Everybody be doin’ these shoes.

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[location: the flowout, tobacco road]

The Back Story.

Or at least they were back 500,000 years two weeks ago when I did this shoot. At this point, I was still feeling the irritation of not getting so much as an encouraging nod from the judges of the Le.Look monthly popularity style contest. Phooey and shucks to SL in-crowds. I guess that phenom is why we have to wade through all the gawd awful, taloned, “whore couture” pony riders in the feeds.

So here’s my bad-assed self being all no-yu-din’t in the G. Field shoes that everybody is wearing lately. Unlike what I plunked down for that ridiculous contest, they cost me nothing. Absolutely, dah-link. Too bad for all you kidz who didn’t get over to Culture Shock.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: Truth ~ Bunny w/Roots in “espresso” ~ subscriber gift
  • Skin: Curio ~ Jasmine, shell, dark, pure-2
  • Shades: Vinyl Cafe ~ Aviator sunglasses ~ past group gift
  • Necklace: Zibska ~ Eira necklace
  • Dress: Valentina E. ~ short strapless, Graffiti Blue ~ group gift
  • Shoes: G.Field ~ Strap Shoes, Alex ~ past promotional gift

Buzzin’ around.

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[location: tableau]

The Back Story.

I love this dress. And it was only 45L at Jack Spoon, a little shop I’d never heard of before until browsing through the blogs the other day and spotted some gift leggings that I figured I might as well have. So off I popped, and there was this dress.

It’s paired here with stockings that I cobbled together using some random free fishnets with some random free modifiable sheer stockings that I ‘colorized’. I was hoping to find something more funky in Etoile’s inventory that wouldn’t be all matchy-matchy and at the same time not ridiculously distracting from the dress, but she has what she has, and that’s just the way it falls out sometimes.

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On Etoile’s head is a bit of swag from Bizarre Hair promoting the Crazy Hair Hunt going on this month. If you stay calm, the bees will just go about their business and not care about you. Just don’t stray too far from one spot, or they won’t find their way home, and we have to help the honey bees all we can these days.

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The only downside to this dress is that it’s not mesh, and unfortunate things happen to the backside when Etoile stands in certain positions. The right butt-hider alpha might help that, though.

The Goods.

  • Hair: Bizarre Hair ~ TreeBee ~ promotional item
  • Skin: &Bean ~ Old Bones ~ store closed
  • Makeup (lips): Mock ~ Hearts Desire ~ group gift (fee to join)
  • Makeup (eyes): Boom @ Kozmetika ~ Love My Eyes liner & mascara
  • Dress: Jack Spoon ~ Machine Break in orange ~ 45L
  • Stockings: Bella tu ~ Seamed Stockings (re-colored) ~ past gift, worn over Brisbane ~ Red Fishnet Stockings ~ free @ Marketplace
  • Shoes: Vinyl Cafe ~ Mod heel in gold ~ past group gift

The 100.

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[location: ciudad de mexico]

The Back Story.

Over-the-knee boots are not a wardrobe staple for Etoile. But these things just seemed to come together.

And, oh, hey…. it’s my 100th post. The little congratulatory blurb that WordPress sent me included a Gloria Steinem quote: “I don’t like to write, but I like to have written.” Is this really writing?

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The Goods.

  • Hair: Pocket Mirrors ~ Elvira ~ past Zombie hunt item
  • Hair Piece: +:::+Natural+:::+ ~ Promise in “rainbow” ~ 10L
  • Skin: Curio ~ Jasmine, swan, frex, dark, pure-2
  • Makeup ~ Mock ~ eshadow fall festival in rust ~ group gift + LpD ~ lip glass in peach ~ past group gift
  • Necklace: Spangles Jewelry Box (SP) ~ Arabian Necklace ~ past Wash Cart Sale item
  • Dress: Amanda’s ~ sequined gold dress ~ past hunt item or group gift?
  • Sweater: Pig ~ Ladies Like Fowers in “coral” ~ @ the Free Dove
  • Boots: Vinyl Cafe @ Dominion ~ Red Mesh_High Heel, over knee boots ~ daily dollarbie

Psychedelic mo.

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[location: daytime dreams]

The Back Story.

I just finished watching Pirate Radio. Let’s rock this boat.

The Goods.

  • Hair: Milana ~ Olive ~ past gift
  • Skin: Mynerva ~ Group Gift 3 Melina ~ fee to join
  • Dress: Vinyl Cafe ~ Graffiti mesh dress ~ daily dollarbie a few days ago
  • Tank top: Halcali ~ Tanktoppp ~ past hunt item
  • Necklace: Never Ever ~ NE Necklace ~ gift (not sure store exists anymore)
  • Shoes: Vinyl Cafe ~ Mod heel in white ~ past group gift

Getting away from the noise in Kowloon.

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[location: kowloon]

The Back Story.

I decided to get away from it all in a far off land (far off to me, anyway). The shape drama on SL is getting craaaazy, peoples (see also Alicia Chenaux’s pithy “Stop it” piece). Am I sensing a ground swell of consumer revolt against the grump-face pony-rider shape? A final smack down before the demise of a fad?

Whatever it might be, remember folks, that these avatars we play around with are not our corporeal bodies. They aren’t even as materially substantive as a doll that you can hold in your hands, for that matter.

I just recalled an incident from when I was five years old. A neighbor boy made fun of the way one of my dollies looked, and I whacked him upside the head with a pointy metal thing. He had to get stitches. I got grounded. Over a damn doll.

Yeah. Dumb. But I was five and had skin about as thick as nanofilm.

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The Goods.

  • Hair w/ color change hat: Point b (Analog Dog) ~ washu in soft black ~ holiday gift
  • Skin: Curio ~ Jasmine, honey dark pure 2
  • Makeup (eyes): Boom ~ Love my Eyes liner & mascara
  • Makeup (lips): Esk-Imo ~ Red Japan
  • Pipe: Quazar Panthar (QP) ~ Apple Pipe, sand blast finish
  • Shirt w/tie: Hell Bop Clothing (HB) ~ Dixon ~ 10L @ the Hell Bop Cart Sale
  • Necklace: Bliensen + Mai Tai ~ Secret Diaries ~ 10L @ the Hell Bop Cart Sale
  • Bangles: Bubblez ~ Yuyume (bangles part of outfit) ~ past group gift/lucky board
  • Tights: Sleeping Koala ~ Cat Scratch Tights ~ 10L @ the Hell Bop Cart Sale
  • Shoes: Babylee & Tommy (B&T) ~ Sequin Boots ~ 10L @ the Hell Bop Cart Sale
  • Suitcase: Vinyl Cafe ~ Vintage Mesh Suitcase ~ past group gift
  • Texture Overlay: boreanlnz (Jill Ferry) ~ Dusty tv with light-leaks (from free texture set on flickr) ~ Mostly of interest to the photogs amongst you who like playing around with texture overlays in Photoshop for effect, but also giving credit where credit is due. Many thanks to all the creatives out there who make their stuff available to other creatives to play with.

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

I that all there is?

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[location: Mother Goose’s]

Back Story.

Hey… long time no blog. That’s RL for ya, bay-bee. It inserts itself into the scheme of things, and there ain’t nuthin’ to be done about it.

So, I return from my hiatus to find things looking pretty much what they looked like before. New viewer version and all that, but the viewer is tweaked and modified so often that even fairly big changes seem like just another day. That Sims guy is head honcho, and brings more of a games perspective into the management. I’m curious how that will manifest itself in coming months.

SL drama still pops up, of course. Who knows what I’ve missed. Not being in and  amongst the die-hard SL glitterati and with relatively few “friends” I keep track of over the long haul, I tend to miss much of it. But I did catch wind of the so-called Alura Campaign controversy via Portia Capelo’s blog, in which she links to a blog entry of some model or something-or-other named Rusalka Callitso, who got her virtual underdrawers in a bunch over a marketing campaign for some new role-playing sim that features all sorts of opportunities to get our virtual naughty bits out. This R. Callisto persona wasn’t worked up over the sim — I mean, come on… yet another opportunity in SL to get virtually jiggy and mess up your real life relationships in the process…. ::shrug:: Whatev. No, the controversy was not make-believe hanky panky; it was the marketing campaign, itself, which featured salaciously suggestive stories about a slew of SL’s glitterati (avatars I presume we’re all supposed to know of like we know of the Kardashians, or more kindly, the Grimaldis or the Windsors) getting up to naughty things at some exclusive manor for the SL jet set, complete with more blatant (less suggestive) photographs of the same doing those things. It was on a blog that wasn’t — initially — tagged with an ‘adult content’ warning, and that, at the end of the day, is what bugged Ms. Callisto. I think.

Anyhoo…. I’ve gotten a few enjoyable minutes reading through the “discussion” posts following her little essay, but I do get the impression that it’s all much ado about not a whole heck of a lot, and I further get the impression that the initial complaint, as well as the wailing and gnashing in the discussion is much about the insular little virtual world of these people and their personal (and “professional”) rivalries as SL models and designers and others of that ilk, as it is about substantive issues. Anytime I feel like I want to be part of the virtually ‘in’ crowd, all I need to do is read those comments, to say nothing of Shopping Cart Disco’s SL Secrets. With my attitude, I’d be everybody’s favorite to pillory in a matter of moments.

I did a little free stuff searching when I came back in, of course. My RL hiatus has made me much more reluctant to spend real money on not real stuff, even if the money isn’t all that big in the grand scheme of things. I wasn’t especially keen on doing that from the get go, really. It’s bad enough that I ever throw time away on this little past time (see… that’s why I could never be a part of the ‘in’ crowd).

The Goods.

  • Hair: booN – IRK 178, in black – Group Gift
  • Hat: sf design – velvet and fur hat (with gloves worn) – Group gift
  • Skin: al vulo – nana – Group Gift
  • Dress: Vinyl Cafe – Red Ballerina Dress – Group Gift
  • Jacket: Vinyl Cafe – Military Jacket, black – okay… I did spend money… 1 whole L for a daily special
  • Stockings: WWI (Worldwide Industries) – Army Girl Garters, jet black
  • Shoes: Luce – Leather Pumps, red – past lucky board item