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Three Gildas   Leave a comment

Long-time readers of the blog will know that I’ve always had a thing for the famous strapless gown worn by Rita Hayworth in Gilda.  (I must, because I’ve done two articles on the gown before, and I thought I’d shared a third from Harper Beresford’s old blog, A Passion for Virtual Fashion.)

Well, others love that gown, too.  And it’s come back … though it may be a little difficult to pick up right now.  Valentina E. has done a fresh recreation of the Jean Louis confection, down to the bow on the hip and the shoulder-length evening gloves, and made it available at the Rewind 40s Pin-up event in several colors (gloves are a separate purchase).  Each of us — Diana, myself and Jem — are interpreting it as we wish.  However …,

… it seems that this round of Rewind has closed down early.  When I went back to check the landmark — and all three of us have done so since — the region keeps bouncing us.  What I’d encourage you to do is to send notecards to valentinaevangelista (Valentina E. is her screen name), urging her to move the gowns into the main shop as soon as possible.  This gown is just too pretty to not have in your collection, and to wear regularly to Frank’s or similar clubs!

The details:

On everyone:

Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
Gown and gloves: Valentina E. Gilda satin gown and gloves (Harper: black; Jem: sapphire; Diana: ruby)

On Harper:

  • Head: Akeruka Camille 2.5 Bento
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign eyes (Midnight)
  • Hair: rezology May Rose
  • Shoes: Garbaggio Carrie pumps
  • Hosiery: BAX Coen Soft Shine pantyhose (Black 50, Omega)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey Symphony series separates (Arpeggio earrings, Grace Notes bracelet and Symphonie Fantastique necklace)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Maired (Omega, slot 3)
    • Lashes: FATElashes 2.0 with head system lashes (thick)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Lordes (Omega, slot 3)
    • Blush: Zibska Isolde (Omega, slot 7)

On Jem:

  • Head: Akeruka Monika 2.5 Bento
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign eyes (Passion)
  • Hair: rezology Butterfly 197
  • Shoes: KC Couture Darcy pumps
  • Hosiery: BAX Soft Shine pantyhose (Nude 20, Omega)
  • Accessories:
    • Agata Agnes fur stole (fox)
    • Chop Zuey Pagoda suite (bracelet, earrings and ring)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Larel (Omega, slot 20)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Innes (Omega, slot 7)
    • Blush: Zibska Olivie (Omega, slot 3)

On Diana:

  • Head: Akeruka Kumiko 2.6 Bento
  • Eyes: IKON Triumph eyes (Chocolate)
  • Hair: rezology Noir
  • Shoes: KC Couture Amabel pumps
  • Jewelry (all by Chop Zuey):
    • Kinshi-Bai necklace (diamonds/white gold)
    • Life in Lemuria cuff bracelet (crystal/platinum)
    • Light of the World stud earrings (platinum/diamonds)
    • Hospitable Snowflakes ring (crystal, diamonds/platinum)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl Kimera (Akeruka, slot 2)
    • Lipstick: Booty’s Beauty Foil (Omega, slot 6)

Photographed at my island

Black Friday Goodies   Leave a comment

very quick note today to mention a few of the Black Friday sales.  When I went into Glitter, I found these two dresses at a fantastic price, and for once I persuaded Harper to pose with me instead of me with her.  In addition, Vanity Hair is also half off through Monday, so go and check Tabitha’s stuff out!

(Why are we in gold skin? Harper was dressed as her cyborg singer, Ariel Sherman, while she’s cleaning out some inventory and old outfits, so I changed to Ariel’s daughter, Zana, to go along with her and make things easier for her. Harper will need to tell you one day the full story behind Ariel, her husband Adam, her daughter Zana, and their family friend, Dara Furtano-Fa, all of them cyborgs.)

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Both of us wear:

  • Head: Akeruka Bento (me in Vanessa, Harper in Elen)
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure (Gold)
  • Eyes: NeurolaB Cyber Eyes EX-5

I (as Zana) wear:

  • Hair: Vanity Hair Glittering Highs
  • Gown: Glitter Infatuation (Ruby; skirt includes applier)
  • Boots: KC Couture Xandra
  • Jewelry: Mandala Haramita suite (choker, bangles and earrings)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Maiara (Omega, slot 3)
    • Blush: Zibska Saba (Omega, slot 9)
    • Lipstick: .kosmetik Lustre Lipstick.runway (Omega, slot 12)
    • Nails: .kosmetik Gel Nails.aspire (Vista, slot 1)

Harper (as Ariel) wears:

  • Hair: Tameless Maeve
  • Gown: Glitter Majestic (Teal)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Gabriella
  • Jewelry: GeWunjo Samira suite (necklace, bracelets and earrings); Chop Zuey Lala in Love wedding suite
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Adrie (Omega, slot 2)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Innes (Omega, slot 11)
    • Blush: Zibska Saba (Omega, slot 1)
    • Lashes: FATElashes 2 with system lashes

Nights in White Satin   Leave a comment

Note: lots of graphics beyond the break, but worth it

Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I’ve written
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Sky-High Party   3 comments

As our shuttle approached the spacedock, Jem glanced to her right and said to me, “Why the devil did the traffic computer assign us to land up here?  It doesn’t look that busy to me; I only see that green shuttle down there, and there was almost nothing around the main station pad.”

I shrugged briefly, focused on feathering the thruster controls.  Takeoffs are nothing, Real Life or Second Life; it’s always the landings that kill you ….  “You take no chances in space. Traffic Control must have spotted something out there, so it shifted us to this dock.  Fear not, Jemmy; the ways of the traffic computer are simply mysterious, and beyond mortal ken.  Sometimes they’re beyond the ken of the traffic computer, too.”

Jem replies to my humor on the second page.

A Beautiful Morning   1 comment

It’s a beautiful mornin’
I think I’ll go outside a while,
An’ just smile.
Just take in some clean fresh air, boy
Ain’t no sense in stayin’ inside
If the weather’s fine and you got the time.
It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day ….

— “A Beautiful Morning,” by Edward Brigati and Felix Cavaliere

We’ve actually managed to get a lot done this week, and so I rewarded myself with a side trip.  I did a little shopping at the Liaison Collaborative, then went up the stairs to the other, “non-affiliated” areas (shall we call them), and found some nice spots to shoot in while I’m wearing this dress.  I really love Baiastice; in fact, I went to the main store (“Horrors!  You shopped at the main store???“) the other day, and spotted a bunch of things that I’ll snaffle up when I get a chance.  Even lots of the “classic” Standard Sizing items will still work on a mesh body.

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“Everyone Comes to Rick’s”   1 comment

Notice:  large, and graphics intensive

Complete album of full-size photos on my Flickr stream

Continued from previous article ….

Extracted from Web site of The National Inquisitioner (tabloid), November 26, 2017, “Hollywood Glam” column by Ramona BelGrande:

Hollywood shone someplace other than in Hollywood last night, as luminaries from across all the fields of the film industry gathered in Van Nuys, California – yes, Van Nuys – to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the New York première of Casablanca, the little film that many consider the greatest movie ever made.  To commemorate the occasion, Warner Bros. caused a recreation of elements from the famous movie sets, especially Rick’s Café Américain, to be built near one of the runways at the old Van Nuys Airport.  A few parts of the movie’s airport scenes were filmed at this airport, and the studio persuaded the City of Los Angeles to close that runway for the night.  Everyone who could bought or otherwise acquired a “lettre de transit” (a ticket) to the event; there have even been rumors of deals made on the black market to obtain the precious tickets, not unlike in the film.

The party consisted of two parts – an open-to-all street carnival, with entrance fees going to charity, conducted in the streets of the “old souk”; and the star-studded extravaganza party in the evening.  The carnival was well attended by everyone in the morning; but many celebrities pulled away in the afternoon to prepare for the black-tie affair – almost as big an affair as the Red Carpet on Oscar Night.  After all, “everyone comes to Rick’s.”

And what a night it was!  Notables from around the world, as well as descendants of six of the stars, attended the function.  Grandchildren of the original playwrights and screenwriters, as well as a member of the family of director Michael Curtiz, were also present.  And, as you can see from the photographs, styles and fashion ran rampant.  Some came to the soirée in modern fashions from New York, Paris and Milan; many more chose to channel classic Forties Hollywood glamour.  And others created a wild yet wonderful fusion between the past and the present ….

Learn more about the party on the next page ….

Flying In to Casablanca   1 comment

The chartered airplane – a vintage dual-prop Lockheed from the 1940s, painted to resemble a similar plane from “history” – was much too old to carry modern-style amenities, such as food or bar service; if you wanted things like that, you needed to fly on a 767 or similar modern jet, with lots of space to waste.  But it was not that long a flight, in any case; and this plane was somewhat roomer between rows of seats than newer designs.  Lisavet Darchiev used the extra room to stretch her legs in front of her.

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