Memorial Day USA – what was created from what the soldiers dropped

Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the American Civil War (1861-1865). The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States. It is also called Decoration Day.

U.S. paratroopers drop from a plane, somewhere over England on Sept. 19, 1942, as they take part in a practice exercise. (AP Photo)

dievca has two European friends who’s families have memories of American Paratroopers and a shot down plane crew coming down in their yards during WWII.  One in the Netherlands and one in Italy.  The families still think of those soldiers – especially the Italian family because of the simple sharing of chewing gum.

What happened to the silk, nylon, and canvas from those contraptions that helped people fall from the sky?

It was repurposed and became shrouds, slings, bandages, hammocks, undergarments, Wedding dresses, purses, clothing, quilts – anything and everything in a needy time at a needy place.

Here’s the glamourous:

 

Thank you to Katie Sanders from  Business Insider.

Paratroopers of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team drop onto Corregidor Feb. 16, 1945 (Photo US Army Signal Corps)

 

 

 


David Samuel Menkes = leather god.

;Boy Meets Girl’ W Magazine David Samuel Menkes Collar

Jennifer Lopez Elle Magazine Cap, $125, DAVID SAMUEL MENKES

Dominique-Hollington-Louis-Daniel-Botha robe TRIPLE Err Pants David Samuel Menkes

Anna Ewers by Inez and Vioodh for Self Service FW 2017 – Calvin Klein leather shirt and pants, David Samuel Menkes leather skullcap, Lacrasia leather gloves

Lady Gaga Riffle Bra custom David Samuel Menkes

Cap DAVID SAMUEL MENKES PHOTOGRAPHY MARIO TESTINO FASHION ANDREW RICHARDSON MODEL SKY FERREIRA FASHION’S FAVORITE NEW M

Living in NYC you have a good chance of finding someone who can reweave a hole in a cashmere Missoni sweater or create a stunning one-of-a-kind dress.

David Samuel Menkes sounds like the gentleman to connect with for custom leather pieces. dievca offered a blog post which had photos using his work: BDSM in Haute Couture – Strict Magazine

If she ever becomes brave enough – she might stroll into his studio and ask if he can make a leather ‘Day Dress’ for her to wear presenting for Master.

 

Spirit And Flesh Magazine

DAVID SAMUEL MENKES
Interview by CYNTHIA ALTORISO
photography by DAVID CARLO

CYNTHIA ALTORISO: I met David Samuel Menkes by serendipity. I had gone to his building to visit the atelier of a neighboring bespoke tailor on his floor. When I noticed the wonderful quilted leather and studded door, I stopped in my tracks. Beyond the door was a pleasant-faced, blue-eyed and nosed-ringed man, who invited me in. To step inside David’s studio was akin to visiting Ali Baba’s cave of treasures!

There was David, at his heroic wooden work table, covered with beautiful leathers and interesting findings and tools. Behind him were steps leading to an outdoor Victorian quadrangle encompassing a secret garden unique for its exotic specimens and random classical statuary. This was only the beginning…
Appreciating my joy for his aesthetic, David pointed out the ‘walking stick corner’ which held a vast collection of wondrous vintage walking sticks, many of which I have had the good fortune to borrow for shoots.

Close by, above the wardrobe is a collection of marvelous old hats and hat boxes. Next, we moved into his bedroom with its’s centrally positioned canopy bed, draped with fine old paisley shawls.

One wall was covered in shelves holding antique sewing implements. Another wall held a vast collection of classical music covers, the many spines proudly proclaiming impressive works. And then there are the 2 drawers full of the bone button collection, the pleasure of which is to run one’s hands through. And there are the charming vintage children’s chairs. There’s more, much more, and, after these many years of knowing David, it has become a custom for me to bring visitors to experience this creative field trip.

David’s skills are not limited to the demimonde. For a project I was doing with Amy Arbus, he made a Picasso clown suit, for a shoot with Alan Cumming he made a spy’s binocular case, and for a shoot with Ellen von Unwerth, he crafted a lovely muzzle. I also arranged for a custom-made leather jacket, with the Union Jack, for Zombie, Rod Argent. Too many to list here, David has made or lent me many cunning pieces and accessories…the random eyepatch, the leather corset, the riding crops, etc., etc.

David is an old school artisan lovingly plying his trade, making up one of New York’s living, creative treasures.
I call him ‘The Leather Master’.

David Samuel Menkes Spirit and Flesh Magazine

David Samuel Menkes established Custom Leatherwear in 1980. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University/ BA Costume and Scenic Design, he arrived in NY with theater dreams but soon found the Leather Scene more interesting. Applying a certain theatrical flair allowed for a wide range of designs within a strict code of dress. Developing a specialty in leathercraft also brought Fashion and Theater projects, as well as crafting for Artists, Interior Designers, Performers, and private customers, with projects ranging from Dog Muzzles to covering a giant head of Stalin with a hood!

Fashion Fetish: The Leather of David Samuel Menkes

Interview Magazine David Samuel Menkes


Presentation Outfits…100 Years of Fashion in 2 minutes

dievca was looking to be inspired for Presentation Outfits: she ran into this video and it made her smile and think about options for Master. It seems like the most ‘ladylike’ outfits are from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The 1910s are too covered and too involved for finding clothing pieces, the 1970s seem like novelty outfits – Disco-oriented, dievca lived the BIG HAIR era of the 1980s (she has a vintage Norma Kamali red satin dress…), the 1990s are back in style – now.

1920s Dress

1930’s Dress

1940’s Red Silk Cocktail Dress Ceil Chapman

CEIL CHAPMAN vintage 1950’s designer Bombshell Cocktail dress silk jersey

1960s Silk Beaded Rhinestone Cocktail Dress Ceil Chapman

Ceil Chapman was an American fashion designer who worked in New York City from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was noted for creating glamorous cocktail and party dresses and for working with celebrity clients including television and movie actresses.


What to wear? What to wear?

Jan 5, 1954, Pierre Auguste Cot’s “The Storm” was hung at the Metropolitan Museum

A lunch date at the Met.
What does a submissive wear?
What will Master’s dievca wear?

she cannot think…
she’s out of practice…
she just cleared out her closet…

Not to panic, there has to be something in there:

No. 6 Eclipse Trapeze Dress in Raisin

Isabel Marant Clogs

Agnes b. Blue North Coat

Anya Hindmarch Earl Valentine Tote

1970’s Vintage Gold Mesh Collar

1970’s Vintage Gold Mesh Cuff

Lauren Klassen Tiny Key earring 14K

Lauren Klassen Tiny Padlock earring 14K

Lauren Klassen Padlock Ring 14K

Tort Luna Hairclips

Simone Perele, Eden Chic Full Bust Half Cup Bra in Orange and shorts

Thanks for helping dievca think it through.

And Master just reminded dievca – no toys in the bag. Bag check. XO

 


Atlanta in Autumn

Its still Warm in ATL 
Thursday through Sunday
82-89 F (28-32 C) with 50% Humidity.
Wedding.

dievca is planning on this:

Haute Hippie Blush Faux Wrap Dress

With these:

Alice + Olivia Rochelle Pumps Pink

Adding a wrap for the church and the evening chill:

Sundance Garden of Earthly Delights Wrap

Something to dance in:

Women’s Saucony Jazz Original Vintage Retro Pink

With gold accessories:

Alexis Bittar Collar

14K Gold Studs

C Wonder Bangle

Rebecca Minkoff Rings

18K Gold Plated Cuff

Hugo Boss Clutch

Anne Sportun 18K 

Feeling a bit Pretty in Pink


Putting on the colors~

The 2nd night on Governors Island was much quieter than the 1st.  No hurricane winds.  Now, the focus moves on to another disaster – the Chicago Cubs.

dievca has put her colors on!


AQUA: (shop your closet)

  • balance of play and work
  • balance of giving and receiving
  • release of guilt
  • frees the ability to receive without pretense
  • rejuvenation
  • will and thoughts – the reason why we do what we do
  • best color when you need Rest and Relaxation

Michael Kors Aqua Cotton Sweater and Poplin Anorak

Rag & Bone sheer t-shirt


Faliero Sarti Pills Scarf

Rag & Bone Jeans

Adidas Falcon Clemin Navy

Dagne Dover 365 Dakota Medium Neoprene Backpack Storm

Melissa Joy Manning Earrings

Sherry Lowe 14K Square Link Bracelet

Handmade 18K Opal Slice Ring

Jack Vartanian Gold Chain Ring

Aesa 3D Hex Ring 10k Aqua

dievca needed a functional outfit that could bounce back and forth between hot and cold temperature-wise. she shopped her closet for the Micheal Kors Sweater and Anorak and then got on a tear with the other aqua gear. Yes, it was a lot of color.  But dievca stood out and received many compliments with the unexpected, non-NYC, color scheme. (Note: she had her Rag & Bone jeans hemmed, no ripped hems…).


Mighty Mighty ‘Busting with Flowers’ Bustier


A bustier (alternatively bustiere) is a form-fitting garment that is traditionally worn as lingerie. Its primary purpose is to push up the bust by tightening against the upper midriff and forcing the breasts up, while gently shaping the waist. A bustier resembles a basque, but it is shorter. It reaches down only to the ribs or waist.

Modern bustiers are often made with mesh panels rather than the traditional boning. Nowadays, it might also be worn as a push-up bra under a low-backed dress, or as a camisole for outer wear. Details

– Underwired cups
– Sweetheart neckline
– Floral Embellishments
– Adjustable straps + Back closure
– Sleeveless design + Cropped length

$62.50 at MightyMighty

Medium Measurements: Bust 34”/Length 10”


Romping Around (lingerie)

Rompers appeared in the United States of America in the early 1900s. They were popular as playwear for younger children because people thought they were ideal for movement. They were light and loose fitting, a major change from the much more restrictive clothing children wore during the 19th-century Victorian era. Their popularity peaked in the 1950s when they were used by children as playwear and by women as leisure—and beachwear.

Adult fashion

CZ Guest Hamptions NYC vogue

1970's TerryclothWhile rompers had been popular among women in the 1950s, they re-emerged in the 1970s as a fashion for adult women. In the 1970s rompers were usually a casual garment made of terrycloth, and often in a tube top style. They were common in the 1980s in a wider variety of materials such as silky fabrics for evening wear.

Since 2006, rompers have enjoyed a minor renaissance as a fashionable garment for women. Though much less common, rompers for men have been produced. In the 2010s the “sleep romper” for women gained popularity, being similar in style to the teddy, but with the appearance of shorts.

ShopBop 2019

As Lingerie

The Romper, the Teddy and the Bodysuit have few differences. They are all one-piece lingerie styles. They have a top and bottom that are connected to each other.

Since every lingerie brand defines styles differently, the same style that one brand calls a teddy might be called a romper by another.

In dievca’s mind:

Romper = a full body piece of lingerie which is worn looser, may have an elastic waist and shorts on the bottom half.

Teddy = A full body piece of lingerie which is similar to a one piece swimsuit or bodysuit, but is looser and made of a sheer or silky fabric.

Bodysuit: skintight, formfitting garmet which covers the torso and crotch. Normally made out of a stretch fabric.


The Full Moon is Tickled Pink (today’s moon at end!)

April’s full moon, also known as a ‘Pink Moon’, sets just before dawn above the towers of the Second Severn Crossing between England and Wales over the Bristol Channel. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)

What’s unique about April’s full moon? It will reach 100% illumination today, Good Friday. Well-timed for the spring celebrations!

The Moon won’t actually be colored pink nor be tickled. In recent times each month’s full moon has taken on a common name often originating in Native American culture. April’s full moon has been called the Sprouting Grass Moon and Fish Moon to Hare Moon and Pink Moon, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. However, the Pink Moon refers to the emergence the first wildflowers of Spring, In particular, wild ground phlox, popularly called “moss pink” flowers.
The full moon occurs occurs at 4:12 a.m. PDT and 7:12 a.m. EDT.

dievca was back “In the Pink”…feeling a vintage/ retro vibe:

Don’t forget to shake your wallet at the Pink Moon!

A "Thank You" to Travel & Leisure website.

Photo: dievca: Full Pink Moon 04/19/2019 NYC

 


How does a submissive dress?

25 Celsius

9 Celsius

A 30 degree drop in temperature (Fahrenheit, 16 degree drop in celsius) within 24 hours.

dievca is pretty good at working in celsius from a science background and living in Europe for a several years. she does check herself with the formula = (°F − 32) × 5/9 = °C

How does one dress?

In Layers….ready to peel everything off in a moment.

XO

clothes layering combination

Screenshots: dievca NYC, photo - unknown

Tonight’s Presentation (lingerie)

Master.

Your dievča.

With Corset
and Collar on.

Will be kneeling.
Waiting to submit.


scratching my head

What do you think?
This phrase on a T-shirt or Sweater really doesn’t make dievca feel comfortable…..the translation is slang – “I don’t really give a f*ck.”  Both from Zadig & Voltaire.
Both a relatively expensive…hmmm~

And something similar in English from Ashley Williams….

Are they statements that someone wants to wear on their chests?  What does it mean when you state that you don’t care? What don’t you care about?
Humanity, the World, Life?

dievca is just confused…

 


A “Brief” History

Loincloths

The first known underwear dates back almost 7000 years, when prehistoric man used leather to cover and protect his loins while running prehistoric errands. For several millennia, not much changed. Ancient Egyptian art shows everyone from the pharaohs on down the line decked out in loincloths of their own. The pharaohs even wore a sort of specialized kilt/loincloth called a shendoh, and took extra supplies of the garment into their pyramids for use in the afterlife.

Codpieces

Variations on the loincloth seem to have persisted into the Middle Ages, when loose-fitting trousers called braies came into fashion. These linen “underpants” extended from the waist to around mid-calf,  staying-in via the laces around the waist and shins. Braies had the advantage of offering a lot of coverage, so if a laborer got too hot he could strip down to his bottoms while still maintaining a sense of decorum.

All of the lacing made answering nature’s call a bit of a hassle.

Enter the codpiece.
A codpiece opens at the front using buttons, snaps, or laces to enable men to urinate without removing their braies.

Early codpieces were practical, but as hemlines rose, they started to take on a decorative function, too. When Henry VIII began to pad his codpiece in the 16th century, all of his loyal subjects followed suit. Codpiece padding and growth continued throughout the mid-sixteenth century before tailing off around 1590.

“Boxers or briefs?”

Before the 1920’s, this question would have gotten you a blank look. Neither boxers nor briefs had been invented’ yet. From Victorian times until the 1930’s, men mostly wore tight-fitting knee-length flannel “drawers” beneath their pants and donned similarly snug flannel tops as undershirts.

Whoops, so cute I couldn’t leave her out…

In 1925. Jacob Golomb, the founder of the venerable boxing equipment company Everlast, started to tweak designs for the trunks worn by pugilists. Golomb realized that the leather-belted trunks fighters had worn weren’t totally ideal for movement, so he replaced the leather with more flexible elastic waistbands.

Boxer shorts weren’t an immediate success as underwear, though. They lacked the support that drawers and union suits had offered, so men weren’t crazy about them. It really wasn’t until after World War II that boxer shorts took off to challenge their younger siblings, the briefs.

Tighty Whities

Underwear drawers changed forever in 1934 when Arthur Kneibler, an executive and designer at the Wisconsin hosiery company Coopers, Inc., received a postcard from a friend who was visiting the French Riviera. The postcard depicted a man in a bikini-style bathing suit and “apparel engineer” Kneibler had an epiphany: why couldn’t this type of swimsuit be converted into underwear?
early-jockey-shorts

It was Jan. 19, 1935, that the first briefs were sold, in Chicago. According to Shaun Cole’s The Story of Men’s Underwear, they were a new kind of supportive, elastic underwear that Kneibler and his colleagues dubbed the “Jockey” to conjure images of a jock strap, an athletic undergarment that would have been known to their customers.

Coopers took its first batch of Jockey briefs to Chicago’s landmark department store, Marshall Field and Company, the briefs were displayed along with that season’s new undershirt. And although Chicago was in the grip of a blizzard, the entire load of 600 pairs of Jockey briefs sold out on the first day. The item was an immediate success, as within three months the company sold 30,000 pairs and Cooper’s added the “y-front” fly opening a few months later.

Coopers kept making and marketing its wildly successful underwear and in 1971 the company changed its name to Jockey.

The Secret Service and Joe Boxer…..

joe-boxerDesigner underwear became all the rage in the 1970’s and 80’s as labels like Calvin Klein began to transform our drawers from something we hid under our pants into the sort of fashion and lifestyle choice one could flaunt in a bad music video. Cuts became tighter and sexier, and underwear designs became flashy, loud, and often humorous.

One of the main beneficiaries of this new obsession with snappy underwear was Joe Boxer, which started making skivvies in 1984 when it filled an order for Macy’s that included a design with a Velcro-attached removable raccoon tail.

Joe Boxer really jumped into the spotlight in 1985, though, when it made boxers printed with the image of hundred-dollar bills. The Secret Service decided that these duds violated forgery laws and confiscated 1,000 pairs of the offending underwear. Instead of simply hiring lawyers, Joe Boxer turned the seizure into a lighthearted news event and the image of boxers as a playful alternative to stolid briefs grew.

How underwear takes the Nation’s Economic Pulse

greenspanAlthough there haven’t been many huge underwear breakthroughs since the introduction of boxer briefs in the early 1990’s (and even those are sort of a throwback to the union suits favored by pre-1930’s men), boxers and briefs found their way onto the financial pages in early 2008. That’s when former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan revealed that the state of the men’s underwear industry is an important indicator of the economy’s health.

The logic Greenspan outlined regarding underwear was simple and elegant:
Many Men have a drawer full of underwear that they will wear until the elastic is dead and the boxers are riddled with holes. Since coworkers and friends generally don’t see a guy’s underwear, replacing these frayed undergarments often seems like a discretionary purchase for men. As such, when men start fearing the economy is in a downturn and need a place to save a little cash, they simply stop replenishing their underwear drawer with fresh Jockeys.

Sure enough, when the economy started to tail-off in 2008, annual men’s underwear sales dropped by 12%.

If that’s not enough proof that the history of men’s underwear is fascinating, take a look at these 13 vintage photos of skivvies from the pre and post-briefs eras. (click the photos to see the caption)

Thank you to Ethan Trex of Mental Floss and Time Magazine

 


Proud as a Peacock!

Hedy Lamarr, wearing a ‘peacock dress’ in a promotional photo for the movie ‘Samson and Delilah’ (1949)

Meaningful Peacock Symbolism in Culture and History

The peacock might be thought to have some of the most admired human characteristics. They are a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can do when we endeavor to show our true colors.

In history, myth, legend and lore, the peacock symbolism carries portents of: Nobility, Holiness, Guidance, Protection and Watchfulness.

You might like to contemplate the powers of the peacock when you need more vibrancy and vitality in your Life

The peacock can rejuvenate self-esteem levels too. If you’re feeling “blah” and blue, imagine the glorious, techno-color display the peacock provides. This puts us in a proper mood to embrace your own nobility. In no time, you’ll be walking tall and proud as a peacock!

Here is a list of keywords linked to peacock symbolism:

Glory
Regal
Vision
Royalty
Freedom
Attraction
Expression
Spirituality
Awakening
Immortality
Refinement
Incorruptibility

In Greco-Roman mythology the peacock is identified with Hera (Juno) who created the peacock from Argus whose hundred eyes (seen on the tail feathers of the peacock) symbolize the vault of heaven and the eyes of the stars. (Note: there is something about Argus watching the bovine form of Io…..)

In Hinduism the peacock is associated with Lakshmi who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck.

2009 Vera Wang Peacock Wedding Dress

Similar to Lakshmi, the peacock is associated with Kwan-yin in Asian spirituality. Kwan-yin (or Quan Yin) is also an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kindheartedness. Legend has it that she chose to stay a mortal even though she could be immortal because she wished to stay behind and aid humanity in their spiritual evolution.

In Babylonia and Persia the peacock is a guardian to royalty, and is often seen in engravings upon royal thrones.

In Christianity, peacock symbolism represents the “all-seeing” church, along with the holiness and sanctity associated with it. Additionally, the peacock represents resurrection, renewal and immortality within the spiritual teachings of Christianity.

You know, the ego isn’t a bad thing, as the peacock clearly indicates. There’s a reason somebody coined the phrase, “proud as a peacock”. If you watch the male – they are about as cocky as they come. Showing off and wooing his ladies. It takes a lot of brass to attract a bevy of peahens. This is a symbolic nod to us encouraging us to get some hustle in our bustle. The Peacock reminds us sometimes it’s totally okay to flaunt our stuff and show off our skills. Peacock energy can remind us we are amazing, and we should fan out our assets to land the opportunities we are seeking.

No reason not to dress in fine feathers as a female, too – Alice + Olivia Peacock pieces to help:

 


čierna, in any language….

Decades Two was having a “Black Friday” showcase of their black items. As dievca was noting the ones that spoke BDSM (Versace 1992 Bondage shoes, Jean Paul Gaultier turn-lock suede leather skirt, Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, etc.) she noticed that she had pieces from Decades Two in her saved photos (Rodarte, Dolce and Gabbana, Vivienne Westwood 1976 Bondage Shirt). All together the pieces make a fantastic collection, no matter which language you use.`
(click on the photos for more detail)

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Yellow Dress ~

The Pork Chops were fabulous, the wine-fantastic, appetizers-excellent, green beans-good, rice-poor, lemon meringue pie-a disaster….Me? I was an excellent Hostess. I even offered 15 minutes of Fireworks on the Hudson River for entertainment! It took the attention off dessert – Thank goodness.

Full Blown fireworks from Hoboken…why? I have no idea. Fashion Week? Maybe.

What did I wear for the Dinner Party?
Street Style NYC Fashion Week

Sissel Eldebo Waterlily Frill Dress, Danish Design.
They source the silk from India, it is mostly leftover Sari silk. If they can only make five dresses, they make five dresses.

I wore my “one of a kind” dress with the matching thin fabric belt tied at the waist.

My pattern and the Target sandals I wore:

Mustard Yellow with pattern was the way I could finally get my Yellow Dress.  You know, the one I have been desperately longing for~.  A floaty silk dress which I hope Master tosses the skirt up when I wear it for him. It billows.


Stuck in line~ shopping Saturday.

dievca should have gotten photos….
she didn’t think fast enough.

Wandering into the centre of Lille, dievca passed the French chain store NAF NAF. Years ago, when she was in Paris for the first time, she bought a great T-shirt at NAF NAF and has fond memories.

About 28 years later, dievca walked into another NAF NAF store. It’s similar to a “Morgan” or a “Zara” – a lower to mid-level young persons’ store.

dievca did the fast pass just to look at the fashion, avoiding a huge tulle dress and finding a beaded linen, v-neck t-shirt. she bought one in white and one in forest green.  Success!

She and her friend made their way down two levels of stairs to pay for the tops.

In line, there was a Mamma and two daughters (around 12 and 16) with three of the poufy tulle dresses in hand. Two of the Pink and one of the Blue:


Apparently, the Mamma was going to wear one pink dress, the older girl was going with the pink dress and they were trying to get more at 70% off for a wedding party. The younger girl and others were going with the blue.

Incredibly tacky, but maybe a lot of fun.

The checkout was chaotic. The sales Lady was on the phone trying to get more dresses, the daughters were wandering around, the line was building up behind dievca. Then they opened a new line and before dievca could get around the store furniture, everyone cut in front of her~ dievca’s friend was being very patient.

dievca moved into the new line, her friend stayed behind the poufy dress chaos and they waited. And waited. Fascinated by the process of the Sales Lady stuffing these Big A** dresses into shopping bags. The lady was encapsulated by the tulle, she almost got eaten. They were so fascinated they forgot to take a photo. You will have to use your imagination.

dievca was finally able to buy the t-shirts in the original line and the flustered Sales Lady forgot to desensitize the tags. dievca managed to set-off the alarms for the next store.

That’s ok.
You know, thinking about it….the poufy dress might have been fun as a Presentation Outfit!

Diversity, dievca, Diversity!


Stripes in Summer

Striped t-shirts and dresses are always fresh for the Summer.
A Classic Look that carries from year to year.

dievca found the ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo cotton pique striped dress at Barneys, last year, and spent the money on it because its one of the few shift dresses she has been able to wear with her curves. That said, she has been wearing it in the heat. Today it is going over her swimsuit for a jaunt to the beach. With capped sleeves, a deeper “V” neckline, forgiving yet crisp fabric and pockets, it satisfies her desperate wish to wear a shift dress.

You can find the Navy Pique version at Neiman Marcus and the striped version on Poshmark.

dievca is paring it with:


Enjoy your Saturday!


Melting – and not in a good way.

dievca had the brilliant idea of riding her bike to 60 Centre Street to reschedule her Jury Duty.
she thought it would save time and avoid sweltering in the subway.

Reviews of the subway:

“It’s like a wet sauna,” said Todd Ronin, 36, as he waited for the R train, “like a dirty wet sauna with all the germs and the lovely things you find here.”

Paul Pope, 40, an electrician lugging about 40 pounds of equipment with him. The sensation, he said, was not pleasant. “Do I look too pleasant? Look at me, I am drenched right now. I am so drenched.”

“If it’s humid, that’s the worst part, ’cause New York turns into a swamp,” said Diego Medina, 33, who was heading home toward Ditmas Park. “There’s something about the humidity in the city and the crowding, I think, just gets people, makes people a little more crazy.”

That bike ride?
A Bad Idea.
dievca was completely drenched with sweat, too.
Her dress, her underwear, her hair – everything was…..soaked.


Then she ran back to work and froze in the Air Condition because she was completely wet.

That brought to mind the 2005 NY Times Article about Luxury Retail vs. Low End Retail Air Condition temperatures. The findings were, the more exclusive and expensive the store, the lower the temperatures (click here for the article)

After melting, things did get better. dievca decided since she came home wet, she would just go up to the rooftop to soak up some sun. It was really windy up on the roof and that dried dievca’s dress quickly. Lying in a bikini for 45 min warmed up her fatty tissue (boobs and ass).

Pasta and kale salad for dinner.

Then dievca topped the evening off with a silly Pinot Grigio (the bottle made her smile) and a Good Humor Ice Cream sandwich (childhood memories)
Inspired!

Stay cool!


What to wear…killed the moment

So dievca bought a dress, in the Fall, from a Canadian designer, Eliza Faulkner – she had seen someone in the dress during NYC fashion week and loved it.
It’s cotton and great for warmer weather.
And then Melania Trump made a speech on Bullying – wearing a $3000 hot pink dress. Killed dievca’s desire to wear the dress…but she needs a dress for a Gala this evening and she is digging through the closet.

Weather: 63 F to 82 F, partly cloudy, will be on a boat – breezy. Evening.

Here are some of the choices (click on an item for greater detail):

 

The two darker green dresses are of heavier material, the pink and the light blue are 100% cotton, the red is silk, the light green is a cotton/poly blend, the Missoni is a mix of wool, silk, poly – etc. All are lined. I have shoes for them all and coats/jackets. Hair up or it will blow everywhere~

If you can give dievca some input, she would greatly appreciate it. dievca is uncharacteristically at a loss. Her brain is fried~


the rub of the green

(click photo for link to Dragonfly Symbolism)

Lululemon Swifty Tech Tee

Dragonflies, normal come out in the heat of Summer and we are not there, yet. But, dievca ran into Dragonfly Green at Lululemon. and she will use the pieces through the heat of the summer. 

dievca gets to Lululemon, once, every 6 months. This time she went with a friend who is obsessed with Lulu gear. They spent an hour + in the store.

dievca had to buy this bra, for three reasons:

Lululemon Stash and Run Brareasons:

  1. It fits her well
  2. Her Grandma on the Slovak side was infamous for stashing items in her bra. dievca will laugh every time she wears it.
  3. The color looks good on dievca.

Now, if she can get it together to add make-up. Doubt it.

make up geek color swatch

dievca’s friend was kind enough to stay an hour+ in Anthropologie, afterward, but that is for another post. They made their way to a party by NYU and gobbled up some ramen afterward (Ramen Takumi). As dievca’s friend was walking back to her car and dievca was starting to look for a cab, they spotted this in a florist’s window:

Beautiful, huh? Maybe something for dievca’s bedroom.  By the way, the peonies are out!


What is a Camisole?

We spoke about tap pants (french knickers), two weeks ago — something that is often worn with taps pants is a Camisole.

Camisoles are tops with thin, adjustable spaghetti straps. A camisole is similar to a chemise, but shorter in length. It may be tight fitting or loose, but is more fitted than a “Babydoll”.  The length of a camisole can range from exposing the midriff to falling below the pelvic area.

The camisole evolved from a garment called a corset cover, and it retains a feminine look not seen in similar garments like tank tops.

A camisole is known as a cami for short.

Most camisoles are made from light fabrics such as nylon, satin, silk, cotton, spandex, or lycra. Many are trimmed in lace which helps enhance their aesthetic appeal and make them seem more modest when worn underneath low-cut blouses and dresses.

Traditional camisoles offer little support for the bust. Some women, especially those with large breasts, may prefer to wear a camisole over top of a brassiere. However, they can also be worn without this extra piece of lingerie. Camis developed in the late 1980’s had built-in underwire bras or other structures for added support. Camisoles which have shaping features for the bust, torso, or waist are known as “control” camisoles.

While originally designed as an undergarment, some women now choose to wear camisoles as part of their outfits. As a top with jeans, pants, shorts, a skirt – or under a suitcoat, etc.


here we go again! (derby dress?)

Desperately desiring a yellow dress — knowing the color is awful on me.
Wait, its more of a mustard yellow, right?!?!? I can do that…
Like I said, desperate~
Or maybe its just the beach in the background.

X REVOLVE GEORGETTE BACKLESS GOWN Nicholas $795 (click on photo)

BTW – is this Gen Z yellow? You know the color that is overcoming Millennial Pink?

I wrote this and forgot today is the Kentucky Derby. I need to choose a horse:

New York Times Kentucky Derby Horses, Trainers, Odds

OK, I am an audible learner so I am going with #5 Audible, odds 8-1.

 

 


Good Mornin’, Good Moooornin!

Photo: dievca and sub_urban riot tee 04/2018

Finding a Way (Presentation Outfit)

dievca is curvy.

That makes wearing certain styles a trick. And normally, dievca just avoids those styles.

For instance,
a 1960’s Go-Go mini-skirt shift dress:

It is a style dievca avoids….
until she saw Master looking at a museum exhibition of them with fondness.
Obviously, the fashion holds some great memories for Him.

So, now she has taken on the Go-Go Dress as a Presentation Outfit for Master.

dievca plans to buy one and get it altered to her curves as best as possible
or she might have a friend make her a dress with a vintage pattern.
Then it will be the quest for Go-Go Boots.
Poufy hair and cat eyes are not a problem.

Add a little groovy music and maybe dievca will swing her Master’s memories back here:

“Very often in the old fashion style of dancing, we may not feel particularly in a romantic mood and yet, very often, our partner would grab us and dance very close and hold us so closely – and I like this because, your know, we can completely keep it arms length and dance however we please, and ah – I really like that.”

Hopefully, Master will dance with His dievca at arms length
and then invite her to sit on His lap.
Perhaps His hands will wander up her mini-skirt.
We will see!


Corsetry (lingerie)

Corset, a bodice worn to mold and shape the torso.
This effect is typically achieved through boning, either of bone or steel.

But they still look great.  What Women will do for a beautiful line:

They are a thing of beauty, even if they are a challenge to put on:

Corsets are still a favorite of dievca’s Master.
And she loves the look.
But now she understands why she loses her breath in them.

 


Channeling your Inner Domme with Alexander McQueen

Whipstitch and Leather.

Taking a look from the other side.


Hairy Caterpillar – 1990’s Flashback

dievca spotted a young adult looking adorable in a Forever 21 Chenille Sweater. (left photo)

Welcome to the 1990’s Flashback which caused dievca to desperately hunt for something cosy and fuzzy — and is causing her to currently lust over a color she cannot wear (bottom).

What is Chenille?

chenille

che·nille

  1. a tufted, velvety yarn used for trimming, embroidery, etc.
  2. a fabric filled or woven with such yarn, used for rugs, bedspreads, etc.

Origin of chenille

French, literally, hairy caterpillar from Classical Latin canicula, diminutive of canis, dog (see hound): from its hairy pile.

And…

the symbolic meaning of a Caterpillar deals with pure potential. Symbolizing the promise of the new life dwelling in their bodies. Eventually a caterpillar is going to go into cocooning stage, after which it will birth into an entirely new creature (moth or butterfly).

OK, got it! dievca wanted to be cosy, she wanted to symbolize potential and she was able to curb her Chenille Flashback in an inexpensive way at J Jill and boohoo.com:

The options have been well received and comfortable…but of course dievca ran into these Creatures of Comfort pieces and desire (not need) drives her thoughts, until she remembers that yellow is a rotten color on her…

Are you or your partner currently wearing a hairy caterpillar?

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.


My…how you have grown. (lingerie repost)

CleavageA post about Bra Sizing from 09/24/2014 – dievca is finishing her move.
(a battle about a storage unit is ensuing~)

Granted dievca is much larger than when she trained as an elite athlete, but her increase in bust size is a little more than she expected. she thinks it is age….

34B, 35B (true measurement? REALLY? who can find a 35?), 34C, 34C/D?????

More than a handful? ARGH~

Time, once again, to get measured properly for a bra.

dievca feels that the best way to measure your new size is to go to someone you trust and ask them to measure you.  NYC has some wonderful places, but across the country  the availability for correct measurements are slim because of  poorly trained / old-fashioned bra fitters.
You might get something like this:

bra+sizes.+Dam+whats+your+favourite+size_explanation funny

Back to reality….

A Bra that fits correctly is a godsend — buy three.  They make you look better, feel better, help your back, etc.  If you have to fit yourself for a bra – here is some advice, directions and tools for measuring correctly and finding your correct size.

Bra Myths

    1. MYTH: A = small, B = on the small side of average, C = on the large side of average, D = large, DD = HUGE

      TRUTH: Cup size is not static – that is, it is not an absolute measurement of volume. The only way cup size has any significance in relation to volume is when it is combined with a band size. DD cups on a smaller band size (28/30 for example) are actually quite small. On a larger band size (38 for example), they can be quite large. The following graphic can hopefully help you to understand these concepts a bit more clearly. DD is by no means the largest cup size. Some people need a G cups, as well as women who need cups in the K-L range.

      Bras

***Plus your breast size changes throughout the month and your life, as dievca is realizing~

  1. MYTH: Professional fitters know what they’re doing.

    Bra measurement-example-photoTRUTH: Many fitters use outdated fitting methods. They often add inches to your real underbust size. This is left over from an outdated fitting method where your bust measurement correlated to your band size; today, the band size is based solely on your real underbust measurement. In addition, adding inches to the underbust allows the fitter to put you in a smaller cup size. This way, stores can carry a very limited range of sizes (usually around 32-38A-DD, particularly in the US) and put as many women as possible into those sizes.

     

  2. MYTH: You have measured yourself and found your “true” bra size. You should be able to go out and buy any bra in that size and it will fit well. WRONG!

    TRUTH: Unfortunately, bra shopping is not that easy. Manufacturers can vary in their construction and a woman who needs a 36F in one bra may very well need a 36FF in another (or an even more drastic difference). In addition, shape plays a very important role in the fit of a bra. Even though a bra may have the right volume for you, if the shape of the bra does not match the shape of your breasts, it will seem to be the wrong size.

Signs of a Good/Poor Fit

To decide if a bra fits well or not, you must look at each part of the bra. This includes the band, the straps, the cups, the wires, and the gore (which is the piece in between the cups, over your sternum).

Good Fit Poor Fit
Band Cannot be pulled out more than 2” from the body and is not uncomfortably tight. Please note that red marks from a band are normal when it is tight enough, as long as the band is not painful. Rides up in the back, can be pulled out more than 2” from the body, or is uncomfortably tight
Straps Are not painful and do not fall off the shoulders Dig into or fall off of the shoulders
Cups Are filled completely but not overflowing Have wrinkles, or spill out on the top, sides or middle to create “quadboob”
Wires Follow the root of the breast (where your breast tissue attaches to your chest wall) Have empty space on the outsides (are too wide) or sit on breast tissue (are too narrow)
Gore Tacks (touches your sternum) Floats (does not touch your sternum)

If you have a medical condition where you have a dip in your chest wall -Pectus Excavatum -you may not get a tacking gore even with a proper fitting bra; you will have to rely on the other fit points to decide if your bra fits properly or not.

THE NEWEST WAY TO MEASURE BRA SIZE!

Bra Measuring

CLICK  for the Bra Size Calculator: Plug in Your Numbers!

 

Bra Size Comparison

 

Ill-fitting bras are not a unique problem to bigger busted Ladies. If you think your breasts are small, you don’t have to settle for the bras you find in department storeOnce you find the perfect bra, you’ll wonder how you ever dealt with a poor fit bra Your breasts, back, posture, and the rest of your body will thank you.

BAND SIZE CONVERSION

Underbust* (in) UK US EU AU BEF
25-26
27-28
29-30
31-32
33-34
35-36
37-38
39-40
41-42
43-44
45-46
47-48
49-50
51-52
53-54
55-56
57-58
59-60
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
40
42
44
46
48
50
52
54
56
58
60
55
60
65
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
105
110
115
120
125
130
135
140
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
32
34
36
38
70
75
80
85
90
95
100
105
110
115
120
125
130
135
140
145
150
155
*The calculator uses inches to find your bra size, these underbust measurements roughly correlate to each band size. Centimeters are more exact, but we didn’t want to confuse anybody by adding them in.

 

CUP SIZE CONVERSION

In. Difference UK US EU AU BEF
0.5
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
FF
G
GG
H
HH
J
JJ
K
KK
L
LL
AA
A
B
C
D
DD/E
DDD/F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N



AA
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
AA
A
B
C
D
DD
E
F
FF
G
GG
H
HH
J
JJ
K
KK
L
LL
AA
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*After cup size H, EU and BEF sizes don’t translate from UK/US sizes as well, due to the use centimeters instead of inches. The same is true for AU sizes after an F cup, although this is mainly due to a lack of standardization in the sizing models.

Brands that offer larger sizes with their measuring system after the name:
Chantelle FR
Cleo UK
Curvy Kate UK
Elomi UK
Fantasie UK
Fauve UK
Freya UK
Goddess US
Gossard UK
Lepel UK
Masquerade UK
Natori US
Panache UK
Parfait by Affinitas UK
Prima Donna EU
Simone Perele EU
Shock Absorber UK

When shopping for the correct fitting bra, make sure to measure yourself correctly and be patient enough to try on many different brands and styles. Be open-minded and pay attention to fit.

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For More Information:
***An excellent and passionate resource : http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/