyl records now brings back good and sweet memories. It also brings me that glimmer of Christmases past.

I happen to own a few classic Christmas albums from Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and Doris Day to name a few, and they are such a treat to listen to. Even my children have a good time putting on the record and listening with me.

There are loads of holiday albums out there to choose from both vintage and modern. I wanted to share with you eight essential classic Christmas albums that I think are worth giving a listen to.  I mean who doesn't want to hear Elvis singing "I'll be home for Christmas" or The Beach Boys sing "Little Saint Nick". These albums truly bring in the beauty of Christmas cheer. Try them out and give them a listen during this holiday season.

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Be Inspired: Find Inspiration and Express It

December 10, 2020

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It's most likely with winter or summer where you are. One extreme weather or another. The holidays are in full swing, the pandemic continues to roll out its fury, and you might be feeling stuck. Sucky weather, holiday stresses, and limited access to "normality" can make any one of us cranky, depressed, or creatively stunted. I have personally felt it all. My four walls albeit cozy and warm have been my constant here at AVN HQ. My days are filled with the same things on repeat; housework, kids school work, and keeping everyone in a good frame of mind. 

And what am I doing for myself you may ask? The need for creativity for a creative person is like the need for a clean, fresh cup of water on any given day. You need it and it needs you. So in the midst of it all my go-to creativity tip is to look for inspiration everywhere. Look at the movie you just watched, look at Pinterest, look at some magazines, but don't stop looking.

Here I am in the middle of a bad weather day. It has been raining a lot here in New York and in the middle of school lessons I dolled up and went outside by my house and striked a pose. Why? Aren't I tired, unmotivated, or feeling drained. Of course I am but to keep myself going and my creative juices flowing despite not being able to attend events or traipse around Manhattan, sometimes you just need to grab hold of that inspiration and express it.

And express it is exactly what I did. With the holidays all around us the color red is a popular color choice when it comes to fashion. A few years into blogging I found my love for this color to run deeper than I though it could and now I wear it year round. One of my favorite color combinations is red and blue. It's classic and they are my two favorite colors. I was inspired by some 1970's photos I came across on my PINTEREST of jumper dresses. 

Comfy and cute is a must when I put together an outfit and this one checked all the boxes. I paired my blue corduroy jumper dress with a striped turtleneck top and a 1970's red knitted cape. I could have painted the town red with this outfit and I might just do that one day. Until then although I am not a big fan of getting dolled up without a purpose, I think in these special circumstances we should do exactly that. 

If fashion is your jam then doll up whenever you can. It doesn't matter that no one will see you. Just do it. Look for inspiration all over the place and grab hold of the things that make you feel good. In these trying times if a cute outfit and some red lipstick will make you feel better than you did the day before. Go for it. I have been doing this as much as I possibly can because not only do I want to bring you vintage fashion inspiration but I want to inspire myself as well. We all need some pick-me-ups so why not put on a cute top and red beret next time you run errands. It just might make you feel yourself again which we all need.

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Outfit: Blue Corduroy Jumper from Modcloth, Striped Turtleneck from
 J Crew, and Vintage 1970's Red Knitted Cape.

Did You Know? White Christmas (1954)

December 06, 2020

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When I think of Christmas I always think of 1954's White Christmas. I have a small handful of favorite Christmas films that I have to watch every year and this is one of them. There are so many things I love about this film. The comedy, the romance, the dance numbers, Danny Kaye, and the costumes just to name a few wonderful things about this movie.

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, this film with put you straight in the mood. But have you ever wondered about the background stories of the making of this film? Here are some facts about White Christmas (1954) that you may or may not know but hopefully will find it as interesting as I do.

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When the character Judy Haynes sings, you're actually hearing Rosemary Clooney or singer Trudy Stevens. The only time Vera's real singing voice is heard is when they disembark the train in Vermont and the quartet sing the opening lines of "Snow.

When the film came out, Rosemary was 26, and Vera-Ellen, 33. Even more striking? Bing, who plays her love interest, was 51 when the movie debuted.

The film was the highest-grossing movie of 1954 with a box office take of $12 million. 

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Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye's comedy act wasn't originally in the story. They were goofing around, though, and director Michael Curtiz found it so hilarious that he wrote it in. Apparently, the actors found it comical, too: The laughing during the number is real.

Although Dean Jagger was made out to be the "old man", Bing Crosby was actually six months older than Dean in real life.

When Bob looks at a picture of Benny Haynes, "The Dog-Faced Boy," it's actually an image of a grown-up Carl Switzer. He's best remembered for playing Alfalfa in the original Our Gang, also known as the The Little Rascals.

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According to Rosemary Clooney, the "midnight snack" scene in which Bob Wallace expounds on his theory of what foods cause what dreams was almost entirely improvised.

Percy Helton, who plays the railroad conductor, also appears in another holiday movie, playing the drunk Santa Claus at the beginning of Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

At 18, Vera-Ellen was one of the youngest Radio City Rockettes.

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During the "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" sequence Danny Kaye is wearing gray and Vera-Ellen is wearing pink. Pink and gray was the hot color combination in 1954.

"Judy" was shorter than "Betty" so in an effort to make them even heights for their song numbers, although their shoes were matching, Judy's heels were higher.

Bob Fosse was the uncredited choreographer.

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Throughout the film, dancer George Chakiris accompanies the Haynes sisters in an uncredited role. But soon after, he received the credit he was due: He later won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as Bernardo in West Side Story. 

The Vermont inn is the remodeled Connecticut inn set from Bing Crosby's earlier movie Holiday Inn (1942).

After Fred and Bing's success in Holiday Inn, this film was intended to reunite them. But Fred had "retired" by the time White Christmas was shot 12 years later and he declined. Then, the part was offered to Donald O'Connor (known for Singin' in the Rain) but he pulled out after an illness. Then, the part was reworked for Danny Kaye.

AVN Book Club: Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes

December 03, 2020

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An elf's job is never done and when December comes rolling by it means its time to get ready and excited about the holiday season. I have been keeping busy with decorating the house, greeting Phoebe the Ef, and all sort of other Elfing jobs to help Santa out this year. My kids are beginning to question Santa's greatness but I reassured them that it is worth believing in the magic.

And what a wonderful way to start the holiday season than with some vintage holiday inspiration. One of my favorite go-to books for vintage holiday inspiration is a book by Charles Phoenix called Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes. This book is chalk full of vintage inspired recipes and information about the way the holidays were celebrated in the 1950's and 1960's. The section on Christmas is the longest section in the book but he covers Halloween, Easter, and Valentine's Day, just to name a few.

I find vintage recipe books to be too overwhelming because they usually don't have any photos of what the end product would look like. Unlike most vintage recipe books, this book is covered from front to back with colorful images of all the recipes. 

I tried the Astro Weenie Christmas Tree last year and it was a hit with my family. I plan to make another one this year but this time instead of using fruit and meat I will make it a dessert Astro Christmas Tree. It was so much fun to make and Charles Phoenix with his detailed recipes made me feel confident that I could make vintage inspired holiday treats.

If you are looking for vintage holiday inspiration that you can use all year round, make sure to ask Santa to put a copy of this book under your tree.

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A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger, Holiday Jubliee Book Review, Charles Phoenix, Retro Recipes, Retro Holidays, Retro Book Recommendation, Holiday Jubilee Book, Charles Phoenix
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger, Holiday Jubliee Book Review, Charles Phoenix, Retro Recipes, Retro Holidays, Retro Book Recommendation, Holiday Jubilee Book, Charles Phoenix
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger, Holiday Jubliee Book Review, Charles Phoenix, Retro Recipes, Retro Holidays, Retro Book Recommendation, Holiday Jubilee Book, Charles Phoenix
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger, Holiday Jubliee Book Review, Charles Phoenix, Retro Recipes, Retro Holidays, Retro Book Recommendation, Holiday Jubilee Book, Charles Phoenix
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger, Holiday Jubliee Book Review, Charles Phoenix, Retro Recipes, Retro Holidays, Retro Book Recommendation, Holiday Jubilee Book, Charles Phoenix
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blogger, Holiday Jubliee Book Review, Charles Phoenix, Retro Recipes, Retro Holidays, Retro Book Recommendation, Holiday Jubilee Book, Charles Phoenix


 

 
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