~to have mastery over me~

Monica Bellucci by Chicio Bialas

Feeling alluring and sexual, a rush of want swept over me.
In my strength, I desired to be Overcome.
Overwhelmed.
Dominated.


une pyramide merveilleuse

Friends, does he remember when we left Avranches? 
A beautiful setting sun shone in the branches; 
Our wheel, by the way, crumpled the green bushes; 
We all looked at the fields, the heavens, the seas…

” Le Mont Saint-Michel apparaît (…) comme une chose sublime, une pyramide merveilleuse.”
Victor Hugo, 1865

And the start of the 2016 Tour de France…

Photos: dievca France 08/2018

Taking care of the Goods. (lingerie)

You owned it, looked amazing and it got a little messy.  You know how to clean up the toys well, but are you ready to treat your lingerie well, too?  Proper washing technique helps with lingerie longevity.

Handwashing Your Lingerie and Underwear

As a general rule, always check your underwear for tags and specific special care instructions first.

However, hand washing your lingerie and underwear will always be your safest bet, especially for more expensive or fragile garments! Here are some easy tips for how to wash women’s (and men’s) underwear by hand:

– Use a mild detergent. There are specially designed detergents for cleaning lingerie without damaging your delicate items. Some of the detergents are even specifically designed for hand-washing.
– Do not soak lingerie. The colors will bleed, and the quality of your items could fade.
– Do not twist, stretch, or wring out your underwear. Instead, wash your garments gently between your fingers or hands.
– Pat and air dry. After washing, gently press your underwear on a flat surface between two towels to soak up excess water. Then hang to dry.

 

When Using a Washing Machine…

Some of your lingerie items and underwear may be suitable for the washing machine. Be sure to always read your labels. For best results, use a delicate or gentle cycle with cool to warm water and follow these tips:

– Use mild detergents and follow the instructions for how much to use. Detergents are often concentrated.
– Do not use bleach unless you are washing white, all-cotton blends.
– To protect your lingerie, use a mesh bag. There are lingerie bags that will help to prevent your items from snagging or catching onto other clothing.
– Hook the backs of your bras to keep them from getting tangled or snagging on other clothes.
– Separate colors to prevent bleeding or dulling.

Drying Lingerie and Underwear

Now you know how to wash lingerie—but how do you get it dry? For best results, flat dry or hang dry. Be aware that some items such as tights may stretch, so it may be best to loop the garment loosely around the hanger or drying rack.

Never put fine lingerie in the dryer. This can ruin the shape, fade the color, shrink your garment, break down the fibers, and/or shorten its overall lifespan.

Low heat or tumble dry settings may be suitable for some garments. Just be careful. Some fabrics will shrink or even melt in the dryer.

For specific fabric care tips, check out the chart below:

Lingerie Fabric Care Tips

Material Qualities Care

Cotton
Elastic, absorbent, warm
and soft.

Comfortable to wear.

Can be machine washed.

Can withstand high temperatures. However, cold or warm water is usually best.

Washing may lead to shrinkage between 3% and 5%.

Wrinkles and commonly requires ironing.


Silk
Extreme softness and shine.

Fine and delicate fabric with
unmatched beauty and fit.

Thermo protective.

Very gentle care required.

May be dry clean only.

Hand wash washable silks in cold water with a mild soap

Wash each garment separately.

DO NOT soak silk or dry with heat.

Heat sensitive and subject to fading and bleeding colors.

Dry flat. Fabric tends to crease.

Low heat iron can be used. Use a towel between silk and iron so no heat damage occurs.


Wool
Warm, soft material.

“Spongy” effect.

Very sensitive to heat and cannot be machine washed.

Handwash only. Use mild soaps.

Do not use dryer. Hang dry or flat dry.


Rayon

Viscose

Modal

Softness and shine.

Supple, fluid fabrics.

Initially manufactured in the 1940s as “artificial silk.”

Very Heat Sensitive. Wash with cold water, preferably by hand.
Use mild soap.

Washing may lead to shrinkage between 4% and 7%.

Creases easily. Cool Iron.


Tactel

Lycra

Dacron

Polyesters

Polyamides

Elastane

Stable.

Consistent quality.

Very easy care.

Can add strength to blends.

Very heat sensitive!

These fabrics will melt.

Machine washable at medium temperature.

Does not crease easily. No ironing.

Now you are ready to show-off your clean and fabulous lingerie, again!


AGATHA bijoux

dievca ran into something interesting during the final day of the PRINTEMPS summer sale.

AGATHA Jewelry with a subtle BDSM theme. Not on Soldes but not too dear, either.

The pieces looked well made.


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!


“As women, we all have certain weaknesses…..” Edith Head (repost)

As women, we all have certain weaknesses.
I know one who can’t resist pretty shoes but has nothing suitable to wear with them.
Others adore frilly lingerie but never have any money to buy outer clothing.
Edith Head

Penelope-and-Monica-Cruz-design-LAgent-FW13-shop-it-at-Nordstrom

Monica and Penelope Cruz FW 2013, designing for L’Agent

Charlotte Olympia Flower Heels

Charlotte Olympia Flower Pump

Where do you spend your money and what is your weakness?

dievca’s weaknesses: Shoes and Lingerie

“Luck favors the prepared, Darling.” – Edna “E” Mode


“Good Morning”

Zahra Norbo (born February 7, 1934) is a Swedish model. She was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for the March 1958 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Tom Caffrey.

Norbo was Miss Sweden 1955 or 1956 (see below) and a popular pin-up model in men’s magazines and all-around popular magazine model who appeared in publications like Spick, Stag, Tempo and Tiger.

It has been reported, that Zahra, though she will oblige photographers by peeling down to a bikini, definitely would not disrobe no further. “I would feel uncomfortable,” she was quoted as saying.

She also scored a few television appearances, notably on The Groucho Marx Show. There’s a bit of confusion about which year she was Miss Sweden. Some sources, Wikipedia among them, say it was 1956, but there is a 1956 press photo that refers to her as the earlier year’s winner.

Here is what Playboy said in her March 1958 layout: “After copping the Miss Sweden title three years ago, Miss Norbo came to the U.S. of A.” That pretty much settles it 😘 —she won her title in 1955 using her real name Ragnhild Olausson.

These provocative shots were made in 1957 by acclaimed lensman, Peter Basch.