Black and Gold

Black and Gold

‘Cause if you’re not really here
Then the stars don’t even matter
Now I’m filled to the top with fear
That it’s all just a bunch of matter
~ “Black and Gold” by Sam Sparro

Black and Gold

A girl going out for the night doesn’t need to have a short skirt to show she’s sexy. A pair of PVC pants, gold accents, and sexy shoes can make a look as well as any. Take these new mesh pants from Paul Lapointe—with his exacting detail has has made skin-tight PVC that conforms to the body without being painted on. With excellent features like a silver button and side zippers, Paul shows, once again, the devil’s in the details. Accessorized with a belt and earrings from Jackeline Kronfeld, who assembles her handcrafted items from her home in Venezuela, the whole look is black and gold and ready for a night out.

Black and Gold

NatalieWells Resident has been creating hand drawn skins with a lot of individuality and personality. A couple days ago I showed one with deep set eyes and this one is a bit different, with a more sublime face, hand painted lips and eyes and moles. A simple braid from Elikapeka Tiramisu (with color change tie), pulls the hair back to show Jackeline’s gorgeous earrings.

Black and Gold

‘Cause if you’re not really there
Then I don’t wanna be either
I wanna be next to you
Black and gold, black and gold, black and gold

Hair: [e] Later – Red 09 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: Kate: Caramel Mocha – natural }{ Deesses  by NatalieWells for Deesses *

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes – Deep Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Tops: {Gisaci} Kongo Chain Shirt – Gold by Nicole David for Gisaci

Pants: .:L&B:. S’Wear Mesh (W) PVC Pants Skinny Zip – Black by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Earrings: JKT ESg4 by Jackeline Kronfeld for *JKtrends*

Ring: LaGyo_Ludovica double ring by Gyorgyna Larnia for LaGyo

Belt: JKTrends 012.1 belt gold by Jackeline Kronfeld for *JKtrends* *

Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_BrownYellowGradient by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Shoes: ! Shoes Linda – 12colors / REDGRAVE (RGP0340006) by TeamRedgrave for REDGRAVE

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Ruby in Paradise

Ruby in Paradise

“No one has found the worth of the ruby of the heart; its value cannot be estimated.” ~ Sri Guru Granth Sahib

Ruby in Paradise

Kouse Singh is celebrating her fifth anniversary with Kouse’s Sanctum by offering four gorgeous dresses at a reduced price. The dress I show here is one of them—beautifully shaped with a gorgeous neckline embellished with scattered opals. Kouse typically offers dresses with her fantasy-based aesthetic—many have corsets or embroidered bodices or puffed sleeves, lacing and medieval elements. In fact, Kouse’s was once a flagship store for the Avilion sim. Kouse has improved her techniques over the years, keeping up-to-date with design improvements, and her pieces can go from RP to the dance floor easily. She has also been incredible generous with her work, donating proceeds from sales of her work to many charities. She is hard-working, skilled, virtuous and lovely. Happy fifth, Kouse!

Ruby in Paradise

What makes this look so spectacular, of course, is the skin I wear from Tricky Boucher, his offering for the Fashion Voodoo event. With its darkly made up eyes and luscious lips, this skin emphasizes the beauty of the bodice of this dress and Wenadrenia Soderstrom’s gorgeous jewelry. Truth Hawks offers us this sideswept long mesh hair (it bends when I turn my head—thank you!) that allows you to show off your beautiful jewelry without fussing with an updo.

Ruby in Paradise

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” ~ the Bible

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

Skin: -Belleza- Betty Voodoo Med 1 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes – Deep Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: [K~*~S] 5th Anniversary – Gown – Selah by Kouse Singh for Kouse’s Sanctum

Jewelry: J&W Jewelers Kimmera Collection Ruby/Diamond by Wenadrenia Soderstrom for J&W Jewelers *

Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_BurgundyPlain by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Shoes: [e] Move Pumps – Onyx by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

Sometimes it’s about being the sexiest thing walking into the room but sometimes it’s just about doing what you know in your heart is good and true.

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

Garance Ashland and her RL sister, who is also in SL, are preparing for a long journey around to the other side of the world, moving from Europe to South America. Garance operates a lovely store of jewelry and clothing, aetherial and pretty and almost other-worldly. Proceeds from sales go to the funds to take them to their new home. This lovely dress is a sample of Garance’s romantic vision with flowers and a banded waist. Dedicated to her mother, it is a compelling picture of femininity and hand craft, from the mesh she made her self to the pretty textures she designed to make both the dress and shoes.

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

I could not help but pair it with this lovely skin from AtomicSparkle Skytower with its sweet blush and pink lips. Atomic has given us lovely light brows for a blonde and I chose a more strawberry blonde shade from Kavar Cleanslate on one of his newest mesh hairs to match. Bleached blue and dreamy eyes from Ikon Innovia make this look pretty, as pretty as Garance does.

Pretty Is As Pretty Does

“Pretty is as pretty does. But beautiful is just plain beautiful!” ~ Maya Angelou

Hair: ::Exile:: Darling Nikki:Venetian by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: *VERVE* SKIN-EVIE-Sunblush-LT-Nude-HB by AtomicSparkle Skytower for VERVE *

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

Dress and shoes: Lace – Mother’s Dress – Day Time by Garance Ashland for Lace *

Necklace: Eclectica Deco Pearl Strands_choker (more)_white_resizable by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Bracelet: Eclectica Deco Pearl Strands_bracelet_white_resizable by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Don’t Let Me Slide

Don't Let Me Slide

“You make me wanna wake up in the morning
You make me wanna to be the best I can
Always searching but never finding
Oh, until you took me by my hand.”

~ “Don’t Let Me Slide” by the Tedeschi Trucks Band

Don't Let Me Slide

Someone helped me put together this outfit and thank goodness. I have been losing my outfit mojo lately and with all the good stuff out there, who knows why. So I start with this great top and skirt from Tatyana Ultsch, who offers all sorts of goodness at her store, from leggings to garters to minis to jackets, color coordinated for your mix and match pleasure. Her textures are tight and clean with no seams, no bleed off her edges and a distinctly sexy styling. Cute boots from Pixieplumb Flanagan, color change and a great shape, lifts this outfit up.

Don't Let Me Slide

NatalieWells has released two new skins and Cher is wonderful with deep set eyes and beautifully shaped brows. I recently watched a video about drawing portraits, which gave me renewed understanding of what an art it is for skin makers to make the skins they do. Note especially the crease in the eye, which makes this eye more expressive and unique than many. My hair is a great new style from Truth Hawks with a color change streak in the bangs. I love how Truth mixes in different elements—color change streaks and hair ornaments, attachable lengtheners, prim flexies—to enhance hair.

Don't Let Me Slide

“Don’t let me slide, it’s just a matter of time
Don’t let me slide into my dark side”

Hair: >TRUTH< Izzie – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Cher: Milky Coffee – brown eyebrows }{ Deesses by NatalieWells for Deesses *

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

Top: :::insanya::: KaiK Top – Red by Tatyana Ultsch for Insanya

Skirt: :::insanya::: Mesh Long Skirt – Sport Red by Tatyana Ultsch for Insanya

Belt: [ m ] Hipster Belt special by Magnifico Miggins for Magnifico *

Bracelet: erratic / cuffs / silver by Erratic Rain for erratic

Boots: BM Micha Boots All Colours by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Paperwork Shows

If you like doing photography in SL, if you don’t want to muck around with PS, if you want to explore taking photos and machinima with amazing effects, check out the blog from Paperwork Resident, otherwise known as William Weaver. See SL in a whole new light!

(I REALLY want you to check it out. It’s amazing. And you know I never gush.)

http://paperworkshows.blogspot.com/

See some of the most beautiful work you have ever seen in SL on his blog (besides the work of Skip Staheli, who is opening a show at Gallery Assis tomorrow—adult only), and learn how to do it too!

And don’t IM him. He never ever answers. Just sayin.

Unencumbered

Unencumbered

“One in seven. That’s the odds now.”

Unencumbered

He used his hand as a shield as his eyes turned up and down the street in search of life. The sun was starting to dip below the buildings, just slightly. Before long the empty bistro table would be drenched in the purple glow of nightfall.

“She’s halfway to Boston, probably.”

The wind rippled the tablecloth as he tilted the back of his palm down to protect himself from the crossbeams bouncing off of the rustic glass of the town’s weathered buildings. He knew she wasn’t coming. So this is how this would all play out.

A tap on his cell phone buttons he had missed no calls, or the unspent words she might have left over why she wouldn’t or couldn’t come–hollow excuses like getting the dates mixed up or the confusing name of the town. Templemore–what a strange name for a town. He figured himself for a sucker as the wine in his glass finally disappeared.

A pigeon cooed at him as he scraped the seat back on worn cobblestones, and he pitched the cigarette end over end into the brush to smolder out in obscurity.

Unencumbered

“One in seven hundred, now that the sun’s down. Fuck it… I’ll do this without her.”

A grumble rattled from his tongue and he leaned over to grab the laiden duffel from the sidewalk, carrying it over the street. His eyes roamed up and down the street, looking for anything sign of a sleepy sheriff in this quiet town.

Unencumbered

Brendan Forsythe agreed to guest blog today. He is active in many RP sims and allowed me to photo his great avatar. He styled the avatar and wrote the blog. Thank you, Brendan :)

Hair – [Ego] – HIR – Dark Noir    Ego Shuffle for [Ego]

Skin – Akeruka Damien Stubble Tan  Kaoz Koba for Akeruka

Eyes – MADesigns Intrigue  Maddox Dupont for KMADD

Jacket: :SEY Denim Jacket [Green]   risey Arai for SEY

Shirt: *Blitzed* Tee – Star   eko Merlin for BLITZED

Belt: *Blitzed* Plugged Belt – no bag by eko Merlin for BLITZED

Jeans: =Razorblade Jacket= Jaw Breaker / Standard Boot – Stonewash by Kehl Razor for Razorblade Jacket

Neck – [Mandala] Shamira Dog Tag (Shadow) by  kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Gloves – Custom by Rez Gray

Boots – TonkTastic Short Combat Boots by Tonk Tomcat for TonkTastic

Photos taken at Templemore of DreamSeeker

Wallflower

Wallflower

Do you see me standing there in the corner
I was alone, I always am at these big parties
Watching you, watching everybody
Wishing I was more outgoing
Wishing I was dressed up pretty

Wallflower, I’m not here, no one sees me
Wallflower, I’m by myself, please excuse me

~ “Wallflower” by Priscilla Ahn

Wallflower

A girl who is shy may not show off in the same way other girls in SL do. She may wait for an IM from a gentleman at the dance place or hope someone will friend her through a group even though she is just lurking. A girl who is shy may not be entirely noticeable, but she’s there, hoping someone will ask her to IM.

This doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to look cute—this jacket from Darling Monday is a perfect topper to a rather low cut blouse from Liziaah Levecchia. I wear gauchos I got at a closing sale for Fab.Pony (sad to hear its closing but glad to get the bargain) and little boots from Paul Lapointe (color of which was agonized over—I had purchased the fatpack). A little purse from Marie Lauridsen, available at the Dressing Room, finished the outfit.

Wallflower

The skin comes courtesy of Agony Helse. I looked at old photos of her skins I had blogged and I have to say, this is a definite improvement. She is really refining the look with crisper edges, a more glowing skin, and more drawn set of brows. And I appreciate I am not stuck with the more tan/orangey tones. This paler skin is absolutely beautiful, especially with one of Truth Hawks’ newest hairs. The bow has a color changer but I also tinted it to match. Rose colored eyes from Ikon Innovia make the whole look cohere.

Let me digress for a moment to remind all my dear readers, especially the newer ones, that if prims are modifiable, you should copy the item, and then modify at will, especially with the color tinter at our disposal from Linden Lab. If that pink isn’t quite right (as it wasn’t for me), a little futzing can make a huge difference. I also tinted the scarf from Linka Demina.

Wallflower

Help me leave this corner of the room
I’m reaching out to you
Cause I’ve got things
I could talk to you about
And we could be
Wallflower friends ’til the end
Wallflower friends ’til the end
I’m sure of it

Wallflowers, we’re not here, no one sees us
Wallflowers, we’re together, please excuse us

Hair: >TRUTH< Marina – chocolate by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< * (modified)

Skin: Akeruka Meg V2 Nat Mk3 by Agony Helse for Akeruka *

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

Jacket: fri. – Marie.Jacket (Ashes) by Darling Monday for fri.day, available at Collabor88

Top: LIZ* Black butterfly top* by Liziaah Lavecchia for LIZIAAH

Pants: FAB.PONY “Mezzy” Pant (Black) by Yvonne Thor for FAB.PONY

Scarf: [glow] studio  Scarfs GLOW  Silver (chest) by Linka Demina for [glow] (modified)

Bag: (Milk Motion) My glitter tote bag (medium) (hands pose) by Marie Lauridsen for (Milk Motion), available at the Dressing Room Blue

Boots: .:L&B:. “Simone” Ankle Boot /Claret by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild