Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Pirate in Penzance

Caledon Penzance was born about a week ago, part of the growing continents of Victorian-themed sims run by "The Guvnah" Desmond Shang. Billed as a theater sim, the look of it truly is theatrical. No Caledon sim is quite like it. The buildings are all apiece (hurrah for urban planning), with brilliant (yet weathered) colors and a cobblestone-street-city feel much like the sim of Amsterdam.

I was told that Persephone Gallindo created the main street buildings, with help from Hypatia Callisto for the main street lamps and other sculpties.

So where's the theater? The Gaiety is East of main street, and I can't wait to see productions.

Here are photos from my wander.

Ladyartista Labrada in her new dress shop, The Jersey Lily. She is wearing "Victorian Winterfell Blue" from her new collection.

The Gaiety

I wore a pirate hat for my trip through Penzance, of course!

*** Hat: Schadenfreude freebie Tricorn, (La Reina, 175, 175, 24)
*** Hair: Calico Creations "Heather" (10L hair) in Obsidian Sea, (Calico Kitty, 125, 22, 26)
*** Skin: Curious Kitties, "Blueberry," Curious Kittes >> Skins / Body, (Curious Kitties, 219, 21, 21)
*** Shirt: ~silentsparrow~, shirt and vest from the Mille-Feuille suit in sea, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
*** Jacket: [savvy avvy] Leather Trench Coat, (Hake, 68, 90, 21
*** Gloves: ~silentsparrow~, gloves from the Mille-Feuille suit in sea, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
*** Bloomers: Draconic Kiss bloomers in purple from the Spinerette dress, (Koreshan, 159, 47, 24)
*** Socks: Shiny Things knit knee socks in plum, (Shiny Falls, 224, 148, 38)
*** Shoes: Chantal's Elikapeka in rose, Beckenbauer Productions, (BeckenBach, 83, 132, 46)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Vagabond Christmas

Last night, Saiyge Lotus and I hung out while she talked about her wash of Christmas frenzy. Usually I feel annoyed when Christmas comes around immediately after Halloween. In my youth, didn't people wait until the beginning of December? But in the face of Saiyge's enthusiasm, I remembered the older traditions, the ones involving druids and evergreen boughs. For me, Christmas is inevitably tied to Susan Cooper's book The Dark is Rising, and I think about how misseltoe on the windowsills ward off the dark...and about how lovely evergreens look covered in snow; the best of warm and cold.

Here I am inside of the Sparrow vardo

So this morning I trekked over to Balderdash (Ashford Park, 167, 82, 21), and lo, my shoulders felt the brush of snow. I'm glad Jackal waterproofs her little boots, or they would've been soaked through!

The Christmas decorations were tasteful and playful, as is everything by Saiyge (I own three of her gypsy wagons [vardos], they're as addictive as clothing). The first thing that I spotted were the snowmen with changeable expressions. Coal mouths, carrot noses, bits of leaf for eyes, twigs for arms...they're adorable and part of Saiyge's Make your own Snowman kid (300L).

Snowman! I'm in front of it so that you can see the height.

The shop is covered in wreathes and bunting, and inside, Saiyge sells a variety of christmas decorations, including bunting (100L) that nicely fits fireplaces and windows. How does Saiyge manage to make gothic look comfortable and worn around the edges? I'm not sure, but it's an aesthetic I've also noticed in Sanctum Sanctorum...

I was drawn to the gently glowing, rotating Christmas tree (150L), and will probably pick one up for my Vardo soon. (Okay, fine, the adorable wreaths with a variety of bows and baubles [150L] will probably fit the space a little better.)

Saiyge sells a variety of other things, including wrought-iron street lamps, mailboxes, mailbox lamps, and a number of different toasty-looking cauldrons (starting at 150L, some with steam, some with fire and steam) for outside of one's vardo. Be sure to join Saiyge's update group, "Balderdash", for more information, because she'll be making a lot more Christmas stuff throughout the season.

I'm excited about Christmas now! As soon as I can let go of autumn, my favorite season, I'll decorate. Now on to the outfit, which is completely impractical for the winter (but at least my neck was warm).

The author at home in her Nox vardo

*** Hat: ~silentsparrow~ and *katat0nik Subsection, Skully top hat from the Skully set, (Caledon SteamSkyCity, 116, 180, 76).
*** Hair: -Hiccup, The Tease in Black (Caribe!, Lions Shore, 14, 105, 20)
*** Skin: Boneflower Designs, :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Ebon Twilight Stalker], (Temenos, 151, 173, 47).
*** Scarf: /artilleri/ funky scarf in polkadot knit, (artilleri, 87, 118, 26).
*** Gloves: ~silentsparrow~ Sanguine armwarmers, from the Sanguine set, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
*** Corset: Tree of Second Life (TOSL) *High Tea* dress corset, (Russel Bay, 169, 235, 26).
*** Waist-cincher: ~silentsparrow~ bird on a wire waist cincher, (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
*** Prim skirt: Draconic Kiss, prim skirt from The Tell-Tale Heart Dress, (Koreshan, 159, 47, 24)
*** Bloomers: Draconic Kiss, bloomers and frilly leg bits from The Tell-Tale Heart Dress, (Koreshan, 159, 47, 24)
*** Socks: -corduroy- melanie's leggings, (LicoLico, 158, 33, 21)
*** Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, "L&E" Elizabeth button-up ankle boots in orchid, (Nouveau, 65, 63, 30)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Blogging one's SL outfit for fun and ... yeah.

I've decided that I've got to be frivolous somewhere, and Second Life seems the place to do it. In SL I can talk about the side of me that I don't get to IRL due to various constraints. Therefore, I'm going to start blogging my Second Life outfits. Blogging one's outfit is a time-honored Second Life tradition. You can read many examples of the genre here on the Fashion World of SL syndication. I liken it to showing off one's paper doll. There are so many options to choose from in Second Life that the fashion scene is vibrant and thriving. Therefore, I'm going to add my voice to the throng and start posting pictures, descriptions, and where to get each item onto this journal. I'll still write about identity, but I reckon that a frivolous part of my identity is part of it nonetheless.

Cheers, and here's my first post of fashion writing:

There are a lot of Gothic Lolitas in Second Life. Why? Because it's much cheaper and much more practical to buy and wear a fluffy, frilly, Victorian child's dress in Second Life than it is IRL. But if you, like me, read the Gothic Lolita Bible religiously, you too will appreciate the fabulousness that is this dolly skirt from Draconic Kiss's Annabel Lee outfit. Some dress prims are attached awkwardly; not Draconic's. They all fit neatly and perfectly into the waistband, making it possible to wear just about anything as a top (like hyasynth's cute ghost velvet corset). The real purpose of this outfit was to wear my fabulous flower tattoo, however, which would probably hurt like a @#$@# to get done IRL. And by now you can probably guess my fashion aesthetic: Hat. Tattoo. Vaguely gothic, vaguely asian.

The where and what:

Hat: Silver Rose Design, Marie's Chapeau in Night (Caledon VictoriaCity, 146, 80, 24)
Hair: -Hiccup, The Tease in Black (Caribe!, Lions Shore, 14, 105, 20)
Skin: Curious Kitties, Silent Suffocation (Curious Kitties, 33, 124, 20)
Scarf: Casa Del Shai, *Shai* Twin Ball Scarf (Deco, 112, 150, 30)
Tattoo: Lobo's Tattoos and clothing, Flower Body Tattoo (Damar, 203, 166, 22)
Corset: ~silentsparrow~ Ghost Velvet Corset (silent sparrow, 176, 138, 729)
Gloves: Draconic Kiss, Revers a Lacet in Black (Koreshan, 159, 47, 24)
Prim skirt: Draconic Kiss, from the Annabel Lee Dress set (Koreshan, 159, 47, 24)
Bloomers: Draconic Kiss, from the Annabel Lee Dress set (Koreshan, 159, 47, 24)
Stockings: Domino Designs, Fishnet Stockings, (Spinolds Flat, 97, 50, 50)
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, Asuka in coal (Nouveau, 65, 63, 30)