Just Won’t Burn

Oh but I know I’m gonna be alright
If these blues are hangin’ around
Hangin’ ’round…
Oh… hangin’ ’round
~ “Just Won’t Burn” by Susan Tedeschi

I want to know something. I want to know why women in blues get such short shrift. I go to blues clubs in SL, and I have to have a female DJ playing to hear women doing the blues (unless I request from the male DJs, and even then I get some resistance—“Never heard of her”).

Women can’t feel blues? Have you ever HEARD Susan Tedeschi?! (I also want to know why her Wikipedia entry is so much shorter than her husband’s, even though she is more academically and musically accomplished than he is. And I won’t even comment on how the two wikis frame their marriage differently. Bah!)

Just Won't Burn

With that being said, when I am stepping out to hear a DJ like BluJns Benoir (who plays lots of women blues artists, thank you), I want to look hot but classy. An outfit, like this one from Sascha Frangilli, fits the bill. With the capris (made for boots, but I wear them with high heels), three top choices (including the corset I chose here), the clever jacket belt layer, and a sculpty bolero jacket, this offering from Sascha makes me feel sexy and bluesy.

Just Won't Burn

Monicuzza Babenco’s skin, as shown here, was offered at the Dressing Room but is a clear indication of the quality of Monicuzza’s work. She clearly photosources but blends her details in a manner that is beautiful and believable. And these heavily-lined eyes are perfect for a night out at a blues club.

Just Won't Burn

Finally my shoes from Maris Kanto complete the look. His work gets better with each progressive shoe he releases. The best part, however, is the HUD, which allows you to color the skin in progressive notches of 5% with a PICTURE of the color change before it goes. For the toe-coloring deficient like myself, this is a huge advantage. Maris’ shoes also come with color and metal-changing capabilities as well as the standard toenail color-changing. And if you join the Kalnin’s group (which doesn’t require a slot), you get all sorts of tasty discounts.

Just Won't Burn

Oh… they just won’t burn…

Hair: >TRUTH< Tilly – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS & YS* Marilu Mask – Hair  – TDR by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

Outfit: SAS – Rock Chic by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Earrings: [ glow ] studio – Glamour Earring Silver by Jocelyn Anatine for [ glow ] studio

Bangles: fri. – Loop Bangles (Silver) by Viva Monday for fri.day

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Metallic* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Dante by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Flowers in Her Hair

My RL birthday is soon approaching, and I am in RL denial. I would like to believe I am ageless and timeless, dancing through life with nary a wrinkle or stretch mark or gray hair. What’s so wonderful about SL is that I can do that!

Daisies in Her Hair

And I can do it wearing this gorgeous dress from Kotobuki Jewell, a beautiful reminder that spring will someday return. (It’s been rainy and gray and cold.) Kotobuki’s textures are, as always, vibrant and shining. She has somehow mastered the skill of making her materials look expensive and satiny. Her shadow work is impeccable and her seams are top notch.

Additionally, Kotobuki knows how to build a versatile outfit, in this case a dress that is built from the ground up. First you have a very pretty one-piece swimsuit, then the top with a wrap skirt…

Daisies in Her Hair

Then a dress with long prims reaching to the ground.

Daisies in Her Hair

And finally the beautiful flounced skirt prim seen in the first photo. It can be worn with or without the long skirt prims. I chose to wear without.

Daisies in Her Hair

I have paired the dress with a glowing skin from Tuli Asturias, complete with spring green eyeshadow. My hair is a beauty by Kavar Cleanslate, complete with the aforementioned daisies and a vibrant *youthful* messiness. The hairband has a color change script, so it’s also versatile.

Daisies in Her Hair

“Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.” ~ Going to California by Led Zeppelin

Hair: Exile Clara/copper by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 3/br) 08a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: :bijou: Adagio [Green] by Kotobuki Jewell for :bijou:

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Rhapsody by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Black Blossom

The Spring has been unseasonably warm around me with the daffodils yawning their sleepy spring heads in the torpor of the unusual warmth. Summer clothes are quickly getting hauled out of the storage.

Black Blossom

Elle74 Zaftig is anticipating the warmth with this lovely new dress. With its spaghetti straps (tied with sweet bows on top) and full lacy skirt. She echoes the theme of the top into the skirt and scatters pretty pink daisies across the field of black to lift the dress from goth to springtime.

Black Blossom

I pair with it this fresh springtime skin from Tricky Boucher with its softly glossed lip and faint blush. Wind chime earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo jingle in the soft breeze of warm air and Maris Kanto’s beautiful and sexy color changing sandals (set to black and pink with bright pink polish) finish off the ensemble.

Black Blossom

“Consider the daffodil. And while you’re doing that, I’ll be over here, looking through your stuff.” ~ Jack Handy

Hair: >TRUTH< Melinda – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 6 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Dress: _Bell_Summer Fling – Black Daisy by Elle74 Zaftig for Bellissima *

Earrings: 0Bliensen+MaiTai – Earrings Wind Chime -snow- by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen+MaiTai

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Empress by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Bring It On!

The warm weather I mean. Maybe a pretty little summer dress will hasten the sunshine and warmth.

Bring It On

This darling ensemble from cyam Crystal might bring the sun out. The two pieces are sold separately so you can mix and match. I really love the tied shirt with its cheerful floral print and cute casual tie. The dress has a lovely eyelet skirt and a typical sweetheart neckline bodice.

Bring It On

I accessorized with some turquoise treasures in my inventory—bangles from Eolande Elvehjem and earrings from Jon Ree—both made and textured beautifully. (If I could have a more extensive jewelry collection in RL, they would both contain pieces like this.) A loose and lovely hair from Parvarti Monday tops me off, blonde and carefree.

Bring It On

My sexy shoes are from Maris Kanto. I have seen shoes very much like these walking around the pages of In Style and I love them. The stitching and studs make them somewhat ethnic/hippy without losing their high heel appeal. And Maris, as always, includes his fantastic skin-matching and color-choosing HUD. One of the best on the market.

Bring It On

Sunshine, on my shoulder, makes me happy:

Hair: fri. – Amelia.2 – Anxious Blond by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 14 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Top: *pop feel*Shirt blouse-Blue floret by cyam Crystal for *pop feel*

Dress: *pop feel*Cotton baretop one-piece-White by cyam Crystal for *pop feel*

Earrings: Earrings — Tradition Turquoise by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Bangles: Eolande’s Bohemian Chic Bangles L – turquoise by Eolande Elvehjem for Eolande’s *

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Dragoness by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Sun and Sand

It’s cold and rainy outside. It’s time for a trip to the beach.

Sun and Sand

A perfect outfit for this fantasy is Opal Lei’s new bikini and sarong set. Known for her beautiful mermaids, Opal has tried to emerge from the water and put her beautiful textures on humans too. She has done a darn good job. In this set, she provides both a Merkini and a Bettakini (you see the Merkini here). Merkini has a simple scale texture while Bettakini has a fin texture overlaid on the scale texture. Both come with the package so you can choose what you prefer. The colors are rich, the work impeccable.

Sun and Sand

I wore a bikini actually to show off my beach skin, a new one from Aradhana Voight. Known best for her beautiful saris and elaborate Indian-influenced jewelry, Aradhana has ventured into the skin trade and her gifts serve her well here. I will say I tried several hairs with these skins and opted for one of Truth Hawk’s darker colors—Aradhana’s skins need the deeper color to match the dark eyebrows and make-ups. Make sure you find Aradhana’s store on the New Delhi sim, which she is generously sponsoring for the RFL Clothing Fair, starting March 13. Make it worth her while and pick up a few of her gorgeous skins. I include pretty jewelry from Narita Rayna, being sold at this year’s Accessory Fair.

Sun and Sand

Finally take a look at my tooties. Maris Kanto has come out with another pair of gorgeous toe shoes with their versatile huds for changing the color of 3 different elements of the shoe, the skin, and the nails plus the hardware. They do everything but dance for you!

Sun and Sand

Even castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually. ~ Jimi Hendrix

Hair: >TRUTH< Anya – chocolate by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: :Mashooka: Samara skin {honey} m1with :Mashooka: Push up {honey} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka *

Outfit (incl. armband and bracelet): Mer Betta Halimede Merkini+Bettakini v3c (w) by Opal Lei for Mer Betta *

Necklace and earrings: *Ticky Tacky* Tourist Trap Jewelry Set – Original Red by Narita Rayna for *Ticky Tacky* *

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Rhapsody by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Spring!

Just. Come. Now.

After hearing about the five feet of snow in Doc Gascoigne’s back yard and looking outside at the gray sky, I have decided enough’s enough. Spring must come.

Spring!

That is why I was delighted to receive this new dress from LeeZu Baxter. Available in FIVE colors, I chose to show the pink because I am so incredibly desperate for a little color after months of black and gray and white. LeeZu once again commits herself to the careful design of the dress, taking into account the movement of the avatar, the look of the sculpty prims in conveying her vision, and the use of textures over the prims to make a complete statement—this time a babydoll with pantaloons.

Spring!

What makes the dress work are the details—the puffy, crinkled bodice, the straps stitched to the bodice, the sweet corsage. The entire bodice is assembled prims. They move terrifically with the avatar because LeeZu engineered them to seem very real—a little stiff, a little puffy—like a sweet pink meringue.

Spring!

I wear sandals from Maris Kanto, another great SL engineer. He realized early on it wasn’t about the looks alone (though they are impressive)—it was about versatility. His sandals include a HUD that allows very clear and easy color changing across the sandal. Ah now just to be able to take them off and put my toes in the grass. Guess that won’t be for another 4 months…

Spring!

In the pink:

Hair: CBC: A little lift (Red eye flight) by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 6 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: [LeeZu!] Vienna Dress/Pink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu

Sandals: Kalnins Shoes – Orchid by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Hey, Red!

It’s interesting. You walk into this world. You have to make a “self.” When I first walked into SL, it was clear to me that I would have to have red hair. I am not sure what decided this for me so distinctly, but there you go—I had to be a redhead.

I have since diverged from this, of course. I have even worn blonde hair, which was a huge step for me personally. (Nothing against blondes. I just never saw myself as having light hair. I can’t explain it.) And I always go for the easy choice in clothes—red. (Which looks good on me in RL too.) So today, I went the easy route and chose red.

Hey, Red!

I found this dress at a store on a new sim called Period. The creator, Memai Avon, presented a number of great separates—skirts, tops, tights, leggings. Nothing was outre or niche. She offered simple, inexpensive separates that could serve in many circumstances. I purchased this pretty dress with it’s red rose motif. My shopping partner and I agreed that the flat black through the dress was kind of a cheat (black hides a lot of mistakes and problems), but the dress was reasonably priced and looks great worn, and she has a lot of other great pieces that show quite a bit of skill.

Hey, Red!

At the same mall we found some spectacular hair by Ilze Erin. Offering several styles that frame the face in a most complimentary fashion, her store deserves attention and I hope we see more from her. I dressed up this ensemble with jewelry from DarionMonkee Levitt. It’s really cute stuff made by a person who clearly has incredible patience.

Hey, Red!

And check out these shoes. Red straps, red nails—*click click* and I have them on these sexy sandals from Maris Kanto. Maris is a scripter extraordinaire (or knows one) because these shoes have a great hud for adjusting skin tone (a notch at a time so you can SEE what it will look like), nails, and hardware and size. Add to that the fun of shopping at Kalnins—regular shoppers get discounts and points based on the scripts used in the vendors. It’s all about the experience, from shopping to wearing.

Hey, Red!

“Out of the ash I rise with my red hair
And eat men like air”
~ Sylvia Plath

Hair: :Liriope: ELN red by Ilze Erin for :Liriope:

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.L.O. red by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: [ Last Period ] onepeace 0014 Red by Memai Avon for [ Last Period ]

Jewelry: **DM** Lena Fire by DarionMonkee Levitt for DM Designs

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Empress by Maris Kanto for Kalnins