The Gift of Appreciation

The Gift of Appreciation

You… You really like me!” ~ Sally Field

The Gift of Appreciation

I got an email from Doctor Gascoigne today that said, “I voted for you,” in the subject line and nothing else. I had to email back asking what he was talking about and he pointed to me the Avi Choice Awards, where I was listed as a candidate for best blogger. I was really surprised! Wedged between such heavyweights as Fabulously Free in SL, Hamlet Au, Inara Pey and Juicybomb was little old me. I am, needless to say, very honored just to be among their company and if you are planning on voting for Hamlet and have a shaky hand, well I won’t stop you from accidentally clicking on my name. Thank you for nominating me. It’s a true gift that warms my heart. Vote here (click on the here).

That being said, I am behind on my blogger duties due to SL weirdness and oh, sleepiness. I’ll admit it. I couldn’t stay up last night to finish my photos. So today you get Days 2 AND 3 of the KittyCats Advent Calendar goodies. First are a set of poses by Veridian Frog, designed to be used with the KittyCats Megapuss. Created to be used with the built in poses on the KittyCat, the poses are darling and picture purrfect. Imagine what kind of cute holiday cards you could make with your Megapuss.

The Gift of Appreciation

And Barnesworth, an old old friend of the KittyCats, is offering this gorgeous mahogany fireplace with candles and a special pet feeder. The good news is if you missed yesterday’s, you can go today and get it. The previous days’ gifts stay open. The gifts are available to anyone—not just KittyCats fans. However, only one per avatar. How many fireplaces do you need anyway? And the Kittycats friends are doing this in appreciation of you as customers and fans of Kittycats.

The Gift of Appreciation

AvaGardner Kungler is offering this elegant dress at the Winter Trend. I love the studs on the front—usually I hate studs on mesh but these are like jewels sparkling on the dress. My darling boots are Pixieplumb Flanagan’s answer to sexy winter wear. I got my gorgeous skin from Chandra Masala during the Skin Addiction Black Friday sales. (Bet you wish you hadn’t missed this one.) Chandra imbues her skins with beauty and a sort of spiciness (she who “puts the ‘desi’ in ‘desire’”). And my sassy chic ‘do is one of Mirja Mills’ latest.

The Gift of Appreciation

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~ Voltaire

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * COLLIEN 2 by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: Jalwa – Zahida – Carom – Brown Eyebrow by Chandra Masala for Jalwa

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – hazel by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Dress: (Kunglers) Milla shift dress – Abalone by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, available at Winter Trend 2013

Boots: BM Mirari Boot by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Poses: Megapuss Poses, MoodSwings by Veridian Frog for MoodSwings, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

[ba] mahogany fireplace with candles and fancy pet feeder – KittyCats advent 2013 by Barnesworth Anubis for Barnesworth Anubis, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

 

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

She’s a rich girl
She don’t try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

~ “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

She’s a rich girl, don’t try to hide it. She can wear the best so she wears Avagardner Kungler’s stylish shift dress, one of the pieces featured at the Avenue Fashion Week. With a sexy silhouette and a bold geometric design with gems bespeckling the top yoke, this dress is high fashion for a girl who can have whatever she wants. Combined with mixed media shoes with spikey gold heels and a stylish handbag from Babychampagne Sass, the look is tres chic.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Sawsan Secretspy has created a set of skins for the Candy Fair that are absolutely delicious. With pretty features, a gentle blush and candy-flavored eye shadows, these are a fashionable look for any rich girl. Chocolatey eyes from Umazuma Metaluma, also available at the Candy Fair, sweeten the look. MissAllSunday Lemon gives us a darling curly do with a color change hair band and winsome bangs at this month’s FaMESHed.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

People say I’m crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes
Well that’s one way to lose
These walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of my shoes

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Jade Mesh Hair – Dark flame by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Donna Sunkissed 3 RB by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::., available at Candy Fair *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Chocolate eyes – Sea Salt by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at Candy Fair

Dress: (Kunglers) Milla shift dress – Ivory by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, available at Avenue Autumn/Winter Fashion Week *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands Bag Right and Slink Mesh Hands Casual Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: .::WoW Skins::. * NEW Sunkissed slink applier hands by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::. *

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Love Donna Flora! by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Bracelet: [Crash Republic] Strappy Bracelet – copper trio RARE by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at OMG, Oh My Gacha *

Handbag: {{BSD Design Studio}}Urban chic model handbag giraffe by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Statement shoes cow skin- trio by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at the SL Fashion Week *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum.

Stepping Out

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Stepping Out

Today is Margaret Atwood’s birthday—she is 74. She is one of my favorite authors and has shown that one’s light doesn’t necessarily burn out as she becomes older and more successful—it can burn brightly, provocatively and thoughtfully. She writes literary fiction, critical thinking, and science fiction. I am particularly fond of her science fiction work, which seems to have become her genre in the past few years. I recently just read her two latest offerings, which are shorts offered via amazon.com for the Kindle–I’m Starved for You and Choke Collar—and they are witty and edgy dystopian chapters in a serial novel—a bit kinky, a bit surprising and a bit funny in a sort of dark way. I would want to be Margaret Atwood when I grow up if I had the least bit of chance.

Stepping Out

But no, I am simply a fashion blogger and what you see here is the combination of a few elements from great SL designers, including a mesh dress from AvaGardner Kungler, showcasing her ease with elegance and color mixing. The assymmetrical silhouette of this short skirt lends it an air of insouciance. I accessorized with a darling clutch from Renee Harvy and these charming pumps from Betty Doyle, featured at the Zodiac, with a curling tongue on the vamp.

My hair is one of Queue Marlowe’s newest, an update on the Harper model, now including sculpties and a slightly different shape. I am hoping to see this around the grid more—it’s darling. My skin is one of Aida Ewing’s beautiful glowing skins.

The title of this post, incidentally, is from the book, The Handmaid’s Tale. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” It’s a phrase I have internalized.

Stepping Out

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Hair: cray sandy by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Glam Affair – Roza Basic – Jamaica01 D by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: (Kunglers) Veronica dress – S – Lavender by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Clutch: ::Duh!:: Little Clutch  – Color Change by Renee Harvy for Duh!

Shoes: Ingenue :: Scorpius :: Water by Betty Doyle for Ingenue, featured at The Zodiac

For the Weekend

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.  ~ Bill Watterson

For the Weekend

I feel incredibly lazy this weekend though I ended up doing tons of stuff. This cute little outfit is perfect for a chic weekend. With a new top and shorts from AvaGardner Kungler, I am cool and sexy. I love Ava’s textures on this wrap top—she has such a great eye for color and color combos. Her little shorts are versatile and have a great prim waistband. I added this little scarf from Mika Nieuport to dress it up a little.

For the Weekend

My skin is a preview from Launa Fauna from 50L Friday. I have to say that I like this one quite a bit—she has smoothed out her over-pouty lips and round eyes a bit to fit a standard shape very nicely. The makeup is gorgeous.

For the Weekend

Finally, my boots are the newest from Bax Coen, and I have to repeat myself—the best fitting on the grid, bar none. This is because of Bax’s ingenious fitting system, which fits lengthwise and circumference—you can actually change the proportions of the boots with her system to fit your avatar. Therefore, a super tall girl with skinny legs is just as likely to look great in them as a short curvy girl. (Wish they had this in RL!) Even better, Bax offers custom fitting at her store by herself or one of her assistants. I tp’d into the store and Bax herself fit me—perfectly. Get fit once, you can transfer the data to any pair of Bax Prestige boots you purchase later. This is a system that can not be beat. This new pair shows Bax’s foray into supply luscious sexy suede. What a great texture!

For the Weekend

The biggest problem with the weekend—even a holiday weekend—is that it’s just too short ;)

Hair: Maitreya Taryn – Cacao by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: L.Fauna 50L Friday Lea Preview with BROWN L.Fauna Lea Eybrow Shape by Launa Fauna for L.Fauna

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: (Kunglers) Dione – top cream & pink by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Shorts: (Kunglers) Eliette – shorts – brown by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Bow: MIEL ELLE UBER bow – click to change texture by Mika Nieuport for The Hive

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Dark Brown Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

(Yes, shadowless.. fiddling and futzing with it all.)

A Heartbreaking Blog of Staggering Genius

“She needs a new journal. The one she has is problematic. To get to the present, she needs to page through the past, and when she does, she remembers things, and her new journal entries become, for the most part, reactions to the days she regrets, wants to correct, rewrite.” ~ Dave Eggers

A Heartbreaking Work

Since I was talking about crushes a few days ago, I have to bring up Dave Eggers, who I admire greatly. He wrote the book for my generation in the US—A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius when he was a young man—a sort of diary but so much more. After that, rather than self-indulgent Generation Y writing, he chose to reach out to the bigger world in his novels and his work. Now he leads 826 National, a non profit writing and tutoring center for kids in San Francisco. I could go on and on about how inspiring this man is. And his writing is damn good too ;)

Apropos of nothing about Dave Eggers, I show a pretty summery look. Well actually this is the kind of girl I think would like Dave—a beautiful sophisticated but not pretentious lady in a simple summer dress from AvaGardner Kungler and little shoes from Elikapeka Tiramisu.

A Heartbreaking Work

A pretty summer skin from Gala Phoenix with bold flowery colors to match the colors of the dress and my namesake hair from Queue Marlowe, and it’s a pretty look for a fangirl for a pretty awesome person.

A Heartbreaking Work

“Still though, I think if you’re not self-obsessed, you’re probably boring.” ~ Dave Eggers

Hair: harper mahogany by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Chic-Flair 2 with :GP: Chic-Dark Brows (Tintable) by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Absinthe (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: (Kunglers) TDRB #26 – Summer Dress by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Necklace: NHA! Necklace Samy by kyrha Bouscario for NHA!

Shoes: [e] Flair Flats – Watermelon (SoM Gift) by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Sofa prop: [Starstruck] Langar Sofa Green Sequin RARE by Cyclic Gearz for Starstruck

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

Dear Readers–I know I have not blogged in a couple days. I apologize. (And I hate when people put this in their blogs but I have a reason!) Fashion for Life is in full swing for preparation and I have been terrifically busy. I can’t wait to see you all there!

The Kungler sisters, AvaGardner and Barbra, are sisters in RL. Hailing from Brazil, the sisters swap ideas back and forth from their Southern Hemisphere homes to make elegant and sporty fashions for women across the grid.

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

A visit to their store is a peek inside their dollhouse. It’s a home filled with sleek, elegant women wearing the latest fashions in a variety of lush prints and colors. Silk features prominently as does leather. They use some of the most gorgeous prints in the grid, carefully juxtaposing colors for the most pleasing and fashion-forward looks.

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

When AvaGardner learned of the theme of FFL, she IM’d me and asked if she really had to make black and white—she’s only about color. I told her the theme was about going “Beyond Black and White,” so we are guaranteed to see bold and bright colors from both sisters for the FFL donations. Their colors will reflect the support that the American Cancer Society provides for those diagnosed with cancer as well as their families. Their funding of research and programs brings color and life and to an otherwise seemingly hard situation.

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

Both AvaGardner and Barbra have supported RFL in the past and they join Fashion for Life for the first time this year. They will donate four items with all benefits going to RFL but they furthered their support with their donation as VIP Sponsors.

Kunglers at Fashion for Life

See what the Kungler sisters are offering this year at the Fashion for Life, March 12-22, SL’s biggest fashion fair on 9 sims hosted by the American Cancer Society and SL’s Relay for Life.

Photo 1:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Ambrial-black by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: LaVie Enya Misfit normal by Pompeja Rossini  for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: (Kunglers) Cinthya Navy by Barbra Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: N-core SEDUCTION XtremeHeel “Silver” by Claire Messenger for N-Core, FFL Store Sponsor

Photo 2:

  • Hair: [e] Alright – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: :: Exodi :: Sylvan Soliel – Beloved – Dk by Ryker Beck for Exodi, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: (Kunglers) Louise – fucsia by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: [e] Move Pumps – Burgundy by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Bambu – silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor

Photo 3:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * AMELIE * /darkbrown by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: Style by Kira – Elora Skin 01H by Kira Paderborn by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: (Kunglers) Lisa Floral by Barbra Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: BM Audrey Pumps – Pinks & Purples by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey, FFL Store Sponsor

Photo 4:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Mona-blackstreaked by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: Glance-Bruna-Brown by Joakim Asbrink for *Glance Skins, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Dress: (Kunglers Couture) Serina – Origami vine by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Jewelry: Dark Mouse Vintage 50’s Pearl & Diam. – Copper Earrings and Necklace by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse, FFL Store Sponsor

Patchouli

She always smelled like patchouli, that one beautiful girl at the bookstore where you worked. Her name was India, she didn’t seem to own a pair of shoes (she was behind the counter so no one complained), and she always had a healthy glowing tan. She brought weird lunches to work in tupperware containers—bulgar wheat mixed with lentils, brown rice with tofu and spinach, sunflower seeds in cheese whey. You always knew where she had been because the scent of patchouli lingered—it wasn’t cloying or obnoxious. It was earthy and sweet.

Patchouli

This outfit from Sandie Saenz reminded me a lot of India—her natural sensual beauty, her optimism, her open heart. I like how Sandie has managed to make the top from two sculpty pieces, combined to look very much like a sheer blouson and textured with the sort of curry/spinach/chili powder colors that seem so appealing for this look. Her jeans with their woven belt, are textured evocatively and fit perfectly.

Sandie includes some jewelry with the outfit that I preempted with a new set from AvaGardner Kungler. With the individually strung beads, each one textured and arranged on this ethnically-inspired set, AvaGardner proves once again that her eye for detail extends from her clothing to her jewelry. She aces both textures AND shapes.

Patchouli

I wear the glowingly beautiful skin that Monicuzza Babenco is offering at the Dressing Room. The rich tone of this skin, its glowing makeup and beautifully lined eyes, might seem overdone for such a natural girl as ours, but honestly, girls like India are always radiant, full of the blush of good health.

Patchouli

Make love, not war ;)

Hair: cello brunette with AD hair base – brunette by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: *YS & YS* Rebecca Dols TDR by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*, available at the Dressing Room

Outfit (with round-bead bracelet): Earthy Jeans Outfit by Sandie Saenz for FA Creations

Jewelry (all others): (Kunglers Extra) Marajoara – nature by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Feet: SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Medium by Siddean Munro for SLink