Saturday, March 8, 2008

technology hatred

Blogger is being mean today. *sigh* Technology.

At any rate, hyasynth tagged me for the book thingie.

The rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Sadness. I am surrounded by school books today, but luckily one of
them is Henry Jenkins' pop culture book, Fans, Bloggers, Gamers:

"Theories about possible murderers emerged with astounding density and
even more remarkable diversity within this reception context. In a
world where almost everything can count as a clue, including both
material explicitly presented within the aired episodes and
information from one of the many ancillary texts surrounding the
sieries .. almost any character could become a prime suspect"
(Jenkins, 2006, p. 123).

Tag: My Caledon homies.

A study in Milla

I admit to you that today's outfit is simply a study in color. I'm still learning about fashion, and part of this involves staring at other people's blogs to see how they put outfits together. For example, I pour over Milla Michinaga's style blog with a slightly scary intensity. She's got a way with color and shape that's simply gorgeous, and I've been trying to puzzle out how she does it.

This was my attempt to use some of Milla's unofficial color rules. I think it goes like this: Start with a neutral base, then add a color. Make sure that this color isn't random, but echoed once or twice in the outfit. If you go and stare at her, you'll notice that she uses this rule for many of her outfits, making sure that the splash of color never fights with the other outfit bits.

Other stuff I wanted to do with my outfit today include wearing this floaty-riffic new shirt from Bare Rose, dashing hat from Elegance Hats, and freebie Shiny Things necklace from the Gnubie Store.

Lots of people have been writing about the Gnubie Store lately, so I popped over for a curious little exploration. I found a wealth of great stuff. For the budget minded, two items of this outfit are freebies, and the carefully made-up skin was extremely cheap (250L) at {bazy}.

***Hat: Elegance Hats Greta in red silk
***Skin: !! {bazy} emmie skin [light] red
***Hair: -Hiccup Sugar Water - Black
***Necklace: (Shiny Things, Gnubie Store) Knotted bead strand necklace - freebie!
***Undershirt: Ash Style Plain shirts white
***Shirt: Bare Rose ::: B@R ::: Tietop Boro Bolero in black
***Pants: [CRAP] Gaucho Pant in white
***Boots: (Shiny Things) Glossy Ribbon Boots in red

Friday, March 7, 2008

Music of the moon

Severus Seversky in Clair de Lune, silver

What do Second Life seamstresses think while they create? I can envision the scene in my mind.

Quietly, hyasynth sits at her computer with Photoshop in front of her. In Second Life, hyasynth the avatar is kneeling in front of a dressmaker's dummy. A song comes onto the sim station and the avatar glances out of the screen.

hyasynth smiles, and they both mouth the words while they work. The avatar's fingers trace a curl of leaf on the cloth, fix a pattern so that the fabric joins perfectly from one seam to the next, make magic that turns a garment from a coat into something with depth and history. The person thinks of story and design: a thorny vine, moonlight music, Dangerous Liasons, King George, and colors from Marie Antoinette's court.

It is quiet work late into the night, so late that light spills through the window before they are done. Still the song plays, and somehow, it has become woven into the design.

Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.
-- Leonard Cohen, Sisters of Mercy

New Clair de Lune suit (of fifteen pieces, including pants, frock coat, tutu, corset, jacket, vest, and two sorts of prim cuffs) available in three colors (Silver, Fawn, and Starlight) from ~silentsparrow~.

Achariya the dusky-nosed reindeer in Clair de Lune, silver.

The doll in me (nearly free doll shape and form!)

Now blogged in Fabfree!

I've long had a fascination with the Japanese art of the doll. If you haven't researched Super Dolfies yet, you should! These are anime-esque dolls of gorgeous make and amazing wardrobes, and the owners create elaborate doll tableaux and photo stories about their adventures.

It didn't occur to me that you could BECOME a doll in SL until I met Subversive Vavoom. She is at the center of the SL doll community, and owns a shop for SL dollies called All Dolled uP. Yesterday, I picked up a starter doll kit from her shop (including skin, shape, hair, and an adorable dress) that she created to introduce people to this culture.

The box included a note card that read in part:

"Welcome to SL's doll subculture, or as i like to call it, a community. We come in all shapes and sizes, wear lots of different clothes, and behave in all sorts of ways. There is *no one* right way to be a doll. It's up to you or your owner to decide.

"Want to meet some dolls? Join Clockwork Hearts. We are a PG rated group, meaning we use the group to simply introduce ourselves, conversate and discuss events. We'd love to get to know you so please say hello. Below the store is The Clockwork Cafe, which is open to anyone, doll or otherwise, at all times. It's a safe and excellent way to meet people." (Words from Subversive Vavoom!)

I was immediately struck by the cuteness of the shape and form. It reminded me of Sara Crewe and her one beautiful doll, her favorite doll, the friend that never left her through thick and thin. (And yes, I have a small fixation with Sara Crewe.)

Did I mention that the doll avatar kit and Violet Voltaire jewelry are dollarbies on the second floor of Subversive's shop? (In the room to the right at the top of the stairs.) Do stay and browse, however. The shop is worth it!

***Hair: Darkstar Designs ::ZoeyV2-Black-
***Skin and shape: ~All Dolled uP~ Doll Avatar Kit [This comes with a cute pink dress and blond hair too, as well as an instructive notecard about SL doll subculture] -- Store promotion dollarbie
***Dolly key: ::Violet Voltaire:: Dollie Jewelry Set -- Store promotion dollarbie
***Outfit: *CanalGrande*=Z=punkCheck
***Socks: (Shiny Things) knit knee socks red
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui ankle boots in black leather

Thursday, March 6, 2008

And there's gonna be trouble

Welcome back, Creamy!

Creamy Cooljoke is back from vacation! I was at bazy getting a bunch of dollarbie skins (and a dollarbie box of eyes! And did I mention skins?! Go check it out) when Creamy hopped on, so I tugged her over to chat.

"I'm in the mood to wear a really poofy dress," I said.

"Big Booty, Big Money!" Creamy replied, so we bought our dollarbie skins and hopped over to the store.

When we got there, I fell for the Dormant Dress, which I thought might look nice with my new Periquita Fat Dolly shoes. To be honest, the shoes look just like Minnie Mouse's, and since she was my favorite childhood stuffed animal, I had to have them. In pink. I'm not sure why I chose pink, except that my wardrobe could really use more pink. I note that I'm a total noob and should've resized my shoe prims a little. :D

"Oh, I've got that dress in red," Creamy said gleefully, and moments later we were up in her photobooth snapping pictures.

Warning to people who try to use friend poses while wearing the BP Big Bomb hair: it will eat your friend's head. :D

***Hat: Ingenue Millinery ~ A Hint of Spring
***Hair: =TEKUTEKU= wing (black)
***Skin: !! {bazy} keira skin [royalty] -- 1L at the bazy shop!
***Dress: Big Booty, Big Money Dormant Dress Purple (on Creamy: Dormant Dress in Red)
***Tights: G.L.A.M. Tintable Tights in light (store freebie)
***Shoes: .:Periquita:. Fat Dolly in pink

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Bright Young Thing

Fallingwater Cellardoor of Shiny Things

Fallingwater Cellardoor, my tenth guest-star, is BUSY. It took me several weeks to hunt her for photos, but when she did, she was an amazing resource for the shoot. "Sure I can bring some poses," she said, and brought four boxes full. She wasn't sure what to wear, however, and we finally settled on the hallmarks of her trade: shoes and jewelry.

I first met Fally at an event of hyasynth's. We were both dancing, and it took me a little while to realize that the sweet person boogying around next to me was the creator behind the lovely shoes and jewelry of Shiny Things. My first big purchase was from her shop -- Old Laceup Boots. I wore them around Second Life for weeks, and I still have fond memories of unboxing those boots. The amazing thing is that I'm not alone -- everyone's got their own favorite story about Fally's shoes.

Which brings me to the Fally behind Fally. Who is this busy, busy woman? She seems to be all motion, creating in concentrated determination, and then popping into the world to release and deal with all the nuts and bolts behind running a viable business in Second Life. All this is to say that she's too busy for me to have figured out the Fally behind Fally.

But then there's her name.

Fallingwater. Same as the house designed by one of the most well-known architects of modernist America, Frank Lloyd Wright. The house looks sleek, but pays careful attention to the natural form around it. Hmmmm.

Cellardoor. J.R.R. Tolkien (who was also a linguist) pointed out that the words Cellar Door held intrinsic beauty in English because of the way the vowels and consonants sounded together. Hmmmmm.

Fallingwater Cellardoor, paying homage to the modern, the natural, and the beautiful. I can see it.

***Hair: Kin
***Tattoos: Canimal
***Skin: Fleur Shoujo
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Mary Geos in lime
***Jewelry: (Shiny Things) Glass Chunk Bracelet and (Shiny Things) Spring Leaf Cuff

I was walking after midnight

I grew up during the 80s, which is my justification for why I like big hair. This hair is no exception, a new release from Nylon Outfitters. I love it like I love Flashdance, tight pegged jeans, and Reeboks.

Memory: I thought my first pair of Reeboks were exorbitantly expensive at forty dollars, and apologized like mad to my father for making him shell out for me. I wore them with Chic jeans (the ones with the tulip detail around the ankle, remember those?) and a baggy low-necked pink sweater. I thought I looked great in that outfit! Especially with my hair sprayed about seven feet up above my forehead. Of course, that was all to distract from the pimples...

Isn't it nice that SL skins are so totally unblemished? (Unless you want them to be.) Speaking of skins, I'm wearing my favorite from Laynie's recent work, "Dark Faerie." Love the lush dark lips and eyes, and you can now get it via OnRez. I'm also wearing Violet Voltaire's newest jewelry set, Glitterati. I fail at properly blogging this (like you can see black earrings against black hair) so I point you over to her blog to get a good look. I absolutely love the Victorian mourning quality of the cameo.

Draconic was nice enough to give her group members a beautifully made gift (further described here), two glovelets with little skulls on them. The skulls make me think Hamlet, again, as he stares at the skull of his dead jester Yorick:

Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning?

Ahh, skulls. It's always useful to have one's clothing be a reminder of mortality.

***Hair: Nylon Outfitters (NO) Leah
***Skin: Laynie Wear LW Dark Faerie (Get them here from OnRez)
***Earrings/Necklace: ::Violet Voltaire:: Glitterati Set - Black
***Outfit (shirt with embedded black corset, pants): Nyte'N'Day - Zoot
***Bracelet: Draconic Kiss group gift, Skulls N Ribbons Wrap (there are two that can be used as glovelets or bracelets)
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Chloe Flats

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Easy to clean off the cherry blossom pollen?

There is ALWAYS a time and place for a black vinyl kimono, right? Especially when the right skin, a pretty new geisha skin from Laynie Wear, appears!

Laynie chatted with me for a bit about geisha culture last night. "The junior geisha, meiko, actually wore more elaborate makeup and costumes. The older geisha were known for their skill with art, so the younger ones relied mostly upon beauty."

I didn't know that. That's why Laynie has created a series of geisha skins, Jr. and Sr. meiko, Jr. and Sr. geisha. I'm wearing the most mature/cultured, the Sr. geisha skin. This means that I'm highly skilled in the arts!

I'm sure that if I bought the right attachment, my avatar could play koto or fan dance like a fiend. I'll have to go looking ...

***Hair: Calico Creations Calico in flaming midnight
***Skin: Laynie Wear LW Sr. Geisha Skin
***Earrings: Second Mirage Radiant - Ruby
***Kimono (including geta and a parasol): Ookami Ningen 'ON Black Latex Kimono

Welcome to my world...

Antonia Marat of /artilleri/

It's hard not to think of Elvis tunes when you consider my ninth guest-star, Antonia Marat:

Welcome to my world
Won't you come on in!
Miracles I guess
Still happen, now and then.

I mean, the woman made not just a line of clothing, but a whole world in which to wear them. It's a world that's stuck in that precious moment of time before Elvis bloated up; when cars were big and waistlines were natural and the proper way to flirt was to say, Tell me about it, stud.

Like most designers, Antonia projects her clothing aesthetic through her avatar's look. She's got an air about her as if her avatar was a former diner waitress that had a great idea, worked her ass off, struck paydirt, and kept her down-to-earth mentality. She calls herself "Antie," and I bet she's equally at home making flapjacks, showing off her tattoos, discussing the latest juicy gossip, and creating great clothes!

Have I mentioned rockabilly yet? Antonia's living proof that nice girls smoke, drink, think, design things, and wear frilly bloomers, all without breaking a sweat.

Hair: *TRUTH* Bridgette - Carrot_Light
Skin: LF CHAI skin - Custom skin in ginger
Eyes: Miriel - Eyes - Summer Woods
Dress: /artilleri/ - lovely leo dress
Jacket: Nylon Outfitters - Banana Smoothie Jacket
Tattoos: /artilleri/ (Old school lower + Maggie tattoo)
Earrings: /artilleri/ - Bead Hoop Earrings
Glasses: /artilleri/ - Greta glasses *teal*
Hairflower: /artilleri/ - Orchid hair flower
Bracelet: /artilleri/ Brazil bracelet *teal/orange/lime*
Shoes: ETD - Peep Slingbacks *Daffodil* (tinted green)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Very very big hair

(Inspired by Gogolita ♥ and Lawless ♠)

Ever get the wild desire to see how much stuff you can put into your hair?


Er. Me neither...

***Hair: BettiePage Voyager BP Big Bomb Hair 2, lucky chair freebie
***Skin: MiaSofia *mia* DAHLIA Skin 8
***Raven: ExtroVirtual Headquarters Shoulder Raven
***Roses: /artilleri/ hair roses in white and red
***Wreath: Flower Power dina wreath (orange-red rosebuds), no ribbon
***Hat: ~silentsparrow~ Strawberry leaf hat from the Strawberry Fields set
***Lingerie: Ingenue Valentine's Day freebie, Be Mine in romance red

They call me slightly high-strung yellow...

This one's for Otenth. You asked for yellow, and when I slid a tiny bit on amid my customary suits of solemn black (as Shakespeare put it), I realized that I was STILL wearing school colors. Damnit, now I'm a gothy Georgia Tech cheerleader.

On the bright (sunny) side, I remembered a snatch of lyrics from Soul Coughing:

Quadrilateral I was
Now I warp like a smile
Yellow no. 5
Yellow no. 5, 5, 5
-- Soul Coughing, Bus to Beelzebub

Here, too, is a broad application of freebies. Tights are paper couture freebies in yellow, hair is Truth freebie in yellow, and the dress is a freebie from Mojo! hyasynth suggested the blond hair. Wearing blond with black makeup feels vaguely rebellious, like I've come full circle into normalcy or something.

The hat is new from Schadenfreude, and has a beak on the front of it, and a ruff of feathers. When I saw it, I accused Allegory of using Skeksi bits (remember the evil guys from Dark Crystal?) in the hat's creation. So very cool.

Now perhaps I've stopped coughing and can get back to sleep.

-- Hat: Schadenfreude Aviary Riding Hat in Sepia
-- Hair: Truth Izzy in Blonde_Dark
-- Skin: Boneflower Designs, Whispers of the Night Deathly F [Ebon Twilight Stalker]
-- Necklace: Second Mirage Polished
-- Shirt: /artilleri/ ah, bella! in tropical yellow
-- Dress: (Mojo) Polka Dot Dress - Black
-- Tights: Paper Couture signature tights in yellow
-- Boots: J's (in Tsukishima) Cowboy Boots in black, unisex

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Free things are free

Boy Ach in free hair and a free jacket!

***Hair: Calico Creations group freebie for men, Kevin in obsidian copper
***Skin: TheAbyss Scorpio_Dystopian[1]C Smooth
***Coat: ~silentsparrow~ (Rue d'Antibes location) freebie box at the Rue d'antibes sim opening, Banneret coat in pumpkin.
***Pants: ~silentsparrow~ (sepia) sweeney pants, group party giveaway
***Shoes: Beckenbauer Productions Chantal's Rose Elikapeka

It's been a busy few days. Last night was Calico Creation's new sim opening. The sim is lovely. It looks like a Greco-Roman ruin (I only use this term because I'm never sure which ruins are Grecian and which are Roman), and there's a gorgeous waterfall that spills into the heart of the store. Calico gave a group gift to men (Kevin, worn above, in a bizillion colors) and women (Alora, worn below, also in a bizillion colors). Wearing the Alora hair makes my avatar feel all shy!

Today is the opening of the Rue D'Antibes sim, and I hopped over before the party started so that I could, well, actually get into the sim. There are free items everywhere! Some of my favorites are at ~silentsparrow~, because the pumpkin banneret is gorgeous, and also because it's so rare to get free stuff for men. It's on a little table outside of the shop, along with a special sale-priced edition version of the Hart's Blood jacket in "water" for 100L. There are other things in the freebie box, including a floaty red dress for girls (or boys who like dresses), a brown corset with a bat stitched painstakingly into the front panel, and a purple waist cincher.

The purple ~silentsparrow~ freebie waist cincher goes well with Violet Voltaire's dollarbies! Don't miss these -- two crowns, a necklace, and earrings, all outside of Violet's Rue D'Antibes shop.

There is a gorgeous free skin on the sim too, La Sylphide's LE Liliana skin (worn below), as well as a host of free stuff that I haven't mentioned, including Ingenue's free dress, Bonnie, in a soft berry color (you can check out Bonnie over here).

It's the perfect thing to do while waiting for the Skin Fair.

Girl Ach in free hair, dollarbie jewelry, free skin, and a free dress!

***Hair: Calico Creations group freebie for women, Alora in flaming midnight
***Skin: La Sylphide LE Liliana skin. I couldn't find and SLURL to their Rue location -- just hunt about!
***Dress: ~silentsparrow~ (Rue d'Antibes location) freebie box at the Rue d'antibes sim opening, Winged dress. Two corsets for women are also in this box!
***Crown: ::Violet Voltaire:: Wicked Crown in violet
***Necklace: ::Violet Voltaire:: Hethr necklace in violet
***Shoes: Beckenbauer Productions Chantal's Rose Elikapeka

Lonely in gorgeous

Neferia posted about her big, pretty Aurelia frock, and I immediately had to have it. While chatting with Neferia about the gown she mentioned shyly that this was her first 16th century frock. She said she'd made a special skirt script just for this one, and that she'd be making more dresses in this vein in the future. Excellent!

I put it on and felt like a gorgeous marzipan. Then, I went to the Versailles sim and felt right at home with all the other confections. Amazing how context is everything -- it's something I've mentioned here before, that SL provides a context for anything you want to do, be or wear...

Versaille...nobody ever accused the aristocratic French of restraint. Anyone else love Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette? What dresses and sets, eh?! [Here's a bonus Marie Antoinette video from The Strokes just to get you in the mood for this dress.]

Later in the night I chatted with Rosemary Galbraith. She's opening up a new shop next week, and slipped me a preview skin. It's her usual elegantly done makeup but with a luscious dark lip color. I'm not wearing it right now -- I'll put it on next week when her store opens. It's lovely like her other skins, and I can't wait for her to open up a new shop.

"I knew you'd like this color," Rosemary said gleefully. "You wear reds, blacks, and neutrals."

"You have me pegged," I said sheepishly.

Fine. I've gotta break out of this school colors scheme. If you feel like commenting with a color, I'll attempt to build an outfit around that color tomorrow.

***Hair: Wilhelmena Witfield - Elaborate Mercury Hair with bird
***Skin: MiaSofia *mia* DAHLIA skin - the tearful
***Dress: Ivalde Aurelia in red
***Necklace: Shenlei Flasheart - Shenlei's pearl and peridot necklace.
***Shoes: Cheap Stuff Irish Bunny Slippers