La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream. ~ Federico Fellini

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita is a movie directed by Federico Fellini. The title means “the sweet life” and in it a journalist searches for happiness and love in Rome. The film is in crisp black and white, and this is why it came to mind when I put together this ensemble. The new ballgown from Carrie Snowpaw is a lesson in living life large with swirling flowers and a transition from dark to sheer on the gown. It’s fantastical and dreamlike, as Fellini’s quote remarks, a quote that reminded me an awful lot of SL.

La Dolce Vita

I pair it with Tricky Boucher’s elegant skin with its dark eyes and pale pink lips and Ikon Innovia’s luminescent blue eyes. (In fact, the eye liner reminds me of Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita—dramatic and dark.) Drop earrings from Julia Merosi add to the elegance and Truth Hawks’ newest mesh hair—an updo—completes the elegant look.

La Dolce Vita

There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. ~ Federico Fellini

Hair: >TRUTH< Magdalena w/Roots – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Ava Sk 8 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes – Light Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: Snowpaws – Silhouette Mermaid Gown – Night by Carrie Snowpaw for Snowpaws *

Earrings: ::je::suis::Leah::earring by Julia Merosi for je suis

Nails: [PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations

P.S. Someday, yes, I would like to recreate Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain.

I have never reblogged so we’ll see how this goes but Harper outdoes herself every year with her Oscar photo contest and this year’s winners are amazing!

Around the Grid

It’s always easy to judge my annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest — at least for the first two cuts, at the most.  After that, the cream is definitely rising to the top of that year’s pool, and I have to start looking really hard, and at times going with a gut decision on what worked and what didn’t.  As the knowledge of the contest starts circulating around the Grid (no pun intended here with the title of my blog), more and more really good photographers/models start submitting photos to the Flickr and Koinup groups, or contacting me with link submissions.  It always makes for an interesting few days following the submission deadline (at the end of the Academy Awards in RL) as I work through the offerings of people whose work I come to respect and admire.  Additionally, I normally plan out extra time to work on this, just in…

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What Barely’s Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Barely and I had a little discussion about his photos. He just got that LUMIPro and he’s be going to town with it (literally—he won’t let it go—he sleeps with it). I said, “That’s fine. The photos are artsy and emo, but people want to see the clothes.” He then sent me photos labeled “Barely Emo.” I think that should be his new display name.

I like this look because it’s eclectic and rock n roll. I especially like the pattern on the shirt from Voodoo Gear and the skin from Fruk. He looks like your little brother, grown up to go out clubbing or play in his alternative band.

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Skin – Fruk – Chucky Hollak – Bennet skin Rock of Ages- Limited Edition

Hair – Redgrave – Emilia Redgrave – Jacob in black

Eyes – Ikon – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Heath

Necklace – Trinket – Stephberry Delling – Guitar Pick Necklace

Shirt – Voodoo Gear – Voodoo Shilton – Men’s Mesh Dress Shirt in Arabia #1

Jeans – breathing|time – Kevin Titian – Lazy Jeans in Print

Boots – Shelly Laufer – Shelly Laufer – Mesh Boots DT in black

Ebullience

Ebullience

“Fashion is neither moral or immoral, but it is for rebuilding the morale.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

Ebullience

The dog days of winter are upon me and I am feeling kind of bleah, so I have been looking for happiness where I can. Good thing I have fashion and art. A pretty dress can bring you joy. So can a beautiful and interesting art exhibit. I visited Alpha Auer’s part of Topophonia: Four Installations in Sound, sponsored by HUMlab at Umea University in Sweden and was taken by the beauty and fun of the exhibit. As you walk over light beams projected up from square pads, you hear a combination of sounds and music that layer on each other to create an aural experience. It’s nothing new in SL but it has been beautifully and is an ebullient experience.

Ebullience

I wore Bonadea Cobalt’s lovely evening gown to the exhibit to photo. I love the texture. I think it’s a classic look. I tried to dress it up elegantly with Gospel Voom’s boutique shoes. My hair is slightly blue tinted, which gives it a little more magic. Kavar Cleanslate is offering this gorgeous, almost Victorian updo at The Attic. I LOVE that he is doing mesh updos and I love love love the tendrils. Have been wearing this one a LOT. Finally, my skin was a lovely 1L skin from Steffi Villota for her group members. I am not a gift finder per se, but I love the opportunity to see someone’s work and wear it around for a bit without “demo” scrawled across it. This was a great chance for me to get a feel for Steffi’s work. And fine work it is, especially those brows and eyes.

Ebullience

“You can’t be melancholy in fashion because people don’t respond to it.” ~ Isaac Mizrahi

Hair: ::Exile:: Loveshack:Moonlight by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at The Attic *

Skin: Gogo Face 2 MED/DARK by Steffi Villota for DeeTaleZ

Eyes: .ID. Light Sensitive/Basic – Slate by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: Olga evening dress by Bonadea Avedon for Ruca Tease *

Shoes: [Gos] Mae Platform – Naturelle Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Exhibit: One of the Topophonia: Four Installations in Sound, this one by Alpha Auer (only until February 28—hurry!)

Harper at Home

Harper at Home

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris

Harper at Home

Join my in my Linden Home. Yes, you read it. Linden Home. With the proliferance of mesh furniture in SL, you can outfit a Linden home rather nicely within the 117 prim limit and still have some left over for rezzing packages or keeping a KittyCat or two. I managed to make my home *quite* cozy here with the new line of furniture from Tya Fallingbridge. With beautiful textures, color change pillows and blankets and versions of PG and Adult animations, this furniture will make a fine addition to your Linden home. And in mesh, it’s low prim, even with poses (no pose balls). I added some mesh drapes with finialed rods from Maxwell Graf. They come in several styles and are perfect for house finishing.

Harper at Home

I host you in my home with a gorgeous new dress from Lilly Juno. Lilly has rebranded to “Immerse” and wants you to see her beautiful textures and inventive style. She has made gorgeous furniture in the past but now is stretching out to mesh clothing, and I think you can agree that the result is pretty special. Her texturing is exquisite. I look forward to seeing more of her work.

Harper at Home

Get close and you see this absolutely drop dead gorgeous mesh necklace from Mirja Mills. With its fine detailing and color, it’s a work of art, appropriate for RP, which is Mirja’s original audience, or simple elegant dressing. Gosh I love this necklace. I love mesh!

Harper at Home

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~ Jane Austen

Hair: smitten 1b by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Elysium – Devine (freck) – light medium by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Eyes: IKON Kaleido Eyes – Ancient (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: Immerse Cami Gold by Lilly Juno for Immerse *

Necklace: .:EMO-tions:. * VARI* – necklace ( aqua ) by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions *

Nails: [PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Shoes: [Gos] Sophia Peeptoe – Essentials Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Furniture: All by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Chair – Black – 2 Pillow,
[PM]Pixel Mode – Alcott – Sofa – Adult: Black
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Sofa  – Adult – Eggshell
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Chair/Blanket – Eggshell
[PM]Pixel Mode – Voo Voo Lamp: Black/Black
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – End Table – Brown
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Candle – Wood 2
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Coffee Table – Brown
[PM]Pixel Mode – US Picture Frame – Black
[PM]Pixel Mode – Voo Voo Divider –  White

Drapes: Rustica – Mesh Drape PLAIN SHEER PANEL with Rustica – Mesh Curtain Rod SPHERE by Maxwell Graf for Rustica *

Rug: [LeeZu!] Studio Fur Carpet by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo Studio

Shot in location in a Linden Home. Yes, they aren’t so bad.

Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup

“Only the pure in heart can make good soup.” ~ Ludwig Beethoven

Chicken Soup

Eshi came over the other day, made a fabulous chicken soup (after she shopped for all the ingredients), made fried chicken and mashed potatoes, brought the best cupcakes, and left a mess in my kitchen.We sat at the table and teased my kid, looked at her mom’s paintings on Facebook, laughed at my DH’s truly dreadful joke, and enjoyed being a family. She drove home out in the country on a chilly, crystal clear evening. Later that night she sent this dress to me.

Sometimes we forget that “artists” are also humans, with varied talents and traits. Knowing a person who makes a dress like this makes it even more intriguing. I know where she lives, how she sleeps, what she drives. Where in her mind did that sweet girl she pull something like this out? Probably the same place her big black garbage bag dress came from. She has made this from mesh, added a spectacular top, and made one of her characteristic hats held on by long hat pins. She accompanies it with otherworldly feathers and pleats at the bottom. I love this dress and hat! (Almost as much as I love her soup.)

Chicken Soup

I thought Aleida Rhode’s skin from the TDR Fusion would be perfect for this with its very minimal yet high fashion details. The lips are to die for with their pale but classic line and the shaping of the face elevates me to a model. Truth Hawks’ side-swept and gorgeous blonde hair completes this look.

Chicken Soup

The road to a friend’s house is never long.

Hair: >TRUTH< Zendaya w/Roots – oasis by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Elysium – Sarah – light by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at TDR Fusion

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Aspen (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Gown: MARIE GOWN – Eshi Otawara by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara *

Nails:[PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Long by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Pink Attitude

Pink Attitude

I was very against pink and purple when I was young, because they were girls’ colors. But that was only because I didn’t want people to write me off for what I can do. When I got into my 20s, I decided that was stupid. ~ Danica Patrick

Pink Attitude

Pink always scares me. It’s the color of Pepto Bismol and marshmallow chicks and aisles and aisles of Barbie Dolls at Toys R Us. (In a previous life I did work that ended up at Mattle so I know the PMS color of Barbie ads. I saw LOTS of pink.) But I had to put pink on this time because.. well it just needed to be done. I started with this darling pink top from Ivy Burner, queen of sales events and sexy textures and general good stuff. Then I found some shorts LeeZu Baxter released a bit ago.. meshy cute and perfect and hunted down socks from Tsutsuji Klees on MP. Finally little boots from LeeZu again.

Pink Attitude

The whole impetus was this colorful, pink and purple skin from Tuli Asturias, being offered at the Attic. And of course, I couldn’t pass up this hair from Mina Nakamura, also being offered at the Attic. But get this—it comes with a hud so you don’t just get this cotton candy confection but several other colorful options. I popped in these gorgeous eyes from Ikon to make the whole sweet candy look complete.

Pink Attitude

Pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude! ~ Miley Cyrus

Hair: MINA HUD – Spice – Disco by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at The Attic *

Skin: [:T:] Zoe / petal :: Pop by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, available at The Attic  *

Eyes: IKON Kaleido Eyes – Sky (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Lashes: [LeLutka]-2011 lashes/long by Thora Charron for [LeLutka]

Top: ~Sassy!~ Mandarin top – pink by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~ *

Shorts: Heather Hotpants /candy pink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Nails: [PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Socks: Sakura Pink Overknee by Tsutsuji Klees for Tsutsujiya

Boots: BeachBum Boots WITH DOLL/pink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Poses by Willa Whybrow for don’t freak out!