All the Time

Have you ever felt just free and beautiful? I heard a song today on KCRW (y’all know I almost only listen to that) that had such a free and open beat.

All the Time

Wearing a breezy pretty dress from Sissy Pessoa is the perfect thing for a day like today. Sissy presents us with a spring/summer dress that is perfect for garden parties or weddings. With its almost abstract flower print on the bottom, sexily criss-crossed back and full translucent skirt, it is light and free, elegant and happy all at once.

All the Time

Lorac Farella has come out with yet another skin line, this being the Isabella II, a revamp of her Isabella line. I have styled it with dark eyes because of its lovely olive tinge and bold features. The elegantly shaped eyebrows, luscious full matte lips and gentle blush make me a knock out. Lorac’s almost painterly attention to her skins make them a different proposition for wearers. This woman is not nor ever will be “cute.” She is beautiful, striking, and mysterious.

All the Time

“I love her all the time, I love her all the time, I love her all time…”

Hair: PE Portia Kohl by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy *

Skin: Pulse Skin – Isabella ll /M13 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Baiastice_Printed Chiffon on blue by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Purple Briolette Necklace and Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: B&G WOMAN SHOE MELODY – BLANCO – T000 by BG Planer for B&G

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Listen to the inspiration: “All the Time” by A Race of Angels

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Purple Prose

I am still rummaging through my closet for things to recommend as gifts for your beautiful lady on Valentine’s. We will get past this evening gown phase soon and get on to the better stuff soon… I promise. But we can’t neglect to understand that ladies want to feel beautiful and want to be wooed and courted for all their feminine graces.

Purple Prose

This beautiful gown from Mimi Jewell would likely set any heart pounding. Imagine opening the folder for this and putting it on… with its graceful neckline complimented by a high collar, its trained skirt, lace cap sleeves, floral motif, and most importantly, sexy wrinkles and highlights showing a woman’s most beautiful curves, this gown would thrill any recipient. It will thrill her partner too with its sexy open back, cut down to there.

Purple Prose

I compliment the gown with a perfect palette provided by Tricky Boucher. Tricky’s latest line—Alyson—shows how far Tricky has come as an artist. With its full sensuous lips (beautifully pink and perfectly glossy), subtlely shaded eyes and perfectly trimmed eyebrows plus the glowing décolletage, this skin is glorious.

Purple Prose

Beauty and grace:

Hair: PE Portia Kohl by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 12 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: -AZUL- Linda –Amethyst by Mami Jewell for Azul

Earrings: Zivanit Earring RFL2009 special by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Design

Today’s recommendation: “A Love Story” by Thomas Dybdahl (“Doesn’t it feel good to know you’ve been loved?”)

Mad Maxine

One thing that has always thrilled me about SL is the fantasy aspect. Not just “fantasy” as in running around as an elf or a fairy (though one can do that). But also the fantasy of dressing up in clothes that are artistic and expressive. You saw me two days ago as a jeans and white shirt girl. Today I am Mad Maxine.

Mad Maxine

The lingerie for the Johanne series, named after Joan of Arc, is an ensemble of beautiful work and exquisite details. First there are the system pieces, which are perfectly rendered with clean edges, straight lines and delicious textures. Then there are the very intricate small details—the tiny feathers hanging off the neckpiece, the perfect shaping of the corset, the seashells and spines lacing up the shoulder straps and across the decolletage, the fabric draped across the front and the perfectly sheer stockings.

Mad Maxine

Thea Tamura, who was in the shop when I bought this ensemble, told me that she loves making wearable art, she loves working with the textures and prims to come up with a piece that is in her mind. I would call it sculpture myself, with gilding and draping. Her textures are so rich, so evocative, that it’s almost overkill to have so much in this outfit. It’s like you are getting a meal of rich creamy chocolate and nothing else.

Mad Maxine

Thea shows her outfits with outre hair styles, including mohawks. This is exactly how I would have styled this as well. I should have gone off type and made it “pretty,” however I relished the opportunity to show this great hair from Aemilia Case and the beautiful skin from the Tasha2 series by Mallory Cowen that includes an eye makeup that is not “standard.” Earrings from kikunosuke Eel finish the outfit, matching in sheen and color perfectly.

Mad Maxine

Luster:

Hair: PE Xantha Sambuca Black Tipped by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy

Skin: LAQ ~ Tasha2 – 07 [Nougat] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Lingerie: TTF – JOHANNE – LINGERIE by Thea Tamura for TTFashion

Earrings: [MANDALA] Soul Jewelry set (Cream Gold) Female by kikunosuke Eel for [MANDALA]

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Brown Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *

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

Falling in Love with Myself

When you have had a second life long enough, you find out who you are but also who you might be if you feel like it. I confess here I have crossed genders as Harper. I have done this to try on men’s clothes, men’s skins, men’s hair and men’s shoes. I confess: I have been a man.

My latest urge to be a man came after visiting Shelly Toonie’s shop, Moonshine. She had such a terrific array of men’s clothes, I started experiencing that little itch—the desire to dress up in the clothes of the opposite sex and strut myself. I was the opposite of RuPaul. I wanted to dress up and gaze longingly at myself. There is something so fine about men… *sigh*.

In Love with Myself

The terrific thing about Shelly’s clothes is that they are practical and wearable for men. The one thing I have learned about many men is that they do not want to think about their fashion. They want to look cool and put together without a lot of fuss. Shelly makes it easy for them with her handsome shirts and pants. Her textures are well drawn with versatile colors for coordinating. She knows what men want. (I have a sneaking hunch some of it is due to input from our dear friend, Dazz, who has always been a man who knows what he wants and who is the luscious model in some of her ads.)

In Love with Myself

I made my man handsome with this unreleased skin from Pulse and this totally gorgeous hair from Aemilia Case. I have heard men whine and complain there is no decent hair for men in SL. (I heard M Linden himself say it last year at his keynote at SLCC.) Go check this one out and several others from Aemilia and tell me you still can’t find something. (And if you can’t, you’re just too darn hard to please.)

In Love with Myself

In Love with Myself:

Hair: PE Harrison: Golden Brown by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy

Skin: Unreleased skin from Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Sweater and shirt: MS-Apres Thunder and MS-Apres Mirage by Shelly Toonie for Moonshine

Pants: MS-LoRise Cords Kohl and MS-LoRise Cords River by Shelly Toonie for Moonshine

Shoes: SOMA 2 Gray/Black by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers Shoes (JCS)

Chicken Dinner

The chicken thing in SL has gotten out of hand. I found out one of the residents on my sim, Vanguard, was raising a flock of them. I stomped over to Iono’s land to see what he was up to. Chickens kind of creep me out.

Turns out Iono has not been very lucky with the chickens. There is a lot of barbecue chicken to be found at Vanguard.

Chicken Dinner

Here I am noshing on some barbecue chicken that Iono has left out. I am not sure if it goes with Chianti, but I am not complaining. I am all about eating them rather than raising them.

Chicken Dinner

Iono has made a beautiful space on Vanguard. I decided to wander around and take photographs of this darling outfit there. Khea Karas makes versatile and cute clothes for Malt. Here I am showing her Cargo Shorts, constructed with sculpty cargo pockets, and the matching striped tank top. She even sells the cute scarf that goes with it.

Chicken Dinner

Chicken Dinner

I feel I should write an ode to JB Gazov. He makes the shoes that women want. This pair of Studded Wedge Sandals is funky and fun. As usual, it comes with his great color changing hud. I have the color changing pair here—for a low price you get eight colors, all in one shoe. You have to love that. (I secretly have a huge crush on JB… shhh.)

Chicken Dinner

I wore this top notch style from Aemilia Case. She gave it out in a 50L pack for her birthday, bless her heart. Her hair has great textures and very cute styles not always found at other places.

Photographed on location at Vanguard.

Chicken Dinner

Mmmm! Tastes like chicken!

Hair: PE Vanora Mochachino by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy

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

Top: .:MALT:. Fashions – TANK TOP – Brown by Khea Karas for .:MALT:.

Shorts: .:MALT:. Fashions CARGO SHORTS – Chocolate by Khea Karas for .:MALT:.

Scarf: .:MALT:. Twilly Necktie – Tarawera by Khea Karas for .:MALT:.

Shoes: J’s Real Toe Studded Wedge Sandals by JB Gazov for J’s