Art

Art

What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit. ~John Updike

Art

The Fashionart event is still going on and in honor of the “art” of the event, I found myself at an SL exhibit (thanks to Stephen) taking photos of this amazing mesh dress from LyricalBizarre. She has created a dress that wraps around the body like a long ribbon, running right down the arm with a mermaid tail flair at the bottom. It’s a unique and dramatic dress, perfect for an art theme, and she has made a ridiculously intricate alpha to fit under the dress so peekaboo skin shows between the straps.

Art

JuneMonteiro’s skin for Fashionart is featured again because of its elegance and dramatic beauty. A gorgeous updo from Carina Larsen tops the look with its stylish upsweep and soft rolls of hair. Big bold earrings from AvaGardner Kungler complete the look.

Make sure you “The Absence of Color’ exhibit, which shows fractal art in black and white with a great simple but effective build.

Art

An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he — for some reason — thinks it would be a good idea to give them. ~Andy Warhol

Hair: Amacci Hair Maria ~ Brown Auburn by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Skin: .:JUMO:. Mariah Skin Cocoa Red Brows with .:JUMO:. Mariah Eyeliners 010 and .:JUMO:. Mariah Deep Red Lips by JuneMonteiro for .:JUMO:., available at Fashionart *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Stuff in Stock *

Dress: !Lyrical B!zarre Templates! – Impressions by LyricalBizarre for Lyrical B!zarre Templates, available at Fashionart *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Esplendor earring – Gold rose by AvaGardner Kungler forKunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – MvW Autumn Set HUD (wear) by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Poses by Di Hoorenbeek for Di’s Opera

Photographed at The Absence of Color: An Exhibition by Ranadeep and Milly Sharple at Fractal Insanity Art Gallery – The Art of Milly Sharple

Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Afternoon

A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.

Sunday Afternoon

It’s a lazy day in my household, made doubly so because it’s Mother’s Day so all my normal cooking and cleaning is off my hands. I bought a new book on Kindle (“The Golem and the Jinni”), did some online work, enjoyed a fine dessert of fruit and whipped cream and chocolate sauce and chocolate chips made up by my son, and generally lazed around.

Even when it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon in SL, I have to dress fashionably and Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus have made this ridiculously easy. Start with the mesh boho top Bastchild Lotus made (yes, she modeled this one) with Paul’s amazing textures and scads of options available via their handy texture-change HUD (not just solids but also prints). Buy the top, wear it over and over by switching elements out.

Sunday Afternoon

Then there are the great boyfriend jeans from Paul with their own texture-change hud that allows you to choose the denim color, buckle texture and belt leather texture. Put the two together and you have infinite possibilities.

So really it all comes down to how you accessorize. I found the necklace and earrings ridiculously inexpensively offered by hadarah Steamer (along with other pieces—I admit I went a little crazy). My shoes, one of Maxi Gossamer’s offerings for Collabor88, have color change for the gems and the leather. Throw in neon nails from Giela Delpaso and it’s all matchy-matchy in a nice way.

Sunday Afternoon

My leisurely furniture from Sway Dench that she is featuring at The Men’s Dept is named after one of SL’s most dashing gentlemen, Stephen Venkmen. I have known Stephen for some time now, and I will attest he is as kind and decent up close as it would seem. The furniture includes a mix of unisex and definitely masculine poses plus some sweet couples poses. (I didn’t test the adult version, natch). And the signed baseball on the shelf is a cute touch.

My glowing natural skin is evidence of Shyla Diggs’ skill with Tricky Boucher’s palette. I love the blush of the skin, the sexy but not overdone make-up and the proportionate coloring through the face. My updo is one of Carina Larsen’s newest hairstyles with a texture change band holding my hair back. It’s sleek made casual and provides versatility for many different looks.

Sunday Afternoon

“Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hair: Amacci Hair Klara ~ Brown Auburn by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Skin: -Belleza- Ria SK 3 Br by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available atStuff in Stock *

Top: L&B Swear “Boho” (W) – Blouse by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus forLapointe and Bastchild *

Jeans: L&B Jeans “Classic Boyfriend” (Shoes) by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus forLapointe and Bastchild *

Jewelry: Celtic Necklace and Earrings by hadarah Steamer for Casual Lies

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Neon Set – Natural HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Sandals: MG – Sandals – Bejewelled Genie Princess by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Furnishings:

Standing pose by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *

The Painter

The Artist

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

The Artist

Fashionart is opening in a couple days with the theme of art as inspiration for fashion. I am getting psyched up for the event, preparing my artist’s mind for the exclusives. This cute dress from Johnydeep is a darling start with an artist’s palette on the front. Upon wearing it, I realized my mission as a painter, and set up an easel and started painting. (One of Diana Baroque’s paintings so I could look good. I couldn’t paint my way out of a paper bag.) A jaunty colorful cap from Ravenna Rossini and high heel shoes from Teekie are two more of the exclusives from Fashionart. (And if you think an artist does not wear ridiculously sexy high heels, you clearly have never met Eshi Otawara in RL.)

The Artist

My glowing skin is the Nutmeg version of Carina Larsen’s newest release. With pretty brows and eyes and delicate lips, it’s a distinctively beautiful skin. Carina released a set of mesh eyes that include a HUD for sizing and glow, which I have been showing for the past few blog entries. My long locks, which fit perfectly under the hat, are Truth Hawks’ newest. Nancoix Urquan has a set of great poses for sale at Fashionart as well. Bring on the art!

The Artist

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ― Vincent van Gogh

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Zoella by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Amacci Skin – Tyne (Nutmeg) – 10 Rose by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Body paint: :: YaYo :: – Canvas – Body – No Face by Brandi Monroe for YaYo

Eyes: – Zenith Eyes – Mesh Eyes with HUD – Teal by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Dress: The Dress of a Artist by johnydeep for J&A Megastore, available at Fashionart (opens May 9)

Cap: Frogstar – Ryden Cap (F) Original by Ravenna Rossini for Frogstar, available at Fashionart (opens May 9)

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: FOR SLINK HIGH HOLLY MESH BLACK VIDA HEELS by Teekie for Hollyhood, available at Fashionart (opens May 9)

Poses by BoatHouse Paint Brush (wear me) and BoatHouse Painting Pallette (wear me) by IzzieBellah Hinterland for BoatHouse

.:-CatniP-:. Easel  (Standing Paint Animation) by Akasha Wachmann for .:-CatniP-:.

[PM]Pixel Mode – Draped Photography Background by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Painting by Diana Baroque

Poses by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses, available at Fashionart (opens May 9)

An Irrevocable Condition

An Irrevocable Condition

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” ~ James Baldwin

An Irrevocable Condition

Tobias Convair believes in home and he knows his stuff. His latest release, the Pinewood Cottage, which he is selling at FaMESHed at a rock bottom price, is his American interpretation of home, an arts and crafts style bungalow which would find a safe place in many neighborhoods around the U.S. With a cozy floorplan that allows for small furniture groupings and an intimate upstairs space with room for a bedroom with fireplace, master bath and office, it’s a sort of archetype of the American dream and where else but SL would one best indulge that dream?

I located the house on my parcel overlooking the Linden seas with a late afternoon light falling in the windows to match the shadows and sunlight Tobias baked in and furnished it with pieces I have collected and new furnishings out for sale right now.

An Irrevocable Condition

Start with the casual room to the side. With flowing curtains from Isabeau Baragula that I used throughout the house, I put down Tya Fallingbridge’s darling rattan collection for FaMESHed, which would be great in a room like this or the kind of outdoor living room that is so popular here right now. With beautifully coordinated textiles, pillows and blankets, the set has a versatility with several sitting poses per chair.

An Irrevocable Condition

The casual dining room is furnished with Cherelle Capra’s blue and light wood furnishings that she sold at the Monochromatic Fair but which are now in her main store. Coordinated with several funky accessories (the retro clock and hanging lights), the set brightens up the house, giving a casual homey feel to the kitchen.

An Irrevocable Condition

Cory Edo has made this formal dining room set for FaMESHed, which I have accessorized with Sway Dench’s gorgeous Moroccan carved screen and one of Tya Fallingbridge’s curved chandeliers. Cory provides the full compliment for a beautiful dining room including captains chairs with several texture change options, dining chairs, a gorgeously designed arts and crafts influenced table and separate dining pieces including place settings with color change scripts. A set of candles from Spooky Mistwallow’s RP store creates an elegant ambience to the scene.

An Irrevocable Condition

I found pieces with an East Asian influence from Kaerri Rae in my inventory to place in front of the cozy fireplace that Tobias has included with the house. Tobias’ fireplace set, sold separately at his store, fills the hearth with a warm glow while a floor cushion recently purchased from Wendy Xeno provides a space for singles or couples to cozy up by the fire.

An Irrevocable Condition

In my own home in SL there is no reason to dress up or flounce around in ball gowns. I chose separates from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus so I could color change to make a harmonious combination and accessorized with Maxi Gossamer’s latest offerings at FaMESHed. My lovely skin is Umazuma Metaluna’s newest piece, a lovely Asian skin with freckles sprinkled across the nose and a high ponytail from Circe Ishtari, drawn up with a scrunchie, completes my look.

An Irrevocable Condition

“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

Hair: Tokyo.Girl Hair Suzu [ all color ] ~long flexi~ by Circe Ishtari for Tokyo Girl *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Xiao – Bare face(honey) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at Chapter Four *

Eyes: Amacci  – Zenith Eyes – Mesh Eyes with HUD – Brown by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Top: L&B S’wear “Bianca” SM  Camisole Cropped – Color Knit Set by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Jeans: L&B Jeans “Classic” (SM) (Feet) – FatPack by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Earrings: [MAGIC NOOK] Lasso Hoop (Silver) MESH by Ayumi Cassini for Magic Nook, available at the Dressing Room Fusion

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Riva Bow – Short by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – French Manicure – Pastels Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Sandals: MG – Sandals – Riva Bow by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo, available at Pose Fair 2014 *

 

House:

  • +CONVAIR+ Pinewood Cottage by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *

 

Casual Room:

  • [PM] Pixel Mode: Juniper Rattan Chair – A by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *
  • [PM] Pixel Mode: Juniper Rattan Chair – B by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *
  • [PM] Pixel Mode: Juniper Rattan Chair – C by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *
  • [PM] Pixel Mode: Juniper Rattan Chair – D by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *
  • [PM] Pixel Mode: Juniper Rattan End Table by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *
  • [PM]Pixel Mode – Throw Rug – Straw by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *
  • Kalopsia – Flying Curtain (Left) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia (modified)
  • Kalopsia – Flying Curtain (Right) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia (modified)

 

Casual dining room:

  • Winston Drape, M/C by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Retro Starburst Clock – Indigo by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Cafe Stool 1 – Indigo (3 pos) by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Cafe Stool 2 – Indigo (3 pos) by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Cafe Stool 4 – Indigo (3 pos) by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Cafe Stool 4 – Indigo (3 pos) by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Sofa Table with Sea Birds – Birch by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Whimsy Light Strands Row – Light Blue by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • * [CIRCA] Open Table Magazine by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Modern Floor Vase – Birch by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Tiered Crate Shelf w/ Items- 3 Woods by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • [CIRCA] – “Charlotte Bay” Round Cafe Table with Planter – Birch by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA] *
  • blue rug by Jeanie Moonflower for Bygone Days

 

Formal dining room:

  • Sway’s [Shirin] Folding screen – ebony by Sway Dench for Sway’s, out for The Challenge *
  • [PM] Pixel Mode  – Chandelier – Short – Pewter by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *
  • =Mirage= Candle Cluster – Magick Mix (3 LI) by Spooky Mistwallow for =Mirage= *
  • Fowler Rug 3 by Eric Linden (yeah!)
  • Trompe Loeil – Darya Dining Table by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *
  • Trompe Loeil – Darya Dining Chair Autumn F1 {A} by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *
  • Trompe Loeil – Darya Dining Chair w/Arms Autumn F1 {A} by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *
  • Trompe Loeil – Darya Napkin and Flatwear Neutral by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *
  • Trompe Loeil – Tall Wine Glass by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *
  • Trompe Loeil – Darya DIning Plate Neutral by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *
  • Trompe Loeil – Darya Salt/Pepper Shaker Neutral Plum by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *
  • Kalopsia – Flying Curtain (Left) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia (modified)
  • Kalopsia – Flying Curtain (Right) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia (modified)

 

Formal living room:

  • Trompe Loeil – Cobble Hill Rug by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *
  • Saitama Ottoman by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *
  • Saitama Couch by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *
  • Saitama Picture by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *
  • Saitama Orchid by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *
  • Saitama Zen Stones by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *
  • [we’re CLOSED] floor cushion army by Wendy Xeno for [we’re CLOSED]
  • +CONVAIR+ FIreplace Tools by Tobias Convair for Convair *
  • +CONVAIR+ Fireplace Grate by Tobias Convair for Convair *
  • Kalopsia – Flying Curtain (Left) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia (modified)
  • Kalopsia – Flying Curtain (Right) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia (modified)

 

Porch:

Inventoil Made Easier

Inventoil Made easy

“There’s never enough of the stuff you can’t get enough of.” ~ Patrick H.T. Doyle

Inventoil Made easy

A few years ago I introduced the word “inventoil” to the world, which was my word for going through my inventory and sorting things. At the time my inventory was almost manageable. I knew what I had and where it might be. That ended a couple years ago when boxes exploded with fatpacks of fatpacks, and I started joining events to blog. And oh, well, I shop a lot too. Pfff.

StarlightShining clued me into a fancy trick in Firestorm that is going to revolutionize your inventory, especially if you have a hoarding problem as I do. And I’m going to teach you how to do it. The bottom line is that you are going to be able to pack massive amounts of stuff into a package without manually moving it. It’s kind of like those Spacebags that “triple your storage’ when you vacuum out the air.

Inventoil Made easy

First, get the Firestorm client. This only works with Firestorm as far as I know.

You need to select what you want boxed. Make a folder at the top layer (meaning “Inventory > Folder”). If it’s in any other folders, this will not work. My folder is “~ 100 Block,” full of some dope stuff I got to blog for the 100 Block, some of which you saw here. The event is over and I am desperate not to part with these things but the reality is, they have to be packed away if I can’t bear to delete them. I named the folder with the ~ (a tilde in geek terms) so it would sort to the bottom of my inventory, making it easier to find. (You can name with ! at the beginning and it sorts to the top but I have used that trick too many times for it to be useful to me anymore.)

Everything in that folder, including folders, is going to pack into the package at ONE LEVEL. That means the stuff IN the folders will go into the box but the folder separation will not. So if you pack folders in this folder, don’t expect them to remain sorted. I don’t personally care. Most people name things in a manner that they sort correctly. And if they don’t, well, I didn’t need it anyway.

Inventoil Made easy

Edit the box and hit “Copy Key.” You are going to need that in a moment.

In the chat line of local chat type “zdrop on <paste what you copied from Copy Key here> <name of folder EXACTLY with capitalization correct here>”. The package and folder do not have to have the same name, incidentally. I just happened to do that. This is a photo of what I ended up typing.

Inventoil Made easy

If you did it all correctly, you will see the message in your chat window start scrolling by and witness each item being packed into the package. The progress will fill up your screen but no one else’s.

Inventoil Made easy

While it packs, resume your normal activities in the sim. Pose for photos (though the little starry line might show as you package), furnish your house, sort other items in inventory (though you can’t start another zdrop transfer), chat in Skin Addiction. It’s not a quick process if you have a lot of things.

Inventoil Made easy

The biggest thing I found is that you need to stay within in the sim you are on and while I have not tested this, I am guessing you have to stay in relatively close proximity to the package. I managed to thoroughly furnish the Theosophy sky box while packaging all my LeeZu one evening.

Inventoil Made easy

If you are packing a lot, I would advise you to get a scripted package that will allow you to scroll through menus to find the contents of the box. I use the Bright Container myself, which is old technology but works for me. And yes, you can pack into packages that already contain scripts, objects, notecards, etc. If I find more 100 Block items, I can simply jam them into that box from the same method.

When it’s done, you’ll see this. (Please note the time stamp. Started at 20:48, ended at 21:03):

Inventoil Made easy

If you check inside your package, it may take some time for the inventory to pull up but you should see this:

Inventoil Made easy

Any no copy items will have gone into that package. The rest transfer, so if you want to keep the folder in your inventory AND have a box of things, go ahead. I will be holding on to that folder for a day or two more and then maybe, if I can bear it, moving it to trash. In a day or two I might even “empty trash.”

Let me give you a quick review of my outfit. Start with the aforementioned LeeZu Baxter, whose work I can not BEAR to part with. Her newest top features a peekaboo peel off strap that drops down, so I put on the bodysuit that Kinu Mayako is offering for a mere 5L in the Pink Fusion Hunt. (Oh hunt items—another choice batch for boxing!) My skirt is Datrip Blackbart’s Pink Fusion Hunt item and my shows with anklets are from Mr. Gospel Voom and his innate knowledge of what turns men on. (I got lots of compliments on these shoes, ladies… hint hint).

My skin is Carina Larsen’s newest and I have to say I have a secret crush on her work. Her skins look like no one else’s but have a sophistication and freshness all at once that make them gorgeous and unique. My eyes are also from Carina and include a HUD for changing size, glow, and shadowing. I will be featuring more of these mesh eyes. Finally my hair is Chiaki Xue’s newest, a darling short cut that includes a little bouncy flexi so when I am hanging upside down, you can see it fly out.

Inventoil Made easy

Yes, I know my inventory is too big! “To inform fools, that they are so, does not make them any wiser.” ~ Taylor E Bennet

Hair: *Dura-Girl*53(L-Red) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: Amacci Skin – Tyne (Cream) – 02 Ruby by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Eyes: Amacci  – Zenith Eyes – Mesh Eyes with HUD – Spring by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Top: [LeeZu] Constance Top/pink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Bodysuit (underneath): [ SAKIDE ] Pink Dream Bodysuit v3 by Kinu Mayako for [ SAKIDE ], available for the Pink Fusion Hunt *

Skirt: Legal Insanity – Pink fusion hunt – leo mini skirt by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity, available for the Pink Fusion Hunt *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail Appliers: :FY: Spring Glitter Nails @ Pink Fusion Hunt by Hannah Lacombe for Forever Young, available for the Pink Fusion Hunt *

Shoes: [Gos] Charlotte Mary Jane Pumps – Patent by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Floor cushion: Sway’s [Shirin] Floor Cushion – silver.indigo by Sway Dench for Sway’s, out for The Challenge *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

I Wanna Be Evil

I Wanna Be Evil

I’ve posed for pictures with Iv’ry Soap
I’ve petted stray dogs, and shied clear of dope
My smile is brilliant, my glance is tender
But I’m noted most for my unspoiled gender

Prim and proper, the girl who’s never been kissed
Well, I’m tired of being pure and not chaste

Like something that seeks its level
I wanna go to the devil
I wanna be evil, I wanna spit tacks
I wanna be evil, and cheat at jacks
I wanna be wicked, I wanna tell lies
I wanna be mean, and throw mud pies

I wanna be evil, little evil me
Just as mean and evil as I can be

~ “ I Want to Be Evil” by Eartha Kitt

I Wanna Be Evil

I wanna be evil and the best way to be evil is to be deadly beautiful. With one of Mami Jewell’s newest gowns, I am wicked in the sexiest way. Mami has embraced mesh and brought her lush textures to a medium that is crowded with less-than-ideal artwork. She has also done what I love seeing designers do—mixing prims and mesh—this time with a feathered collar to create a dramatic, face-framing shape and beautiful satin flexi prims on the bottom for movement and elegance. Everything this gown is dramatic but not overstated.

I Wanna Be Evil

My vampiress look is achieved from several elements. First, Aida Ewing featured the Lucy skins a few weeks ago and with their “snow” complexion and very subtle brows and lips contrasting with a dark dark eye, they are perfect for this gorgeous specter. I found fangs from Sissy Pessoa were a perfect tattoo overlay—not too overt and elegant. And Carina Larsen’s white, elegantly rolled up-do is the epitome of restrained refinement that our cold-blooded beauty needs.

I Wanna Be Evil

And in the theatre
I want to change my seat
Just so I can step on everybody’s feet

Hair: Amacci Hair Estra ~ White by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Skin: Glam Affair – Lucy – Snow – 03 A by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Fangs: Baiastice_fangs tattoo by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Platinum by Ikon Innovia for  IKON

Dress: -AZUL- Iolanda/Ruby by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Jewelry: :::Sn@tch Languid Gothic Ribbon Choker::: by Ivey Deschanels for Sn@tch

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Long by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

A Butterfly’s Wings

A Butterfly's Wings

Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well. ~ Anonymous

A Butterfly's Wings

The above quote is not quite true. Butterflies physically *can* see their wings but whether they realize the beauty of what they are seeing is another thing. I kind of imagine creators in SL are the same way, including Squinternet Larnia. They may see the beautiful thing they create but not understand that once they set it out for sale, out to fly as it were, they have no idea what impact it may have on others. It might be a dress that is worn the day a woman invites her best friend to visit in her in RL or a suit a man wore the first time he met the love of his life.

The Love Donna Flora event is not just a charity event but a genuine outpouring of fond sentiment about the creations that Squinternet Larnia has made. Doubtless Squinternet doesn’t realize the impact her creations have had on people or the grid. The Love Donna Flora event is a chance for her to find out.

Two creators sent me items early. First there is this gorgeous dress from Eleseren Brianna, one of three she is offering at the Love Donna Flora event. With its beautiful lace decollatage and deep cut back, the salmon-colored satin and tulle sleeves make this a dream of a dress.

A Butterfly's Wings

The blogger Isabelli Anatine made lovely butterfly posing props for Love Donna Flora as well (the inspiration for this blog). In three different scenes, a woman holds butterflies, watching them fly and admiring their beauty. Could the possibly know how much joy they bring to the world? Never.

A Butterfly's Wings

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~ Maya Angelou

Hair: Amacci Hair Luna ~ Natural Brown by Carina Larsen for Amacci, available at Hair Fair 2013 *

Skin: -Belleza- Ava Med TLC 4 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, at The Boutique *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Mirror eyes Duo Brown (med) by Keiba for Umeboshi, available at The Box

Dress: }RC{ Zuri Rose Gown by Eleseren Brianna for Romance Couture, available at Love Donna Flora, opening July 25 *

Poses: UNCERTAIN SMILE – BUTTERFLIES SET by Isabelli Anatine for Uncertain Smile, available at the Love Donna Flora, opening July 25 *

Chere, I Love Your Hair!

Don’t you want people to say that to you? Carina Larsen has produced a number of up-dos for the Hair Fair that probably will get people telling you they love your hair! And if you wear them, you have the satisfaction of knowing part of the cost went to Wigs for Kids. Loveable hair on your head and kids’ heads. It’s win-win!

amacci carol copy

The first is a lovely back bun with a side parted bang and tendrils framing the face. It’s super-versatile for any elegant look.

Hair: Amacci Hair Carol ~ Dark Copper with Amacci Hairbase Tattoo – Dark Copper by Carina Larsen for Amacci, available at Hair Fair 2013 *

amacci luna copy

Carina gives the up-do a more contemporary look with this top-knot and pretty curls at the neck.

Hair: Amacci Hair Luna ~ Dark Copper with Amacci Hairbase Tattoo – Dark Copper by Carina Larsen for Amacci, available at Hair Fair 2013 *

amacci eclaire copy

I think this was my favorite up-do with rolls of hair piled on top of the head ending in a large rolled bun.

Hair: Amacci Hair Eclaire ~ Dark Copper with Amacci Hairbase Tattoo – Dark Copper by Carina Larsen for Amacci, available at Hair Fair 2013 *

amacci dana copy

Finally, Carina presents this creatively-assembled updo that can be worn with an elegant dress or jeans.

All the photos include Tiffy Vella’s newest jewelry set with great color change options.

Hair: Amacci Hair Dana ~ Dark Copper with Amacci Hairbase Tattoo – Dark Copper by Carina Larsen for Amacci, available at Hair Fair 2013 *

Skin: Glam Affair – Lulu 01 RED by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: pearl – columbia – medium bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: ~Sassy!~ Ingenue dress – navy by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~ *

Jewelry: Eclectica ‘Lotus’ Necklace and Earrings by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica*

Hair

Hair

Gimme a head with hair
Long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen

Give me down to there hair
Shoulder length or longer
Here baby, there mama
Everywhere daddy daddy…

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty
Oily, greasy, fleecy
Shining, gleaming, streaming
Flaxen, waxen
Knotted, polka-dotted
Twisted, beaded, braided
Powdered, flowered, and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied!

~ from the song “Hair,” from “Hair: the Musical”

I have a quandary here because generally I do a whole avatar “look” and I eschew that multiple mugshot presentation, but I have been inundated with hair… hair in boxes, hair in packages, hair in folders.. wonderful hair! That’s because the Hair Fair is on again this year, and there are many more choices for me to show than I can do in.. a month I bet. So I will be showing some great styles here and through the week.

This post will be my mugshot showing (wherein I just show hair without content or context—just hair.. on my head.) Hair Fair opened yesterday at midnight slt. Join the Hair Fair Demo Group in world to grab copies of these as demos so you are not wandering around the Fair trying them on in a swamp of lag. (And there will be lag—don’t complain—you all want to be there so there will be lag.)

Finally, please note that I show some new skins here and I will talk more about them as the week goes on. Simply admire and purchase!!

Hair

Hair: [RA] Khloe Hair – Red Fever by Raspberry Aristocrat for Raspberry Aristocrat, available at Hair Fair 2011

Skin: :GP: Petal [Dark] Pout-Indulged 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Steel Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Earrings: erratic/hoop earrings/silver by Erratic Rain for erratic

Hair

Hair: !lamb. Our Deal – Blur Ombre by Lamb Bellic for lamb, available at Hair Fair 2011

Skin: :GP: Petal Frex [Light] Airhead-Fluff 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Hair

Hair: MINA Hair – Famke – BG05 by Mina Nakamura for MINA Hair & Bijoux, available at Hair Fair 2011

Skin: [.:Mascarade:.] Chou – Jolie – by Jahen Foxclaw for [.:Mascarade:.]

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Warm Silver (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Hair

Note: This one includes extensions that were not right. Bubbles took the same texture and put it on the extensions so the dark was still on top so as the pieces went together they did not match. I was disappointed because I loved the long hair.

Hair: Clawtooth: Pretty Words (skull) – Soil by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, available at Hair Fair 2011

Skin: [mock] Olivia Skin (no Cleavage) Tone 2 by Mocksoup Graves for MOCK Cosmetics *

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

Hair

Hair: Rosy mood hair / Conifer (red) by Calico Felisimo for Rosy Mood *

Skin: [mock] Olivia Skin (no Cleavage) Tone 2 by Mocksoup Graves for MOCK Cosmetics *

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

Hair

Hair: [LeLutka]-KNOTTED hair – Overcooked with [LeLutka]-HAIRBASE Overcooked by Thora Charron for [LeLutka], available at Hair Fair 2011

Skin: * LaVie * Jolie – Anemone – Sunkissed #9 [H] by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie *

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

Hair

Hair: Amacci Hair Trisha ~ Wheat Blond by Carina Larsen for Amacci, , available at Hair Fair 2011 *

Skin: :GP: Petal [Light] Summer-Pebble 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Mint (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Hair

Note: This comes with a whole fantastic outfit of … hair. Not sure I will ever find a place for the hair skirt but it was certainly fun.

Hair: ChiChickie! Godiva (Hair) – Chocolate by Chiana Meredith for ChiChickie, available at Hair Fair 2011 *

Skin: #5 LaVie Asia -Tiffany- Light by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie *

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

Hair

Hair: Magika Hair // Andarial by Sabina Gully for Magika, available at Hair Fair 2011

Skin: LAQ ~ Mini – [Nougat] – 09 by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Celtic Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Hair

Note: The fan changes texture on click so you can match to your outfit!

Hair: Vanity Hair: Shizuka-Noir by Tabita Jewell for Vanity Hair, available at Hair Fair 2011

Skin: :GP: Honey [Dark] Jasmine-Big Red Lantern 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

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

Hair

Note: This one comes with a hud to change the streaks to any color in her collection.

Hair: !!Calico Ingmann Creations!! Audrey – Light Blondes by Calico Ingmann for Calico Ingmann Creations

Skin: [.:Mascarade:.] Chou – Jolie – by Jahen Foxclaw for [.:Mascarade:.]

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Warm Silver (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Attention to the Details

Ever have one of those days when you see everything but what you really need to see? I had that yesterday.

I should have known something was up when I logged in and Delora Starbrook and Winter Jefferson both IM’d me at once. Delora said, “You’re in trouble.” Winter said, “I am a little put off…” I thought to myself, oh crap.. what now?

Delora asked to TP me in, so I accepted. I was up in her skybox in front of two sales panels from her store, and she had a cute little silks/dress thing on. She asked me how I liked it. I liked it a lot. Her textures get better with each creation. She builds her prims exactingly and textures them intelligently. I thought she did a nice job and I told her so. In fact, I said, I think one could almost go clubbing in it.

Attention to the Details

She passed back and forth in front of the sales panel and questioned me about my idea. I watched her pass back and forth, admiring the movement of the prims and how cute she was. She TP’d in Winter, and they questioned me further. What did I mean by clubbing? Did I really think it was a good “dress”? As I felt my foot going deeper and deeper into my mouth, I struggled… until I spotted the sale panel out of the corner of my eye and saw the name of the outfit—“Harper.”

Attention to the Details

Boy, did I feel like a dolt. I was camming in on Delora, on Winter, on everything but the words on that sales panel. When I finally realized, seven minutes later, it all made sense. Delora wanted to surprise me, and I ruined it by not paying attention to the details.

Delora has paid attention, however, from the pull of the fabric across the torso to the double belts to the flirty, barely-covering skirts. “Harper” comes in seven colors, including this rich brown and will be released today (Wednesday). I am honored to have this beautiful work named after me.

This hair from Carina Larsen was perfect for the sex appeal the outfit requires. I adorned myself with jewelry from Zaara.

Attention to the Details

The outfit requires either no shoes (for the girl who kneels) or in my case, gladiator sandals from J’s. J’s was the original for toe shoes and still makes the perfect little tootsies.

Attention to the Details

The details:

Hair: Amacci Hair Sophia ~ Auburn by Carina Larsen for Amacci

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

Outfit: *HD* Harper – Brown by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs

Earrings, Necklace, and Arm Band: ZC : Suvarna kundan (White) by Zaara Kohime for {Zaara}

Shoes: J’s Real Toe GladiatorSandals DarkBrown by JB Gazov for J’s