Heatwave

Heat Wave

We’re having a heat wave,
A tropical heat wave,
The temperature’s rising,
It isn’t surprising,
She certainly can can-can.

She started a heat wave
By letting her seat wave
In such a way that
The customers say that
She certainly can can-can.

~ “Heat Wave” by Irving Berlin, as sung by Marilyn Monroe

Heat Wave

I heard it’s really hot in California, like a heat wave. I wonder what starlets wear when it’s hot out. Do they just hide in air-conditioned luxury or do they venture forth so the paparazzi can photo them? I dressed up as if I was expecting photos, wearing this lacy dress from Ariadna Garrigus that shows off all my hard work at the gym. With a black lingerie set underneath, this open work dress is perfect for a very hot day, letting in any cool breeze. High heels from Pixieplumb Flanagan (at a rock bottom price at Acid Lily—stars indeed ARE just like us) make the outfit complete.

Heat Wave

I am wearing Ava Grau’s gorgeous new skin again because it’s such a great look for blondes, especially with Kavar Cleanslate’s blonde textures, this applied to a gorgeous side-gathered look. This is his offering for FaMESHed, a gorgeous piece. My artsy jewelry is Maxi Gossamer’s product for the United Fashion Project. With Giela Delpaso’s nails, it’s a great look.

Heat Wave

Gee, her anatomy
Makes the mercury
Jump to ninety-three.
We’re having a heat wave,

A tropical heat wave,
The way that she moves
That thermometer proves
That she certainly can can-can.

Hair: Exile::Where We Belong – Dark Blondes by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: *Glance Skins – Sigrid – April – Blonde Brows – Small Cleavage by Ava Grau for Glance Skins

Makeup: [mock] Cosmetics Sienna Lipstain (1) (Lip only) by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K. cosmetics *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – blue 2 by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at SL Fashion Week *

Dress: ***ArisAris Igs93 Al-Yazira by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Sunglasses: [glow] Studio – Hepburn – Sunglasses by Linka Demina for [glow]

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Rings – Pirouette Orbit – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at United Fashion Project *

Nails: Nailed It – Pastel Set – Long by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: BM Ultimate Daria Black by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey, available at Acid Lily

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Alma

Alma

Alma, she’s a waitress in her parent’s restaurant in Jamaica, Iowa. Called “Nacho’s,” it would seem it advertised what it sells but it was truly named after her father, Ignacio, whom they called “Nacho” for short. Her parents opened the restaurant after they moved to Iowa, and she was born in Des Moines and raised in Jamaica.

This is what Alma wants you to know: yes, she is a US Citizen and no, she doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish. She says “warsh” instead of “wash” just like every other person in Guthrie County. The tacos her dad makes for the farmers? He uses Taco Bell seasoning he buys in bulk. The tortillas are made in a factory in Des Moines from true blue Iowan wheat and corn. Her parents—Ignacio and Rosita Flores—moved here from Texas, where they were both born.

When she was a little girl, Alma wanted straight thick blonde hair and blue eyes just like her friend, Justine, which much closer to being a real princess than she was with her kinky brown hair and brown skin. Until she went away to school at the University of Iowa, she didn’t even put a name to her difference but now she knows what she is—Chicana. And her dream is to leave Iowa someday and find out what that really means. For now she helps Rosita and Ignacio with Nacho’s, serving up tacos and burritos to hungry farmers and laughing with them when they ask for her green card.

Alma

This was Alma’s Cinco de Mayo outfit this year—a short top and colorful skirt, which was perfect on unusually warm May evening. (By the way.. Cinco de Mayo? Totally American. Sells a lot of tacos.) Her top, from Mala Oh, features and orange bodice and sleeves with ties, making it look very light and comfortable. Her skirt is a colorful ethnic piece she got in Iowa City, made by Trill Zapatero to benefit Afghan women. (Visit Trill’s store in world to find out more and see a virtual Afghanistan. All proceeds from sales go to the “Revolutionary Association of the Woman of Afghanistan” (RAWA).) Her shoes are also from Trill, however I was able to fit them OVER Siddean Munro’s bare feet by using the “add” feature available in V2 and Firestorm. No longer do you need to wear system feet because of multiple attachment.

Alma

Alma is made possible by the artistry of Anzhela Karsin. I have been fascinated with this set of skins and their opportunity for making beautiful women of color in world. This time I wore the skin over my own shape and Alma was born. My hair is a beautiful kinky masterpiece from Keri Clip.

Alma

“No Statue of Liberty ever greeted our arrival in this country…we did not, in fact, come to the United States at all. The United States came to us.” ~ Luis Valdez

Hair: [Detour] Torrid – Brown – Hair by Keri Clip for [Detour]

Skin: Rhianna with eyes ultra smokey by Anzhela Karsin for Angel Rock Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Bronze (M) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: .:A&M:. Boho Chic Mini Top – Orange-Red – Culture Shock’11 by Mala Oh for .:A&M:. *

Skirt: BoHo HoBo-Banjara long skirt 2 by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo

Belt: *::UM::* Stone change_Belt by Umeko Shan for *::Ume Mode::* (no longer available)

Earrings: [ glow ] Studio – Folk Green Drop Earrings by Jocelyn Anatine for [ glow ]

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Low by Siddean Munro for SLink

Shoes: BoHo HoBo Sandals by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo

Mollena, Redux

Mollena Redux

A few weeks ago I did a blog post called “Mollena,” based on a song by James Hunter, which I had heard while I was taking the photos for the post and rather liked, so I based the whole post on the imaginary Mollena of the song and a  bad girl I grew up with. Turns out there is a RL Mollena, and she left a comment on my blog making claim to her song and asking why I was not showing Mollena with her real race. (She could be full of it but really—how many Mollenas could there be out there?)

So this is for you, darlin’… Mollena Redux.

Mollena Redux

It turns out Mollena is a voice in the BDSM community, making her life from performances and speaking engagements about BDSM and leather. While I am fully cognizant that putting a corset or leather on her might make sense, I preferred to dress Mollena up in something that she might wear when she doesn’t need to wear leather. This chic little dress from Shinichi Mathy does the trick with its modern print and silhouette and soft fur hem. I can truly imagine Mollena putting this on with zebra-print boots like these from Bax Coen and feeling perfectly right, being the cosmopolitan jetsetter she is.

Mollena Redux

I am able to do Mollena right because of the work of Anzhela Karsin. She has opened a skin store called Angel Rock Skins, stocked with skins for African-American women, and in this she has done a great favor. No more do we see the skins of unlikely women of color but the honest, beautiful look of a woman like the RL Mollena. This skin has the right complexion for an African-American woman and terrific lips. It’s amazing work!

This presented a great opportunity to wear one of Mina Nakamura’s creations for Hair Fair 2011. I love these braids so close to the head and the matching hair base. It replicates Mollena’s look to an extent—she has blonder hair. I love this striking look on some women. I paired with sexy eyes from Ikon Innovia, and here is Mollena, complete.

Mollena Redux

“It ain’t just the hair that’s kinky….” ~ Mollena Williams on her blog, The Perverted Negress

Hair: MINA Hair – Kezia – Black & Grey with TanglesWeave_BG01by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Hair Fair 2011 *

Skin: Nubian M0-12 no oil by Anzhela Karsin for Angel Rock Skins *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Rust 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: SHIKI-dress METROPOLIS by Shinichi Mathy for SHIKI *

Earrings: [ glow ] studio designs – round me by Jocelyn Anatine for [ glow ]

Nails and ring: [MANDALA]MILKY WAY NAILs&Rings/polly white by Kikunosuke Eel for MANDALA

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Zebra by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

Erotica

“Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment gapes? In perversion (which is the realm of textual pleasure) there are no ‘erogenous zones’ (a foolish expression, besides); it is intermittence, as psychoanalysis has so rightly stated, which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove and the sleeve); it is this flash itself which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance. ” — Roland Barthes

Erotica

LeeZu Baxter announced the release of her new line of BDSM wear this weekend. Having seen all of it, I would count it more as BDSM influenced than straight kinkwear. And I would also rate it as 100 times better than the average sex wear on the grid. Take, for example, this very couture outfit which replicates the image of latex or perhaps wax dripping down the body. What LeeZu gives us is something erotic but not so prurient that it bores us or puts us off. It is visually exciting in and of itself. She doesn’t reveal all the typical sexual areas (tits and ass)–she embraces the whole body as a sexual organism and symbol.

LeeZu goes beyond the standard latex (which anyone can do by just doing a lot of dodging) by adding dangerously whiskery prims off the gloves and legs and arranging beads like drops of latex around the arm and neck. And she punctuates it with a flared flexi latex cuff. This is not so much an outfit as latex poured and hardened on the skin and on the curves of the female body—an artistic representation of a sexual, sensual fantasy.

Erotica

I am wearing a dramatic updo from Mirja Mills who has, lately, been putting out some stunning curly styles. I am totally into this hair from its almost frizzy curls to its beautiful tendrils dripping out one side. I opted to wear a skin from Nena Janus to make the sexuality of this look more evident—I find Nena’s skins almost sensual in their details. Huge ass earrings from Linka Demina and unbelievably high stilettos from Tesla Miles complete the look.

Erotica

The artist’s experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its pain and its pleasure, that the two phenomena are really just different forms of one and the same longing and bliss. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * FAME I * / black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Plum- by Nena Janus for *League* *

Outfit: [LeeZu!] BDSM Liquid Latex /black by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!]

Earrings: [ glow ] studio Bitterness Earrings TDRblue by Linka Demina for [ glow ]

Shoes: – TESLA – *Vixen_Desire* black’ by Tesla Miles for Tesla

Boring

Saturday Night
We look alright
We’re going out
Boring.

Paris, France
Londontown
NYC
Boring.
Nothing thrills us
Anymore
No one kills us
Anymore
Life is such a chore
When it’s….
Boring
Boring

I really hate when people jump into group chat and say, “I’m bo-ored,” don’t you? How can you possibly be bored in SL? If you are, log off. Yet the coolness of bored seems to pervade some venues. I don’t get bored, especially when you can change your look every day.

Today I have put on an assortment of pieces to equal the girl in black. First a new top from Nyte Caligari, who continues to put quality content into SL after all these years, never stopping, always improving. I love the asymmetrical nature of this top. Then we have this spangled skirt from Ivey Deschanel (who rocks the glitter in her textures). I pulled on opera gloves from Anemysk Karu for a touch of glamour and hooked in earrings from Linka Demina for a bit of fabulousness.

Boring

Today I have put together an assortment of pieces to equal the girl in black. First a new top from Nyte Caligari, who continues to put quality content into SL after all these years, never stopping, always improving. I love the asymmetrical nature of this top. Then we have this spangled skirt from Ivey Deschanel (who rocks the glitter in her textures). I pulled on opera gloves from Anemysk Karu for a touch of glamour and hooked in earrings from Linka Demina for a bit of fabulousness.

Boring

Then I pulled on these cyberfantastic boots from ono Zinner. The brilliant thing about this set are the animations in the soles and running up the backs of the zippers, and the great HUD for changing the colors of the details to whatever you like. The texture of the boots can be changed to four different styles (I am wearing black carbon here), and there are 10 available animations for the soles. How can you be bored when you can find fantasy boots like these?

Boring

Nothing thrills us
Anymore
No one kills us
Anymore
Life is such a chore
When it’s….
Boring
(when it’s boring)
Nothing thrills us
Anymore
No one kills us
Anymore
Life is such a chore
When it’s….
Boring
~
“Boring” by The Pierces

Hair: 99Hair -Kerry v3 –r2 by Emelie Carter for 99 Elephants

Skin: [PXL] Dafne SK Twiggy Makeup MEB by Hart Larsson for [PXL]

Top: Nyte’N’Day – Catawampus Shirt (complete) – Black/Almond by Nyte Caligari for NyteNDay

Skirt: :::Sn@tch Confetti Mini Skirt (Black)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Earrings: [ glow ] studio Bitterness Earrings TDRblue by Linka Demina for [glow]

Gloves: [glow] Gloves Duo Tone – Black Satin by Anemysk Karu for [glow]

Boots: [NeurolaB Inc.] Evolution Hi-Boots Black Electro V3 by ono Zinner for [NeurolaB Inc.]

Purple Passion

Purple is the color of royalty, of modernity, of nature and spirituality. It’s also a very great color to make a simple suit suddenly seem bright and fashionable.

Purple Passion

In this case, Neferia Abel uses purple to great effect for this suit and culottes combo, washing plum over this tailored tweed ensemble. She takes what seems a very simple pattern and makes it work by adding studied shadows and details. Frankly, I am not always thrilled with a monochromatic look in an outfit but Neferia uses this to her advantage,  weighing silhouette against pattern against color to make a great design.

Purple Passion

Tuli Asturias’ Dressing Room offering for this week seemed a perfect fit to this suit. With the purple eyeshadow and neutral lip, it suits this look well. The shoes are a very generous group gift from Cerberus Noel and are pretty enough to get the fat pack.

Purple Passion

“She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.” ~ Proverbs 31:22, Bible, New International Version

Hair: LH_hair11_ley_white_L by Falastear Aeon for Little Heaven

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Helena 01 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, available exclusively at The Dressing Room *

Outfit: -L`Abel-Valja plum set by Neferia Abel for L’Abel

Earrings: [ glow ] studio – Glamour Earring Silver by Jocelyn Anatine for [ glow ]

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Pearl* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Shoes: *GF* Bow Strap Shoes “Kate” -plum- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Kissed By the Sun

Back to sunshine and warm weather. I spent the day outside gardening—pulling up weeds (how is that they are the first to bloom), thinning my Siberian irises and nepeta and bee balm, and discovering where the chipmunks have made their new home. When I got in, I found I had a glowy sunburn on my nose and cheeks.

Kissed By the Sun

So it was with great delight that I donned a white sundress to show off my new tan. (A tan that is, in SL, not detrimental to my health, thank you.) This dress from Marea Kirax is light and airy with a lovely crocheted bodice, reminding me of sitting out on the back porch, enjoying a cool drink and savoring my hard work in the garden.

Kissed By the Sun

And my skin? Well Monicuzza Babenco is truly the author of this whole story. Her summer skin is an evocative reminder of a day well spent in the sun. Perhaps it’s a day spent on a boat, sailing over cool waters. Or a day spent on the slopes, skiing. For me, it’s a day doing honest work and making my world a prettier place.

Big pretty earrings from Anemysk Karu dress up the look, bringing attention to the glow in my face and dangling almost down to my berry brown shoulders.

Kissed By the Sun

“Do you have a sunburn, baby, or are you always this hot?” ~ Bad pick-up line

Hair: >TRUTH< Paige – almond by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS & YS* Barbara TDR SummerTime by Monicuzza Babenco for YS&YS sold only at the Dressing Room

Dress: “anuenue. MaiaDress(White) by Marea Kirax for “anuenue.

Earrings: [glow] TDR Earrings – Orcan (silver) by Anemysk Karu for [glow] sold only at the Dressing Room

Bangles: Mosiac Bangle in Silver & Mother of Pearl by Jojo Lowe for Timeless Designs

Sandals: Maitreya Gold – Esprit Nude by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Around the World at RFL

As I have mentioned about a million times, the RFL Clothing Fair sims are built around a theme of traveling around the world. What is even more interesting is that you really ARE traveling around the world when you visit this fair. Contributors for this endeavor come from the four corners of the globe, amazingly. As you touch down in each sim, you will find contributors from that very country occupying the sim. Go to Rio, they are all having Festival; go to Tokyo, they are speaking in Japanese; go to Paris and the gentle murmur of French can be heard; and I won’t even tell you what they are doing on the Melbourne sim, but I can guarantee it involves lots of boisterousness.

Around the World with RFL

For example, morea Decosta has contributed this very sexy dress whose proceeds go entirely to RFL. With its long flowing sleeves but dangerously short skirt and quick access wrap style, it’s perfect for the lady who wants to like to wrap up in silken sensuousness. morea is a lovely European lady who likes to make women feel and look sexy. And she is helping support RFL, so give her some goodness back at the Paris sim.

Around the World with RFL

I travel to another part of the world with this lovely skin, made by milok Hermit from Korea. I always struggle trying to find skins that are not sparkly Caucasian or Malibu Barbie, for that matter. milok has a variety of skins that are not Barbie-like, all at a reasonable price. I was absolutely taken with this skin, which for once eliminates the fold in the eyelid, making the skin truly Pan Asian. The earrings are pretties I got from Anemysk Karu at the Accessory Fair.

Around the World with RFL

Finally, the boots are brand spankin’ new (pun intended just a bit as you will see), just out by Oct Oakleaf. They are available in two versions—regular and 2.0. Regular employs good old invisiprims, but the 2.0 uses the new alpha layer for the leg to create the invisibility needed to jam your poor mesh foot into that pointy toe so you can teeter on that needle-thin heel (all in the name of fashion). Oct has also scripted in the ability to show or remove that seemingly innocuous little strapped-on buckle there (which is really an ankle cuff that is enabled for use with the Lockmeister and Lockguard sets of scripts, if you have such an inkling). It comes with a pair of cuffs I am wearing which are also fashionably sculpted and functionally scripted. I will not be sending you to a ponygirl store this time, however, so feel safe.

Around the World with RFL

Sexy is the same in any language ;)

Hair: Tukinowaguma Deborah A ebony by KateForster Akina for Tukinowaguma

Skin: .Mother Goose’s  MIYO(2)_03 by milok Hermit for Mother Goose

Dress: MADYSON by morea Decosta for Morea Style

Earrings: [ glow ] Studio – Pure Sparrow  Earrings (white) by Anemysk Karu for [ glow ]

Boots with Cuffs: + ADDiCTIA + Adnata Boots Graphite V1.0 – SMALL by Oct Oakleaf for ADDiCTIA *