Charmed Life

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

Dress

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Put on that dress
I’m going out dancing
Starting off red
Clean and sparkling he’ll see me
Music playing make it dreamy for dancing
Must be a way that i can dress to please him
It’s hard to walk in the dress, it’s not easy
I’m spilling over like a heavy loaded fruit tree

If you put it on
If you put it on

~ Dress by P.J. Harvey

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If you put it on, will he notice? I am guessing in this dress from monica Outlander, there is a good chance he will. When we dress up to get a lovers’ attention or just attention, what do we focus on? Some people think it’s all about showing some skin. I think it’s about showing something less overt—the curve and sway of a feminine body, the very subtle cultural cues—a slit up the leg, an open back. Monica’s dress quite effortlessly achieves this.

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My skin is another glorious example of Gala Phoenix’s newest releases, a beautiful soft skin with an underlying sensuality and a fresh freckled countenance. I have been resorting to overlying the dark brows from the Chic series on her skins—I really want a darker brow when I wear dark hair.

And my dark hair is a beautiful sensuous style from Queue Marlowe’s latest line. I think this style really has that sort of Mary Louise Parker look to it—loose curls flowing down in a sexy silhouette.

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If you put it on
If you put it on

Hair: .b – tavern house wine by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: :GP: Petal Frex [Dark] Candy-Licorice Whip 1 with :GP: Chic-Dark Brows (Tintable) by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: Miamai_Aralee Blue by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Bangles: Ear Candy ~ Special Silver Bangles L by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: Maitreya Gold Aequus Blue *V2.0 Boxed* by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Poses: Diesel Works Railing (Straightened) by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works

Hot Enough for You?

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

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.)

What About Lunch?

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”” ~ Winnie the Pooh

What About Lunch

Admittedly sometimes I ramble on far too long in my blog so today it’s going to be short and sweet—kind of like this dress from Anessa Stine, a new offering from a new designer for DCNY. She uses what seems is a photosourced texture that has been carefully rendered over the dress shape so you have a sexy peekaboo fabric without being too revealing.

What About Lunch

My skin is an offering from Monicuzza Babenco at the Dressing Room with a pretty demeanor and bright lips. My hair is a new delicious updo from Truth Hawks. How does he keep doing it?

What About Lunch

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

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

Skin: *YS & YS* Penelope Flash – Tdr by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*, sold at The Dressing Room

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

Dress: DCNY_Stretch Crochet Dress_Cerise by Anessa Stine for DCNY *

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Shanti Snow Leopard by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya Gold

Heaven

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

Queen of Pastry

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!