The 6 Lessons I Learned from Scrooge

December 31, 2018
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There have been so many adaptations of A Christmas Carol  (1843) since Charles Dickens first told his tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and his visits from the past, present, and future. There are a few I really enjoy but Scrooge (1970) is my favorite. Albert Finney is the perfect Scrooge and the story set to music and dance elevates the tale about redemption to a level that I has inspired me personally in a few ways.

With the upcoming new year upon us all I wanted to share with you the 6 lessons I learned by watching the movie Scrooge.

  • When an old friend visits you and warns you about something bad to come, you should heed their warning. Be grateful to have friends who would tell you the truth no matter how ugly it can be.
  • Misery ages you horribly. If you want to age the best you can, living your life filled with joy is the best moisturizer a girl can have. Poor Ebenezer went from handsome young man to balding, ugly old man. I think misery took its hold and its misery that you see every time you look at his face. Trust me, smiling can do wonders to brighten up your face. Best accessory you can have.
  • Forgetting the mistakes and triumphs of your past can alter the way you enter your present. Ebenezer decides to pretend that his old boyhood school days, his little sister, and the love of his fiancĂ© never existed. People think if you pretend something isn't there then it really isn't but the truth is that if you pretend you don't know who you were then you will never get to know who you really are. I told you some of these lessons from this film are far-out deep. 
  • Ebenezer decides to cut off all his ties to his past and so in the present he has absolutely no sense of awareness. He lacks the basic understanding that as human being we are all connected to one another. That as one lives we live more fully with connections and relationships with each other. Ebenezer had no grasp of that connection that we all yearn so much for and really keeps us flourishing as human beings.
  • "I like life , Life likes me , Life and I fairly fully agree" The Ghost of Christmas Present starts to sing this song to Ebenezer and its the first time we see his face light up with joy. I guess it doesn't help that he drank some sort of elixir that creates instant happiness when drunk. But the words they sing together resinates strongly with me. I LIKE LIFE. Like it despite its ups and downs, despite its annoying challenges. Like life and be in the moment. Take that moment and find good in it even if it seems impossible.
  • My very favorite song in all the movie is called Thank You Very Much. Being thankful is something we all try to do and remember to do and many times we fail to remember. We get caught up in the drama that life has dealt or perhaps find ourselves too distracted but being grateful for what we have and where we are is something this song reminds me of every time I hear it.

If you haven't had the chance to watch this version of A Christmas Carol I highly recommend it. Everything in the film is on point and the songs will have you tapping your feet. Best of all there are so many worthy lessons to be learned. 

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Last Minute Vintage Book Gift Ideas

December 20, 2018
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'Tis the season of last minute holiday gifts and I have a few great book selections that I think you would love. Each of these are a part of my private collection and I have read them all. They would be easy peasy to find on Amazon or Ebay and they are a perfect gift to those who love Old Hollywood and the Vintage Lifestyle.

Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide


Glamour's Beauty Book (Vintage 1960's)




Have you read any of these? What books would you recommend for some last minute shopping?

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A Vintage Holiday Home Decor Tour

December 18, 2018
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When you love vintage as much as we all do finding ways to incorporate this special love into your home can be tricky depending on the space you have and the lifestyle you live. If you have pets or children that can bring some challenges that are distinctive to having little hands and tiny paws rummaging through your vintage. If you have a small home then your challenges may come from finding intricate ways to decorate despite the smaller canvas to work with.

When it comes to the holidays especially a super fun one like Christmas, decorating can take on a life of its own. You have so many options when it comes to decorations. When my children were younger I decorated mainly in a Disney theme because it was cute and the children loved it. Now that they are a bit older I am finding that I can start making my decorating decisions based on my love for all things old.

Although my family supports my love of vintage I know they don't always want everything inside the home to be as old as our house itself. So I've been collecting bits and bobs here and there for a while and this year I finally found a nice balance between new retro inspired Christmas items and pure vintage Christmas items. I meshed the decor stash I had with some felt pieces, traditional colors of red and green, and a dash of rustic Christmas to create my own style that really gave my home a true vintage holiday glow.

How do you like to decorate your home for the holidays?

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Retro Coca-Cola Santa with Retro Planet

December 14, 2018
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When you think of Coca-Cola at Christmas you can't help but think of Santa with his fluffy white beard and stunning red outfit handing out soda pop for everyone to drink. But when Coca-Cola started introducing Santa to their customers in December 1931 suddenly Christmas just wasn't the same again. And in a good way!

An illustrator named Haddon Sundblom would go on to create holiday ads featuring Santa for Coca-Cola from 1931-1964. Those same images are still being used today on bottles, cans, and 12 packs. If Mad Men taught us anything, it taught us the power of good advertising. 

And so the jolly ole soul we know and love today was created and forever connected with some good old fashioned Coca-Cola. I love traditional images and colors and nothing nicer for me than green, red, and white on Christmas. Adding some retro Coca-Cola Santas into my Christmas decor sounded like a great plan so Retro Planet and I teamed up and I wanted to share with you how gorgeous these decals they sent me are.

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The decals are easy peasy to put on and the best bit is that they are reusable. For more information on these incredible decals you can read more HERE. All the Coca-Cola items at Retro Planet are officially licensed by The Coca-Cola Company. 

All you have to do is follow these four steps and you too can have you walls decorated with Retro Coca-Cola Santas:
  1. Remove the decals from the tubes and flatten them out on a table carefully overnight. We used books and placed them on top to help flatten them out a bit more.
  2. For large decals you can use blue painters tape to help you hold it in place. For the smaller decals you can just easily peel from the corner and remove the white backing. 
  3. The you press your decals into the wall and using a credit card to smooth it out.
  4. For the larger decals you follow the same steps except that you are you using the painters tape to hold the decal in place.
Retro Planet sends you detailed instructions as well as a test decal to try on your wall before you place the one you purchased. It really is incredible easy to do and it adds such a gorgeous retro flair to your home.  If you are interested in purchasing some of these decals take a peak HERE.

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Outfit: Santa Tee from DIYSuppliesStudio, Cardigan from Anthroplogie, 
Headband from ruthkim, and Earrings are 1960's Vintage


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A Christmas Story Tee: It's a Major Award!

December 13, 2018
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The iconic holiday movie that is called A Christmas Story (1983) was actually inspired but a series of stories written by Jean Shepherd called In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash (1966). It is his voice that you hear as the narrator throughout the film. A sooting voice by all accounts and it makes perfect sense once you find out that he had a prolific career in broadcast radio that ran from 1945 to 1977.

A Christmas Story which I shared a full review of HERE, has become a classic for my generation. I dare say it can be included with films such a It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and White Christmas (1954). It has a nostalgic feel being set in the 1939-1940. Honestly the year is never mentioned but seeing a fictional cast of The Wizard of Oz walking around the shop while Ralphie and Randy wait in line to see Santa makes me think it was 1939 because that is when the film came out. I could be wrong but either way the nostalgia of the film is the star in every scene despite moments of the 1980's peaking through here in there (aka Scut Farkus's braces).

A Christmas Story may not be deemed cinematically perfect like Miracle on 34th Street (1947) or Holiday Inn (1942) but it is good enough for me. This year I will be introducing this childhood classic to my children and perhaps break out the old A Christmas Story board game for us to play. In the meantime I'm going to play a few rounds in my A Christmas Story Tee with my husband and see who really knows this movie by heart.

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Outfit: A Christmas Story Tee from 80's Tee ,  Red skirt
from Unique Vintage (Affiliate Link), Cardigan from The Gap Outlet, 
Headpiece from Crown and Glory, Brooch is 1940's Vintage, and Earrings are 1960's Vintage


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The Post of Christmas Past

December 11, 2018

An Afternoon with Mrs. Maisel

December 10, 2018
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The marvelous thing about living in New York are all the quirky fun things to do that turn up when you least expect them. The Carnegie Deli Pop-Up is one of them. Carnegie Deli opened on 854 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan in 1937 just across from its namesake, Carnegie Hall. It expanded in 1976 and sadly closed its doors in 2016. It is still run in a smaller capacity seasonally and in a Las Vegas casino but the iconic restaurant in its original form is no more.

That is until Amazon Prime with their highly successful show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel collaborated with Carnegie Deli to create a one week only pop up restaurant in New York where the show is set in the 1950's. Reservations were filled immediately but if you wanted to you could stand on line and see if you can get in. So I trooped it into the city for a little adventure with my husband unaware of the experience I was going to have.

After searching and finding parking we heading to the pop up and I asked a gentlemen who worked there if I could just take photos inside which is what their social media said you could do if you couldn't get inside. I told him I was a vintage blogger and he noticed I was all dolled up in 1950's wonder and led me to the door to head in. Once inside I enjoyed an impromptu photo shoot inside and outside a fabulous photo booth, received free lunch thanks to Mrs. Maisel herself, two posters (one is autographed by the gang from Carnegie Deli), and met some incredible staff who worked the pop up.

I have been to a few pop ups here in New York and this was by far the best experience I had. I truly felt like a spoiled 1950's New York queen like Midge herself minus the uptown apartment. Tasty grub, good company, and chance to drench myself into the past felt like a retro 1950's dream. Tab Hunter included (my husband is definitely Tab material).

What a hoot I had and such a creative way to promote such a special show. I met one of the producers outside of the deli and we talked a bit about the pop up and sadly they cannot extend the time frame but he did mention that they might open it for more special occasions. Here's hoping they will. Have you had the chance to watch Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? If so, what did you think?

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Outfit: Black and White Checkered Dress from Unique Vintage (Affiliate Link), 
60's styled Coat from Boden, Handbag is 1950's Vintage, Earrings and gloves 
are 1960's Vintage, and Sunglasses are from EV Vintage Collective 

 
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