“This old thing?”

Midwestern weather in February calls for winter dressing.

dievca dug into her closet and came up with older items that still generated a couple of compliments.
she was astounded.

A whole discussion on fashion and Bricks & Mortar VS. Online Shopping occurred in an airport restaurant because of her coat. The discussion continued because her flight seatmate worked for ShopBop.

Two adorable Millennials noticing the exhausted Generation X-er’s style – a shocker.
Who said that women over 50 are marginalized?


It started like this:

New gates at LaGuardia (LGA) – quite a nice view!


Everyone gets their own chargers – now if they could add a cup holder~

We moved into this:


The low-pressure system dopped 5 inches over 3+ hours. dievca had a shitty umm, not so great – midsize rental for the 1-hour drive (it took 2). To upgrade the car would have been $38-$76 per day. She passed on the upgrade and drove carefully.

After helping the caregiver shovel the driveway, dievca moved on to

What her Sister-In-Law left for her:


Not glamorous, but of use

Photo: dievca’s view 2019

So, let dievca tell you about having floor to ceiling windows: amazing views all the time, plus warmth when the sun is shining.

Aunt Marty’s Nose Warmer Amazon

In the winter, the windows get cold when the sun doesn’t shine, so when one of the HVAC units goes kaput and maintenance needs to order a whole new unit– it gets chilly in the evenings and on poor weather days.

dievca is layering up with clothing and blankets, but she refuses to wear a ‘nose warmer’. dievca will stoop to wearing wool Mukluk Slippers.

Remember those? Wool knit top with a leather patch bottom? dievca’s first pair were from Pier One, then she wore holes in her Aunt’s pair – had them ‘repaired’ with patches of leather and is onto her 3rd pair.

These mukluks are not for Presenting, but they solve the problem of cold feet.
Which comes under the definition ‘something of use’ in dievca’s book.

Hippieshop.com Wool Mukluk Slippers $16.95 (click this photo for the website)

And, yes, dievca’s nose is still cold.
Cold nose warm heart.


Happy Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve 2020 – Year of the Rat!

“Heavy Metal Rat” (Click photo to buy on eBay.)

Welcome to the year of the Rat!

When a Rat Year comes, it generally delivers new experiences with favorable outcomes for all of the signs. The Metal element aspect also indicates success, as this is the element of production. Metal is strong, determined, and resolute.

click on photos for brand


Cold Weather Comfort in the City

Sometimes you walk the City in complete wonder. Viewing the Empire State building on a clear Sunday morning after a messy weather Saturday night. (Zoom on the photo, its lovely)

Then you head to a grocery store for items to make a Ham Bone and Potato Soup using the Christmas Hambone.

The recipe turns out to be a keeper.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ham bone, with visible meat
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cups water
  • 12 teaspoon celery seeds or 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 12 teaspoon white pepper
  • 12 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 medium red potatoes, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 12 cup butter
  • 12 cup flour
  • 1-pint half-and-half 

DIRECTIONS

  • Place the first 6 ingredients in a Dutch Oven, bring to a boil over medium heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat easily comes off the bone with a fork. Shred ham from the bone, discard any fat, return meat to the pot. Add diced potatoes, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  • While potatoes are cooking, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat being careful not to brown. Add flour, stirring constantly until incorporated well. Bring heat to medium/high and gradually stir in the Half n Half until creamy, thick and bubbly, stirring constantly, being careful not to scorch. Once it thickly coats the spoon, remove from heat.
  • When the potatoes are tender, stir the sauce mixture into the potato pot over medium heat, stirring constantly. Let simmer until soup reaches the desired consistency. You can add milk to adjust.
  • There has been no salt added to this point. Add salt, pepper, garlic, herbs or seasonings to your taste.
  • dievca added a finely chopped garlic clove and a chicken bouillon cube at the beginning. 3 chopped carrots and cauliflower pieces were added with the potatoes.

Recipe from Food.com – Shelley Lee is the author

 


When you work on Saturdays

Anouki Areshidze wearing knit saying “Don’t kill my vibe”, during Paris Fashion Week S/S 2019 on Sep 09/26/18 (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images – cropped)

Coffee
20 minute back resetting flow
Shower
Yogurt with berries
Bundle up like an Eskimo
Bike into work
Ready to go

DO NOT KILL MY VIBE…
I am pounding through the day.


Winter Sun

Eva Rubenstein – Couple, NYC 1971


Just lounging around this Christmas Eve!

Graphic: Al Moore, pin-up

Velvet Lingerie – A Holiday Offering

Madalynne Intimates Noelle custom velvet lingerie

Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinctive soft feel. By extension, the word velvety means “smooth like velvet.” Velvet can be made from either synthetic or natural fibers.

Velour or velours is a plush, knitted fabric or textile similar to velvet or velveteen. It is usually made from cotton, but can also be made from synthetic materials such as polyester. Velour is used in a wide variety of applications, including clothing and upholstery.

Click on the photos for brands of the items:


Feeling Cozy

The Thanksgiving Holiday is running late this year and that makes the ramp-up to Christmas/Hanukkah very short. With Global Warming in NYC, the whole of Autumn has disappeared. Some good news is that if you haven’t bought your cool weather gear, yet, you can do so with the Black Friday sales in your favor!

Here’s what dievca has been watching:

    • Diamond Quilted Down Coats
    • Cashmere Mittens
    • Chunky Hats
    • Cashmere Scarves
    • Cashmere Sweaters

Click on the Gallery Photo to find the designer name:

dievca bought:

Max Mara Camel Cashmere and Wool Reversible Sweater $795 on sale $330


Missoni Orange Label 100% Cashmere Sweater $800 on sale for $70 with repairs needed.


Garnet Hill 100% Cashmere chunky Sweater in Port Wine $299 on sale for $209


Donna Karan New York Reversible Down Puffer Coat $450 on sale for $160


Modal and Cashmere unbranded lightweight scarf $149 on sale for $80

On a side note: dievca has taken 33 sweaters to resale or Goodwill, 5 scarves, 3 hats, 4 pairs of mittens/gloves, and 4 down coats/jackets. You may be astounded by the numbers, but the lot was from years of collection and were well-loved and used. The replacement pieces are less in number and classics that will last.
Yes, friends and Master are astounded by dievca’s closet.


A cozy upgrade – something of use.

Floor to ceiling windows make for a great view,
but dievca’s apartment doesn’t warm-up quickly before the morning sun.

Enter a gift received over 3 years ago:

Ugg Duffield Blanket Home Collection (click photo to purchase the latest version)

  • 50″ x 70″
  • 100% polyester with 95% cotton, 5% spandex trim
  • Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
  • $98

Fuzzy, cozy, light and wash machine friendly, the throw has been extremely useful, but not super stylish.

Enter Missoni Home:

Missoni Home Jocker Throw Multi (dievca bought hers on sale at Yoox, click photo for a place to purchase the throw)

  • Material: 80% wool, 20% polyamide
  • Dimensions: 130x190cm
  • Soft chunky weave
  • Neutral colors with multi colors in between
  • Made in Italy
  • $523

dievca thought she would upgrade with Missoni and donate the Ugg to Goodwill. Instead, she’s been using both throws consistently, one on the sofa and one in the bedroom.

 


A Toasty Cup and off to work…


The NY City Kids have a “Snow” Day – dievca does not…
she does have a later start time.

May you have a later start time, too.
XO

PS. dievca won’t be riding her bike.


Something useful: a progression of Winter Boots

Years ago, dievca wore Uggs. They were toasty and warm, but perhaps didn’t have the best “look”. The  multi-colored zipper was interesting, though.

She moved on to a pair of shearling/suede high tops that were made in Turkey and “off brand”. They were amazing, until they finally disintegrated. She went on the quest for something similar and failed.

She found a pair of Ganni Masha Texas shearling Boots on eBay, but they were just that bit too small and not really warm, so she sold them.

Yes, the Canadian Cougar Pillow Boot are still in rotation and still amazing/useful, but dievca likes to have a lower profile boot in rotation for easy slip-on, without the red interior.

Which brings us to the surprise boot. Something dievca bought for $99 at an end-of-season sale, last Spring. The move was a desperate attempt to replace those shearling high tops. These boots sat in her closet all Summer and she was going to sell them because she thought they looked “clunky”, until a  cold day called for a quick slip-on with a low profile.

The Technica Monaco Shearling Moon Boot have become a staple and the compliments received have been in large numbers. It’s crazy. All because of a spontaneous buy of a sales item that dievca wasn’t sure about keeping:

If you are interested in a pair, they have them at MyTheresa, just click here. But, dievca hates to tell you…they are full price.  ($214)


“The morning was full of sunlight and hope.” ~Kate Chopin

Photo: dievca 02/2019 NYC

Good Morning!

 


“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”

Normally, weather moves from west to east. In the mid-latitudes, the prevailing winds are westerlies. This means storm systems generally move in from the West.

The colors we see in the sky are due to the rays of sunlight being split into colors of the spectrum as they pass through the atmosphere and ricochet off the gases, water vapor and particles. The amounts of water vapor and dust particles in the atmosphere are good indicators of weather conditions. They also determine which colors we will see in the sky.

During sunrise and sunset the sun is low in the sky, and it transmits light through the thickest part of the atmosphere. A red sky suggests an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture particles. The shorter wavelengths, such as blue, are scattered and broken up. We see the red wavelengths. the longest in the color spectrum, are able to continue through the atmosphere.

Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.

A red sky at night means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west and good weather will follow.

Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.

A red sunrise can mean that a high pressure system (good weather) has already passed, thus indicating that a storm system (low pressure) may be moving to the east. A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red can indicate that there is high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain could be on its way.

dievca had the pleasure of a beautiful sunset, yesterday.
Made her evening.

Photos: dievca 02/2019 NYC

Depending upon an 8+ lbs rodent for advice….Happy Groundhog Day! (repost)

There is one day a year when Americans turn to a small mammal to predict the weather, Groundhog Day. It’s the day we celebrate the American tradition of finding out if there will be six more weeks of winter

Thousands will converge on the small Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney to see if Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his temporary burrow and see his shadow. If that happens, winter weather will continue across the United States. But if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, spring temperatures are on the way.

Groundhog Day is derived from ancient Christian and Roman customs in Germany, where Europeans celebrated Candlemas, a holiday marking the Virgin Mary’s presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. Candlemas is observed on Feb. 2nd. If there were clear skis on that usually meant an extended winter. German immigrants brought the rituals to the U.S.

Punxsutawney Phil was named an official immortal oracle in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney. Rivals such as Staten Island Chuck and Gen. Beauregard Lee have tried to undermine his fame, but Phil has maintained his cultural significance.

For those who refuse to believe in the fantasy of Phil’s immortality are right. Groundhogs in captivity typically live no longer than 10 years. And the U.S. National Climatic Data Center has found that Phil is only correct about 40% of the time.

Ah, well, it inspired a great movie!

Phil Connors: (to the groundhog) “Don’t drive angry! Don’t drive angry!”

groundhog-day-bill-murray-phil

Phil Connors: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.


Baby, its gonna be cold!

1950 Jacques Griffe

And, yes, dievca is going to pull out one of her 15 fur coats/jackets/vests….

Fifteen? you ask.

Yes, 15.

Just four here in NYC.

dievca’s Mom was best friends with a furrier. We received coats when people upgraded or needed another size. Coats can be cut down, but making them larger calls for a new coat. We received more when they retired and decided not to sell the business.

Fur, if it is taken care of well – stands the test of time. It is pretty much the warmest solution in cold weather.

If you decided to pass judgement on dievca — ask yourself if you eat meat, drive a car, wear leather, wear down, understand how much of a carbon footprint is made from creating faux leather and plastic products, etc. dievca knows where her fur came from, who sourced it, who made the coats and how long she has had them.
And they will, someday, decompose safely.

dievca is going to guess that you have a problem with hunting deer, too.
Have you ever seen Bambi starve in the winter? It’s not pretty.
All the hunters she knows are very conscious about using ALL the parts of a deer.

Yes, dievca has fur hats, too. Vintage.
And is tired of being on the defense for wearing fur, so she has gone on the offensive.
XO


A weird weekend…

dievca had a party she forgot about and an 85th birthday party drop on her lap.
Both casual. One very casual Poconos…..PJ’s.
she got through 1.5 hours in NYC wearing:

The DISASTER?
PJ Party….
Someone bought dievca Cuddl Duds from QVC.com

dievca looks absolutely horrible in baby pink and she had to wear the PJs over Lululemon tights and a long sleeve top because she was freezing her a** off. That is what she is writing this post in….as everyone else is snoring away. That’s what you get when you are exhausted after work on a Sat. and you always get up early. Not glamorous.

Just weird.

Back to NYC – ASAP.


dievca is Jealous…

Master hopped a flight to ski with his son….they will have new snow for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, diecva dealt with this:

A bundled up rider crosses by the BU Bridge (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

NYC: Monday’s high temperature topped out around 14 degrees, with wind chill values between minus 5 and minus 10. A wind advisory for the five boroughs was set to expire at 7 p.m., the weather service said.

(-10 F =-23.3 C)

she looked like this –>


The answer to a pressing question~

My ass, nose and boobs are cold…
Why?

The more subcutaneous fat an area has, the lower the skin temperature — which is the key to explaining why women, with two forward prominences and a larger posterior, get chilly. More fat in an area = colder skin.
(More muscle in the bottom means more blood flowing and the ability to keep an area warmer…)

So when your female partner backs her cold bottom in while spooning, know that it is a part of the female development and women have an overall external body temperature which is slightly lower than that of men. Plus, the temperature is even lower over protruding or curved body parts such as the nose and fingers.

dievca finds that a toasty fire, warm stove, hot shower or Master’s body furnace helps…

(Written while sitting on a hot water bottle.)


First Monday of 2019: Fika

Fika

Let’s start with gott nytt år – A belated Swedish wish of Happy New Year. If Swedes do decide to leave the house in winter, it’s probably to “fika”.  “Fika” is both a verb and a noun. You can say “shall we fika?” or “come to mine for a fika.” It means to consume coffee with something sweet. Most offices will have a rota of who is bringing in the cakes, each day.

Who knows, maybe sitting down and having coffee plus a treat might make the World run better.
Let’s try it!


A quick review of some Winter Outfits (3)

dievca realized that she wrote this post and forgot to put it out there.  These are some outfits from the Holidays – but are appropriate for the Winter. All were pulled from dievca’s closet of goodies.

Holiday Party downtown Brooklyn, brownstone, friends:

Holiday Work Party, formal venue, meeting with Master afterward:

At home: cozy mulled wine and dinner with close friends:

 


Merry Christmas – love Your dievča~

~Rrrrrrrr-rahwrrrrrr~


NYC Holiday Scenes

The Main Library
Up 5th Avenue – Saks 5th Ave
Rockefeller Center
Across to 6th Ave – Radio City Music Hall
And over past Macy’s ‘Lego’ Window

(From Master and dievca's meadering walk)
Photos: dievca Midtown 11/2018

Enter the hoarfrost

hoar·frost
hôrˌfrôst
noun
  1. a grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

After the Solstice: DECEMBER’S FULL COLD MOON

WHAT IS THE WINTER SOLSTICE?
The word solstice comes from Latin sol “sun” and sistere “to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day.

At the winter solstice (Friday, December 21st, 2018), the Sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward. However, a few days before and after the winter solstice, the change is so slight that the Sun’s path seems to stay the same, or stand still. The Sun is directly overhead at “high-noon” on Winter Solstice at the latitude called the Tropic of Capricorn.

The Full Moon for December 2018 rises on the 22nd at 12:49 PM—very near the winter solstice this year! It will be close to full (95%) on Christmas Eve. Traditionally, this Moon is called the Full Cold Moon because it is the full moon closest to the Winter Solstice.

Don’t forget to shake your wallet at the moon to come into money. And keep in mind the days will be getting longer from here onward!

A “Thank You” to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Refinery 29 and Google!


Injecting some color…

dievca was running monochromatic in Navy….

she needed to add a little spunk:

Description
Sunglasses from Acne Studios in Blue/Orange Print. Acetate frames. Blue gradient lenses. Nose pads for comfort. Metal piece on front and temple. Engraved logo detailing at interior temple. Visible metal core-wire at temples. Square shape. Handmade.
• Acetate
• 100% UV protection
• Made in France


Starlight on ~

Photos: Top two – Bryant Park Christmas Village Starlight shop, Middle – January 1987 Poem, Bottom two – the star dievca bought.


Found! Mulled Wine

dievca met Master for a walk in Midtown with a plan to take Holiday photos…she thought because she drove up 6th  Ave. on Thanksgiving and it was relatively quiet – Friday would be the same.  she completely forgot that Black Friday shopping thing…

Photo: dievca Midtown 11/2018

Master was kind enough to slog through the crowds for dievca’s photos. And they decided to finish off the evening with a warm drink.

After heading to the UWS, they couldn’t find the bar/restaurant where Master had seen the placard advertising toasty drinks. As they canvassed the Avenue, dievca spotted a board offering “mulled wine” at a brick oven pizza place. They decided to give it a go~

A good choice!

Glögi, also called Glühwein or mulled wine, is a spiced, usually alcoholic drink, served warm. The original form of Glögi, a spiced liquor, was used to revive messengers and postmen who traveled on horseback or skis in cold weather in Scandinavia.

It revived Master and dievca.

dievca used to get some great mulled wine in Maryland and was happy to finally find a place in NYC. The pizza was pretty good, too.

And if you don’t have a place in your ‘hood, here’s a simple way to make it.

MULLED WINE

Make on the stove-top (or simmer in the slow cooker) and it’s easy to customize with your favorite spices and add-ins, and it is cozy and delicious.  Perfect for winter and holiday entertaining!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine (inexpensive as the mulling spices and citrus will take over)
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (stirring in powdered cinnamon works in a pinch)
  • 2 star anise
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar, honey, or maple syrup to taste (or your desired sweetener)
  • optional add-in: 1/4 cup brandy (or your favorite liqueur)
  • optional garnishes: citrus slices (orange, lemon and/or lime), extra cinnamon sticks, extra star anise

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and heat just barely to a simmer over medium-high heat.  (Be careful not to boil the mulled wine — you don’t want to boil off the alcohol.)  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let the wine simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours.
    (You can use a crockpot or instapot, too)
  2. Strain, and serve warm with your desired garnishes.

*Feel free to use your choice of sweetener here, or leave the mulled wine un-sweetened.

**You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply pull out the bundle and strain when ready to serve.

Here’s dievca’s next plan:


a Frozen moment


Frozen elegance in Bryant Park!
This year was the coldest Thanksgiving since November 30th, 1871.
According to the National Weather Service, that year there was a low of 15 F(-9.4 C) and a high of 22 F(-5.55 C) .
This year’s windchill took the temperatures downward.
Black Friday started out chilly (17 F or -8.3 C) — after this Frozen Moment we are back to 50 F (10 C).
Crazy.
Yet, dievca did cycle to work and Jury duty…
And people wonder why they are sick~

Photos: dievca Bryant Park fountain 11/2018

If you do it once, well. Do it again…and again.

Apparis Sophie Faux Fur Coat in Emerald $295

dievca and her friend spend a day at the Whitney Museum and then stopped by Intermix on the way out. dievca’s friend was due for a new coat and she fell in love with the super soft, cozy Sophie coat for Apparis in chestnut (brown). There were no other colors available in the store and her friend bought the coat. dievca, of course, had to check out the brand…look what she found:

Screenshot (9)

(click screenshot for link to website)

So, if designers have developed a winning design — they are willing to repeat in a multitude of colors.

APPARIS co-founders Amélie Brick and Lauren Nouchi created their outerwear collection to offer luxurious yet stylish faux-furs. Immersed in the fashion industry from a young age, the design duo bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their label.

Amelie fondly spent her childhood in her grandfather’s vintage shop and father’s shoe stores. Her early introduction to business encouraged her to move to the U.S. to pursue a Master’s degree at Michigan State. After graduation, Brick moved to NYC where she worked for Hermès. Brick credits her time at the legendary fashion house with shaping her high-standard of a quality garment. Following Hermès, Brick held executive positions at Coach and Chanel before joining Louis Vuitton where she met Lauren Nouchi, her future business partner and co-founder of APPARIS. Born in the South of France, Lauren was also raised in a fashion retail environment developing an entrepreneurial mindset at a young age. Nouchi moved to Boston at the age of 17 to pursue studies in Global Business and Marketing. While finishing her degree, she worked at Louis Vuitton in Boston where she became well-versed in quality craftsmanship and brand storytelling.