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.