Television Marathon Champion

January 31, 2019
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Have you ever stayed up real late and had yourself a television marathon? Recently the term "binge watching" has become popular whenever a long awaited show comes back and suddenly we are held captives by our screens.

I remember vividly in freshman year of high school my childhood best friend and I decided to ring in the new year by dedicating ourselves to the annual The Twilight Zone Marathon that cable channel would host every year. I remember we stayed on the phone for hours and talked while we watched "To Serve Man" and " Time Enough At Last". Its amazing to think with our teenage girl brains we were able to multitask so well that we were both simultaneously enthralled in our silly banter and hypnotized by the genius that was Rod Serling.

Somehow we managed to stay up what may have been a personal record at that point for over 28 hours. We did take phone breaks because if not our parents would lose their minds but I think because we were both easy kids so to speak, neither of our parents complained much that we were hogging up the t.v. set and phone. I have to say celebrating the new year and new decade (it turned 1990) was made extra special with The Twilight Zone's life lessons and Rod Serling's soothing voice ringing in our ears.

After that I felt confident enough to say that I felt like a television marathon champion and when I found a t-shirt that said that on it I knew I had to bring it into my wardrobe. T-shirts are so great to use whether in a causal everyday non-vintage inspired way or to bring a little nostalgic flair to your outfit. I love this t-shirt because I can finally own that I was binge watching long before the term became popular its just that back in the day we called it being a television marathon champion.

Can I still watch a t.v. show in the capacity of a marathon? Lets just say its a bit trickier these days but I can definitely bust out some episodes back to back while the kiddies are asleep. When there is a will there is always a way and this gal over here will always be proud to call herself a Television Marathon Champion.

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Outfit: Blue Jeans from Old Navy, Television Marathon Champion T-shirt from Wicked Clothes, Red Cardigan from Old Navy, Blue Handbag from Kate Spade, Red Beret is 1960's Vintage, and The Twilight Zone Companion is from The Chicago Review Press

**In collaboration with Wicked Clothes**

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Dell Purse Book 1967: Styles & Sets For Long Hair

January 27, 2019
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You all know I love to read and you know I love vintage especially the 1960's but did you know I struggle with doing hairdos? When I first started to delve full time into vintage back in 2011 I struggled with doing 1940's victory rolls, now I struggle with 1960's hairstyles. My struggles come from the weakness from my hands that is derived from my disability but sources of inspiration and instruction like in this 1967 Dell Purse Book have really helped me. 

What is working for me is after I have found the right vintage hair inspiration and vintage hair tutorials  is to find the right tools and techniques that work well with my type of hair and with my specific challenges. And at the end of the day its all about practice, practice, practice, isn't?

Here are some pages of inspiration and tutorials for those with long hair from Dell Purse Book's 1967 issues called Styles & Sets for Long Hair. I hope you find this book helpful.

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Celebrate A Birthday 1960's Style

January 24, 2019
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January to me not only symbolizes a new year in the calendar but a new year in life for me. Today I turn forty-three and I'm looking forward to where the year will take me. I am hoping for more opportunities to create and more adventures. But before that all starts, today is about celebration. I like to bring a little vintage in my life in all sorts of ways so why not celebrate a birthday 1960's style.

Start your special day with some good grub. Mid-century recipes don't always look appetizing nor are they always appetizing (jello with peas and carrots anyone?) but they sure are fun to look at. Stuff your face and enjoy those who have come to celebrate you on your special day. 

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Pull out the party hats and party dresses. Dazzle yourself up. Why not? Today is your day. It's all about you so who cares if you doll up with a fancy dress and paper party hats. Party like its 1968!
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It's time for cake! Throw in some balloons and streamers and you're set. Have everyone sing "Happy Birthday to you" and blow out all the candles. My will have 43!
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After stuffing your face with good food and yummy cake, pull out some groovy (this slang word is actually a part of my slang repertoire) records and listening to some good tunes. 
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To wind down after all that celebration, pick up a good book or watch a movie. In my case I will be watching The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) and I can't wait. 
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Adding a little vintage into your day is as easy as that. Put on some Tom Jones, throw some mini appetizers in the oven, and dress up in your favorite vintage dress. I love adding dashes of the past throughout my day and my birthday is no exception. Would you celebrate your special day in a vintage way?


The Twilight Zone Inspiration: Eye of the Beholder

January 22, 2019
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The episode, "Eye of the Beholder" first aired in 1960. Rod Serling introduces us to Janet Tyler who is all bandaged and informs us that we will learn why she is in that state as the episode progresses. What enfolds is ultimately shocking and yet teaches us the deeper meaning of the saying, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

The episode is shrouding in mystery with shadow figures and you can hear seemingly "normal" sounding voices. All the doctors and nurses seem to genuinely care for the welfare and wellbeing of Ms. Tyler who seems worried that the results from her surgery may not turn out as she hopes. And hopes she does with all her might. As the camera follows the doctors from the behind we see body after body covered in uniforms but we are never shown their faces. Why? What are they hiding or are they hiding in plain sight?

We do end up seeing what is underneath Ms. Tyler's bandages and the mysterious doctors and nurses are finally unveiled. Its an unforgettable unveiling because it isn't what you expect. Remember that they have shown kindness and special care to Ms. Tyler so of course one might assume certain things about them. Truth is they are in a world where everyone is created to look the same, only their faces are contorted and in some ways scary. Ms. Tyler is also finally revealed to be blonde and looking like an Old Hollywood movie star. 

In this world if you cannot conform and look the same as everyone else you would then be sent to a colony where ironically all the humanoid people are known to be traditionally "beautiful". But the truth is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder  This episode teaches us the valuable lesson that beauty is interpreted by the individual and the individual alone. 

And as Rod Serling so eloquently puts it, "Suspended in time and space for a moment, your introduction to Miss Janet Tyler, who lives in a very private world of darkness, a universe whose dimensions are the size, thickness, length of a swath of bandages that cover her face. In a moment, we'll go back into this room, and also in a moment, we'll look under those bandages, keeping in mind, of course, that we're not to be surprised by what we see, because this isn't just a hospital, and this patient 307 is not just a woman. This happens to be The Twilight Zone, and Miss Janet Tyler, with you, is about to enter it.

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Special Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

January 13, 2019
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When I think about my childhood one thing that I always think of that left a positive mark on my life were the shows I watched on the PBS station. There was no money for fancy cable and instead of going to Disney I "went to Sesame Street". My childhood had it ebbs and flows like most other people but its the bright spots that I remember so clearly. And it is in watching shows on the PBS station (which in my neighborhood was channel 13) that I discovered the world that Fred Rogers created.

Fred Rogers was a trained and ordained minister whose displeasure and disappointment in children's television would slowly lead him into creating and starring in his own show, Mister Roger's Neighborhood. He was soft spoken, gentle, and patient. When you spoke, he listened, and listened intently. He regarded children as people who will one day grow to be adults rather than referring to them as an annoyance or something that should just be spoken to and not interacted with. On his show he encouraged children to find their voice and use that voice to do good. Simple enough right?

Well although he spread kindness and positivity on his show there were many critics in the 1980's and 1990's who judged his work by saying he created a generation of snowflakes. But I always believed in his work and in his messages. We are special. We should choose to be kind. We should lead with love. Are all those easy to do? Sometimes they aren't but he encouraged us to try.

In the documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor? , you will learn more about Fred Rogers and how his show came about. You also learn more about the man and his calling and how that translated into everything he did. When we left the theater after watching this documentary I came out in tears and my heart filled with love and promise. Fred Rogers was made for this world and yet he wasn't. Almost like an imperfect angel placed in the right place at the right time to remind us kids that we are special, we are worthy of love, and our feelings have validation. 

This documentary will move you and teach you and make your day a better one. It is currently streaming on Hulu.
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6 More Things You Can Learn From Watching Audrey Hepburn Films

January 08, 2019
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One of the reasons I love film so much is that it is a story coming to life visually. I am all about a good story and Audrey Hepburn took on roles that had meaning to her. In all of her films you can find lessons that you can apply to your everyday life. I shared my first 6 Things You Can Learn From Watching Audrey Hepburn Films a few years ago and thought it was time to share a few more.

Here are 6 More Things You Can Learn From Watching Audrey Hepburn Films:


Staying true to who you are sometimes takes you on a journey that is unexpected. The Nun's Story (1959)

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Lies can destroy lives where there are ours or others around us. The Children's Hour (1961)
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When you procrastinate it can sometimes lead your imagination to places you never thought you'd go.  Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
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Stealing leads to mayhem even if the thief is cute. How To Steal A Million (1966)
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Marriage is a bumpy road but you can still travel that road with some style. Two For The Road (1967)
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Never underestimate someone who has limitations, they may surprise you. Wait Until Dark (1967)
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Are there any Audrey Hepburn films that you have found inspirational? Have you learned any lessons from her films?

Be Inspired: A Vintage Nerd on Disability & Fashion Via CUNY-TV

January 03, 2019
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When people have asked me how long I have had my disability I often find myself feeling bewildered and sort of in shock. What I have I was born with. Just like I was born with black hair and fair skin. It's just a part of me and who I am. Its simple to understand, right?

Unfortunately not all the time. We live in a world where everyone wants to be enlightened and yet we still have our eyes and ears closed to so many subjects. When it comes to disability many assume you have to be in a wheelchair in order to be considered disabled. Sadly we still struggle in our society with even accepting mental illness, depression, and anxiety as legitimately debilliating. 

I was born into a family that did not have anyone that ever had a physical disability. But my mother noticed something was off with my walking because I ran instead of walked as a child. My mother began a crusade to finding out how she could help me until she had to pass that crusade to my father. Multiple testings and doctors later and I was eventually diagnosed with CMT, Charot-Marie-Tooth Disease. I ended up in the care of an amazing doctor named Dr. Alfred Spiro who was the head of Neurology at Albert Einstein Hospital for 34 years until his retirement. 

CMT is a peripheral nerve disease that affects my limbs. Its creates extreme weakness and fatigue and depending on the type you have can lead you into a wheelchair permanently. I have been lucky. My struggle has been an incredible one and when I say incredible, I mean "worthy of being in a book" incredible. Its been tough, I won't lie. I have had three major surgeries on my feet and I wear plastic leg braces on a daily basis. As I age my disease ages with me so the days of clubbing and dancing until 4 in the morning are long gone. So is running and skipping but thats okay because I am still walking and standing on my two little crooked feet and I can't tell you how grateful I am to be able to do so.

When I starting blogging in 2011 and delved full time into the world of everything vintage, I struggled with my style and I struggled with my disability. I already had my three babies and I found myself lost in so many ways. Who was I now that I was a mother and how can I nurture myself in the midst of all this mommying? Which by the way, I love. I love being a wife and mother and its my biggest dream come true. But I knew I didn't want to lose myself and that I had more to give not only to myself but to others.

Blogging has lead me to that. My love of Old Hollywood and all things old and dusty has lead me to really embracing my creativity and doing things I never thought I would get to do. Blogging has given me endearing friendships and connections, it has lead me to try things I would be otherwise scared to do, and it has helped me become more confident. And I know that this is just the beginning.

Which leads me to sharing this special news segment filmed by CUNY-TV with all of you. They approached me in the Fall 2018 about interviewing me for a segment about Disability & Fashion. At first I was really hesitant about talking about my disability so openly but then I realized that if I don't take risks I won't grow. And when it comes to myself personally and my blog, growth is something that is very important to me. So I went for it with the support of my family and it was such a positive and uplifting experience. Something I will never forget and something that I now get to share with all of you. 

I hope you enjoy seeing and hearing me share my thoughts about disability and fashion. 


 
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