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As Unique and Impossible As a Shadow

W.H. Auden wrote in his collection of prose essays, The Dyer’s Hand, ““Every man carries within him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.” Then he went on to suggest a good parlor game would be to look at different people and imagine the kinds of mirrors they might be carrying. One might be carrying a gilt baroque hand mirror, another a small compact mirror in a leather case, each of them, carrying mirrors that by design and dimension reveal their character. I don’t know want my unique mirror would look like. I have one mirror that I purchased that goes over my dresser. It’s huge and heavy and requires two people to shift, framed in a beautiful dark cherry but free of ornamentation or embellishments. That is the kind of mirror I chose to buy, but does it reveal anything about me other than I dislike dusting? I don’t know.
Thalia Heckroth’s latest release is this dress called Francesca.… Read the rest“Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.”


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Sugar And Spice And Teddy Bears

Ok you caught me I’ve been out all night and I’m just heading to bed. Ok fine. Look I’m a grown up girl and I CAN stay out all night if I like and I don’t actually have to answer to you, do I? Nope. I have new goodies from THE ARCADE making my sleepy time more cozy and I’m excited to snuggle up in this new bed from TROMPE LOEIL also from THE ARCADE. My body suit is from LUXURIA – and man it’s comfy. And cute. You might be saying to yourself, Gidge – it looks like you textured part of your house with a SECRET STORE AD. Well you’d be right. I could fix it but I feel like “Why?”. I’m kind of used to it at this point. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna slide this mask down and make the world go away for a few days. <3 see you girls later. Lashes: Amacci – Eyelash Tattoo 6
Eyeshadow: [:Tuli:] Willow / T1 / mu05
Lipstick: [:Tuli:] Willow / T1 / lips02
[Beauty MArk: PXL] Beauty Mark POS10 Light DX
Nose ring: (Yummy) Gold Septum Rings – Royal RARE THE ARCADE
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Do Not Let Go

Most self-help gurus focus their efforts on getting people to let go. Even Disney got into the Let It Go game. And it is, in general, good advice. It’s very zen. But like most advice, it does not fit every situation and Terry Pratchett, that wonderful wizard of seeing the world differently also had some good advice, “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.” I thought of that when I shot this picture of the Pixicat sphinxes in the Vespertine balloon. Well, one is desperately not letting go and let’s hope he never does.
JUMO just released a fun high-fashion corset and pants that I could not resist. It comes in gold, ruby, purple and teal as well and all are on marketplace. The complete set also includes shoes and jewelry, even a pearl monocle. You can wear it with long pants or with shorts, but the shorts are a system layer and there are no appliers for mesh bodies.

The Vespertine balloon is beautiful, but it does not come that size.… Read the restThere are times in life when people must know when not to let go.

The Allure of Hef

When I was a little girl a friend and I found her uncle’s stash of Playboys. We were mesmerized by them. Both of us had open minded mother’s that hadn’t taught us our bodies were dirty, so beautiful pictures of glamorous women, who also happened to be mostly or completely naked weren’t something shocking. We thought they were glamorous. Also, if you ever saw 70s Playboy, there were usually strewn with jewelry and what not, furs etc. It wasn’t truly a sexual thing, not directly anyway. There certainly wasn’t any peen. So to us, we thought they were beautiful ladies who also happened to be naked. We’d giggle and drape ourselves over the bed, mimicking the poses they were in. That’s right about when we got caught, and in massive trouble. At least our clothes were on. Other photos included back there were pictures from “The Playboy Club”. These clubs had ladies wearing outfits like the CUTE bunny outfit from B.C.C.… Read the rest

Don’t Tell Me the Moon Is Shining

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining, show me the glint of light on broken glass,” is great advice for writers. It is attributed to Anton Chekhov who did write something pretty close to that. It remains good advice whether it is apocryphal or not.  It basically tells writers to show, don’t tell. Of course, some writers go overboard and describe every single thing in such detail that they have left themselves no room for emotional honesty or plot, but in general, as a reader, I prefer showing to telling.  It’s much easier with a picture, though, and in this one you can see the glint of moonlight on the waves. Of course, what you really want is the perfect blend of show and tell. You don’t want authors telling you what every person is thinking, you want them to trust you to figure it out from their actions and their words. Writers who tell too much insult our intelligence, assuming we cannot get the point without it being spelled out.… Read the rest“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

Your Mission Should You Choose to Accept It

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, it to infiltrate The Arcade and capture one of the Tentacio synths and bring it back for study. The stasis net will come down at midnight, allowing the most intrepid and lucky to teleport into the complex. There will be many distractions, doing their best to draw you away from your assigned task. Do not waver. Initial reports from our reconnaissance missions are available disguised as a shopping guide. Do not be fooled by its benign appearance, it is produced at considerable risk by deep cover operatives working within the system.

According to these recon reports, there are 10 Galatea synths to capture and study. Two have been segregated in a secure facility known as the Rare Room. Capturing one of them will require stamina, luck and lindens. Good luck on your mission. You will need it.
The synths’ heads (They have interchangeable heads!!!) and clothing must be captured separately. We do not have any reports on whether synths can function without a head, but we presume not.… Read the restYour Mission, should you decide to accept it....

Sometimes It Seems the Arcade Knows EXACTLY Who I Am

My work has begun, my joy has started – I get to bring to life the amazing creations from THE ARCADE and make them part of my own world. The creators have worked and worked making amazing things to contribute to the story of our lives, and now it’s our turn to give them life. The are so many releases this round that said “Gidge, they knew you were coming” but I was tickled to see the Devil Wears Prada inspired items from new to me brand 1992. I’m lucky that my work is also my joy. Fashion is my world in SL and so I have to admit being more than a little tickled at how perfectly these new items fit into the narrative of my SLife. I’m excited for my new car too. I’m going to be the terror of Juicy! Beep Beep – stay out of my way! And now, I’ve got a lot of work to do this evening. Girls – get your shopping lists going, this round is amazing! Gidge is Wearing:
Lips: [:Tuli:] Willow / T1 / lips01
Amacci – Eyelash Tattoo 6
Eyeshadow: [:Tuli:] Willow / T1 / mu04
Beauty Mark: [PXL] Beauty Mark POS10 Light DX
Earrings: (Caroline’s Jewelry) Kennedy Black Pearl Earrings – Left
(Caroline’s Jewelry) Kennedy Necklace: Black Pearl Earrings – Right
(Caroline’s Jewelry) Kennedy Black Pearl Necklace
Dress: -Pixicat- Bastet.Dress – Black (Slink) THE ARCADE
Bag: 1992 // The “It” Bag (Cool Gray) RARE THE ARCADE
The Book: 1992 // The Book (Black) RARE THE ARCADE
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Escape Is Provided

I’m hiding out in SL. No one can find me here. I’ve gone to one of Honour McMcMillan’s places and I’ve found the perfect spot to avoid the world.  SL can be such a welcome distraction. Things to do abound, even when you’re alone. At this selfsame place there is dancing, and a lot of it. I think I danced for a half an hour by myself, whirling and lunging to the beautiful music. Just touch the cello to dance? Yes. Yes I will. The beautiful onlookers move subtly, amazing models that impressed me while I chose the next dance, and the next.  I was amused and delighted as I watched them watch me. This wasn’t how I planned to spent my day. But my typist seemed to enjoy watching me, letting me roam free to do whatever I wanted and disregarding my shopping list for the day. Perhaps she needed the amusement as much as I. My skin is Tuli again. I love this lipstick. Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gidge is Wearing:
Lips: [:Tuli:] Willow / T1 / lips07
Lashes: Amacci – Eyelash Tattoo 6
Eyeshadow[:T:] Willow / T1 / mu04
Beauty Mark: [PXL] Beauty
Earrings: (Donna Flora) FABIOLA earring
Bag: Baiastice_Xey Clutch-Silver (with pose side right)-resize
Hair: Doe: Spirit (small) – Fatpack
Dress: Sascha’s Designs:| – Maya Hud Dress (L) Mesh
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Mid Left V2.1
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Mid Right V2.1
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – L – Elegant
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A Touch of Cute

So what happens when you mix up a demon and a lolita styled goth dress?
I wouldn’t call myself a traditionally cute avatar. I am forever in the realm of odd and sometimes scary. When not designing, or blogging, I am most often a demon of some sort. But can a demon be cute? Of course! It is all in the eyes of puppeteer, how we perceive our digital flesh. I fell in love with this dress from Adoness. It isn’t something I would normally wear, not for lack of liking the style, but I have entrenched my self so far into a set fashion style, that I feel sometimes it limits what I can make work.  Looking on my flickr, you really wouldn’t think this, as I am all over the place, when blogging. I am not talking about blogging me, but my everyday me, that I go out and explore second life with. Everyday me isn’t seen often. I don’t have a lot of time in the month, to venture off my designing platform, and just enjoy what my peers have created. I found it a challenge, to try to make this dress work.… Read the restHelena Stringer - IOF - A Touch of Cute - 1

The Mystic Blue

Out of the darkness, fretted sometimes in its sleeping,
Jets of sparks in fountains of blue come leaping
To sight, revealing a secret, numberless secrets keeping. Sometimes the darkness trapped within a wheel
Runs into speed like a dream, the blue of the steel
Showing the rocking darkness now a-reel.   And out of the invisible, streams of bright blue drops
Rain from the showery heavens, and bright blue crops
Surge from the under-dark to their ladder-tops. And all the manifold blue and joyous eyes,
The rainbow arching over in the skies,  
New sparks of wonder opening in surprise.   All these pure things come foam and spray of the sea  
Of Darkness abundant, which shaken mysteriously,  
Breaks into dazzle of living, as dolphins that leap from the sea
Of midnight shake it to fire, so the secret of death we see. …D.H. Lawrence Who does not love the brisk fresh air of the seaside, the glittering waves that sparkle and catch the sunlight, scattering miniature sun sparks across the landscape.… Read the restall the manifold blue and joyous eyes

Do You Only Blog Lingerie?

I had a giggle when someone asked me that the other day on Plurk. Ok I blog a lot of lingerie. But SL lingerie is endless and always comfortable and perfectly fit, thus why wouldn’t I? Plus, I admit, you catch me early or late very often, I promise I get dressed in between no really I do. Today I’m a late riser, having slept so very well in my new bed from Cheeky Pea – yay she made something PINK! I’ve got a lot of shopping to do and planning as well, today you see is the day when I’ve got to make all my ARCADE shopping plans.  I am thinking one of everything will do nicely but possibly two of some other things. Ok I definitely have my favorites but so many things tickle my fancy it’s going to be hard to make decisions about which machines to pull the most. Now my bed is made, my shoes are chosen, I just have to sort out my TO DO list for today and we’re OFF to the races as they say. Ok I should get dressed. But after that…I’m going to get some things done!… Read the rest

The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

With fashion, one plus one does not always equal two. For example, what I am wearing today combines two pieces from Liziaah into something new. I think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. After all, there are three outfits, not two. I was drawn to both the dress and the top from Liziaah. I noticed they both had similar embellishment, common in a collection where designers seek to find unifying elements. I though they might work together
I simply wore a dress two sizes smaller than the top. It would have been one size except there was a small amount of bleed through at the collar.
            I went to Forgotten City. It will close next month, so make sure it is not forgotten by you and go visit this charming place before it leaves us forever. I wore these fabulous shoes from Garbaggio that are at Collabor88 this month. I know I have worn them three times this month, but in different colors. The thing is, with classic shoes, they work so well so often.… Read the restOne should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. - Oscar Wilde

Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.

Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate….J.R.R.R. Tolkien I stopped by Faster Pussycat today and saw that Honey Bender-Auer had opened a new store across the plaza called BENDER. Featuring all original mesh and textures, it still has the rock superstar aesthetic that animates Faster Pussycat married to sleek and minimalist silhouettes. This Kyo dress was a must for me. I love how it echoes 18th century silhouettes that we are used to seeing in rich prints and maximal embellishment and here we see it in a solid silver, without visible seams or lines and not a trace of embellishment. It is a celebration of form and it is exquisite. I only have one quibble and it is minor. Since it is sleeveless it was not rigged to the arms or shoulders and so it is not very flexible when moving, It works well with most straightforward poses but if you raise your arms…well, just don’t do that. Thankfully, most of us do not run around SL with our arms raised.… Read the restStill round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.

Where Things Will Float

You can make things float for no reason in SL. So I am doing just that. I have curtains and leaves and a birdcage for no particular reason. Why not? Who says I have to conform to reason? There are too many rules that I impose on myself in SL, I create too much reality some days, so I felt like today was a day for nonsense. Where is a Mad Hatter when you could use one? In this dress from FISSION maybe I am a mermaid risen with her treasures? Who knows. I can be anything. After all, it’s My World, My Imagination. I can do anything. So, I am. Gidge is Wearing:
Gloss: [PXL] LipGloss #2 (tattoo)
Beauty Mark: [PXL] Beauty Mark POS10 Light DX
#Firestorm LSL Bridge v2.16
Body: -Belleza- Isis
Dress: Fisssion: Dorea dress-Aqua (S)
Hair: Tukinowaguma Dagmar Ssize – Collabor88
Skin: [PXL] Aurora PA FOS2
Eyes: [PXL] STUDIO Eyes – LightBlue (S)
Curtain: Kalopsia – Collabor88
Leaves: Kalopsia – Collabor88
Cage: Vagabond – Collabor88

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I have loved the stars too dearly

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. Most of us have an atavistic fear of the dark. It makes sense, many animals hunt at night. While we may hunt by day, at night we are the prey. I have always loved the dark, though. During the day, the lake I grew up on would be busy with people fishing and waterskiing. I have had more than one daytime close call with a speed boat driven by reckless people who never think to look for swimmers. I loved to swim in lake at night when the boats were silenced and sleeping, put to bed for fear of being run aground in the narrow lanes between the islands. While there might be a few hundred people on the lake during the day, at night I was often the only one. Of course, it was never quiet. There were the frogs, crickets, owls, timber wolves and best of all, the loons, all competing for lead vocals in the nightly concert. We were in the country so the moon and stars reflected and refracted in the waves.… Read the restI've Loved the Stars Too Fondly

Summer Slumber

I hate it when I wake up suddenly in a strange place. Sometimes I’m unsure where I am and it can be quite confusing. I had a good three days at the beach, relaxing while my typist was away but it would’ve been perfect had not storms blown in on day two. New lingerie at COLLABOR88 that perfectly fits my ISIS body from Belleza makes me a happy girl too. With nowhere to go, I’m quite content to just lounge about in it, doing nothing and saying less. The ARCADE is coming and I’m going to need to have all my strength about me to be ready for the stampede – yes these days away were just the thing. I wouldn’t have minded some time in the sun, but restful is restful no matter where you are. I need to start making lists when I get home. It’s going to be a good September, I can just feel it now! Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gloss: [PXL] LipGloss #2 (tattoo)
Beauty Mark: [PXL] Beauty Mark POS10 Light DX
Body: -Belleza- Isis
Lashes: .LeLutka.Kornelia lashes.01
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Piper Mesh Hair – (BOOBS) – Rye
Jewelry: Amala – The Air Balloon Earring – Gold – L
Amala – The Air Balloon Earring – Gold – R
Amala – The Air Balloon Necklace – Gold COLLABOR**
Bra: Foxes – Brassiere – Bloom – Isis COLLABOR**
Panties: Foxes – Panties – Dream – Isis COLLABOR88
Eyes: Mayfly – Luminous – Mesh Eye (London Fog, w2) L
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Noli Me Tangere

Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind,
But as for me, hélas, I may no more.
The vain travail hath wearied me so sore,
I am of them that farthest cometh behind.
Yet may I by no means my wearied mind
Draw from the deer, but as she fleeth afore
Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore,
Sithens in a net I seek to hold the wind.
Who list her hunt, I put him out of doubt,
As well as I may spend his time in vain.
And graven with diamonds in letters plain
There is written, her fair neck round about:
Noli me tangere, for Caesar’s I am,
And wild for to hold, though I seem tame. Sir Thomas Wyatt Lea8 is home to the stunning Love, Henry, an installation that celebrates one of the most consequential love affairs of history, that between Henry VII and Anne Boleyn. But Henry was not the first man to fall in love with Anne. Before him was Harry Percy and Sir Thomas Wyatt who wrote that poem about her after he had been warned off. He went off to Italy for a while, though he came back in time to be caught up in the contrived ruse to eliminate Anne to make way for the third wife who finally gave Henry the son he so desperately needed. … Read the restNoli me tangere

Among Punishments and Ruins

We are living even now among punishments and ruins…Wendell Berry Portland is not burning, but much of the Pacific Northwest is. Today, the smoke is thick and heavy and makes my throat sore. I get frequent updates from friends in Washington, Idaho and eastern Oregon. Wildfire smoke covers the region like a shroud and a new mother frets because even indoors the air irritates her eyes and wonders what it might be doing to her infant. Trying to be upbeat, a young woman snaps a selfie wearing a bandana to protect herself from the smoke with the comment, “The Sundance Kid Goes Grocery-Shopping.”  I tell a friend to go through her old photos and gather pictures for her friend whose home on the Nez Perce reservation was destroyed, knowing from my own experience that among the most enduring losses of a fire are the pictures and memories of childhood. The wettest rainforest in the United States is burning. Widely and silently understood, the reason there are wildfires in a rainforest is perfectly clear to the people, but seldom expressed by the powerful.… Read the restAmong Punishments and Ruins

We Are Made of Star-Stuff


“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
― Lawrence M. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
Carl Sagan said we are all star-stuff and shooting these pictures for this post made me think of him. The keke glitter constellations and the anc. mist clouds made me think of galaxies and nebulae. The windswept magical dreaminess of the Papillon dress from Moon Amore only added to that.… Read the restWe are made of star-stuff.

Mini Vacation

My typist is going away for a few days so I told her that I would take a vacation too. I wanted to go somewhere unusual, and lucky for me Trompe Loeil has this new Outcrop Hut for a perfectly outdoorsy but restful few days away.  I’m parked oceanside with a view for miles and am ready to relax with no commitments for two days. I’m wearing my Belleza body, I think I’ve settled into loving the Isis the most but I’m not completely sure. I really like this one though. I am excited to see a lot of creators releasing for the various bodies Belleza released – The Vinyl top and jeans I am wearing AND the Addams bikini bop under it are ALL for Isis specifically. There’s no worry about fitting these ample curves this way. Nice. This bed from Trompe Loeil is perfect for a couple of vacation days. It’s just fun. You can pick this and the hut up at Collabor88. My plans are to swim, relax & read, and explore this place while I am here. Also sleep, I could use some purposeful rest.… Read the rest