Looking a little ruff around edges

1st Class Passanger

dievca got home from Europe and her knee was paining her quite a bit.   A long Passport line (where a gentleman dropped with a seizure) and a heavy backpack/luggage didn’t help.  Today, she caught up with Master, did  her PT and has been stretching her legs to the best of her ability – it doesn’t really matter, the knee surgery is tomorrow. Please wish her luck! XO


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!


The Gardens of Santar


Last Evenings’ Super Moon Rising

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Did you shake your wallet at the Strawberry Full Moon?

May you come in to money!

Photo: dievca – Full Moon over Mideõs Portugal 06/2022


The Start of Summer

Hilda Beach Tube

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


Cheeseburger in Paradise 🍔

Master will be rolling His eyes this morning – but Presenting would be a good bit of fun as a Cheeseburger with Jimmy Buffet in the background.

Eat a little Meat…a sensual treat!


Jimmy Buffet would roll through dievca’s hometown every summer and it was an easy concert to get to ~ ~ outdoor seating and cheesy fun. 🧀

Holy Cats Batman!  It appears that Jimmy Buffet is still performing!  A full Summer Roster of Concerts!

Go, Jimmy, Go!

I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and french-fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
Well, good God almighty which way do I steer?


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!


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?


Basket weaving 101 with MUUÑ

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dievca took a photo of her new MUUÑ basket bag – its measurements are length: 20 cm / width: 10 cm / height: 14 cm. Very adorable and ladylike for summer.  dievca started playing with effects on her new phone and ended up saving the photo with the effect above and losing the original photo (it’s the user, not the phone…)

Anyways, this French Brand is trying to do good in the World by creating a sustainable bag, handmade and utilizing an underrepresented workforce.  A lovely piece for Summer (photo below).

The straw base is hand-weaved with resistant elephant grass, taking 2 or 3 days of work.
. This bag is finished and assembled in our workshop in France.
. The inside pouch is sewed by people with disabilities working for ISTA.
As MUUÑ bags are handmade products, variations in shape or size may happen.

The Charles in Dark Green vegetable tanned leather handle and strap. 173 Euros

Straw bag with a removable pouch.
Hand and shoulder bag.
HANDMADE IN GHANA.

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Advantage – US Open

dievca had a friend come up earlier in the week and ask if she would like to go to the US Open. Yes, absolutely! she had never been to the Open.

The day after Storm Ida steamrolled low areas of NYC, dievca checked the subway schedule to see if the 7 train was still up and running.  It was, the track runs above ground in Queens.

The trip was easy, people were chill walking in to the facility. They checked vaccine qualifications and bags before the ticket check – it rolled along quickly.  Getting a cocktail was a bit trickier, but offering a nice tip for a bartender who slipped them in guaranteed service for the future.

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The best part?

The luck of the draw chose the match, dievca and her friends were able to watch and boldness helped them sit closer, it was:

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The match was good fun.  The Dutchman offered some challenge to Djokovic and it gave you a good sense of what 10 years of experience offers in Tennis.  Smart shots.  BTW, those serves went up to 126 mph – crazy!

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The second match was #75 Amanda Ansimova (USA) vs #4 Karolina Pliskova (CZK) and both were more evenly matched – it got to be a long match, so dievca had to head home.

Because the Met’s game was letting out at the same time, the  MTA ran an express train into Manhattan – which skimmed 20 minutes off the trip.  dievca didn’t know she could run that fast anymore to catch a train!


Flowing water presentation

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Loup Charmant Gathered Shorty in Blue

  • Cotton gauze layers float lightly with motion
  • Deep back shows sexy shoulders and low cleavage
  • Easy access for your Sir or Madam

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dievca will Presenting for Master in a yellow version – she has a tan from traveling and its the one time she can wear yellow successfully. In a seduction manner, too. 


A final walk

Check out
A trip to the Zoo
A rinse at a beach shower
Red Eye Home

It’s been a lovely trip, but its nice to get back to Master.


Beach Coffee – a bit dear…

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Photos: dievca Coronado, CA 08/2021


7 Bridges, Diner/Drive-In/Dive, and a Nap

San Diego 7 Bridges Walk

A lovely way to see some of the San Diego neighborhoods is to walk the 7 Bridges Urban Walk – passing the Zoo, Balboa Park,  the LGBT+ community, etc. dievca’s watch logged 5.68 miles.  With a short drive to Hob Knob Hill for brunch, the restaurant was featured on Diner, Drive-In and Dives with Guy Fieri. dievca just had a normal breakfast (eggs, bacon, waffle) and it was a like a normal diner in NYC.

San Diego 7 Bridges Walk

Afterward, dievca passed out on the Coronado Beach for two hours – sunscreen was applied!


BoomBoom Beach with Bembien

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Something of Use!

A bag with heart. A bag for the Beach! Entirely hand-woven with plastic recycled off the beaches of Bali and repurposed into a gorgeous tote to treasure forever. No stranger to sand and salt, the Jolene is perfect for beach days. Toss in your towel and book of Proust enjoy your day in the sun. 100% handwoven recycled plastic 14” x 10.5” . It’s $211 and available in Cherry, Pearl, Sky and Black. There is a medium size, too for $175

Click photo for link


Olympics 2020 (2021)

Normally dievca is in to the Olympics. This time around, she finds herself detached. All the Athletes have worked really hard and dedicated their Life to their Sport – so she wishes them an excellent competition and a great performance. Go USA!


Ethnic-cool = Brunch

Actually – this outfit is “cool” temperature-wise and it will cover dievca’s road rash from the sun.

Ulla Johnson Simona Linen and cotton blouse with volume to allow air to flow. Theory Cotton black wide-leg pants.

Theory Black Wide Leg Cotton Pant

Adding Master’s Lauren Landa Sterling Silver WI Moonstone Hair Pin, Aigner Black Sandals, and Officina del Poggio Water Bottle  bag.


Make me Melt

Ice Cream Sassy

Fleur du Mal‘s Ice Cream Embroidery Demi Bra features playful custom ice cream cone embroidery on sheer stretch tulle. Demi style cups with scalloped edge detailing. Stretch charmeuse bands with back hook and eye closure for a customized fit. Unlined. Pair with the matching Ice Cream Embroidery Cheeky and Garter Belt for a mouthwatering set.

Click HERE for all of Fleur du Mal neat to eat ICE CREAM TREATS!


Master laughed

dievca was a vision in green with the Xirena Aiden cotton gauze dress in Juniper:

Xirena Aiden Dress Juniper

The dress wasn’t the problem – it was that she added these two items to the mix:


What grounded the Green Monster? Nike Thea Print Comic:

Nike Thea comic print white


Might have to soak up some sun!

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Ava Gardner soaks up the sun while shooting Pandora and the Flying Dutchman in 1951.


Tough decision…

Popsicle

Looking for a popsicle, cock, popsicle, cock….


Thoughts on the 4th of July

Women dressed up in Washington, DC July 4 1919. GHI-Universal History Archive via Getty Images

Women dressed up in Washington, DC July 4 1919. GHI-Universal History Archive via Getty Images

The 4th of July parade was such a big deal in dievca’s hometown. People dressed up, bands played, Veterans marched.
Is it still like that in small towns?

NYC may have a parade…dievca is not sure. she’s never looked it up or gone to watch. What she really misses is the Beer and Bratwurst Tent that the Lions Club sponsored for the weekend – their bratwursts were pork.
(Is the corn knee-high by the 4th of July? If yes – its a good crop year)
In the evening of the 4th, you would sit almost under the fireworks offered at the local High School Soccer fields. It was social, yet – intimate. dievca felt like she was a part of the Earth and the Universe.

Something to ponder.

So, dievca’s hometown did host a parade and fireworks this year, but the Brat Tent is on hold until 2022…


Showing nothing at the Beach…

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Finally have the weekend off and…
Rain expected all Weekend.
Typical.

Photo: dievca NYC Water tower 07/2021

Seeing Stars for the 4th of July

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Enjoy the Fireworks in Fleur du Mal‘s Pink Lemonade Superstar Bra!
A garter belt and thong are also available (click the photo).
That pink lemonade sounds good, right now, to beat the heat. XO


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The best fruit is the fruit you grow and collect yourself. Not a lot of opportunities to grow fruit in NYC, but the local elementary school where dievca goes to vote must have classes in gardening for the kids. There are strawberries coming into season, raspberry bushes and blueberries, too! A section for tomatoes and peppers – then what looks to be a butterfly garden. All wrapping the school in a verdant hug.

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Photo: dievca, School Garden strawberries NYC 06/2021

The best part is dievca can imagine those greedy little fingers reaching for a berry
and the joy of the attached tastebuds being hit with a burst of flavor when eaten.


the Summer Scoop

Now that NYC has moved into a new climate zone…

New York City, after years of being considered a humid continental climate, now sits within the humid subtropical climate zone. The classification requires that summers average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit — which New York’s have had since 1927 — and for winter months to stay above 27 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.

A simple 100% Cotton Summer Dress is a necessity.

Wal-Mart bought the rights to a NYC brand which personified beach style to Millennials.
In 2016:

Scoop NYC, the boutique chain that billed itself as “the ultimate closet,” announced last week that it was closing its 15 remaining shops.

The Last Days of Scoop – NY Times

The store relives as a Brand at Wal-Mart and is offering a simple summer dress, on sale for $28.50

Scoop
Women’s Strapless Asymmetric Midi Sundress

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bikini choices? coffee choices = Summer

Summer CoffeeSummer Solstice is coming up on Sunday, June 20th.

What Summer Coffee options beat the heat?

We all know about the typical coffee over ice or espresso over ice drink, but if you want a twist maybe these three coffee options will rotate your stirrer.

1.) Cold brew:  Cold brew can be made using a French press by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for at least 12 hours, without pressing down on the plunger, to extract highly condensed flavors. After allowing it to steep, press down on the plunger, then serve the cold brew over ice. The result is a very condensed and delicious coffee, but it is very strong so consider diluting it a little with milk or water.

2.) Affogato: This is a traditional Italian espresso-based drink that is often found on dessert menus at Italian restaurants. It is made by pouring a shot of hot espresso over a scoop of gelato. Vanilla gelato pairs very well with the espresso, but you can experiment with any kind of gelato you want. This drink is perfect for the coffee enthusiasts with a sweet tooth who want a rich dessert drink that maintains strong coffee flavors.

3.) Espresso Tonic: This is also known in some places as café tonics or black tonics, but the concept is simple- add tonic water to espresso. The unexpected result is a slightly sweet, citrusy taste filled with effervescence and coffee goodness. Whether you are making this at home or ordering it in a local coffee shop, start with 2 ounces of espresso and then 6 ounces of tonic water on the side. Slowly pour the espresso on top of the tonic water to avoid overflowing. Enjoy!

And the bikini?

Title Nine Chameleon High Waisted Bikini Bottom and Top – Paprika Floral


Staying cool with watermelon & LOEWE

Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit that’s also good for you.

It contains only 46 calories per cup but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds.

  1. Helps you hydrate
  2. Contains:
    • Vitamin C: 21% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
    • Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
    • Potassium: 5% of the RDI
    • Magnesium: 4% of the RDI
    • Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3% of the RDI

    Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.

  3. Contains compounds that may fight cancer
  4. May improve heart health
  5. May lower inflammation and oxidative stress
  6. May help prevent Macular Degeneration
  7. May help muscle soreness
  8. Is good for skin and hair
  9. Can improve digestion

While eating your way to health – it might be fun to wear a Watermelon via LOEWE!


One hit elegance – something of use

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Its always a challenge to carry a watermelon home from the Grocery Store – especially when you are walking.

Japanese designer, Tsuchiya Kaban, leather bag provides an elegant, luxury vessel tote around your fruit. Holding one round watermelon, the carrier was crafted by Yusuke Kadoi as part of a project titled “The Fun of Carrying”, which encouraged designers to create playful, inventive items as side projects.

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The bag is just a concept – if it was put into production, there may be an audience for it!

Photos: Tsuchiya Kaban 2020

48F (9C) + rain on a beach + Memorial = what to wear?

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Photo: dievca NYC 05/30/2021

And now you know dievca’s BIG question this morning….
What crap weather for the start of Summer.
Practical is kicking in: