Saturday, December 25, 2010

Popular Christmas Gifts Each Decade



Kiki here, Miracles and Blessings ... I hope you're all having a wonderful Christmas. I know I am, especially knowing that I already have the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.  His birth brings salvation, eternal life and light in a dying world.   What an awesome God we have! 

(Chocolate Christmas Tree)

Christmas is a great time to express your love for family members and friends, because God showed His love for us by giving us baby Jesus, the Messiah.  

Christmas gift-buying has always been a frenzied time.  This year was no different.  Each year and decade there's a popular Christmas gift that the masses must have.  So, as my Christmas ribs cook on a low broil, here are some popular Christmas gifts starting with 20010.

1. 2010 APPLE IPAD

Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi)
Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi) 

You can shop for a Kate Spade, defeat a villain and peruse magazines without getting off the couch.  I'm sure there were a lot of teeth showing when they ripped open the wrapping paper and saw the white Apple box.

2.  2000 - RAZOR
Ten years earlier, children and adults alike wanted to scoot around town on a razor.


But now in 20010 you can get an updated version, an electric razor.
Not a popular Christmas gift these days but worth the mention.

Electric Razor Scooter 
Razor E100 Electric Scooter (Red)
Razor E100 Electric Scooter (Red)


Raphael, Donatella and Michelangelo, ninja fighting mutant turtles made pizza super popular and topped video game and action figure sales in the start of this decade.

4. 1980 RUBIK'S CUBE
Everyone had a rubik's cube for a birthday gift or under the Christmas tree.  You saw people on the subway, standing in the post office line and at work and school desks trying to get a perfect cube.


(Polaroid Hylander Model 80A)

6. 1960 - BARBIE
Inspired by a doll she saw in Germany, Helen Handler, the wife of Mattel's co-founder, created the doll named Barbara Millicent Roberts.  We know her as Barbie.

Now let's fast-forward to 2010 Holiday Barbie...


 Barbie Collector 2010 Holiday Doll 

Mele Kalikimaka!  
Merry Christmas in Hawaiian.

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Child is Born!

 (St. Charles Christmas)

His name is Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary.  We already have the best gift of all that our Father gave us in a town called Bethlehem.  Today, on Christmas Eve ... as the world slows down, families gather, church doors open and candles are lit ... share your blessings with others as you give thanks.   Praise God for your blessings ... those known and those on their way. 

There's excitement in the air, but not because of man-made traditions -- although they are fun and unite families -- our true excitement is for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Breathe it in and take more than a moment to remember why Jesus, the Son of God, is our saving grace.  

God created this baby in a virgin's womb because of His love for us. Jesus saved us from darkness and that's why we must shine in His love by always forgiving others and letting the peace of heart which comes from Christ, always be present in our hearts and lives.

As you celebrate the birth of Christ through praise, worship, song, dance, laughter and food ... please pray for the safe return of our military troops fighting in Iraq.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men 
on whom His favor rests."   Luke 2:14

Miracles and Blessings ... Kiki here, iCafe Woman Moderne wishes you all a very Blessed and Joyous Christmas.  

While you're home for the holidays, curl up with your favorite child and read these delightful children's books.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic

Coming January 5, 2011...

Sugar Plum Ballerinas #3: Perfectly Prima
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #3: Perfectly Prima

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters


Here are a few of my favorite innovative desserts we featured during the year at iCafe Woman Moderne and Joan B. Average, Scriptwriter.  We especially enjoyed the edible fashion and accessories. (we profiled them twice.)  But this little white dress covered with pink roses was my favorite.  I wish I had it hanging in my closet.

(Pink Cake Box)

This next sweet favorite is a polka dot wedding cake  in the top left corner, adapted from the movie, "Because I Said So," starring Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore. 

(Things Festive)
Next, we have those cute chocolate Stilletoes from Gayle's Chocolates.  (unfortunately, no relation)
 (Gayle's Chocolates)

Remember those cake and chocolate handbags from Horchow's?

(Horchow's Zebra Striped and Red Handbags)

(bride and groom strawberries)

These delectable white chocolate-covered bride and groom strawberries made an appearance in our wedding text-webisode.

And last but not least, Chocolate Woven Handbags from Food Network Television.

Merry Christmas!
Feliz Navidad! (Spanish) 
Mele Kalikimaka! (Hawaiian)
Joyeux Noel! (French)
Buone Feste Natalizie! (Italian)

Here are more Merry Christmas translations.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Uncovering The Secret Life of Ladies Hosiery

How to Write Your Own Money-Making Websites

It wasn't planned.  Somehow, the Saturday before Christmas after a busy day of shopping, running errands and bobbing every which way ... a group of exhausted iCafe Woman Moderne divas landed on our over-sized sectionals for some badly needed Lattes and Chais and then, at the same time, began pulling out a few of their purchases to show each other.  

Low and behold, they all pulled out patterned stockings, textured tights and sheer nylon stockings along with the dresses they planned to wear.  They weren't your normal $2.99 work hosiery on sale for a $1.50 you barely look at when buying, because you never depart from color and size.

No, these stockings brought femininity back to our depleted divas in such a beautiful way.  So what's a tired group of women to do after a long day of being wife, mother and daughter?  They find a place where they can just be.

 (Inmod Egg Chair)

Translation ... we're so having an impromptu fashion show.  You know we have to get feedback from each other.  Uh-oh ... two more iCafe Woman Moderne divas just dropped into our egg chairs.  They grin at the assorted nylon hosiery and dresses fanned across the legs and laps of our divas before revealing the same purchases. 


No, they're not all going to the same event.  Here's the rundown ...  a few are attending a Christmas Eve wedding, two are dressing up for a Christmas Eve Service and celebrating a friend's 40th birthday, others are attending Watch Night Services in formal attire and a New Year's Day 50th birthday party ... and our twenty-somethings are wearing their fashion finds again at New Year's Eve bashes.

"And those whose faith has made them good in God's sight must live by faith, trusting Him in everything."  Hebrews 10:28

Kiki here.... Many Miracles and Blessings to all of you as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Precious Savior, Jesus Christ.  Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus!

We won't keep you long today, but it's amazing how a group of women in desperate need of a nap, suddenly rejuvenates when they put on an elegant dress and a nice pair of ladies hosiery.  

(Kiki in her closet) 

Think about it ... when Mom and Grandmom were young women, they didn't have the luxury of wearing pantyhose in a myriad of colors and textures.  Their nylons were pretty standard with many having seams, and they had to hook them onto those heavy, body-hating garters and girdles.  

Nostalgia is definitely in the air at iCafe Woman Moderne.  A few of our divas even purchased garter belts and nylon stockings ... today's lightweight versions. 

Oh my, you hear that ... our cappuccino machines are working overtime today.  I'm so glad you decided to stop by iCafe Woman Moderne, our virtual cafe for inter-generational women inside a pink mid-century Art Moderne home.  
That's right, it's pink and black ... very chic.

 (Ontario Architecture - Tweed Ontario) 

So grab a Chai or a Latte and try on that new dress you bought from Black Market & White House a couple of weeks ago.  It'll go perfectly with the patterned hosiery you purchased at Saks

Now what's a girlfriends' 
gathering without cake? 

Michelle Johnson-Jones, Pastry Chef and Owner of Delightful Creations & Tasty Treats, just dropped off this beautiful bridal shower cake to get our opinions.  

(If you want this cake and you live in Philadelphia or the Delaware Valley area - e-mail Michelle Johnson-Jones at: 

(The hosiery pictured at iCafe Woman Moderne 
are from Her 

I love it ... a spur-of-the moment fashion show and tea.  It doesn't get any better than this.  As we chew, sip and model our retail finds ... we'll focus on our Hane's Silk Reflections, Spanx Diamond Patterned Sheers, Donna Karan Swiss Dotted Sheers and Control Top Nudes, Spanx Plus-sized Fishnet Stockings and Fishnet Thigh High with Stay-Up Silicon Lace.

"When I was eleven, I tried on my 16-year-old sister's brand new pair of off black pantyhose from Charming Shoppes.  I thought I could re-package them without her being the wiser.  Did I mention I was eleven?"

"I wasn't used to wearing stockings, so I didn't know how to put them on properly.  My fingernail and charm bracelet got caught and well, you know what happened next ... runs galore.  I had to run like crazy from my sister, Diane, when she found out."

"She was a tad ticked, because she had planned to wear them to a party that night.  Okay, it was her Sweet Sixteen Party, but she bought another pair at the Avenue Five & Ten store ... just minutes before they closed early for inventory work.  Whew!  Good times!"

JOY - 38 - HAIR STYLIST -- returns first wearing her new purchases, a black flapper dress and SPANX Patterned Bloom Lace Semi Opague Tights in Black.

"Wear something that shimmers ...  or those fishnets you hid in your shopping bag.  I saw you buy them when you thought I wasn't looking.  Your dress is already playful ... you can get away with fishnets if you want a pattern."

SPANX Control Top Full Length Fishnet

JOY "I also bought a pair of Hanes Silk Reflections stockings, Ms. Nosey-by-Nature.  And I wasn't hiding my fishnets."

GENEVA - 53 
"Hanes Silk Reflectons ... I haven't worn them in years.  They stayed on my legs when I was working in Manhattan ... reporter by day ... clubbing diva by night.  I splurged and bought seven pairs with my first general assignment reporter paycheck at this store called Strawberry.  I lived in that store."

"I agree with Lisa ... the floral pattern seems too busy, but the flapper dress has more of an edge that works better with the fishnets.  I love fishnets.  If they don't make you feel like a woman, I don't know what will.  Geneva ... girl, you're wearing that red dress.  What are you trying to do, outshine the bride?"

(Diane Von Furstenberg)
"I don't think so, she's half my age.  On another day though, I'll give her a seasoned run for her money.  Back to the stockings, I think the swiss dot pattern works well on the sheers.  It's amazing how a nice pair of Hanes or Spanx ... can change your whole attitude.  Ten minutes ago, all I wanted to do was go home, throw on a pair of sweats and eat my way through a bag of Wavy Lays watching the Food Network.  I wasn't trying on this stuff."

The power of the sheer nylon stockings ... it turns us from ugly ducklings with attitude to dazzling divas in seconds. 

"We even carry ourselves differently when we put on French style nylons with garters."

"Who said anything about garters?  Tell me, you're not wearing garters already."

"I'll tell you, but it wouldn't be true.  I'm over 21, Aunt Kiki ... remember, you came to the party.  I lost my pigtails and braces ten years ago."

"And your point being.  Look, I'm sorry ... maybe if I didn't meet you in the hospital incubator I would understand your point.  But I diapered you.  Hear me when I say, you don't need garters yet."

"I guess that's my cue to change the subject.  Sabrina ... your dress is awesome!  But the dress design is more than twice your age.  You really love wearing vintage.  I don't think I've ever seen you wear anything from the New Millennium except jeans, and even those were bell bottoms."

"They were her mother's and her Aunt Jenny before that.  We could start our own `Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' right here at iCafe Woman Moderne.  Your dress is too cute.  It looks like something Grandmom would wear in the forties."

BACK SEAM NYLONS "Just call me retro girl ... sue me, I love my vintage.  I ordered it from Posh Girl my favorite online vintage shop.  It came today.  I couldn't wait to show you guys."

"I picked up my stockings on my way here.  And yes, I'm going there again.  I'm wearing the real deal ... Berkshire Ultra Sheer Back Seam nylons."  She smiles and spins once in front of Kiki.  "Oh, don't give me that look.  They'll fall down if I don't wear the garters.  I bought this cute black and red floral garter to match my dress ... also online."  

SPANX - Open Weave Chain Striped Tights
"My turn.  Ladies, I need your help.  I've got two dresses here.  Are the striped tights too much with the pink dress?  Lena's modeling my champagne and black dress with the Donna Karan nudes."  

Lena joins them wearing April's second choice. 

"In my opinion, the stripes will work with either dress."

 "I swallowed the crazy pill, buying two dresses for the same event.  Me ... who never wears dresses to work, because I'm always in the field.  I only wear them to church and the occasional dinner date, concert or fashion show.   You all know I get my stockings on sale in the $1.09 bin at the supermarket, and it's never the right shade.  But it's a $1.09, it doesn't have to be.  I'm starting to change my opinion about that.  I deserve something nice against my skin now and then.  It's now and then."


"Mom always said, she felt empowered in a nice suit, a designer little black dress and sheer nylon stockings ... designer label of course.  Her lawyer's salary could take the hit.  My social worker salary sends me to the sales bin.  But not today ... today I'm uncovering the secret power of ladies hosiery.  Okay divas... which dress?" 

"I like the champagne and black better with the striped tights.  It gives you more drama compared to Lena's seamed sheers.  You're a single female ... you need drama."

Alexis enters a room full of gasps and impressed eyes.

"Who needs drama?  Not me.  I work in a trauma center."

"Alexis ... wow!  Would you look at those diamond-shaped stockings.  They're perfect for you.  You're finally out of your comfort zone!"

(Donna Ricco)

"Is it too much for Watch Night Service?  I'm singing in the choir, and we're not wearing robes.  They told us to wear royal blue ... this is the closest I could find."

"Are you kidding me, it's perfect ... and before you say ... "but I'm too old for this wild pattern ... 50 is the new 40.  Wear the diamond stockings, please."


Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters 
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters