Posted: April 21, 2021 Filed under: Discussion, Entertainment | Tags: BDSM, celebration, D/s, dievca, History, Humor, nude, Secretary, Sexist, Sexy, Woman's Lib
Are there people who are called Secretaries anymore? (OK, the Secretary of State) Is it gender-distributed? Did the original type of job bring a good wage? What’s the difference with a typist? Flasback.com took a good look – click here for the article. I just remember my Dad introducing us to his secretaries and they were really lovely people. Efficient.
In 1955, the National Secretaries Association changed the dates to the current celebration during the last full week of April. The name of the observance was changed to Professional Secretaries Day/Week in 1981 when the National Secretaries Association became Professional Secretaries International (PSI).
Posted: April 2, 2021 Filed under: Accessories, Home and Garden | Tags: BDSM, Crate & Barrel, D/s, dievca, happy, History, kitchen, Love, melamine, Memories, nesting bowls, practical, recycling, Rosti, something of use
In a Past Life, dievca received a set of melamine mixing bowls from Crate and Barrel as a gift.
The bowls have been through multiple moves, lived in Europe, have been dropped, washed, held salads and made cookies numerous times. Like everything else, 29 years of weekly wear has taken a toll. The pouring spouts are chipped, the rubber holders on the bottom are deteriorating and, yet, dievca is holding on to them.
Why? The bowl portion itself has not cracked and Melamine is categorized under Class #7 on the list of Plastic Resin Codes. This means that it is a widely used plastic that does not fit into the more commonly used #1-6 classifications and should not be thrown in your recycling bin. Melamine cannot be melted for recycling like other plastics.
The bowls are a modern classic. Created by Danish designers – Rosti in 1954, the Margrethe bowl was produced and named after then Princess Margrethe, the current queen of Denmark. The easy-care melamine mixing bowls have ergonomic handles, pouring spouts and a non-skid ring at the bottom.
dievca looked up the bowls on the Crate and Barrel website and they are still listed for sale. In fact, they now come with lids – that wasn’t available the first time around. The price? $39.95
The question is….can dievca throw away the still usable bowls and all the memories attached to them.
Posted: March 28, 2021 Filed under: Discussion, Entertainment, Home and Garden | Tags: BDSM, D/s, dievca, History, Humor, Life, Presentation Outfits, Spring, Weather
Have you ever heard of the saying, “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb”?
While the saying most likely started as a reference to astronomy, referencing the position of the constellations Leo (a lion) and Aries (a ram, or lamb) in the night sky — it quickly evolved into a succinct summation of March’s changing weather as the seasons change from winter to spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Like many proverbs it can be traced back to Thomas Fuller’s 1732 compendium, “Gnomologia; Adagies and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, Ancient and Modern, Foreign and British.” Fuller compiled numerous proverbs and studied weather lore across many countries through the late 1600s and early 1700s.
North American colonists realized that the New World’s weather pattern was much like their native lands across England and surrounding countries, where extreme weather shifts could profoundly affect their livelihoods from one week to the next.
The Northern Hemisphere shares the same jet stream, providing similar swings in weather, in America as they do across Europe.
In Scotland they say, “March comes in with adders’ heads and goes out with peacocks’ tails.” An Adder is Scotland’s sole venomous snake. A timid creature and unlikely to bite unless threatened. Again, showing a feared image of winter, with the beauty and splendor the weather at the end of March can bring.
In the Netherlands, they say; “Maart roert zijn staart,” which means “March stirs its tail” — evidence of the variety and extremes that can come day to day this time of year.
Weather proverbs also originate from days gone by from almost every country in the world. But, only those with similar weather patterns usually hold true where you live.
As March closes – we can welcome the gentle kiss of
“April Showers which bring May Flowers”!
A Thank You to CNN online.
Posted: September 16, 2020 Filed under: Clothing, Vintage | Tags: Autumn, BDSM, D/s, dievca, fashion, History, Ireland, Life, Love, Presentation Outfits, sweater
Jean Seaberg 1969 Fisherman Sweater
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.
Steve McQueen 1968 Fisherman Sweater
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.
John Lennon Fisherman 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.
Chris Evans Fisherman Sweater
Steven Spielberg Fisherman Sweater
Ryan O’Neal Fisherman Sweater
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.
Marilyn Monroe 1960 Fisherman Sweater
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.
Elvis Presley 1960 Fisherman Sweater
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.
Grace Kelly Fisherman Sweater
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.
Stable of Ireland Donegal Aran Sweater
Stable of Ireland Donegal Aran Sweater
R13 Contrast Belt Cargo Pants
Saint Laurent Beige T-shirt
Freebird Manchester Combat Boots
Brunello Cucinelli wide-rib hat BG $355
A “Thank You” to putthison.com
Posted: August 11, 2020 Filed under: Entertainment, Home and Garden | Tags: BDSM, D/s, dievca, History, hot weather, humidity, Life, NYC, photo, submissive, Summer heat
Children lick a massive block of ice to stay cool on a hot day. July 6, 1912.
Library of Congress; Ryan Stennes
What do you do when you don’t have AC?
We got through the July Heatwave, but temperatures and humidity in NYC are still running high:
- Tuesday – Still steamy with a high of 90.
- Wednesday – Thunderstorm or two with a high of 88.
- Thursday – Heavy storms with peeks of sun. High 84.
- Friday – Still a chance for a storm with a high of 82.
- Saturday – Humid blend with a high of 81.
- Sunday- A chance for a shower or thunderstorm. High 81.
- Monday – Hot and humid. High 90.
The humidity is enough to warrant using the AC. But parts of NYC don’t have electrical service and that wasn’t an option in July 1911. All along the East Coast of the United States, temperatures climbed into the 90s and stayed there for days and days, killing 211 people in New York alone.
Though temperatures never quite broke 100 degrees in the first two weeks of July in New York, the city was poorly equipped to handle the heat and the humidity that went with it. Poor ventilation and cramped living spaces exacerbated the problem, ultimately leading to the deaths of old and young alike, with children as small as two weeks old becoming overcome by the heat.
In the peaks of the wave, people abandoned their apartments for the cool grass of New York’s public spaces, napping beneath trees in Central Park or seeking shade in Battery Park.
The streets were anarchic: People reportedly ran mad in the heat (one drunken fool, described by the New York Tribune as “partly crazed by the heat,” attacked a policeman with a meat cleaver), while horses collapsed and were left to rot by the side of the road.
Around July 7, when temperatures returned to ordinary levels of July sweat, the humidity remained high. It was this, reported the New York Times, that was responsible for so many of the casualties, “catching its victims in an exhausted state and killing all of them within the hours between 7 and 10 a.m.” The New York Tribune phrased it still more dramatically: “The monstrous devil that had pressed New York under his burning thumb for five days could not go without one last curse, and when the temperature dropped called humidity to its aid.”
City authorities did what they could to handle the heat, including flushing fire hydrants to cool off streets. At the end of the first week, even a terrific thunderstorm did little to alleviate the discomfort. In New York, the Times reported, it was simply a few showers “accompanied by much thunder, which rumbled as early as 5:45 a.m., giving promise of big things, and then disappeared into the ocean.”
A second thunderstorm, around the 13th, finally brought temperatures back down to manageable levels. As it did so, however, five more people died from lightning strikes.
Original information by Natasha Frost, modified by dievca
Posted: May 25, 2020 Filed under: Discussion | Tags: BDSM, Clothing, D/s, dievca, Elegant, History, Life, Memorial Day, Monday, Parachute silk, recycling, submissive, WWII
Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the American Civil War (1861-1865). The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States. It is also called Decoration Day.
U.S. paratroopers drop from a plane, somewhere over England on Sept. 19, 1942, as they take part in a practice exercise. (AP Photo)
dievca has two European friends who’s families have memories of American Paratroopers and a shot down plane crew coming down in their yards during WWII. One in the Netherlands and one in Italy. The families still think of those soldiers – especially the Italian family because of the simple sharing of chewing gum.
What happened to the silk, nylon, and canvas from those contraptions that helped people fall from the sky?
It was repurposed and became shrouds, slings, bandages, hammocks, undergarments, Wedding dresses, purses, clothing, quilts – anything and everything in a needy time at a needy place.
Here’s the glamourous:
Thank you to Katie Sanders from Business Insider.
Paratroopers of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team drop onto Corregidor Feb. 16, 1945 (Photo US Army Signal Corps)
Posted: January 8, 2020 Filed under: Entertainment, Vintage | Tags: art, BDSM, books, D/s, dievca, erotic, Fetish, History, Kink, Sex, smut
Paperback Sex Novels –
what Kindle manages to hide.
The Artwork is Classic.
dievca is not too sure about the storylines. If you are humored here is the link to the website which has documented these …. lost classics.
Posted: June 26, 2019 Filed under: Entertainment, Home and Garden, Vintage | Tags: Arthur Miller, BDSM, D/s, dievca, History, Life, NYC, photo, retro, submissive, Summer, Summer heat, WeeGee
As for Coney Island on weekends, block after block of beach was so jammed with people that it was barely possible to find a space to sit or to put down your book or your hot dog.
As dievca changed her calendar, she stared at the WeeGee Coney Island Photo – amazed and appalled. Too hot, too many people. This after she was lying sprawled on the sofa eating chilled watermelon in the City’s heat and humidity. Now, in the bedroom, the AC is turned on.
People on West 110th Street, where I lived, were a little too bourgeois to sit out on their fire escapes, but around the corner on 111th and farther uptown mattresses were put out as night fell, and whole families lay on those iron balconies in their underwear.
Even through the nights, the pall of heat never broke. With a couple of other kids, I would go across 110th to the Park and walk among the hundreds of people, singles and families, who slept on the grass, next to their big alarm clocks, which set up a mild cacophony of the seconds passing, one clock’s ticks syncopating with another’s. Babies cried in the darkness, men’s deep voices murmured, and a woman let out an occasional high laugh beside the lake. I can recall only white people spread out on the grass; Harlem began above 116th Street then.
(The New Yorker: “Before Air-Conditioning” by Arthur Miller, June 22, 1998, p. 144)
Weegee was the pseudonym of Arthur Fellig, a photographer and photojournalist, known for his stark black and white street photography.
A "Thank You" to Aphelis.net and
Posted: May 7, 2019 Filed under: Analysis, submissive | Tags: awareness, BDSM, College age, D/s, dievca, erotic, History, Life, Midwestern, Orgasm, sexual arousal, submissive
Hmmm…dievca falls into this group…
Undergraduate and graduate women (N = 245) from a large midwestern university volunteered to complete nine self‐report scales and inventories. Thirty‐seven percent of the sample reported they had experienced nocturnal orgasm, and 30% reported having had the experience in the past year. The predictors accounted for a statistically significant amount of variation in each of the dependent variables: 33% of “ever experienced nocturnal orgasm,” 44% of “experienced nocturnal orgasm in the past year,” and 27% in the case of “frequency of nocturnal orgasm in the past year.” Positive attitudes toward and knowledge of nocturnal orgasms, sexual liberalism, and waking sexually excited from sleep (without experiencing orgasm) were the most important predictors of nocturnal orgasm experience.
-The Journal of Sex Research, Volume 22, 1986 – Issue 4. Barbara L. Wells
Posted: November 22, 2018 Filed under: Entertainment, Vintage | Tags: BDSM, D/s, dievca, History, Life, Love, Macys, Master, NYC, photo, Relationships, submissive, Thanksgiving Day Parade, travel
The Mickey Mouse balloon debuted at the 1934 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
dievca has a lot to be Thankful for and she will take a moment today to think on that and she is sure a number of other people will be doing the same thing across the USA. Maybe the World would like to join in for a moment of Thanks (except for Canada…they already had their Thanksgiving~).
And if not, maybe you might be interested in the History of the NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which (like many USA traditions)….started as an advertising gimmick:
Macy’s Day Parade: The Beginnings
The first-ever Macy’s Day Parade actually took place on Christmas of 1924. Macy’s employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and other fun costumes, and traveled with Central Park zoo animals and creative floats a lengthy six miles from Herald Square to Harlem in Manhattan.
NYC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: The Humpty Dumpty Float- 1926
The parade was meant to draw attention to the Macy’s store in NYC, and the gimmick worked – more than 250,000 people attended the inaugural Macy’s Day Parade. It was decided that this NYC parade would become an annual NY event in Manhattan.
In 1927, Felix the Cat became the first giant balloon to ever take part in the Macy’s Day Parade. In 1928, Felix was inflated with helium, and without a plan to deflate this massive balloon, NYC parade organizers simply let Felix fly off into the sky. Unfortunately, he popped soon afterwards.
The Macy’s Day Parade continued to let the balloons fly off in following years, only these balloons would have a return address written on them, and whoever found the balloon could return the balloon for a prize from Macy’s. However, the results of this experiment weren’t exactly successful….
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Continues to Grow
The Eddie Cantor Balloon in the 1940 Thanksgiving Day Parade New York
Despite the Great Depression, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade continued to grow through the 1930’s. The first national radio broadcast of the Macy’s Parade Thanksgiving took place in 1932. Two years later, Disney got in on the giant balloon fun, introducing the Mickey Mouse balloon in 1934. By then, more than one million people were attending this popular parade in NYC, and those fortunate enough to own a TV could see the broadcast on NBC starting in 1939.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York was temporarily suspended from 1942- 1944 for World War II. In an effort to help America’s cause, the rubber used to make the Macy’s Day Parade floats were donated to the American military. More than two million people attended the 1945 Macy’s Day Parade, and this popular New York City event has continued to grow ever since.
Today, more than 8,000 people take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade each year, and it takes another 4,000 dedicated volunteers to put together this NYC Thanksgiving celebration. Both NBC and CBS broadcast the New York City parade nationwide, and this NYC event still attracts high-profile musicians and the most talented Broadway performers.
Fun Facts about the NYC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Did you know…
Like today, children then also loved the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
- The inaugural Macy’s Day Parade took place on Christmas, 1924.
- Over 250,000 people attended the first Macy’s Day Parade in NYC.
- In 1927, Felix the Cat became the first giant balloon featured at the Macy’s Day Parade.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade New York was first broadcast on the radio in 1932.
- One million people attended the 1933 Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC.
- In 1934, Mickey Mouse made his giant balloon debut at this famous New York City parade.
- The Macy’s Day Parade floats were pulled by horses until 1939.
- 1939 was also the first year NBC broadcast the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. NBC continues to be the official broadcast station of the Macy’s Parade, though CBS also carries the parade unofficially. 50 million viewers tune in to this New York parade each year.
- Because of Word War II, there was no Macy’s Day Parade from 1942-1944. During that time, the rubber and helium originally meant to blow up the famous Macy’s balloons were donated to the American military.
- The 1945 Macy’s Day Parade surpassed 2 million people in attendance.
- Six days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade went ahead as scheduled in hopes of raising the national spirit.
- Snoopy – the Peanuts character created by Charles Schultz – holds the distinction of having the most Thanksgiving Day NYC Parade floats, with six different balloons since 1968.
- Because of heavy rain, the 1971 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade was forced to ground all giant balloons, making it the first Macy’s Parade without balloons since 1926.
A dachsund parade balloon in Times Square – 1950s
- Today’s Macy’s Day Parade features over a dozen giant balloons, nearly 30 parade floats, 1,500 dancers and cheerleaders, more than 750 clowns, several marching bands from around the country, and over 8,000 participants in all!
- The giant balloon inflation is open to the public, and takes place from 3pm-10pm the evening before Thanksgiving on 77th and 81st streets between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.
- 4,000 volunteers take the time each year to put on this NYC Thanksgiving celebration.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route is 2.65 miles long.
- 3.5 million people attend the Macy’s Day Parade each year.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is the second-oldest in the country, behind the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia.
(Thank you to NYC Tourist for the compilation of the history, modifications made by dievca)
Posted: August 10, 2018 Filed under: Entertainment | Tags: BDSM, beuaty, Church, D/s, dievca, Dominance and submission, Europe, History, Life, photo, submissive, Summer, travel
Pieces of Bayeux
The Bayeux Tapestry; French: Tapisserie de Bayeux [tapisʁi də bajø] or La telle du conquest; Latin: Tapete Baiocense) is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England about William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It is thought to date to the 11th century, within a few years after the battle. It tells the story from the point of view of the conquering Normans.
According to Sylvette Lemagnen, conservator of the tapestry, in her 2005 book La Tapisserie de Bayeux:
The Bayeux tapestry is one of the supreme achievements of the Norman Romanesque …. Its survival almost intact over nine centuries is little short of miraculous … Its exceptional length, the harmony and freshness of its colours, its exquisite workmanship, and the genius of its guiding spirit combine to make it endlessly fascinating.
The designs on the Bayeux Tapestry are embroidered and not woven, so that it is not technically a tapestry. Nevertheless, it has always been referred to as a tapestry until recent years when the name “Bayeux Embroidery” has gained ground among certain art historians. The tapestry may be seen as a perfect example of secular Norman art.
During the Second World War, Bayeux was the first city of the Battle of Normandy to be liberated, and on 16 June 1944 General Charles de Gaulle made the first of two major speeches in Bayeux where he made clear that France sided with the Allies. The buildings in Bayeux were virtually untouched during the Battle of Normandy, the German forces being fully involved in defending Caen from the Allies.
Thank you to wiki and Photos: dievca 08/2018
Posted: August 6, 2018 Filed under: Entertainment, Home and Garden | Tags: BDSM, beach, D/s, dievca WWII, History, Life, Normandy, photo, submissive, Summer, travel
The Dieppe Raid was an Allied assault on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, France on 19 August 1942, during the Second World War. The main assault lasted less than six hours until strong German defenses and mounting Allied losses forced its commanders to call a retreat.
Over 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian, were supported by The Calgary Regiment of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade and a strong force of Royal Navy and smaller Royal Air Force landing contingents. It involved 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops, and 50 United States Army Rangers.
The Allied air operations supporting Operation Jubilee resulted in some of the fiercest air battles since 1940.
And now, Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer:
Posted: October 19, 2017 Filed under: lingerie, Musings | Tags: 19th Century, CanCan Dancers, crotchless, D/s, Daily Mail UK, dievca, Drawers, History, Life, Moulin Rouge, semainier, Spanx, Undergarments
A drawing of cancan dancers among the crowd at the MOULIN ROUGE music-hall in Paris in the late XIXth century. Was the Gentleman peering through an opening in the drawers?
Drawers, or Pantalettes, are a pant-like garment worn during the 19th century for modesty and warmth. They could be one-piece or two separate garments, one for each leg, attached at the waist with buttons or laces. The crotch was left open for hygiene reasons. They were most often of white linen fabric and could be decorated with tucks, lace, cutwork or broderie anglaise.
The split in the crotch of the drawers is convenient for going to the bathroom when you cannot take the drawers down under the heavy layers of skirt or a hoop. But like wearing Spanx tights or shapers — using the opening….it seems…messy.
Did the split in drawers make the Moulin Rouge shows more risqué than dievca ever knew? That high kick could be unintentionally revealing.
BTW – Spanx makes a modern version of drawers:
And, again, dievca has always wondered how you go to the bathroom without soaking the Spanx. In asking the question, she ran into a solution offered by the DailyMail.
Yes, for those of you who are very precise – there is a second definition of “Drawers” as in the furniture sense, Lingerie Drawers:
A semainier is a chest of drawers, usually tall and thin, intended for storing linen and lingerie. … Originating in 18th-century France, semainier has come to mean any seven-drawer chest these days but the term is sometimes erroneously applied to tall thin lingerie chests with only six drawers.
Posted: June 4, 2017 Filed under: Discussion, Dresses, Vintage | Tags: 1950's Household Kink, BDSM, Clothing, D/s, dievca, fashion, Fetish, History, Life, Master, polka dots, Presentation Outfits, Shopping, submissive
Marilyn Monroe 1951 Polka Dot Bikini
America’s love affair with the polka dot might have started in 1926, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit.
In 1928, Disney introduced its cartoon darling “Minnie Mouse” wearing a polka dot dress and matching bow. Minerva leans towards red, though it looks like she was open to color changes in 1930.
Throughout the 1930s, polka dot dresses appeared in stores, the fabric suddenly subversive, nipped in by ribbons and accentuated with bows.
In 1940, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra’s ballad “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” captured the height of America’s polka dot mania — that spring, the Los Angeles Times assured its readers, “You can sign your fashion life away on the polka-dotted line, and you’ll never regret it.”
Christian Dior New Look 1954 Dot Dress
We can see ‘Rosie the Riveter’s’ polka dot bandana, continuing the theme through the early 1940’s.
Later in the decade, the polka dot pattern became more “highbrow” when Christian Dior released his “New Look” collection of hourglass dresses, many styles bedecked with dots. After a wartime period of shifting gender roles, Dior told Vogue that his collection sought “to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female” again. Hollywood followed suit, and the ladylike print fast became popular with actresses.
In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini (top photo). Nine years later, the release of Brian Hyland’s hit song, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” brought polka dots back into vogue.
Brian Hyland “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
dievca wears polka dots once in awhile, Master’s favorite is a retro day dress:
Collectif Caterina Shirt Dress
A couple of polka dot scarves have joined dievca’s closet.
But she got distracted by a few polka dot items for this Spring and Summer:
Garnet Hill Starlet
Emily and Fin
Trashy Diva Street Car
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Zara Pretty Woman
Lindy Bop Juliet
Trashy Diva Street Car
The Garnet Hill Starlet is in dievca’s closet for summer and she is eyeballing the Lindy Bop Juliet for walking on Master’s arm when he returns to NYC.
Do you have anything polka dot you swear by?
Posted: March 23, 2016 Filed under: Entertainment, Home and Garden | Tags: BDSM, D/s, dievca, Elegant, erotic, History, Master, Perfume, Scent, submissive
A memory: dievca was in Graduate School and one of her Central European classmates wore Davidoff’s “Good Life”. It was all dievca could do, NOT to leap onto his lap and stick her nose into his pulse point as they discussed Statistics… Being turned “on” by cologne is something rare in dievca’s World — she has a really sharp sense of smell, most cologne/perfumes bother her. Maybe she should have been a Nose (perfumer).
Flash forward 10+ years, dievca and Master were talking as they walked home from dinner. The topic was perfume. dievca was mentioning that she was blown away from a lady spraying her scent on the subway~and had a sneezing attack.
Master has sensitive skin, so he avoids cologne (and soaps) that have extra ingredients. dievca’s Dad was allergic to perfumes and she got into the habit of rarely wearing one. If she does wear something, it’s normally included in her lotion or a light spray.
But, Master and dievca both recognized that they could identify each other blindfolded from their personal skin smell. (Hell, dievca has her nose tucked into Master’s belly, armpit, crotch, etc. enough when she is kneeling…she knows Master’s smell.)
All these thoughts brought dievca to the point of The History of Perfume – where did it come from?
The word perfume is used today to describe scented mixtures and is derived from the Latin word, “per fumus,” meaning through smoke.
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How lady-like is it to have gorgeous glass bottles setting upon your Vanity? That and the perfectly airbrushed celeb campaigns of today’s perfume counters were brought about by a strange history that stretches back thousands of years — involving chemicals derived from the bums of dead cats, the Crusades, “god-sweat,” scented-feet, the Plague and whale vomit.
The history of perfume is more than just the history of human beings trying to smell nice — it’s a history filled with much strife and innovation. The ingredients that were used to create scents had been historically important for trade routes. High-class scents have always been used as a method of distinguishing nobility from the peasantry, Elizabeth I wore a perfume made of musk and rose-water, while Napoleon supposedly ordered 50 bottles of cologne a month. Fragrance has been tied to expressions of religious devotion, health precautions and cleanliness efforts for most of the history of human civilization.
The ancient origins of perfume:
The world’s first recorded chemist is a person named Tapputi, a perfume maker who was mentioned in a Cuneiform tablet from the 2nd millennium BCE in Mesopotamia.
The Egyptians used perfumes for both ceremonial and beautification purposes. As a king or another person of high status in Egyptian society, perfume was used in the form of scented oil to keep you fragrant. The University of Bonn is currently trying to recreate a pharaoh’s perfume from 1479 BC, based off its desiccated remains found in a flagon.
Egyptians imported huge amounts of perfume ingredients from Punt, a region of Africa which specialized in aromatic woods and myrrh — so much so that the perfume trade was a big part of international relations for both regions.
The ancient Persian royal class was seriously invested in perfume — it was common for kings to be pictured with perfume bottles in Persian art. The legendary ruler Darius is shown in one relief sitting comfortably with his perfume bottle and holding perfume flowers in his hands.
The Persians dominated the perfume trade for hundreds of years, and many believe that they invented the distillation process that led to the discovery of base alcohol. One thing we do know is Avicenna, the Persian doctor, chemist and philosopher, experimented extensively with distillation trying to make better scents, and was the first to figure out the chemistry behind perfumes that weren’t oil-based.
Roman and Greek:
The ancient Greeks and Romans carefully documented their perfume-making processes. Many perfume recipes have survived including those records carefully written by people like Pliny the Elder in his Natural History. People have been able to recreate the ancient perfumes in modern times.
There is even a mural in a perfume-maker’s house in Pompeii. The documented the process of making Greco-Roman perfumes: oil was made by pressing olives; plants and woods ingredients were added to the oil using meticulous scale measurements from a recipe; everything was left to “steep” before selling the mix.
To date, the oldest perfumery was discovered on the island of Cyprus. Excavations started in 2004-5 under the initiative of an Italian archaeological team which unearthed evidence of an enormous factory that existed 4,000 years ago during the Bronze Age.
The cult of Aphrodite’s strong link to perfume meant that this perfume factory was probably supplying scents for the temples and worshipers. Perfume was often used in ancient societies to bring believers closer to the gods. The Bible describes a sacred perfume (Exodus 30:22-33) consisting of liquid myrrh, fragrant cinnamon, fragrant cane, and cassia. Its use was forbidden, except by the priests.
The ancient Chinese relationship with scent wasn’t focused on the body. The ancient Chinese culture utilized scent by burning incense and fragrant material in special spaces. Scents were used for disinfection and purity, it was believed that they could eliminate disease from rooms.While scented flowers were a part of traditional gardens, and mandarin oranges were once used by noblewomen to scent their hands, it seems that for centuries, wearing perfumes on your body wasn’t necessarily the “in thing” in China.
That said, the period between the Sui and the Song dynasties was rife with personal perfumes, with nobles competing for the best scents and importing ingredients via the Silk Road. By the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), the emperor seems to have carried a “perfume pouch” year-round, an adaptation of the traditional pocket pouch that brought good luck — except that his was stuffed with fragrant herbs.
If you were anybody in Europe from the 1200s to about the 1600s, you carried a pomander — a ball of scented materials, kept inside an open case, and used to ward off infection and keep the air around you clean. The theory of the miasma, postulated that diseases were thought to be suspended in badly scented, unhealthy air. These baubles were seen as life-savers as well as fashion accessories.
The whole idea of this portable perfume seems to have popped up in the Middle Ages after Crusaders, returning from holy wars in Arabia, also brought back their enemies’ perfume-making secrets. Even though the idea of personal oil-based perfumes didn’t catch on, they discovered that civet, castor, musk, ambergris and other animal-based products made great bases for scents, and carried scent bags or sachet to perfume their clothes. But the first alcohol-based perfume was created in this period, known as Hungary Water. It was believed to have been created for the Queen of Hungary during the 14th century, and involved distilled alcohol and herbs.
And this is where some of the animal-based perfume ingredients appeared: musk is a secretion from the “musk pod” of the male musk deer, an organ used for marking territory; civet is a liquid from the anal glands of civet cats; castor is made from the scent glands of beavers; and ambergris is a grey oily lump found in the digestive systems of sperm whales.
A serious discovery in perfume production came in medieval Italy, when they determined how to create aqua mirabilis, a clear substance made of 95 percent alcohol and infused with strong scent. Liquid perfume was born. After this invention, Italy — Venice in particular — became the center of the world perfume trade for several hundred years.
Catherine de Medici, who as an Italian bride wed to the French king had her own perfume made up for her by her Italian parfumier, Rene le Florentin – a scented water with bergamot and orange blossom. He also created musk and civet-scented gloves for her, which were a sensation, bringing the perfumes of Italy to France. (Note: the leather glove making process created a soft but smelly product, gloves were treated with perfumes to kill the smell. And in turn, Catherine de Medici was accused of using the perfumed gloves to hide poison.)
Perfume use peaked in England during the reigns of Henry VIII (reigned 1509-1547) and Queen Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603). Ladies of the day took great pride in creating delightful fragrances and they displayed their skill in mixing scents.
As with industry and the arts, perfume underwent profound change in the 19th century. Changing tastes and the development of modern chemistry laid the foundations of modern perfumery. Alchemy gave way to chemistry (synthetic compounds) and new fragrances were created.
Thank you to JR Thorpe, Wikipedia, perfume.com, perfumesociety.org
Independent UK: Sense and Sensibility – The History of Perfume