In Living Color with Rose Assoulin and Miu Miu

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Rosie Assoulin Rainbow Embroidered Gown ($6995) with Miu Miu Leather platform Sandals ($1120) would put some Spark into January and a crimp on your wallet!

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Back to the OG!

dievca had a large project to complete by 11:59 PST – she made it and slept in to 6:30 am this morning.  Watching the dawn break across the city is a cozy experience.  she’s wearing the fourth rendition of inexpensive Afghan Slipper Socks and thinking of her family.  

dievca bought three pairs from Pier One in college as gifts for her Mom, her Aunt and herself.  She wore out her pair, wore out her Aunt’s pair (taken when her Aunt died from Cancer) and wore out her Mom’s when Mom could no longer wear them because of slipping. 

A 30 year process.

Pier One stores have closed and the J. Crew rendition ripped in the heel after 3 years.  dievca didn’t know where to get her next pair of slippers…until she looked on Etsy!

Back to the OG!

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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?

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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


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!


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!


Venturing out – Shopping in SoHo

You can tell two items:

  1. Master is traveling and out of the picture, so dievca doesn’t feel submissive – she’s not running “ladylike”.
  2. dievca’s knee is feeling better because she is more willing to walk the City.

This Sunday?  Shopping in SoHo with a friend – dievca is supposed to be the responsible human who helps her friend put on the brakes for spending.   Really? dievca’s not sure that she is the best person for this job description…

Weather today: a high of 63 F (17 C) and sunny.

Sounds like Sweater weather with option to strip off layers – dievca is going “old school” with a late 80’s early 90’s College vibe: (And, yes, the knee brace is an accessory – it fits under her jeans and helps dievca walk longer).


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!


Her leg may never be straight, but~

she does think she will be able to ROCK these shoes with all the PT!

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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:


Anticipation of a reissue with ALAÏA

Alaia Leg Pattern Leather Shoes

The heel originally was designed in 1991 by Alaïa and Raymond Massaro,
a French boot-making legend.

An explicit homages to Azzedine Alaïa by his design successor,
Pieter Mulier, during the brand’s latest fashion show.

dievca wants to know when it will be available!
(dievca hopes she can wear them for Master.)


saying Good-Bye to her sandals

dievca’s right foot grew a half-size and her knee won’t last long with unpadded sandals.
So, the closet has gained some space.
The good news is that dievca has a friend who wears the same size sandals!
The rest will go to Goodwill.

The only replacement pair that dievca bought is … fugly:

Zimmerman Chunky Studded Sandals $475


Dancing with Dolce & Gabbana

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Well? Why not?
The knee may be sh*t,
but if it is going to go – GO BIG!

Available at MyTheresa $5345

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and then she gets it right

Back on her home turf – dievca attended that Event that required “Cocktail Attire” The weather was warmer than the fully sequinned velvet dress could handle, but cool enough to handle a velvet corduroy.

So, dievca wore:

  • Sies Marjan Velvet Corduroy Dress
  • Khaite OTK Black Patent Leather Boots
  • BREE Black Patent Leather Clutch
  • Spinelli Kilcollin Ring
  • Justine Clenquet X Opening Ceremony Earrings
  • Zero + Maria Cornejo Black Corduroy Bea Coat
  • Chanel Red Lipstick
  • Simple make-up because of dievca’s slight tan from Miami
  • Straight hair to frame the earrings

dievca felt very comfortable which always allows someone to present better.  It was nice to get out. Oh, yeah – the mask for the Uber:

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  • Judith Leiber Grey Swarovski Crystal Mask

Even the gods love jokes. ~Plato: Poisson d’Avril

REPOST from 2014

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Kenzo Fish Wallet

Kenzo Fish Wallet

Kenzo Blue Black Patchwork Fish Pouch

Kenzo Fish Pouch

Charlotte Olympia Goldfish Keyfob

Charlotte Olympia Goldfish Keyfob

April Fool’s Day sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it stems from the adoption of a new calendar.

April-Fools-Day

 

Ancient Cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on or around April 1.  In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year’s day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

There are problems with this explanation:  1.) This doesn’t fully account for the spread of April Fools’ Day to other European countries. The Gregorian Calendar was not adopted by England until 1752 and April Fools’ Day was already well established. 2.) We have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.

Either way the French call April 1 Poisson d’Avril, or “April Fish.” French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered.

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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.


Packing for the Beach

~First thoughts~

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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.


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

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Retrofete Apple Green Dress

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


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 Floral and Feminine

As the wind whips across the Island of Manhattan –
dievca is dreaming of Flowers with Dolce and Gabbana!


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.

Shovel the Snow

to get to the Laundrymat to clean towels, pads, and clothing because the wash machine went out….It’s been years since dievca has had to gather quarters for the machines. 

dievca’s desperation of not initially recognizing a wine bottle shape in the bottom cupboard was a bit pathetic. The wine is a solid Malbec and a good way to end a day of chores. 

Mom is good, dievca got her best – but she is fading. Mom is going to go down with dignity and a healthy splash of humor~

dievca absolutely loves that her Mom cannot remember that she broke her hip twice or what she ate, but she damn well knows that dievca brought her favorite chocolates and asks about dievca’s Apple Green Dries van Noten Platform Sandals. (Note: Mom is bed/wheelchair bound, but dievca has put all the shoes on her Mother’s feet – just to get the “look”.)

dievca schlepped two pair of kick a** boots for Mom to review, platform leather Chuck Taylors, a +J Uniqlo Mixed Knit Sweater a friend gave to her and the crazy print LA Double J reversible down coat. dievca’s Mom loved it all. 

Chocolates and Fashion – there is some kind of philosophical “Meaning of Life” in those choices.


Get your Groove Back! (BDSM style)

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STELLA MCCARTNEY
Groove Heels
Buffed faux-leather heels in black. Embossed detailing at round toe. Curb chain ankle strap with lanyard clasp fastening in gold-tone. Tonal covered block heel. Faux-leather sole in tan. Approx. 3.5″ heel.
Made from cruelty-free, non-animal materials.
Supplier color: Black
Upper: synthetic. Sole: synthetic.
Made in Italy.
Available on sale at SSENSE.

You’ll be ready to SWING!

Swing Dance


Rules for buying

1. Does this piece bring joy?

Would you wear it out of the store right now?

2. How will this be incorporated into my overall wardrobe?

Make sure you have an idea how you can wear it 30 times or more and incorporate it into your overall style.

3. Does it fit me well and is it made well?

Don’t force it. It will never leave your closet if you are already making excuses for it.

4. Does it fit my budget?

We all have one.

ANSWERS:

1.)  These boots will replace one of the 6 pairs dievca had to get rid of for her foot. They will work into her “Downtown Chic with Whimsey” Vibe (Master’s Words).

2.)  dievca can start wearing these boots with:

3.)  Gianvito Rossi’s version of combat boots has been made in Italy from butter-smooth leather and rests on a rubber lug sole. They hit just below the knee – elasticated ribbed panels make them easier to fit muscular calves.

4.)  The boots are straining her budget, but dievca found her size on the one website with 30% off. She would share the site with you, but the boots have sold out.


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.

EMANUÉLLE VEE deep jade loafer

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?


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:


Something of Use – the 50/50 Boot at 35 years!

Paper Magazine and Stuart Weitzman 5050 Capsule Collection

Female New Yorkers are boot lovers.  The Men wear boots, too, but the women live in boots for 3 out of 4 seasons.  The Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot has its place in many a small NYC closet. This versatile style has a forgiving design which allows for large calves to be hugged in comfort.

SOMETHING OF USE ~ dievca has 3 pairs squished in her closet:

The 5050 style launched in 1993, and the legendary over-the-knee boot has long garnered a reputation — and a major celebrity following — for its flawless, comfortable fit and minimalist, sophisticated sensibility. With its distinctive half-and-half construction, featuring a leather or suede front and stretch fabric back, the 5050 continues to live up to the title of “icon” in a world where that word is endlessly overused; it can be paired with any style, any occasion, any genre, any decade.

Like many fashion icons, it only gets better with time. Cut to Fall 2021, Stuart Weitzman debuts a new 5050 Capsule Collection in celebration of its 35th anniversary, featuring new interpretations of this boot, designed to match whatever mood you’re in.

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The aptly named 5050 HIGHSHINE dials up the glamour with more than 300 crystal embellishments hand-applied to each pair. Pearl embellishments give the look an ultra-feminine take with the 5050 LIFT PEARL. Silver-tone studs on the 5050 LIFT STUDS offer a punk vibe. The 5050 FRINGE with cascading fringe detail nods to the must-have cowboy boot trend, while the 5050 LIFT WOVEN boot ups the craftsmanship quotient with each pair taking no less than 14 hours to create using handwoven leather (no two are the same). The 5050 LIFT and the 5050 ULTRALIFT boot provide extra height to boost your strut — a 35-mm platform and 50-mm platform, respectively.

dievca is pondering if her closet can hold a fringe pair or the platform…

Photography: Luke Abby
Styling: Jenny Haapala
Hair: Ro Morgan
Makeup: Christine Cherbonnier
Model: Alicia Herbeth (Elite NY)
DP and editing: Olivier Lessard
Video VFX: James Buongiorno
Production: Will Foster and Peter Schwab
Styling assistants: Olivia Jakubik and Dominique Upshaw
Hair assistant: Kuki Alrawi
Studio: Highline Stages


An upgrade on (1996) Candie’s

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dievca was fascinated by the faux wood and the ability of people to walk in Candie’s Sandals.
Dr. Scholl’s  were bad enough!

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But, dievca ran into these mule sandals and is taking a second look~

Leather Mules


Dreamy Footwork

Daniella Sheve; Vegan Zinzi model
Strappy, foot fetish, bondage in a elegant Vegan presentation.
Daniella Shevel’s Vegan Zinzi sandals come in Whiskey Brown, White, Coral Red and Sandy Nude
Daniella Sheve; Vegan Zinzi $19