Finding some Joy~ suggestions

It’s been grey in NYC. dievca has tried to find a bit of sunshine to get through the day. Her Zadig & Voltaire “Amour” Sweater has been pulled out and put to use:

 

But, she needs more…

Here’s where she is going, maybe a couple of suggestions will speak to you:

  • Talk to kids.
  • Play with kids.
  • Play like a kid.
  • Learn something new (play a new sport or game, learn how to cook a new dish).
  • Get outside, visit nature.
  • Breathe Deep.
  • Smell a Rose.
  • Help someone in a small way (by carrying their groceries or help them up the stairs).
  • Wear a favorite outfit.
  • Spend time with your pet.
  • Travel.
  • Nurture romance (spend time just kissing your partner, buy a surprise gift, write a love letter).
  • Lose yourself in a great book.
  • Laugh and smile, no matter how you’re feeling.
  • Sing out loud.
  • Connect authentically with friends and family, sharing your vulnerabilities and happiness.
  • Dance. If you can’t dance, just skip, gallop or run.
  • Look around your World and appreciate it.
  • Pay a compliment to a total stranger.
  • Listen to “feel good” music.
  • Serve others. Volunteer.
  • Exercise.
  • Set a goal, then work to reach it.
  • Enjoy the silence.
  • Write a thank you letter or call someone for no particular reason other than just to say “I appreciate you.”
  • Get messy (go barefoot, play in the sand).
  • Eat a healthy meal.
  • Offer to teach someone a new skill.
  • Read a poem.
  • Turn your errands into an adventure  (make a game out of finding the shortest route through the store or spotting a VW bug while driving there).
  • Take a nap in the sun.
  • Ask someone for help and appreciate their sharing.
  • Watch a favorite old movie for the hundredth time.
  • Discover a new smell.
  • Cuddle.
  • Get rid of stuff. (Give to friends/family, resell, and donate – lightening your load and making someone else’s life better.)
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset.
  • Make a commitment to change a bad habit, then do it.
  • Create something.
  • Eat a cupcake.
  • Spend an evening by candlelight.
  • Take a walk in the rain.

Or, maybe, try this sweater:

(click photo to purchase)


Hmm, a gentle reminder…

Of your Master or Mistress’ Ankle Cuffs.
You serve splendidly,
and it’s lovely to show it in public.
Pretty in Pink Satin Cuffs by Attico $217

(side note: Actually Master doesn’t use ankle cuffs much with dievca, he likes turn her forwards and backwards, lift her legs, have her kneel, etc. Wearing these cuffs would be a unfamilar experience for her. How ’bout you? XO)

Longing for a bygone era when exquisite, feminine glamour reigned supreme? Newly minted Italian label Attico is here, and it’s what dreams are made of.

THE ATTICO STORY

Italian street-style darlings Gilda Ambrosio and Giorgia Tordini launched Attico in February 2016 saying that they “wanted to bring robes to the streets”, and when the results are as chic as this, no one is complaining. Translating to penthouse from Italian, “Attico” speaks to the demure, boudoir-inspired mood of the label. Drawing inspiration from vintage interior design and peignoir robes, each piece has an extravagant opulence to it that ensures your entrance will be a memorable one.

Attico Sabrina Striped sequin dress


Seen on the Subway: naturalization test prep

Handwritten notes in two languages,
Mouth moving to the English,
Handsome fretwork glasses,
Clean and neat.

I wish you Good Luck,
In your Quest,
On your Test,
To become a US Citizen.

Us, past immigrants,
And Lady Liberty,
Bid you Welcome,
With open arms.

Photo: dievca 04/2017 “6 Train neighbor”


Brains behind the Bazooms!

Betty Brosmer (bio below)

Both men and women are obsessed with breasts.  Men tend to ogle women’s “head lights,” while women wish for a different size than what they carry. Florence Williams authored an entire book on the subject in 2012, in which she said that the average bra size has grown from a 34B to a 36C in the last 15 years.

Yet, according to sales data and customer surveys collected by national lingerie retailer Intimacy, the average American cup size has gone from 34 B in 1983 to a whopping 34 DD in 2013.

34DD? Really?

The change might be due to better education on bra fit, breast augmentation, and obesity. And a woman’s breast size can reveal more than just how big (or small) her breasts are — it can speak volumes when it comes to her personality and lifestyle.

Intimacy (and Cosabella) believe that the demand for larger sizes comes from a mix of better customer service and an awareness among the customers themselves. “Instead of forcing D+ breasts into A to D cup bras, women are beginning to purchase larger cup sizes (G cup, for example) that actually fit properly,” said a rep. “[Twenty years ago] the American market carried less than 20 sizes, so women with bigger breasts squeezed into bras that were two or more cup sizes too small. Therefore, the idea that breast size is increasing is perhaps slightly inflated due to women actually purchasing larger (and more accurate) bras for themselves.”

BIGGER BREASTS, HIGHER IQ

Contrary to popular and unfounded belief, large-breasted women actually have higher intelligence than their less-endowed counterparts. A 2011 University of Chicago study found larger-breasted women scored an average of 10 points higher than other women in IQ tests. Women with average-sized breasts also scored higher than those who were the smallest size in the group. The women were divided into five categories based on their breast measurements: extra-large, large, medium, small, and extra-small breast sizes.

It has not yet been determined why the correlation between breast size and intelligence may exist, but it’s suspected to have something to do with sex hormone levels. They help determine a woman’s breast size. Also, it could be linked to the possibility about natural selection where intelligent men prefer larger breasted women for reproductive partners to ensure their offspring will inherit a larger breast size and higher intelligence.

Lisabeth Scott

Top photo:  Betty Brosmer is the co-founder of Shape magazine, which has been the number-one women’s health magazine for decades. Now in her late 70s, Brosmer continues to write two magazine columns that are syndicated worldwide and seen by several million people each month.

Bottom photo: Lisabeth Scott went back to school at USC when she was in her 40’s and her film career was finished.  She became involved with Real Estate.

A Thank You to “Racked” —Erika Graham 


Dungeon East, Dungeon West

dievca has never played in a Dungeon. Master isn’t into sharing space and going to clubs or BDSM activities.  We just live it as we can and use our homes.

But, dievca ran into these options on the West Coast. A Dungeon you can rent for yourself. By appointment only.  For a couple of hours, for an evening, for a sleepover – clean elegant lines with options.  She was entranced by the ideas – something she would like Master to consider.  And perhaps something for your Sir/Mistress/submissive/slave.

XO

Dungeon East

http://dtladungeon.com/

And if you and your Sir/Mistress prefer something darker, more moody for play.  The sister site (and original) is:

Dungeon West

http://dungeonlosangeles.com/

Photos from the Internet

Spring Blossoms

Bee to the blossom,
moth to the flame;
Each to his passion;
what’s in a name?
~Helen Hunt Jackson

Photos: dievca 04/2017
The smell of the Blossoms catch dievca each Spring. she has to stop and take a moment to immerse herself in the Joy.


An 80’s sweater drives the plan for Farmer’s Market

It’s been grey, than sunny, cool then warm…layers were the call for the day.
To counteract the dreary weather, the plan started with a POP of color from a vintage I.MAGNIN aqua cashmere sweater.

The pickings at the 79th Street Greenmarket were either left overs from autumn (apples) or early Spring offerings. dievca picked up a Foodie’s Favorite:
RAMPS

she had never heard of the coveted Spring Onion, but she can tell you that the smell and taste of them is divine. Something dievca will be sharing with Master, asap.

A little about Ramps from http://www.wildwestvirginiaramps.com:

Allium tricoccum (commonly known as ramps or wild leeks) is an early spring vegetable, a perennial wild onion with a strong garlic-like odor and a pronounced onion flavor. Wild Ramps are found across eastern North America, from the U.S. state of South Carolina to Canada. They are popular in the cuisines of the rural uplands of the American South, and also in the Canadian province of Quebec.

Both the white lower leaf stalks and the broad green leaves are edible.

In Canada, ramps are considered rare delicacies. Since the growth of Wild Ramps is not as widespread as in Appalachia and because of destructive human practices, ramps are a threatened species in Quebec. Allium tricoccum is a protected species under Quebec legislation. A person may have Wild Ramps in his or her possession outside the plant’s natural environment, or may harvest it for the purposes of personal consumption in an annual quantity not exceeding 200 grams of any of its parts or a maximum of 50 bulbs or 50 plants, provided those activities do not take place in a park within the meaning of the National Parks Act.