Mollena, Redux

Mollena Redux

A few weeks ago I did a blog post called “Mollena,” based on a song by James Hunter, which I had heard while I was taking the photos for the post and rather liked, so I based the whole post on the imaginary Mollena of the song and a  bad girl I grew up with. Turns out there is a RL Mollena, and she left a comment on my blog making claim to her song and asking why I was not showing Mollena with her real race. (She could be full of it but really—how many Mollenas could there be out there?)

So this is for you, darlin’… Mollena Redux.

Mollena Redux

It turns out Mollena is a voice in the BDSM community, making her life from performances and speaking engagements about BDSM and leather. While I am fully cognizant that putting a corset or leather on her might make sense, I preferred to dress Mollena up in something that she might wear when she doesn’t need to wear leather. This chic little dress from Shinichi Mathy does the trick with its modern print and silhouette and soft fur hem. I can truly imagine Mollena putting this on with zebra-print boots like these from Bax Coen and feeling perfectly right, being the cosmopolitan jetsetter she is.

Mollena Redux

I am able to do Mollena right because of the work of Anzhela Karsin. She has opened a skin store called Angel Rock Skins, stocked with skins for African-American women, and in this she has done a great favor. No more do we see the skins of unlikely women of color but the honest, beautiful look of a woman like the RL Mollena. This skin has the right complexion for an African-American woman and terrific lips. It’s amazing work!

This presented a great opportunity to wear one of Mina Nakamura’s creations for Hair Fair 2011. I love these braids so close to the head and the matching hair base. It replicates Mollena’s look to an extent—she has blonder hair. I love this striking look on some women. I paired with sexy eyes from Ikon Innovia, and here is Mollena, complete.

Mollena Redux

“It ain’t just the hair that’s kinky….” ~ Mollena Williams on her blog, The Perverted Negress

Hair: MINA Hair – Kezia – Black & Grey with TanglesWeave_BG01by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Hair Fair 2011 *

Skin: Nubian M0-12 no oil by Anzhela Karsin for Angel Rock Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Rust 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: SHIKI-dress METROPOLIS by Shinichi Mathy for SHIKI *

Earrings: [ glow ] studio designs – round me by Jocelyn Anatine for [ glow ]

Nails and ring: [MANDALA]MILKY WAY NAILs&Rings/polly white by Kikunosuke Eel for MANDALA

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Zebra by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

Char

Char

Char is our girl today. Born in the 80s, she is the daughter of a brief but fruitful marriage between an aging rock star and a young groupie. Her daddy, Slim Jim Ross, was a rock star “in the 60s or 70s or something,” Char says. Her momma, considerably younger, was a Jazzercise instructor he met on tour in Tulsa. Now her momma teaches Zumba in Santa Monica and lives in a two-bedroom ranch paid for with his alimony, and Char lives in with her Daddy in Brentwood.

Slim Jim had two hits: “You Ain’t My Baby (No More)” and “In Your Velvet Spaceship.” (“Yeah, Baby, that song was for your mother, Crystal,” he coughed out, taking his first toke after a 5 mile jog. “But Daddy, my mom was Christine.” “Yeah, that’s what I said, right? Christine.” Crystal was his second wife. Her mother was his fourth. Char knew he had it wrong.) Char was named Chardonnay, after her momma’s favorite wine. Char is the apple of her father’s eye, his youngest, his “Baby Girl,” the one spending her siblings’ inheritance via increments of charges on his American Express.

Char

This may lead you to believe that Char has no redeeming values beyond those of being Slim Jim’s progeny, but that is not true. When J-Lo doesn’t know what to wear, she rings up Char. When Paris is perplexed, she phones Char. When Beyonce is befuddled, she texts Char. The Olson twins somehow lost Char’s number. That’s because Char shops so much, so knows where to get it all.

And her outfit today is comprised of only the best: first a top and skirt from LeeZu Baxter, designer extraordinaire. LeeZu puts the micro in the mini with this skirt—a waistband barely clinging to a scrap of flowered fabric. So brief it’s like a moment in time except LeeZu still manages to cover the essentials without making it ridiculous. Then the flowered top—a collage of tassel and lace and rose with textured sheer cotton. Char shows plenty of midriff but she knows looking trashy is not what she wants.

Char

Her boots are from another extraordinary designer—Bax Coen. One of the new set of animal prints Bax has put out, this is more fashionable slant on animal. In this case, the animal is the SoCal shopper with her stiletto heels. With its uniquely scripted fitting system and multi-texturing options, these boots are just what Char loves—versatile.

Char took a trip to the makeup counter at Curio and got a great free sample with her purchase. This pretty pink visage is Gala Phoenix’s offering to all who join the Truth District Update Group. Grab it now from past notices before it’s gone. (Look at those luscious lips.)

Finally, Char’s hair, which she (and I) love—a long breezy casually feathered ‘do from Kavar Cleanslate, available at Hair Fair 2011. When Char saw the cut and color, she said, “This is so Rodeo Drive, darling.”

Char

In your velvet spaceship
I find it strangely comfortable
In your UFO of looooove.
Probe me, explore me, penetrate my mind
Take me to the galaxies
In your velvet spaceship, your sp-sp-spaceship.

~ From “In Your Velvet Spaceship” by Slim Jim Ross

Hair: ::Exile:: Bailey:Chardonnay by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at Hair Fair 2011

Skin: :GP: Airhead-Truth District Update Group Gift by Gala Phoenix for Curio, available by joining the Truth District Update Group (check past notices)

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

Top: [LeeZu!] Keahi Top /pink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Skirt: [LeeZu!] Manoa Micro Skirt /pink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Glasses: ROLE OPTIC SG-57 Gala v1.2 by Rohal Schnyder for Role Optic *

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Vogue Leopard by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

For the Weekend

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.  ~ Bill Watterson

For the Weekend

I feel incredibly lazy this weekend though I ended up doing tons of stuff. This cute little outfit is perfect for a chic weekend. With a new top and shorts from AvaGardner Kungler, I am cool and sexy. I love Ava’s textures on this wrap top—she has such a great eye for color and color combos. Her little shorts are versatile and have a great prim waistband. I added this little scarf from Mika Nieuport to dress it up a little.

For the Weekend

My skin is a preview from Launa Fauna from 50L Friday. I have to say that I like this one quite a bit—she has smoothed out her over-pouty lips and round eyes a bit to fit a standard shape very nicely. The makeup is gorgeous.

For the Weekend

Finally, my boots are the newest from Bax Coen, and I have to repeat myself—the best fitting on the grid, bar none. This is because of Bax’s ingenious fitting system, which fits lengthwise and circumference—you can actually change the proportions of the boots with her system to fit your avatar. Therefore, a super tall girl with skinny legs is just as likely to look great in them as a short curvy girl. (Wish they had this in RL!) Even better, Bax offers custom fitting at her store by herself or one of her assistants. I tp’d into the store and Bax herself fit me—perfectly. Get fit once, you can transfer the data to any pair of Bax Prestige boots you purchase later. This is a system that can not be beat. This new pair shows Bax’s foray into supply luscious sexy suede. What a great texture!

For the Weekend

The biggest problem with the weekend—even a holiday weekend—is that it’s just too short ;)

Hair: Maitreya Taryn – Cacao by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: L.Fauna 50L Friday Lea Preview with BROWN L.Fauna Lea Eybrow Shape by Launa Fauna for L.Fauna

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

Top: (Kunglers) Dione – top cream & pink by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Shorts: (Kunglers) Eliette – shorts – brown by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Bow: MIEL ELLE UBER bow – click to change texture by Mika Nieuport for The Hive

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Dark Brown Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

(Yes, shadowless.. fiddling and futzing with it all.)

Brick House

She’s a brick—-house
Mighty mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out
She’s a brick—-house
The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact,
ain’t holding nothing back.

~ Brick House by the Commodores

Brick House

One of the fantasies of SL is being drop dead sexy. But what IS sexy. Some think it’s waif thin, some think it’s emo, some think it’s being model-like (tall, thin and strangely proportioned). Well I think it’s being “mighty mighty.” It’s easy to do in this amazingly-built corset from Khai Sinister. Between the sculpties on top and bottom (shaping the body) and the system pieces in the middle, this corset visually cinches the body in as a good corset should. I am particularly amazed at the details shown including the well-drawn buckles, the ribbon bows and the way the textures on the sculpties match seamlessly with the body. (I will note that I changed my shape for this. The sliders all got upped a bit.)

Brick House

I am wearing Tuli Asturias’ new skin for the Gina series from The Dressing Room, which completes this smokin’ look. Tuli has come upon a clever idea here—sell the collection one by one to keep them coming back. The skins are beautiful and such a great deal—how can you beat 65L for something that looks THIS good? In the end, if she releases 10 of them a whole fat pack will be only 650L! It’s a no-brainer—go get the skins!

Brick House

Shake it down, shake it down now

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Lady Sophia-black WO/lights by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, sold exclusively at The Dressing Room

Corset: <TheAbyss> F_Gear//[Black]Pruriency_Corset by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

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

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

Smexy

A friend asked me today what “smexy” meant. I assumed that it was a combo of “smart” and “sexy.” The Urban Dictionary confirmed my assumption.

Smexy

It’s a perfect description for JB Gazov’s newest offering—a smexy black leather corset made of separate sculpty pieces layered over system pieces, all offered with a great resizing hud. Between the seductive silhouette, the sensual leather textures, and the truly smart HUD, this corset is a the new generation of smexy lingerie for women in SL. I will note that you should not wear all layers of the system pieces—doing so leaves an odd shadow around the neck.

Smexy

Note the HUD adjusts and positions the straps, cups, and ribbon on three different axes. I found the outfit fit almost perfectly upon wearing, though I had to push the ribbon in substantially. (I am guessing he left it out there so it didn’t get buried in the avatar.)

Smexy

Look closely. Can you believe those are prims I am wearing on top? Now that you have taken a gander at that, reluctantly drag your eyes up to my face. Yes, my pretty face, courtesy of Tuli Asturias.  And check my tousled hip hair from Olli Braveheart. Hey, my eyes are up here!

Smexy

If God wanted us to be naked, why did he invent sexy lingerie? ~ Shannen Doherty

Hair: [LCKY] Daikirai – black by Olli Braveheart for [LCKY]

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/br) 07a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: J’s Lace-up BUSTIRE (Black Leather) by JB Gazov for J’s

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

These Boots

It’s a silly little thing of mine but sometimes virtual things give me a zing of pleasure. It’s like a little zap of dopamine in my nucleas accumbens, a little shot of sweetness.

These Boots

They say this little shot comes from things like eating chocolate or chilies or even sex. Well, Bax Coen’s new boots are akin to sex—or chocolate. To celebrate the grand opening of her new sim (she is finally off mainland-yay!), Bax released gold and silver boots, and like all her wonderful Prestige boots, these come with resizing scripts that can be sized for you by her gracious staff or sized by “listening” to a set of coordinates your old boots spit out.

These Boots

We have, again, Bax’s delicious zipper in back, the flipped up or down or gone cuffs, the incredibly sexy heel and now we get the sinuous shimmer of gold or silver. Each boot includes four colors you may choose from, all of them lovely and perfect for matching to different outfits. Oh, gosh, I can feel that little zing again just looking at them.

These Boots

I show the boots with a futuristic outfit from Morphine Janick, strapped and collared, netted and shined. And a lovely skin from Amesha Jewell that I got for a mere 50L. (Beautiful makeup but there is a seam on the head. I debated not showing it but it’s so darn lovely otherwise.)

The final little zing comes from Kallisti Burns’ hair. Kallisti has been making hair in SL for a while—I was her next door neighbor for a time and when she colored her hairs, I could smell the dye over on my parcel. From her hard work, she has created a store that serves a sorely underserved set of niches. She sells braids, cornrows, prim beards and mustaches. Here she has a terrific set of CORD rows. They are just too groovy AND they come in a fat pack for a mere 300L!

These Boots

Plug me in and turn me on!

Hair: -dDx- Nethead-5e (White) by Kallisti Burns for Discord Designs

Skin: : HS : Illusion : Oestra (nc) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins

Outfit: [SG*] Placebo by Morphine Janick for Sweetest Goodbye

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Silver by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

Drama

This is about all I need of it in my life, either one.

Drama

The kind of drama that Sascha Frangilli provides with her latest ensemble is my speed. Elegant and sexy, versatile and fashionable, the sleek likes of this outfit (and its many variations) make a dramatic entrance without causing trouble. It has a great set of pieces—two tops, a suit jacket, pants for shoes and boots, a belt, and a skirt.

Drama

Here is another variation of the outfit with a short little skirt and sexy ruffled white top. And who said white means innocence?

Drama

An updo by yukitan Farrjones, a sexy skin by Tuli Asturias, and I am set.

Drama

Save the drama for your momma!

Hair: W&Y HAIR New 13 “TYPEA” by yukitan Farrjones for W&Y

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (sunkissed/br) F.Y.L.O. red by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: SAS – Tally Hoo – Black Belt by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Cane: Cane Black and Silver by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

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

After the Presentation

I just have to say, I am glad it’s over (“it” being a session of Metanomics in which I sat next to Philip Linden and talked about virtual goods). Sitting next to Philip Linden was a huge honor, but speaking in front of over 600 people in-world, on the web, and in a conference room in San Jose is nerve-wracking.

Sitting next to Philip Linden!

After the presentation, I wanted to give myself a little of the consumer feel-good I had spoken about during the talk, so I wandered around the grid and hit some old favorites for a little capitalist endorphin rush.

After the Presentation

Kotobuki Jewell’s treats at Bijou were a welcome balm for my frayed nerves. I bought this cute dress for a song. With its micro mini skirt (which has been cleverly designed so that stretching still does not occur on the legs and is covered by a well made-prim), its belted sweater with its huge bell sleeves, and its funky and fun silhouette, this sexy mini rang all my bells.

After the Presentation

I ran over to Pulse and Lorac passed me the new Autumn skin, her rez day gift for group members. With its fresh lips and youthful sophistication, it was a perfect match to this ensemble. I topped the set with a tousled, over-the-eye ‘do from fri.day. I needed to hide a little–I was exhausted and excited all at once.

After the Presentation

I finished the look with something akin to comfort food—Bax’s Prestige boots in black. Something about these boots—I always know I will look chic, sleek, and put together when I am wearing them. I turned the cuffs up to make them party ready, pulled up the zipper on the gold detail, and strolled out of the studio, confident and put together, ready for the next day in SL.

After the Presentation

Feelin’ the rush:

Hair: fri. – Rashelle – Dramatic Red by Parvarti Monday for fri.day

Skin: Pulse Skin -Autumn/Songs by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: :bijou: Lux[Black] by Kotobuki Jewell for :Bijou:

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

P.S. Thank you, again, Philip and all the Lindens, for this world you bring us!