The N’dali

The N'Dali

“The N’dali of the temperate forests and hills of Southern Peninsula of Melanasia are an independent tribe of traders and craftspeople. They are most noted for their fine metalwork and technology in working with exotic creature skins and feathers such as those of the phoenix and dragon. Their people are homogenous with genetic markers such as pale fine caucasian skin, thick dark black hair and most amazingly, golden eyes, which appear ubiquitously through the N’dali people but are known as a rare recessive gene across other populations.

The N'Dali

“As the culture is matrifocal, women enjoy a great degree of independence and power. Free of the pressures of typical patriarchal societies, both women and men flourish as leaders, artisans, nurturers and tradespeople. Some occupations weigh heavier towards one sex or the other but both sexes enjoy the opportunity to choose their vocation. Parenthood is shared, with all children taught the concept of n’dalia, or fidelity to social oneness and community. The people are, overall, very insular and communicate very reluctantly with others except in trade. It could be said that their cultural ethos is ‘G’sip a g’ringen’ or ‘Words are power.’

“As seen in Figures 1 and 2, the N’dali women’s garb is made entirely by local artisans. First, the top and skirt are sewn from treated dragonskin, which is created from a process of steps that range from the original hunt of dragons by specialized warriors to the butchering of dragons and curing of dragonskin by skilled craftspeople. The dragonskin is surprisingly light but flexible and protective—it can withstand high temperatures and resists puncturing. The collars and belt of their garments are fashioned by artisans trained via apprenticeship and are created by commission, showing the marks of their owners’ family seals-—in this case, the image of a goddess akin to Callisto on the belt.

The N'Dali

“Figure 3 shows us the face of a N’gali woman. With fine beautiful features, the N’dali’s caucasian skin is surprisingly resistant to the elements and heat. The skin provides for N’dali women a convenient canvas for personal expression. While the facial tattoos of many women accentuate their golden eyes and provide pure decoration, the tattoos on their arms tell metaphorical tales of very personal narratives and relationships (in the case of this woman, an homage to the master craftswoman who taught her dragonskin hunting and curing). The hair is arranged in a complex construction of loops and curls, reaching ever higher heights as wearers try to outdo each other to the astonishment and subsequent duplication of their peers. It could never be said a N’dali woman is not vain.”

The N'Dali

Excerpted from “Between the Dragon and Phoenix: the N’dali of Melanasia” by anthropologist Birgit Fredriksson-Denison.

Cultural artifacts provided by:

Hair: MrS – Hazardous -  Medium by MrSigmund Fride for MrS

Skin: :GP: Petal [Dark] Summer-Pebble 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Makeup: Adam n Eve Eye Tattoo Dragon Queen Gold by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Gold (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: Adam n Eve Clothes – Dragonskin – Purple by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Earrings: p.c; Oxidized Silver Hoop by Cora Lu for Paper Couture (modified)

Tattoos: AITUI TATTOO – Fire Fish Sleeves ::airbrushed:: by Jesseaitui Petion for AITUI

Shoes: ::: MOON ::: 1001 Nights Slippers COCOA by Moon Ling for ::: MOON :::

Sugar Buzz

Sugar Buzz

Oh, sweet thing,
You’re just like a Sugar Buzz
Doing to me just what sugar does.
The heart is full as it ever was,
I so high like I was on some devil’s drug
You lift me up straight to the top
Suspended bliss until I drop.

~ “Sugar Buzz” by K.D.Lang and the Siss Boom Bang

Sugar Buzz

Taking a break from story-telling to share a song I have been listening to over and over and a look, something so sweet it gives ME a sugar buzz. I start with a new vintage dress from Neferia Abel, the queen of fashion history in SL (well at least for the 20th century). This simple little pink frock is the basis of my sweet look, accompanied by platform shoes from Cerberus Noel (with a color change rose!) and pink gloves from Jill Lemon (who has, indeed, reopened though you won’t find these gloves at her new store).

Sugar Buzz

Ponytails from Truth Hawks give me a girl-like attitude and one of Gala Phoenix’s new lustrous summer skins provides a sweet and pretty complexion. Sachi Vixen has come out with a set of glittery, glitzy eyeshadows and I wear one here, which is the sugar on top of an already pretty sweet look.

Sugar Buzz

Can’t get enough,
Can’t get enough!
I can’t live without it.
Can’t get enough!
What this love does to me, sugar buzz?

Hair: >TRUTH< Cleo – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: :GP: Petal [Light] Summer-Pebble 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Makeup: Adam n Eve Eye Tattoo Glitz d by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: ~Ivalde~Laiqa hotpink by Neferia Abel for Ivalde *

Earrings: *UnTone Quilt*Free gift drop Earring by Cocomitsu Mayo  for *UnTone Quilt* (no longer available)

Gloves: *+*JILL*+*ribbon gloves-Pink by Jill Lemon for *+*JILL*+*

Shoes: *GF* Platform Shoes “Rosette” -black- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

“… And I can tell any man to go to Hell if that man don’t know how to act right
Wild women, we don’t never worry, wild women never, never get the blues.”
~ Francine Reed with Lyle Lovett’s Large Band

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Sachi Vixen has just come out with a set of dresses with a certain wild side to them. With this shiny snakeskin texture, eensy mini and well done shading and shadows, this sexy slinky dress is best for a wild woman out on the town. I decided to go all the way with snakeskin and accessoried with sexy python shoes from Monyka Benelli and a great serpentine necklace and earrings from AvaGardner Kungler.

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

My skin is a glowing beauty from Diarmiud Miklos. I have shown it before but need to again because of its sexy sophisticated style. This is not a little girl’s skin with the well-shaped eyebrows, smoky eye make-up and sensuous lips. Languid gold eyes from Ikon Innovia complete my look. Just remember: the viper will always bite back.

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Wild women will be the first ones, Lord, to learn how to fly
Wild women never worry, wild women don’t get the blues….

Hair: **Dura-Boys&Girls**16(Dark Brown)resize by chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: ISPACHI Skin [ PORTIA ] Tanned ~ Hair/Bluebells by Diarmuid Miklos for ISPACHI *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Gold (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: Adam n Eve Clothes – Snakeskin – Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Necklace and Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Serpente -old gold by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Shoes: *YS&YS* Cala Saona 2 SandPyton by Monyka Benellil for *YS&YS* *

Edie

What I am is what I am
Are you what you are or what?

~ “What I Am” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Edie

A casual look is what is needed this spring—something good for the change in seasons. I always loved girls who could wear their hair down and casually pull on a pair of jeans and look all put together. This wrap top from Lalu Bonetto is ideal for a casual look like this with its pretty retro floral print. Skinny jeans from Onyx LeShelle also make this look—chic and casual with a snug sexy fit. Nardya Rousselot’s sandals with their cute little toes makes this look complete.

Edie

Sachi Vixen has been making more new skins. This fresh lovely look is a new one from her with eyeshadows and lipsticks as she always provides. I opted for a fresh springy eyeshadow. My hair is from Helyanwe Vindaloo, who gives tossed locks a fresh update with this full style and bobby pins.

Edie

Don’t let me get too deep
Don’t let me get too deep

Hair: [ploom] Christy – Sienna by Helyanwe Vindaloo for [ploom]

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Paige Natural – Bare with Adam n Eve Tattoo Paige Eyeshadow Apple Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: Puffed-Eye Shirt #2 by Lalu Bonetto for GATO

Pants: Maitreya Skinny Jeans (no prims version)  – #06 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Bracelet: *JDD* Turquoise Moon Bracelet (Rt) by Dana Kingsford (no longer available)

Belt: MTP Ladies Los Ojos Concho belt by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Vixie Nutmeg by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

Summer Breeze

See the curtains hangin’ in the window
in the evenin’ on a Friday night
A little light a-shinin’ through the window
lets me know everything is alright

Summer Breeze

Anyusha Lilienthal recently released her Summer Jam line which made me think of the song “Summer Breeze.” God knows we need some summer breeze as another snowstorm is predicted in my area. I am glad Anyusha is coming out with this—from the mojito-flavored top to the funky Miami beat skirt, it makes me feel warm and sunshiney to wear this. Anyusha even includes a matching necklace!

Summer Breeze

My skin is a beauty just released by sachi Vixen in four darker skin tones—this being one of the lighter ones. Sachi includes a set of lipsticks and eye shadows as well as cleavage and nail polishes. I chose to wear this muted lipstick and piercing green eyes from Ikon Innovia. My cute little espadilles are from Gospel Voom, with color change options for parts of the shoe.

Finally, my hair with hat is from Nishant Zobovic. Blessedly the hat is tintable and the ribbon can be as well if you choose. I like this option. The hair itself, and all the demos I tried on were static—no flexi. Kind of a bummer.

Summer Breeze

Summer breeze
makes me feel fine
blowing through the jasmine in my mind
~
“Summer Breeze” by Seals & Croft

Hair: [Anaphora]_Sofeea_Mocha by Nishant Zobovic for Anaphora

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Tanisha Latte – Fresh with Adam n Eve Lipstick Tattoo – Tanisha Pink Latte by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Absinthe (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top (with necklace): Ibizarre Summer Neckholder – Apple by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre *

Skirt: Ibizarre Summer  Print Skirt (dots) by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre *

Shoes: [Gos] Espadrilles Model by Gospel Voom for Gos

Faith, Hope and Charity

In today’s blog, I am showing a dress that benefits relief efforts in Japan. This particular effort is something I can really get behind for several reasons. Mami Jewell has donated all the income from two beautiful dresses, this being one of them, to relief efforts in Japan via the Japanese Red Cross. Because it’s from Mami Jewell, it has all the marks of integrity and open-hearted giving.

Love, Hope and Charity

Let’s set aside for the moment the pure beauty of this dress, the artistry needed to create it, the incredible use of alpha textures without clash, the beautiful sculpted roses. Let’s forget it has been made by one of the best eveningwear creators in SL as well. Why do I encourage my readers to purchase this particular gown on behalf of the Japanese Red Cross? Several reasons:

1. Mami Jewell has employed painstakingly transparent methods for documenting the transfer of funds from the sale of this gown and another at her store via her website including the costs associated with it. With each transfer, she documents the funds going through a separate avatar, shows the cost of converting Lindens to Japanese yen via Linden Lab, and shows each transaction as it’s sent to the Japanese Red cross.

2. Mami Jewell is helping people in her own country, Japan. The business of doing something to help her fellow countrymen through her own work is something that makes sense. It’s not an attempt to help people “over there,” with an unwitting misunderstanding of who “those people” are. (In other words, it’s not a panda bear being sold on behalf of people whose connection to panda bears is as tenuous as say, Haitians’ association with them.) This is her attempt, as a Japanese citizen, to use her skills and talents to solicit money to help her fellow citizens, not to do something “cool” to show she “cares.”

3. Of any relief organization in the world, the Japanese Red Cross is probably the most prepared to utilize the funds in a manner that is appropriate because they have infrastructure for its use in the nation (which few other relief organizations would have in a country that has the third largest economy in the world).

4. While I can not read Japanese, I do not believe that Mami is earmarking these funds either, so they will not be forced into being used for recovery efforts for this specific event. Earmarking funds can be a huge problem because the funds are then designated for a specific purpose and a specific event in a specific place. That money may end up being wasted on useless things just to use it up. If the money is not earmarked, the Japanese Red Cross can use the money in Japan for this event OR they can use it other places where it’s needed. Additionally, they can bank it for future disasters, which Japan may well have as attested by the recent aftershocks off the coast.

5. Mami has proved in the past she is incredibly generous for many charities in SL–for other disaster relief efforts and for the RFL. She has proven her sincere desire to offer her skills and marketing to assist good works of charity, even if it means managing it herself, so this is quite in line with her past generosity. Additionally, her business has a high profile and is successful enough that she can support this enterprise.

Love, Hope and Charity

I should not diminish the other beautiful elements of this look. First this exquisite new skin from sachi Vixen has just been released and really needs to be worn. Sachi has revamped parts of the body and added an otherworldly makeup to the face. Then we have this newer hair from Truth Hawks that gives “wind blown” new meaning. Finally, Ikon Innovia’s dreamy mint eyes, a new offering from him.

Love, Hope and Charity

And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13, American King James Bible

Hair: >TRUTH< Kaelyn – pearl by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Astrelle Natural – Peacock by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Mint (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM*

Dress: -AZUL- Esperanca/Egretta (Help Japan Item) by Mami Jewell for Azul *

Dark Sister

I don’t have a blood sister but I have several soul sisters—Eshi, Raven, and now Syngen. And deep in my heart I have a dark sister.

Dark Sister

Her ways are quiet but strong. This dress from Vixn Dagger is a perfect choice for her. With its rich brocade and laced decolletage, my dark sister is both contained and sexy. With its romantic and slightly Victorian air, this dress is ideal for a gothic look or a vampire. Vixn has really improved her work as her business has grown—she once just did eyes, which I find hard to imagine anymore because she has such a wide variety of darker and sexy looks for men and women both. (She’s also a mensch, but that is beside the point.)

Dark Sister

My skin is from Sachi Vixen, who generously made this set exclusively for the Fantasy Faire, which benefits the American Cancer Society 100%. I layered on the Dark Fae makeup to make our dark sister even darker. I love the blue eyeshadow and made it pop with Ikon Innovia’s blue eyes. (If you go to Fantasy Faire, remember all the good stuff about keeping lag down—draw distance down, etc. They have a lot going on there.)

I show with a shape from Sophia Rossen, who has been fashioning great shapes for avatars around the grid. This shape was not meant to be worn with this skin but it fills it out perfectly (which is what makes a good shape). She is not too frowny nor too thin and not too squinty or alien shaped. In fact, I think she has a rather fine buxom figure.

Dark Sister

A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite. ~ Elizabeth Fishel

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * BREATH 2 * /black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:.*

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Astrelle Fae Special with Adam n Eve Skins – Astrelle Full Face Tattoo – Dark Fae by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve, sold at the Fantasy Faire, benefiting Relay for Life *

Shape: Sophistishapes – ANNABEL bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: Vengeful Threads  – Gothic Romance Dress by Vixn Dagger for Vengeful Threads