Butterfly Kisses

Butterfly Kisses

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Butterfly Kisses

The bee balm of monstrous proportions (it’s taller than me) in my back yard is about to bloom and when it does, my garden will be filled with butterflies. I can’t wait! In honor of this summer treasure, I feature butterflies (again), this time on this gorgeously textured halter dress from SamanthaSJones. She makes no apologies for using mesh templates, which she textures like mad with gorgeous prints and solids, ubiquitously found at events, this one at the Fashion Stars event.

My shoes from BabyChampagne Sass, who also seems to put out a ton of product, can also be found at the Fashion Stars event. With a black woven texture, they are stylish with stiletto heels just tippy-to-fall-down enough to be chic.

Butterfly Kisses

This is another of Tricky Boucher’s Belleza Best Buy skins being offered this weekend. With freckles and dewy lips, it’s the kind of fresh look that shows off the butterfly jewelry that Abraxxa Anatine has recently put out. I used the color changers to find these color combinations. My short flippy do is one of Chiaki Xue’s newest, fun and well shaped with two little curls like butterfly wings.

Butterfly Kisses

“A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought —
But no, a butterfly.”
~
Arakida Moritake

Hair: *Dura-Girl*47(Irish Coffee) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: -Belleza- Ashley Med BBB 1 Bl by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: pearl – columbia – large bright by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: [LG]K Collection(Summer 13) Crystal Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Fashion Stars *

Jewelry: EarthStones Butterfly Necklace and Earrings – Flirt by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones *

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

Skin applier: -Belleza- Slink Hands – Medium by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

Nail applier: Orc Inc. Fingernails – Creams Fatpack by Nicole Twigvald for Orc Inc. *

Shoes: {{BSD Design Studio}}Glam supermodel woven by BabyChampagne Sass for{{BSD Design studio}}, available at Fashion Stars *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Around the World at RFL

As I have mentioned about a million times, the RFL Clothing Fair sims are built around a theme of traveling around the world. What is even more interesting is that you really ARE traveling around the world when you visit this fair. Contributors for this endeavor come from the four corners of the globe, amazingly. As you touch down in each sim, you will find contributors from that very country occupying the sim. Go to Rio, they are all having Festival; go to Tokyo, they are speaking in Japanese; go to Paris and the gentle murmur of French can be heard; and I won’t even tell you what they are doing on the Melbourne sim, but I can guarantee it involves lots of boisterousness.

Around the World with RFL

For example, morea Decosta has contributed this very sexy dress whose proceeds go entirely to RFL. With its long flowing sleeves but dangerously short skirt and quick access wrap style, it’s perfect for the lady who wants to like to wrap up in silken sensuousness. morea is a lovely European lady who likes to make women feel and look sexy. And she is helping support RFL, so give her some goodness back at the Paris sim.

Around the World with RFL

I travel to another part of the world with this lovely skin, made by milok Hermit from Korea. I always struggle trying to find skins that are not sparkly Caucasian or Malibu Barbie, for that matter. milok has a variety of skins that are not Barbie-like, all at a reasonable price. I was absolutely taken with this skin, which for once eliminates the fold in the eyelid, making the skin truly Pan Asian. The earrings are pretties I got from Anemysk Karu at the Accessory Fair.

Around the World with RFL

Finally, the boots are brand spankin’ new (pun intended just a bit as you will see), just out by Oct Oakleaf. They are available in two versions—regular and 2.0. Regular employs good old invisiprims, but the 2.0 uses the new alpha layer for the leg to create the invisibility needed to jam your poor mesh foot into that pointy toe so you can teeter on that needle-thin heel (all in the name of fashion). Oct has also scripted in the ability to show or remove that seemingly innocuous little strapped-on buckle there (which is really an ankle cuff that is enabled for use with the Lockmeister and Lockguard sets of scripts, if you have such an inkling). It comes with a pair of cuffs I am wearing which are also fashionably sculpted and functionally scripted. I will not be sending you to a ponygirl store this time, however, so feel safe.

Around the World with RFL

Sexy is the same in any language ;)

Hair: Tukinowaguma Deborah A ebony by KateForster Akina for Tukinowaguma

Skin: .Mother Goose’s  MIYO(2)_03 by milok Hermit for Mother Goose

Dress: MADYSON by morea Decosta for Morea Style

Earrings: [ glow ] Studio – Pure Sparrow  Earrings (white) by Anemysk Karu for [ glow ]

Boots with Cuffs: + ADDiCTIA + Adnata Boots Graphite V1.0 – SMALL by Oct Oakleaf for ADDiCTIA *

Relief

Like many of us with computers and TVs, I am watching what is unfolding in Haiti with horror and unhappiness. We can’t help but see the suffering of other humans with discomfort. We all want to do something and are watching helplessly, and of course we want to act.

What makes it worse is Haiti is a country that has seemed, heretofore, not been able to benefit from relief in any substantial way. David Plotz said today on the Slate Political Gabfest podcast, “this is a country which has had so many problems and this is another problem on epic scale…[Y]ou are seeing a society that has been completely obliterated. What do you do with a country which has so few resources, natural resources, so little social capital, so little actual capital…? American aid to Haiti has really done nothing to help rebuild the country up until now. Will it help the country recover this time?” The disaster is SO devastating because the country was already near devastation. What can I do today to provide some small relief? Is sending money enough? And where would it be best served?

Rather than donate to a kiosk in SL where the Linden that is withdraw will be subject to several fees through Linden Lab and Paypal and will have a lengthy time span from getting from that kiosk to the recipients, I would encourage people to donate directly. I went to the Network For Good website and determined, based on the statements from the organizations they listed, that my donation will be better served by Médecins Sans Frontières than the American Red Cross. They have an existing infrastructure that will help Haitians very immediately. Below is my donation. I encourage any and all of my readers to match it.

Relief

That being said, today’s outfit has NOTHING to do with Haiti, relief or charity. It has to do with enjoying the artistry and creation so readily available to us in SL on an international scale. It feels almost crass to turn from such a weighty subject to something so frivolous, but I hope that in expressing joy over these creations, I can feel the gratitude I have for such a good life and the connections I can make across the globe in SL.

Relief

Chocolate Arashi shows us once again why sometimes it’s better to travel to Japan for fashion. With her funky prints and great prim building, chocolate gives us sweet and pretty fashions for the girly girl in ourselves. (She is equally as sweet–a genuinely lovely lady.) The collar on the dress is a piece of art as is the skirt, both cleverly using alpha texture issues to their advantage as the pieces seem to move and shimmer as the camera turns.

Relief

I love this ring from Cora Lu. In fact, I love ALL of Cora Lu’s rings. Cora has taken prims and textures and evoked the joy of going in my grandmother’s jewelry box to find costume jewelry that I can wear fashionably now. This ornate ring is beautifully made and textured and provides the drama I want (and none I don’t want).

Relief

Again, I finish with the best denouement, Bax Coen’s Prestige Boots. What makes these boots so darn great is their versatility—color changing, cuffed, sleek and elegant. I mean, look at those textures!

Relief

Thankful for the small gifts in life:

Hair: >TRUTH< Grace – auburn by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.E.O. dusk by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: couverture*passionnemet >Green by chocolate Arashi for couverture

Ring: P.C; Water Over Wine Ring by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Green Suede by Bax Coen for for Bax Boots *

Written while listening to KCRW’s Song of the Day, M.L.K. by The Entrance Band. (“Cuz I want to hear freedom ring, and I’ll remind you all of one more thing: Martin Luther King… If we can find peace and love in our hearts, that’s where revolution starts”)

New Year’s Eve

Ah, the promise of a new year. The promise of a new decade! I have a good good feeling about things. My horoscope says things are getting better, the stock market is going up, and even Tateru Nino almost sounded positive.

New Year's Eve

I searched for a dress that would start my year off right—I wanted something that would take me from this decade to the next in style and quality. I spent a fair amount of time looking and finally found the answer with Digit Darkes. Known for her fantastic textures and great silhouettes, Digit brings it all together in this dress. From the absolutely perfect system pieces to the perfectly assembled skirt, the rich color and textures, the beautiful whispy underskirt, the stunning diamonds along the shoulder strap—this is one of Digit’s finest pieces. Which means it’s probably one of the best on the grid.

New Year's Eve

I show with it a new hair from Truth Hawks, who persists in cranking them out, giving the women (and occasionally men) of the grid what they need.

The skin is a lovely Belle from Tuli Asturius. The glow from this skin perfectly compliments the dress.

New Year's Eve

I am wearing a ring from Abraxxa Anatine, given to me for Christmas. I am not quite sure if Abraxxa wears a loupe when she makes these pieces—the prims are tiny and exquisite. Having worked with tiny prims a couple times myself, I can tell you quite positively that this is painstaking work.

New Year's Eve

Finally the shoes. These lovely sandals come coutesy of Claire Messenger and are one of several new pieces at N-Core (I had a little shopping spree). These beauties come in 20 different colors with a variety of nail shades, gem shades, and a newer hud. I still found adjusting the foot color more difficult than other shoes, but I managed. And for the price-to-sexiness ratio, I can deal.

New Year's Eve

Ring it in with me!

Hair: >TRUTH< Lillian – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Digit Darkes-Andreas Dress-Copper (V) by Digit Darkes for Digit Darkes

Ring: EarthStones Hera Diamond Cocktail Ring – Bloom by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones

Earrings: {JUNK} Diamond and Pearl Earrings by Koge Cleaver for {JUNK}

Shoes: N-core SOUL XtremeHeel II “Chocolat” by Claire Messenger for N-Core

All Woman

I have been reading the blog of an artist in and out of SL, Gracie Kendal, who is connecting the RL Kris to the SL Gracie as a sort of performance art. The two speak to each other, and one of the things they dance around is Kris’ real life body image and weight versus Gracie’s and also Kris’ romantic life. This is for you, Gracie/Kris.

All Woman

I am modeling LeeZu Baxter’s absolutely beautiful Monroe lingerie because a real woman wants only the best lingerie, as I have already shown. The great thing about LeeZu’s lingerie is that it looks good on any woman—thin or fat, short or tall. LeeZu has all the details covered, from the sexy silk stockings to the garters on the stockings (and closing the bra in back) to the little flowers on the straps.

All Woman

I am wearing the deep luscious skin that Monicuzza Babenco has put out in a special holiday set. With its kohl-lined eyes and soft kissable lips, this skin makes any avatar sexy. (I needed the lingerie—showing skin alone would melt the graphics card, it’s so hot on this avatar.)

All Woman

Va-va-voom!

Hair: >TRUTH< Avery – mahogany by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS&YS* Sole X-mas – 01 Jolie Eb Dark by Monicuzza Babenco for YS&YS

Shape: ! RITA-Lush by Xme Xue for Ample Avi

Lingerie: [LeeZu!] Monroe Lingerie /blue by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Shoes: Jada Humby Couture Stilettos *Marie Clair* BLACK by Jada Humby for Jada Humby Couture

Posing Chair: [PR Compatable] Slipper Chair Photography Prop BLACK by Mykala Klossovsky for Virtual Props & Poses

Alternative Generosity

Sometimes you see someone in SL do something that just kind of blows you away with its personal effort and generosity. Today I experienced that.

Mr. Maht Wuyts stayed awake 26.2 hours and played alternative and pop music in order to collect money for Heifer International. Supported by several friends including Jasper Halfisch, IsaDaft Trollop, Arcadia Nightfire, and Cajsa Lilliehook, Maht stayed awake the whole time and played just awesome music. I showed up when he was entering hour 24. He said he had not repeated any tunes, and he was STILL playing excellent music. (I said it clearly wasn’t “the grounds at the bottom of the pot” music.)

Could this be the “alternative”? In the end, Maht collected 134,000L almost single-handedly, without a lot of extravaganza, without asking 50 people to give up their time and “play along,” without making it all about him. He simply stayed up 26.2 hours (sitting at a computer), played his extensive and amazing music collection, and spent that time encouraging, charming and cajoling the Linden out of people.

Alternative

So what does a girl wear to  the Velvet when she knows she wants to dance and cough up some money?

Alternative

I opted for this sexy-cute top camisole from Annyka Bekkers paired with tight leather leggings zipped up the backs of the legs from Anyusha Lilienthal.

Alternative

I wrapped little string things from Siyu Suen around my arms and wore some cutie hoops from Shannon Carroll.

Beneath it all was this lovely fresh skin from Fade Lei. What I really like about the skin, besides the very realistic but hand-drawn details (freckles, full pink lips, a little shadow under the eyes), are the tan lines on the skin. There is something so cute and sexy about tan lines from a bikini showing through, I think.

Alternative

I upped the ante on the whole outfit with sky-high ruby stilettos from Tesla Miles.

Alternative

The best kind of generosity:

Hair: +LALA Moon+ Bianca [ Red-Brown ] by RuRu Nagy for +LALA Moon+

Skin: Sophie (Tan 2 – freckles) by Fade Lei for Ugly Duck

Top: *blowpop* Blue Roses – Red Camisole (long) by Annyka Bekkers for Blowpop *

Leggings: * Ibizarre Zipper Leggin by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre

Wraps: *~*Cord Wraps: Small/Transfer by Siyu Suen for  *~*Illusions*~*

Earrings: Coquette Heart Slider Earrings by Shannon Carroll for Coquette

Shoes: – TESLA – *Vixen_Desire* (L) ‘ruby’ by Tesla Miles for Tesla

Shameless plug for Maht. He can be heard and seen at The Velvet every Sunday from 3-5 slt.

Party Dress

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to fill out my wardrobe with party dresses and suitable attire. I am not one for the red/green combos or for looking like one of Santa’s elves. I prefer a more sophisticated look.

Party Dress

This dress from Vitabela Dubrovna fit the bill. Based on her real life designs, Vita’s dresses are beautiful, imaginative, and couture. This lovely dress will take me to several parties, both day and night, with its lovely laces and beading on the bodice and full graceful skirt.

Party Dress

I am wearing Random Calliope’s Wish Set with the outfit. It’s very delicate, very ethereal. The glistening and spark of the tiny prims suit the dress perfectly. His is the standard by which all tiny prim work is judged, still. Lorac Farella’s new Life skins in Warm tone are ideal to go with this, adding the elegance I always want.

Party Dress

Finally, we end with shoes, and these shoes are ideal. Silver with diamonds, buckled and stiletto’d, these heels make this dress pretty and perfect. Jada Humby sells a fat pack of these—I would recommend you get the entire set.

Party Dress

Shuffling through my invitations:

Hair: >TRUTH< Grace – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone5 m4 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Black Lace by Vitabela Dubrovna for Vita’s Boudoir

Jewelry: (WW by RC) Wish Set by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: Jada Humby Couture Stilettos *Marie Clair* SILVER by Jada Humby for Jada Humby Couture

Society Lady

I have a friend in SL who is quite the society man. He told me quite plainly, “Pretty. I like women in hats,” when he saw me in this ensemble. He likes ladies with elegance and intelligence and means, so from him, this is high praise.

Society Lady

The ensemble I am wearing, from maizon Rayna, certainly begs one to think a woman of better means would be wearing it. It’s not only the hat, which is splendid and simple all at once, but also the slim line of the dress, the classic tailoring of the skirt and neckline, and the pure elegance of the whole look.

Society Lady

Nowadays, society ladies are not dowagers—many are young women of means, building on years of social connections through their families’ legacies. We don’t have a big need for that in SL—women in SL work and shop and marry and lead companies and organize events and educate and innovate. Not a lot have a need to carry on the blood line or plan for how to spend their inheritance.

 

Society Lady

Nevertheless, this is a place of dreams and fantasies, so pretending I am a young wealthy woman is not impossible. I chose Monicuzza Babenco’s beautiful skin to feature in this fantasy. It was a natural with its beautifully rendered eyebrows and aristocratic features. And Tesla Miles’ very high but very classy heels provided the final punctuation to this statement of class.

Society Lady

Uptown girl:

Hair: {fascino} futuro Black by Sola Meili for {fascino}

Skin: *YS & YS* Zara 01 Natural Brown EB Hairbase by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS*

Dress with Hat: JULIETTE by maizon Rayna for !Terra D’ombrA

Necklace: long string of pearls by Nonna Hedges for Details by Nonna Hedges*

Shoes: – TESLA – *Vixen_Desire* ‘black’ by Tesla Miles for –TESLA-

Casual Friday

Friday is casual—lots of people get to dress down in their offices or they take the day off. In my case, it’s a day off with a run around town.

Casual Friday

I put this ensemble together because it is loose and easy and chic all at once. A jean jacket from machang Pichot keeps the chill off but can be taken off so I can just wear the tank top from Darling Monday. This darling skirt is from AIR Winx. I tugged the belt that was attached to it down somewhat so I could wear this chic metallic belt from Umeko Shan. AIR’s belt is a few prims wrapped around.. and while it is cute, it just doesn’t fit my hips as well as this multiprim belt.

Casual Friday

I finished it off with a hair from boo Nakamura. I really love this style for it’s casual elegance. Its full body and slight messiness conveys a sort of offhanded sexiness. And of course, I wore Bax Coen’s beautiful boots. Walking with the legs going through the skirt prims, the majesty of the boots comes through.

Casual Friday

Takin’ it easy:

Hair: booN KUM236 hair red by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone5 m1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Jacket: AOHARU_BT_ShortJeanJacket_Blue by machang Pichot for AOHARU

Top: fri. – Layering.Tank – V (Black) by Darling Monday for fri.day*

Skirt: *ARGRACE* Dot  Long skirt* (Black) by AIR Winx for Argrace

Belt: *::UM::* Chain_Belt on stomach by Umeko Shan for ::Ume Mode::

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

Dragon Lady

With that title, you expected to see me when I get up in the morning I bet.

Dragon Lady

I was feeling edgy, and not a little overwhelmed after I had finished shopping at the sale at Tropical Orchid that Ms. Nicky Ree holds ever year. I wanted to blog something to mention this sale, since it’s the source of so much joy and inventory pain for me. And I knew the Dragon Princess suit would be exactly the ticket.

See, nobody thinks about Nicky as edgy. She makes pretty dresses, right? Well poke around the store a little more and you will find a lot—deliciously decadent lingerie, beautifully rendered period pieces, eensy weensy bikinis, and fantasywear. Nicky does great work with textures, including beautiful motifs, including the dragon on this suit.

Dragon Lady

I did up the suit with a hair from MissAllSunday Lemon that I just love for various reasons, most of all its sculptural shape. A fantasy skin from Lion Jonesford matches the ensemble. What really got me about this skin was how it looked so real even though it doesn’t look real. It has depth and expression and a vulnerability that is hard to pinpoint.

And then boots from Viktoria Brandenburg. She has made fetish cool and wearable without being over the top or ugly. These are a secret weapon.

Dragon Lady

Breathing cool flames:

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Lulu Hair – Grafite by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills

Skin: forbidden 7-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Outfit: *NR* Dragon Princess Body Suit Set (Black) by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Boots: VvB BLACK VIK 6-LACES Knee Boots V2 by Viktoria Brandenburg for VvB Stiletto Heels