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And down by the shore an orchestra’s playing

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This month’s Genre showcase is the big band era, those few decades when men were dashing in top hats and tails and women were elegant in gowns full of drama and glamour. No wonder I chose oOo Studio’s Glamorous and Drama pose series for this photo set.

When they begin the beguine
It brings back the sound of music so tender
It brings back a night of tropical splendor
It brings back a memory ever green

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This opalescent Satin Doll gown from Cog & Fleur is all sinuously sexy and full of drama with the low back and the softly draping silk charmeuse fabric that is so lustrous in the projector lights. I suppose that with the dress being named Satin Doll, I should have used Johnny Mercer’s song, but I don’t really like it that much – and went for this Cole Porter classic instead.

I’m with you once more under the stars
And down by the shore an orchestra’s playing
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine

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Slink’s Classic Pointed Toe pumps in silver work beautiful with the pewter opalescent gown. I love how the projector’s colors affect the gown, too. Imagine dancing in a ballroom with circling projector lights – how beautiful would that be?

 To live it again is past all endeavor
Except when that tune clutches my heart
And there we are swearing to love forever
And promising never, never to part

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Truth’s Fleur loose chignon is far too modern for that Big Band era, but I am going for a vintage look, not a costume, so it’s important to have one or two modern elements such as the casual undo and the pointed toes on the shoes. 

What moments divine, what rapture serene
Till clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
I know but too well what they mean

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The jewelry from Donna Flora and Cog & Fleur is pure vintage glamour, though. Meanwhile, the MiaMai mani/pedi is another modern look.

So don’t let them begin the beguine
Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
When they begin the beguine

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Jalwa’s Meenakshi skin is pure glamour and drama. The Jalwa skins are distinctive with their strong definition and dramatic features.

Oh yes, let them begin the beguine make them play
Till the stars that were there before return above you
Till you whisper to me once more, darling I love you
And we suddenly know what heaven we’re in
When they begin the beguine

When they begin the beguine

Photography by Cajsa Lilliehook
for It’s Only Fashion
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  • Poses: oOo Studio Drama & Glamorous – Pose Fair
  • Skin: Jalwa – Meenakshi – Salt – Red Brow
  • Tattoos: Jalwa – Meenakshi Makeup – Ice/Modify Base
  • Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes Duo Green (med)
  • Lashes: Lelutka
  • Mani/Pedi: SLink Mesh Hands & Feet with MiaMai mani applier
  • Hair: TRUTH HAIR Fleur
  • TRUTH HAIR Fleur Flowers [Blue]
  • Clothing: Cog & Fleur Satin Doll Gown – S – Opal @ Genre
  • Shoes: Slink Classic Pointed Pumps Silver
  • Jewelry: Cog & Fleur Vintage/Deco Earrings – Opal @ Genre
  • Donna Flora MIRANDA necklace

Pose Fair: Part 3

Before the Easter festivities start today, I thought I would blog one more post about pose props from the Pose Fair that starts today at NOON. Today I’m bringing you 3 items from an awesome chic, oh wait, it’s ME! Yes, I don’t always make pose props, but when I do, they kick ass.

Savoir Faire (SFS) – The Crows – Pose Fair 2014

Savoir Faire (SFS) – The Dressing Room – Pose Fair 2014

Savoir Faire (SFS) – PhotoShoots&Ladders – Pose Fair 2014

All of the props are mesh or partial mesh and the builds are all mod so you can make changes if you want. Just make a copy first of the original. All props are menu driven and menu adjustable.

Variety

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One of the many blessings of our second lives is the great variety we can enjoy every single day. Not only can we jump from winter to summer to the moon and back, enjoying sims from every continent, but we can enjoy more ordinary variety that is also fulfilling. In our first lives, moving is expensive, time-consuming and hard, hard work. In our second lives, we can move so much more easily. I love the Barnesworth Anubis brownstone released at last month’s Collabor88 and have finally finished moving in and decorating. Here’s a snap in the living room with the big bookcases that sandwich the fireplace. Just because it is a 19th century building, I did not feel a need for traditional decor – so it’s a bit eclectic.

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We also get a unique kind of variety in our clothing. Gizza released adorable pants, shirt and suspenders yesterday and each of the three come with HUDS allowing you to change them even more. So with the first one, for example, the tie, shirt and pants can be red, purple or yellow – or you could choose a monochrome. The second one comes in red and blue and the brown comes in two shades of brown for each of the three pieces.
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Part Two: Pose Fair 2014

Here is round two for the Pose Fair 2014 which starts tomorrow.

I love poses but I especially love pose props and scenes, so that’s what I’ve decided to focus on again today.

From: Positure Poses – Umbrella Girl – Pose Fair 2014

From: *~*HopScotch*~* With the wind – Pose Fair 2014

From: {NanTra} Dodge This! – Pose Fair 2014

Lots of fun stuff this year! I can’t wait to head back when it opens tomorrow and see what else is there. A few designers still have to set up.

Luxe

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MiaMai’s Monica Outlander has just released her Luxe collection for spring. It includes a dress, top, pants, jumpsuit and long skirt with items coordinated to mix and match. Items include a HUD that allows you to choose the belts, ribbons and other embellishments so you can coordinate tops with skirts and pants easily. I am wearing the Kalia top with the Anya skirt and chose the ribbon to coordinate with the skirt’s print. Each item comes in solids in cotton and silk and in a range of prints. I love the thought that went into the print and color coordination. Speaking of color coordination, check out the gorgeous gold-tip mani/pedis from FLAIR for Cosmetics Fair.

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Pose Fair Goodies

The Pose Fair starts on the 19th and with tons of designers there you are sure to find something that tickles your fancy.  I’m not gonna go into detail about what i’m wearing and stuff,  just gonna show you the cool pose props.

From: W. Winx & Flair – Fairy Waterlily Pond For Pose Fair 2014

From: Zipi Poses Mirror for Pose Fair 2014

From: [PuppetPoses] Cabaret Club Stage for Pose Fair 2014

From: [KoKoLoReS] Kiss me bubble for Pose Fair

Stay Tuned for Round Two.

The Most Important Top On The Grid

My entire outfit was planned around this bandeau from Tres Blah which is new for Collabor88. The colors offered are gorgeous and subtle, and this is a perfect wardrobe pick up because it’s a summer staple. It can go under blazers, and with long swishy skirts. You can dress it up or down and it’s a perfect compliment to our never ending beach party than is Second Life. Well, some of us anyway.

There were also shoes, and tights, but that doesn’t matter now. ALL that matters is this top. You see, I started with the top. I built everything around the top. The top was my focus.

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This moment yearning

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THIS moment yearning and thoughtful sitting alone,
It seems to me there are other men in other lands

yearning and thoughtful,
It seems to me I can look over and behold them in
Germany, Italy, France, Spain,
Or far, far away, in China, or in Russia or Japan,
talking other dialects,
And it seems to me if I could know those men I should
become attached to them as I do to men in my own
lands,
O I know we should be brethren and lovers,
I know I should be happy with them.

Spring is in the Air

And I wear flowers in my hair, from a new to me store NSP Floral Jewels.  Beautiful hair pieces and corsages for your spring and summer look.

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This orchid and ivy hairpiece is the perfect hair accessory for a spring evening out. And works perfectly with the new hair, Elsa, from Diva from the Season’s Story.

Also wearing
Glam Affair skin – Aria in Jamaica
Ikon Destiny Eyes – Field
Crystal Line Jewelry – Floret Pearl (Japan Fair)
Location – Junkyard Blues

The peaceful light of the ever-shining sun

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久方の
光のどけき
春の日に
しづ心なく
花のちるらむ

In the peaceful light
Of the ever-shining sun
In the days of spring,
Why do the cherry’s new-blown blooms
Scatter like restless thoughts?

…Ki no Tomonori

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