The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
Ugh. It is literally the dog days of summer for me right now, mostly because I got a new dog in RL but also because the weather has been oppressively hot (though it just turned cooler). This quote made so much sense to me—we are teetering on the cusp of summer now and about to plunge into fall. I thought this sheer topped, elegant dress from Kiddo Oh might put me in a better frame of mind, especially since it evokes a sort of glamour that never overheats. I used Ilaya Allen’s pretty chair for the Gacha Garden as my pose prop and the gorgeous new jewelry from Mea Carnell that she is featuring at the Cosmopolitan Room.
Hair pulled casually up is the perfect look and Mina Nakamura’s style for the Gacha Garden doesn’t go over board in fussiness. I took out Sopha Portal’s appliers for the LeLutka mesh heads and had a ball trying on different makeups. I will caution that Sopha’s skins tend towards the very light—this “India” tone is like no Indian person I have ever known but is, nevertheless, very pretty, especially with her accompanying makeups. The HUDs are a little annoying. You need to wear one for the skin and then another to apply the shadow and yet another for the lipstick, and the versions on the HUD are merely names—not colors or photos of the colors or styles. I much prefer Monicuzza Babenco’s graphic HUD to Sopha’s. The better feature of the HUDs, howevr, is that Sopha offers a creaseless as well as a creased eye so you can choose your look accordingly.
Hair: MINA Hair – Yenna (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Gacha Garden *
Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *
Skin applier: [MUDSKIN]_Yui(LeLutka Applier)_India with [MUDSKIN]_Yui Lipcolors_Med2 Tone(LeLutka Applier) and [MUDSKIN]_EyeShadow Collection Vol2_Dark Tone(LeLutka Applier) by Sopha Portal for MUDSKIN, available at Shiny Shabby *
Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored *
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya
Dress: Ellaria Salmon Tr by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at the Fantasy Collective *
Jewelry: Meva UbanZen set by Mea Carnell for Meva, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *
Chair: 05. [ILAYA] Vintage Armchair RARE by Ilaya Allen for ILAYA, available at Gacha Garden *
Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)