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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Smudged 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong green
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: Diversity Hair – Delaney (black)

Outfit:

  • Top: *COCO*_gift_floraltanktop (group gift)
  • Skirt: /artilleri/ Carla circle skirt *green*
  • Hair Flower: /artilleri/ Rose hair flower *orange*
  • Bangles: ::Genesis:: Aidan Bangles
  • Shoes: Maitreya group gift pumps (magenta)

Other:

  • Pose: [IE] Imperial Elegance – Dazzle – 10

This post title is probably going to bring me tons of non-SL-related traffic, because it translates to “she has a beautiful balcony,” of course meaning “she has a nice rack.” I was trying for the look of 1950s’ Italian actresses – think a young Sofia Loren or Gina Lollobrigida – without copying any specific outfit. After all those sombre colours this blog just wanted something a little more vibrant. Still, if you had told me before that I’d walk the grid in an outfit combining orange, green and pink, I’d have declared that I’d never wear something like that. 😉

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Fall In Love 3
  • Hair: Donna Flora “Marlene” brunette (tinted darker)

Outfit:

  • Blouse & Skirt: ~Ivalde~ Margaretha black
  • Gloves: PIDIDDLE gloves teal [freebie]
  • Shoes: Maitreya – Solace faded teal
  • Stockings: OPIUM Everyday L$1 Store – tan lace-trim stockings
  • Hat: Greta Elegance Hat grey tweed
  • Corsage: Swallowtail profile picks gift
  • Bag: B@R Clutch Bag Black

Other:

  • Pose: seating pose from the Basic Female AO by [LAP]

A blog about vintage fashion in SL cannot possibly be complete without featuring something by Ivalde, and so it’s back to the 1930s today with the beautiful Margaretha set. The blouse is one of my favourite pieces by Ivalde and works equally well in a modern outfit.

Elegance Hats offers both vintage and modern pieces, and I was instantly smitten with the Greta hat, a typical 1930s design named after the great Greta Garbo. Back then, hats usually were worn noticably tilted to the side and drawn deep into the face, so that, depending on the perspective, they either hid most of the face or provided a dramatic background for one’s profile.  This one has not only a great texture, but also comes with a little hatneedle, thus adding a little extra adornment to the outfit.

Shoes and gloves were the starting point from which this outfit developed – as soon as I got the gloves (a freebie!), I knew I wanted to pair them with Maitreya’s Solace in faded teal. The bag is a lucky chair gift from B@rerose Tokyo, and the marvellous corsage finally a picks reward gift by Swallowtail.

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It is a (not so) funny coincidence that a new debate about body size issues in SL started just when the topic had already occupied me over the last few days: I found myself too thin in the Blogger Appreciation Week picture, but blamed it on the perspective, until I saw another picture of myself and again looked skinnier than I wanted to be. So I turned up body thickness by ten points (I prefer this over the body fat slider, because the latter also alters the facial shapes, which I didn’t want in this case) and increased the value determining the size of my belly. And then I’d probably have forgotten about the problem if not discussions about a designer’s requirements for model shapes had appeared on the feeds. (I won’t name the designer on purpose, since this isn’t about personal criticism, but rather about why I chose to look the way I do.)

While I believe everyone has the right to look just the way they want to, I still can have an opinion about it. All of this wouldn’t bother me as much if not the claim had been made that the shape was supposed to represent RL supermodels, when in fact the average fashion bloggers’ shapes already do represent RL model proportions or even exceed them. I am in no way extreme in SL: neither especially tall nor small, neither extremely thin nor big; my legs might actually be shorter than the average female avatar’s. Yet, I had to realize yesterday, when comparing my regular shape to one meeting the designer’s requirements, that my ordinary shape already was out of proportion if measuring it against realistic figures.

The average human being’s proportion means that the overall height measures about 7.5 heads – or, in other words, an average real-life person’s body height is 7.5 times the height of their head. In art, a particularly graceful figure was painted or sculpted at an idealized proportion of 8 heads, and muscly “superheroes” and Greek gods could measure up to 8.5 heads. My own size in SL, however, already was at 8.5 heads, and with that beyond what RL supermodels look like, not to mention realistic average women. The fault, in my case, were too long legs, and I scaled them down from a slider value of 52 to 50. I also took the overall height from 58 to 55, so that now I more or less represent what is seen as the ideal human shape. If measured against a prim stretched to the same size, my avatar would be about 184 cm or 6 ft tall (without shoes or hair), with a leg length of 112.7 cm or 3.7 ft. In other words: now that I’m smaller than ever before in SL, I have what corresponds to supermodel proportions.

Beauty is, after all, in the eye of the beholder. It’s none of my business if some designer wants to see their brand represented by what looks to me grotesquely-shaped avatars. Still, in my opinion it is sad that in a virtual world where we all could rise above the restrictions of RL, even more unrealistic standards are being reinforced by some. And with the growing number of prim parts being used in fashion, it is only a question of time until you either have to succumb to a designer’s vision of proportions, have to mod most things you buy (I already had some examples where my avatar was too big for the included prim parts), or just not buy certain brands anymore.

If I didn’t do so much “period hopping” in regards to fashion and if the beauty ideals of these periods didn’t differ so vastly, I’d probably have settled on a plumper shape early on. But during the 1930s and most of the 1940s, a very lean silhouette was en vogue, while the 1950s favoured more curves. The 1920s, on the other hand, were more interested in androgynous shapes. I  wanted to have an avatar who could have passed as fashionable in each of these times rather than creating a separate shape for each decade, so I had to go for something not too extreme. But sometimes I really want to make her heavier, just as a little visual counterbalance…

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Well, officially it’s still two hours and about 20 minutes until it starts where I live, but since I don’t know when I can make it online tomorrow, I’m going to post my tribute to the inventor of the Blogger Appreciation Week a little early:

Thank you, Callie! And also to all others who contributed time, expertise and good spirits to this project.

Body:

Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Biba 1
Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
Hair: *BP – Okappa
Outfit:

Dress: *ICING* Dame de Lotus (grey)
Boa: “Rain Bowa” natural by caLLie cLine

Other:

Pose: [LAP] – Tingle PR4

In the spirit of the general theme of this blog, I’m wearing caLLie cLine’s peacock feather boa in an imitation of 1920s’ flapper style. The textures are gorgeous – very detailed and sharp – and its jewel hues brilliant. There are dozens of colours available and, if you are not a fan of peacock, other kinds of feathers as well.

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Now that my online life is settling back into its old routine again, I am taking the time to improve this blog and add/finish some features I had planned to include. And, of course, I am “marinating” several new outfits in my mind, meaning that they are basically done, but a little extra is still missing, be it creatively or just plain financially, because I have more or less exhausted this month’s budget and can’t buy anything new.

What I neither foresaw nor expected was such a jump into cold waters so soon after starting to blog again. When I did, I believed to have several weeks at least (if not months) before adding “Vintage Verwood” to any blog roll. During this time, I meant to get some meat to the bones of this blog, but through Blogger Appreciation Week, it was exposed to an increased number of readers sooner than expected – a surge of +600% on Sunday alone, with Saturday, Monday and Tuesday all being about 300% above my previous average as well.

Among the things I’d like to get done or added soon are a custom header, a list of SLurls to shops/ designers I blogged, and a more detailed blogroll.

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In an uncharacteristic bout of courage I asked for permission to join the “Fashion Blogger Group” yesterday and despite my doubts I was admitted without further ado. Everyone involved was really friendly and accessible – the latter being something one can easily forget when the people are only experienced through their blogs.

Blogger Appreciation Week culminated in a party for bloggers today, and even though we all received an overwhelming amount of presents (I’ll probably be busy opening boxes until the end of the week), the best about it was this sense of community. It seems the group will continue to exist when this weekend is over, and I personally believe this is a great institution.

There was a dress code enforced at the party to keep the lag as low as possible: blue jeans and white tank top without any prim attachments, bare feet (no shoes or prim feet), no jewellery or other attachments; hair was allowed as well as 1 prim attachment to face/ head, for example lashes or a single piercing or pointy ears, and a not too elaborate AO.

Body:

Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Kitten 1
Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
Hair: >TRUTH< Nikhita – night

Outfit:

Top: [Whippet & Buck] Hykova Buttoned Tank ALABASTER
Jeans: /artilleri/ Nina highwaist pants *blue*
Finger / Toe Nails: [Love Soul] Nail*Colors*Red

Other:

Pose: -AnaLu- *fresh poses* 5

Of course, I tried to stay true to my blog theme and preferred styles. Usually, my outfits aren’t that casual, but the high-waisted jeans gives it a bit of a retro feeling, and the skin choice wasn’t limited. Truth’s “Nikhita” hair turned out to have lowest prim number of all I tried and still works as a retro hairdo. A little colourful accent with red nails (even though nothing can realy save the avatars’ feet from looking strange without any shoes on), the new Whippet & Buck tanktop, and I was ready to go.

It was fun to see how different we all looked despite wearing the same “uniform.” Amazing, how much personal style you can express with such limited means.

Every single one of the organizers and content creators who spoiled us so generously would deserve a separate thank you, but I can only single out Callie Cline for happily taking it into her hands to organize such a mass event after initiating it. Many thanks also to everyone else who was part of it. It was through this group that I stopped thinking about bloggers as “them” and started to include myself into the term.

Thank you!

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Smudged 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: Diversity Hair – Delaney – black

Outfit:

  • Stole: *ICING* Glam Stole
  • Dress: /artilleri/ Eva dress (from the Gnubie Store)
  • Stockings: ~Blacklace~ Passionate Touch: Black Sheer Stockings
  • Shoes: =DeLa*= Pumps “Stella” Noir Black

Just a very quick post today to say thank you to Miko Omegamu of *ICING* for her generosity. When I read her post about “Blogger Appreciation Week,” I wasn’t entirely sure if that applied to me as well, seeing how I had taken up blogging only a very short time ago, and if it wouldn’t make me look like a mere mooch if I IMed her. It took me a while to overcome my scruples, with the result that I woke up to the generous gift of the Glam Stole.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to take as elaborate a picture as I’d have liked to, but this won’t be the last appearance this beautiful stole makes on this blog, because I absolutely love it. It comes with an inbuilt AO containing a walk and a couple of standing poses matching the stole – my favourite two are pictured above.  I kept the outfit very simple on purpose, so nothing would distract from the stole.

Thank you, Miko, once again – this made my weekend! 😀

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