Leather Cinderella

Leather Princess

Once upon a time in a homestead sim far far away (probably Zindra), in a stately sculpty chateau lived a widowed gentleman and his lovely daughter, Cinderella. While he loved his daughter, he was concerned for her well-being—he thought she needed a mother to teach her how to tweak her shape and position her eyelashes. So he partnered a woman, HotMama51 Paine,  who had two daughters—Squeakieee278 Resident and 2Fly4U Afterthought and gave her an allowance for all the girls’ needs. Then he was called away to Open Sim so he left Cinderella with his new partner.

While the mother and her daughters ran around the grid looking for shoes to match their eyes, Cinderella had to resort to camping and hanging out at lucky chairs. (C does not come up often, she found.) Cinderella found herself having to pick up all the packages the sisters and mother opened and left lying around the sim, even in her small 117-prim corner. Through it all she remained ever gentle and kind, for with each dawn (4 times in 24 hours), she found new hope that some day her dream of a happy second life would come true.

Leather Princess

One day she rezzed in to see a huge invitation with particles flying out of it in the middle of the sim. “Come to the ball—meet Prince Philip. Wear your best bling for a night of dancing and romance.” She clicked the invite and it spewed a notecard with a landmark attached. “The Big Ball, Magical Forest (128, 100, 1001)” it said. The particles were causing sim lag, so Cinderella deleted it.

“Leave that there!” sneered her stepsister, Squeakieee278. “I like how it looks.”

Her other sister, 2Fly4U snorted. “She thinks she can go too. Well, she can’t–she still has newbie eyes!”

For days the sisters flew back and forth from stores and dropped boxes from Marketplace all over the sim, trying on outfit after outfit, dressing up their avatars enough so that Prince Philip would spot them through the haze of gray and lag at the Ball. Hair, shoes, dresses, eyes, skins—all were tried on to the point the asset servers were slowed down for the rest of the grid. Cinderella continued to clean up after them, deleting prim after prim to keep the sim clean.

Leather Princess

The evening of the ball, Cinderella settled in to sort the Midnight Mania items in her inventory while the sisters adjusted and primped. When every last prim was in place, the sisters tp’d out (or tried to—their scripted shoes and hair made it hard for them to get anywhere). The sisters finally relogged at the ball sim while Cinderella was left behind alone to delete the remainder of their packages.

Suddenly in a poof a tiny rezzed into the sim. Her name, “FairyGodmother” included the display name “The Real Deal.” A bunny, she was holding a great big wand with particles flying out of it. She waddled up to Cinderella and said, “You’re going to that ball. Sending items.. ready?”

Cinderella nodded, confused but opened her inventory. A folder dropped in and Cinderella donned it. A beautiful dress with an ethereal pink-tinged ballgown rezzed on her body. FairyGodmother fluttered up to cinch the laces on the back of the leather corset a little tighter and fluff the material at the bodice. “Mami Jewell,” the bunny smiled. “Only the best for you dear. And my, leather suits you.”

A wave of the magic wand and poof, a skin appeared in Cinderella’s Body Parts. Cinderella dragged it on and gasped and her new face and body. Her eyeshadow glistened, her lips puckered in a full juicy smile. The bunny grinned (as bunnies do) and said, “esra Noyes—quite exotic, quite sexy.”

The bunny tossed another object at her and Cinderella threw it on. Wild, windblown hair from Mirja Mills. Cinderella felt suddenly glamorous. Another object appeared and upon putting it on, Cinderella discovered it was an exquisitely ornate choker from Abraxxa Anatine.

The bunny squinted. “For goodness sake, you have NEWBIE eyes. Who let you walk around like that?” A pair of eyes popped into inventory and Cinderella double clicked. She went from glassy-eyed stare to soulful and sexy in the time they took to rez thanks to Ikon Innovia.

The bunny dusted off her paws. “My work is done here. You do realize it’s not about getting Prince Charming–it’s about looking good. You know how to teleport–the rest is up to you.” Cinderella restored the landmark from trash, took a deep breath and double clicked. Finding the rest of her fantasy was up to her….

Leather Princess

“A dream is a wish your heart makes….”

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * WINDBLOWN* /deepblack by Mirja Mills for EMO-tions *

Skin: DREAM INK-SF-ARIANNA-D-4-HAIRBASE by esra Noyes for Dream Ink

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Rust 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: -AZUL- Suzana/Sakura by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Necklace: EarthStones Gothique Choker Locket – Gold/Opal Mosaic (BOX) by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones *

Seeing Stars

Sexy club wear is just not my thing in SL but for many folks in SL, it is the only way to dress—short skirts, thigh highs, teeny tiny tops.

Seeing Stars

Mascha Boa has recently returned to SL and she has brought her unique vision of clubwear back to her many adoring customers. A mix of teeny tiny, leather, and domme with elements of fantasy, such as the star sparkled texture of this outfit. Mascha is generously offering this outfit and several others in donation vendors at her store to benefit the American Cancer Society. She committed to raising 50,000L for Fashion for Life—help her out.

Seeing Stars

I wear a skin from Minnu Palen with this outfit with a bold red lipstick. My intense glittering eyes are from Ikon Innovia, and my great red fantasy hair is a new one from Mirja Mills, who is cranking out amazing new hair week after week.

Seeing Stars

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. ~ W. Clement Stone

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * ZARA* / darkred by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions *

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup2(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_German Red by Minnu Palen for LeLutka

Outfit (with boots): ***FFL Exclusive*** ! Jetaime Sexy Leather Outfit *Starnite* – black & white by Mascha Boa for Jetaime *

Motorcycle Mama

This year my village’s school association is holding their annual community ball. It’s an excuse to raise money for the schools and have a fun time. Usually it’s a full blown ball with ladies in fancy dresses and the gentlemen dressed to the nines. This year, however, they are holding it at the Harley Davidson Museum south of downtown, calling it “Rumble on Canal Street,” and we are to dress accordingly, forgoing the usual ball gowns and suits for leathers. It’s kind of funny, thinking of all these middle class suburbanites coming dressed up in leathers and metal. It’s kind of like… Second Life!

Motorcycle Mama

Rifling through my in-world wardrobe, I found the perfect outfit to make all the other mamas cringe. This leather jacket, top and pants made by Raven Pennyfeather is the perfect antidote to suburban stodginess. With its many buckles and leather that is so thick and strong it squeaks, this leather jacket is form fitting around the waist but still hearty enough for a spin around on a Fat Boy.

The belt, made by SC Tracy, is the perfect stylish touch with its embossed texture, chain link and ankh charm. And incidentally, SC is the man who makes me look good in so many of the RFyre ads.

Motorcycle Mama

The fun thing about SL is that I can have any hair I want, and today I chose a style that will take me from the bake sale to riding behind Big Dan on a Fat Bob with no problem. This asymmetrical cut by Kin Keiko will do the trick every time. And Tuli Asturias’ shimmering neutral skin is pretty enough to wear with leather (there is no need to be too bold here).

Motorcycle Mama

Finally, the boots. I rely on an old standard in SL which would be an absolutely stunning RL addition: Bax Coen’s Prestige Boots. Imagine me, strolling in among the ladies who lunch and their accountant husbands (all wearing stiff new leather jackets like it was some sort of “naughty” secret),  heels confidently clicking and the smell of well worn leather and motorcycle exhaust trailing behind me. Ah, what a fantasy….

Motorcycle Mama

Motorcycle Mama
Won’t you lay your big spike down
I always get in trouble
when you bring that round
~ Neil Young

Hair: Kin-Nova-[black] by Kin Keiko for Kin Keiko

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/bl) 02a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: !RFyre Damali Womens Black Leather Jacket by Raven Pennyfeather for RFyre *

Belt: !RFYRE The Hunger Belt, Womens, Main by SC Tracy for RFyre *

Earrings: Self Made

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

Easy Rider

I received an invitation for a show called “Heros in Fashion.” I wasn’t sure what it was but since it was on Charlotte Bartlett’s sim, I knew it would be something terrific.

I was right. The show, based on four designers, was completely created by Megg Demina. With dramatic spaces highlighting her take on some famous designers’ works, including Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen, the show is an homage in SL, a reproduction of pieces that clearly inspire her. (Incidentally, according to her invite, she had been working on this before his death and has thus dedicated the proceeds from the McQueen inspirations to The City and East London Bereavement Service.) I was incredibly impressed with the spaces—they are a must-see.

Easy Rider

I show here a dress based on a design by Thierry Mugler. I couldn’t possibly show it as well as Megg does, but I was entirely taken by the outfit. With incredible sculpties and textures, she reproduces the dress with its headlight, racing striped tank and quilted leather seat.

Check out that sweet little leather red heart tail ;) And the incredible fidelity to the pieces of a motorcycle in the textures and shapes.

Easy Rider

I show this dramatic dress with a bold skin from Hart Larsson and messywildsexy hair from Mirja Mills.

Easy Rider

Finally, let me pay tribute myself to the boots. These were the first and best thing I purchased. With their studded back, wickedly high heels, clever cross charm and lace trim, they are my latest to-die-for boots. I realize they are replicas of McQueen’s work. But gosh, I love ‘em.

Easy Rider

Hittin’ the open road:

Hair: CRISS hair ( blackened) by Mirja Mills for EMO-tions

Skin: [PXL] July LT CE Red DEB by Hart Larsson for PXL creations

Dress: Thierry Mugler Motorbike Corset by Megg Demina for Chapeau tres Mignon

Boots: McQueen Gothic Boots by Megg Demina for Chapeau tres Mignon

P.S. And if you are coming here from Mitch’s article in Tor, welcome!

P.P.S. Finally, I want to say, I am NOT Leroy Jenkins, no matter what you say, Kas!

Peek-A-Boo

A lot of sexy clubwear gives you a full view of everything out there. I am seeing a lot of low hip jeans, deep cut tops, and peek-a-boo nipples and uh, intergluteal cleft. But what if you want to be sexy and provocative in another way?

Peek A Boo

The peek-a-boo ripped sleeves on this top might serve that purpose. I chose this dress from Janie Marlowe, a veteran of SL clothing, as a dress I might want to take out dancing. With it’s ripped sleeves, it’s contemporary and shows some skin, but not in the typical areas. There is something very sexy, though, about a girl who has fabric torn in a sort of animalistic way. The skirt, of course, is quite short. I will say that.

Peek A Boo

I, again, wear this skin from Gala Phoenix because it has that sort of glowy youthfulness with the “raccoon eyes” that comes off as sexy after a night of dancing in a hot club. (And hit has great collarbones, which show under this little lock choker from Launa Fauna.) The almost-sweaty seeming hair is from Mirja Mills, who is kicking out funky and wonderful hair an at unprecedented rate.

Peek A Boo

Finally more peek-a-boo, this time in the boots. Magnifico Miggins makes a great boot here, employing a brilliant leather texture over a very stylish cut-out lattice work boot with sexy zips up the back.

Peek A Boo

Crank it up!

Hair: CRISS hair ( blood) by Mirja Mills for EMO – tions

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Raccoon 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Dress: * **MIS** In Tomb by Janie Marlowe for Mischief

Choker: Lock Choker. by Launa Fauna for LF Fashions

Earrings: TSS – Looped Multi Earring by SweetThing Baker for Sweetest Sin

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

Long Lean Shapes

An artist friend of mine once suggested I should take up painting lessons with an abstract expressionist because I was more interested in shapes than anything else. After taking these photos, I think I see his point.

Long Lean Shapes

This long lean shape was created courtesy of the elegant new gown from the new Ultra collection at LeLutka by Thora Charron. With its sculpties creating a voluptuous shrug on top leading to its long lean skirt, it’s a pastiche of shapes and textures leading to an overall elegant silhouette.

Long Lean Shapes

I particularly like how Thora layers the lace skirt over lace leggings so the movements of the torso produce a shimmer effect. I also quite like the corset bundling the jacket. I chose to wear my normal shape with this dress because the wider derriere and hips wrapped by leather emphasized the wasp-like waist cinched by the corset.

I accompany it with a high couture hair from lamb Bellic (I think a 50L Friday offering) in a pale pale platinum blonde. And my face is provided by Tuli Asturias—elegant, understated.

Long Lean Shapes

Curves and lines:

Hair: !lamb. Witch – Powder by lamb Bellic for !lamb

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 3/bl) dec VIP gift by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Dress: [LeL.Ultra]-PANIC/black by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Earring: *GF* Pearl Set “Trinity” -white- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Shoes: Black Stiletto Slingback Pumps by Zoe Young by Saki Galliazo (no longer available)

Hot Winter

This post introduces SC Tracy, a friend and associate and a RL man! He is also now an occasional guest blogger for menswear right here. This doesn’t mean I will be giving up the menswear gig—just means SC is going to bring a different perspective to it once in a while. (Actually, this guest blog is here because SC spent so much time telling me to change my hair, my skin, and my shoes for the last menswear blog that I told him he should try it. So he did!)

Only on SL can I defy my mom’s perennial orders not to leave home during the winter with an open coat…or a shirt. I live in NYC so going and coming from the gym today in 22 degrees with a windchill of God-knows-what got me thinking the obvious: Winter’s different in SL–it isn’t cold.

Hot Winter

I took a trip to Coco Homme. In typical SC Tracy fashion, I got the Flight Jacket in both brown and black (I like to be prepared) so why not pick up the Slim Fit Pants in both black and white? Hey, what the hell, the Slim Jeans Belt, too. It turned out to be one of the easier ones to adjust the size of I’ve found.

The fit on the pants is perfect. I love the rise. The prim bottoms make it very easy to adjust the length for whatever shoe your wearing—like the old-school kicks I picked up from Soreal.

Hot Winter

The jacket is worthy of RL runway, sexy and a major construction. The zipper’s realism is a superb detail. A realistic weathered leather bound by great prim work throughout the design. Adjustable cuffs. Stitched black leather trim detailing front and back, a great collar shape and a cozy shearling lining.

Hot Winter

The kicks, well what can I say? As I wrote before about SOREAL Superstars, it’s hard to parlay a pair of prim kicks into a reason for living, but these come close. Scripted and easy to fit, and very authentic, down to the logo design on the heel, shell toe and broken-in detailing.

Hot Winter

Smokin:

Hair: Uw.St  Ilias-Hair type-B size-LL  black by Din Raymaker for Uw.St

Skin: *SaWoDe* Falcon Light Skin FACE 2 by WolfM Voyager for SaWoDe

Jacket:  *COCO*Homme_FlightJacket, Black by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Pants:  *COCO*Homme_SlimFitPants, Black by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Belt: *COCO*Homme_SlimJeansBelt, Black by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Tats: Roosters Dragon Tatoo Light by Achilles Hartshon for Roosters and Chix

Shoes: SOREAL Superstars by Kwamey Pinion for SOREAL

Poses by SC Tracy.

Alternative Generosity

Sometimes you see someone in SL do something that just kind of blows you away with its personal effort and generosity. Today I experienced that.

Mr. Maht Wuyts stayed awake 26.2 hours and played alternative and pop music in order to collect money for Heifer International. Supported by several friends including Jasper Halfisch, IsaDaft Trollop, Arcadia Nightfire, and Cajsa Lilliehook, Maht stayed awake the whole time and played just awesome music. I showed up when he was entering hour 24. He said he had not repeated any tunes, and he was STILL playing excellent music. (I said it clearly wasn’t “the grounds at the bottom of the pot” music.)

Could this be the “alternative”? In the end, Maht collected 134,000L almost single-handedly, without a lot of extravaganza, without asking 50 people to give up their time and “play along,” without making it all about him. He simply stayed up 26.2 hours (sitting at a computer), played his extensive and amazing music collection, and spent that time encouraging, charming and cajoling the Linden out of people.

Alternative

So what does a girl wear to  the Velvet when she knows she wants to dance and cough up some money?

Alternative

I opted for this sexy-cute top camisole from Annyka Bekkers paired with tight leather leggings zipped up the backs of the legs from Anyusha Lilienthal.

Alternative

I wrapped little string things from Siyu Suen around my arms and wore some cutie hoops from Shannon Carroll.

Beneath it all was this lovely fresh skin from Fade Lei. What I really like about the skin, besides the very realistic but hand-drawn details (freckles, full pink lips, a little shadow under the eyes), are the tan lines on the skin. There is something so cute and sexy about tan lines from a bikini showing through, I think.

Alternative

I upped the ante on the whole outfit with sky-high ruby stilettos from Tesla Miles.

Alternative

The best kind of generosity:

Hair: +LALA Moon+ Bianca [ Red-Brown ] by RuRu Nagy for +LALA Moon+

Skin: Sophie (Tan 2 – freckles) by Fade Lei for Ugly Duck

Top: *blowpop* Blue Roses – Red Camisole (long) by Annyka Bekkers for Blowpop *

Leggings: * Ibizarre Zipper Leggin by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre

Wraps: *~*Cord Wraps: Small/Transfer by Siyu Suen for  *~*Illusions*~*

Earrings: Coquette Heart Slider Earrings by Shannon Carroll for Coquette

Shoes: – TESLA – *Vixen_Desire* (L) ‘ruby’ by Tesla Miles for Tesla

Shameless plug for Maht. He can be heard and seen at The Velvet every Sunday from 3-5 slt.

Fall Wanderings

I wandered around shopping on the grid the other day, looking for an outfit that would warm me up as the days get chillier (at least on the top half of the globe) during fall.

Fall Wanderings

I found myself at LeLutka. The designers at LeLutka are well-known for their stylish and current fashion and certainly their new releases a few months ago splashed across the blogosphere with a flurry of activity and excitement. So I wandered over and poked around their sim. (I will say that the recent incarnation of the LeLutka sims is very confusing and not very shopping-friendly. While it looks urban and “real,” in SL it looks cluttered and unintuitive. I hope they reconsider their build.)

I found a really awesome poncho from Thora Charron on the first floor of the women’s clothing store. The sculpty itself was well-made and textured beautifully, with a nicely cuffed sweater. It has all the comfiness and beauty of my real life favorite poncho.

Fall Wanderings

I relied on Thora for this beautiful hair as well. The textures are beautifully done with a great shape and an additional spine add-on which provides length to the hair hanging off the front of the avatar so when the head turns, the hair doesn’t all cut into the shoulders.

Fall Wanderings

I wore it with these terrific jeans from Zaara Kohime. With her well drawn textures and sense of style, her jeans are as real as it gets without crass photosourcing.

Finally, I completed the look with plush warm boots from Storm Schmooz. Storm was one of the first in SL doing sculpty shoes, and he lends his European design sensibilities to everything he makes. Between the lush suede and the strip of contrasting leather down the back and with the buckle, these boots are the epitome of luxury.

Fall Wanderings

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

~ William Cullen Bryant

Hair: [LeLutka]-SAMARA Hair – Caramel Brown by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Skin: *YS&YS* Adriana Lust 07 Gold EB Dark Freckles by Monicuzza Babenco for YS&YS*

Poncho: [LeLutka]-CORINTH poncho/olive by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Jeans: Zaara : Jeans *blue* (Classic) by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Boots: Storm Schmooz Tundra Leather Brown by Storm Schmooz for L’Atelier Storm Schmooz*