Wear Your Love Like Heaven

Wear Your Love Like Heaven

Lord kiss me once more
Fill me with song
Kiss me once more
So I may, so I may

~ “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” by Donovan, sung by This Morning Jacket

Wear Your Love Like Heaven

Nothing more heavenly than this beautiful dress by Barbra Kungler, created to support the Hope for Emilia fund raiser. With a great mesh shape forming a dress that includes a halter top with a sexy cut out and a beautiful, perfectly proportioned flower print, this dress shows my love—for fashion and the victims of the Emilia earthquake.

Wear Your Love Like Heaven

My hair is one from Alice Demonia, featured at the Hair Fair, which closes at midnight tonight (hurry!). My makeup is a beautiful tangerine coloring over the newest skin from Aida Ewing, which she has offered in several differently-named skin tones. Tall wedges from Tya Fallingbridge complete my look and let me say—easy peasy to match the skin!

Wear Your Love Like Heaven

Cannot believe what I see
All I have wished for will be

Hair: Alice Project – Hyori – Infinity by Alice Demonia for Alice Project, available at Hair Fair 2012

Skin: Glam Affair – Cassiopea – India 03 BR by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: (Kunglers) Hope for Emilia dress by Barbra Kungler for Kunglers, available at Hope for Emilia *

Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_MagentaPlain by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Shoes: [PM] Pixel Mode: Fae [A] White by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Tush

Tush

I been bad, I been good,
Houston, Texas, Hollywood.
I ain’t askin’ for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I’m just lookin’ for some tush.

~ “Tush” from ZZ Top as done by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Tush

A few months ago I saw a video of Grace Potter with Kenny Chesney (“You and Tequila,” which I have blogged), and Grace Potter was THE SL avatar. Long legged with perfectly flexi hair, Grace Potter is absolutely gorgeous and she has an amazing voice and stage presence. Then I saw a video of her doing the old ZZ Top song, Tush,”and I knew I had to make her in SL. (I modified the lyrics some because I think I would rather be bad in Houston than Dallas ;))

This look replicates her look in that video with a glittery silver fringed dress from Swaffette Firefly. This is one of my favorite dresses in SL, to be honest. Swaffette took advantage of flexi by building layers of prims around a nice system base and using a lovely glittering texture. This is old technology—just system and flexis—but it’s sure done well. (By the way, I realize my guitar is not the Gibson V that she sports—Boyd Krastins made this Gibson, which he gave to me as his little gift to this enterprise. Thank you, Boyd!)

Tush

Truth Hawks came out with this beautiful mesh hair with fringed bangs, and I knew I had Grace complete. If you see her in performance, her hair is layered so that when she swings around, everything flies. You can’t do that with mesh BUT you can see it curl up nicely as in my photo.

My skin is Aida Ewing’s newest, a beautifully pale blank slate for me to make up with cat eye liner from Shyla Diggs (a 50L Friday item from a few weeks ago).

And check out these guitar poses I found on Marketplace. I had to modify Tea Soup’s—she embedded them in an acoustic guitar so I just edited the whole thing to make the guitar sink into the floor so I could hold my own Gibson.

Tush

Take me back way back home,
Not by myself, not alone.
I ain’t askin’ for much.
I said, Lord, take me downtown,
I’m just lookin’ for some tush.

Hair: >TRUTH< Ebony w/Roots – barley by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Glam Affair – Cassiopea – America Clean BL by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Makeup: -Belleza- Eyeliner 3 by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza-

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: sf design martine cocktail dress – silver by Swaffette Firefly for SF Design

Shoes: Leverocci – Knox Wedges_Pewter Glitter by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Guitar: Gibson 59 TV special white by Boyd Krastins (who gave the guitar to me just cuz)

Poses: TeaSoup – My Acoustic [ Female Set] by Tea Soup for Tea Soup (modified) and :: Bebotes :: Guitar Women by Bebotes for ::: Bebotes ::: Poses Motions

This one’s for you, Laird ;)

Life’s a Cinch

Life's a Cinch

“[W]earing a corset certainly changes your state of mind.” ~ Radha Mitchell

Life's a Cinch

This post is ALL about the corset, this one from Jenica Penucca for Quarantine. I finally found my way over to the Zombie Popcorn thing. I had never gone because the name made me think it wouldn’t be my kind of event but Jenica’s corset changed my mind. Finally someone can make a truly authentic wasp waist corset in SL and it makes sense. In this case, she used mesh (good idea!) and styled it tied with a velvet bow, so it can go from sexy to elegant in a flash. (I actually threw a ball gown on with this as I had to go get something at the corner store and it looked terrific!) The only thing I didn’t get was—why did I have to wear two alphas? Makes it a pain for those of you in Phoenix.

Life's a Cinch

My flowing locks are one of Kavar Cleanslate’s head toppers from the Hair Fair. I have to say, I love love love mesh hair and Kavar is one of the best. I love how I can turn my head and the hair still hangs down! My skin is one of Tricky Boucher’s newest, unadorned with anything but darker brows. Thanks to feedback from my friend, JF, I could put the whole look together with a simple necklace and look sensational.

Life's a Cinch

“Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life’s hard.” ~ John Bytheway (Is that a real name? Yes, it is. It’s the name of a pious Mormon writer. What pleasure to include his quote with this look.)

Hair: ::Exile::Sea of Love:Marone by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile, available at Hair Fair 2012

Skin: -Belleza- Lily V2 Med 3 HB (cleavage) with -Belleza- Lily V2 Med Dark Hair/Brows Tattoo by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Pale Gray-Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Corset: – Quarantine – Temptress Mesh Corset – Daisy – Grey by Jenica Penucca for Quarantine, available at Zombie Popcorn

Lingerie: Cecile Black Ensemble by INSOLENCE Lingerie by Camille Yosuke for Insolence *

Necklace: JCNY – NY@NIGHT, Diamond Necklace by JD Hansen for JCNY

Ring: FuLo – “Tina” ring – Diamond by Dita Tran for FuLo *

Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_RosyManicure by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boots by Gospel Voom for [Gos] *

 

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

When life gives you lemons… make lemon cake!

Lemon Cake

A bright splash of lemon with sweet sugar is just what is needed in these hot and trying times. A dear friend was telling me his boss makes him lemon cake as a treat and this look reminded me of that. A simple layering tank from Parvarti Monday matches this darling skirt from lemonberry (it’s entirely incidental that the name includes lemon). A set of color change beads from Maxi Gossamer (seven strands clicked into the right colors) and pretty bowed shoes from Fallingwater Cellardoor and I have the right amount of sour and sweet to enjoy the summer.

Lemon Cake

My skin is a pretty one from Moon Meiyo that has, surprise surprise, adjustable eyebrows. I was able to color change in editing mode so that I could make the eyebrows more blonde. Glasses are from Antonia Marat’s last 50L Friday thing but I think she has them out full price.

I had already shown this hair but I am so beguiled I must show it again. Adzebills Accountant, the RL sister of Indyra Seigo, opened her hair store over a year ago, debuting at the Hair Fair, and now she is really getting the hang of it. Combining mesh and flexy, she has made a hair here with beautiful textures and life.

Lemon Cake

Sour but sweet.

Hair: ! Sugarsmack !  : Elaina/Lemon Drop by Accountant Adzebills for Sugarsmack, available at Hair Fair 2012 *

Skin: B Cup[MyDear]May Skin- Tan 1 by moon Meiyo for [My Dear] *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Sand (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Top: fri. – Layering.Tank – Scoop (Gray) by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skirt: LE:MON backdrop skirt #5 by lemonberry for LE:MON

Sunglasses: /artilleri/ Keyhole sunglasses (chin) *yellow* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Necklaces: Pearl Necklaces – Combo – Long – MIXED COLOURS by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Charlottes – gold by Fallingwater Cellardoor for (Shiny Things) *

Beautiful Protest

Beautiful Protest

In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty. ~ Phil Ochs

Beautiful Protest

Trill Zapatero makes fashion and art in SL. That fact is true. She has pushed her art to a new level, however, using it to gently protest the injustices of a global economy and the oppression of women in Afghanistan. Her recent exhibit (now closed) at Split Screen installation tells a story of redemption—a post-apocalyptic world where the oil companies have closed up, global warming has done its work, and cities are destroyed. You can see photos of the exhibit (taken by PJ Trenton) behind me.

Trill donates ALL proceeds from her stores Boho Hobo and Meena to RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, a group that supports women’s rights in Afghanistan. They also collect funds to support hospitals, schools and orphanages in Pakistan and Afghanistan and speak to human rights in their country and elsewhere.

In that vein, Trill uses beautiful “ethnic” prints in her clothing, and in this instance a calico combination of prints with a beautiful sheen to the fabric. The mesh, made by NyuNyu Kimono, fits quite well and compliments Trill’s great textures perfectly. She offers this dress in five options, one of which is a group gift. And all proceeds slip through Trill’s fingers to the women of Afghanistan.

Beautiful Protest

My beautiful lush dark skin is Shai Delacroix’s newest. It’s not a white girl skin made dark—it’s completely, ground up, her artistry to show a woman of color. The eyes are deep and seductive, beautifully made up and lined with expressive eyebrows and beautiful full lips. She provides a full lipstick set with the skins as well.

My cute little short ‘do is one of Mirja Mills’ pieces at Hair Fair. I absolutely love the tousled look with a textured sheen in this dark hair. A lot of hair creators blow this—their dark hair is too flat or too gray. This hair is terrific (and the charity is too)!

Beautiful Protest

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. ~ Elie Wiesel

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * KAREN*/black by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions, available at Hair Fair 2012

Skin: *Shai* Jamaica Skin – Green by Shai Delacroix for Shai *

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: BoHo HoBo Mesh Tube Dress (tibetan silks)  by Trill Zapatero  and NyuNyu Kimono for Boho Hobo *

Necklace: (Yummy) Sea Trinkets Charm Necklace by Polyester Partridge for Yummy, available at Collabor88

Bag: :) BCC. Jenny Summer Bags orange juice by vitamingirl for BCC, available at the Pals Shopping Sim

Shoes: (Kunglers) Morgana pumps – teal  python by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Backgrounds from photos taken by PJ Trenton of Trill Zapatero’s now-gone installation at the Split Screen Installation Space. They were used with his permission.

Lobster Claws

Lobster Claw

“A truly destitute man is not one without riches, but the poor wretch who has never partaken of lobster.”

Lobster Claw

Eshi dropped by the other day and we went down to the market and had lobster. There is a little restaurant in the market that serves Maine lobsters relatively inexpensively and Eshi had a craving, so I joined her. As I watched her rip apart the crustacean, daintily dipping the flesh in melted butter and savoring it, I realized I invited Eshi to the wrong city. The problem we have is that we are in the dead center of the country, and Lake Michigan doesn’t have any decent shellfish. This is a woman who knows the Gulf and the seas of Croatia.

Eshi is definitely a water girl. She took a set of charming paintings she did in real life and replicated them on this gorgeous new dress, called “Joy.” The fish swim merrily around the dress, vibrantly alive and turning somersaults in the cool water. Seaweed and fronds move about as they do underwater, hiding and revealing the creatures.  And as I told her, she does joy better than anyone else.

Lobster Claw

I wear Emilia Redgrave’s skin fashioned after the Bella character from Twilight. It fits my shape well and has very lovely, almost realistic, classic features. Redgrave has cut their skin prices so now you get the whole set for the price of one skin, so it’s a very good value. My own gripe is that the base skin includes a hair base that is considerably darker than the brows, making it impossible to find a hair that matches. I fixed the problem by overlaying the skin with the “bald’ makeup included. (The pack also includes several lipsticks for mix and match fun.)

My hair is one of Calico Ingmann’s offerings for the Hair Fair, a lovely cut with an included HUD that allows streaking and resizing as well as recoloring. I love the shape and the textures. I would say that Calico’s assortment of coloring and streaking HUDs confused me—not sure why it can’t all go in one HUD but I am sure there is a reason. Either way, I found my way to the color I wanted, an otherworldly bright red to compliment the bright colors in Eshi’s dress.

Lobster Claw

“A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.” ~ Lord Byron

Hair: !!CiC!! Marcie – Dark Reds by Calico Ingmann for Calico Ingmann Creations

Skin: 09   Pale Skin -Bella- /*wedding *REDGRAVE* with Scalp (pale skin Bella)  *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for Redgrave

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Glass by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: Joy by Eshi Otawara (red) by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara *

Peeking out from beneath a broad brimmed hat

Peeking out from under a broad brimmed hat

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~ Charles Bowden

Peeking out from under a broad brimmed hat

Peeking out from beneath a straw hat is always a different experience. It’s like you are in your own personal room, sheltered from the sun, viewing things from beneath a protective canopy. And dang hasn’t it been hot? That is why this tropical sundress from melissa46 is so perfect—stylish and cool, its simple mesh shape has the best texture for keeping cool. I really love how she placed this abstract look on this dress.

Peeking out from under a broad brimmed hat

My hair is one of Kavar Cleanslate’s offerings for the Hair Fair, and gosh, I love these swept aside bangs. The style is ideal for being under a straw hat like this. I love my pale skin from Aida Ewing, an inexpensive offering at Collabor88 and a great way to grab this premier skin maker’s work at a below-value price.

Peeking out from under a broad brimmed hat

“In summer, the song sings itself.”  ~William Carlos Williams

Hair: ::Exile::Crush:Marone by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at Hair Fair 2012

Skin: -Glam Affair-  Roza – Natural 01 D by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Aqua by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: ][PULL][ Herx Dress by melissa46 for ][PULL][

Hat: SAIKIN straw floppy hat plain by saikin Inaka for SAIKIN

Earrings: *Paola Hoop Earrings RED J/SILVER* by Danielle Astonia for LaForgia Jewels *

Bracelet: Djinn & Tonic – Coco Blvd Bangle by Babyhoney Bailey for Djinn & Tonic

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Edith Electric Red by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *