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Casual in Royal Blue

Pants outfit and jacket from Royal Blue

I’ve been at configuring, tweaking and generally messing with my “new” computer setup — actually just Windows 7 on the old box, but with more memory — that I’d almost forgotten about this pair of photos I’d taken before the Troubles started.  To be fully truthful, I’d also planned on adding a dress to this shoot; however, the skirt showed my rump to full, glorious effect, and I could never get the thing adjusted correctly.  So, pants it is again.

But some very nice pants, and an excellent top and jacket to go with them.  I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I am not adverse to casual wear.  I’ve just fallen in love with the spectacular gowns that can be purchased in Second Life.  My tastes have run toward fabulous evening gowns since I saw all those classic Vogue magazines of the Fifties and early Sixties, and ads in equally vintage magazines like National Geographic as a kid.  Once in a while, though, you have to let your hair down instead of up.  (Or instead of sideways, as my Tales from Insilico were.)

Everything except the hair and boots came from a lovely store I found called Royal Blue.  I don’t recognize the name, but they have some excellent stuff there, and this batch of separates I put together come under that rubric.  I really should have taken off the jacket at least once to show you the top I’m wearing, called (I’m serious here!) Body Con Is Not Dead.  I added to them the pants, named Meow for I am Catwoman, and this delicious blazer, called (ahem) a Preppy Blazer.  (Well, not all the names are strange there….)

You’ve seen my Celtic cross necklace in other articles, so I won’t belabor it here.  What I did do was pull a nice bob haircut and ankle boots out of inventory, as well as these shades I picked up during the Accessory Fair, and added a big chunky necklace I also picked up at Royal Blue (but what the name is I cannot remember now for the life of me), as well as some new dangle earrings from EarthStones.  Just the thing for tripping down a dock to your boat!

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The Details:

  • Skin: AtomicBambi Lana Siren (sunblush, gloss 2)
  • Hair: Mirada Sarita (red)

From Royal Blue —

  • Top: Body Con is Not Dead (burn)
  • Pants: Meow for I am Catwoman (ink)
  • Jacket: Preppy blazer (navy)

Mani/Pedi: Skin Within nail polish (chrome)
Jewelry: EarthStones Radiance gold/diamond dangle earrings; Royal Blue necklace (part of a dress package, I believe)
Sunglasses: epoque Swan Shades (loud colors)
Shoes: Biddle ankle boots (electric blue)

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Photo taken in EarthBound region

The Wearin’ o’ the Green, SL 2009

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of those days that brings out the internationalist in you.  You could be from Pago Pago or Timbuktu, and it’d still be appropriate to wear a shamrock and shout “Erin go bragh!” to a passerby.  That’s certainly been happening in Second Life today, especially in the Dublin sectors.  It was a regular street party across the whole place, with music in the streets, a parade winding around the (virtual) River Liffey, and much downing of (virtual) Guinness.

I didn’t participate this year, though I braved the lag last year to hang out in the Blarney Stone in Dublin main region.  (How do I know what was going on?  I’m a group member at the Stone!)  Instead, I went to somewhere I haven’t visited before, the even more famous Straylight.  After all, Ireland is more than pubs; it’s also beautiful countryside, where the locals are said to recognize dozens more shades of green by eye than the rest of the world.  This poor benighted Dutch-American girl can’t say that — I can’t even recognize dozens of shades of orange, which would be more appropriate for a Dutch.  But I was happy to find spots where I could wear something green today.  (Click on the photos for larger images.)

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I found this lovely outfit at Nicky Ree, and it seemed both perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day, and versatile as well.  Unlike the decadent Lindens, who pop up at office hours in guises beyond belief, I’m old school; a business meeting demands a suit.  But it doesn’t have to be charcoal grey all the time, and the deep emerald of this creation shows that.  The long duster coat dress makes this piece excellent for meetings at all but the most conservative of get-togethers.  The grace note here are the shoes, which are Foxy wedges by Stiletto Moody.  I picked them up at her last sale, and I’m unsure if they’re still available.

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Want a different look?  Shorten the skirt, or even the pants (both are available in the set), and change your shoes to a pair of nice boots.  Now you have something that could still be worn to an office, but could also be worn to drinks and lunch on the town with a date.  But if that’s not enough….

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…then take off the jacket completely, and use the shorts option, along with those boots.  A change of jewelry as well, and now you’re ready for a party at the pub with your mates.  Raise a glass, and toast the Saint and his beloved Eireann in style!

The details:

  • Shape/skin/eyes:  my standard for this avatar
  • Hair:  Mirada Sarita (fiery red)
  • Nails:  Pixel Mode sculpted nails
  • Suit:  Nicky Ree Diana jacket dress and pants (green)
  • Jewelry, photo 1, 2:  Zaara Kaya (malachite/gold) bracelet, earrings and necklace
  • Jewelry, photo 3:  EarthStones Bullseye (citrine/silver) bracelet, earrings and necklace
  • Shoes, photo 1:  Stiletto Moody Foxy wedges
  • Shoes, photo 2, 3:  Detour Mistress boots (black)

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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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