The Last Smile

The Last Smile

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

The Last Smile

Fall came in yesterday just like that. It was balmy out on Monday evening, the air thick with humidity and early the next morning a cold front came through with a storm and chill air and golden sunshine followed it. When I was trying to take these photos and struggling, my friend asked, “What kind of windlight are you hoping for?” I said, “The kind that imbues the scene with sunlight filtered through a thousand autumn leaves, tinting everything with a nostalgic depth and laying upon it its honeyed warmth before the chill winter winds descend.” He sighed. “Try ‘Sunset.’”

My dear friend Sabein Streeter, helped me set up my autumn house, which I will be photoing in pieces because she jam packed it so full of goodness, and I can’t cover it all in one blog. Her wonderful decorating sense was assisted by the many beautiful décor items available this month at Shiny Shabby. We start, of course, on the back stoop, where we find leaves have covered the area via Kunst Himmel and a cart of gourds, courtesy of FadeArcade. A cozy rocking chair from Marinestella waits for a friend to sit but I have just finished riding my bike from Danielestro and am about to go inside. The house? Barnesworth Anubis’ beautiful cottage for Collabor88, more of which you will see in the next days.

The Last Smile

My outfit is a combination of fall and summer. A warm but sexy middriff-skimming sweater from Kiddo Oh at Tres Chic tops short shorts from xxxsaltandpepperxxx, available at the Cosmopolitan Room—both mesh. Long socks from Roslin Petion for My Attci and great little boots from Darling Monday at Shiny Shabby complete the look.

I want to highlight the berries in my hair—a lovely hair pick from Abraxxa Anatine, featured at the Cosmopolitan Room. I pushed it into my hair in front, a celebration of the fruits of fall. The pick has a color change menu on click and is exquisitely crafted in mesh, but not rigged so you can move it around and resize or copy and wear multiple. My hair is one of the wild fusion shades from Kavar Cleanslate, his contribution to Fantasy Collective. And once again I wear Catwa Clip’s lovely Jessica mesh head with a beautiful skin applied from Inka Mexicola , both available at the Cosmopolitan Room.

The Last Smile

Hair: Exile::The Countess by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at the Fantasy Collective *

Hair pick: EarthStones Hair Branch Hair Stick – Berries by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones, available at the Cosmopolitan Room  *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Jessica by Catwa Clip for CATWA, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Skin applier: Essences Catwa Appliers [Natasja] by Inka Mexicola for Essences , available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Eyes: Mesh – Marble Eyes – Old Book by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

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

Sweater: Autumn Sweater – Pink MAITREYA by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Tres Chic *

Shorts: S&P Hotpants Kay by xxsaltandpepperxx for Salt & Pepper, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Socks: {Luxuria} T&C Thigh High Socks – Applier *light* by Roslin Petion for Luxuria, available at My Attic *

Boots: fri. – Rosie.Boots (Dirty) by Darling Monday for fri.day, available at Shiny Shabby*

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Décor:

  • [Toiz] 1. coming Autumn swingchair by marinestella and [Toiz] 3. Autumn Board by Marinestella for Toiz, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • [ zerkalo ] Fall in Love – Bicycle by danielestro by DanielEstro and Anaisterpellie for [ zerkalo ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • .05 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] – Autumn leaves by Kunst Himmel and Limer Hoorenbeek for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Apt B // Snuggle Up Wheelburrow by FadeArcade by FadeArcade for Apt B, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • (MB) Wicker planter with fern “BREEZE” dark by Minke Bailey for MB-CreationZ

House: [ba] tabor cottage by Barnesworth Anubis for Barnesworth Anubis, available at Collabor88 *

The Last Smile

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The First Week of August

The First Week of August

The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

The First Week of August

Ugh. It is literally the dog days of summer for me right now, mostly because I got a new dog in RL but also because the weather has been oppressively hot (though it just turned cooler). This quote made so much sense to me—we are teetering on the cusp of summer now and about to plunge into fall. I thought this sheer topped, elegant dress from Kiddo Oh might put me in a better frame of mind, especially since it evokes a sort of glamour that never overheats. I used Ilaya Allen’s pretty chair for the Gacha Garden as my pose prop and the gorgeous new jewelry from Mea Carnell that she is featuring at the Cosmopolitan Room.

The First Week of August

Hair pulled casually up is the perfect look and Mina Nakamura’s style for the Gacha Garden doesn’t go over board in fussiness. I took out Sopha Portal’s appliers for the LeLutka mesh heads and had a ball trying on different makeups. I will caution that Sopha’s skins tend towards the very light—this “India” tone is like no Indian person I have ever known but is, nevertheless, very pretty, especially with her accompanying makeups. The HUDs are a little annoying. You need to wear one for the skin and then another to apply the shadow and yet another for the lipstick, and the versions on the HUD are merely names—not colors or photos of the colors or styles. I much prefer Monicuzza Babenco’s graphic HUD to Sopha’s. The better feature of the HUDs, howevr, is that Sopha offers a creaseless as well as a creased eye so you can choose your look accordingly.

The First Week of August

Hair: MINA Hair – Yenna (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Gacha Garden *

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

Skin applier: [MUDSKIN]_Yui(LeLutka Applier)_India with [MUDSKIN]_Yui Lipcolors_Med2 Tone(LeLutka Applier) and [MUDSKIN]_EyeShadow Collection Vol2_Dark Tone(LeLutka Applier) by Sopha Portal for MUDSKIN, available at Shiny Shabby *

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

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

Dress: Ellaria Salmon Tr by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at the Fantasy Collective *

Jewelry: Meva UbanZen set by Mea Carnell for Meva, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Chair: 05. [ILAYA] Vintage Armchair RARE by Ilaya Allen for ILAYA, available at Gacha Garden *

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

The First Week of August

Linda Lu

Linda Lu

They call my baby Patty, but, her real name, her real name,
her real name is Linda Lu

~ “Linda Lu” by Ray Sharpe

Linda Lu

I made up Linda Lu in a chic look today starting with a bold graphic dress from Ashleey Andrew that she is featuring at IDK. With great sequined textures, Ashleey has created a dress that is perfect for clubbing all night. I paired it up with sexy shoes from Davidefre, who has named them “Harper,” so I had to get them at Uber. He is now making his shoes fit Slink and Maitreya feet, which is a great step forward (no pun intended). My earrings are from Maxi Gossamer’s boho set for Uber.

Linda Lu

Now I had a fun time with the LeLutka appliers this time. First I used Umazuma Metaluna’s awesome new applier for the upcoming Sou by creation.jp event to make Linda look uniquely beautiful. Then I put on Monicuzza Babenco’s awesome make-up set for Fantasy Collective to choose a different look for my eye makeup. Just like system faces, you can layer effects from different creators to make a very specific look, which cuts down on that “Stepford Wives” effect that people fear with mesh heads. My wind-tossed wavy hair with blue highlights is one of Bubbles Clawtooth’s exclusives at Summerfest.

Linda Lu

Hair: Clawtooth: Beach Babe – The Complete Collection by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, available at Summerfest *

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

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Natsumi (LeLutka Applier) (honey) by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery], available at SOU by Creation.jp (opens June 27) *

Makeup applier: *YS&YS* Favorite Eye Makeups  Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at The Fantasy Collective *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Journal by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

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

Dress: :Garbaggio // Geo Shift Dress – Blue (Materials) by Ashleey Andrew for Garbaggio, available at IDK *

Jewelry: MG – Earrings and Bracelet – Savannah by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Uber *

Shoes: JD – Harper Maitreya Navy by davidefre for Just Design, available at Uber

Poses by Luna Jubilee for !bang *

Linda Lu

Stephanie Says

Stephanie Says

Stephanie says when answering the phone
What country shall I say is calling from across the world

~ “Stephanie Says” by the Velvet Underground

Stephanie Says

I heard this Velvet Underground song while I was preparing the photos for this blog entry and thought she looked like a Stephanie. So Stephanie says you need to get over to Fantasy Collective and get this lovely dress form Kiddo Oh, make of her custom mesh with her gorgeous satiny textures, imprinted with a Celtic pattern at the waistline and cut up the side in a very sexy way. Paired with a gorgeous choker from LouLou Teichmann from Shiny Shabby and Senzati0n Domenitzo’s generous donation shoes for Fashion for Life, it’s a sexy look.

Stephanie Says

It’s also a fantasy look, made mostly so with this incredible skin from Aikeo Reiko that she is selling at Skin Fair. Aikeo never does anything mainstream though her work is incredibly popular. This fantasy skin is luscious and sexy as if for one of the alien girls Captain Kirk might seduce with the veins or cracks in the skin texture. I wore Marisa Karu’s gorgeous hair for Shiny Shabby in platinum to bring another touch of otherworldliness to the look and with the texture-change scripts in the hair band and flowers, made a lovely customized look.

Stephanie Says

Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Nene” (Platinum) by Marisa Kira for D!va, available at Shiny Shabby *

Skin: :[P]:- Immortalia Skin-Femme:// Ambrogino by Aikea Rieko for Plastik, available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: #adored – moon eyes – lt blue // a by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Skin Fair *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: .::Dead Dollz::. Baineth Blue/S S by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Fantasy Collective *

Necklace: Bauhaus Movement – Nanny Necklace by LouLou Teichmann for Bauhaus Movement, available at Shiny Shabby *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [LB Chrome7] *Slink* Manicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Shoes: Essenz – Milan (Fatpack 1) Maitreya by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Fashion for Life *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Stephanie Says

Cinnamon Girl

Cinnamon Girl

I wanna live
with a cinnamon girl
I could be happy
the rest of my life
With a cinnamon girl.

~ “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young

Cinnamon Girl

I love this Neil Young song and I love my cinnamon girl. Start with this slinky sexy dress from Beanster Potato (which can be switched to a number of colors using her color change HUD, so don’t think you’re limited to this flavor). Add pumps, also from Beanster, and some gorgeous jewelry from AvaGardner Kungler, and of course a darling handbag from Miffyhoi Rosca for this round of Shiny Shabby, and you have a hot mama, nearly burning through the rugs from Kunst Himmel’s gacha for Shiny Shabby. (More rugs! Yay!)

Cinnamon Girl

The heat of this look comes from Shantia Soulstar’s gorgeous and soulful skin for Skin Fair. It comes with Slink and Omega appliers plus a few others. I spent a frustrating half hour trying to get it to work with the Love n Lust translators on one body (it was not coloring the neck fix.. bleah) so I switched to the Belleza mesh body and Slink hands and feet, and that worked quite well except the nipples, which don’t quite line up but who cares since I am dressed. The Omega is still hit and miss but well, still a deal at the price. I used the makeups available with the skin to create this smoking look and pretty nail appliers from Giela Delpaso.

Shylah Honey is on a roll with hair lately, and she is offering this sexy and beautiful style at the Fantasy Collective this round. With a lock of hair winding back up, it’s a different and new look in a standard silhouette.  My pretty ring is from Anthony77777 Bandit, who has captured the glistening qualities of windlight to make rings that glitter without scripts or bling.

Cinnamon Girl

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Cosette Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at The Fantasy Collective *

Skin: ZC – Gina sk5 – Br Brows – chB with ZC – Gina Eyeshadows – Date Night 02 and ZC – Gina Lips – Burgundy 03 by Shantia Soulstar for Zoul Creations, available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: #adored – moon eyes – dk brown // b by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Skin Fair *

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

Dress: DN Mesh: Karin Dress by Beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Zahima earrings – Golden jade by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Bracelets: (Kunglers Extra) TDRF #059 – bracelets – Desert by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Ring: BANDIT – Eternity Rubys  ring female 1.0b by Anthony77777 Bandit for Bandit Jewelry Shop *

Handbag: =Zenith=Leather Circle Handbag B(Cream) R FARM by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at Shiny Shabby (opening March 20)

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – MvW Autumn Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

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

Shoes: DN Mesh: Munch Pumps by Beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *

Rugs: [ kunst ] – Boho carpets by Kunst Himmel for [kunst], available at Shiny Shabby (opening March 20)

Cinnamon Girl

In Purple

In Purple

“If you wear a short enough skirt, the party will come to you.” ~ Dorothy Parker

In Purple

A short-as-can-be mini dress,and I am hoping to have a party! This great strappy leather dress with a wonderful tie up the back comes from Beanster Potato, a lot of mesh goodness in a very small package. And as always, Beanster includes a texture change HUD for five looks. I matched it up with the heels Glamistry offered for 21 Shoe. You can’t get these colors anymore but you can get this sexy platform shoe at his store. My unicorn horn from Maxi Gossamer for this month’s Collabor88 is my favorite piece of luck.

In Purple

Shylah Honey made this fabulous hair for the Fantasy Collective and with its literally flowing locks, it is perfect for mermaids but also for a girl who is going out and wants a little fun in her look, especially with dyed ends. Sawsan Secretspy has made this gorgeous skin for the Designers Circle. I put it on and the dewy skin, the soft and glossy lips, the exquisite eyes—they begged me to take them out to party. I did!

In Purple

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Alba Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at Fantasy Collective *

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

Eyes: Egozy.Eyes (Brown).Light by Nicole Button for Egozy *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: 20.FIVE Mesh: Lipita Dress by beanster Potato for 20.FIVE *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Electra Unicorn Horn – Short by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Ring: MG – Rings – Unicorn Maiden Star – Large by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Shoes: Glamistry : STATICE Heels by Glamistry for Glamistry *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

In Purple

The Crazy, Mixed-Up Elf

The Crazy, Mixed-Up Elf

“It’s easy to believe in magic when you’re young. Anything you couldn’t explain was magic then. It didn’t matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible – elves probably more so.” ~ Charles de Lint

The Crazy, Mixed-Up Elf

Once upon a time there was an elf… or a sprite… or perhaps she was just some weird overgrown insect. She wasn’t sure what she was. Bottom line: she had a branding problem. She wished (on this darling wishing well from Sway Dench) that she knew how to reconcile herself.

The problem was this: She had gotten herself over to the Mystic Realms Faire and had a little too much enthusiasm about the items there. Things offered there. There was this fantastic outfit of leaves and stripes from Hadarah Steamer that she had to have because it was cute and it had leaves, right? The mesh fit her perfectly and the textures were to die for as far as fantasy goes as all of Hararah’s fantasy clothes go.

Then there was the dragon halfing set from Kalia Firelyte and perhaps that’s where she took a wrong turn. The wings were so righteous and they flapped! And the tail, with its spines and great scales, wagged as she walked. And the horns had several textures to choose from and could be curled or uncurled at will. It was all just too good to pass up! But how does an elf carry off a dragon tail? (By draggin’ it behind her. Gosh, I crack myself up.)

The Crazy, Mixed-Up Elf

Then there was the pretty jewelry from Plurabelle Laszlo, a set with delicate dragonflies that were dragons, right? So it all fit. And a flit over to the L’Amitie Fall Market for cute fallen leaf sandals from Trippy Fall (because, a leaf, right?) and the look seemed to make a certain amount of sense, but really only to her.

Mimi Coral had a ton of skins to choose from so our confused little elven sprite halfling found a fierce tribal one that echoed the greens of her leafy dress and fierce dragon tail. Sparkling eyes from Constance Daehlie made the look more fantastic. A hop, skip and tp over to the Fantasy Collective, opening today, and she aced herself a gorgeous ‘do from Shylah Honey with a Renaissance braiding on top, like a little crown.

The Crazy, Mixed-Up Elf

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Marigold(Lrg)Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at the Fantasy Collective (look UP) *

Skin: flounce – Amelia – Honey – Lined with flounce – Elle Brows – Brown – Honey by Mimi Coral for flounce, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – potion – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Outfit: Anjana Green by hadarah Steamer for Sweet Lies Designs, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Libelula – Necklace and Ring by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Dragonness: (‘B’) Dragon Halfling Set by Kalia Firelyte for Dysfunctional Designs, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

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

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoe: !! SW !! Fall shoes for slink GREEN by Trippy Fall for Silk Worms, available at L’Amitie Fall Market

Sway’s [Wishing Well] Well with hanging bucket by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *