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Paper Couture’s Seen By Moonlight

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

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Wright, probably the greatest American architect to date, had good reason to be arrogant.  Visionary, inspired, and controversial from the beginning of his career to the end of his life, FLW also did much to influence the thinking and taste of architecture in this country during the 20th Century, as well as many elements of American aesthetics in general.  He helped create a distinctly American style of building and decoration, the Prairie style, which shared many of its beautiful tenets of design with the Arts and Crafts movement, but brought a new, more modern language of form to the same concepts.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum in Usonia region (named for FLW’s designs for middle-class homes) exhibit reproductions of a number of his beautiful works, including one of his masterpieces — Fallingwater, the home designed for the Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh, executed in another of his styles, the Organic.  The actual home is set in a well-forested plot of land, and seems to arise naturally from the surrounding limestone rock.  The creators of the FLWVM have achieved something of this effect here with their virtual Fallingwater; and it is this background that I chose to pose against in this new gown.

If anyone in Second Life couture could qualify for the right to be arrogant and controversial about their talent — though as far as I know, they never have been — the designers of Paper Couture would.  There is very little grey concerning Paper in the blogs, from what I’ve seen; either you love their designs, or you hate them, just like people did FLW’s work.  Bad reviews have little influence on their bottom line, though — hordes have rushed each fall to purchase huge chunks of Ava and Cora Lu’s collections.  I’ve lusted after them myself ever since I bought Magpie back in 2008, which I wore to New Year’s Eve that year.  This year’s collection has hit a similar home run, as has been shown elsewhere, and as I’m showing here.

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Elementalist Costume and Some Amazing Hair!

A quick article, as I want to publish one more before I go on vacation. But it’s gotta be a big one, and this fits the bill….

While cruising the recent Crazy Ass Hair Hunt 2, I found this style at Griddie, and it wasn’t part of the hunt.  I dove for the vendor, and here I am in Alpha Point wearing it.  (Alpha Point is the companion region to Omega Point.  It’s still under construction, but the sim is open and many areas are usable.)

I chose to wear along with this a variation on a fantasy-female costume I saw recently on another blog, Elementalist by Deviance.  That version was in plain red; this one is called “Frost.”

A closeup (relatively speaking!) of the hairstyle.  Note how the upper arcs are supported on long tubes over my head; a lovely style for extreme coiffuristas!

And a closeup of my face, featuring the new no-alpha lashes from Miamai, along with their latest goodie — Viewer 2 eyeliner to accentuate the lids.  Not available for 1.23 or other non-2.x viewers, sadly.

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The details:

  • Hair: Griddie Bow (silver)
  • Costume: Deviance Elementalist (Frost)
  • Boots: Bax Coen Prestige Boots (silver)
  • Nails: Skin Within nail polish (Vixen)

Viewer 2 items:

  • Miamai Les Makeups eyeliner; Miamai No Alpha Lashes 19

Photographed in Alpha Point region (location 1, location 2)

I’m sorry I don’t have the SLurls to the stores at the moment, but I’ll attempt to solve that when I get back in August; so watch this space!

Zaara Syona Kurta

A quick one, as I’m suffering from a nasty sinus infection right now.  Fortunately, I wasn’t in Second Life, and I completed these shots the other night when I woke up in the middle of it all.  This kurta from Zaara unites Western-seeming cut with Indian taste in texture and color for a fabulous combination.

Zaara opted for tight-fitting churidar pants with the top, and included another of her fabulous scarves as part of the package.  I added some of her mojri flats for shoes.

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The details:

  • ClothesZaara Syona kurta (black), with Tanya dupatta scarf w/ tassels
  • Mani/pediSkin Within (Vixen)
  • Jewelry: Yak & Yeti wax bangles (green); Dahlinks Stage & Screen stud earrings (diamonds/gold)
  • Hair: Indulgence Allure red (cinder)
  • Shoes: Zaara Ilaida mojri flats (navy, but scripted for several colors)

Photos taken at Zaara region.

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

Ever’thing Green an’ Lovely

Since my computer was on the fritz again up until Wednesday afternoon, and I never got around to getting back in world after I got it home and hooked up, I never got a chance to wear what I’d planned on for Saint Patrick’s Day (sigh).  Don’t it just frost you?

But that doesn’t mean I can’t share it with you, can I?

For a daytime casual look, I decided to echo the theme of the Irish tricolor — or at least 2/3 of it.  I tried on a white wig, but was displeased with the effect, so I went back to the red of a true Irish colleen.  I did some hunting on XStreet, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, to find a green top — in this case, the top from a gown in a silk brocade — and a pair of orange pants.  I was thinking of something a little plainer than this bodice, but it works quite nicely instead, giving the strapless corseted look that we all love so much.  The pumps make for an alternating color scheme; and, for the final touch, I’m wearing alternating green and “orange” (actually coral) jewelry, switching colors from the earrings to the bracelets.

  • Top: Preciouss’ Things Danielle (bodice from an evening gown)
  • Pants: DeLa Diva “Irina” pants (orange)
  • Hair: fri.day Jules (Jealous Red)
  • Nails: Skin Within Vixen manicure/pedicure
  • Shoes: Ivanka Akina Eternity pumps (green)
  • Jewelry: Zaara Kaya in malachite and coral — one earring and one set of bracelets from each color, alternating.
  • Glasses: epoque Swan shades (“loud” color; script-set to green frames, clear lenses)

And for the night, how about this…!

The gown is a green-and-white version of Astrid, a new dress from Clio, one of my favorite designers so far.  Clio Cardiff comes up with clean, lovely designs that are still wonderful, sophisticated and sexy.  For instance, this gown’s top is cut way low, but the shaping doesn’t leave half of my boobs hanging out, while still giving a provocative look at the cleavage.  Want an extra touch of femininity?  Add the bow attachment to the halter strap.  (It’s nice and flexible, which made for some great photographs!)

For the jewels, I decided to go dramatic and big, and chose these emeralds from my recent run through the Accessory Fair.  They’re made by GaNKeD, a store which is getting a lot of attention recently for some really sensational jewelry.  I wanted an extra splash, so I chose one of the “handrings” from the Hydra series by Rozoregalia.

  • Gown: Clio Astrid (green/white, with opera gloves)
  • Shoes: As above
  • Hair: ETD Cadey (copper; I’m not sure if Elika still sells this)
  • Jewelry: GaNKeD Jealousy suite (necklace, bracelet, earrings — emeralds in gold); Rozoregalia Hydra handrings (right wrist)

Photographed at my Secret Photo Studio at my art store in Desire region


SL Hallowe’en — Olympian Oracle

Far-seeing Sybil, forever hidden,
Come out of your cave at last
And speak to us in the poet’s voice
the voice of the fourth person singular
the voice of the inscrutable future
the voice of the people mixed
with a wild soft laughter–
And give us new dreams to dream,
Give us new myths to live by!

From “To the Oracle at Delphi”
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I Am Imix, Primal Mother.
Still, dark womb of the patterned potential of becoming,
sacred, interstellar genesis, I Am.
Nourishing, fertile abyss, I birth you.
Benevolent, my mighty cauldron of primal waters,
enveloping the living seed.
Eternal is my embrace.

From “Imix”
Ariel Spilsbury and Michael Bryner

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The details:

Standard shape/skin combo Type 5, except: SG Fashion Yarosh skin, coffee tone, Melon Jam makeup (Kauri Darkstone)

  • Nails: Skin Within (Gilded) (Ayesha Bisiani)
  • Gown: Aeclectic Goddess Sun Goddess costume (something that’s been sitting in the depths of my Inventory, unpacked, for maybe a year; I’m glad I found this!) (Elisandra Ree)
  • Shoes: House of Nyla Golden Empress mules (not available separately; purchase as part of the package with Nyla Cheeky’s Red Dragon corset gown)
  • Hair, jewelry, staff: Tekeli-li Inanna (all scripted; and be prepared for max lag if you dare to wear all of these!  You can mod the pieces, though, so you can shut off the scripts once you have the colors set as you wish.)  (Tekelili Tantalus)

Dark shots were made with Euphoria realm WindLight setting; this may be available standard on the current release of Emerald Viewer.  Face lit with FaceFX face light.

I photographed this spread at the Temple of Zeus in Virtual Olympia, a remarkable sim which is part of a complex of Periclean Greece sims set up for combat systems.  The temple, including its recreation of the famous statue of Zeus from the temple at RL Olympia, a work of art now lost to the world, was built by Qeux Serge over two months of work, according to Socrates Dionysus, my contact.  Be sure to stop by and look at the region; but remember to observe the rules of the sim, and keep in mind that these regions are combat enabled.  That may be forbidden in Olympia, but be aware of the possibility.

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