Heartthrob

I have been writing my blogs while watching “Coffee Prince,” a Korean sitcom/drama. It’s hilarious. A rich bachelor is being encouraged to get married by his battleaxe grandmother. In order to get out of being set up on dates, he hires a young woman delivery person to be a young man he can be seen with so the rumor is that he’s gay. At one point he dresses the young woman up, and she learns how to “be a man.”

Heartthrob

I had the same experience styling myself for this blog. While I found the jacket and jeans myself, I was critically assessed for my bad shape and hair (and my lack of “smooth” with the ladies) by a male. The jacket with shirt comes from mappy Handrick, who is currently having a very generous sale on men’s items. The jeans are my favorite boys’ jeans—loose where they need to be and tight in all the right places. The bracelet is from Jon Ree, who has some awesome pieces for men as well as women. I think these could pass as manly, right?

Heartthrob

The skin is from Aeon Jiminy, one I have been wearing a lot in these blogs. I like this skin a lot—it doesn’t look like all the other guys. It’s masculine and sexy with a youthful look and great whiskers. My revised shape helps it greatly. The hair is amazing—from Winter DiPrima, it’s a great offering for men who want to look sexy and cosmopolitan. My stylist was right on about this hair–it’s packed with “smooth.”

Heartthrob

Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles. ~ Korean proverb

Hair: LAQ ~ Radiant M05 (L) – Midnight by Winter DiPrima for Laqroki

Skin: no.07 :: Demetris – Natural :: Goatee 01 – Hair by Aeon Jiminy for no.07 *

Jacket: *ARAI* Leather Jacket_black by mappy Handrick for Arai

Jeans: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim(Pack A) by machang Pichot for Aoharu

Bracelet: Bracelet — Men’s Domingo silver links by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Shoes: HOC Industries – Easy Striders by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Rehab

Harper: I am going out of town this weekend for vacation and won’t have Internet.
John Z: That’s not vacation; that’s rehab.

Simple Girl

I *will* be out of town this weekend because I will be enjoying the natural beauties of the upper Midwest, visiting roadside stands, breathing in the fresh air, and going absolutely berzerk without Internet access. No worries—you’ll be getting my blogs fresh every day on time.

Today’s look starts with Dakota Buck and beanster Potato, two casual pieces perfect for vacation days. I love the pull-on leggings from beanster—they look horribly casual in RL but perfect in SL because we have the bodies to wear them. The top, which includes a beaded yoke, is a lovely piece with well-drawn wrinkles and shadows.

Simple Girl

The skin is a new one from Mallory Cowen, a fresh-faced woman of color. I am glad to see Mallory is concentrating on the different colors and styles that beautiful women can come. This skin, made for a more Asian looking avatar, has a rich hue and luscious make up. This cute hair is from Kavar Cleanslate and blessedly modifiable so I could darken it slightly.

Simple Girl

My boots come from the gacha at Marea Kirax’s store. In this case, I have jammed all my quarters into the machine in order to shake out boots in the colors I want. This only took—3 tries—and friends got my repeats. I love the crocheted texture, the great shape around the ankles and the brown suede on the feet. Funky and comfy and fun.

Simple Girl

Hooked on Internet?  Help is a just a click away.  ~Author Unknown

Hair: Exile Bianca/dark brass by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile, exclusively at The Dressing Room (modified)

Skin: LAQ ~ Mima 10 [Nougat] Glow skin (hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for LAQ

Top: [W&B] Neelia Beaded Yoke Tank DUST by Dakota Buck for Whippet & Buck

Leggings: Leggies – Brown by beanster Potato for Ducknipple

Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Hunk of Pink Earrings Set and Bangles Set by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Boots: “anuenue. Patchwork knit boots-PINK by Marea Kirax for anuenue

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

Oh, Betty, Betty, where are you, you mean mother inside all of us mothers, you dissatisfied wife in all us wives, you pretty thing who thought all you needed to do was look good and get knocked up to be happy? When did all your hopes and dreams turn into lumps of black rock in your stone cold heart? Will you ever find fulfillment, our Nordic goddess?

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

Betty is actually one of my favorite characters in Mad Men because she is the enigma, the most complex, I think. She’s no dummy—we know she can speak fluent Italian and read quite a bit.  She has a much better education than Don, who learned from the school of hard knocks. While Don has his existential crisis, Betty’s own personal crisis is in being stuck as who she is. Who can blame her for being a bit bitchy?

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

Today’s Betty is brought to you courtesy of Aree Lilibub, Tiffy Vella, and Bubbles Clawtooth, via Mallory Cowen. Aree has a store full of cute clothes—lots of vintage sun dresses and cute capris and nice little tops done with great detail. And this skin from Mallory Cowen is ideal for blondes, especially our Betty, who was once a fur coat model when Don met her. Glowing beautiful skin, pretty make-up—perfect for a former model.

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

Our shoes are a little more contemporary but nonetheless perfect for a woman who wants to show off her legs. Gospel Voom has made this set versatile, with color changing scripts in the laces, ribbon, seam and toe material. The number of combinations seems endless. And the photosourced woven sole is a great touch.

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

“I was an anthropology major. Imagine that.” ~ Betty Draper (Season 3, Episode 7: “Seven Twenty Three”)

Hair: CBC: Mrs.Mittens – Bombshell Blonde by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 09 [Peach] Glow skin (blonde hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: ::P:: Bus Stop Sundress, Purple by Aree Lulibub for .:Petunia

Earrings and Bracelet: Eclectica Jazz Purple Paisley Set by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: [Gos] Espadrilles Model by Gospel Voom for [ Gos ]

Changing Into Warmth and Vanity

I have known Erehwon Yoshikawa for a while now. She and I met after dancing week after week at Tiphares. I became in awe of her incredible music collection and calm and classy style. I met Erehwon face to face (to my surprise) at SLCC last year. It was so surprising I didn’t recognize who she said she was til later. I am glad she wasn’t put off my by weird expression. I have since met her wonderful partner (they are two incredibly cool people), and I have found out what a loyal and warm friend she truly is. And intelligent—unbelievably intelligent.

Erehwon has her own style, one that usually finds itself comfortable with steampunk or middle-Eastern or Indian attire or sometimes East Asian (since she has a recent obsession with Crunchyroll). She is comfortable in her shape, which is slightly rounded with an exquisitely pretty face. She is never ordinary, never cliched. I think this is another reason why I am so glad she’s a friend.

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Things never were the same.
Change is… it’s what we get
— Ramona Flowers,
Scott Pilgrim‘s Finest Hour

When I started in Second Life, I favored black and grey. They are dramatic, statement colors, and I wanted to play at steampunk (even if, as my RL partner, The Chemist, points out that the Victorian era was when aniline-based dyes were developed.) I’m playing with color in my wardrobe now.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

I’m wearing Vanidad, by Indyra Seigo. Indyra has been making casual dresses and outfits with a dramatic flare in Second Life for several years. Vanidad means vanity, but you would had guessed that from the peacock plume print on the silk skirt. The highlights on the print pop out beautifully against the rich, dark brown silk of the skirt which almost tricks the eye into perceiving it as a dark burgundy. Printing the feathers on black silk would had been dramatic, but would rob the skirt of it’s warmth. While the skirt is both warm, and dramatic the top glows. Indyra takes care to add highlighting to the trim pieces, and shadows to the folds and sleeves.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity
The portrait of Ada Lovelace I’m standing next to was one the first things I made inworld, uploading her image from her wikipedia page. I still love having a victorian-esque garret to work in.

As I always do, I wear Mallory Cowen’s LAQ Carina skin in peach, and a modified version of the Marta shape by Melanie774 Kidd for Mela’s. The round soft face, dimpled chin, and sturdy hips are the body I feel most comfortable wearing inworld. Both skin and shape flow together with the top and skirt. And as a non-standard sized avatar, I appreciated how easy it was to tailor Vanidad to fit me: the skirt just had to go a touch larger, the ribbon tie pulled out of my chest, and the sleeve tops resized and recentered on my narrower shoulders. The glasses are PrimOptic’s Celeste. I have had these glasses since my first day in Second Life. I remember asking the first well dressed person I saw where I could find a nice pair of cat’s eye frames. They suggested Prim Optic and I’ve worn them ever since. (Also, you can shift the glasses to the top of your head with a click, for when you’re reading, or raising your cute factor.) The hair is Truth Hawks, because I must have big hair with bangs to feel like me, and the artful messiness of the hair is perfect for the outfit.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

The shoes are Zaara Kohime’s Ilaida Mojri slippers. These are not as fanciful as the ornate slippers by Moon Ling that I usually wear, but they are elegant and perfect for standing on the balcony, and visiting with friends from sunset to the early hours of a summer morning.

Changing into Warmth and Vanity

Hey you’ll get it.
It just takes practice.
— Scott Pilgrim, Scott Pilgrim‘s Finest Hour

Hair: Melinda by Truth Hawks for Truth

Skin: LAQ Carina in Peach by Mallory Cowen for LAQ

Shape: Marta by Melanie774 Kidd for  Mela’s Shapes

Dress: Vanidad by Indyra Seigo for  Indyra Originals

Glasses: Celeste by Nibb Tardis for PrimOptic

Earrings: Genie Bottle Earrings by Erehwon Yoshikawa for Yoshikawa Aetheric Engineering (gift)

Shoes: Ilaida Mojri by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Short but Sweet

That’s what this outfit is: short but sweet.

Short but Sweet

Take the top from AvaGardner Kungler, which has gotten me tons of raves (compliments AND dance parties). With its classy silky texture, abstract and contemporary design, this blouse is a loose and sexy accompaniment to the short snakeskin skirt from sexy Moxie Polano.

Short but Sweet

I have been walking around in variations of this ensemble for a whole day now (which is a long time for me) and this fresh skin from Mallory Cowen is the ideal makeup. With the deep burgundy luscious lips and expressive eyes, it gives a young but classy look to the ensemble. Big hoop earrings from adria Joubert bring attention to this pretty face and a radical new ‘do from Truth Hawks roughs it up just a little.

Short but Sweet

Legs up to there:

Hair: >TRUTH< Tilly – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: LAQ ~ Aline 03 [Peach] Glow skin (brown hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki *

Top: (Kunglers) Catherine – floral shirt by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Skirt: MP Snake Skin Skirt Raven Black by Moxie Polano for Haute Couture

Earrings: :Fusion: beaded Hooped Earrings by adria Joubert for Fusion Jewelry

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Aequus Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Voyage

We could go au bout du monde
Till the end of the night

~”Voyage” by Charlotte Gainsbourg

Voyage

SL is a kind of voyage—of imagination. In this case, Zaara Kohime’s imagination takes over with this outfit (I hit her 50% sale, clearly). This cute little dress with its shorty glitch pants underneath is flirty and pretty all at once, employing lacy cap sleeves over a beautifully textured embroidered bodice and satiny skirt.

Voyage

The skin is a beautiful new skin for brunettes from Mallory Cowen. We get again the luminescence of Mallory’s glow line with a darker shade to the eyebrows and pretty makeups so appropriate for brunettes. I include two different jewelry purchases from Zaara, the exquisite turquoise and silver cluster earrings with leaves and a lovely flowery ring. Not many can pull off clothing and jewelry both. Either they have the system pieces down and prims are not quite right or the prim work is lovely without the texture artistry. Zaara has both in hand, which is why she is so popular.

My hair is a lovely updo secured by chopsticks from Jungeun Vella and shoes are pretty bowed slingbacks from Cerberus Noel. My poses come from the always friendly Rogan Diesel, who is having a 50% sale on his poses this week!

Voyage

Looking good at 50% off (without half of it falling off ;))

Hair: JE*REPUBLIC-Jin-Cocoa by Jungeun Vella for JE*REPUBLIC

Skin: LAQ ~ Aline 08 [Nougat] Glow skin (brown hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki *

Dress: Zaara : Mahari *bordeaux* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Earrings: Zaara : Anaya cluster earrings *turquoise* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Ring: Zaara : Raga oyster ring *black pearl* (silver) by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes – crimson by Cerberus Noel for G.Field

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations

The Orchid Thief

In a previous virtual incarnation, my persona surrounded herself with orchids. She wore orchid perfume, lived in a “hot house,” had a black orchid tattoo on her shoulder blade. During my first year in SL, in fact, I wore a poorly (self) made black orchid tattoo on my shoulder blade to remind myself of my previous virtual being.

The Orchid Thief

It was no wonder then that I would want to show this beautiful dress from Kimmera Madison. Named after Honey Fairweather, who is herself a very precious and unique blossom (as I have learned having met and worked with her), the dress is adorned with beautiful golden and brown orchids shaped like lady slippers and so exquisitely textured I can’t stop looking at them. The textures throughout the rest of the prims are also beautiful with translucency and alpha clash being used as a benefit. The wavy hem on the bottom is a brilliant touch and that one detail alone reveals how Kimmera’s work is a cut above the rest.

The Orchid Thief

I show this beautiful dress with a lovely glowing skin from Mallory Cowen. Made specifically for blondes, this set includes several makeups and all have the light brow and coloring more appropriate for blondes, which is sometimes a hard find in SL. Another hard find is a decent blonde texture on hair. Bubbles Clawtooth’s is a beautiful honey blonde, elegant and warm without being too yellow.

The Orchid Thief

Just as I wonder
whether it’s going to die,
the orchid blossoms

and I can’t explain why it
moves my heart, why such pleasure

comes from one small bud
on a long spindly stem…

…it’s
purely erotic,

pistil and stamen, pollen,
dew of the world, a spoonful

of earth, and water…

~Sam Hamill, The Orchid Flower

Hair: CBC: Mrs.Mittens – Bombshell Blonde by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 10 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: Tres Beau “Honey” by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Earrings: E! Twisted Earrings by Eclectic Wingtips for E! Eclectic Apparel and Accessories

Spring Fling

I ran around today doing errands and enjoying the promise of spring (though there is still snow on the ground). We’re almost over that hump. We’re alllllmost there.

Spring Fling

MEB has released their spring collection and MariaElena Barbosa has a set of clothing that will put some fling in your spring. I show here a dress she sent that includes the excellently textured sculpty belt and the pumps. I love the print of this dress—it’s proportionally well done, elegant and fun at once. I like the silhouette of the whole dress, from the sculpty collar to the fun flirty skirt cinched with the belt.

Spring Fling

I accessorized with Zaara Kohime’s beautiful onyx jewelry. Not a lot of creators can cover clothing and jewelry and give both justice—Zaara pulls it off. She has wisely not decided to attempt skins or shoes. She knows where her best work is done. A peek at her offerings at the Accessory Fair is enough to make any fashionista faint (and any builder offer homage to Zaara because it’s clear she is not using a script to place her prims). Wow!

Spring Fling

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:  when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~Charles Dickens

Hair: <TheAbyss> Hair – Secret – Light Blonde by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 06 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress with Shoes: MEB SPRING 2010 : Vogue by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB *

Bracelet: Zaara : Vyomini chained bracelet *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Earrings: Zaara : Anaya cluster earrings *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Written while listening to “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind and Fire. The music at Car Wash—it’s filling up my iTunes! Who IS that DJ?

First Flowers of Spring

It’s a little early here to trumpet the arrival of flowers. Even the crocuses know better than to poke their heads out just yet. But a certain flower has decided to poke her head out and grace us with her beauty.

First Flowers of Spring

Eshi Otawara has ventured back into SL tentatively, first with her showing at the McQueen tribute show and now with another one of her One-Hour Builds called Symphony of Science-The Poetry of Reality. Despite the abstract title, the flowers are really truly beautiful. There is a fashion hook here, folks. She is offering the beautiful necklace you see, your own wearable piece of this beautiful build.

First Flowers of Spring

The dress is from a Japanese designer, ruby69kill Moonites. I stumbled on her shop on one of my weird exploratory adventures. The dress works well for this piece of jewelry and has a nice little peekaboo. The luminous skin is from Mallory Cowen and suits the glow of the entire build.

First Flowers of Spring

Come see Eshi’s work. Buy the necklace and take a piece of her with you.

First Flowers of Spring

First Flowers of Spring

Wake up, little flower.

Hair: ETD Loraine – Blonde by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 06 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: *dg* Katie by ruby69kill Moonites for *deviant girls*

Necklace: LOTUS – Necklace and earrings by Eshi Otawara by Eshi Otawara, available at the Symphony of Science

P.S. All photos unedited except for crop. It’s really this beautiful in SL.

P.P.S. I checked my Siberian irises today, and they are coming up!

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

As I have said before, I have always had a little trouble being blonde in world. I am not blonde in RL nor do I understand the fascination with blonde coloring. Even when I was a girl, I always thought Sabrina was much more intriguing than Jill and that Kelly was just way better looking in general. (See, I thought I was Sabrina but I *wanted* to look like Kelly.)

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

But I am starting to see the appeal of being a blonde. First is this new skin from Mallory Cowen, made especially for blondes. With its subtle and light features, beautiful glow (it really does glow as advertised, and we aren’t talking about prim glow), and the well drawn features (eyebrows!), it’s an exquisite skin that makes being blonde pretty damn fun for me.

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

Then add Sascha Frangilli’s remade Temptation dress. She has remade the dress with less “battleship” and more cocktail. She gives you, as always, several options. I show two here—the prim longer skirt and the system skirt, with the great bolero and without. I paired it with these great slingback from Nardya Rousselot. I completely endorse her shoes—great shape, great textures.

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

Don’t hate me because I am beautiful:

Hair: MIEL BM HAIR – Blonde 4 by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 05 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: SAS – Temptation Cognac II by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Earrings: P.C; Gilded Pearl Fruit Earring by Ava Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Eva Bronze by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

P.S. A quick note. RFL Clothing Fair is happening again this year, starting at 3 pm slt on March 13. IF you are a fashion blogger in good standing, you may drop a note to Phoenix Ember with your name and blog url and she will add you to the group to preview the sims on press day, March 12. RFyre will be sponsoring the Paris sim, based on the city where Raven and I will be vacationing when either of us wins the lottery.