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Lifestyle Preservation 

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Nostalgia is often described as a wistful desire to return to a former time, an era when things were simpler, better, less stressful, more fun (insert your descriptor here). The truth, however, is that regardless of the period of time you live in or where you live it is the best of times and the worst of times. Nostalgia is a great deal like vintage pictures, it is one dimensional, a moment in time taken out of context. The cover photo, provided courtesy of the Mohave Museum of History & Arts,…

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How to decorate for Christmas Retro Style

We had a tour around our followers and followees on Pinterest yesterday and found some fabulous and wonderful approaches to decorating for the holidays in Retro Style. Typical of our Mid-Century Friends, some did it kitchy style, while some took a more minimalist approach, but all of these did a wonderful job of doing up their homes for the holidays! See more on our Christmas Pinterest board    

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Halloween in the 50’s

We’ve collected a few pictures and links for our mid-century fans of Halloween! Need to get your hair done up 50’s style? Tutorial here! A video on Halloween preparation – A family prepares for Halloween together, making the Jack-o Lantern together, preparing the son’s Halloween scarecrow costume for a competition at school. Good family fun. Thanks to Retro Housewife for this awesome game! How To Play: This apple seed fortune telling has been done for generations. Every guest receives an apple and he or she can break the apple in…

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MidCentury Round up – stories around the web

News that caught our Facebook Readers attention this week Don the Beachcombers Saved: “Well, we did it! The Huntington Beach City Council just voted unanimously and they plan to leave the area alone! No re-zoning!!! I can’t believe how the tiki and Sunset Beach community rallied around this effort. It truly is a testament to what Dons/ Sams means to everyone. It IS worth saving. Good work friends!! Mahalo!” Check out the article about how it was saved and their Facebook page. The National Register Still needs Eichler homes: “Ten…

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Review: It’s a Mod Mod Mystery! (or two!)

We’re behind on our book reviews and yet we’ve read some fabulous ones lately! If you’re a cozy mystery fan and love to dream of fabulous mid-century decor and fashion, Diane’s books are for you! I already reviewed her first book in this series “Pillow Stalk” but haven’t had a chance to tell you about the next two in the series! “That Touch of Ink”,  (as usual the title is a spoof on a Doris Day movie “That Touch of Mink”! 🙂 ) puts our heroine, interior decorator Madison Night…

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Our favorite retro television holiday specials

A Facebook post reminded us that some of our favorite holiday specials were released in the 1960’s. We thought we’d walk you down memory lane with us: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer is a long-running Christmas television special produced in stop-motion animation by Rankin/Bass. It originally aired on NBC on December 6, 1964, and is now the world’s longest-running and highest-rated television special of all time. Fun fact from IMDB: When the film was first released, in 1964, the technology of using an articulated metal armature inside…

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Koop Kooper, the swank meister of the airwaves

A week ago, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Koop Kooper of Cocktail Nation, if you haven’t checked out his podcast and radio show, I suggest you hop right over and check it out, there’s a list of stations his show is available on and you can listen to back episodes on his website. As you sit around an listen to his show, you can also thumb through his book of interviews. Included in the interviews are great chats with El Gato Gomez (one of my favorite artists…

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Lifestyle Retro Travel 

Steel Rails and the Double Six

Legendary Route 66 is more than America’s most famous highway and its longest attraction. It is also more than a living, breathing time capsule with a soft neon glow. The old double six is also a railroad buffs paradise. From Chicago to Santa Monica vestiges from the golden age of rail travel abound. As the origins of Route 66 are firmly rooted in the railroad, it is rather fitting that the first landmark of note is located near the eastern terminus of Route 66 in Chicago. Now signed as the…

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Review: Pillow Stalk, Mad for Mod Cozy Mystery

We haven’t done book reviews on Mid-Century style yet, but perhaps that’s because we didn’t know “Pillow Stalk” was out there.   Written by Diane Vallere, this book is custom made for Mid-Century fanatics who enjoy a good cozy mystery! Born on the same date, Interior Decorator Madison Night has modeled her life after Doris Day, but when a killer targets women dressed like the bubbly actress, Madison’s signature sixties style places her in the middle of a homicide investigation. The local hunky and mysterious detective connects the new crimes to…

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