Coming to the end of Summer

Photo: diveca Hudson River 09/2020

‘TIS the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone ;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone ;
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem ;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie wither’d,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh ! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
‘TIS THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER


Full Corn Moon!

The next full Moon will occur tonight Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 1:22 AM ET, and is known as the Full Corn Moon. Since the Harvest Moon and Corn Moon are different this year, the Harvest Moon will be the next full moon set to appear on October 1.

September brings with it a positive new attitude — starting in the wee hours of September 2, when the Moon waxes full in sensitive Pisces, filling us with a sense of optimism. This Full Moon is supported by a sextile with innovation-leading Uranus in retrograde, revealing new solutions to old problems.

Plus, the Moon and the Month brings along dievca’s birthday. XO


Wouldn’t it be lovely~


To have legs this long?
Umm, the beer is not going to help…

Photos: dievca 08/2020

A NYC Retreat

So, at the end of June, Governors Island wasn’t opened to the public.  The National Park and Collective Retreats were still out of reach by three days for dievca’s annual ‘Glamping” trip.  The organization offered a reschedule and since dievca wasn’t heading to Europe for work, she was able to schedule for this weekend.

Typically to dievca’s luck, she scheduled during Hurricane Laura (last year’s Hurricane Dorian rocked the heck out of her tent) – but this year it ended up absolutely lovely. (And dievca is sure that the Wedding Party hosted at Collective Retreats this Saturday couldn’t be happier.  Good for them- a nice group of Millenials.)

As she is writing this blog post – she’s sitting on the “porch” of a raised tent, sipping a rosé, watching the sun go down. There may be s’mores at 8:15 pm. Doesn’t matter, she is completely relaxed and chill.

May you be relaxed and chill in the near future, too.
Sending you love and a final look, Your dievča

Photos: dievca, from Governors Island NYC 08/2020


A different view: across the Long Island Sound

I see it as it looked one afternoon
In August,—by a fresh soft breeze o’erblown.
The swiftness of the tide, the light thereon,
A far-off sail, white as a crescent moon.
The shining waters with pale currents strewn,
The quiet fishing-smacks, the Eastern cove,
The semi-circle of its dark, green grove.
The luminous grasses, and the merry sun
In the grave sky; the sparkle far and wide,
Laughter of unseen children, cheerful chirp
Of crickets, and low lisp of rippling tide,
Light summer clouds fantastical as sleep
Changing unnoted while I gazed thereon.
All these fair sounds and sights I made my own.

Long Island Sound
Emma Lazarus – 1849-1887

Long Island Sound is an estuary. A very, very big estuary. It’s a place where salt water from the ocean mixes with freshwater from rivers and the land. Long Island Sound is unique in that it has two connections to the sea …. the Race to the east and the East River to the west. Note: the East River is not a river it is a saltwater tidal estuary in New York City. The waterway connects Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end.

  • Long Island Sound is a tidal estuary, which is a body of water consisting of both fresh and saltwater
    • 90% of the freshwater comes from three main rivers in Connecticut: the Housatonic, the Thames, and the Connecticut rivers
    • The saltwater flows in from the Atlantic Ocean
  • The total area of the Sound is ~1,300 square miles
  • LIS stretches from New York City to southern Westchester County, CT, and the northern shores of Long Island
  • The coastline is 600 miles long
  • The Sound is roughly 21 miles wide at the widest point, and 113 miles long
  • Waters reach between 60- to a whopping 350-feet deep at a channel known as “the Race”
    • The average depth is 63-feet in the center of the Sound
  • There are an estimated 18 trillion gallons of water in the Sound (enough to supply NYC with water for 33 years!)
  • The Sound has two high tides and two low tides every day
  • At least 50 different species utilize this special estuary for their annual spawning grounds
Photos: dievca, viewing Manhattan from LIC (Long Island City) 08/2020

Back in the Day – Playsuits (reality check)

Back in the day, dievca might have chosen a romper (playsuit) like the images above.

Something cute to walk the beach. She hasn’t worn one since the 1980s.

Then she ran into this Loretta Caponi Anita Playsuit in white:

Cute and Sassy, right?

Then dievča saw this photo:

she’s rethinking the whole romper/playsuit idea with her age and current body shape…

What is your take on age/body and playsuits?


Are you doing the last hurrah?


The City is even quieter.
New Yorkers are trying to squeeze in the last week at the beach.
Are you trying to fit in the last road trip before September?
Please have a coffee for dievca on the beach.
She’ll be having hers on the rooftop or by the Hudson River.
Gotta work with what you have on hand~
XO your dievča


Between dusk and the dawn….


summer heat abates
zephyrs cross the window sash
darkness settles the spirit
quietude
until the new day

Photos: dievca, NYC 08/2020

Iced Coffee for a Friend

When you have a guest over for coffee, you want everything thing to be “just so”.

Brew your coffee the night before using good-quality coffee beans, and make it very strong as it’ll be diluted with ice and milk. That way, it can come to room temperature by the time the morning comes around. As always, add cream (milk), sugar, simple syrup to your taste!

dievca’s friend likes to add simple syrup to her brew, so dievca will be making her own syrup – directions below.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup coffee, at room temperature
2 tablespoons half and half*, or more, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
To make the simple syrup, combine sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely and stir in vanilla extract; set aside.
Serve coffee over ice with half & half and simple syrup, to taste.


Sunday Brunch on the roof.

Melissa Odabash Alicia Pink Crochet Tunic

Emily Wiser Initial Necklace from Master

Chan Luu Peacock Pearl Mix Barrette ShopBop

David Yurman Petite Tahitian Ring

Ancient Greek Sandals Zenobia brown natural

Omo Norma Kamali Cat Eye Sunglasses

Nannacay Cotio Straw Bag Multi


A 🍑 plan for your Sir or Madame


dievca’s plan to be a feast for the eyes and the tummy came to fruition, last week.
she offered up her peaches to her Master. Perhaps you might be interested, too.

First up was the ICONE VeraCruz lingerie set:

Followed by a peach bottom:

Finishing with fresh-baked peach crisp:

Click photo for recipe

A fitting Summer send off for your Sir or Madame!
dievca’s Master loved it.

 


Coffee on the Upper Eastside


dievca took a friend to an early morning outpatient medical procedure. One is not allowed to sit in the waiting room for the pick-up, so dievca wandered down to the East River to enjoy her coffee. An excellent choice.

Note: dievca brought her own coffee in an amazing Japanese brand ZOJIRUSHI thermos that a friend gifted to her.  

Photos: dievca UES 07/2020

Sturgeon Full Moon and an Optical Effect

The “Buck Moon” rises behind Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on July 5, 2020 as seen from Kearny, New Jersey. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

The Full Sturgeon Moon

August’s full Moon will appear this evening of Sunday, August 2, before reaching peak illumination at 11:59 A.M. Eastern Time on Monday, August 3. On either August 2nd or 3rd, look toward the southeast after sunset to catch a glimpse of the Sturgeon Moon rising, weather permitting!

August’s full Moon will hang relatively low in the night sky, which makes it look larger due to perspective (Ebbinghaus Illusion). Why is the Moon hanging lower? A full Moon is opposite the Sun, which as we all know, is higher in the sky during summer. So the full Moon runs lower.


The Ebbinghaus illusion is one optical effect that might help explain the moon illusion. In this illustration, the green circles are exactly the same size, but the ones on the right appear larger than those on the left.green


Dreaming of Master

It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s semi-tropical and dievca will be dreaming of Master,
In a swimsuit, on the rooftop.
Master is traveling to see his family and quarantining for as long as needed.
His dievca will have to create some Fantasies while He is gone,
Maybe do a little self-care with her Master’s approval.


Inexpensive, Handmade, Socially Responsible Lingerie

Working with handblocked fabric designs and upcycled Sari silk,
Brothersindia on Etsy offers handmade goods from Jaipur, India.

Summer weight Cotton Kimonos –
-prices range from $39.99 to $42.99 with free shipping:

Or upcycled elegance with Sari Silk Kimonos –
-prices range from $44.99 to $59.99:

Elegance in Aftercare


Hot in the City : Living in the (sub) Tropics?!?!?

Hot in the City : Chelo Alonso Cuban Dancer

New York City — formerly a humid continental climate — is now within the humid subtropical climate zone. The city has met the National Climate Assessment’s requirements to classify as humid subtropical for the past five years.
Climate of New York (state) - Wikipedia

What do those requirements entail?

  • Temperatures have averaged above 72 degrees in the summer
  • Higher than 27 degrees in the winter.
    During the first three months of this year, the average temperature in Central Park was over 42 degrees Fahrenheit, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Regional Climate Center.

Newer climate maps place NYC inside of the subtropical zone and instead of the humid continental warm summer climate zones similar to Pittsburgh and Chicago.  This makes sense when you look at vegetation and plant hardiness zone maps. NYC’s native birch and sugar maple trees are NOT flourishing in the heat while plants and trees that have historically thrived in Southeast Asia and South America are loving the weather.

The main culprit is assumed to be climate change. Climate zones around the world are shifting at an alarming rate. dievca expects her steaming concrete jungle to continue to get warmer. Per one study’s estimation, by 2050, the city could be as hot as Alabama. But who knows what will happen after COVID-19.

Time to treat NYC like a seasonal beach resort!

LES Hotel Indigo: Mr. Purple rooftop pool and bar.


Share a coffee with me?

Good Morning! from Bucks Co. PA


Have you snuck off to the beach, yet?

Ava Gardner in a bikini

dievca hasn’t…yet.
If she can get there she would like to take this Clare V. Denim Tote:

Clare V. Giant Tropezienne washed denim bag

dievca regrets to tell you that she no longer looks like Ava — more like this sunbather:

 


How to beat the heat in NYC – old school

Mayor Hylan turning on the water for the first shower, July 6, 1921. West 47th Street near 8th Avenue, New York City. Photo by International Newsreel.

Enjoying the Croton Surf Under the Fire Department Sprinkler on 85th Street Near Lexington Avenue, August 17, 1920. Fire Department erects sprinkler for kiddies at 85th Street & Lexington Avenue, NYC. Kids enjoy bathing during hot weather. Photo by International Newsreel.

Kids in New York City splash around in a street flooded by fire hydrants, circa 1957. Keystone/Getty Images

Play Street and street shower alongside the Queensboro Bridge, June 22, 1934. Department of Bridges, Plant & Structures Collection, NYC Municipal Archives.

Denis P. Gorman Memorial Playground, Jackson Heights, Queens: Opening ceremonies, children grabbing for melon, August 11, 1934. Department of Parks & Recreation Collection, NYC Municipal Archives.

Kids in Harlem, New York City, cool off in front of a fire hydrant, circa 1966. Harry Benson Getty Images

dievca is ready to run under a fire hydrant sprinkle shower if the FDNY would oblige…


Be ready for whatever Summer throws at you~

Versatile Florals from Alice + Olivia
Dresses ready for sandals, heels, or sneakers. Etc.


1st foray as a human in the heat

FORAY

noun

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:

Loup Charmant Dayo Cotton Dress

Jack Gomme Light Lami Cerise

Boss Orange Olive leather flip flops

Elizabeth and James Horatio Sun Glasses

Ippolita Cherish 18-karat gold ring

Melissa Joy Manning Earrings

Rebecca Minkoff Chevron Stacking Rings

Woldford Nude Tulle Bra

Wolford Nude Tulle Panties

Zazzle red orange turquoise blue Indian floral paisley cloth face mask


Beach, Heat, Outdoors, Social Distancing~

Susan Hayward and Virginia Dale 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!
Looks like Susan Hayward had the same challenges as dievca with humidity and wild-a** hair!
Enjoy your Day!!


Something of Use: Silicone Wine Glasses

Naomi Campbell with 1993 Mick and Bono (the dogs), Jean Pigozzi

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


What Macy’s is doing with their Fireworks~

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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

Time to visit LAS VEGAS for NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY!

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


moist with a hint of the ocean

Photo: dievca NYC Hudson River 06/2020

The sun is peeking up to reveal a world cocooned by humidity.
Moist air smells of the ocean, a river glistens like glass.
Suspended motion

broken by the cry of a seagull, the honk of a car horn

 


Desperate for a Dress

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:

Rhode Jasmine Floral shirred cotton mini dress

Merlette Tuileries white cotton drawstring Dress

Etro Fantasy Print red side-tie Bikini

Should work out with the RE/done upcycled Levi’s denim mask:


It’s Gorgeous to be Gardening

Hilda weeding the garden by Duane Bryers (American, 1911–2012)

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!


Last Roses of Summer

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

Are you shagging or SHAGGING?

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA – JULY 15,1956: Actress Natalie Wood dances with actor Hugh O’Brian during the Thalians Beach Ball in Malibu, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

shagging (usually uncountable, plural shaggings) (Britain, vulgar, slang) An act (or acts) of sexual intercourse.

Or

n.

dance step of the 1930s consisting of a hop-on each foot in turn.

intr.v. shaggedshag·gingshags

To perform or execute this dance.
Let’s just say that dievca is not up on her shag dance technique,
but it looks awfully fun!