Tavi Tavi Tavi: An Homage

The news has flown around the internet that Tavi Gevinson is the blogger to read if you want to read about fashion. Only 14 years old, she has become the blogeuse célèbre of fashion, beating out The Sartorialist and Jak & Jil to get a spot in the New Yorker and on their website.

Everyone is curious why Tavi is so popular, but I get it. She is just a girl, in a house in Oak Park, Illinois, who likes to clip photos out of her magazines and make collages and revel in the beauty of her chosen media–fashion. She reminds us not only of our passion for fashion but our passion for something bigger than ourselves when we were young. She reminds us of that plunge into some subject so deeply that it becomes our adolescent obsession.

Tavi Tavi Tavi

In homage to Tavi, I wanted to kind of cop her “look,” which is a combo of high fashion and thrift. I have to say, my look came off more thrift than haute, but this is MY homage, ‘k? First I start with my shape, which I shrunk drastically to match Tavi’s RL 4’10”. Then a dress from Canimal Zephyr, which had that sort of thrift-store prettiness and girly, not sexy, shape that Tavi favors (for reason—she’s 14).

Then I put on a bunch of accessories because Tavi does accessories. First the shawl comes attached to an obi that I have modified so it doesn’t show made by cyam Amat, revealing a sort of thriftiness. Then we have the Tavi glasses, modified to remove the little bow in the middle but I left the cute stars on the corners. The armwarmers—she may or may not wear them but they are fun enough I think she would. I layered two pairs of tights—layering is Tavi’s specialty.

Tavi Tavi Tavi

I chose Gala Phoenix’s skin because it’s so youthful and as I looked at myself, I really did see Tavi and her freshness in this face, especially her bee stung lips and gentle coloring. The hair, from BlueStarRUI Villota tries to replicate her fading red dye job. Tavi does a lot of hair experimenting on a shorter bob like this one. And the flower poof from Lapipi Camel? Totally Tavi. She loves bows, barrettes and flowers.

Tavi Tavi Tavi

Finally, Tavi loves shoes. She has platforms and slippers, pumps and sandals. This is where she doesn’t hold back. I chose Cerberus Noel’s newest shoes to fill the role because their funky, fashionable and youthful square toe and color changable-trim (orange to highlight the arm warmers) plus the fantastic big buckle. The bowed leg warmers from Radio Signals adds the final touch with their whimsical and warm scrunchiness. I did modify the bow to be more olive than was presented in the color change menu that came with the bows.

Tavi Tavi Tavi

I’m just a “Style Rookie”:

Hair: [ Love Soul ] Hair*031-A*Strawberry by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Pure 3 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Dress: Canimal – Fallen (earth brown) by Canimal Zephyr for Canimal

Hair Ornament: Lapipi.:.Be w/ me hair flower.:.PINK (left ear) by Lapipi Camel for :::Lapipi:::

Glasses: [LP] Cute Nerdy Girl Glasses (Stars) by Sakuradawn Lei for Lazy Places (Modified)

Shawl: Rin Otome Shawl & 9type Obi-Matcha by cyam Amat for PopFeel (Modified)

Armwarmers: *Sari’s* Armcandy Armwarmers Orange by Sari Telling for Sari’s

Tights: AMERIE – Gacha_09 by Amerie Spittler for Amerie

Stockings: *aN* TornFishnerTights FOREST by Amerie Spittler for Amerie

Leg Warmers: ~Scribble~ Stocking Stuffer (Brown Legwarmers) by Radio Signals for ~Scribble~ (Modified)

Shoes: *GF* Square-toe Shoes “Sophie” -brown- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle,
Here is my spout,
When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

I'm a Little Teapot

I cried while I sang “I’m a Little Teapot” when I graduated from preschool. I looked out into the big audience of smiling parents and could see strangers everywhere–everyone except my parents (who were there but standing the back where it was too dark for me to see). There’s a whole metaphor there, a poem, (and probably two years of therapy) but I won’t get into it. And perhaps it’s an apt story about being a newbie in SL. (You enter, knowing no one, and stare out at a whole bunch of very strange strangers. It’s the ultimate in performance anxiety.)

What brought the song to mind was this cute little dress with its blue and white chintz pattern made by Quinlan Quimby. I loved the shape of the dress with the shirred sides and sheer underskirt. The textures Quinlan uses are soft and shiny and very perfect for this outfit. Had she extended it to ballgown length, it would make perfect sense in a historic RP sim. However, she has opted for a more contemporary silhouette with the short skirt.

I'm a Little Teapot

I wear it with a new skin from Lorac Farella, part of her Tomorrow line. I really like this set with its more subtle and burnished make-ups and painterly details. Lorac includes a wee beauty mark near the lips, a lovely touch. The porcelain skin is a perfect piece for this silly little teapot trope I have going.

I'm a Little Teapot

Finally new and funky boots from LeeZu Baxter, done under her own label. One thing LeeZu does so fantastically well is create artistic textures with subtle shadowing and wild colors. The boots, the torn stockings from Canimal Zephyr, the cameo from Jackal Ennui (with the BEST ironic store name on the grid, imho) all add up to a cute little outfit, fit for this teapot (who has been known to get steamed up).

I'm a Little Teapot

I’m a very special teapot,
Yes, it’s true,
Here’s an example of what I can do,
I can turn my handle into a spout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

Hair: fri. – Marie – Anxious Blond by Parvarti Monday for fri.day

Skin: Pulse Skin-Tomorrow/M1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse *

Dress: TOSL *Teacup* Dress v1.1 Blue&White by Quinlan Quimby for TOSL

Stockings: Canimal – Ripped stockings – white by Canimal Zephyr for Canimal

Choker: Cameo choker – pure / silver by Jackal Ennui for Lassitude & Ennui

Boots: [LeeZu!] Dncorde Danse Booties /sky by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Little Libertine

“Spitting in a wishing well
Blown to hell… crash
I’m the last splash
I know you, little libertine.”

~ Cannonball by The Breeders

‘Cannonball” is a song I heard a lot in grad school—I had a roommate who ran around in her Doc Martens, blasting Cannonball on her stereo and passionately lecturing me with her hybrid Oxford/American accent about the articulation of snake spines as she cradled a skeleton in her pale hands. Her name was Kate. Kate, whose pet snake’s name was Nate–Nate the Snake.

Little Libertine

Kate would have worn this outfit, no problem. She was not goth but she liked to show off her small shape and pale skin. This new dress from Babyhoney Bailey—it could have gone two ways. With its great ruffles at the neckline and around the skirt, its sexy girly spaghetti straps, I could have dressed it up with stockings and heels, but it was so perfectly Kate, I found Gospel Voom’s Docs in my inventory, pulled on stockings from Canimal Zephyr, and headed out to the club.

Little Libertine

I put on dark lipstick. Now, Kate was not always a make-up wearer but when she did, she liked a dark lip to offset her porcelain skin. This makeup from Tuli Asturias is perfect. Her dark hair was perpetually a mess—the humidity in North Carolina did her in, so this hair from Kavar Cleanslate pretty much fits the Kate bill.

Little Libertine

“I’m the last splash.” ~ The Breeders

Hair: Exile Scene/blackcherry by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 3/bl) :: 10c by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Djinn & Tonic – Roxy Dress (Black) by Babyhoney Bailey for Djinn and Tonic *

Tattoo: AITUI TATTOO – Angelic Embrace I by Jesseaitui Petion for Aitui

Stockings: Canimal – Ripped stockings – black by Canimal Zephyr for Canimal (tinted black)

Boots: [Docs] 8 Hole – F – BLACK [bagged] wear by Gospel Voom for Gos