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Pregaming Summer

I heard a ridiculous ad on the radio where they were proclaiming that they were going to PREGAME MY SUMMER. That’s called SPRING folks, it already HAS a name. Regardless of that, my pool is full and I’m ready for it all. My new swimsuit from Blueberry is really perfect, I adore the styling and color choices.  You can pick this up along with my adorable summer bracelets from NOIR at Collabor88 this month. My windblown summer hair is a new release from EXILE also at Collabor88. My big plans for the day are to cook out on my grill and lounge in the sun. Who knows, maybe I’ll get a tan. Hard to say – this pixel sun is weird. Hope you’re having an amazing weekend girls. See you soon. <3 Gidge Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gidge is Wearing:
Skin: Belleza – Erin
Head: .LeLutka.Head.Chloe 2.7
Bracelets: :::NOIR::: Peace Bracelet L [Material]
:::NOIR::: Peace Bracelet R [Material] COLLABOR88
Swimsuit: Blueberry – Mood – Swimsuit – Freya COLLABOR88
Hair: Exile:: Way That I Feel
Exile:: Way That I Feel -Fringe add on COLLABOR88
Shape: Juicy – Meghan Shape GIDGE Edit // LeLutka Simone Bento (new)
Pool: Trompe Loeil
Body: Belleza – Freya

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Moral Hazard

You simply must have the Gingerfish “Birdy” pose set to tell this Administration exactly what you think of them. Moral hazard is increasingly commonplace. Moral hazard happens when people make decisions that involve risk while they are protected from the risk. Gambling with other people’s money is a moral hazard. So is gambling with other people’s lives. Susan Sarandon’s glib disregard for the lives of immigrants, the poor, people who might lose health insurance and people of color when she encouraged risking a Trump presidency to “heighten the contradictions” is an example of moral hazard. She’s a white woman who won’t be deported or be killed by the police because she forgot to use her turn signal. She’s wealthy and does not risk homelessness or loss of health insurance. It was easy for her to contemplate disaster because other people lose, not her. Fashion and politics go together…and always have.… Read the restMoral Hazard: Taking risks when one is protected from the consequences.

Pretty Belleza

When Belleza releases a new skin it’s always been a reason for me to take note. I’ve been a fan a long time of the elegant and understated looks offered by this brand. Elegant without being overpowering, Erin is another one in the WIN column from Belleza in my opinion. If you haven’t checked out ERIN for Lelutka head, it’s time to do so. She’s just lovely. Itsonlyfashionblog.com
gidge is wearing:
Skin: Belleza – ERIN Pale
Hair: Exile – Outsider
Earrings: LaGyo
Head: Lelutka Chloe 2.7
Body: Belleza -Freya

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Bringing Color and Wonder

I looked across the lake and found that Cajsa has tinted a new house from Barnesworth Anubis that you can pick up at Collabor88 to a striking RED color. I’m so in love with it that I’m envious I didn’t think of it myself. It was rather lovely to wake up to, I have to admit. You might be wondering if I’m ever going to take this hair off? Probably not. Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gidge is Wearing:
Body: -Belleza- Freya
Head: .LeLutka.Head.Chloe 2.6
Skin: The Skinnery – Nora – Collabor88
Eyes: Banana Banshee
Hair: Exile:: Can’t Stop The Feeling
Shorts: ISON – daphne shorts -slink hourglass- (all colors) Collabor88
Top: ISON – madison cross tank -slink hourglass- (all colors) COLLABOR88
Earrings: LaGyo_Sleek Cuba Circles – SilverCollabor88
Necklace: LaGyo_Sleek Cuba Necklace – Silver Collabor88
Lara Hurley- Mesh Moles
Shape: Juicy – Meghan Shape GIDGE Edit // LeLutka Simone Bento (new)
House: Barnesworth Anubis – collabor88

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Rescued

My great-niece recently rescued a couple horses from a kill pen, the third generation of horse rescuers in my family. Kill pen horses are usually sold for pet food because they are considered problematic, untrainable, vicious and dangerous. They usually require a level of training most people just will not invest. In time, though, they can learn to trust and be trusted. If you want to see the evidence, see my great-grand niece cleaning this rescued horse’s hooves just two weeks into training…and the foundations for a fourth generation of rescuers begins. It was thinking about them, the work they are doing, and that two other nieces are doing, that I thought I might take this month’s house from Barnesworth for Collabor88 and set up a farm. I tinted it, one of the things I love about Barnesworth homes.  I live across the river from Gidge. Her house is in the background. Are you loving this wonderful dress from The Secret Store? I am, I particularly love the prints.… Read the rest“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”

Fae on Your Eyes

If you don’t love to play a Barbie Girl Living In a Barbie World, maybe a bit of FAE is more your taste? Banana Banshee, one of my fave eye stores has some really pretty colors for eyes in both pastels and vivids for you Fae out there. Fae is plural also right? Like Jedi. Right? Check out Banana Banshee – you won’t be sorry. You need some new eyes anyway. Fae Eyes by Banana Banshee Hair: Exile – Can’t Stop the Feeling
Skin: Izzie’s
Head: Lelutka – Chloe

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It’s Getting Hot

I decided the perfect way to start my week this Monday was to take a dip in my pool. Most people might wait until Memorial Day in the states to christen the pool but I figure my pool is exempt from such provincial traditions. I’m sporting a new bathing suit, and I can never have enough of them. This one is actually FREE if you join the Boom Clothing company VIP group – WHICH INCREDIBLY is also free to join. Aranel Ah is back in SL full force and she’s released this as a little teaser to get you come check out her goods! I suggest you do so! Is there really any better way to start your week than this? I’d like to know what it is. I think this is it. Also, I may be sporting some nip. I can’t decide. Side nip? Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gidge is Wearing:
Suit: BOOM St. Tropez_ Maitreya (SLAY) Group Gift
Head: .LeLutka.Chloe.HUD 2.6
Eyes: Banana Banshee
Hair: Exile:: Can’t Stop The Feeling
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
Shape: Juicy – Meghan Shape GIDGE Edit // LeLutka Simone Bento (new)
Pool: Trompe Loeil

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I’ve Hired Out My Cleaning

Well despite having a weak spot for fun cleaning accessories, I was reminded that I have this delightful vacuum from my friend Kitty and decided to PUT IT TO WORK today. After all, I’ve got quite a bit to get done and I can’t be worrying about sweeping. Get to work kitty! I’ve been baking this morning. I should probably invite folks over because if I eat all of this I’m going to be big as a house. Today I’m showing off the complete outfit you can pick up from AZUCHI at the Epiphany.  When Sands told me he was making a denim jacket for Epiphany I thought “oh nice”. But what he’s ended up releasing is so cute and fun for spring, I’m delighted. Shoes, socks, skirt, top or jacket – any of these pieces are  a win. I love the colors and tones of these pieces. I’m going to have to go make a run at Epiphany to see what else is awesome and necessary in my SLife. Happy Sunday Girls. Make it a good one. Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gidge is Wearing:
Glasses: (Yummy) Lillian Glasses – Black Collabor88
Head: .LeLutka.Chloe.HUD 2.6
.LeLutka.Head.Chloe 2.6
Hair: ::Exile::Give away your Secrets
Eyes: Banana Banshee – Mesh eye
Rings: MAITREYA 20 Schadenfreude Waits – Mockin’ Bird Rings
MAITREYA 20 Schadenfreude Waits – The Briar and the Rose Rings
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – HUD V4.1
Clothing: [Azuchi] Lili Boots Black RARE
[Azuchi] Lili Boots Brown RARE
[Azuchi] Lili Denim Jacket Blue RARE
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She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head, and whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.”

I don’t even remember when I purchased Filter Forge®, the popular third-party companion to PhotoShop® that lets you apply fancy filters to your photos. It was long ago, maybe 2008 or 2009. Anyway, I don’t even use PhotoShop anymore as my laptop has no CD/DVD drive to allow me to install it. With materials, shadows, mesh bodies, and all the other controls we have over our raw shots, there’s no real need for PhotoShop either, except for the super fancy portraits with painted hair and so on. I still use Filter Forge from time to time for the fun of it. I just open photos directly in the software. Anyway, it’s 80% off today so I thought I would play with it and let you all know that it’s deeply discounted. Please note, that is an ordinary link with no clever code that gives me some compensation for promoting their software. I just have the basic package, the cheapest one, and it has everything I need. I don’t need to do pictures bigger than 3000 by 3000, so it’s enough for me.… Read the rest“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead.”

Fingers Crossed

Bento makes me happier than I thought it would. My happiness comes from things like these poses from Gingerfish that have Bento hand movements built right in. When Bento first came out, I was dubious, afraid that more complexity would strain my already struggling computer to the breaking point. I also moaned about one more thing to learn. I dawdled. I did not rush to buy bento hands immediately. I waited hoping it would all be figured out by someone else or even just go away. But it didn’t and both Slink and Maitreya released hands optimized for Bento and my computer did not fold over in a faint. So here we are. Animators are busy adapting and creating poses that capitalize on this new expressiveness and I am wondering why I was such a grouch about it. I guess I must be getting crotchety in my old SLage. I kind of fell in several sorts of love with the skirt and jacket from Emery. The Stella skirt has two options with a latte stripe or a pearl stripe. The Bastet jacket has bold lapels that give it a relaxed, casual air while being very fashion conscious.… Read the rest“You don't have to be a big name to do big things. Shine does not require recognition.”

Start Up A Conversation With Just Me

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Gidge is Wearing:
Bustier: Narcisse – Dakota Bustier – Maitreya
Panties: -Narcisse- Theo High Waist Panties – Maitreya – Voluptuous
Butterfly: -RC- Butterfly Net Butterfly – Multi 3
Head: .LeLutka.Chloe.HUD 2.6
Eyes: Banana Banshee
Eyes: Exile::Green light
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.0
Shape: Juicy – Meghan Shape GIDGE Edit // LeLutka Simone Bento (new)
Pose: Pretense

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This picture is illegal in Russia

Russia recently banned this meme of Putin in makeup that many were using to advocate for gay rights. In recent years, while the LGTBIQ community in the United States have seen some victories while still facing challenges and efforts to roll back their rights, sexual minorities have been experiencing ever-increasing oppression in such disparate places as Uganda and Russia. This is not a coincidence. As the Christianists have lost ground in the United States, they have exported their anti-gay agenda. This week, news came out about concentration camps in Chechnya–think about that. Russia has  passed legislation against gays, Uganda criminalized homosexuality and nearly passed a death penalty for homosexuality though we held off by pressure from Europe and the United States. Scott Lively is currently being sued for crimes against humanity for his role in advocating the repressive Ugandan actions, including advocating the death penalty for gays.… Read the restStop Homofobia meme banned in Russia

Behold the Hands

One of my favorite things about NYU is that they usually release as separates and the lovely camisole and lace skirt released at faMESHed are true to form. I love separates because it’s fun to mix and match. The pieces come with multiple colors selected by HUD. These lovely shoes are from Kenvie for Shoetopia. They can be customized at the heels, the shoe, and the straps.  And then there are the hand poses, released by oOo Studio for Fifty Linden Friday they are worth far more…which is a good thing since Friday has passed. But anyway, thanks to Bento and posemakers creating elegant poses Montaigne’s quote about hands is now true in SL as well. “Behold the hands, how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate, refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command, mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of variation which makes the tongue envious.”  My jewelry is from Kunglers for The Crossroads.… Read the restBehold the hands, how they promise, conjure, appeal...

Movie Night With A Very Old Friend

There are a handful of people in SL that’ve been around forever and my friend Eb is one of them. He came over to visit, and we gossiped about his new loves and what’s going on in his SL. I gotta get some couches with friends hanging out poses because I was cycling through poses and they were all way too “I don’t like you like that” for us to chill and talk. It was amusing to chill and talk about other women though, in what looked like wildly romantic poses, but that’s just not us. He’s my second oldest friend still on the grid and it was fun to chill with him. And now I’m all caught up on his romantic life! Thanks for being a man model Eb Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gidge is Wearing:
Head: .LeLutka.Chloe
Skin: Izzie’s
Shoes: :::NOIR::: Daisy Sandals – Maitreya – Collabor88
Eyes: Banana Banshee –
Dress: Decoy – Delilah Dress: Fatpack (Maitreya) Collabor88
Blazer: Decoy – Maria Cropped Blazer: Fatpack (Maitreya) Collabor88
Hair: Exile::Feels Like Tonight Collabor88
Earrings: Izzie’s – Bunny Pearl Earring
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.0
Shape: Juicy – Meghan Shape GIDGE Edit // LeLutka Simone Bento (new)
Sofa: Cheeky Pea

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Poolside with Friends

I am notorious for wearing my lingerie as swimwear in SL and I truly have no plans to stop any time soon.  I took advantage of my new pool from Trompe Loeil to prove this yet again this morning. It’s really a perfect morning on our island to just do nothing, so that’s what I’m gonna do. Nothing. Just me and some small friends. If you want an icy beverage, come on over. I’ll be here all day. Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gidge is Wearing:
Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Yuki” (Fatpack) Collabor88
Butterfly: -RC Cluster -RC- Butterfly Net Butterfly – Multi 3
Head: .LeLutka.Chloe
Skin: Izzie’s
Eyes: Banana Banshee
Bikini: Blueberry – Caiti – Lingerie Set – Bra Alone – Maitreya COLLABOR88
Blueberry – Caiti – Lingerie Set – Panties – Maitreya
Earrings: Izzie’s – Bunny Pearl Earring gold L
Izzie’s – Bunny Pearl Earring gold R
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Bento
Bunnies: Jian – Collabor88
Shape: Juicy – Meghan Shape GIDGE Edit // LeLutka Simone Bento (new)
Pool and Patio: Trompe Loeil
Doggies: Jian Previous ARCADE Rounds
Towel- W.Winx
Rolled Towel and Beach Bag: Dust Bunny Previous Arcade Rounds

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There Isn’t Much Time Left

Maitreya released LARA 4.0 with BENTO Hands and that’s big news on the grid today. In other news you’ve probably got minutes left before COLLABOR88 tears down so really, hop to it if you haven’t. I’ve got my coffee, I’ll wait while you run over. I’ve got a bit of shopping to do myself and some other things, it’s a busy grid life day for this girl. Mostly I think I need to do another inventory purge. I don’t know how people keep their inventories small. It always amazes me. Oh, I gotta take this call. Seriously though – get your fill at Collabor88. The bell tolls for thee. Itsonlyfashionblog.com
Gidge is Wearing:
Lipstick: Alaska Metro
Butterfly-RC- Butterfly Net Butterfly – Multi 3
head: .LeLutka.Chloe. 2.6
Skin: Izzie’s
Top: Baiastice_Olly Crop Sweater-Lava-Maitreya Collabor88
Skirt: Baiastice_Portfolio Skirt-Denim Blue-Maitreya Collabor88
Eyes: Banana Banshee – Mesh eye
Earrings: Izzie’s – Bunny Pearl Earring gold L
Izzie’s – Bunny Pearl Earring gold R
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.0
Hair: Moon.… Read the rest

Butterflies are Free To Fly

I woke up full of energy and right about then I realized I had new goodies from RC Cluster to provide some MUCH needed activity in my SLIFE! I’m out hunting butterflies in my beautifully landscaped islet this morning. Thanks for the greenery Cajsa!  If you haven’t consumed your fill at Collabor88 this month you’ve literally got HOURS to get in and make it happen folks. Collabor88 will be shutting down and resetting soon and obviously the prices are still AWESOME and the goods are still top notch. It’s a great time to pop by, no lag no avatars dragging other avatars on leashes (probably). I’m wearing clothes and hair from this month’s round – I can’t believe I didn’t see these jeans earlier – they’re adorable. If you need me, I’ll be in my garden, hunting butterflies with an enthusiasm even Spongebob couldn’t match. Jelly fish. That’s what we need next. Jellyfish hunting gear!… Read the rest

The Shadow of Chthulu

I wasn’t going to post this picture as I took it playing with shadows and goofing off last night, however that changed after I read plurk this morning. Morgana Hilra who blogs over at So Hawt SL is having one of those days. One of those days where she feels pressured to blog differently because of X or whatever. Someone is in her ear, or she’s feeling like she needs to change. I think it’s great to grow and change but the idea that someone would pressure someone else into making their blog something that it isn’t is uncool. It’s downright wrong. Our blogs are pure personal expression. Sure, I’m not as good as some. I’m not as polished or as editiorial. I’m not this or that or the other thing. But I’m as Gidgey a they come and that’s my brand and that’s ME. So Morgie my girl, your blog is very lovely. Do your thing. Any changes you make need to be for YOU. As for me, I’m blogging the same dress twice in a row but different colors and I’m pretending I’m Chthulu.… Read the rest

I Mean This Pose Ironically

If you are an old enough avatar you know that there are a handful of poses that at one time were plastered all over every vendor ad on the grid. They’re universally regarded as not only stale but sort of terrible. Personally, I tend to only use my own poses (with a couple of notable exceptions) so imagine my surprise when scrolling through my pose stand filled with Gidgey made poses and I ran into this nearly perfect knock off of one of the DREAD poses. God, I made it so long ago, I probably didn’t realize I was channeling it. Accept it with the irony with which it was intended, please. Blueberry did the shocking thing and did a MAIN STORE RELEASE (more of ya’ll ought to do this) and it’s a gorgeous evening gown this time. If you pick up the fatpack you can get exclusive colors such as this transparent version. Luckily she offers a pany option so you don’t have to see my goodies. I know you want to see them though. Ya pervs. It does give a bit of a nip view – so if nuding out your nips is your thing, you’ll want to do that.… Read the rest

The Arcade closes at midnight, do you know where your gacha is?

“…that fragrance which fills the soul with optimism and faith, the fragrance of the crushed beans beneath the jet of boiling water curving from the kettle, the smell of coffee.” In Halldor Laxness’ extraordinary book Independent People, there are well over 150 references to coffee, most of them reverent. That is as it should be. Laxness was Icelandic and they are among the world’s greatest coffee consumers–along with all the other Scandinavians. http://www.worldmapper.org/posters/worldmapper_1038_coffee_consumption_ver2.pdf Although Swedish-American, I am closer to real Swedes in my coffee consumption. When I was a kid, I put coffee in my milk, sometimes now I will put milk in my coffee when I get a latte, but usually drink it black. There is no perfume in the world quite so warm and evocative as the smell of coffee. So I was thrilled by the coffee shops at The Arcade. I took some pictures outside the other day, but today I am shooting inside where I combined elements from the RH Designs Coffee House and the PLAAKA Coffee Factory.  … Read the rest“ that fragrance which fills the soul with optimism and faith, the fragrance of the crushed beans beneath the jet of boiling water curving from the kettle, the smell of coffee.”