Suddenly

Suddenly

Suddenly, I walk on by a vision of your blue eyes, so lovely
And suddenly, you’re back with me, over hills and valleys deep you find me
Oh the nights seem so long and the days carry on in spite of how I long for you
And the stars up above are invited to fall Into these open arms of mine.

~ “Suddenly” by Ala.Ni

Suddenly

This song just won’t leave me alone. It’s lovely and beautiful and sentimental and though the lyrics aren’t the best, the singer makes it work. So I had to use it for this blog, where the dress, from Fashionboi Landar and Justice Topaz, makes it. From the Shiny Shabby event, it’s a perfect mix of silk and girly with a little sexy in the mix. I styled it with applied corset stockings from Moonbubble Gothly, the cute flats from Shaleene Kenin, and a jewelry set from LouLou Teichmann, the latter two from Shiny Shabby as well.

Suddenly

Monica Outlander has released a set of her Sprites for the Arcade, a group of animals she has created from felted wool and crystals and herbs in real life that she has replicated in SL. Darling little animals, cute for decorating your home either singularly or in multiples, especially if you grab the cute shelf she gives for displaying them. My hair is Truth Hawks’ absolutely gorgeous piece for this month’s boho-themed Uber. I love the loose braid, the textures and the darling accoutrement that come with a color change HUD so you can mix them up, or just not wear them. I absolutely love this hair, and I am not usually a braid fan. I am again wearing Sawsan Secretspy’s gorgeous skin for Designer Circle because I felt like I had hidden it behind glasses in my last post and wanted to show how truly pretty it is.

Suddenly

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Delphine with Butterflies and Flowers by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Uber *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Romina Golden by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

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

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

Dress: Rowne.Anouk Silk Dress – Pearl by Justice Topaz and Fashionboi Landar for Rowne, available at Shiny Shabby *

Jewelry: Bauhaus Movement – Natacha – Bracelet (Chantilly) with Bauhaus Movement – Natacha – Chain Optional and Bauhaus Movement – Natacha – Ring (Antique) by LouLou Teichmann for Bauhaus Movement, available at Shiny Shabby *

Stockings: [ bubble ] Beige Socks  Appliers HUD by Moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ] *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Nails HUD Slink A/E – set 231 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Pure Poison – Le Ballet Flats – Black for SLINK by Shaleene Kenin for Pure Poison, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Décor: Miamai_Sprites For Arcade by Monica Outlander for Miamai, available at the Arcade *

  • Miamai_Sprites_Bear Strenght
  • Miamai_Sprites_Cat Love
  • Miamai_Sprites_Crow Protection
  • Miamai_Sprites_Deer RadiantLove RARE
  • Miamai_Sprites_Deer Spirituality
  • Miamai_Sprites_Display FREE
  • Miamai_Sprites_Fox GoodLuck
  • Miamai_Sprites_Owl Friendship
  • Miamai_Sprites_Protection Hanger RARE
  • Miamai_Sprites_Wolf Focus

Suddenly

The Christmas Candle—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 21

The Christmas Candle—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 21

A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.
~Eva Logue

Christmas Candle

The glow of a candle is the warmest sight on a cold dark winter night. Here in the Northern hemisphere, we are coming on our longest night, so a warm light is doubly welcome. I have fun these beautiful holiday lanterns from Winter Thorn to shed light on the beautiful gift that Monica Outlander is giving in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar. With a mesh bodice that includes materials (hence the light reflecting off) and a great flexi prim skirt, it’s a piece of Miamai couture you can get as the gift for today!

Christmas Candle

My beautiful illuminated face is Umazuma Metaluna’s lovely gift to her group members. The skin includes teeth, which you can vaguely see behind the lips I added. I never like myself with teeth so I used one of her lipstick tattoos. The eyes are absolutely fabulous and she generously offers it with freckles and, as I show, without. I have one of Mirja Mills’ just-released up-dos she made for MVW, a gorgeous french braided number, just in time for the holidays. And Poulet Koenkamp crafted this spectactular hair piece and earrings for the holidays, which dresses up my look just perfectly, creating a sparkle in the evening darkness.

Christmas Candle

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * ELES* with .:EMO-tions:. HAIRBASE 10 – straight autumn by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Estelle – Christmas gift 1 (toffee) BB+H CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

Lipstick: [theSkinnery] Valerie Lip Intensity 4 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

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

Dress: Miamai_Taylor Emerald by Monica Outlander for Miamai, available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Relaxed by Siddean Munro for Slink

Headpiece and earrings: :: PM :: Savannah Headpiece and Earrings by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – Set 192 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Holiday Décor: {what next) ‘Gold’ Alpbach Tree Lanterns by Winter Thorn for {what next} *

  • {what next} Gold Alpbach Tree Lantern (snowflake) – large
  • {what next} Gold Alpbach Tree Lantern (snowy) – small
  • {what next} Gold Alpbach Tree Lantern (starry) – large

Christmas Candle

Tempted

Tempted

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” ~ Mae West

Tempted

The new District 5 event is kind of tempting. I have seen some previews of items that will be there and it’s gonna be tough. For example, this mini dress from Cynthia Ultsch comes in several colors and includes a HUD that allows you to change the color of your belt and buckle may times over so you can mix and match it with other looks. Lots of ladies like Cynthia’s work and this is your chance to get it with this versatility built in. The high heels from Sn0b that I am wearing have the same kind of HUD scheme with the ability to switch out colors on separate pieces and even to hide elements of the decoration, like the bows. My awesome necklace is one of Maxi Gossamer’s pieces for FaMESHed and includes her magic texture-switch scripts. Monica Outlander just put out a set of Slink nail appliers that include mesh tattoos. They work with size 10 hands, which mine are not (because that would give me t-rex arms) but are resizable. I chose to forgo the tattoos because the polishes are plenty pretty.

Tempted

Kavar Cleanslate is selling this lovely hair at Collabor88 this month in his set of fantastic textures. I can see he is attuned to his audience, who wants full locks and a sort of innocent sexiness that comes out from the pinned-aside bangs. My skin is one of Brendon Papp’s glorious new skins on Marketplace, which comes with three eyeliners and five lipsticks and an aetherial style and sublime smile you won’t find with other skins. He has been slowly coming back to SL and offering more and more of his unique style, so keep an eye on him!

Tempted

Hair: Exile::Letters and lipstick by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: !Imabee: Petal – Florentien /darkB with !Imabee: Petal – Florentien – Lip 2 and !Imabee: Florentien – Eyeliner 2 by Brendon Papp for Imabee 

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

Dress: [Cynful] Society Dress – White by Cynthia Ultsch for Cynful, available at District 5 (opening August 13) *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Biarritz Beaded Collar by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Miamai_LacquerSublime_NYPrincess SLinkHands Casual by Monica Outlander for Miamai *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: ]S]N]0]B] Endless (Slink High) Pair by Sn0b for ]S]N]0]B], available at District 5 (opening August 13) *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

A Marriage of Design and Beauty

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”~ John Keats

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

Monica Outlander, always known for her creativity and fun in SL, has announced the Miamai Luxe Scavenger Hunt, and I have been given the auspicious honor of being one of the bloggers who will be supplying a hint for you. While I won’t just give you the question and answer, I will give you many hints photographically and textually.

This is how it works: The first three people who answer all the questions on the website and submit a notecard to Shae Sixpence will win the entire Luxe Collection, including all the shoes you see in these photos. Every single one for your virtual tootsies. How can you not try?

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

This is all in honor of the release of Monica Outlander’s new spring collection at Miamai, the Luxe Collection, which includes shoes from her partner, Pill Kanto.  With this “reception,” I wanted to point out how Monica’s work is a marriage of design and beauty and for this collection, it’s a romantic assemblage of the sensual qualities of fabric and clothing with softly-colored, spring textures. The blouse drapes and balloons around the waist, the skirt flows in billows of heavy luxurious fabric. The pieces are mix-n-match so you can wear them with other pieces in the collection or potentially with other creators’ work.

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

As for our reception, what better place than the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens, which Barnesworth Anubis has so faithfully replicated with his Classic Conservatory, which is being sold at Collabor88 this round. The building is perfect for concerts, parties and wedding receptions, as you can see here. I festooned the windows with Maxwell Graf’s mesh drapes and hung Tya Fallingbridge’s gorgeous chandeliers, which she is selling at the Home Show. Froukje Hoorenbeek’s bistro table and vases are perfect for dinner.

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

That being said, if you look closely, each table has three pairs of shoes, one from each of Pill Kanto’s three different collections, at each table. (All the tables are shown in the photo with all the shoes Pill will be selling, hint hint hint. And yes, they are heavy on style AND land impact I found out, so put them on your feet, not on your land.)

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

The Seasons Story opened yesterday to great applause and lag so take your time before you run over. It’s open through the end of the month (I think—no dates to be found). Aida Ewing is offering a set of skins derived from her popular new Brandi series, delicate and otherworldly. I top the look with a wavy ‘do from Bubbles Clawtooth and accessorize with gorgeous pieces from Maizon Rayna and a pretty ring from Allegory Malaprop.

Check out these other bloggers’ entries for the other hints:

Strawberry Singh
Foxx Pawpad
Caoimhe Lionheart
Sylphia Constantine
Harlow Heslop
Kynne Llewellyn
Shae Sixpence
Grazia Horwitz

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

Did you find the answer? No? One last hint: XXXIX

Hair: Clawtooth: Lady Stardust – Coco by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: -Glam Affair – Brandi – Europa 04 H with -Glam Affair – Brandi – Lipstick 04 by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at The Seasons Story *

Eyes: ::Nar Mattaru:: Bardo Eyes / Forest by Jade Glazner for Nar Mattaru

Top: Miamai_Kalia Cotton Rose by Monica Outlander for Miamai * (available April 12)

Skirt: Miamai_Anya Gown Plain Brown by Monica Outlander for Miamai * (available April 12)

Jewelry: TdO*CLOE’ bracelet and earrings by maizon Rayna for Terra d’ombrA *

Rings: Schadenfreude Simple Ring Trio (copy) by Allegory Malaprop for Schadenfreude

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Venue: [ba] classic conservatory by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis, available at Collabor88 *

Table: Dutchie bistro table by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie *

Vases: Dutchie glas vase with yellow flowers by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie * (modified)

Curtains: Rustica – Mesh Drape TOP SWAGS by Maxwell Graf for Rustica * (modified)

Chandeliers: [PM] Pixel Mode  – Chandelier – Long – Pewter by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Home Show 2014 *

Shoes: MIAMAI_Curiosity high pumps – luxe, MIAMAI_Difference high pumps -luxe, and MIAMAI_Indifference high pumps -luxe (to be worn with Slink high feet) by Pill Kanto for Miamai * (available April 12)

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin, available at Collabor88

The Maiden

The Maiden

“Come o’er the sea,
Maiden with me,
Mine through the sunshine, storms and snows;
Seasons may roll,
But the true soul
Burns the same, where’er it goes.”
~ Thomas Moore

The Maiden

I felt like a maiden from a storybook fantasy tale today. It’s probably because of this glorious new mesh dress from Monica Outlander, which comes in a number of colors, but all have the peacock feather insets in the skirt and at the bodice. With her gorgeously drawn shadows, Monica makes a simple mesh silhouette seem complex and lush, tailored with dart seams and insets.

The Maiden

There’s another reason I feel like a fair maiden, and that’s because of the skin I am wearing today. Jade Glazner is releasing this beautiful new skin at Skin Fair 2014. Freya comes in six tones with four brow options and two different cleavage options. Jade is also selling all the standard appliers separately for the skin. She will also be offering a set of dark glossy lipsticks as a gift in her store. (I wore the green for the full-length photos but stripped it off for the close up so you could see the skin in its delicate glory).

My long maiden locks are Tabata Jewell’s newest contribution to the grid. With storybook length and beautiful face-framing qualities, this hair, which comes with one of Tabata’s clever texture-changing HUDs, makes this maiden even fairer.

The Maiden

“In beauty of face no maiden ever equaled her. It was the radiance of an opium-dream – an airy and spirit-lifting vision more wildly divine than the fantasies which hovered about the slumbering souls of the daughters of Delos.”
― Edgar Allan Poe,
Ligeia

Hair: Vanity Hair:Spooky(Roots)-Fatpack by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair *

Skin: ::NM:: Freya (SUNKISSED) Blonde Brows / Small Cleavage by Jade Glazner for Nar Mattaru, available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 2) (Opens March 14 to the general public)

Eyes: ::Nar Mattaru:: Bardo Eyes / Forest by Jade Glazner for Nar Mattaru

Dress: Miamai_Kia Diamond by Monica Outlander for Miamai *

Choker: .:ellabella:. Bygone Medusa – Cream by  Ellantha Larsson for.:ellabella:. *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Flat Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail applier: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – Set 200 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

The Maiden

Deep in the Woods

Deep in the Woods

“Alas for those girls who’ve refused the truth: The sweetest tongue has the sharpest tooth.” ― Jack Zipes, Little Red Riding Hood and Other Classic French Fairy Tales

Deep in the Woods

Enchantment, which is opening on February 1, will be an event taking as its theme “Little Red Riding Hood.” You’d think it would be an event full of baskets and capes, and while there are plenty of those, there is also an undercurrent of resistance to a story of a lovely little girl being tricked by a wolf. First, much of the clothing is less for a little girl and more for a woman, like this gorgeous gown by Monica Outlander. Now, I am not surprised Monica upends the tale of a sweet little girl by turning her into a sophisticated vamp—Monica is never satisfied with the status quo. Her gorgeous Blanchette gown evokes the sleek beauty of its namesake, Cate Blanchett. Monica imbues Little Red Riding Hood with something else with this hooded gown.

Deep in the Woods

Amanda Randall imagines the wolf less as a threat than an accessory with her posing wolf at Enchantment. With six darling poses, you can go from long lean model to besties with the wolf. Maybe “my such big eyes you have” could become friendship or true love….

Then you have Isabeau Baragula’s evocative accessories—bowed Mary Janes and w wearable wolf mask that goes over the face or on top of the head. Is LRRH the victim or the sheep hiding in wolf’s clothing? I love how the headpiece looks as a sort of perverse tiara. Isabeau also sells a horned chair with several great poses, the bowed branch draped with silk (color-change, of course) and a mounted wolf’s head. I think the wolf is in big trouble in Isabeau’s version of Little Red Riding Hood.

Deep in the Woods

Finally, Nina Helix made an exclusive skin for this event—a vamped up Red Riding Hood, and it comes with all the appliers you could need. With dark eyes and a deep deep red matte lip, heavy brows and a very romantic face, this is not your traditional skin. When I first put it on, I had to get used to it but once I paired it with Keiba’s dark eyes, I was enchanted, especially with one of Truth Hawk’s newest hairs in black. Watch out, Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood is out to get you!

Deep in the Woods

“This one day her mother gave her
a basket of wine and cake
to take to her grandmother
because she was ill.
Wine and cake?
Where’s the aspirin? The penicillin?
Where’s the fruit juice?
Peter Rabbit got camomile tea.
But wine and cake it was.”
― Anne Sexton, Transformations

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Yelena by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .Birdy. Red skin ~Peaches~ (Limited edition Enchanted) Black) by Nina Helix for Birdy, available at Enchantment

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes Black (med) by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Dress: Miamai_Blanchette Red by Monica Outlander for Miamai, available at Enchantment *

Headpiece: Kalopsia – Wolf Mask (Top of the head) by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Nail applier: Nailed It – Dark Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Kalopsia – Shoes Red by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Background prop: Kalopsia – Hanging Tree by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

Wolf: [Ca.Co] – My Wolf by Amanda Randall for Captivity Co. Poses, available at Enchantment *

Chair: Kalopsia – Red Riding Hood Chair by Isabeau Baragula for Kalopsia, available at Enchantment *

An Orchid in the Snow

An Orchid in the Snow

“The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.” ~ E.E. Cummings

An Orchid in the Snow

Monica Outlander recently put on a fashion show of epic proportions with some of her newest Black Label fashions on display. I was not able to go but I understand it was quite something and I am not surprised, because when Monica thinks, she thinks grandly and with sweeping creativity and beauty. She invited many people to participate in The Golden Thread, her show, and asked people to make artistic photos using her Black Label Fashions. I did one for the show but it’s not PG enough for the blog, so you can see it here.

One of the most beautiful pieces from the show was this dress, Shae, which is an absolutely gorgeous mesh assemblage with materials features (see the sheen on the bottom). In this gown, Monica brings romanticism to the modern by using mesh to create folds of brocade and satin and sheer taffeta in a pile up of gorgeous materials. Each detail—from the bead-decorated bodice to the buttons running down the corset to the flowers adorning the hips is attended to with loving care. This is how haute couture is supposed to work—a celebration of the senses and shapes. Monica outdid herself and truly produced a work of art.

An Orchid in the Snow

The dress suits this new skin from Rocketta Haven. Yes, I showed it yesterday but I have to show it again today because I am absolutely smitten. The delicacy of this skin, the gentle features, the romance of the look deserves more than just a glance. Even the hands are lovely (featuring a nail applier from Sasy Scarborough perfect for the holidays). My side swept hair is MissAllSunday Lemon’s newest release, an almost wind-blown style that echoes the drama of Monica’s dress.

An Orchid in the Snow

“Whenever she turned her steep focus to me, I felt the warmth that flowers must feel when they bloom through the snow, under the first concentrated rays of the sun.” ~ Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Casey Mesh Hair – Cinnamon by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills *

Skin: [KOOQLA] Bisquit . Nude 02 (lb) by Rocketta Haven for Kooqla *

Eyes: .ID. November Gift 2013 #2 by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: Miamai_BL_Shae by Monica Outlander for Miamai *

Jewelry: Eclectica ‘Enchant’ pearl earrings and necklace by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: KOOQLA : Slink Appliers – Bisquit (hands) by Rocketta Haven for Kooqla *

Nail appliers:  Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 192 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *