Rara Avis

Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno. ~ Juvenal

The rare bird shows her face more often in SL. It’s a place that attracts interesting and amazing women—women who are not afraid of technology, women who want to exercise their creative and intellectual minds, women who believe in a bigger world beyond them, reachable by pixels and words.

Rara Avis

For the rare bird, the designs of Kimmera Madison are a joy. Every single piece of Kimmera’s is new and refreshing—she doesn’t rely on old outfits and rebuild and redo. She enjoys exercising her creative energies in SL, using all her skills to make pieces that are well-constructed and interesting. The best part of this dress is the skirt, which has a weird alpha sculpty thing going on which could kill the dress, but Kimmera actually uses it to her advantage, decorating the surfaces with an embossed texture that looks terrific.

Rara Avis

I donned a cutting edge hair from Olli Braveheart to make the look a bit edgier (and to keep it all under the stylish hat Kimmera made. My skin is one of Minnu Palen’s mixed with the tattoo lipstick from another skin. Since she did not color the edges of the lipstick with a skin tone (or not that I could discern), I could easily overlay the lipstick from my Lola Sunkissed fatpack over the Estelle light skin. I have seen some tattoo lipsticks employ the skin tone to refine the edges, I presume, and that always turns out to be a fail. This worked really well.

Rara Avis

“A rare bird on this earth, like nothing so much as a black swan.” ~ Juvenal

Hair: [LCKY] Cait – Black by Olli Braveheart for [LCKY]

Skin: [LeLutka]-E/Estellelight-makeup9(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Dark by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Dress: Tres Beau “Milea” by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Hana Black Leather by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Mystique

The feminine mystique I am talking about is not what Betty Friedan wrote about, rather the mystery and inner knowledge some women seem to have.

Mystique

This dress is perfect for a woman like that. Siyu Suen’s new Corvus dress with its “raven” theme comes with a raven’s head and wings, though I opted not to purchase those (as beautiful as they are). I was all about the dress and gloves, their elegant feathers doing something less cute and whispy like many feathers shows in SL and more sharp and rigid like a raven’s wings. The win is in the system bodice with its beautiful feathers slipping up the skin. The outfit comes with two prim skirts: the regular skirt shape is very normal—nothing exciting and rather oversized on my thin avatar. The skirt with the train suits the elegance of the silhouette much more.

Mystique

I show with a beautiful skin from Tuli Asturias, one I don’t get out frequently. Tuli does “dark” better than many, understanding that it doesn’t need to be dark black against pasty white. I wear a wispy romantic updo from Serenity Stransky to soften the look and add the romance it needs.

Mystique

Heart of darkness:

Hair: [!SyDS! Hair] Kyrie – Espresso by Serenite Stransky for !SyDS!

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

Dress: *~*Corvus Formal Gown by Siyu Suen for *~*Illusions*~*

Gloves: *~*Corvus Wrist Cuff by Siyu Suen for *~*Illusions*~*

Necklace and Earrings: (WW by RC) Mama Harper – Black by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: Black Stiletto Slingback Pumps by Saki Galiazzo (no longer available)

The Woman with the Accent

Ever meet a woman of indeterminate origin? You know who I mean.. one who has an accent that you can’t quite place, a look and manner that is so eclectic you can’t say, oh, she’s from Boston or Buenos Aires or Berlin or Bangkok. All you know is she is not from your own small town.

The Woman with the Accent

She’s really nice, friendly, interesting when you meet her at your cousin’s boss’ wife’s cocktail party. She will tell you a story about where she got her lace top, this one being from Sissy Pessoa. “I found it in this very interesting boutique in Milan,” she’ll tell you. “And the woman there—what an artist! She sewed each button herself!” You’ll hear the perfect way she says “Milan” and inspect the top, which is indeed made of the finest black Italian lace, and conclude she has to be Italian.

She catches you checking out her skirt and leggings, and she explains she got them in Japan from this great designer, cocoro Lemon. “There is something so marvelous about feathers,” she laughs as she pushes around the food on her plate with her chopsticks, picking up the sushi appetizer with such skill, you would swear she was Japanese.

The Woman with the Accent

She seems to be eating but none of ever it goes in her mouth or so it seems because her bold red lipstick is never smudged. Then you will compliment her makeup and she’ll tell you all about this great American artist, Lorac Farella, who has created a most unique makeup line that combines a gothic and pale look for the average woman, so she has a darker and more elegant look. And then you think, hm, she has to be from New York.

The Woman with the Accent

She fluffs her flexi ostrich feathered skirt and your eyes travel down to her boots as she sets down her plate still full of food (she *looked* like she was eating but nothing went down). The boots, leather with zippers all over, are also from Japan—the same cocoru Lemon, she explains. “Ah Tokyo!” she smiles. She sets down her empty champagne glass (the second one—she DOES seem to be swallowing that down), scans the crowd looking for the next person to speak to, and gives you a sweet little smile. “Nice meeting you,” she says. “Toodle-loo!”

The Woman with the Accent

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.” ~ Virginia Woolf

Hair: *eha~Jean Black by Salut Erin for *eha

Skin: Mystere Skin-Tone 3 /No.12 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins/RFyre *

Blouse: * Baiastice_Charlotte shirt by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Skirt with leggings: *COCO*_FeatherSkirt by cocoro Lemon for *COCO* *

Scarf: Sonatta Morales*8* Night Scarf by Sonatta Morales for Sonatta Morales

Earrings: p.c.; Black Pearl Drops Earrings by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Boots: *COCO*_ZipperBootie by cocoro Lemon for *COCO* *

Life of a Showgirl

A friend took me out for a little dancing and role play and dancing last night. We ended up at The New Champagne Rooms owned by Ahnyanka Delphin, where I flirted with and tipped the dancers and sipped way too much champagne.

Life of a Showgirl

A tipsy perusal of the shops around the club took me to Reasonable Desires, where I found this ensemble. I don’t find myself in situations where I need to be a showgirl very often (read: never), however this well done piece was so fun and inexpensive that I decided to give it a try. (I really think it was the champagne that got to me.)

Life of a Showgirl

Martini Joliat has done a great job of making a system piece that fits over the body and echoes the glamour of the showgirl. I could almost feel the weight of the pearls and sequins as they draped over my curves and the tight fitting sheer body suit. The feathers are well rendered with no ghosting or exposed edges (which can be a real problem). I did have to reattach the headdress to another point so I could keep my eyelashes on but that wasn’t a major ordeal.

Life of a Showgirl

I have paired Caroline Apollo’s White Pearl Shoulder Dust Earrings with the outfit and red Belles from Shiny Things.

Life of a Showgirl

We’ll see if I get a chance to wear this again. Who knows? Someday I may end up as a burlesque starlet at the New Champagne Rooms.

Life of a Showgirl

From the costume department:

Hair: ETD Flapper – Black by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elika Tiramisu Designs (ETD)

Skin: Pulse Skin – Climax/Valeries T2 Venetian Red BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Ensemble: *RD* Pearls and Rubies Showgirl (Champagne) by Martini Joliat for Reasonable Desires

Earrings: (Caroline’s) White Pearl Shoulder Dust Earrings by Caroline Apollo for (Caroline’s)

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Belles – red by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

The Ghost of Eliza Doolittle

A friend challenged me the other night to dress goth with him. Now that’s a funny request since I work for the presumable Queen of Goth—Raven Pennyfeather.

However, I wanted to do something different so I donned a beautiful goth skin and then put on the Lady Beaumont frock from Teaa Demina. I wanted to be a ghost, not a vampire—a beautiful mysterious ghost from a past time.

Teaa’s dress made the look fantastic. With her incredibly shaded textures and sense of pattern and solids plus the use of prims in her ensembles, Teaa is a more premier artist than her lack of press would lead one to believe. Is she an undiscovered talent or simply overlooked? Either way, her work is fabulous.

Eliza Doolittle

I wore this spectacular hat from Siyu Suen—Eliza’s Ascot Hat-to top the outfit. With it’s combination of sculpties and flexis, it’s an ideal hat—well built, well textured, and thoughtfully made with the netted sculpty piece that goes over the hair (and not unbelievably clinging to the head at a tilt).

Eliza Doolittle

I changed my white goth skin out for Pulse’s new Victoriana skin. Its fragile translucent skin suited this look suitably. I can still be a ghost but there is no reason to be dead.

Eliza Doolittle

Finally, I finished the look with the Lady Beaumont shoes made by Teaa as well. The bows and ribbons made otherwise unspectacular shoes beautiful.

Eliza Doolittle

Included in this ghost story:

Hair: Maitreya Bo – Platinum by Onyx LeShelle  for Maitreya

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Victoriana/Twist by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Hat:*~*Eliza’s Ascot Hat: Transfer by Siyu Suen of *~*Illusions*~*

Dress: M’Ladys “Lady Beaumont” by Teaa Demina of M’Lady

Shoes: M’Lady “Lady Beaumont Slippers” by Teaa Demina of M’Lady

A quick shout out to Belinda in Alabama, a non-SL player but fan who has bookmarked my blog for her daily enjoyment. It’s such an honor to know you are reading, Belinda :)

Beginnings

After much going back and forth on my part, viewing everyone’s beautiful blogs on the fashion bloggers group in SL, I have decided to take a crack at my own blog. My closet is big, my inventory daunting. It’s time to take some of these pretties out and let the world see them.

With that, I begin this first blog. I will doubtless feel my way around, learn how to show these things better, get more proficient in writing and PS (hey, I did the header all by myself).

So pardon the mess while I try this out. In the meantime, here is the styling information:

Hair: Tori (Hazel) from Aden Breyer for Aden

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Sienna/Champagne BRN by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: NX Nardya Noir No.1 by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Shoes: N-core INFINITY XtremeHeel Black by Claire Messenger for N-core