Saturday, November 8, 2008

More realistic avatar, anyone?

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I'm hopping onto the "make a more realistic avatar" challenge (over here). Fun! Usually I figure I want to spare everyone what I look like, because I'm short, have no boobs, and generally take on the appearance of a frazzled mom/student nerd type. But this looked like fun, so I tried it out.

Shape. I started with Minajunk's Wimpy shape. I made the hips narrower, torso longer, gave it more tummy fat, and shortened the legs. Then I made the nose much, much bigger.

Skin. Minajunk's Wimpy skin is exactly what I look like, more or less, sans wrinkles. Ah well, my SL av doesn't have the child attachment...

Hair. amerie's Naught almost has hair frazzled enough for me.

Outfit. Lucky for me, TheCloset tends to have exactly what I wear IRL, which is a combination of jeans and comfy high-waisted dresses (to emphasize the smallest part of me around my torso, sigh).

Shoes. I don't own clogs in SL! I'd better rectify this situation.

Tote. I usually carry around a tote bag in which I stuff everything that my daughter might need, food to extra clothes to books... I figured I'd put on the ferret tote from a past Albero gift hunt. The ferret about sums it up.

Wrinkles. IRL me has MANY more wrinkles. I'd better go looking for pre-wrinkled clothing...

Thanks for the challenge -- it was fun to play.

Orange you glad I said yellow?

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Dollarbie dress from Elate!

My child has a hugely snotty nose (what else is new) and is currently parked in front of Disney's Imagination Movers. I found myself kind of staring at the show this morning, going, "You know, those guys are kinda cute..." Someone slay me now. At least it's better than the Fred/Shaggy fanfiction that's been in my brain.

I'm still on my butter/sunflower/yellow kick, much to the relief of everyone who is sick of orange, I'm sure. This cute frock, named Kaylee, is from Elate!. It's a store dollarbie that Kellie created in honor of her birthday (her favorite color is yellow). I went to check and it's still there, so if you hustle over you can get it...

I went and raided the G Fields shop of all of it's gorgeous sunflower-colored stuff the other day, and here it is -- these butterlicious shoes, the choker, the hair flower, the earrings. There's a bunch of other stuff that needs to wait until allowance day for me to purchase, but I'm definitely indulging my small fixation. ...Butterlicious is totally a word.

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***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Elsa in Ivory
***Skin: Schadenfreude Elsa in Alabaster Orange Smile Chest Upper Chop Lower (anat)
***Dress: Elate! Kaylee - store dollarbie
***Eyes: Treasured Vision Flecks Large/Golden by Malkavyn
***Shoes and hair flower (in same box): G Field *GF* Lady Rose Shoes in Orange and hair flower
***Earrings: G Field *GF* Leaf Earrings in Gold
***Necklace: G Field *GF* Sunflower Choker

Friday, November 7, 2008

In Georgia, we call it 'pank'

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Last year, hyasynth turned part of ~silentsparrow~ into an ice-skating rink. This year, the day after Halloween, I IM'd her and said, "Is it skating time yet?!!?" It isn't, sadly, but it will be -- and then I saw that Dark Eden had a group subscription gift, this quirky pair of high-heeled ice skates. Thank you, Dark Eden!

Along with these fluffy white skates I put on the fluffiest, pinkest stuff I could find -- undoubtedly influenced by my daughter's clothing taste. "Mommy. I can't wear that. It isn't pink enough." I'm so pink even my eyes are pink -- trying out another of Treasured Vision's eyes, the Flecks: Large/Pink. I quite like the sheen of these, they're pink but in a vaguely dangerous, rabid-bunny kind of way.

The dress is the Cotton Doll dress from ~momo~, and under it, to help keep my avatar warm, I've put a long-sleeved pink shirt from **DP**yumyum. This shirt is a great winter bargain -- it comes on many layers, so that you can put it under or over anything you like. The Chibi Wings are from Pink Fuel. I also have them in the group gift black-and-orange, and they make my avatar look like she's floating away. Other notable outfit bits are the hair -- I'm addicted to Draconic Kiss's SuzyQ, with it's tweakable little pigtails -- and the jewelry, a set I've worn before on these pages, but how could you not use this set again? Bliensen + Maitai's bottletop set.

Anyone know how to totally scare away a cold? This one took a firm hold on my chest and is nomming it. :p

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***Dress: ~momo~ Cotton Doll Dress
***Eyes: Treasured Vision Flecks: Large/Pink by Malkavyn
***Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai Bottletop choker and earrings
***Bracelet: Schadenfreude plastic heart bangles with colorchanging script
***Hair: Draconic Kiss SuzyQ in cotton candy
***Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Audacious 2
***Undershirt: **DP** yumyum Vneck knit in pink
***Skates: Dark Eden Mistweave Metis Skates - group subscription gift
***Wings: Pink Fuel Chibi Wings with colorchanging script

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I stand in the rain, wearing black

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Happy four years of designing, DoC Eldritch! DoC released this dress today, which he says hearkens back to his designs of four years ago. I am barely into my second year in SL, and can't imagine what designers had to work with (and against) in the dark days of yore. This dress is lovely, however. It's got a slight fish-tail prim skirt that descends from below the hips, and you can wear it with system skirt or pants layer. It's definitely got a traditionally gothic feel, so I wore it with my goffiest attachments. Calico's Mary hair -- a high Rennaisanse...Ren. (grr, I freaking hate this word) Renaissance updo with cascading locks down one's back.

I've also been enamored of this awesome necklace from Candy Cerveau's Eye Candy. It was made for Crimson Shadows, and I definitely need to wander by her shop to see what else she's got going.

Photos (and boots) were taken at the beautifully damp Lazy Places. I hope standing in the rain doesn't make my avatar's cold any worse...

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***Earrings: Lassitude and Ennui Medea in black & crystal
***Shoes: Lazy Places Synth boots in black
***Eyes: Treasured Visions Glam: Large/Aqua by Malkavyn
***Tattoo: *Alices Garden* tattoo-Macy
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Mary in halloween LE (gone now, but the original hair has awesome colors)
***Skin: Boneflower Designs Ebon Dusk Stalker
***Necklace: Eye Candy EC Onyx Scorpion Necklace for Crimson Shadows
***Outfit: Doc Eldritch DE 4 Year dress -- 13 pieces, including a system skirt and tan belt option.

Lazing around all day

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"Hey Violet, how're you doing today?"
"I'm sick :(. Whenever I bend over I feel nauseous."
"I am too :p I haz a cold. We should totally lie around in our PJs!"
"Okay! But where?"
"Hethr's house! She's got the biggest bed."

~later~

"Hey Vi, where'd you put the remote?"
"I think it's under the bear."

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On Vi:
***PJs: ~silentsparrow~ Birdies PJs
***Hair: ETD - Taylor - Black
***Skin: Curio - pale - carbon
***Slippers: Bloodlines evil bunny slippers in black
***Hold: katat0nik katty doll, clown

On Ach:
***Glasses: /artilleri/ gladys glasses in black
***Scarf: BettiePage Voyager BP* crochet scarf 1
***Legwarmers: Pink Fuel from the LA street scene gift hunt
***Slippers: The Lonely Artisan lion slippers
***Hair: -Hiccup Dungeons and Dragons in Burgundy
***Skin: minajunk Harajyuku skin red
***Hold: katat0nik katty doll clown
***PJs: ~silentsparrow~ group gift ellies
***Shoulder cling: Pink Fuel bandaged kitty lucky chair gift

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Les yeux

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Whenever Bambi63 has a new release at The Closet, I hop on my transporter beam and head right over. I got there and saw some adorable coat-dresses - ! I've been hankering after a cute coat after seeing Aoharu's offerings on the feed, and this one suited perfectly. Along with the coat were these neat fuzzy-wuzzy ankle things. They cling, they have pompoms. They are in my newest color fascination, which is butternut.

And now, I am going to point you to my eyes. Usually I don't bother writing about my eyes because they are always Miriel's (I'm sorry Miriel -- I love your eyes, they just are so much a part of me that I forget to credit you). Today, I am trying out something new, gifted to me by the magician of Oz himself, Malkavyn. They're from his shop Treasured Visions, the Envy eyes in rose. He's got a number of eye looks at his shop, and I'll sneak one in here and there... I like the depth of them. Hm, I have no idea how to write about eyes yet, but I like these 'uns!

Political moment: Around Athens today, people were practically glowing. Athens, Georgia is a lone blue spot in a sea of red counties, and we had an enormous voter turnout. I was happy too -- the collective, proud shoulder-straightening of the people of color (and other Obama voters) in town was nice to see. ...Yep, I voted for Obama, but I respect that everyone decided their candidate based upon long, hard thought.

And now I'm watching a BBC show about bunny pee. ...Have good evenings, everyone!

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***Outfit: The Closet C.GirlyDress in Orange
***Legwarmer thingies: The Closet BoaLegWarmer in Beige
***Eyes: Treasured Visions Eyes in Envy large/rose by Malkavyn
***Lip ring: *No Mercy* Heartsie
***Earrings, collar: Violet Voltaire Love Like Blood in Underground
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Button Boots in brown
***Stockings: ~silentsparrow~ meatcake dress stockings in buttercream...er, I fail, this was an LE color.
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Sarah II in Dirty Blonde
***Skin: Fleur Allure China Perish 2

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

In Spanish I'm El Gato in a sombrero

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I am staring at my shoes very thoughtfully right now. Siddean named that shoe-color 'butternut,' and I'm kinda drooling. The color looks like faded gold mixed with a bit of shadow and sunset, and I think I need more clothing in this particular shade!

I distracted myself from election results by playing with new clothes from M&R Cupcakes. I've been a fan of Rosemary Galbraith's stuff since her Oh! What a neat....boutique days, and I'm happy to see that the hand-drawn quality of her clothing is only enhanced by her association with Mimi Coral (formerly of ♥ Cupcakes). I'm poured into this ensemble -- a soft-looking corduroy skirt with a nicely wrinkled silk camisole, and over that a knit shrug. These pieces come in a bevy of layers and colors, so you can create your own palate.

The hat is this side-squashed Elegance Hat named Greta, undoubtedly after Garbo. Yep, it's red. Maybe wearing red over my brain helps me think, I dunno. I thought that this red and gold ensemble would look nice with darker skin, so I reached for MiaSnow's Foxy again.

I've really enjoyed writing about hats - ! They've made the outfits stand out, I think, and I should remind myself to don them more often.

Someone stop me from mousing over the cnn.com map. I can't help myself.

Edit: Congratulations to the winners and losers of the presidential race. Well done, and both sides were gentlemen.

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***Hat: Greta Elegance Hat in red silk
***Bracelet: (luc) Heartwood bangle in gold
***Earrings: (luc) Han Hana Leaflet Earrings in orange/yellow
***Shoes: SLink Mary Janes in butternut
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Calico in Midnight
***Skin: MiaSnow Foxy Girl 10
***Jacket: M&R Cupcakes Cropped Cardi in Gold
***Tank: M&R Cupcakes Long Silk Tank in Gold
***Skirt: M&R Cupcakes Corduroy Skirt in Red

Hat white and blue

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*cough* I deny wearing red, white and blue for any particular reason. OKAY FINE, yay voting! I'm quite happy to be a USA-er today.

Today is my fourth post about Elegance Hats, and I'm wearing the saucy Jude. It happens to be red, and I just noticed that so far, all but one of the hats I've worn have been red. Huh. Ever look back at your past few days' wardrobe and realize that you're stuck on a certain color, cut, theme? I wonder what that says about us as players? Is our clothing choice for our avatars like a mood ring for whatever situations we're in IRL?

I want it to be next week, and the results already in the bag. Perhaps that's what my outfit means today.

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***Hat: Jude Elegance Hat in red
***Bracelet: *UnTone Quilt* free bracelet in navy
***Shoes: *katat0nik* Bubbly Mary Janes in teal
***Socks: *katat0nik* striped stockings in cornflower/white
***Undershirt: *katat0nik* Sheer s/s shirt in teal/black
***Shirt: *katat0nik* (teal) Cakery dress top
***Pants: Studio Sidhe rough linen high top pants in wine
***Skin: M&R Cupcakes Plush - Vista Cateyes / Ruby Lips Freckles
***Hair: Philotic Energy Adi Shabang in Ash White Tipped

Monday, November 3, 2008

Viva la chapeau

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With guest-hunk Sanpierre Juran


I enjoyed my time in Caledon. I spent my first year as an avatar haunting this Victorian set of sims, and found the people friendly and intelligent. The best ones were seized of certain ideas about reality, like, "What would Victorian England be like if everything were powered by Tesla coils?" or "Hmmm...what if the fey escaped from their hill and danced at Caledonian balls?"

A fine friend of mine, Sanpierre Juran, danced with me at a Caledonian ball once, and was apparently so struck by the event that he moved there shortly afterwards (just kidding, I'm sure it had little to do with me). I asked him to be my accessory for these photos, because a Victorian lady's second-best accessory (aside from her hat) is the person on her arm... I am hearkening back to my Caledonian days in the Dita hat by Elegance Hats, and the One Boy frock by Ingenue. Sanpierre arrived in exactly the right attire, the tidy Schadenfreude Strigoi suit. He donned Allegory's hat too. His hat reminded me that men wore hats for centuries -- and then, one day, they didn't:

The Death of the Hat
by Billy Collins

Once every man wore a hat.

In the ashen newsreels,
the avenues of cities
are broad rivers flowing with hats.

Hats were the law.
They went without saying.
You noticed a man without a hat in a crowd.
(Read more...)

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***Hat: Dita Elegance Hat in red
***Gloves: Fleur Gloves Medium Black
***Necklace and earrings: Schadenfreude Irmina dark
***Boots: SLink Eva Suede Boots in black
***Skin: SLink Bijou Skin Pale Retro
***Hair: /artilleri/ myst in black
***Dress: Ingenue ~one boy~ Victorian Edition in Ruby and Pink
***Gentleman companion: Dressed in Schadenfreude's Strigoi, with the DA The Seven Top Hat from the same shop.

In French, chat-chapeau

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Post two of Elegance Hats! These hats have been taking me out of myself. Just like yesterday's outfit, I kind of like it when an item of wardrobe makes me try out new ways of looking. Here, I feel like someone poured pastel on my head with a bunch of different items from ~momo~. I've had a small ~momo~ addiction lately. Her clothing reminds me of some of my daughter's dress up clothing, deathly cute, but with a sensuous cut to it meant for a grown-up dress-up dolly like me.

I like hats! I'm not sure why I keep forgetting to wear them -- perhaps I tend to wear hair that isn't conducive to it, like high ponytails... So far, I've found that sleek styles from various designers (like -Hiccup, EDT, Philotic Energy, etc.) are most conducive to hats. The hair has to have a close fit to the head and not so many poky bits.

This hat from Elegance Hats is the Jessica, one of Morrigan's most relaxed hats. I'll be back in couture hats later!

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***Hat: Jessica Elegance Hat
***Necklace, earrings: Studio Sidhe Celtic Knotwork Set in bronze
***Shoes: Tekilah Elytis's Phlat Ballet Flats - color changing script.
***Hair: -Hiccup Nerd Swept in Brown
***Purse: *H+K* Honey Kitty Music cat bag
***Skin: Fleur Allure China Sinuous 1
Stuff from ~momo~ (SLURL)
***Socks: ~momo~ DoveSocksiesBrownie
***Undershirt, underpants: ~momo~ cutie suit in green
***Shirt: ~momo~ YummyTee in Brown
***Jacket: ~momo~ manguitas jacket in dirt
***Pants: ~momo~ cerecita dress pants from the set

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Minette Elegance Hat

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Welcome to five posts about hats, Elegance Hats to be precise. I realized a week ago that I hadn't posted in a good, flirtatious little hat in a while, and it's because I no longer wear much Victorian garb! I should head to Caledon and walk around more often, or at least take the sim-wide railroad in a pretty frock.

I thought I'd start out the five posts about hats by wearing Elegance Hats' Minette in red atop a suit that everyone's got on today, one of Paper Couture's new releases. Do I look like a fashionista yet? :D I added bits from a favorite PixelDolls outfit to make it a bit different. The little heart necklace, it flaaaaames!

If I were a real fashion writer I'd say something like, "spice up a grey suit with a frothy red hat..." Pffft, I fail.

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***Hat: Minette red Elegance Hat
***Skin: Fleur Allure China Mystique 2
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Chloe flats
***Shirt and necklace: (PixelDolls) Mes Regrets
***Hair: Aden Amy (Black)
***Suit jacket and pants: paper couture p.c; Learning Suit