Domestic Bliss

Domestic Bliss

It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness. ~ George Santayana

Domestic Bliss

A long discussion in Skin Addiction led to an interesting revelation: premium membership in SL is a good deal. I pay $22.50 a quarter. For that I get 117 prims in a Linden home with privacy, 300L a week. That’s 13 weeks times 300L, which is 3900L. At 250L per USD, I get $15.60 kicked back to me to spend in world. So for $6.90 every quarter (so about $2.30 a month or 575L) I get a cute house with 117 prims. If I paid on a yearly budget, it would be even less ($72 USD a year). With that I get access to live chat (which always works for me, and I generally get satisfaction—Cori, you rock), access to member-only sandboxes, some silly content prizes (like vehicles, etc.) and the ability to buy mainland.

I pay more than $72 a month for cable and spend much more time in SL than watching TV. Damn, skippy. It’s a deal.

Domestic Bliss

I have furnished my Linden home with this gorgeous furniture from Kaerri Rae. Kaerri recently remodeled the Renaissance Galleria for BOSL and she took the design features from her build and translated them to a new furniture collection—the Buchanan collection. Featuring a rich gold and black accented by cool blue accessories, the furniture sets include love seats, club chairs and even a piano. Made in mesh, the furniture has low impact so you can put it in your Linden home and live stylishly.

Domestic Bliss

I also live stylishly with my chic wardrobe. Synny Whelan has recently built a new mesh store to contain all her stylish mesh footwear, including these sexy boots. The boots include a handy HUD that allows you to choose the boot color. You can buy the fatpack as shown below or color trios (see each column). The metals and soles also have color change.

Domestic Bliss

Sascha Frangilli put this dress out for 60L this weekend. With a great silhouette and classic styling, it’s a great look for hanging around the house (when you’re a fashionista). My jewelry set is Maxi Gossamer’s gorgeous set for Collabor88.

Domestic Bliss

I am wearing a casual and sexy new ‘do from Chiaki Xue. I love her short cuts with their loose waves. My gorgeous skin is one of Tricky Boucher’s offerings for Collabor88. Blue eyes suit the blue hyacinths that accent the décor.

Domestic Bliss

“To be happy–one must find one’s bliss.” ~ Gloria Vanderbilt

Hair: *Dura-Boys&Girls*48(Dark Brown) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: -Belleza- Leila Sk 1 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at Collabor88

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – blue 2 by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Dress: SAS – Alexis White Dress Mesh by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Ring – Dew Encrusted Teardrop – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Boots: 7E Virgo Boot by Syntella Rhapsody for Seven Exits *

Furniture: Buchanan Collection by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *

Leisure Time

Leisure Time

What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are. ~ George Eastman

Leisure Time

I really am a homebody. My sun sign is Taurus, which lands me smack dab in the middle of wanting comfort and cushiness al around me. I am a homebody in SL as well. I typically spend time in my skybox, shooting photos, chatting with friends and occasionally dancing alone to the music on my stream. So I love to set up a great house. In this case, I have the new furniture Cory Edo is offering at this month’s FaMESHed. As per specifications, all the pieces are made of mesh, meaning low prim impact on your sim with high styling. I absolutely love the decortive nails, the curved arms and the little squat feet on the pieces. (I have a sofa in RL with same such details.) Cory, as usual, packs the furniture with great poses—none of those slouchy ne’er-do-well poses we used to have in SL. Her taste is crisp and clean.

Leisure Time

My outfit is also mesh. Start with this great top from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus. Bast has brought some color to Paul’s mesh with this selection, which includes a hud for clicking between 12 color choices. With a variety of shades, you have a selection that can take you through the summer with this great mesh.

Then add LeeZu Baxter’s original mesh skirt. This is what I love about LeeZu’s work: she takes risks, she thinks about new ideas, she doesn’t just settle on making a mesh piece but amplifies it with system pieces or prims for it to work. LeeZu has command of the variety of means to make “clothing” appear and she uses them all and does so imaginatively and excitingly.

Leisure Time

Izzie Button’s skin for the Skin Fair this year (which is now over) was one of the most favored looks coming out of the stalls. With delicate lips and a soft palette, the skin lends itself to this stripped down, homebody look or can be made up with makeup layers from any number of vendors.

Queue Marlowe is still the queen of curls, and with this style, she combines mesh and flexi to make a swinging curly tousled look, satisfying all the curly girls in SL. Her blond texture is so delicious and the shape of this cut so voluminous, it’s as if this hair is illuminated. With hair unkempt, let to be naturally curly is how a homebody wants to be.

From today until April 9 I will be away from a computer (though checking my email). During that time, “reruns” of some of my favorite blog entries will be “playing” in this spot. I tried to find the ones I was most proud of writing, photographing or styling. With over 1000 entries, I had a lot to choose from. If there is one you wanted to see and missed, drop me a comment. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy what I show.

Leisure Time

The busier we are the more leisure we have. ~ William Hazlitt

Hair: tantrum raw honey by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Skin: Izzie’s – Asia Skin medium BLB by Izzie Button for Izzie’s *

Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Sage (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Top: L&B Swear (SM+) Beaded Halter – Brights Multi by Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Skirt: Pia Skirt (mesh,rigged) /lila by LeeZu! by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Nails: [PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Boots: BAX Foxy Boots Aubergine by Bax Coen for BAX *

Furniture: All by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

  • Trompe Loeil – Nine cell photo arrangement – Berlin
    Trompe Loeil – Cobble Hill Chair Linen
    Trompe Loeil – Cobble Hill Couch/Pillows Linen
    Trompe Loeil – Industrial Coffee Table
    Trompe Loeil – Cobble Hill Storage Bench
    Trompe Loeil – Balance Lamp
    Trompe Loeil – Cobble Hill Endtable
    Trompe Loeil – Cobble Hill Ottoman Linen
    Trompe Loeil – Nine cell photo arrangement – Columns

Carpet: [LeeZu!] Studio Fur Carpet by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Harper at Home

Harper at Home

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris

Harper at Home

Join my in my Linden Home. Yes, you read it. Linden Home. With the proliferance of mesh furniture in SL, you can outfit a Linden home rather nicely within the 117 prim limit and still have some left over for rezzing packages or keeping a KittyCat or two. I managed to make my home *quite* cozy here with the new line of furniture from Tya Fallingbridge. With beautiful textures, color change pillows and blankets and versions of PG and Adult animations, this furniture will make a fine addition to your Linden home. And in mesh, it’s low prim, even with poses (no pose balls). I added some mesh drapes with finialed rods from Maxwell Graf. They come in several styles and are perfect for house finishing.

Harper at Home

I host you in my home with a gorgeous new dress from Lilly Juno. Lilly has rebranded to “Immerse” and wants you to see her beautiful textures and inventive style. She has made gorgeous furniture in the past but now is stretching out to mesh clothing, and I think you can agree that the result is pretty special. Her texturing is exquisite. I look forward to seeing more of her work.

Harper at Home

Get close and you see this absolutely drop dead gorgeous mesh necklace from Mirja Mills. With its fine detailing and color, it’s a work of art, appropriate for RP, which is Mirja’s original audience, or simple elegant dressing. Gosh I love this necklace. I love mesh!

Harper at Home

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” ~ Jane Austen

Hair: smitten 1b by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Elysium – Devine (freck) – light medium by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Eyes: IKON Kaleido Eyes – Ancient (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: Immerse Cami Gold by Lilly Juno for Immerse *

Necklace: .:EMO-tions:. * VARI* – necklace ( aqua ) by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions *

Nails: [PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Shoes: [Gos] Sophia Peeptoe – Essentials Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Furniture: All by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Chair – Black – 2 Pillow,
[PM]Pixel Mode – Alcott – Sofa – Adult: Black
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Sofa  – Adult – Eggshell
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Chair/Blanket – Eggshell
[PM]Pixel Mode – Voo Voo Lamp: Black/Black
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – End Table – Brown
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Candle – Wood 2
[PM]Pixel Mode – Basevi – Coffee Table – Brown
[PM]Pixel Mode – US Picture Frame – Black
[PM]Pixel Mode – Voo Voo Divider –  White

Drapes: Rustica – Mesh Drape PLAIN SHEER PANEL with Rustica – Mesh Curtain Rod SPHERE by Maxwell Graf for Rustica *

Rug: [LeeZu!] Studio Fur Carpet by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo Studio

Shot in location in a Linden Home. Yes, they aren’t so bad.

Feeling Lucky?

Feeling Lucky?

“You’ve got ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” ~ Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry

Feeling Lucky?

Well, do ya? This feeling lucky isn’t about me in the bed, by the way, though you might get lucky if you get this one, because Barnesworth is offering his new Chinoiserie line with sex poses. Yes, you heard it here. Barnesworth is getting’ jiggy with it. I would caution that the ones I went through show a uh.. male sensibility, but I am sure Barnesworth will find more romance in his later selections. I am stretched out in a sexy mesh dress from Tutys (which I highly recommend for good curves) and the gifty shoes from Gospel Voom. (I guess we were all his valentine this year.)

Look closely at my nails. I am going to be moving to these fabulous nails from Tya Fallingbridge because they include a hud for color change. They fit nicely, include many colors (though I want moooooore), and move well with my avi.

Feeling Lucky?

The lucky part really has to do with this skin from Hart Larsson. Once again, he has stuffed his gachas with skins— the Seven Deadly Sins: Lust, Greed, Sloth, Envy, Pride, Wrath and Gluttony. Lust, which I am wearing, is one of two rare skins, the other being Gluttony. So the question really truly is, are you feeling lucky, punk? Well, are ya?

Feeling Lucky?

“Go ahead. Make my day.” ~ Clint Eastwood

Hair: >TRUTH< Sierra w/Roots – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: [PXL] KATE NAT 7Sins LUST (RARE) by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: TuTy’s SWEATER stretch mesh dress – RED by Tutys for Tutys

Necklace: MG – Necklace – ForgetMeNot Flower Heart – Short – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Nails: [PM]Pixel Mode – Diamond Edt. Mesh Nails : Regular by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *

Shoes: [Gos] Grace Sandal – Red Glitter by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Bed: [ba] pagoda bed red – cuddles and adult animations by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis *

A Movable Feast

A Movable Feast

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. ~ Ernest Hemingway

A Movable Feast

My secret desire? Owning an apartment in Paris. So let’s start with the apartment you see here, a beautiful skybox from Tobias Corvair, complete with Paris scenes out the windows. Not only can you gaze on the Eiffel Tower but also look across at other beautiful views of Paris. And if you have ever been to Paris, that’s all it is anywhere—beautiful views. The last time I was in Paris, I read Hemingway’s The Moveable Feast as I was touring the city. It’s a beautiful tribute to a time and place of exuberance and creativity. I can’t help but match his love for the city.

A Movable Feast

Furnishings come via Kaerri Rae. She has a great store full of what I would call “transitional” furnishings. She sees something she likes in RL, she makes it in SL to benefit us all. The living room and dining room sets come with all the pieces you see plus extras, so all you have to do is drop and play. You even get the place settings and lemons.

A Movable Feast

My Parisian home outfit is casual and inexpensive, amazingly. In Paris you can go the haute couture route but you can also hit the sales in July and January and score big. And somewhere, someone is making room in their closet for the new Chanel, so finding cute fashions inexpensively is really not so hard. I replicate this with a sale top from Darling Monday (sale’s over… sorry) and a super inexpensive skirt, one size only, from Ling Serenity. My extravagance is, of course, my beautiful new sandals from Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger, the newest offering from N-Core, which include clickable skin matching on a website.

A Movable Feast

Tuli Asturias is back, and her skin deserves a debut in Paris. I show the luminous new Helena here. Tuli is coming back to SL, slowing redoing her skins to match current standards, including lipstick options and new delights for all us Tuli fans. I will say that her skins have not lost their luster after her absence and still thrill me with their pretty features and great make up choices. Queue Marlowe is a hair-releasing fiend with much more on the way. These wavy flowing locks are elegant and beautiful, much like Paris.

A Movable Feast

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language. – Mark Twain

Hair: los angeles vanilla by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: [:T:] Helena / powder (light) :: 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Gray (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Top: fri. – Layering.Tank – Scoop (Pink) by Parvarti Monday for fri.day

Skirt: Mesh Cute Skirt Old Pink BND by Ling Serenity for BND

Necklace: + Divinity + Urban Majesty Necklace by Noah Bodenhall for + Divinity + *

Shoes: N-core DIVA “Fatpack” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core

Furniture: Winston Dining Room and Boo Living Room by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *

Skybox: [HANDverk.architecture]Longchamp Skybox.single by Tobais Convair for [HANDverk] *

Schtuff

Schtuff

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” ― Marilyn Monroe

Schtuff

This entry was supposed to be about the shoes. See the shoes? Those kick-ass, mile high stilettos I have on? Driftwood Miles is about to release them, just in time for your holiday soirees. They come with a color change ankle in five colors and they are sexy and just one notch below over the top in height.

Then it was supposed to be about this new dress from AvaGardner Kungler, who is always pushing the envelope with her great designs. This is how she does it—she starts with a classic silhouette—this one a simple short-sleeved dress—and she creates an exciting, body-conscious design, this one with criss crosses and sequins. Her new necklace, one of a series she recently released, fits the look perfectly.

Schtuff

Then it was about the stuff. First this ingenious little bistro table from Froukje Hoorenbeek with a variety of options. Rez a number of different dining scenarios for one to four people, enjoy a whole sequence of dinner in animation and settings. (The one you see her is “Wine 2”.) It’s ingenious and the simple looks belie the complicated mechanisms inside.

Schtuff

There are tons of holiday decorations scattered around my new skybox, this one the Snowy City Loft that Barnesworth Anubis is offering at this round of Collabor88. I absolutely love the cozy feeling within while the snow falls outside—I can practically hear the radiators clanking. Cory Edo has gone nuts with the holidays this year, so I put out one of her funky trees, wrapped gifts (no trans so only good for decoration), Star-shaped lights and decorations and club chairs (these last also available at this round of Collabor88). On top of Loz Hyde’s coffeetable? Cherelle Capra’s generous advent gift of candles and the absolutely charming pine cone strands mixed with Cory’s hanging stars.

I’ll give you another look at Sachi Vixen’s gorgeous new skin with a great retro look from Truth Hawks that just came out. And finally the group gift trunk that Barnesworth Anubis so generously distributed today next to the antlered chair from Tobais Convair, which I only bought for the one insouciant pose which serves so well to show off my gorgeous new shoes.

Schtuff

See? It always comes back to the shoes!

Hair: >TRUTH< Sassy 2 w/Roots – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: AE Skins – Carolyn T3 Scarlet by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Steel Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: (Kunglers) Paisley dress – Red by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Abaco necklace – Golden by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_ScarlettPlain by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Shoes: !!! Tribe !!! Siren Stiletto – Garnet by Driftwood Miles for Tribe Wear *

Stuff you see: Trompe Loeil – Club Chair Corduroy Tan, Trompe Loeil – Loveseat Corduroy Green by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at Collabor88 *

Trompe Loeil – Curio Table Mahogany with Marble Display (modified), Trompe Loeil – Holiday 2012 giftboxes, Trompe Loeil – Star Duo Ground Lamps Silver & White, Trompe Loeil – Star Light Pendant Silver & White Short, Trompe Loeil – Funky Christmas Tree Gold & Silver v2 by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *

LOZ_Linx Coffee Table (Copy Only) by Loz Hyde for Meshworx

[CIRCA] – “Festive Pinecone” Ribbon Candles – red (Advent gift), [CIRCA] – “Festive Pinecone” Strands by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA]

Dutchie bistro table by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie *

[HANDverk]Antler Chair.striped.adult by Tobias Convair for [HANDverk]

[ba] decorative steamer trunk with stickers by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis *

Skybox: [ba] snowy city loft by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis, available at Collabor88 *