Ruby Pearl

Ruby Pearl

Well, I’ve got a woman named a-Ruby Pearl
A be-boppin’ baby in a be-boppin’ world
She’s got the rhythm from her head to her feet
She knows at first every brand new beat
Ruby Pearl, hey, hey-hey, Ruby Pearl
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Pearl

~ “Ruby Pearl” by Jackie Lee Cochran

Ruby Pearl

A be-boppin’ girl, our Ruby Pearl, with a great mesh dress from the just-opened Thrift Shop with all the great attributes of a rockabilly look. With a full mesh skirt (underlain with a cleverly-crafted alpha that includes lace at the edge), this dress with big blowsy roses is a lovely look from Blacknesslectra. To go from sweet to more rockabilly, I added a tattoo from Antonia Marat (still the best rockabilly I can find on the grid) and pearls and earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo, that will soon be featured at the Jewelry Fair. Finally, wicked stiletto shoes from Beanster Potato with a texture change HUD  for the little triangle insets allowed me to match my shoes to the look while having that edgy high heeled look that good rockabilly needs.

Ruby Pearl

Of course, the whole look was started because of this fabulous new style from Truth Hawks with the side rolls and long wavy locks. He made the hair in two versions so you get two for one in your box, but I preferred this look, especially with the fabulous skin that Sawsan Secretspy has made for the Unique Varied Event. She includes several lipsticks and eyeshadows and this wickedly great eyeliner with the skin. I wore the cleavage version with this dress because it makes sense. CarrieAnn Lemon’s great plain nail color set from the Thrift Shop completes my look.





Ruby Pearl

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Tulip 2 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aurora Tan Nat CL with .::WoW Skins::: Eyeliner and .::WoW Skins::. Aurora – BabyPink Lips by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Unique Varied Event *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: +MC+Hey Darling!Roses by Blacknesslectra for Macabre, available at Thrift Shop

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Margarita – pastel rose – Necklace and Earrings by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Jewelry Fair (opening September 13) *

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

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

Nail appliers: ! ellemeno ! colored nails by CarrieAnn Lemon for Ellemeno, available at Thrift Shop

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: DN Mesh: Akaline Heels by beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

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

Blue Belle

Blue Belle

“Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all tones… it will always stay blue.” ~ Raoul Dufy

Blue Belle

Fashionart opens tomorrow and GraceHaddington is contributing a few gorgeous pieces, including this amazingly patterned dress and these high heels. While Grace is using template mesh for these pieces, what makes them work are the great patterned textures. I really get tired of solid colors all the time. Grace has a great sense of proportion for her patterns too. Both the dress and the shoes come with texture-change HUDs so you get several choices. (If you go to Fashionart looking for the dress, she shows it in a golden/yellow pattern.)

Blue Belle

What makes my Blue Belle truly belle, of course, is this new gorgeous skin from Umazuma Metaluna with her tintable tattoo lips. Uma’s skins are expressive, unique and almost painterly with a beautiful artistic touch with an elegant façade. Truth Hawks and Maxi Gossamer are participating in Collabor88’s Rockabilly theme this go around with great retro-made-modern looks. The wavy ‘do that Truth has meshed up includes a color change bow that you do not need to wear (it looks just as good without) and comes in several sizes for your varying chest sizes *ahem*. Maxi Gossamer made these darling cat-eye glasses with color change for the wings, the shades and the lenses for a variety of looks.

Blue Belle

“Let the blue sky meet the blue sea and all is blue for a time.” ~ Moncy Barbour

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Thelma by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Valerie – Bare face(toffee) DB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Valerie Lip Intensity 7 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery *

Eyes – darkest blue by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Stuff in Stock *

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[ SPRING14] Headband by GraceHaddington for LivGlam, available at Fashionart *

Glasses: MG – Sunglasses – Monroe Florida 50’s Classic by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Dark Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: [LG] Boutique-[ SPRING14] Fancy by GraceHaddington for LivGlam, available at Fashionart *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

My Brand New Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

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

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

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.



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

~ Radiohead, “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.


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.


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*