saying Good-Bye to her sandals

dievca’s right foot grew a half-size and her knee won’t last long with unpadded sandals.
So, the closet has gained some space.
The good news is that dievca has a friend who wears the same size sandals!
The rest will go to Goodwill.

The only replacement pair that dievca bought is … fugly:

Zimmerman Chunky Studded Sandals $475

Replacing ‘Something of Use’ after 29 years

In a Past Life, dievca received a set of melamine mixing bowls from Crate and Barrel as a gift.

The bowls have been through multiple moves, lived in Europe, have been dropped, washed, held salads and made cookies numerous times.  Like everything else, 29 years of weekly wear has taken a toll.  The pouring spouts are chipped, the rubber holders on the bottom are deteriorating and, yet, dievca is holding on to them.

Why?  The bowl portion itself has not cracked and Melamine is categorized under Class #7 on the list of Plastic Resin Codes. This means that it is a widely used plastic that does not fit into the more commonly used #1-6 classifications and should not be thrown in your recycling bin. Melamine cannot be melted for recycling like other plastics.

The bowls are a modern classic. Created by Danish designers – Rosti in 1954, the Margrethe bowl was produced and named after then Princess Margrethe, the current queen of Denmark. The easy-care melamine mixing bowls have ergonomic handles, pouring spouts and a non-skid ring at the bottom.

dievca looked up the bowls on the Crate and Barrel website and they are still listed for sale.  In fact, they now come with lids – that wasn’t available the first time around. The price? $39.95

The question is….can dievca throw away the still usable bowls and all the memories attached to them.

We’ll see.

Rosti Melamine MargretheS3BowlsWLidsWhite

Memorial Day USA – what was created from what the soldiers dropped

Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the American Civil War (1861-1865). The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States. It is also called Decoration Day.

U.S. paratroopers drop from a plane, somewhere over England on Sept. 19, 1942, as they take part in a practice exercise. (AP Photo)

dievca has two European friends who’s families have memories of American Paratroopers and a shot down plane crew coming down in their yards during WWII.  One in the Netherlands and one in Italy.  The families still think of those soldiers – especially the Italian family because of the simple sharing of chewing gum.

What happened to the silk, nylon, and canvas from those contraptions that helped people fall from the sky?

It was repurposed and became shrouds, slings, bandages, hammocks, undergarments, Wedding dresses, purses, clothing, quilts – anything and everything in a needy time at a needy place.

Here’s the glamourous:


Thank you to Katie Sanders from  Business Insider.

Paratroopers of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team drop onto Corregidor Feb. 16, 1945 (Photo US Army Signal Corps)




A Wal-Mart Gem (something of use)

dievca took herself out of her Mother’s house to avoid — well, let’s just say she had to kill three hours.  Masked and gloved she got gas, ran to CVS (pharmacy), and wandered Wal-Mart.

Her sister-in-law is disdainful about purchasing anything from Wal-Mart, but dievca rolls with it.  she was able to get some lovely “grateful” cards to use as “Thank You” notes for people who acknowledged her Dad’s passing. Much sweeter and happier than the regular notes.

she was also able to get something stylish, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and of use.

The cotton tote is simple, roomy, 100% cotton, made in California, and other shopping bags offered are made from recycled bottles (PET). All the styles can be found on Amazon:

A Thing of Beauty – Recycling Station

Photo: dievca – McDonalds’ Waste Center Sweden 08/2018

“There is no such thing as ‘away’.
When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”
– Annie Leonard, Proponent of Sustainability

dievca ran into a Swedish McDonalds for a friend’s children. They like the coffee drinks offered (Frappe?).

This garbage/recycling station was a thing of beauty. A hole to place every piece or shape of garbage possible. (Yes, I thought of other useful holes as I wrote that line.) A slot for ice/liquid, a slot for excess food, a slot for paper.

Where does it go?

A question that has been on dievca’s mind for….well…years.

China is no longer taking USA recycling. New Jersey, USA garbage collection services, with Mob ties, treat garbage as a commodity and as recycling doesn’t make money, the process doesn’t happen. The single-stream sorting process is expensive to start and doesn’t always work. If there is no market for paper-recycling or an area doesn’t have the types of business to use recycled paper – paper bales go into a landfill because they are too expensive to ship.

Etc., Etc., Etc.

Perhaps if garbage/recycling is sorted at the point source, smaller amounts could be collected and handled immediately – making the “products” cleaner and easier to transport.

A little bit being recycled is better than nothing being recycled. Right?

dievca cleans and sorts – hoping that her efforts can be used, sold or something.

But, she knows her food scrap composting has reduced her solid waste by 1/3 to 1/2 and its being used in NYC, she sees it. That story is for another post.

Good Morning!

For those who are crazy, like dievca….she’s been known to reuse paper cups.
Please don’t re-use the grounds, compost them. XO

Shoe Triage: Gone Girls — clearing a closet

1. (in medical use) the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of many of patients or casualties.
1. assign degrees of urgency to something needing attention.

Let’s start with the facts:

  • dievca has a lot of clothing, shoes and accessories
  • dievca is determined to whittle her “stuff” down to become more streamlined like Master
  • dievca has been floundering in the process because there isn’t a lot of space in NYC
  • dievca moved 3 times in less than two years and just dumped stuff in boxes
  • dievca was able to get a storage unit in her building
  • dievca broke down and asked Master for help

Master, being the generous Sir that he is – said, “Yes”.  Please note that dievca has separated out the chaff from the wheat for clothing and will ask Master for help with clothing, after the first weed out.  she needed Master for sorting her shoes. dievca loves shoes, she has 100+ pairs of shoes (yes, that is including flip-flops and ballet shoes…) dievca pulled EVERY pair out to be looked at, tried on and sorted

Master set-up a “shoe triage”:

  • An area for “Gone”  — shoes going to Resale, eBay or HousingWorks
  • An area for  “Thinking” Shoes — shoes that dievca is not sure about losing
  • An area for ” Keepers” — shoes that should stay

And the shoe fashion show began!

Let dievca tell you about some of the losers.  The shoes that turned up in the “Gone” area.

10 Crosby Derek Lam Cobalt Blue Sandals

10 Crosby Derek Lam Cobalt Blue Sandals

Multiple Blisters — does dievca need to say more?

Band of Outsiders Geisha Wedge

Band of Outsiders Geisha Wedge

Sat in the closet for two years – forgotten.

Jil Sander Leather platforms Teal Patent

Jil Sander Leather platforms Teal Patent

dievca thought these sandals would be a keeper with the ankle strap, etc., but M. was right — the angle of the heels and style just didn’t work on dievca’s foot as well as other teal shoes in the closet.

Coach Valeann Suede Cork Platform Sandal

Coach Valeann Suede Cork Platform Sandal

1970’s Flares are in, but dievca has other platform sandals.


Rosegold Truffle Tanya Cork Platform Sandals

Ditto to above comment about the Coach shoes.

Dries Van Noten Chain Sandals Vintage

Dries Van Noten Chain Sandals Vintage

dievca WISHES her vintage Dries van Noten sandals looked like these ones — they don’t and Master couldn’t figure out the design concept, something about everything and the kitchen sink…couldn’t find a photo.

Manolo blahnik orange snakeskin sandals

Manolo Blahnik orange snake-skin sandals

They are in bad shape and dievca has determined slides/mules are not for her.

Marimekko Converse Polka Dot Shoes

Marimekko Converse Polka Dot Shoes

These are really cute, right?!?! Master, made a good point…dievca doesn’t do “cute” and the shoes have sat unused.


Lauren by Ralph Lauren leopard Kailee Platform Pumps

Can dievca tell you how much Master hated these shoes? MUCHO

Marni Grey Brown Leather Wooden Heels

Marni Grey Brown Leather Wooden Heels

Can dievca tell you how much Master disliked these shoes,  too? MUCHO – but He made the point that there was a lot of conflicting details in the design.


Stuart Weitzman Forest Suede Teardrops

The studs on the heels are a distraction, and not an asset. M. doesn’t like this style of shoe and dievca already was allowed to keep a similar pair of brown Miu Miu pumps.

Coach Katy Clogs

Coach Katy Clogs

Two words: Easter Eggs

And the shoes dievca couldn’t find photos of?

Alaia Classic Pointy Toe Stilettos with Zipper detail up the back of the heel: In bad shape.

Band of Outsiders: Saddle Oxfords in tan chino fabric with flowers: not feminine enough, not worn

Green LD Tuttle Booties with back zipper – strange shiny dark green Astroturf plastic/leather/strappy.

  • A dievca disaster! dievca would actually keep these booties because they are so unusual — but when her feet swell…she cannot zip the back together. It happened when she was heading to a Gala from M’s apartment. dievca had to wear a different outfit, which ended up a bit too casual for the event, but going barefoot in Winter would have been worse…

dievca will be offering posts about the “maybes” and the “keepers” — keep your eyes peeled!
(wink, wink)

PS. If you have any comments, let dievca know.

PPS. dievca did not tell you about all the shoes she already got rid of — 5 pairs went to recycle, 5 pairs went to Buffalo Exchange (including two pairs of Manolo Blahniks that were pretty beat up.) she is really clearing it out….XO