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!
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~
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.”
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.
At 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!
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.
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?
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
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 $148. she 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:
Yes, its ridiculous in the realm of Life and Life’s current challenges – but – dievca finally feels like she has mastered a comfortable & clean look for traveling. A personal success.
Something of Use!
A bag with heart. A bag for the Beach! Entirely hand-woven with plastic recycled off the beaches of Bali and repurposed into a gorgeous tote to treasure forever. No stranger to sand and salt, the Jolene is perfect for beach days. Toss in your towel and book of Proust enjoy your day in the sun. 100% handwoven recycled plastic 14” x 10.5” . It’s $211 and available in Cherry, Pearl, Sky and Black. There is a medium size, too for $175
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dievca had two days in Santa Fe to wander the downtown area. she was having a foot issue after walking the trails in Sedona, so her choices were driven by shoes:
Outfit #1 – Museums and Shopping
Outfit #2 – Dinner and Music
dievca bought the red sneakers and two other items:
- Golightly Cashmere (Designed and Made in Santa Fe) Rainbow Wrap
- New Mexico Flag Red T-shirt
- Dries van Noten Teal Crocodile Derby’s $890 for $366 (now $240 – size 38 run more like an 8.5)
- Dries van Noten Snakeskin Platform Sandals $885 for $646 (sold out elsewhere)
- Laura Manoogian Brown Bow Pants $350 for $249 (Cheaper elsewhere, but the size was too large for dievca)
The Derby’s were too large, so they had to be returned. The pants will be worn in the Winter – they are a heavy knit.
The Sandals are being worn on this trip with:
- Eddie Bauer White Jeans $80 for $55
- Dries van Noten Floral Tee Shirt eBay $80
The customs re-imbursement bought:
- Dries van Noten purple knit bra and briefs $220 for $114 and $280 for $109
- Acne Studios Star Bag $250 for $98
- Pearls Before Swine Simple Silver Ring Set $250 for $137
Now, before you pass judgement on the amount spent…remember that dievca sold items this month at Buffalo Exchange for $300, the RealReal for $1250, and has 6 items out to Decades in LA. Plus two items have sold on eBay during dievca’s travels = $200.
$1488 bought, $1750 sold + with more listed.
And if you are interested – Master thinks dievca’s machinations for reducing and rebuilding her closet are hilarious.
“Diversity, dievca, Diversity”
dievca is doing it! she is going on a trip that does not involve staying with her Mom, and the guilt has already set in… It’s been fun to pile ALL the clothes she wanted to take on the bed and then weed out a curated selection. And because dievca has tried on EVERYTHING in her closet – all the choices fit well. she’s good to go!
dievca was fascinated by the faux wood and the ability of people to walk in Candie’s Sandals.
Dr. Scholl’s were bad enough!
But, dievca ran into these mule sandals and is taking a second look~
Fashion in the submissive’s favor – Spring Summer 2021 Louis Vuitton is offering elegant collars with padlocks and chunky chains:
#1 – The polished LV Edge necklace Cadenas presents an iconic Louis Vuitton signature while embracing a contemporary feel. This piece features a large padlock pendant meticulously engraved with the LV Initials, suspended from a thick link chain. The pendant is opened and closed by pushing the lock.
#2 – With slightly smaller chain links than its sister pieces in the line, this LV Edge necklace MM makes a subtler, though no less striking impression. On this scale, the meticulousness of the Monogram engravings in rows along the links is truly exceptional. An LV Initials-engraved lobster clasp makes a secure and elegant closure.
A bold statement of showing your BDSM leanings in public without anyone the wiser.
dievca was a vision in green with the Xirena Aiden cotton gauze dress in 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:
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!
What Is the Difference Between Style and Fashion? There is an overlap between style and fashion, but a good rule of thumb is that style relates to the individual, while fashion is more collective.
Why is dievca pondering this difference?
she wants to determine the ratio of classic clothing vs. fads she needs in her closet to look unique.
she doesn’t want a uniform, but she doesn’t want too keep ten million pieces, either.
The Marie Kondo credo doesn’t make dievca feel comfortable – but the ’30 use’ rule seems to apply better.
Will you use an item approximately 30 times in your Life? If yes, keep it.
Is that enough to create dievca’s style using Whering? Probably.
Have you been presenting for your Sir/Madame in heels?
Or did your style shift with COVID-19?
dievca did present in heels during the past year.
But, she hasn’t thought about buying new heels in a long time.
A quick look around the web didn’t offer anything to trip dievca’s interest.
she may have to go back to 2019 and find these Rupert Sanderson Pumps.
Gianvito Rossi‘s pair is made from smooth black leather and has gold anklets inspired by equestrian hardware.
Lovely and useful for unpredictable Spring weather.
Showing your BDSM leanings in a subtle manner.
Shoes have, through history, revealed much about the wearer – from their social status to their sexual appetite…
Shoes have long been great indicators of your social standing and wealth. From the 13th century a new pair of shoes was only available to the wealthiest or highest ranking members of society: shoes were handmade by skilled craftsmen, using prohibitively expensive materials. As such it was inevitable that shoes were seen as a status symbol.
The medieval poulaine, for example – a long, pointed shoe worn by both men and women was a style taken to the extreme by gentlemen of wealth: a poulaine that posed a hindrance to walking, and made climbing stairs almost impossible, immediately indicated that the wearer was a man of independent means who didn’t need to work and therefore concern himself with sensible footwear.
The longer versions were also expensive and difficult to make, but many thought the style ridiculous and lewd, so sumptuary laws were passed capping toes to a mere 5cm (2 inches).
By 1500 the poulaine had all but disappeared, and was later replaced by the Tudor footbag. Characterized by its very wide toes, the shoe derived its name – and the alternative ‘cow’s mouth’ – due to its breadth. The girth of the shoe was again an indicator of status: note, for instance, the impressively wide shoes worn by Henry VIII.
Some shoes sported soles that reached a width of 17cm (6.5 inches), and again sumptuary laws were passed to curb this ‘excessive’ style.
The long pointed toe of the medieval poulaine was not only an indicator of status, but also of the wearer’s masculinity – and, by inference, his sexual proclivities.
The pointed toe has resurfaced numerous times through history. It’s apparent in the form of the winklepicker in the 1950 and 1960s – a pointed toe found on men’s shoes and often on women’s stiletto heeled court shoes, whose name was derived from the sharp pin used for prying winkles from their shells – and in designer Vivienne Westwood’s ‘penis shoe’ Spring/Summer 1995.
In the 18th century, French fashion dominated. One particularly popular style of shoe was the high, French, ‘Pompadour’ heel. Named after Madame Pompadour, mistress to King Louis XV, this heel was incredibly narrow-waisted, and curved inwards under the foot. They were notoriously difficult to walk in, but made the most fantastic boudoir shoe. An 18th-century satirical poem said of them: “Mount on French heels, when you go to the ball – Tis the fashion to totter, and show you can fall.”
By the 1890s, heels on women’s shoes reached heady heights with the very fashionable style known as the Cromwell. This was a high-heeled shoe with a tabbed front and buckle, called the Cromwell in the mistaken belief that buckles were worn on the shoes of Oliver Cromwell and his followers in the first half of the 17th century. In reality, at that time his followers were wearing practical low-heeled leather shoes fastened with a latchet tie.
The extremely decadent Cromwell shoes could have heels up to 16 cm (6¼ inches). Such a high-heeled shoe caused consternation at the time. Wearers were ridiculed, and apparently cartoons of the day carried images of women needing sticks to walk, or helping hands either side of them.
Towards the end of the 1890s these exaggerated heeled shoes became very popular with women who entertained in the boudoir, thereby solving the problem of walking in them, but making them unwearable by ‘ordinary’ women.
White wedding slippers symbolize purity, and black is often worn for work or attendance at a funeral, but what about red?
Red has long been a significant and powerful color in part due to the expense involved in obtaining red dye. Red shoes were the prerogative of Roman senators and later, the emperor, and popes have worn red since the 13th century. Red-heeled shoes were also popular in the 17th century.
Red shoes also symbolize danger and passion, the very start of life, and the end.
Recently, across the world red shoes have been used to symbolize and protest violence against women.
Shoes can express identity, and indicate the cultural group to which the wearer belongs. As far back as Ancient Rome, all people were duty bound to wear the correct footwear – whether non-citizen, citizen, senator, priest or soldier. This meant you could see where individuals were positioned in society simply by the footwear they wore.
The Roman soldier wore a style with an open toe and an open lattice upper, known as the caliga. It was a practical style, strong and well-ventilated for endless marching.
The emperor and high-ranking officials, on the other hand, wore the campagus – an open-toed boot, laced at the front.
Red soles and heels equal power and identity – from the red heels of King Louis XIV, to the red soles of expensive Louboutin’s today. From the 1660s the flamboyant King Louis XIV of France became one of the most influential men in Europe, and was responsible for several fashion trends including the high red heel, either covered with red Morocco leather, or painted.
Red was a symbol of wealth, only worn by the King and his court. The high heel not only elevated the short Monarch above the masses, but also alerted onlookers to his high status. Gradually the red heel filtered down through the classes and became a sign of fashionable sophistication.
A “Thank You” to BBC History Extra and Rebecca Shawcross. She is the author of Shoes: An Illustrated History (Bloomsbury, 2014)
In 2016, Chloé x Net-A-Porter offered a collaboration in the form of a Denim Blue Cable-knit Cotton Sweater ($995). dievca was very interested in the sweater, but the only size available was an XL. she’s been watching the resale sites every since and a sweater came up for sale in her size. It’s now hers.
dievca was looking to add white wide-leg jeans. she bought a pair from J Crew, on sale.
she had this oufit in her mind before she saw this Street Style photo from Paris Fashion Week 2021:
dievca will add the pieces she already owns: Stand Studio Raincoat (2019), white leather Tretorns (2020) and Acne Studios Shiloh Bag (2014).
The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20 annually. Lunar New Year 2021 is tomorrow, February 12, and in terms of the Chinese zodiac animal, it’s the Year of the Ox.
It is called the Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries including China, South Korea, and Vietnam, which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. The New York Times explains, “A solar year—the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun—lasts around 365 days, while a lunar year, or 12 full cycles of the Moon, is roughly 354 days.” As with the Jewish lunisolar calendar, “a month is still defined by the moon, but an extra month is added periodically to stay close to the solar year.” This is why the new year falls on a different day within that month-long window each year.
A Metal Ox Year combines an already diligent and strong Ox with the robust, firm, and wealthy characteristics of Metal, it heralds a year of incessant energy, effectiveness, and abundance! Take advantage of the toughness and vitality of the Metal element to accomplish your best work. Between the perseverance of the Ox and the fortitude of Metal, get the needed boost and enjoy a year of great success and productivity.
What to watch out for? The laser focus and determination of the Ox can lead to stubbornness and an unyielding approach which may result in missed opportunities. This will be a very dynamic and intense year, don’t miss the forest for the trees, try to strike a good balance, and don’t let that bullheadedness set in.
After a wild and erratic Year of the Rat, the Year of the Ox brings much-needed balance and strength. This is the time to be persistent and tireless, to tackle all ventures with the energy and stamina of the Ox. Here’s to a gratifying, booming, and prosperous Year of the Ox!
Note: SWATCH WATCH – Though giving a clock or watch as a gift is one of the biggest no-nos in Chinese culture because it symbolizes ‘running out of time’, a lot of watchmakers still released a Year of the Ox edition to welcome the Chinese New Year. So maybe buy it for yourself.
All others are good gifts to give or just go with the Red Envelope and Money. 🧧
Thank You to the Chinese Family Adventure, The Japanese Times, TimeOut NY, and Oprah Mag
Ok, so there isn’t a place to wear the feathers because we shouldn’t flock together …
But it might be nice to jazz up a Presentation Outfit with the fluff!
Unless you are allergic~
The American Football Playoffs are this weekend. Who are you rooting for?
Or do you just want a sparkly bag in your favorite colors?
At $3995.00 a pop, please don’t be tossing that sparkly ball around.
Better to play Powder Puff with a proper football~
If you asked dievca what her favorite colors are – she’ll answer “Grey and Yellow” This has been true since her childhood in the 1970’s. Master started laughing when the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year showed up.
So it should be a surprise to no one that the prognosticators at Pantone — those trend forecasters who scour the globe for months noting developments in clothing, cars, kitchens, coffee (the stuff that surrounds us) and translate it into a color they claim will be the dominant shade of the coming year — have chosen, as the color of the year for 2021 … two colors!
Which does not represent indecisiveness, but a metaphor. Get ready for Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. Or, in normal-speak: the light at the end of the tunnel.
Vanessa Friedman – The New York Times
As for those retro Cariuma Tennis Shoes above? The Brazillian Brand which hops on to the Pantone colors, yearly? dievca isn’t sure she has room for her two favorite colors….hmmm…maybe she has to make room. XO
Quite a visual.
Presentation, in a time of nowhere to go.
In Italy, there’s an expression known as la bella figura, in which Italian natives not only dress to impress but also exhibit their brightest, best personalities when in the company of others. Libra transits help us achieve that kind of inner and outer beauty, making us feel like the fairest of them all.
dievca working on it….a work of art in progress.
The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show features New York City’s greatest collection of vintage clothing, accessories, and antique textiles from the last century and more.
There is a show scheduled for February 2021. But, who knows what will happen with COVID-19. A few of the vendors have put some key items on sale virtually – not quite as good as digging through the offerings, but still something fun to see!
dievca is starting to think about Presentation Outfits, again.
Ladylike and Diversity!
Discover high styles from the last century that inspire today’s fashion trends! The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is the ultimate vintage showcase, which brings together over 80 of the country’s top vintage clothing, accessories, and antique textile dealers under one roof. So, come join the hunt where top designers get their inspiration! You’re sure to find timeless and beautifully constructed clothing & antique textiles. The collection that 100 years of design built.
“The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is such a great place for (young) people to shop! It gives them a chance to play with a vast selection of clothing styles and allows them to create their unique vision of personal style.”
dievca was busy trying to get the ball rolling~
dievca saw the following photo somewhere – liked the outfit and then focussed on the necklace.
Chains, chunky, YES!
So, dievca went hunting for the necklace and found it could be pre-ordered at http://www.ShopMachete.com
Master was looking for a Birthday gift for His dievca and she told him about the necklace. she also mentioned an anklet.
The chains can be interchanged. The Gold large link can be removed, the anklet added to make a larger necklace – interchangeable parts to make things interesting.
- Heavyweight. 14k Gold & Sterling Silver Plated Brass
- Handmade and engraved logo
- Removable links to add and subtract for a longer necklace or create a bracelet
Some other pieces from the brand:
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, MACHETE is a line of eco-conscious, affordable jewelry & accessories for everyday wear. MACHETE is frequently featured with Vogue, Bazaar, Instyle, Atelier Doré, and throughout publications worldwide.
Known for our Tortoise acetate disc earrings and patterns, the cellulose acetate & bio-acetate we source is high quality and non-petroleum based. Cellulose acetate and bio-acetate are natural and renewable materials, providing an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials. All of our jewelry is stored and shipped in custom, eco-friendly UVA zip bags for convenient storing & organizing your MACHETE collections.
Due to the high quality and natural material of our tortoise shell, each pattern is unique and may vary. All of our metals are comprised of recycled brass & ethically sourced silver & gold. Our earring posts are made from hypoallergenic stainless steel, sterling silver, or solid gold.
Jennifer J Matchett, Founder, Designer, and Creative Director of MACHETE, graduated with a degree in Art History from Gainesville, Florida. Inspired by her collections of antique and vintage jewelry, she began creating pieces out of vintage Italian acetate. Jennifer quickly became widely known for her Tortoise acetate disc earrings and was profiled with Vogue in 2017. She currently works alongside her husband Cale, and their small team in the Atlanta area.
MACHETE and its team proudly contribute continued support to the following organizations:
The CFDA Foundation, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, SCAD Design for Sustainability Scholarship, Every Mother Counts, Human Rights First, Global Fund For Women, Center for Reproductive Rights, The Joyful Hearts Foundation, Safe Horizon, End the Backlog, Women’s March, Everytown for Gun Safety, EarthJustice, National Parks Foundation, 1% for the Planet.
MACHETE is committed to being ecologically and environmentally responsible. We work to reduce our impact on the environment by practicing waste reduction in our offices and production area.