“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”
— Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner) in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
dievča is 1/2 дівчинка, but she never really thinks of herself as Ukrainian. she looks like her Dad’s Slovak side of the family (which is — well, maybe, not quite as beautiful as her Mother’s Ukrainian side…).
What prompted these musings?
dievca’s Mom took a turn for the worse and her cousins are coming out of the woodwork to tell her Mom that they love her. Singing Ukrainian songs, sending photos of her Mother to dievca. It is sad and lovely at the same time. The photos shared show that dievca doesn’t really look like her Mom other than the pointy chin which pokes Master’s chest, the color of her eyes (grey), and her voice.
If dievca can’t really look Ukrainian, maybe she could was seek a way to feel more Ukrainian – so she started looking for a vyshyvanka:
Then she remembered that she has this Ulla Johnson blouse – one is enough:
to get to the Laundrymat to clean towels, pads, and clothing because the wash machine went out….It’s been years since dievca has had to gather quarters for the machines.
dievca’s desperation of not initially recognizing a wine bottle shape in the bottom cupboard was a bit pathetic. The wine is a solid Malbec and a good way to end a day of chores.
Mom is good, dievca got her best – but she is fading. Mom is going to go down with dignity and a healthy splash of humor~
dievca absolutely loves that her Mom cannot remember that she broke her hip twice or what she ate, but she damn well knows that dievca brought her favorite chocolates and asks about dievca’s Apple Green Dries van Noten Platform Sandals. (Note: Mom is bed/wheelchair bound, but dievca has put all the shoes on her Mother’s feet – just to get the “look”.)
dievca schlepped two pair of kick a** boots for Mom to review, platform leather Chuck Taylors, a +J Uniqlo Mixed Knit Sweater a friend gave to her and the crazy print LA Double J reversible down coat. dievca’s Mom loved it all.
Chocolates and Fashion – there is some kind of philosophical “Meaning of Life” in those choices.
Photo: dievca – a Mini who hit an elf in NYC 12/2121
And moving on to a little bit of BDSM fun with Etsy Shop GayPigeon Cards.
Santa lingerie has permeated our culture. You can probably picture the garments in question: cherry-red babydoll nightie with white fur trim lining the hem, paired with matching thong, or maybe a red satin and white fur teddy.
How did lingerie evoking Santa, a wholesome and kindly childhood figure whose presence signals a religious virgin birth, get so popular?
Undergarments for women have long been costume-like, and were often meant to dramatically alter female silhouettes. (Whalebone corsets, giant hoops worn under crinoline skirts, a bustle.) Bloomers and petticoats might look dowdy and utilitarian, but eroticizing lingerie isn’t a new trend. Lingerie really started becoming more decorative and luxurious in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In1898, after noting a “mania” for colourful, decorative and seductive lingerie throughout Europe, the French journalist Octave Uzanne wrote, “the last remains of feminine modesty sunk out of sight.”
But underwear as a costume is a newer phenomenon. It might be linked with the provocative “underwear as outerwear” period of the 1980s and 90s. At the end of the 20th century, seeing visible underwear became more shocking than the nude body. An example is Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition” cone bra.
That’s the culture that led up to the “fast fashion” lingerie that was so popular in the early 2000s. And the inexpensive “Halloween Slutty” and “Santa Baby” costumes multiplied.
Santa may be a wholesome concept, but he is asking people to sit on his lap, he’s keeping a naughty and nice list, there are songs about Santa kissing women when he comes to visit, people are getting cozy with fur and sitting by a fire, and let’s not forget the unknown quantity of Ms. Santa Claus. Perhaps people who buy Santa lingerie are buying into the commercialized, sexualized lens of those forces~
We are in the midst of the 2021 Holiday Season
- For the USA – Thanksgivng happened last Thursday,
- Hanukkah started last night,
- We pushed through Black Friday
- Cyber Monday is today
- Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s are upcoming
That means Holiday Coffee:
Peppermint, Pumpkin, Whipped Cream, Gingerbread, Apple Cider, Cardamom, Sugar Cookie, Egg Nog, etc.
dievca wants a black coffee. Keep it simple.
Just incase you wanted to know how to “Gird Your Loins” – or “prepare for battle”, here is a diagram:
Some New Yorkers do a Joyful Chicken for Thanksgiving.
dievca goes for the Big Bird in Bondage.
Whatever meal you share today –
dievca wishes you a very
she is thankful for you!
Photos: top - unknown, botton Lazy Mom via VICE
dievca is craving cheese like a crazy lady – she’s not quite sure what it means…
Maybe this motivational cheese mug will help her past the calorie count~
Fox Fur Bikini Lingerie available on eBay.
Red, Light Blue, Lake Blue, Pink, Hot Pink, Grass Green, Black
How long does it take you to come alive in the morning?
Master wanders around in a daze for awhile and then He gets His coffee. It takes about 2 cups.
dievca? Coffee or no coffee – needs 30 minutes.
Don’t talk to her, don’t ask questions, don’t offer pleasantries.
What would happen if Congress abolished daylight saving time (or kept it going all year long)?
Blogger and cartographer Andy Woodruff decided to visualize this with a great series of maps.
The goal of these maps is to show how abolishing daylight saving time, extending it all year, or going with the status quo changes the number of days we have “reasonable” sunrise and sunset times.
Reasonable is the sun rising at 7 am or earlier or setting after 5 pm, as defined by Woodruff.
This is what the map looks like under the status quo of twice-yearly clock shifts. A lot of people have unreasonable sunrise times (the dark spots) for much of the year:
Things would change if daylight saving were abolished (that is, if we just stuck to the time set in the winter all year). It’s better, particularly on the sunrise end:
Here’s what would happen if daylight saving were always in effect. The sunrise situation would actually be worse for most people. But many more people would enjoy after-work light.
Note: The length of light we experience each day wouldn’t actually change; that’s determined by the tilt of Earth’s axis. But we would experience it in times more accommodating for our modern world.
Be sure to check out the interactive version of these maps on Woodruff’s website.
In 2015, Stromberg made the compelling case that the daylight saving time shift into the evening should be extended year-round. Having more light later could benefit us in a surprising number of ways:
- People engage in more leisure activities after work than beforehand, so we’d likely do more physical activity over sedentary leisure activities. Relatedly, studies show that kids get more exercise when the sun is out later in the evening.
- Stromberg also cites some evidence that robberies decrease when there’s more sun in the evening hours.
- There could be economic gains, since people “take short trips, and buy things after work — but not before — so a longer DST slightly increases sales,” he writes.
A “Thank You” to VOX and Andy Woodruff.
dievca is pretty sure that her Master doesn’t have a pair of those plaid socks – but she does know He is planning to travel in style this weekend. Too bad with COVID-19, it won’t be quite as cozy as in the past… Honestly, wouldn’t it just be nice to fly without wearing a mask?
Let’s set the mood on the Monday Morning of Halloween week with:
Add the BLACK MAGIC COFFEE from Telluride Coffee Roasters (click photo to buy):
In 1977, Fitz & Floyd had a ceramics designer with the sense of humor. Many pieces from 1974 thru 1978 are “quirky and fun” – not “cheesy” or “sweet”. One of the classic offerings is an homage to Marilyn Monroe called “Lip Service”:
The shape of the mouth on the Teapot just makes dievca smile. she has the pot would you like to come over for some tea? 💋💋💋
Why do people put butter in their coffee?
Energy. Butter coffee is believed to provide steady, long-lasting energy without a blood sugar crash. In theory, since fat slows digestion, the caffeine in the coffee is absorbed slower and provides longer-lasting energy.
As dievca has weened herself off of sugar and cream in her coffee – butter is not going to be added…
Dimensions: Width: 16.5cm, Height: 23.5cm, Depth: 7.5cm, Strap: 28.5cm
Materials: 67% Viscose, 33% Silk
Price: $601 on sale at Cettire
Made in Italy
Or you can take a gander at the Vintage Pink Leather Version (eBay $1500) or Black Calfskin Version (Moschino $835).
You all are probably much more aware than dievca – sometimes she is clueless…
“Your sure are smart, but you sure a dumb.” was a phrase that her Dad used on occasion. Please don’t think it was meant meanly, it was just social commentary. dievca was in LaLa Land growing up – a bookworm and science geek. She was “test” smart. Common sense didn’t arrive until later – and despite dievca’s fierce practical streak, sometimes common sense disappears to this day.
dievca has always vacuumed her hardwood floors, lugging out the vacuum from where she hides it in the deep of a closet.
Her friends stayed in the apartment for two weeks and they find a microfiber sweeper in dievca’s washer/dryer closet.
dievca’s life is transformed.
She knew the previous renters left this flexible static duster:
It’s good for ceilings, top of the refrigerator, and that’s about it…(yes, she tried it on the floor – disaster, too flexible)
Because her friends couldn’t find the hidden vacuum, they found SOMETHING of USE!
The “Quickie” Floor Duster/ Wet Mop. (www.quickie.com)
dievca felt like an a** because she had no clue she had this available for 2+ years. It’s making her Life so much easier. The dust from NYC is easier to collect and the vacuum doesn’t have to make an appearance as frequently. Plus, the microfiber pad washes like a dream and is easier to put on and remove.
Fleur du Mal may have us Going Bananas with their Limited Edition lingerie, but it may have started with the lovely and talented Josephine Baker.
On June 3, 1906, Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in the slums of St. Louis. Growing up, she cleaned houses and babysat for the wealthy. At the age of 15, Baker was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show; from there, she went to Harlem where she performed in musicals. Eventually, she landed a gig in France as part of an all-black revue, at a salary of $1,000 a month; she emigrated in 1925.
It was the summer of 1926 at the Folies Bergère in Paris. Hordes of white Parisians flocked to the famed theater to see La Revue Nègre, a musical show that emerged from France due to the country’s fascination with jazz culture. And there, wearing little more than strings of pearls, wrist cuffs, and a skirt made of 16 rubber bananas, Josephine Baker descended from a palm tree onstage, and began to dance. This dance—the danse sauvage—is what established her as the biggest black female star in the world.
During World War II, Baker aided the French Resistance by smuggling secret messages in invisible ink on her musical sheets. She hid Jewish refugees and weapons in her château that Bakerskin (her line of skin darkening and hair slicking products) had helped pay for. In 1963, she was, notably, the only official female speaker to give an address at the March on Washington. She received the Croix de Guerre, the Médaille de la Résistance, and Légion d’Honneur. After she died on April 12, 1975, more than 20,000 people crowded the streets of Paris to watch the funeral procession on its way to L’Église de la Madeleine. The French government honored her with a 21-gun salute, making Josephine Baker the first American woman buried in France with full military honors.
In August 2021, it was announced that Josephine Baker is set to become the first Black woman to have her remains reburied in the Panthéon monument in Paris — one of the highest honors in France. French president Emmanuel Macron made the announcement writing that Baker “held high the motto of the French Republic.”
Fashion-wise – offstage, Josephine’s style was developed by Paul Poiret and Madeleine Vionnet, two of the leading couturiers in the ’20s. Her alluring choices have been seen more recent when Beyoncé paid homage to Baker by wearing a banana skirt in her 2006 Fashion Rocks performance. Miley Cyrus following in 2014.
At the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, when Rihanna wore a sheer Baker-inspired dress. The Spring 2011 Prada collection and the 2016 Marc Jacobs’s Fall runway notably referenced Baker’s signature gelled hair.
Or, perhaps, Charlotte Olympia’s Banana Pumps are enough quirk to honor Josephine!
dievca doesn’t catch SNL, so her Dutch friend keeps her up-to-date when there might be something funny:
YES! the ladies look fabulous and are ready to party! BUT…
Which Aging Babe issue have you run into?
- Can’t stay awake
- Killer shoes killing the feet
- Music too loud/ logistics problems
- Dietary Issues
- Exhausted and wanting to leave at 9 pm
dievca has qualified for ALL five at some point or another.
As her Mother says, “Its hell getting old!” XO
In the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. Saint Jude’s attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head.
(click photo to purchase mug)
Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, friend of Jesus, I place myself in your care at this difficult. Pray for me; help me remember that I need not face my troubles alone. Please join me in my need, asking God to send me consolation in my sorrow, courage in my fear, and healing in the midst of my suffering.
But if you want a Miracle….you pray to Saint Anthony.
So, dievca met Master for lunch at a lovely rooftop restaurant. It was a gorgeous end-of-summer day in NYC and she was wearing a French Blue Raquel Allegra hammered satin Peasant Dress, nipped in with a Ralph Lauren Orange Cotton-toggle belt to match the ACNE Studios/Fallraven Backpack….with ACNE Studio sunglasses and Master’s Earrings.
The shoes were supposed to change from sneakers for walking through the city to heeled clogs, but when dievca went into her backpack to grab the clogs – only one was there….the other was found later at home, hidden.
Master just laughed at His dievca and handed her a lovely Birthday gift – which worked perfectly with the dress (Zimmermann Aloha 14K-plated Beaded Earrings) and reminded dievca of her College Days:
It’s a Tough Choice:
You take what you can find at dievca’s Mom’s House.
Last night dievca found this:
Who on God’s Earth brought this over?
And this afternoon she found this:
A staple at a Chicago Cubs Game~
Both offerings are rough around the edges – but in a pinch, they’ll do~
dievca’s running to the Grocery store late tonight – the next visit won’t be as desperate.
PS. Her Mom is doing relatively well.
dievca is a huge fan of Baggu Bags and has used a couple of them until they actually wore out! She’ll replace them at some point, but as a change of pace – she ran into these recycled taffeta, embroidered totes:
The typical American family uses 1,500 plastic bags every year. But thanks to designer Lauren DiCioccio, you can cut down on waste and look really cool doing it. Her funky embroidered fabric bag was inspired by San Francisco’s 2007 plastic bag ban. She keeps the same cheerful “thank you” messages on each bag, but uses recycled taffeta instead of plastic. Take one out next time you’re shopping or offer one as a gift to pass along the Earth-loving vibes. They (the family/friends or Host/Hostess) can reuse and reduce ‘til it wears out. Made in San Francisco.
100% Recycled Polyester Taffeta Fabric Bag, Polyester Thread
20″ L x 13″ H
Machine wash, spot treat stains with stain stick or similar spray and wash, hang to dry
Less expensive and more practical than the Alexander Wang Rhinestone Bag version!
dievca looks at the Housing Works eShop website once in awhile for a little inexpensive retail therapy. You have to have time and an open mind, but something might gel.
$107.00 bought dievca:
- Pringle Argyle Cashmere Sweater in brown (vintage) $30
- Columbia Down Vest in brown (used) $17
- Plaid Converse Chuck Taylor Slip-Ons in brown (new) $25
- COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in grey $15 (new)
- COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in white $15 (new)
- Blue Q ‘Get the Hell Out of My Kitchen’ sock $5 (new) – a gift for a friend
she’ll match the first 4 items with:
- MIH Jeans
- Stand Studio Kala Faux Leather Overcoat in dark Green $515 on sale for $87.55
- Tomas Maier Pony Hair Backpack
- RE/done upcycled Blue Jean Mask
For a quirky, yet interesting combination in the City. Master will be laughing at dievca’s Midwestern homage~
We really need to get out of COVID cozy and head back to Ladylike…
What is your Design on a Dime style?
(Let dievca know and she’ll post it!)
Three times a year, the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. We refer to these periods as times when Mercury is in apparent retrograde motion, or simply ”Mercury retrograde.” To those who practice astrology, these times in particular were traditionally associated with confusion, delay, and frustration. Think undelivered love letters, email blunders, and frazzled travel plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Coincidences can be extraordinary.
What to do during the Retrograde…
The planet Mercury rules communication in all forms—listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. It also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.
So, when Mercury is retrograde, try to remain flexible, patient, and understanding, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing onto any new contracts that you’re unsure of. Double check your email responses and check in with reservations before you take that trip.
wear JEWELS FOR BAD JUJU
The necklace shown above has a sparkly gem trio which was curated to purportedly counteract the perils of astrology’s most notorious season. Smoky quartz and fluorite stones are said to ward off negativity, while blue lace agate is thought to provide calm during this astrological aggravator’s more stressful moments. Handmade in California.
Juraté Brown and Johnna Green = Jurate Los Angeles
Crystals: 0.63″ L x 0.15″ W each
A "Thank You" to the 2021 Farmer's Almanac