Alexandra

Alexandra

Well I took a happy hour
And I ran it through your heart
Don’t you lose me to those blue skies
I still miss you when we swing apart

~ “Alexandra” by Hamilton Leithauser

Alexandra

It’s been a busy week for me. While I only generated a few blogs, I hit the events I wanted to blog, I set up the Dutchie house, I did my other work AND I made Honey Almond Cake. I also saw the launch of Damselfly’s newest endeavor, a two-for-one hair set that both old and new fans of the brand will love. Tommy and Shylah worked together to add flexi to their hair, combining mesh in an unrigged form to the flexi to allow the movement so many people loved from their previous styles. In the meantime, they are retaining their regular mesh hair, which I am showing here. So if you purchase the hair I show here, you get this regular rigged mesh piece (which is fantastic on its own) and another unrigged mesh piece with flexi attachments, giving you an entirely different look. It’s a two-for-one deal!

The Jewelry Fair is still on and I found some gorgeous pieces. I am always struggling to find accessories to go with my looks but I sated my needs at the Fair. Atuko Cliassi made the lovely chain/diamond necklace I wear with earrings and hair pieces as well. She has a few other pretty pieces at the Fair too. Ivy Burner, in her great sexy fashion, made this darling dress in several colors for the Young Spirit event.

Alexandra

So while I have been building and blogging homes n stuff, I have been wearing the Belleza mesh body around and yes, you see it here. I realize the version I have is prerelease version because I honestly believe Tricky is making tweaks. I am hoping they will make this even better than it seems. That being said, I am wearing it in these photos with a skin from Inka Mexicola. Yes, I combined Inka’s face with Tricky’s body and I don’t think it’s too Frankenstein. The skin is on my face and then I matched the body to the face via the prematches in the HUD. It worked. There is no reason one can not wear another creator’s skin on the face until the appliers start coming in.

I also want to show you I am wearing a mesh dress with this mesh body. Yep, I clicked out alpha areas and voila! It fits. I look fine. Not all shoes made for Slink feet fit on the Belleza feet (hence the option to wear the Slink feet). However Leslie Warwick has already applied herself to the issue and has made her shoes both Slink and Belleza feet compatible. And I am so glad because she makes some fantastic shoes!

So let summarize with FAQ:

Q: Can I wear other skins with the Belleza Body?
A: Yes, it seems so!

Q: Can I wear mesh clothes with the Belleza Body?
A: You betcha. There needs to be more refinement with the alphas but yes, many clothes will work.

Q: Can I wear Slink shoes with the Belleza Body?
A: Kinda. Some fit. But you CAN wear the Slink hands and feet with the Belleza body or opt to wear shoes made for the Belleza feet.

Alexandra

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Becky(Med) Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly *

Skin: Essences – Tila {medium02} brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Body: -Belleza- Venus by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

Dress: ~Sassy!~ Forever Young  – pink by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at the Young Spirit event *

Necklace: **Feel**DoubleChainDiamondNecklace(BrightOff) by Atuko Cliassi for ***Feel***, available at the Jewelry Fair *

Shoes: [L.Warwick] Elation -Platform Heels- Burgandy/Rose (Belleza) by Lindsey Warwick for L.Warwick *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

A House is a Home

A House is a Home

a house is a home where the chores are never done
where you spend your whole life running to and from
and if the life that you live is not the life you choose
make your child a home and start anew

~ “A House is a Home” by Ben and Ellen Harper

A House is a Home

As I blogged yesterday, my trip to the Home and Garden Expo 2014 was very fruitful. I found many home treasures for both exterior and interior. I decorated one room of Froukje Hoorenbeek’s fabulous villa with a few treasures to share. Most of them are donation items at Home and Garden Expo 2014 , which means that 100% of the money earned from their sale goes to Relay for Life in SL. It seems like a gimme: get something awesome and donate to RFL all at once.

So let me tick through some of these items. First, Eku Zhong, who makes some awesome stuff, is co-sponsoring a sim at H.G.E. and she has donated the money from the sale of the brown leather sofa and chaise plus a black set and some other goodies to RFL. Eku does absolutely great textures and buildings for her business (as well as sexy shoes for her other label, Koikoi). I broke down and bought her Dragonfly Cottage at the H.G.E.

A House is a Home

Loz Hyde is also co-sponsoring a sim at H.G.E. and he is offering this coffeetable and a similarly-shaped ottoman for donation. I recolored the table to match the décor (thank you for leaving it mod, Loz). The stately armchair in the corner is one of a set of chairs that Apple Fall is offering with full donation going to RFL.

A House is a Home

John2010 Dexler has made a few things for the H.G.E. including the artwork above the fireplace from Cleom Bailey. I framed it in black (thank you, Stephen) so it would stand out against the great wallpaper Froukje made for this room. Rod Eun specializes in “low prim” furniture, which means textures on prim blocks, but they look good and are inexpensive and his blanket chest here donates 100% to RFL as does the awesome samovar from Rusalka Writer. Plato Novo is providing a set of lamps with pithy quotes on the shades for RFL’s cause and Laurent83 Waco made the tray that brightens up the room with croissant and tea.

And here is a shot of Froukje’s lovely villa in the full sun.

A House is a Home

Villa: Dutchie Villa Utrecht  by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie, available at the Home Expo 2014 *

Interior:

Thank you, Etrone, for getting me through this!

Going Home

Going Home

Home, I’m making my way home.
My mind’s already there.
Yes, my mind is

Light, you’re with me in the dark.
Light my way at night.
Let your light shine

~ “Going Home” by Asgeir

Going Home

The Home Expo is on, benefitting RFL. I had the fortune to preview it and then the “misfortune” of sorting through the amazing things I picked up and got to preview. I admit I am not as quick to decorate my space as I am to decorate myself, so it took me some time and some help. (Thank you, Grayson, for the space!)

Froukje Hoorenbeek is premiering her new home, the Villa Utrecht, at the Home Expo. While the sale of this beautiful structure is not benefitting RFL, Froukje co-sponsored a sim at considerable expense, so she is definitely donating to the cause. The house is gorgeous and she told me has a lot of personal significance for her (which is I chose the lovely song from Asgeir for the title and quote). The textures are lush and lifelike and the house is well made with windows and doors that open out as they would in RL and a great attic up top (plus the clock keeps time in your time zone).

Going Home

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention other creators who have donated to the cause for the Home Expo. Alex Bader is also a sim co-sponsor and has built a gorgeous parcel that makes going to Home Expo worth it alone. He is generously donating all the proceeds from sale of this oak tree at Home Expo to RFL.

Going Home

Cleom Bailey is also participating and donating proceeds of the set from which this iron table and chairs comes. And John2010 Bailey is donating proceeds from the lamp I threw all over my parcel. I am astounded by the content and generosity of the creators participating in this event. They not only donated to participate but give 100% of proceeds from their donation items to RFL. When I got to preview, I made sure I hit a lot of those RFL kiosks to purchase items.

Tomorrow I will take you inside the house to show a few more items from Home Expo. By the way, that pretty flowerbox is a GIFT that Sheerpetal Roussel is offering at Home Expo.

Going Home

Villa: Dutchie Villa Utrecht  by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie, available at the Home Expo 2014 *

Exterior:

  • DaD DESIGN “Pink flowers on pot” C/M – 2014 HGE Gift – and DaD DESIGN “Red flowers on pot” C/M – 2014 HGE Gift – by Sheerpetal Roussel for DaD Design, available at the Home Expo 2014 *
  • Topiary d’Ete Fleur with Lights by Tess Spargel for Spargel & Shine
  • -JoHaDeZ- Garden Latern “Star” by John2010 Dexler for -JoHaDeZ-, available at the Home Expo 2014 *
  • Skye Four Season Oak Tree by Alex Bader for Studio Skye, available at the Home Expo 2014
  • iron table and iron chairs by Cleom Bailey for Cleo Design, available at the Home Expo 2014 *
  • *alirium* nanohana by Alir Flow for alirium
  • *aG* MossyBrickPath by Alir Flow for alirium
True Blue

True Blue

True blue, your silent cry
And I can see it and I want to touch you
Please, cause no one sleeps
True blue is breaking the waves
I used to know all the gates of love
And all the love was streaming through you

~ “Eclipse Blue” by Nosaj Thing

True Blue

I put together this true blue outfit because I just loved all the elements and wanted to wear something that made me feel good. Start with this open-necked chambray blouse from Julliette Westerberg, who has a fine grasp of mesh rigging and clothing with great textures and fashion. Add my favorite jeans from Paul Lapointe that come with a texture-change HUD for the jeans and the belt. I ran over to Jewelry Fair and found that RealEvil was there with some fabulous mesh jewelry. The necklace I show has texture change for the metal and all three layers of feathers, so it’s versatile and really nicely made.

True Blue

I brought out this gorgeous skin from Inka Mexicola again. Gosh it’s beautiful. I LOVE the eye makeup, especially with this whole look. (The next blog I am going to be showing Inka’s skin with the Belleza body. Think it won’t work? It does!) My gorgeous ponytail is one of Truth Hawks’ newer ‘dos. I am true to blue, true blue.

True Blue

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Posy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Essences {Linka02} *medium01* brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Top: -tres blah- Open Collar Blouse – Chambray by Julliette Westerburg for -tres blah-

Jeans: L&B Jeans “Classic Boyfriend” by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Necklace: **RE** LUX Elix Necklace by Crashnoww for RealEvil Industries, available at the Jewelry Fair *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Slink – Raw Nostalgia Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Eudora 3D Ragnarok Clogs by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at Uber *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Building a Better You

Building a Better You

Building a Better You

The word is out on the grid. The Belleza Mesh body for women is almost ready to be released. Tricky Boucher is this close > < to making many women’s (and men’s) dreams come true. I was disgustingly lucky to get my hands on one of the first copies sent out and I put it through its paces.

First, let me say, I have not been a huge user of mesh body parts. I have blogged them here but it’s not my thing. Big boobs, a ginormous butt: nothing could quite convince me that it was “me” inside that rubber suit.

So is it all that? Yeah. It kinda is.

I got the very small package (not a lot in there), wore it right over my own shape, popped on a Belleza skin (this one being part of Shyla Diggs’ Claudia set), threw on the HUD, and away I went. There was so little to do except wear the alpha and the HUD and click to match the skin! I didn’t have to adjust my shape or wear a billion different layers or even lose my own face. I didn’t feel like I was wearing someone else’s body. I was just building a better me.

Building a Better You

Made from fitted mesh, using all the features of the SL client, the body has been shaped and rigged to perfection, and believe me, I looked. I bent my body to see how the joints looked. I peeked between legs and under arms and did a thorough inspection of the booty (which is always my bugaboo on mesh bodies—thigh gap and ass divots leave me cold). This body is perfection.

Even more perfection came when I changed my shape to make a shorter and curvier girl. Moving sliders for my torso, breasts, legs, and body shape did nothing to make the mesh body distort grossly or make a body that wasn’t fully womanly. I LOVED the rounder girl I was able to create from working on my shape. Look at those thighs. Look at that butt! I know a lot of ladies in SL struggle with their body image. This is a full body we can be proud of and pleased with.

I am very happy with my face so all I need is the body, which is a great option to have. I will say the joint where the mesh body meets the system head is a little funky, but I think that’s to be expected. If I wore a mesh head, that might go away. I didn’t fuss about it. I want my Harper face too darn much.

Building a Better You

The HUD allows you in several screens to do a multiplicity of things. Screen one, you can find your preset skin. Right now they accommodate Belleza skins and other presets but that will change as they bring in other creators’ appliers.

Screen two allows you to reveal or hide parts of the body using alphas, so you CAN wear your mesh clothes without appliers. Yay! I tested this quite a lot and found that the alphas didn’t always fit the clothes, but come on, Tricky has sliced and diced the body to within a few pixels. It does mostly what it has to do. I hope perhaps in the future he can work with creators to make custom alpha layers on his body as an applier.

Screen three gives you natural or push up breasts, and the push ups are not just a trick of the eye with a cleavage layer. They honestly push up. You can also choose your nipple color on this screen, and they are delightfully colored.

Screen four is one of my favorites. On this screen you can choose from among 12 different hand versions to be worn on the left and right sides and also choose a nail color. Again, I am hoping creators will be able to add to this.

Screen five allows you to choose foot shape and the feet replicate in size and angle the Slink feet or the JD feet. I loved these two screens because all I had to do was click to change a hand or foot, not pour through my inventory to find the one I wanted and add alphas and then find appliers for the skin tone of the hands and feet and so on. Click and it was done!

This is not to say you have to give up your Slink hands. They have enclosed a separate Slink skin applier to work with your hands and feet if you are attached to those “attachments.” I can see why people who have invested in these pieces will want to keep them, especially with the extensive network of appliers and add-ons.

The final screen gives you instant access to all things Belleza. The HUD sits in the upper right hand corner, which is a seldom utilized HUD position so it won’t get in the way of other stuff. However I was closing chat a lot to get at the HUD! (I am sure there is a setting in my client to stop the chat from appearing there.) Of course the option is to reattach the HUD to another corner but it’s clearly built to be in that corner (tabs on the left side) and works well there as HUDs attach in other corners.

New Note: Price is going to be 3995L for this body as you see it with the HUD. Got that straight from Belleza.

Yeah, I am pretty excited and happy that Tricky has brought this out. He has been working on this a long time, and I think he has done a fabulous job (with Shyla). I finally feel like I have built a better me.

Building a Better You

Body: -Belleza- Venus by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza-, coming out this week!! (He told me Wednesday.)

Rainbow’s End

Rainbow’s End

“Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?”
~ Pablo Neruda

Rainbow's End

Something bright and colorful for an unusually cold and cloudy day where I am. This great tie-dyed dress from Cortez Brandriss comes in several colors/patterns but I was feeling the hippie love so I got this one. Something about it just makes me happy. I accessorized with some great Indian-inspired jewelry from Dima Plessis for the Jewelry Fair, which is opening today. It came with a great texture-change HUD that allowed me all sorts of clicky changes to mix and match AND she did the fine service of providing a few prematched options. Love it all, especially with the bangles she has also made for the Fair.

Rainbow's End

My long braid is Mirja Mills’ newest with side-swept bangs and an interesting combo of braids rigged to the avatar. As always, you get Mirja’s great assortment of hair colors. My glowing skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s newest for the Suicide Dollz Event. Sawsan is going nuts with new skins, and they are all gorgeous. How does she do it?!

Rainbow's End

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * MELA* by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Raja DarkTan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Suicide Dollz Event *

Eyes: [Buzz] Ardent Eyes – Angel by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri

Dress: [ free bird ] Aucklet Dress – Karma by Cortez Brandriss for [ free bird ]

Necklace: Cazimi: Ahlam Necklace – Ultimate by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

Earrings: Cazimi: Ahlam Earrings – Ultimate by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

Bracelets: Cazimi: Suhaila Indian Bangles – Pink & Gold by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Ma Vie. – Les Vernis – Classics by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Pure Poison – Lisa Sandals – Black by Shaleene Kenin for Pure Poison

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Ruby Pearl

Ruby Pearl

Well, I’ve got a woman named a-Ruby Pearl
A be-boppin’ baby in a be-boppin’ world
She’s got the rhythm from her head to her feet
She knows at first every brand new beat
Ruby Pearl, hey, hey-hey, Ruby Pearl
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Pearl

~ “Ruby Pearl” by Jackie Lee Cochran

Ruby Pearl

A be-boppin’ girl, our Ruby Pearl, with a great mesh dress from the just-opened Thrift Shop with all the great attributes of a rockabilly look. With a full mesh skirt (underlain with a cleverly-crafted alpha that includes lace at the edge), this dress with big blowsy roses is a lovely look from Blacknesslectra. To go from sweet to more rockabilly, I added a tattoo from Antonia Marat (still the best rockabilly I can find on the grid) and pearls and earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo, that will soon be featured at the Jewelry Fair. Finally, wicked stiletto shoes from Beanster Potato with a texture change HUD  for the little triangle insets allowed me to match my shoes to the look while having that edgy high heeled look that good rockabilly needs.

Ruby Pearl

Of course, the whole look was started because of this fabulous new style from Truth Hawks with the side rolls and long wavy locks. He made the hair in two versions so you get two for one in your box, but I preferred this look, especially with the fabulous skin that Sawsan Secretspy has made for the Unique Varied Event. She includes several lipsticks and eyeshadows and this wickedly great eyeliner with the skin. I wore the cleavage version with this dress because it makes sense. CarrieAnn Lemon’s great plain nail color set from the Thrift Shop completes my look.

 

 

 

 

Ruby Pearl

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Tulip 2 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aurora Tan Nat CL with .::WoW Skins::: Eyeliner and .::WoW Skins::. Aurora – BabyPink Lips by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Unique Varied Event *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: +MC+Hey Darling!Roses by Blacknesslectra for Macabre, available at Thrift Shop

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Margarita – pastel rose – Necklace and Earrings by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Jewelry Fair (opening September 13) *

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: ! ellemeno ! colored nails by CarrieAnn Lemon for Ellemeno, available at Thrift Shop

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: DN Mesh: Akaline Heels by beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)