Hot Enough for You?

Hot Enough for You?

If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?” ~ Steven Wright

Hot Enough for You?

It’s like it went from freezing miserable spring to boiling miserable summer in two days. What gives? Is this what we call global warming? All a girl can do is lie around in her bikini in the air of a fan, sipping blue-tinged froo-froo drinks and thinking about her next blog. My lounge is a new one from my pal Gin Galtier, with color change pillow and blanket (not that I need a blanket right now). My bikini is a pretty little thing from Saeya Nyanda, which covers without overcovering or undercovering. (Buttfloss just doesn’t feel comfy when you’re hot.) My hair is a pretty, casual style from Onyx LeShelle and this is day two of the hottest shoes on the grid from Siddean Munro.

Hot Enough for You?

The newest skin release from thebodyco was greeted with a bit of excitement in the Skin Addiction group. I ran over to see what all the excitement was about and was less than excited, to be honest. The vendors take a long time to rez,p and because they are all identical little tubes with teensy writing on them, they are hard to distinguish. For anyone who is not a native speaker, it has to be a daunting task. Then the skins themselves are pricey and the make-ups equally so. I chose the “Relax” makeup for a minimal look, and I got just what I paid for—I can’t tell the difference very much when I am wearing it. I wish I had found makeup demos or bigger images of the makeups offered.

Hot Enough for You?

That being said, the skin is lovely in a very different way than many skins. The body is sensuous and sexy with shadowing and details like hipbones, clavicle, nails, and even elbows that many skins lack. The face is sophisticated but not over-made or exaggerated. A composite of photo realism and hand sketching, this skin does not look like any others out there and that is probably a lot of win for people on the grid who don’t want to look like everyone else but DO want to be beautiful.  It’s up to you if the price is worth it.

Hot Enough for You?

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.” ~ Jane Austen

Hair: Maitreya Jordyn – Hazel by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: the body co. Orchid (03 Light) – black hair with the body co. Orchid (03 Light) – makeup (relax) by thebodyco for the body co. (worn on my personal shape—not the one provided)

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Bikini: Kyoot – Day Trip Bikini – Essaouira by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot

Shoes: Slink Lulu Stilettos Chocolate by Siddean Munro for SLink *

Lounge: elefantu [Piedra] Chocolate by Gin Galtier for elefantu

Fan: *atmosphere works* floor fan-D*001 (GD) by Daikick Gausman for atmosphere works

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Rusty

I am a little rusty with the old blog format, but you’ll all forgive me, wontcha? Because I will be bringing you some quality shopping and content each day again :)

Rusty

Like this ensemble I put together for a little Mad Max. With a couture jacket from LeeZu Baxter over a top from Calyn Canning and a little skirt I had from Saeya Nyanda, and I have something cooking here. This girl is tough and sexy. Actually, right now I am reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson and this girl reminds me a lot of Core.

Rusty

I really worked on this look, decking myself out in jewelry from ROZOREGALIA Braveheart—especially a great multiple piercing that is modifiable. My edgy hair is from Emelie Carter (I love these with the tattoos) and my sleek and sexy skin is from esra Noyes, who offers skins that are more glamorous and strongly made up for women who want a bolder look.

Rusty

My pal Rand pointed out these boots to me and they were the basis of the whole look. From the safety pinned socks over the laced up cuffs, to the nod to Victorianism, these boots from Tera Gearz are win-win all over. They could go from steampunk to retro apocalypse in a snap and might even look good with jeans.

Rusty

“Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is right in front of you, or else you will have no defense against the ugliness that will hem you in and come at you in so many ways.”  ~ Neal Stephenson, Anathem

Hair: 99Hair -IEKELENE -b1 with 99Hair -Shaved Tattoo LAYER -black T0 by Emilie Carter for 99 Elephants

Skin: DREAM INK-SF-MORGANA-T-16 by esra Noyes for Dream Ink *

Eyes: Prerelease eyes from Ikon Innovia for Fashism *

Jacket: [LeeZu!] Maria Jacket /olive by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Top: .dystopia. punisher torn shirt *shirt* by Calyn Canning for dystopia

Skirt: Kyoot Army – Dead Naga Mini (Black) by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot

Tights: Doppelganger Inc. – Knocked Up Knee Socks Brown by Syler Morgwain for Doppelganger

Boots: *DL* Kimiko – Urban High heels – boxed by Tera Gearz for Dirty Lynx

Earrings:+ROZOREGALIA+ *Gemma* EARRING4/A L and +ROZOREGALIA+ *Gemma* EARRING4/C R by ROZOREGALIA Braveheart for ROZOREGALIA

Belly Piercing: +ROZOREGALIA+*NORNIR*BELLY PIERCE1[Type3]Sl by ROZOREGALIA Braveheart for ROZOREGALIA

Tattoo: AITUI TATTOO – Zodiac – ASF Taurus I by Jesseaitui Petion for Aitui

Givenchy, Interpreted

I like to wander real life fashion blogs and online magazines, especially on my iPad (all sorts of glitzy apps, dontcha know). It’s fun to see what people have designed and understand what’s going on. But honestly, the last time I walked into a store and asked for “Givenchy,” it was perfume, and it was on sale. But SL is nothing if it’s not aspirational, so one can try to replicate Givenchy in SL, non?

Givenchy

An outfit was shown in Givenchy’s fall show in Paris that caught my eye. The whole collection was a bloodbath—Riccardo Tisci apparently likes his goth or his Twilight or something. (Incidentally, they show a white gown with red creeping up the hem, very similar to one sold by Terry Lightfoot of To-a-T). A description of the whole seasonal aesthetic on Habillées pour was about anxiety due to the recession. Therefore, there is a lot of black, nuns, mysticism, satan and death. They showed this outfit and described “a procession of ghost women who had plunged their hands into the belly of the beast.” Eek!

I thought the outfit was elegant and shocking all at once and I thought it could be replicated in SL. The day after seeing the outfit, I lucked upon this pantsuit from Fhara Acacia, which was being offered at the Dressing Room. I altered it slightly to match my model—I raised the pant leg and added sleeves I made myself to the arms. I left the belt—I realize it’s extraneous but it is so well made I couldn’t let it go. Gloves are made by me using a random texture and SL’s available clothing editors. Shoes are strappy couture pumps I showed recently from Sissy Pessoa. They suit the aesthetic.

Givenchy

I forewent the model’s hair and decided on an updo from Salut Erin that I really like. I believe it’s made to be paired with a much more “innocent” look but I am all for subverting the text ;)

My skin is from aida Ewing and purposefully chosen to give me that “model” look—made up, theatrical, extreme—especially the lips. I piled on the extreme with a makeup tattoo from Saeya Nyanda which gives me the heavily lined cat eye look. In any other circumstance, that eyeliner would look clumsy and overdone, but not here.

Givenchy

Written while listening to Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys doing “Desire.” (Click it—it’s not what you think ;))

Hair:*eha~ Chiko Black Ash by Salut Erin for *eha

Skin: -Glam Affair- SofiaV2- MedTan – 08 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Makeup: Kyoot Makeup – Feline (Autumn Forest) by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot

Outfit (minus sleeves): R.icielli – TDR  MARIAH + VANESSA SPC + GERMANOTTA by Fhara Acacia for R.icielli

Shoes: * Baiastice__Querelle_black by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Gloves and sleeves: Made by me

Let It Be Me

“If it’s a friend you need
Let it be me…”
~ Ray LaMontagne

I took a trip down to Tampa this weekend to visit my dear friend Raven Pennyfeather (yes, like in Real Life!) and I had the opportunity to meet the wonderful folks who have run the RFL Clothing Fair, Nevar Lobo and Amethyst Starosin (and it will have a different name this year—more coming soon). I also got to meet Cashel Rang and my dear friend SC Tracy (in the flesh)! It was hotter’n heck down there for me. I got home, and it seemed arctic in comparison. A cold front came through and gobsmacked me. I had to wear SOCKS! Then the winds cracked a huge branch off my favorite crab tree. (I have been moping all week.)

Fall in the Air

I also had to put on a sweater. This outfit reminds me of the whole ordeal. I start with a new jacket from LeeZu Baxter, the queen of texturing over sculpties and the goddess of building a terrific fashionable silhouette with them. Again, we see LeeZu’s complex but fashion-forward color ways and textures playing themselves out in this jacket. What is most impressive is the multiple prim sleeve she has made that articulates with the movement of the arm without showing gaps. The line of the sleeve moves directly into the collar in one seamless line. Excellent work!

Fall in the Air

The skin is a new one from Julliette Westerburg, part of the Designers United offerings and delicate with its gentle blush, porcelain skin and glossy neutral lips. Julliette’s style is definitely more illustrative than photo-real. You can see her strokes in the eyebrows and lips. It’s a unique look, reminiscent of colorized illustrations from the 50s. The pop of green on the eyelids is a last summer hurrah before the leaves turn red and orange.

Fall in the Air

Finally these lovely pastiche boots from LeeZu, illustrative of her texturing prowess AND building skill. I zoomed in very close on these boots and nary a flaw did I find. Every piece is in place and they fit perfectly (though the brand on the sole suggests they are “flexible size”). I suggest you get a pair just so you can gaze at their exquisite and detailed construction, from the stitching along the cuffs and along the sole to the buckles on the front and back to the pretty string tie holding them closed. You want to see art in SL? Look no further than my feet!

Fall in the Air

Written while listening to Ray LaMontagne sing “Let It Be Me,” a perfect melancholy fall song.

Hair: (fd) Lopsided Lilly – Golden Egg by Toast Bard for fashionably dead, available at the Hair Fair

Skin: -tb- {Light} DU Echo’s Meadow – Red Thick Brows by Julliette Westerburg for Tres Blah, available at Designers United 4

Jacket: [LeeZu!] Venus Jacket /darkbrown by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Top: ::P:: Petunia Maia Tank, Bronze by Aree Lulibub for .:Petunia

Pants: [KA] – Cuffed Pantaloons (Moss) by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot Army (modified with a darker color)

Boots: [LeeZu!] Dncorde Danse Booties /ambience by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Coquette

Every man’s dream is the woman who catches his eye across the club,  the one who smiles at him and catches his drift, the one who beckons him to come her way, buy her a drink, ask her to dance. Some men know the call and will go; some will get the call and not understand; some will never hear it.

Coquette

This might be the woman you want to get the call from. Dressed in a chic short skirt and flowy top, elegantly jeweled, you’ll wonder what she’s about. To dress her up, I have a top from Irie Campese, a pretty plum top with a great sculpty midriff that moves well with the avatar. I paired it with a skirt from Saeya Nyanda. I got this skirt a while ago but it works really well with this ensemble.

Coquette

I am showing the necklace that Sofi Trenkins offers as her RFL donation piece. Her work gets more and more impressive. This piece has a lovely reddish toned gem surrounded by silver with an eclectically shaped set of links. She smartly pairs more diminutive earrings with the set. Sometimes making earrings that are as bold as the necklace is a mistake. Make one piece the centerpiece—the others should accent it.

The skin is a new one from Heather Beebe and the coloring is perfect for this ensemble. Her skins are very nicely done, a happy medium between the more glossy or glowy skins and the matte model skins out there.

Coquette

Finally, I have boots from Rosie Lavochkin, her RFL donation. These are simple boots—sexy, easy to wear, not full of scripts and bling and blessedly, heel clicks. (Well she has invisiprims with and without. Just toss the “with” away and know you are walking the grid with class.)

Coquette

A wink, a smile, a toss of the hair..

Hair: W&Y HAIR New 75 in light black by yukitan Farrjones for W&Y

Skin: [ROCKBERRY] Kalista O natural/BLK brows/CLV by Heather Beebe for [ROCKBERRY] *

Top: {SMS} Antique Top Plum FLF by Irie Campese for So Many Styles

Skirt: Kyoot Army – Dead Naga Mini (Black) by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot Army

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

Necklace and earrings: Illyria (red-FATPACK) RFL by Sofi Trenkins for Sigma Jewels for RFL Fashion Fest

Boots: *Deviant Designs* Bliss (Black) by Rosie Lavochkin for Deviant Designs for RFL Fashion Fest

P.S. Please note my AWESOME new header, made in pity by Bryce Randt of Eclipse Development, who was tired of seeing my lame header.

Big fat kudos to Rob1977 Moonites of FIR who helped me put up a whole new blog that I have yet to migrate to because I am too busy and am a bad bad woman.