My Brand New Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

18 04 2012

My Brand New Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Yes, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat
Well, you must tell me, baby
How your head feels under somethin’ like that
Under your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

~ “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” by Bob Dylan, as sung by Raphael Saadiq

My Brand New Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Now see this is why I like Kimmera Madison. I IM her to request a leopard-skin pill-box hat for no other reason than I really like a song (see above), and she makes it for me! (You can get your copy at her store FREE for the You Go to My Head Hunt.) What’s even cooler is I hit the Bay City Fashion Week, which is chock full of vintage content creators in a great area built by my little friend Marianne McCann. Great job, Marianne!

This dress from Anabella Llewellyn is a vintage beauty with its sleek textures and beautiful side tie. I can see Joan in this or… me in a brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. I will be honest, I had to dig around in my inventory for my accessories—I won’t tell you that the items are available at their respective stores (like the shoes, which were a 50L Friday item a couple years ago), but I needed to complete the look as I pleased. (And now we know why my inventory is so bloated!)

My Brand New Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

What DOES complete the look is Hart Larsson’s new skin, which includes luscious eye and lip make-ups. I have been using Hart’s cat-eye everywhere and loving it. His skin has a more refined, almost vintage look that I love. It was suggested to me that this skin made her look a little haughty, I said the song is perfect for her—a little ditty to give her uptight demeanor a tweak.

My Brand New Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Well, I see you got a new boyfriend
You know, I never seen him before
Well, I saw him
Makin’ love to you
You forgot to close the garage door
You might think he loves you for your money
But I know what he really loves you for
It’s your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Hat: Harpers hat by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Hair: :: DUTCH TOUCH ::SjORs:: HairBAse (HB) Black BUN by Iki Ikarus for Dutch Touch with /Wasabi Pills/ Hairbase – LONG – Night shadow by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/*

Skin: [PXL] KATE SK NE DEB C3 with [PXL] KATE SK Cat Eyes (Tattoo) and [PXL] KATE SK Cherry Lips Glossy (Tattoo) by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes – Pale Gray (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: *Vita Bella* Veronica Dress – Black by Anabella Llewellyn for Vita Bella, available at Bay City Fashion Week

Necklace and Earrings: Dark Mouse 50′s Strand Pearl Necklace and Dark Mouse 50′s Pearl Stud Clip by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

Bracelet: Armidi Gisaci – Triple Pearl Bracelets – Classy by London Armidi for Armidi

Nails: Candy nail #P000 Basic Prim nails : Red nails by peche Bury for Candy Nail

Clutch: Adam n Eve Handbag (NO POSE) – Clutch – Black by Damen Gorilla for Adam N Eve

Shoes: SLink Winkles Heeled Black by Siddean Munro for SLink

PS Like this look? See another I did like it for Marketplace ;)





Swing and Sway

18 12 2011

Swing and Sway

Born Anna Sandowsky in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1917, Arlene Sands was one of the swing era’s “unsung” female vocalists. Known for her throaty voice and broad range, Arlene was admired from coast to coast for her work with the Harvey Hall band. As Hitler marched into Poland, Arlene sang for crowds up and down the East Coast and blessed her citizenship, which allowed a Jewish woman like her to appear in public, an equal citizen whose religious heritage and beliefs were not as important to them as her beautiful voice and glamorous look.

Swing and Sway

Anna/Arlene is brought to life with this gorgeous dress from Neferia Abel. Neferia has been making dresses in SL based on her historical research for over five years. At one time. she was the only place go for anything vintage, and she is still the best for historical accuracy in 20th century women’s fashion. This pretty green sheath—just the right color for the holidays—includes a sculpty bow.

Swing and Sway

My skin, from Mae Liamano, cuts it for this look with its sophisticated face and lighter makeup. I really appreciate how Mae sells a base skin with makeup addons she has made, so she lets you choose her makeups or someone else’s. I chose her lip stain, and this coral is delicate and lovely. The eyebrows and eyes on this skin also get me—just gorgeous. My hair is a vintage piece from Kin Keiko that I always seem to run to for thse shots because of its beautiful curliness. And my gorgeous necklace is from Mouse Mimistrobell—not quite dripping in diamonds but certainly wearing something vintage and beautiful.

Swing and Sway

(Photo dated 1939, Arlene Sands singing with Artie Shaw’s band. Please note Arlene in front.)

Swing and Sway

When they begin
the beguine
it brings back the sound
of music so tender
it brings back a night
of tropical splendor
it brings back a memory of green

~ “Begin the Beguine” by Cole Porter, as done by Artie Shaw

Hair: Kin-Jennifer-[Brown] by Kin Keiko for Kin

Skin: (love) skin – Emma Medium/Dark (dk eyebrows) with (love) lip stain – coral by Mae Liamano for (love)

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Absinthe (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: ~Ivalde~ Gilda collection by Neferia Able for Ivalde *

Necklace: Dark Mouse Deco Squared Necklace – Silver by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse *

Ring: DIAMOND COCTAIL RING WITH GEM CHANGER by caLLie cLine for caLLie cLine *

Shoes: [ glow ] studio Benelli Pumps (TDRgreen) by Linka Demina for [ glow ]

Microphone with poses: *Naina Props {Vintage Mic Set1} and *Naina Props {Vintage Mic Set2} by Naina Brune for Naina Props

P.S. Arlene Sands did not exist, but Helen Forrest did, and the story is loosely based on her personal history.





Mrs. Veronique Portsbee

5 09 2011

Mrs. Veronique Portsbee

During World War II, several technologies were developed—ENIAC, the atomic bomb, and unknown to all but a few Americans, prosthetic robotics. This technology, developed to help injured soldiers, aimed to utilize the robotics recently developed in an underground bunker positioned under the football field of Wichita State University. Mrs. Veronique Portsbee of Garden City, Kansas, become the test recipient of the robotic legs that were developed after her legs were lost to an unfortunate accident during her work for the French Resistance.

She and her family were sworn to silence, and she was unable to leave her home using the legs to preserve secrecy. However, she enjoyed a relatively happy and quiet existence in her beautiful new “Space Age” postwar home, given to her with many other generous benefits, by the Government of the United States.

Mrs. Veronique Portsbee passed away last Wednesday. Her obituary said, “Mrs. Veronique Portsbee, age 89, joined her husband, Harold, in eternal rest. She is survived by her children, Alan Portsbee and Barbara Knutson, grandchildren Rebecca, Steven, Renee, and Dawn, and great-grandchildren Connor and Tyler. She was active in the Garden City Women’s Club and donated time at the Lee Richardson Zoo. Memorials may be sent to the Zoo.”

Her legs, and the technology that created them, were buried quietly with her in Valley View Cemetery.

Mrs. Veronique Portsbee

These rare photos, taken by her son with his new 35mm camera in her kitchen in Garden City, Kansas, were processed on authentic Kodachrome. Her dress, purchased by her husband to celebrate her 33rd birthday, is a boutique item from Neferia Abel. With its beautiful skirt and bolero over a lace bodice, cinched at the waist by a smart belt, it is the perfect dress for a woman in the mid-50s. She wears her favorite pearls from Sonatta Morales and of course, her prosthetic legs, custom engineered for her comfort by Hern Worsley.

Mrs. Veronique Portsbee

Her hair was styled and colored perfectly by Kin Keiko in a curly, nicely shaped cut. (She does not wear the prosthetics when people come to her home. A blanket covers what’s left of her bodily legs.) Her makeup, courtesy of Monicuzza Babenco, is a splurge—she loves to look pretty, especially when she can show off her baby blues from Ikon Innovia. When all is said and done, it was a good life.

Mrs. Veronique Portsbee

She made the best cream puffs, her grandson said at her funeral.

Hair: kin-Jennifer-[red] by Kin Keiko for kin

Skin: *YS & YS* Desiree 05 Happy with *YS & YS* Desiree Lips Sensual by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS* *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: ~Ivalde~Anja blue dress by Neferia Abel for ~Ivalde~ *

Jewelry: Three strand pearls necklace and Four Strand Pearls Bracelet by Sonatta Morales for Sonatta Morales

Prosthetics: AVZ ~ Mekahooves ~~ by Hern Worsley for AVZ

Taken at artilleri

Read and listen to this much more inspirational story about Hugh Herr, a double amputee and director of the Biomechatronics Group at MIT about the development of real prosthetic devices.






Optimistic

5 06 2011

Optimistic

You can try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

~ Radiohead, “Optimistic”

Optimistic

I am writing this while listening to Radiohead and in pure bliss. It’s a beautiful day out, I have new headphones, I got a full night’s sleep and I have some cute clothes! Today’s summer-kissed outfit features, first of all, patched jeans from Dick Wiesel. With their cute but sexy look and variable patches (depending on what color you get), they are a great go-to for a more colorful jeans look. (Dick named these “Cherry Pie” after the Warrant song. Way to play the age card, Dick!)

My top is a frilly beautiful from Maria Gherardi. These are available in several colors but I had to hunt her store down because the main store sim is gone. My shoes are older but no less amazing mules from Fallingwater Cellardoor.

Optimistic

My tan lines come courtesy of Monicuzza Babenco, who takes tan one step sexier with a bikini line. (I had to show the lines—it’s really nicely done). The makeup is sensuous and fresh. My mane is courtesy of Truth Hawks, who has not yet run out of sexy women’s names for his hair.

Optimistic

The best you can is good enough….

Hair: >TRUTH< Bebe – fudge by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: *YS & YS* Penelope Sunburn TanLine – TDR by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: [MG fashion] Gigi Tank Top (burgundy) by Maria Gherardi for MG Fashion

Jeans: :. WoE .: Guage G2 Patched Jeans (Cherry Pie) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: *

Necklace: necklace *cp* pink >> **~Twinkleberry~** by Emiko Harvey for Twinkleberry

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Plainers – pink by Fallingwater Cellardoor for (Shiny Things)

Poses by Diesel Rogan for Diesel Works Animations*





Yankee Doodle Dandy

31 08 2010

The pin-up girl—idealized femininity for the wall—became a source of morale for men fighting overseas during WWII. (Not sure what the women fighting overseas got. I know they were there–my great-aunt was a WAC.)

Yankee Doodle Dandy

This sailor girl would probably do well on someone’s wall. Moxie Polano made this swimsuit with sailor hat in honor of vintage fashioniasta Reghan Straaf to celebrate the pin-up. With its cleverly crafted wrinkles (especially puckering around the thighs), it’s more than just a swimsuit—it’s a piece of art. Moxie combines her great skills with system pieces with some great sculpties.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

I love this skin from Rack Brautigan. I am not a freckle girl, but these freckles are so perfect—they fall so naturally on the skin and the shading is perfect on the collarbone. Rack has opened a new store next to MichiMi and shows a wide variety of skins that may appeal to ladies who are looking for a new look.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

A Yankee Doodle do or die:

Hair: Nanak fiery red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for #AB# Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: (IS) Irene 2.0 – Este – Rita by Rack Brautigan for IMAGEN *

Swimsuit with Hat: MP Reghan Pin~UP Suit by Moxie Polano for Haute Couture *

Earrings: Earring – Pearl Stud – White – Unltd by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Nails: *ByKay* ~ Prim Nails ~ *Basic Edition* by Kayleigh McMillan for *ByKay* *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya





Funny How Time Slips Away

24 07 2010

Well hello there
My, it’s been a long long time
How am I doin’
Oh well, I guess I’m doin’ fine
It’s been so long now and it seems that
It was only yesterday
Ain’t it funny how time slips away

~ Willie Nelson, “Funny How Time Slips Away”

Funny How Time Slips Away

Today’s post was inspired by an old recording of a Willie Nelson song, “Funny How Time Slips Away,” the one recorded in 1962 with the ladies crooning in the background. He also wrote “Crazy,” very famously performed by Patsy Cline. Hence today’s look, which is built on the foundation of a great skin by Keiko Morigi, poignant in its illustrative character (so unlike the many airbrushed looks we see around the grid). I top it with a great vintage ‘do from Bubbles Clawtooth, one of many vintage pieces he offers.

Funny How Time Slips Away

The shirt’s from Floatie Hock, who has a good thing going with her vintage wear (and great sims). This can be worn by a man or a woman (as most of her items, they look great on either sex). I wanted to find a big full skirt, ala Patsy Cline at the Grand Ol’ Opry, but nothing was turning up, so I ran over to Antonia Marat’s and found these cute rockabilly-style highwaist pants. Finally, the cowboy boots are from Cerberus Noel and appropriately decorated. No cowgirl would be seen dead on a horse on these but in front of an audience of music lovers, yes indeed!

Funny How Time Slips Away

Well ain’t it surprisin’ how time slips away…

Hair: Clawtooth: True Betty – Uptown brown by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: &Bean – hounds of love LIGHT Rav  1  brow by Kieko Morigi for &Bean

Top: HB – Wyatt – Black by Floatie Hock for Hell Bop *

Jeans: /artilleri/ nina highwaist pants *black* by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Cowboy hat: **DD**Resistol  II Cowboy Hat White Leather by TOmmy Fairplay for Dragonfly Designs

Earrings: Earring – Pearl Stud – Black – Unltd by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Nails: *[PM] Sculpted Nail V2 – Platinum Edition V2 : Gloss by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode

Boots: *GF* Short Western Boots -black- by Cerberus Noel for G Field





Heat It Up

3 07 2010

We’re starting to hit the hotter days of summer. I hate closing the windows and turning on the AC. I suffer through what seems like 6 months of snow so I can have the luxury of opening the windows 2 or 3 months a year. So the windows are staying open. Just means I have to dress skimpier ;)

Heat It Up

This sweet little ensemble from Trinetty Skytower might cause a little heat inside, for the right person ;) With its lacy bodice, Moulin Rouge gloves, and bowtied gartered thigh high stockings, it’s gonna take someone’s mind off the heat outside and put it were it belongs.

Heat It Up

I chose to style it in a more retro fashion, with one of Lion Jonesford’s newest skins as a base. With its red lips and heavily made up eyes, it’s seductive and glowing. Hair is a retro wavy page boy from Truth Hawks. Especially cute are the curly bangs.

Heat It Up

Some like it hot ;)

Hair: >TRUTH< Lucille – espresso by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: NOVA pale 5 –LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins *

Lingerie: LB Ruffles n Lace Lingerie – Emerald Envy by Trinetty Skytower for the Lingerie Boutique *

Nails: *ByKay* ~ Prim Nails ~ *Basic Edition* by KayLeigh McMillan for *ByKay* *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya





Bathing Beauty

10 05 2010

I just want to know.. in those old movies where the ladies dressed up in swimsuits that seemed to wrap their bodies up like little sausages and they wore nail polish and lipstick and high heels and bows in their hair… were they for real?

Bathing Beauty

I sure hope not because that’s a lot to live up to. However, in SL we’re able to do it without it seeming so improbable. In fact I am doing it with this darling little new suit from monica Outlander. With its sparkling sequined fabric, its modest cut and retro neckline, even Esther Williams would have been proud to seen in this. (Well maybe not so modest, seeing it from the back…)

Bathing Beauty

Then we have the vintage piled-up-high ‘do from Betty Doyle with a sweet bow (color-change, don’tcha know). And the skin is a new one from sachi Vixen, who recently redid the entire Adam n Eve store. With its cute can (as seen above), luscious red lips, and lustrous tan (from hours sitting on a lounge chair with a pina colada), this is an ideal skin for every day use or more glamorous pursuits.

Bathing Beauty

Sitting by the pool, trying not to muss my hair…

Hair: Ingenue ~ Bathing Beauty ~ Mahogany by Betty Doyle for Ingenue

Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Amanda – Scarlet Tone 3 by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Swimsuit: Miamai_Bettie Swimsuit Red by monica Outlander for Miamai *

Sunglasses: /artilleri/ greta sunglasses *white* by Antonia Marat for Artilleri

Nails: Candy nail #P000 Basic Prim nails : Red nails by peche Bury for Candy Nail

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Red by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya





Golden Years

21 01 2010

The 1920s in Berlin, especially, the late 20s, was a renaissance of art, design, and thought as the Weimer Republic tried a new manner of governing. Bauhaus came about at this time. Imagine studying with Paul Klee or Wassily Kandinsky. Or Mies Van Der Rohe. The liveliness of the cabarets of Berlin at this time must have been amazing too! In fact, you can visit happy hour at a cabaret The 1920s Berlin Project every day at 2 pm slt.

Golden Years

If you do that, you must be dressed appropriately (it’s a sim rule). This absolutely gorgeous dress and headband from Sonatta Morales will get you there and in a gentleman’s arms (if you aren’t happy doing the Charleston alone). With it’s beautiful texture and graceful prims (which were carefully made to have different flexi settings to indicate different materials and weight—how clever), this ‘20s dress will make you the life of the party.

Golden Years

To go with this beautiful dress I chose Hart Larsson’s beautiful July skin with a red lip. This is glam to the nth degree with its cat-eye lined eyes and glossy red lips. Granted, the liner is not very historical but I needed to match the boldness of the print in the dress (and when was SL EVER about being perfectly authentic?) Vintage pumps from Fallingwater Cellardoor complete the look—stilettos would look so wrong with this.

Golden Years

Burning the candles at both ends in Berlin:

Hair: Gertrude – Copper by Rita Groshomme by Curio

Skin: [PXL] July LT CE Red DEB by Hart Larsson for PXL Creations

Dress: *Sonatta Morales*8* GoldRose by Sonatta Morales for * SONATTA MORALES WEIRD COUTURE & CURIO *

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Vintage Strappy Pumps, black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things








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