Hot Enough for You?

Hot Enough for You?

If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?” ~ Steven Wright

Hot Enough for You?

It’s like it went from freezing miserable spring to boiling miserable summer in two days. What gives? Is this what we call global warming? All a girl can do is lie around in her bikini in the air of a fan, sipping blue-tinged froo-froo drinks and thinking about her next blog. My lounge is a new one from my pal Gin Galtier, with color change pillow and blanket (not that I need a blanket right now). My bikini is a pretty little thing from Saeya Nyanda, which covers without overcovering or undercovering. (Buttfloss just doesn’t feel comfy when you’re hot.) My hair is a pretty, casual style from Onyx LeShelle and this is day two of the hottest shoes on the grid from Siddean Munro.

Hot Enough for You?

The newest skin release from thebodyco was greeted with a bit of excitement in the Skin Addiction group. I ran over to see what all the excitement was about and was less than excited, to be honest. The vendors take a long time to rez,p and because they are all identical little tubes with teensy writing on them, they are hard to distinguish. For anyone who is not a native speaker, it has to be a daunting task. Then the skins themselves are pricey and the make-ups equally so. I chose the “Relax” makeup for a minimal look, and I got just what I paid for—I can’t tell the difference very much when I am wearing it. I wish I had found makeup demos or bigger images of the makeups offered.

Hot Enough for You?

That being said, the skin is lovely in a very different way than many skins. The body is sensuous and sexy with shadowing and details like hipbones, clavicle, nails, and even elbows that many skins lack. The face is sophisticated but not over-made or exaggerated. A composite of photo realism and hand sketching, this skin does not look like any others out there and that is probably a lot of win for people on the grid who don’t want to look like everyone else but DO want to be beautiful.  It’s up to you if the price is worth it.

Hot Enough for You?

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.” ~ Jane Austen

Hair: Maitreya Jordyn – Hazel by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: the body co. Orchid (03 Light) – black hair with the body co. Orchid (03 Light) – makeup (relax) by thebodyco for the body co. (worn on my personal shape—not the one provided)

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

Bikini: Kyoot – Day Trip Bikini – Essaouira by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot

Shoes: Slink Lulu Stilettos Chocolate by Siddean Munro for SLink *

Lounge: elefantu [Piedra] Chocolate by Gin Galtier for elefantu

Fan: *atmosphere works* floor fan-D*001 (GD) by Daikick Gausman for atmosphere works

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Golden Treasure

I love putting together a totally fantastical look, one that is monochrome and stylized. There is no deep meaning behind this—just a satisfaction in finding a set of items that represent one of the hardest textures in SL to show–gold—in amazing ways.

Golden Treasure

I start with a swimsuit from monica Outlander’s early summer set of swimsuits and beachwear. The “Prue” is a great set—a bikini top with a thong and a nice little pareo to hide your bum. Monica has the sheen of the material and that bright golden color locked down perfectly. My shoes are great little prim toe shoes from Babette Ultsch that have a great gold texture (she also has a great silver pair).

Golden Treasure

My skin is the newest from Aida Ewing, a sunkissed beauty with a beautiful glow and sheen to the skin and lips and delectable make up. I really like this new set, which is being offered at the Skin and Shape Expo, because it shows a lot more depth and skill. Aida’s improving with each skin she makes and is starting to dominate the skin world. My golden brown hair is a Mirja Mills special color, which I love seeing because it’s so unique in SL. My earrings are grandiose affairs from Cora Lu’s newest line for Paper Couture and my luscious golden eyes are from Ikon Innovia.

Golden Treasure

Not all that blings is gold.

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * ADORA * /naturals by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:.* (modified)

Skin: -Glam Affair- Layla MedTan – D 02 by aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at the Skin and Shape Expo *

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

Swimsuit: Miamai_Prue Gold by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Earrings: p.c; Studded Gold Circles by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: *KL* Sandals03g Nadia Inka01 by Babette Ultsch for Kitties Lair

Under the Sun

I am the Ocean
You are the land
My deep Devotion
Crashes on your Sand

~ “Under the Sun” by Mia Doi Todd

Under the Sun

I heard this song and it took me right to a sunny beach on a private island (no, I was not with William and Kate but perhaps this song would suit them well because it would be a perfect wedding song). I decided in honor of the song I would put on a bikini and a tan skin. This great little bikini was an offering from Zaara Kohime on behalf of the American Cancer Society. It includes her usual exquisite craftswomanship and Indian aesthetic.

Under the Sun

My skin is a new one from Alexandra Barcelos and exudes the rich glow of a healthy beach tan. My feetsies are from Siddean Munro, the queen of terrific tootsies in SL. This windblown hair is a new offering from Truth Hawks.

Under the Sun

Maybe we should spend the summer
Maybe we should spend this Life together
Under the Sun

Hair: >TRUTH< Jacqueline – fudge by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Scarlet . Tan . Ice by Alexandra Barcelos for Filthy Skins *

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

Bikini: Zaara : Esha Bikini *pink* for RFL by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Hair flower: /artilleri/ Hibi hair flower *FLF*by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied v2.0 Barefeet Medium by Siddean Munro for Slink *

Getaway with Santa

Rumor tells that Santa goes to an undisclosed beach after the holidays, away from all the noise and commotion of Christmas, a beach without the surfeit of sugary cookies and room temperature milk, tomes of lists, and cranky ankle-biting elves. I think Santa needs to reserve a spot on his sleigh for me to join him this year.

Getaway with Santa

If I went, and that’s a big if, I would be certain to pack lightly. A bikini, some sunscreen, sandals, and my iPad. Santa can supply the rest. The bikini that would go with me would be monica Outlander’s sexy one-piece with sequins (clearly not meant for swimming). For seeing and being seen, it’s the perfect tiny piece of material.

Getaway with Santa

My skin will be Mallory Cowen’s newest with its luscious sun kissed glow and sexy sensual body. My hair? A gift Queue Marlowe gave out to her group for the holidays—a great pulled-back ponytail with her wonderful matching hair bases.

Getaway with Santa

And my shoes will be these great new sandals from Oct Oakleaf. With their pretty little toes, beautiful decorative gems, and versatile hud, these sandals will complete my look with the kind of dazzle Santa appreciates.

Getaway with Santa

Post holiday pina coladas all around!

Hair: joy scarlet with AD hair base – scarlet by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: LAQ ~ Vilda 01 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Bikini: Miamai_Bea Swimsuit Blue by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Shoes: +ADDiCTIA+ Metro Sandals -Turquoise by Oct Oakleaf for +ADDiCTIA+

Count My Blessings

I’ve joy in abundance
I’ve got life full of substance
I’ve got meetings and functions
So I count my blessings

~ Count Your Blessings by Nas with Damian Marley

Count My Blessings

SL is its own kind of holiday (referenced because the above wonderful song is a reggae-inspired tune). On holiday you end up doing things you wouldn’t normally do, like having a woman cornrow your hair (I did once on holiday—it was a pain to get out). Here, you can try on bikinis you might not be able to wear in RL or wear a hair color you wouldn’t dare to don.

In fact, I am wearing this itsy bitsy teeny weeny from Dick Wiesel, a gift from him after I accidentally sent a note to him pointing out a flaw in a swimsuit—the problem was he didn’t make the swimsuit—another creator did, which I realized AFTER I dropped the note on him. He was so gracious and funny about it and honestly, his work was flawless, so I had to show it. This is part of set of two bikinis—this being the sunrise to the other’s sunset. How hard can a bikini be, you ask? After all, it’s just two little pieces. Well it’s darn hard because it’s so small. In it you have to show all manner of skillful moves, like shadows and wrinkles, and you have to make sure the edges are clean and it stretches just right over the body. Dick’s bikini is fantastic.

Count My Blessings

I show it with blossoms—one from Yura Gazov in this funky pink hair with bangs that is so apt for this uninhibited style of vacationing. (On holiday you say, “I always wanted pink hair—what the heck.”) Sazae Yoshikawa’s little blossom at the wrist just adds to the whole holiday feeling.

Count My Blessings

Finally, these pretty little sandals are from Oct Oakleaf. Oct has built a versatile system into these sandals of nail polishes and tattoos which can be purchased separately. So if you want pretty prim toes in a flat sandal, get the sandals. If you want to further enhance them with decorated polishes, buy the polishes and load them into the HUD. (The business of which seems complicated at first but is incredibly easy.) If you want tattoos (which show in 2.0, and I admit I didn’t show them here), do the same—purchase and load. I love the style of the sandals, the pretty anklets and the different toenail stylings. Oct gives us a whole lot of summer fun in one little sandal.

Count My Blessings

And I’ve got somewhere to dress for,
And I’ve got no need to stress for
And so I’ll always put my best forth
And count my blessings

Hair: LUANI HAIR / COTTON CANDY /I LOVE OLIVE HAIR by Yura Gazov for I Love Olive*

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, exclusive to The Dressing Room *

Bikini: :. WoE .: Twist Bandeau Bikini (Sunrise) by Dick Wiesel for WoE *

Bracelet: (CREAMSHOP) lily bangle (pink) by SAZAE Yoshikawa for Creamshop

Shoes: Tropica Flip Flops – Tiki Vanilla Snow by Oct Oakleaf for + ADDiCTIA + *

Sun and Sand

It’s cold and rainy outside. It’s time for a trip to the beach.

Sun and Sand

A perfect outfit for this fantasy is Opal Lei’s new bikini and sarong set. Known for her beautiful mermaids, Opal has tried to emerge from the water and put her beautiful textures on humans too. She has done a darn good job. In this set, she provides both a Merkini and a Bettakini (you see the Merkini here). Merkini has a simple scale texture while Bettakini has a fin texture overlaid on the scale texture. Both come with the package so you can choose what you prefer. The colors are rich, the work impeccable.

Sun and Sand

I wore a bikini actually to show off my beach skin, a new one from Aradhana Voight. Known best for her beautiful saris and elaborate Indian-influenced jewelry, Aradhana has ventured into the skin trade and her gifts serve her well here. I will say I tried several hairs with these skins and opted for one of Truth Hawk’s darker colors—Aradhana’s skins need the deeper color to match the dark eyebrows and make-ups. Make sure you find Aradhana’s store on the New Delhi sim, which she is generously sponsoring for the RFL Clothing Fair, starting March 13. Make it worth her while and pick up a few of her gorgeous skins. I include pretty jewelry from Narita Rayna, being sold at this year’s Accessory Fair.

Sun and Sand

Finally take a look at my tooties. Maris Kanto has come out with another pair of gorgeous toe shoes with their versatile huds for changing the color of 3 different elements of the shoe, the skin, and the nails plus the hardware. They do everything but dance for you!

Sun and Sand

Even castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually. ~ Jimi Hendrix

Hair: >TRUTH< Anya – chocolate by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: :Mashooka: Samara skin {honey} m1with :Mashooka: Push up {honey} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka *

Outfit (incl. armband and bracelet): Mer Betta Halimede Merkini+Bettakini v3c (w) by Opal Lei for Mer Betta *

Necklace and earrings: *Ticky Tacky* Tourist Trap Jewelry Set – Original Red by Narita Rayna for *Ticky Tacky* *

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Rhapsody by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Beach Animal

I am past the romance of a white Christmas and the frost in the air and the gentle quiet of snowflakes drifting down. Christmas is over, the frost has turned to a bitter cold and the snowflakes recently fell down in a huge wallop.

Beach Animal

Part of my SL is the fantasy aspect, and in today’s fantasy, I am dressed to the nines on a beach somewhere. In fact, in this particular fantasy, it’s sunset and I am about to go to a party at a beach house after a long day of romping in the sun and reading trash novels under an umbrella (with plenty of sunscreen). I am wearing a cute zebra-striped bikini and sarong from Dai Matova (that I picked up at a little stall on a Japanese sim).

Beach Animal

I threw a lot of jewelry on, some of it that I found at that same sim. The earrings and necklace are terrific creations from violett Ellils, and they echo the zebra thing going on. To push it over the top, I have bangles and long nails from kikunosuke Eel. I will caution that the nails are a little tricky—they are no mod (!!) and I ended up changing my hands to a size 25 to fit the size 30 nails. I am not quite sure why either would apply (no mod or having to be size 25), but it may explain why there may be a little misfit apparent.

Tuli Asturias’ sunkissed (of course) Bella compliments the look and now you get an eyeful of her terrific body work, especially the navel and the hands, which show more detail than most.

Beach Animal

Finally, wild and fun shoes from this years Shoe Fair—Onyx LeShelle’s Shantis in a special pattern, Snow Leopard. I made sure my toenails were painted a dangerous black to match my nails.

Beach Animal

Where’s my pina colada?

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

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

Swimsuit: [C*love*r] Swim Bikini 01 (Zebra) by Dai Matova for Ultimate Heroes

Necklace: PP. Feather&string –zebra by violett Ellils for Ultra Kitty

Earrings: PP. Wild E.R –Zebra by violett Ellils for Ultra Kitty

Bangles and nails: *[MANDALA]TAKARA Bangle/Buddha/black nails & Rings by kikunosuke Eel for [MANDALA]

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Shanti Snow Leopard by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Panther

One of my first friends in SL was Heather Rau. We met in a store when I was a newbie, both shopping (fancy that), and she became one of my first SL shopping mentors. She had amazing skills in SL—she could do it all—build, script, look beautiful, make a great shape (she made my first one—the one I have now is a variation of it), engage in role play. She helped me greatly. Then she went quiet.

Northern Forests

Heather had discovered Gor. Now, if you knew Heather, you would have thought pigs had started flying. She just didn’t seem the type to go for that at all. But she walked into the forest, and she never looked back. She undertook Gor as she did anything else—with intensity and intelligence. She built an AMAZINGLY beautiful sim for her Panther sisters at the Northern Forests of Gor. (Be forewarned: the Panthers there expect RP at all times. Do not wander in as a tourist without escort—you will get captured.)

Panther

Her shop is named “Black Orchid,” a gorgeous exotic name for gorgeous exotic pieces. I am blown away by the things Heather is selling—intricate jewelry, panther clothes, and cold weather clothing (with snowshoes!) for panthers.

Panther

I chose this panther outfit because, well frankly, it’s hot. Heather has made the most of her system pieces, including adding depth with shadows and wrinkles and ripped holes. True to Panther existence, her outfit includes the tools every huntress needs, including a knife and feathers, tied by a cleverly knotted rope around the waist. Her necklace and bracelets include intricately textured beads strung on leather cords and metal bangles. Heather told me she makes what she wants to wear, and if you ever saw Heather, you would realize she has a beautiful aesthetic.

Panther

This rocking hair from Akila Rondelstein includes everything a girl in dreads needs. With it’s cleverly gesture-activated color-changer, this piece is 31 versions in one with the different choices available. Check out Street Dermatology. She has some funky fine stuff there.

Panther

For the huntress:

Hair: ***Street Dermatology *** *SD*’s RL Dreads (Outcho  Face) by Akila Rondelstein for ***Street Dermatology ***

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Valeries T Byzantium/Champagne by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit (including jewelry): [BO] Holey Outfit – Zebra by Heather Rau for Black Orchid

Necklace: [BO] Larl Claw Necklace by Heather Rau for Black Orchid

Photo from The Northern Forests of Gor.

Last Days at the Beach

Well, this is it. Summer’s almost over. One more chance to get to the beach over Labor Day before the season ends.

Today it’s a beautiful day and an ideal opportunity for me to wear a skin I have always liked and admired from Miasnow. Its combination of photosourcing and hand drawing reveals a beautiful African-American woman. I find it hard to find darker skins that represent well in-world—I am not sure what everyone’s experience is. But this one is fantastic.

Last Day at the Beach

I am showing a swimsuit from Shiryu Musashi. Shiryu, a long time designer in SL, took a break from commerce for a while, pursuing other projects (including doing the fashion curating for the Rinascimento Virtuale show in Florence, Italy, last year). He is back and determined to get your Linden. This swimsuit is one of his newest offerings. With his careful use of prims and hand-drawn textures, it’s a refreshing change from the latest photosourced, painted-on swimsuits out there.

Last Day at the Beach

I discovered UZURI on a hunt for skins. Bella Bombast offers some terrific jewelry at her store—chunky and crafty. Her pieces are fashion statements by themselves and compliment many outfits.

Last Day at the Beach

Check out these fashionable wedges from Armidi Gisaci. The darlings of the fashion grid for a time, the group has established their business with a stellar website for shopping. (Every content creator on the grid is jealous—admit it). The textures are fabulous on these shoes, but they need to talk to their shoe makers—system toes are so 2008. Sculpty toes are where it’s at!

Last Day at the Beach

Surf’s up!

Hair: = Hal*Hina = [brown] Hair-elizabeth- by Hinano Runo for Hal*Hina

Skin: MIASNOW Skin – FOXY GIRL 6 by MiaSnow Myriam for MIASNOW

Swimsuit: Summer Sky Yellow Lush (gold trim) by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do

Earrings: -=UZURI=- Dalya Ear Rings by Bella Bombast for –=UZURI=-

Bracelet: -=UZURI=- Zamani Bangle by Bella Bombast for –=UZURI=-

Shoes: [Armidi Gisaci] Rio Beleza Wedge – Gold by Lola Marquez for Armidi