the completed seaglass project

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Interesting, right?  Its the “French Blue” Jelly Color with the Matte top coat.  Apparently, the color has been renamed as “Morningtide”.  Two ladies stopped on the sidewalk to comment on dievca’s nails as she took the photo.  They liked the combination…


Sea glass for Summer

seaglassnails-IMARNINAILS Instagram dievca is not a “nail goddess”, she’s not going to be on the cover of a magazine showing off her manicure (each of her nails is a different shape)
dievca is interested in this nail trend for Summer – “Sea Glass”

“Sea glass” is physically and chemically weathered glass found on beaches along bodies of salt water. These weathering processes produce natural frosted glass.

Is there a difference between sea glass and beach glass?

sea-glass-primer-1“Genuine sea glass” can be collected as a hobby and is used for decoration, most commonly in jewelry. “Beach glass” comes from fresh water and is often less frosted in appearance than sea glass. Sea glass takes 20 to 40 years, and sometimes as much as 100 to 200 years, to acquire its characteristic texture and shape.

Sea glass nails are exactly what they sound like: a semi-sheer, cool-toned manicure with a matte finish like a piece of glass that has been swept around in the ocean for months, if not years.

Jelly polishes, which give nails a sheer, translucent wash of color reminiscent of Jell-O, are ideal for creating the see-through charm of sea glass. Jelly colors are what makes sea glass nails unique from other pastel manicures. The finish is sheer so one can still see through it after two coats. dievca plans to use Cirque Colors Jelly in Aqua, Jade and French Blue, finishing with  Orly Matte Topcoat to complete the sea glass look (Note: its recommended that you use a fast dry top coat before the matte coat for longer wear).

dievca has everything ordered from online and will let you know how the “sea glass nails” step out goes!

Photo: sea glass nails from IMARNINAILS @instagram
A "Thank You" to the website BYRDIE for guiding dievca to a cool trend!

A little help from science

Screenshot_20230511_203151_Chromedievca ran track through high school (sprinter, high jump) and the school trainer was a very kind man who assisted injured athletes from various sports. He had a pat answer for the tricky question female athletes would ask about dieting in the 1980’s —>

This comment came back into dievca’s mind as she cruised through perimenopause  and into menopause, she felt like she was eating everything she saw – like a seagull. 

Now, dievca is ending her second week of Estradiol (HRT) and her appetite has dropped and is much more under control.  Yes, her breasts may get larger, hopefully her weight may shift out of her belly – but its the feeling that her joints are moving more freely (#1) and her overwhelming desire for food has diminished (#2) that is making her feel very happy relieved.

Note: the addition of progesterone will happen in 2 weeks. (helps protect from breast cancer and helps with sleep)

Is this a placebo effect?  Who knows, who cares – its a positive change in dievca’s life. 

Illustration by “Beast Flaps” a UK artist who has books available on the Amazon UK site.


Ducks in a Row

Gentlemen – this post is going to talk about Women’s Health, Menopause, Hormones, etc.  If you are not curious, dievca completely understands.  she would suggest if you have a Lady or female submissive in your life – consider her age and what she might be dealing with via aging and read on.

Grandmother Granddaughter

Photo: of  Maggie Patterson (at 20) matched up with her Grandmothers photo - Reddit 10 years ago.

So, dievca is getting her “ducks in a row”.  she gone to the GYN, has a mammogram scheduled for next week.  she’s written down the cancer history of her family, spoken to her female cousins (as she has no sisters and her Aunts are dead), read the research on HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), had a discussion with three Doctors, spoken with Master (he knows her body best), her periods have been gone for a year.

Her hot flashes are not bad, she sleeps reasonably well (wakes 6 times), her brain fog is minimal, her build doesn’t lean towards osteoporosis, sexual libido is good,  she has almost no vaginal dryness.

Yet, dievca is going to try Hormone  Replacement Therapy.

Why?

Master suggested that she needs to have goals with the Therapy otherwise, doing it to just do it is ridiculous.  dievca has two goals in mind and the therapy might help or not.

  1. Better sleep – may assist with belly weight loss.
  2. Less body aching – which may help with loss of muscle and flexibility
  3. dievca’s Mom was on hormones for 20+ years and was very active and “young”.

So, dievca is waiting until after the mammogram to begin her regimen. she wants a current baseline for what her breasts look like pre-hormones. dievca is writing down her current body state, so that she can document the changes as the “team” figures out the best dosage for her – and as a reality check if the whole process is worthless or not worth it. 

dievca’s  process begins with estrogen alone for a month to determine what changes occur – she is starting with a “middle” dose level, so that it can go up or down.  Progesterone begins the following month.  

Let’s see where this goes!

If anyone has any feedback about HRT or anything to share – please do.  dievca is collecting as much information as possible to stay safe and to offer to other Women who may go on this journey in the future.


5:20 am and beyond

Arrive at work – wearing this:

Midday – strip to this:

Head home to cook this:

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one pot lasagna soup recipe

  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
  • 1 (650mL) jar marinara sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 10 uncooked lasagna noodles broken into approx. 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh parsley or basil, for garnish

Stovetop instructions

  • Sauté ground beef in a large pot over med-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic, sautéing another 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add remaining ingredients except for cheeses and fresh herbs, stirring to combine then bringing to a boil. Place lid on pot and simmer for 20 minutes until pasta is cooked through.
  • Serve soup in large bowls, sprinkling mozzarella cheese overtop and topping with a dollop of ricotta. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired, then serve and enjoy!

Slow cooker instructions

  • Brown the beef, onions and garlic in a large skillet over med-high heat for 5 minutes. Add to slow cooker, along with remaining ingredients except cheese. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Top with cheeses, then serve and enjoy!

Instant Pot instructions

  • Brown the beef, onions and garlic using the sauté feature for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, except for cheeses, pushing the pasta underneath the liquid. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes, then do a quick release. Top bowls with cheeses, then serve and enjoy!

A long tall drink ≠ dehydration

Tall Drink of WaterOK, dievca is not long legged – nor a “hottie”.  And Master isn’t that tall – though He is handsome.  In this case, dievca needs a long tall cool drink to replace fluids.

dievca has been running slightly dehydrated.  she thinks its because of wearing masks during Covid she got out of the habit of drinking enough fluids.  That and upping her workouts in a pool setting where she doesn’t realize that she is sweating.

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend 15.5 c (3.7 L) of fluids a day for men and 11.5 c (2.7 L) for women. This includes all fluids — not just water — from anything you eat and drink all day. Everything from coffee to cucumbers to chicken contains some fluid, and it all adds up.

Research suggests that hydration status doesn’t differ much if someone drinks water, cola, or fruit juice, provided that they drink enough to stay hydrated. So there doesn’t appear to be a clear winner. Even caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and tea, can be hydrating, as long as you limit intake to no more than 300 mg caffeine per day (about three 8-oz cups of coffee).


Gracefully with Personality: Vivienne Westwood at YOOX and dievca’s closet

The first 7 Vivienne Westwood dresses are available at YOOX.

The second 8 Vivienne Westwood items are in dievca’s closet (starting at the 2nd green dress). she’s missing photos of her indigo “Hangover” dress that has been worn to the woof and her “go to” jersey funeral dress in a very dark burgundy.

When Century 21 was open in NYC – dievca would haunt the Vivienne Westwood racks and if they had a sample sale – she was there.  The items are cut for curvy in mind and ladylike enough for Master, quirky enough for His dievca.

dievca will be wearing the sequin dress for New Year’s Eve.

Obviously dievca did not know Vivienne Westwood, but she admired her boldness in growing old gracefully with personality. May we all grow older gracefully with personality!

Vivienne Westwood Juergen Teller fame laid bare


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:


And they popped out…

Betty Boop

Blush Lingerie Grey Lace Sweetest Sin Lingeriedievca caught up with Master for their Anniversary.  she was keeping it simple with a Blush Lingerie “Sweetest Sin” Chamise. The only problem was it was a bit small on the top so her breasts were — lets say— a bit “unrestrained”.

It was a dievca disaster in the making except for fact that Master loved it!

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The Progression

Blow Dry Bob

dievca stepped on to the airplane, blown dry and straight.

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By the end of  eating Thanksgiving Dinner outside, her bob was moving into waves.

Curly Bob

This morning, after sleeping with the windows open and a breeze – the ringlets have appeared.
There is no fighting it.
You have to go with the flow~

What dievca wore to Thanksgiving Dinner:


Workout, Work, PT

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dievca is on the MOVE this morning – are you?

Good Morning!


Keeping it simple in Bleue with ELSE

Else Nano French Blue Bra and Panties
A bit more practical on the Lingerie end, today.
dievca got a new set from Else Lingerie and its
Simple and Lovely.

Else Nano French Blue Bra and Panties back


Ophidian (elfje)


skin
dull hazy
sloughed off ecdysis
underneath elegant sinuous presentation
rebirth


Well said…

“People who believe prettiness equals beauty do not understand beauty,” she continued. “Pretty is easy on the eyes, partly because it’s a little bland, inoffensive. It’s easy to take in and easy to forget. Not so beauty. Beauty can be sharp. It can wound you and leave a scar. To perceive beauty you have to be able to SEE.”

“This is why I believe we get more beautiful with age,” she added. “We have earned our beauty, we understand what it is, and we can see it so much better. There is no such thing as ugly and old. Only shortsighted and ignorant.” — Paulina Porizkova

dievca’s WaterWorks class is leaning towards geriatric…  she looks at the participants and sees her future.  The Ladies?   Amazing.  Some in their 60’s and 70’s, a couple in their 80’s — they are moving and absolutely beautiful, plus (even better) kind.  They ask about dievca’s knee, her work, talk to her about their lives.  They are engaged in the World.  All in Swimsuits.

And none of the class looks like this:

Paulina Pori

RickARoo777 is a moron. Paulina is looking amazing and, yes, better than her younger self because she has lived.


Workout Garters

Adam Selman Garter Belt Leggings model
Adam Selman Garter belt Leggings (and Bras)
bring a sense of Presentation for Master/Mistress
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The Workhorses

Older, Extending, Taking extra weight.
These feet are the workhorses of dievca’s body.

Honestly, after sitting next to six Men
In a Hell’s Kitchen Nail Salon
dievca’s feet look amazing for half a century + ~

OPI Cajun Shrimp on the Toes


Looking for Lingerie

bed lingerie

Your Master/Mistress has arrived home from a long trip —
you’re digging frantically for something fabulous!

Then you realize that you have to work, run to Physical Therapy
and immediately afterward ride your bike uptown.

What can you get away with in that scenario?

Something practical that makes your Sir or Madam smile
(and pack your lingerie incase you get lucky with a shower):

Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress

Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress $100


Swim : dievca & Waterworks (she wishes)

Photographed by Francesco Scavullo
22/52
Debbie Dickinson
Vogue, May 1977




jump! (not quite yet)

Jump NYC

dievca: NYC graffiti 08/2015

dievca is off of the electric scooter (borrowed from a friend),
back on to her bike (hills are tough),
walking upstairs (not down),
and moving more freely.
But JUMPING?
Not quite – unless its in her water aerobics class.

How are you doing?


Wiped Out

Master warned His dievca — she listened, but now she needs to crawl into bed.  

The 2nd Booster

dievca wanted it before traveling to Europe.

Sleep.

Photo: Movie Still from Otte Akkorder (1944) a Danish film.


Amazing

PT bumper sticker

Someone who helps me figure out which muscles are failing.

Someone who helps me fire up those muscles, again.

Someone who digs into my muscles to get the fascia to release.

Someone who assists my game plan for moving better.

SIGN ME UP!

Our dievca had her first PT session and felt the benefits immediately and almost cried with Joy.

Master voiced dievca’s thoughts that returning to a physical training process brought trust, release, and relief.


Words of Wisdom: Elderly Parents on Aging.

So, a total knee replacement is in dievca’s future. But, the chipped knee cap and the floating bone piece, and the osteoarthritis behind the kneecap are the culprits for the current swelling and ligament strains.  Physical Therapy, 1st.  If that’s not enough, removal of bone chip 2nd.  dievca is looking to get into a study for cartilage replacement – maybe? Then knee replacement 4th?

As dievca’s Mom said, “It’s hell to get old.”‘

dievca’s Dad said, “Just keep moving!”

Smile.


Running to the Doctor

Knee Dr.

So, do you think they can take an MRI of the Right and Left -Hips, Knees, and Ankles?

Up the Chain and Down the Chain?


Hmmm- looks interesting~

MKV-2-0-Knee-massager-electronic-vibrating-heating-knee-massage-machine-2sm-woman_480x480Massage, Magnetism, Heat, and Caffeine!


Moving up a timeline – knee

back-tattoos-for-women-4During COVID, dievca had a three-month period where she was able to rehab her back.  Selfishly, it was one of the best things to happen to her regarding her health.  she didn’t/doesn’t want a relapse of COVID or another virus in any way, but it might give her time to work on her knee, she needs it.

Last week, dievca had scheduled appointments for two Orthopedic Doctors. to look at her knee – one appointment is this Thursday and one in June.   Her schedule blew up when her knee popped going up the 3rd flight of stairs from the Subway yesterday. she was stuck for a period of time trying to figure out how to get up the final 2 stairs. Finally, she slowly made it out of the subway and into a cab. The Cabbie got her to an UrgentCare and was super patient and kind – sometimes you gotta love NYC.

ligaments_kneeWhy an UrgentCare?  dievca knew x-rays were not needed immediately  – but she did need, crutches, large ace bandages, and confirmation of her injured areas.  The UrgentCare Doctor was great – the pop occurred at the ACL/PCL area – she (the Doctor) felt like there might be a cyst behind the ligaments. The area popped again (lightly) when the Dr. palpitated the area. Yes, there is chronic swelling at the meniscus (livable), the knee cap may have chips (that needs an x-ray – but not the main issue), etc. dievca knows the damage has been building for a while due to past foot/calf injuries + aging.

Anyways, dievca scheduled another group to look at the knee Monday 8am, to get “The Party” started.  she has the crutches and ace bandages — the pain has receded to certain positions and angles which gives her more information for the next set of Doctors.

The Uber home included a lovely, patient driver. Again, you’ve gotta love NYC.

If you are thinking – where was dievca’s Master?  He was the first call of the morning to talk about the Doctor who is scheduled for Thursday.  Then after the pop, He spoke with dievca in the cab and said he would come down immediately – but it wasn’t necessary when dievca knew He had family coming in town to stay.

dievca just wishes she could have made it to Thursday without the pain and loss of mobility.


What’s in a name?

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dievča is 1/2 дівчинка, but she never really thinks of herself as Ukrainian. she looks like her Dad’s Slovak side of the family (which is — well, maybe, not quite as beautiful as her Mother’s Ukrainian side…).

What prompted these musings?

dievca’s Mom took a turn for the worse and her cousins are coming out of the woodwork to tell her Mom that they love her. Singing Ukrainian songs, sending photos of her Mother to dievca. It is sad and lovely at the same time. The photos shared show that dievca doesn’t really look like her Mom other than the pointy chin which pokes Master’s chest, the color of her eyes (grey), and her voice.

If dievca can’t really look Ukrainian, maybe she could was seek a way to feel more Ukrainian – so she started looking for a vyshyvanka:

Then she remembered that she has this Ulla Johnson blouse – one is enough:

Ulla Johnson Simona Blouse


female erogenous zones

sexy backBreaking down what partners might overlook.

One 2016 study found that the entire body had erogenous potential (happy news for Master and His dievca who love to touch). Note, there are frequent commonalities that are worth exploring.

One 2014 study found that the clitoris and the nipples are the most sensitive to both pressure and vibration (go figure). But, the areas found to be most sensitive to “light touch,” were the neck, forearm, and vaginal margin (the area just at the end of the vaginal opening and at the beginning of the perineum).

A study published in June 2020 used heat maps to show where men and women considered their erogenous zones, based on how aroused they became from appearance alone and then touch alone, as well as how the arousal changed whether they engaged in solo play or with a partner. Women consistently ranked the genital area, breasts, butt, and inner thighs high for touch, though the shoulders, hips, and the back of the neck were also shown consideration.

The study also examined what women consider to be men’s erogenous zones, and vice versa—and while most findings line up, it does show there are areas that might be missed for stimulation. Areas like the neck, inner thighs, and upper back, were ranked erogenous by women in the study, if slightly lower on the scale than the breasts, genitals, and butt.

According to a paper published in 2012, other areas include the mouth, ears, lower back, head and hair, and even—for some people behind the knee.

Maybe we should just take time with our partners and explore their whole bodies to determine their favorite erogenous zones – it won’t be time wasted~

Further Reading – links to related studies in order:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-016-0745-z

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/jsm.12547

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10508-020-01756-1

Click to access Reports%20of%20intimate%20touch%20%20Erogenous%20zones%20and%20somatosensory%20cortical%20-%20Turnbull%20Erogenous%20Cortex%202013.pdf

A “Thank You” to Rebecca Decynzski from the Maudern


A new twist – estrogen drop

Erect Nipple

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!


Boobs

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Your breasts grow and grow and grow during puberty, but by the time you’re between 18 and 20, breasts are usually “fully developed,” or finished growing. This doesn’t mean that the size of your breasts at age 18 are the size your breasts will be forever. Hormonal changes, weight loss, and weight gain can all have an effect on the size of your breasts.

After puberty and before pregnancy (if you become pregnant) is when your breasts are likely to appear the fullest. The two main things that give your breasts a shape and size are fat and fibrous connective tissue. After your breasts have finished developing your breasts are likely composed of more fibrous tissue than fatty tissue. Genetics have a hand in breast composition too. If your mom and grandma and grandma’s grandma all have very dense, fibrous breasts, you likely will too.

Gravity is a very real scientific force that no one on this planet can escape. Breasts can be heavy, gravity pulls down on heavy things, and this means your breasts may start showing gravity’s effects when you’re in your 40s. The second thing is that skin loses elasticity as it ages, so with the combined effect of gravity, it’s not unlikely that your breasts will sit lower on your chest. The third thing? Breasts get fattier, they’ll start to feel less dense in your 40s than they did when you were 23 or 33. They’ll look less full as a result, and the fullest part of them will sit lower on your chest.
Some women actually see an increase in breast size after menopause. That increase in size is caused by a few things: general weight gain all over the body, increased water retention, and a change in hormone levels. As with pre-menopause, breasts will be even less dense and composed of more fatty than fibrous tissue at this stage. This means the fullest part of your breasts will sit lower on your chest than it did before.

Even though most people’s breasts go through these same basic stages, you’d still be incredibly hard-pressed to find your exact booby twin roaming around in this world.

Maybe this tea towel will help!

All Shapes of Beauty Tea Towel $18 Uncommon Goods

All Shapes of Beauty Tea Towel $18 Uncommon Goods (click photo to purchase)

A Thank You to Cosmo Magazine, the New York Times and dievca’s Doctor.


(show it) at the beach

Feet at the Beach

Oh they won’t let us show it at the beach no they won’t let us show it at the beach
They think we’re gonna grab it if it gets within our reach
And they won’t let us show it at the beach

But you can show it in your parlor to most anyone you choose
You can show it at a party with your second shot of booze
You can show it on the corner wearin’ overcoat and shoes
But they won’t let us show it at the beach
No they won’t let us show it at the beach friends
Ah they won’t us show it at the beach
Oh they’re sure we’re gonna grab it if it gets within our reach
So they won’t let us show it at the beach

But you can show it in the movies on the cineramic screen
You can show it in the most sophisticated magazine
You can show it while you’re bouncing on the high school trampoline
But they won’t let us show it at the beach

But if you’ve got a gun it’s legal to display it on your hip
You can show your butcher knives to any interested kid
But if it’s made for lovin’ then you’d better keep it hid
And they won’t let us show it at the beach
 
Shel Silverstein
 
Photo: dievca Fire Island 2018