Coffee is Black Magic!

Let’s set the mood on the Monday Morning of Halloween week with:

Add the BLACK MAGIC COFFEE from Telluride Coffee Roasters (click photo to buy):

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And finish with a TRUTH!

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Seeing Stripes with The Elder Statesman

Looking for something cozy on a Autumn Sunday!


Right on the Kisser

In 1977, Fitz & Floyd had a ceramics designer with the sense of humor. Many pieces from 1974 thru 1978 are “quirky and fun” – not “cheesy” or “sweet”.  One of the classic offerings is an homage to Marilyn Monroe called “Lip Service”:

The shape of the mouth on the Teapot just makes dievca smile. she has the pot would you like to come over for some tea? đź’‹đź’‹đź’‹


Hunter’s Moon to Ghost Moon = Moonset

dievca shook her empty wallet at the full moon this morning…maybe she will come into $$$. 🤞

Photos: dievca - Full Hunter's Moon setting over the Hudson River 10/21/2021


Rooftop Lingerie – Strappy Bondage

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Fleur du Mal’s Strappy Bondage line allows you to exhibit from the Rooftop! Pieces available from $85 for panties to the Strappy Bondage Suit at $225. Click the photo above to purchase.

Fleur du Mal Strappy Bondage Suit


Autumn Tea – Master and His dievÄŤa

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“Let us not speak, for the love we bear one another—
Let us hold hands and look.”
She such a very ordinary little woman;
He such a thumping crook;
But both, for a moment, little lower than the angels
In the teashop’s ingle-nook.

In a Bath Teashop by Sir John Betjeman


The Look for Less – Opera Length Gloves

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Fleur du Mal’s 2-way stretch Vinyl Opera Length Gloves will set you back $150.00

  • 50% Polyurethane & 50% Polyester
  • Spot Clean only

The Look for Less – or in this case, the more “correct” look as well as the cheaper version at $33.99 are Amazon’s EXLATEX Gloves

  • 100 % Natural Latex Rubber
  • Hand Wash only

EXLATEX Latex Elbow Gloves $33


Sometimes its works – tanga panties

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Master appreciates corsets and stockings, but once in awhile things need to be changed up. Using the Tanga Panties above as inspiration – dievca pulled out her Simone PĂ©rèle lingerie which works well with her curves. Her offering just happened to be orange in honor of Halloween! No stockings, as it was too warm – but it made a lovely offering of her a**.


Bootie Bags with Moschino

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Dimensions: Width: 16.5cm, Height: 23.5cm, Depth: 7.5cm, Strap: 28.5cm
Materials: 67% Viscose, 33% Silk
Price: $601 on sale at Cettire
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Or you can take a gander at the Vintage Pink Leather Version (eBay $1500) or Black Calfskin Version (Moschino $835).


Something of use – the “QUICKIE”

You all are probably much more aware than dievca – sometimes she is clueless…

“Your sure are smart, but you sure a dumb.” was a phrase that her Dad used on occasion.  Please don’t think it was meant meanly, it was just social commentary.  dievca was in LaLa Land growing up – a bookworm and science geek. She was “test” smart.  Common sense didn’t arrive until later – and despite dievca’s fierce practical streak, sometimes common sense disappears to this day.

dievca has always vacuumed her hardwood floors, lugging out the vacuum from where she hides it in the deep of a closet.

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Her friends stayed in the apartment for two weeks and they find a microfiber sweeper in dievca’s washer/dryer closet.

dievca’s life is transformed.

She knew the previous renters left this flexible static duster:

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It’s good for ceilings, top of the refrigerator, and that’s about it…(yes, she tried it on the floor – disaster, too flexible)

Because her friends couldn’t find the hidden vacuum, they found SOMETHING of USE!

Quickie Microfiber floor duster mop

The “Quickie” Floor Duster/ Wet Mop. (www.quickie.com)

dievca felt like an a** because she had no clue she had this available for 2+ years.  It’s making her Life so much easier.  The dust from NYC is easier to collect and the vacuum doesn’t have to make an appearance as frequently. Plus, the microfiber pad washes like a dream and is easier to put on and remove. 

~smh~


Going Bananas 🍌 It started with Josephine

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Fleur du Mal may have us Going Bananas with their Limited Edition lingerie, but it may have started with the lovely and talented Josephine Baker.

On June 3, 1906, Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in the slums of St. Louis. Growing up, she cleaned houses and babysat for the wealthy. At the age of 15, Baker was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show; from there, she went to Harlem where she performed in musicals. Eventually, she landed a gig in France as part of an all-black revue, at a salary of $1,000 a month; she emigrated in 1925.

It was the summer of 1926 at the Folies Bergère in Paris. Hordes of white Parisians flocked to the famed theater to see La Revue Nègre, a musical show that emerged from France due to the country’s fascination with jazz culture. And there, wearing little more than strings of pearls, wrist cuffs, and a skirt made of 16 rubber bananas, Josephine Baker descended from a palm tree onstage, and began to dance. This dance—the danse sauvage—is what established her as the biggest black female star in the world.

During World War II, Baker aided the French Resistance by smuggling secret messages in invisible ink on her musical sheets. She hid Jewish refugees and weapons in her château that Bakerskin (her line of skin darkening and hair slicking products) had helped pay for. In 1963, she was, notably, the only official female speaker to give an address at the March on Washington. She received the Croix de Guerre, the MĂ©daille de la RĂ©sistance, and LĂ©gion d’Honneur. After she died on April 12, 1975, more than 20,000 people crowded the streets of Paris to watch the funeral procession on its way to L’Église de la Madeleine. The French government honored her with a 21-gun salute, making Josephine Baker the first American woman buried in France with full military honors.

In August 2021, it was announced that Josephine Baker is set to become the first Black woman to have her remains reburied in the PanthĂ©on monument in Paris — one of the highest honors in France. French president Emmanuel Macron made the announcement writing that Baker “held high the motto of the French Republic.”

“World-renowned music hall artist, committed to the Resistance, tireless anti-racist activist, she was involved in all the fights that bring together citizens of good will, in France and around the world,” the palace wrote.
She will be honored at the monument on November 30.

Fashion-wise – offstage, Josephine’s style was developed by Paul Poiret and Madeleine Vionnet, two of the leading couturiers in the ’20s. Her alluring choices have been seen more recent when BeyoncĂ© paid homage to Baker by wearing a banana skirt in her 2006 Fashion Rocks performance. Miley Cyrus following in 2014.

Banana SkirtAt the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, when Rihanna wore a sheer Baker-inspired dress. The Spring 2011 Prada collection and the 2016 Marc Jacobs’s Fall runway notably referenced Baker’s signature gelled hair.

Or, perhaps, Charlotte Olympia’s Banana Pumps are enough quirk to honor Josephine!

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Text Assistance: Thank you to Vogue, Biography, NPR and Wiki

Rules for buying

1. Does this piece bring joy?

Would you wear it out of the store right now?

2. How will this be incorporated into my overall wardrobe?

Make sure you have an idea how you can wear it 30 times or more and incorporate it into your overall style.

3. Does it fit me well and is it made well?

Don’t force it. It will never leave your closet if you are already making excuses for it.

4. Does it fit my budget?

We all have one.

ANSWERS:

1.)  These boots will replace one of the 6 pairs dievca had to get rid of for her foot. They will work into her “Downtown Chic with Whimsey” Vibe (Master’s Words).

2.)  dievca can start wearing these boots with:

3.)  Gianvito Rossi’s version of combat boots has been made in Italy from butter-smooth leather and rests on a rubber lug sole. They hit just below the knee – elasticated ribbed panels make them easier to fit muscular calves.

4.)  The boots are straining her budget, but dievca found her size on the one website with 30% off. She would share the site with you, but the boots have sold out.


Which Babe are You? (a little humor)

dievca doesn’t catch SNL, so her Dutch friend keeps her up-to-date when there might be something funny:

YES! the ladies look fabulous and are ready to party! BUT…
Which Aging Babe issue have you run into?

  • Can’t stay awake
  • Killer shoes killing the feet
  • Music too loud/ logistics problems
  • Dietary Issues
  • Exhausted and wanting to leave at 9 pm

dievca has qualified for ALL five at some point or another.
As her Mother says, “Its hell getting old!” XO


Catholic Coffee – hope in a mug.

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In the Roman Catholic Church, Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes. Saint Jude’s attribute is a club. He is also often shown in icons with a flame around his head.

(click photo to purchase mug)

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, friend of Jesus, I place myself in your care at this difficult. Pray for me; help me remember that I need not face my troubles alone. Please join me in my need, asking God to send me consolation in my sorrow, courage in my fear, and healing in the midst of my suffering.

But if you want a Miracle….you pray to Saint Anthony.


The First Option

Jade Johnny Was Angelo Easy Dress

See by Chloe Block Heel Ankle strap sandals red

Zimmermann 14K Aloha beaded hoop earrings

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dievca is starting to think through the outfits she might wear to Le Pavillon:

  • Jade by Johnny Was Angelo Easy Dress
  • See by Chloe Block Heel Ankle Strap Sandals
  • Zimmerman 14K Aloha Beaded Hoop Earrings
  • Jack Gomme Light Lami Cerise Backpack

This 100% silk dress is easy to throw on and works if its warm out. Master thought it was a good choice.


Toffee, Butterscotch, Espresso, Biscotti = Brooklyn Haze

Thistle & Spire… Brooklyn Haze is here in new shades and sizes. This collection is perfect for those with high expectations.

Tulle embroidered bodysuit with adjustable straps. This bodysuit has a thong back and no gusset snaps.

When you shop the Brooklyn Haze collection with us you’re not just supporting a small woman-owned business, but more importantly, you’re also supporting the ACLU and their pursuit of a more equal and just nation. For every Brooklyn Haze purchase, 5% of the proceeds will go towards legislative reform efforts to advance racial justice and equity.

Booklyn Haze Bodysuit Options

Thistle And Spire BROOKLYN HAZE BODYSUIT, $98.00, and other options available at Thistle And Spire

Not quite – but pretty good~ Look for Less

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dievca loved these blue croc Derbys from Dries van Noten (originally $890) – but her size is sold out…she found something on Yoox – not quite the same quality, but it is similar.

Beggars cannot be Choosers.

EMANUÉLLE VEE deep jade loafer

EMANUÉLLE VEE – deep jade Loafer (originally $139)  – link is to the black version

Bought for $111 – one cannot argue with that price. XO

What do you think?


Good Monday Morning!


Autumn offers Sunsets

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Not the cleanest lens on the phone – but the loveliness still shines though. XO

Photo: dievca – Hudson River Sunset 09/2021


Doing Lunch – a (small) dievca disaster

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So, dievca met Master for lunch at a lovely rooftop restaurant. It was a gorgeous end-of-summer day in NYC and she was wearing a French Blue Raquel Allegra hammered satin Peasant Dress, nipped in with a Ralph Lauren Orange Cotton-toggle belt to match the ACNE Studios/Fallraven Backpack….with ACNE Studio sunglasses and Master’s Earrings.

The shoes were supposed to change from sneakers for walking through the city to heeled clogs, but when dievca went into her backpack to grab the clogs – only one was there….the other was found later at home, hidden.

Master just laughed at His dievca and handed her a lovely Birthday gift – which worked perfectly with the dress (Zimmermann Aloha 14K-plated Beaded Earrings) and reminded dievca of her College Days:


Ice Cream w/Chocolate vs Coffee…

It’s a Tough Choice:
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Celebration of a Friend’s Life – an Outfit

Roll over the photos for item descriptions.
Something simple worn to brunch celebrating the Life of a close friend.
It was a lovely day in NYC.


Self Care Sexy…

Sensual Self CareBody Exfoliated
Legs Waxed
Toenails Painted
Hair Cut
Skin Lubed

Feeling Divine~


Something of Use – the 50/50 Boot at 35 years!

Paper Magazine and Stuart Weitzman 5050 Capsule Collection

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.

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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


Tattoo You – Aubade Paris

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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 MusĂ©e 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.

Tattoo Boxer Aubade


Disconnection

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A day of little sleep.
A day of barely functioning.
A day of minimal production.
A day of of waste?
Or was it a day of healing?

~putting one foot in front of the other~

Photo: Lane Coder - Underwater Photography

Coming up for Air

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It was a quick trip to Mom, 4 days.  Packed a lot into the time. POA shift, moved Mom on to hospice, need a new hospital bed – motor died (made do with a log and seat cushion to change the angles for Mom), attempted to get quality WiFi (need a new router), attempted to get the gardens/yard into some semblance of order (including picking up 15 cigarette butts on the driveway from a caregiver – what is wrong with people. Are they born in a barn? We have a cigarette repository out there.), maintenance man/snow removal man is no longer working – looking for help (Note his kid moved away and they no longer need to store his classic car in the garage…hmmm? Maybe that had something to do with being unavailable…), cleaned the odd places in the house and the upstairs as best as possible.

Grocery shopped at night and saw ⇑⇑⇑ the MOON!

It’s Full this Evening.  Don’t forget to shake your wallet at the Moon!

And think of dievca flying home late tonight. XO


Desperate times call for

Desperate Measures…

You take what you can find at dievca’s Mom’s House. 

Last night dievca found this:

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Who on God’s Earth brought this over?

And this afternoon she found this:

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A staple at a Chicago Cubs Game~

Both offerings are rough around the edges – but in a pinch, they’ll do~

dievca’s running to the Grocery store late tonight – the next visit won’t be as desperate.

PS. Her Mom is doing relatively well. 


Design on a Dime – NYC Charity Shop style

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:

  1. Pringle Argyle Cashmere Sweater in brown (vintage) $30
  2. Columbia Down Vest in brown (used) $17
  3. Plaid Converse Chuck Taylor Slip-Ons in brown (new) $25
  4. COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in grey $15 (new)
  5. COS Basic 100% cotton t-shirt in white $15 (new)
  6. 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!)


Kissy – Kissy with HotLips

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Originally inspired by four classic lipstick colors (red, nude, pink, and black cherry), the Hotlips rings are the embodiment of your perfect lipstick color on a beautiful, pouty, kissable mouth. Sterling Silver and Lacquer.
Designed by Solange Azagury-Partridge in 1995, they have since become an icon of modern jewelry design. On display at the V&A Museum and seen on the world’s most stylish women including Bella Hadid, Dua Lipa, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adwoa Aboah, Rebel Wilson, & Man Repeller.

Color Options!

Solange Hotlips rings
Click the photo to be taken to the website ($270)!
If the rings are too expensive, check out the totes ($35).

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