Mountain Climber (Latte Drinker)

You ever see those women and men who walk around in heavy duty outerwear.. you know, the ones that wear the state-of-the-art quilted coats from places like The North Face or Patagonia, coats that could be worn in Antarctica to view the March of the Penguins while keeping oneself in relative comfort. These are the same people with heated seats in their Volvos and iPhones in their pocket (so their tushies don’t get cold and they don’t miss any e-mails). They WOULD be down south, wind slapping their face red, tears turning to icicles, BUT… there is no decent latte in Antarctica…

Mountain Climber (Latte Drinker)

Damen Gorilla of Adam n Eve makes it out as if these vests are for hearty women, women who are adventurers, who climb prim mountains and brave the frigid cold. (“For the adventurous women…. those who prefer not to sacrifice their style whilst halfway up the mountain, navigating through the north west passage or fording a giant delta somewhere..”) Well I spoke to him about that, and I called his bluff. He admitted it’s all for the ad. He just wants you to get the vest because it’s well made and good. I would agree.

Mountain Climber (Latte Drinker)

Damen has crafted a well-designed sculpty vest combined with terrific textures (and I show the white here because white is darn hard to make right). It fits well, covers well (sometimes the avatar bleeds through the sculpty in odd places on prim jackets but not this one), and is versatile. I would recommend it for any mountain-climbing cappucino drinker!

I slipped on some jeans from Sumi Sorbet/Tuli Asturius (complete with strawberry and too tight to wear long underwear underneath), wore a sweater and earmuffs from Antonia Marat and stuck a cup of latte from Redd Columbia in my hand. A sweet casual ponytail from fri.day and relatively unmade-up skin from Lorac Farella, and I am SO ready for that mountain.. or hill.. or walk from the coffeehouse to the bookstore in the next block. Yeah…

Mountain Climber (Latte Drinker)

The finale to this outfit are a pair of sweet little Ughs from Eponymous Trenchmouth. Now, I could walk around in these all day—they are like slippers—sheepskin inside, supple suede on the outside—a recipe for toasty feet. (Yes, I realize these are “not real,” but Epy makes them so well, I just FEEL warm looking at them.)

Mountain Climber (Latte Drinker)

“Gimme a double latte, soy milk  with a shot of vanilla and a tinch of cinnamon on top, please”:

Hair: fri. – Allison.2 – Jealous Red by Parvarti Monday for fri.day

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm m1 Black brows by Lorac Farella by Pulse Skins *

Vest: Adam n Eve – Adventure Jacket – Ice White by Damen Gorilla for Adam n Eve *

Sweater: /artilleri/ Marius knit sweater *red* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Jeans: *sUmi* jeans regular by Sumi Sorbet for Tuli

Earmuffs: /artilleri/ Knit earmuffs! (MOUTH) *red* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Boots: Ugh – Silver LF by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers

Coffee: -RC- Nana’s Knitted Coffee Cozy by Redd Columbia for RC Cluster

Holiday Soirees

One of the things I really believed about the holidays when I was a teenager is that I would be invited to tons of holiday parties where I would have to dress up and “glitter.” (Seventeen really sold us something, didn’t they?) By the time I got in college and beyond, most of the parties were sweater and jeans affairs with boots and puffy quilted jackets. Our sweaters were thrift store finds, our jeans were ripped, and our boots were scuffed. Someone somewhere was dressing up—sure wasn’t me. I couldn’t afford it.

Holiday Soirees

However, I like the idea of it. I like the thought of holiday soirees, invitations overflowing in the mail, rushing to get dressed, champagne and hors d’oeuvres (I have a rich imagination). This dress from Ivey Deschanel would be ideal for such parties. With its full and flirty blue satin skirt and sequined spaghetti strap top, it fits the bill. What really pushes it from girly dress to a more elegant look, however, is the scarf and fishnet tights Ivey includes. The tights.. they are just plain old well done with the right shading and great seams.

Holiday Soirees

I dressed this beauty up with an updo from Truth Hawks. His colors and textures are amazing. (I seem to be blogging him a lot, hm? Well he always has a hair color that suits!) Drop earrings from Sofi Trenkins match this outfit—nothing too elaborate is needed with sequins. And a skin from Lorac Farella with a tonal lip. It really has to be all about the dress—no need to pile on the makeup ;)

Holiday Soirees

Jingle, jingle:

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

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life Freckled/Tone 5 Warm m7 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: :::Sn@tch Tango (Clothing Layers Only)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Earrings: ~SIGMA~Jewels/ Nepheli earrings~ by Sofi Trenkins for ~SIGMA~Jewels

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Belles – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

City Casual

It’s about to dump about 20 million tons of snow here where I am but in many parts of the northern hemisphere, they maybe get some flurries, but mostly damp, rainy, and cold.

City Casual

Lots of SL residents live in such a place, so they are familiar with this outfit—the pea coat and scarf. swaffette Firefly has rendered it with such loving familiarity, you have to know she’s from the UK. With its excellently textured wool coat and pants, the outfit is a beautifully engineered mix of sculpties and flexi prims.

This outfit is also available for gentlemen. AND it’s transferable so it’s terrific for GIFT GIVING this holiday!

City Casual

I wore Lorac’s warm Life skin with the outfit—something’s gotta be warm and this skin sure is. I just love how I look in Lorac’s skins. Earrings from Maeve Mortlock make a casual tomboy look more feminine, especially with a casual ponytail.

City Casual

Finally, some groovy boots from Emma Gilmour. When Emma makes things, she makes them right, with very nuanced textures. These boots also have a top that shows a legwarmer over the boot. However, because of the sculpty cuffs on swaffette’s pants, I skipped wearing them. They still look good.

City Casual

A walk by the sea:

Hair: *Dark Mouse* Cyntra (Dark Brown) by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm m1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Outfit: sf design pea coat set for women by swaffette Firefly for sf designs *

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Copper Bell Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Boots: [SC] Surf Couture – Elsa Boots – Black by Emma Gilmour for Surf Co.

The Mind of an Artist

One has to wonder what lingers in the mind of an artist. We see snippets of it, reassembled, rearranged, reimagined in the works of artists who make sims and clothing and other things we enjoy in SL.

Mind of an Artist

One such artist with a seemingly fantastic imagination and esthetic is Tekelili Tantalus. Creator of the Barony at Hollow Earth, which was loosely based on the books of H.P. Lovecraft, Tekelili has a deep artistic vision centered around strangely dark symbols and creatures, like the cthulhu.

The Barony at Hollow Earth

So it’s no surprise that Tekelili’s women’s outfits show elements of a fantastic sea: starfish and tentacles, shells and fins. His vision is not quite like anyone else’s I have ever quite seen: his woman is a heroine and warrior from another world we have never envisioned but somehow understand.

Mind of an Artist

His system pieces, texture work and prim work are particularly amazing. Nothing is delicate with Tekelili—his pieces are chunky and strong—even the fins seem pretty sturdy. But as you get closer, you see layers of intricacy and forethought, carefully rendered motifs studded with stars and swirls and suckers and scales, as shown in this bracelet. His textures are clean and clear, each prim is exactly where it should be. It’s technically great work as well as artistically—that makes all the difference.

Mind of an Artist

It’s very hard to match Tekelili’s vision and mix-it-up. (In fact, he provides you with a shape and sells hair at his store.) I chose this very ethereal skin from Lorac Farella and a fantasy hair from Amesha Jewell (complete with tubing) to compliment the ensemble.

Mind of an Artist

Wearable fantasy art:

Hair: : BC : Mezzanine (Blonde) by Amesha Jewell for Burning Chrome

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Victoriana/Twist BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Ensemble:  Calypso by Tekeli-li – Aqua/Tealgreen by Tekelili Tantalus for Tekeli-li *

Santa, Baby

I am running around the grid trying to shop for my loved ones for the holiday. I run into men looking at panels with quizzical looks in their faces (even without emoters), their edit beams going back and forth from one panel to the other, totally confused.

Santa, Baby

Well, Santa, Baby, what ladies want is something to make them feel pretty. And if she’s a lady like me, she wants to feel beautiful, and she wants only the best. And you want her to look sexy. I’ve got your answer!

Santa, Baby

LeeZu Baxter just came out with a set of lingerie that includes her own special touches. The lingerie is super sexy, but it also includes her signature artistic flourishes—this time in the manner of silver filigree slashed across the bodice. But the artistry is also in the myriad other details—the silk stockings wrinkled at the knee, the sheen of the satiny ribbons in the garters (one of them twisted, as if put on in haste), the sexy clips barely holding everything together, and the beautiful hand drawn lace along the bodice, stocking tops and panties. Gentlemen, buy your woman a piece of art!

Santa, Baby

I paired this with one of Lorac’s newest skins, only available at her new store at the Icon sim for a mere 10L. (Ten lindens for Pulse!!) For this small amount, you are getting the latest Lorac artistry from the new warmer Life line with a beautiful green shimmering eyeshadow, red holly lips and a dressy cat-eye liner.

Santa Baby

And finally, some cute little slingbacks I got from London Dailey. These are the kind you can kick off quickly, which one would need to be able to do, wearing this outfit ;)

Santa, Baby

“Been an awful good girl”:

Hair: CBC: Mrs.Mittens – Vampire red by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm mThankyou by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins at Icon *

Lingerie: [LeeZu!] Monroe Lingerie /red by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!] *

Necklace: (Caroline’s) Broken Long Strand White Pearl Necklace by Caroline Apollo for Caroline’s

Earrings: Earring – Pearl Stud – White by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: {Cherry} Bow Slingbacks – cherry red by London Dailey for Cherry

Near the Adriatic

There is nothing quite so beautiful as blue. OK, there’s green.. yes.. and red at certain times. And then there’s the beautiful white glitter of a diamond. But blue.. blue is the sea and the sky.

Near the Adriatic

This dress from Indyra Seigo, with its luscious pops of color, its graceful and sexy silhouette, and its casual richness makes wearing blue so easy. Indyra has mixed a simple black dress (worn sexily low cut) with a low-slung beaded belt and a ribboned hem. The dress is versatile yet unique—it reminds me of the hand crafted wealthy ladies like to wear when they want to look hippy chic. It’s not grungy or messy—it fits in all the right places.

Near the Adriatic

I accessorized with Abraxxa Anatine’s absolutely gorgeous Karuka set. Abraxxa reaches farther and farther with each release, making the prims fit to her will with her beautiful textures and amazing aesthetic. Yes, I would gladly wear this necklace and bracelet in real life.

Near the Adriatic

The shoes are from Onyx LeShelle, from the Maitreya Gold line. There is something so fantastic about the mix of materials and textures in these shoes—the feathers and leather and beads and snakeskin and metal. Onyx shows of her incredible building and texturing skills in these shoes (now you make a bead look that good—I dare ya). And the toes.. well.. they are to die for.

Near the Adriatic

Deep blue sea:

Hair: Tori (Red) by Aden Breyer for Aden

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 6 Warm m4 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Indyra Originals: Milana: Adriatic by Indyra Seigo for Indyra Originals

Jewelry: EarthStones Karuka Bracelet & Necklace – Silver/Turquoise by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Salience Turquoise by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Leopard Skin

It’s an off day for writing but an on day for fashion. I scored some great things I want to share, but I don’t have any great theme ‘cept they are cool.

Leopard Skin

A wander down to Djinn and Tonic the other day took me into Damon Dollinger’s area (Fear & Clothing–the name alone deserves sales), where he offers some glam and fun stuff for men (and women—I took them over). I found these terrific leopard skin hip huggers with the belt and dang, I had to have them. I ripped them out of some emo boy’s hand and ran off with them.

Leopard Skin

I scurried over to Aranel Ah’s place and found this hoodie to match. She has some really cute separates that mix and match with many things but don’t look the same old, same old. For example, this hoodie has a great zippered front and ends just above the belly button for a little bare midriff.

Leopard Skin

I “dressed” it up with jewelry from Miel. I have some really nice pieces from Miel, sold at inexpensive prices. This set includes beads on loosely tied leather pieces. This is not easy work, working with tiny prims, putting on textures of this intricacy. Mika Nieuport definitely does fine work.

I bottomed out with boots from Annette Voight. With the fine sculpties and the delicious buttery soft textures, these boots are luxurious and sexy.

Leopard Skin

Animal attraction:

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

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm m3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Top: *BOOM* Park Life Hoodie –Rust by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Pants: –>F&C<—Lowrise Leopard by Damon Dollinger for Fear & Clothing

Jewelry: MIEL LUN SET by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Boots: [Decoy] Jully Boots – Tan by Annette Voight for Decoy

Listening to “All the World (I Tell Myself)” by Correatown

Party Dress

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to fill out my wardrobe with party dresses and suitable attire. I am not one for the red/green combos or for looking like one of Santa’s elves. I prefer a more sophisticated look.

Party Dress

This dress from Vitabela Dubrovna fit the bill. Based on her real life designs, Vita’s dresses are beautiful, imaginative, and couture. This lovely dress will take me to several parties, both day and night, with its lovely laces and beading on the bodice and full graceful skirt.

Party Dress

I am wearing Random Calliope’s Wish Set with the outfit. It’s very delicate, very ethereal. The glistening and spark of the tiny prims suit the dress perfectly. His is the standard by which all tiny prim work is judged, still. Lorac Farella’s new Life skins in Warm tone are ideal to go with this, adding the elegance I always want.

Party Dress

Finally, we end with shoes, and these shoes are ideal. Silver with diamonds, buckled and stiletto’d, these heels make this dress pretty and perfect. Jada Humby sells a fat pack of these—I would recommend you get the entire set.

Party Dress

Shuffling through my invitations:

Hair: >TRUTH< Grace – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone5 m4 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Black Lace by Vitabela Dubrovna for Vita’s Boudoir

Jewelry: (WW by RC) Wish Set by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: Jada Humby Couture Stilettos *Marie Clair* SILVER by Jada Humby for Jada Humby Couture

The Primcess Returns

It’s been a long time since I have felt truly myself, but in today’s outfit, Harper has reemerged. I am in my skin, I am surrounded by hundreds of beautiful prims, and I am dressed elegantly.

Primcess Returns

I am wearing one of Lorac Farella’s new Life-Warm skins. I slipped this skin on and immediately I was back to being Harper—the sophisticated, elegant, womanly, sexy Harper I always imagine myself to be, at least. (And I want to know, how many skins can you get this close on and still find stunning?)

Primcess Returns

Lorac has dialed into the right formula with her newly released artistically hand-drawn skins—the eyes are emotive, the lips are full and beautiful without being overblown, the skin is gently blushed but textured with shadow and depth, the décolletage is soft and curvy, and the eyebrows are.. well, you know how I feel about eyebrows. They are perfect! These skins were made for me it feels like, and undoubtedly you, dear readers, will be seeing more of them.

Primcess Returns

I have donned Alienbear Gupte’s beautiful jewelry. Diamonds ARE this girl’s best friend and in this case, so is the beauty of finely worked gold prims and many of them. Alienbear keeps besting herself with each creation—they are more and more elaborate yet contain her signature touches—the beautiful long blooming buds, the gracefully swirling flourishes, the intricately entwined links. (Check out the tiny diamonds in the channels of the bracelet.) This particular set comes with two crowns (one which comes in two pieces due to SL’s prim link limits), a necklace (also in two pieces—yes, this is how many prims Alienbear has put together), two sets of earrings, and a left and right bracelet.

Primcess Returns

Let’s face it—one of the best things about being a woman in SL is that you can have a huge evening gown wardrobe and dress like a princess whenever you want and you don’t feel ridiculous or overindulgent. Sparkle Skye ably sates that need with her gorgeous and elaborate evening gowns. This particular gown comes with a short option, a semi-sheer and a non-sparkling or sparkling skirt.

Primcess Returns

I’m ba-ack:

Hair: ETD Loraine 2 – Crimson by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm m1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: *SS* Madame X – Snow by Sparkle Skye for Sparkle Skye Designs

Jewelry: !Alienbear Designs-Azuena Queen & Princess Antique Gold Set by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Designs *

Casual Friday

Friday is casual—lots of people get to dress down in their offices or they take the day off. In my case, it’s a day off with a run around town.

Casual Friday

I put this ensemble together because it is loose and easy and chic all at once. A jean jacket from machang Pichot keeps the chill off but can be taken off so I can just wear the tank top from Darling Monday. This darling skirt is from AIR Winx. I tugged the belt that was attached to it down somewhat so I could wear this chic metallic belt from Umeko Shan. AIR’s belt is a few prims wrapped around.. and while it is cute, it just doesn’t fit my hips as well as this multiprim belt.

Casual Friday

I finished it off with a hair from boo Nakamura. I really love this style for it’s casual elegance. Its full body and slight messiness conveys a sort of offhanded sexiness. And of course, I wore Bax Coen’s beautiful boots. Walking with the legs going through the skirt prims, the majesty of the boots comes through.

Casual Friday

Takin’ it easy:

Hair: booN KUM236 hair red by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone5 m1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Jacket: AOHARU_BT_ShortJeanJacket_Blue by machang Pichot for AOHARU

Top: fri. – Layering.Tank – V (Black) by Darling Monday for fri.day*

Skirt: *ARGRACE* Dot  Long skirt* (Black) by AIR Winx for Argrace

Belt: *::UM::* Chain_Belt on stomach by Umeko Shan for ::Ume Mode::

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots