Gig

It’s funny how some things in SL remind you of other things. Weird neural connections.

Gig

This outfit by Kru Flan reminds me of the movie 200 Cigarettes, which takes place on New Year’s Eve in NYC in the 80s. The reason is the guitar case and the punk look—the plaid and the dark stockings, the collar, the piercings up the ear. Kru Flan really hit on a great punk look.

Gig

Kru includes some awesome accessories with this outfit: a guitar case with pose, a clove cigarette (yes, clove!) with appropriate “ashing” animation and a pack of cigarettes. You get the collar, the bracelets, the belt—all in one outfit. You also get some boots which are not so fabulous, but replace them as I have, and you have a complete punk look, quick.

I show it with spiky hair from Zero Style and skin from Lorac Farella. Plus my ever favorite boots from Fallingwater Cellardoor.

Gig

Punk:

Hair: * 0 Style * Euphoria *(Black Cherry) by Rei Gully for Zero Style

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 5 Warm m1 Black brows by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Outfit: *Black Stones Outfit by Kru Flan for Kru’s Boutique

Boots: (Shiny Things) Old Boots – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Queen of the Ice

So many of my friends were caught on the East Coast in a snowstorm, I am not sure I should be featuring this outfit, but it’s a wonderful outfit to give as a gift for the holidays as it’s transferable. I am again breaking blog rules, but I just felt like it.

Queen of the Ice

What prompted showing this dress in particular was a question from a friend—where can I get the most extravagant, elegant dresses as Christmas presents. A short list was given to him and this ended up on it. Raven Pennyfeather’s dress is a wonder of airiness and beauty, especially this version, which includes an incredible silver bodice.

Queen of the Ice

I am showing a hair piece from Eshi Otawara, no longer available but I liked it for this look. The skin was done by Lorac for a winter look. It is one of my very favorites with its frosty lips and pale skin, the subtle yellow around the eyes to offset the coolness of the rest of the skin, the pretty stars around the eyes. It’s fantastic and ideal. (This photo WAS postprocessed, which is not usually my way. I am breaking all sorts of rules today. Don’t tell Santa!)

Queen of the Ice

Brrrr…

Hair: Large bun(white) by Eshi Otawara (no longer available) *

Skin: Raven/Pulse Skin – Frost by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: SPECIAL EDITION – RFyre Snow Queen, Womens, Ice Silver by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre *

Vintage Grace

I am breaking another rule of my many (unwritten) blogging rules. I have always been reluctant to blog Raven Pennyfeather’s work because I work for her and she’s a dear friend of mine. I felt there was some sort of conflict in doing so, but I have been convinced otherwise as long as I give the following disclaimer: Raven is one of my best friends and I love her dearly. She is the reason I am still here in SL, plugging away, pursuing fashion, dressing up every day. If I walk away from SL, she will still be with me. Our friendship is the proof that SL is more RL than many people like to acknowledge.

Vintage Grace

That being said, I am blogging this beautiful new dress from Raven because she truly has outdone herself. The system top is absolutely exquisite, with the feathered décolletage, the tweed pattern running through it, and the three-quarter length sleeves punctuated by satin cuffs. A tortured prim collar surrounds the neck like a piece of constructed fluffery with a well-chosen sculpty belt around the waist. A dramatic (but not overdone) feather hat tops the ensemble. The system skirt is tight and sexy with a brilliant pleated flexi attached, and Raven’s characteristic textured stockings complete the outfit. This truly is high fashion—unique, artistic, designed well. It shows how Raven continues to push herself artistically and technically.

Vintage Grace

I was originally (brilliantly) photographed in this outfit for the ad by SC Tracy, using styling from Raven. I have restyled it in a different vintage fashion for these photos using this amazing hair from Betty Doyle. (I remember coming into SL and wanting to pursue the vintage look—Marleen Vaughn was doing some brilliant stuff but she was the only one until Betty Doyle came along. Betty IS vintage in SL.) A skin from Lorac Farella with decadently lined eyes and a full ripe red glossy lip and beauty mark complete the look.

Vintage Grace

With elegance and grace:

Hair: Ingenue ~ Lamour ~ Cinnamon by Betty Doyle for Ingenue

Skin: Pulse Skin – Honey/Oh My!-Radiance blk  brows by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: ! RP Couture Fury Womens Black by Raven Pennyfeather for RP Couture *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

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 *