The more you know – Custom Duty

dievca ordered items from her favorite Montreal, Quebec store  The items were on sale and she had been watching them for awhile – the total came up to an amount over $800. She bought them in one batch….bad choice.  Had she made two purchases, she wouldn’t have met the US/Canada Border Customs Threshold amount and she would have not had to pay customs….

Instead, she had to schlep to the Main Post Office to pay the customs to get her items.  Yep, it was a significant amount = $400+. Why did she chose to pay it rather than refusing the items?  

  1. They were items she thought about a long time before purchase.
  2. They were unavailable on sale anywhere else on the web.
  3. offered to put a one-time 110-120% credit towards her next purchase (s).
  4. dievca buys on consistently enough to use the credits.

Visualize dievca opening the box the items in the Main NYC Post Office, stuffing the items into a carryall so she could schlepp it all back to her apartment without her arms falling off.  Would it have been easier if dievca had a car?  Have you ever tried to find parking in Midtown?

Photo: Glamorous items in a non-glamorous bag. XO


Yeah, right, after I finish moving the shoes.

Fact: dievca owns a lot of shoes
Fact: dievca has a hard time getting rid of shoes
Hairbrained Idea: dievca should start a shoe museum

If you need a size 37-38 and have a special event….give dievca a call.

dievca’s disasters: Standing out in a Crowd

Stand out in a crowd.dievca used to take a ferry to work with the Wall Street crowd. She was the Macaw amongst the Crows. A brightly colored rainbow dancing through the 6 am set of seriousness. she was noticed for her differences, some people appreciated the radiance others looked at her with askance. dievca didn’t care, what she was wearing worked for her needs and joy.

Enter Master. Now dievca is dressing for someone else as well as herself. Master is very open to what dievca wears, he loves color and insists on something that allows dievca to look feminine and present as a Lady.

dievca keeps up with trends but prefers to add her own twist to dressing.  she dresses for her body type.  she ran into a raw moment at a rooftop bar in the Garment District.

dievca chose the bar because it looked to be a more casual venue. When she arrived there was a separate elevator dedicated to the space and two bouncers insisting that she needed reservations. (Really? at 4:45 pm on a partly cloudy Saturday?) They sent her up and the hostess was very gracious and found her a table on the only half-filled rooftop.
“All the outdoor tables are reserved, but we can squeeze you in.”

After getting settled, dievca took a look around at the other patrons. A mixed bag of ages — but a similarity in dressing.   Sorority Sisters table – snooze. Asian Grouping – Babydoll?.  Flowing crepe Maxis/Tops. One black long sleeve dress, tailored with white collar and cuffs – in this heat? Points for being different.  Everything dievca would look pregnant in, ridiculous or fade into the woodwork.  The only other people dievca was interested in was a Lady channeling Rick James with big hair, a brightly colored tapestry pattern bodycon dress and a vintage 80’s jacket over it. The hostess had a minimalist Calvin Klein (Eileen Fisher) vibe going with slick backed hair. The waitresses were dressed in ivory and one had on a sleeveless fit and flare daisy lace floral pattern, low ponytail.

Many people seemed to be trying too hard to be “cool”. Uhh, hello, relax, it’s just a bar.

Now, as dievca is being critical — people were probably dishing it out on her.  she knows that she was getting looks from the Male patrons, but, they may have been strange looks. dievca dressed to show-off one of Master’s gifts – an amber necklace.Amber-pendant-necklace-Poland-heritage-crafts-handmade-gifts-unique-jewellery-Viking

So, dievca chose a summer peasant dress. Cotton, fitted bodice, lots of skirt. Wild curly hair, Marni high-heeled sandals to ground the dress. 3.1 Philip Lim green suede bag.

Chelsea & Theodore Paisley Peasant Dress

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And she felt good which always makes you look better, right?

A l’Elysee Montmartre painted by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in 1888

When Master finally weighed in (He tries to be diplomatic.) He said, “Too much fabric in the skirt”.
OK. dievca may have looked like something from Rigoletto or Carmen.

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Sigh, if you are going to buck the trends and walk to the beat of a different drummer. Go down BIG!

OR Stand Out in the Crowd~

Spencer Tunick standing out in a crowd.

Building an outfit from Master’s gift.

Vintage Brass Cylinder Necklace Etsy

Brass Cylinder Necklace etsy – dievca’s from Nallik

Master traveled to Europe and brought His dievca a clean-lined simple necklace which He considers “subtle BDSM”.
dievca considers it a lovely piece of Master. she has worn this necklace exclusively since Master returned home. It’s perfect for Summer.

dievca will be traveling soon and she had to attend a dinner with work colleagues. dievca didn’t want to take off Master’s necklace, so she built her outfit around it. It turned out that the necklace and the shoes were the highlights of the evening.

Here’s the rest:

Joe Fresh™ for JCPenney Sleeveless Cowlneck Dress Navy

Joe Fresh™ for JCPenney Sleeveless Cowlneck Dress Navy

Sundance Catalog Copper Crescent Earrings

Sundance Catalog Copper Crescent Earrings

Midwest Alchemy Pearl Copper Ring

Midwest Alchemy Pearl Copper Ring

CHRISSIE MORRIS - zena cross-front platform Navy Stingray brown suede

CHRISSIE MORRIS – Zena cross-front platform navy blue Stingray and brown suede

Straightened hair (the humidity dropped enough to straighten it) in a  low ponytail, light make-up – subtle sheen pale pink eyes with black eyeliner, berry lips, pale pink shimmer toe nails.

Comfortable and Cool, but dressed up enough for dinner. Organic and Edgy = Eclectic. Bingo!