Optimist

Optimist

Waiting, but I don’t mind
I’m all bus stops and heat
I’m neon in your daylight
I’m the optimist of 30th Street
How it is is how it oughta be

~ “Optimist” by David Byrne and St. Vincent

Optimist

When you see the buds on the trees, Radiohead drops a new song, sunshine arrives, you can’t help but be an optimist. I put together a casual, about-town outfit and strolled the streets of St. Pete’s City. My top and jacket are Ariadne Garrigus’ newest separate with a texture change HUD for the top and sweatshirt. She gives you a ton of cute patterns and solids for the top. I matched them up with the funky harem-style pants from AscendSL that comes with a color-change HUD and bejeweled sandals from Lilo Denimore, both featured at Shiny Shabby. Aikea Reiko has a selection of darling embossed handbags and Empyreanforge has a terrific bracelet set with texture change HUD at Shiny Shabby.

Optimist

Queue Marlowe is bringing this great ponytail back from the Fantasy Faire and putting it in her store soon. My skin is Inka Mexicola’s generous group gift for the Essences fans, a system skin with all the beauty we are accustomed to from Inka. And I am totally in love with these gorgeous eyes from Audrey Lamede for Cosmopolitan Room.

Optimist

Hair: AD – omega – LIGHT BROWNS by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Essences – Hope *medium01* brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences *

Eyes: .ID. Cosmic Eyes / Dark Brown by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard, available at the Cosmopolitan Room

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.02 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top with jacket: ***ArisAris~Gara36~Imagine~jacket and shirt~ MAITREYA by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Pants: //Ascend// Inga Harem Pants – Maitreya Lara by ascendsl for Ascend, available at Shiny Shabby *

Necklace: (Yummy) Small Crystal Necklace  – Silver by Polyester Partridge for Yummy

Bracelet: EF: Ankara Bracelet Left – Gold by EmpyreanForge for Empyrean Forge, available at Shiny Shabby *

Hip chains:  Hip Chain – Babette – FULL SET – Curvy – BLACK – V1 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer

Handbag: :[P]:- Amy Rose Bag [Down Hold]:// Love by Aikea Rieko for The Plastik, available at Shiny Shabby *

Sandals: :::ChicChica::: Nancy Mokko by Lilo Denimore for ChicChica, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Taken at St. Pete’s City

Optimist

Investment

Investment

Invest yourself in everything you do. There’s fun in being serious. ~ John Coltrane

Investment

I made a visit to the Citadel, a beautifully constructed sim, to enjoy the views and the interiors in my new dress from Azraellll, a 100% original mesh piece directly from Paris. I love the classiness of the dress, especially paired with sexy shoes from Senzati0n Domenitzo for Whore Couture that she is putting out March 15. A chic little bracelet from Aleida Rhode completes the look.

Investment

I wore Umazuma Metaluna’s applier for the Arcade, the rare, which comes without makeup, and I wanted to dress up the look so I chose eyeshadow from Alaska Metropolitan and lipstick from Mea Carnell, and I blended them to give a muted look. I love how they dressed up this beautiful face. Curly lush hair from Queue Marlowe completes the look, swept to the side with an additional flexi attachment.

Investment 

Hair: AD – rae – BLACKS by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-SIMONE 1.5 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Chiara (LeLutka Applier) 1 (toffee) RARE by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery], available at The Arcade *

Eye makeup: alaskametro<3 “Muse” eyeshadow – Lelutka HUD by Alaska Metropolitan for AlaskaMetro *

Lipstick: Meva Lelutka Lips Applier by Mea Carnell for Meva *

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.01 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Venus~ Dark Brown Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: :-:Chambre Rose:-: Catherine purple For Maitreya by Azraellll for :-:Chambre Rose:-: *

Bracelet: Elysium – Ichtaca bangle – charcoal/silver by Aleida Rhode for Elysium by Aleida Rhode, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Shoes: Essenz – Montgomery (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Whore Couture on March 15 *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Taken at The Citadel, built by Lesk Alzael

Investment

Eastern Romance

Eastern Romance

The moon tries every month in vain
To paint a picture of your face;
And, having failed to catch its grace,
Destroys the work, and starts again.

~ Dharmakirti

Eastern Romance

The RFL Home & Garden Expo is opening on February 14, a perfect day to do double duty in the love department. First, you can go shopping with your sweetie to update your home or buy a new one and second, you can give love to the millions of lives the American Cancer Society helps save with their research, education and outreach.

I am giving you a Bollywood version of romance because I want to remind you that the ACS doesn’t just help people in the US, but also people around the world in conjunction with their many affiliate organizations, Remember, cancer doesn’t know a nationality, so research and education developed via ACS can help anyone. And besides, I love romance and Bollywood romances are the best!

I realize it’s rather incongrous that two people in Indian outfits (most of them supplied by Zaara Kohime, who is, as we all know, the chief devi of Indian wear in SL) should be standing in front of a Japanese temple but in this case it makes complete sense as the temple is one of the items that Ryo Ixxel and Ouka Ugajin are offering with 100% of the proceeds going to RFL. It’s a magnificent structure and a beautiful addition to the sims, which are all named “Hope” and were planned and constructed by Kaerri Rae, Cain Maven and Reven Rosca, who are the generous and frazzled organizers of this year’s RFL H&G.

Eastern Romance

Mr. Karthikeyan Engineer is my willing but handsome victim in these “wedding” photos. (A miracle because he’s usually outfitted as a panda.) He made the garland you see both of us wearing, which includes a texture change for different parts of the garland in the fatpack. The garland is a traditional item for the bride and groom in Indian weddings. He is also contributing two other items that will give 100% to RFL–a treasure chest and a dallawali cart (which I hope to somehow feature in another blog because it’s so cool). Karthikeyan is, as you might guess, in India and loves teaching about his culture and life in Southern India.

Besides wearing Zaara’s beautiful clothing and jewelry, I piled on the beauty, which is how an Indian bride is presented to her husband traditionally. Since many Hindu Indian marriages are arranged, the bride arrives bedecked and bejeweled so that the couple’s tour around the fire three times for their wedding ceremony allows the groom to see her sparkle and shine before they enter into their new life together. I was able to combine a darker skin from one of Umazuma Metaluna’s appliers for the Catwa Annie head with an exotic liner from Demi Placebo. Henna mehendi on my arms and hands is traditional makeup and Leti Hax has made a perfect applier that doesn’t go all over the body. My romantic poses are part of a wedding set from Olaenka Chesnokov that I slightly altered with Avimote Posemaker.

Eastern Romance

Hair: AD – top shelf – DARK BROWNS by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, avialable at Hairology *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Annie V4.5 by Catwa Clip for CATWA

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Sienna (Catwa Applier) mocca by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

Makeup: .euphoric ~Nefertiti Eyeliner ~[Catwa] by demi Placebo for .euphoric

Eyes: .ID. Attraction Eyes / Mesh by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Outfit: Zaara : [Mesh] Chandni lehenga *scarlet* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Garland: MI Garland Female by Karthikeyan Engineer for Mesh India, available at RFL Home & Garden Expo (opens February 14) *

Henna tattoo: Letis Tattoo :: Mehndi :: H15005 :: by Leti Hax for Letis

Jewelry by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

  • ZC : Nizam bajubandh (arm band) *white*
  • ZC : Nizam Choodiya (bangles) gold *white
  • ZC : Nizam Jhumka (earring) *white*
  • ZC : Nizam necklace (long) *white* (chest)
  • ZC : Suvarna kundan head jewel 2
  • ZC : Suvarna kundan necklace
  • ZC : Suvarna kundan nose ring
  • ZC : Suvarna payal (anklet)

Shoes: Zaara : Janya jeweled sandals *crimson* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo Studio *

Taken with the [[RH]] GOJYUNOTOU -Japanese Temple Tower-  (exclusive) by Ryo Ixxel and Ouka Ugajin for  [[RH]] Design House, available at RFL Home & Garden Expo (opens February 14) *

Poses assisted by Avimote PoseMaker PE 1.02 by Avimote Dreamscape for Avimote *

Taken using the LUMIPro 2016 HUD by Stefan Buscaylet *

Model: Karthikeyan Engineer

Taken at the RFL Home & Garden Expo

Eastern Romance

The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

“How peaceful life would be without love. How safe, how tranquil… and how dull.” ~ Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Valentine’s Day is coming up so a long of roses are going to be gifted through Marketplace in the next couple weeks.I am wearing an outfit from Ariadna Garrigus that’s a taste of sexy for strolling the grid. With mesh jeans, a draped silky tank and a nicely shaped jacket on top, it’s a great look for going out or shopping. I wore Senzati0n Domenitzo’s boots for Shiny Shabby with it and Maxi Gossamer’s new heart-filled pearl choker for Fameshed. It has color change for both black and white.

The Name of the Rose

Not everyone on the grid is sold on mesh heads yet, and this skin is a beautiful look for a Valentine. This time she has blond brows, so I am able to wear one of Queue Marlowe’s gorgeous new lush looks with abundant curls.

The Name of the Rose

Hair: AD – deborah – LIGHT BLONDES by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin:  .::WoW Skins::. 2016 Victoria Bronze by sawsan Secretspy for.::WoW skins::., available at SWANK *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Gigi eye -Deep Blue- by Keiba for [UMEBOSHI], available at SaNaRae

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.02 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Outfit: ***ArisAris~Gara23~Light My Fire by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Constanina – Low Neck by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Boots: Essenz – Glasgow (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Goizane for Fashiowl, available at the Thrift Shop (opening February 7) *

The Name of the Rose

Feels Like Home

Feels Like Home

Feels like home to me, feels like home to me,
Feels like I’m on my way back where I come from.
Feels like home to me, feels like home to me,
Feels like I’m on my way back where I belong.

~ “Feels Like Home” as done by Randy Newman

Feels Like Home

I recently redecorated a part of my home to enjoy some of the fantastic furniture and décor I was seeing at recent events. Kalia Firelyte’s great rug and fireplace from ROMP provide the center of the grouping with chairs from ValiantCo featured at Collabor88 and Fameshed. Sway Dench has made drawers and rugs for this month’s colorful theme at The Liaison Collaborative. Gachas from Kunst  Himmel and Anaisterpellie and DanielEstro provided fine accessories. I want to note that Anaisterpellie/DanielEstro’s pieces are usually based on a white palette BUT because they leave them mod, a person can recolor, retexture or just rip pieces apart as they like to decorate (please note the wreath on the wall came off one of their pieces and I recolored elements of their other work). Thank you for letting me mod!

To relax at home I am wearing a romantic gown from Aikea Reiko that comes in many luscious colors (as I don’t think Aikea sees any problem with giving you the rainbow and then some). As always, the textures are rich and beautiful with lush shades and ombres. Caelan Hancroft’s choker/collar from ROMP (which includes texture change for the metals and the center stone) is a lovely piece of jewelry or, if needed, open collar for other kinds of play.

Feels Like Home

My beautiful face is Gael Streeter and ElleEtGance’s mesh head collaboration (which I will call the “GA:EG Adriana Mesh Head” because that’s the brand name, regardless that it is hard to search and clumsy to type). With a very user-friendly HUD that was plug n play (which I will show in a subsequent blog post), layers for makeup, and most important to me, Omega compatibility, I think I am going to find myself wearing this head more and more. It does include expressions which, I find, are not as versatile as the Logo or LeLutka heads but as expressive as the Catwa head. I wish the makeups had the translucency control that other heads have. However, I found they went on lickety split, and I didn’t have the kind of rezzing issues I often have with the Catwa head.

Most importantly, the face is aesthetically pleasing to me. The cheekbones are a bit high but having adjusted my head length up and down and front to back, I was able to find a look that was pleasing. I did not have to mess with my mesh eyes very much as I do with Catwa and even Logo (thank you, thank you) and I found I could wear this skin from Sawsan Secretspy without problems when I wore the Omega converter. The head fit my Maitreya body to a T. It seems the creators have thought of almost everything one will need but I will keep working with it and tell you more.

Feels Like Home

Hair: AD – meredith – DARK REDS by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available at Hairology *

Mesh head: [GA.EG] Adriana Mesh Head by Gael Streeter and ElleEtGance for GA:EG *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. Olivia BRONZE 2016 OMEGA ADV APPL. by sawsan Secretspy for.::WoW skins::., available at the Designers Circle *

Eyes: .ID. Attraction Eyes by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard, available at The Men’s Dept

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: :[P]:- Kaciala Dress [FIT]:// Peony by Aikea Rieko for The Plastik *

Choker: Cae :: Devotion :: Collar by Caelan Hancroft for Cae, available at ROMP *

Nail appliers: [LB Solid Brushed S1 Reds] *Maitreya* Manicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

 

Décor:

[ kunst ] – Hector’s Shelf Gacha  by Kunst Himmel for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*

  • .2 [ kunst ] – Rustic wall hanging bulbs RARE
  • .3 [ kunst ] – Potted plant
  • .7 [ kunst ] – Potted plants
  • .4 [ kunst ] – Hector’s penny-farthing

 

Jian :: Hearthside Living – Rug (Adult) by Kalia Firelyte for Jian, available at ROMP *

Jian :: Hearthside Living – Fireplace by Kalia Firelyte for Jian, available at ROMP *

Jian :: Hearthside Living – Fireplace Barrier by Kalia Firelyte for Jian, available at ROMP *

 

Sway’s [Ihina] chest of drawers . tall by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Sway’s [Ihina] chest of drawers . small by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Sway’s [Ihina] Rug no fringes by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

 

[ zerkalo ] Vintage Entryway by DanielEstro and Anaisterpellie for [ zerkalo ], available at

  • [ zerkalo ] Vintage Entryway – Lamp – RARE
  • [ zerkalo ] Vintage Entryway – Branch Board
  • [ zerkalo ] Vintage Entryway – Candles
  • [ zerkalo ] Vintage Entryway – Crate with Candles

[ zerkalo ] Winter Dream – Books1 by DanielEstro and Anaisterpellie for [ zerkalo ], available at Shiny Shabby *

 

[Con.] The Cave – Tub Chair – A – Brown by ValiantCo for Consignment, available at Collabor88 *

[Con.] Oversized Corner Chair – Brown A by ValiantCo for Consignment, available at Fameshed *

 

Taken using the LUMIPro 2016 HUD by Stefan Buscaylet *

Feels Like Home

Bringing Home the Tree–KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 11

Bringing Home the Tree–KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 11

“…freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin – inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…” ~ John Geddes

Bringing Home the Tree--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 11

Loch Noble just reopened their sim and a fresh coat of snow has fallen with more coming down. It’s coated the whole beautiful village with a white blanket and made it perfectly charming and wintery. I took a late morning run over to check out the storefronts and get my tree. (OK, it’s the sim “tree on a car” but work with me here…) I felt very seasonal in Aryiana Novelli’s supposedly ugly sweater for Christmas on 34th Street, though I think it’s absolutely charming with the clever use of multiple translucent layers to make it look soft. Chantal Mynx’s cowl for FROST provides colorful warmth, as do Izzie Button’s tights for TLC. And they matched my boots from Hera Aviatik, which are also for FROST. Pretty earrings from AvaGardner Kungler for this month’s On9 (which I downsized quite a bit) and a berry cluster from Abraxxa Anatine make the whole look seasonal and pretty.

Bringing Home the Tree--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 11

Thank goodness for Mavi Beck’s darling holiday poses for TLC because they worked great for this set of photos. I am wearing Sawsan Secretspy’s new skin for Winter Trend on the Catwa Jessica head and I added shadows from Alaska Metropolitan that she is offering at a rock bottom price at Anybody. I have fallen in love with Constance Daehlie’s eyes for Winter Trend (which you will see over and over for the next few weeks). She offers system and mesh eyes. And the final and most glorious part of my look is Queue Marlowe’s gift for the KittyCats & Friends Advent Calendar for today—an amazing topknot that includes three different HUDs for your wearing pleasure.

Bringing Home the Tree--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 11

Hair: AD – sardine – LIGHT BROWNS available December 11 for the KittyCatS and Friends Advent Calendar at the KittyCats Wonderland Sim *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Jessica V4.2 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. Anais GOLDEN 2016 OMEGA ADV APPL. by sawsan Secretspy for.::WoW skins::., available at Winter Trend *

Eye shadow applier: alaskametro<3 “Creme Duo” eyeshadow – Omega HUD by Alaska Metropolitan for AlaskaMetro, available at Anybody *

Eyes: #adored – nova eyes – thunderstorm by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Winter Trend *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Sweater: {Lyrical} My Ugly Sweater (White) by Aryiana Novelli for {Lyrical}, available at Christmas on 34th Street *

Legging appliers: Izzie’s – Maitreya Lara – Applier Reindeer Tights by Izzie Button for Izzie’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative

Hair stick: EarthStones Hair Branch Hair Stick – Berries by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones *

Scarf: {MYNX} Isle Knit Scarf – Rose by Chantel Mynx for {MYNX}, available at FROST (opening December 13) *

Earrings: (Kunglers) Cintia earrings – Topaz by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at On9 *

Nail appliers: #adored – ombregon mani {maitreya} by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Anybody *

Boots: Latreia- Cozy Tan (Lara)  by Hera Aviatik for Latreia, available at FROST (opening December 13) *

Poses: Ma Vie. – White Xmas by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Car: [Con.] Tilbury Roadster RARE red by ValiantCo for Consignment, available at The Arcade *

Taken using the LumiPro HUD V3.41 by Stefan Buscaylet *

Poses assisted by Avimote PoseMaker PE 1.02 by Avimote Dreamscape for Avimote *

Taken at Loch Noble

Bringing Home the Tree--KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 11