Hallowe’en 2015 — Mariposa

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Actually, I don’t think Wordsworth had this kind of butterfly in mind when he wrote this ode. Bob Mackie did, though, when he created Le Papillon, the original gown for Barbie that Kelini Couture based this series of gowns on. I’ve chosen the pink color here, in tribute to Mackie’s original design.

Stay near me—do not take thy flight!
A little longer stay in sight!
Much converse do I find in thee,
Historian of my infancy!

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There are a few differences, though, between my interpretation and Mackie’s. For one thing, I’m actually wearing this, instead of the doll standing on a collector’s shelf!

Float near me; do not yet depart!
Dead times revive in thee:
Thou bring’st, gay creature as thou art!
A solemn image to my heart,
My father’s family!

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For another, I’ve added some more jewelry, pieces that remind me of a butterfly in their shape — Lazuri’s Eda suite (minus the earrings, which won’t work with the cowl I’m wearing here).

Oh! pleasant, pleasant were the days,
The time, when, in our childish plays,
My sister Emmeline and I
Together chased the butterfly!
A very hunter did I rush
Upon the prey:—with leaps and spring
I followed on from brake to bush;
But she, God love her, feared to brush
The dust from off its wings.

“To a Butterfly,” by William Wordsworth

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And the makeup and eyes, of course! I’m thinking this makes my face look more like a butterfly’s, as well as working inside the color palette of the gown.

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The details:

  • Skin: Fallen Gods Elementals (Amethyst Neutral)
  • Eyes: Mynx Legend orbs of technology (from Orbs Pack 5)
  • Attachments: Slink Hands (w/ stiletto nails) and High Feet
  • Fingernails: La Boheme Industrial Steel
  • Toenails: A:S:S Vampire II
  • Costume: Kelini Maleficent Butterfly (pink)
  • Shoes: Styles by Danielle Lady Mona Majestic
  • Jewelry: Lazuri Eda partial suite (necklace, bracelets, rings)
  • Makeup (in eye area application order): Miamai LesMakeups WinterFae (vintage); Elegant Epiffany Designer Mode eyeshadow (pink; vintage); Miamai LesMakeups Masked (vintage); StrawberrySingh.com Eyelashes (4); Mystic Canvass Graffiti Gloss Set 2 Lipstick (vintage); .:ellabella:. Cellular Level “spots” (vintage); LaGyo Crystal brows (vintage)

WindLight: AM Radio’s Nostalgia
Teleport to Oyster Bay region
Full-size photographs available at Flickr

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