Saturday, May 16, 2009

Stuffed

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Erm. For some reason, all my words fell out of my head tonight because my Thai mama stuffed me with food (do other cultures cook as much?). Tonight's dinner ended with my all-time favorite dessert, kow niew ma muang, which means "sticky rice with mango" -- the sticky rice is laden with sweet, warm coconut milk, and the mango is the perfect tangy topping. Now I'm going to sit around in a torpor while my SL character puts on skimpy clothing...

Today's hair is from Gauze. I went and poked about after seeing this lovely post at Purely-visual (I hope you follow this blog too, it's awesome), and the hair is indeed keen. Half of the dreads change color!

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***Poses: Long Awkward Pose Shy Guy set (see pose sidebar)
***Piercings: FlipSide Piercings Mouth attach 7, nose attach 10
***Earrings: Violet Voltaire My Violent Heart in rusted
***Boots: SiniStyle Stealth Boots
***Gloves: SiniStyle Lilith Sleeves
***Collar: SiniStyle Posture Collar
***Fishnets: Crimson Shadow Devious set
***Shirt: Gauze Amaya Kimono shirt
***Hair: Gauze Relia - White
***Tattoo: dEVOL FujinRaijin - karajishi
***Skin: Cyber Rapunzel -CR- Neo Japanese Skin
***Skirt: Nomine Dogwitch - tattered black skirt

Friday, May 15, 2009

Her name was Baitlyn, she was a cupcake...

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Congratulations on the new sim, Katat0nik! Congrats to everyone who has a shop in this dream-laden place, and many thanks for the flotsam and jetsam...

Birds appearing in a dream

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One had feathers like a blood-streaked koi,
another a tail of color-coded wires.

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One was a blackbird stretching orchid wings,
another a flicker with a wounded head.

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deep in the ground, miles from water.
Everything is real and everything isn’t.
Some had names and some didn’t.
Named and nameless shapes of birds.

-- From Birds Appearing in a Dream by Michael Collier


***Boots: SiniStyle Animosity Boots
***Horns: Queen Titania's Court Female Faun horns
***Hair: House of Munster Wicked 1 in black and white
***Skin: MiaSnow Dahlia - the legend
***Skirt: ~silentsparrow~ gutter glitter skirt (lolita) in lust color
***Wings: Material Squirrel Inspired Sparrow Wings black
***Shirt: [Plastik] Monarchie fireflower shirt with gloves

Grumpy in orange

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Well, we've found a place to live! Now to find work.

The Orlando Sentinel (our new local paper) makes me laugh. Front page news is all about Magic Johnson, bumping Obama to page three. I guess the town knows its priorities. I'm shocked that the A1 photo isn't of Mickey Mouse. ...Okay, forgive me... I got little sleep last night due to a child with a cold, so I'm grumpy as hell.

This lovely summer outfit is completely created by Bliensen + MaiTai -- hat with hair to dress to jewelry. It's nice to wake up in the morning and not have to think about what to put on, just drop the whole darned folder!

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***Sandals: Swallowtail Coral flat sandals
***Skin: Den-dou OD4 Oiran skin / Heidi
***Outfit: including hat and bangles and earrings and dress! Bliensen + MaiTai Polka Dots in Amber
***Tattoo: dEVOL Hibiscus Tattoo
***Glasses: W&Y Spectacles "4" in Hair 15 Pack A

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ode to Stone Road

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***Photos taken at AM Radio's The Refuge & Expansion
***Poses: Long Awkward Pose (see pose sidebar)
***Bangle: (luc) Heartwood bangle set gold
***Necklace: (luc) Boho Gypsy Necklace, mixed cherry woods
***Bag: *rapis* neneko basket
***Shoes: SLink eve summer sandals coal
***Skin: Den-dou OD4 Oiran skin /Heidi
***Dress: DP**Serenity Aby ; brown
***Hair: DP**yumyum 15/brown

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

He was withered, wrinkled, and loathsome

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So...I'm moving down to Orlando this summer, and dragging my family with me. We're here for a week trying to get ourselves situated, looking for an apartment and such. This is the first time I've had to be concerned about school districts when moving, and imagine my mortification when I realized that the best school district was, of course, in the bourgeoisie part of town. Hello, Winter Park... It's such a strange change, for me. Previously I'd been drawn to funky parts of town, like lofts on streets packed with bustle and bars and bookstores... Now, I'm stepping into the urbs. (Luckily not the burbs. I draw my line at living in a house that looks exactly like my neighbor's.) The trick now is to find a job...

Outfit. The top is the result of hyasynth playing with Ken doll Acha, turning me into a fine rendition of Oscar Wilde. She even made me a book! The hair is Damien by Truth, the skin is one of the new Nomine boy skins (with sideburns), and the outfit is mostly from Schadenfreude (see that new tie? It's awesome). The pants are the striped ones from the ~silent sparrow~ Voltaire suit in black. Below, my girl avatar is pondering that it's 100% easier to find real estate and houses in SL.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ars Bracae

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(All that is to say that I like my new pants and skin. Also, I spent all day in the car, so thank you to Archibald MacLeish for the words.)

***Hat: Carnival of Doom Tophat White and Black V Striped - tinted
***Shirt and poofy sleeves: from the ~silentsparrow~ (blood) beloved lolita set
***Shoes: SLink Cleo Pumps
***Hair: Nylon Outfitters Screwball Hair + Flippy Hair
***Pants: SLink highwaisted Pants Red
***Skin: Tacky Star Translucent Angel skin
***Poses: Lotta (see my pose sidebar)

Monday, May 11, 2009

A floating cupcake

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Purple cliffs and a sea of star-studded grass. Teal castles. Pink puffed-candy trees. Figurines out of a children's book or a dream, tiptoeing out of the sea. Her face is an upper storey, her hands end in puppets. They look down over the dream-realm -- an empty shop, the promise of more -- with an innocent glee. This is a land meant for play...

I apologize: I'm totally teasing you. I'm hovering above a new sim, one that will open in several days with great fanfare, full of the shops of people I really like. I'm wearing the new coloring of the Le Cupcake dress that katat0nik made for Relay for Life (available at her shop for a donation of 500L), and with it, jewelry that suits it perfectly from Paisley Mizin's tiny new shop, Doodads.

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***Dress: *katat0nik* (RFL) Le Cupcake Dress
***Shoes: *katat0nik* bubbly mary janes in purple
***Jewelry: DooDads - Psycho Butterfly, Ice Cream Sundae and Tomatonose sets
***Hair: *W&Y HAIR 21 *TYPE*A
***Skin: Fleur Boutique Lotus Shoujo 6

A sparrow's song

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Let your love cover me
Like a pair of angel wings.
You are my family,
You are my family.

-- Dar Williams

Whenever I walk through the sim of Silent Sparrow and feel the pure coolness of the virtual air, I think about the warmth of the people who created it (Jessica Ornitz, hyasynth), and feel as though I'm home. If I have any home in Second Life, it's here in these snow-covered hills.

This is the third build that I've seen on Sparrow. The first was the dark Victorian mansion in the swamp. The second, the stark American Gothic farmhouse. This third might be my favorite so far, a frontier town in a snowy place, an abandoned outpost outmoded by time and blessed by a fall of snow. The store itself has completely lost the roof, and in the middle of it is an icy pond... My virtual feet always feel wet amid the drifts. The sim suits the clothing, snow to justify the rich, warm brocade coats and high-buttoned frocks, layers to protect from the blast of cold air.

Ah, I'm wearing a dress that makes my avatar goosepimple today -- it's to show off my new tattoo, a tree with long roots from Schadenfreude. I'm wearing it with these Material Squirrel wings, graceful Sparrow wings in black to hover me over the drifts of snow.

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***Outfit: Nomine Some Velvet Morning dress
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Calico - Midnight
***Skin: Redgrave Lyla pale Skin / goldbrown
***Wings: Material Squirrel Inspired Sparrow Wings - Black
***Tattoo: Schadenfreude Fluorite Treeparty tattoo (in box with corset)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

It was a child-rearin' kind of day

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Happy Mum's Day to all the people who parent.

Things that I love today include: the new ~silentsparrow~ Gutter Glitter jeans and corset (I'm wearing the jeans from the set, they have super cute sculpted baggy cuffs), Calico Ingmann Creation's adorable Alanna hair, this tree-themed green and purple Fluorite Tree corset of awesomeness from Schadenfreude, and a new Schadenfreude tie, too. I have a thing for trees -- this love stems from my deep absorption in Lord of the Rings (and all the amazing tree symbolism therein), and the Fluorite Tree corset comes with a tree tattoo that I'll wear all by itself eventually.

This post is actually a cleverly disguised pose review. I got a packet of poses from Pretzel*Poses today, and quite liked the whimsical nature of the poses (look, ma! upside-down!). It shall live on my pose sidebar.

I should also mention that I've annexed Terry Toland and Winter Jefferson in the name of giving these worthy blogs some presence on the Fashion Planet of SL feed. Do click their links and shoot over to their sites -- they're well worth stalking.

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***Poses: from Pretzel*Poses
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) hyasynths in black
***Skin: Curio Moonbeam [Dark] April-Pure 2
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Alanna - Dark Chocolate
***Pants: from the ~silentsparrow~ (lust) gutter glitter set, jeans with a stripe
***Shirt: Schadenfreude Oxford Shirt in Bordeaux
***Tie: Schadenfreude Erzulie-Freda Tie
***Corset: Schadenfreude Fluorite Tree Corset

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