Nothing Ventured, Nothing Learned

It’s not enough to set the turn
With nothing ventured nothing learned
It’s how it’s always been

~ “The Next Time Around” by Little Joy

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Learned

Try something new and you might learn something. I found these cute skirt/pants out on my wanderings. Made by yoriminaty Beresford (a distant cousin, clearly), this unusual piece with its handpainted motif and muddy color is hippy chic. Kaneyan Nicholls supplies the light and pretty top with the laced collar.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Learned

My skin is a fresh offering from Kaethe Dyrssen, who is dipping into skin creation after being established as a shape maker. I juiced up the lips with a new lip gloss from Mocksoup Graves. Mocksoup’s glosses and eyeshadows dominate my makeup kit because they fit so many skins and are translucent, so the original skin’s lip shape can still show through. For all we gripe about LL, surely the tattoo layers are a great feature. Finally my wispy and romantic hair is a new offering from Mirja Mills. This blonde is really fantastic.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Learned

I’ll belong to you, it’s how it’s meant to be

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * LARA * /blonde by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: *L*Luna – Peach -Pure LBFR by Kaethe Dyrssen for Leafy

Makeup: [mock] Mizu LipGloss [Dark Pink] [Pia] by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K Cosmetics *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: Cotton tunic <Chocolate> short sleeve by kaneyan Nicholls for MNK*SHOP

Pants: (yorim’s F)otogi_skirt (long) by yoriminaty Beresford for =YORIM’S FACTORY=

Bracelet: MIEL AHI BRACELET – right hand by Mika Nieuport for The Hive

Shoes: [e] Millside Flats – Desert by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

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?

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