Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

Once upon a time there was a pretty little wind-up doll. She found herself under the Christmas Tree after St. Nick had left her there by accident. She was all dressed up and ready to be played with by a good little girl or boy but she wasn’t even certain if she was left at a house with children.

Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

She was so disappointed. She was wearing the most delightful dress from Beaunciea Silvercloud, a wonderful creation of mixed curlicues and lace puffery with a funky striped bodice. Her striped hat had a merry band of glittering black and red and she was sporting a key that turned and played music. (Really—it plays music!) She had darling little boots from Cerberus Noel that included big bows and color change for the contrast color (that the elf back at the North Pole had set to black to match the colors of the dress).

Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

Her hair from Kavar Cleanslate was combed and colored just right, with bangs to frame her face. And her face! Oh she was so proud of her lovely face—she was wearing aida Ewing’s newest skin, Linn, with its luscious red lips and gorgeous eye makeup. She thought her porcelain skin suited her delicacy and loved how fresh and new it looked. Fresh and clean and untouched.. untouched by some kid’s grubby hands. She thought about it for a moment and burrowed under the gifts, hoping no child lived in this house—just a lady who could put her on a shelf and admire her.

Hidden Under the Christmas Tree

A little child has a beautiful doll. The child loves the doll, but then wants to break the doll to see what’s inside. We are the same. ~ Monica Bellucci

Hair: ::Exile:: Kai:Roots-Sin by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Glam Affair- Linn MedTan – BL 07 with -Glam Affair – Linn Eyebrows- MedTan 05 by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair- *

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

Dress (with hat): Kenzie by Beaunciea Silvercloud for simply beau *

Boots: *GF* Short Ribbon Boots “Anna”[for Viewer2] -red- by Cerberus Noel for G Field

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression

Make New Friends…

 Make New Friends

So this is what happens when some upstart blogger IMs you and gets all sweet and nice and funny. She lets you steal witty things from her profile. She dishes with you about her partner. Then, she sneaks up and asks to take your photo because of a blogger challenge. She asks you to look like yourself (whatever that is anymore, I am not sure). And then she takes your photo and you look like a billion bucks (see below).

Harper & Rainey

Rainey Manx, authoress of No Rainey Days, IM’d me and flattered me with her request to take my photo to answer Harlow Heslop’s question about what blogger inspires her. I was thrilled because Rainey’s work is incredible—she puts beauty into every piece she does (and I am incredibly envious because my PS and art skills stink). I was putty in her hands.

Make New Friends

Did we intend to dress to match? Nope. But that’s how similar we are in aesthetic–it all seemed to work. I can only talk about what I threw on; Rainey’s babeitude speaks for itself (and she has more at her blog). I started with a minidress and scarf from Trill Zapatero, who tempted me with several things at her store. I love the funky look of her things, their casual sexy hippy dippy coolness. All proceeds from sales at her store go to help Afghan women, so it appeals to my charitable side as well.

Make New Friends

My hair is my namesake from my someday partner Queue Marlowe (whenever Callie dumps me). Queue made the hair and then I sent a photo of RL Harper and we agreed—it matches. My skin, like Rainey’s, comes from Nena Janus’ beautiful mind.

Most importantly, our eyes come from a man we both hold dear to our heart—Ikon Innovia. I would like to think I am the reason they are together but I am guessing it’s more because of his devastating charm and her incredible wit and spirit. It seems Ikon lucked out. So did I in making a new friend :)

Make New Friends

… but keep the old. One is silver and the other’s gold.

On Rainey:

Hair: Magika – Luna Roots Edition by Sabina Gully for Magika

Skin: League – Sia by Nena Janus for *League* *

Eyes: Fashism – Custom by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Sweater & Tank Top: Sn@tch – Church Sweater & Butch Tank Sheer by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Jeans: L.inc – Tyra Jeans by CK Winx for Luck Inc *

Belt: Coco – Calf Leather by cocoro Lemon for *COCO*

Necklace: Dark Mouse -  I’ve Lost My Way by Mouse Mimistrobell for Dark Mouse*

Bracelet: Sigma – Siren by Sofi Trenkins for ~SIGMA~Jewels

Pose: !Bang – Promises by Triest Minuet for Bang Poses

 

On Harper:

Hair: AD – harper brown sugar by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: *League* Amber Br Sunkiss -Smoky- by Nena Janus for *League* *

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

Top: BoHo HoBo minidress (tealquarks) by Trill Zapatero for BoHo Hobo

Jeans: Maitreya Skinny Jeans by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Scarf: BoHo HoBo skinny scarf (blue) by Trill Zapatero for BoHo Hobo

Ring: ::je suis::Gacha::tente::sky::ring by Julia Merosi for je suis

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Blue Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs *

Dreaming of a Mojito

One of my favorite drinks is the mojito. I really got hooked on them when I went to Tampa for SLCC and sat at the bar with Lauren Weyland and Eshi Otawara and several others, enjoy the great drinks. Yum!

Calypso

So this beautifully done dress from Tammany Goodliffe makes me think of a fruity refreshing mojito (though it’s less lime than orange). With its great tropical print and excellent construction (that’s a sculpty skirt there but you would hardly even think about it the way it is fitted to the avatar and the way it moves), it’s an antidote to “spring-is-too-damn-long-coming.” Tammany’s work is perfection from top to bottom.

Calypso

I wore it to match the ethereal skin Gala Phoenix has recently released—May. Gala has combined photoreal features with artistically rendered elements to create a more mature, more refined skin for her customers. The lips are absolutely luscious this time—not overdone or oversized and her eyebrows are perfection.

I wear the set with one of AvaGardner Kungler’s beautiful jewelry sets. Ava makes jewelry go beyond the representative to the artistic in SL. I can really imagine these beads as an intricate couture piece for both the necklace and ring. This is part of a series she is completing based on nature; the next series will be about the ocean. I can’t wait!

Calypso

Finally, my shoes are a warm weather showstopper from Sissy Pessoa. Available at the Shoe Fair, they have all the earmarks of a chic summertime shoe—straps lacing up the foot, a sexy, more casual wedge, and golden python, which seems to be Sissy’s specialty. These would be perfect at a club or bar ocean side, where mojitos can be leisurely sipped.

Calypso

“When life gives you limes, make a mojito!”

Hair: [e] Follow – Blonde 07 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Skin: :GP: Petal [Light] May-Blackbird 2 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: salt. calypson batik by Tammany Goodliffe for salt.

Necklace and Ring: (Kunglers Extra) Aroeira – necklace golden and ring – golden by Avagardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Shoes:Baiastice_Maxine wedge-gold pyton by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Stone Rollin’

Fat lady shakin’, backbone breakin’ (come on)
(This girl of mine)
Everything she’s got is movin and hot (come on)
(This girl of mine)…

You don’t call her fat but that girl is stacked
(she’s got my mind)
Everything is wide–she walk with much pride
(she’s got my mind)

There was no way to prepare
Nothing I could see
All I saw was a woman
Walking up to me

~ Stone Rollin’ by Raphael Saadiq

Stone Rollin

There’s a song I have been hearing on KCRW for a few months that finally got released so I can link to it. I have wanted to blog this song for a long time because this is the woman I know a lot of us are, and I know a lot of men love.

I have dressed myself up in a dangerously short dress (to show those great legs) from Monica Outlander. A fuller woman can pull this look off quite well—she has the assets to make a dress like this look hot. Kalnin’s shows, with their versatile HUD, which includes colorways for skin, nails, and the shoes themselves and a full menu for resizing makes this look easy to finish.

Stone Rollin

My shape is from Xme Xue, who produces beautiful sexy full-figured avatars for women who want to be more than stick thin. What’s brilliant is that Hart Larsson’s newest skin, Gaia, fits perfectly over this sexy shape. I wore his skin in V2.6 so I could pile on the layers—hairbase, eyes, and lips—to make this sexy and sultry look. Wild curly hair from DBS Heart completes me.

Stone Rollin

I say, Booty Woman, you turn me loose.
I need to go home, I can’t stand your moves.
You see your high heels are killin’ me
It’s like your bad ass thighs are shakin’ me. (oh yeah)

Hair: ::DBS::Strength-Ebony by DBS Heart for Bishwear

Skin: [PXL] GAIA SK SE DEB C2 with [PXL] GAIA SK Hair (Tattoo), [PXL] GAIA SK Lilla Eyes (Tattoo) and [PXL] GAIA SK Cyclamen Lips (Tattoo)by Hart Larsson for [PXL], available at the Skin and Shape Expo *

Shape: ZANA – Lush AAS – 2011 by Xme Xue for Ample Avi, available at the Skin and Shape Expo *

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

Dress: Miamai_WildThing Minidress_ Extrablue by Monica Outlander for Miamai *

Ribbon: =DeLa*= Ribbon “Keira” by Kuranosuke Kamachi for *=DeLa*=

Shoes: Kalnins Shoes – Prima from Kalnins

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Photo’d in Second Life V2.6.3 (227447)

Distractions

I love the song “Distractions” by Zero 7. The sound of it makes me think of a big white modern house on a beach, waves crashing outside, light bouncing off the tiles of the uncluttered floor.

Distractions

This is the woman who would live there—elegant, expensively clothed. Her top, from Nena Janus, is a silk piece that softly drapes over her soft spa-maintained skin, and tied casually at the waist. Her capris from LeeZu Baxter look like an evolution of Lilly Pulitzer with their baroque pattern and ruffled hem. Stylish and practical little pumps from Elie Spot reveal her rich tastes.

Distractions

She has a subtle tan (but not over the top—this is not Jersey Shore) and well shaped brows courtesy of Inka Mexicola. Her sheer lipstick came from a glossy black tube she purchased from Mocksoup Graves. Her necklace, seemingly simple, is a nice piece she bought from Rob1977 Moonites. It reminds her of a Lalique heart she has  on a silk cord that she got in Paris.

Distractions

I love you, I love you, I love you, I do
I only make jokes to distract myself
From the truth, from the truth.

Hair: booN HTU132 hair chestnut by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: :: ESSENCES :: Katy *no make-up by Inka Mexicola for :: ESSENCES ::

Makeup: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Cherry Wine Lipstain  (Lipcolor only) by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K Cosmetics

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

Top: *League* Siara Blouse –Cream by Nena Janus for *League*

Pants: [LeeZu!] Yve Pants/vintage ornament by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Necklace: *FIR & MNA* The Heart Necklace [F] by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR & MNA* *

Shoes: {mon tissu} Montsegur Pumps ~ Camel by Elie Spot for {mon tissu}

Poetry

April is National Poetry Month in the US. Apropos of nothing, I wanted to share a poem from one of my favorite American poets, Billy Collins:

Sonnet

All we need is fourteen lines, well, thirteen now,
and after this one just a dozen
to launch a little ship on love’s storm-tossed seas,
then only ten more left like rows of beans.
How easily it goes unless you get Elizabethan
and insist the iambic bongos must be played
and rhymes positioned at the ends of lines,
one for every station of the cross.
But hang on here wile we make the turn
into the final six where all will be resolved,
where longing and heartache will find an end,
where Laura will tell Petrarch to put down his pen,
take off those crazy medieval tights,
blow out the lights, and come at last to bed.

~ from Sailing Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins

Poetry

I considered putting on crazy medieval tights but forewent that option to show this look that has nothing to do with the poem, a cute little pinky purple ensemble. My top is an inexpensive find from Miffyhoi Rosca, who offered this as part of an outfit at the TFG Discount Shop. I really dig the asymmetrical shape.

Poetry

The theme of this visual poem, however, is the shape and skin. I am wearing a shape from Freedom Parx, part of a new series she is selling that looks to break the old clichés of SL. She doesn’t aim for “beautiful” as much as interesting, though I find this shape pretty cute. I will remark that I did tweak the mouth corners a bit—Freedom shows the shape with a frowny face, which is something I really dislike. It’s great because the shapes are offered mod—that’s the only mod I wanted to make to this shape.

Lion Jonesford has recently come out with a new line of skins and they overlay this shape perfectly, especially in light of their Asian flavor. She offers them in a series of more pastel make-up tones for the most part, which I find lovely. The pinks and purples offset the pale complexion (which is a great color) perfectly. She also has a series of more radical make-ups (would you expect any less from Lion?).

Poetry

“The mind can be trained to relieve itself on paper.” ~  Billy Collins

Hair: >TRUTH< Emily – crow by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: AYUMI 18-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins

Shape: Freestyle Shapes – Jia Li by Freedom Parx for Freestyle Shapes *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant Light (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Lashes: pearled eyelashes by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions

Top: =Zenith=Pink  Akali by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at the TFG Discount Shop

Shorts: (Milk Motion) My leather shorts by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion

Socks: *KUROTSUBAKI* socks_romantic_purple by sato Yifu for KUROTSUBAKI

Boots: [LeeZu] BeachBum Boots /violet by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu] *

Mouse in the House

“When the mouse laughs at the cat there is a hole nearby.” ~ Nigerian Proverb

Mouse in the House

I know I dissed elf ears the other day and now I am wearing mouse ears, but honestly? They are cute. This was all about building a look around these ears from Jenova Saeed and hair from Chiaki Xue. It seems Chiaki is taking a fun approach to creation and teaming up with several different Japanese designers to make different looks. I love the results. The ears twitch and have orbiting spirals around them (which are not easily seen in this photo—it’s subtle) and they come in several colors.

Mouse in the House

I just recently got this skirt, part of a dress set from dirty Adored’s new Themeory offering, and the skirt was so ideal for this look, especially over these stockings from Nena Janus that were a rez day present. I found this top from Vasha Martinek and colored it a bright red to match and donned a great rockabilly tattoo from Antonia Marat. My shoes were a Marketplace find from Ann Otoole because they had that exaggerated style I wanted. I had to hack them to get the invisiprims hidden—Firestorm makes a mess of those. Give us V2 options, designers!

My skin was a recently rez day purchase from Belleza. I love the red lips Tricky Boucher made. Finally, new black eyes from Ikon Innovia. You all wanted different colors but *I* wanted my black eyes. It makes my mouse girl perfect.

Mouse in the House

Woman or mouse? Squeak up! ;)

Hair with ears: *+JENOVA’s+* & **Dura**(Hair)(Black) with *+JENOVA’s+*&**DURA** :White Ear by Chiaki Xue and JENOVA Saeed for Dura and Jenova *

Skin: -Belleza- Melissa Med 13 (cleavage) with -Belleza- Melissa Med Lip 3 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-

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

Top: +DV8+ Danse Crop (S-layer) – Silver by Vasha Martinek for +DV8+ (modified to make bright red)

Skirt: Bottle Bird Themeory Jive Skirt red by dirty Adored for Bottle Bird *

Stockings: *League* Side-Gartered Stockings -White -Black Garter by Nena Janus for League

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

Shoes: Juicylicious Platform High Heels 8 Colors by Ann Otoole for Unique Needs

Faith, Hope and Charity

In today’s blog, I am showing a dress that benefits relief efforts in Japan. This particular effort is something I can really get behind for several reasons. Mami Jewell has donated all the income from two beautiful dresses, this being one of them, to relief efforts in Japan via the Japanese Red Cross. Because it’s from Mami Jewell, it has all the marks of integrity and open-hearted giving.

Love, Hope and Charity

Let’s set aside for the moment the pure beauty of this dress, the artistry needed to create it, the incredible use of alpha textures without clash, the beautiful sculpted roses. Let’s forget it has been made by one of the best eveningwear creators in SL as well. Why do I encourage my readers to purchase this particular gown on behalf of the Japanese Red Cross? Several reasons:

1. Mami Jewell has employed painstakingly transparent methods for documenting the transfer of funds from the sale of this gown and another at her store via her website including the costs associated with it. With each transfer, she documents the funds going through a separate avatar, shows the cost of converting Lindens to Japanese yen via Linden Lab, and shows each transaction as it’s sent to the Japanese Red cross.

2. Mami Jewell is helping people in her own country, Japan. The business of doing something to help her fellow countrymen through her own work is something that makes sense. It’s not an attempt to help people “over there,” with an unwitting misunderstanding of who “those people” are. (In other words, it’s not a panda bear being sold on behalf of people whose connection to panda bears is as tenuous as say, Haitians’ association with them.) This is her attempt, as a Japanese citizen, to use her skills and talents to solicit money to help her fellow citizens, not to do something “cool” to show she “cares.”

3. Of any relief organization in the world, the Japanese Red Cross is probably the most prepared to utilize the funds in a manner that is appropriate because they have infrastructure for its use in the nation (which few other relief organizations would have in a country that has the third largest economy in the world).

4. While I can not read Japanese, I do not believe that Mami is earmarking these funds either, so they will not be forced into being used for recovery efforts for this specific event. Earmarking funds can be a huge problem because the funds are then designated for a specific purpose and a specific event in a specific place. That money may end up being wasted on useless things just to use it up. If the money is not earmarked, the Japanese Red Cross can use the money in Japan for this event OR they can use it other places where it’s needed. Additionally, they can bank it for future disasters, which Japan may well have as attested by the recent aftershocks off the coast.

5. Mami has proved in the past she is incredibly generous for many charities in SL–for other disaster relief efforts and for the RFL. She has proven her sincere desire to offer her skills and marketing to assist good works of charity, even if it means managing it herself, so this is quite in line with her past generosity. Additionally, her business has a high profile and is successful enough that she can support this enterprise.

Love, Hope and Charity

I should not diminish the other beautiful elements of this look. First this exquisite new skin from sachi Vixen has just been released and really needs to be worn. Sachi has revamped parts of the body and added an otherworldly makeup to the face. Then we have this newer hair from Truth Hawks that gives “wind blown” new meaning. Finally, Ikon Innovia’s dreamy mint eyes, a new offering from him.

Love, Hope and Charity

And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13, American King James Bible

Hair: >TRUTH< Kaelyn – pearl by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Adam n Eve Skins – Astrelle Natural – Peacock by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Mint (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM*

Dress: -AZUL- Esperanca/Egretta (Help Japan Item) by Mami Jewell for Azul *