A Dress is Never Just a Dress

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

In art, a dress is never just a dress; nor in life either. ~ Mason Cooley

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

The Black Fashion Fair is opening tomorrow and it’s 2 sims of a lot of black. Don’t infer this means a lot of goth or darkness (though there is a little of that going on too). Imagine more pieces that are elegant, charming, versatile. For example, this gorgeous gown from Mami Jewell will be her exclusive for the fair. With a great silhouette, a low cut back behind the halter bodice, her wonderful flexi skirts and gorgeous gold accents, this is elegance personified. With glittery black nails from Autumn Amaranth and an onyx stone in a mystical gold mounting from Plurabelle Laszlo, both from the fair and some stylish heels from Glamistry, featured at Kustom 9, this outfit shows how black is the epitome of elegance.

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

Truth Hawks has thankfully come out with a new updo. Honestly, we need more of this kind of glamour on the grid and with beautfully styled curls pulled up and a wavy lock framing the face, it’s bound to be found in many ladies’ wardrobes with their favorite evening gowns. Sawsan Secretspy’s gorgeous skin for 100 Block finishes off this look with her characteristic gorgeous features and beautiful subtle makeup. Remember that the featured items at 100 Block are 50% off and exclusive to the event.

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

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

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. V2 Susse Golden by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at 100 Block *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – foggy – a by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: -AZUL- Abigail /Onyx by Mami Jewell for –AZUL-, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Luna Nera – Necklace – gold by Plurabelle Laszlo for.Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Nail appliers: {Wicked} Peach – Mani/Pedi – Onyx – Maitreya by Autumn Amaranth for Wicked Peach, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Shoes: Glamistry : TRILLIUM Heels by Glamistry for Glamistry, available at Kustom9 *

Poses by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie, available at Pose Fair *

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

Sweet Spring

Sweet Spring

sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love

~ e.e. cummings

Sweet Spring

Spring is here and though the air is still brisk, the sun is shining and crocuses are popping out and the grass is getting green! Everything in life is about change and spring is a heady reminder of that. I wore this lovely dress from Kiddo Oh, featured for a Ferosh spring fashion spread, to celebrate the season. With flounces and ribbon details, it’s almost like a piece of Regency-era fashion but with a lingerie twist. Kiddo does all her mesh herself as well as her textures, so you know you have a very original piece when you purchase. You can find this and other pieces from the collection in a special tent at the slurl I provide.

Sweet Spring

For the Spring version of Season’s Story, Shylah Diggs made this lovely hair with a flowered headband, which includes just a headband, the flowers  or just the hair. You get a HUD to change colors so you can match it up with what you’re wearing (as I did). My skin is Aleida Rhode’s newest, fresh and beautiful for spring with hand-drawn textures and a sophistication that many skins lack. Aleida includes appliers for what seems is every known mesh out there, so you can wear it with your mesh body, as I did with the Maitreya body.

Sweet Spring

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Aviva by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at Season’s Story *

Skin: Elysium – Emily skin (light brow) – sunkiss by Aleida Rhode for Elysium *

Eyes: .ID. Deep Intensified (TMD) – Denim by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: Voulez Vous? by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::. *

Earrings: .aisling. Roz by Damian Kleiner for .aisling. *

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

Parasol: Victorian Belle De Jour Parasol by Precious Restless for **Boudoir**

Poses by Chisa Okelly for Chisa Creation

Sweet Spring

Lisa

She had the complexion of
The complexion of a sweet praline
Hair long as the sea
Heart warm like the Louisiana sun
Voice like a symphony
Of the most instrument born
Beautiful

~ “Lisa Sawyer” by Leon Bridges

Lisa

A honey golden look for a lovely song from a few great events going on right now. Start with this darling dress from Pistyle Primswitch that has a big bow in the back and a lovely bodice. I love the gold colors, which is a bit different. I matched it with leggings from Erratic Rain, who is offering several appleir sets at Collabor88, perfect for putting under dresses or tops. My slingbacks are a gacha item from Alia Whitfield from 100 Block. Great textures combined with a chic style complete the look.

A trip to the great Interlude festival will ace you this chair from Paolla Flux, which includes poses named after the Beatles and their song subjects (Penny, Jude, etc). In several different wood and upholstery textures, one of them will bring musical inspiration to your home.

Lisa

Peeking under my hair are earrings fashioned by Bastchild Lotus, who makes jewelry in RL too in her own studio, and her crafting in SL shows her insider knowledge, especially on the texturing of the stones, which are gorgeous. Find them at 100 Block as well as this tousled hair from Shylah Honey, which includes their great texture-change HUD. My skin is one of Umazuma Metaluna’s newest with her customizable lips, which I have made a deep shade of color to accent my golden look.

Lisa

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Keats Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at 100 Block *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Judy – Bare face(toffee) DB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Judy Lip Intensity 3 (new) by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – earth – a by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: Kaira – Crossed Back Dress! Gold by Pistyle Primswitch for Cheeky, available at 100 Block *

Leggings: erratic / basics – printed leggings by Erratic Rain for erratic, available at Collabor88 *

Earrings: L&B “BoHo” Chandelier Earrings by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild, available at 100 Block *

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

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet Right V2.1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: blissiere – slingback wedges – sports fan by Alia Whitfield for [blissiere], available at 100 Block *

Chair: {Reverie} My Hippie Chair – Light Wood – Here Comes the Sun by Paolla Flux for {Reverie}, available at Interlude *

Poses: Melody by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie, available at Pose Fair *

Lisa

In Between

In Between

In between
What I find is pleasing and I’m feeling fine

~ “Heart of Glass” by Blondie

In Between

A favorite little hang out of mine is Industry, where I go to hear great musicians and DJs and hang out with some nice folks with great avatars. Cate Footman started the club, built by Jessyca Teardrop, and it’s a fun eclectic space, so when Cate came up with the idea of doing a fashion event, I was excited to see what came up. Opening April 12, it will prove to be pretty fun set of fashion, all inspired by a list of songs.

Lexi Morgan chose “Heart of Glass” by Blondie for her inspiration, putting a funky graphic zigzag in several colorways on a cute sleeveless minidress. With a zip up the front, it’s funky and cute and portrays what seems to be a pop-culture dress for a very pop-culture song.

Caelen Hancroft was also inspired by “Heart of Glass” and made literal hearts of glass, which she dangles from a linked chain. It includes a fantastic HUD for changing textures and colors on the hearts, beads and chain components. Shoes from KenadeeCole, featured at the 100 Block, are a perfect match to the dress style.

In Between

Mina Nakamura has this brilliant hair at 100 Block, perfect for this look and reminiscent of a cut that Debbie Harry once had with bangs artfully framing the face and super straight hair. It’s actually a challenge to make hair like this look right in SL and Mina was up to the challenge. A skin with a beautiful glow and great brows for blondes (which is always tough), Shyla Diggs’ skin for Uber is just gorgeous with a bit of blush and gloss added. I love how Shyla does eye makeups—so subtle with beautiful colors.

In Between

Hair: MINA Hair – Joelle (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at 100 Block *

Skin: -Belleza- Jia Uber SK 5 Bl by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza, available at Uber *

Eyes: #adored – moon eyes – dk blue // a by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

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

Dress: [Stellar] Divine Dress aqua by Lexi Morgan for Stellar, available at !nterlude  (opening April 12)*

Necklace: Cae :: Heart of Glass :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft for Cae, available at !nterlude  (opening April 12)*

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

Shoes: REIGN.- AVERY PLATS (BELLEZA)- FATPACK by KenadeeCole for Reign, available at 100 Block *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo *

In Between

April Fool

April Fool

Come you’re the only one
Come be my April Fool
Come come
Be my April Fool
We’ll break all the rules

~ “April Fool” by Patti Smith

April Fool

I love this song from Patti Smith, a gruff sweet song for an edgy look with its own bit of sweetness. The 100 Block opened yesterday and there are a ton of great looks at the “garage sale” they are putting on. Every exclusive item is marked down 20% or more. Like this hoodie mini-dress from Cynthia Ultsch, that is available in four colors and includes a HUD to texture the dress in different configurations, including the ties. The dress is made for standard sizes AND mesh body sizes. My boots are also from 100 Block, and they are Tatyana Ultsch’s offer, available in a ton of colors and also with a HUD to change looks up. They are custom mesh from Tatyana and yes, have been made for mesh bodies, including the Maitreya body. (Don’t they fit well?)

April Fool

I am wearing the Aria mesh head from LeLutka because Aida Ewing recently came out with makeup appliers for the head, and I wanted the chance to swap up a new look. Several in the collection are very specialized and avant garde, but this look is perfect for our tough girl with glossy red lips and smoky eyes. Ikira Frimon is featuring this darling braided ‘do with blunt-cut bangs at 100 Block, edgy enough for this look but cute enough to take the edge off our tough girl.

April Fool

Hair: [^.^Ayashi^.^] Umeko hair-fatpack by Ikira Frimon for ^.^ Ayashi^.^, available at 100 Block *

Mesh Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.0 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Head applier: Glam Affair ( Lelutka Heads ) Aria skin Applier [ America ] 03 by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – soot – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: [Cynful] Hoodie Dress – Maitreya Lara by Cynthia Ultsch for [Cynful], available at 100 Block *

Boots: :::i::: OverKnee Boots – (Maitreya) by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at 100 Block *

Poses by VestigeCreations for Vestige Poses, available at Pose Fair *

April Fool

The Ocean Refuses No River

The Ocean Refuses No River

Sink into your eyes and all I see
Love is an ocean
And you for me

Sink into your eyes
Your eyes
Are all I see
Your love is an ocean

An ocean refuses no river
Ever so lonely
An ocean refuses no river

Waiting for the time when we can be alone together
Alone together
Eternally

The ocean, the ocean
Refuses no river

The ocean, your ocean
Refuses no river

~ “Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean” by Sheila Chandra

The Ocean Refuses No River

A beautiful cosmic song of love and I have a gorgeous look to go with it. First I start with this luxurious silk look from LeEnfantTerrible, a silk robe over a very short tunic that is labeled a “dress,” but goodness knows it’s a short dress. I absolutely loved the textures she shows on these pieces, which come 2-for-1 at Chapter Four, so you get two gorgeous looks. The colors are vibrant, the style is sexy without being crass, and the feel is pure luxury.

I accessorized with a jewelry set Caelen Hancroft is featuring at 100 Block when it opens on April 9. All exclusive items at 100 Block are marked down 20% or more so you will be able to pick up this pretty mesh set, which includes a HUD for texture change on three different parts of the metal and the beads. Zaara Kohime has come out with gorgeously-textured ethnic bags, also made in mesh and done with her special touch of color. Available in a variety of colors, the bags can add spice to any look. Finally, Poulet Koenkamp is featuring these space age sandals at The Instruments with three different sets of color-change HUDs to give you a variety of looks.

The Ocean Refuses No River

Nicole Button has been going through her inventory of skins and upgrading them with new features, a full set of appliers (and I mean full set), brow varieties, several cleavage choices, and just a whole lot of goodness. I added her gloss to the lips on the pretty lips for this skin. I am wearing the darling hair from MissAllSunday Lemon from the Xiasumi School Fair, an anime-inspired cut with tendrils around the face. I love these bright blue eyes from Soleil Reid. Usually I am not for bright eyes, but these make the look with this gorgeous dress.

The Ocean Refuses No River

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Maiko Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/, available at Xiasumi School Festival *

Skin: Egozy.Hyolee (Golden).SOFT with Egozy.Hyolee.LipsGloss.(Add)(Golden) by Nicole Button for Egozy *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Aqua by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: .Enfant Terrible. Kia Dress Cyan by leenfantterrible for .Enfant Terrible, available at Chapter Four *

Jewelry: Cae :: :Lumiere :: Necklace and Earrings by Caelan Hancroft for Cae, available at 100 Block (opening April 9) *

Handbag: Zaara : Potli sling bag *orange* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

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

Nail appliers: [LB MehndiOmbreGold] *Slink* Manicure and Pedicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High V2.1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: :: PM :: Aretha Heels – Brights Pack by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations, available at The Instruments *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

The Ocean Refuses No River

Fairy Season

Fairy Season

Every time a child says “I don’t believe in fairies” there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead. ~ J.M. Barrie

Fairy Season

If any season is the time for fairies, this is the one, where leaves start to bud on the trees and little blooms poke their heads up and raindrops wash the front lawn green. So this fairy look is entirely appropriate, inspired by the wings that Kiddo Oh made to go with the pretty frock she is featuring at We <3 RP. Now I can see this dress as a potential summer dress or a nightgown but she decided to make it a pretty fairy look, so I dressed it up with applier stockings from BigBeautifulDoll, foot straps from Berta Avro and a pretty necklace that includes a great HUD from NatiWilliams from Chapter Four.

Fairy Season

Of course, Shyla Diggs’ gorgeous skin for Uber lends the sort of ethereal touch this look needs, especially with her soft tones and beautiful features. I love how Shyla always gives a thumbnail of the makeup offerings with her fatpacks and gives her lipsticks to add on so you can swap out looks while keeping the same aesthetic. Santana Lumiere has created appliers for the Belleza mesh hands, which I am so happy to be able to use, especially with her gorgeous textures.

My hair is Truth Hawks’ newest, a romantically pulled back long wavy look with a gorgeous fullness to it, especially when it’s crowned by Persefona’s lovely hair piece from the Fantasy Collective, which has a great menu to allow color change for all the different pearl sets.

Fairy Season

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

Skin: -Belleza- Jia Uber SK 7 Bl by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza, available at Uber *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Echo eye collection – 6 M by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at the Chapter Four *

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

Dress: Starfly by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at We <3 RP *

Wings: Starfly Wings Pink by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at We <3 RP *

Hairpiece: Persefona Vissela Wreath (pink) by Persefona for Persefona, available at The Fantasy Room

Necklace: {Imeka} Vintage Flower Key Necklace by NatiWilliams for Imeka, available at Chapter Four

Nail applier: [LB Ombre2] *Belleza* Manicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Stockings: BigBeautifulDoll – Nylon Stockings Short Pink – Belleza by BigBeautifulDoll for BigBeautifulDoll

Foot straps: .:.*{ S.G }*.:. ALBA  by Berta Avro for Severed Garden

Poses by AbbyAnne for Sari-Sari

Fairy Season