They say it’s always 5:00 somewhere, and we chose our five o’clock to go to The Blarney Stone. Harper tells me “the Stone” is one of the longest running pubs in Second Life; looking at her old posts and the pictures, I believe her! I think it’s gotten a little more gentrified over the years, but it’s easier to find good seats now, from the looks of the old tables and chairs.
Which is a good thing if you’re wearing these shoes! Both of us have gotten a taste for extreme heels lately, and Lori Novo (shoutout!) had these on her blog in a recent piece. We also both loved the Meva Cubes dresses from the current round of Cosmopolitan (rush out to the place if you haven’t yet; remember, they cycle stock every 2 weeks). The boots are HUD-controlled, so there are more colors than just gold and silver. We decided to match the strips of studs on our dresses, instead of the dresses themselves.
You’ve seen our skins and you can’t see our makeup that well in this shot — the only one I took, actually — so I’ll just hit the high points below. There’s a larger photo on Flickr, in PNG, at wallpaper size, so you can download it and look at stunning beauty every day if you like, lol.
- Hair: Tukinowaguma (TKW) Jute
- Dress: Meva Cubes Dress White Silver (at Cosmopolitan current round)
- Boots: InsomNia Bimbo Extreme Heels
- Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer Alysia (single-strand choker, earrings and ring)
- Hair: Truth Hair January (vintage)
- Dress: Meva Cubes Dress Black Gold
- Boots: InsomNia Bimbo Extreme Heels
- Jewelry: Zuri’s Jewels Charlotte suite (choker, earrings, ring)
Photographed at The Blarney Stone, Dublin
Writing from Kissimmee, Florida —
“The earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
A little while back, when Conan was taking pictures of my new house, he also shot some of me posing in a new gown from Kelini Couture. Now that the push to finish up this year’s OFPC is over with, I feel more justified in writing this session up. The terrible thing is, due to the self-imposed delay, the gown is no longer available.
I don’t feel too bad about it, though. This dress was one of the most photographed and frequently written up in the past few months, so it’s not likely you missed hearing about it. The Flower Power event was one of those double-ring shopping fairs, to squeeze in the maximum amount of stores; but, with some persistence (and a good item search function), you could find the Kelini booth and fill up your shopping bag. It’s not available any more, so let’s hope Eva will hear our crying and pleading to place it in the store. (Please, Eva, PLEASE, pretty please!)
Amalia‘s strapless top is sewn with some additional pleated folds (lined in gold satin here) that extend down to form a sort of mildly panniered overskirt effect. The sheath undergown is studded with golden flowers in a very nice effect, and the hem is raised enough for a pair of elegantly-shod feet to be revealed — this time in N-core’s Knotted sandals. N-core prefers to sell their shoes in individual colors yet; but the included HUD allows plenty of options in soles, heels and other secondary parts. And, for once, I decided to wear pantyhose, from BAX Coen. I like the effect so much, I may make copies of the feet with the SLink appliers for the hose and keep them on hand for ready use. A caution: if you use attachment feet with as system body, as I still prefer to do, you’ll need to purchase a package in your desired tone from both sides of the display, one for the appliers and the other, older package for the system panties. It’s worth the investment!
The makeup is relatively simple for once; I didn’t use multiple layers for my eyeshadow, as I love to do so much. Mandala’s collar and earrings make a lovely compliment to the confection, and Donna Flora’s Vanilla ring adds a grace note, as does the Finesmith ring on my other hand.
- Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America Clean B)
- Eyes: Poetic Colors classic eyes (blue hour (m) bright)
- Hair: Tukinowaguma Shinobun
- Attachments: SLink hands and feet
- Gown: Kelini Amalia (exclusive to Flower Power event; no longer available)
- Shoes: N-Core Knotted (Green)
- Hosiery: BAX Coen Soft Shine Pantyhose (Black 35 Seams 1)
- Jewelry: Mandala Nyorai Choker and Earrings; Finesmith Here Comes The Sun Ring (Grass); Donna Flora Vanilla Ring; The Forge House Lannister ring (Gold/Black; vintage)
- Makeup: SlackGirl Nebula eyeshadow (06); MUA Counturing Blush (Light – Full); Oceane Body Design Jade Lipstick (Royal Purple)
Photographed at my home; all photographs by Conan Bankersbox
So Harper invites me to write articles for her blog, and I say, “Well, I’ve done some writing before, back in college, but I hope you’re not expecting something that’ll win an award.”
“Nah,” Harper goes, “this is just for the blog. Have you used WordPress before?”
“No….” Learning a new program? I was getting tenser.
“No problem; it’s very like Word or OpenOffice. If you blow something up, I’ll fix it afterward with you. So, we’ll do another fashion shoot, and you can write up the details.” And I hemmed and I hawed and I sipped at my coffee, and madness must have hit me. Or Harper had that coffee drugged; I was at her house on the Cayo. But I said yes.
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The Archangel loved heights. Standing on the summit of the tower that crowned his church, wings upspread, sword uplifted, the devil crawling beneath,…Saint Michael held a place of his own in heaven and on earth…. His place was where the danger was greatest; therefore you find him here. For the same reason he was, while the pagan danger lasted, the patron saint of France. So the Normans, when they were converted to Christianity, put themselves under his powerful protection. So he stood for centures on his Mount in Peril of the Sea, watching across the tremor of the immense ocean — immensi tremor oceani — as Louis XI…inscribed on the collar of the Order of Saint Michael which he created. So soldiers, nobles, and monarchs went on pilgrimage to his shrine; so the common people followed, and still follow, like ourselves….
Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, Chapter 1
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UPDATE: Delmars no longer has the Tim Hortons, or anything of the town, from the looks; I don’t know if this is permanent, or a temporary thing. But if you need a doughnut fix, seek not here, at least for now (sigh).
“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.” — Hugh Jackman
“Whether you take the doughnut hole as a blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit.” –- Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase
Okay, where is this leading to, you ask? There’s usually a point, so turn the page and see!
“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” — Jane Austen, Emma
Turn the page, and I’ll show you how I relax in this new gown.
Here I am on one of the companionways of my new starbase, which has since disappeared because I’m trying to make things easier to navigate and to cut prims. (I don’t know why on the last, since I just bought the property next door to me, and my prim budget has doubled; I still have over 500 left to me.1) I’ve been doing some retexturing to cut down on the “grunge” factor and just make it “sexier” for me.
Working on the starbase has kept me busy enough that I haven’t paid much attention to fashion of late. But I did pick up a notecard from PurpleMoon, which made me take a break to run out to Poulet’s store and pick up this new dress, called (appropriately, for a spacegoing person) Leia. I decided to combine it with the base, and with some other appropriate things for a “spacier” look — not as SF-based as I’d like, but still a beautiful look.
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