Holiday Office Party

Lots of women’s and business magazines are full of sage advice about what to wear to the holiday office party. An article in Forbes tells us, “The wrong outfit… will quickly make you the subject of unwanted stares and gossip.” But what about SL? What do you wear to an office party?

Holiday Office Party

Eshi Otawara’s newest cocktail dress will do the job. It has the wow factor you need to be noticed among all the other glistening blinging beauties and has the cachet to make you look fashionistish. I mean, what is so wrong about a laced up bodice and speckly floaty flowers and thigh highs with high heel sandals from Onyx LeShelle when it’s an SL office party? (Especially when you bring cookies for the potluck!)

Holiday Office Party

 

A glamorous look needs a glamorous skin and Minnu Palen provides that with her new Mila skin. It’s minimalist, of course. You don’t get all the pores and skin glow that you get on other skins but for a model skin, perhaps that is all you need—something powdered and made up. My updo, adorned with a modified rose from Siyu Suen, is a dramatic style from Mirja Mills.

Holiday Office Party

“The rule of thumb, says Sanders, is understated is always better.” ~ Forbes magazine. Ha!

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * STORMY * /snow by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: [LeLutka]-Mila/HUSH-Makeup1 by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka] *

Dress: Black Lace-up Coktail Dress by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara *

Hair rose: *~*Hair Rose: White & Black/Copy (Modified) by Siyu Suen for *~*Illusions*~*

Bracelet: LBB Green Winter charm bracelet by Tomoyuki Batra for Little Boy Blue

Shoes: Maitreya Gold * Moxie Patent Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Ruby Red

Sometimes it really is only about the dress.

Ruby Red

The Crazy Arse Hair Hunt took me to Ivey Deschanel’s store, and of course, something caught my eye (as it always does when I walk in there—you’d think I would learn). This pretty party dress, available in a package with a black and purple version for a mere 250L really got my imagination going. I put it on and suddenly I was climbing in taxis and running from one cocktail party to another in my lovely sculpted frock. Ivey’s store would make you believe she is all dark and tough but really, she is a girl like any of us—one who likes pretty dresses and the delightful horizon of an evening on the town laid out before us.

Ruby Red

I paired it up with this pretty skin from Amesha Jewell with it’s deep eyes and pretty lips. I mentioned in a previous blog that a skin she had offered had a seam. She quickly fixed the skin, made a public notice that she would replace the skin to anyone who wanted such a replacement, and kindly replaced mine. I can’t say enough about service and integrity like that. She really is stellar.

Hair is from BlueStarRUI Villota. (You can kind of tell I had a little shopping spree at Love Soul recently because you are seeing a lot from her here. It was a great splurge!)

Ruby Red

Paint the town red!

Hair: [ Love Soul ] Hair*023-A*Mocha by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Skin: : HS : Bliss : Sweetness (nc) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick *

Dress: :::Sn@tch Dancing After::: (red) by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Jewelry: Tesselations – Deep Ruby by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Red by LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully for Courtisane *

Poses from Fanny Willis  for *EverGlow* *

Written while listening to “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis.

I have received several notices today from flopsie McArdle concerning her desire to sell the Iron Fist sim. I don’t think I have gushed enough about how wonderful I think her work is, how amazing the Iron Fist sim is, how much her creativity has brought much joy to my SL and probably many others’. That being said, I don’t think this is about drama–flopsie is simply being proactive and selling a grandfathered full sim when she can still get a good price for it. It’s wise business. I would encourage all of my dear readers to go to Iron Fist one more time before it disappears from the grid. Enjoy flopsie’s tremendous creativity and wonderful sense of humor and abundant love for this medium. (And if you’re so moved, make her an offer….)  Iron Fist is one place in SL where art lives.

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.

More Spring Flowers

I can see more people have the same idea I do. We’re screaming for spring! (Apologies to all my friends in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Spring Flowers

Today’s visit to a springtime flower garden comes courtesy Nicky Ree. I think she’s in the same state of mind. I show here two sets actually, both using the same pattern from Nicky’s Autumn Dance collection (I bought both—I couldn’t decide.) First the shorter dance dress (which also comes in another version). With the ruffled neckline and flouncy ruffled skirt, this is at once sexy and girlish. The brilliant addition is the solid wide belt around the waistline—it makes the dress go from purely flowery to stylish.

This is the difference between a new designer and an expert—Nicky is able to wrangle her textures and prims into making the look she wants. Flowers go from proportionally small in the top to larger on the prims, the waistline shows as a solid piece even though it extends from the top to the skirt prim, prims are all perfectly placed and textured. Nicky controls what she does—she turns the “bugs” of designing in SL into “features.”

Spring Flowers

Then I show the Dance Gown. With its elegant line, full trained skirt, and detailed wrist it is a breath of fresh air—the first window open after a long winter indoors.

I found what I needed to gently compliment the dress at Maeve Mortlock’s store, Ear Candy. With every piece going for 59L, Maeve makes stocking my jewelry box inexpensive and delightful. Her earrings look like no one else’s—clearly Maeve has a great stash of beads and textures to work with and she uses them with joy. My biggest complaint? The jewelry is copy/no trans. I can’t give gifts. Otherwise Maeve would be making a lot more linden as I pass these baubles out to all my friends.

Spring Flowers

It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain

Hair: JE*REPUBLIC-Fran-Wine by Jungeun Vella for JE*REPUBLIC

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 10 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Long Dress: *DNR* Autumn Dance Gown & Pants – Lavender by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Short Dress: *DNR* Autumn Dance Dresses – Lavender by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

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

Necklace: Ear Candy ~ Purple Briolette Necklace by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Purple Briolette Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Pecan by Saki Galliazo for SKG Shoes (no longer available)

Vintage Grace

I am breaking another rule of my many (unwritten) blogging rules. I have always been reluctant to blog Raven Pennyfeather’s work because I work for her and she’s a dear friend of mine. I felt there was some sort of conflict in doing so, but I have been convinced otherwise as long as I give the following disclaimer: Raven is one of my best friends and I love her dearly. She is the reason I am still here in SL, plugging away, pursuing fashion, dressing up every day. If I walk away from SL, she will still be with me. Our friendship is the proof that SL is more RL than many people like to acknowledge.

Vintage Grace

That being said, I am blogging this beautiful new dress from Raven because she truly has outdone herself. The system top is absolutely exquisite, with the feathered décolletage, the tweed pattern running through it, and the three-quarter length sleeves punctuated by satin cuffs. A tortured prim collar surrounds the neck like a piece of constructed fluffery with a well-chosen sculpty belt around the waist. A dramatic (but not overdone) feather hat tops the ensemble. The system skirt is tight and sexy with a brilliant pleated flexi attached, and Raven’s characteristic textured stockings complete the outfit. This truly is high fashion—unique, artistic, designed well. It shows how Raven continues to push herself artistically and technically.

Vintage Grace

I was originally (brilliantly) photographed in this outfit for the ad by SC Tracy, using styling from Raven. I have restyled it in a different vintage fashion for these photos using this amazing hair from Betty Doyle. (I remember coming into SL and wanting to pursue the vintage look—Marleen Vaughn was doing some brilliant stuff but she was the only one until Betty Doyle came along. Betty IS vintage in SL.) A skin from Lorac Farella with decadently lined eyes and a full ripe red glossy lip and beauty mark complete the look.

Vintage Grace

With elegance and grace:

Hair: Ingenue ~ Lamour ~ Cinnamon by Betty Doyle for Ingenue

Skin: Pulse Skin – Honey/Oh My!-Radiance blk  brows by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: ! RP Couture Fury Womens Black by Raven Pennyfeather for RP Couture *

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

Holiday Soirees

One of the things I really believed about the holidays when I was a teenager is that I would be invited to tons of holiday parties where I would have to dress up and “glitter.” (Seventeen really sold us something, didn’t they?) By the time I got in college and beyond, most of the parties were sweater and jeans affairs with boots and puffy quilted jackets. Our sweaters were thrift store finds, our jeans were ripped, and our boots were scuffed. Someone somewhere was dressing up—sure wasn’t me. I couldn’t afford it.

Holiday Soirees

However, I like the idea of it. I like the thought of holiday soirees, invitations overflowing in the mail, rushing to get dressed, champagne and hors d’oeuvres (I have a rich imagination). This dress from Ivey Deschanel would be ideal for such parties. With its full and flirty blue satin skirt and sequined spaghetti strap top, it fits the bill. What really pushes it from girly dress to a more elegant look, however, is the scarf and fishnet tights Ivey includes. The tights.. they are just plain old well done with the right shading and great seams.

Holiday Soirees

I dressed this beauty up with an updo from Truth Hawks. His colors and textures are amazing. (I seem to be blogging him a lot, hm? Well he always has a hair color that suits!) Drop earrings from Sofi Trenkins match this outfit—nothing too elaborate is needed with sequins. And a skin from Lorac Farella with a tonal lip. It really has to be all about the dress—no need to pile on the makeup ;)

Holiday Soirees

Jingle, jingle:

Hair: >TRUTH< Cameron – auburn by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life Freckled/Tone 5 Warm m7 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: :::Sn@tch Tango (Clothing Layers Only)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Earrings: ~SIGMA~Jewels/ Nepheli earrings~ by Sofi Trenkins for ~SIGMA~Jewels

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Belles – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Party Dress

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to fill out my wardrobe with party dresses and suitable attire. I am not one for the red/green combos or for looking like one of Santa’s elves. I prefer a more sophisticated look.

Party Dress

This dress from Vitabela Dubrovna fit the bill. Based on her real life designs, Vita’s dresses are beautiful, imaginative, and couture. This lovely dress will take me to several parties, both day and night, with its lovely laces and beading on the bodice and full graceful skirt.

Party Dress

I am wearing Random Calliope’s Wish Set with the outfit. It’s very delicate, very ethereal. The glistening and spark of the tiny prims suit the dress perfectly. His is the standard by which all tiny prim work is judged, still. Lorac Farella’s new Life skins in Warm tone are ideal to go with this, adding the elegance I always want.

Party Dress

Finally, we end with shoes, and these shoes are ideal. Silver with diamonds, buckled and stiletto’d, these heels make this dress pretty and perfect. Jada Humby sells a fat pack of these—I would recommend you get the entire set.

Party Dress

Shuffling through my invitations:

Hair: >TRUTH< Grace – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone5 m4 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Black Lace by Vitabela Dubrovna for Vita’s Boudoir

Jewelry: (WW by RC) Wish Set by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: Jada Humby Couture Stilettos *Marie Clair* SILVER by Jada Humby for Jada Humby Couture