Something of Use: Stasher Stand Up


Stasher is a revolutionary food storage alternative to plastic bags and containers. Made of 100% pure platinum food-grade silicone, Stasher offers all the ease and convenience of plastic bags, but without the negative consequences. Features the innovative air-tight, pinch-press seal to keep food fresh and no leaks, ideal storage for food, Travel, school and more. Stasher Contains no petroleum, no PVC and no latex, so it’s good for people and the planet. Dishwasher, microwave and freezer-safe, Stasher is ideal for busy on-the-go lifestyles. What will you stash in your Stasher.

dievca found that her Stasher Stand Up was perfect for traveling. Clear for the Airport lines, studier than a ziplock, easy to seal and easy to wash. It comes in multiple colors incase you travel with Family and costs $21.99.

Beyond travel you can store, freeze, microwave, boil food in the bag then wash it in the dishwasher.

Something of (multiple) use!


and how are You?

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Years ago, dievca’s Mom had rotator cuff surgery.  The surgeon came out and said that it was much worse than he expected. Basically, he didn’t recognize her pain was legitimate when Mom stated it.

Once upon a time, dievca was an elite athlete.  Her sense of pain or toleration of pain is skewed.  Sometimes, she can’t judge if something is really bad because she’s pushed through the pain for so long. When she went to the orthopedic surgeon dievca was glad that her knee locked up on the examination table – it proved she wasn’t a lunatic. 

Apparently, when the surgeon got into her knee to remove the bone chips, he got more than he bargained for with the osteoarthritis of the knee cap and took the extra time to clean it up.  

So, was dievca like her Mother and her pain wasn’t taken seriously? Or has dievca been pushing through and couldn’t state her pain clearly because she might have read it wrong?

Anyways, dievca had a good night.  she’s taking the meds as directed – not desperate for them at all. Her leg can straighten, bend and take weight, the pain is in the quad more than the knee at this point.

Master asked her how she felt about the surgery – and she answered, “hopeful”.

OK, enough! dievca’s Mom always said its boring for other people to listen to your ailments~

Let’s switch – How are you? 

Photo: dievca – looking like and Easter Egg. The yellow socks really made her happy. 06/2022


A little knee humor for surgery day~

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Summer Solstice: midsummer or the beginning of summer?

So, The summer solstice was on June 21, 2022 and Midsummer is today, June 25th.
Which is truly the start of Summer?

20220616_183426_resized_1The June Solstice is often referred to as the first day of summer, and yet celebrations across the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year carry the name Midsummer, which is pretty confusing.

Midsummer and the summer solstice are used interchangeably, but they refer to different things.

The solstice is the beginning of the astronomical summer that has been celebrated since ancient times as the longest day of the year, whereas Midsummer now refers to numerous celebrations that are held over the solstice period, between June 19 and June 24, with both pagan and Christian origins.

With celebrations originating in ancient times as a festival for the summer solstice, this could be where the name comes from. Bonfires were lit up to ward off evil spirits as the sun turned southward.

Meteorologically,

Because the Earth actually takes 365.24 days to travel around the Sun we add an extra day every fourth year, we call this a Leap Year. This means the longest and shortest days vary from one year to the next.

The elliptical shape of the Earth’s orbit causes the lengths of the astronomical seasons to change and this mean it is difficult to compare climatological statistics consistently for a particular season.

This is where the meteorological seasons come in.

Meteorological dates mark the start and end of seasons for statistical purposes. Meteorologists split the year into four quarters, each made up of three months, based on the annual temperature cycle.

The length of the meteorological seasons are more consistent than the astronomical ones, so that we can observe, forecast and compare season statistics reliably from year to year.

  • Autumn: September 1 – November 30
  • Winter: December 1 – February 28
  • Spring: March 1 – May 31
  • Summer: June 1 – August 30

This means that for meteorologists it’s been summer since the beginning of June…

Honestly – the Joy of Summer was probably dictated by when your school let out!


A vivid dream

Spooned
early morning
naked
backing up
Joy


Missing a day~

Sometimes when you travel the days blur, dievca lost that yesterday was a Monday.

So, the coffee love is coming a bit late:

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Photo: dievca, Cappuccino in Porto, Portugal 06/2022


The Start of Summer

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Warm summer sun,
    Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
    Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
    Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
    Good night, good night.

MARK TWAIN


Load the Love

In Vacation Mode:

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Flight leaves in about 48 hours.

dievca’s rosé wine is honoring or cribbing the Bleeding Hearts Love Wall, NYC


Look for Less –> Wal-Mart

So, dievca completed that New Jersey Wal-Mart run this weekend and she took time to wander around their clothing department.  Why?  Years ago, dievca’s favorite T-shirt came from Wal-Mart for $2.58 – she wore it to the woof~ so she always takes a moment to wander Women’s clothing for another inexpensive find.

Two items came to view!

A Linen-Blend White Wide Sleeve Shirt Dress by Free Assembly ($28).

Imagine dievca having a full-blown conversation with the sales lady at 7:30 am – all about the Free Assembly line and how it is selling out quickly.  The fabric of this dress is amazing.   The conversation informed dievca about what’s hot at a New Jersey Wal-Mart and what’s not.  dievca loves to listen to people who are passionate about their jobs.

WalMart Free Assembly Wide Sleeve Shirt Dress white $28

The second Dress is from their Scoop line.  SCOOP NYC was a store in NYC and surrounding areas. It was “hot in the aughts”.  They decided to close (Pre-COVID) and dievca still has some of their cashmere sweaters in her closet rotation.  Anyways…the Scoop owners have been designing capsule collections for Walmart and every piece that dievca has picked up has been good (shorts, t-shirt, pants).  Granted the quality is not as nice as the original SCOOP NYC, but the price is much better. This time, dievca choose their Black Linen-Blend Sundress with smocking ($40):

Two Summer Dresses for $68? Flattering fits? Nice Fabric?
Well Done!


NYC – experiencing Thunderstorms

Getting to Times Square is a trick when you can’t ride your bike because of the thunderstorms.
Getting a cab is a trick when it’s raining and your PT session is at 7 pm in Times Square.
dievca was opting for a canoe.

Photo: Myrna Loy rows a canoe down a flooded street, circa 1925 Hulton Archive -Getty Images


Light Bondage Belt Bag – Alexander Mc Queen

Restrained with a Belt:
Alexander Mc Queen – The Curve Bucket Bag is approximately $1400


ToBeHis

It’s always nice to run into a BDSM store that caters to Dominant/submissive needs.  ToBeHis creates luxury Day Collars and other jewelry – custom and stock for the BDSM community.

What impressed dievca is the availability of 14K Gold options – costly to stock if you are not a large outfit.

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The Gold “very heavy” Eternity Ring Chain will run around $5K and the lock dievca admires is about $1.5K.  Lovely for every day to honor your Sir or Madame.


A Fool For Your Stockings

Stockings Vintage

la star Italienne Silvana Pampanini est venue a Paris presenter son dernier film Ok Neron de MarioSoldati dans un cinema des champs Elysees.le 24 avril 1952

Inspired by The Muscleheaded Blog

The video is age-restricted, but click on the link below and you will be taken there if you are of age~

A FOOL FOR YOUR STOCKINGS – ZZ TOP


Sushi on the Rooftop

Temperatures hit 91 F (33 C) on the day dievca and Master met for sushi, but the evening was cooler and as the sun went down the temperature was lovely.
dievca had dressed for comfort in a hand-blocked organic cotton caftan + red sneakers for her knee.

Click on the photos for the brands


There’s name for it = Realistic Optimist

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Master and His dievca were sharing sushi on the rooftop when dievca mention that she figured out where she fits with her personal outlook (philosophy). she always thought she was just a “realist”, but realized she isn’t very cynical. Then she ran into this tidbit:

This Personality Type Is Linked to Success and Happiness
By Tia Ghose published August 23, 2013

Are you a “glass-half-full” or a “glass-half-empty” kind of person?

As it turns out, some people can be both. So-called realistic optimists combine the positive outlook of optimists with the clear-eyed perspective of pessimists, new research has found.

These realistic optimists may get the best of both worlds, using their realism to perform better at work and elsewhere, but aren’t getting bogged down by unhappiness, said Sophia Chou, an organizational psychology researcher at National Taiwan University, who presented her findings at a meeting of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu, Hawaii. [7 Things That Will Make You Happy]

Past research has shown that optimists value thoughts that make them feel good about themselves, whereas pessimists prize a more truthful vision of themselves. But a clear-eyed view can be bad for pessimists’ well-being, as they tend to be more prone to depression, Chou said.

Optimists tend to live longer and be healthier overall.

After several years working in business, Chou noticed there were some people who were both optimistic and realistic, and that they tended to be very successful. She wondered whether realism and optimism were really diametrically opposed.

So Chou administered a battery of personality surveys to about 200 college and graduate students in Taiwan. The surveys tested how many “positive illusions” the students held, as well as whether they were more motivated by self-enhancement or reality.

Realistic views

The optimists were sorted into two camps: the realists and the idealists.

“Realistic optimists tend to choose accuracy over self-enhancement; the unrealistic optimists tend to choose self-enhancement,” Chou said.

Interestingly, the realistic optimists also got better grades, on average, than their less grounded peers — probably because they didn’t delude themselves into thinking they would do well without studying or working hard, Chou said.

Traditionally, a more realistic outlook is paired with poorer well-being and greater depression, yet the realistic optimists managed to be happy. To understand why, she dug deeper into the personality assessments.

Self-control key

She found that realistic optimists believed they had more self-control and control over their interpersonal relationships.

“Every time they face an issue or a challenge or a problem, they won’t say ‘I have no choice and this is the only thing I can do.’ They will be creative, they will have a plan A, plan B and plan C,” Chou said.

That allows them to stay cheery and upbeat about the future, even if they recognize the challenges of the present.

Being a realistic optimist does have one downside, however: They are more prone to anxiety than their completely unrealistic peers. That’s likely because they recognize the possibility of failure, whereas their counterparts use positive illusions to ease their anxiety, Chou said.

The findings suggest that realistic and unrealistic optimists may actually be very different personality types, Chou said.

In order to cultivate a rosy-but-realistic outlook, people should maintain a clear-eyed view of reality, but emphasize what they can control in most situations, she said.

dievca’s Master has a different take on Himself:
“Idealistic Realism”
An idealistic realist is a realist who understands the realms of possibility but also sees his idealism as a potential reality. You work towards an Ideal knowing the Realities.

By the way – the question of the glass-half-full/empty always baffled dievca – perhaps it is her “realist” tendencies or her Science background – this is her answer:

Glass tech


Delicate Dream lingerie

A delicate thought is a flower of the mind.
— Charles Rollin

Vintage Lace Embroidered Nightgown, Elegant Satin Back Open Lingerie Dress Set with Matching Panty (click photos to enlarge)

Handmade

DESCRIPTION:
Color: Baby Blue or Pink
Size: S, M, L

Size Details:
S: Suggested Weight: 100- 110 lbs
Chest: 27”- 32” Waist: 23”-28”. Fits cup: A B

M: Suggested Weight: 108- 128 lbs
Chest: 31”- 36” Waist: 24”-31”. Fits cup: A B

L: Suggested Weight: 125- 135lbs
Chest: 36”- 39” Waist: 26”-32”. Fits cup: A B C

WASHING:
Hand Wash Separately in Cold Water. Never Bleach. Line Dry

Available at Etsy for $46.80 – from a local NYC small shop (click here)


“Seeing Stars”✨ with Gucci

Star On Your Forehead

Shooting Star

My Star Is Rising!

Lucky Star

Aim For The Stars

Stars In You Eyes

Seeing Stars

Gucci Star Sunglasses $1245

Available at MyTheresa for $1245


Elegant Italian Presentation

How lovely for the Sweep of Summer.
Chain Collars from Saint Laurent, Outfit from Zimmerman.
Your Master of Mistress would be proud. XO

From Matches Fashion:
Curated By Marie-Louise Sciò
Who better to showcase enviable looks for a Roman holiday than the CEO & Creative Director of the Pellicano Hotels Group and ISSIMO, as she tours her hometown with her close friend and stylist, Robert Rabensteiner?


Collecting Yourself

Sometimes it is a reach to collect yourself for the day,
the night,
an event,
the week,
a month,

for Life.

dievca was having a little bit of trouble today.
XO


10K anyone?

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Chloé Crochet Dresses – each running at $10,500.
dievca loves the dresses,
but which interesting person would be willing to buy them?   

Available at Net-A-Porter


less than 24 hours in the Life of a dievca

Baby Shower (above – click on photos for Brands)
To a Swim
To Master
To an MRI for the knee
To a Gala (below – click on photos for Brands, note the emergency flip flops for the knee)
To Work

dievca hit the gamut of actives


Miss May with Al Moore

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Born in Illinois, AI Moore played college football at Northwestern University and professional football with the Chicago Bears. After attending classes at Chicago’s Art Institute and Academy of Art, he opened a commercial art studio in New York in the late 1930s. By the mid-1940s, his clients included major companies like Galey and Lord, Beauty Counselors, the Viscole Corporation, and Champion Spark Flags.

During the war years, Moore painted posters for the government and also took on assignments from Gold cigarettes, Cosmopolitan, The Saturday Evening Post, and Collier’s.

Advertising work for U.S. Rubber, Nash automobiles, and Coca-Cola led, in 1946, to Moore’s breakthrough assignment – he was chosen by Esquire to replace Alberto Vargas, the most popular pin-up artist of the day. Among Moore’s triumphs at the magazine was his creation of the Esquire Girl, his answer to the Varga Girl; the 1948 Esquire calendar (with Ben-Hur Baz and others); front covers in 1948 and 1949; and the rare honor of painting the entire 1949 and 1950 calendars himself. By 1950, his two-page gatefolds in Esquire were collected by millions of Americans.

Moore contributed four pinups and a centerfold print to Brown & Bigelow’s Ballyhoo Calendar for 1953, which was as huge a success as the work of Gil Elvgren for the previous year’s calendar. In the 1950s, his corporate clients included contemporary Munsingwear, Hertz Rent-a-Car, and the McGregor Corporation. During the same years, his illustrations appeared in American Magazine, Woman’s Home Companion, McCall’s, and Woman’s Day, and he painted several front covers for The Saturday Evening Post. As an active member of the Society of Illustrators, Moore was asked to paint the poster for the society’s 1959 exhibition; it was such a success that both Pan American Airlines and Germaine Monteil Perfume also commissioned posters for their national marketing campaigns.

When photographs started to replace artwork in magazines and advertising, Moore decided to retire and pursue fine-art painting, including portrait commissions, Shortly after he moved to Crawford, Colorado, he accepted a commission from the United States Olympic Committee for three paintings for their world headquarters that would call attention to the problem of illegal steroid use by athletes.

Al Moore biography borrowed from The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G Martignette & Louis K Meisel.

A HUGE “Thank You” to the ThePin-UpFiles.


Dancing with Dolce & Gabbana

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Well? Why not?
The knee may be sh*t,
but if it is going to go – GO BIG!

Available at MyTheresa $5345

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Running to the Doctor

Knee Dr.

So, do you think they can take an MRI of the Right and Left -Hips, Knees, and Ankles?

Up the Chain and Down the Chain?


Zippered front – is that cheating?

Wearing a corset can be a challenge…as dievca well knows.

At first, Master’s dievca had to learn how to put on the corset – Master had to step in to help on a few occasions.  Years later dievca became too chubby for some of her corsets – something about her waist changing with perimenopause.  The hook and eyes with the steel whale bones have been a challenge – so when dievca saw this corset with a zipper…

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Hmm~

Might be an asset to her lingerie closet.

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Or it could be another spectacular “Dievca Disaster”!

Temptress Teal Lace-Up Front Zipper Corset

The teal-colored full bust corset is made from high-quality satin with lace net overlay material to create a romantically sexy look. Corset features a premium front zipper closure, 10 plastic bones with 4 static steel back bones, nickel brass grommets with thick cording in the back for cinching, and removable garters. On Sale for $59.95


Elegance as you wait~

dievca spent 1.5 hours in the James A. Farley Main Post Office NYC standing in line for customs forms, filling them out, and paying for the shipments. At least the scenery was lovely –  the renovations are complete:

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Photos: dievca – James A. Farley Post Office NYC 04/2022


feeling a little 80’s – right now

Master laughs at His dievca’s penchant for 80’s synthesizer hits.  What can she say? she’s an 80’s Throwback – a product of Generation X:

  • They’re Expert DIY-ers. …
  • Their Sartorial Style Is Decidedly Dressed-Down. …
  • They’ve Got the Whole Work-Life Balance Thing Down Pat. …
  • They Tech-Savvy… But Not Tech-Dependent. …
  • They’re Fiercely Independent.
  • They’re Fiercely Attached To Their Music AND Don’t Really Care If You Like It Or Not.

Lyrics:

You saw me standing by the wall corner of a main street
And the lights are flashing on your window sill
All alone ain’t much fun so you’re looking for the thrill
And you know just what it takes and where to go

Don’t save a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after

Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into the well
If you can you’ll see the world in all his fire
Take a chance like all dreamers can’t find another way
You don’t have to dream it all, just live a day

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after

Pretty looking road I try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin
Don’t ask me why I’ll keep my promise I’ll melt the ice
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after (doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after


On the hunt for Bling (for a friend 😉😉)

Rhinestone Coffee Mug

Jazzing up your MONDAY MORNING COFFEE!

dievca has a very good friend who encases her phone in this:

Large Crystal Phone Case

she can’t find a coffee mug embellished with those large crystals, so she’s looking at the colorful one above…  Hmmm, maybe dievca could make the mug for her friend – a little DIY project.  Something to ponder.

In researching sparkly, glittery gifts for her IRL friend – dievca started to think about another blogger, a virtual friend, a “little” who loves color and bling.
“Cinnamon and Sparkles” has stepped away from the WordPress account with that handle (
vanillawithatouchofcinnamon.wordpress.com) and her Cinnamon email account is closed. dievca is wishing her the best and sending love her way if she stops by for a peek. XO


Catching up with Master

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Always a delightful endeavor.


Turn that frown upside down

So, do the lips rotate to a hint of a smile after an orgasm?