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VIP Lounge at Atonement

This hall is above the dance floor and bar.  You can reach it by either of a pair of spiral staircases, or use the teleporters in the bar or chillin’ area.

I’m not sure if there is a dance ball here.  I did find several pose balls, but they’re not for dancing.  Whatever happens here, it’s a beautiful part of a beautiful build.

Tales from Insilico — The Courtesan Seeks Atonement

When the courtesan Shayana heard that one could find atonement in Insilico, she had hoped for more than just another place to ply her “wares.”  Instead, she found more of the same, at least on the upper floors.

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Atonement, Insilico

Even in the gritty streets of Insilico West, you can find Atonement.  A former cathedral, it looks to be pretty well unconsecrated now, though some of the iconography is still inside — and enhanced in the cyber-fashion typical of this region.  Today, it serves as a club, and it looks like a rockin’ club at that.

Teleport to the doors….

Such a Fashion Faux Pas!

Woman with a roll of toilet paper on her belt

I snapped a shot of this lady avatar yesterday while I was doing some shopping.  I won’t show her face, or say who she was; I won’t even say where she was, except it was one of the nicer places for casual daywear.

Tennis shoes are fine; I was wearing them myself.  Sweat pants, and even that top, I can live with; I’m not that kind of snob, at least I hope.  But that belt???? Please, please tell me that this kind of “accessory” is not common wear among the ladies, or the men, of Second Life.  There were other things on there as well that don’t show up here:  firecrackers, even a few loose cigarettes, which drives me almost as wild as that damned roll of toilet paper.

Things like this are leagues beyond tasteless and tacky; it just plain says, “I don’t care how I look, and I don’t give a damn if you do.”  I can only thank God that I haven’t seen something like this monstrosity in the Real World, and I hope I never do, even in a costume.  It’s bizarre and ironic that this woman was wearing such stuff in one of the nicer stores on the Grid, with an excellent designer.

Even in the virtual world of Second Life, how you look matters.  I’ll confess, I run around occasionally in T-shirts, especially when I’m advertising Harper’s Fine Art and Photographs; the one piece of clothing I’ve managed to make was a store shirt from a stock template by Robin “Sojourner” Wood.  But I wear such stuff only in appropriate places.  Costumes, especially the more revealing stuff, the same thing:  only in appropriate situations.  The rest of the time, I’m dressed appropriately for the location and time or event; I don’t wear sloppies to the Anglican Cathedral, for instance, unless I’m stopping in for a moment to light a candle and say a quick prayer for someone.  And NEVER something as ugly and tacky as that belt!

Who knows?  Maybe I’m overreacting here.  Maybe I’m showing my age; I may have grown up in the Sixties, but I try to dress in RL with a little consideration for the situation.  My parents would have been horrified by this; they grew up in the Thirties, and Dad stopped wearing a coat and tie only long after he retired — and he was a car mechanic, not a desk jockey.

Please, folks, if I have any influence in this blog, I beg you to think about the situation before you go wearing something like this.  If you’re going to a grunge club or something, then I guess go ahead.  In your own house or apartment, obviously.  But out here like this?

(shudder)


You Know You’ve Been in Retail Too Long….

Standing behind a cash register

Can I help you?

…when you see a cash register, and just have to jump behind it to ring a few sales.  (Remember, I’ve worked at a National Book Store Chain for 4 1/2 years by now.)

Waggling my head and neck

Of course, all that time poised ready for sales starts adding up in the shoulders after a while.

Posted January 17, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in Humor, Project 365

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Hairy Accident at booN

A minor hair disaster....

Maybe if I didn't wear the shawl...?

I saw this style (WAW635 from booN) on It’s Only Fashion, and decided to try it out.  It worked for the dress Cajsa was modeling, but I don’t think it quite works here, do you…?

(Yes, believe it or not; fashion can be funny!)

Ice Princess

The cold spell that ripped through my region of RL last week reminded me of things named Ice Princess that have been sitting in my Inventory for a while, and are no longer available for sale…because the stores are gone.  (Since these are impossible to obtain anymore, I’ll pass on giving my usual details list at the bottom.)

This dress, from Fornever, could be worn by itself, without the headdress, but I decided to go for it…and to add to it.  I had to adjust the skirt, and I’m not sure I got it completely “there,” but the ice blue color and the diamanté trim on the bodice above the bust give the look I’m seeking, of ice glittering on an arctic sea.

The hair is by Sinsation, and (sadly) is also no longer available.  The Japanese headdress belongs actually to the dress, but the stars are part of the hairstyle; I edited them to turn on light radiation (and promptly screwed up my studio lighting with the extra light sources).  Topping it is this luscious skin from Redgrave with the ice-blue makeup!

Then and Now

Me then, middle and now

My original avatar (post-startup version), my "middle period," and today

Sophia Harlow has challenged us fashion mavens to reveal what we used to look like, compared to the (supposedly) polished appearance we have now.  And so I’ve done so, but for me it seems to be more a matter of skin tone and makeup than changes to my face.

The first above is my “original” appearance.  (I don’t count the original Linden female avatar I started off with; I think few of us who joined Second Life before the “Great De-Ruth-ing” would.)  Both the shape and skin were called Wendy, and the vendor is no longer available as far as I can tell, unless the “store” is well hidden.  I was well satisfied with this look, but I ultimately moved on to an Alady skin named for Jane Seymour.  Since I haven’t been back to Alady in a long time, I don’t know if she still carries them or not.

When I finally decided that I wanted a more intense look, I went to Chai, whom I’d stopped into before, and I picked up the middle skin, from her old series.  This was her skin shade 04, and with a much heavier eyeshadow and lipstick.  Getting used to this one was a shock at first, it was so profound a change from the scrubbed-face Harper of before.

Eventually, though, about three months ago, I decided that, while the skin shade was the fairer appearance that a redhead should have, that makeup was too much, unless for nighttime.  So I plunged out again, and settled on Numbah 3 above, which is Lana Sunblush Siren Gloss 2 from Atomic Bambi.  As you can see, the eyes and lips are still made up more, but it isn’t quite as much “evening glam” as the old Chai skin.  This is what I wear from day to day now…and, frankly, I forget to take it off and put on the Chai when I go out to Frank’s Place at night!

If you’d like to see more, check the comments at Sophia’s article.  Cajsa Lilliehook and Gidge Uriza have both done their own at It’s Only Fashion as well.

Virtual Olympia Fountain

Off to the east of the Temple of Zeus is this magnificent fountain.  (This isn’t the best angle for a shoot, but there’s a few things surrounding the area that I had to fight with.)

Teleport to nearby….

Sunset in Virtual Olympia

View toward the Temple of Zeus at sunset

Sunsets are wonderful subjects for photographs.  This is in Virtual Olympia, where I did one of my Hallowe’en costumes this year.  The large building on the left is the Temple of Zeus; there are various other monuments around the island, and a combat arena for serious fighters using the DCS 2 system.

Teleport to nearby….

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