Wednesday, January 2, 2008

"Mommy, why do we have to take down the tree?"

Today I had a yen to wander away from my nouveau riche suburb of Caledon Wellsian and head out to view the old money down in the big city. I was glad I went to see it before the holiday decor was taken down; Caledon VictoriaCity was done up in grand style for Christmas. The hub was adorned with anthuriums, the trees were glorious in their winter coat of ice, and the shops were bedecked with wooden nutcrackers.

I visit VictoriaCity far too seldom (because, in part, of the lag :p), but whenever I visit, I feel steeped in Victoriana. It makes me long for the days of Holmes and Watson, naughty princes and their mistresses, Jack the Ripper, little maidens selling violets, and the scent of coal and horse dung. Or, you know, to read about it.

Not only is Silver Rose's flagship store here, but also Mako Magellan's (for gentlemen of leisure), a branch of Prim and Proper, Vintage Clothing Reproductions, Laurel Crown, and Lassitude and Ennui (to name a few), all right on the hub. The Whitehorn Memorial Library is an amazing sight, and often hosts Victorian-themed exhibits as well as a vast array of digital texts from the Victorian era.

I had to wear my Edwardian crossdresser's finest, of course, which is why I was so gleeful that ~silentsparrow~ released the brand new koumori suit today (blogged over here). The leather button casings shaped like bats made me chortle with delight, as did the buckled detail on the jacket's back. I think I'll snitch it from my avatar and wear it tomorrow.

***Hat: IzA Boutique, Top Hat (RED)
***Hair: Diversity Hair Brat in dark black
***Skin: /artilleri/ (porcelain) *candy*
***Earrings: Second Mirage Kayla brushed steel earrings
***Necklace (worn instead of the suit's prim collar): Lapin Paris at the Bunneh Hutch, A Very Merry Cameo
***Suit: ~silentsparrow~ Koumori suit in moss (it includes all sorts of stuff, like prim collar and cuffs, gloves, jacket, shirt, pants, jacket prims -- male and female versions included in the same outfit!)
***Shoes: Shiny Things Ruffle Boots in black

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