Made me laugh – a description of readers magnification

Caddis Eyewear offered this description of magnifications for Reading Glasses (readers, cheaters, magnifiers, blue light glasess)

dievca just started to laugh…see below. XO

 0.00: No magnification.

1.00: If you’re new to corrective eyewear, 40 or older, or believe that you don’t need glasses and you’re at least 45 years old, start with a 1.00. In the last several years we wish we had a buck for every time one of our friends said , “Cool company…but I don’t need reading glasses..” then we handed them a pair of 1.00 and without fail, “Holy shit!….this is awesome”. This is the gateway drug, game changer magnification level most start with.

1.50: As you begin to recognize the need, and eventual addiction, to seeing things clear again, you’ll want to upgrade and have a pair of +1.50 around. There are times of the day where the extra boost is welcomed.

2.00: More than likely, you’re already a buyer and user of corrective eyewear, so from here on out, you have some idea of what you need. More times than not, your first rodeo is not with a set of +2.00. You’ve probably flirted with the tower of shame at CVS, Walgreens, Krogers, etc.…the one that sits between the Dr. Scholls display and the Sonicare refill kits. You probably didn’t feel all that awesome…our goal is to change all that.

2.50: Varsity league user. We don’t need to tell you anything that you don’t already know. We also want to thank you for being a model citizen for those who will come after you. You’re a pioneer.

3.00: We got one word for our people in this group…… Magoo. You know who you are, and you know what we mean. Who loves you….we do. Caddis has a Magoo user on their team at headquarters, known as the Secret Squirrel, he sends you all a fist bump.


A sweet start to the Chinese New Year~

bunny cup

The Pet Friends mugs can be found at Interismo – dievca prefers the Fox mug, but one should go with the season! XO


As a former…

Cat CalendarScreenshot 2023-01-22 093047parent/owner/servant to two cats who made it to 20 -years-old, dievca finds this Cat Calendar from the US Army Corp of Engineers Portland District – masterful.

Look, Print or Download a copy here!


Simple in the City

After a few years of taking care of aging parents, COVID and body changes – dievca lost interest in Fashion or even a closet revamp.  she’s been coming out of her shell and leaning towards a more practical closet.  Things seem to be coming together because she feels like she can reach in to the closet and find something to wear.  That’s the point, right?

(click on the item to see a larger image and the brand)


Origami Bags from Yee Si

  • Designer foldable leather crossbody bag / handbag
  • Crafted with double-layer cowhide leather
  • Customized silver-tone hardware
  • Handcrafted collapsible bag body
  • A magnetic snap top closure
  • Adopted the luxury stitching technique of watch band making
  • A removable & adjustable 19.7- 21.7 in / 50-55 cm shoulder strap
  • 7.5 x 4.7 x2.4 inch, 19 x 12 x 6 cm
  • $265

Originating in NYC, YEE SI is the first brand to create a line of strictly foldable handbags. We are minimalistic in our forms, and aim to serve consumers, regardless of gender, age, or occupation. Our bags are ubiquitous bags – the fashionable yet functional option to replace a bag for each occasion. YEE SI specializes in designing foldable handbags by considering geometry and linearity, converting from three dimensions to a flat surface in a second. Once folded, the space our bags take up decreases by 70%. Our bags are ideal for a life on the go and for frequent fliers.  They easily fit into your suitcase, drawers, or closets.

YEE SI records all of our design elements and investigates new potential sustainable materials trending every season to incorporate into our designs. We are stringent on quality control that enhances foldability and versatility.  Each handbag is constructed to be durable enough to maintain its original structure. Every style is the result of continuous experiments, long hours of calculations, research, and numerous improvements to optimize portability and its ability to fold. YEE SI handpicks only quality materials, utilizes advanced machinery, and embellishes with detailed hardware from artisans well versed in luxury goods. Our handbags have a classic appearance and durability to last years.

Our products are gaining popularity among bloggers and celebrities in New York and around the world since its launch in 2017. YEE SI was invited to show in designers’ collaborations during NYFW and officially promoted by NYFW’s media platforms. Additionally, we received notable press exposure.  We had an exhibit at Paris Design Week and have been featured in a Japan NHK TV interview.  We’ve also been nominated as the “Most Popular Designer Brand” at Beijing Design Week and also featured in Vogue Business, ELLE, Popsugar, Refinery 29, Wallpaper, Designboom, and other well-known publications.

In its fifth year in the fashion industry, YEE SI has come a long way to achieve what we promised to consumers. Our journey encompassed many days and nights of brainstorming and discussions, countless communications with factories for quality assurance, and serious consideration of every customer’s feedback. YEE SI is always looking to transmute and evolve. We always appreciate feedback from our loyal customers. YEE SI handbags embody all of our passion, love, and effort in an optimal package.

See the bags at YEE SI


The Brown Wren reappears!

In 2014, dievca posted about a practical outfit for a practical dievca coded in the color brown. 6 years later (almost 7), she has upgraded the “Brown Wren” look for cold weather with Banana Republic’s help (and a 40% off one day sale…)


Lunch with Friends Holiday Party

Watching the World Cup and Chatting outfit for Harlem, NYC:

Hostess Gift on sale at Anthropologie:

Holiday Gift Anthropologie


What you would really like — then reality returns

Master asked His dievca what she would like for Christmas.  A loaded question…

dievca would love these earrings as a gift for anything:

dievca 302 Fine Jewelery $3000+

They are the 302 Fine Jewelry “Stay Flirty” Natural Diamond & Rainbow Gemstone Graduated Dangle Earrings 14K Yellow White Rose Gold at a whopping $3714.99

Which brings us to the Reality part of dievca’s Christmas Wishlist (click on the photos for descriptions):

 Other options dievca offered to Master:

  • Wine
  • A Facial – the average price of a facial in NYC is $150
  • Mani/Pedi 
  • Cafe Grumpy or Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks gift card for traveling
  • Dinner/Lunch out after seeing the FIT Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic exhibit
  • Nike Air Max 97 or 98 (either model works) size Women’s 7.5 – open to any color. Works for the knee. On sale is good.

Knowing Master – it will be something completely different and just as awesome.


Prada Pearls

Prada Pearls

BDSM dressing for the Holidays!


Dinner problems…

dievca had a lovely evening – but she is learning that her body changes include how much her stomach can hold.  she though she was being mindful with the amount of rich food she was eating.  she didn’t eat before she arrived. she had done a good amount movement throughout the day, but the amount of food and drink she consumed killed her.  It might have been the full glass of water and two generous pours of wine.  Perhaps one has to be even more mindful, next time.

The good news was that the rain stopped, plus dievca’s Host and Hostess had no idea of her distress.

Again, a lovely evening – not quite as formal as dievca thought, and dievca got to trim a full Christmas Tree!
Remember, dievca has a Charlie Brown Tree in her apartment…

What dievca wore:


Something for the Christmas Stocking

Planet Bike Strap Light
Something for Holiday Giving

dievca’s had these velcro/elastic band lights for a couple of years. They are rechargeable, easy to add and remove when needed. she puts them on her arm, her backpack, her bike, her ankle – whatever needs to be seen. Runners, Cyclists, Strollers, Kids, Adults can use them.

Something inexpensive,
$12.95 for two on Amazon

Something of Use


Fascination

Part of the enjoyment of heading to Miami, FL is people watching.  dievca got an eyeful when sitting in the lounge before the flight and kept watching her target through the flight and the exit from the plane.

An Asian Lady arrived in the lounge with her highlighted hair in a low bun, but the see-thru lace skirt (over black underwear or bikini bottoms) and rhinestone sunglasses and sunglass strap caught dievca’s eye.  Note: the subject was about the same age as dievca.  Here’s her “NYC-Miami” travel look:

The lady had no coat on in NYC, no need for one in Miami. That see-thru skirt was something. And traveling in heels?  Her hair was shaken out and fluffed after the flight.
dievca’s simple black layers were tediously boring in comparison!
So, when dievca realized that she forgot sunglasses – she decided she needed  to add Rhinestones to her Life and a cheap pair of Foster Grants from CVS  fit the bill. XO

Florida Foster Grant Pink Burgundy Rhinestone Sunglasses


The more you know: dublé

dublé

A spoon rest (also known as a dublé) is a piece of kitchenware that serves as a place to lay spoons and other cooking utensils, to prevent cooking fluids from getting onto countertops, as well as keeping the spoon from touching any contaminants that might be on the counter.

Perhaps a simple gift for Thanksgiving or the Holidays? (click on the photos for brand and prices)


Ticking the boxes for Autumn 2022 by shopping your closet

Here are dievca’s offerings:

√√ Wide Leg Faux Leather Pants
√ Fair Isle Sweater
√ Chunky Shoes
√ Camera Bag
√ Wood Eyeglass Frames
√ Cashmere / Wool Baseball Cap
√ Over-sized Coat
√ Over-sized Chain Necklace
√ Pearls

What’s in your closet that works for 2022?
dievca bets that there are some fabulous pieces!


Rein in the Spending? Normcore and a ~

20221031_160751Reining in didn’t work on dievca’s end….she spent her pennies.

dievca’s friend wanted to visit the “American Vintage” store in SoHo because she saw it in Amsterdam and liked their offerings.  This comes after dievca’s Dutch friend mentioned that she really liked the brand and asked dievca if she had heard of it.  It’s not an American brand,  it’s French.  dievca would describe it as a more expensive version of the Gap or something similar to Vince.

The offerings are an example of:

Normcore

Normcore is a unisex fashion trend characterized by unpretentious, average-looking clothing. Normcore fashion includes jeans, t-shirts, sweats, button-downs, and sneakers. Clothing is considered to be normcore when it is attractive and comfortable and is viewed as “normal” by the majority of people.

Normcore is a portmanteau of the words normal and hardcore. The word first appeared in a guest strip by Ryan Estrada for the webcomic Templar, Arizona in 2008 and was later employed by K-HOLE, a trend forecasting group, in an October 2013 report called “Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom”.

As used by K-HOLE, the word normcore referred to an attitude, not a particular code of dress. It was intended to mean “finding liberation in being nothing special.” (Sounds like the Swedish “Langom”) However, a piece in New York magazine by author Fiona Duncan that began popularizing the term in February 2014  conflated it with what K-HOLE referred to as “Acting Basic”, a concept which involved dressing neutrally to avoid standing out. It was this sense of normcore which gained popular usage. The characters featured on the television series Seinfeld are frequently cited as exemplifying the aesthetics and ethos of normcore fashion.

The word normcore was named runner-up for neologism of the year by the Oxford University Press in 2014. It was added to the AP Stylebook in 2016.

Anyways, dievca bought this American Vintage Puffer coat in Bear – honestly, it looks better in person:

Normcore wearers are people who do not wish to distinguish themselves from others by their clothing. This is not to mean that they are unfashionable people who wear whatever comes to hand, but that they consciously choose clothes that are functional and undistinguished. The “normcore” trend has been interpreted as a reaction to fashion oversaturation resulting from ever faster-changing fashion trends.

Normcore clothes include everyday items of casual wear such as t-shirts, hoodies, polos, short-sleeved shirts, jeans and chino pants, but not items such as neckties or blouses. These clothes are worn by men and women alike, making normcore a unisex style.

Clothes that meet the “normcore” description are mainly sold by large fashion and retail chains such as The Gap, Jack & Jones, Superdry, Jigsaw, and Esprit. They are generally cheaply produced in East Asian countries. Many other retailers such as Marc O’Polo, Woolrich, Desigual, Closed, and Scotch & Soda produce normcore-like clothes combined with individual design ideas.

Normcore is exactly how Master dresses – He buys excellent quality, but He doesn’t want to stand out.

dievca did get her Normcore “Flourish” piece at LeSportSac, the Floral Camo Helmet Bag:


Venturing out – Shopping in SoHo

You can tell two items:

  1. Master is traveling and out of the picture, so dievca doesn’t feel submissive – she’s not running “ladylike”.
  2. dievca’s knee is feeling better because she is more willing to walk the City.

This Sunday?  Shopping in SoHo with a friend – dievca is supposed to be the responsible human who helps her friend put on the brakes for spending.   Really? dievca’s not sure that she is the best person for this job description…

Weather today: a high of 63 F (17 C) and sunny.

Sounds like Sweater weather with option to strip off layers – dievca is going “old school” with a late 80’s early 90’s College vibe: (And, yes, the knee brace is an accessory – it fits under her jeans and helps dievca walk longer).


Something of Use – Inexpensive / Right-Size Crossbody

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Quince Croco Leather Crossbody Bag

dievca looked at the Clare V. Midi Sac as a crossbody bag ($375) – black is no longer an option on the website and eBay wasn’t offering anything. dievca did get a Clare V. Woven Shoulder strap on eBay for a good price, but no useful bag was forthcoming…

Clare V. Crossbody-Strap Multi

Since she couldn’t find the Clare V. bag, dievca opened up her search and was led to a bag with high reviews on the Quince website ($99.90):  

Quince W-BAG-4-CRC_0226

A beautiful Italian leather crossbody bag. Handcrafted in Florence, Italy from 100% Italian top grain leather.  Luxury quality for an approachable price.  The size and shape of the bag make it extremely useful – an easy carry on the days dievca doesn’t need a backpack.  dievca thinks its better than the Clare V. shape for her curvy body.  She’s able to use the Clare V. woven shoulder strap and the price of $99.90 is much better than $375.

Something of Use!


Last minute invite – a Gala

At, 3:42 pm yesterday, dievca received an invitation to a show, cocktail party and dinner as a fundraiser tonight.  she has 1 hour to get dressed at work, then to the theatre.  The good news is dievca’s hair is a blunt cut bob which won’t take much fiddling, she can get her face washed and made up in five minutes.  It’s what to wear that is the challenge.

The 2nd piece of good news is that the fundraiser does not require “heavy duty” glamour…but the weather has been unpredictable…

(all items in this post are labelled – click on the photo for a good look and the Brand)

Here are dievca’s 1st thought “easy” options:

Adding Shoes:

At this point in her Life, dievca will need two not very glamourous items:

No time for a Mani/Pedi, but no one goes wrong with a good Lipstick:

Who knows which way the jewelry will go:

Clutch options are easy:

But the coat or wrap depends upon the weather:

Wish dievca luck!


Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday

Today is Sunday, so please conduct yourself accordingly.  Sleep in, sip tea, lay around in your pajamas, listen to good music, and indulge yourself in an afternoon nap.

~Uknown

Lazy Sunday CandleMartin Margiela – REPLICA – Lazy Sunday Mornings Candle  $65 at Sephora


What to wear scrambling around the City

This outfit is not glamourous – but it went from work, to a coop showing, walking with the knee brace underneath, to a dance performance. Practical and clean-lined would be the descriptors:

Click on the photos for the description of the items.


Columbus Day (observed) & Leif Erikson Day.

Norwegian CoffeeColumbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere, and a federal holiday in the United States, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

There is the argument that the first person to step foot in the America’s is Leif Erikson:

Leif Erikson Day is an annual observance that occurs on October 9. It honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who led the first Europeans thought to have set foot in continental North America.

Leif Erikson Day is commemorated on October 9 in honor of the ship Restauration, which arrived in New York on October 9, 1825, from Norway. This marked the beginning of organized immigration from Norway to the United States.

One of dievca’s Sister-In-Laws is of Norwegian descent. dievca remembers the Grandmother coming to her Brother’s wedding in full Norwegian Folk Dress with a braided crown. Fabulous.

Wait! she forgot! Master is 1/2 Norwegian, too. Sending a little love~


Rally Cap

rally cap is a baseball cap worn inside-out and backwards or in some other unconventional manner by players and/or fans to will a team to a come-from-behind victory late in a game. The rally cap is primarily a baseball superstition but has been adopted in various forms in other sports such as hockey.

Hmmm~

dievca just thought it was wearing your team hat with pride during a tough stretch in the season.

Gucci-Wool-Hat-NY-Yankees-Patch

Her Cubbie Bears are out, the Mets are painful to watch – so she’ll join Team Yankee because she can wear the Gucci Knit Yankees Winter Hat she won on auction. A little sports and fashion moment….

The NY Mets fans might want to try wearing a true rally hat to give their team some help. XO


dievca desires (no, not that – clothing)

dievca is selling off her closet to revamp her selections.  she is up to $1500 via eBay and continuing the process — here is what she is considering for purchase:

Here’s the good news – things that she already owns that work with this year’s trends:


Personalized with Cocks

Available on Etsy in Black, Brown and White with your name. (Click Here)


Presenting in the Pink of the Moment

It’s everywhere – its not subtle.
A POP of color to bring Joy.
Is there such a thing as a BOLD submissive?
Yes, when Presenting for your Master or Mistress

(click on photos for brands)


Look Closely…

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Coffee and Cock – this submissive’s Monday Morning Dream.


🤔 Thinking this one over…yeah…No.

For living in NYC, dievca loves color.  It must be a Midwestern leftover – but she sprinkles color accents around her NYC black daily.  And when she has a Gala – no LBD – COLORPOP!

Anyways, this watch came to her attention:

Private Label London Ceramic Rolex Watch $24000
Then she ran into sticker shock – $24,000 (the bottom watch is $26,700).
Apparently its a Rolex Watch with a Ceramic Coating which voids the Rolex Warranty – here’s the description from PRIVATE LABEL LONDON:

Collection Description

Spekt Sorbet Collection, Unique Ceramic Coating, Also available in six other colours
What each watch comes with

Original Rolex: Warranty Card, Warranty Booklet, Swing Tag + Two Year Private Label Warranty Card
Key Disclaimer

Private Label London Dubai is an independent company. Personalisation & customisations are private commissions and not authorised or endorsed by the original manufacturers. Customised & personalised watches void any original manufactures warranty. All custom warranties are the sole responsibility of Private Label London.

This item is Final Sale

Composition: steel

Guess this will NOT be dievca’s Birthday Gift.

Private Label London Ceramic Rolex Watch blue $26000


Organic

dievca is finding that she is starting to furnish her apartment with softer, organic items. Perhaps to blunt the edge of the City. The newest addition is the large Candle from Anthropologie ($178 on sale for $49.99).

  • Mangowood Table – Miami, FL
  • Felt Plant Holders used as Storage from Aveva – Malmö, Sweden
  • Pillow from ConcreteWall – Norway
  • Amber Lewis for Anthropologie large Candle – Made in Vietnam

Keeping your Cadence – something of use

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Photo: dievca Cadence Travel Containers 08/2022

dievca travels – not heavily, but about 10+ trips (short and long) a year. she spotted these travel containers from Cadence to organize her “fluids” + “odds and ends”. They work wonderfully well for short trips and storing items for the “quick” grab of last minute travel. They do run out for longer trips, unless you double up on the units of storage.

Cadence Travel Capsules

The Capsules are customizable, leakproof, magnetic containers designed to maintain your routines – home and away.

You can buy the containers singly or in packs – choosing your color(s) and labels.

As you can see, dievca went for a multi-colored approach as well as different labels. This has to do with her not being able to see well without glasses or contacts. If you can see — a single colored set of containers with different labels would be very elegant!

Mix and Match – take what you need.
Something of Use.

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Photo: dievca Cadence Travel Containers 08/2022


Classy or Tacky? just a bit of fun! (Paul Smith)

Paul Smith Wallet

dievca was searching for a replacement wallet on eBay.  Her search term was “Paul Smith Wallet” and Paul Smith items with Naked Ladies on the interior kept popping up (Click Here) .
Is it tacky? cheeky? a bit of fun? or sleaze?
Whatever~ it made dievca laugh, though she doesn’t think Master would be interested.