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1930s fashion is one of my favourite styles when it comes to vintage clothes, but rather difficult to construct with the means of Second Life – especially when you don’t want to wear an “out of the box” outfit all the time, but I think I succeeded with this one. Also, I felt like donning a “serious” outfit before indulging in the playful nature of spring dresses, and there is a certain grown-up quality to the clothes of this decade which you don’t find in the years before of afterwards.

Sometimes, the outfits I blog go through a rather long evolution before I decide they are ready for taking a picture, but this one was a very straight-forward and quick development: every single item I tried just fell into place and the most time-consuming task was fitting the hair under the hat.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) Brooke FAIR Subtle 6
  • Eyes: [LeLutka]-Reflections-Mist-Eyes
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Ingenue :: Myrna :: Natural Black

Outfit:

  • Jacket & Gloves: [The Sweetest Good-bye] 2nd Moon – Grey
  • Skirt: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Secretary :: Ebon
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Shoes: Maitreya Neyya * Toe-cap grey
  • Hat: *COCO*_WoolFeltFedora_Black
  • Bag: [LeLutka]-handbagBLACK

Other:

  • Pose: *TorridWear* – Geometry 04

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The headline is taken from Hermann Hesse’s “Im Nebel” and translates to “[How] strange to wander in the fog” – a poem which often comes to my mind on days like this, when no ray of sunshine penetrates the misty grey. Despite the melancholy air of poem and picture, I really enjoy spending time by myself, both in the real world and online, and pictures like this showcase the appeal SL holds in this respect also.

COCO’s swing coat is the perfect outfit to wear for such an outing: undeniably chic, yet perfectly blending in with the landscape, one can pretend being a member of the landed gentry while the choice of footwear betrays the city girl, walking with her head in the clouds. Combined with simple, sensible accessoires, Aderyn is ready to bear the second half of winter in style, waiting for spring to arrive.

Also, I have been on a quest to replace my cherished Miriel eyes recently, because I felt it was unfair to keep showcasing items on this blog which are not available anymore. I have not yet found a permanent substitute for Miriel’s lashes (and tremble at the thought of fitting another pair), but came up with two alternatives for the eyes by LeLutka and L.Fauna.

Shopping for eyes has proven to be more complicated than initially anticipated, because unfortunately a) a lot of bloggers do not state which eyes they are wearing in their posts, so it was not that easy to compile a list of shops to check out, and b) the majority of shops did not offer demos for their eyes, and I am not willing to spend money on something I might not like on myself at all.

Eyes can completely alter the character of a face and I have a very clear idea of what I want to look like in Second Life, so I decided to pass on those who did not offer demos and bought the Chai eyes, which have a wonderful depth and shine. The irises are slightly bigger than I prefer, however, which is great for an innocent look, but might prove unsuitable for other designs.

Two days later, LeLutka released its new collection of eyes and at first I was going to pass on them as well because there are no demos available either, but after seeing them on someone who used to wear Miriel’s eyes as well, I came to the conclusion that I would probably like them and bought a pair. It turned out a risk worth taking as indeed they came rather close to the look I was already used to and have a great texture, but if not for this other person, I’d most likely have refrained from this purchase.

So, I’d like to close this blog post with thanking those creators who do offer demos for their eyes and those bloggers who credit which ones they are wearing in their posts, both is very much appreciated!

Credits for the first picture:

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) Brooke FAIR Kitty 2
  • Eyes: [LeLutka]-Reflections-Mist-Eyes
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Clawtooth by Clawtooth: Love Letters (Black Beauty)

Outfit:

  • Coat: *COCO*_CheckSwingCoat(Cream)
  • Skirt: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Secretary Skirts :: Apple [tinted]
  • Shirt: [W&B] Cole Boatneck Top Black
  • Gloves: (5th & Oxford) Leather Gloves – M *black*
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Shoes: Tesla – High Oxford *chocolate*

Other:

  • Pose: [LAP] – F-Blogger11-Poofyskirt PR4

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In order to re-familiarize myself with blogging, I’m going to visit the 1950s again, and what would be better than wearing the “Doriane” coat by L’Abel on that occasion? Not only does it offer a splash of colour I’m often missing at this time of the year, but also it does have the most wonderful “New Look”-shape, with a tight-fitting bodice and a wide skirt. Accentuated with a black collar, black cuffs and matching accessories, the outfit remains classy while still making a statement.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Summer Cocktails 5
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Kin -Joan- [black]

Outfit:

  • Coat: L’Abel – Doriane coat
  • Shoes: Maitreya Group Gift Pumps black
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Earrings: ~Muse~ Claris Pearl earring in Gold
  • Gloves: Fleur Gloves Short Black
  • Hat: Tesla hat “Joan” [free]
  • Bag: (P-K) Vintage Petit Sac Noir

Other:

  • Pose: *TorridWear* Drama 08

 

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Just a quick drive-by-post, since RL has me in its thrall, but I couldn’t bear to have this picture sitting any longer in my flickr-account. It is a contribution to Hybrid Ansar’s blogger challenge, issued here.

I’m quite in favour of plus-sized avatars becoming more visible, and as I wrote before, I’d use a bigger shape myself if it didn’t come with a bunch of problems: prim parts of clothing don’t fit and sometimes cannot be modded enough to make them fit and a lot of poses are rendered unusable because of arms or hands sticking in tummies or hips…

I’m wearing Prelude’s Estelle dress in silver blue here, a beautiful 40s-inspired dress with excellent textures and great shading. Complemented by Evoke’s Slingbacks, some of the cutest shoes I have seen on the grid in a while, this makes for a very romantic outfit.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Summer Cocktails 6
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: ETD Juliana – Smoke

Outfit:

  • Dress: Prelude – Estelle (silver blue)
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Shoes: Evoke Ribbon Slingbacks – Black Leather / Black Satin
  • Earrings: Paper Couture Diamond Bow

Other:

  • Pose: *TorridWear* – Geometry 06

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(More pictures and credits below.)

Mothers, lock your daughters in, it’s too late to talk to them – the Verwood Sisters are in town and you are going to lose your last bit of grip on the young girls if you let them visit these concerts! On stage, they will intoxicate you with their velvety voices only, but well-informed sources claim that that the sisters’ singing and dancing is not the only thing which will get to your head and that they have a habit of inviting their most faithful fans to night-long hedonistic debauchery.

I was one of the lucky bloggers who received a review package for 5th & Oxford’s latest cocktail-themed release: 6 new skins, 12 dresses (2 different models in six colours each) and a retro-style bar set were released by Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot last weekend, and my high hopes have been surpassed even.
Not only does everything meet the high quality standards one has come to expect from the creators, but is also is a very inspiring and inspired colourful collection.

The diverse set of skins comes with lipsticks and eye shadows in different textures and – partly bold, partly subdued – hues, the linking element being the most lovely winged eyeliner. And since it’s 5th & Oxford, it goes without saying that the more demure make-ups look classy, not dull, and the more chromatic ones look vibrant, not garish.
There are two kinds of cocktail dresses: a mini with an asymmetric, gathered top and a longer v-necked dress with short (prim-)sleeves and an obi-like belt. Both come in six colours, all of which are shown in this post – three on the mini, three on the obi-dress.
I’m especially in awe of the longer dress, not only because it is a style I favour anyway, but also because the top part of it exhibits some great shading and wrinkles around the bust which create a very realistic and sexy appearance – the upper part actually makes a great top to go with other pieces of clothing.
Finally, there is the retro bar set that comes with a lot of accessories, which I couldn’t show all here: highball and martini glasses with drinking animations that actually empty, a cocktail shaker which dispenses new drinks to your friends, bowls of lemon slices and olives and finally something that promises to bring life into the dullest party, a soda siphon you can use to spray other people! The set is sold with four of them, so you can hand the three remaining ones to your friends.
The bar furniture itself are of an understated elegance that lends a timeless quality to the design, despite the reminescences to bygone decades, making it suitable to match a lot of different interior designs and tastes in furnishing. My only regret is that I don’t have a home in SL where I could rez these permanently.

Since I wanted to do a theme that did not feature the obvious (sunsets, swimming pools, the silhouettes of palms against the evening sky), I came up with the 1960s girl band idea – plus it was the perfect excuse to air all those beehive-updos I had bought.

The Clawtooth by Clawtooth-hair is not available in this very colour anymore, since it was a temporary offer only. It can still be bought in other varieties of black, though.

Body:

  • Skins: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Summer Cocktails 1, 3 & 5
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: fri.day – Allison – Paranoid Black; ETD – Roslin (smoke); Clawtooth by Clawtooth – Sweet Whispers – Softest Black [only available in other black tones]; ::69:: Model hair 01 – offblack –

Outfits:

  • Cocktail dresses: (5th & Oxford) Summer Cocktails *RED CRUSH*, *CHEEKY MONKEY* & *BLUE LAGOON*
  • Cocktail Mini: (5th & Oxford) Summer Cocktails Mini *COSMO*, *APPLETINI* & *PURPLE HAZE*
  • Stockings (with long dress): *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Patterned Tights (with short dress): *Sheer* Tights 11: Vines Black
  • Shoes: [hoorenbeek] Stilettos [colourchangeable]
  • Earrings: Paper Couture – Round Diamond Circle Drop Earrings

Other:

  • Furniture, Drinks etc.: (5th & Oxford) Cocktail Bar set
  • Poses: First picture = [LAP] Bolly9, DQ – Cam Hoor Too & BB – Fierce; second picture = inbuilt female sit from bar stool & *ELISA* melting icecream 6; last picture = pose built into hair

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Kitten 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: fashionably dead – Dorothy’s Morning – Nothingness

Outfit:

  • Dress: Ibizarre Flower Dress Siri
  • Cardigan: []::Tuli::[] Cable knit cropped vest WHITE
  • Hat: From the “Timeless Glamour” hair by Clawtooth by Clawtooth (some of the feathers are tinted white)
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Shoes: Maitreya Group Gift Pumps – Pearl

Other:

  • Pose: Long Awkward Pose – [LAP] – CM-When I’m Alone

Towards the end of the 1930s, there already was a natural tendency towards fuller skirts in fashion which got stopped short by WWII and the rationing of clothing, cloth and footwear. Everywhere but in France, where women saw it as their patriotic duty to use up as much cloth as possible in their outfits so it wouldn’t fall into the hands of the German occupants. French women remained impeccably dressed through the chaos of war, and while everywhere else skirts became narrower and shorter each year, theirs remained full and wide and anticipated Dior’s New Look.

Today’s ensemble is inspired by such a French outfit from the early 1940s and proved more difficult than initially expected – I just couldn’t find some of the things I had in mind, or they did not look good in combination with the outfit, so in the end I kept it relatively simple. It’s so hot outside that I can hardly bear the sight of a cardigan and stockings anyway. 😉

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Since my pictures still are full of graphic glitches (broken water reflections and light effects), I’ll go with something simple for starters:

All:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Kitten 1
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Dress: *ICING* Camilla Blossom
  • Shoes: =DeLa*= Pumps Stella” Noir Black

Spring 1954 (left &  middle):

  • Hair: Kin -Joan- [black]
  • Gloves: *Fleur* Gloves Long Black
  • Earrings: Paper Couture Faceted Golden Sapphire Dangle
  • Stockings: ~Blacklace~ Passionate Touch: Black Sheer Stockings
  • Pose (left): -AnaLu- *fresh poses* 5
  • Pose (middle): [LAP] – C-Cuteness [freebie pose]

Spring 2009 (right):

  • Hair: >TRUTH< Nikhita – night
  • Earrings: Paper Couture Diamond Bow
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 27: Opaque Black
  • Nails: Ibizarre Nail Polish – firebrick
  • Pose (right): [LAP] – Kewtie Pie

*ICING* has been one of my favourites since the very beginnings.  What amazes me is not only the superb quality for such a comparatively low price, but especially that her outfits usually work both as vintage and as “vintage style” attire. “Camilla Blossoms” would work equally well as a party dress in 2009 and as a cocktail dress in 1954.

I have paired it in both cases with the same pair of shoes and the same make up; they have a nice vintage feeling without dating you. In RL, there probably would be a visible difference between the two make up versions, but in SL we can pretend that the 1950s cosmetics were less pancake-y than they really were.

The biggest difference is the hair, as nowadays the options are far more diverse and people usually choose a less cemented coiffure. Truth’s “Nikhita” manages to look groomed without being overly formal – a very youthful yet grown up hairdo. In 1954, a lady-like look was desired, even if it added a few years to your appearance.

To heighten the contemporary appearance of “Spring 2009,” I added opaque black stockings to the outfit – a feature which could be frequently seen on the catwalk for this season. The shoes, sash and earrings take up the bow motif, which currently is very much en vogue, as is the oversized flower print. In contrast, the print would have been somewhat of an avantgarde look in the 1950s since fabrics were usually printed with smaller, less abstract flower patterns then.

I tried to express the change of mentality which occured between those decades through the poses. It is a real shame that there aren’t more bloggers who credit the poses they use, since without them, all of our pictures would look the same. A good pose not only compliments the avatar’s outfit: it’s like the difference between watching a profesional (talented) actor and a bloody (untalented) amateur on stage. The actor can conjure up a whole new person just through body language, while the amateur will always remind you that you are but watching a pretender.

Finally, a close-up of the earrings for those interested:

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