OK, its cold….

dievca’s working in a Nordic country and it’s about 30 degrees Fahrenheit colder than NYC and…its been raining.
OK, misting.

But, there is a beautiful view, occasionally.

So, dievca is not complaining. Really.
(she thought it was supposed to be Summer…)

Have a fabulous Saturday!


Sidestepping conflict

“and she was famously blunt and outspoken.”

Katharine Hepburn by Richard Avedon, 1955.

“That’s the downside of trying to sidestep conflict. Smoothing over problems will only make them come back with greater fierceness, until you invariably explode.”

dievca’s the type to rip the band-aid off.  Get the pain over with immediately, so it doesn’t linger.

she’s surrounded by people who are amazed at her bluntness and tend to avoid conflict. OK, let’s be honest, most people avoid conflict. Got it.

Look, dievca doesn’t thrive on being blunt, she was just raised in a blunt household and has watched things fester when you don’t face them…it’s not pretty.

she doesn’t want things festering in her Soul.

Address the issue and move on.


Sail Away~

When you think about sailing away on a Monday morning…

Do you choose a sailboat?

A cruise liner?

Tricolour Cruise Liner Bag

Moulded ‘pebble grain’ leather duffel bag color-blocked in red, off-white, and navy. Twin carry handles. Detachable leather charm at handle base. Logo stamp in gold-tone at face. Zip closure. Signature tricolor textile lining. Gold-tone hardware. Tonal stitching. Approx. 18″ length x 5.5″ height x 6″ width. Leather. Made in Italy

Or a starship?


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