Saturday, February 23, 2008

Of bare and clothed bottoms

For about an hour my daughter and I tried an experiment. I said that she could walk around the house bare-bottomed IF she used the potty...This experiment lasted until she wet herself. Now she's back in a diaper. *Sigh.* This potty training thing really blows, for all of us. I'm trying to take comfort in the fact that there are very few adults who aren't potty trained.

Speaking of covering one's bottom, It's high time that I spent some time paying homage to Terry Lightfoot's gowns.

Tiara Thibedeau in Domino Noir

Who uses some of the finest fabric in all of Caledon? Terry Lightfoot, of course. One of my first purchases in Second Life was her Oiseau Chinoisie gown (depicted at the top of the post, in Terry's shop). It's been a perennial favorite, and has survived many a wardrobe sorting. I still wear it, because when I have it on I feel like the daughter of an East Indian Company merchant...

I photographed myself more formally in a new release, the red brocade Wednesday's Valentine Wish. It's got everything a girl could want in an Edwardian frock, including many shirt and skirt options, frills, ruffles, gorgeous fabric, and this fabulously formidable hat. No really, look at that thing. There are BIRDS up there! (I should also mention that I'm wearing the newest hair release from -Hiccup, "Fashionably Strung Out." I love how Tilly photographs her hair in such a rockabilly way, and yet it's perfect for an unconventional Victorian lass too...)

While shopping, I encountered miss Tiara Thibedeau in Terry's Domino Noir dress. She looked so pretty that I had to photograph her.

Hat, gloves, prim skirt, skirt, shirt, stockings: To a T. (Terry Lightfoot) Wednesday's Valentine Wish
Hair: -Hiccup (Fashionably Strung out) in black
Skin: GG Couture *GC* Buddy Holly! Group gift freebie
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, Chloe flats

Friday, February 22, 2008

I give them an A+!

Tuli has glorious new skins. Crimson Shadows has beautiful dresses. And I, I am procrastinating this week's grading. The three things go together remarkably well!

One skin has lace embedded in it. I like this. It makes me feel like I'm at a Venetian masque, and that's never bad. I'd rather be at a Venetian masque than grading, and that is the insidious lure of Second Life. "First life annoying? Come here and procrastinate!" Of course, somehow First Life doesn't go away after the procrastination is over.

So. Bye bye pretty skins. Hello grading rubric...

***Skin: []::Tuli::[] S5 goth ~ lace 2
***Hair: /artilleri/ mariya in black
***Jewelry: Balderdash Persistence set
***Higher-neckline corset, gloves, prim skirt, undershirt: Crimson Shadows *CS* Claire (by Draconic Lioncourt)
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Party Pumps in red and black

***Skin: []::Tuli::[] S5 goth ~ tears 3
***Hair: *booN UZU22 hair J&Black pack
***Jewelry: Balderdash Persistence set
***Low-cut corset, gloves, bloomers, stockings: Crimson Shadows *CS* Claire (by Draconic Lioncourt)
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Party Pumps in red and black

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Just don't take my dress

Miss Kghia Gherardi told me one day that I should really check out the sim creators pavillion. She was right -- it was full of neat freebies and interesting, affordable designers, including Hushaby Baby, the designer of this deconstructed dress here. It's a little more risque than I usually wear, but I got inspired tonight by Inara from Firefly.

A friend came to visit, and I spent a fascinating hour listening to Joss Whedon's director commentary to one of the Firefly episodes. The man is a nutcase! While the camera lovingly panned around Inara's bosoms, he went off on an extended discussion of existential philosophy, the myth of Sisyphus, Camus and Sartre.

That's what I love about Joss Whedon. He'll show you a scene, but it isn't simply two people talking. It's a grammar of symbolism translated from his brain to the screen via images. That planet isn't simply a planet, it's a representation of a bit of existential philosophy...the unbearable weight of something's existence outside of yourself. This deep stuff ebbs and flows through his blocking and editing and imagery and words, and even if it isn't plainly evident on the screen, I think we can pick up on it enough to understand that something is going on.

When you look around Second Life, the landscapes with mythology and thought and a background story are the ones that speak, right? Right.

My dress is brown in honor of browncoats; and that is as far as my brain will stretch tonight.

***Hair: [Aden] Tuli (Black)
***Skin: /artilleri/ lily (porcelain) *memphis*
***Tattoo: Canimal Tiki tattoo in faded
***Ripped velvet and tulle dress: Hushaby Baby *HB* at 2 am dress
***Stockings and gloves: ~silentsparrow~ from the delia set
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Asuka in burnt

Red moon last night

Today, I am Japanese Sim Barbie. I first encountered MoonCat Izumo quite by accident, surfing from a LicoLico mall shop to the main store. I stopped and stared at the whimsical architecture, and then I grinned at the famous cat. You know the one, it's like a couch -- you lie on it, and it wiggles its ears and tail and somehow you feel relaxed even though it's just your avatar getting a whole-body purr.

Have you noticed that? Sometimes, if my avatar is relaxing, I totally get a second-hand relaxation buzz.

The clothing there was excellent too. The MoonCat sim's creator, Kumin Kohime, makes glorious stuff (colorful loli dresses that would be the fodder for any young girl's fairy fantasy), and also has several vendors that offer fine whimsical clothes. I got suckered into Mare*Dress and purchased something black that I've loved ever since.

Recently I've been feeling stressed because of schoolwork, and a friend suggested that I get myself off to a Japanese sim. I went back to MoonCat and spotted this frock at Mare*Dress. Now I'm all ready for Valentine's Day! -- Oh, wait.

-- Speaking of the moon, did anyone see the lunar eclipse last night? The red wash of color over the moon was so cool... My husband and I noticed that the moon looked more three-dimensional than usual with a shadow on it.

***Flower: /artilleri/ hair flower in red
***Hair: -Hiccup Long Mess in black
***Skin: Curious Kitties Silent Suffocation
***Bolero: OH! What a Red Hued Bolero Shrug
***Dress (shirt, hair flower that isn't shown, bodice, prim skirt, gloves, and even cute red heels, also not shown): Mare*Dress Rose_br
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Mary Geos in red and black

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

An unfoolish inconsistency

Yesterday I was browsing the Second Life LiveJournal when I ran across someone who said, in essence, that if someone is going to make a big Victorian-Edwardian-Renaissance-esque dress, they'd better make it faithful to the times, or else they shouldn't advertise it as such. This is a good point.

There's a place and time for faithful reproductions, and there's a place and time for wearing and designing whatever your imagination produces. The dress I'm wearing today was not designed to be a faithful reproduction, nor did the designer mean it as such, but it feeds into one of my obsessions -- big old skirts! (I'm serious. My "frocks" folder has a subfolder entitled "big".)

I attend a lot of events in Caledon, including balls and parties of all sorts (notably, a roleplayed funeral), and this requires that I own a ton of large sweeping skirts. Whenever I spot one on the fashion RSS, I hop on it immediately. This dress makes me happy because of the price (350L), and the line. Pretty corset top, lots and lots of skirt. It isn't Victorian by any stretch of the imagination, but then neither am I!

Anachronism, after all, generates creativity in our little corner of cyberspace. Right? And yes, those are horns on my hat.

***Dress (corset jacket, glitch pants, shirt, socks, underpants, prim skirt): Passionate Neko Dreams Dolly-Girl
***Necklace: Swallowtail Jewelry full prim choker in black
***Hat: Lapin et Anato .+*LeA*+.Horn Hat(Pig)
***Hair: ETD Airy in black, store freebie
***Skin: Fleur Vivant Cream Paon 4, group freebie
***Gloves: BareRose ::: B@R ::: Doctress Q Gloves from the set
***Shoes: What shoes? Can you see shoes?

New ~silentsparrow~ flickr group!

Cyn in the koumori suit, click for larger image

Last night, while hyasynth was off for a much-deserved nap, I snuck into the ~silentsparrow~ group chat on a complete whim and said the following: "The first few people to send me a photo of themselves in ~silentsparrow~ clothing will get featured on my blog!"

It was fun. People scrambled to put on their outfits and photograph themselves, and while they were doing this Princess suddenly said: "Hey -- does ~silentsparrow~ have a flickr group? If not, it should."

Jameson in the kiri LE suit, click for larger image

"It doesn't!" Someone replied, so Princess went through the trouble of creating a flickr group for the community. Therefore, as well as showing people in hy's outfits today, this post is meant to tell you that we're all going to share our outfits on flickr now!

--> Join the ~silentsparrow~ flickr group here! <--

Owly in the new sanguine lucky chair set, click for larger image

I'm tremendously excited about this. I've never had a flickr account before, but this was a great reason to make one. I love staring at people's outfits, and this'll give me a great way to stalk how other people wear these clothes!

hyasynth woke up from her nap and said groggily -- "Uh -- what's going on?" But by then we'd already made the group and arranged everything. Poor hy! :D

Kedith in the serendipity suit, click for larger image

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A fine raiding frock

This morning, my drow avatar woke me up and said -- "You better dress me up today, bitch, or I'm going to go raze a small village."

I'm not one to ignore such a directive, and luckily there was something just her style waiting! ~silentsparrow~ has a new lucky chair gift for the ladies, and this one is perfectly tattered up for your drow's violent lifestyle. (It is blogged over here). Okay, it also looks elegant on anyone, even if you aren't into pillaging.

***Dress: ~silentsparrow~ Sanguine in sorrow color (a sad midnight blue), lucky chair set
***Hair: ! Frangipani Designs >FD Hair< Kira in licorice, freebie
***Jewelry: ::Violet Voltaire:: Angel Set in White/Silver metal
***Skin: Fleur Vivant Drow Medium 3
***Boots: Draconic Kiss Assault Boots

Monday, February 18, 2008

Someone make that pond scene outfit

Violet Voltaire released a new jewelry set today called Angel. (She blogged about it over here!) It's gorgeous.

I also felt extremely lazy and didn't bother to put any clothes on my drow. This is because I taught about school shootings today, and my brain is still in overdrive about it. Did anyone else notice that it was important for the media to harp on the fact that last week's gunman wore all black and had tattoos? Clearly black + tattoos marks someone as EVIL. My students came to the conclusion that the media has to make us feel safe, and the easiest way to do it is to point out that you can tell the shooters by what they wear.

What does that say about us avatars in SL? Clearly that how we look is a direct reflection of who we are, right? Not.

Anyway, Pride and Prejudice is on PBS, and I'm dying a small fangirl death here. Second Life? School shootings? COLIN is on! POND SCENE! (You know -- THIS POND SCENE!)

***Jewelry: ::Violet Voltaire:: Angel Set in Black/White metal
***Skin: Fleur Vivant Drow Medium 3
***Hair: Tukinowaguma maria3 in black

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Guest star: Hethr Engle

Hethr Engle; click for a larger photo

Hethr Engle, my sixth guest star, presented me with a serious issue. She runs Closet Crisis, of course, which means that she's always dressing up in her favorite clothes! Therefore, instead of asking Hethr to dress in her current favorite outfit, we decided that it would be neat to style each other instead.

It's a fearsome thing to watch Hethr change. She mentioned that she's got 25k in her inventory, and when she puts together an outfit, items flicker on and off her avatar so swiftly it's like watching ghost clothing... She's got very strict rules for putting together outfits, too, and if you watch Closet Crisis maybe you'll discern them.

I decided that I wanted Hethr to look all Victorian, so she put on her primmest skirt and shoes and top and corset and hat... and then I had to giggle at the gloves. Wear those gloves around Caledon and your ball date is going to be feeling up your arms! Trust Hethr to make something demure into something dead sexy.

Hethr (and the guest star spot on Closet Crisis) inspired me to start fashion blogging. I felt so chuffed that someone wanted to post a picture of my avatar in pretty clothes that I wanted to do it MORE! My blog, which had been a very normal blog, became clothing-obsessed, and Hethr is pretty much to blame.

That is why she is my sixth guest star, for her quirky, creative, inspirational style.

***Earrings: (Second Mirage) Black pearl and silver cameo earring
***Hat: bossa nova - norma veiled hat (white-midnight)
***Parasol: *Cherry Tokyo Kimono* Parasol - Ocean
***Necklace: ::Violet Voltaire:: Cameo Gargoyle Necklace - Black
***Eyes: (Miriel) Eyes - Custom Hazel (Big) [Color only available from Miriel directly not in store]
***Hair: ETD Vivian - Blonde Burnt
***Skin: Celestial Studios (CS) Vogue Skin - Champagne (Classic Glitter - Silver 1)
***Skirt: (Material Squirrel) La Belle Skirt
***Gloves: Fireflies Vivienne - Gloves - Dark
***Puff Sleeves Prim: "Savvy?" Miss Rebecca Set (FV) (jacket,primsleeve)
***Corset: ::Soda:: Renee Corset - can't find SLURL, apologies!
***Shirt: Luxe Brand - White Victorian Blouse *Not sure if this is still available in her discount store*
***Shoes: TESLA - Ziggy *birth*