what’s under the Michelin Lady look…

Nothing Special – Just Practicalities
(Elegance will be worn tomorrow)

Chantell Softstretch green

Chantelle Softstretch in Green 


Feeling Fuzzy (in response to the wind)

dievca sold her Faux Fur coats the other year and (of course!) shearling faux and real are back in Fashion.

Four Options (guess which one dievca is trying):

  • Bottega Veneta Green Shearling Hooded Coat ($8900)
  • Bottega Veneta Aqua Shearling Coat ($8900)
  • Proenza Schouler White Label Green Faux Fur Wrap Coat ($895)
  • Yves Salomon Blue Faux Fur Wool Mateo Button Down Coat (on sale $450)

If you guess the blue button down coat (Yves Salomon) you are correct. At 5″4′ and curvy – those wrap coats will overwhelm dievca’s frame – though she loves the look desperately…  For dievca, wrap dresses and coats are like wearing yellow or raglan sleeves – just DON’T do it!


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


Loving a Man in a cozy Sweater (Jumper)

Paul McCartney Fair Isle

The Fair Isle

Submariner

The Submariner

Steve McQueen 1968 Fisherman Sweater
The Aran Sweater

Mr. Rodgers Cardigan
The Cardigan

Classics for a reason and always as handsome as the Gentleman inside. 

(Master prefers a Fairsisle Sweater Vest – makes His dievca smile)


Shovel the Snow

to get to the Laundrymat to clean towels, pads, and clothing because the wash machine went out….It’s been years since dievca has had to gather quarters for the machines. 

dievca’s desperation of not initially recognizing a wine bottle shape in the bottom cupboard was a bit pathetic. The wine is a solid Malbec and a good way to end a day of chores. 

Mom is good, dievca got her best – but she is fading. Mom is going to go down with dignity and a healthy splash of humor~

dievca absolutely loves that her Mom cannot remember that she broke her hip twice or what she ate, but she damn well knows that dievca brought her favorite chocolates and asks about dievca’s Apple Green Dries van Noten Platform Sandals. (Note: Mom is bed/wheelchair bound, but dievca has put all the shoes on her Mother’s feet – just to get the “look”.)

dievca schlepped two pair of kick a** boots for Mom to review, platform leather Chuck Taylors, a +J Uniqlo Mixed Knit Sweater a friend gave to her and the crazy print LA Double J reversible down coat. dievca’s Mom loved it all. 

Chocolates and Fashion – there is some kind of philosophical “Meaning of Life” in those choices.


Norma Kamali for the Future

The days are getting LONGER! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Something in the color of hope might speak to the New Year:

Norma Kamali Shawl Collar Bonded Coat Lilac 2Norma Kamali Shawl Collar Bonded Coat LilacNorma Kamali Shawl Collar Bonded Coat Lilac 3Norma Kamali Shawl Collar Bonded Coat Lilac 4
NORMA KAMALI BONDED SHAWL COLLAR COAT
Generous fit
Slight bell sleeve
Oversized shawl collar
Curved hem
Shawl collar can be wrapped as a hood
FABRIC
4-way stretch Velvet.
Composition: 92% polyester 8% spandex

CARE INSTRUCTIONS
For the long life of this easy care style, please follow the directions: cold water wash, cool dry line dry, do not dry clean.

Ships Feb. 6th, 2022

After seeing this fabric and color, dievca’s Camo Shawl Collared Coat might not make the cut anymore….

What do you think?

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Keeping it Simple

As dievca mentioned yesterday – she’s crabby.
That spills onto dressing, as well, and she is just trying to keep it simple. she thinks she managed getting herself together reasonably well.

  • Max Mara Black Cashmere T-shirt Sweater
  • Machete Chain Necklace
  • Tahari Black Faux Suede Pants
  • Gianvitto Rossi Black Combat Boots
  • Max Mara Camel Vintage Cashmere Coat
  • Primecut Shearling Blackpack – multicolored
  • Portolano Black Cashmere Hat
  • Portolano Black Leather Grommet Gloves
  • Black Cashmere Knit Scarf
  • MAC Russian Red Lipstick

dievca is hoping you are less crabby and getting it together better than she is~ XO


Cashmere Cloud for Christmas

Rag Bone Blue Cashmere

Rag & Bone

J Crew Honeycomb Cashmere Sweater Blue

J. Crew

Udeshi Royal Blue Cashmere Beanie

Udeshi

Richard Quinn Bradley Blue Cashmere-quarter-zip

Richard Quinn

Brooklinen Heathered Blue Cashmere sheets

Brooklinen

Nordstrom Signature Blue Cashmere Sweater

Nordstrom Signature

Blue Cashmere Wrap Etsy

Etsy Shop ItalyInCashmere

Elderstatesman Striped Sweater Women's blue
The Elder Statesman


And the weather took a chilling turn~

Wind whipping
Whitecaps frothing
Chill weather cuts the City

Noses drip
Red Biting Lips
Intrepid Trudging Prevails

Conserving warmth becomes a priority.


Dress the Part

Dress the  Partdievca has a Navy Blue Silk Dress that makes her feel amazing. Its’s not the most expensive dress nor the most fashionable, but she likes to wear it whenever she needs to clean up and present to humans. she can dress the outfit up or down with shoes/boots and accessories – any way it goes on it – she feels great.

dievca stands taller.

A lot of people argue that what you wear isn’t important, or that it is unfair to suggest that people should buy clothes to boost their self-esteem. If we are being realistic about the working world or IRL, we have to point out the truth: How you present yourself is important. You don’t need to have a closet full of expensive clothes to get ahead, but you will feel a lot better if you have one or two outfits you absolutely love that you can wear whenever you need a pick-me-up.

dievca doesn’t wear the silk dress because it will impress other people — she wears it because it makes her feel ready to take on the world!

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What she wore ~

The day of the La Pavillon dinner was cooler, so the floral dress option was off the table. Something a bit warmer would be necessary for comfort:

  • Autumn Cashmere Green Ribbed Knit Dress ($52 on sale OutNet)

  • Khaite Patent Leather Thigh-Hi Sedona Boots ($550 on sale SSENSE)

  • Vintage Missoni Textured Tan Knit Trench ($120 eBay)

  • Lily and Lionel Paisley Cashmere Scarf ($150 on sale Neiman Marcus)

  • Reed Krakoff Snakeskin Ayers Clutch ($75 RealReal)

Its been a long time since dievca has truly put on make-up, so that was a bit of a trick…

La Pavillon NYC:  The FOOD was amazing!  Everything was well-done and 3/4 of it was unique and spectacular.  The cost was about $200 per person, but dievca feels that the food and the atmosphere were worth it. Note: the menu evolves with food availbility, so sharing her dinner choices won’t help another diner in the future.


Seeing Stripes with The Elder Statesman

Looking for something cozy on a Autumn Sunday!


Rules for buying

1. Does this piece bring joy?

Would you wear it out of the store right now?

2. How will this be incorporated into my overall wardrobe?

Make sure you have an idea how you can wear it 30 times or more and incorporate it into your overall style.

3. Does it fit me well and is it made well?

Don’t force it. It will never leave your closet if you are already making excuses for it.

4. Does it fit my budget?

We all have one.

ANSWERS:

1.)  These boots will replace one of the 6 pairs dievca had to get rid of for her foot. They will work into her “Downtown Chic with Whimsey” Vibe (Master’s Words).

2.)  dievca can start wearing these boots with:

3.)  Gianvito Rossi’s version of combat boots has been made in Italy from butter-smooth leather and rests on a rubber lug sole. They hit just below the knee – elasticated ribbed panels make them easier to fit muscular calves.

4.)  The boots are straining her budget, but dievca found her size on the one website with 30% off. She would share the site with you, but the boots have sold out.


Doing Lunch – a (small) dievca disaster

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So, dievca met Master for lunch at a lovely rooftop restaurant. It was a gorgeous end-of-summer day in NYC and she was wearing a French Blue Raquel Allegra hammered satin Peasant Dress, nipped in with a Ralph Lauren Orange Cotton-toggle belt to match the ACNE Studios/Fallraven Backpack….with ACNE Studio sunglasses and Master’s Earrings.

The shoes were supposed to change from sneakers for walking through the city to heeled clogs, but when dievca went into her backpack to grab the clogs – only one was there….the other was found later at home, hidden.

Master just laughed at His dievca and handed her a lovely Birthday gift – which worked perfectly with the dress (Zimmermann Aloha 14K-plated Beaded Earrings) and reminded dievca of her College Days:


Celebration of a Friend’s Life – an Outfit

Roll over the photos for item descriptions.
Something simple worn to brunch celebrating the Life of a close friend.
It was a lovely day in NYC.


Design on a Dime – NYC Charity Shop style

dievca looks at the Housing Works eShop  website once in awhile for a little inexpensive retail therapy.  You have to have time and an open mind, but something might gel.

$107.00 bought dievca:

  1. Pringle Argyle Cashmere Sweater in brown (vintage) $30
  2. Columbia Down Vest in brown (used) $17
  3. Plaid Converse Chuck Taylor Slip-Ons in brown (new) $25
  4. COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in grey $15 (new)
  5. COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in white $15 (new)
  6. Blue Q ‘Get the Hell Out of My Kitchen’ sock $5 (new) – a gift for a friend

she’ll match the first 4 items with:

  • MIH Jeans
  • Stand Studio Kala Faux Leather Overcoat in dark Green $515 on sale for $87.55
  • Tomas Maier Pony Hair Backpack
  • RE/done upcycled Blue Jean Mask

For a quirky, yet interesting combination in the City.  Master will be laughing at dievca’s Midwestern homage~

We really need to get out of COVID cozy and head back to Ladylike…

What is your Design on a Dime style?

(Let dievca know and she’ll post it!)


Beauty in Bondage – R13

DELICATE STRENGTH – renewal in bondage

Bondage Butterfly Oversized Crewneck Sweatshirt made with Japanese cotton lyocell terry in an acid black wash. Oversized fit sweatshirt with light distressing at ribs. Sweatshirt has been washed with acid and stones to make the garment soft to the touch. $450


the ride home


Yes, its ridiculous in the realm of Life and Life’s current challenges – but – dievca finally feels like she has mastered a comfortable & clean look for traveling. A personal success.


7 Bridges, Diner/Drive-In/Dive, and a Nap

San Diego 7 Bridges Walk

A lovely way to see some of the San Diego neighborhoods is to walk the 7 Bridges Urban Walk – passing the Zoo, Balboa Park,  the LGBT+ community, etc. dievca’s watch logged 5.68 miles.  With a short drive to Hob Knob Hill for brunch, the restaurant was featured on Diner, Drive-In and Dives with Guy Fieri. dievca just had a normal breakfast (eggs, bacon, waffle) and it was a like a normal diner in NYC.

San Diego 7 Bridges Walk

Afterward, dievca passed out on the Coronado Beach for two hours – sunscreen was applied!


Cali-vibe, NYC style

Two dinners with friends!


Santa Fe – dievca style

dievca had two days in Santa Fe to wander the downtown area. she was having a foot issue after walking the trails in Sedona, so her choices were driven by shoes:

Outfit #1 – Museums and Shopping

Outfit #2 – Dinner and Music

dievca bought the red sneakers and two other items:

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Golightly Cashmere Rainbow Oversized Scarf $405 modelNew Mexico Red Tee

  • Golightly Cashmere (Designed and Made in Santa Fe) Rainbow Wrap
  • New Mexico Flag Red T-shirt

What the Customs Duty paid for~

  • Dries van Noten Teal Crocodile Derby’s $890 for $366 (now $240 – size 38 run more like an 8.5)
  • Dries van Noten Snakeskin Platform Sandals $885 for $646 (sold out elsewhere)
  • Laura Manoogian Brown Bow Pants $350 for $249 (Cheaper elsewhere, but the size was too large for dievca)

The Derby’s were too large, so they had to be returned. The pants will be worn in the Winter – they are a heavy knit.

The Sandals are being worn on this trip with:

  • Eddie Bauer White Jeans $80 for $55 
  • Dries van Noten Floral Tee Shirt  eBay $80

The customs re-imbursement bought:

 

  • Dries van Noten purple knit bra and briefs $220 for $114 and $280 for $109
  • Acne Studios Star Bag $250 for $98
  • Pearls Before Swine Simple Silver Ring Set $250 for $137

Now, before you pass judgement on the amount spent…remember that dievca sold items this month at Buffalo Exchange for $300, the RealReal for $1250, and has 6 items out to Decades in LA. Plus two items have sold on eBay during dievca’s travels = $200.

$1488 bought, $1750 sold + with more listed.

And if you are interested – Master thinks dievca’s machinations for reducing and rebuilding her closet are hilarious. 

“Diversity, dievca, Diversity”


Smooth Travel

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The backpack takes the load, the Nikes carry the load, the sweater keeps it warm, the linen keeps it cool, the spandex allows flexibility. dievca wore black incase something gets spilled on the plane, plus its forgiving on body type so she didn’t look too sloppy.


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

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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!