She Walks in Beauty

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She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that ‘s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

During the recent Black Fair, I found this very daring, somewhat avant-garde dress from Pure Poison, and knew it was great for…well, for those times when you wanted to be daring and somewhat avant-garde.  Like when you go walking about during the night in one of the Caledon regions, in a dress that’s definitely not fitting in the normal style of the Victorian Steamlands.  It’s available at the main store in colors other than black; but the black with silver bugle beads is as good as you can desire.

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One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair’d the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

Laid over the dress itself is a network “overgown” covered in black sequins, with a very open mesh, giving a lovely effect to the confection.  It “fastens” at the bodice line, then loops back around the neck in a halter yoke that leaves the remainder of the shoulders attractively bare.  One single carp I would draw attention to, though:  the alpha to this mesh gown wasn’t a precise enough fit to disguise the “seam line,” and so you could see through me at certain angles.  This is an annoyance that is a little too common among many houses of fine style, and I hope that this changes in future.  Of course, it may be impossible to do without the purchaser herself taking a hand in adjusting her shape enough to do the job, since there’s so much variability.  However, the only adjustment that solved the problem for me made my arms into pipe cleaners at the same time, and so was unacceptable.

I’ll admit, with apologies to Lord Byron, these aren’t raven tresses.  But this Hair Fair special from The Stringer Mausoleum fits the theme of the setting I’m creating, and so I’ll exercise creative license here.

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And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Of course, again with apologies to His Lordship, I’m not sure you could accuse me of innocent thoughts with the makeup palette I chose here:  my workhorse BOOM Liquid Glaze liner (in silver) sits over one of the eyeshadow creations from Zibska, who is recreating herself as a designer of on-the-edge makeup and hair as well as clothing.  A visit to her store will repay in elegance that is surely not normal.

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The details:

  • Skin: PXL Faith (SK NE DEB)
  • Eyes: Sterling Artistry Jeweled Eyes (bright blue)
  • Hair: The Stringer Mausoleum Fingers Fortune (S.E. Light Shines Royal)
  • Nails: [ S H O C K ] Monochrome Dark Nails – (Almond)
  • Gown: Pure Poison Absinthe (mesh; black)
  • Shoes: N-core Slingback XtremeHeel II (silver)
  • Jewelry: Finesmith Xenobia necklace silver; Finesmith Wish earrings (silver); je suis Isis rings (scripted for multiple colors)
  • Makeup: Zibska Custance Drop (Violet); *BOOM* Liquid Glaze (lashed silver); Miamai Catwalk Lashes (Glitter 01); Mystic Canvass Pucker Gloss (Dark Blue)

Photographed in Caledon Cymru region; natural local lighting, assisted by FaceFX face light

Poem:  “She Walks in Beauty,” by George Gordon, Lord Byron

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