Snowblind

Snowblind

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My friend, Asima Saad, offered a guest blog out of the blue and I gladly accepted it because I will be out of town for a few days. So here is Asima’s blog with her photos and her story. “I get by with a little help from my friends…” Thank you, Asima.

She waved back over her shoulder to her favorite barista and stepped back out into the cold–too cold–air. She shivered with a little ‘Brr’ sound escaping her lips. Though she knew the walk back to the car would be a long one. When she had arrived the lot was filled with cars, but now it was completely empty.

“…You know when you keep running but your legs are standing still?
It’s like you’re stuck in a nightmare but you keep doing it for the thrill…”

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This all had set the stage for what began to happen next. Without warning, strange white flakes began to descend from the sky. They were large, and at first, she was concerned as to what they were. She’d seen ash fall from a burning building, but this was different. There was no smell of smoke. No flash of flame on the wind. Just the cold, and the peace that came with it.

“…Snowblind
Out of sight and out of mind
Just for tonight, come with me blindly.”

The entire city seemed to just accept this graceful blanket being dropped upon her shoulders ever so gently. And Asima too couldn’t help but but smile skyward. Her skin tingling with chill and excitement. It was her first real snow, and it was quite awe-inducing. That something with so much power, could be so still, and so completely tranquil.

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Hair: Magika – “Reflect” by Sabrina Gully for Magika.

Skin/Head applier: Viola  Applier for *YS&YS* – Tone03 by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS

Mesh head: Slink Visage Mesh Head – Emma V2.2 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Eyes: MADesigns EYES_Mutation ~ dark phase by Maddox DuPont for KMADD

Body: Slink Physique Mesh Body – V2.4 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Jacket: Addams // Janis Winter Coat // Slink(Physique) by AmaliaRainwood for Addams, available at Uber

Scarf: :SEY VH-stole [female/reg.] by Risey Arai for Sey

Skirt: Addams // Sonia Pleated Skirt w/Panties // Slink(Physique) by AmaliaRainwood for Addams, available at Uber

Boots: Reign.- Moccasin Boots- White by KenadeeCole for Reign

Poses: oOo ‘Snowfall’ by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo Studio

Taken at Canton, a Paragraph Role-Play sim

asima comp copy

Leather Power

Leather Power

My uniform is leather and my power is my age. ~ KISS

Leather Power

When I don leather, even in SL, I feel a sudden surge of power. Not sure what it is—wearing the skin of an animal, the smell, the squeak. Today I feel especially powerful as all the pieces I wear were made for the Maitreya Lara body and fit perfectly so I spent less time adjusting my shape and alphas and more time playing. Start with the corset top from Tatyana Ultsch, which comes with a texture-change HUD with an assortment of colors for the main leather (belts always black). Then add the harness mesh pants Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus just released, especially fitted to the body. With their elaborate HUD, you can change the color of the main leather, the color of the harness, and the metal. I clicked around to find a look I liked then put on Glamistry’s higher than high heeled pumps with their own brilliant clicky texture-change HUD. Accessories like the color from Sora Tatham at Shiny Shabby and Tatyana Ultsch’s cuffs complete this look.

Leather Power

I donned one of AtomicSparkle Skytower’s newer skins with brows and lips and used her body applier to fit everything together. With Audrey Lamede’s new eyes for The Men’s Dept, I think I made a pretty but intense look, which is what you want your best leather-wearing powerful woman to have. Jourdanmcmillan’s sexy side-swept hair, on which I applied an ombre texture, completes the look perfectly.

Leather Power

 

Hair: RAMA x B&B Hair :: Magda. by jourdanmcmillan for Bold & Beauty, available at Shiny Shabby *

Skin: *VERVE* SKIN-MILA-Sunblush-Lt-Rokk with *Verve* Mila-Brow-Black and *VERVE* Mila-Lip-Plum by Atomicsparkle Skytower for *VERVE* *

Hairbase: KMADD Hairbase (tintable) ~ The Core by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises

Eyes: .ID. September Eyes / Gray by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard, available at The Men’s Dept

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kornelia lashes.01 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Corset: :::i::: Overbust Corset – Maitreya Lara by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya::: *

Pants: L&B S’Wear  (*Fitted* LARA) “Harness” Leather Pants by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Collar: ::GB:: Zoe circle choker female by Sora Tatham for Gabriel, available at Shiny Shabby

Cuffs: :::insanya::: Captive Cuffs Arm by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya::: *

Shoes: Glamistry : MALVA Heels – maitreya by Glamistry for Glamistry, available at Kustom9 *

Poses by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie *

Leather Power

Tell Me Something Good

Tell Me Something Good

Tell me something good (tell me, tell me, tell me)
Tell me that you love me
Tell me something good (tell me, tell me, tell me)
Tell me that you like it, yeah

~ “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan

Tell Me Something Good

I am not covering my ears here because I want you to tell me something good. I will tell YOU something good. LacunaInc have put out these absolutely drop dead sexy separates at My Attic this month, and wow. I love how LacunaInc uses bold graphics to get her point across, combining them with great easy silhouettes. She cleverly sells these separately, so if you want to mix and match with other pieces or change up the colors, you can.

My shoes are also something good I can tell you about though considering how late I am blogging this, you might get mad at me. They are one of the two pairs Eku Zhong is featuring for the 21 Shoe this month. (I really hate this one-day-only sale thing but what are you gonna do? Call it 21 and 22 Shoe? Hm….) You have to drop what you are doing RIGHT NOW and run to her store to get the shoes if it’s still the 21st. They are sexy, fashionable and gorgeous.

Tell Me Something Good

My hair is Kattington’s newest for Kustom 9, a great poofy rockabilly-inspired updo with shaved sides. I chose to wear a hairbase from Maddox DuPont and eyeliner from Shyla Diggs to lend a little more edginess to the look. Big bold earrings with texture change from Ryca Doobie (the biggest in big earrings in SL) and of course, Aida Ewing’s bright red lips on her skin for Collabor88. Hope I told you something good. Now you tell ME something good!

Tell Me Something Good

Got no time is what you’re known to say
I’ll make you wish there were 48 hours to each day
Problem is you ain’t been loved like you should
What I got to give will sure ’nuff do you good

Hair: *Milk* Hair~Jupiter by Kattington for Milk, available at Kustom 9

Hairbase: KMADD Hairbase (tintable) ~ The Core by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises

Skin: -Glam Affair – Coral – America 04 H by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at Collabor88 *

Makeup: -Belleza- Eyeliner 5 by Shyla Diggs for -Belleza- *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Mayday~ Jet Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}, available at Kustom 9

Top: *LACUNA* Satine Halterneck – Black by LacunaInc for Lacuna, available at My Attic *

Skirt: *LACUNA* Two Tone Wiggle Skirt -Black & Vivacious by LacunaInc for Lacuna, available at My Attic *

Earrings: Earring Hoop color change by Ryca Doobie for Ryca Jewelry

Tattoo: Bai Bye – “Love” (Back) Tattoo by Plum Pralou for Bai Bye (no longer available)

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

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

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: KoiKoi Infini Patent by eku Zhong for KoiKoi (21Shoe—today only!) *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *

Westwood

Westwood

“Fashion is life-enhancing and I think it’s a lovely, generous thing to do for other people.” ~ Vivienne Westwood

Westwood

The Style Icon event will be opening on February 7, and it looks to be an invigorating fashion fair. Dozens of designers, inspired by “style icons,” will be selling exclusive content that speaks to their influences. Blessedly some didn’t just choose the same old, same old. Datrip Blackbart did a turn on Vivienne Westwood with this mesh gown, a combination of Malcolm McLaren references (Sid Vicious’ face imprinted on the hip) and a mash up of the British Flag, dirtied up and mixed with a pink leopard print boa. How else could Datrip better draw inspiration from the queen of punk couture?

Westwood

I was so inspired by Datrip’s inspiration that I tried to accessorize this dress accordingly. I brought out a short cut from Chiaki Xue, a modern Miley cut, but in pink, and I added one of Maddox Dupont’s slick shaved hairbases, which is tintable! Cool gray eyes from Isabelle Requiem match the edgy gorgeous skin that Nina Helix is selling at the Enchantment event. Not only do you get brown and black brows, but also wine and plum, ideal for a punk couture look. Finally a spiked earring from L33ghL33 finishes the look with its touch of menace and well… retro punkiness.

Westwood

“You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes.” ~ Vivienne Westwood

Hair: *Dura-Boys&Girls*50(Pink) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Hair Base: KMADD Hairbase (tintable) ~ The Core by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises

Skin: .Birdy. Red skin ~Peaches~ (Limited edition Enchanted) Plum by Nina Helix for Birdy, available at Enchantment

Eyes: [Brixley] Mist Eyes – dark gray by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom 9

Dress: Legal Insanity – vivienne punk gown rose by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity, available at The Style Icon *

Earring: [7891.] – Xenno Cuff Earrings – Gold & Silver by L3ighL33 for 7891.

Ring: MG – Rings – Pirouette Orbit – Large – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Nail applier: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Essenz – Dallas by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at The Style Icon *

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

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Winter Is A’Comin’

Winter Is A'Comin'

Winter is icumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm, Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how the wind doth ramm! Sing: Goddamm. ~ Ezra Pound

Winter Is A'Comin'

Yesterday it was cold and the wind was blowing the sparkling crystals of snow off the trees, glistening in the sunlight in a most spectacular way. We are supposed to get more snow today and the skies have that certain gray cast. I realized once I put together this blog every item I am wearing relates to winter storms. First start with Poulet Koenkamp’s newest dress in “Turbulent Gray.” With a storm of translucent skirts, shimmering with swirls and feathers, this gown includes an optional fur stole.

My jewelry is Isaura Simon’s generous and lovely diamond snowflake and necklace, offered on the KittyCats Advent Calender as yesterday’s gift, a perfect accessory for this winter look, especially as I stand in Tya Fallingbridge’s gazebo decorated with white lights and surrounded by Cory Edo’s snow-kissed trees, both available at FaMESHed.

Winter Is A'Comin'

Aida Ewing recently released a set of skins at Collabor88, adding to my cool and beautiful snowy look. Kavar Cleanslate’s hair (appropriately from the “Wild Fusion” set) is cool and blue with white and gray highlights. And Maddox Dupont is offering these gorgeous “infected sky” colored eyes in the Peace on Earth hunt.

 

Winter Is A'Comin'

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ~ Anton Chekhov

Hair: Exile::Dream of Paradise in Wild Fusion by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Mokatana skin – America 04 H by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88*

Eyes: MADesigns EYES_PURPOSE ~ infected sky by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises, one of the Peace on Earth hunt items

Dress: :: PM :: Royal Queen Gown in Turbulence Grey by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Jewelry: Designs by Isaura 2013 Xmas Present (Snowflake Necklace and Earrings) by Isaura Simons for Designs by Isaura, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Nails: Nailed It – Glitter Silver by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Gazebo: [PM] Pixel Mode – Winter Dreams Gazebo by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *

Trees: Trompe Loeil – Holiday 2013 Tree Blue Spruce Snow – Plain by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

Mesh and Lace

Mesh and Lace

I saw the world crashing all around your face
Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time
And there’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

~ “Melt with You” by Modern English

Mesh and Lace

Did they know when they wrote these lyrics that they were prescient—”mesh and lace”? Voshie Paine has combined them to make this lovely dress for the Black Fair. With a gorgeous system top in black lace over a beautiful flowing mesh skirt, this dress is extremely elegant, especially in black. (I took it dancing and the mesh skirt performed well. I would not do the tango but other moves worked.) I accessorized with pearl s from Barf Delicioso (yep, folks, examining the creator yielded that), which are being sold at Collabor88.

Mesh and Lace

My mesh hair with color change bow is one of Truth Hawk’s newest. Pearl earrings are from Maxi Gossamer’s set at the Black Fair and my eyes are from Maddox DuPont’s group gift for his seventh rez day (old man!). My luminous skin is Hlin Blackbird’s lovely offering for the Black Fair.

Mesh and Lace

“Lace – the invention of a goddess and the occupation of a queen.” ~ Federico de Vinciolo

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Misty [Roots] – LightBlondes03 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: al vulo- Cecilia*  smoke blonde brow sunkissed by Hlin Bluebird for al vulo, available at the Black Fair *

Eyes: KMADD Eyes_FROST ~ Frozen Grass by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises

Dress: .la petite morte. black collection. formal black by Voshie Paine for la petite morte, available at the Black Fair *

Earrings: MG – Earrings – Alexa Black Choker Pearls – GOLD y Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer

Pearls: DECO – MESH Marilyn Pearls (Smoke) by Barf Delicioso for DECO, available at Collabor88

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

Nail Appliers: Orc Inc – Pastel Shimmer – Slink Avatar Enhancement HUDs by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc. *

Shoes: [Gos] Eva Slingback – Colour Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Poses by Mavi Beck for MaVie

House of RFyre at Fashion for Life

Dear Readers:

As most of you may or may not know, I have worked for Raven Pennyfeather for over three years in SL. She is a personal friend as well as an employer. I rarely blog her work in my own blog because I am so familiar with it I feel I can’t speak about it coherently or “objectively.” I have seen the inside of this sausage factory, and I have to tell you, each piece is made with pure love and goodness and joy by Raven. There is no other way to say it. She puts her heart into her creations; they are her vision and her art and she wants so greatly to share this beauty and fun with others in SL.

She has been preoccupied with new vistas in RL so she has not been in SL as much. However we speak on the phone frequently, and she has been supportive and enthusiastic about Fashion for Life. She also didn’t want to see Nevar’s and Ame’s hard work be lost so she was glad when I took it on but she has not been thrilled with not having me available to her. She will be glad when I am back at RFyre (as will I).

I am very emotional about Raven; she has been as dear a friend to me, in RL as in SL, as anyone for the past 3+ years. I couldn’t possibly fit into the blog here or on the Fashion for Life website (where I really should not get mushy and personal), how I feel. So this blog is entirely poorly written, clumsy, and not nearly good enough for what she and her work deserve.

~ Harper

As Fashion for Life closes, we have to give thanks to one of our sim sponsors, for many things. Raven Pennyfeather has always supported the RFL Clothing Fair and Fashion for Life. She made friends with Nevar and Amethyst and has had them to dinner in her RL home several times, supporting their work because she knew it was important and they were her friends. However, two years ago, Raven’s father was diagnosed with breast cancer, rare but not unknown in men. While she ran her business, House of RFyre, she ran from her house to his weekly to assist him (100 miles away), logging on from his home after she had taken him to his chemo treatments, to check her business and design. Raven had always supported RFL, but once his diagnosis came, it became even more important to her. Her donation for being a sim sponsor was entirely selfless—she wanted to put RFyre’s name on this important cause as a personal endorsement, especially as she has seen her father go into remission.

Raven’s support of Fashion for Life has been long-standing, first with Nevar and Ame and now with the new coleads, Harper and Syngen. In fact, Raven sacrificed her assistant, Harper, to FFL and has suffered (supposedly) with Harper so preoccupied. Thank you, Raven, for giving me the time and room to do this.

RFyre at Fashion for Life

It is a great honor to have Raven Pennyfeather be one of the sim sponsors at Fashion for Life. Her generous heart imbues all her work and her dark romantic nature translates to the vision for her work. Consider this couture offering from Raven with its leather jacket on top over a swirling translucent ethereal black skirt and topped with a smart top hat with lace veil. Raven never makes a minimal outfit—she truly wants to give her customers her best and all she can with each ensemble.

RFyre at Fashion for Life

One of Raven’s newer offerings is the Hearts on Fyre series, including this evening gown. Inspired by the designs of Ed Harvy, Raven made her own clothing “tattoo” motifs and carried them to this gown and to more casual sets for men and women. Her colors are rich and luxe.

RFyre at Fashion for Life

Raven has always aimed to fulfill her male customer’s needs as well. In this she has a very romantic vision as well. Her men are dressed in the finest materials—leather, satin, wool, lace. The handsome tux above from her Wintertide series can take a man from ballroom to personal Interview with the Vampire. The more formal Eduoard below with its shorter cut and tails and chained closure and romantic bow tie, can take a man to the most formal affair.

RFyre at Fashion for Life

One last day for Fashion for Life. Today. Get here NOW to get some of these beautiful items and many many more before they disappear and this whole beautiful please is gone!

Photo 1:

  • Hair: [e] Early – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/D/A 05 by aida Ewing by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Eyes: ***FFL Exclusive*** FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Blue  (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: ***FFL Donation*** ! RFyre For the Love Of… Tribute Ensemble by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: ***FFL Exclusive*** .:L&B:. “Orleans” B&W Lace Boot set by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 2:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * WINDBLOWN* /deepblack by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: LaVie Enya Fancy Thrill normal (H) by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Steel Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: ! RFyre Hearts On Fyre Couture Gown for Women by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: ***FFL Exclusive*** Osakki // FFL Osaka Red Heels  by Kaysha Piers for Osakki, FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim

Photo 3:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * MARC * /black with shaved head base MARC 1 by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: Antoine Medium Normal Goatee3 – Bald by Ramses Meredith for Egoisme, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Shape: Distinctive Shapes By Gil – Lance Shape by Gil Warwillow, TBA
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Brown (L) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Outfit: !RFyre Mens Wintertide Tux Mens Black (P) by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: .:L&B:. “Couture ” Croc Ankle Boot Set :Black by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 4:

  • Hair: .::MADesigns Hair::. ~ AKAMI ~ SB I by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises, Sim Sponsor for the Helmut Newton sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: LaVie Savon Shaved Tan by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Shape: Distinctive Shapes By Gil – Terry Shape by Gil Warwillow, TBA
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Clover Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Outfit: RFyre Edouard Mens Tux Brocade Black by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: .:L&B:. “Couture ” Croc Ankle Boot Set :Black by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

P.S. In a totally unrelated-to-the-dignity-of-Raven-Pennyfeather addendum, I have publicly stated that I will run through the sims of FFL naked AND blog as a chicken on this very blog IF FFL reaches 4.75 million. Thousands of people wishing for laughter at my expense will thank you if you help us get there!