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Women Walking Alone, and Introducing Jem Sternhall (Updated)

UPDATE:  As promised, you can find all of the photo collection in full size in this Flickr album.  Several are wallpaper size!

Women Walking Alone

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places where no one has ever been before.” — Albert Einstein

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Moonlight and Emeralds

Daronna Neris’tina in Emeralds 1

I love using Second Life as a platform for devising costumes for my fiction characters and making them come to life.  And it also gives me a chance to create some really good artwork in my photos!

This suite is of a woman who calls herself Daronna; she is in a pensive mood as she attempts to work out memories in the evening, following the day’s duties.  I tend to write my stores in fits and starts, and so I first began dressing Daronna several years ago, when system and flexi were still the norms in SL fashion, and Bliss Couture was a name to conjure with for many of us.  It was before tattoo makeup, however, and definitely before modern tattoo allowances — this makeup is in six layers!  (As I always attempt to do, I’ve listed the makeup in application order, beginning with the lowest level and building up.)

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The N’dali (via A Passion for Virtual Fashion)

Writing from Battle Creek, Michigan:

I’ve had to focus resources on other things besides the computer for a while, so my tower isn’t repaired yet.  (I hope I get it repaired in time to pay my rents in world!)  Once again I’m borrowing one of the family netbooks, which can’t run Second Life, to put something up on the blog and keep it alive.

But what I’m putting up is fabulous. Take a look at this encyclopedia entry from Harper Beresford!

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The N'dali “The N’dali of the temperate forests and hills of Southern Peninsula of Melanasia are an independent tribe of traders and craftspeople. They are most noted for their fine metalwork and technology in working with exotic creature skins and feathers such as those of the phoenix and dragon. Their people are homogenous with genetic markers such as pale fine caucasian skin, thick dark black hair and most amazingly, golden eyes, which appear ubiquitousl … Read More

via A Passion for Virtual Fashion

 

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I Love Viewer 2 Makeup!

The Version 2 viewers have been controversial; but there is one definite hit with couturiers:  the new “tattoo” layer.  An ugly word for a layer that has so much versatility built into it.  I know, Emerald-heads; you’ve had additional attachment points for prims for a year or two.  But nobody in my experience supported them besides Emerald; I never got them to work; and, with Emerald now viewer non grata on the Grid, that option is fried.  Why not try something that is supported and tons better?  They give a Resident a flexibility in looks that skins aren’t able to, or are too expensive for most purchases.

For instance, in a story I’m writing for my own amusement, I have a space traveler visiting an alien world.  Bare Rose has an old costume called Space Agent, which I pulled on for this occasion:

I love golden skin; I guess I should have been a daughter of Auric Goldfinger.  And I love Hallowe’en, which gives me a chance to really dress up, at least in Second Life.  So I’ve combined the two here, at The Looking Glass.  But most gold skins I’ve found, except for Adam n Eve’s need makeup, and (with love and respect to Sachi Vixen) I think Adam n Eve’s is a little pale usually.  I want a richer coloration.  So here I’m wearing a skin from Wunderlichs, available in INSILICO SOUTH.  (You may remember my story series from earlier this year, which I shot in INSILICO.)  And now, to get some color onto my face.

The good thing about the tattoo layer is that you can combine elements together.  Just right click and select Add instead of Wear.  I believe you have a maximum of five or six items you can combine on the layer, at least in Kirstens S20 viewer, which should be enough for most needs.  It was sufficient here, with one left over before I hit 5.

The main complaint, as I noted, was lipstick.  On this, Adam n Eve have the right prescription.  Their skin was okay, but their new lipstick gives me a pop of crimson just where it counts.  (They have quite a number of shades, as well as eyeshadow, nail polish and a species of “body makeup” that tints the entire skin.)  After that, the eyes became the focus.  First comes eyeliner, which I obtained at Miamai; their LesMakeups 02 does the job here.  For shadow, Tattanooga has quite a collection of possibilities, and this Everyday 026 was my choice, since I was leaning toward purple and blue as my scheme above the gold skin.  The one thing I wasn’t satisfied with was the eyebrows on the skin, and trying a different bald cap than my normal didn’t darken them any.  The thing, then, was to cover them up.  Enter White~Widow, who have some very exotic possibilities I’d just acquired recently.  I selected Jellyfish, which completely concealed the brows and gave me an even more alien, exotic appearance.  (I did have lashes, but the bands around my Analog Dog Kathryn hair were on the same attachment point, and I didn’t try to do an add with them — which I think I could have done, actually.  I’ll have to check on that when I log back in, as I’m still in the costume.)

If there’s a Hallowe’en party sometime soon, I think I’m ready this year; don’t you?

I named almost everything already, but a few things weren’t mentioned, so:

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The Details:

“How did the Zebra get her stripes?”

From Sascha Frangilli, of course.

This delicious number I’m wearing is named Zebra, and was a L$60 special at Sascha’s Designs last weekend.  I would have liked to write about it then, but this entire weekend has been chaos in a cart, and so here I am today doing the job.  I’m pretty sure this ensemble is no longer just L$60, and yet it’ll be worth every centiLinden you’ll pay (grin).

I’m not normally into animal print patterns — I don’t think you’ll ever find me wearing a leopard-skin coat, real or fake; too tacky, to me — but these pants, with their zipper pockets, appeal.  They fit quite nicely, and leave room for a pair of ankle boots, such as my old standby Biddles.  (I can’t tell you how many pairs of system pants — system pants, no prims! — are too large to fit under at least a pair of ankle boots.)

Then we turn to this excellent top, with just a touch of frilliness at the cuffs, and a lovely prim collar behind the head.  And that neckline…!  I don’t normally show off this much cleavage in RL; but in Second Life, the home of the Fiercely Fashionable,, where the bodies are as perfect as you want them to be, why not go for it?

You may notice I’m trying out a new makeup.  I got a notice from Adam n Eve a few weeks ago, and went to check a new skin.  I didn’t end up getting that, but I found another, Natasha, that appealed.  I like the subtler eyeshadow of this, along with the redness of the lipstick (which I’m matching with a set of screaming red prim nails).  On the top layer, I have a nice enhancement for those who use Viewer 2 — eyeliner from Miamai!  I think that it not only improves the general look of the makeup, but helps to hide any lingering problems I may have with eyelash adjustment (grin).

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The details:

Photos taken at It’s Only Fashion blog headquarters in Glookbone


Early Afternoon with Margaret

Casual is comfortable; but sometimes you want something a little dressier for daytime wear.  When I got an ad from the PB Collection for this lovely little dress, I wrapped up other business I had in world at the time and headed over to their main store to snap it up.

It’s called Margaret, and is wonderful for so many reasons.  I think the thing that caught my attention first was the belt.  I have no end of troubles with Second Life prim belts, but this one called out to me, and made me unlimber the wallet.  And, with just a little adjustment, it seems to fit nicely and give me little problem with “disappearing matter syndrome,” aside from my hand sometimes creeping through the vinyl on one of my AO poses.

And then the colors just screamed out to be had.  It’s either a tie-dyed job, or an geode on acid; I can’t make up my mind which.  Add to that it’s a corset top, which I seem to have fallen in love with here in world.  Next, the skirt is a lovely, flirty little thing of prims that leave your legs nice and out there.  If you wanted, you could go with just the system skirt underneath; I think it gives the dress a more casual look, but that wasn’t what I was after here.

I had nothing in terms of shoes to go with this delicious confection, so I zipped off to Adam n Eve, and picked up almost the first thing I saw, their Mistral heels in “mauve,” almost a match for the cups of the corset.  But I actually teleported in at the hair department before going over to shoes, and her Olivia hair seemed perfect for this, as well as just a fine hairstyle — and I ended up getting a fatpack, and 19 points on my loyalty card.  (A nice program that Sachi has going; try it out.  I’ve gotten several things for free with loyalty points.  You need to wear the card when you purchase something to get the points, or when you’re spending them.)

The last touch is always the jewelry.  Dahlinks supplied these — the necklace and ring from a suite called The Management (don’t ask me why; I’m just the blog author, not the creator) that seemed to straddle the line between formal and informal; and a pair of diamond studs named Stage & Screen. I added an antique lapis-bead watch from Foxchase Designs for balance on the opposite wrist.

In this, I think I’m ready for either late afternoon tea, or cocktails on the veranda.  What would you say to a Haig and Haig Pinch and water, maybe?  Or should that be a cosmopolitan with Carrie and the gang…?

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The details:

  • Skin: Atomic Bambi Lana-Sunblush-Siren-Gloss-2
  • Nails: Skin Within Vixen mani/pedi
  • Eyes: Cape Shelley Wild Lilies eyes
  • Hair: Adam n Eve Olivia (lavender)
  • Dress: Ardigraf Designs/PB Collection Margaret dress
  • Shoes: Adam n Eve Mistral heels (mauve)
  • Jewelry:  Dahlinks Stage & Screen stud earrings (diamonds/gold), and The Management necklace and ring; Foxchase Designs lapis bead watch

Photos taken at Lion’s Gate club.

Brunch in Manhattan with Paper Couture

Hundreds of lady-avatars across Second Life wait with baited breath whenever the word gets out that Paper Couture is about to release a new collection.  Ava and Cora Lu have attracted a devoted clientele in the time their house has been open, and deservedly so; their dresses are the highest of design, leaning in some cases toward the absurdly fantasial levels of upper haute couture.  At the same time, their dresses are wonderfully beautiful, and have graced many a party or ball.  I wore Paper to the get-together I invited my friends to on New Year’s Eve 2008/9.  (That’s me in the center, wearing Paper’s Magpie, with Gidge Uriza and Cajsa Lilliehook to the right of the picture.)

That time has come again; the couturière and the jeweler have teamed again for what I feel is another smashing fall collection.  Some I’ve spoken with are not so impressed with the results this time around; but I struggled through the sim lag at Tableau region yesterday and gave a good examination of the displays, and promptly wished I had about L$10,000 to spare.  As it was, I found several items I couldn’t do without, and the Lus profited from my visit (grin).

My choice for this outing is Manhattan Brunch.  One look at the texturing of this dress will give you the reason why I chose it; after all, I live in a cottage I’ve decorated in an Art Deco theme.  I really don’t know if this is wearable to an actual brunch, as it seems a little showy for a midday function.  I went ahead and honored the name, though, by wearing a set of daytime leather gloves.

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