1st foray as a human in the heat

FORAY

noun

2: an initial and often tentative attempt to do something in a new or different field or area of activity,
A brief excursion or attempt especially outside one’s accustomed sphere.

dievca decided to look like a human rather than a slouch when making a foray to the Eastside. she figured out a way to beat the heat, too:

Loup Charmant Dayo Cotton Dress

Jack Gomme Light Lami Cerise

Boss Orange Olive leather flip flops

Elizabeth and James Horatio Sun Glasses

Ippolita Cherish 18-karat gold ring

Melissa Joy Manning Earrings

Rebecca Minkoff Chevron Stacking Rings

Woldford Nude Tulle Bra

Wolford Nude Tulle Panties

Zazzle red orange turquoise blue Indian floral paisley cloth face mask


Something of Use + Fantasy: Sexy in an Apron

Do you own an apron? Do you use it while BBQ-ing or baking?
dievca has never owned one. she’s not sure of what she is missing Her friends have laughed at her and asked what she does for dinner parties.
she cooks, changes, and hopes for the best afterward.

What about an Apron as a D/s Presentation Outfit?

Hmm, could be interesting but one might need to be careful when sitting or leaning against the countertop.

dievca found the apron she wants:

The RE/DONE | Levi’s Denim Apron is created from scraps of vintage Levi’s, reducing production waste and creating functional, machine washable, and collectible kitchen-wear. Each apron is upcycled using a waterless process from unique vintage materials and is completely one-of-a-kind.

The shades of indigo will differ from the product image due to each item being one-of-a-kind. Twenty percent of sales will be donated to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. RE/done


I may miss my Dad…but these made me smile.

Something for the NEW Dad~

Happy Father’s Day to my favorite Men.

It takes a lot to be a good Dad.


Stop Sign Red + Leather + Corset = Trifecta

Jean-Claude Jitrois Red Leather Corset Jacket and Skirt Decades

♥ A little background music with Loverboy ♥

Corset suit by Jean Claude Jitrois
Circa 1987
Red leather suit
Long sleeve
Corset front closure
Two side pockets
Slight shoulder pad
Decorative seams
Boning in the jacket to create the shape
Winged waistband
Red leather skirt
High waist skirt
Zip and snapback closure
100% leather
Made in France

Size/Measurements:
Size 40
Jacket:
33″ Bust
31″ waist
26.5″ length (from back center to bottom hem)
Skirt:
27″ waist
34″ hips
21″ length

***Click to Buy***


Tried and True – Cosy Coffee


Good Morning!


Might as well look good working out at home~

Something of Use
dievca admired someone’s workout bra at her gym and was turned on to a Fitness Brand that is very comfortable, yet holds all your pieces in nicely.  Splits59

Just the thing to wear during Skype workouts.

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Splits59 Maya TechFlex Bra Ombre

Established in 2008, Splits59 is the culmination of co-founders Jonathan Schwartz and Keith Peterson’s mission to create the best activewear on the market. Their workout clothes mix high-tech performance fabrics with flattering silhouettes—including the super popular Splits59 Raquel flare leggings, supportive sports bras, and graphic tanks—all made in Los Angeles with loving precision. Even the name represents the company’s exacting attention to small details: A constant reminder that a split second can actually make all the difference, especially for an athlete.


presentation outfits VIA Paris Fashion Week 2020

Dominatrix moving to Ladylike:

Balmain Photo: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Warrior Queen

  • Flowing Satin with hints of skin
  • Commanding boots
  • Leather Belt with locking hardware
  • Arm length leather gloves

Balenciaga Photo: Estrop/Getty Images

Elegant Gothic

  • Sleek black shimmer
  • Form-fitting style
  • Sharpened talons

Rochas Photo: Kristy Sparow/GettyImages

For Master or Mistress’ Eyes Only

  • Posture turtleneck collar
  • 1980’s shoulders
  • Mobile shimmer
  • Statuesque Heels

Chanel Photo: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Pirate’s Booty

  • Plunging Neckline
  • Statement jewels pointing to the bodily jewels
  • Easy access to reveal whimsical stockings
  • Pirate Boots

Saks Potts Photo: Saks Potts

Ladylike

  • Elegant simplicity
  • Easy access
  • Statement boots

 


Reality VS D/s (bras)

“I ain’t exactly the Fleur du Mal or Agent Provocateur type. I like a friendly bra, not one that intimidates.”

dievca read a great article about how long you should keep your bras. It made her laugh.

Throw Out Your Bra, Already

An intimate look at our worst intimates.

(click top line for the link to the article)

dievca’s daily favorite bra?

Wolford teal bra 2011

Master’s favorite bra:

Black Satin Corset

Not quite comfortable for daily use. 😘


Looking over the edge on a Monday Morning.

“I’m just waiting to see if my coffee chooses to use its power for good or evil today.”

Here’s hoping your coffee has a more simple choice to make this morning.


Blinded by Science

Cafe Press Fabric Shower Curtain $64.23
(click photo)

dievca has found herself reading Reddit Chemistry and Physics threads, lately…
Something about wishing to be a student, again?
Who knows.

This might be an inspiration for a Presentation Outfit:

Foreigner’s ‘Blinded by Science’ doesn’t have a video to inspire, but Thomas Dolby does!

  • Thick intelligent glasses
  • Lab coat
  • Pusssy bow blouse
  • Circle midi skirt
  • Black heels
  • Pencil in bun

Fantasy VS. Reality


The Norma Kamali Sequin underwire top and bottoms are exclusive to Net-A-Porter and are something to dream about~ Can you see the suit poolside in Miami, FL?

dievca has a little over a month to work on her poolside presentation. The best full-body workout that will be easy on a torn hamstring/calf and back is swimming. Reality is that dievca will be wearing Stella McCartney for Adidas and Speedo. Let’s hope she can be disciplined for Master and her training.


“This old thing?”

Midwestern weather in February calls for winter dressing.

dievca dug into her closet and came up with older items that still generated a couple of compliments.
she was astounded.

A whole discussion on fashion and Bricks & Mortar VS. Online Shopping occurred in an airport restaurant because of her coat. The discussion continued because her flight seatmate worked for ShopBop.

Two adorable Millennials noticing the exhausted Generation X-er’s style – a shocker.
Who said that women over 50 are marginalized?


Not quite something of use…

The Barneys sale (Madison Ave) … is still too expensive for this dievca~
Everything she wanted to buy calculated out around $700 -$800: Tate earrings or a ring. Marni sweater, Manolo Blahnik pumps, Zero Maria Cornejo coat. But nothing special enough to pull the trigger – as dievca’s friend said, “If these Louboutin boots were $450-$500, I would do it”.

So, nothing of use – but at least she got back to the store before it was gone.

dievca moved away from Barneys when they rebranded the Co-op in 2013, ‘sidelined’ Simon Doonan – and seemed like they lost their sense of humor. When they closed the UWS location? Ah, well….no reason to schlep across the City.

Here are some of the items dievca considered at the sale:

dievca doesn’t see Master in these boots:

Maybe these ones instead:

Photos: dievca Barneys NYC 2019

Some Things of Use – Holiday Shopping for the Gents

Click on each photo, a link to buy the item is set if wanted.

Alternate View

Orvis Merino Wool Zipneck Sweater Ocean $119

Double Loop Knot - Image 4 of 4

CB2 Double Loop Knot $60

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32BarBlues Juke Joint in my House boxer briefs $24

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Orvis personalized leather-bound Atlas Series $49

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Annie B. sea salt caramels 10 pc bag $6

Pendleton Avalanche Coat $295

Alternate View

Orvis Gentleman’s Pocket Knife $159

 

Prana Journeyman T-shirt Bear Hug $35

Wolf Pack Journeyman T-shirt Wolf Pack Journeyman T-shirt, Matcha Heather

Prana Journeyman T-shirt Wolfpack $17.50

Paper Bag Recycling Bin

Uncommon Goods Paper Bag Recycling Bin $58

Indigo Night Cable - Image 1 of 7

CB2 10 foot Indigo Night Cable $33.99

Drop Wireless Indigo Charger - Image 1 of 7

CB2 Drop Wireless Indigo Charger $47.96

Stio Men’s Shot 7 Down Jacket $549

Olympia Provisions Summer Sausage $24

Carbon2Cobalt Black Serendipity Sweater $99

Heritage Brown Leather Jump Rope - Image 1 of 4

CB2 Heritage Brown Leather Jump Rope

Cotton Gauze Lightweight Grey Bath Robe - Image 2 of 2

CB2 Men’s Cotton Gauze Lightweight Grey Bath Robe $49.95

Daily Calendar Pad 6 Months - Image 1 of 4

CB2 Daily Calendar Pad 6 Months $24

 

 

Image of ASOBU Black Kool Brew Coffee Maker

ASOBU Black Kool Brew Coffee Maker $39

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Naked Cashmere Riley Unisex Sweater $250

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CB2 Wire Tassel Grey Horsehair Keychain $38.25

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Outdoor Element Flint Multi-Tool Carabiner $14.95

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32BarBlues Jersey Knit cotton sweater $114

Everyone is doing a suggestion list (Have you seen Buzzfeed?) dievca’s is from magazine/catalog clippings she has kept throughout the year – thinking of the men in her Life. Right now she is stuck on her Dad – he needs “gummy” in the waist of his pants…the comfort-waist runs a bit larger than his svelte (very) 30″ waist (28″ maybe). He IS eating. Wish her luck!


A dievca Who Lunches

dievca has a Luncheon to attend. It is not her normal scene – she doesn’t own a great suit…she’s out of practice on the ‘lunching’ circuit~ Yes, she did quite a bit while growing up. Mother/Daughter events, but not so much in recent years.

Ladies Who Lunch is a phrase often used to describe well-off, well-dressed women who meet for social luncheons, usually during the working week. Typically, the women involved are married and non-working. Normally the lunch is in a high-class restaurant, but could also take place in a department store during a shopping trip. Sometimes the lunch takes place under the pretext of raising money for charity.

Looking for a costume, uh hem presentation outfit, gah – just ideas for something to wear!

Vanity Fair 2012 Article: “Revisiting Ladies Who Lunch”

Michael Kors Cashmere Sweater Dress

Sies Marjan Bessie Alpaca Coat

Dents Brown Leather Gloves

Finery London Snakeskin Tall Boots

Paul Smith Photo Scarf brown

Simone Perele Trocadero Set

Philip Lim 3×1 Studded Crossbody

One outfit option…thinking about other options. Trying to shop the closet. XO


Presentation Outfits…100 Years of Fashion in 2 minutes

dievca was looking to be inspired for Presentation Outfits: she ran into this video and it made her smile and think about options for Master. It seems like the most ‘ladylike’ outfits are from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The 1910s are too covered and too involved for finding clothing pieces, the 1970s seem like novelty outfits – Disco-oriented, dievca lived the BIG HAIR era of the 1980s (she has a vintage Norma Kamali red satin dress…), the 1990s are back in style – now.

1920s Dress

1930’s Dress

1940’s Red Silk Cocktail Dress Ceil Chapman

CEIL CHAPMAN vintage 1950’s designer Bombshell Cocktail dress silk jersey

1960s Silk Beaded Rhinestone Cocktail Dress Ceil Chapman

Ceil Chapman was an American fashion designer who worked in New York City from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was noted for creating glamorous cocktail and party dresses and for working with celebrity clients including television and movie actresses.


Stunning – Leather is Back with a Vengence

It’s not just about the classic bomber anymore. Leather in all shapes and forms is making its way to Street Style snaps around the World. Take a look in your closet and see if there is leather lurking in the back corner. Air it out, condition it and if it’s got an 80’s vibe – rock it.
If there isn’t a leather piece to be had — take a look at the following for inspiration:

REMAIN Birger Christensen Bologna Leather Shirt Dress
(dievca just bought the dress and its KILLER!)

Saint Laurent Red Leather Cape

Chloe Crocodile Embossed Leather Knee Boots

Balenciaga Hybrid Leather Coat

Unravel Red Leather Dress

Gucci Leather Cuff Boucle Sweater
(dievca picked up the black on Auction)

Thome Browne Unicorn Leather Bag

Mira Mikati Fox Handpainted Leather Jacket

Aquazzura Croc-effect Leather Boots

J.W. Anderson Leather Assylum Jacket

J Brand Carine Black Leather Pants
(dievca owns them)

Moncler Black Leather Puff Down Jacket

So…what was in your closet?


Romantic Retro – inspired by Batignolles

Inspiration:
Jamin Puech Bag
The Batignolles
is a bouquet whose beauty will remain eternal. It brings a touch of elegance and freshness to your style. Decorated with silk flowers each adorned with a brilliant pearl.

Details
Small handbag
Leather strap
Vintage-inspired metal clasp

Also available in Black, Blue, and Tan
490 Euro

Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 15x15x7 cm
Composition: 50% rayon; 50% cotton

Add:

HVN Moon Maria Dress silk

MiuMiu Peep-Toe Pumps with Bow

Princess Seam 1940’s Vintage Coat

18K Gold Plated Cuff

Vintage Bulgari Ear Clips

Chloe Sunglasses 2147

And that is where dievca is going for Master’s future Ladylike looks. Hello HVN!


A second ‘lewk’- sweater lingerie in cashmere

Lewk.
What it means:
lewk is a curated outfit, following a theme, your mood or the occasion.

To use the term of art, a lewk is a personal style signature so individual it’s almost indivisible from you. It connotes something noticeable: wearing jeans every day isn’t a lewk, but wearing a Schiaparelli lobster hat might be. It might be something you wear every day, but is not the same thing as a uniform. It’s not about saving time and brainpower by cutting out frivolity; it’s about embracing a particular brand of it, one that is yours alone. – Veronique Hyland, The Cut

dievca missed it on her ‘sweaters as lingerie‘ post. Katie Holmes’ lewk. Katie’s trying to step it up and be sexier, more mature – not the cute kid next door. She’s using the brand, Khaite to do it. The cashmere lingerie and sweaters are what dievca would truely consider ‘sweater lingerie’. 

The lewk:

dievca loves cashmere, but this is an expensive ‘lewk’=
bra $520
panties $500
sweater $1500
Way out of dievca’s range – but Katie rocks it well.


Ladylike

graceful, polite, and behaving in a way that is thought to be socially acceptable for a woman:.

In dress, it is controlled, elegant, classic and conservative:

Master’s favorite look.

dievca has gotten away from it. The process takes time and patience. A consistency of body-size.

Worrying about elderly parents, travel, aging takes its toll. A general tendency towards quirky and downtown chic pulls dievca when given a choice to spend money on clothing…
Master does like to see His dievca in her downtown chic plumage, but D/s-wise He prefers “ladylike”.

Why does this matter?

dievca has been clearing and revamping her closet – she’s sold a great deal on the RealReal, eBay and at Buffalo Exchange. Her money has not gone towards any ladylike items…

she’s gone more practical, focusing on items that she desired during the past year, which went on sale:

she will have to ask Master how He feels about her negligence of ladylike dressing. He is entertained by her eclectic closet and He knows her focus has been on Family/Life items.

The luxury of being “Ladylike” will just have to wait until dievca can refocus.


Biting the bullet – Master’s bespoke suit

It took a while – 3 years to be exact – for Master to bite the bullet and agree to get measured for another custom suit. He’s attending an event in the UK and needs to look “spot on”.

dievca will be reviewing her own advice (above link) and checking out what is currently in fashion for suits. she does know that the “Thom Browne” look isn’t going to fly for Master.

Charcoal grey is in the initial plans, excellent fabric quality and a slimmer cut (but not shrunken) for Master’s solid physique. He’s been working hard on it.

A well-informed dievca is a “prepped and ready” dievca.!

Master just passed on a note. He only has to wear a suit jacket and pants. An easier option from the closet. All of dievca’s research is null and void.
Ah, well.


End of Summer meet and greet

Cuup ‘the scoop’ Bra in clay

Cuup ‘the bikini’ in clay

Dries van Noten Rust Orange Patent Pumps

dievca is back home and she caught up with Master for D/s, Gin & Tonics, and sushi.

A mental support moment before dievca flies to her Parents for the weekend.

Antik Batik Cotton Gauze Dress Navy

Merho Navy Blur Leather Sandal

Baggu Black Leather Tote

Master’s Vintage Chain

MJM Marriage Cuff

MJM silver/14K cuff

MJM Opal Cuff

MJM Light Sterling Cuff


Swiming in NYC

August 14, 1938, Floating Bath Hudson River at 96th Street

It’s hot!
dievca and Master are going swimming, but not in the Hudson River.

The river is a bit dirty and the currents can be significant.
Instead, they will be hitting a local lap pool.

  • Stella McCartney x Adidas Orange Snakeskin One-Piece Swimsuit.
  • Speedo Black Silicone Swim Cap.
  • Speedo Clear Hydroplex Goggles.

OK, the suit is not super-glamorous on the sundeck. It is reasonably flattering.


Special

Christopher Kate Black Intarsia Special Sweater

dievca really wants to buy this sweater for a close friend. It would be given with a great deal of humor.

Because dievca is returning to Scandinavia for work, she’s been running around buying hair dye, allergy meds, Coach items, etc. Some are items people have requested and the rest are gifts dievca has found for friends.

One of her very close friends speaks excellent English. But sometimes words take a different meaning in another country.  Like the word “Special” – here’s the Mirriam-Webster definition:

special

adjective

spe·​cial | \ ˈspe-shəl  \

Definition of special

1distinguished by some unusual quality especially:: being in some way superior our special blend
2held in particular esteem special friend
3areadily distinguishable from others of the same category: UNIQUE they set it apart as a special day of thanksgiving
bof, relating to or constituting a species: SPECIFIC
4being other than the usual: ADDITIONALEXTRA
5designed for a particular purpose or occasion

noun

Definition of special

1one that is used for a special service or occasion caught the commuter special to work
2something (such as a television program) that is not part of a regular series
3a featured dish at a restaurant the specials of the day

 

None of these definitions apply to how, dievca’s friend uses the word, “Special”. The friend uses the word to describe someone who is high maintenance and demanding or a little bit crazy. Someone who is a pain-in-the-neck.    that one? she’s special

The word is said with an inferred eyeball roll.

OK – its sarcasm.

Wouldn’t this sweater be great for someone who is (wait for it….) special herself? dievca’s friend would laugh so hard if she received this sweater as a gift.

Do you know anyone who is…..Special?


plum·age

/ˈplo͞omij/
noun
a bird’s feathers collectively.

ATTICO OSTRICH FEATHERS TOP BUSTIER and DRESSES

 


To support Gay Pride, yet

avoid the Dueling Parades….dievca will be heading to the beach on Sunday.

This year what will probably be the biggest queer celebration in New York City history will consist of dueling marches – the gigantic, official annual Pride march with all the celebratory floats, fueled by big business sponsors and a breakaway march designed to be a grassroots protest not only for the cause of civil rights but against the over-corporatization of the main parade. (click here for the Guardian Article)

Carrying her gear in:

Maison Kitsuné Exclusive ssense rainbow fox tote

 

And wearing:

RE/DONE. Rainbow Raw Hem Sweatshirt

If it gets cooler in the evening.

 


AQUA: (shop your closet)

  • balance of play and work
  • balance of giving and receiving
  • release of guilt
  • frees the ability to receive without pretense
  • rejuvenation
  • will and thoughts – the reason why we do what we do
  • best color when you need Rest and Relaxation

Michael Kors Aqua Cotton Sweater and Poplin Anorak

Rag & Bone sheer t-shirt


Faliero Sarti Pills Scarf

Rag & Bone Jeans

Adidas Falcon Clemin Navy

Dagne Dover 365 Dakota Medium Neoprene Backpack Storm

Melissa Joy Manning Earrings

Sherry Lowe 14K Square Link Bracelet

Handmade 18K Opal Slice Ring

Jack Vartanian Gold Chain Ring

Aesa 3D Hex Ring 10k Aqua

dievca needed a functional outfit that could bounce back and forth between hot and cold temperature-wise. she shopped her closet for the Micheal Kors Sweater and Anorak and then got on a tear with the other aqua gear. Yes, it was a lot of color.  But dievca stood out and received many compliments with the unexpected, non-NYC, color scheme. (Note: she had her Rag & Bone jeans hemmed, no ripped hems…).


Surfs Up!….DAGNE DOVER backpacks (So 2014~Neoprene)

O’Neill Runway

2013 was the beginning of Neoprene appearing in fashion, used by designers such as Gareth Pugh, Balenciaga, Rick Owens, Lanvin and Vera Wang.

In 2014, it went mainstream.

Neoprene is a synthetic rubber that’s often used to make wetsuits, hence its alternative name “scuba.” … The weight of neoprene also means form-fitting skirts and dresses are more forgiving.

It is stiff and very warm to wear. But the mainstream 2014 offerings were fun!

Spring Clothing designed this lovely neoprene coat in 2017 and there are neoprene outwear pieces still floating around the Athletic and Athleisure sector.
(Note: Zoom in to take a look at her awesome BDSM cuffs)

Neoprene was invented by DuPont scientists on April 17, 1930 after Dr Elmer K. Bolton of DuPont attended a lecture by FatherJulius Arthur Nieuwland, a professor of chemistry at the University of Notre Dame. Nieuwland’s research was focused on acetylene chemistry and during the course of his work he produced divinyl acetylene, a jelly that firms into an elastic compound similar to rubber when passed over sulfur dichloride. After DuPont purchased the patent rights from the university, Wallace Carothers of DuPont took over commercial development of Nieuwland’s discovery in collaboration with Nieuwland himself. Arnold Collins at DuPont focused on monovinyl acetylene and allowed it to react with hydrogen chloride gas, manufacturing chloroprene.

DuPont first marketed the compound in 1931 under the trade name DuPrene, but its commercial possibilities were limited by the original manufacturing process, which left the product with a foul odor. A new process was developed, which eliminated the odor-causing byproducts and halved production costs, and the company began selling the material to manufacturers of finished end-products. To prevent shoddy manufacturers from harming the product’s reputation, the trademark DuPrene was restricted to apply only to the material sold by DuPont. Since the company itself did not manufacture any DuPrene-containing end products, the trademark was dropped in 1937 and replaced with a generic name, neoprene, in an attempt “to signify that the material is an ingredient, not a finished consumer product”. DuPont then worked extensively to generate demand for its product, implementing a marketing strategy that included publishing its own technical journal, which extensively publicized neoprene’s uses as well as advertising other companies’ neoprene-based products. By 1939, sales of neoprene were generating profits over $300,000 for the company (equivalent to $5,403,589 in 2018). ~ Wikipedia

Neoprene has continued to be popular for lifestyle and home accessories including laptop sleeves, tablet holders, lunch bags, wine bottle holders, remote controls, typing wrist pads, mouse pads, etc.

Neoprene provides cushioning, insulation and is water-resistant. It is quite durable, as well.

And it’s being used as one of dievca’s favorite accessory designs – the backpack.

Check out the current offerings from Dagne Dover:

Medium = $175, Large = $195 – available at ShopBop, Nordstrom’s and its own website (link above).

 


Staycation = ……………….(4 of them!)


Have an excellent weekend!
dievca’s four days off have already started out well.
XO