Optimistic

Optimistic

You can try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

~ Radiohead, “Optimistic”

Optimistic

I am writing this while listening to Radiohead and in pure bliss. It’s a beautiful day out, I have new headphones, I got a full night’s sleep and I have some cute clothes! Today’s summer-kissed outfit features, first of all, patched jeans from Dick Wiesel. With their cute but sexy look and variable patches (depending on what color you get), they are a great go-to for a more colorful jeans look. (Dick named these “Cherry Pie” after the Warrant song. Way to play the age card, Dick!)

My top is a frilly beautiful from Maria Gherardi. These are available in several colors but I had to hunt her store down because the main store sim is gone. My shoes are older but no less amazing mules from Fallingwater Cellardoor.

Optimistic

My tan lines come courtesy of Monicuzza Babenco, who takes tan one step sexier with a bikini line. (I had to show the lines—it’s really nicely done). The makeup is sensuous and fresh. My mane is courtesy of Truth Hawks, who has not yet run out of sexy women’s names for his hair.

Optimistic

The best you can is good enough….

Hair: >TRUTH< Bebe – fudge by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS & YS* Penelope Sunburn TanLine – TDR by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: [MG fashion] Gigi Tank Top (burgundy) by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Jeans: :. WoE .: Guage G2 Patched Jeans (Cherry Pie) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Necklace: necklace *cp* pink >> **~Twinkleberry~** by Emiko Harvey for Twinkleberry

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Plainers – pink by Fallingwater Cellardoor for (Shiny Things)

Poses by Diesel Rogan for Diesel Works Animations*

Blizzard Warning!

We have been issued a blizzard warning today. It’s a little alarming because normally we don’t get those. We get snow—sometimes lots of it—but it doesn’t blow around like we are on some arctic substation (which is what I presume “blizzard” means). Of course, I am complete wimp and let someone else do all the shoveling and shopping while I whimper under an electric throw in front of the fire. (Yes, really, I have an electric throw.)

Blizzard Warning!

However, IF I were going out (and that’s a BIG if), I would be bundled up. This fur coat from Govindra Galatea does the trick with its piles and piles of lynx furs and cushy comfy hat. (And the skirt layer is kind of puffy, which will hide the 3 layers of long underwear I have on underneath.) My boots are cozy and comfy from Shibuki Aeon with great leather laces up the back.

Blizzard Warning

My glorious skin is the group gift from Tricky Boucher. I do realize this is a bit tan but I intend on maintaining this beautiful skin tone by teleporting to a beach sim as soon as is practical. I am looking forward to seeing Tricky’s new line. It’s been too long since he did a release.

Blizzard Warning!

They do say that SL is a place for fantasy. Well, seeing me shoveling is its own form of fantasy. Gaze on cuz it’s not happening… ;)

Blizzard Warning!

Now that the worst is over, they predict
Something messy and difficult, though not
Life-threatening….

The shift of the wind matters again,
And we are so simple, so happy to hear
The scrape of a shovel next door.

~”The Blizzard” by Phyllis Levin

Hair: >TRUTH< Chalice – almond by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Erika Sk group gift by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Outfit: Winter Cat Coat (kot zimy), flex prim coat and prim hat by Govindira Galatea for D3volution!

Tights: [MG fashion] knitted socks – red brown by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Boots: * M’z winterboots brown * by Shibuki Aeon  for M’z

Shovel: -RC- Snow Shovel (snow)(black) by Redd Columbia for –RC Cluster-

All Is Full of Love

you’ll be given love
you’ll be taken care of
you’ll be given love
you have to trust it

maybe not from the sources
you have poured yours
maybe not from the directions
you are staring at

~ “All Is Full of Love” by Bjork

All Is Full of Love

All is full of love when LeeZu Baxter comes out with something new, at least for me. Her latest release are these funky jodhpurs (which also come as long pants and then can’t be called jodhpurs, I suppose, but I am not going to sweat it). Once again LeeZu combines skills with an artistic eye to give us a great silhouette chock full of visual delights. One thing I love about LeeZu’s work is that she is not afraid to combine textures and does so well, understanding proportion very well. Her plaid is JUST the right size and repeat. Her stripes are neither too wide or too skinny. And she makes ingenious clothing that could be walking across RL catwalks or down RL streets on the chicest fashionistas.

I pair it with a top from a dress by Dick Wiesel, another guy who does great textures. This match was perfect in feeling because the texture is well done and matches the sophistication of LeeZu’s pants but it is not overdone with prims. Pants like these would have a form-fitting top. Then I top it with a great scarf from Mika Nieuport—again it’s all about the textures. Tights from Maria Gherardi and boots created by Enktan Gully and textured by LeeZu Baxter and I have quite the ensemble.

All Is Full of Love

Another wonderful artist is Nena Janus. I could not pull this look off so well if I had a less quality skin. I keep putting on her new Amber set and being amazed. My long lustrous locks are a killer ‘do from Truth Hawks. I am guessing this will become one of the signature looks in SL—a iconic hair—because women just love long curly locks almost as much as men do ;)

All Is Full of Love

all is full of love
you just ain’t receiving
all is full of love
your phone is off the hook
all is full of love
your doors are all shut
all is full of love!

Hair: >TRUTH< Francesca – mahogany by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Greenglade- by Nena Janus for *League* *

Top: :. WoE .: Cary Sweater Top (Plum Faded)(s) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Pants: [LeeZu!] Milan Pants /lila by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Scarf: MIEL LIA SCARF – plaid by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Tights: [MG fashion] knitted socks – dark olive by Maria Gherardi for [MG fashion]

Boots: .*Courtisane*. Esprit De Sable MAUVE by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for .*Courtisane*. *

When My Thoughts Drift to You

I had a dream
I had a dream…

When My Thoughts Drift to You

It’s ok some days not to wear high heels and choose something less sophisticated some days. This dress from dirty Adored, which was her offering for the FTLO Hunt, is a perfect example. Vintage, girly, and beautiful in texture and color, it’s a romantic girly alternative to a mini-dress. I love the puffy sleeves—how pretty is that? (Let me pause to make two comments here: 1. I don’t do a lot of hunts, and I certainly don’t blog them, so hunt folks, don’t ask me to blog your hunt. I stumbled upon this item in her store and would have gladly paid for it. 2. I hope dirty DOES do up this dress in other colorways. It’s a great design and shouldn’t be given out for free.)

I paired it with knit socks from Maria Gherardi and cute little comfy warm boots from Riq Graves (which are offered in several colors are are absolutely drop-dead perfectly sculpted and textured).

When My Thoughts Drift to You

I wear another beautiful new hair from Elikapeka Tiramisu. Because of the side ponytail, this is kind of a pistol to line up for photos without having it disappear in the shoulder—you’ve been forewarned. Because Elika kindly leaves out resize scripts and leaves her hair modifiable, I was able to tint the Red 05 with a little more orangy-red so my hair popped a little more. Thank you, Elika! Something about Elika being back on the grid makes everything seem all right.

When My Thoughts Drift to You

“When my thoughts drift to you….” Blogged while listening to Infinite Arms by Band of Horses

Hair: [e] Blind 2 – Red 05 (modified) by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 3/br) :: 07 with []::Tuli::[] Audrey t3 – dark 8 matte by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Bottle Bird Rosemary Vintage by dirty Adored for Bottle Bird

Socks: [MG fashion] knitted socks – golden brown by Maria Gherardi for [MG fashion]

Boots: Reek – Autumn Boots – Sienna by Riq Graves for Reek

Knit Happens

I have recently taken up knitting. I had tried before and never quite got the hang of it but this time I am rocketing through an Irish cable scarf. An SL friend has a partner who likes to knit; when she found out I was taking a class, she said, “Our evil plan is working.” Then someone showed me ravelry.com and gosh, it was all over…

Knit Happens

Going to Maria Gherardi’s store, I was reminded of what I want to learn to knit. First there are the stockings. I really need to learn to knit socks. Maria has done a terrific job with these, using a checkerboard pattern with a standard ribbed cuff (done k2, p2.. I think). The gorgeous shrug is done in a chain (which turns out not to be that hard to do if you have a cable needle, incidentally) in a glorious shade of “petroleum.” She does more with it, though, by making the sleeves a sort of puffy shape that adds a lot to the shape of the silhouette.

Knit Happens

Underneath is a little outfit with “jhodpur” shorts that has a great funky shape and beautiful texturing. Maria’s clothing comes in a variety of colors—that is her forte—rich, beautiful tones in a wide variety. In fact, it’s kind of difficult to choose when you get there, she provides such a palette of choices.

Knit Happens

This glowing skin from Fergie Finesmith has the bold eyeshadow colors I wanted and the skin tone that goes well with such saturated hues. I top it with one of Truth Hawks’ new hairstyles, this with the streaks set on blonde—I chickened out with the pink streaks. And I love this necklace from Jon Ree. He does absolutely gorgeous turquoise work.

Knit Happens

I bet you’re all wondering what you’re getting for Christmas this year…. Well, coffee cozies, of course.

Knit Happens

Knitting is very conducive to thought.  It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.  ~Dorothy Day

Hair: >TRUTH< Tara Streaked (Plain) – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Razzanova Skins Vanity – Alizee – Gourmandises  by Fergie Finesmith for Razzanova *

Sweater: [MG fashion] Crocheted Shrug – petroleum by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Outfit (Top and Shorts): [MG fashion] Miriam (plum) by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Stockings: [MG fashion] knitted socks – charcoal by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Necklace: Necklace — Two-step turquoise by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Boots: *GF* Short Lace-Up Boots –Black by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Knitting Needles: Steel Knitting Needle Set by Ida Keen for ! Knit This

Coffee Cozy: -RC- Nana’s Knitted Coffee Cozy by Redd Columbia for RC Cluster

P.S. A shout out to my evil co-conspirator, C….