Saturday, October 25, 2008

The horned beast that walked by herself in nice boots

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HEAR and attend and listen; for this befell and behappened and became and was, O my Best Beloved, when the Tame animals were wild. The Dog was wild, and the Horse was wild, and the Cow was wild, and the Sheep was wild, and the Pig was wild--as wild as wild could be--and they walked in the Wet Wild Woods by their wild lones. But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him.

-- Read more of The Cat That Walked By HImself here.

New skin by Trap (I couldn't wear the third eye AND the horns! Sadness), new outfit by Lavish Style, boots by First Flower and hair by Kin. ...And now I have to run and entertain my own wild thing out of the wild wood.

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***Boots: First Flower Hollyhock Subdued Quite White
***Faun bits: Queen Titania's Court female faun in snow
***Hair: Kin-Sera-White
***Skin: [][]Trap[][] The Eye 01 Female Tone1
***Outfit: ::Lavish:: Pure White

Friday, October 24, 2008

Broken photos are broken

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MiaSnow...What are you up to over there on Hwang? You have a number of cute little photo boxes set up, but I'm not sure if they're for sale or for people to play in...be that as it may, I went ahead and played in them today. Yes, I haven't yet figured out how to take photos with the new viewer! All of those splotches of light are because my pictures are broken. Mia suggested that I resize my browser to fit the photo size, and I played with that a bit, but I wasn't able to quite get it right. So far the new viewer's been kind of a disaster for me. When I click things, it crashes. That's rather detrimental to my SLing !

All grumblies aside, this outfit has several lovely parts to it. The first is the adorable Halloween Kitty group gift from Draconic Kiss (activate your group tag at the store to get it). The second, MiaSnow's Wild Woman hair in new colors! It's part of the Ghost Busters grid-wide hunt sponsored by Vain Inc, and packs of these will be in her store hidden in the ghost. The third, Slink's batty bijou Halloween skin -- it gives me a rather egyptian look, and I quite like it. And fourth, the Kurotsubaki feathered boots. I love the softness of these, and my RL self totally wants to snitch 'em.

My cat is sleeping on my foot, and it's a cold day outside. Have a good one!

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***Lip ring: ::FlipSide:: Kitteh bell mouth piercing set F11
***Boots: *KUROTSUBAKI* Feather Boots Orange
***Outfit: Draconic Kiss Halloween Kitty group gift -- with armwarmers, stockings, pretty frock...
***Hair: MIASNOW Wild Woman 2 black/orange from the Ghost Busters hunt.
***Skin: Slink Bijou Skin Pale Batty

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I grow old, I grow old

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~silentsparrow~ and Calico have released the last of their Halloween collaborations. I do love these...I think those two inspire each other. The mermaid hair falls in loose natural curls over the shoulders, meeting the seaweed and seahorse etching of the top. The skirt is finely detailed and floaty, and the ear fin and tail embellishments are perfect for a mermaid princess.

I'm going to stay the hell away from Little Mermaid references (how often has my child seen the Disney version?), and instead head straight to poetry. Why are mermaids so magical? They seem like the embodiment of dangerous beauty, the essence of the feminine set loose in nature, always alluring and always a bit self-interested. Mermaids never seem to care what happens to the men they lure...I can hear the longing in T.S. Eliot's words:

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
-- From T.S.Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


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***Outfit: ~silentsparrow~ Nymphai (mermaid costume) with 12 pieces, including a lovely corset on two layers, tail fins, ear fins, seaweed-embellished gloves, and two kinds of stockings...
***Setting: Balderdash's mermaid cove.
***Skin: MiaSnow *mia* Green Goddess Skin 5
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Nymphai II - Dark Lime

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I see you down on the scene

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Yesterday I hung out for a little while with Siri Woodget. She's such an amazing explorer and one of my first friends in Second Life (do check out her explorer's blog!). After a year of knowing each other in Second Life, we're still very much immersed in what we're doing. Siri's been everywhere and seen everything while I've had my nose in my inventory sorting clothing. I feel a little sheepish whenever I speak to her, because there's so much that I simply haven't done. I've made a vow to poke her more often and ask her what she's up to so that I can leave my pose stand!

We danced for a while, and then we got to talking. Siri talked about her love of the work of AM Radio, and sent me a few landmarks. The photos in this location are due to Siri's landmarks -- they're taken at The Refuge. The sim reminded me of stepping into someone's painting of an isolated farm. Here I am standing at a window all bathed in the golden sunlight of a late Winter's afternoon, watching the snow.

I'm in my dancing clothes, and a new skin from MiaSnow Myriam. Sakuradawn Lei and I both put them on together, and the first thing Sakuradawn said to me was: "OMG -- I feel so pretty!" I hope she'll be posting her own review of the skin soon. I was struck by a few things. First, how gorgeous my avatar looks with a naturally short-cropped hairdo (and so great for a low-arc look), and second, how ethnic she looks. The skin isn't simply a dusky white person, the skin looks the way a black person ought to look, with soft full lips and high cheekbones...

And she looks lovely in that golden light.

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***Skin: *miasnow* skin foxy girl 2
***Shirt: MichaMi Asymmetrical Dress in Yellow, shirt layer
***Skirt: (creamshop) Gold Dot Skirt
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) party pumps in gold
***Necklace: LUC Ambrosia disc earrings and necklace in goldbrown

Nocturnal bird of ill-omen

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Today's look is almost entirely Schadenfreude-centric. I'm wearing Allegory's hat, dress, skin and glasses, and the look is seedy, decadent elegance, as thought I'm some sort of debauched Edwardian. The outfit comes with all manner of bits and pieces to play with, from hotpants to ballgown. It debuted at the Crimson Shadows show this past Saturday, and I've already had people humping my leg when I'm wearing it! (Literally, *cough*Lalita*cough*.)

...Leg humping aside, it would be a perfect ensemble for a steampunk batgirl, with the little bat details.

The shoes are free and adorable from the Albero hunt (url to more information about this is below in the outfit credits). And now I must run and shower for a busy day of trundling my child to gymnastics and daycare, and then working on my prospectus revisions. Cheers!

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Note: I had to borrow Sakuradawn's panties -- the dress comes with hotpants but not a thong.

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***Outfit: Schadenfreude Strix with...waaay too many parts to enumerate.
***Skins: Schadenfreude Alabaster Elsa Orange Smile Chest Upper chop
***Hat: Schadenfreude DA The Seven Top Hat with colorchanging hud
***Earrings, necklace: SPICA Wood cross accessories set
***Shorter necklace: Schadenfreude Irmina
***Bracelet: Schadenfreude Plastic heart bangles
***Shoes: [ Love Soul ] Halloween pumps from the Albero hunt

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

You can get anything you want

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The other day, my child and I went outside to play. She looked up, blinking at the bright sun, and started to sing: "Sun, sun, go away, come again another day, little Alba wants to play." It was then I realized I had a budding goth on my hands...

I thought of that story today when I donned this deathly cute umbrella from Stitch by Stitch and went to find a nice rainstorm. I found the rainstorm at Alices Garden, which is swiftly becoming my favorite sim for dark cuteness, much closer to Svankmajer than to Disney. Thank you for introducing me to the sim, Whimsy!

Someone posted about this umbrella previously on the fashion planet feed, and for the life of me I can't find the post to credit them (sually I try to credit other people with neat finds, and I apologize). Anyway. *cough* Cute umbrella, and it really suits the frilly splendor of Honey Kitty's new Music Girl frock. Perhaps the notes along the hem are to "Singin' in the Rain"?

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***Brolly: STITCH BY STITCH UMBRELLA with texture change
***Socks: Honey Kitty H+K rose dot overknee sock
***Frock: Honey Kitty *H+K* music note girl (pink) -- comes with hat and several options of skirt and shirt.
***Armwarmers: ~silentsparrow~ from the eventide set
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Sarah II - Midnight
***Tattoo: *EtchD* Blossoms (chest) Alices Garden Macy tattoo (leg)
***Boots: Crimson Shadows High Heeled Boots with skull design
***Earrings: DECO Anthracite Skull earrings
***Skin: Slink Bijou Skin Pale Pink

Monday, October 20, 2008

We will we will PASS YOU

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"Hey Achariya, why are you holding up a peace sign in all of your poses today?"

"That ain't peace, honey. That's V for VICTORY."

Yeah, I successfully defended the proposal for my dissertation project -- that means I can get a move on and actually do the research for this and write it. There are a number of hurdles to cross, like "will the human subjects board pass my proposal for studying people in an entirely online setting" and "will I have the focus to write a dissertation," but...ya know, the proposal step was so tough for me that I'm simply happy to be done with THIS.

What better way to celebrate than in a brand new ~silentsparrow~ suit, and the Halloween edition of the Witch-hazel II boots (I swear I will stop wearing these eventually)! I love the asymmetrical top, the crisp tails, and the depth of fabric. I also love the prim construction and the cut -- amazingly enough, the tails fit neatly over system skirts, which makes for an awesome mix with Seelie (see bottom photo).

Also note the neat scorpion jewelry from the Crimson Shadows event. I love it, and kind of want an entire scorpion body-suit now, for that "fresh out of 'The Mummy' look." Is my brain shot? YES IT IS! But anyway. Raise a beer for ABD (all but dissertation) girl - ! BANZAI!

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Here's Entropy mixed with the skirt from Seelie, both by ~silentsparrow~

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Here's Entropy mixed with the shirt and stockings from Seelie, both by ~silentsparrow~

***Outfit: ~silentsparrow~ entropy in amber -- comes with 11 pieces, including jacket, shirt on many layers, pants, prim cuff and tail...
***(Mixed with ~silentsparrow's~ seelie outfit skirt and shirt and stockings)
***Necklace: Eye Candy ~EC~ Onyx Scorpion Necklace -- on sale for a while at Crimson Shadows
***Nails: Shop Seu Black Nails
***Glasses: Schadenfreude Hardwired Specs with color changing hud
***Shoes: First Flower Witch-hazel II ~ Halloween Edition
***Faun parts: Queen Titania's Court female faun in fire
***Skin: Curio Pearl-Monarch
***Hair: Kin-Candi-Orange
***Tattoo: Alices Garden tattoo - macy
***Lip ring: from Ellantha Larsson

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Albero treasure hunt

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Some of the many furniture-type items you can also get from the Albero hunt*.

Tabris Pau of Japancakes (she's the cute wee bunneh) and I are showing off our loot from the Albero treasure hunt. I didn't have enough neat stuff in my inventory, obviously, so I had to get 38 more adorable little presents. WHY must Japanese designers make such deathly cute stuff? It sneaks into my inventory and breeds and I can't bring myself to get rid of any of it. Be very careful on this hunt and make sure you have a budget - ! You'll end up spending money in each of these locations; I did. We're showing off just a few of the 38 presents that include jewelry, plushies, furniture, trees, outfits, hair, shoes... With thanks to Ellantha Larsson, as always, for the hunt help. ♥

How to play. Go to the sim and click one of the hunt signs. (SLURL to Albero Mall). It will give you the following note:

Pumpkin Festival Treasure Hunt will be held in ALBERO and Cioccolata Shopping mall from 14:00SLT Oct. 17 - 8:00 SLT Oct.26
1. The presents are hidden in the main stores inside key-word protected boxes.
2. Start by searching in Cioccolata & ALBERO for boxes with numbers on them. The boxes hold the key-words. There are 37 boxes in total.
3. You will see a TP bar in front of each shop which will take you to the main stores.
4. When you reach the main stores, please search for boxes with the same number as you have. Stand in front of the box you have found and type the key-word into the chat window to get your present.
ex: /01 ciocco (01 is a number on the box)


*Note on that top photo: the pictures, photoglobe and bunneh are not from the Albero hunt :D.

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The adorable Tabris Pau joins me today.

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Tabris:
(From the hunt)
***Head bunny: Kushu*Kushu Happy Halloween Rabbit
***Watch: Cherry Branch Watch
***Scarf: TOSL Autumn Blossoms Scarf
***Outfit: anuenue ALBEROone Dress
(Not from the hunt)
***Boots: Kurotsubaki feather boots in brown
***Glasses: PrimOptic Celeste Glasses
***Hair: Hiccup Slow Jams in Black
***Kani parts: Lost Furrest Kani White

Ach:
(From the hunt)
***Shoulder thingie: Sway's Cookie bear girl - shoulder attachment
***Undershirt: *Fishy Strawberry* bon bon top - Pumpkin
***Outfit: Hal*Hina Pumpkin Festival Dress (it has a skirt I'm not wearing)
(Not from the hunt)
***Headband: Japancakes Pearl Heart Headband
***Boots: Lazy Places [LP] Synth Halloween
***Hair: kin-momo-red
***Kani parts: Lost Furrest Kani Splotchy
***Plushie: (CSR) ittybunny from DP**yumyum -- just to get us ready for the winter one!

And then I was in her studio

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Ah, the last of my "Witch-hazel II in pastel" posts! The boots went so well with this skin from [][]Trap[][] that I had to wear them together, and then I was stumped. What outfit might hold its own against such a vivid skin? Schadenfreude's Tease in copper, most definitely. I look ready for a diabolical tango! Which reminds me, why is it always the devil who is depicted dancing the tango? Is it a particularly devilish dance?

Speaking of Schadenfreude and Trap, they're both going to be in the Crimson Shadows fashion show, starting today at 2 PM SLT. Also present will be a number of fine designers -- the vendors for the outfits are already up on the dance floor at Crimson Shadows.

I am eating ramen for breakfast thinking about food and children and how weird it all is. My daughter is eating cheerios with honey. Basically, I can get her to eat just about anything as long as it has syrup, honey or ketchup on it, and this includes broccoli. *sigh* At least one of our presidents declared ketchup a vegetable -!

"Can I have dessert now?" she just asked, looking up from her cereal.

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***Boots: ~ First Flower ~ Witch-hazel II ~ Lilac
***Outfit: Schadenfreude Copper Tease
***Hair: Kin-Momo in red
***Skin [][]Trap[][] haunted Violet F Lips Limited
***Jewelry: Violet Voltaire Lollipop Guild earrings and necklace Halloween lucky chair set