Blue Monday

It’s a blue Monday only in color—not in feelings.

Blue Monday

It’s truly a delightful Monday. Miko Omegamu has just come out with another dress, and as always, it’s the picture of elegance and sophistication. One of the best pieces any woman can have in her wardrobe is a wrap dress and Miko makes this to perfection with a silk charmeuse fabric, elegantly tailored. I decided to dress it up with pearls from Mouse Mimistrobell and matching slingbacks from Pixieplumb Flanagan. A little clutch from Indyra Seigo adds a little pop.

Blue Monday

Finally I wear an elegant twist from Elikapeka Tiramisu (this outfit is all about twists and wraps if you didn’t notice) and Mocksoup Graves adds a perfect tint with her lip stain on a beautiful birthday gift Rhapzody Wilde offered at her store celebration.

Blue Monday

I petition that we call it silk Monday and wear silk.

Hair: [e] Breathe-Blonde 02 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: BDay Gift~Mynerva~Adele Bcup by Rhapzody Wilde for Mynerva

Makeup: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Cherry Cordial Lip Creme(Lipcolor only) by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K Cosmetics

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

Dress: *ICING* Joan – Blue by Miko Omegamu for *ICING* *

Necklace: Dark Mouse 50’s Strand Pearl Necklace – White by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

Earrings: Dark Mouse 50’s Pearl Stud Clip – White by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

Bracelet: Armidi Gisaci – Triple Pearl Bracelet (L) – Classy by London Armidi for Armidi

Clutch: Indy&Co.: Snakeskin Clutch-Honeysuckle by Indyra Seigo for Indyra Originals

Shoes: BM Mia Pumps – Blues & Greens by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Portlandia

A friend of mine clued me into a new show that’s gone viral online but will be starting up on the IFC channel in the US on Jan. 21. Called “Portlandia,” it’s about folks who live in Portland. I am not sure how they will make a series of a bunch of comedy sketches but I look forward to seeing more episodes anyway. The first episode, especially the opening, reminded me a lot of SL.

Portlandia

I assembled this Portlandia-type outfit (tattoos are covered). First we have a terrific leather jacket from moonbubble Gothly over a striped shirt from Hudsen Armidi (who claims “death” in his profile). Then I wear some great low-slung bell bottoms from Aranel Ah over clogs from Amandine Arai. Tie on a scarf from SySy Chapman, and I am set. The fun part about this outfit is it was so hodgepodge but it came together so nicely for me. I was just feeling the Portland vibe.

Portlandia

A young woman from Portland needs a fresh look (from sleeping late and drinking organic chai from recycled cups wrapped in burlap). Tuli Asturias’ Emma skin is pretty enough to do the job.

Portlandia

And needless to say I am in love this newer hair from Truth Hawks, named after someone I know (I swear). With a color change cap and optional streak, it’s gorgeous and perfect for our Portland girl.

Portlandia

A small disclaimer: I shot these photos using screen capture with shadows in Phoenix. For some reason taking a photo IN the client doesn’t keep the shadows for me.

The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland
The tattoo ink never runs dry
The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland
All the hot girls wear glasses, yeah!
The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland
Sleep til 11, you’ll be in heaven
The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland
The dream is al-ii-ive!

Hair: >TRUTH< Tatum Streaked – caramel by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [:T:] Emma / tan / bl :: 05 Sweetheart by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Jacket: [ bubble ] Brown Leather Jacket by moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ]

Shirt: (Elephant Outfitters) Sailor Striped Sweater – Black/White by Hudsen Armidi for Armidi

Pants: *BOOM* Seaman Pants pitch by Aranel Ah for *Boom*

Scarf: SYSY’s Comfy scarf – black by SySy Chapman for SySy’s

Shoes: :)(: Babsy Clogs Brown by Amandine Arai for :)(: PIXELFASHION

P.S. IF you watch the episode I link, tell me that Colin the chicken is not akin to a Sion chicken.

Power Point

Shenlei Winkler of the Fashion Research Institute has asked me to speak for a series they are doing in SL. I will be presenting at 3 pm slt today at their location to speak about “’Fashion’ Marketing in Virtual Worlds.” It’s nothing earth shattering but you are welcome to come see my pedestrian slides and hear my dulcet tones.

Power Point

That being said, the obvious question will be what will I wear?! If I were smart, I would keep you in suspense, but I am even smarter because I need to show an outfit in today’s blog, and I struck upon the perfect one. This suit and skirt set is a new offering from Nicky Ree and done up in her typical cosmopolitan and elegant style. As usual, Nicky combines the skillful use of prims with great textures. Classy pumps from Tya Fallingbridge (with black accents) complete the ensemble.

Power Point

I wear a dark red lipstick over my skin from Minnu Palen. This set was the first I found that offered the lipsticks on the tattoo layer. Now many skin makers are offering such an option, and it’s a welcome. My one twist from conventional is Truth Hawks’ hair with a streak, further echoing the black and red color theme.

Power Point

“Power corrupts and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.” ~ Vint Cerf

Hair: >TRUTH< Bonnie Streaked – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup5(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Deep Red by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Suit: *DNR* Trixie V1 Sweater Set in Black Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails – Cherry III by Nicole David for Armidi

Shoes: PM Kavika : Red by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode

Better Off Red

I got a chance to enjoy the beautiful music at DBC again today. I really really have to tell you folks that this is an exceptional opportunity to enjoy excellent jazz on Wednesday afternoons (evenings in Europe), performed live at a club in Zurich, Switzerland, called Jazz Baragge. JfR Beaumont and Mady Schumann stream SL into the club while they stream the video from the club back at us. Between sets they talk to people in SL and at the club. They also stream the show on the web so you catch watch and listen to it there and chat to the folks in SL and vice versa on a chat bridge. You want to tell the saxophonist he is amazing? They will relay the message for you. AND you can get the performances in podcasts from iTunes.

Better Off Red

The outfit has nothing to do with the Jazz Baragge except I wrote this blog while listening to some great jazz (and the guy at the mic speaking in German while JfR was commentating in French.. oh my brain.) I am donning this sexy red outfit by Alissa Phaeton because I have had it in queue to be blogged for so long. The corset with the dropped sleeves is seductive with a great fishnet stocking to complete the outfit. Wear it alone or with a skirt—it’s sexy and fun.

Better Off Red

I love wearing it with a red lipstick, this one from a former offering from Tuli Asturias for The Dressing Room. I am looking forward to more Helena skins. My favorite blonde shade from Truth Hawks is “seaspray,” and I show it in this great ponytail with color changing band. A pretty tied collar from Ameshin Yossarian finishes off the outfit.

Better Off Red

Finally, the boots are a new offering from Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter. With their finely textured vamp and great heel, these boots are going to be a new hit on the grid. Looking closely you can see LeeZu’s artistic work with strips, polka dots and grunge flourishes. Back up and you see the great stacked bands of leather running around the calf.

Better Off Red

My secret fantasy is to go to Zurich some day to see Jazz Baragge on a Wednesday night. Just sayin’…

Hair: >TRUTH< Tara – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Helena 02 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: *Urbanista* Kai Bodysuit – red by Alissa Phaeton for *Urbanista*

Collar: Haesy Choker – Red by Ameshin Yossarian for Curious Kitties

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails – Cherry III by Nicole David for Armidi

Boots: .*Courtisane*. Esprit De Sable RED by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for Courtisane *

More Knitting

I know you’re all dying to know about my forays into knitting. Well, it’s been… dangerous. No, I didn’t poke myself in the eye. I went to the knitting store down the block and the other one a few miles from my house and was caught rubbing the skeins against my face. And then I was forced (*forced* I tell ya) to purchase a skein of angora wool that came in variegated shades with a deep blue base (called, appropriately, “Neruda”). So I have started Project Three before Project Two is done. But Project One IS done. So I am off on my latest project, which is a simple scarf with a 1 X 1 stitch. It’s so easy it’s stupid. But the yarn.. *sigh*. It’s so soft and so pretty.

Knitting

The problem with the yarn stores is they show completed projects and they look soooo beautiful and almost achievable. The ladies sitting in the stores are doing sweaters and shawls and socks and making it all look so fun and simple, you think, well dang, I can do that. A hundred bucks later, you ARE doing it and swearing you will never stop because if you do, that’s a hundred bucks of stash.

This sweater from machang Pichot would be more than a hundred bucks of yarn and it would be quite the accomplishment for ANY knitter. I am guessing the yarn is an aran, probably a good wool, something from Scotland. I can only image the graph that would generate the pattern. Machang is certainly ambitious. She even got tassles on this sweater, and it’s very comfy with its finely shaped sculpty sleeves and main body. (That button alone has to cost a good $20 in real life.. really.)

Knitting

Then you have the little knit boot cuffs from Emma Gilmour. Definitely a fine gauge knit, probably wool (waterproof, dontcha know) over a fine cowboy boot. The jeans are from Juju Armidi. The hair is an updo from Truth Hawks, to keep it out of my face. And underneath it all? A very fine gauge knit tank from Truth Hawks as well, offered in the 10-10-10 set, and made of a silk yarn.

Knitting

Once the needles are in your hands, everything looks like it should be knit.

Hair: >TRUTH< Midori – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 3/br) :: 01a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Jacket: AOHARU_PonchoCardigan_NordicBR by machang Pichot for AOHARU *

Top: >TRUTH< Tanks10 [sky/sand] by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available in the 10-10-10 vendor at Callie Cline

Jeans: Armidi – Grace Jeans – Faded Chic 1 by Juju Armidi for Armidi

Boots: [SC] Surf Couture – Elsa Boots – White by Emma Gilmour for Surf Couture

Chair and poses: [what next] Knitanista Set (boxed) by Winter Thorn and FrankLee Anatra for [what next]

Rug: SideWays Tibetan Karela Rug (red, burgundy, green) by Kimba Sideways

Golden Girl

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever. ~ Horace Mann

Golden Girl

Gold seems so permanent, but really it’s ephemeral. Think about it—the golden sunlight of a fall day, the golden years of someone’s life, the golden promise of a new love—all over in a second it seems. Ava Lu captures the idea of a golden moment with a dress from the new fall Paper Couture collection, with gold that shimmers. this dress is particularly beautiful with its combination of great system piece use and sculpties.

The collar, loosely inspired by African silhouettes (as is most of the collection it seems), tops a “standard” asymmetrical, just-above-the knee dress. But the fabric of the dress is fantastic—gold underlaid with a distorted liquid metal vaguely animal print. It’s accented by a large gold peapod and flouncy waist tie.  Dark plum tights shot through with gold threads accents the dress.

Golden Girl

Hart Larsson’s skins are the only choice for such an elegant dress. With their hand-drawn character (Hart paints in his spare time in RL), Hart creates women whose faces seem less airbrushed and more realistically beautiful, although such beauty is rare. I wonder sometimes if this is Hart’s ideal woman, the one he hopes to meet some day.

Golden Girl

“You have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.” ~ James Matthew Barrie

Hair: =TEKUTEKU=gloss(cream) by momo Foulon for TEKUTEKU

Skin: [PXL] Candy NAT NE NudeLips MEB by Hart Larsson for PXL *

Dress: p.c; Gathered Skins by Ava Lu for Paper Couture, available at the Modavia Fashion Week

Nails: Candy Nail #P027 Clear French 3color change by peche Bury for Candy Nail

Shoes: [Armidi Gisaci] Barcelona Slingback  – Bole w/Gold by Nicole David for Armidi

Born to Be Wild

There is something so sexy and exciting about animal prints.

Born to Be Wild

For her fall line, Anyusha Lilienthal has combined snakeskin, leopard print and zebra print with lace and leather for a whole themed line. This cute dress with a handkerchief hem looks like she has sawn panels of zebra skin in pieces to create a skirt under the snakeskin bodice. Sexy and simple, it’s graced by a stylish neck scarf.

Born to Be Wild

I show it with a new skin from Dragos Janus. His line of skins are more pronounced, very bold with bright makeups and strong features. I have thought about why such stronger make ups might be preferred by some residents, and I can only conclude that on smaller monitors, they are simply more distinguishable.

Born to Be Wild

The shoes are the very fashionable bootie/high heel combos that are so stylish now, made by Claire Messenger. I am seeing boots with the peep toe in magazines for the fall and wondering why anyone would bundle themselves up just to expose their toes, but in SL it makes all sorts of sense—you wanna show off your prim toes. Add to that the sexy way the material wraps around the ankle and the brilliant color-change heels (I chose red just for pop).

Born to Be Wild

Wild thing, you make my heart sing:

Hair: =TEKUTEKU= Marbles(black) by momo Foulon for =TEKUTEKU=

Skin: [eStyle Exquisite]  Venice X3 – fair 24 by Dragos Janus for eXquisite *

Dress: Ibizarre Zebra Dress by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre *

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails – Cherry III by Nicole David for Armidi

Shoes: N-core CHERIE XtremeHeel “Black pattent” BOXED by Claire Messenger for N-core

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works *

Faithful Mirror

I became friends with Todd Action after I started going regularly to dance at Tiphares on Sunday nights. Todd is, like many men in SL, interested in representing his real self with his avatar. He has no desire to look buff or young–he just wants to be himself.

And his self is a very creative and productive one. From the amazing music he spins faithfully every other Sunday night to his culinary and artistic adventures on his blog, les jeux de cahiers de cuisine, Todd amazes me with his creativity and aesthetic. He creates in real life–books, bouquets, reading sheds, gardens, dinners, cognac–that prove a life lived productively is a good life.

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“Water is my eye, most faithful mirror”
Teardrop, Massive Attack covered by Jose Gonzalez

Faithful Mirrow

I am always me, the RL me, in SL, always have been. We all go through our phases of wings and gothyness (though sometime I do still have an affinity for certain dark articles of clothing i have bought over the years) and such in SL but I passed those by mostly after the first few weeks. I’ve only ever bought three skins. I upgrade once a year once some new strides in technology or art change the texture of us. Never had a woman AV, or a creature.

Perhaps I am boring in this way, or somehow old-fashioned, but I never pretend to be more or less than I actually am. My avatar’s first name is my own and If i could have picked my real last name when i signed up I would have.

Faithful Mirrow

So, for the most part, I dress like I do in RL. Some casualwear, some formalwear. Things I would, and do, buy in the real world, things i actually own and often am wearing at the same time in both worlds. Items that appeal to a very personal sense of style. i am very choosy when it comes to clothes in SL. This is one of my favorite outfits because of the detail on the items, especially on the pullover, that small bit of graphic design. Hair, I think, has been the hardest to find to match who I am. I had to gray this myself.

My eyes are, in fact, a texture taken from a photo of my real eyes. I used to go around, however, with my primOptic glasses set to an opaque white. I did this for some private reasons and I suppose it does say something about the inner me my friends, both the RL and SL models, come to know over a long period of time.

Faithful Mirrow

I do make an exception with one otherSLworldly item: my clockwork heart. Click on it and the small doors open and all the gears are awhirl inside. That is one thing I would replace in RL if I could with its SL equivalent.

Faithful Mirrow

Most faithful mirror:

Hair: .::MADesigns Hair::. ~ JORDAN ~ ASHG III by Maddox DuPont for MADesigns

Skin: [LeLutka]-ABSOLUTE-pale-base-faceA_1by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Glasses: primOptic Stilo glasses 1.14o by Nibb Tardis for primOptic

Pullover: Men’s White Zipper Turtleneck by Bastion Weyland for Rogue Men’s Clothing

Jeans: Armidi Limited – (Male/Loose) A001 Jeans [Dirty Classic] by Nicole David for Armidi

Heart: Heart of automata SP version with cover by Aoimizuno Meili for * LPP* SteamPunk & Cyber Doll

Watch: Eliver’s Steampunk WristWatch by Eliver Delphin for Eliver’s little Victorian shop

Shoes: Old Shoe (Brown) by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Grandma

Isn’t it odd how things in SL can be so evocative and tangible? It seens a kind of a “duh” statement but the things you see in SL really can remind you of RL things. This is a deeper idea that it seems at first. I could get all esoteric, start talking about semiotics, poststructuralism, etc. But instead I would like to talk about my grandma.

Grandma

My grandma (my dad’s mom) was a tall thin graceful woman (who passed many of her genes on to my dad that somehow missed me). She liked fine things but didn’t have enough of them in her life so she was careful with the ones she had. I remember her entire closet was filled with clothes that dated back from the 20s and 30s, covered carefully in fabric to keep them in good condition. So going through her closet was like going through a history of women’s fashion.

She would have definitely worn an ensemble like this. In fact, I remember she had a blouse very similar to this one, but not so bright—navy blue I believe. This one is made by Antonia Marat and in her typical nod to retro, she has the big polka dots, the rolled up sleeves, and the collar. I show it with a slim skirt from Onyx LeShelle.

Grandma

This skin from Hart Larsson reminds me of my grandmother too..when she was younger—she was beautiful. She had beautiful skin. She kept her hair about this length, but not with a bow in it. And it wasn’t red. She always had her hands manicured, and these nails from London Armidi reflect the sort of nails a woman who takes care of a family and her home would have.

Grandma

The reason I have gone on this trip down memory lane is because of these shoes from Emma Gilmour. Spectator pumps! Emma’s work on these shoes is exquisitely detailed. Look at the buckle. Check out the cork soles. And finally those punched decorative details. My grandmother had some awesome shoes, especially spectator pumps. I remember them quite well.

Grandma

I didn’t inherit her thinness but I did inherit her love of style… ;)

Hair: (fd) Jennyfly – Burger Clown by Toast Bard for fashionably dead

Skin: [PXL] Candy SK CE RedLips MEB by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Top: /artilleri/ Selma blouse (red/white dots) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Skirt: Maitreya HighSkirt Ivory by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Bracelet: Armidi Gisaci – Triple Pearl Bracelet (L) – Classy by London Armidi for Armidi

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails (S20) – Cherry III (L) by Nicole David for Armidi

Shoes: [SC] Surf Couture – Nantucket Spectators – Red by Emma Gilmour for Surf Couture, available at the Shoe Fair

Polka Dot Princess

The princess, the girl who has everything, who can wear anything, who will wear anything and wear it as she pleases… that’s what I want to be sometimes.

Polka Dot Princess

It’s easy to be a princess in this dress from Kimmera Madison. With its sculpty puffs and bows, it’s not something just any woman can wear. Kimmera has always managed to make her textures so real with the right highlights and shadows and a richness in the material that is not easy to replicate. Our princess is definitely not wearing off-the-rack.

Polka Dot Princess

I show it with a lovely skin from Lorac Farella that I spotted in her remodeled store/sim. I love the subtlety of the skin, which could serve a blonde as well as a brunette. The lips are luscious, the eye makeups subtle and sophisticated, and especially nice is the collarbone, which is not a “stain” as I see on so many skins, but a drawn beautiful feature.

Polka Dot Princess

“Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” ~ Princess Diana

Hair: MIEL SUN HAIR – brown 5 by Mika Nieuport for MIEL

Skin: Pulse Skin Trinity/M 2 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Tres Beau “Polka Spot” Brown by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Chocolate Diamond Necklace and Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: [Armidi Gisaci] Barcelona Slingback  – Bole w/Gold by Nicole David for Armidi