When Spring Comes….

When Spring Comes...

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

When Spring Comes...

When spring comes, and undoubtedly it will because a hyacinth in a pot on my dining room table is belling her fragrance and telling me excitedly that spring is coming, some day, soon. My bike is sitting out in the garage, orange and bright blue and hopeful. My gardening clogs are lying obediently by the back door, biding their time. It’s going to come, spring is, I know it.

And when it does I will be damn happy, as I am sure anyone will. This dress from Amberchaudry Corpur reminds me of that happiness with its pastel colors and glittering lines. In shadows, the alphas in the skirt don’t do the dress the greatest favor but in the light most would wear this—unshadowed—it’s quite pretty, and quite a deal at the Designer Showcase. I also got my pink and pretty nail appliers at the Designer Showcase, from S1nful Viper, who features several pastel sets. My bracelets feature materials from Maxi Gossamer.

When Spring Comes...

I rather adore the new skin from Izzie Button that she is offering at the Liaison Collaborative. She offers appliers in her store for all her skin tones and a set of makeups with this skin, which is beautiful and sexy in the best ways. My updo is one of Mirja Mill’s gorgeously created buns with the great hair base. It looks so sleek and so sexy this way. And earrings are Plurabell Laszlo’s offering for I <3 Role Play. They can be used with any outfit that needs a touch of spring.

When Spring Comes...

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~ Anne Bradstreet

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * SHELLY * by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: Izzie’s – Maci Skin sunkissed LB with Izzie’s – Maci Eyeshadow pink and Izzie’s – Lipstick soft rose by Izzie Button for Izzie’s, available at the Liaison Collaborative

Eyes: [Brixley] Haze Eyes – indigo by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at SL Fashion Week *

Dress: [[ Masoom ]] Veera gown by Amberchaudry Corpur for Masoom, available at Designer Showcase

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Cassis Earring by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai, available at We <3 Roleplay *

Bracelets: MG – Bangles – Sparkly Pearl Cuff – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Nail appliers: SB: Amore Polish Slink Nails by S1nful Viper for Sansa Bella, available at Designer Showcase

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Cherish GOLD by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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Thank God I’m a Country Girl

Well, the elections are over and I am none too happy about the results. What I *am* happy about is that we had elections at all and that people exercised their right to vote. I am happy to live in a country where I have the freedom to do this. I spoke to a lady who works at one of the polling places near me and she said her favorite part is seeing 18 year-olds vote for the first time—they are so excited to vote. *I* am still excited to vote.

Thank God I'm a Country Girl

I put on this country look to remind myself of my American roots. First we start with this darling outfit from Looloo Beck that includes big cabbage roses on a brown field. Looloo has an uncanny knack of making something sexy and innocent all at once—the low slung jeans are not crass because they are offset by the cute little thong and the flower print in the pocket. The low cut blouse’s sexiness is undercut by frilly puffy sleeves.

Thank God I'm a Country Girl

This new hair from Lamb Bellic made the look. I love the full locks, the casual twist of hair in back, the slightly poof on the crown. This hair also pulls that sexy and innocent trick. One feature that might dissuade some customers—it’s mostly static. It looks great head on in a photo but isn’t great for turning one’s head.

My jewelry is a great little edgy set from Plurabelle Laszlo, who keeps bringing eclectic jewelry to the grid. And my little booties are from LeeZu Baxter—called “Beach Boots,” I think they could suit lots of looks that need something casual. They are warm and comfy.

Thank God I'm a Country Girl

“Voting is a civic sacrament.” ~ Theodore Hesburgh

Hair: !lamb. Cinnamon – Rotten Carrot by Lamb Bellic for lamb.

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Helena 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: >>GothiCatz<< Bonita by Looloo Beck for Gothicatz

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Bracelet Rustique – leather and Bliensen + MaiTai – Collar Rustique – leather by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai *

Boots: [LeeZu!] BeachBum Boots /brown by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Shimmer

I have been in SL long enough that friends can go quiet and wander off to do their thing and later IM to “catch up.” I love catching up. An old friend IM’d me, gave me the rundown on his SL, and came up with the great title for this blog. Thanks, Tristan ;)

Shimmer

And shimmer this dress does. The Dressing Room offering from AvaGardner Kungler, this beautiful piece is done in her typical elegant style. You can FEEL the silkiness of this dress, see the shimmer of the light playing on it. It’s a simple dress, rendered very nicely. I pair it with shoes from N-Core, a delicious pair being sold at the Shoe Fair this week. (Yes, I did a LOT of shopping!)

Shimmer

I am showing it with the group gift skin from Tuli Asturias for the Audrey series. You will be seeing more of that in the coming days. It is, as with all of Tuli’s work, absolutely gorgeous (and perfectly suited to me *ahem*). I mean, look at the makeup. *sigh*

Shimmer

Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.

Hair: ((JUNWAVE))YUKO*D-BROWN* by LGM Jun for ((JUNWAVE))

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 4/br) :: VIP group exclusive by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Dress: (Kunglers) TDRB – Silk dress by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Vintage Earring by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai

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

Shoes: N-core TRESOR XtremeHeel “Brown” by Claire Messenger for N-core, and available at this year’s Shoe Fair

Foot Fetish

Feet in SL are … well the system feet are so so bad but really, can you expect them to be perfect? I can’t imagine it would make sense to have little separate toes and all that on avatars and making more graphics complications than is necessary.

Foot Fetish

But.. that causes a problem when you want to walk in the pixel grass with your bare feet. So the answer is prim feet, but honestly? Most bare prim feet don’t do anything for me. But.. oh… these feet changed my mind. Siddean Munro, one of the sponsors for this year’s Shoe Fair, has made these lovely tootsies and is selling them at the fair (which should be called Foot Fair, imho). Check these lovelies out: pretty little toes, actual real veins and not that putty look, ankles (!!) and even the creases around the achilles tendon. These feet are the next best thing to real.

Let me add that I STINK at matching feet in SL. I lack the patience to make it just right. But Siddean makes it pretty easy with her hud, which includes base foot textures over which you can color the foot. That makes a world of difference in matching the feet, frankly. The texture and variation in the foot appearance make much more sense, especially when you are matching to high end skins that also pay attention to realism down at the ankles. And her resizer is awesome. As my friend SC would say, “Love love love!”

Foot Fetish

Of course, the whole outfit is an homage to bare feet so it’s appropriately casual. I start a tank top from Janie Marlowe, who I believe is still having a sale over at Mischief before she clears the place out. I wear it with cutoffs from mappy Handrick and a cute little anklet from Leilani Siamendes.

Foot Fetish

Then we have the baseball hat that tops darling ponytails from Ageha Albatros. The cap has over 1000 variations, once you change the colors, the rivets, the button on top, etc. And it has that lovely.. foamy feeling. And a ring of dirt around the inside of the cap but that’s just in my imagination. I wear a fresh and young skin from Mallory Cowen, who has the corner on “glow” in SL.

Foot Fetish

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Hair (with hat): ((JUNWAVE))MESH CAP*Rio*D-BROWN by Ageha Albatros for *JUNWAVE*

Skin: LAQ ~ Julie – 01 [Peach] Glow skin (red hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki *

Top: **MIS** Afternoon Tank – Cherry by Janie Marlowe for Mischief

Shorts: Vacation denim_baige by mappy Handrick for *ARAI*

Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Necklace Sleeping Flower by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai

Anklet: hula anklet red bronze left by Leilani Siamendes for Hula

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Low by Siddean Munro for SLink, and available at this year’s Shoe Fair