For Daisyblue

I logged in tonight to find out that a dear woman who was a vital part of fashion in SL in its earlier days passed away this week. I was so saddened to hear of this. Daisyblue Hefferman was my first contact to the world of fashion blogging. She was one of the fashion bloggers for the now defunct Linden Lifestyles, and she gave a weekly report on fashion happenings in SL. (This was before there were 1000s of bloggers–Linden Lifestyles was the go-to along with Second Style. Her content has, sadly, been removed from the site.) She came to SL as a librarian and contributed much to SL in that capacity, making her friends smile and enjoying SL in many capacities: as builder, fashionista, machinamist, educator, and always, librarian.

This outfit is dedicated to Daisyblue, who loved daisies, blue and Victorian. She also loved the work of Random Calliope and once recounted to me a memory of dancing with him among his flowers, which enchanted her, so I have taken photos at his once-sim, Ode, still beautifully kept by Elizabeth Tinsley.

For Daisyblue

I am showing a lovely Victorian dress from Teaa Demina with ample embellishment and beauty, suitable for a lady of Daisyblue’s magnificence.

For Daisyblue

I show with the new skin from Tuli Asturias. Its lovely bloom speaks to Daisyblue’s essence—truly a flower, a joy to her many friends in SL.

For Daisyblue

My condolences to her many friends, especially Krull Quar.

Hair: [V] Vignette Gibson Blond by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 4/li) :: 04b by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: M’Lady “Miss Brooke” by Teaa Demina for M’Lady Designs

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

Photographed at Ode

Spring Stripes

One of the most wonderful fashion fantasies in SL is to have a great big hat. Not just any old hat but one that you could wear to the Kentucky Derby or to some equally fabulous spring fete. While the Derby won’t be held until April, it pays to prepare.

Spring Stripes

Sascha Frangilli will fulfill your fantasy with her beautiful new hats, offered as a match to her beautiful sleek new gown. Varying from her customary textured full gowns, Sascha shows this lean gown with white highlights and an asymmetrical neckline punctuated by a flower with abstract feathers. It’s elegant and minimal.

Spring Stripes

But the stunner of the outfit is really the hat with its fluted wide brim and translucent striped texture. Tilted at an angle, it frames this beautiful face (courtesy of Tricky Boucher) and keeps the sunlight out of a lady’s eyes as she watches the racetrack. I chose a feminine but sleek hair from Rachel Boram and earrings from Random Calliope. With a sleek minimal simplicity to most of the look, the busyness of the flower and the boldness of the hat stand out and seem in proportion.

Spring Stripes

Win, place, show:

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

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 5 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: SAS – Pizarro by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha Designs *

Earrings: Earring – Pearl Stud (L) – White by Random Calliope for Worthwhile

Bracelet: Calla Ivory Pearl Bracelet by Tigerlily Koi for Calla

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

See my writing stint on Trace Osterham’s Twothreesixfive blog

Do Boys Make Passes…

at girls who wear glasses? I think a lot of men here would answer “Yes!” considering the number of brainy women in SL. If your girl is one of these kinds of girls, the kind who keeps “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” and a stack of O’Reilly books near her bedside, who quotes Anais Nin AND Dr. Dobbs, who can purr Neruda and Ruby in your ear, then this is the one for her.

Do Boys Make Passes...

First we have this delicious ensemble from Shai Delacroix, which includes elements of everything your favorite geek girl probably likes. First, with its brocaded fabrics, sweet lacy top on the panties and retro thigh highs, the outfit is imbued with romance.

Do Boys Make Passes...

Then there are the low cut back and panties sliding up the derriere—definitely sexy. Finally, with the ties wrapped around the neck and upper arms, tied around her waist and hips, there is a bit of bondage in the outfit, and honestly, geek girls all enjoy a touch of kink.

Do Boys Make Passes...

These sweet little shoes from Hays Uriza should make every thinking girl happy. With their twist on Mary Jane styling, from the criss-crossed straps to the platform sole to the shiny vinyl texture, they suit her need for a bit of practicality combined with clumsy girliness mixed with a naughty touch of latex.

Do Boys Make Passes...

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. ~ Anais Nin

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

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 4 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Intimates: *Shai* Chastity Lingerie Set – Black by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai

Glasses: HOC – Rectangle Framed Glasses #001 by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Shoes: HAYSURIZA-Cyndi-(Wedge-EnBlack)Pumps by Hays Uriza for * HAYSURIZA *  Rhizome Shop

Her favorite station today? KGRL, Sugar-Free Flower-Powered Radio. Her song? “Surprise” by Inara George

Precarious Perch

I went to the Shoe Fair, benefitting Toys for Tots, right before Thanksgiving, hoping to score some pretties for my feet.

Precarious Perch

I found quite a few beautiful shoes, but none were as unique and sculptural as those made by 2408 Alekseev. With their gracefully intertwining vines and flowers, the precarious sole and serpentine heel, these shoes are a piece of wearable art.

I have to say, I had a few problems fitting them (though they come with resize scripts and an amazing range of skin tones to match to), so I contacted the creator, 24, as she likes to be called, via notecard. She responded quickly and helpfully (and cheerfully and humorously). Turns out I have very small and delicate ankles, so she had to shrink the shoes down considerably. Go figure.

She IS featuring two pairs for one at the Shoe Fair, benefitting Toys for Tots, so you may want to purchase those so you can check out her work.

Precarious Perch

When the outfit is all about the shoes, you can’t wear something long or they will be hidden, so I chose this flirty party dress from Kuranosuke Kamachi. Going to DeLa is a hit or miss for me sometimes–Kuranosuke uses sculpties in risk-taking ways that sometimes don’t pan out. But for this dress, the work is impeccable. The skirt is a marvelous fluff of stiff satin.

Precarious Perch

I styled with simple but elegant jewelry from Tiffy Vella. When an outfit has one point of interest, there is no reason to over do it. The jewelry balances the outfit with a touch of elegance without excessiveness. And Tiffy’s work is always beautiful and exact.

Precarious Perch

Walking in glass slippers…

Hair: [V] Vignette Sophia Charcoal by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: *YS & YS* Zara 02 Smoke Black EB HairBase by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS *

Dress: =DeLa*= Dress “Leona” Black by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=

Necklace and Earrings: Eclectica Deco Pearl Strands Choker and Earrings by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: 24 wow 18 gold by 2408 Alekseev for 24 Shoo-Shoes and Haute Couture

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