Persevere

Persevere

Of the Earth signs, Taurus most relate to an unmoving force of nature that has become wise through perseverance.

Persevere

I was born under the sign of Taurus, and I represent my sign well. Some will feel I have stubbornness, but I prefer to think of it as perseverance and steadiness. One blog I read suggested that the Taurus wants to get things done, and that pretty much sums me up. Taureans also love material things, beauty, the earth, the sensual and the grounded. “Down-to-earth” is how many describe me.

Persevere

This outfit is a perfect choice for me as a Taurean. It combines a cozy long sweater with artistically patterned leggings and sexy red heels. Made with a texture that makes the sweater seem plush and expensive, the outfit from Kim Lysette, which she has at LivGlam this weekend for 55L, is nevertheless a deal, which is important to Taureans, who like to spend on beautiful things but also want to make sure they have financial security.  My shoes, a buy at 70L, are AvaGardner Kungler’s offering at The Dressing Room Fusion. Beauty on the cheap is a great thing.

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My hair is one of Queue Marlowe’s Arcade pieces. At 50L a pop, it’s well worth it because she gives you a full array of colors in each hair and has included a darling little charm for every sun sign. She gave me the Taurus to show after I stubbornly insisted I wanted it. (Go figure.) My skin is a melange of pieces from the Aria set from Aida Ewing at the Arcade. She has configured it cleverly so you can get add-on pieces and mix and match for a great look. Pretty blue eyes from Isabelle Requiem, for the One Word event, complete the look.

Persevere

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci (Taurean)

Hair: AD – Star Struck – TAURUS – light reds by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available in all 12 signs at The Arcade TODAY *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Aria skin – Asia – Combination 07 G with -Glam Affair – Aria – Eyeliner or 02-Glam Affair – Aria – Lipstick Vinta – 03 by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at The Arcade TODAY *

Eyes: [Brixley] Woeful Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at OneWord *

Outfit: [LG]KC Winter 14- Praise You by Kim Lysette for the K Collection at LivGlam *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: (Kunglers) TDRF 033 – Donna pump – Cardinal by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Wanton

Wanton

“Fie, fie upon her!
There’s language in her eye, her cheek, her lip,
Nay, her foot speaks; her wanton spirits look out
At every joint and motive of her body.”

~ William Shakespeare

Wanton

I’m feeling a bit wanton these days, imagining spring coming. Datrip Blackbart sent over a collection of body-conscious clothes, and I had to burst out in color and curves to enjoy his fine texture work. He has issued two sets of clothes, one being this catsuit with breast and ass appliers. Click click away and I am sheathed in a tight orange suit, laced up the back, with bodaciousness front and back. I purposefully accessorized with Ariadne Garrigus’ exclusive sunglasses for The Feeling so you were NOT looking at my eyes. Dangerously high platform heels from Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger make my legs impossibly long and of course I have enhanced with breasts from Riann Maltese and athletic legs from CK Winx.

Wanton

I had to show Shyla Boucher’s Arcade skin again with the lip gloss she sends along with it. It’s the sexiest skin for a look like this, especially with that subtle gloss. Truth Hawks just released this sensuous, wind tossed hair. He is getting better with mesh, the individual strands breaking free to curl and curve around. And my sexiest poses are always the ones from Rogan Diesel.

Wanton

“If you don’t like my peaches, Lord, don’t jiggle my tree…”

~ “Rollin and Tumblin” as done by Tedeschi Trucks Band

 

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Perla by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Mimi Makeup 11 with -Belleza- Mimi Gloss 11 by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at The Arcade beginning March 1 *

Glasses: ***ArisAris AA26 Charismatic Sunglasses Music by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris, available at The Feeling *

Catsuit: B&C by Legal Insanity – kitty catsuit orange by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity *

Necklace: Necklace – Roho – Short – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Cuff: *BOOM* Fearless wrist cuff (v2) R Gold by Aranel Ah for *BOOM* *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: -{ZOZ}- Metals & Tips Polish – Slink Fingernail Hud by Zozicon for ZOZ, available at The Style Icon *

Breasts: [d] Lush Breasts 1.4 by Riann Maltese for Lush

Butt: *L.inc* Cute Azz Thicker Legs by CK Winx for *L.inc*

Shoes: N-core VERTIGO “Fatpack” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

For the Architects

For the Architects

The first gesture of an architect is to draw a perimeter; in other words, to separate the microclimate from the macro space outside. This in itself is a sacred act. Architecture in itself conveys this idea of limiting space. It’s a limit between the finite and the infinite. From this point of view, all architecture is sacred.   Mario Botta

For the Architects

I have a huge thing for architects and architecture. It’s the combination of artistry and engineering, the aesthetic and the practical, the communication to the human condition through space that is so amazing to me. I have visited many beautiful spaces in my life and my breath has been taken away.

For the Architects

I am not an architect—I lived with one for a time. My best friend from childhood is now a practicing architect for a German company in Chicago. She designs buildings around the world. I am so damn proud of her because I remember the drawings she made of houses for us when we were ten and sitting in the living room of her parents’ tiny suburban ranch home and now she works for an international firm.

For the Architects

I know many real life architects in SL as well—degreed, licensed, practicing. I read a funny thing about romcoms that they always have a main man who is an architect, and this guy always seems to have a great house, job and seemingly endless time for romance. Truth is that the architects I know, even partners in firms, drive old cars, live in fixer-uppers (because they are doing the fixing up), and work 60-80 hours a week. They are interesting group for sure, but generally overworked.

For the Architects

For the Architects

Nowadays most architects work on computers, endlessly between the CAD work and reading emails and architectural code, but at one time they worked on paper. Think Frank Lloyd Wright when you view this gorgeous set of items Tobias Convair has created for the Arcade (opening in a week). You can collect all the fun stuff that even seasoned modern day architects drool over—drafting table, pencil cup, drawings, cabinet, stool, french curves, compass, model—and even an architect’s scale (which is so evocative of one my dad used to have that I want to pick it up, weigh it in my hand and feel its smooth surfaces). They are rendered in exquisite, loving detail by Tobias, who is himself an architect. The brilliant part is there are all no copy/transfer so if you have an architect friend or two (or one that would like to be one), you can purchase the pieces at the Arcade or a yard sale and give them as a gift.

For the Architects

I dressed like my dear friend, who tends towards stylish but mostly practical (her shoes, once she gets to the office after walking from the L, get changed to a more stylish pair and promptly kicked off under the desk). A sleeveless bowed top and long slacks from Thetra Blackheart are the main outfit in complimentary, almost neutral tones. Pops of color come from Ariadne Garrigus’ modern glasses and Erratic Rain’s absolutely sexy and chic sandals (made for Slink feet).

For the Architects

My hair and makeup are pictures of simplicity—there simply is not enough time for overdoing makeup and hair when buildings need to be designed! I love Mirja Mill’s darling updo with a built in animation to let the hair down into a ponytail. After all these years, Mirja still finds new styles and has fun making them for her customers, and this one is particularly fun. My skin is one of Shyla Diggs Boucher’s newest, being offered at the Arcade as a rare. If you want this rare skin with dark brows, find a friend who is willing to swap with you! Or pass your extras on to your alt.

For the Architects

Architecture is not simply a job. It is a lifestyle. It is a way of looking at the world. It is a verb. It is a constant exploration where one looks for and finds inspiration in the world around them, and then applies that inspiration to create something completely new. And that thing we create is beautiful and makes a difference in the world.  ~  J. Brantley Hightower

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * VIOLET*/chocolate by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: -Belleza- Mimi Makeup 1 RARE by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at The Arcade beginning March 1 *

Eyes: adoness: havila eyes: asparagus by Cruella Pennell for Adoness, available at The Thrift Shop *

Top: E-Clipse MimiChemise CaenStone by Thetra Blackheart for E-Clipse, available at The Style Icon *

Slacks: E-Clipse MimiChemise CaenStone by Thetra Blackheart for E-Clipse, available at The Style Icon *

Pencil: [MAGIC NOOK] Pencil (Mouth) – Yellow /FREEBIE/ by Ayumi Cassini for Magic Nook (may no longer be available)

Glasses: ***ArisAris Igs95 Azahara Classic Glasses by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual  Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: erratic / clarice – mesh sandals / gold by Erratic Rain for erratic *

Pose by Rogan Diesel from

Skybox: [PM]Pixel Mode  – Clock Tower Sky Box by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed*

Rug: Buchanan Round Rug from the Buchanan Collection by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *

Architecture set: +CONVAIR+ The Studio The Arcade by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at The Arcade beginning March 1 *

  • +CONVAIR+ Studio Architect Scales
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Architect’s Drafting Table RARE
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Architectural Drawings
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Architectural Model
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Art Pencils
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Curves/Eraser
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Drafting Compass
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Drafting Stool RARE
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Drawing/Tape
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Lead Pointer/Holder
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Mystery RARE
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Sketch Book
    +CONVAIR+ Studio T-square/Triangles
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Tracing Paper
    +CONVAIR+ Studio Lead Pointer/Holder

For my favorite architect: S ;)

Appreciate

Appreciate

Lift up your head
And remember what your life is
Don’t have to give it all away
When you’re left for dead
In the middle of a crisis
You must appreciate the day

~ “Appreciate” by Paul McCartney

Appreciate

My quote is sent out to a friend who has received some bad news, and I want to give him some encouragement. It feels like there is a lot of bad news we receive from friends in SL but the truth is that if we appreciated what we have more, we would *hear* the good news too. The other night a friend who has not been on SL for a while logged on and had the BEST news for me. He had met a beautiful woman in RL and they had gotten married. He spammed me with wedding photos and gosh he was right—she IS beautiful.

None of that is pertinent to this look except the cheer I wish to evoke with the look. Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus have come out with a new leather jacket that can have the tank top or not. Both have color-change HUDs and of course, the colors are coordinated with their other pieces, so I wore their more recent skirt release with its absolutely fabulous tushie. (Paul, please consult the mesh ass people and show them how to do it?) The textures are typical L&B—lush, nuanced, perfectly shadowed and tangible. I want to run my hands all over myself just looking at this jacket. And the snakeskin top is amazing. Add great capris from Ivy Burner (who is also a mistress of texture), gorgeous jewelry from Maxi Gossamer, and funky stilettos from NikkiIrene and I have a great look!

Appreciate

I couldn’t help but put on Queue Marlowe’s whimsical hair from Collabor88. As a friend said, How does it do that? Queue won’t do something unless it’s fun and doesn’t let a bad day EVER get her down, which is why it’s always good to have her around, even if it’s in her hair. My skin is Peachiemuah’s newest doll skin with dimples, soft features and pretty eyes. A touch of lipstick from Mocksoup Graves brightens the natural-toned face. Peachiemuah’s skins come with appliers, so you can wear your Slink hands and feet as I did.

Finally, a shout out to my pal, Rogan Diesel, who has finally given us some more girl poses. Keep it up, sunshine!

Appreciate

There’s something there
But you’re frightened to invite it
Beware of pushing it away
Show that you care
And be certain you don’t fight it
You must appreciate the day

Hair: AD – gliese – light blondes by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: {FF Doll} Evie Natural _ no cleavage by PeachieMuah for Fresh Face *

Lipstick: [mock] Cosmetics Pinky Pearl Lipstain (1) (Lip only) by Mocksoup Graves for [mock cosmetics] *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Ren eyes -Droplet- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Jacket with tube top: L&B Swear Jacket – “Classic Color” (W) with L&B Swear Tube Top AddOn for Jacket “Classic Color” (W) by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Skirt: L&B S’wear (SM) “Leather Mini” FatPack by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace – Lyra Set by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Bright Set HUD (wear) by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Leggings: ~Sassy!~ Leather capris – blue by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~ *

Shoes: !(HR3.0)! Safari Blue Leather Keyhole Platform Pumps by Nikkiirene for HighRize, available at Fi*Fridays

Poses from Vixen by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Things To Do

Things to Do

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.’ ~ Jim Rohn

Things to Do

I got a little worried that after the holidays I would be thrown into the abyss of Having Nothing To Do. After remodeling my RL family room, baking 400+ Christmas cookies for the four holiday parties I held, cleaning the house, decorating, finding gifts and so on, I thought I would be wallowing in boredom. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, my “to do” list has grown.

Things to Do

I have written it all down and I slyly glance at it while I am pondering what the next step might be. My pondering is done, of course, fashionably in a top from isiss Bade, belted and accessorized with a cute necklace from Maxi Gossamer that she’s selling at Love is in the Air. Leggings and boots from Nena Janus complete the look. And my to-do list? Courtesy of Hanstrid Inshan from her store of darling furniture. (Thanks a lot, Hanstrid. I needed more to do. Really.)

Things to Do

To dos are a lot easier to face when you feel comfortable and casual, and I certainly am with this new ponytail from Chiaki Xue. Chiaki has embedded wispy flexis with the ponytail so it doesn’t have that static feeling that many mesh ponytails have. My big blue eyes come from Cruella Pennell’s offerings at The Thrift Shop. And my skin is the lovely Ria from Shyla and Tricky Boucher, which was being offered at Collabor88 last month. Something makes me believe Shyla is working hard on something new—it’s not a fact, just intuition. Of course, she has a long “to do” list too. *sigh*

Things to Do

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” – Walt Disney

Hair: *Dura-Girl*52(Coffee) by Chiaki Xue for Dura by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: -Belleza- Ria SK 5 Br by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: adoness: havila eyes: frost by Cruella Pennell for Adoness, available at The Thrift Shop *

Top: [NV] Mimi Blouse -Jean Bleach by isiss Bade for NV Madworld *

Leggings: *League* Folklore Leggings -Shibori Shadow by Nena Janus for League

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Aliah Moonshine – Short by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Love Is In the Air *

Boots: *League* Lauren Wedge Boots -Rigged- Blue Medium by Nena Janus for League

Trunk: Serenity Style-Things to do…. by Hanstrid Inshan for Serenity Style *

Standing poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Paradise Lost

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“All is not lost, the unconquerable will, and study of revenge, immortal hate, and the courage never to submit or yield.” ~  John Milton, Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost Teaser No. 3

There are few things in SL that make my mouth drop open in astonishment anymore—Bits and Bobs Slow Dance v 3, a 24-hour sim build by Eshi Otawara, Zaara’s newest gown. I found another one—the work that Canary Beck, Harvey Crabsticks, and their associates are doing at the Basilique Playhouse. After finishing a triumphant run of Romeo and Juliet (which ended its season on Valentine’s Day), the group is gearing up for a performance of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” the story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden accompanied by Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D.

May not be safe for work ;)

Now, before you go “Blech, high culture,” hear me out on this. There is a reason this stuff keeps coming back again and again, being performed over and over in variations. It’s really good! Ignore that it’s Milton, who is some dead guy you never got to in college. Don’t think about it being Mozart, something your grandma wouldn’t even listen to. And completely forget this is a story from the Bible. Consider it’s SL and wonder how a group of people could put together this story and keep your attention.

Because they can—I saw a scene from it and I was absolutely riveted–not just by the story and music, which are themselves compelling (who has never known temptation, especially in SL?)—but also by the way Canary and Harvey have set this up. First you turn on the stream, which plays Mozart’s Requiem, a dramatic and beautiful piece of music (really). Then you look around the sets, all staged WITHIN a cathedral so you are reminded continuously this is the performance of a play—not a movie, not a machinima. Constraints have to be surmounted, disbelief has to be overcome. Then you see the characters emerge—not just pretty avatars but real living characters.

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Canary and Harvey manage to make this magic with a very complex and amazing orchestration of set-building, animation synced to music, beautiful avatars and attention to narrative and story. From the moment the orchestration begins, you are immersed.

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What astonishes is how Canary and Harvey combine SL elements to create the play and use every tool in their hands—music being fed in, animation, windlight, decoration, and of course, avatar styling—to create this story. (They also use, incidentally, graphics and machinima in their brilliant posters and teaser movies.)

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For example, in one scene the “Serpent,” played by a beautiful young woman avatar wearing a Snow Rabbit mesh head and a Wasabi pills snake headpiece, dances with Eve, who herself is wearing a Logo mesh head, Slink appendages and not much else. The dance is a melange of animation pieces culled from things like a grindy dance I have seen people doing in hip hop joints to a ballet sequence. I know many of the elements but I am still enrapt because Canary and Harvey have put them together so well.

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Later in the story, Eve convinces Adam to take the apple, and he does and they embrace. It’s romantic and kind of sexy for a moment but then the Son of God and Michael come down, and they realize they have screwed up—big time. The anguish in their movements, the pure sorrow and fear is amazing. Somehow they convey with these simple animations, in this simple space with the music and the avatars, the depth of regret.

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The avatars have been outfitted with attention to every detail. Consider the Michael and the Son of God. These two hunks have to castigate Adam and Eve for giving in to sin, lead them out of paradise down this long cold path, fight with the Satan, and show a vision of the future. It’s a lot for these two to bear but they do it with style.

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Now that I have compelled you to want to see this (and I really hope I have), let me give you some details. The performance is held at the Basilique Playhouse. Tickets are 1000L each (well worth it) or you may sponsor a performance. (For example, Miamai is sponsoring the opening performance.) The first performance will be in April and if you miss it, don’t worry. They will be staging performances through April and May as well and sponsorships are still open (hint hint). All performances are on weekend days at 1 pm slt. And finally, and MOST importantly, half of the sponsorship fees go to adopt a critically endangered mountain gorilla through World Wildlife Fund.

Want to know all the news? Follow Canary’s website for all the details.

Paradise Lost Teaswer Poster 1 FINAL

“Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. ” ~ John Milton, Paradise Lost

The Son of God (in white)

Robe: FATEPlay – Ithron – Ice from FATEPlay

Mantle: La reserve – Assassin Mantle Men from La reserve

Skin: TELLAQ – Seydou from Tellaq

Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Coffee  from IKON

Archangel Michael (in black)

Armour:Dark Prophet Designs “Rebel” from Dark Prophet Designs

Scar: Dark Prophet Designs Facial Scar 5 from Dark Prophet Designs

Skin – Tellaq “Massimo Skin Style 1” from Tellaq

Eyes – Tellaq “Greenbeam” from Tellaq

Wings:*TRAUM* IronBlade Wings DarkStyle  from TRAUM

Avatars constructed by Canary Beck and Harvey Crabsticks.

The Little Fairy

The Little Fairy

Let the little fairy in you fly! ~ Rufus Wainwright

The Little Fairy

Genre’s new event is all about fae and so I did my best to wear the gorgeous pieces that they are offering to find the little fairy in myself. I started with this cute dress from Augurer with its sparkly otherworldly pattern and matched Plurabelle Laszlo’s darling little fairy slippers. Gorgeous fractal wings from Kerryth Tarantel add a shine to the whole look (remember when wings were SO in?) and a lovely little mesh blossom necklace and earrings from Ellantha Larsson complete the look.

The Little Fairy

Cherelle Capra has made a lovely vanity with cosmetics (which I didn’t rez) and stool for fairies to use for beautifying. (It is said fae are vain little creatures, apparently, who like to look their best as they flit around doing lovely deeds.) Little butterflies flit around the mirror. Of course, to be most beautiful, a fae needs to have an etherial skin and eyes. I picked up Hlin Bluebird’s darling skin at The Dressing Room Fusion. The brilliant part is it comes with ALL appliers you could ever need for a ridiculously low price and a lovely subtle makeup, perfect for fairies—or spring. I wore Constance Daehlie’s lashes from Genre to pop my eyes, which are gorgeous—bright fairy colors from Chandra Masala. And Mina Nakamura’s casual, wind-tossed style completes my look.

The Little Fairy

Everytime a child says ‘I don’t believe in fairies’ there is a a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead. ~ James M. Barrie

Hair: M I N A – HUD – Nikky – Essentials by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Skin: al vulo- Cara*  ice blonde brow fairy by Hlin Bluebird for Al Vulo, available at Dressing Room Fusion

Eyes: Jalwa – Wisp (Sea) by Chandra Masala for Jalwa, available at Genre *

Lashes: #adored – ka-pow lashes by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Genre *

Dress: .Luminary. Ella Dress – Blue by Augurer for .Luminary., available at Genre *

Jewelry: .:ellabella:. Dulcina – Blueth by  Ellantha Larsson for.:ellabella:., available at Genre *

Wings: Spyralle Fractal Wings Series 12 Mint by Kerryth Tarantal for Spyralle, available at Genre

Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai – Brennil – Shoe f. Standard Feet – Green by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai, available at Genre *

[CIRCA] – “Enchanted Meadow” – Fae Vanity Seat and [CIRCA] – “Enchanted Meadow” – Fae Vanity Table by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA], available at Genre *

Poses by Trieste Minuet for !bang