An old desperation…solved for $21.92

Everyone had a pair.
Except dievca.

Her thighs didn’t fit and if they did the waist was huge.
Serious quad muscles.
Funny because everyone else had trouble with the waist.

We are talking 4th grade…and beyond.

dievca has never owned a pair of Levis Jeans.

Until this weekend.

Let dievca explain.
As an athlete growing up in the 1970’s/1980’s, Levis Jeans weren’t cut for larger thighs. No stretch and too large of waists. So, dievca never really looked at the options that flowed in during the later years. Look, she barely could wear the 1980’s/1990’s Guess Jeans and they weren’t comfortable, especially when you had to zip them at the ankles to get them over your feet.

 

Back to Levis Jeans…

dievca never tried on the “curvy” ones, nor any iteration of the 501 blues. she avoided Levis and found friendliness of fit with J Brand, Current/Elliott and Rag & Bone.
Until she was shopping in a Wal-Mart store~

Background:

There aren’t any Wal-Marts in Manhattan.

Renting a car to get to a funeral provides an opportunity to bulk shop. Especially for those items that are heavy: Laundry Detergent, Oxyclean, canned good, bottled juices, etc. As dievca traversed the store she passed the Men’s clothing section. There, looking her straight in the eye, were stands of Levis Signature FLEX straight slim leg Men’s jeans. They looked like they would fit. They had 1% elastane. They were $21.95.

dievca had a dress on from the Funeral, she put the jeans on underneath the dress and then searched the store to find a mirror. Bingo! – there was one in the home goods section.
Voilà!
They fit!
They fit well!
At $21.95, if dievca decides she doesn’t like them – it won’t break the bank.

So, after 30+ years – dievca now owns a pair of Levis Jeans…and her thighs fit.

Will wonders will never Cease!

So….what’s your story with Blue Jeans? XO


Window Shopping at Hermès


Unexpected Summer Look via a Swimsuit

dievca was meeting a friend for coffee and a macaron…she had seen the blurbs about wearing a one piece swimsuit as a top and thought she might give it a whirl.

she put on her Tori Praver one-piece Honolua smocked Swimsuit:


and realized the coverage alongside the breasts was….slim. Too lazy to take the suit off, dievca added her VPL Two scoopneck B tank top:

she then tucked the tank into high-waisted tan wideleg pants from H&M:

Finishing the look with:

Converse Raffia weave Rebel

Tom Ford Francesca

Starbucks Rodarte Tote

Not bad for an “on-the-fly” outfit, maybe not for dinner with Master – but cute for the beach and then lunch. The best part? dievca was able to shop her closet!


Old Spitalfields Market and Collectif Vintage

dievca wandered around the Old Spitalfields Market at the suggestion of friends who live in London. There were some great leather bags, cute dresses, funky t-shirts and lovely glassware – if she could get it back to NYC in one piece. Plus, a stop for a pint.

Two bricks-and-mortar stores caught dievca’s attention on the exterior of the market – two stores exclusive to London. One for Master and one for dievca.

dievca bought Master some gear in Rapha — a high-end cycling brand based in London:

Then she spotted Collectif Vintage!
You might remember that is the brand of dievca’s (and Master’s) favorite polka dot day dress:

Well there was more fun 1940’s and 1950’s retro options:
(who doesn’t want to wear a watermelon dress in summer?):

Sadly, but not really that sad…, dievca chose to spend her money on Master – but she will keep looking for Collectif Vintage pieces in the future.


A Wedding and a 60th Surprise Party

Remember when dievca told you that she was off her game with planning outfits?  After her panic, she’s be trying to get it together – especially with Master coming home.

There were two events left.  dievca still had to dress up and felt like the situations warranted Master’s opinion. So, she sent him an e-mail with photo options and took His advice to heart.  The only problem was one dress that Master chose (Etro, multi-colored silk) – still hadn’t been found….so dievca slid in another option.  BTW – that dress? dievca finally found it in the last place she could look after the Party…. Sigh.

Wedding in the Vineyards of Long Island:


Raoul of Singapore “Breeze” cotton-blend Dress with:

Valentino Nude Heels, Swarovski  Crystal minaudiere, SlimMe Shaping slip, Chloe Sunglasses, Vintage Mesh Buckle Bracelet, Green Drop Earrings

The dress worked well, especially since it went from a Catholic Mass to dressy evening with no convenience of changing. dievca felt great in it. (she thinks her curves work better with the dress, rather than the model in the photo…)

The Surprise Birthday Party was held at a chic bar in Brooklyn Heights. dievca was tired from work and couldn’t find the dress Master suggested — so she went breezy and casual:

Sundance Magritte Silk Chiffon Dress with:


Barneys nude Sandals, Liebeskind Navy leather backpack, vintage mesh buckle cuff, Giorgio Armani sunglasses

Both outfits worked and will be in the mix for other activities this Summer. Good to know that dievca is getting it back together and mentally shifting to set-up Presentation Outfits for Master (she knows that Master will want dievca on His arm in the Raoul dress — its His favorite lady-like look). XO


Hands On!

ADRIANA DEGREAS

Details
  • Self: 84% polyamide , 16% spandex
  • Contrast Fabric: 100% polyamide
  • Made in Brazil
  • Hand wash
  • Mesh fabric
  • Back hook closure
  • Bottoms with side tie closures


Allez, Allez, Allez!

The Tour de France is on!

(drama with Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan)


And you might be motivated to get on the road or take part in your local spin class.
This t-shirt might get you going!

dievca picked up the fun biking/workout piece from the brand, Rapha, in London. The color of her t-shirt is the same as above with short sleeves. Below are the colors offered on the website, now.

Rapha has an offer:
If you have purchased a jersey this year and lost weight through riding, Rapha would like to offer you a 50% discount on your new size jersey.
Something motivating for your efforts in cycling!

Rapha downsize offer and interview with Ethan Souplee about learning to cycle and losing weight.

Go!
Go!
Go!