Rara Avis

Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno. ~ Juvenal

The rare bird shows her face more often in SL. It’s a place that attracts interesting and amazing women—women who are not afraid of technology, women who want to exercise their creative and intellectual minds, women who believe in a bigger world beyond them, reachable by pixels and words.

Rara Avis

For the rare bird, the designs of Kimmera Madison are a joy. Every single piece of Kimmera’s is new and refreshing—she doesn’t rely on old outfits and rebuild and redo. She enjoys exercising her creative energies in SL, using all her skills to make pieces that are well-constructed and interesting. The best part of this dress is the skirt, which has a weird alpha sculpty thing going on which could kill the dress, but Kimmera actually uses it to her advantage, decorating the surfaces with an embossed texture that looks terrific.

Rara Avis

I donned a cutting edge hair from Olli Braveheart to make the look a bit edgier (and to keep it all under the stylish hat Kimmera made. My skin is one of Minnu Palen’s mixed with the tattoo lipstick from another skin. Since she did not color the edges of the lipstick with a skin tone (or not that I could discern), I could easily overlay the lipstick from my Lola Sunkissed fatpack over the Estelle light skin. I have seen some tattoo lipsticks employ the skin tone to refine the edges, I presume, and that always turns out to be a fail. This worked really well.

Rara Avis

“A rare bird on this earth, like nothing so much as a black swan.” ~ Juvenal

Hair: [LCKY] Cait – Black by Olli Braveheart for [LCKY]

Skin: [LeLutka]-E/Estellelight-makeup9(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Dark by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Dress: Tres Beau “Milea” by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Hana Black Leather by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Polka Dot Princess

The princess, the girl who has everything, who can wear anything, who will wear anything and wear it as she pleases… that’s what I want to be sometimes.

Polka Dot Princess

It’s easy to be a princess in this dress from Kimmera Madison. With its sculpty puffs and bows, it’s not something just any woman can wear. Kimmera has always managed to make her textures so real with the right highlights and shadows and a richness in the material that is not easy to replicate. Our princess is definitely not wearing off-the-rack.

Polka Dot Princess

I show it with a lovely skin from Lorac Farella that I spotted in her remodeled store/sim. I love the subtlety of the skin, which could serve a blonde as well as a brunette. The lips are luscious, the eye makeups subtle and sophisticated, and especially nice is the collarbone, which is not a “stain” as I see on so many skins, but a drawn beautiful feature.

Polka Dot Princess

“Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” ~ Princess Diana

Hair: MIEL SUN HAIR – brown 5 by Mika Nieuport for MIEL

Skin: Pulse Skin Trinity/M 2 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Tres Beau “Polka Spot” Brown by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Natural* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Chocolate Diamond Necklace and Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: [Armidi Gisaci] Barcelona Slingback  – Bole w/Gold by Nicole David for Armidi

Crazy

I’m crazy for crying
I’m crazy for trying
I’m crazy for loving you

~ “Crazy” by Willie Nelson

The song has nothing whatsoever to do with what I am going to show, but it came on the station I listen to and reminded me of how Eshi and I saw Willie Nelson exactly this time last year at Summerfest. <3 Eshi :)

Crazy

This ensemble is less crazy than elegant. The dress, by Kimmera Madison, shows Kimmera’s standard excellence (how can I make such perfect work sound so ordinary?). From the sexy mandarin-collared halter to the split-leg skirt, the sexiness is more in what is not shown but hinted at than what is shown. Kimmera, in her typical fashion, pays equal attention to the details—check out the frog closures on the collar and the bustle, adding drama to the outfit.

Crazy

I wear a new hair from Truth Hawks, who has clearly tapped into some grid-wide zeitgeist with his streaked hair. Every week I can’t wait to see what he’s streaking next! (That really sounds so wrong.) I show beautiful shoes from Lissa Maertens and Melanie Zhao that carry the brocade to the tips of my toes.

Crazy

“I’m crazy for thinking my love could hold you…”

Hair: >TRUTH< Roxana Streaked – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Sayuri tone 1 :: 07a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: Tres Beau “Princess Aura” by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau Designs *

Shoes: !!Cattiva – Strappy – Red Orchid by Lissa Maertens and Melanie Zhao for !!Cattiva

The Orchid Thief

In a previous virtual incarnation, my persona surrounded herself with orchids. She wore orchid perfume, lived in a “hot house,” had a black orchid tattoo on her shoulder blade. During my first year in SL, in fact, I wore a poorly (self) made black orchid tattoo on my shoulder blade to remind myself of my previous virtual being.

The Orchid Thief

It was no wonder then that I would want to show this beautiful dress from Kimmera Madison. Named after Honey Fairweather, who is herself a very precious and unique blossom (as I have learned having met and worked with her), the dress is adorned with beautiful golden and brown orchids shaped like lady slippers and so exquisitely textured I can’t stop looking at them. The textures throughout the rest of the prims are also beautiful with translucency and alpha clash being used as a benefit. The wavy hem on the bottom is a brilliant touch and that one detail alone reveals how Kimmera’s work is a cut above the rest.

The Orchid Thief

I show this beautiful dress with a lovely glowing skin from Mallory Cowen. Made specifically for blondes, this set includes several makeups and all have the light brow and coloring more appropriate for blondes, which is sometimes a hard find in SL. Another hard find is a decent blonde texture on hair. Bubbles Clawtooth’s is a beautiful honey blonde, elegant and warm without being too yellow.

The Orchid Thief

Just as I wonder
whether it’s going to die,
the orchid blossoms

and I can’t explain why it
moves my heart, why such pleasure

comes from one small bud
on a long spindly stem…

…it’s
purely erotic,

pistil and stamen, pollen,
dew of the world, a spoonful

of earth, and water…

~Sam Hamill, The Orchid Flower

Hair: CBC: Mrs.Mittens – Bombshell Blonde by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: LAQ ~ Pearl – 10 [Peach] Glow skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress: Tres Beau “Honey” by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Earrings: E! Twisted Earrings by Eclectic Wingtips for E! Eclectic Apparel and Accessories

Happy Anniversary!

Today’s blog will be kind of unusual. First, because I am wearing a wedding dress. This is an unusual sight. Harper’s not really the wedding type.

On this day 10 years ago..

The reason is, I don’t need a partner. I like my friends. I like my companions and dancing partners. But I have one true partner, and he’s my RL husband. He doesn’t play SL. (You may find this hard to believe, but dressing up is just not for him, so SL didn’t intrigue him.) However, he supports my SL and my activities.

On this day 10 years ago..

Today is my 10th wedding anniversary. Ten years ago, I had a beautiful wedding. I had a wonderful reception. I had a gorgeous wedding dress, and we had great photos taken of my four bridesmaids and his four groomsmen and our flower girl and ring bearer and junior bridesmaid. We registered for china, we received a chip and dip set, and we settled our tiny home together. I don’t need that again, in SL or RL. Ergo, this is one of the few times you will see me in a wedding dress. I’m set, thanks.

On this day 10 years ago..

He has given me so much: the home we live in, the security of our lives, his support and love, his reassurances and his comfort. Most importantly, he gave me our beautiful son and has provided for us a comfortable life with a loving and hard-working man in our home. Every day I try to remember gratitude for my life. Today that gratitude is for my husband.

On this day 10 years ago..

Happy Anniversary, Dan.

Hair: ETD Goddess II – Mahogany by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Sienna/Champagne BRN by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Pasha Wedding Gown by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau Designs

Bouquet: Bride Bouquet Prim Autumn Roses by Monica Weir for MW Designs

P.S. The reason I have this dress is because I modeled it for a bridal show, not because I ever purchased it for SL use. I also have a Golden Flexi Wedding dress that I received as a newbie which is.. well… for a newbie (and why do I still have it really?). Remarkably, this dress looks somewhat like my real wedding dress so I wore hair that resembles how I wore mine on my wedding day. However, my flowers were not as pretty. This is how I *wish* they had looked.