Must See TV: 1960's Shows: Part Three

January 31, 2014

I hope you have enjoyed my series on Must See TV: 1960's Shows. These were only twelve out of a huge amount of shows that aired during the 1960's. I didn't even mention The Patty Duke Show or The Flying Nun or Gunsmoke or Bonanza. But I promise I will spotlight more in the future!

This group of shows leaned toward the world of sci-fi. Some have had a huge impact like Star Trek and some a smaller impact like My Favorite Martian. Either way they are all fun and great shows.

My Favorite Martian ran from 1963-1966, the majority of the episodes were filmed in black and white. A martian (Ray Walston) from Mars lands in Los Angeles and Tim (Bill Bixby), a young newspaper reporter finds him and gives him shelter in his home. Tim renames the martian Uncle Martian and they attempt to keep his secret from prying eyes. This show was viewed as a science fiction comedy and differed from other shows of the era because it relied on the main character using science and technology to get out of precarious situations.

My Favorite Martian Information:

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

Lost In Space aired from 1965-1968 following the adventures of the Robinson family as they get...well....lost in space. This show was defiantly ahead of its time. The evil Dr. Smith would often put the family in danger and the show focused on their survival and how they handled those challenges while in space. It stars June Lockhart of Lassie fame and Jonathon Harris.

Lost In Space Information:

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE

The original series of Star Trek which is the one I grew up with ran from 1966-1969. This show has truly changed the way people today view science, sci-fi, and exploring new worlds. Gene Roddenberry was a genius. Filled with a cast that was the first multi-cultural cast on tv to that point, actress who had roles in which their characters were brave, strong, and smart, and let's not forget the first interracial kiss seen on television. Roddenberry created a whole where people were equal in every way even while wearing their sexy mini skirt uniforms (I mean it was the 60s). He changed television forever. And yes, I am a trekkie!

Star Trek Information:
Star Trek Site

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

The Outer Limits was set up very similarly to The Twilight Zone in that it was an anthology of stories. Many of these stories ended with a twist and a big difference between the two shows was that The Outer Limits has a greater emphasis on science. It ran from 1963-1965 and included a whole lot of amazing guests stars in their episodes. If you love The Twilight Zone, then The Outer Limits is a must see!

The Outer Limits Information:

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE. I hope you enjoyed this three part series and I hope to bring more must see tv to you soon.

30 Years of Remembering

January 30, 2014

I like to believe that all little girl start out the same as most little girls. She was filled with wonder and curiosity and dreams. Oh my are we filled with dreams. Most of us love pretty things and if the pretty things sparkly then we defiantly love it.

What happens to that little girl if her dreams don't come true or wilder still...what if they do? What if they come true but they cannot stay to see it til fruition. I am a big believer in dreams. Whatever they may be-I believe that we all should strive to make some or all of them come true. I feel like its in our human makeup to strive and search and look and see and grab and love.

This little girl above, I don't know what all of her dreams were but one of her biggest dreams was to become a mother. And that she did...twice! She had a son in 1972 and a daughter in 1976. She doted on them and disciplined them (one did not mess with her) and spoiled them. Not one hair was left unattended to or unloved. She took great pains to dress them nice and match them. She took their education seriously and instilled her  passion for reading into them. She cooked deliciously meals for them, took care of their birthdays, and protected them from those who tried to hurt them. This little girl grew up to be one tough cookie.

I didn't expect to feel today as I did but I'm glad I felt something. Sometimes after so many years we assume some things won't affect us or mean anything to us. But on a day like today, 30 years after my mother's passing I am happy that I felt connected to her. I am also happy that I know that all she wanted out of life was to be a mother and that I was a part of that dream.

I know I am very lucky to have been so wanted. Not only was I wanted but I was adored. Knowledge of those two facts have really  helped shaped my life and the person I am today. That which she gifted me I get to gift to my children. Today I feel blessed.

Must See TV: 1960's Shows: Part Two

January 29, 2014

Yesterday I shared some fun and humorous television shows from the 1960's and today I want to share some of the more spooky themed tv shows. There were a nice little handful that still have a huge following today-especially Dark Shadows.

Each of these shows has just the right amount of spook, thrill, scare, and humor. Well the first two anyway, the last two are more dramatic and intended to send genuine chills down your spine!

The Addams Family ran from 1964-1966 and made a total of 64 episodes. The characters were based on Charles Addams' New Yorker Cartoons. The family is made of wealthy man named Gomez and his wife Morticia, who have two children-Wednesday and Pugsley Addams. They also live with Uncle Fester and Grandmama in a home that is a blend of the macabre and supernatural. Unique aspects of the show such as a hand that is alive called Thing, really made the show fun and quirky and memorable.

The Addams Family Information:

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

The Munsters also ran from 1964-1966 and starred a family of monsters who lived like everyday average people. Most fans of the show enjoy how family orientated the Munsters were despite being a family with a Frankenstein creation, a vampire, and a werewolf. I personally love how they take in their niece (from Lily's side of the family) who happens to be a pretty average blonde young lady. Marilyn is everything the Munsters aren't but they don't see her as anything else but part of the family and she feels the same about them. Fantastic actors such as Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, and Al Lewis played the title roles and many people today still view this creepy but loving family as their favorite tv family of all time.

The Munsters Information:

You can find the entire dvd collection HERE.

Dark Shadows has a fantastic run for a gothic soap opera tv show. It ran from 1966-1971 and aired on ABC. Because of its format as a soap opera there were 1,225 episodes made which surpass both Doctor Who and Star Trek. The show was a blend of humor, drama, and mystery which often surrounded the plots and story lines of Dark Shadows. It starred Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins, one of many monsters that appeared on the show but the most well known. Joan Bennett, a Hollywood film actress actually played the title role of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard for the entire run of the show!

Dark Shadows Information:

You can find the entire dvd collection HERE.

Alfred Hitchcock is known for his magnificent work as a director but from 1955-1962 he created the show Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Eventually the show morphed to the Alfred Hitchcock Hour from 1962-1965. Hitchcock brought to television sets across the U.S. and abroad 25 minute stories that brought a chill down your spine. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries that included well known guest stars from Cloris Leachman to Peter Lawford to Rip Torn. A must see for all fans of a good spooky stories, fans of Hitch, and fans of good television!

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Information:

You can find the entire dvd collection HERE. I only found the complete series being sold from Australia on Ebay. Otherwise you can find each season available on Amazon.

Stay tuned for Part Three of my Must See TV: 1960's Shows that will be available on Friday.

Must See TV: 1960's Shows: Part One

January 28, 2014

I was born in 1976 so most of the shows I grew up with as a child were typically late 70's and early 80's shows with a dash of I Love Lucy thanks to grandma. When I became a pre-teen I somehow got access to a heap of 1960's shows.

Because of networks like TBS, Nickelodeon, and others, most of us who grew up in the 80s had the chance to watch 1960's shows. I watched many 1950's shows but the 1960's ones were the ones that really became a part of my early teen years. Thankfully many of them can be watched again and again because most are available on dvd.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Bewitched ran from 1964-1972. It starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, who was a witch living in a mortal world. Surrounded by a doting and understanding husband, two beautiful children, a wise cracking mother, noisy neighbors, and a slew of others-Samantha lived a very busy and often troublesome life. Always trying to hide her abilities from the outside world led to a many adventures and laughs. I just love how in the end of every episode Samantha and Darren (her husband) always made their differences work. A little twitching always helped.

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

Bewitched Information:

Gilligan's Island ran from 1964-1967. A situation comedy where seven people are stranded on a deserted island. They have to use their smarts, their creativity, and humor to get through the challenges and mishaps that happen throughout the series. With Gilligan, the Skipper too, the millionaire and his wife, the movie star, the professor and Mary Ann, Here on Gilligan's Isle.

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

Gilligan's Island Information:

I Dream of Jeannie aired from 1965-1970. Starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000 year old genie named Jeannie and Larry Hagman, as astronaut Tony Nelson who becomes her master and later her husband. 

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

I Dream of Jeannie Information:

Gidget which is based on the film "Gidget" which was based on the book Gidget, lasted only a year from 1965-1966. It was the debut role for Sally Field who played the title role. Gidget lives with her father (played by Don Porter) who is a widow and the show focuses on the relationship between the two of them. I loved that about the show-which is rarely seen-a father/daughter relationship especially in the 60s. Field also broke the fourth wall often on the show and improvised the ending of the episodes by saying "toodles".

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

Gidget Information:
Gidget (book)

These shows were fun to watch and they made you laugh and giggle all the way through to dinnertime. I included links to where you can purchase you own set of the dvds of these fantastic shows. I also took the opportunity to share some links to books, dvds, and websites about the shows in case any of you are big fans of any of these shows and would like to learn more about them.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Part Two on Must See TV: 1960's Shows.

Classic Film Selections Streaming on Netflix Now

January 27, 2014

If you happen to have access to Netflix (a dvd and streamline movie site) there are a heap of fantastic classic films available. Today I will like to recommend a few that I have personally seen although there are plenty more that I haven't. These specific films are currently available on streamline.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
  • West Side Story (1961)
  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • White Christmas (1954)
  • The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
  • The Apartment (1960)
  • Charade (1963)
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
  • The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • The Seven Year Itch (1955)
  • It (1927)
  • Imitation of Life (1959)
  • All About Eve (1950)
  • Barbarella (1968)
  • Beach Party (1963)
  • Dracula (1931)
  • The Invisible Man (1933)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  • Valley of the Dolls (1967)
  • Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  • The Lady Eve (1941)
  • The Mummy (1932)
  • The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

As you can see there are oodles of fantastic selections available now on Netflix via streamline. There is a whole slew of amazing films I haven't seen yet. The ones I am looking forward to taking a peak at are Brewster's Millions (1945), His Girl Friday (1940), Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Gentlemen's Agreement (1947), and The Men (1950).

Any classic films you have seen lately that you would recommend?

Birthday Surprises Galore

January 26, 2014

I didn't realize all the goodies I received for my birthday until I started working on this post. I feel lucky to have been spoiled this way.

My husband gifted me a Dorothy Barbie because I collect Pop Culture Barbies, so this was really special.
My father gifted me a gift card so I went over to Ulta and scored some makeup. I have been wanting to try Smashbox so I found a trial size one as well as a proper brush to apply foundation, some new eye shadow and lip liners as well as a mascara from Benefit. One of my SIL's gifted me a wonderful bag of vintage and vintagey goods. A fabulous red 1960's hat, as well as a head scarf, two awesome magnets, and a stunning necklace.

Throughout the month of January I also gifted myself a few things. I finally ordered some new blog cards for my new and improved blog. A definite must have for every blogger to have handy to give out. I also scored on sale a vintage religious brooch that I have had my eye on for months! Its simple and pretty and meaningful to me. Exactly how I like my pieces to be.

I also scored myself a few vintage reading books that I purchased on Amazon used. I prefer my books to be used, not only does it save money but it sort of is like recycling. Mary Pickford's autobiography "Sunshine and Shadow", a well reviewed book on Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks called "The Most Popular Couple The World Has Known", and lastly "Discovering Vintage New York". When I saw that book I knew I had to have it. My husband and I love to explore NY so this was right up my alley.

Lastly, I scored myself a NOS 1960's patriotic dress that is just dreamy. I purchased it from Bijou Vintage Bazaar and they were just wonderful to work with, not to mentioned fantastic prices! What a splendid birthday I had and thank you all again for your sweet wishes.

Being Inspired By Dorothy

January 25, 2014

I  haven't met a person who didn't enjoy The Wizard of Oz on some level. There is something magical about this story and the way it was interpreted in 1939 that always leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. I decided to put together a Dorothy inspired outfit for my birthday. A bit of modern, a bit of vintage, a bit casual, but all Dorothy.

I wore my Freddies of Pinewood Jeans paired up with a blue/white plaid blouse from NY & Company and my white cropped cardi from Old Navy. I included a thrifted white belt (purchased for 2.00), a white wicker handbag (purchased for 5.00 dollars), and a matching brooch/earrings set in the theme of a hot air balloon. I finished off the look by adding on some hair combs to pull my hair back from my face and tied up my hair in curled up piggy tails. I think I managed to create a pretty cute and attainable Dorothy inspired look. What do you think?

Dorothy and I also have a bit in common. Aside from enjoying some piggy tails once in a while, a adoration for blue plaid (anything), and a major dislike of wicked witches-we also believed there was no place like HOME. I know not everyone is blessed with a home where they are happy but when you find that happiness, well there isn't anywhere in the world you would rather be.

Like Dorothy, I too have some munchkins-my three little loves. Because of them (and my husband), I know wherever they are, I am home.

Happy Birthday To Me

January 24, 2014

Yay! I am a birthday girl today! I really wanted to send out my post earlier today but between an important appointment in the morning, mama life, and a wretched cold that just won't go away when I tell it to-I am sending it now. Instead of sharing all the vintage and nerdy things I would love to have-I realized that I already have everything I love in my grasp. These past two weeks have been a slew of mini revelations and whispers to my heart and a-ha moments. I love when those things happen but I have had two weeks of them! I am blessed.

Perhaps it is because I am entering a new stage in my life or simply because I am ready to just "get it" but I do. I can say proudly and happily that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in my life, with the people I am supposed to be with, living the life I always dreamed. Of course sometimes you want some extra sleep (or some sleep) and you really want your baby to be able to change themselves but alas it is what it is. I don't think I have felt more at peace, more in the moment, more in love with my life as it is than I am now-imperfections included.

Today, I turn 38 years old. I have lived through some some incredible decades. I loved being a little girl, I love being a teenager, I love being a young woman, but I couldn't be happier about being 38. I am on the brink of going into my 40s and I am excited about it and feel ready for a whole new decade.

I want to say thank you to all my dedicated readers, fans, and friends who have supported me throughout my vintage journey and who still do. Without you to share this with, it just wouldn't be as much fun. So, thank you!! Stayed tuned this weekend my birthday outfit, birthday gifts, and oodles more.

Loving Peter Pan Collars

January 23, 2014

Some of you may feel the same as I do. I just adore peter pan collars. I love them on dresses, blouses, and cardigans. I love how it gives a youthful yet stylish look to a piece of clothing and to the person who wears them. They are cute but not too cute where you look like you are a little girl. Although vintage Peter Pan collared pieces are hard to find, you can find some pieces that are retro.

Take a peek at these lovelies:

peter pan collar dress from modcloth

peter pan collar dress from modcloth

peter pan collar dress from modcloth

peter pan collar dress from modcloth

Have you had trouble finding vintage dresses with peter pan collars? Is it your preferred collar choice?

Must See TV: The Bletchley Circle

January 22, 2014

I have been eyeing this show for some time now. I put it in my Netflix queue and waited to find out if there would be another season of it soon (and there is!). It is currently on streamline for US residents using Netflix. Last night I took a leap into the UK pool of fantastic shows and three hours later I consumed it all (2 a.m. to be exact)!  Afterwards, I took a deep breathe and just felt wowed. My husband was even glued to the screen!

Season One focuses on the lives of four women who were friends during WWII and worked at what is now known as Bletchley Park. It was an area during WWII where women worked to decipher codes in the hopes that it could aid the allies during the war.

We follow Susan Gray (who is good with patterns) from a desk job at Bletchley to knitting quietly in her domesticated home (set nine years after Bletchley). It really struck a cord with me because I having had a career and moving on into becoming  a stay at home mother/housewife, it can prove to be a challenging adjustment. I have seen both worlds and thank goodness for the internet and Amazon, I am able to feed my brain and keep myself active and creative.

But in 1952, we see Susan content but not fulfilled with her work as a wife and mother. Susan is highly intelligent and she is unable to keep her mind stimulated as it once was. After watching the beginning of the first episode, I felt very happy not to be in that decade because well women had to answer to their spouses and they didn't have many options. I felt connected to the show and its characters immediately.

Things start taking a turn when we hear about a murder of a young woman on the radio and then see Susan hiding papers forming a pattern behind her vanity mirror. She hits a snag and eventually recruits Millie (her dearest friend from the war days), Lucy (who has a photographic memory), and Jean (who was in charge of the girls from Bletchley).

Each uses their skills and talents and viable intelligence to attempt to uncover who the murderer is. Why do they do this? They were realistic about the dangers and skeptical at first but between another disappearance and the police unwilling to listen to the information Susan had, they take it upon themselves over and over so they can help save another life. You see each woman's struggles to do their part for the group while still managing jobs and spouses and children. I found that refreshing and very realistic and appreciated the writers efforts to make these women as authentic as possible.

The toughest parts for me to watch were seeing how some men were with women and how difficult it was to be an intelligent woman in a male dominated society. I even started throwing comments to the tv after a while. How could a man not think anything more of a women other than a sex object or a housewife who bakes all day. Ugh. That's a whole other topic!

I love the message that Millie always reminds Susan of, to never be ordinary. Through trials and great sacrifice these women succeed in various ways that I won't share on here so you can discover them for yourself. I will say this, how neat was it to see our very own vintage sista Fleur de Guerre's image within the first season. I was happily surprised and thought it was so neat. I won't tell you who or what about Fleur's involvement but if you must see it you can look HERE.

This is such a great show. You can really get wrapped up in the characters and the mystery. A definite must see.

Manhattan Vintage Show: January 2014: Part Two

January 21, 2014
A Vintage Nerd

Attending the Manhattan Vintage Show was so much more than I imagined. It was sooo very very nice to see such beautiful and inspiring pieces face to face. I thought I would share with you what I purchased this time around. My favorite purchase was this 1940's navy and red hat. The netting is still intact and it even comes with its own hat pin. I snagged it for $40.00 and it was a great score.

1940's Hat

My experiences shopping for vintage online and in MO with Brittany has taught me a great deal about what is worth the big bucks and what isn't. I liked the fact that this time around, I really could tell what was over priced and what I found as deal.

I purchased these wooden bracelets for $15.00. I think I could have snagged them elsewhere a bit cheaper but two are red and one is mustard and those are also rare colors to find in vintage and so they had to come home with me. Plus they fit perfectly and made an awesome clanking sound. The shades were on my "need" list so I snagged this beauty for $29.00. The fit wonderfully and I have needed a good pair of vintage shades for a while.

Lastly was this WWII wooden Brooch. I saw it and it also had to come home with me. It was priced at $38.00 which is what I would have paid online so it was fine with me. I am not into sparkly or metallic brooches, more various types of plastic ie celluloid or wooden. This fit the bill for me.

I left the show very satisfied with what I purchased. I had a mental list of what I was looking for and glad I snagged two of the things on my list-shades and a navy hat. What do you think? 

Manhattan Vintage Show: January 2014: Part One

January 20, 2014
A Vintage Nerd

This past weekend I attending the Manhattan Vintage Show for the very first time. And I also finally had the chance to meet the wonderful Joanna from Dividing Vintage Moments.

Is there anything better than enjoying something you love with someone who loves it just as much? Joanna and I were like two giddy school girls in a candy store.

The vintage in the booths that we saw were a feast for the eyes! I learned so much about fabric, texture, design, and walked away with an even deeper appreciation and love for vintage.

One of the beauties that caught both our eyes were these wonderful matted fashion piece of art. Truly unique in that they are original sketches (via late 30s) and they included the swatch for the intended dress. This one was the we were swooning over. They are so pretty.

Manhattan Vintage Show

I have never seen so much Bakelite in person in my life! There was oodles and oodles of Bakelite everywhere. This was just a snippet. *swoon*


The best part of the day was spending time with a good friend and giggling over silly things. Friendship and laughter is good for the soul and so is vintage!

Behind the Scenes: The Apartment

January 19, 2014

Yesterday I shared with you a fantastic film called The Apartment. Today, I want to give you all a behind the scenes look at The Apartment. I just adore candid photos of anyone or anything. But seeing the actors with their director or with their costars relaxing or having fun together is just so super neat to see.

If you enjoy behind the scenes looks of films, take a peak at my Pinterest board HERE.

Cinema Spotlight: The Apartment

January 18, 2014

If you love Mad Men there is a good chance you will love The Apartment (1960). It gives a glimpse of the rat race that is all too common in city life. The film combines the pressures of career climbing and adds in a quirky girl who changes the game for the lead in the film played by the under rated, Jack Lemmon.

Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter who is sick and tired of not moving up in the national insurance company corporate ladder. Because he is a bachelor and has an apartment in Manhattan, he decides that his way up is to lend the key to his apartment to those who need a place to take their girlfriends. Yes, girlfriends, not their wives.

This was 1960 and there were people who were hired called "hotel detectives" who weeded out those who were there for legitimate reasons or for practicing infidelities. The easiest way for these men to step outside their marriages without getting caught was to find an apartment where they can do as they please.

Interesting tidbit-the area where the director Billy Wilder filmed the office scenes was actually a large set with the front being average size and the back being smaller. He then filled the back with child actors to give the impression of office workers in a distance. You gotta love movie magic!

Baxter is friendly with Fran Kubelik, played by Shirley MacLaine, who is an elevator operator. They appear sweet on each other but there is more than meets the eye.

Finally, Baxter is upgraded to a higher position but not without a price. He is sleep deprived and his neighbors think he is a gigolo who entertains women every night. But he is always thinking that the price he is paying is worth it.

As the story unfolds we learn that Kubelik is actually having an on-again-off-again affair with Baxter's married boss, Jeff Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). Kubelik is given a 100 dollar bill from Sheldrake as a Christmas present, making her feel like a prostitute.  She unknowingly is spending time in Baxter's apartment and after Sheldrake leaves she attempts suicide by taking a dose of Baxter's sleeping pills.

Baxter comes home and finds her and with the help of his neighbor who is a doctor, nurses her back to health.

After Kubelik's attempted suicide, Baxter realizes his true feelings for her and also begins to realize what he has been doing all this time by allowing others to use his apartment for their infidelities hurts more people than does good. It ends on an interesting note that I will not share because I would really love for you to see it for yourself. The photo below is a taste of it.

The genius of this film was that it took a negative topic like infidelity and cooperate climbing and dabbled it with some humor. Lemmon's take on the character of Baxter was done so well that instead of being mad of him for allowing these men into his home to do what they were doing, you actually feel bad for the guy and wish better things would happen for him.

My husband and I are now huge fans of this film and the stars of this film (our next film we are going to watch is My Geisha with MacLaine). With the backdrop of New York City (although much of it was filmed on a studio) and the era of the early 60's where morals were still on a high note, Wilder brings to us a masterpiece. Although the topics of this film (infidelity and suicide) were things people did not speak of in public, he really does them justice and I believe, creates an opportunity for a larger discussion to happen.

Have you seen The Apartment? What did you think? Will you ever give it a look?

Let's All Move To Pickfair!

January 17, 2014

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks are considered the first celebrity couple of Hollywood. During their sixteen year marriage they resided in what we now consider the blue print of "how to have a hollywood home".

They named their property Pickfair, a splendid name for an even more splendid estate. They truly set the tone on how to live like a celebrity. Pickfair became the place where they held lavish parties with a whose who in Hollywood as well as many of their close friends such as; Charlie Chaplin. It became a sort of magical place where people felt like they were a part of something special. If you would like to see more of Pickfair, take a peak HERE.

AVN Book Club: Classic Hollywood Style

January 16, 2014

This book is perfect for fashion and film lovers alike. Included in this stunning book are films from the 1920's to the 1960's and their iconic fashions. You don't just get a feast for your eyes but for your mind as well. Each film is covered beautifully in detail including why the outfits were chosen and so much more.

The author, Caroline Young, adds enough information about each film and the fashion to leave you satisfied and yet curious for more. I just love all the photos and I really got an in-depth feel into the relationship between fashion and film.

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into this beautiful and informative book. If you decide to add it to your collection, let me know how you liked it.

Making The Most Of Your PINTEREST Boards

January 15, 2014

Many of you have found the fun and sometimes addiction that the social network called Pinterest can bring. I am here to share with you what I have learned to make the most of your Pinterest boards.

About six months ago I had about 345 followers and now I have 1,315 followers. Whether you want to build a following or not, Pinterest should be fun. If you are a blogger or own a business, well then I truly believe that making the most of your Pinterest can only help your blog or business.

Below is a photo of a few of my Pinterest boards. Here are some steps you can take to make your Pinterest page the best it can be:

ONE: Pinterest sets up their boards in rows of five. Make each row a theme. In doing so you keep your boards looking pleasing and keeps your ideas organized. Plus, people are visuals, keeping your boards organized allows it to look more visually pleasing as well as allows it to flow better.

TWO: Put the most important boards on top. In my case, I want my followers or new followers to see what I do as a blogger so my first row of boards are; A Vintage Nerd (photos from my blog and my book club), My Vintage Wardrobe (the outfits I have worn), Being Creative (the photo shoots I have done), My Reading Wishlist (all the books I would love to have), and British Mania (the things I love about the UK).

You will be able to tell a great deal about what I do as well as what I enjoy by just looking at my first row of five boards.

THREE: Choose topics that you love and are passionate about. Don't create boards because you think people will like them. This is YOUR Pinterest and it should reflect you!

FOUR: Change the cover pages of your boards once in a while. It keeps your boards looking fresh and not stagnant. You want people to keep coming back and not get bored of the same photos from a year ago. Feel free to change your titles as well. If you feel a title is not describing a board well enough, then change it. No need to feel you have to keep the same titles or cover pages.

I hope these simple tips will help you make the most of your Pinterest boards! I know that it has helped me keep Pinterest fun. If you would like to see more of my Pinterest boards you can look at them HERE

5 Best Scenes From Sidney Poitier Films

January 14, 2014
A Vintage Nerd

Sidney Poitier is one of my favorite film actors. I just simply adore the roles he choose to play in particular during the 1960's. And let's not forget how swoon worthy he is too!

Every film has a scene that is memorable, even the not-so-fabulous sort of films.

Here are five Sidney Poitier films and the most memorable scenes from each:

   Lilies of the Field (1963)
Sidney Poitier

The scene where Homer leads the nuns to singing "Amen". At some point he gets up and walks out, packs his car and drives off. Mother Maria is seen listening carefully knowing that Homer has done his job and driven off into the night. Poitier singing is delightful and that moment so poignant.

   A Patch of Blue (1965)
A Patch of Blue

I couldn't help myself with this film, there are so many scenes that just moved me but I think although this post is about five best scenes, the photo with the oranges is a bonus one. That scene where Selina is picking oranges to put in a brown bag for Gordon actually makes me giggle. I say this because almost all of the oranges fell down and Poitier's expression on his face is classic!

The second one where Gordon and Selina have lunch together in his apartment and she shares with him how she was raped was telling of the sort of life this poor girl has lived and Gordon is moved, angered, and disgusted that those things have happened to her.

Sidney Poitier

When Dr. John Wayde Prentice comes into the Drayton household and informs them that he loves their daughter (she is white) and that he is going to marry her, all hell is done broke loose (something Tillie-the maid said).

As the day progress and John and Christina await to hear whether or not her parents approve of their interracial marriage, John's parents make it over to the house as well. It is there that John and his father have what some may call a "heart-to-heart" where they tell one another how they really feel about the topic of color. My favorite part is when John tells his father, "But you think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man." I find that to be a powerful line. Two different generations of men, trying to see eye to eye on a subject that has never been before either of them in their lifetimes. That scene is something else!

     To Sir, With Love (1967)
Sidney Poitier

Simply my favorite teacher movie ever. I think every scene is a delight. And Sidney Poitier in England...just divine in my book!

When Sir discovers a disgusting prank that the teens did in his classroom, he tells them to get it out. He is angry but doesn't yell which surprises the kids. He then returns to the teachers lounge and purges his anger at one of his coworkers. In doing so he realizes the way he really has to approach them, not like children but like young adults and help them prepare for adulthood/the workforce.

Afterwards he opens up to them about life and living and allows them to ask questions and they begin to finally THINK!

The scene that people forget exists. Sidney Poitier character, Mr. Tibbs out right slapping a white man in Mississippi during the racially explosive 1960's. Can we say wowzer??!! It is an unforgettable scene about a black man who refuses to be treated disrespectfully by anyone. His character of Mr. Tibbs carries himself with such grace that even the sheriff is changed by knowing him.

There you have it! Five best scenes from Sidney Poitier films. He is quite an actor and truly paved the way for more people of color (from all cultures) to display their talents on the big screen.

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