Mellow Yellow

I’m just mad about Saffron
She’s just mad about me
I’m just mad about Saffron
She’s just mad about me

Mellow Yellow
Pull on a yellow sweater and some tweed capris and you can feel casual and put-together all at once. This sweater is a beauty being offered by Betty Doyle in a gatcha at the Gatcha Festival. I love the texturing and the cowl neck. Betty has a great talent at making vintage wearable even for contemporary looks. The pants are from Marie Lauridsen, who makes very interesting pants.. (that sounds funny but it’s true—I like her pants!). My little flats are from flexagons Villota, also from the Gatcha Festival. I love this gold belt by Antosperandeo Allen, which actually fits around an avatar waist realistically (once it was sized down slightly) and comes with and without an AO.

Mellow Yellow

Now that more clients are employing the tattoo layer, I feel lots better about Tuli’s Audrey set, which comes with the skins and lipsticks on tattoo layers. I love being able to make my look completely different with just a lipstick change. In this case a copper lipstick made the look.

Mellow Yellow

They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)
They call me mellow yellow
(Quite rightly)

~ Mellow Yellow by Donovan

Hair: >TRUTH< Sylvia – copper by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 3/co) :: 07 with []::Tuli::[] Audrey t3 – dark 7 gloss by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Sweater: Ingenue :: The Gamine :: Mustard by Betty Doyle for Ingenue

Pants: (Milk Motion) my highwaist wool pants by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion

Belt: BeBo-BELT-GOLD by Antosperandeo Allen for Behavior Body *

Shoes: +mocha+  –  Flower Flat [F] by flexagons Villota for +mocha+

More Knitting

I know you’re all dying to know about my forays into knitting. Well, it’s been… dangerous. No, I didn’t poke myself in the eye. I went to the knitting store down the block and the other one a few miles from my house and was caught rubbing the skeins against my face. And then I was forced (*forced* I tell ya) to purchase a skein of angora wool that came in variegated shades with a deep blue base (called, appropriately, “Neruda”). So I have started Project Three before Project Two is done. But Project One IS done. So I am off on my latest project, which is a simple scarf with a 1 X 1 stitch. It’s so easy it’s stupid. But the yarn.. *sigh*. It’s so soft and so pretty.

Knitting

The problem with the yarn stores is they show completed projects and they look soooo beautiful and almost achievable. The ladies sitting in the stores are doing sweaters and shawls and socks and making it all look so fun and simple, you think, well dang, I can do that. A hundred bucks later, you ARE doing it and swearing you will never stop because if you do, that’s a hundred bucks of stash.

This sweater from machang Pichot would be more than a hundred bucks of yarn and it would be quite the accomplishment for ANY knitter. I am guessing the yarn is an aran, probably a good wool, something from Scotland. I can only image the graph that would generate the pattern. Machang is certainly ambitious. She even got tassles on this sweater, and it’s very comfy with its finely shaped sculpty sleeves and main body. (That button alone has to cost a good $20 in real life.. really.)

Knitting

Then you have the little knit boot cuffs from Emma Gilmour. Definitely a fine gauge knit, probably wool (waterproof, dontcha know) over a fine cowboy boot. The jeans are from Juju Armidi. The hair is an updo from Truth Hawks, to keep it out of my face. And underneath it all? A very fine gauge knit tank from Truth Hawks as well, offered in the 10-10-10 set, and made of a silk yarn.

Knitting

Once the needles are in your hands, everything looks like it should be knit.

Hair: >TRUTH< Midori – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 3/br) :: 01a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Jacket: AOHARU_PonchoCardigan_NordicBR by machang Pichot for AOHARU *

Top: >TRUTH< Tanks10 [sky/sand] by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available in the 10-10-10 vendor at Callie Cline

Jeans: Armidi – Grace Jeans – Faded Chic 1 by Juju Armidi for Armidi

Boots: [SC] Surf Couture – Elsa Boots – White by Emma Gilmour for Surf Couture

Chair and poses: [what next] Knitanista Set (boxed) by Winter Thorn and FrankLee Anatra for [what next]

Rug: SideWays Tibetan Karela Rug (red, burgundy, green) by Kimba Sideways

Silver Lining

“Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.” ~ Maurice Setter

Silver Lining

It bears repeating that SL definitely has its problems, but there are many wonderful things about it. I would say now my biggest gripe about it is everyone else griping. I am tired of the complaints. Considering how the larger world is having problems, the death of Avatars United or a few crashes seems really not a big deal. For example, I log into SL and see this beautiful dress from Nicky Ree and the day is made more lovely all of a sudden.

Nicky exercises all her best skills with this dress. For example, she makes a gorgeous, translucent system piece on top with a lovely flower motif to cover the critical parts. She echoes those flowers in the system skirt (showing also her skill in lining up two pieces like this—no small task). The system pieces, incidentally, have razor sharp edges—no ghosting, no pixelation. Then she paints it with a glistening silver texture, translucent and shimmering all at once. And the dress has her characteristic silhouette—sleek and elegant.

Silver Lining

My hair is up in a pretty hairstyle from Britnee Hadlee, who has been on the grid for quite a while, making gorgeous hairstyles of all kinds for ladies. Skin is Tuli Asterias’ newest offering for The Dressing Room. Once again Tuli gives us a pink eyeshadow, this time echoed in glossy pink lips. And instead of prim lashes, I opted for monica Outlander’s tattoo layer lashes. Finally, a pretty necklace from Hibiscus Flossberg from her new gacha machine. Go pump some lindens in—some pretty things to be gotten.

Silver Lining

Sail on, Silver girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
~ Paul Simon

Hair: Ava/Stinky by Britnee Hadlee for Simply Britnee *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Helena 03 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, exclusive to The Dressing Room *

Makeup: Miamai_LesMakeups_Lashes 11 by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Dress: *DNR* Stacy Gown Collection Silver Grey by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree *

Necklace: PD Orchid in Amphora Necklace Exotic Pink Sil by Hibiscus Flossberg for Puarangi Designs *

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

Where the Blue of the Night…

Where the blue of the night
Meets the gold of the day,
Someone waits for me.
~ Where the Blue of the Night sung by Bing Crosby

Out of the Blue

I miss the good ol’ days. I am not saying I was alive when Bing Crosby was singing tunes like this—don’t get me wrong. I miss my grandparents reminiscing about it! Either way, there is a romance to dressing up in a ballgown and going out dancing. This dress by Sascha Frangilli is the perfect fall dress for such a retro romance. Once again Sascha covers the fabric with her complex shimmering textures, prim skirt assortments and optional stole. I am happy to see Sascha is switching up her bodice choices—this one includes straps that criss-cross in the back or the front as a halter. She also offers this “swooshy” skirt, made in collaboration with Simone Stern.

Out of the Blue

I wear this lovely new offering from Tuli Asturias for the Dressing Room. Tuli is started on a new line—Helena—and Helena is the beauty her name suggests. Tuli once again stuns, this time with cherry red lips and smokey kohl-lined eyes. The surprise is the light dusting of freckles.

A big dress needs big hair and this one from Ivanka Akina fits the bill. It is scripted with color change for both the hair and the ribbon, which may or may not be welcome (no idea how the scripts are). A lot of creators at Hair Fair are showing long hair with sculpty locks that are made to go over the shoulder but don’t move well when the head moves. This hair is not an exception, but it is blessedly modifiable so I was able to dislodge the curl thrusting through my shoulder for this photo. I urge hair makers to get off their posing stands and take their own hair for a test drive ;)

I want to point out this little choker from Kesseret Steeplechase, which has a scripted locket. I spend a lot of time looking for decent little chokers. Why? Cuz I like them, because they don’t interfere with the decolletage of a complex piece, because they are sexy. I was delighted to find this one (though the photograph didn’t make it clear the ribbon would be blue and yes, I tried on the demo but thought the blue was the “demo” marking–duh). It doesn’t matter in the sum total—I got the dress in blue to match it.

Out of the Blue

And the gold of her hair
Crowns the blue of her eyes
Like a halo, tenderly

Hair: *IA* Magic hair no.26 by Ivanka Akina for Ivanka Akina Fashion Store, available at the Hair Fair

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room :: Helena 02 by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, exclusive to The Dressing Room

Dress: SAS – Viva la Vida Delfts Blue by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Choker: =^^= MIAO Casandra Women’s Locket by Kesseret Steeplechase for MIAO

What Sexy Is

We all walk around SL trying to be sexy, trying to attract our respective objects of interest. Some women do it by showing skin. Some do it by kneeling or wielding a whip. I like to do it a little more subtly.

What is Sexy

This dress from Barbra Kungler, currently being offered at The Dressing Room, is one of the sexiest dresses I have ever worn in SL. Barbra has successfully combined system pieces with prims to make a long lean silhouette, a dress that clings in all the right places, that looks like its wearer could loosen the tie with one move. (Which is probably wishful thinking—because chances are she won’t loosen it for you.) Barbra’s texture work—the shadows and highlights, the wrinkles and sheen, all add up to one hell of a sexy dress.

What is Sexy

Tuli Asturias’ skins are some of the sexiest on the grid and honestly, Tuli has been more than generous to her fans. This skin, a gift on the Iconically Sexy hunt, is a version of her new skin set, Audrey. With its smoky eyes and bare lips, it’s a sexy and understated look. I am wearing darling earrings from Maeve Mortlock. The name of her store is appropriate—Ear Candy. I click through the store, buying up all sorts of inexpensive treats.

What is Sexy

Sexy at the millennium means having a solid sense of self but never taking yourself too seriously. ~ Rebecca Romijn

Hair: CriCri-gShort02-D by Aska Watler for CriCri

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 2/br) :: ICONICALLY SEXY by Tuli Asturias for Tuli, in the ISSD Summer Hunt

Dress: (Kunglers) The Dressing Room Blue #6 – Heaven Dress by Barbra Kungler for Kunglers, exclusive to The Dressing Room Blue

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ Swirl Earrings by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Bracelet: MTP Ladies Santa Rosa Cuff by Jon Ree for Mustang Trading Post

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Aequus Blue by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

My Green-Eyed Love

My love, my green-eyed love
We’ll watch the clouds from above
C’mon, lift me up

~ “Green-Eyed Love” by Mayer Hawthorne

My Green-Eyed Love

These last few days before school deserve a good pop song and some casual clothes. It’s drawing to the end of summer and I never want it to end. (Make sure you listen to that song I link above!) The top is from Jamie Marlowe, who has just recently closed her store, and it’s a shame because her work is great. The capris are from Tuli Asturias, who does seem to get a lot of press in this blog. I wore them despite myself but they were so perfect!

My Green-Eyed Love

I ran to get one of the skins made by Juliette Westerburg, the darling of the alternative set. I really liked the skin over this gorgeous more full-figured shape from Xme Xue. I had to redo my eyebrows to get the crazy “winged” thing she had going on with the brows to settle down, but the colors are lovely—the lips are sensual and pretty and the blush through the skin is gorgeous. Hair is from Truth Hawks, who has decided to blow up the grid with a sale on all his hair. Asset servers are straining as inventories bulk up with Truth fat packs. (It’s not really LL causing all these problems—it’s all Truth’s fault.)

My Green-Eyed Love

My love, my green-eyed love
You know when push comes to shove
I need you, you’re in my blood

Hair: >TRUTH< Lauren – carrot by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Shape: MAGGIE – Copy/Mod by Xme Xue for Ample Avi *

Skin: -tb- {Tan} Jejune Rose – Red Winged Brows by Juliette Westerburg for Tres Blah

Top: * **MIS** Wiggles by Janie Marlowe for Mischief (no longer available)

Capris: []::Tuli::[] Worn denim capris by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Necklace: MIEL ELO NECKLACE by Mike Nieuport for Miel

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Women’s Espadrilles – Beach Sand by Renee Harvy for Duh

What Keeps Me Up At Night

Some nights, can’t sleep, I draw up a list,
Of everything I’ve never done wrong.
To look at me now, you might insist
My list could hardly be long,
But I’ve stolen no gnomes from my neighbor’s yard,
Nor struck his dog, backing out my car.
Never ate my way up and down the Loire
On a stranger’s credit card.

~ from “A Good List” by Brad Leithauser

What Keeps Me Up At Night

Friends who know me know I like contemporary poetry—the published kind, the kind that sparks my thoughts, reminds me someone has the same feelings I do, evokes sensual memories. And reading good poetry keeps me up at night. I was absolutely delighted to receive this poem in my email via DailyLit late one night, reading from my iPad under the covers. (I strongly encourage you to click through on the link for this poem.. lines like “Or stood up and shouted, My God, that’s enough!/At a nephew’s piano recital…” make it worth it!)

I also stay up late sometimes to write my blogs or shoot my outfits. In this case, I really wanted to show you this darling dress from Shinicha Mathy. I love the colors, the aqua and green tangled together in the textures, the cleverly made sculpty halter. Shinicha makes fun cute outfits for men and women with well made textures and imaginative color ways.

What Keeps Me Up At Night

I ventured into Emerald Beta (I had grabbed a copy before they took it off the site) and played with Tuli Asterias’ Audrey line again. When I am able to wear the skin with the lipstick layer on it, I am very pleased with the skin and love the possibilities. I am not as thrilled with the base skin without the lipstick as it is usable in other viewers. Ergo, it’s not my first choice as I am generally running Snowglobe, which lacks that crucial alpha layer. I have not read all the documentation for Snowstorm but this silly little fashionista hopes they make the alpha layer standard.

What Keeps Me Up At Night

… My list, once started, continues to grow,
Which is all for the good, but just goes to show
It’s the good who do not sleep.

Hair: Exile Lily/expression by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile, available at The Dressing Room Blue for a limited time

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 3/br) :: 07 and []::Tuli::[] Audrey t3 – light 3 gloss by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: SHIKI-dress halter top-JERSEY SHORE by Shinichi Mathy for Shiki *

Bracelets: Ear Candy ~ Easygoing Blob Bangles by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy

Shoes: Ingenue :: Citron :: Aqua by Betty Doyle for Ingenue

Almost Perfect

Don’t ever change (why oh why oh why oh)
Would you ever change (oh oh oh)
Please don’t ever change
You’re almost perfect
~ Almost Perfect by
The Pretenders

Almost Perfect

I feel almost perfect in this new dress from Sascha Frangilli. With its intense colors, beautiful gem work on the bodice and beautifully textured skirt (which makes it look like satiny feathers). Sascha’s starting to push beyond her set number of system pieces and skirts and experimenting with textures and prims and it’s a lot of fun to see.

Almost Perfect

Another *almost* perfect thing is my new skin from Tuli Asturias. Tuli once again hits it with her Audrey skins—shimmering shadowy eyes, full luscious lips. A nice new move she has made is putting the lipsticks on tattoo layers to be used in viewers with alpha layers. The reason it’s *almost* perfect is that I am of mixed feeling about employing alpha layers—only the 2.0, 2.1 and Emerald Beta viewers allow alpha textures as far as I know, and not everyone wants to run those clients. And even then, they are all three still quite beta. (I had numerous and various problems getting them going.) I would have preferred seeing Tuli presenting a plain makeup with overlays (as she did with Elysium Eilde’s makeups) and then a traditional set that can be used in regular viewers.

Almost Perfect

Finally, underneath my skirts where you can’t see them are these sexy shoes from Siddean Munro. Siddean slips those gorgeous little feet she has made into dangerously high heels complete with satin straps and buckles. Again, I nearly dialed in my foot color with her super-easy HUD. (I really dig the sliders for size and brightness.) One concern I have, however, is that Siddean only supplied me with alpha layers, and again, not everyone wants to use clients that employ alpha layers.

Almost Perfect

Come inside my hive where bees are busy making honey
Oooh love is about

Hair: ((JUNWAVE))SWEET Lady*BLACK* by LGM Jun for Junwave

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 1/br) :: 02 with []::Tuli::[] Audrey t1 – dark 4 gloss by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: SAS – Pixie Sea by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Jewelry: *KK* Victoria Jewelry Set by Kesseret Steeplechase for Kesskreations

Shoes: SLink Aveela Stilettos White by Siddean Munro for SLink, being sold at the Shoe Fair *

P.S. Hi to all my friends at SLCC. I am really sad I can’t be there this year. (And no, it’s not because I am going to Yellowstone with Philip :/)

P.P.S. Open your windows and shout.

Shimmer

I have been in SL long enough that friends can go quiet and wander off to do their thing and later IM to “catch up.” I love catching up. An old friend IM’d me, gave me the rundown on his SL, and came up with the great title for this blog. Thanks, Tristan ;)

Shimmer

And shimmer this dress does. The Dressing Room offering from AvaGardner Kungler, this beautiful piece is done in her typical elegant style. You can FEEL the silkiness of this dress, see the shimmer of the light playing on it. It’s a simple dress, rendered very nicely. I pair it with shoes from N-Core, a delicious pair being sold at the Shoe Fair this week. (Yes, I did a LOT of shopping!)

Shimmer

I am showing it with the group gift skin from Tuli Asturias for the Audrey series. You will be seeing more of that in the coming days. It is, as with all of Tuli’s work, absolutely gorgeous (and perfectly suited to me *ahem*). I mean, look at the makeup. *sigh*

Shimmer

Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.

Hair: ((JUNWAVE))YUKO*D-BROWN* by LGM Jun for ((JUNWAVE))

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Audrey (tone 4/br) :: VIP group exclusive by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Dress: (Kunglers) TDRB – Silk dress by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Vintage Earring by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai

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

Shoes: N-core TRESOR XtremeHeel “Brown” by Claire Messenger for N-core, and available at this year’s Shoe Fair

Calling You

Busy, busy, running around. That’s SL and RL. The best part of SL, however, is you can open an IM window and call your friend immediately.

Calling You

This little outfit is perfect for running around SL. The top, from Lavea Alter, is a cute little offering at the Car Wash Cart Sale, ideal for summer outfits and perfect paired with this skirt, from miu Villota, which is probably more a winter piece but works as a sort of ethnic fabric.

Calling You

I put on this cute new set of jewelry from Kayleigh McMillan, which completes the look and makes me look more studied and less disheveled. Even more important is my iPhone accessory from Erehwon Yoshikawa, which is a little gift for a Techie Hunt this weekend. Wear the phone and KEEP it on. It has some surprises ;)

Calling You

Finally these sexy shoes from Nardya Rousselot complete the look. Stylish but comfy platforms with cute bows and just gorgeous toes. (I am all about the toes. Nardya made the bestest toes!)

Calling You

Written while listening to “Calling You” by Jevetta Steele. (Remember, from Bagdad Cafe?)

Hair: >TRUTH< Melinda – caramel by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] The Dressing Room LE :: Gina 03 by Tuli Asterius for Tuli (no longer available)

Top: A-BOMB Cami-green by Lavea Alter for A-BOMB, available at the Car Wash Cart Sale

Skirt: *MIU* knitskirt(green) by miu Villota for MIU

Jewelry: *ByKay* ~ Kalya ~ *Olive* (Set) by Kayleigh McMillan for *ByKay* *

Phone: YAE AviPhone (Do not lose!) by Erehwon Yoshikawa for Yoshikawa Aetheric Engineering, available in the Techie Hunt *

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix MANA Chelo Brown by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *