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Wait, Wait, Don’t Rezz Me….

Waiting is what I was doing when I went into Crimarizon region yesterday.  It’s a beautiful build, that is most definite.  The problem with many a beautiful build, of course, is that it’s also lag hell.  I know; that’s the price we pay for beauty.  And the pose HUD and expression HUD, as well as my normal AO HUD running in standby in the background, probably didn’t help the Cause any on my part. But, when textures refuse to rezz for five minutes or more (or at least it felt like it; I was in a RL hurry), it starts getting frustrating.

So here I am, sitting on a wall instead of posing in a lovely arcade of archways I found when I had the time to walk through and let things rezz up. When I’d went to shoot the photo spread before, I locked up, and then got a boot crash — as in I got the boot out of Second Life by crashing. I never could get everything to rezz back up completely. I think my feelings are quite nicely expressed by the mood of this shot I took — in front of a stone temple wall, and frustrated as grudging forgiveness.

Ah, well; you can see the clothes I’m wearing — a lovely organic silk dress from League that I fought my way to at Collarbor88. Read on and get the details, which are:

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  • Skin: PXL Candy sunkissed, red lips, light eyebrows
  • Eyes: Sterling Artistry Jeweled Eyes (bright blue)
  • Hair: Osmose Sauvage (cherry, with base)
  • Nails: Mandala scripted nails, short
  • Dress: League Organic Silk Dress (gold leaf) (Available at Collarbor88)
  • Shoes: N-core Cherie (black patent)
  • Jewelry: EarthStones Crystal Elements necklace and earrings (Spirit / Gold), and Gemstone Palette watch (Spectrum / Gold); Uzuri Alien bracelet; Je Suis gacha ring (right hand); Dahlinks My Lady emerald wedding ring and DDL onyx / gold ring (left hand)
  • Makeup: Glamorize Treasured Kisses lipstick (bronze); BOOM Liquid Glaze liner (black, lashed)

 

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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Refusing to Shed My (Snake)skin (Skirt)

Once in a while, you gotta have something not part of a single dress combination.  As Cajsa Lilliehook and Gidge Uriza of It’s Only Fashion are so fond of showing, and as we all know in real life, mix ‘n match is the way to go.  Of course, these days it’s called a mashup, but (shrug).

I saw this skirt on a shopping run one afternoon, and knew I wanted it.  I’d never wear snakeskin in real life; snakes have their rights, after all, except maybe for invasive-species pythons in the Florida Everglades.  But here in Second Life, snakes are far from an endangered creature; they’re just another texture on a prim.  To go along with this, I dug until I found this halter top from League, and added a belt to the ensemble to make the waist look right.

Since it was a midi skirt, I could wear boots with no problems; and so I pulled out an old favorite, my pair of the original model of Biddle black boots.  Bax Coen is all the rage right now, but Biddle still has fine boots, and I’d never delete these babies.

The jewelry is a set (purchased as separates in this case) of what looks rather pre-Columbian themed pieces:  a collar, cuff bracelets and earrings from alaMood.  And the hair!  I didn’t know that Miamai did hair, but now I do.  I had to mess with this to get a fit, but it adjusts quite readily, with no scripts.

The details:

Shape/skin:  my standard Type 1, except for: Atomic Bambi’s Lana Sunblush skin (Siren eye makeup, gloss lipstick)

Hair: Miamai Teresa (ginger)
Top: League gold halter top
Skirt: Nardcotix Eve snakeskin skirt (green)
Belt: fri.day Wide Waist belt (gold)
Shoes: Biddle Sculptie Boots (black)
Jewelry: alaMood Akhal Teke collar, cuffs and earrings

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