I’ll be edgy, I thought whimsically, and wear ripped hose. Then I spent the rest of my day wondering why my hose wouldn’t rez. Clearly, edgy isn’t my cup of tea.
I decided to check out the Ricielli hunt yesterday after I picked up some cat food (and dammit a new cat) and I was pleased with how simple the hunt was. Really, not much of a hunt, just a clever sale, pink balls around the store that are numbered with corresponding items in them – you can use THIS key.
I just hunted about for a few things, as everything isn’t my cup of tea and I need more clothes like I need a hole in my head (wait what? NEW CLOTHES MORE NEW CLOTHES). They’re 15 Lindens per pink ball, but anything up there is worth more than 15 lindens so as I said, it’s like an awesome sale.
Pay attention to the sizing available however, I was confused a bit. You can see that it says FITTED MESH and lists the bodies. I expected to find a version for the various mesh bodies, however no it’s meant to say that the fitted mesh will fit these bodies.…
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When I came across DE.Boutique at The Instruments last month
, I liked the designs so much I headed to Marketplace
to check for more. This is one I found that I immediately loved for its bold graphic design, its gorgeous and flattering silhouette and I thought the rich colors would be lovely for fall. I am very happy with it.
I have been decorating for fall with an old Barnesworth house. I love that Barnesworth lets us modify and that I can tint because I wanted to make this house more Burtonesque and for me that means bold, saturated colors. I added a “railing” to the porch by using a fence prop from Vespertine and some pumpkins and an autumn planter from Ariskea and some mice-infested pumpkins from PILOT for Collabor88.
One of my favorite items from this month’s Collabor88 is this “ladylike” chair from Dust Bunny. The chair crossing its legs just cracks me up. I would love it even more if it had a pose that exactly mimicked that crosslegged pose.… Read the rest
It’s a busy SL for me today girls, I’m up early making some soup for later, it’s just getting cool enough that some warm soup will be awesome later. Plus I’ve got a ton of shopping to do, the cats need food (seriously why do my cats email me, that never doesn’t amuse me), and I saw that Ricielli is having a CUTE little hunt that I might pop over and try to pick some stuff up,
Monica Querrien did a cute little LOTD post and
I am inspired to check it out while I’m out.
I was looking for tights for my Belleza body and I found an inexpensive goldmine on Marketplace. They aren’t perfect, they are a bit wonky at the ankles. This could possibly be because I am wearing ISIS body and maybe they are made for Venus? Unsure. anyway, totally worth the price though so I don’t care.
Here is the link to the store.
I love fall colors, and I’m excited how well I was able to coordinate my pretties from Collabor88 this round for my look today.… Read the rest
Collabor88 is full of the beautiful and macabre this month. I am so very much in love with the Vanity Hair contributions especially as it works so well with the headpiece from Zenith. I imagine it would also work well with hats and other hair accessories.
Zenith’s brocade corset and lace skirt for Collabor88 is a perfect composition of the Gothic aesthetic, corsets, ribbons and lace in a bold and sexy form that contours and highlights the body.
I added fun boots from Lassitude & Ennui – a pair i have had for a couple years. They have the kind of intricate detail that defines the aesthetic.
I added some fun lace cuffs from katat0nik, Here you get another view of the wonderful hair from Vanity Hair.
I am also wearing makeup from Glam Affair for Collabor88, as well as the chocker and mask from Zenith for Collabor88.
Store info at Blogging Second Life
Clothing: =Zenith=Brocade Corset Top & Lace Skirt (Red Mix) @ Collabor88
=Zenith=masquerade (Red Mix) @ Collabor88
Shoes: lassitude & ennui Prudence boots – M – black
Jewelry: *katat0nik* (grayest) Lace Cuffs
=Zenith=Gothic Choker Victorian Collar (Red Mix) -Unrigged @ Collabor88
Skin: Glam Affair Horror
Hair: Vanity Hair:VonVon(F)-Greedy @ Collabor88
Poses: Di’s Opera
Appliers: Glam Affair Die de los Muertos @ Collabor88
Flair ManiPedi 224
Eyes: pc eyes by LL – shallow water – medium
Mesh Attachments: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA v1.1
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This month’s Collabor88 will open at midnight with an exciting theme centered on the delightfully macabre Burtonesque palette and mood board. I am sure there are some people in the world who do not like Tim Burton’s work, but they are probably unhappy. I headed off to Deadman’s Island
, a haunted sim with a beautiful ghost ship. I think Tim Burton would like it a lot.
I think Tim Burton should do a film about las calaveras
, the happy, delightful sugar skulls that mark the celebration of All Saint’s Day in Mexico. The Day of the Dead is not Halloween, in many ways it is the opposite of Halloween. After all, Halloween focuses on fear of the dead and the Mexican celebration of el día de los muertos
is a welcoming visit with the much beloved dead. Families visit the cemetery and spend the day with their dead, leaving ofrendas
(offerings) such as food and wine and the lovely pan de los muertos
. They also will place photos and even a soap, mirror and razor so the dead can freshen up for the coming year.… Read the rest
I am reading The Culture of Make Believe
by Derrick Jensen. I think I will have to just buy this book and return the copy I am reading to the library. Like Wendell Berry, Jensen’s book is too rich in subject matter to just read. It will be one I want to go back to again and again. I am reading it slowly, pausing after each conclusion or big idea to think. The underlying theme is that by viewing our world as an object to possess and exploit instead of seeing it as this living, breathing subject whose existence is vital, we become alienated from the world and all sorts of other ills are natural consequences of treating everything as an object to own. The writing is beautiful and powerful and full of ideas that I want to remember
. He wrote that ““we have a need for enchantment that is as deep and devoted as our need for food and water.”
I think this is true. Wonder and awe are thinks we yearn for and they are most often found outdoors in the natural world.
There is wonder, too, in Second Life®, at the beautiful worlds and stunning landscapes of our virtual world.… Read the rest
A little over 300 years ago, Joseph Addison wrote, “Colours speak all languages, but words are understood only by such a people or nation.” He was writing about the pleasures of the imagination and arguing that the written word incites the imagination more than imagery. He also suggested that how enthusiastically people respond to the written word is influenced by their capacity for engaging their imagination while reading. I like the idea that color speaks all languages, but it is hooey.
First of all, even within people speaking the same language, men and women see color differently. Women see more shades of color than men and describe the colors differently. Beyond that, colors have cultural values that vary from place to place. There is a very cool interactive chart here
. White is the color of mourning in East and of bridal innocence in the West. Red is lucky in China and dangerous in Europe and North America.
However, no matter what the cultural subtext color choices may bring, no one can deny that this gorgeous Ethnic Jacket from Purple Moon will being an entire conversation to your closet.… Read the rest
Life is too short to wear boring clothes. So, those who know these things attribute the quote to Cushnie et Ochs, a fashion label. I don’t know, I bet Marie Antoinette said it a few times in her day, even before she had any idea how much too short her life would be. Life is too short to not indulge your whims and fancies when you can, or more appropriately, when you can responsibly. In this case, I indulged myself, but deciding to move the panniers that were placed on the hips of this dress up to my shoulders for a completely different look. If you want to see the original, check it out here
I like the drama of balancing the top against the bottom with the sleek contouring fit over the rest of the body. The dress is called Courage and is by JUMO for Rock Your Rack.
Life is too short for boring shoes and these shoes from Glamistry are anything but with their three little gems, their super high heels and elegant form.
Life is too short for boring jewelry and JUMO’s Courage jewelry set that coordinates with the Courage gown is anything but boring.… Read the rest
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– oct 2nd
tattoo: white widow
– sept 28th
[group gift tank]
nose chain: random matter
mouth: loud mouth
[elena kissy] x alterego lip applier
eyes: poetic colors
lashes: lovely alien
, loud mouth
, lovely alien
, poetic colors
, random matter
, totally top shelf
, white widow
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Sanura Snowpaw made a heartfelt plea for help
yesterday, one that was difficult for her to do because most of the time, she is the one answering the pleas of others. It is always hard for the givers to ask for help. But she is not asking for herself, not really, she is asking for her dog Kassie who needs an expensive surgery.
Of course, she is doing her part, too, putting everything in her store Somnia on sale at half price in hopes that folks who like her clothes will come and stock up, taking home twice as much and injecting some much-needed lindens to help take care of her dog. Since she always sells her items with a texture change hud with 8 colors, that is 90 lindens for 8 colors of this sweater and 90 lindens for 8 colors of this skirt. Seriously, even if you do not care about the dog, you should spend, spend, spend just to stock up at half off on wardrobe basics. Since she makes appliers, you can also get all your layering basics too.
If you do not know Sanura’s name from her store Somnia, you may have her name thanks to her organizing the Pacific Crisis fundraiser after the earthquake in Japan, Project Fur Japan to support animal rescue after the quake and Wear Gray, the fundraiser for brain cancer research.… Read the rest
Alexander McQueen said “Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of punishment.” I agree, we should wear what makes us happy and only follow those trends that appeal to us. After all, style is more important than fashion and style is about our choices. There are always wonderful choices in Second Life®.
I have also finally figured out how to make Marketplace work again and uploaded the projector
I used to shoot these pictures.
Liziaah released a gorgeous new dress for the September round of the Sneak Peek
event. It is a gorgeous bodycon dress with tiny spaghetti straps and beautiful embellishment on the cups of the bra top bodice.
I love the details of the textures, the seams even the zipper in the back. The seams darts on the bodice draw the fabric close to the body and highlight the female form perfectly. This is a dress that only gets better with closer inspection.
I chose these gorgeous Ingrid Pumps from Pure Poison for Collabor88.… Read the rest
Gizza recently released a skirt and shirt/jacket combo that is a rocker’s dream. Called Shake With Me, even the name acknowledges this rocking inspiration for this outfit. A short flared skirt, a fitted crop top with lace topped by a leather jacket combine to rock your socks off.
You can trust me, I bring a book everywhere I go. I just finished the magnificent All the Light We Cannot See
that I recommend to all of you. Meanwhile, am busy reading The Culture of Make Believe
which I read in small doses at a time because it is so rich in ideas and in detail and full of pain that I have to think about each concept before moving on. So, for relief, I am also reading Get In Trouble
, but other than being intrigued already, it’s too soon to say how much I will like it.
I dug out some old boots from Gizza that I knew would look great. These studded platform boots are glam to the max with wild embellishments on the platform and heels.
The So Selfish hair from Vanity Hair is also a great rocking style and worked well with the headband that is part of the Gizza outfit.… Read the rest
I love the music of Leonard Cohen. I have a playlist I love of Leonard Cohen covers and know nearly all his songs by heart. One of them, Anthem, is one of my favorites because although on one level it despairs of the world; it also calls us to act with hope. “Ah the wars they will be fought again. The holy dove, she will be caught again, bought and sold and bought again. The dove is never free.” It is true, endless wars are a constant stream throughout history, started by governmental leaders, the “killers in high places who say their prayer out loud.”
But then there is the chorus.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Ring the bells that still can ring acknowledges that as bad as it is, there are still some things that you can do. Don’t let excuses stop you from doing what you can. “Forget your perfect offering” reminds me of Voltaire’s aphorism “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” Do not wait for the perfect answer, the perfect solution, go with what you’ve got because good enough is better than nothing, and nothing is what you get if you wait for perfect.… Read the rest
So, this is not one outfit, but pieces from two, or three if you count my shoes, outfits that I put together. The Nisha blouse is paired with a solid black flirty flip skirt and the Kenia pencil skirt is paired with an elegant halter top. I was immediately drawn to the pencil skirt. I always am, it is one of my favorite forms in fashion. However, as much as I liked the halter, I struggled to get it to work with the alpha cuts on my mesh bodies. I noticed the blouse and thought that the two prints would work well together and produce a more exciting, bolder look than each print alone with a solid item. Luckily for all of us, DE.Boutique releases their items as separate pieces, even though they are in one outfit. This gives us the freedom to do our own thing.
I will confess I am a little in love with Deborah Vos and DE. Boutique even though I have never met her or even sent or received an IM from her. It is just that I liked this outfit (there’s a bit of a story there) so well, I checked out her Marketplace
and found so many things I want, with that combination of sophisticated and classic style and bold, modern sensibility that is completely in tune with my aesthetic.… Read the rest
“The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night.”
― Haruki Murakami
, Dance Dance Dance
The Instruments, a monthly themed showcase of Second Life fashion and design opened today. I was instantly drawn to BYRNE’s Eternal dress. It’s a shape I like and I love batik fabric. It always make me think of my three housemates in college who were from Malaysia and their seemingly endless supply of batik sarongs. It seemed like the only thing they ever wore. They gifted me with beautiful sarongs, though I never got the hang of making them secure enough to wear rolling skating like they did.
I like the form of the dress as well as the fabric. The ruffles complicated finding poses, of course, but that happens with most dresses that have ruffles off the side. I do wish the cuffs had not been rigged. It is easier to adjust the cuffs than adjust the arm. Alphas hide the arm, but the alpha cut on the mesh body did not line up with the cuffs, so I had to play around with my shape.… Read the rest
JUMO just released Arthuriana – a skirt and top combo in chocolate, oil, marsala, navy and violet The dress comes with a luxe wreath of gold and pearls, earrings, bracelets and a headpiece. However, I was inspired by the print to take the outfit in a different direction.
As you can see, Arthuriana has Wow! factor aplenty with its design details such as the dramatic sweep of the skirt and drama of the cutout back.
I decided to shoot the pictures at Failure to Thrive, one of the Linden Endowment of the Arts sims. It is beautiful, eerie and well worth several visits. For some reason, it made me think of “and the sun yields mercy,” a poem by Charles Bukowski
, another favorite poet. One of my friends gave me the best gift one Christmas, using cutout pictures from magazines and construction paper, she made me a calendar of lines from 12 Bukowski poems. When the year was over, I pasted new months over the calendar part and used the illustrations again and again until it was falling apart with age.… Read the rest
When Sarah McLachlan wrote Angel, she was not thinking of the sort you might see in a Sunday school lesson, but one more like this perhaps. The song is about seeking comfort and escape from life’s pain through a needle, through heroin addiction to be precise. Inspired in specific by Jonathan Melvoin of Smashing Pumpkins who died of an overdose about 20 years ago, the more general inspiration came from McLachlan’s own experience of seeking comfort and reassurance from other drugs. McLachlan, when speaking about the song, seems to think the feelings of inadequacy, of insecurity, of alienation are part of the music industry. Personally, I think they are part of life.
there’s always some reason
to feel not good enough
and it’s hard at the end of the day
I need some distraction
oh beautiful release
memories seep from my veins
let me be empty
and weightless and maybe
I’ll find some peace tonight
in the arms of the angel
fly away from here
from this dark cold hotel room
and the endlessness that you fear
I thoughy this blood-tipped “angelic” gown paired with the needle-sharp Say wings from Glam Affair would be a great representation of McLachlan’s “angel” whose comfort is only temporary unless, of course, it is the final comfort of death.… Read the rest
First things first, Strawberry Singh wrote
an important post
about an ongoing fraud happening in SL right now. You should read it to best protect your own account. Of course, a good rule of thumb is not to execute or agree to anything from objects given to you by strangers. While it’s not true that you can never cheat an honest person, it is true that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
So autumn is here. Here in Oregon, it’s raining, bringing sweet relief from the heat and let us hope, from the fires that are destroying so much habitat in the Pacific Northwest and California. Here in SL, though, there are no fires and the rain is holding off for another day. However, the state fairs are all over and all the 4Hers have their ribbons and are back in school. Fruits are being harvested and canneries are running around the clock. For me, though, lounging by the barn is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. Schadenfreude’s black squirrel is much more industrious, picking up a small pumpkin to store away.… Read the rest
There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields –
Here is a little forest,
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come! …Emily Dickinson
I love the sweater and skirt from ur favorite one (u.f.o.) for Collabor88. They come in a wide range of colors and have a hint of fall, but are still lightweight and open for summer. Perfect transition clothing for September. That big knit bow is perfection.
I am back to Love, Henry enjoying the lovely garden near the mews. The sun through the trees is beautiful. Behind me, you will find the horses.
I wore jewelry from Yummy and LaGyo that were released a Collabor88 this month. The LaGyo earrings come in black, gold and silver with a hud fro changing the stones.… Read the rest
I went to Misfit Ghetto
last night and saw this sign. It comes from Robert Lowell who said “The light at the end of the tunnel is just the light of an oncoming train.” Robert Lowell has been a favorite since I first discovered him in 7th grade. I was shy, a mumbler, constantly admonished to speak louder and my mother made me join the speech team. She believed in meeting challenges head on. I chose Extemporaneous Poetry as my specialty since I loved poetry and my mom made me memorize a poem a week. I figured I could get two for one out of the way.
For my first competition I drew “For the Union Dead”
by Robert Lowell. The imagery bowled me over and I fell in love with his way of writing, though the poem was not without its problems for my 7th grade self. It used the n-word once, in quotes to indicate that was not a word Lowell would have used. It was a word I had never used and was certainly not acceptable. I had thirty minutes to prepare an introduction and decide how to address this dilemma.… Read the rest