Saturday, March 22, 2008

Warrior maiden

Don't mind me, I'm simply lurking in my natural habitat, which (in this outfit) has to be Crimson Shadows. This place has a red and black theme that works well with its name and architecture, making it the perfect haunt for a red kinda girl. (Which reminds me of "the mean reds" from Breakfast at Tiffany's.)

I'm wearing the new Philotic Energy hair that also happens to have a multi-sided axe embedded in it, named after the warrior woman Aloysia. It goes well with the severe lines and white-on-black patterning of this freshly released Blue Blood dress (named Malice! perfect). The hair also goes well with the idea that if I ever got the mean reds, I could simply head-butt someone into oblivion, just like a malicious warrior woman! I do love multi-purpose hair. (Aemilia, for your next hair, could you somehow work a jack knife into it? I'm thinking one with fork and corkscrew attachments. You could call it 'SwissArmy'! ... Just kidding :D )

***Hair: Philotic Energy PE Aloysia in black
***Skin: ROSEMAR Creampuff Skin - Cinderella - makeup 016 - Brow 4
***Undershirt: PixelDolls Marie in black, free "try it out" group giveaway
***Dress: Blue Blood Malice Outfit with longest skirt option (there are three more)

Fierce pants

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm wearing some pants.

I feel like I'm part of a J-pop band in these pants. It isn't just the pants, it's the belt thingie too. I've noticed this on a number of Johnny's Juniors before -- they wear perfectly good pants, and then (because that isn't enough) throw on a dress. Then, a jacket, preferably in gold, and over that -- bling. Proof.

"Too much is never enough" is the ethos of both J-pop and this outfit from Bare Rose. (The set is enormous, by the way, and comes with several color options.) In fact, I decided that there was so much going on in these pants alone that the rest of the outfit had to calm them the heck down. The ~silentsparrow~ luna sweater and very low-key -Hiccup hair helped. It was as though I applied salve to a burn of color.

That's not to say that I don't utterly love these pants. As a friend once said on a memorable night in my youth (the pants then were lime green),

Those are some fierce pants.

***Hair: -Hiccup Fashionably Strung Out
***Skin: /artilleri/ lily (porcelain) in choco
***Sweater set: ~silentsparrow~ luna in orchid (shirt and shrug)
***Pants, belt, pants prims: Bare Rose ::: B@R ::: Wakaz-O-Matic Girl pants in purple from the set
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Party Pumps

Friday, March 21, 2008

I hope ace means what I think it means

Free Easter hat from the Ivalde egg hunt

One of the first things I purchased in SL was Draconic's pirate princess outfit. I even hunted down a tricorn hat to complete the look! The outfit came with an open skirt much like this one, and I loved how the bloomers flashed beneath. Draconic's bloomers and split-skirts are ace. The skirt also comes in a long Victorian version, and you can see more photos of it here. (I just learned the word ace from Creamy Cooljoke, by the way. I think it means "cool" in American.)

I'm posting again today because (1) I can't actually get on SL to move around, due to the slow-arse servers, and (2) One of the items that I'm wearing is timely. See that awesome Elegance Hat that looks reminiscent of a fried egg? It's from the Ivalde easter egg hunt. Yep, on the Ivalde sim right now there are a number of easter eggs, full of goodies from Ivalde, Second Mirage, Elegance Hats and more... Remember, don't TAKE the egg, just click on it! The hunt ends tomorrow (Sat. March 22).

***Hat: Elegance Hats Easter Cecile -- Free in the treasure hunt (lasts until tomorrow, Sat. March 22)
***Hair: ETD Elikapeka's Hair in Black Green -- Free in the lucky clover hunt that's over now :/
***Skin: Blue Blood Skins -- Goth Heavy Makeup
***Necklace: Magika Leather Bow Necklace
***Outfit: Draconic Kiss Ella in green
***Socks: Corduroy stripe socks in grey (tintable)
***Shoes: ::69:: (main store) Nightmare - White -- Free in the egg hunt

You couldn't help but notice her

There's something tragic about being blond, isn't there? Maybe that's why I stick to black hair in Second Life. I put on the blond and feel as if I've got a sign on my back: Vulnerable, Sweet, Exploitable.

I put on this hair (Curl Up and Dye's Marilyn) and knew that today, my avatar was doomed. She's gonna get discovered by a slimy bastard with a fake Rolex, taken to the big city, and forced to star in femmesploitation films like Steel Magnolias.

That's right. Blond hair breaks my heart! In honor of this look (the gorgeous new dress from SLink was chosen because blonds look excellent in black), I put on some T-Bone Burnett.

She was discovered by a man three times her age
Who worked for a studio
And he bought her dresses and perfume
And moved her into his home
He got her a part in a comedy
Where she played a dumb blonde whore
And she posed without clothes for a magazine
And the offers came in by the score

You couldn't help but notice her
She was fatally beautiful
Ever since she was a girl
She was fatally beautiful

-- T-Bone Burnett, Fatally Beautiful

Edit: Hethr protests that she'd never be taken in by a fake Rolex! Point well made. I don't mean to stereotype blonds at all (well, I did), so I'll point out that there are just as many idiotic brunettes in the world. Like myself! :D

***Hair: Curl Up and Dye Salon - Marilyn - ash blond
***Skin: MiaSnow *MIA* SOFIA 2.0 Skin 8
***Earrings: /artilleri/ lucky dice earrings, color change script
***Necklace: The Closet **TC in SHELTER**Feather Necklace
***Dress: SLink Black Ostrich Feather Dress (comes with a sleek pair of black pumps, not shown)
***Shoes: ::69:: (main store) Nightmare - Black -- treasure hunt freebie

Thursday, March 20, 2008

You find 20 gold pieces and a short sword

I peeked into the folder for Schadenfreude's latest dress (created for the new shop at Haute Couture!), and I almost fled from the challenge of creating an outfit from the twenty-eight different pieces. Yes, that's right, everything is on multiple layers. There are also two glove lengths, tintable overbust laces, three skirt sizes (from daringly short to demurely Victorian), and each skirt comes either scripted or unscripted.

MY GOD, ALLEGORY. No wonder you complain that it takes you so long to create! You've given us a whole wardrobe, not just one dress! The woman does this with her other clothing, too. Her emerald tuxedo came with so many parts that she had to box up all the extras...

Revenant. I had to look this up, figuring it meant something related to the beautifully distressed fabric on the skirts, which looks like something a long-mouldering druid would wear. I wasn't far off: a folkloric corpse that returns from the grave. Thank you, Wikipedia. Whatever the dress's origin, I love wearing it because it makes me feel like part of an epic fantasy.

Hethr Engle once said this very wise thing to me: "I can't buy clothing if it's on stupid layers." Schadenfreude is proof that you can have your undershirt and wear it as a jacket too.

***Hair: -Hiccup The Tease in brown
***Skin: Curious Kitties Sajiahar in Orange
***Tattoo: GARDEN OF KU Hanamachi Dream
***Bracelet: Double Paradox/Yum Yum Group Gift ::bangle::D-brown
***Necklace: [T.King] Steampunk Clock Collar
***Dress: Schadenfreude (at Haute Couture!) Sepia Revenant Dress (with 28 parts!)
***Boots: *TR* Garnet_Brown Boots

Quoth Draconic, Nevermore

Draconic Lioncourt of Draconic Kiss, in clothes and skin of her own creation

Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder, every instant.

My lucky thirteenth guest-star had to be Draconic Lioncourt. At Halloween, Draconic released a series of four outfits based on the work of Edgar Allen Poe. I was immediately swept away by the cinematic nature of the clothing -- each outfit was meant to evoke a whole scene, and even came with macabre props to help stir your imagination.

At Christmas, Draconic made a series of clothing based around Dickens's A Christmas Tale, dresses so pretty and Victorian that they could've stepped straight out of his pages. I wore the Ghost of Christmas Future dress yesterday to interview Draconic. I stared at her through veiled and blindfolded eyes and remembered how I loved inhabiting the world she creates through her outfits.

Burning with curiosity, I immediately asked her, "so what do you think about when you design?"

"I guess I get inspired by things I've seen..."

We talked about inspiration. She finds it in many places. For her series of dresses set in the French Revolution, she'd been reading a book about the era. "The book really gave me the impression of a lush and rich lifestyle, and I find that romantic, ya know?"

"There's also an interest in decay, the macabre, in your work."

Then she told me something interesting and strange...

"I'm not sure. I think it's a kind of therapy for me. I've always found myself drawn to it, but ironically I have a phobia of death. Like, almost debilitating. I can't drive across bridges or fly in planes. But for some reason I really find it.. well I hate to use the word again, but romantic in a way..."

That tension, between fear and fascination, creates so much of her art...

Draconic recently saw Sweeney Todd, and says she's been creating ever since. I can't wait to see what she'll do with all that imaginative fodder!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

When a dog bites

~silentsparrow~ sorrow in bruise

I'm having a rough day. I'm president of a certain honors society at my uni, and we're doing a series on "diversity." I live in the South, so inevitably, diversity means "black/white." These issues are the most prevalent ones in the South, so I understand why it's important to discuss the stratification between the white-haves and black-have-nots, but as a half asian who throws the whole issue of race into question anyway, I get irritated when race is simplified to a dichotomy.

Second Life is pretty good about diversity, actually. The second you try to reduce race to a dichotomy, you just gotta think about the furries.

In honor of a bad day, I decided to do what Maria Von Trapp suggested and think about my favorite things. Today's post is all about the clothing that my avatar feels excellent wearing (brocade, so comfy), ~silentsparrow~.

Later today hyasynth's going to release a new suit. I've seen it and it's gorgeous. While you're in the shop, however, stop and look at some of her older things too. She has a tendency to make fun of me for loving her vintage, and I say, pish. A designer's first works are just as interesting, because you can trace the evolution of their style and focus.

Without further ado, I dedicate this post to my favorite things.

~silentsparrow~ moonlight

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

~silentsparrow~ rose

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

~silentsparrow~ elegia

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

~silentsparrow~ dreaded sunny day in fawn

Other outfit details:

***Hair: /artilleri/ myst in black
***Skin: Fleur vivant cream biba 3
***Jewelry: ::Violet Voltaire:: glitterati in black
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Party Pumps in black

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Curious about what?

Curious Kitties Sajiahar Skin in Red

Curious Kitties is having a skin sale from March 15 - 25. One of the first skins I found in Second Life was from Curious Kitties, and at the time I bit my fingernails because 700L seemed like a steep price to pay for anything. The same skin is now on sale for 250L, and because I still love it, I bought two other versions (the Sajiahar in red and orange).

I love these skins because of a few things. First, they help me look asian, and non-traditionally so. I'm half-asian but look very western IRL. Anything that can help me explore this side of myself in Second Life is wonderful! Second, the skins create an atmosphere. They aren't about realism, they're about living in a world where our mask-like makeup projects a geisha's poised intelligence. Here I'm touching upon old imperialistic constructs, right? Asian = geisha = cypher. I should watch my tongue. Still, they're useful for describing makeup. :D

Curious Kitties White Crnobog Terror

Curious Kitties Bird of Paradise

Curious Kitties Sajiahar Skin in Orange

Other outfit details:

***Hair: -Hiccup Faux Hawk and Mouthful of Cavities
***Other hair: - ETD Patootie in black bronzed
***Earrings: Balderdash Meadowlark
***Bracelet: Double Paradox/Yumyum group gift ::bangle::D-brown
***Outfit: Nocturnal Threads - deConstructed eX

Monday, March 17, 2008

Green. Free.

St. Patricks Elegance Hat Freebie (Today only at the store!)

I am not Irish (okay, I am somewhat Irish, as all Americans probably are), nor do I particularly love the color green (I'm more of a red kind of girl), but Second Life has a tendency to make a believer out of me -- I mean, it converted me at Valentine's Day after all!

I love hats. This post is about five free St. Patrick's Day hats (and one not-free one), a good enough reason to celebrate for me!

Passionate Neko Dreams hat from the Luckless Dollie freebie outfit

Periquita St. Patricks Hat (Free at the Alchemy main store)

Periquita Big Bow Hat (not free, but a look at what's to come from Periquita!)

SF Design st patricks day hat - free

ETD Chic Fedora - Lucky Green from the lucky clover hunt

Other outfit details:

***Hair: -Hiccup Long Mess - Black (and Nerd Swept in Black for that last photo)
***Eyes: ~ MAGIKA ~ FREE eyes pack in Green/Yellow (box outside of their store)
***Skin: Curious Kitties Weeping Aura. Did you know that Curious Kitties is having a skin sale?! March 15 - 25!
***Necklace: /artilleri/ winged heart necklace with green beads
***Tuxedo top: Schadenfreude Emerald Tuxedo Corset
***Pants: Schadenfreude stripe pants in slime
***Shoes: ETD Wedge Pumps in Gold, freebie from the clover hunt

Sunday, March 16, 2008

And still have begged for more

Boy Ach and the lovely Hethr Engle

My boy avatar really does have all the fun. This afternoon he attended Subversive Vavoom's Spring Cotillion with not one but TWO elegant dates, Hethr Engle and Violet Voltaire. I failed to take good photos of dancing with Violet, sadly (our eyes were shut, or our limbs jutted out awkwardly), but the one above looks just like a prom picture in Versailles!

I suppose this is just to prove that I don't simply stand around all day and put on clothes. I also go out with other people who stand around all day and put on clothes. :D

She looks so pretty in pink

Siddean Munroe of SLink

I'd never met Siddean Munroe in person, although I have seen lots and lots of her shoes. Yesterday, while chatting with her about her latest boot, Siddean mentioned that she'd just had a fashion show. She said that for a limited time all of her new releases were going to be on massive sale at her shop. These outfits include shoes, and the sale price is more than generous.

I hopped over to her sale and finally met her. We stared at each other for a moment.

"You're as tiny as I'd imagined," Siddean chuckled at me.

Siddean, on the other hand, is tall and totally hot stuff!

Siddean's new clothing is as sleek as her shoes, with clean lines and careful construction. In the above picture she's in a pair of her new jeans (feeding into my tush obsession -- look at that shading).

In honor of Relay for Life, I'm in two pink outfits. Above is Siddean's (not made for Relay for Life, but a lovely shade of pink), and below is hyasynth's. I've been aching to wear hyasynth's gorgeous pink brocade for days now, but she tsked at me and said to wait until Relay for Life began.

Both outfits brought me back to that magical moment in the 80s when I felt sure I'd grow up to be Molly Ringwald. I'm old enough that I saw Pretty in Pink as a double feature in the theater with St. Elmo's Fire, and it was probably the best movie experience I've ever had.

I wonder what it was about Molly Ringwald that so perfectly captured the adolescence of a whole generation. Was it her sheer normalcy? The way her eyes seemed to glow in a doe-like manner beneath her moppet-hair? Or perhaps it was the fact that her personality was much more interesting than the romantic lead's?

Because of Molly I can wear pink and feel powerful or something. Or at the very least, thirteen again.

***Hair: *SHOP SEU* -ikemen hair- only comes in this shade of brown!
***Skin: /artilleri/ lily (porcelain) *saturday*
***Earrings: *~*illusions gothica set in antique/tiger's eye
***Outfit 1: SLink Pink Ring party dress, also comes with a shrug (not shown), mules and more skirt options
***With the first dress, I'm wearing this tattoo: Minajunk store freebie butterfly tattoo
***Outfit 2: ~silentsparrow~ Clair de Lune in pink for Relay for Life, also comes with hair (not shown), delicate vine tattoo, tutu (not shown), and vest (not shown)