Regency Romance

Regency Romance

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” ~ Jane Austen

Regency Romance

It was years ago I was in Janice Radway’s class at Duke, reveling in my luck at being the student of the queen of cultural studies whose book about reading romances was the bible for new reader-response criticism. She wrote the definitive literary critique of romance novels. Of course, the class I took turned into a sort of solipsistic exercise in futility—navel-gazing wasn’t working for me—but she was still an awesome scholar.

That being said, I rather enjoy a good romance myself. Jane Austin, Georgette Heyer, Courtney Milan. Nothing wrong with indulging oneself in dreams of a visit to Almack’s and waltzing with a rake of a duke. Natzuka Miliandrovic’s dress for this month’s Shiny Shabby might fit the bill for an in-world romance—a pretty frock with a lovely brocade. Paired with EmpyreanForge’s lovely necklace, it’s a romance-worthy look.

Regency Romance

Sawsan Secretspy’s sublime skin for the Fluffy and Fierce event applies perfectly to the Destiny Catwa head, making me smile, especially with Llianachristina’s pretty eyes for Shiny Shabby. An up-do with tendrils framing the face from Mariru Catnap at Hairology completes my romantic look.

Regency Romance

Hair: :CHEVEUX:M089Hair Browns by Mariru Catnap for .:CHEVEUX:., available at Hairology *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. Soraya Darktan Catwa applier by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins, available at Fluffy and Fierce *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Eyes: LOTUS. Genetics Eyes – Turquoise by lilanachristina for LOTUS, available at Shiny Shabby *

Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: !:Lybra:! Giulia Babyblue ~ Maitreya by Natzuka Miliandrovic for Lybra, available at Shiny Shabby *

Necklace: EF: Breccia Necklace by EmpyreanForge for Empyrean Forge, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Di Hoorenbeek for Di’s Opera

Regency Romance

Time Doth Flit

Time Doth Flit

“Time doth flit; oh shit.”~  Dorothy Parker

Busy

I hate the blogs that start out “Sorry I have been so busy so I missed posting.” So I won’t say that. What I will say is that I have taken a new job in RL, my kid started school, the dog ate some grapes (who knew they were dangerous?), etc etc. Time doth flit!

The SOS Festival is almost over, and I wanted to make a personal remark on their charity of choice. I agreed to be the blogger liaison for the Festival because Doctors Without Borders/Medicines Sans Frontieres is such an important organization in many ways. They bring medical aid to areas where it’s most needed—places like Syria and Afghanistan, yes, but also places like Cote d’Ivoire, Italy, Haiti, and North Korea. The concept of “without borders” is the idea that the organization and medical workers make no decisions about politics, religion, gender, ethnicity—their service is neutral and impartial and not supported financially by any state actors.

A friend of mine in SL was a nurse who had done missions for Medicines Sans Frontieres several times. His latest assignment was in Mauritania, a country he described as almost middle ages in its technology and society. He was there simply to provide vaccines to children and adults—a pretty benign task. However, he had to have guards with him at all times to ensure his safety. In order to volunteer, he needed to obtain time off from his employer—a large European medical hospital—and since he was head of his department—a very large ICU–he needed to make sure things were in place during his absence. Therefore, his volunteered time involved a complicated set of negotiations as well as his own safety—all to make sure children and adults got shots we routinely get at checkup in the West.

I think it’s important to consider the people being helped, of course. But also imagine the many medical workers who volunteer for these positions and they time they donate. When you donate, you are giving money to help organize and provide supplies for these doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel. They are giving their very valuable time. It’s so little for us to purchase a pretty dress to supply them with the medications, supplies and logistics they need to help people.

When I became liaison, I asked the SOS organizers quite pointedly how they were managing the donations they received for this fund raiser. I get a little nervous about donations going through grid citizens as they can potentially be misappropriated in so many ways and I want to know my full donation is going directly to the organization. I was assured that monies were going directly to Doctors without Borders, and indeed, I spoke to the liaison they have at the New York office of Doctors Without Borders. (On Skype—the real person!) He was enthusiastic about the fund raiser and pretty stoked to have his avatar dressed up by the ladies organizing the event. Know this: the money is going DIRECTLY to Doctors Without Borders without any intervention except the cost to cash out via Lindex. No one is claiming a tax deduction, skimming an amount for their services or otherwise touching the donations. The designers’ vendors flip donations immediately over to the MSF avatar, which is solely controlled by the liaison in New York. You can’t get much cleaner than that.

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When I saw the dress Alaska Metropolitan had made for the SOS Festival, I was pretty impressed. All monies collected for the sale of this dress (in several color ways including a special one-off auction dress) are being given directly to Doctors Without Borders. That’s a mighty big sacrifice on Alaska’s part because this dress is a sexy-classic mesh piece and great fitting on many body types. It’s the kind of dress that every girl should have in her inventory as it’s sexy, fashionable, and practical all at once. Wear it around the grid, wear it dancing, wear it to a date—it makes the grade. Thanks, Alaska, for this awesome donation!

I was able to match it up with sexy shoes by Celena Galli for Shiny Shabby that include a versatile HUD that let me color portions of the shoe to my liking so I could match them perfectly to the dress. AvaGardner Kungler is offering another of her exquisite jewelry pieces at Shiny Shabby this month, a necklace with dangling gems.

My applier is one of Inka Mexicola’s looks for her gacha at Kustom 9. I love the brows, which are fuller, and the expressive eye makeup. I admit I tinted up the pink lipstick a little more using the HUD for the Catwa Destiny head, and I used the hairbase as well so I had a nice line with my ponytail from Liza Broono for this month’s Hairology.

Busy

Hair: #Foxy – Fyre by Liza Broono for #Foxy, available at Hairology *

Skin applier: #10 Essences [ImaniM02] by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Kustom9 *

Mesh head:CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Palermo Eyes 8 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at the Ultra Event *

Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: alaskametro<3 “Grace” leather dress – blush/cream Maitreya by Alaska Metropolitan for AlaskaMetro, available at the SOS Festival*

Necklace: (Kunglers) Lakshmi necklace – Quartz by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at Shiny Shabby *

Nails: Hello Dave – Nail Appliers – Lavender Ice by Maia Gasparini for Hello Dave!

Shoes: PHEDORA / Abby heels / Maitreya by Celena Galli for PHEDORA, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Busy

Wild Honey Pie

Wild Honey Pie

Honey Pie
Honey Pie
Honey Pie
Honey Pie
I love you, Honey Pie

~ “Wild Honey Pie” by the Beatles

Wild Honey Pie

Summer’s almost over (as evidenced by the gray sky I see outside today). But I can sneak one more day of shorts in before the air turns nippy. The shorts I chose are demin Daisy Dukes from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus, as always accompanied by a ton of choices in their texture change HUD, from designs on the pockets to the denim color to the belt style and color. I picked red, of course, to match the corset-like top Annie Melson has made for the Mesh Body Addicts event this month. Darling little cowboy boots from Klari55a for the Mesh Body Addicts match this casual look.

Wild Honey Pie

I really am loving Shyla Diggs’ new applier for the Catwa heads, so I chose it again for my blog. This time I have used a darker skin tone and pretty freckles with a deep red lip. I especially like that her skins match up with the Belleza body skins, which are so sexy on the body itself. Somehow Shyla and Tricky have added a special sexiness to the skins with the details they have chosen—beautiful collarbones, a shapely belly, even sexy knees. My long thick hair is NoMatch’s featured look for Hairology, long feathered locks with a center part. It’s a perfect last-breath-of-summer ensemble.

Wild Honey Pie

Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.HEAT. by n0match for NO.MATCH, available at Hairology *

Skin applier: -Belleza- Jordan Catwa Applier Deep Tan by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza– *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Body: -Belleza- Isis V2.01 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Palermo Eyes 7 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery],

Top: *JB* Emma Top – FatPack – Isis by Annie Melson for Just Because, available at Mesh Body Addicts *

Shorts: L&B (*Fitted* ISIS) Swear Boho Jeans Shorts by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Boots: [BELLEZA] -KC- AUSTIN ANKLE BOOTS / PAIR by Klari55a for KC Couture, available at Mesh Body Addicts *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression

Wild Honey Pie

Venus Fly

Venus Fly

Oh, why you looking at me again?
Oh, why you looking at me again?
Why you looking at me now?
Why you looking at me again?

~ “Venus Fly” by Grimes feat. Janelle Monae

Venus Fly

I love being so fly, pink and purple, soft and sexy. Ariadna Garrigus’ gorgeous new dress with a versatile texture change HUD fits the bill. I am especially happy that it fits the Belleza Isis body. I am disappointed that so many creators have not chosen to work with the Belleza bodies—the Isis is very sexy and curvy in the right ways and this dress, all my “assets” are shown to their best advantage. I was able to mix and match colors on Celena Galli’s shoes for this round of Mesh Body Addicts to make everything match up.

Venus Fly

I wish Shyla Diggs was issuing more skins and appliers. She does the most perfectly beautiful looks with subtle makeups, sensuous creamy skins and an absolutely gorgeous body. If I had a skin I would choose to wear every day to look beautiful, it would most definitely be Shyla’s. With the Destiny Catwa head, it looks absolutely perfect, especially with Shyla’s sexy makeups. I chose to wear Mina Nakamura’s long center-parted hair because the textures are so terrific and the color is a gorgeous blond. I am so fly!

Venus Fly

Hair: MINA Hair – Wynona (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Hairology *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Skin applier: -Belleza- Jordan Catwa Applier Sunkissed by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza– *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Leafy~ December Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Mesh body: -Belleza- Isis V2.01 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Dress: ***Arisaris/B&W~Gara52~Asymmetric Dress- Belleza Isis by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Shoes: PHEDORA / Beatrice heels / Belleza by Celena Galli for PHEDORA, available at Mesh Body Addicts *

Poses by Luna Jubilee for !bang

Venus Fly

Summer’s Ghost

Summer’s Ghost

“We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” ~ Henry Rollins

Summer's Ghost

The last few sultry nights of summer are fading into September and the last of the summer blooms are giving their final beautiful show. It’s still warm enough to wear a sexy dress like this one from Doc Eldtritch, the featured look for this month’s Mesh Body Addicts. It includes a texture-change HUD for the belt and zipper. I paired high heel mules from Senzati0n Domenitzo for the Crossroads with my look and beautiful butterfly jewelry that Quixotic Criss has made for the SOS Festival with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. Quixotic includes a texture change HUD for the metals and the gems and earrings do come with the set as well. My nails, from Demi Plessis, are also contributions for the SOS Festival. This beautiful terrace is Maizon Rayna’s SOS Festival featured item. With a full terrace with the gorgeous blooms set upon a rock, it fits beautifully against a mountain or on a shoreline cliff and is also a 100% contribution for Doctors Without Borders.

Summer's Ghost

My stunning skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s newest in-store. With an applier with brows or without and an optional additional lipstick (that I do show here), it looks great on the Catwa Destiny head. This chic bob is Tabata Jewell’s item for this month’s Hairology. I love that Tabata comes up with original and fashionable looks regularly. The lock of hair escaping the look is especially beguiling.

Summer's Ghost

Hair: Vanity Hair:Miss Coco-Greedy by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair, available at Hairology *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. 2016 PEGGIE GOLDEN Catwa applier by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Eyes: .ID. Deep Gaze Eyes / Hazel / by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: DE Designs – Nancy – Maitreya – Merlot by Doc Eldritch for DE Designs, available at Mesh Body Addicts *

Jewelry: S-P Mariposa Necklace by Quixotic Criss for Semi-Precious, available at the SOS Festival *

Mesh nails: Cazimi: Nails – Tapestry (Maitreya) by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at the SOS Festival *

Shoes: Essenz – Malaysia (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at the Crossroads *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Taken with sH*TerraceRAVELLO by Maizon Rayna for Terra d’ombrA, available at the SOS Festival *

Summer's Ghost

Once Wild

Once Wild

You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you. ~ Isadora Duncan

Once Wild

I found myself going wild with this dress from Tatyana Ultsch for the Mesh Body Addicts Fair. With a HUD full of delicious textures, I chose this wild one to suit the cut of the dress (which is cut up to there). I paired arm jewelry from Aikea Reiko for The Liaison Collaborative with the look—I wish more were making jewelry like this because I think a simple arm band is really sexy. Nail polish from Zozicon for the Mesh Body Addicts Fair matches the look and sexy shoes from Senzati0n Domenitzo, new at her store, are open and sexy. My little gacha necklace from Revoul is pretty fun but it would have been nice if the creator had attached it to the spine and not the neck (hint).

Once Wild

Queue Marlowe must have been feeling wild when she cooked up this ‘do for Hairology. I had to choose the wildest color, of course, especially to go with Umazuma Metaluna’s skin for the Mesh Body Addicts Fair. The skin was made for the new LAQ heads but I found it worked just as well (thanks, Omega) on the Destiny Catwa head for the MBAF. I added some glitter and glam with eye and lip appliers from Alaska Metropolitan, also offered at the MBAF. The eye glitter is especially appealing with this look. I love Alaska’s makeup!

Once Wild

Hair: AD – proud mary – DARK REDS by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available at Hairology *

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Quiana v.2 (brownie) by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Mesh Body Addicts Fair

Makeup applier: alaskametro<3 “Fall Runway” makeup palette – Catwa appliers by Alaska Metropolitan for AlaskaMetro, available at Mesh Body Addicts Fair

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 by Catwa Clip for CATWA, available at Mesh Body Addicts Fair *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Dreamsicle Eyes 5 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at The Chapter Four *

Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: :::insanya::: SaraDress (M.Lara) by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at Mesh Body Addicts Fair

Necklace: Revoul – Wired Necklace Gacha ‘Love’ by Revoul for Revoul, available at Dreamful

Arm cuffs: :[P]:- Veeah Armband by Aikea Rieko for The Plastik, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Nail applier: {ZOZ} Bold II Natural Polish (Maitreya) HUD available at Mesh Body Addicts Fair

Shoes: Essenz – Izmir (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz *

Taken at the Tequila SunRise Club, created by Teqi Falta

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Once Wild

Sweet Life

Sweet Life

The sunshine always kept you warm
So why see the world, when you got the beach
Don’t know why see the world, when you got the beach

~ “Sweet Life” by Frank Ocean

Sweet Life

I went over to Baja Norte to enjoy the breeze and the ocean waves in this gorgeous dress from Flutter Memel. With a beautifully fashionable cut, it has gorgeous textures and a look that can take you from the beach to a party. She has created the dress in two colorways with a great HUD. I accessorized with jewelry from AvaGardner Kungler for On9. I especially love the texture of the gems. Strappy shoes from Senzati0n Domenitzo that are new at her store echo the square cut of the front of the skirt. My favorite part of my look is the smallest part—my nails. AlaskaMetro has been inspired by Hokusei and kimono patterns for some exquisite nail appliers she is featuring at the Bon Voyage event.

Sweet Life

I have once again put on the beautiful Destiny mesh head from Catwa Clip for the Mesh Body Addicts Fair. Nicole Button has released a new skin that includes a lovely lip and beautiful eyes. Applied to this head, it’s a gorgeous look, especially with the optional makeups. KateForster Akina has made this great up-do for Hairology with two top knots. It comes with or without bangs. I thought the sexy fringe of bangs over my beautiful eyes from lonlysoule for the AnyBody event added a sultriness to my look.

Sweet Life

Hair: *TKW* Otero by KateForster Akina for Tukinowaguma, available at Hairology *

Skin applier with makeup: Egozy.Jaya (Canelle) and Egozy.Jaya (Make Up) Canelle – Nougat by Nicole Button for Egozy *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 by Catwa Clip for CATWA, available at Mesh Body Addicts Fair *

Eyes: .ARISE. Lana Eyes / Brown MESH by lonlysoule for Arise, available at AnyBody

Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: Stories&Co. Sofia Dress – Party by Flutter Memel for Flowey / Stories & Co., available at Collabor88 *

Jewelry: (Kunglers) Aphrodite necklace – Crystal, (Kunglers) Aphrodite earrings – Crystal and (Kunglers) Aphrodite ring – Sapphire by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at On9 *

Nail appliers: alaskametro<3 “Kimono” nail art – Maitreya Manicure HUD by Alaska Metropolitan for AlaskaMetro, available at Bon Voyage *

Shoes: Essenz – Izmir (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Taken at –Baja Norte- by Lauren Bentham

Sweet Life