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Spreding My Wings Like a Swan

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I was exploring a sale a few weeks back — I think it was something like 55-linden Tuesday, or some such stuff — and one of the stores did not have laid out what I was looking for, at least that I could find.  But they did have something else, and that made all the difference.  Combining that with some other goodies, including a super-luxe buy from one of the most fabulous jewelry stores on the Grid, made the difference in this.

The gown is Harlow, from RBZ Design, and this is what I purchased when I could not find what was supposed to be out.  I’m not angry; this was so pretty that I bought both this dress and another in green, for when I’m in my red hair.  I normally don’t go for such a plunging bust line on a strapless dress — I keep thinking the bodice stays up by surface tension and nothing else.  I’ve gotten used to it, though, from so many of my old vintage Last Call dresses that I’ve become comfortable with such a revealing look, I guess; I rather enjoy this one.  And the silvery decoration running around the confection adds a beautiful touch, as does the bow in back, pinned up by a diamond brooch.

The aim here was for femme de luxe, and so I went all out on the jewelry.  You can see just part of it here, but I have a fair collection on, which is the advantage of the Add feature on many of the 2.x clients.  Wear your first piece, then Add the next pieces until you get what you want (within the maximum limits).  Here, I have one ring on the right hand (from Muse, sadly no longer open) and two on the left, as well as a bracelet on each, and a long trailing string of black pearls around my throat.  And diamond earrings, of course:  these from U & R Dogs.  On my feet are a delicious pair of slingbacks from N-core.  (Why can one never remember to take a picture of the shoes unless you’re doing a shoe article [sigh]?)

The big diamond splasher is vintage Paper Couture; while the black flower with a black gem in the heart is a recent creation in the Bouhachi line from Rozoregalia.

But the topper, literally, is this.  I was shopping at Finesmith Designs later during the sale.  After picking up their sale item, I browsed, and waffled, and then said what the hell, and took the plunge to buy this beautiful headdress, called simply Swan.  It’s hard to keep from thinking about the film Black Swan on seeing this, but I assure you I suffered no hallucinations — just raptures of delight.  The headdress is a hat, so I paired it with a black bob from MADesigns, and black lipstick and eyeshadow, and voila.

The one place I might have went overboard is with the additional Capucine eye “tattoos” from White~Widow; but I liked the silvery dots below my eyes for effect, and so kept this on.  Aside from this, a lovely confection to fly away into the night in, along with the prince of your dreams….

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Happy hunting and adventing! (via Through Salamander’s Eyes)

Moniq Salamander offers some options for people preparing for their Advent, Christmas and New Year’s partying, but don’t want to break the budget in the process. The Holidays do tend to bring out lots of celebration sales and hunts; here’s your chance to build a stunning wardrobe for very few lindens.

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Happy hunting and adventing! With so many advents, subscribers and hunts, it’s easy to make yourself pretty for the holidays without plunging your balance to zero. So today I show you two fab dresses from the Happy Holidays Hunt, a hair attachment from the Glam Affair hunt, jewelry from Dark Mouse which I got from the lucky chair while picking the advent gifts and a Mango, Mango skin that was sent as gift for subscribers. First up, Cheerno Femme. I can’t decide if this dress … Read More

via Through Salamander’s Eyes

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Sweater Weather

The weather's getting colder all the time now, and we start breaking out our woolens even in the virtual world of Second Life. This black cardigan with white linen blouse, from INDI, is particularly nice for the late fall and maybe even early winter.

I was chilly with the November breeze,
and it was a courtly thing you did
draping the sweater over my shoulders,
taking care to smooth the wool
with a touch that whispered
that later you would claim the garment,
and the shiver taking it would bring
was something you coveted
with breathless avarice.

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I Love Viewer 2 Makeup!

The Version 2 viewers have been controversial; but there is one definite hit with couturiers:  the new “tattoo” layer.  An ugly word for a layer that has so much versatility built into it.  I know, Emerald-heads; you’ve had additional attachment points for prims for a year or two.  But nobody in my experience supported them besides Emerald; I never got them to work; and, with Emerald now viewer non grata on the Grid, that option is fried.  Why not try something that is supported and tons better?  They give a Resident a flexibility in looks that skins aren’t able to, or are too expensive for most purchases.

For instance, in a story I’m writing for my own amusement, I have a space traveler visiting an alien world.  Bare Rose has an old costume called Space Agent, which I pulled on for this occasion:

I love golden skin; I guess I should have been a daughter of Auric Goldfinger.  And I love Hallowe’en, which gives me a chance to really dress up, at least in Second Life.  So I’ve combined the two here, at The Looking Glass.  But most gold skins I’ve found, except for Adam n Eve’s need makeup, and (with love and respect to Sachi Vixen) I think Adam n Eve’s is a little pale usually.  I want a richer coloration.  So here I’m wearing a skin from Wunderlichs, available in INSILICO SOUTH.  (You may remember my story series from earlier this year, which I shot in INSILICO.)  And now, to get some color onto my face.

The good thing about the tattoo layer is that you can combine elements together.  Just right click and select Add instead of Wear.  I believe you have a maximum of five or six items you can combine on the layer, at least in Kirstens S20 viewer, which should be enough for most needs.  It was sufficient here, with one left over before I hit 5.

The main complaint, as I noted, was lipstick.  On this, Adam n Eve have the right prescription.  Their skin was okay, but their new lipstick gives me a pop of crimson just where it counts.  (They have quite a number of shades, as well as eyeshadow, nail polish and a species of “body makeup” that tints the entire skin.)  After that, the eyes became the focus.  First comes eyeliner, which I obtained at Miamai; their LesMakeups 02 does the job here.  For shadow, Tattanooga has quite a collection of possibilities, and this Everyday 026 was my choice, since I was leaning toward purple and blue as my scheme above the gold skin.  The one thing I wasn’t satisfied with was the eyebrows on the skin, and trying a different bald cap than my normal didn’t darken them any.  The thing, then, was to cover them up.  Enter White~Widow, who have some very exotic possibilities I’d just acquired recently.  I selected Jellyfish, which completely concealed the brows and gave me an even more alien, exotic appearance.  (I did have lashes, but the bands around my Analog Dog Kathryn hair were on the same attachment point, and I didn’t try to do an add with them — which I think I could have done, actually.  I’ll have to check on that when I log back in, as I’m still in the costume.)

If there’s a Hallowe’en party sometime soon, I think I’m ready this year; don’t you?

I named almost everything already, but a few things weren’t mentioned, so:

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New Hair at Analog Dog

Queue Marlowe is one of the longest-running hairstylists in Second Life, I believe, as well as one of the most popular.  Go to her Analog Dog store when she announces a new release, and you’ll have to do two things:

  1. Turn off “Water” in the Advanced menu Rendering Types, to cut down on the lag;
  2. You’ll still need to cam around through all the bodies of women trying on styles.

This new selection of four styles is no different.  Queue has done it again, to wit:

Harper style by Analog Dog

I’ll admit that this one on the notecard is what caught my attention.  I’d love to claim that Queue named it for me, but it’s not the case.  However, this is a fun, curly style that is wonderful for lazing around on a spring/summer walk or in a deck chair, or maybe just having coffee at the local java joint.

Three more past the fold….

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Posted October 15, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in Hairstyles

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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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Lost in Hair Fair

Christmas is probably my favorite time of year in RL.  In Second Life, it’s gotta be Hair Fair.  This may be the biggest of the annual designer fairs, at least on my calendar; and the lag is always atrocious for the first few days.  So I’m actually hanging out in the sims right now, and not budging or doing photography until I finally emerge.

When I do, WOW!!!! There’s some seriously fantastic ‘dos this year!!!!

Posted September 6, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in Hairstyles

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20,000 Leagues (via A Passion for Virtual Fashion)

Eshi Otawara definitely doesn’t do things…normal. And bless her for it, for we get some of the most delicious confections you could imagine — haute couture at its most haute. Harper Beresford describes one of the latest from the woman who holds the record for the most expensive dress sold at auction in Second Life….

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20,000 Leagues “The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.” ~ Jules Verne It’s clear Eshi Otawara needs a trip to the beach. She has come out today with a set of gowns based on being in the ocean, near the floor—20,000 leagues under. With her fantastic Japanese-influenced fish and fronds of kelp, she has const … Read More

via A Passion for Virtual Fashion

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“How did the Zebra get her stripes?”

From Sascha Frangilli, of course.

This delicious number I’m wearing is named Zebra, and was a L$60 special at Sascha’s Designs last weekend.  I would have liked to write about it then, but this entire weekend has been chaos in a cart, and so here I am today doing the job.  I’m pretty sure this ensemble is no longer just L$60, and yet it’ll be worth every centiLinden you’ll pay (grin).

I’m not normally into animal print patterns — I don’t think you’ll ever find me wearing a leopard-skin coat, real or fake; too tacky, to me — but these pants, with their zipper pockets, appeal.  They fit quite nicely, and leave room for a pair of ankle boots, such as my old standby Biddles.  (I can’t tell you how many pairs of system pants — system pants, no prims! — are too large to fit under at least a pair of ankle boots.)

Then we turn to this excellent top, with just a touch of frilliness at the cuffs, and a lovely prim collar behind the head.  And that neckline…!  I don’t normally show off this much cleavage in RL; but in Second Life, the home of the Fiercely Fashionable,, where the bodies are as perfect as you want them to be, why not go for it?

You may notice I’m trying out a new makeup.  I got a notice from Adam n Eve a few weeks ago, and went to check a new skin.  I didn’t end up getting that, but I found another, Natasha, that appealed.  I like the subtler eyeshadow of this, along with the redness of the lipstick (which I’m matching with a set of screaming red prim nails).  On the top layer, I have a nice enhancement for those who use Viewer 2 — eyeliner from Miamai!  I think that it not only improves the general look of the makeup, but helps to hide any lingering problems I may have with eyelash adjustment (grin).

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Photos taken at It’s Only Fashion blog headquarters in Glookbone


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!

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