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Dawn Vigil   Leave a comment


This well and building are only part of a lovely build called Otter Cove, with lots of opportunities for photography. See below for the landmark.

Still half asleep, I sought the hill and found
My vantage place, then stood a moment there
To probe the wind for some familiar sound;
But no vibrtation moved along the air,
And I learned nothing that I did not know
From the far east’s faint conglomerate glow.

A lovely build deserves a lovely dress. This spring outfit from Meva fits the need quite nicely!

I asked the stars, what destiny awaits
Beyond this dark incalculable night? …
And suddenly, incredibly, the gates
Of morning opened to approaching light;
Then, somewhere near, a bird began to sing —
And my heart heard the whole world listening.

Carl John Bostelmann, “Dawn Vigil”
Poetry (XLII:5) August 1933, p. 261

The details:

Harper (as “Keiko”) wears:

  • Skin: 7 Deadly s[K]ins Kaya (BOM, cotton candy)
  • Head: LAQ Rina 3.05 Bento
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 5.0.2
  • Eyes: Ikon Sovereign (Field)
  • Hair: D!va Calista
  • Dress: Meva Virginia (available at March round of Anthem)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Portia
  • Jewelry: The Forge House Martell ring; EarthStones Simply Put necklace and earrings, and Nyala Bento rings
  • Eyeshadow: Zibska Aless (vintage)
  • Eyeliner: MUA All the Ways eyeliner (vintage)
  • Lipstick: Oceane Body Design Jade Lips (vintage)
  • Nails: Suicidal Unborn Almond Nails

Total ARC (including unlisted HUDs): 37,896

Photographed at Otter Lake (Lanzarote Cove region)

Port Babbage Winter   Leave a comment

I decided to catch up on some of the classic old locations again, and so made a visit to Port Babbage. I’ve never been much for steampunk; but I have to say that the Babbage regions are fascinating … if smoggy (lol).

I wasn’t quite in costume. Then again, as I said, I’m not that into steampunk; and anyway, as I understand, Port Babbage and Caledon aren’t that fussy on outtatime visitors.

  • Skin: Raonhausen Gweneth Milk Brows
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Head: LAQ Skye 3.07 Bento
  • Eyes: Ikon Triumph (Chocolate)
  • Hair: rezology Sky 218
  • Outfit: A&M green moss turtleneck (system); Vextra Messing opaque pantyhose (Blue); Maddict Starlet leather pants; The Annex Belle coat (Gray)
  • Boots: ROC low snow boots
  • Jewelry: Avanti Arionne ring; EarthStones Solitaire necklace and earrings (Citrine); ITron watch (limited edition)
  • Eyeshadow: Zibska Clementine (LAQ, slot 3)
  • Lipstick: Zibska Kaija (Omega, slot 1)
  • Nails: Avanti Arionne

Teleport to Port Babbage

Yacht Clubbin’   Leave a comment

Many of us, especially the newer Residents, are told that the old Mainland continents are little more than a wasteland now, full of depopulated regions and old, out-of-date megaprim ad boards. But, if you’re willing to take the time and do the exploring … that was one of the things that Second Life was all about, a decade or so ago … you can find some pretty regions still in existence, such as Bay City on Sansara. Or like this yacht club area up on the north coast of Gaeta V, situated along SL Route 7. The club itself is across the road, inland; but you have a beach here, and several houses.

Here I am on the dock, near the chaises and a few Jet Skis. You only have a few days left on this before Uber closes, so get over there as soon as doable, and snag it. (I’m wearing this without the shoulder option, it should be noted.)

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Rocky Road

Much as I enjoy Celtic Thunder and The High Kings, this isn’t the Rocky Road To Dublin. I found a fantastic place for rural and sylvan photography in the Destination Guide, called Scarlett Isle, and went to check it out. And it must definitely be fantastic, because there were quite a few folk there along with me (relatively speaking).

The extra avatars were no problem; I got in my shots and did a little exploring without getting in anyone else’s way. Here’s one landscape wallpaper (1920 size); you can find others on my Flickr stream, along with the two other finished photos from here ….

  • Skin: LAQ Rina (1.0 shade)
  • Head: LAQ Skye 3.05 Bento
  • Full body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Eyes: Ikon Triumph (Chocolate)
  • Hair: rezology Body Unknown
  • Outfit: Narcisse Vera top and skirt (mango – Flourish exclusive) – available at current round of Flourish; purchase as separates
  • Shoes: KC Couture Patty wedges
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Iracy necklace (Citrine) (matching earrings are available)
  • Eyeshadow: Shiny Stuffs Liquid Gaze (LAQ, slot 13)
  • Lipstick: Zibska Rival (Omega, slot 1)
  • Nails: SlackGirl Morg mesh nails

Note: LAQ just updated the Skye head to version 3.07, and released a skin called Keiko that goes along quite nicely with it. You’ll be seeing this on me in the future.

Photographed at Scarlett Isle (Love Cats region)

Last Chance, Tres Chic — Playsuit Delight

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)

Serendipity

Yeah, I know; fashion means something new all the time. But we here at Around the Grid don’t operate in that sense. We like fashion; but we all prefer style. Fashion is what’s new, what’s hot; what’s hip. If you want fashion, look at most of the stars on the red carpets today, and you’ll find, some 10 to 20 per cent of the time, that the gown is wearing them. Even with professionals dressing them, there’s some horrendous dresses walking the runways.

Style, on the other hand, not only fits the woman, but complements her appearance, even augments it. Kim Kardashian wears fashion. (Lady Gaga … well, who knows what she wears at times, though she’s improved over the years?) Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy were stylish.

Where’s all this leading to? Well, I was checking out some goodies at the Fifty Linden Friday stores, and picked up some goodies, including at ANE Fashion. While there, though, I looked around at some of the other things on display … that’s what sales are for, after all; to lure you in to buy the full-price stuff as well as the bargains. And it was there that I found this lovely strapless dress that will almost surely never go out of fashion. (And that’s the key to true style; the garment will never “go stale” in the closet.) HUD controls for not just the outside, but the lining as well, with a selection of colors to please most. (You’ll never please them all, sigh.)

With a dress that never goes out of fashion, wear a hairdo that stays with it as well. You can get away with funky or flashy (in taste!) with your makeup and jewelry.

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  • Head: LAQ Skye 3.05
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Eyes: Ikon Triumph (Chocolate)
  • Hair: rezology French Twist
  • Dress: ANE Fashion Alice
  • Shoes: ANE Opentoe/Platform slingbacks (Sky Blue)
  • Jewelry: ANE Forbidden Fruit earrings (Diamond); Roger Paulino silver bangles; Ysoral Inesse necklace and bracelet, and Lynna rings
  • Eyeshadow: Booty’s Beauty Rare Jewel (Omega, slot 8)
  • Lipstick: Booty’s Beauty Jam (Omega, slot 8)

Photographed at the Jal Mahal, New River region

Hey, Daddy!

Hey, listen to my story ’bout a gal named Daisy Mae
Lazy Daisy Mae
Her disposition is rather sweet and charming
At times alarming, so they say
She has a man who’s tall dark handsome, large and strong
To whom she used to sing this song

Hey, Daddy
I want a diamond ring
Bracelets and everything
Daddy, you oughta get the best for me

Hey, Daddy, gee
Don’t I look great in sables?
Clothes with Paris labels?
Daddy, you oughta get the best for me

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