Poetry

29 04 2011

April is National Poetry Month in the US. Apropos of nothing, I wanted to share a poem from one of my favorite American poets, Billy Collins:

Sonnet

All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now,
and after this one just a dozen
to launch a little ship on love’s storm-tossed seas,
then only ten more left like rows of beans.
How easily it goes unless you get Elizabethan
and insist the iambic bongos must be played
and rhymes positioned at the ends of lines,
one for every station of the cross.
But hang on here wile we make the turn
into the final six where all will be resolved,
where longing and heartache will find an end,
where Laura will tell Petrarch to put down his pen,
take off those crazy medieval tights,
blow out the lights, and come at last to bed.

~ from Sailing Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Poetry

I considered putting on crazy medieval tights but forewent that option to show this look that has nothing to do with the poem, a cute little pinky purple ensemble. My top is an inexpensive find from Miffyhoi Rosca, who offered this as part of an outfit at the TFG Discount Shop. I really dig the asymmetrical shape.

Poetry

The theme of this visual poem, however, is the shape and skin. I am wearing a shape from Freedom Parx, part of a new series she is selling that looks to break the old clichés of SL. She doesn’t aim for “beautiful” as much as interesting, though I find this shape pretty cute. I will remark that I did tweak the mouth corners a bit—Freedom shows the shape with a frowny face, which is something I really dislike. It’s great because the shapes are offered mod—that’s the only mod I wanted to make to this shape.

Lion Jonesford has recently come out with a new line of skins and they overlay this shape perfectly, especially in light of their Asian flavor. She offers them in a series of more pastel make-up tones for the most part, which I find lovely. The pinks and purples offset the pale complexion (which is a great color) perfectly. She also has a series of more radical make-ups (would you expect any less from Lion?).

Poetry

“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.” ~  Billy Collins

Hair: >TRUTH< Emily – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: AYUMI 18-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Shape: Freestyle Shapes – Jia Li by Freedom Parx for Freestyle Shapes *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant Light (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Lashes: pearled eyelashes by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions

Top: =Zenith=Pink  Akali by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at the TFG Discount Shop

Shorts: (Milk Motion) My leather shorts by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion

Socks: *KUROTSUBAKI* socks_romantic_purple by sato Yifu for KUROTSUBAKI

Boots: [LeeZu] BeachBum Boots /violet by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu] *





Wicked Woman

28 04 2011

She is preternaturally silent, her coat swirling around her as she moves, unusually graceful in her strange platform boots. All I can feel is the susurrus of air as she circles around me, her eyes focused on me from behind the mask of her facial tattoo—wings as if from a phoenix, burning around her eyes. I can’t imagine the pain of receiving that tattoo. I wonder why she chose to get it (or didn’t choose), what brought her to this point.

Wicked Woman

Last week I was making sweet little girl outfits; this week I seem to have found my inner demon. I start with an ensemble from Bare Roses, which is the source for a whole range of inexpensive and imaginative outfits. This particular outfit comes with the usual overabundance of sculpties and dead-on details, including leg buckles and arm buckles.

Wicked Woman

I was inspired by this skin from Plastik, which is a hunt item for the Style of the 50s hunt. (Don’t ask me more about the hunt—I tripped upon it and took advantage so I could see what the big kerfluffle about Plastik skins is.) I was able to work this whole look around the skin and makeup from that set, which I like a lot for its fantasy flavor.

Wicked Woman

My boots are ankle versions of Ono Zinner’s awesome fantasy boots (which I now see don’t show in profile so you get a bonus photo).

Wicked Woman

“All things truly wicked start from an innocence.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Hair: *SD* AMBITION Fancy Cornrows w/ Long Loose by Akila Rondelstein for *HQ-Street Dermatology*

Skin: :[P]:-Ataciara-Chorus- Retro Chic with :[P]:- Ataciara Makeups-Tribe Leader by Aikea Rieko for Plastik

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Rust 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: ::: B@R ::: Silent Heart by June Dion for Bare Roses

Boots: [NeurolaB Inc.] Activa Ankle Boots Black by Ono Zinner for [NeurolaB Inc.] *





Going Green

27 04 2011

A little green is finally showing up outside. I am thrilled—it’s my favorite color.

Going Green

That is why I was thrilled to get this darling green dress from LeeZu Baxter. It’s expertly drawn and sculpted with a flirty little sculpty skirt. I discovered I only wear the A/B cup accoutrements—the ribbon and bust. I love how she made the sculpted pieces and made them work for this little dress. LeeZu attends to all the details too, including the zipper up the back and the translucency of the ribbon.

Going Green

I realize now I blew it and didn’t photo these terrific sandals from Siddean Munro. I have SUCH a hard time matching feet—I find it impossible. Siddean makes it incredibly easy with her HUD system. The colors match so easily and coloring nails is simple too. These new sandals are PERFECT for springtime warm weather and I bet they would do well for RP looks too like togas. (They come in several colors.)

My hair is a new one from Truth Hawks—another home run. I recently visited Mocksoup Graves’ store because I love her make-ups. They are a great overlay on many skins because they are pretty sheer and seem to fit many lip sizes. I overlaid it on Tuli Asturias’ beautiful Sara skin that also comes with great lipsticks, but I really liked this copper color from Mocksoup.

Going Green

Emerald, green, chartreuse, grass, vert, jade, forest, sage, malachite, moss, pea, olive, lime, kelly—I like ‘em all. (Well not kelly so much.)

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

Skin: [:T:] Sara / sunkissed :: 03 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Makeup: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Coppery Kiss Lipstain (Lipcolor only) by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K Cosmetics

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Absinthe (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: [LeeZu!] Paradii Dress/olive by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!] *

Shoes: Slink Cassia Sandals Beige by Siddean Munro for Slink *





Purple Perfection

26 04 2011

Purple is the color of royalty. That’s what makes it classy and remarkable. I put together these great separates to make a purple outfit for a lady of sophistication.

Purple Perfection

First start with this top from Carrie Snowpaw. Carrie has ingeniously made a blouse with a blouse-on sculpty prim addition that makes the blouse look like it’s blousing out at the bust while tight around the waist. She also made some pretty prim buttons and I love the frilled cuffs. My skirt is a versatile piece from Chrystina Noel. With its sculpty skirt and cute tweed texture, it’s a great skirt for many outfits.

Purple Perfection

I have a pretty skin with purple makeup from Alexandra Barcelos and I couldn’t resist wearing eggplant eyes from Ikon Innovia. My earrings were a special pair Abraxxa Anatine made for RFL. And check out the pumps from Pixieplumb Flanagan—inexpensive and chic!

Purple Perfection

When I am a young woman I will wear purple too ;)

Hair: [e] Rhythm – Brown 08 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikapeka

Skin: :F: Kiona .  CB . Spc by Alexandra Barcelos for Filthy Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant Deep (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: Pia Blouse – mulberry by Carrie Snowpaw for Snowpaws*

Skirt: ** [ Riddle ] ** Wool Skirt – Purple by Chrystina Noel for [ Riddle ]

Earrings: EarthStones Karuka Earring – Silver/Amethyst by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones

Shoes: BM Audrey Pumps – Pinks & Purples by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

P.S. My friend, Teshan, has started a new feed called “Style Academy.” Check it out ;)





Happy Easter

24 04 2011

‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Happy Easter

Easter is when you put on your prettiest frock and enjoy the spring. Tammany Goodliffe has just come out with a series of pastel perfect pretties for spring, all ideal for an Easter gathering or tea party. Notice the beautiful rendering of the top over the lovely skirt (which floats like a dream). Not a seam shows, all the edges are perfectly clean and the color is gorgeous. The truly winning part of this ensemble are the roses, available for either shoulder or your hair. Look closely and you will see how exquisitely Tammany rendered these roses, from the leaves to the petals.

Happy Easter

I am showing it with a simply lovely new hair from Truth Hawks. When my hair was a bit longer (and I was a bit younger), I often wore my hair this way. My shoes are a classic from Fallingwater Cellardoor—ladylike and pretty and beautifully textured. And I defaulted to Nena Janus’ skin, which has the springtime glow I wanted.

Happy Easter

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.  ~S.D. Gordon

Hair: >TRUTH< Karen – toffee by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Apricot- by Nena Janus for League *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: salt. say grace sand sunday dress by Tammany Goodliffe for salt. *

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Delphine pumps – sand by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things *





Aluminum

23 04 2011

They called her Aluminum because, even though she was fluid like quicksilver, she was light and plastic, silver and shining and electric.

Aluminum

LeeZu Baxter’s newest is another in her line of more interesting experiments in sensual and sexual design. This piece reveals the middle body pretty substantially (and this is kind of almost a family blog) so I wear a lacy bodysuit piece from Jojorunoo Runo.

Aluminum

This stunning skin with its shimmering quality is a new one from aida Ewing, available at The Dressing Room. This is a perfect face for Aluminum. And the wild hair is an older piece from Mirja Mills, but still wonderful, especially for this look.

Aluminum

Soft, durable, malleable and resistant to corrosion.

Hair: WICKED! hair by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions

Skin: -Glam Affair – Monica Tan skin – BL TDR 28 by aida Ewing for -Glam Affair –, available at The Dressing Room

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Grey (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: [LeeZu!] Jeanne van Dark /air by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!] *

Undergarment: From ~*RunoRuno*~ Loose Body by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Boots: [NeurolaB Inc.] Ultimate Hi-Boots Black by Ono Zinner for [NeurolaB Inc.] *





Shorts Weather

22 04 2011

It’s not quite shorts weather. In fact, it’s still abysmally cold outside. I have been going through my plant catalogs without a lot of enthusiasm this year because spring has been slow in coming this year. So what am I thinking wearing shorts?

Shorts Weather

Lynaja Bade has the answer with this darling outfit—wear tights with the shorts!  This serves two purposes actually—warms the legs and saves your knees from the dirt when you are kneeling down poking at your irises and carefully teasing out the old plants from last year from the tender new shoots. I love the textures in the outfit–the old-fashioned print on the blouse, the wooly tights. This outfit is dirt cheap (no pun intended) at her store right now with several other great things on sale as well.

Shorts Weather

I am wearing one of Sophia Rossen’s new shapes. I realize she includes a styling card with each shape, and my choice of skin is not the one she chose. (In fact, she gives you a whole set of information–where to get skin, eyes, and hair.) Nevertheless, it’s a fine shape with a lovely face and works well with Tuli Asturias’ newest skin, which is another home run. Is it a terrific shape or a great skin that makes me look good here? I don’t know, and does it matter because I look cute.

Shorts Weather

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! ~ Wallace Stevens

Hair: [e] Play 2 – Red 07 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: [:T:] Sara / sunkissed :: 01 with [:T:] Sara / sunkissed / lips :: Coral by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Shape: Sophistishapes – ARIANNA bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Clover Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: CONCRETE FLOWERS- BOUNCY SPRING OUTFIT by Lynaja Bade for Concrete Flowers

Boots: :Kookie:: 50L Friday – Nyox Hobbit  boots by Kookie Lemon for Kookie





Dress Up

21 04 2011

One of the most appealing features of SL, of course, is the ability to dress up our avatars. This game of dress up is an entire dissertation in itself. Let’s just leave it at liking to put together pretty colors for today ;)

Dress Up

I got this little dress from youki Cioc’s eclectic store a while ago and have been trying to find a time and place to show it. I love the multiple layers of prims, the big blooming cabbage rose print, the lovely use of the shoulder pieces and armlets. I had been wearing Pixieplumb Flanagan’s new little sneakers and the color matched perfectly while the style was a tomboyish juxtaposition, so why not? A pair of lacey ankled socks from Naoki Ninetails just made the look complete.

Dress Up

When I put together outfits it’s always an odd process. I have to be inspired by something—a song, a quote, the start of look. This time it was the freckles I got from Launa Fauna. I had seen freckles on another avatar as a tattoo layer and I found them charming. This inexpensive tattoo layer really did the trick layered over Alexandra Barcelos’ new Kiona skin (which I am wearing twice in a row here, but isn’t it just perfect?). Then I popped on this ginger hair from Queue Marlowe (who is off to the Continent for a few weeks—I miss her already) and this darling hat from siestabrill Nitely. What a gorgeous face.

Dress Up

And she was fair as is the rose in May. ~ Geoffrey Chaucer

Hair: AD – ginger chestnut by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Kiona . Pale . Passion by Alexandra Barcelos for Filthy Skins*

Tattoo Layer: L.Fauna EXTRA FRECKLES [Tan] by Launa Fauna for L.Fauna Skins

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Mint (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: xxYOMESHOUJOxx *ViR* by youki Cioc for YomeShoujo

Socks: >GG< Vicki Lace Socks by Naoki Ninetails for Locke Couture

Hat: Oiseaunoir_*Headdress*PK by siestabrill Nitely for *un Jour*

Shoes: BM Candi Lo-Top Sneakers Aqua by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *





I Want Candy

20 04 2011

I know a guy who’s tough but sweet
He’s so fine, he can’t be beat
He’s got everything that I desire
Sets the summer sun on fire

I want candy….

I Want Candy

This sweet little outfit from Indyra Seigo reminds me so much of peppermint starlights and tangy cherry lollipops. With its candy-striped skirt and bodice, darling ribbon belt and cute cropped jacket complete with rose, a girl can feel sweet and pretty.

I Want Candy

My skin is a new offering from Alexandra Barcelos. It adds to the sweetness of this look with its gentle blush and charming demeanor. I wear bright blue eyes from Ikon Innovia and darling ponytails from Truth Hawks.

I Want Candy

Finally sweet little delectable clogs from Fallingwater Cellardoor that make the entire outfit pretty and mouth watering.

I Want Candy

So sweet, you make my mouth water
I want candy, I want candy

~ “I Want Candy,” as sung by Bow Wow Wow

Hair: >TRUTH< Cleo – blood by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Kiona . Pale . Passion by Alexandra Barcelos for Filthy Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: Indyra La Capitaine by Indyra Seigo for Indyra

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Candy Clogs – red by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things *





Summer Breeze

19 04 2011

See the curtains hangin’ in the window
in the evenin’ on a Friday night
A little light a-shinin’ through the window
lets me know everything is alright

Summer Breeze

Anyusha Lilienthal recently released her Summer Jam line which made me think of the song “Summer Breeze.” God knows we need some summer breeze as another snowstorm is predicted in my area. I am glad Anyusha is coming out with this—from the mojito-flavored top to the funky Miami beat skirt, it makes me feel warm and sunshiney to wear this. Anyusha even includes a matching necklace!

Summer Breeze

My skin is a beauty just released by sachi Vixen in four darker skin tones—this being one of the lighter ones. Sachi includes a set of lipsticks and eye shadows as well as cleavage and nail polishes. I chose to wear this muted lipstick and piercing green eyes from Ikon Innovia. My cute little espadilles are from Gospel Voom, with color change options for parts of the shoe.

Finally, my hair with hat is from Nishant Zobovic. Blessedly the hat is tintable and the ribbon can be as well if you choose. I like this option. The hair itself, and all the demos I tried on were static—no flexi. Kind of a bummer.

Summer Breeze

Summer breeze
makes me feel fine
blowing through the jasmine in my mind
~
“Summer Breeze” by Seals & Croft

Hair: [Anaphora]_Sofeea_Mocha by Nishant Zobovic for Anaphora

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Tanisha Latte – Fresh with Adam n Eve Lipstick Tattoo – Tanisha Pink Latte by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Absinthe (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top (with necklace): Ibizarre Summer Neckholder – Apple by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre *

Skirt: Ibizarre Summer  Print Skirt (dots) by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre *

Shoes: [Gos] Espadrilles Model by Gospel Voom for Gos








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