Its been gridlock all day…

even on the bike.


Watching the clouds drift

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It’s Sunday morning and dievca is watching the clouds drift.

she took a look for silk cloud pattern items (dress, bedding, lingerie) and didn’t come up with much.  There is a Moncler cotton cloud pattern dress that didn’t have attractive photographs.  This micro-mesh dress from LA Angeles Apparel and fabric by the yard in polyester.

Nothing that dievca is too interested in at the moment – she’s going back to watching the clouds.

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Simple in the City

After a few years of taking care of aging parents, COVID and body changes – dievca lost interest in Fashion or even a closet revamp.  she’s been coming out of her shell and leaning towards a more practical closet.  Things seem to be coming together because she feels like she can reach in to the closet and find something to wear.  That’s the point, right?

(click on the item to see a larger image and the brand)


Mysterious Mist – NYC

We do not have snow, but we do have interesting weather~ 

Click on the photos for more detail.

Photos: dievca Hudson River Walk NYC 12/2022


Winter Dawn – poem

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WINTER DAWN

The men and beasts of the zodiac
Have marched over us once more.
Green wine bottle and red lobster shells,
Both emptied, litter the table.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot?” Each
Sits listening to his own thoughts,
And the sound of cars starting outside.
The birds in the eaves are restless,
Because of the noise and light. Soon now
In the winter dawn I will face
My fortieth year. Borne headlong
Towards the long shadows of sunset
By the headstrong, stubborn moments,
Life whirls past like drunken wildfire.

Translated from the Chinese by Kenneth Rexroth

Tu Fu (713-771) was the leading poet in the T’ung Dynasty of 8th century China. In this remarkable piece called “Winter Dawn,” he captures a moment of flashing epiphany with language, so simple, that speaks from another plain and another time, decades earlier, about the swift flood of life rushing by — as John Prine wrote, “like a broken-down dam.”

dievca believes that Mr. Rexford took liberties in the translation to draw the poem into the future – its still lovely.

Photo: dievca NYC dawn 01/2023


Winter Dawn

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Photo: dievca 6:45 am 12/2022


Lunch with Friends Holiday Party

Watching the World Cup and Chatting outfit for Harlem, NYC:

Hostess Gift on sale at Anthropologie:

Holiday Gift Anthropologie


Good Morning from NYC

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Photo: dievca – Chelsea NYC 12/2022


Surviving SantaCon

Yesterday, it was SantaCon in NYC.
dievca had PT in Times Square, so she ended up in the thick of it during the late afternoon.  It hadn’t gotten super bad at that point.

Santa Con

What is SantaCon?

SantaCon is celebrated as an annual pub crawl where participants—all dressed up like Santa Claus—spend the day drinking at different participating bars.

As the SantaCon website says, “What is it? A SantaCon is a convention of santas – groups of men & women dressed like Santa. Why do it? Because it’s fun. That is all. It’s one of the few chances left for adults to be silly without any kind of agenda.”

When was the first SantaCon?

While an event of Santa-garbed people began in 1974 as an anti-consumerism demonstration, it wasn’t until 1994 that the first official SantaCon took place, which happened in San Francisco.

This is an interesting point that the SantaCon started as anti-consumerism – dievca was locking her bike to buy sushi for dinner, she asked a bouncer to keep an eye on it.  The bar had a consistent influx of “Santa’s but the bike was in his direct view.  After dievca picked up her sushi, she asked the bouncer how the afternoon was going and he pointed to the bar windows – the bar was packed. dievca then asked if SantaCon was a headache and the bouncer said that its a blessing – a boost in income for the year.

As dievca unlocked her bike, a group of 8 Ladies in their early 40’s wandered into the bar with their sparkly teal blue Santa Hats and matching t-shirts.  They had called in advanced to make reservations.  Does consuming drinks count as consumerism?

OK, Fair. SantaCon is annoying as heck when you get stuck in the middle of it while sober, but the activity does bring salvation to the Pubs of NYC.  It’s like putting up with the Tourists – New Yorkers just do it for the good of the City.


Fog

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The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Carl Sandburg

Photo by Carl Glassman/Tribeca Tribune


Always on your busy day…

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Bike to work, bike home.
Shower.
Bike to PT, bike home.
Formal Dinner.
All while navigating the Rain and the Wind….

 


Urban Hawker – NYC (recommended)

Urban Hawker Ramendievca’s been off her game for a couple of days. Allergies into Sinus Infection into Bronchitis.  she’s been masking at work and otherwise laying low.

she’s out of Chicken Noodle Soup and she needed to shake off and move a bit, so she rode up to 50th Street between 6th/7th to get a bowl of Ramen at Urban Hawker — early enough so the crowds weren’t in evidence (4:30 pm).

Putting Anthony Bourdain’s dream into reality – Urban Hawker is a food market curated and helmed by KF Seetoh, who is the founder of Makansutra, a company revolving around Asian food culture. Urban Hawker features 17 different vendors, 11 of which are directly from Singapore.

dievca chose a soup (above) from Prawnaholic, a Hokkien-style prawn noodle soup stall.

she had a hard time of choosing because the selection of Asian street food that looks very appetizing is immense. she though the soup would be good for her health and soul.

Matcha TartAfter following up her dinner with a Matcha Tart, dievca hopped on her bike to follow the 7th Avenue Bike Path home.

Urban Hawker, which boasts a 200 person capacity and a 14,000 square foot space, is located a few blocks away from Times Square in Manhattan at 135 West 50th Street.

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The surprise inside!

dievca was picking up a few items online from her favorite charity in NYC.  They run a yearly “Fashion for Action” fundraiser and various designers donate items for the BIG EVENT and the online sales portion.

One of the local NYC designers (Cartography.nyc) offered t-shirts with photographs on them – dievca picked up the “Hotel Chelsea” version. Mind you she didn’t look at all the photos listed before buying the T-shirt:

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The surprise was on the inside collar – dievca just started to laugh:

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Rein in the Spending? Normcore and a ~

20221031_160751Reining in didn’t work on dievca’s end….she spent her pennies.

dievca’s friend wanted to visit the “American Vintage” store in SoHo because she saw it in Amsterdam and liked their offerings.  This comes after dievca’s Dutch friend mentioned that she really liked the brand and asked dievca if she had heard of it.  It’s not an American brand,  it’s French.  dievca would describe it as a more expensive version of the Gap or something similar to Vince.

The offerings are an example of:

Normcore

Normcore is a unisex fashion trend characterized by unpretentious, average-looking clothing. Normcore fashion includes jeans, t-shirts, sweats, button-downs, and sneakers. Clothing is considered to be normcore when it is attractive and comfortable and is viewed as “normal” by the majority of people.

Normcore is a portmanteau of the words normal and hardcore. The word first appeared in a guest strip by Ryan Estrada for the webcomic Templar, Arizona in 2008 and was later employed by K-HOLE, a trend forecasting group, in an October 2013 report called “Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom”.

As used by K-HOLE, the word normcore referred to an attitude, not a particular code of dress. It was intended to mean “finding liberation in being nothing special.” (Sounds like the Swedish “Langom”) However, a piece in New York magazine by author Fiona Duncan that began popularizing the term in February 2014  conflated it with what K-HOLE referred to as “Acting Basic”, a concept which involved dressing neutrally to avoid standing out. It was this sense of normcore which gained popular usage. The characters featured on the television series Seinfeld are frequently cited as exemplifying the aesthetics and ethos of normcore fashion.

The word normcore was named runner-up for neologism of the year by the Oxford University Press in 2014. It was added to the AP Stylebook in 2016.

Anyways, dievca bought this American Vintage Puffer coat in Bear – honestly, it looks better in person:

Normcore wearers are people who do not wish to distinguish themselves from others by their clothing. This is not to mean that they are unfashionable people who wear whatever comes to hand, but that they consciously choose clothes that are functional and undistinguished. The “normcore” trend has been interpreted as a reaction to fashion oversaturation resulting from ever faster-changing fashion trends.

Normcore clothes include everyday items of casual wear such as t-shirts, hoodies, polos, short-sleeved shirts, jeans and chino pants, but not items such as neckties or blouses. These clothes are worn by men and women alike, making normcore a unisex style.

Clothes that meet the “normcore” description are mainly sold by large fashion and retail chains such as The Gap, Jack & Jones, Superdry, Jigsaw, and Esprit. They are generally cheaply produced in East Asian countries. Many other retailers such as Marc O’Polo, Woolrich, Desigual, Closed, and Scotch & Soda produce normcore-like clothes combined with individual design ideas.

Normcore is exactly how Master dresses – He buys excellent quality, but He doesn’t want to stand out.

dievca did get her Normcore “Flourish” piece at LeSportSac, the Floral Camo Helmet Bag:


And so it goes~ Gala Night

The Moon was rising over Manhattan when dievca set out to the show and the Gala:

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she opted to wear:

dievca doesn’t know if the COVID epidemic caused her to go back to her Generation X roots of being a “loner”, perimenopause is causing her to get tired/irritated or starting work at 6 am put her over the edge by 10:00 pm – after 3 hours she wanted out. So, she left after the meal, before the awards, to hike up her skirt and bike her a** home. 

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Photo: dievca – Moonrise Chelsea NYC 10/2022, dievca’s bike, foot, dress, coat and bag…10/2022


What to wear scrambling around the City

This outfit is not glamourous – but it went from work, to a coop showing, walking with the knee brace underneath, to a dance performance. Practical and clean-lined would be the descriptors:

Click on the photos for the description of the items.


Reality Check (a small dievca disaster)

20221020_194723So, dievca was on a bit of tight schedule. Work ended at 5:30 pm in Chelsea she had to get up to Manhattan Valley to look at a Coop for Sale (1930’s building, good views, well-maintained, excellent price, VERY SMALL). She then had to get down to 55th for a Twyla Tharp performance at City Center.  A cab ride downtown got her into the area, but not early enough to meet friends for dinner.

subway-meatball-marinara-subAt this point, dievca was feeling successful about quick cab rides, navigating the subway stairs, etc. she had time to step into Subway Sandwich shop to get a meatball sub…

Sometimes in NYC, you can buy your food but there isn’t anywhere to sit and eat. dievca decided to eat on the street and then head to the Theater. With her first bite of the meatball sandwich – a meatball shot out the back end, hit her her shoe and rolled on to the sidewalk.  dievca thought, “Ugh! I’ll eat the sandwich then pick up the meatball before feeding the rats.”  It was working, until a tourist kicked the meatball on to the subway train air vent and squashed it into the grate…  “OK, rats fed for this evening.”

With the sandwich finished, dievca made her way to the Theater, early, and was able to catch an empty elevator up to the “cheap seats”. (Her ticket was $45 total).  Note: masks were required for the performance.  

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Since dievca had a bit of time, she thought she could visit the restroom and wipe the meatball sauce off of her shoe.  Perfect!  The bathroom was empty.  The only problem was that the retrofitted stalls didn’t have much space between the toilet and the door.  dievca had a full backpack, coat, scarf draped over the door and managed to knock her face mask into the clean toilet…  she fumbled around to find clean napkins and thankfully the inside of the mask was not wet.

Stepping out of the stall, gathering her plethora of stuff – dievca tried to look more graceful washing her hands and cleaning her shoe wearing a slightly soggy mask. No one noticed.

The performance was amazing and dievca managed to make it home without any more mishaps.

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Photos: dievca City Center 10/2022

Master and His dievca agree

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Autumn in New York is key!

We hope you are enjoying your Fall, too. XO


It’s a Beautiful Day!

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Cue the U2 Song – “Beautiful Day”

Photos: dievca – NYC Harbor Ferry Terminal 10/2022


Harvest Moon this evening.

The Harvest Moon appears this evening. dievca attempted to get a slice of it this morning on Governor’s Island.  She still needs a larger lens – but the process of watching the Moon Set in 46 F (7.77C) wearing down slippers, polar fleece pants and a cashmere turtle neck was worth it. We have an amazing planet.

Please don’t forget to shake your wallet at the moon to come into $ this evening. XO

Photo: dievca, NYC Harbor 10/2022


Poncho as a kite ~ cycling in NYC

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Hunter Rain Poncho orangedievca was trying to hustle to PT (Physical Therapy) on her bike.  The remnants of Hurricane Ian drifted past NYC to create a surge of wind and rain.  It just happened to be directly against dievca’s cycling path and she was wearing a Hunter Rain Poncho — no, actually she was wearing a kite to catch the wind.  No matter how dievca tried to grab it, the poncho filled with wind.  It was a long slow slog.

This young lady (above) was very happy – dievca was very unhappy.


Taking a Moment

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To appreciate a Masterpiece.

Photo: dievca NYC Hudson River Sunset 09/2022


dievca always wanted an outdoor shower, she got it in NYC.

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Not super private (in more ways than one), but the view is fun and the water is warm!

Photo: dievca Hudson River, NYC 09/2022


Organic

dievca is finding that she is starting to furnish her apartment with softer, organic items. Perhaps to blunt the edge of the City. The newest addition is the large Candle from Anthropologie ($178 on sale for $49.99).

  • Mangowood Table – Miami, FL
  • Felt Plant Holders used as Storage from Aveva – Malmö, Sweden
  • Pillow from ConcreteWall – Norway
  • Amber Lewis for Anthropologie large Candle – Made in Vietnam

Peaceful on a Sunday morning~

20220828_063548The tide and ships roll in.

Master always says he would never get anything done working in my apartment –
he would be too busy watching the World roll by.

Photo: dievca – Hudson River NYC 08/2022


Do they ever get mixed? An Edible

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Is there such a thing as a Weed FroYo Milkshake?

(Photo: dievca – Times Square NYC)


Drama

Photos: dievca NYC 08/2022


jump! (not quite yet)

Jump NYC

dievca: NYC graffiti 08/2015

dievca is off of the electric scooter (borrowed from a friend),
back on to her bike (hills are tough),
walking upstairs (not down),
and moving more freely.
But JUMPING?
Not quite – unless its in her water aerobics class.

How are you doing?


Seeing Pink (without filters)

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Photo: dievca, Sunset in NYC 07/2022


“In this world in which we live simplicity and kindness are the only magic wands that work wonders”

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― L. Frank Baum, The Emerald City of Oz

Is that OZ  in the distance?
No. New Jersey.