A Bright Summer Day

A Bright Summer Day

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

~ Mary Oliver in “The Summer Day”

A Bright Summer Day

What are you doing with the beautiful days of summer? Every day I get up and try to get out and see something, do something, experience something–going to the farmer’s market, knitting with friends, sitting on the beach enjoying the lake. And in SL I am doing the same thing–venturing out again–dancing, sailing, shopping, and making new friends.

A new friend I made decided to introduce me to an old friend of his and took me to her store. I already knew of her because she was one of the great designers who participated in Fashion for Life, but I was glad to have another opportunity to check out her store. AmySue Shirakawa has been in world for 4 years, running her business and making sporty, sexy apparel for women across the grid, all reasonably priced. Take this cute dress, for example—a summertime confection. With its very pretty print and great cut, it’s ideal as a sundress for hot summer days. I love the sheerness of the skirt and that pattern on the hem. She includes a hat with color-changing hair AND shoes with this, but I opted to match this with new wedges from Pixieplumb Flanagan.

A Bright Summer Day

I have donned Sissy Pessoa’s newest skin release, a beautiful porcelain skin with beautiful makeup. Most in the set are a bit more muted than this makeup but it’s so colorful and perfect for this summery ensemble. The body is well defined with a great décolletage and really nice legs. I wore it over a willowy shape from Sophia Rossen. Sissy’s skin fit perfectly to Sophia’s well-done shape.

I paired it with one of Kavar Cleanslate’s newest hairs. I am in love with this particular blonde color–Chardonnay. Is it the name or the color, I wonder? Kavar is rocking this feathered and wavy, 70s revisited look and while I get nervous about static long hair like this, it performed well in different poses.

My choker and bracelet are further add-ons to the summer flower theme. Danielle Astonia’s jewelry is really quite astounding and versatile. One pack purchased from her includes several colors (instead of potentially laggy color-changing scripts) and is finely crafted. Notice the roses running down the back. A visit to her store is a jewelry lover’s delight.

A Bright Summer Day

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.  ~Henry James

Hair: ::Exile:: Georgina:Chardonnay by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: Baiastice_Nina-porcelaine -make up 11- BL by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Shape: Sophistishapes – ANNABEL bodyshape by Sophia Rossen for Sophistishapes *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Azure (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: !   [Adored]  APRIL PINK by AmySue Shirakawa for [Adored] *

Choker and bracelet: *Arwen Choker White w/o flexy* and *Arwen Bracelet White* by Danielle Astonia for La Forgia Jewels *

Shoes: BM ZsaZsa Wedge Pink Roses by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Lush Summer

The summer is peaking now with lush greenery and smells. Oh, have you ever smelled that beautiful piquant smell from a fuzzy tomato plant or the metallic gray that hits your nose right before the downfall or the sweet scent of clover in the warm summer dusk? Ah.. summer.

Lush Summer

I have slipped on a cool kaftan from AtomicSparkle Skytower. A skin maker, of course, has the chops to make good textures, and AtomicSparkle proves it. The textures on her set of dresses are just luscious—nicely shadowed, sexy where they need to be. The only concern I have is with the attachment of the skirt. She has it on the stomach—I moved it to pelvis. It somehow survives the “lime jelly” test better, though prims still pop out. (This is the test in which one puts their avatar into the lime jelly dance to see what pops out.)

Lush Summer

I wear Monicuzza Babenco’s RFL donation skin. Its glowing tan and gorgeous makeup just works with this dress and with the whole idea of summer. I really felt as beautiful in this makeup as Monicuzza promises. My soft hair and flower are from Parvarti Monday.

My tootsies are happily encased in Nardya Rousselot’s flat sandals with the amazing prim toes. (Somehow flat shoe prim toes always turn out ugly.. these aren’t.. so cute!) A brilliant part of the shoes are the color change gems. Click and you get a menu with a choice. I chose malachite, of course.

Lush Summer

In summer, the song sings itself. ~ William Carlos Williams.

Hair: fri. – Marie – Moody Brown and fri. – Marie Hair.Flower by Parvarti Monday for fri.day

Skin: *YS & YS* Marilu RLF Leaf by Monicuzza Babenco for YS&YS

Dress: [[[ SWANSONG ]]] Breeze Kaftan (Lime) by AtomicSparkle Skytower for [[[ SWANSONG ]]]

Sandals: NX-Nardcotix MANA Vixie Nutmeg by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

Kissed By the Sun

Back to sunshine and warm weather. I spent the day outside gardening—pulling up weeds (how is that they are the first to bloom), thinning my Siberian irises and nepeta and bee balm, and discovering where the chipmunks have made their new home. When I got in, I found I had a glowy sunburn on my nose and cheeks.

Kissed By the Sun

So it was with great delight that I donned a white sundress to show off my new tan. (A tan that is, in SL, not detrimental to my health, thank you.) This dress from Marea Kirax is light and airy with a lovely crocheted bodice, reminding me of sitting out on the back porch, enjoying a cool drink and savoring my hard work in the garden.

Kissed By the Sun

And my skin? Well Monicuzza Babenco is truly the author of this whole story. Her summer skin is an evocative reminder of a day well spent in the sun. Perhaps it’s a day spent on a boat, sailing over cool waters. Or a day spent on the slopes, skiing. For me, it’s a day doing honest work and making my world a prettier place.

Big pretty earrings from Anemysk Karu dress up the look, bringing attention to the glow in my face and dangling almost down to my berry brown shoulders.

Kissed By the Sun

“Do you have a sunburn, baby, or are you always this hot?” ~ Bad pick-up line

Hair: >TRUTH< Paige – almond by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS & YS* Barbara TDR SummerTime by Monicuzza Babenco for YS&YS sold only at the Dressing Room

Dress: “anuenue. MaiaDress(White) by Marea Kirax for “anuenue.

Earrings: [glow] TDR Earrings – Orcan (silver) by Anemysk Karu for [glow] sold only at the Dressing Room

Bangles: Mosiac Bangle in Silver & Mother of Pearl by Jojo Lowe for Timeless Designs

Sandals: Maitreya Gold – Esprit Nude by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

In My Jewelry Box

As you can imagine, my virtual jewelry box is a bit full, cluttered with baubles and bits and bobs of things I have accumulated over the years, including my own creations.

In My Jewelry Box

I was looking to adorn this cute new dress from Mavis McGettigan. She has piled on the great details: bows in the back tying up the halter top (which I found can be worn great on its own), a tiered skirt, and frankly, great white texturing (which is hard to do—pulling off white is quite a tough job). But because the dress is all white, I needed something pretty and special to wear.

In My Jewelry Box

So I dug out this beautiful artistic necklace and earrings made by ThomasD Felisimo. I hate to do this, but this is a one-of-a-kind necklace I won at an auction at last year’s Jewelry Fair, so you can’t get it—only I have it. The proceeds benefitted Oxfam, so cheers to ThomasD for donating his hard work and time and for letting my neck and ears wear such prettiness.

I am wearing skin from Kira Ahn, which is quite exquisite. Her skin blending is seamless, eyebrows are well defined and lovely, and lips are beautifully glossed. She is running quite a nice sale on older skins right now. You might catch this one or something else you like.

In My Jewelry Box

Finally, Morrigan Denimore passed over these shoes today. I don’t think he anticipated seeing them blogged this quickly and certainly not with an outfit like this (he tends towards goth and kimonos), but they were the perfect match to this ensemble.

In My Jewelry Box

Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles. ~ Sonja Henie

Hair: W&Y HAIR New 75 “TYPE”ALL by yukitan Farrjones for W&Y

Skin: [KA] SKINS GS -Lilly- Sunkissed/Brown Eyebrows/Make up 03 by Kira Ahn for KA designs

Dress: Skin Flicks Ruffiella Dress/Top White by Mavis McGettigan for Skin Flicks *

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

Necklace and earrings: Silq’waggi Circe by ThomasD Felisimo for Silk & Satyr (one of a kind for 2009 Jewelry Fair—proceeds went to Oxfam)

Shoes: ~*{TBC}*~ Rocking Horse Shoes – White by Morrigan Denimore for The Black Canary *

All the Time

Have you ever felt just free and beautiful? I heard a song today on KCRW (y’all know I almost only listen to that) that had such a free and open beat.

All the Time

Wearing a breezy pretty dress from Sissy Pessoa is the perfect thing for a day like today. Sissy presents us with a spring/summer dress that is perfect for garden parties or weddings. With its almost abstract flower print on the bottom, sexily criss-crossed back and full translucent skirt, it is light and free, elegant and happy all at once.

All the Time

Lorac Farella has come out with yet another skin line, this being the Isabella II, a revamp of her Isabella line. I have styled it with dark eyes because of its lovely olive tinge and bold features. The elegantly shaped eyebrows, luscious full matte lips and gentle blush make me a knock out. Lorac’s almost painterly attention to her skins make them a different proposition for wearers. This woman is not nor ever will be “cute.” She is beautiful, striking, and mysterious.

All the Time

“I love her all the time, I love her all the time, I love her all time…”

Hair: PE Portia Kohl by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy *

Skin: Pulse Skin – Isabella ll /M13 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Baiastice_Printed Chiffon on blue by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice *

Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Purple Briolette Necklace and Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: B&G WOMAN SHOE MELODY – BLANCO – T000 by BG Planer for B&G

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Listen to the inspiration: “All the Time” by A Race of Angels

Black Blossom

The Spring has been unseasonably warm around me with the daffodils yawning their sleepy spring heads in the torpor of the unusual warmth. Summer clothes are quickly getting hauled out of the storage.

Black Blossom

Elle74 Zaftig is anticipating the warmth with this lovely new dress. With its spaghetti straps (tied with sweet bows on top) and full lacy skirt. She echoes the theme of the top into the skirt and scatters pretty pink daisies across the field of black to lift the dress from goth to springtime.

Black Blossom

I pair with it this fresh springtime skin from Tricky Boucher with its softly glossed lip and faint blush. Wind chime earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo jingle in the soft breeze of warm air and Maris Kanto’s beautiful and sexy color changing sandals (set to black and pink with bright pink polish) finish off the ensemble.

Black Blossom

“Consider the daffodil. And while you’re doing that, I’ll be over here, looking through your stuff.” ~ Jack Handy

Hair: >TRUTH< Melinda – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 6 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Dress: _Bell_Summer Fling – Black Daisy by Elle74 Zaftig for Bellissima *

Earrings: 0Bliensen+MaiTai – Earrings Wind Chime -snow- by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen+MaiTai

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Empress by Maris Kanto for Kalnins

Bring It On!

The warm weather I mean. Maybe a pretty little summer dress will hasten the sunshine and warmth.

Bring It On

This darling ensemble from cyam Crystal might bring the sun out. The two pieces are sold separately so you can mix and match. I really love the tied shirt with its cheerful floral print and cute casual tie. The dress has a lovely eyelet skirt and a typical sweetheart neckline bodice.

Bring It On

I accessorized with some turquoise treasures in my inventory—bangles from Eolande Elvehjem and earrings from Jon Ree—both made and textured beautifully. (If I could have a more extensive jewelry collection in RL, they would both contain pieces like this.) A loose and lovely hair from Parvarti Monday tops me off, blonde and carefree.

Bring It On

My sexy shoes are from Maris Kanto. I have seen shoes very much like these walking around the pages of In Style and I love them. The stitching and studs make them somewhat ethnic/hippy without losing their high heel appeal. And Maris, as always, includes his fantastic skin-matching and color-choosing HUD. One of the best on the market.

Bring It On

Sunshine, on my shoulder, makes me happy:

Hair: fri. – Amelia.2 – Anxious Blond by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson PALE 14 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Top: *pop feel*Shirt blouse-Blue floret by cyam Crystal for *pop feel*

Dress: *pop feel*Cotton baretop one-piece-White by cyam Crystal for *pop feel*

Earrings: Earrings — Tradition Turquoise by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Bangles: Eolande’s Bohemian Chic Bangles L – turquoise by Eolande Elvehjem for Eolande’s *

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Dragoness by Maris Kanto for Kalnins