Your Brother’s New Girlfriend

Sometimes holidays are full of stress because you will be meeting new people who are significant to people who are significant to you, and you feel obligated to like them. Take for example, when your little brother brings home his new girlfriend, Siobhan. He has spoken so enthusiastically, so lovingly of her, you really want to like her. He says she likes the poetry of Mary Oliver, cardamom in her coffee, obscure tango music she finds on the internet, and crocheting purses. You’re not sure what to expect.

(And of course, your brother has never been known for his taste in women. Remember the French major who nervously chewed her fingernails to the quick and ended up quitting school because she owed so much on parking tickets she couldn’t pay tuition? Or the weightlifting physical therapist who told him to “man up” and told him to drive himself to the emergency room when he had been throwing up for two hours from food poisoning? Or the girl who sold Peruvian hats and sweaters in a head shop and argued with your mom about the difference between sweet potatoes and yams? Clearly the poor girl has a lot to live down.)

Your Brother's New Girlfriend

She arrives somewhat shy and sweet, bearing a gift for your mom of Belgian chocolates she brought back from a recent trip to Europe. When she says hello to you, you notice her breath does smell sweetly of cardamom, and her blue eyes are captivating. You approve of her pretty velvet dress from Ivey Deschanel. Its lush fabric and textures speak to the season, and she looks very demure—that is until she turns around and you see her dress is cut deeply down the back to show off her tattoo from Jesseaitui Petion. Your boyfriend nudges you as you both watch her walk by and whispers in your ear that he thinks you need a tattoo, for which you swat him. Her pumps made by Pixieplumb Flanagan are pretty and festive with bows in the back. Clearly she dressed up to impress her boyfriend’s family. Minus the low cut back, you wholly approve of her appearance.

Your Brother's New Girlfriend

She is not overly made up. This is intentional as she wears a skin from Toast Bard, which is usually minimal and very human and girlish despite being hand-drawn. She’s just not that kind of girl, you find out, as you all chat over hors d’oeuvres and find out she majored in Mathematics and currently works for a start-up research company. (Your older brother is impressed.) Her hair from Lamb Bellic, though showing dark roots, is clean and nicely kept with a bobby pin and suits her look. (He once had a girlfriend with dreadlocks—need we say more?) She eats everything on her plate and doesn’t pick around like the Gap manager your brother brought home last Easter who spent way too much time extolling the virtues of  jeans. (“Who doesn’t eat ham on Easter?” your mother complained in the kitchen while you were scraping her dish into the garbage.) She responds thoughtfully to questions, sits with your brother but doesn’t hang on him, patiently looks at the kids’ crayon drawings, and doesn’t bring up politics or religion.

Your Brother's New Girlfriend

As she leaves that evening with hugs and goodbyes, a plate of leftovers to take home in her hands, you feel a twinge of anxiety. You realize it’s no longer whether she passes your test. The question is, will your family pass muster with her?

Hair: !lamb. The Chills – Powder w/ Black Roots by Lamb Bellic for !lamb.

Skin: (fd) Bird Skin – Dust 1 (Black Brows) by Toast Bard for fashionably dead

Dress: :::Sn@tch Velvet Drape Dress by Ivey Deschanel for :::Sn@tch *

Tattoo: AITUI TATTOO – Angelic Embrace I by Jesseaitui Petion for AITUI

Shoes: BM Mia Pumps – Blacks & Reds by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

The Puritan Ethic

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. ~ Theodore Isaac Rubin

The Puritan Ethic

You expected to see me in some pilgrim costume with that title? Nah! (Nor will I be doing an exegesis on Max Weber, my dear academic friends.)  The Puritan ethic comes down to working hard and having high expectations of oneself and others and high optimism for the results of that hard work. That’s why a business outfit like this is perfect for the holder of that ethic. Ivey Deschanel—her place is so dark, some of her clothes are so funky but really, she is good example of that ethic. She cranks out the goodness day after day, while improving her work and making her customers happy.

This cardigan and skirt (from two different sets from Ivey) are an example of how Ivey breaks out of the dark neko aesthetic I somehow always expect (I think is the decor of her store or something…) and comes up with elegant, well-designed and appealing fashion. I love the below-the-knee plaid skirt, the great argyle, well-shaded in the right areas, and the overall silhouette and simplicity. Ivey never over-relies on embellishments and instead rocks the system pieces til they sing.

The Puritan Ethic

Another rocking creator is Truth Hawks. A discussion tonight allowed me to remind people that Truth is keeps a constant flow of content, and that is what keeps people coming back and again and again. It’s not about marketing, about flash and dazzle and image. It’s about making quality content on a consistent basis. (Though I would personally argue that the head/face he uses to fit this stuff is too wide—I am always adjusting it slightly for Harper’s long thinner head.) I know he’s Australian (and not American puritan), but he really is a captain of industry in SL.

The Puritan Ethic

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. ~ Charles Kettering

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

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

Sweater: :::Sn@tch Fast Forward Sweater (Argyle Red-J)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch *

Skirt: :::Sn@tch Madge Skirt (Black Tweed-S)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch *

Glasses: HOC – Rectangle Framed Glasses #001 by Guu Nishi for HOC

Shoes: p.c; Suede Platform Pump Black by Cici Vonderheide for Paper Couture

Ruby Red

Sometimes it really is only about the dress.

Ruby Red

The Crazy Arse Hair Hunt took me to Ivey Deschanel’s store, and of course, something caught my eye (as it always does when I walk in there—you’d think I would learn). This pretty party dress, available in a package with a black and purple version for a mere 250L really got my imagination going. I put it on and suddenly I was climbing in taxis and running from one cocktail party to another in my lovely sculpted frock. Ivey’s store would make you believe she is all dark and tough but really, she is a girl like any of us—one who likes pretty dresses and the delightful horizon of an evening on the town laid out before us.

Ruby Red

I paired it up with this pretty skin from Amesha Jewell with it’s deep eyes and pretty lips. I mentioned in a previous blog that a skin she had offered had a seam. She quickly fixed the skin, made a public notice that she would replace the skin to anyone who wanted such a replacement, and kindly replaced mine. I can’t say enough about service and integrity like that. She really is stellar.

Hair is from BlueStarRUI Villota. (You can kind of tell I had a little shopping spree at Love Soul recently because you are seeing a lot from her here. It was a great splurge!)

Ruby Red

Paint the town red!

Hair: [ Love Soul ] Hair*023-A*Mocha by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Skin: : HS : Bliss : Sweetness (nc) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick *

Dress: :::Sn@tch Dancing After::: (red) by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Jewelry: Tesselations – Deep Ruby by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Red by LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully for Courtisane *

Poses from Fanny Willis  for *EverGlow* *

Written while listening to “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis.

I have received several notices today from flopsie McArdle concerning her desire to sell the Iron Fist sim. I don’t think I have gushed enough about how wonderful I think her work is, how amazing the Iron Fist sim is, how much her creativity has brought much joy to my SL and probably many others’. That being said, I don’t think this is about drama–flopsie is simply being proactive and selling a grandfathered full sim when she can still get a good price for it. It’s wise business. I would encourage all of my dear readers to go to Iron Fist one more time before it disappears from the grid. Enjoy flopsie’s tremendous creativity and wonderful sense of humor and abundant love for this medium. (And if you’re so moved, make her an offer….)  Iron Fist is one place in SL where art lives.

Bluebirds Calling

I am going to break two rules in this blog that I normally keep. First, I am going to show the same clothing designer twice in one week. Second, I am going to show content that is not easily obtained because it is “exclusive.” Nevertheless, the content is fully representative of the makers’ quality work–and I look really cute!

Bluebirds Calling

Again I am featuring a piece by Ivey Deschanel, this one made for the Stumblebum sale. It is one of a series of Nutcracker dresses she made, but this exclusive one is the only one she offered in a blue and purple paisley combo. The remainder appear to be solid colors, which is a shame, because this texture is fun and imaginative and perfect for the whimsical silhouette of this puff sleeved, girly coat with its light blue tights.

Bluebirds Calling

I am wearing one of Tuli’s exclusive skins given to group members. I have shown this one before, but I thought its freshness was the perfect accompaniment to the fanciful patterns of Ivey’s dress.

The dress matches this lovely gift a friend sent over—a hat from a series done by Saraid Dalglish. (And really, this blog is all about the hat.) Saraid’s playful hats cover a variety of themes including a Queen of Hearts hat and a beautiful Monarch butterfly hat that I also own. The hats are transferable, so it’s a very fun way to give a friend who has everything a piece of wearable art.

Bluebirds Calling

Note the details on the bluebirds, the nests and feathers and the pretty blue eggs.

Bluebirds Calling

The boots are NOT exclusive but might seem so as they are so unique. They are from the beautiful set that Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter recently collaborated on. This outfit needed a faux old-fashioned boot—stilettos would ruin the look and flats would be too modern. The new Courtisane boots up the whimsy of the entire ensemble, especially with their fantastic textures and pretty puffy flower.

Bluebirds Calling

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Hair: !lamb. Bang Bang – Sunset (sideways bangs) by Lamb Bellic for !lamb

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) VIP exclusive (group gift) by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Dress: :::Sn@tch Nutcracker Limited Edition::: by Ivey Deschanel (Stumblebum exclusive) for Sn@tch

Hat: TMH Blue Bird Hat # 11 in series by Saraid Dalglish for The Mad Hatter

Boots: .*Courtisane*. La Vivien /Blues (not exclusive—fully available!) by LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully for Courtisane *

Rock n Roll

I am finally out of this winter thing. Actually what pushed me out of it was a visit to a store.

Rock n Roll

The neon busy graphics, bold name, and sort of grunge kitty “feel” of Ivey Deschanel’s store always made me think perhaps it wasn’t a place for me. I  just don’t do that sort of grunge neko thing very well. However, I went in the other day and found that Ivey does a little more than sassy kitty clothing, and I liked what I saw.

Rock n Roll

This outfit from Ivey is glam and sexy and elegant all at once. The elaborate textures in the pants, as if burnt into a velvet, accentuate my long legs and curves with the sculpties that bottom out the legs in a flare. The jacket has a great bolero cut with a tied front—very modern and urban. But the sleeves, made of sculpties, have that decadent featheriness (without the cliched PS fur that everyone else uses) that makes this outfit truly glam. The rich depth of the top with its hand-drawn wrinkles and sexy low-cut back (shown here without the jacket) create a slinky and sensuous camisole. The look is complete and whole and ideal. Ivey’s system piece work is clean and well-done with great seams and edges. Her textures in this outfit are delicious.

Rock n Roll

Sachi Vixen has long been making skins, but her Portia line is a recent addition that once again displays her fine talents as an artist. I especially like the eye makeup on this skin with its subtle rainbow hues, entirely appropriate for an elegant glam girl—not over the top but pushing the edge. And her sexy décolletage is not over the top. I just don’t need to look like I am “enhanced.”

Rock n Roll

‘Never Say Never”:

Hair: * 0 Style *Angie *(Raven)_M by Rei Gully for Zero Style

Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Portia – Tone 2 Dark – Rouge by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve

Outfit: :::Sn@tch Rocker (Clothing Layers Only)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Boots: ~*ZHAO*~ “ASTA” Vendor (BLACK LEATHER) Silver by Melanie Zhao for Zhao Shoes