Red Hot

Remember those little red candies, Red Hots? They were so spicy, so sweet and so pleasurably painful. One off a Christmas cookie or a handful in your mouth, you would breathe in their sweet memory lingering in your mouth even after the candy was gone, tickling your tongue, sparking a little heat.

Red Hot

Nicky Ree has recently made a dress with great lingerie underneath for the red hot woman in your life. With a dramatic skirt made in three parts (two prim sets to attach), this gown will take you from the dance floor to the bedroom in two simple clicks.

Red Hot

Once again we see Nicky’s beautiful texture work, her great prim building and her rich colors carried through this set. Add to that the versatility that Nicky always provides with her outfits (opaque and translucent system pieces included) and her exacting quality, and this ensemble is a great value.

Red Hot

To suit an outfit this hot, I needed to wear Queue Marlowe’s new susanna hair, long thick silky locks that curl behind the shoulders and fall down the back in luxurious waves. Queue has made a long hair style with face-framing bangs that works well in poses (I had almost no cutting into my body—it fell gracefully in almost every pose).

Nena Janus’ beautiful skin makes my red hot look complete with its gorgeously highlighted curves and sensuous makeup.

Red Hot

Blogging with a mouthful of candy:

Hair: AD – susanna copper by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Apricot- Cleavage by Nena Janus for *League* *

Lingerie: *DNR* Mia Baroque Style Lingerie Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Kurvy Ruby Slippers -Exclusive Gift- by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

Power Point

Shenlei Winkler of the Fashion Research Institute has asked me to speak for a series they are doing in SL. I will be presenting at 3 pm slt today at their location to speak about “’Fashion’ Marketing in Virtual Worlds.” It’s nothing earth shattering but you are welcome to come see my pedestrian slides and hear my dulcet tones.

Power Point

That being said, the obvious question will be what will I wear?! If I were smart, I would keep you in suspense, but I am even smarter because I need to show an outfit in today’s blog, and I struck upon the perfect one. This suit and skirt set is a new offering from Nicky Ree and done up in her typical cosmopolitan and elegant style. As usual, Nicky combines the skillful use of prims with great textures. Classy pumps from Tya Fallingbridge (with black accents) complete the ensemble.

Power Point

I wear a dark red lipstick over my skin from Minnu Palen. This set was the first I found that offered the lipsticks on the tattoo layer. Now many skin makers are offering such an option, and it’s a welcome. My one twist from conventional is Truth Hawks’ hair with a streak, further echoing the black and red color theme.

Power Point

“Power corrupts and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.” ~ Vint Cerf

Hair: >TRUTH< Bonnie Streaked – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup5(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Deep Red by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Suit: *DNR* Trixie V1 Sweater Set in Black Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails – Cherry III by Nicole David for Armidi

Shoes: PM Kavika : Red by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode

Better Off Red

I got a chance to enjoy the beautiful music at DBC again today. I really really have to tell you folks that this is an exceptional opportunity to enjoy excellent jazz on Wednesday afternoons (evenings in Europe), performed live at a club in Zurich, Switzerland, called Jazz Baragge. JfR Beaumont and Mady Schumann stream SL into the club while they stream the video from the club back at us. Between sets they talk to people in SL and at the club. They also stream the show on the web so you catch watch and listen to it there and chat to the folks in SL and vice versa on a chat bridge. You want to tell the saxophonist he is amazing? They will relay the message for you. AND you can get the performances in podcasts from iTunes.

Better Off Red

The outfit has nothing to do with the Jazz Baragge except I wrote this blog while listening to some great jazz (and the guy at the mic speaking in German while JfR was commentating in French.. oh my brain.) I am donning this sexy red outfit by Alissa Phaeton because I have had it in queue to be blogged for so long. The corset with the dropped sleeves is seductive with a great fishnet stocking to complete the outfit. Wear it alone or with a skirt—it’s sexy and fun.

Better Off Red

I love wearing it with a red lipstick, this one from a former offering from Tuli Asturias for The Dressing Room. I am looking forward to more Helena skins. My favorite blonde shade from Truth Hawks is “seaspray,” and I show it in this great ponytail with color changing band. A pretty tied collar from Ameshin Yossarian finishes off the outfit.

Better Off Red

Finally, the boots are a new offering from Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter. With their finely textured vamp and great heel, these boots are going to be a new hit on the grid. Looking closely you can see LeeZu’s artistic work with strips, polka dots and grunge flourishes. Back up and you see the great stacked bands of leather running around the calf.

Better Off Red

My secret fantasy is to go to Zurich some day to see Jazz Baragge on a Wednesday night. Just sayin’…

Hair: >TRUTH< Tara – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Helena 02 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: *Urbanista* Kai Bodysuit – red by Alissa Phaeton for *Urbanista*

Collar: Haesy Choker – Red by Ameshin Yossarian for Curious Kitties

Nails: Armidi – (True Enhance) Painted Nails – Cherry III by Nicole David for Armidi

Boots: .*Courtisane*. Esprit De Sable RED by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for Courtisane *

Red Letter Day

When I am gone, I hope it is said, “Her clothes were scarlet, and her blog was read!” (Adapted from a quote by Hilaire Belloc)

Scarlet

Red is one of my favorite colors to wear. It looks good on Harper and on her driver in RL. It connotes intensity, vibrancy, happiness (in the East), power and action. Nicky Ree’s newest dress, based on a design by Yves Saint Laurent (and quite beautifully inspired), is a deep gorgeous red that suits me perfectly.

Nicky has really pushed herself with this design and shows her ingenuity and skill throughout. First she starts with a sheer blouse topped by a jacket and enhanced with a sheen in the texture that lends the material richness. She takes that sheerness another whole level with her sheer sleeves, which are a brilliant touch. Her slit skirt, with the slit system skirt and slit system pants make the slit skirt perfect—she does everything right through all the layers.

Scarlet

My skin is from Aida Ewing, who has recently come out with this line of skins. Aida’s work is developing a sophistication that is going to put her in the A-list of skin makers very soon. Her make-ups are daring but pretty. She is balancing the eye make-up with the lips now and her eyebrows are lovely. I look forward to seeing what Aida makes in the future.

Scarlet

My very hot shoes are new from Kuranosuke Kamachi. With the combo ribbons AND the leather strap, they come off very “real” and fashionable. The shoes come with a hud for color changing and changeable toe nails plus toe rings. The best detail on the shoes is the platform and the leather straps in my opinion. They make the shoe fantastic.

Scarlet

The woman in red:

Hair: fri. – Tatum – Sensitive Black by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skin: -Glam Affair- Castalia- MedTan – 04 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Dress: *DNR* Laurent Collection in Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Shoes: =DeLa*= Sandal “Marie” Red by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=

Red Nails

Someone has been bothering me about my lack of red hair lately, so here it is. The whole blog is based on the color red, in fact, because I recently got my RL toe nails painted OPI Red, and I am delighted. (It’s the small things in life, it really is.)

Red Nails

I start with a dress from Neferia Abel’s new summer collection. Neferia is a veteran designer in SL—her textures are elaborate, artistic and fashionable. Her designs are well-informed both from RL fashion history and from practiced SL design. This dress is a festive party dress, sexy and pretty. The red accents work perfectly to give the black and silver print pop.

Red Nails

I wear a pretty red-bowed hair from Truth Hawks. (Here is the red hair, darn it!) And red lipsticked skin from Tuli.

Red Nails

Finally, the centerpiece of this whole article, these TOES. Nardya Rousselot has outdone herself with a new set of prim toe shoes that have gorgeous toes. I am fussy about my prim toes. Some are too thin, some are too piggy, some are just unrealistic. Nardya’s are pretty and well shaped with lovely nail colors. This pair of shoes comes from a collection that has the most amazing flowered and solid textures on a very sexy strappy silhouette. I may end up getting the whole fat pack AND the special extra toenail hud Nardya sells. I have found my new addiction.

Red Nails

“When in doubt, wear red.” ~ Bill Blass

Hair: >TRUTH< Nadia – cherry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 3/bl) :: 06b by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: -L`Abel- Mily silver dress by Neferia Abel for L’Abel *

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Breezie Spring Black&White by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

Saucy

Sometimes you just gotta strut around the grid in a short short skirt and show your assets.

Saucy

Check out this sweet little number from sachi Vixen, the queen of the original avatar (because she and her partner Damen made most of the avatars newbies get today and they are a vast improvement to what we had back when I started). With a professional doing the work, we see the great shadowing and wrinkles, the rich color, and the fine details of the lace on the bodice and in the flirty prim skirt.

Saucy

Then add to it this full and gorgeous hair from Queue Marlowe, the woman who is known for her ubiquitous lush and loopy locks. Add to it a glowing skin from Tuli Asturias that makes all the boys look (check out those legs)!

Saucy

And finally, these must-have killer sandals by Anubis Hartunian, who offers quite a number of chic and sexy prim toe shoes at her store. (Check out the design on these. Rowr!)

Saucy

You are a saucy little thing aren’t you? ~ Simon Cowell Why yes, yes I am.

Hair: AD-lykke brown sugar by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 5/bl) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Adam n Eve Clothes Edge Red by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve

Shoes: *ANUDA* – Intense deep red by Anubis Hartunian for Anubis Style

Poses: Everglow poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

Trinket

I am a victim to cute things, pieces of jewelry, trinkets. I styled this WHOLE LOOK around the necklace around my neck.

Trinket

Let’s dispense with the trinket. I got this darling little necklace and the matching bangles at a little out-of-the-way place courtesy of a friendly tip. Inexpensive and cute, I just like what Spinnetje Jewell has crafted.

That being said, I wanted to build on the reds and blacks so I started with a jewelry-displaying top from Sysy Chapman, part of a larger fat pack. With its well crafted sheen, clean edges, and sexy cut, it’s very typical of Sysy’s great work.

The skirt is a shortie from LeeZu Baxter she recently released. LeeZu, for all her extravagant textures and complicated couture, shows she has the chops to make an eensy mainstream skirt too.

Boots are from one of those random dispenser things, this one located at “anuenue. I love these boots that Marea Kirax made and I think I must have bought at least 10 pairs trying to get red (which I never got). They are, however, transferable. Go try your luck and send your friends your doubles.

Trinket

Nails are another trinket, and I got these beauties from Candy Nail for the Hunting 9 hunt, which is quite rewarding but also exasperating. I am not a big hunt fan, but this was only 9 items and at great content makers. I ended up purchasing at almost all of them because something pretty inevitably caught my eye.

The hair I love. Truth Hawks just came back with this great style, which will find its way on my head over and over. I love the textures, the shape and most importantly, the streaks, which are menu controlled. I keep putting the hair on and changing the streak colors. Give me a streak over a bow any day!

Trinket

Don’t even ASK about my inventory….

Hair: >TRUTH< Sylvia Streaked – mocha by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 5/bl) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Top: SYSY’s Anais-top(layer1)-1tone-indianred by Sysy Chapman for SYSY’s *

Skirt: [LeeZu!] O`LaLa Micro Jeans Skirt /blue ink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Necklace and Bracelet: !Spiders*  Necklace and Bangles ‘Kokeshi Doll’ by Spinnetje Jewell for !Spiders*

Nails: Candy Nail #H9 STUDS LADY’S by peche Bury for Candy Nail (part of the Hunting 9 hunt)

Boots: “anuenue. Patchwork Ribbon boots*secret1(BLACK) by Marea Kirax for “anuenue.

Poses by Diesel Rogan of Diesel Works Animations *

Beautiful Red Dress

“I’ve got a beautiful red dress
And you’d look really good standing beside it..
I’ve got some beautiful new red shoes
and they look so fine
I’ve got a hundred and five fever and it’s high tide…”

~Laurie Anderson, “Beautiful Red Dress”

Today is my birthday, and I greeted with great happiness the news of Laurie Anderson’s new album, Homeland, coming out. As some of you know, I have the above quote from Laurie Anderson in my SL profile (a quote I have carried with me since that song came out in the early 90s). I greatly admire her work and the being she projects, one who is full of life and passion and generosity with smiles and dimples and a short woman’s quiet strength.

Beautiful Red Dress

Of course, it would make utter sense that I would wear a beautiful red dress on my birthday. (And you’d look really good standing beside it.) Today I wear a stunner from Nicky Ree, a long elegant dress that says all of what I hope Harper is: elegant, sexy, sophisticated.

Beautiful Red Dress

I have red hair, this time a sleek bob from boo Nakamura. Red hair is how I started my life in SL (after I eliminated the brown system hair I had made). Harper, regardless of all the different iterations I put myself through, is a redhead, and an unnaturally red redhead (as opposed to a carrot top).

I wear a skin from Tuli Asturias with red lips and the sort of sophisticated face shape I like seeing. The eyebrows are impeccable, the lips, full and beautiful, and the eye shadows are shimmering and arresting.

Finally I wear jewelry that was given to me by Random Calliope on my RL birthday two years ago before he released it for sale. It was the most thoughtful gift I received that year in SL or RL.

Beautiful Red Dress

”Well, push my button, baby
Here I come!”

~Laurie Anderson, “Beautiful Red Dress”

Hair: booN KRC190 hair red by boo Nakamura for booN

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

Beautiful Red Dress: *DNR* Fiona Gown Set in Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Jewelry: Tesselations – Deep Ruby by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Beautiful Red Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

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*

Sriracha Sauce

Today I was thinking about the hot sauce that I see around in restaurants—that thick red sauce in a huge squeeze bottle with the rooster on the front. It’s vaguely Thai or Vietnamese and a little is more than enough.

Sriracha Sauce

Vlinder Reitveld, who spends half her life travelling around Asia and the other half bringing it to SL, makes this Vietnamese dress pretty hot with her sparkling red textures and attention to detail. Notice the sculpty mandarin-style collar, the jewels that come off the top of the skirt onto the tummy, and the great prim overlay coming off the halter top (shown below, though not above).

Sriracha Sauce

I show the dress with a stunning makeup from Tuli Asturias’ new Eva line and a great ponytail from Falastear Aeon that I have been waiting to use and have finally found the best place.

Sriracha Sauce

These great little shoes were one of Vlinder’s offerings for the RFL Clothing Fair. I see she now has them in a Midnight Mania board at her shop—tap that board. I really love their kitten heel silhouette and Asian brocade texture. (Why can’t I find more kitten heels in SL?) I would love to see Vlinder make more colors.

Sriracha Sauce

Just a little heat, a little kick:

Hair: LH_hair29_irene_black_dark by Falastear Aeon for Little Heaven

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 5/bl) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: **Vlintuition My-Duyen Ao Dai Gown – Scarlet Sparkle by Vlinder Reitveld for Vlintuition

Bangles: (Shiny Things) Ruma bangles – silver by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Shoes: **Vlintuition Chinese Brocade Heels by Vlinder Reitveld for Vlintuition