Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex

“As a newsman, I want to salute whoever came up with the term ‘polar vortex. It is terrifying but still sounds all science-y. A lesser meteorologist could have overreached with ‘arctic coldnado’ or ‘alaskan dick punch,’ but ‘polar vortex’ is restrained but menacing.” ~ Stephen Colbert

Polar Vortex

The cold has begun in my part of the world, much too soon. Who thought this was a good idea? After last winter, all romance for fall and winter has left my heart. Forget Christmas—I want my summer back! The cold is so pervasive to me that even in SL I feel I have to bundle up so the receipt of this new puffy jacket from Tatyana Ultsch was very welcome. Besides her deft mesh work and absolutely kick ass textures, she includes a HUD to color change this jacket into one of 14 colors. The detailing is astonishing. Leri Miles is offering these sleek pants at the Thrift Shop 7.0, and they also include a texture-change HUD.  I attached Renee Harvy’s darling chunky loafers because I looked silly without feet. And I accessorized with old-school earmuffs from Antonia Marat and a great scarf from Trill Zapatero.

Polar Vortex

I wore this whole business over the Belleza Venus. I am not sure why but it’s just become more convenient for me to click alphas off than mess around trying to reconstitute myself with alphas and separate body parts and appliers for skin and fingernails and then toenails. I have heard the Maitreya body is just as gorgeous, so I can’t wait to see that one come out. I am wearing Sawsan Secretspy’s newest offer for the Designer Circle and I applied pretty pink lipstick from Constance Daehlie. My hair is a darling bun from MissAllSunday Lemon that she is offering at the Xiasumi School Festival.

Polar Vortex

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Suki Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAllSunday Lemon for/Wasabi Pills/, available at the Xiasumi School Festival *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Kyle Darktan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

Eyes: .ID. Shine Eyes / Blue-Green by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Jacket: :::insanya::: Winter Jacket by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at Sad November *

Pants: LMD Sexy Satin Slacks Addict Pack by Leri Miles for Leri Miles Designs, available at Thrift Shop 7.0 *

Earmuffs: /artilleri/ Knit earmuffs! (NOSE) *red* 1 by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Scarf: BoHo HoBo Scarf Ladie’s Large (candystripes) by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo *

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Heeled Croc Loafers Black by Renee Harvy for Duh!, available at Thrift Shop 7.0 *

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

Ruby Pearl

Ruby Pearl

Well, I’ve got a woman named a-Ruby Pearl
A be-boppin’ baby in a be-boppin’ world
She’s got the rhythm from her head to her feet
She knows at first every brand new beat
Ruby Pearl, hey, hey-hey, Ruby Pearl
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Pearl

~ “Ruby Pearl” by Jackie Lee Cochran

Ruby Pearl

A be-boppin’ girl, our Ruby Pearl, with a great mesh dress from the just-opened Thrift Shop with all the great attributes of a rockabilly look. With a full mesh skirt (underlain with a cleverly-crafted alpha that includes lace at the edge), this dress with big blowsy roses is a lovely look from Blacknesslectra. To go from sweet to more rockabilly, I added a tattoo from Antonia Marat (still the best rockabilly I can find on the grid) and pearls and earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo, that will soon be featured at the Jewelry Fair. Finally, wicked stiletto shoes from Beanster Potato with a texture change HUD  for the little triangle insets allowed me to match my shoes to the look while having that edgy high heeled look that good rockabilly needs.

Ruby Pearl

Of course, the whole look was started because of this fabulous new style from Truth Hawks with the side rolls and long wavy locks. He made the hair in two versions so you get two for one in your box, but I preferred this look, especially with the fabulous skin that Sawsan Secretspy has made for the Unique Varied Event. She includes several lipsticks and eyeshadows and this wickedly great eyeliner with the skin. I wore the cleavage version with this dress because it makes sense. CarrieAnn Lemon’s great plain nail color set from the Thrift Shop completes my look.





Ruby Pearl

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Tulip 2 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aurora Tan Nat CL with .::WoW Skins::: Eyeliner and .::WoW Skins::. Aurora – BabyPink Lips by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Unique Varied Event *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: +MC+Hey Darling!Roses by Blacknesslectra for Macabre, available at Thrift Shop

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Margarita – pastel rose – Necklace and Earrings by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Jewelry Fair (opening September 13) *

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: ! ellemeno ! colored nails by CarrieAnn Lemon for Ellemeno, available at Thrift Shop

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: DN Mesh: Akaline Heels by beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

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

Under the Sun

I am the Ocean
You are the land
My deep Devotion
Crashes on your Sand

~ “Under the Sun” by Mia Doi Todd

Under the Sun

I heard this song and it took me right to a sunny beach on a private island (no, I was not with William and Kate but perhaps this song would suit them well because it would be a perfect wedding song). I decided in honor of the song I would put on a bikini and a tan skin. This great little bikini was an offering from Zaara Kohime on behalf of the American Cancer Society. It includes her usual exquisite craftswomanship and Indian aesthetic.

Under the Sun

My skin is a new one from Alexandra Barcelos and exudes the rich glow of a healthy beach tan. My feetsies are from Siddean Munro, the queen of terrific tootsies in SL. This windblown hair is a new offering from Truth Hawks.

Under the Sun

Maybe we should spend the summer
Maybe we should spend this Life together
Under the Sun

Hair: >TRUTH< Jacqueline – fudge by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Scarlet . Tan . Ice by Alexandra Barcelos for Filthy Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Bronze (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Bikini: Zaara : Esha Bikini *pink* for RFL by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Hair flower: /artilleri/ Hibi hair flower *FLF*by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied v2.0 Barefeet Medium by Siddean Munro for Slink *

Mouse in the House

“When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby.” ~ Nigerian Proverb

Mouse in the House

I know I dissed elf ears the other day and now I am wearing mouse ears, but honestly? They are cute. This was all about building a look around these ears from Jenova Saeed and hair from Chiaki Xue. It seems Chiaki is taking a fun approach to creation and teaming up with several different Japanese designers to make different looks. I love the results. The ears twitch and have orbiting spirals around them (which are not easily seen in this photo—it’s subtle) and they come in several colors.

Mouse in the House

I just recently got this skirt, part of a dress set from dirty Adored’s new Themeory offering, and the skirt was so ideal for this look, especially over these stockings from Nena Janus that were a rez day present. I found this top from Vasha Martinek and colored it a bright red to match and donned a great rockabilly tattoo from Antonia Marat. My shoes were a Marketplace find from Ann Otoole because they had that exaggerated style I wanted. I had to hack them to get the invisiprims hidden—Firestorm makes a mess of those. Give us V2 options, designers!

My skin was a recently rez day purchase from Belleza. I love the red lips Tricky Boucher made. Finally, new black eyes from Ikon Innovia. You all wanted different colors but *I* wanted my black eyes. It makes my mouse girl perfect.

Mouse in the House

Woman or mouse? Squeak up! ;)

Hair with ears: *+JENOVA’s+* & **Dura**(Hair)(Black) with *+JENOVA’s+*&**DURA** :White Ear by Chiaki Xue and JENOVA Saeed for Dura and Jenova *

Skin: -Belleza- Melissa Med 13 (cleavage) with -Belleza- Melissa Med Lip 3 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Black (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: +DV8+ Danse Crop (S-layer) – Silver by Vasha Martinek for +DV8+ (modified to make bright red)

Skirt: Bottle Bird Themeory Jive Skirt red by dirty Adored for Bottle Bird *

Stockings: *League* Side-Gartered Stockings -White -Black Garter by Nena Janus for League

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Shoes: Juicylicious Platform High Heels 8 Colors by Ann Otoole for Unique Needs

2000 Miles

Outside under the purple sky,
Diamonds in the snow,
Our hearts were singing,
It felt like Christmas time.
2000 miles.
Is very far through the snow
I’ll think of you
Wherever you go.

The worst part of SL is that friends are often physically far far away. As the lyrics say, “2000 miles is very far through the snow.” I am thinking of many friends from SL with whom I can’t share this time face-to-face, and I do miss them. (Though I had the wonderful pleasure of having Eshi with me this Eve.) I did not send out an in-world holiday card. This is my card for all of you, my dear friends.

2000 Miles

This morning I will wake up in my Christmas jammies (which I can only legitimately wear one time a year) and enjoy the morning sunlight coming through the windows while we open gifts. My jammies, from Antonia Marat, are cozy and warm, and I almost didn’t get out of bed to be honest. It was so snuggly.

When can you wear bare feet in winter? Well when you’re in your jammies, of course, and Siddean Munro’s feets are perfect, especially as I can color the nails red—instant pedicure!

2000 Miles

My skin is the new fresh beautiful face offered by Mallory Cowen. She really created a beautiful set with this newest release. I love the freshness of the skins—how the make-up is not overdone. It creates a beautiful palate on which you can potentially put other make-ups later. My hair is a messy-out-of-bed piece from Truth Hawks—one of his new releases this week.

2000 Miles

2000 miles,
Is very far.
The snows falling down,
It’s colder day by day.
I miss you.
I can hear people singing,
It must be Christmas time.

~’2000 Miles” by the Pretenders, covered by Lucy Schwartz (proceeds from it’s sale go to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and their music therapy program)

Hair: >TRUTH< Kai – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LAQ ~ Vilda 01 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Jammies: /artilleri/ Holly PJs *red* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Low by Siddean Munro for SLink

I wish I had a river…

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

I wish I had a river...

I am not a huge fan of on-location photos. The backgrounds kind of detract from the clothes, which is really what I am doing here. But Stephen Venkman and Cocovia Zoilin built a beautiful skating area on their sim and invited me over for skating today and I was very grateful after wrestling with gingerbread house icing. (It’s an adhesive—need I say more?)

Skating there reminded me of one of my favorite holiday songs by Joni Mitchell. I tried to dress appropriately and came up with this mashup of favorite designers. Sweater from Janie Marlowe, skirt from sachi Vixen, tights from Memai Avon, cowl from Morphine Janick (who has a sale on right now.. go go!), earmuffs from Antonia Marat and freakin excellent mittens from Nena Janus. A wind-kissed skin from Toast Bard gives me the touch of girlishness that skating requires.

I wish I had a river...

My skates are Bax Coen’s v2 set, which come in white, black, gold and silver with a new alpha layer option. She has packed them with the same resizing scripts from her boots and a skating AO that is quite nice. However, I opted to upgrade to Sala Snook’s AO, which has all sorts of fun stuff like jumps, skating moves, twirls, etc. The whole combination today made skating so pleasurable, especially in the crisp air of Stephen’s and Coco’s sim.

I wish I had a river...

I wish I had a river
I could skate away on
I wish I had a river so long
I would teach my feet to fly
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

~ “River” by Joni Mitchell

Hair: >TRUTH< Quinn Streaked – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: (fd) Bird Skin – Dust 1 (Red Brows) by Toast Bard for fashionably dead

Sweater: **MIS** Bell Flower Sweater – Cranberry by Janie Marlowe for Mischief (no longer available but you can find some good stuff of hers at Jane)

Skirt: Adam n Eve Clothes – Cord Skirt – Black by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Ear Muffs: /artilleri/ Knit earmuffs! *black* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Cowl: [SG*] Desire – Purple by Morphine Janick for the Sweetest Goodbye

Mittens: *League* Sheepskin Mittens –Berry by Nena Janus for *League*

Stockings: [ Last Period ] socks 0001 Gray by Memai Avon for Last Period

Skates: BAX Ice Skates Black by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs *

AO: :KH: Ice Skate AO by Sala Snook for KAMI-HITOE

Orange Crush

Bah! The best part of fall has passed and now it’s all early evenings and drizzle (with some sleet today) and the unbeautiful side of the season. (It’s like going from the center of Paris to the outskirts, going from a beautiful magical land to face the hard cold reality about how things gotta be.) So I am going to put on a little orange to chase the ugliness away.

Orange Crush

I start with an orange shrug over a funky t-shirt. The shrug is a masterpiece from Cerberus Noel (and free at her store in this iteration). Look closely and each ruffle is individually and perfectly textured with a border running along the ruffle. The sleeves are the same and the back has a pretty scallop in back. Honestly, I would knit this if I could. The top, from Toast Bard, lends a sort of modern bohemian feel to the look, especially paired with this bold skirt from sato Yifu.

Orange Crush

I am wearing a pretty little necklace and earrings from Trixie Bumbo who has really upped her game recently with a new assortment of jewelry in different styles. They compliment my as-always gorgeous skin from Mallory Cowen, made specifically for redheads. And what a redhead I am in Truth Hawks’ copper color.

Orange Crush

There is no blue without yellow and without orange. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Hair: >TRUTH< Eva – copper by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LAQ ~ Julie – 02 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for LAQ *

Shrug: *GF* Ruffle Bolero (middle) -pumpkin- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Top: (fd) Sparrow Shirt by Toast Bard for fashionably dead

Skirt: *KUROTSUBAKI* flexible_skirt_yellow by sato Yifu for *KUROTSUBAKI*

Necklace and Earrings: *Primagine* I <3 Autumn Necklace and Earrings by Trixie Bumbo for *Primagine* *

Bangles: /artilleri/ brazil bracelet *oranges* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/ (no longer available)

Boots: (Shiny Things) Ginger Boots – cinnamon by Fallingwater Cellardoor for (Shiny Things)