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If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m a sucker for old movies – especially ones with a little song and dance.
I hadn’t seen White Christmas until last year which is a shame on me, since I, of course, now love it. Whether you’re a lover of old movies or not, hopefully you’ll still find some gift inspiration from today’s Gift Guide.
Quick story synopsis :: Two WWII veterans, now famous performers, follow a sister act duo to Vermont where they run into their former General from the war – struggling to make ends meet at his inn. They scheme to put on a show at the inn to help him out but of course there’s love, singing and dancing along the way. Or you simply need to know that it stars Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney!
> Men’s Military-style Jacket, from $89.00.
> Vermont Maple Syrup for Christmas brunch! $16.99.
> Me & My Sister Dress, $84.99.
> Judy’s Bangle Bracelet, $24.99.
> Betty’s Classic Red Pajamas, $160.
> Faux Furry Ascot Scarf, $48.
> Classic Toy Army Men, $13.80.
> STOCKING STUFFER: Hot Buttered Rum Chocolate Bar, $2.99.
> Classic Dance Lessons nearby
Or perhaps take a little trip of your own to an inn in Vermont!
And don’t forget to count your blessings…
First movie on the list of this year’s Gift Guide inspiraiton? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. A classic and a favorite. A little joke in our family growing up was calling my dad Clark Griswold, what with his corny jokes, constant camera wielding and basic resemblance in appearance.
This gift guide looks at the humor in the Holidays. All the things that can go wrong, too much time in close proximity with relatives, christmas decorations on steroids – but in the end you (hopefully) appreciate the quirkiness of your family and remember the spirit of Christmas.
Enjoy the first set of gift inspiration a la Griswolds!
> Holy Sh*t Where’s the Tylenol? Cross Stitch Pattern, $3.40.
> Gourmet Jelly of the Month Club, $89.98 (for 3 Months).
> Ellen’s Blue Ear Muffs & Headphones, $80.00.
>Squirrel Ornament, $18.
> Clark’s Christmas Cardigan Sweater, $53.39.
> iPhone Case, $15.00.
> Cousin Eddie’s Robe, $75.00.
> Cat in a Box Bank, $39.99.
> Aunt Bethany’s Leopard Print Coat, $142.48.
Next guide will be up tomorrow!
Ok, so I haven’t been shy about my love of Jane Austen novels, and the classic author seems to be in the news a lot lately, so I have recently been inspired to make my own break for Austenland if in imagination only.
The movie, based on the novel, Austenland, is scheduled to hit theaters next week. There was also the announcement that Jane Austen’s portrait will grace the 10-pound British banknote beginning in 2017 (and has been stirring up some interesting news on Twitter). Every year or two, I revisit a Jane Austen novel and this summer, over the 4th, I dove back into Pride and Prejudice, which led to me reading the novel, Austenland by Shannon Hale, which the new film is based on.
The movie/book seem light-hearted and fun, but would I really want to escape to 18th century England, playing dress-up and speaking with a fake British accent? My relatives may laughingly say I would go whole-heartedly, but really?! No. Not at all (unless someone else paid for it, ha!), a visit to the town of Bath is just enough Jane for me. I’ll satisfy my curiosity by seeing the movie.
Despite my lack of desire to actually visit Jane Austen’s time-period, my love of vintage is stirred and inspired by the period, with some modern updates. So with that, here are a few ways you might bring a hint of Austenland home.
Tally-ho! A hunting we will go!