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Showers of Light and Color   Leave a comment

I guess the “ruins” we’re standing in aren’t really all that old. But the sunlight is just raining down around us, and it makes a lovely place to look pretty in, and Diana joined me for this shoot. That makes the place even prettier.

What are we wearing? read on and see

Summer Afternoon   Leave a comment

Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Henry James

For Michiganders (yes, to us, that’s a word), Labor Day is the last day of summer. Most schools don’t begin before the Tuesday after Labor day (although there’s an annoying trend of school districts applying for waivers from the state law), and so we milk holiday time down to the last moment. (Then we surge back to our homes inside of one or two days, and drive each other crazy on the road.)

That’s real life. In Second Life, we can be on vacation up north … or down south … soaking up the sun until the cows come home, or the servers reset and lose the sim. I’m partying here, and doing it in a feathered dress by Brittany Golden, available right now at the Level event (see down in the list), along with a pair of shoes that were right beside it.

I like the look of this for the most part; like many feathered dresses, it’s flirty and fun. You’ll have several colors to choose from, from this sky blue to a black.

I love these sandals by Marchese. The colors of both the leather and the jewels are HUD controlled, so there’s plenty of options for you. But I really have a soft spot for the mid-height heels; I just love that shape!

Available at 8/30 – 9/24 round of Level:

  • Dress: Brittany Golden Kylie (Blue)
  • Shoes: Marchese Geni heels

Other goodies:

  • Head: LAQ Zahra 3.05 Bento
  • Full body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: Ikon Sovereign (Rustic)
  • Hair: eXxEsS Peana
  • Jewelry: GeWunjo Ayla necklace and earrings
  • Eyeshadow: Zibska Aoife (LAQ, slot 1)
  • Lipstick: Booty’s Beauty Trust Me (Omega, slot 10)
  • Nails: Ascendant Smoothie (03)

Last Chance, Tres Chic — Playsuit Delight   Leave a comment

We’ve been trying to cope with way too many projects here at the blog, and so a whole mess of events are closing under us without having found a chance to write anything up. From what the boss tells me, that’s something of a tradition at Around the Grid anyway, but it’s still frustrating.

Like this outfit, for instance. It’s available at the current Tres Chic … but today is the last day. I don’t know when it will be taken down, so you may have more time than I’m afraid of. I’d get there as soon as you see this, though; otherwise, you may have to wait a while before this “playsuit” appears in the creator’s store or on the Marketplace.

And it’s definitely a cool and breezy outfit! You can’t get much breezier without this one-piece hot-pant suit turning into a bikini. It’s fun to wear, and just made for wearing with boots, like the ones I have on from Phedora (not at Tres Chic, so you can get them at the main store). The hair also debuted at TS, from Vanity Hair, and the earrings are from Shanghai.

Last Day (August 9, 2019) at Tres Chic:

  • Hair: Vanity Hair The Nest
  • Outfit: Athor Lotte playsuit with belt (blue)
  • Earrings: Shanghai Mira (Diamond)

Other items:

  • Head: LAQ Zahra 3.05 Bento
  • Full body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: Ikon Sovereign (Rustic)
  • Boots: Phedora Ilianna
  • Eyeshadow: Booty’s Beauty Posh (Omega, slot 6)
  • Lipstick: Booty’s Beauty Trust Me (Omega, slot 10)
  • Nails: Ascendant Lamarr (01)

Photographed at Mimmo (Pomerania Park region)

Fresh “Digs”   1 comment

Looks like everyone on the blog is getting a new house, so to speak. Harper and Conan have put up the new Main Offices (laugh); Jem and Diana had to find a fresh place, and now I’ve moved out of the little apartment I had into something smaller … but nicer, and rent-free!

It worked out … to my advantage … that a two-room skybox was up for sale during the last Fifty Linden Friday. Harper saw it, bought it for possible photo purposes, but also messaged me that she’d put a copy up in an unused section of sky, and I could move in, rent free. All I had to do was keep my LI load to 100 or below. Now that was sweet of her!

You should take a look at this skybox, by the way; it’s offered by llorisen, only 9 LI … and the thing, as of 30 minutes ago, was still available for L$ 50. Here’s the landmark to the kiosk, and there’s a demo to view as well (teleport from the kiosk). Better get there soon, before they catch wise (laughing). As for me, I’m decorating and furnishing it as I go, and I’m done pretty well so far.

  • Head: LAQ Zahra 3.05 Bento
  • Full body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: Ikon Sovereign (Rustic)
  • Nails: alme. Mesh Stiletto Nails (currently available at Shiny Shabby through June 15)
  • Outfit: The Oak Amor leather top (Tangerine; currently available at Shiny Shabby through June 15); Decoy Halani high waist jeans
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey Dillie flats
  • Hat: Majesty Gem headwrap with add-ons

Wowzers!   Leave a comment

So many choices, so few lindens in my wallet!

Wearing Gilda black by Valentina e.; Pure Gold skin by Fallen Gods; jewelry by EarthStones; May Rose hair by rezology. Photographed at Zibska main store.

Posted May 31, 2019 by Morgan Vanderzwaan in Arts, Fashion

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“Black Coffee, Babe!”

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.

Dave Barry

These days, it seems, you gotta have something else besides just the coffee — you need a great coffeehouse to serve the brew up. And not just the coffee, but the ever-essential pastries and sandwiches and juices. I suspect (based on my reading; I’m not that old) that anyone who hung out in a Sixties beatnik coffeehouse, and then was dropped into a modern Starbucks, would shriek in horror, and demand that they immediately go back to serving just coffee, right that instant (no, not instant coffee), or she would explain to them the absurdity of all human activity, and let them struggle with the existential shock.

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Her Heart is Water

Her heart is water, its own self its stay.
It will be fog or cloud or haze, or frail
Mists that wander after daylight pale.
It will be all things: the sea’s salty spray
White in the wind, cast fuming on a shore
Stone-desolate; a river’s liquid song;
A fountain wearing jewels for a throng
Of dancing waves; a pool forevermore
Quiet under leaves gold-rimmed, death-black;
A sea-mirror; or, made of sweet love dreaming,
A crystal well; a molten river gleaming
Under hot sun, flame following its track;
Falls rapids; wild water of storm and trouble;
Or, being quit of love, a gay bubble.

James J. Ryan, “Her Heart is Water.” Poetry Magazine vol. 33, no. 5 (February 1929), p. 240.

  • Skin: Fallen Gods Vanitas Electric, with Fallen Gods Discovery gold tattoo set on face and body
  • Head: LAQ Zahra 3.05 Bento
  • Full body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: orbs of skies (Marketplace only)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Little Lies (Music pack)
  • Dress: Fallen Gods Favorita (Teal)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Eliza
  • Jewelry: Right hand: Luminesse Ziella Tookha ring; Left hand: Chop Zuey Sea Pearls ring
  • Nails: Ascendant Golden Girl 03

Photographed at Thornfast region (Fantasy Faire 2019)

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