Silver Screen

Ah, the life of a movie star. Evenings at the club, sipping Pina Coladas, days at the beach, showing off those long legs while reading a romance novel. (OK, I concede this fantasy is out of some late 40s movie.)

Beach Star

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Spring Stripes

One of the most wonderful fashion fantasies in SL is to have a great big hat. Not just any old hat but one that you could wear to the Kentucky Derby or to some equally fabulous spring fete. While the Derby won’t be held until April, it pays to prepare.

Spring Stripes

Sascha Frangilli will fulfill your fantasy with her beautiful new hats, offered as a match to her beautiful sleek new gown. Varying from her customary textured full gowns, Sascha shows this lean gown with white highlights and an asymmetrical neckline punctuated by a flower with abstract feathers. It’s elegant and minimal.

Spring Stripes

But the stunner of the outfit is really the hat with its fluted wide brim and translucent striped texture. Tilted at an angle, it frames this beautiful face (courtesy of Tricky Boucher) and keeps the sunlight out of a lady’s eyes as she watches the racetrack. I chose a feminine but sleek hair from Rachel Boram and earrings from Random Calliope. With a sleek minimal simplicity to most of the look, the busyness of the flower and the boldness of the hat stand out and seem in proportion.

Spring Stripes

Win, place, show:

Hair: [V] Vignette May Brick by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 5 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: SAS – Pizarro by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha Designs *

Earrings: Earring – Pearl Stud (L) – White by Random Calliope for Worthwhile

Bracelet: Calla Ivory Pearl Bracelet by Tigerlily Koi for Calla

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

See my writing stint on Trace Osterham’s Twothreesixfive blog

The Beauty of the Flamenco

The dancer’s trembling heart must bring everything into harmony, from the tips of her shoes to the flutter of her eyelashes, from the rustles of her dress to the incessant play of her fingers. Shipwrecked in a field of air, she must measure lines, silences, zigzags and rapid curves, with a sixth sense of aroma and geometry, without ever mistaking her terrain. In this she resembles the torero, whose heart must keep to the neck of the bull. Both of them face the same danger–he, death; and she, darkness.
~ Federico Garcia Lorca

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Today I had the holiday party for the residents of my sims and my friends. Arimo Texeira performed most beautifully, and we all enjoyed doing the flamenco, tango, and salsa in a pretty build by Eshi Otawara (she snuck in and fixed the mess I made).

It is expected that when I host a party I show up dressed for the theme. I was able to fulfill my duties most spectacularly in a dress by Nardya Rousselot. Known for her beautiful textures, Nardya is also a great builder and very smart with system pieces. In this dress, she layers her pieces skillfully with a filigreed bottom system skirt layered over a one-legged system pants with prims arranged artfully in the skirt to produce both a train and a peekaboo leg. She echoes the filigree along the bottoms of the prims with clean pixel edges and perfect transparent edges to her prims. (I can’t tell you how many dresses on the grid don’t pass muster because of this one detail. Pay attention, creators! This is the difference between an amateur and a professional. It’s easy to do right.)

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Fortunately I received Tuli Asturius’ group gift today, an absolutely drop dead gorgeous skin which suits me quite well. With its touches of glitter, fresh skin, subtle blush and muted lip color, it was ideal with this dress. (Often we think wearing a bold make-up—red lips, dark eyes—is right for a bold dress. That’s not always true). I wore Caliah Lyon’s holiday gift from last year—a neck bow with bells—to add festive flair.

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Finally, Nardya recently sent out a pair of ruby slippers as a gift to her group. These matched the dress perfectly in style and color. Nardya introduced a set of beautiful shoe styles at the Shoe Fair this year with beautiful textures and shapes. I look forward to seeing more from her. My ugly avatar feet call out to you, Nardya!

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Feeling the beauty of the dance:

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

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/br) dec VIP gift by Tuli Asturius for Tuli (given to group members)

Dress: NX-Nardcotix Frank’s Jazz Crimson by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Choker: ~Muse~ Silver Bells and Satin RIbbon (black) by Caliah Lyon for ~Muse~

Bracelet: Calla Pearl Wrap Bracelet (Blood) by Haedon Quine for Calla

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Kurvy Ruby Slippers -Exclusive Gift- by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix