Faithful Mirror

I became friends with Todd Action after I started going regularly to dance at Tiphares on Sunday nights. Todd is, like many men in SL, interested in representing his real self with his avatar. He has no desire to look buff or young–he just wants to be himself.

And his self is a very creative and productive one. From the amazing music he spins faithfully every other Sunday night to his culinary and artistic adventures on his blog, les jeux de cahiers de cuisine, Todd amazes me with his creativity and aesthetic. He creates in real life–books, bouquets, reading sheds, gardens, dinners, cognac–that prove a life lived productively is a good life.

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“Water is my eye, most faithful mirror”
Teardrop, Massive Attack covered by Jose Gonzalez

Faithful Mirrow

I am always me, the RL me, in SL, always have been. We all go through our phases of wings and gothyness (though sometime I do still have an affinity for certain dark articles of clothing i have bought over the years) and such in SL but I passed those by mostly after the first few weeks. I’ve only ever bought three skins. I upgrade once a year once some new strides in technology or art change the texture of us. Never had a woman AV, or a creature.

Perhaps I am boring in this way, or somehow old-fashioned, but I never pretend to be more or less than I actually am. My avatar’s first name is my own and If i could have picked my real last name when i signed up I would have.

Faithful Mirrow

So, for the most part, I dress like I do in RL. Some casualwear, some formalwear. Things I would, and do, buy in the real world, things i actually own and often am wearing at the same time in both worlds. Items that appeal to a very personal sense of style. i am very choosy when it comes to clothes in SL. This is one of my favorite outfits because of the detail on the items, especially on the pullover, that small bit of graphic design. Hair, I think, has been the hardest to find to match who I am. I had to gray this myself.

My eyes are, in fact, a texture taken from a photo of my real eyes. I used to go around, however, with my primOptic glasses set to an opaque white. I did this for some private reasons and I suppose it does say something about the inner me my friends, both the RL and SL models, come to know over a long period of time.

Faithful Mirrow

I do make an exception with one otherSLworldly item: my clockwork heart. Click on it and the small doors open and all the gears are awhirl inside. That is one thing I would replace in RL if I could with its SL equivalent.

Faithful Mirrow

Most faithful mirror:

Hair: .::MADesigns Hair::. ~ JORDAN ~ ASHG III by Maddox DuPont for MADesigns

Skin: [LeLutka]-ABSOLUTE-pale-base-faceA_1by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Glasses: primOptic Stilo glasses 1.14o by Nibb Tardis for primOptic

Pullover: Men’s White Zipper Turtleneck by Bastion Weyland for Rogue Men’s Clothing

Jeans: Armidi Limited – (Male/Loose) A001 Jeans [Dirty Classic] by Nicole David for Armidi

Heart: Heart of automata SP version with cover by Aoimizuno Meili for * LPP* SteamPunk & Cyber Doll

Watch: Eliver’s Steampunk WristWatch by Eliver Delphin for Eliver’s little Victorian shop

Shoes: Old Shoe (Brown) by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Changing Into Warmth and Vanity

I have known Erehwon Yoshikawa for a while now. She and I met after dancing week after week at Tiphares. I became in awe of her incredible music collection and calm and classy style. I met Erehwon face to face (to my surprise) at SLCC last year. It was so surprising I didn’t recognize who she said she was til later. I am glad she wasn’t put off my by weird expression. I have since met her wonderful partner (they are two incredibly cool people), and I have found out what a loyal and warm friend she truly is. And intelligent—unbelievably intelligent.

Erehwon has her own style, one that usually finds itself comfortable with steampunk or middle-Eastern or Indian attire or sometimes East Asian (since she has a recent obsession with Crunchyroll). She is comfortable in her shape, which is slightly rounded with an exquisitely pretty face. She is never ordinary, never cliched. I think this is another reason why I am so glad she’s a friend.

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Things never were the same.
Change is… it’s what we get
— Ramona Flowers,
Scott Pilgrim‘s Finest Hour

When I started in Second Life, I favored black and grey. They are dramatic, statement colors, and I wanted to play at steampunk (even if, as my RL partner, The Chemist, points out that the Victorian era was when aniline-based dyes were developed.) I’m playing with color in my wardrobe now.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

I’m wearing Vanidad, by Indyra Seigo. Indyra has been making casual dresses and outfits with a dramatic flare in Second Life for several years. Vanidad means vanity, but you would had guessed that from the peacock plume print on the silk skirt. The highlights on the print pop out beautifully against the rich, dark brown silk of the skirt which almost tricks the eye into perceiving it as a dark burgundy. Printing the feathers on black silk would had been dramatic, but would rob the skirt of it’s warmth. While the skirt is both warm, and dramatic the top glows. Indyra takes care to add highlighting to the trim pieces, and shadows to the folds and sleeves.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity
The portrait of Ada Lovelace I’m standing next to was one the first things I made inworld, uploading her image from her wikipedia page. I still love having a victorian-esque garret to work in.

As I always do, I wear Mallory Cowen’s LAQ Carina skin in peach, and a modified version of the Marta shape by Melanie774 Kidd for Mela’s. The round soft face, dimpled chin, and sturdy hips are the body I feel most comfortable wearing inworld. Both skin and shape flow together with the top and skirt. And as a non-standard sized avatar, I appreciated how easy it was to tailor Vanidad to fit me: the skirt just had to go a touch larger, the ribbon tie pulled out of my chest, and the sleeve tops resized and recentered on my narrower shoulders. The glasses are PrimOptic’s Celeste. I have had these glasses since my first day in Second Life. I remember asking the first well dressed person I saw where I could find a nice pair of cat’s eye frames. They suggested Prim Optic and I’ve worn them ever since. (Also, you can shift the glasses to the top of your head with a click, for when you’re reading, or raising your cute factor.) The hair is Truth Hawks, because I must have big hair with bangs to feel like me, and the artful messiness of the hair is perfect for the outfit.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

The shoes are Zaara Kohime’s Ilaida Mojri slippers. These are not as fanciful as the ornate slippers by Moon Ling that I usually wear, but they are elegant and perfect for standing on the balcony, and visiting with friends from sunset to the early hours of a summer morning.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

Hey you’ll get it.
It just takes practice.
— Scott Pilgrim, Scott Pilgrim‘s Finest Hour

Hair: Melinda by Truth Hawks for Truth

Skin: LAQ Carina in Peach by Mallory Cowen for LAQ

Shape: Marta by Melanie774 Kidd for  Mela’s Shapes

Dress: Vanidad by Indyra Seigo for  Indyra Originals

Glasses: Celeste by Nibb Tardis for PrimOptic

Earrings: Genie Bottle Earrings by Erehwon Yoshikawa for Yoshikawa Aetheric Engineering (gift)

Shoes: Ilaida Mojri by Zaara Kohime for Zaara