Two dinners with friends!
dievca was reading an article about when family members die, its hard to get rid of their “stuff” because of your memories attached to their items or the memories of the person who used the item. Whew – that was a mouthful. For example, dievca has her Dad’s Levi’s looped Terry Cloth Shirt from the 1970’s. With a boat neck and 3/4 sleeves in white with blue stripes it looks like a marinière-style shirt. She remembers him wearing it to the Tennis Courts or the Pool. It’s still wearable and looped terry cloth clothing is “in”.
And then there is other stuff that you keep because you think you will use it. And – shocker! – you do use it. Like a vintage Ice Cream scoop (1937) from you Aunt and her two 10″ Aires Box Fans (circa 2004 – received, new in box).
Mind you, those box fans have now been used and knocked over a number of times and because they are plastic/slighty flexible – they keep bouncing back for more. Something of Use!
All three items keep you cool in the Summer, all three items are practical and all three offer memories.
Three items that dievca doesn’t feel guilty for keeping.
When you are “Old School”, wireless headphones are beyond your ken. The white skinny things dangling from one’s ears or the black squat plugs – both not visually appealing.
dievca has been sticking with her Frends Layla Headphones in Oil Slick and she still gets compliments – even with the old school wires.
Then she dreamed of the seashore – desperate for a Holiday on the beach. Dreaming that she was picking up sea shells:
When it was actually an attractive wireless earphone by Planet Beyond:
she actually bought them (without the additional jewelry) and has them charging to work. Wish her luck with the “Planet Beyond” experience. No review offered – yet.
Lightweight and ergonomic, PB01X wireless Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds are attractive in both design and sound with sophisticated stereo sound quality. With two beamforming mic arrays, IPX5 sweat and water resistance, PB01X is ideal for long-wearing audio entertainment anywhere. Packaged in a sleek case, these earbuds slip in your pocket and attain a full charge in 1 hour. A full charge equates to 5 hours of continuous play and 160 hours of standby power.
• Features noise reducing microphone for calls and in-app voice recording.
• Choose your fit. Planet Beyond earbuds come with three silicone tip sizes—small, medium and large—for the most comfortable listening experience.
• Compatible with Apple and Android devices. Planet Beyond pairs to you.
• Available in stainless steel, rose gold tone metal, or yellow gold tone metal.
• Fully charged travel charging case and earbuds supports 30 hours of use.
• Crafted from sustainably sourced recycled metals.
about Jill Biden’s tights…and dievca immediately thought “Rock It, Lady”!
The First Lady is 69-years-old and giving her personal fashion a go – its right up there with the octogenarian NY-ers dievca loves seeing – they are killing it with their leopard tights.
dievca wants to be bold in her aging and Master loves stockings. Akira Chicago was offering really fun fishnet tights to help her process.
Uhh, apparently the Akira tights are sold out. Here is another pair from ASOS by Ann Summers.
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
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
Lock yourself in 1940’s Elegance
Handmade 14K Vintage Padlock Ring
Size 6 – can be re-sized
Manhattan Vintage online
Subtly show your BDSM leanings,
a daily restraint reminder for the submissive.
Rain Jacket $320
Rain Boots $160
Anyone else ready to move on from Snow?
“This is such a short life that nothing can matter very much either one way or another. I have learned not to struggle but to flow along with the tide. If I am to be rich and famous, that will be fine. If not, what do riches and fame count in the long run?” – Anna May Wong
In the 1930s Anna May was named the “world’s best-dressed woman” by the Mayfair Mannequin Society of New York, cementing her position as an international fashion icon.
Presenting in a Suit with a Cloche hat might be an excellent change of pace for dievca.
Diversity, dievca, Diversity!
Sometimes they are sensitive, other times numb.
Always attached unless you had breast surgery.
Often ignored unless an effort is made for attention.
Enter the Studio Pia: Clea
A subtle focus on the Nipples,
as well as,
Bondage and Elegance.
dievca still loves her snow. XO
Recycled Cashmere Turtleneck features yarn that’s made from preconsumer cashmere waste that’s sorted, mechanically broken down, and spun into new yarn.
- Feather Grey
- Century Pink
- Topsoil Brown
- Birch White
- All are $174 except for the Birch White, its $124
The month of February is all about the color purple, with the birthstone being amethyst, and the flower a violet. But did you know that this color has a very rich and interesting history as to how it came to be such a popular color today?
One reason why it is such a prominent color in today’s society is that people of royal blood and power used to be the only ones who would be able to afford to wear it. From the dying process to the wardrobe, this beautiful color has had a role in society from royal representation, spiritual symbolism, and a wide effect on the world of current fashion trends.
EARLY PRODUCTION AND TRADE OF PURPLE DYE
You might guess that purple dye used to be made from natural plants and herbs such as lilac and lavender flowers, or berries such as grapes. Nope. It might seem a bit strange and gruesome, but during the ancient Greek era around 1,200 BC, purple dye was created by extracting it from sea snails—spiny dye-murex to be specific–and it took thousands of these little guys (supposedly 250,000 just for one ounce!) to dye different types of textiles. Instead of crushing and killing the snails to extract the purple dye, it could be collected by “milking” them. Then the dye would be put out in the sunlight to develop its hue—the longer the dye sat out in the sunlight, the more intense the purple shade. Because of the high labor cost of making such beautiful textiles in ancient Greece, the only people who would be seen wearing them would be royals, priests, and nobles.
Greeks were not the only ones to begin wearing the color purple as a symbol of high societal rank. In ancient Rome, emperors and priests would wear colored textiles of a darker shade of purple that had been mixed with indigo. Roman Catholic priests, especially those that are ranked as Bishops, still wear purple as a representation of piety, penitence, and faith. Priests will wear this color during Lent and when they listen to confessions. Different rankings wore different shades of purple or were coordinated with gold details or bands.
ROYAL PURPLE IN THE PALACE
More recently during the 18th and 19th centuries, rulers such as Catherine the Great continued to uphold the tradition of wearing the color purple to symbolize her royal status as Empress of Russia. Queen Victoria of Great Britain wore a mauve gown to the Royal Exhibition of 1862, a particular shade of purple that only royalty or upper society could afford to purchase. The British Royal Family is known to wear purple for special occasions and at ceremonies because it is made with purple velvet textiles and encrusted with amethyst gemstones.
THE WORLD OF FASHION
Today, the shades of purple are more popular than ever; Pantone named the color of the year for 2014 as Radiant Orchid, and Violet Tulip. Cherished for centuries, this color is not going out of style anytime soon.
Thanks to textile and dye advancements, purple clothing items can be found pretty much everywhere. Still representing royalty, religion, and symbols, you can add purple to your life any day of the week. Being that it is February and the birthstone for this month is the amethyst gemstone.
“As day subtly turns to night and the hours steadily string by,
the dream, at once airy and elegant, comes within reach.
– Carine Gilson
Carine Gilson’s story harks back to the 1990s. A freshly-minted graduate of Antwerp’s prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied fashion, Carine Gilson discovered Maille France, a small Brussels atelier that manufactured fine ladies’ underslips. She immediately fell in love with the world of lingerie.
Carine Gilson decided to acquire the workshop and, with sheer dedication, set out to work on silk, lace, and exceptional materials. In the fashion of the boundlessly creative and refined lingerie creations of yore, Carine Gilson embraced this new adventure, taking her passion to the next level to create unique, breathtaking pieces in her Brussels atelier.
The designer soon launched her couture lingerie line, Carine Gilson, a synonym for a world filled with incomparable beauty.
In no time, the press and finer stores from Japan, England, Italy, and America came calling. Buyers from renowned stores recognized the rare quality of these creations, which conjure the bygone enchantment of times past within our changed, modern world.
The prestige of Carine Gilson’s lingerie has grown quickly thanks to the unwavering excellence of her creations. In the House of Carine Gilson, every piece is lovingly crafted by hand. Perfection and finesse espouse rigor and passion. Lace incrustation is raised to an art form.
- Stella McCartney for Adidas Purple Puffer Coat
- Stella McCartney for Adidas Purple Hat
- Mackage Farren Stretch Puffer Black Coat
- Max Mara Camel and Cashmere Black Cap
- Alice + Olivia Julien Puffer Multi-colored Puffer Coat
- Ivy Park for Adidas Green Hat
- Stand Studio Farrah Puffer Black Coat
- Alberta Ferretti Cashmere Red Hat
- Cougar Pillow Black Boots
- Mueslii Puffer Black Backpack
- Portolano Cashmere Black Mittens
And if you were wondering what dievca sold or gave away:
Along with three leather coats and two wool coats. The revamping continues!
Can’t visit the Midwest without shoveling~
In this case, ice.
It was sleet, then fluffy snow, then hail, then sleet, ending up rain which froze on the driveway.
dievca just happened be wearing the appropriate coat to handle all of the choices Mother Nature decided to share – a recent purchase to take the place of three down coats:
It dried and puffed up nicely in the dryer and was ready for snow blowing 4-inches the following morning.
Gardening or snow removal – dievca’s available for hire. 🙄
Hitting the Highway and Thinking of You!
dievca’s Mom kept getting anonymous postcards from around the country when she was a young gal. The tagline on each of them was the phrase above. She never found out who sent them.
So, dievca is hitting the highway and making her way to her Momma. Her Mom might not last too long, so now is the time. she’s bringing that black Burberry Cashmere coat she bought when the Hudson Yards Neiman Marcus closed (September) – her Mom was asking to see it.
Once a Style Maven – always a Style Maven.
dievca has so many clothes she would love to share with her Mom – her Mom isn’t tracking too well. That’s why the Burberry coat request, as ridiculous as it seems, is very important.
OK, hitting the highway and thinking of you. XO
As an Anniversary Celebration, Master took dievca to the Metropolitan Museum to see the Costume Institute’s About Time: Fashion and Duration.
Due to COVID, rain, and it being “Member Mondays” – the Museum was amazing in its emptiness. It was a rare pleasure to wander and absorb the Art in a very leisurely manner. Something dievca and Master may never experience, again.
Another post will be coming about the offerings from the Exhibition – this blog post is about what dievca wore:
29 ideas for the Men in your Life. Click on the photo for the brand and price of the item. Some of the items are on sale with Black Friday. The item dievca bought Master for Christmas is among the mix. XO
Do you have a wishlist this year?
Sky’s the limit on a couple of items. XO
(click on the photos for links to purchase)
A Gentleman stopped dievca in the back hallway of her building, she was walking her bike to hang it up in the bike room.
“Do you work in fashion?”
“You always have the greatest clothes and accessories!”
“Uhh, Thank you. Maybe I’m just trying to hide my short self in fine feathers.”
“No – when I see you, you look great and always have fun things.”
Let’s analyze what dievca had on (click photos for larger image):
Fun, right? Hmm~
dievca is not tall and elegant.
she’s not a model and won’t be in a street style photoshoot anytime soon.
But, she does do a lot of improvising!
Note: The Zadig & Voltaire Sweatshirt is available and on sale, the Urban Outfitters socks are available, and the RE/done mask is available. Shoes, Backpack, Sunglasses, Tee, Pants, and J Crew Anorak might be on eBay.
– 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.
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
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?
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?
(roll over or click photos for descriptions)
dievca needs to lighten her load and gain some room in the closet,
any advice will be carefully considered.
(Brown boots are next)
Perhaps not subtle – but an elegant way to honor your Sir or Madam with Style. Something that can be a signature piece with a hidden BDSM message. Ranging from 100 Euro to 500 Euro. Made in France.
A Parisienne of South African heritage, Annelise Michelson founded her eponymous brand in 2012, immediately positioning herself as a free spirit in the highly codified world of high-end jewelry. Couture-esque, her collections are at once glamorous and sculptural… An artist first and foremost, she sees her pieces like talismans, loaded with beauty and channeling strength and self-confidence. Her jewels aren’t just ‘accessories’, they are designed to dress the wearer, placing design and inspired volumes firmly in the spotlight. From the very beginning, Annelise’s bold vision resonated with many including the likes of Rihanna, Juliette Binoche, Zoe Kravitz, Robin Wright, and Leandra Cohen, allowing the house to blossom quickly. Constantly evolving and growing, today Annelise Michelson counts more than ten collections to its name including the evocatively titled Drapée, Déchaînée, Wire and Vertigo capsules.
Versatile Florals from Alice + Olivia
Dresses ready for sandals, heels, or sneakers. Etc.
2: an initial and often tentative attempt to do something in a new or different field or area of activity,
A brief excursion or attempt especially outside one’s accustomed sphere.
dievca decided to look like a human rather than a slouch when making a foray to the Eastside. she figured out a way to beat the heat, too: