Peachy Keen

Peachy Keen

“The ripest peach is highest on the tree.” ~ James Whitcomb Riley

Peachy Keen

Nothing like a sweet peach in the summer. In a short little ruffle-tiered skirt from Su Scarmon in the prettiest shade of rose, our peach is ready for a summer soiree. I like how Su has used highlights and lowlights to make the fabric really satiny and the ruffles flouncy. The summer’s sexiest shoes, from Siddean Munro, turn the look from sweet to sumptuous.

Peachy Keen

The peachy part of the blog is really this new skin from Heather Beebe. With its peachy skin tone, languid eyes, and full and juicy lips, it’s a sexy and fresh look from Heather. (A friend who had not been in SL for a couple months saw me in this and said he couldn’t stop looking at me. That should tell you how good the skin is ;)) I show with a sexy loose updo from Truth Hawks.

Peachy Keen

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring and because it has fresh peaches in it.” ~ Thomas Walker.

Hair: >TRUTH< Alison – sandlewood by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [ROCKBERRY] Apple A/Natural/BLK by Heather Beebe for [ROCKBERRY] *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Absinthe (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: *Lalei*Nadine dress-dark rose by Su Scarmon for *Lalei* *

Necklace and bracelets: *League* Wanderer Jewellery Set -Golden Oak by Nena Janus for League

Shoes: Slink Lulu Stilettos Beige by Siddean Munro for SLink *

Really Fun Librarians

People hear RFL being mentioned all over the grid. Those of us in the know know it means “Relay for Life,” but if you tossed those letters out during some half-drunken party game, what might you get? “Really Fun Librarians?” “Rolling Floor Laughing?” “Rhubarb-Flavored Ladyfingers?” “Radioactive Fruit Larva?” “Raising Furious Leprechauns?” “Radishes for Lunch?” “Really Fat Ladies in Ragged Frumpy Leotards?” “Reghan Fondles Lauraleigh?” (Don’t ask.) “Really Frickin’ Lazy?” (Which is what I was when I asked my pals in “Hey Girlfriends” to help me with this—thank you, Girlfriends.)

Really Fun Librarians

I think it means “Really Flirty Livery.” (OK, yes I am making a stretch here but play along with me.) Elle74 Zaftig is donating this entire outfit for the benefit of RFL at the Fashion Fest. With 9 sims and some 100 designers offering hair, jewelry, clothing, shoes—the fest has anything your avatar could desire with donations by each designer for RFL (“Relay for Life,” not “Righteously Fantastic Lovers”).

Really Fun Librarians

Elle’s outfit is an especially good find because it comes with EVERYTHING you see on my avatar (minus the hat, which is attached to the fantastic hair from Kookie Lemon). You get the flirty minidress, laced up the back with a bow on the curve of the butt, the bracelets, and the cute boots, also laced up the back.

Really Fun Librarians

I show the ensemble with a new skin from Mea Carnell. Mea is putting her full effort into making skins for the avatars of SL, trying her turn at a little different look with shimmering lips and very drawn and not highly made-up eyes (this was probably the heaviest eye makeup in the set I have). I loved the pastels with the white hair. It makes for a cute chic look.

Really Fun Librarians

Attend the RFL Fashion Fest, hosted by the All-Star team, from July 2, opening at 4 pm SLT through July 11, closing at 10 pm SLT:

Hair: *Kookie*  Kate Hair – vanilla yoghurt by Kookie Lemon for *Kookie*

Skin: Aimesi Skin Leona Cashmere Face4 by Mea Carnell for Aimesi *

Outfit (including boots): _Bell_Lace Party Dress – Purple by Elle74 Zaftig for Bellissima! found at the RFL Fashion Fest *

Precious

I’m not gonna sit around
And waste
My precious divine energy
Trying to explain
And being ashamed of things
You think are wrong with me

I read an article about Esperanza Spalding this evening and fell in love with a song by her, so this blog, having nothing to do with the song but written while I listened to her, is named “Precious.” It’s a song some women should pay attention to. Frankly, I have no idea how a woman like Esperanza could possibly even come up with these lyrics—she is absolutely amazing. (Please note these lyrics do not apply to my own life, so don’t think too hard about it. My divine energy is rarely wasted ;))

Precious

Nicky Ree’s latest little mini, a piece of pure purple and pink perfection, highlights one of Nicky’s “things”—using gradients of lovely harmonizing colors to create a dress that is silky and light seeming. Her flirty and sexy prims do not stray into trampy territory—her ideal woman is sexy and classy at once.

Precious

I am wearing the new and beautiful skin by Pompeja Rossini, another woman who doesn’t waste her divine energy. A real life make up artist, Pompeja lends her skills to making a strong and sexy woman through her skins. Pompeja has done the immense work of taking her artistry of working on real life people and translating it through Photoshop to apply on human-form meshes. You can see she has accomplished no small feat when you view her work.

Precious

Finally, I donned these sexy shoes from Babette Ultsch. With their sexy high heels, absolutely amazingly gorgeous textures (Babette does the best silver shoe texture, bar none), and usability, these shoes are for the woman who wants pretty pink toes without the high price tag (and fat-looking ankle).

Precious

All you got was me/ And that’s all that I can be

Hair: >TRUTH< Brit – mocha by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LaVie Michelle V3 004 Tan by Pompeja Rossini for La Vie *

Dress: Nicky Ree – Spring Romance Mini Dress Set (Lavender Rose) by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Shoes: *KL* Sandals Nadia Silver Satin Display by Babette Ultsch for Kitties Lair

Poses: from the Diva Set by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

In Just Spring

It’s just spring (when the world is mud luscious ;)) and I am so ready to greet the colors and warmth of spring leading up to.. summer. (What? I am already on that?) The bestest part is how spring is the harbinger of new life, new thoughts, new energies.

The Newness of Spring

Ergo it’s time for a new designer. Veronica Composer is just starting out and has opened a new little dress store outside an out-of-the-way club, but it’s promising, especially taking a look at this lovely dress (which was priced at a reasonable 100L). She uses photosourcing for her bodice and pulls it into the skirt, but she has done some really nice work layering a translucent over a solid to make the skirt more like chiffon. It’s sweet and lovely

The Newness of Spring

I styled it with this really cute necklace from Jon Ree that I picked up a couple months ago. He does some really great Western jewelry with turquoise and silver with carnelian or leather. If you’re a cowgirl, go check his stuff out. Heck, check his place out either way.

The Newness of Spring

When the world is puddle-wonderful:

Hair: >TRUTH< Melinda – auburn by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 5/bl) 03a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: VIVID*Lezzal Green BabyDoll Tourquois Dress by Veronica Composer for VIVID

Necklace: Necklace — Two-step turquoise by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Earrings: ~~Sakka’s Studio~~Pierced earring /  Silver  wing by sakka Flow for Sakka’s Studio

Shoes: * Decoy Shoes: Francisco II Wedges – Aqua by Annette Voight for Decoy

P.S. Thank you, mr cummings, for the poem.

Lavender for RFL

As you wander around the RFL Clothing Fair, you will see a lot of designers have featured purple or lavender as the color on their creations. Lavender is the color for the awareness ribbon for cancer, and besides it’s a great fashion color, especially in spring.

Lavender for RFL

Sissy Pessoa chose this for one of her beautiful offerings for RFL. This bold purple will get you noticed but Sissy’s elegant style makes it less garish than stunningly noticeable. With her great sculpty skirt, embellished with flowers at the waist and neckline, this sweet little kicky dress will take you around the grid from one dance hall to the next.

Lavender for RFL

Then you have the jewelry Abraxxa Anatine is debuting at the RFL Clothing Fair. Abraxxa is the most prolific and talented of jewelers in SL, bar none, and this set features again her amazing talents. From the irregularly shaped semi-precious stones to the beautifully textured silverwork holding them, you can’t get better than this. And the styling of this set makes it perfect for this dressier look or a more dressed down ensemble. I wear this beautiful look with Lorac Farella’s equally beautiful new skin from her Emotional series.

Lavender for RFL

Finally I show cute purple pumps from NovaStar Shilova, also being offered as an RFL special. Nova has been making terrific clothing and shoes for a while. It’s great to see her spreading her wings and offering some of her wonderful stuff at the RFL Clothing Fair.

Lavender for RFL

A lavender ribbon for cancer awareness:

Hair: >TRUTH< Jocelyn – fudge by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Emotional Skin-T2-No.5 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Baiastice_Veronica dress-indigo by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice available on the Milan Sim at the RFL Clothing Fair *

Necklace: EarthStones Zahra Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings – Abalone/Sugilite by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones available on the New York City Sim at the RFL Clothing Fair *

Shoes: (nova) Black Tie Affair RFL PURPLE by NovaStar Shilova for (nova) available on the Milan Sim at the RFL Clothing Fair

Spring Fling

I ran around today doing errands and enjoying the promise of spring (though there is still snow on the ground). We’re almost over that hump. We’re alllllmost there.

Spring Fling

MEB has released their spring collection and MariaElena Barbosa has a set of clothing that will put some fling in your spring. I show here a dress she sent that includes the excellently textured sculpty belt and the pumps. I love the print of this dress—it’s proportionally well done, elegant and fun at once. I like the silhouette of the whole dress, from the sculpty collar to the fun flirty skirt cinched with the belt.

Spring Fling

I accessorized with Zaara Kohime’s beautiful onyx jewelry. Not a lot of creators can cover clothing and jewelry and give both justice—Zaara pulls it off. She has wisely not decided to attempt skins or shoes. She knows where her best work is done. A peek at her offerings at the Accessory Fair is enough to make any fashionista faint (and any builder offer homage to Zaara because it’s clear she is not using a script to place her prims). Wow!

Spring Fling

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens

Hair: <TheAbyss> Hair – Secret – Light Blonde by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 06 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress with Shoes: MEB SPRING 2010 : Vogue by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB *

Bracelet: Zaara : Vyomini chained bracelet *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Earrings: Zaara : Anaya cluster earrings *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Written while listening to “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind and Fire. The music at Car Wash—it’s filling up my iTunes! Who IS that DJ?

Skinned Knees

A cute short dress, a pair of boots, I could be any number of cute girls wandering the grid.

Skinned Knees

This cute dress, excellently done, was a 50L Friday deal from Keiko Morigi. With its gray and blue and red plaid, puffy sleeves, cleverly hemmed skirt (irregular hem on the prims AND pants—brilliant), and sweet neckline, this dress would serve any girl well.

Skinned Knees

Keiko has come out with a new line of skins that I quite like. I had not always been a fan of her work—the eyebrows were oddly shaped and the coloring was too extreme and artsy in a way that didn’t turn me on. I saw a lot of them on the feeds and frankly, I just didn’t get it. However in this new set, I like the eyebrows much more this time, the lined eyes with a little tiredness underneath, the sweet freckles and great blush and glow on the skin and the sweet, sensuous kissable lips. It’s very touching and very real. This is an artistic statement, this skin, but it’s wearable. (Being art doesn’t mean it can’t be pleasing to look at.)

Skinned Knees

Speaking of art, I just showed these boots last week, but let me give you another good look at ‘em. With their realistic textures and exquisitely rendered sculpties, these boots from Kookie Lemon are the real deal.

Skinned Knees

Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial. ~ Ross Perot

Hair:  Cake – Dakota – Burgundy Hair by Stumbelina Ophelia for Cake

Skin: &Bean – Pillow Tan eight BB FR by Keiko Morigi for &Bean

Dress: &Bean I Love Vanity and she was never a gimp by Keiko Morigi for &Bean

Bandaids: Reek – Bandaids – Plain – Left Leg by Riq Graves for Reek

Boots: *Kookie* Armarda/ Black Wash by Kookie Lemon for *Kookie*

Orange Glow

It’s gray outside. The world needs a little color.

Orange Glow

I put on this cute little batik fabric number from Carrie Snowpaw. It was one of the 60L weekend deals, and a good bargain with its great color and flirty skirt. Her little shop includes a number of cute dresses and outfits. Carrie is clearly a designer learning her craft.

Orange Glow

Allow me to brag on myself for just two minutes. I made this necklace well over a year ago and now sell versions of it at RFyre under the brand Fyreworks. Each piece is hand laid (no machine existed at the time), made to fit my avatar, but it will fit yours too. No sculpties, just tortured prims (that tortured me).

Orange Glow

A splash of color in a cold gray world:

Hair: Armidi Hair – St Moritz – Hazelberry by Lola Marquez for Armidi

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (sunkissed/br) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Flirty Batik Dress by Carrie Snowpaw for Snowpaw Fashions

Jewelry: *Fyreworks* Diana necklace amber by Harper Beresford for * Fyreworks * *

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Salience Brown by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

More Spring Flowers

I can see more people have the same idea I do. We’re screaming for spring! (Apologies to all my friends in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Spring Flowers

Today’s visit to a springtime flower garden comes courtesy Nicky Ree. I think she’s in the same state of mind. I show here two sets actually, both using the same pattern from Nicky’s Autumn Dance collection (I bought both—I couldn’t decide.) First the shorter dance dress (which also comes in another version). With the ruffled neckline and flouncy ruffled skirt, this is at once sexy and girlish. The brilliant addition is the solid wide belt around the waistline—it makes the dress go from purely flowery to stylish.

This is the difference between a new designer and an expert—Nicky is able to wrangle her textures and prims into making the look she wants. Flowers go from proportionally small in the top to larger on the prims, the waistline shows as a solid piece even though it extends from the top to the skirt prim, prims are all perfectly placed and textured. Nicky controls what she does—she turns the “bugs” of designing in SL into “features.”

Spring Flowers

Then I show the Dance Gown. With its elegant line, full trained skirt, and detailed wrist it is a breath of fresh air—the first window open after a long winter indoors.

I found what I needed to gently compliment the dress at Maeve Mortlock’s store, Ear Candy. With every piece going for 59L, Maeve makes stocking my jewelry box inexpensive and delightful. Her earrings look like no one else’s—clearly Maeve has a great stash of beads and textures to work with and she uses them with joy. My biggest complaint? The jewelry is copy/no trans. I can’t give gifts. Otherwise Maeve would be making a lot more linden as I pass these baubles out to all my friends.

Spring Flowers

It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain

Hair: JE*REPUBLIC-Fran-Wine by Jungeun Vella for JE*REPUBLIC

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 10 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Long Dress: *DNR* Autumn Dance Gown & Pants – Lavender by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Short Dress: *DNR* Autumn Dance Dresses – Lavender by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for Love Soul

Necklace: Ear Candy ~ Purple Briolette Necklace by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Purple Briolette Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Pecan by Saki Galliazo for SKG Shoes (no longer available)

Spring!

Just. Come. Now.

After hearing about the five feet of snow in Doc Gascoigne’s back yard and looking outside at the gray sky, I have decided enough’s enough. Spring must come.

Spring!

That is why I was delighted to receive this new dress from LeeZu Baxter. Available in FIVE colors, I chose to show the pink because I am so incredibly desperate for a little color after months of black and gray and white. LeeZu once again commits herself to the careful design of the dress, taking into account the movement of the avatar, the look of the sculpty prims in conveying her vision, and the use of textures over the prims to make a complete statement—this time a babydoll with pantaloons.

Spring!

What makes the dress work are the details—the puffy, crinkled bodice, the straps stitched to the bodice, the sweet corsage. The entire bodice is assembled prims. They move terrifically with the avatar because LeeZu engineered them to seem very real—a little stiff, a little puffy—like a sweet pink meringue.

Spring!

I wear sandals from Maris Kanto, another great SL engineer. He realized early on it wasn’t about the looks alone (though they are impressive)—it was about versatility. His sandals include a HUD that allows very clear and easy color changing across the sandal. Ah now just to be able to take them off and put my toes in the grass. Guess that won’t be for another 4 months…

Spring!

In the pink:

Hair: CBC: A little lift (Red eye flight) by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 6 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: [LeeZu!] Vienna Dress/Pink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu

Sandals: Kalnins Shoes – Orchid by Maris Kanto for Kalnins