Same Place

Same Place

Years fly by, but the heart stays in the same place. ~ Harlan Coben

Same Place

I took a stroll around the charming residential neighborhoods of Hesperia of Templemore and enjoyed the brisk air and sunshine on the sim (despite no scripts on the sim–grr). A soft slouchy sweater from Hilly Haalan with a gorgeous knit lace motif (I have knit something like this) with a big scarf and sexy leather mini make an outfit that’s stroll-worthy. Hilly includes a HUD that allows 12 colors on texture for the scarf, 10 for the fringe, 12 for the sweater and as a bonus, a 12 color-choice skirt, all in one. Thigh-high boots from Beanster Potato complete my ensemble.

Same Place

Monyka Benelli has come out with darling earring sets at The Dressing Room: separate small earrings that you can position into place to complete a look. I used four earrings on my ears and with a little painstaking placement, achieved a multiple piercing look I can live with. Kuranosuke Kamachi has put this lush, almost vintage pageboy in the main store, and Sawsan Secretspy has created another gorgeous applier for the Catwa mesh head. It comes with several eye make ups and lipsticks and suits the Annie head perfectly.

Same Place

Hair: =DeLa*= Boobs Mesh Hair “Darlene” All colors by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*= *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Annie V4.5 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. 2016 Hope BRONZE Catwa applier by sawsan Secretspy for.::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: Mesh – Striking Eyes – Branch by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Outfit: [hh] Cassia Sweater w. Scarf Pattern Knits (16 Textures) by Hilly Haalan for Hilly Haalan *

Earrings: *YS&YS* Set 01 – Diamond Double Earrings, *YS&YS* Set 01 – Pyramid Gold Earrings, *YS&YS* Set 01 – Silver Ring Earrings, and *YS&YS* Set 01 – Star Earrings by Monyka Benelli for YS&YS, available at The Dressing Room *

Boots: DN Mesh: Sedated by beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

Poses by Flutter Memel for flowey

Photos taken at Hesperia of Templemore

Same Place

Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

“… And I can tell any man to go to Hell if that man don’t know how to act right
Wild women, we don’t never worry, wild women never, never get the blues.”
~ Francine Reed with Lyle Lovett’s Large Band

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Sachi Vixen has just come out with a set of dresses with a certain wild side to them. With this shiny snakeskin texture, eensy mini and well done shading and shadows, this sexy slinky dress is best for a wild woman out on the town. I decided to go all the way with snakeskin and accessoried with sexy python shoes from Monyka Benelli and a great serpentine necklace and earrings from AvaGardner Kungler.

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

My skin is a glowing beauty from Diarmiud Miklos. I have shown it before but need to again because of its sexy sophisticated style. This is not a little girl’s skin with the well-shaped eyebrows, smoky eye make-up and sensuous lips. Languid gold eyes from Ikon Innovia complete my look. Just remember: the viper will always bite back.

Wild Women Don't Get the Blues

Wild women will be the first ones, Lord, to learn how to fly
Wild women never worry, wild women don’t get the blues….

Hair: **Dura-Boys&Girls**16(Dark Brown)resize by chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: ISPACHI Skin [ PORTIA ] Tanned ~ Hair/Bluebells by Diarmuid Miklos for ISPACHI *

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

Dress: Adam n Eve Clothes – Snakeskin – Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Necklace and Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Serpente -old gold by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Shoes: *YS&YS* Cala Saona 2 SandPyton by Monyka Benellil for *YS&YS* *

Gentle Hour

It’s such a pleasure to touch your skin
To touch your skin
It’s such a pleasure to touch your heart
To touch your heart
I can hardly wait

Gentle Hour

Sometimes I blog rather late and during that time I listen to sweet music like Yo La Tengo and try to assemble a coherent outfit. (I also try to write coherently and find later I did not….) I think I managed to put together a great look with this set, thanks to some great designers. First a great quilted vest from an outfit I got from Paul Lapointe over a slinky sweater that’s new from Nyte Caligari. I love Nyte’s shading and great seams on this sweater and also on the pants that go with this outfit. Finally quilted boots from Monyka Benelli echo the quilting and fur in the vest.

Gentle Hour

My skin is from a newish designer, Scarlett Rage, who has put this and a lighter skin out for free to entice the hordes (thanks, Renee Lowenhart, for the referral). It’s a nice skin with a little over-shading (notice around the eyes and the rear end—not shown here–was kind of dark). It is blessedly free of the over-highlighting I see on some skins. I look forward to seeing more from Scarlett when she fills her shop. (Get goin, girl!) My hair is a wild style held down by a great slouchy beret courtesy of Mr. Truth Hawks.

Gentle Hour

And I couldn’t have done
Anything else
I couldn’t have done anything else
~ “Gentle Hour” by Yo La Tengo

Hair: >TRUTH< Tatum Streaked – quince by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: ~SR~Prototype III Sunkissed (a) by Scarlett Rage for Scarlett Rage Body Shop

Vest: .:L&B:. S’Wear “Envy” Fur Lined  Vest/Jacket (part of S’Wear “Envy” Women’s Gift Set) by Paul Lapointe from Lapointe & Bastchild

Top: Nyte’N’Day – Decked Shirt Taupe by Nyte Caligari for Nyte’N’Day *

Pants: Nyte’N’Day – Decked Pants – Black by Nyte Caligari for Nyte’N’Day *

Boots: *YS&YS* Soho boots Black by Monyka Benelli for *YS&YS* *

Plum Pudding

I am blessedly not encumbered with too many leftovers this holiday, but I do have tons of clean up (after doing all the housecleaning BEFORE the holiday—ugh). Today I am taking it easy, entering all my iTunes GCs, shuffling through the boxes and enjoying the post holiday glow. Tomorrow I dig into the mess….

Plum Pudding

A warm sweater from LeeZu Baxter is called for—fashionable and cozy all at once. The sweater itself is named after a wonderful lady—Barbara Nicholls—and this holiday I got a glimpse of RL LeeZu, which was a great treat as  I heard the voice of this amazing creator. Again we see LeeZu’s ingenious combination of textures—this time an argyle with the regular knit texture (seems to be a k2, p2 on that ribbing). She supplies this sweater in a  collection of her muted but gorgeous colors as usual, so it can be mixed and matched with her other pieces, but I chose to pull on a pair of tweed wool pants I picked up as a gift from jomatshere Allen.

Plum Pudding

Tuli Asturias is redoing her sim and promising new skins. I am going nuts waiting for that but in the meantime I will enjoy her Claire skin, offered as a Black Friday set for the Skin Addiction group.

Plum Pudding

My boots are luxe footwear from Monyka Benelli, sexy and warm all at once, a pretty sight for my feet as I step gingerly among the opened gifts and tossed wrapping paper strewn all over the house. Their fab shiny quilted legs remind me that New Years is just around the corner.

Plum Pudding

"DON’T EAT NONE OF THE PLUM PUDDING. ONE WHO WISHES YOU WELL." — Agatha Christie

Hair: Adam n Eve – Cristina _3plum by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Claire (tone 3/dk) :: 01 with []::Tuli::[] Claire (tone 3) grape lips by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Sweater: [LeeZu!] Barbara Pullover /mauve by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Pants: [VS] Style  Winter Pants 1 by jomatshere Allen for [VS] Style

Boots: *YS&YS* Soho boots Burg by Monyka Benelli for *YS&YS* *

Hand-Knit Sweater

As many of you know, I have become a wee bit obsessed with knitting. I have joined two knitting groups, meet with them twice a week, spend other stolen moments in my new favorite store, the Knitting Knook, and go to sleep reading knitting patterns. (Yes, really!) I have made quick friends with Aphrodite, who is an avid knitter and spinner and who often gives me sage advice (like, “aw, rinse it in conditioner and it won’t itch so much.”) Some day, when I am feeling adventurous and more able, I will knit a sweater.

Hand-Knit Sweater

Until then, I will have to enjoy the handiwork of artists like Dick Wiesel. Dick has fashioned a set of sweaters that are absolutely glorious in his use of colors. I am guessing he purchased some fine self-striping wool, a blend that makes the sweater less itchy but just as warm and wearable, and whipped out these sweaters while watching a few football games. (And if you don’t think men can knit, they sure can!) I love this sweater—it will be one of those favorites I wear over and over—a comfort sweater. My pants are actually capris from Maya Levane with a great subtle plaid.

Hand-Knit Sweater

My glorious hair is from the equally glorious Queue Marlowe. The hair base you see on my head is actually from a set of hair base tattoos that Queue is offering for free to be worn with her hair. They are incredibly well done and match her prim hair perfectly. This way you don’t have to settle for the dark hair base on the skin you bought—your hair will match. This bouncy and charming ponytail is one of Queue’s new offerings as well. My plain and pretty makeup is an offering from Rhapzody Wilde, who offers an alternative set of skins for girls who don’t want to be so much glam as just plain pretty.

Hand-Knit Sweater

Gauge swatch!!!

Hair: AD – manhattan cinnamon WITH AD hair base – cinnamon by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Sophie~Nude~Brown Brows by Rhapzody Wilde for Mynerva

Sweater: :. WoE .: Ginger Sweater (Green) by Dick Wiesel for :.WoE.: *

Pants: (TokiD) rolling pants (dust) by Maya Levane for Tokidoki

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ French Writing Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Boots: *YS&YS* Big Sur Boots Goblin by Monyka Benelli for *YS&YS*

Welcome Back, Casja!

One of the members of our fashion bloggers group, Casja, has been literally “away from keyboard” taking care of personal RL stuff. Casja has always been a cheerful and knowledgeable contributor to our group as she is a prolific blogger herself at It’s Only Fashion. Her positive attitude, thoughtful commentary, and kind and generous demeanor has always made SL a better place. Her absence was truly felt. The frequent reports from her BFF Gidge in Plurk assured us she was coming back soon, and now she is back, all I can say is “Welcome Back, Casja!”

While Casja can’t dance in RL yet, I hope she finds an opportunity to do so on SL soon. Her friend Maht (whom she introduced me to) will be having his annual 26.2 hour Mahrathon to raise money for Heifer International’s Honduras Project. This means Maht will sit his butt down at his computer for 26.2 hours to spin tunes to help raise money–all by himself. He does the playlist, he spins the tunes (which are top-class selections), he suffers the consequences to his health and sleep habits. Last year he got $600, which all went to Heifer International. This year he hopes to meet or beat that figure.

The insanity starts at the Velvet (the original alt club in SL) on Friday, December 3 at 2:48 pm SLT (don’t ask me why that time exactly) and will end at 5:00 pm SLT the next day, at which time Maht will retire to his bed and sleep for 14 hours straight. Every donor will receive FREE donated content (last year I got some nice things like a t-shirt and jewelry).

Welcome Back!

In honor of Casja’s return, I put on a party dress—something for going to a club and dancing the night away. Dick Wiesel knows all about a good party with his short, sexy dresses. This one, from his new Nomi series, includes his beautiful grungy denim textures and a clever prim at the bust that makes the top look like it’s stretched across (as opposed to clinging to the avatar) plus a sexy tie in back. I love the belt with its double buckles on each side.

Welcome Back!

My skin is from Nena Janus’ newest line, and it’s a stunner in this coloring. I would say that our girl’s self-satisfied smile here is because she looks so darn good. I really like how Nena renders the makeup on the face, the beautiful collarbone, the almost sensuous body features. Nothing is over-dodged, which I am seeing a lot in skins these days but shimmers with a pretty sunkissed glow.

The hair is a new one from Truth Hawks, called Joey. I love its punk look. I tried it on yesterday when I was styling my guy, thinking “Joey” was for a men’s hair. It didn’t look right on my guy but it looks smashing on my girl.

Welcome Back!

My boots are from a new line by Sissy Pessoa. They come in plain colors or exotic skins like this brown python you see here. With the sassily tied ribbon of leather around the ankle, the stiletto heel and side zip, and the gorgeous toe, this boot is sure to make your wardrobe sexier just by being there.

Welcome Back!

“Harper suggested I say [Casja’s] the peanut butter to my jelly, which is patently ridiculous, as everyone knows I’m the allergen and she’s the sweet one.” ~ Maht Wuyts

Hair: >TRUTH< Joey Streaked – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

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

Dress: :. WoE .: Nomi Twain Jean Dress (Frost) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .:  *

Bangles: *YS&YS* Bone Bangles L by Monyka Benelli for *YS&YS*

Boots: Baiastice_Bow-back Ankle Boots-brown pyton by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Heart of Gold

A lot of chatter has been going around people stealing other people’s ideas, etc. It’s getting disheartening to hear all of it. Most of it is not *theft* per se. It’s just jumping on a good thing. To be honest, raising a big fuss is just creating unnecessary drama. Smart people know when to “borrow” ideas and how to use them. Smart people know when it’s worth a fight. Outright copying makes you look bad. Banging the drums and creating a big stink just puts the smell on you.

Heart of Gold

Sascha Frangilli was recently the target of such a campaign, and frankly, it made the aggressor look foolish. Sascha was accused of copying a skirt—not the textures, just the prim design. To be honest, a skirt’s a skirt in SL. You can use a script to make it. Heck, I have made skirts–they are not that big a deal. Next thing you know someone is going to be DMCA’ing someone over a plywood box.

Sascha is known for her textures. (She is also known for her kindness and generosity—the aforementioned “heart of gold.”) She creates new ones for each dress and applies them to the same set of skirts she has already built, tweaking the system pieces and accessories to make each creation a new one. It’s a smart way to work—her customers know what they are getting and know it fits. It’s her way and has served the ladies of SL well for a few years now. Take, for example, this new dress from Sascha. With her characteristically glittering gold texture, rounded decollatage, assortment of skirt offerings, from slim as shown here to a large “battleship” skirt, it is a great deal for glamorous evening wear.

Heart of Gold

I show it with a skin and chignon offered by Monyka Benelli and Monicuzza Babenco at this week’s Dressing Room. Monicuzza offers a rich beautiful alternative for women of color with this skin—it’s very distinctively Monicuzza’s with the heavy eyeliner and glowing skin.

Necklace is by the unimitable Alienbear Gupte. Who else could twist and turn a prim like that and then put a texture on it to make it look like pure gold dripping with pearls and flowers?

Heart of Gold

I have quoted this already but it bears repeating:

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
— Jim Jarmusch

Hair: *YS & YS* BigChignon Brown by Monyka Benelli for YS&YS, sold at The Dressing Room (sold with skin below)

Skin: *YS&YS* Ashanti Glow for TDR by Monicuzza Babenco for YS&YS, sold at The Dressing Room

Dress: SAS – Saleya Gold by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Jewelry: !Alienbear Designs-Azuena Queen & Princess Antique Gold Set by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs *

Erehwon Yoshikawa’s comment is making me amend this blog so you can ALL watch this. I love it. Johanna Blakley speaks for TED.