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.

Alienbear Designs at Fashion for Life

Dear Readers-

As you may or may not know, I have taken on the task of Co-Leading the Fashion for Life this year with Syngen Sohmers. With 9 sims, over 160 stores, and a hunt and gatchas, it’s gearing up to be quite the event. We have only a handful of stores left to fill. The sims are going to be amazing. The list of stores is incredible. The spirit behind it all is truly heartfelt.

One of the things I personally wanted to do was make sure I thank our more substantial donors with blogs highlighting their great work in SL. Their contributions have been incredibly generous—especially our sim sponsors’. While some have argued the American Cancer Society is not the best charity (for various complicated reasons that go far beyond what I am willing to get into here), they have a representative in-world, so I am assured all the donations are going into the right hands. They also have a considerable in-world backing and momentum through the SL RFL group—clearly this is important to SL folks. And finally, who has not been touched by cancer? Who of us can say this ultimately doesn’t help us or someone we love down the line?

One of the premier jewelers in SL, Alienbear Gupte has been designing and making jewelry since 2005. Alienbear’s preference for “simple but elegant” jewelry has made her one of the leaders in elegant jewelry across the grid.

Alienbear at FFL

Alienbear brings her talents to SL and the Fashion for Life fair from Hong Kong, and with her beautiful assistant, supermodel Mui Mukerji, she keeps women and men across the grid bedecked in jewels. She has now branched out into RL jewelry creation, which she documents on her personal blog.

Alienbear at FFL

Alienbear’s involvement with Fashion for Life has numbered  several years. She has felt strongly about supporting the cause for RFL and ACS, and she will once again donate items that will give 100% of their sales income to the American Cancer Society. In addition, she generously donated as a VIP Sponsor for this year’s Fashion for Life. If you want to know more about what constitutes a VIP Sponsorship, click through to our sponsorship levels.

Alienbear at FFL

I show here Alienbear’s beautiful work, two pieces which were previous RFL donations. Note that Alienbear’s work relies on the use of textures and regular prims (not sculpties). Her textures add the sparkle that pushes the jewelry into precious gems territory. Alienbear keeps besting herself with each creation—they are more and more elaborate yet contain her signature touches—the beautiful long blooming buds, the gracefully swirling flourishes, the intricately entwined links.

Alienbear at FFL

Photo 1:

Hair: [e] Rumor 2 – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life

Skin: -Glam Affair- Castalia- MedTan – 04 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor

Eyes: From a TBA FFL Store Sponsor

Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes N15_No Facelight by monica Outlander for Miamai, FFL Store Sponsor

Earrings: Alienbear Designs-Azucena II soft antique gold Earrings white) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Crown: Alienbear Designs-Azucena Queen soft antique gold Crown (white) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Necklace: Alienbear Designs-Azucena soft antique gold necklace white) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Photo 2:

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * FAME I * / black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Skin: :: Exodi :: Sylvan Nuit – Beloved – Dk by Ryker Beck for Exodi, FFL Store Sponsor

Earrings: Alienbear’s (Mayur earrings I black) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Necklace: Alienbear’s (Mayur Necklace (Black)) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Photo 3:

Hair: [e] Wish – Black 05 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life

Skin: -Glam Affair- SofiaV2- MedTan – 07 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor

Earrings: Alienbear Design (Zivanit Necklace RFL2009 special)  by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Necklace: Alienbear Design (Zivanit earrings RFL2009 special) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Photo 4:

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * TESSA * / naturals by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Skin: *Glance Skins – Natasha – 05 by Joakim Asbrink for Glance, FFL Store Sponsor

Earrings: Alienbear’s (Sakura Heart Earrings RFL10 special) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Necklace: Alienbear’s (Sakura Heart Necklace RFL10 special) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Christmas Guilt

I am sitting here writing this blog and dressing up and feeling very anxious that I should be doing something else. Is everything set, wrapped, hidden or not, decorated? Could I be doing more? Is Christmas supposed to feel this anxious? This is what comes of working ahead and not leaving it til the last minute. You think you should be doing more….

Seasonal Beauty

I went shopping.. for myself for once. I felt guilty. I should be cleaning, decorating, cooking. Gah, the guilt. But this dress from Cerberus Noel was calling me, and I felt NO guilt at all as she is offering it for a mere 100L til Christmas Eve so get it NOW. It comes with two skirt options and the absolutely amazingly textured top and skirt plus these incredible prims. On the shoulder is a wonderful rose grouping that curves over to the back and is echoed in a hair piece. Look at the texturing on the roses! The guilt I feel about this is having paid so little for this dress!

Seasonal Beauty

My skin was one of a set that Ryker Beck generously offered as part of her and her partner’s 12 days of Christmas on their sim a couple days ago. What a wonderful gift! I have put it on a modified Harper shape to show a different facial structure which would be more appropriate to a woman of color. I am glad that Ryker has offered a darker skin in this most recent set. I would challenge her to modify the nose details to make it work with a wider nose. The skin tone is gorgeous.

Seasonal Beauty

Will anyone notice I didn’t make another batch of cookies or dust behind the buffet? Nope.

Hair: Tukinowaguma Deborah A ebony by KateForster Akina for Tukinowaguma

Skin: :: Exodi :: Isolde Corneille – 23 (Dk) by Ryker Beck for :: Exodi ::

Dress: *GF* Mermaid Dress “Layla” -Limited ed./white&red- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Earrings: **PISA**Pink Moonstone Red Coral earrings by Emi Woller for **PISA** (No longer available)

Shoes:  *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes[V2] -red- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Parabolas

“She wore a short skirt and a tight sweater and her figure described a set of parabolas that could cause cardiac arrest in a yak.” ~Woody Allen

Parabolas

Some people think the coming of cooler temperatures means the coming of the hiding of the body—big bulky knits layered under big puffy quilted coats so everyone is waddling around like the Michelin Man. There is no need for this. First, it’s not cold enough yet and second, gosh, we’re in SL where it’s a temperate 72F at all times. And one can be warm and fashionable.

Take this short skirt and sweater set from beanster Potato. Beanster has always been about funky casual styling and color sets and she doesn’t miss the mark this time. I wear it with capri tights from Ana Boogiewoogie to cut the chill (and the long tunic over short leggings is very “in” this year). Finally I feature very stylish shoes from Jolie Monday. I am digging seeing the strap wrap around the shoe and heel on all sorts of shoes this year—they are tres chic.

Parabolas

My full and fetching hair arrives from the creative studios of my darlin, Queue Marlowe. Turns out she can do straighter hair too, and this hair has all the hallmarks of sexiness, especially the little curl around the cheek. Tuli Asturias makes me smile—literally. And casual jewelry from Ryker Beck completes the look.

Parabolas

Frank: I can knit a sweater!
Annie: I can fill it better!
~ from “Annie Get Your Gun”

Hair: AD-mochi brown sugar by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 3/br) :: 05 with []::Tuli::[] Audrey t3 – dark 8 matte by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Hurley – Brown / Striped by beanster Potato for Ducknipple

Tights: Sh*t Happens – Footless Tights (Olive) by Ana Boogiewoogie for Sh*t Happens

Jewelry: :: Exodi :: Autumn Set by Ryker Beck for :: Exodi ::

Shoes: fri. – Dream.Booties (Chocolate) by Jolie Monday for fri.day

Dignity

“Remember this – that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Dignity

Dignity—it’s a quality lacking so frequently nowadays, from the politicians taking shots at each other in debates on TV to the rants in the forums about SL to the profiles claiming ownership over others, like some sort of Jerry Springer show. I believe in dignity. I believe in presenting myself with dignity (except when I am a pig avatar—then all bets are off). Today I want to look elegant and dignified. And this dress from monica Outlander’s newest release of formal wear fits the bill. With the lace textures appropriately proportioned over the bodice and skirts, monica shows yet again she understands the scale of pieces of clothing on an avatar. Her beautiful flower-shaped collar completes the dress with a bejeweled brooch that has become the motif of many of her formal pieces.

Dignity

I wear a skin from Ryker Beck’s new offering at the Dressing Room Blue. I have shied away from Ryker’s skins in the past, just not finding them hitting the right buttons for me, but this skin definitely looks great on. I particularly like her eyebrows and nose. Another feature that catches my eye is the skin on the decolletage, which is so often flat or ignored–she includes moles, a great collarbone and a well shadowed neck. (Never underestimate the importance of this!)

Dignity

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take
To find dignity

~ Bob Dylan, “Dignity”

Hair: >TRUTH< Leighton 2 – auburn by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: :: Exodi :: Isolde Nuit – 36 (Dk) by Ryker Beck for :: Exodi ::, available at the Dressing Room Blue

Dress: Miamai_Unahe Turquoise by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Earrings: THE TSARINA Earring v.1.00 by Preston Gravois for Bennelong Design

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Prima by Kalnins

Shoot to Thrill

My second guest blogger is Raven Haalan, scripter, builder, artist, thinker. I met Raven initially through the fashion bloggers’ group and then got to know him at Burning Life. Raven and I clicked pretty quickly—we’re both very task-oriented people; hanging out and doing nothing in SL is not for us. As I got to know Raven, I found out that he was pretty public about his alter-egos, Jaime, a beautiful redhead with looks that kill, and Bin, a brainy coder.

Raven is a very experienced and prolific photographer and blogger in SL himself. You can find his work in the pages of Prim Perfect or on his personal blog, Raven’s Roost.  This month, you can view his great photography at a joint exhibit with GM Nikolaidis at Tricia Aferdita’s Gallery.

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AC DC’s Shoot to Thrill was in the headphones as I was sending a friend the LM for a fabulous trench coat… at that precise instant Harper’s invite to guest blog arrived. It seemed fitting that great looking coats and guns should be the theme of this post.

Shoot to thrill, play to kill
I got my gun at the ready, gonna fire at will.

Shoot to Thrill - Front

The coat mentioned above was Laine Markova’s stunning Red Trench. The secret is to combine it with rust Caela Jeans by Dick Wiesel – they fit in perfectly as the flexies show leg. A white basic cami from Heather Connolly and the red Bax suede boots round out Jaime’s ensemble.

Shoot to Thrill - Jaime

It was time for Raven to catch up, building a look around the Redemption coat by Arken Soothsayer. Add in a Cowboy Hat from Whenever Timeless and Western Boots by JB Gazov. Include a black checked shirt by Yelmer Pfeffer and Zaara’s Classic black jeans (tinted darker than purchased) and we’re ready for a gunfight.

Shoot to Thrill - Raven

Classic weapons equip our intrepid protagonists for elegant action. Dual Colt 1860 Army revolvers by Vegoth Munro suit the Blackbird’s taste. Red gets nasty with an ornately styled 1864 side by side, double barreled shotgun by JoMilla Gears.

I’m gonna take you down – yeah, down, down, down
So don’t you fool around, I’m gonna pull it, pull it, pull the trigger

Shoot to Thrill - Back

With the gunfight over, our heroes depart, stepping gingerly over the corpses. The victims might be lucky and live long enough to catch the rear view of these outfits as a final visual treat to aid their passing.

Jaime:

Hair: Valerie (Sangria) by Truth Hawks for Truth Hair

Skin: Sundust Vixen by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Eyes: Jaime Kenin Blue Skies Calm by Kitten Krakauer of Kitten Designs

Mascara (Natural) by amandine Arai for Pixelfashion

Coat: Trench Coat – Red Female by Laine Markova for LAINE’s

Basic Cami: Blanche by Heather Connolly for astraia

Jeans: Caela Jeans – Rust by Dick Wiesel for WoE

Necklace: Aubade (Silver/Blue) by Felicity Winslet for Mariposa

Nails: Manipedis – Ruby by Ryker Beck for Exodi

Ring: Celtic Knot Femme Wedding Ring by BastChild Lotus of Lapointe and Bastchild

Boots: Bax Prestige Boots: Red (Black Cherry) by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs

Weaponry: 1864 Side by Side Shotgun by JoMilla Gears for Gears Trading Co.

Raven:

Skin: Miguel Tan (with hairbase) by Tricky Boucher of Belleza

Eyes: Zbilja (Brown) by Ryker Beck for Exodi

Coat: Redemption Coat by Arken Soothsayer of Super Possessed

Shirt: Checkered Shirt – Black by Yelmer Pfeffer of Alphamale

Jeans: ZC Classic Jeans (Black) by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Tattoo: Huxley by Hatzfeld Runo for Tiki Tattoo

Hat: Timeless Cowboy Hat by Whenever Timeless of Timeless Hats

Gloves: Narcisse Black by Paul Lapointe of Lapointe and Bastchild

Boots: Western Boots (Black) by JB Gazov for J’s

Pistols and Gunbelt: Colt 1860 Army Revolver by Vegoth Munro for V&N Creations

Flamenco

Nicky Ree is one of the best designers in SL.

I am tempted to qualify that with all manner of caveats but I won’t. Not today. I will only qualify the statement by saying that Nicky is a real person–a genuinely nice lady with a great, loving (and witty) husband and a good first life (I know both of them).

There are many great designers in SL. But none has quite the touch that Nicky has or the vision for dressmaking. There’s a reason for this. When Nicky was growing up in Singapore, her mother was a bespoke dressmaker. Wealthy ladies would come in and have Nicky’s mom design and sew dresses for them for every day wear and special functions. Nicky would help her mother in the shop.

So it all makes sense that Nicky has such a fabulous sense of proportion, of accessorizing, of colors and of fit. She was raised on this.

I have chosen one of my MANY dresses designed by Nicky Ree, one that has personal significance to me, to show. I enjoy doing the flamenco with my friends who live on my sims, Avant Garde and Vanguard, and this is the dress I wear when I dance alongside my friend KK (she has the red version). Nicky has designed the dress with exquisite attention to the details—the flower prims are beautifully textured and perfectly placed around the décolletage, the skirt terraces up the leg on one side, making the flamenco’s emotional intensity show as they flare with each step.

Flamenco

I am showing it with this amazing hair from Biedermanns. This hair has color changing roses that can be shown or not shown and a loose ponytail or loose bun. The fun part is when you change the hair—for instance, removing the flowers–your arms animate, going up and “rearranging” your hair.

Flamenco

I am wearing one of Ryker Beck’s lovely skins from her Shiloh line. Her skins, obviously hand-drawn, are developing quite a following, and I appreciate that she follows her own aesthetic and doesn’t get caught up in the over-dodged, photorealistic look so many like.

Flamenco

Finished the look with Shiny Things’ black Belles. A woman dancing does not need to be in stilettos.

Flamenco

On the dance card:

Hair: #AB# Candela Fiery Red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for #AB# Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: ::Exodi:: Shiloh (Honey) “Nosferatu” by Ryker Beck for ::Exodi::

Dress: *DNR* Bridal Flora Spanish Style Dresses Black N Red (worn with Upper Arm Flowers) by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Belles – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Fresh Melon

One of the best parts of summer is a sweet melon salad. The cool greens of honeydew and sweet oranges of canteloupe mixed with a little ripe red watermelon—delicious!

That’s why this dress from AnaLee Balut is so perfect for summer. Light, flowing, and sexy at the same time, this lovely piece is a beautiful piece for mid or late summer. She has made a semi-transparent skirt attached higher on the torso as an empire waist with a sexy peek-a-boo quality to it that looks sweet while it still shows off the shape and a little skin.

Fresh melon

I am showing one of Pulse’s newest skins, the Wheat/Blush from the Valeries series. When Lorac first sent this to me, I knew it would be a winner with its sweet blush and beautiful lips plus Lorac’s unmistakable eyes.

I included the talented Ryker Beck’s Prathivi earrings and bracelet and the beautiful Dylan from Maitreya’s Hair Fair 2009 entries.

Fresh melon

Finally, I am wearing Jamie Holmer’s beautiful Bellucci shoes in Gold. I’ll admit I originally went to look a them because of the name. (Monica Bellucci is who I would want to be in an alternative life.) However, I bought them because they were strappy and elegant. Jamie has not bought into the prosthetic foot/toe craze yet, but she does have resizer scripts in these shoes (which can and should be killed when done). She was smart enough to include another pair without the scripts for people who simply don’t want the hassle. Available in 12 colors, these gems are only $325.

Fresh melon

Fruit salad, yummy, yummy:

Hair: Maitreya Dylan – Autumn by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Blush AUB f by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: ALB LOTTA honeydew dress by AnaLee Balut for ALB

Earrings and Bracelet: :: Exodi :: Prathivi Set by Ryker Beck for :: Exodi ::

Shoes: INDI Designs – Bellucci gold by Jamie Holmer for INDI