Brave New World

Gwyneth Llewellyn twittered a great story yesterday, written in the finest post-apocalyptic style about SL after SL. Told by an “Oldbie,” the story predicts the future of the grid once the Open Grids took over. (Please click that link—it’s well worth reading.) Once mesh is on the grid, once other grids open up, what will it look like? Will our avatars be human or ultra human?

Brave New World

Whatever grid we end up on, Eshi Otawara will be leading the way for design. No matter what you put in her hands—prims, textures, sculpties—she finds a way to make something entirely new and imaginative.

Brave New World

One of her newest outfits, a mash up of pieces based on a look invented by Ipkiss Igaly, is enhanced by Eshi’s ability to scale the prims in new and exciting ways and to downplay color when shape is needed. I sometimes wonder if she should have been a sculptor rather than a painter.

Brave New World

I chose to show this with SinSister Chastity’s beautiful African-American skin for Abyss. I also think the future grid is going to be less “white” and more colorful, as the real world is—in more ways than just skin color.

Brave New World

“I do love new Clothes.” ~ A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Skin: [ ama garijus ][ sunset ][ vixen ][ bald] by SinSister Chastity for <TheAbyss>

Outfit: Igaly Darkness – by Eshi Otawara and Ipkiss Igaly for Eshi Otawara *

PS Yeah, not a lot of writing. I am just finishing this scarf. Must. Get. Done.

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Homecoming

I saw our town’s Homecoming parade the other day and had to explain to my son what “Homecoming” is. (For my non-American readers, it’s a tradition in high schools and colleges in the US to welcome back former residents and alumni for a weekend. Typically there is a parade, football game, and dance or party. It’s a big deal for teenagers.) More friends have come back to SL, so it’s homecoming there too. It’s amazing—once this place has a grip on you, you can’t leave—not forever. Welcome back, Rouns and Hung. I am still waiting on Peter :P

Homecoming

This is all gonna tie together.. you’ll see. First off, let me talk about this gorgeous dress from Mami Jewell. Mami has grown her business with dresses of elegance and drama. This dress is no exception. With the lush purple texture running in gentle folds over my avatar, the spectacular ruffles surrounding the face and decolletage, it’s a dress that could push into melodrama but doesn’t because of her muted textures and minimal decoration.

Homecoming

Anyone who is familiar with the dress knows I left a beautiful waist piece off. That is because I wanted the main decoration for this ensemble to be Abraxxa Anatine’s newest offering, a choker and earring set. Abraxxa is offering this set at the 2010 Jewelry Fair, and it’s probably one of the loveliest pieces in the whole fair (which is saying a lot because there are a ton of wonderful pieces). Abraxxa, I am sure most would agree, is the one of the most prolific and amazing jewelry builders in SL, and this piece is no exception with its elegantly draped chains and brilliant gem textures. Where else will you find a black opal like this in SL?

Homecoming

Abraxxa packs even more goodness into her jewelry by including scripts which will allow you to make them your own. In this case, the locket opens and allows you to load up to 100 photos of loved ones. (In this case, my grumpy old man avatar is the one you see here as he holds a special place in my heart.) I will be loading photos of my friends—the ones still in SL and the ones who have yet to attend Homecoming. You are all dear to me.

Homecoming

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anais Nin

Hair: >TRUTH< Leighton 2 – mahogany by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: [ ama garijus ][ sunset ][ vixen ][ bald] by SinSister Chastity for <TheAbyss>

Dress: -AZUL- Reine /Amethyst  for “Keep A Child Alive” by Mami Jewell for AZUL

Necklace: EarthStones Gothique Choker Locket – Gold/Opal Mosaic by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones, available at the 2010 Jewelry Fair *

Earrings: EarthStones Gothique Earrings –  Gold/Opal Mosaic by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones, available at the 2010 Jewelry Fair *

Brick House

She’s a brick—-house
Mighty mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out
She’s a brick—-house
The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact,
ain’t holding nothing back.

~ Brick House by the Commodores

Brick House

One of the fantasies of SL is being drop dead sexy. But what IS sexy. Some think it’s waif thin, some think it’s emo, some think it’s being model-like (tall, thin and strangely proportioned). Well I think it’s being “mighty mighty.” It’s easy to do in this amazingly-built corset from Khai Sinister. Between the sculpties on top and bottom (shaping the body) and the system pieces in the middle, this corset visually cinches the body in as a good corset should. I am particularly amazed at the details shown including the well-drawn buckles, the ribbon bows and the way the textures on the sculpties match seamlessly with the body. (I will note that I changed my shape for this. The sliders all got upped a bit.)

Brick House

I am wearing Tuli Asturias’ new skin for the Gina series from The Dressing Room, which completes this smokin’ look. Tuli has come upon a clever idea here—sell the collection one by one to keep them coming back. The skins are beautiful and such a great deal—how can you beat 65L for something that looks THIS good? In the end, if she releases 10 of them a whole fat pack will be only 650L! It’s a no-brainer—go get the skins!

Brick House

Shake it down, shake it down now

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Lady Sophia-black WO/lights by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, sold exclusively at The Dressing Room

Corset: <TheAbyss> F_Gear//[Black]Pruriency_Corset by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for Love Soul

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

Spring Fling

I ran around today doing errands and enjoying the promise of spring (though there is still snow on the ground). We’re almost over that hump. We’re alllllmost there.

Spring Fling

MEB has released their spring collection and MariaElena Barbosa has a set of clothing that will put some fling in your spring. I show here a dress she sent that includes the excellently textured sculpty belt and the pumps. I love the print of this dress—it’s proportionally well done, elegant and fun at once. I like the silhouette of the whole dress, from the sculpty collar to the fun flirty skirt cinched with the belt.

Spring Fling

I accessorized with Zaara Kohime’s beautiful onyx jewelry. Not a lot of creators can cover clothing and jewelry and give both justice—Zaara pulls it off. She has wisely not decided to attempt skins or shoes. She knows where her best work is done. A peek at her offerings at the Accessory Fair is enough to make any fashionista faint (and any builder offer homage to Zaara because it’s clear she is not using a script to place her prims). Wow!

Spring Fling

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens

Hair: <TheAbyss> Hair – Secret – Light Blonde by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 06 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress with Shoes: MEB SPRING 2010 : Vogue by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB *

Bracelet: Zaara : Vyomini chained bracelet *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Earrings: Zaara : Anaya cluster earrings *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Written while listening to “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind and Fire. The music at Car Wash—it’s filling up my iTunes! Who IS that DJ?

Heart of Gold

Number four in the series of gifts to give your loved one this Valentine’s to make her feel beautiful.

Heart of Gold

Nicky Ree has graced this blog before with her elegant and beautiful gowns. I would be remiss in forgetting to bring her into the picture. Nicky’s gowns are copy/no trans. If you would like to gift one of her pieces, you have several means: give your sweetie a gift certificate, which are for sale at Nicky’s, purchase on XStreetSL, or drop Nicky a notecard and ask her to send it.

That being said, this particular gown would be a glamorous addition to any woman’s wardrobe. With it’s glimmering, shimmering textures, beautiful shaped skirt, and Nicky’s characteristic sexy highlights and wrinkles (check that back end), this will please the most discriminating lady and her partner.

Heart of Gold

And Nicky doesn’t stop there (she never does). Included in this package is a mini skirt with flirty short prim skirt and a sexy swimsuit. Buying a Nicky Ree piece rarely means you just get the gown—you get a whole set of pieces that enhance your wardrobe and provide several scenarios for getting around the grid.

Heart of Gold

I show this gown with SinSister Charity’s spectacular ama garijus skin for Abyss. I am so pleased that a skin maker has made a skin from bottom up for a woman of color rather than tinting a caucasian skin brown or tan. This beautiful skin shows the features that make this particular lady gorgeous including a somewhat Eastern Asian eye, a fuller nose and wider nostrials and fuller lips. 

Heart of Gold

For your precious gem:

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

Skin: [ ama garijus ][ sunset ][ vixen ] by SinSister Chastity for <TheAbyss>

Dress: *DNR* Mui Magic Gown, Dresses N Swimsuit Yellow by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Earrings: *kraftika jewelry No 130 Earrings by Anuitka Barthelmess for *kraftika

Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes -gold- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Sweet song of the day: “I Idolize You” by Lizz Wright

Minimalist

I have been reading William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition, an exciting, albeit not new book that I put on my iTouch so I can sneak peeks while I am running around. I am enjoying the book greatly, following the path of Cayce Pollard, an advertising consultant, as seeks the maker of a series of video clips released on the Internet.

Cayce dresses in minimalist fashion, wearing only black usually and everything with labels ripped off. I am inspired by her fashion “sense,” though I am not replicating her look with this one. Actually, I bought a couple great pieces recently that need a plain canvas to stand out, so this is what I put together. (I may try to replicate a “CPU”—a Cayce Pollard Unit, which is what her friend calls her basic ensembles but it is a challenge in SL, where everything is so bright.)

Minimalist

Here I show a white shirt, beautifully hand drawn from Salah Axel. I was taken to Salah’s store by a connoisseur of men’s wear in SL, and I was intrigued by the basic white shirt. A staple in RL wardrobes, it’s almost non-existent in SL because it’s so hard to draw white things in SL. Salah pulls it off with subtle shadows and well constructed prim collar and cuffs.

Minimalist

I paired it with jeans from Yaszi Mornington. Yaszi’s jeans for men are some of my favorite in SL, and they fit equally well on women. The wrinkles, the proportion and the saturation of the colors are spot on. I especially like how he has done the sculpty prims at the base, though I would question lining the insides with a gray texture. I compliment them with heavy duty boots from Khai Sinister (that cyberpunk thing I am floating on right now).

I top it all with a simple ponytail from Parvarti Monday and a natural make up from Tuli Asturius. Sometimes you don’t need that much—Cayce finds it unnerving to be overdone herself. The interesting thing is that when designers strip it down to the essentials, you can see whether they really have the chops—textures become highlighted, shapes stand out. You can’t hide behind gimmicks. Both Parvarti’s simple hairstyle and Tuli’s plain skin show their clear talents. I don’t feel any less beautiful because I don’t “bling.”

Minimalist

Stripping it down:

Hair: fri. – Allison.2 – Jealous Red by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Hope  (fair/bl) natural by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Shirt: *Connors* Dress Shirts –White by Salah Axel for *Connors*

Jeans: Meriken Co. Jeans #201 by Yaszi Mornington for Meriken

Boots: <TheAbyss> NAU Combat Boots [Unisex] by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

Written while listening to “Norway” by Beach House.