Flowers in Her Hair

My RL birthday is soon approaching, and I am in RL denial. I would like to believe I am ageless and timeless, dancing through life with nary a wrinkle or stretch mark or gray hair. What’s so wonderful about SL is that I can do that!

Daisies in Her Hair

And I can do it wearing this gorgeous dress from Kotobuki Jewell, a beautiful reminder that spring will someday return. (It’s been rainy and gray and cold.) Kotobuki’s textures are, as always, vibrant and shining. She has somehow mastered the skill of making her materials look expensive and satiny. Her shadow work is impeccable and her seams are top notch.

Additionally, Kotobuki knows how to build a versatile outfit, in this case a dress that is built from the ground up. First you have a very pretty one-piece swimsuit, then the top with a wrap skirt…

Daisies in Her Hair

Then a dress with long prims reaching to the ground.

Daisies in Her Hair

And finally the beautiful flounced skirt prim seen in the first photo. It can be worn with or without the long skirt prims. I chose to wear without.

Daisies in Her Hair

I have paired the dress with a glowing skin from Tuli Asturias, complete with spring green eyeshadow. My hair is a beauty by Kavar Cleanslate, complete with the aforementioned daisies and a vibrant *youthful* messiness. The hairband has a color change script, so it’s also versatile.

Daisies in Her Hair

“Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.” ~ Going to California by Led Zeppelin

Hair: Exile Clara/copper by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 3/br) 08a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: :bijou: Adagio [Green] by Kotobuki Jewell for :bijou:

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Rhapsody by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Urban Winter

In a city, the winter is never romantic, except on a day when it has just snowed and nothing can move (which is almost never). Nevertheless, women have to look sleek, fashionable and sexy and still keep warm.

Urban Winter

So what does a stylish woman wear? Well if she is climbing in a cab and out to a doorway, she doesn’t need a quilted down jacket able to withstand temps at –30F. She just needs a faux fur collar cardigan and some kickin’ boots. I show here an outfit from Kotobuki Jewell that I purchased last year. It came out of the winter closet with nary a wrinkle—the great design still works this year.

Urban Winter

Check the clever use of the prims, the careful attention to carrying the sweater bottom to the system piece so when the prims move, you still seem like you are wearing a cardigan, the stylish line of the whole ensemble. It’s what a smart city lady wears so she looks dressed well but not uptight and overly tailored.

Urban Winter

My hair flies free (despite some sort of haloing glitch in the Emerald viewer, among other grievous problems with said client). Truth Hawks is making the hair women in SL love—stylish but not overly styled, contemporary but not cutting edge, sexy but not contrived.

Boots from B&G complete the look. These are clearly photosourced but still well built and a great alternative to all the old standards. One great feature is that there just doesn’t appear to be a huge invisiprim on the boots, creating that embarrassing disappearing act on everything else around it.

Urban Winter

Snow and slush and cold be damned…

Hair: >TRUTH< Sophia – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS&YS* Adriana Lust 08 GlitRed by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS* *

Outfit: :bijou: Absinthe [Red set] by Kotobuki Jewell for :bijou:

Boots: B&G BOTA ETERNITY – NEGRO – T000 by BG Planer for B&G

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!

Paisley Harper

A few months ago, Callie Cline called me and asked to name a dress after me. I don’t know why, she said, but this dress reminds me of you.

In the end, she made six colors of the dress and named them after some pretty spectacular ladies in SL including Babyhoney Bailey, Graciana McMillan, Gorgeous Yongho, and Summer Deadlight.

Callie let me choose which dress I wanted to model, and I chose the copper color. Why? Well it’s muted, it goes with the muted skin and red hair I usually choose, and oh, it was fall. And I think I knew Gogo would want the blue.

Here is the Harper’s Bizarre version of the dress in copper….

Paisley

This is what I like about the dress. Callie used a great complex texture on the system pieces that stretches well over the avatar—check out the decolletage with the pretty lace insert and how Callie has framed the paisley around the bodice. And look at that sexy low cut back. Callie also includes some great details, like a double-stitched hem around the top skirt and the sleeves and matching lace in the sleeves, the back and front and the hem.

Paisley

Paisley

Then she included with the outfit the ultimate in girly jewelry—diamond and black gem earrings, bracelet and ring. Check out the stone on that ring!

Paisley

Callie is a fantastic lady with a great brand. Period.

What I’m wearing:

Hair: :bijou: Hair [Cindy II]/Brown01 by Kotobuki Jewell for :bijou:

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Tone 3 Makeup 3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: haRpeRs biZZaRe paisley party dress (copper) by Callie Cline for caLLie cLine

Shoes: J’s Real Toe Cross Belt Sandals BROWN by JB Gazov for J’s