The Great Blizzard of 1947

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As many of you may know, we are in the midst of a whopper of a storm here in NYC, one that can drop potentially up to three feet of snow. As the years have gone by and my age has gone up, I loathe snowstorms more and more. We have blizzard warnings for r the entire area, and can have wind gusts of up to 65 miles an hour. Oh fun!

This storm was called by the mayor as being potentially “historic”. They then showed a top ten list, as they usually do, of the storms that dumped the most snow. The big Christmas storm from 1947 was in the top three. I have seen several images from this storm, and it got me curious enough to dig into this further. In Central Park, 26.4 inches of snow fell from December 25-26 from this unexpected storm.

I have been seeing a lot of images from the storm today, and seeing as how we all love vintage, I decided to share some of the amazing photographs from the Great Blizzard of 1947. They are remarkable, beautiful, and bring me to a time I’d absolutely prefer living in ūüėä

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He’s Official!

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I know I have put blogging on the back burner lately, but I have a valid excuse – the LEOW (law enforcement officer wife) life has begun! His official journey started at his graduation on 29 December, at Madison Square Garden. There were 880 graduates out of the 974 that initially started the academy. It was a long, hard road, but one that was well worth it to see my husband succeed at his lifelong dream. Of course I took tons of pictures!

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As most of you know, Detectives Ramos and Liu were executed on Saturday, December 20th – my birthday ūüėĘ As a touching and poignant tribute to these fallen officers, they saluted them on the big screen above them rather than the traditional throwing of the white gloves.

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My husband is standing at attention for Air Force service in the following shot:

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DeBlasio spoke of course, but not without heckling and jeering. These best was when he said, “…you will face all kinds of problems, problems you did not create…” To which one person shouted back, “NO, YOU DID!” Everyone laughed and clapped. Well done, dude ūüėČ

After the graduation, we met for a photo-op with the new PO in Penn Station. Decked out in his dress blues, we all took pictures.

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Father & son PO’s ūüėä

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And the after party!

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And a shameless kitty shot for good measure ūüėČ

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Outfit details:
-Dress: Pin Up Girl Clothing Film Noir in black
-Shoes: Aerosoles
-Coat: 1950s vintage
-Hat: 1940s vintage
-Bag: 1950s vintage
-Top (after party): Pin Up Girl Clothing Sean Top

A Very Kitschy Christmas

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As christmas has been drawing near, I have become more and more interested in vintage Christmas kitsch. Some may call it chintzy and tacky, but I call it cute and charming!

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I am quite fond of vintage ornaments, mostly from the ’40s through ’60s. I bought the vintage Jewel Brite ornaments that you see above, and have plans to do a little something different with it than hang them on a tree. We have three cats, and anyone who has cats knows that they will attack any and every dangly bauble that hangs from its branches.

Here’s a couple ideas:

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I love these ideas – untraditional but unique and fun. And who doesn’t love that?

Speaking of things I love, I am absolutely enamoured with vintage aluminum Christmas trees! I tried to bid on a few on eBay, but even the 2′ ones seem to be going for ridiculous sums! I may have to wait it out for after Christmas and save it for next year.

Check out some of these fabulous trees!

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The one thing I happen to love about Christmastime is that all of the vintage Christmas movies, music, and d√©cor come out to show. I am waiting for the right time to watch my copy of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and to catch “White Christmas” on TCM. It’s the one time of year where I feel I can actually watch these movies without seeming crazy!

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What vintage things do you enjoy most around the holidays?

“Gone With the Wind” in Theatres & Imelda May at The Paramount

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September 28th was the big night out for the husband and I – we went to see Gone With The Wind in theatres for its 75th anniversary, followed by seeing Imelda May. It was a jam packed day, but a lot of fun!

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Gone With the Wind is one of my favourite movies of all time – anyone who has even a vague knowledge of yours truly knows that much. And seeing it in theaters was amazing! When the title came rolling across the screen in its big, bold letters, it made me well up a bit thinking of my grandmother, who loved this movie like me and was the one who introduced me to it when I was younger. At first I didn’t like it (like most kids, I suppose), but then as time wore on and I became a teenager, my mom bought the double cassette tape version and I just became enamoured. When I heard TCM was doing a 75th anniversary theatre screening, I had to go! Good old Robert Osborne introduced the movie, and an interesting little factoid that I thought I would share is the price to attend the premiere in Atlanta to sit in the same room with the likes of Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, and more: $10. It may not seem like much today, but bear in mind this was 1939, and the Depression was still going on. Not to mention that inflation has made that sum equal $169.49 today – and $10 in today’s currency would be equal to 59 cents in 1939. A little depressing, I’ll say ūüėí

Well then let’s move on to Imelda May at the Paramount! Gone With the Wind ended at 6 PM, and the show started at 8 PM. It took us a half hour to get to the venue, so we stopped for some food first ūüėä Then we headed off into the sunset and arrived after dark, and made our way into the theatre in Huntington.

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We talked into the theatre and were about to hand over our tickets when I got stopped by an older woman who couldn’t have been over 5 feet tall even on a particularly confident day. She said she was from Newsday, and was taking pictures of people attending the concert and what they wore, and that she would love to photograph me. I said sure and we found a spot with nice lighting, and took a few shots before she asked me questions about where my dress, shoes, and bag were from, and why I dress the way I do. I happily answered her questions and gave her my info before she told me the piece would run in a week or so.

We made our way in and found our seats, which were the furthest row back but we could still see pretty damn well. The Paramount is one of those venues where you can see great from any seat, which is great and definitely something which would make me want to come back ūüėä

Imelda started with her latest single off of her new album, “Tribal” – I had been on a huge kick with that song so I was happy!

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She played about every song of hers that I love, and her voice sounds exactly the way it does live as it does on her records, which is rare to find anymore!

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It was a fabulous show, one where I couldn’t stop bopping my feet and singing along. She knows how to get the crowd going and keep them engaged! I’ve been lucky to see her live twice this year, and I hope to see her perform again soon!

Here’s a mashup of video clips I obtained from the show. I apologize in advance for the crappy resolution!

About a week and a half later, I received a call from the woman who took my picture, and she told me my shot was chosen to go in Tuesday’s Newsday! When it came around, I grabbed four copies – I dug into the first issue, and finally found it:

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Imelda May – “Tribal”

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As some of you may (or may not) know, Imelda May’s new album¬†Tribal dropped today in the US. ¬†I haven’t been so excited for an album release in a long time – I had been checking the iTunes page for the album nearly every week, making sure the release date didn’t get pushed back¬†again (it got pushed back twice from what I recall – and both times I was rather upset!). ¬†I waited for September 23rd with baited breath – and it has finally come! ¬†I literally waited up to midnight for the release, but was pleasantly surprised when I checked iTunes at 11:40 P.M. at it was live!

I immediately began listening to the album beyond the already released tracks that I had, which were “It’s Good To Be Alive” and “Wild Woman”. ¬†I have to say, this is one of if not¬†the best album she has put out yet. ¬†Every song has a little something special that fits all moods and will be sure to strike your fancy anytime.

A few of my favourite songs? Here are my top choices off of the record (deluxe version):

  • 1 – Tribal
  • 3 – It’s Good To Be Alive
  • 6 – Hellfire Club
  • 7 – Five Good Men
  • 8 – Ghost of Love
  • 9 – Wicked Way
  • 13 – Zombie Girl
  • 15 – Dreaming (Ukulele Track)

As you can see, I have a lot of top faves here! ¬†There is nothing on this album I don’t like. ¬†If you enjoy rockabilly, rock & roll, or just plain good music, do yourself and your ears a favour and grab this album!

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I am also planning on going to see Imelda on Sunday, September 28th nearby me in Huntington on Long Island. ¬†There is SO much going on this weekend, it makes my mind boggled and a little sad because I can’t do it all :-( The New York Burlesque Festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, Imelda May is playing Sunday night, I am going to see the TCM showing in theatres of¬†Gone With The Wind on Sunday, and my tattoo artist is having a flash tattoo sale Sunday also! ¬†That and Saturday night the hubby and I are going out with his dad and other LEOs for his birthday. ¬†I am definitely a little sad I can’t do it all, but I am glad we are having an active weekend. ¬†We have been having car troubles plaguing us as of recently, so we have been a tad bit of recluses lately. ¬†But¬†hopefully the car issues are taken care of, and now we can enjoy ourselves a little bit! :-)

Recent Acquisitions

Over the past few weeks, this girl has been acquiring some new goodies! Sometimes to the husband’s dismay, but you know – for work, fall, posterity :-P

I wanted to share some of the greatness I have gotten, because I have just been too excited about everything. ¬†I got some basic needs like a black pencil skirt and basic tops, but I wanted to share some of the stars I have acquired because the girl just can’t help it! :-)

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1940s Rust Colour Lace Detail Dress

As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to have it. ¬†Isn’t it just perfect for fall with that colouring? It is the most divine rust colour, with slightly lighter lace detail at the bust pockets. ¬†Authentic vintage in my size for $45? Yes ma’am!

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Vintage 1950s Dead Stock Blouses

When I saw these, I envisioned them with jeans, a nice circle skirt – anything! ¬†I love the subtle-yet-intricate details that both blouses have, as well as the soft colours that know no bounds of season. ¬†Perfect basics that aren’t-so-basic that can take me from work to anywhere else without too much effort. ¬†And who doesn’t love that?

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Vintage 1940s Lucite Bracelet

I saw this and had to nab it.  The colours are utterly fall and will match with a lot of my wardrobe.  The rich yellow, orange, brown, and green complement each other so well and make me instantly think of fall when the leaves are at their most vibrant and spectacular colouring. And for $10, too ;-)

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1950s Kitsch Kitten Bookends

Anyone who knows me knows I love some good midcentury kitsch – I’m already amassing quite a collection, and always itching for more! ¬†As soon as I saw these cuties, I had to have them – and now I do! ¬†They are lovingly hugging some vintage pulp fiction novels I have on my vintage shelf in our bedroom. ¬†And they are just bloody adorable. ¬†The one thing that wasn’t adorable? ¬†The seller I received them from using the name on the return address portion as “Mr. Big”. ¬†Ehhhh…

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Lux de Ville Blue Anchor Bag

I could not resist the colour of this bag. ¬†I absolutely adore Lux and all of Yvette’s designs – I have about 5 or 6 of their bags now, and I’m always lusting for more :-) ¬†Oh, and something else pretty cool? ¬†I accidentally got my nails done the same colour as my bag last week:

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Tee hee hee :-P

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Naturalizer Vintage Inspired Pumps

I’ve been on a shoe binge lately, I will be the first to admit. ¬†I feel like I am perpetually lacking in the show department, even in basics. ¬†So, when I saw these beauties, I had to nab them. ¬†They are a good brand, and the leather is as soft as a baby’s behind. ¬†They are basic but yet not-so-basic – which is perfect and ever so versatile.

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Black Remix Vintage Inspired Wedges

Anyone who is anyone in the vintage, pinup, or rockabilly scene knows of Remix. ¬†I’ve lusted after them for quite a while now (along with Miss L Fire!), so when I found not one, but TWO pairs of Remix shoes for under $30 each (when they retail for well over $100 each), I was nearing peeing myself. ¬†I had to, I just had to. ¬†I got these little lovely black wedges along with this gorgeous chartreuse pair as well:

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I love them!  Unfortunately, one of the back straps broke on the black pair, but I can reconfigure them to take out the back straps and just make them a slip-in sandal.  Problem solved! :-)

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1950s NOS Flamingo Sweater Clip

I have always wanted a sweater clip/holder, but have never really found one that “spoke” to me, so I never indulged. ¬†I happened to randomly search for sweater clips on eBay, and I came across this beauty! ¬†I love flamingos, they have such a broad appeal across the vintage and rockabilly scenes alike. ¬†And this being NOS sealed the deal for me. ¬†I love pre-loved vintage dresses, but for some reason little items like this I get excited about being new and I can’t believe how it made it this long without being loved by¬†someone! ¬†I had to give it a loving home…so I did :-D

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Vintage Reproduction 1950s Tie Shoulder Swing Dress

I bought this off of a Facebook group that specifically caters to vintage for ladies over a size US 14.  This was hand made by a member of the group who makes FABULOUS dresses by the name of Tatted Tina Lopez.  The quality of her work is simply amazing, I must say!  I instantly fell in love with this dress from the tie shoulder straps to the way the print just screams mid century modern РI had to have it in my life! Can you honestly blame me? ;-)

What goodies have you recently purchased?  Anything you want to share?  Do you get as excited as I do, or am I alone here? :-P

“Summer” Reading

¬†Since my husband is at the academy in the evenings, I find myself with a lot of personal time after work. ¬†But I fret not, for I can read! ¬†I have really become quite the book hoarder lately, and I seem to order more books even when I haven’t finished the initial ones I ordered yet. ¬†But I have another 5 months of weekdays of solitude, so I can certainly make some headway into my accumulation of books, no? ;-)

¬†I have really found some gems that I am supremely excited about and/or have enjoyed very much. ¬†Since you are here, I am assuming you are all as much of vintage lovers as I, and should therefore know of such pressing matters. ¬†I’ve never really been a believer in “summer reads” or “winter novels” and what have you; I tend to just leap in to whatever strikes my fancy. ¬†If I am on to something that I am interested in and/or am supremely enjoying, who is it to say that it is “out of season”? Not I!

¬†And so, I present to you: “summer” reading :-)

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Cary Grant: A Biography – Marc Eliot

This is a very comprehensive biography on Cary. ¬†I have always loved Mr. Grant, and I find that they just don’t make men as¬†debonair, witty, and handsome as he was anymore (minus¬†my husband, of course of course ;-) ). ¬†I have always been interested in his life and what happened within that time, and I had actually been ruminating over buying this biography each and every time I had gone into a bookstore for the past six months. ¬†During a Saturday out doing errands for my husband’s needs for the academy, I just had to stop at the Barnes & Noble along the way for fear that my air supply would be terminated. ¬†I saw this book, and figured, “I need to – I have to!” ¬†I am very excited to make my way through it and become an ever-so-learned person on the life and times of Mr. Cary Grant.

 

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Icon: The Life, Times, and Films of Marilyn Monroe (Volume I: 1926-1956) РGary Vitacco-Robles

Anyone who knows me knows I simply adore Marilyn Monroe. ¬†I have a tattoo of her. ¬†I have inhaled every biography I have ever known that was decent (qualifier!) that has ever come out. ¬†I have over 5,000 pictures of her. ¬†I can tell you an exact filmography of all her movies, the years they came out, her character in them, the general story line, and what she thought of said movie and what was going on in her life at the time. ¬†So when I happened to stumble upon a new Marilyn biography that had recently come out this year, I¬†needed it. ¬†It comes in at 788 pages, and it is only volume¬†one. ¬†That excites me more than most human beings should be excited over a book. ¬†I have a feeling that this biography is going to be¬†the biography of Marilyn, usurping even Donald Spoto’s benchmark biography of her. ¬†When volume two comes out later this summer, I do not care how much or how little of the book I have gotten through, I will be throwing my money at Amazon!

 

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The Girls of Atomic City – Denise Kiernan

This is an enthralling and encompassing story of how one “town” (if you can call it that) was built purely for the purpose of ending the war. ¬†How exactly, they did not know. ¬†What they did know, however, was that what they were doing was making a very real difference. ¬†They weren’t aware that they were aiding in making the atomic bomb that would end the war in Japan in August of 1945. ¬†Most of this quickly-built town was occupied by women, many of whom were from any place but this small slice of Appalachia in Tennessee. ¬†They were single and trying to better their lives or married and hoping whatever work they were doing was helping their man fighting for them overseas. ¬†What I love about this book is how it is non-fiction, based on real events and actual history, but reads and plays out exactly like a fictional novel. ¬†It is very interesting, highly entertaining, and certainly a crash course in history that we should all have!

 

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The Garden of Allah Series – Martin Turnbull

I absolutely¬†adore these books. ¬†I can’t even tell you. ¬†I don’t even remember how I found these books on Amazon, but I am ever so grateful I did. ¬†I am only just finishing the first book, but I already bought and received the other two in the series, already knowing I will probably love them just as much as the first (especially from what I see from the reviews, they only get better!). ¬†This novel is historical fiction (which I have found to be my most beloved genre, right beside biography) and deals with the lives of three up-and-comers trying to make it in Hollywood starting in 1927.

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Kathryn Massey, Gwendolyn Brick, and Marcus Adler have all made it to Los Angeles for various reasons, but the Garden of Allah brought them together as friends. ¬†A famous and actual hotel owned by the actress Alla Nazimova, it was renowned for fabulous and crazy parties, and had famous stars visit and stay such as Tallulah Bankhead, Ramon Novarro, Ginger Rogers, Tyrone Power, Greta Garbo, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Maureen O’Hara, Errol Flynn – I could go on and on! ¬†The interactions the characters have with the stars makes them seem human and real, rather than “above” anyone and untouchable. ¬†I love the situations the characters get in, the stars they meet, the troubles they encounter, and what they do to get past them. ¬†It’s a great read so far, and certainly a series I would recommend to any vintage lover out there…hell, I would recommend it to anyone!

 

What books do you recommend for “summer” reading?¬†