Earth Mother

The Swansong at the Black Swan sim, soon to be closed by Rezzable as they leave Second Life with only Greenies, is quite a round-up of fashion designers in Second Life. As I was helping Raven set down her panel for “Black Flame,” I cammed around the area, feeling that familiar twinge of the need to shop as I saw everyone’s creations.

Earth Mother

That same evening, Lorac passed over a photo of her new Wheat/Desire skin, and I realized the perfect look was in my hands. With Dezi Jarvinen’s Mother Nature Gown in Earth, I was able to put together an earth mother look that appealed to the Taurus in me. Dezi designed a dress with beautifully rendered leaves and branches and a cleverly designed sheer green skirt. It compliments the vision of natural beauty shown with Lorac’s skin.

Earth Mother

What is also clever about this outfit is that the pretty underneath pieces turn into a sexy bikini when you take the prims and outer layers off. So Mother Earth can get down-to-earth and down to business in a split second. Dezi did the kind service of providing the clothing on all layers, which many may be considered convenient but made the ensemble confusing for me.

Earth Mother

Earth Mother

The natural look:

Hair: Maitreya Moon – Ginger by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Desire AUB by Lorac Farella for Pulse

Dress: *Staged* Mother Nature Gown Set_Earth by Dezi Jarvinen for *Staged* being sold now at Black Swan until August 17.

Fresh Melon

One of the best parts of summer is a sweet melon salad. The cool greens of honeydew and sweet oranges of canteloupe mixed with a little ripe red watermelon—delicious!

That’s why this dress from AnaLee Balut is so perfect for summer. Light, flowing, and sexy at the same time, this lovely piece is a beautiful piece for mid or late summer. She has made a semi-transparent skirt attached higher on the torso as an empire waist with a sexy peek-a-boo quality to it that looks sweet while it still shows off the shape and a little skin.

Fresh melon

I am showing one of Pulse’s newest skins, the Wheat/Blush from the Valeries series. When Lorac first sent this to me, I knew it would be a winner with its sweet blush and beautiful lips plus Lorac’s unmistakable eyes.

I included the talented Ryker Beck’s Prathivi earrings and bracelet and the beautiful Dylan from Maitreya’s Hair Fair 2009 entries.

Fresh melon

Finally, I am wearing Jamie Holmer’s beautiful Bellucci shoes in Gold. I’ll admit I originally went to look a them because of the name. (Monica Bellucci is who I would want to be in an alternative life.) However, I bought them because they were strappy and elegant. Jamie has not bought into the prosthetic foot/toe craze yet, but she does have resizer scripts in these shoes (which can and should be killed when done). She was smart enough to include another pair without the scripts for people who simply don’t want the hassle. Available in 12 colors, these gems are only $325.

Fresh melon

Fruit salad, yummy, yummy:

Hair: Maitreya Dylan – Autumn by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Blush AUB f by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: ALB LOTTA honeydew dress by AnaLee Balut for ALB

Earrings and Bracelet: :: Exodi :: Prathivi Set by Ryker Beck for :: Exodi ::

Shoes: INDI Designs – Bellucci gold by Jamie Holmer for INDI

Eshi, my sweet Eshi

You fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye

~ Margaret Atwood

Eshi Otawara has a lot of fangrrls and fanbois. I happen to be one of them. Actually, I am more than a fan—I am her “stalker.” Almost every night I call Eshi on her home phone and leave her a message, usually in the vein of “Where are you? Pick up!” I “stalk” her because Eshi is a real life friend of mine, a great friend, one of the best I have.

Eshi, sweet Eshi

So with full disclosure, I am showing you this stunning piece Eshi donated for auction for RFL named Kabuki limited. I modeled it and then snatched it out of the hands of another bidder because from the moment I first laid eyes on it, I had to have it. Besides Eshi, I have the only existing copy in Second Life. Lion Jonesford of Lion Skins was generous enough to make the skin for this ensemble, which is also a one-of-a-kind.

Eshi, sweet Eshi

Why is it that Eshi is such a big deal? Well she has a big community of fans behind her—that’s true. One has to wonder how—she is outspoken, abrasive, rambunctious and obnoxious.

She also has one of the warmest hearts of anyone I have met. She has great integrity, generosity of time and spirit, and a real talent and vision for creation in Second Life. She is the genuine deal.

Her personality is clearly exhibited in her work. While there are billowing, almost airy skirts, brilliant saturated colors juxtaposed with black and white, shimmering curves and sweeping feathers, beautiful Asian-inspired birds and lovely floating petals, there are also signs of her bold, almost aggressive personality—an oversized hat pin shoved through the head (complete with ironically sweet anime flower), hair pulled back in a long exaggerated ponytail (but not one millimeter longer to push it from artistic into absurd), arms thinned and elongated by shimmering toruses, fish hooks emerging from a skirt and hovering around the body as a sort of armor. The tension between Eshi’s incredible goodness and her deep darkness imbues her work.

Eshi, sweet Eshi

Eshi is a brilliant designer, taking the challenges of building in SL and making them seem like “features not bugs.” She combines tortured prims, sculpties, and flexis in ways no one has thought to do and does it effortlessly. And she echoes the true shapes that are now being seen on real catwalks. (One just has to look at the current roll of new designers to see Eshi’s toruses perched on heads and clustered on limbs, her feathers sweeping behind.)

Eshi, sweet Eshi

Here’s the Fishook dress. (One of 30 in SL, and no longer available. Y’all should have bought it when she was a fledgling dressmaker!)

Eshi, sweet Eshi

Eshi will be the first to admit she doesn’t have graphics training. Her Photoshop skills are still developing. This isn’t about skill (though the girl can do things with prims and textures on prims that the rest of can only dream of).

What Eshi has is a beautiful and unique vision and an ability to think around the normal artistic and design discourses we all fall into in and out of SL.

There is simply no one else like her.

The info:

Hair: Otohime Black Kabuki by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara /Chambre du Chocolat

Skin: Eshi & LionSkins-Kabuki (one-of-a-kind) by Lion Jonesford of Lion Skins

Dress: Kabuki (one-of-a-kind) by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara /Chambre du Chocolat

More info:

Hair: ::DK:: Rigel – White Black by Helyanwe Vindaloo for Deviant Kitties

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Valeries T2 Venetian Red BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Fishook Dress (black)- Chambre du Chocolat (Limited) by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara /Chambre du Chocolat

Eshi’s store is gone. If you would like to see Eshi’s work exhibited in a manner that befits it, visit her exhibit at the Locus sim designed by DB Bailey. Eshi’s pieces are shown with textiles from the Stanford University Library.

Princess for a Day

Sky Everett, in her usual manner, has given the Black Swan Swansong sale an incredible hair piece with Princess Liante. With it’s paradoxically ancient and futuristic shape, this will adorn women across the grid either as high fashion or as role-playing accoutrement.

A furniture designer and a home builder, Sky has lent her considerable texturing and prim building talents to making hair for ladies all over the grid. Sky makes hair like no one else—it’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s many women’s fantasy. Princess Liante comes with a gorgeous jeweled ponytail that snakes around to the front. With hair pulled up in back, it comes with or without facelights.

Princess for a day

Even better, it comes with a variety of jewels. You get a pair of beautiful earrings and two collars, one that faces backwards and one that faces forwards. You also get a set of jewels that can be worn on the back of the hair piece or on top as a crown.

Princess for a Day

The crown suits me….

Princess for a Day

I chose to show the hair with Mallu Mayo’s dress Etherna. This hair has to take center stage but it has to be accompanied by a simple classic dress. Mallu’s work is clean and well-constructed. As someone remarked when they saw me in this, “Not everyone can pull off an empire waist in SL. Looks great!”

I love AOHARU’s Suede Lace Up Sandals with this dress. I show them here without the dress so you can see up close that prim toes/feet don’t have to cost a lot and don’t need to have the fat ankle and mismatched skin.

Princess for a Day

What the princess wore:

Hair with jewels: Sky Everett Designs – Princess Liante (full set) by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Tone 2-Makeup 3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: * REALE *Etherna Dress (Pearl) Bay Mallu Mayo for Reale

Shoes: AOHARU_WALK_SuedeLaceupSandals_White by machang Pichot for AOHARU

A quick shout out to some friends who have helped or been helping me with this blog including Winter Jefferson of In Cold Blood, Raven Haalen of Raven’s Roost and his partner Isle Lunasea, and my two biggest critical advisors–fashion photog buddy Wilhelm and architect Stephen. (They don’t have blogs.. they do this stuff for real. So they are kind enough to fuss at my photos in-world while they are trying to relax.)

Thanks also to Saeya for hooking me up with that Photosphere! My own hollowed-out sphere was getting to be a drag.

And moo, I love ya, babe!

Cute as I can get

Thing is I just am not cute. I am funny, I am beautiful, but “cute” eludes me. I have never been cute, never will be.

But this darling outfit, which I got ON SALE at ~GypsySoul~, makes me feel cute without feeling twee.

Cute as I can get

With its gray sweater, sweet (but not too sweet) plaid skirt, striped socks and blue camisole, it’s just right for a girl who wants to be cute but not TOO cute.

Cute as I can get

I put this awesome hat/hair from lamb. on top. I do have an inquiry for hair makers.. do you just plop a hat on top when you find you can’t solve the top-of-the-head prim puzzle? Sometimes I think hair makers find themselves at the top of very thorny puzzle and go, oh screw it, and throw a hat on top. I saw a few like that at Hair Fair this year, including one with a big ol’ rose on top.

I am not sure that Lamb Bellic did that with this—the hat is pretty stinkin’ cute and the hair suits it perfectly.

As cute as I can get

I also used my FAVORITE EVER grungy boots from Shiny Things-the Old Boots. They cut down on the cuteness and are comfy, like old boots are ‘sposed to be. These beauties are full prim, done the old fashioned way, with kickin’ textures and the sweet little buckles. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore (she says in her old man voice).

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The scoop:

Hair: !lamb. Dog Roses – Twix by Lamb Bellic for lamb.

Skin: Pulse Skin – Climax/Tone 2-Makeup 1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: ~GypsySoul~ Autumn (sweater, skirt, tights—the whole shebang) by Solitude Hermit for ~GypsySoul~

Boots: (Shiny Things) Old Boots – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Feeling Suede

(nova) by NovaStar Shilova has been hovering below my radar for a little while. I got a cool kimono from RFL made by her, but I really didn’t think much more about it until my friend Valeries suggested I check out her stuff.

(nova) has a variety of cool clothes–swimsuits, kimonos, evening dresses, and some really cute pre-assembled ensembles (all styled from top to bottom for you). However, I went straight to the wall of suede, and I was hooked. I could *smell* the suede—you know that rich smell when you walk in a store that has fine leather and suede goods. (nova) has suede pants, suede jackets, suede vests, suede cinchers and hotpants, suede catsuits, suede corsets, suede bikinis, and she has this hotter’n heck suede minidress which comes with a hoodie and an optional skirt that can be worn over pants (like a little jacket).  They come in a variety of colors—cream, mocha, caramel, chocolate, espresso, and black.

Feeling Suede

The details are something else… check out the zipper down the back…

Feeling Suede

Then she has belts, bracelets, cowboy hats, driving gloves, mules, pumps, cowboy boots, ankle boots, and these killer riding boots—all suede.

Feeling Suede

I chose to style this outfit with two pieces of jewelry. The necklace I got after wandering around a great little sim looking for something from Beanie Canning’s blog, Beanie Loves Japan! The middle stone is color change, and it cost something paltry like 50L. The bracelet is from the incredible Fallingwater Cellardoor.

Feeling Suede

The suede facts:

Hair: Armidi Hair – The Angel I – Hazelberry by Lola Marquez for Armidi

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Sienna/Citrus BRN by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: (nova) suede dress CHOCOLATE by NovaStar Shilova for (nova)

Boots: (nova) riding boots CHOCOLATE by NovaStar Shilova for (nova)

Necklace: ~~Sakka’s Studio~~ Leather strap necklace / Color ring by sakka Flow for ~~Sakka’s Studio~~

Bracelet: (Shiny Things) Brown strung leather bracelet, red beads by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Lady in Red

I have been a redhead almost since the first day I was in SL. I am not sure why I went this way—I have brown hair in RL. However, red—its heat, its passion, its vibrancy—are part of my SL self.

So when I saw this dress last night while I was hunting around for watermelons (and that is a whole other discussion that starts with “Why?”), I spotted a little store named LOOKR and bought a sexy looking dress that would match a pair of red shoes I had gotten the week before. (And we all know it’s all about the shoes.)

System pieces are not easy—especially not system skirts. Adam Soler has made a sexy system skirt for this piece, resisting the need to add to complete the look. On a modified skirt shape, this dress looks delicious.

Lady in Red

And the back is strappy and sexy.

Lady in Red

I opted to add the Nyte N Day’s Pith Necklace and bracelet, full perm pieces I purchased a while ago and never think to pull out.

Lady in Red

Finally the shoes. These sexy sandals, made by Delfi Lane, are a fierce competitor to the prevailing “leaders” in SL. With 12 nail textures, gold or silver metal, on or off toe ring, and easy fitting and skin coloring, at 425L, these shoes are a steal. Available in this Lucious Red, they also come in Black, Blush, Chocolate Brown, Silver Gray and Golden Sand. The fat pack retails for 2000L.

Lady in Red

What it is and where I got it:

Hair: (ZF) – Tiff Hair – Vivid Red by Zyrra Falcone for Panache Hair

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax Tone3 Makeup 5 by Lorac Farella for Pulse

Dress: LOOKR ~ Elegente ~ Red by Adam Soler for LOOKR

Shoes: S@SS Leather Bound in Luscious Red by Delfi Lane for S@SS