Imitation of [s]life

bohoforblog
[location: verspertine – tree house demo]

The Back Story.

I had a reminder this past week of just how much I admire the work — the styling and photo skills — of Aubergine Sugarplum, possibly the most competent renderer of the belle laide (‘ugly pretty’) look in SL.* I’ve tried to sorta-kinda emulate her before, but it’s time consuming to even approximate the post-production work, alone. She’s said something along these lines on her blog, explaining why she doesn’t post that often. I have no clue about her “real” life, but I imagine someone who works in the fashion and/or photo arts professionally, and therefore “practices” every day, and that explains why she has gotten so good at her occasional SL shots and I’m still lame-o. I’ve only ‘advanced’ far enough to be able to render some light flares and slap on some texture overlays that I don’t even make myself (I kind of have a hunch that Aubergine probably makes her own…).

Anyway, as I mentioned in my previous post about AS’s work, Etoile doesn’t full on embrace the laide aspects of belle laide, but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to capture a sort of Aubergine Sugarplum moment now and then.

*Alas, she hasn’t updated her blog since the summer, but she does have more recent things up on her flickr.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: Point b (Analog Dog) ~ Madison2 in chili ~ holiday gift (‘k, just going to say, I’m not nutso for this particular hair, although I do like other AD hairs. I way prefer the hand drawn look for just about any texture in SL. There’s something about the photosourced textures that just feels off to me. They don’t blend well with otherwise drawn texturing, for one thing. But, I had this hair on and didn’t think about it much until I was already set up for the photo shoot, so make it work, babes…).
  • Skin: Curio ~ Jasmine, Honey, dark, pure-2
  • Makeup: Esk-Imo ~ Soft Black Eyeline ~ in-store gift
  • Sweater: Static Clothing Company ~ Cathy in olive ~ 10L @ the Hell Bop The Wash cart sale
  • Top: Amanda’s ~ Sequined Gold Dress ~ 10L @ the Hell Bop The Wash cart sale
  • Skirt: Beatnik ~ Maidenly Skirt-Cloccolato ~ 10L @ the Hell Bop The Wash cart sale
  • Tights: Jane ~ lil piggy tights fuzzy in truffle ~ group gift
  • Boots: Baby Monkey ~ Madison in white ~ 10L @ the Hell Bop The Wash cart sale
  • Texture overlays: Les Brumes (Linda Vachon)
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For the birds.

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[location: albatross coffee house/indigo aviary]

The Back Story.

I’m having twitchy luck with the mesh goods. Sometimes I put one on, and everything about me but my objects disappears. I turn into a ghost dress with hair and eyeballs. So not attractive. But I didn’t have that problem with this sweet little early ’60’s number from Vinyl Cafe, their latest group gift.

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stones throw

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The Goods.

  • Hair: Splendid U – Madison, Sienna – past gift?
  • Hair piece: SyDS – past Valentines gift (from 2011)
  • Skin: Mother Goose’s – Devon – past hunt item (may be on lucky board)
  • Makeup: Kyoot – Cateye1, winter – past hunt item
  • Makeup (mole): mock – Mock and Mole – gift/hunt item
  • Cigarette: Bubblez – Cigarette dirty – formerly part of LH Artists outfit gift
  • Glasses: epoque – Cat Lady frames – past Seasons Hunt item
  • Dress: Vinyl Cafe – Soft pink mesh retro dress – group gift
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Bloom pumps – past group gift

No Carthusian monks here…..

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[location: icn nanobosc] [52 weeks of color]

The Back Story.
This was an inventory combing week. I figured I would come up with something, you know. It’s not like chartreuse scares me or anything. But I did have to peck about for a bit.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: Splendide U – Madison in “sienna” – 0L (gift)
  • Skin: booN – Shiki – 0L (group gift)
  • Necklace: Duh! – Colors of Summer – (past Seasons Hunt item)
  • Glasses: Blah – Nerdy Acid Glasses – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Dress: WooZ – Sheila Dress – past gift
  • Tank undershirt: Jane – Intrinsic Tank in “navy” – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Samantha Pump – past lucky board

Bathing beauty.

Bathing wardrobe
[location: las islas]

The Back Story.
In RL, I don’t have a complete bathing suit wardrobe. I have no need of one. Even if I could, I don’t think I would live my life in a swimming suit.

Well, thank heaven for the dolly dress-up world of SL, because now I can just pretend to have a bathing beauty wardrobe without the expense and body image issues involved.

All images:

  • Skin: Al Vulo – Pollon Snuggle Milk – 0L (group gift)
  • Eyes: Hoot – Beachball Eyes – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Poses: Marukin – 0-1L (gifts and hunt items)

The Goods: Black Beauty.

  • Hair: Posh – Bitter in “midnight”
  • Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Cinema Muto #1
  • Body/Bathing Suit: Coco – Sheer Bodysuit – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Gabriel (GB) – Gladiator Sandals – group gift

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Big Red.

  • Hair: Sixty-Nine ([69])– Mia in “Dark Rouge” – 0L (group gift)
  • Hair base: Analog Dog – Hiar Base – 0L
  • Glasses: Blah – Nerdy Acid Glasses – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Bikini Top: Sleeping Koala – Fruity Bikinis in “Kiwi” – 0L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Deviant Girls (*dg*) – Little dg necklace – past gift
  • Ring: Baby Monkey – Solitaire Ring – 0L (group gift)
  • Shorts: The Secret Store – Summer Beach Shorts in “coral” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Hi-Top Sneakers Colour Pack in “plaid” – 10L

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Almost Blue.

  • Hair: Plume – Exotica in “onyx” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)
  • Sunglasses: Alphavillain – Baroque Shades – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Gabriel (::GB::) – two-strand necklace – 0L (group gift) + Baby Monkey – Surfer Necklace – 0L (group gift)
  • Bracelet: Baby Monkey – Surfer Bracelet – 0L (group gift)
  • Vest: Sheep Door – Gunjo vest – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Bikini: Jill – Bikini Blue – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Fir & MNA – Twine Shoes – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Mellow Yellow.

  • Hair w/Hat: Sixty-Nine ([69])– Eve Hat – 0L (group gift)
  • Hair base: Analog Dog – Hiar Base – 0L
  • Makeup: Squeek! – Checkers Face Tatt – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Bikini: Waffle! – Polka Dot Bikini – 0L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Middy Leopard – 0L (group gift)

Questionably patriarchal.

Patriarch?
[location: my ugly dorothy, tov auction]

The Back Story.
I fully cop to this not being genuinely “patriarchal” in its boldness. But, it’s what I had on. We’ll call it ‘patriarch lite’.

Just as I type that, the image of Kody Brown pops into my head, and I start to feel a little queasy. Oh dear. That is unfortunate.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: *X*plosion – Lilli Normal in onyx – hair fair gift
  • Skin: Mother Goose – Telcy – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Eyes: Bonne Chance! – Vitamin Star in “brown” – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Makeup: Les Petits Details (LpD) – Lipgloss Peach + Eyeshadow Golden – 0L(group gift)
  • Necklaces: Baby Monkey (BM) – Surfer – 0L (group gift) + I ❤ Fashion – Ship in a Bottle – 0L (Poupee hunt item)
  • Jacket: LaViere – Short Puffy Cardigan in “strawberry” – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Jumpsuit: BRB – Summerized Swimsuits in “purple” – 30L (gatcha item)
  • Belt: Baby Monkey (BM) – Classic Slim Belt (color changeable) – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Epoque – Revolution Pumps in “floral” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)

Jaded.

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[location: the untroubled sound] [32/52 weeks of color challenge]

The Back Story.
I’m heading off for vacation, I’ll have to play catch-up with the colors when I get back in about three weeks. I got me my bathing suit and am ready to go, yessiree….

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The Goods.

Carrot, check… neon, not so much


[location: tea cup bazaar]

The Back Story.
Carrot, neon or otherwise, doesn’t trigger quite the screed-writing mood I was in last week with pink. For those who dig the social commentary, that sucks. For those who prefer looking at the pictures without having to wade through lengthy critiques on gender constructions, or whatever, this is their lucky day!

The Goods.

  • Hair: Tiny Bird – Wild Horses in “deep warm black” – store closed
  • Hair Piece: Tokidoki – Ruf Ribbon in “light flowers”
  • Skin: My Ugly Dorothy – Eva – 0L (lucky board)
  • Top: Surf Couture – Sundance Halter Tank in “orange”
  • Bracelet: Glow Studio – Lowicz Thick Wood Bracelet – past gift
  • Pants: DCNY – Teal Wash Flood Jeans – past hunt item?
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Samantha Pumps/blues & greens – past lucky board
  • Texture screen (overlay on pictures): Playingwithbrushes