Feeling Floral and Feminine

As the wind whips across the Island of Manhattan –
dievca is dreaming of Flowers with Dolce and Gabbana!


Not quite the La Perla, but…the look for less.

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SIMONE PÉRÈLE Pensée lace-trimmed silk-blend satin kimono and slip in Red.  Not quite the Gorgeous Red La Perla, but the price is quite a bit more reasonable.  The OutNet is now out-of-stock, but if you Google the name, you can still find it.  It also comes in Blush Pink and Ivory.


Loving a Man in a cozy Sweater (Jumper)

Paul McCartney Fair Isle

The Fair Isle

Submariner

The Submariner

Steve McQueen 1968 Fisherman Sweater
The Aran Sweater

Mr. Rodgers Cardigan
The Cardigan

Classics for a reason and always as handsome as the Gentleman inside. 

(Master prefers a Fairsisle Sweater Vest – makes His dievca smile)


Something of Use: A Reimagined Classic

CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR LUGGED WINTER HIGH TOP

CONVERSE CHUCK TAYLOR ALL STAR LUGGED WINTER HIGH TOP leather khaki green

As the snow blows into NYC, dievca has a stylish weapon to beat the cold and wet. she picked up a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged Winter 2.0 at SSENSE, on sale. They have turned out to be very comfortable and have caught the notice of a number of people (TSA agents – in a good way, friends, colleagues, people on the street). The shoes are offered on the Nike/Converse website for $110 – the price may go down, again.

Effortless street style meets all-weather functionality with the Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged Winter 2.0. A classic Chuck Taylor upper crafted from waterproof leather is set against a new utility outsole with an expressive stance, standout traction and Chevron-inspired details. A warm, cozy lining and gusseted tongue lock in warmth.

FEATURES

  • High top, boot-inspired sneaker with waterproof leather upper and canvas tongue.
  • Memory foam and an EVA sockliner come together for all-day comfort.
  • Soft fleece lining keeps it warm and cozy.
  • Lugged rubber outsole with chevron-inspired tread for enhanced traction.
  • Top speed hooks secure the fit and lock in warmth.

Shovel the Snow

to get to the Laundrymat to clean towels, pads, and clothing because the wash machine went out….It’s been years since dievca has had to gather quarters for the machines. 

dievca’s desperation of not initially recognizing a wine bottle shape in the bottom cupboard was a bit pathetic. The wine is a solid Malbec and a good way to end a day of chores. 

Mom is good, dievca got her best – but she is fading. Mom is going to go down with dignity and a healthy splash of humor~

dievca absolutely loves that her Mom cannot remember that she broke her hip twice or what she ate, but she damn well knows that dievca brought her favorite chocolates and asks about dievca’s Apple Green Dries van Noten Platform Sandals. (Note: Mom is bed/wheelchair bound, but dievca has put all the shoes on her Mother’s feet – just to get the “look”.)

dievca schlepped two pair of kick a** boots for Mom to review, platform leather Chuck Taylors, a +J Uniqlo Mixed Knit Sweater a friend gave to her and the crazy print LA Double J reversible down coat. dievca’s Mom loved it all. 

Chocolates and Fashion – there is some kind of philosophical “Meaning of Life” in those choices.


The New Comfort: Who does it best? (Chantelle, Knix, EBY)

Back in the Day (November 17, 2013 to be exact) dievca found Lingerie Comfort with Hanky Panky – In the 8 years since – the rubber has pulled out of the lace, there are holes and many pieces of dievca’s Hanky Panky have been retired.  she hasn’t bought anymore and she’s glad that she didn’t because she’s moved on to a set of Chantelle SoftStretch in Leopard Print ($54/$20):

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A new level of comfort has been found!
A new “go to” brand for the 3 C’s: Color, Comfort and Curves!

That said, dievca bought three additional sets of comfort underwear- one from Chantelle in Forest Green ($58/$20), one from EBY (Empowered By You – a “do good” business) – in Blue Meadow ($48/$22)  and a final set from the Canadian Brand “Knix” LuxeLift in an Anna Sui collaboration pattern ModFloral ($50/$25):

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Here’s the ranking:

  1. CHANTELLE – The SuperSoft fabric is….super soft, yet the bra’s hold up the girls well.  The bra padding is not removable, but it isn’t too overwhelming either – no strange shapes.  The fabric is very smooth and very comfortable.
  2. KNIX – The knix set starts out awkward to put on, but then molds nicely to the body. dievca wore the set with the removable bra pads inserted, she’ll try the top without them next time.  The bra pads looked fine, they did add a little bit of extra when dievca does not need it. There were a couple of seamed rubbing “hotspots” that disappeared as the day went on.
  3. EBY – The EBY set was easy to put on, but the cut of the bra armholes is high.  That is where the seams on the sides of the bra rubbed dievca, all day – she had to keep adjusting the irritation point. Was it horrible? No – just there.  Maybe it will disappear with washing.  The bra cups are removable and in dievca’s case not necessary – but they didn’t look strange. she will try wihtout the pads on the next round – maybe that will stop the rubbing.  The bottoms were very comfortable.

Conclustion – all three (four sets) are nice, but the little bit extra you pay for the CHANTELLE set(s) is worth it.


Get your Groove Back! (BDSM style)

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STELLA MCCARTNEY
Groove Heels
Buffed faux-leather heels in black. Embossed detailing at round toe. Curb chain ankle strap with lanyard clasp fastening in gold-tone. Tonal covered block heel. Faux-leather sole in tan. Approx. 3.5″ heel.
Made from cruelty-free, non-animal materials.
Supplier color: Black
Upper: synthetic. Sole: synthetic.
Made in Italy.
Available on sale at SSENSE.

You’ll be ready to SWING!

Swing Dance


Even if you ARE hosting a NYE party…what part of “no”~

rooballs red kangaroo balls bottle opener

Yes. Yes, it is what you think it might be. Yes, there is a whole website dedicated to this animal part harvested and processed in accordance with the Australian National Parks & Wildlife Service rules and regulations. www.rooballs.com

dievca was doing a gentle wander around the after Christmas sales and ran into this on the Huckberry website.  she didn’t believe it until she looked up the “brand” RooBalls!.

kangaroo-opponentIf someone can explain the appeal for any of the products – deivca would be grateful. (i.e. yesterday was Boxing day and Kangaroos can box…) Please note that she is always up for someone being able to make a $, Australian or otherwise, she just feels these products may be a reach. OK, obviously not.

dievca will be moving on to having that Christmas cookie with wine now…XO


Opting for Elegant with La Perla

Master has been interested in opening Presents this Season –
La Perla may be able to help.

Add:


Norma Kamali for the Future

The days are getting LONGER! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Something in the color of hope might speak to the New Year:

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NORMA KAMALI BONDED SHAWL COLLAR COAT
Generous fit
Slight bell sleeve
Oversized shawl collar
Curved hem
Shawl collar can be wrapped as a hood
FABRIC
4-way stretch Velvet.
Composition: 92% polyester 8% spandex

CARE INSTRUCTIONS
For the long life of this easy care style, please follow the directions: cold water wash, cool dry line dry, do not dry clean.

Ships Feb. 6th, 2022

After seeing this fabric and color, dievca’s Camo Shawl Collared Coat might not make the cut anymore….

What do you think?

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Well, that was a bust – Holiday Gala canceled

As Omicron moves into NYC – venues and events are being closed/canceled. dievca’s Holiday Gala was an early casualty.  Too bad it was canceled after she had bought the dress…

Here was the plan:

Dries van Noten Red Maxi Dress YooxDries van Noten Red Maxi Dress Yoox backjohn-galliano navy green gold heelsPerrin Blue Leather Le Rond Bag CuffBen-Amun Gold-tone cabochon earringsemerald-ring 14K gold ring18K Gold The Dainty Sapphire Chain Ring _ Dainty Dagger _ Wolf & Badger
Dries van Noten Red Drape Dress
John Galliano Heels
Perrin Le Rond Bag Blue
Ben-Amun Cabochon Earrings
Vintage Emerald Ring
Dainty Dagger Sapphire Ring

OK, Plan B – wear the dress to Master’s and have a smaller personal Gala!


Bordelle – Exclusive Bondage

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The Adjustable Bondage Angela is the ultimate in Bordelle bondage luxe, with total adjustability to flatter every curve. This piece is made up of over 150 24k gold-plated components. Each dress takes a whole day to make! Limited edition colourway – Eden. $1094.00

Details:

  • Satin elastic dress in rich Eden
  • Signature satin elastic strapping
  • Adjustable through the back
  • Includes suspender clips; wear with garters or stockings
  • 24k gold plated zip fastening
  • Made up of 140 24k gold-plated components

Care and Composition:
Elastic: 89% Polyamide, 11% Elastane.
Delicate hand wash separately.


Buy? or DIY? Tabletop Fireplace

Have you seen the Tabletop Fireplaces?

FLKR personal fireplace

  • Offers all the benefits of a regular sized fireplace in a compact, portable design
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Utilizes isopropyl alcohol for a clean burn that doesn’t create soot and is safe to eat over
  • Built from a nearly magical cement material that doesn’t overheat or crumble after hours of exposure to heat
  • With only five ounces of isopropyl alcohol, you can achieve 50 minutes of burn time
  • Excellent accent piece in the home to add functional ambiance
  • The FLIKR Personal Fireplace is $99

You can also build your own DIY tabletop Fireplace:

An ethanol fireplace (also bio-ethanol fireplace, bio fireplace), is a type of fireplace which burns ethanol fuel. They are often installed without a chimney. Ethanol for these fires is often marketed as bioethanol (ethanol produced from biomass).

A simple glass ethanol burner or spirit lamp The main part of the fireplace is the burner. The burner is a container filled with fuel – in this case a thick glass votive. It is surrounded by glass marbles and glass pieces held in a concrete container.

In dievca’s case: she doesn’t have a car, so getting to a Wal-Mart or Michael’s for the pieces is awkward.  If you have a car – the process will be much easier and cheaper to make the fireplace, rather than purchasing one online.

BTW:  Ethanol fireplaces should be operated with care, since ethanol is highly flammable, and severe burn accidents can happen, mostly while refilling or lighting the fireplace, even when safety instructions are followed. Emissions from ethanol fireplaces include carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate emissions, which are released into the room.

Ethanol fireplaces — irrespective of the type of fuel used — are a source of fine and ultrafine particles and have a considerable influence on the quality of the indoor air; ventilation reduces the effect. Ethanol may also generate odors. Burning hydrocarbons causes indoor air pollution. Emissions include airborne particulate matter (such as black carbon) and nitrogen oxides. These harm health; some forms of fuel are more harmful than others.

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Cashmere Cloud for Christmas

Rag Bone Blue Cashmere

Rag & Bone

J Crew Honeycomb Cashmere Sweater Blue

J. Crew

Udeshi Royal Blue Cashmere Beanie

Udeshi

Richard Quinn Bradley Blue Cashmere-quarter-zip

Richard Quinn

Brooklinen Heathered Blue Cashmere sheets

Brooklinen

Nordstrom Signature Blue Cashmere Sweater

Nordstrom Signature

Blue Cashmere Wrap Etsy

Etsy Shop ItalyInCashmere

Elderstatesman Striped Sweater Women's blue
The Elder Statesman


Stepping away from Christmas for a moment~

Best in Show
And moving on to a little bit of BDSM fun with Etsy Shop GayPigeon Cards.


Shopping Suggestions Holiday 2021

dievca shops year round for her Holiday gifts. That said, she also keeps an eye out for items that might be of interest to people of the Masculine persuation ~ or those who like practical and streamlined items. she has the following suggestions for the Holiday 2021 season (UO = Urban Outiftters, top items until the Yellow Submarine Towel – the second set of items are from Huckberry –  a great Masculine driver space, Google Image search a photo and it should take you to the item webpage, last two items from Theragun):


Game Changer – Something of Use

Theragun BlackuSWC3j10p7_therabody_theragun_mini_wellness_5_originaldievca has discussed various vibrators she and Master have purchased.  she is going to step away from the sexual and talk about a Recover Massage Tool for workouts and activities.  Her Physical Therapist bought her a Theragun Mini as a “Thank You” gift for allowing the PT to stay in her apartment as dievca traveled for three weeks.

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The Massager qualifies for the “Best Gift Ever” catagory: it offers amazing physical relief,  it is used everyday, and is easy to store/travel.  Trifecta!

Might be a good Holiday present for someone in your Life or YOURSELF!

WHY?

While it’s important to rest your muscles, massage guns can also provide relief by loosening you up and getting some blood flowing.

Massage guns work by pounding your muscles at rates of up to 4,000 times per minute. The depth of the stroke (called a percussion) and the amount of force it exerts determines how powerful it feels. Muscular people who prefer hard massages should look for a gun with a higher stroke rate, more percussions per minute, and more force, while sensitive folks should opt for a lighter-duty massager.

 


A cut above: Primecut Bags

dievca was seeking a shearling piece of clothing or bag – nothing on eBay was catching her attention. The prime designer’s had boring offerings…except for Bottega Veneta.  Their shearling bags were/are too dear ($2500). dievca stepped away from the search.

Then she ran into PRIMECUT BAGS by accident – on Black Friday!

This well-made backpack is now hers (from Urban Outfitters on sale):

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The back is black leather and the interior is lined in linen.

Here are some other options:

ABOUT
Primecut bags are handcrafted in our Portland, Oregon workshop. Each bag is carefully constructed, taking into account the unique properties of the materials used.

Founded in 2013, deep in the confines of her basement, Lizzie began experimenting with leather bags. She was intrigued by the diversity and unique properties of hair-on-hide. Using her mother’s old Pfaff sewing machine along with an old Yamata industrial machine, she experimented with different leathers, sizes, proportions, and manufacturing techniques.

In 2017, Lizzie moved from her basement to Primecut’s current Studio. Since 2013, she has upgraded her manufacturing to include new machines, employees, and a light-filled production studio.

Our process begins with carefully sourcing cowhides and shearling from tanneries throughout the world. Each material is selected based on its quality, weight, and durability. Speaking to the nature of the material we love curating our designs with both a sense of aesthetic proportion and a bit of playfulness.

Our bags reflect our playful design aesthetic. Slight variations in pattern, color, and texture represent the uniqueness in each Primecut piece.

www.primecutbags.com


Have a Heart with GUCCI

Gucci Crystal Embellished Heart $8500
Gucci Crystal-embellished Heart Clutch $8500 at My Theresa
This opulent clutch from Gucci is the ultimate statement accessory. It resembles an anatomical heart in shape and is fully encrusted with crystals for maximum impact.
material: brass
trim: crystals
colour of chain strap: silver
chain shoulder strap
push-clasp fastening
Made in Italy
comes with dust bag
Designer colour name: 9068 0926/Crys/Crea
size & fit
Max. height 16cm-6.5″
Max. width 10cm-4″
Depth 7cm-3″
Chain length 100cm-39.5″
Gucci Crystal Embellished Heart $8500 back


Finally something good – or so she thought

Agent Provocateur Peachy

dievca spotted this lovely photo from an Agent Provocateur email. she was excited to see an edge and presetntation that has been missing from the company’s recent offerings. she misses the quirk, sassiness and humor they used to offer.

Then she clicked through to see the item…

What dievca thought was a body suit or soft corset turn out to be a dress with mini ruffles and lace.  At $1545 only the back is of interest. Yawn~

Agent Provocateur Peachy Dress

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Entomophile – Holiday Sparkle

Joanna Buchanan Bug ClipsEtymology
From entomo- +‎ -phile; hence literally “insect-loving”.

Adjective
entomophile (not comparable)

(of a type of pollen) Being transported by insects, rather than carried on the air.
(of a type of flower or plant) Having such pollen.

Noun
entomophile (plural entomophiles)

A flower whose pollen is transported by insects, rather than carried on the air.
A person who likes insects.

Joanna Buchanan Bug Clip Sets  add sparkle and nature to your Holiday Table, Gifts, and Decor.
Or something for a hint of Joy throughout the year.

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For those who forget to drink water – like dievca (or your little)

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COLLINA STRADA
SSENSE Exclusive Silver Rhinestone Water Bottle
Stainless steel bottle in silver-tone. Crystal-cut detailing throughout. Metal carry handle at tonal screw top. Logo engraved at base. Approx. 3″ diameter x 10″ height.

Available exclusively at SSENSE.
Supplier color: Silver
Stainless steel, crystal.
Imported.

$100 , ssense private sale $81

A glamourous reminder to stay hydrated.

Or an excellent gift for your Little.


Good In Bed? Maybe, maybe not – washable silk with Lunya

Lunya Washable Silk Tee Set $198

dievca was interested in sharing this washable silk set from Lunya $198 because of the lovely colors and sensual slouchy fit. With 4.5 stars out of 1258 reviews, she thought it sounded good.  Then dievca read the one star and two star reviews — customer service is slow to respond, the set wrinkles easily while sleeping or after washing and the large tee with small shorts might not be that sexy…

Such a bummer because dievca is loving the colors, but the colors only come with the sleep sets….

Do we give it a try or pass?


Hail to the Host/Hostess with a POP!

Jonathan Adler Pop Candles

The Holiday season is sneaking up on us.  Candles are a simple gift for your Holiday Host or Hostess. dievca is not normally a fan of choosing scents for others – but she fell in love with the Red Tomato Jonathan Adler Pop Candle (see her’s below). The scent is simple and fresh. So, she is making an assumption that all the scents are simple and clean. If not, the containers are lovely!

Click photo above to purchase at Jonathan Adler. 

Note: you can find ones for less $ if you cruise the web

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Emerald City

Green Fir Trees + Puffy Coats = Think Royln Emerald Pearl Bags
The Meg, Lafayette, and the Bar Bag might be perfect for the Holidays.
dievca is rocking the Bar Bag!


Insert a little humor into your lingerie closet – Foxy Lady

Fox Fur Bikini Lingerie available on eBay.

Red, Light Blue, Lake Blue, Pink, Hot Pink, Grass Green, Black

$71.99


Accentuating the A**

Sheer Panty Ass

OR

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Swiss Dot Options!


Chains with Loren Stewart

14kt yellow gold baby chubbie chain earrings from LOREN STEWART featuring hinge-pin fastening, huggie hoop design, chain-link detailing for pierced ears.

A subtle BONDAGE touch.


Halloween Lingerie Suggestions

It may be a bit late to consider some of these pieces, but others you may be able to modify a piece or make on your own:


A "Thank You" to Anna from the UK who had a blog from 2013-2016 called "Bras and Body Image"


Seeing Stripes with The Elder Statesman

Looking for something cozy on a Autumn Sunday!