Saturday, June 21, 2014

2014 Fashion for Life: Wander

Pretty Poseur

Wander is filled with balloons, both small rubber ones and enormous ones which can hold the buildings up in the sky. I found the whimsy of it delightful, complete with the sight of a few of the boxes that didn't quite make it to the ground floating away on an errant breeze. The rubber balloon was invented in 1824 by Michael Faraday, while he was experimenting with various gasses. Being semi-permeable to helium, they loose buoyancy relatively quickly. Mylar, a less permeable metallic film, makes significantly longer lasting balloons which have the added bonus of being shiny. Hot air balloons are much older, however, dating back to early China and made of paper with candles or other sources of heat inside of them to offer the buoyancy and they were used for military purposes as well as decoration and events. Hot air balloon rides came to Europe in the 1700s, and they remain one of the more graceful and peaceful manners of transportation.

Light as a Feather

I'm dressed in Wander-ful clothing this time, which makes me really happy, and some of the last offerings from Donna Flora, which makes me both happy and sad all mixed up together. Donna Flora was the creation of Squinternet Larnia, who became very ill and then died due to cancer about six months ago. The last few years of her life were marked with support and fun raisers from Second Life, including Love Donna Flora. Besides the legacy of friends who loved and honor her still, she left behind a variety of lovely jewelry and clothing, though she was never well enough to take full advantage of advances like mesh and rigging. My dress and my jewelry are both by her - the jewelry put together from textures and designs she had already created and not had the energy to finish, and the gown a collaboration between her and a dear friend, Monica Outlander of Miamai. It's one of her few rigged mesh offerings, a floaty confection of golden stars. I'm glad she and Miamai ended up on a cheerful sim like Wander, though it doesn't make her loss any easier. I matched the dark green of my lovely Donna Flora jewelry with shoes from Bliensen + MaiTai, also available on Wander. These are really fun snub-nosed shoes sold in sets of colors - about six per pack - which offers up some real variety. I especially like the inclusion of odder shades, like this dark green; t hose can be difficult shades to match in an outfit, and the fact the soles and gem clip are also customizable makes the shoes even sweeter.

Dangling Reflections

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Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Ploom, Boomer
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Lipstick: Senzafine, Sirene
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: A:S:S. Dragon Scale
Jewelry: Donna Flora, Julia (Fashion for Life - Wander)
Clothing: Donna Flora, Noemi (Fashion for Life - Wander)
Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai, Bolero (Fashion for Life - Wander)

Pose: Don't Freak Out

Location: Fashion for Life: Wander
Light Settings: TOR, NIGHT Flyer (moded)
Water Settings: Blackwater

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

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