Astrologically, I am a fire sign – an Aries. But I have always been a water baby at heart – I grew up on a lake, spent untold hours canoeing miles of rivers in the NorthWoods and love the sounds of water. I have been blessed to hear the breaking up of the ice on the lake as the waves smash it into ever smaller shards on the shore – creating the sound of thousands of glass wind-chimes ringing as the shards clash against each other and the rocks on the shore. I love the sound of waves, the roaring of waterfalls and the lonely cries of loons resounding over the water. One of the joys of Second Life is replicating the sounds of my childhood – though I have yet to find anyone who has recorded the ice breaking up or the snap and growl of the ice in winter.
In the classic Bette Davis film Jezebel, Davis’ character Julie Marsden shocks society by wearing a red dress to her debutante ball. Her hapless, weakling of a fiance dumps her at the end of the evening – lacking the guts to marry a woman who doesn’t conform. Incidentally, I don’t think that is how we are supposed to perceive their relationship, I think we are supposed to think she had it coming, the shameless hussy! However, when I saw the film my first thought was “you’re better off without that prig.” I often don’t think the way I am “supposed to” about films. Anyway, my idea is that if Julie Marsden has this red dress, Preston might have found some backbone and stayed engaged, they would have married, lived happily ever after and he never would have caught yellow fever – a fitting end for someone who dumps his girl because she wears a shocking dress.
I was going through my unread notecards last week and saw a request from a store to come take a look at their offerings. I was so delinquent that by the time I read the notecard the store had moved and changed its name to Atelier La Bubu. I have no idea where the name came from, but it’s a memorable one. That’s a good thing as you will want to check it out. There’s a nice selection of some very lovely clothes and at such a bargain. Everything is only 75L (or 50L for group members) even delightful ball gowns like this one called Bordeaux.
Zaara! Zaara Kohime has released statement necklaces that coordinate with her previous releases of earrings and bracelets and they were so worth the wait. When I put on this dress (Josh) from Dutch Touch with its elegant silvery blue-gray, I immediately thought of the new shell necklace from Zaara and sure enough, they are perfect complements to each other. With the dress, you have the option of sheer lace or lace over fabric on the torso. It also comes with a white tee you can wear under it. In September’s Vogue they did a spread on Charlize Theron who wore luscious ballgowns and cocktail dresses, all with a white shirt underneath – for a look that was both high concept and intriguing. This shirt with the tee reminded me of that.
I am not going to jump too quickly into fall and the coming seven months of non-ending clouds, mist and rain. I am going to hang onto summer by the fingernails and drag every bit of sunny weather out of it that I can. So…even in celebration of the glorious sun that is shining today…shining in Oregon in September…I am wearing this lovely bright floral dress from Bijou and pretending it’s June and there’s still months of dry weather ahead.
The summer has raced past so fast that here it is Labor Day – the psychological end of summer – and I am only now getting around to blogging this gorgeous dress from Armidi calle Midsummer Nights. How’s that for the days racing by. And sure enough – the rains have come. It rained yesterday and last night and so I guess this is more than the psychological end of summer.
Mr. Gausman of Rivier Couture sent me a little thank you for blogging awhile back. I say Mr. Gausman because he is always so formal and proper when he sends an IM that I feel I must respond in kind. Now, how that formal and proper man comes up with the hot and sexy clothing he makes is a conundrum, but then still waters do run deep, as they say. Thankfully, I do not have to resolve that enigma to enjoy the sizzling hot fashion from his house. This dress is MISTRESS and really, you should think of it as a suite. It comes with a jacket that really transforms its look, the colored shirt lies under lace and can be switched out with other colors or with a sheer black for more intimate settings. Or well, for those who are comfortable showing nipples in public, too.
The halter top has a lace back and lovely lace flourish at the neck. The cuffsare actually from Draconic Kiss but with the belted definition of the torso, the revers a lacet cuffs are just too perfect for words.
Ambrosia – the drink of the gods. I don’t know what yours is. Mine is a gin & tonic with a dash of Tia Rosa’s and fresh lime. For Polaire of Prelude, it seems it might be a nice froth cafe latte or cappucino. She recently gave me this dress of hers. I added the corset from Polina Kaestner and it suited it so well Polaire said she wished she had thought of it. Polaire and Polina, it must be destiny. Certainly the two pieces look made for each other.
This was another outfit I put together for Second Style. The only reason I feel bad that it fell through is that I asked Polaire to give me this dress for the magazine shoot – and it did not happen. If anyone deserves to have her designs highlighted in a magazine – it’s Polaire. So let’s hope that happens some other way.
Sometimes the best outfits happen by accident. I was trying on some clothes the other night, getting ready to go dancing and had just put on a beautiful goth lolita dress from Blue Blood, but I really wanted something more clubby – so I right clicked on the folder for this black and white mini from bdreams. When it rezzed, I still had the corset and stockings from the Blue Blood outfit remaining and I thought it looked hotter than hot. I added some gloves and red tights under the Blue Blood stocking and sure enough, when I dropped by the Skin Fair, someone said “Rawr!” hence the title.
I am not going to write an essay about how much I love this dress – not when so many others have done a great job of expressing their own admiration for it. I would give it more time if I had styled it in some new and creative way – but you know, I so love its strong shape and the look as intended by the designer – I didn’t want to play with it at all. So here it is – no bells and whistles, but still stunning the Kaori dress from Lelutka.