Friday, January 31, 2014

Must See TV: 1960's Shows: Part Three

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!

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
My Favorite Martian Site
My Favorite Martian: Complete Series (Comic)

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
Lost In Space: Where are they now? (Article)
Lost In Space Tribute Book
Lost In Space: Jupiter 2 Technical Guide
Lost In Space Design (Book)

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
List of Star Trek Episodes
Star Trek Site
10 Thing You Didn't Know About Star Trek (Article)
Star Trek: The Original Series 365 (Guidebook)
Star Trek Memories

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
Outer Limits: The Official Companion
The Outer Limits Site

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!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

30 Years of Remembering

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.
That little girl was my Mother.
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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Must See TV: 1960's Shows: Part Two

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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!

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
The Unofficial Addams Family Site
The Addams Chronicles
The World of Chas Addams
The Addams Family (Book)

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
Butch Patrick Presents...The
Munster Mansion
The Munster's: Television's First Family of Fright
The Munster's: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane
The Munster's: Whit and Wisdom From The Whole Frightful Family

You can find the entire dvd collection HERE.

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
Dark Shadows Journal Online
Dark Shadows Online
Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood
The Dark Shadows Companion: 25th Anniversary Collection

You can find the entire dvd collection HERE.

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
Hitchcock TV
Alfred Hitchcock Site
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories That Scared Even Me
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories To Be Read With The Door Locked
The Alfred Hitchcock Presents Companion

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!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Must See TV: 1960's Shows: Part One

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

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:
Complete Gidget Film Collection
Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story
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!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Classic Film Selections Streaming on Netflix NOW

A Vintage Nerd
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)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • 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)
The Lady Vanishes
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?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ohhhhh Presents!!!!

A Vintage Nerd
I didn't realize all the goodies I received for my birthday until I started working on this post. Oh my! I am one lucky girl indeed!

My super special gift was from my husband who is the one to actually get me into collecting Barbies. I know, strange, but once he heard I only had one growing up, well...I suppose he didn't want me to go without anymore. I specifically collect Pop Culture Barbies. For example, Barbies from film and tv.

When I saw the Dorothy Barbie I just swooned! I loved the Glinda and Wicked Witch ones too so I am going to keep an eye out for them. I love her to bits already!

He also gave me the blue-ray of "The Wizard of Oz"! Believe it or not I don't own it so this is a super treat and I cannot wait to watch it!

My father also 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.
Dorothy Barbie
One of my SIL's gifted me a wonderful bag of vintage and vintagey goods. A fabulous red 1960's (it looks like to me) hat, as well as a head scarf, two awesome magnets (with two of my favorite actors on it), and a stunning necklace!!!!
Vintage Hats
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!
Blog Cards
Mary Brooch
Vintage Reading
Bijou Vintage Bazaar
What a splendid birthday I had and thank you all again for your sweet wishes! Which giftie from my stash did you like best?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Being Inspired By Dorothy

A Vintage Nerd
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 Outfit
Hot Air Balloons
Hot Air Balloons
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.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me!!

A Vintage Nerd
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.
Marilyn Monroe Birthday
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 (yay!), and oodles more! Also, please continue to spread the word on my 365 blogging day challenge! So far I am loving it-hope you are too!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Oh Peter Pan Collars! How I Love Thee!

60s Peter Pan Collars

Some of you may feel the same as I do. I just adore peter pan collars! I mean how can one not love them! I love it 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 (unless that is the look you are going for).

It really is hard to find pieces in my size but I haven't given up! I am always keeping my eyes peeled for a piece that is saying, "Oh please take me home and love me".

I have yet to find anything that has captured my eyes and heart but darnit when I do that piece sure will be loved and worn often!

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?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Must See TV: The Bletchley Circle

A Vintage Nerd
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.

So, 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.
The Bletchley Circle
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.
The Bletchley Circle
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 is trying to solve the murder!

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).
The Bletchley Circle
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 Bletchley Circle
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!
The Bletchley Circle
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.
The Bletchley Circle
If you would like to learn more about The Bletchley Circle feel free to check out this LINK and this LINK as well. Season Two is currently airing in the UK and I cannot wait to take a peak on the adventures these amazing women will take me on next!

It has killer story lines and realistic points of view and the cherry on top-did you take a peak at their outfits? I literally want everyone's wardrobe!!! Ladies and Gentlemen, this show is addictive! You have been warned!
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