In My Jewelry Box

As you can imagine, my virtual jewelry box is a bit full, cluttered with baubles and bits and bobs of things I have accumulated over the years, including my own creations.

In My Jewelry Box

I was looking to adorn this cute new dress from Mavis McGettigan. She has piled on the great details: bows in the back tying up the halter top (which I found can be worn great on its own), a tiered skirt, and frankly, great white texturing (which is hard to do—pulling off white is quite a tough job). But because the dress is all white, I needed something pretty and special to wear.

In My Jewelry Box

So I dug out this beautiful artistic necklace and earrings made by ThomasD Felisimo. I hate to do this, but this is a one-of-a-kind necklace I won at an auction at last year’s Jewelry Fair, so you can’t get it—only I have it. The proceeds benefitted Oxfam, so cheers to ThomasD for donating his hard work and time and for letting my neck and ears wear such prettiness.

I am wearing skin from Kira Ahn, which is quite exquisite. Her skin blending is seamless, eyebrows are well defined and lovely, and lips are beautifully glossed. She is running quite a nice sale on older skins right now. You might catch this one or something else you like.

In My Jewelry Box

Finally, Morrigan Denimore passed over these shoes today. I don’t think he anticipated seeing them blogged this quickly and certainly not with an outfit like this (he tends towards goth and kimonos), but they were the perfect match to this ensemble.

In My Jewelry Box

Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles. ~ Sonja Henie

Hair: W&Y HAIR New 75 “TYPE”ALL by yukitan Farrjones for W&Y

Skin: [KA] SKINS GS -Lilly- Sunkissed/Brown Eyebrows/Make up 03 by Kira Ahn for KA designs

Dress: Skin Flicks Ruffiella Dress/Top White by Mavis McGettigan for Skin Flicks *

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for Love Soul

Necklace and earrings: Silq’waggi Circe by ThomasD Felisimo for Silk & Satyr (one of a kind for 2009 Jewelry Fair—proceeds went to Oxfam)

Shoes: ~*{TBC}*~ Rocking Horse Shoes – White by Morrigan Denimore for The Black Canary *

Unbearable Beauty

I have had, in the past few days, the opportunity to feature some beautiful designs. They are great to style, wear and photograph. Perhaps it’s the lightheadedness I get before snow comes (as are anticipating a storm here tonight) or just my sinuses acting up or perhaps that feeling of excitement about the new year, new friendships, new discoveries, but I felt absolutely heady when I photographed today’s feature (and processed this first photograph).

Unbearable Beauty

I just featured LeeZu Baxter’s work—I know. But she passed me her latest dress, and I have been looking at it over and over again, pondering how to show it in its best light. There is so much positive to say about LeeZu’s design—the textures are sumptuous and subtle all at once, the engineering is amazing, the silhouette is graceful and elegant.

Unbearable Beauty

Let me address “engineering,” which is a sort of oil and metal word for something more amazing here. LeeZu shows the sensibilities of good design in making a beautiful piece that is also functional. She has combined flexi prims with several sculpties attached at different points to create a skirt that is, at once, full in its silhouette while not being stiff. This is quite a feat. As we know, sculpties can be very inflexible and too many designers use them to make a picture-perfect item without regard for the mobility of the avatar (I am thinking of skirts from a designer that came out with a new collection this week in particular). Used creatively as LeeZu has done, they can be much more fluid. This isn’t to say I can be running around doing the lime jelly in this dress (though I did go out dancing in this—not ballroom). However, it’s a distinct improvement over lots out there.

Unbearable Beauty

I styled this dress with an absolutely exquisite skin from Kira Ahn. I had not heard about Kira’s designs until her store name was brought up in a chat in the fashion bloggers’ group. Of course, I always feel like I don’t know a quarter of what’s going on, stuck up in my studio or hastily covering holes I have dug in the terrain at RFyre. So you probably all know about her work. Kira’s skins were a revelation. The faces were well-blended and sophisticated. And they vary—she clearly works each face from ground up or almost. This particular skin would look great on many shapes (believe me—I checked it, cycling through many shapes).

Unbearable Beauty

“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”

~ Albert Camus

Hair: [Detour] Writer – Burgundy – Flexi Hair by Keri Clip for Detour

Skin: [KA] SKINS GS -Lilly- Sunkissed/Dark Eyebrows/Make up 03 by Kira Ahn for KA Designs

Dress: [LeeZu!] Aimee Gown /graybrown by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Written while listening to “Her Rotating Head” by the Bachelorettes. (The lyrics are strangely ironic.)