Those Closets

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If the cost of keeping all the skeletons in our closet gets too high,

let´s just go ahead and wear them with pride!

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Part show girl, part fae, Arachne was skillful in the magic ways.

She knew how to mesmerize, enchant and sway,

 keeping  all her chosen ones fascinated and always,  just one silk web away.

You Love Me To Death – Hooverphonic

Style Info

The hair I am wearing from Lelutka is sold at their Undivided Department.  It says that it can only be worn with the Lelutka Head. This is partly true, unless you can find a hairbase that either matches their hair options or combines well with it. I am wearing their hair with the CATWA head and L´Etre  Hairbase.

Pic 1

An outstanding gown. We can take advantage of it for the season and wear it as a costume, but it goes beyond that as you will see. Strapless, siren cut topped with several arrangements of diaphanous, moving, ruffled add-ons.  The texture is a purplish silk satin topped with black lace in a rose pattern. The ruffles are made with an incredible number of roses.

The gown comes with three different skeletons each with a rose on their heads. So cute!  You can wear  them all together or just one or two for  different combinations. It also has a shrug made of roses and skulls and a tiny spider that´s ready to bite and sting your lower lip.  The total effect is romantic, gothic, cavernous, dreamy and dark.

At the end of the season you can just wear the gown without the skeletons, skulls and spider for a truly elegant majestic look.

Gizza – Sorcerous Roses Gown worn with one of the three skeletons + Lip Spider.  Chop Zuey – Jewelry.

Pic 2

A funky, scary, sexy number.  I had a really hard time deciding which color to feature because they each had marvelous nuances.  This is a halter top corset that is topped with  a half skirt.

The texture has depth and it pictures the subtlest cobweb. The back of the skirt has two tails that end a few inches below your derrière.  The skirt has an embellished belt that is echoed on the fantastic headpiece depicting a thousand spider eggs. Black Widow´s perhaps?

Byrne – SpiderBaby Outfit in Black. Erratic – Bikini Bottom.  N-Core – Boots. .Aisling – Arm and Hand Jewelry. Liziaah – Earrings. Boudoir – Sadness Veil Veil (Part of Baronesse Castelli Hat).

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Who The Hell was Sonia Rykiel

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I´m kind of excited because the astronomical Fall will begin on September 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere and the day before Spring will begin in the South.  The reason I´m so excited is because during my last four years in Second Life I have never witnessed such a profusion of creativity from designers than during this past season.

Naturally of course, the expectation thrills me. Will this proliferation and rampant  creation continue during this season? I hope it does.

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Perhaps it´s a reaction to the uncertainty we all feel regarding Sansar or perhaps it´s just natural. Either way I´m enjoying it thoroughly!

In any case I can hardly keep up with all this newness but will do my best to keep up as best I can!

Gizza Dorothy .pngIn other news, the transition of our beloved Sonia Rykiel has not gone unnoticed. I still remember when in NYC I got my first sweater mini inspired by her.  It looked like a longer version of the French Sailor Pull.  I loved it.

Today, I´m lucky enough to own four of her pieces. As noted by my cousin MdL who is also in the business, ¨ they are now to be considered official vintage¨. It saddened me.

I meant to post a proper ode to her but I would fall short. I leave you with this song about her by Malcolm McLaren and a little video about who she was.

Her genius, style and freedom will forever define a moment, a place, a time for the emancipation of women. To me as a very aware child, it was as if she had liberated the female soul. I hope we never lose that which she helped us achieve. Never lose ground!

Malcolm McLaren – Who the Hell is Sonia Rykiel

A True Pioneer of Fashion – Sonia Rykiel

Style Info

Pic 1

Beautifully romantic strapless feminine gown. The upper part is cut empire like with oversized rose bud details.  These are echoed on the print of the diaphanous ample lower part.

Ghee – Chiffon Rose in Ivory. Chop Zuey – Jewelry. Hair by Lamb.

Pic 2

Certainly a ¨Girls in Black¨ensemble. A three piece suit with low slung trouser and a tight vest. Complete with shirt and tie and a color HUD to change the color combo.

Gizza Andrea Vested Suit.  B&W – Sunglasses. Hair by Truth. LaGyo – Ring. Hucci – Sling Backs.

Pic 3

Beautiful Scottish inspired gown that is full of elegance and style.

Gizza – Dorothy Wizard of Oz. Hair by Truth. Mandala – Rings

 

 

Keepers

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I finally embarked on a much needed cleaning orgy which should have actually been conducted in this same state of frenzy at least three times a year in each of the last two.

The outrageous amount of beauty and make-up items I kept was for the most part  gifted to me while working in the luxury industry. During the past two years my needs and priorities have actually changed tremendously even if here and there I may still indulge.

I discovered ( to my horror … NOT ! 😜) that I have no need for most of them. My collection of ´ Les 4 Ombres de Chanel´ has gone virtually untouched along with a lot of other things as I discovered the joy of unencumbered living or what I call ¨ a return to self. ¨

Still, it felt kind of odd to part with items that at one time or another I did consider valuable.  I researched and tried my best at keeping anything worth my time; yet most went into the trash for good  …

  • My older than 12 months sunscreens, including self-bronzers from Decléor, Clarins and the beach scented Bobby Brown I love.  These apparently lose their efficacy after a year or a year and a half after opening.
  • Lotions, potions and moisturizers, including the Prada Body Milk, that I had totally forgotten about and found in the deepest recess of one of my bathroom niches. The smell was still Prada but with a plastic tinge.  Ewwwww, toss, toss … I admit I probably kept it longer than two years.
  • The lipsticks and eye shadows I had been stocking in case of an apocalyptic collapse à la  Mad Max? Some of those had to go too. When they change color, smell or texture it´s definitely time to toss them away. Yes this did apply as well to my Bobby Brown and Chanel cream eye shadows and liners too.
  • The blue and yellow mascara I was sure someone had actually stolen from me ( I had not seen them for sooo long), ¨miraculously¨ appeared in one of the transparent drawers. Needless to say I had my last funky night with them before tossing them away. Mascara HARDLY lasts three months unadulterated anyway. Right? … (pained)!

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All in all, I tossed and trashed everything that had undergone any kind of modern alchemical transformation or that was past it´s expiration due date – a move which at times proved quite challenging. This suddenly made my Argentinian aunt ultra, hyper-smart as she is the only person I know who actually writes the date on which she opens each product. I thought this was ¨too much¨ and then …

… Ah yes …. and then I got to a very special cleanser I had. Yes, my clarifying cleanser had been opened at least three years ago BUT the foamy texture, smell and consistency did not show any change at all from the time when I first got it.  This was a keeper I thought, even though I had been advised that soap also expired and should be unmercifully tossed away after about two years.

As I embarked into my throw back evening bath ritual, I carefully secured my hair back and sensually rubbed the foam in as the instructions commanded.

I rinsed profusely, but less than a minute after I had already patted my skin dry, my face began to turn a very raw red. As I felt a burning sensation taking over, I again rinsed and rinsed compulsively but although the discomfort seem to mitigate somehow,  my face was still just as vivid red and itchy. Some items do experience chemical alterations after a while, or can harbour bacteria even when they don´t show signs of distress. These are not just rumours.  It´s true!

The only thing that seemed to calm it was my ¨Eau Thermale d´Avène¨, a French pharmacy staple that was probably just as old as the offending face wash but which did not have a marked expiration date. This is my keeper!

Perhaps this is nothing but a metaphor for relationships, friends, acquaintances, behaviours (our own or others), patterns or situations which we have outgrown.

These, must be lovingly bid farewell  from time to time in order to make space for the new.  In which case I thank them for what they´ve brought into my life and then I go my way.  As for the ¨keeper¨?  That´s always the one who gets to stay.  As long as we have one, everything will be ok!

Mike Snow – My Trigger

Style Info

Pic 1

An ensemble comprised of  high waisted stripped shorts. Belted at hip level, there are three different ways to wear them. They come with a semitransparent mesh fabric top with a ¨V¨ neckline and 3/4 sleeves.  The shorts´ pattern is echoed on the strapless top.  All three items can be worn at  once, or separately – as shown on the left and right of the picture – for an entirely different look each time.

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Gizza – Urban Sailor Outfit in Blue worn without the mesh fabric top. Gizza – Gathered Tote + Nautical Jewelry Set (Bangles, Necklace and Sunglasses) KC – Shoes . Hair by Lelutka.

Right

Gizza –  Urban Sailor in Beige, worn with the mesh fabric top but without the strapless top. Luxe – Bracelets. Maitreya – Shoes. Hair by Lelutka.

Pic 2

Strapless dress ending approximately four fingers above the knee. A matching scarf sits around the neck. Available in several colors of the beautiful and evocative print and features several very realistic fabric details.

Byrne – Jasmine Dress in Pepper exclusively at Swank. Chop Zuey – Bracelets. Hair by Analog Dog.