Blue Belle

Blue Belle

“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all tones… it will always stay blue.” ~ Raoul Dufy

Blue Belle

Fashionart opens tomorrow and GraceHaddington is contributing a few gorgeous pieces, including this amazingly patterned dress and these high heels. While Grace is using template mesh for these pieces, what makes them work are the great patterned textures. I really get tired of solid colors all the time. Grace has a great sense of proportion for her patterns too. Both the dress and the shoes come with texture-change HUDs so you get several choices. (If you go to Fashionart looking for the dress, she shows it in a golden/yellow pattern.)

Blue Belle

What makes my Blue Belle truly belle, of course, is this new gorgeous skin from Umazuma Metaluna with her tintable tattoo lips. Uma’s skins are expressive, unique and almost painterly with a beautiful artistic touch with an elegant façade. Truth Hawks and Maxi Gossamer are participating in Collabor88’s Rockabilly theme this go around with great retro-made-modern looks. The wavy ‘do that Truth has meshed up includes a color change bow that you do not need to wear (it looks just as good without) and comes in several sizes for your varying chest sizes *ahem*. Maxi Gossamer made these darling cat-eye glasses with color change for the wings, the shades and the lenses for a variety of looks.

Blue Belle

“Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.” ~ Moncy Barbour

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Thelma by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Valerie – Bare face(toffee) DB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Valerie Lip Intensity 7 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery *

Eyes – darkest blue by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Stuff in Stock *

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[ SPRING14] Headband by GraceHaddington for LivGlam, available at Fashionart *

Glasses: MG – Sunglasses – Monroe Florida 50’s Classic by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Dark Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: [LG] Boutique-[ SPRING14] Fancy by GraceHaddington for LivGlam, available at Fashionart *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Time Is On My Side

Time Is On My Side

Time is on my side, yes it is
Time is on my side, yes it is

~ “Time Is On My Side” by The Rolling Stones

Time Is On My Side

Ennui in Paris is a fine thing. It suits. A bit of rambling about one’s home with the Parisian lights twinkling below does wonders for the intellect and one’s mind. It’s how Foucault made his name, how Derrida deconstructed, how Barthes wrote his Mythologies. In a skybox like the one from Tya Fallingbridge, the Clock Tower available at FaMESHed, with its functional clock (you can set to your time and chimes on the hour) and interchangeable city scenes, including this of Paris, you can experience your own sweet time around the globe.

Time Is On My Side

I have donned a gorgeous outfit from SamanthaSJones. I love Sam’s use of color and texture in her outfits, her sense of proportion and material and pure style. Every piece she turns out is classy with well-done textures. Pink stiletto pumps from Senzati0n Domenitzo, which she offers with a color change HUD for six different shoe colors, punctuate my at-home look. (I am in Paris—I HAVE to be chic, even in a state of ennui.)

As for the skybox, I can go on about the fine features of this abode, including the open stair case upon which the clock from the window is projected, the lofted bedroom and the beautifully appointed bathroom, complete with couple’s shower (functional) and his and hers sinks.

Time Is On My Side

Of course, a skybox like this can’t remain empty so I outfitted it with Tobias Convair’s sectional (seen above) from FaMESHed and Cory Edo’s terrific Ines collection, also from FaMESHed. The Branch Screen is absolutely exquisite and decorates this loft beautifully as well as the other pieces including the chair and ottoman. You can mix and match these pieces with others you have owned—they are not necessarily meant to be used together, though I show them here so you can see them (and how well they go in this loft, incidentally).

Time Is On My Side

Aida Ewing is offering a gorgeous new skin at Collabor88 in Sylvia. This time she went all out, offering several nose options, cheek makeups, eye makeups and lipsticks as well as eyebrow shades. It’s really quite a bargain, especially for such a gorgeous skin. Imagine the possibilities. I loved putting on Truth Hawks’ newest long straight ‘do, which is also at FaMESHed. I chose the teal tipped hair to match my outfit. I love that his HUDs offer so many color options.

Time Is On My Side

Go ahead, go ahead and light up the town
And baby, do everything your heart desires
Remember, I’ll always be around
And I know, I know
Like I told you so many times before
You’re gonna come back, baby

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Samira – Gingers by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia  America – Base D with Glam Affair – Sylvia – Eyes Makeup 03, Glam Affair – Sylvia – Lipstick  03 D, Glam Affair – Sylvia – Cheeks 03 and Glam Affair – Sylvia – Nose 01 by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: [Brixley] Mist Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom9 *

Outfit: [LG] Boutique-[ WINTER-13] Little To Much Hud 1 by SamanthaSJones for LivGlam *

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Neon Set – Colors HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Essenz – Dallas by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at The Style Icon *

Free-standing poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Skybox: [PM]Pixel Mode  – Clock Tower Sky Box by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed*

Furniture and décor:

+CONVAIR+ Modern Leather Sectional.white.adult by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *

Trompe Loeil – Gilded Bed {Adult} Tan Ornate by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *

Trompe Loeil – Ines Floor Lamp Red Diamonds
Trompe Loeil – Ladder Shelf Natural + Books
Trompe Loeil – Ines Triangle Plate Decor Metal
Trompe Loeil – Ines Coffee Table Natural
Trompe Loeil – Ines Ottoman Atlantic {A}
Trompe Loeil – Ines Chair Atlantic {A}
Trompe Loeil – Ines Branch Screen
Trompe Loeil – Ines Wall Fountain by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, all available at FaMESHed *

Zigana . rug . stripe (modified) by Nalena Fairey for Zigana

*ionic* Northern star by lakua Arriaga for ionic, available at The Chapter Four

Violet in the Snow

Violet in the Snow

“Stars will blossom in the darkness, Violets bloom beneath the snow.” ~ Julia C.R. Dorr

Violet in the Snow

The beautiful little dark purple violet is a flower of early spring, the first color to emerge after a long winter. This beautiful coat by SamanthaSJones reminds me so much of that beautiful little flower, especially with its deep lovely brocade texture with glistening accents. The buttons, the wide collar, the pocket plackets are all a romantic’s dream. The HUD comes with color change so you are not limited to just the violet—there is a deep green, gold, etc. Get the coat—you get a HUD with six colors in total. (And secret: if you rush over there you may still find it out for 55L if they didn’t pick it up yet!)

I wore Maxi Gossamer’s lovely little dragon’s egg pendant, which she is featuring at Collabor88. The stone, as you can see, has materials features so the light plays off the surface in a way you won’t see on most jewelry. I accessorized with tights from Bax Coen and fur boots from Cerberus Noel I chose especially for this look.

Violet in the Snow

Aida Ewing is releasing a “prerelease” line of skins at The Secret Story. Get the sneak peek on this new line in several different darling makeups. And Mirja Mills is up to sleek again with her updo, made for Amita Yorcliffe for the Miss Virtual World Challenge. Side swept and sophisticated, this style finishes my look with elegance.

Violet in the Snow

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” ~ Tennessee Williams

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * AMITA* by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: – Glam Affair – Magenta skin – Asia – 03 B by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at The Season’s Story *

Eyes: PC Jaded Eyes – Violet – medium medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes

Coat: [LG] Boutique-[ WINTER-13] Trip To Your Heart by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Jewelled Dragon’s Egg – Short – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88*

Stockings: BAX Ornament Leggings Scalloped Wisteria long LW by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs*

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Slink – Baiastice’s Yara Set I HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Boots: *GF*[Mesh] Fur Cuff Boots “Sasha” -purple- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Christmas on the Flip Side

Christmas on the Flip Side

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Sweating his fat away
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Water-skis on his sleigh
Never have a white Christmas
When you in Melbourne live
Wearing hot pants on the beach
When you your presents give

~ Bradley Stanley

Christmas on the Flip Side

I realized I needed to get over this cold thing and SL was the place to do it. Instead of trying to warm up, I just put myself on the flip side—the other side of the planet in Australia, where Christmas is warm and summery. In Australia, I don’t need the boots, the long underwear, the damn hat and mittens. I can wear a short little mini dress and do just fine. This minidress from SamanthaSJones is ideal with red roses and a skirt that’s just up to there, perfect in the holiday heat. Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger’s sexy high heels with a gift-wrapped bow are ideal in green, completing the holiday look. And if you look closely (past my darling bangle from Maxi Gossamer, featured at Collabor88 where everyone is falling into the water because they didn’t reset the tp point), you will see Giela Delpaso’s international-flavored nails, offered as her exceedingly generous Peace on Earth hunt gift. I chose the Australian nails, of course.

Christmas on the Flip Side

Julia Merosi is generously offering this chic and sassy little kittycat necklace as yesterday’s KittyCats Advent Calendar gift and Sileny Noel is offering a set of sexy lined eye makeups (one of which I am wearing) as today’s gift. Lano Ling recently put out this gorgeous pair of holiday eyes for all comers–grab these beauties. Long wavy locks from MissAllSunday Lemon suit this darling hat from Misseuro Chow. And Sawsan Secretspy’s sunkissed skin is the look to have for a summery Christmas, glowing with radiance from the sun, exuding warmth for a hot holiday.

Christmas on the Flip Side

Chestnuts roasting on the sidewalk
Castles in the sand
Eating ice-cream, having good talks
Warm Christmas, isn’t that grand?

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Maya Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Chanell Sunkissed Nat by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::.

Makeup: +>A&A<+ Whiskers Liner- Smokey from +>A&A<+(wear) Whisker Liners For KittyCats by Sileny Noel for Adore and Abhor, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Eyes: PC Eyes – Christmas Tale – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes (gift in his store!)

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[ WINTER-13] Why Didnt You Call Me by SamanthaSJones for for LIV-Glam *

Bangle: MG – Bangles – Marbella Majestic – Bangle 2 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88*

Hat: >> DK << Bright Santa by Misseuro Chow for Demon Kitties

Necklace: je suis… KittyCat Necklace by Julia Merosi for je suis, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Slink – PoE Asia & Oceania Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It, a Peace on Earth hunt gift

Shoes: N-core DESIRE “Fatpack” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Brrrrrr

Brrrrr

“The cold cut like a many bladed knife.” ~ Israel Zangwill

Brrrrr

A cold front has blown through my town and the rest of the country and we’re all huddling in for the duration. Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus just released this chic pair of boots in autumn colors that include a color change for the boots, the strap around the boots and the sole. In typical L&B style, the boots are sexy down to the last detail and versatile for many looks.

LG hud

SamanthaSJones proudly released this trenchcoat recently. I have seen the style in other stores but not with Sam’s unique twist on it. Rather than offering the coat in many colors, you get a coat OF many colors with her special hud that allows 120 different colors. I have to be honest—I was late on this post because I spent so much time clicking all the colors, trying to decide what I liked.

Brrrrr

Helyanwe Vindaloo offered this blushing, cold weather skin in the KittyCats Advent Calendar yesterday. Remember that you can get previous days’ gifts in the calendar up until Christmas, so if you missed yesterday, get it today. My sleek hair is Tabata Jewell’s newest style, offering a close-to-the-head style that looks chic and fashionable, perfect for the new menswear haute couture look or for wearing short under hats (or earmuffs—these from Izzie Button).

Brrrrr

Finally, under my gloves I sport a secret manicure. Today, Caroline Apollo offered this darling nailpolish set as a gift in the KittyCats Advent Calendar. With four different kitty motifs, you can share your KittyCat love on your Slink hand nails.

Brrrrr

“Withstanding the cold develops vigor for the relaxing days of spring and summer. Besides, in this matter as in many others, it is evident that nature abhors a quitter.” ~ Arthur C. Crandall

Hair: Vanity Hair: After Dark-Dark Blondes by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair *

Skin: .ploom. Maia [Vanilla] (LB) – Frosty by Helyanwe Vindaloo for .ploom., available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Eyes: .ID. Portrait Eyes / Blue by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Coat: [LG] Boutique-[ FALL-13] How To Marry A Millionaire Coat by SamanthaSJones for for LIV-Glam *

Tights: {SMS} Braid Knit Tights Pulse by Irie Campese for So Many Styles, available at TDR Fusion

Ear Muffs: Izzie’s – Mesh Earmuffs teal by Izzie Button for Izzie’s

Scarf: BoHo HoBo Scarf Ladie’s Small (rainbowstripes) by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo

Gloves: [VG] – ‘Brody Gloves’ in Crimson – Glove Layer by Chloris Hathor for Viva La Glam

Nail Applier: Caroline’s Kitty Nail Polish Huds for Slink by Caroline Apollo for Caroline’s Jewelry and Accessories, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Boots: L&B S’wear “Bianca” (SM) Knee Boots Autumn Neutrals by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus forLapointe and Bastchild *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

The Shoe In

The Shoe-In

“You can’t by happiness but you can buy shoes, and that’s the same kind of thing.”

The Shoe-In

I have been to Heaven and back, and I’ll tell you, it’s quite a trip. Shoetopia opens today, and while I’m not an “official” blogger for Shoetopia, I was given early access and blogger samples with a bunch of other great bloggers, so I feel obligated to tell you about my visit and share some celestial enlightenment.

In true form they have made a literal shoe Heaven in the two sims. A path wanders through the clouds leading from gazebo to gazebo—a paradise of shoe shopping with some of the best shoe makers in SL and even a few designers who have dipped their toes in shoe-making (rather successfully, I must say). Highlights in my memory include Gos, N-Core, Lapointe and Bastchild (some to-die-for men’s shoes), Boom, Bax Boots, Pixel Mode, G Field, Slink, Baby Monkey, League, Kittie’s Lair, Ingenue, ArisAris, and BSD Design.

My first shoe is from BSD Design, one of the participants in Shoetopia. BabyChampagne Sass is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of one her shoes to Shoes4Soles (no link given in the Shoetopia blog), which is a generous donation for the caliber for BabyChampagne’s work. In fact, it seems each designer is giving 100% from one item, which is pretty damn generous. (Not positive how it works—donation details haven’t been posted on their blog and the press release they sent out was TLTR.) I pair it with a handbag from Juno Martel, proceeds going to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan from the Water Lantern Festival.

The Shoe-In

Let me tell you my impressions. First tip: Just get the Slink feet already. You can buy them right there as I did. Many shoes being sold are built around the feet. Of course, the price tag on some of those shoes is a bit high considering they don’t include a foot or the fancy HUD work that makes a footed shoe or the Slink foot cost 600 or 700L. You can get a nice Gos shoe or N-Core for the same price without having to mess around. (In other words, I willingly pay Gos and Nuria for development costs for their HUDS and webhosting. People who build shoes around a Slink foot shouldn’t be charging as much because their cost is simply not as high.) However there are a few darling and reasonable shoes that fit the Slink feetsies. I gave up and got the feet myself just so I could wear the cute shoes I keep seeing.

Second, be prepared for this event: lag is gonna be a huge issue–more than it should be. Graphical lag may well be a factor–I am not sure if textures from the vendors have been enforced at 512 or less. However, sim lag is definitely gonna get you because of the build. None of the structures or vendors are phantom and of course, all the charity vendors are scripted as well as the gacha vendors. Avatar scripts had not been turned off as of my visit there.  If the organizers experience sim lag—and they will—it’ll be about the massive amounts of collision. There’s so much folks can do before opening without asking customers to dress like newbies. They haven’t done it all.

Finally, let’s be frank: you’re not going to get in right away, kids. Agent limit is 45. That’s ok! Shoetopia goes on for TWO weeks. Don’t rush it. You don’t have to be the first one in. The shoes aren’t going anywhere and your size won’t be sold out. They are passing demos out in a group and a map is being posted on their blog so you can find the creator you like quickly. Besides, the lag during the opening days should be enough to discourage you. Take your time and wander over during the next week when you hopefully can enjoy the shopping with less lag.

Give the organizers a hand. It’s a lot of work. And goodness knows, they mean to do well because they have been at it for months. And the designers really showed up for this event. Hit Shoetopia before it ends on November 30 and drop a few on Shoes4Soles.

The Shoe-In

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

Hair: MINA Hair – Tabita by Mina Nakamura for MINA *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Elvi – America – 06 E by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Outfit: [LG] Boutique-[ FALL-13] Drinking From The Bottle by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam *

Handbag: Fire Blossom Handbag Pastels by Juno Mantel for Junbug, available at The Water Lantern Festival

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Bag Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: Glam Affair – Slink Hands Skin Appliers ( America) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Dark Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}surreal gold by for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at Shoetopia *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Powers of Ten

The Power of Ten

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” ~ Charles Eames

The Power of Ten

What better quote to start with than one from Charles Eames, the architect and male half of the team of Charles and Ray Eames (she being a painter and the female half). As a married couple and team, they made significant contributions to modern architecture and furniture. The title of the post is the title of two documentaries they made about the scale of the universe based on the power of ten and “the effect of adding another zero.” The Eames were interested in design using natural materials, harmony, the beauty of the every day object, and the use of modern techniques and prefabrication to mass produce good design. Their motto was “Create the best for the most for the least.”

The Power of Ten

The Power of Ten

The Raintree House by Painter Meriman is a lovely study of the architectural designs of the Eames including some Eames chairs. A friend rezzed a copy for me so I could take these photos.

The Power of Ten

If you’re a fan of architecture, it’s great to find a house like this. And Painter understands the devil is in the details, and he has attended to them with great care, from the proportions of the builds to the textures to even the accessories. It’s beautiful work and a modernist’s dream.

The Power of Ten

And what self-respecting fashionista wouldn’t want to live and luxuriate in such a space? I donned a stylish dress from SamanthaSJones, wore my sexiest heels from Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger, and enjoyed the feeling that SL often affords us—that of living in a beautiful space.

The Power of Ten

Tricky Boucher brings his beauty to the Liaison Collaborative with another set of Leila skins (to compliment those at Collabor88). Get both sets with their enigmatic eyes and luscious lips and have the collection. Mina Nakamura has re-released the Ineke hair she unveiled at Hair Fair with an ombre hud so you can have a little color variation in your hair and life.

The Power of Ten

“The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” ~ Charles Eames

Hair: MINA Hair – Ineke by Mina Nakamura for MINA *

Skin: -Belleza- Leila TLC Sk 4 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at the Liaison Collaborative *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – brown by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Bette Davis Eyes Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Love Donna Flora by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: N-core SUBLIME “Fatpack” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

House: Raintree Retreat by Painter Meriman for Painter Designs