My Mind Quiets as I Play

My Mind Quiets as I Play

I actually took the day off from blogging seriously and it feels wonderful. Every now and again it happens. The words fade away. I think its because I’ve had a rather stressful few days both personally, professionally and Second Lifely. The perfect maelstrom of forces pulling me every which a way and requiring undivided attention that I do not have. So instead of beginning to blog items for The Couturier’s Dock, now that the SIM store is in place and ready to launch today March 29, 2013 at 1:00 PM SLT, I decided to step back and play a little. A month or so ago Belle Roussel of Chop Zuey (the jewelry store), gave me a folder full of her items. I told her at the time, I’ve so little time to spare, I don’t really blog individual designers anymore, but she kindly told me not to worry about it to just play with them from time to time because she liked my style. I thought that the grandest compliment! Thank you Belle.

My Minds Quiets as I Play

So today when I decided I just wanted to play with windlights and photography, I pulled on Chop Zuey’s Rocinantes Curve, styled around the pieces and headed over to Neva Crystall’s Neva River SIM. Such a gorgeous place, if you get a chance stop by there before it’s closed off again. As you may know, in Don Quixote, as written by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote named his skinny little horse Rocinantes. There was much thought by Quixote in naming the horse. “Four days were spent in thinking what name to give him, because (as he said to himself) it was not right that a horse belonging to a knight so famous, and one with such merits of his own, should be without some distinctive name, and he strove to adapt it so as to indicate what he had been before belonging to a knight-errant, and what he then was.” Rocinantes is much like Don Quixote in that he is awkward, past his prime, and engaged in a task beyond his capabilities. Just like me this week. Don’t you love it when all the pieces fit together without fore thought!

My Mind Quiets as I Play

I spent an hour snapping pictures, refocusing my soul, and relaxing. My mind has quieted while I played. The take from? Yes. Don’t force life to happen, it will happen anyway. If you find you are just getting further and further behind. Stop, play a while, enjoy the view. You may never quite catch up to where you should be, but honestly, on the last day of your life, do you really think you will care? Life is about living. Have a wonderful weekend! I am feeling so much better about my day, I even included the taxi for you! Chop Zuey:

Outfit:
Hair: Lelutka, Pocahontas
Jewelry: Chop Zuey, Rocinantes Curve
Outfit: ~Soedara~ Nudzahui
Feathers/makeup: Plank Couture, Crow Feather

Baby.Booties.and.Being.There.

Baby.Booties.and.Being.There. If my mama sees me like this she’s going to librarian me upside the ‘ead with the dictionary

I’m at the age where all my friends are starting to have children. I decided a few years ago I wasn’t going to have any. No, I’m not defective, it’s my family, they are. About four years ago I asked my mum if she’d watch Katy (my Jack Russell Terrior-ist) for me while I went away for a weekend. I thought how bad could it be, I mean she raised me right? What a great weekend it was, practically “childless” and free to come and go as I pleased. But when I went to pick up the dog, she was hiding under the baby grand piano that tortured me as a child, hyperventilating like she was running the marathon. So like every good “mother” I asked my mum what the deal was, to which she replied without missing a beat, “she’s okay, she just swallowed three of my estrogen tablets from my nightstand.” Right away I decided there were two things I wouldn’t rush into, childbirth or menopause.

Baby.Booties.and.Being.There. Hey, Cao’s can Daisy Mae with the best of them. ;)

I digressed as usual, back to my friends. I don’t suppose it’s off-kilter to want children at a certain age, though I don’t really believe in the biological clock thing, why hurry in your thirty’s? I see forty something women having children all the time. My sister was one of those. At some point I suppose I was disappointed they all decided to get married or have significant “others,” I mean after all, I’m still not sold on the fact that the boys have cooties thing is all myth. But good friend that I am, I went along with them anyway and embraced all these men in their lives. If not genuinely, than at least figuratively I accepted they were mostly there to stay. This new chapter though, to me it’s overwhelming. They talk about cycles and child-rearing and tell me often enough I should have one too, that I don’t have to have a man to have a child. Huh? I must have been so embarrassed in that particular sex education class all the blood rushing to my face clogged my ears. What a novel concept. But I think I’ll wait though, I mean heck, I forget to feed myself often enough, I can’t imagine having the responsibility of feeding a little Cao. Sorry if this post it too much information, it’s actually tongue in cheek. Mostly. I suppose this new really sexy skirt from Leezu! has my mind a wandering and it filled the blog with some random absentminded thoughts today. Now, if I can just find where I put those birth control pills. Katy?

Take from? Naw. Even I can’t find one today. I did include the LM to Leezu! though, that should count for something. Taxi:

Outfit One:
Hairs: .Ploom. Mookie
Skirt: Leezu!, Pia *NEW**
Shirt: Leezu!, NightLove
Knickers: Son!a, Tulip (part of gown)
Glasses: Crie Style, Scioilto
Necklace: Kunglers, Amanra
Shoos: Gos, Angelina

Outfit Two:

Hairs: Lelutka, Vibrato
Hat: Riders Westernwear, Cowboy Hat. *THANKS NORTH* xo
Shirt: Leezu!, Valerie Blouse *NEW*
Shorts: Leezu!, Heather Hot pants
Boots: *LpD*, Oh Susannah!

Out.Like.A.Lamb.

Out.Like.A.Lamb.

Outfit One:
Drift, Flirtini, Cancun Stripes **New**
Hairs: Lelutka, Pocahontas
Bag: Toki D, Elephant Bag
Hat: LaGyo, Sombrero
Glasses: [sYs], Carmen glasses

It’s raining on and off today so that must mean Spring is right around the corner. I love Spring, I think it like taking out a drab rug and shaking out the bits of debris and dust that have accumulated over the winter. It’s Spring, so soon we will have a lot of new pretties to wear. I am hoping for a mesh bikini in Pantone’s color of the season, emerald green. *Hint* My friend Kallisto Destiny of Drift has started to put out her fresh new looks for Spring and boy do they put me in a beach state of mind. All of these outfits come with a Color HUD so you have at the very least 5 colors in each outfit. So what are you waiting for? Go get them! I’m so nice I even included the taxi for you! Taxi: All other LM’s should be on my “Last known SLURL’s” page, if not just give me a call.

As for me, I am going to wander away for the day, rainy days just somehow mean time to shop for me, and I’ve some Spring buying to do.

Out.Like.A.Lamb.

Outfit Two

Shirt: Drift, Hungover Tank **New**
Skirt: Maitreya, Leather Mini **New*
Hairs: Exile, Crazy in Love **New*

Out.Like.A.Lamb.

Profile:

Hair: Exile, Crazy in Love
Hat: Lagyo, Sombrero
Glasses: [sYs], Carmen

Chains.And.Things.

Chains.And.Things.I’ve always wanted to be cool enough to pull off a really groovy hat. L’Accessoire’s . Hat: Lode, Magnoli . Necklace: E-Clipse, LaSchiaca

I don’t know, the day didn’t start out this way. Sometimes it’s there when you wake up, oft your day progresses normally but then at some point, some memory hidden deep in your soul, some key phrase or word from a friend or co-worker and it drops about you like a massive smothering cloak. Today I blame it on this BB King, Dave Matthews Band auditory concoction I’ve been imbibing on all morning. They always tend to bring out my more sensitive sensibilities. They make me feel, they make me think. Chains. We all have them. Responsibilites, addictions, all the pieces of flotsam and jetsam that leaves litter about the journey of our life. I suppose if we didn’t, we’d all float away into the sky. But honestly, what are we afraid of? Is floating away such a bad thing?

Chains.And.Things. L’Accessoires . Hat: Baoba, Lluvia . Necklace: MiWardrobe, Indigo . Earrings: Cherry, Larisa . Purse: Handverk, Flamingo .

Take from? yes. Short blog today, I am having focus problems. And since I’ve switched to Incubus’s “Morning View” I’ve already started to break some chains, that’s my breakup album. Life is so short, and honestly it can end with the quickness of an intake of breath. Do you suppose singer songwriter Jason Molina knew he would be dead at 39? Why do we choose to suffer with all these chains? If something is making you miserable, do you really owe a continued allegiance to it? Live a life that is fulfilling, it starts with one step. A purpose driven life is more about balance. Balance the chains that must adorn you, but unlink the chains that are just weighting you down. And while your floating about, check out L’accessoires. Lots of great finds this month! I’ve lost enough dead weight today, I can even afford the taxi for you: Taxi:

Chains.And.Things.

Outfit One:
Hat: Baoba, Lluvia . **L’Accessoire**
Necklace: MiWardrobe, Indigo . **L’Accessoire**
Earrings: Cherry. Larisa . **L’Accessoire**
Purse: Handverk, Flamingo . **L’Accessoire**
Shoos: BSD, Angel Hair . **L’Accessoire**
Dress: Leezu!, Oxford **New**
Knickers: Maitreya, Allure Girdle
Hairs: Boon, KBO906
Hosery: Angel Dessous, Rike

Little.Lola’s.Crown.

Little.Lola's.Crown.

Well, Fashion for Life week is almost done. Today is the last day. I am a little melancholy actually. Something about this week always makes me miss my sister in law Kim who died from leukemia a few years ago. I think one of the saddest realizations of cancer is we can’t always save our loved ones, family, or friends. But it’s nice to know we can have a part in trying to help others, to save others. I am a little extra sad today because I set a rather lofty goal this year of six million and we are a little short. Just a little bit. It’s true I only bought one outfit from the event. I bought it this morning, but that is because as a blogger we could receive all the outfits for free to blog. But I do believe in standing behind what I am selling to my followers, this morning I went to the “Kiosk of Hope” and I dropped my Lindens in the bucket. A hundred US dollars worth actually. Because if there is even a 1 percent chance that my donation will save someone from the loneliness I feel at the loss of my best friend, I would gladly give all I have so someone else doesn’t have to feel like this. It’s not for any self-satisfaction, it’s just the right thing to do. If you find the time, please stop by. If you don’t have enough or don’t want any of the 100% donation outfits, please just drop a Linden in the bucket like I did. One Linden can make a difference, every single Linden counts, every single Linden is donated to Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Please, just do it, show me, show everyone, sometimes even a lofty goal can come true. I’ll even make it simple and include the taxi for you, it means so much: Taxi:

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Outfit:

Hair: Lelutka, Vibrato
Dress: *SoliDea FoliEs* Little LolaLola
Crown: *SoliDea FoliEs* Soliel Crown **L’Accessoires** Exclusive to new Round!

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*SoliDea FoliEs presents. Lolly.

A tribute to Galliano. Lolly

The show went on, the dream of a dress is out now. I hope you enjoy this gown as much as I do! Thank you to each of you who have participated in Fashion for Life’s Relay for Life event. We couldn’t do it without your generous donations to the American Cancer Society. Don’t forget the raffle starts today. The LM is on the blog post prior to this. And here is the list of remaining events. I hope to see you there! =**

SATURDAY MARCH 16TH

▪10:00 AM SLT – GALLIANO COUTURE INSPIRED COLLECTION – Produced by BLVD AGENCY

SUNDAY MARCH 17TH

▪9:00 AM SLT – GRAND FINALE – SL TOP MODEL COMPETITION

▪11:00 AM SLT – CLOSING PARTY – RAFFLE WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

*BOSL Radio will also stream across all 9 sims in partnership with SL club ‘The Velvet’.

* There will be a public ‘BEST FFL PHOTO CONTEST’ for the duration of this event. The winner will receive items from participating FFL designers.
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PRESS & MEDIA NOTES:

“When I saw the amount of new and beautiful creations being made for FASHION FOR LIFE 2013, my head span like Linda Blair’s in her best moment. How could we possibly showcase all this new fashion in one week while organizing the event at the same time? Thank God for SL FASHION AGENCIES! They all graciously jumped in to give us a hand. I am forever grateful.” Frolic Mills, BOSL & Co, CEO

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Slipping.In.And.Slipping.By.

Slipping.In. Collabor: Hairs: Tableau Vivant, Hathaway. Flowers: Glam Affair, I Follow Rivers . Non-Collabor: Jewelry: Mandala

You’ll have to excuse me, though I’ve no true excuse a’tall. Well other than I am the manager here. Kind of nice to manage something, even if it is just a small rented space on the information super-highway, isn’t it? I seem to have misplaced my day, in all honestly. It started out high gravity, I was a half hour late for real work. I’d like to blame daylight savings, but well, no, its just me. But I wont beat myself up, it is what it is, and here I am faults and all. A tip for models, for what its worth. Keep some folders in your inventory of complete outfits by styles. That way if you log in and find you are supposed to have been somewhere about 10 minutes before, you can throw on that folder that says “business casual” or “girls night out” and not worry if you are missing items like shoos or knickers. Me? Naw, I just show up half dressed, but I’ve been doing it for so long, I think they believe this is just how Cao’s dress.

Slipping.In Jeans: Angel Dessous, Mesh Jeans Shirt: Angel Dessous, from the Adele gown . Hair: Tableau Vivant, Hathaway . Flowers: Glam Affair, I Follow Rivers.

These are some of the new mesh items from Nando Korobase of Angel Dessous. I tried on all the pieces and pulled out some faves. I love a comfy pair of jeans or short skirt on a high gravity day. It’s just seems to make the entire day ease away more comfortably. Don’t you think? I tried to get in Collabor today, it’s a little packed. I did cam in to grab the gorgeous hairs from M4rilyn Magic of Tableau Vivant and this groovy little flower hat from Aida Ewing of Glam Affair. But for the event itself? I think I have to write it up to places I’d like to see one day. Kind of like last weeks Gacha event. I mean really, they should let Cao’s in a few days early, don’t you think? We are mostly docile and clean up after ourselves when we leave, they probably wouldn’t even know I’d been there.

Slipping.In. Skirt: Angel Dessous, Lara . Corset: Angel Dessous, Xenia . Shoos: Celoe, Aelia . Jewelry: Mandala, Amida . Hairs: Lelutka, Vibrato

Take from, yes there actually is one today too. Some days, especially Monday’s if you find they are starting off really bad, ease back and coast a day. Sometimes it better to take a mental health day then to let the day continue to stress you and make things worse. If you do just the cursory work when a day is going to ‘ell, you’ll have less to fix the next day. Just something to think about. If you get a chance, run by Angel Dessous and by Collabor. If you get by Collabor, tell em to show a Lil Cao some love every once in a while. ;) Slurl’s are on the left on the SLURL’s page.

Ancient.Scripts.and.Sinking.Ships.

Ancient.Scripts.And.Sinking.Ships.

For some off reason, perhaps it’s because I not only live in Florida, I also live very near the the oldest city in the United States, but at this melancholy time of year I always seem to think of pirates. Did you know pirates rarely buried their treasure? Kind of sad because when I was young I used to always dig on the beach hoping to find a treasure chest. All that digging was in vain. Well, I probably would have blown it all on ice cream and stuffed animals, but thats okay, the needs of a young pirate are so few. I suppose that is how I am most like a pirate, because pirates never buried their treasure because they would rather divide it up and spend it right then. Ah, the life of a pirate. And before you shake your finger at me and say “silly girl, everyone knows girls can’t be pirates” I should let you know, yeah, they can. I know of ten such women, one of which, Grace O’Malley, an Irish pirate, commanded 3 galley ships and over 200 men. Their pirate heritage is forever written in history. But, well, I’m not very strong, or fierce, I’m just a Cao, so all I do is think about being a pirate. Oh, or digging to China. Yep, that was big too.

Ancient.Scripts.And.Sinking.Ships.

I think this is how I dress on most days in SL. Not too flashy, and well, either in knickers or men’s pants. What does that say about me? I don’t know, I’m scared to ask. This tuxedo jacket and shirt are for women and are made by Coco. Coco has lots of new things instore so if you’re not too busy digging, check them out. The pants are for men, but I don’t care. They are the men’s tuxedo pants from Gizza, I’m tall and skeeeeny, so I can pull it off. Do I want to look all masculine, no, of course not, I am a girly girl, so I wouldn’t be caught dead without a few pieces of Finesmith’s Edina baroque jewelry, and my fave Mandala Rushana Chopsticks. Kiku San is my soul mate, he just doesn’t know it. ;) As for the foots? I think there is nothing more divine than to feel your way in your journey thru life, that way you remember the feel of the hard times, the moments that barbed you and the times in life that soothed you.

Take from? yeah. Don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Only you can limit yourself that way. If I’d a kept digging I’d probably be half to China by now. Just think about it, it will come to you.

Outfit: (SLURLS in Last Known Page)
Hair: Miamai, Luna
Sticks: Mandala, Rushana Chopsticks
Jewelry: Finesmith, Edina Baroque *NEW* and LOVE!
Jacket: Coco, Tuxedo Jacket
Pants: Gizza, Tuxedo pant
Chair: Art Dummy! Drafting Chair
Pose: DelMay, Chilled sit

Back.From.The.Dead..Almost.

Back.From.The.Dead..Almost.

I knew I was sunk Friday when I left work and my throat was on fire. It’s my own fault really. You see, on the way to work my vehicle broke down and I took it to a garage around the corner from my work instead of her usual mechanic. I know, I know, Bad Cao. There are two things I know for sure, you should never sneak around with some unknown garage or hang out at the local elementary school, you never know what you will “catch”. The first, obviously I know from experience, the second is from overhearing some of the conversations of co-workers with children. As far as I can tell, those little ones are harbingers of more bacteria than most third world countries actively practicing germ warfare produce. Oh come on, if you have them, you know this is kind of true..

Back.From.The.Dead..Almost.

Now, obviously I wouldn’t be caught dead lying around on the couch in a huge T-shirt and yoga pants. *Looks down* Thank goodness I don’t have a webcam. By Saturday, I was lying around for sure and what better way to do it than with this sexy cocktail from AnnaGrey designer from [Whatever]? I mean look at it! It has spikes! Nothing says “do me…but from a distance” better than spikes, right? To make it perfect, I chose the new “Love is Blind” fold from Mila Tatham of *SoliDea FoliEs*, it is available in limited quantity at Fashion Limited, so run! As you may remember, this is version 2, the first was sold for Valentines last year and was a very popular item, so don’t wait until it’s too late. So let me regather a second. Incapacitated, blind folded, lying on a couch, wearing a fancy little cocktail.. Where are all the good guys bearing chicken soup?

Take from, and yes there is. Look your best, even if you are just running out to the store for one item, because you never know who you might run into. As Coco Chanel once said, “A woman is closest to being naked when she is well dressed.” Deep words for a high gravity Monday. I hope yours is much more enjoyable than mine. You’ll have to forgive me this time, the SLURL’s are on my “last known SLURL’s” page.

Outfit:

Hair: Lelutka, Salome (couch) and Rykiel (standing)
Blindfold: *SoliDea FoliEs* Love is Blindness
Dress: [whatever], Spiked Dress zebra
Stockings: Angel Dessous, Rike
Collar: [Whatever], Spike bun (Accessory for hair, edited)
Boots: Belgravia
Purse: [Glow] Studio, Spiked bag
Sunglasses: CeLoe

Somewhere.Out.There.

Somewhere.Out.There.

Such a late start today. I was so busy all morning with real work, but when I received this picture in my inbox, I couldn’t help but grin. The past two photoshoots (the Christmas elf and this) with Skip Staheli have been just amazing, he is as always overly talented and a wonderfully fun friend! A best friend really, other than Draakje, he’s the only person who knows all my deep dark secrets and dreams. He and I are once again strictly playing with the fun side, not worrying about the fashion, but to be honest, this round, I told Skip I had nothing. No ideas, no creativity. Nothing. I thought about it a while and asked if he would mind if I just did a “me” picture. I wanted just a random snapshot, I can’t recall when I last had one. So here it is, and I hope you like..

Skip named it, “Cao Northern Lights,” and like Skip, I’ve never seen the Aurora Borealis. I hope to one day, but for now the name had me thinking. And my take from? Somewhere out there, I have a vast number of friends from so many different countries and cultures. Friends I would hang with, learn from, have business with, peacefully argue with, and hopefully grow with. Somewhere out there, in all these cultures I have best friends, lovers, and even quite possibly the one man I was meant to live my life with. With a sky so large, the Earth gets just a little bit smaller and a little more within my reach. Hope, thats what it is. I like hope, don’t you?

Outfit:

Hair: Lelutka, Pocahontas
Sweater: =songhwa=, Cardigan Flower
Jeans: Maitreya, Boyfriend’s jeans
Belt: Mandala, Kookai
Jewelry: Mandala
earrings: Hoshigaki
Necklace: Karma
Ring(s): Annutra, Motsumame