Vintage Season: Those Fabulous 50s

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For the final part of our ongoing Vintage Season, for this year anyway, we’ve dropped back to the 1950s (although one or two items might be just a little more 1960s). The short photo-essay pretty much spells out many women’s lot: ‘time saving cutting edge technology to ease their stay-at-home boredom’ and, just maybe, before the birth of Women’s Lib and women beginning to feel there might be just a little more to life before her pipe-smoking husband came home to listen to the game, just a tiny sense of sexual frustration on her separate single bed.

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The Moonella Group: Any clothes designers out there?

I set up a group, Moonella, a couple of years ago with the intention of using it as an outlet for gifts that would have some sort of naturist accessory to them. I’ve tried building, without success, so Moonella had never actually done anything. I want this to change in 2015, and I’m now actively seeking designers/builders to help me with some items that I’ve never found in world or on the marketplace that could be added to the naturist wardrobe. The best way to describe the items I’m looking for (if they already are out there, let me know where) in photographs.

We all know it’s necessary to take care in the sun, so you will see many naturists wearing some form of headgear, from a baseball cap to a panama hat.

My own preference is for a scarf such as that illustrated below, wrapped around the head to keep the ferocity of the sun of the top of the head.

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And while I’ve got a wearable pareo for my SL, I’ve not been able to source one as it is also often worn by naturists, casually draped over a shoulder.

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And while not strictly a naturist item, I’ve searched high and low for…

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…French knickers. I like them because they’re light and airy and would probably be my preferred type of knickers on holiday (and at home) as opposed to briefs or thongs. If anyone knows where to find such an item, let me know.

I’m not freeloading. If someone can design such items for me, I’m prepared to commission them, and then share them with the group. The first two items would be essential naturist accessory in real life. The third’s just a lingerie preference, but I’d love to own a set (i.e. the knickers with matching bra) in SL as well as in RL. If you’re a builder or designer, or know a builder or designer, let me know and we’ll see if we can come to some sort of arrangement regarding payment.

Ella

Dyeing out? Shaving under your armpits might just be a thing of the past.

I note The Guardian reports that ladies growing armpit hair is a thing now.

They say it will be 2015’s most subversive trend. Not sure about that. The first rule of subversion is not to tell anyone you’re trying to subvert something before you’ve subverted it.

This pit-hair colouring is the work of Seattle blogger Roxie Hunt, whose thoughts on the topic may be read on her blog.ย Thankfully, she never mentions the word ‘subvert’. That’s the sole preserve of lazy journalists.

Roxie signs off the post with the thought that, having done a friend’s armpits, she could…you know…maybe do her bush too.

At this time of year it would be entirely possible to do it without anyone (other than family, maybe) ever finding out anyway, due to us all being pretty much permanently covered up in that area of our bodies.

I have to confess that the idea of it tickles me (no pun intended). As you know, you’ve seen the pix ๐Ÿ™‚ I keep it natural ‘down there’ (SL replicating RL, again!) so I went exploring on the Marketplace and found pubic hair and armpit hair from Route 666 for L$89

As Eve’s original hair (from Dura) was a strawberry red colour, she had to head off to the bathroom for a cut and dye job, another hairstyle from Dura (L$120) that was more of a deep blue shade that I liked.

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Here’s Eve in her pyjamas, about to apply colour when she realises it’s always a damned messy job, so…

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You just might be able to tell in this shot that she’s already done ‘down there’ too. ๐Ÿ™‚

And finally, dye in place for the correct length of time, she washes it off to leave her body hair looking….marvellous! Yes, I know some of you will readily disagree. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The pubic hair isn’t as realistic as Nearly Tactile’s work, but it at least does have the effect of looking kind of alt.girl, as the Guardian put it.

Anyway…the finished results?

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These are ‘tattoo’ layers from Route 666, and you have the options of apply them as one layer (i.e. upstairs and downstairs together) or separately for each area of the body.

And there we have it. SLN ahead of what’s tipped to be a trend in 2015. I have to say, slipping off my Eve alt persona (she’s so unlike me) and back to being Ella, that Ella might well just add the Route666 underarm hair herself in this calendar year ๐Ÿ™‚

Ella

Topless, thonged, cotton-tailed, fully nude

Naturism isn’t for everyone. There are people who remain anxious about exposing their genital area, and that’s fine, no one involved in genuine naturism is going to push them to fully strip off (with the caveat that naturists don’t like people remaining dressed on the naturist beach while being there for obvious perving/voyeur purposes.

We’ve all had our nervous first time, and as long as you’re easing into the lifestyle, no one blinks an eyelid. The likelihood is that you’re going to be stripped off in an hour anyway. When surrounded by naked bodies, you feel more self-conscious in a costume, and the only way to blend in and become anonymous is to stick that swimming costume into the beach bag.

In Europe, large numbers of women go topless, but the bikini briefs remain in place. It’s likely that many women don’t even think of this as being semi-nude, but just the dress code for the beach. When topless, the bikini briefs will sometimes be a full bikini brief, the lady in question thinking that she doesn’t want almost her full bottom exposed any more than she would ever want to display her intimate parts.

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Men, of course, are routinely ‘topless’ and don’t even give the process a thought, including their choice of swimwear, which more often than not seems to be of the ‘shorts’ variety more than a pair of speedos.

Even where speedos are the deal, they’re a full cut shape, covering the man’s bottom.

Then there are those ladies whose costumes are of a much higher cut, almost all of their bottom displayed, just a small triangle of fabric covering their genital area, and very much cut lower and lower so that the only thing not being shown is the vaginal lips, pubic hair almost invariably having been removed in full. These are the ‘Wicked Weasel‘ design of bikini briefs. The point?

426_317_bountyA Wicked Weasel bikini. If you’ve reached the point of wearing this, isn’t it time to embrace naturism?

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I find this sort of costume exceptionally strange. Everything else is displayed. Boobs, bum, maybe even a good portion of the mons pubis. Yet the woman hasn’t reached a point where she can say, ‘oh, to hell with it, this flimsy piece of fabric is just ridiculous’.

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To me, these costumes say ‘I really want to go nude but I can”t because…the cloth covers my most private of places’. In other instances they say ‘I’d be quite relaxed being nude, and in fact have spent time on naturist beaches, but the silly laws in place at this beach demand I have to stupidly cover my genital area’.

If nude sea/sunbathing is possible on the beach, sometimes there are those who do eventually get rid of the stupid costumes.

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‘Why have I been wearing this silly piece of pink fabric for several days?’

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Sometimes it’s that *gulp and breathe deeply…it’s only my penis/vagina on public display for the first time* moment. For others, experienced naturists included, it’s the moment when they can finally allow all of their skin to breathe freely. In naturist circles, these people whose lower body tan is maybe several days behind the rest of their body, are called ‘cottontails’, with white bottoms on display.

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Look! It’s a cottontail! Yes, the rabbit’s white rear is why experienced naturists sometimes refer to new naturists as ‘cottontails’

Of course, some ‘cottontails’ are experienced naturists. We can’t all have the pleasure and privilege of a private back garden in which to top up the tan prior to a naturist vacation. And sometimes (most of us on SLN are Brits, remember?) we don’t have the weather to even try.

So…thongs and cottontails in SL? Let’s have a look, shall we?

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Yes. Easily done. There are lots of free and cheap micro bikinis around the grid and on the Marketplace, and as for tan lines to ‘cottontail’ it, I wrote about the same topic back in June.

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Tanlines are free, as a group gift (L$0 joining fee) at the Black Pearl store.

 

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The Alanis Gallery

While we take a real world lifestyle and attempt to re-create its various strands within Second Life, there are those whose real life art is moving in the same direction, created for real, then transported into the grid for people to marvel at, buy in virtual form for their virtual home, and also have the opportunity to buy it for real by linking through to the various artist/photographer’s website and making a purchase of a print. Cool? I think so.

The Alanis Gallery specialises in sensual imagery, paintings, photographs and whatever other medium can be uploaded into SL.

The gallery is huge. I spent a good hour wandering its various corridors and wings, viewing the images on display. What I like about it too is that the sim builder has done this brilliant job of creating an older gallery, architecturally speaking, and then added a wing in a more contemporary architectural style, which looks fantastic. There’s some clever thought process going into that particular build.

What interests us more here on SLN is the gallery contents.

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Imagery at the main door prepares you for what’s inside

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A sign inside the main entrance spells out Alanis Gallery’s mission statement

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There are quick tp points to various exhibitions inside the entrance as well. I’ve photographed this in b&w, and from distance, to protect the creators’ intellectual property rights as best I can.

As you can see, there are at least 21 exhibitions ongoing right now. Yes, I did have a favourite, but I’m not going to tell you which ๐Ÿ™‚ I suggest you go over to the Alanis Gallery and easily kill off an hour or more enjoying the various exhibits.

While it’s not exactly a naturist sim, I don’t anticipate that many of its visitors would object to a but of avatar nudity, do you?

Which is exactly what I did while having tea on one of the gallery’s balconies. This sim is thoroughly recommended.

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Wow! Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

Mr. Keng has had this tune on, on repeat, all night. Now, a ** year old man ๐Ÿ˜‰ shouldn’t really be attuned to this sort of thing….or should he? It is a great, great record. Once the children were in bed, we danced around a bit to this. Should a ** year old woman be making dance floor moves to this? Yes, absolutely!

I guess this sort of sound hasn’t been around much since I was listening to Michael Jackson and the Jacksons when I was in primary school, but it does sound marvellous, relevant and contemporary.

It’s kind of new in a musical sense to teenagers now, and it’s kind of new in an SLN sense as we’ve never actually embedded a video before into the blog.

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Mr. Keng says he hasn’t had a record on repeat play since he was a teenager but was overwhelmed by this. In real life, we started off dancing dressed but….

…see you tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰
Ella