Summer Reading

Summer Reading

“There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Summer Reading

Summer is a wonderful time to sit down with a good book, especially when it’s hot outside. I remember, as a kid, being in some summer reading contest in the library every year and trying to gobble up as many books as I could. Since these are the hot days of summer, I wear as little as possible and read read read. Today I am out on the beach in a Erratic Rain’s new bikini for Uber, a two piece set fit perfectly to the Maitreya body. Yes, I am wearing ridiculously sexy shoes as well because, well, gotta look good when you’re sunning and this pair from Senzati0n Domenitzo for My Attic, tops the sexy list.

Summer Reading

My long hair seems unusually perfect on a breezy beach but this is SL, and fantasies abound. (Like the one about walking through sand in high heels.) Shylah Honey has made this hair exclusively for the Mix Event, which starts on August 1. And I purchased the skin Lumiya Rae is offering at The Lexi Project because it was so gorgeous and came with appliers for LeLutka and Omega. After trying it out on the Leda head, I decided this was the perfect look (especially after squashing my shape head a bit). I added a lighter lipstick by applying Carrie Janick’s lipstick set and then using the head HUD to dial the intensity down, mixing the purple from the original skin and the pink from the lipstick set.

Summer Reading

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Karsyn Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, for the Mix Event*

Mesh head: LeLutka Leda HUD 1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: Lumae :: LeLutka Head : Fae – T5 – Amber // Violetta by Lumiya Rae for Lumae, available at The Lexi Project

Lipstick applier: Shakeup! Anuska Lips for Lelutka Mesh Heads [Fall Palette] by Carrie Janick for Shakeup!, available at The Showroom

Eyes: Mesh – Marble Eyes – Space by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Bikini: erratic / beth – bikini top and bottom / pink (maitreya) by Erratic Rain for erratic, available at Uber *

Shoes: Essenz – Porto (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at My Attic *

Chair: {NANTRA} Chaise the Wave by Nancoix Urquan for {NANTRA} *

Summer Reading

Your Fire at Your Desire

Your Fire at Your Desire

Her weapon were her crystal eyes
Making ev’ry man mad;
Black as a dark night she was,
Got what no one else had.
Wow!

She’s got it,
Yeah, baby, she’s got it.
Well, I’m your Venus,
I’m your fire at your desire.

~ “Venus” by Shocking Blue

Your Fire at Your Desire

I debated which version of this song to feature, but the one by Shocking Blue had to win because it was the original. This is a look that fell into place and the song came right to mind. First I got this great dress from Mariska Simons, a sexy wrap dress with bejeweled straps and a great texture change HUD that allows five texture choices and four choices for the jewels. With great shadowing and textures, it’s drop-dead sexy. I paired it with great platform shoes from Tatyana Ultsch that she is featuring at Vanity Fair, which include a HUD with what seem a kazillion texture possibilities. I included two jewelry pieces I picked up at the Dressing Room Fusion—a great cuff from AvaGardner Kungler and big terrific earrings from Ekilem Melodie.

Your Fire at Your Desire

Inka Mexicola has come out with a new skin, delectable and dreamy and a perfect palette for dressing up with makeup from Constance Daehlie. I love Constance’s luscious lips and her perfection with eye makeup liners. My high ponytail from MissAllSunday Lemon is a welcome change to the long hair styles all over the place, a great look with bangs for a sexy, almost-domme look. Sexy poses from Nancoix Urquan and Tracy Redangel make it all come together.

Your Fire at Your Desire

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Quinn Mesh Hair – Ash by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: Essences [Bijoux] medium01 *brown* by Inka Mexicola for Essences *

Makeup: #adored – go to liners – curlt up and #adored – belle matte – supa red by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

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

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

Dress: ~Blacklace~  Glimmer:  Mesh Cocktail Dress by Mariska Simons for Blacklace *

Earrings: MONS / MESH Mandala Earrings (L) Silver by Ekilem Melodie for Mons, available at the Dressing Room Fusion

Bracelet: (Kunglers Extra) TDRF #059 – bracelets – Desert by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

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

Nail appliers: #adored – sparkling nights manicure {slink + omega} by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: :::insanya::: Leya Heels by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at the Vanity Fair *

Poses by Nancoix Urquan and Tracy Redangel for {NanTra} *

Your Fire at Your Desire

The Apoplectic Post Apocalypse

The Apoplectic Post Apocalypse

“I’m a fuel-injected suicide machine! I am a rocker, I am a roller, I am an out-of-controller!” ~ Nightrider in “Max Max”

The Pursuit

Genre’s theme this month is post apocalyptic, so I threw together a look from all the great stuff offered that is fierce and sexy, hoping I could share with you a little post apocalyptic style. Top to bottom, items that are from Genre: wild red hair from Cruella Pennell, who includes two different shaved heads that are tintable if you need to go wild. Then there is a “tiara” from Photos Nikolaidis that I tinted myself to match more with my outfit. A little necklace from Plurabelle Laszlo, a remake of a great bottlecap necklace she had done years ago (I know because it was my first happiness from Bliensen + Maitai). My bracer from Discovering Destiny includes vials of.. something and the ever-important key.

The Pursuit

I rezzed the trailer from Jack Mondegreen and somehow my photo platform transformed itself into the Wastelands and bizarre characters of dubious provenance wandered across my scene. Soon I was engaging in chase scenes and various other feats of survival, using poses from Nancoix Urquan. Boots from Keishi Roo, of course, give me the edge and  the skirt from Spooky Mistwallow (yes, tough girls can wear skirts, especially when they wield a nail studded baseball bat from Draconias Timeless). All of the above is from Genre. Capture was in order with a great pose set from Kirsty Oherlihy (not available at Genre but essential to this narrative). I gave Z a run for his money!

The Pursuit

I am wearing Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus’ new corset, which includes a great texture change HUD with a ton of color options for the leather and the metal studs. Clicking this look in took a bit of time because I had so many choices! Paul makes a variety of sizes of mesh to suit your body proportions. If you prefer to be a bit more busty, he gives you that option. Any piece from L&B is chock full of options and is made of 100% original and well-rigged mesh. I can’t speak highly enough of their work.

I want to point out I am wearing the mesh Venus body from Belleza. I have done a few things with it to complete my look. I clicked on the push up breasts to fill in that corset, and I reduced my shape size. I still can’t understand why folks resist messing around with their shape a little to get the look they want to achieve with their mesh body. This is the fitted mesh we all wanted for so long! Let’s use it! I reduced my breast size slightly to fit the higher boobs from the shape into this corset and voila!

I also invested a paltry sum and some time into the Omega appliers so I could wear the  great textured stockings on Omega appliers Bax Coen JUST came out with. Make sure you get the NEW [LNL] Omega System Kit – Belleza. Wear the “installer,” click it to load into your body, and then you can wear the Omega applier from Bax and click, you’re in business.  Fishnets! Do you want to figure out how to do this yourself? Join the Love N Lust group or join Skin Addiction group and ask.

And incidentally, Skin Addiction is having a blow out Black Friday sale starting this Friday. You need to join the Skin Addiction group (tp here) and then you wear your tag to get a kick back on any advertised purchases. (You also get to enjoy the scintillating repartee in the group and get help from hundreds, nay THOUSANDS of informed skin shoppers who also know tons about everything else SL.) There are OVER 50 creators offering at LEAST 25% off for this event so, as Maxxi says, find your sugar daddy and get shopping!

The Pursuit

Hair: adoness : ragnarok : scarlet with a : ragnarok : shaved base A : white TINTABLE by Cruella Pennell for Adoness, available at Genre *

Skin: -Belleza- Grace SK 3 R with -Belleza- Grace SK Gloss 3 by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza– *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – black coffee by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Corset: L&B Swear “Teese” Leather Halter Corset by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Skirt: =MIrage= Apocalypse Skirt by Spooky Mistwallow for =Mirage=, available at Genre*

Tiara: A:S:S deLuxe – Doomsday Tiara (no gem) by Photos Nikolaidis for A:S:S, available at Genre *

Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Wastelands – Bottle Cap Necklace 1 by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at Genre *

Bracer: *OAL*/*SP* RPGear – Renzo Bracer Blk by Discovering Destiny for On a Lark, available for Genre *

Bat: ~*S.E.*~ Betsy – Nail Bat (Clean) by Draconias Timeless for Souzou Eien, available at Genre *

Stockings: BAX Ornament Leggings Fat Pack 1 Appliers by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs *

Fancy scripty things: [LNL] Omega System Kit – Belleza by Chellynne Bailey for Love n Lust

Boots: Goth1c0: Post Apoc Heavy Duty boots by Keishi Roo for Goth1c0, available at Genre *

Trailer: – Figurative – Wasteland Refuge Trailer by Jack Mondegreen for The Figurative Corporation, available at Genre *

Couples pose: RACK Poses – You’re Coming With Me! by Kirsty Oherlihy for RACK Poses

Poses: {NanTra} Road Warrior by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses, available at Genre *

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Namaste

Namaste

“Your little boat goes west and you congratulate yourself, “What a navigator I am!” And then the wind blows you east.” ~ Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

I have been reading Katherine Boo’s book about a “slum” in Mumbai, which is on the edge of the airport behind an ad for ceramic floor tiles, advertised as “Beautiful Forever.” It’s an amazing book, both in the writer’s understanding of the many influences on one group of people in a small community in a very large and diverse city in an even larger diverse country. It won the National Book Award for good reason. It’s an enjoyable read if nothing else. She writes fabulously.

We tend to have a very monolithic view of India in SL (and I speak of “India” not as a country as it is now but as that region, which could include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka). My Indian friends in SL, the ones who live in India or abroad, seem to have no qualms about this, possibly because India is just too damn big to wrap their heads around much less expecting anyone else to. Whether you speak Marathi or Tamil or Bengali or Urdu or English, whether you eschew eating cows or pork or believe in many Gods or One or a Holy Trinity, you can be Indian.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

So I gathered all these items from this month’s Genre, which is themed “South Asian,” and assembled them in a celebration of this amorphous beautiful place that spreads itself not only over South Asia but throughout the world. (My son’s Urdu-speaking preschool teacher grew up in Uganda, for example. My Hindu-speaking friends spent their childhoods in Singapore.) First, Hadarah Steamer’s beautifully textured set in mesh with glorious patterns and colors and jewelry and even a bindi! Add Plurabelle Laszlo’s slip on wedges and a nose ring from Photos Nikolaidis and the outfit is complete.

Lumiya Rae has made a sublime skin for this round with luscious chili-spiced lips and beautifully defined brows. I added Constance Daehlie’s gorgeous eye makeup, also available at Genre. My lovely wavy locks are MissAllSunday Lemon’s hair for Fameshed, which worked perfectly with the head scarf from Hadarah’s set.

Genre is all about entire immersion, so gorgeous furniture from Spooky Mistwallow and a scattering of pillows with poses and rugs from Cherelle Capra completes the South Asian theme. Namaste.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Roberta Mesh Hair – Black coffee by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: L ~ Eliana : 5 – Caramel / Priya {Mid Cleavage} by Lumiya Rae for Lumae, available at Genre *

Makeup: #adored – kali eyeshadows – gold by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Genre *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – black coffee by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Outfit (with bracelets and bindi): Saima Golden Outfit by hadarah Steamer for Sweet Lies Designs, available at Genre *

Nosering: A:S:S deLuxe – Mayur by Photos Nikolaidis for A:S:S, available at Genre *

Hands:Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant and Elegant1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand tattoo: Jalwa – Khaliji 5 Henna Applier Hands by Chandra Masala for Jalwa

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai – Giddha – for Slink Mid – black by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at Genre *

Poses: {NanTra} Bollywood Dreams by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses, available at Genre *

Background: =Mirage= India Wall Unit (9LI) by Spooky Mistwallow for =Mirage=, available at Genre *

Furnishings by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA], available at Genre *

  • [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Green
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Brown
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Red
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Autumn
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – Floor Pillow – South Asian Khaki
    [CIRCA] – “Journey” – South Asian Area Rug Set
Layla

Layla

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

~ “Layla” by Eric Clapton

Layla

I thought this great rocking song of desire was a perfect name for this sexy look, made better by fitted mesh. Start with this sexy dress that Kehl Razor hand crafted from mesh up to fit not only to standard sizes but also to match the rigging of the Belleza mesh body. Form fitting, sexy with lacing up the sides and a D-ring in front, this leather dress is just what you want mesh to do—bend to your will and fit to your bod. With sexy crossed mule platforms from Lindsey Warwick, also specially designed for the Belleza body’s feet, it’s a hot look.

Layla

I am, of course, wearing the Belleza body and with this dress, it was very easy to create this look. A few clicks of alphas and I was set. Shyla Diggs will be coming out with a new set of skins for the Uber event, and those skins perfectly match Tricky Boucher’s work on the mesh body, for obvious reason. With darkly rimmed eyes and a neutral lip, this makeup goes well with black leather. Truth Hawks has come out with a pair of sexy ponytails in mesh and I chose this wicked red to accompany my black look.

Layla

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

Skin: -Belleza- Brooke Uber Med 1 R by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza-, available at Uber *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Maple eye – Kiwi by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

Body: -Belleza- Venus by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Dress: Razor/// Slither Dress – Belleza Body Sized by Kehl Razor for Razorblade, available at Suicide Dollz

Bracelet: Elysium – Kira bracelet – geometric silver (no mat – ver 2) by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Shoes: [L.Warwick] Revelry -Platform Heels- Noir Leather (BELLEZA) by Lindsey Warwick for L.Warwick *

Poses by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses *

The French Connection

The French Connection

I put on my rouge and wash my hands in front of the whole world! ~ Marie Antoinette

The French Connection

Genre opened earlier this month and the theme was Baroque, so of course, everyone threw their efforts at gilded furniture and voluminous dresses with an eye towards the court of Marie Antoinette. I gathered quite a few things from the event and crowded them into this blog because, as you know, excess was never a concern in the court of Madame Deficit.

First my beautifully rendered dress from Dreamfantasia Nightfire, who is a singular repository of beautiful texture and historical sartorialism in SL. Remember when we constructed all sorts of fussy prim pieces for these shapes and now mesh can do it? I have accented the dress with a brooch from Tiffy Vella and pretty little shoes from Arora Zanzibar.

The French Connection

My furnishings are all from Genre, including the pictures, vase and chair from Charles Lacrima and the lovely desk, which also includes other chairs and a table from Discovering Destiny. (I can imagine these pieces could be removed from a Baroque RP setting and might do as antiques in an eclectic household.) My mirror from Connie Stratten actually includes six poses for photography and if you’re really handy with PS (and have the patience), you could do your reflection. (I clearly have neither the skills or patience.) My poses are from Genre as well, a set from Nancoix Urquan called Sarabande, which have a lovely drama to them.

My sky-high hair from Plurabelle Laszlo comes in several tints (though Marie herself had a light blonde hair) and includes the lovely dark roses you see but I added Kerryth Tarantal’s hair piece as well (because, you know, extravagance). My skin is one that LumiyaRae made specially for this round with the darling little heart-shaped beauty marks and blush Marie Antoinette was famous for.

Finally my darling Ladies in Waiting are actually also wearable animated rats (!) that are adorably dressed in baroque costume. You get one to display and one to wear and if you are one of those who likes collecting darling animals in SL, these are custom made for you.

The French Connection

Hair: Bliensen + MaiTai – Liaison Dangereuse – Blond with Roses by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available for Genre *

Hair piece: Spyralle Lace Fontange with Roses by Kerryth Tarantal for Spyralle, available for Genre *

Skin: L~Delphine: 4-Honey/Versailles{Mid Cleavage/LB} with L : 4 – Honey {Uber Cleavage} 1 by Lumiya Rae for Lumae, available for Genre *

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

Dress: ~The Library~ Marie -Blue by Dreamfantasia Nightfire for ~The Library~, available for Genre *

Brooch: Eclectica ‘Blenheim’ Baroque Brooch by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica, available for Genre *

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

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: .: ZcZ :. Antoinette Slipper (L) – Bartholomew Blue by Arora Zanzibar for Zanzibar CreationZ, available for Genre *

Poses: Sarabande by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses, available for Genre *

Posing mirror: .mien. {frivolity} by Connie Stratten for Mien Poses, available for Genre *

Desk: *OAL*/*SP* Valezquez by Discovering Destiny for On a Lark, available for Genre *

Ladies in Waiting:

  • [UN] Ratcoco – Alouette – Display by Jalynne Ohmai for Unrepentant, available for Genre *
  • [UN] Ratcoco – Amelie Display by Jalynne Ohmai for Unrepentant, available for Genre *
  • [UN] Ratcoco – Yvette – Display by Jalynne Ohmai for Unrepentant, available for Genre *
  • [UN] Ratcoco – Marie – Display by Jalynne Ohmai for Unrepentant, available for Genre *

Décor:

  • Vase de Porcelaine Russe by Charles Lacrima for Grotti, available for Genre
  • Fauteuil Louis XVI et motifs Versaillais by Charles Lacrima for Grotti, available for Genre
  • Set de tableaux Italiens – II by Charles Lacrima for Grotti, available for Genre
  • Set de tableaux Italiens – III by Charles Lacrima for Grotti, available for Genre

One Thousand and One

One Thousand and One

On Sun and Moon of palace cast thy sight,
Enjoy her flowerlike face, her fragrant light.
Thine eyes shall never see in hair so black
Beauty encase a brow so purely white.
The ruddy rosy cheek proclaims her claim,
Though fail her name whose beauties we indite.
As sways her gait, I smile at hips so big
And weep to see the waist they bear so slight.

~ “The Arabian Nights” by Sir Richard Burton (1850)

One Thousand and One

Genre is open this month with “Arabia” as its theme. I searched the four corners of the event to find you the best in exotic treasures to create the look for today in the spirit of role play. I piled on the treasures to share here, including this darling outfit from Nahtasha Uriza, who has paired a gathered halter with loose, flowing pants with a cut up the leg. The pattern is subtle, which is good because it allows lots of embellishment, which I took advantage of.

On my feet are Tiffy Vella’s exquisite slippers, bejeweled and beautiful. These alone are worth the trip to Genre if just to wear them and admire them. Then I decorated my skin with Chandra Masala’s lovely henna tattoo, which works on my Slink hands, nails painted by Ravenna Rossini’s great metallic nails.

One Thousand and One

Jewelry is essential for this look, and I really took advantage of attachment points. My bindi from Draconias Timeless includes an elaborate color change hud and additional jewels that lie over the brows. My nose ring from Amilia Zabaleta includes a tiny gem and my choker from Jalynne Ohmai has great textures for a more antiqued treasure look.

Truth Hawks’ newest long curly hair is ideal for this look. I can almost smell the cinnabar fragrance in his beautiful locks. Lumiya Rae (also know as Amesha Jewell) is offering this luscious seductive skin with all her characteristic artistry at Genre and I chose Constance Daehlie’s bold makeup to intensify my look. Poses from Nancoix Urquan from Genre give my dancer beautiful form and I posed under the gorgeous gazebo Kerryth Tarantal has made for Genre.

One Thousand and One

“Orientalism can be discussed and analyzed as the corporate institution for dealing with the Orient—dealing with it by making statements about it, authorizing views of it, describing it, by teaching it, settling it, ruling over it: in short, Orientalism as a Western style for dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient.” ~ Edward Said

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

Skin: L ~ Odette 4 – Honey/Arabian Nights {Mid Cleavage/Freckle} by Lumiya Rae for Lumae, available at Genre *

Makeup: #adored – sura shadows – winter by Constance Daehlie for adored, available at Genre *

Eyes: [Buzz] Ardent Eyes – Angel by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri

Outfit: Painfully Divine Shazadi -blue- by Nahtasha Uriza for Painfully Divine, available at Genre *

Bindis: ~*S.E.*~ Sweet Sheba (Bindi) by Draconias Timeless for Souzou Eien, available at Genre *

Nose ring: AZE Bedouin Sands Gold Nose Ring by Amilia Zabaleta for AZE Jewelry Designs, available at Genre *

Necklace: [UN] Desert Zephyr Necklace by Jalynne Ohmai for Unrepentant, available at Genre *

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

Nail appliers: Frogstar – Nasira Metallics Fingernails HUD by Ravenna Rossini for Frogstar, available at Genre *

Hand tattoo: Jalwa – Khaliji 5 Henna by Chandra Masala for Jalwa, available at Genre *

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

Shoes: Eclectica ‘Scheherazade’ Arabian Slipper-yellow by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica, available at Genre *

Poses: {NanTra} Scheherazade by Nancoix Urquan for {NanTra} Poses, available at Genre *

Gazebo: Spyralle Pearl Gazebo by Kerryth Tarantal for Spyralle, available at Genre *