What a dievca might wish for…
if you have a bit of extra pocket change!
Hustle and Bustle, Running Around
Planning, Organizing, Executing
The greatest gift?
A moment of adoration.
A bodice ( /ˈbɒdɪs/) is an article of clothing for women, covering the body from the neck to the waist. In modern usage it typically refers to a specific type of upper garment common in Europe during the 16th to the 18th century, or to the upper part of a modern dress to distinguish it from the skirt and sleeves. The term comes from pair of bodies (because the garment was originally made in two pieces that fastened together, often by lacing) of matching or coordinated fabric, possibly with embroidery or beadwork.
This construction was standard for fashionable garments from the 18th century until the late 19th century, and had the advantages of allowing a voluminous skirt to be paired with a close-fitting bodice, and of allowing two or more bodices to be worn with the same skirt (e.g., a high-necked bodice and a low-necked bodice allowed the same skirt to serve for both day wear and evening wear). One-piece construction became more common after 1900 due to the trend for looser, more simply constructed clothing with narrower skirts.
One mid-19th-century style included the Agnes Sorel bodice, named after 15th-century royal mistress Agnes Sorel. This style was a day wear bodice, with a square-cut neckline that had a high front and back and bishop sleeves.
In current usage, bodice typically refers to an upper garment that has removable sleeves or no sleeves, often low-cut, It’s the type of bodice worn in Europe from the 16th century to the 18th century, either over a corset or in lieu of one. To make a fashionable shape and support the bust, the bodice was often stiffened with bents (a type of reed), or whalebone. The bodice was different from the corset of the time because it was intended to be worn over the other garments.
Bodices survive into modern times in the traditional or revived folk dress of many European countries (see, such as, Austrian dirndl or the Aboyne dress worn by Scottish highland dancers). They are also commonly seen today at Society for Creative Anachronism events or a Renaissance Fair.
What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Bodice ripper’?
A sexually explicit romantic novel; usually in a historical setting and always with a plot involving the seduction of the heroine.
What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Bodice ripper’?
These books owe much in style to the work of English romantic novelists like Jane Austen and Emily Bronte. Nevertheless, the term itself is American. The first note in print is from The New York Times, December 1980:
“Women too have their pornography: Harlequin romances, novels of ‘sweet savagery,’ – bodice-rippers.”
It soon caught on and appears many times in the US press from that date onward. Here’s an early example, in a story about [then] emerging novelist, Danielle Steel, from the Syracuse Herald Journal, New York, 1983:
“I think of romance novels as kind of bodice rippers, Steel says.”
The genre is commercially highly successful, but isn’t taken seriously by most literary critics. Most examples are judged by more base criteria than the classic works of Austen or the Brontes. Bodice rippers are strictly formulaic and the plot usually involves a vulnerable heroine faced with a richer and more powerful male character, whom she initially dislikes. Later, she succumbs to lust and falls into his arms. The formula requires the books to be fat ‘page turner’, that is, a plot device, usually a seduction scene, must happen at frequent intervals. Depending on the author or publishing house style, the principal characters must marry. It is almost obligatory for the cover picture to show the swooning, ample-bosomed heroine.
Thank you to Wikipedia, Phrases.org. uk, etc.
dievca is looking for a presentation outfit for Master and she is burned out by the Holidays (yes…already). The song above inspired an outfit. Should be fun to wear for your Sir or Madame to change it up.
Big Hair (it’s finally longer)
Cat Eyes and Mascara (Black)
Red Lips (Mac Russian Red)
Black Spinel Oxidized Silver Stud Earrings
Now to hit youtube to review the Cha-Cha-Cha moves!
Dealing with muscular thighs makes finding “Thigh-Hi and OTK Boots a Challenge…”
Why would dievca want them?
she has a memory from University days of a floormate from NYC with a stunning pair of black thigh-hi boots in black leather (mid-1980’s) Those boots have sat in her memory banks forever.
dievca did get a pair of Alaia black boots that worked, but the wedge isn’t quite “in” anymore…
dievca tried the Stuart Weitzman Highland Suede Boots and there wasn’t enough give….
VELVET ESSENCE by AQUAZZURA MIGHT BE THE ANSWER
Soft to the touch, stretchy and sexy.
A lovely option for presenting in black lingerie or a black dress.
Searching Gifts for the Men in your Life can be challenging. Here’s some options dievca ran across along the way. Ranging from $4 to $2750 — you might find something:
Remember Bass Weejun Penny Loafers? dievca found that the G.H. Bass website seemed to have the best options for small odds and ends. (click here for the G.H. Bass website)
The site is running a 20% off deal.
Eddie Bauer used to have some cool and useful gifts. Not as many, but a few inexpensive pieces and if you need some fleece/outerwear, they are a good source. (click here for the Eddie Bauer website)
The site is running 50% off everything.
dievca bought the Pistachio Pedestal for her brother who loves pistachio nuts. Uncommon Goods has some other nice options for gifts. (click her for the Uncommon Goods website)
The most expensive item on the list is from Bottega Veneta — a designer known for woven leather goods. This backpack comes in amazing colors and will cost you… (click here for the Bottega Veneta website)