head down south
sand in strange places
Photo: Simon Bolz
Roger Michell Lustre Pottery Teapot 1976
Roger Michell (1947–2018) was a British studio potter, artist, book illustrator, writer, and poet.
Michell designed various items of Carltonware – He was most known for designing Walking Ware, a tea set on legs with oversized Mary Jane shoes – in the 70s & 80s, then set up his own Studio line of lustreware. Thousands of these tea sets were sold, either hand made from Lustre Pottery studio or manufactured by Carltonware in Stoke-on-Trent.
The last rays of summer touch my body – casting a golden glow over my skin.
Can I carry that absorbed energy within throughout the winter?
Or will it dissipate with the first snow?
Photo: John Everard 1940
They think we’re gonna grab it if it gets within our reach
And they won’t let us show it at the beach
But you can show it in your parlor to most anyone you choose
You can show it at a party with your second shot of booze
You can show it on the corner wearin’ overcoat and shoes
But they won’t let us show it at the beach
No they won’t let us show it at the beach friends
Ah they won’t us show it at the beach
Oh they’re sure we’re gonna grab it if it gets within our reach
So they won’t let us show it at the beach
But you can show it in the movies on the cineramic screen
You can show it in the most sophisticated magazine
You can show it while you’re bouncing on the high school trampoline
But they won’t let us show it at the beach
But if you’ve got a gun it’s legal to display it on your hip
You can show your butcher knives to any interested kid
But if it’s made for lovin’ then you’d better keep it hid
And they won’t let us show it at the beach
Photo: dievca Fire Island 2018
Sing a song of May-time.
Sing a song of Spring.
Flowers are in their beauty.
Birds are on the wing.
May time, play time.
God has given us May time.
Thank Him for His gifts of love.
Sing a song of Spring.
Photo: Paul Nadar 1874-1939
Rue d’Anjou, Paris, France
The son of the Famous French photographer Felix Tournachon (Nadar). Paul began working at his father’s studio in 1874. He investigated the many possibilities of photography such as capturing views from hot air balloons. In 1890 he made a trip to Central Asia using George Eastman’s new flexible bromide film. The collaboration worked so well that Nadar became the representative for Kodak products in France. Both Paul and his father photographed many famous people of their time but Paul’s emphasis on those at the cutting edge of society strained their relationship. Paul not only produced portraits of celebrities of the stage, he hosted the first exhibition of Impressionist painters.
In the 1920’s a good number of real photo postcards were produced under the Nadar name, most of them of full nudes with some of them having hand coloring. But there is serious doubt to whether the cards of nudes were actually made from Nadar’s photographs. Another unknown publisher may have borrowed Nadar’s logo to enhance the prestige of these cards and make them more sellable.
A “Thank You” to metropostcard.com
Give the World a Boost if you can!
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.
and let the lines of her back guide to you to glory.
A naked woman in heels is a beautiful thing.
A naked man in shoes looks like a fool.
With the extra hour of sleep…
Do you sleep in the nude?
Why? or why not?
A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mattress Advisor found that no matter what their choice of sleepwear, all respondents listed their top reasons behind their choices as comfortability, temperature issues (being either too hot or too cold when sleeping), and relaxation.
Twenty-six percent of pajama-wearers said they prefer to be clothed so they don’t have to wash their sheets as frequently!
This leads to the discussion that both parties seem to keep one particular unhealthy habit – reporting they only wash their sheets an average of three times a month.
Note: The general rule of thumb is to wash your sheets at least once a week. The average person produces 26 gallons of sweat in bed each year – that’s about nine fluid ounces each night. Continuing to sleep on the same sheets night after night not only poses health risks with bacteria build-up and can also impact the quality of sleep you’re getting.
Although 36% of those who sleep nude said it’s healthier to sleep naked, the fear of accidentally being seen in their birthday suit was a concern of 24% of pajama-wearers.
Three in 10 of all respondents said they felt pressure to look attractive when hitting the hay with their significant other in the early stages of their relationship.
Fifty-four percent of pajama-wearers even said they changed their sleeping attire altogether to impress their significant other.
In fact, despite wearing pajamas or not, respondents said it took an average of three months to feel their most comfortable about their clothing choice when going to sleep with their partner.
Sleeping nude does seem to improve your sex life, however, at an average of five times a week compared to four times a week for those who wear pajamas.
At the end of the day, however, both parties agreed that losing their pajamas increases intimacy between partners – at 71%.
A long week~
Always nice to shut the car door and walk towards Master in heels.
“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.
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.
William Blake – 1757-1827
O Thou who passest thro’ our vallies in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils! thou, O Summer,
Oft pitched’st here thy golden tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
With joy, thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.
Beneath our thickest shades we oft have heard
Thy voice, when noon upon his fervid car
Rode o’er the deep of heaven; beside our springs
Sit down, and in our mossy vallies, on
Some bank beside a river clear, throw thy
Silk draperies off, and rush into the stream:
Our vallies love the Summer in his pride.
Our bards are fam’d who strike the silver wire:
Our youth are bolder than the southern swains:
Our maidens fairer in the sprightly dance:
We lack not songs, nor instruments of joy,
Nor echoes sweet, nor waters clear as heaven,
Nor laurel wreaths against the sultry heat.
Master prefers ‘On’.
Which do you prefer?
Open hearts and open minds allow one to look beyond a surface appearance to gain insight into a deeper level of existence.
May we be so lucky.
Yoga fiends have their morning “sun salutation”.
dievca has her morning “back resetting” flow
which includes the pigeon pose.
(sometimes in the nude)
How does one’s a** get so tight while sleeping?
An absolute mystery.
Healing to occur
Surroundings shift and change
Nude and a Mask
Sounds like an excellent start to a D/s Fantasy.
Hidden in the trees.
Visited by peacocks, kitties, and tourists.
Offering the City.
The city of Lisbon’s ancient name, Olisipo (Ulyssipo), may be derived from the Phoenician alis ubbo (“delightful little port”) or from the legend that the city’s founder was Odysseus.
Olisipo was used by the Lusitanians, the Visigoths changed the name to Olisipona and the Moors modified it to Lishbuna – moving towards the modern-day Lisbon.
And in the Castelo de São Jorge which stands majestically above Lisbon. The Lady – Olisipona, from whom the City of Lisbon gained its original name, kneels.
Photos: dievca, Castelo de São Jorge Lisbon Portugal 08/2019
Your submissive is waiting.
“How did you get so tan with working long days?”
It doesn’t take me much.
A little sun here, a little sun there
and an hour of being naked on the Terrace for two days took care of my ass.
(Do you think Master will appreciate the lack of tan lines on my ass?) Read the rest of this entry »
A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself.
That’s how I hold your voice.
-Rumi, trans. by Coleman Barks
The Russian photographer Lovec Snov is known for creating an absolutely disturbing atmosphere through his images with an alluring twist. He creates surrealistic dark environments permeated by a lot of sensuality, eroticism and mystery – all without losing elegance. This combination of elements results in extremely unusual visuals that intrigue our eyes and senses.
Thank You to Inhale Magazine and Empty Kingdom
BLAND as the morning breath of June
The southwest breezes play;
And, through its haze, the winter noon
Seems warm as summer’s day.
The snow-plumed Angel of the North
Has dropped his icy spear;
Again the mossy earth looks forth,
Again the streams gush clear.
The fox his hillside cell forsakes,
The muskrat leaves his nook,
The bluebird in the meadow brakes
Is singing with the brook.
“Bear up, O Mother Nature!” cry
Bird, breeze, and streamlet free;
“Our winter voices prophesy
Of summer days to thee!”
So, in those winters of the soul,
By bitter blasts and drear
O’erswept from Memory’s frozen pole,
Will sunny days appear.
Reviving Hope and Faith, they show
The soul its living powers,
And how beneath the winter’s snow
Lie germs of summer flowers!
The Night is mother of the Day,
The Winter of the Spring,
And ever upon old Decay
The greenest mosses cling.
Behind the cloud the starlight lurks,
Through showers the sunbeams fall;
For God, who loveth all His works,
Has left His hope with all!
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
Photo: Zoltan Glass - World
Sometimes you want your lingerie to stand out and sometimes you want it to disappear.
Getting it to disappear is the harder challenge.
Shopping for so-called “nude” lingerie can be a source of incredible frustration for people. dievca? Her skintone goes yellow/olive in winter and brown bear in the Summer. Most items labeled nude are in fact a specific kind of peachy light beige, aka the skin color of some white people. What doe you do if you are mixed-race or a delightful chocolate, maybe a Latte color?
Well, there are lingerie companies out there trying to offer matches. Here are 13 who are still giving it a go in 2018-2019.
Nudz: Nudz offers 10 different skin tone shades inspired by well-known celebrities (Scarlett, Sophia, Adriana, Eva, Zoe, Kerry, Gabrielle, Tika, Lupita, and Alek). All of the underwear is mesh, but comes in different cuts in sizes S–XL.
Naja: This LA-based eco-conscious underwear company offers items in seven different skin tone shades. There’s a lot to choose from: Panty options include briefs, high-waisted briefs, bikinis, thongs, and cheekies in sizes XS–2XL. Nude T-shirt bras are available in A–E cups, with band sizes from 32 to 40.
Spanx: If you’re on the hunt for shapewear, you can find various color options depending upon the product. 4 colors for the Seamless Skinny Britches thigh length shape wear and more for nylon tights.
Hanro: Hanro’s cotton thongs, full briefs, briefs, and shorts (up to XL) and bras (up to 38E) are available in five skin shades. Plus, all the underwire bras contain metal hardware that is free of nickel, chrome, and cobalt.
Love and Nudes: Love & Nudes is the creation of Chantal Carter. Chantal has previously worked as a fashion editor, wardrobe stylist, and product developer – and was motivated to start Love & Nudes by the ‘glaring absence’ and misrepresentation of everyday products for women of color.
ThirdLove: ThirdLove, a direct-to-consumer brand with a robust try-before-you-buy program. T-shirt, full-coverage, and push-up bras are available in cup sizes AA through G, including signature half-cup sizes, and band sizes range from 28 to 42; thongs, bikinis, and cheekies come in XS to XL.
Smart & Sexy: Smart & Sexy is a woman-owned brand that makes gorgeous and comfortable underwear – for very affordable prices. Smart and Sexy is the in-house brand for Ariela and Associates – which just happens to be the one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the USA, selling millions of garments under a plethora of national brands.
Nude Barre: In addition to tights, this hosiery brand also sells a seamless thong that comes in 12 different nude shades.
Rose LeMarc: There is precious little public information available about the brand Rose LeMarc (launched in the summer of 2017). Our thoughts are that they seem to be a Chinese based company who have registered a series of trademarks include ‘Nude Revolution’ and ‘Nude Confidence’. These guys are definitely new to the scene. The strapless stick-on bras and nipple covers come in multiple colors.
Nubian Skin: Four skin tones are offered in both lacy and smooth nylon styles, and a page on the website helpfully shares a guide to which popular foundation shade matches each tone offered. Bras are available in A–G cups, with band sizes up to 40; thongs, boy shorts, and bikini briefs go up to size 2XL.
Buff You Intimates: Rae & Alex, the founders of Buff You Intimates – like so many other FleshTone brands – cite the frustration with ‘beige’ as the ‘standard’ as the impetus for the creation of their brand. Buff You Intimates describe nude underwear as ‘the professional woman’s hidden armour’.
TruNude: Tech-geeking your skintone -“The TruNude website, which is optimized for Apple and Android, and allows you to get matched in just four steps: First, you snap your selfie and get your Personal Color Code. Second, you select your garment. Next, you get fit. Lastly, you finalize your purchase and get your bra.”
BeingU: Entrepreneur Sadia Sisay launched BeingU in 2016, citing her daughter as her main inspiration: “I am determined to ensure she grows up in a world that celebrates women of all shapes, shades and sizes,”
Now, dievca went to all this work for a type of lingerie which Master does not like – but she needs it for under certain clothing. Her practical streak is coming out. XO
A “Thank You” to Fleshtone.net, Racked.com, and The Lingerie Addict
past tense: bonked; past participle: bonked
knock or hit (something) to cause a reverberating sound.
“he bonked his head on the plane’s low bulkhead”
have sexual intercourse with (someone).
(of a cyclist or runner) reach a point of exhaustion that makes one unable to go further.
“I bonked and couldn’t pedal another stroke”
dievca is done, she has bonked.
“Exhausted and alone, my resources are gone, I need your strength to carry me on.”
The original was slated for a charity auction benefiting women’s shelters. The auction was canceled by the organizers making it available. It is matted (3″)and signed by myself and the model. Click here to purchase.
A low-key lighting set up of Keira Grant in an emotive artistic nude pose.