What Doesn’t Show

What Doesn’t Show

“Real elegance is everywhere, especially in the things that don’t show.” – Christian Dior

What Doesn't Show

I have to flash a photo of the HUDs piled up with windows on my screen, windlights set, inventory opened, and Callie and Aleida chatting with me. How does someone take a photo among all this?? Now you know some of what doesn’t show.

What Doesn't Show

What does show is LeeZu Baxter succumbing to mesh bodies. Yes, folks, she has transferred some of her best system pieces, hand drawn, beautiful work, to mesh body appliers. I am so glad she did. LeeZu was always known for her gorgeous work, which was, before mesh came along, some of the most innovative and artistic on the grid. It was painful to have to pack it up when I decided to go all mesh body all the time. Now that’s not a problem. For example, I am wearing the incredible Monroe lingerie, a set I had long ago blogged on my system body in all its elegance and sexiness.

What Doesn't Show

I thought the soft candlelight from Winter Thorn’s beautiful candle cages from her set at Collabor88 would lend some atmosphere. I applied Umazuma Metaluna’s gorgeous skin for the LeLutka mesh heads to another head in the set after my blog a week or so ago with the same skin was such a success. I think people are concerned they might all look alike with these mesh heads, and certainly with a certain male mesh head I see on the grid, that fear is justified, but with six heads already in the LeLutka collection, all modifiable by messing with head stretch and a plethora of skins already created to apply to these heads, I don’t think you need to worry about that. I applied the basic makeup to the eyes and Umazuma’s gift lipstick to create this look, after tweaking the blending and shimmer on the HUD. My super sexy hair is Bubbles Clawtooth’s beautiful offer for Kustom 9, a fitting style for this beautiful look.

What Doesn't Show

Hair: Clawtooth: Up and Away  – The Complete Collection by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, for Kustom9 *

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Silke (LeLutka Skin Applier) HUD (honey) with [theSkinnery] Silke Cranberry Lipstick (LeLutka Applier) by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at the Chapter Four *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Jeans by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Lingerie: [LeeZu!] OMEGA Monroe Lingerie HUD /blue by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Relay: Omega System Relay HUD for Maitreya v.03 by Chellynne Bailey for Omega Applier Systems

Nail applier: Nailed It – Maitreya – French Manicure – Pastels Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Glamistry : LINARIA Heels by Glamistry for Glamistry *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Décor: {what next} Amberley Tree Bench Set by Winter Thorn for {what next}, available at Collabor88 *

  • {what next} Amberley Hanging Lantern  (lilac candle)
  • {what next} Amberley Floor Lantern (pink candle)
  • {what next} Amberley Floor Lantern (lilac candle)

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Before the Party—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 14

Before the Party—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 14

“I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” ~ Ron White

Before the Party

Before any party in my house, there is a period of furious cleaning, pulling out the special dishes, setting the ambience. Since the holidays are coming up, I pulled out some accessories for creating the mood. Sway Dench’s fireplace for the Liaison Collaborative is a great centerpiece without flickering fire and Trace Osterham’s collection of bar tray and other party-related items (cleverly named “Eighteenth Amendment”) create a perfect party atmosphere.

Wintery house preparations mean a cozy sweater and tights, this the wonderful cabled turtleneck Missqwerty Pevensey is featuring for Frost with a great shape and wonderfully textured cables. Tights from Maya Levane warm the look up.

But the best part of the look are the other gift today in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, these custom-made boots from LeeZu Baxter. LeeZu has thought to include a darling artistic kitten on her boots with a great colorset, made exclusively as a gift to any takers. Come get her fabulous mesh boots from the calendar today!

Before the Party

Sawsan Secretspy has now released her golden skin tone for the Elsa line and it sure is gorgeous with a deeper tone for girls who want to shine. This set includes heavily lined eyes for a more seductive look. My casual updo with a bun at the nape of the neck is one of Mirja Mills newest and comes complete with her great texture-change HUD. And my gorgeous green eyes are from Constance Daehlie’s new set at Anypose.

Before the Party

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * LOLLI * by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Elsa Golden 03 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – hazel by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at AnyPose *

Sweater: [AB] Sweater Dress Tan by Missqwerty Pevensey for American Bazaar, available at FROST *

Tights: (TokiD) un tights -orange 1 by Maya Levane for TokiD

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

Boots: [LeeZu!]  Mia Miu Boots <mesh,resize> /special by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Fireplace: Sway’s [Valerie] Fireplace . wood-medium by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Bar service: {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment by Trace Osterham for {theosophy}, available at The Arcade *

  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Bar Cart (Light) RARE
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Plates (Gold)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Plates (Moss)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Bottles (C)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Bottles (B)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Punch Bowl (Mint)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Lamp (Mint)

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

Before the Party

Dilettante

Dilettante

Slow down, dilettante
So I can limp beside you
And follow in your rush too

Hang on, street savant
My bank in my pocket
How far you think you’ll take us?

You’re like a party I heard through the wall
Invite me

~ “Dilettante” by St. Vincent

Dilettante

I thought a song by St. Vincent was a perfect choice for a dress by LeeZu. Both throw together colors, patterns, ideas into a melange of perfect sound and thought. LeeZu’s latest mesh has ruching in the back and front and a little lace peekaboo slip at the hem. Other creators would make this a simple shape; LeeZu does more with it. Then she applies her amazing art, combing graphic color with actual feel-touch textures and detail.

I added one of Abraxxa Anatine’s jewelry sets for Mystic Realms Faire to the look. Obviously this is meant for some elven look but it works just as well with a regular outfit which bespeaks its stylishness and versatility. Nails from Cyclic Gears for My Slink Obsession give me a stylish orange metallic touch.

Gina Lurra has created a pair of mesh boots with a HUD that allows you to change everything except the color of your underwear—vamp, heel, sole, studs, zipper, etc. She includes rigged and unrigged versions (for those of you who can’t resist tinkering).

Dilettante

Queue Marlowe has come out with a new style that is out to there in curls and style. Once again, Queue blew corkscrews out of the water with this look. It is made of bouncy flexi prims with a color-change hairband. My skin is Aleida Rhode’s sensual coppery skin for the Body Modification Expo. With a beautifully shaded body and a lovely face, it’s a great offer at the Expo. I added a slick of gloss from Mocksoup Graves to soften the look.

Dilettante

Hair: AD – amber – dark browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Elysium – Devine II skin – medium by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Lipstick: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Sweet Coral Lipstain by Mocksoup Graves for [mock cosmetics]

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

Dress: [LeeZu!] Cala Dress <mesh,rigged,materials> /olive by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Necklace and Earrings: EarthStones Elena Necklace and Ball Earrings – Chrysocolla by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

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

Nail appliers: [LVLE] Fall Textured Fingernails by Cyclic Gearz for LVLE, available at My Slink Obsession *

Boots: [IRENA] Spikes boots Fitted by Gina Lurra for [IRENA] *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Whistle

Whistle

“If you want me just whistle. You know how to whistle don’t you? Just put your lips together and blow.” ~ Lauren Bacall

Whistle

Lauren Bacall recently passed away and I wanted to do a tribute look for her but who can possibly replicate such beauty? Only she could be herself, because it was her soul that gave light to her elegance. Her famous quote is a perfect sassy elegant rejoinder and encapsulates the persona she embodied.

For this dress from LeeZu Baxter, I wanted to find an elegant, old school look but I knew I couldn’t pull off Lauren Bacall, so I proceeded as seemed natural. LeeZu has never been afraid of pushing the boundaries of what she can do in SL, pulling in elements of everything at her disposal—textures, mesh, prims, and old fashioned style—to create her very haute fashion. This time she has mesh layers to show a very elegant gown with a lace overlay and then a great filmy flexi skirt at the bottom. With the brooch at the rib and the medallion flung over the shoulder, it’s sexy and beautiful, especially with her complex textures.

Whistle

A look this complicated doesn’t need a lot else going on, so I opted for small earrings from Krystal Jenkins, which show well with my new hair from TOmmy Fairplay. This is a men’s hair, but it looks amazing on women too, especially worn with this gorgeous skin from Umazuma Metaluna from her collection for the Arcade. With deep berry lips and a gorgeously framed eye, the look is pure glamour.

Whistle

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Dawson Non-Rigged Mesh Big Pack by TOmmy Fairplay for Damselfly *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Marni 14 (honey) with [theSkinnery] Marni Brows 6 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery],available at the Arcade (opening soon) *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – stornborn by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: [LeeZu!] Aurora Gown <mesh,rigged,materials> /mauve by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Earrings: :::Krystal::: Captured Radiance Earring – Platinum (Hope Stone) by Krystal Jenkins for :::Krystal:::

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

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Palermo (Fatpack 2) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo

Reckoner

Reckoner

Because we separate
Like ripples on a blank shore

~ “Reckoner” by Radiohead

Reckoner

Sometimes I need to break out the leather and the piercings and just get a little punk. I had all this good stuff around and I put it together and boom! Start with the great jacket/shirt combo from Tatyana Ultsch. This absolutely awesome jacket comes with a HUD that allows tons of variations (stripes on or off, different belt looks, dozens of t-shirt textures or none at all). I made sure the stripes were on to match Eudora3D’s skirt for We <3 RP. My kick ass boots are mesh delights from LeeZu Baxter that she came out with not too long ago.

Reckoner

My skin is a great deal at The Dressing Room Fusion. If you want to get into Inka Mexicola’s stuff at a good price, this is the way to do it. I punked it up with liner and lips from Constance Daehlie, who I seem to be a showing a lot of lately. It’s a go-to for me. Those beautiful gray eyes are from Umazuma Metaluna’s set at Chapter Four. Hasuko Kuramoto brought out these mesh ears not long ago and I made my own earrings from full perm pieces from LCorse. And my updo? A brutally brilliant bun from Kattington.

Reckoner

Hair: *Milk* Hair~ The Top Knot by Kattington for Milk

Skin: Essences {Linka} TDRF *medium01* brunette by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Makeup: #adored – komei lipstick – inky and #adored – go to liners – smoked out by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Bohemian eye collection – 17 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery],available at the Chapter Four *

Jacket: :::i::: Aria Jacket – Black by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya::: *

Skirt: Eudora 3D Carnivale Skirt Black by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at We <3 RP *

Ears: Auricle Mesh Ear 1.0 by Hasuko Kuramoto for Midnight Lotus *

Piercings: Piercing pack1 Full Permissions by 90x60x90 for LCorse

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Oya – Necklace – silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at the Gypset Market *

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

Nail appliers: Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 223 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at My Slink Obsession *

Shoes: [LeeZu!] Milo Boots by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Everywhere Hair

Everywhere Hair

I called this “everywhere” hair because Thora Charron from LeLutka has managed to hit every demographic in SL for her Hair Fair offerings: RP, high fashion, romantic and dressy. In Thora’s typical style, the textures are detailed and beautiful with all the exacting touches typical of a LeLutka hair.

Everywhere Hair

The styles, of course, vary in vision. Using mesh in interesting and exciting ways, Thora has managed to make a collection for Hair Fair that is certain to donate lots to Wigs for Kids, especially with the lush hair colors and great hair textures.

Everywhere Hair

The hair comes in packs by color and do not include a HUD. This may or may not be a winner for some. Certainly, wearing non scripted hair IS a winner to most people, and there are abundant color choices. I love this lush red—Harvard—and think it’s stunning for all these hair styles.

Everywhere Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

[LeLutka]-CHRISTINE hair/Dark Red by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-FRANCINE hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-COLLEEN hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-CHARLENE hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Skin: .:JUMO:. Mariah Skin Cocoa Red Brows with .:JUMO:. Mariah Eyeliners 002 by JuneMonteiro for .:JUMO:. *

Eyes: pearl – clear pond – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: Bon Bon Longdress <mesh,rigged,materials> /cream by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Poses: KaTink – Chanel Runway Fat Pack 1-15 by Annemarit Jarvinen for KaTink *

Martha My Dear

Martha My Dear

Martha my dear
Though I spend my days in conversation
Please remember me
Martha my love don’t forget me
Martha my dear

~ “Martha My Dear” by the Beatles

Martha My Dear

This cheerful Beatles’ tune popped up and made a perfect title for this beauty, who I have named Martha. Fashion for Life opens today, featuring the work of over 150 designers, with donations from a portion of every single sale going to RFL. Because of RFL SL’s rules, the designers were required to load their items into individual vendors, one at a time, so you had better shop til you drop to make it worth their while. (It’s open two weeks. Take a sim a night or day and you’ll have seen everything and been able to explore these gorgeous sims too.)

The sims are, as I have mentioned, gorgeous. I took today’s photos on Pluto Fairey’s beautiful sim, which is sponsored in part by LeeZu Baxter. And check out the dress LeeZu is offering as her exclusive. Available in eight combinations, this down-right sexy dress with its bold graphic print will put you ahead of the crowd, especially with this amazing silhouette on a proprietary mesh piece. LeeZu has filled the store with items, all in the RFL vendors, so buy buy buy! (And make sure you click the flowers—there is a dance pose in them. I will be spending any time at FFL dancing in these flowers.)

Martha My Dear

My goal was to be top to bottom FFL content and I managed it. Start at the top with hair from Shylah Honey and Tommy Fairplay. With their great texture change HUD I was able to get this great two-colored look that matches my dress. My skin comes from LadyLuy and includes a ton of makeup options including blush. My eyes are from a set being sold by Marisela Bouchard, who generously paid for two shops so she could sell skins and clothing. My jewelry is offered as the exclusives by Sebastian Dionysus and Plurabelle Laszlo (who is also offering some darling shoes that I somehow have to get into the blog). Sasy Scarborough leapt in at the last minute to grab a store and is offering some darling nails, one of which is just great colors (no decoration), which is great for many outfits. My shoes are from Senzati0n Domenitzo, who is now creating for Slink feet (yay!) and is sponsoring another sim. And my elegant poses are a set that AnneMarit Jarvinen is offering in her shop.

Martha My Dear

Hold your head up you silly girl
Look what you’ve done
When you find yourself in the thick of it
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Zendaya by Shylah Honey for:::Damselfly Hair::, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Wander *

Skin: Skin Aimi  Milk with Eyeliner Louis Vuitton, Gloss, and Blush Warm Red by Ladyluy for Center Ville Maison, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Perambulate *

Eyes: Silk Dreams Eyes – Dark Brown by Marisela Bouchard for Silk Dreams, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Journey

Dress: Bon Bon Longdress <mesh,rigged,materials> /cream by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!, sponsor of FFL Parade for Fashion for Life *

Necklace and Bracelet: Crystal Ice Necklace C Black and Crystal Ice Bracelet R Black by Sebastian Dionysus for Designs by Sebastian, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek

Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Yasemine – Necklace by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Wander *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant  Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1  Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 217 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Detroit (Fatpack) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, sponsor of FFL Trek  at Fashion for Life *

Poses: KaTink – Chanel Runway Fat Pack 1-15 by Annemarit Jarvinen for KaTink, available on FFL Promenade at Fashion for Life *

Taken on FFL Parade, built by Pluto Fairey