Optimistic

Optimistic

You can try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

~ Radiohead, “Optimistic”

Optimistic

I am writing this while listening to Radiohead and in pure bliss. It’s a beautiful day out, I have new headphones, I got a full night’s sleep and I have some cute clothes! Today’s summer-kissed outfit features, first of all, patched jeans from Dick Wiesel. With their cute but sexy look and variable patches (depending on what color you get), they are a great go-to for a more colorful jeans look. (Dick named these “Cherry Pie” after the Warrant song. Way to play the age card, Dick!)

My top is a frilly beautiful from Maria Gherardi. These are available in several colors but I had to hunt her store down because the main store sim is gone. My shoes are older but no less amazing mules from Fallingwater Cellardoor.

Optimistic

My tan lines come courtesy of Monicuzza Babenco, who takes tan one step sexier with a bikini line. (I had to show the lines—it’s really nicely done). The makeup is sensuous and fresh. My mane is courtesy of Truth Hawks, who has not yet run out of sexy women’s names for his hair.

Optimistic

The best you can is good enough….

Hair: >TRUTH< Bebe – fudge by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS & YS* Penelope Sunburn TanLine – TDR by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

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

Top: [MG fashion] Gigi Tank Top (burgundy) by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Jeans: :. WoE .: Guage G2 Patched Jeans (Cherry Pie) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Necklace: necklace *cp* pink >> **~Twinkleberry~** by Emiko Harvey for Twinkleberry

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Plainers – pink by Fallingwater Cellardoor for (Shiny Things)

Poses by Diesel Rogan for Diesel Works Animations*

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)

Possibly Maybe

Your flirt finds me out
Teases the crack in me
Smittens me with hope

Possibly maybe possibly maybe
possibly maybe

~ “Possibly Maybe” by Bjork

Possibly Maybe

I am a sucker for Bjork—I admit it. This song reminds me of the first moments you meet someone you really like. It doesn’t even have to be romantic love; it could be the promise of a wonderful lifelong friendship. Maybe this new person will change your life.

Well if someone new meets me, I want to look good, and this beautiful dress from maizon Rayna is certainly the ticket. Maizon is a RL fashion designer from Italy—she knows what goes into making a piece and knows the elements of style from very personal experience. It’s abundantly clear in her use of laces and prints—something a lot of designers can’t or won’t do. Once you get to print, you have to worry about propotions, seams, etc, and maizon executes perfectly. From the lace bolero with cap sleeves to the ruffled bow at the waist, maizon hits on every detail with perfect pitch.

Possibly Maybe

The Skin and Shape Expo is on now (yes another one, but these skin and shape makers want to show you stuff!). This skin is a new offering from Inka Mexicola at the Expo. It has an intense boldness that works well with this dress. Inka realizes a bold eye needs a subtler lipstick, and this pink is ideal. The features are fine but not generic and the skin tone is lovely. Ryker Beck offers this gorgeous necklace and earring set as a ridiculously generous gift at her booth at the Skin and Shape Expo.

Possibly Maybe

Electric shocks?
I love them!
With you –> dozen a day
But after a while I wonder
Where’s that love you promised me?
Where is it?

Possibly maybe probably love, possibly
Possibly maybe probably love, possibly

Hair: >TRUTH< Edie – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: ~Essences ~Nadia with :: Essences :: Hairbase – Black by Inka Mexicola for :: ESSENCES ::, available at the Skin and Shape Expo 2011 *

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

Dress: BRIDGET by maizon Rayna for Terra d’ombrA *

Jewelry: :: Exodi :: Dael Necklace and Earrings by Ryker Beck for :: Exodi ::, a generous gift available at the Skin and Shape Expo 2011 *

Shoes: [e] Move Pumps – Near Black by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Want to know more about the Skin and Shape Expo and score some demo skins without having to fight the lag? Join the Skin Addiction group in-world and get info from the designers.

Every Day is Mother’s Day

I am a mother, which is not news to many. My son, who is 8 years old, is the coolest, most wonderful, most excellent child in the world (except when he’s sassy). As I have explained to him, he exists to be hugged and kissed, loved and adored. I am incredibly lucky to be in a position to love him and take care of him without undue stress or difficulty and he really is a good kid (which is no reflection on my mothering—I think he was swapped at birth). A lot of people pay lip service to motherhood on Mother’s Day; not my kid—he reminds me every day that it’s worth the effort.

Every Day is Mother's Day

So today is a casual look for Mom—cardigan and jeans. This goes to prove that it doesn’t have to look frumpy. Starting with a thin-gauge cardigan over a peek-a-boo camisole from Emma Gilmour, this look can get a mom kind of workout. Jeans are a black-tinted casual pair from Aleida Rhode and Dolce Blackflag’s new boots complete the look so that utility becomes fashionable.

Every Day is Mother's Day

This fresh and lovely skin from aida Ewing is a sophisticated but not overdone look for Mom and Truth Hawks’ newest long hair is a great style for a casual day. A pretty necklace and earrings from Mouse Mimistrobell accessorizes Mom perfectly.

Every Day is Mother's Day

Me: What does Mom always say to you? (I expected him to say, “I love you.”)
My kid: Go to college!

Hair: >TRUTH< Clementine – cocoa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Mary Natural – B TDR 29 by aida Ewing for -Glam Affair-

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

Sweater with top: [SC] Surf Couture – Kettle Corn Cardigan – Dew by Emma Gilmour for Surf Couture

Jeans: I ALEIDA I Icon jeans w. waist (pants) – used black by Aleida Rhode for I ALEIDA I

Jewelry: Dark Mouse Steeplechase Pearl Necklace – Silver and Dark Mouse Steeplechase Pearl Earrings – Silver by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

Boots: (Romance) Meadow Boot . Olive . Black Straps by Dolce Blackflag for PixelDolls *

Poses: “Daisy” by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works *

New Yorker Passerby

There is an artist I have enjoyed following over the past few years since I found out about him. Jorge Colombo, who has since become famous for his iPhone New Yorker covers, was doing daily sketches of the people he saw out on the sidewalks of New York City every day that he called “The Dailies.” I was absolutely entranced because he seemed to capture their character so vividly in each sketch, from the tone of their skin to their expression, stance and details. You can see a few of them here but he has been doing them for 10 years. (He used to date stamp each one before it got put on his website.)

I realize that my foray into avatars that look substantially different me is a sort of Jorge Colombo deal where I want to honor the people who would inhabit these bodies, perhaps spark a bit of imagination about their lives, perhaps lend empathy. They are “character sketches” in a very virtual sense. And many of them are my fellow residents in SL.

New York Passersby

In this character sketch we see this gentleman, waiting to cross the street. His name could be Jorge.. or Dwayne.. or Hussein, depending on who his mother is and how she felt when she first saw his face. His sweater, made by potato beanster, shows a certain hipness. His drawstring cargo pants from swaffette firefly show practicality. His hi tops from Coke Dreadlow show a certain quirkiness (since they are orange) and his messenger bag from onakagoo Waco shows an artistic bent. He’s definitely a native New Yorker.

New York Passersby

You have to wonder what’s in the bag.. art supplies? School books? Graphic novels? As he gazes out from behind his sunglasses at the traffic, you can see he’s quite a handsome man. Perhaps it’s his modeling portfolio in that bag. Certainly the skin Emilia Redgrave has provided shows off his best attributes. He is a delicious man of color.

Kavar Cleanslate completes the look for our handsome city man with dreadlocks perfect for this man about town.

New York Passersby

“Every day I am a spy for two minutes – and every day I am after a different person.” ~ Jorge Colombo

Hair: Exile Andre cheyanne by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile

Skin: 04   Dark-Tan Skin -Tyson-/goatee+base+chesthair  *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for Redgrave

Shape: Sophistishapes – LLOYD bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes (modified from original)

Sweater: Ducknipple Tom Sweater by beanster Potato for Ducknipple

Pants: sf design cargo cutoffs stone mens by swaffette Firefly for SF Designs

Sunglasses: ROLE OPTIC SG-77 Escuda (male) by Rohal Schnyder for Role Optic *

Messenger Bag: ::: ArtMeter ::: bag S Orange by onakagoo Waco for ArtMeter(no longer available)

Earring: Made by me :)

Shoes: PornStar Hi-Tops MultiColor v2 by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

Poses by Diesel Rogan of Diesel Works Animations *