Feel Good

SLCC is over but I didn’t miss it all. I heard from many friends who are in Boston and got to see Philip’s speech (from the horse’s mouth rather than through everyone’s analysis). I even got to do a presentation, though this time it was from THIS side of the screen rather than from the dias as last year.

Feel Good

I feel a bit better about SL after hearing Philip speak. I think I needed to know they were actually setting down a list of priorities and goals for those priorities. Some people are not going to be happy, but as the old adage goes, you can’t make everyone happy all the time. I feel pretty good about things just knowing something is being done, so I “feel good.”

That being said, have you been to Pixel Dolls lately? Pixel Dolls was one of my first indulgences in SL, and it proves the test of time. I got this dress yesterday and love it. Dolce Blackflag  reuses and reconsiders her beautifully drawn system pieces in different combinations and with a variety of prims. Her pieces are sexy and Victorian all at once with an abundance of romantic laces, brocades, pearls and buttons. Whereas true Victorian would have the body cinched and covered, Dolce shows off the sexiness of skin and femininity with her fashions. In this dress, she combines a beautifully rendered system piece with black pearls that hold the top barely shut. Lacy sleeve prims are echoed in the skirt,  netting dripping down in an almost ragged fashion. It’s much like a RL fashion collection–she has a definite vision and voice in her work and she uses a set of motifs and styles throughout her work.

Feel Good

I wear with the dress leggings from LeeZu Baxter, who delights us with the same sense of sexiness and fashion. These burlesque tights include chains around the knees (!) and garters that stretch from the thigh to the calf. Boots from Eshi Otawara complete the outfit—one of her own sculpties. She’s selling colored versions of these at the Shoe Fair for an unbeatable price. Can you beat a boot with such a pretty flower and such a whimsical (and structurally unsound) heel? I’d kill myself wearing these in RL but in SL? No problem! It’s all good ;)

Feel Good

Love forever love is free
Let’s turn forever you and me

~Feel Good Inc. by Gorillaz (Rhythms Del Mundo remix)

Hair: Luxi – Black (skull) by Rosie Lavochkin for Deviant Designs

Skin: :: DUTCH TOUCH ::kEIra:: Olive – Delight CL1 EBblack by Iki Ikarus for Dutch Touch

Dress: (PixelDolls) Duchess Pearl .  White by Dolce Blackflag for PixelDolls

Leggings: [LeeZu!] Burleske Tights /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Earrings: *kraftika jewelry No 130 Earrings by Anuitka Barthelmess for *kraftika

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Metallic* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Boots: Lady Silverer Boots by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara, other colors available at the Shoe Fair * (I asked her to make silver custom for me :P)

Heart of Gold

Number four in the series of gifts to give your loved one this Valentine’s to make her feel beautiful.

Heart of Gold

Nicky Ree has graced this blog before with her elegant and beautiful gowns. I would be remiss in forgetting to bring her into the picture. Nicky’s gowns are copy/no trans. If you would like to gift one of her pieces, you have several means: give your sweetie a gift certificate, which are for sale at Nicky’s, purchase on XStreetSL, or drop Nicky a notecard and ask her to send it.

That being said, this particular gown would be a glamorous addition to any woman’s wardrobe. With it’s glimmering, shimmering textures, beautiful shaped skirt, and Nicky’s characteristic sexy highlights and wrinkles (check that back end), this will please the most discriminating lady and her partner.

Heart of Gold

And Nicky doesn’t stop there (she never does). Included in this package is a mini skirt with flirty short prim skirt and a sexy swimsuit. Buying a Nicky Ree piece rarely means you just get the gown—you get a whole set of pieces that enhance your wardrobe and provide several scenarios for getting around the grid.

Heart of Gold

I show this gown with SinSister Charity’s spectacular ama garijus skin for Abyss. I am so pleased that a skin maker has made a skin from bottom up for a woman of color rather than tinting a caucasian skin brown or tan. This beautiful skin shows the features that make this particular lady gorgeous including a somewhat Eastern Asian eye, a fuller nose and wider nostrials and fuller lips. 

Heart of Gold

For your precious gem:

Hair: >TRUTH< Cyndi – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [ ama garijus ][ sunset ][ vixen ] by SinSister Chastity for <TheAbyss>

Dress: *DNR* Mui Magic Gown, Dresses N Swimsuit Yellow by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Earrings: *kraftika jewelry No 130 Earrings by Anuitka Barthelmess for *kraftika

Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes -gold- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Sweet song of the day: “I Idolize You” by Lizz Wright

Eleganza

I have to say, our First Lady (we lucky Americans) has ushered in a new era of respect for us (I hope). Michelle Obama represents to the rest of the world, alongside her husband—that guy—whatever his name is—that American women can be graceful, chic, educated, strong-minded, and good. She truly represents many women in this country, of all races and backgrounds. She is a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a worker.

Eleganza

What does the African-American woman (or any woman of color do) when she enters SL and wants to represent as well? It’s not an easy thing. Some skin makers have resorted to taking their Caucasian skins and darkening them, as if that’s all there is to it. Others have decided to make new skins, giving them an orange or an ashy tint.

Abyss has come out with a few new sets of skins, all built from the ground up, it seems. There is a skin for fairer ladies, a skin for brunettes, and this lovely skin for brown-skinned women. SinSister Chastity has managed to make skins in various darker tones for this line that follow a more “realistic” aesthetic, showing a woman who is beautiful, futuristic and elegant with creamy nougat or sienna or dark rich cocoa skin. They are NOT available as Caucasian skins.

Eleganza

I dressed my beautiful self up with a great cocktail dress from monica Outlander. Last time I had visited Miamai, monica had a small inventory (probably six or more months ago). She has been producing like mad—separates, hair, jewelry, and her finest pieces—evening wear. I especially like how she used a print to cover both sculpty and flexi prims with gems as a decorating motif both on the skirt and around the neck (which saves on finding jewelry to wear). I paired zebra-striped shoes from Cerberus Noel and a zebra-striped cuff from Anuitka Barthelmess just to push the striped theme a little farther.

Eleganza

Leadership in elegance:

Hair: :Liriope: HSN black by Ilze Erin for :Liriope:

Skin: [ ama garijus ][ sunset ][ scene ] by SinSister Chastity for Abyss

Dress: Miamai_Arika by monica Outlander for Miamai Fashion Creations

Cuff: Bracelet No 301 black&zebra by Anuitka Barthelmess for *kraftika

Shoes: *GF* Figure Pumps -zebra- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Couture Origami

Today’s couture has been marked by geometry and the manipulation of shapes. Check out what Lady Gaga dons. Lots of geometric shapes attached to the body. (And yes, when I see them now, I wonder how many prims.)

Couture Origami

That is why AvaGardner Kungler’s design choices for this simply exquisite evening gown make total sense. It’s not just the use of the prims but also the beautifully rendered pleats in the textures that push the outfit over the top with their perfectly done edges. Wow! Looking at it, I can marvel at the engineering behind the pleated pieces in front, wonder at its stiffness and the creator’s vision. Wearing it makes me feel like a package all wrapped up. This is a piece of couture art.

I styled this with a punk hair that would echo the angles of the dress and kind of knock it out of that “dress up” realm it could so easily fall into. I wanted to emphasize the angularity of the dress, mirroring the softness of the fabric with the softness of the hair, pushed into these odd geometric shapes. This punky style from Violet Morellet (a use I am sure she never intended when she made this) did the trick.

Couture Origami

I further pushed the geomtry with earrings from Anuitka Barthelmess (told you she would show up again). These are spectacular—scintillating flexi earrings, made up of a hundred or so tiny flexis shimmering in silver. If yesterday’s post didn’t get you over to her store, I sure hope today’s will.

The final accessory was Digit Darkes’ Lamb Gloves from her new Fall Collection. The soft feathery cuffs offset the buckled silver leather in the gloves and make this an ideal couture accessory.

Couture Origami

The geometry of fashion:

Hair: ::Inorite:: foehn ~ Black Cherry by Violet Morellet for BOOM*

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Tone 3 Makeup 4 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: (Kunglers Couture) Serina – Origami vine by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Earrings: *kraftika jewelry No 130 Earrings by Anuitka Barthelmess for *kraftika jewelry

Gloves: Digit Darkes-Digital Lamb Gloves-Custom (V) by Digit Darkes for Digit Darkes

Wild Thing

Sometimes a woman wants to go out and show her best side—put on her sexiest boots and dress, adorn herself with some glitzy jewelry, make-up, and her favorite perfume and go out and WOW the world.

Wild Thing

It’s an easy thing to do when you’re wearing something from Antonia Marat, specifically this Zesty zebra dress. Yes, I know I blogged her earlier this week, but I can’t stop! This time let me tell you about her system pieces.. they are exquisite, especially the skirts. Worn with a skirt shape, her skirts are sexy as all get out. Antonia does great rockabilly but this dress could be worn for partying, being chic, and rocking the club.

Wild Thing

I took on this silly pose to show you how the skirt looks stretched. Some system skirts look really bad when the legs pull them apart—not this one. You can barely tell. Ingenious!

Wild Thing

I styled it with jewelry from Digit Darkes’ new Fall Collection. I really like this necklace because it lacks that slick symmetry that so many show. The textures literally glitter on the necklace and there is a handy color changer that switches it through six different colors. The bracelet is from Anuitka Barthelmess at kraftika, who has some fabulous stuff. You will see more of her jewelry here.

Wild Thing

Boots are from Detour Sideways. I got the color changing set “fat pack” boot so I could get all the colors. These boots have turned out to be a staple in my wardrobe. I wear them more than I care to say. Enough that they have gotten all comfy and worn with use.

Wild Thing

The skin is from Pulse, a very artistic turn from Lorac. She did a series of these Valeries that are beautifully drawn and full of character. These are not anime-style skins with perfect cartoon features; her skins show the beauty of real women. And this is a new flirty short hair I would love to have in real life, from Aska Watler.

Wild Thing

Watch out!

Hair: CriCri-gShort02-B by Aska Watler for Cri-Cri

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T Cream/Delicious by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Dress: /artilleri/ Zesty zebra dress by Antonia Marat for Artilleri

Necklace: Digit Darkes-Lamb Link Necklace-Custom by Ysabel Diavolo and Digit Darkes for Digit Darkes

Bracelet: Bracelet No 301 white&zebra L by Anuitka Barthelmess for *kraftika

Boots: [Detour] Mistress Boots – Multi by Detour Sideways for Detour