Pushing Through!

Calvin Hobbes crabby

dievca is running in to quite a few people who are having this moment in their lives…


Its been gridlock all day…

even on the bike.


Thinking of you! (and your coffee)

Aerial view of various coffee

However you take your coffee – may it start your week on a positive note!


Cultural Appropriation? Its just stuck in my head…

Now aren’t you just irritated with dievca?

Its stuck in your head, too!

Heh, heh, heh – XO


Made me laugh – a description of readers magnification

Caddis Eyewear offered this description of magnifications for Reading Glasses (readers, cheaters, magnifiers, blue light glasess)

dievca just started to laugh…see below. XO

 0.00: No magnification.

1.00: If you’re new to corrective eyewear, 40 or older, or believe that you don’t need glasses and you’re at least 45 years old, start with a 1.00. In the last several years we wish we had a buck for every time one of our friends said , “Cool company…but I don’t need reading glasses..” then we handed them a pair of 1.00 and without fail, “Holy shit!….this is awesome”. This is the gateway drug, game changer magnification level most start with.

1.50: As you begin to recognize the need, and eventual addiction, to seeing things clear again, you’ll want to upgrade and have a pair of +1.50 around. There are times of the day where the extra boost is welcomed.

2.00: More than likely, you’re already a buyer and user of corrective eyewear, so from here on out, you have some idea of what you need. More times than not, your first rodeo is not with a set of +2.00. You’ve probably flirted with the tower of shame at CVS, Walgreens, Krogers, etc.…the one that sits between the Dr. Scholls display and the Sonicare refill kits. You probably didn’t feel all that awesome…our goal is to change all that.

2.50: Varsity league user. We don’t need to tell you anything that you don’t already know. We also want to thank you for being a model citizen for those who will come after you. You’re a pioneer.

3.00: We got one word for our people in this group…… Magoo. You know who you are, and you know what we mean. Who loves you….we do. Caddis has a Magoo user on their team at headquarters, known as the Secret Squirrel, he sends you all a fist bump.


A long tall drink ≠ dehydration

Tall Drink of WaterOK, dievca is not long legged – nor a “hottie”.  And Master isn’t that tall – though He is handsome.  In this case, dievca needs a long tall cool drink to replace fluids.

dievca has been running slightly dehydrated.  she thinks its because of wearing masks during Covid she got out of the habit of drinking enough fluids.  That and upping her workouts in a pool setting where she doesn’t realize that she is sweating.

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend 15.5 c (3.7 L) of fluids a day for men and 11.5 c (2.7 L) for women. This includes all fluids — not just water — from anything you eat and drink all day. Everything from coffee to cucumbers to chicken contains some fluid, and it all adds up.

Research suggests that hydration status doesn’t differ much if someone drinks water, cola, or fruit juice, provided that they drink enough to stay hydrated. So there doesn’t appear to be a clear winner. Even caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and tea, can be hydrating, as long as you limit intake to no more than 300 mg caffeine per day (about three 8-oz cups of coffee).


Tangled up in Blue with Intermissi

Intermissi Digital Blue Garter Belt and set.


A quick get away: Options

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dievca is raiding her closet for a quick CA getaway in February. she will be two blocks from the beach, but she figures the temperature is going to be cooler – so she’s looking at swimsuits with options of cover. Her Else two piece is very flattering and the Dries van Noten Pareo is a large wrap. The Alberta Ferretti Swimsuit and Cashmere sweater can cut the chill. Looking at options!


A sweet start to the Chinese New Year~

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The Pet Friends mugs can be found at Interismo – dievca prefers the Fox mug, but one should go with the season! XO


Happy Lunar New Year! (your forecast for 2023)

Heavenly stems and earthly branches (via CNN Travel)

Every year, a heavenly stem (one of five elements, which fall into the yin or yang category) is paired with an earthly branch (one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals).
Gui Mao is the 40th element of the Chinese sexagenary cycle — the Heavenly Stem “Gui” represents water, whereas the earthly branch “Mao” represents Rabbit. That makes 2023 the Year of the Water Rabbit.
“Gui Mao Rabbit Year is quite a special year — when all the elements in a year are yin,” says Thierry Chow, a Hong Kong-based geomancy consultant known for blending traditional Chinese geomancy with modern design elements.
“It’s also uncommon to have the combination of water and rabbit. The rabbit represents wood. Water nurtures wood (according to Chinese geomancy).”
She says industries with wood as their main element — like culture, publishing, agriculture and furniture — would benefit. Fire industries, on the other hand, including digital and technology businesses, may suffer as fire is afraid of Water.
“The Year of Water Rabbit is going to be a gentler year. We’ll have time to take a breather. We’ve been in the tunnel for the last few years, and the light is getting bigger now,” says Chow.

Rabbit

People born in the Year of the Rabbit will be facing their “Ben Ming Nian” — their own zodiac year — in 2023. Followers believe there will be more disruptions and instabilities in the year to come as a result.
“People born in the Rabbit year have to expect big changes health-wise, career-wise and relationship-wise. It could be a bit nerve-wracking, especially for those whose birth charts don’t favor Water,” says Chow.
“But do remember it never is all bad. It may mean an opportunity to grow.”
Rabbits should try to attract positive energy and join happy events when possible.
They should also travel to destinations to their south — doesn’t matter if these southern destinations are within their city or outside their country — says Chow.

Dragon

It’s set to be a pretty good year for Dragons out there. No unlucky stars are affecting their year.
“There are no outstanding concerns, except maybe health for those born in the summer and autumn. They could easily feel stressed,” says Chow.
But the geomancy expert urges Dragons not to make rash decisions at work.
“It doesn’t mean overthinking. Just let things sit longer before you make a decision,” says Chow.
Single Dragons could meet potential romantic partners this year. Their lucky colors are metallic, such as gold or silver.
As for traveling, head west for better fortunes, says Chow.

Snake

People born in Snake years will enjoy good news and abundance as the travel star, Yi Ma Xing, and the fortune star, Cai Xing, will reign over them this year.
“Opportunities, new directions and advancements will come to you at work,” says Chow. “But Snakes need to find balance in life and take a break when needed.”
Romantically, Snakes may find love while out traveling this year. Chow advises them to wear blue or gold and travel to the west or north.

Horse

“This year, Horses will have the Peach Blossom Star (Taohua Xing) shining over them. That’s always good news,” says Chow.
Professionally, they’ll find new opportunities and meet a lot of guardians who will assist them.
They’ll enjoy good relationships. She says this might be the right year for those wanting to get engaged or married.
But Chow issues one reminder for Horses: Pay attention to their family’s physical and mental health.
“They can wear colorful clothes like pink, orange and a bit of yellow. In terms of traveling, they can head to their south,” says Chow.

Goat

This year, Goats will greet Tai Sui.
It’s generally a positive influence on their luck, but at the same time, it could also mean that the year will be exhausting too. That’s why Goats need to care for themselves and rest when needed.
“Save some time to get to know yourself better. Career-wise, you need to stay humble and keep a low profile. Observe more. Opportunities will present themselves at the right moment,” says Chow.
On the relationship front, people born in Goat years will enjoy a smooth year.
“They’re more likely to meet new people, new friends, and even new loves this year,” says Chow, adding that a bit of gold and a visit to the west could add to their luck.

Monkey

Good news for Monkeys: they will be in harmonious union with Tai Sui this year.
Chow says they will be showered with admiration from those around them at work.
But that doesn’t mean they should live recklessly. Instead, the geomancer says, “they should play safe this year, especially those who love extreme sports.”
In terms of relationships, they are prone to arguments and drama, which could be avoided by improving communication this year.
Yellow and beige are the color palette for Monkeys in 2023, and they could look towards the west for travel inspiration, says Chow.

Rooster

Roosters need to brace themselves — they will be clashing with Tai Sui this year, meaning the coming months could be unstable and present plenty of changes.
Advice from Chow: Embrace the chaos and travel more.
“Muster as much positive energy as you could and be more aware that you may be easier to attract conflicts this year,” she says. “But understand that these changes are for the better.”
To alleviate the blow, they could wear more yellow and brown and visit places in the west or north.

Dog

Being in union with Tai Sui, people born under the sign of the Dog will likely enjoy a pleasant year with significant advancements in career and finance.
But Dogs must remind themselves to be humble and listen to others, especially friends and people they trust, says Chow. They’ll tell you important things that will greatly benefit you this year.
“Their lucky colors are silver and blue, and their lucky place is to their north,” says Chow.

Pig

Pigs will be greeting Tai Sui, meaning it should generally be a positive year.
But, on the flip side, greeting Tai Sui could also affect one’s health because of the extra workload.
“You have to balance your work and play time equally,” Chow says.
People born during Pig years may enjoy professional success if they are willing to focus on teamwork.
“Relationship-wise, it’ll be a very good year for you. You will meet new friends and potential new love,” says Chow.
To enhance fortune, Pigs could wear pink and purple more often and plan a trip to the south, she adds.

Rat

People born in the years of the Rat will be in conflicts with Tai Sui, also known as Xing (torturing) Tai Sui, next year.
“Generally, it means a tougher year,” says Chow. “But when there is yin, there is always yang, too. So remember, it never really is all bad.”
Rats should be more cautious about health and work. They could be prone to minor injuries and miscommunication this year.
Chow urges them to wear cheerful colors — like pink and orange — and visit warmer places.

Ox

Oxen will enjoy an exciting year with the travel star and fortune star shining over them.
“They will find new opportunities and their finances will reach a new level. They’ll probably travel more for work and personal reasons. But since they’re traveling and working more, they need to be aware of their health,” says Chow.
Those who are single and looking for love may have some good luck this year.
Meanwhile, when choosing a travel destination, they could journey to the north, says Chow.

Tiger

For those born in Tiger years, their “Ben Ming Nian” is over.
“That means, whatever tough times and instabilities they’re experiencing, it’s going to get better soon,” says Chow. “But patience is key because changes won’t be immediate.”
Tigers, especially those born in spring and summer, should take time to recover in the first half of the year and only make big decisions in the second half of the year, she says.
They should take things slowly in relationships and “save themselves some me-time.”
Wearing yellow, blue and brown could cheer them up. They could also travel to their north and west, concludes Chow.

As a former…

Cat CalendarScreenshot 2023-01-22 093047parent/owner/servant to two cats who made it to 20 -years-old, dievca finds this Cat Calendar from the US Army Corp of Engineers Portland District – masterful.

Look, Print or Download a copy here!


If I’m up, everyone is up!

Calvin Saturday


In Living Color with Rose Assoulin and Miu Miu

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Rosie Assoulin Rainbow Embroidered Gown ($6995) with Miu Miu Leather platform Sandals ($1120) would put some Spark into January and a crimp on your wallet!

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~the Kiss of a Butterfly~

Butterfly

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond.

Fleur du Mal Butterfly lingerie


Back to the OG!

dievca had a large project to complete by 11:59 PST – she made it and slept in to 6:30 am this morning.  Watching the dawn break across the city is a cozy experience.  she’s wearing the fourth rendition of inexpensive Afghan Slipper Socks and thinking of her family.  

dievca bought three pairs from Pier One in college as gifts for her Mom, her Aunt and herself.  She wore out her pair, wore out her Aunt’s pair (taken when her Aunt died from Cancer) and wore out her Mom’s when Mom could no longer wear them because of slipping. 

A 30 year process.

Pier One stores have closed and the J. Crew rendition ripped in the heel after 3 years.  dievca didn’t know where to get her next pair of slippers…until she looked on Etsy!

Back to the OG!

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Coffee Anyone?

sexy-morning


Watching the clouds drift

Los Angeles Apparel Cloud Print Micro Net

It’s Sunday morning and dievca is watching the clouds drift.

she took a look for silk cloud pattern items (dress, bedding, lingerie) and didn’t come up with much.  There is a Moncler cotton cloud pattern dress that didn’t have attractive photographs.  This micro-mesh dress from LA Angeles Apparel and fabric by the yard in polyester.

Nothing that dievca is too interested in at the moment – she’s going back to watching the clouds.

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Wind on the Hill (or the 25th floor)

buildings_airNo one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

It’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.

But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.

And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.

So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes…
But where the wind comes from
Nobody knows.

Alan Alexander Milne


Cleaning the closet for Master: “The Basics Ma’am, just the Basics”

dievca found this blog title in her “drafts” file.  It was from 2016.
she just went through Master’s Closet this past Monday, 2023. 

The sorting/clear out is not an annual activity, but every two to three years.

The process consists of emptying everything out of the closet and drawers.  Taking a good look at each piece and sorting into a keep pile, repair pile, rag pile and Goodwill pile. Master loves to get rid of items. Then there is the painful process of buying replacement items either online or in person.  

dievca steps in with the second part of the process because Master tends to avoid shopping for replacement items.  But if you have tossed 3 faded/stained black t-shirts that you wear on repeat – you will need to replace them.

So, a large Nordstrom’s credit dictated the shopping destination for this year. Instead of Barneys and Banana Republic t-shirts, Master will be trying Vince, Rag & Bone and Frame Denim.  Apparently, dievca will be watching a fashion show of “the basics” the next time they meet. 

she thinks she will love this Rag & Bone Dexter waffle -weave cotton sweater:

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Lucky Rabbit 🐇 with Fleur du Mal

Fleur du Mal Lucky Rabbit


Simple in the City

After a few years of taking care of aging parents, COVID and body changes – dievca lost interest in Fashion or even a closet revamp.  she’s been coming out of her shell and leaning towards a more practical closet.  Things seem to be coming together because she feels like she can reach in to the closet and find something to wear.  That’s the point, right?

(click on the item to see a larger image and the brand)


The Brightest Thing on a Rainy Day!

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Isn’t the Good Morning Coffee! 

It’s catching up with your Sir or Madam. XO


dievca wasn’t this bad, but~

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she hasn’t gone out much and she rides her bike to work at 5:40 am — that makes her useless around 11 pm.
Add alcohol? Yeah, the eyelids want to shut. XO


Ditto (a flashback)

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spirit duplicator (also referred to as a Rexograph or Ditto machine in North America, Banda machine in the UK, Gestetner machine in Australia) is a printing method invented in 1923 by Wilhelm Ritzerfeld that was commonly used for much of the rest of the 20th century.

The ditto machine used no ink. The user typed, wrote, or drew on a ditto master sheet which was backed by a second sheet of paper coated with a dye-impregnated, waxy substance. The inscribed image appeared on the back of the ditto sheet in reverse. The ditto machine used an alcohol-based fluid to dissolve some of the dye in the document, and transferred the image to the copy paper.

Though other colors of ditto sheets were available, purple was commonly used. In elementary school, dievca remembers that teachers would distribute drawing sheets for coloring or vocabulary. The sheets had been through the ditto machine, which gave purple outlines to  drawings, letters, numbers, and anything else needed.

When dievca taught High School she used the Ditto Machines for worksheets – there wasn’t a copier available…old school!

The output of the ditto machine had a special aroma. Students could tell when a class assignment was hot out of the machine by the strength of the odor of the pages. The smell came from the ditto machine’s duplicating fluid, a mix of methanol and isopropanol.

The photo above shows a mimeograph:

The mimeograph printing process used an ink-filled cylinder and ink pad. Documents had to be prepared on a special wax-covered stencil on a typewriter which had its ribbon disengaged. The typewriter thus made impressions in the stencil, which were filled with ink and squeezed onto paper by the mimeograph’s roller. The stencils could also be used with drawings made by hand.


Origami Bags from Yee Si

  • Designer foldable leather crossbody bag / handbag
  • Crafted with double-layer cowhide leather
  • Customized silver-tone hardware
  • Handcrafted collapsible bag body
  • A magnetic snap top closure
  • Adopted the luxury stitching technique of watch band making
  • A removable & adjustable 19.7- 21.7 in / 50-55 cm shoulder strap
  • 7.5 x 4.7 x2.4 inch, 19 x 12 x 6 cm
  • $265

Originating in NYC, YEE SI is the first brand to create a line of strictly foldable handbags. We are minimalistic in our forms, and aim to serve consumers, regardless of gender, age, or occupation. Our bags are ubiquitous bags – the fashionable yet functional option to replace a bag for each occasion. YEE SI specializes in designing foldable handbags by considering geometry and linearity, converting from three dimensions to a flat surface in a second. Once folded, the space our bags take up decreases by 70%. Our bags are ideal for a life on the go and for frequent fliers.  They easily fit into your suitcase, drawers, or closets.

YEE SI records all of our design elements and investigates new potential sustainable materials trending every season to incorporate into our designs. We are stringent on quality control that enhances foldability and versatility.  Each handbag is constructed to be durable enough to maintain its original structure. Every style is the result of continuous experiments, long hours of calculations, research, and numerous improvements to optimize portability and its ability to fold. YEE SI handpicks only quality materials, utilizes advanced machinery, and embellishes with detailed hardware from artisans well versed in luxury goods. Our handbags have a classic appearance and durability to last years.

Our products are gaining popularity among bloggers and celebrities in New York and around the world since its launch in 2017. YEE SI was invited to show in designers’ collaborations during NYFW and officially promoted by NYFW’s media platforms. Additionally, we received notable press exposure.  We had an exhibit at Paris Design Week and have been featured in a Japan NHK TV interview.  We’ve also been nominated as the “Most Popular Designer Brand” at Beijing Design Week and also featured in Vogue Business, ELLE, Popsugar, Refinery 29, Wallpaper, Designboom, and other well-known publications.

In its fifth year in the fashion industry, YEE SI has come a long way to achieve what we promised to consumers. Our journey encompassed many days and nights of brainstorming and discussions, countless communications with factories for quality assurance, and serious consideration of every customer’s feedback. YEE SI is always looking to transmute and evolve. We always appreciate feedback from our loyal customers. YEE SI handbags embody all of our passion, love, and effort in an optimal package.

See the bags at YEE SI


After a long day – a moment for a beer

vintage photo enjoying a beer

Beers, a spoof of Joyce Kilmer’s Trees (1886-1918)

I THINK that I shall never hear
A poem lovely as a beer.
A brew that’s best straight from a tap
With golden hue and snowy cap;
The liquid bread I drink all day,
Until my memory melts away;
A beer that’s made with summer malt
Too little hops its only fault;
Upon whose brow the yeast has lain;
In water clear as falling rain.
Poems are made by fools I fear,
But only wort can make a beer.


Mysterious Mist – NYC

We do not have snow, but we do have interesting weather~ 

Click on the photos for more detail.

Photos: dievca Hudson River Walk NYC 12/2022


Winter Dawn – poem

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WINTER DAWN

The men and beasts of the zodiac
Have marched over us once more.
Green wine bottle and red lobster shells,
Both emptied, litter the table.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” Each
Sits listening to his own thoughts,
And the sound of cars starting outside.
The birds in the eaves are restless,
Because of the noise and light. Soon now
In the winter dawn I will face
My fortieth year. Borne headlong
Towards the long shadows of sunset
By the headstrong, stubborn moments,
Life whirls past like drunken wildfire.

Translated from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth

Tu Fu (713-771) was the leading poet in the T’ung Dynasty of 8th century China. In this remarkable piece called “Winter Dawn,” he captures a moment of flashing epiphany with language, so simple, that speaks from another plain and another time, decades earlier, about the swift flood of life rushing by — as John Prine wrote, “like a broken-down dam.”

dievca believes that Mr. Rexford took liberties in the translation to draw the poem into the future – its still lovely.

Photo: dievca NYC dawn 01/2023


Welcome 2023!

Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year to you!

❤️ your dievča


Gracefully with Personality: Vivienne Westwood at YOOX and dievca’s closet

The first 7 Vivienne Westwood dresses are available at YOOX.

The second 8 Vivienne Westwood items are in dievca’s closet (starting at the 2nd green dress). she’s missing photos of her indigo “Hangover” dress that has been worn to the woof and her “go to” jersey funeral dress in a very dark burgundy.

When Century 21 was open in NYC – dievca would haunt the Vivienne Westwood racks and if they had a sample sale – she was there.  The items are cut for curvy in mind and ladylike enough for Master, quirky enough for His dievca.

dievca will be wearing the sequin dress for New Year’s Eve.

Obviously dievca did not know Vivienne Westwood, but she admired her boldness in growing old gracefully with personality. May we all grow older gracefully with personality!

Vivienne Westwood Juergen Teller fame laid bare