Emotions, Feelings and Drama

e·mo·tion
əˈmōSH(ə)n
noun
plural noun: emotions
a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others

feel·ing
ˈfēliNG
noun
plural noun: feelings
an emotional state or reaction.
“a feeling of joy”

dra·ma
ˈdrämə
noun
1. a play for theater, radio, or television.
2. an exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances.

Emotions can be measured by a body’s physical response to a situation. They tend to be predictable and well understood.

Feelings are a mental response to emotions. Feelings represent a personal reaction towards experienced emotions.

Drama is making your emotions/feelings someone else’s responsibility!

Thank you to the “Emotional Detective
and a conversation with Chris from the Muscleheaded Blog


On the Dot!

Marilyn Monroe 1951 Polka Dot Bikini

America’s love affair with the polka dot might have started in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit.

In 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling “Minnie Mouse” wearing a polka dot dress and matching bow.  Minerva leans towards red, though it looks like she was open to color changes in 1930.

Throughout the 1930s, polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows.

In 1940, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania — that spring, the Los Angeles Times assured its readers, “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.”

Christian Dior New Look 1954 Dot Dress

We can see ‘Rosie the Riveter’s’ polka dot bandana, continuing the theme through the early 1940’s.

Later in the decade, the polka dot pattern became more “highbrow” when Christian Dior released his “New Look” collection of hourglass dresses, many styles bedecked with dots. After a wartime period of shifting gender roles, Dior told Vogue that his collection sought “to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female” again.  Hollywood followed suit, and the ladylike print fast became popular with actresses.

In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini (top photo). Nine years later, the release of Brian Hyland’s hit song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” brought polka dots back into vogue.

Brian Hyland “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”

dievca wears polka dots once in awhile, Master’s favorite is a retro day dress:

Collectif Caterina Shirt Dress

Paul Smith

A couple of polka dot scarves have joined dievca’s closet.

But she got distracted by a few polka dot items for this Spring and Summer:

The Garnet Hill Starlet is in dievca’s closet for summer and she is eyeballing the Lindy Bop Juliet for walking on Master’s arm when he returns to NYC.
Do you have anything polka dot you swear by?
XO


Doin’ Disney~

A risqué illustration featuring 64 Disney characters showed up in Paul Krassner’s satirical US publication, The Realist, 50 years ago.

Originally published out of the offices of Mad, The Realist lays serious claim to being the world’s first and longest surviving underground magazine, running from 1958 to 2001.

In 2007, Krassner recounted to The Guardian how he was inspired to commission the drawing by Disney’s death in 1966:
“I decided to visit Disneyland for the first time. I asked the head of security if there was any special ceremony to mark his death.

“‘No,’ he replied. ‘We kept the park open. We felt that Mr Disney would have wanted it that way.’ This was the moment I realised that, although Disney had served as the Intelligent Designer for a whole stable of imaginary characters – repressing their libidos in the process – they were now mourning for him in a state of suspended animation.

“When I got home, I called Wally Wood, a staff artist for Mad magazine, and assigned him to create a black-and-white montage for the middle two pages of the May 1967 issue.”<

The artwork inspired irreverent t-shirts with Snow White and “the Sir Punks”, plus Minnie and Mickey going at it  selling at Seditionaries.  This was one of a number of graphics introduced into the historic store at 430 King’s Road early in 1978 by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.

HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY!


The Call to wear White

Memorial Day.
Wearing bright white between Memorial Day and Labor Day isn’t a hard and fast rule…but people still follow the dictate, albeit – casually.  The Summer months in the northern parts of the World tend to run from the end of May to the beginning of September.  With the sun and heat, white cloth reflects light and cotton is lighter and easier to wear during the Summer months.  Sun and heat = less messy weather = less mud = lighter weight fabrics like linen, etc.

Now, if you are living in the southern United States, you might be more interested in wearing a white suit, maybe year-round or on tropical Holidays. A statement made by Mark Twain, FDR, Truman, Hemingway, etc.

Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, is quoted all over the web saying, “in the late 19th century and the 1950s, more people were entering the middle classes. These nouveau-riche folks were often unaware of the standards of high society, so they were given specific codified rules to follow in order to fit in.”  One of these rules was the wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

So, what is white in your closet?  Are you pulling those pieces out for Summer?
dievca is!
XO

 


So sad to watch.


So sad that you took all of my joy in you, willingness to give and just threw it away.

I kept asking for answers, trying to explain what was happening to me.
And you didn’t realize the issues or couldn’t self-reflect to discuss my queries.
Avoidance and uncertainty causing me to feel unsafe and anxious.
I know, I know – that is human and that is Life.
But, “I’ll never date you”, pulled the emergency brake as we stepped on the gas.
Maybe we could have had something where you got to be open and happy.
And where I felt safe and beautiful.
If you had just taken a chance and asked me to be yours.
Photo: unknown, situation - a close friend

Where smart is… (developed by Kyle Walker)

“You sure are smart, but you sure are dumb.”

dievca’s Dad meant that dievca was book smart, but had no common sense.  (uhhh, honestly her nose was in a book growing up and she was kinda, uh, spacey.)

A second comment is “smart” vs. “educated”. dievca’s grandfather came over from central Europe and went up to a 6th grade education before going to work.  He was one of the most intelligent people dievca knew. Notably, all three of his children graduated from college and two received graduate degrees (one – was a female working in the field of Chemistry in 1946).  So, is smart inherent or opportunity?

Well–whatever, dievca is living in an area with people have a similar educational background to hers. Master’s, too.

Kyle Walker, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Christian University developed a series of interactive maps of city populations, based on education.

  • Blue dots stand for 25-500 people over the age of 25 who have received a graduate degree.
  • Green dots signify a bachelor’s degree
  • Yellow dots are some college experiences.
  • Orange dots represent a high school diploma
  • Red dots includes everything short of a high school diploma.

The difference in colors are an indication of various educational backgrounds, but may be economic indicators, as well. You see, the blue dots start to disappear around 100th Street in Harlem and the surround boroughs are a sea of green and yellow. Maybe the opportunity for education cannot be afforded.

dievca is just showing you the map of Manhattan – there are other cities represented by Walker’s work at Business Insider. San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Dallas, etc.

So, what color are you and where are you located?

And does that mean you are “smart”? or that you had the opportunity…


May 1st: Loyalty Day

You thought that May Day (May 1st) was known for maypoles, flowers and welcoming the spring.  An ancient pagan holiday celebrating the start of summer, known as Beltaine (Beltane) in Gaelic traditions. Wait! There’s more….

H&M Floral Coachella Crown

It is also a day of worker solidarity and protest; though the U.S. observes its official Labor Day in September, many countries will celebrate Labor Day on Monday, May 1st, 2017.

In the 1880’s, labor movements around the world were fighting for fair work accommodations like eight-hour workdays and creating unions. On May Day, 1886 – 200,000 U. S. workmen engineered a nationwide strike for an eight-hour day.

The May 1, 1886, labor action wasn’t just any strike—it was part of what became known as the Haymarket affair. On May 1 of that year, Chicago (along with other cities) was the site of a major union demonstration. The Chicago protests were meant to be part of several days of action. On May 3, a strike at the McCormick Reaper plant in the city turned violent; the next day, a peaceful meeting at Haymarket Square became even more violent.

Here’s how TIME magazine summed it up in 1938:

A few minutes after ten o’clock on the night of May 4, 1886, a storm began to blow up in Chicago. As the first drops of rain fell, a crowd in Haymarket Square, in the packing house district, began to break up. At eight o’clock there had been 3,000 persons on hand, listening to anarchists denounce the brutality of the police and demand the eight-hour day, but by ten there were only a few hundred. The mayor, who had waited around in expectation of trouble, went home, and went to bed. The last speaker was finishing his talk when a delegation of 180 policemen marched from the station a block away to break up what remained of the meeting. They stopped a short distance from the speaker’s wagon. As a captain ordered the meeting to disperse, and the speaker cried out that it was a peaceable gathering, a bomb exploded in the police ranks. It wounded 67 policemen, of whom seven died. The police opened fire, killing several men and wounding 200, and the Haymarket Tragedy became a part of U. S. history.

In 1889, the International Socialist Conference declared that, in commemoration of the Haymarket affair, May 1 would be an international holiday for labor, known as International Workers’ Day.

Lugrash Larry, mother of four, laborer in Blast Furnace, US women workers of WWII series (c.1943) by Margaret Bourke-White LIFE

In the U.S., that holiday rolled along until its socialist beginnings raised contempt during the anti-communist fervor of the early Cold War. President Eisenhower signed a resolution in July of 1958 naming May 1 as “Loyalty Day” in trying to avoid any hint of solidarity with the “workers of the world” on May Day. The resolution declared that it would be “a special day for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States of America and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.”

Hmm…

  • Equal Pay for Women Workers
  • Loyalty to the United States
  • Celebrating the coming of Summer and Fertility

Master will be totally into this History. He is passionate about protest.
Ugh. Can dievca just head to work and treat it like a normal Monday?

Coffee, anyone?