Seeing Stars

2 04 2011

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 *





Queen of Pastry

30 03 2011

I am watching the movie, “Kings of Pastry,” while I write this blog. Following chef Jacquy Pfeiffer (and others), it documents what these pastry chefs have to do to earn the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, which is the highest achievement a pastry chef can achieve. You find out it takes an incredible amount of artistry, engineering, skill, knowledge, trial and error, and hard work to get to that level.

Queen of Pastry

I rarely show someone’s work twice in one week, but Tammany Goodliffe sent over this perfect piece of pastry and I had to take photos today. With the exquisite bodice and beautifully-made skirt, it’s a display of beauty married with smart work. She deepens the color of the print on the sides so the seams match nicely and the body is given a subtle contour while she places froofs seemingly randomly but in a beautiful silhouette. The color is nuanced and lovely. She offers this same dress in tangerine.

Queen of Pastry

I show with a skin from Minnu Palen that came with several hair pieces that can simply be put on top and match the hairbase on the skin perfectly. The skins also come with tattoo lipsticks—Minnu was the first I found to employ this smart trick. The skins are elegant and minimal and suit this dress in tone perfectly.

Queen of Pastry

“The fine arts are five in number, namely: painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry.”  ~ Antonin Careme

Hair: [LeLutka]-LOLA Bun_BLOND_SunTan by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup4(L Brows)hairbase with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Nature Matte by Minnu Palen for LeLutka

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

Dress: salt. koi- strawberry brocade cocktail dress, two skirt types by Tammany Goodliffe for salt.

Bracelet: >< Xaida >< Frida bangles L by Xaida Fang for Xaida

Sandals: Maitreya Gold – Hana Seashell Leather by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya Gold

Happy Birthday, Finned!





Holiday Office Party

4 12 2010

Lots of women’s and business magazines are full of sage advice about what to wear to the holiday office party. An article in Forbes tells us, “The wrong outfit… will quickly make you the subject of unwanted stares and gossip.” But what about SL? What do you wear to an office party?

Holiday Office Party

Eshi Otawara’s newest cocktail dress will do the job. It has the wow factor you need to be noticed among all the other glistening blinging beauties and has the cachet to make you look fashionistish. I mean, what is so wrong about a laced up bodice and speckly floaty flowers and thigh highs with high heel sandals from Onyx LeShelle when it’s an SL office party? (Especially when you bring cookies for the potluck!)

Holiday Office Party

 

A glamorous look needs a glamorous skin and Minnu Palen provides that with her new Mila skin. It’s minimalist, of course. You don’t get all the pores and skin glow that you get on other skins but for a model skin, perhaps that is all you need—something powdered and made up. My updo, adorned with a modified rose from Siyu Suen, is a dramatic style from Mirja Mills.

Holiday Office Party

“The rule of thumb, says Sanders, is understated is always better.” ~ Forbes magazine. Ha!

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * STORMY * /snow by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: [LeLutka]-Mila/HUSH-Makeup1 by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka] *

Dress: Black Lace-up Coktail Dress by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara *

Hair rose: *~*Hair Rose: White & Black/Copy (Modified) by Siyu Suen for *~*Illusions*~*

Bracelet: LBB Green Winter charm bracelet by Tomoyuki Batra for Little Boy Blue

Shoes: Maitreya Gold * Moxie Patent Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya





Moonlight Serenade

2 12 2010

Glenn Miller’s band was playing “Moonlight Serenade” on the bandstand when Veronica Lake walked into the room. She stood at the top of the stairs, surveying the room. Her signature blond hair was styled into a sleek pageboy, her beautiful gown glittered in the lights of the club, her lips curled in a self-satisfied smile. The room was hers.

Moonlight Serenade

Ever want to live the movie star dream? Where else but in SL could you? Sascha Frangilli makes it easy with this beatiful gown, complete with feathered cape and glittering textures. Sascha provides, as she always does, a plethora of choices in this gown including several flexi skirt styles (I wear the “sleek flexi skirt”) and three top choices (mine being choice 3). You are given a simple stole and this more dramatic cape as well.

Moonlight Serenade

The skin I wear is a new one from Minnu Palen, made especially for blondes. With its light eyebrows (and honestly, I think light eyebrows are harder to draw right in SL than dark ones) and smooth skin, the best part of this set of skins are the eyes and lips. I love how Minnu has shown the makeup with a bright highlight in the inner corner to pop the eye and a pale shimmering pink lip. Minnu made the original model skins in SL and created a whole culture. They are still gorgeous.

Moonlight Serenade

Some enchanted evening…

Hair: Clawtooth: You’re a Star – Snow by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: [LeLutka]-Natasha/HUSH-Makeup4 by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka] *

Dress: SAS – Rain Lavender by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Earrings: XENIA earring by Squinternet Larnia for Donna Flora





Power Point

19 11 2010

Shenlei Winkler of the Fashion Research Institute has asked me to speak for a series they are doing in SL. I will be presenting at 3 pm slt today at their location to speak about “’Fashion’ Marketing in Virtual Worlds.” It’s nothing earth shattering but you are welcome to come see my pedestrian slides and hear my dulcet tones.

Power Point

That being said, the obvious question will be what will I wear?! If I were smart, I would keep you in suspense, but I am even smarter because I need to show an outfit in today’s blog, and I struck upon the perfect one. This suit and skirt set is a new offering from Nicky Ree and done up in her typical cosmopolitan and elegant style. As usual, Nicky combines the skillful use of prims with great textures. Classy pumps from Tya Fallingbridge (with black accents) complete the ensemble.

Power Point

I wear a dark red lipstick over my skin from Minnu Palen. This set was the first I found that offered the lipsticks on the tattoo layer. Now many skin makers are offering such an option, and it’s a welcome. My one twist from conventional is Truth Hawks’ hair with a streak, further echoing the black and red color theme.

Power Point

“Power corrupts and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.” ~ Vint Cerf

Hair: >TRUTH< Bonnie Streaked – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup5(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Deep Red by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Suit: *DNR* Trixie V1 Sweater Set in Black Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails – Cherry III by Nicole David for Armidi

Shoes: PM Kavika : Red by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode





Rara Avis

2 11 2010

Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno. ~ Juvenal

The rare bird shows her face more often in SL. It’s a place that attracts interesting and amazing women—women who are not afraid of technology, women who want to exercise their creative and intellectual minds, women who believe in a bigger world beyond them, reachable by pixels and words.

Rara Avis

For the rare bird, the designs of Kimmera Madison are a joy. Every single piece of Kimmera’s is new and refreshing—she doesn’t rely on old outfits and rebuild and redo. She enjoys exercising her creative energies in SL, using all her skills to make pieces that are well-constructed and interesting. The best part of this dress is the skirt, which has a weird alpha sculpty thing going on which could kill the dress, but Kimmera actually uses it to her advantage, decorating the surfaces with an embossed texture that looks terrific.

Rara Avis

I donned a cutting edge hair from Olli Braveheart to make the look a bit edgier (and to keep it all under the stylish hat Kimmera made. My skin is one of Minnu Palen’s mixed with the tattoo lipstick from another skin. Since she did not color the edges of the lipstick with a skin tone (or not that I could discern), I could easily overlay the lipstick from my Lola Sunkissed fatpack over the Estelle light skin. I have seen some tattoo lipsticks employ the skin tone to refine the edges, I presume, and that always turns out to be a fail. This worked really well.

Rara Avis

“A rare bird on this earth, like nothing so much as a black swan.” ~ Juvenal

Hair: [LCKY] Cait – Black by Olli Braveheart for [LCKY]

Skin: [LeLutka]-E/Estellelight-makeup9(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Dark by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Dress: Tres Beau “Milea” by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Hana Black Leather by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya





Awareness

8 10 2010

There are a lot of functions centered around “awareness” of this or that thing in SL lately. Personally, I’ve attended a number of these “awareness” events and am shocked at how little they do to actually make people aware other than putting it in their title (and, to be honest, I wonder if – in some cases -  it is a ploy to boost business by saying it is “for” something.) There is so much more to say than “be aware” and give it lip service. Let’s go beyond the virtual and get real about this.

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s not about being aware that breast cancer exists—we know that. It’s about being aware about your risk, about treatments, about the need to fund research to help treat and eradicate it. (Meanwhile I will show some virtual breasts—I can’t skip the picture/review portion of this blog and perhaps it will catch people’s attention.. heh heh).

Skins, left to right, clockwise: L.Fauna {Lola . Tan 1} [Whisper] by Launa Fauna for L. Fauna; no.07 :: Demetris – Natural :: Beard 02 – Bald by Aeon Jiminy for no.07, [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup2(L Brows) by Minnu Palen for LeLutka; -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 4 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Here are some quick facts. (Please note I have linked all my sources—please check them. It’s important to think critically about what you read. I am not just shoving some “statistic” in a notecard without proper attribution to a credible source.)

  • Breast cancer happens substantially more in women than men. But.. it does occur in men.*
  • It is estimated that 207,090 women will be diagnosed with and 39,840 women will die of cancer of the breast in 2010* Death rates have been decreasing since 1991, however. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.*
  • Based on rates from 2005-2007, 12.15% of women born today will be diagnosed with cancer of the breast at some time during their lifetime.*
  • In 2010, there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.*

&Bean – hounds of love LIGHT Rav  1  brow by Keiko Morigi for &Bean; []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 3/br) :: 07 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli; 04   Dark-Tan Skin -Tyson-/goatee+base+chesthair  *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for Redgrave; :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Pure 3 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Wanna get even more real? I recently had my first mammogram. I did it on the instigation of my friend, Raven Pennyfeather, who knew that I was overdue for my first exam and whose father was recently (successfully) treated for breast cancer himself.

Since some of my readers may not have had this valuable exam, let me explain to you my experience. My breasts were each placed on a platform and pressed down by a clear PETG plastic paddle—gently and briefly. (I know so much about the paddle because in my former life I helped manufacture them.) The discomfort was temporary. Ripping off the little band-aids that were put on my nipples hurt the most. The woman who did the exam was fabulous—she has seen boobs all over on every age and size of woman and man. I felt no shame at all.

[ PXL] Daniel NAT Face00 Dark H by Hart Larsson for PXL; :: DUTCH TOUCH ::kEIra:: Olive – Dawn CL1 EBblack by Iki Ikarus for DUTCH TOUCH; *Sawode* Ada Umber Skin Makeup 1 by sanalyildiz Yalin for *Sawode*; Adam n Eve Skin – Marina t3 Delight by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve

I had put off getting it the exam done because I feared the discomfort and the embarrassment. And deep inside, I feared finding out something negative—my grandmother had breast cancer. It was very quick and easy and my test results were normal.

Many of you out in the metaverse are doing what I did—putting off this very important and easy exam. Why? I told you it’s not bad. (Really! It’s not!) The person doing it was very experienced and very helpful. And while my insurance paid for it, there are many places that offer this exam for free in the US. Not having insurance or the means to pay for one is NOT an excuse! Click here for more information about free mammograms in the US.

Pulse Skin Dance With Me-M1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse; -tb- {Light} DU Echo’s Meadow – Dark Thick Brows by Julliette Westerburg for tres blah; [dekade.] SKINS -Brooke 2- Sunkissed/Hair/L Brows/TDR by Kira Ahn for dekade; LaVie Mark Chin Beard Hair Base Normal by KaoZ Kobe for LaVie

I know the mammogram is not the sole means of detecting breast cancer. I do frequent self exams and also visit my doctor for an annual exam (while I get my annual pelvic exam and um, yeah.. I won’t be blogging THAT). I am also aware of my risk for developing breast cancer. Being female and past a certain age (*ahem*), it’s already increased. Do YOU know everything you need to know?

There is so much more to say that I can’t cover in this blog, but at least I put out something of substance and value. Want to know more? Click through on these links:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Page

Mayo Clinic

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer





The New Yorker

29 09 2010

I have never been to New York City. I have been many places—London, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago—but not New York City. It’s amazing. I have several friends who are from there, many more who live there, but I just haven’t made it—not even the airport. But I will some day!

The New Yorker

As I understand, women in New York wear a lot of black (it’s just not a pink kinda town). So I donned this jacket from AvaGardner Kungler, a double jacket—leather over a snakeskin (what luxury!). AvaGardner has done a great job of shaping the jacket with sculpties, making it wearable AND fashionable. The jacket also comes with a single layer for you ladies who don’t want to get too warm but in the fall New York City has its moments of warmth and then it can turn chilly. My jeans are from California’s prettiest girl, Callie Cline, but their blackness makes the outfit so right coast. And a pop of color is provided by Janie Marlowe in the red tank.

The New Yorker

My hair, oh.. my hair.. I was beyond excited when I found out that Elikapeka Tiramisu has brought herself back to life in SL and is selling hair in the new SL Marketplace. I immediately grabbed all I could and I was not disappointed. This updo from Elika comes with her classic styling and perfect textures. Welcome back, Elika. We have MISSED you!

How do women in the city stay so thin and beautiful? Well they walk everywhere. These boots from JB Gazov are heels a woman can walk around the city in (and climb in and out of taxis in). My skin is one of Minnu Palen’s gifts for the lucky LeLook recipients. The flawless makeup is ideal for our New Yorker. And a statement ring makes its case on my finger, this from Cora Lu. I realize I am missing a handbag, which is a VERY important part of being a New York woman. Oh crap! I left it in the last taxi….

The New Yorker

Someday…

Hair: [e] Rumor – Blonde 07 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for elikatira

Skin: LeLutka : LE.LOOK! la femme – Skin – Estelle Dark Brows by Minnu Palen for LeLutka (no longer available)

Jacket: (Kunglers) Soraia – black by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Tank: **MIS** Essential Tank – Tomato by Janie Marlowe for Mischief (no longer available)

Jeans: Dark Jeans by caLLie cLine for Callie Cline

Ring: P.C; Black Pearl Ring by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Boots: J’s Ankle Boots Round by JB Gazov for J’s





Couture as Art

28 09 2010

“Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.” ~ Francis Bacon, Sr.

The Art of Couture

I saw an amazing fashion show a few afternoons ago done by Avenue on behalf of monica Outlander for her new Black Label line, which is edgy and artistic and certainly not for everyone. It’s no secret that I am not a big fan of fashion shows, but this one was ingeniously done. The set, built by Pill Kanto, was incredible—futuristic and . I am positive it will be covered in other blogs, and I hope they are able to incorporate the set into a more permanent build as it was magnificent. (I think that is what most bothers me about fashion shows—all the work and organization put into them for one hour of “show” with few benefitting.)

That being said, the feature of the show—the fashions—will be available on the grid. I show here one of the dresses from the set, which is rendered dramatically. Monica starts with a Hokusai-type wave on the bodice that flows down into a sculpty skirt, puffing around the legs in a dramatic fashion. Monica has always been a designer in SL who pushes to meet her customers’ needs as well as her creative needs. She brings art to the world of commerce in a pragmatic way—doing her art and making money while she does it. That’s my kind of artist!

The Art of Couture

I styled this with the gift skin from minnu Palen that was available at the Modavia Fashion Show. It’s the make-up of choice of many models in SL and has a clean palette for showing fashion. I liked Lamb Bellic’s edgy hair for this look.

The Art of Couture

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.” ~ Coco Chanel

Hair: !lamb. Say Redux – Ink by Lamb Bellic for !lamb

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_skissed-MFW2010(D Brows) by minnu Palen for LeLutka

Dress: Miamai_[BlackLabel]_Undine by monica Outlander for Miamai





What French Women Know

16 09 2010

“One is not born a woman; one becomes one.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir

What French Women Know

Pixivor Allen’s work is imbued with a sort of French female sensibility. It’s hard to explain but her fashions are feminine, easy, beautiful, light, dignified, and pragmatic all at once. These are not the clothes for Lady Gaga—they are the garments for Catherine Deneuve. Take, for instance, this dress that pixivor debuted at Modavia Fashion Week. Not only does she use the beautiful abstract rose motif throughout the dress (black and gray on cream), she pays attention to the details of the textures. The edges of the translucent skirt are trimmed with a black ribbon and the system piece has lace along the decolletage.

What French Women Know

She further makes this dress a wonderful piece by offering a jacket that includes an optional skirt. So in the top photo you see the dress as it is, above you see the dress with the jacket with optional skirt and below you see the outfit without the skirt. The jacket is an amazing piece of work with translucent materials and sculpty sleeves that gracefully balloon to the elbow. I can just feel the lightness of this beautiful fabric. Finally, she offers the shoes with the dress. While they aren’t magnificent, they are definitely wearable and a great look with the outfit.

What French Women Know

I show it with the free skin LeLutka is offering at the Modavia Fashion Week. And I have donned hair from momo Foulon, offered at the Hair Fair. I like momo’s hair a lot. She offers styles not often seen—cute short haircuts, updos, and longer. A lot of them seem heavily influenced by East Asian styles. (Yes, I am still watching stuff on crunchyroll.com). This updo was ideal for this look.

What French Women Know

French women have a keen sense of the brevity of time and the immediacy of pleasure. ~ Debra Ollivier, What French Women Know

Hair: =TEKUTEKU=marshmallow(firebrick) by momo Foulon for TEKUTEKU, available at the Hair Fair

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_skissed-MFW2010(D Brows) by minnu Palen for LeLutka, offered at the Modavia Fashion Show

Dress (with shoes): -AlaFolie- FARFALLA mi-long by pixivor Allen for AlaFolie








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