Crystalline

Chrystalline

Underneath our feet
Crystals grow like plants
(listen how they grow)
I’m blinded by the lights
(listen how they grow)
In the core of the earth
(listen how they grow)

~ “Crystalline” by Bjork

Chrystalline

Bjork writes the most interesting lyrics over brilliant inventive music, which I love. The latest pieces she has released are up to her high standard—jarring metaphors and innovative music and melodies that somehow fit into appealing pop songs, embracing our wonderful technological world. (Listen to “Virus,” where the metaphor describes a passion as a virus—it’s unnerving and perfect.)

I bring up Bjork because Leezu Baxter’s work oftentimes reminds me of Bjork in its inventiveness and vision, with innovation occurring at all sorts of levels while still adhering to “pop” standards. Take this dress Leezu recently released. She builds a standard empire waist with a traditional SL silhouette, but then she shreds the lace texture on the prims, allowing gaps to show in the texture so as they float around it appears almost disembodied. She anchors them by placing several shorter opaque pieces underneath to make it less a piece of lacy puffery than a substantial “dress.” For the bodice, which is a typical sculpty, Leezu upends the average by creating a sheer peek-a-boo piece that just covers the nipples with an opaque silk (daringly more than enticingly). She always pushes and nudges in a way no other designer in SL does, giving us something innovative but also appealing and wearable.

Chrystalline

Gala Phoenix has come out with her new Jewel line, and I can’t resist showing another skin from it. I absolutely adore the eyebrows, the lips, the nose, the tint of this rosy skin. Gala simply did not sit back and let SL pass her by as many creators in SL have done or have been forced to do—she continues to evolve and innovate, providing beautiful content for us.

My hair is a wild ‘do from Neveah Niu, who has been putting out some pretty incredible stuff lately. And my necklace is from this blog’s latest obsession, Matchbook Monday, who has combined cool shiny stone with cool shiny metal to make this outstanding choker–a perfect weight to this more airy look.

Chrystalline

It’s the sparkle you become
Conquer anxiety
Sparkle you become
Conquer anxiety
Sparkle you become
When you conquer anxiety
It’s the sparkle you become
When you conquer anxiety

Hair: ICONIC Chaka -Black Pack* by Neveah Niu for ICONIC *

Hairbase: Black hairbase by chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: :GP: Petal [Light] Jewel-Amethyst 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: [LeeZu!] Toya Dress by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Choker: : Amorous : Aphrodisia (Monochrome) by Matchbook Monday for Amorous *

Shoes: Slink Lulu Stilettos White by Siddean Munro for SLink *

PS Thank you, Mr. Oh ;)

Perfect Darkness

Perfect Darkness

Deep water stay under.
See it rolling over your head and just roll with it until it’s all good yeah.
Deep water a little deeper then you thought feel it going over the edge
and just go with it
until it’s all good yeah.

 Perfect Darkness

The best part of being up north was the perfect darkness—the pure beautiful deep dark of the woods. I wear this beautiful black dress from Nicky Ree as a sort of tribute to that. Nicky is not a sculpty genius nor a brilliant nano-prim builder. What she is is a beautiful texture maker who has made the formerly limited tools of SL work for her to make gorgeous and memorable fashion in SL. This dress is no exception. With its intricate lace on the bodice and train, it is the perfect example of Nicky’s artistry.

Perfect Darkness

My deliciously dark skin is a new one from Gala Phoenix, part of a Jewel collection she is offering in golden and rose-based skin tones. I have slowly become a Curio girl as Gala has released her glowing and ethereal skins. I was so excited to see these were out. I show one of the more intense skins here with deep dark sexy eyes from Ikon Innovia.

My jewelry is a new set from Matchbook Monday, my new jewelry goddess. It’s a little modern for this dress perhaps but I rather like it as I am really into chokers. This one has a sort of industrial/steampunk flare with little golden pieces strung on black wire with matching hoops. Her work is a little dark, a tinge kinky (but not overtly so, which makes it all the nicer). Her graphic skills, from textures to ads to photos are top notch. I am so loving her work.

Perfect Darkness

Compass points out in all directions.
From this moment we over now.
With everything we do we gonna do it.
Perfect darkness is all I can see.

~ “Perfect Darkness” by Fink

Hair: .::S::. Elegance – Onyx by Beautifully Sinister for Secrets

Hairbase: Vanity hair base Noir by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair

Skin: :GP: Petal [Dark] Jewel-Black Diamond 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: *DNR* Ingrid Bridal Lace Gowns V1 Black by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Jewelry: : Amorous : Now by Matchbook Monday for Amorous *

Can we talk?

Can we talk?

I just took a glorious 4-day vacation up north and came back with yarn, soap, a full tummy, and hours of restful time. In the past I would miss not having wifi, but this time I really didn’t. No TV (except the Packers game), no internet, no news or stress. I think a little more time would have been great, but I was glad for the time I had. For four days it was a better sort of second life.

Can we talk?

This little blue dress from Neferia Abel reflects some of the mood I am in. With its bright blue and pretty flounces, it reminds me of the blue water of the lake and the clear blue skies. The strapless bodice, accented by a black flower, evokes the old fashioned soirees at the resorts on the lake where gentlemen still wore dinner jackets and girls dressed up in party frocks to dance to live bands on a beautifully lit dancefloor overlooking the water.

Can we talk?

My skin is a pretty one I picked up at the Fashion Garret from Miah McAuley. She has managed to make a lovely blank palette for wearing different make up layers (though she includes a pretty exotic eyeliner). My hair is a short and sassy cut from Jeanie Valois. I am so into short hair and this blonde is especially enticing. Earrings are glamorous chandeliers from Maeve Mortlock.

Can we talk?

Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.  ~ Ada Louise Huxtable

Hair: (Posh) ; Trouble ; Blonde by Jeanie Valois for (Posh)

Skin: Tulip-pale-db-05 by Miah McAuley for Natural Beauty & Face

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

Dress: ~Ivalde~FL- Stefani seagreen by Neferia Abel for Ivalde *

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Turquoise Diamond Earrings for FFL by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy *

Shoes: [e] Millside Flats – Cerulean by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Chair: Silver Barstool by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil

Poses by Mojo Skytower for .::Poise::.

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Gone Daddy Gone

Gone, Daddy, Gone

Beautiful girl lovely dress
Where she is now I can only guess
Cause it’s gone daddy gone

Gone, Daddy, Gone

I will be gone, Daddy, gone for a few days so no blog. I finally get MY summer vacation, a trip to Door County to get cherry jam and play miniature golf and look at the lake and poke around in yarn stores. I tried to rush to fill in the blog for a few days, but thought better of it. I do realize in taking a vacation I am missing out on the dawn of mesh. I did try some mesh on a few days ago but didn’t find it pictorial enough at the time to share. I’m sure there’s plenty to go around.

Luckily AmySue Shirakawa threw this outfit at me a couple days ago. The thing with AmySue is she always gives you the complete package—in this case the dress, gloves, the shoes and a necklace (which I am not wearing). I love how she combined stripes with a brocade on this dress and made it a blonde-perfect color. Her use of lace at the hem is sexy and intriguing and her shoes are knockouts. (And were the perfect color when I wore them—for ONCE.) I opted for a heavier necklace from Anuitka Barthelmess for this look just to mix things up.

Gone, Daddy, Gone

My skin is another of Gala Phoenix’s beautiful recent releases. I admit I have become a kind of Curio girl, but who can blame me? Great eyebrows, sexy eyes, luscious lips, a translucent and glowing skin, a knock out bod—it’s all there. My hair is a sexy tousled blonde from chiaki Xue. I love this blonde color and I always love how chiaki makes shorter hair that frames the face so beautifully.

Gone, Daddy, Gone

Beautiful girl lovely dress
Where she is now I can only guess

~ “Gone, Daddy, Gone” by the Violent Femmes

Hair: **Dura-Girl**18(Blonde)resize by chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Stormy-Puddle 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Outfit: ! [Adored]ELLE-CREAM (including Elle Color Changing Shoes) by AmySue Shirakawa for [Adored] *

Necklace: Necklace No134 black by Anuitka Barthelmess for Kraftika

Old Letters and Lace

Old Letters and Lace

“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.” ~ Coco Chanel

Old Letters and Lace

Sachi Vixen has created a dress of beautiful origins—lace. What Sachi does, beyond just putting a lace pattern on the dress however, is create a very beautiful bodice with a flattering décolletage and short and long versions of an empire waist skirt. (I show the babydoll length here.) She doesn’t just stop with making a lace bodice, as many do. The beauty is in the details.. the lace along the top, the shadowing, and the hooks down the back.

Old Letters and Lace

Aida Ewing has come out with a beautiful fresh new skin line and I show the bold blue shadow and pink girly lips of one of the makeups. I love the eyebrows, the makeups (which Aida always does so prettily), and the shapely body. I found Nena Janus’ lace and pearls jewelry set in inventory, which suited this outfit perfectly.

Old Letters and Lace

And the softness of my body will be guarded by embrace [b]y each button, hook, and lace. ~ Amy Lowell

Hair: MINA Hair – Aislinn – BG06 with MINA TKO HairBase BG06 by Mina Nakamura for MINA Hair *

Skin: -Glam Affair- JadisV2 Natural – D 07 by aida Ewing for -Glam Affair- *

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

Dress: Adam n Eve Ana Popcorn by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Necklace: *League* Pearls & Lace Necklace 2 by Nena Janus for *League*

Shoes: Maitreya Gold * Foxy Pearl by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya Gold

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Up above
Aliens hover
Making home movies
For the folks back home…

I wish that they’d swoop down in a country lane
Late at night when I’m driving
Take me on board their beautiful ship
Show me the world as I’d love to see it

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Sometimes Radiohead lyrics mean nothing–or snippets do. But this song is an actual story—and I like it. Who would we meet on board their beautiful ship?

Subterranean Homesick Alien

I climbed aboard Matchbook Monday’s new beautiful ship when I went to see her new jewelry store, Amorous, and I was shown the world as I love to see it. The build itself is pretty impressive—a lift takes you to the showroom floor with jewelry of amazing quality and textures. (It’s such an impressive build I actually shot on site and you are being subjected to a few extra shots.) Matchbook built the entire build herself—which shows she really has the chops to make things, big or small, in SL.

Subterranean Homesick Alien

The feature of this blog, of course, is her jewelry. The necklace and earrings I am wearing include color changing scripts so you can choose a variety of color combos between the gems, making the necklace infinitely versatile. Most of her jewelry features such flexibility. She is still filling the store with goodies but what she has already is amazing. I love her use of offset circles and rich textures in many of her pieces. I can feel the weight and quality of this jewelry just looking at it.

My skin is one of Juliette Westerburg’s distinctive looks, one I believe I got as an exclusive a year ago. Juliette likes to play with ideas and looks, breaking outside the box of normal SL makeup with her hand-drawn pieces, which suits this beautiful jewelry. My hair is from Elikapeka Tiramisu, the grande dame of hair in SL.

Subterranean Homesick Alien

My dress is one of the lovely offerings for the Platinum Hunt from Zoey Gabardini. She gives you this dress with both silver and gold bodices and the terrific sculpty skirt for a mere 10L. The hunt’s still on—don’t forget. My boots are from Bax Coen, and I want to note that Bax has done somethign I wish a lot of shoe and boot makers would do. She has made it so you can exchange your old Prestige boots for new versions that include invisiprims that can be clicked off. This is important because 1. we don’t need invisiprims in most clients anymore—the alpha layer solves our cankle problem and 2. invisiprims cause icky problems when using shadows. I ran to get my replacement boots when I went to do these photos so I could show the beauty of the boots and the build—not my invisiprims.

Subterranean Homesick Alien

I’d tell all my friends
But they’d never believe
They’d think that I’d finally lost it completely

I’d show them the stars
And the meaning of life
They’d shut me away
But I’d be all right
All right..

~ “Subterranean Homesick Alien” by Radiohead

Hair: [e] Comfort – White 05 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Skin: -tb- {Pale} Space Mod – Light Winged Brows by Juliette Westerburg for tres blah

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

Eyelashes: [LeLutka]-2011 lashes/long by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Dress: -paper.doll- PlatinumHunt by Zoey Gabardini for -paper.doll-, available in the Platinum Hunt *

Jewelry: : Amorous : Refrain by Matchbook Monday for : Amorous : *

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Silver by Bax Coen for BAX Boots *

Subterranean Homesick Alien

They’re all uptight.. uptight.

Taken on site at Amorous at the Matchbook sim

Block Party

Block Party

Yesterday we had our neighborhood block party. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a sort of suburban ritual wherein the block is closed off and neighbors come out to gather and eat together. Typically on our block we have games for the children (water balloons, a donut-eating contest, frozen t-shirt race, pinatas), the local firemen bring a fire truck for everyone to see, and people pull out grills. Tonight we had a band play and a movie projected on a sheet as well. It’s a way to see neighbors you haven’t seen in a while and meet the new neighbors and see the kids all having fun.

Block Party

So I went today for a seemingly tossed-on, but actually very studied look. I wanted to appear casual yet sexy, not interested in those sort of bourgeois things like sweater sets and pearls, but young enough to pull off something funky and cool without looking disaffected like a teenager. Yeah good luck with that. But this outfit seems to do it. The cute polka dot top from Nirmanakaya Yalin has a sheer overlay to the bodice, practical straps (for running after toddlers with their hands in the chip dip), and a flirty fun print. The jeans, from Trill Zapatero, look patched together but have a form fitting shape and great length plus a belt, which cinches the entire look into something far more mature than a teenager would wear. Shoes from Elikapeka Tiramisu make this casual look complete.

Block Party

My skin is a wonder from Gala Phoenix. With its pale and youthful visage, I look young for my age but not too young to be a proud homeowner and pesto pasta salad creator. A minimal amount of makeup with a pretty wavy hair-down do from Truth Hawks makes me pretty and fun without being over the top. The nod to the festive atmosphere is a flower tucked behind my ear.

Block Party

Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Hair: >TRUTH< Erika – cocoa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] Stormy-Mist 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Top: *tesoromio* spring top 11 red by Nirmanakaya Yalin for *tesoromio*

Jeans: BoHo HoBo patched jeans by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo *

Shoes: [e] Millside Flats – Fire by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]