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 *

Red Velvet

Winter Jefferson, blogging vampire and tireless organizer of Swansong, whispered in my ear the other night that he had seen the perfect gown for me. Winter doesn’t realize my inventory is FULL of the gowns “perfect for me”—about 450 of them. (Don’t ask…) But, still, hope springs eternal, so I went to check it out.

When I teleported into Black Swan, I saw what he saw. Redheads CAN wear red and THIS redhead loves to wear red. Tabitha Ninetails of the Dancing Academy has outdone herself with this elegant evening gown. From the cleverly constructed décolletage to the careful and beautiful rendering on the system pieces, I can feel the rich fabric lying on my skin, the open back and exposed shoulders caressed by the air, the heavy skirts swirling around my legs with each step. I feel elegant and regal. Winter was soooo right.

Red Velvet

Red Velvet

I have topped this ensemble with Sky Everett’s Reign in red and a cute pair of earrings Nonna Hedges just sent through that I imagine she has made in Maya. Little diamond-studded Eiffel Towers add a little something different to the ensemble. They aren’t your mother’s pearl studs.

Red Velvet

Maitreya’s elegant and sexy Verve pumps complete the outfit.

Red Velvet

What she wore to the party:

Hair: Sky Everett Designs Reign/red1 by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: (ebony & ivory) LIV red by Tura Sirbu for Ebony & Ivory

Dress: *la* Candace Aflame by Tabitha Ninetails for The Laughing Academy being sold now at Black Swan until August 17

Earrings: silver diamond eiffel tower earings by Nonna Hedges for Details by Nonna Hedges

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black2 by Beauvoir Rousselot for Maitreya

Earth Mother

The Swansong at the Black Swan sim, soon to be closed by Rezzable as they leave Second Life with only Greenies, is quite a round-up of fashion designers in Second Life. As I was helping Raven set down her panel for “Black Flame,” I cammed around the area, feeling that familiar twinge of the need to shop as I saw everyone’s creations.

Earth Mother

That same evening, Lorac passed over a photo of her new Wheat/Desire skin, and I realized the perfect look was in my hands. With Dezi Jarvinen’s Mother Nature Gown in Earth, I was able to put together an earth mother look that appealed to the Taurus in me. Dezi designed a dress with beautifully rendered leaves and branches and a cleverly designed sheer green skirt. It compliments the vision of natural beauty shown with Lorac’s skin.

Earth Mother

What is also clever about this outfit is that the pretty underneath pieces turn into a sexy bikini when you take the prims and outer layers off. So Mother Earth can get down-to-earth and down to business in a split second. Dezi did the kind service of providing the clothing on all layers, which many may be considered convenient but made the ensemble confusing for me.

Earth Mother

Earth Mother

The natural look:

Hair: Maitreya Moon – Ginger by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Desire AUB by Lorac Farella for Pulse

Dress: *Staged* Mother Nature Gown Set_Earth by Dezi Jarvinen for *Staged* being sold now at Black Swan until August 17.

Princess for a Day

Sky Everett, in her usual manner, has given the Black Swan Swansong sale an incredible hair piece with Princess Liante. With it’s paradoxically ancient and futuristic shape, this will adorn women across the grid either as high fashion or as role-playing accoutrement.

A furniture designer and a home builder, Sky has lent her considerable texturing and prim building talents to making hair for ladies all over the grid. Sky makes hair like no one else—it’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s many women’s fantasy. Princess Liante comes with a gorgeous jeweled ponytail that snakes around to the front. With hair pulled up in back, it comes with or without facelights.

Princess for a day

Even better, it comes with a variety of jewels. You get a pair of beautiful earrings and two collars, one that faces backwards and one that faces forwards. You also get a set of jewels that can be worn on the back of the hair piece or on top as a crown.

Princess for a Day

The crown suits me….

Princess for a Day

I chose to show the hair with Mallu Mayo’s dress Etherna. This hair has to take center stage but it has to be accompanied by a simple classic dress. Mallu’s work is clean and well-constructed. As someone remarked when they saw me in this, “Not everyone can pull off an empire waist in SL. Looks great!”

I love AOHARU’s Suede Lace Up Sandals with this dress. I show them here without the dress so you can see up close that prim toes/feet don’t have to cost a lot and don’t need to have the fat ankle and mismatched skin.

Princess for a Day

What the princess wore:

Hair with jewels: Sky Everett Designs – Princess Liante (full set) by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Tone 2-Makeup 3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: * REALE *Etherna Dress (Pearl) Bay Mallu Mayo for Reale

Shoes: AOHARU_WALK_SuedeLaceupSandals_White by machang Pichot for AOHARU

A quick shout out to some friends who have helped or been helping me with this blog including Winter Jefferson of In Cold Blood, Raven Haalen of Raven’s Roost and his partner Isle Lunasea, and my two biggest critical advisors–fashion photog buddy Wilhelm and architect Stephen. (They don’t have blogs.. they do this stuff for real. So they are kind enough to fuss at my photos in-world while they are trying to relax.)

Thanks also to Saeya for hooking me up with that Photosphere! My own hollowed-out sphere was getting to be a drag.

And moo, I love ya, babe!