Bonsai

Bonsai

A bonsai can never be a finished work of art…because it will always be a
living piece of nature, continuing to live and grow. ~ John Naka, master bonsai cultivator

Bonsai

I like to think each one of us is our own bonsai, grown and pruned with patience and care, shaped by our environment. My beautiful geisha look was carefully developed and grown, starting with this sexy kimono from Iki Akiri, which comes in fitted mesh only. I am still trying to love fitted mesh with mixed feelings. It means I have to use the fitted mesh viewer, which doesn’t always love my computer (performance varies depending on the time of day for whatever reason) and because I still have to tweak my shape somewhat. For this kimono, my butt and hips still had to be tweaked. *sigh* The textures are lovely, especially with a cascade of roses flowing over the skirt and it’s so much fun to wear a kimono in SL that is not made up of 100 different prims.

Bonsai

The Arcade, the bastion of legalized gambling in SL, will be opening on June 1. Take your chances at a number of amazing things including the great prizes I show here! First off, this amazing ‘do from Truth Hawks that includes *squee* sushi as decoration. I went for the traditional cherry blossoms but I know I will be wearing this with the sushi décor in the future. Then Umazuma Metaluna amazed me with a set of gorgeous evocative skins with smokey eyes and gorgeous full lips.

And of course, the bonsai in question are from Arduenn Schwartzman for MadPea and come in 14 variations, but this is the kicker: when you pair the right ones up, they play a piece of music for you upon click. (Yes, thank you, not over and over until you go bonkers). The two tall ones are rares and are a pair and I clicked and listened to a cut from a ponderous symphony. I also noticed they have subtle sparkles that glimmer ever-so-subtly. Buy one, buy ‘em all!

Bonsai

Leave room for the birds to fly through. ~ John Naka

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Sakura Hair with TRUTH HAIR Flowers by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at The Arcade *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Chloe 3 (honey) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at The Arcade *

Eyes: pearl – bog wood – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Kimono: Violent Seduction – Rozuhime (Mint) by Iki Akiri for Violent Seduction, available at Kustom 9

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: erratic / ira – platform pumps / cyan by Erratic Rain for erratic *

Bonsai by Arduenn Schwartzman for MadPea, available at The Arcade *

  • MadPea Bonsai Hizashi RARE
    MadPea Bonsai Kaidan
    MadPea Bonsai Kasa
    MadPea Bonsai Kojiki
    MadPea Bonsai Majo
    MadPea Bonsai Ryu
    MadPea Bonsai Shihosu
    MadPea Bonsai Tsukikage RARE

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

World Traveler

World Traveler

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

World Traveler

One of the most fantastic things about SL, one that I think people forget because it becomes so natural to us, is that we can travel around the world in a sense from our own little desk chairs. Yes, the internet does this for us, but SL provides that extra sense of otherplaceness, which we can’t easily find elsewhere without physically traveling. A simple teleport and we are transported to another land. Granted that land is someone’s fantasy without all the other touches we might feel if we were physically there (the weather, the smells, the feel of the air) but it still fulfills some need in us and transmits some otherness to us that we can not get by just stepping out the door or turning on the TV. Add to that the friends we make from around the world—from Africa to Antarctica (and yes there are some from each in SL), and we are world travelers.

In this case I traveled to Hosoi Ichiba to take shots of this brilliant kimono from kaori0514 Karas. I love the colors, the silhouette and the ebullience of this kimono. She adds a little hair flower which just completes it. I decided to don Siddean Munro’s new platform shoes, which are a sort of combo of geta and flipflop and perfectly suit this contemporary kimono (especially with the optional little flowers on the shoes—I love the options Siddean has built into these).

World Traveler

Of course, the prettiest part of this ensemble is my new skin from Gala Phoenix, who has put out another two batches of absolutely amazing skins. I thought this colorway would suit the kimono and with Ikon Innovia’s eyes it’s a joyful look. I topped it all off with a new hair from Kavar Cleanslate, a messy wonderful look that is perfect for a girl running around from sim to sim to see the “world.”

World Traveler

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. ~ Cesare Pavese

Hair: ::Exile:: Amira:Roots-Maraschino by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile *

Skin: :GP: Petal [Dark] Candy-Green Apple 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Kimono: PINKY*GALS YUKATA HimeGal03 by kaori0514 Karas for PINKY*GALS

Shoes: Slink Shaz Platforms Red by Siddean Munro for SLink *

Love Letter to Japan

From the west to the east I have flown to be near you
I have come all this way to be close, to be here with you
And now, all my heart I will lay down precisely at your feet
~ Love Letter to Japan by The Bird and the Bee

Love Letter to Japan

My love letter to Japan involves, as one would expect, a kimono, but this one is inspired by my recent new thing, watching drama on Crunchyroll on my iPad (thanks so very much, Erehwon). Watching the funky fashions on these shows, I am reminded that the kimono is probably a little fanciful, especially this gorgeous one from Sequanna Kidd, even with it’s short skirt and sweetly tied stockings. Nevertheless, the cute granny boots from Cerberus Noel would fit right in. (I have been watching Prince Hours. The star, Se7en, is cute.)

Love Letter to Japan

I show one of Truth Hawks’ new hair pieces, with the hairband set to red and the streaks set to red. It’s gotta all be red. Especially to match the lipstick from this beautiful skin from Fergie Finesmith. I have shown Fergie’s work before, which is an amalgamation of purchased and open source pieces. The faces are lovely with bold makeups.

Love Letter to Japan

My beloved, oh my sweet
All the gifts you have given me
The patience and the peace,
Cherry blossoms and the candy,
I am yours, I am yours
For as long, for as long as you will have me

Hair: >TRUTH< Frankie Streaked – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Razzanova Skins Vanity – Alizee – Mademoiselle by Fergie Finesmith for Razzanova *

Outfit: *Milky Kimono Shungei-Josho B&R Mini* by Sequanna Kidd for Milky House

Boots: *GF* Short Lace-Up Boots –black by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Gothic Geisha

Two looks in SL that are much liked because they have elements of fantasy and otherworldliness are goth and Japanese kimonos.

Gothic Geisha

Morrigan Denimore mixes them up with this spectacular kimono. When he first passed “The Old Soul” to me, I asked him if he was trying to tell me something (because right before this one he had passed me “The Frigid Belle”). I love Morrigan’s work because he is always trying something new and something different. His work is very gothic in the most Japanese gothic lolita sense—he has the aristocrat dandy down to a tee. So this is a homage to the culture from which the lolita comes.

Gothic Geisha

When I was putting together this look, I struggled to find the right footwear and sent an SOS out to the fashion bloggers group. Stacia Villota piped up and reminded me that footwear are sometimes called geta and then she IM’d me with recommendations. Her blog is a treasure trove of such information. You can check out her list of SL kimono stores (and sigh at her beautiful photos).

Finally, I want to give kudos to elsa Liebknicht for this hauntingly lovely goth skin. She has the skin tone just right—not too white and with a very subtle glow. I am not sure how she pulls this off, but she does make it look almost luminescent. The eyes are dark but not bruised. The lips are the same. It is a vey great skin for gothic dress up.

Gothic Geisha

What are the dark thoughts of the geisha?

Hair: Annie May Hair II – Shadow by Starley Thereian for Celestial Studios

Skin: !RT…Annalisa…Asphyxia by elsa Liebknecht for Rotten Toe

Kimono: ~*{TBC}*~ The Old Soul by Morrigan Denimore for The Black Canary *

Geta: *pop feel Rin*Geta set by miku Shan for *pop feel*

P.S. Today is my rez day. Three years! Woot!

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

Jacked In

Ooo! I just watched my first episode of Caprica (do not spoil it for me!) and now I am squirming with the pleasure of this great science fiction series ahead of me, especially since I just finished Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.

There is a whacky discussion going on in my head right now, based on an article by James Fallows in this month’s Atlantic about How America Can Rise Again. It has to do with this notion of apocalypse or rather, how Americans face the current times and the future with a feeling that we are in decline.

I think a lot of the same malaise imbues SL, (and I am not talking about RP sims like City of Lost Angels or Midian) in the forums, the blogs, and the general chat. The Mentors are gone, the Homesteads are messed up, people are closing malls and businesses… yadda yadda yadda.

But Fallows has it right in his article, and I argue the same. “One look at the comforts and abundance of American life—even during a recession, even with all the people who are suffering or left out—can make it seem silly to ask about anything except the secrets of the country’s success,” he argues. “The typical American I see in an office building or shopping mall, stout or slim, gives off countless unconscious signs—hair, skin, teeth, height—of having grown up in a society of taken-for-granted sanitation, vaccination, ample protein, and overall public health.”

I can point to the same thing in SL: higher concurrencies, better stability, more beautiful and far reaching content than we have ever had before. Even the newbies look tons better (come on now—hardly anyone runs around with that freaky helmet hair anymore). SL is pretty damn good. Fallows’ final argument is that American history has a unique tradition of “cycles of despair followed by triumphant rebirths.” We are on the brink in this country, and I think SL is in line too. (And I apologize to all my readers from other countries—I would like to hear your thoughts too.)

This crazy opener leads into today’s look, a combo of high tech, future, and fantasy. Actually, it is all about being jacked in.

Jacked In

The content in SL is better than ever. Let’s agree on that. I show this amazing “kimono” from Selos Dae as evidence. From the amazingly sculpties, combining a fur with a full leg to the truly unique sleeves, upended and lined with fur, to the great streaming ties. It’s just a very funky and cool outfit.

Jacked In

I said this blog was all about the hair, however, and really it is (and not about the weird thoughts going on in my head). This amazing cyberhair made by lat Oh made my day. Not only is it shaped well, textured amazingly, and tremendously imaginative, but it is also scripted with a HUD so you can change color of the metal, the little round “lights” on the back, and the ends of the wicks AND you can control their glow.

Jacked In

My favorite part of the hair was the USB port on the earphone!! Oh imagine that, being able to jack right in to your computer. (It’s all coming clear now, isn’t it.. Caprica.. the future of the SL.. get it? OK, probably not, but trust me, it all has to do with this little USB port.)

I wear a futuristic skin from Mea Carnell who has a line of pretty groovy goth and futuristic women’s skins. And these little eyelashes from Keri Clip are my favorite because they have a little white dot on the bottom. Something about those dots is so charming.

Jacked In

Don’t fear the cyborg in you:

Hair: MIRROR C14 / Cyber Light (Red) by lat Oh for MIRROR  ::. Cyber Bunker

Skin: Aimesi Skin Drama Silver Face1 by Mea Carnell for Aimesi *

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

Kimono: [][]Trap[][] Ghost Hakama by Selos Dae for [][]Trap[][]

Rose Garden

Somehow, some way, the snow missed me. (I live near a very large body of water—I can only imagine it was that.) My not very distant neighbors (less than 10 miles away) got pummeled and snow blowers are running all over the Midwest right now. And we’re looking forward to the frigid cold coming our way.

Rose Garden

It’s times like this it’s best to disappear into a fantasy and mine is a fantasy of a beautiful kimono, fresh with roses, wondrously layered with frills and laces, butterflies floating around. The folds of the robe (with a cleverly constructed sculpty) combined with the gathered bow in the back is a sort of virtual origami of colors and textures. This absolutely gorgeous kimono from chichuro Martinek cures the snowbound blues and brings a bit of sunshine to a gray day.

Rose Garden

I styled it with a simply beautiful new skin from Tuli Asturius’ For Your Lips Only line. With its subtly colored lip and bare but beautiful eyes, its freshness perfectly matches this glorious kimono. I topped it with a sweet bob from BettiePage Voyager. Its flat color (this is one of her earlier pieces) might seem a bit cartoony for this ensemble but somehow it works (the simplicity of the cut).

Rose Garden

Paper flower:

Hair: BP* OKAPPA Hair M by BettiePage Voyager for BP*

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.L.O. taupe by Tuli Asturius for []::Tuli::[] *

Kimono: *RAN*kimono/112set–pretty roses by chihiro Martinek for Handmade*RAN*

Modern Kimono

I dug around in my kimono folder and came up with this cuteness. I had forgotten about it. I love seeing these adaptations of old memes.

Modern Kimono

In this case, Beaumont Ryba has taken a “kimono” and cut it up. Well, actually just took a piece or two of it and wrapped it around. Not much kimono left here. But the design is funky and elegant, sexy and respectable. The colors are translucent and lush all at once. It’s very subtle anime.

Modern Kimono

Beaumont even has a cute little wrap around scarf with varying translucencies that hangs down with a pair of lanterns and a cross attached as accessories.

Modern Kimono

I finished off the outfit with a clean beautiful skin from Pulse, my favorite-ist boots from Bax Boots, and this fabulous hair from Emo-tions. If you haven’t take a little trip down to Emo-tions, bop over. They have a number of hairs, accessories and amazing kilts, all in a kind of mishmash of urban wasteland prettiness. Mirja is really growing her business.

Modern Kimono

Welcome to the 21st century:

Hair: EXPRESSION by Mirja Mills for EMO – tions

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Valeries T2 Champagne by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Kimono: JAdv_LittleGirl Oriental Design Dress 007 – Oriental by Beaumont Ryba for LittleGirl

Earrings: RC~Atargatis’ Crime by Random Calliope for Worthwhile

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

Die Happy

Sometimes I want to go out looking wickedly gorgeous, glam and funky and killer hot. It requires a sort of insouciance that comes of big confidence.

Die Happy

I chose this great design from Discord because it had all those features—a theatrical kimono style mixed with futuristic textures and materials. Discord is an amazing find—the clothes are funky, well textured and made, and inexpensive. You want the glamfurlowslungjeanswiththebigbuckle thang? You’ll find it at Discord.

Die Happy

I will admit that this blog was all about the hair. I am wearing michele Oyen’s flowy, messy Serene in a purple that could only be seen out at night with an outfit like this. I visited her store recently and was amazed by the flow of the hair and the great textures. I bought the whole dark pack of Selene’s despite the cost. I just couldn’t resist.

Die Happy

The boots are from Melanie Zhao. Melanie is the queen of prim shoes, crafting them carefully and in a way that makes one marvel as to what can be done in SL. Melanie preceded the sculpty shoe craze and still makes quality pieces, from prims, bottom up.

Die Happy

I am SO going out:

Hair: [SeleneV1][colorD-Series] by michelle Oyen of . sWEET HAIRs . sWEET FACEs .

Skin: Unreleased skin by Lorac Farella of Pulse Skins

Outfit: << Discord >> SHO-HI Black Set by Orange Meili of Discord

Boots: “DESTINY” (BLACK/BLACK) SILVER boots by Melanie Zhao of Zhao Shoes

Listening to Die Happy by Peaches