Beautiful Red Dress

“I’ve got a beautiful red dress
And you’d look really good standing beside it..
I’ve got some beautiful new red shoes
and they look so fine
I’ve got a hundred and five fever and it’s high tide…”

~Laurie Anderson, “Beautiful Red Dress”

Today is my birthday, and I greeted with great happiness the news of Laurie Anderson’s new album, Homeland, coming out. As some of you know, I have the above quote from Laurie Anderson in my SL profile (a quote I have carried with me since that song came out in the early 90s). I greatly admire her work and the being she projects, one who is full of life and passion and generosity with smiles and dimples and a short woman’s quiet strength.

Beautiful Red Dress

Of course, it would make utter sense that I would wear a beautiful red dress on my birthday. (And you’d look really good standing beside it.) Today I wear a stunner from Nicky Ree, a long elegant dress that says all of what I hope Harper is: elegant, sexy, sophisticated.

Beautiful Red Dress

I have red hair, this time a sleek bob from boo Nakamura. Red hair is how I started my life in SL (after I eliminated the brown system hair I had made). Harper, regardless of all the different iterations I put myself through, is a redhead, and an unnaturally red redhead (as opposed to a carrot top).

I wear a skin from Tuli Asturias with red lips and the sort of sophisticated face shape I like seeing. The eyebrows are impeccable, the lips, full and beautiful, and the eye shadows are shimmering and arresting.

Finally I wear jewelry that was given to me by Random Calliope on my RL birthday two years ago before he released it for sale. It was the most thoughtful gift I received that year in SL or RL.

Beautiful Red Dress

”Well, push my button, baby
Here I come!”

~Laurie Anderson, “Beautiful Red Dress”

Hair: booN KRC190 hair red by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/bl) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Beautiful Red Dress: *DNR* Fiona Gown Set in Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Jewelry: Tesselations – Deep Ruby by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Beautiful Red Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Sara Smile

Remember the 70s? For me the whole idea of that era smells like the inside of school buses and Bonne Bell Bubble Gum Lip Smackers and Love’s Baby Soft and Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific and wears satin baseball jackets. (I just showed my age card—ugh.) One of the sweetest love songs at the time was “Sara Smile,” which has been recently redone by The Bird and the Bee.

Sara Smile

I wrote this while hearing that song and decided that Harper needs to smile. (“Won’t you smile awhile for me, Sara?”) She sure smiles wearing this outfit from monica Outlander. Putting together two separates from her brand spankin’ new store (a building collaboration between monica and Valeries Muircastle), I pair this well drawn tank top with funky harem pants. One thing monica is willing to do is take risks with her fashion, and she succeeds, pairing slim with full, wild with sedate. I look forward to seeing what monica intends to do in her other store—she said it will be avant garde and pret a porter.

Sara Smile

Atop my head is another brilliant hit by Lamb Bellic. I think I am becoming a 50L Friday junkie based on Lamb’s hair alone. Her offering is often the most anticipated item for me and always a pleasure. I especially like the platinum blonde of this color. I don’t do blonde often or happily. Yet this one makes me smile.

Sara Smile

Finally, LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully have teamed up again, this time to make a platform pump for the best fashionistas. With the textured fringy ankle and the high curvy sole and heel, these shoes are funky and fierce all at once and fully in keeping with the LeeZu vision.

Sara Smile

When you feel cold, I’ll warm you
And when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you
It’s you and me…. forever

Hair: !lamb. Sugarless – Powder by Lamb Bellic for !lamb.

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/li) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Top: Miamai_Wool Tank Top Red by monica Outlander for Miamai

Pants: Miamai_Jeunesse Pants Red by monica Outlander for Miamai

Bangles: **DM** Lena Bangles Fire [no transfer] by DarionMonkee Levitt for [MONKEE]

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Red by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for *Courtisane*

Sriracha Sauce

Today I was thinking about the hot sauce that I see around in restaurants—that thick red sauce in a huge squeeze bottle with the rooster on the front. It’s vaguely Thai or Vietnamese and a little is more than enough.

Sriracha Sauce

Vlinder Reitveld, who spends half her life travelling around Asia and the other half bringing it to SL, makes this Vietnamese dress pretty hot with her sparkling red textures and attention to detail. Notice the sculpty mandarin-style collar, the jewels that come off the top of the skirt onto the tummy, and the great prim overlay coming off the halter top (shown below, though not above).

Sriracha Sauce

I show the dress with a stunning makeup from Tuli Asturias’ new Eva line and a great ponytail from Falastear Aeon that I have been waiting to use and have finally found the best place.

Sriracha Sauce

These great little shoes were one of Vlinder’s offerings for the RFL Clothing Fair. I see she now has them in a Midnight Mania board at her shop—tap that board. I really love their kitten heel silhouette and Asian brocade texture. (Why can’t I find more kitten heels in SL?) I would love to see Vlinder make more colors.

Sriracha Sauce

Just a little heat, a little kick:

Hair: LH_hair29_irene_black_dark by Falastear Aeon for Little Heaven

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 5/bl) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: **Vlintuition My-Duyen Ao Dai Gown – Scarlet Sparkle by Vlinder Reitveld for Vlintuition

Bangles: (Shiny Things) Ruma bangles – silver by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Shoes: **Vlintuition Chinese Brocade Heels by Vlinder Reitveld for Vlintuition

Pretty is as Pretty Does

I have a few friends in SL that I speak to more in IM than face to face. We don’t get together and party. We don’t play together. We just talk about inane things, like jelly donuts and who is cute and how crappy it is to go through rolling restarts. Nothing earth-shattering but very friendly and fun.

Pretty is as Pretty Does

Delora Starbrook is my sugar plum for such stuff. She IMs me, we chatter. She is designing—tweaking and tinkering and uploading, and I am writing blogs and sorting inventory and moving prims around. I have the sneaking hunch we are like two office workers, chatting across our desks while we work. She is the girl in the desk on the other side of the cubicle. Under normal circumstances we would not know each other but in this crazy place, we are thrown together and rather like each other.

Delora has delighted me more than once—in naming a camisk after me, in trying to quit smoking, and now in sharing her lovely work. This lovely tea-length dress by Delora reveals a beautiful mind, one that loves romance and prettiness. She has perfected her textures, layering brocade with subtle shadows and sheen. Here she combines sculpties and flexis well, making an overall dress that would make any woman feel beautiful wearing it.

Pretty is as Pretty Does

I show the dress with a dewy skin from Gala Phoenix and pretty let-down locks from Parvarti Monday. Cailyn Miller’s jewelry stands the test of time in SL—I believe I received this choker in 2007, and it still looks beautiful today.

Pretty is as Pretty Does

Pretty girl:

Hair: fri. – Eloise – Jealous Red by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

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

Dress: *HD* Rhapsody – Red by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs

Jewelry: *Cailyn’s* Victoriana Set (Ruby) by Cailyn Miller for Cailyn’s

Shoes: HOC Apparel – MIB Stilettos 2 by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Happy Valentine’s Day

This is for my loved ones—my friends. Happy Valentine’s Day, dear ones, when only romantic love plays a featuring role but when we should talk about love in its wholeness. Not just eros but also philia and agape. This is for you, my friends, who make my first and second lives so rich and fulfilling.

Happy Valentine's Day

I show a mixed bag here of a terrific (topless) corset by LeeZu Baxter combined with a blouse from Migi Voom. I have owned this corset from LeeZu a while but have always had the quandary of where to wear it—there just aren’t a lot of places I go where a topless corset is called for. However, this little top from Migi Voom suited it perfectly, and it was a perfect combination.

Happy Valentine's Day

I have been wearing this hair from Queue Marlowe endlessly. Really, it’s getting to be a problem. I wore it to model for RFyre, I wore it earlier this week for a blog, and I wore it with this outfit when I went out dancing at Tiphares with my dear friends last Sunday. It’s my love hair.

Let me put a little plug in here for my nails too, which you can barely see, but which are freakin’ fantastic. Made for modeling poses specifically, these prim nails are worn on size 20 hands and can be clicked to adjust to the 7 different hand gestures that come with poses—relaxed, spread, typing, salute, point, peace, and fist. They fit perfectly every time without adjustment once you click the menu. And click longer and you get a variety of color choices. The natural nails are exquisite. They are highly recommended (and frequently worn since SC always wants nails when I model for him.)

Happy Valentine's Day

Finally, these terrific pumps from Vitamin Chemistry complete the ensemble with their sexy shape and smart buckle. Pretty girls everywhere are going to want these shoes with their fine attention to detail (the great buckle, the dark soles, the well textured shoe, the steel heel tip). Va-voom!

Happy Valentine's Day

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.  ~Stephen King

Hair: baby black by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

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

Top: *Muism* [Satin Ruffle Top]_Red by Migi Voom for Muism

Corset: * [LeeZu!] Mia Corset Pants – Corset Dress /red by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Metallic* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [Love Soul]

Shoes: Miss V Suede Court Shoes RED/SILVER by Vanilla Chemistry for Vanilla C. Designs

P.S. Photo background made by ME! Thanks, Rob Moonites for the brushes tip ;)

Masked

Sometimes we are masked when we love. We cover up parts of ourselves to intrigue our partners. Sometimes our partners are masked. The mystery is intoxicating.

Masked

Your Valentine might be such a lady—a mystery girl. If she is, this great little set from Kimmera Madison might get her going. With its lacy bra and reribboned corset (pulled tightly), it makes mystery so seductive. Release for Valentine’s, this is one of several different pieces Kimmera is offering. There is bound to be one for your Valentine (pun intended).

Masked

Just in time for Valentine’s, Bax Coen offers these sumptuous red suede boots as part of her Prestige series. With offerings from bright red to wine, all in one boot, the boots can be resized identically to your previously custom-fitted boots by simply making the old ones “speak” and pasting that chat for the new ones to “hear.” Bax offers such a ingenious set of scripts in these boots with gorgeous textures and to-do-for shape, it’s a wonder we ever take them off.

Masked

I show this with a devastating skin from Twilythula Sorbet. I went poking around on a sim looking at others and stumbled into her store. She doesn’t have a large collection and it’s not as developed as other skin makers, but what I see in this set is pretty nice. I look forward to seeing more from her.

Masked

A man gives many question marks, however, a woman is a whole mystery.
~Diana Stürm

Hair: Cricri-gShort02-B by Aska Watler for CriCri

Skin: .:Twilythula:. PaNina City/Tan by Twilythula Sorbet for .:Twilythula:.

Lace and Mask: Tres Beau “Drama” Black by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Boots: Bax Prestige Boots/Red Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

Analysis Sofa: Diesel Works – The Debutante Chaise – Cream by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Painting the Town Red

For the next week, I will be preparing the romantic half of my readership (that is all of you who need to find gifts for your ladies) to shop smartly. I will specifically be focusing on evening gowns and elegance as ladies like to be given them something to look pretty. (Next week I will show another kind of pretty ;))

Painting the Town Red

In your first shopping foray, make sure you hit Moxie Polano’s Haute Couture. She offers most if not all her dresses transferable. And Moxie makes beautiful evening wear. Here I show a piece she made for her 12 Days of Christmas series, but it could be worn any time because the motif is red roses. In fact, this would be an IDEAL Valentine’s Day gift (*bangs you over the head with the hint*). The skirt can be worn without the prims for a sexy sheath.

Painting the Town Red

Now let me explain why Moxie is the real deal. First, the seams. Her seams are absolutely utterly perfect. Her textures have a beautiful sheen. She makes pieces that women want to wear because they cling in all the right places. And she offers a great value. This dress was very inexpensively priced for what it offers and included great prim shoes.

Painting the Town Red

I am wearing very exquisitely built jewelry from yoona Mayo. Her pieces combine imagination with just amazing tiny prim work and great textures. They are incredibly inexpensive (we are talking 45-65L per piece or set). However they are not transferable, whcih seems counterintuitive for jewelry. What you do is take your honey to her shop, drop 500L on her and she fills up her jewelry box with a LOT.

Finally the hair Kavar Cleanslate has offered for the sale at the Greenies’ Sim. The great thing is he offered all the braids and glowsticks as add-ons, so without them you just have a sexy tousled updo.

Painting the Town Red

Number one Valentine:

Hair: Exile Laya/ reds by Kevar Cleanslate for Exile

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 5 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress with Shoes: MP 9 Ladies Dancing Gown *** by Moxie Polano for Haute Couture

Earrings: ::Cocoon::Earring(JellyfishRE) by yoona Mayo for ::Cocoon:: *

First love song for your listening pleasure: “If the Stars Were Mine” by Melody Gardot