Dream Within a Dream

Dream Within a Dream

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Dream Within a Dream

Whenever I wear one of LeeZu Baxter’s creations, I feel like I am in some sort of fantastic dream. With their explosion of texture and colors and shapes, LeeZu’s creations push beyond standard fashion in SL and challenge the status quo of slapping textures on mesh templates. LeeZu just released a gown of epic proportions—mesh with a variety of patterns and textures—and when I say “texture,” I mean texture. You can feel the gold in the stripes, you can sense the pull of the tentacles through the air from the headpiece and hear the tulle shifting around under the voluminous skirts as you walk. What better dream than the one in pure sensual technicolor?

Dream Within a Dream

Maizon Rayna’s pretty Christmas tree drops down my back and hangs from my ears. The beautiful gold jewelry is better late than never in this blog. And once again I revisit Rocketta Haven’s newest skin, a delicate dreamlike beauty with full lips and a painterly visage. I can’t help but float in this dream within a dream.

Dream Within a Dream

“People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”~ Neil Gaiman

Hair: TuTy’s ADORABLE – Updo hairstyle – Red velvet by Tutys for Tutys

Skin: [KOOQLA] Bisquit . Nude 02 (lb) by Rocketta Haven for Kooqla *

Eyes: (Big) Beatrix GIFT Realistic Eyes .:: eSSe STORE ::. by eSSeWorld for eSSe

Dress: [LeeZu!] Saphire Gown /plum by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Jewelry: TdO*NATHALIE necklace and earrings by Maizon Rayna for Terra d’ombrA *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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Grumpy Harper

Grumpy Harper

I don’t wanna know what love is and I don’t want you to show me.” ~ Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Harper

I’m a bit grumpy. The holidays are over but there is crap still strewn all over my living room. My property tax bill came in and has to be paid. It hasn’t freakin’ stopped snowing for a month. And the Christmas cookies have added up on the scale. So I am back to a healthy eating regimen (bleah), I have the check written and sent to the village, and I am letting someone else do the shoveling.

At least in SL I can look put together. I start with this darling dress form Zii Minotaur, who makes mesh mostly for furries, but the dress fits us less hirsute creatures as well. She cleverly included many sizes with the dress so that many shapes can fit it and attaches the top and bottom separately so a variance of size in top to bottom can also fit. The texture and silhouette are darling, especially with the bow in back. And my silly and fun Grumpy Cat stole is a hunt gift at her store right now.

Grumpy Harper

I didn’t put my grumpy photo in the lead composite because I wanted to show Sawsan Secretspy’s very gorgeous new skin on a “nice” face. I love the luscious lips, the beautifully shaped brows, the pretty nose and deep skin tone. She includes appliers for Slink and Lolas. Circe Ishtari recently released a set of eyes with the larger irises typically favored by Japanese creators, and the colors are luscious—I love the depth of this brown. My sassy style is one of Truth Hawk’s newest with his great color hud. Well come to think of it, I can look cute and stylish in SL—what’s there to be grumpy about?

Grumpy Harper

“No.” ~ Grumpy Cat

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Ainsley Light Brown by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Maram Med 01 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::.

Eyes: Tokyo.Girl . Eyes ES11 . Brown Green by Circe Ishtari for Tokyo Girl *

Dress: AP – Ribbon Dress – Red by Zii Minotaur for Apricot Paws

Stole: Apricot Paws: Monster Scarf: PPITS Grumpy Meow by Zii Minotaur for Apricot Paws

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

Hand applier: .::WoW Skins::. * Maram Medium slink applier hands by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::.

Nail applier: Nailed It – Dark Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

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

Feet applier: .::WoW Skins::. * Maram Medium slink applier feet by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::.

Shoes: [LVLE] Olivia Strappy Heels – Woodland  (MATERIALS) by Cyclic Gearz for LVLE *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Make sure you see the Grumpy Cat meme. It will take the grumps away in no time!

The Day After

The Day After

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly” – Andy Rooney

The Day After

The party’s (almost) over. (I still have people coming for dinner tonight!) I’ll admit, despite Andy Rooney’s advice, I have cleaned up the wrapping paper, though the gifts are still scattered about. (Clearly he has never had to manage a house.)

To add glamour to the task, I have put on a new dress from Kim Lysette, one she is offering for a mere 49L right now if you get over and grab it. With a beautiful exotic texture down each side and a long straight mesh skirt, this dress is elegant and chic. Add Maxi Gossamer’s jewelry for Fameshed and the look is tall and thin and hides the Christmas cookie weight I gained.

The Day After

My long wavy hair is one of Truth Hawk’s newer ‘dos, a side swept look with his characteristic beautiful textures. My skin is one of Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher’s newest with a pale lip and beautifully lined eyes. And Funeral Plutonian is offering these lovely eyes at the RMK Gothic Fair for a fresh alternative.

The Day After

The party’s over…

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Eszter by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Nina SK 1 DB by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Frost~ Grey Eye by Funeral Plutonian for S0ng, available at RMK Gothic Frost Fair

Dress: [LG]KC-Winter13- My All Gown by Kim Lysette for LIV-Glam K Collection *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace, Bracelet and Ring – Hampton Boho by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

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

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

Nail appliers: Orc Inc : – Glitter Colors Fatpack by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc.*

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

Feet Appliers: -Belleza- SLink Feet Applier – Sunkissed by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

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

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

An Orchid in the Snow

An Orchid in the Snow

“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.” ~ E.E. Cummings

An Orchid in the Snow

Monica Outlander recently put on a fashion show of epic proportions with some of her newest Black Label fashions on display. I was not able to go but I understand it was quite something and I am not surprised, because when Monica thinks, she thinks grandly and with sweeping creativity and beauty. She invited many people to participate in The Golden Thread, her show, and asked people to make artistic photos using her Black Label Fashions. I did one for the show but it’s not PG enough for the blog, so you can see it here.

One of the most beautiful pieces from the show was this dress, Shae, which is an absolutely gorgeous mesh assemblage with materials features (see the sheen on the bottom). In this gown, Monica brings romanticism to the modern by using mesh to create folds of brocade and satin and sheer taffeta in a pile up of gorgeous materials. Each detail—from the bead-decorated bodice to the buttons running down the corset to the flowers adorning the hips is attended to with loving care. This is how haute couture is supposed to work—a celebration of the senses and shapes. Monica outdid herself and truly produced a work of art.

An Orchid in the Snow

The dress suits this new skin from Rocketta Haven. Yes, I showed it yesterday but I have to show it again today because I am absolutely smitten. The delicacy of this skin, the gentle features, the romance of the look deserves more than just a glance. Even the hands are lovely (featuring a nail applier from Sasy Scarborough perfect for the holidays). My side swept hair is MissAllSunday Lemon’s newest release, an almost wind-blown style that echoes the drama of Monica’s dress.

An Orchid in the Snow

“Whenever she turned her steep focus to me, I felt the warmth that flowers must feel when they bloom through the snow, under the first concentrated rays of the sun.” ~ Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Casey Mesh Hair – Cinnamon by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills *

Skin: [KOOQLA] Bisquit . Nude 02 (lb) by Rocketta Haven for Kooqla *

Eyes: .ID. November Gift 2013 #2 by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: Miamai_BL_Shae by Monica Outlander for Miamai *

Jewelry: Eclectica ‘Enchant’ pearl earrings and necklace by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: KOOQLA : Slink Appliers – Bisquit (hands) by Rocketta Haven for Kooqla *

Nail appliers:  Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 192 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Goodwill to All

Goodwill to All

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~ Charles Dickens

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One of my favorite fantasies about Christmas comes from long romantic novels I read like Cecilia by Fanny Burney (yes, I read the whole thing.. ack) or Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen or even Downton Abbey. The ladies dress in their finest, attend a winter ball in which they are whisked into an exceedingly warm room of dancers and high intrigue and waltzed around the room by handsome gentlemen of means, all jockeying for their favor. And they do this through the “season” of parties and balls. Everyone speaks in charming, euphemistic language, fans are fluttered, and hearts are joined and broken.

So when I see an old fashioned tree like this from Tobias Convair (and yes, I know it has electric lights on it from Tya Fallingbridge—don’t be pedantic about my fantasy here), I want to put on a ball gown and ready myself for the ball. In this case I wear Mami Jewell’s newest gown, which she made for Anjelica Carling, the 2014 Miss Virtual World. With a sparkling texture across the  bodice and in the flexi prims, the dress is a picture of sparkling holiday beauty, especially paired with Maxi Gossamer’s sparkling jewelry from Fameshed.

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The beauty of this look comes from Rocketta Haven’s newest skin. With a unique beauty that is Rocketta’s own, espeically the full pouty lips that go beyond the usual beestung look ad the lined eyes, the skin harkens back to an old-fashioned beauty. Paired with Silverr Andel’s eyes and Mirja Mill’s latest hair, a vintage wavy ‘do, our heroine has a touch of tragedy and romance to her look.

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“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * MAE * with .:EMO-tions:. HAIRBASE 18 – vintage darkred by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: [KOOQLA] Bisquit . Nude 01 (db) by Rocketta Haven for Kooqla *

Eyes: sa Serenity Eyes ROOT by Silverr Andel for Sterling Artistry, one of the Peace on Earth hunt items

Dress: -AZUL- Anjelica /Morganite by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Earrings- Mayfair Bell Diamonds by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Tree with ornaments: +CONVAIR+ Xmas Tree 2013 and +CONVAIR+ Tree Stand with [PM]Pixel Mode – Tree Lights –Multi, [PM]Pixel Mode – Star Ornament, [PM]Pixel Mode – Tree Ball – Gold, [PM]Pixel Mode – Tree Skirt – Antique by Tobias Convair for +CONVAIR+ and Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *koo

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you. ~ Isadora Duncan

Where the Wild Things Are

Today I can’t be tamed. Start with a top from LeeZu Baxter, a system top done in Leezu’s magnificent artistry with ruffles at the bottom, little buttons, clipped straps. The old fashioned system piece, when done well, is still a wonderful avatar look and Leezu is one of the few that has the skill to pull it off. I pair it with Ivey Deschanel’s gift from the KittyCats Advent Calendar—a set of wild mesh pants with animal skin on the cuff. She includes four pairs in the gift—this is one of them. It’s a perfect gift for wild cats.

Where the Wild Things Are

Aida Ewing recently released the Kaelyn skin, which I have enjoyed wearing in the India tone. Some of the makeups are bold and some are subtle. This one is in between. AvaGardner Kungler offers this chic necklace based on organic shapes and probably real life jewelry. I love how Ava experiments with her jewelry, shapes and colors. Finally, Mina Nakamura put out this great side swept tousled look. I love how it wraps around the neck with pieces going down in back and a lock escaping in the front. It’s so natural and wild.

Where the Wild Things Are

This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top. ~ David Lynch

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

Skin: -Glam Affair – Kaelyn skin – India 03 D by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: sa Serenity Eyes ROOT by Silverr Andel for Sterling Artistry, one of the Peace on Earth hunt items

Top: Vera Top /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Pants: :::Sn@tch Fiasco Leather Pants (Zebra)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Tamarindo – Necklace – Silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra

Boots: BM Carrie Exotic Boot by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

I am so PLEASED to congratulate Fabfree for winning the Avi Choice awards for best blog. I sincerely think there was no better blog for the title. (I am not being gracious here—I mean it.) I was good friends with Renee Lowenhart when she was running the blog, and I know how much work she put into building Fabfree. Love Trill and the other ladies have taken the baton and run with it, keeping up the fine standards Renee set and making it even better. They work DAMN hard on that blog, bringing people news of great items, keeping the free area at the Wash going, and running a ginormous group of freebie hunters. And they put slurls on EVERYTHING (and I know how much work that is). I know I refer new people to the blog at least three times a week. I am so pleased they got the award.

That being said, I am also pleased that I ranked in the top 5. Of course it’s not scientific and of course it’s all about some crazy poll on a website but dang, let me gloat just a little here for being in the top 5. I was thrilled to be nominated, so of course for this I am so honored. Thank you for voting for me! And congratulations to the other blogs!

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That being said, I will now take you back in time to the Victorian era when Christmases were festooned with holly and velvet and delight galore! Actually, I’ll take you over to Genre, whose theme this month is “Victorian Christmas,” and a ton of creators are participating. I am actually amazed at some of the work because I can tell it’s original mesh, not templates, and it’s been done with the event in mind.

Take for example the skirt I wear from Kaliope Karas in plaid with a green hem, which I separated from a whole outfit she is offering so I could show Kerryth Tarantal’s gorgeous jacket with her distinctive complex textures. Kerryth has grown by leaps and bounds, looking at this, having drawn in all the fine detail—buttons, shadows, piping. She’s not just laying a fractal on a prim anymore. It’s gorgeous. And you can barely see but Tiffy Vella has made the most darling mesh shoes with a Victorian brocade print and a ruffled vamp.

A Christmas Carol

The accessories at the event are exquisite. The gorgeous choker and earrings from Ellantha Larsson are simply a taste of what is being offered and Synjari Myriam’s top hat is one of many toppers up for sale. Chandra Masala offers this porcelain and pristine skin with a hark back to bygone days and I wore one of Helena Stringer’s makeup tattoos to get a deeper lip.

You will also find a variety of Victorian creations to furnish your house including this curio desk from Morgana Brid, which includes texture change features to change the wood and upholstery. And Lashae Karsin used her posing talent to make a stately Victorian chair that also has a few standing poses. Abathyr is generously offering the Christmas stocking I show with a texture change script to allow different names to be embroidered on the stocking for a mere 10L. In fact, almost every creator offers one 10L item so being Victorian this holiday won’t break the bank.

A Christmas Carol

“And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Fernanda by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Jalwa- Zahida – Victorian – Eyebrows by Chandra Masala for Jalwa, available at Genre *

Makeup: *TSM* Mistress Lips -Last Kiss by Helena Stringer for The Stringer Mausoleum, available at Genre *

Eyes: PC Eyes – Christmas Tale – medium medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes

Jacket: Spyralle  Snowflake Lace Jacket Red by Kerryth Tarantal for Spyralle, available at Genre *

Skirt: KaliKo – Joanie Christmas Caroling Skirt by  Kaliope Karas for KaliKo, available at Genre *

Choker and earrings: .:ellabella:. Bygone Medusa – Yule by  Ellantha Larsson for .:ellabella:., available at Genre *

Top hat: .:SF:. “Memento Mori” Mini Top Hat – Thulian by Synjari Myriam for Senzafine, available at Genre *

Shoes: Eclectica Victoriana Shoe for Genre-red by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica, available at Genre *

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