Midnight Anticipation   Leave a comment

Posted December 9, 2017 by Jem Sternhall in Arts, Photographs

Three Gildas   Leave a comment

Long-time readers of the blog will know that I’ve always had a thing for the famous strapless gown worn by Rita Hayworth in Gilda.  (I must, because I’ve done two articles on the gown before, and I thought I’d shared a third from Harper Beresford’s old blog, A Passion for Virtual Fashion.)

Well, others love that gown, too.  And it’s come back … though it may be a little difficult to pick up right now.  Valentina E. has done a fresh recreation of the Jean Louis confection, down to the bow on the hip and the shoulder-length evening gloves, and made it available at the Rewind 40s Pin-up event in several colors (gloves are a separate purchase).  Each of us — Diana, myself and Jem — are interpreting it as we wish.  However …,

… it seems that this round of Rewind has closed down early.  When I went back to check the landmark — and all three of us have done so since — the region keeps bouncing us.  What I’d encourage you to do is to send notecards to valentinaevangelista (Valentina E. is her screen name), urging her to move the gowns into the main shop as soon as possible.  This gown is just too pretty to not have in your collection, and to wear regularly to Frank’s or similar clubs!

The details:

On everyone:

Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
Gown and gloves: Valentina E. Gilda satin gown and gloves (Harper: black; Jem: sapphire; Diana: ruby)

On Harper:

  • Head: Akeruka Camille 2.5 Bento
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign eyes (Midnight)
  • Hair: rezology May Rose
  • Shoes: Garbaggio Carrie pumps
  • Hosiery: BAX Coen Soft Shine pantyhose (Black 50, Omega)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey Symphony series separates (Arpeggio earrings, Grace Notes bracelet and Symphonie Fantastique necklace)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Maired (Omega, slot 3)
    • Lashes: FATElashes 2.0 with head system lashes (thick)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Lordes (Omega, slot 3)
    • Blush: Zibska Isolde (Omega, slot 7)

On Jem:

  • Head: Akeruka Monika 2.5 Bento
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign eyes (Passion)
  • Hair: rezology Butterfly 197
  • Shoes: KC Couture Darcy pumps
  • Hosiery: BAX Soft Shine pantyhose (Nude 20, Omega)
  • Accessories:
    • Agata Agnes fur stole (fox)
    • Chop Zuey Pagoda suite (bracelet, earrings and ring)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Larel (Omega, slot 20)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Innes (Omega, slot 7)
    • Blush: Zibska Olivie (Omega, slot 3)

On Diana:

  • Head: Akeruka Kumiko 2.6 Bento
  • Eyes: IKON Triumph eyes (Chocolate)
  • Hair: rezology Noir
  • Shoes: KC Couture Amabel pumps
  • Jewelry (all by Chop Zuey):
    • Kinshi-Bai necklace (diamonds/white gold)
    • Life in Lemuria cuff bracelet (crystal/platinum)
    • Light of the World stud earrings (platinum/diamonds)
    • Hospitable Snowflakes ring (crystal, diamonds/platinum)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl Kimera (Akeruka, slot 2)
    • Lipstick: Booty’s Beauty Foil (Omega, slot 6)

Photographed at my island

Black Friday Goodies   Leave a comment

very quick note today to mention a few of the Black Friday sales.  When I went into Glitter, I found these two dresses at a fantastic price, and for once I persuaded Harper to pose with me instead of me with her.  In addition, Vanity Hair is also half off through Monday, so go and check Tabitha’s stuff out!

(Why are we in gold skin? Harper was dressed as her cyborg singer, Ariel Sherman, while she’s cleaning out some inventory and old outfits, so I changed to Ariel’s daughter, Zana, to go along with her and make things easier for her. Harper will need to tell you one day the full story behind Ariel, her husband Adam, her daughter Zana, and their family friend, Dara Furtano-Fa, all of them cyborgs.)

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Both of us wear:

  • Head: Akeruka Bento (me in Vanessa, Harper in Elen)
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure (Gold)
  • Eyes: NeurolaB Cyber Eyes EX-5

I (as Zana) wear:

  • Hair: Vanity Hair Glittering Highs
  • Gown: Glitter Infatuation (Ruby; skirt includes applier)
  • Boots: KC Couture Xandra
  • Jewelry: Mandala Haramita suite (choker, bangles and earrings)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Maiara (Omega, slot 3)
    • Blush: Zibska Saba (Omega, slot 9)
    • Lipstick: .kosmetik Lustre Lipstick.runway (Omega, slot 12)
    • Nails: .kosmetik Gel Nails.aspire (Vista, slot 1)

Harper (as Ariel) wears:

  • Hair: Tameless Maeve
  • Gown: Glitter Majestic (Teal)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Gabriella
  • Jewelry: GeWunjo Samira suite (necklace, bracelets and earrings); Chop Zuey Lala in Love wedding suite
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Adrie (Omega, slot 2)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Innes (Omega, slot 11)
    • Blush: Zibska Saba (Omega, slot 1)
    • Lashes: FATElashes 2 with system lashes

10 Years of Writing!   2 comments

The 2017 staff of Around the Grid — (l-r) Correspondent and Photographer Jem Sternhall; Publisher and Chief Correspondent Harper Ganesvoort; Senior Photographer Conan Bankersbox

Written by Harper Ganesvoort

When I started Around the Grid on November 20, 2007, I had no idea how long I would keep this up, nor that two others would join me over that decade of writing and photography.  I was by myself back then, just getting away from rezzing in and out and using free rooms for a place to camp my buns — my system buns in 2007! — while I hunted for interesting things to do and investigate.  I’d found a cheap apartment in the Dunyvaig region of the Mainland with a sleeping-bunk loft for “nighttime,” and I thought I might be insane enough to take on writing a second blog!  (I was doing some political and general blogging back in 2007.)

Not surprisingly, many things have changed in 10 years.  I look a lot better (grin).  I gave up the poliblogging in 2009, ’round about January 20.  I now rent an entire island, with several additional platforms above the living space.  (One thing hasn’t changed; I still run tight on prims.)  I’ve acquired two others to work with me.  And, from that null start in 2007, this blog has seen 1,370 articles published, 1,304 of them originally written by me.  Assuming around 500 words per article, that’s well over 650,000 words of news, fashion, exploration, poetry and song, short fiction and general balderdash by me.  And that doesn’t even take into account the amount of photography I’ve done.  (Nor the ocean of lindens I’ve spent.)  Makes a girl tired to contemplate that much work on what was supposed to be a pastime.  I hate to think what Jemmy will say when she reads this piece; she’s only 36 articles in her short time — thought that’s still better than one a month, and some 18,000 words on her part.

I know all of us usually have something to say.  We always think and hope it’s interesting, thought-provoking, or just plain beautiful.  The only audience we aim for usually is the Second Life Resident, mostly with a fashion focus, but sometimes using that fashion to illustrate other things that we’ve done as the spirit moved us.  We’ve discussed the occasional piece of SL news, turned a focus on other Residents’ work, and once in a while took a stand on things in Real Life when we felt it was needed.  Whether or not we’ve accomplished our goal is, of course, in the readers’ hands. And we shall continue striving for that goal, through however many years we find Second Life interesting and the power gets fed to the servers in California.  Again, as always, we invite you along for the ride.

Nights in White Satin   Leave a comment

Note: lots of graphics beyond the break, but worth it

Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I’ve written
Never meaning to send Read the rest of this entry »

Veterans Day 2017   1 comment

This blog always salutes our veterans of today in a more international manner, by recalling those who gave their all in service at one time or another, representative of the bravery those who are still with us showed.  This year, while considering what I would be writing about, I happened back across this story from World War II, not much remembered today by those of us obsessed with the fight against terrorism, or who champion veterans for more political purposes.  These four men show that there are many forms which bravery can take, and it can be exhibited even by those who swear never to take another’s life.

Learn more after the break.

Sky-High Party   3 comments

As our shuttle approached the spacedock, Jem glanced to her right and said to me, “Why the devil did the traffic computer assign us to land up here?  It doesn’t look that busy to me; I only see that green shuttle down there, and there was almost nothing around the main station pad.”

I shrugged briefly, focused on feathering the thruster controls.  Takeoffs are nothing, Real Life or Second Life; it’s always the landings that kill you ….  “You take no chances in space. Traffic Control must have spotted something out there, so it shifted us to this dock.  Fear not, Jemmy; the ways of the traffic computer are simply mysterious, and beyond mortal ken.  Sometimes they’re beyond the ken of the traffic computer, too.”

Jem replies to my humor on the second page.

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