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Keep Hair Fair in Mind

Writing from Destin, Florida —

The family is off on its annual outing in Destin.  I took along an Ethernet cable this time so I might be able to get in world on my laptop, but I can’t seem to get a connection; so I’ll be reblogging things without too much in the way of photos until about Tuesday or Wednesday next week.  I always try to bring you the best, though, so stay tuned to this blog!

First up is a piece from Gidge Uriza at Its Only Fashion.  She reminds us there’s only a few more days left to this year’s Hair Fair, so you’d better get in while you have a chance to stock up at the Grid’s Home of Hair and Heart this year.  Remember that many of your purchases will be at least split with Wigs for Kids to help that group supply wigs for children who have lost their hair for various medical reasons.  This charity is almost as popular as the various Relay for Life functions, and is often well-stocked with Residents for the first few days.  Now’s the time to work your way around, before it sinks beneath the waves for another year!

Gidge is wearing in her photos one of the hairstyles available at the Fair, from Olive, along with a dress from this month’s Collabor88 which, if you are interested in it, you should be sure to pick up the demo on first!  Gidge mentions what she is wearing is fitted to the Belleza mesh body, so don’t spend more than a linden to be sure that you can wear what you want.  See photos at Gidge’s article.

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It’s Only Fashion’s Great SL Photo Hunt Announced

Writing from College Park, Florida.

If you don’t already read It’s Only Fashion, written by Cajsa Lilliehook, Gidge Uriza et al., you need to.  It’s one of the nicest blogs I’ve read out there in the world revolving around the Grid.  And now Cajsa has come up with a contest for you.

The Great SL Photo Hunt encourages you to explore Second Life in search of places where you can complete 100 different photo projects.  (The full list is available at Cajsa’s blog.)  They can be as simple as “You ironing clothes,” or as complex as “You and as many friends as possible stuffed in a phone booth.”  So you’re going to need some help on at least some of these projects; time to start contacting your friends and networking.  There are prizes for completing activities, with first worth L$6,500 in cash and goodies!

Read the article, get out the camera, and get to work!

Travels in Egypt (via It’s Only Fashion)

The 2011 Accessory Fair is going on now in two special sims. When I visited the other night, it was remarkably lag-free, and I found some several interesting things I may write about myself in the near future, though I was mainly looking in vain for some classic Egyptian queen’s crowns and couldn’t find them this time.

For now, though, consider these tasty items that Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion found for herself, along with some wonderful black-background photography!

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Travels in Egypt The Accessory Fair has gone to Egypt where a river of inspiration resulted in beautiful jewelry and accessories worthy of a Pharaoh or a Pharaoh’s Tomb. One of the first places to visit there is Mood featuring jewelry by Jori Watler. Mood is where you go for modern classics, designs that look au courant forever. This set is th Egiziano Dea Ensemble. This closer look shows how rich the texture work is in Mood Jewelry. The Mood Dakhla set for Relay … Read More

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Exploring Second Life (via It’s Only Fashion)

One reason many of us got into Second Life in the first place was for the chance to explore. It was only afterwards that we became contaminated with the tendency toward conspicuous consumption (grin).

Cajsa Lilliehook of It’s Only Fashion still does an occasional turn inside a photosphere; but these days, she’s more inclined to go on location to show her wardrobe choices.  And, for those looking for places to travel to, she has a goodie.  Read on….

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Exploring Second Life Exploring Second Life® could land you with hundreds of landmarks – many of them with names that provide no clue to what the place if like. All those landmarks just take up space, so a back in 2007 I began organizing my landmarks in a notecard to save space in my inventory. Since I was going to the trouble of putting them in a notecard, I started to group t … Read More

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1000 Years (via It’s Only Fashion)

Some of my favorite blog articles are based around poetry or song lyrics. I’ve done a few of these myself — indeed, I’ve composed at least one poem explicitly for a recent photo shoot.

This kind of artistic synthesis — not to mention perhaps a synergy — is popular with several SL fashion blog writers. Cajsa Lilliehook and Gidge Uriza of It’s Only Fashion use it often, as in the following….

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1000 Years posted by Gidge Uriza

A thousand years, a thousand more
A thousand times a million doors to eternity
I may have lived a thousand lives, a thousand times
And endlessess turning stairway climbs to a tower of souls

A million roads, a million fears a million suns, ten million years of uncertainty
I could speak a million lies, a million songs…. But if there was a single truth, a single light
A single thought, a singular touch of grace
then following …

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Happy Rezz Day, Cajsa!

No sooner did I get back home RL yesterday than I found an invitation to a rezz-day party for my friend Cajsa Lilliehook in the E-mail.  (Almost everything in the past week sent to me in world was capped, since I had no connection to Second Life on the dinky laptop there.)  I managed to attend for something like 45 minutes, and it was an excellent time.

Here’s the “birthday girl” herself at the party, looking magnificent as always.  Happy Rezz Day, Cajsa, and I hope I see more in the future!  And, if you want to see Cajsa’s own photos of her dress, along with all the particulars, read her own article.

Can’t Beat the Regular (Fashion) Army

It is one of my ambitions to someday scoop Cajsa Lilliehook.

Difficult to do, though.  When it comes to me and fashion, though I enjoy the latest looks, I’m still rather much of a dilettante.  Cajsa, along with her co-blogger, Gidge Uriza, is definitely into the depths of Second Life fashion, finding new looks and new mixes and matches all the time.  She gets review copies, pays attention to new designers, and is generally right there among the leaders of the fashion-blogging pack.

Such is the case this time.  I’d gotten the word about Enua, a new party dress by Miamai, that looked absolutely hawt, and I went and snapped it up, planning to be the first to write an article about it.  Unfortunately, my time in Second Life has been scattered and scattershot this past week.  So, when I finally got everything together and zoomed off to a photosphere, I had lost the race again.  Cajsa wrote about this dress already.  She even chose the same color! — not surprising, since we both are usually redheads.

So I’m doing followup again.  Ah, well; them’s the breaks in journal publishing, and I can always put my own twist on the same dress. To wit:

The hair here is definitely twisted — up over my head and way to the side (grin).  This comes from a hairstylist I hadn’t known about before, but I was sent to by Milli Santos. The store is 3636 — yes, that’s the name; don’t ask me.  I just know that many of the styles are beautiful, and most of them are as out there as this one, named Tila.  I remember seeing a style similar to this worn by Doris Day, believe it or not (probably as a wig, since she didn’t have that much hair even back in the Sixties/Seventies), on an episode of her old television show!  The only difference was that her hair arced up from the back of her head.  I’ve searched through Google Images and can’t find a picture of that scene, but that image has stuck in my head for years.  To find something similar here in world is fantastic!

As you can see, this skirt doesn’t leave much to the imagination!  That, combined with the single shoulder, the jazzy emerald green color and the silver trim, make it great for edgy clubbin’ with that guy your mother warned you about long ago.  I did decide, however, to leave off the fur trimmed collar; that was the one aspect that did not appeal to me.  As a prim attachment, it was simple, and didn’t ruin the dress.

With a gown this short, you can either let the dress make a bold but simple statement, or start heading for the heights.  I chose the heights, and J’s Thigh-High Boots certainly do that.  Made for short dresses and similar situations, they help your legs grab attention.  I did more on that line by putting on my Pixel Mode Version 2 prim nails, then lengthening them to Seventies-Cher distance, so they’re more like talons.  Don’t try to operate a keyboard with these babies on!

I may have made a stumble here in my choices when it came to jewelry.  I’m still not certain about the necklace I picked — Paper’s big uncut garnet necklace from a collection or two ago — but I had been too long working on getting this look together as it was, and I wanted something that would help grab attention, so here it is.  My own suspicion is something more in the costume-jewelry line might be better here.  I do like the bracelets I chose, though; a set of matched bangles from Eclectica Morris; and I think the brown of the Beguiled horn-hoop earrings goes nicely with the dress.

“Now then,” she purred, raising an eyebrow at the fellow at the bar, “just where were you thinking of going after you had that drink…?”

The details:

My standard Type 1 shape, with Chai 04 Black Cherry skin added (no longer available)

  • Hair: 3636 Tila
  • Nails: Pixel Mode sculpted nails, v. 2 (HUD controlled)
  • Gown: Miamai Enua miniskirt party dress (green, w/o fur collar)
  • Shoes: J’s Thigh High Boots (black)
  • Jewelry: Paper Couture Faceted Dark Garnet necklace (2009 collection);
    Eclectica Morris Tulip & Willow bangles;
    Beguiled Curved Horn Hoop earrings (smoky bakelite/silver)

And one of these days, Lilliehook, I will scoop you! (GRIN)


Then and Now

Me then, middle and now

My original avatar (post-startup version), my "middle period," and today

Sophia Harlow has challenged us fashion mavens to reveal what we used to look like, compared to the (supposedly) polished appearance we have now.  And so I’ve done so, but for me it seems to be more a matter of skin tone and makeup than changes to my face.

The first above is my “original” appearance.  (I don’t count the original Linden female avatar I started off with; I think few of us who joined Second Life before the “Great De-Ruth-ing” would.)  Both the shape and skin were called Wendy, and the vendor is no longer available as far as I can tell, unless the “store” is well hidden.  I was well satisfied with this look, but I ultimately moved on to an Alady skin named for Jane Seymour.  Since I haven’t been back to Alady in a long time, I don’t know if she still carries them or not.

When I finally decided that I wanted a more intense look, I went to Chai, whom I’d stopped into before, and I picked up the middle skin, from her old series.  This was her skin shade 04, and with a much heavier eyeshadow and lipstick.  Getting used to this one was a shock at first, it was so profound a change from the scrubbed-face Harper of before.

Eventually, though, about three months ago, I decided that, while the skin shade was the fairer appearance that a redhead should have, that makeup was too much, unless for nighttime.  So I plunged out again, and settled on Numbah 3 above, which is Lana Sunblush Siren Gloss 2 from Atomic Bambi.  As you can see, the eyes and lips are still made up more, but it isn’t quite as much “evening glam” as the old Chai skin.  This is what I wear from day to day now…and, frankly, I forget to take it off and put on the Chai when I go out to Frank’s Place at night!

If you’d like to see more, check the comments at Sophia’s article.  Cajsa Lilliehook and Gidge Uriza have both done their own at It’s Only Fashion as well.

Gidge Uriza is Undead!

Gidge Uriza of It’s Only Fashion has a definite style to her writing, and a playful inventiveness at times.  For instance, she recently has become one of the Walking Dead.  No, she wasn’t nailed by someone for Bloodlines; rather, she got ahold of some fangs, as well as a set of holes in her neck.

But did she just walk around in a cape and tuxedo, saying things like, “I vant to drink your blood!”?  Not our Gidge.  Rather, she turned into a vampiric June Cleaver.  Read and attend….

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Not an SL Furry, Not a Mermaid, But a Selkie

Some readers here may know that my good friend Cajsa Lilliehook, one of the partners of It’s Only Fashion and a partner in MDR Photography in world, decided to retire for a time from the firm for personal reasons in Real Life.  (For a look at what she and Gidge Uriza wore to her retirement party, see here and here.)

But Cajsa has not left SL; she still writes IOF with Gidge, and has opened a “blog office” in a small plot of land she owns.  She dropped a landmark to it on me today; and so, after finishing putting up some new Edward Steichen photographs in my store, I jumped over to take a look.

Quick background:  most of us have run into furries, of course, even without dropping in at Luskwood region.  Quite a number of us know or have been mer-people.  But how many of you know what a selkie is?  If you don’t, you can get a detailed discussion at Wikipedia; but in short, a selkie is a creature that is a seal in the sea, but a hominid on dry land.  The Celtic and Faeroese stories about the sluagh ron are often sad and tragic, as can be seen by a perusal of the article.  How good it is to know that in Second Life, selkies can live in harmony with humans, upright foxes, Powerpuff Girls et al.

Divergence Magic

The lady in question is Divergence Magic, and she turns out to be a neighbor to Cajsa here.  The shelf next door to Cajsa’s poseballs is her office or living room, I didn’t note which at the time.  What you should note is that, though her legs do somewhat resemble a mermaid’s, there are not the fish fins of the merfolk, but more like the hind flippers of the phocid.  Additionally, her facial markings are more like a seal than a human:

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Selkies, according to Divergence, are rare in Second Life.  Foolishly, I didn’t ask her where she picked up the creature package; I’ll remedy that in future if possible, and place an update here for any who may be interested.

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