Friday, January 4, 2013

Say I Do...Modern Vintage

(Shabby Chic Wedding Cake - Amelie's House)

(Hat Box Wedding Cake and Cupcakes - Amelie's House) 

"Be patient and you will finally win, for a soft tongue can break hard bones."  Proverbs 25:15. 

A Shabby Chic Wedding Cake?  A Hat Box Wedding Cake?  A Modern Vintage Wedding Collection?  Anne Hathaway's Blushing Pink Wedding Gown?  Am I dreaming?  No, I'm in wedding heaven.

 (Anne Hathaway's Valentino Wedding Gown)

  Happy New Year!  Eventhough I've got wedding gowns on the brain, I stumbled upon this Shabby Chic Wedding Cake in the middle of my recent cyber-travels.  Pinterist led me to Amelie's House, a makey, bakey, cakey place.  I didn't make that up, it's on the website's header.  They're based in the UK.  I've got to have that cake!  I wonder if they ship across the pond. 

Needless to say, I was distracted by the Shabby Chic Wedding Cake.  I had to remind myself that wedding cakes are number two on my Bridal Crap-Still To-Do-List.  That's when I spotted Anne Hathaway's blushing pink Valentino wedding gown.  It's modern vintage at it's best. 



This brings me to why I'm here today.  Don't you just love this wedding gown too?  I'm Gia, one of iCafe Woman Moderne's D.I.V.A.S (Dynamic, Industrious, Victorious, Artistic and Strong).  Will you excuse me for a second?   

"You can all stop laughing now."   She says to the snickering regulars, watching her host a text-webisode on her pink Macbook.  She turns back to the camera on her laptop. 

Sorry about that, my fellow iCafe Woman Moderne D.I.V.A.S can't believe what I've just done. I can't believe it either.  This is huge for me.  

It all started when I stopped by my favorite virtual cafe a half an hour ago and right away started trolling the wedding gown websites for my dream gown for my May wedding.  I was on a mission.  It didn't matter that my whipped cream melted and my hot chocolate turned cold.   

What was that?  Not you too?  Your hearing is fine.  Yes, I said my May wedding... don't judge me.  I'm already known as PROCRASTINATING PRUDENCE around here.   

Okay, so my  nickname comes honestly.  I'll admit it, I take forever and a day to decide on anything.  But once I commit to researching a project -- whether it's shopping for a cell phone or a vacation destination -- I suddenly morph into Details Debbie.  No detail is missed before I commit.  Hmm... maybe that's why I've been engaged for three years... again, don't judge me. 


So you can imagine the number of cyber-heads popping up when I yelled five minutes ago:  "Are you kidding me... MODERN VINTAGE... I found my dress!  I still can't believe it.  Who knew Alfred Angelo Bridal had  a MODERN VINTAGE collection.  They all should... pass it on.

Drape Top Lace Mermaid Bridal Gown - Rami Kashou - Cloud Dancer - 6 (Google Affiliate Ad)

MODERN VINTAGE is why we flock to iCafe Woman Moderne. We're modern women and girls with vintage hearts. Anyway, Alfred has my dress and I'm so done wedding dress shopping.  Hallelujah!

I wasted no time making an appointment and pinning  my dress on Pinterist (Feel free to re-pin.) so my bridesmaids can take a peek. Without further adieu, here's my dress.  Maybe I should dye it a soft pink.  I'm still a Barbie girl at heart and an avid collector.

In my head, this look emerges from the smoky interior of Rick's Cafe in the movie Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. A pleated bust gives it modern panache.  No veil required, just a flower headpiece or a feather fascinator would do nicely. 

I give each of these modern vintage bridal gems a cute name and a story.  It's what I do.  Enjoy!

Drop us a comment and let us know what you think.

1. My Dream Wedding Gown (above)

  • Net over Lace, Summer Organza, Re-Embroidered Lace,
    Rhinestones, Crystal Beading, Sequins
    Optional Spaghetti Straps
    Chapel Train
  • Sizes: 0 to 26W
  •  $1,099.00                    

2. The Dynasty Gown - Can't you picture Alexis and Krystle Carrington showing up at a gala wearing the same dress, in the same color--most likely black, maybe red?  The netting at the neckline and the rhinestone belt add the right modern surprises.

  • Soft Net over Satin, Satin, Rhinestones,
    Crystal Beading, Pearls, Sequins with Metallic Accents,
    Soft Net Flowers
    Matching Soft Net Cape with Chiffon Floral Detail
    Optional Spaghetti Straps
    Chapel Train
    Also Available without Cape as Style 8503
  • Sizes: 0 to 26W
  • $999.00                    

3. The Flapper - I see this with a lace cloche hat.  Can't you picture this in a Great Gatsby movie?  I love how the lace halter-implied straps say:  Hello, New Millennium Girl... this is your day to sashay.

  • Lace over Charmeuse, Crystal Beading,
    Pearls, Satin Flowers
    Chapel Train
  • Sizes: 0 to 26W
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4. Sienne-derella is in the Castle - This breath-taking gown is this decade's Cinderella Princess gown.  Her prince waits at the altar, and no missing glass slipper needed.

  • Lace, Satin, Soft Net, Re-Embroidered Lace,
    Rhinestones, Crystal Beading, Sequins
    Chapel Train
  • Sizes: 0 to 26W
  • $999.00                    

5. Meet Thoroughly Modern Mariah - You've heard of the 1967 musical film, Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Julie Andrews?  If not, stop by your local library and take out a video.  I'm sure they have it.  This simple, but so elegant gown fits in the 30s to the 70s.  This was my runner-up.

  • Lace over Charmeuse, Rhinestones,
    Crystal Beading, Pearls
    Chapel Train
  • Sizes: 0 to 26W
  • $1,099.00                      

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Resolve to Be the Best You!

Your inter-generational virtual cafe with a Vintage Heart for the Modern 2013 Woman and Girl... is Back! And we're back with full resolve to enjoy life in a big way. Tragedies in the world during 2012, and specifically in the past few weeks took our breath away. They reminded us that today should not be wasted. They also led us to re-evaluating our lives and our focus. 

We enter 2013 with a clean slate... ah... I like the sound of that.  We all do.   Let's learn from our past failures, build from our successes and allow ourselves to heal from unexpected losses. 

"When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.  When you go through the rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.  When you go through the fires of oppression, you will not burn up.  The flames will not consume you.  I am the Lord your God your Savior."  Isaiah 43:2-3.

Yes, our text-webisodes were on hiatus for a few months.  Of  course, iCafe Woman Moderne still kept the lights on 24-7, and our D.I.V.A.S.  (Dynamic, Industrious, Victorious, Artistic and Strong) never stopped tipping inside their favorite virtual cafe to get the latest dish in food and lifestyle.  

Our little hiatus helped us to take stock and do a little re-decorating.  How do you like our new L-shaped leather sectional above.  We have two now in our great room.  So you can all be nice and comfy during our fabulous gatherings.  I'm pleased to say, we're back with our original focus intact that invited more than a few wonderful distractions to the party. 

(I love this tiffany blue convertible.  It would look great with my LBD and double-stranded pearls.)

We are MODERN VINTAGE.  Say what?  It's this in a nutshell.  We're over-the-moon crazy about vintage fashions, mid-century modern architecture/decor, retro television shows... retro pop books...movies... you name it... we love it.  

Okay, I'll admit it... we even love the 1990s sitcoms.  Seinfeld, Mad About You and Friends just popped into my head.   iCafe Woman and Girl Moderne D.I.V.A.S. love retro in its purist form, but also have no problem embracing a modern twist on vintage and adding their own modern edge.  

Miracles and Blessings... Kiki Kearse here!  In case you're tipping in for the first time... I'm the owner and creative mind behind iCafe Woman and Girl Moderne, a cool virtual cafe where inter-generational women, teens, tweens and girls can just be.   Happy New Year to all our regulars and first-timers!

Aren't you glad we still have a virtual place where we can just be in 2013!  Each week, I'll host, or one of my iCafe Woman Moderne D.I.V.A.S, will host our text-webisode inside our sleek Art Moderne mid-century home. 

 Here's our inspiration and virtual home below.  Isn't it the cat's meow?

We'll also bring you awesome mid-century modern homes from around the country and world.  The one below is a jaw-dropper.

Have I totally confused you?  Are you still not sure what Modern Vintage is?  We'll show you what we mean with our D.I.V.A.S favorite Modern Vintage picks.

1. Melissa Sweet's Tea Length Wedding Dress.
Can't you imagine a bride walking down a sandy aisle at a tropical destination -- or gliding down a country chapel aisle in this vintage-inspired dress.  I can see me wearing hot pink stilettos with it. 

2.  You'll even find modern vintage at the car dealership.  The 2013 Electric Blue Mini Cooper and the 2012 Hot Chocolate Convertible Mini are reminiscent of the Karmann Ghia popular in the 1960s and 1970s. 

(Hot Chocolate 2012 Mini Cooper)

(2013 Mini Cooper)

3. Meet 2013 City Shopper Barbie from Barbie's 2013 The Barbie Look Collection.  They're the epitome of Modern Vintage.  Our first Barbie wears a shift-inspired mini with dolman sleeves in fad in the 1970s.  Our second Barbie sports a modern twist on a vintage halter design, a must-have in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

4.  Hit Television Series - Hawaii Five-0
This is one of my favorite shows, first airing from 1968 to 1980.  Today's version debuted September 2010.  Steve McGarret's son (also named Steve McGarret) now heads Hawaii Five-O, an elite crime-fighting task force, separate from HPD (Hawaii's Police Department) that reports only to the governor.  



Hawaii Five-O is yesterday's show with today's modern edge.  Oh yeah... it's classic modern vintage.  Especially, when Actor Ed Aisner makes two guest appearances on the re-furbished series.  He was the original Steve McGarret nemesis then, and was still just as deadly today, but this time in a kind, old man, grandpop body.

5.  You may be surprised to learn that today's fashion-forward tweens also love modern vintage too.

Toodles for now... see your on the flip side!