Fowl Feathered Friends

Fowl Feathered Friends

Okay, I can’t help it. I love feathers and I love creative fashion. It’s one of the reasons me working for *SoliDea FoliEs* is such a good fit. Mila Tatham designs very creatively. But there are a lot of these truly creative designers out there. One of the others brands I simply can’t live without is Faint Paulse’s Ladies Who Lunch. I started playing with this outfit Saturday, but it was such a nightmare in SL getting anything to attach I finally said “uncle” and left. I think today was a little better, and I hope you like. I am keeping with the low velocity one more day, so Draakje? short and sweet, so there!

Fowl Feathered Friends 1

Take from? There is a new round of Hottie Cooterati’s Zodiac, and its Taurus, and I’m a Taurus, so HAVE fun for my birthday month! And buy me lots of prezzy’s, okay? See, so nice, I’ll even include the taxi. Taxi to Zodiac!:

Outfit One:

Skin: Essences, Taurus **Hottie Cooterati Zodiac event** (Thanks Anderian Sugarplum :**)
Hat: [LWL], Blush Veil hat
Hair: Tuty’s, Adorable
Earrings: Mandala, Leather Feather
Makeup: Mons, Burning eyeshadow (**Taurus Hottie Cooterati Zodiac event**)
Gloves: Mimikri
“Wings”: [LWL], Vesuvius, feather part of hip pieces
Shirt: [LWL], MFM11 Aviary Top
Tutu: [LWL], Aviary Tutu
Socks: ALB, Joy (part of a boot set)
Shoos: [LWL], Faint! Precarious Platforms

Striped!

Striped

Low-velocity weekend. Recovering from last night? Perhaps. Wanted to finish up the Spring 2013 trends blogs, so here it is. If you remember from my first blog of springs trends I showed some high contrast black and white prints. Those are still in style but if those Rorschach-esque digital prints are too over the top for your style, stripes might be right up your alley. Make the statement big and bold but at the same time uncomplicated. With denim, they’re all-American; with navy, they’re nautical-chic; and worn head-to-toe, they’re just plain cool. Bonus: You’ll definitely be able to wear them for seasons—even years—to come, because this is a style that always seems to come back into style.

Striped

Outfit One:
Bag: Handverk, Leather Feather
Jewelry: Mandala, Onigiri necklace and Hokusai watch
Makeup: Mons
Hairs: Boon, WMO003
Shirt: Maitreya, Rib Tank
Skirt: Baiastice, Mesh maxi
Hat: Baiastice, Huge Brim Hat

Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window ~ F. Scott FitzgeraldTime-honored and fashionista-approved, luxe leather pieces in refreshed shades are a strong style for Spring 2013. More tomorrow.

Since I previously used the quote, “I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” you can probably tell I am enamored with F. Scott Fitzgerald and more specifically, The Great Gatsby. So you can imagine my excitement they’ve remade the movie, I just hope it follows the book closely. There are so many meaningful quotes meandering through this novel, each time I read it I learn something more about myself. I’ve probably passed the title quote by on numerous occasions without thought but this time, I did stop and F.Scott is wise and on the mark. Many times we do judge others by our own personal experience, how can we not? We are the best authority on what we have seen, felt, done and oft these prior markers shadow the bigger picture, creating previously unrealized bigotry’s towards others who are different. One only has to use the example of the topic of gay marriage to know both sides are strong in their arguments and seldom stop to see the others view.

Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window ~ F. Scott FitzgeraldAfter fall 2012’s whirlwind of brocade, fur, and embellishment, it’s no surprise to see influences everywhere from India and the Middle East to Russia, the beautyful beading should make for some seriously stunning evening wear this Spring.

Don’t get me wrong, I realize its easier to look at life through a single window, ours, but I wonder if its as effective or productive? Should we make “fast-food” assumptions when it comes to how we view other people? I hope not. After all, compassion, love and empathy only come when we have the ability to put our feet soundly in the shoes of the other person. It just makes no sense to label people based on our experience, we don’t know how they got to where they are and their journey in life is seldom the same as our own, if it is, well then it’s just an “us” versus “them” mentality, so what may seem the only solution to the us may have a unique completely different outcome to the them.

Take from, sure, I’m a Cao, it’s what I do. Look out a window, then walk to the other side of the room and look out a different window. Open your eyes, and look around, there is so many different colors to see. Even in white and black, there are numerous shades. People are the same way, each of our life experiences uniquely effect our vision, our ability to interpret what we see. It is important to remember there is never necessarily a right and a wrong response, so if we are passing judgement it behooves us to remove our own experience and prejudices from the equation prior to making any decision that involves another human being. A little high-gravity sure, but then sometimes the most important things are.

Outfit One:
Lingerie: Sonatta Morales, Pretty Lingerie Taxi:
Hat: Leezu!, Garbo Hat **L’Accessoires** Taxi:
Pumps: Miamai, Marian 50’s pump **L’Accessoires**
Jewelry: Donna Flora, Pasqualina
Hairs: Tuty’s, Bob

Trends Are Like Horses

The Avaricious and the Bellicose Statement Sunglasses . Want to add a runway feel to your everyday basics? Pick up a pair of spring’s OMG-worthy sunglasses.

They are easier to ride in the direction they are going. ~ John Naisbitt . Last week I covered color, it’s uses, the color wheel, and whats available and trendy. Can’t express enough how important that color wheel is! For the next couple of days I want to show some of the 2013 Fashion Trends. I know this is a rehash of a January blog, but sometimes it’s good to readdress to update because as we know, fashion may be eternal but boy does it ever change quickly! Today’s first two trends are based on the rounds of the 2013 Spring Fashion Week in New York City. I’ve conveniently written what the trend is under the picture, so if you can’t stand to face Word and Peace as written by Cao every day, I made it nearly painless for you!

Trends Are Like Horses Black and White . Spring often reminds us of pastels and flowers, and they were definitely at the fashion weeks, but there is just something tried and true about black and white.

Glasses, glasses, glasses! Aren’t they just such a marvelous fashion statement? This year they hit the runway in every shape and size, each pair louder and more fabulous than the next. Aren’t these shades from Swallow just glam? I feel like one of those rich diva’s you see walking about in NYC, now if I can just find where I put my purse with the dog in it.. The second trend is black and white, the designers put a strong emphasis on these colors and it just makes sense. Think about it, they are appropriate to wear year-round, easy to pull off on any budget, easy to dress up or down so it’s sleek enough to wear for business or on a date night, this trend is the definition of wearable, so you will probably see it consistently throughout the season.

Trends are Like Horses I made my black and white “pop” with the added flashes of red.

Outfit One:
Shoos: {{BDS}} Design Studio, Fierce! **L’Accessoires** Taxi to L’Accessoires:
Clutch: House of London, *Cherry*, Fitch Ruffle clutch **L’Accessoires**
Hat: Baoba, Amazona
Hair: Boon, KBO906
Dress: GizzA, Hankie Dress
Jacket: Baiastice, Leather Stud Jacket
Necklace/Earrings: Indyra, Ibiza chains, Sylph Door Knockers
Shades: Swallow, Metropolis Shades

Outfit Two:
Shoos: E-Clipse Design, G-!nspiration **L’Accessoires** Taxi:
Hat: Miamai: Giant Dish Hat (wearing black and red) **L’Accessoires**
Purse: *Cherry*, Fitch Ruffle clutch **L’Accessoires**
Hairs: Dura: Boy&Girl 38
Jacket: Blue Couture, Black and White Feathers Coat **NEW STORE!!** Taxi:
Jewelry: Pure Poison, MeiMei Jewelry set **L’Accessoires**
Blindfold: 22796, Aldine **L’Accessoires**

Laccessoire

The Avaricious and the Bellicose

The Avaricious and the Bellicose“They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you.” ~ Suzanne Collins

The Avaricious and the Bellicose. Come on, we all know them, they are just otherwise known as Haters or Internet trolls and if you are a Second Life model or a dedicated blogger, sooner or later you’re going to get up close and personal with one. Human behavior has been as it is for century’s now, it’s not some new phenomenon; envy is one of our biggest challenges in life. And honestly, being nice or not nice, doing or not doing, someone somewhere will hate you no matter what your response is. It’s just a sad fact of life. So right off the bat, don’t be immature and think everyone will like you. Do the best to walk quietly with all whom you encounter but when you meet a hater realize, envy sucks but everyone liking you ain’t gonna happen. Distancing your emotions from the hurt allows you to be free to look at the world without those little pink sunglasses.

The Avaricious and the Bellicose“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.~Harold Coffin”

I think the best we can do is accept their emotion, but realize typically it’s not YOU they are angry with, they just want something you HAVE, or ironically don’t have, depending on what “it” is. Because to tell the truth, when it comes down to a new pair of Jimmy Choos or pay my mortgage I can be pretty darn envious of the person whose house is paid for. And ironically, one of the odd things about life is whatever they are envious of; typically it is merely on loan to you, because we’ve probably all experienced something that was taken away. So the best we can do with the gifts bestowed upon us is to enjoy them while we have them, hold them sincerely but most of all never use them to harm others. If they are taken away, I would certainly hope the people around me would recognize I only used my gifts to promote the good of society and not to be malicious to others because you don’t realize how many splinters you’ve created on the ladder your climbing until you begin to slide down.

Take from? Yes, the world is filled with avaricious and bellicose people, it’s a fact of life. What limits their affect on us is how we respond to them. Motivational speaker Harvey MacKay, put it quite eloquently when he said, “Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.” All SLURL’s are under the “Last known SLURL’s page” to the left!

Outfit One:
Shoos: {{BDS}} Design Studio, Fierce! **L’Accessoires** Taxi to L’Accessoires:
Clutch: *Cherry*, Fitch Ruffle clutch **L’Accessoires**
Hat: Baoba, Amazona
Hair: Boon, KBO906
Dress: GizzA, Hankie Dress
Jacket: Baiastice, Leather Stud Jacket
Necklace/Earrings: Indyra, Ibiza chains, Sylph Door Knockers
Shades: Swallow, Metropolis Shades

I.Dreamt.of.You.

I.Dreamt.of.You.

I used to watch so many old movies, I don’t really know why, I suppose in my simple way, I wished I could live in such a simple time.The most amazing thing to me about old movies is all of the smoking and drinking they did. I guess in my “enlightened” education, I find it a little shocking that smoking looked so glamorous in the Golden Age of Hollywood. I have never smoked, nor have I ever wanted to, but its kind of nice to think that in those days, they trusted their viewer to be able to “see” actors smoking and not run down to the nearest convenience store and buy a pack of cigarettes. What has become of our world? I read the other day that you can’t purchase a “super-sized” soda at a McDonalds in New York City. I don’t drink soda, but I’d like to think I am grown up enough to choose whether I want one or not. Have we become such an obtuse nation in the United States we have to be told what is good or bad, or what we can or can’t eat, drink, or inhale? Kind of a sad commentary of a nation, isn’t it?

I.Dreamt.of.You.

I suppose it started with the lady who sued McDonalds and won a couple million dollars because she dropped her coffee in her lap and it burned her. I may not be the sharpest knife in the kitchen, but I don’t have to have it written on a coffee cup “this is hot.” And honestly, on these matters, I tend to think, I wish I had thought of that first, I’d be rich, if I wasn’t too embarrassed at my own stupidity to sue. All of this “deep thought” subsequently reminded me, did you know, the most common emotion when you dream is anxiety or negative emotion? Figures. No wonder I have a hard time sleeping at night. I suppose when you live your life with things labeled in black and white “dangerous hot,” or “health hazard” or “do not touch” or my favorite “don’t use the hair dryer while taking a bath” your bound to be a little anxious about bedtime. Right?

Take from? Yep, here it is. I’d like to say blame the attorney’s, but thats just too close to the truth and my take froms are usually a small note of what I want to take from my thoughts. So the real take from is, we are all instilled with some form of common sense, why don’t we just stop the madness and take back our adulthood? Do we really need to be told what is good or bad for us? I hope not! Slurls are on the “Last Known Page.”

Outfit:

Hair: Loovus Dzevavor, Dali *New*
Jewelry: Finesmith, Morning Sun, *New*
Shirt: Baiastice *New* (sorry!can’t remember and this was my base piece… Bad Cao)
Pants: Purple Moon, Tango in black
Belt: Glam Affair, part of the July pant
Shoos: [Gos] Boutique, Marilyn *new*
Handbag: BeLod, Crystal Clutch *The Couturier’s Dock*

Cigarette and Pose: Di’s Opera, Fatale Series

I’m.Not.Weird.

I’m.A.Limited.Edition.

I'm.A.Limited.Edition Pose: [Gos] oOOoo, Pouffe

Odd occurrence of late, in the past week, three different models asked me if I could teach them how to style. Odd, first of all, because I’ve never held the delusion that I had any style a’tall. I am after all, just a silly Cao with rather eclectic tastes in fashion. Secondly, I’ve always been under the assumption that style couldn’t be learned, that you either have it, or you don’t. The rest of us just muddle on through the best we can. But I thought about it over night and here are some ideas that have worked for me.

The first is very important, and also why I became a blogger for consumer’s instead of designers. There are a lot of very stylish outfits out there, but if you don’t personally like them, you aren’t going to pull the look off effectively. My regular readers probably remember the times I’ve said, I don’t normally wear gowns, but I love this one. Well no truer statement could be made, I feel in gowns, the gown is wearing me, I become a mannequin to the outfit, more or less. Don’t get me wrong, I would never wear an outfit to blog that I didn’t love, I just think if I had my druthers I would show my style in another way. The gown isn’t a bad thing, it’s just not my personal “style.” So the most important step to learning how to style, is learning the type of clothing you like, so the clothes you wear become an expression of your personality.

The second biggest step, is to learn about style. I live in a podunk drinking village with a fishing problem, so the modicum of style is typically jeans, bathing suits, foots or flip-flops. It makes for easy morning wardrobe decisions, but it’s not exactly going to land anyone on the “best dressed list” of any publication. So study. Peruse fashion magazines, google pictures on fashion, check out the fashion shows and fashion weeks on YouTube and find out whats new, what’s in, and what’s not. Stylish is a commitment to rise above average, so it takes a little bit of work. I actually keep a bit of a “fashion scrapbook” with ideas to try, things to look for, that way if I get stuck for a style, I have immediate inspiration at my fingertips. (I use Pinterest for this)

The next one may seem kind of silly for an avatar, but know when clothes “fit” you. Nothing could be truer at this point with the introduction of so many mesh products on the market. As an Asian, I am thinner than most models and as you know, most mesh comes with lots of curves. Rather than getting into a viscious cycle of changing my shape, I specifically look for slimmer cuts, with more reasonable layers. Otherwise I look like I am wearing a burlap sack.

I'm.Not.Weird. Pose- LibDescent “Ocean”

I want to put the next two thoughts here because they work with each other. Know how to put outfits together. You can have a lot of really cool single pieces but together they don’t necessarily mean style. Frankly, sometimes they look like you threw stuff at yourself and it just stuck. Back it off some and always look at yourself critically. Know what colors play nicely together, know what colors work well with your skin tone. Don’t assume that since your are an avatar the seasonal color charts don’t apply to you, they still do, very much so. See “Runway Modeling-color wheel by Mimmi Boa” page on the left for more info on this. The second hand of this concept is, don’t limit yourself to “brand” names. The brand names designers have become base points for a good reason, their items are consistently good, but there are a lot of other designers out there with great items as well. I commented to one of these friends last week to not “throw” an outfit on. Put it on piece by piece and remember its pieces because oft, you can take simple elements of one outfit and combine with another and it can have some amazing results. It’s like you get to be the designer without the labor of creating the pieces. But watch the colors, not all blacks or reds are created equally, and that spells fashion disaster.

Last and certainly not least important, accessorize! It can make a great outfit one worthy of a top model. However, understand, having a ton of jewelry on does not make an outfit stylish. Know how much is too much, is the outfit in need of a bold statement or just a complimentary touch up? Do you really need a hat or is the hairstyle the focal piece? Sometimes the accessory or lack thereof is the most profound statement a model can make.

Take from? Of course! Get crazy and creative and build your style around you! This is what I mean about style can’t be taught, you either get it or you don’t. You have to learn it by learning about you first and no one knows you quite as well as you do!

Outfit:
Hair: D!va, Yuri 3
Jewelry: Finesmith, Sarit *new*
Dress: Baiastice, Aida *new*
Leggins: Peqe, Cornucopia
Shoos: Gizza, Studded Boot *New*
Pouffe: [Gos] oOoo Includes poses *New*
Pic2 Pose: LibDescent, Ocean *New*

Drift.Away.

Drift.Away.

I had a pretty calm Sunday today. I have been half arsed decorating for Christmas and at the same time adding an addition and porch to my SL house, so today was a drift away day. Really no obligations to fulfill. I did attend the Passion Fashion Academy graduation and congratulations to all of those models, you did awesome! But other than that, this morning I sat around for a little bit and savored a nice cup or twelve of coffee. I had a couple of pics of some new Drift items from Kallisto Destiny that I shot last weekend, but when I saw the above pants “Apartment” pants, I couldn’t resist throwing them in, they are so me! Won’t be taking them off anytime soon, so expect to see a lot of me in them!

Drift boyfriend pant city coat dumani occhiali

As a little aside, I want to thank the designer’s who do send me things now and then to consider, I truly appreciate it. I purchase most of the items I blog, so I am very grateful when I receive a little prezzy. I do want to say though, if it takes me just a little longer than you expect to blog them please know, its not that I do not like them, because I do, I Do! I just tend not to blog one designer or another, since I am retired, I like to create outfits from multiple designers, so sometimes I have to stop my brain from creating looks in my head long enough to shoot them, but also I often have real life and Second Life obligations I have to fulfill. But I try, I honestly do, to be consistent. So thank you all, always, for your patience.

Drift.Away.

I just love Kalli’s Drift brand, it always has an ease and comfort to it. The types of clothes I would gravitate to in RL. Check out Drift today, I know you will find lots of things you just can’t live without. I know I always do! I’m lazy today, but still going to include the taxi for you! Taxi:

Drift freedom shirt boyfriend pants diva asami

Outfit One:
Hair: D!Va, Asami *Fameshed*
Jewelry: [Mandala]
Pants: Drift, Apartment Pants *New*
Sunglasses: Baiastice

Outfit Two:
Hair: D!va, Asami, *Fameshed*
Jacket: Drift, City Coat *Couturier’s Dock*
Pants: Drift, Boyfriend pant *New*
Purse and Sunglasses: Dumani

Outfit Three:
Hat: Baoba, Velvet cap
Scarf: Maitreya, Evi
Jacket: Drift, Trench
Shoos: Miamai, Lois
Stockings, Angel Dessous, Jennifer
Purse: HOF, Vandersatchel
Ring: Mandala, Motsumame

Outfit Four:
Hair: D!VA, yep, Asami
Shirt: Drift, Freedom shirt
Pants: Drift, Boyfriend pants

.cuir an t-sneachda.

.cuir an t-sneachda.

I love victorian novels. It seems they knew how to make you feel the wintry winds and snows as they fall in flurry’s about the novels characters. Brrrrr makes me shiver to read but its such a wonderful vision. I think if I was a character in a novel, I’d wear one of these gorgeously heavy gowns like above. This is the new gown from Angel Dessous called “Adele.” I admit I don’t wear gowns very often, but this would be the one I would choose. I can’t tell you how honored I was/am that Nando Korobase of Angel Dessous asked me if I would do the advertisement! Thank you Nando and Julie Hastings, my dear friend and wonderful photographer! <3 I adore you both so much! And readers? Your at the top of my list of fave people as well! I get to speak to so many of you inworld and I just love it. Thanks for the encouragement, friendship and all the smiles! If you get a chance, check out all the wonderful inventory at Angel Dessous, see? I'm in the Christmas spirit, I even included the taxi for you! Taxi:

.cuir an t-sneachda. There is even a divine Christmas edition. Gorgeous!

pic One:

Gown: Angel Dessous, Adele Diamond
Hairs: Boon
Jewelry: Kunglers <3

Pic Two:

Gown Angel Dessous, Adele, Christmas
Hairs: Vanity Hair, Sinahi
Jewelry, Mandala, Polly
Bag: Baiastice, Secchieli

The.Sun.Also.Rises.

Angel Dessous 2011 Dress from Angel Dessous

Growing up in Florida there is such a big wonderful Cultural influence to our state, especially Cuban. It truly is wonderful. There is such a richness to their culture, a strong sturdy existence. I love the thought of living life with all the senses. To not only see but to also smell, taste, hear, and touch life. Florida is a heaven with its rich colors and multicultural flavors. You know who I bet lived life with all of their senses? Ernest Hemingway. Did you know it is rumored that while a medic in the war, he was a spy during War World I? He’s one of those really manly heroic men, more legend than reality I suppose. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a romantic poet at heart, (as witnessed by his four marriages..) But even with his shortcomings, I’ve a feeling he truly lived life. But like all larger than life “characters,” in sickness, his weakness was finally revealed. He committed suicide in 1961. I do want to learn to live, a shame we have to “learn” to live. But wow, think about it, take a risk every once in while, try a new food, experience, learn a new topic, or language. I think the moral is just… do.. I hope to see you there. =)

Cao~Coffee Addict-1 hmmmmm nothing wakes the senses faster than a strong Cuban coffee in the morning.. yummy! (also Angel Dessous)

Hairs: Miamai, Maitreya
Clothes: Angel Dessous
Jewelry: Mandala
Shoos: Maitreya
Photography: Skip Staheli <3