Infatuation

“I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty… you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.” ~ JD Salinger

Infatuation

Today I had the distinct honor of speaking to Kaseido Quandry’s class regarding virtuality, my virtual being, etc. After the formal end of the class, I changed over to my piggy avatar and plunked myself down next to one of the students in the class. I flirted with him as Piggy, asking him if he liked girls with “a little ham on their hocks.” The class told me he turned a beet red in class in embarrassment. I had to giggle. I think he was a wee bit infatuated with Piggy. (He was also a good sport.)

Maybe it wasn’t Piggy but how Harper looked before I changed. I wore this cutesexy dress from Mika Nieuport with its color change belt and luscious rich knit textures with her great tights and some sportysexy boots from Gospel Voom to the class (because Kaseido pays close attention to what I wear, I learned). The earthy palette matched my earthy approach to things, I suspect.

Infatuation

A glowing Tuli Asturias skin was touched up with a little magic from Mocksoup Graves, who offers useful and subtle makeups to slightly alter your look in SL. I like that the lips overlay Tuli’s skin without remaking it, the eyeshadows (as I show here) fit perfectly. I accessorized with this gorgeous jewelry from Lynaja Bade. And my long luscious locks are a new offering from Truth Hawks, who injects every one of his hair styles with a bit of sexy.

Infatuation

Down to earth:

Hair: >TRUTH< Bea 2 – chestnut by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [:T:] Eva / sunkissed / br :: 01 Bare by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Makeup: M.O.C.K. Makeup Silver Fog 2 (Eyeshadow only) by Mocksoup Graves for *M.O.C.K cosmetics* *

Dress: MIEL LIA DRESS – pancho by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Tights: MIEL LIA SOCKS – sock layer – cream 2 by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Necklace: KOSH- SHEPHERD’S GLEN NECKLACE -BROWN AMBER- GOLDEN by Lynaja Bade for KOSH

Ring: KOSH- SHEPHERD’S GLEN RING -BROWN AMBER- GOLDEN by Lynaja Bade for KOSH

Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boot – Brown by Gospel Voom for Gos *

Blue in Green

The story about the jazz piece “Blue in Green” off the epic album “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis is a convoluted, drama-ridden one. In the story, Miles Davis repeatedly comes off as being a first-class jerk (which is no surprise as he came off as one in general). Nevertheless it is an iconic jazz ballad that thrills people when they hear it. It’s all that jazz needs to be—progressive, melodic, lush, cool, deep but approachable, melancholy. John Coltrane is his best soulful self. Bill Evans’ composition and playing is ground breaking. Paul Chambers lays down the cool. And Miles Davis is all the best he can be, which is pretty damn wonderful. (Far better than I have written about jazz so don’t expect me to be articulate here.)

The composition of “Blue in Green” as with the other music on the album came from Miles Davis sketching out notes on a napkin (literally) and getting in a studio with the players and going at it, each bringing his best to it and each playing to the new idea of modal jazz. SL can be the same kind of locus where people get together and riff on the medium, coming up with some brilliant and soul-touching work.

Kind of Blue

This outfit is a composition of sexy elegance. First we have the work of Nyte Caligari with its great system pieces (all crisp and clean and imaginative—so many tops in SL are the same old thing) and sexy silhouette. Look closer and you see the belt around the hips fits perfectly, the prim on the bottom of the sweater makes it a long sweater but not that frumpy long sweater I see too much of, the crossed pieces of fabric in back are rendered perfectly on the system piece. This is  very skilled work that comes off as effortless.

Kind of Blue

I insisted on wearing a Gala Phoenix skin with this outfit. I think it’s because I have never felt that Gala’s skins could ever quite make it to a sophisticated look but her latest line has proven me wrong, and I wanted to show that. Her skins have generally come off as adolescent and dewy and baby-faced to me. I saw their artistic merit but could not totally feel the love. That was until she came out with her Yum set recently, and she took out much of gimmicky stuff that put me off in the past—the anxiety eyebrows, the freckles, the pores, the dewy overdone lips. This new line can be worn with pride by grown women with its smoother skin, sophisticated lip colors and understated eyes. I did pop a monica Outlander makeup on the tattoo layer on to play up the eyes a little more. Gosh, I love that tattoo layer.

Kind of Blue

still, there is something here, that, perhaps, needs explaining
beyond the hopelessness of miles, the light at the end of a midnight tunnel
~ “Poem Reaching For Something” by Quincy Troupe (biographer for Miles Davis)

(And no, he doesn’t mean Miles Davis in this poem when he talks about “miles.” He means distance.)

Hair: AD – harper brunette by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog*

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Yum-Pure BR by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Makeup: Miamai_LesMakeups_Smokey 03 by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Outfit: Nyte’N’Day Clothing – Bridle Blue by Nyte Caligari for Nyte’N’Day

Scarf: MIEL LIA SCARF – flor (chest) by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Aequus Blue by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya Gold

P.S. I am doing a sort of drop shadow thing here lately, not very skillfully, but it’s something. How’s it working?

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*. *

Meetings

I have been attending lots of meetings lately.

Meetings

For meetings, it’s best to leave off the bling and the tight revealing miniskirt and the fringed bra. It’s best to be remembered for your contributions and not your apparel. That’s why I wear this pretty but conservative ensemble which starts with the jacket from MariaElena Barbosa’s Marlene set. It has elements that are photosourced and it’s well constructed with a peplum skirt and smart cuffs. My skirt is a pretty one from como Setsuko, who has a whole gatcha full of these skirts. Shoes are a conservative and pleasing silhouette from Fallingwater Cellardoor. (I just love Fallingwater’s shoes—they are classy and versatile. I could see this pair working with a very sexy outfit just as easily.)

Meetings

My skin is from Kira Ahn’s sale at dekade. I really liked the Vivienne set in the Bardot line. It’s sophisticated, mature and beautiful with a variety of makeups. Pick it up before Kira’s sale ends because once it’s gone, I presume it’s gone. Earrings are pretty little baubles from Delora Starbrook and I pulled my hair up in a ponytail from Parvarti Monday. Easy peasy.

Meetings

Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Hair: fri. – Cassidy – Thoughtful Brown by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skin: [dekade.] SKINS BARDOT-Vivienne Tan /Brown Brows/Make Up 09 by Kira Ahn for dekade

Jacket: MEB : Marlene by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB *

Skirt: ::{u.f.o}:: blossom band long skirt.(sky loman) by como Setsuko for ::{u.f.o}::

Tie: MIEL ELLE UBER bow by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Earrings: *HD* Bertille Earrings by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Kelsey pumps – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

My Green-Eyed Love

My love, my green-eyed love
We’ll watch the clouds from above
C’mon, lift me up

~ “Green-Eyed Love” by Mayer Hawthorne

My Green-Eyed Love

These last few days before school deserve a good pop song and some casual clothes. It’s drawing to the end of summer and I never want it to end. (Make sure you listen to that song I link above!) The top is from Jamie Marlowe, who has just recently closed her store, and it’s a shame because her work is great. The capris are from Tuli Asturias, who does seem to get a lot of press in this blog. I wore them despite myself but they were so perfect!

My Green-Eyed Love

I ran to get one of the skins made by Juliette Westerburg, the darling of the alternative set. I really liked the skin over this gorgeous more full-figured shape from Xme Xue. I had to redo my eyebrows to get the crazy “winged” thing she had going on with the brows to settle down, but the colors are lovely—the lips are sensual and pretty and the blush through the skin is gorgeous. Hair is from Truth Hawks, who has decided to blow up the grid with a sale on all his hair. Asset servers are straining as inventories bulk up with Truth fat packs. (It’s not really LL causing all these problems—it’s all Truth’s fault.)

My Green-Eyed Love

My love, my green-eyed love
You know when push comes to shove
I need you, you’re in my blood

Hair: >TRUTH< Lauren – carrot by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Shape: MAGGIE – Copy/Mod by Xme Xue for Ample Avi *

Skin: -tb- {Tan} Jejune Rose – Red Winged Brows by Juliette Westerburg for Tres Blah

Top: * **MIS** Wiggles by Janie Marlowe for Mischief (no longer available)

Capris: []::Tuli::[] Worn denim capris by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Necklace: MIEL ELO NECKLACE by Mike Nieuport for Miel

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Women’s Espadrilles – Beach Sand by Renee Harvy for Duh

Polka Dot Princess

The princess, the girl who has everything, who can wear anything, who will wear anything and wear it as she pleases… that’s what I want to be sometimes.

Polka Dot Princess

It’s easy to be a princess in this dress from Kimmera Madison. With its sculpty puffs and bows, it’s not something just any woman can wear. Kimmera has always managed to make her textures so real with the right highlights and shadows and a richness in the material that is not easy to replicate. Our princess is definitely not wearing off-the-rack.

Polka Dot Princess

I show it with a lovely skin from Lorac Farella that I spotted in her remodeled store/sim. I love the subtlety of the skin, which could serve a blonde as well as a brunette. The lips are luscious, the eye makeups subtle and sophisticated, and especially nice is the collarbone, which is not a “stain” as I see on so many skins, but a drawn beautiful feature.

Polka Dot Princess

“Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” ~ Princess Diana

Hair: MIEL SUN HAIR – brown 5 by Mika Nieuport for MIEL

Skin: Pulse Skin Trinity/M 2 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Tres Beau “Polka Spot” Brown by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

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

Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Chocolate Diamond Necklace and Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: [Armidi Gisaci] Barcelona Slingback  – Bole w/Gold by Nicole David for Armidi

All About Business

I have once written about how people complain about the lack of business clothes in SL. I just don’t see it. Many great business looks can be put together (especially if one is able to make allowances about necklines).

All About Business

Take this dress from monica Outlander. Top to bottom, it’s a winner for a well-dressed woman. With its creamy knit texture, modest length (again for SL), and versatility, this dress can be very handily worn for business in SL. I have accessorized with a great belt from Sofi Trenkins and one of Mika Nieuport’s great 50L Fridays jewelry sets.

All About Business

The stunner of this whole look, however, is Mea Cannell’s newest skin offering, specifically made for African-American or African-European women. I really liked this skin—it’s beautiful and appropriate. I am especially fond of the lips. It’s not a light skin darkened. I will wear this skin again, especially when I want an elegant look.

All About Business

Getting down to business:

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

Skin: Aimesi Skin Samara Face3 Dark by Mea Carnell for Aimesi *

Dress: Miamai_Bebe Cream by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Jewelry: MIEL CUE SET – 50L Fridays by Mika Nieuport for MIEL

Belt: ~SIGMA~Jewels/ Tamara belt brown by Sofi Trenkins for ~SIGMA~

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Graybrown by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for Courtisane *

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

As I have said before, I have always had a little trouble being blonde in world. I am not blonde in RL nor do I understand the fascination with blonde coloring. Even when I was a girl, I always thought Sabrina was much more intriguing than Jill and that Kelly was just way better looking in general. (See, I thought I was Sabrina but I *wanted* to look like Kelly.)

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

But I am starting to see the appeal of being a blonde. First is this new skin from Mallory Cowen, made especially for blondes. With its subtle and light features, beautiful glow (it really does glow as advertised, and we aren’t talking about prim glow), and the well drawn features (eyebrows!), it’s an exquisite skin that makes being blonde pretty damn fun for me.

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

Then add Sascha Frangilli’s remade Temptation dress. She has remade the dress with less “battleship” and more cocktail. She gives you, as always, several options. I show two here—the prim longer skirt and the system skirt, with the great bolero and without. I paired it with these great slingback from Nardya Rousselot. I completely endorse her shoes—great shape, great textures.

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

Don’t hate me because I am beautiful:

Hair: MIEL BM HAIR – Blonde 4 by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 05 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: SAS – Temptation Cognac II by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Earrings: P.C; Gilded Pearl Fruit Earring by Ava Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Eva Bronze by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

P.S. A quick note. RFL Clothing Fair is happening again this year, starting at 3 pm slt on March 13. IF you are a fashion blogger in good standing, you may drop a note to Phoenix Ember with your name and blog url and she will add you to the group to preview the sims on press day, March 12. RFyre will be sponsoring the Paris sim, based on the city where Raven and I will be vacationing when either of us wins the lottery.

Leopard Skin

It’s an off day for writing but an on day for fashion. I scored some great things I want to share, but I don’t have any great theme ‘cept they are cool.

Leopard Skin

A wander down to Djinn and Tonic the other day took me into Damon Dollinger’s area (Fear & Clothing–the name alone deserves sales), where he offers some glam and fun stuff for men (and women—I took them over). I found these terrific leopard skin hip huggers with the belt and dang, I had to have them. I ripped them out of some emo boy’s hand and ran off with them.

Leopard Skin

I scurried over to Aranel Ah’s place and found this hoodie to match. She has some really cute separates that mix and match with many things but don’t look the same old, same old. For example, this hoodie has a great zippered front and ends just above the belly button for a little bare midriff.

Leopard Skin

I “dressed” it up with jewelry from Miel. I have some really nice pieces from Miel, sold at inexpensive prices. This set includes beads on loosely tied leather pieces. This is not easy work, working with tiny prims, putting on textures of this intricacy. Mika Nieuport definitely does fine work.

I bottomed out with boots from Annette Voight. With the fine sculpties and the delicious buttery soft textures, these boots are luxurious and sexy.

Leopard Skin

Animal attraction:

Hair: >TRUTH< Cameron – auburn by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm m3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Top: *BOOM* Park Life Hoodie –Rust by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Pants: –>F&C<—Lowrise Leopard by Damon Dollinger for Fear & Clothing

Jewelry: MIEL LUN SET by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Boots: [Decoy] Jully Boots – Tan by Annette Voight for Decoy

Listening to “All the World (I Tell Myself)” by Correatown

Dance at Dusk

OK, let’s face it. We all want pretty dresses. We all have indulged in a dance at Apollo or Avilion, watching with starry eyes as our skirts swirl around us and our dancing partner. The dream of wearing a beautiful full gown starts at an early age, and women never really shake it.

Dance at Dusk

I was instantly taken back to that childhood dream of having a beautiful blue gown when I donned this dress from Ravenlynn Templar. Ravenlynn’s dresses are gorgeous creations, many of them inspired by gowns seen in movies. Her textures are detailed and well-drawn. She uses prims well and her skirts flow about beautifully. And I may add, her dresses are inexpensive, so you can fill your fantasy dress folder economically.

Dance at Dusk

I have complimented this beautiful midnight blue gown with a necklace from Di Yifu. Di, a premier jewelry maker, explained to me once that she came from a family of RL jewelers. Hence, her attention to detail and exactitude in her construction. Her work is exquisite. This necklace is really the least of it. I highly recommend a trip to her store.

Dance at Dusk

Shall we…?

Hair: MIEL BM HAIR BLONDE 1 by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Blueberry by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Enchanted-Yvaine’s blue  gown by Ravenlynn Templar for LVS&Co

Necklace: Lady Di necklace by Di Yifu for Inca Temple