In the Shape of a Heart

In the Shape of a Heart

People speak of love don’t know what they’re thinking of
Reach out to each other though the push and shove
Speak in terms of a life and the learning
Try to think of a word for the burning

~ “In the Shape of a Heart” by Jackson Browne

The Shape of a Heart

Valentine’s Day is coming upon us so the explosion of love-themed events is not a huge surprise. Pink is a challenging color for me. It was never a favorite, even when I was a little girl, and I find it difficult to incorporate, so I am seizing the challenge for Valentine’s. I lucked out because Mariska Simons is coming out with this fabulous lingerie set at the With Love fair, one that comes with every applier imaginable (wrapped up nicely in an Omega hud) and has system layers. Mariska knows that in play, you want to have layers (remove the stockings, leave the panties or vice versa) and so she has given you every imaginable option in swapping out the pieces so you can wear it as you please. And what a confection of pink this set is. Worn with Tiffy Vella’s latest release, a set of pumps with a rose atop, it’s a lovely Valentine’s Day surprise for your lover.

The Shape of a Heart

With Kavar Cleanslate’s loose and lovely locks (with a most unlikely name—I don’t know any librarians with hair this sexy), I am lounging on a heart-shaped sofa from margotmuffen but with sexy poses from Olaenka Chesnokov, which she is featuring at the Burlesque event. (I hung Winter Thorn’s darling texture-change balloons from Love is in the Air to add some Valentine’s feeling to the scene.) Kavar has changed up and consolidated his hair colors into a larger selection per shade with the same tinting features in the HUD but more selection. Shyla Diggs is offering a set of gorgeous and romantic skins at the Love is in the Air event, this being one of them, perfect for wearing with lingerie or… without.

The Shape of a Heart

Hair: Exile::Librarian Chic by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available for Enchantment *

Skin: -Belleza- Mae SK 3 Br by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza, available at Love is in the Air *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – midnight – a by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Cotton Candy Pink Lace 14 by Mariska Simons for Blacklace, available at With Love Fair *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Finrod earrings – Silver amethyst by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Shoes: Eclectica ‘Bella’ Platform Stiletto-plain fuscia by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Décor: {what next} Sweetheart Balloons Décor by Winter Thorn for for {what next}, available at Love is in the Air *

Sofa: striped mocha – heart sofa by margotmuffen for striped mocha

Poses: oOo adelaide by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo, available at Burlesque *

The Shape of a Heart

L’Opera

L’Opera

“Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it. … It is a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience, whether you are the spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the voice of the world’s greatest soprano. Not everyone can be the artist. There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see.” ~ Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

L'Opera

I watched an opera the other night and realized I am not meant to create but just to enjoy with unveiled enthusiasm the creations of others. Seeing Renee Fleming sing moved me, and I felt that transcendence that the best art provides. I can’t create that but I can certainly appreciate it.

My friend, Tab, in a search for an SL equivalent to a RL design, found this dress from Areve and offered to get it if I would model it. We were both astonished by its architectural lines and beautiful design, rendered wonderfully in mesh and in white, no less, which is a hard one to do in textures. It’s sexy, elegant, powerful. Barely, upon seeing the photo of this dress, said, “That dress says to me: ‘Under this fabric lies the woman who will extract every last drop from you.’” Just my kinda dress.

L'Opera

These shoes from Nardya Rousselot from the Liaison Collaborative echo the design lines of the dress. I am so happy Nardya is back to making shoes and the sweetheart makes them for Slink, Belleza and other feet. They are so exquisitely rendered with such gorgeous design, it’s a shame to wear anything else but the shoes. However, I would get arrested showing up on the Immense sim mostly nude. I could wear the great ring and earrings from Aleida Rhode that just came out at L’Accessoires and then I would be dressed, right?

L'Opera

Sawsan Secretspy’s sophisticated skin is perfect for this dress. Beautifully shadowed with defined brows and beautiful eyes I highlight with a liner from Constance Daehlie, the skin speaks to the elegance of the dress. I chose dramatic locks from Catwa Clip to complete the look. I knew I needed something windblown, voluminous and curvy to match the tight lines of the dress and this was it.

L'Opera

Hair: CATWA HAIR Hanna by Catwa Clip for CaTwA

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Poison Darktan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

Eyes: Egozy.Eyes (Grey) by Nicole Button for Egozy *

Liner: #adored – go to liners – triple threat by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Dress: -Pixicat- Femke.Gown – White by Areve for -Pixicat-

Jewelry: Elysium – Denmark earring and ring – ivory by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at L’Accessoires *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Ma Vie. – Les Vernis – Metals by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Delila Stiletto Black (SLINK) by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Poses by Dahriel for *PosESioN*

Taken at AMESTATE on Immense. Build by Colpo Wexler

Jaded

Jaded

“The constant happiness is curiosity.” ~ Alice Munro

Jaded

I named the post “Jaded” because of the jade in my jewelry and not because of a feeling of jadedness. In fact, I think the antidote to that feeling is curiosity. I am curious, of course, of juxtaposing different ideas and in this look, I am combining pieces from the Fantasy Gacha Carnival (opening soon) and elegance from AvaGardner Kungler. First, this gown, which Ava “whipped up” with her characteristic savoir with textures and proportion. It’s a simple gown with an overlaid sheer skirt but the glittering of the bodice and the seams make it fantastic. Paired with her deco jade necklace, it’s a classy look.

Jaded

Shylah Honey recently put out this updo with a lock of hair hanging down. It comes with their texture-changing HUD and gives a new twist to “formal” with the romantic looseness of the hair. My skin with its arresting liner is Shyla Diggs’ offer for the Black Fashion Festival, opening soon. And my captivating jade eyes are Umazuma Metaluna’s featured item for Chapter Four, available in a dozen colors.

You can get this lovely teahouse as a “rare” at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival, designed by Paco Pooley with several accessories also available. And my pretty parasol is one of several accessories at the same carnival from Sohma Dix.

Jaded

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Marybelle Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for :::Damselfly Hair:: *

Skin: -Belleza- Claudia BFF SK 1 Br by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Hair decoration: + Jade Green Chopsticks + by princessaii for Aii

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Bohemian eye collection – 7 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at the Chapter Four *

Dress: (Kunglers) Rebecca gown – Nude by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Magdalene necklace –  Turquoise by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Parasol: *pm* Qitou – Paper Parasol – Peach/Lotus by Sohma Dix for Paper Moon, available at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose

22769 ~ [bauwerk] Tea House RARE by Paco Pooley for Bauwerk, available at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival

Aubergine

Aubergine

“How can people say they don’t eat eggplant when God loves the color and the French love the name? I don’t understand.” ~ Jeff Smith

Aubergine

Eggplants are about to come into season, and I am prepared. The French word  for eggplant is, of course, “aubergine,” a much more luscious and beautiful word for their deep purple color. This dress made me think of that word. The color is not as blue black purple as aubergine; it’s more a bordeaux but this is not a blog entry about wine. It’s about eggplant.

I love this new dress from Harry Hyx because it’s sleek and structured and beautifully tailored to fit. The design lines in the texture add high style and the criss-crossed straps that don’t quite lay flat and have a believable dimensionality. I accessorized with high heels from Eku Zhong, made to fit the SLink feet, that have a gorgeous gold texture, and earrings from AvaGardner Kungler.

Aubergine

I ran over to the Cosmetic Fair Beach Party (which is indoors, so don’t worry about wearing sunscreen), and I found that Stasey Oller has put out this lovely skin for blondes. I have not always picked up on her work because bright pink glossy lipstick is not my thing, but this skin is a great palette for such or for more subtle looks. I chose one of her glossy lips to wear with it, sheer and without teeth. I know people like parted lips but they are very hard to pull off right. My hair is Truth Hawks’ newest for men but also fitted for women. His textures are, as always, luscious and this style really looks great on women who can pull off short hair.

Aubergine

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Tom [Female] by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Pink Acid Annette (Bare) – Butterscotch <3 by Stasey Oller for Pink Acid, available at the Cosmetic Fair Beach Party

Makeup: Pink Acid Overly Transparent Lip Gloss – Berry by Stasey Oller for Pink Acid, available at the Cosmetic Fair Beach Party

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes –  glacier by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at the Cosmetic Fair Beach Party

Dress: ISON – leather trim dress  (plum) by Harry Hyx for Ison *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Luna earring – Lavender by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Bangles: Boho Bangles – Laquered Gold and Diamonds by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

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

Shoes: KoiKoi Perfetti GOLD by eku Zhong for KoiKoi

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

Buenos Aires Hair

Buenos Aires Hair

I named this after the beautiful capital of Argentina because this hair reminds me of the gorgeous women of that cosmopolitan city. (Also because I am running out of rhymes, but really, the hair is gorgeous.) Gia Pawpad has switched up her brand name and moved to mesh with a great texture change HUD that allows for such lovely color looks as these.

Buenos Aires Hair

Upswept or worn down, the hairstyles are lovely and fit well (as you can see over this gorgeous sweater dress from Poulet Koenkamp which includes its own texture-change HUD with what seem a million options but are really only something like 27).

Buenos Aires Hair

Wear your hair back or up to show earrings like these from AvaGardner Kungler or wear it down to reveal the gorgeous ombre textures. Gia is offering all four of these styles at Hair Fair with part of each sale going to Wigs for Kids. Make yourself beautiful while doing something beautiful.

Buenos Aires Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

Skin: -Belleza- Ria Med 5 Br by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Dress: :: PM :: Felicity Dress *Complete Pack* MESH by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations, available at the Gypset Market *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Luna earring – Sunset by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Raspberry

Raspberry

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. ~ Mother Teresa

Raspberry

Today my favorite color is raspberry and that’s because of Ivy Burner’s sexy new lace dress she is featuring at The Big Show. With peekable lace all along the bodice (done skillfully on system layers) and an amazingly lined-up boob applier, this dress is great for elegance or dancing. The skirt is short but not too short, the decolletage is elegant  and perfect for featuring great cleavage. And jewelry—that too. My necklace is AvaGardner Kungler’s newest for L’Accessoires with huge gems suspended in metal cages. Di Hoorenbeek has come out with a series of Slink nail colors, and I have loved trying on the plain colors (not a lot of decoration, which I prefer oftentimes).

And I have to mention my shoes because GraceHaddington fought tooth and nail to get the mesh and then named them after me in honor of my birthday. With a HUD that allows 60 different Pantone colors that Grace borrowed from the latest New York Fashion Week palettes, the shoes are versatile and sexy when worn with the Slink high feet.

Raspberry

My skin is Aleida Rhode’s newest and comes with a compliment of lipsticks. She offers the skin with dark, light and no eyebrow options and the eye is deep set with a clean lid so you can add a makeup of your choosing. In this case, I added a liner from Stella Semaphore. My hair is a lovely half-up ‘do that MissAllSunday Lemon is offering at FaMESHed. The look has the piquancy of fresh raspberries—not too sweet.

Raspberry

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Ingrid Mesh Hair – Black coffee by MissAllSunday Lemon forWasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: Elysium – Solomon (dark eyebr) – chai with Elysium – Solomon lips – magenta purple (chai) by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Makeup: Cheap Makeup- sparkly black liner by Stella Semaphore for Cheap Makeup

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley *

Dress: ~Sassy!~ Love At First Sight  – fuschia by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at The Big Show *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Vivienne necklace – Silver/pink by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Boobs: [d] Lush Breasts 1.4 by Riann Maltese for Lush

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

Nail appliers: Di’s Opera – Nail appliers – Dark Berries by Di Hoorenbeek for Di’s Opera *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: [LG] Boutique-[ SPRING14] Harper Platform Pumps by GraceHaddington for LivGlam *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

~ “Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive” done by Aretha Franklin

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

It’s time to put the good face on. I admit sometimes I can be cranky—can’t we all? But humming this tune reminds me I have to “eliminate the negative.” It’s easy to be positive when you feel put together and this new dress from Ivy Burner that she has at the 100 Block, which comes with a great texture-change HUD, is putting me in a very up mood. With a graceful billow of fabric at the waist, it shows a different silhouette than many minis nowadays but with the halter top and way open back, it’s still very sexy. Accentuated with darling little wedge booties from BabyChampagne Sass, also from 100 Block, and a great clutch from Aleida Rhode that includes texture change for the metals and is also found at 100 Block, I am feeling up beat.

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

Sawsan Secretspy is launching this new skin at the Spring Break Fair, and it’s a beauty with gorgeously made-up eyes and lush lips. I was thrilled when I wore Isabelle Requiem’s gorgeous eyes from Kustom 9 with this skin—it just all went together with Chiaki Xue’s sassy short haircut that she is selling at the Japan Fair. AvaGardner Kungler completes the look with stunning jeweled teardrop earrings. This confident look is the ideal approach to a rosy day.

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene

Hair: *Dura* JAPAN FAIR Limited hair B by Chiaki Xue for Dura, available at Japan Fair 2014 *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Leilani Tan 02 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Spring Break Fair *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom9 *

Dress: ~Sassy!~ True Romance – all colors by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at the 100 Block *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Esplendor earring – Gold rose by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Handbag: Elysium  – Coco clutchbag – terracotta by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at the 100 Block *

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Ombre Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}} my destiny golden green by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at the 100 Block *

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