Thursday, November 28, 2013

Being Thankful

A Vintage Nerd
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.
Vintage Sleep
 Oh sleep how I miss thee! I am thankful anytime I can get some extra zzzzz's.
Vintage Movie Theaters
 Cinema. Thank you to the creators of Hollywood and all the films you made and make.
Dorothy Dandrige
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.
Jackie Kennedy
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.
Queen Elizabeth
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!
1940s Fashion
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
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!
Vintage Bloggers
 I adore the community of vintage bloggers. What an exceptional community it is!
Women of WWII
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?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Decorate Your Wrists!

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.

In the above photos, I found each of these beauties at a Antique Mall in MO while visiting my friend Brittany, from Va-Voom Vintage. I could not, I mean I really could NOT help myself while I was there because there were so many different styles of bracelets and sold at such good prices. The one on the right is my favorite, I will be wearing it for Christmas because it actually jingles!!
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).

Oh, and if you are interested in obtaining this bracelet holder that is shown in the photos (which I love by the way because they are space savvy and hold the bracelets well), you can find it here on Ebay!

Good luck on decorating your wrists! If you already have a collection of wrist baubles, what types of bracelets are your favorite and why?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

50 Years of Doctor Who

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 sovenir 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 World of Doctor Who
My Ode to Doctor Who
The Empty Child/Rose Tyler
The Doctor Dance/Doctor #9
Love & Monsters/Doctor #10
Blink/The Weeping Angels
The Tardis Has Landed! In My Dining Room! (A birthday party from two yrs ago!)


Thursday, November 21, 2013

TCM's 20th 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 debonnaire 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!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Vintage Nerd's Project: Writing Letters to Classic Film Stars

A Vintage Nerd
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.
Letter Writing
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 avintagenerd@gmail.com and I will happily share the addresses to those on my list above.

Fingers and toes crossed! I do hope I get a reply from someone! Gah! This is so exciting!

Monday, November 18, 2013

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

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! Best part is that they deliver to the U.S.!!!
The Downton Abbey lip gloss. Isn't the packaging divine!!? Please forgive the dust particles, I didn't notice that of course until after I uploaded my photos. Eeek!

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!
This photo is courtesy of my six year old daughter. I think Santa will have to score her a camera this year! I think she did a great job capturing mama and her DA lip gloss!

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.

So, I say two thumbs up for the Downton Abbey line!! It is worth every penny!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Must Watch TV: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

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
Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher, Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Robinson, 
Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Constable Collins, and Ashleigh Cummings as Dot
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Dr. Mac played by Tammy MacIntosh
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Aunt Prudence played by Miriam Margolyes
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!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Shoot

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.

In case you are unable to get your copy of this month's issue, I took a few photos of the pages I am in-yay!
I highly recommend grabbing a subscription to Vintage Life Magazine. Each issue is jammed packed with vintagey information and tutorials. I love it to bits! As you can tell!

Monday, November 11, 2013

5 Riveting Biographies in Remembrance of Veteran's Day

War Book List
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.

Happy Reading! *Clicking on the titles will direct you to where the books are sold*

The Girls of Atomic City
Love Stories of World War II
Larry King
The Last of the Doughboys
World War I
Code Talker
Women Heroes of World War II

Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things: Fall Edition

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 outting 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!

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