Female New Yorkers are boot lovers. The Men wear boots, too, but the women live in boots for 3 out of 4 seasons. The Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot has its place in many a small NYC closet. This versatile style has a forgiving design which allows for large calves to be hugged in comfort.
SOMETHING OF USE ~ dievca has 3 pairs squished in her closet:
The 5050 style launched in 1993, and the legendary over-the-knee boot has long garnered a reputation — and a major celebrity following — for its flawless, comfortable fit and minimalist, sophisticated sensibility. With its distinctive half-and-half construction, featuring a leather or suede front and stretch fabric back, the 5050 continues to live up to the title of “icon” in a world where that word is endlessly overused; it can be paired with any style, any occasion, any genre, any decade.
Like many fashion icons, it only gets better with time. Cut to Fall 2021, Stuart Weitzman debuts a new 5050 Capsule Collection in celebration of its 35th anniversary, featuring new interpretations of this boot, designed to match whatever mood you’re in.
The aptly named 5050 HIGHSHINE dials up the glamour with more than 300 crystal embellishments hand-applied to each pair. Pearl embellishments give the look an ultra-feminine take with the 5050 LIFT PEARL. Silver-tone studs on the 5050 LIFT STUDS offer a punk vibe. The 5050 FRINGE with cascading fringe detail nods to the must-have cowboy boot trend, while the 5050 LIFT WOVEN boot ups the craftsmanship quotient with each pair taking no less than 14 hours to create using handwoven leather (no two are the same). The 5050 LIFT and the 5050 ULTRALIFT boot provide extra height to boost your strut — a 35-mm platform and 50-mm platform, respectively.
dievca is pondering if her closet can hold a fringe pair or the platform…
Photography: Luke Abby
Styling: Jenny Haapala
Hair: Ro Morgan
Makeup: Christine Cherbonnier
Model: Alicia Herbeth (Elite NY)
DP and editing: Olivier Lessard
Video VFX: James Buongiorno
Production: Will Foster and Peter Schwab
Styling assistants: Olivia Jakubik and Dominique Upshaw
Hair assistant: Kuki Alrawi
Studio: Highline Stages
A new lease of life for tattoos
Etched into our skin for thousands of years, tattoos have become artistic as well as aesthetic. A phenomenon that has broken all the boundaries of fashion.
For a long time, tattoos conjured up the tribal images of ancient cultures and exotic peoples, with enormous symbols covering the arms, backs and torsos of Polynesian, Maori and Japanese people, for example. And rightly so: for centuries, tattoos represented a rite of passage, symbols of protection or a sign of belonging to a particular clan or tribe.
Until the trend took off again around 1990 to 2000. From the shower of tiny stars on the back of Rihanna’s neck to the giant words and patterns on David Beckham’s body, these permanent markings have become extremely fashionable. The Musée du Quai Branly in Paris hosted an exhibition on tattoos in 2015.
As a way to stand out from the crowd or express your personality, tattoos have become like a second skin. They can be proudly shown off, or reserved for only the most intimate views.
dievca is a huge fan of Baggu Bags and has used a couple of them until they actually wore out! She’ll replace them at some point, but as a change of pace – she ran into these recycled taffeta, embroidered totes:
The typical American family uses 1,500 plastic bags every year. But thanks to designer Lauren DiCioccio, you can cut down on waste and look really cool doing it. Her funky embroidered fabric bag was inspired by San Francisco’s 2007 plastic bag ban. She keeps the same cheerful “thank you” messages on each bag, but uses recycled taffeta instead of plastic. Take one out next time you’re shopping or offer one as a gift to pass along the Earth-loving vibes. They (the family/friends or Host/Hostess) can reuse and reduce ‘til it wears out. Made in San Francisco.
100% Recycled Polyester Taffeta Fabric Bag, Polyester Thread
20″ L x 13″ H
Machine wash, spot treat stains with stain stick or similar spray and wash, hang to dry
Less expensive and more practical than the Alexander Wang Rhinestone Bag version!
dievca looks at the Housing Works eShop website once in awhile for a little inexpensive retail therapy. You have to have time and an open mind, but something might gel.
$107.00 bought dievca:
- Pringle Argyle Cashmere Sweater in brown (vintage) $30
- Columbia Down Vest in brown (used) $17
- Plaid Converse Chuck Taylor Slip-Ons in brown (new) $25
- COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in grey $15 (new)
- COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in white $15 (new)
- Blue Q ‘Get the Hell Out of My Kitchen’ sock $5 (new) – a gift for a friend
she’ll match the first 4 items with:
- MIH Jeans
- Stand Studio Kala Faux Leather Overcoat in dark Green $515 on sale for $87.55
- Tomas Maier Pony Hair Backpack
- RE/done upcycled Blue Jean Mask
For a quirky, yet interesting combination in the City. Master will be laughing at dievca’s Midwestern homage~
We really need to get out of COVID cozy and head back to Ladylike…
What is your Design on a Dime style?
(Let dievca know and she’ll post it!)
Sheridan’s Coffee Layered Liqueur was first introduced in 1994. It is produced in Dublin by Thomas Sheridan & Sons. One section is filled with a black liqueur, consisting of coffee and whiskey flavors, while the other is filled with a white liqueur of milk white chocolate.
How to enjoy.
Serve in a Rocks glass or tumbler by first pouring in the black liqueur, and then gently floating the white liqueur on the surface of the liquid. This makes the perfect layered drink, Irish Coffee-style, and you can garnish with white and dark chocolate pieces.
dievca had it in Ireland when it first came out and has asked Master to get her a bottle whenever He travels to Ireland.
she’s running out…XO
Only Hearts offers a Whisper of Black Cherry for your Sir or Madame’s delight:
Only Hearts: Whisper Sweet Nothings Coucou Bodysuit – Black Cherry
dievca has 6 pairs of boots sitting on the kitchen table sorted for resale. They are favorite boots that were a size 7-7.5, she now needs a size 8 to hold her right foot.
Here’s what is leaving – you’ve seen these on the blog (roll over the photos to see the brands):
dievca had success on eBay finding the Rodeo Brava Motorcycle Boots in the next size ($40), she’s eye-balling the Roberto del Carlo blue suede boots on eBay, two sizes up – nib.
she’d like to get a pair of cowboy boots and the red ones above caught her eye, they are the Free People New Frontiers Western Boots in red $148. she thought they would make Master laugh. He is always entertained by dievca’s boots.
But dievca cannot justify buying those cute red boots because she owns these Chloe Rylee Python Booties in red:
Western Belt Print Bag – and ode to Impact Play or Bondage
A bag to carry your accoutrements: thudders and stingers or buckled cuffs and collars
Paul Smith‘s Western Belt Print will offer a lot of additional room for water, towels, a change of clothes, etc. A fun, tongue in cheek nod to your pleasurable inclinations!
~Something of Use~
Update – the bag sold on August 2nd…sorry, dievca was too slow…
Yes, its ridiculous in the realm of Life and Life’s current challenges – but – dievca finally feels like she has mastered a comfortable & clean look for traveling. A personal success.
Two dinners with friends!
Something of Use!
A bag with heart. A bag for the Beach! Entirely hand-woven with plastic recycled off the beaches of Bali and repurposed into a gorgeous tote to treasure forever. No stranger to sand and salt, the Jolene is perfect for beach days. Toss in your towel and book of Proust enjoy your day in the sun. 100% handwoven recycled plastic 14” x 10.5” . It’s $211 and available in Cherry, Pearl, Sky and Black. There is a medium size, too for $175
Click photo for link
On a lighter note – but following the childhood innocence theme – the La Double J Mini Swing Dress in Giungla brings color and clean lines to Life. Might be a good choice to indicate your interest in being a Little or a Unicorn.
- Fabric: Lightweight, non-stretch silk twill
- Rainforest print
- Jewel neckline and short sleeves
- Hidden zip at back
- On-seam hip pockets
- Shell: 100% silk
- Dry clean
- Made in Italy
dievca had two days in Santa Fe to wander the downtown area. she was having a foot issue after walking the trails in Sedona, so her choices were driven by shoes:
Outfit #1 – Museums and Shopping
Outfit #2 – Dinner and Music
dievca bought the red sneakers and two other items:
- Golightly Cashmere (Designed and Made in Santa Fe) Rainbow Wrap
- New Mexico Flag Red T-shirt
The iconic Dolce&Gabbana balconette-bra bodysuit, made from stretch tulle, in a bright cyclamen color with the DG logo and all-over jacquard hearts, will infuse your most refined lingerie looks with a burst of style and modernity:
• Tulle-lined cups
• Adjustable straps
• Back zipper
• Made in Italy
External composition: 92% Polyamide 8% Spandex
- Dries van Noten Teal Crocodile Derby’s $890 for $366 (now $240 – size 38 run more like an 8.5)
- Dries van Noten Snakeskin Platform Sandals $885 for $646 (sold out elsewhere)
- Laura Manoogian Brown Bow Pants $350 for $249 (Cheaper elsewhere, but the size was too large for dievca)
The Derby’s were too large, so they had to be returned. The pants will be worn in the Winter – they are a heavy knit.
The Sandals are being worn on this trip with:
- Eddie Bauer White Jeans $80 for $55
- Dries van Noten Floral Tee Shirt eBay $80
The customs re-imbursement bought:
- Dries van Noten purple knit bra and briefs $220 for $114 and $280 for $109
- Acne Studios Star Bag $250 for $98
- Pearls Before Swine Simple Silver Ring Set $250 for $137
Now, before you pass judgement on the amount spent…remember that dievca sold items this month at Buffalo Exchange for $300, the RealReal for $1250, and has 6 items out to Decades in LA. Plus two items have sold on eBay during dievca’s travels = $200.
$1488 bought, $1750 sold + with more listed.
And if you are interested – Master thinks dievca’s machinations for reducing and rebuilding her closet are hilarious.
“Diversity, dievca, Diversity”
dievca has been on the search for a simple unlined full-cup bra. This Agent Provocateur “Lucky” Bra looks like a possibility – you can get it lined or unlined. The only problem is the bottoms don’t look super practical for larger bodies.
Uses: The Figure 8 Knot provides a quick and convenient stopper knot to prevent a line sliding out of sight, e.g., up inside the mast. Its virtue is that, even after it has been jammed tightly against a block, it doesn’t bind; it can be undone easily. This virtue is also, occasionally, a vice. The Figure 8 Knot can fall undone and then has to be retied.
Comparison: The Figure 8 Knot should be compared to other common stopper knots. It is much better than the simple Overhand Knot which is smaller and can bind so tightly that it can be really difficult to undo. However, the Double Overhand Knot, the Stevedore Stopper Knot, and the Ashley Stopper Knot, all make better Stopper knots because they are larger and more stable. For slippery ropes the EStar Stopper Knot is the best.
The Figure 8 “forget me knot” makes for a lovely Bondage/ Shibari Key Chain.
By Corey Moranis – link below.
dievca ordered items from her favorite Montreal, Quebec store ssense.com. 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?
- They were items she thought about a long time before purchase.
- They were unavailable on sale anywhere else on the web.
- ssense.com offered to put a one-time 110-120% credit towards her next purchase (s).
- dievca buys on ssense.com 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
Underwear is a secret that a dievca shares with herself. It’s an identity she hides under her clothes, a part of her feminine mystique she keeps tucked away from the eyes of the general public. Perhaps she shares it with a partner~ perhaps not.
A lady’s choice of panties has a lot to do with her style. You might be able to guess what kind of underwear she’s got on under a pencil skirt or maxi dress. Maybe she isn’t wearing anything at all?
What a woman chooses to don under her outer garments also says a lot about her personality. Whether she prefers comfort to sexy or cotton to lace, every girl’s panty preference gives a lot of insight into the woman she is.
Whether she’s a go-getter or a laid-back kind of woman, you can bet her panties reflect her personal mantras as well as her aspirations.
So, what does your underwear choice say about your personality?
You’re a sporty girl with a great butt. Nothing looks quite as adorable as a pair of ass cheeks hanging out the back of a pair of flirty boy shorts. You’re the kind of girl who dresses for herself and your style is easy-going and free.
You’re the kind of woman people depend on, one who can lead a group with comfort and ease. You’re innovative and charismatic, but you’re also very social and friendly.
You’re a go-getter and a hard worker. You put comfort first so you can always be on your game. You don’t have time to waste buying expensive, frilly panties when you have so much on your plate.
You are a bad bitch! There’s no argument about it. A thong is the staple of the Alpha Female, the leader of the pack. You take no sh*t from anyone.
You might be a little (read: a lot) intimidating; no one will argue you’re anything but fierce.
You’re the one your friends look to when making plans and you’re the one they go to when seeking guidance. You’re sexy as hell and definitely a man-eater.
You hold your own in every relationship and are never afraid to speak your mind.
You’re into clean lines, but also staying super comfy throughout your exhausting 9-5 workday. You’d much rather be snuggled up with a marathon of “GoT” than have to slave away over a report for your boss.
Sometimes people call you lazy, but it just isn’t the case. You’re just super chill and would rather spend your time doing you than doing mindless bullsh*t for The Man.
You want to be dancing at music festivals, not dancing around office gossip. You don’t have time or patience for other people’s sh*t.
Your dream life would consist of lying on a beach somewhere, catching rays with a gorgeous man, sipping cocktails from coconuts and washing your worries away in the ocean. You were made for the island life, not life chained to a desk.
You’re the ultimate free spirit, and you own it.
There are two things about you that make you likable and awesome: First, you like to be comfortable and you give zero f*cks about what anyone thinks about your underwear choices, and secondly, you’re definitely quirky and you’re cool with it.
Incidentally, your ginormous underwear choice also likely means you aren’t getting laid often. (Sorry.) It also indicates you aren’t one for skinny jeans or mini skirts.
You’re a woman who prefers a date with Netflix over a date with a man, and knows the only person you’ve got to answer to is yourself.
You are a hot mama and aren’t afraid to show it. You’re a sexually-free woman who marches to the beat of her own drum.
You enjoy the company of men more than you do women, having always found more comfort in the male species as guys make you feel at ease. I guess there’s just something about catty women that’s always repelled you.
You’re the life of the party — never afraid of the last shot or taking on a bet from one of your friends. You have problems with limits because you never want to stop having fun.
You’re a laidback girl with everything on her mind but settling down. Your brain is on your next big project or your impeding promotion.
You’re quiet and shy, but not meek. You like to keep to yourself because you know it’s the best way to get sh*t done.
You aren’t running around, desperate for new friends. You’re loyal to a fault and always have your BFFs back when she needs you.
You keep your close friends close and couldn’t care less if you’re the belle of the ball or with everyone else.
Did you know going commando is actually really, really good for your health? Your vagina will thank you and we all know if your vagina is happy, you’re happy.
You’re an easy-going girl who doesn’t have time to f*ck with something as arbitrary as underwear. Why would you want to make extra laundry when you can forgo the laundromat by skipping out on panties?
You’re a problem-solver who’d rather spend her time enjoying the sunshine than sitting inside folding her clothes.
You live life with so much passion, and you find the endless beauty in every single thing. People admire your positive energy.
Girls want to be you, and guys want to be with you. You’re genuine, and it shines through and through.
So, which pair speaks to you or your Dominant?
dievca was fascinated by the faux wood and the ability of people to walk in Candie’s Sandals.
Dr. Scholl’s were bad enough!
But, dievca ran into these mule sandals and is taking a second look~
Something of Use showing your BDSM leanings from Hermes.
15 hours till the Housingworks Auction End for this offering above, currently $128.
* Silver-tone metal construction
* Contains some fragrance
* Spray functionality
* Includes original velvet logo pouch
* Marked on bottom
* Signs of wear, including surface scratches and dings
2.25″W x 3.25″H x .75″D
Or you can buy one on eBay for $288
Fashion in the submissive’s favor – Spring Summer 2021 Louis Vuitton is offering elegant collars with padlocks and chunky chains:
#1 – The polished LV Edge necklace Cadenas presents an iconic Louis Vuitton signature while embracing a contemporary feel. This piece features a large padlock pendant meticulously engraved with the LV Initials, suspended from a thick link chain. The pendant is opened and closed by pushing the lock.
#2 – With slightly smaller chain links than its sister pieces in the line, this LV Edge necklace MM makes a subtler, though no less striking impression. On this scale, the meticulousness of the Monogram engravings in rows along the links is truly exceptional. An LV Initials-engraved lobster clasp makes a secure and elegant closure.
A bold statement of showing your BDSM leanings in public without anyone the wiser.
dievca ran into this sweatshirt at H&M in NYC. she agrees with the message.
“Work with what God gave you” and “rock it”, comes to mind.
Maybe the changes in one’s body due to age are the stanzas.
Or maybe one’s body is just a “Work of Art” in progress.
That seems to fit.
Actually – this outfit is “cool” temperature-wise and it will cover dievca’s road rash from the sun.
Ulla Johnson Simona Linen and cotton blouse with volume to allow air to flow. Theory Cotton black wide-leg pants.
Adding Master’s Lauren Landa Sterling Silver WI Moonstone Hair Pin, Aigner Black Sandals, and Officina del Poggio Water Bottle bag.
Fleur du Mal‘s Ice Cream Embroidery Demi Bra features playful custom ice cream cone embroidery on sheer stretch tulle. Demi style cups with scalloped edge detailing. Stretch charmeuse bands with back hook and eye closure for a customized fit. Unlined. Pair with the matching Ice Cream Embroidery Cheeky and Garter Belt for a mouthwatering set.
Enjoy the Fireworks in Fleur du Mal‘s Pink Lemonade Superstar Bra!
A garter belt and thong are also available (click the photo).
That pink lemonade sounds good, right now, to beat the heat. XO
When dievca stayed in the new hotel on Roosevelt Island earlier this month, she fell in lust with an immense floor lamp:
1227 giant floor lamp by Anglepoise is a triple-sized lamp designed to celebrate the 70th birthday of Original 1227 lamp
The lighting was amazing, the lamp is quirky, fun and would fit her 13 foot ceilings. Too bad the price was around $4000+.
Maybe, some day, dievca will get a pre-loved version. Right now, she needs to save her $ for a new sleeper sofa. Her current one was a floor sample, 15 years ago from IKEA. It is on its last legs, even with a newer cover. Sigh
Click on the photo to purchase from Design Within Reach – colorways: Dove Grey, Jet Black, Marine Blue, Crimson Red, Blossom Pink, Duck Egg Blue, Citrus Yellow and Alpine White. $4100
After watching the chaos of two crashes on the first day of the Tour de France. dievca has complete empathy with anyone who has road rash. Between the gauze dressings, ointments, sensitivity to the sun – its can be hard to dress with Road Rash.
In the heat of the NYC Summer, dievca normally wears dresses. The loss of skin on her shin makes that an awkward dressing option. she did find an elegant and comfortable option. Plus, it will work for today’s 2021 NYC PRIDE PARADE!
- Club Monaco Jarinda Navy Blue Linen Split Neck Top $98
- Suzie Kondi Organic Cotton Terry Navy Wide-Leg Pants $225
- Tory Burch 70’s Navy Suede Flip Flops $98
- Michael Kors Pride 2021 Mask $28.50
dievca added the MACHETE Chain Collar and Anklet
Now that NYC has moved into a new climate zone…
New York City, after years of being considered a humid continental climate, now sits within the humid subtropical climate zone. The classification requires that summers average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit — which New York’s have had since 1927 — and for winter months to stay above 27 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.
A simple 100% Cotton Summer Dress is a necessity.
Wal-Mart bought the rights to a NYC brand which personified beach style to Millennials.
Scoop NYC, the boutique chain that billed itself as “the ultimate closet,” announced last week that it was closing its 15 remaining shops.
The store relives as a Brand at Wal-Mart and is offering a simple summer dress, on sale for $28.50