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Gone With The Wind Exhibit Orlando

Life has been very hectic in our home for the last 9 months. Last November we welcomed our baby girl. It’s been a season of joy but I told my husband recently “I need the day of Gladys” just like George Costanza was going to have the “Summer of George” (Seinfeld – The Summer of George – Season 8 – Episode 22). Remember that episode? George had 3 paid months off from work !! I would be happy just to have a whole afternoon for me. Well, my hubby was listening this time and arranged a “day of Gladys”. He secretly planned it all, childcare, eating out and everything and took me to the opening of the Gone With The Wind Reel to Real Exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center. Having lived in the Orlando, Florida  area for 15 years, I had never visited this cool museum. It is located in Downtown Orlando within walking steps from Lake Eola and the public library.

I was so excited when he showed me the tickets. Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite movies. I fell in love with it the first time I watched it on TV after they had added color to it. I even owned the VHS version which I bought in the 90’s (although we got rid of our prehistoric VHS a while back so now it’s just a souvenir). I bought once a 1000 piece puzzle with the images of Rhett and Scarlett. I must confess I never finished putting it together. No one wanted to help me…

Gone with the Wind Exhibit in Orlando, Florida

 

Gone with the wind exhibit Orlando

This amazing collection of GWTW memorabilia belongs to James L. Tumblin. He has invested a lot of money on it and graciously shares it with all of us fans of this classic. During the opening of the exhibit, I had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Tumblin as he walked us through every item in the collection. He gave us interesting details on how he got some of the pieces. In this exhibit you will see many cool things from some of the original wardrobe, hats, posters, newspaper articles, sketches from the wardrobe designer and much more.

I found this particular poster very interesting. Back then they had to add a note on it “Not suitable for children”. I do agree this movie is not for children but I wonder how would it be rated today… would it be PG or PG13? I am curious though, here they have a very sexy image of Rhett and Scarlett but the actual movie never showed Rhett Butler without a shirt on. So what is this all about? Some false advertisement back then? Funny.

Rhett Butler shirtless?

 

Gone with the Wind posters

At the opening there were some people dressed with a Scarlett vibe which I thought was great. I especially loved this girl’s outfit wearing a hat similar to the one Scarlett had at the picnic. Speaking of which, I learned at the presentation that the beautiful dress that Scarlett wore during the picnic scene at the beginning of the movie got totally destroyed. Apparently the green color used for the floral print was so strong that when the dress came out of storage it turned into pieces. They did save the belt and a piece fabric which was framed and included on the exhibit.

Scarlett O'Hara

Scarlett O'Hara at the picnic dress

This fabulous collection will be in Orlando until November 30, 2014. There are some upcoming events connected to it like a trivia night on September 10 and a special brunch on November 2.  Also, the Enzian Theater in Maitland will be presenting the film on November 9. Visit thehistorycenter.org/exhibits/GWTW for more information on these events.

The Orange County Regional History Center is located in Downtown Orlando at 65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL. Metered parking is available for up to 2 hours. There are also several paid parking garages in the area. Give yourself time to enjoy this exhibit and also visit the rest of the History Center. It’s pretty interesting. There is a cute plaza right outside the doors of the museum. I found this little guy out there… what you think??? My sweet husband never saw Gone with the Wind until after we went to the exhibit. He sat down with me at home and we rented it from Amazon. Very convenient for us. If you happen to be in Orlando don’t miss this exhibit.

XOXO,

Sweet Vintage Lady

I'm a Florida gator

 

Gladys C. Aug 31, 2014 Travel, Vintage 0 Comment Read More

Scenes from our Summer

How is your Summer going? I thought I would share some scenes from our Summer season so far. It’s been fun but, surprise oh surprise, really hot here in Central Florida… just like every Summer.

 Our baby girl is growing fast, giggles a lot, especially when she sees her big brother playing. She now crawls, turns and can say bah bah.  Our boy enjoyed a week of Vacation Bible School at our church and recently has been practicing jumping in the pool with the help of her Uncle Eric.  We have been visiting the library a lot (nothing out of the ordinary for us – it is one of our favorite activities) and have read tons of books including The Berenstain Bears series, Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter & Tabby among others.  After the birth of our baby girl and getting life back to a normal rhythm, I finally dusted off and oiled my ole’ Bernina sewing machine and have been sewing again. In fact, I’m currently working on making a flannel dino blanket for my boy… more to come on that.

Of course, there is always time to catch a good rummage sale, go thrifting and treasure hunting for vintage clothes.  I love our Summer seasons but can’t wait to get into a cooler weather (AKA down here as 80 degree weather).

Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

love,

Sweet Vintage Lady

Summer baby

Learning to jump in the pool

Baby and me

 

Books we read

 

A great Saturday

Gladys C. Aug 02, 2014 Blog, Family 0 Comment Read More

Sweet Vintage Lady Online Shop New Logo

Introducing our new logo! Sweet Vintage Lady has a trendy logo thanks to my talented brother in law Eric. Thank you Eric for all the work you put into creating this master piece! I am so excited to begin using this logo. I feel it portrays who the SVL girl is: fun and trendy, yet unique. SVL is committed to bring you a great collection of vintage clothing and redesigned fashion.  Visit often our online store at sweetvintagelady.com as we are always adding new items.

Sweet Vintage Lady Online Shop: vintage & retro fashion for today’s girl.

 

Sweet Vintage Lady Online Shop

Gladys C. Jul 27, 2014 Blog, Fashion 0 Comment Read More

Winter Park Farmer’s Market

Here is one of our favorite places to visit on Saturday mornings: Winter Park, Florida. This charming town is located on the northeast part Orlando, Florida. They have a great Farmer’s Market with produce, plants and lots of yummy food. Yes, our Summers are very hot but the great thing about this Farmer’s Market is that afterwards you can go relax at beautiful Central Park right located right across the railroad tracks. There’s plenty to do here. Shopping, restaurants and much more.

Winter Park Farmer's Market

Winter Park Farmer's Market

Winter Park Farmer's Market

Winter Park Farmer's Market

Gladys C. May 22, 2014 Travel 0 Comment Read More

Fernandina Beach

Just a short drive from Jacksonville, Florida (only 36 miles) you can find the small and so charming town of Fernandina Beach. Located on the northeast border of Florida and almost kissing the state of Georgia, this city has been called one of the South’s best small town getaways by Southern Living Magazine. We visited this cute place for a romantic weekend getaway. Using our always handy Hilton Honors points, we stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front. This hotel was in the middle of everything so we could walk to restaurants, the marina and the Saturday market. Very convenient for us.

Cool car in Downtown Fernandina Beach

Cool car in Downtown Fernandina Beac

Cool Retro VW

Cool Retro VW

 

Fernandina Beach

 

Retro at Fernandina Beach, Florida

A beautiful sunset at the Fernandina Beach marina

A beautiful sunset at the Fernandina Beach marina

We drove  a short distance to visit Fort Clich State Park. This fortress was built in 1847 and was a military post during the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War II. There we rode our bikes through the trails and the water front. What a great experience!

Fort Clinch at Fernandina Beach

Fort Clinch at Fernandina Beach

Fort Clinch at Fernandina Beach

Fort Clinch at Fernandina Beach

 

Nice Trail for mountain bikers

Nice Trail for mountain bikers

Here is a very interesting video of Fort Clinch for those history lovers:

 

There is a lot to explore in Fernandina Beach so if you have a chance, make sure you visit this historic town. You will discover a little gem hidden in North Florida.

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Gladys C. Mar 21, 2014 Travel 0 Comment Read More

Vintage Sweaters

Even though today is the first day of Spring in 2014, it is still very cold in a lot of places. I wanted to share with you some of the vintage sweaters we have available at our Sweet Vintage Lady Shop.

 

Vintage Sweaters

 

1. Purple wool sweater with a Fair Isle design. Made in the 1980’s by The Gap. Find it here.

2. Cream color 1990’s sweater with an Aztec inspired design. Material is an acrylic and lambswool blend. Find it here.

3.  Deep red 1970’s sweater made of Australian virgin lambswool. V neck design and fitted style. Find it here.

Let’s dream about a warmer Spring season but until then, enjoy the weather with a cozy sweater and a cup of tea.

XOXO,

Sweet Vintage Lady

Gladys C. Mar 20, 2014 Fashion, Vintage 0 Comment Read More

Homemade Shrimp Po-boy Sandwich

I have been wanting to eat a really good po-boy sandwich for the longest time.  I lived in New Orleans back in the late 90’s and during my time there I enjoyed so much their Cajun and Creole cuisines.  Let’s just say that I’ve been disappointed each time I had ordered a po-boy here in Florida. I haven’t found anything as good as the real thing so I decided to make my own homemade shrimp po-boy sandwich. I was inspired by the recent opening of The Fresh Market down the street from my house. They have an awesome seafood selection and so I found there some wild shrimp. With shrimp in hand and a french baguette I went home and decided to get my creative kitchen juices flowing.

I needed to make a spicy base sauce for my shrimp so I got out of my spices to make it hot, hot, hot. Turmeric, garlic granules, oregano, parsley, cayenne pepper, cumin and sea salt. I eyeballed my measurements just like Rachel Ray would do and added a bit of each on my Emeril skillet. I also added some olive oil, and white cooking wine. If it looks a bit dry, you can always add a bit of water but not so much because you want to have a sauce type of consistency.

Spices and Ingredients

 

I peeled my shrimp (bought a pound of it for two sandwiches), added them to the skillet and proceeded to cook on medium heat, making sure they got covered with the juices of the sauce.

 

Cooking Shrimp  Shrimp being sauté with the spices

 

When the shrimp were cooked, I got the skillet out of the heat and then added Red Butter Lettuce (wash it first) by tossing it into the skillet so it could get covered with the sauce. I used this type of lettuce because that’s what I had gotten that week from my Organic Co-op.

 

Cooking a homemade poboy sandwich Cooking a homemade poboy sandwich

 

The last step is to open your baguette and carefully accommodate by evenly distributing the shrimp and lettuce throughout your bun. Voila! Now you are ready to eat. Don’t forget to give yourself enough water to drink especially if you went heavy on the cayenne pepper like I did. Yummy!!! A piece of New Orleans right in my home. By the way, did you know that poboy means “poor boy”. Read all about this famous sandwich history here.

 

Amazing homemade shrimp poboy sandwich

Amazing homemade shrimp poboy sandwich

Gladys C. Mar 15, 2014 Food - Recipes 2 Comments Read More

Vintage Spring Floral Dresses

Spring and Summer 2014 are just around the corner so here at the Sweet Vintage Lady online shop we have included several floral print dresses to get you in the mood for a warmer and prettier weather. We have frocks from the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s for every gal that likes to stand out from the crowd with a one of a kind outfit. Here are some of the dresses we have available for you:

This 70’s floor length dress is just gorgeous. With terracotta tones and a high waist, we know you will love this model.  Find it here.

Vintage floral print festival dress

Vintage floral print festival dress

Here is another cute dress with a slouchy top, 3/4 sleeves and elastic neckline. Very boho hippie look! Find it here.

Vintage Floral Print Slouchy Mini Festival Boho Dress

Vintage Floral Print Slouchy Mini Festival Boho Dress

We adore this Laura Ashley dress from the 1990s, with its lower waistline and slouchy, grunge look. The lavender floral print goes perfectly over the teal background. Comfy, yet so feminine. Find it here.

Vintage Laura Ashley Floral Print Slouchy Dress

Vintage Laura Ashley Floral Print Slouchy Dress

Our special favorite is this 1960s model in pink tones. This skater mini frock has a full skirt.  Find it here.

Floral Skater Mini Dress

Floral Skater Mini Dress

And last but not least, a long sleeveless shirtdress from the 90s. This is a great day dress to wear during the Summer heat wave. Find it here.

Vintage 1990s Grunge Revival Floral Sleeveless Dress

Vintage 1990s Grunge Revival Floral Sleeveless Dress

 

Gladys C. Mar 08, 2014 Fashion, Vintage 0 Comment Read More

Sarah Jessica Parker Launches Shoe Collection

Sarah Jessica Parker Launches Shoe Collection

I still remember when I borrowed from a friend VHS tapes of the first three seasons of Sex and the City. It was back in 2001 when I was single, broke and dreaming of Mr. Right or “Mr. Big”. I only had in my pantry a bottle of instant coffee, some milk in the fridge, cream cheese and a bag of bagels because bagels can be very filling. I watched an entire marathon of the show on a weekend. Let’s just say I never left the house. I had so much fun… Years later and then married to my own Mr. Big or better yet, my Mr. Right, he took me on a trip to New York City. It was the first time for me. We went to have cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, just like the girls did in the show. We walked through several streets trying to find Carrie’s apartment steps and we finally found them. Here is my throwback Thursday picture from 2006…

Me sitting on Carrie Bradshaw's apartment steps

Me sitting on Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment steps

I must say that my favorite character was Carrie. I suffered and laughed with her during each episode.  I remember as a teen watching Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985).  I loved  Sarah Jessica Parker then in that cute story. Great dancing moves!

Girls Just Want to Have Fun Movie

Girls Just Want to Have Fun Movie

I was so excited to learn that the always fabulous Sarah Jessica Parker is now launching her shoe collection. These stylish models will be available exclusively at Nordstrom. Crafted in Italy, her line will have pumps, flats and sandals that will range in price between $195 to $495. Is that in your budget? I hope it is because they look amazing.  They will be available on February 28 so make sure you visit Nordstrom online to check them out. Here is the link. I couldn’t help but wonder, could SJP dance like she did in Girls Just Want to Have Fun while wearing a pair of heels from her line? Even if she can’t I will still love her. I wish her a lot of success in this new venture. She is a very savvy business woman.

And just so I leave you dreaming of shoes, here is a behind the scenes sneak peek video of the line. Enjoy!

 

Gladys C. Feb 27, 2014 Fashion 0 Comment Read More

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Sweet Vintage Lady Hawaiian Collection

 

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