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Saint Patrick’s Day 2011

I always like to do a casual and formal shoot for Saint Patrick’s Day, one of the lovely holidays in world.  This year, besides the computer needing replacing, RL work and home has kept me hopping, and I haven’t been able to do many things I wanted to do.  But I did manage to squeeze in a few fast photos of this beautiful gown very early yesterday….

The dress is from PurpleMoon, and is called Serafina.  It also has a large production-show skirt that I didn’t take the time to fiddle with, but is still beautiful.  For me, this skirt is enough, along with the lovely high collar behind my head.  (I have a thing for dragon-wing collars, I guess….)  The collar is removable, of course, as is the excellent orchid-bloom detail on the breast; but who would want to do away with such niceties?  I used for hair an old ‘do from Sinsation — yes, Sinnocent Mirabeau did do some sane hairstyles during her time in world, and this is one of my nicest short bobs.  Along with this is a new eyeshadow from Miamai, one of their usual package of five at a time.

The jewelry suite of necklace and earrings came, I believe, from last year’s Jewelry Fair; it is by RH Engel, and this is the first time I’ve worn them. (Gotta clean out that inventory sometime…!)  I matched this with….

…a beautiful emerald bracelet from EarthStones, and a big, splashy, Art Deco-like cocktail ring.  Erin go bragh!!

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The details:

  • Eyes: Poetic Colors sapphire, gold flakes
  • Makeup: Miamai XGen Makeup Lash ‘n Liner (teal, no hair base)
  • Hair: Sinsation Emma (no longer available)
  • Nails: Candy #P000 Basic (green)
  • Gown: PurpleMoon Serafina (emerald, flexi skirt)
  • Shoes: Armidi Gisaci Barcelona slingback pumps (seagrass)
  • Jewelry: Earthstones Envision bracelet (gold/emeralds); Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery
    Voices of Earth ring (gold/emeralds/pave diamonds); RH Engel Lumiere necklace and earrings (gold/emeralds)

Photos taken at my Secret (Public) Photo Studio at Harper’s Fine Art and Photography


2011 Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — Updated February 26

By now, the announcements of the nominees for the top categories of the 2011 Academy Awards will have been made (at an ungodly hour for the people making the announcements, but there’s the way it is now).  Which means that it’s time for what may begin to qualify as an annual tradition:  Around the Grid‘s Oscar Photo Contest.

The contest groups are now open for submissions, and the prize pool is in escrow (so to speak).  I ask the question again:  if you became one of the lucky ones to make the walk up the red carpet into the Kodak Theater in about a month, with your name up there as a nominee, what would you wear?  How would you show off your “Oscar chops”?  (Or those of your stylist (grin)?)  For those considered outstanding in their evening couture and artistic portrayal, there shall be (15 minutes) of fame, (a tiny bit of) fortune (for Second Life Residents only), and hopefully fun in playing the game.

The rules follow the break —

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Spreding My Wings Like a Swan

An experiment: click on the pictures for larger versions

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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The details:

Jewelry:

The White Witch

O brothers mine, take care! Take care!
The great white witch rides out to-night.
Trust not your prowess nor your strength,
Your only safety lies in flight;
For in her glance there is a snare,
And in her smile there is a blight.

After seeing the original at Harper Beresford's blog (A Passion for Virtual Fashion), I had to give Eshi Otawara's "Black Gems are Forever" a shot of my own. However, I decided I'd discard the pants she had in the confection, and used an old skirt from Anubis Style instead (which I think was created for the old Rezzable "Black Swan" show, as that was the name on the gown).

The great white witch you have not seen?
Then, younger brothers mine, forsooth,
Like nursery children you have looked
For ancient hag and snaggle-tooth;
But no, not so; the witch appears
In all the glowing charms of youth….

I especially love Eshi's headdress of jet-topped pins and a "veil" of thin, flexible "wires." I've pinned it into a fri.day coiffure -- normally the SL epitome of casual style; but with this headdress added to it....

But though she always thus appears
In form of youth and mood of mirth,
Unnumbered centuries are hers,
The infant planets saw her birth;
The child of throbbing Life is she,
Twin sister to the greedy earth.

Candy Nail has an amazing variety of prim nails, including these black talons with jewels stuck all over them.

And back behind those smiling lips,
And down within those laughing eyes,
And underneath the soft caress
Of hand and voice and purring sighs,
The shadow of the panther lurks,
The spirit of the vampire lies….

Note the black jet choker and the earrings, which mirror the headdress. There's also a ring, but the nails knocked it off, of course; one of the two things I don't appreciate about prim nails, no matter how good they make you look.

Oh! she has seen your strong young limbs,
And heard your laughter loud and gay,
And in your voices she has caught
The echo of a far-off day,
When man was closer to the earth;
And she has marked you for her prey.

She feels the old Antaean strength
In you, the great dynamic beat
Of primal passions, and she sees
In you the last besieged retreat
Of love relentless, lusty, fierce,
Love pain-ecstatic, cruel-sweet.

O, brothers mine, take care! Take care!
The great white witch rides out to-night.
O, younger brothers mine, beware!
Look not upon her beauty bright;
For in her glance there is a snare,
And in her smile there is a blight.

Excerpts from “The White Witch”
by James Weldon Johnson (1922)

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The details:

  • Shape: L. Fauna Lapine
  • Skin: L. Fauna Lapine.Snow-Fae Frigid
  • Hair: fri.day Jules (startled white) (Parvarti Monday)
  • Eyes: Poetic Color Gold Flakes (amethyst) (Lano Ling)
  • Dress: Eshi Otawara Black Gems are Forever (top, gloves, earrings, choker, headdress); Anubis Style Black Swan system and prim skirts (Anubis Hartunian)
  • Shoes: Detour Glamour Metallic pumps (Detour Sideways)
  • Nails: Candy Nail P045 Swallowtail Black prim nails (peche Bury)

WindLight setting: Torley Linden’s DUSK – Briony

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Everything Old is New Again

When trumpets were mellow
And every gal only had one fellow
No need to remember when
‘Cause everything old is new again

Dancin’ at your Long Island Jazz Age party
Waiter bring us some more Bacardi
We’ll order now what they ordered then
‘Cause everything old is new again

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Let’s go backwards when forward fails
And movie stars you thought were long dead
Now are framed beside your bed

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Several stores in Second Life specialize in making everything old new again.  This gown, which I believe channels Dior’s New Look as well as some delicious Eighties confections, comes from Donna Flora.  I discovered it while I was going through Flickr photostreams, and hunted through her stores until I discovered it at the Bonin store in several colors.

The lovely thing about this dress:  the bodice hem and butterfly bow.  They can change color using a HUD script; you have some eight color choices, I believe.  I wear blue so much that I decided to go red this time to get a little richer color into my life (grin).

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Put it on backwards when forward fails
Better leave Greta Garbo alone
Be a movie star on your own

And don’t throw the past away
You might need it some other rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Peter Allen, “Everything Old is New Again”

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The details:

  • Skin:  Chai 04 Black Cherry, no longer available
  • Hair:  Donna Flora Princess red (hand tinted)
  • Gown:  Donna Flora Ingrid black (red bow via HUD selection)
  • Shoes (not visible here):  Maitreya ChiChi pumps (red)
  • Accessories:  Donna Flora Ada bangles, red (both arms); Eclectica Elizabeth necklace and earrings (ruby)

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Early Afternoon with Margaret

Casual is comfortable; but sometimes you want something a little dressier for daytime wear.  When I got an ad from the PB Collection for this lovely little dress, I wrapped up other business I had in world at the time and headed over to their main store to snap it up.

It’s called Margaret, and is wonderful for so many reasons.  I think the thing that caught my attention first was the belt.  I have no end of troubles with Second Life prim belts, but this one called out to me, and made me unlimber the wallet.  And, with just a little adjustment, it seems to fit nicely and give me little problem with “disappearing matter syndrome,” aside from my hand sometimes creeping through the vinyl on one of my AO poses.

And then the colors just screamed out to be had.  It’s either a tie-dyed job, or an geode on acid; I can’t make up my mind which.  Add to that it’s a corset top, which I seem to have fallen in love with here in world.  Next, the skirt is a lovely, flirty little thing of prims that leave your legs nice and out there.  If you wanted, you could go with just the system skirt underneath; I think it gives the dress a more casual look, but that wasn’t what I was after here.

I had nothing in terms of shoes to go with this delicious confection, so I zipped off to Adam n Eve, and picked up almost the first thing I saw, their Mistral heels in “mauve,” almost a match for the cups of the corset.  But I actually teleported in at the hair department before going over to shoes, and her Olivia hair seemed perfect for this, as well as just a fine hairstyle — and I ended up getting a fatpack, and 19 points on my loyalty card.  (A nice program that Sachi has going; try it out.  I’ve gotten several things for free with loyalty points.  You need to wear the card when you purchase something to get the points, or when you’re spending them.)

The last touch is always the jewelry.  Dahlinks supplied these — the necklace and ring from a suite called The Management (don’t ask me why; I’m just the blog author, not the creator) that seemed to straddle the line between formal and informal; and a pair of diamond studs named Stage & Screen. I added an antique lapis-bead watch from Foxchase Designs for balance on the opposite wrist.

In this, I think I’m ready for either late afternoon tea, or cocktails on the veranda.  What would you say to a Haig and Haig Pinch and water, maybe?  Or should that be a cosmopolitan with Carrie and the gang…?

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The details:

  • Skin: Atomic Bambi Lana-Sunblush-Siren-Gloss-2
  • Nails: Skin Within Vixen mani/pedi
  • Eyes: Cape Shelley Wild Lilies eyes
  • Hair: Adam n Eve Olivia (lavender)
  • Dress: Ardigraf Designs/PB Collection Margaret dress
  • Shoes: Adam n Eve Mistral heels (mauve)
  • Jewelry:  Dahlinks Stage & Screen stud earrings (diamonds/gold), and The Management necklace and ring; Foxchase Designs lapis bead watch

Photos taken at Lion’s Gate club.

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

Fantasy Fit for a Queen (Updated)

(UPDATE:  Cajsa Lilliehook has done a set of photos on this style as well, recently uploaded to her Flickr stream.  Check out the set.)

One of the wonderful things about Second Life, to me, is the pure fantasial aspect.  You can be or dress anything you choose to be; a librarian can be a grunge biker, a debutante can be a goth, a human can be a dragon or a small furry otter.  Or you can dress yourself like the richest and most powerful person you can imagine, even if you’re living in RL on a beer-and-pretzels budget.

Try this confection, for instance.  A simple gown, with the addition of some wonderful things, becomes a style fit for a queen.  Indeed, the gown is named Queen, from Gold in the Night and Elisea Carter.

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I Just Barely Made the Clothing Fair

…and look at what I picked up!

This gown, Topaz by Tres Beau, was the one major purchase I made, my single RFL contribution purchase.  I’m not even sure if Tres Beau is carrying this in their store now; it may have been only for the event.  But it’s a great piece of work — not perfect, but still great in many ways.

Besides all the romantic prim ruffles of the dress itself, it has this lovely evening cape.  I think this is what made me unlimber my purse in the first place.  Have you ever seen a little movie with Renée Zellweger and Ewan MacGregor called Down with Love?  It was a love note to the frothy romantic comedies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson of the Fifties and Sixties, and the characters, especially Renée and her co-star, Sarah Paulson, get to dress in the most fabulous stuff.  One scene has them entering a restaurant in these absolutely extravagant, heavy taffeta evening coats with puffy collars and mermaid hems:

This is the best shot I could find, from a copy on YouTube.  (I seem to have lost my own copy of the DVD.)  In a second or two, both Renée and Sarah will get the cue, and throw those coats open as they Make an Entrance into the restaurant.  If this SL gown’s wrap had a collar like that, I’d love to have an animation where I could just pull that trick, and let the cape just de-rezz back into inventory as I sashay in to Frank’s Place or something similar.

Here’s the gown without the cape.  Don’t you just love those prim ruffles running down the front?  The two things I could wish for were a richer texture on the gown and a deeper gold color; but otherwise, I’d say Kimmera Madison has got it spot on here.  Especially with details like the jeweled bow at the edge of the strapless bodice.  (Digression:  how many gowns have you seen in Second Life that weren’t strapless?)

This photo also gives you a look at the hairstyle I chose, and the delicious jewelry that I picked up at the Accessory Fair.  I have two more wishes, I find:  that the Clothing Fair lasted longer, and that they had waited a month after the Accessory Fair.  That would have given me time to do more buying!

The details:

  • Gown: Tres Beau Topaz (RFL contribution purchase, designed by Kimmera Madison)
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Natura (platinum)
  • Lashes: Detour Edge
  • Shoes: Taro Vella (“TV”) black evening sandals with ankle straps and bows (prim foot)
  • Gloves: 5th and Oxford black leather opera gloves
  • Jewelry: U&R Dogs/Le.Look — Isolde ring, Traumerei earrings

Photographed at my Secret (Public) Photo Studio


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


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