Welcome Back, Casja!

One of the members of our fashion bloggers group, Casja, has been literally “away from keyboard” taking care of personal RL stuff. Casja has always been a cheerful and knowledgeable contributor to our group as she is a prolific blogger herself at It’s Only Fashion. Her positive attitude, thoughtful commentary, and kind and generous demeanor has always made SL a better place. Her absence was truly felt. The frequent reports from her BFF Gidge in Plurk assured us she was coming back soon, and now she is back, all I can say is “Welcome Back, Casja!”

While Casja can’t dance in RL yet, I hope she finds an opportunity to do so on SL soon. Her friend Maht (whom she introduced me to) will be having his annual 26.2 hour Mahrathon to raise money for Heifer International’s Honduras Project. This means Maht will sit his butt down at his computer for 26.2 hours to spin tunes to help raise money–all by himself. He does the playlist, he spins the tunes (which are top-class selections), he suffers the consequences to his health and sleep habits. Last year he got $600, which all went to Heifer International. This year he hopes to meet or beat that figure.

The insanity starts at the Velvet (the original alt club in SL) on Friday, December 3 at 2:48 pm SLT (don’t ask me why that time exactly) and will end at 5:00 pm SLT the next day, at which time Maht will retire to his bed and sleep for 14 hours straight. Every donor will receive FREE donated content (last year I got some nice things like a t-shirt and jewelry).

Welcome Back!

In honor of Casja’s return, I put on a party dress—something for going to a club and dancing the night away. Dick Wiesel knows all about a good party with his short, sexy dresses. This one, from his new Nomi series, includes his beautiful grungy denim textures and a clever prim at the bust that makes the top look like it’s stretched across (as opposed to clinging to the avatar) plus a sexy tie in back. I love the belt with its double buckles on each side.

Welcome Back!

My skin is from Nena Janus’ newest line, and it’s a stunner in this coloring. I would say that our girl’s self-satisfied smile here is because she looks so darn good. I really like how Nena renders the makeup on the face, the beautiful collarbone, the almost sensuous body features. Nothing is over-dodged, which I am seeing a lot in skins these days but shimmers with a pretty sunkissed glow.

The hair is a new one from Truth Hawks, called Joey. I love its punk look. I tried it on yesterday when I was styling my guy, thinking “Joey” was for a men’s hair. It didn’t look right on my guy but it looks smashing on my girl.

Welcome Back!

My boots are from a new line by Sissy Pessoa. They come in plain colors or exotic skins like this brown python you see here. With the sassily tied ribbon of leather around the ankle, the stiletto heel and side zip, and the gorgeous toe, this boot is sure to make your wardrobe sexier just by being there.

Welcome Back!

“Harper suggested I say [Casja’s] the peanut butter to my jelly, which is patently ridiculous, as everyone knows I’m the allergen and she’s the sweet one.” ~ Maht Wuyts

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

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

Dress: :. WoE .: Nomi Twain Jean Dress (Frost) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .:  *

Bangles: *YS&YS* Bone Bangles L by Monyka Benelli for *YS&YS*

Boots: Baiastice_Bow-back Ankle Boots-brown pyton by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

5 thoughts on “Welcome Back, Casja!

  1. Thanks so much for the kind welcome back. It’s a tad premature since I will be in hospital another week or two. On the other hand, with my laptop keeping me connected, perhaps I should count myself lucky that some has not written “how can I miss you, if you won’t go away?” I think that’s the lyric.

    I definitely plan to attend the mahrathon,,and encourage everyone to do so.

    • Uh, it doesn’t matter if “back” means you’re on the laptop for 15 min a day in the hospital or at home. You’re back in SL and spreading your sunshine, and it’s very welcome :)

  2. Heifer International (HI) is an organization that claims to work against world hunger by donating animals to families in developing countries. Its catalog deceptively portrays beautiful children holding cute animals in seemingly humane circumstances. The marketing brochure for HI does not show the animals being transported, their living and slaughter conditions, or the erosion, pollution and water use caused by the introduction of these animals and their offspring.

    By definition, animals raised for food are exploited in a variety of ways. The animals shipped to developing countries are often subject to; water and food shortages, cruel procedures without painkillers, lack of veterinary care resulting in extended suffering as a result of illness or injury.

    A large percentage of the families receiving animals from HI are struggling to provide for themselves and cannot ensure adequate living conditions, nutrition, and medical care for animals they have been given. HI provides some initial veterinary training to individuals and the initial vaccines. But, long term care for these animals and their offspring is up to the individuals.

    To make matters worse, animal agriculture causes much more harm to the environment than plant-based agriculture. The fragile land in many of the regions HI is sending the animals cannot support animal agriculture. Although they say they encourage cut and carry feeding of the animals to avoid erosion, the reality is often quite different.

    The consumption of animal products has been shown in reputable studies to contribute significantly to life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a variety of cancers. Regions that have adopted a diet with more animal products see an increase in these diseases. The remote communities supposedly served by HI have no way of dealing with the health consequences of joining the high-cholesterol world.

    While it may seem humane and sustainable to provide just one or two dairy cows here or there, the long term consequences are an increased desire for animal products in local cultures leading to an increase in production. These communities may be able to absorb the additional water use of one or two cows, what happens when there are hundreds or thousands of dairy cows, each consuming 27 to 50 gallons of fresh water and producing tons of excrement? The heavy cost to animals, the environment and local economies is not figured into HI’s business practices.

    • I find your argument compelling but I am concerned about your lack of references for statistics (like dairy water consumption). With better documentation, I would be more likely to take your concerns seriously because I would be able to assess myself the veracity of the ideas you proffer. Thanks for commenting, but at this time I am still inclined to donate to Maht’s cause. Looking at statistics about Heifer International, I am skeptical that they are “provid[ing] just one or two dairy cows here or there.”

      I found this write up in Fast Company much more compelling.

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