Winter Is Coming

Winter is Coming

“Still … in this world only winter is certain.” ~ George R.R. Martin

Winter is Coming

How did this happen? It seems a week ago I was on my bike, pedaling to the store. And now there’s snow on the ground, frost in the air, and jingle bells on my mind. I have pulled out my boots, my wool coat, my 200 scarves and mittens and have stashed my bike in the back of the garage. Winter is coming!

In SL it’s not such a big deal. A woman can walk around in a short skirt and not feel the chill. I went to a redone sim from Jac Mornington, with a definite Japanese feel (think Hokusai without the wave). The air was brisk but not enough to keep me from shooting a few photos in a cute dress from Lilly Juno, which I warmed up with a scarf from Jammeh and Nena Janus’ cute platform boots that were her fund raiser for Shoes4Soles at Shoetopia.

Winter is Coming

Izzie Button’s pumpkiny pretty skin from TDR Fusion and gorgeous hazel eyes from Isabella Requiem still let me cling to the last bits  of autumn before the harsh winter winds blow. I love this hat and hair combo from Mina Nakamura. The hat has a color change option in the HUD where you set the hair color.

Winter is Coming

“Nothing burns like the cold.” ~ George R.R. Martin

Hair: MINA Hair – Carlijn BB by Mina Nakamura for MINA *

Skin: Izzie’s – Lucie Pumpkin Pie fair DB by Izzie Button for Izzie’s, available at TDR Fusion

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – hazel by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Dress: Immerse Sequoia Red by Lilly Juno for Immerse *

Scarf: Toro. Striped Yuppie Scarf  F by jammeh for Toro.

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands Casual S Left and Slink Mesh Hands Casual S Right by Siddean Munro for Slink *

Hand appliers: Izzie’s – Slink Avatar Enhancement – HANDS by Izzie Button for Izzie’s

Nail appliers: Orc Inc. Fingernails – Cream Basics Fatpack by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc. *

Boots: *League* Lauren Wedge Boots -Rigged- Purple Medium by Nena Janus for League, available at Shoetopia

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Photos taken at “Yuki No Yume”.. A Dream of Snow. built by Jac Mornington

The Temptation

The Temptation

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” ~ Mae West

The Temptation

I have temptation on the mind today because I recently made toffee bars with two sticks of butter and whole lot of brown sugar and chocolate and they kept beckoning me with their rich sweetness. I finally sealed them up in a container and shoved them in the freezer for Christmas but now the scemt of decadence lingers around me. Today I am show you an evening dress from Ariadne Garrigus that is itself pure temptation with its slim silhouette (belying my toffee bar binge), sequined hem and leg cut-up-to-there-and-then-some. With a simple bodice, the dress is all about that leg, and the leg shows off whatever fabulous shoes you happen to have.

In my case it’s a pair of high high heels from Siddean Munro. With an impossibly sexy wrap-around style and heels that are higher than high, these shoes are temptation itself. What is tempting is to go off and buy every shoe ever made for the Slink feet (every shoe that isn’t overpriced, that is) because you can look so gorgeous. These are Siddean’s newest shoes on her newest feet—a super high heeled foot that truly is designed for shoes only (you’d look funny wearing them separately). Siddean is selling them at Shoetopia but if you can’t get in or can’t see when you get there, she’s going to have them in her store.

The Temptation

Sawsan Secretspy keeps putting out gorgeous skins. I am wearing Donna, one of her newest skins and I love the eye makeup, especially the way it looks with Audrey Lamede’s group gift Portrait Eyes. AvaGardner Kungler is fulfilling her desire to be a jewelry maker in SL and shows us another of her beautiful designs with these earrings she is featuring at L’accessoire. And my girl, Queue Marlowe, has just issued another set of gorgeous hair using her HUD system. This beautiful romantic style is perfect for a tempting look like this one—full locks, curls and a romantic up-do.

The Temptation

“The problem with temptation is that you may not get another chance.” ~ Laurence J. Peter

Hair: AD – yeah – dark reds by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Donna Sunkissed 2 RB CL by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::.

Eyes: .ID. Portrait Eyes / Blue by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: ***ArisAris AA10 Exuberant by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Elysium earring – Silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’accessoire

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: .::WoW Skins::. slink hand appliers Sunkissed by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::.

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Goth Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink, available at Shoetopia *

Feet appliers: .::WoW Skins::. slink feet appliers Sunkissed by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::.

Shoes: Slink Hera Wrap Heel Black by Siddean Munro for Slink, available at Shoetopia *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

The Red Bow

The Red Bow

Beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

The Red Bow

Nothing like a big red bow to tie up this beautiful package. I start with a gorgeous dress from Leri Miles—a flowered piece with a big red bow. I love the texture Leri has made, accentuated with her excellent shadow work and the lovely sheen of the bow. Lots of creators take premade mesh and slap textures on it—it takes artistry to make it special, and Leri has done that.

I feature the shoes of Steffen Garcia from Shoetopia. With a color change hud that controls textures for the buckle, sole and fabric insert, the shoes are sexy and versatile. They ARE made to wear on the Slink “Mid” feet, so don’t get them unless you have the feet or want to get them.

The Red Bow

Audrey Lamede has sent out another group gift with her gorgeous eyes. A green-eyed blonde is so gorgeous, especially in one of Aida Ewing’s skins. Pretty lips and sexily lined eyes make this a beautiful skin. Add one of Kavar Cleanslate’s newest hairs with a great color changing HUD and this look is pretty as a present wrapped in a bow.

The Red Bow

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Hair: Exile::Erase and Rewind by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Angelica – America 05 B by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: .ID. Shades of Green – Olive II by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: LMD Lilly Dress Kiss Me Red by Leri Miles for Leri Miles Designs

Choker: *BOOM* Precious Bow Choker cherry by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand Appliers: Glam Affair – Slink Hands Skin Appliers ( America) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – Set 162 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance)  – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet appliers: Glam Affair – Slink Feet Skin Appliers ( America) by Aida Ewing forGlam Affair

Shoes: SOYEUX by Steffen Garcia, Pearl by Faenzo for Steffen Garcia, available at Shoetopia *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Pink Polka Dots

Pinky

“Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots become movement… Polka dots are a way to infinity.’ ~ Yayoi Kusama

Pinky

The Rockabilly Fashion Fair is still on for another week and with lagless and less-crowded shopping, it’s pretty fun and has a lot of great fashions. Ivy Burner’s contribution is this darling halter and capri set, pieces sold separately but perfect for matchy matching. Ivy includes with the set a HUD for changing the textures of the materials and trims so you can get both solid colors and polka dots. I went for the pink polka dot look, as you can see, to match my new shoes.

If lag isn’t such an issue to you, repeatedly try to tp to Shoetopia, which just opened two days ago, to pick up the shoes I show from Aranel Ah. Built for the Slink feet (yep, you can’t avoid ’em), the shoes are reasonably priced and darling. I just had to get a pair and proceeds from this color (if I recall) benefit the chosen charity, Soles4Souls.

Pinky

Chiaki Xue has released a beautiful wavy flip, reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. I pair it with one of Shyla Diggs’ and Tricky Boucher’s newest skin releases—Nina—and beautiful blue-brown eyes from Isabelle Requiem. A quick visit to Marketplace found me polka dotted jewelry from Ayumi Cassini to match my look.

Pinky

“I don’t think there is ever a wrong time for a polka dot.” ~ Marc Jacobs

Hair: *Dura-Girl*51(Strawberry) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: -Belleza- Nina Sk 8 BL with -Belleza- Nina SK Gloss Lip 3 and -Belleza- Eyeliner 1 by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – bluebrown by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Halter: ~Sassy!~ RockaDoll halter – all colors by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at the Rockabilly Fashion Fair *

Capris: ~Sassy!~ RockaDoll capris – all colors by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at the Rockabilly Fashion Fair *

Jewelry: [MAGIC NOOK] Shoo Be Doo Bracelet (Pink) and [MAGIC NOOK] Shoo Be Doo Necklace (Pink) by Ayumi Cassini for Magic Nook

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand Appliers: -Belleza- Slink Hands – SK by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Nail Appliers: Nailed It –  French Manicure by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet Appliers: -Belleza- Slink Feet – SK by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Shoes: *BOOM* Posey Pumps (salmon) by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

The Shoe In

The Shoe-In

“You can’t by happiness but you can buy shoes, and that’s the same kind of thing.”

The Shoe-In

I have been to Heaven and back, and I’ll tell you, it’s quite a trip. Shoetopia opens today, and while I’m not an “official” blogger for Shoetopia, I was given early access and blogger samples with a bunch of other great bloggers, so I feel obligated to tell you about my visit and share some celestial enlightenment.

In true form they have made a literal shoe Heaven in the two sims. A path wanders through the clouds leading from gazebo to gazebo—a paradise of shoe shopping with some of the best shoe makers in SL and even a few designers who have dipped their toes in shoe-making (rather successfully, I must say). Highlights in my memory include Gos, N-Core, Lapointe and Bastchild (some to-die-for men’s shoes), Boom, Bax Boots, Pixel Mode, G Field, Slink, Baby Monkey, League, Kittie’s Lair, Ingenue, ArisAris, and BSD Design.

My first shoe is from BSD Design, one of the participants in Shoetopia. BabyChampagne Sass is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of one her shoes to Shoes4Soles (no link given in the Shoetopia blog), which is a generous donation for the caliber for BabyChampagne’s work. In fact, it seems each designer is giving 100% from one item, which is pretty damn generous. (Not positive how it works—donation details haven’t been posted on their blog and the press release they sent out was TLTR.) I pair it with a handbag from Juno Martel, proceeds going to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan from the Water Lantern Festival.

The Shoe-In

Let me tell you my impressions. First tip: Just get the Slink feet already. You can buy them right there as I did. Many shoes being sold are built around the feet. Of course, the price tag on some of those shoes is a bit high considering they don’t include a foot or the fancy HUD work that makes a footed shoe or the Slink foot cost 600 or 700L. You can get a nice Gos shoe or N-Core for the same price without having to mess around. (In other words, I willingly pay Gos and Nuria for development costs for their HUDS and webhosting. People who build shoes around a Slink foot shouldn’t be charging as much because their cost is simply not as high.) However there are a few darling and reasonable shoes that fit the Slink feetsies. I gave up and got the feet myself just so I could wear the cute shoes I keep seeing.

Second, be prepared for this event: lag is gonna be a huge issue–more than it should be. Graphical lag may well be a factor–I am not sure if textures from the vendors have been enforced at 512 or less. However, sim lag is definitely gonna get you because of the build. None of the structures or vendors are phantom and of course, all the charity vendors are scripted as well as the gacha vendors. Avatar scripts had not been turned off as of my visit there.  If the organizers experience sim lag—and they will—it’ll be about the massive amounts of collision. There’s so much folks can do before opening without asking customers to dress like newbies. They haven’t done it all.

Finally, let’s be frank: you’re not going to get in right away, kids. Agent limit is 45. That’s ok! Shoetopia goes on for TWO weeks. Don’t rush it. You don’t have to be the first one in. The shoes aren’t going anywhere and your size won’t be sold out. They are passing demos out in a group and a map is being posted on their blog so you can find the creator you like quickly. Besides, the lag during the opening days should be enough to discourage you. Take your time and wander over during the next week when you hopefully can enjoy the shopping with less lag.

Give the organizers a hand. It’s a lot of work. And goodness knows, they mean to do well because they have been at it for months. And the designers really showed up for this event. Hit Shoetopia before it ends on November 30 and drop a few on Shoes4Soles.

The Shoe-In

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

Hair: MINA Hair – Tabita by Mina Nakamura for MINA *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Elvi – America – 06 E by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Outfit: [LG] Boutique-[ FALL-13] Drinking From The Bottle by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam *

Handbag: Fire Blossom Handbag Pastels by Juno Mantel for Junbug, available at The Water Lantern Festival

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Bag Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: Glam Affair – Slink Hands Skin Appliers ( America) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Dark Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}surreal gold by for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at Shoetopia *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. ~ Robert Frost

Home Is Where the Heart Is

For the past couple weeks I have been working hard on things in my RL home—specifically we are redoing the family room in anticipation of four different holiday parties this year. The carpet needed replacing. I had had it with the horrible wallpaper. And we needed some new shelving. The house is a mess because we have displaced everything to get to the walls and floor. But it’s starting to come into focus, slowly but surely. (Check back with me after the carpet is installed!)

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Such a project is not so hard in SL, blessedly, especially when you get a beautiful, fully-furnished house like Cain Maven’s latest redo on his Eco design. The Eco III furnished includes a dining room, living room and bedroom set (with some adult poses), art on the walls and decorative plants. Just rez and go.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

If you’re feeling like it, you can add your own touches, like this chair from Cory Edo, which is being sold at Collabor88 in a kazillion colors or Lilly Juno’s mid century modern chair (shown below) that includes several gorgeous poses. Lilly is back in SL if you were a fan of Immerse, selling both furniture and clothing.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Spooky Mistwallow has opened a new store called “Mirage” which includes pieces that are influenced by Persian and Arabic arts. Her recent dress, which I am wearing, cleverly uses a Persian rug design with lace added to it. The ladies from N-Core—Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger—are featuring drop dead gorgeous sling backs at FaMESHed in over a dozen colors. These are classics, made to go with several looks, and they match beautifully using N-Core’s web-based color matching system.

I <3 Maxi Gossamer’s jewelry, especially this intricate clockwork heart that Maxi is featuring at Collabor88. The lacey nail appliers from Sasy Scarborough accent the heart ring from Maxi. The full and lush, almost bouffant blonde style from Tabata Jewell suits Aida Ewing’s newest skin, Elvi, in tone and fashionality. And Audrey Lamede’s gorgeous hazel eyes complete the look.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~ Jane Austen

Hair: Vanity Hair: Wasted Kisses by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Elvi – Europa – 04 G by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: .ID. Intense Eyes – Hazel by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: =Mirage= Aladin Dress – Red by Spooky Mistwallow for =Mirage= Arabian Treasure Company *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Clockwork Steampunk Heart – Short – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88*

Ring: MG – RINGS – Hand Made Heart – Single Small  GOLD by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88*

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Right by Siddean Munro for Slink *

Hand appliers: Glam Affair – Slink Hands Skin Appliers (Europa) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – Set 133 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Shoes: N-core CHLOE “Burgundy” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core, available at FaMESHed

Chair in close-up: Trompe Loeil – Industrial Lounger Atlantic by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at Collabor88*

Chair in bedroom: Immerse- Autumn Meadows Chair – Blue Tones by Lilly Juno for Immerse *

House: The Eco III Furnished by Cain Maven of Maven Homes *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

The Timekeeper

The Timekeeper

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it. ~ Golda Meir

The Timekeeper

For this “character,” I imagined a woman who keeps time, who controls time for a universe. To control the time would be the most powerful person and so she is stately and almost otherworldly. I start with a dress from Juno Mantel that she offered as a gacha in the Fantasy Gacha Fair (which is closed now—sorry). I hit the rare on both the gown and the ruff and just had to show it because I am so impressed with her work. Juno does fantasy with lush fabrics—satins and velvets—on mesh, presumably her own because I have not see anything quite like this anywhere else.

Graizioso Alekseev’s eyepiece is unique and defines this Timekeeper. Included in the eyepiece are separate scripts for the large eyepiece and the dangling watch which allow you to track the time in two different time zones (in this case, CST where I am and Japan, where Grazioso is). The tiny detail is amazing.

The Timekeeper

I chose Circe Ishtari’s close-cut bob in a red tone. Circe has been making a lot of hair as of late and she includes a color change script in the hair (without a HUD) to allow for texture changes. From “natural” to “fantastic,” she has a variety of colors. Rocketta Haven offers this gorgeous skin, very clearly her style with the full lips, the artistic eyes with a smudged, time-stamped eye and the winged brows. Audrey Lamede offered these eyes as a sampler to her group members. With eensy irises, they make this Timekeeper’s glow with premonition.

The Timekeeper

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. ~ Dion Boucicault

Hair: Tokyo.Girl Hair Cait [all color] by Circe Ishtari for Tokyo Girl *

Skin: [KOOQLA] Mango Last Night LB by Rocketta Haven for Kooqla, available at the Euphoria Final Sale

Eyes: .ID. Piercing Eyes – Aqua by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: *{Junbug}* The Queen Gown in Sea Blue (RARE) by Juno Mantel for Junbug

Ruff: *{Junbug}* The Queen’s Ruff Collar Sea Blue by Juno Mantel for Junbug

Eyepiece: *+Crie Style+* Caerus by Grazioso Alekseev for *+Crie Style+* *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Autumn Nights Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin