In the Shape of a Heart

In the Shape of a Heart

People speak of love don’t know what they’re thinking of
Reach out to each other though the push and shove
Speak in terms of a life and the learning
Try to think of a word for the burning

~ “In the Shape of a Heart” by Jackson Browne

The Shape of a Heart

Valentine’s Day is coming upon us so the explosion of love-themed events is not a huge surprise. Pink is a challenging color for me. It was never a favorite, even when I was a little girl, and I find it difficult to incorporate, so I am seizing the challenge for Valentine’s. I lucked out because Mariska Simons is coming out with this fabulous lingerie set at the With Love fair, one that comes with every applier imaginable (wrapped up nicely in an Omega hud) and has system layers. Mariska knows that in play, you want to have layers (remove the stockings, leave the panties or vice versa) and so she has given you every imaginable option in swapping out the pieces so you can wear it as you please. And what a confection of pink this set is. Worn with Tiffy Vella’s latest release, a set of pumps with a rose atop, it’s a lovely Valentine’s Day surprise for your lover.

The Shape of a Heart

With Kavar Cleanslate’s loose and lovely locks (with a most unlikely name—I don’t know any librarians with hair this sexy), I am lounging on a heart-shaped sofa from margotmuffen but with sexy poses from Olaenka Chesnokov, which she is featuring at the Burlesque event. (I hung Winter Thorn’s darling texture-change balloons from Love is in the Air to add some Valentine’s feeling to the scene.) Kavar has changed up and consolidated his hair colors into a larger selection per shade with the same tinting features in the HUD but more selection. Shyla Diggs is offering a set of gorgeous and romantic skins at the Love is in the Air event, this being one of them, perfect for wearing with lingerie or… without.

The Shape of a Heart

Hair: Exile::Librarian Chic by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available for Enchantment *

Skin: -Belleza- Mae SK 3 Br by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza, available at Love is in the Air *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – midnight – a by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Cotton Candy Pink Lace 14 by Mariska Simons for Blacklace, available at With Love Fair *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Finrod earrings – Silver amethyst by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Shoes: Eclectica ‘Bella’ Platform Stiletto-plain fuscia by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Décor: {what next} Sweetheart Balloons Décor by Winter Thorn for for {what next}, available at Love is in the Air *

Sofa: striped mocha – heart sofa by margotmuffen for striped mocha

Poses: oOo adelaide by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo, available at Burlesque *

The Shape of a Heart

We Are All Made of Stars

We Are All Made of Stars

People they come together
People they fall apart
No one can stop us now
‘Cause we are all made of stars

~ “We Are All Made of Stars” by Moby

We Are All Made of Stars

Mariska Simons and Erielle Deschanel want you to feel like a star, so they have teamed up to create a few pieces for the Blacklace Lounge, a step outside in Burlesque-themed partywear and fun for the best lingerie-maker on the grid and her mesh-making associate. Featured at the Burlesque event, the dress is fun and flirty and sequined for special sparkle. I love these pumps from Glamistry. With his unique texture-change HUD, they have an elegance that will suit almost every outfit, especially when you can choose the toe cap, shoe, metal and heel textures.

We Are All Made of Stars

The theme at Uber this month is celestial and while the creators could have taken this to outer space, they blessedly didn’t. Truth Hawks made this delightful hair, pulled to the side and optionally decorated with a star-motif hair piece. And Polyester Partridge brought her fine jewelry sensibilities to the occasion with star- and moon-themed pieces in gold and silver. I couldn’t help but get a few of her pieces, which are so wonderfully rendered.

I am wearing Umazuma Metaluna’s latest skin for regular avatars using the skin applier for the Maitreya Lara mesh body.  I did find in ultra lighting that there was a slight difference between the body and the avatar at the neck—that’s going to happen when you have different windlights and renderings. Uma’s skin is, as always, exquisitely rendered and very unique in the facial features, which I love because it creates a more complex and human avatar without slipping into the uncanny valley.

We Are All Made of Stars

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Esther with TRUTH HAIR Esther Clip Silver by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Meysha – Bare face(honey) DB CL2 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

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

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Maitreya Skin Applier (honey) by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

Dress: ~ Blacklace Lounge ~ Jewell Noir – Dress by Mariska Simons and Erielle Deschanel for Blacklace Lounge, available at Burlesque *

Jewelry: (Yummy) Twinkling Star Necklace and Earrings – Silver by Polyester Partridge for Yummy, available at Uber

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Glamistry : RAMONDA Heels by Glamistry for Glamistry *

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

We Are All Made of Stars

Candy Cane Christmas—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 10

Candy Cane Christmas—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 10

“It’s a Candy Cane Christmas
Sweet as it can be.”

~ “Candy Cane Christmas” by Darius Rucker

Candy Cane Christmas

Mariska Simons finally brought out the wildcat in this kitten with her gift for the KittyCats & Friends Advent Day Calendar. Mariska is offering this darling, if brief, bra and shorty shorts set to all advent calendar clickers today (and onwards until January 4). The top comes as a system layer or in one of several different appliers (this one being the Omega applier, which goes directly on to the Belleza Venus body). With a darling print that makes a kitten like me purr, it’s a great little set to heat up your cold winter nights and sweeten the holiday.

Candy Cane Christmas

The great news is that Inka Mexicola JUST put out Belleza Venus body appliers for the EVO line. It’s a beautiful look—the skin looks just wonderful over this shape and I love being able to wear the skins and have it all match. My fabulous waves are Truth Hawks’ newest, which I have been saving for a really seductive look because this hair is pure sex. I kept myself warm with darling mesh knee socks, now fitted to the Belleza body, from Muka Release that she has at The Big Show. It all adds up to a sweet look. (Mr. Harold Heckubaugh next to me agrees.)

Candy Cane Christmas

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Vivi by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Uber *

Skin: Essences {Loulou – TDRF} Medium01 *brunette* by Inka Mexicola for Essences

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

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

Skin applier: [EVO] Essences Belleza Venus [medium01] by Inka Mexicola for Essences *

Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Mona: Mesh Red Kitty by Mariska Simons for~Blacklace~, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Socks: *MUKA* Knee Socks – Belleza Venus by Muka Release for *MUKA*, available at The Big Show

Mouth prop: *~*HopScotch*~* Candy Cane Nibbler by Chandni Khondji for HopScotch (modified)

Poses: Embody Prop Pose Pack F PEPPERMINT by Radagast Lexington for Embody

KittyCat: KittyCats – Harold Heckubaugh owned by Callie Cline

Candy Cane Christmas

Caught in the Wild

Caught in the Wild

“So, I ask you. Who is the happier elf? She who has braved the seas of life and risked everything, or she who has stood upon the shore and merely existed?” (based on a quote by Hunter S. Thompson)

Caught in the Wild

As it’s known, sometimes I am too lazy to do my own blog so I pull in another avatar who has a fabulous look to stand in for me. Today I feature the avatar Omenapu, who so kindly offered to pose for me and write something up.

She is a tribal elf, wandering the demilitarized territory between two great civilizations. Stealing and hunting to make a living, and rarely mixing with humanity.

Much of this outfit was created by the masterful Pucca Firecaster, whose texturing and design of all things fantasy is second to none. And just begs to be layered and mixed.

 

Caught in the Wild

Don’t be afraid to play with attachments and mix-and-match accessories to achieve a style. Custom tinting is very easy to do on moddable items and can be all you need to tie an outfit together.

I tend to use only moddable items when making an outfit in SL. Very often, I will see a particular part of an item that I like, but do not necessarily care to use the whole item. I’ll edit a face and make parts invisible, and link and attach things in places for which they were not designed, just to get that certain je ne sais quoi.

 

Caught in the Wild

(Credits as given by Omenapu)

Makeup:
:LP: (Little Pricks) Tears of the Crow Face Tattoo v2
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Les%20Reves/104/172/35
– DAMNED – War Stripes Black
– DAMNED – Black Spray
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Les%20Reves/104/172/35
~Blacklace Beauty~ Hi-Gloss Lips
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blacklace/189/131/41

Ears:
*~*Illusions*~* Sylph Ears
*~*Illusions*~* Wrapped Cords for Sylph Ears
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Twilight/191/238/41

Hair & Hair Accessories:
~Tableau Vivant~Nyoki Hair (Winter)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/128/128/23
+Spellbound+ Warrior Feather Headpiece
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Okinawa/93/35/3019

Body & Skin:
-Belleza- Venus
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Belleza/127/78/27
Glam Affair – Roza Basic – Africa – Clean BL
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/128/128/23
(Omen’s own shape)

Eyes:
IKON Promise Eyes (Mesh) – Dune
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/502

Nose-Bone:
AITUI – Bull Horn Septum Piercing – Rodeo
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/AITUI/128/128/42

Collar:
{XA}A Kurs Demand – Collar (black)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Causality/128/124/30

Top: Wild (Gray Cords)
Skirt, Arms, Collar, Thighs: Voodoo
Leg-wraps: Tear Off
Necklace: Trapped Soul
Pauldrons: Raven Pauldron
Bow: Forest’s Scourge
All from PFC
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pirate%20Cove/130/119/53

Wanda

Wanda

Now her eyes meet mine like green lightning-they are green, these eyes of hers, whose power is so indescribable-green, but as are precious stones, or deep unfathomable mountain lakes.” ~ Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs

Wanda

The 100 Block opens today and as you might expect from this event, there’s a lot of sexy seeded in with the regular fashions. Actually, most of it is sexy, especially this corset and stocking outfit from Mariska Simons, one of the exclusives she is offering. With a mesh corset that cinches the waist just right and stockings and panties that can be worn as system pieces or as I do applied to the Cute Azz, it’s a versatile outfit. (Also comes with boob appliers.) I accessorized with cuffs from Muka Release that come with a great texture change HUD that allows a combo of colors across three elements of the cuff. There are also ankle cuffs, but I decided to forego those to wear these crazy-high mules from Antonia Millar which also come with a texture-change HUD.

Wanda

Sawsan Secretspy is offering two exclusive skins at the 100 Block this year. With sensuous shading and sexy makeup, the skins come with appliers for everything (as you can see by my beautiful behind) and is offered in several makeups. Nova Faerye has made three hairstyles for the event with four different texture change HUDs, including this fantastic Chromatic hud. I spent a lot of time today clicking around to explore the options of all these pieces to get the right amount of heat and sexy in the look. The 100 Block opens today with lots to see and runs through the end of the month.

Wanda

“Desire followed the glance, pleasure followed desire.” ~ Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs

Hair: little bones. Chromatic. Gods & Monsters by Nova Faerye for little bones, available at the 100 Block *

Skin: .::WoW skins::. Nawra Darktan 01 CL with .::WoW Skins::. Iris Dark eyebrows by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the 100 Block *

Eyes: .ID. Shades of Green – Olive by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Dark Delights by Mariska Simons for Blacklace, available at the 100 Block *

Cuffs: *MUKA* Nasla Cuff – Wrist by Muka Release for *MUKA*, available at the 100 Block *

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

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

Ass: *L.inc* Cute Azz Thicker Legs by CK Winx for *L.inc*

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: EMPORIUM – Cross Platform SLink HIGH by Antonia Millar for EMPORIUM, available at the 100 Block *

Chaise: Diesel Works – Elvira Ottoman (Cream/Walnut) by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Standing poses by Tutys for Tutys

Blacklace at Fashion for Life

Mariska Simons hit on a vital part of SL life when she conceived of Blacklace—sex and love. In the business of seduction in SL, it’s not enough to just seduce with words (though those are important). We have the image of the avatar that plays into all this. When a woman wants to seduce a lover, prettying up and wearing lace or satin is a good plan.

Blacklace at Fashion for Life

Mariska’s lingerie is sometimes subtle but often pretty blunt. A Blacklace girl knows what she wants and how she’s going to get it. With laces and ties, leather and bindings, garters and thongs, she’s telling you pretty strongly what’s on her mind, and it isn’t a trip to the grocery store.

Blacklace at Fashion for Life

Mariska also knows that a girl wants to feel pretty. It’s the outward manifestation of her inner image—she is sexual and beautiful, strong and assertive. She wants to show off her beauty and revel in her femininity. And for many who are in SL, being able to do this fulfills our fantasies.

Blacklace at Fashion for Life

Mariska gladly offered to be a VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life. She realized supporting this cause would be a great opportunity to give back some of what SL has given her. As well as offering money out of her own pocket to be a VIP Sponsor, Mariska will have a store at Fashion for Life where she will donate 4 items whose proceeds go to the American Cancer Society via the RFL program in SL. Grab some of these pretties and other beautiful things in her store and help her fight for the cure.

Blacklace at Fashion for Life

Make sure you attend the Fashion for Life, March 12-22, on 9 sims hosted by the American Cancer Society and SL’s Relay for Life!

Photo 1:

  • Hair: [e] Lasting – Blonde 07 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: Style by Kira – Abigail Skin 01A by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Eyes: TBA FFL Store Sponsor
  • Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Angelic: Limited Edition White Satin Bra Set by Mariska Simons for Blacklace, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Necklace: Alienbear Design (Kielo Set white) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs, VIP Sponsor and Store Sponsor for Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes –silver by Cerberus Noel for *G Field*, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Photo 2:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * HELENA * /black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Skin: -Glam Affair – Nina V-Day 01 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Dark Secrets: Black Leather Corset Set by Mariska Simons for Blacklace, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Boots and Cuffs: + ADDiCTIA + Adnata Boots Goth V1.0 by Oct Oakleaf for + ADDiCTIA +, FFL Store Sponsor

Photo 3:

  • Hair: [e] Wish – Black 02 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: (AMD) Ava – Tan – Lustrous *Night Sky* by Apple May for Apple May Designs, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Sweetness: Teal Floral Satin Set by Mariska Simons for Blacklace, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes -dark green by Cerberus Noel for *G Field*, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life

 

Photo 4:

  • Hair: [e] Away – Red 10 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: (AMD) Ava – Tan – Lustrous *Glaze* with (AMD) Lash Set 2 by Apple May for Apple May Designs, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Lashes: Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes N15_No Facelight by monica Outlander for Miamai, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Heart Breaker: Red Satin & Lace Bra Set by Mariska Simons for Blacklace, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor
  • Earrings: Ear Candy ~ CW Simple Emerald Cut Diamond Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, FFL Store Sponsor
  • Shoes: BM Audrey Pumps – Blacks & Reds by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey, FFL Store Sponsor

Inspired by a Violet….

A friend of mine, Mr. Oh, recently IM’d me to tell me about a new blog he had come upon. He is a wonderful blogger for Second Man—articulate, critical and illustrative. He raises the bar for other bloggers every time. So a recommendation from him needs to be heeded. And he was right. Digital Butch is a terrific blog by Saaskje Violet, a “boi” who likes to show her butch looks and explain where to find fashions she likes. What I so like about it is that Saaskje definitely has an editorial viewpoint, a unique voice, and a great fashion sense. Inspired by Saaskje, I put together this look.

Inspired by a Violet...

First the jacket, a punk marvel from Amerie Spitteler, who has her own unique voice. Kinda punk, kinda Tokyo street girl, it’s hard where it needs to be and sweet where it needs to be. I especially like how she got the system piece to convincingly show belts across the torso and combine it with the prim belt. It’s all of a piece and makes sense. I wear a little bra from Mariska Simons underneath—our girl is pretty underneath all that armor, you know. And leggings are from AvaGardner Kungler. Didn’t think she could do punk, didya?

I love these boots from Vasha Martinek, which I have been holding on to for a while. Vasha offers a plethora of fantasy and funky boots at DV8 and her designs are getting less chunky and more refined. My only complaint? This set did not have RED boots!

Inspired by a Violet...

I know a couple days ago I pointed out that Gala Phoenix’s skins were “young” skins—too baby-faced, too dewy. For this look they are perfect because the sweetness of the skins softens this look substantially. I don’t expect a punky girl to be all sophisticated. I expect her face to show vulnerability, and this skin makes it work.

My glorious hair is from Emilie Carter, who provides the grid with shaved, wild hair that is beautiful at the same time. In addition, she makes hair bases that are shaved to match her wild hair.

Inspired by a Violet...

Hair: 99Hair -Krima –b1 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Hair tattoo: 99Hair -Shaved Tattoo LAYER -black T0 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Raccoon 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Jacket: AMERIE –  Vampire Coat_Red(F) by Amerie Spitteler for AMERIE

Bra: ~Blacklace~ Black Satin & Lace Bra by Mariska Simons for ~Blacklace~

Leggings: (Kunglers) Raffi pants – black by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Earrings: Onenine Piercing Ver.1.2 (on Left ear) by PaintO Jie for Onenine and Kunstkammer Extra Piercings without Facelight – gold by Nuala Shippe for Kunstkammer (no longer available)

Leg ties: ~*RunoRuno*~ Narke Leg by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Boots: +DV8+ Union Jill Boots – Charcoal by Vasha Martinek for +DV8+ *