Yankee Doodle Dandy

The pin-up girl—idealized femininity for the wall—became a source of morale for men fighting overseas during WWII. (Not sure what the women fighting overseas got. I know they were there–my great-aunt was a WAC.)

Yankee Doodle Dandy

This sailor girl would probably do well on someone’s wall. Moxie Polano made this swimsuit with sailor hat in honor of vintage fashioniasta Reghan Straaf to celebrate the pin-up. With its cleverly crafted wrinkles (especially puckering around the thighs), it’s more than just a swimsuit—it’s a piece of art. Moxie combines her great skills with system pieces with some great sculpties.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

I love this skin from Rack Brautigan. I am not a freckle girl, but these freckles are so perfect—they fall so naturally on the skin and the shading is perfect on the collarbone. Rack has opened a new store next to MichiMi and shows a wide variety of skins that may appeal to ladies who are looking for a new look.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

A Yankee Doodle do or die:

Hair: Nanak fiery red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for #AB# Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: (IS) Irene 2.0 – Este – Rita by Rack Brautigan for IMAGEN *

Swimsuit with Hat: MP Reghan Pin~UP Suit by Moxie Polano for Haute Couture *

Earrings: Earring – Pearl Stud – White – Unltd by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Nails: *ByKay* ~ Prim Nails ~ *Basic Edition* by Kayleigh McMillan for *ByKay* *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

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Duende

I am using perhaps a word that is too charged for the title of my blog in order to describe a mere dress, but it is the flavor of flamenco, the feeling of duende that is sought in making flamenco, that I am after in describing this dress.

Imagine the flamenco, a dance of barely restrained sensuality, every muscle of the dancer’s body used with deliberate intention, erect and focused, the clothing an extension of her body, the skirts lifted up and furled, the flower tight in her chignon, her feet pounding out a complex beat.

Duende

Nardya Rousselot gives us a flavor of this beautiful dance and music in her version of a flamenco dress. With it’s beautifully tiered prims flowing out in a train, the gorgeous flowers on black fabric and perfectly frilled bodice, this is a flamenco dress worthy of wearing for such a dance. I show it with shoes from Nardya, though a good flamenco dancer wouldn’t wear stilettos (they don’t tap).

Duende

I wear a hair from Alexainder Biedermann perfectly suited to this ensemble. With its removable and color-change flower, it would be suitable for most any woman looking to add a touch of passion to her ensemble.

Duende

“The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.”  ~ Federico García Lorca

Hair: #AB# Rocio Charcoal hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (tanned/li) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress (including comb and veil): NX-Nardcotix Isis Andaluz Dress by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Rebekah Pumps Orange by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

Powerful Stuff

What does a girl who likes red and wants to look dressy and interesting wear? This is the ensemble.

Powerful Stuff

I found this top at Kunglers. I am really digging Kunglers lately, from their cute separates to their beautiful evening dresses. This beautiful jacket with its Asian-inspired silk over a gathered sleeve black top suits my need to be dressed up and proper without being boring.

Powerful Stuff

The skirt is from the fabulous Antonia Marat. You have heard me before—I think this woman makes the *best* system skirts in SL. Well here you go. Such a simple piece, so well done, down to the zipper in the back (echoed in the zippers up the back of Bax’s Prestige Boots).

Powerful Stuff

It’s in the red that you find the power:

Hair: #AB# Nanak Fiery Red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: Pulse Skin Altonia-Noon by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Top: (Kunglers) Susan – crimson by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Skirt: /artilleri/ simplicity pencil skirt *black* by Antonia Marat for artilleri

Boots: Bax Prestige Boots in Black by Bax Coen for Bax Boots

(I am running out of titles. This one comes from a song by the Fabulous Thunderbirds that DJ Sporty Tone was playing at Tokyo Stage at Burning Life while particles literally burned my video card.)

Talk to Me

Sometimes SL can be a place for happiness and fun. Sometimes it can be a place for self-transformation and self-disclosure.

Talk to Me

I am a nice lady. I do cross stitch and like making apple crisp in the fall. But there is a side of me that likes my music louder and would like to let loose and let my mascara run a little.

Talk to Me

This outfit from Amerie Spitteler gets me in touch with my “screw you I wanna listen to my music as loud as I want” side. With the glam fur coat (complete with embroidered back) and laced plaid shorts and lacey leggings, this funky outfit is for nights when I want to go out, smoke too many cigarettes, drink whiskey straight to scare the boys, and toddle about like Courtney Love.

Talk to Me

I featured Aleixandre Beidermann’s hair before and I stopped back at his place and found several other pieces that I loved. This wild hair suits my mood—full, spiky, red. It has the same clever little hair arranging animation that has it go from the length you see to a longer length. And Bax’s Ankle Boots—well they are the standard on the grid. This pair has a color changer so you can go between “Drk Blood,” “Maroon,” and “Venetian.” They are the most versatile around.

Talk to Me

Rowr!

Hair: #AB# Tote Fiery Red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for Biedermann Q Hair

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Pearl/Rules BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: *aN* Plastic Punker by Amerie Spitteler for *amerie’s NAUGHTY*

Camisole and panties: *NR* Vicky Lingerie Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Scarf: *::UM::* Muffler [Zebra] by Umeko Shan for *::Ume Mode::*

Boots: BAX Ankle Boots Red Patent by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs

Listening to Talk to Me by Peaches

And another one by Peaches if you want a good laugh

Flamenco

Nicky Ree is one of the best designers in SL.

I am tempted to qualify that with all manner of caveats but I won’t. Not today. I will only qualify the statement by saying that Nicky is a real person–a genuinely nice lady with a great, loving (and witty) husband and a good first life (I know both of them).

There are many great designers in SL. But none has quite the touch that Nicky has or the vision for dressmaking. There’s a reason for this. When Nicky was growing up in Singapore, her mother was a bespoke dressmaker. Wealthy ladies would come in and have Nicky’s mom design and sew dresses for them for every day wear and special functions. Nicky would help her mother in the shop.

So it all makes sense that Nicky has such a fabulous sense of proportion, of accessorizing, of colors and of fit. She was raised on this.

I have chosen one of my MANY dresses designed by Nicky Ree, one that has personal significance to me, to show. I enjoy doing the flamenco with my friends who live on my sims, Avant Garde and Vanguard, and this is the dress I wear when I dance alongside my friend KK (she has the red version). Nicky has designed the dress with exquisite attention to the details—the flower prims are beautifully textured and perfectly placed around the décolletage, the skirt terraces up the leg on one side, making the flamenco’s emotional intensity show as they flare with each step.

Flamenco

I am showing it with this amazing hair from Biedermanns. This hair has color changing roses that can be shown or not shown and a loose ponytail or loose bun. The fun part is when you change the hair—for instance, removing the flowers–your arms animate, going up and “rearranging” your hair.

Flamenco

I am wearing one of Ryker Beck’s lovely skins from her Shiloh line. Her skins, obviously hand-drawn, are developing quite a following, and I appreciate that she follows her own aesthetic and doesn’t get caught up in the over-dodged, photorealistic look so many like.

Flamenco

Finished the look with Shiny Things’ black Belles. A woman dancing does not need to be in stilettos.

Flamenco

On the dance card:

Hair: #AB# Candela Fiery Red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for #AB# Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: ::Exodi:: Shiloh (Honey) “Nosferatu” by Ryker Beck for ::Exodi::

Dress: *DNR* Bridal Flora Spanish Style Dresses Black N Red (worn with Upper Arm Flowers) by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Belles – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things