dievca saw the following photo somewhere – liked the outfit and then focussed on the necklace.
Chains, chunky, YES!
So, dievca went hunting for the necklace and found it could be pre-ordered at http://www.ShopMachete.com
Master was looking for a Birthday gift for His dievca and she told him about the necklace. she also mentioned an anklet.
The chains can be interchanged. The Gold large link can be removed, the anklet added to make a larger necklace – interchangeable parts to make things interesting.
- Heavyweight. 14k Gold & Sterling Silver Plated Brass
- Handmade and engraved logo
- Removable links to add and subtract for a longer necklace or create a bracelet
Some other pieces from the brand:
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, MACHETE is a line of eco-conscious, affordable jewelry & accessories for everyday wear. MACHETE is frequently featured with Vogue, Bazaar, Instyle, Atelier Doré, and throughout publications worldwide.
Known for our Tortoise acetate disc earrings and patterns, the cellulose acetate & bio-acetate we source is high quality and non-petroleum based. Cellulose acetate and bio-acetate are natural and renewable materials, providing an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials. All of our jewelry is stored and shipped in custom, eco-friendly UVA zip bags for convenient storing & organizing your MACHETE collections.
Due to the high quality and natural material of our tortoise shell, each pattern is unique and may vary. All of our metals are comprised of recycled brass & ethically sourced silver & gold. Our earring posts are made from hypoallergenic stainless steel, sterling silver, or solid gold.
Jennifer J Matchett, Founder, Designer, and Creative Director of MACHETE, graduated with a degree in Art History from Gainesville, Florida. Inspired by her collections of antique and vintage jewelry, she began creating pieces out of vintage Italian acetate. Jennifer quickly became widely known for her Tortoise acetate disc earrings and was profiled with Vogue in 2017. She currently works alongside her husband Cale, and their small team in the Atlanta area.
MACHETE and its team proudly contribute continued support to the following organizations:
The CFDA Foundation, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, SCAD Design for Sustainability Scholarship, Every Mother Counts, Human Rights First, Global Fund For Women, Center for Reproductive Rights, The Joyful Hearts Foundation, Safe Horizon, End the Backlog, Women’s March, Everytown for Gun Safety, EarthJustice, National Parks Foundation, 1% for the Planet.
MACHETE is committed to being ecologically and environmentally responsible. We work to reduce our impact on the environment by practicing waste reduction in our offices and production area.
and a Smile.
An Excellent Presentation Outfit
for your Sir or Madame.
I had a lot of resentment for a while toward Kim Novak.
But I don’t mind her anymore. She’s okay. We’ve become friends.
I even asked her before this trip for some beauty tips.
– 100% goat leather
– Double handle shoulder strap
– Suede interior
– Detachable internal pocket with cell phone radiation protective lining and zip closure
– Internal pocket doubles as a separate bag with its own shoulder strap
– Metal zip pull with logo
– Measures: 40cm x 34cm / 15 3/4” x 13 3/8”
– Shoulder strap drop: 23cm / 9”
– Internal pocket/bag measures: 35.5cm x 25.5cm / 14” x 10”
– Internal pocket/bag shoulder strap drop: 29cm / 11 1/2”
S H A R K C H A S E R is a New York-based luxury handbag company. Founder and Creative Director Victoria Grantham’s desire was to ultimately create an object of beauty, that allows you to move through your diverse worlds and experiences with confidence, ease and style.
S H A R K C H A S E R derives its name from the “Shark Chaser” repellent, a survival kit first issued by the US Navy and Air Force during World War II. Comprised of copper salts and dye in a large cloth tea bag, it deterred potential shark attacks.
S H A R K C H A S E R handbags have been designed with a unique, independently tested and approved, radiation shielding fabric that will protect your body from 99.99% of the electric fields and radio frequencies that cell phones emit.
she doesn’t see a birthday cake in her future, but this submissive design made her laugh!
dievca does see Maryland crabs and crabcakes arriving tomorrow –
🤞 (cross fingers) that they are good.
she used to order from Annapolis Seafood, but they stopped shipping
so she’s trying a new place in Rockville, MD.
Ooh, la la! Charlotte Olympia’s Frisky slingbacks live up to their name. Adorned with a monochrome Dress Up print and black leather whip-like tassels, they perfectly embody the collection’s muse, Betty Paige. Channel pin-up glamour by teaming these statement heels with a pencil skirt, tucked-in blouse, and a slick of red lipstick.
dievca’s schedule has shifted and at this moment she is back to work on Saturdays – masked and ready.
Here’s hoping that others are masked and regaining employment, too.
Thinking of everyone with positive wishes.
Comic: Gary Varvel 2020
Sometimes being a
Dominant or submissive isn’t about the label –
it’s the act of being there when needed,
serving when needed.
In whatever manner is appropriate.
Flash the headlights is a slang expression meaning to expose one’s bare breasts.
The phrase is a variation of the colloquial term flash, meaning to expose an area of the body that’s normally covered up. The word headlights is typically used as a slang term for breasts, because they are round and often pale colored, like a car’s headlights.
A woman must completely expose her breasts, including her nipples, to flash the headlights. Some believe only a whole breast can be classed as a headlight, while others feel the term headlights referred to nipples.
When people drive they flash their automobile headlights to gain the attention of oncoming traffic. A woman typically flashes her headlights to get attention, too. She may be looking to hail a particular person or any passers-by.
Hmm, the bra above must be the Modest Version of Flash the Headlights or it can work in the dark!
The Aran Islands, a set of three islands located off the west of Ireland in graphic terms.
The Aran jumper (Irish: Geansaí Árann) is a style of jumper (sweater) that takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast. A traditional Aran Jumper usually is off-white in color, with cable patterns on the body and sleeves. Originally the jumpers were knitted using unscoured wool that retained its natural oils (lanolin) which made the garments water-resistant and meant they remained wearable even when wet.
The islands are still known today for those sweaters. Back in the 1930s, the Irish government made a concerted effort to promote handcrafted goods, which they felt could economically stimulate the region while also allowing many of the more remotely located citizens to work from home. And the plan worked — mostly. Aran sweaters are made through a sprawling cottage industry in the region, although there are also a ton of designer brands producing the same style offshore. Of the tourists who visit the islands, however, few leave without a sweater.
The great thing about an Aran knit is how it can be worn in almost any context. This is especially useful if you’re just starting to build a wardrobe, as it’ll allow you to explore different areas while developing your personal style. Aran sweaters pair naturally with jeans, dress pants, or a long skirt. They can be worn singly or layered.
Part of the appeal and popularity of Aran Jumper comes from the array of myths propagated by Heinz Edgar Kiewe:
The moss stitch is said to signify an abundance of growth.
The blackberry stitch represents nature.
The honeycomb is a said to be a lucky stitch, signifying plenty.
Lattice or basket stitches to represent the old wicker basket patterns.
The Ladder of Life and Tree of Life represents the stages of life.
Very generally speaking, Aran knits can be made in one of three ways.
Hand Knit: What you think of when you hear “handmade,” even though not all sweaters marketed as handmade are indeed hand knitted. Here, a knitter juggles two knitting needles to create a set of intricate stitches (some of which machines may not be able to handle). The results are sweaters that are often more textured than their machine-made counterparts, although a lot depends on the specific constructions. Today, the work is mostly done by elderly women in Scotland and Ireland, who knit sweaters at home for part-time pay.
Hand-Operated Machine: A sweater made on a single-operator machine, where the operator can adjust the stitching pattern between rows. The best sweaters in this category are said to compare well to hand-knitted ones, although sometimes they’re not as tightly knit. The upside: there’s less labor involved, so the resulting sweaters are a bit more affordable, and since they don’t require the complicated set-up of automatic machines, you can get custom one-offs.
Automatic Machines: The most variable in quality, as you can find everything from ~$80 sweaters to luxurious $750+ pieces from the likes of Luciano Barbera. The difference is mostly in the quality of the yarns, density of the knitting, and if there’s any hand finishing.
Look at Vintage sweaters! The nice thing about Aran knits is that they’re hardy — often densely knitted from thick, sturdy yarns, which means vintage ones are typically in good condition. You can find them at thrift stores and eBay for around between $25 to $150.
The only problem is the fit, sometimes vintage sweaters are made to strange proportions that may not work in every wardrobe. When buying online, pay attention to measurements and make sure there’s a good return policy. Using eBay, you can search for brands such as Aran Crafts, Carraig Donn, Blarney Woolen Mills, and John Molloy, or just browse more generally for “Irish sweater” or “fisherman sweater” or “Aran Sweater”. If you can find one that fits well, it will be better than the Aran-style knits you find in shops such as American Eagle, J Crew, LL Bean, and The Gap.
dievca still has the classic crew collar Irish Sweater she wore in college. It’s boxy, bulky, and itches – but she cannot get rid of it due to the memories attached. she wore it everywhere – to classes, then football games and parties with Guess jeans, a turtleneck, Nine West sweater booties, Tweed overcoat, Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses and Busch Light tucked into the coat pockets:
As a return to college days nostalgia, dievca has updated her Aran Sweater with a lighter weave, merino wool option with the Donegal Jumper from Stable of Ireland. she’s planning to pair it with a light t-shirt, cargo pants, combat boots and knit cashmere hat.
A “Thank You” to putthison.com
Visually intense around the WTC.
Il Piccolo Ristoro Cafe in Chelsea serves a nice breakfast in the garden.
A lovely garnish to an excellent Cappuccino!
Plus, some Tootsie Pop Art to remind dievca of her Dad.
Photos: dievca NYC Chelsea Neighborhood 09/2020
“Love, harmony, and relationships take the lead when Mars is in Libra,” This placement hates butting heads and would rather be peaceful. “Mars in Libra tends to go with the flow and not take change unless pushed,” It’s all about balance.
That stability translates into the bedroom as well. “The erogenous zones that turn you on the most are your derriere and head — which is why you like to add light spanking and gentle hair pulling to your sexual delights,”
If your Mars is in Scorpio, you’re not to be messed with. “Mars in Scorpio carries out duties and tasks with power and relentlessness. You also use your intuition to win at all costs.”
You’re also a relentless seducer. “An evening in bed with you won’t be forgotten,” “What really gets you going is intense foreplay.”
For Mars in another sign, click HERE.
dievca’s Mom had a lovely little Tahitian pearl ring for years that she wore on her pinky. She had gotten it from dievca’s Dad when they went on a trip to Hawaii and left the kids with their Slovak Grandparents. Umm, it was a moment when Grandma made cow’s brains and tried to pass them off as scrambled eggs….dievca was 5 years old and still remembers ~
dievca’s Mom lost the lovely green pearl ring.
So, dievca has randomly looked for a replacement on and off throughout the years.
Her latest search started here:
Round! the shape of the pearl should be round.
That knocked this beauty out of contention.
And this one has an asymmetrical setting – nope.
The color of the pearl Mom lost was black-green:
On this one the setting is too high, the pearl is too grey:
dievca was concerned with the quality of the pearl, but not too worried about it.
The green of this pearl is nice and the 14K white gold pops, but that setting is very intricate.
dievca loved this ring, but it was very expensive- from Denmark and not a good replacement for the lost ring.
Again, an interesting setting – but rose gold? Limiting.
So, as dievca was looking at various rings on eBay, the RealReal, Jewelers, etc – she realized that it is hard to find a smaller Tahitian pearl. They run more consistently in the 11 and 12 mm range. dievca was aiming for 8 or 9 mm.
So, the criteria loosely became:
- Round Pearl
- Green color
- Lower profile setting
- Silver-colored band
- Symmetrical band
There are a number of this David Yurman ring out there on the web, but the pearls run from grey to blue and settings are holding a larger pearl. dievca found hers on eBay with an 8mm dark green pearl – it came from a southern Jewelry store.
Not quite Mom’s ring, but Master loves it.
Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. To preserve your pearls’ radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume. Always put on your jewelry as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling hair.
The pearl’s lustre can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewelry box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.
Working 6 am to 10:30 am.
Hop on the bike and ride 3.8 mi uptown.
Sweating profusely in the heavy humidity.
About as far away from submissive one can get
Conversation and coffee – a shower.
His dievca flips
Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful.
Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.
“When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away.”
— Sarah Helen Whitman
An end of Season chance to sunbathe in the nude.
dievca is in.
she hasn’t been to the beach this Summer,
so a house on a lake surrounded by woods will do nicely.
Warm in the sun, cool at night.
OK – looks like there are options!
For those who step into traditional roles and those who step beyond the narrow lines.
Thank you for your labors
You are keeping the World running in strange times
It hurts dievca to watch as multiple Stores/Brands close down. Some because of COVID, some using COVID as a cover. The face of retail is changing rapidly as is Fashion. Can anyone keep up?
That said, dievca made a last visit to the Hudson Yards Neiman Marcus store which had just opened up, last year….
And she was roped into spending some of her stimulus money.
The original Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the items dievca bought at the Neiman Marcus Hudson Yards Store Closing would have been:
$3590–Burberry Cashmere Hoody Overcoat
$895—Blue Chloé Ruffle Cuff Ribbed Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater
$890—Brunello Cucinelli braided wrap leather sandals
$280—Lily and Lionel Cashmere/Modal Astrology Scarf
$280—Lily and Lionel Cashmere/Model Colored Paisley Scarf
$260—I.D. Sarrieri Lace Balconette Bra
$125—I.D. Sarrieri Briefs
These items would have been out of dievca’s reach – but she was able to get them for 24% of the List prices.
Items that were considered, but did not make it to the cash register:
Does dievca feel guilty?
No, the items were going to go to someone and they are items she will use a great deal. she just feels worried about the economy and making sure all her ducks are in a row.
How are you holding up? Did you purchase any wonderful items with your stimulus money?
‘TIS the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone ;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone ;
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.
I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem ;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.
So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither’d,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh ! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?
Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
‘TIS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER
Look, I never had my waist disappear…
Are those wrinkles on my upper stomach?
Ok, I am eating better and less, why am I holding weight?
metabolism slow down.
I used to be flexible, why did I tear my calf?
Is there hope?
Yes. Confidence. Attitude and Lingerie you feel good wearing.
Knix – a Canadian Brand
It’s hard to believe but we actually have 4 decades of women in this campaign. We have women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. And every single one of them is just owning their super power which is being genuine and authentic to who they are.
The next full Moon will occur tonight Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 1:22 AM ET, and is known as the Full Corn Moon. Since the Harvest Moon and Corn Moon are different this year, the Harvest Moon will be the next full moon set to appear on October 1.
September brings with it a positive new attitude — starting in the wee hours of September 2, when the Moon waxes full in sensitive Pisces, filling us with a sense of optimism. This Full Moon is supported by a sextile with innovation-leading Uranus in retrograde, revealing new solutions to old problems.
Plus, the Moon and the Month brings along dievca’s birthday. XO
In France, there are several words for “to complain”: there’s “se plaindre”, used for regular old complaining; there’s “porter plainte”, for complaining more officially. And then there’s “râler”: complaining just for the fun of it. A curmudgeonly grumble.
In France, a complaint is an appropriate – and frequent – conversation starter. “To Americans, saying something negative sounds like you’re closing the conversation”, in France, such comments are perceived as “a way to invite other people’s opinions”. North Americans, she said, are not as comfortable with confrontation – or with criticism – as the French are. Râler, then, “comes across as something that’s more intelligent than being too starry-eyed and optimistic about things”. (Julie Barlow – Canadian Journalist)
dievca’s friend is half-French, but it is a large half of her Life. That consistent grumbling is an invitation to an intelligent conversation….and dievca has missed the boat a number of times. XOXO
An additional note from dievca – when Americans hear a complaint, they think they need to fix the issue. Apparently, the “râler” creates no such obligation. Good to know!
To have legs this long?
Umm, the beer is not going to help…
Photos: dievca 08/2020
So, at the end of June, Governors Island wasn’t opened to the public. The National Park and Collective Retreats were still out of reach by three days for dievca’s annual ‘Glamping” trip. The organization offered a reschedule and since dievca wasn’t heading to Europe for work, she was able to schedule for this weekend.
Typically to dievca’s luck, she scheduled during Hurricane Laura (last year’s Hurricane Dorian rocked the heck out of her tent) – but this year it ended up absolutely lovely. (And dievca is sure that the Wedding Party hosted at Collective Retreats this Saturday couldn’t be happier. Good for them- a nice group of Millenials.)
As she is writing this blog post – she’s sitting on the “porch” of a raised tent, sipping a rosé, watching the sun go down. There may be s’mores at 8:15 pm. Doesn’t matter, she is completely relaxed and chill.
May you be relaxed and chill in the near future, too.
Sending you love and a final look, Your dievča
Photos: dievca, from Governors Island NYC 08/2020
Patent leather, sheer tulle, sequins with an o-ring – sounds good!
dievca knows that Gingham is “IN”, but she is not interested in this piece:
After refining his craft at Central St. Martins, David Koma worked as Mugler’s Creative Director before turning the focus back to his eponymous label. A firm fixture on the red carpet, the designer counts everyone from Beyoncé to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as fans of his impactful, polished eveningwear
All pieces about available at Net-A-Porter for pre-order
I see it as it looked one afternoon
In August,—by a fresh soft breeze o’erblown.
The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon,
A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon.
The shining waters with pale currents strewn,
The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove,
The semi-circle of its dark, green grove.
The luminous grasses, and the merry sun
In the grave sky; the sparkle far and wide,
Laughter of unseen children, cheerful chirp
Of crickets, and low lisp of rippling tide,
Light summer clouds fantastical as sleep
Changing unnoted while I gazed thereon.
All these fair sounds and sights I made my own.
Long Island Sound
Emma Lazarus – 1849-1887
Long Island Sound is an estuary. A very, very big estuary. It’s a place where salt water from the ocean mixes with freshwater from rivers and the land. Long Island Sound is unique in that it has two connections to the sea …. the Race to the east and the East River to the west. Note: the East River is not a river it is a saltwater tidal estuary in New York City. The waterway connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end.
- Long Island Sound is a tidal estuary, which is a body of water consisting of both fresh and saltwater
- 90% of the freshwater comes from three main rivers in Connecticut: the Housatonic, the Thames, and the Connecticut rivers
- The saltwater flows in from the Atlantic Ocean
- The total area of the Sound is ~1,300 square miles
- LIS stretches from New York City to southern Westchester County, CT, and the northern shores of Long Island
- The coastline is 600 miles long
- The Sound is roughly 21 miles wide at the widest point, and 113 miles long
- Waters reach between 60- to a whopping 350-feet deep at a channel known as “the Race”
- The average depth is 63-feet in the center of the Sound
- There are an estimated 18 trillion gallons of water in the Sound (enough to supply NYC with water for 33 years!)
- The Sound has two high tides and two low tides every day
- At least 50 different species utilize this special estuary for their annual spawning grounds
Photos: dievca, viewing Manhattan from LIC (Long Island City) 08/2020
Back in the day, dievca might have chosen a romper (playsuit) like the images above.
Something cute to walk the beach. She hasn’t worn one since the 1980s.
Then she ran into this Loretta Caponi Anita Playsuit in white:
Cute and Sassy, right?
Then dievča saw this photo:
she’s rethinking the whole romper/playsuit idea with her age and current body shape…
What is your take on age/body and playsuits?