Going Retro

Somehow through the dense fog of my SL existence, I got wind of the fact that Elle1974 Zaftig is having a sale for her SIXTH rez day at her store b[ELLE]issima. (SIX YEARS! OMG.That’s like, ancient in human years.) Of course SL is almost 8 years old, so Elle is not “old”; she’s retro.

Going Retro

This darling dress from Elle74 Zaftig made me think of retro with its full skirt, corsage, and cute little bow on the shoulder. She has overlaid a red underskirt (for a little pop) with the pretty black and white print on top. Best of all, this dress is an exclusive for Fashion for Life. Even though the event is over, the fund-raising doesn’t end. Elle is generously featuring this on the front wall of her shop where there’s a sale going on (hint hint) for a mere 185L. (And it comes with sandals I don’t show here.)

Going Retro

I love this skin from Keiko Morigi because it’s got a sort of nostalgic quality in its hand-drawn qualities. I added an eyeliner from Aemeth Lysette to push that a little further and hair from Bubbles Clawtooth, who seems to have a corner on the sort of retro hair that modern girls want to wear.

Going Retro

My favorite is my charm bracelet and gingham shoes from Quinlan Quimby. Check out these little teapots!

Going Retro

Written while listening to “Sometimes” by Raphael Saadiq (truly apropos):

Hair: CBC: Somebody’s Lady – Red eye flight by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: &Bean – hounds of love LIGHT Rav  1  brow by Keiko Morigi for &Bean

Makeup: [ a.e.meth ] – Cat Eyeliner 1 by Aemeth Lysette for [ a.e.meth ]

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

Dress: ***FFL Exclusive*** _b[ELLE] – Spring Fling II – Silver by Elle74 Zaftig for b[ELLE]issima*

Bracelet: TOSL *Tea Party* Charm Bracelet v1.4 Cupboard by Quinlan Quimby for TOSL *

Shoes: TOSL *Persephone* Wedges v2.4 Gingham Gris by Quinlan Quimby for TOSL *

Really Fun Librarians

People hear RFL being mentioned all over the grid. Those of us in the know know it means “Relay for Life,” but if you tossed those letters out during some half-drunken party game, what might you get? “Really Fun Librarians?” “Rolling Floor Laughing?” “Rhubarb-Flavored Ladyfingers?” “Radioactive Fruit Larva?” “Raising Furious Leprechauns?” “Radishes for Lunch?” “Really Fat Ladies in Ragged Frumpy Leotards?” “Reghan Fondles Lauraleigh?” (Don’t ask.) “Really Frickin’ Lazy?” (Which is what I was when I asked my pals in “Hey Girlfriends” to help me with this—thank you, Girlfriends.)

Really Fun Librarians

I think it means “Really Flirty Livery.” (OK, yes I am making a stretch here but play along with me.) Elle74 Zaftig is donating this entire outfit for the benefit of RFL at the Fashion Fest. With 9 sims and some 100 designers offering hair, jewelry, clothing, shoes—the fest has anything your avatar could desire with donations by each designer for RFL (“Relay for Life,” not “Righteously Fantastic Lovers”).

Really Fun Librarians

Elle’s outfit is an especially good find because it comes with EVERYTHING you see on my avatar (minus the hat, which is attached to the fantastic hair from Kookie Lemon). You get the flirty minidress, laced up the back with a bow on the curve of the butt, the bracelets, and the cute boots, also laced up the back.

Really Fun Librarians

I show the ensemble with a new skin from Mea Carnell. Mea is putting her full effort into making skins for the avatars of SL, trying her turn at a little different look with shimmering lips and very drawn and not highly made-up eyes (this was probably the heaviest eye makeup in the set I have). I loved the pastels with the white hair. It makes for a cute chic look.

Really Fun Librarians

Attend the RFL Fashion Fest, hosted by the All-Star team, from July 2, opening at 4 pm SLT through July 11, closing at 10 pm SLT:

Hair: *Kookie*  Kate Hair – vanilla yoghurt by Kookie Lemon for *Kookie*

Skin: Aimesi Skin Leona Cashmere Face4 by Mea Carnell for Aimesi *

Outfit (including boots): _Bell_Lace Party Dress – Purple by Elle74 Zaftig for Bellissima! found at the RFL Fashion Fest *

Black Blossom

The Spring has been unseasonably warm around me with the daffodils yawning their sleepy spring heads in the torpor of the unusual warmth. Summer clothes are quickly getting hauled out of the storage.

Black Blossom

Elle74 Zaftig is anticipating the warmth with this lovely new dress. With its spaghetti straps (tied with sweet bows on top) and full lacy skirt. She echoes the theme of the top into the skirt and scatters pretty pink daisies across the field of black to lift the dress from goth to springtime.

Black Blossom

I pair with it this fresh springtime skin from Tricky Boucher with its softly glossed lip and faint blush. Wind chime earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo jingle in the soft breeze of warm air and Maris Kanto’s beautiful and sexy color changing sandals (set to black and pink with bright pink polish) finish off the ensemble.

Black Blossom

“Consider the daffodil. And while you’re doing that, I’ll be over here, looking through your stuff.” ~ Jack Handy

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

Skin: -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 6 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Dress: _Bell_Summer Fling – Black Daisy by Elle74 Zaftig for Bellissima *

Earrings: 0Bliensen+MaiTai – Earrings Wind Chime -snow- by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen+MaiTai

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Empress by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Roses for RFL

The coolest thing about the RFL Clothing Fair is that it is a huge mall, full of tons of designers, established and not, who are giving a piece of their work in benefit of cancer research but are also getting a chance to show off to a group of people they may not customarily hit. I have found some of my favorite designers in SL at the RFL Clothing Fair, previously unknown to me.

Roses for RFL

Elle74 Zaftig is a designer whose work you should get to know while you are there. I had met Elle74 Zaftig before because she did me the fine favor of making custom kilts for a friend (the McAlister and Wallace kilts now found in her shop). All she asked for were the tartans and she went to town. And boy does she know how to make a kilt. Now, there is nothing like a man in a kilt—the way his hips sway, the strength of his legs, the promise underneath. Elle gets that. She made this one specially for the RFL vendors—all proceeds will go to RFL. I suggest, gentlemen, if you want to catch a discerning lady’s eye, you get this one.

Roses for RFL

Elle also makes beautiful gowns. She made a McAlister tartan gown for me at one time that was stunning (and is being sold at RFL—woot!), and here she turns to making a more traditional gown to sell alongside the kilt. The most beautiful part of this gown, of course, is the trimming around the chest and arms. Look at the beautiful roses and laces and ribbons. (And Elle priced this at a mere 250L to get many buyers and donations—grab it!) I wear with this a lovely ring and earrings I got from Serenite Stransky’s shop at the Accessory Fair.

Roses for RFL

Finally let me talk about skin. I am wearing Tuli Asturias’ newest release, Eva. She has finally gotten a chance to get back in world to grace us all with her considerable talents. Eva is a subtle and beautiful. I have worn the preview skin over and over for these blogs; now she has come out with them, I get to wear the full set. You will be seeing more of these skins over the coming weeks.

Roses for RFL

Another skin maker I have been rockin on is KaoZ Koba (who with his fierce partner, Pompeja Rossini, has been running LaVie). You saw his work on my manly man. Now see him on this manly Scot in his kilts. (By the way, this kilt does have glitch pants. However, her men’s leather kilts are commando—as they should be ;))

Roses for RFL

How grand the human race would be
If every man would wear a kilt,
A flirt of Tartan finery,
Instead of trousers, custom built!

~ Robert Service, “A Song for Kilts”

Hair: LH_hair13_rabi _black_f_L by Falastear Aeon for Little Heaven

Skin: LaVie Mark Chin Beard Cut Hair Base Normal by KaoZ Koba for LaVie *

Kilt: _Bell_Prince Charlie Kilt – Dress Purple Scott by Elle74 Zaftig for Bellissima * available on the London sim at RFL Clothing Fair

“Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”
— Jamie speaking in “Dragonfly in Amber” by Diana Gabaldon

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/bl) 06a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress with hair and shoes: _Bell_Regina – RFL by Elle74 Zaftigfor Bellissima * available on the London sim at RFL Clothing Fair

Jewelry: !SyDS! Pastel Flower Ring and !SyDS! Pastel Flower Earring by Serenite Stransky for !SyDS!