Hydrangeas

Hyacinth

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ~ Jean Giraudoux

Hyacinth

The heat this past week has made the hydrangeas burst with bloom, nodding their cumbersome blossoms in the weak hot breeze and making everything glorious. Quark Fallen has made some beautiful oversized hydrangeas on display at his sim Leroy, and so I shot photos among them.

I am pleased with this 20s-influenced look I put together. I donned the long gown from Ariadna Garrigus that includes a beautiful back strap  and a glittering beaded Art Deco-influenced pattern. I added beads from M4r1lyn Magic and used Siddean Munro’s mesh hands to show off Giela Delpaso’s great new manicure set. I love being able to paint my nails in SL. It’s like going to my local manicurist and seeing the shelves of hundreds of colors and being able to pick and choose.

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What makes the look, of course, is this 20s hair cut from Plurabelle Laszlo. The hair includes a HUD to let you change the color of the flower and the hair tie. I absolutely love how she brought Louise Brooks back to life with this cut.

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Of course the icing on the cake is Aida Ewing’s gorgeous Katya skin, being offered now at the Liaison Collective. With Aida’s characteristic style, the skin is elegant with gorgeously lined eyes, deep ruby lips and beautifully defined brows.

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“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ~ Claude Monet

Hair: Bliensen + MaiTai – Come to the City – Hazel by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai, available at Hair Fair 2013

Skin: -Glam Affair – Katya – America 04 B by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Liaison Collective *

Eyes: pearl – warm onyx – medium medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: ***ArisAris Igs81-C Diva gown by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Necklace: ~Tableau Vivant~  Mina necklace by M4r1lyn Magic for Tableau Vivant, available at the Gallery Gift Shop

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 S Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Gesture S Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Skin applier: Glam Affair – Slink Hands Skin Appliers ( America) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Nails appliers: Nailed It – Dark Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Posh(L)black by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at The Shoes Fair *

Poses by Trieste Minuet for !bang

Taken at Leroy

Belle Femme

A few weeks ago in Plurk I stated that I thought “Broadway Empire,” the new series on HBO was not engaging because people living in our times of economic difficulty aren’t really interested in watching shows about corruption, crime and free-flying money. I have changed my mind on that. I have gotten sucked into the show, which has exquisite costuming and sets and a great sense of drama and history. The story is compelling, historically and dramatically. And I have wondered more than once if the constant shot at the Republicans in the show is intentional. It’s all there if you give it time.

Belle Femme

This dress from Callie Cline reminded me of the series. In the latest episode, Margaret goes to the boutique of the French fashionista, Mme. Jeunet to view her beautiful imported dresses and convinces her to give her a $480 dress in exchange for political favor. (By the way, I love reviewing the recaps of the show on the A.V. Club from Noel Murray—much recommended.) Callie’s pattern on this dress is so reminiscent of that feeling of glamour from the 20s (though women would never wear a dress like this—bare shoulders, etc.) She cleverly fades the top of the skirt into a transparency so it truly seems to float around the body. The edges are crisp and clean and the bodice has a great neckline.

Belle Femme

I show it with the gorgeous jewelry from Mouse Mimistrobell, who has made it a passion of hers to make vintage jewelry among her offerings. I love how she has arranged and textured the prims to make the necklace glamorous but realistic as well. I could see a piece like this perhaps being worn by one of the ladies on the show. My hair is an older offering from Elikapeka Tiramisu, no longer available. But her work is!

Belle Femme

 

Margaret: “I didn’t want you to know how selfish I was.”
Nucky: “I would never hold that against anyone.”

Hair: ETD Flapper – Black by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD (no longer available)

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Helena 02 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: ECHO’S SONG by Callie Cline for Callie Cline

Necklace and earrings: Dark Mouse Deco Squared – Silver by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse

Ring: Dark Mouse 30’s Vintage Art Deco Pearl Ring by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse (Yes, I see the date. I couldn’t help myself.)

21st Century Flapper

In the 1920s, flappers were young women who dressed in a certain style (typically a bob, a thin columnar dress reminisced of Greek fashion, ruby red bow lips and the high heels with the chunky soles that were the fashion of the time). They were a new sort of woman—more liberated than their sisters, more apt to having a good time and flaunting their new sexual powers. It was a sign of the times.

21st Century Flapper

I’m dressed in a sweet little dress that doesn’t quite fit the flapper image. (I see it being a little more 50s-influenced than 20s.) That doesn’t mean a flapper in the 21st century—a postmodern flapper—couldn’t wear it. Made by Jill Lemon, this cute ensemble comes complete with lacy skirt and tights, cuffed three-quarter length sleeves, and cute bowed gloves.

21st Century Flapper

The skin is another from the Julie series by Mallory Cowen. I’m having a hard time taking them off with their sweet full bowed lips and glowing skin. I wear a cloche hat over a modified bob from Bubbles Clawtooth. The bob, a haircut originated from “bobbing” a young woman’s low-tied ponytail so the back hair was in an even line with the front, gets a reworking into a longer style here.Tiffy Vella’s vintage beads mix in well with the outfit.

21st Century Flapper

Finally we have a pair of “Victorian” ankle boots from Elven Dreamscape. With the close attention to the stitching and laces, the boots are a piece of virtual art.

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The bee’s knees:

Hair: Clawtooth: Roaring 20’s (Long) – Sunset by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: LAQ ~ Julie – 05 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki *

Dress: *+*JILL*+*LCD by Jill Lemon for *+*JILL*+*

Necklace: Eclectica_Jazz_celadon_long beads by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Boots: Juicy Victorian Ankle Boot – Squid Ink by Elven Dreamscape for Juicy *

Golden Years

The 1920s in Berlin, especially, the late 20s, was a renaissance of art, design, and thought as the Weimer Republic tried a new manner of governing. Bauhaus came about at this time. Imagine studying with Paul Klee or Wassily Kandinsky. Or Mies Van Der Rohe. The liveliness of the cabarets of Berlin at this time must have been amazing too! In fact, you can visit happy hour at a cabaret The 1920s Berlin Project every day at 2 pm slt.

Golden Years

If you do that, you must be dressed appropriately (it’s a sim rule). This absolutely gorgeous dress and headband from Sonatta Morales will get you there and in a gentleman’s arms (if you aren’t happy doing the Charleston alone). With it’s beautiful texture and graceful prims (which were carefully made to have different flexi settings to indicate different materials and weight—how clever), this ‘20s dress will make you the life of the party.

Golden Years

To go with this beautiful dress I chose Hart Larsson’s beautiful July skin with a red lip. This is glam to the nth degree with its cat-eye lined eyes and glossy red lips. Granted, the liner is not very historical but I needed to match the boldness of the print in the dress (and when was SL EVER about being perfectly authentic?) Vintage pumps from Fallingwater Cellardoor complete the look—stilettos would look so wrong with this.

Golden Years

Burning the candles at both ends in Berlin:

Hair: Gertrude – Copper by Rita Groshomme by Curio

Skin: [PXL] July LT CE Red DEB by Hart Larsson for PXL Creations

Dress: *Sonatta Morales*8* GoldRose by Sonatta Morales for * SONATTA MORALES WEIRD COUTURE & CURIO *

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Vintage Strappy Pumps, black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things