I swear there is a reason this blog title makes sense. You see, I am featuring a few items from faMESHed (pronounced fa-MESHED) which my mind always reads as Fame Shed. Personally, I think the organizers should just go with it and put a few hay bales out and maybe a cow. A nice chich cow, like a Guernsey or a Jersey. One of those cows with eyeliner and long lashes. Because one thing you will find at faMESHed is chic.
Still my mind hops from faMESHed to Fame Shed to Shed to Cold Comfort Farm and well, if you saw it, you know where my mind went next…
“frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” is what my cat had to say this morning. He also said “ghew” and tried to order something on Itunes. Thankfully, when I came back to my chair, the message said they were unable to complete his request. I turned off one-click ordering at Amazon a few months ago after having to cancel The Barbados Travel Pack. Of course, when I try to blog, he’s all over the place. Butting his head against my forehead, climbing up on my shoulder and walking all over the place. If you knew how any times I deleted long interjections in my blog posts! But of course, I wouldn’t have him any other way. He’s a loving, curious and demanding cat who provides so much entertainment and affection. Don’t fret about his eye, he’s still a little OCD from spending 8 months in the animal shelter before I adopted him. It’s been a year and it’s so much better, but not completely gone. The black SoftPaws on his claws prevents him from scratching himself too much.
Even with all his help, I hope to introduce you to this lovely day dress from Bilo. It’s a rather conservative (for Second Life) dress, but RL or SL, this is the perfect dress to beat the heat – fabric that breathes and loosely fitted. It’s bright summer colors just add some energy to the look. You can find this dress in this gorgeous blue and several other colors at faMESHed.
I swung by the Gulf of Lune for a visit. It’s such a lovely sim, peaceful and relaxing. Perhaps it comes from growing up on a lake, but I love the lakes and marshes of Second Life. For my travels, I wore this lovely top. It’s from Kunglers who have begun making mesh now, too. It comes in five sizes though I had to wear the large instead of my usual medium. The top is sexy as all get out as you can see. The pants are from Peqe. Oddly enough, I had to wear the large size in those as well. I think I must have accidentally added some weight.
I feel like I am wearing a sugary, sweet confection in this fabulous pink and white ombre dress from Nyu. Nyu is a relatively new store, but one with well-developed fabrication and texturing skills which are evident in this fun and stylish dress. It is the donation item for the Ashraya Project and so is the fabulous posing chair from Behavior Body. Coming in several bright candy colors, the chair is a striking addition to your decor. Even better, it’s full of unique poses and mirrors. The chair is exclusive to the Ashraya Project. There’s no lag at the event, so your shopping will be easy and lag-free.
Angelwing produced three Timeless Angel costumes for Fashion For Life and I loved how they work together. The Light one is all white, the Fallen shows the marks of struggle and the Dark is all black. What I particularly liked is that the white and black were not counter-poised as good and evil since they both wear the same religious symbols, even the Fallen Angel wears the same symbols and is dressed in a stained white dress. Normally I do not wear any religious icons or symbols out of respect for their meaning to the people who believe in those religions, but I liked that the designer did not fall into the white-black/good-evil trap so common in design and language. I thought it worth making an exception in order to highlight this great trio of dresses.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote in “Where do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” that even language conspires with racism, noting that the synonyms for black were overwhelmingly negative and those for white were nearly all positive. So, too, are the expressions using those words. One of the ways, I work to undo the conditioning of a lifetime is to avoid using the words black and white as descriptors of anything except color in so far as is possible and reasonable. I don’t object when other people use black and dark in negative expressions or white and light in positive ones. That is our language, after all. This is just a personal challenge to consciously avoid that language trap – a way to resist cultural conditioning and struggle against my learned biases. It’s surprisingly difficult. I have been consciously using black and white purely as color descriptors and finding other ways to express phrases like blacklist (ban list or exclusion list) and white knight (rescuer) for over a decade and still catch myself falling into the language trap.
So I am in a foul mood, not a black mood. Bad guys use extortion, not blackmail. People tell harmless lies, not white lies. Of course, black holes remain black holes and white hot stars are white hot stars and the night sky is still black. Those are phrases using black and white as colors, not synonyms for good and bad. Just as an experiment, you could challenge yourself and try to go a week without using black/dark or white/light to express anything other than color. You might be surprised how difficult it is and how much our language is filled with subtext.
I like red, white and black – or shades of gray and red. When I put this outfit together, for some reason that childhood riddle popped into my head. If for some reason, you don’t know the answer, it’s a newspaper. I wonder if the internet will make that riddle obsolete? Anyway, I am black and white and red all over with this outfit made with pieces from Peqe’s summer and Christmas collection and a sweater from Alexohol. The sweater is lovely and I love the quirky irregularity of the buttons that remind me of when I have sewn on buttons. The top is from Peqe’s Christmas release and I love it with the flared pants from Summer. Continue reading →
I love fabric with prints and patterns. I especially love the tone on tone patters like this print in Chantkare’s new Shirpa dress. To me, tone on tone patterns have a subtlety that multicolor patterns don’t have – but yet they are lively and add so much to a dress. This is a particularly brilliant example showing the effect of using a tone and then again, as though the fabric were turned to the other side.
After visiting the marvelous Etheria 2 collection honoring the Painted Ladies of the old and wild West, I decided to put on the lovely collaboration between Lark and Dark Mouse and head over to a contemporaneous place such as New Babbage As I wandered the streets of New Babbage, the storefront for Gadget’s Freaks and Oddities caught my eye and I decided to pay the exhibit a visit. Continue reading →