Odalisque Silver Ring: Mondo Mondo

An Odalisque by Francisco Masriera y Manovens

W. S. Gilbert refers to the “Grace of an odalisque on a divan” in Colonel Calverley’s song “If You Want A Receipt For That Popular Mystery” from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience.

In popular use, the word odalisque also may refer to a mistress, concubine or paramour of a wealthy man.

During the 19th century, odalisques became common fantasy figures in the artistic movement known as Orientalism, being featured in many erotic paintings from that era.

By the later 19th century, Turkish writers such as Melek Hanum used the word odalisque to refer to slave-concubines when writing in English:

If any lady possesses a pretty-looking slave, the fact soon gets known. The gentlemen who wish to buy an odalisque or a wife, make their offers. Many Turks, indeed, prefer to take a slave as a wife, as, in such case, there is no need to dread fathers, mothers, or brothers-in-law, and other undesirable relations


Odalisque sculptural ring from Mondo Mondo. Polished silver. Arc motif with attached loop. Small engraved logo at inside band.
• Sterling Silver
• Made in USA

Founded by Natasha Ghosn is 2012, Mondo Mondo is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle brand featuring handmade pieces that reflect Ghosn’s playful, surrealist view of the world.

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The Ring of O is a specially designed ring which has been worn as a distinctive mark among BDSM practitioners, mainly in continental Europe — and especially the German-speaking countries — since the 1990s. Its use is relatively widespread within this subculture. Its name derives from the name of the central female character in the classic BDSM novel Story of O (written by Pauline Réage), who was a sex slave and wore an analogous ring.


“Over the hills and through”…the Overwire Bra

The overwire bra was popular during the 1950s and created a slightly softer look than the bullet bra. The cups are wired above the chest, creating a beautiful projected bust and often the bra features a deep V in the center, making it perfect for low-cut strapless dresses The placement of the wire doesn’t really do any technical function like the underwire of today, instead, it offers a different shape compared to other bras. The overwire did feature heavily in strapless bras as the wire helped defy gravity by keeping the bra shape intact.

Modern overwire bras are a niche market and you’ll find the odd one being produced by vintage/retro reproduction lingerie companies: Bettie Page Lingerie and Dita von Teese Lingerie or you can just buy vintage…


And, yes, dievca took liberties in combining “Over the River and Through the Woods”, plus “Over the Hill and Through the Woods” for the title…


First Gala of the Season 2018

Dries van Noten Ribbon Fringe Dress SS 2015

The dress – Dries von Noten SS 2015, soooo dievca might look a little bit muppet-ish, the swish is too fun to miss out on….

Here’s how Dries styled it:

Dries van Noten Runway SS 2015

OK, no patterned cardigan available in dievca’s closet, but a Club Monaco Soft Trench might do the trick:

Club Monaco Elila Soft Trench

And it works!

Shoes? Initially, dievca was thinking boots. Tall, black patent leather boots, but Dries styled it with an ankle strap sandal for Spring/Summer. What else does dievca have?

Maison Martin Margiela Replica 1970’s Tango shoes Argentina in blue patent leather

dievca is going to keep the jewelry simple because the dress has so much going on:

Hair and make-up? Well, dievca’s hair grew out and had gotten long and shaggy as thin hair is wont to do~ Listening to her Master, she kept it long and got a “Lob” (long bob) with the idea that with her hair blown out she would have similar hair to:

Catherine Deneuve, Paris Match 1997, Photo: Ellen von Unwerth

It worked. The color isn’t the same, dievca has red, gold and grey highlights from the Summer (random grey as she cannot decided whether to color her hair or not…Master has no opinion on it.) But, the body and the sweep occurs when dievca straightens her curls. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain….

Smoky eyes, red lips, facial contouring which dievca learned this summer from the photo-shoot!

Voila!

If you cannot be traditionally beautiful, you might as well have fun with Fashion!
and dievca suspects that Master will have fun tossing up her skirt! 😉


Staying Young with the ‘word of the day’: Peng

Peng. New Word Suggestion. Used to describe anything of exceptional quality, including people. Means ‘fit’ or ‘hot’ or ‘good-looking’

Peng was used to describe high quality weed. It then became to mean someone who is really good-looking. A lot of the London slang words are Jamaican in origin. They become popular through music and black Londoners links with the Caribbean.

Where it appeared for dievca:

How would you sum up the collection?
Eclectic…versatile…peng.

dievca had to look up the word ‘peng’ when she saw it describing a new collection offered by ASOS, developed by Generation Z humans for themselves with creativity and equality (race, gender, body image, sexuality, disabilities) in mind via the ‘revolving’ team (a new group of 6 people driving each collection) . Whew! Can you keep up?

Taking into consideration the results of extensive research into the non-negotiable values of Gen Z, the brand’s price point starts at £5, the pieces are intended for all genders, sizes are available up to a 6XL, and the collection is animal-free. Each season, a new lineup of diverse creatives will collaborate to create a collection that not only speaks to, but is for, everyone.

Here’s Generation Z (mid 1990’s to mid 2000’s birth years):

(Click graphic to learn more about Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Z)

 

What is the brand called? COLLUSION….which is an interesting word choice in of itself:

col·lu·sion
/kəˈlo͞oZHən/
noun
secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others

Hmmmm, not so altruistic….

al·tru·is·tic
/altro͞oˈistik/
adjective
showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish

OK, too many new words and the brand didn’t do its due diligence – let’s move on.  dievca normally runs into Forever 21 or H&M for an update on what the kids are into clothing-wise. she understands that it is fast fashion and cheap, but it does take the pulse of the younger generations. 

Brandy Melville was her latest go in the Summer — she laughed to find out that many 12 years olds have the same Jessica sweater as her.
The old girl is HIP!
(Do kids even know what ‘hip’ means anymore?)

Anyways, after sending a huge suitcase of clothes to Europe with her friend (for 4 people) and selling 5 items on eBay for $1000, plus having more things to list and 6 bags going to resale next week…whew…dievca decided to treat herself and splurge $158.00 on a few Collusion items.  They may look like absolute crap when she gets them, but it made her feel young and peng for a moment:

Somehow she doesn’t think Master is going to go for any of it as Presentation Outfits, but it might make Him chuckle. XO


If You do it Well, do it Six times

OK, four times, with the fifth in Alpaca.
Sies Marjan Bessie Trench Coat $600-$2000...


How to get distracted by the accordion (pleats) – Lingerie

Anne Francis Vintage Lingerie – pleats

Look at how elegant it drapes. How thin the fabric is…how permanent the pleats are~

dievca started hunting for a nightgown with knife-pleats and she went into a tailspin of information and found out, it is a type of fabric not used in gowns very often.

First let’s define types of pleats:

Looks like the pleats in the original Nightgown are Accordion pleats:

Apparently accordion pleats hang down without poufing out and give volume via movement, not by the pleat itself. Nylon can be permanently pleated, silk cannot.

Here are the items dievca found so far….

Some from Etsy, already sold. Some without accordion pleats- but floaty, some with pin-tuck pleats, some are dresses not lingerie, some are short and not long….nothing was right.

This may be a QUEST!

The question is….is it worth dievca’s time?
Master?


Beetlemania

dievca did own this model and color…two words: Heated Seats

Nope…not this type of VW Beetle, it was the following two items that prompted dievca’s musings:

Faliero Sarti Scarf

Markus Lupfer Scarab Sweater

Read enough about the dung beetle, and a picture of its character emerges: patient, optimistic, uncomplaining. ~Elif Batuman

Beetle symbolism and meaning

Beetles express different characteristics, traits and qualities that are important in the world of symbols. There are many different species, but, in symbolical sense, we usually conceptualize them as an entity.

However, some examples are worth of mention for symbolical interpretation.

Progress and hard work – Beetles are associated with progress, dedication to goals, hard work and consistency. Take an example of sacred scarab and its methodical ball rolling. All sorts of beetles are diligent workers, which as a characteristic worth of praise.

They are linked to concept of progress and success. Beetles work hard to meet their goals and there is not much that could stop them or lead astray.

Being devoted and diligent workers, beetles are seen as lucky charms and even used as amulets. They bring good luck and progression, as spirit animals. Because of their fine, strong armor, beetles are resistant and unstoppable in their work.

Persistence and stability – Beetles are persistent and stable. They express complete dedication to their work, which is a trait that could be easily applied to humans. This is one of the reasons why beetles are powerful symbolical creatures.

They represent the everlasting life and constant progress. They symbolize a life path of slow and gradual development, on both minor and greater plan.

Beetles represent things that last and keep its form for long periods. They are associated with change, as well, but those changes that are inevitable.

The ancient Greek, Panta Rhei; everything is moving and constantly changing, which is a solid way to progress. Beetles embody the concept of natural changes, of balance and constant movement.

Creativity and colorfulness – Beetles also represent creativity. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors and are always doing something. Their beautifully painted wings are simply amazing. Beetles are associated with energy of creation, imagination and visualization.

Symbolism of beetles’ colors is also interesting. Each color represents something different (e.g. green for freshness and health, blue for tranquility, red for passion and so on). Therefore, seeing or imagining a beetle of a particular color could be inspiring and even prophetic, in a way.

Solidarity and cooperation – Beetles are good team workers. Most of them live in colonies and work together to create success. They are team oriented and cooperative, which is something worth of looking up to. Beetles represent collaboration, mutual understanding, community and unity.

Intuition and instincts – All beetle insects have special antennas that help them get a perspective of their surroundings. Beetles’ antennas symbolize intuition and instinct. The ability to sense what sort of energies or vibrations are coming your way is of an essential importance.

Beetles as spirit animals

Goliath beetle (Goliathus giganteus), lithograph by Sardi from Poliorama Pittoresco, n 6, September 18, 1841.

As totem animals, beetles are good teachers. They would help you achieve gradual success and go through different stages of your life with no rush or panic.

They would teach you to properly channel your own energy, so that you can reach your goals without any regret. Beetles teach us to stay on the ground and listen to our inner voice and our ratio. They value imagination and creativity, but will not let you go astray. Beetle totem keeps you on track.

Beetle people are:

  • Strong-willed and determined
  • Dedicated and persistent
  • Cooperative and understanding
  • Creative and practical

Beetle people nurture their intuition and their totem helps them polish it to perfection. They are well aware of their environment and situation and know how to deal with it.

People whose totem animal is beetle tend not to overreact to unusual or unexpected phenomena; they are tranquil, sometimes reserved and smart. They would rather stay quiet until they thoroughly think about the matter or situation they find themselves in.

Those people are highly imaginative and creative, but methodical and practical. It means these people are able to practically apply their ideas. They have a lot of imagination and good strategies to implement useful ideas. They are not dreamers, but extremely creative doers.

Beetle people have many talents; their totem will gladly help them discover all of their skills and nurture their affinities.

If beetle is your spirit animal, you are most likely a cooperative person. Beetle people work great in big teams, but are always eager to propose their own ideas.

However, they are understanding and tolerant, so they do not get easily disappointed if some of their proposals are not accepted. These people are not particularly sensitive or emphatic, but they have a good sense for other peoples’ feelings. They would not intentionally hurt anybody, but they know how to defend themselves from insults.

Well, Fashion has gotten into the spirit of Beetles several times, for both Men and Women. dievca has her two pieces, maybe you would like to channel your inner Beetlemania, too!
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