Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Must See TV: Grantchester


I was eager to get my hands on this show. I mean, anything set in the past and I feel the immediate need to watch it. So when I discovered that Netflix was going to have Grantchester I put it at the top of my queue.

You know I won't give away anything big in my posts when it comes to my book, film, and show reviews but I will tell you this-I am completely hooked on the show!


It is set in the 1950's and follows a young and dashing Anglican Priest named Sidney Chambers (James Norton) who is quite the opposite than most priests of the day. He is in love with a woman named Amanda, he drinks, he loves jazz, and he helps solves crimes. As some of you already know, Anglican Priests are allowed to be married and they are actually very much encouraged to do so, but Sidney's love life isn't always so cut and dry.


His partner in crime so to speak is a detective inspector named Geordie Keating (Robson Green) who he aids in putting the pieces together on various murders. Now it sounds far fetched that a priest would be solving crimes but how it all happens and keeps happening very much makes sense. The story that inspired this show comes from a series of books, the first one called Sidney Chamber and The Shadow of Death: The Grantchester Mysteries. I think I may have to start reading these books because I just adore the character of Sidney Chambers.


Sidney is flawed and struggles with being true to himself and his faith. He is also aware that he is from a different world than his love Amanda and struggles with that. The show is so very well written. I love how every scenario is so realistic. And let's not forget the town of Grantchester. It is beautiful and I want to jump into the screen every time I see it.

The main actor who plays Sidney is very easy on the eyes, the bromance between himself and Geordie warms the heart, and his real day-to-day struggles are very relatable. I am so glad I watched the show and I don't say this about many shows but I definitely want to own season one. If you cannot get season one on Netflix you can also score it here on Amazon.

Have you had the chance to see the show yet? If so, what do you think of it? If not, are you interested in checking it out?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Aunt Barbara's Tupperware Party!

A Vintage Nerd

Some of you may remember that I have been craving for an old fashioned Tupperware party for ages and now I finally went to one!

Now I didn't get into the Tardis and travel back in time but I did attend an event called Aunt Barbara's Tupperware Party at the Westbury Theater in Long Island, NY. It was my first time attending a show or event at this theater and I really liked it. I heard Frankie Valli is performing in October there and I of course I now need to score some tickets. I mean, Frankie Valli!!!

I decided to attend my first Tupperware party in full 1960's fashion of course. I was also super excited to see Aunt Barbara in action. I have heard so much about her and at the event I found out she is currently the top selling Tupperware seller in all of North America and Canada! After watching the show and her demonstrations I can now see why.

After the demonstrations of all the fabulous Tupperware, Aunt Barbara did a few giveaways. It was so much fun. I waited so long to attend a old fashioned Tupperware party and this one did not disappoint. Now I am thinking of hosting my very own for my birthday in January. Tupperware, cake, Aunt Barbara, and a few friends? I think that's a good way to celebrate the big 4-0!

1960s Fashion
1960s Dress
Aunt Barbara Tupperware PartyTupperware Party
1960s Tupperware Party
Aunt Barbara Tupperware

Aunt Barbara was so funny and sweet. After the event she welcomed us to make some Tupperware orders with her and to take some photos as well. She loved my 60's style and said that is the way every lady should dress. Aunt Barbara is never wrong (now imagine her saying that with a thick New York Long Island accent!)

What I Wore:

Dress: Vintage 1960's from Blue Fennel
Cardigan: Old Navy
Handbag: White Wicker 1950's Handbag
Brooch and Earrings: Vintage via Etsy
Necklace: 1960's celluloid via Antique Mall
Headband: Etsy Shop via Ruthkim

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mad Men Exhibit At The Museum of Moving Image

I recently attended the Mad Men Exhibit currently available at The Museum of Moving Image  in Queens, New York. Not only was the Mad Men Exhibit memorizing but the rest of the museum as well. I have been meaning to visit this museum for ages and it did not disappoint. It is now one of my favorites along with the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

On Fridays from 4-8pm the museum is free and so I took the entire family along with me on this adventure into the world of moving making and Mad Men.

Photos are not really permitted but I was able to sneak a few that I shared on my Instagram HERE. I was astounded by the details that went into creating the world of Mad Men. The creator, Matthew Weiner (whom I heard speak at an event a few months ago) is a very creative, very detailed oriented, and very passionate writer. He took notes upon notes of his ideas, he created vision boards for each character that included authentic photos from the 60's that he cut out and pasted, he read a heap of books on the 1960's, and made sure that every dress, every piece of furniture was painstaking recreated in order for us to feel like we really are in the 1960's.

I was impressed that even Don  Draper's driver's license had Jon Hamm's photo in it. In putting together a show I don't think you have to go that far to create a world for the viewer but it was done for Mad Men. I am not a seamstress but my jaw dropped on how well made the dresses were especially the dresses for Joan's character. I just wanted to sweep in and snatch all of the pieces!

Here is a peak into the Mad Men Exhibit:

Man Men
Mad Men Exhibit
Mad Men Costumes
Mad Men

The exhibit will be available until September 6, 2015, so if you are in the neighborhood I highly recommend taking a peak.

Are you as surprised as I was to learn about how incredibly detailed the props and costumes for Mad Men were? What prop or dress did you wish you could walk away with when you were watching the show?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Woodlawn Cemetary's Stars of Stage Tour

A Vintage Nerd

The idea of going on a tour of a cemetery may sound grim or even morbid to some but when I heard about this tour and that it was going to be lead by a well known biographer, I just had to try and go.

I lived in the Bronx for about 15 years and I never went to the Woodlawn Cemetery. I heard of it here and there but I honestly never knew that so many important people from the vaudeville/silent film era, classic film in general, and musical genius's like Irving Berlin were buried here.

Let me start by saying the Bronx of today was not the Bronx of yesteryear. I won't put it down but let's just say everything you hear about it, well it wasn't like that then. So when important folks passed on even in Hollywoodland, the place to be buried was all the way in the Bronx, New York at Woodlawn Cemetery. Even if the person had no ties to New York or the Bronx, this was the place the wealthy and important were laid to rest.

The day of the tour was a potentially rainy day  and then I met up with the group and the leader, Eve Golden, who is a published biographer of some classic film stars. We walked through this cemetery and visited the resting place of many famous folks that most people wouldn't be aware of. I know I wasn't. Luckily the rain held out to the very last moments of the tour-yay!

Here are most of the resting places I visited and I also included a photo and links so you can see who they are as well:

Olive Thomas Grave
Olive Thomas
 Olive Thomas (married to Mary Pickford's brother)
Bert Savoy Grave
Bert Savoy
Jay Brennan Grave
 Bert Savoy (female impressionist) and Jay Brennan (possibly his partner in life-buried close by)
Myrna Darby Grave
Myrna Darby
Myrna Darby
Sam M. Lewis Grave

Duke Ellington Grave
Duke Ellington
Miles Davis Grave
Miles Davis
Marilyn Miller
Marilyn Miller
 Marilyn Miller (also once married to Mary Pickford's brother)
Woodlawn Cemetary
Irving Berlin Grave
Irving Berlin
Vernon and Irene Castle Grave
Vernon and Irene Castle

I found this cemetery to be so beautiful and uniquely peaceful. I say that because unlike other cemeteries, there really weren't many people there visiting loved ones because so many of those who have passed, passed on many years ago. I really enjoyed walking around and being able to pay my respect to those who passed and also admire the beauty of many of the old headstones. This was a very unique and special experience.

Have you ever gone on a cemetary tour? Have you ever wanted to pay your respect and visit the resting place of anyone from old hollywood?

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