Sushi on the Rooftop

Temperatures hit 91 F (33 C) on the day dievca and Master met for sushi, but the evening was cooler and as the sun went down the temperature was lovely.
dievca had dressed for comfort in a hand-blocked organic cotton caftan + red sneakers for her knee.

Click on the photos for the brands


There’s name for it = Realistic Optimist

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Master and His dievca were sharing sushi on the rooftop when dievca mention that she figured out where she fits with her personal outlook (philosophy). she always thought she was just a “realist”, but realized she isn’t very cynical. Then she ran into this tidbit:

This Personality Type Is Linked to Success and Happiness
By Tia Ghose published August 23, 2013

Are you a “glass-half-full” or a “glass-half-empty” kind of person?

As it turns out, some people can be both. So-called realistic optimists combine the positive outlook of optimists with the clear-eyed perspective of pessimists, new research has found.

These realistic optimists may get the best of both worlds, using their realism to perform better at work and elsewhere, but aren’t getting bogged down by unhappiness, said Sophia Chou, an organizational psychology researcher at National Taiwan University, who presented her findings at a meeting of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. [7 Things That Will Make You Happy]

Past research has shown that optimists value thoughts that make them feel good about themselves, whereas pessimists prize a more truthful vision of themselves. But a clear-eyed view can be bad for pessimists’ well-being, as they tend to be more prone to depression, Chou said.

Optimists tend to live longer and be healthier overall.

After several years working in business, Chou noticed there were some people who were both optimistic and realistic, and that they tended to be very successful. She wondered whether realism and optimism were really diametrically opposed.

So Chou administered a battery of personality surveys to about 200 college and graduate students in Taiwan. The surveys tested how many “positive illusions” the students held, as well as whether they were more motivated by self-enhancement or reality.

Realistic views

The optimists were sorted into two camps: the realists and the idealists.

“Realistic optimists tend to choose accuracy over self-enhancement; the unrealistic optimists tend to choose self-enhancement,” Chou said.

Interestingly, the realistic optimists also got better grades, on average, than their less grounded peers — probably because they didn’t delude themselves into thinking they would do well without studying or working hard, Chou said.

Traditionally, a more realistic outlook is paired with poorer well-being and greater depression, yet the realistic optimists managed to be happy. To understand why, she dug deeper into the personality assessments.

Self-control key

She found that realistic optimists believed they had more self-control and control over their interpersonal relationships.

“Every time they face an issue or a challenge or a problem, they won’t say ‘I have no choice and this is the only thing I can do.’ They will be creative, they will have a plan A, plan B and plan C,” Chou said.

That allows them to stay cheery and upbeat about the future, even if they recognize the challenges of the present.

Being a realistic optimist does have one downside, however: They are more prone to anxiety than their completely unrealistic peers. That’s likely because they recognize the possibility of failure, whereas their counterparts use positive illusions to ease their anxiety, Chou said.

The findings suggest that realistic and unrealistic optimists may actually be very different personality types, Chou said.

In order to cultivate a rosy-but-realistic outlook, people should maintain a clear-eyed view of reality, but emphasize what they can control in most situations, she said.

dievca’s Master has a different take on Himself:
“Idealistic Realism”
An idealistic realist is a realist who understands the realms of possibility but also sees his idealism as a potential reality. You work towards an Ideal knowing the Realities.

By the way – the question of the glass-half-full/empty always baffled dievca – perhaps it is her “realist” tendencies or her Science background – this is her answer:

Glass tech


Lagom – something of use

Lagom (pronounced [ˈlɑ̂ːɡɔm]) is
a Swedish word meaning “just the right amount”.

The word can be variously translated as “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfect-simple”, “just enough”, and “suitable” (in matter of amounts). Whereas words like sufficient and average suggest some degree of abstinence, scarcity, or failure, lagom carries the connotation of appropriateness, although not necessarily perfection. The archetypical Swedish proverb “Lagom är bäst“, literally “The right amount is best”, is also translated as “Enough is as good as a feast” or as “There is virtue in moderation”.

In terms of a NYC apartment – the word Lagom is appropriate.  You need enough, but not too much of everything.

aveva – felted wool home goods based out of Malmö, Sweden has helped dievca with “just enough” storage in the apartment.

Aveva Felted Wool Home Goods

A plant bucket holds dievca’s workout gear
(yoga block, jump rope, bands, lacrosse ball, pinky ball, etc).

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A tote bag holds her road bike and swimming gear
(helmet, clothing, shoes, gloves, suits, goggles, etc.)

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Subtle softness and colors blend into the NYC skyline without a jarring effect and are easy to reach. 

Just Enough.

Aveva Felted Wool containers flower pots

Items can be found at EUROPEAN Bliss (click here).


Follow the sun

Photo: dievca, Hudson River sunset 05/2015


Delicate Dream lingerie

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)

Handmade

DESCRIPTION:
Color: Baby Blue or Pink
Size: S, M, L

Size Details:
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

WASHING:
Hand Wash Separately in Cold Water. Never Bleach. Line Dry

Available at Etsy for $46.80 – from a local NYC small shop (click here)


A moment for cheesy~

Sometimes you have to kick back and enjoy the ride!
At this moment we are going ‘old school’. XO
Sending love,
your dievča


Amazing

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Someone who helps me figure out which muscles are failing.

Someone who helps me fire up those muscles, again.

Someone who digs into my muscles to get the fascia to release.

Someone who assists my game plan for moving better.

SIGN ME UP!

Our dievca had her first PT session and felt the benefits immediately and almost cried with Joy.

Master voiced dievca’s thoughts that returning to a physical training process brought trust, release, and relief.


And they WON!

(Click on Photos for a larger view of the OT goal.)

dievca was the lucky recipient of a last-minute offer to see the NY Rangers play Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s always a treat to catch live hockey, but the game was tight and the energy in MSG (Madison Square Garden) was ROCKING!

The Rangers will be facing the Carolina Hurricanes, next. They are a good team – we will see.

Fingers crossed.🤞

Photos: dievca NYC 05/2022


“Seeing Stars”✨ with Gucci

Star On Your Forehead

Shooting Star

My Star Is Rising!

Lucky Star

Aim For The Stars

Stars In You Eyes

Seeing Stars

Gucci Star Sunglasses $1245

Available at MyTheresa for $1245


Elegant Italian Presentation

How lovely for the Sweep of Summer.
Chain Collars from Saint Laurent, Outfit from Zimmerman.
Your Master of Mistress would be proud. XO

From Matches Fashion:
Curated By Marie-Louise Sciò
Who better to showcase enviable looks for a Roman holiday than the CEO & Creative Director of the Pellicano Hotels Group and ISSIMO, as she tours her hometown with her close friend and stylist, Robert Rabensteiner?


Words of Wisdom: Elderly Parents on Aging.

So, a total knee replacement is in dievca’s future. But, the chipped knee cap and the floating bone piece, and the osteoarthritis behind the kneecap are the culprits for the current swelling and ligament strains.  Physical Therapy, 1st.  If that’s not enough, removal of bone chip 2nd.  dievca is looking to get into a study for cartilage replacement – maybe? Then knee replacement 4th?

As dievca’s Mom said, “It’s hell to get old.”‘

dievca’s Dad said, “Just keep moving!”

Smile.


Collecting Yourself

Sometimes it is a reach to collect yourself for the day,
the night,
an event,
the week,
a month,

for Life.

dievca was having a little bit of trouble today.
XO


10K anyone?

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Chloé Crochet Dresses – each running at $10,500.
dievca loves the dresses,
but which interesting person would be willing to buy them?   

Available at Net-A-Porter


less than 24 hours in the Life of a dievca

Baby Shower (above – click on photos for Brands)
To a Swim
To Master
To an MRI for the knee
To a Gala (below – click on photos for Brands, note the emergency flip flops for the knee)
To Work

dievca hit the gamut of actives


Bright Lights, Big City – Herschel Supply Co.

dievca’s current backpack – its holding up well!

Something of Use.


Miss May with Al Moore

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Born in Illinois, AI Moore played college football at Northwestern University and professional football with the Chicago Bears. After attending classes at Chicago’s Art Institute and Academy of Art, he opened a commercial art studio in New York in the late 1930s. By the mid-1940s, his clients included major companies like Galey and Lord, Beauty Counselors, the Viscole Corporation, and Champion Spark Flags.

During the war years, Moore painted posters for the government and also took on assignments from Gold cigarettes, Cosmopolitan, The Saturday Evening Post, and Collier’s.

Advertising work for U.S. Rubber, Nash automobiles, and Coca-Cola led, in 1946, to Moore’s breakthrough assignment – he was chosen by Esquire to replace Alberto Vargas, the most popular pin-up artist of the day. Among Moore’s triumphs at the magazine was his creation of the Esquire Girl, his answer to the Varga Girl; the 1948 Esquire calendar (with Ben-Hur Baz and others); front covers in 1948 and 1949; and the rare honor of painting the entire 1949 and 1950 calendars himself. By 1950, his two-page gatefolds in Esquire were collected by millions of Americans.

Moore contributed four pinups and a centerfold print to Brown & Bigelow’s Ballyhoo Calendar for 1953, which was as huge a success as the work of Gil Elvgren for the previous year’s calendar. In the 1950s, his corporate clients included contemporary Munsingwear, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and the McGregor Corporation. During the same years, his illustrations appeared in American Magazine, Woman’s Home Companion, McCall’s, and Woman’s Day, and he painted several front covers for The Saturday Evening Post. As an active member of the Society of Illustrators, Moore was asked to paint the poster for the society’s 1959 exhibition; it was such a success that both Pan American Airlines and Germaine Monteil Perfume also commissioned posters for their national marketing campaigns.

When photographs started to replace artwork in magazines and advertising, Moore decided to retire and pursue fine-art painting, including portrait commissions, Shortly after he moved to Crawford, Colorado, he accepted a commission from the United States Olympic Committee for three paintings for their world headquarters that would call attention to the problem of illegal steroid use by athletes.

Al Moore biography borrowed from The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G Martignette & Louis K Meisel.

A HUGE “Thank You” to the ThePin-UpFiles.


Come again another day~

Damien Hirst Umbrella (black) - Limited Issue to holders of The Currency - HENI.

Damien Hirst Umbrella (black) – Limited Issue to holders of The Currency – HENI.

There are a few versions and variations of this rhyming couplet. The most common modern version is:

Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.

Origins
Similar rhymes can be found in many societies, including ancient Greece and ancient Rome. The modern English language rhyme can be dated to at least the 17th century when James Howell in his collection of proverbs noted:

Rain rain go to Spain: fair weather come again.

A version very similar to the modern version was noted by John Aubrey in 1687 as used by “little children” to “charm away the Rain…”:

Rain Rain go away,
Come again on Saturday.

A wide variety of alternatives have been recorded including: “Midsummer day”, “washing day”, “Christmas Day” and “Martha’s wedding day”.

In the mid-19th century James Orchard Halliwell collected and published the version:

Rain, rain, go away
Come again another day
Little Arthur wants to play.

In a book from the late 19th century, the lyrics are as follows:

Rain, Rain,
Go away;
Come again,
April day;
Little Johnny wants to play.


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

Dolce Gabbana Cardinale 105 Sequined OTK boots close up


Running to the Doctor

Knee Dr.

So, do you think they can take an MRI of the Right and Left -Hips, Knees, and Ankles?

Up the Chain and Down the Chain?


Basket weaving 101 with MUUÑ

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dievca took a photo of her new MUUÑ basket bag – its measurements are length: 20 cm / width: 10 cm / height: 14 cm. Very adorable and ladylike for summer.  dievca started playing with effects on her new phone and ended up saving the photo with the effect above and losing the original photo (it’s the user, not the phone…)

Anyways, this French Brand is trying to do good in the World by creating a sustainable bag, handmade and utilizing an underrepresented workforce.  A lovely piece for Summer (photo below).

The straw base is hand-weaved with resistant elephant grass, taking 2 or 3 days of work.
. This bag is finished and assembled in our workshop in France.
. The inside pouch is sewed by people with disabilities working for ISTA.
As MUUÑ bags are handmade products, variations in shape or size may happen.

The Charles in Dark Green vegetable tanned leather handle and strap. 173 Euros

Straw bag with a removable pouch.
Hand and shoulder bag.
HANDMADE IN GHANA.

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Hmmm- looks interesting~

MKV-2-0-Knee-massager-electronic-vibrating-heating-knee-massage-machine-2sm-woman_480x480Massage, Magnetism, Heat, and Caffeine!


The Month of May

20190505_144953“We roamed the fields and river sides,
When we are young and gay;
We chased the bees and plucked the flowers,
In the merry, merry month of May.”
Stephen Foster

Photo: dievca - Crabapple Blossoms NYC 05/2019

Moving up a timeline – knee

back-tattoos-for-women-4During COVID, dievca had a three-month period where she was able to rehab her back.  Selfishly, it was one of the best things to happen to her regarding her health.  she didn’t/doesn’t want a relapse of COVID or another virus in any way, but it might give her time to work on her knee, she needs it.

Last week, dievca had scheduled appointments for two Orthopedic Doctors. to look at her knee – one appointment is this Thursday and one in June.   Her schedule blew up when her knee popped going up the 3rd flight of stairs from the Subway yesterday. she was stuck for a period of time trying to figure out how to get up the final 2 stairs. Finally, she slowly made it out of the subway and into a cab. The Cabbie got her to an UrgentCare and was super patient and kind – sometimes you gotta love NYC.

ligaments_kneeWhy an UrgentCare?  dievca knew x-rays were not needed immediately  – but she did need, crutches, large ace bandages, and confirmation of her injured areas.  The UrgentCare Doctor was great – the pop occurred at the ACL/PCL area – she (the Doctor) felt like there might be a cyst behind the ligaments. The area popped again (lightly) when the Dr. palpitated the area. Yes, there is chronic swelling at the meniscus (livable), the knee cap may have chips (that needs an x-ray – but not the main issue), etc. dievca knows the damage has been building for a while due to past foot/calf injuries + aging.

Anyways, dievca scheduled another group to look at the knee Monday 8am, to get “The Party” started.  she has the crutches and ace bandages — the pain has receded to certain positions and angles which gives her more information for the next set of Doctors.

The Uber home included a lovely, patient driver. Again, you’ve gotta love NYC.

If you are thinking – where was dievca’s Master?  He was the first call of the morning to talk about the Doctor who is scheduled for Thursday.  Then after the pop, He spoke with dievca in the cab and said he would come down immediately – but it wasn’t necessary when dievca knew He had family coming in town to stay.

dievca just wishes she could have made it to Thursday without the pain and loss of mobility.


Can you copyright a Smiley Face?

Khaki-smiley-hoodieSmileyWorld® Khaki Smiley Cotton Hoodie

$‌250.00

Elevate your downtime aesthetic with this relaxed-fit khaki hoodie. It is stamped with an oversized smiley face and embroidered with the words ‘Think Happy’ on the cuff. Wear this super-soft cotton style with the matching track pants.

I guess if you change the eyes to hearts (which dievca is not fond of) – or (see below) …

Who owns Smiley World?
Franklin Loufrani
The Smiley Company is a brand licensing company, based in London, United Kingdom. It holds the rights to the smiley face in over 100 countries.

The Smiley Company.
Type Private
Key people Franklin Loufrani (Founder & President) Nicolas Loufrani (CEO)
Revenue $ 538 million (2020)
Number of employees 40 (2016)
Subsidiaries SmileyWorld

Khaki-smiley-hoodie model


Zippered front – is that cheating?

Wearing a corset can be a challenge…as dievca well knows.

At first, Master’s dievca had to learn how to put on the corset – Master had to step in to help on a few occasions.  Years later dievca became too chubby for some of her corsets – something about her waist changing with perimenopause.  The hook and eyes with the steel whale bones have been a challenge – so when dievca saw this corset with a zipper…

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Hmm~

Might be an asset to her lingerie closet.

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Or it could be another spectacular “Dievca Disaster”!

Temptress Teal Lace-Up Front Zipper Corset

The teal-colored full bust corset is made from high-quality satin with lace net overlay material to create a romantically sexy look. Corset features a premium front zipper closure, 10 plastic bones with 4 static steel back bones, nickel brass grommets with thick cording in the back for cinching, and removable garters. On Sale for $59.95


Elegance as you wait~

dievca spent 1.5 hours in the James A. Farley Main Post Office NYC standing in line for customs forms, filling them out, and paying for the shipments. At least the scenery was lovely –  the renovations are complete:

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Photos: dievca – James A. Farley Post Office NYC 04/2022


feeling a little 80’s – right now

Master laughs at His dievca’s penchant for 80’s synthesizer hits.  What can she say? she’s an 80’s Throwback – a product of Generation X:

  • They’re Expert DIY-ers. …
  • Their Sartorial Style Is Decidedly Dressed-Down. …
  • They’ve Got the Whole Work-Life Balance Thing Down Pat. …
  • They Tech-Savvy… But Not Tech-Dependent. …
  • They’re Fiercely Independent.
  • They’re Fiercely Attached To Their Music AND Don’t Really Care If You Like It Or Not.

Lyrics:

You saw me standing by the wall corner of a main street
And the lights are flashing on your window sill
All alone ain’t much fun so you’re looking for the thrill
And you know just what it takes and where to go

Don’t save a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after

Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into the well
If you can you’ll see the world in all his fire
Take a chance like all dreamers can’t find another way
You don’t have to dream it all, just live a day

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after

Pretty looking road I try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin
Don’t ask me why I’ll keep my promise I’ll melt the ice
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after (doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after


On the hunt for Bling (for a friend 😉😉)

Rhinestone Coffee Mug

Jazzing up your MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!

dievca has a very good friend who encases her phone in this:

Large Crystal Phone Case

she can’t find a coffee mug embellished with those large crystals, so she’s looking at the colorful one above…  Hmmm, maybe dievca could make the mug for her friend – a little DIY project.  Something to ponder.

In researching sparkly, glittery gifts for her IRL friend – dievca started to think about another blogger, a virtual friend, a “little” who loves color and bling.
“Cinnamon and Sparkles” has stepped away from the WordPress account with that handle (
vanillawithatouchofcinnamon.wordpress.com) and her Cinnamon email account is closed. dievca is wishing her the best and sending love her way if she stops by for a peek. XO


in the Pink of well-being

A box of mental, beauty, and well-being as a $499 treat!

La Box en Pink

Le Bon En Pink Champagne Beauty Box

La Box en Pink: A Must-Have from Harper’s Bazaar! Our appreciation of the Parisian It Girl runs deep, which is why we’re thrilled to present La Box en Pink. This limited-edition collection of rosy-hued must-haves from iconic brand Champagne Laurent-Perrier and emerging French labels celebrate effortless style and joie de vivre.

Wine Gift Set Includes:

  • Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose
    The Cuvée Rosé from Laurent-Perrier is the most recognized rosé champagne in the world. The house uses its proprietary maceration technique and the wine is crafted for a fragrance and not mixed for a color. Held in an elegant bottle inspired by King Henri IV, it has been widely acknowledged for its consistent high quality for more than 40 years, and it is the benchmark for rosé champagne around the world.
    Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé is truly remarkable for its highly expressive bouquet, stemming from the very careful preservation of fresh fruit aromas during the winemaking. Made with 100% Pinot Noir from 10 different “crus ” (or villages), from the North and South areas of the Montagne de Reims, as well as the famous village of Bouzy. Grapes from carefully selected plots are meticulously sorted and de-stemmed before going into the vats, and the controlled maceration helps with the color extraction and the development of the full aromatic richness of the Pinot Noir.
    Intensely fruity flavors, clean and slightly sharp, the wine opens to the sensation of freshly picked red berries: strawberries, Morello cherries, black currants, and raspberries. The finish is supple and rounded.
    Rated 96 Points: Connoisseurs’ Guide
  • La Box en Pink
    La Box en Pink is comprised of a 750ml bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, a crepe de chine scarf by ba&sh, Delina Hair Mist, Feminine Discovery Set, and votive candle by Parfums de Marly, Le Stylo in Emilie and Les 4 Rouje cream lip palette in Chaleur by Rouje, and a pink quartz necklace by Bôneur, and French Glow supplement and a Simple Skin Mini Routine Set by Aime.