Your Voice.

A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself.
That’s how I hold your voice.
-Rumi, trans. by Coleman Barks


WHERE KINK MEETS COSMETICS @ Ricky’s NYC Beauty & Pin-Ups

“It was the funniest thing in the world to see a customer buying a shampoo, a toothpaste, and a dildo. Where else are you going to find that?” Nowhere except the famous Ricky’s NYC.

dievca has been riding her bike everywhere in the NYC and it makes stopping, shopping or wandering the City harder to do. One of the stores that is no longer in her neighborhood is Ricky’s. she hasn’t visited a Ricky’s store in a long time and she was worried that they were going out of business. Turns out they are re-organizing….

Here’s how Ricky’s describes itself:

An edgy, ultra-hip “beauty shop” specializing in unique fashion accessories, cosmetics, and beauty supplies, Ricky’s NYC has been a part of New York’s urban chic culture for nearly two decades. From style-conscious teenagers and their suburbanite moms to Hollywood celebrities and their professional stylists, Ricky’s NYC plays host to a diverse, cult-like following of clientele.

A veritable one stop super shop for everything beauty Ricky’s NYC transcends trends while inspiring and emphasizing individuality. With products ranging from professional hair care to temporary tattoos, Ricky’s NYC’s eclectic offerings make headlines and grace the pages of major beauty publications every month. Ricky’s NYC is synonymous with style, sensibility and funky sophistication.

Here’s how dievca describes it:

dievca used to be able to go into Ricky’s and buy SweetSpot Labs Grapefruit personal wipes, a Chi Hair Straightener, Spanx Tights, a Rabbit Vibrator, Penis Straws and Murad Pomegranate Extract Face Cleaner:

 

Following in the footsteps of his father, operator of drugstores called Love, Ricky Kenig opened the first Ricky’s NYC in 1989 with his brother Todd, who, by his own account, built the retailer to 28 stores and $55 million in revenues by 2012. Ricky’s NYC is now controlled by a private owner declining to be named. Lisa Aquilino is now the President. Her mission has been to restructure Ricky’s slowly and gently to become a better version of itself. Prior to Aquilino, the president’s role at Ricky’s NYC was occupied by Michael Long, Dominick Costello and Richard Parrott.

That said, the Ricky’s on the UWS seemed to be re-organizing its floor space and consolidating. The “sex shop” part was no longer in existence and dievca didn’t see a Hair Salon – but not all Ricky’s have hair salons. There was an extensive “sale” area which allowed dievca to pick-up some expensive skin care items for less and made her smile with this Beauty & Pin-Up Haircare line on sale:



Something excellent for the 1950’s Household Kink submissive.


“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”

Normally, weather moves from west to east. In the mid-latitudes, the prevailing winds are westerlies. This means storm systems generally move in from the West.

The colors we see in the sky are due to the rays of sunlight being split into colors of the spectrum as they pass through the atmosphere and ricochet off the gases, water vapor and particles. The amounts of water vapor and dust particles in the atmosphere are good indicators of weather conditions. They also determine which colors we will see in the sky.

During sunrise and sunset the sun is low in the sky, and it transmits light through the thickest part of the atmosphere. A red sky suggests an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture particles. The shorter wavelengths, such as blue, are scattered and broken up. We see the red wavelengths. the longest in the color spectrum, are able to continue through the atmosphere.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.

A red sky at night means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west and good weather will follow.

Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.

A red sunrise can mean that a high pressure system (good weather) has already passed, thus indicating that a storm system (low pressure) may be moving to the east. A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red can indicate that there is high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain could be on its way.

dievca had the pleasure of a beautiful sunset, yesterday.
Made her evening.

Photos: dievca 02/2019 NYC

Inspired

dievca likes to think that she photographs objects and patterns well.
Master tells her to think of the human form as an object. she hasn’t figured it out.
dievca plans to take a moment this Sunday and sit and dream with JeanLoup Sieff
Inspiring.

Jeanloup Sieff (November 30, 1933 – September 20, 2000) was a French photographer. He was born in Paris to Polish parents. He was a photography student of Gertrude Fehr. He is famous for his portraits of politicians, famous artists, landscapes, as well as for his nudes and use of wide-angle lens and visible dodging marks. He worked mainly in black and white and in fashion.

He died in Paris.
~Wikipedia


Photoshoot…

dievca has learned that her make-up technique just needed some tweaking and you need to build it up for photos because you lose 50%.  she also learned that her face is not model material – but it is kind and children love it. (Or maybe that is just her personality coming out — boys, of all ages, tend to love dievca)

dievca also learned that you want your face to be the largest item for the camera, so you don’t push your pelvis forward or stick you hip out to the camera.  (she does this all the time…)

dievca learned that good friends giggling with you makes the process easier. And the people watching you appreciate and smile when they know you are having fun. Taking photos with friends in them are more natural.

dievca learned that her friend is a really good make-up artist and photographer.

dievca learned that she…is beautiful.

(A lot of learning going on)

 

Charlotte Olympia Camera Bag


Beauty in Motion

Don’t Look for what Fits
I am Beauty in Motion
You must Catch Me
In a Moment
Click

Photo: Taras Polataiko, Eadweard Muybridge - Human Locomotion

Via Barbara Edwards Contemporary
For conceptual artist Taras Polataiko, the idea is primary and the medium is the mode of its conveyance. Consequently, his work takes on many forms from painting, photography, video and performance, to cultural and political interventions in response to historical events. Through his manifold manipulations, Polataiko has achieved a conceptually rigorous and thematically cohesive practice concerned with notions of rupture and repair.

Polataiko studied painting, art history, and philosophy at the Moscow State Stroganov University of Fine and Industrial Arts, moving to Canada in 1989 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree. Polataiko’s own experience of displacement, as a Ukrainian Canadian is central to recurrent themes of cultural conflict and translation in his work. For his celebrated piece Cradle (1996), Polataiko traveled to the Chernobyl alienation zone, exposed himself to radioactivity, and did a full blood transfusion upon his return to Canada. This blood became a core element of an installation, which dealt with the issue of contamination as the imperceptible element. Here exposure is a means of addressing the past, thereby resolving the future through dialogue and awareness.


Beauty Vs. Reality


everythig-has-beautydievca always took pride in her strong body and abilities.
It took dievca a long time to start loving her looks.
Broken and rebuilt nose.
Larger cheeks.
More masculine, severe features.
Crazy curly hair.
Large eyes that can not decide what color to be~

You would have noticed none of these issues. They were of dievca’s own making.
She is not alone in these strange – unreal perceptions.
And she is always surprised when she runs into a lovely photo of herself.

These videos state the same point nicely.

How do you see yourself?

LONG: Dove Real Beauty Sketches |
You’re more beautiful than you think

SHORT: Dove Evolution | With some images, all is not what it seems

PS. dievca knows that her Master finds her beautiful everyday. He has told her. she also knows that she finds beauty in every person she touches. Now, after another birthday she has finally accepted that she is a beauty just in the act of being. It took awhile.