8 Classic Films Set in New York

September 23, 2018
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California may be where the film industry took off but it all got its humble start on the east coast. In 1909 Fort Lee, New Jersey became the capital of the film industry when it built its first studio. Mary Pickford got her start in Biograph Studios which was located in the Bronx and Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens is where the Marx Brothers created many of their silent films. Eventually the film industry moved to California and because of its versatility of landscapes and the space available to build massive studio lots, it became the permanent home of Old Hollywood.

But New York was always in the heart of the movie making world and when they figured out how they could use locations in the city and really show the rawness that was life in the city of New York, they shared it on film as many times as they could.

Here is a brief list of classic films that are set in New York. They show the gritty streets, the high fashion of park avenue, the beauty that is Central Park, and the madness that entails living and working here. They share scenes of the city in these films that leave the viewers in complete awe and brings sheer delight. Setting a film in New York allows viewers all over the world to take a peak into one of the most diverse, complex, jam packed cities in the world.

These eight films I selected are some of my personal favorites because of how they shared the excitement of the city and incorporated it into the storylines. There's no other city like New York. It has a flavor all its own. And as the narrator states in The Naked City, "There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them."








Manhattan (1979)

Celebrating My Curves with Modcloth

September 20, 2018
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Accepting yourself exactly as you are is a a concept that is good to hear about but can be challenging to learn how to follow. Why? Why is it so hard to accept and be okay with who we are? I would like to say it is a simple answer but it's not. The way we see ourselves and think about ourselves is based on our environment, our influences, the media, and our own very distinctive personalities. I like to believe that self acceptance and confidence are things we can expose ourselves too, teach ourselves, and nurture in our own minds so that we train ouriselves to think positively and not the latter.

Look here's my current situation. I am 42, Puerto Rican, 5"3", a size 12-14, and I have a physical disability. I am curvy and wear plastic on my legs and my rear is way bigger than I thought it could ever be. But you know what? This is who I am. A woman's body changes every year. Add age, culture, lifestyle, motherhood, and genes and you are going to be what you are going to be. I am not saying we cannot work to be healthier or that we shouldn't take care of ourselves because I am a huge advocate for taking care of yourself. Your physical, mental, and spiritual  health should be a number one priority. Taking care of yourself is an aspect of self love and no matter how busy we are with work, family, or life in general, we should always try and tend to ourselves. But it is also important to accept yourself as you are at any given moment.

This month I attended the Curvy Con event here in Manhattan. I wanted to treat myself to something different and also expose myself to a potentially body positive environment. I never considered myself plus size and many people have told me that I am not but I know my own body and I am aware of its roundness. I understand this is where I am with my body at the moment and I decided to attend because I wanted to give myself an opportunity to seek more acceptance of my physical changes and more confidence.

I was bedazzled when Modcloth asked to dress me for this event and wearing their clothing made me feel completly gorgeous. Between meeting some many incredible women at the Curvy Con event and dressing up with Modcloth I truly felt like I was celebrating my curves.

Self acceptance and building a healthy confidence may take time to create and build within you but meeting like minded people and wearing clothes that make you feel good are great steps to take. Thank you to Curvy Con for creating such a positive space for so many people and to Modcloth for helping me celebrate my unique beauty.

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are all from Modcloth, Mustard Beret from Ebay, Sunglasses are
 from TJ Max, Belt is from Vivien of Holloway, and Jewelry is all Vintage

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Back to School with Old Hollywood

September 06, 2018
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It's that time of the year folks, at least it is here at A Vintage Nerd Headquarters. The time of the year where my children get book bags filled with brand new school supplies, get much needed haircuts, and no longer are able to sleep in and lounge about the house. Its time to continue the learning in a classroom setting, meet new teachers, learn new rules, and make new friends.

Honestly I always feel like the new year starts in September because that is when we start school. I still have a hard time sleeping the night before even though I am technically no longer a student nor am I no longer a teacher. That nervousness is still there but I love just about everything about starting school fresh in September.

That brings me to share with you all a few of my personal favorite classic films that bring us back into that classroom. Whether there is conflict with a teacher or the students causing trouble (and in some cases both) these film recommendations really do bring you back to school with Old Hollywood.






The teen angst experience in a school setting wasn't often shared on films as much as it was during my childhood in the 1980's. Some of you may recall my Pop Culture themed posts that I would share on Tuesdays. Well I decided to include some of my favorite back to school films from the 80's as an honorable mention.

Honorary Pop Culture Mentions:

Fame (1980)




Heathers (1988)

Do any of these film selections bring you back to school? Which are your favorites? Have you seen any of these? What are some of your best memories of getting ready to go back to school?
 
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