Yankee Doodle Dandy

The pin-up girl—idealized femininity for the wall—became a source of morale for men fighting overseas during WWII. (Not sure what the women fighting overseas got. I know they were there–my great-aunt was a WAC.)

Yankee Doodle Dandy

This sailor girl would probably do well on someone’s wall. Moxie Polano made this swimsuit with sailor hat in honor of vintage fashioniasta Reghan Straaf to celebrate the pin-up. With its cleverly crafted wrinkles (especially puckering around the thighs), it’s more than just a swimsuit—it’s a piece of art. Moxie combines her great skills with system pieces with some great sculpties.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

I love this skin from Rack Brautigan. I am not a freckle girl, but these freckles are so perfect—they fall so naturally on the skin and the shading is perfect on the collarbone. Rack has opened a new store next to MichiMi and shows a wide variety of skins that may appeal to ladies who are looking for a new look.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

A Yankee Doodle do or die:

Hair: Nanak fiery red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for #AB# Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: (IS) Irene 2.0 – Este – Rita by Rack Brautigan for IMAGEN *

Swimsuit with Hat: MP Reghan Pin~UP Suit by Moxie Polano for Haute Couture *

Earrings: Earring – Pearl Stud – White – Unltd by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Nails: *ByKay* ~ Prim Nails ~ *Basic Edition* by Kayleigh McMillan for *ByKay* *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Duende

I am using perhaps a word that is too charged for the title of my blog in order to describe a mere dress, but it is the flavor of flamenco, the feeling of duende that is sought in making flamenco, that I am after in describing this dress.

Imagine the flamenco, a dance of barely restrained sensuality, every muscle of the dancer’s body used with deliberate intention, erect and focused, the clothing an extension of her body, the skirts lifted up and furled, the flower tight in her chignon, her feet pounding out a complex beat.

Duende

Nardya Rousselot gives us a flavor of this beautiful dance and music in her version of a flamenco dress. With it’s beautifully tiered prims flowing out in a train, the gorgeous flowers on black fabric and perfectly frilled bodice, this is a flamenco dress worthy of wearing for such a dance. I show it with shoes from Nardya, though a good flamenco dancer wouldn’t wear stilettos (they don’t tap).

Duende

I wear a hair from Alexainder Biedermann perfectly suited to this ensemble. With its removable and color-change flower, it would be suitable for most any woman looking to add a touch of passion to her ensemble.

Duende

“The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.”  ~ Federico García Lorca

Hair: #AB# Rocio Charcoal hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (tanned/li) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress (including comb and veil): NX-Nardcotix Isis Andaluz Dress by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Rebekah Pumps Orange by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

Coriander and Nutmeg

One of my favorite Indian spices is Garam Masala. A mix of spices which varies by recipe and by region in India, it is always blended in a manner in which one spice never predominates.

Nutmeg and Coriander

I am reminded of it because of the fashions of Aradhana Voight. Aradhana is Indio-European—a lady who grew up in Europe in an Indian family, speaking the same language as her classmates but coming from a distinctively different racial and cultural background. The clothing she makes in SL shows that blending of east and west, as it were. She combines elements of sarees with more traditional European or American styles.

Nutmeg and Coriander

Take this evening dress from Aradhana. She visited the bazaars of the market to find the fabric for this dress with its golden patterns and sheer sensuous folds. However, she also cut the skirt up the thigh, added a distinctively Western bow to the hip and a decidedly sexy cut.

Nutmeg and Coriander

I have included Aradhana’s exquisite jewelry with this outfit. Aradhana’s textures contribute to the designs, providing the color and intricacy the jewelry needs. Add to that the pure pleasure of the jewelry. Oftentimes when I wear a necklace, earrings seem redundant or it seems excessive. With this jewelry, there is never too much—each piece is designed with a separate shape but following a similar motif, so piling it on adds layers of complexity rather than overabundance. This is harder to achieve than the average consumer realizes.

I compliment this ensemble with a luscious skin from Monicuzza Babenco and hair from Alexiander Biedermann. (I modified the front curl and pushed it in to let the head jewels show.) Finally, a most luscious pair of Onxy LeShelle’s shoes complete this look, making me sexy from top to bottom.

Nutmeg and Coriander

Garam Masala:

Hair: #AB# Rocio charcoal hair by Aleixandre Biedermann (slightly modified) for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: *YS&YS* Adriana Lust 04 Fall EB Dark Hairbase by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS*

Dress: :Mashooka: Hope gown {metalred} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka Designs*

Jewelry: :Mashooka: Aradhana Jewels {gold} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka Designs*

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Esprit Wine by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Powerful Stuff

What does a girl who likes red and wants to look dressy and interesting wear? This is the ensemble.

Powerful Stuff

I found this top at Kunglers. I am really digging Kunglers lately, from their cute separates to their beautiful evening dresses. This beautiful jacket with its Asian-inspired silk over a gathered sleeve black top suits my need to be dressed up and proper without being boring.

Powerful Stuff

The skirt is from the fabulous Antonia Marat. You have heard me before—I think this woman makes the *best* system skirts in SL. Well here you go. Such a simple piece, so well done, down to the zipper in the back (echoed in the zippers up the back of Bax’s Prestige Boots).

Powerful Stuff

It’s in the red that you find the power:

Hair: #AB# Nanak Fiery Red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: Pulse Skin Altonia-Noon by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Top: (Kunglers) Susan – crimson by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Skirt: /artilleri/ simplicity pencil skirt *black* by Antonia Marat for artilleri

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

(I am running out of titles. This one comes from a song by the Fabulous Thunderbirds that DJ Sporty Tone was playing at Tokyo Stage at Burning Life while particles literally burned my video card.)