Our founder and creative director Dierdre Roffoni is a California native with an insatiable sense of wanderlust. It was on a trip to Formentera, Spain that she was inspired to create XÍRENA (pronounced SUH-REN-UH).
While every season features something new, XÍRENA is timeless, effortless, and to those in the know, easily recognizable by the iconic red bar tack.
The brand will continue to evolve, but the promise is always the same: we choose the softest fabrics in the most comfortable shapes.
We are Designed in LA and Made to Live In.
Hmmm, dievca doesn’t own a car…
Would she or wouldn’t she invest in an auto expresso maker if she did?
Does anyone have one?
It’s around $250.
I guess it depends if you need to save time in the morning,
or need an afternoon “pick-me-up”.
Perhaps, a Holiday Gift for the person who loves coffee and has everything?
Something used daily.
A “table” that conforms to the arm of a sofa or larger chair. The fabric backing controls slipage and the top is easy to clean.
dievca bought her original ‘table’ in Denmark but replaced it with an Amazon product.
Here is an Etsy offering to consider:
EsserGifts – Etsy store offering of the sofa arm table (click here)
dievca took herself out of her Mother’s house to avoid — well, let’s just say she had to kill three hours. Masked and gloved she got gas, ran to CVS (pharmacy), and wandered Wal-Mart.
Her sister-in-law is disdainful about purchasing anything from Wal-Mart, but dievca rolls with it. she was able to get some lovely “grateful” cards to use as “Thank You” notes for people who acknowledged her Dad’s passing. Much sweeter and happier than the regular notes.
she was also able to get something stylish, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and of use.
The cotton tote is simple, roomy, 100% cotton, made in California, and other shopping bags offered are made from recycled bottles (PET). All the styles can be found on Amazon:
Do you remember being a kid with dirty glasses?
Then she smartened up in High School and started using dish soap to wash her eyeglasses.
Finding a sink and soap is not very convenient on the fly – so dievca moved on to lens wipes.
Too bad they aren’t environmentally friendly…
- one use
Something of use that lessens the environmental impact, isn’t as messy as soap/water, can be carried in a bag and offers the cleanest vision dievca has found:
Wal-Mart’s Equate Lens Cleaner at $2.88.
This brand is dievca’s favorite. The solution is good for glasses, camera lenses, phone screens/lenses, computer screens, etc. – all at an excellent price.
An 8 oz. bottle lasted dievca about a year with a clean rag/towel doing the wiping.
Argh – dievca is out~
dievca will have to make a trip to New Jersey to visit a Wal-Mart…there’s none in Manhattan.
No, the Chalk Hippo (Flodhesten) is not the ‘something useful’ item, but its the way dievca stores her chalk – and is much cuter looking than a sticker.
Here’s the useful item:
Rather than creating shopping lists on paper, dievca keeps a running tally of items to buy on her stick-on chalkboard. When it comes time to shop, a quick photo taken with her phone brings the list to the store. No looking for random slips of paper at the bottom of a shopping bag…
Wipe down the chalkboard and start again!
Or leave a sexy message for your Sir / Madame.
(Yes, the chalkboard peels off safely if you need to move it.)
Now back to the cute hippo:
In 1955, when Kay Bojesen transported the square Hippo from the waterhole on the Savannah to the Danish design scene, it was the fourth in a series of exotic animals, which also includes The Monkey, The Bear and The Elephant. Demand for more animals from “the jungle book” was enormous, but as always, Kay Bojesen followed his own path, creating a design that was unlike the others. Gone were The Monkey’s long, elegant lines and flexible joints – instead, Kay Bojesen introduced a delightfully angular behemoth with a moveable jaw who charmingly holds a pencil in its mouth.
As such, The Hippo is the only one of Kay Bojesen’s wooden animals that actually serves a function, and with the arrival of this chalkboard big brother, that functionality is expanded even more, while at the same time bringing The Hippo back to its original painted look.
Spill your coffee?
Wipe your hand?
Ask dievca, she always has spare napkins on her.
Those napkins, paper towels, and tissues were shoved into the bottom of a bag – drifting around and disintegrating with daily friction.
Lost when needed….
dieca tried putting the napkins in a ziplock sandwich bag.
Then dievca found a vintage LeSportsac Tissue Holder:
Cute. But hard to use. Folding the napkins to fit? Too much work.
And the little bag got lost in the chaos of her backpack.
Finally, dievca discovered a great solution:
The Aritzia Tna Super Puff Coin Purse!
You can stuff napkins/tissues into it – any which way – and it attaches to the exterior of a bag with the clip. Anyone can grab a tissue without bothering dievca’s bag of tricks.
Something of use.
Something of use – the OXO Good Grips Kitchen Compost Bin and the Hudson River Park composting stations. dievca started collecting and dropping her food scraps for compost this year and her throw-away garbage has diminished by at least 1/3. Plus the 10 minute walks to the river to drop the food waste gives her a moment to just “be”.
A conveniently-sized OXO Good Grips Compost Bin holds your food scraps until they can be transferred to your outdoor composter.
- The simple design makes it perfect for everyday counter-top use
- The lid flips up with one hand for easy filling and flips down tightly to lock-in odors
- The ergonomic design ensures that this compost bin is easy to carry, easy to empty and easy to clean
- Made of plastic
- Holds up to 3/4 gallon
- Measures 7-3/4″ x 7-310″ x 7-3/5″
- Weighs only 1.4 lb.
- Dishwasher safe
In 2015, Hudson River Park began composting horticulture waste, including grass clippings and pruned tree material to help green the Park and support NYC’s zero waste by 2030 goal. This project was made possible by Hudson River Park Friends who procured an automated composter with the generous support of donor Chris Fiore and L Brands Inc.
On June 12, 2017 the Park expanded its composting efforts and launched our Community Compost Program in partnership with NYC’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and Council Member Corey Johnson. Now at seven locations throughout the Park community members can drop off their food scraps from 7am-7pm daily. The Park mixes these food scraps with the Park’s horticulture waste to make healthy compost that then enriches our plant beds and trees to help the Park flourish.
In 2018, HRPK turned nearly 420,000 pounds of organic waste into compost. HRPK employees and community members were educated at workshops, volunteer events and public programming, including the Park’s first annual Pumpkin Smash, to encourage best practices in composting.
dievca believes that every little effort for recycling, upcycling and re-using will add up. Composting is a simple and happy addition to her efforts in the City. Maybe you will find that composting works into your World, too.
What do you do when you find the perfect sized bench for your small NYC Apartment?
Pop open a bottle of champagne!
That’s what dievca did when she found the Room & Board Baltic Bench:
This clever bench and coat rack is the result of a partnership between Room & Board and students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in an annual Design Scholar Competition. One of the winning designs, this piece features a wood seat with a small indentation to hold keys and other small objects (available on either the left or right side of the bench). The base and coat rack are made from powder-coated steel to round out the modern mix of materials.
- Dimensions: 25″w 15″d 68.5″h
- Floor to Bottom Clearance: 15″h
- Space Between Legs: 18″w 9.5″d
- Leg Thickness: 1″w
- Features: 9.5″ x 4″ indented tray on bench top; 3 hooks
- Price: $449.00
- Material Origin: United States
Something beautiful and useful.
And fun to use for BDSM play.
Green for Coffee, Orange for Tea.
Try not to mix them.
dievca was gifted her green S’well bottle about 5 years ago. The orange one she bought on eBay. The bottles fit into her bike water bottle holder or in her backpack. It keeps her coffee or tea warm for hours. The bottles are bright enough to see at 5 am and also hard to lose at work. They have been dropped in the middle of 34th Street and survived traffic.
They do not leak, they can be rinsed easily, they take a beating, they come in many colors, they are stainless steel = no food staining or odors, the bottles fit in a car drink holder and they replace plastic water bottles or coffee cups.
Price point – $25 to $45 depending upon size
Something very useful!
In 2010, Sarah Kauss launched S’well with the mission to rid the world of plastic water bottles. She believed that if her company made a crave-worthy bottle that combined fashion with function, people would stop buying disposable bottles and it could cut single-use plastic consumption worldwide. It was an audacious goal, but Sarah knew the world needed S’well.
Seven years later, S’well is the fastest growing woman-owned company in the country! The fan base has been built by word of mouth, one enthusiastic user to another. S’well is making a big difference by helping keep single-use plastic out of landfills and waterways.
(click graphic to link to the full article)
Which pattern is your favorite S’well?
dievca remembers her Dad getting a “to go” coffee at various restaurants and they came in a paper cup with greek designs on it.
The “Anthora” paper cup designed in 1963, features Greek motifs and two shields on which are written “WE ARE HAPPY TO SERVE YOU”. Millions of these cups had fed the caffeine addictions of New Yorkers during all those years. The sheer number of them coupled with their forty-year history has given the cup icon status along with the yellow taxis and the Statue of Liberty.
We weren’t in NYC, but apparently the coffee cups could be found west of I-95…
Here is a great piece about the design of the cup when the designer, Leslie Buck, passed away in 2010.
In the photo above, dievca held her ceramic version of the Anthora cup up against a rainy backdrop on Sunday morning. The temperature dropped from 46 F (7.78 C) to 12 F (-11 C) this Monday morning and then lower. Welcome to New York City weather.
- They stack well.
- The cups fit into your hand comfortably.
- It can be washed in the dishwasher (No, dievca’s dishwasher hasn’t been replaced, yet.)
- They are microwave safe for reheating your coffee.
- It’s been about 10 years for dievca’s cups and they are holding up well.
- Click the photo to purchase
We (the Royal We) are happy to serve you — XO
A side note:
The paper version of the Anthora cup had sales top out at 500 million cups in 1994. Twelve years later, it was discontinued as a stock item as popular coffee-house franchises began replacing diners as the take-out morning stop for coffee lovers.
Due to numerous requests from restaurant owners and distributors, Dart Container is bringing back the Anthora cup in 8 oz. and 10 oz. sizes in New York City and some northeastern states.
When dievca was in College she lived in an older dorm that had deep oak window frames/casings which went up almost to the 12 foot ceilings. After doing laundry at 3:00 am, she stood on the sofa and when that didn’t work, the windowsill, to hang up a sweatshirt on a hanger to dry from the window rod.
she slipped, she fell, she sounded like an elephant when she ricocheted off the window ledge hitting the right side of her back thigh, she hit the floor, she woke her roommate. The bruising was huge and you can still feel the ledge-shaped divet in her muscle/fat…yep, just checked – still there.
What dievca learned is that you should own decent step ladders, AND USE THEM!
Her NYC apartment doesn’t have ceilings quite as high as her dorm room, but they reach 9 feet in some areas. That makes painting a wall without an extension pole a little too much for dievca – but with the 3 step-ladder? A snap!
Something that has traveled with dievca from space to space are the two Cosco Step Ladders from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The two-step and three-step versions:
At $29.99 and $39.99 — an excellent and useful buy. They fit behind opened doors or in closets.
When getting on in age, the bruises don’t fade as fast and braking a bone is a more likely option~