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D is for — Dressage

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When it comes to boots with fashionably tall uppers, system jeans are still the best choice, as long as they are on the underpants layer.  This way, you can get the proper look that can’t be found most times with “pants-layer” or mesh pants.  So, for the next letter in Vanessa Blaylock’s alphabetical inventory challenge, D is for Dressage Jeans from the now departed Last Call.  These are a staple in my inventory, along with a few other pairs, but most of all because there’s no cuffs poking through the leather of my boot uppers!

As for the rest of the look:

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  • Skin:  PXL Faith (SK NE LEB)
  • Eyes:  Sterling Artistry Jeweled Eyes (tourmaline)
  • Hair:  Analog Dog high karate (dark blondes, HUD-driven)
  • Nails:  Candy Nail #P000 Basic nails (Red08)
  • Top:  Perception Flutter-Sleeve Top (Watery Depths Damask, mesh)
  • Shoes: Adam n Eve Boots Morgana (blue, no longer available)
  • Jewelry:  Mandala Anuttra Ring (green/white); je suis asymetrique necklace and earrings; EarthStones Tennis Bracelet (Champagne Diamond/Gold)
  • Makeup:  .:Glamorize:. Treasured Kisses Lips (Auburn brown); Blacklace Beauty Hi-Gloss Lips 65%; Danielle Fresh Classic Makeup (azure)

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Shopping for Vinyl in Creamshop

How many have been to Creamshop region?  It’s a struggle to move around in there sometimes, as it’s an Openspace region (I thought I was going to get away from writing about these, but….)  I’m reluctant to post a landmark, but I’m trusting people won’t flock there, so to speak.  Any road, if you do go there, you’ll find an experience that beggars words to describe.  Designed with wonderful artistry and craftsmanship, the rainy moodiness of Creamshop somehow fills you with longing and joy at the same time.

Of course, the eternal drench pouring down from the skies, as eternal as the Dantëan rains of the third circle of the Inferno, can get oppressive at some point.  When I visited the other day, I ran for some shelter — being careful to watch out for the cabs in the street — into a small record store across the way from the actual Creamshop store.  In there, it was fascinating to go digging through the shelves and bins for goodies.  If I ever get a stereo capable of playing vinyl — and if the owners of the region keep it going — it might be nice to jump back and pick up some titles.

Creamshop store itself has some nice stuff, and I’m wearing some of it in these pictures.  The one problem I could have is with the muffler, which you have to edit by script.  I’ll experiment with it in future, but I’m fighting for cycles with the other half in Real Life; Kit’s (ahem) acquiring a few lectures at the moment.  So I’ll reserve judgment on that aspect for now.  In any case, enjoy!

Shape:  Alady Jane Seymour
Skin:  GemCorp Wendy (no longer available)
Eyes:  Curious Kitties Crystal Green
Eyebrows:  Digit Darkes (high/high point)
Lashes:  Alady free prim lashes (included in skin package)
Hair:  Mirada Sarita (silver)
Jacket:  stock V-neck sweater (formerly available in Dublin region; I don’t think the store is there anymore)
Pants:  Last Call Jeans (burnt sagebrush; no longer available)
Gloves:  LeeZu Baxter Nif Nif (black)
Shoes:  Biddle Boots black ankle boots
Accessories:  Creamstore Glam Bangle (white); Creamstore Linen Stole muffler scarf (blue); Creamstore Silent Bamboo earrings (metallic red)

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Apocalypto

I’m plotting a review of Hair Fair 2008 — my first Hair Fair, it should be noted — for a future article.  For now, though, I’m looking at some pieces that I bought before I started slogging through the treacle fudge of the Rezzable sims (grin).

Specifically, this:

(There are three more pictures, including the entire outfit I created, at my Flickr stream.)

The story behind this:  I first spotted the wig on the head of Bettina Tizzy in her own stream.  If you haven’t learned how much I love spiraly, spiky, massive hair that’s bigger than a Baltimore B-52 and Not Possible in Real Life, read this old article (whose offer is no longer in effect, as Sinnocent’s dog is all better [grin]).  So you can guess that I just had to turn my nose up at this design (bigger laugh).

However, the hair is not a separate (unless we can bug the designer enough; then maybe he’ll consider!).  It comes as part of a post-apocalypse package called Survivor from AVZ, and this is what the rest of the costume looks like:

I especially like the breastplates made out of cogwheels (grin).  I’d actually have no problems wearing this if I was running around the Junkyard — very Tina Turner out of Mad Max:  Beyond Thunderdome — but I just didn’t feel like this at the moment.  So it became mashup time.  For more and better picturs of the final results, see my Flickr set; the details are:

  • Shape/skin:  Issigoni (Ayumi)
  • Hair, beads, and the bracer on the left wrist:  AVZ Survivor (from the full costume; not available as a separate)
  • Eyes:  Gaslights Emporium (jade green)
  • Corset:  Last Call (Milena) (no longer available)
  • Shorts:  DnG black leather
  • Boots:  DollyRock — the tallest boots I’ve found yet in the uppers!  (Not inside the main store; shoes are in an outlier storefront on the property)
  • Duster:  TorkTastic simple leather coat

Better running around in than a steel bikini, wouldn’t you say?

Frankly, as you can see from the last picture in the set — I finally found some good light for a closeup this morning — this is a hairstyle that you could study for an hour.  AVZ spent a lot of time (and prims) constructing this wig, and it has all sorts of goodies in it, from the network of steel rods to the little baubles that decorate it.

Ready for Oscar Night

I wasn’t planning on putting up any more photos from other Residents for a few weeks, but I spotted this after posting this morning’s Contact Sheet, and it was too good to hold back. Connie Sec again, in something that would make every fashion critic drool for as she walked into the Kodak to prepare for her presentation turn for best picture:

Ready for the red carpet

The gown is by Pixel Mode, the hair by Truth. And Joan Rivers would shoot herself on seeing this. It reminds me of Charlize Theron a few times, like in that orange number with the shoulder clips some years ago. Young, sexy but with an old-school sophistication that is gradually coming back.

If I had to match this, I’d wear one of my Nadirra gowns from Last Call at first guess, such as this (which I’ve published before), but with a different, more formal updo hairstyle:

Nadirra, by Ginny Talamasca

What would others of you wear? Send me links to Flickr photos or blog articles in the comments below.

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Fashion for the Holidays

Let’s face it; I’m a fashionista at heart. In the daytime, I can knock around in a T-shirt and jeans (sometimes supplemented by an “intelligent” Oracle cloak from Avilion Mist). Although I am considering adding in some proper daytime suits (grin). But at night…. Well, let me quote from a story by a writer I’ve found online (with permission):

[F]estive gowns were the largest part of the catalogue. Dannta explained it this way: “Work mostly takes place in the light of day, and is done well and to your best ability, and its clothing reflects that utilitarian time; colors change, but the basics don’t. So it is, to a lesser degree, with other clothing of the day.

“But the night is a time of relaxation, of celebration. The work of the day is done for the most part, and you rejoice in its good completion. Your friends are at hand, and you enjoy their company. There are arts to be patronized, entertainments to see, children to play with, parties to attend, and love to make with your lover. The creativity of the dress reflects that change in mood, for creativity lives in dreams, and dreams live in the night.”

I agree with that philosophy, and I try to uphold it in this place, where such a life is easily possible.

When I see a fantastic new gown, it’s hard to resist buying it right off. (I usually give in [sigh].) So, when I spotted these gowns while tag-surfing through SL fashion blogs and articles, I just had to rush out and snaffle them. They come from several different designers: two not so well known (at least I think they aren’t, but they should be for this work) — and, sadly, one who is not among us anymore. I’m modeling them here in photos I shot in a photosphere park.

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