The Last Smile

The Last Smile

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

The Last Smile

Fall came in yesterday just like that. It was balmy out on Monday evening, the air thick with humidity and early the next morning a cold front came through with a storm and chill air and golden sunshine followed it. When I was trying to take these photos and struggling, my friend asked, “What kind of windlight are you hoping for?” I said, “The kind that imbues the scene with sunlight filtered through a thousand autumn leaves, tinting everything with a nostalgic depth and laying upon it its honeyed warmth before the chill winter winds descend.” He sighed. “Try ‘Sunset.’”

My dear friend Sabein Streeter, helped me set up my autumn house, which I will be photoing in pieces because she jam packed it so full of goodness, and I can’t cover it all in one blog. Her wonderful decorating sense was assisted by the many beautiful décor items available this month at Shiny Shabby. We start, of course, on the back stoop, where we find leaves have covered the area via Kunst Himmel and a cart of gourds, courtesy of FadeArcade. A cozy rocking chair from Marinestella waits for a friend to sit but I have just finished riding my bike from Danielestro and am about to go inside. The house? Barnesworth Anubis’ beautiful cottage for Collabor88, more of which you will see in the next days.

The Last Smile

My outfit is a combination of fall and summer. A warm but sexy middriff-skimming sweater from Kiddo Oh at Tres Chic tops short shorts from xxxsaltandpepperxxx, available at the Cosmopolitan Room—both mesh. Long socks from Roslin Petion for My Attci and great little boots from Darling Monday at Shiny Shabby complete the look.

I want to highlight the berries in my hair—a lovely hair pick from Abraxxa Anatine, featured at the Cosmopolitan Room. I pushed it into my hair in front, a celebration of the fruits of fall. The pick has a color change menu on click and is exquisitely crafted in mesh, but not rigged so you can move it around and resize or copy and wear multiple. My hair is one of the wild fusion shades from Kavar Cleanslate, his contribution to Fantasy Collective. And once again I wear Catwa Clip’s lovely Jessica mesh head with a beautiful skin applied from Inka Mexicola , both available at the Cosmopolitan Room.

The Last Smile

Hair: Exile::The Countess by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at the Fantasy Collective *

Hair pick: EarthStones Hair Branch Hair Stick – Berries by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones, available at the Cosmopolitan Room  *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Jessica by Catwa Clip for CATWA, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Skin applier: Essences Catwa Appliers [Natasja] by Inka Mexicola for Essences , available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Eyes: Mesh – Marble Eyes – Old Book by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Sweater: Autumn Sweater – Pink MAITREYA by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Tres Chic *

Shorts: S&P Hotpants Kay by xxsaltandpepperxx for Salt & Pepper, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Socks: {Luxuria} T&C Thigh High Socks – Applier *light* by Roslin Petion for Luxuria, available at My Attic *

Boots: fri. – Rosie.Boots (Dirty) by Darling Monday for fri.day, available at Shiny Shabby*

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Décor:

  • [Toiz] 1. coming Autumn swingchair by marinestella and [Toiz] 3. Autumn Board by Marinestella for Toiz, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • [ zerkalo ] Fall in Love – Bicycle by danielestro by DanielEstro and Anaisterpellie for [ zerkalo ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • .05 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] – Autumn leaves by Kunst Himmel and Limer Hoorenbeek for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Apt B // Snuggle Up Wheelburrow by FadeArcade by FadeArcade for Apt B, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • (MB) Wicker planter with fern “BREEZE” dark by Minke Bailey for MB-CreationZ

House: [ba] tabor cottage by Barnesworth Anubis for Barnesworth Anubis, available at Collabor88 *

The Last Smile

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September Song

September Song

“The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward. […] The trees overhead made a great sound of letting down their dry rain.”~  Ray Bradbury

Harper

Photo by Frenchy25

My pal Frenchy25, a terrific photographer, caught me wandering around St. Pete’s City, looking at NevaCrystall’s newest sim, and he played paparazzi (or so he said) and captured a shot, which I show above. I was pretty impressed he caught me because I was stumbling around, trying to settle on a spot for a photo—hard to do because they are so many great spots on this decorative sim. For this photo, I chose Poulet Koenkamp’s gorgeous new jacket for The Instruments, available in several different prints with solids. Poulet does not always make her own mesh but she does such fabulous textures, it really doesn’t matter. Her texture work puts her head and shoulders above many. My skirt is Kiddo Oh’s fashionable and well-fitting find at Tres Chic, custom mesh fitted perfectly to the Maitreya body. And my boots from Sora Tatham for Shiny Shabby are also fitted to the Maitreya body and perfect for an autumn outfit.

September Song

Catwa Clip recently came out with her new mesh head which includes expressions and makeup possibilities (which I hope to feature on another blog). I put Umazuma Metaluna’s beautiful new skin just for this mesh head on , clicked my makeup choice into place, and discovered a beautiful woman. With Uma’s wonderful eyes for this month’s Cosmetic Fair, I made a soulful beauty. Both Nikohl Hax and xxxsaltandpepperxxx off eclectic jewelry at this month’s Shiny Shabby, both in custom mesh.

September Song

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Reese Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/, available at Uber *

Mesh Head: CATWA HEAD Jessica by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Estee (Catwa Applier) toffee by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Flirtacious  eyes – 4 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at The Cosmetic Fair *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Jacket: :: PM :: Etnia Jacket by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations, available at The Instruments *

Skirt: Autumn Skirt – Wine Maitreya by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Tres Chic *

Choker: S&P Necklace Andy female by xxsaltandpepperxx for Salt & Pepper, available at Shiny Shabby*

Necklace: .random.Matter. – Pheron Necklace – Gold by Nikohl Hax for random.Matter., available at Shiny Shabby*

Boots: ::GB:: Lily boots-Maitreya by Sora Tatham for Gabriel, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Taken at St. Pete’s City

September Song

Buy Me!

Buy Me!

Auction Line UP PNG

I recently signed up to be auctioned off at the Celebrity Auction for Mad Pea, benefiting Live & Learn in Kenya, run by Brique Topaz in world. I am begging you all to bid on me so I don’t have to ask my dad to do so. (And yes, yes I would ask him and knowing him, I would get 50L.) I realize that there are a ton of wonderful people up for grabs, including my beautiful partner, Callie Cline, so consider me a bargain buy because I am guessing the rest will go for a mighty sum. (I have spent time with Alexa Linden at SLCC and believe me, you’re gonna want to strap yourself in for quite a fun ride!)

Above and beyond my endless gratitude, I will be offering to the lucky winner time spent with me in scintillating conversation and their choice of a feature in this very blog for themselves or their organization, a variety box of homemade cookies sent at the holidays (provided I get their address), postage paid, OR my voice on their home answering machine sent via mp3 (if you find Midwestern women’s accents exotic, this might be the one for you!)

The auction boards open at 8 am slt on September 25 (today) and the auctions will wind up with a live auction on Sunday, September 27. I will be up for grabs at 3 pm, long after everyone has blown the big bucks on the big names.

Come throw me a bone and throw the folks in Kenya some money. Blog, cookies or my sultry Midwestern voice—you decide! Click on the photo you see at this location and bid me up!!!

Buy Me!

No Regrets

No Regrets

Tanto que hacer
Hay tanto que hacer
Me siento bien
No hay tiempo que perder
Tanto que ver
Hay tanto que ver
Cuál ser mi hazaña
Al abrir mis pestañas?

~ “No Regrets” by Gaby Moreno

No Regrets

The lyrics of this song translate to, “So much to do/ So much to do/ I´m willing and able/ No time to lose,” and I sure felt that way when a pal visited me this weekend. We raced around seeing things and eating and drinking like bacchanalians and we saw Gaby Moreno open for Calexico in a most awesome concert. I came back to gather up my messages and oops, Shiny Shabby had opened with a ton of great stuff.

Star with this fantastic long sweater with a low cut V-back from Kiddo Oh which is making the tour of all the great blogs (and mine). Available in four colors, with a simple knit texture and sexy silhouette, it will make your autumn evenings warm. I paired it with Senzati0n Domenitzo’s killer heels with their lacy ankle strap and Bastchild Lotus and Paul Lapointe’s lovely necklace for the Body Modification Expo plus Kathya Szczepanski’s HUD-driven ring set.

No Regrets

Sawsan Secretspy has been making appliers like a mad woman lately, and this applier, available at Designer Circle, is a gorgeous look for the Ever mesh head from Lelutka (and probably for any of their mesh heads). With a dark liner, it looked great with Thora Charron’s lashes and I love Mina Nakamura’s new layered ‘do for Tres Chic and its beautiful textures.

No Regrets

Hair: MINA Hair – Elin (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Tres Chic *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-EVER v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. Golden Lelutka Kate appl. by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Flirtacious  eyes – 9 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at The Cosmetic Fair *

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.01 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Sweater: Juniper Maxi Sweater – Brown – Maitreya by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Shiny Shabby*

Necklace: L&B Swear “BOHO” Necklace by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild, available at the Body Modifcation Expo *

Rings: Kibitz – Melody {right} maitreya – copper by Kathya Szczepanski for Kibitz, available at Shiny Shabby*

Shoes: Essenz – Marseille (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Shiny Shabby*

Poses by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie *

No Regrets

Warm Winds

Warm Winds

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost. ~ Henry Rollins

Warm Winds

The evenings are still balmy here, which is fine with me because I am not looking forward to winter at all, especially as it’s been the past two years. So a stroll outside on one of the last warm evenings of the year is in order. Poulet Koenkamp’s sexy top with optional bolero comes with a texture change HUD for the bolero (which can be made invisible), the top, and the chain decoration. And unlike many creators, Poulet is not afraid of prints, creating a gorgeous satiny texture for these tops. I paired it with the leggings from Kiddo Oh’s new outfit for The Secret Affair, which I am sure she envisioned as more a fantasy look but I loved them as just wearable leggings, especially since they were made for the Maitreya body. Senzati0n Domenitzo’s great heels for the Body Modification Expo and Mea Carnell’s fall-themed leafy necklace for the Cosmo Room complete the look.

Warm Winds

I ran to Kustom9 to try to rescue a lady from a life of slavery to the gacha for the pieces from helloaiko. I did not get the rare she wanted but I did get some others, including this cute little kitty backpack. Another great find from Kustom9 is this skin from Inka Mexicola. I am thrilled to see her putting out new skins and this one is exquisite with its sophisticated brow and youthful glow. Kuranosuke Kamachi has put this sexy casual hair in her store, versatile for many looks.

Warm Winds

Hair: =DeLa*= Fitted Mesh Hair “Maya” by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*= *

Skin: Essences – Ariel *medium01* brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Kustom9 *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Flirtacious  eye collection – 9 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at The Cosmetic Fair *

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.01 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: :: PM :: Ciara Set -all colors by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Leggings: Runa Pants – Brown MAITREYA by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at The Secret Affair *

Necklace: Meva Leafs Necklace by Mea Carnell for Meva, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Backpack: ohayo. cat backpack + arte by helloaiko for ohayo + xin, available at Kustom9 *

Shoes: Essenz – Lyon (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at the Body Modifcation Expo *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Taken using the LumiPro HUD V3.41 by Stefan Buscaylet *

Taken at xin

Warm Winds

Chance

Chance

shopping chance: the chance of finding something magnificent on a shopping trip when you need nothing at all ~ Urban Dictionary

Chance

Threw my purse in the car and took off shopping. It’s just one of those days when I hope I might find a perfect something by chance, a sort of psychic gacha. I know I had lucked out yesterday with this gorgeous dress from StellaJane that includes a texture change HUD with a ton of gorgeous east Asian silk textures (like nothing I have quite seen before in SL). Lush and beautiful, I could choose a number of different looks off the one HUD at a great price. I loved how she got the texture so satiny with perfect proportion. I paired with it Glamistry’s new strappy platforms, sexy and simple with his great texture change HUD to control different parts of the shoe. Lovely earrings from AvaGardner Kungler, a great find from On9, and my Arcade gacha handbag from Fashionboi Landar, and I was set to shop ‘til I dropped.

Chance

Inka Mexicola will be releasing a set of makeups on a medium01 skin for the Cosmetic Fair. They are lovely and compliment different looks without being too outre as some gacha skins can be. My hair is Shylah Honey’s lovely side-parted and brushed look for Tres Chic, which is opening in a couple days. I love these pretty blue eyes from Audrey Lamede from The Men’s Dept. (Yes, eyes are unisex—”pretty” on women and “handsome” on men.) I rode in style at !ndustry with Wavie Haller’s rockin’ convertible from the Arcade.

Chance

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Donna Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*,, available at Tres Chic (opening September 17) *

Skin: Essences {AmelieRR01} Medium01 *brunette* RARE by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at the Cosmetic Fair *

Eyes: .ID. September Eyes / Blue by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard, available at The Men’s Dept

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.01 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Dress: Stellajane Strapless Mini Dress – East Asian Silk by StellaJane for Stella Jane *

Handbag: Rowne.A.u Dix Leather Bag – Powder by Fashionboi Landar for Rowne, available at the Arcade

Earrings: (Kunglers) Blanche earring  – Tropical by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at On9 *

Shoes: Glamistry : CYNARA Heels – maitreya by Glamistry for Glamistry *

Wheels: [Con.] Wax On/Wax Off Convertible – Navy by Wavie Haller for Consignment, available at the Arcade

Poses by Luna Jubilee for !bang

Photos taken at !ndustry

Shopping Trip

Maria

Maria

She moves like she don’t care
Smooth as silk, cool as air
Ooh it makes you wanna cry
She doesn’t know your name

She walks like she don’t care
Walkin’ on imported air
Ooh, it makes you wanna die

Ooh, don’t you wanna take her?
Ooh, wanna make her all your own?

~ “Maria” by Blondie

Maria

Mami Jewell is now a classic in SL. I remember when she was just starting out and I was amazed by her textures and use of prims and system pieces. Now she’s “established,” which says as much about how old I am in SL as how long she has persisted as a designer. Mami has recently remodeled her store, and as an incentive to get people there, she has taken many of her dresses and made a limited color version at a discount price for the grand opening. Available through October 31 (which gives you plenty of time to browse and come back for more), the dresses will no longer be sold after the sale is over. One such is this elegant dress, done in turquoise with a gorgeous brocade texture and Mami’s distinctive satiny flexi prims. It comes with a feather boa I chose not to use.

I paired Mea Carnell’s gorgeous necklace for Cosmopolitan with the dress and Kuranosuke Kamachi’s wavy lush ‘do for Shiny Shabby with the outfit. Equally elegant Nicole Button’s newest skin, a beautiful take on a Lebanese woman with luscious lips and a refined nose and gorgeous eyes. Nicole’s skins come with appliers for many mesh bodies so you can get the face of your dreams for your mesh body. Photos were taken at the gorgeous Debauch club.

Maria

Hair: =DeLa*= “Collete” Hud (Dark Browns) by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=, available at Shiny Shabby *

Skin: Egozy.Jolina (Golden).SOFT by Nicole Button for Egozy *

Eyes: .ID. September Eyes / Brown by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard, available at The Men’s Dept

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.01 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: -AZUL- Iolanda  /Turquoise by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Necklace: Meva Gujarat Necklace Gold by Mea Carnell for Meva, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Poses by AnneMarit Jarvinen for Katink

Taken using the LumiPro HUD V3.41 by Stefan Buscaylet *

Taken at Debauch

Maria