True Blue

True Blue

True blue, your silent cry
And I can see it and I want to touch you
Please, cause no one sleeps
True blue is breaking the waves
I used to know all the gates of love
And all the love was streaming through you

~ “Eclipse Blue” by Nosaj Thing

True Blue

I put together this true blue outfit because I just loved all the elements and wanted to wear something that made me feel good. Start with this open-necked chambray blouse from Julliette Westerberg, who has a fine grasp of mesh rigging and clothing with great textures and fashion. Add my favorite jeans from Paul Lapointe that come with a texture-change HUD for the jeans and the belt. I ran over to Jewelry Fair and found that RealEvil was there with some fabulous mesh jewelry. The necklace I show has texture change for the metal and all three layers of feathers, so it’s versatile and really nicely made.

True Blue

I brought out this gorgeous skin from Inka Mexicola again. Gosh it’s beautiful. I LOVE the eye makeup, especially with this whole look. (The next blog I am going to be showing Inka’s skin with the Belleza body. Think it won’t work? It does!) My gorgeous ponytail is one of Truth Hawks’ newer ‘dos. I am true to blue, true blue.

True Blue

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

Skin: Essences {Linka02} *medium01* brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Top: -tres blah- Open Collar Blouse – Chambray by Julliette Westerburg for -tres blah-

Jeans: L&B Jeans “Classic Boyfriend” by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Necklace: **RE** LUX Elix Necklace by Crashnoww for RealEvil Industries, available at the Jewelry Fair *

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Slink – Raw Nostalgia Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Eudora 3D Ragnarok Clogs by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at Uber *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Building a Better You

Building a Better You

Building a Better You

The word is out on the grid. The Belleza Mesh body for women is almost ready to be released. Tricky Boucher is this close > < to making many women’s (and men’s) dreams come true. I was disgustingly lucky to get my hands on one of the first copies sent out and I put it through its paces.

First, let me say, I have not been a huge user of mesh body parts. I have blogged them here but it’s not my thing. Big boobs, a ginormous butt: nothing could quite convince me that it was “me” inside that rubber suit.

So is it all that? Yeah. It kinda is.

I got the very small package (not a lot in there), wore it right over my own shape, popped on a Belleza skin (this one being part of Shyla Diggs’ Claudia set), threw on the HUD, and away I went. There was so little to do except wear the alpha and the HUD and click to match the skin! I didn’t have to adjust my shape or wear a billion different layers or even lose my own face. I didn’t feel like I was wearing someone else’s body. I was just building a better me.

Building a Better You

Made from fitted mesh, using all the features of the SL client, the body has been shaped and rigged to perfection, and believe me, I looked. I bent my body to see how the joints looked. I peeked between legs and under arms and did a thorough inspection of the booty (which is always my bugaboo on mesh bodies—thigh gap and ass divots leave me cold). This body is perfection.

Even more perfection came when I changed my shape to make a shorter and curvier girl. Moving sliders for my torso, breasts, legs, and body shape did nothing to make the mesh body distort grossly or make a body that wasn’t fully womanly. I LOVED the rounder girl I was able to create from working on my shape. Look at those thighs. Look at that butt! I know a lot of ladies in SL struggle with their body image. This is a full body we can be proud of and pleased with.

I am very happy with my face so all I need is the body, which is a great option to have. I will say the joint where the mesh body meets the system head is a little funky, but I think that’s to be expected. If I wore a mesh head, that might go away. I didn’t fuss about it. I want my Harper face too darn much.

Building a Better You

The HUD allows you in several screens to do a multiplicity of things. Screen one, you can find your preset skin. Right now they accommodate Belleza skins and other presets but that will change as they bring in other creators’ appliers.

Screen two allows you to reveal or hide parts of the body using alphas, so you CAN wear your mesh clothes without appliers. Yay! I tested this quite a lot and found that the alphas didn’t always fit the clothes, but come on, Tricky has sliced and diced the body to within a few pixels. It does mostly what it has to do. I hope perhaps in the future he can work with creators to make custom alpha layers on his body as an applier.

Screen three gives you natural or push up breasts, and the push ups are not just a trick of the eye with a cleavage layer. They honestly push up. You can also choose your nipple color on this screen, and they are delightfully colored.

Screen four is one of my favorites. On this screen you can choose from among 12 different hand versions to be worn on the left and right sides and also choose a nail color. Again, I am hoping creators will be able to add to this.

Screen five allows you to choose foot shape and the feet replicate in size and angle the Slink feet or the JD feet. I loved these two screens because all I had to do was click to change a hand or foot, not pour through my inventory to find the one I wanted and add alphas and then find appliers for the skin tone of the hands and feet and so on. Click and it was done!

This is not to say you have to give up your Slink hands. They have enclosed a separate Slink skin applier to work with your hands and feet if you are attached to those “attachments.” I can see why people who have invested in these pieces will want to keep them, especially with the extensive network of appliers and add-ons.

The final screen gives you instant access to all things Belleza. The HUD sits in the upper right hand corner, which is a seldom utilized HUD position so it won’t get in the way of other stuff. However I was closing chat a lot to get at the HUD! (I am sure there is a setting in my client to stop the chat from appearing there.) Of course the option is to reattach the HUD to another corner but it’s clearly built to be in that corner (tabs on the left side) and works well there as HUDs attach in other corners.

New Note: Price is going to be 3995L for this body as you see it with the HUD. Got that straight from Belleza.

Yeah, I am pretty excited and happy that Tricky has brought this out. He has been working on this a long time, and I think he has done a fabulous job (with Shyla). I finally feel like I have built a better me.

Building a Better You

Body: -Belleza- Venus by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza-, coming out this week!! (He told me Wednesday.)

Rainbow’s End

Rainbow’s End

“Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?”
~ Pablo Neruda

Rainbow's End

Something bright and colorful for an unusually cold and cloudy day where I am. This great tie-dyed dress from Cortez Brandriss comes in several colors/patterns but I was feeling the hippie love so I got this one. Something about it just makes me happy. I accessorized with some great Indian-inspired jewelry from Dima Plessis for the Jewelry Fair, which is opening today. It came with a great texture-change HUD that allowed me all sorts of clicky changes to mix and match AND she did the fine service of providing a few prematched options. Love it all, especially with the bangles she has also made for the Fair.

Rainbow's End

My long braid is Mirja Mills’ newest with side-swept bangs and an interesting combo of braids rigged to the avatar. As always, you get Mirja’s great assortment of hair colors. My glowing skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s newest for the Suicide Dollz Event. Sawsan is going nuts with new skins, and they are all gorgeous. How does she do it?!

Rainbow's End

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * MELA* by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Raja DarkTan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Suicide Dollz Event *

Eyes: [Buzz] Ardent Eyes – Angel by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri

Dress: [ free bird ] Aucklet Dress – Karma by Cortez Brandriss for [ free bird ]

Necklace: Cazimi: Ahlam Necklace – Ultimate by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

Earrings: Cazimi: Ahlam Earrings – Ultimate by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

Bracelets: Cazimi: Suhaila Indian Bangles – Pink & Gold by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

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

Nail appliers: Ma Vie. – Les Vernis – Classics by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie

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

Shoes: Pure Poison – Lisa Sandals – Black by Shaleene Kenin for Pure Poison

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Ruby Pearl

Ruby Pearl

Well, I’ve got a woman named a-Ruby Pearl
A be-boppin’ baby in a be-boppin’ world
She’s got the rhythm from her head to her feet
She knows at first every brand new beat
Ruby Pearl, hey, hey-hey, Ruby Pearl
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Pearl

~ “Ruby Pearl” by Jackie Lee Cochran

Ruby Pearl

A be-boppin’ girl, our Ruby Pearl, with a great mesh dress from the just-opened Thrift Shop with all the great attributes of a rockabilly look. With a full mesh skirt (underlain with a cleverly-crafted alpha that includes lace at the edge), this dress with big blowsy roses is a lovely look from Blacknesslectra. To go from sweet to more rockabilly, I added a tattoo from Antonia Marat (still the best rockabilly I can find on the grid) and pearls and earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo, that will soon be featured at the Jewelry Fair. Finally, wicked stiletto shoes from Beanster Potato with a texture change HUD  for the little triangle insets allowed me to match my shoes to the look while having that edgy high heeled look that good rockabilly needs.

Ruby Pearl

Of course, the whole look was started because of this fabulous new style from Truth Hawks with the side rolls and long wavy locks. He made the hair in two versions so you get two for one in your box, but I preferred this look, especially with the fabulous skin that Sawsan Secretspy has made for the Unique Varied Event. She includes several lipsticks and eyeshadows and this wickedly great eyeliner with the skin. I wore the cleavage version with this dress because it makes sense. CarrieAnn Lemon’s great plain nail color set from the Thrift Shop completes my look.

 

 

 

 

Ruby Pearl

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Tulip 2 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aurora Tan Nat CL with .::WoW Skins::: Eyeliner and .::WoW Skins::. Aurora – BabyPink Lips by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Unique Varied Event *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: +MC+Hey Darling!Roses by Blacknesslectra for Macabre, available at Thrift Shop

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Margarita – pastel rose – Necklace and Earrings by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Jewelry Fair (opening September 13) *

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

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

Nail appliers: ! ellemeno ! colored nails by CarrieAnn Lemon for Ellemeno, available at Thrift Shop

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: DN Mesh: Akaline Heels by beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Mystery Girl

Mystery Girl

“I’ll search the world
for the girl
who knows what’s become between us…”

~ “Mystery Girl” by World Party

Mystery Girl

My mystery girl took a trip over to the Designer Showcase to dress up today. First, this dress from GraceHaddington is a new creation with one of her great texture-change HUDs and a gorgeous sheer panel at the decolletage. Grace is the queen of textures, applying them to her clothes in great proportions and with a wonderful eye how they will work on a silhouette. Rather than texture the whole dress with the abstract pattern, she leaves the back solid, which gives the whole dress a visual pop. I paired it with darling t-straps from Delinda Abbot, which are harder to come by in SL than one would think. Love the pointy toe and the stylishness of these shoes. Earrings are preview copies for the Jewelry Fair from Plurabelle Laszlo for the Jewelry Fair coming on September 13. Can’t wait to see what else is coming out!

Mystery Girl

My beautiful skin is Umazuma Metaluna’s new offer for Collabor88. It’s great to see some new designers in Collabor88. As much as I like the others, it’s nice to see a change of pace, and of course, we know Uma does some brilliant and unique skins. I love the delicate features of this skin and the beautiful makeup colors, perfect for a Miami night. My sideswept ‘do is Queue Marlowe’s lovely limited edition for 24 Squared. It’s one that you should rush to get because it will be gone and only 150 lucky people on the grid will have a copy.

Mystery Girl

Hair: AD – joan – dark browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available at 24 Squared *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Kim – Miami (toffee) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – black coffee by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[ SUMMER14] Riptide by GraceHaddington for LivGlam, available at Designer Showcase *

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Margarita – pastel rose – Earring Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Jewelry Fair (opening September 13) *

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

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 223 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Lindy Birget BlackPat by Delinda Abbot for Lindy, available at Designer Showcase

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Solitude

Solitude

“Trees’re always a relief, after people.” ~ David Mitchell

Solitude

I am an introvert. I like my alone time a lot. I like quiet. So a walk in the woods is a good thing, and dressed as a woman warrior, I can let my inner fierce out. I dressed this way because two elements I wanted to show: first, these great mesh gladiator sandals with knee pads from Erratic Rain, which she is featuring at Uber. Available in several colors, the sandals are great for any kind of RL or a sexy summer look. My outfit is one of ValentinaEvangelista’s great mesh pieces. She makes her own mesh, and it’s not easy rigging clothes to fit well and also doing the fantastic textures she makes. If you want original mesh, that’s the place to go.

Solitude

The other reason I did this look was to show off Shylah Honey’s hair for We Love Roleplay. Shylah (and her husband Tommy Fairplay) also do all original mesh pieces. This side-swept ‘do comes in 20 shades on their texture-change HUD and includes the feathers on the side, perfect for RP. My skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s exclusive for 24 Squared. She will only be selling 150 copies total and once they are gone, they are gone. The skin comes with a generous number of lipsticks and eye makeups plus freckles and of course, cleavage, so it’s a very unique look for a lucky few.

Solitude

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Koko Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at We Love Roleplay *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Melissa Bronze  with .::WoW Skins::. Orange Lips Tattoo B/DT (ADD ME) and .::WoW Skins::. Black eyeliner (Bonus) by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at 24 Squared *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Moca moca eyes -Light Brown- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Outfit: :V.e. Sophia Two Piece Cocoa by ValentinaEvangelista for Valentina E.

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Fern’s Trinket and Bead Necklace – Long by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at  FaMESHed *

Headpiece and Earrings: Legal Insanity – Ashanti Headband Black with Ashanti Earrings – Black  by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity, available at the Showroom *

Bracers: .random.Matter. – Baratheon Bracers – Brown by Nikohl Hax for .random.Matter, available at We Love Roleplay *

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

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

Shoes: erratic / valena – gladiator sandals / espresso by Erratic Rain for erratic, available at Uber *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Taken at the Chakyrn Forest

C’mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)

C’mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
[Kitty], we couldn’t get much higher

~ “Light My Fire” by Jim Morrison

C'mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)!

When Callie told me they were going to be making a special KittyCatS kitty this year for the Firestorm 4th Birthday, I was really excited. Last year Firestorm gave away a commemorative KittyCat also to any and all of SL who wanted one to celebrate 3 years!  This year, a new collectible “FireBall” KittyCat is offered grid wide for everyone to join in the 4th year Firestorm celebration.

This FireBall is functional and interactive!  You can cuddle it, play with it and interact with it as you would any regular KittyCat EXCEPT you don’t have to feed it (it comes as a Perma-Pet™). It’s also been spayed/fixed for you (meaning you can’t breed with this KittyCat).  So this is not a mesh statue cat; it’s a cute little pet you can carry, have walk with you, have sleep in your home, cuddle with you next to the fire and so much more! The birthday hat and collar are removable through their clever menu, so you can dress the KittyCat up or down.

C'mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)!

Callie shared a large statue version with me to give you all a sneak peek and the regular sized cat. She also showed me the little FireBall bed made by Barnesworth Anubis that is included, so your KittyCat has a place to rest.

As an aside let’s congratulate Jessica Lyon and her team for taking on a monumental task these past four years. Needless to say, the SL community is not exactly the cheeriest bunch and the Firestorm people keep feeding us improvements for a great SL experience without charging us a penny. Give them a hand! Or a paw!

C'mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)!

Featuring the “Fireball,” the FREE functional KittyCatS kitten, the celebratory mascot for the Firestorm 4th Birthday Celebrations. Make sure you check the Firestorm website tomorrow (September 3) at 1 pm SLT for information about where to get it!

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Mandy Mesh Hair – Cinnamon by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Victoria Darktan 01 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Kings & Queens Fair *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes –  glacier by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: -AZUL- Qulsome /Turquoise by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

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

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Eudora 3D Ragnarok Clogs by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at Uber *

Poses: Megapuss Poses, MoodSwings by Veridian Frog for Mood Swings *