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Lisavet Darchiev sighed as the door closed behind her and Maks Derbensky, her lover. “Thank God and the saints, we’re home,” she said in Russian, since they were by themselves instead of with American or British friends, and she crossed herself in the Orthodox style. “I love the Oscar ceremony; I love the parties; and I love getting together with Piper. But I think I love most getting home afterwards, so I can put up my poor aching feet!”

Maks chuckled as he locked the last deadbolt and clicked on the door alarm. “You have but to blame your ‘poor aching feet’ on yourself, Liza, and your penchant for stiletto-heeled shoes. And kindly do not tell me, my tsarina, that you’re getting too old for the social rounds. Besides limiting your access to the power brokers and business opportunities in this crazy city, that’s simply no fun at all.”

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2013

No matter where you are — even if it’s in a virtual world — March 17 brings out the Irish in you in a good way.  We don’t go in for green beer too much in world; but we do party, quite a bit.  (Hey, any good excuse for a party!)  And, even though there have been several almost continuous venues all weekend, the most traditional place to go, and probably the purist Irish experience, is in Dublin region at that grid-wide famous pub, The Blarney Stone.

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Everything Old is New Again

When trumpets were mellow
And every gal only had one fellow
No need to remember when
‘Cause everything old is new again

Dancin’ at your Long Island Jazz Age party
Waiter bring us some more Bacardi
We’ll order now what they ordered then
‘Cause everything old is new again

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Let’s go backwards when forward fails
And movie stars you thought were long dead
Now are framed beside your bed

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Several stores in Second Life specialize in making everything old new again.  This gown, which I believe channels Dior’s New Look as well as some delicious Eighties confections, comes from Donna Flora.  I discovered it while I was going through Flickr photostreams, and hunted through her stores until I discovered it at the Bonin store in several colors.

The lovely thing about this dress:  the bodice hem and butterfly bow.  They can change color using a HUD script; you have some eight color choices, I believe.  I wear blue so much that I decided to go red this time to get a little richer color into my life (grin).

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Put it on backwards when forward fails
Better leave Greta Garbo alone
Be a movie star on your own

And don’t throw the past away
You might need it some other rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Peter Allen, “Everything Old is New Again”

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The details:

  • Skin:  Chai 04 Black Cherry, no longer available
  • Hair:  Donna Flora Princess red (hand tinted)
  • Gown:  Donna Flora Ingrid black (red bow via HUD selection)
  • Shoes (not visible here):  Maitreya ChiChi pumps (red)
  • Accessories:  Donna Flora Ada bangles, red (both arms); Eclectica Elizabeth necklace and earrings (ruby)

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If I Were Going to the Academy Awards in 2010….

At the Ballroom of the Rose Theatre, Angel Manor region

…then I’d love to sweep up the red carpet at the Kodak Theater in something like this confection.  Hair piled up over my head, glittering jewels (preferably not on loan from Tiffany’s), and a gown that both hugs me in just the right places and rustles along the scarlet rug behind me.

I’ve been so busy organizing my 2010 Oscar Fashion Contest, and then trying to get people to enter, that I hadn’t gone out to purchase my own gown for a fashion piece.  But Gidge Uriza of It’s Only Fashion kindly gifted me with this delicious dress, thus saving me the need of rushing out and combing designers’ stores for something.  Absolutely sensational choice, Gidge, and thank you so much!

The gown is ZieZo from Sascha’s Designs.  Besides being a lovely color for red hair, I love the detail work that Sascha Frangilli puts into her work.  (This teal is one of a range of colors.)  And, of course, there are the Sascha’s choices for her gowns.  I’m wearing the “swooshy” mermaid prim skirt here; you also have a sleeker one, and empire-waisted version (that one drops down from almost straight below the breasts, guys), and the full-glam “battleship” skirt, in plain or with star embroidery around the hem!  On top of that, do you want the “plain” strapless bodice, or the one with the jewel-colored flower embroidery?  And, of course, the evening gloves are included; gloves may not be in style again in the Real World, but I think they add a perfect accent for evening wear.

A new gown demands new jewels.  I decided to go splashier than I usually do with jewelry — well, we’re talking the Academy Awards here, aren’t we?  So I went on a shopping run, and stopped at Eclectica, who’ve I’ve also featured before, and I ended up buying about four different sets, including one I have already in a different stone color (sigh).  Anyway, out of what I picked up, I settled on this necklace/earrings set as the strongest statement.  Simple links of gold in back, except for the catch, turn into heavier gold settings for some lovely rubies — there’s even a glow in the stones — with pearl teardrops.  I added a cocktail ring from my inventory, and some ole reliable pumps from Detour, and I was ready….

…except that I wanted something to pin in my hair tonight.  Fortunately, another item from Eclectica had caught my eye in that shopping spree:  this stylized dragonfly hatpin, part of a hatpin-and-brooch set.  I used the hatpin as a hair ornament (after copying it!), and was ready for the limousine.

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Photographed at the Rose Theatre Ballroom, Angel Manor

The details:

  • Hair: W&Y Hair 90, Type D (tinted red)
  • Lashes: Detour Edge lashes
  • Gown: Sascha’s Designs ZieZo (teal)
  • Shoes: Detour Glamour pumps (gold)
  • Jewelry: Eclectica — Elizabeth suite (necklace and earrings, in gold, rubies and pearls), Dragonfly hatpin; Muse Catherine gold/pearl cocktail ring

Something for All SL Tastes at KWZ, Omega Point

The sci-goth region of Omega Point has plenty to explore, and lots of fascinating — sometimes a touch disturbing — visions scattered about.  But at the heart of this Giger-esque world is — you guessed it — a store.  KWZ is not a large store as such things go in Second Life, but it has plenty of possibility.  I’ve shopped in it several times, picking up something almost each time that was either perfect for a cyber look, or just plain charming to wear to parties or around the house.

For instance, take this for gowns for a pure party:

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The gown is named Anje, and comes in several colors.  I like the gold accents on the skirt, bodice and gloves; beauty and luxury together, as an evening gown should be.  Something great for a romantic evening!  But, if you’re in the mood for something darker, more goth:

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Here’s Anje again; but this is the only version available with a bustle skirt.  Now the gold looks not just luxurious, but positively decadent!  And the only thing to go with such a goth outfit is black jet or black pearls; lots of both!  (If you don’t want the 105 octane drama version of this gown, there is one sold separately with the same skirt as the white version.)

But it would not be KWZ without something not just over the top, but deliciously over the top.  You know; like Cher’s feathered headdress at the Academy Awards with Don Ameche all those years ago.  And so….  (Chocoholics and lovers of strawberries and cream, beware!)

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How about a slice of this Chocolate Cake?  For normal wear, of course, it’s a couturière’s disaster; but for fun, for costume parties, and for just about anywhere in Second Life that goes for “orbital” fashion, it’s brilliant.  When I jumped into the offices of It’s Only Fashion to use their photospheres, Cajsa Lilliehook was there, and I think I heard her jaw creak as it dropped open.  (Okay, she wasn’t that amazed, but she was impressed by the costume.  Coming from one of the best fashion writers on the Grid, that’s a compliment indeed.)  Both the full and mini skirts are included with this package, as is that prim bra that reminds me of a far more tasty version of Madonna’s famous cone bras from one of her many reinventions.

Check out KWZ at this SLurl.

(Sad to say, it seems that I’ve lost all the other details, who did my hair, etc. Some of this can be recreated, and I’ll work on it and announce an update when I manage to get it all figured out. Until then, sorry….)

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Great Hair from Tukinowaguma

I stumbled across Tukinowaguma hair sometime in the deep, dark past that I can’t remember, and I purchased one of her interesting wigs at that time.  But I didn’t go crazy about her hair until I got a sale ad from the Galleria at Frank’s, which drew me to her store there.  After catching sight of the other styles she had, I ran off to her main store and went crazy. KateForster Akina does lovely bobs, one of which I include in this photo essay; but her updos are fantastic as well.  If you’re looking for big hair for a ball or formal dance gown, definitely try out one of the Tukinowaguma stores, and you’ll find things there to enchant.

Most, if not all, of the styles are scripted for color change, by the way; click on the wig to bring up the menu.  You should either make a copy of the original (preferable, unless you have a huge Inventory), or choose a white shade to bring back the original base color.

I’ve placed the best of the photos I’ve taken in a set on my Flickr stream, and on Koinup as well.  If you like them, please leave comments (both here and there!).  But I’ll give you a small taste here of what I came up with, instead of drowning you in six tons of photos on this blog. As it worked out, I had a mess of Satin Sheen gowns from Nicky Ree on hand as well, and sets of opera gloves from Mimikri; and so I decided to try a themed photo shoot, changing only colors, shoes, hair and jewelry.  A few WindLight tweaks, courtesy of Torley Linden’s excellent package, are also used here.  As long as you have a good default saved to fall back on, don’t be afraid to experiment with those sliders, for both sky and water!

A few notes:

  • Nicky’s Satin Sheen gown is available at her store in most colors for L$100.  This absurdly low price for a Nicky Ree original is because she’s offering the original — it appears, from my reading of the notes I found in the packages, that someone’s copied her.  Please patronize the original designers, not the 7th Avenue knockoff “artists.”
  • Mimikri’s gloves are some of the best I’ve found on the Grid.  The cuffs are prim addons, so I did a little mixing of colors for effect, to match a few of the gowns.  Buy the whole set, and use the cuffs to show the “lining” of your gloves!

Turn the page and behold!

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Frank’s Place has Expanded!

Frank’s Place in the former Oasis Resort region, which was later renamed Franks Place — (sigh) — is no more; that’s the bad news.

The good news is that Nanceee and Gymmy Sinatra have added on a second region right next door to their original sim (which is now given over to a high-end mall), called it Franks Place 2, moved the club there, and rebuilt it completely. And I mean completely.

The basic concept of the original Frank’s, a club built on a raised platform, with balconies over the main floor, is still there; but the building materials have changed. Instead of the expanses of white marble floors and columns, the new Frank’s is now warm woods and fieldstone. One section of the build is roofed by a series of “Crystal Palace” arch skylights, which are also over the entrance pergola on the outside porch (Photo 1; see bottom of article). The host’s desk, a Frank’s tradition, is still there, of course, and the staff is as welcoming as ever (Photo 2). On the night I stopped in to do my photos, MsMaggs Freck was on duty. (I try to tip the hosts whenever I can if they are helpful, and MsMaggs was that night.)

Past the (exquisitely polite) guardian of the gate, you’ll find a large entrance hall supported by fieldstone columns (Photo 3). Several staircases lead to the upper floors; a few club chairs and tables are scattered about for you to relax in while waiting for your date to arrive. Turn left and head past the stairs, and you’ll find yourself in what I’m calling the main lounge (Photo 4, which does not do it true justice). More chairs, including love seats, are placed for quiet privacy or conversation, and a few pose balls invite couples to get together for a portrait. Notice the windows here, by the way; Hunter Nieuport, the architect of the entire build, created them for the Sinatras. Similar beveled-glass windows are at other places about the walls.

The bar (Photos 5 and 6) is much larger now. The usual stools run along the bar counter proper, and the old pictures of the Chairman and his Rat Pack buddies adorn the walls, but there is now a row of stool/chair combos stretching that side of the dance floor. As for that floor (Photo 7), I’m thinking (subjectively) that it’s now larger. There are definitely more dance balls laid out, with the usual swing/waltz/ballroom type dance picks; and, of course, there’s the big multi-user mirror ball overhead with more selection laid into it. There’s plenty of room for everyone to whirl around for a good time; and they do so, for Frank’s Place is still one of the most popular clubs on the Grid. With soundtrack from the masters of the Great American Songbook on their own feed, or requests taken by the house DJ in an occasional appearance, you have little excuse not to get out there and start dancing! (Listen to that, guys!!!)

Oh, are you hungry? Head upstairs to the balconies, and you’ll find dining tables (Photo 8). I think you can get that traditional club grub Chateaubriand now, but check with the hosts to be sure (grin).

Check Frank’s Place out; and when you’re done, go on down the stairs to the mall, populated by quality stores such as Zhao Shoes, Virtual Impressions, and clusters of stores for the well-dressed avatar. You can’t go wrong, baby! Remember, though, formal dress is a requirement.

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You don’t want to take my word for it? Read another review, at Secondclubs.com.

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