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There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York

Are You Sleeping?One of my favorite songs ever is “There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York” from Porgy and Bess as sung by Phoebe Snow. This promenade on Staten Island made me think of the song. To be honest, lots of things make me think of this song. It’s on my iPod and I play it frequently. Her voice was amazing and she was a heroic woman.

There’s a boat that’s leaving soon for New York
Come with me
That’s where we belong, baby
You and me can live that high life in New York
Come with me
There we can’t go wrong, baby
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Second Life Photos: What I Like #16

I have fallen behind and it’s been weeks since I posted What I Like. Just to catch up a bit, I am going to post short explanations and more pictures.

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Degas’d by Grazia Horwitz.

I like Degas’d by Grazia Horowitz. Why? The desaturated subtlety gives it an air of fragility that suits the tentative pose, the cocked shoulder, inward-turning feet, the air of uncertainty and delicacy.

Hands Away . Andrews Asthetic (pv 1)

Hands Away . Andrews Asthetic (pv 1) by ROQUAI Poses

I like Hands Away by ROQUAI Poses. It is intriguing and prompts questions. It makes me want to know more. It’s bold and dares to withhold. Continue reading

Meet the Hair Fair Designers: Cyanideslushy of Mello

Lucid Dreamer

Lucid Dreamer by Cyanideslushy

What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you?

I was painting and working on artwork most of the time and just using Second Life to explore and take photos. I was looking for certain hairs I wanted to use and couldn’t find any so I just decided “hmmm I think I’m gonna learn how to make this stuff” and off I went! It’s been a long journey of Eureka! moments and wanting to throw my computer out of a window [lol] but overall I’d say it’s been amazing. I’m constantly learning new things everyday and it never ends, there is always something out there to learn and discover 🙂

How did you choose your store name? Does it have a special meaning for you? How did you go about choosing your avatar name?

Oh man, I went through so many different names at first and none of them would stick. I was even getting yelled at by friends like “pick a name already!” and one night I was listening to a song and thought “man this is a pretty mellow track” and it hit me that I wanted to use the word Mellow, after messing around with a logo I decided to just toss the “w” out and use Mello instead and tada that’s how I became Mello.

My avatar name Cyanideslushy is actually just something I randomly came up with. [lol] I’ve always been sort of a dark person and into darker things and I thought it sounded cool at the time. xD I’m so emo, I know. lol

Mello.What sets your hair styles apart from other hair designers, in your opinion? What is your style or aesthetic?

I think every designer has a little something that sets them apart from each other and it’s fun to see what they create and how their imagination works. I like to keep my hairs a bit artistic and I’d say whimsical. My style ranges from creepy kawaii to straight goth to urban. It’s kind all over the place and usually whatever idea pops into my head at the moment.

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Brilliant Friends

Please Proceed to the Nearest ExitI just read two books back to back that made me realize there is this whole genre of books with a similar form. I have read many of them over the years, but never realized what they were. I decided to call this genre Brilliant Friends books after Elena Ferrante’s magical Neapolitan Quartet and its first book My Brilliant Friend. The stories are all told by an adult woman looking back on an intense high school friendship that was formative, changing their lives in some way or another. The narrator is the more subdued friend, the quiet one, the follower who is remembering the brilliant, defiant, bold, brave and ultimately tragic friend. Tragedy can take many forms, not just death, but always, the narrator ends in a better place than the brilliant friend. Thinking about it, both the books I just read (Marlena and Please Proceed to the Exit) fit that model but not just them. There’s The Girls by Emma Cline, The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel, even All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, a mystery has the brilliant friend disappear, runaway or murder victim.

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Meet the Hair Fair Designers: Euryops Lemon of Cheveux

Cheveux Open Cafe by Mariru Catnap

What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you?

I started making hair flow products three months ago. We have been making hair since 2008. The most important thing for me is to make hair that looks real. Land Impact is aimed at light and yet delicate design

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Untitled by ChloeSL

How did you choose your store name? Does it have a special meaning for you? If your stores is named after yourself, how did you go about choosing your avatar name?

CHEVEUX in French is hair. I wanted to make global hair loved by people all over the world.

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I Will Stick with Horses, Thank You

I will stick with the horses

I love this new Plume dress from Basaltice with its little feathers all over it. It comes in so many versions and I want to wear them all. One of the things I love about Sissy Pessoa is when she does prints, she does a lot of prints that are not just several shades of one print. The dress also has a long version with a long sheer skirt over the shorter opaque skirt.

My poses are all from a new HUD from Voir…a bento hud and more importantly an (almost) still Hud that is not so fidgety. Yay! I used it in this video reviewing the book Good Friday on the Rez.

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Meet the Hair Fair Designers: Alyxx Banks of Lock&Tuft

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Alyxx Banks. Photo by Alyxx Banks

What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you? 

I started creating in secondlife about one year ago. Hair Fair was my first big event, so it is nice to celebrate my creating anniversary with such an amazing event. The motivation to do hair was to make some gender neutral styles for myself.

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Lock&Tuft Envy @ Hair Fair 2017 – Cajsa Lilliehook

How did you choose your store name? Does it have a special meaning for you? 

lock&tuft was an aesthetic and phonaesthetic choice more than significant to myself personally. I’m a graphic designer in first life and the process of brand development is a fun, creative experience for me. The icon of a rabbit, however, came from one of my first friends in sl, Tori, who had made a joke about a hair store with a hare. Continue reading