Iris

Iris

In the spring a livelier iris changes on the burnished dove;
In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
~ Lord Alfred Tennyson

Iris

My Siberian irises are going to bloom one day soon, I hope. I see the abundance of leaves coming out of the ground. When they arrive, it’s as if Monet visited the side of my house. This dress from Spooky Mistwallow that she is featuring at Fashionart, with its lovely abstract flower print and elegant long shape, reminded me of those irises. Spooky does use mesh templates, but she does more than just throw a texture on. She understands the silhouette of the mesh and includes artistic touches such as flower at the shoulder and this long flexi translucent scarf with a gorgeous texture to turn the dress from simply cute to gorgeously sexy.

I spent a fair amount of time finding shoes to go with the dress and discovered Freya Olivieri’s lovely sandals for Slink feet that include a texture change HUD to manage the bow, inner and outer soles and the heel. It was a perfect match!

Iris

Inka Mexicola has lately been giving us tender, expressive skins that include beautifully shaped brows, eyes and lips. I love the coloring on this skin that is being sold at The Dressing Room Fusion (which means it’s a ridiculously low price). I was so delighted to match the orchids in Carina Larsen’s new up do with the eye make-up in the skin and the flowers on Spooky’s dress. That bright blue and lavender combo is gorgeous and reminds me of the beautiful irises soon to come.

Iris

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. ~ D H Lawrence

Hair: Amacci Hair Sol ~ Natural Brown with * Amacci Hair Flowers ~ Orchids (Sol) by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Skin: Essences – Siggy TDRF01 *brunette* by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at The Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – darkest brown by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Dress: :KR: Oils On Velvet Gown – Purple  by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock , available at Fashionart *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Flat Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Slink – Baiastice’s Yara Set I HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: *MC* Heartbreaker Sandals – Lilac – [Slink Av Enhancement] by Freya Olivieri for Mon Cheri

Wrong Side of the Bed

Wrong Side of Bed

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you sad
Other things just make you swear and curse
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best…
And…

…always look on the bright side
of life…
(Whistle)

~ “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Monty Python

Wrong Side of Bed

Woke up this morning after holding off a cold all night, nearly fell out of bed, tripped over the basket of laundry that needs to be put away, knocked my knee on the nightstand—all on the way to grab a phone call from a robot who wanted to tell me how to improve my credit. Awakened this way, I felt it could only get worse and, of course, I found myself with the bottom of the cereal box in my bowl—all crumbs.

The phone rang again, this time asking for a donation. I spilled the box of almond milk reaching to get it. Someone left just one paper towel around the cardboard center—I had to run to the basement to get more. And on it goes… the quotidian problems of the life—all before even logging into SL, which has its share of “spilled milk.”

Now I could turn this into a diatribe or some rant but really, why bother? Look at it this way: I have almond milk to spill, pre-crushed cereal (no chewing needed), a bed to fall back into later, and a functioning computer. It’s not been a great start so why be a glamour puss today? Why not put on something comfy and get life taken care of?

First I start with a tank and shirt from Aikeo Rieko, who is grossly generous with anything she sells. Each shirt pack includes the tank with its specific look, which can be worn alone, but also three versions of the shirt for your styling pleasure and the needed alphas. My darling pants are from Spooky Mistwallow, who sells them in a variety of neutrals for great mix and match. The butt looks good! Sandals to go with Slink flat feet are a find from Rebeca Dembo.

Wrong Side of Bed

What really cheered me up is Aikea Reiko’s skin for Skin Fair 2014. She has been refining her skins as of late and her recent offering is lovely with a neutral face for layering on many different kinds of makeups and an even, pretty skin tone. The skins come in 7 tones with all the required appliers for fun in SL. She offers such a clean palette for her many makeups, which clearly are her joy to make and which match the delightful designs of her clothing. She is offering makeups and Slink nail appliers at Skin Fair as well.

My hair is one of Truth Hawks’ newest, a bob with a blunt cut at the bangs (love how he shows this in the wisps of hair pushed to the side). I chose to color with a blonde that included more orange tips. I love how I can select different hair color options off his HUDs.

Wrong Side of Bed

Life’s a piece of shit, when you look at it
Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true
You’ll see its all a show, keep ’em laughin’ as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you

And…
Always look on the bright side
of life…
(Whistle)

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Harriet by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: :[P]:- Astrali Skin[Basic]:// Tyvalo by Aikea Rieko for [Plastik], available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 3) *

Eyes: !Musa! Agate Eyes Wheat by Filomena Quinnell for Musa, available at We Love Roleplay

Top with shirt: :[P]:- Evanora Shirt:// Decay with :[P]:- Evanora Tank:// Proper by Aikea Rieko for [Plastik] *

Pants: :KR: Sharona Trousers – Brown by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant  Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Gesture Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Metals Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Sandals: _CD_Sweet Flats Brown by Rebeca Dembo for CandyDoll, available at Kustom9

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Cheer up, ya ol’ buggah.

Plastik at the Skin Fair 2014

The Collector

The Collector

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. ~ Thomas Merton

The Collector

If SL is a fantasy world, than my fantasy is to be an art collector. In fact, at one time, I indulged in that fantasy and had my own little person gallery of art I had collected, but now I just enjoy it in my own home. I found that I could be a fantasy art collector at a new site called curiator.com (apply for an invite), in which people can exchange their favorite art and build a collection, perhaps finding more by their favorite artists and learning about new artists. Consider it a Pinterest for fine art. (I am Harper Beresford on there as well—find me.)

For this blog entry, I imagined an art collector with a country home—a modern villa with plenty of wall space for hanging paintings and sketches and photographs. (I do realize art encompasses more than this, but indulge me here.) I pulled some pieces from my collection on curiator.com and put them up on the walls and went to town with new items from FaMESHed and Collabor88.

The Collector

Cory Edo has made a collection for FaMESHed with a sort of postmodern bent. With suggestions of earlier periods, she mixes funky with traditionalism, modernist curvy lines with varied surfaces to offer a set that seems eclectic and pulled together all at once. The furniture features a variety of PG, and if you choose to upgrade, adult poses which will make it very versatile. And I even snuck in BabyChampagne Sass’s modern trunk (as my art collector travels back and forth quite a bit).

The Collector

Putting this collection in the villa that Cory is offering at Collabor88 was a no-brainer. It all fit together. The villa itself has a large open space with two rooms off the main space and three levels climbing up. She offers it in a shadowed white, which you can customize to your pleasure. I tinted the floor and several walls to pop color in our art collector’s house and give a tension to this modern but homey space. As always she offers privacy settings, pull down blinds, and locks on the doors so art thieves can’t creep in.

The Collector

Tya Fallingbridge’s dining room set at FaMESHed is a gorgeous addition to this house. With color change built into the table and credenza and changeable fabrics on the chairs, it’s entirely customizable. The modern lines of the chairs and credenza compliment the more traditional round table and provide a handsome or beautiful look to a dining room (depending on your styling).

The Collector

Our art collector is, of course, eclectic and stylish and I tried to show this with a black pantsuit that Spooky Mistwallow has made for the Black Fair. Coupled with strappy stylish shoes from TeamRedgrave (made orange to pop), the look is sleek but also colorful, especially with Maxi Gossamer’s Limited Bazaar jewelry. Funky nails from Giela Delpaso mix it up in this colorful assemblage.

The Collector

I used the elegant gold shadowed skin from Izzie Button, a feature at the Black Fair, as my palette. With dark brows and sleekly lined eyes, the skin has a neutral lip, perfect for our art collector. And a casual wavy flip from Chiaki Xue completes the look—she doesn’t want to look contrived.

The Collector

We have art in order not to die of the truth. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Hair: *Dura-Boys&Girls*45(Dark Brown) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: Izzie’s – Kaelyn Skin pale DB (gold) by Izzie Button for Izzie’s, available at the Black Fair *

Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Skyfall (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Outfit: :KR: Glamstreet Pantsuit – Black by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock, available at the Black Fair *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet – Tarifa Neon by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Limited Bazaar *

Shoes: – Shoes Grace – 12colors R / REDGRAVE by TeamRedgrave for Redgrave

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

House:

Trompe Loeil – Modern Villa by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at Collabor88 *

Furniture:

Trompe Loeil – Oceania Brights Collection by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

[PM]Pixel Mode – Cohen Dining Set by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *

{{BSD Design studio}}Model offshore luggage brown by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at SL Fashion Week *

::PopArt:: Iwanca Lux vase by Fionna Cale for PopArt

:CP: Vita’s Lamp by Isla Gealach for Cheeky Pea

Rug Pale Paradise **Sweet Sorrows** by Colette Charleville for Sweet Sorrows

Pixelated Petals- Zen Bowl Set  and Pixelated Petals- Glass block vase w/orchids by Miko Omegamu for Pixelated Petals

MESHWORX – Flute Floor Lamp v3b (Mod/copy Only) by Loz Hyde for Meshworx

Trompe Loeil – Star Duo Ground Lamps Gold & White by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *

Wedge Table Lamp by Kaerri Rae by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri

Medallion Rug by Szabo Horn, no longer available

Art by:

Robert Rauschenberg

Michael Wolf

David Hochbaum

Jeremy Geddes

Richard Avedon

Hiroshi Yoshida

Oleg Dou

Banksy