I took to the trees because I was doing a book review of a book called The Solace of Trees that I reviewed on my book blog and on YouTube. It’s about refugees and it is timely, important, and not terribly well done. Continue reading
Anemysk Kara just showed this blouse she is releasing at Vintage Fair and I just fell in love with its fabstract design. I love the combination of old-fashioned and hyper-modern. The front and the sleeves are so very traditional, then it’s cropped and has an open back. From front to back is a two hundred time travel jump and a brilliant play on form. It’s sold in three packs: plain (vibrant, saturated colors), patterns (prints and florals), and silk (pastels).
I combined it with a fun, cheeky belted skirt from Baiastice which you can find at Collabor88. Frankly, I was so indecisive, I could see the top with pencil skirts, cigarette pants, a mini-skirt, high-waisted bell bottoms, or just about anything. The slim silhouette of a pencil skirt of cigarette pant would be sophisticated, but I thought this cheeky option would be fabsolutely fashion fun.
I shot my pictures at One Tree Hill, a Linden Endowment of the Arts sim. It’s probably based on the show I have never watched, but I loved the nostalgia of the sim.
I awoke depressed, certain that my future as a blogger was at an end due to the recurrence of a recent tropical depression that is a fashion icon and a MAN MAGNET. That’s right, the undefinable and incomparable Swirly Cyclone has RETURNED.
We old timers existed in her shadow, hoping to one day be as glamorous and fantastic as the amazing Swirly. When she left we all breathed a sigh of relief, we no longer had to feel second best. AT LAST we could just accept ourselves and not desperately try to be as lovely and witty as Swirly. Continue reading
Thanks to Maci Restless and IOF’s own Hybie, there is a fun new blogger challenge that I hope gets lots of bloggers involved. While the rules allow for a simply desaturating the colors, I decided to go full black and white and began my challenge by focusing on black and white in my outfit and setting. The dress is one of six options from DCNY for the My Attic Shaken, Not Stirred discount room at The Deck. I chose the black and white Gin dress and clutch. The dress comes with your choice of the traditional crotch flap or a mesh prim skirt, so Viewer 2 or 3 users will be happy. The clutch comes with a relaxed or bent elbow pose for each hand – four options so you don’t have to do a lot of editing to get what you want.
I shot the pictures in the white on white Escher prop from Bent! Although it was created for Vintage Fair, it should be in the store now that the fair is over. It’s a fun pose with 22 poses in the menu and very easy to edit. It’s also modifiable, so you can tint it – though I think it gets its visual power from being white on white and the interplay of that white with the shadows.
“There’s smoke in the distance
And there’s fire up ahead.
There’s trouble brewing.
There’s danger,” he said.
And like an unlucky omen
Every word turned out true
And now we’re fanning the flames of passion
And burning up, ooh burning up.
The first time I saw you
When I first laid eyes on you.
It was like time bomb starting ticking, Darling.
And when our love’s just smoldering ashes
and when they have those ashes hauled
They’re gonna say we were fanning the flames of passion
and burning up, ooh burning up.
Kunglers has released a new dress called Eleanor with six texture options – from pop art stripes to sexy pyhon. I was drawn to the python even though I generally like snakes. I was not always fond of snakes and certainly hold a snake responsible for breaking my wrist when I was in 9th grade. I was climbing in Montana and was startled by a rattler while on a cliff. Considering I fell 60 feet, I guess a broken wrist was nothing to complain about. In college, though, I worked at the Minnesota Children’s Museum and one of my duties was showing the snakes and feeding them. I developed a fondness for Squeeze – who was incredibly well-named even though he was a mouse murderer.
The Mesh Button Vest from Shine is all kinds of wonderful. I love its glittery goodness in every color. I had the hardest time choosing which to wear especially since the Seberg Pants from Ingenue seemed made for them and came in a rainbow of colors that could coordinate with any of the vests. Such a quandary, but I ended up choosing the Teal because who doesn’t love teal?
Lost Angel made a fabulous Dark Alley couple’s pose set for Vintage Fair. It’s one that evokes Sam Spade and Brigid O’Shaughnessy and love, greed, betrayal and all those other old-fashioned values of the noir detective. Happily, I was able to still use the poses and just delete the one I was not using at the time. I did think about inviting someone to come pose, but figured that would just make me crash – since that was the way my viewer was behaving.
A chiffonzie is a designer who automatically reaches for the silk chiffon when making a dress. It’s a new term coined by some Project Runway competitors to refer to a small cadre of drape-addicted designers who seem to only design with silk chiffon. Appolonia Criss is not a chiffonzie. She uses all sorts of fabrics and designs highly structured as well as soft, flowing work. However, this silk chiffon dress is a wonderful example of what a chiffonzie can do – make a delightfully feminine froth of a dress.
Whimsy Winx made some photoboxes for My Attic, the discount room at The Deck, that should have all retro and pop art lovers running to pick them up. The theme for this My Attic event is Shaken, not Stirred and Whimsy produced three boxes, Shaken, Stirred and Royale. As soon as a saw them, I thought of the dresses from Drift for Vintage Fair with their fabulous op art prints.
After I shot the set in the WinxBox, I was picking it back up from the platform and backed into the Dual Projector Pose Box from Status and with the windlight setting I was using for the other pics, it really made a striking effect, reminding me a bit of David Downtown or Rene Gruau illustrations. I could not resist snapping a few pictures because the effect seemed so cool. It really emphasized the headpiece and necklace from LaGyo that I picked up at Collabor88.