The Dog Days

The Dog Days

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.” ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

The Dog Days

Before I launch into the main segment of this entry, I want to share a little trick with you about making hyperlinks in your profile. It’s very easy to do if you know the correct code.

In your profile, in a chat, etc, you can “link” a slurl or a url very easily. This is the protocol:

[https://slfashionpassion.wordpress.com A Passion for Virtual Fashion]

If you insert this into your profile, this is what you will see:

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But this is what everyone else will see:

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THIS does chew up extra characters in your profile, so be careful using it. Consider using a tinyurl or another truncated url. And watch your spaces. Any before the http:// will screw it up.

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The Dog Days

It’s the dog days of summer, though I am enjoying lovely sunny weather and cool breezes. I dressed up accordingly with a cheerful mien so I could face these dog days with happiness. And what a lot of happiness the grid is offering right now. First start with the new hair from Truth that he is offering at Uber. In two different face-framing styles, the hair includes a darling color change hair band with a series of great textures. My skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s lovely work for Designer Showcase, a clean palette for your choice of makeups, and I chose lipstick from Constance Daehlie.

My beautifully designed top is one of Erratic Rain’s pieces for Uber. She designed the mesh top to bottom for both this and the shorts she is selling and the textures are gorgeous. I found a pretty little necklace from Menieelee Gelles at the Chapter Four to match and a skirt from nodoka Vella. Pretty new peeptoes from LacunaInc make the look complete.

Oh.. and my dawgs. Nina Helix is offering another gacha full of ferocious pups and Apple Fall was selling this ceramic pug that I have repurposed, both at Chapter Four.

The Dog Days

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Malibu 2 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Uber *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Renata tan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Designer Circle *

Lipstick: #adored – sugarlips – pink-a-boo 3 by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – velik by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Top: erratic / amber – tie-up shirt / pink colorblock by Erratic Rain for erratic, available at Uber *

Skirt: {amiable}Tea-Length Skirt by nodoka Vella for {amiable}

Necklace: Soothe. Stone bijou necklace (coral) by Menieelee Gelles for ASO, available at the Chapter Four

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Maai * Slink * hands & feet * Darling by Snow Wolfhunter for Maai

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: *LACUNA* Satin Peep Toe Heels (Slink) – Vivacious by LacunaInc for Lacuna *

Pugs: Apple Fall Pug Ceramic Décor by Apple Fall for Apple Fall, available at the Chapter Four

Chihuahua: Alchemy/Birdy – Chi Chi Chihuahua – Spike – Brown by Nina Helix for Alchemy, available at the Chapter Four

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin, available at Collatbor88

Westwood

Westwood

“Fashion is life-enhancing and I think it’s a lovely, generous thing to do for other people.” ~ Vivienne Westwood

Westwood

The Style Icon event will be opening on February 7, and it looks to be an invigorating fashion fair. Dozens of designers, inspired by “style icons,” will be selling exclusive content that speaks to their influences. Blessedly some didn’t just choose the same old, same old. Datrip Blackbart did a turn on Vivienne Westwood with this mesh gown, a combination of Malcolm McLaren references (Sid Vicious’ face imprinted on the hip) and a mash up of the British Flag, dirtied up and mixed with a pink leopard print boa. How else could Datrip better draw inspiration from the queen of punk couture?

Westwood

I was so inspired by Datrip’s inspiration that I tried to accessorize this dress accordingly. I brought out a short cut from Chiaki Xue, a modern Miley cut, but in pink, and I added one of Maddox Dupont’s slick shaved hairbases, which is tintable! Cool gray eyes from Isabelle Requiem match the edgy gorgeous skin that Nina Helix is selling at the Enchantment event. Not only do you get brown and black brows, but also wine and plum, ideal for a punk couture look. Finally a spiked earring from L33ghL33 finishes the look with its touch of menace and well… retro punkiness.

Westwood

“You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes.” ~ Vivienne Westwood

Hair: *Dura-Boys&Girls*50(Pink) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Hair Base: KMADD Hairbase (tintable) ~ The Core by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises

Skin: .Birdy. Red skin ~Peaches~ (Limited edition Enchanted) Plum by Nina Helix for Birdy, available at Enchantment

Eyes: [Brixley] Mist Eyes – dark gray by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom 9

Dress: Legal Insanity – vivienne punk gown rose by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity, available at The Style Icon *

Earring: [7891.] – Xenno Cuff Earrings – Gold & Silver by L3ighL33 for 7891.

Ring: MG – Rings – Pirouette Orbit – Large – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Nail applier: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Essenz – Dallas by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at The Style Icon *

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

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Deep in the Woods

Deep in the Woods

“Alas for those girls who’ve refused the truth: The sweetest tongue has the sharpest tooth.” ― Jack Zipes, Little Red Riding Hood and Other Classic French Fairy Tales

Deep in the Woods

Enchantment, which is opening on February 1, will be an event taking as its theme “Little Red Riding Hood.” You’d think it would be an event full of baskets and capes, and while there are plenty of those, there is also an undercurrent of resistance to a story of a lovely little girl being tricked by a wolf. First, much of the clothing is less for a little girl and more for a woman, like this gorgeous gown by Monica Outlander. Now, I am not surprised Monica upends the tale of a sweet little girl by turning her into a sophisticated vamp—Monica is never satisfied with the status quo. Her gorgeous Blanchette gown evokes the sleek beauty of its namesake, Cate Blanchett. Monica imbues Little Red Riding Hood with something else with this hooded gown.

Deep in the Woods

Amanda Randall imagines the wolf less as a threat than an accessory with her posing wolf at Enchantment. With six darling poses, you can go from long lean model to besties with the wolf. Maybe “my such big eyes you have” could become friendship or true love….

Then you have Isabeau Baragula’s evocative accessories—bowed Mary Janes and w wearable wolf mask that goes over the face or on top of the head. Is LRRH the victim or the sheep hiding in wolf’s clothing? I love how the headpiece looks as a sort of perverse tiara. Isabeau also sells a horned chair with several great poses, the bowed branch draped with silk (color-change, of course) and a mounted wolf’s head. I think the wolf is in big trouble in Isabeau’s version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Deep in the Woods

Finally, Nina Helix made an exclusive skin for this event—a vamped up Red Riding Hood, and it comes with all the appliers you could need. With dark eyes and a deep deep red matte lip, heavy brows and a very romantic face, this is not your traditional skin. When I first put it on, I had to get used to it but once I paired it with Keiba’s dark eyes, I was enchanted, especially with one of Truth Hawk’s newest hairs in black. Watch out, Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood is out to get you!

Deep in the Woods

“This one day her mother gave her
a basket of wine and cake
to take to her grandmother
because she was ill.
Wine and cake?
Where’s the aspirin? The penicillin?
Where’s the fruit juice?
Peter Rabbit got camomile tea.
But wine and cake it was.”
― Anne Sexton, Transformations

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Yelena by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .Birdy. Red skin ~Peaches~ (Limited edition Enchanted) Black) by Nina Helix for Birdy, available at Enchantment

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes Black (med) by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Dress: Miamai_Blanchette Red by Monica Outlander for Miamai, available at Enchantment *

Headpiece: Kalopsia – Wolf Mask (Top of the head) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Nail applier: Nailed It – Dark Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Kalopsia – Shoes Red by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Background prop: Kalopsia – Hanging Tree by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Wolf: [Ca.Co] – My Wolf by Amanda Randall for Captivity Co. Poses, available at Enchantment *

Chair: Kalopsia – Red Riding Hood Chair by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *