Saturday, October 23, 2010

Fae Fashion no. 3

This Fae Fashion post shows off a new gown by Angelwing entitled Fall Fairy.
The design is loaded with pieces! The russet dress with three skirt variations, a corset in gold, a green bolero, leg ribbons, arm wraps of vines, a hair wreath and two wing variations (with and without falling leaves)
Wear it without the jacket in the warm autumn sun, and add the bolero jacket on those cool autumn nights....
Cas smiles as she sees Emy attired elegantly in the long dress version but wonders if the behavior will follow suit and what she is thinking.
Emy thinks to herself "how does Lady Casandra ever walk in something as massive as these skirts" She kicks at the material and can't wait to get back into her short skirts again...
Emy taking a much deserved break from the photo session
The ivy hair wreath can be seen in more detail by clicking the picture for a close-up
Emy dancing with fellow fae, Jordon. Emy and I love to dance, and the lush skirt moves beautifully.

Did you notice the leaves printed on the gold of the long skirt?  there is really a lot of detail in this skirt. and the ruffle on the velvet jacket is edged with gold embroidery.

My thanks to Emy for all of the help with this post, pictures and captions. She posted the dance she enjoyed with Jordon after we completed the photo session!

Wings ~ Ragged Fairy Wings ~ Seven's Selections (tinted: green upper, gold lower)
Skin ~ Elle BR Fair Group Gift ~ Belleza
Hair ~ Bright Bloom n Butterfly ~ Nikita Fride Design

Casandra ~~
Wings ~~  Bloodvine Burning Wings (Burning Man special) ~ Fancy Fairy
Skin ~ Embrace in Cameo ~ Cupcakes
Hair ~ Nur in Cherry ~ Ava-Tare
Poses ~ ImpEle (formerly Imperial Elegance)

Both ~~
Outfit ~ Fall Fair ~ Angelwing
Jewelry ~ Leaf  ~ G Field
Location ~ Elven area at Everwind

Monday, October 18, 2010

I Do Believe in Fairies! Jewelry Fair, Fae Fashion no. 2

'I do believe in fairies' That is proclaimed to all who read this delightful little star around my neck. And I do. I grew up reading my grandparents set of storybooks for children. Each book had a collection of fairytales, tall tales, or folktales. I think they were called Trailways. You've seen circles of toadstools haven't you? I have! Did you ever wonder if it was a faery circle where the wee ones dance?
I flipped through my wardrobe and chose this sheer chiffon design from Staged. Then donned my faery wings! The necklace is extra perfect for me, since I role play a fae queen on the Isle of Arran.
If you click on the picture you will discover falling leaves on an optional over layer.
Both the kini and the bust area are made of opaque layered leaves.The gown itself is sheer and comes in additional colors.
I was very taken with Miao's ribbon bracelet called Kate. It is unusual, feminine, and whimsical. Both the ribbon and the pearls are color change! I'm sure I will wear it often.

The Jewelry Fair ended today. Both worlds have been busy for me, so I am late, late with my post. However I did want to spotlight these two items in particular. If you didn't make it to the fair, you will be able to find them at the Miao store.

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Outfit ~ Mother Nature ~ Staged
Jewelry ~ both pieces ~ MIAO
Wings ~ first set ~ Portobella ~ Fancy Fairy
Wings ~ second set ~ Woodland Fairy ~ Seven's Selections
Skin ~ Embrace, Cameo, Miracle ~ Cupcakes
Hair ~ NUR in Cherry ~ Ava-Tare
Poses ~ [ImpEle] Imperial Elegance ~ closed until further notice
Location ~ Isle of Arran ~ House Waves sim

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

SteamPunk/Victorian Fashion

Several months ago I learned that Stani seriously likes SteamPunk. He even has two SteamPunk tie clips in RL! Majorly cool!!

We love to dance together, so I went in search of a ballgown. It was easy to find imaginative SteamPunk dresses.I did not see anything I thought of as SteamPunk that I would wear to a ball, so I went strictly Victorian without the SteamPunk influence. After a couple of disappointments with textures, I found this vision in satin and embroidered tulle by M'Lady Fashions. I feel like a princess in it, especially after I put on my jewelry and have my hair done.
Gorgeous it may be, but it was also fly-away! Many times the layers of netting covered both of our faces. And the gloves must be replaced, they are the same texture as the skirt, which translates to streaky in satin gloves.
I didn't manage a good picture of Stani. He is wearing the new gift from BlakOpal (bottom of the stairs) as seen here. It really does need good boots, shoes won't work.
This soft skin by Tuli is and the pearl choker by Rhiamon's Realm are perfect for my Victorian clothing, helping complete the look.

You can also find appropriate footwear at Lassitude & Ennui, BlakOpal and Arundul.

Outfit ~ Princess Sissi ~ M'Lady Fashions
Jewelry ~ Victorian Ivory Cameo Choker ~ Rhiamon's Realm
Skin ~ Hope (pale/br) ~ Tuli
Hair ~ Hikaru Updo ~ Pocket Mirrors
Poses ~ n/a
Location ~ Baby and Jim's palace

Monday, September 6, 2010

Emy's Birthday Party

Last weekend was my good friend Emy's RL birthday. I treated her to brunch at Ruby Tuesdays. We try to get together in real life every few weeks to catch up. We had fun sampling the crab omelet and apple cranberry crepe (we split and I took a box home).

She has a regular Sunday night dance event from 6-8 pm SLT that she choreographs. Last Sunday she invited everyone to her birthday party. Jim and Baby decorated their palace for the event complete with balloons and a huge chocolate cake.
She wanted to do a couples dance, which is difficult to pull off in SL. Many of us have a special person in our lives, but a specific time to meet for an event frequently doesn't work out. Jim encouraged everyone to make a special effort for her birthday and the turn out was really good. The only way the sim didn't overload was that everyone wasn't there at the same time.
Almost all of the ladies dressed in a soft light neutral shade and the gentlemen worn evening suits and tuxes.
Winston, who DJ'ed and Emy. Doesn't she look lovely?
Stani and I dressed in Victorian/SteamPunk, and Tulsa and his date worn modern evening attire.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fazzled in RL

My work day is over thank goodness. My energy level was somewhere below sea level by the time I took lunch at 3:35. I multi-task with customers (work with two or three at a time). That is frequently the only way I can help everyone who wants to work with me. I felt as though I had a few steps left in me, but I had walked my last mile. I told the two customers waiting for me that I just had to go eat. Surprisingly I didn't feel as though the ground were coming up to meet me, which meant my blood sugar wasn't hitting rock bottom. I had a multi-grain bagel with low fat cream cheese for breakfast and took half with me to keep me going until lunch. I had a chance to take a couple of bites around 1:00.

We were busy and everyone working was worn out. I called the owner's son up to my department to cut fabric for my break. He didn't show. I went in search of him and his mom said he wasn't there, so I asked her to take over for me. She can't run the register, but she can cut fabric. That's better than the owner, who can cut fabric but can't run the register or put the phone on hold and page someone. I'm not criticizing either of them; she runs the stock room, he has had several small strokes.

All I wanted to do was go home and crash. I felt frazzled and stretched. Every time my name was called, I could feel myself square my shoulders and turn around to assess who it was and how badly they needed me; not good. One of my customers told me she could tell I needed a break as in a serious vacation. I had mentioned that the owner suggested I work Sunday or Monday this Labor Day weekend and get caught up. As though that would be sufficient!

But eight or nine uninterrupted hours would be a god send. I could get my fall table with displays finished, rehang one end of a quilt that managed to unhook itself, hang the new patriotic quilt from Kathy, whose husband came in today to let me know how his job search was going, And take down an oriental display and put up the Christmas displays, and coordinate the jelly rolls (forty 2-1/2" x 44" strips of fabric that are rolled together) that has literally been waiting weeks for my color sense (I've managed to roll five). Today my assistant asked if I was ever going to get the kits she cut out for sale? And I was able to tell her two days ago the IT guy finally got the shared printer working with the four computers running Vista, XP & Windows 97 so now I will be able to print the instructions I wrote for the project as few weeks ago as soon as I can discover why the printer says it needs ink, when it has ink. I just wish I had a good way to hold the quilt flat for pictures, mine doesn't look professional. Besides the two shipments I got out, three more came in for me the last of the week. September has hardly begun; I will probably have a good 600-700 bolts come in this month. Can I escape to a tropical island somewhere?

This is the quilt. It's "Nana's Garden" with a few changes to fabric choices. The yellows and greens are softer in person. The tan is bunnies: leaping in the stripes and sitting with their backs to you in the border. Hopefully Tuesday I'll be able to print the instructions, which I tweaked to comply with the fabrics and added some clarification.
It's cute, and I have a buyer for it when I am finished with the display! Yay!

Lunch always revives me. I exercised this evening. It's lovely here, 80 degrees and 31% humidity.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some People - RL

I'm very fond of the owner's wife where I work. Sometimes she talks about her frustrations. Today she said she "You know how long it's been since I got my new washer." (not really, but recently). She had later driven to the store and paid for it. "I got a bill today that they were charging me a $35 late fee." Her husband went to the store to find out about it and they told him it wasn't paid for, so he paid for the washer and the late fee. (I played ring-around-the-rosy to find out this much). "I don't understand him. Why didn't they know it was paid for? It should have been in their computer." (She doesn't trust computers)

I said "Did you write a check?" She didn't remember. "You surely didn't pay cash. Go look in your checkbook for proof you paid it. The bank can give you a copy of the cancelled check." Here it comes, the unbelieveable response "I don't care about proof." By now she is very agitated. My response "You will need proof you paid for it, so you can get your money back. Go look in your checkbook."

She came back in a few minutes waving her checkbook "I found it!"

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Penguin Parade!

My friend Emy's regular Sunday night dance gig turned into a big send off for our friend Kathy. She is a marine scientist specializing in penguins in Antarctica. She spends most of her time with flippers on her feet, in submersibles and analyzing data. So the farewell party was a penguin theme.
Emy, quite possibly the best picture I have ever taken of her, and I am snap-happy.
Our good friend Xavia found all of Kathy's fav music for the event.
Babycakes and her husband Jim generously open their place each week for Emy's gig.

Some of the regulars
and yours truly with a Baby Tux on my shoulder
We will all miss Kathy, she is a friendly, cheerful person. I enjoy talking with her and looking at all of the pictures she has given me.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fae Fashion #1

I brought up the idea to my friend Emy of showing my version of fae fashion on a continuing basis! She was excited. I believe it is a nitch no one is filling, so here goes.

Unless designers start dropping stuff on me, none of it is review copies. I'm going to show you outfits I wear. I probably won't indicate which are designer gifts, unless I just picked it up and it's a limited time offer. However I will do my best to let you know what is available and what is not out for sale. Just because it's no longer in the designers shop, doesn't mean you don't have it or something similar in your wardrobe. When I check to see if it is still offered, if I think it might be a little difficult to locate I'll add a note.

I do have favorite shops, however most of the time I am a blog shopper = if something on a blog catches my attention, I'll check it out. I look around the shop while I'm there and see if I'm interested in other items also. I shop all over the grid not only in role play/fantasy shops, sometimes finding one or two offerings in modern shop that fit in with what I like to wear as a fae. This outfit is a case in point for shopping outside the RP shops.

For a larger view, click on the images.
The scalloped hem of the skirt is diagonally cut with with layers of what could be a soft cotton batiste in lavender. A pink cloth flower accents the waist. The embroidered and appliqued lace lays over both the fabric and your skin.

Fae do not get cold so there is no need for capes and boots, but I have noticed that I tend towards cooler pieces of clothing during the warm months and usually cover up more during the cold months. This was the first outfit I purchased when spring came this year.
Green and purple are good foils for each other when neither are overly strong. I really like the little touch of lavender in the green wings, it picks up the lavender of the skirt and top.I honestly think the depth of shading in this set of wings makes it the most dimensional Violaine Villota has created.
The whimsical trumpet vine necklace and earrings seemed the perfect light-hearted touch.

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Outfit ~ Catrina in Lavender by aDIVA Couture (last "room" on left before bridal)
Jewelry ~ Melancholy in Violet by Violet Voltaire
Wings ~ Teasel Mint by Fancy Fairy (flexi, not scripted) ~ Free (on wall in discounts room)
Skin ~ Embrace in Cameo by Cupcakes
Hair ~ Nur in Cherry by Ava-Tare
Poses ~ ImpEle (formerly Imperial Elegance)
Location ~ floating mountain over the Isle of Arran (House Waves sim)

I really appreciate it when bloggers provide LMs. I do apologize, I started to and realized the extra effort it takes, would mean I would not do a Fae Fashion post as often as I hope to since I am not a dedicated blogger.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Food, Such a Big Deal ! ~ RL

Why does food have to be such a big deal? I mean, it's something you eat, it's not life and death, it's f-o-o-d! If it tastes okay, I'm good. If I didn't have to cook it, that's even better.

I do get hungry, and I'm not good about waiting until it's the official time to eat. I am hypoglycemic (basically the opposite of diabetic), which means I'm supposed to eat 4-6 times a day to keep my blood sugar under control and keep the ground down there where it is supposed to be, rather than face planting myself or walking around disoriented (I knew someone that happened to). So being the happy nibbler I am, works well.

Sundays around our place are nice and relaxing for me. I get to see Stani (SL bf) in chat in the morning, followed by laundry, working on projects, and cleaning. I always think I'll have time to log on during the afternoon and role play in Arran (was Erebos), but I'm normally too busy. I log onto SL in the evenings, usually get to see Stani in world, sometimes make it to the Funky Feats dance, and frequently attend my friend Emy's gig.

For Rob (RL husband) and roomie, Sundays mean prep work for teaching the following week; and any admin stuff Rob needs to do during the weekend. They are both late risers; Rob eats breakfast at brunch time or later. Neither one of them normally wants to discuss the menu for dinner until mid-afternoon at the earliest. I am usually the one who goes to the store and cooks. Who cooks is decided by the choice of menu, which is kind of nice except that Rob rarely cooks and seems to prefer my cooking over roomie's. The person who does the dish best cooks it, so sometimes all three of us rotate through our small pullman style kitchen for one meal. Sunday dinners are our one nice sit down meal each week with the table attractively set. Holiday dinners are excellent; terrific food with both the dinner table and the small buffet set with holiday linens, silver, crystal and centerpieces.

This post came about simply by wishing we could pre-plan Sunday dinner, so I could get the grocery shopping out of the way on Sunday morning. We pre-plan holiday dinners days in advance, what's the big deal about waiting until our tummy tells us what we are in the mood for on Sunday afternoon? There speaks a person who doesn't like grocery shopping, especially when it interrupts work on projects or fun, and is happy to eat almost anything she doesn't prepare herself.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Barrels of Fun !

My SL has been very quiet the past few weeks. I've had RL deadlines which I just completed, so I haven't been online much at all, mostly just to clear notices.

I had fun lately trying out a series of barrel poses from Olive Juice.
mmm...flexi hair falling through body. Although I seek out flexi styles, this is one of the of the down sides.

Balancing act! A little unsteady ...
 ooops! I slipped. That hurt!
Now for sexy!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Shopping from Bed

One of the amusing sights I've seen in SL happened last night at the Car Wash sale. This lady was zooming around the streets lying in a hospital bed!
No hospital gown for her, she has on her jammies. She was clicking like crazy and appeared to be having a fine time shopping. I didn't notice any new jammie styles available, so she must be expecting a full recovery.
Flying high ..... over the merchandise carts.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I saw a live performance of modern ballet put on by the Ballet Pixelle company. The backdrops and floor coverings were light watercolors; a very nice effect.
It takes a great deal of patience to rehearse and perform with a group in SL. Because of the problems inherit in SL - lag, round the world cast, lag - probably twice as much patience is needed. This troupe obviously has the patience it takes; everything flowed smoothly.
The cast assembled for curtain call.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pandora Moon

My friend Xavia issued an invitation for a dance at Pandora Moon a little while ago.
I was the only one with wings and bright red hair. Talk about sticking out!
That is a plant in back of an avatar, not a headdress. My mother and grandfather would remind me to use better composition.

As soon as Ayesha of Skin Within introduced her Droe Exotica skin, I knew that it would be my choice if I played there. Click on the picture for a better view of her great makeup.
This is the hair in her poster for the skin. I have the hair for my role play as a fae! It's from Nikita Fride Design.