Everything’s Coming Up Roses

You’ll be swell! You’ll be great!
Gonna have the whole world on the plate!
Starting here, starting now,
honey, everything’s coming up roses!
~
“Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” as sung by Ethel Merman

Everything's Coming Up Roses

I know an Ethel Merman song is a bit bold for this lovely look but the point is flowers are starting to come up for the spring—in this case in one of Aradhana Voight’s new spring dresses. It’s great to hear Aradhana is back in SL and selling designs and this lovely dress is surely welcome this spring. My blush-colored flats with their big bow are perfect for this dress—more of Fallingwater Cellardoor’s amazing work.

Everything's Coming Up Roses

My skin is a subtle and pretty offering from Ziekling Bunnyhug. It’s pretty and minimalist, which probably means it takes tattoo make up layers well,but I am showing it here au naturel. My hair is a lovely new spring ‘do with color change blossoms from Truth Hawks.

Final note… I rarely mention non-fashion things, but I am a HUGE Dahlia Lithwick fan. Dahlia is a senior editor at Slate and an amazing writer about the courts in the US. She will be appearing in SL at Virtually Speaking for her second time to discuss recent Supreme Court decisions, including one about broccoli. If this interests you in the least bit, come to Virtually Speaking tonight (May 15) at 6 pm slt (9 pm EST) or listen live on BlogTalkRadio. You can ask questions and speak to her. (I even got to say hello to her in voice.)

Everything's Coming Up Roses

And nothing’s gonna stop us ’til we’re through!
Honey, everything’s coming up roses and daffodils!

Hair: >TRUTH< Eden – night by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Esk-Imo Female Skin #9 – Fair A by Ziekling Bunnyhug for Esk-Imo, available at the Skin and Shape Expo *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: :Mashooka: Naina dress {rose} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka *

Earrings: aluinn- Bound pearls- Rose earring by Bratty Slade for aluinn

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Charlottes – blush (left) by Fallingwater Cellardoor for (Shiny Things) *

Interested in Virtually Speaking? Send Widget Whiteberry a note or IM in SL and get on her list. She works incredibly hard on this program and they have amazing guests—James Fallows, Juan Cole, etc. It’s really quite extraordinary, and it’s in SL!

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

I had to show another set of items I picked up at the RFL Clothing Fair and the Melt exhibition, combined to make a very interesting look.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

Aradhana Voight has made a beautiful gold dress to benefit RFL as well as being sponsor of the absolutely gorgeous New Delhi sim built by Grace Loudon. With its amazingly shimmering gold textures (making gold look like this in SL is no easy feat) and beautiful silhouette, this Indian-inspired gown is magnificent and sleek for any occasion. Aradhana cleverly adds a feathery optional waist skirt that can also be worn as a separate piece so you can wear the top with pants.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

I show it with this amazing skin from Juliette Westerburg for the Melt exhibition. Again, having the artists combine efforts based on a common theme was a great exercise for all of those who participated. Some, like Juliette really answered the call, in this case using her great skills in texturing to create magical and fantastic skins. I like seeing her go from her “everyday girl” fashions to this more artistic and fanciful skin. It shows the girl has some chops and can think outside that same old box. The hair is a crazy cool piece I bought at Hair Fair last year made by Miranda Milestone. I had never had the opportunity to use until now. It needed an equally cool look to make it all make sense.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

Goodnight, Moon:

Hair: [MC] Moon – gold by Miranda Milestone for Milestone Creations

Skin: -tb- Arctic Ice (blonde brows) by Julliette Westerburg for Tres Blah available at Melt: An Installation on Thin Ice

Dress: :Mashooka: RFL 2010: Isha gown by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka available on the New Delhi sim at the RFL Clothing Fair

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

Coriander and Nutmeg

One of my favorite Indian spices is Garam Masala. A mix of spices which varies by recipe and by region in India, it is always blended in a manner in which one spice never predominates.

Nutmeg and Coriander

I am reminded of it because of the fashions of Aradhana Voight. Aradhana is Indio-European—a lady who grew up in Europe in an Indian family, speaking the same language as her classmates but coming from a distinctively different racial and cultural background. The clothing she makes in SL shows that blending of east and west, as it were. She combines elements of sarees with more traditional European or American styles.

Nutmeg and Coriander

Take this evening dress from Aradhana. She visited the bazaars of the market to find the fabric for this dress with its golden patterns and sheer sensuous folds. However, she also cut the skirt up the thigh, added a distinctively Western bow to the hip and a decidedly sexy cut.

Nutmeg and Coriander

I have included Aradhana’s exquisite jewelry with this outfit. Aradhana’s textures contribute to the designs, providing the color and intricacy the jewelry needs. Add to that the pure pleasure of the jewelry. Oftentimes when I wear a necklace, earrings seem redundant or it seems excessive. With this jewelry, there is never too much—each piece is designed with a separate shape but following a similar motif, so piling it on adds layers of complexity rather than overabundance. This is harder to achieve than the average consumer realizes.

I compliment this ensemble with a luscious skin from Monicuzza Babenco and hair from Alexiander Biedermann. (I modified the front curl and pushed it in to let the head jewels show.) Finally, a most luscious pair of Onxy LeShelle’s shoes complete this look, making me sexy from top to bottom.

Nutmeg and Coriander

Garam Masala:

Hair: #AB# Rocio charcoal hair by Aleixandre Biedermann (slightly modified) for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: *YS&YS* Adriana Lust 04 Fall EB Dark Hairbase by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS*

Dress: :Mashooka: Hope gown {metalred} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka Designs*

Jewelry: :Mashooka: Aradhana Jewels {gold} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka Designs*

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Esprit Wine by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya