A Good Man

The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.  ~ Germaine Greer

A Good Man

I have been given crap in the past about not being “man” enough in my blogs. I wore this to a party recently and Voshie Paine nearly jumped me and she is a fine connoisseur of men, so there :P I think it starts with this white shirt from hiwinyu Fazuku—amazingly rendered with wrinkles and a great collar (white is NOT easy to do, folks). He includes a couple scarves with the shirt, including this striped number. Now you might think shorts are not masculine, they do just fine, especially on a man who knows who he is. These tweed shorts have a great texture and a fine tailored fit. My loafers are from Rob1977 Moonites, his generous gift for Menstuff (which is coming up again soon—starting June 3—woot!).

A Good Man

I think I know why Voshie was hot for me. First it was this skin from Ramses Meredith, which I wear with a body hair layer. (I personally LIKE men with some hair on their bodies.) Those legs—num! And Ramses has paid attention to all details of the male body with equal exactitude.

Maybe it’s the shape. Sophia Rossen has invested a fair amount of time learning the shape of a man’s body (in making shapes, that is) and this one certainly hits all the best notes for me. He’s not too muscular, not too overdone, but he’s still manly. Rowr!

My hair is from a (kinda) new designer, Doctor Aho, who is making hair for the younger male avatars out there—lots of straight hair and shorter cuts (no long or ponytails). His place is definitely worth checking out.

A Good Man

Macho doesn’t prove mucho.  ~Zsa Zsa Gabor

Hair: *DROT* Dex – Dark Chocolate by Doctor Aho for Drot

Skin: Antoine Medium Normal Beard1 – Bald with Antoine Medium Normal Beard1 – Bald – body hair – Tone Pale 4 by Ramses Meredith for Egoisme *

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

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

Shirt with scarf: ::Mr.Poet::White Shirts and Slim scarf by hiwinyu Fazuku for ::Mr.Poet::

Pants: Tweed Pants_H&S_Gray_KALMIA labo.(MNK*SHOP)sw by kaneyan Nicholls for MNK*SHOP

Glasses: Solar Eyewear ~ Nash by Solar Flare for Solar Eyewear

Shoes: MENstuff Hunt #7 *FIR & MNA* by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA*

European Carryall: HOC – Leather messenger bag – Black by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Distractions

I love the song “Distractions” by Zero 7. The sound of it makes me think of a big white modern house on a beach, waves crashing outside, light bouncing off the tiles of the uncluttered floor.

Distractions

This is the woman who would live there—elegant, expensively clothed. Her top, from Nena Janus, is a silk piece that softly drapes over her soft spa-maintained skin, and tied casually at the waist. Her capris from LeeZu Baxter look like an evolution of Lilly Pulitzer with their baroque pattern and ruffled hem. Stylish and practical little pumps from Elie Spot reveal her rich tastes.

Distractions

She has a subtle tan (but not over the top—this is not Jersey Shore) and well shaped brows courtesy of Inka Mexicola. Her sheer lipstick came from a glossy black tube she purchased from Mocksoup Graves. Her necklace, seemingly simple, is a nice piece she bought from Rob1977 Moonites. It reminds her of a Lalique heart she has  on a silk cord that she got in Paris.

Distractions

I love you, I love you, I love you, I do
I only make jokes to distract myself
From the truth, from the truth.

Hair: booN HTU132 hair chestnut by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: :: ESSENCES :: Katy *no make-up by Inka Mexicola for :: ESSENCES ::

Makeup: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Cherry Wine Lipstain  (Lipcolor only) by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K Cosmetics

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

Top: *League* Siara Blouse –Cream by Nena Janus for *League*

Pants: [LeeZu!] Yve Pants/vintage ornament by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Necklace: *FIR & MNA* The Heart Necklace [F] by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Shoes: {mon tissu} Montsegur Pumps ~ Camel by Elie Spot for {mon tissu}

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Now that everyone has submitted their Christmas list to me, all I can say is… “You can’t always get what you want.” This particular lyric comes up in my life more often than not. Certainly in times like ours, it’s easy to feel we are being cheated out of things. It always seems the other guy is winning out: the neighbor gets a new car when the radiator on yours goes out, a co-worker gets the promotion you wanted, your friend meets the love of her life while you are still sitting at home alone on Saturday nights. We are always dissatisfied with something it seems.

You Can't Always Get What You Want

The holidays are coming along now and you have to say to yourself, am I going to be happy with what I get and do? Am I going to open a gift and be thrilled simply that someone gave me something? Am I going to be happy that I was able to make a batch of cookies or make someone smile for a few minutes rather than having done the whole Martha Stewart perfect holiday thing? Am I going to enjoy the moments now and not think about what 2012 will bring, good or bad? I got all I need; what more could I want?

You Can't Always Get What You Want

I am in that mode of thinking. It’s been a rough year for many but here we are. The earth is still rotating and gosh, SL is still chugging along despite everyone’s prognostications about its demise. When I make my Christmas list, it will be with this in mind. And my list-making outfit is shown here. A hand-knit bolero sweater from miu Villota tops a great striped henley from Rob Moonites. (He has a whole new set—for good boys and girls at his store.) Comfy black leggings from beanster Potato are tucked into Eponymous Trenchmouth’s festive Ugg-style boots (on sale for a mere 99L at his NEW store—check that lm).

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Nena Janus gives me my Christmas red lips and glowing skin. A casual style from Truth Hawks completes the look. The scene in which I took my lead photo was constructed by Chandni Khondji, who has a plethora of holiday-themed scenes available for photographing. If you are currently planning your holiday photo, I would strongly recommend you check her store, which has scenes for all needs. Finally, my Christmas hat was a personal gift from Kermit, who bops in and out of SL to drop his creations on his friends. He has a great sense of humor (I will never forget the Halloween bat that picked me up and flew with me). Thanks, Kermit!

You Can't Always Get What You Want

But if you try sometimes well you just might find
You get what you need

~ Rolling Stones

Hair:  >TRUTH< Nela – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -BurgundyWine- by Nena Janus for *League* *

Sweater: *MIU* loose cardigan(black) by miu Villota for *MIU*

Shirt: *FIR & MNA* The Emerson Raglan Burgundy by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Leggings: Leggies – Black by beanster Potato for Ducknipple

Boots: Ho! – Red SF by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers

Hat: Kermit Santa Hat v3 by Kermit Rutkowski (not available for sale)

Scene: *~*HopScotch*~* Out of the window (X-mas Edition) by Chandni Khondji for *~*HopScotch*~* *

Black Friday

This is it, the day of all days for shoppers—Black Friday. In the US, it’s the day after our Thanksgiving, when supposedly all retailers see so much shopping their accounts finally turn to black from being in the red all year. (Gosh, I don’t know if I could run a company that runs in the red for 11 months and only gets its profit in the last month. Would drive me crazy.) By the time you read this, I will still be in bed, having completely forgone the whole business of going to the midnight and 3 am sales—everyone is getting iTunes gift cards this year. (Actually, I DID go to Kohl’s at 3 am. You would have thought it was 7 pm. The parking lot was packed; the store was hoppin’.)

Black Friday

If I WERE going shopping, however, I would put on an outfit like this one—practical, pretty and price-conscious. First with a top from Cerberus Noel, who is one of the few designers in SL who can do clothing AND shoes (it’s not an easy thing). I am wearing it sleeveless, but it also comes with a full sleeve. As always, Cerberus pays attention to the details. Her seams are incredibly done, her sleeve is not simply made by adjusting a slider but has a finished edge (with stitching along it), her bow is beautifully shaped and textured. (I know it’s a simple black top but it’s so well done!) Versatile and great slacks by Rob Moonites gets me around practically and comfortably. My shoes and handbag are the real bargains here—make sure you get over to Renee Harvy’s shop and pack your closet with cheap chic. No one knows this handbag is not Fendi ;)

Black Friday

My skin is a new offering from Tuli Asturias, one I grabbed by being in the Skin Addiction group. For a pretty reasonable price, you get six eyeshadow skins and eight lipsticks and then all the accessories like freckles, cleavage, etc. How can you beat that? This new skin from Tuli is another one of her wondrous creations with beautiful eyebrows, luscious lips, and beautifully shaped face.

Black Friday

A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.  ~ Franklin P. Jones

Hair: [e] Melody – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Claire (tone 3/dk) :: 05 with []::Tuli::[] Claire (tone 3) red lips by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, available for the Black Friday sale for the Skin Addiction group

Top: *GF* Bow Neck Tops -black- by Cerberus Noel for G Field *

Pants: *FIR & MNA* Carter Pants Black by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Handbag: ::Duh!:: Big Tote – Black by Renee Harvy for ::Duh!::

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Woman’s Black Moccasin by Renee Harvy for ::Duh!::

The Advantages of Being Male

In looking for inspiration for this blog, I tripped across an interesting list: 90 Advantages of Being Male. So in lieu of my saying anything pithy, please allow me to share some of my favorites:

1. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat… 3. You know stuff about tanks…. 6. Your bathroom lines are 80% shorter…. 8. Old friends don’t give you crap if you’ve lost or gained weight… 11. Your ass is never a factor in a job interview…. 13. A beer gut does not make you invisible to the opposite sex… 23. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

The Advantages of Being Male

Yaszi Mornington gets that it’s easy to be a man. Just throw on this tweed hoodie and it’s all good. Shelly Toonie has you covered with a great sweater and Rob1977 Moonites makes your terrific cords.

34. You don’t have to shave below your neck. 35. You don’t have to curl up next to a hairy ass every night…. 39. Everything on your face stays its original color…. 43. Flowers fix everything…. 45. You get to think about sex 90% of your waking hours… 47. Three pair of shoes are more than enough…. 53. You can whip your shirt off on a hot day…. 61. Hot wax never comes near your pubic area….69. Wedding Dress $2000; Tux rental $100…. 72. People never glance at your chest when you’re talking to them.

The Advantages of Being Male

Tricky Boucher teased his group members last week with two new men’s skin offerings. I donned the Shawn here because the eyeliner on the other was just too much for me. I will tell you, I inspected this skin thoroughly (*cough*). It passes all my tests. And Truth Hawks decides to give a nod to the guys with great new hair that came out this week. Why is there so much less hair for men in SL? “57. You don’t give a rat’s ass if someone notices your new haircut.”

77. You needn’t pretend you’re “freshening up” to go to the bathroom. 78. If you don’t call your buddy when you say you will, he won’t tell your friends you’ve changed…. 85. If something mechanical doesn’t work, you can fix it or bash it with a hammer and throw it across the room. 86. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet…. 88. You don’t have to remember everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries.

The Advantages of Being Male

90. Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with: “So…notice anything different?”

Hair: >TRUTH< Drake – cocoa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: -Belleza- Shawn Med group gift by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza-

Jacket: Meriken Co. “HOOD” Brown by Yaszi Mornington for Meriken

Sweater: MS-Knit Vee Olive by Shelly Toonie for Moonshine *

Pants: *FIR* Brown Cords by Rob1977 Moonites for FIR & MNA *

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Murphys – brown by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Go Packers!

On Sundays where I live, there is so much green and gold on every living person, it’s enough to make one wonder if investing in gold and green dye plants would make one a millionaire. Packers fans are about as devoted as they get, and with this weekend’s battle against the Minnesota Vikings, there was a buzz in the air. We wanted to CREAM the Vikings. And we did! I am sorry to say, but there was something so satisfying seeing Brett Favre throw that last minute incomplete. (My international friends can pretend they are above all this but I have seen the World Cup. You don’t have to know the players or game to know the feeling ;))

Go Packers!

Well, the biggest fans know it requires more than just cheering—it requires a sort of psychic oneness with the team to get them through. And this psychic oneness necessitates dressing up in the team colors in the most outrageous ways in order to push that ball through the end posts. Rob1977 Moonites accommodated me in my efforts by making his very cute Jackson sweater in green and gold. (I don’t think he intended this at all—he’s Irish and probably has no idea who the Packers are but it’s a lucky coincidence, dontcha think?)  Skinny jeans from Gin Galtier with a yellow pocket make it all nice matchy matchy.

Go Packers!

I modified this hair from Kavar Cleanslate to make it greener. I hope the dye washes out tomorrow—eek! Tiff Aristocrat has made some darling facepaints for the 2.0 tattoo layer that bring out the spirit in all of us (though I would caution her against using trademarked team names for them). We know that’s why LL made that tattoo layer–so we can show our team spirit!

I love these high tops from Coke Dreadlow. They are beautifully sculpted, textured and scripted to let a person change the colors all over the shoe. A custom-made Packer Backer sneaker! (Say THAT three times fast!) And my beer helmet? Well ya know, it’s never a Packer game without some beer. (Found this in Blazed Undercity’s head shop—I don’t think I laughed quite so much as the night I visited that place.)

Go Packers!

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another. ~ Vince Lombardi

Hair: Exile Dori/aqua by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile (modified)

Skin: *YS & YS* Andrea 07 Passion by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

Makeup: Facepaint Green Bay Colors ‘half’ – f by Tiff Aristocrat for ***Sports Teams Face Paint

Sweater: *FIR & MNA* The Jackson Sweater Green Womens by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Jeans: Djinn & Tonic [Bootcut Denim, Dark & Belted] YELLOW  by Gin Galtier for Djinn and Tonic *

Scarf: >TRUTH<  Lygon Scarf [yellow stripe] by Pixel Chrome for >TRUTH<

Socks: *Sprawl* Scrunchy Sock (green) by Pushbutton Skolnick for Sprawl

Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops MultiColor v2 by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

Hat: !Blazed.BeerHelmet by Blazed Undercity for OD Games & Scripts

Perfect Autumn Day

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. ~ P.D. James

Perfect Autumn Day

I remember a perfect autumn day when I was in high school and the leaves were falling to the ground and we were doing marching band practice and Tom Garvens was ahead of me with his saxophone, marching through the leaves in the perfect golden light of an autumn afternoon and the air was dry with a hint of the menace of winter and the rhythmic crunch crunch of the marchers was mesmerizing.

Or another day when I was in grad school when I was taking the bus from one campus to another at Duke and the wind blew up and took the leaves in big swirls like some movie, blowing them as a frame around the scene of the chapel as we departed.

Did you know my blog was supposed to be an exercise in writing? Let me write about the outfit, which is something I definitely would have worn on that day at Duke. First the jacket from Rob Moonites, a definite win as it has menswear styling but it’s sized for women. I love the tweed texture, how he has done the inside with a checkerboard plaid, how he has shaped the lapels. I wore a suit like this (thrifted from Goodwill) all autumn with everything.

Perfect Autumn Day

A scarf was frequent as well. This one is from Pixel Chrome. And I wore a t-shirt underneath until it got colder, and then it was a sweater. This one from toraji Voom is ideal. Jeans were always old and scuffed—poor grad student, dontcha know. Dick Wiesel provides these artistically grungy jeans (almost like someone had doodled on them during a particularly long lecture about postmodern theory–heh). The funky fringy boots from Kao Sands are de rigueur for the smart grad student–flat heels for walking all over campus, fringes for that bit of Bohemian flavor that is so important.

This fresh skin from Julliette Westerburg has a little autumn briskness to it in the pretty blush on the cheeks. Autumn Hykova (perfect name) provides this lovely wavy hair with a color change knit cap topping it. All I am missing is my book bag (which usually got left in my office in the basement when I was just out strolling for a breath of fresh air between classes—it was too damn heavy).

Perfect Autumn Day

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  ~George Eliot

Hair (with hat): Tiny Bird – Have You Forgotten – Golden Auburn by Autumn Hykova for Tiny Bird

Skin: -tb- {Tan} Jejune Rose – Dark Thick Brows by Julliette Westerburg for tres blah

Jacket: *FIR & MNA* The Dorset Coat Khaki Womens by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Sweater: **DP**yumyum:romantic sweater/green by toraji Voom for YumYum

Jeans: :. WoE .: Graecyn Capri Jeans (Bronze) p by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Scarf: >TRUTH<  Lygon Scarf [green stripe] by Pixel Chrome for >TRUTH<

Boots: KAO : Suede Fringe Boots / camel by Kao Sands for iTuTu