The Aptitude to Fly

The Aptitude to Fly

“A power of Butterfly must be -
The Aptitude to fly
Meadows of Majesty concedes
And easy Sweeps of Sky -”
― Emily Dickinson

The Aptitude to Fly

The EB Awareness Event started yesterday and was quite a success with a full sim and lots of people shopping. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare disease that affects 1 in 50,000 children born throughout the world as a result of a genetic disorder. It varies in severity among its sufferers. It is characterized by a defect between the anchoring of the skin between the epidermis (top layer of skin) and the dermis (second layer). People who suffer from EB suffer from skin fragility, blistering and constant pain. “Butterfly Children” is what kids with the disorder are called due to the fragility of their skin so a lot of the décor sold at the fair has butterflies on it.

Kaerri Rae has made an entire set of furniture with monarch butterflies as the motif especially for this event with a large chunk of her income going to DEBRA of America. She offers two sets: one in white with dark gray accents and one in dark gray with white accents. Depending on your décor, you can choose a set and use the pieces with your own existing furniture. I set up two little nooks to show the set, and I included a few other pieces that will be sold at the EB Awareness event, including a darling lamp from Plato Novo.

 

 

The Aptitude to Fly

My sweater is also being sold at the event, a generous offer from Parallax Resident. The sweater comes with a texture-change HUD for some great sweater options. I have seen this in the men’s version too and it’s terrific. Portions of the sale of this sweater go to DEBRA of America. My jeans are a pair of great bell bottoms that Datrip Blackbart has at the Vintage  & Cool fair in several colors. My shoes, which I adjusted to my Slink feet, are from Renee Harvy and can be worn without the feet. My handbag is one of the gacha items at Miffhoi Rosca’s kiosk at Season’s Story.

Mochi Milena did an amazing job on the extensive skins she created for this month’s androgynous theme at Genre. I already knew that she put considerable effort into creating options for fembois and women who want cleavage and makeups. I really appreciate that Mochi offers these options to people who want to explore their identity. My hair is Mina Nakamura’s latest for the Dressing Room Fusion and so perfect for the season with a texture change hat as well as the mesh hair. Love this look!

The Aptitude to Fly

Hair: MINA Hair – Carlijn BB (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Skin: [PF] Ashley <Peach> – Lid 01 (ltbrown – thick) / Female by Mochi Milena for Pink Fuel, available at Genre *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – earth – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Sweater: [Phunk] Womens Fishermans Sweater by Parallaxx Resident for Phunk, available at the EB Awareness Event *

Jeans: Legal Insanity – Meadow bell bottom almost black jeans by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity, available at the Vintage & Cool Fair *

Handbag: =Zenith=Saladbag (Colour Knitting) by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at the Season’s Story

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual and Elegant1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Red Sequin Slipper by Renee Harvy for Duh! *

Furniture: Butterfly Set White Complete by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at the EB Awareness Event *

  • Butterfly Chair White
    Butterfly Chandelier White
    Butterfly Curtain
    Butterfly Lamp
    Butterfly Lamp Large White
    Butterfly Lamp White Small
    Butterfly Picture White
    Butterfly Rug White
    Butterfly Side Table
    Butterfly Sideboard White
    Butterfly Topiary Medium White
    Butterfly Topiary Small White
    Butterfly Trio Pictures White
    Butterfly Wingback White
    Round Butterfly Table White
    Spring Flower Arrangement Grey

%Percent – Debra Flower Lamp (russetkhaki/Med) *MESH* by Plato Novo for %Percent, available at the EB Awareness Event *

Interior: Culprit Dragonfly Cottage (Mesh) by Eku Zhong for Culprit

The Rainbow

The Rainbow

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton

The Rainbow

Sometimes a rainbow is the goal, not the gold, and this dress from Dainie Fraina proves my point with its rainbow colorwash and great off-the-shoulder style. Dainie, who is known for her African-inspired fashions, loves color and finds anyway she can to get as much as into her fashion without going overboard. This time she got every color in the rainbow with a little green removable tie at the waist.

I am carrying a cute texture-change handbag from the queen of cute and inexpensive accessories, Renee Harvy, which matches my darling wedges from Ariadna Garrigus, which she also features in brown and black.

The Rainbow

Peachiemuah has released this new skin, named after a certain famous blonde I am guessing, with beautiful features, full lips, a fine blush to her lips and a little darkness around her eyes (as if she had been partying a little too much maybe). I love Truth Hawks’ style with waves surrounding two beautifully curved braids that taper down to nothing. Sometimes Truth makes the most romantic hair, and this certainly fits that description.

The Rainbow

“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Lagertha by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: {FF Doll} Paris Natural _ Cleavage _w/o eyebrow by PeachieMuah for Fresh Face *

Eyes: .ID. April Gift / Blue-Gray by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: :: ARTIZANA :: SUNGURUN Mesh Off-Shoulder Dress (Rainbow) by Dainie Fraina for ARTIZANA, available at Designer Showcase

Handbag: ::Duh!:: Suede & Bamboo Handbag – Colorchange by Renee Harvy for Duh! *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Bag  Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual  Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail Appliers: -{ZOZ}- Butterfly Spring Polish (Slinks) by Zozicon for ZOZ, available at Fashion Stars *

Shoes: ***ArisAris AA37 chunky boho sandal white by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum.

Stepping Out

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Stepping Out

Today is Margaret Atwood’s birthday—she is 74. She is one of my favorite authors and has shown that one’s light doesn’t necessarily burn out as she becomes older and more successful—it can burn brightly, provocatively and thoughtfully. She writes literary fiction, critical thinking, and science fiction. I am particularly fond of her science fiction work, which seems to have become her genre in the past few years. I recently just read her two latest offerings, which are shorts offered via amazon.com for the Kindle–I’m Starved for You and Choke Collar—and they are witty and edgy dystopian chapters in a serial novel—a bit kinky, a bit surprising and a bit funny in a sort of dark way. I would want to be Margaret Atwood when I grow up if I had the least bit of chance.

Stepping Out

But no, I am simply a fashion blogger and what you see here is the combination of a few elements from great SL designers, including a mesh dress from AvaGardner Kungler, showcasing her ease with elegance and color mixing. The assymmetrical silhouette of this short skirt lends it an air of insouciance. I accessorized with a darling clutch from Renee Harvy and these charming pumps from Betty Doyle, featured at the Zodiac, with a curling tongue on the vamp.

My hair is one of Queue Marlowe’s newest, an update on the Harper model, now including sculpties and a slightly different shape. I am hoping to see this around the grid more—it’s darling. My skin is one of Aida Ewing’s beautiful glowing skins.

The title of this post, incidentally, is from the book, The Handmaid’s Tale. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” It’s a phrase I have internalized.

Stepping Out

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Hair: cray sandy by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Glam Affair – Roza Basic – Jamaica01 D by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: (Kunglers) Veronica dress – S – Lavender by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Clutch: ::Duh!:: Little Clutch  – Color Change by Renee Harvy for Duh!

Shoes: Ingenue :: Scorpius :: Water by Betty Doyle for Ingenue, featured at The Zodiac

Scootin’

Scootin

Summer vacation is the perfect time to get the scooter out and run around town.

Scootin

Naturally, a girl wears something casual—shorts, a little tank top, flats. My tank top is retired as far as I know—a cute little striped one from Juju Armidi, who is wandering the grid and making content under an alias, I am sure. My shorts were Rob Moonite’s offering for 50L Friday. Rob is great for making items that can be worn by girls or guys and these shorts are no exception. My shoes are an inexpensive pair from Renee Harvy, who makes some really nicely priced shoes in great styles.

Scootin

My skin is Mallory Cowen’s newest—a fresh face for women who want to be on the grid with a youthful look. There’s no pretense to this skin—it’s simply young and clean with a much more subtle glow than Mallory’s previous skins. This is not about the makeup or the fashion—this is about dressing down and being casual. The eyebrows took a bit for me to get used to—I like mine more refined and groomed but they actually are a bonus. This skin is not like all the others and this young face is fresh and beautiful.

I wear a new ponytail hair from Truth Hawks with streaking and color change ponytail bands. And I have been holding this calculator watch forever. It’s so dorky it’s cool. And don’t you love my posing scooter? I tripped across this in my sim wanderings. Suri Yangtz loaded it with lots of fun poses (more than you see here) and it comes in five colors—all for the price of one.

Scootin

A visit to the bookstore, pick up some spices for dinner tonight, get those knitting needles I need… errands around town ;)

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

Skin: LAQ ~ Mini – [Nougat] Brown HB – 01 by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

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

Top: (Elephants Outfitters) Ribbon Tank – noir blank  by Juju Armidi for (Elephants Outfitters) (no longer available)

Shorts: *FIR & MNA* The Heathersfield Shorts White Long by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Earrings: ++Je veux_earring_diamond++ by sucreee Menges for Je veux (no longer available)

Bandana: MTP Bandana neck wrap by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Watch: **SB** Calculator Watch by Adelaide Dae (unavailable)

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Spring Flats – Ink (Black) by Renee Harvy for Duh!

Scooter: [socialANGtz] scooter red by Suri Yangtz for [socialANGtz]

I Think Pink

“The very pink of perfection.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith

I Think Pink

Saya Littlething, the creator of Schoen, decided to contribute to Fashion for Life because her father is being treated for cancer of the large intestine. Recently, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan affected her family as well as they live near the epicenter.

Saya continued to support Fashion for Life because cancer was her main concern and the main thing touching her life, earthquake and tsunami notwithstanding. Despite the trouble in her country, she persisted with Fashion for Life, and she has continued to do so by offering this cute jacket as a donation item in her store with all proceeds going directly to the American Cancer Society. Her shop is full of cute items, many of them considerably well crafted and great for casual wear for men and women.

I Think Pink

I wear with shoes from Renee Harvy, another FFL offering at her store and skin from Monicuzza Babenco, recently offered at The Dressing Room. My pants are from Anessa Stine, model and now designer, who has taken the DCNY label under her wing and is filling the store with new creations weekly.

Finally, my hair is from the always friendly chiaki Xue, who partnered up with mappy Handrick of ARAI to make this cute style. I saw it on a man the other day and it wasn’t bad, but I sure like it for a girl, especially with its color change hat.

 

I Think Pink

Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude! ~ Miley Cyrus

Hair (with hat): Dura x ARAI Curl(Black) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: *YS & YS* Amber – Rainbow for Tdr by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

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

Jacket: ***FFL Exclusive*** ::Schoen:: Froh (Pink) by Saya Littlething for ::Schoen:: *

Pants: DCNY_Zip Pocket Pants_Black by Anessa Stine for DCNY *

Shoes: ***FFL Exclusive*** ::Duh!:: Floral Linen Flats Silver by Renee Harvy for ::Duh!:: *

Spoiled

Now, you probably think I get a lot of swag. I do get a good share, but not always. Fashion for Life nearly broke me. I don’t think I have ever seen my linden balance this low. I was spoiled by choice not by gifts. (If you ever wonder what I have received as a gift and what I have purchased myself, everything with “*” behind it was given to me, as stated in my “About”.)

There were so many freakin’ fantastic things at Fashion for Life—many of them exclusives—I couldn’t help myself as I was.. you know.. inspecting the sims and stuff. Turns out some of these designers have generously placed their donation vendors at their own stores, so I can still show you these items and you can still grab them at the stores (and do some other shopping because, frankly, some of these these designers are undiscovered gems). All funds will still go to Relay for Life’s general fund; all are directly given to the American Cancer Society.

Spoiled

Take this darling outfit from Zaira Pelazzi. It’s simply system pieces—a jacket, top, and pants—but it’s so nicely done it doesn’t need anything else. Zaira is a new designer on the scene, offering items 199L or below—simple system pieces without a lot of elaborate adornment. For the avatar on a budget (uh, like me right now), her stuff is a great choice. (She offers men’s too.)

Spoiled

The boots are another budget winner from Renee Harvy. I love Renee’s work and her spirit. She offers great shoes and boots at a very winning price—usually about 25L a pair. How can you beat that?! Her items are not elaborate—no menus or color changers or fancy toes. But sometimes all you need are a pair of cute pink boots without all the bells and whistles.

Pick up both these items at their stores and give the American Cancer Society a little love.

Spoiled

My skin is a beauty from Tuli Asturias with lipstick. I know I have not shown Tuli a lot lately, and it’s not been fun because I love Tuli’s work. This includes the great lipstick layer that makes this pink outfit pop. My sexy streaked hair is from Truth Hawks.

My jewelry is a punch of couture candy from Dita Tran. It seems like too much when you put it on, but once you’ve outfitted yourself, you find out that it is the over-the-top that completes this outfit. This jewelry actually makes sense from a woman like Dita, who is, like this jewelry, bold and fun.

Spoiled

If you need reminding about why it’s important to give to the American Cancer Society, listen to this week’s podcast from The Moth—the comedian Anthony Griffith speaking about the death of his daughter from cancer.

Hair: >TRUTH< Priscilla Streaked – chestnut by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [:T:] Zoe / sunkissed :: 03 Discotheque with [:T:] Zoe / sunkissed / lips :: Magenta by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

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

Outfit: ***FFL Exclusive*** Oblivious – Trilogy- 3pc set by Zaira Pelazzi for Oblivious

Jewelry: FuLo Versace Jewelry by Dita Tran for Fulo *

Boots: ***FFL Exclusive*** ::Duh!:: Silk Floral Booties – Rose by Renee Harvy for ::Duh!:: *

<3 Brina

:. WoE .: at Fashion for Life

Dick Wiesel has been bringing sexy casual to SL for three years, giving girls and guys the kind of grungy burnished look that takes them out of the fantasy ballrooms and plunks them into a more revved up real life.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Did I mention sexy? Dick seems to have some secret sauce in his clothes that he adds that makes them simmer with a sort of understated sexiness. Yes, there are bared midriffs but rarely do you see something overtly skin baring.

Woe at Fashion for Life

It’s as if Dick’s fantasy of sexy is the girl next door, amped up a little with some grunge, some complex textures and some easy casual. I mean, Dick’s favorite girl looks sexy in sweats and a loose tank top.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Dick also offers some great looks for men, along the same line, and he will be showing all this and FIVE new offerings at Fashion for Life, which is open NOW. Dick generously and unhesitatingly offered to sponsor a sim, offering his brand name and an ample donation to support the American Cancer Society. The sim he sponsors, Shulman, has been lauded by Tyr Rozenblum as “bad ass.” Come see it and all the great stores on it and the other eight sims.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Photo 1:

  • Hair: Miamai_Ellek Tail Blonde_Black Bow by monica Outlander for Miamai, FLL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/BL/B 02 with -Glam Affair- Mary – Blush A by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Green (M) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: :. WoE .: Cary Sweater/Dress (Plum Faded) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Belt: :. WoE .: Nomi Leather Belt (Grey) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boot by Gospel Voom for [Gos], FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim

Photo 2:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * AMELIE * /darkbrown by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: (AMD) Emily – Peach with (AMD) Eyeshadows – Smokey by Apple May for Apple May Designs, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Top: :. WoE .: Jenae Tie Front Sweater (Russet) by Dick Wiesel for:. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jeans: :. WoE .: Gauge Jeans (Grease) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: ::Duh!:: Black/Silver Slip-on Clogs by Renee Harvy for Duh!, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim

Photo 3:

  • Hair: [e] Melody – Blonde 02 by Elikapeka by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: : HS : Reverie : Ghosts (beautymarks/c) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Top: :. WoE .: Dawn Cropped Tank (Purple) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Pants: :. WoE .: Reina Sweatpants (Petal) by Dick Wiesel for:. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Hunk of Pink Earrings and Ear Candy ~ Hunk of Pink Bangles by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, FFL Store Sponsor on the Arbus sim
  • Boots: *FFL Exclusive* + ADDiCTIA + ORGANIKA Boots: Knitted Pink by Oct Oakleaf for + ADDiCTIA +, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim

Photo 4:

  • Hair: [e] Vivid – Brown 01 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: Style by Kira – Kate Skin 01A – CE by Kira Paderborn by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Sweater: :. WoE .: Ginger Sweater (Brown) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jeans: :. WoE .: Graecyn Capri Jeans (Bronze) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Handbag: HOC – Leather messenger bag – Brown by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries, FFL Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Shoes: Zaara : Ilaida Mojri *mocha* by Zaara Kohime for {Zaara}, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim