Distinguished Aesthetics

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Oh My Goodness, I Have Nothing to Wear!

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The onset of Summer weather delivers invitations to related events such as: Cruise Ship festivities. I am faced with one such invitation this weekend. As an elegant gothic gentleman, what to do, what to do?

I considered a full Steampunk diving suit, but that really isn’t ship deck worthy. And I rather suspect my friends would anticipate such a choice. Although I did torment the party’s hostess by informing her that I would arrive in a Borat-like swim-thong. There are some dares even I will turn down.  I did take a gander at the couple of Victorian swimsuits for gentlemen available, but even I have my limits insofar as dedication to one my favourite periods in history.

After trawling through the men’s swim suit and shorts section on XStreet, as well as delving into some serious diviniation (via SEARCH), I really could not locate anything that satisfied me. I decided to throw caution to the wind and visit one of my favourite shoppes along with some inventory diving. You must understand that for me to say “I have nothing to wear”, it is a very serious proclamation indeed.

In the end, I do believe I have cobbled together a satisfactory ensemble, one befitting of my personality, preferences, favourite creators, and event.


My signature monocle and powdered wig are a must — even for a cruise ship, beach or any informal gathering.

Schadenfreude’s Noir Webbeater sleeveless shirt by Allegory Malaprop was just the thing for my gothicly inclined persuasion. Realistic fabric and a most excellent web pattern appealed to me immediately.

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Once more Insania Aeon’s ~SA~ Another Poison – blue dagger & syringe grace my thigh. I am, after all, a most unusual apothecary.

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I am pleased that Silent Sparrow’s(bluesky) belladonna:lepidoptera tattoo will finally have a wondrous purpose. I’ve had this tattoo since hyasynth Tiramisu first graced SL with this one, but have not yet had a reason (beyond private showings) to sport them until now.

The ring is a gift from my lovely Lady, and while I do not wear it often, I did feel like doing so here. The creator has long since left SL, but the ring, of course, holds special meaning.

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I had tried a couple pairs of shorts but they… fell short… of my expectations and style. I returned to Schadenfreude and snapped up these Ash Stripe Pants, shortening them for my digitigrade legs. Casual, yet classy. Perfect.

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Little Boy Blue creates some very fine, fun and exotic jewellery. If you’ve never had a chance to enjoy Tomoyuki Batra’s creations, I urge you to do so now. This piece was gifted to me by my Lady, and therefore has special meaning for me — not to mention that this vial of wearable cyanide is especially appealing to my poison-loving sensibilities.

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Yes, I do believe I will enjoy the cruise ship festivities on the ‘morrow. Prepare the iced tea, the apothecary cometh.

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Other Details:

Monocle: GC-Monokel (Dark-Knight clock) by Grazioso Alekseev of Crie Style

Photos taken at Syzygy Pyxis: FREE Photosphere for all to use

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  • Avatar – Male White Fox by Mephitis Jezebel of Aventity
  • Hair – The Dauphin (Powdered) by Siyu Suen of Illusions

About The Author

Elric Anatine is an apothecary in Second Life with a penchant for exquisite apparel (especially canes), Victorian & Elegant Gothic (and inspired) fine fashions, and intoxicating absinthe. Within this blog will reside his reviews and thoughts regarding these very important topics.

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