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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When Spring Comes….

When Spring Comes...

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

When Spring Comes...

When spring comes, and undoubtedly it will because a hyacinth in a pot on my dining room table is belling her fragrance and telling me excitedly that spring is coming, some day, soon. My bike is sitting out in the garage, orange and bright blue and hopeful. My gardening clogs are lying obediently by the back door, biding their time. It’s going to come, spring is, I know it.

And when it does I will be damn happy, as I am sure anyone will. This dress from Amberchaudry Corpur reminds me of that happiness with its pastel colors and glittering lines. In shadows, the alphas in the skirt don’t do the dress the greatest favor but in the light most would wear this—unshadowed—it’s quite pretty, and quite a deal at the Designer Showcase. I also got my pink and pretty nail appliers at the Designer Showcase, from S1nful Viper, who features several pastel sets. My bracelets feature materials from Maxi Gossamer.

When Spring Comes...

I rather adore the new skin from Izzie Button that she is offering at the Liaison Collaborative. She offers appliers in her store for all her skin tones and a set of makeups with this skin, which is beautiful and sexy in the best ways. My updo is one of Mirja Mill’s gorgeously created buns with the great hair base. It looks so sleek and so sexy this way. And earrings are Plurabell Laszlo’s offering for I <3 Role Play. They can be used with any outfit that needs a touch of spring.

When Spring Comes...

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~ Anne Bradstreet

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

Skin: Izzie’s – Maci Skin sunkissed LB with Izzie’s – Maci Eyeshadow pink and Izzie’s – Lipstick soft rose by Izzie Button for Izzie’s, available at the Liaison Collaborative

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

Dress: [[ Masoom ]] Veera gown by Amberchaudry Corpur for Masoom, available at Designer Showcase

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Cassis Earring by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai, available at We <3 Roleplay *

Bracelets: MG – Bangles – Sparkly Pearl Cuff – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Nail appliers: SB: Amore Polish Slink Nails by S1nful Viper for Sansa Bella, available at Designer Showcase

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Cherish GOLD by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

She’s a rich girl
She don’t try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

~ “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

She’s a rich girl, don’t try to hide it. She can wear the best so she wears Avagardner Kungler’s stylish shift dress, one of the pieces featured at the Avenue Fashion Week. With a sexy silhouette and a bold geometric design with gems bespeckling the top yoke, this dress is high fashion for a girl who can have whatever she wants. Combined with mixed media shoes with spikey gold heels and a stylish handbag from Babychampagne Sass, the look is tres chic.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Sawsan Secretspy has created a set of skins for the Candy Fair that are absolutely delicious. With pretty features, a gentle blush and candy-flavored eye shadows, these are a fashionable look for any rich girl. Chocolatey eyes from Umazuma Metaluma, also available at the Candy Fair, sweeten the look. MissAllSunday Lemon gives us a darling curly do with a color change hair band and winsome bangs at this month’s FaMESHed.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

People say I’m crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes
Well that’s one way to lose
These walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of my shoes

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Jade Mesh Hair – Dark flame by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Donna Sunkissed 3 RB by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::., available at Candy Fair *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Chocolate eyes – Sea Salt by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at Candy Fair

Dress: (Kunglers) Milla shift dress – Ivory by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, available at Avenue Autumn/Winter Fashion Week *

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

Hand appliers: .::WoW Skins::. * NEW Sunkissed slink applier hands by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::. *

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Love Donna Flora! by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Bracelet: [Crash Republic] Strappy Bracelet – copper trio RARE by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at OMG, Oh My Gacha *

Handbag: {{BSD Design Studio}}Urban chic model handbag giraffe by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Statement shoes cow skin- trio by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at the SL Fashion Week *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox

“My goal with Postmodern Jukebox is to get my audience to think of songs not as rigid, ephemeral objects, but like malleable globs of silly putty. Songs can be twisted, shaped, and altered without losing their identities….” ~ Scott Bradlee from the Postmodern Jukebox website

Postmodern Jukebox

One of my favorite discoveries on YouTube recently has been Postmodern Jukebox. A gentleman named Scott Bradlee rearranges popular pop tunes in different genres. For example, a doo wop version of Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” or a vintage 1940s version of Selena Gomez’ “Come and Get It.” He has some brilliant fellow musicians perform with him—his lead singer is great. Hearing the raunchy lyrics sung in these forms is hilarious as well.

This outfit has a tinge of the postmodern to it. Start with this sheer top from Julliette Westerburg, which she is offering at Collabor88. The brilliance of the top is that it ends just right so you can wear it with other mesh pieces. It fits wonderfully with Paul Lapointe’s new mesh skirt with color change HUD designed by his amazing wife, Bastchild Lotus. The skirt comes with a HUD for 20 different colors and then you can add on this hud for 8 more styles:

Postmodern Jukebox

I love the thin belt, the high waist, the leather-textured panels. Paul and Bast are all about the details, which is what makes this a great piece and an excellent deal (all those colors in one skirt).

Babychampagne Sass is contributing a pair of high fashion, sexy shoes for the SL Fashion Week, which make this look complete. The fashionable red sole (evocative of a Laboutin shoe), the buckles and straps, and of course the stiletto heel give this look an edgy quality, especially when I pair it with Maxi Gossamer’s skull ring for Collabor88.

Postmodern Jukebox

Finally I wear Aida Ewing’s new skin for Collabor88, part of a set that includes wild makeups and then a plainer look—a two-fer bargain for an already low price! Mr. Truth Hawks gives us his new hair with a HUD. A menu of color choices allows the user to choose the shade she wants while keeping her inventory clear of a bazillion prims. Thank you, Truth!

Postmodern Jukebox

I am stuntin’ and flossin’ and
Savin’ my money and I’m hella happy that’s a bargain, bitch

~ “Thrift Shop” from Macklemore and Ryan as done by Postmodern Jukebox

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Rocky – Browns by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Glam Affair – Shanna ( Europa ) Clean ( Brown ) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: .::Mother Goose’s::.eye2013/charcoal brwon_M by milok Hermit for .::Mother Goose’s::., available at Season’s Story

Blouse: -tb- Short Sleeve Blouse – Grey by Julliette Westerburg for Tres Blah, available at Collabor88

Skirt: L&B S’wear (XS) “Pencil Skirt” FatPack with ADD ON HUD L&B “Pencil Skirt” Animal Print by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Glasses: Bubblez Design- Unisex Glasses by Milo Bubble for Bubblez Design

Ring: MG – Rings – Dream Angel Skull Ring – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

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

Hand appliers: Glam Affair – Slink Hands Skin Appliers (Europa) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Nail appliers: Orc Inc. Fingernails – Glitter Split Fatpack by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc. *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}IT girl (L)shining black in by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at the SL Fashion Week *

Poses by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie *

Heatwave

Heat Wave

We’re having a heat wave,
A tropical heat wave,
The temperature’s rising,
It isn’t surprising,
She certainly can can-can.

She started a heat wave
By letting her seat wave
In such a way that
The customers say that
She certainly can can-can.

~ “Heat Wave” by Irving Berlin, as sung by Marilyn Monroe

Heat Wave

I heard it’s really hot in California, like a heat wave. I wonder what starlets wear when it’s hot out. Do they just hide in air-conditioned luxury or do they venture forth so the paparazzi can photo them? I dressed up as if I was expecting photos, wearing this lacy dress from Ariadna Garrigus that shows off all my hard work at the gym. With a black lingerie set underneath, this open work dress is perfect for a very hot day, letting in any cool breeze. High heels from Pixieplumb Flanagan (at a rock bottom price at Acid Lily—stars indeed ARE just like us) make the outfit complete.

Heat Wave

I am wearing Ava Grau’s gorgeous new skin again because it’s such a great look for blondes, especially with Kavar Cleanslate’s blonde textures, this applied to a gorgeous side-gathered look. This is his offering for FaMESHed, a gorgeous piece. My artsy jewelry is Maxi Gossamer’s product for the United Fashion Project. With Giela Delpaso’s nails, it’s a great look.

Heat Wave

Gee, her anatomy
Makes the mercury
Jump to ninety-three.
We’re having a heat wave,

A tropical heat wave,
The way that she moves
That thermometer proves
That she certainly can can-can.

Hair: Exile::Where We Belong – Dark Blondes by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: *Glance Skins – Sigrid – April – Blonde Brows – Small Cleavage by Ava Grau for Glance Skins

Makeup: [mock] Cosmetics Sienna Lipstain (1) (Lip only) by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K. cosmetics *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – blue 2 by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at SL Fashion Week *

Dress: ***ArisAris Igs93 Al-Yazira by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Sunglasses: [glow] Studio – Hepburn – Sunglasses by Linka Demina for [glow]

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Rings – Pirouette Orbit – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at United Fashion Project *

Nails: Nailed It – Pastel Set – Long by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: BM Ultimate Daria Black by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey, available at Acid Lily

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Gonna Ride My Bike Until I Get Home

Gonna Ride My Bike Until I Get Home

I run around town, around round the round with the pedal to the metal …. The pedal to whatever

~ “The Bike Song” by Mark Ronson & The Business Intl

Gonna Ride My Bike Until I Get Home

“Isn’t this taking the bike thing a bit too far?” ~ Stephen (upon seeing photos for this blog)

My friends ALL know that earlier this summer I got a new bike. People are sick to death of hearing about my biking, my trips, the trail near my house, the hazards of my town, the challenges of packing that blue basket with two cantaloupe, a carton of soy milk, a bundle of carrots, hamburger buns and three cans of tomato paste. They have heard repeatedly the story of my friend’s husband, a Federal judge, giving me crap about not having headlights on the bike for night riding. (I said, “Yes, Sir. I will get them tomorrow, Sir.” And I did!) And he never said a word about the half-drunk bottle of sangria in the basket. Go figure. They are tired of hearing about how I bike to the beer garden in the local park to get a Munich pretzel—no beer or mustard, thanks—to bring home to my kid.

My new bike is a coral Townie from Electra with a removable blue basket, just like the one this darling girl shows in her blog, dutchie love. (No, that’s not me. I am not nearly that cute, young or good at photography.) This is the reason I have not been blogging as much this summer:

I tried to replicate the joy of my bike in photos for this blog. I sort of did it. First of all, for biking, you never need to dress up: t-shirt, capris, tennies. I got my shirt from Sanura Snowpaw, who shows a keen sense of humor in the comic book expressions she put on crop tanks. THAWP! I paired it with some cute sweatpant capris from Dalriada Delwood and tennies from Kehl Razor.  My bike prop from Winter Thorn includes a wicker basket (and a bottle of white sangria). I have been known to haul flowers in my RL basket and once almost had a french bread fall out. The prop is true to form!

Gonna Ride My Bike Until I Get Home

Aida Ewing’s gacha skin for the Arcade suits this look with its minimal makeup and glowing blush.  My side swept long hair from MissAllSunday Lemon is an easy-going hair for riding a bike, having a picnic or shopping at the farmer’s market that she is featuring at FaMESHed.

Gonna Ride My Bike Until I Get Home

Bikes suffice they’re so nice like priceless
Working on my calves to triceps to biceps
Bypass the gas, stop the traffic lights
I get around round without a drivers license

I’m gonna ride my bike until I get home.
Gonna ride my bike until I get home.

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Robin Mesh Hair – Cinnamon by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed

Skin: -Glam Affair – Candy – America – 01 C by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at The Arcade *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – hazel by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at SL Fashion Week *

Top: .: Somnia :. Comic Tank {THAWP!} by Sanura Snowpaw for .: Somnia :. *

Capris: FBD Capri Pants S Gothic grape by Dalriada Delwood for FireBird Designs

Shoes: Razor /// Strapped Cons  -Longer –  Black Plaid by Kehl Razor for Razorblade *

Bike: {what next} Summertime Bicycle Pose Prop by Winter Thorn for {what next}

Photographed at KittyCats

*Ring, Ring!*

Speed of Dark

Speed of Dark

I confess, I confess
I have been tempted tempted
I want it, I want it
Dangerous

~ “Speed of Dark” by Emiliana Torrini

Speed of Dark

A great song for a great look. Starting with this studded nightclub dress from SamanthaSJones (a limited edition so get it quick if you like it), I put together a look that will take me through the speed of dark. I accessorize with Maxi Gossamer’s great jewelry for FaMESHed. I am wearing a pair of Nuria Augapfel’s and Claire Messenger’s great newer shoes. They come with their web-based skin matching system and four versions of the shoe all in one hud—with peep toes and without, with straps and without. These shoes are sex on two legs.

Speed of Dark

I broke down and got Ava Grau’s fantastic newer skin, which looks fantastic with blonde hair. I love the subtlety of the makeup and the shape of the brows and lips. I have added an eyeliner from Tricky Boucher/Shyla Diggs to dress it up. My gorgeous blonde hair then is Kavar Cleanslate’s contribution for the Arcade, a side-swept wavy mane of hair that flows over the shoulder. Pump a few linden into his machine and see what you get—his textures are always gorgeous.

Speed of Dark

Before I finish this blog, I want to make a confession. Because of a glitch in the new materials viewing, the shoes by people like Gospel Voom and this great pair from Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger are showing up with a horrible glitch. When the “Advanced Lighting Model” is checked, the alphas blending the ankles of these shoes into the skins of the avatar frame show up dark. In other words, the alphas don’t work. This is NOT a flaw in the creation of the shoes—it’s a viewer problem, based on choices LL made in how the textures render. I can not avoid this problem by turning off Advanced Lighting without losing shadows and all sorts of other depth I enjoy. Therefore I AM touching up the ankles in my ham-handed way on photos in this blog.

I have spoken to Gospel Voom about this in depth. At first, his CS claimed there was nothing he was going to do about it and blew it off but a personal conversation with him gave me a much more satisfactory answer. He will be looking into how to work around the problem but the problem is a thorny one for all creators employing the alpha to blend the ankles. Since I am guessing a lot of people still don’t use Advanced Lighting, I am not going to worry about how I look to others. The work around is turning off the blending for the Gos shoes (which leaves a noticeable-to-me joint) And I will put up with seeing the glaringly obvious stain around my legs for now.

And I confess my touch-up to salve my guilty soul and to help anyone who sees this glitch from going nuts wondering what they could do to fix it as I had.

Speed of Dark

Life is just a flicker in the universe
Ooh under the stars we’re indestructible
(It’s just a flicker in the universe)

Hair: Exile::Just a Reason by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at the Arcade *

Skin: *Glance Skins – Sigrid – April – Blonde Brows by Ava Grau for Glance Skins *

Makeup: -Belleza- Eyeliner 1 by Shyla Diggs for -Belleza- *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – brown by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at SL Fashion Week *

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Counting Stars Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Fashion Limited *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet – Octavia by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Shoes: N-core CUORE “Black” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

Finally, my girl and her partners made a wonderful gift for Firestorm to celebrate their 3rd birthday. This adorable FireKitty is available, one to a clicker, from Firestorm and KittyCatS. Fully functional, it’s non-breedable and non-transferable and will live forever, cuddling, saying silly things to you, and looking cute. They have included in the package a coupon for a free live kitty if you want to try breeding and feeding.  Read where to get one on the Firestorm blog.

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