Let It Be Me

“If it’s a friend you need
Let it be me…”
~ Ray LaMontagne

I took a trip down to Tampa this weekend to visit my dear friend Raven Pennyfeather (yes, like in Real Life!) and I had the opportunity to meet the wonderful folks who have run the RFL Clothing Fair, Nevar Lobo and Amethyst Starosin (and it will have a different name this year—more coming soon). I also got to meet Cashel Rang and my dear friend SC Tracy (in the flesh)! It was hotter’n heck down there for me. I got home, and it seemed arctic in comparison. A cold front came through and gobsmacked me. I had to wear SOCKS! Then the winds cracked a huge branch off my favorite crab tree. (I have been moping all week.)

Fall in the Air

I also had to put on a sweater. This outfit reminds me of the whole ordeal. I start with a new jacket from LeeZu Baxter, the queen of texturing over sculpties and the goddess of building a terrific fashionable silhouette with them. Again, we see LeeZu’s complex but fashion-forward color ways and textures playing themselves out in this jacket. What is most impressive is the multiple prim sleeve she has made that articulates with the movement of the arm without showing gaps. The line of the sleeve moves directly into the collar in one seamless line. Excellent work!

Fall in the Air

The skin is a new one from Julliette Westerburg, part of the Designers United offerings and delicate with its gentle blush, porcelain skin and glossy neutral lips. Julliette’s style is definitely more illustrative than photo-real. You can see her strokes in the eyebrows and lips. It’s a unique look, reminiscent of colorized illustrations from the 50s. The pop of green on the eyelids is a last summer hurrah before the leaves turn red and orange.

Fall in the Air

Finally these lovely pastiche boots from LeeZu, illustrative of her texturing prowess AND building skill. I zoomed in very close on these boots and nary a flaw did I find. Every piece is in place and they fit perfectly (though the brand on the sole suggests they are “flexible size”). I suggest you get a pair just so you can gaze at their exquisite and detailed construction, from the stitching along the cuffs and along the sole to the buckles on the front and back to the pretty string tie holding them closed. You want to see art in SL? Look no further than my feet!

Fall in the Air

Written while listening to Ray LaMontagne sing “Let It Be Me,” a perfect melancholy fall song.

Hair: (fd) Lopsided Lilly – Golden Egg by Toast Bard for fashionably dead, available at the Hair Fair

Skin: -tb- {Light} DU Echo’s Meadow – Red Thick Brows by Julliette Westerburg for Tres Blah, available at Designers United 4

Jacket: [LeeZu!] Venus Jacket /darkbrown by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Top: ::P:: Petunia Maia Tank, Bronze by Aree Lulibub for .:Petunia

Pants: [KA] – Cuffed Pantaloons (Moss) by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot Army (modified with a darker color)

Boots: [LeeZu!] Dncorde Danse Booties /ambience by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Welcome Back!

Friends are sneaking back into SL in unprecedented numbers. Back from holiday, back to school, back to create, back to socialize, everyone’s starting to hunker down for the fall into the winter. This evening I spent the evening shopping for AOs with a dear old friend while hearing from another who has just moved across country and is finally settled enough to be back in world.

Welcome Back!

My friend asked me to take her shopping and I said, well you know, a lot of the same creators are still in world and doing great work. Take for instance, these jeans, by Gin Galtier. We know her creator has been in world for a good amount of time, making funky fun clothes for avatars. I really like the texture of these jeans with their dark denim look at floor-dragging boot cut bottoms.

The top is from Eclectic Wingtips, a designer who has been doing her work for a relatively short time, and I see clear improvement whenever I see her new creations. I really like this wrap top, which comes in a variety of combos at a price that’s nice for separates.

The shoes are the creation of another veteran—Nardya Rousselot. She has made some of the prettiest toes in the metaverse, plump pretty little piggies that are so finely detailed you can see the wrinkles on the skin (yes I cammed that close).

Welcome Back!

Wanna talk about some oldies but goodies? Let’s talk about Gala Phoenix and Calico Ingmann. First, let me talk about Gala, who has been making skins for avatars since before my first pixels rezzed and doing it quietly and successfully for years. I see her skins all over with their bee stung lips, translucent skin (look closely and you can see the veins under the skin), and beautifully made up eyes. Even the ear lobes have holes for the earrings!

Calico Ingmann is another who has been around since before I was a twinkle in Ruth’s eye. This style, featured at this year’s Hair Fair, is a great updo with a casual bang framing the face, which makes it versatile for both casual, as I show, it, and more formal. Her textures are great, with gentle highlights running through.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, dear friends. I was waiting for you to come home… :)

Hair: Meredith – Dark Copper by Calico Ingmann for Calico Ingmann Creations, available at the Hair Fair

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Grass 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Top: Fallen Top (Green/Gold) by Eclectic Wingtips for E! – Eclectic Apparel and Accessories *

Jeans: Djinn & Tonic [Bootcut Denim, Patched Darks] Yellow by Gin Galtier for Djinn & Tonic *

Earrings and Ring: Morantique Lush/Vain earrings and ring for Mo Miasma for Morantique, available at Designers United 4

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Anessa by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

This is Not a Love Song

A cute dress, sexy hair, ribbon sandals, a knowing smile… it’s a pop song in the making.

This is Not a Love Song

This dress is one of Marie Lauridsen’s offerings at Designers United 4. In the past I have been a little skeptical of Marie’s supposed greatness as a designer. Her ubiquitous presence in so many special sales seemed overkill. This dress has made me feel differently, however. Her use of this print texture over the sculpty prims makes a darling little dress that passes my dance test (it doesn’t fall apart when I dance when I remove the optional straps) and uses sculpties ingeniously. The skirt, while static in a sense, suggests movement with the shadows in the pleats. The top, with the optional strap slipping down the shoulder, is also made of a sculpty. I was disappointed it had a resize script simply because it rendered it no mod and when I resized it to not bleed through, the shape was a little bulky on me. However it’s a small issue in the bigger scheme of things.

This is Not a Love Song

My glowing skin from Mallory Cowen (the Julie line made for redheads) compliments this hair from Asuka Martin. Her ingenious hud, which allows you to color the hair a select number of shades makes this hair easy on my inventory (I only need one) and easy on the sim load (the scripts are very low). I love the sexy coyness of the style and how she has managed to put fine wisps of hair at the crown of the head and all over, as real hair would have it.

This is Not a Love Song

These little prim toe shoes deserve special mention. Goran Osterham has made a cute sandal with ribbon straps. The ribbons, metal, and toenails can all be set to a color off his list, which drills down past shades to qualities of those shades. There are hundreds of potential colors and combinations available. While the toes are not as pretty and the design as sophisticated as those of creators like Maitreya or Nardcotix, they are good enough if you aren’t looking very closely (which most aren’t).

This is Not a Love Song

Written while listening to “This is Not a Love Song” by Nouvelle Vague:

Hair: (Dernier Cri) Saddie – Red Shades by Asuka Martin for Dernier Cri, available at the Hair Fair

Skin: LAQ ~ Julie – 02 [Peach] Glow skin (red hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: (Milk Motion) Narcissus collection – my vintage flower dress by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion, available at Designers United 4

Shoes: -SKIFIJA- Wedge Platform Sandal – SEA BREEZE -(Walnut Tree) by goran Osterham for SKIFIJA