A Little Light Within

A Little Light Within

Don’t need no compass no map or chart
Don’t need no stars shining above
Don’t need nothing but a little light in my heart
Glowing inside me like a blanket of love

~ “A Little Light Within” by Sturgill Simpson

A Little Light Within

Barely’s always spinning what he calls “alt country” or what is now called “Americana,” and it’s quite come in vogue lately with some fabulous artists making music the way it’s supposed to be. I don’t think Barely brought Sturgill Simpson to me but he likes him as much as I do. I have been enjoying his album while doing this blog post and loved some of the lyrics, so that’s the title of the blog today.

Sometimes I think SL creations are a bit of everyone’s “little light within” given to all of us. Think about this once: where else in your life are you treated to so many people’s artistic and creative efforts, sold to you for so little to shape and light up your life? For example, this dress from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus is so sexy and so well rigged and textured, but on top of that, engineered in collaboration between two people who live and love together. As I put it on, this collection of pixels, I marvel at its thoughtfulness and engineering, the sculptural qualities of the mesh, the proportions and “idea” of it, I think, well damn, can’t get that kind of experience for $2 anywhere else, right?

Then you have Maxi Gossamer’s mesh jewelry with her added touches of texture change and materials, the sexy boots engineered around the Belleza foot by Kenadeecole, and even the little dragonfly ring I got in a gacha from Piraiyah Novikov—each piece someone’s inner light shining.

A Little Light Within

Another miracle is how everyone’s light shines together. I am thinking of things like Sawsan Secretspy’s textures made into scripts for Tricky’s mesh body and Siddean Munro’s mesh feet and hands. And then Santana Lumiere’s nails applied to the hands and feet. And Queue Marlowe’s crazy waves fit to the body and gorgeous eyes from Nicole Button. I feel illuminated, lit within, by all the beauty and creativity this adds up to and absolutely amazed by how I can make this coherent “person” from such a melange of ideas and creations.

A Little Light Within

Hair: AD – one trick pony – FITTED – dark reds by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

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

Eyes: Egozy.Eyes (Brown).Light by Nicole Button for Egozy *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 *SlinkFit H&F by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. Belleza Venus Body appliers by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Dress: L&B Swear “Teese” Leather Corset Dress by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace – Valencia Cross – Short and MG – Earrings – Valencia Cross by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Ring: NOMAD // Dragonfly Ring by Piraiyah Novikov for NOMAD

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

Nail appliers: [LB Ombre2] *Slink* Manicure and Pedicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: REIGN.- Helix Heels- (Slink)- FATPACK by kenadeecole for REIGN

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

A Little Light Within

Blessings—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

Blessings—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 20

“Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~ Charles Dickens

Blessings

No series of blog posts about the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar is complete without an invasion by the KittyCatS themselves. Two new breed lines have been released recently—Rainy Day Dreams with little patridges and pears in the antlers and sELFies, Santa’s little troublemaking helpers. They are plopped all over a great piece of furniture that Debil Skute made for the KittyCats & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 8, which includes several great custom poses for men and women. (You don’t need KittyCatS to enjoy the furniture, by the way.)

Blessings

A green mesh jumpsuit from Cynthia Ultsch is casual wear at its sexiest. All in one piece, the outfit fits and bends amazingly well and comes in curvy as well as regular sizes so if you carry a little extra, you have room to move. Great winter boots from Senzati0n Domenitzo keep my feet warm.

The featured item today is a wonderful necklace made from scratch by Bastchild Lotus. Bast makes jewelry in real life so she brings a sensibility about what looks good and what is possible to her SL jewelry, and this great unisex necklace is no exception. If you look very closely, you can see a beautiful celtic heart finding, a gem, a kitty charm and of course the main piece. The beads are exquisitely textured, all on a resizable leather cord. This piece was made uniquely as a gift for the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar so make sure you get your copy.

Blessings

Truth Hawks recently ended his half off sale (waaah) but has come out with new hair (yay). This windblown style comes with our without a great pompom hat with all his gorgeous hair color textures. I am still infatuated with Syane Cisse’s pretty peachy skin, which I wear here without makeup. Love the delicate way she shows highlights.

Blessings

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

Skin: [sYs] SKIN – LOU M01 (brown brows) by Syane Cisse for [sYs]

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – light green by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Outfit: [Cynful] Ultschfit Olive by Cynthia Ultsch for [Cynful], available at FROST *

Necklace: L&B Swear “Love My Cat” Necklace – Unisex by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

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

Nail appliers: -{ZOZ}- Reindeer Colors White Polish (slink) Fingernail Hud by Zozicon for ZOZ, available at FROST *

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

Boots: Essenz – Brooklyn by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at FROST *

Furniture: Pet Bed Table & Chairs – 2014 Advent : by Dekute Dekore by Debil Skute for Dekute Dekore, available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar * (Day 8)

My friends:

  • KittyCatS! – Rainy DayDream by KittyCatS for KittyCatS
  • KittyCatS! – sELFies! by KittyCatS for KittyCatS

Blessings

Isobel

Isobel

in a heart full of dust
lives a creature called lust
it surprises and scares
like me
like me

~ “Isobel” by Bjork

Isobel

While I photo’d and documented this blog entry, I listened to a mix of Bjork and PJ Harvey on YouTube so my look is a combination of the two (kind of like this amazing performance of “Satisfaction” by the pair). And speaking of amazing, this dress that Kinu Mayako has made for the Mystic Realms Faire is a strappy sexy look with a wonderful color change HUD for the straps on the top and the underlying part, the skirt and the arm cuffs. Then I paired it with a strappy set of platforms from Poulet Koenkamp that include a texture-change HUD as well. I will remark that these are Slink-compatible but fit the Belleza body feet just fine. My necklace is from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus and include 4 metals and 10 gems, available exclusively at the Body Modification Expo.

Isobel

My ‘do is one of Truth Hawks’ new fantasy hairs for the Mystic Realms Faire. With his great texture-change HUD, I was able to choose this great color combo. Sawsan Secretspy has released this lovely skin for Designer Showcase and I dressed it up with eye liner from Constance Daehlie and lips from Mocksoup Graves. I like when a skin is plain enough that a third party makeup works well on it. This is pretty seamless.

Isobel

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Olinda by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

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

Eyeliner: #adored – go to liners – curlt up by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Lipstick: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Nerd Purple Lipstain (Lipcolor only) by Mocksoup Graves for [mock cosmetics] *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – alchemist – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

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

Dress: [ SAKIDE ] Anawyn by Kinu Mayako for [ SAKIDE ], available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Necklace: L&B “Pear Drop” Necklace by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild,  available at the Body Modification Expo *

Shoes:  :: PM :: Croco Boots -all colors by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Autumn Spell

Autumn Spell

“She looked like autumn, when leaves turned and fruit ripened.” ~ Sarah Addison Allen, Garden Spells

Autumn Spell

An SL friend came to my town in RL this weekend, and I got to show him around a city that was sunny, warm and enjoying the last breaths of summer. He said, “This is gorgeous! I love it here!” Right after he left, the temperature dropped 25 degrees, the rain and clouds rolled in, and it was back to reality—winter’s a-comin’.

I spent the afternoon raking the first leaves and so this put me in an autumn state of mind. This cute knit dress from Nigella Nightfire reiterates that intent (especially as I model it in this old hunt gift I found in my inventory from Ayumi Cassini). The knit on the dress is, to my experienced knitter’s eye, a bit large but the pattern is terrific and the loose hang fit well over the Belleza body. I accented with a pretty choker from Maxi Gossamer (love being able to change the gem colors) and boots from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus.

Autumn Spell

I am sitting among fall-themed furniture from Sway Dench that has a candy theme, this being candy corn, for the Candy Fair, which is opening in a couple days. The pieces all have a plethora of poses for your sitting enjoyment and her sets are all coordinated to theme.

Uber opened yesterday and this gorgeous skin is one of Inka Mexicola’s offerings for that event, geared towards the 50 Shades fans. With beautifully lined eyes and an extra pack of deeply colored lipsticks also being offered at the event, the skin is as sexy as the event requires. My fluid waves are MissAllSunday Lemon’s contribution to the event, flowing and classically sexy. Looks like autumn is going to get another warm up if you visit Uber.

Autumn Spell

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Lea Mesh Hair – Gingerbread by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at Uber *

Skin: Essences {Ingrid – Uber} Medium01 *brown* by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Uber *

Lipstick: Essences – Ingrid {Kiss’n’Go} Berry Smooch by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Uber *

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

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: ..:: NN ::.. Mesh Autumn Leaves Sweter Dress 11 by Nigella Nightfire for NiNight Creations

Choker: MG – Necklace – Valentina’s Choker 1 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Boots: L&B S’wear “Carissa” Ankle Boot by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

[MAGIC NOOK] Autumn Skybox Rezzer by Ayumi Cassini for Magic Nook (no longer available)

Sway’s [Sweet] Living Room Set . candy corn by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at the Candy Fair (opening October 3) *

Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues

Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues

You never get nothing by being an angel child
You better change your ways and get real wild
I wanna tell you something, I wouldn’t tell you a lie
Wild women are the only kind that really get by
‘Cause wild women don’t worry, wild women don’t have their blues

~ “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues,” sung by Francine Reed

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

A week or so ago I spent a few hours looking for good blues songs by and about women because all the great blues joints and DJs on SL have taught me to love the blues. I have a particularly warm spot in my heart for women blues singers. Finally, I found women who could sing it low and sing it high. Women’s blues embraces women’s sexuality and feelings with passion and humor.

This outfit reminds me of wild women. Start with the mesh clothes from Poulet Koenkamp. Poulet makes no beef about using mesh templates but her texture work and texture-change HUDs are so amazing that she lifts them beyond the run-of-the-mill. For example, you can find this jacket elsewhere but are you going to find it with such awesome zippers, such great suede and tweed textures, and most importantly this gorgeous embroidery on the back? Nope. Her jeans are just as nice with a tweedy texture and a variety of colors available on the HUD.

My necklace and ring are from Crashnoww, who is one of the folks at the Jewelry Fair. I have blogged his work already but can’t say enough about the great texture-change HUDs and the styling of his and his business partners’ work. Make sure you get over to the Jewelry Fair tout suite!

Then step down to my beautiful boots from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus. As with all their creations, the mesh is made from the pixel up by Paul and Bast and includes their brilliant proprietary texture-change HUD, which includes scads of color and metal choices so when you get this boot and the HUD, you get a very fat fatpack.

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Umazuma Metaluna released this skin in full with all the appliers (including the Mesh Project face), add-ons and gorgeousness I just adore with these skins. The eyebrows are exquisite (I am big on eyebrows), the freckled skin is subtle and sublime, the eyes are expressive and the lips are full and drop-dead gorgeous. I love this skin on me! I wore one of Harry Hyx’s hairs from Hair Fair to give our sexy wild woman a sleeker look. Don’t think because her hair isn’t messy, she isn’t willing to get a little dirty.

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Hair: ISON – Ruler by Harry Hyx for Ison *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Zuri – Bare face (toffee) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery]

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Jacket: :: PM :: Erica Jacket – All Colors by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Jeans: :: PM :: Acire Slacks – All 16 Colors by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Necklace: **RE** LUX Mia Necklace by Crashnoww for RealEvil Industries, available at the Jewelry Fair *

Ring: **RE** LUX Mia Ring by Crashnoww for RealEvil Industries, available at the Jewelry Fair *

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

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 227 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at My Attic*

Boots: L&B S’wear “Carissa” Ankle Boot by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

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

True Blue

True Blue

True blue, your silent cry
And I can see it and I want to touch you
Please, cause no one sleeps
True blue is breaking the waves
I used to know all the gates of love
And all the love was streaming through you

~ “Eclipse Blue” by Nosaj Thing

True Blue

I put together this true blue outfit because I just loved all the elements and wanted to wear something that made me feel good. Start with this open-necked chambray blouse from Julliette Westerberg, who has a fine grasp of mesh rigging and clothing with great textures and fashion. Add my favorite jeans from Paul Lapointe that come with a texture-change HUD for the jeans and the belt. I ran over to Jewelry Fair and found that RealEvil was there with some fabulous mesh jewelry. The necklace I show has texture change for the metal and all three layers of feathers, so it’s versatile and really nicely made.

True Blue

I brought out this gorgeous skin from Inka Mexicola again. Gosh it’s beautiful. I LOVE the eye makeup, especially with this whole look. (The next blog I am going to be showing Inka’s skin with the Belleza body. Think it won’t work? It does!) My gorgeous ponytail is one of Truth Hawks’ newer ‘dos. I am true to blue, true blue.

True Blue

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

Skin: Essences {Linka02} *medium01* brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Top: -tres blah- Open Collar Blouse – Chambray by Julliette Westerburg for -tres blah-

Jeans: L&B Jeans “Classic Boyfriend” by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Necklace: **RE** LUX Elix Necklace by Crashnoww for RealEvil Industries, available at the Jewelry Fair *

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Slink – Raw Nostalgia Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

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

Shoes: Eudora 3D Ragnarok Clogs by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at Uber *

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

Hair Without a Care

Hair Without a Care

OK, let’s be straight up honest here. The reason we love hair in SL is because really, it’s so easy to have. No washing, no irons, no stinky dyes, no perms. Just a few clicks and we have transformed our look with a new hair. Mina Nakamura makes this especially easy with her featured hair for Hair Fair this year. She made two long casual girl looks—one with bangs and one with hair tucked winsomely behind the ear. (I have to say that one is just so “real” for a young woman’s look.)

Hair Without a Care

She also offers a men’s look, and guys, stop complaining there are no hairs out there for you. This one I have seen on many men in real life. Mina includes a great shaved realistic hairbase with it. And as always, all her hairs come with her great texture-change HUD so you don’t have to mess around with hair colors (or dye).

Hair Without a Care

Hair (top to bottom):

Women’s Skin: [theSkinnery] Xiao – Bare face(toffee) DB CL2 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery *

Men’s Skin: -NIVARO- Emerson Skin – “Elitist Beard” nohair__bald by ReishiProphet for Nivaro (not available)

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

Women’s Top: Arisaris ~Come To Me~ Outfit by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Men’s Top: .:L&B:. S’Wear “Racing” (M) Leather Jacket Set by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *