A Dress is Never Just a Dress

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

In art, a dress is never just a dress; nor in life either. ~ Mason Cooley

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

The Black Fashion Fair is opening tomorrow and it’s 2 sims of a lot of black. Don’t infer this means a lot of goth or darkness (though there is a little of that going on too). Imagine more pieces that are elegant, charming, versatile. For example, this gorgeous gown from Mami Jewell will be her exclusive for the fair. With a great silhouette, a low cut back behind the halter bodice, her wonderful flexi skirts and gorgeous gold accents, this is elegance personified. With glittery black nails from Autumn Amaranth and an onyx stone in a mystical gold mounting from Plurabelle Laszlo, both from the fair and some stylish heels from Glamistry, featured at Kustom 9, this outfit shows how black is the epitome of elegance.

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

Truth Hawks has thankfully come out with a new updo. Honestly, we need more of this kind of glamour on the grid and with beautfully styled curls pulled up and a wavy lock framing the face, it’s bound to be found in many ladies’ wardrobes with their favorite evening gowns. Sawsan Secretspy’s gorgeous skin for 100 Block finishes off this look with her characteristic gorgeous features and beautiful subtle makeup. Remember that the featured items at 100 Block are 50% off and exclusive to the event.

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Nayeli by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. V2 Susse Golden by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at 100 Block *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – foggy – a by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: -AZUL- Abigail /Onyx by Mami Jewell for –AZUL-, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Luna Nera – Necklace – gold by Plurabelle Laszlo for.Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Nail appliers: {Wicked} Peach – Mani/Pedi – Onyx – Maitreya by Autumn Amaranth for Wicked Peach, available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Shoes: Glamistry : TRILLIUM Heels by Glamistry for Glamistry, available at Kustom9 *

Poses by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie, available at Pose Fair *

A Dress is Never Just a Dress

Fairy Season

Fairy Season

Every time a child says “I don’t believe in fairies” there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead. ~ J.M. Barrie

Fairy Season

If any season is the time for fairies, this is the one, where leaves start to bud on the trees and little blooms poke their heads up and raindrops wash the front lawn green. So this fairy look is entirely appropriate, inspired by the wings that Kiddo Oh made to go with the pretty frock she is featuring at We <3 RP. Now I can see this dress as a potential summer dress or a nightgown but she decided to make it a pretty fairy look, so I dressed it up with applier stockings from BigBeautifulDoll, foot straps from Berta Avro and a pretty necklace that includes a great HUD from NatiWilliams from Chapter Four.

Fairy Season

Of course, Shyla Diggs’ gorgeous skin for Uber lends the sort of ethereal touch this look needs, especially with her soft tones and beautiful features. I love how Shyla always gives a thumbnail of the makeup offerings with her fatpacks and gives her lipsticks to add on so you can swap out looks while keeping the same aesthetic. Santana Lumiere has created appliers for the Belleza mesh hands, which I am so happy to be able to use, especially with her gorgeous textures.

My hair is Truth Hawks’ newest, a romantically pulled back long wavy look with a gorgeous fullness to it, especially when it’s crowned by Persefona’s lovely hair piece from the Fantasy Collective, which has a great menu to allow color change for all the different pearl sets.

Fairy Season

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Effie by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Jia Uber SK 7 Bl by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza, available at Uber *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Echo eye collection – 6 M by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at the Chapter Four *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Dress: Starfly by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at We <3 RP *

Wings: Starfly Wings Pink by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at We <3 RP *

Hairpiece: Persefona Vissela Wreath (pink) by Persefona for Persefona, available at The Fantasy Room

Necklace: {Imeka} Vintage Flower Key Necklace by NatiWilliams for Imeka, available at Chapter Four

Nail applier: [LB Ombre2] *Belleza* Manicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Stockings: BigBeautifulDoll – Nylon Stockings Short Pink – Belleza by BigBeautifulDoll for BigBeautifulDoll

Foot straps: .:.*{ S.G }*.:. ALBA  by Berta Avro for Severed Garden

Poses by AbbyAnne for Sari-Sari

Fairy Season

Decorating Help

Decorating Help

“If you love something, it will work. That’s the only real rule.” ~ Bunny Williams

Decorating Help

It’s time for spring cleaning and redecorating so I picked up a ton of prims and started setting some new ones down. Cory Edo has a new living room set a Fameshed that is perfect for redecorating, including sofa, chair, artwork, tables and lamp and several choices of blanket chest. The sofa and chair include color change for the upholstery and texture change for the optional pillows and quilt. The chest has the same texture change for the blanket. I spent a good hour clicking colors in and out, prepared to surprise Mr. Beresford when he got home, especially after I decorated with Cory’s artwork and wood wall art and Kunst Himmel’s rug and custom-colored Max Graf’s mesh curtains. I knew he would be so surprised!

Decorating Help

I put on a pretty dress from Vitamingirl from Shiny Shabby that comes in several looks, all gorgeously ethnic with embroidery and a lovely cotton top detailed with buttons and lops. I also custom-colored my sandals from TeamRedgrave with their great HUD. Pretty jewelry from Plurabelle Laszlo added the finishing touch to my look.

Truth Hawks’ newest ‘do added a touch of casual elegance to my look, especially with Sawsan Secretspy’s latest skin for Designer Circle. She has recently introduced a V2 skin tone to her appliers, so make sure you apply the right one with these new skins. Soleil Reid’s eyes are heart-breakingly beautiful with this look.

Decorating Help

Mr. Beresford was, indeed, thrilled with the redecorating (and my look), but he asked if he could add a piece or two of his own. He said he had found something at Fameshed that would fit in perfectly and add his own touch of manliness to the decorating. I had given him permissions over my things, and I had to run, so I left him in charge. I was relieved to see in my email he had only sent back one chair. I was looking forward to see what he had done when I logged in later. His IM in email said, “I finished my decorating. I think the color matches perfectly so you’ll be happy, honey.”

I was pretty excited to see what he had done when I was able to log in. Mr. Beresford indeed added a touch of manliness. Wavie Haller’s Comfy Chair, a recliner fit for a man cave, had taken place of my sent-back chair. Sigh.

Decorating Help

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Willa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::: V2 Enya Golden Designer Circle by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Deep by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: B.C.C Good Feeling Long Dress Mix by vitamingirl for B.C.C, available at Shiny Shabby *

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Yesterday – Coral – Necklace and Earrings by Plurabelle Laszlo for.Bliensen + MaiTai *

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High V2.1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Raven Sandals – REDGRAVE by TeamRedgrave for Redgrave

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Furnishings: Trompe Loeil – Enfield Living Room Set PG [mesh] by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at Fameshed *

  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Chair PG
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Trunk Open Barbados
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Wall Art Wood 1
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Wall Art Wood 2
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Wall Art Wood 3
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Chair PG
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Table Square
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Couch + Blanket/Pillow PG
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Table Round
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Wall Art Sunrise
  • Trompe Loeil – Enfield Wall Art Tree

[ kunst ] – Boho carpet #2 by Kunst Himmel for [kunst], available at Shiny Shabby *

Rustica – Mesh Drape GATHER PANELS by Maxwell Graf for Rustica * (modified)

Punchline: [Con.] Comfy Chair – PG – Brown by Wavie Haller for Consignment, available at Fameshed *

Decorating Help

Spring Again

Spring Again

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Spring Again

I know every season Serene Footman changes up his sim at Prides Crossing so I went down to take a peek and I was much rewarded with springtime beauty on the sea. I wandered the grounds, nearly avoided a wild turkey, petted his dog and took a few photos of myself in this lovely dress from Giz Seorn, which she has at Shiny Shabby this month. Available in several colors, the dress combines very real mesh details (not just textures but actual cut out shapes) with a lovely springtime lightness. With a beautifully framed cut-out back, the dress is a must have. I paired it perfectly with flower-embellished sandals from HauteCoutureDesign.

Spring Again

JuneMonteiro brings spring time freshness to Skin Fair with her line of skins that also all come with TMP appliers. She includes four eyebrow options and a ton of luscious lipsticks and glittering eye shadows plus Slink appliers. These skins are truly hand-drawn with elegant features. Truth Hawks has issued a number of new hairs this past week including this side swept look with straight bangs upon which I placed one of Jacinda Jaxxon’s Coachella Bound gacha hair flowers.

Spring Again

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Mireya by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .:JUMO:. Alexa Skin Cream Brown Brows with .:JUMO:. Alexa Lips Bourbon by JumoFashion for .:JUMO:., available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Jeans by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples, available at The Men’s Dept.

Dress: GizzA – Cara Dress [Plum] by Giz Seorn for GizzA, available at Shiny Shabby *

Hair flowers: {le fil casse} coachella bound! flowerchild hair cluster spring by Jacinda Jaxxon for le fil casse

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [LB Solid Pink2] *Slink* Manicure and Pedicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Poute- Lolitta Flat Sandals- FATPACK by HauteCoutureDesign for Poute *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Photos taken at Prides Crossing, assembled by Serene Footman

Spring Again

In the Flesh

In the Flesh

“The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” ~  Yves Saint-Laurent

In the Flesh

Psst… guess what’s coming soon. Skin Fair! Yep. So you’re gonna see a lot more of me “in the flesh,” as it were as I show off the fine aspects of the different skins being offered. Ergo, lingerie is in order, and Mariska Simons has come out with this fabulous and sexy little turquoise set, all on appliers in the many pieces you might want including garters, exposed demi bra, stockings, panties, thong. Appliers are included for every major mesh body part you need.

Maxi Gossamer has issued a romantic necklace and earrings for Collabor88, a secret love letter in a locket. I wonder who it’s from? I snuggled up in the bed that Cory Edo made for Fameshed, one of her fantastic pieces that includes seemingly a bazillion texture change options and poses. I rolled around in the soft texture-change sheets and loved every minute of it!

In the Flesh

The news is, of course, skins, and I start with this fantastic skin from Toxxic Rhiannyr. I tripped across her store and I was excited to see a new-to-me skin maker with some fantastic work put into her skins. The thing I hear most from the Skinnies (as we call the folks in the Skin Addiction chat) is that the devil’s in the details, and Toxxic has taken care of those details. It shows on the body applier, on the hands, on the navel, breasts, and arms and legs—places where people often neglect to do the hard work to make the skin look good. And Toxxic’s face is sublime with well-place features and a lovely glow and beautiful, soft lips. I think I will be checking out more for Toxxic’s work in the future. This is a definite “find” at the Skin Fair this year.

I don’t want to wrap up without mentioning Constance Daehlie’s gorgeous eyes for Skin Fair, crystalline with tiny pupils and a very realistic reflection. My nails are also from Constance, these at Anybody, a gorgeous lacy pattern that offers a variety of looks. My big bright blue eyes go so beautifully with Truth Hawks’ new hair in blonde, a casual sexy cut that, as always, has his fabulous textures.

In the Flesh

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Bexley by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [ae] kensi – honey [brownbrow] by Toxxic Rhiannyr for .alterego, available at Skin Fair (opening March 13) *

Eyes: #adored – moon eyes – dk blue by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Skin Fair (opening March 13) *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin applier: [AE] <Signature Collection> – Maitreya – Honey by Toxxic Rhiannyr for .alterego, available at Skin Fair (opening March 13) *

Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Kirsty Aqua Lingerie Set by Mariska Simons for Blacklace *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace – Secret Love Letter Locket – Group and MG – Earrings – Secret Love Letter – Heart by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Nail applier: #adored – naughty & lace mani {maitreya} by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at AnyBody *

Shoes: Essenz – St. Tropez (Fatpack 1) Maitreya by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Whore Couture *

Furnishings: Trompe Loeil – Arch Hammock Bed Wood + Drape PG and Trompe Loeil – Dutch Modern Lamp Wood for Ceiling Long by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at Fameshed *

In the Flesh

Suddenly

Suddenly

Suddenly, I walk on by a vision of your blue eyes, so lovely
And suddenly, you’re back with me, over hills and valleys deep you find me
Oh the nights seem so long and the days carry on in spite of how I long for you
And the stars up above are invited to fall Into these open arms of mine.

~ “Suddenly” by Ala.Ni

Suddenly

This song just won’t leave me alone. It’s lovely and beautiful and sentimental and though the lyrics aren’t the best, the singer makes it work. So I had to use it for this blog, where the dress, from Fashionboi Landar and Justice Topaz, makes it. From the Shiny Shabby event, it’s a perfect mix of silk and girly with a little sexy in the mix. I styled it with applied corset stockings from Moonbubble Gothly, the cute flats from Shaleene Kenin, and a jewelry set from LouLou Teichmann, the latter two from Shiny Shabby as well.

Suddenly

Monica Outlander has released a set of her Sprites for the Arcade, a group of animals she has created from felted wool and crystals and herbs in real life that she has replicated in SL. Darling little animals, cute for decorating your home either singularly or in multiples, especially if you grab the cute shelf she gives for displaying them. My hair is Truth Hawks’ absolutely gorgeous piece for this month’s boho-themed Uber. I love the loose braid, the textures and the darling accoutrement that come with a color change HUD so you can mix them up, or just not wear them. I absolutely love this hair, and I am not usually a braid fan. I am again wearing Sawsan Secretspy’s gorgeous skin for Designer Circle because I felt like I had hidden it behind glasses in my last post and wanted to show how truly pretty it is.

Suddenly

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Delphine with Butterflies and Flowers by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Uber *

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

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – dark brown by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: Rowne.Anouk Silk Dress – Pearl by Justice Topaz and Fashionboi Landar for Rowne, available at Shiny Shabby *

Jewelry: Bauhaus Movement – Natacha – Bracelet (Chantilly) with Bauhaus Movement – Natacha – Chain Optional and Bauhaus Movement – Natacha – Ring (Antique) by LouLou Teichmann for Bauhaus Movement, available at Shiny Shabby *

Stockings: [ bubble ] Beige Socks  Appliers HUD by Moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ] *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Nails HUD Slink A/E – set 231 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Pure Poison – Le Ballet Flats – Black for SLINK by Shaleene Kenin for Pure Poison, available at Shiny Shabby *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Décor: Miamai_Sprites For Arcade by Monica Outlander for Miamai, available at the Arcade *

  • Miamai_Sprites_Bear Strenght
  • Miamai_Sprites_Cat Love
  • Miamai_Sprites_Crow Protection
  • Miamai_Sprites_Deer RadiantLove RARE
  • Miamai_Sprites_Deer Spirituality
  • Miamai_Sprites_Display FREE
  • Miamai_Sprites_Fox GoodLuck
  • Miamai_Sprites_Owl Friendship
  • Miamai_Sprites_Protection Hanger RARE
  • Miamai_Sprites_Wolf Focus

Suddenly

In It a Piano

In It a Piano

There was an old, old house renewed with paint,
And in it a piano loudly playing.

~ Robert Frost

In It a Piano

 

Shiny Shabby opens today and with it, a whole lot of great shiny and hardly shabby items, all made for this event that relies on the theme of vintage and gently used items. Miffyhoi Rosca is a natural creator for these event, and she has made a darling long mesh dress with a calico print, belted at the waist with wonderful puffed sleeves. Paired with a matching headpiece and Shaleene Kenin’s darling sandals (which I realize you can barely see but they are darling, trust me), the look is vintage.

The fair is chock full of the kind of shabby chic furniture people love in SL. This piano from Agustov includes a passel of great poses, including this piano playing animation (that went rhythmically with the Radiohead I was listening to when I shot the photos, though the vision and sounds didn’t quite match). Tab Tatham made my lovely white pieces, part of a set of intriguing decor items which include this wiry plant. They are mod, so they can be tinted. My mesh chair, from AptB, includes tons of texture change options for different parts of the chair, so you purchase one chair and can redecorate over and over with a few clicks. Instead of having to choose an entire look, you can mix and match metals, woods, even the two different chair cushions, and everything has that wonderful burnished look.

In It a Piano

 

Umazuma Metaluna is releasing a new skin for Shiny Shabby, this delicate, winsome skin with a subtle blush and her wonderful Intensity Lip system, which allows for custom tinting. Truth Hawks must have known that vintage pretty would come calling because his latest release was a perfect match for this look with its gentle waves and beautiful roll to the back. Katya Valeska made two sets of poses for the fair, including a couple you see in these photos.

In It a Piano

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Dulce by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Hair piece: =Zenith=vintage lace pearl head piece (tiffany) by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at Shiny Shabby *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Julie – Bare face(honey) CB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Julie Lip Intensity 3 (modified) by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Shiny Shabby *

Eyes: #adored – firstborn eyes – green by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Dress: =Zenith=Vintage Chiffon Long Dress (tiffany Flower) by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at Shiny Shabby *

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

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – French Manicure – Pastels Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Pure Poison – Le Ballet Flats – Beige for SLINK by Shaleene Kenin for Pure Poison, available at Shiny Shabby *

Furnishings:

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

In It a Piano