Champagne

Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient Champagne.”  ~ Dorothy Parker

Champagne

Champagne—a heady, sparkling, rare—not unlike a romantic evening with a new someone special. This evening gown from Mami Jewell is the ideal dress for such an evening with its elegant lace bodice and smooth silk skirt. Mami makes the dress even more special with huge blossoming roses slung below the hips and trimmed with black lace. The dress moves gloriously.

Champagne

Someone whose taste I respect suggested I wear a light blonde hair with this dress. I chose Onyx LeShelle’s platinum blonde in an updo, which is striking with the dress and against Monicuzza Babenco’s lovely preview skin for Sole. My almost-retro jewelry is an older set from Cora Lu.

Champagne

“Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday and better days are just around the corner.” ~ Marlene Dietrich

Hair: Maitreya Siri – Platinum by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: *YS & YS* Sole Reborn – EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW  4 TDR with *YS & YS* Sole Reborn LightBrows by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

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

Dress: -AZUL- Kathe/Champagne by Mami Jewell for -AZUL-

Jewelry: P.C; Antique Pearl Choker and P.C; Antique Pearl Earrings by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

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

Society Lady

I have a friend in SL who is quite the society man. He told me quite plainly, “Pretty. I like women in hats,” when he saw me in this ensemble. He likes ladies with elegance and intelligence and means, so from him, this is high praise.

Society Lady

The ensemble I am wearing, from maizon Rayna, certainly begs one to think a woman of better means would be wearing it. It’s not only the hat, which is splendid and simple all at once, but also the slim line of the dress, the classic tailoring of the skirt and neckline, and the pure elegance of the whole look.

Society Lady

Nowadays, society ladies are not dowagers—many are young women of means, building on years of social connections through their families’ legacies. We don’t have a big need for that in SL—women in SL work and shop and marry and lead companies and organize events and educate and innovate. Not a lot have a need to carry on the blood line or plan for how to spend their inheritance.

 

Society Lady

Nevertheless, this is a place of dreams and fantasies, so pretending I am a young wealthy woman is not impossible. I chose Monicuzza Babenco’s beautiful skin to feature in this fantasy. It was a natural with its beautifully rendered eyebrows and aristocratic features. And Tesla Miles’ very high but very classy heels provided the final punctuation to this statement of class.

Society Lady

Uptown girl:

Hair: {fascino} futuro Black by Sola Meili for {fascino}

Skin: *YS & YS* Zara 01 Natural Brown EB Hairbase by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS*

Dress with Hat: JULIETTE by maizon Rayna for !Terra D’ombrA

Necklace: long string of pearls by Nonna Hedges for Details by Nonna Hedges*

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

Nonna a Paris

Nonna Hedges is the doyenne of evening dresses in SL. When I first came to SL, a friend of mine took me to her shop and I gasped. Classical music played on the stream, rich woods and silks covered the surfaces, the soft scent of roses and vanilla wafted through the air. I felt like I had entered an exclusive boutique. On the gowns, fine handmade lace covered the bodices, silk with a subtle patina flowed across the gowns.

Nonna’s work has a style like no one else’s–a classical aesthetic rooted in a woman’s intense but banked sexuality. A Nonna woman doesn’t wear bright turquoise, she doesn’t have crunchy curly hair, she doesn’t speak loudly (though she is well-heard). She would never chew gum.

chocolate Nonna

It was with pleasure I received Nonna’s latest creation, perles et dentelle. Nonna has been focusing on Paris lately (as evidenced by her recent store remodel, which features a large version of her Eiffel Tower necklace draped over the walls of the store). Details is the name of her store, and for Nonna it’s all about the details, from the pearl necklace and belt to the barefoot prim shoes (which I don’t show here, but they come with the outfit).

chocolate Nonna

This piece was inspired by her dreams of Paris with it’s subtly pink/pearl lace (notice the ribbon detail finishing off the neckline and sleeves) and its cocoa satin skirt. Finishing off the skirt is a beautiful gradient prim kickpleat. Notice the crinkled rosettes at the shoulders, the pearled belt with the gold buckle, and the prim laces tied criss-crossed and tied in back..

chocolate Nonna

A walk down the rue:

Hair: W&Y HAIR  84 *TYPE*A by yukitan Farrjones for W&Y

Skin: Pulse Skin – Timeless II/Makeup 10 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress, Belt and Necklace: perles et dentelle by Nonna Hedges for Details

Earrings: EarthStones Timeless Pearl Earrings – White/Platinum by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones

Shoes: Stiletto Moody Pinup (Chocolate Brown Patent) by Stiletto Moody for Stiletto Moody