The Door Ajar

The Door Ajar

I leave the door ajar
so that sometime it might
tempt you to try.

~ Traditional Flamenco

The Door Ajar

Sands Leavitt pulled a double whammy recently with a sexy outfit at Uber and a great corset at We <3 RP. I decided to mix n match the two for this stunning look. Since Sands is a game artist anyway, he gets “materials” in SL and has included the feature with his mesh pieces, which you can see from the lights bouncing off the leather of the corset and jeans. (I took my photos at the beautiful Elysion and you can see a red lamp’s light on my hip and another light on my backside, diffused on the leather texture.) The corset comes in two pieces so if you wish to forgo the top part, you can have a single sexy corset for your look. I accessorized with ankle boots from Glamistry and the gorgeous geometric gacha jewelry Mea Carnell has out for Gacha Guardians. The 100 Block is opening on April 9 and Zozicon has great nail appliers for Matreya, Omega and Slink available.

The Door Ajar

Umazuma Metaluna is releasing this smokey-eyed skin at Collabor88 this round and once again, I am blown away by the beauty of the features and the sexiness of the makeup. I admit I tinted the lip a little using the Catwa hud colors and blending it so I had a deeper lip. My mysterious eyes are Uma’s feature for The Chapter Four. I have been waiting for new eyes from her and I am not disappointed! Mirja Mills has made this lovely braid with wisps that float about the face for Hairology, which is opening April 10. It’s almost, but not quite, a Lara Croft look.

The Door Ajar

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * KRISTEN * by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:., available at Hairology, opening April 10 *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Annie V4.5 by Catwa Clip for CATWA

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Sonya (Catwa Skin Applier) honey by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Sona  eye collection – 3 by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery], available at the Chapter Four *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: [Azuchi] Natasha Corset Maitreya Red by Sands Leavitt for [Azuchi], available at We Love RP *

Pants: [Azuchi] Kylie Pants Maitreya Black by Sands Leavitt for [Azuchi], available at Uber *

Nails: {ZOZ} Urban Queen Black Tip Polish (Maitreya) HUD by Zozicon for ZOZ, available at the 100 Block *

Jewelry: Meva Salmi Bangle, Ring and Earrings in black by Mea Carnell for Meva, available for Gacha Guardians *

Boots: Glamistry : NEMESIA AnkleBoots – maitreya by Glamistry for Glamistry *

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

Taken at Elysion

The Door Ajar

No Regrets

No Regrets

Tanto que hacer
Hay tanto que hacer
Me siento bien
No hay tiempo que perder
Tanto que ver
Hay tanto que ver
Cuál ser mi hazaña
Al abrir mis pestañas?

~ “No Regrets” by Gaby Moreno

No Regrets

The lyrics of this song translate to, “So much to do/ So much to do/ I´m willing and able/ No time to lose,” and I sure felt that way when a pal visited me this weekend. We raced around seeing things and eating and drinking like bacchanalians and we saw Gaby Moreno open for Calexico in a most awesome concert. I came back to gather up my messages and oops, Shiny Shabby had opened with a ton of great stuff.

Star with this fantastic long sweater with a low cut V-back from Kiddo Oh which is making the tour of all the great blogs (and mine). Available in four colors, with a simple knit texture and sexy silhouette, it will make your autumn evenings warm. I paired it with Senzati0n Domenitzo’s killer heels with their lacy ankle strap and Bastchild Lotus and Paul Lapointe’s lovely necklace for the Body Modification Expo plus Kathya Szczepanski’s HUD-driven ring set.

No Regrets

Sawsan Secretspy has been making appliers like a mad woman lately, and this applier, available at Designer Circle, is a gorgeous look for the Ever mesh head from Lelutka (and probably for any of their mesh heads). With a dark liner, it looked great with Thora Charron’s lashes and I love Mina Nakamura’s new layered ‘do for Tres Chic and its beautiful textures.

No Regrets

Hair: MINA Hair – Elin (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Tres Chic *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-EVER v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. Golden Lelutka Kate appl. by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Flirtacious  eyes – 9 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at The Cosmetic Fair *

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.01 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Sweater: Juniper Maxi Sweater – Brown – Maitreya by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Shiny Shabby*

Necklace: L&B Swear “BOHO” Necklace by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild, available at the Body Modifcation Expo *

Rings: Kibitz – Melody {right} maitreya – copper by Kathya Szczepanski for Kibitz, available at Shiny Shabby*

Shoes: Essenz – Marseille (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Shiny Shabby*

Poses by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie *

No Regrets

Drive

Drive

Grab the keys and let’s go for a ride

~ “Drive” by Dornik

Drive

The theme for SL12B this year is “What Dreams May Come” and having a backstage pass gives me a lot of insight into people’s dreams. I toodled around the sims on a motorcycle by NiR McBride that I got The Men’s Dept after I finished my own exhibit and enjoyed the views that are developing. Of course, nothing is completed, so I was careful to skirt around and not show anything that isn’t already kinda public, like the awesome Auditorium.

I put on an easy look—the new outfit Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus have released at their store, a set of their best pieces in black—jacket, jeans and boots plus a tank add-on that includes a HUD with several texture choices. This is a great entry level into their stuff and lets you test out the fit for yourself. (And the fit over my Maitreya body is fantastic).

Drive

Shylah Honey’s newest hair for On9 was my go-to look for this adventure with the wild wavy locks pulled to the side. I have put Umazuma Metaluna’s gorgeous skin applier on the Lotte head from Jadenarts. She is selling this set at the Chapter Four and I have to say, it’s sublime. The freckled version is gorgeous.Sunglasses from Glamistry with his great texture-change HUD keep the glow out. (“Future’s so bright I gotta wear shades…”)

Drive

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Lexique by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at On9 *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-LOTTE v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Head applier: [theSkinnery] London (LeLutka Applier) (honey) by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at the Chapter Four *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Chocolate eyes – Truffles by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery]

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Outfit (including boots): L&B Swear “Drift Mesh” Leather Jacket Outfit by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Sunglasses: Glamistry: Sunglasses PU2003 by Glamistry for Glamistry *

Motorcycle: [sau]Kuazi[lite][TMD][Matt Black] by NiR McBride for [sau]motors, available at The Men’s Dept

Drive

A Doll’s Life

A Doll’s Life

“You can buy about four hundred tiny fashion separates that mix and match to create three tasteful outfits. In that way, the doll is incredibly lifelike. Chilling, even.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

A Doll's Life

Tatyana Ultsch is participating in Burlesque this month, and I thought I would dress up to match her great corseted dress. First the dress, which is a great mesh style that she has made with varying proportions for bigger booties and boobs and smaller ones. I matched it up with stockings from LacunaInc. These were made for the PhatAzz but I slipped the script out and put it in an Omega converter so I could wear them on the Belleza mesh body. I hunted around and found these great Victorian boots from Jackal Ennui, testament that an SL old timer can go with the times and do mesh well. My gloves from Fyre Furse and Sugar Falta I tripped on in MP and laced on to dress up my look. And my pretty necklace is Maxi Gossamer’s contribution for FaMESHed.

A Doll's Life

I am wearing Umazuma Metaluna’s skin for the Season’s Story, a beautiful look that comes with dark and light brows, a smoked eye tattoo option as well as blush and beauty marks and her great lip intensity system, for which I custom-colored my lips. (I love that option—any lipstick I want!) This time I used her applier on the Belleza body because I was having a problem with the Maitreya body in advanced lighting. The transition seems a lot better on the Belleza body for this applier.

Bubbles Clawtooth, that darling of fabulosity, has put this gorgeous loose hair out for Collabor88. With a separate HUD to switch up the color of the bow in back, it’s a versatile hair for many kind of looks, especially this pretty dolly look.

A Doll's Life

Hair: Clawtooth: Yvette – Bodacious Blondes by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Blair – Bare face(honey) BB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Blair Smokey Eyes and [theSkinnery] Blair Lip Intensity 3 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at the Season’s Story *

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

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Dress: :::i::: Yva Dress – Blue by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at Burlesque *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Love Surrender – Long by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Gloves: X-DollZ Glove by Fyre Furse and Sugar Falta for X-Dollz

Nail appliers: [LB Chrome Pink] *Belleza* Manicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Stockings: *LACUNA* Sophia Thigh High Stockings – Set 2 by LacunaInc for Lacuna *

Boots: lassitude & ennui Selene mesh boots black by Jackal Ennui for lassitude & ennui

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *

A Doll's Life

Come and Gone

Come and Gone

Just as we lose hope
she ambles in,
a late guest
dragging her hem
of wildflowers,
her torn
veil of mist,
of light rain,
blowing
her dandelion
breath
in our ears;
and we forgive her,
turning from
chilly winter
ways,
we throw off
our faithful
sweaters
and open
our arms.

~ “Spring” by Linda Pastan

Come and Gone

I might get warm here finally. We are suffering the last few days of spring with rain and 55 but the flowers are planted and seem to be thriving. The Meyer lemon plant Eshi gave me for my birthday is blooming. (OMG, BEST smelling blossoms EVER.) My bike is out and about. Spring has finally come!

In celebration, I am wearing a look that is not promoting anything really except I like it. Hadarah Steamer has a great little store with mesh and jewelry, mostly RP-related items, but her textures and pieces are excellent and everything is very inexpensive. I loved this green dress, especially with the gorgeous belt and arm cuffs that come with it. This is chic, no matter where you go! Anemysk Karu is offering these gorgeous heels at Fashion for Life. (See? I slipping something in!)

Come and Gone

Queue Marlowe brought out this great up-do a couple weeks ago and I love how she piles it on. Queue, who has never been one who fears abundance, gives us curls on curls, with her distinctive curl textures with great high and low lights. Matched with one of Umazuma Metaluna’s distinctively gorgeous skins and new mesh eyes from Jale Jules (which seem to show lighter in my windlight), it’s a look to pass from Spring to Summer.

Come and Gone

Hair: AD – chance – dark browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

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

Eyes: small Hazel by Jale Jules for XOLO *

Outfit: Actea Green Outfit by hadarah Steamer for Sweet Lies Designs

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Toenails Applier Slink A/E – set 213 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at My Attic *

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

Shoes: ANE Strappy Heels Gold by Anemysk Karun for .ANE, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Amble *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Bonsai

Bonsai

A bonsai can never be a finished work of art…because it will always be a
living piece of nature, continuing to live and grow. ~ John Naka, master bonsai cultivator

Bonsai

I like to think each one of us is our own bonsai, grown and pruned with patience and care, shaped by our environment. My beautiful geisha look was carefully developed and grown, starting with this sexy kimono from Iki Akiri, which comes in fitted mesh only. I am still trying to love fitted mesh with mixed feelings. It means I have to use the fitted mesh viewer, which doesn’t always love my computer (performance varies depending on the time of day for whatever reason) and because I still have to tweak my shape somewhat. For this kimono, my butt and hips still had to be tweaked. *sigh* The textures are lovely, especially with a cascade of roses flowing over the skirt and it’s so much fun to wear a kimono in SL that is not made up of 100 different prims.

Bonsai

The Arcade, the bastion of legalized gambling in SL, will be opening on June 1. Take your chances at a number of amazing things including the great prizes I show here! First off, this amazing ‘do from Truth Hawks that includes *squee* sushi as decoration. I went for the traditional cherry blossoms but I know I will be wearing this with the sushi décor in the future. Then Umazuma Metaluna amazed me with a set of gorgeous evocative skins with smokey eyes and gorgeous full lips.

And of course, the bonsai in question are from Arduenn Schwartzman for MadPea and come in 14 variations, but this is the kicker: when you pair the right ones up, they play a piece of music for you upon click. (Yes, thank you, not over and over until you go bonkers). The two tall ones are rares and are a pair and I clicked and listened to a cut from a ponderous symphony. I also noticed they have subtle sparkles that glimmer ever-so-subtly. Buy one, buy ‘em all!

Bonsai

Leave room for the birds to fly through. ~ John Naka

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Sakura Hair with TRUTH HAIR Flowers by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at The Arcade *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Chloe 3 (honey) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at The Arcade *

Eyes: pearl – bog wood – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Kimono: Violent Seduction – Rozuhime (Mint) by Iki Akiri for Violent Seduction, available at Kustom 9

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

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

Shoes: erratic / ira – platform pumps / cyan by Erratic Rain for erratic *

Bonsai by Arduenn Schwartzman for MadPea, available at The Arcade *

  • MadPea Bonsai Hizashi RARE
    MadPea Bonsai Kaidan
    MadPea Bonsai Kasa
    MadPea Bonsai Kojiki
    MadPea Bonsai Majo
    MadPea Bonsai Ryu
    MadPea Bonsai Shihosu
    MadPea Bonsai Tsukikage RARE

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Lula

Lula

“He knew more about the death of Lula Landry than he had ever meant or wanted to know; the same would be true of virtually any sentient being in Britain. Bombarded with the story, you grew interested against your will, and before you knew it, you were so well informed, so opinionated about the facts of the case, you would have been unfit to sit on a jury.” ~ Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

Lula

I have been sitting on that quote a long time to use it for a look and it seems perfect because this look reminds me of Lula Landry, the tragically murdered model from Robert Galbraith’s/J.K. Rowling’s first book about the private investigator, Cormoran Strike. I read the book enthusiastically before I knew Harry Potter’s creator had written it—it really is well-written and incredibly enjoyable with full-fleshed characters and a great plot. Cormoran Strike is a complex and incredibly interesting man. Clearly Harry Potter isn’t the only one she has in her. Now she has a new one coming out in June and I can’t wait!

My Lula is fashionable, of course, but also gentle in the way Lula in the book was. She was not sharp, not a Naomi Campbell. She is a woman of mixed-race, adopted by a wealthy family, clearly loved by them. And loved greatly by the public as well, being beautiful and gentle as she is. So it’s a shock when she has been murdered. This gorgeous maxi-dress from Kim Lysette is a fashionista’s dream with its great silhouette and texture-change HUD (6 variations of this texture) and ridiculously inexpensive at 55L at Fi*Friday. I embellished with a gorgeous new necklace from AvaGardner Kungler, who contributes the best jewels to the grid. As always, her use of color and shape is what amazes.

Lula

My absolutely drop-dead gorgeous skin, the impetus for bringing Lula back, is from Shantia Soulstar. This was one of my favorite skins at Skin Fair this year, breathtaking in its beauty, proportions, and coloring. Her included makeups are subtle enough that the beauty of the skin and the avatar shine through. And with these gorgeous eyes from Umazuma Metaluna and this gorgeous long hair with trimmed bangs framing my face from Truth Hawks, my Lula is every bit the gorgeous, graceful model I imagined.

Lula

“He had never been able to understand the assumption of intimacy fans felt with those they had never met.” ~ Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Maisy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Dk Brows with Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Eyeshadow 07 and Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Lips 08 by Shantia Soulstar for Zoul Creations, available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 1) *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Maple eye – Indian Summer by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery

Dress: [LG]KC Sp14 Lego House Maxi Dress by Kim Lysette for LivGlam/K Collection, available at Fi*Friday *

Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Arara necklace – copper by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Djinn Immortal copper by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

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

Girl About Town

Girl About Town

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.” ~ Gwyn Thomas

Girl About Town

I never used to enjoy walking. I always felt I needed to be going somewhere to make it worth my while but now I realize it’s the journey that makes walking so much better than driving or even biking. I can see into shop windows, notice the flowers (if they ever return), smile at people, enjoy the fresh air.

Girl About Town

I put together an outfit of different pieces to make my walking fashionable. First is the two piece jacket and shirt from Cecilina, which she is selling at The Chapter Four. Part of the 2-for-1 group, you get the under piece and this jacket. Presumably you can wear the jacket without the under shirt but I like them together. I wear them over leggings from Moonbubble Gothly, who includes a HUD of darling textures for changing things out (as seen above). One pair of pants can be worn SO many times. My messenger bag is from Superjaix in the gachas at The Chapter Four. Made for male avatars, I still managed to make it look good with my girl. And I built my whole look around Cyclic Gear’s darling loafers with contrasting bows. They come in several combinations and she has made them to fit the Slink flat foot or Toddleroos.

Girl About Town

My skin is one of the fresh and lovely skins Umazuma Metaluna is offering at The Chapter Four in a gacha. I have looked at all of them and they are all worth the extra cha-ching, especially this rare with its delicate freckles and cat-eye liner. MissAllSunday Lemon has this new hair out at FaMESHed, and it’s definitely worth a look-see because of its versatile styling and as usual, her great textures.

*** I need to make one big important plug! You NEED to walk to the Basilique Playhouse to see Paradise Lost. As you know, I have blogged it but really, truly, it’s a must-see in SL if you see anything. Tickets have gone on sale. (Don’t worry—I made sure to get mine already so you can’t snatch my opening day seats.) I am so stinkin’ excited to see this and I am a jaded SLer. Get your tickets on Marketplace for 1000L or 1500L at the door. Half of all ticket sales will be donated to the WWF Adopt-A-Gorilla Program for Ihoho, the mountain gorilla (who is should be made into a gacha toy, he’s so cute).

Girl About Town

“There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.” ~ Wendell Berry

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Sandy Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Haruko 4 (honey) DB CL1 RARE by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at the The Chapter Four *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Mirror eyes Black (med) by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Top: . potcha + 2byte . le ‘bon black inner and . potcha + 2byte . le ‘bon outer (2) by CECILINA For . potcha, available at the The Chapter Four *

Leggings: [ bubble ] Pattern Leggings by Moonbubble Gothly for [bubble] *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – True Hearts – Short by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Messenger bag: / XIAJ / Ibi Messenger Bag + olive by superjaix for XIAJ, available at the The Chapter Four *

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

Nail applier: Nailed It – French Manicure – Pastels Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: [LVLE] Naenia Slipons – Teal/Lime by Cyclic Gearz for LVLE *

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

Chili

Chili

“The aroma of good chili should generate rapture akin to a lover’s kiss.” ~ Motto of the Chili Appreciation Society International

Chili

A crockpot full of chili is brewing inside today while a snow storm is brewing outside. I have pretty much had enough of winter and I know a lot of people around here feel the same. So what to do except fill my day with color and spice? The chili’s going so now I will dress myself up in color, and this gorgeous outfit from Ariadna Garrigus is making my day. She has chosen a gorgeous embroidered print to embellish this jacket and flared-leg trousers for a little spice, wrapping me up in warm sunshiny bright chili pepper reds and greens and golds. AvaGardner Kungler is sending sunshine from the southern hemisphere my way with her warm painted wood jewelry. I put this beautiful ethnic-beaded necklace on my neck and felt the sun rays touch my skin.

Chili

Umazuma Metaluna has come out with another fabulous new skin with fresh freckles and a defined heavier but groomed brow. Love love this beautiful face with its subtle lip and expressive eyes. The tendrilled hairbase comes on the skin, which is an added plus, especially paired with Tabata Jewell’s wild and wavy pulled back hair. Clicking around on the HUD, I found this brown that matched perfectly and went with lovely translucent eyes from Isabelle Requiem. What a beautiful contrast to the white snow and gray skies outside!

Chili

“Chili is much improved by having had a day to contemplate its fate.” ~ John Steele Gordon

Hair: Vanity Hair:Driven To Tears by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Zoey – Bare face (toffee) BB+H CL1 with [theSkinnery] Zoey – freckles by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at the Chapter Four

Eyes: [Brixley] Haze Eyes – green by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at SL Fashion Week *

Outfit: ***ArisAris AA23 “Film Star” Black by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Ashanti necklace – Colibri by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

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

Boots: *League* Lauren Wedge Boots -Rigged- Leaf by Nena Janus for League

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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