Simple in the City

After a few years of taking care of aging parents, COVID and body changes – dievca lost interest in Fashion or even a closet revamp.  she’s been coming out of her shell and leaning towards a more practical closet.  Things seem to be coming together because she feels like she can reach in to the closet and find something to wear.  That’s the point, right?

(click on the item to see a larger image and the brand)


Gracefully with Personality: Vivienne Westwood at YOOX and dievca’s closet

The first 7 Vivienne Westwood dresses are available at YOOX.

The second 8 Vivienne Westwood items are in dievca’s closet (starting at the 2nd green dress). she’s missing photos of her indigo “Hangover” dress that has been worn to the woof and her “go to” jersey funeral dress in a very dark burgundy.

When Century 21 was open in NYC – dievca would haunt the Vivienne Westwood racks and if they had a sample sale – she was there.  The items are cut for curvy in mind and ladylike enough for Master, quirky enough for His dievca.

dievca will be wearing the sequin dress for New Year’s Eve.

Obviously dievca did not know Vivienne Westwood, but she admired her boldness in growing old gracefully with personality. May we all grow older gracefully with personality!

Vivienne Westwood Juergen Teller fame laid bare


Where to begin?

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Vivienne Westwood, the designer who defined the look of punk, using rock iconography, royalty, art and religion as recurring motifs in collections that brought a rebellious edge to British style, and who later went on to a long career in high fashion, died on Thursday in the Clapham neighborhood of South London. She was 81.

Via the New York Times on 12/29/2022


when encrusted Thai rubies break the bank

Dolce and Gabbana embellishment looks like the affordable option
for New Years Eve!

The Aqua Blue sequin and Swarovski Crystal Boots are 60% off at MyTheresa!


Prada Pearls

Prada Pearls

BDSM dressing for the Holidays!


Fascination

Part of the enjoyment of heading to Miami, FL is people watching.  dievca got an eyeful when sitting in the lounge before the flight and kept watching her target through the flight and the exit from the plane.

An Asian Lady arrived in the lounge with her highlighted hair in a low bun, but the see-thru lace skirt (over black underwear or bikini bottoms) and rhinestone sunglasses and sunglass strap caught dievca’s eye.  Note: the subject was about the same age as dievca.  Here’s her “NYC-Miami” travel look:

The lady had no coat on in NYC, no need for one in Miami. That see-thru skirt was something. And traveling in heels?  Her hair was shaken out and fluffed after the flight.
dievca’s simple black layers were tediously boring in comparison!
So, when dievca realized that she forgot sunglasses – she decided she needed  to add Rhinestones to her Life and a cheap pair of Foster Grants from CVS  fit the bill. XO

Florida Foster Grant Pink Burgundy Rhinestone Sunglasses


Cut it Out!

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Mugler Cut Out Mini Dress from
MyTheresa $1370 – take off 30%

The Look For Less version?
AREA for $780 – no discount

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The surprise inside!

dievca was picking up a few items online from her favorite charity in NYC.  They run a yearly “Fashion for Action” fundraiser and various designers donate items for the BIG EVENT and the online sales portion.

One of the local NYC designers (Cartography.nyc) offered t-shirts with photographs on them – dievca picked up the “Hotel Chelsea” version. Mind you she didn’t look at all the photos listed before buying the T-shirt:

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The surprise was on the inside collar – dievca just started to laugh:

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Rein in the Spending? Normcore and a ~

20221031_160751Reining in didn’t work on dievca’s end….she spent her pennies.

dievca’s friend wanted to visit the “American Vintage” store in SoHo because she saw it in Amsterdam and liked their offerings.  This comes after dievca’s Dutch friend mentioned that she really liked the brand and asked dievca if she had heard of it.  It’s not an American brand,  it’s French.  dievca would describe it as a more expensive version of the Gap or something similar to Vince.

The offerings are an example of:

Normcore

Normcore is a unisex fashion trend characterized by unpretentious, average-looking clothing. Normcore fashion includes jeans, t-shirts, sweats, button-downs, and sneakers. Clothing is considered to be normcore when it is attractive and comfortable and is viewed as “normal” by the majority of people.

Normcore is a portmanteau of the words normal and hardcore. The word first appeared in a guest strip by Ryan Estrada for the webcomic Templar, Arizona in 2008 and was later employed by K-HOLE, a trend forecasting group, in an October 2013 report called “Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom”.

As used by K-HOLE, the word normcore referred to an attitude, not a particular code of dress. It was intended to mean “finding liberation in being nothing special.” (Sounds like the Swedish “Langom”) However, a piece in New York magazine by author Fiona Duncan that began popularizing the term in February 2014  conflated it with what K-HOLE referred to as “Acting Basic”, a concept which involved dressing neutrally to avoid standing out. It was this sense of normcore which gained popular usage. The characters featured on the television series Seinfeld are frequently cited as exemplifying the aesthetics and ethos of normcore fashion.

The word normcore was named runner-up for neologism of the year by the Oxford University Press in 2014. It was added to the AP Stylebook in 2016.

Anyways, dievca bought this American Vintage Puffer coat in Bear – honestly, it looks better in person:

Normcore wearers are people who do not wish to distinguish themselves from others by their clothing. This is not to mean that they are unfashionable people who wear whatever comes to hand, but that they consciously choose clothes that are functional and undistinguished. The “normcore” trend has been interpreted as a reaction to fashion oversaturation resulting from ever faster-changing fashion trends.

Normcore clothes include everyday items of casual wear such as t-shirts, hoodies, polos, short-sleeved shirts, jeans and chino pants, but not items such as neckties or blouses. These clothes are worn by men and women alike, making normcore a unisex style.

Clothes that meet the “normcore” description are mainly sold by large fashion and retail chains such as The Gap, Jack & Jones, Superdry, Jigsaw, and Esprit. They are generally cheaply produced in East Asian countries. Many other retailers such as Marc O’Polo, Woolrich, Desigual, Closed, and Scotch & Soda produce normcore-like clothes combined with individual design ideas.

Normcore is exactly how Master dresses – He buys excellent quality, but He doesn’t want to stand out.

dievca did get her Normcore “Flourish” piece at LeSportSac, the Floral Camo Helmet Bag:


What to wear scrambling around the City

This outfit is not glamourous – but it went from work, to a coop showing, walking with the knee brace underneath, to a dance performance. Practical and clean-lined would be the descriptors:

Click on the photos for the description of the items.


Mamma Mia! via Trompe-l’œil

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Trompe-l’œil is an artistic term for the highly realistic optical illusion of three-dimensional space and objects on a two-dimensional surface.

These Rag & Bone “jeans” are part of the Miramar Collection of sweatpants (cotton terry/elastic waist) which are printed to look like jeans.

dievca has fooled many a friend with her two versions of the pants: gathered ankle and straight leg. she would like to upgrade to the Mia cut.

What do you think?

Is dievca cheating by wearing terry cloth “jeans” or just being smart and comfortable?


Rally Cap

rally cap is a baseball cap worn inside-out and backwards or in some other unconventional manner by players and/or fans to will a team to a come-from-behind victory late in a game. The rally cap is primarily a baseball superstition but has been adopted in various forms in other sports such as hockey.

Hmmm~

dievca just thought it was wearing your team hat with pride during a tough stretch in the season.

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Her Cubbie Bears are out, the Mets are painful to watch – so she’ll join Team Yankee because she can wear the Gucci Knit Yankees Winter Hat she won on auction. A little sports and fashion moment….

The NY Mets fans might want to try wearing a true rally hat to give their team some help. XO


dievca desires (no, not that – clothing)

dievca is selling off her closet to revamp her selections.  she is up to $1500 via eBay and continuing the process — here is what she is considering for purchase:

Here’s the good news – things that she already owns that work with this year’s trends:


Scandinavian Eyeglasses – Option #1

So, its been a few years since dievca has been able to upgrade her eyeglass frames in Scandinavia.

These past couple of years, she wore a pair of Laura Ashley Frames and a pair of Chanel frames – but they just weren’t comfortable. dievca had to add nose pads so that the glasses would be place higher on her nose and the acetate frames didn’t have much flexibility for uneven ears…

On her recent trip to Europe, she was able to visit her favorite optical shop in a small Swedish town and at her friend’s suggestion – she bought two pairs of glasses.  They arrived from the USA optical shop today.

This is the pair Master likes best:

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OPO Scandinavia Optics NPS_3168_C33 red(click here)

The OPO brand is created in Malmö Sweden. Here is what they say about the NPS line:

We have been working with the NPS collection since 2005 and it’s a constant development in cooperation with our clients and the market. Today we offer a wide range of metal frames with flex hinges for both men and women, as well as trendy acetate frames in colours ranging from neutral back to transparent red. We choose to also make more priceworthy frames in acetate instead of injection plastic, to maintain the high quality that we are known for.

The frames cost about $65.00. There is a webshop!

dievca got the lenses added at Target.


With a Spring in her step~

Jordan Air Mae Dutch Green

dievca is embracing more green.
(the elusive Jordan’s arrived after two cancelled orders)
XO

dievca has a male Puerto Rican friend who absolutely delights in dievca’s hidden aspirations towards being a Sneakerhead… she has gotten stopped on the streets of  NYC with people commenting on her kicks.  Not bad for a 50-ish old school throwback.


take a spin with me

Into the wild World of Pop Culture, Fashion and ending up in “Memory-ville”.

Daniel Day (born August 8, 1944), known as Dapper Dan, is an American fashion designer and haberdasher from Harlem, New York. His influential store, Dapper Dan’s Boutique, operated from 1982–92 and is most associated with introducing high fashion to the hip hop world, with his clients over the years including Eric B. & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, LL Cool J, and Jay-Z. In 2017, he launched a fashion line with Gucci, with which he opened a second store and atelier, Dapper Dan’s of Harlem, in 2018.

Lent his creativity to the Gap for an arch logo hoodie, to be sold for $98.

The sweatshirt supposedly sold out immediately on its March 10th, 4 pm release.

It’s now on eBay for $898.88.

When dievca was looking on eBay for the Sweatshirt — this 1970 PlaysKool Dapper Dan Doll appeared:

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Which prompted a flashback to dievca’s own Dressy Bessy 1970 PlaysKool Doll:

dievca thought all of her Flashback moments were done when she completed clearing her Mom/ Dad’s house, but apparently there are still memories to be found in the depths. she has a sense of what the doll felt like, what the fabric was, how heavy it was and how irritating it was because the clothes didn’t come off. dievca would almost like to buy another Dressy Bessy on eBay to see if her memories are correct.  

Did anyone else have a Dapper Dan or Dressy Bessy doll?
Are dievca’s memories correct?

Is anyone willing to pay $889.88 for a Dapper Dan GAP sweatshirt?


Pink Lady

Pink Ladies Greasedievca is not a “Pink Lady” – she doesn’t disdain the color pink,

but she doesn’t have much of the color in her closet. 

she can only think of:

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Eliza Faulkner Cotton Sissy Dress

It took awhile, but dievca finally stopped avoiding the dress because

Melania Trump wore a Pink Dress….

Recently, she has now seen an outfit she would be interested in wearing with some flashes of pink

by Rag & Bone:

Rag and Bone Pink top and boots

Who wouldn’t want to wander around NYC in a pink tank and matching boots?

(Tank $95, Boots $550)

Add a Pink Lady cocktail and a Pink Lady apple – Voilà!

Pink Lady Drink Recipe

  • 1 1/2 ounces of gin
  • 1/2 ounce applejack
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, preferably fresh
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/5 ounce (or a couple of dashes) of grenadine

Combine all your ingredients in a shaker without ice. Shake it, shake it, shake it to get the egg well mixed. Now add ice and shake some more. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry. You can spear the cherry, stick it on the edge of the glass, or just drop it down in.


Rosabelle: Dita von Teese lingerie

ROSABELLE – FASHION


Coffee Fashion

Fashion Coffee Holder

Time to carry that coffee with elegance and ease!
A leather and faux tortoise shell chain coffee carrier
will complete your look!
From Etsy shop “i am fem


An Expensive Mop – Bottega Veneta

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Mini-mop effect twisted chenille clutch with strap
• Single compartment
• Magnetic frame closure
Material: 100% Nylon
• Lining: Lambskin
• Hardware: Silver finish
• Height: 17 cm | 6.7″
• Width: 29 cm | 11.4″
• Depth: 12 cm | 4.7″
• Strap drop: 66 cm | 26″
Made in: Italy

PRE-ORDER for $2350


Lunar New Year 2022: 祝您新年快乐,身体健康

Chinese New Year 2022The Holiday that’s celebrated by almost two billion people across the world, known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, is upon us!

Though the titles can be used interchangeably, the name Lunar New Year is inclusive to other countries that refer to new year celebrations by different names. Additionally, the holiday has a longstanding connection to the moon.

Although the date varies annually, it will always fall between Jan. 20 and Feb. 21 on the Gregorian calendar. This year, it starts on Lunar New Year’s Eve, beginning on Jan. 31, and ending on Feb. 15, 2022. Only the first seven days, Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, are considered a public holiday.

Another constant is that each year has a corresponding animal from the Chinese zodiac, based on ancient Chinese mythology; 2022 will mark the Year of the Tiger.

Previous Tiger Years include 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010

(click on the photos for details)

Thank you to Elle Decor, People, CNN Style, DailyMail UK


One for the $

Blue suede 8One for the money, two for the show is half of a rhyme used as a countdown to begin a task. The entire rhyme is: one for the money, two for the show, three to make ready and four to go. Children have used this little poem since the mid-1800s as a countdown to starting a race or competition. A famous variation of the rhyme is found in the 1955 popular song Blue Suede Shoes written by Carl Perkins: “Well, it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go.”

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Feeling the Blue Suede?

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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!


Something of Use: A Reimagined Classic

CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR LUGGED WINTER HIGH TOP

CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR LUGGED WINTER HIGH TOP leather khaki green

As the snow blows into NYC, dievca has a stylish weapon to beat the cold and wet. she picked up a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged Winter 2.0 at SSENSE, on sale. They have turned out to be very comfortable and have caught the notice of a number of people (TSA agents – in a good way, friends, colleagues, people on the street). The shoes are offered on the Nike/Converse website for $110 – the price may go down, again.

Effortless street style meets all-weather functionality with the Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged Winter 2.0. A classic Chuck Taylor upper crafted from waterproof leather is set against a new utility outsole with an expressive stance, standout traction and Chevron-inspired details. A warm, cozy lining and gusseted tongue lock in warmth.

FEATURES

  • High top, boot-inspired sneaker with waterproof leather upper and canvas tongue.
  • Memory foam and an EVA sockliner come together for all-day comfort.
  • Soft fleece lining keeps it warm and cozy.
  • Lugged rubber outsole with chevron-inspired tread for enhanced traction.
  • Top speed hooks secure the fit and lock in warmth.


Emerald City

Green Fir Trees + Puffy Coats = Think Royln Emerald Pearl Bags
The Meg, Lafayette, and the Bar Bag might be perfect for the Holidays.
dievca is rocking the Bar Bag!


Joy at FIT – Chalk Murals 2021

The Chalk Murals are up and running at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology).
A piece of Joy to see on the walk home from reselling clothing.

~Click the pictures to see details~
Enjoy!


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 Médaille de la Résistance, and Légion 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 Panthéon 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 Beyoncé 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

Not quite – but pretty good~ Look for Less

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dievca loved these blue croc Derbys from Dries van Noten (originally $890) – but her size is sold out…she found something on Yoox – not quite the same quality, but it is similar.

Beggars cannot be Choosers.

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EMANUÉLLE VEE – deep jade Loafer (originally $139)  – link is to the black version

Bought for $111 – one cannot argue with that price. XO

What do you think?


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


Yee-Ha (causing Master to laugh)

dievca has 6 pairs of boots sitting on the kitchen table sorted for resale.  They are favorite boots that were a size 7-7.5, she now needs a size 8 to hold her right foot.

Here’s what is leaving – you’ve seen these on the blog (roll over the photos to see the brands):

dievca had success on eBay finding the Rodeo Brava Motorcycle Boots in the next size ($40), she’s eye-balling the Roberto del Carlo blue suede boots on eBay, two sizes up – nib.

she’d like to get a pair of cowboy boots and the red ones above caught her eye, they are the Free People New Frontiers Western Boots in red $148she thought they would make Master laugh. He is always entertained by dievca’s boots.

But dievca cannot justify buying those cute red boots because she owns these Chloe Rylee Python Booties in red:

Chloe Rylee Python Print Leather Ankle Boots


Ah, well.