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I am sure it’s no surprise that I LOVE period TV shows. I call all these “vintage TV” even though some are newly made and some are authentically old.

Here are my top 5 and where to watch them (turns out they are all on Netflix, read into that what you will):

1. The Bletchley Circle

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This show is short (3 episodes in the first season and 4 in the second season) but it is so worth the watch. This show has the great combination of being a period piece and also a mystery series. I love that the main characters are all women and they struggle with finding their voice in a male dominated world and also solve complex cases using their skills honed during WWII breaking codes and helping win the war in secret.

Find this series via Netflix.

2. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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I was so sad when my binge watching of this show came to an end. I LOVE this show. The show is set in 1920’s Australia. The costumes are AMAZING and the main character (Miss Fisher) is a feminist and all around awesome lady. This show is more laid back and fun than Bletchley Circle but no less intriguing. There are 2 seasons available now and I know the show got a 3rd season so hopefully that comes soon. I seriously LOVE this show, it has it all (it helps that I find the lead male detective very attractive as well-the clothes, the hat, the attitude-it all works for him).

This series can be watched via Netflix.

3. Call the Midwife

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I know most of you already watch this show (because everyone knows it’s awesome) but did you know it had a 4th season? I didn’t! I assumed it was done after 3 seasons(no spoiler) but it isn’t. I was so happy this returned. I love the stories of women and their strength. The show is set in the 1950’s and 60’s and follows a group of midwives (some nuns) and the poor town they serve. Life lessons are learned, women are helping women, women are using their natural strength to bring life into the world, and the world is changing all the time. This is a great show-enough said.

Watch this series via Netflix (for old seasons) and PBS (for the current season).


4. Mad Men

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I know, I know-this show is on every list-but there is a reason.  This show is so awesome and stayed so awesome through it’s entire run. I recently watched the last season and final episode and I was NOT disappointed. The beauty, the costumes, the content, the way the episodes are shot-I could go on and on. Great show. Period.

Watch seasons 1-6 via Netflix (most recently season not available yet, at least legally:))

5. The Dick Van Dyke Show
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This show is so fun. Mary Tyler Moore looks amazing (and I crave her wardrobe) and Dick Van Dyke is at his best. D.V.D.’s profession on the show is variety show writer and he and his fellow writers offer great comedy. I love that this show features home life and work life. M.T.M. is a stay at home wife/mother and her character has depth and demands respect from her husband. Love this show from the 60’s.
Watch this series via Netflix.
Get watching!

There are some new wares up for sale in my Etsy vintage shop. Check out a quick peek:










Head over to the shop to see more and if you don’t follow me via Instagram-do. I post sneak peeks of wares to come and other fun things.

Have a great Wednesday!


My PMDD has been HORRIBLE this month, so I am going to share the burden with the internet :)

I have talked about PMDD previously here, check it out if you want.

So, this morning one of my co workers asked if I was feeling alright, I said “No. Worse than yesterday-but it’s fine” She asked if it was the flu or something. That’s when I decided to share my struggle of PMDD with her (I am not a very open person so this is something I am trying to get better about). My co-worker had never heard of PMDD. This was no surprising to me-most women haven’t, although it is a real shame. My hope in this post is to bring awareness to PMDD and hopefully help others not feel alone. 

PMDD is an interesting disorder, it changes almost everything about me for a few days every month. Every freaking month! I would not wish PMDD on my worst enemy. Keep in mind I am in the midst of it right now so this is all very raw.

This is what happens to my brain when the PMDD kicks in:

  • I hate myself: I start thinking I am fat, ugly, worthless, a disappointment, ungrateful, selfish, mean, a bad friend, a bad sister, a bad daughter, a bad wife, why would Husband even stay married to me…. and so on. Generally it is a deep spiral downward.
  • I gain about 2 sizes in water weight (which you can imagine makes all this even better)
  • I hate my home: more precisely I want to throw out everything I own and start living a minimalist life-which if you know me is insane b/c I have a ton of stuff and I LOVE bring surrounded by it all
  • I lash out at Husband: he really gets the brunt of my mood swings and irrational behavior, I can hide it from others.
  • I cry at ANYTHING: anything! I will start crying because I can’t get my sock off
  • I want to cut my body off and live only with a head b/c the constant nagging pain throughout my entire body
  • I want to be able to “just get over it and feel better”
  • I do not want to work or eat, I only want to sleep and unfortunately I cannot sleep-it is so restless

Wow, sounds like a lot of self pity doesn’t it? I do not mean it to-I just want to share what this is like and some of the symptoms that can come along with this disorder.

In bed at 215pm with Amy Poehler & Jolly Ranchers #thisisPMDD

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A few things that help me cope:

  1. Period Tracker app (for Apple and for Android) This app helps me track my period and can even track intimacy and fertility if you like. I use this every time I go to the Doctor and they ask when my last period was. I LOVE it and it was FREE.
  2. Thinx Underwear–this is a new discovery and I cannot speak highly enough about them (they are NOT paying me or giving me anything to write this, I just found them and LOVE their products!). Not only is the underwear gorgeous, its amazing (keeps me light, dry, odor and worry free) but they also give back-what more could you ask for? I have 6 pairs with a 7th on the way. They are inexpensive in my book considering all the stress I have lost and all the comfort I have gained. Follow their inspirational Instagram here.
  3. A WONDERFUL Husband that gets my disorder, cuts me slack, ignores my crazy, and pushes me to stay busy and fight off the effects
  4. Keeping a sense of humor: I can make fun of myself and my mood swings and irrational thoughts-I think this helps lighten it a bit, at least for me
  5. Talking about it: keeping things a secret rarely makes them better-I believe that is true for this disorder too. If I can talk about it (with Husband, Mom, Sister, etc) I feel so much LESS CRAZY.

How in tune with your body are you? Do you pay attention to how you feel and what your body might be trying to tell you?


One of my New Year’s Resolutions (I am still hashing out my complete list) is to share more consistently via Instagram.

Getting stuff done today #onephotofeb

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So, for February I am challenging myself to post at least 1 photo per day on IG for the entire month. Should be doable right?

Late night selfie after #trivia #onephotofeb

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I started off 2 days behind so I have been trying to make up for that with multiples the past couple days.

If you don’t follow me already, hop to. And if you want to join in the fun, do so via #onephotofeb

Houndstooth accented by heart pillow #justintimeforvalentinesday #onephotofeb

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See ya on IG!




My sister (not so) recently agreed to be my model for the clothing and shoes available for sale on my Etsy Shop.

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I had so much fun dressing her up like a Barbie and instructing her “not to smile” to “put your hand there” to “stand like this” and to “look down”.


I might have mis judged my calling as one of those artsy photographers that yells at their models to get into weird positions (though just the yelling part LOL).


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Sister was such a good sport and she looks great in everything! We had a blast and even plan on scheduling another photo shoot. I am pumped-this is the adult equivalent of “playing Barbie”.







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Isn’t she adorable?

I am in the process of listing these items in my shop over the next few days, check it out if you like anything you see.


*by the way, if you don’t follow Barbie on Instagram-you should! Seriously…

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