Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Good thing there's no SL smellovision

I was in New Orleans in 1998 for Mardi Gras. The city has a thick, rich, disgusting smell, and lying over the top of the city was a thin veneer of glitz. "You mean people actually bare their breasts for fifty cents worth of beads?" I asked a friend in disbelief.

Then I sat down at Cafe Du Monde and had a chickory coffee and beignet, and took a good look at the city. I'd think up a metaphor, like "beautiful as a cultured, aging courtesan" or something, but I don't have to. The town is unapologetically interested in having fun, and it has good bones; not even the overdone makeup can hide its tough elegance.

Tableau put me in mind of wandering the streets, blood racing with the excitement of watching normal social rules get subverted, something strange and beautiful (and sometimes grotesque) at every turn. It's got brilliant lights and saturated colors and the swamp and the graveyard, but with none of the festering trash in the sewers, and none of the smell of excess.

It's a beautiful sim. It in, I feel like an illustrated girl in two dimensions, the hero of my own brightly colored graphic novel.

Clothes. I ran into Violet Voltaire the other day, out shopping for an outfit to suit a new jewelry set she'd just made (I saw it on her! It's awesome!). She was wearing some of Jackal Ennui's Reckless boots, which I coveted as soon as I saw them. I asked Jackal what to wear with them, envisioning something fluffy and pink and contrasting, and Jackal said dryly: Something urban, please.

This is as close as I can get, really, because my avatar's such a girly girl.

Chickory coffee and a beignet, kthx

***Hat: ::Violet Voltaire:: Queen of Hearts Crown - Blue, (Peronaut, 71, 217, 36)
***Hair: Nylon Outfitters (NO) Nylon Curly Hair, (Tableau, 140, 74, 22)
*** Skin: Boneflower Designs, :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Ebon Twilight Stalker], (Temenos, 151, 173, 47).
***Lip ring: Synthetic Memory freebie lipring_spiky steel, (Nangrim, 32, 124, 71)
***Necklace: Illusions Gothica Set, tarnished with blue moonstone, (Carnivale, 208, 87, 33)
***Shirt: Tres Blah !tb - silky blouse - goth, (Le Zoo, 130, 143, 22)
***Jacket: Nylon Outfitters (NO) Jean Jacket, (Tableau, 140, 74, 22)
***Prim skirts, bloomers, stockings, gloves: ~silentsparrow~ from the White? Wedding set (well worth owning! comes with extra blood and a blood-splattered veil, even!), (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
***Boots: Lassitude & Ennui, Reckless in the tallest option, (Nouveau, 65, 63, 30)
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