Cool Girl

Cool Girl

No, let’s not put a label on it
Let’s keep it fun
We don’t put a label on it
So we can run free, yeah
I wanna be free like you

~ “Cool Girl” by Tove Lo

Cool Girl

I went over to the West of the Rain for a cool summer day scene with poses from Katya Valeska for Shiny Shabby. I started with a new top from Doc Eldritch that includes some fabulous colors and a beautiful texture. Doc makes all his mesh from scratch and custom fits it to mesh bodies so it’s perfect every time. I paired it with shorts I got from Kinu Mayako at Thrift Shop that includes a HUD to allow different parts of the shorts to be switched out. Criss-crossed platforms from Darling Monday’s sale make this a sexy casual look.

Cool Girl

A trip to Shiny Shabby will also make you a cool girl. Start with Umazuma Metaluna’s gorgeous skin from Shiny Shabby, an applier for Catwa heads, which I am showing on the Destiny head. With gorgeous eyes from Lilanachristina and a unique necklace set from Aikeo Reiko for Shiny Shabby, the look is fabulous. I love the smooth long look from Vivienmarli for Shiny Shabby as well, a simple and easy ‘do for a casual freedom.

Cool Girl

Hair: .Entwined. Grace by VivienMarli for [Entwined], available at Shiny Shabby *

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Werra (Catwa Applier) mocca by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Shiny Shabby *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Destiny V4.9 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Eyes: LOTUS. Devotion Eyes – 5 by lilanachristina for LOTUS, available at Shiny Shabby *

Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: DE Designs – Sara Cami – Maitreya by Doc Eldritch for DE Designs *

Shorts: [ SAKIDE ] NIomei Shorts Classic MAITREYA by Kinu Mayako for [ SAKIDE ], available at the Thrift Shop *

Necklaces: :[P]:- Lucretze Necklace [Choker]:// Golden and :[P]:- Lucretze Necklace [Short]:// Golden by Aikea Rieko for The Plastik, available at Shiny Shabby *

Bracelet: [Kotolier] ClassicLeatherBraid Bracelet [01] by Kotori Skytower for [Kotolier], available at Creators Collection Box

Nail appliers: Hello Dave – Nail Appliers – Lavender Ice by Maia Gasparini for Hello Dave!

Shoes: fri. – Olivia.Sandals (Mint) by Darling Monday for fri.day

Poses: an lar [poses] The Kayelle Series by Katya Valeska for an lar, available at Shiny Shabby *

Taken at West of the Rain

Cool Girl

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The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

“How peaceful life would be without love. How safe, how tranquil… and how dull.” ~ Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

The Name of the Rose

Valentine’s Day is coming up so a long of roses are going to be gifted through Marketplace in the next couple weeks.I am wearing an outfit from Ariadna Garrigus that’s a taste of sexy for strolling the grid. With mesh jeans, a draped silky tank and a nicely shaped jacket on top, it’s a great look for going out or shopping. I wore Senzati0n Domenitzo’s boots for Shiny Shabby with it and Maxi Gossamer’s new heart-filled pearl choker for Fameshed. It has color change for both black and white.

The Name of the Rose

Not everyone on the grid is sold on mesh heads yet, and this skin is a beautiful look for a Valentine. This time she has blond brows, so I am able to wear one of Queue Marlowe’s gorgeous new lush looks with abundant curls.

The Name of the Rose

Hair: AD – deborah – LIGHT BLONDES by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin:  .::WoW Skins::. 2016 Victoria Bronze by sawsan Secretspy for.::WoW skins::., available at SWANK *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Gigi eye -Deep Blue- by Keiba for [UMEBOSHI], available at SaNaRae

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.02 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Outfit: ***ArisAris~Gara23~Light My Fire by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Constanina – Low Neck by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Boots: Essenz – Glasgow (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Goizane for Fashiowl, available at the Thrift Shop (opening February 7) *

The Name of the Rose

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

To cram big chocolate flavor into a tender, crisp chocolate butter cookie recipe, we found that cocoa powder—with a much higher percentage of cocoa solids than other forms of chocolate—was clearly the best candidate. ~ Cooks Illustrated

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

Today’s cookie (which turned out excellently) is the Mexican Chocolate Sugar Cookie. Forget the sugar—it’s all chocolate, dark dark chocolate (thanks to Dutch process cocoa and instant espresso), with an eensy touch of cayenne pepper to give it a little afterbite. This is not your Grandma’s Christmas cookie. I thought the idea of the cayenne pepper touched cookie went well with this outfit, which includes a darling integrated shawl and top from AscendSL and a great set of leggings from Rucy Byron with feet shaped to fit Slink or Maitreya shoes and a texture-change HUD for three different neutral shades. I picked up a pair of boots made by InfinityStore that includes a texture-change HUD for the socks and the hardware and a scarf from xMike Deed from Thrift Shop at half off to complete my look.

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

Avenge is a new skin line made by AvengeStore, and she includes appliers for Slink hands and feet and Maitreya and Belleza bodies and tells me she will be working on Catwa and Logo head appliers very soon. The body is nicely detailed and the face is quite pretty with several makeup options available. She’s still getting things together but for a unique look that many won’t have, you might check her store. Bubbles Clawtooth features this wavy and wild hair at N21 with some great ombre textures she has made. The barrette includes its own color change HUD.

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

Hair: Clawtooth: Magnolia – Dark Ombre Pack by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, available at N21 *

Skin: [Avenge] Athena (bronze) – brown eyebrow with [Avenge] Athena skin makeup (eyes) – sun by AvengeStore for [Avenge] *

Eyes: .ID. September Eyes / Brown by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.02 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: Ascend – Fringed Out Cardigan RED by ascendsl for Ascend, available at Shiny Shabby *

Leggings: !APHORISM! Knitted Tights – Maitreya Flat Monochrome by Rucy Byron for !APHORISM!, available at Shiny Shabby *

Scarf: Kenvie. Wool Scarf—Sienna  by xmike Deed for Kenvie, available at the Thrift Shop *

Boots: !NFINITY Winterboots Back Lace -Grey – Isis  by InfinityOwner for !nfinity, available at the Thrift Shop

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Taken at Flux Sur Mer

Mexican Chocolate Butter Cookies

The Spice of Life

The Spice of Life

“Variety’s the very spice of life that gives it all its flavour.” ~  William Cowper

Spice of Life

 

I’m going the graphic route today with more photos than words because I wanted to feature a few of the great hairs from this month’s Hairology, and I knew I wouldn’t get to all of them otherwise. I have donned Paradox Messmer’s mesh dress from Thrift Shop, half off, in its various colorways and have clicked away at Maxi Gossamer’s great Collabor88 necklace to show the many colors you can use on this one piece of jewelry.

I love the variety of hair at Hairology, from Nita Bracken’s simple style to Casandra Rain’s gorgeous wedge (check out the back—brilliant) and I employed color on Tabata Jewell’s rock n roll style and on Elikapeka Tiramisu’s great side ponytail. An elegant girl will go with Evadne Quintessa’s look—it’s honest and easy.

 

Hair: Tameless Svana by Nita Bracken for Tameless, available at Hairology *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Divanity Golden by sawsan Secretspy for.::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

Eyes: *YS&YS* – Lovely Eyes Nut by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS* *

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kornelia lashes.02 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: Du Jour- Rawr Dress Wildcat Maitreya by Paradox Messmer for Du Jour, available at the Thrift Shop *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace – Morello drops by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

 

Spice of Life

Hair: enVOGUE HAIR – Gisselle by Casandra Rain for enVOGUE, available at Hairology *

Eyes: *YS&YS* – Lovely Eyes Blue by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS* *

Dress: Du Jour- Rawr Dress Lynx Maitreya by Paradox Messmer for Du Jour, available at the Thrift Shop *

 

Spice of Life

Hair: Mithral * Arrowroot by Evadne Quintessa for Mithral, available at Hairology *

Eyes: *YS&YS* – Lovely Eyes Beach by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS* *

Dress: Du Jour- Rawr Dress Snow Leopard Maitreya by Paradox Messmer for Du Jour, available at the Thrift Shop *

 

Spice of Life

Hair: [e] Libby by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, available at Hairology *

Eyes: *YS&YS* – Lovely Eyes Lily by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS* *

Dress: Du Jour- Rawr Dress Purrple Maitreya by Paradox Messmer for Du Jour, available at the Thrift Shop *

 

Spice of Life

Hair: Vanity Hair:I let U Have It(F)-Greedy by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair, available at Hairology *

Eyes: *YS&YS* – Lovely Eyes Black by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS* *

Dress: Du Jour- Rawr Dress Pink Panther Maitreya by Paradox Messmer for Du Jour, available at the Thrift Shop *

Earrings: MG – Earrings – Morello drops by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

 

Spice of Life

Mojo

Mojo

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” ~ Steve Jobs

Mojo

I was plowing along with blogs and then boom, hit some sort of wall. Trying to get my mojo back. The new leggings Erratic Rain has at Collabor88 does a little something for me with the tons of colors and the perfect fit. I like the ribbing on these leggings—warm for the coming winter but versatile with other tops. I chose Sash Arabello’s tank from the recently closed (?) Dressing Room Fusion. High platforms from Celena Galli, which she offers as an exclusive at Thrift Shop, are half off for the event and come with a great texture-change HUD for various parts of the shoes. I chose to wear Mea Carnell’s beautiful fantasy jewelry with this look to dress it up a bit.

Mojo

Monicuzza Babenco has issued a collection of skins on one HUD for the Catwa mesh head that are absolutely gorgeous and evocative, showing the progression of a beautiful woman through youth to adulthood and maturity. The look is gorgeous at any age. I love the character and beauty of this skin on the head—making it so I don’t see the mesh head anymore but the visage of a woman with character. Quite a feat! Mina Nakamura is joining in the fun at Hairology with this simple look, a versatile hair for many ages.

Mojo

Hair: MINA Hair – Hanne 02 (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Hairology *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Jessica V4.2 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Skin applier: *YS&YS* KATE Tone04 Skin Applier – Catwa Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for*YS&YS* *

Eyes: Mesh – Striking Eyes – Branch by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: Wimey: Addison Tank Black by Sash Arabello for Wimey

Bottoms: erratic / melissa – leggings (maitreya) by Erratic Rain for erratic, available at Collabor88 *

Jewelry: Meva Tudor Necklace, Bangles left and right, Ring right by Mea Carnell for Meva, available at We <3 RP *

Shoes: phedora. Annita platforms Maitreya by Celena Galli for phedora, available at the Thrift Shop *

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

Mojo

Greetings from Chicago

Greetings from Chicago

I send you a postcard
It says, “Pulaski at night”
Greetings from Chicago
City of, city of light

Come back to Chicago
City of, city of light

Come back to Chicago

~ “Pulaski at Night” by Andrew Bird

Greetings from Chicago

I giggled when I went to 6 Republic for this round with Chicago vs. California. There really is no competition. California is way warmer. Ever see a winter in the Windy City? It’s no fun—the night dropping suddenly like death, piles of lake effect snow, and yes, wind. However, Chicago has the most beautiful architecture, orderly streets and beautiful neighborhoods, masses of unpretentious diverse hard-working Midwestern people who wear boots in the winter so they can get around, and a thrum and noise that rumbles overhead from the El. (BTW, 6 Republic organizers, remove the “Subway” sign. There is no such thing there. It’s called the “El” and it’s elevated.) When I first heard the cozy music of Andrew Bird’s “Pulaski at Night” a couple years ago, I thought, yes that is exactly what Chicago is.

Piraiyah Novikov got a flavor of Chicago with his Art Deco pieces for 6 Republic. Chicago is an architecture lover’s dream with Art Deco, the promise of a bright new world at the World Fair in 1933, and understated glamour along the Magnificent Mile. Pira’s club chair and sofa are pure Chicago with its strong rounded shoulders and cozy softness. Pira got it. I wear a wool cowl-neck dress from StellaJane that she has made as an exclusive for the Thrift Shop. With a texture-change HUD with 10 choices, it’s a bargain at 50% off and a positively Chicago dress in wool but still fashionable and sleek. (Just put a cardigan sweater on if you get cold.) Frilled boots are an indulgence from Hilly Haalan at Cosmopolitan Room and a beautiful necklace from AvaGardner Kungler for On9 completes the look.

Greetings from Chicago

Hairology opens tomorrow so I am in hair heaven right now. What a great simple shopping area Tabata Jewell created for easy viewing and the hair coming up is amazing. This side styled ‘do from Neveah Niu includes fantastic textures and a great fit. Umazuma Metaluna has created a beautiful applier for the Catwa head for this month’s Collabor88. With and without freckles and option dimples, the skin is her usual combination of realism and perfection.

And now I need to go outside and get a breath of air for a slap of reality because I just got teary-eyed about Chicago in the winter. Andrew Bird does this to me every damn time. A cold fall breeze off the Lake portending winter oughta cure me of that.

Greetings from Chicago

Hair: ICONIC:VANESSA-HAIR by Neveah Niu for ICONIC, available at Hairology (opening tomorrow!) *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Jessica V4.2 by Catwa Clip for CATWA *

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Sienna (Catwa Applier) mocca by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Maple eye – Autumn by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: SJ Mallory Wool Cowl Neck Dress – MAITREYA by StellaJane for Stella Jane, available at Thrift Shop *

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Dulce necklace – Silver quartz by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at On9 *

Nail applier: [LB Razor Color] *Maitreya* Manicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Boots: [hh] MAITREYA Beatriz by Hilly Haalan for Hilly Haalan, available at the Cosmopolitan Room

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

Décor: NOMAD // ART DECO Industrial Gacha by Piraiyah Novikov for NOMAD, available at 6 Republic *

  • NOMAD // Art Deco Industrial // Couch
  • NOMAD // Art Deco Industrial // Sculpture
  • NOMAD // Art Deco Industrial // Table Lamp
  • NOMAD // Art Deco Industrial // Coffee Table
  • NOMAD // Art Deco Industrial // Factory Wall Clock
Sheena

Sheena

Well the kids are all hopped up and ready to go
They’re ready to go now they got their surfboards
And they’re going to the discotheque Au Go Go
But she just couldn’t stay she had to break away
Well New York City really has is all oh yeah, oh yeah
Sheena is a punk rocker
Sheena is a punk rocker
Sheena is a punk rocker now

~ “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” as done by the Ramones

Sheena

A punk look is what I needed to have today because of this new jacket from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus, which includes a set of great designs for the back and of course, the add-on tank. The jacket has been made to fit the Maitreya mesh body as well as including all the standard sizes, and it’s rigged just perfectly to the body. I am wearing teeny tiny little shorts from Kinu Mayako that she is selling at the Thrift Shop for 50% off (as everything there is) and applied leggings from Tatyana Ultsch. Light blue boots from Moonbubble Gothly complete the look.

Sheena

My skin is Umazuma Metaluna’s newest for Collabor88. All her skins for this round have parted lips, and I struggled with that. It’s very hard making the mouth look natural, in my opinion, and not making the avatar look like a mouth breather. I think, I hope, I managed to make the right tweaks to my face to make this skin attractive. My hair is Bubbles Clawtooth’s newest for Collabor88. I opted for the bright blue color to pop the look, and I fit Mayhem Seetan’s funky, jewel-encrusted headphones from On9 over the hair to just amp up this punk look with Maxi Gossamer’s almost vinyl platter necklace from Collabor88 as accessory. If you’re trying to get into Collabor88, give it a few days.

One more wonderful thing has come up: Thora Charron has made mesh lashes that fit both the LeLutka mesh heads and the system body. I have not tried them on the heads–in order to make lashes work on the heads with the competing makeups, some special things have to happen which I won’t explain here. However they look fabulous with a system head and fit me perfectly with very little editing. Your mileage may vary.

Sheena

Hair: Clawtooth: Live Free – The Complete Collection by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Simone – Clouds (toffee) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery], available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: [Buzz] Aura Eyes – Storm {Medium} by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri, for the Mix Event

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kyra lashes.02 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Jacket: L&B (SM B) Swear “Death Royale” – Biker Jacket Womens with L&B (SM B) Swear “Death Royale” AddOn Tank Top Womens by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Shorts: [ SAKIDE ] Insolent Shorts Denim by Kinu Mayako for [ SAKIDE ], available at Thrift Shop 10.0*

Leggings: :::i::: Lace Leggins Ripped – HUD Maitreya by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya::: *

Headphones: AZOURY – Headphone Noise (Silver) by Mayhem Seetan for AZOURY, available at On9 *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Urban Ammonite by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Boots: [ bubble ] My Fav Boots  -Cross by Moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ] *

Guitar: D-Style – Guitar Gacha Punk RARE by Christel Morane for Delirium Style

Poses: Fuck Cancer by Isis Zamin for Zombie Suicide, available at The Lexi Project

Sheena