Mandarin Orange

Tiger Lily

When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out – because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside. ~ Wayne Dyer

Tiger Lily

The beautiful girl in orange that shows up at the party—who is she who dares to wear orange and wear it so well? What does it say about her? Sonatta Morales made this gorgeous dress, offered at Fashion for Life this year, to catch the eye, and it does that with its exotic print and elegant assembly. From the bow at the shoulder to the sleek primmed skirt, it’s an evening gown for a woman who is bright inside and out.

Tiger Lily

My skin is a lovely Asian look from Gala Phoenix. What works for this skin is that it can be put on a shape and look just right—I have not modifed my shape in any way yet I look perfect. I love the coloring and skin tone. My jewels are courtesy of Tiffy Vella, whose aesthetic is truly based in the early 20th century with her deco motifs and lavish use of pearls. This lovely pair of earrings comes from a new set Tiffy is offering.

Tiger Lily

“Orange is the happiest color.” ~ Frank Sinatra

Hair: **Dura-Boys&Girls**16(Black) by chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: :GP: Honey [Light] Jasmine-Pure 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

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

Dress: Breeze by Sonatta Morales for Sonatta Morales

Jewelry: Eclectica Deco Knot bracelet-pale silver and Eclectica Deco Knot earrings-pale silver by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Shoes: ! haut.monde – Gossip Pumps – Coral Rose by Teresa Republic for haut.monde *

A Heartbreaking Blog of Staggering Genius

“She needs a new journal. The one she has is problematic. To get to the present, she needs to page through the past, and when she does, she remembers things, and her new journal entries become, for the most part, reactions to the days she regrets, wants to correct, rewrite.” ~ Dave Eggers

A Heartbreaking Work

Since I was talking about crushes a few days ago, I have to bring up Dave Eggers, who I admire greatly. He wrote the book for my generation in the US—A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius when he was a young man—a sort of diary but so much more. After that, rather than self-indulgent Generation Y writing, he chose to reach out to the bigger world in his novels and his work. Now he leads 826 National, a non profit writing and tutoring center for kids in San Francisco. I could go on and on about how inspiring this man is. And his writing is damn good too ;)

Apropos of nothing about Dave Eggers, I show a pretty summery look. Well actually this is the kind of girl I think would like Dave—a beautiful sophisticated but not pretentious lady in a simple summer dress from AvaGardner Kungler and little shoes from Elikapeka Tiramisu.

A Heartbreaking Work

A pretty summer skin from Gala Phoenix with bold flowery colors to match the colors of the dress and my namesake hair from Queue Marlowe, and it’s a pretty look for a fangirl for a pretty awesome person.

A Heartbreaking Work

“Still though, I think if you’re not self-obsessed, you’re probably boring.” ~ Dave Eggers

Hair: harper mahogany by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Chic-Flair 2 with :GP: Chic-Dark Brows (Tintable) by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: (Kunglers) TDRB #26 – Summer Dress by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Necklace: NHA! Necklace Samy by kyrha Bouscario for NHA!

Shoes: [e] Flair Flats – Watermelon (SoM Gift) by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Sofa prop: [Starstruck] Langar Sofa Green Sequin RARE by Cyclic Gearz for Starstruck

Brief Interviews

“[T]his was what one might call a quote Granola Cruncher, or post-Hippie, New Ager, what have you, in college where one is often first exposed to social taxonomies we called them Granola Crunchers or simply Crunchers, terms comprising the prototypical sandals, unrefined fibers, daffy arcana, emotional incontinence, flamboyantly long hair, extreme liberality on social issues, financial support from parents they revile, bare feet, obscure import religions, indifferent hygiene, a gooey and somewhat canned vocabulary, the whole predictable peace-and-love post-Hippie diction….”

~ David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, ‘#6   E——— on “How and Why I Have Come to be Totally Devoted to S——— and Have Made Her the Linchpin and Plinth of My Entire Emotional Existence”, The Paris Review

Brief Interviews

I recently read the above story from David Foster Wallace and was reminded why I had such a big crush on him while he was alive (which he is not anymore, having tragically committed suicide after a long battle with depression and tinkering with his meds, which proves to be a cautionary tale). He was the kind of man who is sensitive and abhorrent all at once, vulnerable as a tomcat’s wet pink nose, brutal in his masculinity, uncomfortable in the knowledge of his inborn inheritance as a quote Straight White Male .[1] You could smell through his writing his struggle with his need to be Male while being Sensitive, Thoughtful, and all those things a good post-feminist man should be. He quarreled with his own existence vis a vis women, as evidenced in his book, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. [2] (The character speaking in the above was not Him—David Foster Wallace—but him—a representative of a male type DFW clearly had encountered as have many of us because DFW’s greatest gift was seeing the smallest cultural cues and entwining them in his epic works.) What made DFW so abhorent is that you knew he was going to be the kind of man who was kind, giving, understanding, and attentive, humble and profound when you met him, but the day after he would be the kind of man who would crush you when he did not call you in the morning as he suggested.

This is his Granola Cruncher, all free and loose in her tie-dye dress from Larcoco Mathy, barefeet from Siddean Munro slipped into little Birkenstocks from Take Lowey. (Thank goodness for multiple attachments—oh yes, I did.) Her lustrous blonde hair is wavy and loose, banded by a loose leather tie and beads from Truth Hawks.

Brief Interviews

But it’s her face he sees—the freckles scattered over her nose, the gentle blush of her cheeks, the exactitude of the shape of her lips (with a tiny ridge down the middle of her lower lip, two dimples teasing at the corners of her mouth)—all supplied by Gala Phoenix.

Brief Interviews

Why?Truthfully, he was really good-looking.

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

Skin: :GP: Petal [Dark] Chic-Noir 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: ::C’est la vie !:: tie-dye summer dress(blue) by Larcoco Mathy for ::C’est la vie !::

Bracelet: [BO] Leather and Beads Bracelet by Heather Rau for Black Orchid *

Sandals: magi take sandal [M][L][ blue ]  by Take Lowey for Magi

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied v2.0 Barefeet Low by Siddean Munro for SLink

[1] He, however, was not as bad as the police captain in Junot Diaz’ masterpiece “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” who was “one of those very bad men that not even postmodernism can explain away.”

[2] The story cited in the above quote was awarded the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and possibly was the precipitant for his receipt of a MacArthur Fellowship.

Dreaming of a Mojito

One of my favorite drinks is the mojito. I really got hooked on them when I went to Tampa for SLCC and sat at the bar with Lauren Weyland and Eshi Otawara and several others, enjoy the great drinks. Yum!

Calypso

So this beautifully done dress from Tammany Goodliffe makes me think of a fruity refreshing mojito (though it’s less lime than orange). With its great tropical print and excellent construction (that’s a sculpty skirt there but you would hardly even think about it the way it is fitted to the avatar and the way it moves), it’s an antidote to “spring-is-too-damn-long-coming.” Tammany’s work is perfection from top to bottom.

Calypso

I wore it to match the ethereal skin Gala Phoenix has recently released—May. Gala has combined photoreal features with artistically rendered elements to create a more mature, more refined skin for her customers. The lips are absolutely luscious this time—not overdone or oversized and her eyebrows are perfection.

I wear the set with one of AvaGardner Kungler’s beautiful jewelry sets. Ava makes jewelry go beyond the representative to the artistic in SL. I can really imagine these beads as an intricate couture piece for both the necklace and ring. This is part of a series she is completing based on nature; the next series will be about the ocean. I can’t wait!

Calypso

Finally, my shoes are a warm weather showstopper from Sissy Pessoa. Available at the Shoe Fair, they have all the earmarks of a chic summertime shoe—straps lacing up the foot, a sexy, more casual wedge, and golden python, which seems to be Sissy’s specialty. These would be perfect at a club or bar ocean side, where mojitos can be leisurely sipped.

Calypso

“When life gives you limes, make a mojito!”

Hair: [e] Follow – Blonde 07 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Skin: :GP: Petal [Light] May-Blackbird 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Steel Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: salt. calypson batik by Tammany Goodliffe for salt.

Necklace and Ring: (Kunglers Extra) Aroeira – necklace golden and ring – golden by Avagardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Shoes:Baiastice_Maxine wedge-gold pyton by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Swoon

Just remember to fall in love,
there’s nothing else,

there’s nothing else

~ ”Swoon” by the Chemical Brothers

Swoon

Swoon at this look. First we have this gorgeous new lingerie from camille yosuke, who has been making women in SL sexy for years. Her look is always delicate, soft and alluring, and in this ensemble, a bit dressed up and classy. I love camille’s pastel choices for her lingerie—she reminds us that a lady likes to feel pretty as well as sexy. I dressed up the ensemble with a new set from accessories from Tiffy Vella—long gloves, tied at the top and a choker cinched with a gem.

Swoon

The news is my skin, which is an exclusive for the Skin and Shape Expo, a makeup version Gala Phoenix made for her new May set. Gala mixes photosourced elements with skillful artistry to create this glowing skin, which shows a face that is young but more elegant than some of her previous work. I really like it.

Swoon

“There’s nothing else….”

Hair: [e] Rhythm – Blonde 02 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: :GP: Petal [Light] May-Expo Exclusive 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio, available at the Skin and Shape Expo

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Green 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Lingerie: May Cream Lingerie Set by INSOLENCE by camille Yosuke for Insolence *

Choker and gloves: Eclectica “Swoon” (ivory) by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: TIPTOESquare Toe Pump-Cream Roses by F4 Forzane for TipToes

Posing chair by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations.

Night Out

After a couple of weeks of hard work, it’s time for a night out.

Night Out

Monica Outlander makes that easy with her latest dress, Jeanie. With its romantic ruffles skillfully placed in asymmetrical fashion around a full skirt bustled with a gemmed bow, this dress is a mix of old-fashioned and modern. The simple bodice with its artfully placed shoulder piece and delicate embellishment weighs the heaviness of the skirt perfectly.

Night Out

I wear it with this delicate Asian skin from Gala Phoenix, which is almost a retro look. I have seen a look like this on reproductions of postcards, images of which I can’t find right now (though this is close). This skin was a huge boost for me when I first go it—I really like finding skins of other ethnicities in SL. I wear with Ikon’s lovely eyes (as always) and a set of earrings from Mouse Mimistrobell whose intricate construction echo the swirls on the dress. (I love when I can do this!)

Night Out

“I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.”  ~Jorge Luis Borges

Hair: :Liriope: ELN black by Ilze Erin  for :Liriope:

Skin: :GP: Honey [Dark] Jasmine-Tangerine 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

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

Dress: Miamai_Jeanie Rust by Monica Outlander for Miamai *

Earrings: Dark Mouse Vintage Drop Dead Diamond Earring – Copper by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

FAQ

Q: A/S/L?
A: Old enough, plenty, and Second Life.

FAQ

Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Today it is mustard because I am wearing this awesome outfit from Ivey Deschanel. Ivey never fails to surprise me with her fashion versatility. Just when I think she is a little neko/goth girl designer, she comes out with a sexy elegant outfit like this one with its blousy sleeves and wrap tied shape. I love the little leather shorts with dark tights (rather than a mini for once), the beautiful almost-floral texture on the top, the graceful sleeves and tie. Paired with funky little boots from Violace Huntress (with color change socks and boots), this is an outfit I could live in.

FAQ

Q: What is your favorite lip gloss flavor?
A: Well today it’s Cranberry Crush, because that’s the flavor on this luscious skin from Gala Phoenix. With my kissable lips, I am guessing it might become your favorite flavor today too ;)

Q: Do you dye your hair?
A: It would seem that way, wouldn’t it? But could any bottle of dye come up with a color as rich and exciting as the one on this new hair from Bubbles Clawtooth? I think not.

FAQ

Q: Do you look like your avatar?
A: No, but my mind looks like her.

Hair: Clawtooth: Cat Call – Red eye flight by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] Yum-Cranberry Crush BL by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Outfit: Sn@tch Once More With Feeling-Mustard by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch *

Boots: *VioMagic* Skathi Shoes by Violace Huntress for *VioMagic*

Young Blood

A newscast on NPR said teenagers were the easiest dollar on the market, especially for virtual goods. If you wanted an audience who was going to drop money impulsively, it was young people. That was a few years ago, when the economy was quite a bit better. I can’t help but notice that the whole zeitgeist of SL has trended younger as of late, however. We’re seeing more elven ears, more piercings, more casual slouchy sweaters and more ambiguous gender representations. We’re seeing a lot fewer ballgowns and the sort of suburban middle class swinger sexual drama that SL used to have.* Has LL been going after the younger users without us knowing?

Young Blood

Some of the creators in SL get this. For example, this outfit by angelsan Brucato, which shows lots of desirable features—the sculpted hood and vest, the cutesy boots, the low slung belt and darker funky colors—is perfect for a young blood. She even gives us a little peek of skin with a low cute neckline on the sweater. I love how she pays attention to the details—bows on the cuffs, little hair clips on the belt (which is adorable), a hair piece with hat, a knit texture on the vest that may become the colorway of the first sweater I knit. And the entire outfit, including boots, is a mere 199L—perfect for a young person’s budget (or an older one trying to play young like me).

Young Blood

Gala Phoenix has also played to a younger aesthetic with her skins. Recently she came out with her Yum skins, which show a slightly more mature makeup set and less of the features of youthful exuberance such as freckles and oddly arched eyebrows. I really like her new skins.

Young Blood

Written while listening to “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous.

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Yum-Electric Blueberry BL by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Outfit including hair and boots: *SEDUCE* purple ruby by angelsan Brucato for *SEDUCE*

* This isn’t to imply there are not outliers. You 50 year-olds who like to wear elven ears are just dandy and you 20 year-olds who like to wear ballgowns are wonderful. Please don’t start a flame war here about how I personally offended you because you wear plugs in your ears and are over 40.
P.P.S. I am beside myself. Prokofy christened me FIC!

Inspired by a Violet….

A friend of mine, Mr. Oh, recently IM’d me to tell me about a new blog he had come upon. He is a wonderful blogger for Second Man—articulate, critical and illustrative. He raises the bar for other bloggers every time. So a recommendation from him needs to be heeded. And he was right. Digital Butch is a terrific blog by Saaskje Violet, a “boi” who likes to show her butch looks and explain where to find fashions she likes. What I so like about it is that Saaskje definitely has an editorial viewpoint, a unique voice, and a great fashion sense. Inspired by Saaskje, I put together this look.

Inspired by a Violet...

First the jacket, a punk marvel from Amerie Spitteler, who has her own unique voice. Kinda punk, kinda Tokyo street girl, it’s hard where it needs to be and sweet where it needs to be. I especially like how she got the system piece to convincingly show belts across the torso and combine it with the prim belt. It’s all of a piece and makes sense. I wear a little bra from Mariska Simons underneath—our girl is pretty underneath all that armor, you know. And leggings are from AvaGardner Kungler. Didn’t think she could do punk, didya?

I love these boots from Vasha Martinek, which I have been holding on to for a while. Vasha offers a plethora of fantasy and funky boots at DV8 and her designs are getting less chunky and more refined. My only complaint? This set did not have RED boots!

Inspired by a Violet...

I know a couple days ago I pointed out that Gala Phoenix’s skins were “young” skins—too baby-faced, too dewy. For this look they are perfect because the sweetness of the skins softens this look substantially. I don’t expect a punky girl to be all sophisticated. I expect her face to show vulnerability, and this skin makes it work.

My glorious hair is from Emilie Carter, who provides the grid with shaved, wild hair that is beautiful at the same time. In addition, she makes hair bases that are shaved to match her wild hair.

Inspired by a Violet...

Hair: 99Hair -Krima –b1 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Hair tattoo: 99Hair -Shaved Tattoo LAYER -black T0 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Raccoon 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Jacket: AMERIE –  Vampire Coat_Red(F) by Amerie Spitteler for AMERIE

Bra: ~Blacklace~ Black Satin & Lace Bra by Mariska Simons for ~Blacklace~

Leggings: (Kunglers) Raffi pants – black by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Earrings: Onenine Piercing Ver.1.2 (on Left ear) by PaintO Jie for Onenine and Kunstkammer Extra Piercings without Facelight – gold by Nuala Shippe for Kunstkammer (no longer available)

Leg ties: ~*RunoRuno*~ Narke Leg by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Boots: +DV8+ Union Jill Boots – Charcoal by Vasha Martinek for +DV8+ *

Sing Me to Sleep

Sing me to sleep tonight
(I wanna hold you but it’s just to late now)
Sing me to sleep tonight
(I wanna hear you say it’s gonna be alright)

~ Sing Me to Sleep by Fran Healy with Neko Case

Sing Me to Sleep

Pretty lingerie at bed is always in order, especially when the sky is gray. Camilla Yosuke has recently come out with another set of pretties, some of her best as she has conquered the seam quandary and provided an evocatively shaded satin material. Lingerie might seem an easy proposition in SL—after all it’s such little graphic area covered. But it’s because it’s such a small area that it has to be perfect, and camilla packs this full of special touches like lace on the top, lacing across the midriff, a flowered material in front with a smooth in back. Her lingerie is the stuff fantasies are made of.

Sing Me to Sleep

I show it with one of Gala Phoenix’s new skins that have been greeted with much fanfare. We still have the wide eyes and bee-stung mouth (in a different shape) but the skin tones are more even and freckles aren’t standard this time. The body is beautifully shaded (check the booty) though I would argue the breasts are a little overdone underneath, and I am curious about some stippling around the collarbone. The makeup colors of the Yum set are very versatile and sophisticated.

Sing Me to Sleep

Come be with me tonight.

Hair: >TRUTH< Paige – copper by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Yum-Fatpack Bonus2 BR by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Lingerie: Ange Leaf Satin Lingerie Set by INSOLENCE Lingerie by camilla Yosuke for INSOLENCE*

Nails: Candy Nail #FP006 Clear Glitter French 3color change by peche Bury for *CaNDy NaiL*