On the Isle of Capri

On the Isle of Capri

Open my heart and you will see
Graved inside of it, “Italy.” – Robert Browning

The Isle of Capri

One of the benefits of living this life is that I have friends all over the world who travel all over the world. I have received purses from Singapore, spices from Croatia, and recently, photos of a Capri sunset. So while I am stuck at home with a new dog and hot muggy weather, I get an update on everyone else’s vacation. So I thought I would dress up in this tropical look to imagine my own vacation on the Isle of Capri. Start with this beautiful tropical print dress from Kim Lysette, which includes a texture-change HUD allowing several different tropical looks with coordinating belt. Then add the gorgeous almost-antique necklace Sigifaust is featuring at Shiny Shabby. It includes a HUD for switching out the metal pieces. Finally, shoes from Aleida Rhode, great wedges that fit both Slink and Maitreya feet.

The Isle of Capri

I couldn’t help but use the LeLutka mesh head applier from Monicuzza Babenco that she is featuring at this month’s Shiny Shabby. For some reason, I love in particular how she has managed to make a useful applier with makeup choices and a gorgeous skin and wonderful features that suits all the head shapes. Kuranosuke Kamachi’s newest hair was a perfect fit for this vacation look with great textures and with this particular color, a great fade to sunkissed, bleached ends.

The Isle of Capri

Hair: =DeLa*= Fitted Mesh Hair “Fern” All colors by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*= *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: *YS&YS* Samantha Tone04 Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at Shiny Shabby *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Hope~ Abyss Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: LEGENDAIRE JENNIFER DRESS by Kim Lysette for Legendaire, available at FAD Fashion Event *

Jewelry: ieQED vita.necklace.black by Sigifaust for ieQED, available at Shiny Shabby *

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Maitreya – Dark Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Elysium – Birgitte wedge (Maitreya) – poppy red by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Poses by Luna Jubilee for !bang, available at Shiny Shabby *

The Isle of Capri

Mina at Hair Fair 2015

Mina at Hair Fair 2015

Gorgeous hair!

Mina at Hair Fair 2015

You knew Mina Nakamura would come up with some great casual styles for Hair Fair. She’s one of the engines of hair production in SL, grinding out great styles for events. Her three looks proves she has developed her work over the years. With a great texture-change HUD and a clear desire to make styles in her vision, getting a Mina hair means you will be getting something well crafted which doesn’t look like all the others.

Mina at Hair Fair 2015

Inka Mexicola has brought this delicate, lovely skin to Kustom9. With this casual look, it’s pretty and sexy. My outfit from Kim Lysette includes her great textures and style with a bit of fun thrown in and I wore Caelan Hancroft’s cute necklace to accent the look.

Mina at Hair Fair 2015

Hair by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Hair Fair 2015 *

  • MINA Hair – Nicolet
  • MINA Hair – Lizzy
  • MINA Hair – Grace

Skin: Essences [Lou-Ann] medium01 *brunette* by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Kustom9 *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – dark blue by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Outfit: LEGENDAIRE ONE MORE TIME by Kim Lysette for Legendaire *

Necklace: Cae :: Heart of Glass :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft for Cae *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Mina at Hair Fair 2015

The Best of What Might Be

The Best of What Might Be

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ~ Charles Bowden

The Best of What Might Be

Summertime brings so much light and happiness, which is good because it needs to hold me through the other parts of the year. I put on this little dress from Kim Lysette, who has opened her own store with her partner, Dean, and remembered what summer is all about. With separate texture change for both the top and the skirt, I can make up a variety of looks with this one dress and it’s available at a ridiculously low price. Kim has always had terrific textures and a great sense of style, so her new store is bound to have something for everyone. My look is accented with bangles from Monicuzza Babenco, one of many selections at Oh My Gacha, and my shoes are a charming look with diamond studded fish bones from Ashleey Andrew. I saw this handbag from ThePierrot at Origami and had to have it.

The Best of What Might Be

Aleida Rhode put out this skin at Anybody and it comes with every kind of applier imaginable. I have heard from several designers what a tedious bit of work it is doing appliers, so when you put on your mesh body, thank that creator in your head. I added to her lovely face with liner from Constance Daehlie and lipgloss from Soleil Reid. Shylah Honey is featuring this darling side-swept ponytail at Season’s Story when it opens. With strands coming loose, it’s a perfect idea of my summer: casual and fun.

The Best of What Might Be

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Lettice Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at Season’s Story *

Skin: Elysium – Aneko skin (cleav/dark brow) – chai by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at Anybody *

Eyes: {Dead Apples} Solar Eyes II – Sea by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Eyeliner: #adored – go to liners – simple fade by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Lips: {D.A} Lipgloss by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: LEGENDAIRE – Lilly Dress by Kim Lysette for Legendaire *

Bangles: *YS&YS* Rodi Bangles 06 by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at Oh My Gacha *

Handbag: C L A Vv. Natsu Bag Blue by ThePierrot for C L A Vv., available at Origami

Shoes: Garbaggio // Fishbone Sandals (Maitreya) by Ashleey Andrew for Garbaggio *

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

The Best of What Might Be

The Clerihew

The Clerihew

Fashionista Harper Beresford
Blogs what all this great hair is for.
She went shopping to satisfy her muse
and came home with a shitload of shoes.

~ Me

The Clerihew

I subscribe to A.Word.A.Day, and this week they are featuring light poetry words. One of the words was “clerihew.”

PRONUNCIATION:

(KLER-uh-hyoo)

MEANING:

noun: A humorous, pseudo-biographical verse of four lines of uneven length, with the rhyming scheme AABB, and the first line containing the name of the subject.

Of course, I had to take my turn at it, which you see above.

I satisfied my fashionista instinct this blog post with a darling little dress from Beanster Potato that comes with her fantastic texture-change HUD that allows different top colors, all for one low price. My shoes from Kim Lysette have the same fantastic option as does my necklace from Bastchild Lotus. Even my little lunchbox from Moonbubble Gothly’s gacha at Luck of the Irish has a HUD! (And I show several versions on this blog for kicks.)

The Clerihew

Shylah Honey made waves on waves for the new Liaison Collaborative, the theme of which is Bon Voyage. I think she was trying to channel Rose with the casual elegance of these locks. (The back is just as pretty with waves tumbling down.)

Skin Fair is going on and Systi Cisse is offering two skins, one of which is this one that I wear without a mesh body but with Slink hands and feet. The face itself has a very clean gentle palette so I played with the lipstick and eyeshadow included with the skin, having a bit of fun in the process and created a lovely look, especially with Soleil Reid’s eyes from The Men’s Dept.

The Clerihew

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Gardner Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Skin: [sYs] SKIN – AYU M01 (brown brows) with [sYs] SKIN – Tintable Eyeshadows (modifiable color) (new) and [sYs] SKIN – AYU Tintable Lips (modifiable color) by Systi Cisse for [sYs], available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Aqua by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples, available at The Men’s Dept.

Dress: 20.FIVE Mesh: Sus Dress by beanster Potato for 20.FIVE *

Necklace: L&B “Pear Drop” Necklace by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Lunch box: [ bubble ] Random Lunch Box by Moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ], available at The Luck of the Irish *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 Casual and Bag by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 223 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Shoes: [LaVian&C0] FW2015 Amanda Heel by Kim Lysette for LaVian & Co. *

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

The Clerihew

Lula

Lula

“He knew more about the death of Lula Landry than he had ever meant or wanted to know; the same would be true of virtually any sentient being in Britain. Bombarded with the story, you grew interested against your will, and before you knew it, you were so well informed, so opinionated about the facts of the case, you would have been unfit to sit on a jury.” ~ Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

Lula

I have been sitting on that quote a long time to use it for a look and it seems perfect because this look reminds me of Lula Landry, the tragically murdered model from Robert Galbraith’s/J.K. Rowling’s first book about the private investigator, Cormoran Strike. I read the book enthusiastically before I knew Harry Potter’s creator had written it—it really is well-written and incredibly enjoyable with full-fleshed characters and a great plot. Cormoran Strike is a complex and incredibly interesting man. Clearly Harry Potter isn’t the only one she has in her. Now she has a new one coming out in June and I can’t wait!

My Lula is fashionable, of course, but also gentle in the way Lula in the book was. She was not sharp, not a Naomi Campbell. She is a woman of mixed-race, adopted by a wealthy family, clearly loved by them. And loved greatly by the public as well, being beautiful and gentle as she is. So it’s a shock when she has been murdered. This gorgeous maxi-dress from Kim Lysette is a fashionista’s dream with its great silhouette and texture-change HUD (6 variations of this texture) and ridiculously inexpensive at 55L at Fi*Friday. I embellished with a gorgeous new necklace from AvaGardner Kungler, who contributes the best jewels to the grid. As always, her use of color and shape is what amazes.

Lula

My absolutely drop-dead gorgeous skin, the impetus for bringing Lula back, is from Shantia Soulstar. This was one of my favorite skins at Skin Fair this year, breathtaking in its beauty, proportions, and coloring. Her included makeups are subtle enough that the beauty of the skin and the avatar shine through. And with these gorgeous eyes from Umazuma Metaluna and this gorgeous long hair with trimmed bangs framing my face from Truth Hawks, my Lula is every bit the gorgeous, graceful model I imagined.

Lula

“He had never been able to understand the assumption of intimacy fans felt with those they had never met.” ~ Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

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

Skin: Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Dk Brows with Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Eyeshadow 07 and Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Lips 08 by Shantia Soulstar for Zoul Creations, available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 1) *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Maple eye – Indian Summer by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery

Dress: [LG]KC Sp14 Lego House Maxi Dress by Kim Lysette for LivGlam/K Collection, available at Fi*Friday *

Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Arara necklace – copper by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Djinn Immortal copper by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

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

A Good Man, Understand?

A Good Man, Understand?

I’ve traveled for miles around
Seems like everybody wanna put me down
Because I’m a bluesman
But I’m a good man, understand

I went down to the bus station
Look upon the wall
My money is too light people
Couldn’t go no where at all
I’m a bluesman
But I’m a good man, understand

The burden that I carry, oh is so heavy
It seems like ain’t nobody in this great big world
That would wanna, wanna help old B.
Hey, but I’ll, I would be all right people
Just give me a break, good things come
To those who wait, and I’ve waited a long time
I’m a bluesman
But I’m a good man, understand

~ “Blues Man” by B.B. King

A Good Man, Understand?

The lyrics are not about me—they are about a good man I met through SL who changed my trajectory in SL in the best way possible. Dirk Talamasca, the original Land Baron, the blues man, the Black Hat, mentor, and original FIC, is terribly ill right now. His brother has been sending reports via Dirk’s account in Facebook and has said Dirk has taken a turn for the worse. If you’re an oldbie in SL like me, you knew Dirk, probably personally as I did. He rented land to people, he mentored, he argued, he encouraged, AND he flirted shamelessly. He was a strong, lively personality that helped shape the SL we all know in so many ways no one will ever be able to list them all. I feel so unable to articulate Dirk’s importance to SL, to the community, to what we all have become. Take my word for it—he’s a big deal.

So this post is dedicated to Dirk with a blues song and a sexy look because, frankly, Dirk never shied away from enjoying being a man.

I start the look with this sexy dress from Kim Lysette at LivGlam from the K Collection. The dress comes with a HUD with 20 different textures on it so when you purchase it, you basically get the ultimate fat pack. The mesh fits well—I barely had to modify my shape for it to fit me to a T. Sexy high heeled shoes from Eboni Khan make my legs look long. (Please note, I am wearing size S feet and they fit the shoe perfectly. I can not guarantee if you use a different sized Slink foot that they will fit as well.) I used green polish on my fingernails and pink the on toenails, both from the same HUD set from Sasy Scarborough. My jewelry is one of the sets Maxi Gossamer is offering at Collabor88 with color change stones.

A Good Man, Understand?

Umazuma Metaluna is premiering this gorgeous, luscious skin at Skin Fair 2014. With bee stung lips and a blushing countenance, Uma offers the skin in 8 tones with blush and glow layers and a unique set of lip tattoos that come in different intensities so you can custom color them using the SL editor to your pleasure. I tinted my lips with a very slight orange, aiming for a natural coral.

My eye makeup is one of the bold looks that Madrid Solo is selling at Skin Fair 2014. As per her usual work, the colors are bold and arresting but not garish. The eyeliner gives a special sexiness to this look. The set includes 15 eyeshadows and 14 lipsticks.

Finally, Mirja Mills has released this gorgeous, pulled back hair with a combo of mesh and flexi prims. Paired with the widow’s peak hairbase she includes, it’s a gorgeous look with sexy curly locks.

eA Good Man, Understand?

Hey, but I’ll, I would be all right people
Just give me a break, good things come
To those who wait, and I’ve waited a long time
I’m a bluesman
But I’m a good man, understand

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * HONEY* by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Quiana – Bare face(honey) DB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Quiana Lip Intensity 3 (modified) and [theSkinnery] Quiana gloss 1 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at the Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 2) (opens March 14!) *

Makeup: Madrid Solo- Eyes & Lips- Seductress  Aqua Eye Cosmetic by Madrid Solo for Madrid Solo, available at the Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 2) (opens March 14!) *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Chocolate eyes – Sea Salt Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[ W14] Mama Said by Kim Lysette for LivGlam/K Collection *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Earrings – Part-Time Boho Princess by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail Appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – Set 200 and Flair – Toenails Applier Slink A/E – Set 200 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High S by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: ::HH:: Hucci Riverton Sandal Silver – Moonglow  by Eboni Khan for Hucci, available at Collabor88

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

A Good Man, Understand?

Persevere

Persevere

Of the Earth signs, Taurus most relate to an unmoving force of nature that has become wise through perseverance.

Persevere

I was born under the sign of Taurus, and I represent my sign well. Some will feel I have stubbornness, but I prefer to think of it as perseverance and steadiness. One blog I read suggested that the Taurus wants to get things done, and that pretty much sums me up. Taureans also love material things, beauty, the earth, the sensual and the grounded. “Down-to-earth” is how many describe me.

Persevere

This outfit is a perfect choice for me as a Taurean. It combines a cozy long sweater with artistically patterned leggings and sexy red heels. Made with a texture that makes the sweater seem plush and expensive, the outfit from Kim Lysette, which she has at LivGlam this weekend for 55L, is nevertheless a deal, which is important to Taureans, who like to spend on beautiful things but also want to make sure they have financial security.  My shoes, a buy at 70L, are AvaGardner Kungler’s offering at The Dressing Room Fusion. Beauty on the cheap is a great thing.

queue's hair

My hair is one of Queue Marlowe’s Arcade pieces. At 50L a pop, it’s well worth it because she gives you a full array of colors in each hair and has included a darling little charm for every sun sign. She gave me the Taurus to show after I stubbornly insisted I wanted it. (Go figure.) My skin is a melange of pieces from the Aria set from Aida Ewing at the Arcade. She has configured it cleverly so you can get add-on pieces and mix and match for a great look. Pretty blue eyes from Isabelle Requiem, for the One Word event, complete the look.

Persevere

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci (Taurean)

Hair: AD – Star Struck – TAURUS – light reds by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available in all 12 signs at The Arcade TODAY *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Aria skin – Asia – Combination 07 G with -Glam Affair – Aria – Eyeliner or 02-Glam Affair – Aria – Lipstick Vinta – 03 by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at The Arcade TODAY *

Eyes: [Brixley] Woeful Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at OneWord *

Outfit: [LG]KC Winter 14- Praise You by Kim Lysette for the K Collection at LivGlam *

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

Shoes: (Kunglers) TDRF 033 – Donna pump – Cardinal by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *