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W is for — Wax and War

W is for Wax and War

Interesting combination, you say?  Perchance.  All I can say is that I finally found a few matches for W in Vanessa Blaylock’s alphabetical inventory challenge.  I dug out the green wax bangles that I have on my wrist here with some luck; they came from Yak & Yeti several years ago.  And the “war” is this hairstyle from Vanity, Love After War.  You can’t see all the pileup or the tail in back due to my position and the brick walls at the Blarney Stone, but it’s a big updo that works quite nicely.

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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.

Playing Chess with Fabric at Zaara (updated)

In the high and far-off time, O Best Beloved, the game of chess was better known as Chaturanga to the Indians, and later to the Persians and perhaps the Moguls as Shatranj.  The game has descended to us across thousands of years under various names, but the old name is remembered.  And Zaara has drawn inspiration from it and the game to create this lovely piece.

(The pictures are thumbnails; click through for larger versions.)

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This is a delicious confection in black and white silk, with gold embroidery.  You’ll even find tiny blue dots in the gold; this is the quality of the material used at this designer.  Zaara has absolutely lovely fabrics, and look how the ghagra skirt flows!  I wish it were possible to have some motion shots here, but I can’t take machinima worth beans, so you have to be satisfied with the implication here.

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The top goes along with the skirt, of course, and shows the fabric even better.  It looks like there’s spots of gold along the edging as “embroidery”; note how it runs up the white cup there.  There is also a dupatta, a gold tulle or net drape that I though I was wearing when I shot these; but it somehow fell off.  Go to Zaara’s store and take a look at the vendor on the second floor!  It comes in two forms — straight over one shoulder, or falling across your body in front.

Along with this, I’m wearing more Indian goodies:  Yak & Yeti’s Devdras glass bangles (another Yak & Yeti freebie, if I remember); and something not Indian:  the Fleur diamond and pearl earrings in gold from Virtual Impressions.  My shoes are gold slingbacks from Armidi (you can’t see them), and my hair is Tiana from ETD (blackened copper).

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A Little Corner of Nepal in Second Life

(The photographs here are from a pair of different visits to the region, just in case you’re wondering why I’m looking so different.  The pictures are linked; click through for the full size.)

Yak & Yeti has a reputation as a store where you can get wonderful Indian-style clothes — saris and similar — for an excellent price:  free.  Y&Y’s owner, Annapurna Onomatopoeia, chooses to let her creations go to anybody who stops by to visit the store, which is up on a mountainside in Hidden Beach Island region.

But here’s a tip:  don’t just immure yourself in the store.  Step out the door and turn right, go past the prayer flag, and follow the trekking footpath around the mountainside.  A warning, though:  if you hate falling into the drink, take care.  The path is as precipitous in spots as any goat track in the real Nepal.

Stop for a moment when you get halfway across the bridge, and take a look below.  Whoever terraformed this section did a wonderful job; you have a rushing mountain stream beneath your feet; and, as you’re facing forward, on your left in the gorge you’ll see what looks like another bridge farther down.  It’s not — it’s a water mill that drives three large prayer wheels continuously.

Each revolution of a wheel sends up a prayer by tradition, so the wheels are continuously “praying.”

You have your choice of continuing around the mountain or descending to the valley behind you; keep on going to your right.  As you cross another hair-raising footbridge — did I mention you’d better have a head for heights? — you’ll find something painted on the side of the mountain.  Touching it informs you that it’s the Om Mane Padme Hum, the mantra best known by most westerners, if nothing else by comedy sketch.

Look carefully as you go, and not just to make sure you’re setting your feet in the right places.  There are poseballs scattered about, just like in any good “tourist” sim, but the physical ball is small and relatively unobtrusive, so you don’t have those honkin’ big patches of weird colors all around.  Instead of being as big as a soccer ball, it’s more like a grapefruit.  Any road, you can do many of the things you’d expect in a Nepalese region, like take a moment to meditate on the Eternal Verities and the beauty of the digital sea centimeters away from where you sit (in straight-line; it’s a little farther down. : )

Cross a plank bridge after you rise from your meditations, and then go left when you’re given the choice.  As you continue down, you’ll find a lovely little shrine.  You should at least pause and greet the peace of the area….

Oh, yes; back behind you, you’ll find a sign in both English and Nepalese warning you about altitude sickness, and what you should do in case you succumb to it.

From this place, you can return to the store by a steep footpath, continue to the valley (where there’s a small club — do you like yak-butter tea?), another shrine, and a sort of tourist kiosk for the real Nepal.  Worth a look in.  As another option, you can slip down another hair-raising climb to the deep part of a gorge separating two areas of the region.  You see, the Little Nepal area is only about half of the region.  It looks like the other half is being developed into a sort of Bavarian/German/Swiss thing, but it’s incomplete as of this writing.  You might want to fly over the barrier wall — there’s no walking access yet that I’ve found — and investigate.

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