My scars were reflecting the mist in your headlights
I looked like a neon zebra shaking rain off her stripes
And the rivulets had you riveted to the places that I wanted you to kiss me when we find some time alone
Fiona Apple –Anything We Want from the Idler Wheel album
Maybe I’m a bit overly deep today. I actually attempted to make a metaphorical look! Since blogging and sort of immersing myself in The Zebra Revolution theme at this month’s Dazzle, this wistful Fiona Apple song keeps running through my head, it’s a beautiful song, you should google it. The song to me, makes me think of a friend, a friend one has been in love with since childhood, he or she keeps rejecting the signals that signify that a deeper relationship is desired. Each rejection piles up, forming scars that we feel are highly visible to any who see us, especially the desired lover. However, we care too much to lose them from our lives, so we take the friendship regardless of the pain. My little spin is that maybe we attempt to hide our scars by a brightness that we don’t feel. Are you shocked that I can reflective instead of just silly? I do generally keep a light and bright style on my blog, and while this look itself is light and bright, the mood I want to convey is how we hide our pain, maybe accept more than we should, by staying that bright and happy person we don’t feel is really ourselves, but what we want to be, while remaining convinced that everyone can see through the act to the scars underneath.
I want to start with the hair by Ali & Ali. It’s actually a FREE gift, it was my job to blog the exclusives! I didn’t even realize until just now either (this is what I get for being deep instead of funny.) But, I’m going to roll with it, as I feel this tousled bob shows off the chaotic nature of our emotional scars. I think the brain is where most of us have the most scars. Even if I unintentionally goofed by filing this in the wrong spot in my folders, the texture is exactly what all the exclusives contain, and there are several styles available to best meet your own desired look. I’m posting the booth so you can see for yourself how many are available, and hopefully, I’ll be able to blog at one more! There are styles for men and women available, and for this unique, punky look they are really low priced at 50 lindens each. There is a resize script included, and you can adjust the color of the white stripes via edit menu. You can find the Ali&Ali stall along the row to the left of the entrance.
Since I just did a close up on my face to show off the hair, I’ll go ahead and explain my makeup choices now. My eyeshadow with liner is a current dollarbie at Dulce Secrets. “::DS:: Deep Embrace Abyss Eyeshadow”. This is a super fantastic dollarbie, as it has all 6 shades in the Embrace Abyss Eyeshadow set, as well as a ruby lipstick. There are standard tattoo layer, Omega, Catwa, LeLutka appliers in the package. I liked how it looked like single tear may have escaped and been caught. For my lips, I chose from the Elise “Nocturne” palette. I went with the bright blue (Nocturne #4) because it is our mouths that most often put out that false brightness. There are 6 shades in the palette, and I blogged the silver one here. The entire set comes with standard tattoo layer, Omega, Catwa, LeLutka, and TMP huds, and costs only 45 lindens.
My outfit is also another moderately priced grab from Dazzle! This bright and wild outfit from Salty! includes both the leggings (which by the way come with an omega applier HUD of 4 bright colors if you don’t like the blue) and the loose and flowy tanktop complimented with a zebra print ribbon under the bust. The tank comes in 5 standard sizes, Maitreya, both Slinks, and all 3 Bellezas. The low price tag comes in at 75 lindens! I have to point how the zebra ribbon under the bust reminds me of the scars on our hearts, and the contrasting leggings our struggle between pain and happiness, but how we’re actually both. Just to let you know, Salty! is the latest generous designer to sign up to be in the Grow your Awareness Hunt that I am organizing next month!
Once again, Dazzle played right into my metaphorical look. I’m wearing the Beloved Jewelry “Animal Choker” and “Animal Cuff Bracelets” They are sold separately with a low price tag of 50 lindens each. Additionally, they come with a texture change script, allowing you to customize between 12 different metals, 7 colors for the faux fur, and 33 accent gems. Beloved Jewelry was one of the original designers who agreed to commit to the Grow Your Awareness Hunt, and helped give me the confidence I needed to approach other designers. I chose to display the bracelets in both the zebra and the light, because the placement of them is where we would apply perfume, and thus the image we project both intentionally and unintentionally eventually reveals the whole person we are, both with darkness and light. As perfume only masks a smell.
On my left, I also stacked the bracelet with some bangles that are included in the FREE gift set out by Moonstar By the Sea at Dazzle. I had plans to blog the dress, but Aline of FabFree beat me to the punch. You can head over to the FabFree blog and see the dress here.
We’ve made it all the way down to my feet! We’re almost to the end. These adorable retro pumps with ankle straps are a FREE gift at The Little Black Dress, along with 8 other fantastic gifts, and the group is FREE to join! The Little Black Dress is the third designer in this post that is joining the GYA hunt as well! These great little shoes come rigged for Slink High, Maitreya, and TMP. I chose these zebra print shoes to work in my metaphorical look, as the foundation of many of our personalities is the scars and experiences that shape our lives.
Exposeur’s 50 linden marketplace sale is still ongoing. I snagged this dark alley that comes with 20 poses and mirrors (all of the poses in this blog are from this set, I didn’t add in any extra this time.) I wanted to show that we usually view ourselves, both the good and bad with tunnel vision, and chose a windlight that added the soft glow at the end of the tunnel (haha you know, the light at the end of the tunnel?)
Whoever thought of poetry in clothing? I’m sorry for being so deep and metaphorical, but I hope it helped improve the look rather than detract from it. It also helped that Dazzle has the zebra theme this month, so it was basically a one stop shop! That’s always nice not to have to pop all over Second Life for a single look. What’s not spoken about has been blogged, so consult the style card!
We started out sipping the water
And now we try to swallow the wave
And we try not to let those bastards get us down
We don’t worry anymore cause we know when the guff comes we get brave
After all, look around
It’s happening, it’s happening, it’s happening now
Fiona Apple –Anything We Want from the Idler Wheel album
Glasses: -LEO- “LEO Sale Glasses with Studs -Full Permissions” -1L on Marketplace (colored by me)
Eyelashes: ATIA’s “Plume” in Swag Bag –FREE!
Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo: Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)
Eyeshadow: Dulce Secrets. “::DS:: Deep Embrace Abyss Eyeshadow” -1L
Lipstick: Elise “Nocturne #4” – 45L (in fatpack)
Nails: Kosmetik “Gel Nails -Glitter Ombre”-199L (180 group members) fatpack of 18
Shoes: The Little Black Dress “Zebra Shoes” – group gift/group FREE to join!
Body: Slink Hourglass
Scene and poses: Exposeur “Narrow Dark Alley” –50L (Sale) on Marketplace