I need my bangs trimmed.

[location: in the mood for 2046]

The Back Story.

I love hearing about drama, but me no likey participating in it. Maybe that’s why I tend to keep my head down socially in SL, especially when it comes to the strange romantic imbroglios some folks use the metaverse to engage in. A dj friend of mine was doing one of his gigs the other evening, and he sometimes gets out there and dorks it up on the dance floor rather than hang out in the safety zone of his spin table. Occasionally he does something really questionable like dance with the clientele. On this particular evening, he got the balls up and ready, and before the gal whom he had asked to dance could hop on, another one (one whose profile included much information about how she “voice chats” and is “up for fun” and “you should call me sometime”) elbowed the woman out of the way to hop on pop first. The one who had been asked to dance did a grand hurumph and poofed out. One angry pixel lady down, another 5,000 or so to go.


This same dj told me about a friend of his who has an entourage of pixel men she brings with her to clubs. At one of these venues, the club manager — yet another generic, long-legged hawt pixel babe — “hit on” every single last one of these guys, thereby upsetting the gal with all the man-toys. She left and will never step virtual foot in that make-believe club ever again. So there. Were all these pixel men her boyfriends? No, says my dj buddy, just her friends. Wull… then why did it matter to her that the other gal chatted them all up? I don’t know, said my friend. Does hitting on pixel men really matter, and why would anyone really want to do that anyway? Is there some sort of point system going on here; the bigger your personal opposite sex (so they say) entourage, the higher your score? Is that why the club manager was hitting on them? You score double points for actually “stealing” a pixel man away from someone else’s avatar and adding them to yours?


Any insights on why a bunch of people in the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s would get wrapped up in this sort insanity would be welcomed.



The Goods.


Can I show you around?

Tunnel Vision
[location: 3d michigan role play sim]

The Back Story.

I can’t do role play. I’ve decided that I really don’t have the constitution for it. In the middle of it, I find myself just wanting to say, “Oh come on… really?”

That said, I guess if I am being “real” with myself, I have to admit to “roleplaying” all the time in SL, because Etoile is someone who is somewhat different than the woman behind the curtain, as they say. It doesn’t become an issue, because I basically just go about my business in world and never let questions of identity be raised about me. I don’t stick around long enough for that to happen. I have a momentary desire to play at some sort of make believe thing, but it doesn’t last long and by the time I log in again, whatever avis I’ve picked up along the way as “friends” are pretty much forgotten about.

I’m a virtual sociopath. Nice. That must be Etoile’s roleplay.

tunnel vision-port

The Goods.

  • Hair: Wildo – M2/01 – 39L (closing sale)
  • Hair piece: Wildo – head dress 12 – 39L (closing sale)
  • Skin: Mother Goose’s – Bomi – 1L
  • Makeup (eyes): La Malvada Mujer – Poppy and Benzoic #5 – past hunt item
  • Makeup (other): .Pekka. – Blush & Beauty mark – Whatever hunt item
  • Nacklace: Sway’s – Heart in Cage – past hunt item
  • Jacket: FA Creations – part of Rockabilly Skirt Outfit – Whatever hunt item
  • Dress: Penned – Tshirt Dress – Millennium Hunt item
  • Leggings: Blah. – My Zebra Confy Leggings – Gift
  • Boots: Tiny Bird – Wanderer Boots in gray


The Spread.

The Back Story.

The Roche sim is full of photogenic angles. It’s been calling for a spread. A springtime spread capturing this awkward moment between the brown, muddy, wet of spring and the promise of something glorious.

The Goods.


Skin on all: Mother Goose’s – Yvonne freckles – 1L

  • Hair: Exile – Jane in “mink” w/hat in “patent” – 0L
  • Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Cinema Muto #1, eyes + Gloss 1, lips
  • Top: Jane – Intrinsic Tank in “truffle” – 0L
  • Jacket: Ricielli – Chantal in “beige” – 0L (Fashion Academy Love hunt unti 04/14)
  • Bangles: Mood – Moxie Bangles – 0L
  • Pants: Kyoot – Nonsensical Pants in “argyle or something” – 50L (spring sale set to end April 10, but still up for who knows how long)
  • Boots: Deco – Rainboot in “brown” – 0L (group gift)


  • Hair: Exile – Ali in “twilight” – 0L (group gift)
  • Top: justB – part of /san franciso dress in “tan” – 1L (April dollarbie)
  • Jacket: NV Madworld – Jacket Hunt Gift – 0L (The Evil Bunny Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Happy Finds – Living Forever is Leafing – past group gift
  • Pants: – Kyoot – Cuffed Pantaloons in “moss” – 50L
  • Boots: Coco – Leather & Canvas Flat Boots in “cream” – 50L (Dressing Room Item)


  • Hair: D!va – Mai in “onyx” – 0L (group gift)
  • Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Cinema Muto #1, eyes + Gloss 1, lips
  • Dress: justB – /san franciso dress in “tan” – 1L (April dollarbie)
  • Necklace: Happy Finds – Living Forever is Leafing – past group gift
  • Bracelets: artMEfashions, ME_gems – DriftWood – 0L (customer gift)


  • Hair: Dura – Naoko, “dark brown” – past hunt item
  • Makeup: Kosh – Metallic Eyeshadow in “gold” – past hunt item + La Malvada Mujer – Gloss 1, lips
  • Sweater: Chocolate Atelier – Pink – past gift
  • Necklace: LH (Bubblez) – EastWest – 0L (part of group gift outfit)  + Happy Finds – Dark Owl – past group gift
  • Skirt: Couverture – A/W – 0L (group gift)
  • Leggings:  MV – Galaxy – 50L
  • Shoes: A.D.D. Andel! – Stripe Flats in “rose” – past hunt item


  • Hair: D!va – Chisate in “onyx” – 0L (group gift)
  • Dress: HNFactory – Flower Dress – 0L (gift)
  • Socks: Salire – Knit Socks in “white” – 0L
  • Boots: –Clematis– – Leather Boots in “green” – 0L (group gift)

Prussian Blue, my darlings.

Prussian blue in London

The Back Story.

During London’s Fashion Week last month, The Sartorialist kept running into this gold and blue combo. It was noteworthy because of its pervasiveness and specificity. He wondered what name might be given that shade of blue. Oh come now, Mr. Schuman. That’s Prussian blue, don’t you know. He got some 450 or so reply comments, half of them calling “teal” on that critter. Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. There were a few throwing their chips in with “petroleum” or “petrol blue,” but I say that’s just a new word for Prussian blue reflecting our early 21st century sensibilities and lived realities.

Prussian blue. Easy call. Pats on the head to all the respondents who got it right after the initial mad cries of “Teal!”

Later in Milan, hints of the schema could be seen poking through the Prada line, and in Paris, Hermes tried it on for size.

Here’s a go of the street version (as was seen doing its organic thing in London) for us kids in the cheap seats in Second Life.


The Goods.

  • Hair: Dura – Valentine’s Day Group Gift – 0L
  • Skin: Mother Goose’s – Hena – 0L (lucky board)
  • Scarf: Mr.Poet – Wide Scarf, color changeable – 0L
  • Coat: Fir & MNA – Duffle Coat – former hunt item
  • Sweater: Young Urban [YU] – Lloyd sweater – past hunt item
  • Skirt: e! – Bronx skirt in blue – 95L
  • Shopping bag: Cariocca – Recycle bag – 0L (but damned if I can find it…)
  • Leggings: BRB – Cold Fawn – past hunt item
  • Boots: G.Field (*GF*) – Emma short belt boots in brown – 180L
  • Location: London

Color indicates item still available at this price as of posting.

Fendi colors. Milan Fashion Week.

Fendi Virtual - FW Milan3
Gots to find me a hotel.

The Back Story.

I was following The Sartorialist‘s feedback on Milan’s Fashion Week featuring the Fall 2011 lines. Scott Shuman, the Sartorialist, largely has a mission to shoot street style, focusing his camera on the way people wear fashion on the street in their everyday lives, as opposed to loping, strutting or scissor-walking down the runway. Mind you, those folk he photographs on the streets are dapper dandies of the first water, not schlumps shuffling around in pajama pants and Uggs because they’re too poor, too depressed and/or too unimaginative to give their daily attire much thought. No, these are people with very refined aesthetic sensibilities, and many of them are employed in the couture fashion industry in one way or another. Shumann aims to capture people as designers might see them, he explains, but it’s something of a closed little world he’s operating in; fashion industry workers absorb the design house trends and the designers reabsorb their own creations as interpreted by the very people who work with and for them in one great, closed corporate feedback loop.

But I digress. My intention here is to virtually interpret the potential street interpretation of the couture lines, and I’m starting with the Fendi/Karl Lagerfeld collaboration, dubbed “the winner” of the week by the New York Times. On the face of it, it’s one great pile of neutrals with skirts longer than I’ve seen in quite some time. The Sartorialist, however, zeroed in on the use of color pops in that vast sea of navy and gray, taupe, brown, beige and black. He says that we, too, us plebes on the streets, could use that as inspiration without having to plunk down the moola it would take to really wrap ourselves in Kaiser Karl’s robes of state. Agreed. When reaching for the accessories to top off your plain brown tweedy skirt, reach for some orange tights, your yellowest shoes and maybe throw on a Prussian blue sweater. My look here is a little more quiet than that, and the hemline of this lenin romper far too short, but it gets more or less into the spirit of things.

Fendi Virtual - FW Milan4

Fendi Virtual - FW Milan1

Fendi Virtual - FW Milan1

Alas, as you can see, I hit Paris on my way to Milan, and it was kind of late, so I just stopped there. I guess when I pick a look or two to interpret from the Paris shows, I’ll catch a train down to Milan for my little photoshoot.

The Goods.

A quick word on rompers; like shoes with heels over three inches, they are something quite wearable in the metaverse that’s quite the pain in the kazoo in RL. I suspect the fashion houses are ready to move on from the romper thing of recent seasons, but the onesie theme may be with us for some time yet to come in SL.

Techie Note.

I had to move and rotate the leg prims of the rompers around a bit to make them sit right, and there are still bits poking out when standing in certain positions seen from certain angles. Skinny-ing your legs way down might help (as if mine here aren’t pushing too skinny already), but who wants the woman with the skinny legs?

Flowers. Must have flowers.

give me spring. now.
Curbing my enthusiasm.

The Back Story.

It was gray and wintery and pissing rain today, but my iris tubers are sending up shoots. This look brings the floral festiveness of the warmer months, but acknowledges that it’s still gray and wintery and pissing down rain out there. The celebration is as yet muted. Let’s not get carried away.

The Goods.

If teal is a pain… electric lime…?

Teal Challenge 1

The Back Story.

Teal. It was a challenge.

Teal Challenge 2

Teal Challenge 3

The Goods.
  • Hair: LeLutka – Rush in AlmostGoth – (former group gift)
  • Skin: .::Mother Goose’s::. – Milla – 0L (lucky board)
  • Makeup: *Boom* @ Kozmetika – Love My Eyes liner & mascara + Les petit Details (*LpD*) – Eyeshadow in Peacock – group gift
  • Sweater: Hell Bop – Mae in teal – 10L @ The Wash Cart Sale (until March 9th)
  • Top: Diapop – Notice Me (part of outfit) – 1L
  • Jewelry: MCD – Bolo Tie – Bourbon Street Hunt item for men + LH @ Bubblez Design – Yutume Bangles – lucky board
  • Pipe: Quazar Panthar (QP) – Apple Pipe, sand blast finish – 50L
  • Skirt: Myth – HighRise Jean Skirt in “forest” (looks like dark teal to me…) – 30L at the closing sale, and I think they are now closed.
  • Leggings: Gato – Vintage leggings #1 – 40L
  • Boots: G.Field (*GF*) – Emma short belt boots in brown – 180L
  • Location: Lollygagger Lane, Clinker
  • Poses: Estetica MENstuff hunt item & tram group gift