It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

It’s Spring!! Here it means that one day it’s almost summer and the next it’s almost winter again. Today it poured and was freezing cold out. Like that sort of dampness that cuts through any exposed piece of skin and leaves you feeling like a shivering wet dog.

It's Raining, It's Pouring

I pulled out this jacket from toraji Voom and put it on over a soft and cozy turtleneck from Aranel Ah (that almost went in the chest for next season when it seemed it was going to be summer forever). I pulled on this great box pleated (literally) skirt from toraji Voom over black tights and pulled on my trusty old cowboy boots from JB Gazov. Got my umbrella from Seagel Neville. Forget looking hip and fashionable—I just want to be warm. And this is pretty cute anyway.

Check out my cute hood with hair from toraji Voom to go with the jacket. Now this is ingenous. I can fit the whole look together without messing around with hair prims.

It's Raining, It's Pouring

A fresh skin amidst all the gray and darkness is what is needed, and Rhapzody Wilde’s new store provided one for me, inexpensively (300L for this one with several different eyebrow shades). I truly like the coloring of this skin. I will say the eyebrows in this set have that sort of “anxiety shape” I am not very fond of but with light brows and the right bald head, it’s just fine. I did notice she drew in little dimples. That’s awfully cute.

It's Raining, It's Pouring

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hair (with hood): **DP**mods coat — food with hair/honey by toraji Voom for **DP**YUMYUM (Yes, it says “food” on the name!)

Skin: Belita 5 Blonde Brows Buttercup BLUSH by Rhapzody Wilde for Mynerva

Jacket: **DP**yumyum:mods coat (female) by toraji Voom for **DP**YUMYUM

Top: *BOOM* The Cashmere by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Skirt: **DP**yumyum:mizutama skirt/brown by toraji Voom for **DP**YUMYUM

Stockings: **DP**Retro dress (green) retro socks by toraji Voom for **DP**YUMYUM

Umbrella: LADS London in the Rain Black Umbrella by Seagel Neville

Boots: J’s WesternBoots ( 10Colors ) by JB Gazov for J’s

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Mad Maxine

One thing that has always thrilled me about SL is the fantasy aspect. Not just “fantasy” as in running around as an elf or a fairy (though one can do that). But also the fantasy of dressing up in clothes that are artistic and expressive. You saw me two days ago as a jeans and white shirt girl. Today I am Mad Maxine.

Mad Maxine

The lingerie for the Johanne series, named after Joan of Arc, is an ensemble of beautiful work and exquisite details. First there are the system pieces, which are perfectly rendered with clean edges, straight lines and delicious textures. Then there are the very intricate small details—the tiny feathers hanging off the neckpiece, the perfect shaping of the corset, the seashells and spines lacing up the shoulder straps and across the decolletage, the fabric draped across the front and the perfectly sheer stockings.

Mad Maxine

Thea Tamura, who was in the shop when I bought this ensemble, told me that she loves making wearable art, she loves working with the textures and prims to come up with a piece that is in her mind. I would call it sculpture myself, with gilding and draping. Her textures are so rich, so evocative, that it’s almost overkill to have so much in this outfit. It’s like you are getting a meal of rich creamy chocolate and nothing else.

Mad Maxine

Thea shows her outfits with outre hair styles, including mohawks. This is exactly how I would have styled this as well. I should have gone off type and made it “pretty,” however I relished the opportunity to show this great hair from Aemilia Case and the beautiful skin from the Tasha2 series by Mallory Cowen that includes an eye makeup that is not “standard.” Earrings from kikunosuke Eel finish the outfit, matching in sheen and color perfectly.

Mad Maxine

Luster:

Hair: PE Xantha Sambuca Black Tipped by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy

Skin: LAQ ~ Tasha2 – 07 [Nougat] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Lingerie: TTF – JOHANNE – LINGERIE by Thea Tamura for TTFashion

Earrings: [MANDALA] Soul Jewelry set (Cream Gold) Female by kikunosuke Eel for [MANDALA]

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Brown Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

Unbearable Beauty

I have had, in the past few days, the opportunity to feature some beautiful designs. They are great to style, wear and photograph. Perhaps it’s the lightheadedness I get before snow comes (as are anticipating a storm here tonight) or just my sinuses acting up or perhaps that feeling of excitement about the new year, new friendships, new discoveries, but I felt absolutely heady when I photographed today’s feature (and processed this first photograph).

Unbearable Beauty

I just featured LeeZu Baxter’s work—I know. But she passed me her latest dress, and I have been looking at it over and over again, pondering how to show it in its best light. There is so much positive to say about LeeZu’s design—the textures are sumptuous and subtle all at once, the engineering is amazing, the silhouette is graceful and elegant.

Unbearable Beauty

Let me address “engineering,” which is a sort of oil and metal word for something more amazing here. LeeZu shows the sensibilities of good design in making a beautiful piece that is also functional. She has combined flexi prims with several sculpties attached at different points to create a skirt that is, at once, full in its silhouette while not being stiff. This is quite a feat. As we know, sculpties can be very inflexible and too many designers use them to make a picture-perfect item without regard for the mobility of the avatar (I am thinking of skirts from a designer that came out with a new collection this week in particular). Used creatively as LeeZu has done, they can be much more fluid. This isn’t to say I can be running around doing the lime jelly in this dress (though I did go out dancing in this—not ballroom). However, it’s a distinct improvement over lots out there.

Unbearable Beauty

I styled this dress with an absolutely exquisite skin from Kira Ahn. I had not heard about Kira’s designs until her store name was brought up in a chat in the fashion bloggers’ group. Of course, I always feel like I don’t know a quarter of what’s going on, stuck up in my studio or hastily covering holes I have dug in the terrain at RFyre. So you probably all know about her work. Kira’s skins were a revelation. The faces were well-blended and sophisticated. And they vary—she clearly works each face from ground up or almost. This particular skin would look great on many shapes (believe me—I checked it, cycling through many shapes).

Unbearable Beauty

“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”

~ Albert Camus

Hair: [Detour] Writer – Burgundy – Flexi Hair by Keri Clip for Detour

Skin: [KA] SKINS GS -Lilly- Sunkissed/Dark Eyebrows/Make up 03 by Kira Ahn for KA Designs

Dress: [LeeZu!] Aimee Gown /graybrown by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Written while listening to “Her Rotating Head” by the Bachelorettes. (The lyrics are strangely ironic.)

Fall Finds Me

I looked outside today, out to the dreary, rainy street with the leaves scattered all over and realized my favorite parts of fall were passing before my eyes, washed away in a rain storm. So I logged on.

Fall Finds Me

The great thing about SL is I can take away the rain, set to sunset, and have a beautiful crisp fall day. And today I wanted to blog fashion about the beauty of fall. So I ran over to forest feast (because you know, I had a fashion blog to do so getting flowers was VERY important). I filled my arms with flowers and trees and ran back to my sim and donned this beautiful gown from Nicky Ree.

With its autumnal motif, it really needed to be put on and displayed among the beautiful creations of miki Morigi. A full fantasy dress, the outfit includes a long flowing translucent cape, beautifully shifting skirt prims, and system pieces typical of Nicky—beautifully and subtly textured.

Long loose hair is only appropriate so I wore this lustrous creation from Truth Hawks. The ideal skin was the subtle Wheat/Blush from the Valeries line by Lorac Farella.

Fall Finds Me

And the leaves fell around me, gently, like a hundred falling suns:

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

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Blush AUB by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: *DNR* Autumn Bliss Gown With Cloak in Brown by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Flowers: Flower for air_2 yellow and feast Tree 02(light)_yellow by miki Morigi for forest feast

Modern Kimono

I dug around in my kimono folder and came up with this cuteness. I had forgotten about it. I love seeing these adaptations of old memes.

Modern Kimono

In this case, Beaumont Ryba has taken a “kimono” and cut it up. Well, actually just took a piece or two of it and wrapped it around. Not much kimono left here. But the design is funky and elegant, sexy and respectable. The colors are translucent and lush all at once. It’s very subtle anime.

Modern Kimono

Beaumont even has a cute little wrap around scarf with varying translucencies that hangs down with a pair of lanterns and a cross attached as accessories.

Modern Kimono

I finished off the outfit with a clean beautiful skin from Pulse, my favorite-ist boots from Bax Boots, and this fabulous hair from Emo-tions. If you haven’t take a little trip down to Emo-tions, bop over. They have a number of hairs, accessories and amazing kilts, all in a kind of mishmash of urban wasteland prettiness. Mirja is really growing her business.

Modern Kimono

Welcome to the 21st century:

Hair: EXPRESSION by Mirja Mills for EMO – tions

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Valeries T2 Champagne by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Kimono: JAdv_LittleGirl Oriental Design Dress 007 – Oriental by Beaumont Ryba for LittleGirl

Earrings: RC~Atargatis’ Crime by Random Calliope for Worthwhile

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Brown Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots

Chocolate Decadence

It’s Sunday. It isn’t time for dieting—in one’s inventory or in one’s tummy. So I went out shopping and did some delicious damage to my inventory, all in the name of chocolate. And when I do chocolate, I want to do it my own way. Today’s episode is brought to you by the words “convenience” and “customization.”

Chocolate Decadence

This beautiful creation from the lovely Sascha Frangilli, Pudding in Choco (which I presume means “chocolate” because today, EVERYTHING means “chocolate,” and chocolate the way *I* want it). Again, Sascha graces us with her sumptuous textures, embroidered, beaded, gathered and poofed. I show several versions of the dress here, all changed by simply swapping out a skirt or the collar with the shawl. See here the “Big Sucker” skirt and below, the “Swooshy” skirt (chosen for look as well as brilliant naming).

Chocolate Decadence

She also offers a trim silhouette in the “Thin Flexi Skirt” and a more casual look with the Mini set included with the dress. This versatility makes an already inexpensive ensemble have even more value AND allows you to customize your look. Don’t you hate it when you show up at a party in the same dress as someone else? Well the chances are statistically much MUCH less likely that will happen when you can customize your dress this way. And you DO see someone in the exact same dress as yours, quickly pull out another skirt and attach it right there on the dance floor.

Chocolate Decadence

I used Siddean Munro’s clever Amazing Hair Colouring Contraption to make this updo a deep and luscious auburn. Buy the hair, click the contraption, get the color you want. You do NOT have to choose at time of purchase—buy three, save them for special events and throw on your color as needed. Customization and flexibility!

Chocolate Decadence

I am showing this with my own custom skin made by Body Politik. It’s custom because their brilliant online skin customizer allowed me to design a skin that suited my tastes and needs. I could see this quickly becoming an addiction for some fashionistas—you need pink lips and silver shadow for that ensemble? Quick, go online to their easy peasy website, design a skin while you’re at work.. log on later to pick it up (they ask for 48 hours—I got mine in less than 1 hour—someone was clearly on the other end to answer the request). The skin is well done—no over-burnished areas, clean seams and beautiful rendering. And I don’t look like EVERYONE ELSE.

Maximillion Grant has done the right thing in SL…he has been promoting his products in world a long time, but he has rolled with the punches rather than shutting down shop in frustration because the world won’t do things his way. He has come up with an innovative marketing tool that is bound to reap him considerable profits, incorporating the web and providing luxurious one-off customization for his customers. Hint hint—LL bought XStreetSL for a reason, kids. A well integrated website/SL mix is a great idea. It’s all about providing convenient choices for your customers!

Chocolate Decadence

Luxury unbound:

Hair: SLink Christina Style Dark Auburn by Siddean Munro for SLink

Skin: TBP Infinity Custom Skin- Harper Beresford CYT-103353 custom made for me by Maximillion Grant of The Body Politik

Dress: SAS –  Choco Pudding by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Earrings: *la* Tisiphone pendant earrings by Tabitha Ninetails for The Laughing Academy

Carol Brady’s Got It Goin’ On

Remember Carol Brady? OK, not the Carol of the early Brady shows with her sweet smiles and gently back-combed bob. I am talking about the Carol of the later years—the one with the sexy shag haircut tipped with blonde, the tight jeans, the one who was clearly a predecessor to Stacy’s Mom (who “has got it goin’ on”), the one who you knew sharpened her act because she sensed Mike’s midlife crisis coming on and she had better step up. (And step up, she did. She was a minx, Carol Brady.)

Carol Brady

I got Bax Coen’s new brown Prestige Boots today, and I knew they were just what Carol would wear if Carol were in SL. No Marcia, Marcia, Marcia could pull these babies off. These are boots for a Woman (hear her roar).

I conveniently copied the jibber jabber my professional fitted Red Prestige Boots spewed out and fed it to my brown boots and *poof* they fit! That is what I am talking about! Custom fitting in the click of a button. Then click, delicious chocolate decadence (because these babies come in 4 colors of brown leather—camel, cognac, mocha, and chocolate).

Carol Brady

I wear a seemingly conservative dress from Ms. chocolate Arashi of couverture. With it’s Lilly Pulitzer-inspired paisley texture and historically accurate silhouette, Mrs. Brady would have found this ensemble “groovy.”

Carol Brady

The hair.. gosh.. it curled in sensuous fringes down her long neck and curled up around her face in sweet spikes. I am wearing a brilliant almost-reproduction from Rei Gully with beautiful little earrings from Tiffy Vella (jeweler extraordinaire) and a beautifully textured scarf from Milla Michinaga (who wisely flipped from the rather thankless work of blogging to the more exciting world of virtual fashion design and has done so incredibly well).

Carol Brady

The original MILF:

Hair: * 0 Style * Euphoria *(Smoked Walnut)_M by Rei Gully for *0 Style*

Skin: Pulse Skin – Climax/Valeries T2 Champagne by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: couverture*cream Orange V.2 *Tr by chocolate Arashi for couverture

Scarf: * MichaMi: Ebba Scarf in Copper by Milla Michinaga for MichaMi

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Brown Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots

Are you ABSOLUTELY SURE you want your readers reading this, Hamlet? ;) (Thank you for the mention. The hug in SF made ALL the difference.) (And thanks, Chestnut, for the recommendation.)