Wallflower

“So fellows, please listen to me:
Don’t look at a wallflower askance;
If a girl sitting lonely you see,
Just bow, smile and beg for a dance.”

Wallflower

I can’t say I am often a wallflower. I don’t go out dancing that often any more (which is a sort of wallflowerishness, I guess.) This dress might catch someone’s eye. Made by Mimikri Kit, it is an example of what she excels at—provocative textures and shapes that are beyond the ordinary. The win is in the details—the seams that match up, the clean edges of the system pieces, the shape of each feather in the skirt, the excellent texture. Short skirts with flexi abound in SL. Most of them are not this stylish or wearable.

Wallflower

My skin is Kira Ahn’s offering for The Dressing Room Blue, which comes with several lipstick options on the tattoo layer. I love being able to choose my lipstick, and certainly this particular skin would afford eye makeup choices too. The face was a little over-dodged–not sure what happened there.

My choker is a sale item from Felicity Winslet’s closing sale at Mariposa. I recently had discovered Felicity’s work, had it in queue to blog, and then caught wind that she was closing shop. It’s a true shame because Felicity’s work is exquisite—this necklace is the least of it (and it’s gorgeous). Get down there as soon as possible to treat yourself to some beautiful gems. (She’s really nice too—handled a customer service thing for me wonderfully.)

Wallflower

i’m not here, no one sees me — wallflower
i’m by myself, please excuse me
~
“Wallflower” by Priscilla Ahn

Hair: !lamb. DIY Haircut – Ink by Lamb Bellic for !lamb.

Skin: [dekade.] Skins  -Claire- sunkissed/DB/No Make Up with [dekade.] Skins -Claire- glossy lips/red 03 (viewer 2.0) by Kira Ahn for [dekade.], available at The Dressing Room Blue

Dress: Mimikri – Vic python / TDR blue by Mimikri Kit for Mimikri, available at The Dressing Room Blue

Necklace: Mariposa: Jewels: Noche Necklace (Chest) by Felicity Winslet for Mariposa

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

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

Autumn Movement

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.

The field of cornflower yellow is a scarf at the neck of the copper sunburned woman, the mother of the year, the taker of seeds.

The northwest wind comes and the yellow is torn full of holes, new beautiful things come in the first spit of snow on the northwest wind, and the old things go, not one lasts.

~ Carl Sandburg

Autumn Movement

Autumn has peaked here and all it leaves are the memories of colors and the golden sunlight scattered on the lawn. AvaGardner Kungler’s evening dress reminds me of those colors with its rich gold so beautifully rendered and dark leaves. AvaGardner understands how to highlight the sheen that might show in a fabric and does a terrific job with the system piece bodice, doing just that.

Autumn Movement

I wear this dress over one of Kira Ahn’s skins, currently at a discount at her closing sale for dekade. This African-American skin is gorgeous with great highlighting. I especially love the eyes and lips. I adjusted my facial features quite substantially on my shape to make the skin make more sense. I am curious if Kira was fitting this skin to a thinner nose because I found it hard to make a nose that made sense.

Queue Marlowe made this absolutely gorgeous updo with an optional band that can be modified to any color you choose through the old-fashioned, scriptless edit and color change. (Honestly, sometimes that’s all it takes, folks—low lag and easy peasy ;)) I wear pretty leaf earrings from Caroline Apollo for this autumn theme and a great texture change bracelet from Julia Tower.

Autumn Movement

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts.

Hair: AD – kathryn dark with hibi band by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: [dekade.] SKINS BARDOT-Zuri/Ebony/Eyebrows 02/Hair/Make up 03 by Kira Ahn for [dekade.]

Dress: (Kunglers Couture) Sophia – amber by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Earrings: (Caroline’s Jewelry) Gold Leaf Earring Large by Caroline Apollo for Caroline’s Jewelry

Bracelet: [} Jasha {] Verandi Bangle – Right by Julia Tower for [} Jasha {]

Meetings

I have been attending lots of meetings lately.

Meetings

For meetings, it’s best to leave off the bling and the tight revealing miniskirt and the fringed bra. It’s best to be remembered for your contributions and not your apparel. That’s why I wear this pretty but conservative ensemble which starts with the jacket from MariaElena Barbosa’s Marlene set. It has elements that are photosourced and it’s well constructed with a peplum skirt and smart cuffs. My skirt is a pretty one from como Setsuko, who has a whole gatcha full of these skirts. Shoes are a conservative and pleasing silhouette from Fallingwater Cellardoor. (I just love Fallingwater’s shoes—they are classy and versatile. I could see this pair working with a very sexy outfit just as easily.)

Meetings

My skin is from Kira Ahn’s sale at dekade. I really liked the Vivienne set in the Bardot line. It’s sophisticated, mature and beautiful with a variety of makeups. Pick it up before Kira’s sale ends because once it’s gone, I presume it’s gone. Earrings are pretty little baubles from Delora Starbrook and I pulled my hair up in a ponytail from Parvarti Monday. Easy peasy.

Meetings

Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Hair: fri. – Cassidy – Thoughtful Brown by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

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

Jacket: MEB : Marlene by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB *

Skirt: ::{u.f.o}:: blossom band long skirt.(sky loman) by como Setsuko for ::{u.f.o}::

Tie: MIEL ELLE UBER bow by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Earrings: *HD* Bertille Earrings by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Kelsey pumps – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

A Good Old-Fashioned Murder

I received a note the other day that Dick Wiesel had been murdered. Now, being this was SL, it was clearly virtual murder and being that the man behind the avatar left a long exposition in my blog, I was pretty certain he was still alive. However, for fun, let’s pretend he’s dead and Ryker, his partner, is on the path of vengeance. (Be careful folks. She shoots first and asks questions later.) Our girl here seems a likely suspect.

A Good Old-Fashioned Murder

First we have to ask about motive. Considering Dick is offering a whole slew of nice items during this promotion, including this dress, I think we can safely conclude motive. Our woman is wearing the final prize for the murder mystery, the belted miniskirt Nomi Jean Dress. Please note the fine original template work, the grungified jean texture and the stitching along the hem and wicked wrinkles. Best of all is the belt—well constructed and textured, the belt makes the dress. And the dress makes a girl desperate, and no man, not even Dick Wiesel can get in her way when she wants one like this.

Her jacket? No sign of struggle or gunpowder. Good thing too because sunami Beck has made a cute short leather jacket that can be worn again and again as a pop of color for any outfit. The 80s feel to this jacket (epitomized by the turquoise and those angular studs on the collar) make our killer either retro or horribly behind the times. Or perhaps she’s so chic she is deadly..?

A Good Old-Fashioned Murder

She’s a cool one, isn’t she? Not a drop of sweat on her brow after doing whatever she did to poor Dick. Her calm demeanor is provided by Kira Ahn from the Dressing Room Blue. With her glowing clear skin (unlike her  conscience), our potential killer could almost be accused of killing with her good looks. Add to the look her wild and wavy hair from Truth Hawks, and we are looking at a woman with danger on her mind.

A Good Old-Fashioned Murder

Finally, our sexy suspect is traipsing around in a pair of nut Barak’s new Crush pumps, and these are the key to the means of murder. Check out the details on these beauties–the platform sole, the sheen of the leather, the piping, and of course, the chains. What nut fails to tell in his informational notecards (about resizing, LOD factor, bleah bleah bleah) is that the stainless steel heel is hollow and can hide a very interesting treasure.. and weapon. Remove the heel and you can tuck in a syringe with enough sedative to fell an elephant—or Dick Wiesel ;)

A Good Old-Fashioned Murder

Dick and Ryker have set up a whole entertaining murder mystery (which has nothing to do with my silly story above), complete with HUD (programmed by Ryker—what can’t she do?) and little gifties along the way at Skull Creek. Bored some night? Check it out.

Hair: >TRUTH< Bebe Streaked – auburn by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [dekade.] Skins_Dahlia_sunkissed_db_Hair_TDR#7 by Kira Ahn for [dekade.], available at the Dressing Room Blue

Jacket: Emery – Jacket Sheena #Tdrb by sunami Beck for Emery, available at the Dressing Room Blue

Dress: :. WoE .: JD-01 Nomi Jean Dress by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Shoes: #OC# Crush – Azure – Box by nut Barak for Orange Creations *

Awareness

There are a lot of functions centered around “awareness” of this or that thing in SL lately. Personally, I’ve attended a number of these “awareness” events and am shocked at how little they do to actually make people aware other than putting it in their title (and, to be honest, I wonder if – in some cases –  it is a ploy to boost business by saying it is “for” something.) There is so much more to say than “be aware” and give it lip service. Let’s go beyond the virtual and get real about this.

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s not about being aware that breast cancer exists—we know that. It’s about being aware about your risk, about treatments, about the need to fund research to help treat and eradicate it. (Meanwhile I will show some virtual breasts—I can’t skip the picture/review portion of this blog and perhaps it will catch people’s attention.. heh heh).

Skins, left to right, clockwise: L.Fauna {Lola . Tan 1} [Whisper] by Launa Fauna for L. Fauna; no.07 :: Demetris – Natural :: Beard 02 – Bald by Aeon Jiminy for no.07, [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup2(L Brows) by Minnu Palen for LeLutka; -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 4 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Here are some quick facts. (Please note I have linked all my sources—please check them. It’s important to think critically about what you read. I am not just shoving some “statistic” in a notecard without proper attribution to a credible source.)

  • Breast cancer happens substantially more in women than men. But.. it does occur in men.*
  • It is estimated that 207,090 women will be diagnosed with and 39,840 women will die of cancer of the breast in 2010* Death rates have been decreasing since 1991, however. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.*
  • Based on rates from 2005-2007, 12.15% of women born today will be diagnosed with cancer of the breast at some time during their lifetime.*
  • In 2010, there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.*

&Bean – hounds of love LIGHT Rav  1  brow by Keiko Morigi for &Bean; []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 3/br) :: 07 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli; 04   Dark-Tan Skin -Tyson-/goatee+base+chesthair  *REDGRAVE* by Emilia Redgrave for Redgrave; :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Pure 3 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Wanna get even more real? I recently had my first mammogram. I did it on the instigation of my friend, Raven Pennyfeather, who knew that I was overdue for my first exam and whose father was recently (successfully) treated for breast cancer himself.

Since some of my readers may not have had this valuable exam, let me explain to you my experience. My breasts were each placed on a platform and pressed down by a clear PETG plastic paddle—gently and briefly. (I know so much about the paddle because in my former life I helped manufacture them.) The discomfort was temporary. Ripping off the little band-aids that were put on my nipples hurt the most. The woman who did the exam was fabulous—she has seen boobs all over on every age and size of woman and man. I felt no shame at all.

[ PXL] Daniel NAT Face00 Dark H by Hart Larsson for PXL; :: DUTCH TOUCH ::kEIra:: Olive – Dawn CL1 EBblack by Iki Ikarus for DUTCH TOUCH; *Sawode* Ada Umber Skin Makeup 1 by sanalyildiz Yalin for *Sawode*; Adam n Eve Skin – Marina t3 Delight by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve

I had put off getting it the exam done because I feared the discomfort and the embarrassment. And deep inside, I feared finding out something negative—my grandmother had breast cancer. It was very quick and easy and my test results were normal.

Many of you out in the metaverse are doing what I did—putting off this very important and easy exam. Why? I told you it’s not bad. (Really! It’s not!) The person doing it was very experienced and very helpful. And while my insurance paid for it, there are many places that offer this exam for free in the US. Not having insurance or the means to pay for one is NOT an excuse! Click here for more information about free mammograms in the US.

Pulse Skin Dance With Me-M1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse; -tb- {Light} DU Echo’s Meadow – Dark Thick Brows by Julliette Westerburg for tres blah; [dekade.] SKINS -Brooke 2- Sunkissed/Hair/L Brows/TDR by Kira Ahn for dekade; LaVie Mark Chin Beard Hair Base Normal by KaoZ Kobe for LaVie

I know the mammogram is not the sole means of detecting breast cancer. I do frequent self exams and also visit my doctor for an annual exam (while I get my annual pelvic exam and um, yeah.. I won’t be blogging THAT). I am also aware of my risk for developing breast cancer. Being female and past a certain age (*ahem*), it’s already increased. Do YOU know everything you need to know?

There is so much more to say that I can’t cover in this blog, but at least I put out something of substance and value. Want to know more? Click through on these links:

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Page

Mayo Clinic

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Tutti Frutti

Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop bam boom!

Tutti Frutti

It’s about time I show a little sex appeal. Gin Galtier passed over a new collection of lingerie she will be putting out for Stumblebum and once I saw the wild textures and ruffles, I had to put this on the blog. I show the ruffled bra and panties, but it also comes with dark stockings, a garter, and a simple corset.

Tutti Frutti

The whole reason I needed to do this sexy blog is because Queue Marlowe came out with this drop dead sexy hair for the Hair Fair. Queue, the goddess of curl, has made another stunner, one with a hairline that covers one eye and comes with a shoulder piece that allows the hair to seemingly drape over the shoulder but move with the avatar’s head movements. What makes me really love this hair is how Queue has the hair taper down to the ends. It’s so.. real.

The skin is from Kira Ahn, and it’s blessedly a sort of “clean slate.” She has included lip colors on the tattoo layer to enhance it, but I chose to wear one of Monica Outlander’s eyeshadow tattoos instead. This tutti frutti colorway is a perfect match to the lingerie. I love being able to do up my lips or nails with the tattoo layer to suit the outfit!

Tutti Frutti

Felicity Overlord offers sandals with prim toes at a reasonable price. I thought this style with the ruffles was darling and clever, hiding the attachment point with a very appealing bow-tied top. The toes are acceptable (I should have a rating system for prim toes—delicious, acceptable, and gnarly as ratings). The hud is easy to use.. moreso than many in some ways because it has you use the native building tools of SL to change the foot and nail colors. (And you, dear reader, know I stink at foot coloring).

Tutti Frutti

I got a girl, named Sue,
She knows just what to do
I bop to the east,
She bop to the west,
but she’s the girl
That I love the best.
~ Little Richard,
Tutti Frutti

Hair: BAM! brown sugar by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, being sold at Hair Fair *

Skin: [dekade.] Skins  -Claire- sunkissed/DB/No Make Up by Kira Ahn for [dekade.]

Makeup: Miamai_LesMakeups_Summertime 01 by Monica Outlander for Miamai *

Lingerie: Djinn & Tonic [Corset Belt] Leopard Floral Pink by Gin Galtier for Djinn & Tonic *

Shoes: *FO* Odetta – Black Ruffled Stilettos by Felicity Overlord for Felicity