It’s that time of year again, when all the world begins turning green — and I’m not talking about how close spring is to officially starting. Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day; and, as you have one red-haired cailín on hand here with a severe case of Celtophilia, and another lass willing to go along with her — well, here we are again. We don’t quite have shamrocks tucked behind our ears, and we won’t be swilling green-dyed beer anytime soon, Second Life or Real Life. (Green beer’s an Americanism, anyways, and barbarous at the best of times.) That doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with green stylin’.
Turn the page for the verdant details.
I had hoped to get this written and published before the close of Join Hands for Nepal, but time and events conspired to make it nearly otherwise. Still, if you can get to the event before it closes, please do so. This dress I wear, and the pearls from Lazuri, are both special editions made for the event.
When the world is fast asleep,
Along the midnight skies–
As though it were a wandering cloud–
The ghostly dream-ship flies.
An angel stands at the dream-ship’s helm,
An angel stands at the prow,
And an angel stands at the dream-ship’s side
With a rue-wreath on her brow.
The other angels, silver-crowned,
Pilot and helmsman are,
And the angel with the wreath of rue
Tosseth the dreams afar.
Turn the page for more….
I’ve just closed my eyes again
And climbed aboard the dream weaver train
Trying to take away my worries of today
And leave tomorrow behind
Ooh dream weaver
I believe you can get me through the night
Ooh dream weaver
I believe we can reach the morning light
Continue with the dream by turning the page.
Furisode (振袖) is Japanese, referring to the extremely long arm style on formal kimono worn by young unmarried women. I can’t say how many of us in Second Life enjoy walking about in a kimono, but I do on occasion, even putting on “Keiko,” my Asian character from my stories, for the moment (as I have here). And, since it was time to update the kimono I have in my Inventory, I went to the currently running Japan Fair 2014 to pick up a new one or two, preferably in mesh. I found this magnificent one in the clothing section, made by AZUL, which is probably really meant for a wedding. The fabric is all white silk, and it’s in the uchikake style (打掛), with a brocaded “overcoat” over the actual gown and obi sash.
I went looking for a hairstyle to fit it as well; and I discovered a booth by Tukinowaguma! I realize that I said in my previous article that this house of fabulously complex hair was moribund, though still open, but it now appears I’m happily mistaken. Hopefully KateForster Akina is rested and refreshed and ready to kick out lots of new styles for us, both Japanese and western.
- Skin: Issigonis Ayumi (no longer available, though the store exists. They only carry two skins or shapes now.)
- Eyes: Sterling Artistry Jeweled Eyes (tourmaline)
- Makeup (in order): Baiastice GlitterNight Eyeshadow (green); Curves Mystique Eyeshadow (gold); Glamorize French Kiss Lips (Love)
- Hair: Tukinowaguma Tokie (ebony; available at Japan Fair 2014)
- Nails: Candy #P000 Basic Prim Nails (Green10)
- Kimono: AZUL Sakura (available at Japan Fair 2014)
- Jewelry: EarthStones Asian Influence suite — necklace and earrings (Peace)
Photographed in Hubbub region
Writing from Kissimmee, Florida.
Fashion for Life has been spectacularly successful so far this year. The report from the sidebar counter at the event blog is at least L$4.3 million — that’s better than USD $16,000 contributed, with better than four days left in the event. Not bad, people!
If you’re looking for some ideas, let me throw these at you. The links go to six articles at three of the best fashion blogs out there: Michelle Hyacinth’s Weblog, Cajsa Lilliehook’s It’s Only Fashion and Harper Beresford’s A Passion for Virtual Fashion.
Ruriko Bracken, a Japanese Second Life Resident and a lovely model and photographer, takes a break now and then from the virtual world for some Real Life. She’s currently back in, and most welcome in both her roles.
In this feature, found on her own Japanese-language blog, Ruriko Style, Ruri-chan does a pair of excellent photos of Tyako Coage, Miss Virtual World Japan 2012. Tyako is wearing a gown from AZUL that was designed for her. I’ll include one thumbnail here to get you interested; if you want more, go visit Ruri-chan’s article. There is a Google Translate button on the right side, so you can get a (species of) translation into your language easily.
Copyright 2012 by Ruriko Bracken; all rights reserved