Owlishness

I met Owly Indigo.. hrm.. I don’t remember how I met Owly. She just kind of appeared in my SL and is a great person to know. A leader of community of fun-loving and poetry-reading people, she is always there with a joke, a funky thought, an anecdote about her Owlette, and a bird. Yes, she always has a bird on hand—whether it’s for SL7B or her blog or.. well, my blog. I asked Owly to explain her Owlishness and she accommodated me quite beautifully.

The crow wished everything was black; the owl, that every thing was white. – William Blake

Owlishness

When Harper asked for contributions to A Passion for Virtual Fashion, she asked for a focus on persona. From the very beginning, my SL persona has been my RL self, with this playfully owlish overlay. I have always thought of Owly Indigo as my RL self and as a female snowy owl. I am comfortable with the idea that this might not make a whole lot of sense. However, I do not roleplay an owl – I rarely wear an owl avatar, I do not perch on the side of a cliff or eat rodents or fight with wolves. Instead, I think of my avatar as a snowy owl in a mostly human form, and many of my avatar adornment choices come from this notion.

This “oldie” dress by Paper Couture, called Pica, makes me feel the most snowy owlish. The floatiness of the white skirt with giant black-edged feathers and the black diamonds on the white bodice mimic and evoke the coloring of a snowy owl perfectly. I certainly don’t think it was the designer’s intention to make a snowy owl dress, but DANG it sure turned out that way!

Owlishness

The choices I make for the base of my human avatar – the skin and hair – are nearly always black or white. I am so white in RL that I’m blue, and I am pale in SL, too. I think of l.fauna’s palest tone as a “natural” pale that is pretty close to white, and sometimes I wear completely white or gray skins. The “Startled White” color at fri.day is the white I definitely consider “my” color – oftentimes when changing hair, I just type “startled” into inventory to find what I want.

Hanging out with me here is the female snowy owl from Animania. See how great we look together!? Birds by Animania are ubiquitous in SL, not to mention pricey and sometimes primmy, but they really are the best in terms of variety, features, and how they look and move.

And what’s with the very non-owlish antlers? They come from Illusions, where there are many many different kinds and sizes of horns and antlers. And how, exactly, do they fit with the owl theme? Well. They don’t. I just love antlers. Wearing them makes me feel happy and complete. I think nearly everyone in SL has something they wear like that – maybe it’s a piece of jewelry, a mechanical arm, a crown, a fluffy cat’s tail, a certain hairstyle, a collar, or fangs. This is one of the things I really love about SL, the ability to create a completely unique avatar from the millions of choices out there.

So what do you wear on your av that makes you … you?

Owlishness

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. – Chinese proverb

Antlers: Sika Antlers by Siyu Suen for *Illusions*

Hair: Amelia, Startled White by Parvarti Monday for fri.day

Skin: Lapine, Pale 1, Velvet by Launa Fauna for L. Fauna

Eyes: Tragic Eyes, Lisa Frank, Large, group exclusive by Rita Groshomme for Curio

Dress: Pica by Ava Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: Querelle, black by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Photos by Harper ;)

Dia Bonita

I have been a fan of Brazilian music for a while. I am not a heavy-duty fan—just an admirer. From the first time I heard Brazilian music and heard the glint of sun off the water in my mind (don’t ask me how that worked), I have loved the shimmer and tap of the samba and the cooling salve of the music.

Dia Bonito

This dress from Nicky Ree isn’t exactly Brazilian per se but it reminds me of the inherent happiness in so much of the music. The flowers and lightness of this outfit remind me of the feminine beauty of women’s voices singing in Portugese, that fluid motion of the notes combined with a depth and emotional buoyancy. Nicky wows us again with her facility with textures and color gradients, this time going from sunset into a pretty pinky purple, accompanying it all with a lovely flowy scarf.

Dia Bonito

I show it with this glowing skin from Tricky Boucher. The dewiness of the face, the gentle light touching the skin, is perfectly revealed in Nicky’s dress. Tricky opted for a younger look with this freckled skin, beautifully framed with gorgeous eyebrows and full lips.

Dia Bonito

Finally, I show shoes from a new boutique. Made by Chopine Aura, these shoes represent the most mainline of the shoes she offers, many of them historically accurate. I complimented Chopine on the pretty toes and she mentioned that the toenail polishes were based on photos of her own pedicured feet. She then began to cite her sources—Wet n Wild, Revlon, and Cover Girl—and she sent me a photo of her own RL pretty toes to prove it. I had to laugh.

I will say that I struggled with these shoes a bit at first. The HUD is based on choosing a texture and then tinting it, and that always causes me trouble, especially as the retinting is very lagged—it takes a moment to get the whole foot. (I have to say I much prefer the HUDS from Maitreya and Kalnins.) I also had to do a fair amount of resizing of the ankle to make things work together, but once it was done, I was very pleased with the result. I especially like the cork heel (based on a photo of real cork she took because she got frustrated trying to make it in Blender and Poser), and the pretty ribbons around the shoe (with flexi).

Dia Bonito

Muito linda:

Hair: Gertrude – Copper by Rita Groshomme for Curio

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 6 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: *DNR* Anita Floral Set in Pink by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Shoes: Chopine’s Dotted Ribbons – Pink – High by Chopine Aura for Chopine’s

Written while listening to Balancê by Sara Tavares (who reminds us that all women in Brazil are gorgeous). Thank you to Carter Denja for the recommendation. And don’t miss Carter’s brilliant set on Monday nights at Madhu’s Cafe.

Hi, Lum!

Golden Years

The 1920s in Berlin, especially, the late 20s, was a renaissance of art, design, and thought as the Weimer Republic tried a new manner of governing. Bauhaus came about at this time. Imagine studying with Paul Klee or Wassily Kandinsky. Or Mies Van Der Rohe. The liveliness of the cabarets of Berlin at this time must have been amazing too! In fact, you can visit happy hour at a cabaret The 1920s Berlin Project every day at 2 pm slt.

Golden Years

If you do that, you must be dressed appropriately (it’s a sim rule). This absolutely gorgeous dress and headband from Sonatta Morales will get you there and in a gentleman’s arms (if you aren’t happy doing the Charleston alone). With it’s beautiful texture and graceful prims (which were carefully made to have different flexi settings to indicate different materials and weight—how clever), this ‘20s dress will make you the life of the party.

Golden Years

To go with this beautiful dress I chose Hart Larsson’s beautiful July skin with a red lip. This is glam to the nth degree with its cat-eye lined eyes and glossy red lips. Granted, the liner is not very historical but I needed to match the boldness of the print in the dress (and when was SL EVER about being perfectly authentic?) Vintage pumps from Fallingwater Cellardoor complete the look—stilettos would look so wrong with this.

Golden Years

Burning the candles at both ends in Berlin:

Hair: Gertrude – Copper by Rita Groshomme by Curio

Skin: [PXL] July LT CE Red DEB by Hart Larsson for PXL Creations

Dress: *Sonatta Morales*8* GoldRose by Sonatta Morales for * SONATTA MORALES WEIRD COUTURE & CURIO *

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Vintage Strappy Pumps, black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I pose the headline question because, if you are busy in SL, it doesn’t grow very well. There’s all that running around from sim to sim, selecting plants, buying too many in a pack when you only need one, rushing to rez them before your paramour comes over so you can have a romantic evening together and finding trees not where you want, flowers growing out of benches, etc. And *dirt* under your prim nails!

Makes you want to get a gardener.

How does your garden grow?

Carter Denja and Stormy Aluveaux have solved that problem by making this handy dandy garden—a Pocket Garden they call it. Coming in sizes of 5 X 5 (30 prims), 5 X 10 (44 prims), and 10 X 10 (58 prims), the garden can be rezzed and instantly set down.

How does your garden grow?

10 X 10 Pocket Garden

But wait.. there’s more! Click the garden and you can choose one of six ground covers (including alpha). Click it again and you can choose one of three “themes,” including white, blue and mixed. You can turn the lamppost on or off or change the light colors and intensity and color of the lamp. And sit animations are included. Drop, click, click, and you’re done!

How does your garden grow?

5 X 10 Pocket Garden (please note how I am hardly lifting a finger)

Carter did all the scripting; Stormy gathered and made the textures and built the garden from sculpties and regular prims. At the low cost of 800L for the fat pack of all three gardens, it’s really quite a deal.

How does your garden grow?

5 X 5 Pocket Garden

I am showing Antonia Marat’s sweet dress while I enjoy the garden. Antonia is one of the most experienced designers in SL. Her Rockabilly fashions and sensibilities have made their mark on SL. She sets the bar for great creation and brand clarity and keeps raising it. Her system pieces are detailed and well shaded, and her prims are employed strategically for best use. And honestly, it’s just plain old fun going to her sim to shop. (Take a ride on the scooter—that’s all I have to say.)

How does your garden grow?

I wore Rita Groshomme’s darling hair, which I got in a fat pack accidentally at the last Hair Fair (unclear signage, stupid buyer). I lucked out because the textures are lovely and the style is well done with a great color change sculpty scarf. Pulse’s Summer skin from the Valeries-T series completes the look handily.

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells, and cockle shells:

Hair: Paper Tiger 1 – Blonde by Rita Groshomme for Curio

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries-T:Chamois/Summer by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: /artilleri/ Charlotte dress *blue* by Antonia Marat for Artilleri

Gardens: Pocket Gardens – Thalia by Carter Denja and Stormy Aluveaux for Pocket Gardens

And by the way, Carter has an incredible world music collection and plays every Monday night, 6-9 pm slt, at Madhu’s Cafe. She doesn’t play the stuff where you feel like you should be eating whole wheat bread and watching PBS and committing yourself to a life of Buddhist asceticism—she plays the good juicy stuff: tangos, love songs, pop, etc.