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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
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It’s Dannta’s Turn   Leave a comment

I can’t cover up my feelings
In the name of love
Or play it safe
For a while that was easy
And if living for myself
Is what I’m guilty of
Go on and sentence me
I’ll still be free

When I first saw this pantsuit on a recent visit to Sascha’s Designs, the first thing that popped into my head was “Carole Bayer Sager!”  And why Sager, you ask?  Because I remember a book of photographs by Kenny Rogers from some 20 years ago, with a photo of Carole and her second husband, Burt Bacharach, both dressed in white.  Carole said in the book that white was her signature color (though I’ve seen her in photos wearing other colors since), and this has simply stuck with me over time.

Turn the page for more from Carole, and a closeup

Hello Stranger   4 comments

(shoo-bop shoo-bop, my baby, shoo-bop shoo-bop)
Hello, stranger
(ooh) It seems so good to see you back again
How long has it been?
Oooooh, it seems like a mighty long time
shoo-bop shoo-bop, my baby, ooh
It seems like a mighty long time ….

“Hello Stranger”
Written and performed by Barbara Lewis

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The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Nami 2.5
  • Body, bra and panties: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Attachments: Vista ProHands; SLink Avatar Enhancement feet
  • Skin: Akeruka Tone 3
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign Eyes (Field)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair: Love After War-Minuit
  • Nails: DanemarkZ Golden Nights
  • Dress: Baiastice Ramy maxi dress (sheer version, Ultrapurple)
  • Jewelry: Baiastice Savannah bracelets; Mandala Nyorai choker and earrings
    • Both available at July round of Collabor88
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Unknown
    • Lipstick: Zibska Innes (slot 7)

Tales from INSILICO — For the Working Girl

Taking a smoke break outside of the strip club near the station’s main promenade, the bleached-skin woman tries to gather her energy and determination for the next round back inside ….

I work in the chorus doing three shows a night
Wearing fishnets and feathers under blinding white lights
I’ve served shots to hard hats who had booze on their lips
Been fondled and leered at for an occasional tip
And it don’t get no better, but it can’t get no worse
For the working girl’s world is the size of her purse

From Detroit to Des Moines it’s the same ugly scene
I’m a cog; you’re a wheel
He’s a king; she’s a queen
From the smokestacks to the meat racks
When you’re eyelined and curled
There’s a lot to be said for the working girl

Sweating for sweet water just to run through your hands
Six kids in Cleveland for one wedding band
Tied up to a mill loom for the minimum wage
A nest egg’s a daydream that never gets laid
And it don’t get no brighter, but it’s clearer to see
There ain’t no working girls like the ones on T.V.

From Detroit to Des Moines it’s the same ugly scene
I’m a cog; you’re a wheel
He’s a king; she’s a queen
From the smokestacks to the meat racks
When you’re eyelined and curled
There’s a lot to be said for the working girl

 

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I’m wearing:

  • Head: Akeruka Monika 2.5
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure Ivory
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign (Quicksilver)
  • Hair: Letituier Samba
  • Nails: Absolut Vendetta Elisa
  • Attachments: Vista ProHands hands 2 Maitreya Lara feet 4.1
  • Outfit (including shoes): Violent Seduction Erebus (dress, heels, panties and pauldrons) (gacha) (red)
  • Jewelry: Zuri Rayna Shazney earrings and necklace
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Didane (slot 3)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Sable (slot 4))

Photographed at INSILICO region

We’re All Alone

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I love doing “duet” sessions with Conan when he gets the chance. He cleans up nicely, and he’s gradually getting even better looking as time goes on. Here, we’re at part of the current exhibit in LEA25, which has a few spots we can work with. A good thing on the last, as scripts are disabled there; neither of us were able to use AnyPose for smiles or eye movement, even when we added it off sim and jumped back in. But we’re adaptable, if nothing else.

Outside the rain begins
And it may never end
So cry no more, on the shore a dream
Will take us out to sea
Forevermore, forevermore

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Conan is in a very nice formal suit from Prism for Men, on the same sim as the women’s store. A HUD gives you two shirt colors and for different tie patterns.  As for me, I’m in a dress I discovered from ArisAris on the Marketplace, also HUD driven, with Zuri jewelry (currently new, and so available to members for 25% off), and a pair of half-length gloves from Valentina E. exclusively for Maitreya Lara.  These are just one set in an extremely fair gacha at the current round of Whimsical; and, while not perfect — the hand is very rigid looking — the colors are excellent for all types.  I put together the whole collection with very little “investment” in duplicates.

Close your eyes and dream
And you can be with me
‘Neath the waves, through the cave of hours
Long forgotten now
We’re all alone, we’re all alone

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
Learn how to pretend

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Love in the shadows — a wonderful thing.

Once a story’s told
It can’t help but grow old
Roses do, lovers too, so cast
Your seasons to the wind
And hold me dear, oh, hold me dear

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So much for stargazing…because you are all the stars in the sky for me.

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
All’s forgotten now
We’re all alone, all alone

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Scroll on down for a live performance of “We’re All Alone” by the songwriter and original singer, Boz Scaggs.

Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin
Owe it to the wind, my love

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The details:

We're All Alone Conan

Conan (as Pharo) is wearing —

  • Skin: Swallow Daniel (peach, brown eyebrows)
  • Eyes: EDDESIGN HD – 2010 Acqua eyes (dark blue sky 40)
  • Hair: Redgrave Chris (Blond)
  • Attachments: SLink Male Hands and Feet
  • Suit: Prism for Men Leo (white)
  • Shoes: Heth Haute Couture Kenneth boots (with socks)
  • Jewelry: Heth Haute Couture Quinn men’s ring

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Harper (as Dannta) is wearing) —

  • Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara V3.5, with feet added
  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America – Clean B)
  • Eyes: La Boheme Eyes Spellcraft (Prussian Blue)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Glittering Heights
  • Dress: ArisAris / B&W Serenade Dress
  • Shoes: Italiano Sea Star sandals (vintage)
  • Accessories: Valentina E. Garbo gloves (Midlength Gold) (gacha, Maitreya only item, L$50/play at Whimsical event through September 8); Zuri Rayna Serpo suite (earrings, bracelets, ring and necklace (Antique Gold)
  • Makeup: Glamorize Drama eyeshadow (Black – Black/Purple); *BOOM* Liquid Glaze liner (yellow) (vintage); Glamorize On Point lipstick (Warm Brown); FATElashes v2.0

We're All Alone Harper 2

We're All Alone Harper 3

Photographed at Invictus, LEA25.

All photos available on Flickr in full size (PNG).

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Woodstock x 47

Jem at Woodstock

Well, I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, Tell where are you going?
This he told me
Said, I’m going down to Yasgur’s Farm,
Gonna join in a rock and roll band.
Got to get back to the land and set my soul free….

I wasn’t alive, of course, when the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair happened — I’m slightly younger than the Mother of Bloggers I work with here, LOL.  But I do understand what a watershed moment Woodstock was.  Harper was telling me about a friend from her childhood who had been invited to go with some friends…and he turned them down.  He kicked himself later, and made a trip to Max Yasgur’s Farm with a friend this year to see the site.

It’s unimaginable in some ways what went on there, when compared with what society is today.  Three days that rolled over into a fourth accidentally, with thousands of people living in pretty rugged conditions — and there were no violent incidents.  It was all about the music and the movement.  At least one baby was born on site, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a whole bunch of them were conceived there at one point or another.  It’s something that can only be imitated anymore, never duplicated, though I understand people have tried; it captured a moment of innocence that we’re probably too crabbed and jaded to seize again.

But one can hope….

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By the time we got to Woodstock,
We were half a million strong
And everywhere was a song and a celebration.
And I dreamed I saw the bomber death planes
Riding shotgun in the sky,
Turning into butterflies
Above our nation….

Woodstock Monument

Jem's signature

 

Telephone Line

Writing from Destin, Florida:

Telephone Line

Photo by Conan Bankersbox

Hello, how are you? Have you been alright?
Through all those lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely nights
That’s what I’d say, I’d tell you everything
If you’d pick up that telephone

Hey, how you feelin’? Are you still the same?
Don’t you realize the things we did, we did
Were all for real, not a dream? And I just can’t believe
They’ve all faded out of view

Doowop dooby doo doowop, doowah doolang
Blue days, black nights, doowah doolang

I look into the sky
The love you need ain’t gonna see you through
And I wonder why
The little things you planned ain’t coming true

Oh oh, telephone line, give me some time
I’m living in twilight
Oh oh, telephone line, give me some time
I’m living in twilight

Okay, so no one’s answering
Well, can’t you just let it ring a little longer, longer, longer, longer, oh
I’ll just sit tight through shadows of the night
But let it ring for evermore….

“Telephone Line,” music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne

Photographed in Elysium City of Templemore

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