Au Naturel

Oh will you take me as l am?
Will you take me as l am?

~ “California” by Joni Mitchell

Au Naturel

I was feeling sort of natural and free because the weather has been summery warm. Pull out the sandals and the shorts and put on something pretty and loose. Barbra and AvaGardner Kungler run a great store with options for mixing and matching a number of different looks. I found this great top with a drapey sort of sculpty prim (I am not always fond of prims around the waist as they look frumpy but this one works). Shorts from Barbra and AvaGardner complete the look.

Au Naturel

I am showing a skin that came to me in a review set from out of the blue. Receiving the package, I ripped it open and to my pleasure found a set of beautiful skins from Trin Trevellion. The skin I show was a natural choice for one who tends towards being a redhead, as I do. I was amazed by the artistry of these hand drawn skins. This set, a fifth generation, shows studied work on the collarbone, lips, eyes, eyebrows and the absolutely beautiful freckles.

Au Naturel

So we can admire the skin a little further on the feet and these great sandals from Yabusaka Loon that include a color changing gem. Douglas Story asked if it was really me in “flats.” Yes, I am taking it easy today, Douglas ;)

Au Naturel

California I’m coming home
Oh will you take me as I am
Strung out on another man
California I’m coming home

Hair: >TRUTH< Poppy – copper by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -sD- Wichita [Tan.Freckles – Natural] by Trin Trevellion for Sindecade *

Top: (Kunglers) Janis Blouse Mustard by Barbra and AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Shorts: (Kunglers) Short Jeans Blue by Barbra and AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Choker: SiniStyle Necklace F – Jade Pi ::Infinity:: by Krius Misfit for Sinistyle

Sandals: < Yabusaka > Simple Gem Sandal by Yabusaka Loon for < Yabusaka >

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The Fashionable Gentleman

SC put together a look this week that I insisted he blog. Based on what is walking down today’s real life runways, the look is composed of elements found on SL—all adding up to one great-looking man. ~ Harper

As Harper knows,  I’m interested in RL fashion that translates to SL. The RL menswear Spring/Summer 2010 shows are history, and next summer mens accessories seem to be reaching their golden age. There were more than a few interesting belts trucking down the menswear runways à Milano. And more interesting ways to wear them. I pinged on how Raf Simones is styling with belts cinching or snaking around classic suits, blazers and, well, everything else.

The Fashionable Man

Running to my inventory, I threw my Rfyre* black double belt over SF Design’s new Westminster Suit. The shape and layers are great to style up with different accessories. Opting out of a tie, I added the scripted Afghan stole from :sey, creating a layer of tamed-down John Galliano. The shoes are an elegant, classic, Hermes Men’s Formal Shoes in black leather from Styles of Edo. I love anything with the name Hermes in it.

A wardrobe should be curated a mix of a lot of elements that work together. I got good advice from a RL fashionista friend from a major brand–“…anyone who wears head-to-toe anything looks like a Sales Associate at the store.”

The Fashionable Man

“Hot” off the runway:

Hair: “Petrelli” Hair by Krius Misfit for Sinistyle

Skin: Noah Stubble Tan by KaoZ Koba for Damiani

Suit: SF Westminster Suit and Coat by Swaffette Firefly for SF Design

Scarf: :sey, Afghan Stole, Paisley by Risey Araifor for :sey:

Belt: Rfyre, Men’s Double-Wrap Belt, Black by SC Tracy for RFyre

Shoes: Hermes Men’s Formal Shoes Black Leather by Edo Tone for Styles of Edo

Inventoil

I was on Pooky Amsterdam’s 1st Question show last night. I was representin’ for all us fashionistas out there in the grid who are thought of as brainless and boring. I won the game, partially on knowing about the Stanford Prison Experiment and partially on the made up word I presented—”inventoil”: the process of sorting inventory night after night.

Inventoil

Which lead me to the inevitable—spending another portion of my evening trying to tame my out-of-control inventory. Remember those days when you were a newbie and you had a mere 2,000 and most of it was freebies and you spent hours working on that (sorting the dreck—it eventually all got dumped). Now I have far more than that.. far far more.. and most of it is darn great stuff. I can’t bear to get rid of any of it. Like the jar of fireflies.

Inventoil

Or the drinks from Tableau and the super Tophat from Pandora Wrigglesworth, which sprouts a propellor when one flies. (A souvenir from a whole afternoon of entertainment at her store.)

Or this uh… pan of eggs and sausage I am lying in.

Inventoil

Or this highflying umbrella from Elizabeth Attenborough.

The question is—what folder do I put these in?

Objects > Wearable > Particles > Insects?

Objects > Fun Silly Stuff > Food Related > Eggs?

Clothing > Hats > Animated > Silly?

Objects > Drinks > Alcoholic > Fizzy?

Cleaning inventory means you dress down, so I wore this cute hair from Truth Hawks named after Ana Lutetia (who probably has a doozy of an inventory herself), fresh and young skin from Monicuuza Babenco, top and shorts from Magen Jigsaw’s sensation sale at EmJay, socks from Krius Misfit (found in the back of the drawer), bandaids from Riq Graves (found in the bottom of a purse so I slapped them on), and my super cool Pornstar Lo-Tops from Coke Dreadlow.

Inventoil

The ugly truth:

Hair: >TRUTH< Ana – auburn by Truth Hawks for TRUTH

Skin: *YS&YS* Adriana Lust 01 Natural EB Brown by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS

Top: ::EmJay:: Sash Top Pink by Magen Jigsaw for ::EmJay::

Shorts: ::EmJay:: Jean Shorts Light by Magen Jigsaw for ::EmJay::

Bandaids: Reek – Bandaids – Stripes – Left Leg by Riq Graves for REEK

Socks: SiniStyle Tube Red by Kruis Misfit for SiniStyle

Sneakers: UBU PornStar Lo-Tops by Coke Dreadlow for Urban Bomb Unit

Fireflies: Reek – Look At My Fireflies! by Riq Graves for REEK

Top Hat: Topter Hat Red by Pandora Wrigglesworth for Curio Obscura

Cocktail: (Tableau) Toast’s Bitter Orange Truth by Nylon Pinkney found during a night of half-stupor on Tableau

Pan (worn): **GENNADOU**(AFK)Frying pan bed by ussi Amat for **gura-ya**

Umbrella: *ELISA* Flying Umbrella RED by Elisabeth Attenborough for ELISA

School Days

School’s in. Pencils, backpacks, crushed peanut butter sandwiches, the smell of crayons and chalk. Soon the air will have a crisp edge to it. So school clothes are called for.

School Days

There is something still so cute about the plaid skirt with a cardigan, especially when it’s done in schoolgirl style as tama Clowes has done. This darling set includes a textured tank top underneath and a well done skirt (the prims line up with the system piece excellently).

School Days

This sweet little ensemble needs lots of accessories. I chose this groovy bag from onakagoo Waco at ArtMeter that has art pieces that switch on the closing flap (wearable art). I used Krius Misfit’s jade necklace as a choker—you don’t always have to make SiniStyle sinister.

I made this outfit around Siddean Munro’s hair. She is starting to really kick hair butt (that sounds so wrong but I am leaving it). Her hair coloring “Contraption” (love that word) makes choosing hair color easy. You choose it when you want it and not at the store—and you aren’t left with 20 other hairs in your inventory that you will NEVER wear (*looks at the sky blue, celadon, and amethyst she got in other fat packs that she fears trashing in case she MAY someday need one*). I paired it with Pulse’s very fresh and freckled Climax skin.

School Days

Iki Ikarus’ whimsical socks make the look complete with Fallingwater Cellardoor’s scrunchy flat soled boots in acid green.

School Days

Waiting for the bell to ring:

Hair: SLink Holly HairStyle Dark Auburn by Siddean Munro for SLink

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Tone 2 Makeup 3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: **[sister strawberry]cardigan set yellow** by tama Clowes for **[sister strawberry]

Necklace: SiniStyle Jade Pi F Necklace by Krius Misfit for SiniStyle

Socks: :: DUTCH TOUCH :: Toeless Socks by Iki Ikarus for :: DUTCH TOUCH ::

Bag: ::: ArtMeter ::: Bag S Green by onakagoo Waco for ArtMeter

Boots: (Shiny Things) Comfy Boots – acid by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things