I’m Like a Rare B-Side

“I’m just making you mixtapes with homemade covers, analog to show we’re lovers
And here under the jacket folds inside, I’ve taped my heart for you to find…”

Sometimes my SL is a kind of.. uh.. interesting. I mean, where else could I turn into a tiny, live in a huge Tuscan villa, or be interviewed on TV? Today I had the privilege of being on Designing Worlds with Saffia Widdershins and Elrik Merlin. Thank you for inviting me to speak.

I'm Like a Rare B-Side

Of course I had a quandary.. the ever-important problem popped up. What to wear? I chose to go casual. I had finally gotten out shopping and wanted to show off some of my pretties. Take, for example, this cute top Zaara Kohime featured as a Dressing Room item. I have the whole outfit in another color, but this alone is an ideal piece.

I wear it without the bikini top option here. These terrific jeans are from Janie Marlowe, who is sadly closing her store, Mischief, soon but only to open something new and more exciting, she says. A veteran of fashion in SL, Janie made some of the first and best casuals in the grid. Now she has it all on sale at great prices. Get over to Mischief as soon as possible to pick up the deals, including these great jeans.

I'm Like a Rare B-Side

This hair is one of those OMGs. Made by Kin Keiko (who has made a few of my other favorite short hairstyles), this pixie is ideal. I had to do a little adjusting to the hair, but I am not concerned. When you place the prims this close to a head, all those sliders on a shape can make a huge difference. (That’s why there is not more MEN’s hair, guys. You all want to be eggheads or blockheads or chin-heavy and then suddenly the tolerances for the prims gets out of whack.) Kin has lovely textures, a real sense of body and style to this hair. A def fat pack for me.

Earrings are from Jon Ree from his great Cowboy and Cowgirl shop. Get over there already and check out his amazing work, especially his turquoise jewelry.

I'm Like a Rare B-Side

Written while listening to “Mixtape” from Tift Merritt. (Some lyrics at the title and in the header of this post.)

Hair: Kin-Cricket-[Red] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 4/br) :: 04a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Top: Zaara : xacuti wrap top *lilac turquoise* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara, available at the Dressing Room Blue

Jeans: **MIS** EveryDay Jeans – wash 1 (dark) by Janie Marlowe for Mischief

Earrings: Earrings — Tradition Turquoise by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Sandals: Maitreya Gold – Aequus Blue by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Casual Blonde

Summer weekends are so easy. Throw on a top, jeans, sandals, put a pin in your hair, all set. It’s a good time to count blessings, to be grateful for what we have rather than what we don’t have.

Casual Blonde

In this case I have a new top and new capris. The top, from LeeZu Baxter, comes in sheer and opaque, but I chose sheer, because she has made the color so beautifully delicate, especially as it is draped at the decollatage. It’s a t-shirt, yes, of the silkiest sheerest material. I wear it over a bra from 5th and Oxford—a chic, sexy look that suits. The capris are well-drawn system pieces from Babyhoney Bailey. This is avatar fashion at its essential—no prims, no gimmicks. Babyhoney’s work stands the test with great seams, wrinkles, colors and a nice round booty.

Casual Blonde

My ‘do is a new one from Truth Hawks with his ingenious streaks. I have subtly applied white streaks to this delicious champagne for that sun-kissed look. Tuli Asturias gives me a healthy glow with one of her new Jade skins.

Casual Blonde

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

~ e.e. cummings

Hair: >TRUTH< Peyton Streaked – champagne by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 3/li) :: 01a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Top: Oui Oui Shirt SHEER (Jacket Layer) /turquoise by LeeZu! by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!*

Bra: (5th&Oxford) The Tease – Bra *SAPPHIRE* 2 by Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot for 5th and Oxford

Capris: Djinn & Tonic [Clam Diggers, Darkwash] by Babyhoney Bailey for Djinn & Tonic *

Bracelet: *ByKay* ~ Isis Bracelet (White Gold) by Kayleigh McMillan for *ByKay*

Sandals: J’s Real Toe Belt Platform Sandals 8Colors (Silver) by JB Gazov for J’s

Poses: Everglow poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

Manly

As you all know, I like to don a male shape and do some male modeling when SC isn’t able to. I just got my hands on some really terrific men’s skins, so I took this opportunity to enjoy the view for a while and share it with you.

Manly

I have done a few other male blogs and my male friends all come back and complain that I am not man enough. What gives?! (Besides that I am really a woman, but come on!) I received the new Mark skin from LaVie, and this time I am challenging you to tell me I am not manly enough. Especially wearing this great new hair from Truth Hawks. Stop complaining, guys—these hair makers are working hard to get you what you need. And how could you pass this one up?

Manly

Check out this chest! (Yeah his eyes are not open. We don’t need to be looking in them anyway. We can be looking at his chest!) And check out the poses. MANLY poses. Rogan Diesel is a man and he gets that you guys don’t want to look like dorks. He has made masculine poses that go beyond the caveman to the sensuous and sexy without looking wimpy.

Manly

I am wearing jeans from machang Pichot. Usually when someone does male and female clothing, they do one or the other more strongly. machang seems to have a handle on both types. These jeans are light colored, I know, guys, but look at the belt! And I didn’t tuck them into the boots this time. Come on! The boots are the gift given by Limer Fredriksson for the Le.Look holiday giveaway. Manly boots. Look!

Manly

You make me feel.. you make me feel… you make me feel like… nevermind.

Hair: >TRUTH< Hank – cocoa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LaVie Mark Full Beard Cut Hair Base Normal by KaoZ Koba for LaVie *

T-Shirt: *TSM* Equilizer V-neck Tee in Steely Teal by Helena Stringer for The Stringer Mausoleum *

Jeans: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim_Washed by machang Pichot for AOHARU

Boots: hoorenbeek : LE.LOOK! l’homme – Boots by Limer Fredriksson for hoorenbeek

Poses: from the new Dante set by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

PeterX, if you read this, ping me ;)

Country Girl

A fresh blanket of wet snow has fallen (are you tired of my weather reports yet?) I am dreaming of fresh air, green grass, bright bold sunshine. OK, I acknowledge the snow looks pretty, white against the gray of the branches, frosting everything in sugary softness…. But it’s stinkin’ cold!

Country Girl

A trip over to Looloo Beck’s store cured some cabin fever. Between her great sexy clothes and her compelling advertising, Looloo’s store is a place where SL fantasies can begin. In this case, I imagine being a country girl, cheeks glowing with fresh air, and springtime friskiness. Looloo cleverly incorporates sculpty prims with her incredible textures to make an outfit that is at once innocent and sexy with its peekaboo jeans and top.

Country Girl

Underneath the barely buttoned top is a sexysweet bra and panties set with a pretty red-flowered and eyelet print.

I show here a collar from SC Tracy at RFyre, a bit decontextualized (it’s really more gothic than country but heck, it’s barbed wire). SC has been making jewelry and accessories for RFyre that include his great texture and terrific eye for detail. This is being released Wednesday but, well, I get to wear it sooner. Nyah nyah.

With another one of Truth Hawks’ amazing hair styles (how does he do it, week after week?) and Tricky Boucher’s fresh Alyson skin, well I am a country girl ready for kickin’ up a little dust.

Country Girl

And oh my, the boots. JB Gazov has tapped into some sort of lizard brain of mine where all I want to wear are cowgirl boots and two step my way around the grid. I bought the “fatpack” boot, which is scripted to show any of ten colors available. You will be seeing these boots again. They are incredibly textured and sculpted.

Country Girl

“I’m a radio/ I’m a country station/ I’m a little bit corny/ I’m a wildwood flower/ Waving for you” ~ Joni Mitchell, “You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio”

Hair: >TRUTH< Melinda – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 3 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Outfit: >>GothiCatz<< Time (female) by Looloo Beck for Gothicatz

Choker: !Rfyre Crown of Thorns Necklace, Womens by SC Tracy for House of RFyre *

Wheat: Wheat by Pepper Finchy sold on XStreetSL

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

(“I know you don’t like weak women/ You get bored so quick/ And you don’t like strong women /’Cause they’re hip to your tricks”)

Resolution: Wild-Sided, 2010

SC Tracy got back from his winter holiday rarin’ to go. Find below his recommendations for the New Year. ~ Harper

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Yeah, it’s 2010. I’m goin’ bare chested. Not because Harper asked me to take my shirt off again. (Not that I mind! ~Harper) I just got a chance to preview a new skin series from WolfM Voyager of SaWoDe*, “Pascal” in the Sunkist skin color. It’s a hot, totally dangerous skin that has versions with different tats over either left or right eye. Sexy eyeliner, enviable six pack, with almost bare, beautifully rendered chest hair that will get the attention of the ladies, and statistically many of the men.

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

This was a rough week for me, it was new years. I needed to go to a place to gather my strength, a place to recharge my spirit and refocus.

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

I went to Le Look. Specifically, Weird Monkey Design (WMD) at Le Look. I’m  thinkin’ I gotta get wild, gotta hook up. With some new jeans and a few accessories, and boots, too. Looking around, I somehow wound up at the WMD main store, scanners locking on  Ronin, The Zoo Jeans. I’m wearing the dark edition. What the hell, picked up the regular wash, too. Some of the best matched and fitting sculpted prim legs I’ve seen. Love the sculpted legs with the turned up cuffs. Sexed-up low-rise. Color and workmanship, ultra real. Back pocket detail has an almost designer late 70’s, early 80’s feel.

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Then a moment Zen—the WMD, Necklace. A simple design, Yin and Yang 70’s chic.  Great, idiosyncratic  detail, especially a screw closure in back. But the moment of Zen ended quickly when I saw Rawdoll’s studded Juxtabelt and its biker “Iron Cross” buckle. Also, got the fully scripted (like amazingly so)  Nuthin’ But Trinkets bracelets, which I wear constantly. (Both include men’s and women’s sizes).

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Finally, das boots. New from GutterBlood Spoonhammer, the Rot Test Boot. These are a masterful interpretation of a paratrooper boot. They’re the sh*t. The realistic, detailed texture speaks volumes about where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing. I’ll leave that to the individual to interpret. But interestingly, they’re fully scripted for not only color (Dark, Black and Red) but prim weight as well. Those clubs get so damn crowded, no one wants their boots responsible for crashing a sim just as the party gets hot.

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Really smart.

Hair: MADesigns Hair,  AKAMI ~ NB III by Maddox DuPont for MADesigns

Eyes: a.C STD GLOX.eye Line [Photo.X] *Water 02 by CheerNo Destiny for CheerNo

Skin: “Pascal” Sunkist by WolfM Voyager for *SaWoDe* *

Jeans: WMD-Ronin “the Zoo” Jeans Low Rise dark Edition by Maruko Sakigake for Weird Monkey  Design

Necklace: WMD – Necklace 603 V2< YING YANG > boy by Gort Grot for Weird Monkey  Design

Bracelets: Rawdolls: Nuthin’ but Trinkets by Lindal Janus for Weird Monkey  Design

Belt: Rawdolls Juxtabelt by Lindal Janus for Weird Monkey  Design

Boots: Rot Test Boot by Gutterblood Spoonhammer for Weird Monkey  Design

The Man Show

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I am going to strive to have more empathy. That’s a pretty vague resolution, but it has to do with understanding where other people are coming from, walking in their shoes.

So I have been taking a walk in men’s shoes lately. I have some opinions, some of them pretty common sense, some of them kind of philosophical, about men’s content in SL. I have already expressed some of this in other venues, but I will continue to pursue them in my mind and perhaps in this blog or my other.

The Man Show

Regardless, you all get the benefit. Today’s ensemble came from a gift set (not a freebie) that machang Pichot set out for sale so people could purchase transferable gifts for their friends for the holidays (in other words, I am not sure it’s still available). It was a godsend for many a woman purchasing for men on the grid and a steal. machang’s work is top-notch, between the incredible use of sculpty prims, the beautiful and realistic textures, and the amazing styling. I mean, check the butt on these jeans. To DIE for. A man could get one of these gift packages and walk out into SL knowing he was suave and sexy.

The Man Show

One thing a friend pointed out to me, and this has nothing to do with this outfit, is that being a man in SL and being fashionable, is a difficult task. Yes, we know—there are no decent hair choices, the clothes suck, etc. But beyond that, the attachments for men, the ways of styling an avatar that was birthed originally from a female shape (it’s true! Ruth was the mother of us all…) and then codifying men’s fashion into this world—it’s amazing it gets done at all. And then add to that that most men are pretty deficient in fashion sense. It’s surprising more men aren’t walking around with just t-shirts and jeans! It’s to machang Pichot’s credit that this amazingly handsome look came out.

The Man Show

I show Tricky Boucher’s skin Ewan II here on my male shape (still a work in progress). I have to say I inevitably send men to Belleza because the skins are realistic, manly, and proportionate. He does photosource but he combines his photosourcing with good blending so the entire body is seamless. As I understand, Tricky will be coming out with two more men’s skins in the next week or two—definitely Thomas, which is the whole line corresponding to the male skin he offered as a gift at Le.Look and another. I can’t wait to see them.

Bryce Tully’s new hair tops my head. When men IM to ask where to get decent hair, I am ready for them with a notecard of places. Bryce shows up on my list, but not on many other’s and I am not sure why. We are all, appropriately, in love with the hair that Maddox DuPont makes (cuz it’s darn good) but folks like Bryce have been putting it out there for a while and keep working on it and making it better.

The Man Show

Handsome is as handsome does:

Hair: Bryce ~ Dexter – Coffees – Espresso by Bryce Tully for Bryce Designs

Skin: -Belleza- Ewan v2 SK 1 (hair) by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Jacket and Shirt: AOHARU_BT_LeatherTailoredJK_withShirtBK_DarkBrown by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Pants: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim_Black by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Scarf: AOHARU_BT_KnitScarf_G2_Snow/ChocoFudge by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Boots: ANEXX_2WayBeltLaceupBoots_Gray/Male by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Hot Winter

This post introduces SC Tracy, a friend and associate and a RL man! He is also now an occasional guest blogger for menswear right here. This doesn’t mean I will be giving up the menswear gig—just means SC is going to bring a different perspective to it once in a while. (Actually, this guest blog is here because SC spent so much time telling me to change my hair, my skin, and my shoes for the last menswear blog that I told him he should try it. So he did!)

Only on SL can I defy my mom’s perennial orders not to leave home during the winter with an open coat…or a shirt. I live in NYC so going and coming from the gym today in 22 degrees with a windchill of God-knows-what got me thinking the obvious: Winter’s different in SL–it isn’t cold.

Hot Winter

I took a trip to Coco Homme. In typical SC Tracy fashion, I got the Flight Jacket in both brown and black (I like to be prepared) so why not pick up the Slim Fit Pants in both black and white? Hey, what the hell, the Slim Jeans Belt, too. It turned out to be one of the easier ones to adjust the size of I’ve found.

The fit on the pants is perfect. I love the rise. The prim bottoms make it very easy to adjust the length for whatever shoe your wearing—like the old-school kicks I picked up from Soreal.

Hot Winter

The jacket is worthy of RL runway, sexy and a major construction. The zipper’s realism is a superb detail. A realistic weathered leather bound by great prim work throughout the design. Adjustable cuffs. Stitched black leather trim detailing front and back, a great collar shape and a cozy shearling lining.

Hot Winter

The kicks, well what can I say? As I wrote before about SOREAL Superstars, it’s hard to parlay a pair of prim kicks into a reason for living, but these come close. Scripted and easy to fit, and very authentic, down to the logo design on the heel, shell toe and broken-in detailing.

Hot Winter

Smokin:

Hair: Uw.St  Ilias-Hair type-B size-LL  black by Din Raymaker for Uw.St

Skin: *SaWoDe* Falcon Light Skin FACE 2 by WolfM Voyager for SaWoDe

Jacket:  *COCO*Homme_FlightJacket, Black by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Pants:  *COCO*Homme_SlimFitPants, Black by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Belt: *COCO*Homme_SlimJeansBelt, Black by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Tats: Roosters Dragon Tatoo Light by Achilles Hartshon for Roosters and Chix

Shoes: SOREAL Superstars by Kwamey Pinion for SOREAL

Poses by SC Tracy.

Day Off

I’m having one of those days when I just want to run away and take the day off. I don’t want to do my hair, dress up, sort my notecards, talk to anyone—I just want to be left alone to torture prims or something.

Day Off

I want to wear something comfy, so I put on this really cute tank top from Babyhoney Bailey. The former model is now a fashion maker herself, and wow, she really does some great work. I LOVE this tank—the subtle shadows, the print with the vintage ladies, the flirty skirt.

Day Off

I paired it up with jeans from Miseria Daines. They are really well done with rips and wrinkles and that sort of relaxed grungy feel that is so important on a day like today.

Day Off

My hair’s a mess, thanks to Kavar Cleanslate. This style is my wavy hair, loosely tied, needing a wash probably. But still looking cute!

Finally, slip on clogs from sakka Flow. Easy, comfy, ideal when I am flopping around the sim, trying to force a prim to my will and ignoring the blue screens in the corner.

Day Off

Well after realizing how cute I look, the day is looking up:

Hair: Exile Monica/coffee by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm m1by Lorac Farella for Pulse *

Top: Djinn & Tonic – Vintage Tank (Femme Faces) by Babyhoney Bailey for Djinn & Tonic

Jeans: [Miseria] Bitter Jeans – Dust by Miseria Daines for [Miseria]

Clogs: Sakka’s Studio ** Clog Shoes/ Caramel buckskin by sakka Flow for Sakka’s Studio

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