I got it into my head to work on my tan lines, so I took my new tapeman from SOY that I picked up at the KUSTOM9 event and headed out in a new to me bikini from BAIASTICE. But I have to confess, I like the idea of laying out in the sun more than actually doing it. So after a short time in said pixel sun, I retreated under my new beach tent from ALOUETTE. I get to enjoy the water and the beautiful day, plus my tunes, and I’m not burning alive. WIN. Continue reading
This month’s theme for Collabor88 is Safari and Baiastice’s offerings are stylishly on point – taking inspiration from African fabrics and textures and colors but making something new with it. Her skirts and tops are irresistible and should be kept as great mix and match pieces. The top in particular will be a great one for layering as it skims close to the body.
My long night running the gauntlet of Hair Fair, in and out of every shop, buying, making plans to buy later, demoing, trying to look pretty, all of these things created an intense desire to find a mellow spot to relax and take in my spoils.
CHEEKY PEA has created a perfect summer spot for summer repose with the WHITBY set. You can pick it up at the Season’s Story event, and it’s a great spot to relax or hang out with friends. Delicious beverages are also available. Continue reading
Second Life fashion is full of moments of synchronicity and this is one. It all started with the dress from Baiastice. It was released in many solid colors and prints, but I was most drawn to this earth-toned batik. I was fidgeting about, trying to choose hair and MiaMai released some gorgeous turbans with an Afro-centric inspiration and this tobacco version is perfect with the dress. Meanwhile, Kunglers released a necklace in a coffee color and of course, coffee and tobacco are the peanut butter and jelly of louche lotus-eaters. And then, if that were not enough, PXL Creations released a Jazz quartet of skins for Rhapsody. All events have no causal bearing on each other, but they are uncannily in synchronicity.
The combination of pieces made me think of Ballaké, a classic of African Jazz by Bembeya Jazz National— after all, Jazz developed in America from African roots and American music traditions. Then it migrated back to Africa and found a new iteration. These pieces draw their inspirations from Indonesia and Africa but are modified and changed in translation just as the music was. Continue reading
Ok no I am not finishing that little poem.
I do have a magical boat that lets me levitate, however. I’m fairly impressed by that. You should be too. Well, in fact, I’d adjusted my sit to show my shoes better then rethought that and forgot to adjust back. I figure, if I acknowledge it, then I no one can sweat me for it. I always sort of wonder if people know they are floating, or that objects around them are floating when I see this. Time is the mind killer, we spend so much time doing this and that it’s easy to miss a little thing like levitation, amirite? Continue reading
One of the joys of Second Life is allowing us to inhabit parallel lives, the lives we dreamed in our youth. Like many of you, I dreamed of all sorts of “when I grow up” scenarios. Mostly I said I wanted to be an archeologist when I grew up, but there were times when I declared my intent for president, supreme court justice, artist and dancer. Of course, I did grow up to inhabit none of these dreams, finding instead my adult dream as a political activist. I am happy with my adult dreams and only feel a faint nostalgic wistfulness for my childhood dreams. How fun it is, though, to live those dreams as an avatar. This season’s offerings from The Arcade are really the stuff dreams are made of.
I had some fun over at SAUCE, the new installation at LEA 25. The LEA sims are provided by the Linden Endowment for the Arts to allow artists a chance to create big installations to share with the SL community. SAUCE is an installation from Maya Paris and it is a fun, colorful, and surreal place to explore.
I was ready for anything in this fun outfit featuring two items from Baiastice. The skirt was released at Collabor88 this month and the top is from 2013. The skirt was released with two coordinating tops, but I thought it would be fun to find something different to wear with it. Generally speaking, if items are made by the same designer, they will be the same size and have the same natural waist and so on, so when looking for something to coordinate with mesh clothes, it’s easiest to start with the same designer. The skirt is adorable and comes in a range of prints and solids.
Pixel Gidge had a hectic Monday. Life is harder when everything is slow in your SL. But she got dressed in a cute new jumpsuit from BAIASTICE for FAMESHED, and managed to make her coffee for the day.
That’s where she got stuck, alas.
There were more pictures, there were shoes. But my computer put them somewhere secret. So they aren’t to be known.
But PIxel Gidge had her caffeine and headed out into the world. What fashion and adventures she found remain to be seen.
Gidge Is Wearing:
Skin: Belleza – Ria – Pale
Hair: Truth – Zoella
Eyes: Ikon – Periwinkle
Jumpsuit: Baiastice – Sophia Jumpsuit – in Paloma
Necklace: Bliensen & Maitai – Gilgalad Necklace – FANTASY FAIR
Cup: Mish Mish
While National Poetry Month has ended, there is no reason to stop enjoying poetry the other eleven months of the year. In my last post, I mentioned Langston Hughes was one of my favorite poets. One of his most striking, and shortest, poems is On Justice where he turns the metaphor of blind Justice and subverts it – to a different kind of blindness.
That Justice is a blind goddess
Is a thing to which we black are wise:
Her bandage hides two festering sores
That once perhaps were eyes.
This month the SL Bar Association and Justitia Virtual Legal Resource will again celebrate the law and highlight current issues and controversies in the law. A special focus will be on Voting Rights – and a pernicious effort to reduce some people’s access to the ballot. You should go and learn about the current challenges to our liberties and to our right to vote. Hughes’ poem is particularly apt now that the Supreme Court has invalidated Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in an act of willful blindness to reality of racism in America.
“Basic bitch” has become the insult du jour, which under the common usage of “basic” makes the insult and those who use it basic. Would that make it basic squared? Lots of insults come and go, but this one strikes me as particularly malignant and shallow.