Momentary Bliss

Momentary Bliss

“One instant, you’re just a regular Joe, schlepping through your mundane life, and then suddenly – what is this? – nothing has changed, yet you feel stirred by a grace, swollen with wonder, overflowing with bliss. Everything – for no reason whatsoever – is perfect.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

Momentary Bliss

I woke up this morning to fresh snow and bright sunshine, and I made muffins, ate a bowl of perfectly sweet cantaloupe, found a most beautiful piece of music from the KCRW song of the day in my podcasts, a chat with a dear new friend, and received a lovely skin to blog. What more bliss can one have?

I ran off to Leroy to take photos of this beautiful mesh dress by Cocoro Lemon, which she is featuring at the Season’s Story. I tried for white but the vendors were not working well that evening, and I ended up with beige, and with this look, it’s about as aetherial as mesh can get. I decided to keep my accessories to a minimum—a flower ring in my hair from Wisp Jinn and anklet from Caelan Hancroft.

Momentary Bliss

I have to admit one good reason for my bliss was this new skin from Umazuma Petaluna. The face is sublime with depth and a natural beauty which appealed to my mood today. Uma has clearly put a lot of work into this skin, from the beautifully drawn brows to the expressive eyes to the smattering of freckles and gentle blush and the full bee-stung lips. She includes appliers for hands and feet (which is why I could wear my Slink hands and feet and run through the grass barefoot), breasts and butt.

I am wearing Queue Marlowe’s newest hair, which falls on my shoulders in gentle waves and looks beautifully natural with its deep textures and attractive silhouette. Deep eyes from Keiba finish this gorgeous look.

Momentary Bliss

Half empty, half full
Cup runneth over
Horns of plenty, coffers full

~ Andrew Bird, “Pulaski at Night”

Hair: AD – bree – light browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog*

Skin: [theSkinnery] Bella – Bare face (toffee) BB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Bella Lip Intensity 4 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at the Cosmetic Fair *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Ren eyes -Lolly- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Dress: *COCO*_LaceDress(Beige) by cocoro Lemon for COCO, available at The Season’s Story

Crown: [Wishbox] Rose Crown (Champagne) by Wisp Jinn for [Wishbox]

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

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

Anklet: Cae :: Bali Anklet :: Rose Quartz by Caelan Hancroft for Cae *

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

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Photos taken at Leroy, built by Quark Fallen

Go find the “I Want to See Pulaski at Night” EP from Andrew Bird if you want to share in my bliss. “Ethio Invention No. 1” was the source of my euphoria today.

The Speakeasy

The Speakeasy

“’Flapper’— the notorious character type who bobbed her hair, smoked cigarettes, drank gin, sported short skirts, and passed her evenings in steamy jazz clubs, where she danced in a shockingly immodest fashion with a revolving cast of male suitors.” ~ Joshua Zeitz

The Speakeasy

A night out on the town for a few lovely young ladies during the Prohibition of the 1920s meant a visit to a speakeasy or “blind tiger.” Speakeasies were saloons where alcohol was sold and served illegally to men and women alike. While probably a hangout for women of a different class than the “flappers” of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s books, the speakeasy has a certain image that is nicely represented by Cory Edo’s new pub, which she is selling at FaMESHed. The bar, which includes a texture change for the stained glass window and a texture template so you can substitute your own textures, also includes separately the stools (which have various animations), and glasses and bottles, so if you fussy about your barware and libations, you can arrange them your own meticulous way. The adult version of the bar includes quite a few salacious animations for after-closing play.

The Speakeasy

I bring my speakeasy flapper to life with this darling mesh dress from Kaliope Karas, whose work I first encountered in the recent Genre. When I spoke to her, she said she liked making fashion for fun for her own role play in SL, so you can guess this dress is inspired. Being the rather literate person Kaliope is, however, she clearly researched the patterns and looks of the times and came up with this darling dress, which comes in several colors.

The Speakeasy

I embellished the look with jewelry from Tiffy Vella and this charming cloche with color change hair. The set is coordinated with the pendant on the necklace matching the brooch on the hat’s hairband, so you can pull together a rather spiffy look. Ava Grau’s sophisticated skin and piercingly green eyes from Keiba give this beauty a Scandinavian look. T-straps from Darling Monday complete this period piece.

The Speakeasy

“Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hair and hat: Eclectica ‘Solaria’ Cloche Hat-Cyan 2 by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Skin: *Glance Skins – Sigrid – April – Blonde Brows by Ava Grau for Glance Skins

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Ren eyes -Rainforest- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Dress: KaliKo Vintage – Flapper Party Dress – Teal by Kaliope Karas for KaliKo *

Jewelry: Eclectica ‘Solaria’ Necklace and Ring in Turquoise&Gold by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: fri. – Peggy.T-Straps (Jazz) Turquoise by Darling Monday for fri.day

Pub: Trompe Loeil – Dragon & Orchid Home Pub Redwood {A} [mesh] by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

Smitten Kitten

Smitten Kitten

“how can you love a little cat
so much
in such a
short
short
time?”
― Sharon Creech, Hate That Cat

Smitten Kitten

Everyone needs a good friend to snuggle up to when it’s cold. I think I found the ideal friend—in the final KittyCats Advent Calendar gift. Anyone get a free KittyCat with a week’s supply of food and you can birth your KittyCat and see it grow if you get there by January 6 and grab one for yourself. I put my darling new friend on my shoulder so you can see her. She is cuddling up in my fur coat from Cecilia Blachere, which Cecilia is selling at Designer Showcase this month as a special offer. I’m wearing her sexy black pencil skirt and top underneath with red tights from Maya Levane and darling ankle boots from Pixieplumb Flanagan.

Smitten Kitten

Umazuma Petaluna had created a set of lovely skins for Arcade, copies of which can probably still be found in yard sales for gacha items. I would recommend you grab them when you can because they are gorgeous, with full lips and a beautifully rendered body. My hair is one of Truth’s more recent releases, a tousled sexy ‘do with Truth’s handy texture-change HUD. Peeking from behind a lock of hair, my lovely blue eyes (matching my KittyCat’s eyes almost) are available in Keiba’s store.

Smitten Kitten

“Purr more, hiss less.” ~ Linda C. Marchman

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

Skin: [theSkinnery] Maya 13 (honey) BB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at The Arcade *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Ren eyes -Seal- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Jacket: shine by [ZD] ARIA MESH BLAZER storm by Cecilia Blachere for shine, available at Designer Showcase

Top: shine by [ZD] SIMPLE UNDERNEATH SWEATER black by Cecilia Blachere for shine *

Skirt: shine by [ZD] Alpha for HANNAH MESH PENCIL SKIRT by Cecilia Blachere for shine *

Tights: (TokiD) un tights -soft red by Maya Levane for TokiD

Boots: BM Mirari Boot  All Colours by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

KittyCat by KittyCats, available as a gift at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland through January 6

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

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Something’s Gotta Give

Something's Gotta Give

When an irresistible force such as you
Meets an old immovable object like me
You can bet just as sure as you live

Something’s gotta give
Something’s gotta give
Something’s gotta give

~ “Something’s Gotta Give” by Frank Sinatra

Something's Gotta Give

There’s something about a classic dress and shoes with pearls that makes a girl a knockout. Start with this gorgeous dress that Shai Delacroix is offering at the Liaison Collaborative. She has fashioned a sexy gathered dress with a side sash and narrow belt in a figure-flattering pencil skirt design. She offers with it this terrific HUD for changing the colors and features across four different areas plus the option to simply turn the sash off.

Something's Gotta Give

I love the little slit in back and loved pairing it up with strands of pearls from Maxi Gossamer and Gospel Voom’s sexy and classic slingbacks with their little peeptoe.

Something's Gotta Give

This entry is, of course, named after Marilyn Monroe’s last film, ironically titled. Queue Marlowe took inspiration from Marilyn with this wavy, sexy ‘do and it’s tumble of curls framing the face. And what a beautiful face it is—one of Aida Ewing’s newest skins for the grand re-opening of Glam Affair. All the creators—Aida, Marilyn, and Amberlee—have been working hard to make new content to make this re-opening spectacular and Aida has outdone herself with the gorgeous skins she is offering.

Something's Gotta Give

So, en garde, who knows what the fates might have in store
From their vast mysterious sky
I’ll try hard ignorin’ those lips that I adore
But how long can anyone try?

Hair: AD – norma – light reds by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Neva skin – America 03 C by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Pearl eye -Pacific Blue- (med) by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Dress: *Shai* Terno Dress by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai, available at the Liaison Collaborative *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Bracelet – Ritzy Shimmer Pearls by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Love Donna Flora by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Paris Peeptoe – Patent Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Welcome back
your dreams were your ticket out.
Welcome back
to that same old place that you laughed about.

~ “Welcome Back” by John Sebastian

Welcome Back

School can’t start early enough in my house—just sayin. The huge bag of supplies has been purchased, registration is paid for. Now all I have to do is lay out my clothes for the first day! (My first day I have to take someone else to school and the mommy looks competition is fierce—who can be casually dressed and look fabulous at the same time?)

If I were going to school in SL, I would definitely choose a more funky look. Start with this darling jacket from Kehl Razor that he is selling at Fi*Fridays for a sinfully low price. It comes with a HUD that allows color change for the stripes on the shirt bottom plus the stripes on the sleeves, and it fits perfectly. If you have been hesitating to get Razorblade’s great content for whatever nutty reason, this is a great chance to get one of his pieces a rock bottom price.

I paired it with some awesome shorts from Ivy Burner and these brilliant socks over shoes from beanster Potato. The set includes socks alone or socks with shoes and has a great HUD for changing the textures, which include argyle, striped and polka dots.

Welcome Back

I accessorized with a hipster pork pie hat from JohnFrancis Laville, who is offering a red version in his gacha at The 24 or you can get an entire set without chancing it. My backpack is from Guu Nishi, who is the queen of great and inexpensive accessories in SL. How can you resist that little monster on the side?

My youthful skin comes courtesy of PeachieMuah—her latest release. She combines youthful glow with a touch of Japanese sensibility and I love her stuff for a younger look. My ponytails are Truth Hawks’ latest. I am hearing only good things about his revised store and vendor system. People are really digging the new textures and colors!

Welcome Back

Well the names have all changed since you hung around,
But those dreams have remained and they’re turned around.

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Lyma [Roots] – LightBrowns04 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Poppy  Olive Bigger Breasts by PeachieMuah for [Fresh Face] *

Eyes: pearl – bog wood – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Jacket: =Razorblade Jacket= Ballistic Nylon 1/2 Coat w/ Stripe Shirt by Kehl Razor for Razorblade, available at Fi*Fridays

Shorts: ~Sassy!~ Cuffed denim shorts – black by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~ *

Hat: JfL pork pie hat felt_black by Johnfrancis Laville for JfL Men’s Store, to be available at The 24 *

Glasses: [UMEBOSHI] Castor Glasses -Black- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI *

Backpack: HOC – Randoseru – Lime by Guu Nishi for HOC

Bracelets: BoHo HoBo Three Friendship Bracelets together by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo *

Socks and shoes: DN Mesh: Socks with Shoes by beanster Potato for Ducknipple

Le Fleur

La Fleur

“I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

La Fleur

Flowers fill the my world right now. The summer has been blessedly beautiful and perfect for flowers and other plants. My basil is absolutely magnificent; my impatiens are full and vibrant in my window boxes. I have a hanging basket of pink geraniums that is more flowers than leaves.

So I was attracted to a few pieces at the Love Donna Flora event because of their floral theme. First was this elegantly sexy dress from SamanthaSJones with big blossoming flowers and a great shape. Long sleeves that billow out slightly lead up to a sexy low cut neckline and a hem that pulls up in front and in back. I really love how Samantha uses texture on all her clothes. She doesn’t just recolor—she uses pattern and colors to create sheen and interest. This dress if one of her generous donation pieces for Love Donna Flora and comes in six colorways.

La Fleur

My shoes are also a donation for Squinternet Larnia from Gospel Voom. With a beautiful blowsy blossom print on them, they match the dress perfectly, and are blooming great with Gos’ great color match system. Fun poses from Lashae Karsin, also completely donated for Love Donna Flora, help me show everything off.

Aida Ewing is donating proceeds from a few skins at Love Donna Flora, but I am ashamed to say this is not one of them. I preferred how this red lip looked with the dark hair from Mirja Mills, featured at the Hair Fair (closing Sunday so get over there and help Wigs for Kids). With pretty blue eyes from Keiba Resident, available at the Seraphim Social, and a gorgeous necklace from Maxi Gossamer, this look is elegant and chic—hence not just a flower but “la fleur.”

La Fleur

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. *ROMANCE*/ chocolate by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., available only at Hair Fair 2013 *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Katya – America 04 F by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Pearl eye -Pacific Blue- (large) by Keiba for Umeboshi, available at The Seraphim Social

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Summer 13] Sessie Print Dress by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam, available at Love Donna Flora *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Tarentella Gypsy – Group ALL by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Long by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: [Gos] Lauren D’Orsay – Flora Satin by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique, available at Love Donna Flora

Poses by Lashae Karsin for Flash Friendly Poses, available at Love Donna Flora *

A Butterfly’s Wings

A Butterfly's Wings

Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well. ~ Anonymous

A Butterfly's Wings

The above quote is not quite true. Butterflies physically *can* see their wings but whether they realize the beauty of what they are seeing is another thing. I kind of imagine creators in SL are the same way, including Squinternet Larnia. They may see the beautiful thing they create but not understand that once they set it out for sale, out to fly as it were, they have no idea what impact it may have on others. It might be a dress that is worn the day a woman invites her best friend to visit in her in RL or a suit a man wore the first time he met the love of his life.

The Love Donna Flora event is not just a charity event but a genuine outpouring of fond sentiment about the creations that Squinternet Larnia has made. Doubtless Squinternet doesn’t realize the impact her creations have had on people or the grid. The Love Donna Flora event is a chance for her to find out.

Two creators sent me items early. First there is this gorgeous dress from Eleseren Brianna, one of three she is offering at the Love Donna Flora event. With its beautiful lace decollatage and deep cut back, the salmon-colored satin and tulle sleeves make this a dream of a dress.

A Butterfly's Wings

The blogger Isabelli Anatine made lovely butterfly posing props for Love Donna Flora as well (the inspiration for this blog). In three different scenes, a woman holds butterflies, watching them fly and admiring their beauty. Could the possibly know how much joy they bring to the world? Never.

A Butterfly's Wings

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~ Maya Angelou

Hair: Amacci Hair Luna ~ Natural Brown by Carina Larsen for Amacci, available at Hair Fair 2013 *

Skin: -Belleza- Ava Med TLC 4 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, at The Boutique *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Mirror eyes Duo Brown (med) by Keiba for Umeboshi, available at The Box

Dress: }RC{ Zuri Rose Gown by Eleseren Brianna for Romance Couture, available at Love Donna Flora, opening July 25 *

Poses: UNCERTAIN SMILE – BUTTERFLIES SET by Isabelli Anatine for Uncertain Smile, available at the Love Donna Flora, opening July 25 *