Links with Machete Jewelry

dievca saw the following photo somewhere – liked the outfit and then focussed on the necklace.
Chains, chunky, YES!

Getty Images: Katie Holmes 07/2020

So, dievca went hunting for the necklace and found it could be pre-ordered at http://www.ShopMachete.com

Master was looking for a Birthday gift for His dievca and she told him about the necklace. she also mentioned an anklet.

The chains can be interchanged. The Gold large link can be removed, the anklet added to make a larger necklace – interchangeable parts to make things interesting.

Features:

  • Heavyweight. 14k Gold & Sterling Silver Plated Brass
  • Handmade and engraved logo
  • Removable links to add and subtract for a longer necklace or create a bracelet

Some other pieces from the brand:

ABOUT
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, MACHETE is a line of eco-conscious, affordable jewelry & accessories for everyday wear. MACHETE is frequently featured with Vogue, Bazaar, Instyle, Atelier Doré, and throughout publications worldwide.

Known for our Tortoise acetate disc earrings and patterns, the cellulose acetate & bio-acetate we source is high quality and non-petroleum based. Cellulose acetate and bio-acetate are natural and renewable materials, providing an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials. All of our jewelry is stored and shipped in custom, eco-friendly UVA zip bags for convenient storing & organizing your MACHETE collections.

Due to the high quality and natural material of our tortoise shell, each pattern is unique and may vary. All of our metals are comprised of recycled brass & ethically sourced silver & gold. Our earring posts are made from hypoallergenic stainless steel, sterling silver, or solid gold.

THE DESIGNER
Jennifer J Matchett, Founder, Designer, and Creative Director of MACHETE, graduated with a degree in Art History from Gainesville, Florida. Inspired by her collections of antique and vintage jewelry, she began creating pieces out of vintage Italian acetate. Jennifer quickly became widely known for her Tortoise acetate disc earrings and was profiled with Vogue in 2017. She currently works alongside her husband Cale, and their small team in the Atlanta area.

GIVING BACK
MACHETE and its team proudly contribute continued support to the following organizations:

The CFDA Foundation, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, SCAD Design for Sustainability Scholarship, Every Mother Counts, Human Rights First, Global Fund For Women, Center for Reproductive Rights, The Joyful Hearts Foundation, Safe Horizon, End the Backlog, Women’s March, Everytown for Gun Safety, EarthJustice, National Parks Foundation, 1% for the Planet.

RESPONSIBILITY
MACHETE is committed to being ecologically and environmentally responsible. We work to reduce our impact on the environment by practicing waste reduction in our offices and production area.


When a friend knows you well enough to buy you a vibrator (something of use)

OK, it is a vibrating roller – but it still falls in the vibration causes pleasure category!

dievca should explain…
she is a huge fan of the Power Plate Machine at her gym. It’s helped her strengthen her body.

More importantly, it helped her loosen her insanely tight quads, glutes, calves, feet, and hamstring muscles.

(Note the roller…)

When COVID-19 hit, dievca was out-of-luck with using the Power Plate machine at her gym.  she had to depend on her heating pad, foam roller and heavy-duty time consuming traditional stretching. Not a worry when you have time to spare, but the results were not as euphoric as using the vibrating plate with a roller.

NYC is expecting COVID-19 to hit, again.

dievca’s access to the Power Plate will disappear.

But, it is not a problem anymore. dievca’s friend bought her a vibrator.
In the form of a Vibrating Foam Roller:

Next Roller vibrating foam roller $99 from Amazon (click photo for link) 

  • Three speeds of vibration
  • Portable
  • Rechargeable
  • One Year Warranty

Looks like a good solution for tight muscles in quarantine or any other time.
It works well, dievca used it immediately.

An amazing birthday gift, right?😍


Sharkchaser – Baby’s got a new brand of bag

Sharkchaser Big Bubble Bag Emerald Green Goat $1150 (click photo for link)

Details
– 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

Sizing
– 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.


It’s dievca’s Birthday week

she doesn’t see a birthday cake in her future, but this submissive design made her laugh!
dievca does see Maryland crabs and crabcakes arriving tomorrow –
🤞 (cross fingers) that they are good.
she used to order from Annapolis Seafood, but they stopped shipping
so she’s trying a new place in Rockville, MD
.

Click photo for link to Cameron’s Seafood online store


How’s your Monday?


Masked and ready

dievca’s schedule has shifted and at this moment she is back to work on Saturdays – masked and ready.
Here’s hoping that others are masked and regaining employment, too.
Thinking of everyone with positive wishes.
d.

Comic: Gary Varvel 2020

the essence


Sometimes being a Dominant or submissive isn’t about the label –
it’s the act of being there when needed,
serving when needed.
In whatever manner is appropriate.


A nip in the air – triggers dreams of Aran Sweaters

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.

A “Thank You” to putthison.com


A lot going on with the architecture~

Visually intense around the WTC.


A lovely breakfast with that Morning Cappuccino!


Il Piccolo Ristoro Cafe in Chelsea serves a nice breakfast in the garden.
A lovely garnish to an excellent Cappuccino!
Plus, some Tootsie Pop Art to remind dievca of her Dad.
Lovely Morning!

Photos: dievca NYC Chelsea Neighborhood 09/2020

Mars in … Hah, they got it right!

Mars, Venus, and Amor – Titian (Tiziano Vecellia)

 

Libra

“Love, harmony, and relationships take the lead when Mars is in Libra,” This placement hates butting heads and would rather be peaceful. “Mars in Libra tends to go with the flow and not take change unless pushed,” It’s all about balance.

That stability translates into the bedroom as well. “The erogenous zones that turn you on the most are your derriere and head — which is why you like to add light spanking and gentle hair pulling to your sexual delights,”

 

Scorpio

If your Mars is in Scorpio, you’re not to be messed with. “Mars in Scorpio carries out duties and tasks with power and relentlessness. You also use your intuition to win at all costs.”

You’re also a relentless seducer. “An evening in bed with you won’t be forgotten,”  “What really gets you going is intense foreplay.”

For Mars in another sign, click HERE.

 


flipping to Dominant and submissive – always fascinating


Working 6 am to 10:30 am.
Hop on the bike and ride 3.8 mi uptown.
Sweating profusely in the heavy humidity.
About as far away from submissive one can get

Conversation and coffee – a shower.
Master’s collar
His dievca flips
in tandem


Summer’s Final Hurrah

“When summer gathers up her robes of glory,
And, like a dream, glides away.”

— Sarah Helen Whitman


An end of Season chance to sunbathe in the nude.
Yes, please!
dievca is in.
she hasn’t been to the beach this Summer,
so a house on a lake surrounded by woods will do nicely.
Warm in the sun, cool at night.
Perfect!


Honor to Labor

A woman tig welder works in a production facility to repair a piece of equipment. GETTY

For those who step into traditional roles and those who step beyond the narrow lines.
Thank you for your labors
You are keeping the World running in strange times

Women Welder South Africa


An organization’s loss is a dievca’s gain~

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.
Here’s how:

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
$6320

These items would have been out of dievca’s reach – but she was able to get them for 24% of the List prices.

$836
$134
$171
$140
$140
$54
$15
$1490

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?


before it sold out~ VOTE

Nili Lotan Muscle Tee
100% to NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

dievca was able to get one,
it arrived yesterday.
she will be wearing the tank – today.
dievca is normally apolitical

adjective
not interested or involved in politics.

But this election is too important for the health of the USA.

The next federal election will be Tuesday, November 3, 2020. It will include voting for president and vice-president, 1/3 of the Senate, and all of the House of Representatives. State and local races will also be on the ballot in many areas.

Please click here to register to Vote.

 


Coming to the end of Summer

Photo: diveca Hudson River 09/2020

‘TIS the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone ;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone ;
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem ;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither’d,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh ! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
‘TIS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER


feeling good over 50 (lingerie)

Look, I never had my waist disappear…
until now.
Are those wrinkles on my upper stomach?
yes.
Ok, I am eating better and less, why am I holding weight?
metabolism slow down.
I used to be flexible, why did I tear my calf?
estrogen depletion.

Is there hope?

Yes. Confidence. Attitude and Lingerie you feel good wearing.

Thank Goodness.


Knix – a Canadian Brand

It’s hard to believe but we actually have 4 decades of women in this campaign. We have women in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. And every single one of them is just owning their super power which is being genuine and authentic to who they are.


Full Corn Moon!

The next full Moon will occur tonight Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 1:22 AM ET, and is known as the Full Corn Moon. Since the Harvest Moon and Corn Moon are different this year, the Harvest Moon will be the next full moon set to appear on October 1.

September brings with it a positive new attitude — starting in the wee hours of September 2, when the Moon waxes full in sensitive Pisces, filling us with a sense of optimism. This Full Moon is supported by a sextile with innovation-leading Uranus in retrograde, revealing new solutions to old problems.

Plus, the Moon and the Month brings along dievca’s birthday. XO


Understanding a friend’s behavior – after years of friendship.

In France, there are several words for “to complain”: there’s se plaindre”, used for regular old complaining; there’s porter plainte”, for complaining more officially. And then there’s râler”complaining just for the fun of it. A curmudgeonly grumble.

Aha!

In France, a complaint is an appropriate – and frequent – conversation starter. “To Americans, saying something negative sounds like you’re closing the conversation”, in France, such comments are perceived as “a way to invite other people’s opinions”. North Americans, she said, are not as comfortable with confrontation – or with criticism – as the French are. Râler, then, “comes across as something that’s more intelligent than being too starry-eyed and optimistic about things”. (Julie Barlow – Canadian Journalist)

dievca’s friend is half-French, but it is a large half of her Life.  That consistent grumbling is an invitation to an intelligent conversation….and dievca has missed the boat a number of times. XOXO

BBC Article: Why the French Love to Complain

An additional note from dievca – when Americans hear a complaint, they think they need to fix the issue. Apparently, the “râler” creates no such obligation. Good to know!


Wouldn’t it be lovely~


To have legs this long?
Umm, the beer is not going to help…

Photos: dievca 08/2020

A NYC Retreat

So, at the end of June, Governors Island wasn’t opened to the public.  The National Park and Collective Retreats were still out of reach by three days for dievca’s annual ‘Glamping” trip.  The organization offered a reschedule and since dievca wasn’t heading to Europe for work, she was able to schedule for this weekend.

Typically to dievca’s luck, she scheduled during Hurricane Laura (last year’s Hurricane Dorian rocked the heck out of her tent) – but this year it ended up absolutely lovely. (And dievca is sure that the Wedding Party hosted at Collective Retreats this Saturday couldn’t be happier.  Good for them- a nice group of Millenials.)

As she is writing this blog post – she’s sitting on the “porch” of a raised tent, sipping a rosé, watching the sun go down. There may be s’mores at 8:15 pm. Doesn’t matter, she is completely relaxed and chill.

May you be relaxed and chill in the near future, too.
Sending you love and a final look, Your dievča

Photos: dievca, from Governors Island NYC 08/2020


A different view: across the Long Island Sound

I see it as it looked one afternoon
In August,—by a fresh soft breeze o’erblown.
The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon,
A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon.
The shining waters with pale currents strewn,
The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove,
The semi-circle of its dark, green grove.
The luminous grasses, and the merry sun
In the grave sky; the sparkle far and wide,
Laughter of unseen children, cheerful chirp
Of crickets, and low lisp of rippling tide,
Light summer clouds fantastical as sleep
Changing unnoted while I gazed thereon.
All these fair sounds and sights I made my own.

Long Island Sound
Emma Lazarus – 1849-1887

Long Island Sound is an estuary. A very, very big estuary. It’s a place where salt water from the ocean mixes with freshwater from rivers and the land. Long Island Sound is unique in that it has two connections to the sea …. the Race to the east and the East River to the west. Note: the East River is not a river it is a saltwater tidal estuary in New York City. The waterway connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end.

  • Long Island Sound is a tidal estuary, which is a body of water consisting of both fresh and saltwater
    • 90% of the freshwater comes from three main rivers in Connecticut: the Housatonic, the Thames, and the Connecticut rivers
    • The saltwater flows in from the Atlantic Ocean
  • The total area of the Sound is ~1,300 square miles
  • LIS stretches from New York City to southern Westchester County, CT, and the northern shores of Long Island
  • The coastline is 600 miles long
  • The Sound is roughly 21 miles wide at the widest point, and 113 miles long
  • Waters reach between 60- to a whopping 350-feet deep at a channel known as “the Race”
    • The average depth is 63-feet in the center of the Sound
  • There are an estimated 18 trillion gallons of water in the Sound (enough to supply NYC with water for 33 years!)
  • The Sound has two high tides and two low tides every day
  • At least 50 different species utilize this special estuary for their annual spawning grounds
Photos: dievca, viewing Manhattan from LIC (Long Island City) 08/2020

Back in the Day – Playsuits (reality check)

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?


A pill to make it better~

As dievca sits here with a heating pad on her calves and ice on her knee…
wouldn’t it be lovely to just take a pill to make it better?
What is it?
Aging.

 

Judith Leiber Prescription Crystal Pillbox SAKS $795 (click photo)


Are you doing the last hurrah?


The City is even quieter.
New Yorkers are trying to squeeze in the last week at the beach.
Are you trying to fit in the last road trip before September?
Please have a coffee for dievca on the beach.
She’ll be having hers on the rooftop or by the Hudson River.
Gotta work with what you have on hand~
XO your dievča


astonished and happy that something advertised actually happens

Have you ever wondered about something advertised and it turns out to be true because you’ve seen it with your own two eyes?
Reminds one of the state nickname for Missouri –  the “show-me” state.

Bombas Socks do actually donate socks to homeless people in NYC.

Remember that the City is empty due to COVID? The homeless folks have been out in neighborhoods and parks, in force. In fact, brouhahas are stirring on the UWS where hotels have been opened up to the homeless New Yorkers so they do not have to share a large space and cots in a homeless shelter. Their neighbors aren’t too happy, but that is another story.

Anyways, dievca spotted a Gentleman who has made a local park his home during COVID sporting black low-rise Bombas socks and they look to be in good condition. Apparently, Bombas is not donating the same sock they sell to customers.
They are donating a sock that is specially designed for the homeless with the following features:

Nice to see altruistic marketing in action.

dievca owns a number styles of Bombas Socks and has given them as Christmas gifts to Master and members of her family. Everyone loves them.
www.bombas.com


A Simple Saturday Solution

Inexpensive, simple design, excellent for upcoming cooler nights and … on Sale.
Gap Jacquard Pullover Hoodie
Originally $79.95 on sale for $56.00.


Quilted jacquard knit.
Long sleeves.
Hooded neckline.
Drawcord tie at the hem.
Olive Green, True Black, Frosty Grey, and Cosmetic Pink
98% Polyester, 2% Spandex
Machine wash.


Between dusk and the dawn….


summer heat abates
zephyrs cross the window sash
darkness settles the spirit
quietude
until the new day

Photos: dievca, NYC 08/2020

He’s home, He’s home, He’s home

Photo: Jon Stars, Prospect Park NY w Nicola Collie

Your Master arrived safely.
The humidity has broken.
D/s outside might be an option.
Joy!