Blogging can be a long and time-consuming process.
Not every time, of course; sometimes we’re just lucky and a concept crystallizes quickly; sometimes a picture lines up just right on the first try and our computer cooperates long enough to process the shadows we like, the colours we want, within moments of bumping ourselves up to ultra graphics and the realm of maximum avatar and object detail. Not always, but when it happens it’s nice.
At one point or another, though, I find myself becoming thoughtful; wondering why things are the way they are, both in my styling and sometimes on a much broader scale. This almost always happens at one of the ‘fine tuning’ stages of blogging – either editing prims or camming around my avatar to get that minute change of angle that’s the difference between a great shot and one I’m going to want to take again. Usually, though, it’s when I’m in Photoshop adjusting my picture, layer by layer, a few pixels at a time because really, really, I just love what I’m doing that much. And I’m grateful to be able to do it.
I enjoy being able to focus on an image, to shape it in a way that’s pleasing to my eye and attempt to capture the feeling I’ve had throughout the process. Some images are as comfortable as warm socks on a cold morning; some originate from deeper, darker moods while others are bright, cheerful, and fun. One of my favourite quotes, a thing I believe with all my heart, is this:
“Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.”
This, to me, is the difference between being fashionable and being stylish. If all we’re communicating to the wider world is that we’re able to shop at the most current events and buy what our favourite content creators, bloggers, and stylists say is new and exciting, then we’re missing more than half the point. Staying current is only part of the picture. We have to make a thing our own and communicate, at a glance, a cohesive image of who we are and what we’re trying to achieve. We may not be aware of it every time and that’s all right, but in this multicultural and international community we call Second Life, it can be the difference between understanding and a whole mess of confusion.
The point, sweet reader, is that each of us speaks a different language and sometimes that language isn’t even our first. We come from a hundred hundred different places, experiences, and cultures. The words we hear in our dreams aren’t always the ones we convey to the wider world but there are a few places where we’re able to come together and communicate without speaking. We use body language and expressions, numbers and music and architecture. Art, of course, and fashion. Always fashion. It’s everywhere.
These are some of the things we’re able to understand without knowing exactly why they work as well as they do. It’s the ongoing dialogue that keeps us hungry for new things to help express our evolution as avatars, as artists and human beings. It’s a visceral feeling that prompts sleep-deprived bloggers to write six hundred-word introductions to capture an elusive point (I hope it’s been a good read so far and I understand if you’ve skimmed the post because I do it all the time. No hard feelings. <3) about seeming, being, and dreaming. About communication and sentence fragments.
We dream in thousands of different languages, each of us looking for ways to understand and to be understood. Looking at the images above, my hope is that you’ve understood the thoughtful, dreamy mood of this styling. ‘Aisling,’ in addition to being an incredible brand in Second Life, is an Irish word for dream and I feel that the style of the brand’s creators, Damian Kleiner and Druunah Esharham, is a dialect all its own. Even at a glance we can see the thought, work, and love that goes into every release and if I’ve written a lot here, it’s all in an effort to do justice to the visually stunning accessories of ‘Mon Bel Amour.’ I’ve thought a lot about dreams and communication (clearly, hah) and chose the pieces I did to help infer the way this particular set has made me feel. Damian Kleiner’s love of ‘Art Nouveau‘ has come through beautifully in these pieces and I tried to convey a similar style in the photos themselves.
Beautiful as these pieces are, each of them comes with real function in the texture change menu that, for me, has always set the best accessory creators apart from the crowd. Believe me when I say that Aisling is one of the best but if you know them, you know this already.
I realize now that I’ve written a great deal already and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the post as much as I’ve loved writing it. I do want to take a bit more of your time to say that this look could not have come together as beautifully as it did without the gorgeous dress I found from The White Armory; it was the colours in the Zihanna of Sheera Gown Set-Ritual that prompted me to use aquamarine, gold, and green together or, in other words, to go full Celtic. 😉 Cue distant hills and dreamy haze for effect. Done!
If you haven’t been to a Fantasy Gacha Carnival yet, I have to say that it’s an incredible experience; we get four every year in the month before The Arcade (that’s how I remember when it’s going to be :P) and this round of FGC begins November 6th, 2015. The event theme is going to be ‘Silver, gold – Angels and the dark side of the Moon’ and, gosh, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us there!
Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour Collection Strip-Lash in London ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Nails Applier: Hello Dave – Nail Appliers – Signs of Autumn Matte ~ Maia Gasparini
Hair 1: CATWA HAIR RockStar ~ Catwa Clip
Hair 2: CATWA HAIR Aimee Ponytail ~ Catwa Clip
Gown: !!TWA!! Zihanna of Sheera Gown Set-Ritual ~ Bee Dumpling
Slippers: . aisling. HIND – Slink Flat Addon ~ Druunah Esharham
Jewellery: .aisling.- Mon Bel Amour Gacha Set (ring not shown) in Gold ~ Damian Kleiner ~ Coming SOON to the Fantasy Gacha Carnival (November 6th, 2015)
Pose 1: *PosESioN* Diamond ~ Dahriel
Pose 2: *PosESioN* Amethyst ~ Dahriel
Green Things <3: Heart – WILDWOOD Giant Pine Forest – Lilith Heart