Coffee is Black Magic!

Let’s set the mood on the Monday Morning of Halloween week with:

Add the BLACK MAGIC COFFEE from Telluride Coffee Roasters (click photo to buy):

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And finish with a TRUTH!

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Hunter’s Moon to Ghost Moon = Moonset

dievca shook her empty wallet at the full moon this morning…maybe she will come into $$$. 🤞

Photos: dievca - Full Hunter's Moon setting over the Hudson River 10/21/2021


Coffee Question on a Monday~

Why do people put butter in their coffee?

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Energy. Butter coffee is believed to provide steady, long-lasting energy without a blood sugar crash. In theory, since fat slows digestion, the caffeine in the coffee is absorbed slower and provides longer-lasting energy.

As dievca has weened herself off of sugar and cream in her coffee – butter is not going to be added…

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Going Bananas 🍌 It started with Josephine

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Fleur du Mal may have us Going Bananas with their Limited Edition lingerie, but it may have started with the lovely and talented Josephine Baker.

On June 3, 1906, Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in the slums of St. Louis. Growing up, she cleaned houses and babysat for the wealthy. At the age of 15, Baker was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show; from there, she went to Harlem where she performed in musicals. Eventually, she landed a gig in France as part of an all-black revue, at a salary of $1,000 a month; she emigrated in 1925.

It was the summer of 1926 at the Folies Bergère in Paris. Hordes of white Parisians flocked to the famed theater to see La Revue Nègre, a musical show that emerged from France due to the country’s fascination with jazz culture. And there, wearing little more than strings of pearls, wrist cuffs, and a skirt made of 16 rubber bananas, Josephine Baker descended from a palm tree onstage, and began to dance. This dance—the danse sauvage—is what established her as the biggest black female star in the world.

During World War II, Baker aided the French Resistance by smuggling secret messages in invisible ink on her musical sheets. She hid Jewish refugees and weapons in her château that Bakerskin (her line of skin darkening and hair slicking products) had helped pay for. In 1963, she was, notably, the only official female speaker to give an address at the March on Washington. She received the Croix de Guerre, the MĂ©daille de la RĂ©sistance, and LĂ©gion d’Honneur. After she died on April 12, 1975, more than 20,000 people crowded the streets of Paris to watch the funeral procession on its way to L’Église de la Madeleine. The French government honored her with a 21-gun salute, making Josephine Baker the first American woman buried in France with full military honors.

In August 2021, it was announced that Josephine Baker is set to become the first Black woman to have her remains reburied in the PanthĂ©on monument in Paris — one of the highest honors in France. French president Emmanuel Macron made the announcement writing that Baker “held high the motto of the French Republic.”

“World-renowned music hall artist, committed to the Resistance, tireless anti-racist activist, she was involved in all the fights that bring together citizens of good will, in France and around the world,” the palace wrote.
She will be honored at the monument on November 30.

Fashion-wise – offstage, Josephine’s style was developed by Paul Poiret and Madeleine Vionnet, two of the leading couturiers in the ’20s. Her alluring choices have been seen more recent when BeyoncĂ© paid homage to Baker by wearing a banana skirt in her 2006 Fashion Rocks performance. Miley Cyrus following in 2014.

Banana SkirtAt the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, when Rihanna wore a sheer Baker-inspired dress. The Spring 2011 Prada collection and the 2016 Marc Jacobs’s Fall runway notably referenced Baker’s signature gelled hair.

Or, perhaps, Charlotte Olympia’s Banana Pumps are enough quirk to honor Josephine!

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Text Assistance: Thank you to Vogue, Biography, NPR and Wiki

Which Babe are You? (a little humor)

dievca doesn’t catch SNL, so her Dutch friend keeps her up-to-date when there might be something funny:

YES! the ladies look fabulous and are ready to party! BUT…
Which Aging Babe issue have you run into?

  • Can’t stay awake
  • Killer shoes killing the feet
  • Music too loud/ logistics problems
  • Dietary Issues
  • Exhausted and wanting to leave at 9 pm

dievca has qualified for ALL five at some point or another.
As her Mother says, “Its hell getting old!” XO


Catholic Coffee – hope in a mug.

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In the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. Saint Jude’s attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head.

(click photo to purchase mug)

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, friend of Jesus, I place myself in your care at this difficult. Pray for me; help me remember that I need not face my troubles alone. Please join me in my need, asking God to send me consolation in my sorrow, courage in my fear, and healing in the midst of my suffering.

But if you want a Miracle….you pray to Saint Anthony.


Have you noticed?

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That you or your friends are becoming quirky in your aging?

Unique outfits?
Time Awareness?
Demanding?

Stubbornness?
OCD?
Crotchety?
Bluntness? 

Between Master, dievca’s family, her friends and herself –  there are a lot of people getting older who are really BOSSY!


Glamorous Dining returns to NYC

Le Pavillon NYC opened fully in September after a reduced schedule allowed the restaurant to be completed.

With 57-foot ceilings, cream columns, and a built-in irrigation system for the interior’s olive trees and ferns, Le Pavillon is a testament to the triumphs of architecture and landscape. Steps away from Grand Central Station – it has accessibility for ALL New Yorkers and visitors alike.

The menu offers first courses and main courses from the mer and the terre. Boasting dishes like roasted lamb chops, slow-baked ora king salmon, and buckwheat crusted sea scallops, the menu leaves customers with options that traverse flavors from pickled turmeric to smoked paprika. Conversely, the dessert menu offers dishes with strawberries, passionfruit, cherries, and chocolate. Customers can choose from four types of cheeses, including comté and coupole, Vermont goat cheese, for a traditional French dessert.

“The menu is based on the land and the sea at Le Pavillon. So, this is not a departure from whatever I’ve done in the past, but it is a progression,” Chef Daniel Boulud said. “The focus will be on local vegetables, New England Seafood” and other ingredients that change based on the season.

dievca is planning to enjoy a meal at Le Pavillon in November and her glamorous foodie friend stated that she is dressing up – Bling/ Fur and all.  Too bad dievca has to hustle over after work~  until then she will be scanning though her closet, looking at the weather report and trying to create a very spectacular, yet versatile, outfit. XO

Full description at UntappedCities.com.  “Thank You” to Thomas Schauer for photos and Bella Druckman


Good Monday Morning!


The annual trip – and a better Sunset/Sunrise

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The Governors Isalnd annual trek is very simple – a bike ride, $3 round-trip ferry ticket and the splurge for a “Glamping” Tent. Worth every penny when your view is of this sunset and a morning walk around the island offers a mystical view of….Brooklyn!
As dievca writes this post, the cicadas are singing in her ears~
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Autumn offers Sunsets

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Not the cleanest lens on the phone – but the loveliness still shines though. XO

Photo: dievca – Hudson River Sunset 09/2021


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:


Oh, happy Day! Click the photo to find free coffee.


Ice Cream w/Chocolate vs Coffee…

It’s a Tough Choice:
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Self Care Sexy…

Sensual Self CareBody Exfoliated
Legs Waxed
Toenails Painted
Hair Cut
Skin Lubed

Feeling Divine~


Desperate times call for

Desperate Measures…

You take what you can find at dievca’s Mom’s House. 

Last night dievca found this:

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Who on God’s Earth brought this over?

And this afternoon she found this:

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A staple at a Chicago Cubs Game~

Both offerings are rough around the edges – but in a pinch, they’ll do~

dievca’s running to the Grocery store late tonight – the next visit won’t be as desperate.

PS. Her Mom is doing relatively well. 


Cashmere and Nipples

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For a submissive (or partner) who has sensitive nipples – tactile play can become very erotic. Seeing hard nipples erupt through a soft sweater is inviting and enticing. Touching and playing with those nipples – may shoot Joy through both Top and bottom.
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If you cannot get your nipples to harden by cold or pinching and want to visually please your partner there are:

nipple enhancers

Nipple Enhancers

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And if you don’t have access to nipples at the moment – you can create a boob handwarmer with upcycled cashmere (click photo for link)!

Cashmere Breast Handwarmer


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!)


coffee catch-22

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noun
  1. a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.
    “a catch-22 situation”
    OK – maybe coffee is not dependent upon me…

Advantage – US Open

dievca had a friend come up earlier in the week and ask if she would like to go to the US Open. Yes, absolutely! she had never been to the Open.

The day after Storm Ida steamrolled low areas of NYC, dievca checked the subway schedule to see if the 7 train was still up and running.  It was, the track runs above ground in Queens.

The trip was easy, people were chill walking in to the facility. They checked vaccine qualifications and bags before the ticket check – it rolled along quickly.  Getting a cocktail was a bit trickier, but offering a nice tip for a bartender who slipped them in guaranteed service for the future.

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The best part?

The luck of the draw chose the match, dievca and her friends were able to watch and boldness helped them sit closer, it was:

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The match was good fun.  The Dutchman offered some challenge to Djokovic and it gave you a good sense of what 10 years of experience offers in Tennis.  Smart shots.  BTW, those serves went up to 126 mph – crazy!

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The second match was #75 Amanda Ansimova (USA) vs #4 Karolina Pliskova (CZK) and both were more evenly matched – it got to be a long match, so dievca had to head home.

Because the Met’s game was letting out at the same time, the  MTA ran an express train into Manhattan – which skimmed 20 minutes off the trip.  dievca didn’t know she could run that fast anymore to catch a train!


Coffee and music on a Monday Morning

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Why is it always easier to get things done to Classic Rock?  At least for dievca~

Maybe its because every Saturday growing up – her family’s home had to be cleaned from top to bottom. It was the 1970’s, dievca’s brothers played Rock Music doing chores.  dievca is like Pavlov’s Dog – you put the Classic Rock on and she cranks out the work…

Here’s the last song:


Trying to catch up

Vintage photo woman runningAbsolutely not complaining – dievca is grateful.
Just a little behind…ok, a lot behind.
What was added:

  • Back to work the afternoon of the “Red Eye” flight, thought there would be three days grace.
  • Caught up with Master – always an important Joy
  • Sold three eBay items while traveling, needed to ship immediately and the printer is out of ink
  • Sold four more items last night, again, no ink.
  • Co-workers begging to cram in meetings before Labor Day.
  • Most important, trying to get to Mom

How is your weekend shaping up?

 


Not so good on the ‘red eye’

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How do people do it?
dievca isn’t looking so pretty….yes, that’s drool.


A final walk

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A trip to the Zoo
A rinse at a beach shower
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It’s been a lovely trip, but its nice to get back to Master.


Beach Coffee – a bit dear…

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Photos: dievca Coronado, CA 08/2021


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.

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


And the Southwest squirted dievca back

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to the West Coast.  Rain in Sedona, AZ – Taos, NM – Albuquerque, NM – Flagstaff, AZ squirted dievca back to the West Coast.  Maybe dievca is a “rainmaker”.  Those rains were mostly good soaking rains (except for Flagstaff), not enough to help with the drought, but better than nothing. 

This afternoon should offer some sun. Stay cool, stay dry! XO

Photo: dievca: Morning on Coronado  08/2021


Cruisin’

Cruising is distinguished from regular driving by the social and recreational nature of the activity, which is characterized by an impulsively random, often aimless course. A popular route (or “strip”) is often the focus of cruising. “Cruise nights” are evenings during which cars drive slowly.

dievca went to College in a mid-sized City and worked selling dance clothing and shoes her Junior/Senior year for extra cash.  The store was off the historical “Main Strip” where kids would cruise in their cars on Friday and Saturday nights.  She was amazed to see the activity continue in the mid-80’s, because she thought it was a 1960’s and a Southern thing.

Wrong.

The same feeling occurred, last night – watching a few of lowriders cruising in Albuquerque.  They joined the ranks of a couple of vintage cars and souped-up mufflers on pick-up trucks.  They ALL made dievca smile~

Apparently, New Mexico claims to be the Lowrider Capital of the World.
The town Espanola in particular:

Wedged between two national forests and split by the Rio Grande sits Española, New Mexico. With a population just over 10,000, and an economic relevance that peaked when the railroad rolled through in 1880, you wouldn’t expect much more than Southwestern small-town tourist fare here. All the more surprising, then, that it’s become the Lowrider Capital of the World.

It started small, 60 years ago. The lowrider scene had already taken root in Los Angeles, a new car culture born of rebellion. Its brash, flashy, low-and-slow mantra served as an act of defiance by Chicanos who had long been told to keep their heads down, work hard, and assimilate into the white American mainstream. Lowriders were an outward statement that they weren’t content to blend in. They had arrived, they had a culture all their own, and they wanted people to know it.

Showing off on the street is a surefire way to draw police attention, and lowriders were no exception. Hydraulic suspension, the defining feature of a modern lowrider, was invented in response to harassment from law enforcement. California authorities made it illegal for any part of a car’s bodywork to sit lower than the bottom of the wheel. With hydraulics, you could raise the car to dodge a ticket and slam it back down when the cops were gone.

That resonated in Española. The town, sometimes called “Little L.A.,” has deep ties to the Hispanic and Chicano communities of Southern California. Families that had been in New Mexico for generations would head west seeking opportunity and return with money and a taste of California culture. Lowriders were a natural fit for Española, a continuation of the artistic tendencies that had defined Northern New Mexico for hundreds of years.

Excepts from Road and Trackclick here for more and some great machines

 

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When you have a good friend who is Dutch

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The title of this book has great meaning!

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dievca thought this appropriate for Master and her meeting, she’s not sure he agrees ~


CA to AZ is flat until…

The drive from San Diego to outside of Sedona is a long one. The gas prices dropped from $4 a gallon to $3.09 to $2.99.  After a long gradual incline of 4000+ feet and an uneventful ride – beauty arose:

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Photos: dievca 08/2021 – travel on I8, Sedona area Sunset, Sedona area Dawn, Walking the trails.