Autumn Spell

Autumn Spell

“She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened.” ~ Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells

Autumn Spell

An SL friend came to my town in RL this weekend, and I got to show him around a city that was sunny, warm and enjoying the last breaths of summer. He said, “This is gorgeous! I love it here!” Right after he left, the temperature dropped 25 degrees, the rain and clouds rolled in, and it was back to reality—winter’s a-comin’.

I spent the afternoon raking the first leaves and so this put me in an autumn state of mind. This cute knit dress from Nigella Nightfire reiterates that intent (especially as I model it in this old hunt gift I found in my inventory from Ayumi Cassini). The knit on the dress is, to my experienced knitter’s eye, a bit large but the pattern is terrific and the loose hang fit well over the Belleza body. I accented with a pretty choker from Maxi Gossamer (love being able to change the gem colors) and boots from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus.

Autumn Spell

I am sitting among fall-themed furniture from Sway Dench that has a candy theme, this being candy corn, for the Candy Fair, which is opening in a couple days. The pieces all have a plethora of poses for your sitting enjoyment and her sets are all coordinated to theme.

Uber opened yesterday and this gorgeous skin is one of Inka Mexicola’s offerings for that event, geared towards the 50 Shades fans. With beautifully lined eyes and an extra pack of deeply colored lipsticks also being offered at the event, the skin is as sexy as the event requires. My fluid waves are MissAllSunday Lemon’s contribution to the event, flowing and classically sexy. Looks like autumn is going to get another warm up if you visit Uber.

Autumn Spell

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Lea Mesh Hair – Gingerbread by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at Uber *

Skin: Essences {Ingrid – Uber} Medium01 *brown* by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Uber *

Lipstick: Essences – Ingrid {Kiss’n’Go} Berry Smooch by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Uber *

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

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

Dress: ..:: NN ::.. Mesh Autumn Leaves Sweter Dress 11 by Nigella Nightfire for NiNight Creations

Choker: MG – Necklace – Valentina’s Choker 1 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Boots: L&B S’wear “Carissa” Ankle Boot by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

[MAGIC NOOK] Autumn Skybox Rezzer by Ayumi Cassini for Magic Nook (no longer available)

Sway’s [Sweet] Living Room Set . candy corn by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at the Candy Fair (opening October 3) *

Another Life

Another Life

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”  ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

Another Life

A few weeks ago I was asked to review the Altamura mesh body. I had never worn a mesh body before, so it was a new thing for me. Put on the full body alpha, wear the mesh, adjust shape, fiddle with HUD. I wore the fitted mesh body over my shape, found it looked kind of wrong, and I wore the shape supplied with the mesh body. Tall, lithe, model-like, I adjusted the shape a few more times and saw a very new me.

With a HUD that allows for alpha removal, hand and feet changes within two screens, it was relatively easy to click into a look. Click on alphas to remove spots and I was good to go.

Another Life

I wore this fabulous lace halter mesh dress from Ariadna Garrigus, slipped on Slink-ready shoes from Yani Trice, plopped a hair from Chiaki Xue on my head and great earrings from Maxi Gossamer. Everything fit with minimal effort on my part. Instant glamour!

Another Life

Except…. it was not me. The face, while beguiling, includes a darling lip biting animation if you wear the animated mesh head. But it can not be altered, adjusted, or otherwise changed. There is no accompanying make-up. (I am guessing the creator was planning on allowing appliers.) It’s an attractive face—the most attractive of the ones offered from Altamura but in wearing it, I realized the soul of “me” as an avatar was my face, especially since I take so many face shots. When I show skins in on my blog, I never change my shape. It’s a litmus test for the skin. So I am very attached to that face and seeing another one is very unnerving.

However, if I wanted to be someone else, have another life, this may be the way to go.

Another Life

Hair: *Dura-Girl*56(Irish Coffee) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Mesh avatar: Altamura: TANYA AVATAR by Rumegusc Altamura for Altamura *

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

Dress: ***Arisaris AA58 2 Halterneck Black Pencil Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry: MG – Earrings and Bangle – Neon ChuChu by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Shoes: :::LP::: Michi_Heels Black by Yani Tryce for Le Primitif

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Maga

Maga

“Oh, Maga, whenever I saw a woman who looked like you a clear, sharp pause would close in like a deafening silence, collapsing like a wet umbrella being closed. An umbrella, precisely.” ~ from Hopscotch by Jose Cortazar

Maga

I just started reading Hopscotch by Jose Cortazar, recommended this weekend by a friend. But I had just started Behind the Beautiful Forevers from Keatherine Boo, which won a scad of awards and deservingly so. It’s amazing. But then last night someone told me to read A Sand County Almanac, so of course, I couldn’t wait and cracked that open. So I’ll probably find quotes from each one to share here.

This outfit reminded me of Cortazar’s description in the first chapter of his mixed-up book, a lady named Maga, who accompanies him through Paris on many adventures. (If you read the book and Maga turns out to be a poop, don’t tell me. I just read the first chapter so far.) I loved his description of this woman, and I thought it suited this look, a sophisticated beauty. I have assembled a set of mesh pieces on the Belleza body to prove, once again, that is quite doable. First, a top from one dress made by Nevery Lorakeet with a sheer panel on top and a lovely blousing that leads to a belt I found in inventory from Fhara Acacia (search: “belt,” scroll). My skirt is part of a dress from GraceHaddington that she will be putting out at Designer Showcase this month. With its perfectly shaded texture and flirty shape, it’s a great piece even without its accompanying jacket and worth it at the price. A handbag from Monicuzza Babenco from The Dressing Room and heels I retrofitted to the Belleza feet from Aleida Rhode (originally meant for Slink feet but nonrigged, so I could make them work), and the outfit is complete.

Maga

I am, as I said, wearing the Belleza body. Why? Well, frankly, I love being able to switch my hands and feet at the touch of a HUD button rather than searching through my inventory for the many separate pieces that make up separate mesh hands and feet. I was able to match my body skin pretty nicely to Sawsan Secretspy’s new Lolita skin, which she recently released at her store. I got Karla Marama’s hair at the Dressing Room. The sleek, low style is very nice though the rigging still needs a little work (saw some breaks in turning my head and pieces obscuring my face). It’s not the most sophisticated mesh hair. For a discount you can get bright colors at the event but regular hair colors like this were bundled for a higher price.

Maga

Hair: pr!tty – Rae – by Karla Marama for pr!tty, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Lolita Darktan 05 with .::WoW Skins::. Lolita Black eyebrows B/DT by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

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

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

Top: *LpD* – *Celina* Top Pure V.2 (Mesh) by Nevery Lorakeet for Les Petits Details

Belt: R.icielli – VERONICA belt /black by Fhara Acacia for R.icielli

Skirt: [LG] Boutique-Fall 2014 These Waters Skirt by Grace Haddington for LivGlam, available at Designer Showcase *

Handbag: *YS&YS* – Velletri Bag ZebraGold by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS*, available at the Dressing Room Fusion

Wedges: Elysium – Mei wedge shoes – noir by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo

Layla

Layla

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

~ “Layla” by Eric Clapton

Layla

I thought this great rocking song of desire was a perfect name for this sexy look, made better by fitted mesh. Start with this sexy dress that Kehl Razor hand crafted from mesh up to fit not only to standard sizes but also to match the rigging of the Belleza mesh body. Form fitting, sexy with lacing up the sides and a D-ring in front, this leather dress is just what you want mesh to do—bend to your will and fit to your bod. With sexy crossed mule platforms from Lindsey Warwick, also specially designed for the Belleza body’s feet, it’s a hot look.

Layla

I am, of course, wearing the Belleza body and with this dress, it was very easy to create this look. A few clicks of alphas and I was set. Shyla Diggs will be coming out with a new set of skins for the Uber event, and those skins perfectly match Tricky Boucher’s work on the mesh body, for obvious reason. With darkly rimmed eyes and a neutral lip, this makeup goes well with black leather. Truth Hawks has come out with a pair of sexy ponytails in mesh and I chose this wicked red to accompany my black look.

Layla

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

Skin: -Belleza- Brooke Uber Med 1 R by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza-, available at Uber *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Maple eye – Kiwi by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

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

Dress: Razor/// Slither Dress – Belleza Body Sized by Kehl Razor for Razorblade, available at Suicide Dollz

Bracelet: Elysium – Kira bracelet – geometric silver (no mat – ver 2) by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Shoes: [L.Warwick] Revelry -Platform Heels- Noir Leather (BELLEZA) by Lindsey Warwick for L.Warwick *

Poses by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses *

He’s Ba-ack!

He’s Ba-ack!

He’s back like a bad penny, like a persistent cold sore, like my property tax bill, like dandelions in spring, like tiny little seeds in my raspberry jam that jam themselves in between my teeth and I can’t get them out… well you get the point. Barely Texan has wheedled his way back into my blog.

He's Ba-ack!

Barely’s not about the accolades; he doesn’t care if he glitters or glares or struts. He just cares that he looks cool and reflects a unique sartorial presence—when there aren’t barbecue stains on his sweater.

He's Ba-ack!

Barely graces us with this great ensemble including a cardigan/shirt combo from etham, tweed slacks from Leri Miles, boots from Theosophy and hair from Dura. No droopy pants or ‘tude with Barely. Just head-on casual chic.

He's Ba-ack!

Hair – Dura – Chiaki Xue – Boy*52 in Dark Brown

Skin – Skin – Swallow – Luciayes Magic – Daniel Peach in Brown eyebrows

Hairbase – Exile – Kavar Cleanslate – Hairbase 2: Brownie

Eyes – IKON – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Pewter

Necklace – KOSH – Lynaja Bade – Thorn Necklace

Cardigan/Shirt – etham – stephenweiss – James Cardigan in All Colors

Slacks – Leri Miles Designs – Leri Miles – LMDforMen max
Mesh Slacks in Mocha

Shoes – theosophy – Trace Osterham – Lewiston Boots in Moss/Desert

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

Done up while listening to the Pimps of Joytime doing “Keep That Music Playin’”

Sensitive Kind

Sensitive Kind

Don’t take her for granted, she has a hard time
Don’t misunderstand her or play with her mind
Treat her so gently, it will pay you in time
You’ve got to know she’s the sensitive kind
Tell her you love her, each and every night
And you will discover she will treat you right

~ “Sensitive Kind” by JJ Cale

Sensitive Kind

JJ Cale’s song is the first I had ever heard about sensitive women. I tend to shy away from that label. I am of Midwestern stoic stock. But the song is lovely and suited this gentle look I donned. Ariadna Garrigus has made a beautiful gown with a texture change HUD so you can have three distinctively different looks out. This one is lace and satin. The others are leather with studs and sparkling sequins. I liked this one the most with the lace bodice, the flowing skirt and the subtle colors. My complex necklace from Paco Pooley is one that he is offering at the Jewelry Fair that creates an elegant piece for this look.

Sensitive Kind

Truth Hawks recently released this gorgeous full ‘do with its loose curls and beautiful textures. It suits this dress so well. And Sawsan Secretspy has just released this gorgeous skin with its refined brows, makeup and sexy details. Perhaps our sensitive kind is worth the attention because she’s so beautiful.

Sensitive Kind

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

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Lolita Darktan 05 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – black coffee by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: ***ArisAris AA60 Shena Gown by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Necklace: 22769 ~ [accessories] Cascade White by Paco Pooley for 22769, available at the Jewelry Fair *

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

Nail appliers: KOSH – Slink Applier GLOSSY FINGERNAILS #2 by Lynaja Bade for KOSH

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo

A Little Nonsense

A Little Nonsense

“A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” ~ Roald Dahl

A Little Nonsense

Check this out! I hit the motherlode! The folks at MadPea made a darling collection of gacha items for the Arcade this month, and I lined them all up (after I played with each one, of course). Each one is interactive in its own special way, from the goofy Sticky Finger I wore on my finger and flung around to the barking doggy that I had to turn off because it drove me nuts to the musical guitar you can wear and play like you did when you were 5 and your dad hoped he was raising another Eric Clapton to the ultra rare robot. These fun pieces can be won and traded or given away or you can use one in your own special photo for the MadPea Rewind & Play Photo Contest. To find out more about that, click through on the link to their Facebook page and the rules are listed there. Important thing is it ends September 30.

My Attic opened again and this darling dress from LacunaInc is one of the great fashions being offered there. The dress is a great little mini for the coming fall with a nice cowl neck and a short skirt. The textures are rich and the silhouette is sexy. I matched up Kenadeecole’s strappy wedges from No21, which she has made for both Slink and Belleza feet. They also have a HUD for choosing metal colors and an optional translucent cuff around the ankle.

A Little Nonsense

That being said, I am again wearing the Venus mesh body from Tricky Boucher. I want to reinterate that it’s easy to wear mesh clothing with this shape by using the alpha area of the HUD and editing your shape. It works brilliantly and look how great my legs look! And I don’t have to shuffle hands around. I am so relieved to not have to deal with that.

My skin is Shyla Diggs’ newest and wow, I am impressed. As always, Shyla doesn’t fail to impress with beautifully shaped brows, gorgeous eye makeups, muted and lush lips, a darling nose. With or without the mesh body, this is a skin worth having.

Elikapeka Tiramisu has been rather quiet, pursuing her first life I presume, but she does have a store with some gorgeous mesh hairs with her lovely textures. Elika was one of the first in SL, kids. And she still can pull it off. This hair comes with a great texture-change HUD and, as you can see, some sleek styling.

A Little Nonsense

Hair: [e] Cassidy by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Skin: -Belleza- Yasmin SK 6 Br by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza- *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – mushroom by Constance Daehlie for #adored

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

Dress: *LACUNA* Maeve Dress –  Aurora by LacunaInc for Lacuna, available at My Attic *

Earrings: MG – Earrings – Nima’s Fall Leaf Necklace by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at  FaMESHed *

Shoes: REIGN.- Oli Wedges (BELLEZA/HIGH)- Crimson by kenadeecole for REIGN, available at No21

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

Shelf: Sway’s [Army] LampShelf . blue-plain (empty) by Sway Dench for Sway’s *

The Toys: MadPea Rewind & Play by Arduenn Schwartzman, Indigo Lucerne, Rag Randt, and Harter Fall for MadPea, available at The Arcade *

  • MadPea – Crazy Jack-in-the-box
  • MadPea – MadPea Singers Piano
  • MadPea – Rosetta (Add or Rez)
  • MadPea – Sniffy
  • MadPea – Sticky Fingers
  • MadPea – Thunder Chord
  • MadPea – Thunder Chord  – Guitar Stand – Rez (click -> view.)
  • MadPea – Wind-n-Watch (Add or Rez)
  • MadPea – Zerbert 2000 RARE (Add or Rez)
  • MadPea Toy Phone (blue) – prop to wear [use HUD to call]
  • MadPea Toy Phone (red) – prop to wear [use HUD to call]