Every body is a poem ~

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dievca ran into this sweatshirt at H&M in NYC. she agrees with the message.
“Work with what God gave you” and “rock it”, comes to mind.
Maybe the changes in one’s body due to age are the stanzas.
Or maybe one’s body is just a “Work of Art” in progress.
That seems to fit.
XO


Ethnic-cool = Brunch

Actually – this outfit is “cool” temperature-wise and it will cover dievca’s road rash from the sun.

Ulla Johnson Simona Linen and cotton blouse with volume to allow air to flow. Theory Cotton black wide-leg pants.

Theory Black Wide Leg Cotton Pant

Adding Master’s Lauren Landa Sterling Silver WI Moonstone Hair Pin, Aigner Black Sandals, and Officina del Poggio Water Bottle  bag.


A sense of release~

20210708_215600 When your body changes and you decide that half of the clothes you have kept on-hand are out of your realm of revisiting, it is depressing and frustrating. Add that one foot has grown a size because of breakage, so gorgeous shoes that no longer fit need to be weeded out.

You push yourself to rip through the closets and try-on EVERYTHING….

1st you sell to Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads (made $200) – the “better” load goes to The RealReal (photo of boxes for pick-up). High-end pieces to Vestiaire Collective or Decades. Leftovers and rags to Goodwill – and you find a place for those good condition bras at freethegirls.org. Who knows if they actually use the bras, but you are able to pack and send then out of your apartment – rather than looking at them in disgust because they are excellent quality and you cannot figure out what to do with them.

Release!

The closet now holds clothing you can wear IMMEDIATELY and pieces that you could wear in a pinch, shoes that don’t take 10 minutes to get on because of the foot issue.

And a few pieces you couldn’t let go of~

dievca has killed herself the past 10 days. 


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

Fall 2020 Pre-Order Interchangeable Oval Link Necklace in Silver – Machete Jewelryinterchangeable-statement-link-anklet-in-14k-gold-silver-split-Machete


Something for PRIDE

Master Slave Dom sub flagThe PRIDE flag is constantly evolving – from the original 1978 RAINBOW which lost two colors because they were hard to dye at the time. To various personal iterations showing sexual preference (Master/slave – Dominant/sub flag to the right). Currently, the 2018 PROGRESS PRIDE flag is making its appearance:

Gay Pride Flag

Split 59 Caster Gay Rights Sweatshirt

Splits59 Caster UNISEX PRIDE Sweatshirt $148 with 20% donated to the LA LGBT Center – click photo for link

This year’s PRIDE FLAG may include intersex people…its hard to keep up!

Pride Intersex inclusion


bikini choices? coffee choices = Summer

Summer CoffeeSummer Solstice is coming up on Sunday, June 20th.

What Summer Coffee options beat the heat?

We all know about the typical coffee over ice or espresso over ice drink, but if you want a twist maybe these three coffee options will rotate your stirrer.

1.) Cold brew:  Cold brew can be made using a French press by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for at least 12 hours, without pressing down on the plunger, to extract highly condensed flavors. After allowing it to steep, press down on the plunger, then serve the cold brew over ice. The result is a very condensed and delicious coffee, but it is very strong so consider diluting it a little with milk or water.

2.) Affogato: This is a traditional Italian espresso-based drink that is often found on dessert menus at Italian restaurants. It is made by pouring a shot of hot espresso over a scoop of gelato. Vanilla gelato pairs very well with the espresso, but you can experiment with any kind of gelato you want. This drink is perfect for the coffee enthusiasts with a sweet tooth who want a rich dessert drink that maintains strong coffee flavors.

3.) Espresso Tonic: This is also known in some places as café tonics or black tonics, but the concept is simple- add tonic water to espresso. The unexpected result is a slightly sweet, citrusy taste filled with effervescence and coffee goodness. Whether you are making this at home or ordering it in a local coffee shop, start with 2 ounces of espresso and then 6 ounces of tonic water on the side. Slowly pour the espresso on top of the tonic water to avoid overflowing. Enjoy!

And the bikini?

Title Nine Chameleon High Waisted Bikini Bottom and Top – Paprika Floral


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!


So trite…

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  1. (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently of little import; lacking originality or freshness.

dievca ended up in a Mall after that Beach Memorial Mass. There wasn’t much creativity offered from any of the retailers (H&M, Aritzia, Uniqlo, Lululemon, Brooks Brothers, Zara, Kate Spade, Coach, Muji, Sephora).Ramie Balloon-Sleeve Dress | Banana Republic

dievca was bored – though Banana Republic offered this ramie peasant top dress in green. Something with pockets and short is always welcome to dievca’s closet. she was befuddled by the sizing in the stores – sometimes she needed a large, other times a small…strange. Ramie Balloon-Sleeve Dress | Banana Republic

Note: An Honorable Mention award should be given to the H&M LemLem collaboration’s Lyocell-blend Kaftan Dress. The dress is sold out online and dievca didn’t get to try it on (H&M is not allowing people to use the dressing rooms) and the line to purchase items was very long. she got out of there fast~

H and M LemLem

Has anyone else had a Mall experience? Maybe something more exciting and successful than dievca’s ride?


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:


Matchy-Matchy Mother and Daughter

Mother Daughter Matching 1950The matchy-matchy look flourishes in “time periods when there is more cultural emphasis on the family and the mother-daughter relationship,” said the fashion historian Jennifer Farley Gordon, who researches children’s clothing. In practice, the matching style can also signal affluence: a mother with leisure time to sew—or money to shop for—mirror-image outfits, and who is more likely to be a stay-at-home mom. Part of the idea, also, is that there’s not much point in being one half of a matching set if you’re not spending significant amounts of time together in public.

Mother Daughter Matching 1950 2Life nailed the appeal of mother-daughter dressing when it declared: “‘Look Alike’ means ‘Look Young.’” The mommy-and-me looks of the 1940s and ’50s were decidedly girlish, emphasizing the mother’s youthfulness rather than the daughter’s maturity. In her memoir Mommie Dearest, Christina Crawford remembered posing for publicity photos with her adoptive mother, Joan, in the late 1940s, at the age of 8. “I had to get dressed in one of the many ‘mother-and-daughter’ outfits we were always photographed in … Mother and I would go through the whole day doing things for the camera and changing from one matching outfit to another.” Often, these outfits consisted of ruffled pinafores or skirts with suspenders worn over frilly blouses with puffed sleeves, with matching ribbons in their hair—clothes more appropriate for an 8-year-old than a grown woman. Tellingly, if a woman had more than one daughter, she was advised to twin with the youngest, according to Life.

Mother Daughter Matching al-parker-skating-lhj-1 Ladies’ Home Journal—one of the leading women’s magazines in America—had strong ideas about how the country could spend its wealth. From 1939 into the early 1950s, the magazine published a series of covers illustrated by Al Parker, a contemporary of Norman Rockwell, depicting mothers and daughters in matching outfits engaging in household chores and leisure activities such as baking cookies, riding bicycles, raking leaves, knitting, skiing, and wrapping Christmas gifts. One memorable image portrayed a rosy-cheeked mother and daughter pair, ice skating hand-in-hand above the headline: “Is Society Committing Suicide Today?”

Mother Daughter Matching 2020These days, however, the mommy-and-me looks are usually store-bought. The likes of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Lanvin getting into the luxury children’s wear market and they come with decidedly grown-up price tags. There are plenty of budget-friendly version, like Target’s collaboration with Victoria Beckham, or Drew Barrymore’s line for Crocs.

Though a few halfhearted attempts to launch father-son fashions in the 1950s never really took off, family fashions have surged in recent years as many dads have become more hands-on. Often focused on holiday dressing, vacation clothes, or sleepwear, these collections—which are diversified enough to accommodate a broad range of ages and genders—offer a less literal interpretation of twinning, one intended for special occasions. Which is to say that “daddy, mommy, all my siblings, and me” might be the new mommy-and-me.

Mother Daughter Matching 1970What brought this delve into Mommy and Me Fashion?  dievca had a flashback of 1976-1977 where her Mom and her had matching outfits and hair which consisted of a rust-colored Corduroy Oshkosh B’gosh Overalls Dress, off-white turtleneck, rust cable knit tights, brown leather Bass platform wedge shoes with rubber sole and Toni Tennille hair:

It was the first time and the last time dievca and her Mom matched. They shared a lot of clothing throughout the years (still do), but the matching thing? One great go – then that was it.

HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY!

A Thank You to KIMBERLY CHRISMAN-CAMPBELL is a fashion historian based in Los Angeles and the author of the forthcoming book Worn on This Day: The Clothes That Made History.  Most of the information was gleaned from and article she did for The Atlantic Magazine in 2018.


Gorgeous for Cinco de Mayo

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Might be something for a Presentation Out in the future.


Baby Got Back~

Which item of clothing shows off the A** best?

Corset BackLace AssPolka Dot Ass

  1. Corset (Photo by Ellen Von Unwerth)

  2. Lace Slip

  3. Polka Dot Dress


The Quest: Chloé and white jeans

In 2016, Chloé x Net-A-Porter offered a collaboration in the form of a Denim Blue Cable-knit Cotton Sweater ($995). dievca was very interested in the sweater, but the only size available was an XL. she’s been watching the resale sites every since and a sweater came up for sale in her size. It’s now hers.

dievca was looking to add white wide-leg jeans. she bought a pair from J Crew, on sale.

she had this oufit in her mind before she saw this Street Style photo from Paris Fashion Week 2021:

Getty Images – Alexandra Pereira wearing a Stand Studio coat, Zara jeans, a Fendi bag, and New Balance sneakers.

dievca will add the pieces she already owns: Stand Studio Raincoat (2019), white leather Tretorns (2020) and Acne Studios Shiloh Bag (2014).


dievca forgot to share~

her Christmas gifts for Master.
All were a “hit” except for the Christopher Raeburn scarf – it was a bit too “hip” 😎
Master chose something from dievca’s list and added four bottles of wine:

Paco Rabanne Peter Saville Lose Youself Tee on sale $144 Net-A-Porter

Kind of a COVID-appropriate exchange – wouldn’t you say?


Presentation Inspiration: Latex Trench Coat

Emily Ratajkowski Latex Trench Coat

Rather than opening the Trench to flash – how about a Flash through the material?
Or stick with a slick shiny silhouette covering the package?
You can choose from 64 Latex Color Fabrics with Vex Inc.

Purple Latex Trench Vex Inc $600 (click photo to purchase)

 


“Squeeze Me” with LERET LERET


In a year where some people didn’t have a lot of touches,
a hug in cashmere might not suffice – but its a start.
This limited-edition piece is designed by British illustrator Angelica Hicks.

$575 LERET LERET


Wishing for Spring with Johnny Was

Johnny Was

Rain Jacket $320
Rain Boots $160
Umbrella $75

Anyone else ready to move on from Snow?


She’s Got Legs! Newly Waxed – show the smoothness


It’s a real treat during COVID.
Time to show it off.
No Stockings.

Self-care has been limited or put on hold,
but a great way to feel a bit better is to treat yourself in a safe manner.
Haircut, waxing, facials, massage, Mani/Pedi, etc.
Masks, Outdoors, Open Windows.

dievca went for the waxing and had to show-off her gams to Master.

  • Acne Studios Shoes,
  • Anna Sui Silk Jersey Dress,
  • Marla Aaron Babylock and Curb Chain 14K/Sterling,
  • Melissa Joy Manning 14K

(click on the photos to enlarge)


Presentation for the Lunar New Year!

“This is such a short life that nothing can matter very much either one way or another. I have learned not to struggle but to flow along with the tide. If I am to be rich and famous, that will be fine. If not, what do riches and fame count in the long run?” – Anna May Wong

In the 1930s Anna May was named the “world’s best-dressed woman” by the Mayfair Mannequin Society of New York, cementing her position as an international fashion icon.

Presenting in a Suit with a Cloche hat might be an excellent change of pace for dievca.
Diversity, dievca, Diversity!


A Coffee Cup for Friends~

New York Snowstorm by Karl Stevens Coffee Mug (click photo to purchase)

dievca still loves her snow. XO




The Groundhog isn’t going to see his shadow – but just incase…


Patagonia Recycled Cashmere on Sale – Originally $249

Recycled Cashmere Turtleneck features yarn that’s made from preconsumer cashmere waste that’s sorted, mechanically broken down, and spun into new yarn.

  • Feather Grey
  • Century Pink
  • Topsoil Brown
  • Birch White
  • All are $174 except for the Birch White, its $124

Birds of a Feather

Alexander Wang Ivy Feathered Sandal – Black

Attico Feathered Strapless Top – Aqua

Paul Seville Mini Feathered Keychain – Blue

 

Betony Vernon Feathered Ring – Black

Topshop Ozzy Mirabeau Feather Jacket – Green

Robert Rodriquez Feathered Skirt – Purple

Attico Feathered Dress – Lilac

Alexander Wang Ivy Feathered Sandal – Sandstone

Betony Vernon Ostrich Feather Leisure Tickler

Ok, so there isn’t a place to wear the feathers because we shouldn’t flock together …
But it might be nice to jazz up a Presentation Outfit with the fluff!
Unless you are allergic~


Preparing for February – the Color Purple

The month of February is all about the color purple, with the birthstone being amethyst, and the flower a violet. But did you know that this color has a very rich and interesting history as to how it came to be such a popular color today?

One reason why it is such a prominent color in today’s society is that people of royal blood and power used to be the only ones who would be able to afford to wear it. From the dying process to the wardrobe, this beautiful color has had a role in society from royal representation, spiritual symbolism, and a wide effect on the world of current fashion trends.

EARLY PRODUCTION AND TRADE OF PURPLE DYE

You might guess that purple dye used to be made from natural plants and herbs such as lilac and lavender flowers, or berries such as grapes. Nope. It might seem a bit strange and gruesome, but during the ancient Greek era around 1,200 BC, purple dye was created by extracting it from sea snails—spiny dye-murex to be specific–and it took thousands of these little guys (supposedly 250,000 just for one ounce!) to dye different types of textiles. Instead of crushing and killing the snails to extract the purple dye, it could be collected by “milking” them. Then the dye would be put out in the sunlight to develop its hue—the longer the dye sat out in the sunlight, the more intense the purple shade.  Because of the high labor cost of making such beautiful textiles in ancient Greece, the only people who would be seen wearing them would be royals, priests, and nobles.

ROMAN INFLUENCE

Greeks were not the only ones to begin wearing the color purple as a symbol of high societal rank. In ancient Rome, emperors and priests would wear colored textiles of a darker shade of purple that had been mixed with indigo. Roman Catholic priests, especially those that are ranked as Bishops, still wear purple as a representation of piety, penitence, and faith. Priests will wear this color during Lent and when they listen to confessions. Different rankings wore different shades of purple or were coordinated with gold details or bands.

ROYAL PURPLE IN THE PALACE

More recently during the 18th and 19th centuries, rulers such as Catherine the Great continued to uphold the tradition of wearing the color purple to symbolize her royal status as Empress of Russia. Queen Victoria of Great Britain wore a mauve gown to the Royal Exhibition of 1862, a particular shade of purple that only royalty or upper society could afford to purchase. The British Royal Family is known to wear purple for special occasions and at ceremonies because it is made with purple velvet textiles and encrusted with amethyst gemstones.

THE WORLD OF FASHION

Today, the shades of purple are more popular than ever;  Pantone named the color of the year for 2014 as Radiant Orchid, and Violet Tulip. Cherished for centuries, this color is not going out of style anytime soon.

Thanks to textile and dye advancements, purple clothing items can be found pretty much everywhere. Still representing royalty, religion, and symbols, you can add purple to your life any day of the week. Being that it is February and the birthstone for this month is the amethyst gemstone.

 


A Slice of Sunshine~

The Elder Statesman Morph Stripe 100% Cashmere sweater and shorts

dievca was musing to Master about how she hasn’t hit the drama point others are experiencing with COVID-19. (The Millenials, Generation Z, and the Boomers.) Granted, she is working and going in to work. Work is relatively safe, but she does interact with people, etc.

Time at home meant she has had the opportunity to work on her injuries, clear out her Mom’s house and her space, resell or donate a number of items. dievca hasn’t minded sitting around watching a movie, reading a book, or taking the time to cook. she doesn’t feel the need to socialize and wandering the empty City is a treat.

After talking to a friend about feeling guilty for enjoying the time to regroup – the friend looked at dievca and said,
“Generation X is made for quarantine.”

Oh, yeah.
Spending time alone at home – no problem.
Not being able to go places – no problem.
Creating odd meals from a low stock pantry – no problem.
Avoiding others – no problem (Stranger Danger & Just say, “No”)
Not traveling – no problem
Maneuvering to get things done – no problem

And the chance to wear a cozy rainbow morph outfit in a sunny apartment? Heaven.

 


In Rotation – dievca’s closet


  • Stella McCartney for Adidas Purple Puffer Coat
  • Stella McCartney for Adidas Purple Hat
  • Mackage Farren Stretch Puffer Black Coat
  • Max Mara Camel and Cashmere Black Cap
  • Alice + Olivia Julien Puffer Multi-colored Puffer Coat
  • Ivy Park for Adidas Green Hat
  • Stand Studio Farrah Puffer Black Coat
  • Alberta Ferretti Cashmere Red Hat
  • Cougar Pillow Black Boots
  • Mueslii Puffer Black Backpack
  • Portolano Cashmere Black Mittens

And if you were wondering what dievca sold or gave away:

TNF Brown Metropolis

North 66 Hekla Coat

Think Royln Down Capelet

Intuition Paris Red Puffer

Lands End Down Puffer

Along with three leather coats and two wool coats. The revamping continues!

 


Latex with Saint Laurent

Click on the photos for a closer look!
The items come with a full care cleaning kit to keep the latex supple and shiny.
It’s good the items are offered for the Fall and Winter – otherwise, the sweat due to heat would kill your vibe.
~Couture Presentation~


It held up to a sh*t mess…Stand Studio – Farrah Coat

Can’t visit the Midwest without shoveling~

In this case, ice.

It was sleet, then fluffy snow, then hail, then sleet, ending up rain which froze on the driveway.

dievca just happened be wearing the appropriate coat to handle all of the choices Mother Nature decided to share – a recent purchase to take the place of three down coats:

It dried and puffed up nicely in the dryer and was ready for snow blowing 4-inches the following morning.

Gardening or snow removal – dievca’s available for hire. 🙄


Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho! a Winter’s drive I go~

Vintage Canada 1940s Car and Snow

Hitting the Highway and Thinking of You!

dievca’s Mom kept getting anonymous postcards from around the country when she was a young gal. The tagline on each of them was the phrase above. She never found out who sent them.

So, dievca is hitting the highway and making her way to her Momma. Her Mom might not last too long, so now is the time. she’s bringing that black Burberry Cashmere coat she bought when the Hudson Yards Neiman Marcus closed (September) – her Mom was asking to see it.
Once a Style Maven – always a Style Maven.
dievca has so many clothes she would love to share with her Mom – her Mom isn’t tracking too well. That’s why the Burberry coat request, as ridiculous as it seems, is very important.

OK, hitting the highway and thinking of you. XO

Burberry 100% Cashmere Hoodie Overcoat $3590

Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater black

I.am.Gia black cargo pants

ACNE Studios Plaid Scarf

Cougar Pillow Boots

Smartwool Black Grey Socks

Portolano Black Cashmere mittens

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

San Diego Hat Co. Bomber black


Sexy Ice Fairy – Presentation Outfit

Ice Fairy Top Etsy $70 (click photo to purchase)

Retrofête Luna Asymmetric Metallic Mini Skirt IfChic $162 (click photo to purchase)

Saint Laurent Robin Metallic Strappy Heels Neiman Marcus $591 on sale (Click photo to purchase)

Donna Salyers Faux Fur White Mink Coat $599 (click photo to purchase)

  • Sexy
  • Dynamic
  • Easy Access
  • Fun
  • Different

“diversity, dievca, diversity”


The demise of the discount…

NYC is one of the Fashion Capitals of the World.  It’s a place where you can buy items at full price and it WAS a place where you could find excellent discounts on items.  Discount stores, sample sales, etc.

Retail is tough.

In the 16 years, she has lived in NYC, she has watched the closure of Daffy’s, Filene’s Basement (Boston-based), Barneys Warehouse,  Loehmann’s, and now – the Crown Jewel – Century 21.

Granted the Joy of digging through the racks for a deep deal had diminished when they cleaned up and reorganized the main store.  But there were still deals to be had~

dievca will mourn the loss of Vivienne Westwood dresses, Moschino coats, Martin Margiela pants, Louboutin heels, Missoni gloves, Failero Sarti scarves, Chloe sunglasses, Proenza Schouler bags, etc.  she took a peek through her closet, Century 21 has let her develop an amazing clothing and accessory collection and find unique pieces from obscure labels.

In the big picture of Life — this closure doesn’t mean much, but in the little details that create Joy, there will be a large hole for Fashion Shoppers. Touching a piece of fabric is much different than seeing it on a computer screen.