Geek Chic

Not everyone who comes in to SL comes here for dancing at clubs or finding romance. In fact, many residents use SL for other pursuits, such as exploring it for library sciences or education. Putting on wings or tight leather pants might not be their cup of chai. But in SL there is no reason not to express your fashion sense.

Geek Chic

This look I put together might give some ideas. My little librarian is in no way lacking appeal or fashionability. On top I have a cute turtleneck from Aranel Ah and below, brand new boy pants that I have fashioned for a Jane from myvegancookbook Bolissima. Aranel does the basic black turtleneck well with very nice conical cuffs and an understated prim neck (which says a lot because I have a lot of turtlenecks with BIG necks). It’s cashmere all the way, baby.

The fashionable, retro pants are bound to be a favorite for both men and women as they have such a unique and cute silhouette. Carefully drawn and so cleverly given prims between the bunched waist and the tabbed cuffs, these are a brilliant new addition to SL wardrobes.

Geek Chic

With this look, it’s all about the accessories. First our librarian throws on a favorite scarf to bring color to the ensemble. Then she tops it with the terrific square glasses from Guu Nishi with their color change script (so yes, Ms. Dewey Decimal, you can show a little flair with yellow frames). A cute little artsy ring from Nuala Shippe, who has sadly closed shop, completes this eclectic look.

Geek Chic

Eponymous Trenchmouth passed me a set of his Kool Kats, which are tagged “unisex,” and my librarian is a girl who likes practical shoes that are also stylish. These have a styling shape, funky color combos, and retro styling. Let me note that Epy’s shoes are built from standard prims, which is in itself a notable accomplishment. He has developed his own textures, his own prims, and he is the men’s shoe maker of choice by the best dressed in SL (including me).

Geek Chic

Once in a while you want to be the nice girl in sensible shoes:

Hair: [ Love Soul ] Hair*030-A*Mocha by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ LOVE SOUL ]

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/bl) 09a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Sweater: *BOOM* The Cashmere by Aranel Ah for *BOOM*

Pants: Adjunct – Cinch Pants by myvegancookbook Bolissima for Adjunct

Scarf: .Versace.foulard.serie light. 5 by Gio Sak for Iside

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

Ring: Kunstakammer revised ring stack colorway 5 by Nuala Shippe for Kunstakammer (no longer open)

Shoes: Kool Kats – B&W by Eponymous Trenchmouth for JC’s Shoes *

Poses from Fanny Willis  for *EverGlow* *

The Man Show

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I am going to strive to have more empathy. That’s a pretty vague resolution, but it has to do with understanding where other people are coming from, walking in their shoes.

So I have been taking a walk in men’s shoes lately. I have some opinions, some of them pretty common sense, some of them kind of philosophical, about men’s content in SL. I have already expressed some of this in other venues, but I will continue to pursue them in my mind and perhaps in this blog or my other.

The Man Show

Regardless, you all get the benefit. Today’s ensemble came from a gift set (not a freebie) that machang Pichot set out for sale so people could purchase transferable gifts for their friends for the holidays (in other words, I am not sure it’s still available). It was a godsend for many a woman purchasing for men on the grid and a steal. machang’s work is top-notch, between the incredible use of sculpty prims, the beautiful and realistic textures, and the amazing styling. I mean, check the butt on these jeans. To DIE for. A man could get one of these gift packages and walk out into SL knowing he was suave and sexy.

The Man Show

One thing a friend pointed out to me, and this has nothing to do with this outfit, is that being a man in SL and being fashionable, is a difficult task. Yes, we know—there are no decent hair choices, the clothes suck, etc. But beyond that, the attachments for men, the ways of styling an avatar that was birthed originally from a female shape (it’s true! Ruth was the mother of us all…) and then codifying men’s fashion into this world—it’s amazing it gets done at all. And then add to that that most men are pretty deficient in fashion sense. It’s surprising more men aren’t walking around with just t-shirts and jeans! It’s to machang Pichot’s credit that this amazingly handsome look came out.

The Man Show

I show Tricky Boucher’s skin Ewan II here on my male shape (still a work in progress). I have to say I inevitably send men to Belleza because the skins are realistic, manly, and proportionate. He does photosource but he combines his photosourcing with good blending so the entire body is seamless. As I understand, Tricky will be coming out with two more men’s skins in the next week or two—definitely Thomas, which is the whole line corresponding to the male skin he offered as a gift at Le.Look and another. I can’t wait to see them.

Bryce Tully’s new hair tops my head. When men IM to ask where to get decent hair, I am ready for them with a notecard of places. Bryce shows up on my list, but not on many other’s and I am not sure why. We are all, appropriately, in love with the hair that Maddox DuPont makes (cuz it’s darn good) but folks like Bryce have been putting it out there for a while and keep working on it and making it better.

The Man Show

Handsome is as handsome does:

Hair: Bryce ~ Dexter – Coffees – Espresso by Bryce Tully for Bryce Designs

Skin: -Belleza- Ewan v2 SK 1 (hair) by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Jacket and Shirt: AOHARU_BT_LeatherTailoredJK_withShirtBK_DarkBrown by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Pants: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim_Black by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Scarf: AOHARU_BT_KnitScarf_G2_Snow/ChocoFudge by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Boots: ANEXX_2WayBeltLaceupBoots_Gray/Male by machang Pichot of Aoharu

City Casual

It’s about to dump about 20 million tons of snow here where I am but in many parts of the northern hemisphere, they maybe get some flurries, but mostly damp, rainy, and cold.

City Casual

Lots of SL residents live in such a place, so they are familiar with this outfit—the pea coat and scarf. swaffette Firefly has rendered it with such loving familiarity, you have to know she’s from the UK. With its excellently textured wool coat and pants, the outfit is a beautifully engineered mix of sculpties and flexi prims.

This outfit is also available for gentlemen. AND it’s transferable so it’s terrific for GIFT GIVING this holiday!

City Casual

I wore Lorac’s warm Life skin with the outfit—something’s gotta be warm and this skin sure is. I just love how I look in Lorac’s skins. Earrings from Maeve Mortlock make a casual tomboy look more feminine, especially with a casual ponytail.

City Casual

Finally, some groovy boots from Emma Gilmour. When Emma makes things, she makes them right, with very nuanced textures. These boots also have a top that shows a legwarmer over the boot. However, because of the sculpty cuffs on swaffette’s pants, I skipped wearing them. They still look good.

City Casual

A walk by the sea:

Hair: *Dark Mouse* Cyntra (Dark Brown) by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm m1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Outfit: sf design pea coat set for women by swaffette Firefly for sf designs *

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Copper Bell Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Boots: [SC] Surf Couture – Elsa Boots – Black by Emma Gilmour for Surf Co.

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

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

You see a running theme here? Gonna keep banging on it til Burning Life is over and y’all have visited! I really enjoy Burning Life because it gives me a chance to mix up my wardrobe and dress up and do some wild things. This is the sweet, unpainted, unparticled side of me.

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

Here you see me at Damanios Thetan’s Burning Life Temple build, an incredibly gorgeous place that I hope finds a home when BL is over.

I started with a skirt from LeeZu Baxter and a top from Julia Soothsayer. I will admit I got this particular combo from my friend Cali Rahal, who has scoured the grid for coordinating and hot-looking outfits.

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

I added a cute sash from Khea Karas to complete the sort of updated earth mother look I was after. I don’t show enough dust on the hem of the skirt—pretend it’s there.

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

With the ensemble, I added the details—a cute ponytaiul from Elikapeka Tiramisu (hair up and out of the face in the wind), big ethnic earrings from Zaara Kohime, and a fine tattoo from Jesseaitui Petion. And may I say, thank you, Jesse, for making a simple realistic tattoo—not all of us want to have them painted all over our bodies. Sometimes a pure heart with wings is all a girl needs. (And yeah, I have boots on under here. Really!)

What to Wear to Burning Life, Part 4

Dancing, dancing, dancing….

Hair: ETD Ginny – Crimson by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD

Skin: Pulse Skin – Altonia-Peace by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Top: Awesome Designs Knit Sensual Tank In Purple by Julia Soothsayer for Awesome Designs

Skirt: * *LeeZu Baxter* Zarah Flexi Skirt /blue by LeeZu Baxter for Leezu

Sash: Wildberry Jeans Scarf – Medium by Khea Karas for Malt

Earrings: ZC : Sarayi painted hoops by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Tattoo: AITUI TATTOO – Angelic Embrace I by Jesseaitui Petion for Aitui

Written while dancing salsa to horacios Allen and Winters Kanto at Burning Life Tokyo Stage.

Stroll Down the Rue de Rivoli

Ever see those beautiful young ladies you see walking around in every city, casually fashionable, beautiful in their hurry to yoga class/art studio/poetry reading? They throw on whatever’s on the floor and it all goes together and looks fantastic. I want to be one of those girls. So I made myself one of them. The only thing I am missing is a huge handbag and brown cardboard-sheathed cup of coffee or bottle of Evian water.

Stroll down the Rue de Rivoli

This sweater from sato Yifu is one of my favorite pieces. It’s a sweater I would wear in RL with its nubby texture and draped collar. It’s so bohemian and smart at the same time. I paired it with sexy leggings from Iki Ikarus, and chunky crafty earrings from Maeve Mortlock (my heroine of the 59L earrings).

My hair’s up in a sweet pony tail from Hal*Hina (pulled from a special promotion they are currently offering that I read about in Beanie’s blog). The patchwork scarf is from the funky Sari Telling and also a piece I would wear in RL. I LOVE scarves.

Stroll down the Rue de Rivoli

And oh, JB, my dear JB. These cowboy boots are killer. Again, let me ramble on about his terrific textures and his great sculpties, the versatility, and the color changing included. (Yes, I got the full monty in the boots—the pair with all eight colors.)

Stroll down the Rue de Rivoli

Late for the meet-up but not late on fashion:

Hair: = Hal*Hina = [D] Hair -tina- [honey blonde] by Hinano Runo for Hal*Hina

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Valeries T2 Citrus by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Sweater: *KUROTSUBAKI* cardigan black by sato Yifu for *KUROTSUBAKI*

Leggings: :: M * A * ii * K * I :: Long Legging Charcoal by Iki Ikarus for :: M * A * ii * K * I ::

Scarf: *Sari’s* Patched Up Scarf by Sari Telling for Sari’s

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Wood and Twisted Gold Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Boots: J’s Fringe Cowgirl Boots 6Colors by JB Gazov for J’s