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June 29, 2011

In These Shoes?

Skin:  Belleza;  Aiko, pale 11
Hair:  Exile;  Temptest, champagne
Shirt:  Utopia;  Ursula, 07
Pants:  G. Field;  Capri jeans, black
Shoes:  Slink;  Lulu, black

I don’t normally blog brand new items because there are a gazillion other bloggers that do that.  But just occasionally, there comes out an item that I must have and I must wear and then other factors convene and its like fate telling me I must blog it as well.  Such is the case with these new Lulu shoes from SLink.  I didn’t want to take them off, even when we’re tromping through a forest.

And the fate part?  I bought my second pair of Lulu’s Sunday before we went to Elegance Ballroom.  One of the singers sang “In These Shoes?” by Kirsty MacColl.  I liked the song and the next day I went to YouTube to find it and happened to notice in one of the comments that she had died.  Off to Google I went and found her very sad story and the injustice her death in Mexico received.

I don’t know if this is an official video or a fanvid, but it has good sound quality and you can enjoy the song:

June 23, 2011

Living Under a Rock

So Xan and I went to see another one of Maximillion Kleene’s live performances the other day.  I’ve been a fan of his since his very first performance at the Hummingbird back in 2006.  To end his show this time, he does this incredible rap/performance of Jason Mraz’s Butterfly (which I’d never heard before), but I’m only halfway paying attention to it because I’ve spotted a woman wearing an amazing dress.  Turns out its someone from his management group who was nice enough in the midst of passing out group invites to tell me the creator…Zaara.  Zaara?  How did I miss this release???

Skin:  Belleza;  Aiko, pale 12
Hair:  Angel;  Alanis II, natural
Dress:  Zaara;  Svara dress, black
Shoes:  Donna Flora;  Milva, black/silver
Nails:  Pixel Mode;  Sculpted nails, V2 platinum edition
Jewelry:  VG Republic;  African Bangle & Uzuri; Noble bracelet

So I’ve apparently been living under a rock to miss both this Jason Mraz song and a Zaara dress.  Anyway, the dress comes in two different versions, the one shown above with the cutouts showing skin and another with another layer of contrasting material underneath.  Both are fabulous and I had a hard time trying to choose which to wear for the picture.

As you can see, I’m still playing with the SL shadows.  Practice, practice, practice.  Right?

Here’s an acoustic version of Butterfly I found you might enjoy:

Curl your upper lip up and let me look around
Ride your tongue along your bottom lip then bite down
And bend your back and ask those hips if I can touch
‘Cause they’re the perfect jumping off point
Getting closer to your butterfly

~Butterfly, Jason Mraz

April 23, 2011

52 Weeks of Color Challenge: Periwinkle

Skin: Laqroki;  Phoebe2, Fair 08
Hair:  [69];  Olivia 03, Platinum blonde
Dress:  Grixdale;  Sun of a Gun, Vintage Doll, Lilac
Jewelry:  Earthstones;  Inlaid Link Bracelet, Lapis

Okay, so this week was tougher than I thought it would be when I originally saw the color chip.    I went through every last piece in my inventory that could even remotely be considered Periwinkle and found nothing.  The abandoned clothing heap continued to grow with things that were discarded as being either too blue or too purple.  I can’t believe I was defeated so easily by my own inventory.  Oh, the shame.

The shopping therapy I prescribed myself was almost immediately effective when I ran across this beautiful “girly” dress at Grixdale.  The lilac was close enough to a periwinkle that I just claimed artistic license and ran with it.  And how lucky was it that 69 just released this super-cute braided hair with a color-change scarf!  So here’s my one obligatory “woman in field in flowery dress” picture.

Next up in Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Tangerine.

Edited to add:  I was going to share the playlist I used when editing this picture and completely forgot.  I wanted the picture really soft so I assembled the music that makes me feel that way, mostly a lot of slow, bluesy tunes.

Closer to You ~ Dennis Quaid (from The Big Easy soundtrack)
Gravity ~ John Mayer
Let It Be Me ~ Ray LaMontagne
Tupelo Honey ~ Wayne Toups
Come Pick Me Up ~ Ryan Adams
Simple Man ~ Shinedown cover
Wild Horses ~ Beth Hart ft. Jesper Benzer

April 21, 2011

In Formal Attire

Skin:  Laqroki;  Nellie, Fair 06
Hair:  Vive9;  Bruna, Sand Dollar
Gown:  AlaFolie; Miss Philipines Version 1
Shoes:  Indyra Originals;  Coqeutte Noir Sandals, silver
Jewelry:  Miam Miam; Amethyst Jewel Bangle & VG Republic; Thin Metal Bangles

Xan’s Tux:  Lapointe & Bastchild;  Couture Tuxedo, Pewter

Couple Pose:  Exposeur;  Stuck on You

Its always a pleasure sorting through my SL closet to get all dressed up for a night of romance, especially when I run across a gown this fabulous.  I don’t quite remember when I got this one, but I do remember thinking I should save it for a special occasion.

I was right.  The dress, the shoes, the hair, the makeup, the tux and especially the man all came together for one very magical night of music and dancing at the Elegance BallroomFor the first hour we were there, a DJ played some of the standards you’d expect to hear.  We received a special treat though when one of their singers, Krisie Snowdrop, showed up (with entourage) to entertain us for the next hour.  She had a very lovely voice and an eclectic choice of melodies that provided a very different, but pleasurable ballroom experience.

April 5, 2011

Finally Found…The Riverside

Early last week, I was fumbling through Search in hopes of finding a Live Music event that I could go enjoy while I had some free time.  By some magnificent twist of fate, karma, happy accident or whatever you’d like to call it, I mistakenly selected “nightlife” instead of “live music”.  And so, I finally found…The Riverside and rediscovered my love of the Blues.

I’ve been a fan of all classes of blues music for most of my life, with a preference for the more modern stylings I was introduced to by way of the jukebox at whatever dive bar I was shooting pool at that year.  Stevie Ray Vaughan, Delbert McClinton, George Thorogood…you could usually find any number of those tapes (and later CDs) in my stereo or car.  Gradually, I eased back into the older influences and started rounding out my collection.

 

Its been my experience in SL that many of the “blues” clubs I’ve visited are just facades used as a hook to draw people in.  The DJs played mostly rock, with a few modern blues artists peppered around to try to give themselves legitimacy.  So my experience with the so-called blues clubs in SL has been disappointing to say the least.  Until I found The Riverside.

 

I spent quite a few hours each day dropping by and found that the staff of DJs is vast, each with their own distinctive style of blues offerings AND knowledgeable about the genre, its artists and history.  On the rare occasions an out-of-genre song was played, it was accompanied by an explanation of the classic blues influences upon the singer/songwriter.  Entertaining AND Educational!  The staff of hosts is attentive, the regular clientele is friendly and overall, its a very welcoming atmosphere.  There is also a blog that lists the daily DJ/Host schedule, upcoming special events, blues history, and even recipes!

Riverside Blues Society

If that wasn’t enough, there are some superb shopping opportunities and The Delta sim is beautifully designed and decorated.  I took a quick peek around and found so many perfect spots for taking photos at the river (complete with barge!), the covered bridge, barn, church and even snapped a few pics myself.  There’s even horse-drawn carriage rides for those romantically-inclined couples to enjoy.

The entire sim has so much to offer, but if you’re a blues fan, you’ll definitely want to check out the club (events are listed in Search).  Hope to see you there!