Portlandia

A friend of mine clued me into a new show that’s gone viral online but will be starting up on the IFC channel in the US on Jan. 21. Called “Portlandia,” it’s about folks who live in Portland. I am not sure how they will make a series of a bunch of comedy sketches but I look forward to seeing more episodes anyway. The first episode, especially the opening, reminded me a lot of SL.

Portlandia

I assembled this Portlandia-type outfit (tattoos are covered). First we have a terrific leather jacket from moonbubble Gothly over a striped shirt from Hudsen Armidi (who claims “death” in his profile). Then I wear some great low-slung bell bottoms from Aranel Ah over clogs from Amandine Arai. Tie on a scarf from SySy Chapman, and I am set. The fun part about this outfit is it was so hodgepodge but it came together so nicely for me. I was just feeling the Portland vibe.

Portlandia

A young woman from Portland needs a fresh look (from sleeping late and drinking organic chai from recycled cups wrapped in burlap). Tuli Asturias’ Emma skin is pretty enough to do the job.

Portlandia

And needless to say I am in love this newer hair from Truth Hawks, named after someone I know (I swear). With a color change cap and optional streak, it’s gorgeous and perfect for our Portland girl.

Portlandia

A small disclaimer: I shot these photos using screen capture with shadows in Phoenix. For some reason taking a photo IN the client doesn’t keep the shadows for me.

The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland
The tattoo ink never runs dry
The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland
All the hot girls wear glasses, yeah!
The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland
Sleep til 11, you’ll be in heaven
The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland
The dream is al-ii-ive!

Hair: >TRUTH< Tatum Streaked – caramel by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [:T:] Emma / tan / bl :: 05 Sweetheart by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Jacket: [ bubble ] Brown Leather Jacket by moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ]

Shirt: (Elephant Outfitters) Sailor Striped Sweater – Black/White by Hudsen Armidi for Armidi

Pants: *BOOM* Seaman Pants pitch by Aranel Ah for *Boom*

Scarf: SYSY’s Comfy scarf – black by SySy Chapman for SySy’s

Shoes: :)(: Babsy Clogs Brown by Amandine Arai for :)(: PIXELFASHION

P.S. IF you watch the episode I link, tell me that Colin the chicken is not akin to a Sion chicken.

Say a Little Prayer

The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair, now,
And wondering what dress to wear, now,
I say a little prayer for you

Say a Little Prayer

Whenever I hear the song “Say a Little Prayer,” I think about the woman in the song—a pretty young Marlo Thomas type (even though it’s always an African-American woman singing it.. hmm) with white Mary Jane platform heels and a jar of bobby pins on her dresser and nylons hanging to dry in her little apartment. But who is she saying a prayer for and where is he? She goes off to work on the bus, has a coffee break, and says a prayer for him. He’s on her mind. Considering the song came out in 1967, I am guessing he is away at war. Of course, Burt Bacharach wrote the song—he was the master of catching the zeitgeist of his age and rolling it into a catchy pop tune.

This outfit really has nothing to do with the song except I was hearing Aretha Franklin singing it when I took the photos, and the kind of retro jacket from monica Outlander with its big buttons and oversized Peter Pan-shaped collar and my little plaid mini skirt from Anyusha Lilienthal seem a little 60s. (Now the front cut up to there on the jacket, the drawstring waist on the skirt and the decidedly 2010s technology of sculpties is hardly 60s. Come to think of it, remember when polyester was the new space age material in the 60s. I consider sculpties our polyester—wait until meshes come. We’re gonna seem so old fashioned!)

Say a Little Prayer

I have donned one of Tuli Asturias’ revised Eva skins. It seems she has extracted the lip colors and cleavages to put them on a tattoo layer to match the tattoo layer technology of SL. I have also tried on one of her simple eyeliners, sold for a reasonable price. If you’re going to wear her skins, might as well grab the tattoo layers.

Say a Little Prayer

My darling believe me,
For me there is no one
But you.

~ “Say a Little Prayer” as sung by Aretha Franklin.

Hair: >TRUTH< Riley – java by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [:T:] Eva / sunkissed / br :: 03 Lavish with [:T:] Eyeliner 3 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Jacket: Miamai_Lenore Purple by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Top: :. WoE .: Manda Butterfly Tank (Purple) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Skirt with Tights: Ibizarre Kayla Mini Skirt – Vichy Mauve by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre *

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Fascinating Purple Diamond Earring by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Bracelet: Ear Candy ~ Fascinating Purple Bangles by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Boots: Ugh – Lilac by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers

Future Club

“Turn me on with your electric feel…”

Future Club

First I start with an outfit from Sascha Frangilli. Her outfit is for a lady who wants to go out to the clubs but isn’t a cute little young thing. In fact, I find her outfits perfect for a fully matured woman (not old.. just not young). They are sexy without being slutty, pretty without being twee. Sascha often uses this bolero-sculpty combo to its best advantage and in this outfit, it matches up with several different bodice choices. I have chosen to style the outfit in a more futuristic look.

Future Club

I got the look with a great hair from lat Oh. I have blogged her work before but Tatum Perenti convinced me to go back and get yet another hair from her, and I chose this porcupine-looking do to push this elegant club look into another century. Add to it this almost ethereal skin from Lion Jonesford and we no longer have your run-of-the-mill dressed-up-in-a-spangly bolero look.

Future Club

Finally, these boots from ono Zinner. With this super fantastic needle-thin heel and zippers running all the way up the back, you can’t get much sexier or impossibly futuristic. (Yes, someday technology will let us balance on needles.)

Future Club

Do what you feel now
Electric feel now

~ “Electric Feel” by MGMT

Hair: MIRROR / CB Class 4 / Black (r) by lat Oh for MIRROR

Skin: NOVA pale 10  -LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Outfit: SAS – Dark Candy by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Earrings: TSS – Looped Multi Earring by SweetThing Baker for Sweetest Sin

Belt: !Rfyre Ank Belt. Black, Womens by SC Tracy for House of RFyre *

Boots: :)(: Ultimate Boots black 2.0.x by ono Zinner for [Neurolab Inc.], also available at PixelFashion

Retraction: I credited the Ultimate Boots to both onoZinner and amandine Arai. In actuality, ono Zinner is the sole creator of these fabulous boots.

Lazy Sunday

It’s a lazy Sunday—nowhere to go, a cup of coffee, a newspaper, NPR on my iPad.

Lazy Sunday

On a morning like this, you can’t help but be happy for all you have. Swaffette Firefly sure makes me happy with this cozy but sexy robe. She has combined sculpty prims and system pieces in a skilled manner. Instead of giving us a frumpy torso prim, she uses the skirt layer to make the bottom of the robe and puts a sculpty belt on. She uses prims to make the cozy wrinkled sleeves.

Lazy Sunday

My guy (read: me as a boy) likes his cozy robe too. Swaffette manages what many don’t—she provides beautiful and useful fashions for both men and women. And a men’s robe looks like a man would wear it—it’s just as sexy on him as on her. These robes are no copy/transfer, so I can see buying a set and giving one to your sweetheart. Valentine’s is just around the corner ;)

Lazy Sunday

I got my skin from Al Vulo after seeing a similar on another avatar. I have gone back and forth about Al Vulo. There is something a little too much about it and I can’t put my finger on it—too much sheen, too much makeup, too much color? I chose this skin for its more subtle makeup and great eyebrows. Al Vulo’s almost there for me—almost.

Lazy Sunday

An American of the present day reading his Sunday newspaper in a state of lazy collapse is one of the most perfect symbols of the triumph of quantity over quality that the world has yet seen. ~ Irving Babbitt

On her:

Hair: >TRUTH< Eva – cranberry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: al vulo- berta* natural 2 tan by Hlin Bluebird for al vulo

Robe with Slippers: sf design bathrobe red – hers by swaffette Firefly for sf design *

Newspaper: ILLClan Prop Shop – Newspaper by illclan Kristan for ILLClan Prop Shop

Coffee: Coffee with Steam by Dan Medici

On him (who Raven calls “the Old Spice guy”):

Skin: 04b Dark-Tan Skin -Tyson-/goatee+base+nobodyhair  *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE

Shape: Sophistishapes – LLOYD bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes (modified)

Robe with Slippers: sf design bathrobe teal  his by swaffette Firefly for sf design *

Go Packers!!!

Lift Me Up

Rain, rain on my face
It hasn’t stopped raining for days
My world is a flood
Slowly I become one with the mud

Lift Me Up

We have all seen the devastation of flooding happening around the world. This has been one of the wettest years on record, and now Brisbane and much of Queensland are seeing the effects of too much water. Sanura Sakai has stepped up to run the Extend a Helping Hand market, wherein a majority of the income raised from sales of content goes to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

I have had my head in spreadsheets and logs while I prepare for another charitable event (more soon) but I did take time to run over to the market and found these lovely items. First this absolutely amazing dress from Evangeline Miles. With its sculpted bodice (that is not so proportionally weird I can’t wear it) and its beautifully polka dotted layers, this is a wonderful way to give to the Appeal and walk away with a great buy.

Lift Me Up

My jewelry is also sold at the market, made by Lola79 Hienrichs. In the very inexpensive set, you receive this set and another with more black and white than lilac and white. I couldn’t help but feature this dress with a skin equal to its beauty from Nena Janus, and a great updo from Truth Hawks.

Lift Me Up

Finally, under my dress (really) are these darling boots from Siddean Munro. They are must haves. I love the little frog peeking out from the top, hiding from the rain (though I really hope the Queenslanders can find relief soon).

Lift Me Up

Lift me up so high that I cannot fall
Lift me up
Lift me up – when I’m falling
Lift me up – I’m weak and I’m dying
Lift me up – I need you to hold me
Lift me up – Keep me from drowning again
~
“Flood” by Jars of Clay

Hair: >TRUTH< Midori Streaked – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Grape- by Nena Janus for *League* *

Dress: Evie’s Closet – Milli (Fundraiser Gown) in Black by Evangeline Miles for Evie’s Closet, available at Extend a Helping Hand

Jewelry: Lolapop! Lucretia Sets (Black/White & Lilac) in Lilac by Lola79 Hienrichs for Lolapop!, available at Extend a Helping Hand

Boots: SLink Heidi Rainboots White by Siddean Munro for SLink, available at Extend a Helping Hand

The Golden Hour

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.  ~James Matthew Barrie

The Golden Hour

One of the best parts of SL is that we can dress to the nines in the most elaborate gowns, embroidered with the most opulent materials and sewn by the most skilled couturiers and dance til dawn (especially if we mess with the Environment Settings). Nicky Ree is one of the designers in SL who make this dream more real with her beautiful gowns. I am wearing her newest, which includes exquisite textures with a decidedly Asian influence. As always, we see Nicky’s inventive and beautiful prim work and close attention to the smallest details.

The Golden Hour

My skin is a beautiful African-American skin from Azlyn Vaher. She has a number of skins for alternative looks, including one that is a very muscular woman (presumably for her clientele, which is mostly Gorean, including Panther). Nevertheless these skins are a great alternative for those looking for a darker tone. I especially like the freckles, which some African-American women do have.

My hair is boy hair, and that’s quite all right. Chiaki Xue makes hair that boys can wear but girls will love too, and I loved making a sort of Halle Berry look for my avatar. My delicate earrings are from the incredibly patient jewelry-maker yoona Mayo.

The Golden Hour

Dance ‘til dawn:

Hair: Dura-Boy15(Black resize) by chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: Elfenground*Carol* lachs *smoked* by Azlyn Vaher for Yasum Designs

Dress: *DNR* Peony Flower Gown Gold by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

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

FAQ

Q: A/S/L?
A: Old enough, plenty, and Second Life.

FAQ

Q: What’s your favorite color?
A: Today it is mustard because I am wearing this awesome outfit from Ivey Deschanel. Ivey never fails to surprise me with her fashion versatility. Just when I think she is a little neko/goth girl designer, she comes out with a sexy elegant outfit like this one with its blousy sleeves and wrap tied shape. I love the little leather shorts with dark tights (rather than a mini for once), the beautiful almost-floral texture on the top, the graceful sleeves and tie. Paired with funky little boots from Violace Huntress (with color change socks and boots), this is an outfit I could live in.

FAQ

Q: What is your favorite lip gloss flavor?
A: Well today it’s Cranberry Crush, because that’s the flavor on this luscious skin from Gala Phoenix. With my kissable lips, I am guessing it might become your favorite flavor today too ;)

Q: Do you dye your hair?
A: It would seem that way, wouldn’t it? But could any bottle of dye come up with a color as rich and exciting as the one on this new hair from Bubbles Clawtooth? I think not.

FAQ

Q: Do you look like your avatar?
A: No, but my mind looks like her.

Hair: Clawtooth: Cat Call – Red eye flight by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] Yum-Cranberry Crush BL by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Outfit: Sn@tch Once More With Feeling-Mustard by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch *

Boots: *VioMagic* Skathi Shoes by Violace Huntress for *VioMagic*

Gentle Hour

It’s such a pleasure to touch your skin
To touch your skin
It’s such a pleasure to touch your heart
To touch your heart
I can hardly wait

Gentle Hour

Sometimes I blog rather late and during that time I listen to sweet music like Yo La Tengo and try to assemble a coherent outfit. (I also try to write coherently and find later I did not….) I think I managed to put together a great look with this set, thanks to some great designers. First a great quilted vest from an outfit I got from Paul Lapointe over a slinky sweater that’s new from Nyte Caligari. I love Nyte’s shading and great seams on this sweater and also on the pants that go with this outfit. Finally quilted boots from Monyka Benelli echo the quilting and fur in the vest.

Gentle Hour

My skin is from a newish designer, Scarlett Rage, who has put this and a lighter skin out for free to entice the hordes (thanks, Renee Lowenhart, for the referral). It’s a nice skin with a little over-shading (notice around the eyes and the rear end—not shown here–was kind of dark). It is blessedly free of the over-highlighting I see on some skins. I look forward to seeing more from Scarlett when she fills her shop. (Get goin, girl!) My hair is a wild style held down by a great slouchy beret courtesy of Mr. Truth Hawks.

Gentle Hour

And I couldn’t have done
Anything else
I couldn’t have done anything else
~ “Gentle Hour” by Yo La Tengo

Hair: >TRUTH< Tatum Streaked – quince by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: ~SR~Prototype III Sunkissed (a) by Scarlett Rage for Scarlett Rage Body Shop

Vest: .:L&B:. S’Wear “Envy” Fur Lined  Vest/Jacket (part of S’Wear “Envy” Women’s Gift Set) by Paul Lapointe from Lapointe & Bastchild

Top: Nyte’N’Day – Decked Shirt Taupe by Nyte Caligari for Nyte’N’Day *

Pants: Nyte’N’Day – Decked Pants – Black by Nyte Caligari for Nyte’N’Day *

Boots: *YS&YS* Soho boots Black by Monyka Benelli for *YS&YS* *

Ugh!

I am working on a project–soon you will all hear about it—but the proverbial uh spackle is hitting the fan in my mind. I am almost done but wondering what I have forgotten, what is missing?

Ugh!

So this is an easy outfit for rolling up my sleeves and getting the work done. My t-shirt is a cute little thing from jomatshere Allen, who has a lot of these cute little things in her store. My jeans are quick and cute from Anyusha Lilienthal, who has a whole set of fabulous jeans at her store. I love my cute comfy little espadrilles from Renee Harvy, who makes it so easy.

Ugh!

Finally, a subtly pretty make up from Tuli Asturias, part of her newly redone collection. Tuli still rocks the grid with her skins and I look forward to more. Finally, I have a beautiful necklace from Damanios Thetan. It finishes my look and classes up my otherwise casual demeanor.

Ugh!

The stress is a little high but I won’t let it show!

Hair: sunday brunette with AD hair base – brunette by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: [:T:] Emma / tan / bl :: 05 Sweetheart by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

T-Shirt: [VS] Style Top Crown Pink by jomatshere Allen for [VS] Style *

Jeans: * Ibizarre Lolo Jeans – blue-black used by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre

Necklace: {Damani} – Pearl Lotus – Necklace by Damanios Thetan for Damani *

Shoes:::Duh!:: Espadrille Old Rose by Renee Harvy for Duh!

All to All

Like a good pop song, a good outfit can just make you feel good. It hooks into your thoughts and gives you a little boost.

All to All

This outfit from Shinichi Mathy makes me feel like my male avatar looks pretty darn good. It has all the good qualities you wnt in a men’s outfit: multiple layers for different looks, easy to adjust prims and a great set of textures layered upon each other in the clothing. If you get close to Shinichi’s work, you see he has executed everything with the kind of exactitude that a dude wearing something like this would like. A set of stitches runs along the edge of the collar, buttons line up along the cuffs, the sweater gapes open slightly to show the striped shirt underneath. It’s a great look.

All to All

I have been dying to show this “maletail” (a word I made up) because it’s really made for men. With the hair falling out and curling around my guy’s face, it makes me want to reach up and let it loose for him. Chiaki Xue has a set of alternative hair for men and women that I found really inspiring. Tricky Boucher’s handsome Ewan completes my look with its sensual lips and sexy eyes.

All to All

You made your life on everything
~
“All to All” by Broken Social Scene

Hair: **Dura-Boy**06(Black resize) by chiaki Xue for Dura

Skin: -Belleza- Ewan v2 SK 0 (hair) by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

Outfit: SHIKI-CITY STROLL by Shinichi Mathy for Shiki *

Necklace: HardWear BDSM  Necklace (no script) by Shea Paule for HardWear *

Ring: Majikal Rings stacked pewter by Mhaijik Guillaume for Guillaume pour homme

Shoes: Franken Black by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers