Saturday, May 24, 2008

Zut alor, what is this?

Day three of all Little Mermaid, all the time, and my daughter came out with this gem:

Mommy. I want to be Barbie when I grow up.

I have a strange take on feminism. I believe that traditionally feminine things are undervalued -- knitting, pretty clothing, being a mom. It's considered unimportant because clearly women should desire to be like men. Women are "liberated" when they're like men, right?

Wrong -- I think women are only truly liberated when men can be like women without any stigma, and that means that an interest in clothing and fashion is NOT lower in value than traditionally male occupations.

Despite this, I winced when Alba decided to become Barbie. We don't keep Barbies in the house, but she must've encountered them at school. I'd much rather have her want to be Delirium from Sandman! She's a little too young for that series, however...

Last night, hyasynth DJed at her sim, and while I was dancing I was taken by the strange urge to wear yellow. I poked through my inventory and found that I had a serious lack of the color -- so I shopped via OnRez and found this shirt from Nyte'N'Day, and these pants from Little Rebel. I do love the derriere on the pants! They make my flat asian-avatar arse look perky!

Yellow and black...made me remember the Queen Bee Another Skin mod that I'd picked up as a store freebie from Fancy Fairy. There are three makeups in the folder with different lips, and all of them have extremely dramatic bee-wing eyes.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I totally wanted to be a spelunker.

***Hair: **DP**yumyum Sesame in black
***Skin: Fancy Fairy Queen Bee makeup 2
***Necklace and earrings: -EARTHTONES- The New Grazia Necklace gold black onyx
***Collar, prim sleeves, undershirt: ~silentsparrow~ from the beloved suit (collar and shirt) and lolita suite (sleeves)
***Shirt on jacket layer: Nyte'N'Day - Ena (yellow)
***Belt: Paper Couture p.c.; Trophies On the Waist (trophy tooth belt) from the suite
***Pants: Little Rebel Designs Nylon Pants
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Brandys in yellow

Friday, May 23, 2008

But oh! those summer nights

Long Awkward Pose Comfy from the Lazy Summer set

Summer's coming. I can feel it in the creeping humidity that drove us to turn on our A/C today. I can sense it in the blissfully empty college town. The sun is making me think about summer things, like enormous novels that I can get lost in, the return of my freckles, and blasted post-global-warming desert landscapes.

My boy avatar decided to try out the Lazy Summer poses in such a landscape, The Wastelands: Junkyard. He says that Doc Eldritch's full-body leather ensembles are great for keeping out the sand and gnats (this one is a new release), although he's looking for something to repair the front rip.

Boy Ach says he's gonna spend all summer fixing his wheels. Then, he's gonna sing:

Summer lovin', had me a blaaast
Summer lovin', happened so faaaast...

Long Awkward Pose Earth Sleeps from the Lazy Summer set

Long Awkward Pose Lazy Daisy from the Lazy Summer set

Long Awkward Pose Sunny Day from the Lazy Summer set

***Photos taken at The Wastelands: Junkyard
***Outfit: DE Designs Bound outfit in red -- girl version.
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Laudanum in Oxblood
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Jack - Midnight
***Skin: Boneflower Designs :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly M [Blood Dawn Slayer]
***Belt:**DP**yumyum ::belt::D-brown

Bright young women, sick of swimming

My daughter is enthralled by the movie Little Mermaid. Near as I can figure it, the lesson that you can gain from the movie isn't too horrible (unlike Sleeping Beauty, where someone has to kiss you before you can 'wake up' to your real life). Lesson: "Men like more than just pretty faces -- they like pretty voices too." Unlike the Hans Christian Andersen version, the mermaid doesn't feel as though she's stepping on knives every time she walks with human feet. This is probably a positive addition to the story! Also, the mermaid doesn't die at the end of the tale...

I feel a sense of kinship with Ursula the sea witch. She's an older woman trying to make her way in the world, and just because she's not model-esque or youthful people position her as evil. She's got a self-interested side, but so does Ariel's father. If you think about the position of older women in fairy tales, they are inevitably the witches, scheming and evil... Also, they're powerful.

I think we're all a mix of Ariel and Ursula, matron and maid and crone. Here, I've got on my dolly shape, wearing a new Katat0nik lolita dress -- channeling my inner maid. Perhaps I'll work on that crone shape and skin next!

***Ears: !KK! Kalico Kreations Sculptie Ears Black-Death Tan NS
***Hair: Darkstar Designs ::ZoeyV2-Black
***Skin and shape: ~All Dolled uP~ Free Doll Avatar Kit
***Frock ensemble: *katat0nik* (teal) Sweetheart Dress -- comes with 13 pieces including ruffle panties, prim sleeves, mary janes, skirt, system skirt, top, fishnet stockings, plain stockings, and fishnet gloves.
***Dolly Key: Violet Voltaire My Violent Heart Doll Key - Black

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Necks in black satin

I went to PERTURB/ation in search of a belt, and emerged with three necklaces, a hand-cuff, and a free earring. I also found a belt, but I got so enamored of these necklaces that I decided to show them off. They're three variations on a theme, and the pendant (kind of a filigreed fleur-de-lis cross thingie) looks so elegant and dangerous that I want to staple it to my neck. The one that doesn't match is from Loulou&co, found at Manna. Darn that Sakuralei for sending me the LM to that store. Instant expenditure!

Also, **DP**yumyum is making hair! Teagan, I'll let you review the other adorable style in the shop, but the little bobble-buns on this one are totally the kind of 'do that Empress Amidala would wear for a dressed-down make out session with Anakin.

I'm still wearing Veschi, this time in pants form. Darn that woman for her nice quality stuff! The shape is the new one Aemilia modded for me to suit Chai skins. I think it looks very fulsome, and I don't mean the prison. In fact, I made my whole form a little more cushy just to suit the lips.

[P/a] PERTURB/ation 0-AFFORDANCE - Women's- (this one looks like a filigreed cross hanging from a thin leather choker)
[P/a] PERTURB/ation 0-AFFORDANCE -chain choker- (lace choker with depending cross)
[P/a] PERTURB/ation 0-AFFORDANCE -LeatherChoker- (filligreed cross set onto a choker)
.:* LOULOU&CO *:. Necklace Ethnik

***Hair: **DP**yumyum Sesame black
***Skin: LF CHAI Skin - Sugar - cassandra freckle
***Lipring: Gogo's Juicy Lip Ring Diamond Encrusted (Black)
***Earring: [P/a] PERTURB/ation Ring Ring *Midnight [BLACK&RED] -- this is a left-ear cuff and earring that is a store freebie. <3 so awesome
***Hand thingie: [P/a] PERTURB/ation SUGGESTIVE -Bracelet- [BLACK/L-hand] *Midnight
***Corset: Winter Moon *WM* Tube Top Skulls
***Pants: -Veschi- Jeanius Pants Black
***Belt: **DP**yumyum Romantic belt
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Laudanum in oxblood

It's Dakota! No, it's actually me.

Today, I'm playing with stuff: new photosphere backgrounds by Kyoot Army, different lighting, different shapes. I realized while talking to Aemilia the other day that most smart people modify their shape to suit various skins. Aemilia was kind enough to modify my shape so that it suits Chai skins, and the thought remained with me. Why have I stuck to one default Achariya shape? I could wear any skin that I want, with a little tweaking. Yes, welcome to the clue, self.

I bet you thought I was Dakota in this photo! I totally am. I've been snagging shapes from people lately. This one is Dakota's Lily shape, but also in my arsenal I've got Rosemary Galbraith's default shape so that I can play around with her skins. Creators make things that suit their shape, after all. (Once again in the way that people created God in their own image? *grin*)

By the way (oh yeah, clothing) Veschi has a sleek and pretty system skirt that doesn't make my arse look enormous; and Sh*t Happens lured me into my first t-shirt. The necklace is a new item from Violet Voltaire, and I kind of want to eat it. Nicely done!

***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Delilah - Midnight
***Skin: Boneflower Designs :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Ebon Dusk Stalker]
***Necklace, earrings, bracelet: {Violet Voltaire} Lollipop Guild Necklace - Orange
***T-shirt: Sh*t Happens Cassette Tee
***Skirt: Veschi - Post-resolution Dress
***Tights: Draconic Kiss Rose butterfly fishnets
***Shoes: *TR* (at creator's pavilion) Garnet_Black Boots
***Shape: Dakota's Shapes Lily (for the face, the body is my normal Ach "haragyaru" mod)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Am I getting a big head?

::SPLIT PEA:: Mean Reds - Golightly Hat

Tonight, Alla Ruff (of Vecchi) had a fashion show for her commission for Rezzables named Poison Candy. This line is sold at various Rezzables locations, and is the epitome of rockabilly cool. Alla does great things with sculpties, and from what I hear, the SL line is based upon a RL line too (she says: The designs are made in RL by Rebecca Edwards). I enjoyed the whole show! The models were lovely, the venue was lush, and the clothing was stuff I'd put on IRL.

...Then someone discovered that I had a weakness for hats. While trying on another SPLIT PEA hat, Pipsqueak excitedly IMed me and said, you absolutely have to write about Hatpins! Of course I went and sought the store in question (it had such a promising name).

I was not disappointed. Hatpins is a lovely haberdashery, full of hats so ornate that Lily Langtree wouldn't have been displeased. Is anyone else a huge Edwardian-era buff? I find their clothing shapes far lovelier than the simple bell-shapes of the mid-Victorian era...

Hatpins Lady Persephone - Icy Blue;
Flower: LBB Little Boy Blue single iris for right hand (Happy rezday, Tomo!)

***Shirt: Poison Candy **PC** Rockin Skulls Top black/red
***Shirt: Poison Candy **PC** Rockin Skulls Skirt black/red
***Shoes: ::69:: (main store link) Nightmare - White
***Necklace: /Fuel/ Crystal Bot
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Reba in Midnight
***Skin: Fleur Vivant Cream Le Fleur
***Shape: Dakota's Shapes Lily (for the face, the body is my normal Ach "haragyaru" mod)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hats frivolous and practical

::SPLIT PEA:: The Fanciest Party You Never Attended

There I was standing around in dark glasses when suddenly two hats happened to me. They fell from the sky! Okay, they fell from Melatonin Hax. I'd wandered into Split Pea, Melatonin's haberdashery, the other day at the Starlust. The shop is full of adorable little bucket hats, the sort that you see on cute Japanese tourists. These latest hats, feathery and whimsical, are more suited to a 1930s talkie star. Their names are also evocative. Hats with names such as these are ripe for avatar fiction!

::SPLIT PEA:: The 50 FT Queenie Hat, and ETD Oversized Square Sunglasses - Lucky Green

Ashley straw summer Elegance Hat

Then, because I'd gotten these two Elegance Hats to wear with yesterday's outfit, I decided to put them on as well. Jude Elegance Hat (below) with this skin and outfit makes me feel a bit like a zombie version of Vivian Leigh. But Rhett! Where shall I go, what shall I do?! Ashley (above), on the other hand, is a nice practical hat for the sun. Us pale avatars need that kind of coverage!

Jude Elegance Hat red chenille

Other outfit details:
***Hair: Old Gravy DarkChyld Black
***Earrings and bracelet: {Violet Voltaire} Lollipop Guild in Rainbow
***Top and sleeve thingies: Royal Blue from the anti reactionary dress
***Tattoo: Canimal Suicide Girls
***Skirt: BLAND Stripey Greed Skirt
***Shoes: - TESLA - Vixen_II Classic *Green*
***Skin: /artilleri/ Emi skin - Porcelain - Natt

Ringo box of demon

The fake world is full of fun things. Have you had your share of Rock n Roll Broom or pocky or bat yet today?

In this crazy Second Life (and heck, your first life too), remember the words of Yeats:

Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.

Or bat, as the case may be!

***Avatar skin, ears, horns: Hybrid Archetype Arcane Forbidden
***Outfit: Canimal Office Affair
***Socks: minato mo-ru skull socks
***Necklace: Schadenfreude pearl necklace with cameo
***Boots: First Flower ~FF~ Wych-wood Cinnamon
***Hair: -Hiccup Fashionably Strung Out - Black

***Chair: YIPs wiggle chair dance -- free!
***Apple box: **DP**yumyum free from an apple hunt
***Rock & roll broom: **DP**yumyum free from an apple hunt
***Pocky: *ENCEMBLE* Strawberry Pocky free store gift
***Bat takoyaki: >> Discord <&tl; from the sim hunt
***Ball: Risque Animations Bouncin' Pirate Ball

Monday, May 19, 2008

She's a lumberdeer and she's okay

With apologies to Monty Pythonn.

I'm a lumberdeer and I'm okay
I sleep all night and I work all day!
I cut down trees, I skip and jump
I love to press wild flow'rs
I put on women's clothing
And hang around in SL...

Happy 1 AM, fashion world of SL! The best time to post unintelligibly! ...Look at the pretty clothing instead, including the beautifully washed jeans from Hybrid (do check out the long version), and the soft flannel from *Thimbles*.

***Poses: These are by Long Awkward Pose, from the Slippery collection that Dove posted about here.
***Hair: Kin Momo in red
***Shirt: *Thimbles* Holland Tunnel Tina (strawberry cream)
***Avatar: Lost Furest Rayndeer in white
***Scarf: **THE CLOSET**Chiffon stole_short W_BLK
***Beltpouch: Hybrid Suriken Pouch in red
***Jeans: Hybrid jeans in black, smooth shorts variety
***Shoes: Lazy Places Prowlers

Snap, snap!

I put on this dress. Then I purchased three hats for it and instantly looked like Julia Roberts at the races in Pretty Woman. ...Okay, no hats. Hats back off, I realized that the secret to making this frothy Spring dress look like me is to pretend I am wearing it for the Fall. Black gloves, black boots, black hair...ahhh, I'm a rockabilly teen raiding mommy's closet for the high school semiformal.

I'd like to take a moment and say that the people over at Shopping Sherpa and Fab Free and SL Free*Style are always my fashion inspirations. I spotted Creamy in a Shop Seu hair today and ferreted out my own; and I've been loving the links over to various dollarbie shops in Japanese locales. Thank you, freebie people! You make the fake world larger!

My child's in the bath, which means that she's drinking dirty, soapy bath-water while I dash off this entry, so please forgive the lack of poetry. Or wait, let's see, Mr. Rogers was just on...

It's such a good feeling to know you're alive.
It's such a happy feeling
You're growing inside.
And when you wake up ready to say
I think I'll make a snappy new day!

...To all the tired parents out there, it's almost their bedtime! Then we can wake up from our parental selves and play!

And the last /artilleri/ skin is Emi - Cream - Violet

***Dress: Haute Style & Co. ~HSC~ Willow
***Hair flower: *UnTone Quilt* silver chain flower with drop
***Hair: Shop Seu bomber tail hair black
***Skin: /artilleri/ Emi - Cream - Violet
***Necklace: Schadenfreude Irmina necklace dark (chest)
***Gloves: Schadenfreude revenant gloves in noir from the dress set
***Bracelet: {JUNK} Chunky Bangle Wallpaper Green
***Shoes: SLink Angelina stilettos in black

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sleepy thimbles

The shoes did it for me. I stared at the cute curly toe for about 30 seconds on the feed, and suddenly they were mine. Did any of you dance ballet? I danced six years worth of The Nutcracker, and the Arabian costume always had curly-toed shoes. I coveted those shoes!

My cross-gendering began early on, see. For some reason my ballet instructor decided that due to a lack of boys, I should always be assigned to play the boy parts. So I was the evil brother who ruined the Nutcracker, the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland...

I think, upon second thought, that it has to do with musculature. My body has boyish thighs, good for jumping. It also has flat feet, horrible for dancing pointe. Silly body! The end result was that I was probably made for boy parts...

Physiological predestination? Does it happen, even with SL avatars?

/artilleri/ skin: Emi skin - Tan - Mia

***Hair: booN KAR07 hair black small
***Skin: /artilleri/ Emi skin - Tan - Mia
***Skirt: Thimbles - Black Eyed Dog Gray Wool Skirt
***Shirt: BLAND - Reckless top
***Necklace and earrings: -EARTHTONES- Feuille Naturelle, Black/Sienna
***Bracelet: *KUROTSUBAKI* rabbit bangle watch
***Tights: Sh*t happens cream fishnets
***Shoes: ::: MOON ::: 1001 Nights Slippers RUSTRED~right

Do or do not

Today's /artilleri/ skin is Emi - Porcelain - Natt.

Wandering Starlust, I found Japancakes (for the headband), *Sisters* (for the jacket) and Schadenfreude (for the free bangles). How is everyone this morning? I'm sitting sleepily at my kitchen table and staring out at the magnolia tree behind my house. We've got a drought in Georgia. Although the leaves of the magnolia are withered, it is yet covered in white flowers. Makes me feel such 物の哀れ!

Last night, my husband and our pal J. played Star Wars Lego-style on the x-box. I kind of love spectating. I sat and fiddled with this outfit while behind me I heard,

"Dude! Use the force!"

"Sheathe that light saber before I come near you, man."

"OMG -- You killed Jar Jar!"

I have a strangely synesthetic memory (I think I've blathered about this in here before), so whenever I look at this outfit, I'm going to think about Star Wars Legos and the cruel, merciless slaughter of Jar Jar.

Edit: Doesn't Dakota look dashing today? :D

***Headband: *Japancakes* +j+ Rosey Headband- Rusted
***Hair: booN hair HNB27 black small
***Necklace: -EARTHTONES boutique- Boho Gypsy Necklace, Mixed Cherry Woods
***Skin: /artilleri/ Emi skin - Porcelain - Natt
***Bangles: Schadenfreude Starlust Opening Bangles
***Jacket: *Sisters* rosewreath jacket
***Pants: Steamstress 0108 Freebie Trousers from the freebie set
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Brocattos in pink
***Socks: ~silentsparrow~ meat lolita in cream socks, Starlust opening freebie
***Glove thingies: *UnTone Quilt*handwarmer hand pink