Charmed Life

7 07 2013

Charmed Life

When I hold you in my arms,
And look back on my charmed life
My charmed life
I hope, I hope if nothing more
That one day you’ll call your life
A charmed life

~ “Charmed Life” by Divine Comedy

Charmed Life

When I listen to the radio, I hear about the economy struggling, the problems in the Middle East, the poverty in my own country, and it’s really depressing sometimes. But then I think, well, oppression is less in this world, more people than ever have access to food, technology, medicine, and beauty. And certainly I live a charmed life. It’s something I keep reminding my son too—we’re lucky.

I am lucky in SL too because I can see so many beautiful creations people make and wear them! Start with this darling dress from Maya Levane, which she is offering at the Dressing Room Fusion. With a lovely William Morris kind of print and a brown belt, it’s a simple shape with a great texture. I show it with shoes from Onyx Leshelle, who is having a half off sale on ALL her shoes, hair and clothing until mid-July, when they will put up a new mesh build.

Charmed Life

Alexandra Barcelos has reopened Filthy Skins and she is back! The news was greeted with great happiness in the Skin Addiction group, and everyone rushed to get this group gift, which has well defined features and a lovely cupid bow mouth. One thing I found with her skins was they could be a little blurry at times around the features—that’s gone and I am very pleased. Check out those great brows! I pair it with one of Truth Hawks’ new-color styles—a high banged ponytail. Secret: it’s one of my favorites for every day wear.

Charmed Life

Well I never really worried that much
About making lots of money and such
And I always seemed to land on my feet.
Though there’s been some difficult times
The good times where never far behind
I snatched all of my victories from the jaws of defeat

Well sometimes this life is like being afloat
On a raging sea in a little row boat
Just trying not to be washed overboard
But if you take your chances and you ride your luck
And you never, never, never, never, never give up
Well those waves will see you safely to a friendly shore

Hair: Truth Delta – Reds01 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: :F: Group.Gift#1.2013 ___( Beach ) by Alexandra Barcelos for Filthy

Eyes: IKON Ascension Eyes – Sahara (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON

Dress: (TokiD) Mira Dress_S (raspberry) by Maya Levane for TokiD, available at TDR Fusion

Necklace: // the egg // Torus (necklace) by Yolks Resident for // the egg //

Ring: ..:: BenS Beauty ::.. Anabella Ring by Snow Martiel for BenS Beauty, available at Fi*Friday

Shoes: Maitreya Gold Shiki * Cargo by Onyx Leshelle for Maitreya

Poses by Darling Monday for fri.day





Make New Friends…

16 07 2011

 Make New Friends

So this is what happens when some upstart blogger IMs you and gets all sweet and nice and funny. She lets you steal witty things from her profile. She dishes with you about her partner. Then, she sneaks up and asks to take your photo because of a blogger challenge. She asks you to look like yourself (whatever that is anymore, I am not sure). And then she takes your photo and you look like a billion bucks (see below).

Harper & Rainey

Rainey Manx, authoress of No Rainey Days, IM’d me and flattered me with her request to take my photo to answer Harlow Heslop’s question about what blogger inspires her. I was thrilled because Rainey’s work is incredible—she puts beauty into every piece she does (and I am incredibly envious because my PS and art skills stink). I was putty in her hands.

Make New Friends

Did we intend to dress to match? Nope. But that’s how similar we are in aesthetic–it all seemed to work. I can only talk about what I threw on; Rainey’s babeitude speaks for itself (and she has more at her blog). I started with a minidress and scarf from Trill Zapatero, who tempted me with several things at her store. I love the funky look of her things, their casual sexy hippy dippy coolness. All proceeds from sales at her store go to help Afghan women, so it appeals to my charitable side as well.

Make New Friends

My hair is my namesake from my someday partner Queue Marlowe (whenever Callie dumps me). Queue made the hair and then I sent a photo of RL Harper and we agreed—it matches. My skin, like Rainey’s, comes from Nena Janus’ beautiful mind.

Most importantly, our eyes come from a man we both hold dear to our heart—Ikon Innovia. I would like to think I am the reason they are together but I am guessing it’s more because of his devastating charm and her incredible wit and spirit. It seems Ikon lucked out. So did I in making a new friend :)

Make New Friends

… but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.

On Rainey:

Hair: Magika – Luna Roots Edition by Sabina Gully for Magika

Skin: League – Sia by Nena Janus for *League* *

Eyes: Fashism – Custom by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Sweater & Tank Top: Sn@tch – Church Sweater & Butch Tank Sheer by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Jeans: L.inc – Tyra Jeans by CK Winx for Luck Inc *

Belt: Coco – Calf Leather by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Necklace: Dark Mouse -  I’ve Lost My Way by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse*

Bracelet: Sigma – Siren by Sofi Trenkins for ~SIGMA~Jewels

Pose: !Bang – Promises by Triest Minuet for Bang Poses

 

On Harper:

Hair: AD – harper brown sugar by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Smoky- by Nena Janus for *League* *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Steel Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: BoHo HoBo minidress (tealquarks) by Trill Zapatero for BoHo Hobo

Jeans: Maitreya Skinny Jeans by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Scarf: BoHo HoBo skinny scarf (blue) by Trill Zapatero for BoHo Hobo

Ring: ::je suis::Gacha::tente::sky::ring by Julia Merosi for je suis

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Blue Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs *





Hot Enough for You?

9 06 2011

Hot Enough for You?

If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?” ~ Steven Wright

Hot Enough for You?

It’s like it went from freezing miserable spring to boiling miserable summer in two days. What gives? Is this what we call global warming? All a girl can do is lie around in her bikini in the air of a fan, sipping blue-tinged froo-froo drinks and thinking about her next blog. My lounge is a new one from my pal Gin Galtier, with color change pillow and blanket (not that I need a blanket right now). My bikini is a pretty little thing from Saeya Nyanda, which covers without overcovering or undercovering. (Buttfloss just doesn’t feel comfy when you’re hot.) My hair is a pretty, casual style from Onyx LeShelle and this is day two of the hottest shoes on the grid from Siddean Munro.

Hot Enough for You?

The newest skin release from thebodyco was greeted with a bit of excitement in the Skin Addiction group. I ran over to see what all the excitement was about and was less than excited, to be honest. The vendors take a long time to rez,p and because they are all identical little tubes with teensy writing on them, they are hard to distinguish. For anyone who is not a native speaker, it has to be a daunting task. Then the skins themselves are pricey and the make-ups equally so. I chose the “Relax” makeup for a minimal look, and I got just what I paid for—I can’t tell the difference very much when I am wearing it. I wish I had found makeup demos or bigger images of the makeups offered.

Hot Enough for You?

That being said, the skin is lovely in a very different way than many skins. The body is sensuous and sexy with shadowing and details like hipbones, clavicle, nails, and even elbows that many skins lack. The face is sophisticated but not over-made or exaggerated. A composite of photo realism and hand sketching, this skin does not look like any others out there and that is probably a lot of win for people on the grid who don’t want to look like everyone else but DO want to be beautiful.  It’s up to you if the price is worth it.

Hot Enough for You?

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.” ~ Jane Austen

Hair: Maitreya Jordyn – Hazel by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: the body co. Orchid (03 Light) – black hair with the body co. Orchid (03 Light) – makeup (relax) by thebodyco for the body co. (worn on my personal shape—not the one provided)

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Bikini: Kyoot – Day Trip Bikini – Essaouira by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot

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

Lounge: elefantu [Piedra] Chocolate by Gin Galtier for elefantu

Fan: *atmosphere works* floor fan-D*001 (GD) by Daikick Gausman for atmosphere works

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *





For the Weekend

29 05 2011

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.  ~ Bill Watterson

For the Weekend

I feel incredibly lazy this weekend though I ended up doing tons of stuff. This cute little outfit is perfect for a chic weekend. With a new top and shorts from AvaGardner Kungler, I am cool and sexy. I love Ava’s textures on this wrap top—she has such a great eye for color and color combos. Her little shorts are versatile and have a great prim waistband. I added this little scarf from Mika Nieuport to dress it up a little.

For the Weekend

My skin is a preview from Launa Fauna from 50L Friday. I have to say that I like this one quite a bit—she has smoothed out her over-pouty lips and round eyes a bit to fit a standard shape very nicely. The makeup is gorgeous.

For the Weekend

Finally, my boots are the newest from Bax Coen, and I have to repeat myself—the best fitting on the grid, bar none. This is because of Bax’s ingenious fitting system, which fits lengthwise and circumference—you can actually change the proportions of the boots with her system to fit your avatar. Therefore, a super tall girl with skinny legs is just as likely to look great in them as a short curvy girl. (Wish they had this in RL!) Even better, Bax offers custom fitting at her store by herself or one of her assistants. I tp’d into the store and Bax herself fit me—perfectly. Get fit once, you can transfer the data to any pair of Bax Prestige boots you purchase later. This is a system that can not be beat. This new pair shows Bax’s foray into supply luscious sexy suede. What a great texture!

For the Weekend

The biggest problem with the weekend—even a holiday weekend—is that it’s just too short ;)

Hair: Maitreya Taryn – Cacao by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: L.Fauna 50L Friday Lea Preview with BROWN L.Fauna Lea Eybrow Shape by Launa Fauna for L.Fauna

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: (Kunglers) Dione – top cream & pink by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Shorts: (Kunglers) Eliette – shorts – brown by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Bow: MIEL ELLE UBER bow – click to change texture by Mika Nieuport for The Hive

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Dark Brown Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

(Yes, shadowless.. fiddling and futzing with it all.)





Champagne

14 05 2011

Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient Champagne.”  ~ Dorothy Parker

Champagne

Champagne—a heady, sparkling, rare—not unlike a romantic evening with a new someone special. This evening gown from Mami Jewell is the ideal dress for such an evening with its elegant lace bodice and smooth silk skirt. Mami makes the dress even more special with huge blossoming roses slung below the hips and trimmed with black lace. The dress moves gloriously.

Champagne

Someone whose taste I respect suggested I wear a light blonde hair with this dress. I chose Onyx LeShelle’s platinum blonde in an updo, which is striking with the dress and against Monicuzza Babenco’s lovely preview skin for Sole. My almost-retro jewelry is an older set from Cora Lu.

Champagne

“Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday and better days are just around the corner.” ~ Marlene Dietrich

Hair: Maitreya Siri – Platinum by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: *YS & YS* Sole Reborn – EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW  4 TDR with *YS & YS* Sole Reborn LightBrows by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Clover Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: -AZUL- Kathe/Champagne by Mami Jewell for -AZUL-

Jewelry: P.C; Antique Pearl Choker and P.C; Antique Pearl Earrings by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Delphine pumps – sand by Fallingwater Cellardoor for (Shiny Things) *





Edie

1 05 2011

What I am is what I am
Are you what you are or what?

~ “What I Am” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Edie

A casual look is what is needed this spring—something good for the change in seasons. I always loved girls who could wear their hair down and casually pull on a pair of jeans and look all put together. This wrap top from Lalu Bonetto is ideal for a casual look like this with its pretty retro floral print. Skinny jeans from Onyx LeShelle also make this look—chic and casual with a snug sexy fit. Nardya Rousselot’s sandals with their cute little toes makes this look complete.

Edie

Sachi Vixen has been making more new skins. This fresh lovely look is a new one from her with eyeshadows and lipsticks as she always provides. I opted for a fresh springy eyeshadow. My hair is from Helyanwe Vindaloo, who gives tossed locks a fresh update with this full style and bobby pins.

Edie

Don’t let me get too deep
Don’t let me get too deep

Hair: [ploom] Christy – Sienna by Helyanwe Vindaloo for [ploom]

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Paige Natural – Bare with Adam n Eve Tattoo Paige Eyeshadow Apple Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

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

Top: Puffed-Eye Shirt #2 by Lalu Bonetto for GATO

Pants: Maitreya Skinny Jeans (no prims version)  – #06 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Bracelet: *JDD* Turquoise Moon Bracelet (Rt) by Dana Kingsford (no longer available)

Belt: MTP Ladies Los Ojos Concho belt by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Vixie Nutmeg by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *





Heaven

8 04 2011

Heaven heaven
Can you feel it? Can you feel it?
Heaven heaven

The rhythm of wheels the rhythm of heels
That we fall into the sun
She walk on silver she walk on gold

Heaven

We are still watching the Fashion for Life totals slowly tick up due to the generosity of some designers who continue to sell their exclusive pieces on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Geryn Sloane is one of those very generous individuals. She has been an ardent supporter of the cause, both with her beautiful creations and with her enthusiastic attitude. She is not a huge name in SL; she is not making tons of money (though she could use it), yet she generously gives to RFL and Fashion for Life of her time and energy—she is an unsung hero. Her fashions are glamorous and colorful with touches of sexiness (like the low cut back on this dress—woohoo!).

Heaven

I wear with a gorgeous skin from Tuli Asturias, who seems to be remaking her older skins and adding all sorts of glorious add ons. Hair is a newish curly style from Truth Hawks, who seems to have the market on sexy waves in SL. Jewelry is an older set from Tiffy Vella, who is expanding her repertoire to shoes and gloves now. She does amazing work!

Heaven

Written while listening to “Always Loved a Film” by Underworld

Hair: >TRUTH< RiRi – strawberry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<*

Skin: [:T:] Zoe / sunkissed :: 02 Purity with [:T:] Zoe / sunkissed / brows :: Honey and [:T:] Zoe / sunkissed / lips :: Amethyst by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

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

Dress: ***FFL Exclusive*** GSC Your Sin by Geryn Sloane for G SLOANE COUTURE *

Jewelry: Eclectica_Jazz_purple paisley_long beads and Eclectica_Jazz_purple paisley_Bangles_l by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Violet2 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya





Green green I want you green…

25 01 2011

Green green I want you green: green the wind, green the branches. ~ from “Sonambulistic Ballad” by Federico Garcia Lorca

Green how I want you green

Green is my favorite color. It’s the color of the earth’s bounty, the color of the sea, the color of emeralds and even American money. You’ll see me in a lot of green generally—it suits a redhead. This beautiful dress from Sascha Frangilli is a perfect example. Elegant in silhouette and textures, it is ideal for formal occasions or dancing (and I took this one out for a whirl). Sascha offers this as part of a larger package, which includes her always versatile variety of skirt sizes and shapes and top pieces (including a ruffled shoulder piece and a stole). She also offers this gorgeous emerald in a cocktail dress that also includes several skirt and top styles.

Green how I want you green

Sachi Vixen has come out with a new set of skins that is absolutely lovely. With a fresher look and subtler makeup, sachi is tapping into the desire we all have for a glowing look and a shapely body. She includes with her skins, as always, a variety of nail polishes, and this time, eyebrows and hair bases. Worn in v2.4 and above, you can pile on the layers. I am showing this in Phoenix, where I have once again tackled the shadows. I am getting there….

Green how I want you green

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Hair: [e] Away – Red 09 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Laurel Tan – Natural with Adam n Eve Skins – Laurel – Dark Brows Tan by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Dress: SAS – Cruella Moss Formal by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Jewelry: Eclectica Emerald by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

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





Lauren at Christmas

18 12 2010

Every holiday it’s a new shock. Children you once knew as giggling drooling fat babies are driving cars now. Your oldest niece, Lauren, has brought her boyfriend to the Christmas party this year. He’s tall and lanky, a nice enough young man. What alarms you, really, is that Lauren, this little girl who once asked you to help her wash her hair and whose thin body, ribs showing, shivered as you wrapped a towel around her, who proudly wore a tiny blue spangled dress you bought her, who beamed when you took her to see the Nutcracker, whose small pink Powerpuff Girl mittens are still in your front closet, left at your house 8 years ago–this same little girl has her fingers entwined with this tall lanky blond man.

Lauren at Christmas

It’s nice to see Lauren has refined her fashion sense in the last few years. Gone are the glittery pink t-shirts, the rainbow socks, the unfortunate green fingernail polish (it was glittering and very bright). Today she comes to the party in a beautiful cotton and lace blouse with floating sleeves from Anouk Spot, of mon tissu, a collective from the artists of Tres Blah and Sand Co. (Nevermind that it’s 12 degrees out—it’s fashion and this is a teenager. Practicality leaves in such circumstances.) Her Maitreya jeans from Onyx LeShelle are rolled up—wait, those are her boyfriend’s jeans. Oh dear. She wears flowered flats from flexagons Villota—more comfortable on her than they ever are on you.

Lauren at Christmas

She is finally getting the hang of makeup and her acne has diminished to reveal a beautiful young woman with glowing skin. The subtle tones that Nena Janus provide do not hurt. Her hair, always pretty, is now wild and free and long and held back by a hair band courtesy of Truth Hawks.

Seeing her looking at her boyfriend adoringly, you are transported back to your first boyfriend, those hungry moments stolen in back seats and empty houses before your parents got home, and your secret dream that that love would last forever. You can almost remember the freshness of your own naivete, the feeling of unlimited strength and potential, the world opening up before you. You pray that she will hold on to this as long as possible, being unbruised, unhurt, and unbroken by the vicissitudes of love and the uncertainties of life.

Lauren at Christmas

Entirely true story.

Hair: >TRUTH< Ramona – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -PinkChampagne- by Nena Janus for *League* *

Top: {mon tissu} So Boho Blouse – Bisque by Anouk Spot for {mon tissu}

Jeans: Maitreya BF Jeans – #02 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Shoes: +mocha+  -  Flower Flat [F] by flexagons Villota for +mocha+





Wallflower

14 11 2010

“So fellows, please listen to me:
Don’t look at a wallflower askance;
If a girl sitting lonely you see,
Just bow, smile and beg for a dance.”

Wallflower

I can’t say I am often a wallflower. I don’t go out dancing that often any more (which is a sort of wallflowerishness, I guess.) This dress might catch someone’s eye. Made by Mimikri Kit, it is an example of what she excels at—provocative textures and shapes that are beyond the ordinary. The win is in the details—the seams that match up, the clean edges of the system pieces, the shape of each feather in the skirt, the excellent texture. Short skirts with flexi abound in SL. Most of them are not this stylish or wearable.

Wallflower

My skin is Kira Ahn’s offering for The Dressing Room Blue, which comes with several lipstick options on the tattoo layer. I love being able to choose my lipstick, and certainly this particular skin would afford eye makeup choices too. The face was a little over-dodged–not sure what happened there.

My choker is a sale item from Felicity Winslet’s closing sale at Mariposa. I recently had discovered Felicity’s work, had it in queue to blog, and then caught wind that she was closing shop. It’s a true shame because Felicity’s work is exquisite—this necklace is the least of it (and it’s gorgeous). Get down there as soon as possible to treat yourself to some beautiful gems. (She’s really nice too—handled a customer service thing for me wonderfully.)

Wallflower

i’m not here, no one sees me — wallflower
i’m by myself, please excuse me
~
“Wallflower” by Priscilla Ahn

Hair: !lamb. DIY Haircut – Ink by Lamb Bellic for !lamb.

Skin: [dekade.] Skins  -Claire- sunkissed/DB/No Make Up with [dekade.] Skins -Claire- glossy lips/red 03 (viewer 2.0) by Kira Ahn for [dekade.], available at The Dressing Room Blue

Dress: Mimikri – Vic python / TDR blue by Mimikri Kit for Mimikri, available at The Dressing Room Blue

Necklace: Mariposa: Jewels: Noche Necklace (Chest) by Felicity Winslet for Mariposa

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








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