Brick House

She’s a brick—-house
Mighty mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out
She’s a brick—-house
The lady’s stacked and that’s a fact,
ain’t holding nothing back.

~ Brick House by the Commodores

Brick House

One of the fantasies of SL is being drop dead sexy. But what IS sexy. Some think it’s waif thin, some think it’s emo, some think it’s being model-like (tall, thin and strangely proportioned). Well I think it’s being “mighty mighty.” It’s easy to do in this amazingly-built corset from Khai Sinister. Between the sculpties on top and bottom (shaping the body) and the system pieces in the middle, this corset visually cinches the body in as a good corset should. I am particularly amazed at the details shown including the well-drawn buckles, the ribbon bows and the way the textures on the sculpties match seamlessly with the body. (I will note that I changed my shape for this. The sliders all got upped a bit.)

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I am wearing Tuli Asturias’ new skin for the Gina series from The Dressing Room, which completes this smokin’ look. Tuli has come upon a clever idea here—sell the collection one by one to keep them coming back. The skins are beautiful and such a great deal—how can you beat 65L for something that looks THIS good? In the end, if she releases 10 of them a whole fat pack will be only 650L! It’s a no-brainer—go get the skins!

Brick House

Shake it down, shake it down now

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Lady Sophia-black WO/lights by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Gina 04 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, sold exclusively at The Dressing Room

Corset: <TheAbyss> F_Gear//[Black]Pruriency_Corset by Khai Sinister for <TheAbyss>

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for Love Soul

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

Queen

Ever meet a woman with magnificence? It’s the only word I can think of—magnificence. She’s a queen. She’s strong, quiet, commanding.

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I found the outfit for such a queen at Isaura Simon’s store. With her beautifully drawn textures (especially the gems wrapping around the torso and the motif gem piece), Isaura knows how to dress a powerful woman. Her garments say she owns this place. This ensemble comes complete with the staff which has a mini AO built in that includes poses such as the one you see above.

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Isaura carefully constructs her skirts with tiered prims and a close-up look will show gems falling off the shoulder pads—an incredible touch. Her system pieces are clean—no ghosting and a very gently rendered drop shadow to give more depth to the piece. The bra and panties underneath include a brilliant sparkling texture. It all works.

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I wear hair from Sky Everett. Sky has been quiet as of late—producing but not spending a lot of time in SL, it seems. We miss you Sky :( Isn’t this hair magnificent?

I forewent the shoes sold with the outfit to go with some wonderfully detailed shoes from Rosie Lavochkin. Not only did Rosie include the signs of the zodiac across the main strap, but she imprints the big toenail with a gem and builds a shoe that is sexily strappy. (Check out the swirly on the heel.) These shoes are for women who mean business.

Queen

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Lady Saelanar (CAHH 2010) by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs (It was for the Crazy Arse Hair Hunt, and I thought it would be gone, but guess what? It’s still up there!)

Skin: -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 7 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Outfit: Dream Walker Outfit by Isaura Simons for Designs by Isaura

Shoes: *Deviant Designs* Astrology (Taurus) by Rosie Lavochkin for Deviant Designs

Wicked Fishing

Another in a seeming series of black and wicked outfits. I am beginning to wonder if this is some sort of unconscious response to all the pretty mermaid outfits I did last week.

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This outfit, once featured as the outfit in the fishing pond at DV8 (I kid you not), is my choice of sin today. With its sweetheart neckline, sexy off-shoulder sweater and shorty short flirty flexi skirt, this is an outfit made for sin.. but only in the sweetest way. Let me remark here that Vasha Martinek has further expanded on this outfit by making several colors of the tank that goes with this. She has this entire outfit (29 pieces which include a number of tops, jeans, this skirt, and the boots) and several colors of the boots on sale as well.

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I show it with a skin from Syndel Daviau, who showed at the Fantasy Faire. (Yes, I thought I was done too, but clearly not, because Syndel deserved her day.) Worn on my usual shape, the nose on this shape shows itself a bit differently, so my facial structure seems very changed. I really like the eyebrows (and remember, I am an eyebrow freak), and the coloring of the eye shadows is hauntingly beautiful. Syndel also chooses a decolletage with what might be called “enhanced” breasts. Many women in SL like this look; it’s not my usual but it suits this outfit perfectly.

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Finally the boots, also made by Vasha Martinek and also once part of the fishing expedition at DV8. (When have you ever gone fishing and HOPED you would get the boot?) She is serving up 13 (!) additional colors of these boots and yes, they can be purchased separately.

Wicked

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Queen of damnation/midnight by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: [TS] Season 1 – Dark – Make 1 by Syndel Daviau for Tribal Soul Designs *

Outfit (including boots): GO FISH! +DV8+ Bad Poetry by Vasha Martinek for DV8 *

Ring: P.C; Black Pearl Ring by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Boots: +DV8+ Morrhigan Bitchboots – Blood Vasha Martinek for DV8 * (if purchased separately)

Collecting Art

Lorac Farella IM’d me with the words I always like to hear from her—“Would you like to see some new skins?” Lorac, as has become apparent with this blog, is usually my skin maker of choice. I try other skins, but I always end up with Lorac’s because they “look like” Harper.

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One of my fantasies in this other life was to be an art collector; as a result I have an extensive collection of art on prims, but honestly, some of the best art I own comes in the form of fashion, skins, hair, etc. Lorac’s are, of my collection, some of the best of the best. They provide me the most aesthetic and personal enjoyment.

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Her new “Life” line has the hallmarks of a Lorac skin—the detailed and almost poignant eyes, the luscious drawn lips, the finely defined collarbones, the beautifully arched eyebrows (and I have to say, with skins, it’s *always* about the eyebrows for me), the deliciously drawn sensuous body. A woman in Lorac’s skin is a woman—not a girl, not a Barbie doll, not an anime cartoon. She is a full and entire woman.

Collecting Art

Unlike many bloggers, I choose not to do the omnibus approach to showing the skins—you can see that in the store. I chose one to wear, and I wore paeoti Pomeray’s sexy and fun lingerie with it so you can see the approach of two different artists—where Lorac is almost painterly, paeoti’s textures are smoother and more bright and contrasted. Yet the two look good together.

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Then I top it all with another artist’s work—Sky Everett’s hair. I have said before Sky’s hair is fantasy hair—piled-high, full, extravagant and luxurious, her hair is the dream of beautiful women across the grid. One could never say Sky is parsimonious with her textures or prims—or her talents.

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For the collector:

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Kiera hair black W/bangs/WO/lights by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone4 m4/Black brows by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Lingerie: !!!Paeoti_Maladay Costume/Lingerie by paeoti Pomeray for Nymphetamine

Shoes: HOC Apparel – MIB Stilettos 2 by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

The Living Tableau

Today’s blog is not about an outfit but about an idea about showing fashion in SL. On Saturday, RFyre staged a fashion show of different style, one that didn’t rely on models walking down a catwalk but relied on models being interactive characters in what we called a “living tableau.” We wanted to show Raven Pennyfeather’s fashions to their best advantage, and as a team, we were able to execute a very successful show.

RFyre Tableau Show

Photo and Invitation by SC Tracy

Our living tableau was based on a story I cooked up about a vampire named Aleksandr and his family, gathered from around the globe from many time periods for a serious meeting of the minds and fangs. The premise is they were gathered and our visitors were invited to have an audience with Aleksandr with the Family looking on. It was based on my devouring the Twilight book series and watching too much True Blood.

RFyre Tableau Show

Photo by SC Tracy. Viscount Menatep as Aleksandr.

Viscount Menatep built the set based on a photo he had found, with feedback from SC Tracy and me. Viscount built most of it in two nights with tweaks later. Let met tell you, Viscount is not just a gorgeous, sexy model; he is one heck of a builder. (You can see more of his work at Avant Garde. He IS for hire.)

RFyre Tableau Show

The tableau sans models, built by Viscount Menatep.

SC Tracy did the portraits based on my idea about having portraits arrayed around the room as sales panels. He assembled the portraits in Photoshop after he had photographed each one of the models. He and his partner, fairie palen, framed the pieces after fairie made the beautiful frames in Maya. He was meticulous about each portrait, matching it to the character description I had written for each character with Lum Lumley’s help (which you may have seen on the feeds—we sent them out for several days in preparation for the show). SC is a RL graphic artist who works in fashion, so his input was invaluable. He definitely contributed to the whole vision as he does to many things for RFyre now.

RFyre Tableau Show

Photo by SC Tracy. SC Tracy as Stefan.

The concept of a “static show” started with Shenlei Flesheart, who has been doing such shows at the Fashion Research Institute in which I have modeled. She has staged shows with static models for a time now. In fact, even her runway shows include a poseball one rides down the runway so the model doesn’t have to worry about lag. Shen’s perspective, and she’s right, is that allowing people to come and go to view the items rather than having to sit through an entire show, is much more convenient. I agree.

RFyre Tableau Show

Photo by SC Tracy. Magz Maddox as Isabel and Vasha Martinek as Maribel.

We decided to up the ante by having the show be interactive. RFyre has a huge following in the RP community, so it would stand to reason that a lot of our customers would like to come “play.” Our models, as well, enjoyed playing quite a bit. We flung bon mots back and forth. And we engaged our visitors. They came and had a full interactive experience—not just sitting and complaining in IM about the clothes and the model falling off the runway and the lag. (Well perhaps they did IM about the clothes and the lag, though I saw little lag, but I think we kept them pretty busy.)

RFyre Tableau Show

Photo by SC Tracy. Dex Minotaur as Theo.

Because we did this ourselves, we did not have to rely on a modeling agency to assemble experienced models for this show because we didn’t have to put the models through the rigors of fighting lag (which is really, very important for catwalk models—the best are very experienced in this). We were able to start on time because even if one model was missing, the whole show wasn’t held up (and in fact, when our models crashed, they simply logged back in and took their stand again). We also didn’t have to rely on an agency to find a sim, assemble a catwalk, write scripts, etc. Our models were styled as we and they pleased.

Additionally for the show, instead of fiddling around with poses and AOs, the models simply posed on pose stands that were loaded with several static poses, and they each had a HUD they could use to control the stands, switching from pose to pose as they pleased. I loaded the stands with poses I owned—they had to bring nothing.

RFyre Tableau Show

Photo by SC Tracy. Sabein Streeter as Celeste.

This all took considerable organizing and discussion, of course. Raven assured we had a working timetable in a spreadsheet we shared among each other and kept us all to task, checking in with us frequently. Izabellea Catteneo, our assistant at RFyre, released notices to many RP groups and kept tabs on the sim.

RFyre Tableau Show

Photo by SC Tracy. Avrele Guisse as Adeline.

We were privileged to have some pretty gorgeous folks there—Viscount Menatep, one of the sexiest male models in SL; Dex Minotaur, my favorite cowboy and a great model himself; SC Tracy, Director of Advertising for RFyre and hunk; the ever helpful Ruin Quan and his mate, raethe Rhiadra; Valeries Muircastle, my beautiful friend from Germany; Sky Everett, who needs no introduction; the deadly sexy Nigel Riel, who carried the RP portion of the show; Sabein Streeter, fashionista extraordinaire; Vasha Martinek, the ingenious organizer of the Twisted Hunt and a great DJ; magz Maddox, one of our treasured Luminaries; Breezy Carver, owner of Piermont Landing at New Babbage; Avrele Guisse, designer for the Avrele line; and oh yeah, Raven and me.

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Photo by SC Tracy. Valeries Muircastle as Carmen.

The tableau is still up for a few days. You can go to Isle RFyre and duck in the door next to the tp entrance point. And the portraits are still set for selling the outfits ;)

Sheltered from the Storm

Paeoti Pomeray is BACK! I want to shout that from tops of the Linden trees! Paoeti is BACK!

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What do I mean by back? Did paeoti ever really leave? Not sure about that but for a while there, Nymphetamine was riding sky high. You wanted a beautiful, lush, sexy dress, you went to Nymphetamine. I remember meeting paeoti when I did my first article in SL. I was so excited to meet her and I prepared by visiting her impressive sim and store, viewing all the amazing content. She was so friendly and so generous, and her work was impressive. We remained friends. Then paeoti was quiet for a while. We didn’t see a lot of new content from her—she took a break.

Well, she’s back, helped by savvy Manager Stacy Maracas, and she’s still making amazing fashion. I chose to wear the new Tre’Lace Formal Dress for these photos because the textures are so beautiful and romantic and dark. Paeoti has ingeniously layered a lace layer over the satin skirt layer to provide a complex skirt construction that moves gloriously when you’re dancing or walking. Her underlying system piece work is, as always, impeccable.

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I wore a pale pale skin from Pulse to offset the beauty of the blackness. Lorac Farella’s hand drawn skins are an artistic and beautiful alternative to the photo-sourced or simplistic skins so prevalent nowadays. I am a huge fan of Lorac’s (as anyone reading this blog would know). I never altered my shape to wear her skins and from the first day I tried one on, they spoke to me. They were expressive in photographs and made my beauty unique.

I adorned the dress with jewelry from Tiffy Vella. Eclectica is one of the new up and comers in the jewelry world, as far as I am concerned. Her pieces are classy, dressy, and unique. These are not pieces you purchase at the mall—you would find them in a boutique or at an art dealer’s gallery.

Sheltered from the Storm

Come in from the rain:

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Quiet seduction-Raven by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Pearl/Twist BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: !Paeoti_Tre’Lace Formal Dress by paeoti Pomeray for Nymphetamine

Necklace, Earrings, and Ring: Eclectica Chevron Garnet by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Cinderella for a Day

I am featuring another one of Shenlei Flesheart’s students at Shengri-La. Missy Lavecchia, like many women who enter SL, has fallen in love with the idea of dressing up in a full skirt with twinkling sequins and bows and all the pretty things girls really like, and she envisions this dream with Bella Fantastique.

Missy made this lovely evening gown—MS Midnight—for one of her classes with Shenlei. With it’s full skirt and sparkling detail, Missy captures the fantasy we all have of feeling oh so pretty. Missy ingeniously puts a sparkling overlay on the skirt with scalloped chains of sparkles. What is hard to show in the photo is how fluidly these layers move—it’s actually quite captivating. Missy repeats that sparkle motif along the decollatage and around the low cut back. Her seams are, as one would expect of one of Shen’s students, dead on. For a relative newbie (she first rezzed in March this year), Missy is taking SL by storm.

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I styled this dress with a dramatic updo from Sky Everett Designs—the Sovereign, and I piled on the jewels to turn this dress from pretty to royal.

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This ensemble is completed with Cinderella’s glass slippers from Melanie Zhao. Thank you, Melanie, for knowing every girl’s secret desire—a glass slipper to leave for her Prince Charming to find.

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What to wear before the clock strikes midnight:

Hair (with jewels), Necklace and Earrings: Sky Everett Designs-Sovereign Silver by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: Pulse Skin – Timeless ll/Makeup 3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Bella Fantasique – MS Midnight DB by Missy Lavecchia for Bella Fantastique

Shoes: ~Zhao~ Lovis Cinderella by Melanie Zhao for ~Zhao~ Shoes

Red Velvet

Winter Jefferson, blogging vampire and tireless organizer of Swansong, whispered in my ear the other night that he had seen the perfect gown for me. Winter doesn’t realize my inventory is FULL of the gowns “perfect for me”—about 450 of them. (Don’t ask…) But, still, hope springs eternal, so I went to check it out.

When I teleported into Black Swan, I saw what he saw. Redheads CAN wear red and THIS redhead loves to wear red. Tabitha Ninetails of the Dancing Academy has outdone herself with this elegant evening gown. From the cleverly constructed décolletage to the careful and beautiful rendering on the system pieces, I can feel the rich fabric lying on my skin, the open back and exposed shoulders caressed by the air, the heavy skirts swirling around my legs with each step. I feel elegant and regal. Winter was soooo right.

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I have topped this ensemble with Sky Everett’s Reign in red and a cute pair of earrings Nonna Hedges just sent through that I imagine she has made in Maya. Little diamond-studded Eiffel Towers add a little something different to the ensemble. They aren’t your mother’s pearl studs.

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Maitreya’s elegant and sexy Verve pumps complete the outfit.

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What she wore to the party:

Hair: Sky Everett Designs Reign/red1 by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: (ebony & ivory) LIV red by Tura Sirbu for Ebony & Ivory

Dress: *la* Candace Aflame by Tabitha Ninetails for The Laughing Academy being sold now at Black Swan until August 17

Earrings: silver diamond eiffel tower earings by Nonna Hedges for Details by Nonna Hedges

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black2 by Beauvoir Rousselot for Maitreya

Princess for a Day

Sky Everett, in her usual manner, has given the Black Swan Swansong sale an incredible hair piece with Princess Liante. With it’s paradoxically ancient and futuristic shape, this will adorn women across the grid either as high fashion or as role-playing accoutrement.

A furniture designer and a home builder, Sky has lent her considerable texturing and prim building talents to making hair for ladies all over the grid. Sky makes hair like no one else—it’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s many women’s fantasy. Princess Liante comes with a gorgeous jeweled ponytail that snakes around to the front. With hair pulled up in back, it comes with or without facelights.

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Even better, it comes with a variety of jewels. You get a pair of beautiful earrings and two collars, one that faces backwards and one that faces forwards. You also get a set of jewels that can be worn on the back of the hair piece or on top as a crown.

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The crown suits me….

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I chose to show the hair with Mallu Mayo’s dress Etherna. This hair has to take center stage but it has to be accompanied by a simple classic dress. Mallu’s work is clean and well-constructed. As someone remarked when they saw me in this, “Not everyone can pull off an empire waist in SL. Looks great!”

I love AOHARU’s Suede Lace Up Sandals with this dress. I show them here without the dress so you can see up close that prim toes/feet don’t have to cost a lot and don’t need to have the fat ankle and mismatched skin.

Princess for a Day

What the princess wore:

Hair with jewels: Sky Everett Designs – Princess Liante (full set) by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

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

Dress: * REALE *Etherna Dress (Pearl) Bay Mallu Mayo for Reale

Shoes: AOHARU_WALK_SuedeLaceupSandals_White by machang Pichot for AOHARU

A quick shout out to some friends who have helped or been helping me with this blog including Winter Jefferson of In Cold Blood, Raven Haalen of Raven’s Roost and his partner Isle Lunasea, and my two biggest critical advisors–fashion photog buddy Wilhelm and architect Stephen. (They don’t have blogs.. they do this stuff for real. So they are kind enough to fuss at my photos in-world while they are trying to relax.)

Thanks also to Saeya for hooking me up with that Photosphere! My own hollowed-out sphere was getting to be a drag.

And moo, I love ya, babe!