[location: toot toots]
The Back Story.
They come with a changeable cuff.
The Back Story.
Everybody is talking about them, and that means everybody is going to have them. Oh well.
The Back Story.
My first thought with the Sky Blue Challenge was to pester a friend of mine to let me style and shoot her. I knew she had something pretty good in her wardrobe, and was convinced that I had nothing in mine.
So, that’s what I did. Thanks to Miss Sudie (given her little moment in the sun below) I had a picture I was reasonably happy with within 24 hours of seeing next week’s assignment. But, I was flipping through the March issue of Vogue a few nights later; Lady Gaga was on the cover, but she ain’t got nuthin’ on Amber Valetta in her tres Mad Men inspired shoot, all sleek early 1960s, a sun-kissed mane of blond hair pulled back off her strong, dark brows. Love, love, love.
I started thinking about the pieces I have that would let me give a nod to that look in shades of blue. Navy pencil skirt – check. Little sky blue tank blouse – check. And right about that point, my mind’s eye went straight back to 1960 and Melina Mercouri in Never on Sunday as the fun-loving prostitute hanging out dockside at the Port of Athens in Pireus, Greece. I’ve always been drawn to that look, and my re-visioning of Amber took me right there.
Looking for the iconic outfit from that film – the one on the movie poster – I ran across a tremendous little blog called Pintuckstyle all about recreating vintage looks. “Awww-Sum,” exclaims Etoile in a singsongy voice. That site has a post titled – tah dah! – How to dress like Ilya, Mercouri’s character in the film. Of course, I already know how to do that, but it was very cool seeing my smoldering little passion for that look, and particularly that pencil skirt/strappy blouse ensemble in the colors of the Greek flag, validated and shared.
Throwing on some simple earrings and my sweet-tooth Antidepressant shoes from Grim Bros, I hopped over to Athens, taking a few shots in the Plaka. That was all well and good, but we need a grungy, urban Mediterranean seaport sim, people. I did, however, find a tramp steamer for recreating something of the iconic Mercouri shot on another sim.
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Hair: Dura – Akira – 0L (store hunt item)
Skin: Pulse – Harmony, freckled
Glasses: Maschienenwerk – Wayfarer Glasses – 0L
Sweater: Icing – Robot Love Bolero – part of past group gift
Dress: Jetdoll – Cherie – 99L
Shoes: Baby Monkey – Saddle Shoe – 10L
Location: Fin Rocket Diner
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There’s something about a rich red and a pale turquoise together that’s just really appealing. When the red challenge came up (Week 15 of Luna Jubilee’s 52 Week’s of Color), I went there without thinking about what I was doing. I more consciously figured that the challenge + Valentines Day confluence would mean lots of ballgowns and slexy night out ensembles. Consequently, I went with a old-fashioned bathing suit (which is dubbed a “bodysuit” by the shop, but whatever).
And what a funny coincidence that the week 16 challenge will be teal (close enough to turquoise for a galloping horse, I say). Check out the door to the right of the phone booth… great minds think alike, what?
Now, I suspect to really be in the spirit of the color challenge, we should restrict ourselves to one look, but my friend Uma (who does not do the photogblog thing, instead imposing herself on me from time to time) got all, “Oh! Oh! I wanna do this! I wanna do this!”
I may have said phooey to gowns and over-the-top romance, but Uma was all about the gown. She picked up a couple of these Izzie numbers during this past December’s “Season’s Hunt,” and has been wanting an excuse to play in the red (the other is a delicious mossy green). So, go Uma!
My great grandmother would pinch my head off, but I love the idea of wearing vintage undergarments as outer garments. These bloomers are from a Sn@tch set that includes black and white pairs in two lengths (these are the short version). But, you know… the bloomers are the least of the excitement going on here. What the heck is going on with them shoes?
Too much, what? I mean, they are the end. These incredible little numbers are from The Abyss. The only criticism I have of them is that the skin tinting HUD will only go this far toward making the foot white; the best I can do when wearing white socks is A) hope no one notices the color difference and/or B) just call the socks footless leggings and be done with it.
And, finally, last but not least, although I don’t smoke in RL – blech – I dig the retro aesthetic of it here and am building up a little collection of different types of smokes. The pipe from sur+ is item #35 in the MENstuff hunt going on now. Mostly I’ve been haunting that hunt to help out a certain cute guy, but sometimes I get more interesting things in the hunts for men than I do from those for women. One of these days, I’m going to do an all-man stuff post. In fact, I think that would be a fun challenge to toss out there for all the girls… a monthly all-man stuff challenge like Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color challenge (monthly, because who the heck has time for another weekly challenge).
Oh… so that’s how they do it… the shadows, that is. I downloaded Kirstens Viewer, and thar those shadows (and depth of field) be. I don’t have a graphics card spankin’ spiffy enough for the process to be anything less than painfully cumbersome, so I don’t know that I’ll be using it all that much yet, but it’s cool to have the option.
I have Strawberry Singh’s tutorial to thank for this new way to waste massive amounts of time. She does a great job walking through the steps. Though not for everyone, it’s perfect for those of us who are not technical wizards, but who know just about enough to make us dangerous.
And check out these crazy shoes. They’re from an in world maker/seller of historical reproduction chopines, appropriately enough called Chopine’s. The prim feet and ankles are a little hard to work with (for someone of marginal skill, such as moi), but they’re funkilicious for pictures when I have time to Photoshop my sizing & texturing clumsiness.