Poetry

April is National Poetry Month in the US. Apropos of nothing, I wanted to share a poem from one of my favorite American poets, Billy Collins:

Sonnet

All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now,
and after this one just a dozen
to launch a little ship on love’s storm-tossed seas,
then only ten more left like rows of beans.
How easily it goes unless you get Elizabethan
and insist the iambic bongos must be played
and rhymes positioned at the ends of lines,
one for every station of the cross.
But hang on here wile we make the turn
into the final six where all will be resolved,
where longing and heartache will find an end,
where Laura will tell Petrarch to put down his pen,
take off those crazy medieval tights,
blow out the lights, and come at last to bed.

~ from Sailing Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Poetry

I considered putting on crazy medieval tights but forewent that option to show this look that has nothing to do with the poem, a cute little pinky purple ensemble. My top is an inexpensive find from Miffyhoi Rosca, who offered this as part of an outfit at the TFG Discount Shop. I really dig the asymmetrical shape.

Poetry

The theme of this visual poem, however, is the shape and skin. I am wearing a shape from Freedom Parx, part of a new series she is selling that looks to break the old clichés of SL. She doesn’t aim for “beautiful” as much as interesting, though I find this shape pretty cute. I will remark that I did tweak the mouth corners a bit—Freedom shows the shape with a frowny face, which is something I really dislike. It’s great because the shapes are offered mod—that’s the only mod I wanted to make to this shape.

Lion Jonesford has recently come out with a new line of skins and they overlay this shape perfectly, especially in light of their Asian flavor. She offers them in a series of more pastel make-up tones for the most part, which I find lovely. The pinks and purples offset the pale complexion (which is a great color) perfectly. She also has a series of more radical make-ups (would you expect any less from Lion?).

Poetry

“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.” ~  Billy Collins

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

Skin: AYUMI 18-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Shape: Freestyle Shapes – Jia Li by Freedom Parx for Freestyle Shapes *

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

Lashes: pearled eyelashes by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions

Top: =Zenith=Pink  Akali by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at the TFG Discount Shop

Shorts: (Milk Motion) My leather shorts by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion

Socks: *KUROTSUBAKI* socks_romantic_purple by sato Yifu for KUROTSUBAKI

Boots: [LeeZu] BeachBum Boots /violet by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu] *

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Future Club

“Turn me on with your electric feel…”

Future Club

First I start with an outfit from Sascha Frangilli. Her outfit is for a lady who wants to go out to the clubs but isn’t a cute little young thing. In fact, I find her outfits perfect for a fully matured woman (not old.. just not young). They are sexy without being slutty, pretty without being twee. Sascha often uses this bolero-sculpty combo to its best advantage and in this outfit, it matches up with several different bodice choices. I have chosen to style the outfit in a more futuristic look.

Future Club

I got the look with a great hair from lat Oh. I have blogged her work before but Tatum Perenti convinced me to go back and get yet another hair from her, and I chose this porcupine-looking do to push this elegant club look into another century. Add to it this almost ethereal skin from Lion Jonesford and we no longer have your run-of-the-mill dressed-up-in-a-spangly bolero look.

Future Club

Finally, these boots from ono Zinner. With this super fantastic needle-thin heel and zippers running all the way up the back, you can’t get much sexier or impossibly futuristic. (Yes, someday technology will let us balance on needles.)

Future Club

Do what you feel now
Electric feel now

~ “Electric Feel” by MGMT

Hair: MIRROR / CB Class 4 / Black (r) by lat Oh for MIRROR

Skin: NOVA pale 10  -LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Outfit: SAS – Dark Candy by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Earrings: TSS – Looped Multi Earring by SweetThing Baker for Sweetest Sin

Belt: !Rfyre Ank Belt. Black, Womens by SC Tracy for House of RFyre *

Boots: :)(: Ultimate Boots black 2.0.x by ono Zinner for [Neurolab Inc.], also available at PixelFashion

Retraction: I credited the Ultimate Boots to both onoZinner and amandine Arai. In actuality, ono Zinner is the sole creator of these fabulous boots.

Heat It Up

We’re starting to hit the hotter days of summer. I hate closing the windows and turning on the AC. I suffer through what seems like 6 months of snow so I can have the luxury of opening the windows 2 or 3 months a year. So the windows are staying open. Just means I have to dress skimpier ;)

Heat It Up

This sweet little ensemble from Trinetty Skytower might cause a little heat inside, for the right person ;) With its lacy bodice, Moulin Rouge gloves, and bowtied gartered thigh high stockings, it’s gonna take someone’s mind off the heat outside and put it were it belongs.

Heat It Up

I chose to style it in a more retro fashion, with one of Lion Jonesford’s newest skins as a base. With its red lips and heavily made up eyes, it’s seductive and glowing. Hair is a retro wavy page boy from Truth Hawks. Especially cute are the curly bangs.

Heat It Up

Some like it hot ;)

Hair: >TRUTH< Lucille – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: NOVA pale 5 –LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins *

Lingerie: LB Ruffles n Lace Lingerie – Emerald Envy by Trinetty Skytower for the Lingerie Boutique *

Nails: *ByKay* ~ Prim Nails ~ *Basic Edition* by KayLeigh McMillan for *ByKay* *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Vacay!

Oh man. It’s getting hot out! I am SO ready for vacation.

Vacay!

I have outfitted this whole look with new items available on the grid. First, let’s start with this sexy set from LeeZu Baxter. From the luscious textures in the sarong to the bikini top to the pretty flowers under the bust, this swimsuit is for the perfect vacation. Add to it the new prim foot shoes from Oct Oakleaf (more on these in another post—they are incredibly versatile), and I have the ideal vacation ensemble.

Vacay!

My windblow, wind-tangled hair is from Kavar Cleanslate, a new style in his store. Finally I am wearing a sunkissed skin from Lion Jonesford’s new line. The tones of the skin, the subtle freckles over the clavicle and decollatage are perfect for summer showing. I received this skin as part of a small blogger pack, and I would not say it is the best of the collection but it is representative of Lion’s work.

Vacay!

Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime…

Hair: Exile Leslie/blackcherry by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile *

Skin: NOVA sun2nh gloss-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins *

Outfit: [LeeZu!] Boho Bikini /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Shoes: +ADDiCTIA+ Tropica Flip Flops – PInk Stripes by Oct Oakleaf for +ADDICTIA+ *

Nano

I am still reading William Gibson. I know I should be finished by now, but I have been reading other things, doing other things, being other things. This look reminded me of the book, especially the discussion about nanotechnology. This whole look could easily be nano-created. Follow along with me as I spin up this future fantasy…

Fluff

Take the nano-created suit from LeeZu Baxter. With its microfiber fashionability, this suit provides years of biohazard protection and durability against the elements. Covered from head to toe (except fingertips to insure small motor control), this skin-tight suit of environmentally comfortable nano-material includes well sculpted shoulder pads and elbow pads (in case you stumble while being chased through the apocalyptic bridge community and might skin your elbows—and it looks cool).

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The hair, also nano-created and a marvel of lightness and biodegradability, is the brainchild of Serenite Stransky. Purely white, a color rarely seen in this polluted and scavenged environment, this hair will make you glow. Implanted through a revolutionary cosmetic surgery, this hair is exchangeable with other hairstyles so you can swap out as needed—all of them biodegradable. Wear it once, throw it out.

Nano

Boots are vintage McQueen, made by Megg Demina for this environment. With their kitschy hardware, they are actually worth quite a bit on the black market because of the hardware and the rubber soles, which can be reused in a number of applications having nothing to do with footwear.

Nano

Future tense:

Hair: [!SyDS! Hair] Bizzare by Serenite Stransky for !SyDS!

Skin: harper-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins (custom)

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

Outfit: [LeeZu!] NOiR Bon Voyage by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Collar:!.M – Heavy Thorn Collar by Liao Manga (no longer available)

Boots: McQueen Goth Boots by Megg Demina for Chapeau tres Mignon

Chevette

I am having some sort of crazy free-form neural connections happening while I make this blog. I have been reading William Gibson’s book, All Tomorrow’s Parties. In it, California is divided into two states—NoCal and SoCal (which I wonder might really happen now the state is in such dire straits), and people are living in shantytowns in Japanese subways and on the Golden Gate bridge. One of the characters in the book is Chevette Washington, a former bicycle messenger and resident of the bridge and now on the run from an abusive boyfriend. I also read a recent article in the New Yorker about economists Paul Krugman and Robin Wells. And I heard a report about Heidi Durrow’s book, The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, on NPR, with a character who is biracial (wherein she made a great point about Obama being biracial).

Chevette

So with all this in my head, I went to LionSkins again after reviewing them in my blog yesterday and found Lion’s new Nikita skins, which reminded me a lot of buff, ropy muscle Chevette. Nothing is specifically described about Chevette’s skin color, but I imagine her as multiracial (probably influenced by the brilliant and strong Robin Wells, who is African-American). Lion does a great job on these skins making an alternative-style but beautiful woman. This is really important. In a virtual world that is *mostly* Caucasian, representation for people of other races or cultures is difficult to find. Lion gives us a delicious alternative.

Chevette

This little get up is from Joy Laperriere and made for the tribute to McQueen. As I understand from her partner, this was one of Joy’s first creations and it’s quite good, especially the sexy shape and the finned shoulder pads. I accompany it with bracelets and nails from kikunosuke Eel. (Any adjustment problems you notice are because these are no mod. I move one into place and the rest get displaced. Ugh.) However the building and textures are exquisite—as we have come to expect from Mr. Eel.

Chevette

Finally we have the issue of the boots. There was quite a kerfluffle over Megg Demina making designs from RL designers and showing them in SL. To be honest, I thought she did a terrific job of making them and showing them and these sequined numbers are brilliant in shape and texture. I believe what Megg has done is no different than Andy Warhol making a Campbell Soup can. She is not taking a trademarked logo or brand and using it as her own—she is replicating a shape and style in a new medium–appropriating. Is she creating art? Well by putting it in Second Life, she may well be. The production of these pieces could be a discussion about the production of virtual commodities, the artifice and insubstantiality of fashion, the easy replication of the “precious” art piece, etc. There is no tradeMARK infringement for a piece of clothing. My gut says nothing wrong was done here.

Chevette

Brain scramble:

Hair: (fd) Sparks (Earth Pack) by Toast Bard for (fashionably dead)

Skin: NIKITA 5a cute-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Outfit: [m] Decadence Outfit by Joy Laperriere for Magnifico Exclusive

Bracelets: *[MANDALA]TAKARA Bangle/Buddha/black nails & Rings by kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Shoes: McQueen Sequin Boots by Megg Demina for Chapeau tres Mignon

Kinetic

There is something so attractive about a disaffected girl to some. She is a bundle of pent up potential with nowhere to put it, kinetic energy waiting to release itself on the world. Today’s Valentine roams the grid with a cigarette in her hand and a smartass comment always at the ready. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch her in a moment of vulnerability, and that is what makes her such a find.

Ennui

If you’re lucky enough to find this Valentine, this might be the best gift for her—bra and panties from Annyka Bekkers. Simple, young, it’s not the pieces themselves that make the woman but the woman. Annyka makes understated simple lingerie for women who don’t need all the trappings of garters and straps to pull off sexiness. And it takes a great hand at system pieces to pull this off because there is nothing to distract from the essentials of the work. Annyka pulls it off.

Ennui

I show boots from Kookie Lemon—brilliantly sculpted and textured boots for the woman who simply doesn’t have time for nonsense. The laces, the sole, even the socks—everything is exquisitely detailed and shaped. There is no overexaggeration on these boots—they are incredibly authentic. I swear I just stole them from my dad’s garage.

Ennui

I show here the skin born from collaboration between LeeZu Baxter and Lion Jonesford. Get close to this skin. Take some time with it. It’s not an easy one, but neither is our Valentine. But she’s beautiful and unique and incredibly special.

Ennui

“I light the cigarette to put off the journey, to put off all journeys, to put off the entire universe”

Hair: >TRUTH< Kase 2 – chocolate by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: INANNA-VERNISSAGE SUN smokey pure by LeeZu Baxter and Lion Jonesford for LeeZu *

Undies: *blowpop* Cassie Low-rise Boyshorts and Bra Set – Black by Annyka Bekkers for Blowpop

Boots: *Kookie* Armarda/ Black Wash by Kookie Lemon for Kookie

Earring: TSS – Looped Multi Earring by SweetThing Baker for The Sweetest Sin

Posing chair: Diesel Works Modelling Chair by Diesel Rogan for Diesel Works Animations *