Alexandra

Alexandra

Well I took a happy hour
And I ran it through your heart
Don’t you lose me to those blue skies
I still miss you when we swing apart

~ “Alexandra” by Hamilton Leithauser

Alexandra

It’s been a busy week for me. While I only generated a few blogs, I hit the events I wanted to blog, I set up the Dutchie house, I did my other work AND I made Honey Almond Cake. I also saw the launch of Damselfly’s newest endeavor, a two-for-one hair set that both old and new fans of the brand will love. Tommy and Shylah worked together to add flexi to their hair, combining mesh in an unrigged form to the flexi to allow the movement so many people loved from their previous styles. In the meantime, they are retaining their regular mesh hair, which I am showing here. So if you purchase the hair I show here, you get this regular rigged mesh piece (which is fantastic on its own) and another unrigged mesh piece with flexi attachments, giving you an entirely different look. It’s a two-for-one deal!

The Jewelry Fair is still on and I found some gorgeous pieces. I am always struggling to find accessories to go with my looks but I sated my needs at the Fair. Atuko Cliassi made the lovely chain/diamond necklace I wear with earrings and hair pieces as well. She has a few other pretty pieces at the Fair too. Ivy Burner, in her great sexy fashion, made this darling dress in several colors for the Young Spirit event.

Alexandra

So while I have been building and blogging homes n stuff, I have been wearing the Belleza mesh body around and yes, you see it here. I realize the version I have is prerelease version because I honestly believe Tricky is making tweaks. I am hoping they will make this even better than it seems. That being said, I am wearing it in these photos with a skin from Inka Mexicola. Yes, I combined Inka’s face with Tricky’s body and I don’t think it’s too Frankenstein. The skin is on my face and then I matched the body to the face via the prematches in the HUD. It worked. There is no reason one can not wear another creator’s skin on the face until the appliers start coming in.

I also want to show you I am wearing a mesh dress with this mesh body. Yep, I clicked out alpha areas and voila! It fits. I look fine. Not all shoes made for Slink feet fit on the Belleza feet (hence the option to wear the Slink feet). However Leslie Warwick has already applied herself to the issue and has made her shoes both Slink and Belleza feet compatible. And I am so glad because she makes some fantastic shoes!

So let summarize with FAQ:

Q: Can I wear other skins with the Belleza Body?
A: Yes, it seems so!

Q: Can I wear mesh clothes with the Belleza Body?
A: You betcha. There needs to be more refinement with the alphas but yes, many clothes will work.

Q: Can I wear Slink shoes with the Belleza Body?
A: Kinda. Some fit. But you CAN wear the Slink hands and feet with the Belleza body or opt to wear shoes made for the Belleza feet.

Alexandra

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Becky(Med) Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly *

Skin: Essences – Tila {medium02} brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences *

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

Body: -Belleza- Venus by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

Dress: ~Sassy!~ Forever Young  – pink by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at the Young Spirit event *

Necklace: **Feel**DoubleChainDiamondNecklace(BrightOff) by Atuko Cliassi for ***Feel***, available at the Jewelry Fair *

Shoes: [L.Warwick] Elation -Platform Heels- Burgandy/Rose (Belleza) by Lindsey Warwick for L.Warwick *

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.)

Que Sera Sera

Que Sera Sera

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother
What will I be
Will I be pretty
Will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

~ “Que Sera Sera” performed by Corinne Bailey Rae

Que Sera Sera

I heard Corinne Bailey Rae singing this song as I was putting this outfit together and it seemed fitting. The look is blonde and cheerful, like the original spunky blonde who popularized the song, Doris Day. I start with the belted blouse and flirty skirt from Ivy Burner, which she is selling at District 5 in the Hamptons. A color change HUD for the top allowed me to choose the right belt color from six. My shoes are also available in the Hamptons, from Kenadeecole, also with a texture change HUD with a plethora of color choices. And my handbag is a darling piece from Iokko Molto, also from District 5.

Que Sera Sera

Truth Hawks has come out with this new lovely long ‘do with optional bangs in two versions with his great texture-change HUD and beautiful textures. It’s a perfect style for this outfit and of course, the tones go great with Shyla Diggs’ skin for the Arcade, a gorgeous example of the set of ten skins she will be offering for chance in a few days.

Que Sera Sera

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Grande 2 with TRUTH HAIR Grande Bangs by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Emily Makeup 9 Bl by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza-, available at the Arcade (opening soon)

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

Top: ~Sassy!~ Kourtney top – all colors by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at District 5 *

Skirt: ~Sassy!~ Khloe skirt – Fitted Mesh – ivory by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at District 5 *

Necklace: [MAGIC NOOK] Circle Of Life Necklace (Gold) MESH by Ayumi Cassini for Magic Nook, available at The Dressing Room Fusion *

Earrings: *MM* Crystal Chandelier Earring by Pearlie Pedro for Miam Miam

Handbag: .{yumyums}. Calm Yo-self Bag [Left Hold II] {Blossom} by Iokko Molto for .{yumyums}., available at District 5 *

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

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – French Manicure – Pastels Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: REIGN.- High Society Heels- FATPACK (STRAPPED) by kenadeecole for REIGN, available at District 5 *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Sonata

Sonata

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata

I named this one Sonata because I was preparing this blog entry while I was at the House of Sakura, listening to the selections Lynn Mimistrobell chose for the evening. Every Sunday night, Lynn hosts a salon where she presents music, typically classical, and gives a lesson about the music, discussing its history, particularities and why she especially likes it. This evening she presented two Beethoven sonatas, hence the name of the blog. It’s an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a Sunday evening, and Lynn clearly works very hard on her presentation.

The idea of a sonata suits this dress well as it’s a structured long piece of played music. Poulet Koenkamp has structured this dress based on classical notions of an evening gown—long, elegant, elaborate. Poulet has made this mesh gown with a beautiful satin texture, embroidered with gold in this instance (she has several colors of the gown) and hemmed in black to echo the black waist.

AvaGardner Kungler’s gorgeous necklace for La Metallique Fair brings out the richness in the embroidery. I couldn’t resist showing this piece, which is stunning with its almost art deco setting and large gems. My gold shoes are Tiffy Vella’s lovely stilettos for La Metallique, with color change gems on the decoration. I love the texture. She is offering several colors but this is the exclusive to the fair.

Sonata

Shylah Honey made this beautiful long hair for the Fantasy Collective. TOmmy Fairplay recently cooked up some new textures, which they have incorporated into this hair. With feathered bangs creating a coy sexy look, it frames the new face from Shyla Diggs’ latest skin beautifully. Shyla is presenting this version of the skin at the Liaison Collective for their Route 66 theme. With a deep tan, it’s perfect for girls on the road in the summer sunshine. It’s also lovely for an evening out.

Sonata

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Pam Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at the Fantasy Collective *

Skin: -Belleza- Beth TLC DT 5 R by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza, avialable at The Liaison Collaborative *

Eyes: [Buzz] Celestial Eyes – Avada {More Sparkle} by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri, available at Kustom 9 *

Dress: :: PM :: Drew Gown *Fatpack 7 colors* MESH by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Metallize – grand necklace by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at La Metallique Fair *

Earrings: (Kunglers) TDRF 046  earring – Golden by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at The Dressing Room Fusion *

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Metals Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Eclectica ‘Blenheim’ Stiletto Shoe-la metallique exclusive by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica, available at La Metallique Fair *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Murakami

Murakami

Now tell me what you know
Is this a story or
An allegory for the racket knocking at my door?
What’s the difference if it’s real or a dream?
Imagination playing tricks on me

~ “Murakami” by Made in Heights

Murakami

I had just finished reading Haruki Murakami’s newest book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, when this song came on KCRW and I thought, Really? I have to say that it is not his best though I did enjoy it greatly. There is something about Murakami that is very satisfying—perhaps his universalism (he’s well loved by people around the world), his minimalism (think Raymond Carver, who is a strong influence), or his benign sense of alienation (never has felt very “Japanese,” he says).

So the post is named after him and the song and a message to Mami Jewell, who keeps promising me she will read his books. I would want to know if she likes them, especially this one or Norwegian Wood (hint, Mami).  I chose this dress because it’s as simple and elegant and fluid as Murakami’s work. The entire dress is mesh, which is a change for Mami, who prefers to work with prims or prims and mesh. I loved how she translated the movement of sheer scarves into the mesh pieces that wrap around.

My pretty shoes and jewelry are both featured at La Metallique Fair. AvaGardner Kungler has made a beautiful collection of jewelry for the fair with geometric gems in elegant gold contemporary settings. My elegant high heels are Senzati0n Domenitzo’s metallic contribution. I love that she makes her great designs for Slink feet now!

Murakami

I found this simple updo from Minami Susanowa for a touch of elegance. Sometimes that’s all that is needed, as sometimes a simple aphorism or description will do in literature (Murakami again). Finally, Belleza is having a big sale to retire skins, and they are priced at 100L each. This is one such skin and I wore it in this blog to show my dear readers that they are well worth it. This is the first I put on from the Shyla line and it’s still flawless with beautiful features. You won’t look “out of date” or “old.” Tricky’s work holds up!

Murakami

“The human heart is like a night bird. Silently waiting for something, and when the time comes, it flies straight toward it.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Hair: tulip. Elena Reds 6 by Minami Susanowa for tulip.

Skin: -Belleza- Shyla Sk 1 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza *

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

Dress: -AZUL- Luana /Sakura (MMV2014_1stRunnerup)(Limited_MP)* by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Earrings and Ring: (Kunglers Extra) Metallize – Earrings and Ring – Gold onix by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at La Metallique Fair *

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

Nail appliers: Ma Vie Les Vernis Classics 1 Hands by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie, available at District 5

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Palermo Limited (Black) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at La Metallique Fair *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

“I guess I felt attached to my weakness. My pain and suffering too. Summer light, the smell of a breeze, the sound of cicadas – if I like these things, why should I apologize?” ~  Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

Summer Breeze

Kaerri Rae has given us a little summer breeze, in the form of a pavilion, a little inside for the outside or a little outside for the inside in the form of a limited edition set she has made for Casa. The pavilion itself comes with the fireplace (already set), the inset cushioned seat, the furniture, plants and décor. I intentionally set the whole scene without any other decoration so you can see exactly what comes with this. And it’s limited edition—only 15 will be sold at Casa, so make your way there now.

Summer Breeze

I had a seat next to the talking parrot (seriously—he talks) to show you my great little plaid dress from Kinu Mayako that she is featuring at District 5. She actually has a tie-dyed version and a floral version too, but this one conveniently comes with a HUD so you can choose which plaid you like. My shoes are from Erratic Rain’s collection and the pink fit this look so well, I had to wear them.

Summer Breeze

TOmmy Fairplay put out a group gift at District 5 for women and men, and this is the women’s. It’s a casual updo, messy enough for breezes on an open pavilion but still elegant. My skin is one of Shyla Diggs’ newer ones in her typical gorgeous style, and I discovered Mavi Beck’s nail applier gacha at District 5 when I was poking around and lost a lot of change!

Summer Breeze

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Kaley Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at District 5 (GIFT)*

Skin: -Belleza- Claudia SK 0 Br by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza *

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

Dress: [ SAKIDE ] Artless Dress Plaid by Kinu Mayako for [ SAKIDE ], available at District 5 *

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

Nail appliers: Ma Vie Les Vernis Classics 1 Hands by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie, available at District 5

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

Shoes: erratic / karen – block heels / pink-beige by Erratic Rain for erratic *

House and contents: Casa Limited Edition Pavillion by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available only at Casa *

  • Casa Limited Edition Pavillion
  • Casa Limited Edition Fish Light Large
  • Casa Limited Edition Fish Light Medium
  • Casa Limited Edition Fish Light Small
  • Casa Limited Edition Hurricane Lantern
  • Casa Limited Edition Lily Planter
  • Casa Limited Edition Patio Table
  • Casa Limited Edition Patio Triple Planter
  • Casa Limited Edition Pavillion Couch
  • Casa Limited Edition Pavillion Table
  • Casa Limited Edition Single Hibiscus Planter
  • Casa Limited Edition Single Palm Planter
  • Casa Limited Edition Single Shrub Planter
  • Casa Limited Edition Stool
  • Casa Limited Edition Talking Parrot
  • Casa Limited Edition Vase of Daisies
  • Casa Limited Edition Wine & Candle Tray
Hesitation Blues

Hesitation Blues

Now there’s rocks down in the ocean and there’s fish in the sea,
I know you mean the whole world to me.
How long, dear, must I have to wait?
Can I get you now, dear, mm, must I hesitate?

I got them Hesitation Stockings, I got them Hesitation Shoes,
Lord knows I got them Hesitation Blues.
Tell me, how long do I have to wait?
Why, can I get you now, dear, mm, must I hesitate?

~ “Hesitation Blues” by Larry Golding, featuring Madeleine Peyroux

Hesitation Blues

A blues song hardly seems to go with this outfit unless you consider how sultry it is when Madeleine Peyroux sings it. Her languid, melodic voice is perfect for this time of summer as is this gorgeous outfit from Sienia Trevellion when I was previewing District 5. (Yeah, I actually go SHOP and you can too because it opened today.) She is offering the top and skirt separately, rather than as an outfit, so you could have the option to purchase one or the other. I would recommend the skirt first. The top fits a little hinky but has a great texture, so how can one resist? (Note: Sienia IM’d later that she had worked on the rigging and reissued the top. I have tried it on and it’s much better!) I matched Maxi Gossamer’s new necklace for Collabor88 with the look and great bangles from Zaara Kohime, who still has some of THE BEST textures. Zozicon has made up special nails for District 5 with shooting stars!

Hesitation Blues

My lovely long locks are one of Shylah Honey’s contributions to District 5. The hair comes with a great texture-change HUD so I went all the way with this ginger ombre to pick up the oranges in the outfit and accentuate the blues and greens.  My absolutely gorgeous makeup is one of Shyla Diggs’ pieces at Collabor88, one of her typically sensuous color combos. I added one of the matte lips to bring a touch more color to the lips but with such bold eyes, a little goes a long way.

Hesitation Blues

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Mabel Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at District 5 *

Skin: -Belleza- Grace C88 Tan 3 R with -Belleza- Grace C88 Tan Matte 1 by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza, available at Collabor88 *

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

Top: Lark – Jade Blouse 2 by Sienia Trevellion for Lark, available at District 5

Skirt: Lark – Jade Maxi 1 by Sienia Trevellion for Lark, available at District 5

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Cyrene by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Bangles: ZC : Indra painted stacked bangles *gold* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

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

Nail appliers: -{ZOZ}- Painted Sky *Scene* (slink) by Zozicon for ZOZ, available at District 5 *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys