Reminiscing

Friday night, it was late, I was walking you home
We got down to the gate and I was dreaming of the night
Would it turn out right
Now as the years roll on
Each time we hear our favorite song
The memories come along
Older times we’re missing
Spending the hours reminiscing

Reminiscing

Oh k.d., how I have missed you. She just came out with a new album and this little gem popped up. And I was waiting for some inspiration for this darling dress, which is kind of old-fashioned and contemporary all at once. Aree Lilibub has a way of doing that—she definitely has a vision and style and it’s very charming and retro-influenced but not dowdy. She does this with a low cut front and back, a luxuriously big bow tying the halter in back and a larger-scale print. (A small print would have made it less exciting).

Reminiscing

The most suitable skin for a look like this is Mallory Cowen’s Linnea with its sexy glow and subtle sophistication. Ikon Innovia’s new hazel eyes are perfect as is this pretty little necklace from Sierra Gourdou. I love this casual and tousled hair from Truth Hawks. And my t-straps from Fallingwater Cellardoor complete the look. (You know, charming shoes like this are so underrated—this is such a feminine look in my humble opinion.) Overall perfect for reminiscing over k.d. lang.

Reminiscing

Hurry, don’t be late, I can hardly wait
I said to myself when we’re old
We’ll go dancing in the dark
Walking through the park and reminiscing

~ “Reminiscing” as sung by k.d. lang

Hair: >TRUTH< Florence 2 – chocolate by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LAQ ~ Linnea – [Peach] Dark brows – 01 by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

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

Dress: ::P:: Camille Dress by Aree Lilibub for Petunia

Jewelry: ~Simply~ Twisted Teardrop Jewelry Set Topaz by Sierra Gourdou for ~Simply~ *

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Kelsey pumps – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things *

Smooth Like Butter

There is nothing better than a sweater you can slip on that makes you warm and looks fashionable.

Smooth Like Butter

This great buttery sweater from Janie Marlowe comes from her new collection at Jane. Janie’s been doing SL clothing since almost the beginning of time, but what is great about her is that she realizes that constant improvement, even by rebranding, is what is necessary in this world. This sweater is a pretty and inexpensive top for nearly any outfit—great for mixing and matching. Her sculpties are well made; her textures are dead on.

I tucked a top from Aree Lillibub underneath. I love Aree’s store and hope she keeps doing her pretty little separates into fall. My pants I found during Hump Day by Genie Lassard. I bought ALL the pants. I am not terribly fond of the open button on top (I ate too much or have PMS or gained weight or what?) but the slim silhouette and great textures make these pants very usable if you have a long top.

Smooth Like Butter

My hair is my namesake from Queue Marlowe. I know Queue is working hard on several new pieces (though she has shown me nothing—I just get the residual angst in IMs from her). I love this hair. It’s so me (in RL as well as SL). And of course, I wear a beautiful Tuli Asturias, one that is a bit older but still stands the test of time.

Smooth Like Butter

Rich, creamy, delicious:

Hair: AD- harper cocoa by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/br) 02a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Sweater: JANE – absolutely sweater.honey by Janie Marlowe for JANE

Top: ::P:: Petunia’s “Cry” Sweater, Twig by Aree Lillibub for Petunia

Pants: GLD Unbuttoned Jeans (Brown) by Genie Lassard for GL Designs

Shoes: A.D.D. Andel! Dot Flats by Andel Rhiadra for A.D.D.

The Out-of-Towner

When you read this I will be long gone, out of town, enjoying the pleasures of a full-amenity resort, while you, dear reader will be stuck at home in your jammies, reading my blog. (Actually, ok… it’s a water park we’re going to, and I don’t swim. Don’t envy me TOO much.)

the Out-of Towner

So while they swim, I will be out and about shopping. I realize this is not resort wear per se, but I am one of those uptight city ladies, ‘k? I don’t *do* flip flops. This jacket from toraji Voom is perfect for a weekend “in the country,” as I prefer to think of it. Woolen and warm, tailored and worn, this jacket travels well from city to country and back. I wear a swingy skirt from como Setsuko, flirty and autumnal and fun. Warm tights from Visa Volare keep my legs warm as the season turns to the cold.

This ever-versatile scarf from hiwinyu Fazuku keeps my neck warm. (Now, when I went to Paris, I wondered about scarves around the neck—were they fashion or function? I found out that one scarf around the neck can keep a person very warm without having to put in a heavy coat.) Yes, I realize my purse from Irie Campese is huge. I have my knitting in there, thank you, my iPad, kleenex, money, credit cards, sunglasses, a bottle of water, a granola bar, brochures, a map, umbrella, gum.. and a bundle of receipts ;)

the Out-of Towner

My skin is beautifully provided by Joakim Asbrink, who fashions her skins after international stars with a few change-ups. This one, named after the elegant First Lady of France, has beautiful autumnal coloring. The eyebrows are well shaped, the eye makeup is artistically done. My earrings are from Abraxxa Anatine’s skillful hands, certainly a pair that might be found in a high-end art jewelry shop on my travels. And I keep my new hair from Truth Hawks in place with his ingenious color-change hair band.

the Out-of Towner

(I won’t really be shopping—probably sleeping and knitting and reading books by the pool.)

Hair: >TRUTH< Nadine – auburn by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Glance-Bruna-Brown by Joakim Asbrink for Glance *

Jacket: **DP**yumyum tweed jacket : brown by toraji Voom for **DP**yumyum

Top: ::P:: Petunia Maia Tank, Bronze by Aree Lilibub for Petunia

Skirt: Yozoh* Koizora ( girl from asia ) by como Setsuko for Yozoh

Scarf: ::[ Mr.Poet ]::Wide Scarf by hiwinyu Fazuku for ::[ Mr.Poet ]::

Tights: Twosome – harvest tights . gold by Visa Volare for Twosome

Earrings: EarthStones Karin Earrings – Fire Agate by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones, available at the 2010 Jewelry Fair

Purse: {SMS} Short Strap Tote Tomato no pose by Irie Campese for {SMS}

Boots: *GF* Short Lace-Up Boots –Brown by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Let It Be Me

“If it’s a friend you need
Let it be me…”
~ Ray LaMontagne

I took a trip down to Tampa this weekend to visit my dear friend Raven Pennyfeather (yes, like in Real Life!) and I had the opportunity to meet the wonderful folks who have run the RFL Clothing Fair, Nevar Lobo and Amethyst Starosin (and it will have a different name this year—more coming soon). I also got to meet Cashel Rang and my dear friend SC Tracy (in the flesh)! It was hotter’n heck down there for me. I got home, and it seemed arctic in comparison. A cold front came through and gobsmacked me. I had to wear SOCKS! Then the winds cracked a huge branch off my favorite crab tree. (I have been moping all week.)

Fall in the Air

I also had to put on a sweater. This outfit reminds me of the whole ordeal. I start with a new jacket from LeeZu Baxter, the queen of texturing over sculpties and the goddess of building a terrific fashionable silhouette with them. Again, we see LeeZu’s complex but fashion-forward color ways and textures playing themselves out in this jacket. What is most impressive is the multiple prim sleeve she has made that articulates with the movement of the arm without showing gaps. The line of the sleeve moves directly into the collar in one seamless line. Excellent work!

Fall in the Air

The skin is a new one from Julliette Westerburg, part of the Designers United offerings and delicate with its gentle blush, porcelain skin and glossy neutral lips. Julliette’s style is definitely more illustrative than photo-real. You can see her strokes in the eyebrows and lips. It’s a unique look, reminiscent of colorized illustrations from the 50s. The pop of green on the eyelids is a last summer hurrah before the leaves turn red and orange.

Fall in the Air

Finally these lovely pastiche boots from LeeZu, illustrative of her texturing prowess AND building skill. I zoomed in very close on these boots and nary a flaw did I find. Every piece is in place and they fit perfectly (though the brand on the sole suggests they are “flexible size”). I suggest you get a pair just so you can gaze at their exquisite and detailed construction, from the stitching along the cuffs and along the sole to the buckles on the front and back to the pretty string tie holding them closed. You want to see art in SL? Look no further than my feet!

Fall in the Air

Written while listening to Ray LaMontagne sing “Let It Be Me,” a perfect melancholy fall song.

Hair: (fd) Lopsided Lilly – Golden Egg by Toast Bard for fashionably dead, available at the Hair Fair

Skin: -tb- {Light} DU Echo’s Meadow – Red Thick Brows by Julliette Westerburg for Tres Blah, available at Designers United 4

Jacket: [LeeZu!] Venus Jacket /darkbrown by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Top: ::P:: Petunia Maia Tank, Bronze by Aree Lulibub for .:Petunia

Pants: [KA] – Cuffed Pantaloons (Moss) by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot Army (modified with a darker color)

Boots: [LeeZu!] Dncorde Danse Booties /ambience by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

Oh, Betty, Betty, where are you, you mean mother inside all of us mothers, you dissatisfied wife in all us wives, you pretty thing who thought all you needed to do was look good and get knocked up to be happy? When did all your hopes and dreams turn into lumps of black rock in your stone cold heart? Will you ever find fulfillment, our Nordic goddess?

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

Betty is actually one of my favorite characters in Mad Men because she is the enigma, the most complex, I think. She’s no dummy—we know she can speak fluent Italian and read quite a bit.  She has a much better education than Don, who learned from the school of hard knocks. While Don has his existential crisis, Betty’s own personal crisis is in being stuck as who she is. Who can blame her for being a bit bitchy?

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

Today’s Betty is brought to you courtesy of Aree Lilibub, Tiffy Vella, and Bubbles Clawtooth, via Mallory Cowen. Aree has a store full of cute clothes—lots of vintage sun dresses and cute capris and nice little tops done with great detail. And this skin from Mallory Cowen is ideal for blondes, especially our Betty, who was once a fur coat model when Don met her. Glowing beautiful skin, pretty make-up—perfect for a former model.

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

Our shoes are a little more contemporary but nonetheless perfect for a woman who wants to show off her legs. Gospel Voom has made this set versatile, with color changing scripts in the laces, ribbon, seam and toe material. The number of combinations seems endless. And the photosourced woven sole is a great touch.

Betty, Betty, Where Are You?

“I was an anthropology major. Imagine that.” ~ Betty Draper (Season 3, Episode 7: “Seven Twenty Three”)

Hair: CBC: Mrs.Mittens – Bombshell Blonde by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 09 [Peach] Glow skin (blonde hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: ::P:: Bus Stop Sundress, Purple by Aree Lulibub for .:Petunia

Earrings and Bracelet: Eclectica Jazz Purple Paisley Set by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: [Gos] Espadrilles Model by Gospel Voom for [ Gos ]

Therapy

Times are a little rough in SL and RL. I don’t need to enumerate the number of issues and complaints that could be listed here. Why rehash? At times like this, retail therapy is a good thing, and it’s especially good in SL where a completely new look costs me something along the lines of a nice big double latte frappe. (Ya think LL would use this for marketing ;))

Therapy

Today’s retail therapy took me to Yaszi Mornington’s place for a darling jacket with morning-glory motif. My friend Erehwon beat me to it, so I got the pretty yellow flowers and slipped it on. Oh.. relief. Yaszi has cleverly constructed this jacket so the skirt hangs down with an open belt (and covers my ample back end) and has a lovely little sculpty collar and great cuffs. I wear cute little capris from Aree Lulibub and sweet little shoes from sakka Flow.

Therapy

The skin is Tuli Asturias’ new offering for The Dressing Room, starting today. With its subtle shading, summery lip and gray eye shadow, it’s a different coloring than one can normally find. But it’s typical of Tuli—so pretty.

Therapy

Win or lose, we go shopping after the election. ~ Imelda Marcos

Hair: Sophie – Autumn by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room LE :: Gina 02 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, exclusively available at The Dressing Room *

Jacket: Meriken Co. “ANSWER” Green by Yaszi Mornington for Meriken Co.

Top: *GC* Plain Tank by Giana Paine for Gigi Couture

Capris: Petunia Rolled Cuff Chinos, Vanilla by Aree Lulibub for Petunia

Shoes: ~~Sakka’s Studio~~ Flat shoes /Sash [ Cream ] by sakka Flow for ~~Sakka’s Studio~~

Topsy Turvy

A beautiful day today. We’re going out to buy plants today, especially a tomato plant we can put in one of those Topsy Turvy things. It’s a casual day, full of the topsy turvy joy of springtime and gardening.

Topsy Turvy

A tank top, some cargo pants, sandals, and I am set to poke around in the aisles of plants and ground covers. The tank top and pants are supplied by Aree Lilibub—cute and versatile. The cargos, incidentally, are finished off with a cuff but I forewent those in favor of the tie up sandals from elka Lehane, which I bought as a fat pack for a mere 200L.

Topsy Turvy

Nothing wrong with throwing on a bunch of jewelry on, especially if all you’re doing is walking among the flowers and picking only one little tomato plant out. I dug in my bauble box and came up with an assortment of pieces to make this bohemian nature lover more believable. (Who says I have to get dirt under my fingernails—isn’t that what gloves and gardeners are for?) Trinkets from Polyester Patridge, Kiki Cunningham, Sari Telling, and Maeve Mortlock make me jingle as I poke around in the impatiens. (And who said we didn’t have enough attachment points?)

Topsy Turvy

Turning the World of Gardening Upside Down™

Hair: >TRUTH< Patrice – copper by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LAQ ~ Julie – 02 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki *

Top: ::P:: Spring Retro Sweater Set, Blue by Aree Lulibub for .:Petunia

Pants: Petunia Rolled Cuff Chinos, Olive by Aree Lulibub for .:Petunia

Necklaces: (Yummy) Together Necklace by Polyester Partridge for Yummy! and *Ki2* Sassy Grandma by Kiki Cunningham for Ki-2

Bracelets: *Sari’s* Messy Poppy Bracelet by Sari Telling for Sari’s

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Complex in  Turquoise Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Sandals: !BF! Urban Bohemian Ankle Wrap Flats – Rust (BrownSole) by elka Lehane for boing fromage