A Vintage Nerd Recreates: White Christmas (1954): Judy Haynes

December 22, 2019
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The holidays are now coming to a head. Homes are decorated, children are on vacation, and the fridges are stuffed with things to cook and bake. But one of the things I love about the holidays is watching or rewatching classic holiday films. Some I have watched more than a dozen times and some like "Meet Me In St. Louis" (1944) I recently saw for the first time. One of my all time favorites is White Christmas (1954). It's one of those films just brimming with fun and joy. And yet in the midst of all the laughter you'll find yourself moved and in tears. While in some scenes you'll find yourself in awe of the costumes and dance scenes. 

This year happens to be the 65th Anniversary of White Christmas (1954). In honor of this anniversary I wanted to do something special. I loved the costumes made for Vera-Ellen in the film because everything she wore was so stylish and feminine. One of my favorite outfits is in the scene when she is trying to convince Phil that they should get engaged in order for her sister to stop being overprotective. 

To create this look I pulled out pieces from my closet and put together vintage accessories I already had. All I had to add to the ensemble was a white turtleneck. I purchased one from J Crew that was originally $35 dollars and I snagged it for under $4 with sales and coupons. I think doing recreates based on classic films/tv shows or period films/tv shows is going to be a blast. I plan to do a whole lot more in the coming new year but I don't see the point of it if I have to spend a heap of money on the outfits. 

A Vintage Nerd Recreates is going to marry my passions for Old Hollywood and Fashion. I also hope it will inspire others by exploring their personal style and also bring some attention to the film being spotlighted. Keep in mind I will always recreate with A Vintage Nerd flair because what I am doing is not costuming or cosplay but rather a celebration of a character or film.

What classic films/tv shows or period films/tv shows would you like to see recreated here on A Vintage Nerd? 

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Outfit: Plaid Skirt from Modcloth, Turtleneck from J Crew, Black Cardigan from Boden, 
Red Belt from Vivien of Holloway, and all accessories are vintage 1950s/1960s

Be Inspired: Embrace It

December 15, 2019
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Through my blog I have been lucky to found my voice when it comes to Old Hollywood, Vintage Fashion, Retro Lifestyle, and all the smaller categories in between. What I have struggled with is finding a balance between my passions as a vintage blogger and my everyday life living with a disability. I didn't want to come across as needing attention or attracting negative attention because of my disability. I needed to find a balance between both words because I feel like it is important that I share this part of myself.

When I share photos of my vintage inspired outfits my leg braces are part of that look. I didn't like the idea of hiding them because I tried that in college and that was an unpleasant experience. I also didn't want you to think that this blog has suddenly become a blog solely about a woman living with a disability. My main focus here at A Vintage Nerd is to share my love of vintage through Old Hollywood and vintage inspired fashion. But embracing my disability more meant that I would have to find a way to incorporate my disability with my blog. And I think I finally have.

There is a new year on the horizon and I decided that my goals for the new year would entail me embracing the changes in my body and with my disability, finding peace and healing with some truths I have discovered about my life, and moving forward to continue to live my life passionately by continuing to fill it with the people and things I love. I hope you will embrace new things for the new year as well. 

One of the steps to embracing things more can be seen in my collaboration with a fellow blogger named Lainie at Trend-Able. Her blog is dedicated to helping those with physical disabilities.  In this post I share a little more about my history with CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease). While working on this post I realized that I really haven't shared my personal story with CMT; how I was diagnosed and my struggles. It took me a while to find the right words because although I am ready to share it I am also a private person in many ways. I shared what I could and you can read all of it HERE

What have you recently been embracing more of? What will you embrace in the coming new year?

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Outfit: Cardigan from Anthropologie, Skirt from Modcloth, 
Embrace It Tee from Trend-Able, Detachable Collar from Magnus Clothing

A Holiday Gift Guide For Any Vintage Nerd

December 11, 2019
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"Tis the season for holiday gift giving and it can be a stressful, time consuming process for many of us. Have you struggled with what kind of gift to give someone? I know I have. Have you thought about what to give that vintage nerd in your life? You know that person who loves classic film or goes ga-ga for anything in thats has a vintage aesthetic.  

I pulled together a few things from my own private stash that might help give you some ideas on what you can give that special vintage nerd in your life this holiday season.

  • Dvd Sets of Period Television Shows: Bomb Girls, Ripper Street, The Astronauts Wives Club
  • A Movie-Tie-In Book: Books Based on Films or Inspired by Films
  • Vintage Inspired Beauty Books: Hollywood Beauty and Hollywood Diet and Fitness
  • A Year Subscription to Remind Magazine
  • Stack of your Favorite Classic Films

Any vintage nerd would love these types of holiday gifts under their tree this year. I know I would!

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Outfit: Fair Isle Sweater from J. Crew, Jean skirt from Modcloth, 
Collared Shirt from Boden, and Red Knee High Socks from Amazon

A Day Of Thanks

November 28, 2019
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It's Thanksgiving here in the States and on this day we all try to remember to be more thankful. I personally like to live my life in gratitude but today I want to take some extra time to think about all the things I am grateful for. In my reflection I thought about some Thanksgivings past when my father started a new tradition (one I try to keep) with the three of us (my father, brother, and I) and we would go watch a movie together. The last one we saw together as the three musketeers was The Abyss (1989). I also remember the ones when my children were babies and they wore their "My First Thanksgiving" bib. Some memories are bittersweet and some are amazing but all of them are good.

I want say that as this year is coming to an end I really am thankful for so much. I am thankful that despite the pain and discomfort that I am still able to walk. I am thankful that I am not as prideful as I once was and am willing to seek help when I need it. I am thankful for my husbands unconditional love and dedication to me and his children. I am thankful for the health of my children. They are growing so fast and although its bittersweet it is also wonderful to watch. I am grateful to be able to be here for my family. 

On the creative front I am grateful for opportunity to be a blogger. To be able to remain creative while I tend to my everyday regular life. I know not everyone is able to do that. I am thankful for my laptop so that I can type my posts that I share with you. I am thankful for you, my loyal readers.  I grateful to still be here over eight years later doing what I love and growing as a creative. I'm grateful that I remain passionate about vintage, Old Hollywood, and fashion. I am also really happy that I have come to a place where I can share with you about my disability and incorporate this into my vintage nerd brand. I'm really proud of myself for doing this because eight years ago I wasn't in the right frame of mind and heart to share this openly and now I am.

So I will end by saying again thank you to all of you that keep supporting A Vintage Nerd. Those of you who reach out to me and share your stories with me. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be able to connected with like minded people like you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Outfit: Plaid Coat from Modcloth, Mustard Turtleneck from J Crew
Mustard Beret (Vintage), Gold Loop Earrings from J Crew


Keeping Warm in a 1960's Sweater Coat

November 18, 2019
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It's starting to get chilly in the big apple and that means pulling out sweaters, turtleneck, and coats. It also meant I got to finally wear my "new-to-me" vintage sixties sweater coat. I think there's nothing better on a chilly day than wearing something cozy, warm, and vintage. 

On this day I was heading to take the train with my family to attend a convention with my children. Mommy felt stylish and comfortable and it made me feel at ease for the rest of the day. Who says busy moms can't maintain a stylish wardrobe and still run around with the kidlets? I confess there are many days when I wear cotton pants and a tee but most outings with my family I doll up. I don't think you have to loose your sense of style just because you're tired or busy or in my case both. Throw on some lipstick, a cute beret, and that "new-to-you" vintage piece hanging in your closet. It will make you feel great and set a tone for your day to just be awesome.

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Outfit: Vintage 1960's Sweater Coat from Rax Clothing, Blue Turtleneck from J Crew
Red Beret from Forever 21, and Red Crossbody bag from Primark

A Vintage Nerd Recreates: Hairspray (1988): Tracy Turnblad

October 31, 2019
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Welcome to the Sixties! When John Waters brought us the world of Hairspray back in 1988 it just blew my mind. The music, the comedy, the fashion, and the hair. We get introduced to Tracy Turnblad who would have been voted the least likely to be a heroine of any story let alone her own  but Waters changed all of that. He took a non-popular, chubby girl and made her a star. She was feisty, brave, and told it like it was. That's my kinda girl. And that's why I decided to dress up as Tracy Turnblad for Halloween.

Its safe to say my look is an vintage nerd inspired rendition of Tracy Turnblad. I grabbed a few pieces from my everyday wardrobe, teased my hair a bit, and grabbed my 8x10 frame photo of the dreamy Link Larkin and channeled by inner Tracy.

Hairspray (1988) was loosely inspired by John Waters life in Baltimore in the sixties. He ironically related to Tracy most of all and I don't blame him. Who can't relate to looking different and wanting to live their life according to their own truth? That's Tracy in a nutshell.

A few years after the original film came out it  inspired a broadway show that I was lucky  to see once. After that success it spawned into a a movie musical in 2007 and then a live show in 2016. Hairspray is just a whole lot of fun combined with a message about staying true to who you are no matter what obstacles lie ahead.

And so on this Halloween I bring you Tracy Turnbland. I even found a vintage 1960's pumpkin to go trick or treating in. Now only if I can convince Link to come along?

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Outfit: Plaid Skirt from Modcloth, White Blouse from Collectif, Red Cardigan from Old Navy, 
Red earrings are Vintage, and Vintage Pumpkin is from the 1960's

Cutest Pumpkin In The Patch

October 29, 2019
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Every time I find myself in a pumpkin patch I can't help but think of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966). Linus van Pelt strongly believes in a holiday figure called The Great Pumpkin. He thinks the Great Pumpkin flies around bringing toys to sincere and believing children on Halloween night. Even though the Great Pumpkin doesn't show up Linus still believes that one day it will happen.

When people think of magic they usually think of Christmas and Harry Potter but I've always found the fall weather, pumpkin patches, and Halloween to be a magical time of year. Its a time to warm ourselves with soups and sandwiches, a time to pick out costumes, a time to allow ourselves to be spooked, and a time for pumpkin carving. 

I think Linus was right. Let us all keep an eye out for the Great Pumpkin. You never know what the Great Pumpkin will bring us.

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Outfit: Jeans from Old Navy, Turtleneck from J Crew Factory, Plaid Cape from Modcloth, 
Mustard Beret from Brixton, 1960's Ring from Manhattan Vintage Show

Autumn's In The Air

October 24, 2019
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My love for capes started at a young age. I remember my grandmother knitted me one when I was very little and ever since then I have always loved the way a cape would make me feel. Capes have been around for a long time. They were first seen in 1066 but it wasn't until the Victorian age that capes were being worn mainly by women when they really became a staple in fashion.

In the 20th Century the capes that were worn in the 1930's became a hybrid between a cape and coat. They were worn not just for decoration with an evening gown but also to keep a person warm. Capes come in all lengths, shapes, and fabrics which makes them such a fun and versatile piece to add to ones wardrobe. Not only are they comfortable to wear but they really do add a vintage touch. Whether the one you wear is true vintage or a reproduction it will make you feel amazing.

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Outfit: Jean Dress and Beret from J Crew and Turtleneck and Cape from J Crew Factory


A Vintage Nerd Recreates: Harold and Maude (1971): Dame Marjorie "Maude" Chardin

October 02, 2019
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Harold and Maude (1971) is a film that has slowly crept into my heart through the years. It is the sort of film that resinates with you days later, even years. It speaks to the mind, to the heart, and on occasion to your funny bone. You can learn more about the film from my post Classic Cinema Spotlight: Harold and Maude.

There is this scene where Maude tells Harold that when she dies she would like to be a sunflower. Then she asks Harold what sort of flower would he like to be. He tells points to a daisy field and tells her he doesn't mind being one of those because they are all the same. Then Maude begins to explain why daises aren't what they seem, in fact they are all unique and all special.

Maude : I should like to change into a sunflower most of all. They're so tall and simple. What flower would you like to be? 
Harold : I don't know. One of these, maybe. 
Maude Why do you say that? 
Harold : Because they're all alike. 
Maude : Oooh, but they're *not*. Look. See, some are smaller, some are fatter, some grow to the left, some to the right, some even have lost some petals. All *kinds* of observable differences. You see, Harold, I feel that much of the world's sorrow comes from people who are *this*, 
[she points to a daisy] 
Maude yet allow themselves be treated as *that*. 
[she gestures to a field of daisies] 

That scene really hit home to me and reminded me that despite my faults I am a unique person. That despite my disability, my age, my body type, the things others would perhaps easily find fault with, that I am like a daisy, one of a kind.

It was a good reminder. This film has a knack of doing that. Of teaching, showing, and inspiring over and over again. In honor of Harold and Maude and the great Ruth Gordon, I wanted to share with you my vintage inspired outfit. And to remind you all that our differences are what make us beautiful. Our differences are what makes us who we are. All those things are special. 

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Outfit: 1960's Vintage Deadstock Floral Dress from vintage109online// Cardigan from Gap Outlet, Earrings are Vintage, and Daisies are from my husband 

Classic Cinema Spotlight: Harold and Maude

September 29, 2019
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We all love the underdog. The person who is least likely to and then after finding purpose they just go for it. Call it a feel good movie or a Rom Com but Harold and Maude is the best kind of underdog. When the film came out in 1971 it wasn't a box office success. According to Hollywood standards it was a failure yet like good wine, after years of fermenting it has become a cult classic. The sort of movie that one has to watch more than once at various points of their lives. The sort of movie that makes you laugh and take deep sighs all at once. Its the best kind of underdog story, the kind that leaves you moved and change because you watched it.

Harold and Maude (1971) stars the late Ruth Gordon as Maude and Bud Cort as Harold, each looking at life through very different lenses. Harold is a morbid young man who is fascinated by death and deeply bored with life. Maude is a seventy-nine year old woman who has lived a vibrant, full life and approaches every day like it is a new adventure. Through their mutual interest in attending the funerals of strangers they become friends. Through that friendship they find love.

Maude spits out wisdom at Harold but it is us, the audience who is also listening. Everything they do together, everything she says and does, everything he hears and learns, we experience too. The gift of Harold and Maude's unlikely connection is a reminder that love has no limitations and that life is too wonderful to take lightly.

This film holds a special place in my heart. It is the kind of film that speaks to me over and over again even when I think I am already listening it whispers something new to me I didn't know of before. It is a piece of cinematic magic, the reminder that this is why movies were made in the first place.

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Vintage Fall Fashion Inspiration

September 24, 2019
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion

There are so many reasons why I have always loved the fall weather. The changing of the leaves, the hot tea, and the pumpkin sightings are just a few of my personal favorites. If you're like me you might have switched some items in your closet recently. I moved most of my summer pieces out and most of my fall/winter wear in. I love layering up my outfits with cardigans and taking out all my berets in the hope that I can wear them all.

I know trying to find your own vintage style can be overwhelming sometimes but I wanted to share some vintage fall fashion inspiration that you can easily incorporate into your wardrobe. The styles range from the 1950's to the 1970's.

If you add some tweed, plaid, berets, capes, argyle, ponchos, berets, or jumper dresses into your fall style then you are on your way. If you need any more tips on how to work on your own personal style check out my post on 7 Easy Tips on How I Created My Own Personal Style. I hope these photos will inspire you as much as they have inspired me. What are your favorite vintage staples for the fall?

A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion
A Vintage Nerd, Vintage Blog, Vintage Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion, Fall Fashion Inspiration, 1950s Fall Fashion, 1960s Fall Fashion, 1970s Fall Fashion






AVN Book Club: Living With Coco Chanel

August 20, 2019
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We all know that Coco Chanel was one of the most innovative and artistic fashion designers of the 20th Century. She is known for her little black dress, Chanel No. 5 Perfume, and her handbags. But what kept inspiring her through the years. One cannot create unless they are inspired and our environment has a huge influence on us. I know that I am very environment oriented and the times when I have been least creative were the times when my environment wasn't the best place to be at.
 
For Coco Chanel, where she grew up, where she later lived, and the landscapes around her influenced her view of the world and her creativity. If you have ever wanted to learn more about Coco Chanel and her influences, Living With Coco by Caroline Young will give you a deeper insight into her world and how it continuously inspired her.    

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about Coco Chanel just in the first few pages. The author really gives a full picture of who Chanel was as a person and then explores how her environment influenced her. One example that I enjoyed reading was when Chanel began critiqueing the clothes that women wore at the races, describing the hats as "enormous loaves on their heads, constructions made of feathers and improved with fruits and plumes." Not only did she find herself as a young women wanting to stay apart from the crowd but I couldn't help but think perhaps this inspired her desire for minimalism in her clothing and handbag lines, as well as her perfumes. She wanted women to feel inspired and break away from the confines of the corsets and large brimming hats and to live comfortably and freely. 

The author not only explores her humble beginnings but her rise to becoming an iconic fashion designer. I found that the more I read the more I wanted to know about Chanel. Not only does the author explore the landscapes and environments that helped shape Chanels's view of the world around her but she also gives us a full picture of who she was as an artist and a women.

Loving vintage fashion is a good thing. A very good thing, in my book anyway. I think that when we learn more about those who created the fashion we love it can make us appreciate the creativity of those designs even more. Reading Living With Coco was not only informative but really inspiring. She was an incredible woman who created a life for herself with her own sets of rules. She was a woman ahead of her time and knowing more about her has inspired me endlessly. 

If you are interested in learning more about Coco Chanel you can purchase the book HERE.
                                                                   
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