Beautiful

Beautiful

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes, you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

~ “Beautiful” by Carole King

Beautiful

Beauty has a way of finding itself outwards as well as back inwards. Consider the study by Nick Yee and Jeremy Bailenson that found that when one represents with a taller or more beautiful avatar, one feels more confidence, what they call the Proteus effect. I certainly know I feel more generous and kind to others when I am feeling good about myself, and that includes feeling good about my avatar. This lovely dress from Geryn Sloane adds a definite sense of loveliness with its roses printed on a swirling translucent skirt. A bow at the waist makes it picture pretty.

Beautiful

What really makes the look is this gorgeous skin from Carina Larsen. I am not sure why more are not talking about these skins—they are blushingly beautiful with well defined lips, lovely makeup, and great eyebrows. Truth Hawks’ new hair, a sweet wavy pinned back style, suits this gentle look. I wonder—does he subscribe to hair magazines? Does he secretly photograph women? How does he come up with all these hairstyles?

Beautiful

I have often asked myself the reason for THE sadness
In a world where tears are just a lullaby
If there’s any answer, maybe love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try

Hair: >TRUTH< Sophie – treacle by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Amacci Skin – Liane (Nutmeg) – 02 Beauty by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: GSC Paper Roses by Geryn Sloane for G Sloane Couture *

Shoes: I ALEIDA I Malene pumps – pistacie by Aleida Rhode for Aleida *

Poses by Katey Coppola for Glitterati

Dishing It Up

Dishing It Up

Today I am simply dishing up a set of things I think you might want to know about. It’s a mash-up, a collage, a bricolage if we want to get postmodern and French.

Dishing It Up

First we start with this sexy little befurred top from Monica Outlander. Crisp textures made from rows of sequins, fluffy black fur (which also goes on the shoulders and neck but I didn’t wear it). Slim leggings from Neferia Abel and chic bowed boots from Dita Actor tie the look up plus a little pink sparkle from Dita Tran on my finger.

Dishing It Up

This gorgeous skin from aida Ewing with it’s dynamic makeup fits perfectly on this shape from Sophia Rossen. I like the face on this shape a lot—the eyes are closer rather than wide open as so many shapes show nowadays, she has an elegant thin nose and a lovely mouth. Her shape is a little thin—I like Harper with a little more in the booty—but it’s an expert shape maker at work here.

My wild and sexy hair is an offering from Neveah Niu, and it provides a color changing script right in the hair that lets me switch colors and shades.

Dishing It Up

“If one calls bricolage the necessity of borrowing one’s concepts from the text of a heritage which is more or less coherent or ruined, it must be said that every discourse is bricoleur.” ~ Jacques Derrida

Hair: ICONIC -Adrienne-MonoTones with HairBase_FortheBlack by Neveah Niu for ICONIC*

Skin: -Glam Affair- Linn Tan skin – Galaxy D by aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-

Shape: Sophistishapes – LEONA bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes *

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

Top: Miamai_Rure Pink by Monica Oulander for Miamai *

Leggings: Lana black leggings by Neferia Abel for L’Abel (no longer available) *

Ring: FuLo – “Tina” ring – Pink Tourmaline by Dita Tran for FuLo *

Boots: Ribbon Boot :CooCoo Chanel Edition 1.0 by Dita Actor for Dita’s Diabolique

A Quick Dance

A Quick Dance

I’ve been working hard these past few weeks and just want to go out for a quick dance.

A Quick Dance

What to wear? Well this beautiful dress from Nicky Ree would do the trick. With its festive colors and pretty shape. I love how Nicky is willing to employ halters as well as other necklines in her dress and this one it’s especially intriguing with its sheer center panel on the bodice and sheer back. Sometimes not showing everything or making it peek-a-boo is more sexy then just putting it out there. I love the textures—a riot of colors, proportions and prints with a sheen over all of it that makes this dress pop.

A Quick Dance

This is the freshman effort from skin maker XXX. With its freckles and shimmering eyes, it’s a pretty accompaniment to Nicky Ree’s shimmering colorful dress. As with many first time skin makers, XXX has focused on the face, leave the body relatively untouched. Seams are mostly in place with a little discoloration under the skin. Eyebrows aren’t my favorite ever—too married to one hair color and too smudged, but nicely shaped. Facial features are nicely proportioned and drawn but still too smudgy or dry in places. I would give this first one a positive score but not outstanding.

My hair is one of Truth Hawks’ newest. Truth took a much-deserved break for a couple weeks and he’s now back into production with lovely new ‘dos for all of us. Yay!

A Quick Dance

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good. ~ Edwin Denby

Hair: >TRUTH< Evelyn w/Roots – chocolateby Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: //-RS4U-\\ Jenny Green Mocha by RS4U for RS4U *

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

Dress: *DNR* Tayler Gown and Dress Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes[V2] -red- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Poses by Katie Coppola for Glitterati

Don’t You

Don't You

Don’t you, wanna be somewhere else
oh
Don’t you, don’t you wanna be somewhere else

~ “Don’t You” by El May (free download of the song at the link)

Don't You

To be honest, there is nowhere I would rather be than where I am right now. Tomorrow, however, it’s supposed to snow 7 inches, so I would much rather be in the Keys with a friend who keeps sending me photos of the warm weather. Hmpf! If I *were* going there, I know I would need something chic and seasonal, and this outfit might do it. First start with a slinky top from Nena Janus, add a darling skirt from Drinkenstein Sorbet (with its beautiful and almost bohemian Japanese crane print) and you’re set to go somewhere else.

Don't You

Gala Phoenix has come out with yet another set of skins, this one a little more sultry and chic. It pairs perfectly with Ikon Innovia’s eyes and this sassy new hair from Chiaki Xue. Slip on some wedge boots from Onyx LeShelle (mesh, dontcha know), sling a chic soft bag over your shoulder, also from Onxy, and dress it up with cute jewelry from Polyester Partridge and you have a trip in the making.

Don't You

You are helped, you are held, by a great big hand
of the sun, you are loved, you are loved.

Hair: *Dura-Girl*32(Mocha) by Chiaki Xue for Dura

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] Downtown-Taxi Cab 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

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

Top: *League* Siara Blouse –Cream by Nena Janus for League

Skirt: The Sea Hole – Heron Skirt – Dusted by Drinkenstein Sorbet for The Sea Hole, available at Collabor88

Earrings: (Yummy) Hodgepodge Looped Earring – Silver by Polyester Partridge for (Yummy), available at Collabor88

Bracelet: (Yummy) Hodgepodge Beaded Bracelet (4 strands) (L) by Polyester Partridge for (Yummy), available at Collabor88

Purse: Maitreya Mesh – Leather Satchel  FLF Edition by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Shoes: Maitreya Mesh * Alexa Wedges *  FLF Edition by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Poses by Zelly Mornington of Striking Poses (no longer available)

Bachelorette Pad

Bachelorette Pad

The existence of parcels in SL sometimes seems like the existence of a space where someone can be alone to rez their prims or dress themselves or just be in a place where she can decorate just as she likes with no one to fuss about it. I have my own bachelorette pad in SL, up high on my sim, where I rarely have people visit (mostly because it’s a mess). It’s where I do my photos and sort my inventory and rez my packages. The only rule about my space is that things can at any moment change and that no one tells me to clean up after myself except myself.

Bachelorette Pad

The most recent Collabor88 gave me a great chance to decorate a little and make my space a little more cozy. With a great mesh furniture set from Cory Edo (check out the sofa, with 5 locations to sit and 9 poses for each sit), art from Callie Cline, and rug from Isla Gealach (from a whole set), a girl could redo her home for much less than 500. Consider it an IKEA for the pixel set if you must. (And everything is amazingly color coordinated!)

Bachelorette Pad

Also abundant are some great fashions. Start with this darling top and jeans from Callie, which include the little Japanese dolls from her wall hangings. The jeans have bright embroidered flowers on the pockets and the leg as well as the cuff, which you don’t see because I have my jeans tucked into Rob Moonites’ bold yellow rain boots. Cute earrings from Gyorgyna Larnia complete this bright look.

Finally, my beautiful namesake skin from Sachi Vixen allows me to adopt a casual look without loss of beauty and a simple ponytail from Kavar Cleanslate suits the entire mood—restful, solitary, peaceful.

Bachelorette Pad

Every woman needs a room of one’s own. (paraphrasing Virginia Woolf)

Hair: ::Exile:: Camille:Swiss by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Harper Sunblessed Pink by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

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

Top: caLLie cLine – Peace Doll Tank by Callie Cline for caLLie cLine, available at Collabor88 *

Jeans: caLLie cLine Jeans – Culture Fusion Light Wash – Collab88 Jan by Callie Cline for caLLie cLine, available at Collabor88 *

Earrings: LaGyo_Olrich earrings silver by Gyorgyna Larnia for LaGyo, available at Collabor88

Boots: *FIR & MNA* Lahinch Boots Yellow by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA*, available at Collabor88 *

Sofa, lamp, table, chair from the Simple Culture Living Room Set by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at Collabor88 *

Wall art: caLLie cLine – Happiness Doll, Peace Doll, and Love Doll by Callie Cline for caLLie cLine, available at Collabor88 *

Rug from :CP: Vita’s Holiday Reading Corner by Isla Gealach for Cheeky Pea, , available at Collabor88

Sweet Sour

Sweet Sour

Sour by the minute but you’re sweeter by the hour

~ Sweet Sour by Band of Skulls

Sweet Sour

I have a friend in SL for whom this song fits so perfectly. She comes on kind of intense, like a hard rock song, but once you know her, she is really sweet. She is pure intensity—she cleans her house like a demon, creates her art with knife-edge perfection, tosses out quotes from Kierkegaard as if they are tootsie rolls. But she is also as sweet as can be—she loves pink, dresses up in little girl clothes, peppers her speech with ♥s, and frets over her plants. So this little beauty is in honor of her.

I start with this terrific mesh modernist-inspired dress by LeeZu Baxter. I love the sweep of stripe over the dress and folds, the rippling skirt line, the great graphic colors. It’s a simple mesh—I look forward to seeing more from LeeZu in the future. I pair it with Gospel Voom’s criminally chic boots, which I set on all sorts of colors to match the graphic color blocks of the dress.

Sweet Sour

My skin, from Gala Phoenix, has the same qualities of my friend—a bit intense but really soft. The eyebrows are about the only ones in SL I could call faint and pretty. (It’s so hard to do lighter brows—I know!) My jewelry is from Matchbook Monday, who provides this set with color changing on the metals, so while the “wood” beads remain the same, you can switch up the look on the metals for different outfits. I love Matchbook’s textures and her sense of geometry, but mostly I love the mix of metals and wood and earthy tones she uses.

Sweet Sour

Sweet sour
Sweet sour
Sour by the minute but you’re sweeter by the hour

Hair: >TRUTH< Velvet w/Roots – sandlewood by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] Airhead-Pure 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: [LeeZu!] Oxford Dress /stripes brown by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!] *

Jewelry: : Amorous : Ecks (Boxed) by Matchbook Monday for : Amorous :

Stockings: Doppelganger Inc. – Knocked Up Knee Socks Brown by Syler Morgaine for Doppelganger Inc.

Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boots in FATPACK by Gospel Voom for [Gos] *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations

Come See About Me

Come See About Me

Tired of waiting on you
After all we’ve been through
If you want me still
I know I can do for you
Anything you want me to
Why don’t you come see about it?
Come see about me, baby
Come see about me

~ “Come See About Me” by the Tedeschi Trucks Band

Come See About Me

I’m doing this entry kind of backwards (well, close up first) because I want you to come see about me! Literally! Sachi Vixen has just come out with a new skin, and she has done me the honor of naming it after me. So if you jet over to Adam n Eve, you can literally, “come see about me.” Why do I like the skin? First, the brows and their great arch and beautiful line. Then the eye makeups, range from smoky to colorful and artistic. Look at those luscious lips. Num! And the body details are sexy (I looked at the whole thing and I have a great tush, lemme tell you).  I am so pleased to have this beauty bear my name, especially made by such a great lady.

Come See About Me

Perhaps this sexy little outfit from Vanexa Clip make you come see about me. Mix a little sweet and a little naughty and you get this—a leather jacket over a flowery minidress (that has a deeply cut back—I looked). I love the vibrant colors in the dress juxtaposed with the leather jacket.  Vanexa has a collection of decidedly “sexy” outfits, so don’t come looking for a frumpy flowered dress.

I gave this a wilder spin with curly locks from Queue Marlowe and buckled and tied boots from Paul Lapointe. I thought they matched the spirit of the song. (You have to listen—Susan Tedeschi and Daryl Trucks are AMAZING.)

Come See About Me

If you want me still
I know I can do for you
Anything you want me to
Why don’t you come see about it?
Come see about me, baby
Come see about me
Come see about me, baby

Hair: sine obsidian by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Harper Sunblessed Heather with Adam n Eve Harper Manicure Pink by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

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

Dress with jacket: [AaG] JASMIN Outfit by Vanexa Clip for Anin a gris

Boots: .:L&B:. “Elise” Knee Boot Set:NOIR by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild *

Poses by Zelly Mornington of Striking Poses (no longer available)