Olympics 2020 (2021)

Normally dievca is in to the Olympics. This time around, she finds herself detached. All the Athletes have worked really hard and dedicated their Life to their Sport – so she wishes them an excellent competition and a great performance. Go USA!


It took about 16 months~

“Today is Day 472. Today is Tuesday. And effective immediately, state-mandated COVID restrictions are eliminated.”, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as he announced New York had achieved his 70% adult partial vaccination milestone early.

A celebration¬†ūüć嬆¬†‚ú®¬† to honor the Essential Workers of NYS took place at 9:15 pm via Fireworks around the State.
dievca caught a peek of the NYC Harbor show.
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Everything is reopening – but will Life ever be the same? Probably not~
 

Photo: dievca Essential Workers Firework Display for 70% of NYC having one dose 06/15/2021


Continuing the NYC Staycation Mode:

So, dievca has stayed at The Standard, The TWA Terminal Hotel JFK and is now heading to Roosevelt Island for a stay at The Graduate hotel.¬† she’s never been to the Island and hasn’t taken the tram — it should be something different from work, the apartments and her Mother’s.¬† That’s the point of a Staycation, right? Something different without heavy travel.

Until she heads out on the 7 train, she is going to admire the Peonies Master bought for His dievca:

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Rooting for the home team.

How they get the rain off the Yankee’s infield is amazing.¬† dievca would like to see the drainage blueprints.¬†

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OK, the home team didn’t win – but the evening was lovely. Going to a baseball game without being jostled and bumped was a novelty.¬† No spilled beer.

At least Aaron Judge got on base and hit a homer.  He is quite tall.

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Photos: dievca June 4th, 2021 Yankees home game against Boston

48F (9C) + rain on a beach + Memorial = what to wear?

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Photo: dievca NYC 05/30/2021

And now you know dievca’s BIG question this morning….
What crap weather for the start of Summer.
Practical is kicking in:


The other side of the family~

Ukrainian

On the other side of the family (Ukrainian), dievca is one of 22 cousins and the youngest by 10 years. she wasn’t born in the same state as the other cousins and didn’t grow up with them.¬† A Cousin just died –¬† possibly from COVID-19, her sibling is being cagy with information.¬† It all came out because another cousin didn’t hear from her on their regular 3rd day phone call – so another cousin called the sibling and then called dievca’s brother.¬† dievca’s brother is asking dievca to hunt down the 3rd sibling, who is gay, to find out more information or let them know about the death…

Are you lost?

It took dievca 5 years of asking her Mother who everyone was, trying to figure out who her cousins belonged to, what they did and their ages – a couple she has only met once.

She’s got it now.

And like every family — let’s sic the youngest on the problem.

She’s the baby and no one will get angry with her because she can play “clueless”. Plus, she was cute.

Watching the family dynamics in action is amazing.

BTW, dievca did hunt down the phone # for the gay sibling and will be calling today. That cousin likes her.

Baby bath


1st Dinner inside: Lebanese Mezza

ilili foodBABA GHANNOUI
HUMMUS
LABNE
KIBBEH NAYE BEIRUTIEH
FATTOUSH
LEBANESE THYME SALAD
DUCK SHAWARMA
MEKANEK
FALAFEL
KIBBEH BI LABAN
ATAYEF & VEAL BACON

Ilili was ‘hopping’ on a Tuesday Night. The bar, two large rooms and outside dining was full. Look, NYC – like other places, went through a long haul with COVID-19 numbers – NYC locals are ready to GET OUT. It was a beautiful vibe last night, and the amazing work from the Vaccine developers made it happen. A HUGE ‘Thank You’ to them.
(PS. Yes, the economy of NYC is based on tourism, but selfishly – not running into any tourists is a great treat.)


Hosting!

Retro Dinner Party

After work today, dievca is hosting a casual dinner party for friends – all of whom are vaccinated.
she’s out of practice….
but its a simple go with ordering-in burgers from Whitman’s, offering a Junior’s Cheesecake + wine/beer..
Nice to be a bit normal, again.

Anyone else hosting an event?


Elegance with Alexander McQueen

Is anyone else seeking elegance?

The year plus of sweatsuits has taken a toll for dievca, it took her awhile to gather an outfit for that event.

she used to be able to grab something and get ready in 30+ minutes. Maybe this McQueen dress could inspire a ‘quick change’? Too bad there isn’t anywhere to wear it at this point. Day dresses, maybe – formal dresses, not yet.

It is still a beautiful dress.

Could Chuck Taylors and a jeans jacket dress it down?

(Click photo to purchase)


Shopping the closet worked…

dievca didn’t look pregnant and received multiple compliments on the dress. Note – its been long enough since Melania Trump wore the Big Pink Dress (2017) and its still in style. Plus, it was the perfect choice for an outdoor event.

Wipe the sweat off that brow – whew!


The challenges of ordering with a mask on…

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dievca thought they asked what kind of milk to use for the cappuccino — she said, “whole milk”.¬† Apparently they heard, “oat milk” so they made a ‘normal’ cappuccino, then added additional oat milk.¬† The coffee was about $6 and kinda “nutty”.

Does anyone else have any good ‘ordering with a mask on’ stories?

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In a Panic…

dievca has an outdoor event to attend. The 1st of its kind in a year +.

Even after the never-ending process of reducing her closet – she has a number of items available to wear – IF THEY FIT WELL.¬† Health and movement-wise, dievca is in pretty good shape.¬† Deep sleep (physical recovery sleep) and perimenopause-wise, her body shape has shifted – a belly has appeared.¬† Her closet hasn’t shifted to keep up with it because she wants to see what happens with menopause and HRT.

God, what to wear without looking pregnant.

Before she goes digging deep – here is what she thinks will fit easily:

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Eliza Faulkner Cotton Sissy Dress

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Loup Charmant Hydrus Dress Cadmium Red

Faithful the Brand Sonja Dress

Faithfull the Brand Sonja Dress

Then there is the question of a matching mask~

Cross-fingers. dievca will let you know what she finally decides to wear.


Looking for that inexpensive Michelin Star


Michelin LadyThere are restaurants with Michelin stars in 34 countries. Five of these countries don’t have a Michelin-starred meal for less than $100. For example, Norway’s Statholdergaarden is a 17th-century home that became an eatery in 1914. The restaurant serves classic Scandinavian cuisine at a rate of 1,275kr ($151) for the set menu.

Hostellerie la Montagne in Colombey-les-Deux-√Čglises is the world‚Äôs most inexpensive Michelin eatery. The French restaurant offers a seasonal menu¬†for ‚ā¨20 ($25). Outside of Europe, the most affordable meal is at the¬†Three¬†Coins¬†in Taipei, Taiwan. ‚ÄúThe menu is classic Cantonese, with occasional Taiwanese touches, such as the simple but tasty steamed abalone with dried and fresh tomatoes,‚ÄĚ writes the Michelin Guide‚Äôs reviewer. The set menu costs NT$1,000 (US$36)

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Key Findings

‚󏬆 The¬†lowest cost¬†Michelin-starred restaurant is¬†Hostellerie la Montagne¬†in Colombey-les-Deux-√Čglises, France, where the set menu is ‚ā¨20 (US$24.52).

‚󏬆 The¬†inexpensive American eatery¬†with a Michelin star is¬†State Bird Provisions¬†in San Francisco, with a 3-course-meal for¬†$45.

‚󏬆 The¬†lowest cost three-star¬†restaurant is¬†Le Palais¬†in Taiwan, with a set meal for NT $3,800 (US$138.63)

‚󏬆¬†America‚Äôs most inexpensive three-star¬†meal is at¬†Le Bernardin¬†in NYC, where the¬†Prix Fixe¬†is¬†$175.

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Click here to to see the full article from TopDollar.

Why is dievca even offering this information?

 

Fully-vaccinated Americans can now travel freely without having to quarantine or test for COVID-19, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Specifically, Americans who are two weeks out from their final vaccine shot can travel both domestically and internationally and do not need to quarantine when they arrive home unless required by their local jurisdiction, the CDC announced Friday April 2nd, 2021.

Al Brule Travel Pin Up

Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.

CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.

If you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

  • You should continue to follow CDC‚Äôs recommendations for traveling safely and get tested 3-5 days after travel.
  • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving United States unless your destination requires it.
  • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
International Travel Recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers:
 
  • Before you travel
    • Make sure you understand and follow all airline and destination requirements related to travel, testing, or quarantine, which may differ from U.S. requirements. If you do not follow your destination‚Äôs requirements, you may be denied entry and required to return to the United States.
    • Check the current¬†COVID-19 situation in your destination.
  • While you are traveling:
    • Wear a¬†mask¬†over your nose and mouth.¬†Masks are required¬†on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
    • Avoid crowds and¬†stay at least 6 feet/2 meters¬†(about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
  • Before you arrive in the United States:
    • All air passengers coming to the United States,¬†including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people,¬†are¬†required¬†to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
  • After travel:
    • Get tested with¬†a¬†viral test¬†3-5 days¬†after travel.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all¬†state and local¬†recommendations or requirements after travel.

 

 


What to do after your vaccine…

Or maybe not…

Getting a beer after the 2nd shot isn’t advised.

But, apparently the HavenūüćÄ is open and available~ by the Brooklyn Armory Terminal

Photo: dievca-Irish Haven in Brooklyn 03/2021


Pearls for the Girls

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Or Boys – if they are in the mood.
A little décor for the push forward to Vaccineland.
Dressing for indoor dining could be fun!
Akira – Chicago


“Squeeze Me” with LERET LERET


In a year where some people didn’t have a lot of touches,
a hug in cashmere might not suffice – but its a start.
This limited-edition piece is designed by British illustrator Angelica Hicks.

$575 LERET LERET


You’ve gotta be like a shark…


to reserve a lane at dievca’s local swimming hole.
One person allowed in one lane for 30 minutes.
Reservations open up 24 hours before the session and they are gone within 20 seconds.
So that’s 6+ people lurking on their computers waiting for a registration time to open.
Circling for the kill.

A hilarious thought, really.


A Slice of Sunshine~

The Elder Statesman Morph Stripe 100% Cashmere sweater and shorts

dievca was musing to Master about how she hasn’t hit the drama point others are experiencing with COVID-19. (The Millenials, Generation Z, and the Boomers.) Granted, she is working and going in to work. Work is relatively safe, but she does interact with people, etc.

Time at home meant she has had the opportunity to work on her injuries, clear out her Mom’s house and her space, resell or donate a number of items. dievca hasn’t minded sitting around watching a movie, reading a book, or taking the time to cook. she doesn’t feel the need to socialize and wandering the empty City is a treat.

After talking to a friend about feeling guilty for enjoying the time to regroup – the friend looked at dievca and said,
“Generation X is made for quarantine.”

Oh, yeah.
Spending time alone at home – no problem.
Not being able to go places – no problem.
Creating odd meals from a low stock pantry – no problem.
Avoiding others – no problem (Stranger Danger & Just say, “No”)
Not traveling – no problem
Maneuvering to get things done Рno problem

And the chance to wear a cozy rainbow morph outfit in a sunny apartment? Heaven.

 


‚ÄúFortran et haec olim meminisse juvabit.‚ÄĚ

The sense of the phrase is: Someday, we’ll look back on even this and smile.

Old World Christmas Glass Blown Ornament – Santa with Face Mask

Master and dievca were talking about 2020 – it’s been – well you know. Master made the point that there is an end in sight. This follows the idea that Humans can endure many things as long as there is an end in sight, it’s when there is no relief on the horizon that things are seen as hopeless.¬† dievca repeats – there is an end in sight. XO


The demise of the discount…

NYC is one of the Fashion Capitals of the World.  It’s a place where you can buy items at full price and it WAS a place where you could find excellent discounts on items.  Discount stores, sample sales, etc.

Retail is tough.

In the 16 years, she has lived in NYC, she has watched the closure of Daffy’s, Filene’s Basement (Boston-based), Barneys Warehouse,  Loehmann’s, and now – the Crown Jewel – Century 21.

Granted the Joy of digging through the racks for a deep deal had diminished when they cleaned up and reorganized the main store.  But there were still deals to be had~

dievca will mourn the loss of Vivienne Westwood dresses, Moschino coats, Martin Margiela pants, Louboutin heels, Missoni gloves, Failero Sarti scarves, Chloe sunglasses, Proenza Schouler bags, etc.  she took a peek through her closet, Century 21 has let her develop an amazing clothing and accessory collection and find unique pieces from obscure labels.

In the big picture of Life — this closure doesn’t mean much, but in the little details that create Joy, there will be a large hole for Fashion Shoppers. Touching a piece of fabric is much different than seeing it on a computer screen.


Something of Use – Face Mask Bags

If you are like dievca, you have a bunch of zippered pouches lurking around the household ready to catch keys, make-up, masks, and other odds and ends.

If you find yourself sans mask bag and are looking for something a little more classy than a Ziplock bag – Etsy has a couple for you to look at:

MoonAfterYule Mask Bag $10 for one, Etsy. Click on photo to buy.

TorontoDesignsbyM Mask Bags, Etsy. $9 with personalization. Click on photo to purchase.

dievca would love to buy a set but she can’t justify adding to the chaos in her small apartment…
so she is using a pouch from her stash:

Anya Hindmarch Ghost Blueberry Shearling Zip Pouch

It’s easy to find by feel in her backpack. XO


So….

…who’s coming to Thanksgiving dinner?

We should NOT host large gatherings and we should keep a distance from family members that we are not currently living with ~

Who’s left to invite?

dievca is keeping it simple: a workout, a smaller meal, Zooming family, donating to a Soup Kitchen around the block. she is Thankful for being alive and wishes you  GOOD HEALTH for this upcoming Holiday Season.

dievca is donating local – but if you are looking for a solid group who feeds those in need: World Central Kitchens, she’s seen them in action for NYC and knows they have a mission Worldwide – donate here


My City

Photo: dievca NYC 11/2020

Not the City of my Birth
The City of my Choice
Quiet in Covid-19
50% loving it
50% worried for the future
But the Phoenix has Risen in the Past
What’s to hold it back for the Future?

Americans are also more upbeat than people in other wealthy nations when asked how their day is going. While we ask this question to help respondents get more comfortable with the interviewer, it¬†provides a glimpse into people‚Äôs moods and reveals a slightly negative correlation between those saying the day is a good one and per capita gross domestic product. About four-in-ten Americans (41%) described their day as a ‚Äúparticularly good day,‚ÄĚ a much higher share than those in Germany (21%), the UK (27%) and Japan (8%). Pew Research Center, 2015

Yes, dievca is an eternal optimist….


Al fresco dining – NYC – something of use

So, you are looking to got out to eat in NYC. The options are 25% interior seating or al fresco. Outdoors it is!

  • What is the weather?
  • What time are you eating? Is there sunlight?
  • Are you in a garden or on the street?
  • Are you in your own separate pod via plexiglass?
  • Does the restaurant offer outdoor heaters?

Choosing something to wear shouldn’t be too hard, right?

It’s the middle of November, so dievca suggests layers.   This might not be the season to wear your cutest dress with peep-toe shoes.  Some form of leg covering pants/tights/leggings and toe covering shoes would be a good start.  Add a long-sleeved tee,  fleece or sweater, scarf, hat, and long down jacket for a blanket or a cover.

One item that dievca suggests which she doesn’t own…yet…is fingerless gloves.

(Is anyone else having a flashback to Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ lace fingerless gloves?)

Something thicker than lace would work best. dievca is going for cashmere. XO


The look for less?

A vs. B

A:  Rag & Bone:
100% Cashmere Mock Neck Top $495
100% Cashmere Sweatpants $425
Total Cost = $920.00

B:  Winnifred Grace:
82% Cotton 18% Polyester Etoile Sweatshirt $62
82% Cotton 18% Polyester Etoile Sweatpants $58
Total Cost = $120.00

It would be lovely to have either set.

But the green color, stars, and cost have bumped dievca into the ‘Look for Less’ choice.

Which option would you choose?


Adding Sparkle to Halloween

Judith Leiber Hematite Pill Box $695 (click photo to buy)

Traditional Trick or Treating may be put on hold for this year, but there are other options available:

  • Outdoor haunted forests
  • Outdoor Halloween Movie Venues
  • Costume Parades
  • Offering prepared “pick up” goodie bags
  • Watching for the Full Moon!
  • Decorating your home or yourself for the Holiday

Hamlet is confronted by the skeleton whose skull – Benjamin Schwartz

If you aren’t going to wear a full-blown costume, Judith Leiber can set the tone for your ornate Halloween pleasure with her skull pillbox or you can channel Hamlet holding it in your hand~ “Poor Yorick”¬† dievca will be keeping it simple using her Judith Leiber Crystal Mask:


Toes in the Wild

Have you had a haircut?
How about dental cleaning, a massage, facial, leg wax, or pedicure?
It’s been 7 months and dievca finally brought her toes out from the Wild to a salon for a more formal clean-up.
What a pleasure. (www.dearsundays.com)

The return of her toes to civilization reminded dievca of the great 2003- DSW videos of the same nature:

2003 – Value City Department Stores Inc. has launched a second series of ads for DSW Shoe Warehouse since Value City named Charles Rath its executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Dubbed “Shoes in the Wild,” the spots show women hunting for the perfect spring shoes. The ads were created by an all-woman creative team at New York-based Cliff Freeman & Partners.

The ads are running on cable networks, including E!, Oxygen and HGTV, and in cities such as Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Miami, Boston, and Atlanta.

2009 – Cliff Freeman & Partners, a one-time creative hotbed, is shutting its doors. The New York agency’s only major client, Baskin-Robbins, says it is searching for a new shop. Agency founder Cliff Freeman is known for Wendy’s, “Where’s the Beef” ads, creating Little Caesar’s “Pizza, Pizza” ads and Snapple‘s “Wendy the Snapple Lady” ads.

Cliff Freeman delivered some classic ads for Outpost.com. Most people will cite the Gerbil Cannon as the best. It was quite shocking when it was first aired, and there s just something special about the pure look of terror on that tuba player’s face in the Wolves commercial.

The shop had trouble emerging from the dot-com bust and by 2003, was leaking crucial talent. One trio of former executives started the boutique Amalgamated. In 2005, Freeman brought in CEO Jeff McClelland, a big agency executive with time at Dentsu and Ogilvy. The idea was to help the firm adapt to changes in the ad environment and move into more multidisciplinary integrated work. McClelland had some new-business success, but he left the agency last year.


A little “Grease” at the Vessel

The Hudson Yard Egg, Beehive, Shawarma – whatever you would like to call the “vessel” is playing host to movies and televised sporting events. You pay for a socially-distanced “pod” of two to four seats with snacks and access to pizza and alcohol. The sound is offered through high-quality over-the-ear headphones. dievca had a flashback evening and watched “Grease” – there was a lot of dancing and singing. she has confirmed her love for Stockard Channing’s Rizzo.

The cost of the tickets is $100 for four seats. About the same as a movie theater ticket + snacks. With no one bumping into your chair or talking during the dialog.


A visit to the dentist during COVID-19


When a friend knows you well enough to buy you a vibrator (something of use)

OK, it is a vibrating roller – but it still falls in the vibration causes pleasure category!

dievca should explain…
she is a huge fan of the Power Plate Machine at her gym. It’s helped her strengthen her body.

More importantly, it helped her loosen her insanely tight quads, glutes, calves, feet, and hamstring muscles.

(Note the roller…)

When COVID-19 hit, dievca was out-of-luck with using the Power Plate machine at her gym.  she had to depend on her heating pad, foam roller and heavy-duty time consuming traditional stretching. Not a worry when you have time to spare, but the results were not as euphoric as using the vibrating plate with a roller.

NYC is expecting COVID-19 to hit, again.

dievca’s access to the Power Plate will disappear.

But, it is not a problem anymore. dievca’s friend bought her a vibrator.
In the form of a Vibrating Foam Roller:

Next Roller vibrating foam roller $99 from Amazon (click photo for link) 

  • Three speeds of vibration
  • Portable
  • Rechargeable
  • One Year Warranty

Looks like a good solution for tight muscles in quarantine or any other time.
It works well, dievca used it immediately.

An amazing birthday gift, right?ūüėć