Moving to Mondrago

I have taken down my backstory posts, but I will add to the story and probably repost them soon, but the big news is that I have moved to Marikesh Mondrago, a wonderful desert steampunk sim.  Mondrago is a desert port city, based somewhat on the Al Andalus cities but with steampunk twists.

It is quite pretty, has wonderful people, and is run by one of the nicest people I know, Erehwon Yoshikawa.   Its a great place for pictures, and there are often dances with Eastern music and bellydancers.    

There are also parcels available, and I would encourage any of you to check it out, and also – if you are interested in Eastern music – to just come to some of the dances there.  IM or PP me for further details, or go visit and check out the event listings.

The picture here is of an outfit I absolutely adore, and was a gift from a wonderful friend in SL.    Though I have just recently changed skins, I wanted to post this pic anyway.   First the closeup, then in my home in Mondrago.

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*Outfit – ~Sa~eela~  Charang Salwar, this is partially mesh and I am wearing (believe it or not) the modest top.

*Skin – League Isla

*Hair – TRUTH Adeline

*Earrings – Earthstones

*Pose – (I need to look this up)

*Home – Marrakesh Oasis by Barnesworth Anubis

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Gypsy Wishbox

Thanks to Ahnyanka, who alerted me through Plurk of a gypsy outfit at a store I was previously unaware of, Wishbox!  I went there, and loved the outfit which is available in different colors.  As you can see, I went with the black and red.  This is a really nice outfit.

I really like the coins fringing the skirt.  I’d love to see the designer make some necklaces, earrings and bracelets, maybe even anklets, that match those coins.  I have some coin jewelry but its old (I should look for more) and I didn’t like the way it matched the coins on the skirt. 

Speaking of jewelry, the earrings are also from Wishbox and are to die for!  I love them, and only $40L.  They are large and hard to get pictures of, with clipping, but go take a look at them.  I tried to rebuild the one in the photo but am no pro so go look for yourself.

The rose headpiece also comes separate, but goes so well with the red/black outfit, I went with it as well.  The outfit doesn’t need it but it works with this color scheme, but it already comes with a headband which I like a lot.  The outfit also comes with different top versions – long sleeve, short sleeve and cropped.  Of course, I went with the cropped.

Lastly, this was one of the outfits that I felt looked much better in person and worn than it looked in the pictures at the store or in marketplace.  I was pleasantly surprised!

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*Outfit  – Wishbox “Wanderlust – Gypsy Dress w/ Coin Belt Sash in Black & Red”

*Headpiece – Wishbox “Red Rose Crown – Hair Wreath Garland with Roses and Baby’s Breath – Fantasy Headband Clip”

*Earrings – Wishbox “Gypsy Hoop Earrings – Gold Hoops with Spiral Details”

*Necklace – League “Wanderer”

*Bracelets – League “Wanderer”

*Hair – Beautiful Dirty Rich “Zahara”

*Skin – Tuli “Sara”

*Pose – Long Awkward Pose (LAP)  “Random Set”

*Picture taken at Sakura.

A Plurk friend, Naomi Edenflower, also blogged this out in her blog ‘inhereoutthere’.

I got her permission to post her pics here as well, so you can see different colors and options, as well as the full skirt.   (Thanks Naomi.)
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Gypsy League

More gypsy-ish fashion!  I guess this may be more ‘Bohemian’ or ‘Boho’ gypsy than actual, but after all, it’s Second Life.  I am not into slavishly trying to replicate the historical gypsy, I like to put my own spin on my look.

The picture, like many others, is taken at Steelhead – Nevermoor.  The area is a kind of Goth/Alice in Wonderland feel, you should visit sometime.  Once I get my wagon built and placed, stop and say hello.

Two things on the picture.  For whatever reason, my picures tend to be on the dark side.  I am not sure why that is – perhaps because I take the pictures at night on a better computer graphically and then edit them on a much lesser one, or my eye just tends to like the darker look when I am taking them.   Or maybe the fact of where I am taking them.

Secondly, the piture below does not do the skirt justice, there is a whole second layer that I did not capture in the picture below.   Here is the marketplace picture so I can fairly represent it. 

The skirt and blouse are from League, a store that many I know frequent.  I like the Boho styles and some of the Steampunk-ish styles there, its always a fun place to shop!

*Blouse – League ‘”Seashell Blouse – red”

*Skirt – League “Nomad Maxi Skirt – Vintage Floral 3”

*Bracelet – League Wanderer

*Bangles – Zaara “Nizam – red”

*Necklace – League “Wanderer”

*Necklace – Earthstones “Gypsy multi/gold”

*Necklace – Purple gem (I need to look up the outfit this is from)

*Earrings – Earthstones “Gypsy multi/gold”

*Hair – Beautiful Dirty Rich – “Zahara”

*Skin – Tuli “Sara”

Does anyone care to know what makeups and eye liners I am wearing?  I also need to look up the pose!

Gypsy fae

Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose.
~Author Unknown

Today’s outfit may not be true gypsy, but its the first ‘gypsy-inspired’ outfit I ever bought and it eventually led to all of the others.   I bought this just prior to my long hiatus from SL, so it must be at least two years old. And I still love the colors and sense of freedom that this outfit imparts!

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
~William Butler Yeats, “The Land of Heart’s Desire,” 1894

"Just living is not enough" said the butterfly fairy, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
~ Hans Christian Anderson

*Outfit (top, skirt, corset, leg ribbons) – Caverna Obscura “Faerie Gypsy”

*Bangle (left) – Roger Paulino “Silver”

*Bangle (right) – Earthstones “Tarnished Gypsy Bangle”

*Necklace – Misha Fine Jewelry & Fashion “Water in the Moon Aquamarine”

*Earrings – from  Gypsy Tears “Adora”

*Hair – Beautiful Dirty Rich – “Zahara”

*Skin – Tuli “Sara”

Gypsy Rose

Next in my pics of gypsy fashion is a cute rose outfit from Candace Hudson.   I love the detail on the top and would probably wear this top in other colors if I had them!  The skirt is nice (though I do prefer multi-colored skirts!) and pretty – however I will say that I wish Candace Hudson skirts were a little less ‘stiff’.  I am not sure what I mean by that, its just the thought I have when I wear them.    But don’t let that put you off!!  All of her skirts are pretty, I have a number of them, and this one is no exception.

Also, I noticed I never put who my skin is, I always wear Sara by Tuli.  There is a softness to the skin that I like – less contrasts/highlighting than many skins, and I like the shade quite a bit as well – there seems to be more red and less olive than I see in many dark/tan skins.   Those are my perceptions anyway, I just go by my eye and don’t really analyze.

I continue to demo new skins as they come out, but so far I still prefer this one for those two reasons.

Ok, so the pic – I did more editing on this than usual, and I am sure most of you can see the edits and are snickering.  Remember, this is all learning for me – one of the reasons I am blogging is for incentive to play with pictures.  For this one, I had to take out all the hair that was sticking out through my shoulder and chest, and through the headband, and got rid of some weird lines and shadows.   It was a good learning experience, at least.

Waylett was working on the property nearby and Zanya was standing right next to me while I took the pic, so can you tell I was trying hard not to laugh?  🙂

Oh, say has anybody seen my sweet Gypsy Rose
Here’s her picture when she was my sweet Mary Jo
Now she’s got rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
Say has anybody seen my sweet Gypsy Rose

 – Tony Orlando & Dawn

*Outfit (Skirt, top and belt) – Candace Hudson “Gypsy Rose”  I believe this also comes with a short skirt as well.

*Headband – Falln “Dizzy Dress”

* Necklace & Earrings = Earthstones “Gypsy Multi/Gold”

*Bracelet – League “Wanderer”

*Bangles – Roger Paulino “Silver Bangles”

*Bangles – Zaara “Indra painted stacked bangles”

*Hair – Beautiful Dirty Rich “Zahara”

*Skin – Tuli “Sara”

Fiddling Around in Steelhead

Music is close to the soul of any gypsy, and if you have read my stories you know that I am no exception!  And there is nothing that is closer to that soul than the violin, and here I am pouring out my soul in Steelhead.

This outfit is another nice gypsy one.  Though it may not be multi-colored like I like in my gypsy skirts, the colors seem to be deep and rich.  And it is so far the best headband I have found in any of my outfits, and as you have seen, I usually wear this one.  The color and shading on it is good, I love the frayed edges, and it both fits and works with my hair much better than any other one I have yet tried.

I am still playing with taking pictures and editing them using Gimp.  If you have any tips, please feel free to comment.  I seem to like darker pictures with deep colors, but maybe its because I don’t know how to get brighter ones that please my eye.  Also this is the cropped version of the pic.  I liked the full one better, but it made the outfit too small to see well here.  I will put the full one on my flickr page.

Horse hair touched to catgut and the music was divine
I followed her off into the hills as I lost all track of time
I ended my trek by her firelight, and there to my surprise
A band of gypsies joined her tune with a twinkle in their eyes

A haunting air did float my way and the music tickled my ear
And before I knew it I was hooked, and I felt her drawing near

    – from Gypsy Fiddle, by Meisce

*Outfit (skirt, blouse, headband) – Falln “Dizzy Dress pink”

*Ankle bells – from the Gypsy Tears “Adora” outfit

*Prim Feet – Maitreyah “Gold”

*Hair – Beautiful Dirty Rich “Zahara”

*Bangles – Zaara “Nizam Red”

*Necklace – League “Wanderer”

Oh, and since I have it, a pic to show the back of the above outfit!!

What a day for a daydream

I’ve been havin’ a sweet dream
I been dreamin’ since I woke up today
It’s starrin’ me and my sweet dream
Cause she’s the one that makes me feel this way

Yes, sometimes even we gypsies need  to lie back and relax, and what better outfit than this one?  This is different than many of my other gypsy outfits, but I love the pattern and it just feels so light and relaxing.

*Outfit (skirt, blouse) – SK “Naughty Gypsy” black lace.  This outfit also comes with a sheer blouse as well which is very very nice but very revealing!

*Headband – Falln Gypsy

*Bangles – Roger Paulino

*Bangles – Zaara “Nizam”

*Bangles – Earthstones “Tarnished Gypsy”

*Earrings – Earthstones “Gypsy multi/gold”

*Necklace – Earthstones “Gypsy multi/gold”

*Cameo Necklace – Caroline’s jewelry “Caroline’s Cameo Locket”

*Hair – Beautiful Dirty Rich “Zahara”

*Skin – Tuli “Sara”