Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Links To Love

A Vintage Nerd

February brought many of us snow storms and freezing temperatures but it also brought many of us Valentine's Day. I am not big into that particular holiday but I have found the fun in it after I had my children. This year we spent our Valentine's Day with our three little Valentine's. We surprised them with little gifts and I gave them a 1960's Valentine Day Card each. We ate out and saw a movie but the best part was being together for the entire day.

I found some sweet articles about love stories and a few posts from my previous blog, Bunny's Victory. I hope you enjoy them all.

How was your Valentine's Day this year? Do you celebrate this holiday in a big way or just have fun with it in little ways like I do?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Mad Men Night in New York

A Vintage Nerd

You cannot imagine my excitement when I heard that the Museum of Moving Image was going to host a Mad Men exhibit. From March 14 to June 14 the museum's exhibit will explore the process of Mad Men which will include large scale sets, props, art, video clips, and over 25 costumes (I may be tempted to take one home with me!).

This will be the first time items from the show will be shown in such a large scale. Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men) will be visiting one night in March to do a talk about the show and he personally selected a series of films to be shown between March 14 to April 26.

Mad Men

Keep your eyes peeled because if you are in New York or visiting there may be other Mad Men events happening in conjunction with the series ending. Two such neat tours that are already established here in New York are the Mad Men Tour and the Mad Men Cocktails Tour Experience.

Mad Men's final seven episodes will be airing on AMC on Sundays at 10pm from April 5 to May 17.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Few Bits and Bobs

A Vintage Nerd

What happens when you purchase or receive a slew of pretty things over a few months? You end up with a stack of a few bits and bobs. I have been wanting to share them with you for a while so I finally decluttered my little stash and took some photos to share.

The first two photos are from a pen pal type of swap that I made with someone in London. I think my favorite two bits are the vintage double decker bus toy and the Doctor Who brooch. Doing this made me miss pen palling which I had done between the ages of 14 and 22. This was such fun to do!

The third photo contains a mesh of different things. A vintage 1960's yellow crocheted headband, some plastic headbands I scored at the dollar store, a clutch purse from Candy Strike, a pair of glitter donate earrings from one of my Glitterati monthly boxes, and some goodies given to my by my friend Brittany from Va-Voom Vintage. I believe there is also a headband I purchased in Florida during my trip in October in this photo as well of nifty faux cat eye glasses.

The final photos include a bunch of things I scored while at my trip to Disney in the fall. There were so many fun things that I saw in the stores but I scored a headband, a cell phone wristlet, a scarf, and a few other little things. I thought they were fun yet subtle pieces that I could wear on a daily basis.

Do you have stashes of goodies just piling up in your home? What are they? Are you like me and you forget what you have piled in the stash? I think decluttering my pile and sharing it with all of you gave me a chance to put things away and incorporate them into my everyday stuff. Finally!

Pen Pal
Dr Who Brooch
A Vintage Nerd
Disney World
Positive Thinking

Where you can find some of these items in case you want to score them for yourself:

Doctor Who Brooch: Happy Rose

Crocheted Red Snood: Wacky Tuna

Red Faux Cat Eyeglasses: HERE (similar)

Clueless As If Clutch: Candy Strike

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Evolution of the Oscar Dress

A Vintage Nerd

The Oscars. The yearly Hollywood award show that showcases the seemingly best of the best of the film industry. This year it will be hosted by our very own NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) who I am sure is going to make the three hour show more enjoyable than we expect. It airs on Sunday, February 22 on ABC and if you would like more information on it you can take a look HERE.

But before we put all our television sets and ipads on to watch the Oscars I wanted to share with you a glimpse at the evolution of the Oscar Dress. I found this great article that included all the woman who won the Best Actress Award since 1929. Some were hits and some did miss but either way I think its neat to be able to take a look back before the big day. I admire all the amazing beauty that can be found in the fashion especially from those of yesteryear.

History of Oscar Dresses
Best Actress Oscar Dress
Evolution of the Oscar Dress

I love these images! Go figure, my favorites are the ones from the 50's and early 60's. The 80's to me was a slew of horrible dresses but it was the 80's and I think that can be forgiven.

I cannot wait to see the dresses that will be worn during this next Oscar award show. If you would like to see the actresses in these dresses the images are in this article HERE.

Are you going to watch the Oscar award show? Are there any films or actors that you are rooting for? What were your favorite dresses that these Best Actress Oscar winners wore?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Special Cinema Spotlight: An Education

A Vintage Nerd

I heard so much about this film when it first came out but all I knew was that it was a coming of age story for the lead character, Jenny Mellor played by Carey Mulligan. An Education is set in 1961 in London and the story follows the 16 year old Jenny as she prepares for Oxford University.

Jenny's academic plans get sidelined when she meets a much older man named David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard) who charms her as well as her parents. The pair spend time with David's "business" partner Danny (Dominic Cooper) and his girlfriend Helen (Rosamund Pike). Jenny discovers some dishonest truths about David as well as some personal truths of her own.

An Education
An Education
An Education

I found this film to be a bit slower paced than I thought it would be. It wasn't jammed packed with fifty things happening at the same time that I had to be glued to the screen but it also wasn't 100% as captivating as I thought it would be either. I can say I really liked the film and I think I wouldn't mind owning the dvd of it at some point but I didn't see what everyone was clamoring about when the film came out in 2009.

I enjoy coming of age stories and I found the character to be very intelligent not only with books but with life. Although she was intelligent she didn't seem like a romantic sort of girl, more practical about things. so when the relationship between herself and David started I did see any sparks flying or hearts going aflutter. That disappointed me a bit because it seems she took romance, love, and sex as something a bit more casual than I would expect girls at that time to consider it. Perhaps it was the sign of the modernism coming to play when it came to women's topics and issues.

Taking those things into account I enjoyed watching it. I love English films and backdrop of London just made me want to pack my bags and move there.

Have you seen An Education? What did you think of it? Did you read the book by the same name?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day Unboxing Smorgasbord

Vintage Valentine Cards

This Valentine's Day I opened up a few boxes of goodies that made me gasp with joy. I wanted to share them with you all as I opened them up with a special guest, my little princess.

I hope your Valentine's day with filled with sweet things and that everyday is a reminder of how much you are loved.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Vintage Scores From MVS

A Vintage Nerd

I knew that attending The Manhattan Vintage Show would be fun again but I honestly didn't expect to find anything within my budget. After scouring vintage for four years now I finally know what is a good, reasonable price and what isn't. Because I was in the city there was a fear that everything will be overpriced but I have to say happily that I did find many well priced items for sale at the show.

I walked away from my day with three vintage treasures that were very reasonably priced and better still in colors that I believe are hard to find. I don't know about you but I find red, royal blue, kelly green, and coral to be really hard to find colors when it comes to vintage. I ended up finding two/three of the colors I mentioned and boy did I lucky. I feel like its not always the quantity but the quality of items you find.

Here are my scores from my latest trip to The Manhattan Vintage Show:

Manhattan Vintage Show
1960's Glasses
Vintage Glasses
1960's Gloves
Vintage Gloves
Vintage Hats
1960's Hat

So what do you think? I scored a pair of kelly green NOS gloves, a pair of non-prescription iridescent cat eyeglasses, and a 1960's royal blue pillbox hat. I honestly could have walked away from the show with just the gloves because I was so happy with them but I have been wanting some cat faux eyeglasses as well as some 1960's hats so I say it was a day well spent shopping.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My Adventure At The Manhattan Vintage Show

A Vintage Nerd

The last time I attended The Manhattan Vintage Show was in January 2014 which you can see again HERE and HERE. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Joanna from Dividing Vintage Moments again and we had blast looking at all the amazing designer vintage from each of the booth. We bumped into a few other vintage gals and chatted up with a few of the sellers which was great fun to do.

Dividing Vintage Moments
1960's Coat
1960's Girl
Tea and Sympathy
Afternoon Tea

I just loved being back there again and hope to return in the future. The best part really is looking at vintage items up close, sharing it with a friend, and getting to know others.

Afterwards we headed to my favorite restaurant in the city, Tea and Sympathy, which I shared with all HERE a few months back. This time around I had the afternoon tea and it was truly divine. I am a textured oriented person and every single morsel was just heavenly to me. Joanna and I also had a great chat and a giggle fest or two. It was lovely spending the afternoon together and I look forward to doing it again one day.

Have you been to The Manhattan Vintage Show? Have you been to vintage shows nearby? Do you find it more enjoyable to see vintage item up close rather than shopping online?

Friday, February 6, 2015

1960's Classic Films From My Stash

A Vintage Nerd

I do many reviews here on my blog on classic film, documentaries, modern films set in the past, and television shows but today I share with you some of my favorite films from my own personal stash.

These films are from the 1960's and I will do a video on my 1950's, 1940's, and 1930's dvds soon.

Have you seen any of the films from my stash? What 1960's films do you have in your classic film dvd collection? Any recommendations you have for me?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Be Inspired: Houseboat: You Can't Lose Anything

A Vintage Nerd

One of the advantages of re-reading a book or re-watching a film is that you may catch something that you never really noticed before. I have watched the film Houseboat (1958) a few times and I even own the dvd, but this weekend I watched it again and really took notice of the conversation that that Tom Winters (Cary Grant) has with his eldest son, David Winters (Paul Petersen-whom I had the pleasure to meet last year HERE).

The exchange between father and son about life and death really blew me away. I cannot believe I didn't notice it until now and I really wanted to share it with you. I kept thinking, "Cary Grant has the same believe system I have", which is totally silly but I did find it neat that my own personal understanding of the Universe was similar to that of Grant's character.

Take a gander at Cary Grant having a deep philosophical talk with his fictional son David:

What did you think? Have you discovered neat little bits like this after re-watching a film? Which film was it and what did it say?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Movie Madness Monday: Young Love

A Vintage Nerd

Movie Madness Monday is back on track! February is the month of Love, so this month I am dedicating my weekly series to romance films. I choose my first week to be about young love. That first love, the one you never forget, the one that lingers in your memories for your whole life. That love.

My ultimate favorite out of these four selections happens to be A Little Romance. It stars a very young Diane Lane and an unknown actor (who is actually now a dentist in France) named Thelonious Bernard who play two highly intellectual teenagers who find romance and a first powerful love. It also stars Sir Laurence Olivier as Julius, an old conman who helps the two young lovers kiss at the Bridge of Sighs so that they would love each other forever. Oh so romantic!

Romeo and Juliet

Summer of '42


A Little Romance

Have you seen any of these selections? Which films about young love-classic or modern do you love the best?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Crown and Glory January Unboxing

My special birthday box from Crown and Glory has finally arrived and I am doing my first official unboxing. Included in my box is my January item but also a special birthday crown just for me. I felt like a Latina Statue of Liberty!

Crown and Glory

I think pretty hair accessories is a good thing for any vintage girl and I just adore what I got in my box. Take a look and see!

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