Female New Yorkers are boot lovers. The Men wear boots, too, but the women live in boots for 3 out of 4 seasons. The Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot has its place in many a small NYC closet. This versatile style has a forgiving design which allows for large calves to be hugged in comfort.
SOMETHING OF USE ~ dievca has 3 pairs squished in her closet:
The 5050 style launched in 1993, and the legendary over-the-knee boot has long garnered a reputation — and a major celebrity following — for its flawless, comfortable fit and minimalist, sophisticated sensibility. With its distinctive half-and-half construction, featuring a leather or suede front and stretch fabric back, the 5050 continues to live up to the title of “icon” in a world where that word is endlessly overused; it can be paired with any style, any occasion, any genre, any decade.
Like many fashion icons, it only gets better with time. Cut to Fall 2021, Stuart Weitzman debuts a new 5050 Capsule Collection in celebration of its 35th anniversary, featuring new interpretations of this boot, designed to match whatever mood you’re in.
The aptly named 5050 HIGHSHINE dials up the glamour with more than 300 crystal embellishments hand-applied to each pair. Pearl embellishments give the look an ultra-feminine take with the 5050 LIFT PEARL. Silver-tone studs on the 5050 LIFT STUDS offer a punk vibe. The 5050 FRINGE with cascading fringe detail nods to the must-have cowboy boot trend, while the 5050 LIFT WOVEN boot ups the craftsmanship quotient with each pair taking no less than 14 hours to create using handwoven leather (no two are the same). The 5050 LIFT and the 5050 ULTRALIFT boot provide extra height to boost your strut — a 35-mm platform and 50-mm platform, respectively.
dievca is pondering if her closet can hold a fringe pair or the platform…
Photography: Luke Abby
Styling: Jenny Haapala
Hair: Ro Morgan
Makeup: Christine Cherbonnier
Model: Alicia Herbeth (Elite NY)
DP and editing: Olivier Lessard
Video VFX: James Buongiorno
Production: Will Foster and Peter Schwab
Styling assistants: Olivia Jakubik and Dominique Upshaw
Hair assistant: Kuki Alrawi
Studio: Highline Stages
A new lease of life for tattoos
Etched into our skin for thousands of years, tattoos have become artistic as well as aesthetic. A phenomenon that has broken all the boundaries of fashion.
For a long time, tattoos conjured up the tribal images of ancient cultures and exotic peoples, with enormous symbols covering the arms, backs and torsos of Polynesian, Maori and Japanese people, for example. And rightly so: for centuries, tattoos represented a rite of passage, symbols of protection or a sign of belonging to a particular clan or tribe.
Until the trend took off again around 1990 to 2000. From the shower of tiny stars on the back of Rihanna’s neck to the giant words and patterns on David Beckham’s body, these permanent markings have become extremely fashionable. The Musée du Quai Branly in Paris hosted an exhibition on tattoos in 2015.
As a way to stand out from the crowd or express your personality, tattoos have become like a second skin. They can be proudly shown off, or reserved for only the most intimate views.
A day of little sleep.
A day of barely functioning.
A day of minimal production.
A day of of waste?
Or was it a day of healing?
~putting one foot in front of the other~
Photo: Lane Coder - Underwater Photography
It was a quick trip to Mom, 4 days. Packed a lot into the time. POA shift, moved Mom on to hospice, need a new hospital bed – motor died (made do with a log and seat cushion to change the angles for Mom), attempted to get quality WiFi (need a new router), attempted to get the gardens/yard into some semblance of order (including picking up 15 cigarette butts on the driveway from a caregiver – what is wrong with people. Are they born in a barn? We have a cigarette repository out there.), maintenance man/snow removal man is no longer working – looking for help (Note his kid moved away and they no longer need to store his classic car in the garage…hmmm? Maybe that had something to do with being unavailable…), cleaned the odd places in the house and the upstairs as best as possible.
Grocery shopped at night and saw ⇑⇑⇑ the MOON!
It’s Full this Evening. Don’t forget to shake your wallet at the Moon!
And think of dievca flying home late tonight. XO
You take what you can find at dievca’s Mom’s House.
Last night dievca found this:
Who on God’s Earth brought this over?
And this afternoon she found this:
A staple at a Chicago Cubs Game~
Both offerings are rough around the edges – but in a pinch, they’ll do~
dievca’s running to the Grocery store late tonight – the next visit won’t be as desperate.
PS. Her Mom is doing relatively well.
dievca is a huge fan of Baggu Bags and has used a couple of them until they actually wore out! She’ll replace them at some point, but as a change of pace – she ran into these recycled taffeta, embroidered totes:
The typical American family uses 1,500 plastic bags every year. But thanks to designer Lauren DiCioccio, you can cut down on waste and look really cool doing it. Her funky embroidered fabric bag was inspired by San Francisco’s 2007 plastic bag ban. She keeps the same cheerful “thank you” messages on each bag, but uses recycled taffeta instead of plastic. Take one out next time you’re shopping or offer one as a gift to pass along the Earth-loving vibes. They (the family/friends or Host/Hostess) can reuse and reduce ‘til it wears out. Made in San Francisco.
100% Recycled Polyester Taffeta Fabric Bag, Polyester Thread
20″ L x 13″ H
Machine wash, spot treat stains with stain stick or similar spray and wash, hang to dry
Less expensive and more practical than the Alexander Wang Rhinestone Bag version!
For a submissive (or partner) who has sensitive nipples – tactile play can become very erotic. Seeing hard nipples erupt through a soft sweater is inviting and enticing. Touching and playing with those nipples – may shoot Joy through both Top and bottom.
If you cannot get your nipples to harden by cold or pinching and want to visually please your partner there are:
And if you don’t have access to nipples at the moment – you can create a boob handwarmer with upcycled cashmere (click photo for link)!
dievca looks at the Housing Works eShop website once in awhile for a little inexpensive retail therapy. You have to have time and an open mind, but something might gel.
$107.00 bought dievca:
- Pringle Argyle Cashmere Sweater in brown (vintage) $30
- Columbia Down Vest in brown (used) $17
- Plaid Converse Chuck Taylor Slip-Ons in brown (new) $25
- COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in grey $15 (new)
- COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in white $15 (new)
- Blue Q ‘Get the Hell Out of My Kitchen’ sock $5 (new) – a gift for a friend
she’ll match the first 4 items with:
- MIH Jeans
- Stand Studio Kala Faux Leather Overcoat in dark Green $515 on sale for $87.55
- Tomas Maier Pony Hair Backpack
- RE/done upcycled Blue Jean Mask
For a quirky, yet interesting combination in the City. Master will be laughing at dievca’s Midwestern homage~
We really need to get out of COVID cozy and head back to Ladylike…
What is your Design on a Dime style?
(Let dievca know and she’ll post it!)
Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.
What to do during the Retrograde…
The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.
So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip.
wear JEWELS FOR BAD JUJU
The necklace shown above has a sparkly gem trio which was curated to purportedly counteract the perils of astrology’s most notorious season. Smoky quartz and fluorite stones are said to ward off negativity, while blue lace agate is thought to provide calm during this astrological aggravator’s more stressful moments. Handmade in California.
Juraté Brown and Johnna Green = Jurate Los Angeles
Crystals: 0.63″ L x 0.15″ W each
A "Thank You" to the 2021 Farmer's Almanac
Sheridan’s Coffee Layered Liqueur was first introduced in 1994. It is produced in Dublin by Thomas Sheridan & Sons. One section is filled with a black liqueur, consisting of coffee and whiskey flavors, while the other is filled with a white liqueur of milk white chocolate.
How to enjoy.
Serve in a Rocks glass or tumbler by first pouring in the black liqueur, and then gently floating the white liqueur on the surface of the liquid. This makes the perfect layered drink, Irish Coffee-style, and you can garnish with white and dark chocolate pieces.
dievca had it in Ireland when it first came out and has asked Master to get her a bottle whenever He travels to Ireland.
she’s running out…XO
dievca was asked to help a young adult (sophomore) and the student/Mother are trying to get a schedule together…. dievca offered 11 am or 2:30 pm on Saturday. The kid can’t make it because she schedules ‘sleepover’s’ on Friday nights…. but, then she wants to try 6 am during the week.
Look, if you cannot get going by 11 am on a Saturday – you will not make 6 am during the week.
And a ‘sleepover’? at age 15/16? Sometimes NYC befuddles dievca’s Midwestern brain.
DELICATE STRENGTH – renewal in bondage
Bondage Butterfly Oversized Crewneck Sweatshirt made with Japanese cotton lyocell terry in an acid black wash. Oversized fit sweatshirt with light distressing at ribs. Sweatshirt has been washed with acid and stones to make the garment soft to the touch. $450
Only Hearts offers a Whisper of Black Cherry for your Sir or Madame’s delight:
Only Hearts: Whisper Sweet Nothings Coucou Bodysuit – Black Cherry
dievca has 6 pairs of boots sitting on the kitchen table sorted for resale. They are favorite boots that were a size 7-7.5, she now needs a size 8 to hold her right foot.
Here’s what is leaving – you’ve seen these on the blog (roll over the photos to see the brands):
dievca had success on eBay finding the Rodeo Brava Motorcycle Boots in the next size ($40), she’s eye-balling the Roberto del Carlo blue suede boots on eBay, two sizes up – nib.
she’d like to get a pair of cowboy boots and the red ones above caught her eye, they are the Free People New Frontiers Western Boots in red $148. she thought they would make Master laugh. He is always entertained by dievca’s boots.
But dievca cannot justify buying those cute red boots because she owns these Chloe Rylee Python Booties in red:
Lyric night of the lingering Indian Summer,
Shadowy fields that are scentless but full of singing,
Never a bird, but the passionless chant of insects,
The grasshopper’s horn, and far-off, high in the maples,
The wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence
Under a moon waning and worn, broken,
Tired with summer.
Let me remember you, voices of little insects,
Weeds in the moonlight, fields that are tangled with asters,
Let me remember, soon will the winter be on us,
Snow-hushed and heavy.
Over my soul murmur your mute benediction,
While I gaze, O fields that rest after harvest,
As those who part look long in the eyes they lean to,
Lest they forget them.
Sara Teasdale — Originally published in Poetry, March 1914.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (1960)
a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.“a catch-22 situation”OK – maybe coffee is not dependent upon me…
dievca had a friend come up earlier in the week and ask if she would like to go to the US Open. Yes, absolutely! she had never been to the Open.
The day after Storm Ida steamrolled low areas of NYC, dievca checked the subway schedule to see if the 7 train was still up and running. It was, the track runs above ground in Queens.
The trip was easy, people were chill walking in to the facility. They checked vaccine qualifications and bags before the ticket check – it rolled along quickly. Getting a cocktail was a bit trickier, but offering a nice tip for a bartender who slipped them in guaranteed service for the future.
The best part?
The luck of the draw chose the match, dievca and her friends were able to watch and boldness helped them sit closer, it was:
The match was good fun. The Dutchman offered some challenge to Djokovic and it gave you a good sense of what 10 years of experience offers in Tennis. Smart shots. BTW, those serves went up to 126 mph – crazy!
The second match was #75 Amanda Ansimova (USA) vs #4 Karolina Pliskova (CZK) and both were more evenly matched – it got to be a long match, so dievca had to head home.
Because the Met’s game was letting out at the same time, the MTA ran an express train into Manhattan – which skimmed 20 minutes off the trip. dievca didn’t know she could run that fast anymore to catch a train!
Western Belt Print Bag – and ode to Impact Play or Bondage
A bag to carry your accoutrements: thudders and stingers or buckled cuffs and collars
Paul Smith‘s Western Belt Print will offer a lot of additional room for water, towels, a change of clothes, etc. A fun, tongue in cheek nod to your pleasurable inclinations!
~Something of Use~
Update – the bag sold on August 2nd…sorry, dievca was too slow…
So your female submissive is in her 40’s to 50’s and her levels of hormones have been shifting all over the place.
One bonus might be a drop in estrogen which causes the progesterone levels rise, triggering her nipples to be more sensitive. Perhaps her nipples have been a non-entity for years and now they are front and center – literally – shape and size. Something that has been numb in the past, has become incredibly touchy – which makes for another dimension in play.
Go cautiously, but the bodily change might offer diversity and delight for both Dominant and submissive!
dievca has found one positive aspect of perimenopause and Master ran with it!
Loup Charmant Gathered Shorty in Blue
- Cotton gauze layers float lightly with motion
- Deep back shows sexy shoulders and low cleavage
- Easy access for your Sir or Madam
dievca will Presenting for Master in a yellow version – she has a tan from traveling and its the one time she can wear yellow successfully. In a seduction manner, too.
Yes, its ridiculous in the realm of Life and Life’s current challenges – but – dievca finally feels like she has mastered a comfortable & clean look for traveling. A personal success.
Why is it always easier to get things done to Classic Rock? At least for dievca~
Maybe its because every Saturday growing up – her family’s home had to be cleaned from top to bottom. It was the 1970’s, dievca’s brothers played Rock Music doing chores. dievca is like Pavlov’s Dog – you put the Classic Rock on and she cranks out the work…
Here’s the last song:
Or is everyone streaming content? Netflix, AppleTV, peacock, Disney+, etc.
Does broadcast television exist anymore?
Where does one start when you haven’t watched a “show” in years?
dievca was working under the theory that she would watch TV when her body couldn’t move anymore.
she’d catch up on all the movies she hadn’t seen or watch “Sex in the City” for the 1st time.
Now there is too much content.
Analyze to Paralyze…
God, is the World passing dievca by? or can she catch a ride on the next trend?
Anyone out there feeling the same?
Absolutely not complaining – dievca is grateful.
Just a little behind…ok, a lot behind.
What was added:
- Back to work the afternoon of the “Red Eye” flight, thought there would be three days grace.
- Caught up with Master – always an important Joy
- Sold three eBay items while traveling, needed to ship immediately and the printer is out of ink
- Sold four more items last night, again, no ink.
- Co-workers begging to cram in meetings before Labor Day.
- Most important, trying to get to Mom
How is your weekend shaping up?
- Black lace bodice
- White silk slip
- Sheer Black Robe
- Ornate rings and wrist cuff jewelry
- Fluffy Hair
- Red Lip
- Leopard Print throw to lounge on
There is a lot going on in this Presentation. dievca imagines the look hides imperfections, yet offers an opportunity to play dressed or peel the onion-layers to find a gift. she’ll be digging through the closet to recreate something similar for Master.
Does anyone know who the Actress/Starlet is?
A trip to the Zoo
A rinse at a beach shower
Red Eye Home
It’s been a lovely trip, but its nice to get back to Master.
Photos: dievca Coronado, CA 08/2021