A Coffee Cup for Friends~

New York Snowstorm by Karl Stevens Coffee Mug (click photo to purchase)

dievca still loves her snow. XO




“Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?” [“Anywhere it wants to.”]

Photo: dievca Hudson Yards NYC 02/2021

To raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species, public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner have created a massive sculpture of the animal that arrived in Hudson Yards’ Bella Abzug Park. Titled King Nyani, Swahili for ‘gorilla’, it’s the world’s largest bronze gorilla sculpture and can fit two to three humans just in its hands.


Hazards of the Concrete Jungle


The Groundhog isn’t going to see his shadow – but just incase…


Patagonia Recycled Cashmere on Sale – Originally $249

Recycled Cashmere Turtleneck features yarn that’s made from preconsumer cashmere waste that’s sorted, mechanically broken down, and spun into new yarn.

  • Feather Grey
  • Century Pink
  • Topsoil Brown
  • Birch White
  • All are $174 except for the Birch White, its $124

It’s a Whiteout!

Photo: dievca 02/01/2021 Snowstorm NYC

Whiteoutwhite-out, or milky weather is a weather condition in which the contours and landmarks in a snow-covered zone become almost indistinguishable.


Sleepy on a Snowy Morning!


Stay warm and have a coffee for dievca and Hilda. XO


Preparing for February – the Color Purple

The month of February is all about the color purple, with the birthstone being amethyst, and the flower a violet. But did you know that this color has a very rich and interesting history as to how it came to be such a popular color today?

One reason why it is such a prominent color in today’s society is that people of royal blood and power used to be the only ones who would be able to afford to wear it. From the dying process to the wardrobe, this beautiful color has had a role in society from royal representation, spiritual symbolism, and a wide effect on the world of current fashion trends.

EARLY PRODUCTION AND TRADE OF PURPLE DYE

You might guess that purple dye used to be made from natural plants and herbs such as lilac and lavender flowers, or berries such as grapes. Nope. It might seem a bit strange and gruesome, but during the ancient Greek era around 1,200 BC, purple dye was created by extracting it from sea snails—spiny dye-murex to be specific–and it took thousands of these little guys (supposedly 250,000 just for one ounce!) to dye different types of textiles. Instead of crushing and killing the snails to extract the purple dye, it could be collected by “milking” them. Then the dye would be put out in the sunlight to develop its hue—the longer the dye sat out in the sunlight, the more intense the purple shade.  Because of the high labor cost of making such beautiful textiles in ancient Greece, the only people who would be seen wearing them would be royals, priests, and nobles.

ROMAN INFLUENCE

Greeks were not the only ones to begin wearing the color purple as a symbol of high societal rank. In ancient Rome, emperors and priests would wear colored textiles of a darker shade of purple that had been mixed with indigo. Roman Catholic priests, especially those that are ranked as Bishops, still wear purple as a representation of piety, penitence, and faith. Priests will wear this color during Lent and when they listen to confessions. Different rankings wore different shades of purple or were coordinated with gold details or bands.

ROYAL PURPLE IN THE PALACE

More recently during the 18th and 19th centuries, rulers such as Catherine the Great continued to uphold the tradition of wearing the color purple to symbolize her royal status as Empress of Russia. Queen Victoria of Great Britain wore a mauve gown to the Royal Exhibition of 1862, a particular shade of purple that only royalty or upper society could afford to purchase. The British Royal Family is known to wear purple for special occasions and at ceremonies because it is made with purple velvet textiles and encrusted with amethyst gemstones.

THE WORLD OF FASHION

Today, the shades of purple are more popular than ever;  Pantone named the color of the year for 2014 as Radiant Orchid, and Violet Tulip. Cherished for centuries, this color is not going out of style anytime soon.

Thanks to textile and dye advancements, purple clothing items can be found pretty much everywhere. Still representing royalty, religion, and symbols, you can add purple to your life any day of the week. Being that it is February and the birthstone for this month is the amethyst gemstone.

 


Anyone else trying to get Mid-Winter moving?

Hilda by Duane Bryers (1911-2012)


Flags are flying vertical and

My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring
And carried aloft on the winds of the breeze;
For above and around me the wild wind is roaring,
Arousing to rapture the earth and the seas.

The long withered grass in the sunshine is glancing,
The bare trees are tossing their branches on high;
The dead leaves beneath them are merrily dancing,
The white clouds are scudding across the blue sky.

I wish I could see how the ocean is lashing
The foam of its billows to whirlwinds of spray;
I wish I could see how its proud waves are dashing,
And hear the wild roar of their thunder to-day!

Anne Brontë – 1820-1849


Walkers with the Dawn

Photo: dievca NYC Chelsea 12/2020

Being walkers with the dawn and morning,
Walkers with the sun and morning,
We are not afraid of night,
Nor days of gloom,
Nor darkness–
Being walkers with the sun and morning.

~ Langston Hughes


In Rotation – dievca’s closet


  • Stella McCartney for Adidas Purple Puffer Coat
  • Stella McCartney for Adidas Purple Hat
  • Mackage Farren Stretch Puffer Black Coat
  • Max Mara Camel and Cashmere Black Cap
  • Alice + Olivia Julien Puffer Multi-colored Puffer Coat
  • Ivy Park for Adidas Green Hat
  • Stand Studio Farrah Puffer Black Coat
  • Alberta Ferretti Cashmere Red Hat
  • Cougar Pillow Black Boots
  • Mueslii Puffer Black Backpack
  • Portolano Cashmere Black Mittens

And if you were wondering what dievca sold or gave away:

TNF Brown Metropolis

North 66 Hekla Coat

Think Royln Down Capelet

Intuition Paris Red Puffer

Lands End Down Puffer

Along with three leather coats and two wool coats. The revamping continues!

 


It would have been more fun to ski~


Instead of driving in the snow…
dievca is home safely.


It held up to a sh*t mess…Stand Studio – Farrah Coat

Can’t visit the Midwest without shoveling~

In this case, ice.

It was sleet, then fluffy snow, then hail, then sleet, ending up rain which froze on the driveway.

dievca just happened be wearing the appropriate coat to handle all of the choices Mother Nature decided to share – a recent purchase to take the place of three down coats:

It dried and puffed up nicely in the dryer and was ready for snow blowing 4-inches the following morning.

Gardening or snow removal – dievca’s available for hire. 🙄


Last Snow of 2020


dievca’s Dad had a High School kid who would help him around the house, that kid has since graduated from college. But, he would still visit her Dad and help when he could before Dad died. dievca looked in the garage and saw a rebuilt Corvette being stored in one stall. It’s the kid’s and he must have asked dievca’s brother to store it. No problem.

So, what is dievca’s Mom getting in return?
Driveway snow clearing services — but notably this morning at 6:00 am it is not the kid clearing the drive, it’s his Dad….

Photos: dievca Midwest 12/2020

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho! a Winter’s drive I go~

Vintage Canada 1940s Car and Snow

Hitting the Highway and Thinking of You!

dievca’s Mom kept getting anonymous postcards from around the country when she was a young gal. The tagline on each of them was the phrase above. She never found out who sent them.

So, dievca is hitting the highway and making her way to her Momma. Her Mom might not last too long, so now is the time. she’s bringing that black Burberry Cashmere coat she bought when the Hudson Yards Neiman Marcus closed (September) – her Mom was asking to see it.
Once a Style Maven – always a Style Maven.
dievca has so many clothes she would love to share with her Mom – her Mom isn’t tracking too well. That’s why the Burberry coat request, as ridiculous as it seems, is very important.

OK, hitting the highway and thinking of you. XO

Burberry 100% Cashmere Hoodie Overcoat $3590

Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater black

I.am.Gia black cargo pants

ACNE Studios Plaid Scarf

Cougar Pillow Boots

Smartwool Black Grey Socks

Portolano Black Cashmere mittens

Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

San Diego Hat Co. Bomber black


Wishing you the best during the Holidays! XO ~ dievca

Photo: Patrice Wymore – Ice Skating, 1950

May your days be Jolly and you find something fabulous to do outside.
Ice Skating might be on the agenda. XO


Christmas Eve prepping!

Getty Images: Artist Earl Moran gets into the picture himself as he shows Jayne Mansfield how to pose, in a provocative manner, in an ice skater’s outfit.


Sexy Ice Fairy – Presentation Outfit

Ice Fairy Top Etsy $70 (click photo to purchase)

Retrofête Luna Asymmetric Metallic Mini Skirt IfChic $162 (click photo to purchase)

Saint Laurent Robin Metallic Strappy Heels Neiman Marcus $591 on sale (Click photo to purchase)

Donna Salyers Faux Fur White Mink Coat $599 (click photo to purchase)

  • Sexy
  • Dynamic
  • Easy Access
  • Fun
  • Different

“diversity, dievca, diversity”


Winter Solstice with Coffee & Candlelight

 

For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest nights and shortest days of the year. Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere is having short nights and long days. The first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere is marked by the Winter Solstice, which occurs today – Monday, December 21, 2020, at 5:02 A.M. EST.

Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright but is instead tilted on its axis by 23 1/2 degrees, the Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly. The tilt of the Earth – not our distance from the sun – is what causes winter and summer. At the December solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is leaning most away from the sun for the year.

Being the shortest day means the solstice is also the longest night of the year, and one of the original traditions was rooted in candlelight—both for the needed light, and to celebrate the return of the sun in the coming months.

To celebrate, use a tabletop and cover it in unlit candles either in a circle or a varied pattern. Place a candle that symbolizes the sun (ideally in yellow or gold) in the center and taller than the rest of the candles. Light the sun candle first, and then the rest of the candles. You can recite a ritual while doing it, too.
(Or just have your coffee at 5:02 am EST – sounds like a ritual to dievca!)

Photos: dievca's 2020 Candles and Coffee for the Solstice


You can take the dievca out

of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the dievca.

Such a simple thing to make someone so happy during a sh*tty time.

(Click photos to enlarge)


A few flakes of snow and dievca is ready to go~

There seems to be a snow theme going on here at the blog. Amazing what the kiss of  a flake can do.


Blood on Snow~ Bottega Veneta

Quite a visual.

Haunting. Alluring.

Presentation, in a time of nowhere to go.


“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