“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The summer for many is stifling hot and miserable but where I am, when it’s a good summer, it’s really golden. This summer has been absolutely golden—cool, sunny, calm. The plants are flourishing; my flowers are dripping out of the windowboxes gracefully and my basil is thriving. Summer evenings in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s world were the same—we come from about the same climate. I remember a quote from one of his books where people danced on a pavilion near a lake with the lights up and a band playing and that image has always stayed with me. (Gah, I wish I could find it.)
I wore this gorgeous new gown from Poulet Koenkamp to bring some of that idea of a beautiful summer soiree to mind. With shimmering pastel colors and a pretty bodice decorated with a line of flowers, this dress would be ideal for that party near the lake. Poulet includes a hairpiece as well. Her gowns are her forte: she creates exact and exquisite system pieces and then builds the gown with beautiful flexi prims, using whatever tools at hand to embellish—be they mesh or sculpty. Her colors are perfect (like this summer).
Tricky Boucher is releasing his Belleza Best Buys this weekend, which includes this skin. With delicate makeup and beautiful features, it really is a bargain if you are a Belleza fan. My updo from Mirja Mills, decorated as it is with pearls, is a perfect accompaniment to my dress. I shot these photos under one of the pergolas Cory Edo is offering at FaMESHed. The package of them is a lovely set for building an outdoor garden. With open and closed styles and various features including little lights, flower garlands and fabric drapes, they are versatile. I can imagine an outdoor art gallery opening, a wedding, or even a lovely soiree taking place among them.
“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * YERIAK*/darkbrown by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *
Skin: -Belleza- Ashley SK BBB 3 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *
Eyes: pearl – columbia – medium bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *
Gown: :: PM :: Aquarelle Gown in Pearl by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant S Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Gesture S Right by Siddean Munro for Slink
Skin applier: -Belleza- Slink Hands – SK by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-
Nail applier: Orc Inc. Fingernails – Rich Lights Fatpack by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc. *
Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)