Deep in the Woods

Deep in the Woods

“Alas for those girls who’ve refused the truth: The sweetest tongue has the sharpest tooth.” ― Jack Zipes, Little Red Riding Hood and Other Classic French Fairy Tales

Deep in the Woods

Enchantment, which is opening on February 1, will be an event taking as its theme “Little Red Riding Hood.” You’d think it would be an event full of baskets and capes, and while there are plenty of those, there is also an undercurrent of resistance to a story of a lovely little girl being tricked by a wolf. First, much of the clothing is less for a little girl and more for a woman, like this gorgeous gown by Monica Outlander. Now, I am not surprised Monica upends the tale of a sweet little girl by turning her into a sophisticated vamp—Monica is never satisfied with the status quo. Her gorgeous Blanchette gown evokes the sleek beauty of its namesake, Cate Blanchett. Monica imbues Little Red Riding Hood with something else with this hooded gown.

Deep in the Woods

Amanda Randall imagines the wolf less as a threat than an accessory with her posing wolf at Enchantment. With six darling poses, you can go from long lean model to besties with the wolf. Maybe “my such big eyes you have” could become friendship or true love….

Then you have Isabeau Baragula’s evocative accessories—bowed Mary Janes and w wearable wolf mask that goes over the face or on top of the head. Is LRRH the victim or the sheep hiding in wolf’s clothing? I love how the headpiece looks as a sort of perverse tiara. Isabeau also sells a horned chair with several great poses, the bowed branch draped with silk (color-change, of course) and a mounted wolf’s head. I think the wolf is in big trouble in Isabeau’s version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Deep in the Woods

Finally, Nina Helix made an exclusive skin for this event—a vamped up Red Riding Hood, and it comes with all the appliers you could need. With dark eyes and a deep deep red matte lip, heavy brows and a very romantic face, this is not your traditional skin. When I first put it on, I had to get used to it but once I paired it with Keiba’s dark eyes, I was enchanted, especially with one of Truth Hawk’s newest hairs in black. Watch out, Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood is out to get you!

Deep in the Woods

“This one day her mother gave her
a basket of wine and cake
to take to her grandmother
because she was ill.
Wine and cake?
Where’s the aspirin? The penicillin?
Where’s the fruit juice?
Peter Rabbit got camomile tea.
But wine and cake it was.”
― Anne Sexton, Transformations

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

Skin: .Birdy. Red skin ~Peaches~ (Limited edition Enchanted) Black) by Nina Helix for Birdy, available at Enchantment

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes Black (med) by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Dress: Miamai_Blanchette Red by Monica Outlander for Miamai, available at Enchantment *

Headpiece: Kalopsia – Wolf Mask (Top of the head) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

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

Shoes: Kalopsia – Shoes Red by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Background prop: Kalopsia – Hanging Tree by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Wolf: [Ca.Co] – My Wolf by Amanda Randall for Captivity Co. Poses, available at Enchantment *

Chair: Kalopsia – Red Riding Hood Chair by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields

Let me take you down, cuz I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

~ “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry-flavored lip gloss (and I don’t mean THAT Strawberry) and a bright pink outfit and my dreary cold winter is brightened. Start with this darling sleeveless top from Cecilia Blachere that she is offering at the Designer Circle over Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus’ latest sexy mini leather skirt and I am strawberry fields forever. I couldn’t resist cranking it up with tights from LacunaInc from The Attic and LeeZu Baxter’s latest mesh boots, so sexy and funky and fashionable.

Strawberry Fields

Once again Paul and Bastchild give you the great color change HUD so that you can wear this versatile skirt over and over. And of course as always, Paul gives you a really fine fanny. In fact, this mesh is engineered really well with a great curve on the hips, iat the waist and even in the option of alphas (there IS an upskirt option, you naughty ones). This is what it comes down to—you get a “fatpack” in a great HUD, sexy leather textures and a finely-engineered butt. It’s a must have.

mini hud

Tricky and Shyla Boucher are offering this lovely skin at Collabor88 this month. For the low price they are offering this, it’s a deal ebcause you get all the brows and a bunch of lipsticks per package. Get yourself down there before Collabor88 closes to pick up this sexy skin. Of course I couldn’t resist finding the pinkyest strawberryest hair in Kavar Cleanslate’s colors and wearing it. It’s absolutely gorgeous if you are going for fantasy or whack dye jobs. *Smacks my strawberry-flavored lips smugly*

Strawberry Fields

Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me
Let me take you down, cuz I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

Hair: Exile::Quiet Afterthought by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Belleza- Ria Pale 1 Bl with -Belleza- Ria Pale Gloss Lip 4 by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Rose (ML) by Ikon Innovia for  IKON *

Top: shine by [ZD] BIANCA MESH TOP pink by Cecilia Blachere for shine, available at Designer Circle

Skirt: L&B S’wear “Leather Mini” FatPack by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus forLapointe and Bastchild *

Tights: *LACUNA* Semi Opaque Hipster Tights – VIVACIOUS by LacunaInc for Lacuna, available at the The Attic *

Nails: Nailed It – Neon Set – Colors HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Bracelet: MG – Bangles – Painted Hearts – Large by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88*

Boots: [LeeZu!] Candy Pop Boots <mesh,material> /hotpink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Love’s in Need of Love Today

Love's in Need of Love Today

Good morn or evening friends
Here’s your friendly announcer
I have serious news to pass on to every-body
What I’m about to say
Could mean the world’s disaster
Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain

It’s that
Love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
Send yours in right away
Hate’s goin’ round
Breaking many hearts
Stop it please
Before it’s gone too far

~ “Love’s in Need of Love Today” by Stevie Wonder

Love's in Need of Love Today

Heard this on KCRW this morning and thought it was a great reminder cased in a beautiful song and luscious voice. And I felt love, true love, when Zaara Kohime came out with this dress today. In this dress you see great design and beauty combined. First start with the colors and texture—rich, textured, glorious. I can feel a million little silkworms working their magic to make the fine threads that were woven. I can feel the weight and quality of this fabric and the labor of the finest Indian artisans who wove it. I can detect the scent of the dressmaker’s perfume, the designer’s first sketch leading to this gorgeous piece. Wear it with materials turned on and you just go, “Wow!”

Love's in Need of Love Today

Lest you think I am waxing poetic over nothing here, let me point out the design. Zaara did her own mesh and did it wonderfully. She has cleverly made the silhouette of a lady with a perfect peek-a-boo at the calf, a nice simple wraparound at the bust and a form-fitting mesh that moves gracefully with the avatar. Combining the perfect alpha with great rigging is the secret here. There is no bump in the hip as it transitions from waist to hip (which I see a lot in mesh dresses) or a weirdly shaped rear-end. She even gets the transition of the fabric as is wraps around built into the mesh. I feel as exhilarated wearing this as I do driving my friend’s Audi—fine engineering and beauty give me chills.

Love's in Need of Love Today

This is why I had to style this dress with Truth Hawk’s newest hair, also a piece of beauty and fine engineering. He has finally got his HUD, his vendors, his textures down pat. Now he can send out pretty things for us to enjoy. I really have to hand it to Truth—he has never sat back on his success and let himself become obsolete as a result. H’es always seeking ways to make things better for his customers.

Izzie Button’s beautiful new skin at the Liaison Collaborative was my choice today. With several brow options, cleavage, eye makeups and lipsticks all in one pack, it’s a bargain and perfect for this elegant look. And I had to don AvaGardnerKungler’s gorgeous work again because nothing suits a beautiful dress as much as elegant and well-done jewelry. Finally, shoes with a lace overlay from Eboni Khan for Siddean Munro’s feet from Collabor88  pull it all together.

It’s a perfect moment with this look to tell you all about Harper Ganesvoort’s 5th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest has started and runs until March 2. Harper funds the prizes herself and not with income from SL, so I think you would all agree the 28,500L in prizes promised so far is incredibly generous. This gown *hint*hint* would be an ideal choice for a photo.

Love's in Need of Love Today

People you know that
Love’s in need of love today
love’s in need of love today
Don’t delay
don’t de-lay

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

Skin: Izzie’s – Maci Skin sunkissed BLB CL with Izzie’s – Lipstick dark red and Izzie’s – Maci Eyeshadow gold by Izzie Button for Izzie’s, available at the Liaison Collaborative

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Ren eyes -Lolly- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Dress: Zaara : Suhina sequin gown *gold* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Walhalla necklace – Copper by AvaGardner Kungler forKunglers Extra *

Nail appliers: Izzie’s – Slink Metallic Nails Applier Huds (hands & feet) by Izzie Button for Izzie’s

Shoes: ::HH:: Hucci Kasos – NudeLace by Eboni Khan for Hucci, available at Collabor88

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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Flirt

Flirt

Some women flirt more with what they say, and some with what they do. ~ Anna Held

Flirt

“Come to bed,” she said, and he followed. Probably because she was wearing this sexy little nightgown and what comes underneath from Indigoblue Dagostino. This limited edition outfit is available now in her store with the nightie you see above and this sexy bra and boy-cut panties beneath. Lingerie is Indigoblue’s specialty, so if you are planning some romance soon (and who isn’t with Valentine’s coming up), make sure you stock up at her store. I wear Sigifaust’s classic fuzzy slip-on mules with this nighttime look, which are available at The Theme Park and work with Siddean Munro’s mid-arched mesh feet.

Flirt

Sawsan Secretspy has come out with another absolutely sexygorgeousknockout skin in Lina. I am not sure how she keeps cranking it out, but this one has a variety of warm and vibrant make-ups with her characteristically sexy bod and pretty face. She has appliers for everything possible that needs application—hands, feet, boobs and butt. Truth Hawks has made this seductive layered long hair with feathered locks and a come-hither softness. This will be one girls will be reaching for whenever they want to flirt.

Flirt

I love to flirt, and I’ve never met a man I didn’t like. ~ Dolly Parton

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

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Lina Tan 02 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::. *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Ren eyes -Rainforest- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Nightie with bra and panties: (SELDOM BLUE) DAPHNE LIMITED EDITION – BLACK by IndigoBlue Dagostino for Seldom Blue *

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

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

Shoes: ieQED puff.mule.cream by Sigifaust for ieQED, available at The Theme Park

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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Cherchez La Femme

Cherchez la Femme

Il y a une femme dans toutes les affaires ; aussitôt qu’on me fait un rapport, je dis : « Cherchez la femme ! » ~ Alexandre Dumas

Cherchez la Femme

The phrase “Chercher la femme” came from Alexandre Dumas in his book “The Mohicans of Paris,” and has come to mean that whenever a man acts out of character, it means there is a woman he is trying to impress. Our “femme,” in one of Mami Jewell’s fantastic releases she made for the ladies of the Miss Virtual World (in this case Eva Luxury), is bound to make any man lose his step. With its sexy, dramatic lines and beautiful prim skirts, this is a gorgeous combination of mesh and flexy. Mami has embraced mesh as I knew she would—using it to make her elegant vision rather than letting herself be directed by it.

Cherchez la Femme

My beautiful skin is one of the many Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher are offering at Collabor88. With ruby red lips and smoky eyes, it’s elegance matches this look. My upswept hair from Mirja Mills is so sophisticated and so sexy. Her hairbase makes the look complete with the twist of the hair going into the mesh. And earrings from AvaGardner Kungler add just enough glitter and shine to lift this look to captivating and dangerous.

Cherchez la Femme

There is a woman in every case; as soon as they bring me a report, I say, ‘Look for the woman!’ ~ Alexandre Dumas

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * JUDITH * by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: -Belleza- Ria SK 2 Bl by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- , available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Frost~ Frozen Eye by Funeral Plutonian for S0ng

Dress: -AZUL- EvaLuxury /Garnet by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Walhalla – earrings – Golden by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

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

Shoes: N-core VERTIGO “Fatpack” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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The Scent of a Woman

The Scent of a Woman

“…a woman not yet seen, but whose perfume accumulates on the horizon like a storm cloud.” ~ Fernand Dumont, région du cœur et autres textes

The Scent of a Woman

My favorite perfume in college was Opium. And then Eau de Givenchy. Two very different scents—one cloying and sticky with richness and spice, the other very floral and fresh. Some time after that I wore Romance from Ralph Lauren. Now I wear Noa, a huge bottle of which I got in the Charles de Gaulle airport duty free when I was on layover from Berlin because I could no longer find it in the US. (Now I can get it online but I bought a barrel of it so I am still set for a while.)

The problem with virtual living is the problem of the other senses. Many people suggest touch is missing but I think it’s scent that is missing even more. The scent of a lovely lady walking by in a long gown, such as this one by Synjari Myriam. I bought the “Cream,” which is more of a taupe to me. I love the flutter cap sleeves and the wrapped front on the bodice. Synjari has managed to give this a richness and sheen with her deft texturing.

The Scent of a Woman

Gianni Broda (who goes by various display names I can’t keep track of) issued this gorgeously rich skin a few days ago, which he is selling at Fi*Fridays with hand and feet appliers. I think it’s gorgeous, especially with this side-tied hair from Truth Hawks, who just released a bunch of new gorgeous ‘dos. Bracelets are from one of my favorite jewelry makers, AvaGardner Kungler. My necklace and shoes came from Collabor88—Maxi Gossamer and Darling Monday. Some gorgeous finds there this month!

The Scent of a Woman

“The question that women casually shopping for perfume ask more than any other is this: “What scent drives men wild?” After years of intense research, we know the definitive answer. It is bacon. Now, on to the far more interesting subject of perfume.” ~ Tania Sanchez

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

Skin: *CASHMERE*Giselle Skin(DarkTan)Natural by Gianni Broda for *CASHMERE*, available at Fi*Fridays

Eyes: .ID. Brooding Eyes – Dark Brown by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Gown: .:SF:. “Rosalie” Vintage Dress – Cream by Synjari Myriam for Senzafine, available at The Theme Park

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Knotted Shimmer Pearls – 1 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88*

Bracelets: (Kunglers Extra) TDRF #031 – Golden bracelet by AvaGardner Kungler forKunglers Extra, available at Dressing Room Fusion *

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

Nail appliers: Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 199 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at The Attic *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink *

Shoes: fri. – Miranda.Heels (Mocha) by Darling Monday for fri.day, available at Collabor88*

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Close Knit

Close Knit

“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” ~  Elizabeth Zimmermann

Close Knit

My dream someday is to knit a sweater or dress or skirt. I have managed scarves (many of them), a few hats, a few shawls, mittens, even socks, but sweaters are daunting. I once knew a beautiful Russian woman who could knit dresses for her gorgeous self without a pattern.

This dress from Ariadne Garrigus reminded me of Svetlana’s skill. With a cable running down the length of the dress and a thick chunky brown yarn, the dress is lovely for cold winter days. The belt would appear to be white in my photos but it’s actually tan—the materials setting in the SL Viewer picks up the sheen Arianda gave it.

Close Knit

The new hat and hair set from Mirja Mills is a perfect accompaniment to the dress. Also knit in a chunky yarn, the scarf comes with a color change HUD as does the hat on the hair. I am loving the options these give to any look. My skin is Ydreece Forster’s newest. She is changing her brand name from Mirror’s Enigma to Morphine so if you hear about Morphine skins, that’s the old Mirror’s Enigma. Ydreece gives a fresh look to her skins. Without a lot of makeup, the skins are a perfect palette for cosmetic layers, though I opted for the simple bare look.

Close Knit

“A knitter only appears to be knitting yarn. Also being knitted are winks, mischief, sighs, fragrant possibilities, wild dreams.” ~Dr. SunWolf

Hair with Scarf: .:EMO-tions:. * POLLY and .:EMO-tions:. * POLLY* scarf by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: * Morphine : Kazumi Peach Skintone (Natural/BrownBrow) by Ydreece Forster for Morphine (Mirror’s Enigma) *

Eyes: .ID. Brooding Eyes – Dark Brown by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: ***ArisAris AA21 Affinity Brown Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Nail applier: Nailed It – Slink – Raw Nostalgia Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It*

Boots: Blackburns Layered Sock Boots White-Colorable by Vlad Blackburn for Blackburns

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *