Sing, Sing, Sing

Sing, Sing, Sing

When the music goes around,
Everybody’s goes go to town.
But here is one thing you should know
Sing sing sing sing everybody start to sing like dee dee dee, bah bah bah dah
Now you’re singin with a swing

~ “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Benny Goodman

Sing, Sing, Sing

Swing on over to Genre this month because the collective artists that make up the event are working on the theme of “Big Band Swing.” June Dion contributed with this great sleep dress, a mix of mesh and system pieces with a sexy tight fit and sleek, snazzy trim to make this dress have a touch of menswear style. Little music barrettes from Ravenna Rossini evoke Big Band style and wonderful shoes from Tiffy Vella, to be work with Slink feet, add wonderful vintage bows to the look. Elegant poses from Olaekna Chesnokov that she will be selling at Pose Fair, which opens April 19, dropped in my lap so I could pose dramatically.

Sing, Sing, Sing

I am, of course, dancing to the swing playing on the grammophone from Spooky Mistwallow, also available at Genre. I wore an old vintage standby—my favorite wavy style from Kin Keiko. A trip over to the Cosmetic Fair helped me dress up my luxe skin from Ava Grau. Deep red lips from Constance Daehlie and golden eye make up from Nikohl Hax makes my beautiful sing, sing, singer glamorous and read for the big screen.

Sing, Sing, Sing

Swing swing swing swing, listen to the trumpet swing
Blow blow blow blow, listen to the trombones go

Hair: kin-Jennifer-[blonde] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: *Glance Skins – Aina – SKT05 – Blonde Brows by Ava Grau for Glance

Eye makeup: .random.Matter. – Avanti Shadows – Gold Dust by Nikohl Hax for .random.Matter., available at Cosmetic Fair

Lipstick: #adored – blossom lips – velvet – medium by Constance Daehlie for adored, available at Cosmetic Fair

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – velik by Constance Daehlie for adored, available at Cosmetic Fair

Dress: ::: B@R ::: Big Band Bingo by June Dion for Bare Rose, available at Genre *

Barettes: Frogstar – Big Band Glitz Hair Clip (Gold) by Ravenna Rossini for Frogstar, available at Genre *

feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) S – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Eclectica Swing Shoe-Gold Suede by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica, available at Genre *

Prop: =Mirage= Big Band Gramophone by Spooky Mistwallow for =Mirage=, available at Genre *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo, available at Pose Fair 2014 (opens April 19) *

A Spot of Pink

As the clocks fall forward (and we gain an hour of sleep), the skies will suddenly appear dark early in my part of the world. So a bright spot of pink on an outfit lends cheer and brilliance.

A Spot of Pink

Joy Laperrier and Magnifico Miggins have recently opened a lovely sim called Euphoria which contains some of the grid’s best shopping. Included with the shopping is a rewards program based on purchases made on the sim. Hit the minimums and you begin to feel the pleasure of being a valued customer by getting discounts on your purchases. This dress by Azure Electrictooth is an exclusive item on Euphoria sim. With its retro styling and beautiful satiny skirt, it’s definitely a must-have.

A Spot of Pink

I love this retro hair from Kin Keiko with this look. A girl wearing a dress like this doesn’t need something loose and sexy. She needs something just a tinge done up, a little uptight. My skin is from Kira Ahn’s line, which may still be on sale if you get there fast enough.

A Spot of Pink

I love the line of these pumps and the amazing textures. (Check the seam on the inner side of the shoe—now that’s accuracy.) Cici Vonderheide offers these absolutely drop dead platform pumps in a full compliment of colors. I love the contemporary shape.

A Spot of Pink

Pink perfection:

Hair: kin-Jennifer-[black] by Kin Keiko for Kin Keiko

Skin: [dekade.] SKINS BARDOT-Vivienne Tan /Dark Brows/Make Up 09 by Kira Ahn for [dekade.]

Outfit: Tee*fy Sophia Dress by Azure Electricteeth for Tee*fy, available exclusively at Euphoria *

Gloves: *+*JILL*+*ribbon gloves-Pink by Jill Lemon for *+*JILL*+* (no longer available)

Shoes: p.c; Suede Platform Pumps – Pink by Cici Vonderheide for Paper Couture

Twiggy

Lauded for being an icon of the 60s, Twiggy was one of the first supermodels. Naturally thin (the wiki about her says she was 5’6” and 91 pounds), she had a beautiful face with big eyes and the gawky appearance of an adolescent.

Twiggy

I show my version of Twiggy in a retired dress from Cora Lu. With it’s empire waistline and ballooning skirt, it is one the few in SL that so well exemplifies this retro shape. What makes the dress even better are the exaggerated roses at the shoulder and great textured red tights.

Twiggy

I constructed the whole look around a skin from Julliette Westerburg, which is being featured at the Designers United 19. With its dark heavy makeup and painted on eyelashes (similar to Twiggy’s famous make up), I thought it was a perfect match. I modified my shape quite radically (of course) to create this look—making my eyes much larger, pushing them together, changing the shape of the head and the nose, and making my eyes quite a bit larger. And of course, I made the body very thin and without breasts or hips (though you can’t see it under the dress).

Twiggy

It’s not what you’d call a figure, is it? ~ Twiggy

Hair: Kin-Cricket-[Sand] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: -tb- {Pale} Space Mod – Light Winged Brows by Julliette Westerburg for tres blah, featured at DU19

Eyelashes: Detour – Klee Dot Lashes by Keri Clip for Detour

Shape: Made by me :) (With Eshi’s help)

Dress: P.C; Red Baby Roses by Cora Lu for Paper Couture (but not available)

Shoes: *GF* Square-toe Shoes “Sophie” -grape- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Sunday Kind of Love

I want a Sunday kind of love
A love to last past Saturday night
And I’d like to know it’s more than love at first sight
And I want a Sunday kind of love
~ Etta James, Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love

On Sunday, you want something easy to wear, something cool, something that doesn’t need a lot of thought but looks good. This outfit from Nyte Caligari fits the bill perfectly with its breezy blouse over a simple bra and rolled up capris. Her use of prims is sparing and well-placed. Her system pieces are dead on. Nyte made the first outfit I actually spent linden on in SL, and to this day, I am happy with it. She has continued her excellent work with separates and coordinates built for Sundays.. and Mondays, Tuesdays, and so on..

Sunday Kind of Love

I wear it over a new skin from sachi Vixen, the Eve of us all. (She did all the newbie skins our new friends wear when they are born.) The skin is hand-drawn with care, showing a woman with certain character and ease. I show it with an eyeshadow from her new makeup counter at Adam n Eve where you can purchase eye shadows, lipsticks and eyelashes to overlay your existing skins.

And check out my earrings—aren’t they cute. Trixie Bumbo sent them over when she gave out her group gift. Trixie’s gearing up for Jewelry Fair and I am excited to see what she will be offering.

Sunday Kind of Love

I don’t want a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, Friday or Saturday
Oh nothing but Sunday oh yea
I want a Sunday Sunday
I want a Sunday kind of love

Hair: Kin-Cricket-[Blonde] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Bianca t3 – Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Makeup: Adam n Eve Eyeshadow Lemongrass by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Outfit: Nyte’N’Day Clothing – Bandeau – Yellow by Nyte Caligari for Nyte’N’Day

Earrings: *Primagine* Gypsy Hoops Gold Autumn by Trixie Bumbo for Primagine *

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Women’s Espadrilles – Beach Sand by Renee Harvy for Duh!

Dianthus

There is a perennial in a pot near my garage that comes back year after year, surprisingly. It’s merely protected by a small pine tree in the pot and probably exposed to everything—the downpours pounding off the roof of the garage, the pine needles piling up around it, shredded from the neighbor’s tree, big clumps of snow heaped onto it after a snowstorm. That poor little flower suffers the vicissitudes of nature and yet comes back again and again to greet us with her joyful color and smile.

Dianthus

Eshi Otawara’s newest dress brings that dianthus to mind, least of all because she has stamped a flower resembling the dianthus all over this ensemble. (Eshi is her own kind of dianthus—always greeting me with her beautiful smile.) One thing about Eshi’s body of work in SL—it’s consistent. It makes sense from piece to piece. There is a clear sensibility and voice to it. Eshi knows how to weigh the elements and make them into cohesive, coherent pieces that fit into a larger body of work. It’s a rare gift that we have an artist use SL’s medium with such dexterity and strength of vision. I can only think of Scope Cleaver matching Eshi’s skill with SL.

Dianthus

There is something almost Victorian about this ensemble with its ornate hip pieces, skirts and broad bustle and trailing train. Maybe it’s the satiny textures or the lace or the almost rococo fans bookending the hips. Surely the beautiful crenellated shells on the hips emphasize the ornate theme of the ensemble. Probably it’s that beautiful blossom of a hat, perched on the head and pinned through with one of Eshi’s characteristic oversized head skewer pins that brings a Victorian flower to mind.

Dianthus

What makes the ensemble even more cleverly designed is its versatility. She includes a pants suit with a simple hip wrap and the more ornate hip pieces you see above. She includes the absolutely adorable purse as well and the elegant gloves. She also gives you a short skirt that can be stripped down to this ensemble. When Eshi makes something, she works on it until it’s complete, adding and removing pieces until it’s right. It reminds me of a quote I once heard about how to know when a poem is finished.. when you’re adding and removing the same comma over and over.

Dianthus

I can only grace Eshi’s work with a most delicate skin. This skin, by Brendon Papp, is gently colored, not bent on outshining this brilliant work but quietly and beautifully supporting it. I have been looking at these skins for the past day and am enrapt with their coloring and delicateness.

Dianthus

A profusion of pink roses bending ragged in the rain speaks to me of all gentleness and its enduring.  ~ William Carlos Williams

Hair: Kin-Cricket-[Black] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: !Imabee: Stigma – Umeko – Rainforest / DKbrow by Brendon Papp for Imabee

Ensemble: Aria Pompadour (Rouge) by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

I’m Like a Rare B-Side

“I’m just making you mixtapes with homemade covers, analog to show we’re lovers
And here under the jacket folds inside, I’ve taped my heart for you to find…”

Sometimes my SL is a kind of.. uh.. interesting. I mean, where else could I turn into a tiny, live in a huge Tuscan villa, or be interviewed on TV? Today I had the privilege of being on Designing Worlds with Saffia Widdershins and Elrik Merlin. Thank you for inviting me to speak.

I'm Like a Rare B-Side

Of course I had a quandary.. the ever-important problem popped up. What to wear? I chose to go casual. I had finally gotten out shopping and wanted to show off some of my pretties. Take, for example, this cute top Zaara Kohime featured as a Dressing Room item. I have the whole outfit in another color, but this alone is an ideal piece.

I wear it without the bikini top option here. These terrific jeans are from Janie Marlowe, who is sadly closing her store, Mischief, soon but only to open something new and more exciting, she says. A veteran of fashion in SL, Janie made some of the first and best casuals in the grid. Now she has it all on sale at great prices. Get over to Mischief as soon as possible to pick up the deals, including these great jeans.

I'm Like a Rare B-Side

This hair is one of those OMGs. Made by Kin Keiko (who has made a few of my other favorite short hairstyles), this pixie is ideal. I had to do a little adjusting to the hair, but I am not concerned. When you place the prims this close to a head, all those sliders on a shape can make a huge difference. (That’s why there is not more MEN’s hair, guys. You all want to be eggheads or blockheads or chin-heavy and then suddenly the tolerances for the prims gets out of whack.) Kin has lovely textures, a real sense of body and style to this hair. A def fat pack for me.

Earrings are from Jon Ree from his great Cowboy and Cowgirl shop. Get over there already and check out his amazing work, especially his turquoise jewelry.

I'm Like a Rare B-Side

Written while listening to “Mixtape” from Tift Merritt. (Some lyrics at the title and in the header of this post.)

Hair: Kin-Cricket-[Red] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 4/br) :: 04a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Top: Zaara : xacuti wrap top *lilac turquoise* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara, available at the Dressing Room Blue

Jeans: **MIS** EveryDay Jeans – wash 1 (dark) by Janie Marlowe for Mischief

Earrings: Earrings — Tradition Turquoise by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Sandals: Maitreya Gold – Aequus Blue by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Vintage Postcard

Another collection has been released recently that has had a ripple around the grid, this time with the opening of a famous and much lauded sim—the collective of several creative and clearly well-organized artists. It’s an interesting model, as I had commented, and very impressive.

Vintage Postcard

The Tableau sim is, as expected, unexpected and beautiful in a sort of ordinary picture way. It’s great to see the not-so-fantastic, the home of grungy gray snow and quiet streets, rendered in this world of spinning and glowing things. The creators at Paper Couture add a splash of drama to the proceedings with their Winter Collection, again pulling out the stops with interesting experiments with sculpties and flexis, textures, and system pieces.

Vintage Postcard

In fact, one of the things that Ava Lu does brilliantly—more so than most any designer in SL, is use the flaws of the system skirt to her advantage. She blows it out and up, making a broadly skirted jacket for this suit, pulling it over a prim skirt. The skirt, a sculpty, is overblown and gorgeous, evoking the stiffness of taffeta. The textures, especially the “burnt” edges, are luscious.

I show this dress with a very bold and gorgeous skin from Torie Senne. The red red lips pop and work with a sort of interesting frisson with the yellow eyeshadow. That shadow pushes me past a mere vintage look to something else, something I hope more edgy as the folks at Tableau and Paper Couture would have it.

Vintage Postcard

Vintage couture:

Hair: Kin-Nova-[black] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: [Bebae] Fabia > Cinna: 05 by Torie Senne for Bebae *

Dress: p.c; Black Floral SuitGown by Ava Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: HOC – Chunky Stiletto Pumps by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Pastiche

I have several favorite designers in SL. That has become apparent from my blog. One I have touched on but not spoken extensively about is LeeZu Baxter. (READ this blog and not just look at the pictures, please.)

Pastiche

I only know LeeZu through her through her work, which is fantastic, imaginative, funky, ground-breaking, artistic, and timely. LeeZu’s work is not for the avatar who wants to slouch around SL wearing jeans and t-shirt; LeeZu is for the avatar who wants to look chic and cosmopolitan and edgy. She takes inspiration more from John Galliano than from Ralph Lauren.

Pastiche

That being said, I show here an outfit I have photographed before but not for this blog. With its myriad embellishments, it could almost be over the top, but LeeZu keeps it in a fine thin silhouette, pushing the shapes only as far as they can go to look whimsical and innovative without looking overdone and absurd. She combines fabric textures—here a ripped satin with lace with an alligator leather with a scrunched up heavier material in the pants, frayed at the bottom. And somewhere in there she has a little paisley. Sounds like a lot is going on but the pastiche works for this ensemble because she keeps it all in the same color line—ranges of black, brown, and gray, in this case—and muted.

Pastiche

I was glad to receive a set of Courtisane’s new boots for review. LeeZu has contributed her textures to the work of Enktan Gully for the brand. Ingeniously made, they include scripted and unscripted boots. With the scripted boots, you can decide to change colors of separate parts of the boots to include any of the colors in the pack you purchase. For example, for the All Black boot, I could change the tip of the boot, the main body of the boot, the flower, the lower cuff or upper cuff to white, gray or black. This allows for a myriad of combinations. All I have to do is click the boot.

Pastiche

Otherwise, if I want to forgo scripts and wear a solid color (and who is really looking that closely at my boots in a lagging sim), I can don the simple, unscripted Black boot (or White or Gray). This is what good design is about—making a functional, versatile, beautiful and affordable piece.

Pastiche

The boots include LeeZu’s characteristic textures (below in Bisque), laid over a shape that is hardly traditional. The blunt toe and chunky wood heel are not for everyone. However, they are very modern in their approach, echoing the spirit of these times where the excess of over-manufactured pointy toes and sharp stilettos are being put aside for more organic, hand-crafted, and seemingly “humble” shapes.

Pastiche

The joy of LeeZu’s work can be truly enjoyed by the the sophisticated wearer. While it IS beautiful, the true appreciation of it comes in taking apart its sum total and appreciating how she got there.

Pastiche

The finest hodgepodge:

Hair: Kin-Mairi-[Flamered] by Kin Keiko for Kin Keiko

Skin: [PXL] July LT CE Red DEB by Hart Larsson for [ PXL Creations ]

Outfit: * [LeeZu!] NOIR Efraims Daughter Set by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Boots: .*Courtisane*. La Vivien in Black, All Blacks, Bisque, and Red by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for .*Courtisane*. *

Shimmy Shimmy

I have two ideas in my head today based on today’s blog topic… well actually three.

1. I look damn hot and that’s because:

2. I am wearing work from old school designers and

3. I used the option on my boots to make them look different—this time red stripes and details.

Let me get into the old school first. Evidence number one: swafette Firefly’s sexy, shimmering martine cocktail dress. With its shimmery prims, highlighted with a texture that I swear has sequins sewn to it, this dress is about movement, about fun, about hopping on that poseball and dancing all night, showing your legs up to there and your moves out to there.

Shimmy Shimmy

swafette has been doing this stuff for years—her repertoire is extensive and her skills considerable. swafette was doing this stuff long before you kids had sculpties or flexi! She makes clothes for men and women, both genders equally well represented in her fashions. She knows what makes people in SL have fun and she’s built a business that has lasted. And she does it with enthusiasm and graciousness.

Shimmy Shimmy

Evidence number two: the boots from Bax Coen. The new Prestige boots from Bax are to die for—I showed the black ones a few days ago. These are the white.

Shimmy Shimmy

This is my rant—when creators like Bax think enough to put in features like changeable metal, color changing details, etc., why doesn’t anyone USE them? I have seen countless women running around SL with the chain still across the shoes, even though it looks silly, or the foot color in it’s original orange tan. Bax has made these boots with tons of features. Trying them out with different outfits is worth at least an evening’s activity—well worth the low price she charges.

Styled this with a tossed haircut from Kin Keiko and a sweet Altonia skin from Pulse. No need to be over made up when the red stands out already.

Shimmy Shimmy

As Mae West would say, a little “Shimmy-Shawobble”:

Hair: Kin-Mairi-[Flamered] by Kin Keiko for Kin Keiko

Skin: Pulse Skin – Altonia-Far Away by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: sf design martine cocktail dress red by swaffette Firefly for sf designs

Jewelry: Princess Diamond Bracelt by Jordan Whittendon for Whittendon Design

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots White Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs