Last Minute Christmas

I have been a very lucky woman this holiday. I have been surrounded by friends, filled with holiday warmth, and the recipient of some amazing gifts. However, I am scrambling like everyone else to fill out my list. I have some ideas….

Last Minute Christmas

Shiryu Musashi passed this over today—a limited edition of his Tender Blossoms dress—this time in the Winter Night version. The interesting thing about this is that it will only be offered tonight, starting at midnight and ending at 6 am. He will sell them til he sells 200 and then it’s done. Amazingly, the dress is available for a mere 169L and it’s TRANSFERABLE. That means, for that low price, you can get yourself or your friend something that no one else on the grid will be wearing (except me… and my secret Santa recipients).

Last Minute Christmas

I am showing Elizabeth Tinsley’s exquisite earrings and ring, which are a seasonal offering. Random Calliope’s protege and butterfly launcher, Elizabeth carries on the tradition of tiny prim torture and placement with her lovely work. Additionally, shopping at her store gets you a bonus—if you buy the set for a friend, you get one for yourself. How can you beat that?

Get a gift card at Tuli or Truth and let your friend indulge in their goodies (since skins and hair are never transfer). In this case I show one of Truth’s newest offerings—Anise with a color-change band. And I wear Tuli Asturias’ beautiful skin from the For Your Lips Only line.

Last Minute Christmas

Finally, a nod to Bax Coen’s Prestige boots in suede with color changing menus. I love these. I put them on, select “Night” from the blue collection, and I am good to go. Somehow I think Shiryu made this dress to be worn with these boots. Or was it vice versa? Bax made the boots for the dress? Well, who cares? They fit.

Last Minute Christmas

The clock’s ticking:

Hair: >TRUTH< Anise – mocha by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.L.O. taupe by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Tender Blossoms (Winter Night) by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do (200 available, only from midnight to 6 a.m. slt, December 24) *

Earrings and rings: ET~Waltz of the Snowflakes by Elizabeth Tinsley for Frippery *

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Blue Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

Golden Boy

It turns out that gentlemen read my blog too. So this is a shout out to you, guys. I will continue to feature men’s clothes as they come into my pretty–*ahem* manly and rugged hands.

Golden Boy

One of the prerequisites of SL for men is owning a tuxedo. Now, you can walk around in the freebie tuxedo from Phats or Franks (thereby letting everyone know that you are either fashion-challenged or cheap), or you can invest in finer haberdashery.

I highly recommend you check out Shiryu Musashi’s newest tuxedo, which comes with 10 colors of waistcoat plus the ever wonderful bowtie HUD that Shiryu has developed (which sets your bowtie to the color you choose and also allows you to fit your lapels).

Golden Boy

My gorgeous Ethan skin from Mallory Cowen over my male shape looks amazing wearing this tuxedo. If you’re tired of the same old, same old, this is a look that might put you heads above the other gentlemen. And this hair from Daaii Jinn. Holy cow! Delish!

I ran over to Jeepers Creepers and grabbed a pair of Eponymous Trenchmouth’s Shanghais, which are my FAVORITE men’s shoes. Look how brilliantly they echo the patterns in Shiryu’s tuxedo without being matchy matchy.

Golden Boy

Catch her eye:

Hair: null_hair_Rio-de-Janeiro_dusk by Daaii Jinn for null

Skin: Laqroki ~ Ethan 05 Portrait skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Tuxedo: (Musashi-Do) Party in Venezia by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do *

Shoes: Shanghai – Black/Green by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers

Midnight Blue

My favorite color for an evening dress is midnight blue. There is something so elegant and dignified about the color, something mysterious and classic all at once.

Midnight Blue

Shiryu Musashi’s brocaded midnight blue evening gown is, then, a perfect choice for me. With its rich draping fabric, carefully constructed prim skirt, elegant wrapped sash, and opera gloves, it’s an evening gown for a lady of mystery.

Midnight Blue

I show it here with Tuli Asturias’ new set for the Bella line, For Your Eyes Only (to go with For Your Lips Only). The skin follows the beautiful lines of the Bella set, focusing on eye shadows and lip colors. I chose this for it’s exquisite coloring and opted for the more buxom cleavage choice, which suits the line of this dress perfectly.

Midnight Blue

Waiting for my dance card to be filled:

Hair: >TRUTH< Eva – driftwood by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/li) F.Y.E.O. dusk (PU1) by Tuli Asturias for []::Tuli::[] *

Dress: (Musashi-Do) Brocade Princess Blue by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do *

Choker: :rama’s Noel gray by Rama Anatine for R.A. Crystal

Fashionably Warm

Houndstooth has always been a classic pattern for fashion. Combine that with expert tailoring and feminine touches like a full skirt and a tint of pink, and you have a fantastic look for a pretty fashionista.

Fashionably Warm

Shiryu Musashi enters the Winter market with this cute houndstooth coat with belted full skirt. In signature Musashi-Do style, all the textures are hand drawn and he combines sculpted prims in the collar and cuffs and regular flexi prims in the skirt. This skillful mix of prim types without overuse makes the outfit very wearable and versatile. I am very excited to Shiryu’s new sim, Eleganza, is open (in the interests of full disclosure: named by yours truly)!

Fashionably Warm

This skin by Torie Senne is her newest entry to the market. Fresh and sophisticated with its combination of photosourced and hand-drawn elements, it makes me feel very haute and hot all at once. Her skins are very photographable and subtly colored. Aemilia Case seems to be the underdog of hair in SL—her hair is universally cute, well constructed, beautifully colored and innovative. This style, with its flipped ends, is casual but smart.

Fashionably Warm

Finally, I show boots from JB Gazov (still not-so-secretly one of my favorite shoe makers in SL). With their subtle sheen and sinuous curves, his boots make any lady look and feel sexy.

Fashionably Warm

Tailored warmth:

Hair: PE Vanora Mochachino by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy

Skin: [Bebae] Fabia > Cara: 00 by Torie Senne for [Bebae] *

Coat: (Musashi-Do) December Warmth – Pink by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do *

Boots: J’s Long Boots Round-Soft Gray by JB Gazov for J’s

Suiting Up

A while ago, when I was still exploring fashion in SL and learning places and names, I would consult with Dirk Talamasca, who always seemed to pull something out of his pocket to show me. (In fact, he is the one who brought Raven and me together.)

Suiting up

When I asked about the best men’s suit, he would always point me to Musashi-Do.  A year later, I met Shiryu Musashi when we were working on the Renascimenti Virtuale together. I later met him when he reintroduced himself. He is an old player but a good one, exacting in detail, careful about hand-drawing every pixel of his suits. And the quality shows.

Suiting up

(Check out the obligatory back shot here.) From top to bottom, system piece to prim piece, everything is perfect on his suits. The textures are more developed than his older suits, and Shiryu lends a sensibility about fashion from his own RL fashion experience and education. He also lends his eye as a man, knowing well what men want.

Suiting up

You get several shirt colors with this suit, and he has included in the mix a clever way of changing out your tie and collar with a handy hud. This is perfect for men, who love gadgets and hate shopping. Buy one suit, get the whole shabang.

And the whole suit is transferable! So ladies (or gentlemen), you can buy these for your favorite men!

Suiting up

I am wearing the luscious Ethan skin from Mallory Cowen. I used to be exclusively a Raq girl. Now I am a Raq guy—go figure. For the men who complain there is no decent hair in SL—go to KMadd. It’s all there. Really. OK, so they don’t have the “skullet” (mullet for bald men—thanks, Bear, for that one). They got the good stuff.

And had to finish this off with shoes that suit the man and his suit, so of course I went to Eponymous Trenchmouth. Epy is one of the best men’s shoe makers in the grid. And my favorite shoes from him are the Shanghai. Stylish, sleek, eclectic—not every man will be right in these shoes but the one who is.. oh, he is oh-so-right. I show the shoes with the cuffs from Shiryu’s suit draped at perfect height, in perfect alignment, with perfect texturing.

Suiting up

Ready to go:

Hair: .::MADesigns Hair::. ~ AKAMI ~ CP I by Maddox DuPont for MADesigns

Skin: Laqroki ~ Ethan 05 Portrait skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Suit: Evening in Roma by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do*

Shoes: Shanghai Black/Red by Eponymous Trenchmouth for JCS (Jeepers Creepers)

Listening to Clean by Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson

Tomorrow’s Laundry

A friend of mine had a mom who said, “That dress is so short I can see tomorrow’s laundry.” My own grandmother said, “If it gets any shorter, she will have two more cheeks to powder!” The fun thing is in SL, you can wear the skirt and still get away with it!

Tomorrow's Laundry

Today I am showing ‘tomorrow’s laundry” with a dress from Shiryu Musashi. Shiryu left SL to finish school but he’s back with his luscious hand-drawn textures and exacting detail. Check out the tiny little frog closures he made for the dress on the collar and chest. This dress is short and sexy—the ideal item for looking sexy and cute.

Tomorrow's Laundry

Mouse Mimistrobell is producing like mad—jewelry and now hair. I wore a brilliant blue this time—not my usual color (not even when i am 80), but it just looked so good with Shiryu’s dress. I ran to Cupcake a month or so ago to snatch up her gift sets—what a great idea—a few skins of the same makeup with a dress. Instant makeover.

Tomorrow's Laundry

And the other piece of this complete and great outfit are JB Gazov’s to-die-for boots, this time to the knee. (I showed them short a couple days ago.) He has improved on his old zipped side boots (yes, I have those too—I was shopping JB before he had toes!) and the shape, the style, the colors are all amazing.

Tomorrow's Laundry

The girl who doesn’t mind a little wind beneath her… wings…

Hair: *Dark Mouse* Cyntra (Blue) by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse*

Skin: *CUPCAKES – Enchanted – Sepia – Gift 9 by Rosemary Galbraith for Cupcake

Dress: Tender Blossoms (Sea Emerald) by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do*

Earrings:++Je veux earring  turquoise++ by sucreee Menges for Je veux (apparently no longer available)

Boots: J’s Long Boots Round (11Colors) by JB Gazov for J’s

Geometry

I have been holding on to Bax Coen’s new red Prestige boots for a few days. I’d put them on, gaze at them with love and affection, try to find clothes that will equal the boots, and give up.

Geometry

Mr. Musashi called me over and asked me to model one of his dresses one night and he handed another set to me—the “Diamonds on Me” set. After putting on the red version, I realized I had found my dress to suit Bax’s boots. Shiryu hand draws all his textures, meticulously working on them so they flow over the avatar’s mesh as if real fabric.This pattern was especially fabulous.

Geometry

I chose Keri Clip’s ubiquitous Writer hair for this look because it doesn’t look as sleek and tailored as the rest of the outfit. Its hip waves and barely restrained messiness offset the geometry and tightness of Shiryu’s skirt and Bax’s boots.

Geometry

I finished the outfit with a curiously geometric set by Random Calliope. No longer in world much, Random has left a legacy in SL with his fine, hand-made, tiny prim jewelry. This necklace, Tesselations, was one of the best birthday presents I had ever received in SL—given to me by Random himself right before he released the sets. We miss you, Random.

Geometry

Squares, but hardly square:

Hair: [Detour] Writer – Burgundy – Flexi Hair by Keri Clip for Detour

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Sienna/Venetian Red by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Diamonds on Me (Chaotic Ruby) by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do

Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet: Tesselations – Deep Ruby by Random Calliope for Worthwhile

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Red Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs

Last Days at the Beach

Well, this is it. Summer’s almost over. One more chance to get to the beach over Labor Day before the season ends.

Today it’s a beautiful day and an ideal opportunity for me to wear a skin I have always liked and admired from Miasnow. Its combination of photosourcing and hand drawing reveals a beautiful African-American woman. I find it hard to find darker skins that represent well in-world—I am not sure what everyone’s experience is. But this one is fantastic.

Last Day at the Beach

I am showing a swimsuit from Shiryu Musashi. Shiryu, a long time designer in SL, took a break from commerce for a while, pursuing other projects (including doing the fashion curating for the Rinascimento Virtuale show in Florence, Italy, last year). He is back and determined to get your Linden. This swimsuit is one of his newest offerings. With his careful use of prims and hand-drawn textures, it’s a refreshing change from the latest photosourced, painted-on swimsuits out there.

Last Day at the Beach

I discovered UZURI on a hunt for skins. Bella Bombast offers some terrific jewelry at her store—chunky and crafty. Her pieces are fashion statements by themselves and compliment many outfits.

Last Day at the Beach

Check out these fashionable wedges from Armidi Gisaci. The darlings of the fashion grid for a time, the group has established their business with a stellar website for shopping. (Every content creator on the grid is jealous—admit it). The textures are fabulous on these shoes, but they need to talk to their shoe makers—system toes are so 2008. Sculpty toes are where it’s at!

Last Day at the Beach

Surf’s up!

Hair: = Hal*Hina = [brown] Hair-elizabeth- by Hinano Runo for Hal*Hina

Skin: MIASNOW Skin – FOXY GIRL 6 by MiaSnow Myriam for MIASNOW

Swimsuit: Summer Sky Yellow Lush (gold trim) by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do

Earrings: -=UZURI=- Dalya Ear Rings by Bella Bombast for –=UZURI=-

Bracelet: -=UZURI=- Zamani Bangle by Bella Bombast for –=UZURI=-

Shoes: [Armidi Gisaci] Rio Beleza Wedge – Gold by Lola Marquez for Armidi