Tandoori and Naan

I get a craving once in a while for a really good piece of naan—hot out of the oven, golden with brown freckles, soft and flavorful, buttery and chewy. And I want to eat it with a spicy tandoori and a cool tangy raita. The beautiful post-processing that my friend Ikon Innovia did for this photo reminds me of that craving.

Tandoori and Naan

This outfit also reminds me of that craving. Zaara Kohime has brought in elements of Indian and the West to create beautiful fusion clothing in SL. Using the motifs of beautiful Indian fabrics and making them the essential elements in her clothing, Zaara has rocketed to the top of the design world in SL.

Tandoori and Naan

Consider the satiny texture in the skirt, the deep rich color, the clever use of the system pieces to portray a belt and a bow at the collar, the excellently built skirt (Zaara builds a skirt and then builds the texture to fit the prims on the skirt—she doesn’t just slap a texture on—she makes the prims and textures work for her).

Tandoori and Naan

Then consider the jewelry. Zaara made the hair jewelry, earrings and bracelet I wear. She combines absolutely gorgeous textures with great prim building and wonderfully imaginative fashion that any female would look wonderful in.

I accompany it with pieces by Onyx LeShelle. I have already given my two cents about the shoes. Let me speak quickly about the hair. This style, while not extravagant, is simply beautiful. The textures are exquisite and the style speaks to most women nowadays with its casually pinned up ponytail. The hair frames the face and makes one think that if it were let down, it would be thick and gorgeous. That’s a lot to convey in a few prims and sculpties. But Onyx LeShelle has cornered the market on elegant and evocative in SL, top to bottom.

Tandoori and Naan

Dreams of India:

Hair: Maitreya Aisha II (jewelry fit) – Autumn by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Top: Zaara : Kavi top *charcoal* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Skirt: Zaara : Larin Skirt *copper-rust* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Hair jewelry: Zaara : Nizam Jhoomar+Tikka (head jewel)  *white* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Earrings: ZC : Anaya Onyx Earrings by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Bracelet: Zaara : Vyomini chained bracelet *onyx* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Salience Brown by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Coriander and Nutmeg

One of my favorite Indian spices is Garam Masala. A mix of spices which varies by recipe and by region in India, it is always blended in a manner in which one spice never predominates.

Nutmeg and Coriander

I am reminded of it because of the fashions of Aradhana Voight. Aradhana is Indio-European—a lady who grew up in Europe in an Indian family, speaking the same language as her classmates but coming from a distinctively different racial and cultural background. The clothing she makes in SL shows that blending of east and west, as it were. She combines elements of sarees with more traditional European or American styles.

Nutmeg and Coriander

Take this evening dress from Aradhana. She visited the bazaars of the market to find the fabric for this dress with its golden patterns and sheer sensuous folds. However, she also cut the skirt up the thigh, added a distinctively Western bow to the hip and a decidedly sexy cut.

Nutmeg and Coriander

I have included Aradhana’s exquisite jewelry with this outfit. Aradhana’s textures contribute to the designs, providing the color and intricacy the jewelry needs. Add to that the pure pleasure of the jewelry. Oftentimes when I wear a necklace, earrings seem redundant or it seems excessive. With this jewelry, there is never too much—each piece is designed with a separate shape but following a similar motif, so piling it on adds layers of complexity rather than overabundance. This is harder to achieve than the average consumer realizes.

I compliment this ensemble with a luscious skin from Monicuzza Babenco and hair from Alexiander Biedermann. (I modified the front curl and pushed it in to let the head jewels show.) Finally, a most luscious pair of Onxy LeShelle’s shoes complete this look, making me sexy from top to bottom.

Nutmeg and Coriander

Garam Masala:

Hair: #AB# Rocio charcoal hair by Aleixandre Biedermann (slightly modified) for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: *YS&YS* Adriana Lust 04 Fall EB Dark Hairbase by Monicuzza Babenco for YS & YS*

Dress: :Mashooka: Hope gown {metalred} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka Designs*

Jewelry: :Mashooka: Aradhana Jewels {gold} by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka Designs*

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Esprit Wine by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Collecting Art

Lorac Farella IM’d me with the words I always like to hear from her—“Would you like to see some new skins?” Lorac, as has become apparent with this blog, is usually my skin maker of choice. I try other skins, but I always end up with Lorac’s because they “look like” Harper.

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One of my fantasies in this other life was to be an art collector; as a result I have an extensive collection of art on prims, but honestly, some of the best art I own comes in the form of fashion, skins, hair, etc. Lorac’s are, of my collection, some of the best of the best. They provide me the most aesthetic and personal enjoyment.

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Her new “Life” line has the hallmarks of a Lorac skin—the detailed and almost poignant eyes, the luscious drawn lips, the finely defined collarbones, the beautifully arched eyebrows (and I have to say, with skins, it’s *always* about the eyebrows for me), the deliciously drawn sensuous body. A woman in Lorac’s skin is a woman—not a girl, not a Barbie doll, not an anime cartoon. She is a full and entire woman.

Collecting Art

Unlike many bloggers, I choose not to do the omnibus approach to showing the skins—you can see that in the store. I chose one to wear, and I wore paeoti Pomeray’s sexy and fun lingerie with it so you can see the approach of two different artists—where Lorac is almost painterly, paeoti’s textures are smoother and more bright and contrasted. Yet the two look good together.

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Then I top it all with another artist’s work—Sky Everett’s hair. I have said before Sky’s hair is fantasy hair—piled-high, full, extravagant and luxurious, her hair is the dream of beautiful women across the grid. One could never say Sky is parsimonious with her textures or prims—or her talents.

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For the collector:

Hair: Sky Everett Designs-Kiera hair black W/bangs/WO/lights by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone4 m4/Black brows by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Lingerie: !!!Paeoti_Maladay Costume/Lingerie by paeoti Pomeray for Nymphetamine

Shoes: HOC Apparel – MIB Stilettos 2 by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries

Celebrate the Festival of Lights

This weekend was significant for many in the world—it was Diwali, the festival of lights. While the original story given to the holiday varies among people–some say Rama came home after a long journey, some say Mahavira reached nirvana, and some say the sixth Guru was released and came home from imprisonment–Diwali is ultimately a time of great joy and celebration among many people in the Eastern hemisphere, and now the Western.

Diwali ultimately is about the victory of inner goodness over evil and lights are lit as a metaphor for the inner light. Seeing rows of candles lit up at a celebration, you realize how each inner light from a person comes to a beautiful overall glow. It’s a powerful metaphor wherein knowledge overcomes ignorance, beauty overcomes ugliness, and love overcomes hate.

Happy Diwali!

So it’s in keeping with the beauty of this holiday that I wear this sumptuous creation from maizon Rayna. A real life fashion designer, maizon brings her Italian fashion sensibilities to her work in SL. She explained to me that her men’s collection in SL replicates her RL collection.

I spotted this sari in her store and bought it after seeing her wear it. The prims are perfectly placed, from the hair piece on top to the jewels around the hips to the ankle bracelets. With its textures, both photosourced and photoshopped, the top and skirts are perfectly done, not a pixel out of place.

Happy Diwali!

To match the outfit, I chose to wear Nany Merlin’s skin and this gorgeous hair from Queue Marlowe.

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali. May your light shine!

Hair: emma black by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Skin: Indian_M2 by Nany Merlin for Unique Megastore

Dress: INDIA by maizon Rayna for Terra D’Ombra

Pretty in Pink

Everyone has to have that title at some time or another on their fashion blog. But today I am pretty in pink.

Pretty in Pink

I am showing a dress from Nonna Hedges, part of a series she released a few months ago in a flurry of inspiration and productivity. Featuring her signature elegant lacework and full prim skirt, this dress is a delicious delicate pink.

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But this blog is really about the jewelry. Tiffy Vella makes some of the most exquisite jewelry in SL—jewelry I would wear in real life if I could get my hands on it (and afford it). Her prim work combined with her textures and colors are out of this world. I can only gaze in awe at a necklace like this.

Tiffy will be having a show at the Shengri-La sims Saturday, October 17 at 7 a.m. slt, called Purple Prose. It’s a static show, hosted by the Fashion Research Institute. You can see the pieces worn live on models and purchase. I encourage you to come. (I will be there, lying on a poseball while I gulp down copious amounts of coffee in RL.)

Pretty in Pink

I dressed this outfit up with hair from Elikapeka Tiramisu. (You find out that showing earrings, etc. requires special hair, poses, etc. It’s all quite a job showing one’s work.) I paired it with this delicate skin from Lorac Farella. I have a set of classics here to highlight Tiffy’s amazing work.

Pretty in Pink

Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.  ~Sonja Henie

Hair: ETD Loraine 2 – Crimson by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Blush AUB by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Dress: dangerous flamingo by Nonna Hedges for Details by Nonna Hedges

Jewelry: Eclectica Rococco Coral by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica*

Wine and Roses

Every night someone somewhere in SL is experiencing a night out dancing, either as a beautiful woman dressed in a splendid ballgown or her dance partner, both enjoying watching the skirts swirling around them, the poetry of the movements.

Wine and Roses

Sascha Frangilli is an expert in helping create the fantasy with her beautiful and versatile ballgowns. Her latest offering, Trouble, comes in a myriad of colors. I chose to model the Choco as I am partial to earth tones. Once again, she offers the choice of several skirts, ranging from the huge “Battleship” to the thinner silhouette created by the “Sleek” skirt.

Wine and Roses

I styled this with a cute updo from Din Raymaker and a luscious tan skin from Lorac Farella at Pulse Skins. Necklace and earrings were a set I got at the Jewelry Fair this year from Mouse Mimistrobell.

Wine and Roses

A little dancin’, a little romancin’:

Hair: Uw.St  Doris-Hair type-B size-L  Earl gery by Din Raymaker for Uw.St

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T:Sand/MINE by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins*

Dress: SAS – Trouble Choco by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs*

Necklace and Earrings: Dark Mouse Divine Deco – Copper by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse

Modern Kimono

I dug around in my kimono folder and came up with this cuteness. I had forgotten about it. I love seeing these adaptations of old memes.

Modern Kimono

In this case, Beaumont Ryba has taken a “kimono” and cut it up. Well, actually just took a piece or two of it and wrapped it around. Not much kimono left here. But the design is funky and elegant, sexy and respectable. The colors are translucent and lush all at once. It’s very subtle anime.

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Beaumont even has a cute little wrap around scarf with varying translucencies that hangs down with a pair of lanterns and a cross attached as accessories.

Modern Kimono

I finished off the outfit with a clean beautiful skin from Pulse, my favorite-ist boots from Bax Boots, and this fabulous hair from Emo-tions. If you haven’t take a little trip down to Emo-tions, bop over. They have a number of hairs, accessories and amazing kilts, all in a kind of mishmash of urban wasteland prettiness. Mirja is really growing her business.

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Welcome to the 21st century:

Hair: EXPRESSION by Mirja Mills for EMO – tions

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Valeries T2 Champagne by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Kimono: JAdv_LittleGirl Oriental Design Dress 007 – Oriental by Beaumont Ryba for LittleGirl

Earrings: RC~Atargatis’ Crime by Random Calliope for Worthwhile

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Brown Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Boots