The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

The Dinner Party

I’m having a dinner party. An intimate party for four. I have the table, the chairs, the plates and glasses and cutlery, and the space. Tobias Convair is offering this gorgeous modern set, loosely based on Corbusier’s ideas (like the table is TOTALLY Corbusier), at FaMESHed this month. I added one of Kayly Iali’s art pieces from Casa as décor and my room is complete.

The Dinner Party

Something casual, a bit eclectic, speaking to my ease at home but also a bit of formality. Well, that’s a lot of jumbo for “Look at this cute outfit I put together! Whee!” Start with this darling minidress from Azlyn Vaher that is all over the feeds because it’s going to be at District 5 in a few days. It comes with a great texture-change HUD that allows several variations in prints, sash color, ties and necklace. I loved clicking into a look I like. I paired it with leggings from Tatyana Ultsch and these darling mesh boots from Tesla Miles (that come in over a dozen color combos with a texture-change HUD as well).

The Dinner Party

My wonderful hair is from TOmmy Fairplay for Depraved Nation’s District 5 as well. When I first saw this one, I jumped up and down because it’s a sassy short ‘do for girls with a lot of personality and character. I was glad to see TOmmy mixed mesh and flexi to make the look great and it comes with the great texture-change HUD that Damselfly offers. My luminous skin is Shyla Diggs’ newest for Collabor88 with lovely, glowing makeup. I added one of the many lipstick tattoos to change up my look a bit.

Ready for my dinner party. Now, how to figure out how to make SL food taste better than styrofoam or plywood….

The Dinner Party

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Seleste Non-Rigged Mesh Big Pack by TOmmy Fairplay for :::Damselfly Hair::, available at District 5 (opens August 13) *

Skin: -Belleza- Grace C88 Tan 2 Bk with -Belleza- Grace C88 Tan Gloss 1 by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for –Belleza, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Bohemian eye collection – 18 by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery], available at the Chapter Four *

Dress: Yasum*MESH*Urban Hawt* by Azlyn Vaher for Yasum, available at District 5 (opens August 13) *

Leggings: :::i::: Lace Leggins Style6 by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya::: *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 223 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at My Slink Obsession *

Boots: – TESLA – Ziggy2 by Tesla Miles for Tesla *

Poses by Dahriel for *PosESioN*

Furnishings:

  • +CONVAIR+ Corbu Swivel Chair red by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *
  • +CONVAIR+Corbu Placesetting bone by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *
  • +CONVAIR+ Corbu Table wood by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *
  • +CONVAIR+ Concrete Candlestick by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *
  • +CONVAIR+ Pearl Bowls long pink by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *
  • +CONVAIR+ Atomic Pendant Light red by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *
  • Rug from Ikea
  • Fiery Hill 3 2014 tiled by Kayly Iali, available at Casa

House: ROOST – Lake Side Basement house part1 (3Bed/2Bath) by RoostHomes for Roost

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Erotica

“Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment gapes? In perversion (which is the realm of textual pleasure) there are no ‘erogenous zones’ (a foolish expression, besides); it is intermittence, as psychoanalysis has so rightly stated, which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove and the sleeve); it is this flash itself which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance. ” — Roland Barthes

Erotica

LeeZu Baxter announced the release of her new line of BDSM wear this weekend. Having seen all of it, I would count it more as BDSM influenced than straight kinkwear. And I would also rate it as 100 times better than the average sex wear on the grid. Take, for example, this very couture outfit which replicates the image of latex or perhaps wax dripping down the body. What LeeZu gives us is something erotic but not so prurient that it bores us or puts us off. It is visually exciting in and of itself. She doesn’t reveal all the typical sexual areas (tits and ass)–she embraces the whole body as a sexual organism and symbol.

LeeZu goes beyond the standard latex (which anyone can do by just doing a lot of dodging) by adding dangerously whiskery prims off the gloves and legs and arranging beads like drops of latex around the arm and neck. And she punctuates it with a flared flexi latex cuff. This is not so much an outfit as latex poured and hardened on the skin and on the curves of the female body—an artistic representation of a sexual, sensual fantasy.

Erotica

I am wearing a dramatic updo from Mirja Mills who has, lately, been putting out some stunning curly styles. I am totally into this hair from its almost frizzy curls to its beautiful tendrils dripping out one side. I opted to wear a skin from Nena Janus to make the sexuality of this look more evident—I find Nena’s skins almost sensual in their details. Huge ass earrings from Linka Demina and unbelievably high stilettos from Tesla Miles complete the look.

Erotica

The artist’s experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its pain and its pleasure, that the two phenomena are really just different forms of one and the same longing and bliss. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * FAME I * / black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Plum- by Nena Janus for *League* *

Outfit: [LeeZu!] BDSM Liquid Latex /black by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!]

Earrings: [ glow ] studio Bitterness Earrings TDRblue by Linka Demina for [ glow ]

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

At a Lunar Eclipse

Last night was the lunar eclipse… on the longest night of the year… and of course we had complete cloud cover and snow. Wah! A great pity because this is such a rarity—lunar eclipse during the winter solstice. Thank goodness I could share it with the Girlfriends in chat.

The Lunar Eclipse

Another rarity is the artistry of Eshi Otawara. She is almost as cool as a lunar eclipse in winter except she’s warmer than sitting outside in the middle of the night looking up at the sky. Her most recent outfit shown here is a versatile piece as she offers several top and bottom options in both opaque and sheer. I fell in love with the jacket and the flared pants. There is something Eshi gets so right in proportioning her outfits that so many miss.

The Lunar Eclipse

I wear it with a uber-chic skin from aida Ewing being offered at this week’s Dressing Room. And I wanted to give Eshi’s work the proper edge it deserves so I donned a tattoo layer and hair from Emelie Carter. I am digging this tattoo a lot.

The Lunar Eclipse

Thy shadow, Earth, from Pole to Central Sea,
Now steals along upon the Moon’s meek shine
In even monochrome and curving line
Of imperturbable serenity.

How shall I link such sun-cast symmetry
With the torn troubled form I know as thine,
That profile, placid as a brow divine,
With continents of moil and misery?

And can immense Mortality but throw
So small a shade, and Heaven’s high human scheme
Be hemmed within the coasts yon arc implies?

Is such the stellar gauge of earthly show,
Nation at war with nation, brains that teem,
Heroes, and women fairer than the skies?

~ Thomas Hardy

Hair: 99Hair -Kerry v1 –b1 with 99Hair -Shaved Tattoo LAYER -black T0 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Skin: -Glam Affair- Eva- Light – Red Line by aida Ewing for -Glam Affair-, available at the Dressing Room

Outfit: CONTESSA (black) by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara *

Earrings: p.c; Spike Earrings by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

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

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.

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-