Versatile Florals from Alice + Olivia
Dresses ready for sandals, heels, or sneakers. Etc.
2: an initial and often tentative attempt to do something in a new or different field or area of activity,
A brief excursion or attempt especially outside one’s accustomed sphere.
dievca decided to look like a human rather than a slouch when making a foray to the Eastside. she figured out a way to beat the heat, too:
Happy 4th of July!
Looks like Susan Hayward had the same challenges as dievca with humidity and wild-a** hair!
Enjoy your Day!!
When dievca lived in Europe she stopped to see friends who were packing to move to Switzerland. The wife, who was Irish, offered dievca a glass of wine and was about to pour it into a plastic cup – they were packing to move. The husband, who was French, went meltdown and dug through the kitchen boxes to find the proper wine glasses. Ever since then, dievca has tried to offer the proper glass for a specific drink type. she won’t drink out of the can. But, on the other hand, she has broken beer and wine glasses on the rooftop. It is a mess.
Having a wine outside by the pool or on the rooftop may be the Highlight of this COVID-19 Summer.
Meeting friends for a 2-meter spacing dinner in a park calls for easy to carry, easy to eat food and accouterments.
Breaking a wine glass and having to clean it up – would just add to the 6 feet spacing stress.
dievca found some silicone wine glasses at Walmart.com, $11.99 for four. she bought Master a set, too.
Unbreakable Outdoor Rubber Wine Cups: 14 oz, Clear Silicone. 100% Dishwasher Safe, Shatterproof, can for easy carrying or storage. Solid grip, stable on the table. Replaces the one-use plastic.
she does wonder what Marius would say about the silicone….
Party on! Safely. XO
Getting the Party Started! (a slideshow)
dievca had the unexpected pleasure of looking out of her window to see two Macy’s barges offering a personal Fireworks display. she and Master had a conversation about the fireworks just that afternoon – Master thought they would cancel it all. dievca thought that the fireworks needed to be used and wasn’t sure of a solution.
Apparently, the Macy’s barges will be offering fireworks around the city along the Hudson and East Rivers (Harlem River?) in smaller and more personal displays. An absolutely lovely and elegant solution for limiting the crowds, yet still bringing Joy to NYC.
Photos: dievca Hudson River 06/2020
Valerie Stunning wants a better Las Vegas—one that’s intersectional and filled with plenty of ice cream. But not just any ice cream. Bougie ice cream. Indulgent ice cream. Adult ice cream.
Stunning founded Paradise City Creamery last May, combining her knack for gourmet, plant-based ice cream with another of her passions: advocating for sex workers.
For years, the “Head Creamstress,” stripper, writer, activist and former burlesque dancer made artisan ice cream as a hobby and for her friends. Eventually she realized it was tasty enough to sell to the 18+ masses.
Last summer Paradise City Creamery ran a monthly pop-up inside Downtown’s Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen and also had a booth at Life Is Beautiful. On January 17, Stunning will celebrate a new residency at Artifice (along with a new winter menu featuring four new flavors), which will continue every third Friday through 2020.
Just don’t expect your average trip to Baskin-Robbins. There’s a peepshow-inspired photo booth, plus lots of gold and neon, and each flavor (starting at $12) comes decked out with its own signature toppings, like dripping, dazzling disco cherries. And there’s a sexy story to accompany each cone.
“Our yuzu-wasabi [flavor] is inspired by shopping for a sex toy,” Stunning says. And the espresso chip flavor is “inspired by my work as a day-shift stripper—how I would be in New York drinking my coffee on the subway with a full face of makeup while everyone’s wearing their suit and tie.”
It’s a tongue-and-cheek way of bringing two seemingly opposite worlds together, breaking the ice around conversations about sex and sex work in a fun and delicious way. “These stories tie in everything and cater to that no-shame, no-guilt celebration,” Stunning says.
With sexy-meets-glam marketing, Stunning has already made a name for Paradise City Creamery on social media, and with her motivational, no-holds-barred writing (she’s written for Hustler, and she blogs at valeriestunning.com). She’s a cheerleader for her community, and hopes her playful, gourmet ice cream can get folks to see a bigger picture.
Stunning explains that part of Paradise Creamery’s goal “is to create visibility and promote intersectionality”—a theory and way of looking at discrimination through multiple avenues that often include race, class and gender. “This is the world I come from. Community organizing is what I will always be about, and so to have this platform gives me an entryway to another type of person who may not have considered these issues before.”
Most importantly, Stunning says she wants people who are typically excluded to feel welcome. “Everything is constantly catered to straight, white, f*cking middle-aged people,” Stunning says. “I feel like, if I’m able to hire people that I want to celebrate and represent who I identify as, it really contributes to this conversation about visibility.”
She’s quick to add that Paradise City Creamery’s ice cream game is serious, too. A one-day-only white cacao and truffle ice cream was featured at Picnic in the Alley in October, and her Mezcal vanilla bean and balsamic caramel flavors will also be out on the 17th.
“I really strive for this balance between the strong messaging behind the brand, but also, we’re not f*cking around culinary-wise,” Stunning says. “We’re using really high-end ingredients.Everything we do is top-notch and bougie.”
by Leslie Ventura for the Las Vegas Weekly
The sun is peeking up to reveal a world cocooned by humidity.
Moist air smells of the ocean, a river glistens like glass.
broken by the cry of a seagull, the honk of a car horn
And the Sun…
It’s hard to wear a dress when biking up to Master’s place,
but dievca is getting sick of practical athletic shorts and pants.
she did a little summer splurging on the MatchesFashion.com sales pages:
Should work out with the RE/done upcycled Levi’s denim mask:
So maybe your back hurts
Sweat is dripping between your breasts
Insects are buzzing around your moist upper lip
Dirt is ground into your nails
High heels can irritate your back
Glitter lotion can cause your cleavage to shine
Lip plumper inflames your lips
Nail polish can hide messy nails
You would be in the same position body-wise and look a heck of a lot better, but….
you would be missing the natural glow gardening gives to a body and soul.
dievca’s hands are in the dirt!
Summer hasn’t quite finished in NYC.
The leaves haven’t turned.
Perennials are still blooming.
The Roses are having their last hurrah.
Photo: dievca - Hudson River NYC 10/2019
shagging (usually uncountable, plural shaggings) (Britain, vulgar, slang) An act (or acts) of sexual intercourse.
intr.v. shagged, shag·ging, shags
but it looks awfully fun!
dievca is back home and she caught up with Master for D/s, Gin & Tonics, and sushi.
A mental support moment before dievca flies to her Parents for the weekend.
It started with a lovely seafood lunch, topped off with a chocolate mousse.
The walk up the hill offered a chance for some views:
And some shopping:
Some of which was in a Bordello:
Actually, it was a very stately house that was a single family home (palace) for many years until the family couldn’t afford the upkeep. Part of the house was used as a movie set for two years – a French film for which the set designers created the nudes in the entry way and double stair case. Of course, dievca had to ask if it was a house ill-repute.
And a final walk through a park with ancient trees, Magnolia and other:
And a final beer for the way home:
Photos: dievca, Lisbon Portugal 08/2019
Have a good day and a good week.
Hmmm, the humidity has dropped. The first college football game has been played.
dievca is still interested in heading to the beach.
Maybe she can combine the summer and fall activities together?
Nah, after last night, she’d rather just sleep in the sun.
“True friends are like bright sunflowers that never fade away, even over distance and time.”
Marie Williams Johnstone
An unexpected pleasure in the middle of NYC. dievca grew up with a neighbor who grew large sunflowers in their backyard – it is a childhood pleasure to see one. There is a second sunflower that is so heavy with seeds, the head is drooping.
Killing time while waiting for a friend to fly into Lisbon…dievca wandered Oriente.
Photos: dievca Lisbon - Oriente 08/2019
3 Euro = coffee and an egg custard filled croissant
I didn’t know why the croissant was squashed and had powdered sugar on it.
It didn’t matter – it got me going.
Lisbon is a lot of walking on hills paved with cobblestones.
Gorgeous views, excellent wine, heat, plus a lot of people in August.
Avoiding the trams due to crowds
Age comes into it when you pull a hamstring and your hips/back step in to carry the load. Makes for a really hurting 7th day.
dievca is laying low, stretching and trying to get her muscles to relax before the flight on Sunday… Wish her luck. XO
Is it the tide? Is it a dry dock?
Or is it a big problema?
Photos: dievca, Tagus River Lisbon Portugal 08/2019
dievca has been wandering around Lisbon, looking at storefronts, running into nothing which is Portuguese: Zara, Benetton, H&M, Nike, Intimissimi, etc.
Then she was reading about the Portuguese lace industry and learned that Oysho is a Portuguese brand that has supported the local lace industry, in the past. This year, they are showing more sporty, classic styles and dievca will be taking a look for everyday wear. Not as much lace.
Correction…though the Oysho used Portuguese lace for one of their collections…it turns out to be a Spanish brand. dievca is still looking for the Portuguese brands.
A stop at the shop is planned and dievca will let you know if anything is purchased – but today is “Beach Day” and dievca needs to put on her bikini (!) and pack her bag.
The Altos dos Moinos Lisbon metro stop is on the Blue Line. The station opened to the public in 1988 and is designed by architect Ezequiel Nicolau with the plastic interventions of the painter Julio Pomar.
Using graffiti as an artistic expression, Júlio Pomar honored four figures of Portuguese letters;
Camões, Bocage, Pessoa, and Almada.
The work of a year of drawing resulted in the plastic animation of the station’s walls and an exhibition organized by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Center for Modern Art in 1984 entitled “1 Year of Drawing, 4 Poets in the Lisbon Metropolitan”.
João Castel-Branco Pereira, in his work “Arte-Metropolitano de Lisboa”, describes the emphasis the painter wanted to impress on each poet and the iconography he used; Camões “warrior and gallant, memories of a poetically fictional homeland history, in duels, medieval, etc.
Photos: dievca, Lisbon Portugal 08/2019
“How did you get so tan with working long days?”
It doesn’t take me much.
A little sun here, a little sun there
and an hour of being naked on the Terrace for two days took care of my ass.
(Do you think Master will appreciate the lack of tan lines on my ass?) Read the rest of this entry »
Twisted, cobblestone streets add to the intimacy of sharing a flat with three people. One of which had no luggage arrive. Shared clothes and underpinnings (new Bjorn Borg underwear passed along permanently) – after a shower… The plan for the evening:
First Portuguese Football Match of the Season, Liga NOS
Benfica vs. Pacos Ferreira – Benfica won 5- 0
Great stadium, fun crowd, uneven teams, awkward yet passionate cheerleaders.
From a past Life, dievca still tries to catch a soccer match while traveling for the flavor of a city.
Photos: dievca, Lisbon Portugal 08/2019
Do you remember the heat of the Summer?
Cruising along on your bike?
Bicycles = Freedom
Stopping to flirt with the girls or boys?
Time had no meaning.
~Summers were Endless~
Photos: dievca Sweden 08/2019
As stated, dievca had a hard time packing for this trip. she zipped her bag closed and the zipper pull came off in her hand. Her other bag was in storage, so she duct taped the bag for “security”. During the subway ride to JFK, the tape started to pull off, so she found a wrapping station.
After security and the chaos, dievca felt she earned a beer.
The plane was delayed from leaving the gate for 45 min due to a door closing issue, which worked out well because dievca scanned through a rotten movie and crashed hard for 5 hours. Upon waking she watched a good movie before arriving in Copenhagen safely.
Copenhagen Airport is usually quite efficient – but not on this day. dievca was through the passport line, went to the toilet and she still had to wait 1+ hours for the luggage.
The train got her across the water to Sweden and a friend picked her up. Pushing through, they stopped at some home shops. Adorable from the front, with a creepy house elf in the interior:
‘Swedish Sweet’ (hearts, flowers, cottage chic) is not dievca’s decorating vibe, but it does make for a ‘feel-good’ space. As always, dievca’s BDSM mind immediately saw the pleasure/pain potential with these decorated clothespins. Diversity, dievca, diversity!
After a lovely moment with Master, dievca is looking for motivational music for the trip. More than half this trip is work – she needs a giddy-up push. But, there is a little jaunt to Portugal on the itinerary. That’s dievca’s moment to “Fly Away”.
Also, dievca needs to apologize – she’s really been negligent about connecting with comments, people and blogs. Yes, busy is a baloney excuse, she’s really hoping to take a little time each morning to reconnect on the blog. she misses all of you. XO