Days Away

My computer decided to up and quit the other day with nary a goodbye to warn me—it just beeped and died. Rather than arguing with it, I took it immediately to Computer Gallery and let Phil mess with it—Phil, the miracle worker. He finished it at 5 pm this evening and called and said, “Get it or it’s here til Tuesday.” I was there in a flash.

I was in a funk the entire time. While I could deal with not having access for a few days (in part because I could still read my email from my iPad), it was slowing sinking in that all the data on my computer might be lost. I didn’t care about my photos from SL as much as I cared about photos of last Christmas. My knitting patterns could be replaced; the video of my kid’s sing-a-long couldn’t. When you’re severed from technology, you suddenly appreciate what matters in life.

Days Away

I had done these photos before the big crash (which is called The Crash of 2011, not to be confused with The Panic of 2010, wherein Phil did slay a virus). I was pretty psyched to show this little pantsuit from Neferia Abel, part of her new summer line. (And I was gonna be one of the first to show it… bah.) Neferia has always been known for her elegance, attention to detail and RL fashion history, and her exquisite textures. This is another I love the antiqued floral print and fluttery ruffled leg and bodice. It’s comfy, cute but also unusual—the print dresses this up quite a bit.

Days Away

I show it with one of AvaGardner Kungler’s new jewelry sets. Ava first explored the “earth” and has now moved on to the “ocean” in her inspiration. She calls her work “statement jewelry,” and that’s precisely what is. This is not work for a shrinking violet or a Barbie wannabe with its piles of baubles and links. My hair is a cute pigtail ‘do from Helyanwe Vindaloo—she has fantastic blondes and my skin is an interesting look from Irishka Hotshot, offered at the Fashion Garret.

Days Away

What was it? Dunno.. he reseated the heat sink and reinstalled the operating system, and I honestly think that was it. SL creates some heat in there ;)

Hair: .ploom. Eva – Dirty by Helyanwe Vindaloo for .ploom.

Skin: [IREN]-=Barbara=- for TFG by Irishka Hotshot for [IREN]

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

Outfit: L’Abel-Country chic –Summer brown pantsuit by Neferia Abel for L’Abel *

Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Perolas – cream necklace and earrings by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Shoes: I ALEIDA I Busoga ballerina by Aleida Rhode for Aleida

What Keeps Me Up At Night

Some nights, can’t sleep, I draw up a list,
Of everything I’ve never done wrong.
To look at me now, you might insist
My list could hardly be long,
But I’ve stolen no gnomes from my neighbor’s yard,
Nor struck his dog, backing out my car.
Never ate my way up and down the Loire
On a stranger’s credit card.

~ from “A Good List” by Brad Leithauser

What Keeps Me Up At Night

Friends who know me know I like contemporary poetry—the published kind, the kind that sparks my thoughts, reminds me someone has the same feelings I do, evokes sensual memories. And reading good poetry keeps me up at night. I was absolutely delighted to receive this poem in my email via DailyLit late one night, reading from my iPad under the covers. (I strongly encourage you to click through on the link for this poem.. lines like “Or stood up and shouted, My God, that’s enough!/At a nephew’s piano recital…” make it worth it!)

I also stay up late sometimes to write my blogs or shoot my outfits. In this case, I really wanted to show you this darling dress from Shinicha Mathy. I love the colors, the aqua and green tangled together in the textures, the cleverly made sculpty halter. Shinicha makes fun cute outfits for men and women with well made textures and imaginative color ways.

What Keeps Me Up At Night

I ventured into Emerald Beta (I had grabbed a copy before they took it off the site) and played with Tuli Asterias’ Audrey line again. When I am able to wear the skin with the lipstick layer on it, I am very pleased with the skin and love the possibilities. I am not as thrilled with the base skin without the lipstick as it is usable in other viewers. Ergo, it’s not my first choice as I am generally running Snowglobe, which lacks that crucial alpha layer. I have not read all the documentation for Snowstorm but this silly little fashionista hopes they make the alpha layer standard.

What Keeps Me Up At Night

… My list, once started, continues to grow,
Which is all for the good, but just goes to show
It’s the good who do not sleep.

Hair: Exile Lily/expression by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile, available at The Dressing Room Blue for a limited time

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 3/br) :: 07 and []::Tuli::[] Audrey t3 – light 3 gloss by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: SHIKI-dress halter top-JERSEY SHORE by Shinichi Mathy for Shiki *

Bracelets: Ear Candy ~ Easygoing Blob Bangles by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: Ingenue :: Citron :: Aqua by Betty Doyle for Ingenue

Calling You

Busy, busy, running around. That’s SL and RL. The best part of SL, however, is you can open an IM window and call your friend immediately.

Calling You

This little outfit is perfect for running around SL. The top, from Lavea Alter, is a cute little offering at the Car Wash Cart Sale, ideal for summer outfits and perfect paired with this skirt, from miu Villota, which is probably more a winter piece but works as a sort of ethnic fabric.

Calling You

I put on this cute new set of jewelry from Kayleigh McMillan, which completes the look and makes me look more studied and less disheveled. Even more important is my iPhone accessory from Erehwon Yoshikawa, which is a little gift for a Techie Hunt this weekend. Wear the phone and KEEP it on. It has some surprises ;)

Calling You

Finally these sexy shoes from Nardya Rousselot complete the look. Stylish but comfy platforms with cute bows and just gorgeous toes. (I am all about the toes. Nardya made the bestest toes!)

Calling You

Written while listening to “Calling You” by Jevetta Steele. (Remember, from Bagdad Cafe?)

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

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room LE :: Gina 03 by Tuli Asterius for Tuli (no longer available)

Top: A-BOMB Cami-green by Lavea Alter for A-BOMB, available at the Car Wash Cart Sale

Skirt: *MIU* knitskirt(green) by miu Villota for MIU

Jewelry: *ByKay* ~ Kalya ~ *Olive* (Set) by Kayleigh McMillan for *ByKay* *

Phone: YAE AviPhone (Do not lose!) by Erehwon Yoshikawa for Yoshikawa Aetheric Engineering, available in the Techie Hunt *

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Chelo Brown by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

Summer Soiree

“In the dusk of the evening, he could see across the lake the twinkling of the lights from the gazebo rippling on the waves, and hear the laughter and murmur of relaxed voices, the susurring of frocks as ladies fluttered from one table to the next, the clink of ice in the gentlemen’s glasses. A loon cried across the lake. The band swung into upbeat.” (Imagined quote from some F. Scott Fitzgerald story.)

Summer Soiree

monica Outlander keeps putting out a steady stream of vibrant and quality content, never ceasing for holiday (as so many of my European friends) or even a bathroom break (which might sound silly, but I sometimes wonder about monica). This frock, one of four colors, arrives just in time for a summer soiree, one in the heart of the season when the heat still lingers past dusk. With its bare shoulders and low cut back, this dress might be structurally impossible in real life, but perfect in SL where a show of skin is de rigueur.

Summer Soiree

What a beautiful skin it is, too. From Hart Larsson’s newest line, this pale painterly beauty gives any woman a quality of sophisticated beauty, from its cat eyeliner to the subtle beauty mark near the eye to the matte and sumptious lips. AvaGardner Kungler’s beautiful orchid necklace, with its super-real tints of blue shell, is a perfect accompaniment—ocean and sky and blossom all in one piece.

Summer Soiree

“I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore. . . .
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.”
~ William Butler Yeats

Hair: >TRUTH< Jocelyn – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [PXL] Candy PALE CE PaleLips LEB by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Dress: Miamai_Milena Blue by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Necklace and earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Orquidea – abalone by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Being Miss Daisy

Midsummer and the daisies are in full bloom!

Being Miss Daisy

The cicadas sawing in the trees and I am writing this blog before I rush off to the pool. I will be wearing a breezy summery dress from dirty Adored with a sweet short skirt with soft floaty prims. With its pretty cotton floral material and buttoned up and buckled top, this has a country flair, perfect for picking daisies. Her textures are rich and evocative. I am looking forward to seeing more from dirty.

Being Miss Daisy

I pair it with this darling hat from Reghan Straaf, one of my girlfriends in Hey Girlfriends and a considerable hat maker in SL. Her textures and shapes are unbeatable, and this daisy hat is sure to charm smiles out of even the flowers. I also wear a little daisy on my finger from my dear friend Callie. It has a huge color change stone in the middle (because Callie’s all about the size) which I have made a diamond. I also wear an older hair from Stumbelina Ophelia that has been begging for attention and suits this ensemble perfectly with daisies near the nape of the neck.

Finally, I wear a fresh young skin from Gala Phoenix. Gala, as I have said before, has been in world since the beginning of my time (my first skin was from Gala) and has wisely kept an eye on changing tastes, making skins to suit her customers’ desires and needs.

Being Miss Daisy

Brute force crushes many plants. Yet the plants rise again. The Pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy. ~ D.H. Lawrence

Hat: Hatpins – Lady Daisy – White by Reghan Straaf for Hatpins

Hair: Cake – Savanna – Currant – Flexi Hair by Stumbelina Ophelia for Cake

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Grass 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Top: Bottle Bird flowery top by dirty Adored for Bottle Bird

Skirt: Bottle Bird flippy flowery skirt by dirty Adored for Bottle Bird

Daisy ring: the DAISY ROCK by caLLie cLine (yellow) by Callie Cline for caLLie cLine *

Daisies: Hacked hard from Tall Daisy by Troy McLuhan (recolored massively resized and reproportioned)

Shoes: *GF* Wedge Tong Sandal “Sunny” -white- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

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 *

Summer Dancing

Last night found me “stuck” (yeah.. stuck because the music was so good) at SL7B listening to the infamous Bradley Gazov doing his great blues set, away from Hotlanta.

Summer Dancing

I wore a cute outfit for my night out. First a top from Delora Starbrook, pretty and sexy all at once, very well drawn in a beautiful color. Then shorts from Barbra Kungler with cute little sculpty cuffs. And pretty bangles from kikunosuke Eel.

Summer Dancing

Finally new hair AGAIN from Truth Hawks. This one has streaks—I am totally digging these streaks! (They are subtle today—I used dark blonde.) And the shape of this hair is sexy! Finally wedges from J’s. I can’t day enough about these shoes and their pretty toes. They are so versatile, so chic and up-to-the-moment, and so sexy. Thanks to all these great creators, I looked great at SL7B!

Summer Dancing

“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.”  ~Vicki Baum

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

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room LE :: Gina 02 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli (exclusive for The Dressing Room) *

Tops: *HD* Sunny TankTop – TerraCotta by Delora Starbrook for Haven Designs *

Shorts: (Kunglers) Short Jeans Blue by Barbra Kungler for Kunglers

Bracelets: [MANDARA] Takara Bangle Dark wood by kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Sandals: J’s Real Toe Studded Wedge Sandals – Brown by JB Gazov for J’s

Vacay!

Oh man. It’s getting hot out! I am SO ready for vacation.

Vacay!

I have outfitted this whole look with new items available on the grid. First, let’s start with this sexy set from LeeZu Baxter. From the luscious textures in the sarong to the bikini top to the pretty flowers under the bust, this swimsuit is for the perfect vacation. Add to it the new prim foot shoes from Oct Oakleaf (more on these in another post—they are incredibly versatile), and I have the ideal vacation ensemble.

Vacay!

My windblow, wind-tangled hair is from Kavar Cleanslate, a new style in his store. Finally I am wearing a sunkissed skin from Lion Jonesford’s new line. The tones of the skin, the subtle freckles over the clavicle and decollatage are perfect for summer showing. I received this skin as part of a small blogger pack, and I would not say it is the best of the collection but it is representative of Lion’s work.

Vacay!

Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime…

Hair: Exile Leslie/blackcherry by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile *

Skin: NOVA sun2nh gloss-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins *

Outfit: [LeeZu!] Boho Bikini /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Shoes: +ADDiCTIA+ Tropica Flip Flops – PInk Stripes by Oct Oakleaf for +ADDICTIA+ *

Summer’s Here!

Hearing the tornado siren last night, seeing 88 on the car thermometer, and feeling the splash of pool water while the kids at the local pool took turns doing cannonballs, it finally sunk in that summer is here! The impatiens in my window boxes are flourishing, the tomato plant in the Topsy Turvy is already prehistorically huge, and everyone smells like sunscreen. Yay!

Summer's Here

I wear a top as bright as the bright blue sunny sky and cute Madras shorts from Magen Jigsaw. I threw on a bunch of turquoise jewelry—it seems to fit. I absolutely love this necklace and earring set from Abraxxa Anatine. The textures are spot on—the mottled turquoise and shiny tigers eye with onyx spacers and hand worked metal links.

Summer's Here

A glowing skin from Tuli Asturius, high ponytail from Truth Hawks (with color-change barrettes), and flip flops from Emma Gilmour and all’s good.

Summer's Here

Pass me the sweet tea, please….

Hair: >TRUTH< Patrice – cranberry by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 4/bl) :: 03b by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Top: ::EmJay:: Tank Top-Teal by Magen Jigsaw for ::EmJay::

Shorts: ::EmJay:: Patchwork Shorts- Teal by Magen Jigsaw for ::EmJay::

Necklace and Earrings: EarthStones Ti’ana Necklace and Earrings – Turquoise by Abraxxa Anatine for Earthstones *

Ring: > alaMood < Shine Ring – Turquoise by Jori Watler for alaMood

Flipflops: [SC] Surf Couture – Freedom Flops – White by Emma Gilmour for Sand Shack Surf Co.

Therapy

Times are a little rough in SL and RL. I don’t need to enumerate the number of issues and complaints that could be listed here. Why rehash? At times like this, retail therapy is a good thing, and it’s especially good in SL where a completely new look costs me something along the lines of a nice big double latte frappe. (Ya think LL would use this for marketing ;))

Therapy

Today’s retail therapy took me to Yaszi Mornington’s place for a darling jacket with morning-glory motif. My friend Erehwon beat me to it, so I got the pretty yellow flowers and slipped it on. Oh.. relief. Yaszi has cleverly constructed this jacket so the skirt hangs down with an open belt (and covers my ample back end) and has a lovely little sculpty collar and great cuffs. I wear cute little capris from Aree Lulibub and sweet little shoes from sakka Flow.

Therapy

The skin is Tuli Asturias’ new offering for The Dressing Room, starting today. With its subtle shading, summery lip and gray eye shadow, it’s a different coloring than one can normally find. But it’s typical of Tuli—so pretty.

Therapy

Win or lose, we go shopping after the election. ~ Imelda Marcos

Hair: Sophie – Autumn by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room LE :: Gina 02 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, exclusively available at The Dressing Room *

Jacket: Meriken Co. “ANSWER” Green by Yaszi Mornington for Meriken Co.

Top: *GC* Plain Tank by Giana Paine for Gigi Couture

Capris: Petunia Rolled Cuff Chinos, Vanilla by Aree Lulibub for Petunia

Shoes: ~~Sakka’s Studio~~ Flat shoes /Sash [ Cream ] by sakka Flow for ~~Sakka’s Studio~~