Blue Gardenia

Blue Gardenia

Blue gardenia
Now I’m alone with you
And I am, oh, so blue
She has tossed us aside

Blue Gardenia

The beautiful girl in the corner during the New Year’s celebration—she is gorgeous but melancholy. What’s on her mind? Her dress, from June Dion, slips across her curves beautifully. With its low cut back and draped front, this dress has elegance at an economical price. Her shoes are lovely little slingbacks from Pixieplumb Flanagan that include color changing scripts so you can dial in just the right color.

Blue Gardenia

Our melancholy beauty needs a “colder” skin to match her closed demeanor. Karija Azalee has presented a series of rarified skins that are ideal for the sort of stylish photography that many like to do. It has a lovely back, nice collarbone, pretty drawn eyebrows (though I want to tweeze them back just an eensy bit from the nose), and the sort of flat matte skin many women like.

Blue Gardenia

Blue gardenia
Thrown to a passing breeze
But rest in my book
Of memories
~ “Blue Gardenia” as sung by Dinah Washington

Hair: [e] Mood – Blonde 02 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: {Gasqhe} – [Ygrec makeup 05]hb by Karija Azalee for Gasqhe

Dress: ::: B@R ::: Nachtmusik Blue by June Dion for Bare Rose

Shoes: BM Mia Pumps – Blues & Greens by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Legally Blonde

In my SL, there is one blonde and one redhead and one black-haired Raven. It so happens that Callie Cline is the blonde (though I have seen her in brunette hair many times). I am the red head. Raven Pennyfeather is the black-haired beauty. Today I am putting the kibosh on the rule—legally.

Legally Blonde

Who sez Callie is the only blonde in town? This blonde wears a cute denim flirty dress from Hinano Runo. If you are going to do flirty, denim is the way to go. As with all of Hinano’s work, the textures are clean, well done, and alpha free.

Shoes are from machang Pichot. I think we all agree that machang has brought a lot of goodness to SL with her wonderful textured sculpty work and fun fashion aesthetic. These beauties are some of her first. Her toes are cute and of course, the whole set comes with a skin and nail color changing HUD.

Legally Blonde

What makes me a blonde today, however, is Tuli Asturias’ new line of skins called Jade, due out May 28. Absolutely beautiful, as all of Tuli’s skins, this skin is a smoother skin than her Eva line, less glittery than Belle, more caucasian than Sayuri. The dewy freshness of this line of skins, the perfection of the lips with their gentle gloss, the beautiful eye make up and lining around the eyes.. I am beside myself. I chose to wear the light brow because after all, I am legally blonde today.

Legally Blonde

I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde. ~ Dolly Parton

Hair: >TRUTH< Hannah – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 4/li) :: 04a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: [indigo] FrontZipperDress by Hinano Runo for =Hal*Hina=

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Large Creme Pearl Teardrop by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: AOHARU_WALK_SuedeLaceupSandal_White by machang Pichot for AOHARU

The Orchid Thief

In a previous virtual incarnation, my persona surrounded herself with orchids. She wore orchid perfume, lived in a “hot house,” had a black orchid tattoo on her shoulder blade. During my first year in SL, in fact, I wore a poorly (self) made black orchid tattoo on my shoulder blade to remind myself of my previous virtual being.

The Orchid Thief

It was no wonder then that I would want to show this beautiful dress from Kimmera Madison. Named after Honey Fairweather, who is herself a very precious and unique blossom (as I have learned having met and worked with her), the dress is adorned with beautiful golden and brown orchids shaped like lady slippers and so exquisitely textured I can’t stop looking at them. The textures throughout the rest of the prims are also beautiful with translucency and alpha clash being used as a benefit. The wavy hem on the bottom is a brilliant touch and that one detail alone reveals how Kimmera’s work is a cut above the rest.

The Orchid Thief

I show this beautiful dress with a lovely glowing skin from Mallory Cowen. Made specifically for blondes, this set includes several makeups and all have the light brow and coloring more appropriate for blondes, which is sometimes a hard find in SL. Another hard find is a decent blonde texture on hair. Bubbles Clawtooth’s is a beautiful honey blonde, elegant and warm without being too yellow.

The Orchid Thief

Just as I wonder
whether it’s going to die,
the orchid blossoms

and I can’t explain why it
moves my heart, why such pleasure

comes from one small bud
on a long spindly stem…

…it’s
purely erotic,

pistil and stamen, pollen,
dew of the world, a spoonful

of earth, and water…

~Sam Hamill, The Orchid Flower

Hair: CBC: Mrs.Mittens – Bombshell Blonde by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 10 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: Tres Beau “Honey” by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Earrings: E! Twisted Earrings by Eclectic Wingtips for E! Eclectic Apparel and Accessories

Stalking the Deal

The deal—it can be right there before your eyes, but to get your hands on it, to finally close—that requires a certain amount of stalking and cunning.

Stalking the Deal

For a woman, it’s sometimes harder to close the deal. The pressure about how you present is so strong—too sexual and you’re a mindless bimbo, too conservative and you’re unimaginative and frumpy. This look, put together from several elements, represents a woman who has sex appeal but also knows how to “git ‘er done” and done right. She doesn’t sacrifice her sexuality or femininity for a boring suit and she doesn’t sacrifice her integrity for bad business.

Onyx LeShelle helps break out of the boring suit trap with her new jacket (part of a set of clothing and shoes just released at Maitreya). With its almost tailored silhouette, it lacks the button-uptightness of most suits with its neutral linen colors and almost mandarin color. (And blessedly, the sculpties are mod so you can line the plackets up).

Stalking the Deal

Underneath a leopard print silk top, which I made from combining Morphine Janick’s bra with violett Ellils’ top (which lacked “coverage” when worn alone). Each piece separately would be too revealing. Together they worked. Long wool shorts from Migi Voom complete the look, showing a shapely leg but also provide a tailored and professional look.

The jewelry is where our businesswoman gets her touch of style. With leopard print hoops from violett Ellils and beautifully textured wild bangles from kikunosuke Eel, she pushes into the realm of dangerous (and she’s clearly careful about the details). Who wouldn’t want to seal the deal with her?

Stalking the Deal

Finally, shoes from cocoro Lemon. With their closed toe and black heel, they are quite conservative. It’s the open back and the wild (and just gorgeous) leopard skin fur that makes them outstanding and makes our lady command attention—for all the right reasons.

Stalking the Deal

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

Hair: .:: KMH ::. Hair No005_C SunnyBlond by Kumibou Mayo for .:: KMH ::.

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/li) 09a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Jacket: Maitreya Camden Jacket – Beige by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: PP. Femme Fatale -leopard shirts (shirts) by violett Ellils for Ultra Kitty

Bra: [SG*] Herangsa – Leopard (undershirt) by Morphine Janick for Sweetest Goodbye

Culottes: *Muism* [Hihg Waist Trouser/Shorts]_Gray by Icemocolo Voom and Migi Voom for *Muism*

Bangles: [MANDARA] Takara Bangle Dark wood A by kikunosuke Eel for MANDALA

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

Nails: Candy Nail : LE.LOOK! la femme – Nails – (Brown) by peche Bury for Candy Nail

Shoes: *COCO*_BacklessAnkleBoots_Leopard by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Poses: From the Scarlett set by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations

Thanks, Stephen Petrovic, for the perfect title ;)

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

As I have said before, I have always had a little trouble being blonde in world. I am not blonde in RL nor do I understand the fascination with blonde coloring. Even when I was a girl, I always thought Sabrina was much more intriguing than Jill and that Kelly was just way better looking in general. (See, I thought I was Sabrina but I *wanted* to look like Kelly.)

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

But I am starting to see the appeal of being a blonde. First is this new skin from Mallory Cowen, made especially for blondes. With its subtle and light features, beautiful glow (it really does glow as advertised, and we aren’t talking about prim glow), and the well drawn features (eyebrows!), it’s an exquisite skin that makes being blonde pretty damn fun for me.

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

Then add Sascha Frangilli’s remade Temptation dress. She has remade the dress with less “battleship” and more cocktail. She gives you, as always, several options. I show two here—the prim longer skirt and the system skirt, with the great bolero and without. I paired it with these great slingback from Nardya Rousselot. I completely endorse her shoes—great shape, great textures.

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

Don’t hate me because I am beautiful:

Hair: MIEL BM HAIR – Blonde 4 by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 05 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: SAS – Temptation Cognac II by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Earrings: P.C; Gilded Pearl Fruit Earring by Ava Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Eva Bronze by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

P.S. A quick note. RFL Clothing Fair is happening again this year, starting at 3 pm slt on March 13. IF you are a fashion blogger in good standing, you may drop a note to Phoenix Ember with your name and blog url and she will add you to the group to preview the sims on press day, March 12. RFyre will be sponsoring the Paris sim, based on the city where Raven and I will be vacationing when either of us wins the lottery.

Midnight Blue

My favorite color for an evening dress is midnight blue. There is something so elegant and dignified about the color, something mysterious and classic all at once.

Midnight Blue

Shiryu Musashi’s brocaded midnight blue evening gown is, then, a perfect choice for me. With its rich draping fabric, carefully constructed prim skirt, elegant wrapped sash, and opera gloves, it’s an evening gown for a lady of mystery.

Midnight Blue

I show it here with Tuli Asturias’ new set for the Bella line, For Your Eyes Only (to go with For Your Lips Only). The skin follows the beautiful lines of the Bella set, focusing on eye shadows and lip colors. I chose this for it’s exquisite coloring and opted for the more buxom cleavage choice, which suits the line of this dress perfectly.

Midnight Blue

Waiting for my dance card to be filled:

Hair: >TRUTH< Eva – driftwood by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/li) F.Y.E.O. dusk (PU1) by Tuli Asturias for []::Tuli::[] *

Dress: (Musashi-Do) Brocade Princess Blue by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do *

Choker: :rama’s Noel gray by Rama Anatine for R.A. Crystal

Fantasy Girl

For some, the world we inhabit is a place of pure fantasy. They explore realms of story and narrative that come from deep within their imaginations. For a few moments or hours a week, there is the opportunity to inhabit another body, another life, and let go of real life concerns.

This fantasy girl represents the woman that some ladies on the grid would like to be. She also represents the woman some men (and women) would like to meet. With her lustrous skin, rich blonde locks and toned body in silks, she would be many dreamers’ ideal.

Fantasy Girl

Sachi Vixen, another “old school” designer I admire, has just released her Portia series of skins. With its artistically rendered photosourced textures, this skin deserves to be shown off in silks. She even rendered a very sexy “bum,” as she calls it. I found the skins delicious. She offers them with dark, auburn or blonde eyebrows, which helps immensely when you, like me, like to switch it up once in a while.

Fantasy Girl

I realize many women wear Damselfly hair. There is a reason for this—it’s huge and wondrous with lustrous curly wild textures and complicated shapes that all add up to beautiful womanly tresses. Shylah Honey has revolutionized hair for many women on the grid—you will not be able to tear the hair off their head. It so completes the fantasy look.

Fantasy Girl

Finally, a call out to another old school designer—Solange Cerveau. Solange’s intricately constructed prim silks and lingerie are some of the best on the grid. I purchased this set simply because of its name—”Goddess”—a name that appealed because it spoke to the nobility and wonder of women. With its intricately constructed collar, cape and cuffs, this set is for the silk aficiando. Solange’s artistic skills could be applied to any fashions in SL—she has shown it in some of her business clothing—but her specialty is her exquisitely detailed silks and lingerie.

Fantasy Girl

Girl of my dreams:

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Pepper II Sand Dollar by Shylah Honey for Damselfly Hair Salon

Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Portia – Tone 3 Blond Hair – Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve

Silks: *TSR* Goddess in WHITE by Solange Cerveau for Solange! Fashions