Romance

Romance

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Romance

Can one love oneself too much? Like 20 million other bloggers, I got the Belleza mesh body updates and needed to take comparison photos to see the three versions of the body—Venus, Isis, and Freya. Tricky and Co. have given more in this update that anyone should deserve, all on his dime. (If you already bought the body, you don’t have to buy it again—think about that.) He has completely revamped the HUD, including a plethora of features that weren’t there before, including three boob types (not two), a better blending neck, massive numbers of alpha slices, the mesh nipples much more easily turned off and on, pointy nails, and of course, THREE bodies, which I compare below. There is, of course, the revised Venus in her original form, but also Isis with a rounder butt and nice perky boobs. Then there is Freya, with thicker, juicier thighs and butt and a fuller figure. And they include a special HUD for storing applied outfits. Bingo!

Romance

I applied away, of course, using the Omega Belleza one-time clicker to put the relay into the body and then wore the hud for this lingerie set from Mariska Simons and clicked it on. It worked perfectly on all three bodies. Mayhem Seetan’s almost avant garde and sky high shoes fit perfectly on the Belleza feet (and I think we will see more of the creators making Belleza shoes again—yay!). My hair is a new style from Kuranosuke Kamachi and of course, I am wearing one of Shyla Diggs’ newest skins.

I am posed on a pedestal from Dreamfantasia Nightmare for ROMP, which is opening July 3. The pedestal, seemingly innocuous with one avatar on it, actually contains a surprise for two, a surprise appropriate for ROMP.

Romance

Hair: =DeLa*= Fitted Mesh Hair “Stock” All colors by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*= *

Skin: -Belleza- Amelia SK Makeup 6 with -Belleza- Amelia SK Brows – Dark Red by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – pine – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Mesh bodies by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

  • -Belleza- Venus V3
  • -Belleza- Isis
  • -Belleza- Freya

Applier: Lingerie appliers: ~Blacklace~ Omega Hud (Sinnocent in Blue) by Mariska Simons for Blacklace *

Shoes: AZOURY – Alma Wedge Sandals – Dark (Belleza) by Mayhem Seetan for AZOURY, available at Shiny Shabby *

Pedestal: *Figment* Pygmalion’s Column-White by Dreamfantasia Nightmare for *Figment*, available at ROMP (opening July 3)

Romance

A La Calma Verde

A La Calma Verde

“Al fin, podrás ver esos ojos de mar que fluyen, se hacen espuma, vuelven a la calma verde, vuelven a inflamarse como una ola: tu los ves y te repites que no es cierto, que son unos ojos hermosos verdes idénticos a todos los hermosos ojos verdes que has conocido o podrás conocer.” ~ Carlos Fuentes

A La Calme Verde

The calm green is the essence of mid-summer and the hue of this gorgeous dress from Aikea Reiko. Aikea has mastered the art of texture and color with her sexy fantasy looks and this is no exception with swirls and paisleys reaching up from the hem of the dress. Beautifully draped I front, the dress has a plunging back, cleverly held up by a cord around the waist. (Thank you for not showing plumber butt—I am kind of over that look.) I accessorized simply with a choker from Kathya Szczepanski, available at Shiny Shabby, and a back tattoo from Amber Swallowtail (which was about the tenth tattoo I tried on).

A La Calme Verde

I had to wear Monicuzza Babenco’s applier for the LeLutka heads again. She has made this set for Shiny Shabby and I love the variations. I wore the same applier a couple days ago with a different LeLutka head and got a different look. I heard that people fear looking like “Stepford Wives” wearing a mesh head and yes, while it is noticeable that you have a mesh head on to many, not everyone looks the same. My beautiful red hair is one of Kuranosuke Kamachi’s exclusive looks for Summertime. I love this elegant, effortless look.

A La Calme Verde

Hair: =DeLa*= Fitted Mesh Hair “Oriana” All colors by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=, available at Summerfest *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-EVER v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: *YS&YS* HARA Tone02 Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at Shiny Shabby*

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Olive by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: :[P]:- Ragnhild Dress ://Yoryn by Aikea Rieko for Plastik *

Choker: Kibitz – Celine necklace – copper by Kathya Szczepanski for Kibitz, available at Shiny Shabby*

Tattoo: IAF Chinese Back tattoo by Amber Swallowtail for IAF

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

A La Calme Verde

Over and Over Again

Over and Over Again

“Fashion has a right to exist, because it permits the people to define themselves over and over again.” ~ Ann Demeulemeester

Over and Over

This month’s Shiny Shabby opened with a bang, and no wonder, since the fashions are inspired, in part, by Ann Demeulemeester (which explains all the bold shapes and dark colors). There quite a few good picks, so this month of blogging is going to be very pleasurable. First is this asymmetrical dress from Kiddo Oh, available in three colors and very much Demeulemeester-ish. Add Senzati0n Domenitzo’s amazing ankle-wrapped heels and wire and glass rings from Sigifaust, and you have a designer look for your travels about SL. (See at the bottom where I took this look dancing at the DJ Stage at SL12B.) I have set the stage with décor from Imokon Neox, also available at Shiny Shabby. Fashionable poses from Katya Valeska can be found there too.

Over and Over

Monicuzza Babenco has once again created an applier for the LeLutka mesh head that does a beautiful job of embellishing the features of the face in the best light. I loved the choices of lipstick and the artistic eye makeups available with the applier and will certainly be using this photogenic fashion set over and over. My easy-going, lush hair comes courtesy of Kuranosuke Kamachi, with a great color palette available. Both are also available at Shiny Shabby.

Over and Over

Hair: =DeLa*= Fitted Mesh Hair “Olympia” All colors by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=, available at Shiny Shabby*

Mesh head: LeLutka Aria HUD 1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Head applier: *YS&YS* HARA Tone03 Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at Shiny Shabby*

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Journal by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: .::Dead Dollz::. Zion – Black by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Shiny Shabby*

Rings: ieQED anne.ring.set.all.right [MAITREYA 20] by Sigifaust for ieQED, available at Shiny Shabby *

Shoes: Essenz – Hanover (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Shiny Shabby*

Poses: an lar [poses] The Maven Series by Katya Valeska for an lar poses, available at Shiny Shabby*

Décor: cinphul // Gotrik Frame [Evolve] and cinphul // Gotrik Vase [Nite] by Imokon Neox for cinphul, available at Shiny Shabby*

Over and Over

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Stone Rollin’

Fat lady shakin’, backbone breakin’ (come on)
(This girl of mine)
Everything she’s got is movin and hot (come on)
(This girl of mine)…

You don’t call her fat but that girl is stacked
(she’s got my mind)
Everything is wide–she walk with much pride
(she’s got my mind)

There was no way to prepare
Nothing I could see
All I saw was a woman
Walking up to me

~ Stone Rollin’ by Raphael Saadiq

Stone Rollin

There’s a song I have been hearing on KCRW for a few months that finally got released so I can link to it. I have wanted to blog this song for a long time because this is the woman I know a lot of us are, and I know a lot of men love.

I have dressed myself up in a dangerously short dress (to show those great legs) from Monica Outlander. A fuller woman can pull this look off quite well—she has the assets to make a dress like this look hot. Kalnin’s shows, with their versatile HUD, which includes colorways for skin, nails, and the shoes themselves and a full menu for resizing makes this look easy to finish.

Stone Rollin

My shape is from Xme Xue, who produces beautiful sexy full-figured avatars for women who want to be more than stick thin. What’s brilliant is that Hart Larsson’s newest skin, Gaia, fits perfectly over this sexy shape. I wore his skin in V2.6 so I could pile on the layers—hairbase, eyes, and lips—to make this sexy and sultry look. Wild curly hair from DBS Heart completes me.

Stone Rollin

I say, Booty Woman, you turn me loose.
I need to go home, I can’t stand your moves.
You see your high heels are killin’ me
It’s like your bad ass thighs are shakin’ me. (oh yeah)

Hair: ::DBS::Strength-Ebony by DBS Heart for Bishwear

Skin: [PXL] GAIA SK SE DEB C2 with [PXL] GAIA SK Hair (Tattoo), [PXL] GAIA SK Lilla Eyes (Tattoo) and [PXL] GAIA SK Cyclamen Lips (Tattoo)by Hart Larsson for [PXL], available at the Skin and Shape Expo *

Shape: ZANA – Lush AAS – 2011 by Xme Xue for Ample Avi, available at the Skin and Shape Expo *

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

Dress: Miamai_WildThing Minidress_ Extrablue by Monica Outlander for Miamai *

Ribbon: =DeLa*= Ribbon “Keira” by Kuranosuke Kamachi for *=DeLa*=

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Prima from Kalnins

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Photo’d in Second Life V2.6.3 (227447)

Red Letter Day

When I am gone, I hope it is said, “Her clothes were scarlet, and her blog was read!” (Adapted from a quote by Hilaire Belloc)

Scarlet

Red is one of my favorite colors to wear. It looks good on Harper and on her driver in RL. It connotes intensity, vibrancy, happiness (in the East), power and action. Nicky Ree’s newest dress, based on a design by Yves Saint Laurent (and quite beautifully inspired), is a deep gorgeous red that suits me perfectly.

Nicky has really pushed herself with this design and shows her ingenuity and skill throughout. First she starts with a sheer blouse topped by a jacket and enhanced with a sheen in the texture that lends the material richness. She takes that sheerness another whole level with her sheer sleeves, which are a brilliant touch. Her slit skirt, with the slit system skirt and slit system pants make the slit skirt perfect—she does everything right through all the layers.

Scarlet

My skin is from Aida Ewing, who has recently come out with this line of skins. Aida’s work is developing a sophistication that is going to put her in the A-list of skin makers very soon. Her make-ups are daring but pretty. She is balancing the eye make-up with the lips now and her eyebrows are lovely. I look forward to seeing what Aida makes in the future.

Scarlet

My very hot shoes are new from Kuranosuke Kamachi. With the combo ribbons AND the leather strap, they come off very “real” and fashionable. The shoes come with a hud for color changing and changeable toe nails plus toe rings. The best detail on the shoes is the platform and the leather straps in my opinion. They make the shoe fantastic.

Scarlet

The woman in red:

Hair: fri. – Tatum – Sensitive Black by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skin: -Glam Affair- Castalia- MedTan – 04 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Dress: *DNR* Laurent Collection in Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Shoes: =DeLa*= Sandal “Marie” Red by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=

Art Opening

I have a friend in SL who is an avid art collector in SL and RL. The number of art shows this guy has been to has to be monumental. I personally have only been to a few in RL. There is a certain woman I always see, however, at these shows.

Art Opening

She is always thin, perpetually has a glass of red wine in her hand, and her hair is a study in planned insouciance (in this case planned by Rosie Lavochkin). She’s always slightly tipsy, her bold lipstick kissed on the edge of the glass, her sweater slipping off her gleaming shoulder. This sweater, from Mat Kungler, makes a perfect sweater for her… it’s loose and free but beautifully knit. You can tell it cost quite a penny but she wears it casually.

She also has on a pair of dressier slacks—usually something satiny to dress up the sweater and thin the silhouette. In this case a pair of expensive straight leg pants that bunch around the ankle from Morphine Janick—a bit wrinkly because our art lover doesn’t care if she looks a little tossed and turned.

Art Opening

She is missing one of the statement necklaces I see so many women like this wear, but she has the necklace and bracelet she picked up one of her trips to Mexico (from Kuranosuke Kamachi  and Bella Bombast respectively), and a quite expensive belt slung around her hips she got in a little boutique in Santa Fe. In fact, you can hear the clink and jangle of her bracelets as she flits around the room, smell the perfume waft behind her, see her lipstick a little smudged in the corners of her mouth as she engages in lively conversation. She’s got the room in her hand. She knows it.

Art Opening

As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. ~ Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Hair: Luxi – Burgundy by Rosie Lavochkin for Deviant Designs

Skin: *YS & YS* Andrea 08 Precious by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS* *

Sweater: ::SM::. CATARINE SWEATER RED by Mat Kungler for Sensual Mistery

Pants: [SG*] Monocrom – Red/ Pants (woman) by Morphine Janick for Sweetest Goodbye

Belt: [PM] Sol Leather Belt – Black w/Silver by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode

Earrings: =DeLa*= Earring “Claudia” Black by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=

Bracelet: -=UZURI=- Ghalong Bracelet by Bella Bombast for -=UZURI=-

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Shanti Black by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Precarious Perch

I went to the Shoe Fair, benefitting Toys for Tots, right before Thanksgiving, hoping to score some pretties for my feet.

Precarious Perch

I found quite a few beautiful shoes, but none were as unique and sculptural as those made by 2408 Alekseev. With their gracefully intertwining vines and flowers, the precarious sole and serpentine heel, these shoes are a piece of wearable art.

I have to say, I had a few problems fitting them (though they come with resize scripts and an amazing range of skin tones to match to), so I contacted the creator, 24, as she likes to be called, via notecard. She responded quickly and helpfully (and cheerfully and humorously). Turns out I have very small and delicate ankles, so she had to shrink the shoes down considerably. Go figure.

She IS featuring two pairs for one at the Shoe Fair, benefitting Toys for Tots, so you may want to purchase those so you can check out her work.

Precarious Perch

When the outfit is all about the shoes, you can’t wear something long or they will be hidden, so I chose this flirty party dress from Kuranosuke Kamachi. Going to DeLa is a hit or miss for me sometimes–Kuranosuke uses sculpties in risk-taking ways that sometimes don’t pan out. But for this dress, the work is impeccable. The skirt is a marvelous fluff of stiff satin.

Precarious Perch

I styled with simple but elegant jewelry from Tiffy Vella. When an outfit has one point of interest, there is no reason to over do it. The jewelry balances the outfit with a touch of elegance without excessiveness. And Tiffy’s work is always beautiful and exact.

Precarious Perch

Walking in glass slippers…

Hair: [V] Vignette Sophia Charcoal by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: *YS & YS* Zara 02 Smoke Black EB HairBase by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS *

Dress: =DeLa*= Dress “Leona” Black by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=

Necklace and Earrings: Eclectica Deco Pearl Strands Choker and Earrings by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: 24 wow 18 gold by 2408 Alekseev for 24 Shoo-Shoes and Haute Couture