Bonsai

Bonsai

A bonsai can never be a finished work of art…because it will always be a
living piece of nature, continuing to live and grow. ~ John Naka, master bonsai cultivator

Bonsai

I like to think each one of us is our own bonsai, grown and pruned with patience and care, shaped by our environment. My beautiful geisha look was carefully developed and grown, starting with this sexy kimono from Iki Akiri, which comes in fitted mesh only. I am still trying to love fitted mesh with mixed feelings. It means I have to use the fitted mesh viewer, which doesn’t always love my computer (performance varies depending on the time of day for whatever reason) and because I still have to tweak my shape somewhat. For this kimono, my butt and hips still had to be tweaked. *sigh* The textures are lovely, especially with a cascade of roses flowing over the skirt and it’s so much fun to wear a kimono in SL that is not made up of 100 different prims.

Bonsai

The Arcade, the bastion of legalized gambling in SL, will be opening on June 1. Take your chances at a number of amazing things including the great prizes I show here! First off, this amazing ‘do from Truth Hawks that includes *squee* sushi as decoration. I went for the traditional cherry blossoms but I know I will be wearing this with the sushi décor in the future. Then Umazuma Metaluna amazed me with a set of gorgeous evocative skins with smokey eyes and gorgeous full lips.

And of course, the bonsai in question are from Arduenn Schwartzman for MadPea and come in 14 variations, but this is the kicker: when you pair the right ones up, they play a piece of music for you upon click. (Yes, thank you, not over and over until you go bonkers). The two tall ones are rares and are a pair and I clicked and listened to a cut from a ponderous symphony. I also noticed they have subtle sparkles that glimmer ever-so-subtly. Buy one, buy ‘em all!

Bonsai

Leave room for the birds to fly through. ~ John Naka

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Sakura Hair with TRUTH HAIR Flowers by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at The Arcade *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Chloe 3 (honey) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at The Arcade *

Eyes: pearl – bog wood – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Kimono: Violent Seduction – Rozuhime (Mint) by Iki Akiri for Violent Seduction, available at Kustom 9

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

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

Shoes: erratic / ira – platform pumps / cyan by Erratic Rain for erratic *

Bonsai by Arduenn Schwartzman for MadPea, available at The Arcade *

  • MadPea Bonsai Hizashi RARE
    MadPea Bonsai Kaidan
    MadPea Bonsai Kasa
    MadPea Bonsai Kojiki
    MadPea Bonsai Majo
    MadPea Bonsai Ryu
    MadPea Bonsai Shihosu
    MadPea Bonsai Tsukikage RARE

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Listening

Listening

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”

~ Ralph Nichols

Listening

I think my next goal is to develop my listening better, to really hear what people say when they talk. I think with all the input and stimulus we get nowadays, it’s become increasingly hard for people to listen and I am among those. So chalk this up as my promise today: I am going to work on listening.

Poulet Koenkamp recently came out with this lovely mesh dress with wrap-around bodice. The brilliant part is her fatpack comes with a texture change HUD that allows you to wear several variations of the dress. Poulet, who was once known for her amazing clothing, flexis and sculpties, has been a little behind the ball producing things in mesh, mostly because she has been tossing a ball with a new little one at home. (And seriously, mesh vs. baby—baby is *always* gonna win.) Her textures are glorious and her personal style elegant, so when Poulet does come out with something, it’s always a cut above. The HUD for this outfit is simple to use.

Abraxxa Anatine has been using mesh too with great results. This jewelry set comes with a texture change menu, allowing several different variations on the stones. She has been transferring her exquisite jewelry making style to mesh with such creations, breaking out of the constraints of prims and sculpties. This necklace can be worn with both pieces—the choker and the dangling necklace—or each piece separately.

Listening

The whole “listening” trope came up because of these new mesh ears from Hasuko Kuramoto, who has made other bodily appendages (*cough*) with great success in the past. My pretty ears come with a handy HUD that allows for skin matching and adjustment. This is the clever part: If I arrange one ear in place in a manner I like simply by increasing the size with the HUD and then rotating it into place, I can tell the HUD to sync the other ear in a mirror image. So if I want both ears upside down and tipped out, I can rotate one into place, click, and they will look symmetrical. The other awesome part is these ears DO accept appliers and tattoos.

Listening

My skin is one of the gorgeous skins Shyla Boucher has made for the Arcade. With a number of skin tones and makeups, Shyla is offering a gorgeous assortment of skins that will allow you to match to many different looks. And with skins rarely being no copy/transfer, the chance to get them at the Arcade is a boon for friends and alts and newbies, if you have extras and are feeling generous. My darling side swept ‘do is Mina Nakamur’a’s piece for My Attic, a sassy and sleek look with Mina’s great texture-change HUD.

Listening

“Being heard
is so close to being loved
that for the average person,
they are almost indistinguishable.”

~ David Augsburger

Hair: MINA Hair – Eva (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at My Attic*

Skin: -Belleza- Suki Makeup 6 Dk by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at The Arcade *

Eyes: pearl – bog wood – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Ears: Auricle Mesh Ear 1.0 by Hasuko Kuramoto for Midnight Lotus *

Dress: :: PM :: Leia Dress *Fatpack 10 Colors* by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Jewelry: EarthStones Chianna Pendant Necklace, Short Necklace and Earrings – Fatpack by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones *

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

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails and Toenails Applier Slink A/E – set 214 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at My Attic*

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

Shoes: Essenz – Toronto (Fatpack) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *

Nightmare Begins Responsibility

A poem by Michael S. Harper, titled “Nightmare Begins Responsibility,” is one I have treasured for the poet’s raw emotion at losing two children. He lays open his grief, his feeling of powerlessness, his desperation. The title reminds us we have to come to grips in the midst of horror, accept the responsibility of our own position in such circumstances. How does one move forward when a wonderful child has been lost and how do we deal with that grief?

I received very sad news Saturday. My wonderful aunt lost her beloved nephew in the shooting in Santa Barbara. He was a very loved young man, the only child of two great parents who made considerable sacrifices for his well-being and upbringing, sending a good citizen on his start into this world. His family is *truly* devastated, as his father said on TV. Christopher’s mother is taking it very hard as is his grandmother and his cousin, my uncle has told me.

It pains me horribly to see how grief-stricken my own cousin appears in photos that are all over the internet and TV (he is the dark blond with his arm around a woman on the side of the photos). Christopher was as close to a little brother as he could have. When I see Christopher’s photo, I see my aunt’s eyes, the genetic legacy he carries from her family. I see his mother’s dark-haired beauty.

I have been thinking a lot about this for the past few days, of course. I have only one son who is dearer to me than anything else in this world. He is my gift, my fortune, my reason. Christopher’s parents felt the same way about their son, so I can only anguish for his mother. In my grief for Caryn and Richard, I have decided to write something to support their family.

I have pored over the articles trying to understand the motives of the young man, Elliot Rodger, and his means of carrying out the deaths he perpetrated. It was clear he was hell bent on killing himself and taking others with him. It was clear that several people knew he was expressing certain delusional and dark ideas and tried to act but were restrained by the law as much as the law did not restrain this young man from owning a weapon made for killing.

Christopher Michaels-Martinez’s father blamed the NRA and the “craven” politicians who allowed his son to die. I agree wholeheartedly. No needs to own a semi-automatic weapon. The only reason to have one is the intent to take someone else’s life. Period. Many of the guns the NRA supports the right to own are expressly made to kill other humans—not animals—efficiently and devastatingly. And the proliferation of these weapons, the easy access to them, is supported because the development and sale of these weapons make lots of people lots of money. That’s the bottom line.

These weapons are not being made to create a “well regulated” militia, and the argument that people need to arm themselves them against a government that overtakes them is laughable. Believe me, when the government takes over, they will have means much more insidious and devastating than a mere gun. Your assault rifle is not going to stop them from making laws to gerrymander voting districts, keep records of your electronic communications, or torture in the name of security.

A law regulating the guns that Elliot Rodger purchased would not have prevented the deaths of the people he killed with a knife. However, it would have curtailed his rampage greatly. Elliot Rodger killed Christopher quickly and efficiently with little effort with a semi-automatic weapon that required little effort to use. It was designed to kill. And it is documented in his writings that once he purchased his first gun, he felt emboldened. Perhaps if he hadn’t gotten the gun, he would not have acted at all.

The Rodger family was in a very difficult position with their son. He was clearly mentally ill and mental illnesses such as his often develop or are exacerbated at precisely this time in life—when the brain is in its final physical development and when a person is set suddenly free to make his own choices, sink or swim, and the pressures of making those choices exacerbates the anxieties, fears, angers that he has fostered in his delusions.

The law prevented his parents and therapists from doing anything to stop him. It regulated them. They could not insist he was evaluated in a mental institution. They could only beg police officers to look in on him, police officers who were also rendered helpless by the law. Their right to stop Elliot was taken away while his right to kill was freely given to him.

A federal ban on semi-automatic weapons makes complete sense. A vote was up in the Senate after Sandy Hook and received 55 affirmative votes. If the Senate wasn’t rigged to require a super majority, it would have passed. If the ban on such weapons was made law, a young man with homicidal and delusional intent would not be able to walk into a gun store and buy a gun as easily as if he were presenting an ID to get a drink.

It would have saved the life of a young man like Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who through no fault of his own, no culpability whatsoever, was shot dead, a shot that was felt brutally by his family and loved ones and his community.

With nightmare begins responsibility. When are you, Legislators, going to put your foot down and stop pandering to the NRA? When are we going to step up and protect our children and ourselves? Not one more.

Smokin’

Smokin'

I am no more

a Boy Scout and, besides,
could never

put you out—you
keep me on

all day like an iron, out
of habit—

you threaten, brick-
house, to burn

all this down. You leave me
only a chimney.

~ From “Song of Smoke” by Kevin Young

Smokin'

A piece of a hot poem for a hot look. (Oh gosh I love this poem from Kevin Young.) I went over to the Dark Style and picked up some sexy items including this lingerie from Tatyana Ultsch, who includes appliers for top and bottom, though I only used the top on my mesh boobs from Riann Maltese. (I think my bottom is fine enough as is.) Sexy shoes from Promagic complete the look over Slink feet.

Smokin'

My skin is one of Shyla Diggs’ lovely makeup looks on Tricky Boucher’s base. Love the details of the body, especially that lovely butt and the hip bones. My hair is Mirja Mills’ beguiling retro style for My Attic.

If I am looking a bit more voluptuous, I am in this outfit. I think to balance a big top, a woman needs the bod to hold it all, including a bigger waist and bigger hips. This look is luscious and sexy and absolutely smokin’ without being exaggerated or cartoonish. (Hint: a little fullness to the belly and butt adds to the plush.)

Smokin'

…[Y]ou threaten, brick-
house, to burn

all this down….

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * PRIA * by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:., available at My Attic*

Skin: -Belleza- Ria Med 9 Br by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: [Buzz] Ardent Eyes – Amber by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri, avilable at Kustom 9 *

Lingerie: :::insanya::: RedLace by Tatyana Ultsch for Insanya, available at The Dark Style

Necklace: *{Junbug}* Perles de la Mer – Pure Silver by Juno Mantel for Junbug

Boobs: [d] Lush Breasts 1.4 by Riann Maltese for Lush

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 – Large and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Gesture Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Slink – The Style Icon Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It*

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: *PROMAGIC* Wrap it Heels (Slink High) – Black by Promagic for Promagic, available at The Dark Style

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Tell Me Something Good

Tell Me Something Good

Tell me something good (tell me, tell me, tell me)
Tell me that you love me
Tell me something good (tell me, tell me, tell me)
Tell me that you like it, yeah

~ “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan

Tell Me Something Good

I am not covering my ears here because I want you to tell me something good. I will tell YOU something good. LacunaInc have put out these absolutely drop dead sexy separates at My Attic this month, and wow. I love how LacunaInc uses bold graphics to get her point across, combining them with great easy silhouettes. She cleverly sells these separately, so if you want to mix and match with other pieces or change up the colors, you can.

My shoes are also something good I can tell you about though considering how late I am blogging this, you might get mad at me. They are one of the two pairs Eku Zhong is featuring for the 21 Shoe this month. (I really hate this one-day-only sale thing but what are you gonna do? Call it 21 and 22 Shoe? Hm….) You have to drop what you are doing RIGHT NOW and run to her store to get the shoes if it’s still the 21st. They are sexy, fashionable and gorgeous.

Tell Me Something Good

My hair is Kattington’s newest for Kustom 9, a great poofy rockabilly-inspired updo with shaved sides. I chose to wear a hairbase from Maddox DuPont and eyeliner from Shyla Diggs to lend a little more edginess to the look. Big bold earrings with texture change from Ryca Doobie (the biggest in big earrings in SL) and of course, Aida Ewing’s bright red lips on her skin for Collabor88. Hope I told you something good. Now you tell ME something good!

Tell Me Something Good

Got no time is what you’re known to say
I’ll make you wish there were 48 hours to each day
Problem is you ain’t been loved like you should
What I got to give will sure ’nuff do you good

Hair: *Milk* Hair~Jupiter by Kattington for Milk, available at Kustom 9

Hairbase: KMADD Hairbase (tintable) ~ The Core by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises

Skin: -Glam Affair – Coral – America 04 H by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at Collabor88 *

Makeup: -Belleza- Eyeliner 5 by Shyla Diggs for -Belleza- *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Mayday~ Jet Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}, available at Kustom 9

Top: *LACUNA* Satine Halterneck – Black by LacunaInc for Lacuna, available at My Attic *

Skirt: *LACUNA* Two Tone Wiggle Skirt -Black & Vivacious by LacunaInc for Lacuna, available at My Attic *

Earrings: Earring Hoop color change by Ryca Doobie for Ryca Jewelry

Tattoo: Bai Bye – “Love” (Back) Tattoo by Plum Pralou for Bai Bye (no longer available)

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

Nail appliers: Di’s Opera – Toenails HUD – Dark Berries by Di Hoorenbeek for Di’s Opera *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: KoiKoi Infini Patent by eku Zhong for KoiKoi (21Shoe—today only!) *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

To me the outdoors is what you must pass through in order to get from your apartment into a taxicab.” ~ Fran Lebowitz

The Great Outdoors

Summer is coming. I know it is! I am ready! Tobias Convair and Tya Fallingbridge have a few outdoor accessories that I have put to good use on my parcel. First Tya has this wonderful hammock at the Liaison Collaborative that comes in two wood tones with color change pillows and single and couples poses plus some adult for romantic encounters. I set it on the front porch of my house so I could lounge by the water, reading the New Yorker on my iPad and getting some fresh air.

Tobias has made a darling cabana house in “Crayola colors,” which goes well with his Pinewood Cottage. I can imagine all the colors lined up on a beach. (Would be great accompanied by cabana boys, hm?) Tya has made these fabulous lounge chairs in four different iterations and mirrored so you can set them up as you please. They include great single poses too. These are also available at the Liaison Collaborative.

The Great Outdoors

Even in the great outdoors, I need to dress up, even if my heels sink in the lawn. Mistahmoose is a new guy on the fashion scene in SL, a game/graphics designer who has decided to ply his trade in world. These shoes are an example of his work. Designed for the Slink mid foot, they include a great texture-change HUD. (And the textures are a sort of suede, which shows brilliantly in the colors.) With a sexy shape and a new look, these shoes are some of the first pieces Mistahmoose has released. I look forward to more!

Movin’ on up, I wear a great artistic dress from Bamshyl Bookmite, one of her offerings for Fashionart. She has made a series of this mesh dress with solid colors and artistic/abstract patterns like this one, perfect for fashion and art. My jewelry I found while shopping from a recommendation in Skin Addiction. Velvetskin makes this necklace and bracelet with a HUD that has several texture change options for the different pieces and also offers the necklace in pieces (so you can wear, say, just the hanging stone on the chain). The set comes with the necklace, bracelets and earrings. I chose to wear a cute little cuff from Jaycee Dover that I picked up at Kustom 9 on my other wrist. Brightly colored nail polish from Di Hoorenbeek brightens my look.

The Great Outdoors

I love these low ponytails from Kimberlee Miles. With three different hair color sets to choose from, I chose the middle set which carries mostly gingers and reds and browns. I love this bright ginger as it matches the playful nature of the style. My skin is one of Inka Mexicola’s lovely pieces for the Dressing Room Fusion with peachy lips and beautifully shaped eyes and brows.

The Great Outdoors

Marry an outdoors woman. Then if you throw her out into the yard on a cold night, she can still survive. ~ W. C. Fields

Hair: (Chemistry) Hair – Prairie (Rigged) by Kimberlee Miles for (Chemistry) *

Skin: Essences – Siggy TDRF03 *blonde* by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at The Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Dress: B BOS -Julie Dress-Thought by Bamshyl Bookmite for B Bos, available at Fashionart *

Necklace: **RE** LUX Liana Necklace – A+B+C by Velvetskin for RealEvil Industries

Bracelets: **RE** LUX Liana Bracelet – A+B – R by Velvetskin for RealEvil Industries and L U X E – Wooden Cuff Grayscale by Jaycee Dover for Luxe, available at Kustom 9

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

Nail Appliers: Di’s Opera – Fingernails HUD – Fruits by Di Hoorenbeek for Di’s Opera *

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

Shoes: [Shimmer] Uptown Girl Heel by Mistahmoose for Shimmer *

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

In the great outdoors:

Out of Touch

OoT 2

Manic moves and drowsy dreams
Or living in the middle
Between the two extremes.

OoT 2

Once in a while I have a guest blogger. I have had Asima Saad on the blog before and she wanted to cook up another look and blog entry, which I gladly accepted. Asima does a lot of RP and loves writing and dressing up. Hope you enjoy her look and story as much as I did.

Leah glanced upward at the clock on the wall and cracked her gum.

The rink was empty, and even the weirdos had called it a night. She shut off the lights to the popcorn machines, and soda fountains, then ran her fingertips along the long red countertop. Some guy had scraped into the red pressboard ‘SLAYER’ with something sharp and her nails glided easily across the deep grooves.

She wiggled her toes in one of the neon high-top sneaker as the music from the sound system wound its way through the vacant rink. She closed her eyes.

OoT 3

“Manic moves and drowsy dreams
Or living in the middle
Between the two extremes”

Synthesizers and drums created a sonic surf that she could swim in. And she lost herself in the rolling tides of the epic tune.

“You’re out of touch
I’m out of time (time)
But I’m out of my head
When you’re not around”

When the sound started to fade, headlights cut their way through the glass of the doorway, and she dropped down, snagging a cluster of keys on her dash to catch her ride home.

OoT 1

You’re out of touch
I’m out of time (time)
But I’m out of my head
When you’re not around.

Hair: [Lelutka]-PINNED hair – Sookie by Thora Charron for Lelutka

Skin: *League* Jen Fair Aqua by Nena Janus for League

Eyes: AG. Destiny Eyes / Water by Kendra Parfort for Avi-Glam

Top: .::deeR::. MESH shoulder cropped top by Sidofox Zsun for deeR

Skirt: :::i::: Ruffled Tutu – XS – Organic Pink by Tatyana Ultsch for Insanya

Leggings: Gawk! Black Aerobic Leggings by Mell McMahon for Gawk!

Bangles: Izzie’s – 80’s Rainbow Bangles mesh by Izzie Button for Izzie’s

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

Shoes: .::deeR::. MESH higher hollywood shoes by Sidofox Zsun for deeR