When the Zebra Meets the Moth

If you look at enough RL catwalks online, you will see a lot of juxtaposition of styles as designers try to create an aesthetic frisson.

When the Zebra Meets the Moth

Applonia Criss has done this with her Spring collection, combining textures and styles to create a set of clothing that reflects tropical and natural themes, from rainforest to water to animals. It’s a great approach Applonia took, deciding to hone to a specific theme in designing her collection. I chose this from the set offered to me because I liked the contrast of the black and white zebra with the shimmering tropical print. The dress has a great system piece striped across the bodice with slit sleeves. The skirt could have been assembled with more care (I found a prim in a very odd spot and it bunches towards the front of the avatar), but I am guessing this was assembled in a manner so as to get the visual achieved on the front.

When the Zebra Meets the Moth

I show the dress with these amazing boots from Krystal Silverweb, suitable for men or women. I top it with a sleek haircut from Fhaya Denimore, both gamine and sexy.

Finally, I feature the new skin from Lorac Farella. Lorac is again testing her new equipment, this time coming out with a skin that is cleaner than her most recent have been. This skin is for the avatar who wants a more painterly look. There is no photosourcing—this is all hand drawn, a wearable piece of art from top to bottom. Set this artistry in motion by wearing it yourself.

When the Zebra Meets the Moth

Written with Thom Yorke’s Eraser playing on KCRW

The more you try to erase me
The more, the more
The more that I appear

Hair: [OH] :::: Oh my life –BL by Fhaya Denimore for Hair Oh

Skin: Pulse Skin-Annie/Makeup No. 3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: CHANTKARE-INMOTHION  ZEBRA MOTH by Applonia Criss for Chantkare *

Boots: *LightStar-Buckled Boots-Black by Krystal Silverweb for LightStar Art Studios

Goddess

My personal title on my sims is “Goddess.” It’s a sort of ironic title because, while I am owner of the sims, I really am working for my residents. I try my best to accommodate them when I can as a sort of benevolent mistress over the lands. (Aw, who am I kidding? They want a restart, I jump to restart.)

Goddess

This set of female silks from the premier maker of male silks, Miro Collas, reminded me why I call myself “Goddess.” The silks come with intricately sculpted prims (including a codpiece that was clearly scaled down from his male version) and flowing silks. What is more magical, however, are the particles that come off the silks—a smoky mist and sparkling stars. The particles can be completely turned off by not wearing them or gently encouraging them to sleep with the included HUD. Or else they can be changed in color, acceleration of movement, and intensity of light. This photo was taking after I put the silks on and did no alterations in size or particles whatsoever. Fit like a charm.

Goddess

I compliment the outfit with the ever-fabulous and angelic hair from Queue Marlowe. One concern about Queue’s hair is the full bright she slaps on some of it. What do you think?

Goddess

The simplest and most basic meaning of the symbol of the Goddess is the acknowledgment of the legitimacy of female power as a beneficent and independent power. ~ Carol P. Christ

Hair: madison bleached by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 3/br) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Silks: Rising SIlks for Her – Mythic by Miro Collas for Animations Rising *

Lothiriel at RFL

Most who have been involved with the RFL agree that the Milan sim is one of the most beautiful of an outstanding group of sims. Reminding people of the grandeur of Italian cities and the beautiful symmetry that lies within, the Milan sim was entirely built by Luna Barak, who as owner of Moonstruck, is also the sponsor of the sim. Let me highlight that sponsorship of a sim means the sponsor pays a pretty hefty fee to occupy the biggest space and to get their name on top. So give Luna some business!

Classic RFL

And let me tell you, you will get your money’s worth if you do. Luna’s day job is a producer of fantasy and RP wear in SL. I am wearing Luna’s offering for benefit of RFL. With its filigreed outer cape and the collaged inner skirt, this dress is a beautiful creation with complex details showing Luna’s amazing skill. She layers pieces on this dress.. as you pull each piece off, you marvel at how she fit it all together, like an amazing 3D puzzle. The bodice is not a system piece as you would guess but an amazingly sculpted front piece with the exquisite vine straps and belt integrated into it. And the colors greet the spring with their glimmering brilliance. It’s just an amazing piece of work all round.

Classic RFL

I styled the gown with one of Tuli Asturias’ great new skins from her Eva line. Every time I don these skins, I gasp at how lovely I look. I have received several compliments. The depth of the eye makeup and plummy tone of the lips on this particular skin compliment the dress wonderfully.

Classic RFL

Lothiriel means “flower garlanded maiden” with loth meaning “blossom” and riel meaning “garlanded maiden.” (from Wikipedia)

Hair: DrLife Hair Dora -Dark Brown by Aria Tisch for DrLife

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/br) 10b by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: !! MOONSTRUCK !! LOTHIRIEL by Luna Barak for Moonstruck available on the Milan sim at the RFL Clothing Fair

Earrings: P.C; Knights Honor Set by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

P.S. Today I celebrate the 7th anniversary of one of the best days of my life (though the pain was extraordinary). Happy Birthday, John! Mom loves you!

Lady of the Manor

What happens when you take the hammer and paintbrush out of a builder’s hands and replace them with a loom and sewing needle? You get something beautiful and magical.

When I was at SLCC, I ran into a lovely lady who goes by the name of Cierra Anatine. Unassuming and gentle, she approached me and introduced herself. With her warm smile, she told me that she built medieval houses in SL, and I made a mental note to check out her work online, but that note slid out of my brain.

Lady of the Manor

Blessedly she recently contacted me on Avatars United. She told me she had started making clothing, and now I am the proud owner of three dresses by this amazing artist. The dress I show here is imbued with the wealth of Cierra’s imagination and talent from its sculpted collar to its beautiful gold boots. Note the regal shoulders from the turned back color, the cleverly textured skirt (one texture inside, the other outside), the delicious variation of proportions between the texture on the sash and the top. Cierra is ready to unleash her talents on the fashion world in SL as she has the building community. We’ll be lucky to have her.

Lady of the Manor

I encourage you to check her buildings, which are at once magnificent and cozy and warm. I visited the Berkshire Manor, and I could smell the bread baking in the ovens when I went through the door. A merry fire crackled in the fireplace, a kitten slid through my ankles, and warmth enveloped me. I peeked in the kitchen and the most amazing loom sat in the corner, waiting for my attention. (I have done weaving in RL-this loom is all that.. really!) A small gardening room with potter’s bench led to a simple but elegant garden. I wandered her sims for a couple hours. Cierra has made a most incredible environment in SL.

Lady of the Manor

Lady of the manor:

Hair: Lykka Black by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

Skin: LAQ ~ Tasha2 – 04 [Nougat] Glow skin (hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Dress with Boots: *K* Venetia Gold Brocade Outfit with Boots (boxed) by Cierra Anatine for *Kismet* *

Ring: P.C; Golden Wings Ring by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Happy Valentine’s Day

This is for my loved ones—my friends. Happy Valentine’s Day, dear ones, when only romantic love plays a featuring role but when we should talk about love in its wholeness. Not just eros but also philia and agape. This is for you, my friends, who make my first and second lives so rich and fulfilling.

Happy Valentine's Day

I show a mixed bag here of a terrific (topless) corset by LeeZu Baxter combined with a blouse from Migi Voom. I have owned this corset from LeeZu a while but have always had the quandary of where to wear it—there just aren’t a lot of places I go where a topless corset is called for. However, this little top from Migi Voom suited it perfectly, and it was a perfect combination.

Happy Valentine's Day

I have been wearing this hair from Queue Marlowe endlessly. Really, it’s getting to be a problem. I wore it to model for RFyre, I wore it earlier this week for a blog, and I wore it with this outfit when I went out dancing at Tiphares with my dear friends last Sunday. It’s my love hair.

Let me put a little plug in here for my nails too, which you can barely see, but which are freakin’ fantastic. Made for modeling poses specifically, these prim nails are worn on size 20 hands and can be clicked to adjust to the 7 different hand gestures that come with poses—relaxed, spread, typing, salute, point, peace, and fist. They fit perfectly every time without adjustment once you click the menu. And click longer and you get a variety of color choices. The natural nails are exquisite. They are highly recommended (and frequently worn since SC always wants nails when I model for him.)

Happy Valentine's Day

Finally, these terrific pumps from Vitamin Chemistry complete the ensemble with their sexy shape and smart buckle. Pretty girls everywhere are going to want these shoes with their fine attention to detail (the great buckle, the dark soles, the well textured shoe, the steel heel tip). Va-voom!

Happy Valentine's Day

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.  ~Stephen King

Hair: baby black by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog

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

Top: *Muism* [Satin Ruffle Top]_Red by Migi Voom for Muism

Corset: * [LeeZu!] Mia Corset Pants – Corset Dress /red by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Metallic* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [Love Soul]

Shoes: Miss V Suede Court Shoes RED/SILVER by Vanilla Chemistry for Vanilla C. Designs

P.S. Photo background made by ME! Thanks, Rob Moonites for the brushes tip ;)