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!

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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

Girls spend hours deciding what to wear, and all guys do is try to picture us naked.

Spring 2013 kimono-esque

All business today. I am without a home for the moment, so the picture quality may decline a little bit. I shot and styled all of these in just an hour (incuding cropping). I hope the style stands on it’s own though. I’ll be the first to admit, I am not a model. A tiny fishing village does not equate to high fashion on any playing field. But, I am a thinker. And, a studier. As an aside, when I grew up I was taught to never start a sentence with “and” or “but.” When I went to college they said that particular rule of English structure has been thrown out the window. Ah well, so here I am, even I picked up some of those radical liberal viewpoints whilst being brainwashed in college. I’m glad my mom doesn’t read my blog, though, my common memory of her as I was growing up were comments like “don’t dangle your participle!” I’d imagine using and and but to lead a sentence would pretty much spell the end of her sanity. But… I digress, as I said. I am a studier and thinker.

Today I was following up on the current Trends for Spring 2013 as presented by Style.com. Thinking it over, I decided to try to throw my interpretation on them. I had one set back, Second Life’s Spring lines aren’t out yet. But I think I did okay, well okay for a Cao. Who’s not a model. I’ll start with the 2013 styles will include modern plays on the kimono. See above? I am starting here, because what can I say, I love kimono’s. But also, because this picture is about a year old. See you guys think I dress funny, sometimes I am just a year ahead of the trend. ;)

Spring 2013 Contrast

The second trend we should be seeing is a continuation of contrasting colors. Not just black and white, like seen here. Also, Blue and orange, red and green. It is typically what you would think is a cool color, like blue and team it with a warm color, like red. These are brought down to singular, basic colors, but with so many colors on a spectrum, the sky is truly the limit.

Spring 2013 Collage

The next trend mentioned is collage. I earned a collage degree in 2008, oh wait. nevermind. I earned a college degree. The collage look is the use of sewing together different patterns to create a new look. They always seem to look a bit ethnic, or eclectic to me. Perhaps a bit Boho chic. Zaara is already in the game for this look since this is a last years sundress.

Springs 2013 veiled sheers

The next trend for Spring will be what is called “veiled” styling. There were a lot of sheer see-thru materials out this year during the RL fashion weeks.This one just hasn’t really come about much in Second Life yet, but it will be fun to see it if any designer’s decide to play with it. I’m wearing the sheer blouse from Gizza included in the Blazer suit outfit. (found by way of Chloe, kudos girl!). The rest of the look should be layered elements, but I stalled here due to time constraints and threw on a pair of quasi-layered pants.

Spring 2013 flounces

The next fashion trend you should be seeing this Spring is the flounce. I really like this look there are a lot of romantic and elegant things you can create with a flounce. Without the adorable layers of this dress, it would lose a lot of its depth and would be too plain to wear for anything other than everyday wear. I particularly love this look for Second Life because it adds a 3 dimensional effect in a basically two dimensional world.

Springs 2013 alpha females

And last, but certainly not least, and this is afterall, a look I wear more than others is the alpha female trend. Fuller eyebrows on women are back in (think Brooke Shields in the 70’s), as well as man cut jackets and pants. I like the look, but tend to like to soften it up some with things like wearing a bra as a shirt, or feminine jewelry.

Take from? Well of course, Second Life modeling isn’t really about playing dressup with your Barbie doll. You need to keep up with current styles, learn new styles or create a new trend in styles. It’s fun to throw on clothes, but to be the best at something you need to lead others by introducing those looks other avatars will crave to wear and own. I hope this was enough to get you excited about the coming Spring Fashions. Heck, I am just a lil Cao, a non-model. Just imagine what YOU could do! SLURLS are under the “Last known SLURLS page.

Outfit One:
Hair: Boon, BNG331
Makeup: Blackliquid, Winehouse
Earrings: Zaara, Hiral Wood
Necklace: ChopZuey, La Cascadeuse
Shirt: .Shi, Wrap Blouse
Skirt: Mon Tissu, Westberry
Shoes: Diktator, Dare Horseshoe

Outfit Two: Contrast
Jacket: Gizza, Blazer suit (female)
Pants: LWL, Harem IKat
Makeup: *LpD* Gia, eyes
Hair: Madesigns, Aria
Hairbase: 99 elephants, shaved
Jewelry: Mandala, Senjyu

Outfit Three: Collage
Dress: Zaara, Kitika Maxi dress
Hairs: Boon, PKJ371
Jewelry: Zaara, Hiral earrings, Parnini necklace

Outfit Four: Veiled
Shirt: Gizza, included in the Blazer suit (female)
Pants: Glam Affair, July
Hairs: Boon, PKJ371
Jewelry: A la folie

Outfit Five: Flounced
Dress: Tee*fy, Orelle
Necklace: LaGyo, Triumph
Earrings: Indy and Co, Maelle
Hairs: Boon, KBO906

Outfit Six: Alpha Female
Jacket: Gizza, Blazer suit (male)
Bra: Sea Hole, Catalina lingerie
Pants: Maitreya, Leggins
Hairs: Dura, boy/girl03
Jewelry: Mandala, ceekeeey earrings, Amida necklace

Doodads.And.Whatcha-ma-doodles.

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Headpiece: SoliDea FoliEs, Cristalli *L’Accessoires*
Hairs: Dura, Girl03
Outfit: *SoliDea FoliEs*, L’Amour Fou
Head: *CoCo* Doll

Quick post today because so much to show and so little time. L’Accessoire’s is having another event, so run! I love accessories! Baubles, baubles I could bathe in them! And don’t get me started on shoos!!!! Lots to show, so I’ll hush my mouth and bring them on. I hope your weekend was an amazing experience! xo I enjoyed this experience so much, I even included the taxi for you! Taxi:

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Shoos: {{BSD}}, Yeriak *L’Accessoires*
Handbag: {{BSD}}, Caoimhe **NEW**
Hairs: Dura, girl and Boy 40 **NEW**

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Purses: Handverk, Leather Feather clutch *L’Accessoires*
Necklace: Mandala, Osenbei **New**
Earrings: Mandala, Ohoshisama **NEW**
Watch Mandala, Hokusai
Ears: Mandala, Steking **New**
Cocktail: LWL, (Ladies Who Lunch), Street Mini
Hairs: [E], Conclusion

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Outfit:
Hairs: Miamai, Luna
Collar: 22769, Lacante *L’Accessoires*
Hairsticks: Mandala, Rushana Chopstick **NEW**
Ears: Mandala, Steking **NEW**

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Hat/Glasses: Azoury, Animal *L’Accessoires*
Shoulder Pads: Glam Affair, Spiked Shoulder Pads *L’Accessoires*
Dress: *SoliDea FoliEs*, Extinct
Hairs: Maddesigns, Aria

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Hat: B and W, Shena *L’Accessoires*
Earrings: Fulo, Gigi *L’Accessoires*
Outfit: [sYs], Hussarde **GROUP GIFT**

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Outfit:
Skin: ++Nuuna++
Hat: NYU, Cashmere tweed cap *L’Accessoires*
Scarf: Cherry, Chanel Infinity *L’Accessoires*
Bag: Cherry, Valentine Bow Tote *L’Accessoires*
Latex: Graves
Garter: Sakide

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Outfit:
Hairs: D!va, Yuri
Jewelry: Mons, Lion King set \O/ *L’Accessoires*

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Outfit
Shoos: Eclipse, Ancilla! GORGIE! *L’Accessoires*

Whew! Outfit!

Contrition.Forgiveness.and.Moving.On.

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I had planned to take only Friday off, but as life has it, sometimes the smallest of minutiae can toss you on your arse and leave you soundly and resolutely locked with inertia. Words can be more powerful and deadly than the dirtiest of bombs at times. Friday, a dear friend showed me that an unknown person took my profile picture and made it their own. Filled with self-righteous indignation, I went through the loops fondly known by me as Facebook non-administration, to confront the person. The nerve, impersonating me! (I know, I sound sanctimonious, right?) On Saturday, the person messaged me back with this:

“Im sorry but I take it from flicker and is this a sin like gaining any else pic for example when we use actress pic and singers and I thought its the same????? And I look at your fb profile im not stealing any pic just liked this pic on flicker and u also posted it on fb too dont have any bad idea about me and I dont want pretend any pic as me or my avi so delete that post on fb whoch said I stole your pic if u r gr8 in sl then im much more gt8er in rl.”

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I couldn’t respond to the comments, Facebook wouldn’t let me, so I was left hanging in the wind, forming thoughts, words, and gasping for air. I was angry because I do feel putting someone, anyone’s, picture as your profile picture is misleading, but I also feel that just the fact that it IS an avatar may be worse than using a celebrity’s pic, because an avatar is one persons, the users, artistic rendition of their virtual selves, so in a vague way, it is stealing someone’s art. However,the occurrence was explained, I accept the explanation, so you would think I could move on. But, as I said, a complete lethargy overwhelmed me. Words are bombs. I am over the act of stealing the pic, but I can’t move past the last words spoken, and I have no recourse to address them; “if u r gr8 in sl then im much more gt8er in rl.” Hear that? Now THAT’s a verbal bomb. We all want to be liked, we all know there will be those who don’t like us. I’m not a Second Life avatar, I HAVE a Second Life avatar. Big Difference. I am a great and worthy person in real life, just as everyone else is.

I believe we should always try to walk with a soft tongue and an accurate measuring stick when chatting, whether in real life or a virtual life. I, myself, recently on two occasions, once inworld and recently when commenting on anothers blog, miscalculated the measure of my words and hurt the person at the other end. Inworld, since I was listening to the words following my err, I could pick up I had said something wrong, I asked what I said wrong and clarified my poor choice of words right then. I truly meant to say nothing wrong, in my haste to log, I accidentally short-handed my words to where they were construed as meaning something else entirely. On the blog, the offending term was pointed out to me and I immediately apologized. Words are bombs, they can hurt.

Contrition.Forgiveness.and.Moving.On.

A take from? Yeah, there is. When you are chatting, verbally or written, before you say something think about it and word it to construe your best meaning. Also though, if you hear something and it offends/angers/upsets you, don’t stew on it, immediately say to the person, this is what I heard just then, is that what you meant to say? And always, always don’t just jump ship. Give the person a chance to explain their feelings, to find the rights words for what they meant. It’s so easy to just write people off, but what if by writing this person off, you have cut out one of the major players in the story of your life?

Outfit:

Hair: Miamai, Syle
Jacket: Leezu! Tasia
Dress: Ladies Who Lunch, [LWL], Street Mini
Shoos!!: Leezu!, Times Square Boot
Jewelry: Mandala

Making.Spaces.Treasured.Faces.

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Jacket: sYs, Black Swan (Love this!). Hairs: Vanity Hair, Lady Boy. Leggins: Indyra, from the Venice outfit. Earrings: Finesmith, Feather Story NEW!. Shoos: Diktator, Envy. Bra: Ladies Who Lunch. Ugly Ciggy: Di’s Opera Pose: DelMay

Ok, I know it and so do you. Second Life with it’s anonymity creates vast crevices where a ton of drama can pile up. The virtual world has a faster gossip mill than the Central Intelligence agency of most third world countries. Why? I suppose because some people thrive on it. Me? I prefer to keep my pixelated head entrenched deeply in the sand. The take from, and you know there always is one.

vanity lady boy indyra leggins from venice finesmith feather story sys black swan diktator envy It’s a high gravity Monday after taking 9 days off, I chose to dress like I mean business. In a cheeky way of course.

Everyone has some crazy friends, or coocoo family members. You know the ones, they can be a joy one moment or a living ‘ell the next. But you can’t fix crazy. You also shouldn’t spend a lot of time on worry, trust me this worry is probably small compared to the one waiting just around the corner for you to show up. As for the friend? And it may sound mean but their problems are theirs, not yours. What is important to you is how you let their problems effect you. Empathy for them is understandable and right. But as to their solution, this is where you make space for them to figure out their own. Let them know you are there for them and then step back and just be there.

diktator envy These shoos. mmmmm I smell sex and candy.. Hot, hot hot.

I did a mix and match today and have to say, I just love this jacket from sYs, so incredibly amazing! The shoos from Diktator need no introduction, but watch out, Draakje already licked the vendor.. The hair is from Vanity Hair and is a perfect have available in inventory style. I love to pull it out every once in a while because of its shorter length and pulled back style. I heard a rumor, but a good one, that Yula Finesmith of Finesmith Designs is back and back in style to boot. I just fell in love with this whispy and gorgeously feathered necklace and earring set. If you get a chance, swing by one or all of these designers stores, I know you will find the perfect attire for your drama free Monday as well. (The SLURL’s are under my “last known SLURL’s page.” I know, lazy Cao, but for today you will have to empathize with me, I’m just off vacation and running a little jagged.

Finesmith feather story Cao’s in feathers, I’m sure there is a nursery rhyme in there somewhere.

Postcard.From.the.Edge.

No hope for the human race

Recently while perusing failbook.com, I ran across this picture and had to pause. I’d like to think I’d save the child, but then what would I have to blog about? As luck would have it, camels are herbivores, so he’ll probably just give him a hair swirly and move on. Besides, this is one of those epic pics that just doesn’t get any better! You know the one. That pic of you taken when you were two years old and you faceplant in a mud puddle? Or the one taken when you were five and decided to play dress up with your mother’s makeup and clothes? Or better yet, the pic your best-friend-forever took of you when you left the ladies room at the bar and your skirt was tucked into your panty hose? Ok, ok, alcohol may have been involved in the last one. But you know the pics, all those little missteps and embarrassing moments that somehow always end up caught on picture. Those pictures that always seem to be shown over and over through the years and they never seem to lose their laugh appeal. The point is, we all have them, so own them. I think when we love ourselves enough to laugh at ourselves, we have truly grown up. If we spent half the time making fun of things we’ve done instead of making fun of what others are doing, the world would be a more peaceful place! So free it up this holiday and take a moment, and laugh. I hope you will be happy you did. As for the child, well, I’d probably be guilty of taking the pic. No, honestly? I’m kind of clumsy, I’d probably find my head in the camels mouth.

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I know! I know! I said no blog until after the New Year! But when I took a look at the new hairs from Dura called “Boy and girl 39″ I just had to shoot it! Well that and the fact my parents are driving me crazy. I hope your are having an amazing holiday, eating, drinking, being merry and if your like my little dragon friend, spending a day gifting yourself with anything your heart desires. It’s Christmas, shouldn’t you give the best gift to your best friend? Yourself. Have fun and I can’t wait to be back to see you all!

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Outfit:

Hairs: Dura, boy girl 39 *New*
Jacket: Erratic, Vanity jacket
Pants: Drift, apartment pant *New*
Shoos: Ladies Who Lunch, gauntlet
Pose: Pics N Poses

Voice.For.The.Silent. 2Lei

Voice.For.The.Silent.

2Lei is a collaborative project between different groups in Second Life, born in 2010 with the aim to raise awareness and disseminate events related to the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”. It is embraced by virtual artists, gallery owners, musicians and culture personalities of Second Life sharing a common message of solidarity to the women through their particular art.

“2Lei” is a variety of virtual teams in a traveling event between different spaces, with a very broad participation, and if we consider that an island can support up to 100 avatars, we can say we have been able to reach this limit for each of the events presented, with participation of users, not only Italians, but also from several international Countries. “2Lei” project, thanks to this virtual event, has the potential for more people to collaborate and meet, even at a distance of the space of the Earth, to pursue a single intention, awareness. Also this year, for the third edition and with great anticipation, we will be sharing the different events over several days, from 19th to 25th November.

Between November 19th and 25th, we shall speak, we shall commemorate, we shall stand in celebration of women. All women. But especially for the women of no voice who suffer needlessly at the hands of another. For our final event on the 25th November (time to be determined) we want to have a runway show of the “anonymous women’s designers.” The show encompasses the Yin and Yang forces of life. Relative levels of Yin Yang are continuously changing ebbing and flowing in life. Normally this is a harmonious change, but when Yin or Yang are out of balance they affect each other, and too much of one can eventually weaken (consume) the other. Let’s stand for those consumed in this elemental force of nature.

We hope you will join us! Are you willing to join us? Designers will just need to provide one black or one white outfit for the show. Models will just have to donate their time to walk in the show. So easy, yet so powerful. If you will help, please contact Caoimhe Lionheart or Draakje Dailey so we can kindly add you as participating anonymous designers or models. We are standing up to the bully with the fists, the evil person with the verbal weapons, won’t you stand with us?
info: http://www.secondlife2lei.blogspot.it/

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