A bit of fantasy ~ remember when

Starting in 1996, Victoria’s Secret set out to create the most expensive bras in the world. Encrusted with diamonds and other precious stones, these beautiful creations have been crafted with the help of the best jewelers in the world.

Unfortunately, Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bras usually only last for a year. Without a seller, they go back to the jeweler, where they’re dismantled. That hasn’t stopped them from taking over the imagination of millions. See the most expensive bras in the world.

Red Hot Fantasy Bra – $15 million:

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Worn by Gisele Bündchen for the 2000 Victoria’s Secret show, the Red Hot Fantasy Bra was the most expensive ever made, but the price tag included the panty. Using 1,300 jemstones, international jewelry designer Mouawad created a stunning bra that truly earned it’s “Fantasy” name and included 300 carats of Thai rubies.

The Victoria’s Secret show ha long been a high-profile branding vehicle, a glossy commercial-meets-fashion fantasy in which supermodels strut down the rundway to pop star musical accompaniment. But ratings were declining. In Dec. 2018, the Done+Dusted-produced Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on ABC, which featured Shawn Mendes and Bebe Rexha, brought in 3.3 million viewers. That’s down from 6.7 million in 2016 and 9.7 million in 2013.

So the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the Fantasy Bra’s were canceled in 2019.


What you would really like — then reality returns

Master asked His dievca what she would like for Christmas.  A loaded question…

dievca would love these earrings as a gift for anything:

dievca 302 Fine Jewelery $3000+

They are the 302 Fine Jewelry “Stay Flirty” Natural Diamond & Rainbow Gemstone Graduated Dangle Earrings 14K Yellow White Rose Gold at a whopping $3714.99

Which brings us to the Reality part of dievca’s Christmas Wishlist (click on the photos for descriptions):

 Other options dievca offered to Master:

  • Wine
  • A Facial – the average price of a facial in NYC is $150
  • Mani/Pedi 
  • Cafe Grumpy or Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks gift card for traveling
  • Dinner/Lunch out after seeing the FIT Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic exhibit
  • Nike Air Max 97 or 98 (either model works) size Women’s 7.5 – open to any color. Works for the knee. On sale is good.

Knowing Master – it will be something completely different and just as awesome.


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


Ticking the boxes for Autumn 2022 by shopping your closet

Here are dievca’s offerings:

√√ Wide Leg Faux Leather Pants
√ Fair Isle Sweater
√ Chunky Shoes
√ Camera Bag
√ Wood Eyeglass Frames
√ Cashmere / Wool Baseball Cap
√ Over-sized Coat
√ Over-sized Chain Necklace
√ Pearls

What’s in your closet that works for 2022?
dievca bets that there are some fabulous pieces!


Last minute invite – a Gala

At, 3:42 pm yesterday, dievca received an invitation to a show, cocktail party and dinner as a fundraiser tonight.  she has 1 hour to get dressed at work, then to the theatre.  The good news is dievca’s hair is a blunt cut bob which won’t take much fiddling, she can get her face washed and made up in five minutes.  It’s what to wear that is the challenge.

The 2nd piece of good news is that the fundraiser does not require “heavy duty” glamour…but the weather has been unpredictable…

(all items in this post are labelled – click on the photo for a good look and the Brand)

Here are dievca’s 1st thought “easy” options:

Adding Shoes:

At this point in her Life, dievca will need two not very glamourous items:

No time for a Mani/Pedi, but no one goes wrong with a good Lipstick:

Who knows which way the jewelry will go:

Clutch options are easy:

But the coat or wrap depends upon the weather:

Wish dievca luck!


Entwined

en·twine

/ənˈtwīn/

 
verb
past tenseentwinedpast participleentwined
  1. wind or twist together; interweave.
    “they lay entwined in each other’s arms”

Charlotte Chesnais‘ sculptural pieces are understated wearable works of art, like this Blaue ring, made from interlocking curves of 18kt gold-plated silver and sterling silver.

  • COLOR: Gold
  • COMPOSITION: 18kt gold-plated sterling silver.
  • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France
  • Interlocking rings
  • $695
  • Matches Fashion

The “Hero” travel outfit

dievca has found a simple travel outfit that works in heat and cooler environments. 

From the Beach to a Sidewalk Cafe, to the Mountains, to a Roadside Bar.

No worries about wrinkles, drips and damage.

You can click on the photos for the item descriptions, but dievca’s exact run down is this:

  • Anthropologie Gardner Cotton Gauze Utility Pants
  • Garnet Hill Tank Mushroom
  • Surface To Air Crochet Knit Sweater Taupe
  • Zimmerman studded Sandals Tan
  • 4 Melissa Joy Manning Sterling Silver and Recycled Gold Cuffs (various)
  • Ippolita Cherish 18K Ring
  • Jack Vartanian 14K Gold Chain Ring
  • Pomellato Dodo 18K charm necklace – Monkey and Swallow
  • Etsy 14K Gold Post earrings
  • Scunci Hair clip

ToBeHis

It’s always nice to run into a BDSM store that caters to Dominant/submissive needs.  ToBeHis creates luxury Day Collars and other jewelry – custom and stock for the BDSM community.

What impressed dievca is the availability of 14K Gold options – costly to stock if you are not a large outfit.

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The Gold “very heavy” Eternity Ring Chain will run around $5K and the lock dievca admires is about $1.5K.  Lovely for every day to honor your Sir or Madame.


~O-Ring elegance~

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Silver Equine Ring

Handcrafted tiered band ring in sterling silver. O-ring hardware at face.
Supplier color: Silver

925 sterling silver. 

Made in Sweden by Maria Nilsdotter, available at SSENSE for $350

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Chain Reactions with Jennifer Fisher

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Jennifer Fisher Marble Chain for CB2

10K Yellow Gold over Brass or Silver-Rhodium over Brass

Or the Jennifer Fisher DEAN LINE – rings, bracelets, anklets, necklaces

Showing your BDSM leanings in a lovely, affordable Manner


Chains with Loren Stewart

14kt yellow gold baby chubbie chain earrings from LOREN STEWART featuring hinge-pin fastening, huggie hoop design, chain-link detailing for pierced ears.

A subtle BONDAGE touch.


Celebration of a Friend’s Life – an Outfit

Roll over the photos for item descriptions.
Something simple worn to brunch celebrating the Life of a close friend.
It was a lovely day in NYC.


How to beat the upcoming Mercury in Retrograde: September 27 to October 17, 2021

Mercury Retrograde - BuzzfeedThree times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.

What to do during the Retrograde…

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The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.

So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip. 

AND…

wear JEWELS FOR BAD JUJU

Mercury Retrograde Protection Necklace $58The necklace shown above has a sparkly gem trio which was curated to purportedly counteract the perils of astrology’s most notorious season. Smoky quartz and fluorite stones are said to ward off negativity, while blue lace agate is thought to provide calm during this astrological aggravator’s more stressful moments. Handmade in California.

MSRP $58 on Uncommongoods.com

MADE FROM

Fluorite, Blue Lace Agate, Sterling Silver, and Smokey Quartz
 

CREATED BY

Juraté Brown and Johnna Green = Jurate Los Angeles

MEASUREMENTS

Chain: 16″ L with 2″ Extender
Crystals: 0.63″ L x 0.15″ W each
 
A "Thank You" to the 2021 Farmer's Almanac


Kissy – Kissy with HotLips

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Originally inspired by four classic lipstick colors (red, nude, pink, and black cherry), the Hotlips rings are the embodiment of your perfect lipstick color on a beautiful, pouty, kissable mouth. Sterling Silver and Lacquer.
Designed by Solange Azagury-Partridge in 1995, they have since become an icon of modern jewelry design. On display at the V&A Museum and seen on the world’s most stylish women including Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adwoa Aboah, Rebel Wilson, & Man Repeller.

Color Options!

Solange Hotlips rings
Click the photo to be taken to the website ($270)!
If the rings are too expensive, check out the totes ($35).

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Cali-vibe, NYC style

Two dinners with friends!


Smooth Travel

(Click on the photos to see the brands)
The backpack takes the load, the Nikes carry the load, the sweater keeps it warm, the linen keeps it cool, the spandex allows flexibility. dievca wore black incase something gets spilled on the plane, plus its forgiving on body type so she didn’t look too sloppy.


On the Edge with Louis Vuitton

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.


“One house, One voice, One heart”

Jeanine Payer Viv BraceletJeanine Payer 18K Gold and Sterling Silver “Viv” Bracelet

Quote:

“One house

One voice

One heart”

A quote that could apply to a slave and their Master/Madame

It is actually the title to a book:

One house, one voice, one heart : native American education at the Santa Fe Indian School.

“The Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) is a secondary school (middle and high school) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States. It was founded in 1890 as a boarding school for Native American children from the state’s Indian pueblos. But in the course of its history, the school has also served as a major cultural catalyst for the Native American community throughout the United States. Beginning as a boarding school for students, the school expanded its offerings in the 1920s and 1930s.”–Wikipedia. July 31, 2013.
Jeanine Payer closed her business after 25 years on January 1st, 2014.
Finding a piece of her jewelry is a lucky moment. 
Do you feel lucky?

~feeling ‘dainty’~

18K Gold The Dainty Sapphire Chain Ring _ Dainty Dagger _ Wolf & Badger
A delicate 18K gold Sapphire ring brings feminity and a ‘dainty’ feel.18K Gold The Dainty Sapphire Chain Ring _ Dainty Dagger _ Wolf & Badger 2
The ring, earrings, bracelet and necklace are available at Wolf & Badger. 18K Gold The Dainty Sapphire Chain Necklace and Earrings_ Dainty Dagger _ Wolf & Badger
MEET THE DESIGNER

Founded in 2019 by Theresa Chen and Kimi Wu, Dainty Dagger provides women the opportunity to own the finest quality jewelry of high caliber without breaking the bank. The goal is to build up our own brand and start a new trend within the industry by changing the concept of how women view fine jewelry and how it could be part of their everyday essentials.

At Dainty Dagger, we set the trend when it comes to unique and astonishing modern jewelry. Combining classy elegance with the toughness and independence of modern women, Dainty Dagger offers pieces to speak for their lifestyle and attitudes. We hope to inspire women to value their own brand of uniqueness.

No matter if you are edgy or girly, you will always find a jewelry piece that perfectly matches yourself.


Subtle Restraint in a Vintage Ring

Lock yourself in 1940’s Elegance
Handmade 14K Vintage Padlock Ring
Size 6 – can be re-sized
Manhattan Vintage online
Icon Style
$595

Subtly show your BDSM leanings, 
a daily restraint reminder for the submissive.


When you need to accessorize your Presentation Outfit~

With a delightful surprise…

Call on Julian Snelling – the creator of ROSEBUDS in 2002. He developed this extraordinary jewels. The master has left us, and unimaginative vultures have been quick to take over his work; but like all copies, they are only similar in appearance… It is a true jewel that sublimates this intimate part of the body that is the anus. Decorated with a crystal Swarovsky™ or a bronze sculpture, made in France, it gives incomparable pleasure to both men and women…
Available at Coco de Mer – UK and Brigade Mondaine – France.


Links with Machete Jewelry

dievca saw the following photo somewhere – liked the outfit and then focussed on the necklace.
Chains, chunky, YES!

Getty Images: Katie Holmes 07/2020

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.

Features:

  • 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:

ABOUT
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.

THE DESIGNER
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.

GIVING BACK
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.

RESPONSIBILITY
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.


Pearls of Wisdom – a quest

dievca’s Mom had a lovely little Tahitian pearl ring for years that she wore on her pinky. She had gotten it from dievca’s Dad when they went on a trip to Hawaii and left the kids with their Slovak Grandparents. Umm, it was a moment when Grandma made cow’s brains and tried to pass them off as scrambled eggs….dievca was 5 years old and still remembers ~

Anyways,
dievca’s Mom lost the lovely green pearl ring.

So, dievca has randomly looked for a replacement on and off throughout the years.
Her latest search started here:

Round! the shape of the pearl should be round.

That knocked this beauty out of contention.

And this one has an asymmetrical setting – nope. 

The color of the pearl Mom lost was black-green:

On this one the setting is too high, the pearl is too grey:

dievca was concerned with the quality of the pearl, but not too worried about it.

The green of this pearl is nice and the 14K white gold pops, but that setting is very intricate.

dievca loved this ring, but it was very expensive- from Denmark and not a good replacement for the lost ring.

Again, an interesting setting – but rose gold? Limiting.

So, as dievca was looking at various rings on eBay, the RealReal, Jewelers, etc – she realized that it is hard to find a smaller Tahitian pearl. They run more consistently in the 11 and 12 mm range. dievca was aiming for 8 or 9 mm.

 

So, the criteria  loosely became:

  • Round Pearl
  • 8mm
  • Green color
  • Lower profile setting
  • Silver-colored band
  • Symmetrical band

Voila!

David Yurman Petite Tahitian Ring Sterling Silver 18K gold Neiman Marcus $495

There are a number of this David Yurman ring out there on the web, but the pearls run from grey to blue and settings are holding a larger pearl. dievca found hers on eBay with an 8mm dark green pearl – it came from a southern Jewelry store.

Not quite Mom’s ring, but Master loves it.

Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. To preserve your pearls’ radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume. Always put on your jewelry as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling hair.
The pearl’s lustre can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewelry box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.


Not Quite – but very nice, indeed.

dievca is still on the hunt for  Chrissie Hynde’s Collar.
In the meantime, this BLUE NILE sterling silver padlock necklace can add a hint of BDSM to one’s daily Life.


This edgy, BLUE NILE, sterling silver necklace has a working padlock that functions as the clasp.
Wear it layered or on its own, this necklace is a fun and stylish flair in your wardrobe.

Metal
Sterling Silver

Chain Length
18.0 inches

Width
1/4 inch

Approximate Weight
29.03 grams

MSRP $195.00


Annelise Michelson BDSM jewelry collars

Perhaps not subtle – but an elegant way to honor your Sir or Madam with Style. Something that can be a signature piece with a hidden BDSM message. Ranging from 100 Euro to 500 Euro. Made in France.

A Parisienne of South African heritage, Annelise Michelson founded her eponymous brand in 2012, immediately positioning herself as a free spirit in the highly codified world of high-end jewelry. Couture-esque, her collections are at once glamorous and sculptural… An artist first and foremost, she sees her pieces like talismans, loaded with beauty and channeling strength and self-confidence. Her jewels aren’t just ‘accessories’, they are designed to dress the wearer, placing design and inspired volumes firmly in the spotlight. From the very beginning, Annelise’s bold vision resonated with many including the likes of Rihanna, Juliette Binoche, Zoe Kravitz, Robin Wright, and Leandra Cohen, allowing the house to blossom quickly. Constantly evolving and growing, today Annelise Michelson counts more than ten collections to its name including the evocatively titled Drapée, Déchaînée, Wire and Vertigo capsules.


Pearls before Swine (choose one)

1.) The Bible:

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” Matthew 7:6

2.) The Comic Strip

Pearls Before Swine Comic – Steven Pastis

3.) The Canadian Jewelry Company

PEARLS BEFORE SWINE MANIFESTS VIA A COUNTER-RESEARCH MODEL THAT EXPLORES DEFECTED PRECIOUS METALS AND PEARLS. PURITY IS A UBIQUITOUS FACET OF QUANTIFICATION WITHIN TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY STANDARDS OF THE FINE JEWELLERY SECTOR. THE CURRENT CLIMATE IS A CONGLOMERATE OF BRANDS FABRICATING JEWELLERY AT MASS. PBS STANDS AS ONE OF THE FEW ARTISANAL JEWELLERY BRANDS, HANDCRAFTING EACH PIECE FROM VANCOUVER, BC, USING DEFUNCT APPARATUS PRESENT IN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE AND CORPORATE COSMETIC DENTISTRY

dievca chooses #3


Ball Chain

Delicate, elegant, inexpensive
Soft Ball Chain Ring by Gabriela Artigas
14K Gold – white, yellow, rose
$125

Soft Ball Chain Ring


Chained – embellishment

Dries van Noten crystal-embellished chain choker

A bold statement of submission.

 


Happy Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve 2020 – Year of the Rat!

“Heavy Metal Rat” (Click photo to buy on eBay.)

Welcome to the year of the Rat!

When a Rat Year comes, it generally delivers new experiences with favorable outcomes for all of the signs. The Metal element aspect also indicates success, as this is the element of production. Metal is strong, determined, and resolute.

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Inexpensive Symbolism

14K over sterling silver and brass, on sale $29.99 24″ chain, working lock (click the photo)

A Lock in BDSM:

  • a tool used in bondage
  • a symbol of a relationship between Dominant and submissive
  • a subtle message of being owned