Classy or Tacky? just a bit of fun! (Paul Smith)

Paul Smith Wallet

dievca was searching for a replacement wallet on eBay.  Her search term was “Paul Smith Wallet” and Paul Smith items with Naked Ladies on the interior kept popping up (Click Here) .
Is it tacky? cheeky? a bit of fun? or sleaze?
Whatever~ it made dievca laugh, though she doesn’t think Master would be interested.

take a spin with me

Into the wild World of Pop Culture, Fashion and ending up in “Memory-ville”.

Daniel Day (born August 8, 1944), known as Dapper Dan, is an American fashion designer and haberdasher from Harlem, New York. His influential store, Dapper Dan’s Boutique, operated from 1982–92 and is most associated with introducing high fashion to the hip hop world, with his clients over the years including Eric B. & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, LL Cool J, and Jay-Z. In 2017, he launched a fashion line with Gucci, with which he opened a second store and atelier, Dapper Dan’s of Harlem, in 2018.

Lent his creativity to the Gap for an arch logo hoodie, to be sold for $98.

The sweatshirt supposedly sold out immediately on its March 10th, 4 pm release.

It’s now on eBay for $898.88.

When dievca was looking on eBay for the Sweatshirt — this 1970 PlaysKool Dapper Dan Doll appeared:

Dapper Dan Playskool 1970

Which prompted a flashback to dievca’s own Dressy Bessy 1970 PlaysKool Doll:

dievca thought all of her Flashback moments were done when she completed clearing her Mom/ Dad’s house, but apparently there are still memories to be found in the depths. she has a sense of what the doll felt like, what the fabric was, how heavy it was and how irritating it was because the clothes didn’t come off. dievca would almost like to buy another Dressy Bessy on eBay to see if her memories are correct.  

Did anyone else have a Dapper Dan or Dressy Bessy doll?
Are dievca’s memories correct?

Is anyone willing to pay $889.88 for a Dapper Dan GAP sweatshirt?

Yee-Ha (causing Master to laugh)

dievca has 6 pairs of boots sitting on the kitchen table sorted for resale.  They are favorite boots that were a size 7-7.5, she now needs a size 8 to hold her right foot.

Here’s what is leaving – you’ve seen these on the blog (roll over the photos to see the brands):

dievca had success on eBay finding the Rodeo Brava Motorcycle Boots in the next size ($40), she’s eye-balling the Roberto del Carlo blue suede boots on eBay, two sizes up – nib.

she’d like to get a pair of cowboy boots and the red ones above caught her eye, they are the Free People New Frontiers Western Boots in red $148she thought they would make Master laugh. He is always entertained by dievca’s boots.

But dievca cannot justify buying those cute red boots because she owns these Chloe Rylee Python Booties in red:

Chloe Rylee Python Print Leather Ankle Boots

Ah, well.

Belt Print Holdall – Paul Smith

Western Belt Print Bag – and ode to Impact Play or Bondage
A bag to carry your accoutrements: thudders and stingers or buckled cuffs and collars
Paul Smith‘s Western Belt Print will offer a lot of additional room for water, towels, a change of clothes, etc. A fun, tongue in cheek nod to your pleasurable inclinations!

~Something of Use~

Update – the bag sold on August 2nd…sorry, dievca was too slow…

What the Customs Duty paid for~

  • Dries van Noten Teal Crocodile Derby’s $890 for $366 (now $240 – size 38 run more like an 8.5)
  • Dries van Noten Snakeskin Platform Sandals $885 for $646 (sold out elsewhere)
  • Laura Manoogian Brown Bow Pants $350 for $249 (Cheaper elsewhere, but the size was too large for dievca)

The Derby’s were too large, so they had to be returned. The pants will be worn in the Winter – they are a heavy knit.

The Sandals are being worn on this trip with:

  • Eddie Bauer White Jeans $80 for $55 
  • Dries van Noten Floral Tee Shirt  eBay $80

The customs re-imbursement bought:


  • Dries van Noten purple knit bra and briefs $220 for $114 and $280 for $109
  • Acne Studios Star Bag $250 for $98
  • Pearls Before Swine Simple Silver Ring Set $250 for $137

Now, before you pass judgement on the amount spent…remember that dievca sold items this month at Buffalo Exchange for $300, the RealReal for $1250, and has 6 items out to Decades in LA. Plus two items have sold on eBay during dievca’s travels = $200.

$1488 bought, $1750 sold + with more listed.

And if you are interested – Master thinks dievca’s machinations for reducing and rebuilding her closet are hilarious. 

“Diversity, dievca, Diversity”

extremement hermes les extraits – locked

Something of Use showing your BDSM leanings from Hermes.
15 hours till the Housingworks Auction End for this offering above, currently $128.

* Silver-tone metal construction
* 7.5ml
* Contains some fragrance
* Spray functionality
* Includes original velvet logo pouch
* Marked on bottom
* Imported
* Signs of wear, including surface scratches and dings

2.25″W x 3.25″H x .75″D

Or you can buy one on eBay for $288

No looking back~

dievca is an “eBayer” – she buys and sells.  But with her Parents taking more of her time, dievca’s eBay listing practices have diminished. The “to be sold” items were piling up.

It took dievca more than two years to wrap her head around the idea of calling in an “online” consignment service to list her pile of stuff. This decision occurred immediately after selling a Hermes scarf for $350. That scarf sat on eBay for about 3+ years, 5 lowball bids, one sob story…
dievca doesn’t have the time to list items, cancel poor offers and she cannot keep the bigger items around until they sell. A silk scarf is one thing, but a leather jacket is another~


Stepping away from being in charge of her item’s presentation and setting the listing prices was tough for dievca.  she had to mentally change her goal of getting the largest amount of money – to recycling items and clearing the closets.

It’s SPRING – time to clean.

At 9 am, a lovely lady came to dievca’s apartment and sorted through as many high-end items as dievca could find to sell.
Fendi, Missoni, Lanvin, Alaia, Moschino, Simone Rocha, Miu Miu, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors, Celine, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Repetto, Vivienne Westwood, Dries van Notan, Norma Kamali, etc.

After two hours, good conversation and coffee – 42 items left dievca’s apartment to be sold.
Cross fingers on the pricing…

Here’s the remnants:

dievca decided she is not going be a voyeur and watch what the items sell for ~ its too much. Whatever $ she gets, she gets.

The “leftover” pile has become one small bag of items to be listed on eBay – a much more manageable amount. Already a bag of mid-tier items was sold at Buffalo Exchange. There are pieces set aside for friends and the rest will be donated to Goodwill/ Housing Works.

All told, dievca got rid of about 90+ items.

And she’s not looking back!

Buying something unfashionable the 2nd time around…

Because of this:

and this:

dievca wears this, daily:

It’s not fashionable, it’s not elegant, but it helps dievca feel safer as she is shooting through the line-up of Dump Trucks, flatbeds of Steel and general chaos on the ride to work.

dievca’s only objective it to be seen, so she avoids this:

NY Post 10/15/2016 Women’s Leg Severed After Being Crushed By A Dump Truck

dievca’s worn the backpack so much that it has become dirty and faded, so she lurked on eBay to buy another one in the same color. Success!  Sometimes your random spur-of-the moment purchases become the ones you live and avoid dying by….

NYC Photos- dievca, Dump Truck- Christopher Sadowski, Backpack- Nike Swim

Every Autumn….

It can be 90F (32C) with high humidity, but if its the end of September, dievca is looking at coats and sweaters (jumpers) for a closet refresh.

Mind you, she has more than enough and she is trying to streamline her closets…

Here’s what happened so far~

dievca sold these items:

Boxy Denim Parka Jacket Marques’Almeida X Topshop

Elizabeth and James Monica Knit fur Hoodie

TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Gregory Pullover

Isabel Marant Acebo Knit Fur Jacket

To buy this:

ARMY Yves Salomon fur-lined coat parka (her’s is khaki green)

Now, please realize that she still has these:

But she is still looking at these:

Chloe Pocket Cashmere Sweater Barneys $1395

Maison Martin Margiela Replica 1963 Green Aran Sweater eBay $589

Milly Oversized Fisherman Lagoon Saks 5th Ave $450

ACNE Studios Eshe Sweater eBay $159

Actually it has been really good to write this post…and the desire to buy a new sweater for the year has just diminished immensely. Thank you!

How is your closet looking for the Autumn?
Any cool sweaters/jumpers or coats? XO

Vintage and Velvet: offerings from eBay

dievca mentioned that she has been obsessed with Velvet this year…right? Awhile ago, she compiled a list of “Vintage Velvet” items on eBay and thought you might like to have a look. Some of items have been sold, but many are still available. Click on the links below the photos and let dievca know what you like or don’t like.


ebay-velvet-vtg-20s-carson-pirie-scott-peach-silk-velvet-chinchilla-fur-flapper-evening-coatVTG 20s CARSON PIRIE SCOTT VELVET CHINCHILLA FLAPPER COAT

ebay-velvet-true-vintage-60s-70s-mollie-parnis-saks-5th-ave-black-velvet-dress-largeTrue Vintage 60s 70s Mollie Parnis Saks 5th Ave Black Velvet Dress Large

ebay-velvet-1960s-vintage-evening-gown-by-christian-dior-in-maroon-velvet1960s Vintage Evening Gown by Christian Dior in Maroon Velvet

ebay-velvet-sapphire-blue-velvet-bombshell-gown-deco-crystal-beaded-evening-dress-10-12-14Sapphire Blue Velvet Bombshell Gown Deco Crystal Beaded Evening Dress 

ebay-velvet-1920s-gatsby-titanic-downton-abbey-black-silk-velvet-vintage-sleeveless-dress1920’s Gatsby Titanic Downton Abbey Black Silk Velvet Vintage Sleeveless Dress

ebay-velvet-vintage-70s-drizzle-inc-boho-princess-rust-orange-velvet-coat-sz-sVintage 70’S Drizzle Inc BOHO Princess Rust Orange Velvet Coat Sz S

ebay-velvet-roberta-di-camerino-vintage-ombre-velvet-coatRoberta Di Camerino Vintage Ombre Velvet Coat

ebay-velvet-betsey-johnson-royal-blue-crushed-stretch-velvet-womens-vintage-maxi-dress-mBETSEY JOHNSON royal blue crushed velvet womens vintage maxi dress M

ebay-velvet-betsey-johnson-vtg-sz-m-dress-velvet-floral-roses-print-mandarin-collar-90s-rareBetsey Johnson Vtg Sz M Dress Velvet Floral Print Mandarin Collar 90s RARE

ebay-velvet-rare-vintage-strapless-1940s-black-rayon-velvet-evening-dress-peplum-size-6RARE VINTAGE STRAPLESS 1940’S BLACK VELVET EVENING DRESS- 6

ebay-velvet-90s-vtg-black-velvet-burn-out-bias-cowl-drape-asymetrcal-hem-dkny-maxi-dress90s vtg Black velvet burn out bias cowl drape asymetrcal hem dkny maxi dress

ebay-velvet-vintage-thierry-mugler-black-wool-velvet-wrap-collar-pointed-hem-jacketVINTAGE Thierry Mugler Black Wool Velvet Wrap Collar Pointed Hem Jacket (sold)

ebay-velvet-vtg-1960s-1970s-emilio-pucci-signature-print-velvet-jacket-coat-blazer-ooak-xsVTG 1960s 1970s EMILIO PUCCI VELVET COAT BLAZER OOAK XS (sold)

ebay-velvet-vintage-80s-does-30s-black-noir-draped-velvet-and-satin-cocktail-evening-gownVintage 80s  30s Black Noir Draped Velvet Satin Cocktail Evening Gown (sold)

ebay-velvet-betsey-johnson-rich-dark-navy-blue-soft-velvet-long-flattering-dress-sz-8Betsey Johnson Rich Dark Navy Blue Soft Velvet Long Dress 8 (sold)

ebay-velvet-betsey-johnson-vintage-dress-crushed-velvet-black-stretch-long-maxi-m-6-8-10Betsey Johnson VINTAGE Dress CRUSHED VELVET Black Maxi M 6 8 10

ebay-velvet-gorgeous-1920-30s-de-pinna-silk-velvet-coat-w-large-fox-fur-collar-ex-cond-medGorgeous 1920-30’s De Pinna Velvet Coat w Large Fox Fur Collar (sold)

ebay-velvet-emanuel-ungaro-vintage-velvet-belted-coat-sEmanuel Ungaro Vintage Velvet Belted Coat S (listing ended)

ebay-velvet-authentic-vintage-purple-one-size-velvet-like-black-satin-lining-cape-capletVintage Purple Velvet-like & Black Satin Lining Cape (listing ended)

ebay-velvet-victor-costa-vintage-70s-80s-black-velvet-cocktail-dress-pink-roses-size-10Victor Costa Vintage 70’s 80’s Black Velvet Cocktail Dress Pink Roses Size 10

Vintage with an o-ring. Or other options~

dievca was looking for an inexpensive round leather crossbody bag for the Winter. she did a quick search on eBay and found a vintage Ralph Lauren Bag with an o-ring clasp. A detail that struck a chord with her desire to show her submissive side. There were a couple of other colors available, too.

If you are not sold on the more “structured” round leather crossbody bag, dievca ran into these pieces on eBay, too.

Ahh- a late summer, early fall “go to” outfit…

Sometimes you have things in your closet that you don’t touch for years.

Sometimes you have things in your closet you wear so often that you search eBay for a “less worn out” version than yours.

dievca found replacements for two dresses this summer:

A Garnet Hill Starlet dress with cherries on it. (bottom photo)
A Plenty by Tracy Reese Blue Macrame Dress:
Tracy Reese Macrame Dress

You may be asking, “Why did dievca have to buy a 2nd dress?” The fabric is made to fade in the wash and become a light denim color.  dievca wore and washed the original dress so much that it became white in the macrame section. Someone at Goodwill may be wearing the dress with the white on it. dievca will be more gentle this time.
Tracy Reese Macrame Dress dressform
Tracy Reese Macrame Dress top front

Tracy Reese Macrame Dress top back
Everything dievca has put on by Tracy Reese has been fabulously easy to wear. The designer, originally from Detroit, MI has a certain feminine look.

Tracy Reese designs are noted for their femininity and retro-influenced style; the textiles themselves make use of bright colors, elaborate graphic patterns, and a playful use of bohemian touches.

dievca needed a “go to” outfit for the end of the day and it needed to have a light coat, plus be packed in a backpack.

The Macrame knit dress was a “keeper” and dievca added:

Sundance Catalog Copper Crescent Earrings

Sundance Catalog Copper Earrings

Midwest Alchemy Pearl Copper Ring

Midwest Alchemy Pearl Copper Ring

Isabel Marant Copper and Metal Cuff

Isabel Marant Copper and Metal Cuff

Rag & Bone Sand Perforated Leather Boots

Rag & Bone Sand Perforated Leather Boots

Zadig Voltaire Kerry Scarf

Zadig Voltaire Kerry Scarf

agnes b. Blue North Coat

agnes b. Blue North Coat

OPI A Rose at Dawn Broke by Noon

OPI A Rose at Dawn Broke by Noon

Woldford Nude Tulle Bra

Woldford Nude Tulle Bra

Wolford Nude Tulle Panties

Wolford Nude Tulle Panties

Hair curly and in a French Roll. Almay Khaki Eyeliner, Tarte Cheek Stain, Nude Lips.

Garnet Hill Starlet Knit Dress Cherries Print

Garnet Hill Starlet Knit Dress Cherries Print

PS: Just a FYI~ Here’s the second dress dievca replaced with an eBay purchase. She wears it with black Teva flip-flops, or Clark green leather flip-flops. The first dress faded and ended up with piling (after 3+ years of washing).

Venus of the Rags – the eBay Goddess

A friend was in Washington DC at the Hirshhorn Museum and sent a text photo of this installation
(this photo is from the Tate):

Venus of the Rags 1967,1974 Michelangelo Pistoletto born 1933 Purchased with assistance from Tate International Council 2006

Venus of the Rags 1967,1974 Michelangelo Pistoletto born 1933 Purchased with assistance from Tate International Council 2006

Here is a nice description (click here)

Why did dievca’s friend send this?

dievca is a bit of a clothes horse (Shocker!) and as Master is a minimalist Bhuddhist, hence, she has been trying to whittle her closet.  Did dievca mention that she is a passionate recycler, as well?  Thank Goodness for eBay, Decades, Buffalo Exchange, Housing Works and Goodwill.

The photo and the thought still made her laugh.
Sometimes your friends really know you, huh?


A Favorite…times 2

dievca goes in phases:  lurking on eBay and not lurking on eBay.

From the selling standpoint, eBay hasn’t been as fun as it used to be in the past.  Customers think that they are shopping at a store, wanting coupons, free shipping, etc. — they forget you are just one person cleaning out your closet.  The goal is to get rid of items, not accept returns back because the buyer decided that they didn’t like the color of a dress.

From the purchasing standpoint, dievca is still able to buy hard-to-find items and keep an eye on brands that fit well or are classics. she keeps in mind that eBay is a garage sale and is relaxed about timelines, shipping, perfections/imperfections.

One search term that dievca will use on eBay is “Barneys CO-OP”.  dievca is no longer so interested in going to the Barneys stores with Simon Doonan being less present, the Chelsea store closing, the Warehouse Sale going online and the CO-OP disappearing.  The feeling at the UWS store is just…..different. Colder, less hip.

That said, some of dievca’s eBay “Barneys CO-OP” finds have been good. Daryl K dresses, Marc Jacobs backpacks, Nicole B. bracelets and Wendy Mink earrings.

dievca found two pairs of Wendy Mink Chandelier Earrings, one in Lapis Lazuli and one in Turquoise:Wendy Mink Lapis Chandelier Earrings Wendy Mink Turquiose Chandelier Earrings Wendy Mink Lapis Chandelier Earrings Person

Absolutely Gorgeous.

Absolutely Useful.

Absolutely Hard-To-Find.

Right up dievca’s alley.