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OFPC 2018 Update 1 — Winona Ryder   Leave a comment

I’m taking a pause in Oscar Fashion Photo Contest work to check out the bar at the Rose Theatre.  Lots of wood and chandeliers, nice atmosphere, and plenty of beer.  Stop in sometime and have a glass.

While I’m refreshing myself, here’s a quick update on the OFPC.  As of today, we officially have enough in this year’s group pool to make a full contest — eight Residents are in with photos.  But there’s still plenty of room for more, and just over a month for the Oscar Fashion Photo Contest to run, so you should get your glam on and start shooting photos.  Remember, you can submit as many times as you like, but only the most recent one will be considered in the judging, or the one you designate in the end.  Read the full rules, and ask questions if you’re uncertain!  And, of course, submit your contest entry photo to the OFPC group on Flickr.

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This year’s featured red carpet actress was a name to conjure with in the 1990s; then a combination of a career slump, personal difficulties and a conviction for shoplifting almost derailed her.  The woman is back, though, strong as ever, with her own show on Netflix, and still catching attention on the red carpet when she appears.

Let’s take a look at Winona Laura Horowitz — better known as Winona Ryder.

Born in Winona, Minnesota, Ryder began auditioning around 1985, did her first film (Lucas) in 1986, and broke out in 1988 — before she had graduated high school — with three films:  Beetlejuice, 1969 and Heathers.  The last film became one of Ryder’s signature films, the black comedy of “teenage angst with a body count” placing her in a generation’s mind. She appeared at the 1989 Academy Awards in a black velvet midi, on the arm of her Heathers co-star, Christian Slater.

Black seems to be Winona’s signature color; she’s worn it more often to the red carpet than any other color in my memory.  For instance, in 1990, Ryder came to the Oscars in this lovely strapless sheath, accented only with a bracelet and earrings ….

… and appeared in 1997 in this frock, which is actually my least favorite of what I’ve seen her in.  (This also illustrates Ryder’s taste for vintage.)

In the same year, though, Winona showed she could also rock color, at the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award for Martin Scorsese.  This is one of my favorites ….

… as is this look from 1994 (which is, I believe, at an after-party).

Finally, come forward to the 2017 Golden Globes, with Ryder the adult star of Stranger Things.  The old standby black once more — but Winona Ryder makes it shine.

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Next update in two weeks or so, then our own appearance after that.  Get shooting, folks!  And, to help you along, here’s some inspiration:  a 2017 Harper’s Bazaar slideshow of the great Oscar looks of all time to their date.

Road Show   Leave a comment

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The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Valerie 2.6 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign eyes (Fjord)
  • Hair: rezology Noir
  • Ensemble: Belle Epoque Diamonds (gown, gloves, shawl and clutch)
  • Shoes: Lamu Fashion-Shoe MAITREYA HIGH R
  • Jewelry (all by Chop Zuey): Ice Queen ring; Icicles earrings, necklace and ring; Ling-Ling bracelet
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: .kosmetik Thick Cat Liner.glitter (Omega, slot 5)
    • Lashes: FATElashes v2.0
    • Lipstick: .kosmetic High Shine Lipstick.companion (Omega, slot 4) [NOTE: .kosmitic reverses the buttons on their Omega appliers; the strip that says “All zones” is actually the default zone, and vice versa.]

Christmas Eve Special: Crosby and Bublé — Together Again For the First Time!   Leave a comment

While checking around for goodies on YouTube, I ran across this piece done by Michael Bublé on the Global Network in his native Canada.  Enjoy a special video, everyone.

9 to 5   Leave a comment

Sarariwoman, also known as the Working Stiff

Let the river run
Let all the dreamers
Wake the nation
Come, the new Jerusalem

Silver cities rise
The morning lights
The streets that meet them
And sirens call them on
With a song

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Midnight Anticipation   Leave a comment

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

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 »

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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