Tag Archives: Lara Hurley

Goodbye and good luck

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Well this month marked the end of The ZombiePopcorn, since 2009 they have done hunts and events some bi-weekly, some anualy all pretty much amazing, and had the wonderful chance to blog with them latelly for the last few months, but is good to see people going for new things in RL, which is what happened in this case, so this blog post is a goodbye and good luck to all of those involved in this amazing project, and a way to show of all the posts i had the pleasure of doing in their website.

Here are the pics taken and credits, for the full text and post follow the links on titles. See you all soon.

Skye

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Lara Hurley – Nuala
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Skye (Zombie Popcorn Brand)

White Swan

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Skintimate – Estelle  (ZombiePopcorn)
Eyes: MINA – Eyes (ZombiePopcorn)
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: booN – UAN168
Outfit: SoliDea FoliEs – Antonella (Vintage Fair)
Makeup: Pin Me Down – Soft Shadows (ZombiePopcorn)

Poses by Glitterati  –  Pin up girl (Vintage Fair)

Red, White and Black, Box

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair  –  Glam Affair – Spring Breeze
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Shirt: Fishy Strawberry – Neo-Romantic Blouse
Corset: Quarantine – Temptress
Boots: lassitude & ennui – Nostalgia boots
Skirt: ISON – wrap skirt
Collar: Evie´s Closet – Tuala Collar
Makeup: Mynerva – Milena M3~Eyeshadow/Lash/Lip C
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Hair: GOTZSCHE Hair –  Elizabeth(Gift)

Hair:  L+N – Utopia/Danae

Hair:  Danselfly – Bella/Tinsley

Poses by Glitterati 

The Garden Café

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: DeLa – Gamo
Bathing Suit: RezIpsa Loc – Citrus (Zombie Popcorn)
Dress: Epic – Burned Butterfly  (Zombie Popcorn)
Feet: Slink – Mesh Feet
Sandals: Slink – Ilena Sandals

Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss

Table and chairs by {what next} Amalfi Cafe Set for Two standing pose by aDORKable

I´m not a zombie but i do love popcorns

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Glam Affair – Glam Affair – Giselle – Light Kajira (The Dressing Room)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Discord Designs– Mackenzie
Hairbase: Discord Designs – Skunk Hairbase
Top: Sassy! – Fascination halter – cherry blossom (ZombiePopcorn)
Pants: Ingenue  – Seberg Pants – French Vanilla
Sandals: lassitude & ennui – Nyrha sandals
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss

Pose prop: BENT. Seraphim Birthday Hunt

Fairies in the dust

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Fairy Tales in 2012 is just ending and this is my last article on this amazing event that will certainly spark everyone´s imagination, as we travel to fairy land.

And like on the others before we talk about women´s roles in Fairy Tales and those same roles evolution, this time is for the fairies, the Fay people of old times, that used to be ugly little creatures, that would glamour (yes that was when the word was born) young men into their land thru their magic powers and offer them food so to keep them prisoners for years or centuries, they would also steal babies and do other devious things, they where powerful, to some point and incredibly feared, with kings and queens and constantly fooling the sight, and the many times the brain and heart of humans.

Slowly with time they stopped being feared and seen as cute little things nature associated and of the garden variety like if suddenly creatures who were as much feared as gods or storms became tiny birds for admiration, only later do we see them in Fairy Tales, even when these have very little Fairies at all in the fairy godfather role, where they are a poor substitute for the never existent mother, a powerless creature who basically offers advise, and who´s only role is to advance the story, and who´s only power is a move of a wand or a bag of dust.

Later on we see another twist of the fairy evolution, again thanks to Disney and mostly the image of Tinkerbell, they become miniatures, with butterfly wings and with a more infantilized look then before, or the middle aged clumsy woman who does her job only god knows how.

Oh i do miss the creatures of power of old times, instead of the more childish images of today, when Tales of the Fay where scary and of warning and very far from any form of Fairy Tales even older versions, where happy endings where rare and stories a lot more brutally honest.

So ignore my ramblings if you wish but don´t ignore this event, since there is a lot to choose from and not much time left to shop.

By the way earlier today before going out for a wonderful afternoon in the sun i wrote my first official Zombie Popcorn blog and for those interested you can find it here: I´m not a zombie but i do love popcorns.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Lara Hurley – Xylia
Eyes: Damien Fate – FATEeyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed 
Hair: Clawtooth – Modern Gibson
Dress: the muses – Calliope
Corset: Aura – Grimm
Boots – lassitude & ennui – Prudence boots
Necklace and Earings: LaGyo – Alice
Wings: Evie´s Closet – Apple Fairy Wings
Ears: Illusions – Drown Ears
Wand: Talevin’s Designs – Wand of Stardust

Pose by Label Motion – Fairy Sparkle

Maidens and tiaras

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Following up on Fairy Tales in 2012, an amazing event that will last until the 8th, and my inspiration for some talking one women´s roles in the stories, today i bring you maidens and tiaras, and talk a bit more about virginity, princesses, and the evolution of it all to modern times. Please notice i´m of course no expert in folklore, i just read a bit about it and have a general interest on it.

Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Princess Diana

What does being a princess actually mean? Today´s concept is certainly very different then what we saw on fairy tales, in those the young maiden had to prove she was princess/queen material, by either being kind, generous, smart, or simply just beautiful, sometimes they are disobedient, and for that they always pay a price, that is until they regret doing it, they are all very similar characters without much personality, and even the story revolving around them, they simply disappear as soon as the prince comes in and their story ends, we never see them become queens, they are always pure virgin maidens, until that is gone and their story abruptly ends.

Todays concept of princess is a lot different, Disney had a great impact on it of course, today´s princesses aren´t expected to have an actual royal bloodline or even scrub floors, not when the term is used as an insult sometimes , it means high maintenance, expensive clothes and jewelry, and (sighs) tiaras.

It seems all the little girls stopped dreaming about being princesses and started acting like them in the worst possible sense.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Lara Hurley – Elaine  (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Truth Hair – Bella
Dress: Baiastice – Lily (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Nyrha sandals
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Dunny by Art Dummy – once. (Fairy Tales in 2012)

Pose by label motion – Athens Desire (Fairy Tales in 2012)

Queens without Kings

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Since Fairy Tales in 2012  opened last friday I´ve been taking pics and working on a series of blog posts about women’s roles in traditional fairy tales, i first approached Little Riding Hood as an example of a story that had an evolution of empowerment to it´s main character, today i ramble on a specific role, also often seen in fairy tales, and talk a bit more about power.

Women with power in fairy tales are what i usually call the Queens without Kings, they are powerful women, but they gained that power by either fooling good men into marriage or simply killing their king, they are witches, sorcerers, they are pure evil, driven only by jealousy of younger and prettier women, either for themselves as in snow white or for their own blood children as seen in Cinderella. They have no grey area, are pure evil incarnated.

And yet they old power, they have men under their command, they rule kingdoms alone. This is another example of how in modern times these sort of character evolved in a more empowering way, they became in modern times symbols of power, even if still evil they are not pure evil, there are reasons behind that evil.

An amazing example is what we see in shows as for example Once Upon a Time, where Regina, the symbol of all these Queens without Kings is given layers and layers of complexity, there are reasons behind her anger to Snow White, at first a lost love, and later the need for revenge, and gaining of power, something women in fairy tales hardly have at all.

Today these women are looked at differently by modern views, the stereotype of the evil step mum slowly disappears, they fight for power along their male evil counterparts seen in the same light as equals, and finally we have reasons for their actions, and they come become some of the most relatable characters, with complex emotions and ambitions.

I´ll slowly keep talking about roles until the 8th when the event ends, I really do wish i could tackle also all the male stereotypes in fairy tales, but alas time is short, and i fail miserable at incarnating male characters, for that i am sorry, have a great start of the week everyone, let´s enjoy the magic from long times past, and bring it to the future.

Outfit1:
Shape: mine
Skin: Lara Hurley – Nuala (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s  – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Princess (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Dress: Kyoot – La Reine Noire Cocktail Dress (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Crown: Kyoot – La Couronne de la Reine Noire Crown (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Boudoir Mules
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Outfit2:
Shape: mine
Skin: Lara Hurley – Snow White (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Matchgirl (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Dress: Tee*fy – Adelaide V-neck Romper (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Boudoir Mules
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Pose in first picture from animated apple (old hunt object) Pose on second picture by label motion – Ladies Daydream (Fairy Tales in 2012)

I always get a little sad…

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When a great events ends, and today is the last day of CHIC² the event celebrating the second anniversary of CHIC Management, which over the past two years have brought us such amazing events as Back to Black,Culture Shock, Vintage Fair (which will happen not so long from now) and a bunch more including some of the best hunts in the grid, since the event ends today there are still a few hours to do some last minute shopping, and so today i say goodbye to a great event and bring you some of my favorite items for it.

Everyone have a wonderful peaceful sunday, filled with resting and shopping.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Lara Hurley – Nuala (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s  – Natural Mesh Eyes
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Princess (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Dress: Geometry – Chic (CHIC²)
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Boudoir Mules
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer –  Eden Sun Pendant (CHIC²)

Furniture by Post and poses by Long Awkward Pose

Red Riding

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I´ve taken the opportunity that Fairy Tales in 2012 started yesterday and will remain open until July the 8th, to talk a little about Fairy Tales, and women´s roles in it, starting with Little Red Ridding Hood, as an example of the violence in it and of the Tale as a cautionary one.

When first published in print by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697 this story was finally brought from oral tradition into paper, the red hood or cap are leftovers of the mentioning of blood in the previous versions, the ending in Perrault is also closer to the original one, one of death and violence, where all little girls who stray from paths suffer danger.

And here we have so many angles to the story a tale of warning told to children, that you shouldn´t tsray of the path and roads, and enter woods alone (one of the biggest symbols for the unknown and unfamiliar), that you shouldn´t talk to strangers, (in this case the big bad wolf, reminiscent of Loki in the dialogue and a trickster himself).

But many also view the story as a symbol of sexual awakening, and loss of virginity, while we see Little red as a little girl, a long time ago little girls where not little for long, while in the oldest versions of the tale make her a victim her story is later changed as a smart child, who tho reckless for venturing in the woods alone, was smart to see thru the wolf´s diguise, and call out for help, turning the whole idea of the trickster dialogue around, where the wolf is not telling lies to cove his identity, but simply answering her questions, and while doing so is tricked by he in outing himself, of all characters in fairy tales, at least female ones, Red gains more insight and depth as a character thru time, going from a small disobedient child who gets herself killed for being disobedient, to a smart little girl who is foolish but smart to call out for help, to modern times where it´s usually replaced by a strong woman capable to defend her ground, or to even an over sexualized hunter of wolfs.

For years we were told don´t step out of the path and be careful of strange men, today Red Riding can very much walk wherever she wishes, the wolfs are still out there of course, and violence still happens everyday, except women these days learn to be careful from other sources, while blood is still red.

All of this to bring you an amazing new event, where SL creators create their own vision of the symbols of these Fairy tales, and it´s refreshing to see that in a world as SL where women are the main shoppers, the more depicted characters are female ones, in ways that today are quite far from their original ones.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Lara Hurley – Snow White (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s  – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Exile – Lady in Red (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Top: Glam Affair – Lisa (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Pants: Tableau Vivant – Shindig Pants (COLLABOR88)
Undertop: Miamai – Nene Red (CHIC²)
Sandals: lassitude & ennui – Nyrha sandals
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss

Pose by label motion – Fugitive (Fairy Tales in 2012)

ETA: I decide to add one of my favourite Illustraction of this story:

Little Red Riding Hood begins to suspect something. Illustration by Gustave Dore (1832-1883) for ‘Les Contes de Perrault’, 1867.

Brains…

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Is what will be happening at [NN] City today  a new kind of hunt will have you running for the hills, or run down the hills shooting at zombies rather.

This is such a new and funny concept for a hunt, the idea is to shoot zombies and get a score as high as possible, and also avoid zombie bites, because those will lower your overall score, all you have to do is tp in grab a Body Count HUD and a free gun that comes with it, then at the special events vendors you can buy the hunt prizes with your score point.

From the hunt i bring you one of the shops offering prizes for points, which is Discord Designs the two hairstyles here will be available to trade in for points, so time to start shooting zombies.

Also something else i grabbed this week was another dollarbie from The Plastik, every now and then we get this super cool gift and it´s where i grabbed the tops i´m wearing, in the meanwhile for another event that i have never blogged which is Stumblebum. Everyone have a good weekend and good hunting.

ETA: The event starts today and will last all weekend until the 25th.

Zombie Ely:
Shape: mine
Skin: Skin: Lara Hurley – Snow White
Eyes: Izzie’s  – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Discord Designs- Mackenzie
Hairbase: Discord Designs – Skunk Hairbase
Jeans: Maitreya Flare Jeans
Top: The Plastik – Kuhra-J-Tank-Noir/Toxic
Makeup: AQ face tattoo  – Undead
Makeup: Death.inc – nails screem tattoo

Alive Ely:
Shape: mine
Skin: Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s  – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Discord Designs- Stampede
Hairbase: Discord Designs – Skunk Hairbase
Jeans: Zaara : Classic Jeans
Top: The Plastik – Kuhra-J-Tunic-ChristoTeal
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss

Pose by Glitterati  – Keep calm and fight in the street(Stumblebum)