Brick House

She’s a brick—-house
Mighty mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out
She’s a brick—-house
The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact,
ain’t holding nothing back.

~ Brick House by the Commodores

Brick House

One of the fantasies of SL is being drop dead sexy. But what IS sexy. Some think it’s waif thin, some think it’s emo, some think it’s being model-like (tall, thin and strangely proportioned). Well I think it’s being “mighty mighty.” It’s easy to do in this amazingly-built corset from Khai Sinister. Between the sculpties on top and bottom (shaping the body) and the system pieces in the middle, this corset visually cinches the body in as a good corset should. I am particularly amazed at the details shown including the well-drawn buckles, the ribbon bows and the way the textures on the sculpties match seamlessly with the body. (I will note that I changed my shape for this. The sliders all got upped a bit.)

Brick House

I am wearing Tuli Asturias’ new skin for the Gina series from The Dressing Room, which completes this smokin’ look. Tuli has come upon a clever idea here—sell the collection one by one to keep them coming back. The skins are beautiful and such a great deal—how can you beat 65L for something that looks THIS good? In the end, if she releases 10 of them a whole fat pack will be only 650L! It’s a no-brainer—go get the skins!

Brick House

Shake it down, shake it down now

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Lady Sophia-black WO/lights by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, sold exclusively at The Dressing Room

Corset: <TheAbyss> F_Gear//[Black]Pruriency_Corset by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

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

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

Spring Fling

I ran around today doing errands and enjoying the promise of spring (though there is still snow on the ground). We’re almost over that hump. We’re alllllmost there.

Spring Fling

MEB has released their spring collection and MariaElena Barbosa has a set of clothing that will put some fling in your spring. I show here a dress she sent that includes the excellently textured sculpty belt and the pumps. I love the print of this dress—it’s proportionally well done, elegant and fun at once. I like the silhouette of the whole dress, from the sculpty collar to the fun flirty skirt cinched with the belt.

Spring Fling

I accessorized with Zaara Kohime’s beautiful onyx jewelry. Not a lot of creators can cover clothing and jewelry and give both justice—Zaara pulls it off. She has wisely not decided to attempt skins or shoes. She knows where her best work is done. A peek at her offerings at the Accessory Fair is enough to make any fashionista faint (and any builder offer homage to Zaara because it’s clear she is not using a script to place her prims). Wow!

Spring Fling

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens

Hair: <TheAbyss> Hair – Secret – Light Blonde by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 06 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress with Shoes: MEB SPRING 2010 : Vogue by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB *

Bracelet: Zaara : Vyomini chained bracelet *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Earrings: Zaara : Anaya cluster earrings *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Written while listening to “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind and Fire. The music at Car Wash—it’s filling up my iTunes! Who IS that DJ?

Minimalist

I have been reading William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition, an exciting, albeit not new book that I put on my iTouch so I can sneak peeks while I am running around. I am enjoying the book greatly, following the path of Cayce Pollard, an advertising consultant, as seeks the maker of a series of video clips released on the Internet.

Cayce dresses in minimalist fashion, wearing only black usually and everything with labels ripped off. I am inspired by her fashion “sense,” though I am not replicating her look with this one. Actually, I bought a couple great pieces recently that need a plain canvas to stand out, so this is what I put together. (I may try to replicate a “CPU”—a Cayce Pollard Unit, which is what her friend calls her basic ensembles but it is a challenge in SL, where everything is so bright.)

Minimalist

Here I show a white shirt, beautifully hand drawn from Salah Axel. I was taken to Salah’s store by a connoisseur of men’s wear in SL, and I was intrigued by the basic white shirt. A staple in RL wardrobes, it’s almost non-existent in SL because it’s so hard to draw white things in SL. Salah pulls it off with subtle shadows and well constructed prim collar and cuffs.

Minimalist

I paired it with jeans from Yaszi Mornington. Yaszi’s jeans for men are some of my favorite in SL, and they fit equally well on women. The wrinkles, the proportion and the saturation of the colors are spot on. I especially like how he has done the sculpty prims at the base, though I would question lining the insides with a gray texture. I compliment them with heavy duty boots from Khai Sinister (that cyberpunk thing I am floating on right now).

I top it all with a simple ponytail from Parvarti Monday and a natural make up from Tuli Asturius. Sometimes you don’t need that much—Cayce finds it unnerving to be overdone herself. The interesting thing is that when designers strip it down to the essentials, you can see whether they really have the chops—textures become highlighted, shapes stand out. You can’t hide behind gimmicks. Both Parvarti’s simple hairstyle and Tuli’s plain skin show their clear talents. I don’t feel any less beautiful because I don’t “bling.”

Minimalist

Stripping it down:

Hair: fri. – Allison.2 – Jealous Red by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Hope  (fair/bl) natural by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Shirt: *Connors* Dress Shirts –White by Salah Axel for *Connors*

Jeans: Meriken Co. Jeans #201 by Yaszi Mornington for Meriken

Boots: <TheAbyss> NAU Combat Boots [Unisex] by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

Written while listening to “Norway” by Beach House.