Alma

Alma

Alma, she’s a waitress in her parent’s restaurant in Jamaica, Iowa. Called “Nacho’s,” it would seem it advertised what it sells but it was truly named after her father, Ignacio, whom they called “Nacho” for short. Her parents opened the restaurant after they moved to Iowa, and she was born in Des Moines and raised in Jamaica.

This is what Alma wants you to know: yes, she is a US Citizen and no, she doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish. She says “warsh” instead of “wash” just like every other person in Guthrie County. The tacos her dad makes for the farmers? He uses Taco Bell seasoning he buys in bulk. The tortillas are made in a factory in Des Moines from true blue Iowan wheat and corn. Her parents—Ignacio and Rosita Flores—moved here from Texas, where they were both born.

When she was a little girl, Alma wanted straight thick blonde hair and blue eyes just like her friend, Justine, which much closer to being a real princess than she was with her kinky brown hair and brown skin. Until she went away to school at the University of Iowa, she didn’t even put a name to her difference but now she knows what she is—Chicana. And her dream is to leave Iowa someday and find out what that really means. For now she helps Rosita and Ignacio with Nacho’s, serving up tacos and burritos to hungry farmers and laughing with them when they ask for her green card.

Alma

This was Alma’s Cinco de Mayo outfit this year—a short top and colorful skirt, which was perfect on unusually warm May evening. (By the way.. Cinco de Mayo? Totally American. Sells a lot of tacos.) Her top, from Mala Oh, features and orange bodice and sleeves with ties, making it look very light and comfortable. Her skirt is a colorful ethnic piece she got in Iowa City, made by Trill Zapatero to benefit Afghan women. (Visit Trill’s store in world to find out more and see a virtual Afghanistan. All proceeds from sales go to the “Revolutionary Association of the Woman of Afghanistan” (RAWA).) Her shoes are also from Trill, however I was able to fit them OVER Siddean Munro’s bare feet by using the “add” feature available in V2 and Firestorm. No longer do you need to wear system feet because of multiple attachment.

Alma

Alma is made possible by the artistry of Anzhela Karsin. I have been fascinated with this set of skins and their opportunity for making beautiful women of color in world. This time I wore the skin over my own shape and Alma was born. My hair is a beautiful kinky masterpiece from Keri Clip.

Alma

“No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country…we did not, in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us.” ~ Luis Valdez

Hair: [Detour] Torrid – Brown – Hair by Keri Clip for [Detour]

Skin: Rhianna with eyes ultra smokey by Anzhela Karsin for Angel Rock Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Bronze (M) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: .:A&M:. Boho Chic Mini Top – Orange-Red – Culture Shock’11 by Mala Oh for .:A&M:. *

Skirt: BoHo HoBo-Banjara long skirt 2 by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo

Belt: *::UM::* Stone change_Belt by Umeko Shan for *::Ume Mode::* (no longer available)

Earrings: [ glow ] Studio – Folk Green Drop Earrings by Jocelyn Anatine for [ glow ]

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Low by Siddean Munro for SLink

Shoes: BoHo HoBo Sandals by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo

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Oh Argentina

I secretly harbor a desire to go to Buenos Aires. I can’t explain it. Maybe it’s an article I read a couple years ago in Slate saying Buenos Aires now is like Paris in the 20s. Maybe it’s reading about the tango so much and the beautiful words of Jorge Luis Borges. Maybe it’s from watching too many Argentinian movies and TV shows. I think Buenos Aires is my other Berlin. (Of course, this is a lot of idealization. I have a friend who lives there who would probably laugh at me.)

Oh Argentina

Women in Buenos Aires are beautiful (like aforementioned friend) and cosmopolitan. But they bring a bit of the ranch with them to their fashion. I thought this outfit would do well in Argentina, which is, as you recall, in the middle of summer this time of year. A short skirt with leggings from yurio Ellils and a crocheted camisole from Umeko Shan (over a skin tone bra from Annyka Bekkers) gives a great funky look for a sporty Argentinian girl.

Oh Argentina

Women in South America are not all dark haired with dark eyes. Many beauties there have blonde or brown hair, and so our beauty has a light brown hair, cut short and cute with a little barrette. The new group gift from Tricky Boucher is a perfect skin—a little tan for the summer but not too dark with light brown brows.

Oh Argentina

The boots? Made of several animal pieces including leather uppers and a feathered and furred leg. These boots from yorinminaty Beresford were too fun and funky to pass up and in SL, no animals ever get hurt in the making of boots.

Oh Argentina

Don’t cry for me….

Hair: :::{{trico}}::: ADELE (auburn) by miyu Paule for :::{{trico}}:::

Skin: -Belleza- Erika Sk group gift by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Top: *::UM::*  Crochet set A vol2 by Umeko Shan for UmeMode

Skirt and leggings: Denim_No.30 by yurio Ellils for *VERONICA*

Bra: *blowpop* Yvette – nude  bra 1 by Annyka Bekkers for Blowpop

Jewelry: Mariposa: Jewels: Aubade Reloaded! – Jade by Felicity Winslet for Mariposa (no longer available)

Belt: MP Hippie Belt ~ Brown Leather by Moxie Polano for Moxie Polano’s Haute Couture

Boots: (yorim’s F)lFeather >< Fur boots(=FOOT=one_size) by yoriminaty Beresford for yorim

Sleek

I was bumbling around the grid shopping (as I am wont to do), looking for new things, checking out my list of places to check out, when I stumbled across a shop that was chock full of goodies at a great price. (You have to love a great price.) So I bought up the store.

Sleek

One of my goodies was this terrific catsuit. Clearly Aurora Vuissent has been working on her system pieces because the zipper runs straight through the top to the bottom with nary a seam or a wrinkle. The back is cut open (with clean edges.. I love clean edges) to a surprise peek-a-boo, making the whole silhouette ultra chic and stylish. Aurora has included a sculpty collar with a clever zipper tab and cuffs for the arms and legs. I can’t bear to tell the price because it looks a lot more expensive. (Let’s put it this way—nothing in her shop is over 300L and most are 25-50L. Every day is Friday there!)

Sleek

I styled it with this very mysterious bob from Lamb Bellic. When you want something more fashionable, a little different and well made, !lamb is the place to go. She has been getting a lot of traction from the 50L Fridays, and it’s well deserved. Her place is one of the few that are a must-hit.

Finally this beautiful skin from Minnu Palen. I chose this particular one because the eye shadow was so evocative. I had seen it done this way in photos of real life catwalks and love it on this pale skin with the very muted pink lip.

Sleek

Chic and cheap:

Hair: !lamb. Bang Bang – Ink by Lamb Bellic for !lamb

Skin: [LeLutka]-E/Estellelight-makeup9(D Brows) by Minnu Palen for LeLutka

Outfit: VUI. Catsuit by Aurora Vuissent for VUI

Belt: *::UM::* Chain_Belt on pelvis by Umeko Shan for *::Ume Mode::*

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Shanti Silver by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Casual Friday

Friday is casual—lots of people get to dress down in their offices or they take the day off. In my case, it’s a day off with a run around town.

Casual Friday

I put this ensemble together because it is loose and easy and chic all at once. A jean jacket from machang Pichot keeps the chill off but can be taken off so I can just wear the tank top from Darling Monday. This darling skirt is from AIR Winx. I tugged the belt that was attached to it down somewhat so I could wear this chic metallic belt from Umeko Shan. AIR’s belt is a few prims wrapped around.. and while it is cute, it just doesn’t fit my hips as well as this multiprim belt.

Casual Friday

I finished it off with a hair from boo Nakamura. I really love this style for it’s casual elegance. Its full body and slight messiness conveys a sort of offhanded sexiness. And of course, I wore Bax Coen’s beautiful boots. Walking with the legs going through the skirt prims, the majesty of the boots comes through.

Casual Friday

Takin’ it easy:

Hair: booN KUM236 hair red by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone5 m1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Jacket: AOHARU_BT_ShortJeanJacket_Blue by machang Pichot for AOHARU

Top: fri. – Layering.Tank – V (Black) by Darling Monday for fri.day*

Skirt: *ARGRACE* Dot  Long skirt* (Black) by AIR Winx for Argrace

Belt: *::UM::* Chain_Belt on stomach by Umeko Shan for ::Ume Mode::

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

Talk to Me

Sometimes SL can be a place for happiness and fun. Sometimes it can be a place for self-transformation and self-disclosure.

Talk to Me

I am a nice lady. I do cross stitch and like making apple crisp in the fall. But there is a side of me that likes my music louder and would like to let loose and let my mascara run a little.

Talk to Me

This outfit from Amerie Spitteler gets me in touch with my “screw you I wanna listen to my music as loud as I want” side. With the glam fur coat (complete with embroidered back) and laced plaid shorts and lacey leggings, this funky outfit is for nights when I want to go out, smoke too many cigarettes, drink whiskey straight to scare the boys, and toddle about like Courtney Love.

Talk to Me

I featured Aleixandre Beidermann’s hair before and I stopped back at his place and found several other pieces that I loved. This wild hair suits my mood—full, spiky, red. It has the same clever little hair arranging animation that has it go from the length you see to a longer length. And Bax’s Ankle Boots—well they are the standard on the grid. This pair has a color changer so you can go between “Drk Blood,” “Maroon,” and “Venetian.” They are the most versatile around.

Talk to Me

Rowr!

Hair: #AB# Tote Fiery Red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for Biedermann Q Hair

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Pearl/Rules BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: *aN* Plastic Punker by Amerie Spitteler for *amerie’s NAUGHTY*

Camisole and panties: *NR* Vicky Lingerie Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Scarf: *::UM::* Muffler [Zebra] by Umeko Shan for *::Ume Mode::*

Boots: BAX Ankle Boots Red Patent by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs

Listening to Talk to Me by Peaches

And another one by Peaches if you want a good laugh