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)

Black Heart in Love

I promised I would be bringing in some new stuff for Valentine’s Day gifts and I am getting there… but first one more evening gown.

Black Hearts in Love

Mariska Simons is known for her sexy lingerie but she has expanded out to evening wear as well. In simple black, this gown is elegant and simple. A halter top leads to a low cut open back and opera-length gloves dress the outfit up. I would say this dress is on par with most nicely done evening dresses in SL—nothing overly spectacular about the textures or shape. However, it comes with a bonus….

Black Hearts in Love

Underneath the gown is a set of sexy lingerie. You didn’t really think I would get out of there with a simple long gown, right? I mean.. come on! The best part of this gown is the pretty underthings, which include the bodice you see with the gown but also a garter belt, stockings, and panties. So after a long night of dancing and romancing, you can go home and get busy.

Black Hearts in Love

I show a beautiful skin from Nicole Button, ideal for certain women of color. With its glossy dark red lips and kohl-lined eyes and sweet little beauty mark on the chin, it’s a delicious sultry skin.

Black Hearts in Love

Black hearted but not cold hearted:

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

Skin: .:ICONIC:. Tamya ::Delicious:: by Nicole Button for .:ICONIC:.

Dress with Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Wistful: Black Satin Gown by Mariska Simons for Blacklace Lingerie

Necklace and Earrings: JCNY – NY@NIGHT Collection, Jewelry by JD Hansen for JCNY

Shoes: Black Stiletto Slingback Pumps by Saki Galliazo for SKG Shoes (no longer available :( )

In theme: “Black Hearts in Love” by JET

Long Lean Shapes

An artist friend of mine once suggested I should take up painting lessons with an abstract expressionist because I was more interested in shapes than anything else. After taking these photos, I think I see his point.

Long Lean Shapes

This long lean shape was created courtesy of the elegant new gown from the new Ultra collection at LeLutka by Thora Charron. With its sculpties creating a voluptuous shrug on top leading to its long lean skirt, it’s a pastiche of shapes and textures leading to an overall elegant silhouette.

Long Lean Shapes

I particularly like how Thora layers the lace skirt over lace leggings so the movements of the torso produce a shimmer effect. I also quite like the corset bundling the jacket. I chose to wear my normal shape with this dress because the wider derriere and hips wrapped by leather emphasized the wasp-like waist cinched by the corset.

I accompany it with a high couture hair from lamb Bellic (I think a 50L Friday offering) in a pale pale platinum blonde. And my face is provided by Tuli Asturias—elegant, understated.

Long Lean Shapes

Curves and lines:

Hair: !lamb. Witch – Powder by lamb Bellic for !lamb

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 3/bl) dec VIP gift by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Dress: [LeL.Ultra]-PANIC/black by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Earring: *GF* Pearl Set “Trinity” -white- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Shoes: Black Stiletto Slingback Pumps by Zoe Young by Saki Galliazo (no longer available)

Dream in Aubergine

A night out on the town. Now if you have a special someone, you know that you want to look your glamorous best. Even if you don’t, you want to show yourself in the best light.

Dream in Aubergine

Sascha Frangilli’s newest release, Malicious, will take you there. With its beautifully embroidered textures, versatility and gracefulness, this dress is pure glamour in one folder. The dress comes complete with several options—I show two here. She gives you SIX prim skirts alone (listed here because the names crack me up): the Big Sucker, the Battleship, the Swooshy, the Sleek Flexi, the Thin Flexi, and the Cocktail Flexi. And then there’s the Train. (The trim on the front? That’s the Chest Frillies.)

Dream in Aubergine

I chose to show this in Purple but it comes in many other colors including Cognac, Emerald, Gold, Indigo, Magenta, Mandarin, Pink, Red, Silver and Turquoise. There really is not reason not to get one—or two—or five.

Dream in Aubergine

Since the whole theme here is purple, I paired this with a subtly tinted purply hair from ETD and amethyst RFL earrings from Abraxxa Anatine. Pulse has just come out with this skin–Wildflower–which suits the theme perfectly. And I ran and got my FAVORITE shoes (as you all have had to hear about a million times), the slingbacks from SKG shoes—this time in Eggplant. (The real question here is how many ways can you say purple?)

Dream in Aubergine

I will wear purple as a young woman (and not just as an old woman):

Hair: ETD Loraine 2 – Blackberry by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elika Tiramisu Designs (ETD)

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T:Sand/Wildflower BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: SAS – Malicious Purple by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Earrings: EarthStones RFL Karuka Necklace & Earrings – Amethyst by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Eggplant by Saki Galliazo for SKG Shoes