Then We Were New

Then We Were New

We can do what we want,
We can live as we choose.
You see there’s no guarantee,
We got nothing to lose.

~ “New” by Paul McCartney

Then We Were New

Nothing like a cheerful pop love song from Paul McCartney to introduce this look, which is pure pop. (And watch that video—damn he looks good for a guy who is 71 years old!) Start with a cute dress from Kim Lysette—a flowered white print on black, easy and loose, and pile on a cardigan from Marie Lauridsen. Then garter stockings (with runs, of course) from Nikkiiirene and Moni Schulze’s darling color change platform boots with leg warmers (a *steal* at  the Marquis Market—50L and worth so much more). Ariadna Garrigus’ fashionable shades, also complete with a great color change hud for lenses and frame, complete the look with a whimsical dash of color.

Then We Were New

Tricky Boucher offers a set of darling skins at the Liaison Collaborative, including this fresh look with subtly cat-lined eyes. With a variety of brow colors available, it makes it easy to choose any one of the skins for wear with any hair. Kavar Cleanslate is offering this adorable ‘do with twisty high ponytails and his amazing color changing hud at the Attic for an equally amazing price. I tried on about 50 different variations in color and streaks before settling for this more tame but rich chocolate. Mr. Diesel has poses as a group gift at his store, some of which I show here. If you like packing your inventory with his poses, this is the time to pick them up!

Then We Were New

You came along
And made my life a song
One lucky day
You came along.

All my life
I never knew
What I could be, what I could do
Then we were new.

Hair: Exile::Sugar High AON by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at The Attic *

Skin: -Belleza- Leila TLC Med 4 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at The Liaison Collective *

Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Black (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Sweater: M*Motion C12-17 Hoodie Cardigan by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion

Dress: [LG] K Collection Smells Like Teen Spirit Dress by Kim Lysette for LIV-Glam, available at Fashion Story Fair *

Glasses: ***ArisAris Igs95 Azahara Fantasy Glasses by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Stockings: !(Hr 2.0)!  Yolana Garter Socks (Lace & Sheer) by Nikkiirene for HighRize, available at Fi*Fridays

Boots: (r)M~(LegWarmer) Platform Boots~No.02 by Moni Schulze for (red) mint, available at Marquis Market

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations, including his September gift poses *

Powers of Ten

The Power of Ten

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” ~ Charles Eames

The Power of Ten

What better quote to start with than one from Charles Eames, the architect and male half of the team of Charles and Ray Eames (she being a painter and the female half). As a married couple and team, they made significant contributions to modern architecture and furniture. The title of the post is the title of two documentaries they made about the scale of the universe based on the power of ten and “the effect of adding another zero.” The Eames were interested in design using natural materials, harmony, the beauty of the every day object, and the use of modern techniques and prefabrication to mass produce good design. Their motto was “Create the best for the most for the least.”

The Power of Ten

The Power of Ten

The Raintree House by Painter Meriman is a lovely study of the architectural designs of the Eames including some Eames chairs. A friend rezzed a copy for me so I could take these photos.

The Power of Ten

If you’re a fan of architecture, it’s great to find a house like this. And Painter understands the devil is in the details, and he has attended to them with great care, from the proportions of the builds to the textures to even the accessories. It’s beautiful work and a modernist’s dream.

The Power of Ten

And what self-respecting fashionista wouldn’t want to live and luxuriate in such a space? I donned a stylish dress from SamanthaSJones, wore my sexiest heels from Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger, and enjoyed the feeling that SL often affords us—that of living in a beautiful space.

The Power of Ten

Tricky Boucher brings his beauty to the Liaison Collaborative with another set of Leila skins (to compliment those at Collabor88). Get both sets with their enigmatic eyes and luscious lips and have the collection. Mina Nakamura has re-released the Ineke hair she unveiled at Hair Fair with an ombre hud so you can have a little color variation in your hair and life.

The Power of Ten

“The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” ~ Charles Eames

Hair: MINA Hair – Ineke by Mina Nakamura for MINA *

Skin: -Belleza- Leila TLC Sk 4 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at the Liaison Collaborative *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – brown by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Bette Davis Eyes Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Love Donna Flora by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: N-core SUBLIME “Fatpack” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

House: Raintree Retreat by Painter Meriman for Painter Designs

Speed of Dark

Speed of Dark

I confess, I confess
I have been tempted tempted
I want it, I want it
Dangerous

~ “Speed of Dark” by Emiliana Torrini

Speed of Dark

A great song for a great look. Starting with this studded nightclub dress from SamanthaSJones (a limited edition so get it quick if you like it), I put together a look that will take me through the speed of dark. I accessorize with Maxi Gossamer’s great jewelry for FaMESHed. I am wearing a pair of Nuria Augapfel’s and Claire Messenger’s great newer shoes. They come with their web-based skin matching system and four versions of the shoe all in one hud—with peep toes and without, with straps and without. These shoes are sex on two legs.

Speed of Dark

I broke down and got Ava Grau’s fantastic newer skin, which looks fantastic with blonde hair. I love the subtlety of the makeup and the shape of the brows and lips. I have added an eyeliner from Tricky Boucher/Shyla Diggs to dress it up. My gorgeous blonde hair then is Kavar Cleanslate’s contribution for the Arcade, a side-swept wavy mane of hair that flows over the shoulder. Pump a few linden into his machine and see what you get—his textures are always gorgeous.

Speed of Dark

Before I finish this blog, I want to make a confession. Because of a glitch in the new materials viewing, the shoes by people like Gospel Voom and this great pair from Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger are showing up with a horrible glitch. When the “Advanced Lighting Model” is checked, the alphas blending the ankles of these shoes into the skins of the avatar frame show up dark. In other words, the alphas don’t work. This is NOT a flaw in the creation of the shoes—it’s a viewer problem, based on choices LL made in how the textures render. I can not avoid this problem by turning off Advanced Lighting without losing shadows and all sorts of other depth I enjoy. Therefore I AM touching up the ankles in my ham-handed way on photos in this blog.

I have spoken to Gospel Voom about this in depth. At first, his CS claimed there was nothing he was going to do about it and blew it off but a personal conversation with him gave me a much more satisfactory answer. He will be looking into how to work around the problem but the problem is a thorny one for all creators employing the alpha to blend the ankles. Since I am guessing a lot of people still don’t use Advanced Lighting, I am not going to worry about how I look to others. The work around is turning off the blending for the Gos shoes (which leaves a noticeable-to-me joint) And I will put up with seeing the glaringly obvious stain around my legs for now.

And I confess my touch-up to salve my guilty soul and to help anyone who sees this glitch from going nuts wondering what they could do to fix it as I had.

Speed of Dark

Life is just a flicker in the universe
Ooh under the stars we’re indestructible
(It’s just a flicker in the universe)

Hair: Exile::Just a Reason by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at the Arcade *

Skin: *Glance Skins – Sigrid – April – Blonde Brows by Ava Grau for Glance Skins *

Makeup: -Belleza- Eyeliner 1 by Shyla Diggs for -Belleza- *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – brown by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at SL Fashion Week *

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Counting Stars Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Fashion Limited *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet – Octavia by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Shoes: N-core CUORE “Black” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Finally, my girl and her partners made a wonderful gift for Firestorm to celebrate their 3rd birthday. This adorable FireKitty is available, one to a clicker, from Firestorm and KittyCatS. Fully functional, it’s non-breedable and non-transferable and will live forever, cuddling, saying silly things to you, and looking cute. They have included in the package a coupon for a free live kitty if you want to try breeding and feeding.  Read where to get one on the Firestorm blog.

firestorm-firekitty-ad

The Agent

The Agent

“Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.” ~ Andrew Carnegie

The Agent

Seven years of being a real estate agent in a very tough market told her all she needed to know. This wasn’t one of those click-the-box-and-rent 50 different views. This was a place on one of the hottest sims in the grid. You couldn’t just show up in your newbie, furry costume, still dancing because you tp’d in the middle of ‘80s night at your favorite club. No, you had to dress the part of the fashionable estate manager. The client (not “customer,” not “renter,” not even “resident”) had to feel like the sim would always be up, always be lag free, and always be fabulous.

She dressed stylishly in an ensemble from SamanthaSJones, a set that showed her daringness with print and color and her stylishness with a silhouette that was womanly and sexy. Of course, in SL, a low cut, decolletage-revealing top is standard to show cleavage, so this top suits the look. Black pearls from Maxi Gossamer give a touch of class to the ensemble as do matching nails from Giela Delpaso. Gospel Voom’s latest slingbacks with their high heel and sexy ankles were a must.

The Agent

The house is Barnesworth Anubis’ latest with sliding doors surrounding a private courtyard. For a lived-in feel, furniture from Cherelle Capra (the elegant tea house set) and Cory Edo (the gray upholstered chairs) fill the space, giving the client some feeling of how it may look.

Tricky Boucher’s skin has a polished appearance (and terrific cleavage). She found that men always buy when she has short hair—they find it sexy and appealing. So this cut from Dura makes her look stylish and sexy.

The Agent

Hair: *Dura-Boys&Girls*42(Black) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: -Belleza- Mya SK WCF by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: pearl – java blast – medium bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Lets Get Loud by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Pure Sales Room *

Necklace and earrings: MG – Necklace and Earrings – Alexa Black Choker Pearls by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Handbag: {{BSD Design Studio}}milano handbag-pink by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

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

Hand appliers: -Belleza- Slink Hands – SK by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

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

Shoes: [Gos] Paris Peeptoe – Patent Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

House: [ba] atherwood home by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis, available at The Liaison Collective Garden

Furniture: [CIRCA] Pkg – AYUMU – Teahouse Sitting Set – in Sunset (Blog) by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA], available at Genre *

Chairs: Trompe Loeil – Thrift Shop Accent Chairs Gray Exclusives [mesh] by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at the Thrift Shop *

Table: -Table-Happy Labor Day2013 by Quark Fallen for ISOVII (group gift)

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

The Menace of Zucchini

The Menace of Zucchini

The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini.  Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables.  At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt. ~ Dave Barry

The Menace of Zucchini

I have vegetables on the mind, which have nothing to do with this blog but everything to do with the farmer’s market I keep going to and the myriad recipes I have been trying out. The best so far is roasting them in the oven with some of the fantastic olive oil I buy and some coarse grain kosher salt. And I have made stuffed zucchini three times this week rather than being on SL. Need I say more?

I have dressed up in a chic paisley dress recently released by SamanthaSJones with the new wedge shoes from Babette Ultsch I recently showed and can’t seem to take off. I have been wearing it for several days now through several zucchini iterations.

The Menace of Zucchini

I am showing furniture from several vendors who are donating 100% of their income from sale of these items at Love Donna Flora. Yep, there’s not just fashion but also furnishings. Start with Kaerri Rae’s peacock-themed set complete with mirrored cabinet, rug, chairs, even wall art. A beautiful set like this deserves to be in your home, especially when it benefits Squinternet Larnia.

The Menace of Zucchini

Fallacy DeCuir contributes this chair with a color change blanket and the shelves you see behind me as part of a set that gives 100%. I have put together several elements from the generous pieces that DeAnn Dufaux is contributing at Love Donna Flora. Imagine not only dressing yourself in the love people are showing for Squinternet but also surrounding your home with this love.

The Menace of Zucchini

This lovely face comes courtesy of PeachieMuah, who is releasing “fresh” faces on a regular basis. She is refining the look with more defined brows, a lovely deep set eye, luscious lips. My hair is one that Calico Ingmann had at Hair Fair and presumably in her store. I love this asymmetrical style and love the color-change hud she has used for years for her hair.

The Menace of Zucchini

What was paradise, but a garden full of vegetables and herbs and pleasure?  Nothing there but delights. ~ William Lawson

Hair: Arisa (B) by Calico Ingmann for Calico Ingmann Creations

Skin: (FreshFace) Acacia Olive Bigger Breasts by PeachieMuah for [Fresh Face] *

Eyes: .ID. Twinkle Eyes – Blue by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard, available at Love Donna Flora

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Davinia Shoulder Chain Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam

Shoes: *KL* Sandal Cora Color Set 01 by Babette Ultsch for Kittie’s Lair *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Furniture:

Kaerri Pavone* Set For Donna Flora by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at Love Donna Flora *

Cobblestone – Donna Mini Set by Fallacy DeCuir for Cobblestone, available at Love Donna Flora *

[Park Place]  Jungle Table Decorations by DeAnn Dufaux for Park Place, available at Love Donna Flora*

Le Fleur

La Fleur

“I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

La Fleur

Flowers fill the my world right now. The summer has been blessedly beautiful and perfect for flowers and other plants. My basil is absolutely magnificent; my impatiens are full and vibrant in my window boxes. I have a hanging basket of pink geraniums that is more flowers than leaves.

So I was attracted to a few pieces at the Love Donna Flora event because of their floral theme. First was this elegantly sexy dress from SamanthaSJones with big blossoming flowers and a great shape. Long sleeves that billow out slightly lead up to a sexy low cut neckline and a hem that pulls up in front and in back. I really love how Samantha uses texture on all her clothes. She doesn’t just recolor—she uses pattern and colors to create sheen and interest. This dress if one of her generous donation pieces for Love Donna Flora and comes in six colorways.

La Fleur

My shoes are also a donation for Squinternet Larnia from Gospel Voom. With a beautiful blowsy blossom print on them, they match the dress perfectly, and are blooming great with Gos’ great color match system. Fun poses from Lashae Karsin, also completely donated for Love Donna Flora, help me show everything off.

Aida Ewing is donating proceeds from a few skins at Love Donna Flora, but I am ashamed to say this is not one of them. I preferred how this red lip looked with the dark hair from Mirja Mills, featured at the Hair Fair (closing Sunday so get over there and help Wigs for Kids). With pretty blue eyes from Keiba Resident, available at the Seraphim Social, and a gorgeous necklace from Maxi Gossamer, this look is elegant and chic—hence not just a flower but “la fleur.”

La Fleur

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. *ROMANCE*/ chocolate by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., available only at Hair Fair 2013 *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Katya – America 04 F by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Pearl eye -Pacific Blue- (large) by Keiba for Umeboshi, available at The Seraphim Social

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Sessie Print Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Love Donna Flora *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Tarentella Gypsy – Group ALL by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Long by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Lauren D’Orsay – Flora Satin by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique, available at Love Donna Flora

Poses by Lashae Karsin for Flash Friendly Poses, available at Love Donna Flora *

Butterfly Kisses

Butterfly Kisses

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Butterfly Kisses

The bee balm of monstrous proportions (it’s taller than me) in my back yard is about to bloom and when it does, my garden will be filled with butterflies. I can’t wait! In honor of this summer treasure, I feature butterflies (again), this time on this gorgeously textured halter dress from SamanthaSJones. She makes no apologies for using mesh templates, which she textures like mad with gorgeous prints and solids, ubiquitously found at events, this one at the Fashion Stars event.

My shoes from BabyChampagne Sass, who also seems to put out a ton of product, can also be found at the Fashion Stars event. With a black woven texture, they are stylish with stiletto heels just tippy-to-fall-down enough to be chic.

Butterfly Kisses

This is another of Tricky Boucher’s Belleza Best Buy skins being offered this weekend. With freckles and dewy lips, it’s the kind of fresh look that shows off the butterfly jewelry that Abraxxa Anatine has recently put out. I used the color changers to find these color combinations. My short flippy do is one of Chiaki Xue’s newest, fun and well shaped with two little curls like butterfly wings.

Butterfly Kisses

“A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought —
But no, a butterfly.”
~
Arakida Moritake

Hair: *Dura-Girl*47(Irish Coffee) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: -Belleza- Ashley Med BBB 1 Bl by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: pearl – columbia – large bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: [LG]K Collection(Summer 13) Crystal Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Fashion Stars *

Jewelry: EarthStones Butterfly Necklace and Earrings – Flirt by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones *

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

Skin applier: -Belleza- Slink Hands – Medium by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Nail applier: Orc Inc. Fingernails – Creams Fatpack by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc. *

Shoes: {{BSD Design Studio}}Glam supermodel woven by BabyChampagne Sass for{{BSD Design studio}}, available at Fashion Stars *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Orange You Glad

Orange You Glad

Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Banana.
Banana who?
Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Banana.
Banana who?
Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn’t say “banana”?

Orange You Glad

I’m awfully glad the little person in my house is over knock knock jokes. You can only say “Who’s there?” so many times before you start to sigh. I am also glad to wear orange, especially this smart orange set from SamanthaSJones. I found it as I was tripping around her store, looking for demos for her mesh. (Why would you have NO DEMOS for your mesh?) It was at a special price so I bought it and it fits to a tee and has a very smart texture over a purchased mesh template. Love the shape and look and the textures really do suit this suit. But tip, Samantha, put out demos and put the mesh on your own prims.

Update, November 16, 2012, 9 pm slt: I have since spoken to the creator of this lovely outfit, SamanthaSJones. The demos are offered in the scripted vendors in her store, but there is no mention of this as far as I can remember in her store. I still maintain that making a separate prim that says “Demo” is the way to go. It’s what we’re looking for. Second, in examining the suit, I looked at the first item I was wearing, which was an alpha, and it still bore the template maker’s name. The subsequent mesh pieces showed SamanthaSJones as creator. However, it IS a template. I am personally not against template use; however, I would prefer someone go the extra step to put the full perm template in their own name.

Orange You Glad

The look is made much more chic with Chiaki Xue’s newest hair for boys, which of course, I defy by wearing as a girl. I actually saw the hair on my pal Barely, and he and I both agreed—looks better on me. It might be this sexy skin from Tricky Boucher or it may be the incandescent new eyes from Ikon Innovia.

Orange You Glad

Orange you glad I don’t tell jokes on all my blogs?

Hair: *Dura-Boy*39(Sienna) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: -Belleza- Shyla Sk 4 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-*

Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Field by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Outfit: [LIV-Glam] Fall 2012- Jackie O Suit -[WearMe] Tagerine by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam

Tights: (TokiD) un tights –black by Maya Levane for TokiD

Earrings: MG – Earring – ROHO 1 – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Ring:  MG – RING – Roho – Small by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Boots: .:L&B:. “Simone” Ankle Boots :Russet by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations