Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

Once upon a time there was a pretty little wind-up doll. She found herself under the Christmas Tree after St. Nick had left her there by accident. She was all dressed up and ready to be played with by a good little girl or boy but she wasn’t even certain if she was left at a house with children.

Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

She was so disappointed. She was wearing the most delightful dress from Beaunciea Silvercloud, a wonderful creation of mixed curlicues and lace puffery with a funky striped bodice. Her striped hat had a merry band of glittering black and red and she was sporting a key that turned and played music. (Really—it plays music!) She had darling little boots from Cerberus Noel that included big bows and color change for the contrast color (that the elf back at the North Pole had set to black to match the colors of the dress).

Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

Her hair from Kavar Cleanslate was combed and colored just right, with bangs to frame her face. And her face! Oh she was so proud of her lovely face—she was wearing aida Ewing’s newest skin, Linn, with its luscious red lips and gorgeous eye makeup. She thought her porcelain skin suited her delicacy and loved how fresh and new it looked. Fresh and clean and untouched.. untouched by some kid’s grubby hands. She thought about it for a moment and burrowed under the gifts, hoping no child lived in this house—just a lady who could put her on a shelf and admire her.

Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

A little child has a beautiful doll. The child loves the doll, but then wants to break the doll to see what’s inside. We are the same. ~ Monica Bellucci

Hair: ::Exile:: Kai:Roots-Sin by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Glam Affair- Linn MedTan – BL 07 with -Glam Affair – Linn Eyebrows- MedTan 05 by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair- *

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

Dress (with hat): Kenzie by Beaunciea Silvercloud for simply beau *

Boots: *GF* Short Ribbon Boots “Anna”[for Viewer2] -red- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression

Vavoom in the Room

Vavoom in the Room

“Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” ~ William James

Vavoom in the Room

The pictures were done two days ago. The notes were complete yesterday. I had a dental appointment and I went to give blood. And laundry. And work. Yet here it sat, this blog entry, stuck because I didn’t have a title! I was absolutely miserable. I really consider getting my blog done on a timely basis a major obligation. So thank you, Ms. CC Creegan, for the terrific title, which pulled me out of procrastination.

Vavoom in the Room

And it’s so important because I have to show you Dolce Blackflag’s farewell piece for Pixel Dolls, this gorgeous mesh dress. Now Dolce has unlocked the secret others wish to know… she has made rigged mesh that works without sizing—mostly. I tried it on a larger shape and the area between the legs definitely dipped in but it didn’t break. She did this by not wrapping the mesh around the hips and by cleverly melding the print in the system piece with the mesh. It’s quite a bit of engineering and makes me truly sad she is closing Pixel Dolls because she clearly has a handle on mesh. I also show both versions—the bolero with the mini and the pencil skirt. I personally prefer the pencil skirt.

Vavoom in the Room

My painterly skin is from thebodyco, who has put several sets of the skins up for sale at the Warehouse sale, which is a good thing because at the reduced price I am willing to indulge. My sexy tousled hair is from Queue Marlow, who somehow conveys the texture of silky careful hair in her styles. My chic handbag, by the way, is a designer piece from the meshman himself, Maxwell Graf.

Vavoom in the Room

“Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.”

Hair: gala heat1 by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: the body co. Orchid (03 Light) – brown brows with the body co. Orchid (03 Light) – makeup (coco) by thebodyco for the body co.

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

Dress: (PixelDolls) Farewell . Gold by Dolce Blackflag for (PixelDolls)

Handbag: bitch. – mesh purse Pattern/Brown by Maxwell Graf for bitch. *

Shoes: N-core CHIC “Marine” by Claire Messenger for N-core

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations

Teacher’s Pet

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Teacher’s pet (pa dum pa dum pa dum)
I wanna be teacher’s pet (pa dum pa dum)
I wanna be huddled and cuddled as close to you as I can get
(That’s the lesson we’re guessin’ you’re best in)

~ “Teacher’s Pet” by Doris Day

Teacher's Pet

Everyone has had a time when they had a crush on a teacher.. has to be. Whether it’s Miss Humphries in first grade because she’s so nice or Mr. Lawrence, your handsome gym teacher in fourth grade, who makes you giggle and feel funny inside, or even in high school, Mr. Conover, your history teacher, who is endearingly nerdy with his messy white hair and chalk on his pants and earnestness about the Gettysburg Address. Then you grow up and meet someone who teachers and wanting to be Teacher’s Pet takes on new meaning….

I surmise that to get teacher’s attention, I need to wear plaid in a cute and sexy way. This plaid is mesh—a darling new dress from sachi Vixen, who has been doing mesh for quite a while now—first in Blue Mars and now in SL. I have not been the biggest fan of mesh—I was simply not overwhelmed by it or the mesh viewers. The new Firestorm mesh viewer is almost changing my opinion as I find it infinitely more stable than before (though I still suffer from a pesky memory leak that sometimes locks me up). And sachi’s use of plaid on this outfit also changes my mind. For once mesh proves its worth as I can see my twists and turns distorting the mesh in a much more “real” manner than system pieces or sculpty. Combined with sexy thigh high socks and shoes from Onyx LeShelle, this is a smexy combo.

Teacher's Pet

I wear Aranel Ah’s eensy thin black belt to divvy things up. Generally an accessory doesn’t get as much column space in my blog but I want to remark on Aranel’s customer service. When I tried to purchase the belt on Marketplace last night, my payment was returned with an error message. No big deal—I went straight to the mainstore and found what I needed. This morning I received a note from Aranel apologizing for the Marketplace muck-up with an assurance that she had no control over the problem but had contacted LL to straighten things out. Now, frankly, she didn’t HAVE to do that. I know Marketplace is sometimes unreliable—they are making changes behind the scenes that are bound to cause problems. However, Aranel’s proactive communication reflected very positively on her business and her attitude.

Teacher's Pet

I wanna learn all your lips can teach me
One kiss will do at the start
I’m sure with a little homework
I’ll graduate to your heart

Hair: [e] Quirky – Blonde 01 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] Candy-Licorice Whip 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: AnE MeshWorks – Rhia Dress Red by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Belt: *BOOM* Lynx- Skinny Belt (chest) –Ebony by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Shoes: Maitreya Gold * Moxie Patent Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Taken at “Mamesando Rings” Hibiya

Stardust

Stardust

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
of paradise where roses grew

Stardust

There is a little fantasy that runs through SL, an old time movie fantasy about elegant nightclubs where people dance to old standards, where the women all wear magnificent gowns and the men are always tuxedo’d and the air is electric with intrigues and romance. I have yet to see a movie or read a book with such a theme but the whole thing “makes sense.” It has a cultural meaning that seems to reach out to everyone who comes into SL of a certain age or higher.

This dress would be ideal for such an evening, where “Stardust” would be on the playlist, along with many other standards. From IndigoBlue Dagostino, this elegant and sparkling gown would suit the Franks and Phats of SL. She has cleverly bypassed the tendency to make a monochromatic gown (a tendency I see so frequently in SL when creators want to easily just recolor) to provide a rhinestone-studded neck and waistline which slides over the back to a sexy dip with a sculpty draped piece (which is what makes this gown most unique). This dress comes with a fur coat and center gem, which I decided to forgo.

Stardust

My skin is one of Tricky Boucher’s latest, a breathtaking beauty with the kind of sophisticated and elegant shading that does not compete with a dress like this but compliments, setting this beauty’s face aglow. My updo, with tendrils floating out as would be for an elegant lady (not shellacked and overdone), is from Truth Hawks, who includes hairbases with this set. My eyes are hazel beauties from Ikon Innovia, and my jewelry displays TJake Kearny’s skill with diamonds. I didn’t want to be dripping with diamonds—too much is simply… too much.

Stardust

Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love’s refrain

~ ”Stardust” by Hoagy Carmichael, as done by John Coltrane

Hair: >TRUTH< Isla w/Roots – cocoa and Truth Hairbase – cocoa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Chloe Tan 4 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

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

Dress: (SELDOM BLUE) DAVINA GOWN RED SPECIAL OFFER! by IndigoBlue Dagostino for Seldom Blue *

Jewelry: 121-L’elegance Classique Diamond Collection-by Jake by TJake Kearny for Jewelry by Jake

Shoes: Slink Glitter Peeptoes Multipack by Siddean Munro for Slink *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations

Something New, Something Old

Something Old, Something New

In the past couple months I have flipped my schedule around so I am no longer up all night til 4 but waking up at 4 and running off to do this and that early in the morning. It means my schedule has changed and I am not blogging daily as I once did (though I do my best to keep up). It also means I get more sleep and get to say hi to the guy delivering my newspaper. (I once startled him—now he’s used to me.)

Something Old, Something New

I wear something new and something old here. My top, which I absolutely adore ebcause it has this beautiful handpainted flower decoration on it, is one of AvaGardner Kungler’s newest. I really had to ask myself why I liked it so much—was it just silly middle-aged aesthetics? Well I have concluded it is not. The flowers are beautifully rendered and proportionately placed on a seemingly demure but sexy top (notice the deep cut in the back, as if two pieces of material are barely overlapping each other). The colors are rich and the texture is silky. It’s pure beauty.

I wear it with a skirt from Dolce Blackflag/Nephilaine Protagonist. Dolce sadly announced in SLUniverse a couple days ago she would be closing Port Seraphine on January 1 and until that time, all her stores on the sim would feature items on sale for 50L. That includes all her mesh creations and several beautiful pieces which include many variations per outfit, including the outfit from which I chose this skirt. The Atlantis Dress Kit includes five tops and five skirts—all interchangable and all done with Dolce/Nephilaine’s characteristic romantic hand drawn shadows and textures. I can’t emphasize enough how great her work is.. PixelDolls was THE place to go to get great separates when I first entered the game. It’s clear to me that many designers are inspired by her work, whether they realize it or not. She was a pioneer in SL. I truly wish her the best of luck with her future endeavors.

Something Old, Something New

I want to make a little note here about another great creator “leaving SL.” The prevailing theory is that SL has degraded so much due to Linden incompetence that creators are forced out. My take is a little different. There are scads more designers in SL now than ever before and the ability to create a living from creation in SL has fallen dramatically—the competition is too great. The SL economy has changed. One designer can not dominate a market the way it used to be. (I always hear the story of how someone would drop a notice in Fashion Consolidated and the sim would be swamped. No longer does that happen with nearly any marketing effort.)

Additionally, for some creators it’s just time to move on. Their real lives take a turn-they flip their schedule around or take on new challenges. They feel their brand is locking them in; they feel overwhelmed by their inventory or obligations in SL. The payoff mentally, spiritually or economically is just not there anymore. We make the same choices in real life. It’s all part of living.

Something Old, Something New

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. ~ Bertolt Brecht

Hair: >TRUTH< Delia w/Roots – chocolate by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LAQ ~ Lacie2 [Peach] 03 by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

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

Top: (Kunglers) Amelia – Copper printed by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Skirt: (PixelDolls) Atlantis . Dress Kit C . Red—PrimSkirt Maxi by Dolce Blackflag for PixelDolls

Jewelry: *League* Wanderer Jewellery Set -Golden Oak by Nena Janus for *League*

Shoes: S@BBiA::Strap Pumps:red by Jury Gothly for S@BBiA::

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression

Sparkle

Sparkle

Ah… the days before Christmas. When I was a little girl, it was a time of hot anticipation. What Barbie toy would I get from Santa this year? Would he hear my secret yearnings for the townhouse, my prayers for the funky orange van, my longings for the runway or the airplane? Or maybe he would just give me one of her friends—Skipper or Sweet 16 (with the barrettes that smelled like lilacs) or even hunky Ken with his interchangeable facial hair and stubborn cowlick.

Sparkle

Now I don’t need a Barbie but I still like a little pink and sparkle, so this dress from Sascha Frangilli sates my pink and sparkly need. Sascha is the queen of textures that glitter and shine in bold colors for evening wear that makes a lady stand out in the crowd. In typical generous fashion, Sascha includes several collars, tons of skirt options and different sleeve configurations, so one dress can be worn in a variety of ways before you’re done.

Sparkle

I show with a mesh hair from MissAllSunday Lemon, who has been pumping out mesh hair like a fiend. Mesh is starting to become more interesting now to me and the benefits are starting to appear. For example, when I turned my head in this hair, it didn’t dig into my shoulders or move around to a position that looked foolish. The curl in this hair makes it much more interesting than a simple long hair hooding the head. And blessedly, the new Firestorm client seems stable on my computer (though my snapshots have little lines in them.. bah).

Sparkle

Some girls are just born with glitter in their veins. ~ Paris Hilton

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Sachiko Mesh Hair with WP – golden – hairbase  – LONG by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/ *

Skin: -SORRY.ASIA- JUNA T2 with -SORRY.ASIA- JUNA LIPS (rose) by SORRYASIA for sorry.asia

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Caribbean Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: SAS – Novice Electric Pink by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Ring: (Kunglers Extra) Anemona – rainbow ring by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression

PS Happy Birthday, Sascha!