Special Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

November 20, 2018
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When I first heard of Scotty Bowers I had two thoughts that came into my mind. First, can his stories all be true? Secondly, Why share these salacious stories with the world at large? I had to see this documentary to see what all the fuss was about. Was he sharing these stories for profit or just sharing them because they at last needed to be shared? I believe that was the theme of the film but what was so neat is that it really was left up to you, the audience, to decide for yourself.

Scotty Bowers was born George Albert "ScottyBowers on July 1, 1923. An all-American boy who joined the Marines and fought in WWII. After the war he decided not to return to his small town in Illinois and find a place for himself in California. It is in 1946 when he is working at a gas station that he forges a career in sex that would lead him to not only pimping others but also delving into the underbelly of Old Hollywood where one's sexual preferences were something intensely private. Careers would crumble in an instant if the truth of some of our most beloved golden screened actors and actresses were made public.

The lifestyle that Scotty pursued may not sound as shocking to some today but in the 1940's it was. And so I was naturally intrigued to see a documentary about a man who lived a life that would have never been understood or accepted during his lifetime. How does a guy from small-town, U.S.A. go from WWII hero to gas station prostitution? Better still, how does he fall into the laps of Hollywood's most elite actors and actresses? If he wasn't sleeping with Lana Turner or Walter Pidgeon he was setting them up with young men and women who could service them.

Many have doubted and questioned the claims that Scotty has made but after watching this documentary I was able to appreciate the type of person he seemed to be and decided to take everything with a grain of salt. They could easily be lies or exaggerations but I found that he not only sticks to his stories (or experiences) but he also has a slew of people who are willing to vouch for him. I think if you love Old Hollywood as much as I do and if you find people as fascinating as I do then you really must give this documentary a go. Be aware that Scotty is unabashedly himself and he does not hold back even at the age of 95. There are some scenes that can be viewed as raunchy but keep in mind that his story is about life, sex, and secrets.

Have you heard of Scotty Bowers or this documentary? Have you read his book called Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Live of the Stars?

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I'm a Vintage Girl in a Modern World

November 11, 2018
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At my first vintage meet up that I shared recently HERE I collaborated with a wonderful Etsy designer at DesignTimePrint who helped me create these great buttons with a saying that has been floating around my head for a while. I gave them out to those who were able to  attend and they were a hit!

I collaborated with DesignTimePrint and for a limited time only they will be selling the buttons I designed and you can make one of them yours. Us vintage gals need to stick together and represent our love for the past and for all things old and awesome. If you want to score your very own "I'm a Vintage Girl in a Modern World" just click HERE and order yours today.

Vintage Communities are Needed

November 08, 2018
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Seven years ago when I entered into the world of blogging and vintage full-time there was this incredible online presence of like-minded people everywhere. If you loved vintage; the history, the fashion, film, or music, you would be able to find someone to talk to and share your passion with. I received so much support when I first started blogging that whenever I had a question there was always someone out there in cyber land willing and able to answer it.

The vintage community has gone through a lot of changes since then. Instagram came onto the scene and many bloggers who found blogging too time consuming or challenging (because the truth is that it is) left blogging and focused solely on posting photos only on their IG pages. Many who dressed strictly in vintage stopped wearing vintage altogether. Some of us like myself evolved in my style to go from pure vintage to dressing vintage-inspired; a blend of true vintage and modern pieces.

Before I knew it at least 80% of the vintage community was gone or altered in some way. Many were scattered around the world of social media or leaving it behind them as they pursued other passions. I found myself missing those days where you had someone to talk about an old movie or about a vintage hairstyle you are trying to imitate.

That is when I thought to myself, "Why don't I set up a vintage meet up?" I figured worse case scenario no one would be interested so I had nothing to lose. Last month with the support and help from my friend Maegan at EV Vintage Collective  we set up our first vintage girls meet up. I spent time with my friend Nicole from Darling in Dots  and finally met a long time follower named Nikki who just happens to live in the same area in New York that I do. All in all it was magical to gather together in the unity of vintage.

Its important to have access to like-minded people where you can share and collaborate with. In our case it all for the love of vintage. Do you remember when the vintage community was united? How do you connect with other vintage loving guys and gals?

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A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, 1960s Style, Modern Retro Fashion, Vintage Meetup, EV Vintage Collectible, NY Vintage Blogger, Disability and Fashion, Living with CMT, Plus Size Blogger, Vintage Beret, Retro Inspired Fashion Blog
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, 1960s Style, Modern Retro Fashion, Vintage Meetup, EV Vintage Collectible, NY Vintage Blogger, Disability and Fashion, Living with CMT, Plus Size Blogger, Vintage Beret, Retro Inspired Fashion Blog
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, 1960s Style, Modern Retro Fashion, Vintage Meetup, EV Vintage Collectible, NY Vintage Blogger, Disability and Fashion, Living with CMT, Plus Size Blogger, Vintage Beret, Retro Inspired Fashion Blog
Outfit: Corduroy Overalls from Modcloth, Red Turtleneck from J Crew, 
Beret is 1960's Vintage, and Button is from DesignTimePrint
 
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