Light My Fire

Light My Fire

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

~ “Light My Fire” by the Doors

Light My Fire

I looked up lyrics to “Light My Fire” and pondered “my love become a funeral pyre” for a few minutes. They couldn’t come up with a better rhyme? “My love is round like a bicycle tire” or “My love is hot like a hair dryer” or “My love sings like a church choir”? How about “My rhyming dictionary is a little dire”?

The Boho Culture Fair is on and Trill Zapatero reminded me she will be there with a patchwork horse and several beautiful items, all proceeds going to women and girls in Afghanistan. (Do not forget about the circumstances of Malala Yousufzai from neighboring Pakistan, who was shot by the Taliban for speaking for education for girls. The lives of girls and women in both countries is dangerous and oftentimes oppressive. Every penny helps.) She sent over this brilliant ensemble with patchwork hippie jacket, bellbottom jeans (expertly rendered) and stylish top hat complete with feather. I complement the outfit with long mesh beads from Tyr Rosenblum and brilliant suede boots from Pixieplumb Flanagan, who has really hit it out of the ballpark with her suede ankle and knee boots—high quality without high price.

Light My Fire

My skin is the newest from Aida Ewing in the Jamaica shade. Once again, Aida stuns with impressive makeups and skin shades that are richer and more beautiful than most. My eyes from Ikon Innovia, are ones I keep returning to. Typically this “fantasy” look (of having fractals or other images in side an iris and pupil) doesn’t move me but I keep coming back to these. I think it’s because of the light reflections and the colors, which Ikon has rendered so well. Miss Queue Marlowe has come out with a bunch of mesh hair recently, combining the flow and movement of flexis with mesh underneath. This one is mesh only but works perfectly for this look.

Light My Fire

My photo partner, while I would love to claim as Jim Morrison, risen from the dead, is BlaiseJoshua, my handy man about SL. I gave him a photo of Jim, he popped a hair and some glasses on and I gasped. Needless to say, he lit my fire and blew my tire and shorted my wire. (Wanna know what he wore? Check his blog here.)

Light My Fire

Come on, baby, light my fire….

Hair: .b – druid paprika by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Glam Affair – Roza Basic – Jamaica04 D by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON Kaleido Eyes – Ancient (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Outfit: BoHo HoBo  Bohemian Victorian coat and hat by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo, available at the Boho Culture Fair *

Beads: [Aura] Beaded Boho (Rigged) Necklace – Royal by Tyr Rosenblum for [Aura]

Boots: BM Lainie Suede Ankle Boots All Colour Pack by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Boy: BlaiseJoshua of everysecondman.com

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.

Patchouli

She always smelled like patchouli, that one beautiful girl at the bookstore where you worked. Her name was India, she didn’t seem to own a pair of shoes (she was behind the counter so no one complained), and she always had a healthy glowing tan. She brought weird lunches to work in tupperware containers—bulgar wheat mixed with lentils, brown rice with tofu and spinach, sunflower seeds in cheese whey. You always knew where she had been because the scent of patchouli lingered—it wasn’t cloying or obnoxious. It was earthy and sweet.

Patchouli

This outfit from Sandie Saenz reminded me a lot of India—her natural sensual beauty, her optimism, her open heart. I like how Sandie has managed to make the top from two sculpty pieces, combined to look very much like a sheer blouson and textured with the sort of curry/spinach/chili powder colors that seem so appealing for this look. Her jeans with their woven belt, are textured evocatively and fit perfectly.

Sandie includes some jewelry with the outfit that I preempted with a new set from AvaGardner Kungler. With the individually strung beads, each one textured and arranged on this ethnically-inspired set, AvaGardner proves once again that her eye for detail extends from her clothing to her jewelry. She aces both textures AND shapes.

Patchouli

I wear the glowingly beautiful skin that Monicuzza Babenco is offering at the Dressing Room. The rich tone of this skin, its glowing makeup and beautifully lined eyes, might seem overdone for such a natural girl as ours, but honestly, girls like India are always radiant, full of the blush of good health.

Patchouli

Make love, not war ;)

Hair: cello brunette with AD hair base – brunette by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: *YS & YS* Rebecca Dols TDR by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*, available at the Dressing Room

Outfit (with round-bead bracelet): Earthy Jeans Outfit by Sandie Saenz for FA Creations

Jewelry (all others): (Kunglers Extra) Marajoara – nature by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Medium by Siddean Munro for SLink

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

You see a running theme here? Gonna keep banging on it til Burning Life is over and y’all have visited! I really enjoy Burning Life because it gives me a chance to mix up my wardrobe and dress up and do some wild things. This is the sweet, unpainted, unparticled side of me.

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

Here you see me at Damanios Thetan’s Burning Life Temple build, an incredibly gorgeous place that I hope finds a home when BL is over.

I started with a skirt from LeeZu Baxter and a top from Julia Soothsayer. I will admit I got this particular combo from my friend Cali Rahal, who has scoured the grid for coordinating and hot-looking outfits.

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

I added a cute sash from Khea Karas to complete the sort of updated earth mother look I was after. I don’t show enough dust on the hem of the skirt—pretend it’s there.

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

With the ensemble, I added the details—a cute ponytaiul from Elikapeka Tiramisu (hair up and out of the face in the wind), big ethnic earrings from Zaara Kohime, and a fine tattoo from Jesseaitui Petion. And may I say, thank you, Jesse, for making a simple realistic tattoo—not all of us want to have them painted all over our bodies. Sometimes a pure heart with wings is all a girl needs. (And yeah, I have boots on under here. Really!)

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

Dancing, dancing, dancing….

Hair: ETD Ginny – Crimson by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD

Skin: Pulse Skin – Altonia-Peace by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Top: Awesome Designs Knit Sensual Tank In Purple by Julia Soothsayer for Awesome Designs

Skirt: * *LeeZu Baxter* Zarah Flexi Skirt /blue by LeeZu Baxter for Leezu

Sash: Wildberry Jeans Scarf – Medium by Khea Karas for Malt

Earrings: ZC : Sarayi painted hoops by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

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

Written while dancing salsa to horacios Allen and Winters Kanto at Burning Life Tokyo Stage.

Make Love, Not War

This is one of my favorite things to say…”Make love, not war.” I usually applies it to incendiary blogs or discussions about shoes in the fashion bloggers’ group. This sweet organic ensemble brought me closer to my hippie roots.

Make Love, Not War

Sari Telling—woo! What a colorful store that woman has! I wandered over there after having seen her in at RFL’s Clothing Fair earlier this year. Sari has truly groovy things to buy in spectacular colors at great prices. I chose this ensemble out of the *many* things I purchased at her store. She’s got it all—from bracelets to henna to dreadlocks to skirts and tops to armwarmers, all in her characteristic bright colors.

Make Love, Not War

Wild hair goes with wild colors, and I chose Queue Marlowe’s beautiful Madison hair (which has served me in so many instances). Her curly texture is the grid standard for curly and this one is the one we all wish we had in real life—bouncy, curly, wild and sexy. (Like Cylindrian Rutabaga’s RL hair!) Pulse’s sweet freckled new Harmony/Mona Lisa skin suits this look with its freshness and youth. The curl on the edge of the lips makes me look a little knowing but also happy.

These exquisite shoes were hand fashioned by moon Ling. I have tried to get really close so you can see how intricate they are. They are like foot jewelry. She carries them in TWENTY SIX colors. No excuse not to get a pair.

Make Love, Not War

Peace, baby, peace:

Hair: madison brown sugar by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Skin: Pulse Skin-Harmony/Mona Lisa-Freckled by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Top: *Sari’s* Tummy Top by Sari Telling for Sari’s

Pants: *Sari’s* Queen of Diamonds Pants by Sari Telling for Sari’s

Bracelets: *Sari’s* Messy Poppy Bracelet by Sari Telling for Sari’s

Slippers: ::: MOON ::: 1001 Nights Harem Slippers COCOA by moon Ling for House of Shaea