Hey Good Lookin’! What’s Cookin’?

Paul Ciernia Pin-Up Cooking

dievca is not a cook, she bakes…
she WILL be cooking today because 5 friends are coming for dinner.

They are a “Meat and Potato” crowd, so she is keeping it simple:

  • Fresh Vegetables with Dip, Cheese Plate and Chardonnay for Appetizers on the rooftop
  • Baked Pork Chops (bone in), Green Beans, Rice and Norman Cidre for the Main Course
  • Lemon Meringue Pie and Pinot Grigio or Coffee/Tea for Dessert


Wish her luck, but dievca does have a secondary strategy: Distraction via Clothing

And Plan C: Pizza and Beer


And the store in France that received my Euros

dievca’s friend had great success buying clothes at small clothing store in Bayeux, last year.  Cour Intérieure Bayeux She wanted to return and take a look this year.  The store had pieces all over the place. A colorful chaos presided over by a Shopkeeper who loves her ‘wares.  In direct contrast to that unhappy shopkeeper in Hornfleur.  During the time dievca and her friend tried on the store — two other tourists came in and bought something. One from France and one from Finland.

The one brand  they had, which dievca cannot find in the US is:

Yes, the logo is the same as “King Louie America” – a company started in 1937 which does custom workwear.  It looks like the two companies came to a positive and effective sharing of the logo.

King Louie from the Nederlands runs with a retro-vibe, which fits with dievca’s curvy body type and her look for Master.

Here are some of the clothing dievca and her friend bought or tried on.  Yes, it’s cheaper to buy the clothes online or in the Nederlands – dievca’s friend has that option, but not dievca, so she spent her Euros.

About King Louie

“In 1981, we, Ann Berlips and George Cramer, started our business in Amsterdam. We met in high school and shared an interest in vintage clothing. We quickly found various contacts where we could buy beautiful vintage clothing. Our finds we sold at the Amsterdam Noordermarkt market, and from 1983 also in our first Exota shop in the Jordaan area. In the 1980’s, we introduced the very first product of our own label: a black turtle-neck that in those days was combined with Levi’s 501 jeans. There was so much demand for black turtle-necks, we could not find enough vintage ones. We have always been passionate about developing clothing that makes people happy. Vintage-inspired clothing, we designed the prints ourselves, with bright colours and a good fit. In the 1990’s, we moved our Exota shop to Hartenstraat in the 9-Streets area in the Amsterdam shopping district, and we are still there today. For many years now we are working with lots of nice boutiques; our products are available in the most beautiful shops across Europe. We are very pleased with our partners, and also with the various manufacturers who make our products. We are committed to provide maximum service for our customers and that’s what we and our team get up for every day!”


It’s hot….


What if dievca presented nude with a really LARGE hat?


Taking care of the Goods. (lingerie)

You owned it, looked amazing and it got a little messy.  You know how to clean up the toys well, but are you ready to treat your lingerie well, too?  Proper washing technique helps with lingerie longevity.

Handwashing Your Lingerie and Underwear

As a general rule, always check your underwear for tags and specific special care instructions first.

However, hand washing your lingerie and underwear will always be your safest bet, especially for more expensive or fragile garments! Here are some easy tips for how to wash women’s (and men’s) underwear by hand:

– Use a mild detergent. There are specially designed detergents for cleaning lingerie without damaging your delicate items. Some of the detergents are even specifically designed for hand-washing.
– Do not soak lingerie. The colors will bleed, and the quality of your items could fade.
– Do not twist, stretch, or wring out your underwear. Instead, wash your garments gently between your fingers or hands.
– Pat and air dry. After washing, gently press your underwear on a flat surface between two towels to soak up excess water. Then hang to dry.

 

When Using a Washing Machine…

Some of your lingerie items and underwear may be suitable for the washing machine. Be sure to always read your labels. For best results, use a delicate or gentle cycle with cool to warm water and follow these tips:

– Use mild detergents and follow the instructions for how much to use. Detergents are often concentrated.
– Do not use bleach unless you are washing white, all-cotton blends.
– To protect your lingerie, use a mesh bag. There are lingerie bags that will help to prevent your items from snagging or catching onto other clothing.
– Hook the backs of your bras to keep them from getting tangled or snagging on other clothes.
– Separate colors to prevent bleeding or dulling.

Drying Lingerie and Underwear

Now you know how to wash lingerie—but how do you get it dry? For best results, flat dry or hang dry. Be aware that some items such as tights may stretch, so it may be best to loop the garment loosely around the hanger or drying rack.

Never put fine lingerie in the dryer. This can ruin the shape, fade the color, shrink your garment, break down the fibers, and/or shorten its overall lifespan.

Low heat or tumble dry settings may be suitable for some garments. Just be careful. Some fabrics will shrink or even melt in the dryer.

For specific fabric care tips, check out the chart below:

Lingerie Fabric Care Tips

Material Qualities Care

Cotton
Elastic, absorbent, warm
and soft.

Comfortable to wear.

Can be machine washed.

Can withstand high temperatures. However, cold or warm water is usually best.

Washing may lead to shrinkage between 3% and 5%.

Wrinkles and commonly requires ironing.


Silk
Extreme softness and shine.

Fine and delicate fabric with
unmatched beauty and fit.

Thermo protective.

Very gentle care required.

May be dry clean only.

Hand wash washable silks in cold water with a mild soap

Wash each garment separately.

DO NOT soak silk or dry with heat.

Heat sensitive and subject to fading and bleeding colors.

Dry flat. Fabric tends to crease.

Low heat iron can be used. Use a towel between silk and iron so no heat damage occurs.


Wool
Warm, soft material.

“Spongy” effect.

Very sensitive to heat and cannot be machine washed.

Handwash only. Use mild soaps.

Do not use dryer. Hang dry or flat dry.


Rayon

Viscose

Modal

Softness and shine.

Supple, fluid fabrics.

Initially manufactured in the 1940s as “artificial silk.”

Very Heat Sensitive. Wash with cold water, preferably by hand.
Use mild soap.

Washing may lead to shrinkage between 4% and 7%.

Creases easily. Cool Iron.


Tactel

Lycra

Dacron

Polyesters

Polyamides

Elastane

Stable.

Consistent quality.

Very easy care.

Can add strength to blends.

Very heat sensitive!

These fabrics will melt.

Machine washable at medium temperature.

Does not crease easily. No ironing.

Now you are ready to show-off your clean and fabulous lingerie, again!


“Good Morning”

Zahra Norbo (born February 7, 1934) is a Swedish model. She was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for the March 1958 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Tom Caffrey.

Norbo was Miss Sweden 1955 or 1956 (see below) and a popular pin-up model in men’s magazines and all-around popular magazine model who appeared in publications like Spick, Stag, Tempo and Tiger.

It has been reported, that Zahra, though she will oblige photographers by peeling down to a bikini, definitely would not disrobe no further. “I would feel uncomfortable,” she was quoted as saying.

She also scored a few television appearances, notably on The Groucho Marx Show. There’s a bit of confusion about which year she was Miss Sweden. Some sources, Wikipedia among them, say it was 1956, but there is a 1956 press photo that refers to her as the earlier year’s winner.

Here is what Playboy said in her March 1958 layout: “After copping the Miss Sweden title three years ago, Miss Norbo came to the U.S. of A.” That pretty much settles it 😘 —she won her title in 1955 using her real name Ragnhild Olausson.

These provocative shots were made in 1957 by acclaimed lensman, Peter Basch.


One way to Present for your Sir~

Monica Vitti & Marcello Mastroianni in The Night, La Nuit (La Notte), Michelangelo Antonioni, 1961

dievca IS working on her flexibility…

 


Trying something NEW!

dievca is still working on beating the heat and that calls for Iced Coffee in the morning.
dievca is trying out a Growler of coffee from Gregorys Coffee NYC…
She’ll let you know!
GOOD MORNING