Give.Your.Imagination.Wings.

Cao~as Alice
Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Photo by Skip Staheli

I am still pulled away into a real world, and as I said to my blogfriend Nightlake, Nightlake’s blog: the most astonishing thing I have found is that more than being in a Second Life, I have missed reading all of your blogs, seeing your pictures and commenting on all the wonderful things you all share. Friday is my major ” blog read” day, over 90 of you,and I felt a little bereft not checking in to see how your day is going. In the mean time, I apologize in advance, but I wanted to reblog one of my fave Second Life blogs, because it is why I love the virtuality of the Internet, the endless possibilities it gives to us all. So please be patient and wait for this litte Cao, only a few more days. I hope you will come back to see me.

My friend and fellow blogger, Harper Ganesvoort recently put a challenge up on her blog Harper’s blog: that sounded really fun! She challenged fellow bloggers to create and style their favorite fictional character. Those who know me, know that is something I do on a regular basis. It seems my head has been stuck in a book since I was three years old. Oh, the places I have been and seen, without even leaving my home! But on this week I have been a bit selfish and only dedicated time to my real world self, so, in keeping with her blog I am going to handle this challenge with a two prong approach. I am going to show a recent picture I had done by Negatif Studio Negatif Flickr: as well as some of the fictional character’s I have done in the past. I hope you enjoy! <3

Give.Your.Imagination.Wings.

The picture above is not a fictional character. In a recent copy of Vogue I was reading an article about Emma Stone, the actress, and I just fell in love with the outfits she was wearing. Vogue always seems to get the clothes perfectly matched to the interviewee’s personality, the Olsen twins were equally perfect. But when I saw this outfit, or rather, something similar to this outfit, I just knew, that outfit is Cao. I never claimed to be elegant, I am more gawky than graceful and this Emma masterpiece defined me. The credit’s for clothes will be at the end of the blog.

Swan Lake (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Photo by Skip Staheli

Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Photograph by Pam Astonia

Cleopatra
Cleopatra, Historical figure of Epic proportions. photo: Shifty Ricantaur

Caoimhe Lionheart AD Royal Wedding ala Cendrillon ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre
Cendrillon ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre (Cinderella). Photo by Cherie Parker

Caoimhe Lionheart Victorian Goth
Edgar Allen Poe’s “Annabelle Lee” by Cherie Parker

Vogue replica Outfit
Hat/Hair: Wasabi Pills, “Magician”
Tie: [Mandala] “Smexy tie”
Jacket: Gizza, “Velvet jacket”
Scarf: Maitreya
Shirt: Hoorenbeek, (men’s line)

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

Edible Names and other such Gobbledygook

Edible Names and other such Gobbledygook L’Accessoires . Hat: Bliss Couture, Kristi . Handbag: MiWardrobe, Casual Bag . Non L’accessoires . Short: Ricielli, Summer Short . Jacket: BOOM, Cartel, Chinese shortcoat . Hairs: Boon . Shoos: Whatever, Stella . Background: What Next, Falling Wall Decor .

“If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play.” I had to use that quote, someone called me Yoda today and Yoda said it. Not sure if the name is a compliment or not, but I’ll stand by it. He seems a gentle enough sort, even if he is greenish with big hairy ears. It’s a soft blog today, I need to say the new round of L’Accessoires started today, so hurry hurry, I sneak peeked and it’s an awesome one! The hat and purse above are from the event, Bliss Couture and MiWardrobe respectively. I’m breaking some rule of SL blogging probably, but I am recycling today. Why? Because I am fickle thats why! I just love this jacket and the shorts are amazing! But I promise, I’ll move on tomorrow. Maybe. Taxi to L’Accessoires:

bliss ricielli Hat: Bliss Couture, Mezzo . Short: Ricielli, Summer Short . Jacket: Cartel, Chinese shortcoat . Hairs: Boon . Shoos: Whatever, Stella . Background: What Next, Falling Wall Decor .

Strawberry Singh came up with a new Meme today about Second Life names, and it being a high-gravity Monday, I decided to jump in. Thanks Berry for doing the heavy thinking for me!

1.What’s your SL name? Caoimhe Lionheart (pronounced Keeva Lionheart)

2.What made you chose this name? Caoimhe is a gaelic name that means gentle, beautiful and precious, all of which, according to my real world mother who is notoriously biased, fits my personality description. I chose Lionheart as a surname because it seems courageous and fierce, both of which I am not particularly.

3.What’s your SL nickname, or what do most people call you? (if applicable) My nickname’s in SL are Cao, which is actually said Cho, (a Han Dynasty warlord), or Key in gaelic. Don’t get me wrong, I have a sneaking suspicion just what everyone is calling me ;), I am also called Lil Cao because I am “only” 6’6” which is short for a Second Life model, or case in point, and perhaps most common, I am called Mooh by a certain dragon friend, and my little cow by my photographer love Skip. But don’t worry, I don’t mind being called a cow, it just kinda fits because above all, I am a docile species.

4.What’s your SL display name? Why do you choose to have one? (if applicable) I don’t have one.

5.Do you like your SL name? Yes! I love my name and have never changed it. Besides, I can never find people on my friends list who change their names, or use fancy letters, they get lost and I’d sure hate to lose myself! Hey, if you know me, you know, it could happen. I’m kind of clumsy like that. I’d probably accidentally mute myself again and never, ever find where I am hidden on the list. Great, now I am going to have nightmares tonight.

6.If you could change your SL name, what would it be? Couldbea Loon

7.What’s the craziest/funniest SL name you’ve ever seen? Oliver Clothesoff, not making that up. Don’t know if it’s the avatars true name or not, but I passed by him in a wide circle just to be safe. Though I have to say, on another note, I love supermodel Annough Lykin’s name too, because you truly can’t have enough liking going on, can you?

8.What’s the coolest (your favorite) SL name you’ve ever seen? Duncan Disorderly, as in, it’s a high-gravity Monday, I am half way through the work day, and I wish I was.

Well now, see? Take from? Even Cao’s can have fun every now and again, and this meme was “udderly” the best one yet!

Going To California

Cao and Draakje Flower PowerClothes: GizzA . Photograph: Skip Staheli

Every once in a while I like to research the culture associated with certain styles of fashion. One of the era’s I’ve often found fascinating was the culture of the hippies in the 60’s and 70’s. The hippies were a counter-culture, a rebellion against societal norms of the time. They sought to free themselves from the restrictions society, most often “the parents,” placed on them, they wanted to find their own way, or find new meaning to life. I often wonder how that went, because personally, I still have days when I wonder what the meaning of life is. But perhaps, thats the point, the fact that we are free to find meaning, instead of settling for the status quo in of itself should mean something, right? The personality traits the hippies tend to be associated with are self-sacrifice, spirituality, honesty, joy and nonviolence so they chose fashion that would distance them from the normal attire of the day.

Hippie symbols were purposely borrowed from primitive cultures, with hippie fashion reflecting a disheveled, often vagrant style. As with most middle class movements their was a challenging of gender roles, both men and women had long hair. In what I suppose would be termed as letting “one’s self go,” the men grew beards, the women wore no makeup or bra’s and there were a lot of bare feet walking around. Personally, I still maintain that one. It’s up to you to decide which of the three I am talking about. But the one thing that seems to stay true to the hippie counter culture is their artistic love of colors, which is why I am blogging them today, my last day of the week of color. Hippies often chose brightly colored clothing, such as bell-bottom pants, vests, tie-dyed garments, peasant blouses, and often pieces of native American jewelry, scarves, headbands and beaded necklaces.

Take from? Yes, probably so. Fashion can be used as many things, a counter-culture, a weapon, a device, a lure, but most importantly as an expression. When you are styling for something, especially a contest, first step is to do a little research into exactly what you are styling for, don’t assume you know. If you skip this, you may just end up looking more cliche than on target. Just something to think about. Have a gorgeous weekend! GizzA:

South of the Border

South of the Border

Okay, now see. I’ve mentioned it often enough before, but there are some disbeliever’s out there, but honestly, I am basically undate-able. I really am. My mom is a big part of the reason too. She is determined to see me married off just to give her a dozen or so grandkids. Why she picks on me and not my brother? Heck if I know. No, that’s not sincere, you have to know my brother, maybe it’s probably a good idea to slow down his gene pool. (Just kidding bro) I’m at my wits end honestly, and about to make sure I do not pick up when I see her name on the caller ID. The other day she calls, and I know it’s bad because the first thing she says is, “Cao do you love me?” I kick my own arse right then for picking up the phone, you’d think how much harm can a five foot three woman do, but frankly, she scares the davil out of me. After I affirm my undying love for her she tells me good then I won’t mind going out with Mrs. So and so’s son while he is in town. *head desk*

South of the Border

We decide to meet for a drink. I always refuse to meet for dinner on a first date. Why? Remember my manner’s “issues”? If he chews with his mouth open I am likely to look over at him, smile, and stab him with my plastic spork. They apparently frown on that in most eating establishments around here in this drinking village with a fishing problem. I digress, I show up at the alotted time, and lo and behold he doesn’t look so bad. Handsome fellow, great teeth, taller than me, my big three requirements are met. It was going pretty well, we were chatting about likes and dislikes, cursory things and I mentioned at one point I’d like to learn Spanish. He looks at me and I sware, this is more or less how the conversation went.

Guy: So you like it South of the Border, eh?
Me: What?
Guy: You like dudes from South of the Border (SOB).
Me: [stare] …
Guy: So is it because Florida guys don’t have much going on South of the Border?
Me: WHAT?
Guy: You know, chicks like you these days just don’t want to date guys like me anymore, is it because of what we’ve got SOB?

I got up and walked out. But I thought to myself, “IF YOU THINK IT IS WHAT YOU HAVE SOB THAT MAKES GIRLS NOT WANT TO DATE YOU, YOU ARE REALLY MISSING THE BIG PICTURE HERE.”

Of course this is in gest, mostly. But you single women out there know what I’m talking about; we’ve all spent time with “that” guy. So smile and forage on, somewhere out there is some perfect guy made just for us. At least thats what I hear. I hope your Wednesday slides peacefully into the weekend! If you get a chance, come see me Saturday April 13th 1PM SLT, at the *SoliDea FoliEs* show during SoloEvane’s Milan Fashion Week! Today’s color tip? Don’t forget your primary colors, there is a reason they look so good on a flag!

Outfit:
Hair: Boon, YNO421
Glasses: Dumani, Cateye
Lips: Blackliquid, Bloodgloss
Jacket: Leverocci, Sleek Blazer (might be out of business, I tried to find)
Scarf: GizzA, Tricot Set (from the)
Skirt: Maitreya, Mini
Clutch: Chic Zafari, London Bag
POSE: BehaviorBody, Handbag pose