In the Deep Dark Sea

The Fantasy Faire will be coming to a close April 25. If you have not visited, I urge you to splurge a little on the other side of life in SL—a life of role playing and mermaids, fairies and tinies. It’s well worth the expense to expand your horizons.

In the Deep Dark Sea

The first night I walked the Mer Market at the Faire, I came upon a most glorious creature floating and flipping around in an amazingly… well, shrimp-like mermaid outfit. Pyewicket Tiger was the creator of his own beautiful mermaid ensemble, and I *had* to have one. I chose a mystical sea unicorn, which is unisex and fits me very well (though I admit it removed the beard). I purchased a skin in his underwater cavern to match and make what you see here.

In the Deep Dark Sea

Also available at the Faire are the AOs and poses and dances. I set into motion dances by yuuki Solo to snap some of these shots. Swirling around in graceful pirouettes and swirls, fins fluttering in radiant color in the cool deep sea is mesmerizing and relaxing to watch. I purchased Sala Snook’s brilliant Mermaid AO and watched myself tread water and swim from store to store, slipping through the water like a nymph.

In the Deep Dark Sea

“for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”
~ e. e. cummings

Skin: Glitter Skin Blue by Pyewicket Tiger for Pyewicket’s Myths at the Mer Market sim

Ensemble: Sea Unicorn by Pye Lt Blue by Pyewicket Tiger for Pyewicket’s Myths at the Mer Market sim

Eyelashes: Detour – Klee Dot Lashes by Keri Clip for Detour

Dances: +yb mer Dance2f and +yb mer Dance9 and by yuuki Solo for .:Yo bailo:. at the Mer Market sim

Animation Override: :KH: Mermaid AO by Sala Snook for :KAMI-HITOE: at the Mer Market sim

Neptune’s Daughter

coming up for air
rising to a very new
somewhere
coming up for air
on the last breath around

~ “Coming Up for Air” by Patty Larkin

Neptune's Daughter

Another trip to the Mer Market sim at Fantasy Faire 2010, another opportunity to look beautiful. This time I find beauty with one of Goldenstar Sands’ RFL pieces. Offered as a Kimono set for a mermaid as seen above, a strapless (or topless) mermaid as shown below or as a human kimono, this lovely ensemble can take you from sea to shore in a snap. So you can choose modesty with the gorgeous kimono or a more revealing mermaid outfit.

Neptune's Daughter

Again, I show Tuli Asturias’ beautiful Sayuri skin, which I have been wearing non stop because I am so entranced by its beauty. It is really the first skin for East Asian women that I have seen that is gorgeous and fits well.

I show also hair and jewelry from two other Fantasy Faire participants. This updo from MissAllDaySunday Lemon is a gorgeous elegant addition to her fantasy line of hair styles. See a whole selection of beautiful pieces on the Avatopia sim. Jewelry is from Tekelili Tantalus, an incredible builder who is featuring creations on the Mer Market sim as well. I was able to change the colors of the shells, seaweed, and even the pearls on these earrings to colors I wanted. And there are MANY colors available in for these—buy one set of jewelry and get never-ending variations available.

Neptune's Daughter

Last but not least, let me mention another creator who is selling at Fantasy Faire in the Mer Market sim. I discovered Bibi Questi at last year’s Faire when I was building my underwater area. She (incredibly generously) sells boxes of entire underwater landscapes that benefit RFL. Based on her own trips to the Thailand coral reefs, Bibi started making her own underwater items. “I had had an amazing dive at East of Eden, a one hour long drift dive passing hard coral reefs, coral pillars, fish schools and the giant muray [sic] John with the sun shine falling through clear blue water,” she wrote to me.

Each box she sells for RFL contains.. get this… over 100 color-matched items for transforming your sand with plant-covered coral reefs, swimming fish, fusilades of fish, individual coral reefs, sun rays, and floating jellyfish. All you need is one box and it will transform your entire underwater with much to spare.

Neptune's Daughter

This is my own underwater area at my sim, to which I added a few more of her items. The box is CHOCK full. I can’t tell you what a deal it is and how imaginatively she has made her pieces. The fish are so colorful, the reefs so true to life and the jellyfish so remarkable, you can quickly and easily create an underwater scape with an overall color scheme that works. (Much better than buying individual pieces and then having a big hodge podge).

This is what SL is about: sharing our worlds with each other. Bibi has generously and beautifully brought her very amazing experience to share with all of us. Many of the pieces you see here are available in the Midnight Reef Package (blue, pink and seagreen). You can also get the Sunset Coral Reef package (warm orange, red, brown and olive green) or the Vulcano Reef Package (black, gray, blue and white). Get all three to benefit RFL and switch things out as your mood changes.

Neptune's Daughter

On the last breath around:

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Antigone Hair – Jet black by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills found on the Avatopia sim

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Sayuri tone 1 :: 03a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfits: Festival Fan Mer Yukata (B/P) – Both (Combo) by Goldenstar Sands for Safe Waters found on the Mer Market sim *

Festival Fan Fish (B/P) – Just Mermaid by Goldenstar Sands for Safe Waters found on the Mer Market sim *

Earrings: Nereid – Earring by Tekelili Tantalus for Tekeli-li! found on the Mer Market sim

Seascape: Bibi’s midnight reef package v6 by Bibi Questi for Bibi’s Coral Reef Shop found on the Mer Market sim*

Fantasy Honeymoon

Well, honestly, what is a Fantasy Faire without a good wedding fantasy. I mean, come on, it IS a fantasy. Big wedding, romantic honeymoon.

Fantasy Honeymoon

This is all pretense to show one of Delora Starbrook’s offerings for RFL. With its beautifully rendered system pieces and amazing translucent skirt trimmed with silver thread (and absent ANY alpha texture problems… Delora needs to be giving half of SL a lesson in channels), this pretty piece would make a lovely honeymoon outfit (especially as it comes with optional silks for later play).

Fantasy Honeymoon

This was also a pretense to give you a glimpse at BastChild Lotus’ beautiful wedding ring, which any bride this lovely deserves. BastChild smartly includes a proposal box, engagement ring and wedding ring (as shown here). The blushing bride’s hair is coming down, as made by Truth Hawks and her gentle and anticipatory blush is provided by Tuli Asturias. (And no, there is no secret message about my own matrimonial plans in this blog.)

Fantasy Honeymoon

“Too f–ing busy, and vice versa.”
~ Dorothy Parker’s reply to her editor who was bothering her for her belated work while she was on her honeymoon

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

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/li) 01a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: *HD* Selah – RFL by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs available on the Elvencourt sim

Ring: .:L&B:. “Caged Love” Women’s Wedding Band – 18 kt gold by BastChild Lotus for LaPointe and Bastchild *

Shoes: Ingenue :: Dianthus :: Blush (Starlust Hunt) by Betty Doyle for Ingenue

P.S. This blog goes out with best wishes for my friend Raven Haalen and his beautiful bride, Kell Babenco. Hope they have a marvelous f–ing honeymoon! ;)

Fairy Dust

The RFL Fantasy Faire has started and I, of course, did a tour of the sims. This is an excellent opportunity to get some beautiful fantasy outfits and benefit RFL as well.

Fairy Dust

I found this lovely fairy outfit from Elvira Ewing being offered as her RFL outfit for the Fantasy Faire, and I was delighted. With its hodgepodge of textures on the outfit, the pretty prim blossoms, and the cleverly ripped stockings, this outfit tells a whole story visually of a fairy who has cobbled together her outfit from sprigs and petals, fibers and feathers. And it has.. shhh.. don’t tell anyone I like it.. very VERY subtle bling. (OK, I know I didn’t put wings on.. this fairy creeps around at night.. she is a “Dream Thief.” Poetic visual license here, thanks.)

Fairy Dust

I know lots of fairies like a shorter, cuter shape, but this fairy outfit looks great on a taller girl too. With Tricky Boucher’s new Elle skin (which I noticed has a tendency towards frowniness, even on my subtly smiling shape) and yukitan Farrjones’ wonderfully shaped and curled hair, this fairy is less cute and pixy and a little more dressed up.

Fairy Dust

Fairies are invisible and inaudible like angels.  But their magic sparkles in nature.  ~Lynn Holland

Hair: W&Y AGATA Model  05 “Delete” D by yukitan Farrjones for W&Y

Skin: -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 9 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Outfit: Dream Thief DARK Outfit by Caverna Obscura by Elvina Ewing for Caverna Obscura available on the Via Obscurium sim during RFL Fantasy Faire

Life Underwater

The RFL Fantasy Faire will be opening April 19 and going through April 25, sponsored by the Friends Fighting Cancer team. The focus is, of course, fantasy, including role playing, tinies, nekos, fairies, demons, vamps, and science fiction.

I was given the opportunity to cover one sim, and I begged to cover the Mer Market, because I just love the beauty of underwater builds and clothing in SL. It’s my kind of fantasy.

Siren Song

Opal Lei of Mer Betta, is the sponsor of the Mer Market, and a perfect sponsor for such an environment. Her work is beautifully textured and rendered, carefully built and considered, complex and beautiful. When you get a mermaid ensemble from Mer Betta, you get your money’s worth.

Siren Song

In this case, I am showing the RFL piece Opal is donating for this event with all proceeds going to RFL. First, there is a basic mermaid outfit with fins (that include and on and off for flexiness), the basic leg covers, etc., and it comes in two shades per ensemble (in this case a darker and lighter purple). Then she offers “upgrade” packages—the Intimates and the Mutation, which you buy in addition to the basic mermaid set. The Intimates include a bit sexier ensemble that shows a little more skin (see directly above and below). The Mutation includes fins and wrist and shoulder pieces that are beautifully sculpted and textured (top photo). I can’t write enough about how beautiful I feel when I wear one of Opal’s ensembles. This particular creation comes in yellow, green, red and blue as well and they are all equally as incredible. (Tip: look UNDERWATER at the Faire to find even more beautiful creations in her store.) She is truly an artist.

Siren Song

I show this glorious ensemble with another beautiful piece of work from Tuli Asturias. Her new skin line, Sayuri, was made specifically to cast an Asian aspect to an avatar. This skin does not look as good on an avatar where it is not meant to look Asian, frankly, so I altered my eyes to make them more appropriate. I have tried before to find a skin that represents a beautiful Asian woman and have always struck out. I have finally found one. The Sayuri skin is absolutely exquisite.

Siren Song

“I must be a mermaid…. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
— Anaïs Nin

Hair: Delora Purple by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog (modified)

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Sayuri tone 2 :: 06a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfits: Mer Betta RFL2010-Owain Purple Rosetail v3.1c (w) by Opal Lei for Mer Betta, sponsor of the Mer Market *

Mer Betta RFL2010-Owain ~ CrescentIntimates (w) by Opal Lei for Mer Betta, sponsor of the Mer Market *

Mer Betta RFL2010-Owain ~ MutationAlpha (w) by Opal Lei for Mer Betta, sponsor of the Mer Market *

Here is my first movie I ever did make in SL, showing this beautiful mermaid outfit.

Warrior Woman

I like to feel my power in SL. I am not talking about social power or financial power or physical power—I am talking about my feminine power. It goes beyond sexuality to something deeper—the power of knowledge, acceptance and peace.

Warrior Woman

Teklili Tantalus has a good vision of power and complexity as represented by his otherworldly work. If you take a good look, you will see each prim is positioned perfectly, each texture considered carefully. The fit of the pieces on my avatar was damn near perfect (once I sized it up a tinch), which means Tek is building on the avatar rather than on a mannequin—no small task doing that. His work is a testiment to expertise and skill.

Warrior Woman

What is also terrific is that the pieces come scripted with metal-changing and gem-changing features. A whole palette of colors and color intensities can be chosen and typed in on command to change your piece from silver to black to purple to orange and mix them up.

Warrior Woman

Tricky Boucher’s Alyson skin, while seeming somewhat girlish on first view because of its freckles and very fresh skin and lips, still lends power to this look with the darkly shaded eyes and powerfully drawn body.

I also show Jesseaitui Petion’s tattoos here. He has been a leader in tattoo-making in SL for quite a while and with reason. He understands that not everyone wants a full body tat nor do they want a black and white photo. Sometimes it’s about replicating what will be meaningful and look good on a body. I wear three tats layered here—a celtic moon on the back shoulder blade (I *love* shoulder blade tats), a little Taurus symbol on my belly and tribal-style tats on my arms. You won’t often see me in tats but if you do, they will likely be his.

Finally this incredibly wonderful short hair from Komari Mai made as a set for the Crazy Arse Hair Hunt that is still going on. It comes with two other hairs that are more “crazy” than this one. This hair is short, fierce and excellently textured. Were it available in other colors I would gladly buy the fat pack. I am guessing it looks great on men too. Go FIND this hair before the hunt ends.

Warrior Woman

Girl power:

Hair: *BC322 Crazy Hair Hunt Seiren by Komari Mai for *BC322 Skull&Bones* Hair

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 8 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Bra: Pohjola – Bikini Top (spine attach) by Tekelili Tantalus for Tekeli-li!

Bottom: Pohjola – Bikini Bottom by Tekelili Tantalus for Tekeli-li!

Jewelry: “Melange” by Tekeli-li – Full Set by Tekelili Tantalus for Tekeli-li!

Tattoos: AITUI TATTOO – Celtic Moon I (back), AITUI TATTOO – Zodiac – ASF Taurus II (belly), and AITUI TATTOO – Fire Fish Sleeves ::airbrushed:: /fresh/ III (arms) by Jesseaitui Petion for Aitui

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Silver by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

I had to show another set of items I picked up at the RFL Clothing Fair and the Melt exhibition, combined to make a very interesting look.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

Aradhana Voight has made a beautiful gold dress to benefit RFL as well as being sponsor of the absolutely gorgeous New Delhi sim built by Grace Loudon. With its amazingly shimmering gold textures (making gold look like this in SL is no easy feat) and beautiful silhouette, this Indian-inspired gown is magnificent and sleek for any occasion. Aradhana cleverly adds a feathery optional waist skirt that can also be worn as a separate piece so you can wear the top with pants.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

I show it with this amazing skin from Juliette Westerburg for the Melt exhibition. Again, having the artists combine efforts based on a common theme was a great exercise for all of those who participated. Some, like Juliette really answered the call, in this case using her great skills in texturing to create magical and fantastic skins. I like seeing her go from her “everyday girl” fashions to this more artistic and fanciful skin. It shows the girl has some chops and can think outside that same old box. The hair is a crazy cool piece I bought at Hair Fair last year made by Miranda Milestone. I had never had the opportunity to use until now. It needed an equally cool look to make it all make sense.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

Goodnight, Moon:

Hair: [MC] Moon – gold by Miranda Milestone for Milestone Creations

Skin: -tb- Arctic Ice (blonde brows) by Julliette Westerburg for Tres Blah available at Melt: An Installation on Thin Ice

Dress: :Mashooka: RFL 2010: Isha gown by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka available on the New Delhi sim at the RFL Clothing Fair

Blue Mist for RFL

What is so terrific about SL is that you can put together a really esoteric look and it’s ok. You can go out, no one will make a wide berth for you like you are nuts, and you can have a wearable artistic expression.

Blue Mist

I travelled to the Tokyo sim at RFL for this beautiful dress from CelestialRay Serpente. With its combination of layered textures (roses and gradients and pearls and fish scales) and diaphanous quality, it is complete fantasy. The gown also comes with another attachment that serves as a sort of fishy mermaid tail and a fuller ballgown skirt I don’t show here. It also has a “sexy’ version of the top showing shadows over the bust.

Blue Mist

I paired it with an exquisite skin from Launa Fauna made for the Melt installation. I entered the “installation” and the main message I got from it was that a group of creators decided to get together and come up with an artistic challenge for creating content around a loose them of ice or cold and sell those creations. I thought it was a terrific idea for these young artists to do that. The combination of the cohort of creators creates a sort of energy that they can all tap from. This is what SL is all about!

Blue Mist

Play misty for me:

Hair: !lamb. The Glow – Ink by Lamb Bellic for !lamb

Skin: L.Fauna {Lapine . Snow-Fae} [Careless] by Launa Fauna For L.Fauna available at Melt: An Installation on Thin Ice

Dress: *+.RP.+* SeaRose Mari’ee_Murasaki by CelestialRay Serpente for Rose Princess available on the Tokyo sim at the RFL Clothing Fair

Lothiriel at RFL

Most who have been involved with the RFL agree that the Milan sim is one of the most beautiful of an outstanding group of sims. Reminding people of the grandeur of Italian cities and the beautiful symmetry that lies within, the Milan sim was entirely built by Luna Barak, who as owner of Moonstruck, is also the sponsor of the sim. Let me highlight that sponsorship of a sim means the sponsor pays a pretty hefty fee to occupy the biggest space and to get their name on top. So give Luna some business!

Classic RFL

And let me tell you, you will get your money’s worth if you do. Luna’s day job is a producer of fantasy and RP wear in SL. I am wearing Luna’s offering for benefit of RFL. With its filigreed outer cape and the collaged inner skirt, this dress is a beautiful creation with complex details showing Luna’s amazing skill. She layers pieces on this dress.. as you pull each piece off, you marvel at how she fit it all together, like an amazing 3D puzzle. The bodice is not a system piece as you would guess but an amazingly sculpted front piece with the exquisite vine straps and belt integrated into it. And the colors greet the spring with their glimmering brilliance. It’s just an amazing piece of work all round.

Classic RFL

I styled the gown with one of Tuli Asturias’ great new skins from her Eva line. Every time I don these skins, I gasp at how lovely I look. I have received several compliments. The depth of the eye makeup and plummy tone of the lips on this particular skin compliment the dress wonderfully.

Classic RFL

Lothiriel means “flower garlanded maiden” with loth meaning “blossom” and riel meaning “garlanded maiden.” (from Wikipedia)

Hair: DrLife Hair Dora -Dark Brown by Aria Tisch for DrLife

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/br) 10b by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: !! MOONSTRUCK !! LOTHIRIEL by Luna Barak for Moonstruck available on the Milan sim at the RFL Clothing Fair

Earrings: P.C; Knights Honor Set by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

P.S. Today I celebrate the 7th anniversary of one of the best days of my life (though the pain was extraordinary). Happy Birthday, John! Mom loves you!

Mad Maxine

One thing that has always thrilled me about SL is the fantasy aspect. Not just “fantasy” as in running around as an elf or a fairy (though one can do that). But also the fantasy of dressing up in clothes that are artistic and expressive. You saw me two days ago as a jeans and white shirt girl. Today I am Mad Maxine.

Mad Maxine

The lingerie for the Johanne series, named after Joan of Arc, is an ensemble of beautiful work and exquisite details. First there are the system pieces, which are perfectly rendered with clean edges, straight lines and delicious textures. Then there are the very intricate small details—the tiny feathers hanging off the neckpiece, the perfect shaping of the corset, the seashells and spines lacing up the shoulder straps and across the decolletage, the fabric draped across the front and the perfectly sheer stockings.

Mad Maxine

Thea Tamura, who was in the shop when I bought this ensemble, told me that she loves making wearable art, she loves working with the textures and prims to come up with a piece that is in her mind. I would call it sculpture myself, with gilding and draping. Her textures are so rich, so evocative, that it’s almost overkill to have so much in this outfit. It’s like you are getting a meal of rich creamy chocolate and nothing else.

Mad Maxine

Thea shows her outfits with outre hair styles, including mohawks. This is exactly how I would have styled this as well. I should have gone off type and made it “pretty,” however I relished the opportunity to show this great hair from Aemilia Case and the beautiful skin from the Tasha2 series by Mallory Cowen that includes an eye makeup that is not “standard.” Earrings from kikunosuke Eel finish the outfit, matching in sheen and color perfectly.

Mad Maxine

Luster:

Hair: PE Xantha Sambuca Black Tipped by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy

Skin: LAQ ~ Tasha2 – 07 [Nougat] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Lingerie: TTF – JOHANNE – LINGERIE by Thea Tamura for TTFashion

Earrings: [MANDALA] Soul Jewelry set (Cream Gold) Female by kikunosuke Eel for [MANDALA]

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Brown Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *