Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Links To Love

A Vintage Nerd

June gave me a smorgasbord of interesting articles. I think my favorites are ones about old photos or photos that were never seen before. To me it feels like I am taking a peak into the past and I love that. I found a few articles about photos this month and hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

100 Years of Fashion

Downton Abbey

Brigette Bardot

Did you find any interesting articles this past month? Which links are your favorite? Isn't Brigitte stunning in that photo above!?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pop Culture Tuesdays: Supernatural: Always Keep Fighting

A Vintage Nerd

Supernatural is one of those shows that I would have passed over if not for the encouragement of my older brother. We tend to encourage one another to watch certain shows or films that the other may overlook. Once I started I didn't look back. 

Supernatural is a blend of mystery, adventure, fantasy, drama, comedy....goodness you name it and it has it. It follows the lives of two brothers, Dean and Sam, who are hunters. Hunters of what you may ask. Hunters of monsters. Sounds silly but the writing is incredible. I am a sucker for good writing and this show has it. 

The show has the occasionally dash of flashing to the past so I wouldn't say it has anything to do with vintage at all but it does have a massive fan base. The fans, like myself, are loyal to the show because you can sense that it is made with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Nothing better for a fan of  good story than to know the entire cast and crew gives their all to the show.

This is where if one has a good and positive message to share they can because they have such a loyal and massive following. The actor who plays Sam Winchester, Jared Padalecki, recently shared his battle with depression. Mental Illness and depression thankfully are becoming less and less of a taboo subject to talk about but it still has a ways to go. Jared then created a way to help a variety of support groups by selling t-shirt that said his motto, "Always Keep Fighting". The first sale went so well that he then teamed up with fellow "brother" Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) to sell more merchandise to continue to get the message across that no matter how deep the depression gets to always keep fighting.

I don't normally support causes so easily but I felt inspired not only by the actors candidness, not only because I am a genuine fan of the show, but because I know so many who suffer from mental illness and I want to show my support to them and others like them. Instead of a t-shirt I purchased a canvas tote bag and now I get to share both my love for Supernatural and my hope that those suffering can always keep fighting.

I can't help but love films and shows that have good fighting the bad. This show plays out that theme in every episode. Now Jared is inspiring those suffering the consequences of mental illness by inspiring them to keep fighting the good fight.

If you'd like to learn more about the Always Keep Fighting campaign:

Monday, June 22, 2015

New York Summer Vintage Guide 2015

Vintage NYC

I know New York seems like the type of city where a lot of vintage events would be happening but actually I have found it to be a struggle to find them. You can go inside the Empire State Building and admire the  beautiful art deco but what else does the city that never sleeps offer?

Here are a few events that are happening this summer and if you attend one of them. let me know if you enjoyed it!

TCM's Movie Camp (for film and book buffs-had to share-not just for NY)   Throughout the Summer

TCM Hosts Double Indemnity (on the big screen!)   July 19 &20

Aunt Barbara's Tupperware Party

TCM Hosts Grease Sing-A-Long (on the big screen)   August 16 & 19

Jazz Age Lawn Party

I am sure hope there will be more vintage events popping up. The best way to find out about these types of events is by word of mouth so share with the vintage community and let others know!

Monday, June 15, 2015

10th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party with Unique Vintage

  1. A Vintage Nerd

I have attended the Jazz Age Lawn Party before but I have never worked the event. So when Unique Vintage offered me the opportunity to represent them and I was more than happy (and super excited) to do so.

I worked along side Paper Moon Photography so while people lined up to have their photos taken at the iconic paper moon image I offered them an array of beautiful accessories to use for their photo. The accessories were supplied by Unique Vintage and guests attending the event could also sign up to win a gift card!

The ladies and gents that I spoke to and mingled with were all so warm and friendly. It was wonderful to be able to interact with vintage lovers. As a blogger you don't often get the chance to speak with people who enjoy what you enjoy and in my case its vintage.

For the event I wore this stunning 1930's blue floral chiffon dress which you can find HERE. I can honestly say after attempting to dress up 1930's a few times in the past, this is the very first time that I felt so comfortable and pretty dressing in this decade and it is all because of this beautiful dress!  I really felt dazzling in it.

I paired up my dress with a paper umbrella from Luna Bazaar, some earrings from Charlotte Russe, and hair flowers from Claire's (which were pinned at the bottom of my hair).
1930's Fashion
Paper Umbrella
Unique Vintage
A Vintage Nerd
There were a slew of activities around the area from vintage sellers, food trucks, a bar, dance lessons, and a pie contest!

Pie Contest
Jazz age Lawn Party
Jazz Age Lawn Party

Towards the end of the event when things were winding down a bit I told those wore the Unique Vintage accessories during their shoot with Paper Moon Photography to swing by at a certain time (after they shared their photo wearing the accessory) and they could win one. The first four ladies who came you can see in the photo below. They were so darn sweet and they loved their new goodies thanks to the generosity of Unique Vintage. Don't they all look beautiful!!?

Unique Vintage
Jazz Age Lawn Party
Unique Vintage

I also had the joy of working with Clara, who was the photographers assistant for the day. Didn't she looks fabulous? She wore pure 1930's vintage and every inch of it was stunning. Additionally, I met the ultra adorable Kristina from Twee Valley High blog. She was absolutely a joy to hang out with.

The day was truly a incredible adventure. I had the chance to meet a heap of nice people who loved vintage as much as I do, I got to know some wonderful ladies like Clara and Kristina, and better still I got to work for Unique Vintage for the day. Because of them and their beautiful dress I truly felt like a 1930's film star!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pop Culture Tuesdays: Pretty In Pink Style: Team Duckie

I confess, I have a thing for Pop Culture. Perhaps because it's fun or because its a nostalgic way to look at things but either way I am beginning a new series called Pop Culture Tuesdays.

Posts will include television shows, films, trivia, fashion, books, and all sorts of things based off of Pop Culture. But when it comes to fashion I will always bring it back to vintage, just in a more off beat sort of way.

A few posts ago I shared with you a book selection based on the film by the same name, Pretty in Pink. I heard that the ending of the film was changed due to audience testing and that Andie was really supposed to end up with her best friend Duckie Dale. Once I read the book and looked at those last words where they both twirled around in a blur of pink my heart just leapt.

I always felt like Pretty in Pink was the one John Hughes/Molly Ringwald collaboration that just didn't mesh well. The entire cast was perfect except Molly's character of Andie seemed depressed and sour all the time and Blaine? I mean Duckie was right. Is that a name of a major appliance? I am not saying poor kids cannot fall in love with rich kids and ride off to the sunset of life but Blaine and Andi never made any sense to me. I'm team Duckie Dale all the way!

So as an ode to Mr. Dale and his overabundance of coolness, I present to you my outfit based on Duckie and Pretty in Pink.

Candy Strike
Historic Buildings
Vintage Fashion

A few outtakes from the World's Fair Anniversary Festival. You can see the vlog I created on this event HERE.

60's World's Fair
World's Fair
Retro Fashion
The 1960's World's Fair

What I wore:

Black Cotton Skirt: eShakti
Duckie Dale T-shirt: RainbowAlternative
Pink Cropped Cardigan: Boden
Duckie Dale Clutch: Candy Strike
Plastic Headband: Ruthkim
Molly Ringwald Brooch: Heartbeats Club
Pink Look Earrings: Leetie Lovendale
Pink Beaded Necklace: Vintage Thrifted
Colorful Bracelets: Vintage 1960's

Sunday, June 7, 2015

AVN Vlog One: World's Fair Anniversary Festival

A Vintage Nerd

Today I attended a super fun vintagey event located at the Flushing Meadow Park in Queens, New York. We haven't had a World's Fair in New York for sometime now. The first was in 1939 and the last in 1964. The 1964 World's Fair has special meaning to me because my father actually performed with his band as a teenager at the fair. As a special node to him and the fair I did a photo shoot there a few years back that you can see HERE.

I put together my first vlog for you and hope to be creating more vlogs of vintagey events for my channel which you can find HERE.

Tune in this week for a look at the super fun 1960's does 1980's ode to Pretty in Pink outfit I wore to the fair!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Works of Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

After I shared with you all about the documentary Finding Vivian Maier, I decided in case you never saw samples of her work that I would share with you a few of her photos.

Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier

Here are some resources in case you want to learn more about Vivian or her work:

Vivian Maier (website)

Vivian Maier (blog dedicated to her work)

Vivian Maier (facebook page)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Special Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: Finding Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

When I first heard about this documentary I didn't know anything about Vivian Maier other than she was a photographer or rather was someone who took photos.  I found this documentary enlightening, revealing, and needless to say what was shared about this woman struck a chord in me I didn't anticipate.

Let's start with the fact that the person who started this documentary (John Maloof) knew nothing about Ms. Maier, but what I discovered is that even the people that "knew" her didn't know her either. This same person is the one who purchased her negatives at an auction and began this incredible journey into acquiring everything he could that was hers. Problem was, she was pack rat. I like to say she was sentimental.

In my heart I feel as though she kept everything because she so desperately wanted to be remembered. She was a memory keeper, like I am. I felt and feel so connected to her story as if she, herself was speaking to me.

Vivian Maier

After sifting through everything Maloof discovered thousands of photos and containers of film that she never had been developed. Once he saw her work her posted it online and it exploded. People wondered who this street photographer was. But as Maloof would discover the more he dug up on her the more questions he would have.

We do learn that she was born in New York to a mother who was French and spent time in France. Her father abandoned his family and it is insinuated in the film that she could have been assaulted or molested prior to her time as a nanny in Chicago in the 1950's-1970's. I think it would explain a lot about her appearance and how she approached life. Some may say she had mental illness but I found her to be quite sane, She seemed to be the sort of woman who did things with a purpose.

I enjoyed watching Maloof's journey unfold and to see the process in which he attempted to unfold her life, but I found the interviews with her former employers and their children to be somewhat unpleasant. All I learned from them was that she was weird, she dressed funny, she was sometimes mean, a pack rat, and that they basically knew nothing about her at all. Nothing about her family, her past, her private life-nothing. Now, how do you hire someone to tend to your home and children and know nothing about them? I really disliked the interviews with them.

Vivian Maier

I think if you want to know Vivian you can see her through her work. Her work, seen through her eyes, speaks volumes of who she was. The documentary leaves you a little frustrated with a few unanswered questions because the truth is that she kept people at bay and people kept her a bay. She didn't seem to really find a true blue connection to anyone in her lifetime that we know of. But her work is so intimate that I like to think that perhaps she felt she couldn't get close to anyone in her everyday life but through her lens she able to find a certain intimacy and connect to other people.

Watch this documentary, You will be entranced by this mysterious woman and the art she left behind.

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