The Seven Year Itch

Seven Year Itch

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one [wo]man in [her] time plays many parts, [her] acts being seven ages. ~ William Shakespeare

Seven Year Itch

My seventh rez day crept up on me today. I didn’t realize it until Stephen pointed it out to me, and then I blushed, realizing it was true. I have done the math and realize I am in my prime! (If there are four sunrises and sunsets per 24 hours, then it would be four days per 365 days, 365 days per year would make me 28 years old. I’ll take it!) I have enjoyed some celebrations already. Jaynine Scarborough, the wondrous amazing voice from Berlin, sang me an over-the-top Happy Rezday at her show that brought tears to my eyes. I reminisced with IronGut McAllister about when he DJ’d my first rez day. I got an amazing poem written for me. As Jaynine would sing, “It’s wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!” And despite the title, I don’t seem to be going anywhere.

In my seven years in SL, one of the most wonderful things that has emerged is the explosion of content available to consumers. No, folks, businesses don’t fail in SL because of content theft or because of lack of support from LL; they fail because the competition has become fierce and you have to provide great content with a tight business model. My look today includes some of the best designers in SL who created pieces for the 100 Block and a hungry shopping community.

First start with Cynthia Ultsch’s short jean jacket. I was so thrilled when I saw this come out. She has made it short to work with many different mesh outfits, open to show a little decolletage and open enough to accommodate different sizes in front. I fit it over Datrip Blackbart’s little rock n roll bustier (this can be found at his shop) and then wore that with Moonbubble Gothly’s high-waisted mini, where the material in the skirt goes up rather than down. I have to say I wore bustier and skirt out and got a lot of compliments. Of course the compliments may have come from wearing Gospel Voom’s high heeled Mary Janes from FaMESHed with their frilly ankle socks. In fact, I think for my compliment-givers, these were a delectable deciding factor.

Seven Year Itch

Cruella Pennell often amazes me with her other-vision hair styles and her style and hairbases for 100 Block are no exception. With an intricately shaved texture, the hair base’s swirls correspond with my skirt while my long locks on top, tossed to the side, give my look height and movement. Limited edition earrings from Ganymede Galaxy from Limited Bazaar give me a touch of Wastelands with filament inside the glass bulb hanging off a gear. And the luscious skin Sawsan Secretspy is selling at 100 Block, is pretty and soft but has enough grit with the darkly lined eyes to make the look work.

Seven Year Itch

Thank you, my dear treasured friends in SL. You know who you are, many of you who have been with me throughout this second life. Here’s to many more!

Hair: a: anaxilea: pitch black by Cruella Pennell for Adoness, available at the 100 Block *

Hairbase: a: shaved damask: grey shades by Cruella Pennell for Adoness, available at the 100 Block *

Skin: .::WoW skins::. Nawra Darktan 04 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the 100 Block *

Eyes: pearl – columbia – medium bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Jacket: [Cynful] Cropped Denim Jacket by Cynthia Ultsch for Cynful, available at the 100 Block *

Top: Legal Insanity – tori rocker top leather zebra by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity *

Skirt: [ bubble ] Highwaisted Skirt  by Moonbubble Gothly for [bubble], available at the 100 Block *

Earrings: Aesthetica Filament Earing by Ganymede Galaxy for Aesthetica, available at the Limited Bazaar

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Metals Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Charlotte Mary Jane Pumps – Patent by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique, available at FaMESHed *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

The One Who Loves You the Most

The One Who Loves You the Most

When the sky is falling from above you
And the wind is raging from the coast
And you want someone who truly loves you
I will be the one who loves you the most

~ “The One Who Loves You the Most” by Brent Dennen

The One Who Loves You the Most

I love love—not just romantic (eros) but also agape, philia and storge. The song that names this blog is sweet and charming and has a wonderful ending. YOU become the one who loves you the most, a message I wholeheartedly endorse. (I linked a video of newlyweds dancing and it’s so charming if you are into that sort of thing.)

The soft voice of Brent Dennen serves this outfit from Ariadna Garrigus well. With its bohemian softness, the beautiful embroidery along the neckline and hem, and the light linen (that shows up as a big shiny in a materials viewer), this dress is easy going and sexy all at once, kind of like his singing. I paired it with a limited edition gypsy necklace from Neftisis Rhiadra, which is available in two colors and in limited quantities at Limited Bazaar. And I finally got to wear my cute wedge heels from Terrie Dreadlow that come with a plain color HUD and then add on HUDs with brocade and other patterns. That, I think, was an ingenious way to market the shoes—sell the add-to-Slink shoes with separately-sold add-on HUDs.

The One Who Loves You the Most

Queue Marlowe will be putting this hair down on the floor today if she hasn’t already (or so she told me). With a braid crossing the forehead and curls bound up to the side, it’s a mix of hippy and disco. Of course, Queue includes her gorgeous textures in each texture-change HUD with great ombres. My skin is Aida Ewing’s newest for the Cutie Moon Fair, which everyone is blogging right now. I realize this is hardly anime/Sailor Moon but that is the versatility of Aida’s skins that I can also be a gypsy, crunchy-chewy girl with her lovely visage.

The One Who Loves You the Most

I also want to note my condolences to the friends and family of Dirk Talamasca. He passed away yesterday and his brother posted a message to Facebook on his behalf. SO many people knew Dirk, enjoyed his friendship, his kindness and his humor. He lived a good life.

“I hope he rezzes in a better place where there is low lag and the program never crashes. Goodbye old friend.” ~ Doctor Gascoigne

When you forgive your imperfections
And you’ve auctioned all your clothes
And you look to see your true reflection
You will be the one who loves you the most

Hair: AD – tootsie – dark browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Brandi – America 06 H by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at the Cutie Moon Fair (no slurl available yet) *

Eyes: ::NM:: Iconic Eyes / Hazel by Jade Glazner for Nar Mattaru

Dress: ***ArisAris AA36 Tuscany Alpha Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Necklace: MiWardrobe – Gypsy – Necklace – Red*1 – MW by Neftisis Rhiadra for MiWardrobe, available at Limited Bazaar

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

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Ombre Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Has Been – Sugary Wedges by Terrie Dreadlow for Has Been, available at Slink West

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

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

The Collector

The Collector

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. ~ Thomas Merton

The Collector

If SL is a fantasy world, than my fantasy is to be an art collector. In fact, at one time, I indulged in that fantasy and had my own little person gallery of art I had collected, but now I just enjoy it in my own home. I found that I could be a fantasy art collector at a new site called curiator.com (apply for an invite), in which people can exchange their favorite art and build a collection, perhaps finding more by their favorite artists and learning about new artists. Consider it a Pinterest for fine art. (I am Harper Beresford on there as well—find me.)

For this blog entry, I imagined an art collector with a country home—a modern villa with plenty of wall space for hanging paintings and sketches and photographs. (I do realize art encompasses more than this, but indulge me here.) I pulled some pieces from my collection on curiator.com and put them up on the walls and went to town with new items from FaMESHed and Collabor88.

The Collector

Cory Edo has made a collection for FaMESHed with a sort of postmodern bent. With suggestions of earlier periods, she mixes funky with traditionalism, modernist curvy lines with varied surfaces to offer a set that seems eclectic and pulled together all at once. The furniture features a variety of PG, and if you choose to upgrade, adult poses which will make it very versatile. And I even snuck in BabyChampagne Sass’s modern trunk (as my art collector travels back and forth quite a bit).

The Collector

Putting this collection in the villa that Cory is offering at Collabor88 was a no-brainer. It all fit together. The villa itself has a large open space with two rooms off the main space and three levels climbing up. She offers it in a shadowed white, which you can customize to your pleasure. I tinted the floor and several walls to pop color in our art collector’s house and give a tension to this modern but homey space. As always she offers privacy settings, pull down blinds, and locks on the doors so art thieves can’t creep in.

The Collector

Tya Fallingbridge’s dining room set at FaMESHed is a gorgeous addition to this house. With color change built into the table and credenza and changeable fabrics on the chairs, it’s entirely customizable. The modern lines of the chairs and credenza compliment the more traditional round table and provide a handsome or beautiful look to a dining room (depending on your styling).

The Collector

Our art collector is, of course, eclectic and stylish and I tried to show this with a black pantsuit that Spooky Mistwallow has made for the Black Fair. Coupled with strappy stylish shoes from TeamRedgrave (made orange to pop), the look is sleek but also colorful, especially with Maxi Gossamer’s Limited Bazaar jewelry. Funky nails from Giela Delpaso mix it up in this colorful assemblage.

The Collector

I used the elegant gold shadowed skin from Izzie Button, a feature at the Black Fair, as my palette. With dark brows and sleekly lined eyes, the skin has a neutral lip, perfect for our art collector. And a casual wavy flip from Chiaki Xue completes the look—she doesn’t want to look contrived.

The Collector

We have art in order not to die of the truth. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Hair: *Dura-Boys&Girls*45(Dark Brown) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: Izzie’s – Kaelyn Skin pale DB (gold) by Izzie Button for Izzie’s, available at the Black Fair *

Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Skyfall (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Outfit: :KR: Glamstreet Pantsuit – Black by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock, available at the Black Fair *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet – Tarifa Neon by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Limited Bazaar *

Shoes: – Shoes Grace – 12colors R / REDGRAVE by TeamRedgrave for Redgrave

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

House:

Trompe Loeil – Modern Villa by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at Collabor88 *

Furniture:

Trompe Loeil – Oceania Brights Collection by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Cohen Dining Set by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *

{{BSD Design studio}}Model offshore luggage brown by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at SL Fashion Week *

::PopArt:: Iwanca Lux vase by Fionna Cale for PopArt

:CP: Vita’s Lamp by Isla Gealach for Cheeky Pea

Rug Pale Paradise **Sweet Sorrows** by Colette Charleville for Sweet Sorrows

Pixelated Petals- Zen Bowl Set  and Pixelated Petals- Glass block vase w/orchids by Miko Omegamu for Pixelated Petals

MESHWORX – Flute Floor Lamp v3b (Mod/copy Only) by Loz Hyde for Meshworx

Trompe Loeil – Star Duo Ground Lamps Gold & White by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *

Wedge Table Lamp by Kaerri Rae by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri

Medallion Rug by Szabo Horn, no longer available

Art by:

Robert Rauschenberg

Michael Wolf

David Hochbaum

Jeremy Geddes

Richard Avedon

Hiroshi Yoshida

Oleg Dou

Banksy

Picasso Baby

Picasso Baby

“I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of not trying.” ~ Jay-Z

Picasso Baby

Jay Z, the rap star, the husband of Beyonce and daddy to Blue, is not just a rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, and rich man—he’s also an art collector. Recently he decided to do his own form of performance art called “Picasso Baby” at the Pace Gallery in New York. I first read an article about it in Vulture by Jerry Saltz and then found the video a couple weeks later. The critic, Jerry Saltz, loved it. “Maybe I was smitten by fame. I stayed for just about the whole six hours, and all I can say is that I don’t think I saw one instance where Jay-Z was not totally there, in the moment, working the energy.”

I was impressed by his summary: “I went in doubting. I left elated.”

That has nothing to do with what I have on except the idea of energy, giving and getting. The article said Jay Z would not put up with schmaltz—he wanted genuine energy and he fed off it for his performance. I really liked that idea. When I see stuff I want to blog, I am looking for that authentic energy… and joy in creation. Ariadna Garrigus continues to produce joyful work, it seems to me. This nightclub dress—translucent with shimmering silver stitchwork—is a case in point. She pushes her expertise with mesh by making this body-conscious see-through piece with matching mesh panties.

Picasso Baby

This sexy posing chair is Rogan Diesel’s contribution to FaMESHed. My skin is Tricky Boucher’s contribution to The Boutique. My jewelry is Maxi Gossamer’s contribution to Limited Bazaar and United Fashion Project. And my eyes are gorgeous peepers that Isabelle Requiem has for sale at TDR Fushion. My hair is Catwa Clip’s newest, a sexy up and down ‘do with wisps around the decolletage and face and a great HUD for changing hair color.

Picasso Baby

“I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man!” ~ Jay Z

Hair: ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh TNT by Catwa Clip for ^;^CaTwA^;^

Skin: -Belleza- Ava Med TLC 3 by by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, at The Boutique *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Melanie Eyes – light green by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at TDR Fusion

Dress: ***Arisaris Igs85  Gersemi Disco Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry set: MG – Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet – Bridget’s Faith Heart Ring by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Limited Bazaar *

Ring: MG – Rings – Talia Cluster by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at United Fashion Project *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Chevron Set – Cool Colors by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Lauren d’Orsay – Jewel Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Diesel Works – Bella Chair by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations, available at FaMESHed *