The First Week of August

The First Week of August

The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

The First Week of August

Ugh. It is literally the dog days of summer for me right now, mostly because I got a new dog in RL but also because the weather has been oppressively hot (though it just turned cooler). This quote made so much sense to me—we are teetering on the cusp of summer now and about to plunge into fall. I thought this sheer topped, elegant dress from Kiddo Oh might put me in a better frame of mind, especially since it evokes a sort of glamour that never overheats. I used Ilaya Allen’s pretty chair for the Gacha Garden as my pose prop and the gorgeous new jewelry from Mea Carnell that she is featuring at the Cosmopolitan Room.

The First Week of August

Hair pulled casually up is the perfect look and Mina Nakamura’s style for the Gacha Garden doesn’t go over board in fussiness. I took out Sopha Portal’s appliers for the LeLutka mesh heads and had a ball trying on different makeups. I will caution that Sopha’s skins tend towards the very light—this “India” tone is like no Indian person I have ever known but is, nevertheless, very pretty, especially with her accompanying makeups. The HUDs are a little annoying. You need to wear one for the skin and then another to apply the shadow and yet another for the lipstick, and the versions on the HUD are merely names—not colors or photos of the colors or styles. I much prefer Monicuzza Babenco’s graphic HUD to Sopha’s. The better feature of the HUDs, howevr, is that Sopha offers a creaseless as well as a creased eye so you can choose your look accordingly.

The First Week of August

Hair: MINA Hair – Yenna (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Gacha Garden *

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

Skin applier: [MUDSKIN]_Yui(LeLutka Applier)_India with [MUDSKIN]_Yui Lipcolors_Med2 Tone(LeLutka Applier) and [MUDSKIN]_EyeShadow Collection Vol2_Dark Tone(LeLutka Applier) by Sopha Portal for MUDSKIN, available at Shiny Shabby *

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

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

Dress: Ellaria Salmon Tr by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at the Fantasy Collective *

Jewelry: Meva UbanZen set by Mea Carnell for Meva, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Chair: 05. [ILAYA] Vintage Armchair RARE by Ilaya Allen for ILAYA, available at Gacha Garden *

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

The First Week of August

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

“There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Summer Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to sit down with a good book, especially when it’s hot outside. I remember, as a kid, being in some summer reading contest in the library every year and trying to gobble up as many books as I could. Since these are the hot days of summer, I wear as little as possible and read read read. Today I am out on the beach in a Erratic Rain’s new bikini for Uber, a two piece set fit perfectly to the Maitreya body. Yes, I am wearing ridiculously sexy shoes as well because, well, gotta look good when you’re sunning and this pair from Senzati0n Domenitzo for My Attic, tops the sexy list.

Summer Reading

My long hair seems unusually perfect on a breezy beach but this is SL, and fantasies abound. (Like the one about walking through sand in high heels.) Shylah Honey has made this hair exclusively for the Mix Event, which starts on August 1. And I purchased the skin Lumiya Rae is offering at The Lexi Project because it was so gorgeous and came with appliers for LeLutka and Omega. After trying it out on the Leda head, I decided this was the perfect look (especially after squashing my shape head a bit). I added a lighter lipstick by applying Carrie Janick’s lipstick set and then using the head HUD to dial the intensity down, mixing the purple from the original skin and the pink from the lipstick set.

Summer Reading

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Karsyn Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, for the Mix Event*

Mesh head: LeLutka Leda HUD 1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: Lumae :: LeLutka Head : Fae – T5 – Amber // Violetta by Lumiya Rae for Lumae, available at The Lexi Project

Lipstick applier: Shakeup! Anuska Lips for Lelutka Mesh Heads [Fall Palette] by Carrie Janick for Shakeup!, available at The Showroom

Eyes: Mesh – Marble Eyes – Space by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

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

Bikini: erratic / beth – bikini top and bottom / pink (maitreya) by Erratic Rain for erratic, available at Uber *

Shoes: Essenz – Porto (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at My Attic *

Chair: {NANTRA} Chaise the Wave by Nancoix Urquan for {NANTRA} *

Summer Reading

On the Isle of Capri

On the Isle of Capri

Open my heart and you will see
Graved inside of it, “Italy.” – Robert Browning

The Isle of Capri

One of the benefits of living this life is that I have friends all over the world who travel all over the world. I have received purses from Singapore, spices from Croatia, and recently, photos of a Capri sunset. So while I am stuck at home with a new dog and hot muggy weather, I get an update on everyone else’s vacation. So I thought I would dress up in this tropical look to imagine my own vacation on the Isle of Capri. Start with this beautiful tropical print dress from Kim Lysette, which includes a texture-change HUD allowing several different tropical looks with coordinating belt. Then add the gorgeous almost-antique necklace Sigifaust is featuring at Shiny Shabby. It includes a HUD for switching out the metal pieces. Finally, shoes from Aleida Rhode, great wedges that fit both Slink and Maitreya feet.

The Isle of Capri

I couldn’t help but use the LeLutka mesh head applier from Monicuzza Babenco that she is featuring at this month’s Shiny Shabby. For some reason, I love in particular how she has managed to make a useful applier with makeup choices and a gorgeous skin and wonderful features that suits all the head shapes. Kuranosuke Kamachi’s newest hair was a perfect fit for this vacation look with great textures and with this particular color, a great fade to sunkissed, bleached ends.

The Isle of Capri

Hair: =DeLa*= Fitted Mesh Hair “Fern” All colors by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*= *

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

Skin applier: *YS&YS* Samantha Tone04 Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at Shiny Shabby *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Hope~ Abyss Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

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

Dress: LEGENDAIRE JENNIFER DRESS by Kim Lysette for Legendaire, available at FAD Fashion Event *

Jewelry: ieQED vita.necklace.black by Sigifaust for ieQED, available at Shiny Shabby *

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

Shoes: Elysium – Birgitte wedge (Maitreya) – poppy red by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Poses by Luna Jubilee for !bang, available at Shiny Shabby *

The Isle of Capri

Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits

“I adore fringe.” ~ Diana Vreeland

Fringe Benefits

Fringe! I love it too! Djod Karu has made a very fashionable mesh outfit for Shiny Shabby that includes a fringe skirt over a mesh body suit and a jacket draped over the shoulders. I love that the fringe is irregular, which makes it seem like it has movement, better than many that would just use a transparent texture between the fringes. The jacket is rich and subtlety shadowed with light bouncing off the sequins. It’s just a great use of texture on mesh pieces. Senzati0n Domenitzo is offering these great braided sandals at Shiny Shabby as well. They were an ideal match for this look.

Fringe Benefits

Ensorcelante is offering a new skin at Shiny Shabby. Ensorcelante has created a multiHUD for use on several different mesh heads, including the LeLutka mesh heads, and I think it’s fabulous in that incarnation. Unfortunately, unlike other appliers, there are no makeup options offered—WYSIWYG so I tinted the lip a little with a pink makeup built into the head to tone down the brown lip color. With the great long full hair from Ikira Frimon, the whole look is fashionable and gorgeous.

Fringe Benefits

Hair: [^.^Ayashi^.^] Mizuko hair-fatpack by Ikira Frimon for ^.^ Ayashi^.^, available at Shiny Shabby *

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

Skin applier: ** [PUMEC]  – AUTUMN –  HEADS APP -S(TMP/SLINK/LELUTKA/GENESIS) by Ensorcelante for Pumens, available at Shiny Shabby *

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

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

Dress: ** DIRAM ** JELENA Body&Fringed skirt – Beige with ** DIRAM ** JELENA Shoulder Coat – Black&Beige Sequin by djod Karu for Diram, available at Shiny Shabby *

Shoes: Essenz – Nairobi (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Dahriel for PosESioN

Fringe Benefits

I Dream

I Dream

“I dream. Sometimes I think that’s the only right thing to do.”~ Haruki Murakami

I Dream

What a dream of a dress this beautiful mesh set from Kiddo Oh is. Besides the beautifully done mesh, the colors that fade into each other makes the dress absolutely gorgeous. Kiddo has attended to every detail, creating a top that has a sexy midriff-baring shape with a sparkle across the texture’s surface and a skirt that has a perfect flare at the bottom. This outfit is available at FashionTropic for a few more days so grab it.

I Dream

I donned this beautiful look with one of Inka Mexicola’s lovely new skins. With a dew-kissed sheen and a gorgeous lip, it’s perfect for this dreamy look. Add Kavar Cleanslate’s gorgeous long hair with bangs for Collabor88 (which I show in one of his fantasy shades), and you get a complete dream-induced look.

I Dream

Hair: ::Exile::Quiet Waters by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: Essences [Aribeth] medium01 *blonde* by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Kustom9 *

Eyes: {Dead Apples} Solar Eyes II – Sea by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

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

Dress: Kalama by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at FashionTropic *

Poses by VestigeCreations for Vestige Poses *

I Dream

Exile at Hair Fair 2015

Exile at Hair Fair 2015

Exile in Hair Fair 2015

Kavar Cleanslate has been doing Hair Fair since I remember, and it’s everyone’s first stop to see what Kavar has made. This year he made two men’s hairs and three women’s which I show here. And once again Kavar brings his best game to the Hair Fair, benefitting Wigs for Kids.  He made a variety of looks for ladies, including a long lush hair, very typical of the full long hair he excels in. I love how he piled on loose tendrils on top of the look as well. I also loved the tendrils hanging down from the updo for the fair and around the face for the ponytail. Face-framing and fabulous, his hair hopefully will generate a lot of donations.

Exile in Hair Fair 2015

Shiny Shabby is opening today with a theme of “country dacha.” Neva Crystall, one of the organizers of the event, comse from Russia and prompted the designers to work with that theme. A dacha, for anyone not familiar, is a country home in Russia where people go to retreat from the city. The biggest feature at most is a garden, sometimes for pleasure, often for food growing. Monicuzza Babenco made this skin for LeLutka heads which has a tinge of Russian glamour in its makeups and lipsticks. Aaliyah Alter made a loose top and jeans for the event for casual days at the dacha.

Exile in Hair Fair 2015

Hair by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at Hair Fair 2015 *

  • ::Exile::Siren’s Call
  • ::Exile:: In The Shade
  • ::Exile::Walking On Sunshine

Mesh head: LeLutka Ever HUD 1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: *YS&YS* Samantha Tone03 Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS*, available at Shiny Shabby *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – blue steel by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

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

Top: American Beauty- Blue Shoulder Top by Aaliyah Alter for American Beauty, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

Exile in Hair Fair 2015

Amacci for Hair Fair 2015

Amacci for Hair Fair 2015

Yet more hair!

Amacci at Hair Fair 2015

One of the reasons I look forward to Hair Fair every year is because I get to see work by creators I don’t always encounter in my regular SL. Some are doing other things like clothing or jewelry or skins normally and make hair mostly for Hair Fair because hair is not their primary creation.

Amacci at Hair Fair 2015

Carina Larsen is one of those. While she does hair, she also does a bunch of other great content, so hair is simply not her main line, but gosh, when she does hair, she does it beautifully. She is donating a portion of sales from FIVE hairs at Hair Fair this year and each one of them is gorgeous. With two updos, two ponytails (one that is an add on for a hairbase) and one sexy long hair, you are bound to find something (or some things) that will make you happy. She includes a great texture change HUD with some fabulous textures. And her styles are classics—wearable, usable and lovely.

Amacci at Hair Fair 2015

Carina’s lovely styles combine perfectly with Nena Janus’ sublime applier for the LeLutka heads. It’s not a shape Nena has employed before (wider set eyes, poutier lips) but she was up to the task of making them look fabulous with her great skins.

Amacci at Hair Fair 2015

My lingerie, which you can see very little of, is a new little set from Mariska Simons, which includes appliers for every meh body you can think of and variations of the bra/panties/garters/stockings combo.

Amacci at Hair Fair 2015

Hair by Carina Larsen for Amacci, available at Hair Fair 2015 *

  • Amacci Hair – Maud
  • Amacci Hair – Aurora 1
  • Amacci Hair – Desire 2
  • Amacci Hair – Jasmine
  • Amacci Hair – Amelie

Mesh head: LeLutka Stella HUD 1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: *League* Lelutka Head Applier Milla -Sunkiss -Set 1 w/freckles by Nena Janus for League

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

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

Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Harlequin: Cream Velvet Corset w/ Omega & Slink by Mariska Simons for Blacklace *

Necklace: .:EMO-tions:. * PEARL* necklace by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Amacci at Hair Fair 2015