A Dress is Never Just a Dress

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

In art, a dress is never just a dress; nor in life either. ~ Mason Cooley

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

The Black Fashion Fair is opening tomorrow and it’s 2 sims of a lot of black. Don’t infer this means a lot of goth or darkness (though there is a little of that going on too). Imagine more pieces that are elegant, charming, versatile. For example, this gorgeous gown from Mami Jewell will be her exclusive for the fair. With a great silhouette, a low cut back behind the halter bodice, her wonderful flexi skirts and gorgeous gold accents, this is elegance personified. With glittery black nails from Autumn Amaranth and an onyx stone in a mystical gold mounting from Plurabelle Laszlo, both from the fair and some stylish heels from Glamistry, featured at Kustom 9, this outfit shows how black is the epitome of elegance.

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

Truth Hawks has thankfully come out with a new updo. Honestly, we need more of this kind of glamour on the grid and with beautfully styled curls pulled up and a wavy lock framing the face, it’s bound to be found in many ladies’ wardrobes with their favorite evening gowns. Sawsan Secretspy’s gorgeous skin for 100 Block finishes off this look with her characteristic gorgeous features and beautiful subtle makeup. Remember that the featured items at 100 Block are 50% off and exclusive to the event.

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Nayeli by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. V2 Susse Golden by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at 100 Block *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – foggy – a by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: -AZUL- Abigail /Onyx by Mami Jewell for –AZUL-, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Luna Nera – Necklace – gold by Plurabelle Laszlo for.Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Nail appliers: {Wicked} Peach – Mani/Pedi – Onyx – Maitreya by Autumn Amaranth for Wicked Peach, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Shoes: Glamistry : TRILLIUM Heels by Glamistry for Glamistry, available at Kustom9 *

Poses by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie, available at Pose Fair *

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain

Spring Fever

It’s certifiably spring and I have a bounce in my step and flight in my wings. Mami Jewell just came out with this gorgeous dress, made for the MVW 2nd Runner-Up, Issy Flatley. I had to try on the cover dress in Coral because it was just so lovely, especially the way Mami combined mesh and flexi pieces to create a beautiful ruffled confection of a dress with movement and curviness.

Spring Fever

I took my shots at the Un Jour sim that Siestabril Nitely built. With little outposts of flowered islands, some set with posed props, I had some fun taking photos in this beautiful dress. I purchased a head piece from Siestabril to suit the environment and spent some time happily snapping away.

Spring Fever

Of course, the core of my luminescent look comes from Stasey Oller’s gorgeous skin for the Skin Fair. I was always used to her very bold and glossy lipsticks at many events but she has turned that glossiness to a subtle beauty in this set of skins that are sexy and innocent at once with a lovely glow. Stasey offers a ton of appliers with a beautifully detailed body. And thank goodness Mina Nakamura is offering this updo with a essentials color set because the blond matched the skin perfectly and with its romantic tendrils, added the final touch.

Spring Fever

Hair: MINA Hair – Vera by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Kustom 9 *

Skin: Pink Acid Skin – Doretta – Bare – Butterscotch by Stasey Oller for Pink Acid, available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Deep by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples, available at The Men’s Dept.

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: -AZUL- Issy Drape/Coral by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Headpiece: un Jour_*fairy dance head acc*WT by Siestabril Nitely for Un jour

Photos taken at un Jour…There Will Come Soft Rains…

Spring Fever

Irish Eyes

Irish Eyes

You can’t kiss an Irish girl unexpectedly. You can only kiss her sooner than she thought you would. ~ Irish saying

Irish Eyes

I thought my pretty girl today should be tagged an “Irish lass,” mostly because of the green of her dress and the season. Mami Jewell just released this beautiful gown, a mix of mesh and sculpty and flexi prim, employing the best of each. The main gown is a perfect corseted bodice over a long skirt with a nicely made skirt, all in mesh. Then Mami pumps it up with a few great optional attachments, like the rose-crowned translucent train that floats around the body. The movement of those pieces makes all the difference and it’s hard to notice they are flexi prims (beyond their movement) because Mami has so skillfully built and textured them. I complimented the look with AvaGardner Kungler’s beautiful necklace for the Instruments.

Irish Eyes

Skin Fair opens very soon, kids, and June Salmson has worked her heart out on two new skins to be shown there. I am wearing Jessica, which comes with appliers for everything you would ever need them, including the Maitreya body, which I am wearing. I added June’s pretty beauty mark to the look and enjoyed the simple elegance of her skin. My hair is Shylah Honey’s gacha item for The Luck of the Irish. The bonus to this hair is that it comes with a detachable spray of hair that makes this either a lovely long look, cinched in back or a bun. And the bun is the best feature. It’s a Celtic knot, perfect for your Irish lass look or frankly, any look you want to make elegant.

Irish Eyes

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Collins Non-Rig Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at The Luck of the Irish *

Skin: [LoveMe] Jessica Skin – [DarkBrow] – Lipstick01 – Sunkiss with [LoveMe] Jessica Skin – Beautymarks by June Salmson for [LoveMe] Skins, available at the Skin Fair (opening March 13) *

Eyes: #adored – moon eyes – dk green // a by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Skin Fair (opening March 13) *

Body:Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: -AZUL- Lexa /Peridot by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Neptune necklace – Emerald by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at The Instruments *

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Maitreya – Pastels Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Essenz – St. Tropez (Fatpack 1) Maitreya by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Whore Couture *

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

Irish Eyes

The Crocus’ Coming

The Crocus’ Coming

You might think that after thousands of years of coming up too soon and getting frozen, the crocus family would have had a little sense knocked into it. ~ Robert Benchley

The Crocus' Coming

I’ll be honest. I am so over winter. I just want it to be all over and for spring to slide in quietly and happily with crocuses peeking out and snow melting and sunshine and greenery on the trees. Crocuses came to mind when I wore this dress, a deeper purple than a crocus but purple nonetheless and a harbinger (I hope) of spring. Mami Jewell has made this gorgeous dress for Miss France MVM with a full mesh sheath accompanied by mesh and flexi prims to embellish the dress. Mami is using her great expertise from the past in creating movement and lushness in the dress but bringing it to the new mesh so now her dresses can be fully worn on a mesh body. Yay!

The Crocus' Coming

Sawsan Secretspy has released this skin for Designer Circle and this time I am wearing it on the system body. Because she has appliers for Slink hands, I can wear it flawlessly. I added makeup from Constance Daehlie to enhance the beauty of the skin and also the beauty of this jewelry from Zuri Rayna, which she made in an extraordinary number of versions. I wanted to make a comment that Zuri does a lot to ensure great customer service, including an engraving service and sales people active on her sim to help model jewelry. It’s a shopping “experience” at her store.

My updo is a lovely piece that Shylah Honey made for Fameshed with a great texture-change hairband. It’s a remake of an old hair that Elvi Hartley loved with whispy tendrils in back and a great elegant style. And of course, you get the full compliment of textures in the fabulous HUD.

The Crocus' Coming

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Morrsy Non-Rig Mesh by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at FaMESHed *

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

Makeup: #adored – cruz shadow – purpley and #adored – belle sheer gloss – purple 1 by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Eyes: #adored – firstborn eyes – purple by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Dress: -AZUL- Camille/Amethyst by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Jewelry: Zuri Rayna~ Belle Heart Necklace and Earrings-Amethyst/Plum/Black by Zuri Rayna for Zuri Jewelry *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2 – Elegant1 and Elegant by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail applier: Flair – Nails HUD Slink A/E – set 237 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

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

The Crocus' Coming

Angel Unaware—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 23

Angel Unaware—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 23

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” ~ King James Bible

Angel Unaware

The holidays remind me of the angels who tiptoe into my SL and make it better. Start with Multimuse, who answered my early morning call for help finding wings. Add in Barely, who can throw down like no one else and take it like a man. There’s Z, who taught me windlight so many years ago and still teaches me some new trick with SL every day. And John, who tells me what esoteric dish he is making for dinner so I can rush to find the recipe. Janey, in Skin Addiction, once said something nice to me. Stephen logs on to hear me whine and still likes me. I could go on and on about my many angels (chief among them Callie). I hope you remember your angels this year and thank them for blessing your life. And in SL, if you speak to a “stranger,” try to treat them with kindness because they are someone’s angel too.

This year for the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, we had a bunch of angels, all of them giving beautiful gifts via the calendar. Today’s gift is no exception, a custom-colored gown from Mami Jewell. Mami has colored this beautiful and dramatic piece a lovely coral (though the windlight I used kind of obscures the color). The dress includes the amazing headdress and the barbed wire decorations and the amazing mesh bodice. And it’s a GIFT! A full Azul dress!

Angel Unaware

I wanted a beautiful skin to suit this look and I didn’t have to look very far with the gorgeous skins from Shyla Diggs’ work at Uber on my list. Shyla made this run of skins absolutely gorgeous with dramatic but useable makeups, colorways that will look fabulous with many different outfits. And as always, you get Shyla’s gorgeous brows, nose, lips and blushing face. My dramatic hair is Mina Nakamura’s featured work for Kustom9, a wild and fantastic hair, perfect for photos like this. With a great texture-change HUD, you get several color options, including a series of ombres. My wings from Selos Dae come in four colors, all of them beautifully textured and in four iterations for your wearing pleasure. They add the final perfect touch to this angel.

Angel Unaware

Hair: MINA Hair – Roosje (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Kustom9 *

Skin: -Belleza- Eva Uber Med 3 Dk by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza-, available at Uber *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – morning by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Dress with headpiece: -AZUL- Maeve/Coral by Mami Jewell for –AZUL-, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Wings: [][]Trap[][] Silver Riven Wing by Selos Dae for  [][]Trap[][]

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Maai Slink * Fingernails * Darling by Snow Wolfhunter for Maai

Poses by Dahriel for *PosESioN*

Angel Unaware

La Rondine

La Rondine

The soft caress
of a kiss so ardent.
Who will ever be able to express that?

~ Translated from “Ch’il bel sogno di Doretta” from La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini

La Rondine

“La Rondine” means “The Swallow” and is the name of an opera by Puccini. A friend said this look reminded him of that piece, so of course I investigated and found a beguiling Angela Gheorghiu singing the main part. That he put the idea of an opera to this gown makes complete sense. Mami Jewell has once again assembled a symphony of a dress, starting with a beautifully-textured mesh bodice with lace insets and then embellished with lace flexis and an artistic curved black piece. Wear the sculptural hat and waist piece or don’t. Eschew the flexis. You still have a gorgeous mesh gown.

La Rondine

I am wearing Sawsan Secretspy’s newest skin for Black Dot Event because it’s so elegant in makeup and facial features, it seemed a no-brainer for this beautiful look. My hair is Shylah Honey’s newest hair. Tommy Fairplay and Shylah Honey have decided to offer, on occasion, 2-for-1 hair so you get a rigged mesh hair like many other creators make AND you get another hair that includes a non-rigged mesh piece and flexis so you can choose to wear one or the other. I donned the flexi because the beautiful curls match the extravagance of Mami’s gown. Flexi hair is not for everyone but for those who like it, Damselfly’s is the best out there.

La Rondine

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Kerry Flex-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aisha Darktan 05 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Black Dot Event *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – big wave by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: -AZUL- Gina (Mesh)Dress/Champagne by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo

C’mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)

C’mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
[Kitty], we couldn’t get much higher

~ “Light My Fire” by Jim Morrison

C'mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)!

When Callie told me they were going to be making a special KittyCatS kitty this year for the Firestorm 4th Birthday, I was really excited. Last year Firestorm gave away a commemorative KittyCat also to any and all of SL who wanted one to celebrate 3 years!  This year, a new collectible “FireBall” KittyCat is offered grid wide for everyone to join in the 4th year Firestorm celebration.

This FireBall is functional and interactive!  You can cuddle it, play with it and interact with it as you would any regular KittyCat EXCEPT you don’t have to feed it (it comes as a Perma-Pet™). It’s also been spayed/fixed for you (meaning you can’t breed with this KittyCat).  So this is not a mesh statue cat; it’s a cute little pet you can carry, have walk with you, have sleep in your home, cuddle with you next to the fire and so much more! The birthday hat and collar are removable through their clever menu, so you can dress the KittyCat up or down.

C'mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)!

Callie shared a large statue version with me to give you all a sneak peek and the regular sized cat. She also showed me the little FireBall bed made by Barnesworth Anubis that is included, so your KittyCat has a place to rest.

As an aside let’s congratulate Jessica Lyon and her team for taking on a monumental task these past four years. Needless to say, the SL community is not exactly the cheeriest bunch and the Firestorm people keep feeding us improvements for a great SL experience without charging us a penny. Give them a hand! Or a paw!

C'mon, Kitty, Light My Fire(storm)!

Featuring the “Fireball,” the FREE functional KittyCatS kitten, the celebratory mascot for the Firestorm 4th Birthday Celebrations. Make sure you check the Firestorm website tomorrow (September 3) at 1 pm SLT for information about where to get it!

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Mandy Mesh Hair – Cinnamon by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Victoria Darktan 01 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Kings & Queens Fair *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes –  glacier by Constance Daehlie for #adored

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

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

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

Shoes: Eudora 3D Ragnarok Clogs by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at Uber *

Poses: Megapuss Poses, MoodSwings by Veridian Frog for Mood Swings *