Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum.

Stepping Out

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Stepping Out

Today is Margaret Atwood’s birthday—she is 74. She is one of my favorite authors and has shown that one’s light doesn’t necessarily burn out as she becomes older and more successful—it can burn brightly, provocatively and thoughtfully. She writes literary fiction, critical thinking, and science fiction. I am particularly fond of her science fiction work, which seems to have become her genre in the past few years. I recently just read her two latest offerings, which are shorts offered via amazon.com for the Kindle–I’m Starved for You and Choke Collar—and they are witty and edgy dystopian chapters in a serial novel—a bit kinky, a bit surprising and a bit funny in a sort of dark way. I would want to be Margaret Atwood when I grow up if I had the least bit of chance.

Stepping Out

But no, I am simply a fashion blogger and what you see here is the combination of a few elements from great SL designers, including a mesh dress from AvaGardner Kungler, showcasing her ease with elegance and color mixing. The assymmetrical silhouette of this short skirt lends it an air of insouciance. I accessorized with a darling clutch from Renee Harvy and these charming pumps from Betty Doyle, featured at the Zodiac, with a curling tongue on the vamp.

My hair is one of Queue Marlowe’s newest, an update on the Harper model, now including sculpties and a slightly different shape. I am hoping to see this around the grid more—it’s darling. My skin is one of Aida Ewing’s beautiful glowing skins.

The title of this post, incidentally, is from the book, The Handmaid’s Tale. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” It’s a phrase I have internalized.

Stepping Out

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Hair: cray sandy by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Glam Affair – Roza Basic – Jamaica01 D by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: (Kunglers) Veronica dress – S – Lavender by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Clutch: ::Duh!:: Little Clutch  – Color Change by Renee Harvy for Duh!

Shoes: Ingenue :: Scorpius :: Water by Betty Doyle for Ingenue, featured at The Zodiac

For the Weekend

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.  ~ Bill Watterson

For the Weekend

I feel incredibly lazy this weekend though I ended up doing tons of stuff. This cute little outfit is perfect for a chic weekend. With a new top and shorts from AvaGardner Kungler, I am cool and sexy. I love Ava’s textures on this wrap top—she has such a great eye for color and color combos. Her little shorts are versatile and have a great prim waistband. I added this little scarf from Mika Nieuport to dress it up a little.

For the Weekend

My skin is a preview from Launa Fauna from 50L Friday. I have to say that I like this one quite a bit—she has smoothed out her over-pouty lips and round eyes a bit to fit a standard shape very nicely. The makeup is gorgeous.

For the Weekend

Finally, my boots are the newest from Bax Coen, and I have to repeat myself—the best fitting on the grid, bar none. This is because of Bax’s ingenious fitting system, which fits lengthwise and circumference—you can actually change the proportions of the boots with her system to fit your avatar. Therefore, a super tall girl with skinny legs is just as likely to look great in them as a short curvy girl. (Wish they had this in RL!) Even better, Bax offers custom fitting at her store by herself or one of her assistants. I tp’d into the store and Bax herself fit me—perfectly. Get fit once, you can transfer the data to any pair of Bax Prestige boots you purchase later. This is a system that can not be beat. This new pair shows Bax’s foray into supply luscious sexy suede. What a great texture!

For the Weekend

The biggest problem with the weekend—even a holiday weekend—is that it’s just too short ;)

Hair: Maitreya Taryn – Cacao by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: L.Fauna 50L Friday Lea Preview with BROWN L.Fauna Lea Eybrow Shape by Launa Fauna for L.Fauna

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

Top: (Kunglers) Dione – top cream & pink by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Shorts: (Kunglers) Eliette – shorts – brown by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Bow: MIEL ELLE UBER bow – click to change texture by Mika Nieuport for The Hive

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Dark Brown Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

(Yes, shadowless.. fiddling and futzing with it all.)

A Heartbreaking Blog of Staggering Genius

“She needs a new journal. The one she has is problematic. To get to the present, she needs to page through the past, and when she does, she remembers things, and her new journal entries become, for the most part, reactions to the days she regrets, wants to correct, rewrite.” ~ Dave Eggers

A Heartbreaking Work

Since I was talking about crushes a few days ago, I have to bring up Dave Eggers, who I admire greatly. He wrote the book for my generation in the US—A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius when he was a young man—a sort of diary but so much more. After that, rather than self-indulgent Generation Y writing, he chose to reach out to the bigger world in his novels and his work. Now he leads 826 National, a non profit writing and tutoring center for kids in San Francisco. I could go on and on about how inspiring this man is. And his writing is damn good too ;)

Apropos of nothing about Dave Eggers, I show a pretty summery look. Well actually this is the kind of girl I think would like Dave—a beautiful sophisticated but not pretentious lady in a simple summer dress from AvaGardner Kungler and little shoes from Elikapeka Tiramisu.

A Heartbreaking Work

A pretty summer skin from Gala Phoenix with bold flowery colors to match the colors of the dress and my namesake hair from Queue Marlowe, and it’s a pretty look for a fangirl for a pretty awesome person.

A Heartbreaking Work

“Still though, I think if you’re not self-obsessed, you’re probably boring.” ~ Dave Eggers

Hair: harper mahogany by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Chic-Flair 2 with :GP: Chic-Dark Brows (Tintable) by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: (Kunglers) TDRB #26 – Summer Dress by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Necklace: NHA! Necklace Samy by kyrha Bouscario for NHA!

Shoes: [e] Flair Flats – Watermelon (SoM Gift) by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Sofa prop: [Starstruck] Langar Sofa Green Sequin RARE by Cyclic Gearz for Starstruck

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

Dear Readers–I know I have not blogged in a couple days. I apologize. (And I hate when people put this in their blogs but I have a reason!) Fashion for Life is in full swing for preparation and I have been terrifically busy. I can’t wait to see you all there!

The Kungler sisters, AvaGardner and Barbra, are sisters in RL. Hailing from Brazil, the sisters swap ideas back and forth from their Southern Hemisphere homes to make elegant and sporty fashions for women across the grid.

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

A visit to their store is a peek inside their dollhouse. It’s a home filled with sleek, elegant women wearing the latest fashions in a variety of lush prints and colors. Silk features prominently as does leather. They use some of the most gorgeous prints in the grid, carefully juxtaposing colors for the most pleasing and fashion-forward looks.

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

When AvaGardner learned of the theme of FFL, she IM’d me and asked if she really had to make black and white—she’s only about color. I told her the theme was about going “Beyond Black and White,” so we are guaranteed to see bold and bright colors from both sisters for the FFL donations. Their colors will reflect the support that the American Cancer Society provides for those diagnosed with cancer as well as their families. Their funding of research and programs brings color and life and to an otherwise seemingly hard situation.

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

Both AvaGardner and Barbra have supported RFL in the past and they join Fashion for Life for the first time this year. They will donate four items with all benefits going to RFL but they furthered their support with their donation as VIP Sponsors.

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

See what the Kungler sisters are offering this year at the Fashion for Life, March 12-22, SL’s biggest fashion fair on 9 sims hosted by the American Cancer Society and SL’s Relay for Life.

Photo 1:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Ambrial-black by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: LaVie Enya Misfit normal by Pompeja Rossini  for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: (Kunglers) Cinthya Navy by Barbra Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: N-core SEDUCTION XtremeHeel “Silver” by Claire Messenger for N-Core, FFL Store Sponsor

Photo 2:

  • Hair: [e] Alright – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: :: Exodi :: Sylvan Soliel – Beloved – Dk by Ryker Beck for Exodi, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: (Kunglers) Louise – fucsia by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: [e] Move Pumps – Burgundy by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Bambu – silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor

Photo 3:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * AMELIE * /darkbrown by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: Style by Kira – Elora Skin 01H by Kira Paderborn by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: (Kunglers) Lisa Floral by Barbra Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: BM Audrey Pumps – Pinks & Purples by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey, FFL Store Sponsor

Photo 4:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Mona-blackstreaked by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: Glance-Bruna-Brown by Joakim Asbrink for *Glance Skins, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: (Kunglers Couture) Serina – Origami vine by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Jewelry: Dark Mouse Vintage 50’s Pearl & Diam. – Copper Earrings and Necklace by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse, FFL Store Sponsor

Patchouli

She always smelled like patchouli, that one beautiful girl at the bookstore where you worked. Her name was India, she didn’t seem to own a pair of shoes (she was behind the counter so no one complained), and she always had a healthy glowing tan. She brought weird lunches to work in tupperware containers—bulgar wheat mixed with lentils, brown rice with tofu and spinach, sunflower seeds in cheese whey. You always knew where she had been because the scent of patchouli lingered—it wasn’t cloying or obnoxious. It was earthy and sweet.

Patchouli

This outfit from Sandie Saenz reminded me a lot of India—her natural sensual beauty, her optimism, her open heart. I like how Sandie has managed to make the top from two sculpty pieces, combined to look very much like a sheer blouson and textured with the sort of curry/spinach/chili powder colors that seem so appealing for this look. Her jeans with their woven belt, are textured evocatively and fit perfectly.

Sandie includes some jewelry with the outfit that I preempted with a new set from AvaGardner Kungler. With the individually strung beads, each one textured and arranged on this ethnically-inspired set, AvaGardner proves once again that her eye for detail extends from her clothing to her jewelry. She aces both textures AND shapes.

Patchouli

I wear the glowingly beautiful skin that Monicuzza Babenco is offering at the Dressing Room. The rich tone of this skin, its glowing makeup and beautifully lined eyes, might seem overdone for such a natural girl as ours, but honestly, girls like India are always radiant, full of the blush of good health.

Patchouli

Make love, not war ;)

Hair: cello brunette with AD hair base – brunette by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: *YS & YS* Rebecca Dols TDR by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*, available at the Dressing Room

Outfit (with round-bead bracelet): Earthy Jeans Outfit by Sandie Saenz for FA Creations

Jewelry (all others): (Kunglers Extra) Marajoara – nature by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Medium by Siddean Munro for SLink

First Impressions

…it would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions. –Malcolm Gladwell

First Impressions

What’s the first impression you want to give? The thing about our avatars is that they are aspirational—the representation of the impression we want others to have. Do we want to be glamorous and flamboyant, down-to-earth and folksy, standoffish and sleek, elegant and friendly? I aim for the latter. Elegance is always my goal. This latest dress from AvaGardner Kungler makes that easy with the simple sleeveless sheath ending in a sleek skirt with kick pleats (which I find so ingeniously done here—two separate prim attachments). A thin red leather belt (the dress comes with three choices) punctuates the look with color as do my sexy shoes from Rosie Lavochkin.

First Impressions

I picked up this skin by Miah McAuley at the Dressing Room Blue. I was surprised at its sophistication, to be honest. Miah has a lot of win in her work from the nicely shaped eyebrows to the luscious lips and subtle shading across the skin. A simple sophisticated bob from boo Nakamura is really all I need to give a good impression.

First Impressions

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Hair: booN KRC190 hair red by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: Olga-tan-evening by Miah McAuley for ~Natural Beauty~, available at The Dressing Room Blue

Dress: (Kunglers) Donatella – Coffee by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Shoes: *Deviant Designs* Envy (Red) by Rosie Lavochkin for *Deviant Designs*

Again, done in Phoenix with screen capture. Very frustrating but working it out.

Darlin’ Do Not Fear

‘Cause it won’t last – your worries will pass
All your troubles they don’t stand a chance
And sometimes it takes more than a lifetime to know
Darlin’ do not fear what you don’t really know

Darlin Do Not Fear

I guess I write a lot about taking it down a notch, being happy, not worrying so much. It’s a mantra I repeat in my own head a lot. I found out if you make it so, it’s so. What I mean is that if you decide not to let fear and panic rule your life, amazingly there isn’t so much to fear or fret or complain about. As the lyrics say, “Do not fear what you don’t really know.”

I took this attitude out shopping on the grid lately.  I put together this easy-going sporty outfit as I was out and about—it’s a great representation of the idea of being happy and a little fearless. First the great suede *faux* fur coat I wear, which is a sort of laid back, cares to the world bohemian, made by Violace Huntress. It’s well made with a great textures, though the fur is full bright. My pants are from designer Lalu Bonetto, who has some funky and fabulous clothing in her store. Love the shadows on these. A sexy little t-shirt with peek-a-boo lace from AvaGardner Kungler, and I am set.

Darlin Do Not Fear

My gorgeous winsome skin is from Tuli Asturias, who recently reopened her sim and is offering a whole new set of skins plus redone skins with numerous layers. This skin I purchased ahead of the game during a Black Friday sale, but I am sure that her new Claire line will be just as pleasing.

My hair is one of Truth Hawks’ newest releases. With its side part over the eye, it’s a fun look.

Darlin Do Not Fear

Finally I show you my shoes.. and legwarmers. Also made by Violace Huntress, they are amalgamations of purchased sculpties with some terrific textures. I really like the shape of the shoe with the legwarmer combined. It’s a sort of boot alternative and a little different than the run of the mill shoe with legwarmer or boot.

Darlin Do Not Fear

‘Cause it won’t last – your worries will pass
All your troubles they don’t stand a chance
And it always hurts the worst when it’s the ones we love the most
Darlin’ do not fear what you don’t really know

~ “Darlin’ Do Not Fear” by Brett Dennen

Hair: >TRUTH< Courtney – almond by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Claire (tone 3/dk) :: 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Coat: *VioMagic* Sheepskin Coat by Violace Huntress for *VioMagic*

Top: (Kunglers) Celine – coffee by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Pants: GATO- Stripe Jeans by Lalu Bonetto for GATO

Shoes: *VioMagic* Get Warm Shoes by Violace Huntress for *VioMagic*