Gypsy Soul

Gypsy Soul

“I have always considered myself a free spirit with a Gypsy soul surrendering gratefully to wherever life takes me.” – Melanie Moushigian Koulouris

Gypsy Soul

Shiny Shabby’s next round opens today and it’s, as you can see, chock full of Boho goodness. If you are a fan of a gypsy soul, then you will score at this event as I did. First you have the wonderfully textured and meshed jacket from Rucy Byron, a piece that comes in several neutral tones that all look like fine suede so you can mix it with other pieces. It also includes an undershirt, but I chose to go with a tank from LacunaInc, carefully fitting it under the jacket and over my mesh body (which is mostly alpha’d out—go figure). I matched it to one of Sissy Pessoa’s fabulous maxi skirts, the entire set in many colors but also with great leathery/suede textures and a lace inset. I matched up the look with a handbag from the UnitedColorsTeam which is rigged mesh, so grab a demo before buying to see if it fits you as you like. I accessorized with a great necklace from Maxi Gossamer for Fameshed.

 

Gypsy Soul

Skin Fair is still going strong, and Inka Mexicola is one of the sponsors of the Fair, so it’s a double treat because you get several of Inka’s newest skins exclusively. I like Inka’s line because she includes appliers for everything, including the Belleza mesh body, which many creators have forgone because of the different UV maps on the hands and feet. Inka, with true skill, managed to create the applier for this body as well as others like the Maitreya, and she includes a great choice of brows and a set of beautiful lipsticks.

Mina Nakamura is also participating in Shiny Shabby this round with a great hair with a bandana that also includes your choice of textures on her handy HUD. And I had to show Kunst Himmel’s rugs again because I am totally hooked on them (no pun intended). Rugs always seem to be my final choice to pull an interior look all together, and I will be using this set of rugs over and over in my decorating. It’s worth a few pulls of the gacha!

Gypsy Soul

Hair: MINA HUD – Jacky – Fatpack by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Shiny Shabby *

Skin: Essences [Fortuna] medium01 *blonde* with Essences {Lucky Charm: Lipstick04} by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Jeans by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples, available at The Men’s Dept.

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 *SlinkFit H&F by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Jacket: !APHORISM! Vintage Leather Jacket – Pale Brown by Rucy Byron for Aphorism, available at Shiny Shabby *

Top: *LACUNA* Tetroz Tank – Rouge by LacunaInc for Lacuna *

Skirt: Baiastice_Joan-Long Suede skirt-Rose by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice, available at Shiny Shabby *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Malina Stone – Group 5 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Fameshed *

Handbag: UC_Boho_bag_women_L_Brown_red by Unitedcolorsteam for United Colors, available at Shiny Shabby *

Rugs: [ kunst ] – Boho carpets by Kunst Himmel for [kunst], available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Gypsy Soul

Lily

Lily

“The noble buoyancy of her attitude, its suggestion of soaring grace, revealed the touch of poetry in her beauty that Selden always felt in her presence, yet lost the sense of when he was not with her. Its expression was now so vivid that for the first time he seemed to see before him the real Lily Bart, divested of all the trivialities of her little world, and catching for a moment a note of that eternal harmony of which her beauty was a part.”

~ Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

Lily

I dressed up for a wedding a few days ago and I was so pleased with my look I had to share it. I named this look “Lily” after the character in “House of Mirth,” because the quote spoke to me. With a beautiful mesh dress from Sissy Pessoa, I was elegant and dressed well without outshining the bride, who was resplendent in white. I loved the bronze tone in the dress and the lush texture Sissy gave to the mesh. I wore lovely shoes from Senzati0n Domenitzo and Maxi Gossamer’s newest set for FaMESHed, a gorgeous pearl set that includes texture change for the color of the pearls and the metal.

Lily

Sawsan Secretspy’s glorious skin from the Hipster Fair was a great look for this bronze dress. And a gorgeous braided updo from Mirja Mills (thank god someone is doing them because it’s getting near-impossible to find new updos anymore) made my look complete. Congratulations, Etrone and Jayci. May your partnership in SL be happy and long lasting.

Lily

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

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Foxy Darktan 01 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Hipster Fair *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – light green by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: Baiastice_Kalia dress Lace-Choco by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Jewelry: MG – Necklace – Arabella Wild Pearls – Long and MG – Earrings – Arabella Wild Pearls – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Vienna (Fatpack 1) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz *

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

Lily

P.S. If you saw the photos on Flickr and missed the post, dumb things I do: forget to hit publish on the blog entry. Sigh.

Bored

Bored

Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.
After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns,
we ourselves flash and yearn,
and moreover my mother told me as a boy
(repeatingly) “Ever to confess you’re bored
means you have no

Inner Resources.” I conclude now I have no
inner resources, because I am heavy bored.
Peoples bore me,
literature bores me, especially great literature,
Henry bores me, with his plights & gripes
as bad as Achilles,

who loves people and valiant art, which bores me.
And the tranquil hills, & gin, look like a drag
and somehow a dog
has taken itself & its tail considerably away
into the mountains or sea or sky, leaving
behind: me, wag.

~ “Dream Song 14” by John Berryman

Bored

Let me say right off, I am NOT bored. Not with SL or what I am showing. I am merely amused today with John Merryman and had to share this poem, which always appealed to me. Whenever someone pipes up in Skin Addiction that they are bored, I always say something like Merryman’s mother. Then I suggest they go out and about in SL or else log off and find a good book to read. There is so much to explore in this world!

I like running around the grid in something kind of non-themed and cute so entrance into any adventure is guaranteed. This gorgeous new dress from AvaGardner Kungler is a great pick because it combines pattern with solid, an all-in-one that can get you from needing a skirt to prancing around a garden. I love the Mary Janes Sissy Pessoa is selling at FaMESHed with texture-change socks. Her mesh is well-proportioned and as with everything Sissy does, beautifully textured. I am sure these shoes are going to show up again on my feet. When I go out and about, I make sure I carry my inventory in a big bag (because it’s big) and this almost-free bag from Temperance Snoodle does the trick.

Bored

Circe Ishtari of Tokyo Girl had backed off making skins for a time. She hand-draws them, which is time-consuming for her and with RL things going on, she wasn’t finding the time. She followed her muse with several hair releases and mesh fashions. But she is back, gloriously, at Skin Fair 2014 with three new skins, one of which is the one I am showing. Available in five tones with appliers for boobs and butt (but not hands or feet, regrettably), all three of the skins include a makeup and natural version. I topped my look with M4ri1yn Magic’s darling top knot from the Attic, available with his awesome textures via HUD, which one can click around to test looks to avoid boredom. Love the wisps! (There’s my next suggestion when someone says they are bored—”Go click something!”)

Bored

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.” ~ Louis CK

Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Gloster Hair – Fatpack by M4ri1yn Magic for Tableau Vivant, available at The Attic *

Skin: Tokyo.Girl Skin Inari . Sunkissed . Makeup by Circe Ishtari for Tokyo Girl, available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 2) *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Inka~ Lost Eye by Funeral Plutonian for S0ng, available at Kustom9

Dress: (Kunglers) Lilian Blouse and Skirt – Art by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Handbag: *SB* Sola brown tote by Temperance Snoodle for Sheik Bags

Shoes: Baiastice_Anna Pump-choco by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice, available at FaMESHed *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov by oOo Studio

Fierce Female

Fierce Female

“I’ve often thought it unfair that women are expected to stay at home when there’s a fight to be won. If a woman has the strength to bear a child, she can swing a sword as well as any man.” ~ Karen Hawkins

Fierce Female

Fierce women do exist. In fact, they outnumber the fierce men! Spooky Mistwallow just came out with this dress for her RP line, Mirage, and I put it on and felt my woman warrior emerge. Yeah, I know a warrior needs to be shielded and covered but this one is so lithe and fast she can fly through the air and get out without damage. The textures on the dress are so lush, especially the gold embroidery at the hem and bodice and the shape is sexy and my girl can be sexy and strong all at once.

Knee-high tie-up gladiator heels from Harry Hyx make the look even fiercer and sexier especially with serpent arm bracelets from Sissy Pessoa. I ran to the I Love Role Play gachas get gorgeous eyes from Filomena Quinnell and a raid horn from Thord Karu. I lucked out on my first try with both! And yes, fierce women can wear nail polish on their fingernails and toes—this one of Zozicon’s latest with beautiful spring textures and colors from the Pre-Release Gacha Garden.

Fierce Female

My skin is PeachieMuah’s latest for her doll series. I can imagine this skin could be a perfect doll-like skin on a different shape but on mine it turns out to be a little more sophisticated, despite the dimples. I love the liner around the eyes and their shape with well-groomed brows and a slight blush. My hair is a two-piece mesh beauty from Morphine Janick. I love the blonde texture and having it in two pieces allows the option to not wear the braid and just have the wind blown look.

Fierce Female

“I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.” ~ Margaret Mead

Hair: [monso] My Hair – Elsa/ Light Blonde by Morphine Janick for [monso]

Skin: (FreshFace) Belle Natural _ Smaller breasts by PeachieMuah for Fresh Face *

Eyes: !Musa! Agate Eyes Wheat by Filomena Quinnell for Musa, available at We Love Roleplay

Dress: =Mirage= Ashwari Dress – Dark – Passion by Spooky Mistwallow for =Mirage= Arabian Treasure Company *

Sword: [HOT] Medieval Sword (In Right Hand) by Reynevan3

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

Nail appliers: -{ZOZ}- Magenta Purple – Fingernail Hud Single by Zozicon for ZOZ, available at the Pre-Release Gacha Garden *

Bracelets: Baiastice_Snake Bracelet-red gold by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Horn: Primus.X Raid Horn 1.2 (female) (silver) by Thord Karu for Primus Weapons, available at We Love Roleplay

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance)  – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: ISON – lace-up gladiator sandals (plum) by Harry Hyx for Ison

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

I Wanna Be Evil

I Wanna Be Evil

I’ve posed for pictures with Iv’ry Soap
I’ve petted stray dogs, and shied clear of dope
My smile is brilliant, my glance is tender
But I’m noted most for my unspoiled gender

Prim and proper, the girl who’s never been kissed
Well, I’m tired of being pure and not chaste

Like something that seeks its level
I wanna go to the devil
I wanna be evil, I wanna spit tacks
I wanna be evil, and cheat at jacks
I wanna be wicked, I wanna tell lies
I wanna be mean, and throw mud pies

I wanna be evil, little evil me
Just as mean and evil as I can be

~ “ I Want to Be Evil” by Eartha Kitt

I Wanna Be Evil

I wanna be evil and the best way to be evil is to be deadly beautiful. With one of Mami Jewell’s newest gowns, I am wicked in the sexiest way. Mami has embraced mesh and brought her lush textures to a medium that is crowded with less-than-ideal artwork. She has also done what I love seeing designers do—mixing prims and mesh—this time with a feathered collar to create a dramatic, face-framing shape and beautiful satin flexi prims on the bottom for movement and elegance. Everything this gown is dramatic but not overstated.

I Wanna Be Evil

My vampiress look is achieved from several elements. First, Aida Ewing featured the Lucy skins a few weeks ago and with their “snow” complexion and very subtle brows and lips contrasting with a dark dark eye, they are perfect for this gorgeous specter. I found fangs from Sissy Pessoa were a perfect tattoo overlay—not too overt and elegant. And Carina Larsen’s white, elegantly rolled up-do is the epitome of restrained refinement that our cold-blooded beauty needs.

I Wanna Be Evil

And in the theatre
I want to change my seat
Just so I can step on everybody’s feet

Hair: Amacci Hair Estra ~ White by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Skin: Glam Affair – Lucy – Snow – 03 A by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Fangs: Baiastice_fangs tattoo by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes – Platinum by Ikon Innovia for  IKON

Dress: -AZUL- Iolanda/Ruby by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Jewelry: :::Sn@tch Languid Gothic Ribbon Choker::: by Ivey Deschanels for Sn@tch

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Long by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

A Bright Summer Day

A Bright Summer Day

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

~ Mary Oliver in “The Summer Day”

A Bright Summer Day

What are you doing with the beautiful days of summer? Every day I get up and try to get out and see something, do something, experience something–going to the farmer’s market, knitting with friends, sitting on the beach enjoying the lake. And in SL I am doing the same thing–venturing out again–dancing, sailing, shopping, and making new friends.

A new friend I made decided to introduce me to an old friend of his and took me to her store. I already knew of her because she was one of the great designers who participated in Fashion for Life, but I was glad to have another opportunity to check out her store. AmySue Shirakawa has been in world for 4 years, running her business and making sporty, sexy apparel for women across the grid, all reasonably priced. Take this cute dress, for example—a summertime confection. With its very pretty print and great cut, it’s ideal as a sundress for hot summer days. I love the sheerness of the skirt and that pattern on the hem. She includes a hat with color-changing hair AND shoes with this, but I opted to match this with new wedges from Pixieplumb Flanagan.

A Bright Summer Day

I have donned Sissy Pessoa’s newest skin release, a beautiful porcelain skin with beautiful makeup. Most in the set are a bit more muted than this makeup but it’s so colorful and perfect for this summery ensemble. The body is well defined with a great décolletage and really nice legs. I wore it over a willowy shape from Sophia Rossen. Sissy’s skin fit perfectly to Sophia’s well-done shape.

I paired it with one of Kavar Cleanslate’s newest hairs. I am in love with this particular blonde color–Chardonnay. Is it the name or the color, I wonder? Kavar is rocking this feathered and wavy, 70s revisited look and while I get nervous about static long hair like this, it performed well in different poses.

My choker and bracelet are further add-ons to the summer flower theme. Danielle Astonia’s jewelry is really quite astounding and versatile. One pack purchased from her includes several colors (instead of potentially laggy color-changing scripts) and is finely crafted. Notice the roses running down the back. A visit to her store is a jewelry lover’s delight.

A Bright Summer Day

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  ~Henry James

Hair: ::Exile:: Georgina:Chardonnay by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: Baiastice_Nina-porcelaine -make up 11- BL by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Shape: Sophistishapes – ANNABEL bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Azure (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: !   [Adored]  APRIL PINK by AmySue Shirakawa for [Adored] *

Choker and bracelet: *Arwen Choker White w/o flexy* and *Arwen Bracelet White* by Danielle Astonia for La Forgia Jewels *

Shoes: BM ZsaZsa Wedge Pink Roses by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Out of the blue, you waltz back into my heart….

Out of the Blue

A pretty summer dress, sleeveless and elegant, is what a girl needs for a night out dancing. This lovely little dress from Sissy Pessoa fits the bill. With a sculpty top and skirt, it would almost seem it might not work but Sissy has built in all sorts of win with various sized tops (I put the XL on first by accident and flipped til I realized she had several tops to accommodate different sized avatars, which is a great move.) The skirt comes with and without an AO so you can try a different way of moving or not. The textures are, in Sissy’s usual manner, beautiful and stylish. She has her finger on fashionable prints.

Out of the Blue

My skin is the glowing and glorious new Audrey from Diarmiud Miklos, coming out on Saturday. I showed a different skin tone a couple days ago. Seeing it in tanned is a whole different story. The lips are bee-stung and beautiful, the eyes gloriously colored with ethereal shadows. My earrings are Rama Anatine’s offering for Accessory Fair, a loosely Egyptian-symbol-themed gold pair with a beautifully textured blue stone.

I have been showing you shapes from Freedom Parx/GM Nikolaidis for a couple months now under the name “Freestyle.” GM has opened a store for poses now and rebranded under the name “Fluke.” I am showing a handful of his poses here.

Out of the Blue

When I’m just about over you, you tear me apart.
With your smooth talking words, and promises from yesterday.
With the sound of your voice and the things that you say.

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

Skin: ISPACHI Skin [ AUDREY ] Tanned ~ Hair/Azure by Diarmuid Miklos for ISPACHI *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Steel Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: Baiastice_poletje-blue by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Earrings: “R.A.Crystal”*Maria* gold by Rama Anatine for R.A.Crystal, available at the Accessory Fair

Shoes: Vlintuition Velvet Bag – Chinese Brocade Heels – Blue Blossom by Vlinder Reitveld for Vlintuition

Poses by GM Nikolaidis/Freestyle Parx for Fluke *