Little Black Dress

Read any fashion magazine and the key word for any woman’s wardrobe is the Little Black Dress or LBD. Simple in cut and style, it serves to make a sophisticated sort of blank slate upon which a woman can write fashion.

Little Black Dress

Delora Starbrook, normally known for her sexy camisks and silks, has been venturing into the dressmaking business as of late, and this little black number (one of several colors she offers), fulfills all the requirements for a good LBD. First we have the shorter length that thankfully doesn’t venture into mini-skirt range. Then we have the beautifully textured bodice leading around back to a sexy but not risque V’d back. Delora chooses to use one prim for the skirt and it fits well, making the entire silhouette elegant and sexy.

Little Black Dress

Hair is from an increasing product offering by BlueStarRUI Villota (who also made my terrific nails, scripted especially for model posing). Specializing in bobs of various lengths and hat-topped styles, BlueStarRUI offers some terrific cuts for the lady who wants more elegance than fluff. My necklace and bracelet by Rama Anatine are an elegant accompaniment to the dress with the mix of pearls and metal—a very classic adornment.

Little Black Dress

Finally these pumps by Nardya Rousselot with their clever little strap and almost spectator pump pattern provide a little flair to the LBD. Nardya always seems to have an incredible sense of style and elegance in her designs—these shoes are no exception. Black pumps would not do for this dress; colored pumps would stand out too much. This black and white pump is the perfect solution.

Little Black Dress

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. ~ Coco Chanel

Hair: [ Love Soul ] Hair*039-A*Auburn by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 5/bl) 09a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: *HD* Alexa – Black by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs *

Necklace and Bracelet: “R.A.Crystal”*Frola*W.P.necklace and “R.A.Crystal”*Frola*W bracelet by Rama Anatine for “R.A.Crystal”

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Nuria MJ B&W by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Sara Smile

Remember the 70s? For me the whole idea of that era smells like the inside of school buses and Bonne Bell Bubble Gum Lip Smackers and Love’s Baby Soft and Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific and wears satin baseball jackets. (I just showed my age card—ugh.) One of the sweetest love songs at the time was “Sara Smile,” which has been recently redone by The Bird and the Bee.

Sara Smile

I wrote this while hearing that song and decided that Harper needs to smile. (“Won’t you smile awhile for me, Sara?”) She sure smiles wearing this outfit from monica Outlander. Putting together two separates from her brand spankin’ new store (a building collaboration between monica and Valeries Muircastle), I pair this well drawn tank top with funky harem pants. One thing monica is willing to do is take risks with her fashion, and she succeeds, pairing slim with full, wild with sedate. I look forward to seeing what monica intends to do in her other store—she said it will be avant garde and pret a porter.

Sara Smile

Atop my head is another brilliant hit by Lamb Bellic. I think I am becoming a 50L Friday junkie based on Lamb’s hair alone. Her offering is often the most anticipated item for me and always a pleasure. I especially like the platinum blonde of this color. I don’t do blonde often or happily. Yet this one makes me smile.

Sara Smile

Finally, LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully have teamed up again, this time to make a platform pump for the best fashionistas. With the textured fringy ankle and the high curvy sole and heel, these shoes are funky and fierce all at once and fully in keeping with the LeeZu vision.

Sara Smile

When you feel cold, I’ll warm you
And when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you
It’s you and me…. forever

Hair: !lamb. Sugarless – Powder by Lamb Bellic for !lamb.

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/li) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Top: Miamai_Wool Tank Top Red by monica Outlander for Miamai

Pants: Miamai_Jeunesse Pants Red by monica Outlander for Miamai

Bangles: **DM** Lena Bangles Fire [no transfer] by DarionMonkee Levitt for [MONKEE]

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Red by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for *Courtisane*

More Spring Flowers

I can see more people have the same idea I do. We’re screaming for spring! (Apologies to all my friends in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Spring Flowers

Today’s visit to a springtime flower garden comes courtesy Nicky Ree. I think she’s in the same state of mind. I show here two sets actually, both using the same pattern from Nicky’s Autumn Dance collection (I bought both—I couldn’t decide.) First the shorter dance dress (which also comes in another version). With the ruffled neckline and flouncy ruffled skirt, this is at once sexy and girlish. The brilliant addition is the solid wide belt around the waistline—it makes the dress go from purely flowery to stylish.

This is the difference between a new designer and an expert—Nicky is able to wrangle her textures and prims into making the look she wants. Flowers go from proportionally small in the top to larger on the prims, the waistline shows as a solid piece even though it extends from the top to the skirt prim, prims are all perfectly placed and textured. Nicky controls what she does—she turns the “bugs” of designing in SL into “features.”

Spring Flowers

Then I show the Dance Gown. With its elegant line, full trained skirt, and detailed wrist it is a breath of fresh air—the first window open after a long winter indoors.

I found what I needed to gently compliment the dress at Maeve Mortlock’s store, Ear Candy. With every piece going for 59L, Maeve makes stocking my jewelry box inexpensive and delightful. Her earrings look like no one else’s—clearly Maeve has a great stash of beads and textures to work with and she uses them with joy. My biggest complaint? The jewelry is copy/no trans. I can’t give gifts. Otherwise Maeve would be making a lot more linden as I pass these baubles out to all my friends.

Spring Flowers

It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain

Hair: JE*REPUBLIC-Fran-Wine by Jungeun Vella for JE*REPUBLIC

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 10 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Long Dress: *DNR* Autumn Dance Gown & Pants – Lavender by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Short Dress: *DNR* Autumn Dance Dresses – Lavender by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for Love Soul

Necklace: Ear Candy ~ Purple Briolette Necklace by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Purple Briolette Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Pecan by Saki Galliazo for SKG Shoes (no longer available)

All About Business

Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for business looks in SL, especially since Amanda Linden wrote a blog about business appearance.

It’s not impossible to put together a business look here, especially if you get yourself outside the box of black suit and skirt. I am personally tired of that—that’s for lawyers and very uptight librarians. A professional woman can be found in a tailored sweater and skirt with a stylish scarf, as I show here.

All About Business

Betty Doyle has come out with a set of “Vintage Basics,” but I consider them regular basics. The system skirt has a great texture and shape (though for some reason, this one made my rear end look large so I “dieted” a little and shrunk my otherwise perfectly useful skinny skirt shape). And the sweater, with its ideally proportioned knit texture and wonderful sculpty shapes, has enough style to look beyond ordinary but is not outrageous.

All About Business

I accessorized with Tiffy Vella’s beautiful Wistaria set. She has done some absolutely exquisite work with jewelry in SL, combining killer skills in tiny prim building with gorgeous textures. This set comes with this beautiful scarf, earrings, and a ring. (It also has a necklace and bracelets you don’t see here.) And finally I pull out the classic Verve pumps from Onyx LeShelle.

I wear here a skin I custom made at Body Politik. Maximillion Grant and his partner Polly Pavlova didn’t make it for me–I made it myself on their handy dandy website, and I blogged about this wonderful idea. I received news today that they are now letting you customize in-world as well at their “Skin Creation Stations.” So get down to their store in-world—you may catch me there putting another one together.

All About Business

Getting down to it:

Hair: [V] Vignette Jaime Brick by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: TBP Infinity Custom Skin – Harper Beresford CYT-103353_1936 by Maximillion Grant for Body Politik

Sweater: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Edie :: Forest by Betty Doyle for Ingenue*

Skirt: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Memo :: Midnight by Betty Doyle for Ingenue*

Jewelry and Scarf: Eclectica_Purples_Wistaria by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

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

Business Time

I recently met with Gentle Heron of Virtual Ability, Inc. in world at my villa. We had met at SLCC and found we liked each other a lot and had a lot to share. Gentle’s organization was one of the first winners of the $10,000 USD Linden Prize. In collaboration with a number of residents, including my friend Pecos Bill, Gentle has raised the bar for non-profits in SL.

We specifically meant to discuss fashion for members of her group–people who are disabled and live in SL. They have various concerns—how do you wear a prim skirt if you are in a wheelchair and it hangs down, how do you dress if you are sight impaired, how do you seek the support of creators in world and bring awareness? Gentle estimates that 20% of our residency has some form of disability which hampers them in using SL. That’s a lot of folks who find enjoyment and fun but just need a little help and since I know a little bit about prim skirts, I wanted to help. We had a great meeting.

Business Time

To meet with Gentle, I wanted to dress appropriately for business. While she is an open-minded lady and actually a lot of fun, I wanted to show her how much I respected her work and her group by making my avatar reflect my seriousness (and my fashion savoir faire).

Business Time

So I chose this classy outfit from MEB’s 2009 Fall Collection. While MariaElena Barbosa uses photo sourced textures, she does so with skill and elegance. She has combined sculpty cuffs and collar in a manner that makes the silhouette of this blouse sharp and stylish. And the slacks look tailored and rich.

I will note that she includes the pair of shoes she shows in the panel photo with this outfit. I purchased another outfit where she showed boots in the photo and received shoes instead, which I found disappointing. MariaElena needs to work a little on truth in advertising.

Business Time

Autumn Hykova’s appropriately-named “Posh” was a perfect accompaniment to the outfit along with Pulse’s fresh Valeries Wheat/Blush skin. I accessorized with Cora Lu’s Steel Spikes for Paper Couture and of course, my favorite slingbacks from SKGShoes, the Alina Slingback Pumps.

Business Time

Businesswomen unite!

Hair: .:[ Tiny Bird ] :. Posh – Cinnamon by Autumn Hykova for Tiny Bird

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Blush by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: MEB : Avenue by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB

Earrings: p.c.; Steel Spikes by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Pecan by Saki Galiazzo for SKGShoes