Le Fleur

La Fleur

“I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

La Fleur

Flowers fill the my world right now. The summer has been blessedly beautiful and perfect for flowers and other plants. My basil is absolutely magnificent; my impatiens are full and vibrant in my window boxes. I have a hanging basket of pink geraniums that is more flowers than leaves.

So I was attracted to a few pieces at the Love Donna Flora event because of their floral theme. First was this elegantly sexy dress from SamanthaSJones with big blossoming flowers and a great shape. Long sleeves that billow out slightly lead up to a sexy low cut neckline and a hem that pulls up in front and in back. I really love how Samantha uses texture on all her clothes. She doesn’t just recolor—she uses pattern and colors to create sheen and interest. This dress if one of her generous donation pieces for Love Donna Flora and comes in six colorways.

La Fleur

My shoes are also a donation for Squinternet Larnia from Gospel Voom. With a beautiful blowsy blossom print on them, they match the dress perfectly, and are blooming great with Gos’ great color match system. Fun poses from Lashae Karsin, also completely donated for Love Donna Flora, help me show everything off.

Aida Ewing is donating proceeds from a few skins at Love Donna Flora, but I am ashamed to say this is not one of them. I preferred how this red lip looked with the dark hair from Mirja Mills, featured at the Hair Fair (closing Sunday so get over there and help Wigs for Kids). With pretty blue eyes from Keiba Resident, available at the Seraphim Social, and a gorgeous necklace from Maxi Gossamer, this look is elegant and chic—hence not just a flower but “la fleur.”

La Fleur

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. *ROMANCE*/ chocolate by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., available only at Hair Fair 2013 *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Katya – America 04 F by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Pearl eye -Pacific Blue- (large) by Keiba for Umeboshi, available at The Seraphim Social

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Sessie Print Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Love Donna Flora *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Tarentella Gypsy – Group ALL by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Long by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Lauren D’Orsay – Flora Satin by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique, available at Love Donna Flora

Poses by Lashae Karsin for Flash Friendly Poses, available at Love Donna Flora *

Delhi Girl

A certain kind of chic girl can be found on the streets of New Delhi. Young, educated, chic, a bit materialistic, a little spoiled but definitely motivated and driven—she is the future.

Delhi Girl

This is our girl on her day off. With her cropped top from Daihn Gutter (which is omg- inexpensive), designer jean shorts, rolled up, from LeeZu Baxter, and her killer shoes from nut Barak, our girl rushes from one appointment to another—lunch, library, friends, shopping.

Delhi Girl

She still likes a little traditional touch, so she wears beads and bracelets with beautiful patterns, these made by Zaara Kohime. Her bag has her stuff—iPad, Vogue, water, sunscreen. (I have to pause to thank Erehwon Yoshikawa for the tip. She and I both have iPads in RL so she had to clue me in on this great gift for Coco group members.)

Her skin is the luscious new Ada by sanalyildiz Yalin. It’s great to see a dark skin so contemporarily made with a modern woman’s sensibilities, sexy highlighting, strong eyebrows and luscious lips. Her hair was styled by Truth Hawks, a new casually messy style just up in his store.

Delhi Girl

The shoes? She got these when she was in Europe, made by Nut Barak. They are perfect for a girl like her—beautifully made of the finest materials, high heeled to make her more statuesque, and perfect for showing off her fresh pedicure. Her father rolled his eyes when he saw the bills but he knows she has been studying hard.

Delhi Girl

I refuse to be a doormat to any man. I will never allow anyone to push me around. I am my own mistress. ~ Manisha Koirala (Nepalese-Indian Actress)

Hair: >TRUTH< Lourdes – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: *Sawode* Ada Umber Skin Makeup 1 by sanalyildiz Yalin for SaWoDe

Top: :S: Readily Tank – Orange by Daihn Gutter for :S:ycophancy

Shorts: [LeeZu!] FEMME Desert Jeans /blue denim by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Necklace: ZC : Karmuka necklace *colored gold* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Bangles: ZC : Indra painted stacked bangles *gold* R by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Bag: *COCO*_Gift_ClearToteBag-Black by cocoro Lemon for COCO

Shoes:  #OC# Mercy – Bistre Brown by nut Barak for Orange Creations

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

New Year’s Eve

Ah, the promise of a new year. The promise of a new decade! I have a good good feeling about things. My horoscope says things are getting better, the stock market is going up, and even Tateru Nino almost sounded positive.

New Year's Eve

I searched for a dress that would start my year off right—I wanted something that would take me from this decade to the next in style and quality. I spent a fair amount of time looking and finally found the answer with Digit Darkes. Known for her fantastic textures and great silhouettes, Digit brings it all together in this dress. From the absolutely perfect system pieces to the perfectly assembled skirt, the rich color and textures, the beautiful whispy underskirt, the stunning diamonds along the shoulder strap—this is one of Digit’s finest pieces. Which means it’s probably one of the best on the grid.

New Year's Eve

I show with it a new hair from Truth Hawks, who persists in cranking them out, giving the women (and occasionally men) of the grid what they need.

The skin is a lovely Belle from Tuli Asturius. The glow from this skin perfectly compliments the dress.

New Year's Eve

I am wearing a ring from Abraxxa Anatine, given to me for Christmas. I am not quite sure if Abraxxa wears a loupe when she makes these pieces—the prims are tiny and exquisite. Having worked with tiny prims a couple times myself, I can tell you quite positively that this is painstaking work.

New Year's Eve

Finally the shoes. These lovely sandals come coutesy of Claire Messenger and are one of several new pieces at N-Core (I had a little shopping spree). These beauties come in 20 different colors with a variety of nail shades, gem shades, and a newer hud. I still found adjusting the foot color more difficult than other shoes, but I managed. And for the price-to-sexiness ratio, I can deal.

New Year's Eve

Ring it in with me!

Hair: >TRUTH< Lillian – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

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

Dress: Digit Darkes-Andreas Dress-Copper (V) by Digit Darkes for Digit Darkes

Ring: EarthStones Hera Diamond Cocktail Ring – Bloom by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones

Earrings: {JUNK} Diamond and Pearl Earrings by Koge Cleaver for {JUNK}

Shoes: N-core SOUL XtremeHeel II “Chocolat” by Claire Messenger for N-Core

The Beauty of the Flamenco

The dancer’s trembling heart must bring everything into harmony, from the tips of her shoes to the flutter of her eyelashes, from the rustles of her dress to the incessant play of her fingers. Shipwrecked in a field of air, she must measure lines, silences, zigzags and rapid curves, with a sixth sense of aroma and geometry, without ever mistaking her terrain. In this she resembles the torero, whose heart must keep to the neck of the bull. Both of them face the same danger–he, death; and she, darkness.
~ Federico Garcia Lorca

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Today I had the holiday party for the residents of my sims and my friends. Arimo Texeira performed most beautifully, and we all enjoyed doing the flamenco, tango, and salsa in a pretty build by Eshi Otawara (she snuck in and fixed the mess I made).

It is expected that when I host a party I show up dressed for the theme. I was able to fulfill my duties most spectacularly in a dress by Nardya Rousselot. Known for her beautiful textures, Nardya is also a great builder and very smart with system pieces. In this dress, she layers her pieces skillfully with a filigreed bottom system skirt layered over a one-legged system pants with prims arranged artfully in the skirt to produce both a train and a peekaboo leg. She echoes the filigree along the bottoms of the prims with clean pixel edges and perfect transparent edges to her prims. (I can’t tell you how many dresses on the grid don’t pass muster because of this one detail. Pay attention, creators! This is the difference between an amateur and a professional. It’s easy to do right.)

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Fortunately I received Tuli Asturius’ group gift today, an absolutely drop dead gorgeous skin which suits me quite well. With its touches of glitter, fresh skin, subtle blush and muted lip color, it was ideal with this dress. (Often we think wearing a bold make-up—red lips, dark eyes—is right for a bold dress. That’s not always true). I wore Caliah Lyon’s holiday gift from last year—a neck bow with bells—to add festive flair.

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Finally, Nardya recently sent out a pair of ruby slippers as a gift to her group. These matched the dress perfectly in style and color. Nardya introduced a set of beautiful shoe styles at the Shoe Fair this year with beautiful textures and shapes. I look forward to seeing more from her. My ugly avatar feet call out to you, Nardya!

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Feeling the beauty of the dance:

Hair: >TRUTH< Eva – cranberry by Truth Hawks for >Truth< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/br) dec VIP gift by Tuli Asturius for Tuli (given to group members)

Dress: NX-Nardcotix Frank’s Jazz Crimson by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Choker: ~Muse~ Silver Bells and Satin RIbbon (black) by Caliah Lyon for ~Muse~

Bracelet: Calla Pearl Wrap Bracelet (Blood) by Haedon Quine for Calla

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Kurvy Ruby Slippers -Exclusive Gift- by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Holiday Soirees

One of the things I really believed about the holidays when I was a teenager is that I would be invited to tons of holiday parties where I would have to dress up and “glitter.” (Seventeen really sold us something, didn’t they?) By the time I got in college and beyond, most of the parties were sweater and jeans affairs with boots and puffy quilted jackets. Our sweaters were thrift store finds, our jeans were ripped, and our boots were scuffed. Someone somewhere was dressing up—sure wasn’t me. I couldn’t afford it.

Holiday Soirees

However, I like the idea of it. I like the thought of holiday soirees, invitations overflowing in the mail, rushing to get dressed, champagne and hors d’oeuvres (I have a rich imagination). This dress from Ivey Deschanel would be ideal for such parties. With its full and flirty blue satin skirt and sequined spaghetti strap top, it fits the bill. What really pushes it from girly dress to a more elegant look, however, is the scarf and fishnet tights Ivey includes. The tights.. they are just plain old well done with the right shading and great seams.

Holiday Soirees

I dressed this beauty up with an updo from Truth Hawks. His colors and textures are amazing. (I seem to be blogging him a lot, hm? Well he always has a hair color that suits!) Drop earrings from Sofi Trenkins match this outfit—nothing too elaborate is needed with sequins. And a skin from Lorac Farella with a tonal lip. It really has to be all about the dress—no need to pile on the makeup ;)

Holiday Soirees

Jingle, jingle:

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

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life Freckled/Tone 5 Warm m7 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: :::Sn@tch Tango (Clothing Layers Only)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Earrings: ~SIGMA~Jewels/ Nepheli earrings~ by Sofi Trenkins for ~SIGMA~Jewels

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Belles – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Party Dress

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to fill out my wardrobe with party dresses and suitable attire. I am not one for the red/green combos or for looking like one of Santa’s elves. I prefer a more sophisticated look.

Party Dress

This dress from Vitabela Dubrovna fit the bill. Based on her real life designs, Vita’s dresses are beautiful, imaginative, and couture. This lovely dress will take me to several parties, both day and night, with its lovely laces and beading on the bodice and full graceful skirt.

Party Dress

I am wearing Random Calliope’s Wish Set with the outfit. It’s very delicate, very ethereal. The glistening and spark of the tiny prims suit the dress perfectly. His is the standard by which all tiny prim work is judged, still. Lorac Farella’s new Life skins in Warm tone are ideal to go with this, adding the elegance I always want.

Party Dress

Finally, we end with shoes, and these shoes are ideal. Silver with diamonds, buckled and stiletto’d, these heels make this dress pretty and perfect. Jada Humby sells a fat pack of these—I would recommend you get the entire set.

Party Dress

Shuffling through my invitations:

Hair: >TRUTH< Grace – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone5 m4 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Black Lace by Vitabela Dubrovna for Vita’s Boudoir

Jewelry: (WW by RC) Wish Set by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: Jada Humby Couture Stilettos *Marie Clair* SILVER by Jada Humby for Jada Humby Couture

Brash

Sometimes I have to push myself to try something new, something not in my comfort zone. That used to be wearing a bikini in SL (yeah, really). Then it was wearing eyelashes. Then it was wearing blonde hair (the day that happened was a major breakthrough). Today it was wearing a skin with BOLD makeup.

Brash

Djinn and Tonic, a new collaboration of creators on the newly opened Prosperine sim, offers a line of skins that’s .. well.. brash. When I first wore the skins, I thought the lips were glossy, the eyes were bold, and the cheek makeup was stark. But I started wearing it around, trying on hair, clothes, etc., and I realized it was pretty darn groovy.

Brash

The best part? When you buy a pack, you get one skin tone and one eye makeup, but you also get five shades of lipstick, freckles or not, and shaved or not. Therefore, you get 20 skins for one price. I especially like the lipstick option because sometimes you just want to swap out a lipstick and not mess with the rest.

I am showing a dress from a relatively new designer—Mariusz Miliandrovic. Based on Mariusz’ other photos in his little shop, he *ahem* likes the feminine shape. The dress is sexy in the best sort of way—the top is low cut, the back is quite low cut, but the skirt is full and flirty to balance the top and includes a bow. His prim building is good and his use of color fantastic.

Brash

I show great boots from Magnifico Miggins here. I have feature Magnifico’s work before. She has come into the SL world with her footwear, and with the quality of it, she should be taking the grid by storm. These boots are a ‘fatpack’ boot, which means they have a hud that changes the colors of the boots. The textures are remarkable.. very real, very rich.

Brash

Bold and proud:

Hair: *FRANTIC*  hair – pure black by Mirja Mills for EMO-tions

Skin: [DT] MUA :  Pomegranate, Black [03] by Gin Galtier for Djinn & Tonic *

Dress: Sanguine Summer Rev3 by Mariusz Miliandrovic for 2Dye4

Boots: z [mm] cage boot special by Magnifico Miggins for Magnifico Exclusive Shoes *

Precarious Perch

I went to the Shoe Fair, benefitting Toys for Tots, right before Thanksgiving, hoping to score some pretties for my feet.

Precarious Perch

I found quite a few beautiful shoes, but none were as unique and sculptural as those made by 2408 Alekseev. With their gracefully intertwining vines and flowers, the precarious sole and serpentine heel, these shoes are a piece of wearable art.

I have to say, I had a few problems fitting them (though they come with resize scripts and an amazing range of skin tones to match to), so I contacted the creator, 24, as she likes to be called, via notecard. She responded quickly and helpfully (and cheerfully and humorously). Turns out I have very small and delicate ankles, so she had to shrink the shoes down considerably. Go figure.

She IS featuring two pairs for one at the Shoe Fair, benefitting Toys for Tots, so you may want to purchase those so you can check out her work.

Precarious Perch

When the outfit is all about the shoes, you can’t wear something long or they will be hidden, so I chose this flirty party dress from Kuranosuke Kamachi. Going to DeLa is a hit or miss for me sometimes–Kuranosuke uses sculpties in risk-taking ways that sometimes don’t pan out. But for this dress, the work is impeccable. The skirt is a marvelous fluff of stiff satin.

Precarious Perch

I styled with simple but elegant jewelry from Tiffy Vella. When an outfit has one point of interest, there is no reason to over do it. The jewelry balances the outfit with a touch of elegance without excessiveness. And Tiffy’s work is always beautiful and exact.

Precarious Perch

Walking in glass slippers…

Hair: [V] Vignette Sophia Charcoal by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: *YS & YS* Zara 02 Smoke Black EB HairBase by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS *

Dress: =DeLa*= Dress “Leona” Black by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=

Necklace and Earrings: Eclectica Deco Pearl Strands Choker and Earrings by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: 24 wow 18 gold by 2408 Alekseev for 24 Shoo-Shoes and Haute Couture

Choices, Choices

I had a problem. I couldn’t choose….

Choices, choices

There was BIff, my big muscled bf (get it? Biff? bf?) that I met at a hard rock sim one night. You know the kind of place—a place on the mainland–crammed between a neko bar and someone’s 512 with their first house still on it, littered inside with boxes from shopping and inexplicably, mushrooms. There he was, dancing alone, doing the lime jelly, showin’ his bling and his smokin’ tiger pants he got at a store that advertised IN ALL CAPS. He IM’d me “How r u?” and my heart melted. And heck, he even had prim shoes!

Choices, choices

Then there was TightyWhities7463. (Those numbers stand for something—I have yet to find out. I can’t wait til I do!) I met him at an elegant dance place–Frank’s or Bogart’s or something like that. He’s such a gentleman—the first thing he did was pass me a rose. You know.. *The* Red Rose. He was wearing a bowtie and had that dreamy blond hair. He was suave and even though he wore those newbie men’s sandals, I liked him!

Choices, choices

What’s a girl to do? One was rough and tumble and one was uptown and class.

I was in a quandary until I bumped into them both while I was out shopping one day. They were.. with each other. I wasn’t sure what to think. (Well, I DID think about it—it WAS BIff after all and TightyWhities might be saying something else.) But I realized, heck, this is SL. We can ALL get along!

Choices, choices

What’s the true secret of success in SL? Make love, not war ;)

Choices, choices

Featuring the new luminous skin from Tuli Asturias—Bella, a brilliant fall outfit from Jada Humby, exquisite earrings from Alienbear Gupta, and hair and shoes from two of my favorites—Truth Hawks and Onyx LeShelle.

Choices, choices

Don’t hate me because I am beautiful….

Hair: >TRUTH< Cameron – auburn by Truth Hawks for TRUTH

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) VIP exclusive by Tuli Asturias for Tuli (Group Gift)

Outfit: Jada Humby Couture *Anna* by Jada Humby for Jada Humby Couture

Earrings: Alienbear Design (Zivanit earrings RFL2009 special) by Alienbear Gupte of Alienbear

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

The dudes: Critter Crate(Arm Candy (men))—Arm Candy Man 1 and Arm Candy Man 2 by Duggy Bing for Cartoonimals