Saturday, September 20, 2014

Say Something.. Featuring ::Sweet Intoxication:: and .:JUMO:. from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week

"Say Something" by a Great Big World

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

And I will stumble and fall I'm still learning to love Just starting to crawl

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
Anywhere I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I will swallow my pride
You're the one that I love
And I'm saying goodbye

Say something, I'm giving up on you
And I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
And anywhere I would've followed you (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Say something, I'm giving up on you

Say something, I'm giving up on you
Say something...
~Meaning (1 interpretation):

When your having trouble in a relationship and you know that things are coming to an end but you want so badly to hang and make it work. You want to be "the one" for them but only if they want to accept you as theirs. You will do anything for them, follow them wherever they go but they wont do the same. You feel like you're the only one in the relationship trying to make it work. It seems like the other person has no hope but you want them to say something, anything to make you stay and keep on fighting. All these overwhelming feelings make you feel so small. Going into the relationship you didn't know what you were getting your self into. You have never loved like this before, there are going to be obstacles, you will stumble and fall but you will learn and keep going. After all the pleading and asking them to stay you just cant keep going, you are finally giving up, you are sorry that you couldn't get them to stay. I love you but I need to swallow my pride, accept defeat, and say goodbye.

How often do you experience this? It seems to me that it happens more often online then in my life off line, but maybe that's because I'm almost house bound and so I'm more likely to seek out friends online than someone who lives out beyond their front door. It's a maudlin song, but it's so deeply meaningful, intense, and something I can easily access personally because I've been through it. I've heard it sung on The Voice. I've seen it danced on So You Think You Can Dance. I heard it on two different music awards shows, once when it was just A Great Big World singing it and then again, when Cristina Aguilara sang it with them. It's personal. It's emotional. It speaks to me.

I don't know why it's been in my heart and head all day but it has. Even as I set up for photos and styled and had my personal time on my little work dais high in the sky over Second Life, I hummed it. There's a link on my wall that I found earlier on Facebook of an older gentleman sitting at a piano and he's playing and singing, on a street corner in somewhere USA.

What am I wearing? It looks so different from the photos I often take of Caryn. ::Sweet Intoxication:: (a great name for a store I think!) created the urban outfit for .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week. And because it had a mini skirt, I got to wear heels to show you too, Riyadh heels in red from .:JUMO:. I don't know where I found the sim with the dragon painting on the wall. I went to a sim that came up when I typed in the word Urban, but dragons don't really feel urban to me, yet it felt like a great place to take the photos. I hope you enjoy the styling, and the reminiscing sort of emotion accompanying them this morning. Say something...

::Sweet Intoxication:: Female Urban Outfit 1 from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
.:JUMO:. Riyadh Red Heels from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
1. Tres Beau: Belled Necklace and Earrings Set
2. Chop Zuey: Hana-Shobu Belly Ring
3. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
-- Female Feet High
4. OB4S: Chocolate Cosmose
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. Face Paint: Avante Liner
-- Couture Design 1
-- LipGloss Brites Electric Purple
-- Nail Appliers Spill
7. Gaeline: Felicia
8. Hairoin: Incognito
9. [LAP]

Friday, September 19, 2014

One Day... Featuring .::Dead Dollz::., ~ghee and .:JUMO:. from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week, KaTink Poses and no. 7

**Warning: One of my crazy long winded notes!

Some day, I want to grow up and be my avatar self. I would go to all the fabulous parties, never wearing the same attire twice. I would borrow jewelry from Tiffany's and have body guards to protect me from being mauled because I had on 3.2 million dollars worth of diamonds. I would have automatic everything. Maybe even an automatic 'mom response' to some of the incessant questions that do NOT stop when the child you once knew becomes a tall, grown... well... child. I'd have the fancy house down by the water that's on Cao's blog today. (I rarely reblog because we're all inundated with loads of data here and there, but well, I want her fancy house and it plays perfectly into my fantasy!) -- I'd have parties every night, music with live musicians to play it, food catered from only the best places, and some sort of amazing medication like the ultra-sexy Bradley Cooper takes in the movie Limitless and... if you haven't seen Limitless, put it on your weekend to rent at Redbox or wherever in your world you grab the movie and popcorn. You won't regret it. And you'll understand why I would need such a drug. With great parties come great people, great dancing, and I've heard it said, though I'm not sure if it's rumor or truth, great parties often lead to great sex. SEE WHY I want to grow up to be me?
For now, I will stick to pretending, to playing Barbie and to appreciating the expanse of designers who help create the imagery of my fantasy world. This time, I have on a new gown from .::Dead Dollz::. and I'm not sure, but I think it's the first time it's ever appeared on my blog. The mini-collection I got to see as part of .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week piqued my interest immediately when I saw the names of the items. The box was called Heisenberg and the gown I chose to share is Gray Matter. If you're fans of the hit series Breaking Bad (alas, it finished it's last season in 2013 ack!), the names would amuse and entertain. If you're really die hard Trivia nuts and Breaking Bad is your thing, you'd really enjoy the names of the items produced for this week!

People want bloggers to work with their items, and of course that's what we do and why we're there. In such a massive project like .PENUMBRA. countless designers have added their flair. Many many gowns, a few cocktail/clubbing dresses, a random rare pant suit or jeans set, and then accessories after that. Unfortunately, there are only so many gowns that could be styled in a period of two weeks. However, I know countless bloggers who are trying to do as much as they can and so am I. I'm grateful when I open a box that has jewelry, hair, heels, or other trinkets that add to the ability to puzzle the pieces together in such a way that each outfit is a mix and match of those event(s) that are in progress. I share this because I hope it helps encourage designers to mix it up a little. If I have a box with 4 pair of heels from one designer, and no one else sends heels out, then I will have 4 blogs with the same designer illustrated because they came from that event. But for the designer who sends 4 gowns, I pick the one I think best suits my tastes, and go from there.

And I shared all that to say that this .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week had .:JUMO:. as one of the contributing designers and the array of items submitted to work with from there allowed for multiple pieces to be used. I try to share the love. That's a good way to put it I think and one other bloggers use as well. I don't want to be an Events blogger who ends up only working with three or four designers. I switched to being a full time, fully invested Events blogger so I could be exposed to new creations by new people I've never tried. JUMO, thank you for all the accessories you created and shared! The jewelry in this styling, Salimah OnixDiamonds, made the elegant look even more refined. And ~ghee, who also sent an array of things that allowed for more than one blog entry, shared this purse. It's basic black and silver, but the strands of leather on the side of the purse changes hue with a HUD.

KaTink shares items that I sort and use in different ways at different times. KaTink Poses has poses, props, items for couples, for romance, for besties, for group gatherings and more. If I could have a KaTink pose set for my 23 family members on my Mr's side of the family, Thanksgiving would be so much easier, right? Only if that were possible. I get pouty (really, occasionally I do!) at times, because I don't have a special someone who would hop into pair poses with me. Most of the time, as a result, I do the static poses and backgrounds. This time, I realized the Pose Meh pack had poses AND a little prop. I set up a little scene, and 'Posed Meh'. Hahaha... and one more quick note. The bright red sign comes from no. 7, and from a box that has a number of other creepy signs, police tape and things I think are preparing us for Halloween.

Featuring no. 7 Snapshot Overlay/ Wall Decor 
Featuring .::Dead Dollz::. Gray Matter from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring .:JUMO:. Salimah Jewelry Set OnixDiamonds from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring ~ghee Couture Handbag Silver Metal from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring KaTink Pose Meh Prop and Poses
1. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
2. -{ZOZ}- Dark Spring Silver Nail Appliers
3. October's 4Seasons: Blossom Skin Tone (Laila)
4. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
5. MG: Swallow Wings
6. Amacci Hair: Silvia - Light Blond Pack

On Owning Umbrellas -- Featuring Petit Chat from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week and Face Paint

I have umbrellas! The most amusing thing to me is the fact that in my world off line, I don't own an umbrella. I've had one a few times along the way for my sons who had to have them for bus stops, and then they would get eaten in the big black hole that must exist in every student's locker, but me... I don't use them. I don't know why, maybe a childhood fear. I used to arrive at school soaked, and teachers wouldn't quite know what to do with me. I walked to school from 6th grade through 12th and then did a lot of college campus walking, far shorter distances than my grade school years, and I got used to those teachers and professors shaking their head at me.
What does one do with umbrellas? In my case, I immediately typed rain into the search function to find... ~drum roll~ Rain! And I did. I'm sure at other times of day I may have found some far more unusual extracurricular activities in the alleyways, but Adult sims tend to be the flavor of the week type places, and once a place is abandoned, I don't imagine zombies would even populate the empty buildings. No food! Okay so I'm in my Caryn-Noire mode this morning I guess...
Petit Chat had a note card, with items from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week, which really works so well for one little blond wild child in South Carolina, when dealing with new merchandise selection. I know that to some degree, I can't know how something will look 'on' me til I wear it, but at least with a note card of photos, I can guesstimate and then select one. I understand all the many ways designers are asked to box items for different events and the amount of work hours that go into every step, so I go with the flow and find myself grateful, no matter how it's done. I picked this outfit, Accept Loss Forever, from a selection to share with you because of the umbrella. It's girly, frufru as I would have said in my younger days. What I didn't expect was the pattern on the black dress. It looked like a well cut mini when I saw the note card imagine. When I put it on, I realized it was a scene, and it made me think of Sin City, the first movie, and it made me go aha, clever! With the outfit, I decided to go very understated with jewelry or other accessories. I wanted the umbrella to be it. I did find a new color from Face Paint called On the Go (Wood), and added it. Hope the makeup is waterproof, or I'll end up with my favorite Zombie look after all!

Featuring Petit Chat Accept Loss Forever from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring Face Paint On the Go (Wood)
1. *Calico* Phoebe
2. Gaeline: Starlia
3. KMADD/Moda: Starlia
4. OB4S: Alabaster Blonde
5. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
6. Pose Added to Umbrella + AO Vista Animations

Just Sayin` There's a Lot Happening This Weekend With .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week

I'm a bit biased much of the time because I've had the tremendous joy to get to know many different designers in many different veins of thought and style and aesthetic. I have to say, many of my very most favorite designers are the ones who stole a little piece of my heart, above and beyond the professional business world, and for those, I'm ever grateful.

This is the schedule for this weekend with .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week

Sept 19th  |  Friday
12PM    Paisley Daisy | Romance Couture | Snowpaws
1PM      ZOZ
2PM      Nya’s Shop | Morphine | Bravura Homme |  Clamberry | Sundaara
3PM      Loovus Dzevavor
Sept 20th    Saturday
12PM    Sweet Intoxication | Chocolate Atelier | Entice
1PM      Legal Insanity
2PM      Mimi’s Choice
PM        Bomshie | Vanity House Of Designs | M&M style
Sept 21st  |  Sunday
11AM    Lybra
12PM    Lyrical B!zarre Templates | Wicca’s Wardrobe | Kelini Haute Couture | Masoom | Living Imagination
1PM      October’s 4Seasons
2PM      Grand Finale Show
3pm     Live Performance w/ Josiah Lee Baxter

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Living In a Fantasy World -- Featuring Zanze at Designer Showcase -- Sneak Peek at NEW October's 4 Seasons Face -- and M&M

When I saw this slinky little gown/dress from Zanze, metallic silvers and aquatic blues, I immediately thought about my fantasy costume folder. I've paid 'good money' over the years for different pieces of fantasy that came in and out of style in Second Life.
I even have a very pink panther skin, emphasis on the word pink. These wings twinkle with particles. I know, so passe, no one does twinkles anymore, but I love my wings and I will probably have them in my inventory til kingdom come. Today was a good day to dust them off and play.
Zanze's Sage Mini {PANSY} comes from September Designer Showcase and is the last item I have in my box to share with you from September's run. All those delectable temptations there, just a little longer and then it's (EGADS!) already October. I'm sure that time flies when we're having fun but as I get older, it seems to fly even faster. Does that mean I'm having more fun?

Featuring Zanze Sage Mini PANSY at Designer Showcase
Featuring M&M Incorporated Brooke Heels (Mid)
Featuring October's 4 Seasons Orchid Skin Tone NEW Angelina Face
1. Isolde Wings in Plum
2. SLink: Mid Feet
-- Elegant 1 Hands
3. October's 4 Seasons: Glamour Lips Ombre Delicate
-- Shine Eyeshadow Pink Pearls
4. Gaeline: Mysteria
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. Truth: Fernanda
7. Avante Poses

Cooling Off -- Featuring >Asset<, Featuring Nya's Shop at The Instruments AND Nya's Shop at .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week, and .:JUMO:. at .PENUMBRA.

Nya's Shop had items out for both The Instruments and .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week so I used a combination of items from both to create my new look this morning. The dress, "Fooling Fall" in yellow comes from The Instruments while the boots and tights are from .PENUMBRA.
A set of jewelry from .:JUMO:. also from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week makes any look a little more glittery. A word I think I just made up, but it fits. It is more glittery!
>Asset< has a new style released also, called Journey. There's something very "ME" about a loose ponytail, and autumn. I pull my hair up all summer so that nothing touches the back of my neck (to hot, ick!) but by the first days of autumn, it's always ready to tumble loosely into just such a ponytail as this. It's that time of year ago, finally cooling off a bit, and the days are getting shorter.

Featuring Nya's Shop Fooling Fall (Yellow) from The Instruments September
Featuring >Asset< Journey
Featuring Nya's Shop Indian Beauty Boots (Yellow) from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring .:JUMO:. Orient Bright Jewelry Set from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
1. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
2. October's 4 Seasons: Strawberry Blonde Pearl
-- Glamour Lips Ombre Sunset
3. Face Paint: Avant Liner Brown
-- SweetPea 2
4. Gaeline: Divina
5. Corpus Poses

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To Sparkling -- Featuring Sabra Style, Chop Zuey and Two Designers From .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week: Luna Body Art and Vanity House of Designs

From two designers who both have items out for .PENUMBRA. Fashion week, new nail appliers from Luna Body Art and a new purse and heels from Vanity House of Designs, I began to puzzle together this casual compilation. There are likely thousands of different styles for nail application out there now. Instead of tons of duplication, which I see happens often in the 'real' world, each new set I try has a different appeal like this new set from Luna.
I have shared a few items from Sabra Style with you previously and today, I have a casual top and jeans set. I've worked with a number of gowns and dresses. It was great to have something less dressy. I particularly liked the ribbed weave infused into the texture created for the top. I lived in Florida for a little more than 10 years and something sleeveless yet knit at this time of year would be just perfect for a walk down the beach.
Chop Zuey... have you been there recently? I don't know how she does it, but Belle always has new fresh items for us, seasonal items, special holiday weekend items, gems and jewelry of every possible color and setting I could imagine in a hundred years, and still, when I visit, I see something new. My passion for fresh and innovative ideas is equaled and excels at Chop Zuey. Every now and then, I get little items from her gift area, and if you've never visited Chop Zuey, you don't know how generous she can be about gifts which is a travesty because EVERYONE should know. I couldn't figure out how to use the Beaujolais barrettes in the styles of hair I had but I realized if I added them to my top, I could create a leaf-like brooch. Many of her pieces, I wear exactly as they were created, but on the occasion that I repurpose the items, I'm grateful for the broad use, and the generosity of a designer who makes my life sparkle... Literally!

Featuring Luna Body Art from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week 
Featuring Vanity House of Designs Signature Pumps from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring Vanity House of Designs Signature Purse from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring Sabra Style Rayna in Coral
Featuring Chop Zuey Beaujolais Barretts (worn as a brooch)
1. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
-- Feet Female High
2. Chop Zuey: Circus Maximus Palladium Set
3. October's 4 Seasons: Orchid Skin Tone
-- Blonde Eyebrow Option 1
-- Romance Lipsticks Coral
-- Shine Shadow Gold Essence
4. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
5. Maxi Gossamer: Inverted Crown
6. Asset: Sophie 
7. Wicca's Wardrobe Poses