It seems like everyone dievca knows is skiing… In Upstate NY, a friend flew to Austria, another friend will be heading out to Tahoe, CA. How can dievca get on that train? She would really like to go to Banff or Whistler in Canada. Nah, probably not in the cards this year after that 3 week vacation out West.
But it would be really fun to go skiing!
Is anyone planning to ski any time soon?
May you have a very Healthy, Happy and Positive Year in 2022!
Sending love, dievča
Photo: Gloria DeHaven
dievca was looking for a little submissive elegance and ran into this advertisement from the Cigar Institute of America. Their message is interesting on many levels: Why just single girls? Is she a gold digger? Does she just want to be taken care of like a good cigar? Can you truly justify that starting to smoke cigars young will keep you young? She does look older than he does. If you don’t inhale you can still enjoy the rich flavor – is that like not swallowing in fellatio? Hmm – much to think about~
Ava Gardner soaks up the sun while shooting Pandora and the Flying Dutchman in 1951.
Stunning 1950’s Red Silk Chiffon Cocktail Party Dress Designed for “Pavion” by David Barr!
This vintage dress just screams out Elizabeth Taylor!
Made of a soft crimson-colored red silk chiffon fabric trimmed with red silk satin detailing- the dress features sheer chiffon sleeves, the body of the dress lined in silk satin, the collar is notched and offers a deep plunge neckline with matching fabric buttons down the front. The waist is cinched and the the skirt on this beautiful piece has tons of small pleats for a super full mid-calf length skirt.
The dress has wonderful movement when you walk or dance!
Excellent Vintage Condition, $250 on Etsy – click photo for link
“I like lots of things. But there are three things I like most. Love, love and love.” — Anita EkbergPosted: May 27, 2021
I’m very much bigger than I was, so what? It’s not really fatness, it’s development.
“Well, my boss said that if I didn’t like working under him, I should look for another position.”
Hmm~ not exactly appropriate for many reasons from a boss, but appropriate if it was your Sir/Madame.
The matchy-matchy look flourishes in “time periods when there is more cultural emphasis on the family and the mother-daughter relationship,” said the fashion historian Jennifer Farley Gordon, who researches children’s clothing. In practice, the matching style can also signal affluence: a mother with leisure time to sew—or money to shop for—mirror-image outfits, and who is more likely to be a stay-at-home mom. Part of the idea, also, is that there’s not much point in being one half of a matching set if you’re not spending significant amounts of time together in public.
Life nailed the appeal of mother-daughter dressing when it declared: “‘Look Alike’ means ‘Look Young.’” The mommy-and-me looks of the 1940s and ’50s were decidedly girlish, emphasizing the mother’s youthfulness rather than the daughter’s maturity. In her memoir Mommie Dearest, Christina Crawford remembered posing for publicity photos with her adoptive mother, Joan, in the late 1940s, at the age of 8. “I had to get dressed in one of the many ‘mother-and-daughter’ outfits we were always photographed in … Mother and I would go through the whole day doing things for the camera and changing from one matching outfit to another.” Often, these outfits consisted of ruffled pinafores or skirts with suspenders worn over frilly blouses with puffed sleeves, with matching ribbons in their hair—clothes more appropriate for an 8-year-old than a grown woman. Tellingly, if a woman had more than one daughter, she was advised to twin with the youngest, according to Life.
Ladies’ Home Journal—one of the leading women’s magazines in America—had strong ideas about how the country could spend its wealth. From 1939 into the early 1950s, the magazine published a series of covers illustrated by Al Parker, a contemporary of Norman Rockwell, depicting mothers and daughters in matching outfits engaging in household chores and leisure activities such as baking cookies, riding bicycles, raking leaves, knitting, skiing, and wrapping Christmas gifts. One memorable image portrayed a rosy-cheeked mother and daughter pair, ice skating hand-in-hand above the headline: “Is Society Committing Suicide Today?”
These days, however, the mommy-and-me looks are usually store-bought. The likes of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Lanvin getting into the luxury children’s wear market and they come with decidedly grown-up price tags. There are plenty of budget-friendly version, like Target’s collaboration with Victoria Beckham, or Drew Barrymore’s line for Crocs.
Though a few halfhearted attempts to launch father-son fashions in the 1950s never really took off, family fashions have surged in recent years as many dads have become more hands-on. Often focused on holiday dressing, vacation clothes, or sleepwear, these collections—which are diversified enough to accommodate a broad range of ages and genders—offer a less literal interpretation of twinning, one intended for special occasions. Which is to say that “daddy, mommy, all my siblings, and me” might be the new mommy-and-me.
What brought this delve into Mommy and Me Fashion? dievca had a flashback of 1976-1977 where her Mom and her had matching outfits and hair which consisted of a rust-colored Corduroy Oshkosh B’gosh Overalls Dress, off-white turtleneck, rust cable knit tights, brown leather Bass platform wedge shoes with rubber sole and Toni Tennille hair:
It was the first time and the last time dievca and her Mom matched. They shared a lot of clothing throughout the years (still do), but the matching thing? One great go – then that was it.
HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY!
A Thank You to KIMBERLY CHRISMAN-CAMPBELL is a fashion historian based in Los Angeles and the author of the forthcoming book Worn on This Day: The Clothes That Made History. Most of the information was gleaned from and article she did for The Atlantic Magazine in 2018.
For those April Showers!
Leiter: Where did you get that suit?
Bond: My tailor, in Saville Row.
Leiter: Mine’s from Washington, Felix Leiter: Central Intelligence Agency.
A B movie or B film is a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not an arthouse film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified films intended for distribution as the less-publicized bottom half of a double feature (akin to B-sides for recorded music).
Mari Blanchard, was an American actress, known for her roles as a B movie femme fatale in American films of the 1950s and early 1960s. In the late 1940s, Blanchard was a successful print model and film extra. Blanchard began appearing in films after she was seen by a producer in an advertisement for bubble bath in 1950.
Blanchard soon found success as an actress. From 1951 to 1952, she took small roles in a number of films at MGM, RKO, and Paramount, until she was signed by Universal-International in 1952. Her first film at the studio was Back at the Front (1952). One of her most memorable roles was the Venusian queen, Allura, in the 1953 comedy Abbott and Costello Go to Mars. She starred in Destry (1954), a western with Audie Murphy. In 1955, she starred in “Escape From Fear”, an episode of the television series Climax! Her hottest and most glamorous film was The She-Devil in 1957.
In the 1960–1961 television season, Blanchard starred as Kathy O’Hara in the NBC Western series Klondike with Ralph Taeger, James Coburn, and Joi Lansing. She also appeared as Margarita Colinas with Cesar Romero in the Rawhide episode “Incident of the Stalking Death”. In 1963 she had a small but flamboyant role in the John Wayne film, McLintock!
After abandoning her film career upon the release of her final film, McLintock! in 1963, Blanchard retired, acting in just a few TV programs afterward. She was diagnosed with cancer in the 1960s. Following a long struggle, she died at the age of 43.
My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring
And carried aloft on the winds of the breeze;
For above and around me the wild wind is roaring,
Arousing to rapture the earth and the seas.
The long withered grass in the sunshine is glancing,
The bare trees are tossing their branches on high;
The dead leaves beneath them are merrily dancing,
The white clouds are scudding across the blue sky.
I wish I could see how the ocean is lashing
The foam of its billows to whirlwinds of spray;
I wish I could see how its proud waves are dashing,
And hear the wild roar of their thunder to-day!
Anne Brontë – 1820-1849
The American Football Playoffs are this weekend. Who are you rooting for?
Or do you just want a sparkly bag in your favorite colors?
At $3995.00 a pop, please don’t be tossing that sparkly ball around.
Better to play Powder Puff with a proper football~
For the Clock to Strike Midnight!
May your days be Jolly and you find something fabulous to do outside.
Ice Skating might be on the agenda. XO
There seems to be a snow theme going on here at the blog. Amazing what the kiss of a flake can do.
verb (used with object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.
verb (used without object), ruf·fled, ruf·fling.
ORIGIN OF RUFFLE
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.
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. ❤
…who’s coming to Thanksgiving dinner?
We should NOT host large gatherings and we should keep a distance from family members that we are not currently living with ~
Who’s left to invite?
dievca is keeping it simple: a workout, a smaller meal, Zooming family, donating to a Soup Kitchen around the block. she is Thankful for being alive and wishes you GOOD HEALTH for this upcoming Holiday Season.
dievca is donating local – but if you are looking for a solid group who feeds those in need: World Central Kitchens, she’s seen them in action for NYC and knows they have a mission Worldwide – donate here
dievca is wrapped in a blanket this morning.
How is your morning? XO
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!
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.”
Hunter’s Moon, Beaver Moon, Blue Moon, Micro Moon, or Frost, Frosty, Snow Moon. Sharad Purnima; and the Thadingyut, Hpaung Daw U, and Low Krathong Festival Moon. This All Hallows Eve Moon will appear “opposite” the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 10:49 AM EDT and will appear Full through Sunday evening.
Thoughts from around the web on what this Blue Moon on Halloween means:
“Magically speaking, blue and full moons are amazing opportunities to release and heal,” This moon is a very fortunate time to mend our bodies, minds, and hearts.
“Full moons have always been seen as moments in time in which the astrological energy comes to a climax. Since this moon is happening on Halloween and while the Sun is in Scorpio, a sign that is closely connected to the spiritual world, this blue moon is an obvious invitation to get super witchy!” If you aren’t taking advantage of this lunar event and performing a witchy ritual around this time, you’re missing out on all of the mystical, fantastical, and enchanting energy in the air.
“This is one of the few times within the year that we can easily bridge the gap between both worlds. The blue moon will serve as an extra illumination on the metaphorical realm, as full moons expose matters on Earth due to its effervescent glow.”
Halloween will be the first blue moon visible in every time zone since 1944. Might be good to charge those crystals! The next full moon on Halloween that will be visible worldwide is expected in 2077, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
“Full moons are a time when we get a little assistance seeing in the dark. It is a very significant full moon, and it is happening four days before the election and is sitting next to a planet with upheaval, change, surprise, excitement: Uranus.” It’s a good time to get rid of things we don’t need.
“I think that symbols — and a blue moon is a symbol — do have the potential to activate things in an individual and in the collective. It is a time when something rare can happen.”
For the moon to actually appear blue is a whole different matter. There has to be enough matter of a particular size kicked into the atmosphere that red light is scattered. The popular example of this is the 1883 eruption of the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa. According to NASA, the eruption was so large that for years afterwards,the moon appeared bluish and sometimes greenish. The volcanic ash particles were large enough to block out red wavelengths of light, while other wavelengths carried on as usual.
Full moons are a call for balance. The moon — symbolic of the divine feminine — sitting proudly across from the sun — a symbol of the sacred masculine and the greatest source of energy — is powerful beyond words. This is precisely why full moons are so climactic and revealing. This lunar phase never ceases to bring what’s hidden to light. and with the sun in Scorpio — symbolic of the underworld — opposing the moon in Taurus — a representation of Mother Earth — this lunation is speaking to the cycle of life and death.
To top it off, this full moon will also conjunct Uranus, at the exact same degree, so shocking is an understatement. The “Great Awakener,” and the planet of chaos, revolution, and unexpected change, it’s safe to say that the shocking revelations stemming from this full moon will make history. Just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it isn’t there, and this year’s full (blue) moon conjunct Uranus on All Hallows Eve will prove it.
Wishing you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN,
no matter what the FULL MOON brings~
Thank you to NPR, the New York Times, Refinery 29, NASA Science and Elite Daily
The Hudson Yard Egg, Beehive, Shawarma – whatever you would like to call the “vessel” is playing host to movies and televised sporting events. You pay for a socially-distanced “pod” of two to four seats with snacks and access to pizza and alcohol. The sound is offered through high-quality over-the-ear headphones. dievca had a flashback evening and watched “Grease” – there was a lot of dancing and singing. she has confirmed her love for Stockard Channing’s Rizzo.
The cost of the tickets is $100 for four seats. About the same as a movie theater ticket + snacks. With no one bumping into your chair or talking during the dialog.
dievca was busy trying to get the ball rolling~
I truly believe that one of the reasons why I look and feel so well
is because I’ve very few inhibitions.
I don’t care about age.
Life is too short to worry about what other people think. ~Mamie van Doren
It is possible that blondes also prefer gentlemen.
~ Mamie van Doren
If she can get there she would like to take this Clare V. Denim Tote:
dievca regrets to tell you that she no longer looks like Ava — more like this sunbather:
Air Conditioning can be so artificial.
Time to squeeze into that bikini and be with the natural elements.
You may be hot, but your soul will feel better facing the Sun.
dievca is ready to run under a fire hydrant sprinkle shower if the FDNY would oblige…
Happy 4th of July!
Looks like Susan Hayward had the same challenges as dievca with humidity and wild-a** hair!
Enjoy your Day!!