Sushi on the Rooftop

Temperatures hit 91 F (33 C) on the day dievca and Master met for sushi, but the evening was cooler and as the sun went down the temperature was lovely.
dievca had dressed for comfort in a hand-blocked organic cotton caftan + red sneakers for her knee.

Click on the photos for the brands


10K anyone?

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Chloé Crochet Dresses – each running at $10,500.
dievca loves the dresses,
but which interesting person would be willing to buy them?   

Available at Net-A-Porter


Tangerine Dream – a gentle Saturday start

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Walking the City on a Weekend calls for
Tangerine Dreams

Lady-like for your Master/ Madame

Vince TENCEL™ Lyocell-blend dress $425 Net-A-Porter

Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many personnel changes over the years, with Froese having been the only continuous member until his death in January 2015.


dressed wrong (a dievca disaster)

Sooooo…..dievca didn’t pack well for the South Beach crowd.  she didn’t have bodycon dresses, sparkles, running shorts with crop tops, and glamorous nails. she forgot her jewelry and a purse.  Square sunglasses are the rage and with dievca’s square face – they were a disaster.

dievca rocked her breezy cotton gauze, silk maxi dress,  wide-leg terry pants, Jackie-O round sunglasses with verve. Enough so, that she caught people looking at her because she was just different from the crowd.  Was it a good different or a bad different? dievca does not know.

she didn’t bother to shop because she was parked on the beach — until she had enough of the sun.

There was one store she wanted to stop by in Miami Beach – the Webster.

dievca was prepared to buy nothing — until she saw a ladylike dress for Master.

A linen A-line sundress from Saloni (the Rachel) – in an orange pattern.  

So, something good comes out of dievca’s South Beach dressing disaster after all.

Saloni Rachel Linen Dress the Webster


Sparkle on a sludgy day…

Amina Muaddi purple-giorgia-heeled-sandals

Amina Muaddi Lilac Giorgia Heels

Retrofete Astrid Dress $595 Kelly Green

Retrofete Apple Green Dress

Retrofete Astrid Dress $595 Kelly Green back

Retrofete Apple Green Dress

The rain turned into thick, wet, messy snow. Showing some sparkle and skin would be a treat.


Draped – with Bottega Veneta

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drape
/drāp/
verb
past tense: draped; past participle: draped

arrange (cloth or clothing) loosely or casually on or around something.
“she draped a shawl around her shoulders”

adorn, cover, or wrap (someone or something) loosely with folds of cloth.
“the body was draped in a blanket”
Similar:
wrap, arrange, wind, swathe, sling, hang, let fall in folds, cover, envelop, shroud, decorate, adorn, array, deck, bedeck, festoon, bundle up, muffle up, blanket, overlay, cloak, veil, enfold, sheathe

let (oneself or a part of one’s body) rest somewhere in a casual or relaxed way.
“he draped an arm around her shoulders”


Well, that was a bust – Holiday Gala canceled

As Omicron moves into NYC – venues and events are being closed/canceled. dievca’s Holiday Gala was an early casualty.  Too bad it was canceled after she had bought the dress…

Here was the plan:

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Dries van Noten Red Drape Dress
John Galliano Heels
Perrin Le Rond Bag Blue
Ben-Amun Cabochon Earrings
Vintage Emerald Ring
Dainty Dagger Sapphire Ring

OK, Plan B – wear the dress to Master’s and have a smaller personal Gala!


Bordelle – Exclusive Bondage

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The Adjustable Bondage Angela is the ultimate in Bordelle bondage luxe, with total adjustability to flatter every curve. This piece is made up of over 150 24k gold-plated components. Each dress takes a whole day to make! Limited edition colourway – Eden. $1094.00

Details:

  • Satin elastic dress in rich Eden
  • Signature satin elastic strapping
  • Adjustable through the back
  • Includes suspender clips; wear with garters or stockings
  • 24k gold plated zip fastening
  • Made up of 140 24k gold-plated components

Care and Composition:
Elastic: 89% Polyamide, 11% Elastane.
Delicate hand wash separately.


Finally something good – or so she thought

Agent Provocateur Peachy

dievca spotted this lovely photo from an Agent Provocateur email. she was excited to see an edge and presetntation that has been missing from the company’s recent offerings. she misses the quirk, sassiness and humor they used to offer.

Then she clicked through to see the item…

What dievca thought was a body suit or soft corset turn out to be a dress with mini ruffles and lace.  At $1545 only the back is of interest. Yawn~

Agent Provocateur Peachy Dress

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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!

(roll over a photo to see the item description)


The First Option

Jade Johnny Was Angelo Easy Dress

See by Chloe Block Heel Ankle strap sandals red

Zimmermann 14K Aloha beaded hoop earrings

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dievca is starting to think through the outfits she might wear to Le Pavillon:

  • Jade by Johnny Was Angelo Easy Dress
  • See by Chloe Block Heel Ankle Strap Sandals
  • Zimmerman 14K Aloha Beaded Hoop Earrings
  • Jack Gomme Light Lami Cerise Backpack

This 100% silk dress is easy to throw on and works if its warm out. Master thought it was a good choice.


Fanciful Unicorn

On a lighter note – but following the childhood innocence theme – the La Double J Mini Swing Dress in Giungla brings color and clean lines to Life.  Might be a good choice to indicate your interest in being a Little or a Unicorn.

La Double J Mini Swing Dress Glungla ShopBop Unicorn

  • Fabric: Lightweight, non-stretch silk twill
  • Rainforest print
  • Jewel neckline and short sleeves
  • Hidden zip at back
  • On-seam hip pockets
  • Shell: 100% silk
  • Unlined
  • Dry clean
  • Made in Italy
  • $520

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Master laughed

dievca was a vision in green with the Xirena Aiden cotton gauze dress in Juniper:

Xirena Aiden Dress Juniper

The dress wasn’t the problem – it was that she added these two items to the mix:


What grounded the Green Monster? Nike Thea Print Comic:

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the Summer Scoop

Now that NYC has moved into a new climate zone…

New York City, after years of being considered a humid continental climate, now sits within the humid subtropical climate zone. The classification requires that summers average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit — which New York’s have had since 1927 — and for winter months to stay above 27 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.

A simple 100% Cotton Summer Dress is a necessity.

Wal-Mart bought the rights to a NYC brand which personified beach style to Millennials.
In 2016:

Scoop NYC, the boutique chain that billed itself as “the ultimate closet,” announced last week that it was closing its 15 remaining shops.

The Last Days of Scoop – NY Times

The store relives as a Brand at Wal-Mart and is offering a simple summer dress, on sale for $28.50

Scoop
Women’s Strapless Asymmetric Midi Sundress

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Channeling Elizabeth Taylor

1950's Red Silk Chiffon Liz Taylor Style Party Dress for Pavion by Dave Barr Vintage Chic Cocktail Party Dress Size Small Etsy $250

Stunning 1950’s Red Silk Chiffon Cocktail Party Dress Designed for “Pavion” by David Barr!

This vintage dress just screams out Elizabeth Taylor!

Made of a soft crimson-colored red silk chiffon fabric trimmed with red silk satin detailing- the dress features sheer chiffon sleeves, the body of the dress lined in silk satin, the collar is notched and offers a deep plunge neckline with matching fabric buttons down the front. The waist is cinched and the the skirt on this beautiful piece has tons of small pleats for a super full mid-calf length skirt.

The dress has wonderful movement when you walk or dance!

Excellent Vintage Condition, $250 on Etsy – click photo for link

Size Small
Bust -34″
Waist -25″
Hip -Free
Length -41″


So trite…

adjective
  1. (of a remark, opinion, or idea) overused and consequently of little import; lacking originality or freshness.

dievca ended up in a Mall after that Beach Memorial Mass. There wasn’t much creativity offered from any of the retailers (H&M, Aritzia, Uniqlo, Lululemon, Brooks Brothers, Zara, Kate Spade, Coach, Muji, Sephora).Ramie Balloon-Sleeve Dress | Banana Republic

dievca was bored – though Banana Republic offered this ramie peasant top dress in green. Something with pockets and short is always welcome to dievca’s closet. she was befuddled by the sizing in the stores – sometimes she needed a large, other times a small…strange. Ramie Balloon-Sleeve Dress | Banana Republic

Note: An Honorable Mention award should be given to the H&M LemLem collaboration’s Lyocell-blend Kaftan Dress. The dress is sold out online and dievca didn’t get to try it on (H&M is not allowing people to use the dressing rooms) and the line to purchase items was very long. she got out of there fast~

H and M LemLem

Has anyone else had a Mall experience? Maybe something more exciting and successful than dievca’s ride?


Elegance with Alexander McQueen

Is anyone else seeking elegance?

The year plus of sweatsuits has taken a toll for dievca, it took her awhile to gather an outfit for that event.

she used to be able to grab something and get ready in 30+ minutes. Maybe this McQueen dress could inspire a ‘quick change’? Too bad there isn’t anywhere to wear it at this point. Day dresses, maybe – formal dresses, not yet.

It is still a beautiful dress.

Could Chuck Taylors and a jeans jacket dress it down?

(Click photo to purchase)


Shopping the closet worked…

dievca didn’t look pregnant and received multiple compliments on the dress. Note – its been long enough since Melania Trump wore the Big Pink Dress (2017) and its still in style. Plus, it was the perfect choice for an outdoor event.

Wipe the sweat off that brow – whew!


In a Panic…

dievca has an outdoor event to attend. The 1st of its kind in a year +.

Even after the never-ending process of reducing her closet – she has a number of items available to wear – IF THEY FIT WELL.  Health and movement-wise, dievca is in pretty good shape.  Deep sleep (physical recovery sleep) and perimenopause-wise, her body shape has shifted – a belly has appeared.  Her closet hasn’t shifted to keep up with it because she wants to see what happens with menopause and HRT.

God, what to wear without looking pregnant.

Before she goes digging deep – here is what she thinks will fit easily:

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Eliza Faulkner Cotton Sissy Dress

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Loup Charmant Hydrus Dress Cadmium Red

Faithful the Brand Sonja Dress

Faithfull the Brand Sonja Dress

Then there is the question of a matching mask~

Cross-fingers. dievca will let you know what she finally decides to wear.


Blood on Snow~ Bottega Veneta

Quite a visual.

Haunting. Alluring.

Presentation, in a time of nowhere to go.


Sunday Brunch on the roof.

Melissa Odabash Alicia Pink Crochet Tunic

Emily Wiser Initial Necklace from Master

Chan Luu Peacock Pearl Mix Barrette ShopBop

David Yurman Petite Tahitian Ring

Ancient Greek Sandals Zenobia brown natural

Omo Norma Kamali Cat Eye Sunglasses

Nannacay Cotio Straw Bag Multi


Be ready for whatever Summer throws at you~

Versatile Florals from Alice + Olivia
Dresses ready for sandals, heels, or sneakers. Etc.


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


Vinyl Vixen

noun. a female fox. an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.
a woman considered to be sexually attractive.

LaQuan Smith leopard bustier dress PVC Spring RTW 2020

Click photo to purchase the LaQuan Smith bustier dress at fwrd.com


You can’t cancel PRIDE – it’s in you.

The NYC Gay Pride March scheduled for June 28, 2020, was canceled due to COVID-19.  The march was inaugurated on June 28, 1970 – it would have been the 50th Year.  There will be virtual celebrations and WABC in New York will be broadcasting NYC Pride programming the month of June.

“We are a community that thrives when we are united,” added Correa. “We may not fill the streets of New York City this year, but LGBTQIA+ people carry pride with them all year long.
I have no doubt that we will be together again soon.”
~ David A. Correa, Interim Executive Director Heritage of Pride

dievca has found her dress for this year’s celebration:

Banana Republic Gay Pride Dress $129.99 (click photo to buy)


Desperate for a Dress

And the Sun…

It’s hard to wear a dress when biking up to Master’s place,
but dievca is getting sick of practical athletic shorts and pants.

she did a little summer splurging on the MatchesFashion.com sales pages:

Rhode Jasmine Floral shirred cotton mini dress

Merlette Tuileries white cotton drawstring Dress

Etro Fantasy Print red side-tie Bikini

Should work out with the RE/done upcycled Levi’s denim mask:


Wrong, wrong, wrong – but wouldn’t it be fun?

Right about now, dievca should be attending the final fundraiser of the year.
Not happening for obvious reasons…

Its dievca’s habit to keep a lookout for outfits that fit the Gala bill.
she ran into this Riasa & Vanessa outfit that made her look twice and smile.

Then shake her head for the many ways it is just wrong for her build:

  • Crop top at this age for formal wear?
  • Pants that sweeping and long on a short body? (hard to hem)
  • Short torso and curves trying to drape those sequins?

 

Well, this is what she had planned:

Her Black Halo Lucy Dress in Jellybean with these:


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  • Stuart Weitzman Axis Sandals Black
  • Chandelier Earrings
  • Subversive +Target ribbon bracelet
  • Garay vintage black fabric clutch
  • French Luxe hair combs in black
  • Bobbi Brown Art Stick Harlow red

Finding Sexy, again.


WFH – takes a chunk out of your sexiness factor.

dievca’s digging through her closet for a great dress.
Master might be surprised after her biking attire.

Have you dressed up lately? Just to get the fires going?
Might be time to try it.
XO


Masochism Tango

dievca was distracted by various Tom Lehrer videos: New Math, The Elements, Smut, etc.  One video stood out from the pack and called for a Presentation Outfit. dievca is hoping to persuade Master to show off his Tango skills to the Masochism Tango (video below).

Mr. Lehrer is a retired American musician, singer-songwriter, satirist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. He is best known for the pithy and humorous songs that he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.

Here’s dievca’s outfit:

Etsy handmade Tango Dress and Greta Flora Tango Shoes

And here is the Masochism Tango:


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.