About Cindy

Pun intended. Cindy loves dreaming up witty quips and groan-worthy wordplay. In fact, you could say this girl just wants to have puns. As an avid fan of the written word and a librarian at heart, she also loves used bookstores, especially ones that harbor cats. Vintage clothing, cocktails, and ephemera are a few of her favorite things.

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Monthly Muse: The Deee-liteful Lady Miss Kier!

I may not have had MTV as a kid, but I did have “The Box”, which lead to mad skills at reciting dozens of early-’90s hip hop and dance jams by heart, and an admiration for Deee-lite’s fashionable front woman.

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My Buddy Valentine: Retro Valentine’s to Make Your Heart Flutter

Do you remember your first valentine? I can recall the first one that really made an impression in fifth grade, I eagerly collected classmates’ valentines in the shoe box I had festooned with glitter, paper doilies, and heart-shaped stickers.

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Cool Storage, Bro: 6 Ideas For How to Store Your Stuff

If your new year’s resolutions include getting organized, consider some of the creative and crafty ideas collected within. Here’s to a tidy 2014!

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This Post is for the Birds

Fans of fowls and worshipers of the winged were all aflutter yesterday, because January 5th was National Bird Day. In honor of this occasion, we wanted to showcase some of the extraordinarily gorgeous illustrations from John James Audubon.

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Vintage View: New Year’s Cheers

“Cheers!” “Prost!” “¡Salud!” Ever wonder how the tradition of toasting originated? This 1968 pamphlet explained it all quite beautifully.

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Festive Cocktails & Cookies from the Past

These lovely little vintage recipe books are chock full of recipes for cocktails, cookies, and various other confections, and each page is adorned with adorable illustrations to boot!

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Vintage View: Holi-DIY Crafts & Decor

Ready to get down and get festive with all kinds of seasonal projects, from tree trimmings to table toppers? Haul out the yarn, felt, and craft glue, and let these 1960s and 1970s images and ideas from magazines inspire you!

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Vintage View: Wrap-py Holidays!

The art of gift wrapping has been neglected for the past few decades. As we prep for prime gift-giving season, let’s revisit some of the more creative and inventive ideas from the past.

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Vintage View: The Golden City in a Golden Time

San Francisco, CA, known for its iconic bridges, cable cars, fog, and landscapes, is a city with a storied cultural past. Take a look back in time with these vintage photographs of the City by the Bay.

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Spice Up Your Soiree with these Fall Cider Recipes

When seasonal temperatures start to drop, nothing chases off the chills better than a toasty beverage. These hot apple cider cocktail recipes will keep you and your guests warm and cozy, whatever the weather.

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Monthly Muse: Winona Forever

“Before there was Zooey D’s brand of ‘quirky,’ there was Winona Ryder, who leaned a little more towards strange and dangerous than cute and silly.” ModWriter Cindy takes us back to highlight her longtime muse and the ’90s ultimate It Girl: Winona.

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Vintage View: Exploring a 1940′s High Schooler’s Home Ec Manual

“Why do you wear undergarments?” “Is your dress distinctive?” These are just a few of the topics covered in our latest retro find, a ’40s home ec manual that’s equal parts wisdom and dated humor.

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For the Bibliophiles: Gorgeous Photos of Vintage Library Books

Earlier this month, we met with Megan Prelinger of the Prelinger Library to learn about the amazing career she carved out for herself. But, there was so much fantastic photo fodder around the space, we just couldn’t stop snapping everything around us! It was even harder to decide which pics made it into our post, so we decided to share a few extra shots!

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Just My Type: Timeless Typewriter Quotes & Ads

From the mid-1800s to the late-1980s, typewriters were the tools that ruled for professional and personal correspondence. Take a gander at some of these old ads for typewriters and quotes from some of their most notable users!

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