Gorgeous hair is the best revenge. ~Ivana Trump
3 Days and Counting
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ~ Desmond Tutu
The writer is a mysterious figure, wandering lonely as a cloud, fired by inspiration, or perhaps a cocktail or two. ~Sara Sheridan
I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist. ~ Tammy Faye Bakker
As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you’ve allotted for vacation. ~ John Battelle
Long Way Home
“It doesn’t matter how many times you leave, it will always hurt to come back and remember what you once had and who you once were. Then it will hurt just as much to leave again, and so it goes over and over again. Once you’ve started to leave, you will run your whole life.” ~ Charlotte Eriksson
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.
Shirt: Drift, Hungover Tank **New**
Skirt: Maitreya, Leather Mini **New*
Hairs: Exile, Crazy in Love **New*
Hair: Exile, Crazy in Love
Hat: Lagyo, Sombrero
Glasses: [sYs], Carmen
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 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!
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*
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!
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.
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:
Hair: D!Va, Asami *Fameshed*
Pants: Drift, Apartment Pants *New*
Hair: D!va, Asami, *Fameshed*
Jacket: Drift, City Coat *Couturier’s Dock*
Pants: Drift, Boyfriend pant *New*
Purse and Sunglasses: Dumani
Hat: Baoba, Velvet cap
Scarf: Maitreya, Evi
Jacket: Drift, Trench
Shoos: Miamai, Lois
Stockings, Angel Dessous, Jennifer
Purse: HOF, Vandersatchel
Ring: Mandala, Motsumame
Hair: D!VA, yep, Asami
Shirt: Drift, Freedom shirt
Pants: Drift, Boyfriend pants