Alien Chic

21 07 2010

What do you call something that is chic and bright with latex and cobbled leather but is not anything you think you could ever wear anywhere and be entirely appropriate? Perhaps on another planet this outfit will work. It’s clearly chic, well-designed, bright and funky.

Alien Chic

I figure anything designed by Eshi Otawara will translate to other planets and other worlds—we just need to get there. When I go, I will be sure to wear this outfit with its bright pink plumage, pagoda shaped shoulder pads, cowl neck and zipper running along and around the body, attaching vinyl to leather.

Alien Chic

The “hair,” an interesting headpiece which covers the eyes (because I really don’t need to see—I need to be seen) echoes the feathers in the shoulders, fantastic jeweled belt and cute little purse.

Alien Chic

Hello, Avatar!

Skin: La Sylphide – Liliana – Black and White – Noir by Stephanie Misfit for La Sylphide

Outfit (with hair): Pink Zip It Attitude by Eshi Otawara by Eshi Otawara

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Hot Pink by Saki Galiazzo (no longer available)





Count My Blessings

20 07 2010

I’ve joy in abundance
I’ve got life full of substance
I’ve got meetings and functions
So I count my blessings

~ Count Your Blessings by Nas with Damian Marley

Count My Blessings

SL is its own kind of holiday (referenced because the above wonderful song is a reggae-inspired tune). On holiday you end up doing things you wouldn’t normally do, like having a woman cornrow your hair (I did once on holiday—it was a pain to get out). Here, you can try on bikinis you might not be able to wear in RL or wear a hair color you wouldn’t dare to don.

In fact, I am wearing this itsy bitsy teeny weeny from Dick Wiesel, a gift from him after I accidentally sent a note to him pointing out a flaw in a swimsuit—the problem was he didn’t make the swimsuit—another creator did, which I realized AFTER I dropped the note on him. He was so gracious and funny about it and honestly, his work was flawless, so I had to show it. This is part of set of two bikinis—this being the sunrise to the other’s sunset. How hard can a bikini be, you ask? After all, it’s just two little pieces. Well it’s darn hard because it’s so small. In it you have to show all manner of skillful moves, like shadows and wrinkles, and you have to make sure the edges are clean and it stretches just right over the body. Dick’s bikini is fantastic.

Count My Blessings

I show it with blossoms—one from Yura Gazov in this funky pink hair with bangs that is so apt for this uninhibited style of vacationing. (On holiday you say, “I always wanted pink hair—what the heck.”) Sazae Yoshikawa’s little blossom at the wrist just adds to the whole holiday feeling.

Count My Blessings

Finally, these pretty little sandals are from Oct Oakleaf. Oct has built a versatile system into these sandals of nail polishes and tattoos which can be purchased separately. So if you want pretty prim toes in a flat sandal, get the sandals. If you want to further enhance them with decorated polishes, buy the polishes and load them into the HUD. (The business of which seems complicated at first but is incredibly easy.) If you want tattoos (which show in 2.0, and I admit I didn’t show them here), do the same—purchase and load. I love the style of the sandals, the pretty anklets and the different toenail stylings. Oct gives us a whole lot of summer fun in one little sandal.

Count My Blessings

And I’ve got somewhere to dress for,
And I’ve got no need to stress for
And so I’ll always put my best forth
And count my blessings

Hair: LUANI HAIR / COTTON CANDY /I LOVE OLIVE HAIR by Yura Gazov for I Love Olive*

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, exclusive to The Dressing Room *

Bikini: :. WoE .: Twist Bandeau Bikini (Sunrise) by Dick Wiesel for WoE *

Bracelet: (CREAMSHOP) lily bangle (pink) by SAZAE Yoshikawa for Creamshop

Shoes: Tropica Flip Flops – Tiki Vanilla Snow by Oct Oakleaf for + ADDiCTIA + *





Venezuela

19 07 2010

This post is dedicated to my wonderful friend, Jaynine Scarborough. In SL, especially among European residents, she is quite a popular musician. Jaynine recently recorded this song for distribution. In it, you can hear her beautiful voice, her amazing facility with language, and her spirit, which is so strong it comes through digital bits and hits you in the solar plexus.

I had the privilege to meet Jaynine and Lunata Lupino when I visited Berlin two years ago. It is an experience I will never forget, sitting in the back bar of a gallery (very “Beat” aesthetic, built in the 50s and never changed), talking about the day the Wall came down and various other issues. It was an amazing evening for me and I can’t thank Jaynine and Lunata enough. (By the way, Lunata has the most infectious laugh one has ever heard…)

Venezuela

I realize this dress is almost more Argentinian tango than Venezuelan salsa but its elegance matches the sophistication of Jaynine’s singing. This beautiful dress by Squinternet Larnia is elegance defined. From the elegant lace textures (going around to a sexy lace back), tiered skirt going down from a leg slit to the thigh and the strategically placed roses, it is for the woman who wants to make an entrance without being ostentatious. The skirt is especially wonderful, built as it is and so well adapted to the avatar. It creates a beautiful, sexy silhouette.

Venezuela

The chignon is cleverly made with matching roses and is included with the dress (to be worn with a hair base skin). Shoes were also included, but I opted to show a pair of stilettos from BG Planer just to spread the love around. I show jewelry from Squinternet as well. She has a shop that is overwhelming in the amount and quality of content. It is almost too much candy.

And view the lovely skin from Tricky Boucher. The hair base is just gorgeous, the makeup smooth and glowing, the proportions of the face elegantly beautiful.

Venezuela

Let’s get together in Venezuela…

Skin: -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 14 HB by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Hair and Dress: * Donna Flora * LATINA black + chignon by Squinternet Larnia for Donna Flora

Necklace and Earrings: Donna Flora LULU’ pink coral set by Squinternet Larnia for Donna Flora

Ring: !SyDS! Pastel Flower Ring by Serenite Stransky for !SyDS!

Shoes: B&G WOMAN SHOE  DONA – NEGRO – T000 by BG Planer for B&G





Brick House

18 07 2010

She’s a brick—-house
Mighty mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out
She’s a brick—-house
The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact,
ain’t holding nothing back.

~ Brick House by the Commodores

Brick House

One of the fantasies of SL is being drop dead sexy. But what IS sexy. Some think it’s waif thin, some think it’s emo, some think it’s being model-like (tall, thin and strangely proportioned). Well I think it’s being “mighty mighty.” It’s easy to do in this amazingly-built corset from Khai Sinister. Between the sculpties on top and bottom (shaping the body) and the system pieces in the middle, this corset visually cinches the body in as a good corset should. I am particularly amazed at the details shown including the well-drawn buckles, the ribbon bows and the way the textures on the sculpties match seamlessly with the body. (I will note that I changed my shape for this. The sliders all got upped a bit.)

Brick House

I am wearing Tuli Asturias’ new skin for the Gina series from The Dressing Room, which completes this smokin’ look. Tuli has come upon a clever idea here—sell the collection one by one to keep them coming back. The skins are beautiful and such a great deal—how can you beat 65L for something that looks THIS good? In the end, if she releases 10 of them a whole fat pack will be only 650L! It’s a no-brainer—go get the skins!

Brick House

Shake it down, shake it down now

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Lady Sophia-black WO/lights by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, sold exclusively at The Dressing Room

Corset: <TheAbyss> F_Gear//[Black]Pruriency_Corset by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

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

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *





Little Wing

17 07 2010

Well she’s walking through the clouds
With a circus mind that’s running round
Butterflies and zebras
And moonbeams and fairy tales
That’s all she ever thinks about
Riding with the wind.

~Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix (but see Corinne Bailey Rae perform it)

Little Wing

I keep sticking music in my blogs, but I am listening to a lot of it. This song popped up on my radar again recently, and I listened to it over and over while shooting these photos.

The music is so fitting because it is sung so absolutely amazingly by Corinne Bailey Rae, which suits this absolutely amazing dress by Moonstone Eiren. I met Moonstone when she showed up at a thing I did with John Zhaoying and Raven Pennyfeather for Smarter Technology in which we spoke about virtual goods and virtual fashion. Moonstone was psyched about the discussion and peeped in my window, do I look at new designers? Boy, was I glad I said yes.

Little Wing

Moonstone has a small inventory but it’s stellar. Take this sexy dress. Slit up the legs, textured with a sensuous suede in an rich hue, the masterpiece of the dress is the sculpty halter on top, which covers the chest but moves with an avatar brilliantly. The devil’s in the details, and she has a little ties at the hips and on the back of the halter. She also offers some beautiful jewelry sets (I wear a bracelet and earrings you can’t quite see from one set). Make sure when you visit her shop hidden away in the Caledon Moors, you cam up to the third floor to look at her great Poser-based hand-drawn art.

I show the dress with an equally sexy skin from Tricky Boucher. When I want sexy, sunkissed, silky skin, I don his skins. And of course, Queue Marlowe’s loose wavy tousled bedhead. Finally, sexy heels from Babette Ultsch and this look is complete.

Little Wing

When I’m sad, she comes to me
With a thousand smiles, she gives to me free
It’s alright she says it’s alright
Take anything you want from me,
anything.

Hair: AD ~ baby cinnamon by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Skin: -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 16 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: ME_simplicitySlinkFire by Moonstone Eiren for ~artMEfashion~

Earrings and Bracelet: Me_Gems_Deamons horn Garnet carnelian by Moonstone Eiren for ~artMEfashion~

Shoes: *KL* Sandals03g Nadia Fallow by Babette Ultsch for Kitties Lair





I want a photograph of you…

16 07 2010

I want a photograph of you
but not a photograph of you
I wanna be closer than that
I wanna be closer than that…
Closer than that photograph.
~
Chuck Close by Tim Fite

I want a photograph of you

How often have you wanted to reach out and touch another person in their avatar? Maybe an avatar is closer than a photograph…

Certainly with this skin from JOMAN Mai, you are closer than a photograph. The skin is at once an illustration and a photograph. It’s evocative, winsome, and otherworldly. The body is lovely with a beautiful navel (which you would notice with an outfit like this). I would not say all her skins hit the mark—they suffer from the pastel cartoon quality some skins have–but this one certainly said something to me.

I want a photograph of you

I show it with separates from Jojorunoo Runo. She has experimented with shapes and translucencies to create interesting silhouettes for avatar apparel. The top is simply a photosourced knit texture but she makes it interesting with prim straps and a scarf. The skirt is cleverly engineered, attached to both legs and pelvis. Shoes are a vibrant yellow pumps from LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully to echo the yellow across the eyes and the little flower earrings from Mika Nieuport.

I want a photograph of you

Closer than that, closer than that photograph…

Hair: booN BON000 hair black by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: JM:Mai skin_devonz sakuran nomal by JOMAN Mai for JM:Mai

Top: ~*RunoRuno*~ Knit Tank by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Skirt: ~*RunoRuno*~ After Ballet Class Skirt by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Earrings: MIEL ELO EARRING by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Bracelet: Djinn & Tonic – Coco Blvd Bangle by Babyhoney Bailey for Djinn & Tonic

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

P.S. Thank you to my sweet Chatty for enclosing my photo in a polaroid for this blog. As always, she made my life tons easier and made me look great :)





Tragedy

15 07 2010

Some days I am convinced we come to SL to create the tragedy and drama we don’t have in our own lives. This doesn’t diminish the pain people truly experience—the pain of the death of a loved one or lost hopes or the pain of physical illness. Rather, we come to SL to make stories that are human-based rather than based on natural causes. That’s why drama has such a good hold here—it’s what propels the narratives in our minds.

Tragedy

Sascha Frangilli’s newest creation—Wicked Swan—is a perfect accessory for your tragic moments. With its huge full skirt, subtly glittering brocade texture, elegant bodice and opera-length gloves, this beauty will fill all your nights with the drama you desire.

Tragedy

Add to the drama Hart Larsson’s newest skin, Candy. These have been several months in development and Hart, who enjoys painting in his other life, has crafted beautiful and evocative skins. This make up in particular, matches the drama ideal. I especially appreciate the subtlety of the pushup option (which I wear here). It’s perfectly appropriate for a bodice such as this to show more lift and this option is not crass or overdone.

Tragedy

“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” ~ Robert Francis Kennedy

Hair: Tukinowaguma Jelena ebony by KateForster Akina for Tukinowaguma

Skin: [PXL] Candy NAT Drama DEB with [PXL] Candy NAT PushUp by Hart Larsson for PXL Creations *

Dress: SAS – Wicked Swan Formal Version by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Jewelry: Donna Flora ASIA black set by Squinternet Larnia for Donna Flora





I Could’ve Been Miss Punta Blanca

14 07 2010

I could’ve been Miss Punta Blanca
I could’ve but I didn’t want ta
I think I could’ve been a winner
if I’d gone dancing after dinner
I could’ve rhumba’d by the poolside
I could’ve samba’d with the tour guide
instead I took a motorcycle ride
with my friend Mike
this guy I really like
he rents the motorbikes

~ Miss Punta Blanca by Jane Siberry

I Could've Been Miss Punta Blanca

Miss Delora Starbrook reminds me of Miss Punta Blanca. She could’ve but she didn’t want ta. Her pretty sundresses that just came out are perfect for a Miss. Delora has a thing with the sheen—her fabrics are silky sheeny soft. And she has included a pretty flower motif on these dresses. Her textures and system pieces are solid—they have to be. Usually she is dressing a much more scantily clad woman.

I Could've Been Miss Punta Blanca

I show this pretty frock with a skin from Fergie Finesmith, who solicited my review out of the blue. I like how Fergie is up front about the source of her skins—a mix of “non free templates by Evely Lane (EVANA skin) and free templates provided by Eloh Eliot and several free photosources around the net.” Can I make a comment on this? Not really. The skins are pretty, not outre or grungy. Very clean and nice and a good lower-cost alternative.

I Could've Been Miss Punta Blanca

I’ll sing you a song
right in your ear
on this beautiful Cuban moonlit night

~ Jane Siberry

Hair: = Hal*Hina = [platinum] Hair -elizabeth- by Hinano Runo for = Hal*Hina =

Skin: Razzanova Skins – Christine – Natural by Fergie Finesmith for Razzanova Skins *

Dress: *HD* Picnic Sundress – Yellow by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs *

Earrings: [ glow ] studio SHE II earrings gold TDR5 by Linka Demina for [glow]

Shoes: *GF* Wedge Tong Sandal “Sunny” by Cerberus Noel for G Field





Being Miss Daisy

13 07 2010

Midsummer and the daisies are in full bloom!

Being Miss Daisy

The cicadas sawing in the trees and I am writing this blog before I rush off to the pool. I will be wearing a breezy summery dress from dirty Adored with a sweet short skirt with soft floaty prims. With its pretty cotton floral material and buttoned up and buckled top, this has a country flair, perfect for picking daisies. Her textures are rich and evocative. I am looking forward to seeing more from dirty.

Being Miss Daisy

I pair it with this darling hat from Reghan Straaf, one of my girlfriends in Hey Girlfriends and a considerable hat maker in SL. Her textures and shapes are unbeatable, and this daisy hat is sure to charm smiles out of even the flowers. I also wear a little daisy on my finger from my dear friend Callie. It has a huge color change stone in the middle (because Callie’s all about the size) which I have made a diamond. I also wear an older hair from Stumbelina Ophelia that has been begging for attention and suits this ensemble perfectly with daisies near the nape of the neck.

Finally, I wear a fresh young skin from Gala Phoenix. Gala, as I have said before, has been in world since the beginning of my time (my first skin was from Gala) and has wisely kept an eye on changing tastes, making skins to suit her customers’ desires and needs.

Being Miss Daisy

Brute force crushes many plants. Yet the plants rise again. The Pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy. ~ D.H. Lawrence

Hat: Hatpins – Lady Daisy – White by Reghan Straaf for Hatpins

Hair: Cake – Savanna – Currant – Flexi Hair by Stumbelina Ophelia for Cake

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Grass 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Top: Bottle Bird flowery top by dirty Adored for Bottle Bird

Skirt: Bottle Bird flippy flowery skirt by dirty Adored for Bottle Bird

Daisy ring: the DAISY ROCK by caLLie cLine (yellow) by Callie Cline for caLLie cLine *

Daisies: Hacked hard from Tall Daisy by Troy McLuhan (recolored massively resized and reproportioned)

Shoes: *GF* Wedge Tong Sandal “Sunny” -white- by Cerberus Noel for G Field





Compared to a Summer’s Day

12 07 2010

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimm’d:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

~ Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare

Compared to a Summer's Day

Something about a dress from Sachi Vixen makes one want to quote Shakespeare. Perhaps it is the ornate embroidery on the bodice of this dress, soon to be released, or the exquisite brocade on the skirt. It could be the romantic open sleeves topped with gold stitching. Sachi has been creating in SL since it seems the dawn of time. She is one of SL’s most practiced and skilled creators along with her partner Damen Gorilla (he being “Adam” to her “Eve”). They are also well-known for their original, from-scratch work and integrity (for those concerned about an issue with skins). If you require your SL to be top quality, their store is where it’s at.

Compared to a Summer's Day

I juxtapose their studied creation with the skin from a new designer—Brandon Papp. I showed a similar skin yesterday, but can’t seem to take these skins off. With its delicate shading, this skin is a perfect match to this exquisite dress, transporting me from everyday avatar woman to Shakespearean muse.

Compared to a Summer's Day

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

~ Sonnet 130, William Shakespeare

Hair: ETD Anisa – Crimson by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD (no longer available)

Skin: !Imabee: Stigma – Umeko – Pacific Ocean / DKbrow / by Brendon Papp for Imabee

Dress: Adam n Eve Rosalynd Red by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Jewelry: *** TBP Fantasia Set*** by Pheonix Piek for The Blue Pearl now {*Aglaia*}








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