Satisfied Mind

Rosanne Cash is one of my secret heroines. She proves that a person can grow up to be normal and productive, even with the privileges and problems of being the child of a celebrity (she is Johnny Cash’s daughter). She recently did an album of songs called The List from a list her father gave her of the 100 most essential country songs he wanted her to know. One of the best songs on the album is “Satisfied Mind.”

A Satisfied Mind

Rosanne Cash does country music but she lives in Greenwich Village and grew up in Southern California. So we’re not talking about a woman here who has uh.. milked the cows and driven the tractor to the back field.

This dress by sachi Vixen reminded me of her as it has a sort of country flavor in its denim and then a sort of city sexiness in its short length. Sachi, a veteran of SL, makes a dress that is seam free with stitching that curve over the body in all the right places. I pair it with a set of thigh high socks held up by suspenders, hand knitted by Nena Janus and boots Emma Gilmour just put out for Fifty Linden Friday.

A Satisfied Mind

My skin is one of Tuli’s Dressing Room offerings, one that I like a lot with its purple shading. My beautiful and almost impossibly long and thick braid (which curves around from the back) is a very recent offering from Truth Hawks.

A Satisfied Mind

How many times have you heard someone say
“If I had his money, I could do things my way?”
Little they know that it’s so hard to find
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind….
~ “Satisfied Mind” as performed by Rosanne Cash (with Neko Case)

Hair: >TRUTH< Tamina – chestnut by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: AE JDS Blue by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Stockings: *League* Thermal Stockings –SoftPink by Nena Janus for *League*

Boots: [SC] Surf Couture – Olea Boots – Worn by Emma Gilmour for Surf Couture

PS I hazard a guess this is the ONLY non-Halloween blog you’re seeing today. It’s intentional. I have eaten all the candy already :P

The Man Show

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I am going to strive to have more empathy. That’s a pretty vague resolution, but it has to do with understanding where other people are coming from, walking in their shoes.

So I have been taking a walk in men’s shoes lately. I have some opinions, some of them pretty common sense, some of them kind of philosophical, about men’s content in SL. I have already expressed some of this in other venues, but I will continue to pursue them in my mind and perhaps in this blog or my other.

The Man Show

Regardless, you all get the benefit. Today’s ensemble came from a gift set (not a freebie) that machang Pichot set out for sale so people could purchase transferable gifts for their friends for the holidays (in other words, I am not sure it’s still available). It was a godsend for many a woman purchasing for men on the grid and a steal. machang’s work is top-notch, between the incredible use of sculpty prims, the beautiful and realistic textures, and the amazing styling. I mean, check the butt on these jeans. To DIE for. A man could get one of these gift packages and walk out into SL knowing he was suave and sexy.

The Man Show

One thing a friend pointed out to me, and this has nothing to do with this outfit, is that being a man in SL and being fashionable, is a difficult task. Yes, we know—there are no decent hair choices, the clothes suck, etc. But beyond that, the attachments for men, the ways of styling an avatar that was birthed originally from a female shape (it’s true! Ruth was the mother of us all…) and then codifying men’s fashion into this world—it’s amazing it gets done at all. And then add to that that most men are pretty deficient in fashion sense. It’s surprising more men aren’t walking around with just t-shirts and jeans! It’s to machang Pichot’s credit that this amazingly handsome look came out.

The Man Show

I show Tricky Boucher’s skin Ewan II here on my male shape (still a work in progress). I have to say I inevitably send men to Belleza because the skins are realistic, manly, and proportionate. He does photosource but he combines his photosourcing with good blending so the entire body is seamless. As I understand, Tricky will be coming out with two more men’s skins in the next week or two—definitely Thomas, which is the whole line corresponding to the male skin he offered as a gift at Le.Look and another. I can’t wait to see them.

Bryce Tully’s new hair tops my head. When men IM to ask where to get decent hair, I am ready for them with a notecard of places. Bryce shows up on my list, but not on many other’s and I am not sure why. We are all, appropriately, in love with the hair that Maddox DuPont makes (cuz it’s darn good) but folks like Bryce have been putting it out there for a while and keep working on it and making it better.

The Man Show

Handsome is as handsome does:

Hair: Bryce ~ Dexter – Coffees – Espresso by Bryce Tully for Bryce Designs

Skin: -Belleza- Ewan v2 SK 1 (hair) by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Jacket and Shirt: AOHARU_BT_LeatherTailoredJK_withShirtBK_DarkBrown by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Pants: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim_Black by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Scarf: AOHARU_BT_KnitScarf_G2_Snow/ChocoFudge by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Boots: ANEXX_2WayBeltLaceupBoots_Gray/Male by machang Pichot of Aoharu