Boxed In

Sometimes I just feel boxed in.

Boxed In

Especially when I have lingerie to model. I just don’t want to do the same boudoir chair, the same dark background thing. I hauled out this pose box, made by Katey Coppola, and went nuts. What’s sexier than a girl in her own gift box, especially when she is wearing new lingerie from the doyenne of lingerie, camille Yosuke. With its lace details, pretty floral pattern, it’s sexy but not vulgar. I especially like camille’s stockings—the gray look so silky. You know they need to be rolled off carefully when removed.

Boxed In

Tuli Asturias’ skin from The Dressing Room (no longer available—sorry—best get there while the gettin’s good), is a sexy way to show off this lingerie. And pretty little bowed slingbacks from Cerberus Noel complete this lovely look.

Boxed In

Sometimes a box is just a box ;)

Hair: Maitreya Zoe – Peroxide Blond by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 05 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Lingerie: Elsa Blue Liberty Set by INSOLENCE by camilla Yosuke for Insolence *

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Pearl* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes –silver by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Posebox: GLITTERATI – Sci-fi Hallway by Katey Coppola for Glitterati

Feel Good

SLCC is over but I didn’t miss it all. I heard from many friends who are in Boston and got to see Philip’s speech (from the horse’s mouth rather than through everyone’s analysis). I even got to do a presentation, though this time it was from THIS side of the screen rather than from the dias as last year.

Feel Good

I feel a bit better about SL after hearing Philip speak. I think I needed to know they were actually setting down a list of priorities and goals for those priorities. Some people are not going to be happy, but as the old adage goes, you can’t make everyone happy all the time. I feel pretty good about things just knowing something is being done, so I “feel good.”

That being said, have you been to Pixel Dolls lately? Pixel Dolls was one of my first indulgences in SL, and it proves the test of time. I got this dress yesterday and love it. Dolce Blackflag  reuses and reconsiders her beautifully drawn system pieces in different combinations and with a variety of prims. Her pieces are sexy and Victorian all at once with an abundance of romantic laces, brocades, pearls and buttons. Whereas true Victorian would have the body cinched and covered, Dolce shows off the sexiness of skin and femininity with her fashions. In this dress, she combines a beautifully rendered system piece with black pearls that hold the top barely shut. Lacy sleeve prims are echoed in the skirt,  netting dripping down in an almost ragged fashion. It’s much like a RL fashion collection–she has a definite vision and voice in her work and she uses a set of motifs and styles throughout her work.

Feel Good

I wear with the dress leggings from LeeZu Baxter, who delights us with the same sense of sexiness and fashion. These burlesque tights include chains around the knees (!) and garters that stretch from the thigh to the calf. Boots from Eshi Otawara complete the outfit—one of her own sculpties. She’s selling colored versions of these at the Shoe Fair for an unbeatable price. Can you beat a boot with such a pretty flower and such a whimsical (and structurally unsound) heel? I’d kill myself wearing these in RL but in SL? No problem! It’s all good ;)

Feel Good

Love forever love is free
Let’s turn forever you and me

~Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz (Rhythms Del Mundo remix)

Hair: Luxi – Black (skull) by Rosie Lavochkin for Deviant Designs

Skin: :: DUTCH TOUCH ::kEIra:: Olive – Delight CL1 EBblack by Iki Ikarus for Dutch Touch

Dress: (PixelDolls) Duchess Pearl .  White by Dolce Blackflag for PixelDolls

Leggings: [LeeZu!] Burleske Tights /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Earrings: *kraftika jewelry No 130 Earrings by Anuitka Barthelmess for *kraftika

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Metallic* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Boots: Lady Silverer Boots by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara, other colors available at the Shoe Fair * (I asked her to make silver custom for me :P)

Grandma

Isn’t it odd how things in SL can be so evocative and tangible? It seens a kind of a “duh” statement but the things you see in SL really can remind you of RL things. This is a deeper idea that it seems at first. I could get all esoteric, start talking about semiotics, poststructuralism, etc. But instead I would like to talk about my grandma.

Grandma

My grandma (my dad’s mom) was a tall thin graceful woman (who passed many of her genes on to my dad that somehow missed me). She liked fine things but didn’t have enough of them in her life so she was careful with the ones she had. I remember her entire closet was filled with clothes that dated back from the 20s and 30s, covered carefully in fabric to keep them in good condition. So going through her closet was like going through a history of women’s fashion.

She would have definitely worn an ensemble like this. In fact, I remember she had a blouse very similar to this one, but not so bright—navy blue I believe. This one is made by Antonia Marat and in her typical nod to retro, she has the big polka dots, the rolled up sleeves, and the collar. I show it with a slim skirt from Onyx LeShelle.

Grandma

This skin from Hart Larsson reminds me of my grandmother too..when she was younger—she was beautiful. She had beautiful skin. She kept her hair about this length, but not with a bow in it. And it wasn’t red. She always had her hands manicured, and these nails from London Armidi reflect the sort of nails a woman who takes care of a family and her home would have.

Grandma

The reason I have gone on this trip down memory lane is because of these shoes from Emma Gilmour. Spectator pumps! Emma’s work on these shoes is exquisitely detailed. Look at the buckle. Check out the cork soles. And finally those punched decorative details. My grandmother had some awesome shoes, especially spectator pumps. I remember them quite well.

Grandma

I didn’t inherit her thinness but I did inherit her love of style… ;)

Hair: (fd) Jennyfly – Burger Clown by Toast Bard for fashionably dead

Skin: [PXL] Candy SK CE RedLips MEB by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Top: /artilleri/ Selma blouse (red/white dots) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Skirt: Maitreya HighSkirt Ivory by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Bracelet: Armidi Gisaci – Triple Pearl Bracelet (L) – Classy by London Armidi for Armidi

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails (S20) – Cherry III (L) by Nicole David for Armidi

Shoes: [SC] Surf Couture – Nantucket Spectators – Red by Emma Gilmour for Surf Couture, available at the Shoe Fair

Just Can’t Get Enough

And when it rains, you’re shining down for me
And I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough
Just like a rainbow you know you set me free
And I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough
~ “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode

I Just Can't Get Enough

Sometimes I am given too much of a good thing, but in this case, I just can’t get enough. NovaStar Shilova has come out with a new set of outfits—is this some sort of fall line because holy cow, she has a lot. Boots, dresses, ensembles—the whole nine yards. This is one of the outfits from the set. NovaStar present her ensembles in a terrific way—you get the outfit, the jewelry, and even the boots all in one set for one low price. In this case, I got the sizzling crocodile skin boots with the leather pants, a beautifully constructed camisole (love the ruffles and buttons running down the front), and a necklace. The perfect and very sexy punctuation to the ensemble are the opera length gloves.

I Just Can't Get Enough

Tuli is another I can’t seem to get enough of. I donned Tuli Asturias’ new skin for The Dressing Room, another in her Gina line. This time Tuli got creative with the makeup, drawing scrolls at the corners of the eyes. I suppose this skin would work better with a fairy outfit, but honestly, it’s too burning hot for such sweet innocence. I top it off with a loose pile of curls from Truth Hawks, the king of sexy hair.

I Just Can't Get Enough

It’s getting hotter, it’s a burning love
And I just can’t seem to get enough

Hair: >TRUTH< Midori – copper by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 06 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, exclusive to The Dressing Room *

Outfit (including all pieces shown): (nova) ~the sweetest goodbye~set by NovaStar Shilova for (nova) *

Poses: From Everglow by Fanny Willis *

Almost Perfect

Don’t ever change (why oh why oh why oh)
Would you ever change (oh oh oh)
Please don’t ever change
You’re almost perfect
~ Almost Perfect by
The Pretenders

Almost Perfect

I feel almost perfect in this new dress from Sascha Frangilli. With its intense colors, beautiful gem work on the bodice and beautifully textured skirt (which makes it look like satiny feathers). Sascha’s starting to push beyond her set number of system pieces and skirts and experimenting with textures and prims and it’s a lot of fun to see.

Almost Perfect

Another *almost* perfect thing is my new skin from Tuli Asturias. Tuli once again hits it with her Audrey skins—shimmering shadowy eyes, full luscious lips. A nice new move she has made is putting the lipsticks on tattoo layers to be used in viewers with alpha layers. The reason it’s *almost* perfect is that I am of mixed feeling about employing alpha layers—only the 2.0, 2.1 and Emerald Beta viewers allow alpha textures as far as I know, and not everyone wants to run those clients. And even then, they are all three still quite beta. (I had numerous and various problems getting them going.) I would have preferred seeing Tuli presenting a plain makeup with overlays (as she did with Elysium Eilde’s makeups) and then a traditional set that can be used in regular viewers.

Almost Perfect

Finally, underneath my skirts where you can’t see them are these sexy shoes from Siddean Munro. Siddean slips those gorgeous little feet she has made into dangerously high heels complete with satin straps and buckles. Again, I nearly dialed in my foot color with her super-easy HUD. (I really dig the sliders for size and brightness.) One concern I have, however, is that Siddean only supplied me with alpha layers, and again, not everyone wants to use clients that employ alpha layers.

Almost Perfect

Come inside my hive where bees are busy making honey
Oooh love is about

Hair: ((JUNWAVE))SWEET Lady*BLACK* by LGM Jun for Junwave

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 1/br) :: 02 with []::Tuli::[] Audrey t1 – dark 4 gloss by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: SAS – Pixie Sea by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Jewelry: *KK* Victoria Jewelry Set by Kesseret Steeplechase for Kesskreations

Shoes: SLink Aveela Stilettos White by Siddean Munro for SLink, being sold at the Shoe Fair *

P.S. Hi to all my friends at SLCC. I am really sad I can’t be there this year. (And no, it’s not because I am going to Yellowstone with Philip :/)

P.P.S. Open your windows and shout.

Shimmer

I have been in SL long enough that friends can go quiet and wander off to do their thing and later IM to “catch up.” I love catching up. An old friend IM’d me, gave me the rundown on his SL, and came up with the great title for this blog. Thanks, Tristan ;)

Shimmer

And shimmer this dress does. The Dressing Room offering from AvaGardner Kungler, this beautiful piece is done in her typical elegant style. You can FEEL the silkiness of this dress, see the shimmer of the light playing on it. It’s a simple dress, rendered very nicely. I pair it with shoes from N-Core, a delicious pair being sold at the Shoe Fair this week. (Yes, I did a LOT of shopping!)

Shimmer

I am showing it with the group gift skin from Tuli Asturias for the Audrey series. You will be seeing more of that in the coming days. It is, as with all of Tuli’s work, absolutely gorgeous (and perfectly suited to me *ahem*). I mean, look at the makeup. *sigh*

Shimmer

Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.

Hair: ((JUNWAVE))YUKO*D-BROWN* by LGM Jun for ((JUNWAVE))

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 4/br) :: VIP group exclusive by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Dress: (Kunglers) TDRB – Silk dress by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Vintage Earring by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Shoes: N-core TRESOR XtremeHeel “Brown” by Claire Messenger for N-core, and available at this year’s Shoe Fair

Changing Into Warmth and Vanity

I have known Erehwon Yoshikawa for a while now. She and I met after dancing week after week at Tiphares. I became in awe of her incredible music collection and calm and classy style. I met Erehwon face to face (to my surprise) at SLCC last year. It was so surprising I didn’t recognize who she said she was til later. I am glad she wasn’t put off my by weird expression. I have since met her wonderful partner (they are two incredibly cool people), and I have found out what a loyal and warm friend she truly is. And intelligent—unbelievably intelligent.

Erehwon has her own style, one that usually finds itself comfortable with steampunk or middle-Eastern or Indian attire or sometimes East Asian (since she has a recent obsession with Crunchyroll). She is comfortable in her shape, which is slightly rounded with an exquisitely pretty face. She is never ordinary, never cliched. I think this is another reason why I am so glad she’s a friend.

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Things never were the same.
Change is… it’s what we get
– Ramona Flowers,
Scott Pilgrim‘s Finest Hour

When I started in Second Life, I favored black and grey. They are dramatic, statement colors, and I wanted to play at steampunk (even if, as my RL partner, The Chemist, points out that the Victorian era was when aniline-based dyes were developed.) I’m playing with color in my wardrobe now.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

I’m wearing Vanidad, by Indyra Seigo. Indyra has been making casual dresses and outfits with a dramatic flare in Second Life for several years. Vanidad means vanity, but you would had guessed that from the peacock plume print on the silk skirt. The highlights on the print pop out beautifully against the rich, dark brown silk of the skirt which almost tricks the eye into perceiving it as a dark burgundy. Printing the feathers on black silk would had been dramatic, but would rob the skirt of it’s warmth. While the skirt is both warm, and dramatic the top glows. Indyra takes care to add highlighting to the trim pieces, and shadows to the folds and sleeves.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity
The portrait of Ada Lovelace I’m standing next to was one the first things I made inworld, uploading her image from her wikipedia page. I still love having a victorian-esque garret to work in.

As I always do, I wear Mallory Cowen’s LAQ Carina skin in peach, and a modified version of the Marta shape by Melanie774 Kidd for Mela’s. The round soft face, dimpled chin, and sturdy hips are the body I feel most comfortable wearing inworld. Both skin and shape flow together with the top and skirt. And as a non-standard sized avatar, I appreciated how easy it was to tailor Vanidad to fit me: the skirt just had to go a touch larger, the ribbon tie pulled out of my chest, and the sleeve tops resized and recentered on my narrower shoulders. The glasses are PrimOptic’s Celeste. I have had these glasses since my first day in Second Life. I remember asking the first well dressed person I saw where I could find a nice pair of cat’s eye frames. They suggested Prim Optic and I’ve worn them ever since. (Also, you can shift the glasses to the top of your head with a click, for when you’re reading, or raising your cute factor.) The hair is Truth Hawks, because I must have big hair with bangs to feel like me, and the artful messiness of the hair is perfect for the outfit.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

The shoes are Zaara Kohime’s Ilaida Mojri slippers. These are not as fanciful as the ornate slippers by Moon Ling that I usually wear, but they are elegant and perfect for standing on the balcony, and visiting with friends from sunset to the early hours of a summer morning.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

Hey you’ll get it.
It just takes practice.
– Scott Pilgrim, Scott Pilgrim‘s Finest Hour

Hair: Melinda by Truth Hawks for Truth

Skin: LAQ Carina in Peach by Mallory Cowen for LAQ

Shape: Marta by Melanie774 Kidd for  Mela’s Shapes

Dress: Vanidad by Indyra Seigo for  Indyra Originals

Glasses: Celeste by Nibb Tardis for PrimOptic

Earrings: Genie Bottle Earrings by Erehwon Yoshikawa for Yoshikawa Aetheric Engineering (gift)

Shoes: Ilaida Mojri by Zaara Kohime for Zaara