A Perfect Storm

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When fashion blogging, or even just getting dressed for the day, sometimes one might feel like “This outfit is just okay” or “I’m really digging this look” – but somedays, on those rare occasions, the stars align and all the perfect elements fall into place and you end up with a look, or even better, a shot, that just knocks your socks off.

Today was one of those days for me.

It started with a trip to the now-open event, Designers United 5: Surrealism. One of the Seraphim bloggers had shown me a photo of this outfit by Maitreya, and I knew immediately that it had to be mine. I’ve always been a huge Salvador Dalí fan – he has used this spindly leg effect in many of his paintings – and have been fortunate enough to see an exhibit of his art in RL. I even went twice.

I also found at DU5 this amazing hair by [INK] Hair and this collar/birdcage contraption by .Olive. I modded the cage though by turning it around so it would match the flow of the hair. I couldn’t be happier with the look! And as the icing on top, Dani shared this amazing windlight with me that she had found on Juicybomb ages ago. It’s the perfect compliment to this outfit and also for the autumn season.

Oh, and if you didn’t know, my super duper favorite skin place, Essences, is having a 50% off sale, too! YAY!!! No word on when it will end, though. I promise I didn’t buy them all. ; )

And truly last but not least, before I published this post I realized, “Oh, it’s Monday, let me go see what Berry’s meme is for today just in case I want to add it in here,” and what do ya know, it’s a Surrealism Challenge meme! 2 birds, 1 stone – WOOT!

Be sure to stop by Designers United before it ends on October 4th and find YOUR inspiration!

Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys

only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.

- Salvador Dalí

Credits:

Hair: [INK] Hair – SURREALISM for DU5 in BrownGRD {Available at Designers United 5}

Collar/Birdcage: .Olive. – the Twigs a Choking Collar in Leather & Chalk {Available at Designers United 5}

Skin: Essences – Opera Summertime 03 *brown* {This makeup no longer available, but check out other versions at the sale!}

Outfit: Maitreya – Hera Dress and Stilts {Available at Designers United 5}

Pose: BENT.

Photo taken at Hazardous

Mad Woman

Mad Women

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I did a post. Summer truly comes and goes in the blink of an eye in RL, and it appears my life in SL has suffered the same fate.

So what’s been going on with me? Well, I suppose most importantly SL wise, after doing Strawberry’s Proportions Challenge meme, I decided to change my body size AND my face shape! 0.0

I’d had my previous body/face for years and it worked great for me, but I was ready for something new, so I played with the sliders and found a cute size and face that I really enjoyed. My intent was to try it on for a few days, get a feel for it and see if I wanted to keep it and I have yet to take it off, so I guess this is “the new me.” hehe

In RL I’ve become obsessed – albeit late – with the show “Mad Men.” I just love the characters and the storyline, and seeing the culture of that era and how far we’ve come, it’s just mind-boggling. To reflect my new obsession, I decided to put together my own “Mad Woman” look in-world. I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Are there any other Mad Men and Women out there? :)

Credits:

Hair: D!va – Layla Type A in Brown Diamond {Available at Collabor88}

Skin: Glam Affair – Candy 07 C {Available at The Arcade}

Dress: Maitreya – Nolita Dress in Cerise

Cigarette: The Sea Hole – Parisian Cigarette & Holder in Coal

Shoes: Slink – Vintage 2-Strap Pumps in Plum

Vixie, Don’t Lose That Number

Proportions

Okay so I’m channeling some Steely Dan with this post title, but hey, it’s what immediately came to mind when I started thinking about digits and “numbers” for Strawberry Singh’s latest meme – What’s your Digits? – Take 3: Proportions Challenge.

Just like many avis out there, I completely and totally LOVE my shape. I made it myself (face excluded – I used to have can-opener chin like nobody’s business!) WAY back in the day, just 2 or 3 weeks after starting SL when I learned how to play with those sliders, and I’ll have to say I haven’t changed it much since then apart from little tweaks here and there.

It was interesting to read Alaska Metropolitan’s tutorial link on Berry’s meme and to see how well I’d done. Turns out my legs were a bit long, so I shortened them up just a bit, but my boobs and butt (once known as my “pride and joy”) were in perfect proportion to one another.

So I started looking for a pose and got ready to take my pic when I realized, hey, I think I might suffer from a bit of T-Rex Arm Syndrome! So I stood up in RL to see where my hands fell at my side and figured, yep, they needed some lengthening, so I bumped my number from 44 to 55 and I have to say they look better. I figure if they don’t look grotesque from the change then it was probably a change that was needed.

Proportions Challenge Questions:

1. Do you try and keep your avatar’s body proportionate and similar to the “average” proportions pictured above? I have never compared my proportions to any sort of “rules” until this challenge, but I always strive to keep her realistic. Even when I’m wearing my tangos, I don’t make them mega huge.

2. What do you dislike the most about the SL avatar mesh? I hate how sometimes, depending on how the avi moves, you get these chunks and jags of pixels – like RL cottage cheese effect on crack.

3. Does it bother you when you see other avatars that are not proportionate at all? There are some looks that I like and some that I don’t, but if you can’t come into SL and look the way you want, whether that’s with quadruple D boobs, a faun, a furry, a petite or anything else, then what’s the point?

4. Even though this is a virtual world and people can be anything they want to be, do you feel when they are in human form, they should try to keep their proportions close to average? No, for the same reasons above. It’s their avi, let them do what they want to with it. Whether I like it or not is irrelevant.

Credits:

Hair: Exile – Fiona in Moreno

Eyes: Dead Apples (Temp Location) – Murdered Brown

Skin: Essences – Wednesday II in Golden Bronze

Lingerie: Fishy Strawberry – Soignee in White {no longer available}

Pose: BENT. – Lookbook 5

The Hooch Breaks Loose

Whore Cut JPG

A few meme’s back, I had mentioned that sometimes I like to dress like a hoochie. After working like a maniac to get the free gifts event set up to celebrate Seraphim’s second birthday, she finally broke free of her cage.

When I saw this cute outfit from BOOM in the new round of The Dressing Room Fusion, I knew I had to have it. Maybe it’s just me but it seems really hard to find something to wear with my tangos that doesn’t cover too much or too little, and I loved this outfit because, to me, it’s sexy without being slutty (granted my tattoo and the handbag make this combo slutty for sure, and I guess my asscheeks ARE hanging out just a bit hehe).

Today I also finally broke down and bought the Slink hands. I didn’t immediately see the need for them as I did for the feet, which I just can’t live without, but I couldn’t go another day with the “wrankles” (like cankles but for wrists) that the system hands gave me. Plus, I was chomping at the bit to wear these CUTE AS ALL HECK tropical nails that Sasy Scarborough of Flair created for the new collection at My Attic! She also created a nail pack as a birthday gift at the Seraphim HQ so be sure to swing by and pick that up along with all the other 50ish free gifts there! (She even named them after Seraphim staff members – d’awwwwww! <3)

Last thing before I get to Strawberry's latest meme, I promise. The pose I'm using today is also available at the HQ and was created by our very own Lashae Karsin! She just started making poses and will be opening a store next door for Flash Friendly Poses! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Okay so on with the meme! This one was a “weird” questions meme and was easy, which was just what I needed. I’ve wanted to do the memes in the past few weeks but was just too busy to give them the time and effort they deserved, but weird questions? Right up my alley!

1. Which was the last sim you visited? (Other than your home) Dani’s home :)

2. Does your avatar look like the real you? No, plus she changes so often…but even then, she still never looks like me, except maybe in the sense that she is curvy.

3. Do you wear underwear/panties underneath your clothing when out and about on the grid? Nope, and I often forget to put them on even when I REALLY should. :P

4. If you won a million linden dollars, what would be the first thing you buy in-world? As of this moment, the first thing I would buy is this AMAZING build Shae showed me the other day, made by Abiss. It’s stunning!

5. Have you ever bought something in SL and then realized afterwards that you had already owned it from before? Not that I remember.

6. Have you ever done anything in Second Life that would be considered illegal in real life? Um, maybe. *has shifty eyes*

7. If you could go out on a date with any other avatar, who would it be? Tman2000 Tigerpaw – We met in SL and he’s now my RL hubby, but he doesn’t play anymore and hasn’t in years, but I think it would be fun to go on an SL date with him again.

8. Who, in your opinion, was the greatest avatar to ever slive? I suppose I don’t have an opinion on this one. There’s no one avatar that fills this role in my mind, though I do look up to Maxwell Graf of Rustica. He always seems to think outside the box and to be on the cutting edge of new SL technologies, plus he’s a super nice guy.

9.What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in-world? Once a friend and I were trying out some mature *cough* furniture in a store, and a friend of a friend noticed me and sent a screenshot to her, which she then sent to me, and somehow I accidentally copy/pasted that link into a Seraphim post instead of the URL for the TP! Thanks goodness someone made me aware of the mistake ASAP! *hides*

10. If your avatar had a mind of its own, what do you think it would say to you? “You’re killing me here! All work and no play makes for a very tired avi! When’s the last time you let me decorate…or garden?! My green thumb is turning black! Go have some fun for Pete’s sake!”

My Credits:

Hair: Lelutka – EMELI in Bournville Fade

Eyes: Dead Apples (Temp Location) – Murdered Brown

Skin: Essences – Wednesday II in Golden Bronze

Boobs: Lolas – Tango

Outfit: BOOM – Her Pleasure top in Goldenrod and Feel Free Shorts in Teal Washed {available at The Dressing Room Fusion}

Bag: Shush – Bag of Shame in Pink {Old Whore Couture item}

Feet: Slink Womens Rigged