Can you put a price on elegance? Carine Gilson

“As day subtly turns to night and the hours steadily string by,
the dream, at once airy and elegant, comes within reach.
Pleasurably palpable.”

– Carine Gilson

Carine Gilson Flottant floral print camisole $833

Carine Gilson Flottant floral print shorts $502

Carine Gilson’s story harks back to the 1990s. A freshly-minted graduate of Antwerp’s prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied fashion, Carine Gilson discovered Maille France, a small Brussels atelier that manufactured fine ladies’ underslips. She immediately fell in love with the world of lingerie.

Carine Gilson decided to acquire the workshop and, with sheer dedication, set out to work on silk, lace, and exceptional materials. In the fashion of the boundlessly creative and refined lingerie creations of yore, Carine Gilson embraced this new adventure, taking her passion to the next level to create unique, breathtaking pieces in her Brussels atelier.

The designer soon launched her couture lingerie line, Carine Gilson, a synonym for a world filled with incomparable beauty.

In no time, the press and finer stores from Japan, England, Italy, and America came calling. Buyers from renowned stores recognized the rare quality of these creations, which conjure the bygone enchantment of times past within our changed, modern world.

The prestige of Carine Gilson’s lingerie has grown quickly thanks to the unwavering excellence of her creations. In the House of Carine Gilson, every piece is lovingly crafted by hand. Perfection and finesse espouse rigor and passion. Lace incrustation is raised to an art form.

 


Rediscovering Rita (lingerie)

I think all women have a certain elegance
about them

which is destroyed
when they take off their clothes.

~Rita Hayworth

Whatever you write about me,
don’t make it sad.

~Rita Hayworth

 


Latex with Saint Laurent

Click on the photos for a closer look!
The items come with a full care cleaning kit to keep the latex supple and shiny.
It’s good the items are offered for the Fall and Winter – otherwise, the sweat due to heat would kill your vibe.
~Couture Presentation~


Elegant Embroidery

Fleur du Mal Embroidered Slip Dress with bodysuit

Sleek Ms. Santa will blossom Her Master’s Arm.

Fleur du Mal Embroidered Slip Dress with Bodysuit in black or nude.

Add a little sparkle to the Presentation on Christmas Eve.

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Accent the back – Bordelle Lingerie

Alex von Uber in Bordelle Lingerie Bondage Blue

At the moment, dievca is feeling more positive about her back rather than the front.
Bordelle lingerie might help highlight the area!


Festive Lingerie with Coco de Mer


Rivera
Fuji
Azami
Latex


Blood on Snow~ Bottega Veneta

Quite a visual.

Haunting. Alluring.

Presentation, in a time of nowhere to go.


Ruffles to be ruffled – lingerie

verb (used with object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.

verb (used without object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.

noun

ORIGIN OF RUFFLE

1250–1300; Middle English ruffelen (v.); cognate with Low German ruffelen to crumple, rumple; compare Old Norse hruffa to scratch
 


la bella figura

In Italy, there’s an expression known as la bella figura, in which Italian natives not only dress to impress but also exhibit their brightest, best personalities when in the company of others. Libra transits help us achieve that kind of inner and outer beauty, making us feel like the fairest of them all.

dievca working on it….a work of art in progress.


Shipping is slow~


Plan for Christmas Now!
It was an odd Thanksgiving – it is going to be an odd Christmas.
Hey – No SantaCon this year.
And this, too, shall pass. ❤


Viva la Vintage!

Manhattan Vintage 1980S PAULINE TRIGÈRE DEVORE VELVET DRESS

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show features New York City’s greatest collection of vintage clothing, accessories, and antique textiles from the last century and more.

There is a show scheduled for February 2021.  But, who knows what will happen with COVID-19.  A few of the vendors have put some key items on sale virtually – not quite as good as digging through the offerings, but still something fun to see!

dievca is starting to think about Presentation Outfits, again.

Ladylike and Diversity!

Manhattan Vintage LANVIN PYTHON & LEATHER TRENCH COAT

Manhattan Vintage 1970s Ossie Clark Moss Crepe Dress

Manhattan Vintage 1980S MISSONI KNIT JACKET

Manhattan Vintage 1960S BONNIE CASHIN FOR COACH BAG

Manhattan Vintage GREEN WOOL BLEND KNIT DRESS WITH OPEN WEAVE POM POM CUFFS AND HEM

Manhattan Vintage 1960’s Knubby Tweed Large Fur Collar Wrap Coat

Manhattan Vintage Vintage Emanuel Ungaro Velvet Burnout High Neck Top

Manhattan Vintage Roberta Di Camerino Velvet Stripe Doctor Bagonghi Bag. Red and Green plush velvet

Manhattan Vintage 1960s brown & pink multi Pleat Cocktail Dress, floppy hem.

Manhattan Vintage LANVIN FUR TRENCH

Manhattan Vintage 1990S FOX FUR COAT

Manhattan Vintage ESCADA CALF FUR COAT 2010

Manhattan Vintage 1940’s Eisenberg Original Beaded Dress

Manhattan Vintage 1970S OSCAR DE LA RENTA DRESS & COAT SET

Manhattan Vintage Andrew Stewart Mohair & Wool Tartan Red and Green Plaid Belted Wrap Coat

Manhattan Vintage 1970S ZANDRA RHODES MAXI DRESS

Manhattan Vintage 1980’s Leopard Print Suede Belted Motorcycle Jacket Vakko

Manhattan Vintage 1980’s Christian Dior Wool Coat

Manhattan Vintage TOM FORD FOR GUCCI JACKET 2001

Manhattan Vintage 1980S LEATHER PEPLUM TOP

Manhattan Vintage 1970’S LEATHER JACKET

Discover high styles from the last century that inspire today’s fashion trends! The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is the ultimate vintage showcase, which brings together over 80 of the country’s top vintage clothing, accessories, and antique textile dealers under one roof. So, come join the hunt where top designers get their inspiration! You’re sure to find timeless and beautifully constructed clothing & antique textiles. The collection that 100 years of design built.

“The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is such a great place for (young) people to shop! It gives them a chance to play with a vast selection of clothing styles and allows them to create their unique vision of personal style.”


Ruffles – anyone?

Saint Laurent Body Suit $2388 d’aniello boutique (click photo)

Feminine and sensual, Saint Laurent’s black sheer tulle bodysuit features decorative fine ruffles run along the shoulder straps and at the shaped velvet cups. It’s the perfect style to add a nude-look feel to your most special outfits. 25% off for Singles Day-click the photo

dievca will be sticking to the regular Ruffles – both items would feel good, but her pocketbook needs to stay intact:

Ruffles Potato Chips – $16 for a pack of 40 Amazon – click photo


As we FALL FWD to Daylight Savings – a sleep analysis

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%.


Spooky – Presentation Outfit

Yvonne DeCarlo as a Kitty

🎃Spooky – Dusty Springfield

In the cool of the evening
When everything is getting kind of groovy
You call me up and ask me
Would i like to go with you and see a movie?
First i say no, I’ve got some plans for tonight
And then i stop and say all right

Love is kind of crazy with a spooky little boy like you

You always keep me guessing
I never seem to know what you are thinking
And if a girl looks at you
It’s for sure your little eye will be a-winking
I get confused, i never know where i stand
And then you smile and hold my hand

Love is kind of crazy with a spooky little boy like you

Spooky

If you decide some day to stop this little game that you are a-playing
I’m gonna tell you all the things my heart’s been a-dying to be saying
Just like a ghost you’ve been a-haunting my dreams
But now i know you’re not what you seem

Love is kind of crazy with a spooky little boy like you

Spooky

Ahh, ahh, spooky, mmm, spooky, ahh, ahh, ahh, spooky, ooh, spooky
Ahh, aah, aah, spooky

Presentation / Cosplay Outfit:

  • Black Leather Cat Mask
  • Black sleeveless Unitard
  • Black Cat Claw Gloves
  • Black Velvet Collar with Bell
  • Black Cat Tail Anal Plug
  • Black High Heeled Booties
  • Red Lip Stick and Black Whiskers

Create two openings in the Unitard. One for the anal plug tail to pull through and one for ease of play. The pussy needs to be open and available to your Sir or Madame.


Elegant Elvira (lingerie)

click photo for Elvira fun facts

What comes to mind when you think of “Elvira”?

  • Long Hair
  • Sexy Cleavage
  • Gothic Look
  • Longsleeves and fitted waist dress
  • Campy Horror Movies
  • A bit Trashy and Sassy

The Etsy Shop: Kafemme offers up the  Elegant Version if Elvira’s Robe/Dress:

Materials
French Lace, Silk and Satin Mix ($197.00), or pure Silk ($540.00)

Description
Bloom in the glory of the night with a custom, handmade Midnight Magnolia Peignoir. Crafted from our beautiful blend in a passionate purple, this majestic robe is tailored to flatter with sleek lines and dramatic excess. Its sweeping floor-length hem moves with dazzling ease, and its generous sleeves are trimmed with rippling waves of black lace. A sheathed sash to draw in a feminine waistline completes this seductive, mysterious gown. An unforgettable addition to any wardrobe, the Midnight Magnolia will let your confidence blossom.

Available from the Etsy Store: Kafemme


Options for 🎃 by Yandy: Cosplay Lingerie

Click on a photo to make it larger and see the price.

YANDY Fantasy Lingerie

Nerdism: HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WEAR DISNEY THEMED LINGERIE TO BED

 


It took 7 years….

Charlotte Olympia Eve Sandals

but dievca bought the pair that got away!

OK, so they are slightly different – but the impact is the same:

  • The heel height would extend leg length and highlight the calves. The more visually pleasing for when Master bends me over.
  • The platform allows for stability while standing at attention when hands are cuffed overhead when being lead by Master’s lead. dievca can walk elegantly!
  • The colors add an element of sassiness and fun to black lingerie or a black dress. The green matches dievca’s eyes.
  • The leaf design brings a freshness to the room. The lightness of Nature juxtaposing with the darkness of Master’s desires.

Plus, dievca’s back is in good shape to wear heels – it should be fun!
PS. she likes these sandals better than her original choice. XO


The Cat and the Moon (poetry and lingerie)

Shein Cats, Moon, and Stars PJ’s $9.00 (click photo for link)

THE CAT AND THE MOON

by: W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

HE cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon,
The creeping cat, looked up.
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,
For, wander and wail as he would,
The pure cold light in the sky
Troubled his animal blood.
Minnaloushe runs in the grass
Lifting his delicate feet.
Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance?
When two close kindred meet,
What better than call a dance?
Maybe the moon may learn,
Tired of that courtly fashion,
A new dance turn.
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
From moonlit place to place,
The sacred moon overhead
Has taken a new phase.
Does Minnaloushe know that his pupils
Will pass from change to change,
And that from round to crescent,
From crescent to round they range?
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
Alone, important and wise,
And lifts to the changing moon
His changing eyes.

 


the Simple Lingerie solution


a Blindfold and a pair of Heels

Fleur du Mal Blindfolds, solid silk in black and rouge $75 and Sequin & Lace $135


Home, finally…


A long week~
Always nice to shut the car door and walk towards Master in heels.


Harvest Moon Lingerie – Honor the Goddess


Full Harvest Moon this evening at 5:05 p.m. EDT (2108 UTC).
A second Full Moon will occur on October 31st!

Perhaps you can pre-order Serpent & Bow Lingerie’s Moon Phase Brief and Bralette for the 2nd occasion. It seems like the website is directed towards lingerie printed/dyed in small batches, leaning towards Earth and Solar Worship themes. You can even design your own Ceremonial set. An interesting slo-Fashion concept.

Click the second photo for the website:


S O L D O U T: Preorder Moon Cycle High Waist Brief and Bralette Set

$198.00

Designed to honor the ever-fluctuating, dynamic and prismatic nature of our physical bodies, and our connection to the cosmos. The Moon Cycle set features pearly-white and sky-blue moons that rest across the hips and encircle the chest.

The Moon Cycle brief is designed with a single seam at the back, with a vintage-style high-waist fit, made from comfortable and breathable cotton-lycra. The Moon Cycle Bralette is finished with handmade indigo halter straps (black shoulder straps available by request). Each set handpainted in batik wax-resist, then dip-dyed in natural indigo to a rich cobalt blue.

Our cotton-lycra fabric is Organic! and grown and made in the USA, and is opaque and supportive enough to wear for swim- we recommend rinsing after swimming in chlorine or saltwater to protect the integrity of the cotton. Machine Washable. Indigo will soften over time, like your favorite pair of jeans. All pieces are patterned, cut, sewn, painted, dyed, and finished by our women-run studio in Santa Rosa, California, with love and care.


A late start~

Conde Nost: Vogue Photo 1959 Chevy Impala and model

dievca was busy trying to get the ball rolling~
XO

 


Stockings, Heels, a pair of Gloves…


and a Smile.

An Excellent Presentation Outfit
for your Sir or Madame.


Lingerie with Kim Novak

I had a lot of resentment for a while toward Kim Novak.
But I don’t mind her anymore. She’s okay. We’ve become friends.
I even asked her before this trip for some beauty tips.

Kim Novak


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


Bling Bras with Dolce & Gabbana

Costume jewelry is not made to give women an aura of wealth, but to make them beautiful.
~Coco Chanel

Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.
~Sarah Phillips


Hmm-could these be worked into the closet?

Michael Kors Collection Catherine Python-embossed Cuffed Heel

Maybe with:

OK – looks like there are options!


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?


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.


David Koma: Interesting, Interesting, Interesting and…NO

Patent leather, sheer tulle, sequins with an o-ring – sounds good!

dievca knows that Gingham is “IN”, but she is not interested in this piece:

David Koma Velvet-trimmed houndstooth stretch-jersey and tulle bodysuit

DAVID KOMA
After refining his craft at Central St. Martins, David Koma worked as Mugler’s Creative Director before turning the focus back to his eponymous label. A firm fixture on the red carpet, the designer counts everyone from Beyoncé to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as fans of his impactful, polished eveningwear

All pieces about available at Net-A-Porter for pre-order