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.
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