Monday, March 31, 2014

Must See TV: The Bletchley Circle: Series Two

The Bletchley Circle

A few months ago I shared on A Vintage Nerd a must see tv show called The Bletchley Circle. Well, series two is making its way to America!

If you caught up with series one on Netflix and love the sleuth detectives gal pals then tune in for another amazing case!

Series two will focus again on one solid big case but this time it involves a former Bletchley Park colleague named Alice Merren who is awaiting trial for murder. Series two will include four episodes instead of three like the last series. You can read more about series two HERE.

Tune in to PBS on Sunday, April 21st for the premiere of series two of The Bletchley Circle!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: The Loving Family


If you find yourself a fan of vintage most likely you love the history, the times, the lifestyles of the past. I think we can easily forget the struggles (and the triumphs) of the past if we solely focus on the glamour of the times. And boy there are enough beautiful things that have happened in history to last us for eons. But there were also times that tried humanity and justice and the story of the Loving family is one of those.

Richard and Mildred Loving were married in June 1958 in Washington, D.C. and moved back to their hometown of Caroline County, Viriginia. One month later they were arrested and put in jail because interracial marriage was illegal. They were forced to move to Washington, D.C. away from their families and friends. The town they came from was small and both black and whites worked together and mixed agreeably. They didn't think anything of it when they met and fell in love. Such a simply act between two consenting adults, but it wasn't so simple back then.

This documentary tells the story of their struggle and their personal victory. They share photos and lots of actual video of the couple as well as the lawyers. Included are also interviews with some town people but you should be aware that what they saw may sound shocking. It was for me. I was just sitting and watching the film saying, "Wow. wow." over and over.

The Loving Story
Loving Family
Richard and Mildred Loving
The Loving Family

This is the last photo I could find with the Loving family altogether sans Richard who was killed by a drunk driver in 1975. This photo was taken in 1979 with Mildred and her children-Sidney, Donald, and Peggy (with her eldest child). Mildred is holding a photo of Richard when he was just a young boy.

The last information I found out about them is that Mildred passed on in 2008 at the age of 68, she never remarried. Both her sons passed on and you can read more about Sidney HERE and Donald passed on in 2000. Peggy is the only child still with us and the Loving's became great and grand parents to a wonderful slew of children.

Little did the Loving's know that they would embark on a journey that would change the course of America. There are a few articles out there in internetland but not enough photos and can you believe no one has written a book on them!!! I sure hope their daughter does. I am grateful though that this documentary was made and for the Loving's willingness to fight for equality.

If you would like to read more about the Loving's, I found a few really good articles but I highly recommend watching this documentary!

The Loving Story

Photos of the Loving family

Loving vs. Virginia 

Mildred Loving (which includes a video with her daughter Peggy)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Enchanted By eShakti


Have you looked at a product and wondered if it was worth buying or even placing into your closet let alone be a part of your distinctive wardrobe? I know I have. I would look at a top or a cardigan online over and over and debate and wonder-Should I? Would it fit right? Is it worth the money? How many times can I use it? Is it versatile?

I am a practical shopper. I have a small budget to work with and I am anti-clutter so I don't want to have things around just to have things but rather have a use for them. So when I am looking at what to add to my wardrobe I have to ask myself those questions. I also ask myself if the item is non-vintage, can it give a vintagey feel to my outfit? Can I pair up that skirt with a vintage blouse and make it work?

I am here to tell you that the skirts I purchased from eShakti have been all that for me and more! I purchased a few skirt last spring and summer and I am going to share with you how I paired them up with vintage blouses and accessories and made them work towards my vintage tastes.

The first skirt is a navy poplin skirt very similar to this one HERE although it is no longer available online. Let me say that I love that many of their skirts are cotton, I am a big fan of cotton. I also love, love, love that their skirts (and dresses) have pockets! I mean it is rare to find a skirt with a pocket so right away that really gave it a vintage feel.

I paired this navy skirt with a 1960's blue blouse, pinned my hair back up a bit and done! 

The second skirt I want to share with you is their button front poplin skirt in black that they still have available online HERE. I like adding solids to my wardrobe because they can be mixed and matched easier than if they were all patterns. eShakti offers both patterned skirts and solids.

I was able to create more of a 40s/50s look with this skirt. I paired it with a 1950's blouse and cardigan from Old Navy as well as a vintage purse and 1940's hat. This skirt is one of my favorites. It is just very flattering to my figure and well nothing beats an article of clothing being both comfortable and flattering in my book.

I cannot say anything negative about eShakti skirts. I just love the fabrics, how well they are lined, the pockets (which you can ask to have no pockets if you want), and the colors. If you are interested in acquiring separates for your vintage/vintagey wardrobe I really think that eShakti is a wonderful place for finding really pretty skirts that will fit well and look amazing. I cannot wait to try out their dresses, I have heard nothing but good things about them. Swing on by eShakti because they are having a Spring Sale ending soon!

Friday, March 28, 2014

15 Iconic 1960's Films: Part Two

Yesterday I share with you 15 Iconic 1960's Films and today I bring you the last half ranging from the years 1966 to 1969.

 Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

 The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Funny Girl (1968) 

Barbarella (1968)

 Midnight Cowboy (1969)

This is just a small taste of the amazing films that came out of the turbulent and ever changing 1960's. There are so many more. I hope you find some of them intriguing enough to watch one day. Be prepared to be blown away!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

15 Iconic 1960's Films: Part One

1960s Iconic Films

As many of you know I love film especially classic film. I consider myself a novice cinephile, I don't know half of what I want to know about film but I am always learning. Looking back at the last century I find the most intriguing decade of film to be the 1960's.

So many things changed, not just in the world but in cinema which reflects in many ways the state of the world at large. In 1960's film we saw our first zombie, a black and white married couple, and a black man slap a white man. Oh dear. Perhaps not as shocking as it is today but put yourself in those 1960's heels and imagine living in that decade of change. There was war again, people were fighting for their human rights, inspirational people were being assassinated, people where being murdered for helping people vote. It was just a hot bed of social and human unrest. The 1960's changed us forever.

Although this list doesn't include every single iconic film from the 1960's, it does include most of them. I purposely left out horror/thriller films and will showcase them this October as they will be more season appropriate.

15 iconic 1960s films

15 iconic 1960s films

15 iconic 1960s films

Spartacus (1960)
15 iconic 1960s films

15 iconic 1960s films

 The Misfits (1961)

15 iconic 1960s films

15 iconic 1960s films

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's A Mad Men World

Its a mad men world from a vintage nerd

This week has turned into an impromptu Mad Men week here at A Vintage Nerd but I have been loving it because I love the show and I LOVE the 1960's.

For those of you who are big fans or who are curious about the show I thought I would share with you some things that you may enjoy reading or listening to that are Mad Men related. I found a lot of amazing books about the show itself as well as a audio cd for music used on the show. I added all the links under the photos and of course I couldn't resist sharing the amazing Mad Men Barbies. They are just too pretty for words!

 Miscellaneous Mad Men

Its a mad men world from a vintage nerd

Its a mad men world from a vintage nerd

Its a mad men world from a vintage nerd

Its a mad men world from a vintage nerd

Its a mad men world from a vintage nerd

Its a mad men world from a vintage nerd

Mad Men Barbie

Collectible Mad Men Barbies: Don Draper, Betty Draper, Roger Sterling, and Joan Holloway 

I am curious about a few of the books like the cookbook but also the audio cd because the music selection is fantastic. I grew up on a lot of 60s music so grooving to those tunes is spot on for me.

Anything you see here you would have to have? What do you wish Mad Men would release that they haven't yet?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Everything You Need To Know To Throw A Mad Men Party

A Vintage Nerd

With the premiere of Mad Men's 7th and final season coming around tvland less than three weeks away, I thought what a neat idea it would be to throw a Mad Men themed party. So I began my typical vintage nerd searching and came across a party guide created by AMC particularly for Mad Men fans.

After looking through the entire guide I knew I had to share it. It is fantastic and has everything a person can think of to make sure their Mad Men Party is full of swinging 60s! From there I found more information and well there you have it!

Everything you need ot know to throw a Mad Men Party!

Included inside the AMC's Mad Men Party Guide are the following:
  • Invitations
  • Menu
  • Inspired Cocktails
  • Decorating Tips
  • What To Wear
  • Playlist
  • Trivia and Games
Each sections is split into tabs that you click on the top. They are filled with oodles of ideas, tips, suggestions, inspiration, and recipes. It is the best party guide for Mad Men that I have found out there. 

how to throw a mad men party

Here is the link for AMC's Mad Men Party Guide. I also found some things on Etsy that you can add to your  1960's soiree as well.

Take a gander at these fantastic Mad Men Party prop, decor, and table setting ideas-links included under the photos.

The great thing about throwing a Mad Men bash for this last season is that you can mix it up and add things from the entire decade of the 1960s. The early 60s were vastly different than the late 60s so it could be a blast having bits and pieces from the decade of change as well as from the show itself.

I also found a slew of interesting articles about throwing your own Mad Men party. They will definitely help you get in the 1960's party mood!

There you have it-lots of information, links, articles, recipes, decoration inspiration, and oodles of great photos to get you in the mood to start planning your own little Mad Man soiree. You have three weeks to put something together, little or small it doesn't matter-just have some fun in welcoming the end of an era with Mad Men!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Must See TV: Last Season of Mad Men


Mad Men is coming back on April 13th! It will pick up where Season 6 ended-marriages unraveling, Don was suspended from his job, and all sorts of relationships were left in the air. Sounds like a hot mess right? Well, the final season of Mad Men is said to  see Don face the consequences of his actions.

This last season will be entirely set in the groovy year of 1969. So we can expect to see some wacky, colorful, and often funky outfits worn by our favorite characters.

I found all of these amazing  photos for Mad Men's Season 7 promo and I am just all googly eyed by them. I won't read into them too much but one thing is for sure, there will be some traveling happening. I mean planes are used all over the promo photos so I don't believe I am assuming wrong but it could also be symbolic for moving on since this will be the last season (boo!).

Mad Men Season 7
Mad Men Season 7
Mad Men Season 7
Mad Men Season 7
Mad Men Season 7
Mad Men Season 7
Mad Men Season 7
Mad Men Season 7

This photos are just fantastic! I love the last one the best, how about you? What are you looking forward to the most for this last season of Mad Men?

Here is some more information on the upcoming Season 7 of Mad Men:

How To End Mad Men

Mad Men Season 7

Promo Video for Mad Men

Mad About Mad Men on Pinterest

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Real Monuments Men


Yesterday I shared with you my review on the film The Monuments Men which is based on the true story of WWII's Monuments Men who helped retrieve and gather art that was stolen by the Nazis.

Today I would like to share with you some photos of the real Monuments Men in action.

The Real Monuments Men
WWII Monuments Men
The Real Monuments Men
WWII Monuments Men
Monuments Men
The Real Monuments Men

I don't know how you feel when you look at photos of the past but I see the men and women who sacrificed their time, energy, and sometimes lives in order for me to have the life I have, I feel so much pride.

Bravo to the men and women who helped save the history and cultures that they did. Here is another fabulous article on The Monuments Men that I found-HERE.
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