Smell the Roses

As dievca made her way to the composting area along the Hudson River there was a double blossom rosebush that gave off the most delightful of smells:

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The composting guy has a passion for what he does and he explained the various plants grown by the volunteers to the Hudson Riverway Park.  In return, dievca was able to share the breakdown of corn starch packing materials via composting –> Carbon Dioxide and Water… 

Equals Happiness.

XO

Photo: dievca – Hudson River Greenway 06/2022


Follow the sun

Photo: dievca, Hudson River sunset 05/2015


And they WON!

(Click on Photos for a larger view of the OT goal.)

dievca was the lucky recipient of a last-minute offer to see the NY Rangers play Game 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s always a treat to catch live hockey, but the game was tight and the energy in MSG (Madison Square Garden) was ROCKING!

The Rangers will be facing the Carolina Hurricanes, next. They are a good team – we will see.

Fingers crossed.🤞

Photos: dievca NYC 05/2022


The Month of May

20190505_144953“We roamed the fields and river sides,
When we are young and gay;
We chased the bees and plucked the flowers,
In the merry, merry month of May.”
Stephen Foster

Photo: dievca - Crabapple Blossoms NYC 05/2019

Moving up a timeline – knee

back-tattoos-for-women-4During COVID, dievca had a three-month period where she was able to rehab her back.  Selfishly, it was one of the best things to happen to her regarding her health.  she didn’t/doesn’t want a relapse of COVID or another virus in any way, but it might give her time to work on her knee, she needs it.

Last week, dievca had scheduled appointments for two Orthopedic Doctors. to look at her knee – one appointment is this Thursday and one in June.   Her schedule blew up when her knee popped going up the 3rd flight of stairs from the Subway yesterday. she was stuck for a period of time trying to figure out how to get up the final 2 stairs. Finally, she slowly made it out of the subway and into a cab. The Cabbie got her to an UrgentCare and was super patient and kind – sometimes you gotta love NYC.

ligaments_kneeWhy an UrgentCare?  dievca knew x-rays were not needed immediately  – but she did need, crutches, large ace bandages, and confirmation of her injured areas.  The UrgentCare Doctor was great – the pop occurred at the ACL/PCL area – she (the Doctor) felt like there might be a cyst behind the ligaments. The area popped again (lightly) when the Dr. palpitated the area. Yes, there is chronic swelling at the meniscus (livable), the knee cap may have chips (that needs an x-ray – but not the main issue), etc. dievca knows the damage has been building for a while due to past foot/calf injuries + aging.

Anyways, dievca scheduled another group to look at the knee Monday 8am, to get “The Party” started.  she has the crutches and ace bandages — the pain has receded to certain positions and angles which gives her more information for the next set of Doctors.

The Uber home included a lovely, patient driver. Again, you’ve gotta love NYC.

If you are thinking – where was dievca’s Master?  He was the first call of the morning to talk about the Doctor who is scheduled for Thursday.  Then after the pop, He spoke with dievca in the cab and said he would come down immediately – but it wasn’t necessary when dievca knew He had family coming in town to stay.

dievca just wishes she could have made it to Thursday without the pain and loss of mobility.


Elegance as you wait~

dievca spent 1.5 hours in the James A. Farley Main Post Office NYC standing in line for customs forms, filling them out, and paying for the shipments. At least the scenery was lovely –  the renovations are complete:

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Photos: dievca – James A. Farley Post Office NYC 04/2022


Singing in the Rain!

Photo: NYC Midtown 04/2015
And dievca’s favorite version of Singing in the Rain featuring Kurt Browning!


18+ years to an upgrade…

Nap on Sofa Jenn LebowWhen dievca moved to NYC she bought furniture at IKEA because she has a storage load of Antiques in the Midwest and she wasn’t sure if she was going to stay….  The sofabed was an IKEA floor model that was on sale because it was discontinued, so around year 10 dievca had to get a new sofa cover made in Australia… 

Why did dievca keep the sofabed?  The pull-out bed was very very very comfortable – the sofa itself was not (she knows – she’s crazy) ?!?!?!?!?

dievca was looking for an upgrade and she found a sofabed she liked in a Hotel Suite on Roosevelt Island, but it was too heavy to lift so she couldn’t figure out the maker. she asked the Hotel Design Team but they never responded to her email…..  So, when a neighbor wanted to upgrade to a larger sofa after 6 months, dievca hopped on to the purchase of their sofabed (great condition and it fits into her decor).

It was amazing — a building worker got her sofabed out and the larger newer one into the apartment in 45 minutes or less.  Aiding and abetting her crazy and impulsive decision! 

How did it work out?

The sofa is larger and more comfortable, but she hasn’t slept on the bed yet. (It’s only been two days). Cross fingers 🤞


and then she gets it right

Back on her home turf – dievca attended that Event that required “Cocktail Attire” The weather was warmer than the fully sequinned velvet dress could handle, but cool enough to handle a velvet corduroy.

So, dievca wore:

  • Sies Marjan Velvet Corduroy Dress
  • Khaite OTK Black Patent Leather Boots
  • BREE Black Patent Leather Clutch
  • Spinelli Kilcollin Ring
  • Justine Clenquet X Opening Ceremony Earrings
  • Zero + Maria Cornejo Black Corduroy Bea Coat
  • Chanel Red Lipstick
  • Simple make-up because of dievca’s slight tan from Miami
  • Straight hair to frame the earrings

dievca felt very comfortable which always allows someone to present better.  It was nice to get out. Oh, yeah – the mask for the Uber:

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  • Judith Leiber Grey Swarovski Crystal Mask

Storm rolling in.

Photo: dievca Hudson River looking at NJ 03/2022

A squall~

NYC had a Snow Squall yesterday.

What is a snow squall? According to the National Weather Service, a snow squall is “an intense short-lived burst of heavy snowfall that leads to a quick reduction in visibilities and is often accompanied by gusty winds.”

Why are they more dangerous than blizzards?  Driving in a snow storm is difficult. Add in blowing wind and poor visibility, and travel can become downright dangerous. Driving in a snow squall is next to impossible.

The Squall was about 10 minutes long and dievca missed it all – she was working.  But, she was dressed appropriately against the heavy winds for the bike ride to and from work (click on photos for details):


What Moonrise had to offer~

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Full Moon rising over NYC 02/15/2022 – it will hit its peak at 11:57 EST.

Shake your wallet.

XO dievca

Photo: dievca - Full Moon Chelsea NYC 02/2022

a slice of NYC

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Not quite sure what the graffiti is depicting – but its adorning a Midtown West abandoned building.

Photo: dievca NYC Midtown West 02/2022

A bit of a ‘whiteout’

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Not as bad as Long Island or Boston – but blowing snow and drifting in NYC.

Photo: dievca NYC 01/2022

Blow, blow, thou winter wind…

Winter Misery I, 1825

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
   Thou art not so unkind
      As man’s ingratitude;
   Thy tooth is not so keen,
Because thou art not seen,
      Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

   Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
   That dost not bite so nigh
      As benefits forgot:
   Though thou the waters warp,
      Thy sting is not so sharp
      As friend remembered not.
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly…

Shit Weather in NYC – Rain, sleet , snow, wet pavements with potential to freeze. 

Print: George Hunt, printmaker. c. 1825, London. Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Poem/Song: William Shakespeare


Keep your head above the clouds!

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Allow yourself to Dream!

Photo: dievca NYC 12/2021

Good Morning ~ Sunshine!

Photo: dievca NYC 12/2021

Keeping it Simple

As dievca mentioned yesterday – she’s crabby.
That spills onto dressing, as well, and she is just trying to keep it simple. she thinks she managed getting herself together reasonably well.

  • Max Mara Black Cashmere T-shirt Sweater
  • Machete Chain Necklace
  • Tahari Black Faux Suede Pants
  • Gianvitto Rossi Black Combat Boots
  • Max Mara Camel Vintage Cashmere Coat
  • Primecut Shearling Blackpack – multicolored
  • Portolano Black Cashmere Hat
  • Portolano Black Leather Grommet Gloves
  • Black Cashmere Knit Scarf
  • MAC Russian Red Lipstick

dievca is hoping you are less crabby and getting it together better than she is~ XO


And the weather took a chilling turn~

Wind whipping
Whitecaps frothing
Chill weather cuts the City

Noses drip
Red Biting Lips
Intrepid Trudging Prevails

Conserving warmth becomes a priority.


Please consider – NYC update

Pin Up Nurse The Netherlands is having some COVID-19 challenges as are other European Countries. dievca knows this for sure because her Dutch friend doesn’t want to chance traveling for Thanksgiving. Understandable. she just wishes she could get a booster added to her friend’s AstraZeneca vaccine – her friend has asthma and arthritis issues.

The bubble of NYC is holding its own with school starting and the weather changing. An increase of 1.78% for the last 28 days, but drops in hospitalizations and deaths. dievca guesses if you get hit hard in the beginning, you comply with offered solutions.

dievca received her booster and she knows that parents of young children are getting their kids vaccinated. Seems to be working for the 18,823,000 in the NYC Metro Area.

Please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

PS. for those interested in the booster shot. dievca’s arm is sore at the injection site, but she is feeling fine. 


Ground Control to Major…

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Photo: dievca, NYC Chelsea Graffiti 11/2021


Emerald City

Green Fir Trees + Puffy Coats = Think Royln Emerald Pearl Bags
The Meg, Lafayette, and the Bar Bag might be perfect for the Holidays.
dievca is rocking the Bar Bag!


A Glimpse of NYC in November

click on the photos to enlarge

The Dawn is breaking cloudy in New York.
It’s rare to see the clouds head in from the East – but they are heading towards the Hudson River.
dievca is sending you a quiet, “Good Morning”.


Something of Use – the 7 train

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dievca had to rush to Grand Central from the Westside to catch the Metro North.  she took the 7 train across.  It was 5 min 30 sec  from Hudson Yards to Grand Central during an “off-peak” time. she had enough time to get that coffee which saved the day.

Sometimes dievca really ❤❤❤’s New York City.

PS. Happy Marine Corps Birthday!


What she wore ~

The day of the La Pavillon dinner was cooler, so the floral dress option was off the table. Something a bit warmer would be necessary for comfort:

  • Autumn Cashmere Green Ribbed Knit Dress ($52 on sale OutNet)

  • Khaite Patent Leather Thigh-Hi Sedona Boots ($550 on sale SSENSE)

  • Vintage Missoni Textured Tan Knit Trench ($120 eBay)

  • Lily and Lionel Paisley Cashmere Scarf ($150 on sale Neiman Marcus)

  • Reed Krakoff Snakeskin Ayers Clutch ($75 RealReal)

Its been a long time since dievca has truly put on make-up, so that was a bit of a trick…

La Pavillon NYC:  The FOOD was amazing!  Everything was well-done and 3/4 of it was unique and spectacular.  The cost was about $200 per person, but dievca feels that the food and the atmosphere were worth it. Note: the menu evolves with food availbility, so sharing her dinner choices won’t help another diner in the future.


Joy at FIT – Chalk Murals 2021

The Chalk Murals are up and running at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology).
A piece of Joy to see on the walk home from reselling clothing.

~Click the pictures to see details~
Enjoy!


Hunter’s Moon to Ghost Moon = Moonset

dievca shook her empty wallet at the full moon this morning…maybe she will come into $$$. 🤞

Photos: dievca - Full Hunter's Moon setting over the Hudson River 10/21/2021


Something of use – the “QUICKIE”

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.

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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:

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!

Quickie Microfiber floor duster mop

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. 

~smh~


The First Option

Jade Johnny Was Angelo Easy Dress

See by Chloe Block Heel Ankle strap sandals red

Zimmermann 14K Aloha beaded hoop earrings

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dievca is starting to think through the outfits she might wear to Le Pavillon:

  • Jade by Johnny Was Angelo Easy Dress
  • See by Chloe Block Heel Ankle Strap Sandals
  • Zimmerman 14K Aloha Beaded Hoop Earrings
  • Jack Gomme Light Lami Cerise Backpack

This 100% silk dress is easy to throw on and works if its warm out. Master thought it was a good choice.


Glamorous Dining returns to NYC

Le Pavillon NYC opened fully in September after a reduced schedule allowed the restaurant to be completed.

With 57-foot ceilings, cream columns, and a built-in irrigation system for the interior’s olive trees and ferns, Le Pavillon is a testament to the triumphs of architecture and landscape. Steps away from Grand Central Station – it has accessibility for ALL New Yorkers and visitors alike.

The menu offers first courses and main courses from the mer and the terre. Boasting dishes like roasted lamb chops, slow-baked ora king salmon, and buckwheat crusted sea scallops, the menu leaves customers with options that traverse flavors from pickled turmeric to smoked paprika. Conversely, the dessert menu offers dishes with strawberries, passionfruit, cherries, and chocolate. Customers can choose from four types of cheeses, including comté and coupole, Vermont goat cheese, for a traditional French dessert.

“The menu is based on the land and the sea at Le Pavillon. So, this is not a departure from whatever I’ve done in the past, but it is a progression,” Chef Daniel Boulud said. “The focus will be on local vegetables, New England Seafood” and other ingredients that change based on the season.

dievca is planning to enjoy a meal at Le Pavillon in November and her glamorous foodie friend stated that she is dressing up – Bling/ Fur and all.  Too bad dievca has to hustle over after work~  until then she will be scanning though her closet, looking at the weather report and trying to create a very spectacular, yet versatile, outfit. XO

Full description at UntappedCities.com.  “Thank You” to Thomas Schauer for photos and Bella Druckman