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Rocky Road   Leave a comment

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   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)

Serendipity   Leave a comment

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!   2 comments

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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NOLA in Fairhaven and beyond in Second Life

You can rely on Inara Pey to find interesting places to visit. Expect a photo shoot from one of us before this region vanishes!

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

NOLA @ Fairhaven; Inara Pey, April 2019, on FlickrNOLA @ Fairhaven – click any image for full size

We recently received an invitation to visit NOLA @ Fairhaven. Described as  “an homage to New Orleans, Louisiana”, the estate comprises three regions – two Full and one Homestead, with one of the Full regions providing the homage to New Orleans, and the other a pair of settings I’ll discuss a little later.

Designed by Tatianna (TatiannaDiamond) and Jus Strat (jus4strat), all three regions are an impression combination – but given the amount packed into all three mesh, sculpt and texture-wise, can also be a little heavy going if your viewer is running with any significant bells and whistles (such as shadows) enabled.

NOLA @ Fairhaven; Inara Pey, April 2019, on FlickrNOLA @ Fairhaven

There is no enforced landing point within the regions, and the SLurl supplied by Jus dropped us neatly in the north-east corner of the Full region representing New Orleans…

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Posted April 10, 2019 by Harper Ganesvoort in Places and Exploring

Dublin Mardi Gras Primpfest

Conan has many skills ….

I went wandering through Dublin last night, and discovered that I had been gone for quite a while. The owners are revamping the sim again, moving backward (in a sense) to a sort of composite of what was in the old Dublin 1 and 2. (Don’t get yourself into a lather with worry — the Blarney Stone is still there, with all its programming.) And it was a joy to me to find that they had brought back (in a more up-to-date fashion and under a new name) the little hole-in-the-wall barbershop that had so enchanted me in my early days. It’s bigger to a degree, but it’s still down a flight of stairs from the upper area, still with retro posters and paintings and hairstyle photos.

Take a look some time at the “new” Dublin, and hopefully enjoy all the old goodies they’ve brought back, as well as some new ones. Be careful about going into some of the doors, however, as there are some spots that have solid thief doors hanging down a little. You may get your way in; but I was almost trapped inside the local post office. I had to double-click my way out (and discovered that Dublin now has point-to-point teleport disabled).

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The details:

  • Head: LAQ Noelle 3.06 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista Prohands 2
  • Eyes: IKON Hope (Royal)
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Celia
  • Nails: Astralia nails system
  • Dress: Hucci Beleuli (available at Uber through March 22)
  • Shoes: Hucci Caracol sandals (available at Uber through March 22)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey Lala in Love platinum wedding suite; Zuri Rayna Samantha set (necklace, earrings, bracelet); Kunglers Carly ring (ruby)
  • Makeup: alaskametro Space Unicorn set (Omega)

Photographed in the Green Rooster Barber Shop, Dublin

Bay City Morning

I can tell you this, because I live just across the state, only maybe four counties away from the real-world Bay City — it don’t look this good right now. Freezing rain, snow, winds, and the temperature’s taking a plummet. It comes close to tempting me to take on Diana’s attitude about sunny skies. Not even the fur shrug I’ve got on would help much, and anyone who wears a mini in Michigan in January really should have their head examined.

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