dievca’s Dad and Mom grew up poor, so when Dad started to make a bit of money he wanted to try all kinds of activities that he associated with people who had a bit more money – tennis, bridge, etc. Both of dievca’s parents ended up playing tennis for a long time, but only dievca’s Mom got into Bridge.
she was a demon at it
Bridge players play weekly or more. Depending on how many tables are going – each participant will host a Bridge Party monthly or bi-monthly. These hostings would include food or a meal. And in dievca’s Mom’s case – lunch could be a Waldorf Salad or Phyllo dough individual Chicken Pot Pies.
Coffee service was involved.
dievca’s Mom used a percolator and she always said the coffee was considered excellent. So, dievca was looking for the percolator when she closed up her Mom’s house and never found it. she thinks it might have been a General Electric version.
Does anyone have any experience with an electric percolator – vintage GE in particular?
A delicate thought is a flower of the mind.
— Charles Rollin
Vintage Lace Embroidered Nightgown, Elegant Satin Back Open Lingerie Dress Set with Matching Panty (click photos to enlarge)
Color: Baby Blue or Pink
Size: S, M, L
S: Suggested Weight: 100- 110 lbs
Chest: 27”- 32” Waist: 23”-28”. Fits cup: A B
M: Suggested Weight: 108- 128 lbs
Chest: 31”- 36” Waist: 24”-31”. Fits cup: A B
L: Suggested Weight: 125- 135lbs
Chest: 36”- 39” Waist: 26”-32”. Fits cup: A B C
Hand Wash Separately in Cold Water. Never Bleach. Line Dry
Available at Etsy for $46.80 – from a local NYC small shop (click here)
Sometimes it is a reach to collect yourself for the day,
dievca was having a little bit of trouble today.
dievca would like to drop everything and sit by a beach.
There is a house to clear, a house to sell and work to complete. Money that was spent on a previous trips, so its not readily available. Add COVID restrictions. And a body that is showing the ravages of no time for workouts, stress and perimenopause. But, everyone has problems and everyone would like to disappear on Holiday – right?
dievca will just dream and push through~
Photo: black-and-white image by Cecil Beaton was featured in the April 1949 issue of Vogue and depicts Mrs. John C. Wilson in Jaimaca.
It seems like everyone dievca knows is skiing… In Upstate NY, a friend flew to Austria, another friend will be heading out to Tahoe, CA. How can dievca get on that train? She would really like to go to Banff or Whistler in Canada. Nah, probably not in the cards this year after that 3 week vacation out West.
But it would be really fun to go skiing!
Is anyone planning to ski any time soon?
Roger Michell Lustre Pottery Teapot 1976
Roger Michell (1947–2018) was a British studio potter, artist, book illustrator, writer, and poet.
Michell designed various items of Carltonware – He was most known for designing Walking Ware, a tea set on legs with oversized Mary Jane shoes – in the 70s & 80s, then set up his own Studio line of lustreware. Thousands of these tea sets were sold, either hand made from Lustre Pottery studio or manufactured by Carltonware in Stoke-on-Trent.
Tired of “Monster Mash” and the “Adams’ Family Theme”?
Perhaps these 80’s throwback sounds are for you.
(video links below the graphic)
A “Thank You” to Kate from Mirror80 for the Dark and Moody beats from the 1980’s!
dievca is pretty sure that her Master doesn’t have a pair of those plaid socks – but she does know He is planning to travel in style this weekend. Too bad with COVID-19, it won’t be quite as cozy as in the past… Honestly, wouldn’t it just be nice to fly without wearing a mask?
In 1977, Fitz & Floyd had a ceramics designer with the sense of humor. Many pieces from 1974 thru 1978 are “quirky and fun” – not “cheesy” or “sweet”. One of the classic offerings is an homage to Marilyn Monroe called “Lip Service”:
The shape of the mouth on the Teapot just makes dievca smile. she has the pot would you like to come over for some tea? 💋💋💋
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!
- Black lace bodice
- White silk slip
- Sheer Black Robe
- Ornate rings and wrist cuff jewelry
- Fluffy Hair
- Red Lip
- Leopard Print throw to lounge on
There is a lot going on in this Presentation. dievca imagines the look hides imperfections, yet offers an opportunity to play dressed or peel the onion-layers to find a gift. she’ll be digging through the closet to recreate something similar for Master.
Does anyone know who the Actress/Starlet is?
dievca was looking for a little submissive elegance and ran into this advertisement from the Cigar Institute of America. Their message is interesting on many levels: Why just single girls? Is she a gold digger? Does she just want to be taken care of like a good cigar? Can you truly justify that starting to smoke cigars young will keep you young? She does look older than he does. If you don’t inhale you can still enjoy the rich flavor – is that like not swallowing in fellatio? Hmm – much to think about~
Ava Gardner soaks up the sun while shooting Pandora and the Flying Dutchman in 1951.
This set of MACHETE sunglasses
and chunky chain are a lovely homage to:
Click on the photos to “who” and what year!
Gold label Claire Sandra by Lucie Ann of Beverly Hills were the most Elite styles made for Movie Stars and Royalty.
Coveted Lucie Ann “Gold Label” Peignoirs and Gowns are an embodiment of vintage romance! A classic style comprised of a sleeveless dressing gown with a plunging V-neckline and a V-back, adorned with three small bows. The double sheer robe has short sleeves with an attached tie belt with pompons.
Magnificent to present in for your Sir/ Madame!
Lucie Ann lingerie was founded in 1947 by Lucie Ann Onderwyzer (1913-1988). She became renowned for her extensive use of nylon tricot peignoirs trimmed with marabou. Based in Beverly Hills, California, her lingerie found favor with the stars, and was featured in the TV series Green Acres, being worn by star Eva Gabor. After Onderwyzer’s death, the business was sold, and the label changed to Lucie Ann II. This line is still in production.
Stunning 1950’s Red Silk Chiffon Cocktail Party Dress Designed for “Pavion” by David Barr!
This vintage dress just screams out Elizabeth Taylor!
Made of a soft crimson-colored red silk chiffon fabric trimmed with red silk satin detailing- the dress features sheer chiffon sleeves, the body of the dress lined in silk satin, the collar is notched and offers a deep plunge neckline with matching fabric buttons down the front. The waist is cinched and the the skirt on this beautiful piece has tons of small pleats for a super full mid-calf length skirt.
The dress has wonderful movement when you walk or dance!
Excellent Vintage Condition, $250 on Etsy – click photo for link
“I like lots of things. But there are three things I like most. Love, love and love.” — Anita EkbergPosted: May 27, 2021
I’m very much bigger than I was, so what? It’s not really fatness, it’s development.
“Well, my boss said that if I didn’t like working under him, I should look for another position.”
Hmm~ not exactly appropriate for many reasons from a boss, but appropriate if it was your Sir/Madame.
It’s a slow morning in NYC – clouds are hanging low.
The perfect time for elegant non-sense before the grind begins.
The 1974 female cover-version is stunning.
Might be something for a Presentation Out in the future.
For those April Showers!
Leiter: Where did you get that suit?
Bond: My tailor, in Saville Row.
Leiter: Mine’s from Washington, Felix Leiter: Central Intelligence Agency.
A B movie or B film is a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not an arthouse film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified films intended for distribution as the less-publicized bottom half of a double feature (akin to B-sides for recorded music).
Mari Blanchard, was an American actress, known for her roles as a B movie femme fatale in American films of the 1950s and early 1960s. In the late 1940s, Blanchard was a successful print model and film extra. Blanchard began appearing in films after she was seen by a producer in an advertisement for bubble bath in 1950.
Blanchard soon found success as an actress. From 1951 to 1952, she took small roles in a number of films at MGM, RKO, and Paramount, until she was signed by Universal-International in 1952. Her first film at the studio was Back at the Front (1952). One of her most memorable roles was the Venusian queen, Allura, in the 1953 comedy Abbott and Costello Go to Mars. She starred in Destry (1954), a western with Audie Murphy. In 1955, she starred in “Escape From Fear”, an episode of the television series Climax! Her hottest and most glamorous film was The She-Devil in 1957.
In the 1960–1961 television season, Blanchard starred as Kathy O’Hara in the NBC Western series Klondike with Ralph Taeger, James Coburn, and Joi Lansing. She also appeared as Margarita Colinas with Cesar Romero in the Rawhide episode “Incident of the Stalking Death”. In 1963 she had a small but flamboyant role in the John Wayne film, McLintock!
After abandoning her film career upon the release of her final film, McLintock! in 1963, Blanchard retired, acting in just a few TV programs afterward. She was diagnosed with cancer in the 1960s. Following a long struggle, she died at the age of 43.
Silk and Pearls follow the Curves
Encapsulate the Elegance
Sally Rand in the 1930’s
Wouldn’t it be fun to do a fan dance for your Sir or Madame?
Here’s a link to buy your feathers, but looks like the lighting is important, too!
Find a way to be backlit and let your silhouette do the enticing.
Or just put your body and soul into your dance.
Stay warm and have a coffee for dievca and Hilda. XO
I think all women have a certain elegance
which is destroyed
when they take off their clothes.
Whatever you write about me,
don’t make it sad.