Power

Power

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

Power

Power, besides being the focus of thousands of graduate courses in humanities, is the focus of this look. Shai Delacroix has come out with this set, a merry widow with thigh high boots and a mask, for a look that is absolutely drop dead without being slutty. In fact, this is how a woman of power looks—she knows what she wants to show and what she doesn’t have to. And this look is feminine, not macho, so our powerful woman is all woman from her puffy sleeves to her lacey frills. The mesh has a great shiny materials to it, so crank it up for maximum effect.

I accessorized with pieces from the Body Modification Expo. My choker, from Pamela22 Igaly, is akin to the ethnic rings piled on but more modern with a texture-change HUD for different metal choices. My ring is a sexy mesh piece from Shina Shan that serves both sexes.

Power

Shyla Diggs is coming out with a new set of skins for The Liaison Collaborative. They have vibrant makeups for a wilder look. This red shadow/red lip is perfect for my intentions, providing this pop of color to intensify the presentation. They match perfectly, of course, with Tricky Boucher’s body, which I am wearing. My hair is one of Truth Hawks’ new ones for the Mystic Realms Faire. It comes with horns but, while I am sexy, I am not horny. Power!

Power

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Neria by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Skin: -Belleza- Brooke TLC Pale 3 Dk by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza-, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – foggy – a by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

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

Corset: *Shai* Chantel Lace Corset by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai *

Choker: Bokeh – Abuk Necklace ‘all colors’ by Pamela22 Igaly for Bokeh, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Ring: .:E.A.Studio:. Tribal Wings Ring Silver by Shina Shan for Eclipse Art Studio, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Crop: [NN] – Crop by Nastasia Tuqiri for NaughtyNaughty

Boots: *Shai* Chantel High Boots by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai *

Poses byTutys for Tutys

Dilettante

Dilettante

Slow down, dilettante
So I can limp beside you
And follow in your rush too

Hang on, street savant
My bank in my pocket
How far you think you’ll take us?

You’re like a party I heard through the wall
Invite me

~ “Dilettante” by St. Vincent

Dilettante

I thought a song by St. Vincent was a perfect choice for a dress by LeeZu. Both throw together colors, patterns, ideas into a melange of perfect sound and thought. LeeZu’s latest mesh has ruching in the back and front and a little lace peekaboo slip at the hem. Other creators would make this a simple shape; LeeZu does more with it. Then she applies her amazing art, combing graphic color with actual feel-touch textures and detail.

I added one of Abraxxa Anatine’s jewelry sets for Mystic Realms Faire to the look. Obviously this is meant for some elven look but it works just as well with a regular outfit which bespeaks its stylishness and versatility. Nails from Cyclic Gears for My Slink Obsession give me a stylish orange metallic touch.

Gina Lurra has created a pair of mesh boots with a HUD that allows you to change everything except the color of your underwear—vamp, heel, sole, studs, zipper, etc. She includes rigged and unrigged versions (for those of you who can’t resist tinkering).

Dilettante

Queue Marlowe has come out with a new style that is out to there in curls and style. Once again, Queue blew corkscrews out of the water with this look. It is made of bouncy flexi prims with a color-change hairband. My skin is Aleida Rhode’s sensual coppery skin for the Body Modification Expo. With a beautifully shaded body and a lovely face, it’s a great offer at the Expo. I added a slick of gloss from Mocksoup Graves to soften the look.

Dilettante

Hair: AD – amber – dark browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Elysium – Devine II skin – medium by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Lipstick: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Sweet Coral Lipstain by Mocksoup Graves for [mock cosmetics]

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

Dress: [LeeZu!] Cala Dress <mesh,rigged,materials> /olive by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Necklace and Earrings: EarthStones Elena Necklace and Ball Earrings – Chrysocolla by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

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

Nail appliers: [LVLE] Fall Textured Fingernails by Cyclic Gearz for LVLE, available at My Slink Obsession *

Boots: [IRENA] Spikes boots Fitted by Gina Lurra for [IRENA] *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Nest

Nest

And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove’s,
The one only dwelling on earth that she loves.

~ William Wadsworth

Nest

Mystic Realms Faire and Body Modification Expo both open today at noon. This should not be a huge problem for most because both fairs are open for a couple weeks, but you know it will become a huge thing trying to in. And frankly, I can see why. I got this darling little mesh dress from Cerberus Noel, which comes in four colorways, and it’s an ideal dress for a saucy wench or a spirited elf or a hunter. Paired with this intriguing and gorgeous necklace from XanXan Jervil and the awesome pirate boots from Jackal Ennui (which come rigged and unrigged so yes, Dorothy, you can adjust them to your Belleza body as I did), the look is fantastic and beguiling.

What is also beguiling at Mystic Realms Faire is the great furniture you can get for roleplay. Cherelle Capra is offering this amazing bookcase with all the books and a scale at super low prim count plus an amazing desk. Artizanmesh has made an incredible furniture set that includes in some pieces, single and couples poses. I was absolutely charmed by Tree of Life chair.

Nest

Seasons Story opened today too and Umazuma Metaluna has come out with a set of two fantastic skins for the event, both in fall colors. The coloring is warm with her typical beestung lips and provocative brows and eyes. My hair is Shylah Honey’s gorgeous look for the Body Modification Expo, a side-parted long ‘do with a beguiling wisp of hair across the face. I love this hair and think it could be worn over and over with many looks, especially with the great textures.

Nest

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Jojo Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Hazel – Autumn (toffee) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Seasons Story *

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

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – pine – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Outfit: *GF*[Mesh] Elwyn Outfit –chestnut by Cerberus Noel for G. Field, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Necklace: :(SH): Anniana Rune Necklace – Rust by XanXan Jervil for Sad Harlekin, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Ring: Ariskea [SkyStone ] Gold Ring 1 [Add me] by Diaxm for Ariskea, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Boots: lassitude & ennui Captain’s boots crimson by Jackal Ennui for lassitude & ennui, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Furnishings:

*AF* Balloch Perch Collection by Artizanmesh for Artizan Fantasy, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

  • *AF* Balloch Perch Herb Shelf ~ Warm
  • *AF* Balloch Perch TOL Chair ~ Warm
  • *AF* Balloch Perch Slatted Rocker ~ Warm
  • *AF* Balloch Perch Boarded Candles ~ Warm

[CIRCA] – “Traveller’s Discovery” Tall Shelf by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA], available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Masala Chai

Masala Chai

“Make tea, not war.” ~ Monty Python

Masala Chai

It wasn’t my intention to have one gorgeous subcontinent look followed by another but it panned out that way. I have been working on a special project, and in the meantime, four different events are opening tomorrow so there is scads to follow, look at, plan for. And the weather outside is absolutely gorgeous so I wonder why I am inside. It’s rare I feel behind the ball but right now I do. One of the best things I have seen among all if it is this gorgeous lehenga and dupatta and top from Zaara Kohime.

Mystic Realms Faire opens tomorrow and it’s been a few months of work for the organizers and has a great line-up of creators, including Zaara. It’s a most amazing construction: three pieces, all in mesh with a side jewel. It’s no easy task to rig mesh and make it work right and then to add textures to it to great depth and a sense of material. But then to layer the mesh pieces as Zaara has done with the translucent dupatta is an act of ingenuity or insanity. I am wearing the whole deal over the Belleza Mesh body (my own form of insanity..?) to show, once again, it can be done!

Masala Chai

My skin is Inka Mexicola’s luscious offering for Uber, with glittering eye makeup and full lips. The Belleza body has a very good skin match on the HUD. My eyes are from Constance Daehlie, also from the Mystic Realms Faire, with deep intensity. (If you noticed, I use a lot of Constance’s eyes because she has captured a manner of having light and color in them I love.) My hair is one of Kavar Cleanslate’s tumbling down styles for Mystic Realms and suits this outfit because it doesn’t interfere with the dupatta. And as always, Maxi Gossamer completes my look like a cherry on top with gorgeous jewelry (texture change) that she is offering at the new Collabor88.

Masala Chai

Hair: Exile::Royal Command by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at Mystic Realms Faire (opening October 10) *

Skin: Essences {Ingrid – Uber} Dark01 *brunette* 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 – cloud eyes – soot – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Mystic Realms Faire (opening October 10) *

Outfit: Zaara : Chandni lehenga *amethyst* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara, available at Mystic Realms Faire (opening October 10) *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Earrings – Mabon Night Flower by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Body Mod Expo 2014

I also want to mention that the Body Modification Expo is opening tomorrow. Click the poster for a link to more information.

Namaste

Namaste

“Your little boat goes west and you congratulate yourself, “What a navigator I am!” And then the wind blows you east.” ~ Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

I have been reading Katherine Boo’s book about a “slum” in Mumbai, which is on the edge of the airport behind an ad for ceramic floor tiles, advertised as “Beautiful Forever.” It’s an amazing book, both in the writer’s understanding of the many influences on one group of people in a small community in a very large and diverse city in an even larger diverse country. It won the National Book Award for good reason. It’s an enjoyable read if nothing else. She writes fabulously.

We tend to have a very monolithic view of India in SL (and I speak of “India” not as a country as it is now but as that region, which could include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka). My Indian friends in SL, the ones who live in India or abroad, seem to have no qualms about this, possibly because India is just too damn big to wrap their heads around much less expecting anyone else to. Whether you speak Marathi or Tamil or Bengali or Urdu or English, whether you eschew eating cows or pork or believe in many Gods or One or a Holy Trinity, you can be Indian.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

So I gathered all these items from this month’s Genre, which is themed “South Asian,” and assembled them in a celebration of this amorphous beautiful place that spreads itself not only over South Asia but throughout the world. (My son’s Urdu-speaking preschool teacher grew up in Uganda, for example. My Hindu-speaking friends spent their childhoods in Singapore.) First, Hadarah Steamer’s beautifully textured set in mesh with glorious patterns and colors and jewelry and even a bindi! Add Plurabelle Laszlo’s slip on wedges and a nose ring from Photos Nikolaidis and the outfit is complete.

Lumiya Rae has made a sublime skin for this round with luscious chili-spiced lips and beautifully defined brows. I added Constance Daehlie’s gorgeous eye makeup, also available at Genre. My lovely wavy locks are MissAllSunday Lemon’s hair for Fameshed, which worked perfectly with the head scarf from Hadarah’s set.

Genre is all about entire immersion, so gorgeous furniture from Spooky Mistwallow and a scattering of pillows with poses and rugs from Cherelle Capra completes the South Asian theme. Namaste.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Roberta Mesh Hair – Black coffee by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: L ~ Eliana : 5 – Caramel / Priya {Mid Cleavage} by Lumiya Rae for Lumae, available at Genre *

Makeup: #adored – kali eyeshadows – gold by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Genre *

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

Outfit (with bracelets and bindi): Saima Golden Outfit by hadarah Steamer for Sweet Lies Designs, available at Genre *

Nosering: A:S:S deLuxe – Mayur by Photos Nikolaidis for A:S:S, available at Genre *

Hands:Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant and Elegant1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand tattoo: Jalwa – Khaliji 5 Henna Applier Hands by Chandra Masala for Jalwa

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

Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai – Giddha – for Slink Mid – black by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at Genre *

Poses: {NanTra} Bollywood Dreams by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses, available at Genre *

Background: =Mirage= India Wall Unit (9LI) by Spooky Mistwallow for =Mirage=, available at Genre *

Furnishings by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA], available at Genre *

  • [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Green
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Brown
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Red
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Autumn
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Khaki
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – South Asian Area Rug Set
La Rondine

La Rondine

The soft caress
of a kiss so ardent.
Who will ever be able to express that?

~ Translated from “Ch’il bel sogno di Doretta” from La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini

La Rondine

“La Rondine” means “The Swallow” and is the name of an opera by Puccini. A friend said this look reminded him of that piece, so of course I investigated and found a beguiling Angela Gheorghiu singing the main part. That he put the idea of an opera to this gown makes complete sense. Mami Jewell has once again assembled a symphony of a dress, starting with a beautifully-textured mesh bodice with lace insets and then embellished with lace flexis and an artistic curved black piece. Wear the sculptural hat and waist piece or don’t. Eschew the flexis. You still have a gorgeous mesh gown.

La Rondine

I am wearing Sawsan Secretspy’s newest skin for Black Dot Event because it’s so elegant in makeup and facial features, it seemed a no-brainer for this beautiful look. My hair is Shylah Honey’s newest hair. Tommy Fairplay and Shylah Honey have decided to offer, on occasion, 2-for-1 hair so you get a rigged mesh hair like many other creators make AND you get another hair that includes a non-rigged mesh piece and flexis so you can choose to wear one or the other. I donned the flexi because the beautiful curls match the extravagance of Mami’s gown. Flexi hair is not for everyone but for those who like it, Damselfly’s is the best out there.

La Rondine

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Kerry Flex-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aisha Darktan 05 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Black Dot Event *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – big wave by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: -AZUL- Gina (Mesh)Dress/Champagne by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo

Enchained

Enchained

It wasn’t the blackness of your hair
nor the brown beneath your eyes,
it was the passion of your
kisses that enchained me.

~ Traditional Solea

Enchained

Saya Littlething has made a beautiful line of mesh flamenco gowns, so of course I need to wear one because flamenco is one of my favorite things. With a beautiful lace texture and ruffles going up the legs and across the decolletage, the gown is a lovely piece of work and moves well. (I was dancing with it to test—for the sake of my lovely readers, of course.) I wore gorgeous strappy shoes from Eku Zhong that were made for Slink feet but with minimal moving, fit the Belleza body just fine.

Enchained

I am wearing one of Sawsan Secretspy’s newest skins, this one made for the Black Dot Event. I love the elegance of this one with its classic makeups and beautiful brows. I have matched it to the Belleza mesh body and it looks pretty seamless. Truth Hawks made this tumbled curly ‘do for the Uber event, a very good choice for the event as it’s sexy and classic all at once. Sometimes long hair is not necessary for sexy.

Enchained

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Vixen by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Uber *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aisha Darktan 02 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Black Dot Event *

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

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

Dress: [Scarlet] Lilire / Fitted Mesh Gown by Saya Littlething for *::Schoen::* *

Shoes: KoiKoi Mambo by eku Zhong for KoiKoi *

Poses by Annemarit Jarvinen for KaTink and Tutys for Tutys