Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Links To Love

A Vintage Nerd

Spring has come and gone in a flash! How disappointing. Even more so I didn't find a lot of interesting articles to read this month, did you? I did find a few, luckily. Twin Peaks, Mad Men, a naughty hotel for the Hollywood elite, and some amazing photos from yesteryear are among my finds.

Mad Men





Liza Minelli





Which article did you find the most interesting? What are your favorite sites to find interesting articles to read during the week?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pretty in {Yellow}

A Vintage Nerd

This past weekend was my first little guy's 6th birthday and in true vintage girl form I dressed up for the occasion. It was my first time putting my hair up and I think I like it. It may be my go-to style for the summer. You get to keep cool and look cute all at the same time, win-win!

Here is what I wore:

1960s Girl
Vintage Accessories
1960s Hair
Novelty Brooch
eShakti
Novelty Purse

Dress: eShakti
Cardigan: Boden
Handbag: Danish Butter Cookie Novelty Bag
Jewelry: Vintage
Headband: ruthkim

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Check Out A Vintage Nerd on Snapchat!

snapchat

I recently discovered a new and fun social network app called Snapchat. With the use of your mobile phone you can send images, messages, and short videos to your friends/family/fans. I thought this would be a fun and interactive way to share all things vintage and nerdy with my readers.

If you would like to snapchat with me just simply download Snapchat to your phone and add me by typing avintagenerd.

snapchat

I hope you swing by so that I can share with you snippets into my vintage journey and my life in the amazing city that is New York!

Monday, May 18, 2015

AVN Book Club: 1960's Good Housekeeping Magazines

A Vintage Nerd

If you ever doubted that owning or reading vintage magazines was a good investment, I am hear to tell you that I find them to be one of the best sources for learning about the lifestyles of the past.

With these magazines that I am sharing with you today, reading through them honestly made me feel like I was stepping out of time. I never read vintage Good Housekeeping magazines before so needless to say I was intrigued about what I could find. Many magazines from yesteryear, like today, focused on specific topics like fashion, current events, holidays, recipes, etc but Good Housekeeping seems to have it all.

Inside I found interesting articles focusing on fashion, recipes, advice columns, short stories, and even some Hollywood gossip! Goodness they are a smorgasbord of 1960's awesomeness. I cannot recommend enough getting your hands on some vintage magazines. The ads are mind blowing, the recipes are creative, and the fashion tips are spot on.

I know it would be difficult to get your hands on magazines pre-1930's but grab and read what you can. Vintage magazines are like little time machines allowing you to step into the past. They give you a chance to see what it was like to live in that time.

Vintage Magazines
Vintage Magazines
Good Housekeeping
Vintage Ads
1960s Fashion
1960s Fashion

A wonderful reader of mine graciously offered to send me these great 1960's Good Housekeeping magazines and when I received them I truly felt spoiled. Big thanks to Desirae from Dolled-up Desirae blog!!!

Have you read Good Housekeeping magazine? Do you find vintage magazines to be a great source of information about the past? What vintage magazines do you love to read?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Special Cinema Spotlight: Big Eyes

A Vintage Nerd

The images of young children with large sad eyes has resonated with people since the late 1950's. I remember seeing the images on mugs and calendars and always thinking they were so cute. They have become iconic now but ever wonder who created them?

Big Eyes tells the story of Margaret Keane and how her second husband Walter Keane promoted and sold her work as his own.

Personally it took me a while to get into this film. It was hard for me to watch the blatant sexism and the way Margaret just allowed the web of lies to continue to grow. It was crushing to watch her spirit slowly get destroyed by the inability to tell the world that she was indeed the artist behind the famous "Big Eyes" paintings.

But I stuck with the film and as I watched her story unfold from divorcee in the 1950's with a small child to confidante artist in the 1970's. I was good to see her realize her mistakes and realize how naiive she was to believe everything Walter Keane said. I am aware that it was a different time, a time when women were told that they should listen to their husbands and not think for themselves but I had a hard time believing such an incredible artist could allow anyone who tell her how to live. She was bold in her style and brave in her art. It was hard for me to put the two parts of her together.

I did enjoy the film but the sexism of the 50's and 60's did get on my nerves as it does whenever I watch a film or show that depicts it. Otherwise I loved seeing the process of a painting coming together and learned more about the story about the infamous "Big Eyes" paintings.

Big Eyes
Keane
Big Eyes
Margaret Keane

Are you familiar with Margaret Keane's story or her art? Did you see this film already and if so, what did you think? I also included a photo of Margaret Keane today with Amy Adams who played her in the film. Believe it or not, she is still actively painting at the age of 88.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Vintage Style Series: 4 Tips on Creating Your Vintage Style

Creating Your Vintage Style

Creating your own vintage style can be daunting and overwhelming at the beginning. Not everyone is born with a keen sense of fashion and not everyone has heaps of time to dedicate to creating their own style.

I am here to share with you a bit of my journey, some tips, advice, and wisdom from this vintage nerd who has tried it all and finally found what works best for me. Best bit of advice I can give to those wanting to create their own vintage style is to be open to the process, be true to yourself, and have lots and lots of fun. Without the fun I feel like what's the point of it all. It should be fun and it should be a learning experience.

Here is what I learned so far:


I hope you may find these tips useful and if there is anything you would like to see in this style series, please let me know! And if you can, please subscribe, like my video, and share it with others! Thanks!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Springtime at Chiller

A Vintage Nerd

About once or twice a year I attend an event called Chiller Theater usually with my husband and my brother and his girlfriend. My brother and I share a bond of our love of film and television so this event is the one thing we make sure to do together if we can. The event is basically an opportunity and meet and greet actors and the like from yesteryear and now. You get a blend of retired performers to very popular actors like the cast of Sons of Anarchy.

Typically I wear vintage to these events but this year I decided to wear one of my eShakti dresses paired with my new Boden cardigan. I think it is one of my favorite outfits as the dress was cotton. It was easy to wear and easy to move around in as I chased after my children. I paired it with my vintage moonglow, vintage yellow stud earrings, Doctor Who brooch, and yellow headband. If you haven't already you can watch my little impromptu video showing how I put together my outfit for this event HERE.

Boden
Modern 1960's Fashion
Moonglow

There were so many cool things for kids to see like this display of the Little Shop of Horrors life size puppet. They allowed the children to take photos with them and we met some puppeteers and artists who worked for Jim Henson. One puppeteer even did a little show them. Everyone was so nice. Don't you just love Audrey!

A Vintage Nerd
Audrey II
Little Shop of Horrors

Being the cinephile that I am I was eager to meet James Darrin (Gidget) and William Katt (The Greatest American Hero) and I did! I have to admit I was nervous. I usually am pretty cool about these things but I was chatting up with Moondoggie himself...swoon! William Katt is not only known for being a superhero in the 80's but also being the star of Pippin on Broadway. I always love listening to him sing Corner of the Sky on YouTube. It makes my heart sore. It was out of this world to tell him that in person.

James Darren
William Katt
Land of the Lost

My brother and I grew up watching some interesting and fun shows in the 70's and 80's and one of the was Land of the Lost. We met some of the cast and that was heaps of fun.

Check out some of the past Chiller events I attended:

Spending The Afternoon at Chiller
S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and A Childhood Dream Come True

Have you ever been to an event like this? If you could meet anyone in person who would it be and why?
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