Snowblind

Snowblind

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My friend, Asima Saad, offered a guest blog out of the blue and I gladly accepted it because I will be out of town for a few days. So here is Asima’s blog with her photos and her story. “I get by with a little help from my friends…” Thank you, Asima.

She waved back over her shoulder to her favorite barista and stepped back out into the cold–too cold–air. She shivered with a little ‘Brr’ sound escaping her lips. Though she knew the walk back to the car would be a long one. When she had arrived the lot was filled with cars, but now it was completely empty.

“…You know when you keep running but your legs are standing still?
It’s like you’re stuck in a nightmare but you keep doing it for the thrill…”

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This all had set the stage for what began to happen next. Without warning, strange white flakes began to descend from the sky. They were large, and at first, she was concerned as to what they were. She’d seen ash fall from a burning building, but this was different. There was no smell of smoke. No flash of flame on the wind. Just the cold, and the peace that came with it.

“…Snowblind
Out of sight and out of mind
Just for tonight, come with me blindly.”

The entire city seemed to just accept this graceful blanket being dropped upon her shoulders ever so gently. And Asima too couldn’t help but but smile skyward. Her skin tingling with chill and excitement. It was her first real snow, and it was quite awe-inducing. That something with so much power, could be so still, and so completely tranquil.

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Hair: Magika – “Reflect” by Sabrina Gully for Magika.

Skin/Head applier: Viola  Applier for *YS&YS* – Tone03 by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS

Mesh head: Slink Visage Mesh Head – Emma V2.2 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Eyes: MADesigns EYES_Mutation ~ dark phase by Maddox DuPont for KMADD

Body: Slink Physique Mesh Body – V2.4 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Jacket: Addams // Janis Winter Coat // Slink(Physique) by AmaliaRainwood for Addams, available at Uber

Scarf: :SEY VH-stole [female/reg.] by Risey Arai for Sey

Skirt: Addams // Sonia Pleated Skirt w/Panties // Slink(Physique) by AmaliaRainwood for Addams, available at Uber

Boots: Reign.- Moccasin Boots- White by KenadeeCole for Reign

Poses: oOo ‘Snowfall’ by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo Studio

Taken at Canton, a Paragraph Role-Play sim

asima comp copy

What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Barely swears to me this look gets the chicks. I can kinda see why. There’s the studied insouciance, the combination of patterns and a sort of funky warm masculinity that shows a touch of boyishness and vulnerability, which is so Barely.

What Barely's Wearing Today

 

What Barely's Wearing Today

Hair – Tableau Vivant – M4rilyn Magic – Victor Hair in Browns

Skin – Hermony – Hermanni Laville – Symon in ST2 @TMD

Eyes – IKON – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Pewter

Jacket/Shirt – V-Spot – VerTig0 Sands – Vintage & Cool  Jacket in Green

Pants – Gabriel – Takuya Jinn – Plaid pants in Red

Glasses – Yummy – Polyester Partridge – Diane Frames

Socks – Adjunct – myVeganCookbook Bolissima – Sock Tops in Nautical Set #3

Boots – Adjunct – myVeganCookbook Bolissima – Le Grimpeur Boots in Monazite

Caught in the Wild

Caught in the Wild

“So, I ask you. Who is the happier elf? She who has braved the seas of life and risked everything, or she who has stood upon the shore and merely existed?” (based on a quote by Hunter S. Thompson)

Caught in the Wild

As it’s known, sometimes I am too lazy to do my own blog so I pull in another avatar who has a fabulous look to stand in for me. Today I feature the avatar Omenapu, who so kindly offered to pose for me and write something up.

She is a tribal elf, wandering the demilitarized territory between two great civilizations. Stealing and hunting to make a living, and rarely mixing with humanity.

Much of this outfit was created by the masterful Pucca Firecaster, whose texturing and design of all things fantasy is second to none. And just begs to be layered and mixed.

 

Caught in the Wild

Don’t be afraid to play with attachments and mix-and-match accessories to achieve a style. Custom tinting is very easy to do on moddable items and can be all you need to tie an outfit together.

I tend to use only moddable items when making an outfit in SL. Very often, I will see a particular part of an item that I like, but do not necessarily care to use the whole item. I’ll edit a face and make parts invisible, and link and attach things in places for which they were not designed, just to get that certain je ne sais quoi.

 

Caught in the Wild

(Credits as given by Omenapu)

Makeup:
:LP: (Little Pricks) Tears of the Crow Face Tattoo v2
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Les%20Reves/104/172/35
– DAMNED – War Stripes Black
– DAMNED – Black Spray
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Les%20Reves/104/172/35
~Blacklace Beauty~ Hi-Gloss Lips
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blacklace/189/131/41

Ears:
*~*Illusions*~* Sylph Ears
*~*Illusions*~* Wrapped Cords for Sylph Ears
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Twilight/191/238/41

Hair & Hair Accessories:
~Tableau Vivant~Nyoki Hair (Winter)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/128/128/23
+Spellbound+ Warrior Feather Headpiece
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Okinawa/93/35/3019

Body & Skin:
-Belleza- Venus
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Belleza/127/78/27
Glam Affair – Roza Basic – Africa – Clean BL
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/128/128/23
(Omen’s own shape)

Eyes:
IKON Promise Eyes (Mesh) – Dune
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/502

Nose-Bone:
AITUI – Bull Horn Septum Piercing – Rodeo
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/AITUI/128/128/42

Collar:
{XA}A Kurs Demand – Collar (black)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Causality/128/124/30

Top: Wild (Gray Cords)
Skirt, Arms, Collar, Thighs: Voodoo
Leg-wraps: Tear Off
Necklace: Trapped Soul
Pauldrons: Raven Pauldron
Bow: Forest’s Scourge
All from PFC
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pirate%20Cove/130/119/53

What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Barely walked in yesterday in this ensemble, looking all cool and hip without being aggravatingly hipster. (Well, maybe a little aggravating.) What Barely has going for him is a cool ease, a fine sense of himself, and some freakin’ awesome socks!

What Barely's Wearing Today

He’s kind of a mix between Brad Pitt and Zach Galifianakis and Louis CK.

What Barely's Wearing Today

Hair – Dura – chiaki Xue – *Dura-Boy*52 in Dark Brown

Skin – Nivaro – ReishiProphet – Rupert Skin in Light Tone

Eyes – IKON – Ikon Innovia – Hope Eyes in Moor

Jacket/Tee – Lapointe & Bastchild – Paul Lapointe – Mens “BLAZER” Jacket

Pants – Wonton – explicitfame – Nikolai Biker Trousers in Khaki

Necklace – KOSH – Lynaja Bade – Thorn Necklace in Copper

Glasses – Sorgo – Arscene Dubrovna – FLINT in Gold

Socks – Pig – Apatia Hammerer – Argyle Sock M. Suspender in Bertram S.

Shoes – Deadwool – Masa Plympton – Dippold Shoes in Black

Photos by Harper

Barely wants you to watch this:

http://www.funnyordie.com/embed/83609486f9

He’s Ba-ack!

He’s Ba-ack!

He’s back like a bad penny, like a persistent cold sore, like my property tax bill, like dandelions in spring, like tiny little seeds in my raspberry jam that jam themselves in between my teeth and I can’t get them out… well you get the point. Barely Texan has wheedled his way back into my blog.

He's Ba-ack!

Barely’s not about the accolades; he doesn’t care if he glitters or glares or struts. He just cares that he looks cool and reflects a unique sartorial presence—when there aren’t barbecue stains on his sweater.

He's Ba-ack!

Barely graces us with this great ensemble including a cardigan/shirt combo from etham, tweed slacks from Leri Miles, boots from Theosophy and hair from Dura. No droopy pants or ‘tude with Barely. Just head-on casual chic.

He's Ba-ack!

Hair – Dura – Chiaki Xue – Boy*52 in Dark Brown

Skin – Skin – Swallow – Luciayes Magic – Daniel Peach in Brown eyebrows

Hairbase – Exile – Kavar Cleanslate – Hairbase 2: Brownie

Eyes – IKON – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Pewter

Necklace – KOSH – Lynaja Bade – Thorn Necklace

Cardigan/Shirt – etham – stephenweiss – James Cardigan in All Colors

Slacks – Leri Miles Designs – Leri Miles – LMDforMen max
Mesh Slacks in Mocha

Shoes – theosophy – Trace Osterham – Lewiston Boots in Moss/Desert

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

Done up while listening to the Pimps of Joytime doing “Keep That Music Playin’”

Out of Touch

OoT 2

Manic moves and drowsy dreams
Or living in the middle
Between the two extremes.

OoT 2

Once in a while I have a guest blogger. I have had Asima Saad on the blog before and she wanted to cook up another look and blog entry, which I gladly accepted. Asima does a lot of RP and loves writing and dressing up. Hope you enjoy her look and story as much as I did.

Leah glanced upward at the clock on the wall and cracked her gum.

The rink was empty, and even the weirdos had called it a night. She shut off the lights to the popcorn machines, and soda fountains, then ran her fingertips along the long red countertop. Some guy had scraped into the red pressboard ‘SLAYER’ with something sharp and her nails glided easily across the deep grooves.

She wiggled her toes in one of the neon high-top sneaker as the music from the sound system wound its way through the vacant rink. She closed her eyes.

OoT 3

“Manic moves and drowsy dreams
Or living in the middle
Between the two extremes”

Synthesizers and drums created a sonic surf that she could swim in. And she lost herself in the rolling tides of the epic tune.

“You’re out of touch
I’m out of time (time)
But I’m out of my head
When you’re not around”

When the sound started to fade, headlights cut their way through the glass of the doorway, and she dropped down, snagging a cluster of keys on her dash to catch her ride home.

OoT 1

You’re out of touch
I’m out of time (time)
But I’m out of my head
When you’re not around.

Hair: [Lelutka]-PINNED hair – Sookie by Thora Charron for Lelutka

Skin: *League* Jen Fair Aqua by Nena Janus for League

Eyes: AG. Destiny Eyes / Water by Kendra Parfort for Avi-Glam

Top: .::deeR::. MESH shoulder cropped top by Sidofox Zsun for deeR

Skirt: :::i::: Ruffled Tutu – XS – Organic Pink by Tatyana Ultsch for Insanya

Leggings: Gawk! Black Aerobic Leggings by Mell McMahon for Gawk!

Bangles: Izzie’s – 80’s Rainbow Bangles mesh by Izzie Button for Izzie’s

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

Shoes: .::deeR::. MESH higher hollywood shoes by Sidofox Zsun for deeR

Narcissus

by Tutsy Navarathna

“Narcissus so himself himself forsook,
And died to kiss his shadow in the brook.” ~ William Shakespeare

Narcissus

The story of Narcissus from Greek mythology is the core word of the illness of narcissism, one where a person can only think of themselves and regard themselves as perfect. In the Ovid’s version of the story, Narcissus rejects the love of the mountain nymph, Echo, and Nemesis, the goddess of revenge decides to punish him. So she lures him to a pool where he saw his own reflection. He falls in love with the one he sees, not realizing at first it is himself.

Tutsy Navarathna took a clever turn with this tale for his latest machinima. An entry in the latest University of Western Australia Machinima Challenge, his film addresses the theme of “Reflections.” Tutsy literally brought a reflection to bear in this film.

I loved the machinima, especially the one that was narrated in French by Tutsy himself and has English subtitles. (See above.) Tutsy Navarathna hails from Paris but currently makes his home in India. Some of his voiceovers come from friends in India. He also involved many friends in the production of the film, including Iono Allen and Alpha Auer. That is what makes this machinima and the competition itself so exciting—the collaboration of artists from all over the planet.

Narcissus

In watching the film, I thought about our own gaze at our avatar, the pride and “love” we have for this figure we have made. How many of us cling to our “selves,” carefully adorning it, protecting our “image” and self. It’s a film that echoes with many layers as we watch, being more than just a literal “reflection” but also a reflection on our selves.

Narcissus

Being the person who does a fashion blog, I asked Tutsy about the fashions he used to make Narcissus, of course. And Tutsy agreed to be the model for this blog. So you get the machinima AND a backstage look at the star.

Tutsy made his own shape and on this long lean shape he piled layers and layers of tattoos and piercings to make his Narcissus contemporary and attractive. In the machinima, his Narcissus is brooding and solitary and almost singularly beautiful. And narcissistic.

You can read more about the competition and the latest entries at the UWA in SL blog here and see more of Tutsy’s work here, including his last three winning entries for their competitions.

Narcissus

“Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading.” ~ W.H. Auden

Hair: Burley Sofian Platinum by Bella Earst for Burley

Skin: Angelicus Raphael+ fallen gods+ blessed by Alia Baroque for Fallen Gods

Makeup: VYC Eyeliner by iantonio Viper for VyC and Fruk manly lip gloss by Chucky Hollak for Fruk

Eyes: Blue grey eyes gaslight Emporium by Vincente Shepherd for Gaslights Emporium

Collar: Tableau vivant minos collar by M4ri1yn Magic for Tableau Vivant

Tattoo: Vestigium- cyber tattoo by Lu Scorpio for Vestigium

Ear: Ear steking ears Mandala by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Gloves: Tableau vivant , Minos gloves by M4ri1yn Magic for Tableau Vivant

Belt: Mandala kookai belt silver by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Pants: avid Byron: pants by Darwin Miszer for Avid

Feet: Hoorenbeek Allen by Ansor Hoorenbeek for Hoorenbeek