Black and White Ball

The Crown and Pearl celebrated its first anniversary this past weekend with a Black and White Ball. I and-the-music-got-fastlove dressing up and dancing. I love dancing no matter WHAT I’m wearing, but it is even more thrilling to be in a romantic dress and glide across the floor. I was lucky enough to have a friend join me at the party, so I did indeed get to glide and dip and twirl as well as wriggle and jive and strut. 🙂

The day started off a little precariously, you may remember – losing my artwork and my house. feather-dress But once I’d recovered, I headed out shopping for the appropriate outfit. Let me tell you again about the Vintage Market at Shengri La. I bought Misteria Loon’s gorgeous feather dress. You get 2 dresses for the one price – a black version and a white version. As you may have guessed, I wore the black. 🙂 The back of this dress is so beautiful that I had to wear my hair up so that the lace could be seen to its fullest.

I’ve posted a lot of pictures to Flickr, but here are a few of my favorites. blinding-linesI simply love the creativity and humor I find in the CnP regulars. They do make me smile.
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The Rave of Aquarius

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Shengri La hosted another Rave this past weekend – The Aquarian Rave. You know my-little-ponythat you are at Shengri La if there are butterflies and particles. The more of each, the better. 🙂 As always, the inimitable Qee Nishi was DJ’ing up a storm. Now I just read that “My Little Pony” is only 25 years old, which means it was part of the 80’s, not the 60’s. But apparently nobody told the ponies that important fact and there were several round, fairy-tale steeds about the dance floor.

The instructions for this rave were as vague and open-ended as possible: “Dress is your best interpretation of the theme of Hope. dont-set-the-wings-on-fire If you need some help, cast your mind back to 1969 (or google it!) for the Summer of Love”. I refuse to tell you whether I googled or recalled, but I did manage to find a pair of tie-dyed pants, headband and flowered top in my inventory, plus dangling bead earrings. The most difficult part of the costume? Parting with my boots! But to keep in the spirit of things, I kicked them off and went barefoot. As usual, a goody bag came with the invitation. I had my choice of wings: green, blue, lavendar, pink, lime, yellow. The wings came with controls: flap fast, flap slow, don’t flap. 🙂 Shenlei never misses a detail. And of course, the all-important sparkler!! You can’t party without a sparkler. 🙂

I had another stop to make before I could get to the rave, so by the time I rez-and-shenleiarrived it was in full swing and everyone was fairly giddy. 🙂 Rez and Shenlei, warm and generous hosts, were greeting incoming guests and keeping us all laughing. I danced about, my green wings crashing into many people, listening to the chat and banter. Being a kind soul, Shen reminded us all that we were dancing high in the sky at 400 meters. Which means it is a loooonnnng way down should you choose to dance off the edge. 🙂 As most of us had fashion-wings as opposed to functional-wings, the warning was most welcome.

michele-and-dale1Definitely one of the fun performances were Dale and Michele twirling their rave sticks. As it was also Michele’s rez day, it was most appropriate to have her surrounded by sparkls and color!

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These raves do pull in the most eclectic collection of raversavatars and outfits. Obviously we all have very different ideas about how “Hope” is best represented. 🙂 I love people watching and reading profiles.

Unfortunately, as seems to be the case all too frequently in SL lately, there was one guest who was being inconsiderate. He had an open mike and refused to turn it off. This was causing a LOT of reverberation. So Shen killed voice, which handled THAT. But to ensure harmony the rest of the evening, Shenlei called in her private security forces for control. 🙂

Once peace had been restored, we popped the champagne bubbles1and toasted yet another successful Shengri La rave!

Rez Day at the CnP

Why is it that everything happens at once? Not only were there 3 exciting things to do in SL last night, but RL was fairly packed as well. Had a lovely, elegant, romantic day in RL – 🙂 how nice. So I had to cut short my visit to the big rez day celebration going on at the Crown and Pearl. FOUR lovelyrez-day-at-the-cnp ladies were celebrating reaching the grand ol’ age of 2. It appears that there were festivities going on all day. I arrived there in (my) late afternoon to find the party going full swing and well attended by people and a herd of sheep. Yes, a herd of sheep. I’m not quite sure why and of course no one would/could give me a sensible “real” answer, but hey, I’ve learned to simply go with the flow in SL. There was also a large poster of, um, hmmm, male bits. One friend there claimed not to have seen it, and it was gone when I went to point it out, but that poster IS in my photos. So I know that if I am crazy – that’s not why. 🙂 Anyway, I never envisioned myself as a censor, but I did paintbrush that poster so don’t bother zooming in to look.

So here are my pics. I also uploaded some to Flickr. Oh yeah, I upgraded my Flickr account as well thishappy-rez-day-bailey-rrish-and-ari weekend. 🙂 This is turning into quite the expensive hobby. But besides this party, I went to an art opening at the University of Kentucky and to another Shengri La rave. I knew that my basic free Flickr account was never going to handle all of that! LOL. And my RL friends are STILL asking me “What is it you DO there, anyway?” 🙂 Happy Rez Day Bailey D. Bailey L, Aribeth and Rrisha. Bailey D was not there when I was, so I apologize for not having any pics of that Rez Gal.

Here’s a plea for help…. sometimes when I insert my photos into the blog, and I justify them left or right, there is no problem – you can click on them and see the full photo. But other times, like today, once I use the justify option, you can no longer click through to the full photo. Why is that? Does it have something to do with the picture being surrounded by text? Thanks!!!

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Public Service Announcements

I’ve been neglecting my self-appointed task as gossip columnist and Upcoming Events Announcer. 🙂

Tonight – PARTY!!!!! yep, Shengri La is hosting another rave! This one is the Aquarian Rave. *I* will be there. 6pm-9pm SLT, Saturday, Nov. 15.
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And the 17th of the month is approaching. That means another Ode butterfly hunt in Shengri La. These are a lot of fun. But you should also tell all the newbies that you know to attend. Besides the fun of getting pretty jewelry and accessories for nothing, these hunts are excellent practice for moving about in SL. You are flying and touching and zooming and turning. All at the same time. It’s a beautiful location and it shows new folks many positive wonderful things about SL. So spread the word. Take a moment and bring a “new” friend over and help them hunt. And drop by the Vintage Marketplace as well. There are some fantastic designers there with wonderful clothes and jewelry. (Check out the gorgeous necklace in my pic below.)

If you like reading, this is National Novel Writing Month. Michelle Hyacinth has her story, Iconoclast Rising, up on her blog. Check it out and transport yourself into another world. But I warn you – this is a double-edged sword. I love reading the story!!! But it’s not done! So part of me wants to race to the end and find out all the answers and I can’t. But part of me loves having the enjoyment spread over the entire month, logging on each day to see if the next treat has been posted. Anyone else out there who is writing and wants their blog mentioned – let me know.

More news for the fashion conscious…. Shenlei has launched her Debutante line of clothes, elegant upscale clothes for dancing. Yes, Chestnut – I stole that from you. 🙂 Actually for a great description of the clothes and for the slurl, read Ches’ blog: Delicious Gowns at Debutante. I confess – I already have several. I LOVE them. I feel wonderfully romantic and beautiful and special when I wear them. As you move the skirts float and swirl about you. And I always receive compliments on them as well. So check it out and treat yourself. You deserve it.
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Here’s my own cliff-hanger…. my next post – Sex in SL. Yep, I’m finally going to bow to pressure and write about sex. 🙂 I’m even going to risk all the porn searches and use the word ‘sex’ in the title. LOL. So watch this spot!!!

Guy Fawkes

I’ve come across Guy Fawkes in my reading. I know this is a big celebration night in the UK. I confess – I don’t really understand all the emotional content of the holiday. But I DO understand parties and celebrations and fireworks! So I’m very happy that in my SL travels I have found the Crown and Pearl and its sizable contingent of Brits. (I do hope that is a politically-acceptable term and that I am not offending anyone. Sigh.) The CnP regulars know how to party every day, but give them a holiday and they really explode. Literally. Rockets, fireworks, sparklers, streamers, profusion of particles everywhere. I rezzed there last night to discover a huge bonfire burning in the middle of the floor. I did inquire about fire department regulations but was assured that everything met the code. 🙂 I was dubious but I have to admit that although the fire blazed prodigiously, the floor was not consumed.

Prad apparently did the setup, and then turned the crowd loose. Rockets and fireworks lined the floor. No sooner had one round exploded and showered us with brilliant colors, then the next round was rezzed and assembled. People timed the process and grabbed on to the rockets just at take-off and rode up into the sky and fell back as part of the show. (No, of course I didn’t do that. You KNOW that I hate falling. 🙂 I played the part of enraptured audience.) Everyone was giddy and crazed and having a wonderful time watching explosion after explosion after explosion. We were all immersed in the illusion. A wonderful night, a wonderful celebration. Kudos to Prad and the CnP! For more photos of the great show (notice “great show”, NOT “great photos” 🙂 ), click through to my Flickr account.
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Cloud Castle Masquerade Ball

You are cordially invited to attend the first ever Cloud Castle Masquerade Ball. This event will be held on: Saturday, October 25, 2008 starting at 7pm SL time. Costume or Formal Attire is strongly encouraged, but not required. There will be prizes for the best in costume. Your hosts for this evening of Dancing, Romance and Intrigue will be DL, Sammy and Oura. This event is also being used to raise awareness for Project Children.

Decisions, decisions…. Should I go in costume or formal???? I have so many beautiful gowns. I probably should have picked formal. But I didn’t. 🙂 I was in my gypsy costume already so I stayed in costume. But how often do I get invited to a CASTLE??? Trust me – not that often. And it was soooo elegant. Even the invitation was special:

Maybe I should rename this blog to The New York Post. 🙂 You know how this works – click the small pics to see them larger. 🙂















Now? Party!!

I may not be planting virtual flowers anymore but I’m certainly not sleeping, either. 🙂 I DO miss sleeping, I have to admit. But I really like partying even more. This is the Halloween season. That means one fantastic party after another. I’m very lucky to have such creative and generous friends. They throw the best parties. And what an excuse to stimulate the SL economy! LOL. I know *I* went shopping for an outfit and accessories. I was helping other friends find pieces for their costumes and admiring others’ new purchases as well. What fun! So, hey, I’m doing MY part!

As always, Shenlei and Rez outdid themselves with the Gypsy Rave. Lots of fun costumes, beautiful people, tons of imagination and creativity, billions of particles and lots of laughter and teasing. I think that some very scary ideas surfaced at that party. I’m hoping that perhaps I’m mis-remembering plans for a future event. 🙂 As always, you need to understand that the live event was WAY better than I am capable of capturing in photos. Pounding music, conversation, animation, particles exploding. One day I will learn how to take videos of these events. 🙂 Gotta get there early if you want a shot of the staging! Otherwise all you see are people and particles and little bits of the stupendous scenery. This one is click-able.

First up, our host and hostess! Rez was streaming light, Shen was prancing and floating (thank GOODNESS she managed to complete her costume to handle the floating 🙂 ). I snuck into that pic too. You know – SL is the only time I actually get pictures of myself. In RL, I take all the photos so that I am never in any. Tends to make me doubt my existence….. 🙂 I have no idea who that is in the back, but she has cool hair! Click on this one to see it larger.

Okay – the rest all speak for themselves. As always, I don’t post names – you know who you are, you know who everyone else is. Or not. LOL. I IM’d Shen to compliment another guest’s costume and asked who she was. Shen said “Have no idea!” 🙂 Some of these are click-able, some are not. /me shrugs. 🙂







You really have to like particles if you go to a Shengri La rave. 🙂

Halloween at Angelwood

Last week we all gathered for an early Halloween party at Angelwood. Our hosts, Jordana Streeter and Aaronson Swindlehurst, threw a marvelous blast!! Jordana sent me at least 40 pics and I had some of my own. You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen Lucy from the Peanuts gang pole dancing. 🙂 Oh my, poor Mr. Shultz!!!! Linus was there with his blanket, Snoopy with his (her?) doghouse and of course, Charlie Brown – you blockhead!!!! 🙂 We all had a wonderful wonderful time. I had no idea how best to post these pics so I simply ran them all together. Click on them to see the full photo. You know I never put up anyone’s name without prior permission, so there are no names here. Please – feel free to comment and identify yourself (or anyone else who wouldn’t mind being identified). I was there – but I was boring (no surprise there). I had no time to shop (gee, do you think it was because I spend every minute inworld landscaping???) so I grabbed my Steampunk outfit and headed over. Probably I should have gone as a pirate – maybe I could have snagged a dance with Jack Sparrow!!!!!

Enjoy! I wonder when wordpress will tell me that I have used up all my allowed storage???? 🙂

Rave Report

Shenlei did it again! Another fantastic party! If I thought I was overwhelmed by fun, music, lights and friends at the Universal Rave, I had no clue. LOL. I spent hours being bombarded by burning skull & crossbones, sparkles, canons, diving orcas, music and friends. Fantastic! In the picture above you can see our lovely hostess, lower left. You can see one of the TWO pirate galleys. You can see the dance ball – black w/ pink skull & cross bones. You can see the blue Dance! sign. You can see wenches and PIRATES!!! I think everyone had a Pirate hat. There were swords and pistols and boots and eye patches. Bottles of rum and yo ho ho! The chat was filled with Yarrrr! and Ahoy! and Avast! and Matey! Everyone partied so no one was forced to walk the plank. 🙂 You can see we are all having a wonderful wonderful time! Thanks Shen!!! Can’t wait for the next one!! (Oh yes everyone – Shenlei has promised another Rave coming soon!)

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It's dark, but see if you can see the ship and the canons and the handsome pirate.
It's dark, but see if you can see the ship and the canons and the handsome pirate.
Oops!  Apologies Z!  you are right - my sword WAS stabbing you!
Oops! Apologies Z! you are right - my sword WAS stabbing you!