I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific. —Lilly Tomlin


When someone new meets me in SL, I want to say, no, I don’t look like this. I am constantly in a state of half-dressed, shoeless, wrong hair, mismatch because I am rifling through my inventory looking for another outfit to make. The truth is, I don’t really know what “Harper” looks like anymore. All I know is she is pretty eclectic.

For example, today’s look is a tan, dark-haired, almost-mysterious beauty. With a well-made top from Anouk Spot (and perfectly fashioned with cap sleeves and a pretty bow at the waist), billowing knickers from nakajima Villota and cute granny boots from Cerberus Noel, our girl has a fashionable flair.


The beauty of this ensemble is in the details—the eyebrow-grazing straight black hair from Truth Hawks and the smooth skin from Alexandra Barcelos. The real beauties of this look, however, are the accessories. First, the eclectic necklace and bracelet from Danielle Astonia with their varied beads and layers of leather wrapped to make a terrific look. Then there are the nails and rings from Chrome Runner, which fit almost perfectly and with a lot of versatility. The set includes a script that allows you to turn on up to five various rings on each finger. I am impressed.


Eclecticism is the word. Like a jazz musician who creates his own style out of the styles around him, I play by ear. ~ Ralph Ellison

Hair: >TRUTH< June – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Ana . Tan . Ice by Alexandra Barcelos for Filthy Skins *

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

Top: {mon tissu} Park Avenue Top – White by Anouk Spot for {mon tissu}

Pants: ::bb:: black pants 1030 by nakajima Villota for BEGGARS BANQUET

Necklace and bracelet: *Esmeralda Bracelet Black (Left)* and *Esmeralda Necklace Black (Long) – Chest* by Danielle Astonia for La Forgia Jewels

Nails and rings: [:S&V:] Egyptian Rings & Nails – Silver by Chrome Runner for Sin & Virtue

Boots: *GF* Short Lace-Up Boots[V2] –Black- by Cerberus Noel for G Field


By the way, I want to give a shout out to our friends at Linden Lab, especially Oskar (who has put his neck out to let residents chop his head off). It appears that group chat is NOT LAGGING! Muah muah, Seattle and SF!

Lauren at Christmas

Every holiday it’s a new shock. Children you once knew as giggling drooling fat babies are driving cars now. Your oldest niece, Lauren, has brought her boyfriend to the Christmas party this year. He’s tall and lanky, a nice enough young man. What alarms you, really, is that Lauren, this little girl who once asked you to help her wash her hair and whose thin body, ribs showing, shivered as you wrapped a towel around her, who proudly wore a tiny blue spangled dress you bought her, who beamed when you took her to see the Nutcracker, whose small pink Powerpuff Girl mittens are still in your front closet, left at your house 8 years ago–this same little girl has her fingers entwined with this tall lanky blond man.

Lauren at Christmas

It’s nice to see Lauren has refined her fashion sense in the last few years. Gone are the glittery pink t-shirts, the rainbow socks, the unfortunate green fingernail polish (it was glittering and very bright). Today she comes to the party in a beautiful cotton and lace blouse with floating sleeves from Anouk Spot, of mon tissu, a collective from the artists of Tres Blah and Sand Co. (Nevermind that it’s 12 degrees out—it’s fashion and this is a teenager. Practicality leaves in such circumstances.) Her Maitreya jeans from Onyx LeShelle are rolled up—wait, those are her boyfriend’s jeans. Oh dear. She wears flowered flats from flexagons Villota—more comfortable on her than they ever are on you.

Lauren at Christmas

She is finally getting the hang of makeup and her acne has diminished to reveal a beautiful young woman with glowing skin. The subtle tones that Nena Janus provide do not hurt. Her hair, always pretty, is now wild and free and long and held back by a hair band courtesy of Truth Hawks.

Seeing her looking at her boyfriend adoringly, you are transported back to your first boyfriend, those hungry moments stolen in back seats and empty houses before your parents got home, and your secret dream that that love would last forever. You can almost remember the freshness of your own naivete, the feeling of unlimited strength and potential, the world opening up before you. You pray that she will hold on to this as long as possible, being unbruised, unhurt, and unbroken by the vicissitudes of love and the uncertainties of life.

Lauren at Christmas

Entirely true story.

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

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

Top: {mon tissu} So Boho Blouse – Bisque by Anouk Spot for {mon tissu}

Jeans: Maitreya BF Jeans – #02 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Shoes: +mocha+  –  Flower Flat [F] by flexagons Villota for +mocha+