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