Hear Blessings

Hear Blessings

“But listen to me. For one moment
quit being sad. Hear blessings
dropping their blossoms
around you.”
― Rumi

Hear Blessings

In a few days, the EB Awareness Event starts. It’s a chance to tell people about Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare disease that affects 1 in 50,000 children born throughout the world as a result of a genetic disorder. It varies in severity among its sufferers. It is characterized by a defect between the anchoring of the skin between the epidermis (top layer of skin) and the dermis (second layer). People who suffer from EB suffer from skin fragility, blistering and constant pain. A group of designers and bloggers in SL are putting on the EB Awareness Event with proceeds going to DEBRA of America, a national research charity group dedicated to curing EB. Thanks to Cerise Emor for putting this event on. Cerise volunteers to help children with this condition in RL. Designers are all donating part of their sales proceeds.

Hannah Daviau is one such designer, a married mother of one in Denmark who makes fashions in SL from mesh templates, adding her own special touches. Hannah is donating 75% of all her sales to DEBRA of America to bring awareness about this condition. Her generous offer is much appreciated, and I am thrilled to show her gorgeous dress, shoes and necklace as a darling ensemble. Hannah is willing to share her blessings as an artist with this worthy cause and to support Cerise as well in her wonderful work. Please honor her by buying and wearing her great work.

I wrote about EB last year and am quoting it here if you want to hear a personal story about why I am glad to support this event:

I agreed to blog for the EB Awareness event because I knew a boy in my high school when I was growing up who had this devastating disease. Rolled from classroom to classroom in a wheelchair by a special education teacher, Adam was one of the best students in my Advanced Geometry class. His skin was friable and ruddy. His face looked raw and painfully exposed with scabs and irritations all over his face and head.  His hands and feet were stumps. He resembled an old man more than a child.

No one picked on Adam—that would have been too overt. He was simply invisible. He could not participate in regular school activities; he was rolled around between classes to avoid getting hurt by the boisterous physicality of high school kids. He was welcomed by us geeks in Advanced Geometry; we understood being invisible. When he participated in class—raised his hand or laughed with us—we were heartened. (He was really cute when he laughed.) That year in that class was solely remarkable to me for his presence.

I am sure Adam has died. His skin was very fragile; he was truly debilitated physically, though clearly not intellectually or emotionally. He was a normal boy in a body that failed to contain him due to a genetic anomaly that was no one’s fault. I am glad he got the opportunity to join us in that class and in high school. We were the better for having him in our company.

Hear Blessings

Sawsan Secretspy is offering this gorgeous skin at the Boho Culture Fair. I have to say, without fail when someone sees me in SL with one of her skins, they are blown away by how beautiful I look. There is something sexy and sensuous about her skins. Perhaps it’s the subtlety of the makeup colors or the beautiful eyes or the sexy blush. MissAllSunday Lemon’s lovely hair for the Sun Market, a little mini-event at Fallen Gods, is a gorgeous casual look with a wonderful braid as a hairband. Get it!

Hear Blessings

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Ariel Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAll Sunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/, available at the Sun Market *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Nessie Darktan 01by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Boho Culture Fair *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Gloom~ Abyss Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}, available at the Cosmetic Fair Halloween Edition

Dress: DMZ – Linda Dress – Cocoa by Hannah Daviau for DaneMarkZ, available at the EB Awareness Event (opening October 25) *

Necklace: DMZ – Tears Of Joy – Coal/Brandy by Hannah Daviau for DaneMarkZ, available at the EB Awareness Event (opening October 25) *

Ring: Ariskea [SkyStone ] Gold Ring 1by Diaxm for Ariskea, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Handbag: Ariskea [SkyStone ] Brown Leather Clutch 1by Diaxm for Ariskea, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: DMZ – Hera  – Cocoa by Hannah Daviau for DaneMarkZ, available at the EB Awareness Event (opening October 25) *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Another Life

Another Life

“Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”  ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

Another Life

A few weeks ago I was asked to review the Altamura mesh body. I had never worn a mesh body before, so it was a new thing for me. Put on the full body alpha, wear the mesh, adjust shape, fiddle with HUD. I wore the fitted mesh body over my shape, found it looked kind of wrong, and I wore the shape supplied with the mesh body. Tall, lithe, model-like, I adjusted the shape a few more times and saw a very new me.

With a HUD that allows for alpha removal, hand and feet changes within two screens, it was relatively easy to click into a look. Click on alphas to remove spots and I was good to go.

Another Life

I wore this fabulous lace halter mesh dress from Ariadna Garrigus, slipped on Slink-ready shoes from Yani Trice, plopped a hair from Chiaki Xue on my head and great earrings from Maxi Gossamer. Everything fit with minimal effort on my part. Instant glamour!

Another Life

Except…. it was not me. The face, while beguiling, includes a darling lip biting animation if you wear the animated mesh head. But it can not be altered, adjusted, or otherwise changed. There is no accompanying make-up. (I am guessing the creator was planning on allowing appliers.) It’s an attractive face—the most attractive of the ones offered from Altamura but in wearing it, I realized the soul of “me” as an avatar was my face, especially since I take so many face shots. When I show skins in on my blog, I never change my shape. It’s a litmus test for the skin. So I am very attached to that face and seeing another one is very unnerving.

However, if I wanted to be someone else, have another life, this may be the way to go.

Another Life

Hair: *Dura-Girl*56(Irish Coffee) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Mesh avatar: Altamura: TANYA AVATAR by Rumegusc Altamura for Altamura *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: ***Arisaris AA58 2 Halterneck Black Pencil Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry: MG – Earrings and Bangle – Neon ChuChu by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Shoes: :::LP::: Michi_Heels Black by Yani Tryce for Le Primitif

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Alexandra

Alexandra

Well I took a happy hour
And I ran it through your heart
Don’t you lose me to those blue skies
I still miss you when we swing apart

~ “Alexandra” by Hamilton Leithauser

Alexandra

It’s been a busy week for me. While I only generated a few blogs, I hit the events I wanted to blog, I set up the Dutchie house, I did my other work AND I made Honey Almond Cake. I also saw the launch of Damselfly’s newest endeavor, a two-for-one hair set that both old and new fans of the brand will love. Tommy and Shylah worked together to add flexi to their hair, combining mesh in an unrigged form to the flexi to allow the movement so many people loved from their previous styles. In the meantime, they are retaining their regular mesh hair, which I am showing here. So if you purchase the hair I show here, you get this regular rigged mesh piece (which is fantastic on its own) and another unrigged mesh piece with flexi attachments, giving you an entirely different look. It’s a two-for-one deal!

The Jewelry Fair is still on and I found some gorgeous pieces. I am always struggling to find accessories to go with my looks but I sated my needs at the Fair. Atuko Cliassi made the lovely chain/diamond necklace I wear with earrings and hair pieces as well. She has a few other pretty pieces at the Fair too. Ivy Burner, in her great sexy fashion, made this darling dress in several colors for the Young Spirit event.

Alexandra

So while I have been building and blogging homes n stuff, I have been wearing the Belleza mesh body around and yes, you see it here. I realize the version I have is prerelease version because I honestly believe Tricky is making tweaks. I am hoping they will make this even better than it seems. That being said, I am wearing it in these photos with a skin from Inka Mexicola. Yes, I combined Inka’s face with Tricky’s body and I don’t think it’s too Frankenstein. The skin is on my face and then I matched the body to the face via the prematches in the HUD. It worked. There is no reason one can not wear another creator’s skin on the face until the appliers start coming in.

I also want to show you I am wearing a mesh dress with this mesh body. Yep, I clicked out alpha areas and voila! It fits. I look fine. Not all shoes made for Slink feet fit on the Belleza feet (hence the option to wear the Slink feet). However Leslie Warwick has already applied herself to the issue and has made her shoes both Slink and Belleza feet compatible. And I am so glad because she makes some fantastic shoes!

So let summarize with FAQ:

Q: Can I wear other skins with the Belleza Body?
A: Yes, it seems so!

Q: Can I wear mesh clothes with the Belleza Body?
A: You betcha. There needs to be more refinement with the alphas but yes, many clothes will work.

Q: Can I wear Slink shoes with the Belleza Body?
A: Kinda. Some fit. But you CAN wear the Slink hands and feet with the Belleza body or opt to wear shoes made for the Belleza feet.

Alexandra

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Becky(Med) Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly *

Skin: Essences – Tila {medium02} brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

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

Dress: ~Sassy!~ Forever Young  – pink by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at the Young Spirit event *

Necklace: **Feel**DoubleChainDiamondNecklace(BrightOff) by Atuko Cliassi for ***Feel***, available at the Jewelry Fair *

Shoes: [L.Warwick] Elation -Platform Heels- Burgandy/Rose (Belleza) by Lindsey Warwick for L.Warwick *

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

Ruby Pearl

Ruby Pearl

Well, I’ve got a woman named a-Ruby Pearl
A be-boppin’ baby in a be-boppin’ world
She’s got the rhythm from her head to her feet
She knows at first every brand new beat
Ruby Pearl, hey, hey-hey, Ruby Pearl
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Pearl

~ “Ruby Pearl” by Jackie Lee Cochran

Ruby Pearl

A be-boppin’ girl, our Ruby Pearl, with a great mesh dress from the just-opened Thrift Shop with all the great attributes of a rockabilly look. With a full mesh skirt (underlain with a cleverly-crafted alpha that includes lace at the edge), this dress with big blowsy roses is a lovely look from Blacknesslectra. To go from sweet to more rockabilly, I added a tattoo from Antonia Marat (still the best rockabilly I can find on the grid) and pearls and earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo, that will soon be featured at the Jewelry Fair. Finally, wicked stiletto shoes from Beanster Potato with a texture change HUD  for the little triangle insets allowed me to match my shoes to the look while having that edgy high heeled look that good rockabilly needs.

Ruby Pearl

Of course, the whole look was started because of this fabulous new style from Truth Hawks with the side rolls and long wavy locks. He made the hair in two versions so you get two for one in your box, but I preferred this look, especially with the fabulous skin that Sawsan Secretspy has made for the Unique Varied Event. She includes several lipsticks and eyeshadows and this wickedly great eyeliner with the skin. I wore the cleavage version with this dress because it makes sense. CarrieAnn Lemon’s great plain nail color set from the Thrift Shop completes my look.

 

 

 

 

Ruby Pearl

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Tulip 2 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aurora Tan Nat CL with .::WoW Skins::: Eyeliner and .::WoW Skins::. Aurora – BabyPink Lips by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Unique Varied Event *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: +MC+Hey Darling!Roses by Blacknesslectra for Macabre, available at Thrift Shop

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Margarita – pastel rose – Necklace and Earrings by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Jewelry Fair (opening September 13) *

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: ! ellemeno ! colored nails by CarrieAnn Lemon for Ellemeno, available at Thrift Shop

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: DN Mesh: Akaline Heels by beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

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

Lazaretto

Lazaretto

My veins are blue and connected
And every single bone in my brain is electric

~ “Lazaretto” by Jack White

Lazaretto

I love Jack White and I love his latest songs. The cutting edge of his song “Lazaretto” seemed to match this look, most of which I picked up at District 5. Start with a top from CrystalDoll Lemon from her fully-made mesh and textures. It’s sexy without being over the top (no pun intended) and suits the great plaid punk skirt Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus made exclusively for District 5. The skirt is, as usual, a Paul/Bast wonder with a incredibly versatile texture-change HUD that includes dozens of plaids, leather textures, and metals for mix and match infinitum.

I got my cuffs in Moonbubble Gothly’s gacha. I lucked out and got the color I wanted right off. (Sorry, you didn’t make money, Moonbubble.) My awesome and bright platform boots with studs all over (to keep the ankle biters away) are Mikhayla13’s can be found at District 5 as well.

Lazaretto

My wicked skin is Lluna Nitely’s exclusive for District 5, a truly punk style with heavily lined eyes and glossy lips in several tones to match up with your outfits. The hairbase is part of the set Mina Nakamura is selling at Kustom 9, a unisex cut with a special set of textures including this terrific ombre, Look closely at my great necklace set from Lolly Carlberg. It’s also available at District 5 for a perfect punk look.

Lazaretto

Hair: MINA Hair – Jett / Brett by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Kustom 9 *

Skin: .:Panda Punx:. BS Piper Skin {Indecent} Latte by Lluna Nitely for .:Panda Punx:., available at District 5 *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Mayday~ Jet Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Top: {dollle*} 055 Roll Up Plain T-Shirt – DarkBlue by CrystalDoll Lemon for {dollle*}, available at District 5 *

Skirt: L&B (SM) Swear “Candy” Zipp Mini Skirt – Tartan by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild, available at District 5 *

Necklace: .:* LOULOU&CO *:. – Necklace :: PERFIDY :: by Lolly Carlberg for .:* LOULOU&CO *:., available at District 5 *

Cuffs: [ bubble ] Purple Cuff by Moonbubble Gothly for [bubble], available at District 5

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [ S H O C K ] Slink Dark Beat Nails by Ilary Galaxy for [ S H O C K ], available at District 5 *

Tattoo: AITUI TATTOO – Zodiac – ASF Taurus II by Jesseaitui Petion for AITUI

Stockings: ~ broken ~ torn – fishnet stockings II by Zoe Llewelyn for :: Boneflower Designs ::

Boots: {Scene} Gluttony Kickers – Pink by mikhayla13 for {Scene}, available at District 5 *

Poses: Ma Vie. – I s—t rainbows by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie, available at District 5 *

Meeting Ebbe

Meeting Ebbe

The only thing worse than a coach or CEO who doesn’t care about his people is one who pretends to care. People can spot a phony every time. ~ Jimmy Johnson

Meeting Ebbe

One of the (few) privileges of being the webperson for SL11B is when something good happens, I get an in. I logged in yesterday, prepared to shoot this blog and Doc IM’d saying Ebbe Linden was at SL11B and did I want to come? Well, dang, yes, there is nothing better than seeing a CEO in the wild, and there he was, talking up a blue streak (literally blue because his text appears blue in Firestorm), charming the visitors to Jo Yardley’s biergarten in her 1920s Berlin exhibit at SL11B. (I did ask Jo about pretzels. Our own biergarten serves them!) He was clearly interested in what was going on and interacting with people. It was good to see him in world.

Meeting Ebbe

He didn’t talk to me really. I am sure he saw me because I was one of the taller folks there (statuesque–not absurd– and there were a lot of child avis around). I am glad I wore this dress from Cameron Velinov, which is her 1L GIFT at the Summer Fashion Festival (omgah!). It includes a texture change HUD with this same pattern in several color ways. (Yes, I wore a 1L dress to meet Ebbe Linden.) I paired Maxi Gossamer’s summery and fun earrings and sandals from Collabor88 with the look. The whole ensemble comes off as elegant casual, not too goofy or sexy.

Meeting Ebbe

Of course, MissAllSunday Lemon’s braid makes it work with a simplicity and beauty that matches the look of the dress. I love the tendrils coming loose, which just adds a touch of romantic to the look. My skin is Inka Mexicola’s lovely offering for the Dressing Room Fusion. With luscious lips and a bit of sparkle to the shadow, it’s ideal for a summer visit to the biergarten to meet Ebbe (or at least see and be seen).

Meeting Ebbe

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. —Brian Tracy

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Serena Mesh Hair – Pancake by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at Summerfest *

Skin: Essences – Tila *TDRFusion* med.01 {brunette} by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at The Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Mayday~ Jet Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: …:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::… Maxi Dress by Cameron Velinov for …:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::….., available at the Summer Fashion Festival *

Earrings: MG – Earrings – Ashira Teardrop by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Di’s Opera – Fingernails and Toenails – Dark Berries by Di Hoorenbeek for Di’s Opera *

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

Sandals: MG – Sandals – Martinique Pulmaria Flowers by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

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

Cherchez La Femme

Cherchez la Femme

Il y a une femme dans toutes les affaires ; aussitôt qu’on me fait un rapport, je dis : « Cherchez la femme ! » ~ Alexandre Dumas

Cherchez la Femme

The phrase “Chercher la femme” came from Alexandre Dumas in his book “The Mohicans of Paris,” and has come to mean that whenever a man acts out of character, it means there is a woman he is trying to impress. Our “femme,” in one of Mami Jewell’s fantastic releases she made for the ladies of the Miss Virtual World (in this case Eva Luxury), is bound to make any man lose his step. With its sexy, dramatic lines and beautiful prim skirts, this is a gorgeous combination of mesh and flexy. Mami has embraced mesh as I knew she would—using it to make her elegant vision rather than letting herself be directed by it.

Cherchez la Femme

My beautiful skin is one of the many Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher are offering at Collabor88. With ruby red lips and smoky eyes, it’s elegance matches this look. My upswept hair from Mirja Mills is so sophisticated and so sexy. Her hairbase makes the look complete with the twist of the hair going into the mesh. And earrings from AvaGardner Kungler add just enough glitter and shine to lift this look to captivating and dangerous.

Cherchez la Femme

There is a woman in every case; as soon as they bring me a report, I say, ‘Look for the woman!’ ~ Alexandre Dumas

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

Skin: -Belleza- Ria SK 2 Bl by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- , available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Frost~ Frozen Eye by Funeral Plutonian for S0ng

Dress: -AZUL- EvaLuxury /Garnet by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Walhalla – earrings – Golden by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Goth Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: N-core VERTIGO “Fatpack” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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