Memories in a Box

“I imagined a small lacquered box inlaid with silver and gold in a pattern of curling waves, inset with silver cranes. Into this imaginary box I placed all my memories… and secretly tucked it away in my heart.”
~ from The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby

Memories in a Box

As the year closes, I will tuck into my box a few wonderful memories—the thank you from Marianne McCann at SL7B, the last views of my beautiful villa on Avant Garde before I took it down, the way RFyre looked when we first remodeled it, the day I got a proposal from Callie saying, “C’mon, you know what you to” in my email, how fun it was modeling for SC Tracy and then meeting him and Raven and Nevar and Amethyst and Cashel in Florida.

The beautiful fictional Murasaki reminded me of this with her words. Therefore I choose to show a dress as elegant and regal as Murasaki, made by Nicky Ree. Leave it to Nicky to still be able to come up with a dress that makes this jaded old fashionista still gasp with wonder. The textures are absolutely exquisite and the prim building is, as always with Nicky’s work, rock solid. Nicky’s translucent textures make the most of alpha clash, allowing the beautiful flowered train under the sheer overcoat to shimmer through when the flexis move. The front skirt includes the magnificent vision of a phoenix embroided on these royal robes. If this is a peek of what Nicky will be doing in the coming year, 2011 will be a great year!

Memories in a Box

I have donned one of  Hart Larsson’s newer skins, which he has fashioned with an eyeshadow layer as the makeup for the skin rather than a different lip color. I wonder which is more successful on the grid—optional lipstick or optional eyeshadows. I wear a retired hair from Elikapeka Tiramisu, who has blessedly come back to make more such beautiful pieces.

Memories in a Box

“Though the body moves, the soul may stay behind.”
~Murasaki Shikibu

Hair: ETD Loraine 2 – Black by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD (sadly no longer available but her new styles are at Elikatira)

Skin: [PXL] Kasumi SK BlushLips with [PXL] Kasumi SK Black Eyes by Hart Larsson for [PXL]

Dress: *DNR* Phoenix Costume in Black by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Earrings: Kunstkammer Black Forest Earring by Nuala Shippe (no longer available)

Inspired by a Violet….

A friend of mine, Mr. Oh, recently IM’d me to tell me about a new blog he had come upon. He is a wonderful blogger for Second Man—articulate, critical and illustrative. He raises the bar for other bloggers every time. So a recommendation from him needs to be heeded. And he was right. Digital Butch is a terrific blog by Saaskje Violet, a “boi” who likes to show her butch looks and explain where to find fashions she likes. What I so like about it is that Saaskje definitely has an editorial viewpoint, a unique voice, and a great fashion sense. Inspired by Saaskje, I put together this look.

Inspired by a Violet...

First the jacket, a punk marvel from Amerie Spitteler, who has her own unique voice. Kinda punk, kinda Tokyo street girl, it’s hard where it needs to be and sweet where it needs to be. I especially like how she got the system piece to convincingly show belts across the torso and combine it with the prim belt. It’s all of a piece and makes sense. I wear a little bra from Mariska Simons underneath—our girl is pretty underneath all that armor, you know. And leggings are from AvaGardner Kungler. Didn’t think she could do punk, didya?

I love these boots from Vasha Martinek, which I have been holding on to for a while. Vasha offers a plethora of fantasy and funky boots at DV8 and her designs are getting less chunky and more refined. My only complaint? This set did not have RED boots!

Inspired by a Violet...

I know a couple days ago I pointed out that Gala Phoenix’s skins were “young” skins—too baby-faced, too dewy. For this look they are perfect because the sweetness of the skins softens this look substantially. I don’t expect a punky girl to be all sophisticated. I expect her face to show vulnerability, and this skin makes it work.

My glorious hair is from Emilie Carter, who provides the grid with shaved, wild hair that is beautiful at the same time. In addition, she makes hair bases that are shaved to match her wild hair.

Inspired by a Violet...

Hair: 99Hair -Krima –b1 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Hair tattoo: 99Hair -Shaved Tattoo LAYER -black T0 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Raccoon 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Jacket: AMERIE –  Vampire Coat_Red(F) by Amerie Spitteler for AMERIE

Bra: ~Blacklace~ Black Satin & Lace Bra by Mariska Simons for ~Blacklace~

Leggings: (Kunglers) Raffi pants – black by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Earrings: Onenine Piercing Ver.1.2 (on Left ear) by PaintO Jie for Onenine and Kunstkammer Extra Piercings without Facelight – gold by Nuala Shippe for Kunstkammer (no longer available)

Leg ties: ~*RunoRuno*~ Narke Leg by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Boots: +DV8+ Union Jill Boots – Charcoal by Vasha Martinek for +DV8+ *