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Dragonfly

At the moment, I’m reading a series of fantasy books about insect kinden (The Shadow of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky) – and therefore, this dragonfly necklace available at The Fashion Garret immediately caught my eye. The book is the typical fantasy story – band of unlikely hero goes up against the big bad – but it is done a bit more clever than most and the idea of insect kinden really makes it new and fresh. I must admit that SL has severely limited the time I spend reading but this series is slowly pulling me back into books and I’m happy about that. Now, I just need to find the balance between reading and SLing – I don’t want to loose either one.

This outfit also embodies a bit of guilt. See, I’m wearing my fatpack shoes – and I … well, I couldn’t decide on which color to get the dress in and since I love League, I kind of just went for the fatpack of dresses too. And this dress really is amazing. I’m not sad at all that I got it as a fatpack – I love the soft muted colors of it. It reminds me of Fishy Strawberry colors as well – and I love Fishy Strawberry too so this is perfect for me.

What I’m wearing:

  • Dress & belt: Vintage Chiffon – Nena Janus for *League* (Available at CH1C)
  • Necklace: Dragonfly Necklace – Apple May Designs (Available at The Fashion Garret)
  • Shoes & socks: Maitreya Gold Moxie (Violets) and Over-Knees (purple) – Onyx LeShelle for  Maitreya
  • Hair: Inverted Hair (FireTop) – Thora Charron for Lelutka
  • Tattoo (face): AITUI Tattoo Stars 02 Face Tat – female fit – boy of crows (Jesseaitui Petion) for Aitui
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

Location: Pompano Island

Bikini time!

Well, the sun is shining here – it’s a beautiful day and even though the water here isn’t warm enough, you can always find a SL beach where the water is just perfect.

A bikini from Boom is an excellent choice if you don’t want to buy a lot of bikinis. (Of course, you know, I did buy a lot of bikinis – but I blame it all on Viki. We’ve just thrown about 20 bikinis out of her bikini collection so now she has only 40 left…! If there was a bikini war, Viki was on the winning side!) Boom bikinis come with a lot of option – boyshorts, thong, halter top, bikini top … So you can kind of mix it so your bikini get to be how you like it. I’m wearing bikini top and thong.

And of course, if you’re going to the beach, you need sunglasses and a pair of flipflops or something similar.

What I’m wearing:

  • Bikini: Infinity Hibiscus Bikini – Ara Ultramegaforce (aranel ah) for *BOOM*
  • Sunglasses: Armelle Diva Sunglasses (Black) – djod Karu for DIRAM
  • Necklace: african long necklace – Julia Merosi for je suis
  • Flipflops: flipflop flowers (black) – Liesa Herzbrun for LH clothing
  • Tattoo: AITUI TATTOO – Zodiac – ASF Taurus I – Jesseaitui Petion for Aitui
  • Hair: Dylan (Jealous Red) – Parvarti Monday for fri.day
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

Location: Visiwa (“The Islands”) – supposedly SL’s most realistic beach.

Oh and a closeup of the shoes – please don’t look at my ugly toes. Just look at the flipflops!

Use Your Shoes Challenge: 3 pair of shoes blogged – 49 to go…

Requiem for Fukushima Daiichi

The Requiem For Fukushima is of course inspired by the nuclear catastrophe in Japan in March 2011.

“Requiem for Fukushima” is a dramatic build of sinister beauty inspired by the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan. Housed inside a pyramid shell, it contains lurid plants, flames, billowing black smoke, and burning cinders. Even the rocks are glowing. Max your particle count!
(from the artist’s blog)

To enter this art piece is a quite sobering experience. It’s very beautiful but the beauty is a deadly beauty, caused by one of the worst nuclear catastrophes so while you are reveling in the beauty, you are also perfectly aware that this is a beauty that ought not to be. The experience of entering this 360 degrees landscape is haunting and thought-provoking, lovely – but cruel.

Yet, you still find yourself feeling joyful in the beauty – that even in such a devastating disaster, some kind of beauty can be found.

The Requiem for Fukushima as well as some other wonderful art pieces are all made by the artist Alizarin Goldflake, who make immersive art – I quote from the artist’s statement:

My main form is Immersive Art, so-called because the viewer is meant to enter the work either by avatar or camera.  The art is made of nested prims, digital textures, and scripts.  Many of the builds have poses and sounds in them.  The point of the art is the kaleidoscopic interaction of the textures, as well as the different  moods expressed in the pieces.  Some of the sculptures emit extra-large particles, which are actually highly-detailed digital drawings.

Before visiting the Requiem, I visited some of the other pieces of immersive art – all very interesting!

And my favorite immersive art installation – loved to dance in this one:

I apologize for the not so good quality of these images but they’re taken on the laptop, not my desktop. Darn this annoying back and bedrest thing!

Anyways, it’s definitely worth to go and see these and play around a bit as well as enter a much more somber mood when visiting the Requiem itself.

You can see more on the artist’s blog here.

Moody

Feeling a bit moody …

My friend – the best enabler in SL – Viki recommended I went to Insanya for some retail therapy to cheer me up and she was right – bought this dress and a pair of capris and felt better. Then I went to my favourite place in SL – World’s End Garden. It’s being changed right now so looking forward to seeing what it will look like when they are finished with it.

Instead, I went to The Docks – a place I’ve been meaning to visit for a long time and it’s amazing, although small. Totally worth it! It gives me a Van Gogh kind of vibe and I love Van Gogh so it was a perfect fit for me both to cheer me up, but also to take some moody pictures in. The Docks is made by Scottius Polke, an artist I’ve seen work of before and really like.

What I’m wearing:

  • Dress: Cotton Shirt Dress (Soil) – Tatyana Ultsch for Insanya
  • Fishnets: Fishnet Tights (Black ripped) – Annyka Bekkers for Blowpop
  • Stockings: Side-Gartered Stockings (Brown – black garter) – Nena Janus for *League*
  • Boots: Combat LOL  – Filthy Adored for Bottle Bird (Available at  Shoe Fair)
  • Necklace: Dogtags – Tonk Tomcat for Tonktastic
  • Makeup: Runny 3 – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Hair: Action Womens Hair Heather (fire) – Action
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

I have to say I might have been a bit unfair the other day when talking about Bottle Bird‘s Fritillari pumps. I went back to  Shoe Fair to look for something else and decided to visit Bottle Bird’s booth to see the vendor pictures – and it was me remembering incorrectly. The shoes I’ve bought look like the ones in the vendor photos so my bad. Today I’m wearing a pair of combat boots from Bottle Bird and they are very, very cool indeed. Big and chunky and abused and with strings tied around them to keep them on – love them! They’re just right!
Also – have to mention the hair. It’s from Action, for both men and women, and I just love it. It even has the perfect name – pineapple!

So although I look sad in the pictures, I’m happy again 🙂

Gaia Rising

So a couple of days ago, I went to Gaia Rising to explore this sim. It’s a very beautiful place with some lovely landscapes – but I came with a clear purpose. I had heard that you could sort of go on a spiritual journey here and get an animal guide. So this was what I came looking for.

And I did find a place where you could do this – you connected to a mp3-file on the internet so I sat down, closed my eyes and settled into the experience. Now, this involves visualization and I’ve always been lousy at that. I get images in my head but they are there only briefly, then I narrate them away, sort of. But I did go on the spiritual journey and I did discover an animal guide and the experience didn’t turn out like I had expected it to so although I’m not sure what to think about paganism and this kind of spirituality, I did take something from it and could easily go again to explore Gaia Rising in more depth and also take this journey again.

Besides, Gaia Rising is a beautiful sim.

What I’m wearing:

  • Dress: Boheme (Pop Squares) – Maylee Oh for The Secret Store
  • Boots: Curvaceous Boot (Pink) – Gospel Voom for Gos
  • Necklace: Groovy Peace Necklace (Multi) – Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones
  • Wrist Warmers: Wrist Warmer (Brown Leather) – Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch
  • Hair: Cameron (jealous red) – Parvarti Monday for fri.day
  • Makeup: Glitter eyes3 – Steffi Villota for DeeTaleZ
  • Eyes:  ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles)) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

On Safari (Cap Estel Goes Safari)

… or at least walking around in a safari sim – Cap Estel. A beautiful sims with rhinos, giraffes, lions, ostriches and lots of other animals. There’s also snakes so be careful when walking here.

This is a beautiful place to go exploring – as well as try out what it feels like to ride a giraffe …

Lions sharing a meal:

So what did I decide to wear for this wee bit of exploration?

Well, a big hat to cover up from the sun, sunglasses, boots for walking – and a pretty little dress. This dress is a really cute little pink flowery thing from Elemiah Design. I ran into Elemiah Choche at The Dressing Room Blue, loved the dress she was wearing, so I checked out her profile and got the link to her blog where I saw more pretty dresses. I complimented her on her clothes, we chatted a bit and she was kind enough to give me this one as a blogger’s copy. She has some great stuff at Chic Limited too so check out both her store and Chic Limited if you are a flower girl – well, if you like dresses …

What I’m wearing:

  • * Dress: Biha – Elemiah Choche for Elemiah Design
  • Fishnets: Fishnet wide (white) – Erratic Rain for erratic
  • Stockings: Striped socks (purple-white) – Erratic Rain for erratic
  • Boots: Docs (8 hole F Black – fuchsia polish – black laces – loose) – by Gospel Voom for Gos
  • Jewelry: Glow Studio Lace Flowers Necklace (creme) – [ glow ]
  • Sunglasses: Ottico numero 75 – Youki Rau for Ottico
  • Hair: Macaron (Fiery red) – Gia Pawpad for LoQ Hairs (The Dressing Room Blue Exclusive)
  • Makeup: Rosy Nose1 – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles – lips sweet)) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

Kind of Grungy – and art!

I bought these boots a few days ago and I just couldn’t figure out what to wear with them – I think I’ve tried them with just about everything in my inventory. Then today I saw this new skirt from Fishy Strawberry and the scarf from Pixelfashion and I thought – yes! So here goes – loving it and had fun putting it together so

What I’m wearing:

  • Skirt: Aragon Skirt (nude) – Fae Eriksen for Fishy Strawberry
  • Top: Primavera Fishnet Tanktop – nekonuko Nakamori for *Cat’s Eye* (from Summer Dress Purple outfit)
  • Shirt: Catawampus Asymmetrical – Nyte Caligari for NyteNDay
  • Scarf: Sandy Scarf Brown – Amandine Arai for :)(: PIXELFASHION
  • Glove: Seppel armwarmers (Zuccini) – Lynaja Bade for Concrete Flowers
  • Boots: Kimiko Urban High Heels – Tera Gearz for Dirty Lynx
  • Hair: Molly (Scarlet) – Kavar Cleanslate for Exile
  • Hair Base: Red Hair Base (v2) – Amesha Jewell for Heartsick (Fashion for Life Hunt)
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Emma – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Fashism (bought at Fashion for Life. Fashism hasn’t got a store in-world yet.)

Oh, and I wore this outfit to my friend oona’s exhibition opening tonight at Pirates – she gave out free gas masks and I couldn’t help snap this shot:

Here’s some info about the exhibition – and it’s awesome so go check it out (from oona’s notecard):

You are sleeping,………….. you do not want to believe……….you are sleeping,………you do not want to believe…… You are sleeping,………….. you do not want to believe……….you are sleeping,………you do not want to believe……You are sleeping,………….. you do not want to believe……….you are sleeping,………you do not want to believe……  . ……………………………………….There are two levels to this installation. the TP for the second level is at the end of the tunnel. Here also is your last chance to grab the free gas mask created by Fire Mavinelli ,before you enter the Toxic Zone…you have been warned!…Please set your viewer to midnight , turn off your music player and have sounds on ……full volume. if you can stand it 🙂

But beware – oona is a tricky one and it takes some skill and effort to reach the top. It’s totally worth it though. For me, this is definitely an installation I’ll come back to quite a few times in the month it stays open!