I Will Stand With You

August 29, 2017
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This year my husband and I celebrated our twelve year wedding anniversary. They say time goes quickly when you're having fun but I think it also seems to go by when you're super busy. Being parents to three young kids has been the best and most exhausting thing we have ever done with our lives. Everyday they remind us of the commitment we made twelve years ago. Good stuff I think.

We decided to head into the city to check out an exhibit on WWI since it is the bicentennial this year. I may just do a post about it just so you can see the neat things we did on this day. The exhibit was held at the New York Historical Society which is located right near the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Its a beautiful location and right across the street is Central Park.

We took the kids along with us of course and did a mini photo shoot of us that I shared on my Instagram, courtesy of our daughter who took the photo. Afterwards we took some quick photos of me and headed to our museum adventure. Ironically I wasn't feel too fabulous because my body has changed so much in the past year that it sort of took me by surprise. But I have to say what I wore was so comfy that I put all that aside and had a blast with my four favorite people.

I can honestly say nothing makes me feel more beautiful than when I am with my family. They love me just as I am and I am reminded daily of it. I loved this whole look and you will probably see me sporting pieces of it here and there as the fall comes rolling in New York. My favorite piece was the skirt. I don't care how huge my derriere looks in it, by golly its so pretty and comfortable that I completely forgot about it. Thats the beauty of fashion isn't? When you wear something you love that looks great on you and feels good on you, you can put aside all your silly feelings of insecurity and enjoy being in the moment.

What a great day it was for us. I felt grateful for the day we had and lucky to be a New Yorker.  But most importantly I felt lucky that I got to share this with my husband and children and now I get to share it with all of you.

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A Vintage Nerd, Retro Fashion Blog, Modcloth Jean Skirt, Retro Plus Size Fashion, New York Fashion Blogger
A Vintage Nerd, Retro Fashion Blog, Modcloth Jean Skirt, Retro Plus Size Fashion, New York Fashion Blogger

Outfit: Marvelously Midi Denim Skirt from Modcloth, Promise Philosophy "I will stand with you" T-shirt from Modcloth, Red belt from Vivien of Holloway, Bunny Purse from Pepaloves, Sunglasses from the Loft, Bracelets are Vintage 1960's 
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AVN Book Club: Uncommon Knowledge

August 09, 2017
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Today's book review and recommendation is my first installment of the Summer Reading Challenge that I am participating in with Out of the Past blog. My first selection is a book by Judy Lewis called Uncommon Knowledge.

The author, Judy Lewis was the hidden daughter of silver screen stars, Loretta Young and Clark Gable. I say hidden because after her mother bore Judy in secret she placed her in an orphanage only to "adopt" her 19 months later. Judy, who resembled her father a great deal had no knowledge of this truth. Thing is, everyone else seemed to know but her. At the age of 23, her future husband was the one who informed her. It wasn't until Judy was 31 years old that her mother, Loretta Young finally confessed the truth. Hence the title, Uncommon Knowledge.

You will literally want to read this book from the very beginning and then painfully have to let it go at the very end. Judy takes you on this incredible journey filled with great amounts of pain but done so with even greater amounts of love and forgiveness. What an incredible woman she was. I say this because sadly Judy Lewis passed away in 2011. Judy lived one heck of a life though. Even though she often felt alone, confused, unloved, hurt, and ignored, she created one heck of a life for herself. She raised a daughter named Maria and from Maria gained two beloved grandsons. She took all that knowledge and experience from that deception and used it for a greater good. She became a licensed family and child counselor in 1992, and was a practicing psychotherapist as well. 

Judy Lewis gifted us fans of Old Hollywood a rare glimpse into a a world that was filled with glitter and gold. And yet she manages to sift through the glamour and illusion and share with us the true story behind such a large secret. An example of this can be seen when she goes into detail about her mother's life and her background. The way she does it only made me feel her deep love and respect for her. She manages not to make monsters of Young and Gable. I think when we go through the pain honestly and maintain a kindness, we can find the peace that we long for. I hope Judy felt that after she wrote her book.

This book is a treasure. When I found out of Judy's passing my first thought in my mind was, "thank you". I am sure it wasn't easy for her to share so much of her life and her family's life with the public but I could only feel as though it was a gift. Thank you again, Judy Lewis.

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A Vintage Nerd, Old Hollywood Blog, Uncommon Knowledge, Judy Lewis Book, Classic Film Blog
A Vintage Nerd, Old Hollywood Blog, Uncommon Knowledge, Judy Lewis Book, Classic Film Blog
A Vintage Nerd, Old Hollywood Blog, Uncommon Knowledge, Judy Lewis Book, Classic Film Blog
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Special Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

August 05, 2017
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Ingrid Bergman's time spent in Hollywood left a mark on the silver screen that is indelible. She is considered one of the best in movie history but what do we really know about her? I only knew the basics. I knew that she was Swedish, made great movies with people like Cary Grant, and that her daughter was Isabelle Rossellini. There, thats it. That was until I watched, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.

It was eye opening in so many ways. The film includes interviews with her children, which I find to be treasures. First hand view of famous people are always interesting to me. It also includes a voice over of things she wrote down and shared herself. This documentary really hits all the marks. Its has layers yet it shares her story in a linear fashion. 

I was captivated by this documentary because they were using many tools to tell her story. It wasn't just a looking back at her past but including photos, first hand interviews, her own video recordings of her private life, and the voice over that was done beautifully by Alicia Vikander.

What I enjoyed the most was learning about a girl from Sweden who had big dreams and depite suffering the losses of her parents at a young age, she made them all come true. What I didn't enjoy was learning how her work as an actresses superseded her role as a mother. She spent very little time with her children and her adult children spoke candidly about their yearning for her. It was heart breaking to hear one of them say that when she was around they couldn't get enough of her. I do feel that she had a great love for her children and when she was with them she will fully committed to them. But their is no denying that her first love was her craft. 

If you want to learn more about Ingrid Bergman and want to watch a refreshing take on documentary style film making, I highly recommend viewing this.  

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