Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

To cram big chocolate flavor into a tender, crisp chocolate butter cookie recipe, we found that cocoa powder—with a much higher percentage of cocoa solids than other forms of chocolate—was clearly the best candidate. ~ Cooks Illustrated

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

Today’s cookie (which turned out excellently) is the Mexican Chocolate Sugar Cookie. Forget the sugar—it’s all chocolate, dark dark chocolate (thanks to Dutch process cocoa and instant espresso), with an eensy touch of cayenne pepper to give it a little afterbite. This is not your Grandma’s Christmas cookie. I thought the idea of the cayenne pepper touched cookie went well with this outfit, which includes a darling integrated shawl and top from AscendSL and a great set of leggings from Rucy Byron with feet shaped to fit Slink or Maitreya shoes and a texture-change HUD for three different neutral shades. I picked up a pair of boots made by InfinityStore that includes a texture-change HUD for the socks and the hardware and a scarf from xMike Deed from Thrift Shop at half off to complete my look.

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

Avenge is a new skin line made by AvengeStore, and she includes appliers for Slink hands and feet and Maitreya and Belleza bodies and tells me she will be working on Catwa and Logo head appliers very soon. The body is nicely detailed and the face is quite pretty with several makeup options available. She’s still getting things together but for a unique look that many won’t have, you might check her store. Bubbles Clawtooth features this wavy and wild hair at N21 with some great ombre textures she has made. The barrette includes its own color change HUD.

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

Hair: Clawtooth: Magnolia – Dark Ombre Pack by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, available at N21 *

Skin: [Avenge] Athena (bronze) – brown eyebrow with [Avenge] Athena skin makeup (eyes) – sun by AvengeStore for [Avenge] *

Eyes: .ID. September Eyes / Brown by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.02 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: Ascend – Fringed Out Cardigan RED by ascendsl for Ascend, available at Shiny Shabby *

Leggings: !APHORISM! Knitted Tights – Maitreya Flat Monochrome by Rucy Byron for !APHORISM!, available at Shiny Shabby *

Scarf: Kenvie. Wool Scarf—Sienna  by xmike Deed for Kenvie, available at the Thrift Shop *

Boots: !NFINITY Winterboots Back Lace -Grey – Isis  by InfinityOwner for !nfinity, available at the Thrift Shop

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Taken at Flux Sur Mer

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

To Fly

To Fly

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

To Fly

It’s time for a little springtime fantasy, and Kiddo Oh’s sexy wrapped dress starts it off with beautiful side cut-outs for a bit of peekaboo. Joined with AvaGardner Kungler’s necklace for the Cosmopolitan Room and a crown from YukaChoco Magic from the Fantasy Collective (which closes soon!) and here we have a gorgeous otherworldly princess, one who still flies, especially with her darling pet by Sh0rtie, also from the Fantasy Collective. (The wings flap most delightfully as it sits on your shoulder!)

To Fly

M4ri1yn Magic made this very photogenic mesh hair for the Shiny Shabby event. It comes in the many colors and textures he offers with his hair on a handy HUD. However, I show it here in an ethereal white.

And the genesis of the look was, of course, Monicuzza Babenco’s fantasy skin for the LeLutka mesh heads. With 10 brow choices in black and white (which includes fantasy designs like the dots on my head and chin), 10 eye makeups and 10 lipsticks, it’s a beautiful fantasy applier for the mesh heads. Three tones are available: drow, vamp and then this grayish fantasy tone, which she calls “Zafiro.” She also includes eyes and body appliers, so I was able to put together this whole gorgeous look, and I had a great time testing out the many looks available. What a beautiful way to make a fantasy fly!

To Fly

Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Fresh mess by M4ri1yn Magic for ~Tableau Vivant~, available at Shiny Shabby *

Head applier: *YS&YS* Ginny Zafiro Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at The Fantasy Collective *

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

Eyes: *YS&YS* – Fantasy Eyes   Sea by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at The Fantasy Collective (comes with the above applier) *

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

Dress: Persephone Cerulean by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at The Secret Affair *

Crown: Pamela *Gold* by YukaChoco Magic for chocolate atelier,  available at The Fantasy Collective

Gem: #adored – stick on gem – lapis lazuli – star – face by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at AnyBody *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Perola – golden & teal by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Nail applier: #adored – mood swing mani {maitreya} by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at AnyBody *

Pet: [SWaGGa] Flutter – Sea by sh0rtie for [SWaGGa], available at The Fantasy Collective

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

To Fly

My Bodyguard

My Bodyguard

A blond in a red dress can do without introductions–but not without a bodyguard. ~ Rona Jaffe

The Bodyguard

Allow me to introduce myself and my bodyguard, tucked under my skirt, lending intrigue to this look. Start with the darling dress from ValentinaEvangelista, styled with a full ruffled skirt and decolletage, which is deceivingly low. I paired it with sexy heels from Senzati0n Domenitzo and a choker from Takuya Jinn, which are both exclusives at Shiny Shabby, and of course a blade in a garter from Sion Bedrosian.

The Bodyguard

My gorgeous skin is Shyla Diggs’ exclusive for the upcoming Uber, a gorgeous, almost vintage look with luscious lips, beautifully defined brows (even in blonde) and her always gorgeous features. And I love the new hair Mirja Mills is featuring at My Attic. For a very low price, you can get this vintage ‘do with a texture change HUD, each featuring several tones. This one’s a keeper!

The Bodyguard

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * LORRAINE * by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:., available at My Attic *

Skin: -Belleza- Claudia Uber SK 1 Bl by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza, available at Uber *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – blue steel by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 *SlinkFit FEET ONLY by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Dress: V.e. Have You Forgotten Dress Red by ValentinaEvangelista for Valentina E. Couture, available at Shiny Shabby*

Choker: ::GB:: Maria Choker by Takuya Jinn for Gabriel, available at Shiny Shabby*

Garter: ‘Little Secret’ Knife Garter *DeSSion* by Sion Bedrosian for *DeSSion*

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Belleza – Bright Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High V2.1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Cape Town (Slink) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Shiny Shabby*

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

The Bodyguard

First Taste

First Taste

Give me the first taste
Let it begin
Heaven cannot wait forever
Darling, just start the chase
I’ll let you win
But you must
Make the endeavour

~ “The First Taste” by Fiona Apple

Cayenne

This sexy song from Fiona Apple suits this sexy look I put together with various elements, all adding up to a spicy hot mix. Start with the sexy top from Shai Delacroix that includes materials so you have a sexy shiny slinky look. I paired it with the awesome sarouel pants from Kit Pizzicato. I don’t normally like harem pants—they really could be so bad and often are, especially in SL, but these are expertly textured and come with a nice HUD that allows several choices with the belt colors and buckle (including having no belt at all). I was very impressed. I ran to Leslie Warwick’s and get these great sandals, which are made to be worn with Slink or Belleza feet.

Cayenne

I used Sawsan Secretspy’s applier for the Belleza Venus body. I love being able to put it on as her skins are uniquely tinted. My biggest disappointment is that her appliers do not cover the hands and feet. I understand the Venus body feet and hands are not “standard” but many skin makers have managed to get the hands and feet. It’s not having to mess around with the separate hands and feet that is the reason I like wearing the Belleza Venus. Having to wear it and then don separate feet and hands defeats that purpose. I realize it’s a time expenditure to redo the hands and feet and if not enough people purchase the applier, it’s not worth doing it. However, I hope Sawsan sees to fixing this because her skins are amazing.

Sexy hair flowing all over is Mina Nakamura’s newest for Fameshed. It topped this look perfectly, especially when I put on jewelry from Zaara Kohime. And let me tell you about Santana Lumiere’s nail polishes and makeup. Santana is Old School SL—she was making stuff before you knew what bling was—and she has snuck back on to the grid with an amazing set of nails and makeups. I bought up her store at her recent sale and omg, she has BELLEZA nail appliers too. The textures of her nails are incredible and everything is priced ridiculously inexpensively. I highly recommend you hit her store if you like the details of nail polish and lipsticks and shadows.

Cayenne

Hair: MINA Hair – Elisa (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Monica Golden 04 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – dark brown by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 *SlinkFit H&F by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. Belleza Venus Body appliers by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Top: *Shai* Women’s Jumpsuit Top by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai *

Pants: *chronokit* Long Sarouel Pants khaki by kit Pizzicato for *chronokit* , available at Creation JP

Necklace: Zaara : Banjara silver hasli necklace by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Bangles: Zaara : Banjara kada bracelets *regular* and Zaara : Banjara kada bracelets *stacked* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual and Relaxed by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [LB MehndiOmbreGold] *Slink* Manicure and Pedicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: [L.Warwick] Validation -Platform Wedges- Orange (SLINK) by Lindsey Warwick for Livalle

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Cayenne

All I Want for Christmas—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 12

All I Want for Christmas—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 12

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
And I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree

~ “All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey

All I Want for Christmas

I always love this song at Christmas—it’s romantic and sweet and it’s not Bing Crosby singing. I thought it went well with this dress from StellaJane, a new designer coming out with some fabulous stuff (only on Marketplace so far but I hope she gets a store soon). I loved the velvety texture on this sexy gown and even more, the texture-change HUD that comes with it, allowing 14 different colors. I paried with it the gorgeous art deco necklace Tiffy Vella is featuring at the Jewelry & Accessory Expo with its beautiful gems and graceful shapes. And Rogan Diesel sent out free ornaments for his group, so I am holding one.

All I Want for Christmas

My hair is Kavar Cleanslate’s lovely blown-back style from Collabor88, which I tinted with a little purple from his handy HUD. Sawsan Secretspy recently came out with this golden skin tone, a new one in her line and absolutely lovely, a sunny sweet tone for girls who like a little more tan to their skin. My sparkling eyes are Pixel Tyran’s exclusive for Frost, opening TOMORROW.

I have not forgotten you, my KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar readers. I am wearing the very generous gift for today, Constance Daehlie’s purple eye make up with liner. Constance told me there was nothing more “her” than such a makeup, so she wanted to give it to all as her gift in today’s calendar. It adds the final touch of romance needed.

All I Want for Christmas

Hair: Exile::KIssing Strangers for c88 by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Monica Golden Nat by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: Chus! Iridescent Eyes in Ultra Frost by Pixel Tyran for Chus!, available at Frost (opening tomorrow)*

Makeup: #adored – cruz shadow – purple by Constance Daehlie for #adored, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Dress: SJ Velvet Halter Dress by StellaJane, available at StellaJane/ThomasBlack *

Jewelry: Eclectica ‘Maruska’ necklace and earrings-gold by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica, available at the Jewelry & Accessory Expo *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Frogstar – Winter Glitter Fingernails by Ravenna Rossini for Frogstar, available at Winter Trend

Ornament: Ornament S (Click-Change Texture) by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

*EverGlow* – Frost by Fanny Willis for *EverGlow*

All I Want for Christmas

Special Occasion—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 7

Special Occasion—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 7

“Don’t save something for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

Special Occasion—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 7

With all the snow-covered sims and sleighs and jingle bells, it’s hard to remember that a majority of the world does not celebrate a white Christmas, especially if you’re from the cold and wintery North as I am. Truth is, most enjoy their holiday with sunshine outside and the doors open or the AC on.

Somnia Snowpaw’s beautiful gift for the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar is a reminder that some girls go to holiday parties in pretty dresses that are not velvet but cool cotton and in this case, open in the back. I love this dress template and Somnia has done something very special with it with this dress. Having a floral pattern on the skirt with a beautifully shaded top, it’s a gorgeous gift.

My shoes are Eudora 3D’s latest for Uber and a gorgeous pair with a texture change HUD with the lovely paisley pattern in black, brown or white on a texture-change HUD. It’s a perfect match for this lovely dress.

Special Occasion—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 7

Every day the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar has been issuing two gifts—one for anyone and one specifically for KittyCatS lovers but today there is a double bonus for everyone. Sawsan Secretspy has created this gorgeous skin as a gift for the calendar. With beautifully lined eyes and a pink shadow plus a neutral lipstick, the skin is a beautiful gift for any day of the season but it looks especially perfect with Somnia’s dress! Queue Marlowe’s new ‘do with a curly ponytail brought around to the side and bangs in front.

Special Occasion—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 7

Hair: AD – FITTED bangers – dark reds with AD – bang 2 – dark reds by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Miah Tan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Eyes: #adored – firstborn eyes – green by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: .: Somnia :. Kohana Dress by Sanura Snowpaw for .: Somnia :., GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Eudora 3D Jenn Pumps by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at Uber *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations