Knit Happens

I have recently taken up knitting. I had tried before and never quite got the hang of it but this time I am rocketing through an Irish cable scarf. An SL friend has a partner who likes to knit; when she found out I was taking a class, she said, “Our evil plan is working.” Then someone showed me ravelry.com and gosh, it was all over…

Knit Happens

Going to Maria Gherardi’s store, I was reminded of what I want to learn to knit. First there are the stockings. I really need to learn to knit socks. Maria has done a terrific job with these, using a checkerboard pattern with a standard ribbed cuff (done k2, p2.. I think). The gorgeous shrug is done in a chain (which turns out not to be that hard to do if you have a cable needle, incidentally) in a glorious shade of “petroleum.” She does more with it, though, by making the sleeves a sort of puffy shape that adds a lot to the shape of the silhouette.

Knit Happens

Underneath is a little outfit with “jhodpur” shorts that has a great funky shape and beautiful texturing. Maria’s clothing comes in a variety of colors—that is her forte—rich, beautiful tones in a wide variety. In fact, it’s kind of difficult to choose when you get there, she provides such a palette of choices.

Knit Happens

This glowing skin from Fergie Finesmith has the bold eyeshadow colors I wanted and the skin tone that goes well with such saturated hues. I top it with one of Truth Hawks’ new hairstyles, this with the streaks set on blonde—I chickened out with the pink streaks. And I love this necklace from Jon Ree. He does absolutely gorgeous turquoise work.

Knit Happens

I bet you’re all wondering what you’re getting for Christmas this year…. Well, coffee cozies, of course.

Knit Happens

Knitting is very conducive to thought.  It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.  ~Dorothy Day

Hair: >TRUTH< Tara Streaked (Plain) – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Razzanova Skins Vanity – Alizee – Gourmandises  by Fergie Finesmith for Razzanova *

Sweater: [MG fashion] Crocheted Shrug – petroleum by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Outfit (Top and Shorts): [MG fashion] Miriam (plum) by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Stockings: [MG fashion] knitted socks – charcoal by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Necklace: Necklace — Two-step turquoise by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Boots: *GF* Short Lace-Up Boots –Black by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Knitting Needles: Steel Knitting Needle Set by Ida Keen for ! Knit This

Coffee Cozy: -RC- Nana’s Knitted Coffee Cozy by Redd Columbia for RC Cluster

P.S. A shout out to my evil co-conspirator, C….

Perfect Autumn Day

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. ~ P.D. James

Perfect Autumn Day

I remember a perfect autumn day when I was in high school and the leaves were falling to the ground and we were doing marching band practice and Tom Garvens was ahead of me with his saxophone, marching through the leaves in the perfect golden light of an autumn afternoon and the air was dry with a hint of the menace of winter and the rhythmic crunch crunch of the marchers was mesmerizing.

Or another day when I was in grad school when I was taking the bus from one campus to another at Duke and the wind blew up and took the leaves in big swirls like some movie, blowing them as a frame around the scene of the chapel as we departed.

Did you know my blog was supposed to be an exercise in writing? Let me write about the outfit, which is something I definitely would have worn on that day at Duke. First the jacket from Rob Moonites, a definite win as it has menswear styling but it’s sized for women. I love the tweed texture, how he has done the inside with a checkerboard plaid, how he has shaped the lapels. I wore a suit like this (thrifted from Goodwill) all autumn with everything.

Perfect Autumn Day

A scarf was frequent as well. This one is from Pixel Chrome. And I wore a t-shirt underneath until it got colder, and then it was a sweater. This one from toraji Voom is ideal. Jeans were always old and scuffed—poor grad student, dontcha know. Dick Wiesel provides these artistically grungy jeans (almost like someone had doodled on them during a particularly long lecture about postmodern theory–heh). The funky fringy boots from Kao Sands are de rigueur for the smart grad student–flat heels for walking all over campus, fringes for that bit of Bohemian flavor that is so important.

This fresh skin from Julliette Westerburg has a little autumn briskness to it in the pretty blush on the cheeks. Autumn Hykova (perfect name) provides this lovely wavy hair with a color change knit cap topping it. All I am missing is my book bag (which usually got left in my office in the basement when I was just out strolling for a breath of fresh air between classes—it was too damn heavy).

Perfect Autumn Day

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  ~George Eliot

Hair (with hat): Tiny Bird – Have You Forgotten – Golden Auburn by Autumn Hykova for Tiny Bird

Skin: -tb- {Tan} Jejune Rose – Dark Thick Brows by Julliette Westerburg for tres blah

Jacket: *FIR & MNA* The Dorset Coat Khaki Womens by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Sweater: **DP**yumyum:romantic sweater/green by toraji Voom for YumYum

Jeans: :. WoE .: Graecyn Capri Jeans (Bronze) p by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Scarf: >TRUTH<  Lygon Scarf [green stripe] by Pixel Chrome for >TRUTH<

Boots: KAO : Suede Fringe Boots / camel by Kao Sands for iTuTu

Wearing Warm

My friend KK IM’d me the other day and told me she needed recommendations for things to wear for skating, holiday shopping, keeping warm, and generally being a snow bunny. So this will be the first of a series I will do on “Wearing Warm.”

Wearing Warm

We all know that SL finds its home on computers spread out in offices in warmer climates. In fact, a lot of the residents of SL never see snow. They find the whole idea of snow exotic and fun. So let me tell you about how it gets squeaky in REALLY cold weather, how it is fluffy or slushy, how it can drop in big glorious glops of flakes or in dry flurries of twinkledust.

Wearing Warm

I pulled out an older outfit from Myllie Writer, one she had marketed last year (and is now in her discount area ;)) to show you one possible ensemble. I have always loved this sweater/skirt set, and it comes in several combinations of colors so you can wear many color combos of sweaters and tights (and at a reasonable price). In poking around Persona today to confirm it was still available, I also purchased a ton of poses, some of which you see here.

Wearing Warm

I am showing this outfit with hair named after ME. I just get so happy when that happens. And I feel so honored Truth Hawks would honor me with his great work. (Je suis arrivee!) This tousled ponytail compliments the casualness of the outfit and reminds me how windblown hair can get in the winter.

Wearing Warm

A scarf from Antonia Marat and darling furry boots from Lexi Morgan keep me warm and a luscious skin from Monicuzza Babenco (named “Snow”—go figure), make me feel all snuggly.

Wearing Warm

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

Hair: >TRUTH< Harper – pumpkin by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<*

Skin: *YS&YS* Adriana Lust 05 Snow EB Brown by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS**

Sweater: *PERSONA* Furry Sweater – cream by Myllie Writer for PERSONA

Skirt: *PERSONA* Plaid Belted Skirt by Myllie Writer for PERSONA

Tights: *PERSONA* Woolen tights – orange by Myllie Writer for PERSONA

Scarf: /artilleri/ Taylor scarf STRIPES *peach/yellow* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Boots: [Stellar] Kenai Boots – Tan by Lexi Morgan for Stellar

Wagon: Reek – Snowy Wagon by Riq Graves for Reek

Written while listening to “Funeral Singers” by Califone.

All About Business

Lately I have been getting a lot of requests for business looks in SL, especially since Amanda Linden wrote a blog about business appearance.

It’s not impossible to put together a business look here, especially if you get yourself outside the box of black suit and skirt. I am personally tired of that—that’s for lawyers and very uptight librarians. A professional woman can be found in a tailored sweater and skirt with a stylish scarf, as I show here.

All About Business

Betty Doyle has come out with a set of “Vintage Basics,” but I consider them regular basics. The system skirt has a great texture and shape (though for some reason, this one made my rear end look large so I “dieted” a little and shrunk my otherwise perfectly useful skinny skirt shape). And the sweater, with its ideally proportioned knit texture and wonderful sculpty shapes, has enough style to look beyond ordinary but is not outrageous.

All About Business

I accessorized with Tiffy Vella’s beautiful Wistaria set. She has done some absolutely exquisite work with jewelry in SL, combining killer skills in tiny prim building with gorgeous textures. This set comes with this beautiful scarf, earrings, and a ring. (It also has a necklace and bracelets you don’t see here.) And finally I pull out the classic Verve pumps from Onyx LeShelle.

I wear here a skin I custom made at Body Politik. Maximillion Grant and his partner Polly Pavlova didn’t make it for me–I made it myself on their handy dandy website, and I blogged about this wonderful idea. I received news today that they are now letting you customize in-world as well at their “Skin Creation Stations.” So get down to their store in-world—you may catch me there putting another one together.

All About Business

Getting down to it:

Hair: [V] Vignette Jaime Brick by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: TBP Infinity Custom Skin – Harper Beresford CYT-103353_1936 by Maximillion Grant for Body Politik

Sweater: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Edie :: Forest by Betty Doyle for Ingenue*

Skirt: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Memo :: Midnight by Betty Doyle for Ingenue*

Jewelry and Scarf: Eclectica_Purples_Wistaria by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Olive by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Big Snuggly Sweater

I traded my summer clothes for my winter clothes the other day, which requires hauling a prim out of my studio, unpacking it, watching my inventory blow up, and then taking said same prim, packing it with summer clothes, and scurrying it away. (You think this is not true? Well, it’s not entirely true but I do have prims packed full of stuff in my studio.)

So after I wrangled the Fishook dress into the prim (and got a little hurt in the process), I looked at what I had. A few holey sweaters, some socks without matches, and a skirt I somehow got spaghetti sauce on. (How did I do that? I NEVER eat in SL!) Clearly I had to go shopping! (That is my excuse and I am sticking to it!)

Big Snuggle Sweater

I found myself at SMS (So Many Styles), tripping over the Fifty Linden Friday sign on the way to the good stuff. Inside I found, well.. so many styles–granny dresses, patchwork, vintage, ethnic, jewelry. My cam landed on this cute sweater. It looked just like the oversized snuggly sweater I would wear on a nippy day with its generously sculpted cowl neck collar and bell sleeves. Irie Campese clearly has a lot to say to the fashion world in SL, all of it good.

Big Snuggle Sweater

I ran home and pulled on these versatile leggings from Mimikri Kit. I can see these being utilized in many ways—with a sleek sexy top out dancing at a club, with a dress and boots to keep my legs warm, on a lazy day when dressing up and feeling uncomfortable is out of the question.

Big Snuggle Sweater

I found a sweet deal on a set of skins and hair for 200L for the batch on the second floor of Fishy Strawberry—similar to Cupcake’s gift packs of skins and dresses. Put together a pretty good look pretty cheaply with these packs from Fae Eriksen, and get a taste of her great work. This skin is one of the varied tones in the pack, all with blue eye shadow and the pale lip.

Truth Hawks pumps out hair every week, week after week, all varied, all beautiful, all perfect for the beautiful avatar about town. How the heck does he do it? This casual but stylish do, held back with color change hair bands, suited the curvy shapes of the sweater perfectly.

And of course, my trusty old Bloom boots from Onyx LeShelle. I remember when I first got these, in Maitreya’s little store with its five pairs of boots and five shirts and two posing stands and a Buddha on the wall. Remember that? I nearly fainted when I first found these boots—soft supple suede, richly colored, stylishly buckled. Find these babies in RL for me and I will be your best friend forever.

Big Snuggle Sweater

Cautiously eyeing that prim in the corner to see if it is going to blow from everything in it:

Hair: >TRUTH< Lauren – chestnut by Truth Hawks for TRUTH

Skin: *Fi-St* Skin Lan-Cappuccino-Sky dark by Fae Eriksen for Fishy Strawberry

Sweater: {SMS} Winter Sweater Blue by Irie Campese for SMS

Leggings: Mimikri – Roma/Leggins black by Mimikri Kit for Mimikri Hot Couture

Boots: Maitreya Bloom – Blue by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Sweater Weather

I was poking around the other day, looking for a bunny head I had seen on someone  (don’t ask) and ended up back at yumyum. I love yumyum. Everything there is so cute without being twee, pretty and sweet without being cloying. I just can’t handle twee, so that’s saying a lot. Even the bunny head appeals to me.

A Chill in the Air

I stumbled in past the many plants in pots and glass containers of which I have too many, past the sculpty antique chairs, past the wreaths (two of which I bought), past the herbs in gardening boxes, and found myself in front of the most fantastic sweaters. So of course, I got one. Between the amazing texture, the perfectly done sculpties, the pure coziness of it, I am just thrilled. And this is again, a perfect example of how toraji Voom makes cute without crossing to twee.

A Chill in the Air

I found a pair of jeans from Dawn Memorial that matched the sweater well and were chic enough to go with the sweater. And then the other to-die-for in this ensemble are the boots from JB Gazov. I have already explained my love of all things J’s, and these boots reinforce those feelings. These are the ankle boots for a knee-high boot—I got the multicolor version. They also come with two heels.. a stiletto and a more square version. OK, yes, I love these boots.

A Chill in the Air

Finally, I dressed up with a brand new loose updo from Truth Hawks, a beautiful skin from Lorac Farella—one of my favorites, and jewelry from Maeve Mortlock and Nuala Shippe. I feel chic and warm and just right.

A Chill in the Air

With the smell of burning leaves in the air and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot:

Hair: >TRUTH< Cameron – auburn by Truth Hawks for Truth

Skin: Pulse Skin – Angie ll/Chosen by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Sweater: **DP**yumyum:romantic sweater/green by toraji Voom for yumyum

Jeans: Basic Black Jeans (Flared) by Dawn Memorial for DCNY*

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Copper Bell Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Ring: Kunstakammer revised ring stack colorway 5 by Nuala Shippe for Kunstakammer

Boots: J’s Long Boots Round (11Colors) by JB Gazov for J’s

A Chill in the Air

A cold wind blew in yesterday. As someone said on TV, “Summer ended five minutes ago.” For me that means the opportunity to get out clothes I haven’t seen in a while—kind of like having a whole new wardrobe. I pulled out designs from some of the best on the grid to keep me chic and warm.

A Chill in the Air

A rummage through the coat closet found this amazing leather and fur coat from mirai Jun. With the mix of sculpties and system pieces, it’s an ingenious design. I just FEEL warm when I see it.

I paired it with a sweater from LeeZu Baxter. Her dramatic dress designs are often featured in fashion shots, but not a lot is said about her more casual separate pieces. This sweater, a piece I purchased a while ago, would be a favorite in my RL wardrobe-the design is beautiful and complimentary, the materials are luxurious and warm.

A Chill in the Air

The pants are from Zaara—velour with a clever angled zippered pocket, clearly styled on jeans Zaara has seen around town. Boots are a new offering from Rebel Hope—suede scrunch boots made from sculpties. Rebel seems to be holding on in SL, thankfully, despite some incredible problems on the grid. Thankfully, LL was there to provide some help ;) Hair is a cap and ponytail set Elika Tiramisu offers with the natty cap being scripted for color change.

A Chill in the Air

A warm walk on a chilly autumn day:

Hair: ETD Janine – Auburn by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elika Tiramisu Designs (ETD)

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T Cream/Champagne AUB by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Coat: !_Ce Cubic effect Leather & Fur Long coat(Gray) by mirai Jun for Ce Cubic effect

Sweater: *LeeZu Baxter* Loui Pullover /charcoal by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu Baxter

Jeans: Zaara : Ishaya Velour slacks *black by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Earrings: pc; Basic Hoop Earrings by Prue Lu for Paper Couture

Boots: !Rebel Hope Designs – Milan Suede Scrunch Boots Black by Rebel Hope for Rebel Hope Designs

First Day of School

Today is the first day of school for many students–around this country, at least. I remember the anticipation, especially when I was in high school and college. I had my clothes all laid out, ready for the first day, the first chance to impress after a long summer, the first chance to wear all those new school clothes.

First Day of School

If I had a cute outfit like this one from Iki Ikarus of Dutch Touch, I would have worn it. With its cute pullover short sleeve sweater and shrug and its sweet little denim miniskirt, it would have been the ideal first day back to school outfit. Iki Ikarus does some really fine work, mixing photorealistic textures with hand drawn work to make her clothing stand out.

First Day of School

Such a fresh look needs a clean skin and long wavy hair. I chose Sabina Gully’s Curly Hair. This cute style has a little bobby pin holding back the voluminous locks. I remember having hair like this in college *sigh*. The skin is from Pulse’s Timeless set–not heavy with makeup.

First Day of School

I paired this with the first pair of sculpty boots I ever bought—the Dunes from Maitreya. They were the most happening thing when they first came out and have borne the test of time. When I first saw them, I realized they were the boots I always wanted but never had—soft scrunchy suede that goes well with jeans or skirts.

First Day of School

School’s open!

Hair: Magika  – Curl Hair – Brown E by Sabina Gully for MAGIKA

Skin: Pulse Skin – Timeless ll/Makeup 11by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: :: DUTCH TOUCH ::  LoNDOn Red by Iki Ikarus for :: DUTCH TOUCH ::

Boots: Maitreya Dune – Burgundy by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Flirty

I have always liked this outfit. I bought it a while back on a Japanese sim and always loved putting it on

Flirty

It’s short and flirty. Piah Noel has done a great job of making a “schoolgirl” outfit that is not so blatantly schoolgirl. With its cute floral skirt and three-quarter length sleeved knit sweater, it’s perfect for running around town.

Flirty

I imagined it would look perfect with bangs (these from Zero Style)…

Flirty

… and knee high boots (these from Enkythings).

Flirty

How I like to flirt:

Hair: * 0 Style *Angie *(Auburn) by Rei Gully for Zero Style

Skin: Pulse Skin – Essence/Live by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Sweater and Skirt: ***Blanc***Black knit sweater & flower printed skirt by Piah Noel for ***Blanc***

Boots: * – enkythings – Cypa Black Alligator by Enktan Gully for Enkythings