The Weekender

The Weekender

“The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.”  ~ Chuck Palahniuk

The Weekender

When I was a young woman, I would read fashion magazines that often had fashion spreads for “The Weekend.” The outfits were often for running off to the Hamptons or seeing your sorority sisters at “the club.” Seeing that, I thought I would grow up to have a weekday and a weekend wardrobe, but now I’m an adult it’s all kind of run together into jeans and yoga pants and t-shirts and sneakers or boots. Occasionally I dress up on the weekends for a cocktail party or going out but mostly, it’s all one and the same.

I can still dream that I go away for the weekend—perhaps to the Hamptons or Napa or to Taos. Yeah, that’s it. A quick flight down to Taos, and this is what I’d wear. First this sweater and shorts set from Thetra Blackheart that she was selling at Limited Bazaar. (I will admit, it’s limited and I picked it up over a week ago but I just had to show it!) With a decidedly Southwestern flavor, this outfit would take me to Taos in style (and no, the locals would not roll their eyes because they would be hoping I’d spend money). And I would because isn’t that what ladies who dress for the weekend do—shop? A necklace at Jon Ree’s Mustang Trading Post and these fabulous designer boots from Harry Hyx would be ideal purchases.

The Weekender

Of course a pale freckled girl can’t go to Taos without sunscreen so imagine there is a fine layer of Lancome protecting my delicate face from Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher. I would let my hair down for the weekend, this from Alice Demonia, and enjoy the sunshine, the shopping and the relaxation, forgetting all about my weekend laundry and cleaning at home.

The Weekender

“The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it.”  ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hair: *Alice Project* Steph II by Alice Demonia for Alice Project

Skin: -Belleza- Delaney Skin by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Eyes: IKON Spectral Eyes – Leonine (ML) by Ikon Innovia for  IKON

Jacket: E-Clipse ThessSweater by Thetra Blackheart for E-Clipse, available at Limited Bazaar

Shorts: E-Clipse Shorts Mare by Thetra Blackheart for E-Clipse, available at Limited Bazaar

Necklace: MTP Ladies Telluride Turquoise Necklace by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Boots: ISON – cult riding boots – (tan) by Harry Hyx for Ison

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Scootin’

Scootin

Summer vacation is the perfect time to get the scooter out and run around town.

Scootin

Naturally, a girl wears something casual—shorts, a little tank top, flats. My tank top is retired as far as I know—a cute little striped one from Juju Armidi, who is wandering the grid and making content under an alias, I am sure. My shorts were Rob Moonite’s offering for 50L Friday. Rob is great for making items that can be worn by girls or guys and these shorts are no exception. My shoes are an inexpensive pair from Renee Harvy, who makes some really nicely priced shoes in great styles.

Scootin

My skin is Mallory Cowen’s newest—a fresh face for women who want to be on the grid with a youthful look. There’s no pretense to this skin—it’s simply young and clean with a much more subtle glow than Mallory’s previous skins. This is not about the makeup or the fashion—this is about dressing down and being casual. The eyebrows took a bit for me to get used to—I like mine more refined and groomed but they actually are a bonus. This skin is not like all the others and this young face is fresh and beautiful.

I wear a new ponytail hair from Truth Hawks with streaking and color change ponytail bands. And I have been holding this calculator watch forever. It’s so dorky it’s cool. And don’t you love my posing scooter? I tripped across this in my sim wanderings. Suri Yangtz loaded it with lots of fun poses (more than you see here) and it comes in five colors—all for the price of one.

Scootin

A visit to the bookstore, pick up some spices for dinner tonight, get those knitting needles I need… errands around town ;)

Hair: >TRUTH< Astrid Streaked – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LAQ ~ Mini – [Nougat] Brown HB – 01 by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

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

Top: (Elephants Outfitters) Ribbon Tank – noir blank  by Juju Armidi for (Elephants Outfitters) (no longer available)

Shorts: *FIR & MNA* The Heathersfield Shorts White Long by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Earrings: ++Je veux_earring_diamond++ by sucreee Menges for Je veux (no longer available)

Bandana: MTP Bandana neck wrap by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Watch: **SB** Calculator Watch by Adelaide Dae (unavailable)

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Spring Flats – Ink (Black) by Renee Harvy for Duh!

Scooter: [socialANGtz] scooter red by Suri Yangtz for [socialANGtz]

Edie

What I am is what I am
Are you what you are or what?

~ “What I Am” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Edie

A casual look is what is needed this spring—something good for the change in seasons. I always loved girls who could wear their hair down and casually pull on a pair of jeans and look all put together. This wrap top from Lalu Bonetto is ideal for a casual look like this with its pretty retro floral print. Skinny jeans from Onyx LeShelle also make this look—chic and casual with a snug sexy fit. Nardya Rousselot’s sandals with their cute little toes makes this look complete.

Edie

Sachi Vixen has been making more new skins. This fresh lovely look is a new one from her with eyeshadows and lipsticks as she always provides. I opted for a fresh springy eyeshadow. My hair is from Helyanwe Vindaloo, who gives tossed locks a fresh update with this full style and bobby pins.

Edie

Don’t let me get too deep
Don’t let me get too deep

Hair: [ploom] Christy – Sienna by Helyanwe Vindaloo for [ploom]

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Paige Natural – Bare with Adam n Eve Tattoo Paige Eyeshadow Apple Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

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

Top: Puffed-Eye Shirt #2 by Lalu Bonetto for GATO

Pants: Maitreya Skinny Jeans (no prims version)  – #06 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Bracelet: *JDD* Turquoise Moon Bracelet (Rt) by Dana Kingsford (no longer available)

Belt: MTP Ladies Los Ojos Concho belt by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Vixie Nutmeg by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

Behind the Scenes

A lot of you who read my blog probably already know some of what goes into making the images for the blog. Basically I have to dress my avatar up and stand on a pose stand in a photo studio and take some snaps. (Some prefer to do location shots or take green screen photos or who knows, but this this is how *I* do it.) I had been loyally using my Photosphere from Saeya Nyanda for quite a while but I have FUBAR’d it with all my tinkering. So I am looking for a new studio.

Behind the Scenes

I lucked out in meeting Ava Rage. She has created a studio that may well fit the bill for me. It’s basic, and that’s a good thing—simply a modifiable background and floor with a separate pose stand and lights. She includes some tasty backgrounds, chosen specifically to enhance your photos. (The ones I have seen besides this are incredible—go see them on her website.) The studio is small and low prim so it will fit in a tight space. And it’s COPY so I can tinker to my heart’s desire and when I screw it up, just rez a new one. Best of all, the price is reasonable—a mere 350L.

Behind the Scenes

I am using this opportunity to show you a cute little dress from Maylee Oh. I love how she has taken a photosourced texture and run it over the bodice and sculpty prims of the skirt so skillfully with great shadowing. The blue “fold” on top of the bodice is actually another sculpty prim—great work! I am very impressed by the skill of Maylee’s work and her funky aesthetic.

Behind the Scenes

My skin.. oh Tuli Asturias answered my psychic call (read: scream) and sent out word that she has reopened. This is a peek of one of her newest skins—Emma—with its accompanying lipstick. According to Tuli, “Included in each purchase are 6 full skins (bare version + 5 eyemakeups), 2 additional cleavage tattoo layers, 3 lashes tattoo layers, 12 lip tattoo layers, freckles tattoo layers and the shape used in the vendor posters.” Tuli is taking advantage of the additional layers V2 is offering, so time to get used to it, I guess ;)

My hair is from the prolific Mouse Mimistrobell. I really like this red color and the je-ne-said-quoi of the pony trail. My jewelry is matched to my hair—a beautiful set from Jon Ree, who captures the beauty of the southwestern US in his jewelry for both men and women.

Behind the Scenes

Studio: SecondSnaps Studio II v1.1 [*]’s by Ava Rage for SecondSnaps * (Read more at her website and find it on the Marketplace.)

Hair: Dark Mouse Kate/Red4 by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

Skin: [:T:] Emma / sunkissed / br :: 04 Flare with [:T:] Emma / sunkissed / lips :: Ruin by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: The Secret Store – Pretty Poppy by Maylee Oh for The Secret Store

Necklace and earrings: MTP Ladies Desert Rose [red] set by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Boots: J’s Western Boots (S)L 10Colors by JB Gazov for J’s

The Male Gaze

When I was in college studying theater one sad last senior semester (when you take classes like “Feminist Theater”), I bumped up against the “male gaze,” which was a theory proffered by Laura Mulvey (quite a while ago) that the audience for films is always put in the perspective of men, specifically straight men. That is, when we see a movie, we always see it through a straight man’s eyes. A scene will linger on the beauty of a woman and will do so as if a straight man were looking at her as opposed to another woman, for example. (I would argue that one of the reasons men in SL don’t have a lot of hair choices is because the male gaze insists on the decoration and objectification of women first. Look at it this way—the hegemony of the male gaze makes those boobs come out so darn big and insists on cleavage skin, k?)

The Male Gaze

What do you do, though, when the gaze is not straight? It could be argued that gay men have a certain power in our society, much more so than ever before. What about the gay male gaze? Of course, I am stereotyping the gay’s gaze (I couldn’t resist that pun) with this ensemble. (After all there is a whole spectrum of desire and taste within the gay community.) This particular version of desire shows an uber-masculine man displaying his masculinity in a very overt manner with bright colors, tight, revealing clothes, and rich details.

The Male Gaze

Shea Paule, a gay man made this outfit, so presumably it is what he would like to see on other men. I *really* love the Carnaby Street pants (thanks, T, for the reference), the low slung belt, the um.. prim package included with the pants, the open shirt and its rich pumpkin color. Check out how these pants fit on our guy—they are just tight and just right. It could be argued your average straight guy just could not pull this off but a strong and confident gay man make this look hot.

The Male Gaze

I wear one of Hart Larsson’s deliciously masculine skins. I like Hart’s work because it is hand drawn and not overdone. Our guy is clean cut, but still strong, not stubbled but still masculine. Tousled tresses from Truth top our tantalizing tiger. A great necklace from Jon Ree provides the perfect amount of decoration and aviator glasses from Guu Nishi hide where our male chooses to gaze.

The Male Gaze

You know what they say:  You can’t teach a gay dog straight tricks.  ~ from South Park

Hair: >TRUTH< Jason – cocoa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [ PXL] Daniel NAT Face00 Dark by Hart Larsson for [ PXL ] *

Shirt: HardWear “Bewildered” Shirt (pumpkin) by Shea Paule for HardWear *

Pants: HardWear “Nightshade” Pants/Waistcoat (amber) by Shea Paule for HardWear *

Glasses: HOC – Aviator style glasses #003 Male by Guu Nishi for HOC

Necklace: MTP Sly Fox necklace by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Shoes: Colbert – Brown (Copy OK, No Transfer) by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers *

Change of Heart

Well, I guess you must have had a change of heart
You don’t treat me like you did at the start
Your campaign of love was quite a work of art
Now I guess you must have had a change of heart

~ Change of Heart by Teddy Thompson

Cowboy Take Me Away

Melancholy country and western songs are my secret pleasure. A little Teddy Thompson or Mavericks or Alison Krauss, and I am pleasantly emo. Then I want to wear somethign a little country, a little bohemian. A trip to Twill Tymet’s place finds a great off-the-shoulder sweater and a tie-dyed skirt with belt to make this bohemian girl’s heart melt. The skirt is fantastically made from what looks like a photosourced texture (that it isn’t instantly apparent to me shows that it’s nicely done) and topped by a nicely engraved two-buckle belt.

Cowboy Take Me Away

AtomicSparkle Skytower and her incredibly long name make my face new and fresh with a matte makeup that was offered for the Black Friday sales through the Skin Addiction group. I bought the fat pack—I couldn’t resist. What most attracted me were the eye shadows and the even tone of the face. While the lips are still a little overfull (I tried to use the sliders to cut them down with no luck), they have a really nicely done matte look.

Cowboy Take Me Away

Written while listening to Teddy Thompson sing “Take Care of Yourself” and “Change of Heart”:

Hair: >TRUTH< Gwyneth Streaked – copper by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<*

Skin: AtomicBambi-Sara-Sunblush-Rd-Cleo by AtomicSparkle Skytower for AtomicBambi

Top: Boho baku teal off shoulder knit sweater by Twill Tymets for Boho Baku

Skirt: Boho Baku~ Seaweed tye dye skirt set by Twill Tymets for Boho Baku

Jewelry: MTP Ladies Santa Rosa set by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Boots: J’s WesternBoots by JB Gazov for J’s