Living Grandly

Living Grandly

“Always live your life with your biography in mind,” Dad was fond of saying. “Naturally, it won’t be published unless you have a Magnificent Reason, but at the very least you will be living grandly.” ~  Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Living Grandly

I’m reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics right now and rather enjoying it, so I snagged one of Dad’s pithy ideas for my quote. I hope you’re living grandly as I am. Biography or not, I’ll look good. Start with my slinky party dress from Lisanna Lauria. She has this at District 5 in several colors for girls who like to go out look chic. With a criss-crossed back, it’s really sexy. Paired with wedge sandals from Antonia Millar, also from District 5, which include a great texture-change HUD for different choices, and AvaGardner Kungler’s bracelet for the Dressing Room Fusion.

Living Grandly

My sexy sensuous skin is Inka Mexicola’s offer for the Dressing Room Fusion. I love the eye make-up, the sensuous lips, the darling nose. For the price, it’s quite a look. I wore Kavar Cleanslate’s brilliant updo for the Arcade, choosing to tempt you with the rare, a light brown streaked with rainbow colors. I didn’t think it would go but boy, I like this look a lot—the soft sexy skin from Inka and the beautiful locks from Kavar. This is the way to live life grandly, regardless of Magnificent Reason!

Living Grandly

Hair: Exile::Dancing on my own- sparkle Rare Brown by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at the Arcade (opening tomorrow)

Skin: Essences {Linka02} *medium01* brunette by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: MoDANNA [Luxembourg Collection] Sexy Dress Emerald by Lisanna Lauria for MoDANNA, available at District 5 *

Bracelets: (Kunglers) TDRF #047 bracelet R – Silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

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

Nail appliers: Maai * Slink * hands & feet * Darling by Snow Wolfhunter for Maai

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: EMPORIUM – Joss Sandals by Antonia Millar for EMPORIUM, available at District 5 *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Que Sera Sera

Que Sera Sera

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother
What will I be
Will I be pretty
Will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

~ “Que Sera Sera” performed by Corinne Bailey Rae

Que Sera Sera

I heard Corinne Bailey Rae singing this song as I was putting this outfit together and it seemed fitting. The look is blonde and cheerful, like the original spunky blonde who popularized the song, Doris Day. I start with the belted blouse and flirty skirt from Ivy Burner, which she is selling at District 5 in the Hamptons. A color change HUD for the top allowed me to choose the right belt color from six. My shoes are also available in the Hamptons, from Kenadeecole, also with a texture change HUD with a plethora of color choices. And my handbag is a darling piece from Iokko Molto, also from District 5.

Que Sera Sera

Truth Hawks has come out with this new lovely long ‘do with optional bangs in two versions with his great texture-change HUD and beautiful textures. It’s a perfect style for this outfit and of course, the tones go great with Shyla Diggs’ skin for the Arcade, a gorgeous example of the set of ten skins she will be offering for chance in a few days.

Que Sera Sera

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Grande 2 with TRUTH HAIR Grande Bangs by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Emily Makeup 9 Bl by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza-, available at the Arcade (opening soon)

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes –  glacier by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Top: ~Sassy!~ Kourtney top – all colors by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at District 5 *

Skirt: ~Sassy!~ Khloe skirt – Fitted Mesh – ivory by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at District 5 *

Necklace: [MAGIC NOOK] Circle Of Life Necklace (Gold) MESH by Ayumi Cassini for Magic Nook, available at The Dressing Room Fusion *

Earrings: *MM* Crystal Chandelier Earring by Pearlie Pedro for Miam Miam

Handbag: .{yumyums}. Calm Yo-self Bag [Left Hold II] {Blossom} by Iokko Molto for .{yumyums}., available at District 5 *

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

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – French Manicure – Pastels Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: REIGN.- High Society Heels- FATPACK (STRAPPED) by kenadeecole for REIGN, available at District 5 *

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

My Perfect Vacation

My Perfect Vacation

“So many books, so little time.” ~ Frank Zappa

My Perfect Vacation

My perfect vacation would involve a few things: a cozy spot, solitude, and a collection of books. (I might throw in a fridge with water and a fresh supply of cantaloupe, spinach and heirloom tomatoes too plus a good music collection.) Sway Dench made my favorite kind of spot with her little boho wagon for The Liaison Collaborative—a cozy spot for one or two. With a variety of poses built into the seat and the porch and stairs outside, it’s a fun prop or playhouse, and it makes a perfect set for a cozy reading getaway.

My Perfect Vacation

Imagine being curled up in this cute little wagon with your favorite book (today’s being Alison Lurie’s Foreign Affairs), some great music on the turntable (Andrew Bird’s “Pulaski at Night”), and a cute comfy outfit. My dress is part of a full ensemble from Moonbubble Gothly that she is selling at District 5. I stole the artsy cute dress with top and skirt and abstract texture for the look. My shoes are Lindsey Warwick’s darling heels that she sold for 21 Shoe (which is available in other colors). Piled around me, of course, are Murakami books, made by MiaSnow Myriam, who is also a fan!

My Perfect Vacation

Sometimes fresh air and quiet contemplation is needed, and then I sit out on this chair from Sway Dench that she made for the Australian theme for The Dreaming Tree. With several single AND couples poses and texture change on the pillows, it’s a decorator’s dream. The modern angles of the chair are offset by the cushions so this can mix in with a very modern or eclectic décor easily.

My Perfect Vacation

I know Shylah Honey made this hair for Fantasy Gacha Carnival but it’s good for every day wear, especially with its pulled back prettiness. Once this gacha is done at the Carnival, it will be in the regular store, so you haven’t missed it. My pretty skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s special for Designer Circle, sold at a discount for the event. And psst, but Krystal Jenkins put her jewelry on sale a couple days ago and I think the sale is still on. I snagged these brainy girl earrings for a steal.

My Perfect Vacation

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Sunhild Rigged Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Eshe Darktan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – coconut by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: [ bubble ] Camden Dress by Moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ], available at District 5 *

Earrings: Helix – Earring – Platinum by Krystal Jenkins for Krystal

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

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: [L.Warwick] Miranda -High Platform Wedge- Modest Mahogany by Lindsey Warwick for L.Warwick

Wagon: Sway’s [Willow] Living Wagon . boho / Adult by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Furnishings and décor:

  • Sway’s [Willow] hanging candle glass . boho by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *
  • Sway’s [Willow] Plant by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *
  • Sway’s [Willow] stack of books . boho by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *
  • ::GUDU::  RugRug_L by Bersten for GUDU
  • *Joke Factory* Refrigerator monster blue by Missileman Adzebills for *Joke Factory*
  • Sway’s [Boomerang] Chair . Melbourne / PG by Sway Dench for Sway’s, for The Dreaming Tree *
  • Sway’s [Willow] Table . boho by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *
  • Zigana . Branch light . sun by Nalena Fairey for Zigana
  • LISP – Funky Lispette Record Unit by Lainy Voom for LISP
  • LISP – Victoire Lamp Left – Noir by Lainy Voom for LISP
  • LISP – Tearose Lantern String by Lainy Voom for LISP
  • BOOKS ~Murakami Collection by MiaSnow Myriam for MiaSnow
Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”  ~ Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

I’ve been holding on to this quote for a bit for a look that makes me fall in love, and this one did. It’s the colors of the dress from Spooky Mistwallow, and the style. Spooky includes a HUD that allows switches between 6 colors on the dress and 6 on the skirt, all complimentary for the palette you choose, and I loe this brown set. The style of the dress is flirty and soft and sophisticated, especially belted at the waist.

Well maybe it’s the shoes really that I really love. Strappy and sexy, they are one of two pairs that Eku Zhong is selling for 21 Shoe, and they are ONLY ON SALE TODAY, the 21st, so do not delay in getting them. Eku is a quiet one, making her sexy shoes and softly putting them out for shoe warriors to snatch up and sex up the grid.

Love in the Time of Cholera

It’s the skin. That is key here. Umazuma Metaluna has outdone herself on this one. The tone of the skin, the freckles, the features, the beautiful full lips, groomed eyebrows, gentle blush. I gasped when I saw myself. This may not be a look for everyone. It’s certainly not your typical dolly face. Uma has imbued this face with character and beauty.

It might be the eyes. I have been showing a lot of Constance Daehlie’s eyes and makeup and I am completely in love with these dark brown peepers. It’s hard to do a brown eye right, and she pulls it off by giving light to the eyes.

Then perhaps it’s the hair. I loved this short cut from Miu Edman when it premiered at Hair Fair and ran to get the brown for this ensemble. I personally LOVE short hair on women and wish I could pull it off myself. It’s a great style to show off these ginormous earrings from Donatela Couturier.

Love in the Time of Cholera

Hair: +elua+ Ursula_Darkbrown by Miu Edman for +elua+

Skin: [theSkinnery] Zuri – Bare face (toffee) DB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Zuri – waterline eyeliner by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery],available at the Fantasy Collective *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – black coffee by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: :KR: Sardinia Dress  – Browns by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock Couture *

Earrings: [Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Cigana Earring by Donatela Couturier for [Modern.Couture]

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

Nail appliers: Ma Vie Les Vernis Metals by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie, available at District 5

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: KoiKoi Little Black Shoe by eku Zhong for KoiKoi for 21 Shoe (get ‘em NOW) *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

A Day Away

A Day Away

“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” ~ Maya Angelou

A Day Away

I live with a workaholic. At times I can be a workaholic. (Go figure.) A little dress down day for shopping or enjoying the weather or running errands is sometimes much needed—a time to decompress. I put together this look for such a day. Start with the blazer/top combo that Jesydream is offering at District 5. It’s casual yet tailored—not a grungy old sweatshirt—ideal for me. I’m not that kind of vacationing woman. My mesh skirt from Juliette Westerburg, which she has at Uber, is the piece to go with this look—sassy and short but not too flimsy. Brings the formalness of the blazer down. My high heels from Tatyana Ultsch, also at District 5, are fun slip-ons with a darling bow and great texture. Sunami Beck offers this luxe handbag at Uber and sunglasses from Jonas Acanthus are just the right accessory.

A Day Away

My full locks are pulled into a fishtail braid over my shoulder courtesy of Truth Hawks, who offers this great style in all his typical colors. My skin is Monicuzza Babenco’s gorgeous offer at The Dressing Room. I have not worn her skins as of late and was delighted to come back to one and find it fit so wonderfully to my shape. I have been showing a lot of Constance Daehlie’s eyes and makeup lately, if you hadn’t already picked up on that. I am really enjoying what she is doing with her work. Her colors are clear and crisp without cartoonishness.

A Day Away

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Nissa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS & YS* Sabrina 12 Feel by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*, available at TDR Fusion

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – big wave by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Blazer with top: [:: JesyDream ::] Blue Marine Blazer With Marine Shirt by jesydream for [:: JesyDream ::], available at District 5 *

Skirt: -tres blah- Denim Mini Skirt – Light Wash by Julliette Westerburg for -tres blah-, available at Uber *

Sunglasses: [Z O O M] Socialite Sunglass by Jonas Acanthus for [ZOOM], available at District 5 *

Handbag: Emery Uber Bag Blue by Sunami Beck for Emery, available at Uber *

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

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails and Toenails Applier Slink A/E – set 223 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at My Slink Obsession *

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

Shoes: :::insanya::: Bow Pumps Floral – Blue by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at District 5 *

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

Murakami

Murakami

Now tell me what you know
Is this a story or
An allegory for the racket knocking at my door?
What’s the difference if it’s real or a dream?
Imagination playing tricks on me

~ “Murakami” by Made in Heights

Murakami

I had just finished reading Haruki Murakami’s newest book, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, when this song came on KCRW and I thought, Really? I have to say that it is not his best though I did enjoy it greatly. There is something about Murakami that is very satisfying—perhaps his universalism (he’s well loved by people around the world), his minimalism (think Raymond Carver, who is a strong influence), or his benign sense of alienation (never has felt very “Japanese,” he says).

So the post is named after him and the song and a message to Mami Jewell, who keeps promising me she will read his books. I would want to know if she likes them, especially this one or Norwegian Wood (hint, Mami).  I chose this dress because it’s as simple and elegant and fluid as Murakami’s work. The entire dress is mesh, which is a change for Mami, who prefers to work with prims or prims and mesh. I loved how she translated the movement of sheer scarves into the mesh pieces that wrap around.

My pretty shoes and jewelry are both featured at La Metallique Fair. AvaGardner Kungler has made a beautiful collection of jewelry for the fair with geometric gems in elegant gold contemporary settings. My elegant high heels are Senzati0n Domenitzo’s metallic contribution. I love that she makes her great designs for Slink feet now!

Murakami

I found this simple updo from Minami Susanowa for a touch of elegance. Sometimes that’s all that is needed, as sometimes a simple aphorism or description will do in literature (Murakami again). Finally, Belleza is having a big sale to retire skins, and they are priced at 100L each. This is one such skin and I wore it in this blog to show my dear readers that they are well worth it. This is the first I put on from the Shyla line and it’s still flawless with beautiful features. You won’t look “out of date” or “old.” Tricky’s work holds up!

Murakami

“The human heart is like a night bird. Silently waiting for something, and when the time comes, it flies straight toward it.” ~ Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Hair: tulip. Elena Reds 6 by Minami Susanowa for tulip.

Skin: -Belleza- Shyla Sk 1 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza *

Eyes: [Buzz] Ardent Eyes – Angel by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri

Dress: -AZUL- Luana /Sakura (MMV2014_1stRunnerup)(Limited_MP)* by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Earrings and Ring: (Kunglers Extra) Metallize – Earrings and Ring – Gold onix by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at La Metallique Fair *

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

Nail appliers: Ma Vie Les Vernis Classics 1 Hands by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie, available at District 5

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Palermo Limited (Black) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at La Metallique Fair *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Lazaretto

Lazaretto

My veins are blue and connected
And every single bone in my brain is electric

~ “Lazaretto” by Jack White

Lazaretto

I love Jack White and I love his latest songs. The cutting edge of his song “Lazaretto” seemed to match this look, most of which I picked up at District 5. Start with a top from CrystalDoll Lemon from her fully-made mesh and textures. It’s sexy without being over the top (no pun intended) and suits the great plaid punk skirt Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus made exclusively for District 5. The skirt is, as usual, a Paul/Bast wonder with a incredibly versatile texture-change HUD that includes dozens of plaids, leather textures, and metals for mix and match infinitum.

I got my cuffs in Moonbubble Gothly’s gacha. I lucked out and got the color I wanted right off. (Sorry, you didn’t make money, Moonbubble.) My awesome and bright platform boots with studs all over (to keep the ankle biters away) are Mikhayla13’s can be found at District 5 as well.

Lazaretto

My wicked skin is Lluna Nitely’s exclusive for District 5, a truly punk style with heavily lined eyes and glossy lips in several tones to match up with your outfits. The hairbase is part of the set Mina Nakamura is selling at Kustom 9, a unisex cut with a special set of textures including this terrific ombre, Look closely at my great necklace set from Lolly Carlberg. It’s also available at District 5 for a perfect punk look.

Lazaretto

Hair: MINA Hair – Jett / Brett by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Kustom 9 *

Skin: .:Panda Punx:. BS Piper Skin {Indecent} Latte by Lluna Nitely for .:Panda Punx:., available at District 5 *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Mayday~ Jet Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Top: {dollle*} 055 Roll Up Plain T-Shirt – DarkBlue by CrystalDoll Lemon for {dollle*}, available at District 5 *

Skirt: L&B (SM) Swear “Candy” Zipp Mini Skirt – Tartan by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild, available at District 5 *

Necklace: .:* LOULOU&CO *:. – Necklace :: PERFIDY :: by Lolly Carlberg for .:* LOULOU&CO *:., available at District 5 *

Cuffs: [ bubble ] Purple Cuff by Moonbubble Gothly for [bubble], available at District 5

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

Nail appliers: [ S H O C K ] Slink Dark Beat Nails by Ilary Galaxy for [ S H O C K ], available at District 5 *

Tattoo: AITUI TATTOO – Zodiac – ASF Taurus II by Jesseaitui Petion for AITUI

Stockings: ~ broken ~ torn – fishnet stockings II by Zoe Llewelyn for :: Boneflower Designs ::

Boots: {Scene} Gluttony Kickers – Pink by mikhayla13 for {Scene}, available at District 5 *

Poses: Ma Vie. – I s—t rainbows by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie, available at District 5 *