Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ~ Scott Adams

Ripple Effect

Funny how you meet a new person and it ripples through your life. Suddenly you are thinking of something you discussed and it affects how you do something else or it comes back to you days later while you are doing something else. It’s a ripple effect, when a new person enters your life. And it’s a ripple effect when you do something good for others. A positive push to the world.

Having put in my little bit for the day, let me show you this sexy ensemble, mostly made of stuff from the Black Fair, which is opening today. Start with this sexy dress from Cynthia Ultsch. Cynthia favors curviness over anything and this dress has it in spades with a sexy shape and gorgeous color. I accessorized with a new mesh belt from Mirja Mills and pearls that Maxi Gossamer is offering at the Black Fair. BabyChampagne Sass is offering these studded heels at the Black Fair as well.

Ripple Effect

My sexy skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s lovely exclusive for the Black Fair. With sensual glossy lips and a heavily lined cat eye, it’s arresting. My long hair is one of Truth Hawk’s new releases. I chose the fade in teal to work with the dress.

Ripple Effect

Every positive change has a ripple effect.

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Carrie [Roots] – LightBrowns03Fade by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Valentina Tan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::., available at the Black Fair *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Gem Eyes – green by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic

Dress: [Cynful] Sexy Back Dress in teal by Cynthia Ultsch for Cynful, available at the Black Fair *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Alexa Black Choker Pearls – Group 2 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at the Black Fair *

Belt: .:EMO-tions.. * TALULAH* belt by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Summer lover Special editionCDblk by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at the Black Fair *

Poses by Audrey Guter for Purple Poses, available at the Black Fair *

Picasso Baby

Picasso Baby

“I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of not trying.” ~ Jay-Z

Picasso Baby

Jay Z, the rap star, the husband of Beyonce and daddy to Blue, is not just a rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, and rich man—he’s also an art collector. Recently he decided to do his own form of performance art called “Picasso Baby” at the Pace Gallery in New York. I first read an article about it in Vulture by Jerry Saltz and then found the video a couple weeks later. The critic, Jerry Saltz, loved it. “Maybe I was smitten by fame. I stayed for just about the whole six hours, and all I can say is that I don’t think I saw one instance where Jay-Z was not totally there, in the moment, working the energy.”

I was impressed by his summary: “I went in doubting. I left elated.”

That has nothing to do with what I have on except the idea of energy, giving and getting. The article said Jay Z would not put up with schmaltz—he wanted genuine energy and he fed off it for his performance. I really liked that idea. When I see stuff I want to blog, I am looking for that authentic energy… and joy in creation. Ariadna Garrigus continues to produce joyful work, it seems to me. This nightclub dress—translucent with shimmering silver stitchwork—is a case in point. She pushes her expertise with mesh by making this body-conscious see-through piece with matching mesh panties.

Picasso Baby

This sexy posing chair is Rogan Diesel’s contribution to FaMESHed. My skin is Tricky Boucher’s contribution to The Boutique. My jewelry is Maxi Gossamer’s contribution to Limited Bazaar and United Fashion Project. And my eyes are gorgeous peepers that Isabelle Requiem has for sale at TDR Fushion. My hair is Catwa Clip’s newest, a sexy up and down ‘do with wisps around the decolletage and face and a great HUD for changing hair color.

Picasso Baby

“I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man!” ~ Jay Z

Hair: ^;^CaTwA^;^ Mesh TNT by Catwa Clip for ^;^CaTwA^;^

Skin: -Belleza- Ava Med TLC 3 by by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, at The Boutique *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Melanie Eyes – light green by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at TDR Fusion

Dress: ***Arisaris Igs85  Gersemi Disco Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry set: MG – Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet – Bridget’s Faith Heart Ring by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Limited Bazaar *

Ring: MG – Rings – Talia Cluster by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at United Fashion Project *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Chevron Set – Cool Colors by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Lauren d’Orsay – Jewel Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Diesel Works – Bella Chair by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations, available at FaMESHed *

Le Fleur

La Fleur

“I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

La Fleur

Flowers fill the my world right now. The summer has been blessedly beautiful and perfect for flowers and other plants. My basil is absolutely magnificent; my impatiens are full and vibrant in my window boxes. I have a hanging basket of pink geraniums that is more flowers than leaves.

So I was attracted to a few pieces at the Love Donna Flora event because of their floral theme. First was this elegantly sexy dress from SamanthaSJones with big blossoming flowers and a great shape. Long sleeves that billow out slightly lead up to a sexy low cut neckline and a hem that pulls up in front and in back. I really love how Samantha uses texture on all her clothes. She doesn’t just recolor—she uses pattern and colors to create sheen and interest. This dress if one of her generous donation pieces for Love Donna Flora and comes in six colorways.

La Fleur

My shoes are also a donation for Squinternet Larnia from Gospel Voom. With a beautiful blowsy blossom print on them, they match the dress perfectly, and are blooming great with Gos’ great color match system. Fun poses from Lashae Karsin, also completely donated for Love Donna Flora, help me show everything off.

Aida Ewing is donating proceeds from a few skins at Love Donna Flora, but I am ashamed to say this is not one of them. I preferred how this red lip looked with the dark hair from Mirja Mills, featured at the Hair Fair (closing Sunday so get over there and help Wigs for Kids). With pretty blue eyes from Keiba Resident, available at the Seraphim Social, and a gorgeous necklace from Maxi Gossamer, this look is elegant and chic—hence not just a flower but “la fleur.”

La Fleur

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. *ROMANCE*/ chocolate by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., available only at Hair Fair 2013 *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Katya – America 04 F by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Pearl eye -Pacific Blue- (large) by Keiba for Umeboshi, available at The Seraphim Social

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Sessie Print Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Love Donna Flora *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Tarentella Gypsy – Group ALL by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Long by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Lauren D’Orsay – Flora Satin by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique, available at Love Donna Flora

Poses by Lashae Karsin for Flash Friendly Poses, available at Love Donna Flora *

Fresh Peaches

Fresh Peaches

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.” ~ Alice Walker

Fresh Peaches

My mom gave me two dozen peaches that I now have to find something to do with. We have had grilled peaches, peach cobbler, frozen peach yogurt and raw peaches. The rest are getting frozen. Summer always brings a bounty. That is not what this blog is about but I have peaches on the brain as they sit down there waiting for me and quickly ripening.

This blog is about some shiny new options. First, let me talk about my jumpsuit from Ariadna Garrigus. Long and lean and tied with a  great big bow, this mesh jumpsuit will take you from shopping to clubbing in no time, especially with these great heels from Synny Whelan, who has added an option to show studs and lace in any color. I opted for lace in black and black toenails. I love options!

Fresh Peaches

Speaking of options, Queue Marlowe has come out with a new way to wear her hair—she includes a HUD with her three newest styles.

Fresh Peaches

Queue has, of course, so many options, it’s almost impossible to choose. Each hair comes with 12 color choices and, depending on the shade, up to 17 ombre fades. Additionally, she includes a tinting option so you can tint to whatever you want. This hair is entirely customized by me. This is how I got the look I am showing:

1. I chose the Shea/purple ombre fade.

2. Then I went to the tinting and started messing around until I found a shade of pink I liked and upon clicking it, I chose the load option in the pop up menu.

Fresh Peaches

3. I realized my hair base would not match so I determined the base from the handy graphic Queue has included with the hair and copied the base. Then, using edit appearance, I tinted the hair base to match the hair.

No one else on the grid has this hair. It’s unique to me. That’s options!

Fresh Peaches

Speaking of options… you can now get the fancy pants specular maps in the SL Viewer. I had turned it on and forgotten until I was taking photos of this gorgeous necklace by Maxi Gossamer that is offered at Collabor88 and I saw the light play across it (that’s the purple you see there—it’s way cooler live). I was so pleased to see that! To turn it on, make sure you click “Advanced Lighting Model” in Preferences > Graphics.

I am wearing Aida Ewing’s skin for Collabor88, which opened yesterday and is, of course, packed. As always, she presents a fresh face with glowing features and gorgeous classic eyebrows, nose and lips.

Fresh Peaches

Men, like peaches and pears, grow sweet a little while before they begin to decay. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hair: AD – ism – light blondes by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Lulu ( Jamaica ) 02 B by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: pearl – dry fern – medium medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Outfit: ***ArisAris Igs80 Jusuibo B&W Jumpsuit by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry: Mg – Necklace – Positano Night Jewel – Short – SILVER with MG – Ring – Positano Night Jewel – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Shoes: 7E Wilshire *L&L* by Syntella Rhapsody for Seven Exits *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Seduction

Seduction

Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price. ~ Jean Baudrillard

Seduction

A long slinky dress in black with little flickers of skin showing, a strappy sandal, a sexy back, long wavy hair and deep red lips and nails. Who could be immune to this seduction? This incredibly sexy dress is a creation by Joeylin, who has exploded with gorgeous, sexy content since I last saw her shop a few months ago. The texture on this dress is peekaboo, as many of her textures are, though this is incorporated with the dress (the dress includes both lighter and darker skin versions).

I am wearing Gospel Voom’s latest shoe, the Eva. It’s a classic, old-school vamp with a stiletto heel. As always, the skin matching is a breeze with his special matched library of skins. I colored the nails red and ran out to get Jamman’s mesh nails, which I had been hearing a lot about in Fashion Emergency. With a special hud, I can adjust to three lengths and several colors of red with the set I bought.

Seduction

Tricky Boucher probably has the most seductive skins in SL. With soft and sexy features, the Shyla skin has a ton of attraction power, especially with the red lips I added from the set. Long wavy locks from Truth Hawks’ new collection soften the look, making me old-school movie star fabulous and Deco jewelry from Tiffy Vella adds elegance and completes the look.

Seduction

Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality. It’s part of the sizzle. ~ Camille Paglia

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Candy – LightBrowns04 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Shyla Sk 0 with -Belleza- Shy/Betty SK lips 0 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Aspen (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON*

Dress: Joeys Mesh Black Leather Sheer Effect Gown by Joeylin for Paisley Daisy

Jewelry: Eclectica Deco Knot necklace and bracelet-pale silver by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Nails: LITE Fingernails Mesh rigged round by Jamman for Jamman Jewels & Accessories

Shoes: [Gos] Eva Slingback – Colour Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Up above
Aliens hover
Making home movies
For the folks back home…

I wish that they’d swoop down in a country lane
Late at night when I’m driving
Take me on board their beautiful ship
Show me the world as I’d love to see it

Subterranean Homesick Alien

Sometimes Radiohead lyrics mean nothing–or snippets do. But this song is an actual story—and I like it. Who would we meet on board their beautiful ship?

Subterranean Homesick Alien

I climbed aboard Matchbook Monday’s new beautiful ship when I went to see her new jewelry store, Amorous, and I was shown the world as I love to see it. The build itself is pretty impressive—a lift takes you to the showroom floor with jewelry of amazing quality and textures. (It’s such an impressive build I actually shot on site and you are being subjected to a few extra shots.) Matchbook built the entire build herself—which shows she really has the chops to make things, big or small, in SL.

Subterranean Homesick Alien

The feature of this blog, of course, is her jewelry. The necklace and earrings I am wearing include color changing scripts so you can choose a variety of color combos between the gems, making the necklace infinitely versatile. Most of her jewelry features such flexibility. She is still filling the store with goodies but what she has already is amazing. I love her use of offset circles and rich textures in many of her pieces. I can feel the weight and quality of this jewelry just looking at it.

My skin is one of Juliette Westerburg’s distinctive looks, one I believe I got as an exclusive a year ago. Juliette likes to play with ideas and looks, breaking outside the box of normal SL makeup with her hand-drawn pieces, which suits this beautiful jewelry. My hair is from Elikapeka Tiramisu, the grande dame of hair in SL.

Subterranean Homesick Alien

My dress is one of the lovely offerings for the Platinum Hunt from Zoey Gabardini. She gives you this dress with both silver and gold bodices and the terrific sculpty skirt for a mere 10L. The hunt’s still on—don’t forget. My boots are from Bax Coen, and I want to note that Bax has done somethign I wish a lot of shoe and boot makers would do. She has made it so you can exchange your old Prestige boots for new versions that include invisiprims that can be clicked off. This is important because 1. we don’t need invisiprims in most clients anymore—the alpha layer solves our cankle problem and 2. invisiprims cause icky problems when using shadows. I ran to get my replacement boots when I went to do these photos so I could show the beauty of the boots and the build—not my invisiprims.

Subterranean Homesick Alien

I’d tell all my friends
But they’d never believe
They’d think that I’d finally lost it completely

I’d show them the stars
And the meaning of life
They’d shut me away
But I’d be all right
All right..

~ “Subterranean Homesick Alien” by Radiohead

Hair: [e] Comfort – White 05 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Skin: -tb- {Pale} Space Mod – Light Winged Brows by Juliette Westerburg for tres blah

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

Eyelashes: [LeLutka]-2011 lashes/long by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Dress: -paper.doll- PlatinumHunt by Zoey Gabardini for -paper.doll-, available in the Platinum Hunt *

Jewelry: : Amorous : Refrain by Matchbook Monday for : Amorous : *

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

Subterranean Homesick Alien

They’re all uptight.. uptight.

Taken on site at Amorous at the Matchbook sim

Homecoming

I saw our town’s Homecoming parade the other day and had to explain to my son what “Homecoming” is. (For my non-American readers, it’s a tradition in high schools and colleges in the US to welcome back former residents and alumni for a weekend. Typically there is a parade, football game, and dance or party. It’s a big deal for teenagers.) More friends have come back to SL, so it’s homecoming there too. It’s amazing—once this place has a grip on you, you can’t leave—not forever. Welcome back, Rouns and Hung. I am still waiting on Peter :P

Homecoming

This is all gonna tie together.. you’ll see. First off, let me talk about this gorgeous dress from Mami Jewell. Mami has grown her business with dresses of elegance and drama. This dress is no exception. With the lush purple texture running in gentle folds over my avatar, the spectacular ruffles surrounding the face and decolletage, it’s a dress that could push into melodrama but doesn’t because of her muted textures and minimal decoration.

Homecoming

Anyone who is familiar with the dress knows I left a beautiful waist piece off. That is because I wanted the main decoration for this ensemble to be Abraxxa Anatine’s newest offering, a choker and earring set. Abraxxa is offering this set at the 2010 Jewelry Fair, and it’s probably one of the loveliest pieces in the whole fair (which is saying a lot because there are a ton of wonderful pieces). Abraxxa, I am sure most would agree, is the one of the most prolific and amazing jewelry builders in SL, and this piece is no exception with its elegantly draped chains and brilliant gem textures. Where else will you find a black opal like this in SL?

Homecoming

Abraxxa packs even more goodness into her jewelry by including scripts which will allow you to make them your own. In this case, the locket opens and allows you to load up to 100 photos of loved ones. (In this case, my grumpy old man avatar is the one you see here as he holds a special place in my heart.) I will be loading photos of my friends—the ones still in SL and the ones who have yet to attend Homecoming. You are all dear to me.

Homecoming

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. ~ Anais Nin

Hair: >TRUTH< Leighton 2 – mahogany by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: [ ama garijus ][ sunset ][ vixen ][ bald] by SinSister Chastity for <TheAbyss>

Dress: -AZUL- Reine /Amethyst  for “Keep A Child Alive” by Mami Jewell for AZUL

Necklace: EarthStones Gothique Choker Locket – Gold/Opal Mosaic by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones, available at the 2010 Jewelry Fair *

Earrings: EarthStones Gothique Earrings –  Gold/Opal Mosaic by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones, available at the 2010 Jewelry Fair *