Happy Easter

‘Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Happy Easter

Easter is when you put on your prettiest frock and enjoy the spring. Tammany Goodliffe has just come out with a series of pastel perfect pretties for spring, all ideal for an Easter gathering or tea party. Notice the beautiful rendering of the top over the lovely skirt (which floats like a dream). Not a seam shows, all the edges are perfectly clean and the color is gorgeous. The truly winning part of this ensemble are the roses, available for either shoulder or your hair. Look closely and you will see how exquisitely Tammany rendered these roses, from the leaves to the petals.

Happy Easter

I am showing it with a simply lovely new hair from Truth Hawks. When my hair was a bit longer (and I was a bit younger), I often wore my hair this way. My shoes are a classic from Fallingwater Cellardoor—ladylike and pretty and beautifully textured. And I defaulted to Nena Janus’ skin, which has the springtime glow I wanted.

Happy Easter

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.  ~S.D. Gordon

Hair: >TRUTH< Karen – toffee by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

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

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

Dress: salt. say grace sand sunday dress by Tammany Goodliffe for salt. *

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Delphine pumps – sand by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things *

Mouse in the House

“When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby.” ~ Nigerian Proverb

Mouse in the House

I know I dissed elf ears the other day and now I am wearing mouse ears, but honestly? They are cute. This was all about building a look around these ears from Jenova Saeed and hair from Chiaki Xue. It seems Chiaki is taking a fun approach to creation and teaming up with several different Japanese designers to make different looks. I love the results. The ears twitch and have orbiting spirals around them (which are not easily seen in this photo—it’s subtle) and they come in several colors.

Mouse in the House

I just recently got this skirt, part of a dress set from dirty Adored’s new Themeory offering, and the skirt was so ideal for this look, especially over these stockings from Nena Janus that were a rez day present. I found this top from Vasha Martinek and colored it a bright red to match and donned a great rockabilly tattoo from Antonia Marat. My shoes were a Marketplace find from Ann Otoole because they had that exaggerated style I wanted. I had to hack them to get the invisiprims hidden—Firestorm makes a mess of those. Give us V2 options, designers!

My skin was a recently rez day purchase from Belleza. I love the red lips Tricky Boucher made. Finally, new black eyes from Ikon Innovia. You all wanted different colors but *I* wanted my black eyes. It makes my mouse girl perfect.

Mouse in the House

Woman or mouse? Squeak up! ;)

Hair with ears: *+JENOVA’s+* & **Dura**(Hair)(Black) with *+JENOVA’s+*&**DURA** :White Ear by Chiaki Xue and JENOVA Saeed for Dura and Jenova *

Skin: -Belleza- Melissa Med 13 (cleavage) with -Belleza- Melissa Med Lip 3 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

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

Top: +DV8+ Danse Crop (S-layer) – Silver by Vasha Martinek for +DV8+ (modified to make bright red)

Skirt: Bottle Bird Themeory Jive Skirt red by dirty Adored for Bottle Bird *

Stockings: *League* Side-Gartered Stockings -White -Black Garter by Nena Janus for League

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Shoes: Juicylicious Platform High Heels 8 Colors by Ann Otoole for Unique Needs

Bloom

Let me gush about the new Radiohead album, which has nothing whatsoever to do with fashion but has everything entirely to do with my happy mien. (Came out while I was busy with other things….)

Bloom

I am listening to it while I show this entirely elegant gown from Su Scarmon. Su uses some photosourced textures but she uses them skillfully to created gowns that are lean and elegant. She has excelled with this one showing an asymmetrical neckline and back tied with a bow and a thin little belt. The contrast of the top to the bottom adds to its elegance and sets it apart from more standard monochromatic gowns.

Bloom

I show it with a glowing skin from Nena Janus. The skin suits my shape and has beautiful makeup and details. My eyes, it is now finally revealed, are another masterpiece by Ikon Innovia. And my earrings are a lovely color texture changing set from Squinternet Larnia, who provides gorgeously crafted costume jewelry to women around the grid.

Bloom

“I dive into those eyes.” ~ Radiohead, Bloom

Hair: “LoQ Hairs” Pure Beauty – Black by Gia Pawpad for LoQ

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

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

Dress: *Lalei*Katrine dress-light sky by Su Scarmon for *Lalei*

Earrings: Donna Flora MARTINA earrings + HUD by Squinternet Larnia for Donna Flora

The Eyes Have It

The eyes are the window to the soul. ~ English Proverb

For a while now I have been wearing eyes that I mysteriously tell people were a gift given to me. My eyes, up until now, have not been for sale on the grid, though a select few people have them. I am very lucky to be one of them. What was once my unique privilege will now be available to everyone.  Ikon Innovia, a professional graphic artist, has been developing these eyes for quite a while and is finally releasing his first sets at Fashion for Life.

The Eyes Have It

To say that Ikon has done exhaustive research on this would be an understatement. He reviewed the placement of eyes in SL, reviewed hundreds of photos of RL eyes, reviewed the movement, the shadowing, the shape. He reviewed the eyes on over 30 different shapes, male and female, and set them against dozens of skins. From the development of the irises to the work on the sclera, Ikon has tweaked each part of the eye with his critical exactitude–for months. Each iteration he has presented to me has been more beautiful than the last. He has finally, blessedly, stopped tweaking and put them out for sale.

The Eyes Have It

And what does it mean to have eyes like this? Early in my time in SL, someone gave me the sage advice that well-done eyes make the look—they are the most important accessory–and I have always followed this rule. People rarely *notice* them but they add the humanness and beauty that makes the avatar perfect. I can’t emphasize enough how important eyes really are to giving an avatar soul. Overbright eyes, oversized eyes, washed-out, pale eyes, and flat eyes all ruin an avatar’s look subtly. Once I received Ikon’s eyes, I never wanted to wear another pair. I have always felt my avatar and photos were enhanced by Ikon’s eyes.

The Eyes Have It

Ikon has carefully developed his eyes so they look realistic from all angles—looking up, looking down, looking to the side as well as looking ahead. He has developed saturation levels in the eyes so that you can go from bright color-washed eyes to an intense tone. (He knows my preference is for a darker tone rather than the washed-out or oversaturated eyes I see so many wearing.) He has made them in several iris sizes so they fit your avatar just right.

After months, nay YEARS, of Harper in his IM box nagging him, Ikon is finally off the hook and I can share his wonderful talent with all of you. Please come to his opening at the Fashion for Life and then keep coming back again and again when he opens his store.

The Eyes Have It

Photo 1:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Mona-black by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Angel- by Nena Janus for League
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Egyptian Blue (M) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim

Photo 2:

  • Hair:  [e] Melody – Brown 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: LaVie Hope  Autumn Glory Normal #5 [H] by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Eyes:FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Blue 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim

Photo 3:

  • Hair: harper copper by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog
  • Skin: [:T:] Eva / sunkissed / br :: 04 Meadow with [:T:] Eva / sunkissed / lips :: Coral by Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim

Photo 4:

  • Hair: !VA! Crazy Horse-noir by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Skin: LOGO Infinity Divine Skin – Fashion For Life Special Edition by Maximillion Grant for LOGO, VIP Sponsor and FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Rust 3 (M) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim

Erotica

“Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment gapes? In perversion (which is the realm of textual pleasure) there are no ‘erogenous zones’ (a foolish expression, besides); it is intermittence, as psychoanalysis has so rightly stated, which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove and the sleeve); it is this flash itself which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance. ” — Roland Barthes

Erotica

LeeZu Baxter announced the release of her new line of BDSM wear this weekend. Having seen all of it, I would count it more as BDSM influenced than straight kinkwear. And I would also rate it as 100 times better than the average sex wear on the grid. Take, for example, this very couture outfit which replicates the image of latex or perhaps wax dripping down the body. What LeeZu gives us is something erotic but not so prurient that it bores us or puts us off. It is visually exciting in and of itself. She doesn’t reveal all the typical sexual areas (tits and ass)–she embraces the whole body as a sexual organism and symbol.

LeeZu goes beyond the standard latex (which anyone can do by just doing a lot of dodging) by adding dangerously whiskery prims off the gloves and legs and arranging beads like drops of latex around the arm and neck. And she punctuates it with a flared flexi latex cuff. This is not so much an outfit as latex poured and hardened on the skin and on the curves of the female body—an artistic representation of a sexual, sensual fantasy.

Erotica

I am wearing a dramatic updo from Mirja Mills who has, lately, been putting out some stunning curly styles. I am totally into this hair from its almost frizzy curls to its beautiful tendrils dripping out one side. I opted to wear a skin from Nena Janus to make the sexuality of this look more evident—I find Nena’s skins almost sensual in their details. Huge ass earrings from Linka Demina and unbelievably high stilettos from Tesla Miles complete the look.

Erotica

The artist’s experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its pain and its pleasure, that the two phenomena are really just different forms of one and the same longing and bliss. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * FAME I * / black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

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

Outfit: [LeeZu!] BDSM Liquid Latex /black by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!]

Earrings: [ glow ] studio Bitterness Earrings TDRblue by Linka Demina for [ glow ]

Shoes: – TESLA – *Vixen_Desire* black’ by Tesla Miles for Tesla

The Words Left Unsaid

One of the oddest issues of SL that a new person has to wrap their head around is the timing and meaning of IMs. When you call someone on the phone or speak to someone and they don’t respond, you have a set of reasonable interpretations of what this silence means. But when you IM and get no response, what does it mean?

The Words Left Unsaid

In this new technological age, we have had to rewire our brains to understand a non-response is sometimes something different than we think. If you IM me and I don’t respond, it could be anything. I try really hard to put my busy response on (“Yes, I heard you.. yeah I totally agree.. uh huh.. How dare he?”) but sometimes I have to go afk or I am in another window for what I was thought a brief time. Or sometimes SL puts your IM in my email (grrrr).

Sometimes I am positioning a photo.. or two… or three. For example, for this blog, I spent the entire time chatting with Syngen Sohmers about how people drive in Egypt. While I was admiring the cleverly done vest prim and the excellent textures from this outfit by Sandie Saenz, Sygnen was denying any chaos on Egyptian roads. As I adjusted my belt (only slightly), she was explaining how Egyptians are simply efficient by fitting more cars on the road. My laugh was delayed but she understood.

The Words Left Unsaid

I am especially unreachable when I am zooming in for a close up. It’s really not hard to take a beautiful photo of Nena Janus’ skin, but it still needs concentration. While my beautiful hair from Queue Marlowe (a beauty herself) falls around my shoulders, I want to make sure everything is in place, and at that moment I might not be able to “lol.”

The Words Left Unsaid

Sometimes I just can’t respond to an IM because I am in awe. Gospel Voom’s new boots put me in that state of speechlessness. Between their sleek look and their versatility, these boots are a godsend for fashionistas across the grid. Two days ago I showed the chunky heel on the white boot. Today I show the stiletto. Available in a wide variety of colors, Gospel gives you all sorts of great options, like being able to switch the scripts to lagfree, being able to make full bright (for whatever reason), changing the hardware on the boots, etc. And frankly, they are sexy as heck. So now you know why your IM was met with silence. I was staring at these boots in wonder.

The Words Left Unsaid

“I can’t come to the IM window right now so please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.”

Hair: lyra black with AD hair base – black by Queue Marlowe  for Analog Dog *

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

Outfit: Mix & Match Winter Vest Outfit by Sandie Saenz for FA Creations

Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boot Black by Gospel Voom for Gos *

Horse Sense

Sometimes you come into SL and think, what else is there to do for fun? Go dancing? Nah. Shop? Nah. Hanging out at Ahern? Nah. So once you have fed the breedable pets and chatted a bit in Hey Girlfriends and rezzed 21 cubes and deleted them in frustration, you now have something else to do.

You can go horseback riding in SL in a way you have never experienced. Finally in SL, you can meet horse avatars who would love to take you out for a spin around a beautiful snow-covered sim. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Horse avatars? Is this some weird Zindra thing? Not at all. It’s simply people who enjoy being in the place an equestrian community would offer. They like dressing up their horse avatars, adorning them, and interacting with people as them. If you take a ride with a horse avatar, both avatars are engaged in something pastorally enjoyable. If you would like to participate in that kind of role play, even for an evening, you are welcome to join them at Carriage Trade.

Horse Sense

I went to Carriage Trade on the invitation of one of its owners, Shenlei Flasheart, and there I got the opportunity to meet Moon (moonsorrow.magic) and Rum Royale, who both allowed me to take a ride and learn more about the Carriage Trade sim.

First things first, however. When you rez in, first make sure you hit the store, “In the Habit,” because they really want folks to dress in style for being on an equestrian sim (and as you know, I am not averse to engaging fashionably). I was able to outfit myself for riding in this beautiful jacket by Shenlei Flasheart over a lovely blouse (that can be worn alone and includes cap sleeves). The breeches give a perfect touch to the ensemble and the boots are de rigueur. These clothes would be perfect for horse breeders as well or just mixing and matching with other fashions. (Chances are you will see the jacket or breeches on me again.) Shenlei has been in SL for a long time, doing many fabulous things, and you will see her experience show in these pieces–well textured, well built and stylish.

Horse Sense

I swapped out several hats and helmets during my time with Moon (who is featured in these photos). I think my hats were my favorite thing because they were the most “decorative.” I could see wearing the riding hats with dresses. Shenlei also made a great helmet with hair so it seemed my long red hair from Truth Hawks was now bundled for riding. I popped in some lucky horseshoe earrings and wore a scarf from the store. The scarves are textured with prints from actual fabric you can purchase online for your own designing and sewing. (Shenlei is a RL fashion designer and instructor, so she has a corner on what’s going on in the RL fashion industry.)

Horse Sense

Groom the horses, feed them treats, pet them—they are very accommodating and sweet. (Remember, however, they have human drivers. They are not toys nor are they servants. Anything they do with or for others is by mutual agreement and in the spirit of fun.)

Horse Sense

A ride around the sim is a relaxing and beautiful experience. Georgianna Blackburn and Shenlei Flasheart have both built the sim with snow-covered hills and Victorian houses, cobblestone paths and grazing cows–it’s a pastoral fantasy.

Horse Sense

Romantic carriage rides are also available if you can hook up with the horses or Shenlei. Plan ahead for a magical date with your special someone by making arrangements with some of the horses at the sim. I also met a woman who is planning her wedding with a beautiful carriage drawn by several of the horses, all adorned to the nines for the ceremony.

Horse Sense

I find it nearly impossible to sum up this experience. From meeting the sweet horses (who can be so accommodating and gentle and who really enjoy the whole experience of being groomed and enjoyed) to the beautiful surroundings to the absolutely amazing fashions (because you know, I really can’t enjoy doing something unless I have to dress up to do it), this is another new experience in SL you shouldn’t miss.

Horse Sense

A lovely horse is always an experience….. It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. ~ Beryl Markham

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

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

Jacket: Oxblood Jacket by Shenlei Flasheart for In the Habit at Carriage Trade Livery *

Blouse: Stock Cream Thorobred by Shenlei Flasheart for In the Habit at Carriage Trade Livery *

Hats: @CT@ Michele Riding Hat Maroon and @CT@ Michele Riding Hat Black and @CT@ Riding Helmet With Cherry Hair Black by Shenlei Flasheart for In the Habit at Carriage Trade Livery *

Helmet: @CT@ Riding Helmet With Cherry Hair Black by Shenlei Flasheart for In the Habit at Carriage Trade Livery *

Earrings: Horse Shoe Earrigns Gold/Ruby by Shenlei Flasheart for In the Habit at Carriage Trade Livery *

Scarf: @CT@ Fashion Scarf Dressage/Natural White by Shenlei Flesheart for In the Habit at Carriage Trade Livery *

Gloves: Bow Tie Oxblood and Bow Tie Black by Shenlei Flasheart for In the Habit at Carriage Trade Livery *

Boots: Riding Boot  Oxblood by Shenlei Flasheart for In the Habit at Carriage Trade Livery *

Take a ride at Carriage Trade Livery

Check out horse avatars at The Texture Barn & Tack Shed

Thank you to Moon, the beautiful and gentle horse in these photos.

Being an “Icon”

I had the distinct pleasure of being featured in an article in Avenue Magazine as a “Fashion Icon.” I was lucky enough to meet  Rusch and Jesika, the owners of the magazine, face-to-face when I attended the SLCC both years. They are an amazing couple—warm, kind and whip-smart. I was flattered they thought enough that they had me do an interview for their publication. Then I got to meet the amazing Annough Lykin, who did photographs of me. See her great blog here.

Being an "Icon"

So it got me thinking about what I need to do sometimes to push myself a little harder. I have been taking on shadows and working around the hassles of that, and I share some images I did with you. I am not sure I will do this frequently; my blog isn’t really about my pretty photos—it’s about the beautiful fashions in SL and sharing them with my readers. But let me indulge my vanity today.

Being an "Icon"

Of course, wearing a dress from Nicky Ree always makes me feel beautiful. I was discussing Nicky’s considerable talent with another designer the other night and we both agreed Nicky simply has some of the most beautiful texture work on the grid. We also agreed she pushes the ingenuity with prims in SL. She works within the restrictions of SL and blooms.

Being an "Icon"

I adorn this look with earrings from Squinternet Larnia, of whom I don’t say a lot enough. I visited her store tonight and I was absolutely blown away by the quantity and quality of her content. (Yes, I know I need to blog more of her work.) Her jewelry is exquisite and quite different from lots that is available on the grid—much more “costume” and designer and dramatic than a lot, which I appreciate.

Being an "Icon"

Lucky girl:

Hair: >TRUTH< Sonya – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

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

Dress: *DNR* Christine Corset Gown & Dress in Lavender by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Earrings: TOSCA earring by Squinternet Larnia for Donna Flora

Photographed at World’s End on the Heaven Lake sim.

Lift Me Up

Rain, rain on my face
It hasn’t stopped raining for days
My world is a flood
Slowly I become one with the mud

Lift Me Up

We have all seen the devastation of flooding happening around the world. This has been one of the wettest years on record, and now Brisbane and much of Queensland are seeing the effects of too much water. Sanura Sakai has stepped up to run the Extend a Helping Hand market, wherein a majority of the income raised from sales of content goes to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

I have had my head in spreadsheets and logs while I prepare for another charitable event (more soon) but I did take time to run over to the market and found these lovely items. First this absolutely amazing dress from Evangeline Miles. With its sculpted bodice (that is not so proportionally weird I can’t wear it) and its beautifully polka dotted layers, this is a wonderful way to give to the Appeal and walk away with a great buy.

Lift Me Up

My jewelry is also sold at the market, made by Lola79 Hienrichs. In the very inexpensive set, you receive this set and another with more black and white than lilac and white. I couldn’t help but feature this dress with a skin equal to its beauty from Nena Janus, and a great updo from Truth Hawks.

Lift Me Up

Finally, under my dress (really) are these darling boots from Siddean Munro. They are must haves. I love the little frog peeking out from the top, hiding from the rain (though I really hope the Queenslanders can find relief soon).

Lift Me Up

Lift me up so high that I cannot fall
Lift me up
Lift me up – when I’m falling
Lift me up – I’m weak and I’m dying
Lift me up – I need you to hold me
Lift me up – Keep me from drowning again
~
“Flood” by Jars of Clay

Hair: >TRUTH< Midori Streaked – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

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

Dress: Evie’s Closet – Milli (Fundraiser Gown) in Black by Evangeline Miles for Evie’s Closet, available at Extend a Helping Hand

Jewelry: Lolapop! Lucretia Sets (Black/White & Lilac) in Lilac by Lola79 Hienrichs for Lolapop!, available at Extend a Helping Hand

Boots: SLink Heidi Rainboots White by Siddean Munro for SLink, available at Extend a Helping Hand