Monday, January 25, 2016

#BerniePromposal, A Colbert Meme by way of Strawberry Singh

The Setting: 1985

Mom!  Like, I'm going to Prom with Bernie Sanders from 2016, for sure

That's Nice Dear, what dress are you wearing?

The Totally Awesome Zenith Brocade-y Corset-y one, it can pass as one of those "bitchin" short ruffly mid 80's prom dresses.

That's Nice Dear, enjoy the prom.  Hope he doesn't talk your ear off about Income and Wealth Inequality.

But MOM!  Like, Income and Wealth Inequality is an IMPORTANT ISSUE!  Don't tell me you're going Yuppie on me, gag me with a spoon!

No Dear.

That would be so grody to the max. We'll have the prom photographer take a picture.

Yep, I'm doing the Stephen Colbert's #BerniePromposal meme.  I AM planning on voting for Bernie in the primary.

For more information about Stephen’s Challenge, you can check out the following links:

Challenge Blog Post: Ask Bernie Sanders To Prom

Hashtag on Twitter: #BerniePromposal

Stephen Colbert’s video on YouTube: A Modest PromPosal For Bernie Sanders

I decided to give Bernie an 80's blonde prom princess.  The Dress is Brocade Corset Top and Lace skirt from Zenith.  Hair is the Harlow from Chemistry, Skin is the Pink Fuel Harley, Jewelry is the Kinbaku Heart set from Maxi Gossamer.


Zenith Main Store

Chemistry Hair

Pink Fuel Skin


Stockings from Big Beautiful Doll on Marketplace

Maxi Gossamer Jewelry on Marketplace

Commoner Sash (Flawless) it's a gacha item so beware.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

The CC's Holiday Office Party Look

Some time back before the holidays I was thinking to myself as I often do, about fashion.  Wait...stop laughing, I'm not always thinking about fashion or shopping in SL!  Anyway, I was thinking:  "What would the CC wear if she had a holiday office party to attend."  I had an outfit in mind, but didn't take any pictures or anything, being lazy, unmotivated to blog and without a lot of time.

But... I follow a few RL fashion blogs, One in particular is Fashion Apocalypse, which is the blog of my favorite curvy fashion blogger, who calls herself "The Lapsed Victorian".  I tend to like what "Lapsy" likes.  She likes the vintage influences, worships Christina Hendricks, and dresses WELL.

Well anyway, a couple of days ago she posted her Christmas day Outfit of the Day which was, "On Fleek", as the kids say these days on their Facingbooks, Tinterests and Pumblr's.  If you follow that link you can see that it's a lovely red dress with vintage influences, ballet neckline and slightly below the knee hemline.  She accesorized it with a nice bag, patterned hosiery and nice shoes.  I LOVED EET!  It reminded me so much of the outfit I was thinking of for "CC" that I decided to post the outfit.  It also reminded me of an outfit I was thinking of for a character in a story that was writing in my head.

Anyway here's the look, taken with shadows, depth of field and whatnot:

That's the Fame dress from Molichino.  Molichino shut down so it's not available anymore sad to say.  But I love this dress and should have shown it on the blog sooner.  It's in my flickr, but not the blog, but I would have sworn that I blogged it, but I guess I didn't.  But it doesn't matter because you can't get it anymore. Sadface, because it works well over the Maitreya Lara body.  The clutch is from CoCo

The hair is Wasabi Pills Jamie, which I wore because it reminded me of "Lapsy's" hair a nice layered mid-length. Jewelry is the Michelle set from Yummy.  Skin is my usual League Erin and eyes are my usual IKON Charmed Eyes in Moor.

The shoes and hosiery I picked up for the look today. I was going to wear my Izzie's tights, but the patterned tights don't have Maitreya appliers.  So I looked on market place for something like the dotted faux-fishnet Lapsy was wearing and found these Polka Tights from The Secret Store, which are perfect for adding a bit of interest to the leg.

The shoes are the Mutresse Volena Spectator style pumps, worn with the SLink High feet, but I'm wearing them with all black options set.

Here's a studio shot of the look.

It might not be surprising but I thought about doing a "do's and don'ts" of Holiday Party dressing post last year using RL as a basis for the choices.  One of the pictures I took then is also a good holiday party look.  It's a bit more formal.  You wouldn't wear this one to an office party, unless it was held at a hotel ballroom or something.  This is more a "Dressy holiday party where there will be dancing" look:

The dress is the PurpleMoon Maureen from a couple of years ago. It's vintage inspired with a sort of 50's look to it, but it's classic enough one could wear it to a modern party. It's a nice dress but doesn't play well with mesh bodies sad to say.  I'd kill for an updated version.  I wore it with Truth Mayim hair, and Essenz Zurich pumps.  I do believe that's the same Michelle pearl set from Yummy.  I was wearing Belleza skin back then, of course.

Anyway there you have two nice holiday looks.  Which would work rather well for Valentines Day outfits as well!


League skin

Truth Hair


Wasabi Pills

Slink Main store


Essenz shoes


The Secret Store


CoCo Designs

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Erratic Delice lingerie, co-starring the Maitreya Lara Body, guest starring the Lelutka Karin Head.

First some windlighty, depth of field-y cheesecake on my Dutchie Gustavian Lesbian edition sex be--, I mean my Dutchie Gustavian Lesbian "photoprop" bed! (/me waves to Miss DME and Charlemagne amongst the admirers of CC Cheesecake)

Yes, I forgot to use the ankle lock!  Facepalm moment on my part.

Now for the actual pose stand pictures, still cheesecake though.  I think I resemble my friend LDO in this one:

 Right then, Erratic Delice set, Bra, thong, suspender belt (garter belt for us Yanks), and suspender brief (brief with built in garters), and stockings (with appliers for Maitreya bodies and Slink feet)  Make sure you have the most recent OmniHud 6.1 version of the feet, the stockings require them.  I really can't say more about the lingerie other than it's Erratic, which the glamorous sexpot fashionista types at the Chamber seem to wear.  The fit is good (erratic lingerie also works on non-mesh bodies if you're close to the standard sizes), and it looks REALLY good.  It's frickin shmexy for sure.  You can probably guess I have the fatpack.

I wore it with Truth's new Heloisa hair, a shmexy "windblown supermodel" hair and Hucci's Jacmel pumps

But this post isn't really about the lingerie, it's about the body.  I've been wearing the Maitreya Lara Body for two months now, and can state that I can recommend the body, with a caveat.  That caveat being the lack of fine grained control over the alpha, meaning I can't wear it with some of my mesh items sad to say.  One example being the Steffen Garcia Blair.

Otherwise it works well, is relatively easy to use, and has good support amongst third parties.

 As you can see, I'm also wearing the Karin head, with League Luna head appliers.

Perhaps I shouldn't have picked it up, since I was iffy about the demo. But a couple of friends had been urging me to go ALL mesh with a mesh head, and I wanted to see how it looked with actual League appliers on it so I held my nose at the price (L$2500, I consider it a bit overpriced at that level, I think a 1200 to 1500 price would be more reasonable), and bought the thing, and both sets of the Luna appliers.

Sadly the Luna makeup works much better with blonde hair than red. And you know how I am about my red hair. The lipsticks need a little more work to be more flattering to a redhead.  (As do the Erin makeups) And I'm not sure I like the head, there's something about it when I look at it in profile (from the side) that bothers me.  From the front it's gorgeous, but the side....I have mixed feelings.

Also the head had fewer functions than some other ones I have heard of.  For example there are only two settings for the mouth, closed and slightly open.  Some other heads have animated mouths.  Also lash tinting uses a color picker than some standard presets.  Another caveat involves the included hairbase applier, there aren't enough colors in it and I don't think my favorite hair makers make a hairbase applier for the head yet.

Sadly because of my mixed feelings on this head, I cannot categorically recommend this head, or the other Lelutka heads....yet.  My feelings may change as further updates are made to the head, I hope.

Also, besides LDO, it makes me look like my bacon-loving friend RachelAlivia, who also uses this head, especially with the blonde hair.


League skin



Hucci Main store


Truth Hair

A Girl Genius/Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Fashion Fan-Fic: Report from Vulgarian Agent #1138

This is a fan-fic-y fashion post involving Jägers from Girl Genius, of which I am rather fond.  I recently picked up one of the hardbound compilations of the historical documents (that's what I call them around KlausWulfenbach Outlander in SL), aka the first Omnibus volume, though I had read some online at the Official Girl Genius website.

From Agent #1138, Steamlands Operations Desk
Hallo Mein Baron Bombi.

Forgive me for responding in English, I've spent so much time amongst the Steamlanders that it is easier to report in that Language, Ja?  As you may know I was assigned to follow various and sundry Steamlanders to gather intelligence for our Great Nation of Vulgaria. 

Well then I was assigned to the Steamlander known as Ms. CC Creeggan.  I spent many Jahre studying her, und I know EVERYTING about her.  The clothes she wears, her obsession with redheads, und her obsession with hats. Ms. CC Creeggan is a fashionista.  She shops, it's what she does.  At first glance it would seem she is just some flighty brainless shopping addict, but first glance would be wrong, Mein Baron.   Apparently she was drafted into the Caledon Militia and was promoted to Sergeant.  So how does some fashionista get promoted to non-commisioned officer?  She likes guns, big ones, especially gatlings.  She is Very good with gatlings.

So we have a fashionista who likes guns.  You might think that this is rather common, after all Fashionistas are noted for hunting down those who disrupt their shopping rituals with swords, katanas, guns, und weapons of mass BEWM.  That is verstehe, Mein Baron.

I learned much about her in St. John and Caledon.
One of the things that struck me as interesting was that she seemed to have an affinity for Baron Klaus Wulfenbach.  That might be expected considering Gabrielle Riel is close to him, but with Ms. Creeggan it was different.  She seemed to be "minding" him, watching over him, and always seemed well armed around him.  Not only that, but she was known for clicking her heels und saluting him.

I also discovered that Ms. Creeggan seemed to be FAR stronger und tougher than any fashionista I had seen before.  It was rumored that she had stopped a runaway cargo truck, a Daimler Vehicle No. 42 powered by an internal combustion engine by holding out her hand against it's front fender.  It was also rumored that she could stop potential ruffians by just looking at them, raising her voice, und gesturing towards a VERY LARGE .54 bore handgun that would appear at her waist. 

I managed to bribe a wandering down-on-his-luck seaman in St. John with some rum und he told me of an incident at a dockside pub:

"Now that Miz CC, she aint normal-like.  Hells Bells, she might not even be human.  Maybe she's a demon or some kind of spellcaster, I don't know.  But I saw her toss Baraboo Jack across the entire pub when he got uppity with her after the barkeep called her in to break up a bar fight. And when he came after her with a knife, she disarmed him and BROKE the knife with one hand, and said, and I quote:  " Hyu hain't a very schmot guy, hyu know "  And then she decked him, with one punch.  Lifted him off the floor and carried him back to his ship like he was a purse.  That aint natural.  And she gets shipments labeled "Genuine Fresh Europan Bogz", "Bogz Puree" and "Chocolate Covered Bogz" from someplace called Europa Wulfenbach."

That seemed VERY suspicious so I decided to take a trip to Winterfell, where Europa has an embassy and where the Europan Jägermonsters have a hut. You know of Jägermonsters, Mein Baron, those altered-human warriors who, for the most part, serve the Baron Wulfenbach. Known for their great strength, affinity for big guns and bug eating.

I have managed to sneak into the der Hut des Jäger and found their roster.  In it there is a listing for an "Infiltration agent, Ms. CC" with the description:
"Hyu know, dat redheaded Jäger gurlie vo likes schoes almost as much as hets?  De vun vith de kolor change hepidermoose, retractable fangs, und morpho-chango ears?  Yah her, she makes a goot infiltration agent. Let's send her to de schteamlunds to find schparks und vatch over de Baron und schtuff.  She vill need zum schpeech trainink to schpeak like de non-Jager pipples, but dat kan done viddout too much trubbel.  She's a schmot gurl. It iz a goot plan vith low probability for loss uf hets for everyone.  Authorization: Mamma Gkika"
This changes everything.  instead of just being some wandering shoe-obsessed fashionista, she's a wandering shoe-obsessed, hat-obsessed, utterly dangerous Jäger! Well I suppose there's not really THAT much difference, Fashionistas are known for being rather scary drama filled creatures of avarice und violence.

That said, I do believe this information will require continuing surveillance, und also a promotion.  After all...she's a Jäger.  

Agent #1138

As Agent #1138 was preparing to leave the Hut with his missive, the double doors opened and he saw the familiar face of Ms. CC the Fashionista, but this time her face was green, she was wearing a nice hat, and she was carrying a portable gatling.

"Vere do hyu tink hyu're gun, schmot guy?", said she,  "Hy tink hyu vill need to be hendink over everyddink hyu are karryink, includink you missiff to Vulgaria und hyu schould tink about defectink und retirink... to Zindra vith hall de pretty gurlies on de beaches, yah?  De Baron Bombi von' take kindly to a failure on you part."

Agent #1138 handed over everything without complaint. What could he do, facing a gatling armed Jäger.

She then said, "Dat's a schmot guy, Hy tink hyu vill enjoy you retirement hennyvay, much more fun ten servink dat jerk Baron Bombi"

The Agent thought, "Oh well, alls fair in espionage, and love.  Perhaps he could find a large bosomed oiled up vixen for his very own in Zindra." As he left, he turned and watched the Jager head into the Hut.

I saw this Nikita Military dress when Charlemagne Allen TP'd me over to Valentina E. one day.  She didn't know I was a fan of "V.E."and I didn't know she was a fan of V.E. either.  Anyway, I saw it first and told her she had to have it because it was so Charlemagne-y.  I eventually caved in and got it too.  There's also an all-black/grey, olive green and navy blue versions.

I'm wearing it with the  Lumae Orsimer Adore skin with the included Leevi ears. 

Makeup used is a red gloss from Roslin Petion's Luxuria brand , with Schadenfreude fangs.   I paired it with Lassitude & Ennui's "Flutter" boots.  I had to size them up to M to wear them over the Maitreya body.  Coincidentally, Luxuria, Lassitude & Ennui and Schadenfreude are all located in the Nouveau region.

The dress isn't quite perfect with the body, sadly we don't have enough fine grained control over the alpha, but it's not too bad.  The hair is Magika Honest with the Paulette hat from Pure Poison.

The portable Gatling is one of my cherished SL posessions, being made by the late Nix Sands for his XNT brand. He was a True Gentleman in my book and I still miss him. It is no longer available.

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reference is Vulgaria and Baron Bombi (Bomburst in the film and book), who are often used as "generic steampunk villains" in fiction-y blog posts and stories in the Steamlands.


Lumae skin





Magika hair

Valentina E

Lassitude & Ennui

Pure Poison

Hell Freezes Over, I switch to Firestorm

This SL screenshot taken in my house, may look fairly ordinary, but to me it isn't. 

Check the full size version, it's 3840x2114 in size.  No, I'm not running a 4K monitor, I'm using the double size screenshot feature built into SL viewers that actually works on Linux in Firestorm.  Yes, Firestorm  Long time readers may know that almost always used one of LL's Beta builds, though I've sometimes tested older Firestorm builds on my alt.  

I've complained about the double size screenshot feature not working on Linux intermittently before.  At first it didn't work, then it did, then it stopped working...again.  Then came THIS BUG!  Which causes any LL SL build AFTER 3.7.28 to fail to start on a 64-bit Linux.  ANY 64-bit Linux, not just Fedora.  Not only that, but the last build that works on 64-bit Linux has some regressions in regards to textures blurring in and out, and obvious RAM issues.  It is seriously crap, even compared to previous SL viewers in the 3.x.x series.  Why oh why LL doesn't do a proper 64-bit build is beyond me, Linux users have been complaining about it for years. 

I got so fed up, I grabbed the 64-bit Havok-less Firestorm build and tried that.  In the past when I  used Firestorm there were typeface issues, for some reason Firestorm didn't use the same ones that LL's builds do and it had legibility issues.  But now it used what I considered the proper typeface and everything was hunky dory for the most part, once I put the thing in Viewer 3 mode.  Sure there's a few qurks I don't like.  For example, sidebar buttons don't work like they do on LL's viewers where a single click brings them to front (Probably a configuration thing), and the "Stand" button is not where it should be (but they know about that one).

But all that is minor stuff compared to having a build that works, and crashes less often in it's 64-bit form.  (The 32 bit Firestorm version has some of the same memory issues the 32-bit LL clients do.)

Wicked Witch of the Woods, Once Upon a Time inspired SL cosplay

The Witch of the Woods had faced her haughty rival of the raven hair and the porcelain skin and had been defeated through treachery.

 She was now cursed and exiled.

As the curse took effect she thought one thing:  If Wicked was was they thought she was, then Wicked she would be.

Hundreds of years later, curse or no, she was ready to end her exile.  After outfitting herself in modern accoutrements, she would now achieve her vengeance.

"Wait till they get a load of ME!", she thought with a laugh in her mind.

Another gratuitous cleavage shot.

Why yes, I WAS inspired by Zelena of the television show, Once Upon a Time, so the cleavage isn't really all that gratuitous.   My Friend Gabi immediately recognized I was doing a version of Zelena when I showed her the pictures.

I cam across this inspiration by lucky chance.  I just happened to run across a Zelena video in a search I did some weeks back, I haven't actually watched the show yet, haven't had the time, and well...bandwidth cap.

After seeing that, I was like, "OH MY GOD! Just look at HER!" And then I started Googling her. Her famous fairytail black gown with the cleavage reminded me of the Black Arts Flora which I'd demo'd but not bought because of alpha issues with my non-mesh body.

Zelena image from Rumbelle! Forever.

Back to the SL fashion, I'm wearing the League Erin skin, when I'm non-green.  It's my standard skin now, even though It's not quite the perfect skin for me.

The green skin is the Lumae Orsimer Adore skin with a Luxuria Red Gloss layered over it.  "Orsimer" being a reference to the Orcs of the Elder Scrolls game series.  The skin DOES come with Maitreya body appliers AND Lelutka head appliers (as well as appliers for other bodies and heads)  It also comes with a set of ears as well!  I'm also planning on using this skin when I go Jagermonster from Girl Genius.

The old time-y neo-victorian look comprises the Black arts flora jacket and skirt, which as I said, couldn't actually wear before I started using the Maitreya body.  The default alpha when used with my non-mesh body has issues and needs some more work.  But with the Lara on the other hand it works very well.  This outfit is template based, there ARE other versions of it on the grid.  I picked two other colors of it, the red and pinstripe version.

I'm carrying the  Inanna staff from Tekeli-li, which I've had for a while and has a ton of color change options that you change via chat commands, not menus.

The Empyrean Forge Heritage statement jewelry set I picked up specifically for these looks, but it's the sort of glamorous statement set I'll get good use out of.  It is also color change for the gems.

I'm also wearing Ingenue Laura pumps, which you can't see.  The Victorian hat in all black I got with the Chantilly Victorian Gown by Boudoir, just a simply lovely and sexy victorian hat, not even taking into account how great the gown is.

The modern dress is the Kastle Rock Hilary dress, with Izzies Sheer tights basics, the versatile Hucci Glynco pumps, the same jewelry set and Amacci Amelie hair for both modern and old-timey looks.

More Zelena!  (From Reddit) These two looks are what inspired my modern "wicked witch" look.


 The show apparently runs on The Rule of Cool, Ridiculously Cool Clothes, and The Rule of Cleavage. When Cosmopolitan of all things does an article about the cleavage, there's a lot of cleavage on the show...and it is glorious.  As Everyone Knows, the CC is All About the Cleavage.  It is one of my many "CC Rules #1"

But All of the fashion on the show is fabulous!  Modern and Fairytale, which may be why I like the fashion so, since I need both Modern and Old-timey looks in SL.  Just look at Regina!  (you could easily come close to this with the red jacket version of the Black arts Flora)

And the hats!  The HATS with the CLEAVAGE and the GLAM makeup  Squeeeeeee!  I need everything Regina wears on the show in please.  Just look at these two modern dresses Regina wears, they are so me.  She also reminds me a bit of Megan Mullally's Karen Walker in "Will & Grace", whose style I also adored.

 Though it isn't actually just Regina's and Zelena's outfits I love, ALL the female characters have such delicious wardrobes in both modern and fairytale settings.  The Gowns!  THE FABULOUS GOWNS!


Amacci Hair

League skin

Lumae skin


Black Arts

Kastle Rock

Empyrean Forge Heritage set on Marketplace

Tekeli-li Inanna staff on Marketplace


Ingenue, Fashion with a Past

Hucci Main store


Sunday, August 09, 2015

Preparedness, a phone call and a warning to look to the skies. Hurricane Éric approaches.

After last year's hurricane hit St. John, I had sworn that  I'd be prepared for the next hurricane season.  I had put off the upgrades to the Wireless transmitter and generator and we had paid for my laxity with much damage.

 Not this year.  I looked over my new equipment in the attic with much joy.  It had been late to arrive, some of the components being shipped from far away Caledon with some additional apparatus that was originally of Seraph City origin. I only had just finished the final installations, though it had been ready at half power (still more than last year) last week.  But it was worth the expense and time.  This hybridized transmitter ought to be able to reach such far away lands as Cala Mondrago, Babbage, Caledon, Europa Wulfenbach, Winterfell, perhaps even Bay City, the Blake Sea, or Neufreistadt.

I decided to temporarily put the operator station near my desk with the telegraph key.

That should work well enough, for the time being. As I walked past the clock and barometer, which showed a "change" reading, the telephone rang.


Ah, yes, Miss Creeggan of St. John?  Weather Bureau here, we've received some reports of heavy tropical storm activity reported via Mondrago, and vessels under way to the south of St. John. So do keep an eye on the sky, that's a good girl. 

"Merci, M'sieu, will do." I replied to the obvious dolt who didn't know better than to condescend to me.

As I hung up the phone, the telegraph began chattering away feeding the paper tape and radio began squawking on the St. John Corsairs frequency.

Allo St. John, This is Corsair Capitaine , reporting a très mal storm 'eading Nord.  Navigateur thinks landfall will be . S'il vous plaît préparer, repeating land fall in 4 days estimate.  If my eyes are right, it looks like a ouragan. if you can hear this, but avec la grâce de Dieu, you will.

I rushed to the transmitter and replied:

"Ms. CC at St John here, transmission recieved, bless you Corsair!  4 days warning! Mon DIEU, 4 Days!  Get your ship to safety Capitaine, make port at Cala Mondrago or Half Hitch dock on the Blake."

The Capitaine replied:  Je obéis mon châtelaine

 I headed outside to look at the sky.  It was beautiful, but soon wouldn't be.  4 Days, Blessed Be.

 I headed back inside to the desk to check the list of this years Hurricane names, ah, this one would be "Éric", with the accent mark. Time to send some messages out, THIS time it would do some REAL good... 4 DAYS warning, thank the Goddess.




I then realized that I might make good use of that air raid Siren I picked up on the Iron Cloud.  Sandbags, I'm going to need more sandbags.  I returned to the Telephone and key and spread the word to the good people of St. John.  We'll see how tough that Hurricane will be when we can prepare.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Baron and Baronin Wulfenbach 2015 Anniversary party.

Twas the Baron and Baronin's Anniversary, which!  A japanese themed party.  Being the Steamlands, you just know that everyone is going to dress VERY well (which everyone commented on, even though I expect it):

That's the only group picture I took, I crashed a couple of times and textures sometimes went blurry on me.  (stupid 3.7.28 compatibility client, the 3.8.X+ series crashes on start on 64 bit Linuxes)

Wasn't going to miss this.  I decided to go Jager and I'm glad I did, because I was the only Jager there!  And what's a Wulfenbach party without a Jager?  Even bought a new skin with Maitreya appliers (Lumae Orsimer Adore from the We Heart Roleplay event) just for the party!  It even came with EARS.  It's going to be a good skin when I do a Zelena (from once upon a time) look.  I just bought the PERFECT outfit for that.

To my right is in the black/gold is Dean "Double Secret Probation" Phrynne of Caledon Oxbridge.  The couple with the fellow with the white hair dancing with the pretty lady are the Baron and Baronin themselves.  The Gorgeous blonde in Pink is the Lady Skye.  Who quite frankly makes me look like chopped liver fashion wise most of the time.  SHE is the one who should be fashion blogging.  The Eldemars are there in back next to the Tiny Eladrienne Laval.  In blue in front of me is Mari Moonbeam.  Wulfi and Lady Sumoku are in the far right corner, they were the party organizers and hostesses.  The build was VERY nice and several people wanted to steal it.

At the end of the party I just had to take a pic of Babbage Urchins Stormy Stillwater and Satu Moreau, where were freaking adorable.  I just wanted to take them home and give them wuv. Say it with me now....Awwwwwww.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ramadan, Van Salee, and ancestry. Inspired by Strawberry Singh and Helen Boyd.

I'm a member of an online transcommunity run by author Helen Boyd.  I've been a member of that community for 11 years, the only online community I've followed longer is Slashdot.  Yes, I know...Slashdot. /me shakes head sadly at my own nerdosity.

Last week Helen did a post about Ramadan's History in America.  Which is a VERY long history, much longer than most modern American's think.  Upon seeing that post one of my first thoughts was ... "Berry's going to be doing her annual Ramadan post soon."  Which she did, the next day.

It also reminded me of my own small connection to Islam in America. It might be surprising to some, but yes, I do have one.  While as my readers, acquaintances and friends know, I'm mostly of Celtic ancestry on both my mother's and father's side, but that's not all my ancestry.

I'm descended from one of the first Muslim settlers in the New World, in New Amsterdam aka New York City, actually. And his Q'uran is the oldest known Q'uran in America.  To those who know their history those facts alone are enough to identify him, Anthony Janszoon Van Salee.

Yes, that means I have Moroccan ancestry.  And yes, that also means I'm descended from the woman variously described as Manhattans first "lady of the night" or "The Carrie Bradshaw of Colonial America", Grietse Reyniers.

So inspired by Berry, and my ancestry I decided to do a post with some "ethnic" clothing.  First I did some googling about women's clothing and fashion in Morocco, and after seeing some pictures decided to try to find a kaftan, which I did.  Then I was thinking that perhaps I should search Berry's Blog for a "less pale" skin, but while I was looking through more pictures of Moroccan fashion I found a woman that made me go "squee" and say to myself.  "I guess I really don't have to change my skin...or my hair color."

That woman is the Her Royal Highness, Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco:

Who is an awesome redheaded fashionista-princess-engineer with REALLY nice shoes. She knew she had it "goin on" there.  Google her, she's fabulous.  Yes, she's ethnically Moroccan, there are redheads among the Berbers.

The kaftan I found was the Bilo Rani "Sabah", as it turns out, Berry wore it back in 2013.  The girl always has the scoop, she's the Berry!  I wore it in green because there was a famous utterly fabulous green kaftan that Lalla Salma wore and redheads look good in green.  Sadly, this kaftan shows more cleavage than I wanted, but I like it anyway.

Belleza Betty skin, Hucci Jacmel pumps.

 Of course I needed some fabulous jewelry.  (The Princess has some REALLY nice stuff.).  As non-luck would have it, I have the Maharani set from Maxi Gossamer, which I picked up from May's Uber, if I recall correctly.  When I saw the display and the model I thought:  "That model looks like Berry."   "It IS Berry, well who else would you want to model that set?"  The set has two metal choices and several gem colors.  Sadly you have to click on each piece individually, there's no HUD to set them all at once.  Hair is Truth Harmony (Ponytail)

 As you can tell, those are not my usual green eyes, but brown ones.  Ikon "Charm" eyes in Chocolate.

Since I was wearing the Maharani set, I went ahead and put on the nose chain, the mang tikka, and the Zaara Chandni Lehenga in Scarlet, to take some pictures of the full set and the Chandni, which I've had for a while.  Might as well go full on Berry-clone, except for the paleness.

I adore the Chandni in this color.  While I adore it, and think it's beautiful, I probably won't pick up the other colors as much as I might want to.  Pale Celtic redheads, even those with Moroccan ancestors, probably shouldn't be wearing lehenga's too often.

Truth Sally hair, which always reminds me of one of the hairstyles of Mad Men's Sally Draper.


Sabah kaftan at Bilo Rani

Chandni Lehenga in Scarlet from Zaara

Maharani Jewelry set from Maxi Gossamer

Belleza Betty skin

Ikon Charm eyes

Truth Hair


Monday, June 22, 2015

CC McCrankypants: Serious issues with the Client.

I'm having serious issues with the current client I'm using, 3.7.28 "Obsolete platforms" viewer even worse than the 3.8.0 series.  I had to switch to that one because somehow LL messed up the most recent builds of other projects so that they don't run on Linux.  I don't know how they were able to get them to build and run on their test system when they don't run on actual Linux systems in the wild.  Maybe because they're STILL USING a 32-bit Linux for building the Linux client in 2015!

Anyway, you might not see me in-world as much, or as long, since I'm crashing more, ESPECIALLY when TPing a lot or trying to attend shopping events.