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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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

Liver Noir.

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[location: 1920s Berlin Project] [42/52 weeks of color]

The Back Story.
I had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to go with this from the start. Veering rather drastically off from the direction of my last challenge response, this “liver” color pulled me into the sepia-toned world of the 1930’s with a strong nod to the film noir era to come. No happy day-glo here, folks. This is Berlin, circa 1930, and happy, happy, joy, joy ist einfach nicht in ordnung.

I love this aesthetic, though. This is far more me than the festive colors we’ve been having lately. I decided to add just a little popette of color in the yellow shoes with red soles and the yellow beads. A nice Liz Arden red or a rich coral would work particularly well, too, but I liked the hint of jaundice suggested by the yellow.

The sim is one of my favs, the 1920s Berlin Project. Put on your era-appropriate duds and head over there for a look-see. It struck the right tone for the direction I decided to go this week.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: Magika – Maya
  • Skin: Mother Goose’s – Telcy – past Poupee Hunt item
  • Makeup: *Boom* @ Kozmetika – Love My Eyes liner & mascara
  • Hat: sur+ – Nairobi Hat – past Culture Shock item – store closed in world
  • Dress: sur+ – Vojeto – past Culture Shock item – store closed in world
  • Necklaces: [EY:NO] – Wooden Bow – 0L (group gift) + Bellies – Yellow Bead – gatcha item
  • Pipe: Quazar Panthar (QP) – Clay pipe (Meerschaum) – 50L
  • Shoes: Fab Joss (FJ) – Shoes gift – 0L (group gift)

Clockwork Pink.

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[location: drop dead rural expanse]

The Back Story.
It started with the hat. It’s so very Alexander.

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The Goods.

  • Skin: Filthy – Skin_002 – 10L (Platinum Hunt item)
  • Hair: Dura – Naoka – (past hunt item)
  • Hat: Indyra Originals– Odyssey Hat – 10L (The Platinum Hunt)
  • Makeup: Squeek! – Checkers Face Tatt – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Top: Fishy Strawberry – Faux Corset in pink – past Euphoria hunt
  • Skirt: Sn@tch – The Primrose Path – 10L (Platinum Hunt item)
  • Bloomers: Sn@tch – No You Didn’t Make Bloomers, long in white –
  • Cigarette holder: Mika – Elegant animated cir holder in “silver”
  • Shoes: The Abyss – Hydrogen Ballet Heels

All that jazz.

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[location: new toulouse] [52 weeks of color challenge]

The Back Story.
This color is what I call close enough for a galloping horse. That’s an old theater costumer phrase that means a costume looks good enough to pass for authentic when seen on someone galloping across the screen, if you know what I mean.

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This ridiculous little stub of a ciggie with the crazy, Mohawked flamingo is my latest favorite smoke. I think it’s just about everybody’s latest favorite smoke. This little dude is all over the virtual place.

The Goods.

  • Hair: WAKE & Yuki (W & Y) – New 170 – past Hair Fair item
  • Skin: Mamboo Chic – Julia – 0L (gift))
  • Makeup (lips): M.O.C.K. – Magenta Lip Creme – 1L (FTLO hunt item)
  • Dress: Paris Metro – Paris at Night – past gift
  • Cigarette: EY:NO – Smoking Flamingo – 0L (opening gift)

Rebel Ruby.


[location: s.i.c.49]
[52 weeks challenge post]

The Back Story.

This is not a usual sort of look for me. I picked up this Loli-esque ensemble at Katat0nik some ages ago, when I was momentarily flirting with the aesthetic. Ages ago means back in something like October 2010. Eons, man… dinosaur times, B.B. (Before Blog era, or at least my blog era). Back then and for the preceding eons, I just wandered around the grid trying to find  myself. I even toyed with the persona of a red-headed flapper and burlesque dancer. That was amusing for a while, and I was a better than average emoter, managing to avoid standard Etoile Fisseux runs her hands down her sensuous, sweaty body purple prose, but it just wasn’t me. I dig the Lost Generation nostalgia of that scene, but I’m better as the brooding writer skulking off to be alone in a corner at a cocktail party. I just happen to like playing with clothes more than is usual for that stock character.

My flirtation with the Loli/Goth Loli thing could never have been more than that. That scene is way too draconian in its demands for sartorial purity. The girls are cutthroat, despite the over-the-top sweetness of the look. If presented with this little dress now, I would probably give it a miss. But there it was in my closet shouting, “I’m ruby, bay-bee!” Yes, dear. You are that.

There is one new bit going on here, though; I have to give a shout out to Saffron Foxclaw for reminding me that Worldwide Industries had these gartered socks (more stockings in this case, but whatev) among their goods. Due to some recent commentary on a flickr group to which we both belong, it is now widely known that gartered socks make me squeal. They are my trend vice. I will probably be pulling them out well past the point of trend, when people start taking in-world snap shots of me to post on SL fugly sites with comments like, “That is sooo 2010.”

Worldwide Industries…  love the vague, smokestack imagery of a multinational global mega corporation for a little SL dolly-dress-up clothes shop. Here I am, facing off the robot warriors of the globalized post-apocalypse, brought to you by strong-jawed Capitalism.

The Goods.

Afrique.


[location: tableau]

The Back Story.

I never do this. Laying down a wad of cold, hard lindens for an entire collection? Pshaw. What, are you crazy?

Apparently, I am. At least it’s for a good cause (besides showing the love to fabulous designers – keep up the vintage, y’all).

The Goods.

Both looks

  • Hair: !lamb – DIY haircut in “ink” – former 50L Friday
  • Skin: Sunny Soon Su (S4) – DevonAoki – 0L (group gift)

Dress

  • Hat: sur+ – Nairobi Hat – Culture Shock item
  • Dress: sur+ – Baobab – Culture Shock item
  • Jacket: sur+ Dusty Road – Culture Shock item
  • Boots: Tiny Bird – Wanderer boots in “olive” – store closed

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  • Hat: sur+ – Strawwww Hat w/ netting – Culture Shock item
  • Scarf: sur+ – Cheeta – Culture Shock item
  • Jacket: Mimi’s Choice – Brown Leather Jacket – 0L (group gift)
  • Pants: sur+ – Amalfi – Culture Shock item
  • Socks: A Piece of Candy – Lally in “red” – 1L
  • Boots: Tiny Bird – Wanderer boots in “cream” – store closed