Range

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The range of our strength is unknown until we are forced to make a choice that leads us towards a different set of possibilities.

With a lot of catching up to do I´m getting back into gear with this particular outfit from Ghee, which, as usual, offers us a very wide range of options.

This is a short spaghetti strap slip dress which they have revamped enabling it with materials and  four components:

  • The mesh slip dress with one strap sensually falling off the shoulder
  • A flexi, resize-optioned, diaphanous skirt layer that you can add or subtract
  • A poppy flower bustier to wear on top in order to better cover up your ´nips´(or not) and provide visual impact (of the other kind 😛)!
  • A twelve color change HUD for each of the items allowing multiple color combinations

Whichever options we choose, we´ll get a very different look &  feel from each one. To see the Fuscia colored one, please step unto my flickr

Depending on your choices you can wine & dine, lunch or sleep in on this one.  The dress also comes with a ´flat chest¨ alternative for the pubescent crowd. xox, Landa

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Lenny Kravitz – The Pleasure and the Pain

Style Info

Ghee – Poppy Dot Chemise Redux. Available in the New Releases Room at the mainstore. Yummly – Necklace. LUXE – Rings. Lode – Hair Flower. Bazar – Female Closet & Ottoman. Hair by Truth.

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I Won´t Play Your Games

Bella Inspiration

Somebody asked me last week why I was being so nice to them. My answer was, ¨because like Wendy Mass once said, we are each fighting our own battles of which I know nothing about and I respect that.¨

Now here I am this week, very torn today between the video I would choose for this post.  It´s been, after all, a wake-up call weekend (San Bernardino, Cal, USA;  Yemen, Egypt, London, an Aircraft, need I say more?) alongside the expected results for the FN in France, which perhaps are just a sign of protest or so we hope.

Lily Wool

If anything, these instances have reinforced to me the importance of being well informed (see Run, Hide, Fight first sent to me by Reign Congrejo, thank you!) and of how pivotal it is to get a good education, because, well no, no matter how strong you are, you just can´t open an aircraft door mid-flight?!!!! Duhhhhh.

Hopefully people do realize that having the ability to make large amounts of money does not make one capable of running the strongest country in the Americas and one of the most influential ones in the entire world. The one where if it sneezes, the smaller, weaker countries catch a cold?  Yeah, just think about that responsibility because in the end it is not just circumscribed to one country.

In the meantime, U2 played their re-scheduled Paris gig Friday and Saturday as part of their Innocence + Experience Tour.

Lana

They were supposed to play in Paris shortly after the November attacks so I commend them.  

Not only did they re-scheduled just 3 weeks after, they also made a song ¨Streets of Surrender¨ paying their respects to the victims, plus they had the courage to present  The Eagles of Death Metal during the gig yesterday, playing ¨I love You Always. ¨ These in turn had the bravery to appear on stage and overcome the fear, for their sake  and ours, of that horrific last experience at the Bataclan in Paris last November 13th.

I can only imagine how very difficult it must have been for all to do this,  as I keep thinking what and how they must have felt alongside the audience´s feelings. 

They all (U2, Patti Smith, EODM & the Audience ) embodied not only the spirit of Paris and France but of all those who stand firmly courageous in their desire for peace, coherent co-exhistence and tolerance. Those who will not be game to the manipulations of an evil and destructive minority on both sides of the spectrum.

And just in case you are wondering what Bono´s natural hair color is, I´ve been told it´s a perfect rebel red. Ohhh Yeahhh but of course!

Style Info

Pic 1

Leathery mini dress with asymmetrical sleeves, two front slits and a print that rocks. Available in 4 different colors.

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Pic 2

Knit plaid mini skirt and wrap around scarf with two flower brooches worn alongside a knit short sleeve top. An ensemble I´d deem very Parisian indeed.

Vero Modero – Lily Wool Skirt Set in Grey. Vitalis Animatum Poses – Bag Left. Maitreya – Boots. Yummly – Jewelry. Vintage Bag by Coco & Co.  Hair by .Shi

Pic 3

A strapless cocktail dress with a HUD to change the textures on the front, sides and / or back.  It comes alongside the ¨hopefully fake¨ fur stole 🙂

The dress is available in silver or gold tones.  Matching sandals are available for purchase in both colors as well as the beautifully metal nail color with HUD.

Ghee – Lana Cocktail Dress in Silver. Lana Sandals in silver + Ghee Metal Nails Mani/Pedi for Slink Nail Color. Available at FAD until December 25th. Liziaah – Ring & Earrings. Ashmoot – Acc Coll Bracelets. Hair by Truth. Vitalis Animatum Poses – Jewelry

U2 – Bono Speech / Iris (Hold Me Close) Paris 2015-12-06

I´m taking the liberty of not only dedicating this to Paris as Bono has done  but to the memory of my late mother (D.T.P) whose name rhymed with Iris (Bono´s Mother) because it´s Mother´s Day in one of my Countries.
 Happy Mother´s Day wherever you are mum!

“Iris (Hold Me Close)”

The star
That gives us light
Has been gone a while
But it’s not an illusion
The ache
In my heart
Is so much a part of who I am
Something in your eyes
Took a thousand years to get here
Something in your eyes
Took a thousand years, a thousand years

Hold me close, hold me close and don’t let me go
Hold me close like I’m someone that you might know
Hold me close the darkness just lets us see
Who we are
I’ve got your life inside of me

Iris… Iris…

Once we are born, we begin to forget
The very reason we came
But you
I’m sure I’ve met
Long before the night the stars went out
We’re meeting up again

Hold me close, hold me close and don’t let me go
Hold me close like I’m someone that you might know
Hold me close the darkness just lets us see
Who we are
I’ve got your life inside of me

Iris… Iris…

The stars are bright but do they know
The universe is beautiful but cold

You took me by the hand
I thought that I was leading you
But it was you made me your man
Machine
I dream
Where you are
Iris standing in the hall
She tells me I can do it all
Iris wakes to my nightmares
Don’t fear the world it isn’t there

Iris playing on the strand
She buries the boy beneath the sand
Iris says that I will be the death of her
It was not me

Iris… Iris…

Free yourself, to be yourself if only you could see yourself
Free yourself, to be yourself if only you could see…

 

Mythe et Réalité (Myth and Reality)

Mad Circus
Ahhhh La Folie de Grandeur

Taking a firm stand and loving our enemies is not mutually exclusive. L.C

If I don´t  post today, I will never post again and the inaction and  feelings of impotence will soon bury me, taking over.

These pictures were captured last Thursday and I was to post them on Friday, November the 13th, 2015.  However, after having frantically searched (successfully) for my family and friends in Paris, I felt completely ¨vide¨.

Fashion, art, creativity and all the things I love, seemed like a banality that I could not afford, should not afford.  The pictures remained on my desktop; the inspiration for their simple one-liner, forgotten in the midst of this confusion.

The recent attacks in Kenya, Egypt, Lebanon, Paris, Afghanistan and many other places since this whole thing started, have at its roots very complex issues that continue to result in senseless, medieval, inhumane brutality instigated by many unknown factors.

In the middle of all this, many people have questioned why the news and social media in the west have not done more to identify and sympathize with victims of the attacks committed elsewhere. Why do we react so strongly over France? Why do we post the French Flag cover over our profile picture and not the Kenyan? Why don´t we protest like that over our own domestic  problems in our countries of origin or residence?

Effortless Elegance
Effortless Elegance

The reality is that the media DID cover the other tragedies, but perhaps, just perhaps,  we weren´t paying enough attention?  The media will turn its head towards the place where our attention lingers. Additionally it may ¨appear¨ to some like we identify more with France simply because of cultural similarities within the western general culture.

The knowledge that I am not a politically savvy person – nor a professional historian –  does not escape me. But just as in the times of Nazi Germany we all need to be a bit more careful. This begins by questioning everything and everyone, by thinking and examining and not jumping to the often too obvious conclusions, opening our frequently wide shut eyes.  

Realizing that things are not just as simple as we would often like to believe and that issues which affect one country will affect the whole of the world one way or another, either today or some day.  

During WWII the Jewish people were the biggest and largest ethnic group sacrificed.  The approximate 3 to 5M ¨forgotten¨other deaths consisted of, among others, homosexuals, gypsies, dissidents of all religious denominations, the diseased, as well as those used for unspeakable experiments and tortures .

It´s affecting us all because an attack on one person is an attack on all of humanity.

Looking back at our common history, we might remember that the French Revolution spurred the independence of many Latin American Countries. The Libertador Simón Bolivar lived in France and learnt the language, then came back to the Americas to campaign for freedom and liberty.

Before that, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Diderot and many other great French Philosophers and Thinkers during the Enlightenment, were the inspiration behind the American War of Independence as well as for the separatists movements in the rest of  the American Continent.

France was at the time, the fundamental source of western idealism upon which the national constitutions of many of our countries were built. The desire for a better life gloriously sprouting from ¨La Déclaration de Droits de L´Homme et du Citoyen¨- The Declaration of The Rights of Man and of the Citizen – the French document that although created by an appointed  committee was largely influenced by the Marquis de Lafayette and the American Thomas Jefferson.  Over one hundred years later this was the template  for the Declaration of The Universal Human Rights after WWII.

Tolerance
Tolerance

What I mostly see in this is that attacking Paris was an act filled with symbolism aimed at furthering the divisions in an already divided country, the continent and the world.  Its goal is to create further dissent, bigotry, separatism, mistrust and hate.

An attack aimed to wound the old symbol of liberty, freedom and at least in theory, of the natural human aspirations of ¨Liberté, égalité, fraternité¨ (liberty, equality, fraternity) and this also should never be forgotten.

Divide and Conquer is a well known maxim in the art of war. Will we allow this?

Paris, the cosmopolitan city.  Culturally rich, magnetic, ablaze with people who originate from all over the world. A place full of those who are descendants of many other nationalities, who come from different backgrounds, with different races and religious beliefs.  Paris, the City of LIGHT. France, the country of enlightenment, enchantment, magnificent art, subtle refinement, diplomacy and sophistication.

La France – as well as the rest of the world – is left to decide if it will unite as a single, strong people,  independently of their origins or descent. The key to this is to stand together amongst our many differences glued together by one common denominator: OUR HUMANITY.

They are, we are, All Parisians. I am, you are, we are all French, all Kenyans, Syrians, Jewish, Egyptians, Russians, Lebanese, Turkish; the list goes on and on. We are all one people, one single race and together we must stand if we are to overcome.

One single barbaric act  affects us all demanding that we take a firm stand without joining in their hatred.

Thank you for reading.

In Memory of all victims of terrorism and injustice in France and around the world.

John Lennon – Imagine (Paris 13 Novembre 2015)

Style Credits:

Photo 1:

Gizza – Cute & Crazy Leggings in Pastel + Cute & Crazy Sweater in Cute but Crazy.  Azoury – Crown. Hair by Little Bones.

Photo 2:

Gizza – Desi Cocktail Dress in Black + Paddy Clutch with Color Changing HUD. Ghee – Gumball  Black Pearl Earrings. Hair by Tableau Vivant.