Temperatures hit 91 F (33 C) on the day dievca and Master met for sushi, but the evening was cooler and as the sun went down the temperature was lovely.
dievca had dressed for comfort in a hand-blocked organic cotton caftan + red sneakers for her knee.
Click on the photos for the brands
dievca’s Dad and Mom grew up poor, so when Dad started to make a bit of money he wanted to try all kinds of activities that he associated with people who had a bit more money – tennis, bridge, etc. Both of dievca’s parents ended up playing tennis for a long time, but only dievca’s Mom got into Bridge.
she was a demon at it
Bridge players play weekly or more. Depending on how many tables are going – each participant will host a Bridge Party monthly or bi-monthly. These hostings would include food or a meal. And in dievca’s Mom’s case – lunch could be a Waldorf Salad or Phyllo dough individual Chicken Pot Pies.
Coffee service was involved.
dievca’s Mom used a percolator and she always said the coffee was considered excellent. So, dievca was looking for the percolator when she closed up her Mom’s house and never found it. she thinks it might have been a General Electric version.
Does anyone have any experience with an electric percolator – vintage GE in particular?
Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̂ːɡɔm]) is
a Swedish word meaning “just the right amount”.
The word can be variously translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, “just enough”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts). Whereas words like sufficient and average suggest some degree of abstinence, scarcity, or failure, lagom carries the connotation of appropriateness, although not necessarily perfection. The archetypical Swedish proverb “Lagom är bäst“, literally “The right amount is best”, is also translated as “Enough is as good as a feast” or as “There is virtue in moderation”.
In terms of a NYC apartment – the word Lagom is appropriate. You need enough, but not too much of everything.
aveva – felted wool home goods based out of Malmö, Sweden has helped dievca with “just enough” storage in the apartment.
A plant bucket holds dievca’s workout gear
(yoga block, jump rope, bands, lacrosse ball, pinky ball, etc).
A tote bag holds her road bike and swimming gear
(helmet, clothing, shoes, gloves, suits, goggles, etc.)
Subtle softness and colors blend into the NYC skyline without a jarring effect and are easy to reach.
Items can be found at EUROPEAN Bliss (click here).
Star On Your Forehead
My Star Is Rising!
Aim For The Stars
Stars In You Eyes
How lovely for the Sweep of Summer.
Chain Collars from Saint Laurent, Outfit from Zimmerman.
Your Master of Mistress would be proud. XO
From Matches Fashion:
Curated By Marie-Louise Sciò
Who better to showcase enviable looks for a Roman holiday than the CEO & Creative Director of the Pellicano Hotels Group and ISSIMO, as she tours her hometown with her close friend and stylist, Robert Rabensteiner?
Baby Shower (above – click on photos for Brands)
To a Swim
To an MRI for the knee
To a Gala (below – click on photos for Brands, note the emergency flip flops for the knee)
dievca hit the gamut of actives
No expressions until the caffeine gets delivered effectively!
Kinda looks like the ACNE Studios Face
Here’s the story behind the ACNE Studios Face:
Acne’s creative director and co-founder, Jonny Johannson, has been adding the symbol to a range of expertly crafted essentials.
“We were doing a fitting for a show and we didn’t have a bag—you always have to have a bag when you do a show. So I took a piece of paper and I drew this Swedish guy. Instead of a smiley, I drew a square face from a straight line and two dots for eyes.”
“And that’s how it came to be, just an ordinary Swedish citizen. Not too happy, not too sad, but somewhere in between. Lagom in Swedish. Since then he appeared on other things and became bigger and bigger in the collections, and rather than let it get out of hand, I thought he has to officially belong in the Acne family; I started thinking about what family means to me, and what is important within families.”
“I was thinking about my own family and how at one point in our family history we were all dressing the same as one another. From there I started thinking about what the modern family is today, which is how the concept came up.”
The face has remained a part of the Acne Studios family and now has its own seasonal collections.
Thank you to “High Snobiety”.
dievca’s current backpack – its holding up well!
Something of Use.
Damien Hirst Umbrella (black) – Limited Issue to holders of The Currency – HENI.
There are a few versions and variations of this rhyming couplet. The most common modern version is:
Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.
Similar rhymes can be found in many societies, including ancient Greece and ancient Rome. The modern English language rhyme can be dated to at least the 17th century when James Howell in his collection of proverbs noted:
Rain rain go to Spain: fair weather come again.
A version very similar to the modern version was noted by John Aubrey in 1687 as used by “little children” to “charm away the Rain…”:
Rain Rain go away,
Come again on Saturday.
A wide variety of alternatives have been recorded including: “Midsummer day”, “washing day”, “Christmas Day” and “Martha’s wedding day”.
In the mid-19th century James Orchard Halliwell collected and published the version:
Rain, rain, go away
Come again another day
Little Arthur wants to play.
In a book from the late 19th century, the lyrics are as follows:
Little Johnny wants to play.
dievca took a photo of her new MUUÑ basket bag – its measurements are length: 20 cm / width: 10 cm / height: 14 cm. Very adorable and ladylike for summer. dievca started playing with effects on her new phone and ended up saving the photo with the effect above and losing the original photo (it’s the user, not the phone…)
Anyways, this French Brand is trying to do good in the World by creating a sustainable bag, handmade and utilizing an underrepresented workforce. A lovely piece for Summer (photo below).
The straw base is hand-weaved with resistant elephant grass, taking 2 or 3 days of work.
. This bag is finished and assembled in our workshop in France.
. The inside pouch is sewed by people with disabilities working for ISTA.
As MUUÑ bags are handmade products, variations in shape or size may happen.
Straw bag with a removable pouch.
Hand and shoulder bag.
HANDMADE IN GHANA.
Jazzing up your MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!
dievca has a very good friend who encases her phone in this:
she can’t find a coffee mug embellished with those large crystals, so she’s looking at the colorful one above… Hmmm, maybe dievca could make the mug for her friend – a little DIY project. Something to ponder.
In researching sparkly, glittery gifts for her IRL friend – dievca started to think about another blogger, a virtual friend, a “little” who loves color and bling.
“Cinnamon and Sparkles” has stepped away from the WordPress account with that handle (vanillawithatouchofcinnamon.wordpress.com) and her Cinnamon email account is closed. dievca is wishing her the best and sending love her way if she stops by for a peek. XO
Reusable shopping tote from Baggu in Earth Snoopy $12
thecollarshop.com: Every time you buy from The Collar Shop you know that you are buying a handcrafted, custom piece made to your specifications. All items have adjustability built-in, so please be sure to read the FAQ on how to properly measure and order.
Carl Durkow Candles from SSENSE $45
Does anyone else see anal plugs and dildos in these candle shapes or is dievca just thinking SEX?
Back on her home turf – dievca attended that Event that required “Cocktail Attire” The weather was warmer than the fully sequinned velvet dress could handle, but cool enough to handle a velvet corduroy.
So, dievca wore:
- Sies Marjan Velvet Corduroy Dress
- Khaite OTK Black Patent Leather Boots
- BREE Black Patent Leather Clutch
- Spinelli Kilcollin Ring
- Justine Clenquet X Opening Ceremony Earrings
- Zero + Maria Cornejo Black Corduroy Bea Coat
- Chanel Red Lipstick
- Simple make-up because of dievca’s slight tan from Miami
- Straight hair to frame the earrings
dievca felt very comfortable which always allows someone to present better. It was nice to get out. Oh, yeah – the mask for the Uber:
- Judith Leiber Grey Swarovski Crystal Mask
REPOST from 2014
April Fool’s Day sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.
Ancient Cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1. In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
There are problems with this explanation: 1.) This doesn’t fully account for the spread of April Fools’ Day to other European countries. The Gregorian Calendar was not adopted by England until 1752 and April Fools’ Day was already well established. 2.) We have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.
Either way the French call April 1 Poisson d’Avril, or “April Fish.” French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered.
(Click on the photos for a closer look)
dievca caught the UK/Japan Curling at the Olympics. she was astounded at the flexibility and delicate motions of the throw and the aggressive actions of sweeping. That said, she was entertained when she found this coffee cup on Etsy:
Does this dress work as Cocktail Attire?
Cocktail attire is meant to bridge the gap between day and night. It is still an occasion to dress up, but a full-length gown is not necessary. This merges the silhouette of a garden party dress (shorter) with the fabric and embellishments of a formal gown. Think somewhere between a sophisticated formal occasion and office or party wear.
Still, with so much ambiguity, cocktail attire could mean different things depending on the venue, the time of day, and the season.
During the day, think natural colors and fresh styles and in the evening, feel free to utilize darker hues and embellishments such as sequins or feathers (so long as your dress doesn’t sweep the floor). The goal is to look polished and dressy – but not takeaway from the event
Ladies: When in doubt, a LBD, a pair of sensible heels or dressy flats, some nice earrings, and a classy clutch will always work for a cocktail event, no matter the venue or time of day. In addition to a traditional cocktail dress, women can also wear dressy suits or nice jumpsuits paired with heels or formal flats.
Gentlemen: a suit and tie are required for cocktail attire. Go with darker hues in chillier months or for evening events, but feel free to wear lighter grays or blues in warmer weather or for daytime celebrations. As for shoes, keep it classy with a nice pair of dark dress shoes that match your belt.
OK – now dievca’s dilemma — does she wear the Retrofete Grace Dress in Chocolate (above photo) or not? It’s a quieter color, but completely covered in sequins….
- The venue is a smaller Event Space.
- A Mixed Audience.
- The dress fits very well.
- It’s in the middle of March – Weather could be cold or warm…
Here’s plan: dievca will be trying on the dress with ACNE STUDIOS snakeskin sandals if its warm and carry the brown JALDA croc clutch (her’s is darker than the photo)
If its cold or dievca’s legs look scary without sun… Sheer Nude or Brown stockings with Brown Heels or OTK Brown Boots.
Time to carry that coffee with elegance and ease!
A leather and faux tortoise shell chain coffee carrier
will complete your look!
From Etsy shop “i am fem“
dievca has found herself gravitating towards a lot of Green – her recent purchases have triggered an analysis of her closet…she has a LOT of green. she wears a LOT of green. she would like a LOT of green. It’s a bit of a strange color – but its something that works with her coloring.
Here’s the recent purchases:
On top of what she owns:
Add what she would like:
Quite overwhelming, huh?
dievca hasn’t offered any suggestions for Collars and Leads in a long time.
she ran into this elegant Versace Medusa set on MyTheresa for sale –
but only the small is available.
You can find Medium and Larges on other sites.
Very elegant for your submissive.
Fashioned in Black Leather, featuring gleaming golden hardware that includes iconic Medusa head studs, it comes with a adjustable buckle fasten on the doubled collar, allowing you to adjust the fit for your submissives’s comfort.
materials: brass, leather, fabric
size & fit
Length of size S = 59cm-23″
Length of size M = 65cm-25.5″
Length of size L = 74cm-29
Around the age of 37, dievca starting to become obsessive about matching underwear. The underwear itself matched and the underwear would match or contrast, in a pleasing manner, with an outfit.
Then she was matching her bags (backpacks mostly) to her outfits. Her gloves and hats always match.
This matching process has recently gotten worse.
dievca is matching her coffee thermos or water bottle to her outfit.
When did she realize that she was doing this? When she moved her coffee from a green hydroflask to a blue one before leaving for work because she was wearing blue. And when it was commented that her green rhinestone water bottle matched her sweater and coat another day.
Is this a control issue? A statement? A way to be soothing?
Does dievca feel ugly, so she is trying to present herself in a more organized manner?
Jesus – who knows. It’s bizarre and so unimportant in the context of Life. But, she finds herself doing it.
The Winter Olympics have started and dievca has pulled out her Ralph Lauren Olympic Rings Hat!
What is your favorite Winter Olympics Event to watch?
dievca has too many to mention – she admires great athletes.
GO TEAM USA!
BOTTEGA VENETA – Mini Pouch in Chenille
Mini-mop effect twisted chenille clutch with strap
• Single compartment
• Magnetic frame closure
Material: 100% Nylon
• Lining: Lambskin
• Hardware: Silver finish
• Height: 17 cm | 6.7″
• Width: 29 cm | 11.4″
• Depth: 12 cm | 4.7″
• Strap drop: 66 cm | 26″
Made in: Italy
dievca spotted a crossbody bag on sale from a fun French Brand, Jamin Puech. she thought it was depicting sardines and was thrown into dreams and memories of Portugal. she wants to buy the bag for a friend who is a foodie and enjoyed with sardines with dievca. It’s still a bit dear at €207.00 on sale when she is not sure if her friend will wear sequins.
Click here if you are interested in the bag – there are 4 colorways:
By the way, the bag is called SPRAT. Which is a different fish than Sardines:
Sprats are recognized for their nutritional value, as they contain high levels of polyunsaturated fats, considered beneficial to the human diet. They are eaten in many places around the world. Sprats are sometimes passed off as other fish; products sold as having been prepared from anchovies (since the 19th century) and others sold as sardines sometimes are prepared from sprats, as the authentic ones once were less accessible. They are known for their smooth flavour and are easy to mistake for baby sardines. Wiki
Yes. Yes, it is what you think it might be. Yes, there is a whole website dedicated to this animal part harvested and processed in accordance with the Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service rules and regulations. www.rooballs.com
dievca was doing a gentle wander around the after Christmas sales and ran into this on the Huckberry website. she didn’t believe it until she looked up the “brand” RooBalls!.
If someone can explain the appeal for any of the products – deivca would be grateful. (i.e. yesterday was Boxing day and Kangaroos can box…) Please note that she is always up for someone being able to make a $, Australian or otherwise, she just feels these products may be a reach. OK, obviously not.
dievca will be moving on to having that Christmas cookie with wine now…XO
As Omicron moves into NYC – venues and events are being closed/canceled. dievca’s Holiday Gala was an early casualty. Too bad it was canceled after she had bought the dress…
Here was the plan:
–Dries van Noten Red Drape Dress
–John Galliano Heels
–Perrin Le Rond Bag Blue
–Ben-Amun Cabochon Earrings
–Vintage Emerald Ring
–Dainty Dagger Sapphire Ring
OK, Plan B – wear the dress to Master’s and have a smaller personal Gala!
Have you seen the Tabletop Fireplaces?
- Offers all the benefits of a regular sized fireplace in a compact, portable design
- Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
- Utilizes isopropyl alcohol for a clean burn that doesn’t create soot and is safe to eat over
- Built from a nearly magical cement material that doesn’t overheat or crumble after hours of exposure to heat
- With only five ounces of isopropyl alcohol, you can achieve 50 minutes of burn time
- Excellent accent piece in the home to add functional ambiance
- The FLIKR Personal Fireplace is $99
You can also build your own DIY tabletop Fireplace:
An ethanol fireplace (also bio-ethanol fireplace, bio fireplace), is a type of fireplace which burns ethanol fuel. They are often installed without a chimney. Ethanol for these fires is often marketed as bioethanol (ethanol produced from biomass).
A simple glass ethanol burner or spirit lamp The main part of the fireplace is the burner. The burner is a container filled with fuel – in this case a thick glass votive. It is surrounded by glass marbles and glass pieces held in a concrete container.
In dievca’s case: she doesn’t have a car, so getting to a Wal-Mart or Michael’s for the pieces is awkward. If you have a car – the process will be much easier and cheaper to make the fireplace, rather than purchasing one online.
BTW: Ethanol fireplaces should be operated with care, since ethanol is highly flammable, and severe burn accidents can happen, mostly while refilling or lighting the fireplace, even when safety instructions are followed. Emissions from ethanol fireplaces include carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate emissions, which are released into the room.
Ethanol fireplaces — irrespective of the type of fuel used — are a source of fine and ultrafine particles and have a considerable influence on the quality of the indoor air; ventilation reduces the effect. Ethanol may also generate odors. Burning hydrocarbons causes indoor air pollution. Emissions include airborne particulate matter (such as black carbon) and nitrogen oxides. These harm health; some forms of fuel are more harmful than others.