The Color of Money

LL has a new VP of Marketing. While many proffered their suggestions for what she should be doing, I simply sent my congratulations in the comments. I will add the rest here–Kim, forget the combat sims, the lag, the romance at the Eiffel Tower, the prim toes… what you need to know is it’s all about the money.

Green is the Color of Money

Now that I have sent that cryptic message (and she’ll know what it means), let me talk about this lovely dress, which happens to be the color of money in the US–green. The beautiful ethereal textures that Poulet Koenkamp has pulled off (with lovely borders and without troublesome alpha flickering) push this dress beyond the ordinary. With a tiered skirt (that becomes more apparent upon moving), a simple system bodice, and an interesting waistline, this dress has received many compliments as I have worn it around the grid. Poulet Koenkamp has studied the means of production for SL clothing as is apparent by her stunning work.

Green is the Color of Money

I show the dress with the Stumblebum offering from Ivy Graves–a preview of a new skin she’s offering. As opposed to Ivy’s other skins, which had lovely eyes but lips that were too large for my taste, this skin has a much more subtle demeanor with beautifully glistening eyes and skin. For a Stumblebum offering, it’s an inexpensive way to see Ivy’s coming attractions.

Finally, I wore my own necklace, offered under the Fyreworks label. Made of hand-made concentric loops, decorated in the middle with a jade stone, the necklace was a labor of patience I made a couple years ago as I placed each piece by hand (this was before there were jewelry scripts to do such things).

Green is the Color of Money

Eddie Felson: Do you smell that?
Vincent Lauria: What? Smoke?
Carmen: No. Money….
~ from The Color of Money (1986)

Hair: ETD Roslin – Blonde by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD (no longer available)

Skin: [ATOMIC] Skin Morgan_Honey – Stumble by Ivy Graves for [ATOMIC]

Dress: :: PM :: Sunshine in Green & Brown by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations

Necklace: Frida Necklace in Green by Harper Beresford for *Fyreworks*

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

It’s Spring!! Here it means that one day it’s almost summer and the next it’s almost winter again. Today it poured and was freezing cold out. Like that sort of dampness that cuts through any exposed piece of skin and leaves you feeling like a shivering wet dog.

It's Raining, It's Pouring

I pulled out this jacket from toraji Voom and put it on over a soft and cozy turtleneck from Aranel Ah (that almost went in the chest for next season when it seemed it was going to be summer forever). I pulled on this great box pleated (literally) skirt from toraji Voom over black tights and pulled on my trusty old cowboy boots from JB Gazov. Got my umbrella from Seagel Neville. Forget looking hip and fashionable—I just want to be warm. And this is pretty cute anyway.

Check out my cute hood with hair from toraji Voom to go with the jacket. Now this is ingenous. I can fit the whole look together without messing around with hair prims.

It's Raining, It's Pouring

A fresh skin amidst all the gray and darkness is what is needed, and Rhapzody Wilde’s new store provided one for me, inexpensively (300L for this one with several different eyebrow shades). I truly like the coloring of this skin. I will say the eyebrows in this set have that sort of “anxiety shape” I am not very fond of but with light brows and the right bald head, it’s just fine. I did notice she drew in little dimples. That’s awfully cute.

It's Raining, It's Pouring

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hair (with hood): **DP**mods coat — food with hair/honey by toraji Voom for **DP**YUMYUM (Yes, it says “food” on the name!)

Skin: Belita 5 Blonde Brows Buttercup BLUSH by Rhapzody Wilde for Mynerva

Jacket: **DP**yumyum:mods coat (female) by toraji Voom for **DP**YUMYUM

Top: *BOOM* The Cashmere by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Skirt: **DP**yumyum:mizutama skirt/brown by toraji Voom for **DP**YUMYUM

Stockings: **DP**Retro dress (green) retro socks by toraji Voom for **DP**YUMYUM

Umbrella: LADS London in the Rain Black Umbrella by Seagel Neville

Boots: J’s WesternBoots ( 10Colors ) by JB Gazov for J’s

Pajama Day

We frequently (much too frequently) have pajama day in my household. It is where everyone lounges around the house in their pajamas all day instead of getting dressed. It’s comfy and perfect for home (and yes, the rule is that we do change into new jammies before we go to bed).

Pajama Day

I found this darling outfit from Lika Ruby the other day and instantly needed a pajama day. Though they are not jammies per se, they are comfortable and silky, pretty enough for wandering the sim and building or gardening. With their lovely East Asian motif, ingenious sculpties and shimmering silky textures, they are the comfiest (and prettiest) pajama day attire ever.

Pajama Day

Wake up, put the hair in a ponytail, this one from Lamb Bellic, no makeup—just a fresh face from Tuli Asturias.

Pajama Day

I show them with flats from Callie Cline. She is my partner and was not a small bit insulted when I asked her where I could get pretty flats without realizing she sold the perfect ones. Thankfully, she did not throw them at me. (The beautiful color-changing jewel—12 colors!—could have potentially hit me in the head and wounded me). These are ideal. Textured with one of her pretty paisley textures, they include one of her signature gems. Diamonds are Callie’s best friend.

Pajama Day

Lazy day (playing a little Eliane Elias on the stereo (“My Foolish Heart”), drinking tea, reading the newspaper, feet up):

Hair: !lamb. Babys On Fire – Resturant Ketchup by Lamb Bellic for lamb

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/bl) 01a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: +Lika Ruby+china outfit Chunjie(aqua) by Lika Ruby for +Lika Ruby+

Shoes: caLLie cLine- happy flats – yellow paisley by Callie Cline for caLLiefornia

Poses by Fanny Willis for *EverGlow* *

Spring Elegance

We found crocuses poking up in the front yard yesterday, which means there is no turning back now. Snow can’t fall anymore, darn it! Keep bringing out Spring collections, designers, and Nature is sure to hear you.

Spring Elegance

Sissy Pessoa brought out her Spring collection a couple weeks ago and with it, a true ray of sunshine. Here I show a more traditional piece in Sissy’s collection—a ballgown. I chose the green because it is a favorite color and this richly tinted olive green elegantly stands out among the pinks and blues so many favor.

Spring Elegance

Monicuzza Babenco has come out with a new set of skins and once again, they are gorgeous. With her distinctly Italian aesthetic, she has created a luscious sexy skin with a variety of make ups and looks.

I show it with a newer set from Tiffy Vella. Tiffy is emerging as one of the better jewelry makers in SL, combining great textures with exquisite tiny prim building.

Spring Elegance

Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.  ~Ellis Peters

Hair: .:[ Tiny Bird ]:. Bereznyak – Pepper by Autumn Hykova for Tiny Bird

Skin: *YS & YS* Andrea 04 Joy by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS *

Dress: Baiastice_Silk Burnout-green by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Jewelry: Eclectica Vintage Glass Series-Art Glass by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Olive by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Keen for Green

Day two of the great Valentine Day gift hintfest for you dolts.. I mean, folks who need to find things to give your beloved ladies. I am starting early on this so you have plenty of time to pile up the ideas.

Keen for Green

Day two of your shopping trip takes you to a sweet little shop owned by VNP Ninetails. Push all the way to the back room. There you will find gowns based on a common photo sourced bodice with several variations. This one can be found in about 30 colors (!). Its virtues? Well there are the many colors available. I chose this amazing olive green (which always suits a redhead). I was concerned about matching shoes to it, but it comes with the shoes! Then there is that sexy sheen to the material. Photo sourced or not, it looks hot. And check out the back. Ay caramba! Between the strappy sexiness, the dip to the derriere and then that perfectly shadowed bum, well, dang! You can’t do much better. And it’s transferable! (Yes, folks, give it as a gift!)

Keen for Green

I accompany it with copper hair from Elikapeka Tiramisu. The skin is a luscious and glowing Alyson from Tricky Boucher. Look at those ripe lips and the beautifully drawn eyebrows (again, the eyebrows.. oy!) But check out the décolletage and the back. With a dress like this showing the sexiest areas, only the best will do.

Let me comment about the poses. I haven’t always mentioned them but this time I have to. I found Diesel Works at the Shoe Fair and have enjoyed Rogan Diesel’s work since. Rogan likes the female body, it’s clear, and he’s prepared to make you feel as sexy as a model as you can dare to pose.

Keen for Green

Step two for showing your honey how beautiful she is:

Hair: ETD Tiana – Copper by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 8 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress with Shoes: .::Vassnia::. Classy Pie by VNP Ninetails for Vassnia

Ring: ALB CLEO GOLDEN flowerball ring (R) hand by AnaLee Balut for ALB

Bracelet: Djinn & Tonic – Coco Blvd Bangles & Skinny Bangles by Babyhoney Bailey for Djinn & Tonic

Poses: From Venus and Piper series by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works

Romantic song for the day: “You’re the Best Thing” by Style Council

Relief

Like many of us with computers and TVs, I am watching what is unfolding in Haiti with horror and unhappiness. We can’t help but see the suffering of other humans with discomfort. We all want to do something and are watching helplessly, and of course we want to act.

What makes it worse is Haiti is a country that has seemed, heretofore, not been able to benefit from relief in any substantial way. David Plotz said today on the Slate Political Gabfest podcast, “this is a country which has had so many problems and this is another problem on epic scale…[Y]ou are seeing a society that has been completely obliterated. What do you do with a country which has so few resources, natural resources, so little social capital, so little actual capital…? American aid to Haiti has really done nothing to help rebuild the country up until now. Will it help the country recover this time?” The disaster is SO devastating because the country was already near devastation. What can I do today to provide some small relief? Is sending money enough? And where would it be best served?

Rather than donate to a kiosk in SL where the Linden that is withdraw will be subject to several fees through Linden Lab and Paypal and will have a lengthy time span from getting from that kiosk to the recipients, I would encourage people to donate directly. I went to the Network For Good website and determined, based on the statements from the organizations they listed, that my donation will be better served by Médecins Sans Frontières than the American Red Cross. They have an existing infrastructure that will help Haitians very immediately. Below is my donation. I encourage any and all of my readers to match it.

Relief

That being said, today’s outfit has NOTHING to do with Haiti, relief or charity. It has to do with enjoying the artistry and creation so readily available to us in SL on an international scale. It feels almost crass to turn from such a weighty subject to something so frivolous, but I hope that in expressing joy over these creations, I can feel the gratitude I have for such a good life and the connections I can make across the globe in SL.

Relief

Chocolate Arashi shows us once again why sometimes it’s better to travel to Japan for fashion. With her funky prints and great prim building, chocolate gives us sweet and pretty fashions for the girly girl in ourselves. (She is equally as sweet–a genuinely lovely lady.) The collar on the dress is a piece of art as is the skirt, both cleverly using alpha texture issues to their advantage as the pieces seem to move and shimmer as the camera turns.

Relief

I love this ring from Cora Lu. In fact, I love ALL of Cora Lu’s rings. Cora has taken prims and textures and evoked the joy of going in my grandmother’s jewelry box to find costume jewelry that I can wear fashionably now. This ornate ring is beautifully made and textured and provides the drama I want (and none I don’t want).

Relief

Again, I finish with the best denouement, Bax Coen’s Prestige Boots. What makes these boots so darn great is their versatility—color changing, cuffed, sleek and elegant. I mean, look at those textures!

Relief

Thankful for the small gifts in life:

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

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.E.O. dusk by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: couverture*passionnemet >Green by chocolate Arashi for couverture

Ring: P.C; Water Over Wine Ring by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Green Suede by Bax Coen for for Bax Boots *

Written while listening to KCRW’s Song of the Day, M.L.K. by The Entrance Band. (“Cuz I want to hear freedom ring, and I’ll remind you all of one more thing: Martin Luther King… If we can find peace and love in our hearts, that’s where revolution starts”)

Sweater Weather

I was poking around the other day, looking for a bunny head I had seen on someone  (don’t ask) and ended up back at yumyum. I love yumyum. Everything there is so cute without being twee, pretty and sweet without being cloying. I just can’t handle twee, so that’s saying a lot. Even the bunny head appeals to me.

A Chill in the Air

I stumbled in past the many plants in pots and glass containers of which I have too many, past the sculpty antique chairs, past the wreaths (two of which I bought), past the herbs in gardening boxes, and found myself in front of the most fantastic sweaters. So of course, I got one. Between the amazing texture, the perfectly done sculpties, the pure coziness of it, I am just thrilled. And this is again, a perfect example of how toraji Voom makes cute without crossing to twee.

A Chill in the Air

I found a pair of jeans from Dawn Memorial that matched the sweater well and were chic enough to go with the sweater. And then the other to-die-for in this ensemble are the boots from JB Gazov. I have already explained my love of all things J’s, and these boots reinforce those feelings. These are the ankle boots for a knee-high boot—I got the multicolor version. They also come with two heels.. a stiletto and a more square version. OK, yes, I love these boots.

A Chill in the Air

Finally, I dressed up with a brand new loose updo from Truth Hawks, a beautiful skin from Lorac Farella—one of my favorites, and jewelry from Maeve Mortlock and Nuala Shippe. I feel chic and warm and just right.

A Chill in the Air

With the smell of burning leaves in the air and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot:

Hair: >TRUTH< Cameron – auburn by Truth Hawks for Truth

Skin: Pulse Skin – Angie ll/Chosen by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Sweater: **DP**yumyum:romantic sweater/green by toraji Voom for yumyum

Jeans: Basic Black Jeans (Flared) by Dawn Memorial for DCNY*

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Copper Bell Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Ring: Kunstakammer revised ring stack colorway 5 by Nuala Shippe for Kunstakammer

Boots: J’s Long Boots Round (11Colors) by JB Gazov for J’s

Thinking Green

I am, again this year, Costumer for Burning Life. That, in and of itself, is not that stupendous. I beg content creators to provide freebies for the masses of Burners coming to Burning Life. The best part of it is I get to meet some cool people as I am poking around looking for contributors. (And yes, if you are cool and want to contribute, contact me! I need everything!)

Thinking Green

One of the cool people I met was tanyaa Beaumont. I had never heard of her or her store (but that means nothing since I live under a turnip patch on my sim). I wandered over to her store and was delighted to see some bright new designs, great colors and fun clothes.

Take, for example, this mini. With its bright colors and perfectly matched seams (yes!), tanyaa has made a cute clubby dress with a funky texture. I can’t wait to see what she sends over for BL!

Thinking Green

I wore BG Planer’s smokin hot boots with the dress. Though BG clearly uses photo-sourced textures, they are employed cleverly and augmented with some great prim work. B&G also offers great toe shoes.. I will be sure to feature some in a future blog.

Wicked green eye makeup and a pale lip are ideal for this ensemble. Pulse’s new Valeries line continues to offer more and more make up choices for the lady who has to have everything matched to a T.

Thinking Green

Why green’s the thing:

Hair: ETD Gwen – Blonde by Elikapeda Tiramisu for Elika Tiramisu Designs (ETD)

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Sienna/Aqua by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Lushh Boutique Random Dress Lime by tanyaa Beaumont for LUSHH Boutique

Boots: B&G BOTA ETERNITY – NEGRO – T000 by BG Planer for B&G

Bangles: ::eLDee:: Line bangles (green) by Lilyana Dryke for ::eLDee::

School Days

School’s in. Pencils, backpacks, crushed peanut butter sandwiches, the smell of crayons and chalk. Soon the air will have a crisp edge to it. So school clothes are called for.

School Days

There is something still so cute about the plaid skirt with a cardigan, especially when it’s done in schoolgirl style as tama Clowes has done. This darling set includes a textured tank top underneath and a well done skirt (the prims line up with the system piece excellently).

School Days

This sweet little ensemble needs lots of accessories. I chose this groovy bag from onakagoo Waco at ArtMeter that has art pieces that switch on the closing flap (wearable art). I used Krius Misfit’s jade necklace as a choker—you don’t always have to make SiniStyle sinister.

I made this outfit around Siddean Munro’s hair. She is starting to really kick hair butt (that sounds so wrong but I am leaving it). Her hair coloring “Contraption” (love that word) makes choosing hair color easy. You choose it when you want it and not at the store—and you aren’t left with 20 other hairs in your inventory that you will NEVER wear (*looks at the sky blue, celadon, and amethyst she got in other fat packs that she fears trashing in case she MAY someday need one*). I paired it with Pulse’s very fresh and freckled Climax skin.

School Days

Iki Ikarus’ whimsical socks make the look complete with Fallingwater Cellardoor’s scrunchy flat soled boots in acid green.

School Days

Waiting for the bell to ring:

Hair: SLink Holly HairStyle Dark Auburn by Siddean Munro for SLink

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Tone 2 Makeup 3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: **[sister strawberry]cardigan set yellow** by tama Clowes for **[sister strawberry]

Necklace: SiniStyle Jade Pi F Necklace by Krius Misfit for SiniStyle

Socks: :: DUTCH TOUCH :: Toeless Socks by Iki Ikarus for :: DUTCH TOUCH ::

Bag: ::: ArtMeter ::: Bag S Green by onakagoo Waco for ArtMeter

Boots: (Shiny Things) Comfy Boots – acid by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Earth Mother

The Swansong at the Black Swan sim, soon to be closed by Rezzable as they leave Second Life with only Greenies, is quite a round-up of fashion designers in Second Life. As I was helping Raven set down her panel for “Black Flame,” I cammed around the area, feeling that familiar twinge of the need to shop as I saw everyone’s creations.

Earth Mother

That same evening, Lorac passed over a photo of her new Wheat/Desire skin, and I realized the perfect look was in my hands. With Dezi Jarvinen’s Mother Nature Gown in Earth, I was able to put together an earth mother look that appealed to the Taurus in me. Dezi designed a dress with beautifully rendered leaves and branches and a cleverly designed sheer green skirt. It compliments the vision of natural beauty shown with Lorac’s skin.

Earth Mother

What is also clever about this outfit is that the pretty underneath pieces turn into a sexy bikini when you take the prims and outer layers off. So Mother Earth can get down-to-earth and down to business in a split second. Dezi did the kind service of providing the clothing on all layers, which many may be considered convenient but made the ensemble confusing for me.

Earth Mother

Earth Mother

The natural look:

Hair: Maitreya Moon – Ginger by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Desire AUB by Lorac Farella for Pulse

Dress: *Staged* Mother Nature Gown Set_Earth by Dezi Jarvinen for *Staged* being sold now at Black Swan until August 17.