Merry VINTAGE Christmas To You All!!

December 25, 2013

I would like to wish all of you a very merry and peace-filled holiday. xox

Must See Holiday TV

December 24, 2013

The holidays are always a busy time of the year but by golly to top it all off there will be some incredible shows on Christmas Day.

I do realize that 3/4 of these shows will be aired in the UK and Miss Fisher's will be aired in Australia, so for those who live in the States then I can highly recommend using tunnelbear. Its an online device that allows you to watch shows in those countries as well as Japan and Germany I believe. If not, they will soon come to a television near you! Call the Midwife airs on December 29th but Doctor Who, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and Downton Abbey all air on Christmas Day. Will you be watching???

Looking Back At Christmas Posts Gone By

December 23, 2013

With the Christmas just about here I thought it would be nice to look back and share former posts that I had written in Bunny's Victory.

Some may or may not know but I have been a vintage blogger since July 2011. I really needed to change my blog name and set up to match with what I love about vintage in a way that was more authentic to me.

Ironically I basically blog about the same things that I did before but now under my new blog name, A Vintage Nerd, it just makes more sense now. I know it does to me and I hope it does for you!!

Here's hoping that the Christmas preparations and festivities are super fabulous for you all! When you get the chance, scroll down and take a peak at my past Christmas posts and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Classic Holiday Films Edition of What Would You Do?

December 19, 2013

I hope you enjoyed my Classic Films of 1939 Edition of What Would You Do! Today, I bring you some well loved holiday films and ask yourself....what would you do?

In the film Christmas in Connecticut, Barbara Stanwyck's character, Elizabeth Lane is a writer for a magazine. Her articles are all about the domestic life; cooking, cleaning, tending to a baby, and oodles more. She later gets news that her editor wants her to host a special Christmas dinner for a soldier and show him an old fashioned Christmas.

Halarity ensues when she poses as a wife and a mother (with borrowed babies in tow) and pretends to play the part of a domestic goddess not only to the solider but to her editor as well. One look at the solider and Elizabeth is smitten...

What Would You Do?

Would you have risked your job and writing career (not to mention that new fur coat you bought) by telling your editor the truth that your image is all a farce? Would you have said "yes" to getting married to a man just to save your career? Or perhaps have told the solider the minute you saw him that you aren't really married but that you think he is sooo swoon worthy and dreamy and you want to skip all the drama and run off to the sunset with him?

In the spectacularly classic film, It's a Wonderful Life, Jimmy Stewart brings to life the journey of one George Bailey. George has some money missing for the savings and loans funds and is told by Mr. Potter that he worth more dead than alive. That is the jist of it but really this film is one heck of an epic story!

George is shown by an angel named Clarence what life would have been life if he was never alive. George sees how important his life was and in the end is saved by the town he so loved and helps an angel get his wings.

What Would You Do?

Would you have jumped off a bridge to bring money to your family? Would you have ran around town saying "Merry Christmas" like some loon who had too many Christmas drinks at Martini's Bar? Would you have sang "Auld Lang Syne" with the folks from your town after you have been basically given a second chance at life or started singing some hymn from Church in order to say thanks to God for that blessing? Would you have really just winked and said, "Atta boy, Clarence" or would you have just screamed out loud, "Angels DO exist!!!". Gee, I guess if you did that they would have locked up for sure and poor ole George already went through enough that day.

In Miracle on 34th Street, we have two characters who have become cynical about the mysteries of life. One who is jaded by a husband who left her and another who is influenced directly from that jaded person.

Here we have Doris and Susan Walker who go about their daily lives not believing in Santa. That is til a noisy neighbor named Fred and a special old man named Kris come into their lives and challenge their belief in magic in every way possible.

What Would You Do?

Would you listen to your mommy and not believe in fairy tales? Would you really let your daughter hang out with a single man who you do NOT know in his apartment? Just saying, geesh how times have changed hehe Would you have not given Kris the benefit of the doubt and at least think he was a sweet crazy old man? Or would you have believed him right away that he was Santa? Would you have asked Santa for a real house or a doll house? Really now, what sort of little girl asks for a real house?? Oh, I guess a really, really clever one?!

White Christmas has a lot of "What would you do?" moments. It all starts out with a bunch of fellas fighting for freedom in World War II. One fella named Davis saves another fella named Wallace and a musical two man show is created!

From there the boys become household names and they garner the attention of a sister act. They are the sisters of another solider they fought with in the war and see them perform as a favor to him.

Before you know it they are singing in drag and taking a train to Vermont where they discover their old Major General making an attempt to run an Inn. There's lots of singing and dancing and a few lies here and there but in the end there are loads of kisses and loads of snow just in time for Christmas.

What Would You Do?

Would you have really used your injury to manipulate another person to create a song and dance team? Would you have dressed in drag and performed in front of a live audience just to save two ladies you barely know from getting in trouble with their landlord? Would you have taken the train to Vermont on a whim because of some cutie smiling back at you? Would you have lied to your sister just so she could let up a little and let you fly the coup? Lastly, would you have eaves dropped on a conversation and just up and left your sister and potential beau WITHOUT getting the proper information beforehand? Just shows you one must not ever assume and ask before you leave a nice old Vermont Inn to go sing in some fabulous black gown with some hot guys in a club in somewhere town, USA.

AVN Book Club: Have Yourself A Very Vintage Christmas

December 17, 2013

If you are a big fan of the season of Christmas or just love to decorate or looking for vintage Christmas inspiration and ideas-this book is a must have.

Have Yourself A Very Vintage Christmas: Crafts, Decorating Tips, and Recipes, 1920's-1960s by Susan Waggoner is a gem of a book. Just when you thought you wouldn't be able to have a 1920's themed Christmas or a 1960's themed Christmas, Waggoner comes out with this jammed packed book! It is filled with detailed directions on how to make a Christmas according to a specific decade, how to make garlands, wreaths, and ornaments. 

Here are a few reasons why this book is such a must read:

  1. The author explains how to use the book
  2. The author also encourages the reader to be creative and use these ideas for inspiration
  3. The author divides the decades into chapters and includes plenty of visuals
  4. There are brief explanations on why certain decorations were used during that specific decade
  5. Recipes are included which all sound yummy
  6. There are pages and pages of images that one can scan and use in a section called Art Portfolio
  7. Really nice introductions to each decade 
  8. Loads and I mean, loads of ideas-truly the author outdoes herself!

If you are looking for some vintage Christmas inspiration. Look no further. This book is chock full of inspiration.

Remembering Joan Fontaine

December 16, 2013

Joan Fontaine passed on yesterday on December 15, 2013 at the age of 96. She was once quoted saying, "I married first, won the Oscar before Olivia (sister Olivia de Havilland) did, and if I die first, she'll undoubtedly be livid because I beat her to it!" That did indeed come true although I doubt her sister would have been filled with annoyance and more with sadness.

Joan starred in films such as; The Women (1939), Rebecca (1940), The Constant Nymph (1943), and Born to be Bad (1950). Her final roles were parts in TV movies. There is something very haunting and vulnerable about the way Joan acted in her roles. You couldn't help but feel invested in what would happen to her character. She will always remain one of my favorite Old Hollywood actress for her beauty and grace.

She once said, "You know, I've had a helluva life. Not just the acting part. I've flown in an international balloon race. I've piloted my own plane. I've ridden to the hounds. I've done a lot of exciting things." Joan lived her life fully and without regret. 

TCM Classic Film Tour of NYC

December 13, 2013

On Decemeber 1st, hubby and I attended the TCM Classic Film Tour in their celebration for the 20th Anniversary. And did I mention that it was FREE! Yes it was! As you can imagine, New York is a very pricey city to live in whether you live in Manhattan or in the other boroughs. Either way finding fun and free things to do as a couple or as a family especially in New York makes the event so much sweeter!

A red magnificent tour bus came to pick us up and I was in awe because the TCM tour book was amazing. The tour guide was very informative and I loved how each film clip that she showed matched the area we were at because it made the experience so magical.

We got a chance to stop at a few places. One site I was DYING to see was the townhouse where Audrey Hepburn filmed Breakfast at Tiffany's as Holly Golightly. It was so neat to see. We also stopped by the Queensboro Bridge aka Ed Koch Bridge where you can see it in Woody Allen's film Manhattan. It was also our 11th Anniversary of when we first met. Our first date was on December 7th but because of the Pearl Harbor Anniversary we always celebrated on the 1st. So here we are being all romantic by the bridge.

What I also loved about this tour was that we got to see Manhattan from a different view. I saw buidlings and areas in the city that I never saw up close and boy I loved it. I mean the architecture alone is to die for. I am now game to doing a tour anytime I travel because you get to see the area that you are at in a boarder and bigger spectrum and I like that.I also stood on the subway grate where Marilyn Monroe had her skirt famously go up in The Seven Year Itch. Goodness I must have passed that area a zillion times and low and behold it was right there. Pretty neat I must say!

Our last stop on the tour and where we said goodbye to our fabulous tour guide, Sarah, was at Grand Central Station. I haven't seen it in a while since we drive mostly now and don't take the trains as frequently as we would like. They fixed it all up for their 100th Anniversary and it was sparkling!!! The original colors were brought back and my it was so pretty. We ended our little anniversary jaunt at a soup and sandwich place that is just super yum called Potbelly Sandwich Shop. A perfect way to end the day in the city.

How To Say Merry Christmas To A Vintage Nerd

December 12, 2013

What to get the vintage nerd in your life? Books, of course. There are so many fabulous vintage inspired books out there but I chose five that you many want to gift another vintage nerd or perhaps you may add one of these to your Christmas wishlist. What would you add to this list?

Must See TV: Bomb Girls Movie

December 11, 2013

Many of you have taken a peek at the 1940's World War II drama called Bomb Girls. I have been hooked on the show since the beginning, the writing and the characters are fantastic, truly.

I have shared on my prior blog about this show a few times:

Sadly after two award winning seasons they did cancel the show but thanks to fans like you and I, they just completed a two hour Bomb Girls film! I am proud to say that I joined the bandwagon on Save Bomb Girls site and donated to the cause! I say if you love or adore something to bits, why not fight for it?! I mean here are a lot of shows that kill our brain cells while watching, might as well fight for a show that lifts ones spirits and keeps the history of the past alive for the younger generations. I found three photos from the making of the film via Twitter-the first one above and the two below. It's REAL and it happened and it will be aired the first quarter of 2014.

If you are a fan of Bomb Girls, swing by to the Save Bomb Girls official page as well as their Twitter or their Facebook page. At the moment they are doing a rally of V-Mail to continue to try and convince the network (Global TV) to continue the show or perhaps have Netflix pick it up where the movie lets go.

For now according to some of the actors on the show, the film has tied up all the loose ends that Season Two left us hanging on. Swing on by to Save Bomb Girls when you can. It is a show made by woman, about women, in remembrance for the women who helped fight for freedom and we shouldn't lose such an outstanding show!

Classic Films of 1939 Edition of What Would You Do?

December 10, 2013

Did you ever think to yourself, "I would never have done that?" or "I would have done that SO differently!" after you have viewed a film? I thought it would be fun to take a peak at some well known classic films from 1939 and ask yourself, "what would you do?"

In the film The Women, Mary Haines divorces her husband who was cheating on her she realizes that she still loves him and that she must fight for him. Although he married the woman he was cheating on his wife with, Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) paints her nails jungle red-her fighting gloves so to speak.

At the end of the film, Mary wins Stephen back and runs to him. Mary's approach to her husband cheating on her was one that modern women took. Most women stood by their cheating husbands and turned the other cheek as her mother wanted her to do (as she did herself with her own husband)

What Would You Do?

Would you have approached your husband with the affair or stuck it out in silence. Would you have divorced Stephen only to run back to him when he was free of his new wife? Would you have fought for him at all??

In the end of the film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy (Judy Garland) wakes up to find her family and friends surrounding her bed. She is frazzled and confused and is wondering, "did she just dream that whole adventure up?"

What Would You Do?

Would you have believed everyone that it was just a dream? Would you have just brushed it off as if battling evil witches and scary flying monkey's was a part of your vivid imagination? Or would you have asked Auntie M if you could be admitted to the nearest psychiatric ward in town and just settle for losing your mind?

Beau Geste is film starring Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, and Robert Preston as brothers. A family jewel goes missing and the two elder brother leave and join the French Foreign Legion. The youngest brother John (Milland) follows his brothers in the hope to find out what happened to the missing jewel.

What Would You Do?

If something so valuable that it is called the "Blue Water" disappears and your brothers disappear and each leave behind a note of their confession, would you try to find out really happened? If so, would you follow your brothers into the Foreign Legion only to have to deal with a sadistic Sergeant and oh I dunno, warfare? 

For my last 1939 film in my What Would You Do Series, I chose The Little Princess. It holds a special place in my heart as I can relate to how little Sarah feels about her daddy.

Sara (Shirley Temple) is placed in a school for girls due to her father being called to duty to fight in the Second Boer War. Sara is treated like a little princess until a letter comes in stating that her father was killed and that his wealth has been confiscated. She becomes a little slave to the cruel Miss Minchin but never loses hope that she will find her father one day.

And one day she does with the help of another royal, Queen Victoria.

What Would You Do?

Would you have told the Queen (after you "bumped" into her) that you were searching for your daddy? Would you have smiled happily at the Queen and pointed to your daddy, showing her that you found him? Or, would you have told the Queen about the cruel doings of Miss Minchin and asked that she be brought to justice or at least investigated for child cruelty? Would you have smiled happily at the Queen when she left or smiled mischievously knowing that the Queen of England would help you get justice for Miss Minchin's crimes?

Must Watch TV: Call The Midwife

December 09, 2013

Call The Midwife is returning to tvland this month here in the states, The Christmas special will be aired on Sunday, December 19th at 7:30 pm. Season Three will begin in the states on March 30th until May May 18, 2014 and will air on Sundays at 8:00 pm.

Those in the states can find more information on this PBS site and those in the UK can find more information on this BBC One site. I have blogged about this moving show in my prior blog and if you would like to read it you can find it here.

Here is a brief synopsis about the up and coming Christmas special:

Call the Midwife Holiday Special 

In 1958 Poplar, the holidays are not just about the opening of presents, but also about the closing of deep wounds. Although the weather is unseasonably mild for this time of year, the lives of the midwives are anything but calm. Jenny’s relationship with Alec continues to blossom and Shelagh’s (formerly Sister Bernadette) quiet wedding to Dr. Turner is underway.
When a thousand-pound explosive is discovered, the district is evacuated and the Nonnatus House team is quick to take charge to ensure that the community is safe and warm. Always one to keep spirits high, Chummy decides to forge ahead with the Cubs Christmas party. However, just when the community’s holiday spirit is renewed, Poplar faces an outbreak of polio, with the repercussions of the illness affecting the nurses and nuns more than they could have ever imagined.

If you haven't seen Call the Midwife just yet Netflix is currently streaming both Seasons One and Two! If you don't have Netflix you can always invest in the dvd sets that are available as well. And just in case you just can't get enough of these amazing nuns and midwives, you can pick up a copy of Jennifer Worth's books on Amazon.

SAVE Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

December 06, 2013

Last month I shared with you the fabulous show about a women detective named Phryne Fisher. Here in the states Season One is available on Netflix and Season Two has aired already in Australia. Some of you may have already seen Season One and are longing for Two, some of you may have caught Season Two and are longing for the Christmas Special-either way one just cannot get enough of Miss Fisher!!

Season Three has not been announced just yet and there is talk that there might not be one. I can attest to the fact that each episode gets better and better and the story lines juicer. It really is some amazing television! To support Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries I found a petition that could help save the show and allow it to be signed on for another season. You and I know that it should be but you know the workings in tvland is about the mighty dollar.

So, swing on by and sign the petition. Every little bit helps. If you can, also share this post with others or the link and pass the word on! We cannot lose more period themed shows on our watch!! Here is the link to the Petition: SAVE Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

AVN Book Club: Women Heroes of WWII

December 04, 2013

There are just some things I feel strongly that humanity should never forget and the generation of men and women who fought and lived through World War II is one of them. The horrors that humanity endured are nothing new, sad but true but we should never forget what people are capable of. People are capable of acts that derive from nightmares but people are also capable of acts that derive from what I can call, the stuff that heroes are made of.

I personally feel that heroes can be anyone. Just as we are all capable of doing horrible things we are just as capable of doing things we never thought we were able to do. We are capable of pushing ourselves to the limit, the put aside fear and push through whatever mess is put in front of us and preserve.

I think we are amazing. And one amazing point in our human history that strikes a cord with me over and over again in the time we spent fighting for freedom and human rights during World War II. And let's not mention that the American's fought on two parts of the world. I mean, darn, our boys were tough!

I can across this wonderful book written by Kathryn J. Atwood called Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espiange, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue. The book is broken down to segments of countries and highlighted some of the bravest women I have heard of in a long time. It made me feel proud of my sex but also made me feel proud that people stood up for what was right and looked at the evil that people around them were creating and fought against it. The countries mentioned are: Germany, Poland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and The United States. The lives and works of 26 outstanding women are highlighted in a way that not only do you get a glimpse of who they were/are, but it creates an appetite to want to know more.

Before I share some of the heroes that moved me the most, I would like to point on some fantastic things I found in this book. First I must applaud the author of explaining in terms that anyone could understand, the complications and exact breakdown of how the war began, why, and how it progressed. I love that she did that and it really gave me a clear background in which I could envision these women doing the deeds that they so bravely accomplished.

Each segment (countries) also explains what was happening the country that includes the heroines. Also, you will find added information that are boxed off as well as photos and further reading recommendations.
If you decided to read this book, which I hope some of you are able to at some point, be prepared to be filled with all sorts of thoughts and emotions. The stories inside are frank and you may find yourself feeling and thinking things you didn't expect to. The stories of these women are OUR stories. No matter what country they were from, what language they spoke, or what God they worshiped-they are us and we are them.

Many of the stories touched me deeply but one haunted me. I suspect it is because I am a mother but the story of Irena Sendler kept me at the edge of my seat. Mind you this is just a part of her story. Irena was a Polish nurse and social worker who was also Roman Catholic. While she worked as a social worker she teamed up with some of her co-workers and attempted to smuggle children of all ages out of the ghettos.

Imagine a strange women that you have never seen or heard of before knocking on your door in this make shift community and telling you quietly that she may be able to save the life of your child but to do so you must had them over. What? Huh? My mind still reels from that. I put myself in the shoes of those parents and I can only imagine the ones who did decide to take the risk of saving their child's life died inside when they handed them over.

Sometimes I think it is invaluable to our human condition to put ourselves in the shoes of another and just for a moment try and grasp their situation. What would I do? Would I trust this stranger with my babies? Would I ever see their little faces again? Irena was able to save many of these children from infants to teenagers. Altogether she helped save about 400 children. She saved their names in a jar and kept it buried in hopes of reuniting them with their Jewish names/heritage as well as their families. Sadly, many of them never saw their families again because many of those parents perished in the Treblinka camp.

Irena's story was simple. She asked herself one day, "what can I do to help?" and she found a way. She lived to the beautiful age of 98 years old and was not only reunited with many children that she saved but also connected with many young people over the years and shared her story.

All of the women in this book as well as those who are unknown to us were heroes. Plain and simple. At the end of the book you may ask yourself, "what would I do?" and I think it is an important question to ask.

Dressing Up For Thanksgiving

December 02, 2013

Thanksgiving~a day of feasting and being thankful. This year we spent it with my in-laws and I dressed up for the very first time. Well, I usually dress up but not with a 1960's dress and all it's fixings! I wore a late 1950's/early 1960's mini floral day dress purchased from one of my favorite Etsy vintage sellers, HolliePoint.  I love that the seller carries a variety of sizes. I paired up my dress with some carved jewelry that was purchased at an antique mall in MO and a carved cream colored bracelet that was gifted to me. Luckily all the pieces matched even though they were purchased it separately. 

I love mom or mother brooches. I have a weakness for them as you can imagine. This sweet one was gifted to me. Isn't the pattern of the dress so pretty. Oh I just love these style of dresses. Best part of the day by far was being with my husband and children. Nothing more comforting and they are what I am most thankful for.

Being Thankful

November 28, 2013

It is Thanksgiving here in the States and although it is important to always keep in mind what you are thankful for, today I gave it extra thought. Of course my list is actually longer but I would like to share some of them with you.

  •  My husband and children. They keep me exhausted, partially insane, and deliriously happy.
  • Oh sleep how I miss thee! I am thankful anytime I can get some extra zzzzz's
  •  Cinema. Thank you to the creators of Hollywood and all the films you made and make.
  • Books and more books. I am grateful to have eyes to read (and see) and the ability to enjoy (and consume) all the books I can get my hands on.
  • I love to write and as of the past three years, I love to blog. It feeds my brain and keeps me social as I tackle the everyday joys of being a housewife and mom.
  • I started taking photos with my first camera at twelve years old and have loved it ever since. I am grateful I was able to upgrade my camera (named Gidget) and take some extra fabulous photos of my family and for my blog.
  • I am thankful for the fashions of yesteryear. I love how so many outfits where pretty and even sometimes sexy but they were never too revealing. I also love how feminine everything was!
  • British TV, what would I do without you? Most of my favorite shows are BBC made and well, I just love the British and their writing styles. Their shows are always so well thought out and the story lines are never disappointing!
  •  I adore the community of vintage bloggers. What an exceptional community it is!
  • Last, but never ever least are the brave men and women of yesteryear and today who try their best to serve their countries and bring freedom and peace to this world.
What are you all thankful for?

Decorating Your Wrists

November 26, 2013

The wrist. A largely ignored part of the body that at times we may forget to decorate. Many of us wear earrings or a necklace, perhaps even a watch. But we may forget that the wrist can be a place where many a beautiful bauble can rest upon.

There is such a wide range of goodies that one can obtain within the realm of Etsy, Ebay, Yard Sales, Vintage Fairs, Antique Malls, and Thrift Shops. All you have to do is keep your eyes open and your wrists free so you can try them all on! Like anything else I find it is best when you can try on the bracelets in person but if you know the measurements of your wrists then you should be able to shop just fine via the internet.

Aside from silver or gold styled bracelets, there are also carved, jeweled, or beaded bracelets. There are also two types of vintage plastic name Lucite and Bakelite. Lucite is the weakest type while Bakelite is the sturdiest. I only own one Bakelite bracelet for now but have been focusing my eyes on Moonglow!

Both Moonglow and Lucite are the most affordable compared to Bakelite. I love how colorful the Moonglow's are and have never spent more than ten dollars for a bracelet. I have a few Lucite but I think that will be my next type of bracelet to acquire more of.

When you begin collecting more wrist decor, I highly suggest that you aim to collect all sorts of colors. A big addition to any wardrobe or particular outfit is accessories. I feel like if you let say have a variety of colors of bracelets (earrings, brooches, etc) then you can create more versatile outfits and even make the simplest looking outfit look dazzling with fabulous accessories.

I don't think bracelets are for everyone. Some may find it uncomfortable or cumbersome to wear, but they are worth trying out and seeing if it is something you would like to add to your wardrobe (Vintage or Not). Good luck on decorating your wrists! If you already have a collection of wrist baubles, what types of bracelets are your favorite and why?

50 Years of Doctor Who

November 23, 2013

Some of you may or may not know but I am a huge fan of Doctor Who. I think there are many different types of fans, some are hardcore, some into cosplay, some are fan girls....I think since I am such a story driven person, I am one of the types of fans that loves the show because it is so incredibly well written. I don't think it hurts that it also tends to include a multitude of categories that are included in story telling such as, drama, horror, action, adventure, romance, and comedy. And not to mention that every story is epic in one way or another. I am also a huge fan of epic stories.

Today the world celebrated 50 years of Doctor Who. Many shows don't last a season let alone 50 years so I think it is commendable that it has endured the changing times; disco, mohawks, cell phones, and everything else in between that has happened in the past 50 years!

In honor of today I decided to do an impromptu photo shoot. I used my Doctor #9 sonic screwdriver and my souvenir magazine that my friend sent me from the U.K. as my props. I wore my 1950's Tardis blue dress, the same one I wore for my photo shoot this past summer. I accessories it with a simple black cardigan, black gloves, a pair of crystal shaped earrings (not seen sadly in the photos but very pretty), and my moonglow bracelets.

I also would love to share with you some past posts from my previous blog that are based on DW. I was doing a special series that included my favorite episodes from each "new" season and a coordinating outfit based on a character. I think I will like to continue that series. Not necessarily just DW but other shows and films. It makes dressing up so much more fun. What do you think?

Previous Post From Bunny's Victory (Blog):

The Tardis Has Landed! In My Dining Room! (A birthday party from two yrs ago!)

TCM's 20th Anniversary

November 21, 2013
tcm 20 year anniversary
I have some great news to share with all you classic film lovers! TCM is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and in honor of this celebration they are offering loads of free events for fans!

I already signed up for a three hour tour (not to Gilligan's island though!) for two weeks from today. The tour will take place all around Manhattan and we will see all the places up close where many classic films were made. I am particularly excited to see the brownstone that Audrey Hepburn's character Holly Golightly lived in, in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

The events will last until April 14, 2014 so I highly suggest you check the TCM site or their Facebook page or their Anniversary page. Click on the highlighted words and they will take you to those pages.

One of the reasons I love TCM (aside from the films and information) is its debonair host, Robert Osborne. Listening to him speak about films just makes you love them even more. If you love classic films, then shoot over the the TCM sites I linked on my post and join in the celebratory events!

Writing Letters to Classic Film Stars

November 20, 2013

Would you ever consider writing a letter to a film star that you admire or adore? Many of us enjoy films especially classic films and yet sadly there only a small number of classic film actors alive today. Wouldn't it be nice if we could in some way communicate with our idols of old hollywood?

For a few years now I have been wanting to reach out to those people and send them a letter. So you know what? I am. I am going to do just that! I have compiled a list of 45 classic film stars and decided to start small and focus on ten at a time. I chose my top ten favorites and scoured the internet for as many addresses as I could find.

Next step is to order some new blog business cards and some proper stationary. I am torn between using note cards or stationary because as much as I want to ramble on about how much I admire them and their work, I know that short and sweet letters are most likely the way to go. I am also debating whether I should send them a small list of questions for my blog or a book for them to sign. I may just try both. It would also be savvy to provide them with a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) so they could return a response back.

Afterwards, I will have to wait with baited breathe. I have to be honest, I am nervous to take on this project. But I have decided to trust in my letter writing skills (I penpalled for 15 yrs) and my sincere approach of my forever love for classic film.

If you are curious to know who I am mailing my first letters too-here is my list:
  • Doris Day
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Rod Taylor
  • Joan Fontaine
  • Tippi Hedren
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Shirley Temple Black
  • Sidney Poitier 
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Rita Moreno
I will keep you all updated on the process and if you are interested in joining me on my first ever vintage nerd project, feel free to contact me via Facebook or my email and I will happily share the addresses to those on my list above.

Downton Abbey Lipgloss? Yes, Indeed! And Much More!

November 18, 2013

I know, I know! Downton Abbey has put out a little line of items in the UK as a mini celebration for the fourth season of the show. Gah!!!!! Once I discovered it online I immediately asked my UK vintage sistas to help me locate them and they led me to Marks & Spencer. You can find the entire line here and once I found it I knew I had to share it with all of you! 

The collection includes; soaps, lip balm, cosmetic bag, candle, bath decanter, bath gels, nail polish, lip gloss, and two different types of bath collections. Just fabulous! It is a lip gloss so you can apply it over a lipstick if you want a darker shade or apply more gloss to your lips. I love it, it smells good and it stays on for a while. I also like that I can wear it on my non-vintagey days. They are truly lovely and worth the splurge.

Must Watch TV: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

November 14, 2013

Phryne Fisher Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

If you haven't heard of the  fabulous Miss Phryne Fisher, then I am here to tell you all about her and her show!

The series is based on books written by Kerry Greenwood called A Phryne Fisher Mystery. Set in the 1920's with Australian as its backdrop, Phryne is an independent and ultra glamorous lady detective who solves cases while also driven to solve the mysterious death of her sister. In a time when women were rebelling against corsets or settling into the institute of marriage, Phryne's approach to life comes across as daring yet refreshing. She is single with multiple lovers, she has no children of her own and she is independently wealthy. Not to mention that she is also a bit of a firecracker!

Netflix is currently showing season one on streamline and season two is now available to the public. Well, if you live in Australia that is or have access to Aussie television (tunnelbear anyone?)

Phryne is a lady detective by trade who has the fashion sense and money of a film star. She brings along with her  a slew of friends/sidekicks if you will, those who help her out and assist in solving the mysteries (aka crimes). Detective Robinson is a prestigious detective and Constable Collins helps him out in cases. Then there is Dot-Phryne's maid, Mr. Butler-Phryne's butler (not kidding you), Bert and Cec-who help Phryne out as well, and her close friend who is also a doctor named Dr. Mac. Adding to the cast is Jane-her foster child and Aunt Prudence-Phryne's respectable aunt.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Cast

Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher, Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Robinson, 
Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Constable Collins, and Ashleigh Cummings as Dot

Dr. Mac Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Dr. Mac played by Tammy MacIntosh

Aunt Prudence Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Aunt Prudence played by Miriam Margolyes

Phryne Fisher Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

And I will not forget the stunning Essie Davis who plays the title role of Phryne Fisher oh so well. And I must mention the other star of this series.... the FASHION!

Oh, swoon on the fashion! Geez, I am ga-ga over the clothes in this show. Not only are the story lines well written and the characters charming, but the fashion just fills your eyes up with wonder. The costume designers must be in bliss being able to work on designs like the one above. Goodness, makes me wish it were the 1920's all over again and I were a rich and famous starlet. Oh...did I just write that out loud? Ooops, well a girl can fantasize once in a blue moon, right?

Now,  go tune in to Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and let yourself be transported to the 1920's, in style!

must watch tv- miss fisher's murder mysteries

Vintage Life Magazine: Doctor Who

November 12, 2013

What an honor to be in Vintage Life Magazine again! The first time I was a part of this amazing magazine was in February 2013 and you can see that post here. I went under my stage name Bunny Moreno and I spoke about the challenges of living a vintagey life while balancing a family and a disability.

This time around I wanted to be published under my proper birth name and write something a little more fun and less serious. This is the first time I have been published under my name and that is not even the best bit. The best is that I was able to share my work with the wonderful Celeste Giuliano Photography and my love for one of my all time favorite shows-Doctor Who.

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and I really wanted to express my love and appreciation for the great story telling and the good memories it has given me (and my children!). I decided I wanted a early 1960's look since the show began in 1963 and it all came out exactly like I had hoped. You can see more of the work Celeste and I did here.

5 Riveting Biographies in Remembrance of Veteran's Day

November 11, 2013

Today is Veteran's Day. It is a day to remember all of those who sacrificed their time, energy, and sometimes their lives in order to protect freedom. I am forever grateful that there are people who are willing to take on such a daunting task.

In honor of today, I compiled some reading suggestions on the lives and works of some of the brave who helped ensure we could have a better world.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Fall Edition

November 09, 2013

Like so many of you, I adore the Fall. I am defiantly not an extreme weather lover. I don't like it too cold or too hot. I guess I am like the baby bear from the children's story, "The Three Little Bears". I like it just right! And Fall weather is just right for me.

I love the season of Halloween. I love putting on a costume in general but Halloween has become super fun for me again because I get to experience it with my children. This year the baby (who just turned three), really grasped the concept of trick or treating and had a super blast with his brother and sister. They all decided what they wanted to be for Halloween and they chose to be Princess Peach, Mario, and Luigi from a old video game from the 80's.

Of course mama had to join in the fun this time around and with some thought I decided to go as Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's. Not from the black dress scene but the scene where she steals the cat mask with Paul. She wore a grey dress with a fabulous orange coat on her outing with Paul in the film (Holly not Audrey) and paired it with her stolen cat mask. It is an important moment in the film because that is when they both bond and she lets her guard down a bit.

I wore my 1950's grey/orange front zipper dress that I wore at the Chiller Expo the other day and although I aimed to put my hair up like it was in the film, I just didn't have enough time which is the way things usually work out when I decide to dress up. But I did pair it up with a look-a-like cat mask that was especially made to look like the one in the film. It was my splurge on myself.
I love Halloween and getting dressed up and trick or treating with my children. Heaps of fun at every turn.

When the weather gets chilly some people drink more coffee or hot chocolate. I have been drinking more tea lately and boy is it yummy. Green Tea is especially good for you and since I dislike the natural form of Green Tea, having it with a hint of Red Goji and Raspberry has been nothing but a delight. It  is like having your medicine with a dash of something a little more flavorful. Of course, I drink it out of my Audrey mug. A girl must drink her tea in style!

Leaves falling and taking long walks through the park. I love doing that with my children. We already did a few projects with leaves at home and they love looking at the changing of the colors. So do I!

Lastly, being able to curl up with a good book on a Fall day with a cardigan on and slouchy bean hat is bliss for me. Now, if only I could have a fireplace in my bedroom.....nah.....I will leave that for the winter edition of my favorite things!

12 Very Good Reasons To LOVE Downtown Abbey

November 08, 2013

What is not to love about Downton Abbey? Just nothing I think! But just in case you didn't have many reasons to love the show, I compiled a small list of reasons why DA is so worthy of your time and affection.

I promise that I will not give out any spoilers (not intentionally anyway) especially for those who have yet to see the show or yet to watch Season Four (the current season). The photos are a compilation of Seasons One to Four. Also, the list is not set to importance but rather to all the fantastic things one can find while watching the show and reveling in the amazing writing and story lines!

The first is one of the most entertaining and that is Mrs. Patmore-the head of the kitchen. Her quick whit and one liners just make watching the show so much fun and she makes so much darn sense. I think the wisest women in the entire show are Mrs. Patmore, Mrs. Hughes, and the Countess of Grantham (The Dowager). I love how straight up Mrs. Patmore is and clearly she is one smart cookie!

The Dowager Countess (Robert's mother). I mean what words come to mind but that she is feisty, strong willed, and determined to keep to the old ways of things. She is a symbol of their traditions and her role on the show is vital. She is a constant reminder that there are proper ways of doing things and that keeping to the rules is a valuable trait to behold. Let's not forget her famous one liners. She is quite the whipper snapper!

The fashion is something your eyes can feast on for days. The series began with the Edwardian era in 1912 and is now currently set in the early 1920's (the Jazz Age) so the fashion you see is just divine. The costume designers for this show should be applauded, truly. Each piece is so beautifully made and such care is taken to ensure it reflects the time and the status of the one wearing it. It really is a sight to behold!

Carson and Mrs. Hughes, what a pair they are! They have each other's backs and that of the household and their staff. Mrs. Hughes is the lady who can keep a secret and really lend her hand and support others. I love watching how she handles difficult situations and I love the friendship between these two.

Sibling rivalry. That is always something to keep your eye on. I don't have any sisters so I find the dynamic of the sisters and how different each of them are to be fascinating.

Thomas is naught sometimes but I adore him. He has such great potential and is such a strong and determined character. I look forward to seeing the mischief he gets himself into.

Who doesn't love a wedding? Beautiful gowns and celebrations galore. Happy occasions put smiles on our faces and I hope we get to see more wedding at Downton!

Daisy may hide in the shadows a bit a Downton but she has come a long way and one cannot help but cheer her on. I hope she finds true love and gets the happiness she has been searching for.

Mr. and Mrs. John Bates. If there ever was a love that will be long lasting it is there's! I look forward to seeing them as two little old people celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I just cannot help but love the way these two love each other. Sigh.

Branson or Tom or Tom Branson. It doesn't matter what you call him but his whole life changes by the power of love in ways he never dreamed it would. There is nothing but love for this character. He is sweet and kind, passionate and Irish, and by golly you just want to root for him to succeed at anything he does. Team Branson!

Lady Rose who is the great niece of the Dowager Countess. She is vivacious, energetic, and yearning to live life to the fullest. That is something people of her status do not often get to do. Watching her bring a sense of youth and vitality into the series has been exciting. She goes by the beat of her own drummer and its so refreshing to watch.

Lastly, how fun it is to see the times changes at Downton? Watching technology and the modern world seep into this stately home little by little is a blast to see. Some of these moments might easily go unnoticed but there are many scattered about throughout the series and it stays true to the times changing. Just because it may be a home filled with Lords and Ladies it doesn't mean that they cannot progress and move forward into what the future of an ever changing world holds.

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