Looking for a Host/Hostess gift? something of use

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:

EMROIDERED THANK YOU TOTE

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.
MADE FROM
100% Recycled Polyester Taffeta Fabric Bag, Polyester Thread
MEASUREMENTS
20″ L x 13″ H
CARE
Machine wash, spot treat stains with stain stick or similar spray and wash, hang to dry
PRICE
$38.00

Less expensive and more practical than the Alexander Wang Rhinestone Bag version!

Alexander Wang Thank You Bag


Belt Print Holdall – Paul Smith


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…


Cali-vibe, NYC style

Two dinners with friends!


BoomBoom Beach with Bembien

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Something of Use!

A bag with heart. A bag for the Beach! Entirely hand-woven with plastic recycled off the beaches of Bali and repurposed into a gorgeous tote to treasure forever. No stranger to sand and salt, the Jolene is perfect for beach days. Toss in your towel and book of Proust enjoy your day in the sun. 100% handwoven recycled plastic 14” x 10.5” . It’s $211 and available in Cherry, Pearl, Sky and Black. There is a medium size, too for $175

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What the Customs Duty paid for~

  • Dries van Noten Teal Crocodile Derby’s $890 for $366 (now $240 – size 38 run more like an 8.5)
  • Dries van Noten Snakeskin Platform Sandals $885 for $646 (sold out elsewhere)
  • Laura Manoogian Brown Bow Pants $350 for $249 (Cheaper elsewhere, but the size was too large for dievca)

The Derby’s were too large, so they had to be returned. The pants will be worn in the Winter – they are a heavy knit.

The Sandals are being worn on this trip with:

  • Eddie Bauer White Jeans $80 for $55 
  • Dries van Noten Floral Tee Shirt  eBay $80

The customs re-imbursement bought:

 

  • Dries van Noten purple knit bra and briefs $220 for $114 and $280 for $109
  • Acne Studios Star Bag $250 for $98
  • Pearls Before Swine Simple Silver Ring Set $250 for $137

Now, before you pass judgement on the amount spent…remember that dievca sold items this month at Buffalo Exchange for $300, the RealReal for $1250, and has 6 items out to Decades in LA. Plus two items have sold on eBay during dievca’s travels = $200.

$1488 bought, $1750 sold + with more listed.

And if you are interested – Master thinks dievca’s machinations for reducing and rebuilding her closet are hilarious. 

“Diversity, dievca, Diversity”


Smooth Travel

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The backpack takes the load, the Nikes carry the load, the sweater keeps it warm, the linen keeps it cool, the spandex allows flexibility. dievca wore black incase something gets spilled on the plane, plus its forgiving on body type so she didn’t look too sloppy.


A knotty (naughty) solution

Uses: The Figure 8 Knot provides a quick and convenient stopper knot to prevent a line sliding out of sight, e.g., up inside the mast. Its virtue is that, even after it has been jammed tightly against a block, it doesn’t bind; it can be undone easily. This virtue is also, occasionally, a vice. The Figure 8 Knot can fall undone and then has to be retied.


Pictures of Overhand Knot

Overhand Knot

Comparison: The Figure 8 Knot should be compared to other common stopper knots. It is much better than the simple Overhand Knot which is smaller and can bind so tightly that it can be really difficult to undo. However, the Double Overhand Knot, the Stevedore Stopper Knot, and the Ashley Stopper Knot, all make better Stopper knots because they are larger and more stable. For slippery ropes the EStar Stopper Knot is the best.

The Figure 8 “forget me knot” makes for a lovely Bondage/ Shibari Key Chain.
By Corey Moranis – link below.

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The Things You Find – Harry Potter BDSM

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Via TheRooster.com – Harry Potter words describing BDSM actions seems to be thriving in Colorado (2018) as a kind of code for BDSM to be brought up in conversation:

Muggles – People who have tame non-kinky sex (Vanilla)

Wizards – Dominants

witches – submissives

Wand – Sex Toy

Azkaban – Sex Dungeon

Aguamenti – When you’re super wet.

Gillyweed – When you go down on someone for a long time and need that extra lung capacity.

Death Eater – A rimjob.

Longbottom – Ass play.

Unicorns – Swingers or a bi-girl who is down for threesomes.

The Dark Mark – A spanking.

Ravenclaw – Mindfuck play.

Scourgify – Commanding a sub to clean up after sex.

Following that theme – we can bring in some BDSM objects to show your Harry Potter House Loyalties:

Harry Potter Colors

For Rope Bondage:

Harry Potter Bondage Rope Colors

For Discipline – Leather Floggers:

Harry Potter House Long Flogger

Time to breakout your Harry Potter Lingerie!


extremement hermes les extraits – locked

Something of Use showing your BDSM leanings from Hermes.
15 hours till the Housingworks Auction End for this offering above, currently $128.

Description
* Silver-tone metal construction
* 7.5ml
* Contains some fragrance
* Spray functionality
* Includes original velvet logo pouch
* Marked on bottom
* Imported
* Signs of wear, including surface scratches and dings

Dimensions
2.25″W x 3.25″H x .75″D

Or you can buy one on eBay for $288


Lusting after something ridiculous…

1227 giant floor lamp by Anglepoise is a triple sized lamp designed to celebrate the 70th birthday of Original 1227 lamp
When dievca stayed in the new hotel on Roosevelt Island earlier this month, she fell in lust with an immense floor lamp:
1227 giant floor lamp by Anglepoise is a triple-sized lamp designed to celebrate the 70th birthday of Original 1227 lamp
The lighting was amazing, the lamp is quirky, fun and would fit her 13 foot ceilings. Too bad the price was around $4000+.

Maybe, some day, dievca will get a pre-loved version.  Right now, she needs to save her $ for a new sleeper sofa.  Her current one was a floor sample, 15 years ago from IKEA. It is on its last legs, even with a newer cover. Sigh

1227 giant floor lamp by Anglepoise is a triple sized lamp designed to celebrate the 70th birthday of Original 1227 lamp yellow

Click on the photo to purchase from Design Within Reach – colorways: Dove Grey, Jet Black, Marine Blue, Crimson Red, Blossom Pink, Duck Egg Blue, Citrus Yellow and Alpine White. $4100

 


Dressing with Road Rash

After watching the chaos of two crashes on the first day of the Tour de France. dievca has complete empathy with anyone who has road rash.  Between the gauze dressings, ointments, sensitivity to the sun – its can be hard to dress with Road Rash.

In the heat of the NYC Summer, dievca normally wears dresses.  The loss of skin on her shin makes that an awkward dressing option.  she did find an elegant and comfortable option. Plus, it will work for today’s 2021 NYC PRIDE PARADE!

  • Club Monaco Jandina Navy Blue Linen Jersey Split Collar Shirt $98.50Suzie Kondi Organic Cotton French Terry Wide Leg Navy Blue PantsTory Burch 70's Flip Flops Navy $99Michael Kors 2021 Pride MaskClub Monaco Jarinda Navy Blue Linen Split Neck Top $98
  • Suzie Kondi Organic Cotton Terry Navy Wide-Leg Pants $225
  • Tory Burch 70’s Navy Suede Flip Flops $98
  • Michael Kors Pride 2021 Mask $28.50

dievca added the MACHETE Chain Collar and Anklet

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Cat Eyes

Machete Jewelry Cat Eye Sunglasses and chainThis set of MACHETE sunglasses
and chunky chain are a lovely homage to:

Click on the photos to “who” and what year!

If you are interested in getting the look,  check out MACHETE’s offerings.

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Offering pleasure~

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Staying cool with watermelon & LOEWE

Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit that’s also good for you.

It contains only 46 calories per cup but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds.

  1. Helps you hydrate
  2. Contains:
    • Vitamin C: 21% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
    • Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
    • Potassium: 5% of the RDI
    • Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
    • Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3% of the RDI

    Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.

  3. Contains compounds that may fight cancer
  4. May improve heart health
  5. May lower inflammation and oxidative stress
  6. May help prevent Macular Degeneration
  7. May help muscle soreness
  8. Is good for skin and hair
  9. Can improve digestion

While eating your way to health – it might be fun to wear a Watermelon via LOEWE!


One hit elegance – something of use

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Its always a challenge to carry a watermelon home from the Grocery Store – especially when you are walking.

Japanese designer, Tsuchiya Kaban, leather bag provides an elegant, luxury vessel tote around your fruit. Holding one round watermelon, the carrier was crafted by Yusuke Kadoi as part of a project titled “The Fun of Carrying”, which encouraged designers to create playful, inventive items as side projects.

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The bag is just a concept – if it was put into production, there may be an audience for it!

Photos: Tsuchiya Kaban 2020

Out and Beyond

When you are “Old School”, wireless headphones are beyond your ken. The white skinny things dangling from one’s ears or the black squat plugs – both not visually appealing.

dievca has been sticking with her Frends Layla Headphones in Oil Slick and she still gets compliments – even with the old school wires.

Then she dreamed of the seashore – desperate for a Holiday on the beach. Dreaming that she was picking up sea shells:

When it was actually an attractive wireless earphone by Planet Beyond:

she actually bought them (without the additional jewelry) and has them charging to work. Wish her luck with the “Planet Beyond” experience. No review offered – yet.

Lightweight and ergonomic, PB01X wireless Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds are attractive in both design and sound with sophisticated stereo sound quality. With two beamforming mic arrays, IPX5 sweat and water resistance, PB01X is ideal for long-wearing audio entertainment anywhere. Packaged in a sleek case, these earbuds slip in your pocket and attain a full charge in 1 hour. A full charge equates to 5 hours of continuous play and 160 hours of standby power.

• Features noise reducing microphone for calls and in-app voice recording.

• Choose your fit. Planet Beyond earbuds come with three silicone tip sizes—small, medium and large—for the most comfortable listening experience. 

• Compatible with Apple and Android devices. Planet Beyond pairs to you.

• Available in stainless steel, rose gold tone metal, or yellow gold tone metal.

• Fully charged travel charging case and earbuds supports 30 hours of use.

• Crafted from sustainably sourced recycled metals.


48F (9C) + rain on a beach + Memorial = what to wear?

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Photo: dievca NYC 05/30/2021

And now you know dievca’s BIG question this morning….
What crap weather for the start of Summer.
Practical is kicking in:


A subtle BDSM touch for your home Bar

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CB2 Brass Padlock Bottle Opener:
Upping the ante on opening a beer.
A handsome way to subtly show your BDSM leanings at your Bar cart.
One sale for $9.99, click link above to purchase.
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May Flowers with Rifle Paper Co. Umbrellas

Burberry Umbrella jpegMissoni Minimatic Mimetico Umbrella2dievca’s Missoni and Burberry fold-up umbrella’s are flipping inside out and the handles are getting gummy – it might be time to look into a new folding umbrella.

Rifle Paper Co. is offering four lovely editions:

From Top Left: Camont, Garden Party, Strawberry Fields, Marguerite

DETAILS
Printed in full color
40″ open diameter
17⅛” closed length
Auto open
Wooden duck handle
Folds up to a portable size
Matching storage sleeve
Imported
$38.00

Rifle Paper Co. was founded in 2009 by husband-wife team Nathan and Anna Bond. Over the last 10 years, we have grown our company from two people to over 150. Our world is full of bold colors, hand-painted florals, and whimsical characters—and our goal is to create quality products that bring beauty to the everyday.


Shopping the closet worked…

dievca didn’t look pregnant and received multiple compliments on the dress. Note – its been long enough since Melania Trump wore the Big Pink Dress (2017) and its still in style. Plus, it was the perfect choice for an outdoor event.

Wipe the sweat off that brow – whew!


A travelling / traveling we will go~

Ok, its traveling in the mind.
A journey to grow as a Human via education and re-branding.
A journal is needed to keep the ideas and pieces together.
Especially when you are ‘old school’ and work better with paper and pen 🙄  ~

Smythson “The Only Way is Up” Chelsea Journal in Navy Lambskin

  • Smythson Navy cross-grain lambskin journal.
  • Features “The Only Way is Up” around the right corner.
  • 144 leaves of gilt-edged, pale blue Featherweight paper.
  • Dimensions: W11.2 x H16.7cm / W4.4 x H6.6″.
  • Made in England.
Designer
About Smythson:
Established in 1887, Smythson represents over 125 years of British luxury leather goods at their most refined.
Proud holder of three Royal Warrants, Smythson products encompass a wide range of elegantly designed items for men and women, handcrafted with only the highest quality, carefully sourced leathers. Inspired by Frank Smythson’s original diary design from 1908, the Chelsea collection bears the same cross-grain leather used over a century ago. Embodying a selection of lightweight handbags, business and travel accessories, this coveted collection ensures you depart in style, wherever you choose to venture.

Replacement

Sometimes you are clumsy when you are in a hurry.

Sometimes you are just clumsy and cannot get it together.

Knocking the water carafe off of the counter after you had just thought “watch that water carafe” comes under the second listing…. A b*tich to clean-up, too.

And then you find something beautiful to replace it and you worry about breaking. Sigh.

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SGHR Sugahara

Hand Blown Japanese Bedside Carafe & Tumbler Set

The blue carafe/cup is really elegant and the good news is you can replace the cup separately from the carafe in case something happens. Perfect for Ms. Clumsy.


Taking it to the next level

GOOD MORNING!


And the coffee gave me some weird visions

Look Human Butt Mushroom Coffee Cup

Not sure dievca would like to look at this cup in the morning…..


They made such a to-do

Jill Biden Tightsabout Jill Biden’s tights…and dievca immediately thought “Rock It, Lady”!

The First Lady is 69-years-old and giving her personal fashion a go  – its right up there with the octogenarian NY-ers dievca loves seeing – they are killing it with their leopard tights.

dievca wants to be bold in her aging and Master loves stockings. Akira Chicago was offering really fun fishnet tights to help her process.

akira-rhinestone-detail-mesh-fish-net-tight_black_2 Uhh, apparently the Akira tights are sold out. Here is another pair from ASOS by Ann Summers.


Replacing ‘Something of Use’ after 29 years

In a Past Life, dievca received a set of melamine mixing bowls from Crate and Barrel as a gift.

The bowls have been through multiple moves, lived in Europe, have been dropped, washed, held salads and made cookies numerous times.  Like everything else, 29 years of weekly wear has taken a toll.  The pouring spouts are chipped, the rubber holders on the bottom are deteriorating and, yet, dievca is holding on to them.

Why?  The bowl portion itself has not cracked and Melamine is categorized under Class #7 on the list of Plastic Resin Codes. This means that it is a widely used plastic that does not fit into the more commonly used #1-6 classifications and should not be thrown in your recycling bin. Melamine cannot be melted for recycling like other plastics.

The bowls are a modern classic. Created by Danish designers – Rosti in 1954, the Margrethe bowl was produced and named after then Princess Margrethe, the current queen of Denmark. The easy-care melamine mixing bowls have ergonomic handles, pouring spouts and a non-skid ring at the bottom.

dievca looked up the bowls on the Crate and Barrel website and they are still listed for sale.  In fact, they now come with lids – that wasn’t available the first time around. The price? $39.95

The question is….can dievca throw away the still usable bowls and all the memories attached to them.

We’ll see.

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Weighted Blankets helping hot flashes? (Something of use)

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Although other medical conditions can cause them, hot flashes most commonly are due to menopause — the time when menstrual periods become irregular and eventually stop. In fact, hot flashes are the most common symptom of the menopausal transition.

During a hot flash, you might have:

  • A sudden feeling of warmth spreading through your chest, neck and face
  • A flushed appearance with red, blotchy skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Perspiration, mostly on your upper body
  • A chilled feeling as the hot flash lets up
  • Feelings of anxiety

The frequency and intensity of hot flashes vary among women. Hot flashes may be mild or so intense that they disrupt daily activities. They can happen at any time of day or night. Nighttime hot flashes (night sweats) may wake you from sleep and can cause long-term sleep disruptions.

Weighted blankets are therapeutic blankets that weigh between 5 to 30 pounds. The pressure from the extra weight mimics a therapeutic technique called deep pressure stimulation.

Deep pressure stimulation uses hands-on pressure to relax the nervous system. Doing so may help:

  • relieve pain
  • lessen anxiety
  • improve mood

Deep pressure stimulation doesn’t have to be completely hands on. With weighted blankets, the same pressure comes from having the blanket wrapped around the body.

dievca learned about weighted blankets from a friend in Europe who is a Therapist – they issue the blankets to their patients. dievca bought one because the color made her happy, it matched her bedding and she thought she would try it while napping~

she didn’t realize that it would became important a part of her strategy to get deep sleep during perimenopause~

Numbers – as a trend, don’t lie. 

Though dievca sleeps 7-8 hours a night — according to her watch, she wasn’t going into the “deep sleep” phase  for very long.  she could feel that she needed something more for healing and weight loss. dievca modified her eating/drinking patterns, bed time consistency, showering pattern, etc.  Not working.  The “hot flashes” got her at the end of a sleep cycle throughout the night, every time – and minimal deep sleep (5-10 min a night) occurred only at the beginning of the night.  

Enter the weighted blanket….

Add 15 min – 1 hour of deep sleep.  

“Hot Flashes” still occur towards morning – but there are less blocks of wake-up time between sleep cycles.

You may be asking – “Doesn’t the weighted blanket make you hotter?”

Bearaby sunbeam-velvet-napperdievca’s Bearaby Velvet Napper has a large weave with “holes” for air flow and she pushes it off as much as any other blanket during a “hot flash”.  You do have to be careful because the blanket is heavy and one can strain a muscle if you don’t pay attention. (Yes, it happened.) But, the time underneath that weighted blanket yields longer and consistent “deep sleep” which is where a body can heal.

Something of use.


Can someone explain?

Why someone would be interested in using this Supreme SS16 Brass Key Chain?

dievca doesn’t get it.

Yes, she knows people wouldn’t understand why she has a fluffy fur ball keychain~


Don’t forget to wear Green!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day


Pearls for the Girls

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Or Boys – if they are in the mood.
A little décor for the push forward to Vaccineland.
Dressing for indoor dining could be fun!
Akira – Chicago