Just a little advice,


as dievca pays her dental bill….
and has breakfast with Master.


Good Morning!


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

 


Looking forward!

Graphic: Bill Randall "Lingerie Change"

Decisions, decisions…


Catch a peek! Slips~ (lingerie)

 

Remember wearing half slips instead of Spanx?  In particular, wearing slips in the 1980’s for the midi-skirts?  Trying hard to make sure that your slip didn’t peek out. Though a slip peeking is one of the sexiest visions, especially from under a pencil skirt.

A waist slip, sometimes called a “half slip“, is held on to the body around the waist with an elastic waistband. Waist slips come in different lengths; some extend down to the upper thigh, some to just above the knees, or just below the knees, while others go down to just above the ankles. Waist slips that extend down to just above the ankle are often called “formal”, or “maxi” slips. “Mini slips” are yet another size option for waist slips. They were first introduced in the 1960s to wear under a mini skirt.

Half Slips come in a variety of fabrics that allow for “slippage” – silky and slick, the slips are not allowed to catch the fabric of the skirt. 50/50 nylon/polyester, 100% Nylon, 100% Silk, etc,

Ulla Johnson Fringe Gia Sweater Dress $390 Miel

Slips are often worn to prevent the show through of intimate undergarments.

A slip may also be used to prevent a silhouette of the legs showing through clothing when standing in front of a bright light source.

(dievca ran into this with Ulla Johnson Sweater Dress, presenting for Master) 

Other uses for slips are to make a dress or skirt hang properly, the prevention of chafing to the skin, to protect the outer garment from damage due to perspiration, or for warmth, especially if the dress or skirt is lightweight and thin. In very warm and/or humid climates a slip made from 100% cotton may be desired.

And sometimes slips are made to be seen!

We can always leave it with the Freudian Slip:

 


A Toast!

Markus Lupfer Kate Embellished T-shirt $215

To dievca’s new apartment, using her mid-century modern glassware:

Holmegaard ‘Canada’ cocktail glasses by Per Lutken

Champagne Glass

Will you join her?


(said breathlessly) “Coffee….Master?”

“Have a wonderful Monday”


Myrtle, Myrtle where’s your Girdle? (lingerie)

A Girdle is a type of foundation garment. A lightweight undergarment, worn especially by women. The garment can be partly or entirely made of elastic, or boned, to help support and give a slimmer appearance to the abdomen, hips, and buttocks.

Girdles were considered essential garments by many women from about 1920 to the late 1960s. They created a rigid, controlled figure that was seen as eminently respectable and modest. They were also crucial to the couturier Christian Dior’s 1947 “New Look”, which featured a voluminous skirt and a narrow, nipped-in waistline, also known as a wasp waist.

Historically, the girdle extended from the waist to the upper thigh. Constructed of elasticized fabric and sometimes fastened with hook and eye closures, a girdle is designed to enhance a woman’s figure. Most open-bottom girdles looked like short fitted skirts. In the 1960s, these models fell from favor and were to a great extent replaced by panty girdles, which resemble a fitted pair of athletic shorts. Both models of girdles may include suspender clips to hold up stockings.

In the late 1960’s, pantyhose replaced girdles for many women who had used the girdle to hold up their stockings. Those who wanted more control purchased “control top” pantyhose.

Girdles and “body shapers” are still worn by women (and Men) to shape their figure with a garment. Some of these garments may join a brassiere, becoming functionally the equal to a corset. However, they do not use boning and hence do not produce the constricted waistline characteristic of Victorian-era corsets.

And the traditional short girdles do still exist:

Here’s the one Master hasn’t seen dievca wear, yet:

Dita von Teese Leopard print open girdle with clips


Please weigh in: Pointy Bras (lingerie)

Gentlemen (and Ladies), please weigh in on your opinions about the pointy-shaped brassieres.  Cones, Conical, Bullet and Torpedo.  dievca’s not sure what she thinks…

Your breasts would lead the way into any room…

Definitions:

What is a Cone Bra?

A cone bra is the bras of the 1940s, lifting and separating with a subtle conical shape. Cone bras are not padded and give a soft feminine silhouette.

What is a Bullet Bra?

A bullet bra is a distinctive type of bra that creates a pointed or bullet shape to the breasts. This is achieved by spiral stitching which emphasizes a pointed appearance. The bullet bra was built on the softly conical bras of the 1940s but with a much more defined finish.

Conical Bras vs Bullet Bras

The term conical bra is often uses interchangeably with bullet bra which can make things more than a little confusing. The conical or cone bra has a less defined shape and lacks the spiral stitching that truly defines a bullet bra.

What about the Torpedo Bra?

The torpedo is the distinctive shape created by the bra, a pointed or torpedo shape to the breasts. This is achieved by spiral stitching which emphasizes a pointed appearance. Bullet bras are often called torpedo bras and vice versa.

Overwire Bras

Overwire bras are another popular 50s shape. Overwire bras (as the name suggests) are made up of a soft cup, often sculpted, and a wire running around the top of the bust – they are strapless but give great support – making them an excellent choice for strapless gowns and tops.

Thank you to TrueCorset and BoredPanda


Happy New Year!

Juli Reding New Years Photo


Thinking of you,
Wishing you well,
May the year 2018 treat you right!
XO
your dievča


In need of a Garter Belt (lingerie and a dievca disaster)

dievca met up with Master and at his request had stockings on.
she chose to wear her Wolford black stay-ups.
Bad choice for the activities…

As vigorous action occurred while standing up and facing the Cityscape – dievca had a 1920’s rolled stocking moment. Master didn’t want her to take the stockings off, so it got worse and worse.

If the moment had been planned for…ok. dievca would have set a flapper’s theme and maybe used the rolled stocking elastics to help. You can buy them on etsy.


No such luck, the stockings rolled and sagged to her ankles.
dievca should have used a Garter Belt.

Garter/Garter belt/Suspender belt (British),
a belt with attached garters or fasteners,
worn as an undergarment to hold up stockings.


Next time, dievca will plan better and use a Garter Belt if the activities are going to be standing up and more vigorous.

Plus, with her corset, she would have looked like this (below) -Ciao Bella~


Merry Christmas!

Love to you and yours!
dievča


Prepping for Master – almost ready for Christmas


Bodice Ripper (lingerie)

Photo: Starz King Louis XV and Claire Fraser, a still from Outlander

Racked: Why We Still Call Them Bodice Rippers

bodice ( /ˈbɒdɪs/) is an article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist. In modern usage it typically refers to a specific type of upper garment common in Europe during the 16th to the 18th century, or to the upper part of a modern dress to distinguish it from the skirt and sleeves. The term comes from pair of bodies (because the garment was originally made in two pieces that fastened together, often by lacing) of matching or coordinated fabric, possibly with embroidery or beadwork.

This construction was standard for fashionable garments from the 18th century until the late 19th century, and had the advantages of allowing a voluminous skirt to be paired with a close-fitting bodice, and of allowing two or more bodices to be worn with the same skirt (e.g., a high-necked bodice and a low-necked bodice allowed the same skirt to serve for both day wear and evening wear). One-piece construction became more common after 1900 due to the trend for looser, more simply constructed clothing with narrower skirts.

One mid-19th-century style included the Agnes Sorel bodice, named after 15th-century royal mistress Agnes Sorel. This style was a day wear bodice, with a square-cut neckline that had a high front and back and bishop sleeves.

In current usage, bodice typically refers to an upper garment that has removable sleeves or no sleeves, often low-cut, It’s the type of bodice worn in Europe from the 16th century to the 18th century, either over a corset or in lieu of one. To make a fashionable shape and support the bust, the bodice was often stiffened with bents (a type of reed), or whalebone. The bodice was different from the corset of the time because it was intended to be worn over the other garments.

Bodices survive into modern times in the traditional or revived folk dress of many European countries (see, such as, Austrian dirndl or the Aboyne dress worn by Scottish highland dancers). They are also commonly seen today at Society for Creative Anachronism events or a Renaissance Fair.


What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Bodice ripper’?

A sexually explicit romantic novel; usually in a historical setting and always with a plot involving the seduction of the heroine.

What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Bodice ripper’?

These books owe much in style to the work of English romantic novelists like Jane Austen and Emily Bronte. Nevertheless, the term itself is American. The first note in print is from The New York Times, December 1980:

“Women too have their pornography: Harlequin romances, novels of ‘sweet savagery,’ – bodice-rippers.”

It soon caught on and appears many times in the US press from that date onward. Here’s an early example, in a story about [then] emerging novelist, Danielle Steel, from the Syracuse Herald Journal, New York, 1983:

“I think of romance novels as kind of bodice rippers, Steel says.”

The genre is commercially highly successful, but isn’t taken seriously by most literary critics. Most examples are judged by more base criteria than the classic works of Austen or the Brontes. Bodice rippers are strictly formulaic and the plot usually involves a vulnerable heroine faced with a richer and more powerful male character, whom she initially dislikes. Later, she succumbs to lust and falls into his arms. The formula requires the books to be fat ‘page turner’, that is, a plot device, usually a seduction scene, must happen at frequent intervals. Depending on the author or publishing house style, the principal characters must marry. It is almost obligatory for the cover picture to show the swooning, ample-bosomed heroine.

Thank you to Wikipedia, Phrases.org. uk, etc.

soubrette (lingerie)

The sexy French Maid costume, the “soubrette” in France, is a form of ladies’ fantasy wear. One of the more popular costumes used as lingerie.

During the XIXth century, housemaids who served in wealthy French families wore simple, black-and-white afternoon uniforms.

Boys will be boys – and there were maids whose role wasn’t limited to keeping the house clean. Occasional sexual intercourse, discreet affairs, or even sexual harassment were a part of the deal in houses where the “Monsieur” was eager to use his power to satisfy his sexual appetite…

As the XIXth century developed many theatrical productions, especially in Paris, Maids were often portrayed in plays. A la ville comme à la scène, they had a stereotypical role in … bedrooms farces…

Nowadays, the design of the French maid dress can range widely, but seems to have several common traits :

  • A black with white trim one-piece dress with a full skirt at or above knee-length.
  • White half-apron, usually with ruffle or lace
  • A ruffled or lace headpiece
  • Long stockings or tights (nude or black)
  • High heels
  • Feather-duster
  • White lace garter

The costume is strongly eroticized- often used in cosplay, as a fetish, foreplay and BDSM.

Nevertheless, even if its use is recreational, it still bears the original old-fashioned idea of sexual domination. The costume keeps on having a scandalous aura, historically involving a strong man dominating a woman…

The idea of a French Maid intent on her cleaning of a personal space with a feather duster being grabbed from behind for a little anal sex comes to mind…

Marilyn Monroe in a french maid dress she wore in “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

A Thank You to Anne Marquet on Quora.

Causing a Stir: Sweater Girls (repost)

LOOK HOW SEXY!
The term Sweater Girl was made popular in the 1940s and 1950s to describe Hollywood actresses who adopted the popular fashion of wearing tight sweaters over a cone- or bullet-shaped bra that emphasized the woman’s bust line.

dievca’s additions to her wardrobe (photos below)
to answer the dual call of being a “Sweater Girl”
and the fashion trend of turtlenecks for this Autumn/Winter.

(Now she just needs a cone/bullet shaped bra…What Katy Did…Oh, My!)

Francine Gottfried Sweater Girl 1968Francine Gottfried (born 1947) was an unknown clerical worker who suddenly became an international celebrity when large groups of men began to mob her on her way to work for two weeks in September 1968. Newspapers dubbed her “Wall Street’s Sweater Girl” as her curvaceous figure seemed to be the sole reason that crowds formed spontaneously around her when she appeared in the financial district.

Gottfried first started working in the financial district on May 27, 1968. By late August, a small band of girl watchers had noticed her, and that she always followed the same route. They timed her daily arrival and started spreading the word to their colleagues and co-workers. For three weeks, the band of gawkers grew exponentially larger until on September 18 there were 2,000 people waiting for her.

By this point the crowd itself had become the phenomenon drawing the crowd, and the following day, September 19, over 5,000 financial district employees downed tools, left work and poured into the streets at 1:15 pm to watch the 5-foot 3-inch brunette exit the BMT station clad in a tight yellow sweater and miniskirt and walk to her job at the Chemical Bank New York Trust Company’s downtown data processing center. Police closed the streets and escorted her through the mob, which damaged three cars as men climbed on their roofs to gain a better view. Stockbrokers and bankers leaned out of windows overlooking Wall Street to watch as trading came to a virtual halt. “Ticker tapes went untended and dignified brokers ran amok,” wrote New York magazine. Photographers from all the daily papers and Life, Time, and New York snapped her picture. “A Bust Panics Wall Street As The Tape Reads 43” read a headline in the Daily News.

The following day, Friday, September 20, the corner of Wall and Broad was jammed with 10,000 spectators and press who waited for Gottfried in vain. Her boss had called and asked her to stay home to put a stop to the disturbances. A nice Jewish girl who lived at home with her parents in Williamsburg, she wasn’t seeking notoriety and started taking a different route to work. “I think they’re all crazy,” she was quoted as saying. “What are they doing this for? I’m just an ordinary girl.” After that, the Francine mania on Wall Street quickly subsided, and she eventually left her $92.50 a week job as an IBM 1260 keypunch operator to become a go-go dancer.

from Wikipedia

dievca’s addition to her wardrobe from MYHABIT
(Cashmere Addiction: $69.00 each):

Cashmere Addiction Aquavit Turtleneck Sweater $69 Cashmere Addiction Blue Crewneck Sweater $69 Cashmere Addiction Black Turtleneck Sweater $69

From Sept. 27th, 2015


Plans for the Evening~


dievca bought the last two large pumpkins at her local bodega. They are a little bit strangely shaped – but it will still be fun carving them with Master. she will have to see if she can find an apron to put over her lingerie.


Midwestern Moment

Perhaps you remember that dievca was born in “Fly Over” country….the middle of the USA to be precise. You might not have realized that Master was born in the Midwest, too.  He left earlier than dievca did…

Every once in a while dievca likes to honor that heritage and last Friday was

Master’s Midwestern Moment

via dievca. dievca invited Master over for a dinner channeling a traditional Midwestern Meal and presentation.

On the Menu:

Starters:
Fresh Cut Green Peppers and Tomatoes from the Fire Escape with carrots from the Farmer’s Market along with Goat Cheese and Wisconsin Rye Crackers.

Master brought the wine:

Conversation and cooking occurred for the next 1.5 hours.

Dinner was served at 6:30 pm sharp!
(a little late for the Midwest, but a 1/2 way point with NYC)

Marinated Baked Pork Chops with Garlic Mashed Potatoes:


After Dinner a little more conversation and relaxing — no hurrying at all.

dievca perked up and asked Master if he would like some Apple Crumble, another glass of wine, a little cock worship or a presentation outfit.

Master chose the Presentation Outfit.
So dievca changed out of this:

Eva Franco Rainbow Crochet Dress – Anthropologie

Into this:

Vivienne Westwood SS2004 “orgies” Orange Dress Fabric

Naked and waxed beneath with Master’s Drop Earrings and Burberry Zipper Heels:

Offerings to Master
Cock Worship
Pussy Sex
Anal Sex
Shower
2nd Round of Cock Worship
Aha Moment! Master gets even larger watching His dievca Orgasm
Multiple Orgasm Finish (for both parties)

The second dessert was offered after a time of odalisquescing and boneless relaxation:

Apple Crumble (Made with four types of apples from the Farmers Market):

Hopefully dievca did the Midwest proud.
Master seemed to think so~
How ’bout you?


Delightful Dots – Vintage Day Dress

Channel you 1960’s Household Kink in this Ladylike Day Dress and Wrapper originally bought on Park Avenue in NYC. Your Sir, Mistress or Master will be willing to walk through the leaves with His/Her elegant submissive on His/Her arm.

Details

  • Designer: Kreinick
  • In the Style Of: Rudi Gernreich
  • Place of Origin: United States
  • Period: 1960-1969
  • Material Notes:
    Silk, Wool, Color blocking, Polka dot, Polka, Print, Stitch, Textured, Buckle, Waistband
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Marked Size: XS (US)
  • Bust: 32 in. (81 cm)
  • Waist: 24 in. (61 cm)
  • Hip: 36 in. (91 cm)
  • Length: 36 in. (91 cm)
  • Shoulder to Hem: 36 in. (91 cm)
  • Dealer Location: Sparks, NV
  • Available at 1st Dibs $995, click here

 


What is a Petticoat? (cosplay – lolita, goth)

Petticoat = an underskirt.

Petticoats were prominent throughout the 16th to 20th centuries.

Today, petticoats are typically worn to add fullness to skirts in the Gothic and Lolita subcultures.

The History:

18th Century with Panniers

18th Century with Bustle

Late 19th Century with Dust Ruffle

1950s net petticoat, handmade by Ryley & Flynn Vintage. Deluxe 4 layer satin trimmed.

CANDY ANTHONY – 50’s Tea Length Yellow Petticoat & Silk Sash

Cosplay: Lolita Net Mesh

Goth: Penoze Naughty black red petticoat

Goth: cage petticoat

Goth: Collezione Parah Autunno Inverno 2015-2016 petticoat

Goth: Collezione Parah Autunno Inverno 2015-2016 petticoat models

And if you were wondering what the difference is between a crinoline and a petticoat:

crinoline /krɪn.əl.ɪn/ is a stiffened or structured petticoat designed to hold out a woman’s skirt, popular at various times since the mid-19th century. Originally,crinoline described a stiff fabric made of horsehair (“crin”) and cotton or linen which was used to make underskirts and as a dress lining.

 


Tiki Time

(1950’s Household Kink: presenting for your Sir/Master/Madame)

dievca was cutting a pineapple to share with Master and the idea for becoming a Pineapple Princess and pulling from Tiki Culture flashed through her head.

Pineapple Princess, 1939

Cue the Annette Funicello:

(click record to play)

THE HISTORY
The advent of Tikidom can be traced back to a man named “Don the Beachcomber”, aka “Donn Beach”, aka “Donn Beach-Comber”… or, less interestingly, Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt. Gantt was a Texan born in 1907, but he knew there was a whole world outside the steak-scented borders of the Lone Star State, so he traveled to the rum-scented Caribbean and South Pacific and learned a lot about how to chill on the way.

When Don returned to the States, he wanted to emulate the laid-back times he experienced in the tropics, so he opened the world’s first Tiki bar, Don the Beachcomber, in Los Angeles in 1934. People — including celebrities — flocked to the bar for its escapist ambiance, potent-but-tasty rum cocktails, and exotic cuisine (which was actually slightly modified Cantonese food, but still — not very typical for the times).

Also in 1934, “Trader” Vic Bergeron opened a similar bar in Oakland (originally called Hinky Dinks, but changed to Trader Vic’s in 1937) that also drew crowds for its Polynesian-themed drinks and food. Because of its success, Vic was able to open more locations in places like Seattle and Hawaii (before statehood!). A fad was developing.

FORBIDDEN ISLAND
During World War II, Gantt was deployed, so his wife took over management of the bar and expanded it into a chain with 16 locations. Tiki culture — inspired by the art, style, and attitudes of Polynesia — became huge in America during the 1940s and ‘50s, and fueled the two chains’ success even more, because people wanted to experience a time away from work and stress.

Tiki bars fell out of the public eye for a while between the ‘60s and ‘90s, but experienced a resurgence thanks to a few dedicated Tiki acolytes, who started up bars based on the original Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s.

Your typical Tiki cocktail is a mix of light or dark rum, flavored syrups, and tropical fruit juices — which is essentially the recipe for the Mai Tai (rum, orange Curacao, syrup, lime juice), the first Tiki drink to have widespread popularity after it was (allegedly) invented by Trader Vic in 1944.

Ingredients:
1 oz amber rum
1 oz dark rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
½ oz orgeat syrup
½ oz Cointreau
1 sprig of fresh mint and a piece of a pineapple
Umbrella

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker except the mint and pineapple. Shake and strain into a high ball glass filled with ice. Garnish with the fresh mint and pineapple, you can float some extra dark rum on top.

CUTE LITTLE UMBRELLAS
Rumor has it that the umbrellas were originally developed as a way of keeping the ice in a drink cold on a warm day out on the beach. They were popularized by Trader Vic in the 1930s, and caught on from there. 

Information is condensed and modified from an article by Adam Lapetina a food/drink staff writer at Thrillist

You could go with a range of clothing for your Sir or Madam, from grass skirts, no top with leis or more 1950’s Household Kink with a retro dress or Hawaiian shirt in a kitschy pattern. dievca was hooked on being a Pineapple Princess when she ran into these dresses from Loco Lindo:


Can you imagine serving your Sir or Madame a Mai Tai on their arrival home and kneeling to offer them fresh pineapple from the husk. Perhaps a little 1950’s/1960’s beach music in the background. And an interesting tie bikini or swimsuit trunks under your kitschy 1950’s Print dress/top. Could be a lot of innocent, or a little more, risqué Fun!

Just because…
dievca would like to offer some sweet and innocent items she ran into while researching being a Pineapple Princess and Tiki Culture — who knows maybe the onesies would be of use after creating an excellent Cosplay moment + 9 months. XO

Disneyland History – Enchanted Tiki Room


August 1st: Homemade Pie Day

FRESH BLUEBERRIES for Master!

dievca’s Master loves blueberries – she wants to change it up from the Crumble of past years, so she is trying a Blueberry Pie Recipe for Homemade Pie Day.

A homey way to serve Master.

Ingredients:

4 Cups fresh blueberries
3/4 Cup white sugar
5 level Tablespoons cornstarch
1 9″ double crust recipe
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of butter
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

Prep
15 minutes
Cook
50 minutes
Ready In
2 hours

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, lemon juice and mix with blueberries.
Line pie dish with one pie crust. Pour berry mixture into the crust, and dot with butter. Cut remaining pastry into 1/2 – 3/4 inch wide strips, and make lattice top.
Crimp and flute edges.

Bake pie on middle rack of oven for about 50 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Wait 1 hour before cutting to let the cornstarch set.

Enjoy!


You can’t always get what you want…

A little background music for a Monday….

The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Live)

After dievca saw the Big Bird Dress in yellow – she’s been obsessed…

she would really like to get a yellow dress.

Lindy Bop “Audrey” Dress in Blaze

But the color yellow is really terrible on her — all shades.

Lindy Bop “Audrey” Dress in Orange

So, she just gets what she needs.


Old Spitalfields Market and Collectif Vintage

dievca wandered around the Old Spitalfields Market at the suggestion of friends who live in London. There were some great leather bags, cute dresses, funky t-shirts and lovely glassware – if she could get it back to NYC in one piece. Plus, a stop for a pint.

Two bricks-and-mortar stores caught dievca’s attention on the exterior of the market – two stores exclusive to London. One for Master and one for dievca.

dievca bought Master some gear in Rapha — a high-end cycling brand based in London:

Then she spotted Collectif Vintage!
You might remember that is the brand of dievca’s (and Master’s) favorite polka dot day dress:

Well there was more fun 1940’s and 1950’s retro options:
(who doesn’t want to wear a watermelon dress in summer?):

Sadly, but not really that sad…, dievca chose to spend her money on Master – but she will keep looking for Collectif Vintage pieces in the future.