Yankee Doodle Dandy

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

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

Mystique

The feminine mystique I am talking about is not what Betty Friedan wrote about, rather the mystery and inner knowledge some women seem to have.

Mystique

This dress is perfect for a woman like that. Siyu Suen’s new Corvus dress with its “raven” theme comes with a raven’s head and wings, though I opted not to purchase those (as beautiful as they are). I was all about the dress and gloves, their elegant feathers doing something less cute and whispy like many feathers shows in SL and more sharp and rigid like a raven’s wings. The win is in the system bodice with its beautiful feathers slipping up the skin. The outfit comes with two prim skirts: the regular skirt shape is very normal—nothing exciting and rather oversized on my thin avatar. The skirt with the train suits the elegance of the silhouette much more.

Mystique

I show with a beautiful skin from Tuli Asturias, one I don’t get out frequently. Tuli does “dark” better than many, understanding that it doesn’t need to be dark black against pasty white. I wear a wispy romantic updo from Serenity Stransky to soften the look and add the romance it needs.

Mystique

Heart of darkness:

Hair: [!SyDS! Hair] Kyrie – Espresso by Serenite Stransky for !SyDS!

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 3/bl) :: 10b by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: *~*Corvus Formal Gown by Siyu Suen for *~*Illusions*~*

Gloves: *~*Corvus Wrist Cuff by Siyu Suen for *~*Illusions*~*

Necklace and Earrings: (WW by RC) Mama Harper – Black by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: Black Stiletto Slingback Pumps by Saki Galiazzo (no longer available)

For Daisyblue

I logged in tonight to find out that a dear woman who was a vital part of fashion in SL in its earlier days passed away this week. I was so saddened to hear of this. Daisyblue Hefferman was my first contact to the world of fashion blogging. She was one of the fashion bloggers for the now defunct Linden Lifestyles, and she gave a weekly report on fashion happenings in SL. (This was before there were 1000s of bloggers–Linden Lifestyles was the go-to along with Second Style. Her content has, sadly, been removed from the site.) She came to SL as a librarian and contributed much to SL in that capacity, making her friends smile and enjoying SL in many capacities: as builder, fashionista, machinamist, educator, and always, librarian.

This outfit is dedicated to Daisyblue, who loved daisies, blue and Victorian. She also loved the work of Random Calliope and once recounted to me a memory of dancing with him among his flowers, which enchanted her, so I have taken photos at his once-sim, Ode, still beautifully kept by Elizabeth Tinsley.

For Daisyblue

I am showing a lovely Victorian dress from Teaa Demina with ample embellishment and beauty, suitable for a lady of Daisyblue’s magnificence.

For Daisyblue

I show with the new skin from Tuli Asturias. Its lovely bloom speaks to Daisyblue’s essence—truly a flower, a joy to her many friends in SL.

For Daisyblue

My condolences to her many friends, especially Krull Quar.

Hair: [V] Vignette Gibson Blond by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Jade (tone 4/li) :: 04b by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress: M’Lady “Miss Brooke” by Teaa Demina for M’Lady Designs

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

Photographed at Ode

Beautiful Red Dress

“I’ve got a beautiful red dress
And you’d look really good standing beside it..
I’ve got some beautiful new red shoes
and they look so fine
I’ve got a hundred and five fever and it’s high tide…”

~Laurie Anderson, “Beautiful Red Dress”

Today is my birthday, and I greeted with great happiness the news of Laurie Anderson’s new album, Homeland, coming out. As some of you know, I have the above quote from Laurie Anderson in my SL profile (a quote I have carried with me since that song came out in the early 90s). I greatly admire her work and the being she projects, one who is full of life and passion and generosity with smiles and dimples and a short woman’s quiet strength.

Beautiful Red Dress

Of course, it would make utter sense that I would wear a beautiful red dress on my birthday. (And you’d look really good standing beside it.) Today I wear a stunner from Nicky Ree, a long elegant dress that says all of what I hope Harper is: elegant, sexy, sophisticated.

Beautiful Red Dress

I have red hair, this time a sleek bob from boo Nakamura. Red hair is how I started my life in SL (after I eliminated the brown system hair I had made). Harper, regardless of all the different iterations I put myself through, is a redhead, and an unnaturally red redhead (as opposed to a carrot top).

I wear a skin from Tuli Asturias with red lips and the sort of sophisticated face shape I like seeing. The eyebrows are impeccable, the lips, full and beautiful, and the eye shadows are shimmering and arresting.

Finally I wear jewelry that was given to me by Random Calliope on my RL birthday two years ago before he released it for sale. It was the most thoughtful gift I received that year in SL or RL.

Beautiful Red Dress

”Well, push my button, baby
Here I come!”

~Laurie Anderson, “Beautiful Red Dress”

Hair: booN KRC190 hair red by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/bl) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Beautiful Red Dress: *DNR* Fiona Gown Set in Red by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Jewelry: Tesselations – Deep Ruby by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

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

Ruby Red

Sometimes it really is only about the dress.

Ruby Red

The Crazy Arse Hair Hunt took me to Ivey Deschanel’s store, and of course, something caught my eye (as it always does when I walk in there—you’d think I would learn). This pretty party dress, available in a package with a black and purple version for a mere 250L really got my imagination going. I put it on and suddenly I was climbing in taxis and running from one cocktail party to another in my lovely sculpted frock. Ivey’s store would make you believe she is all dark and tough but really, she is a girl like any of us—one who likes pretty dresses and the delightful horizon of an evening on the town laid out before us.

Ruby Red

I paired it up with this pretty skin from Amesha Jewell with it’s deep eyes and pretty lips. I mentioned in a previous blog that a skin she had offered had a seam. She quickly fixed the skin, made a public notice that she would replace the skin to anyone who wanted such a replacement, and kindly replaced mine. I can’t say enough about service and integrity like that. She really is stellar.

Hair is from BlueStarRUI Villota. (You can kind of tell I had a little shopping spree at Love Soul recently because you are seeing a lot from her here. It was a great splurge!)

Ruby Red

Paint the town red!

Hair: [ Love Soul ] Hair*023-A*Mocha by BlueStarRUI Villota for [ Love Soul ]

Skin: : HS : Bliss : Sweetness (nc) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick *

Dress: :::Sn@tch Dancing After::: (red) by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch

Jewelry: Tesselations – Deep Ruby by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Red by LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully for Courtisane *

Poses from Fanny Willis  for *EverGlow* *

Written while listening to “Flamenco Sketches” by Miles Davis.

I have received several notices today from flopsie McArdle concerning her desire to sell the Iron Fist sim. I don’t think I have gushed enough about how wonderful I think her work is, how amazing the Iron Fist sim is, how much her creativity has brought much joy to my SL and probably many others’. That being said, I don’t think this is about drama–flopsie is simply being proactive and selling a grandfathered full sim when she can still get a good price for it. It’s wise business. I would encourage all of my dear readers to go to Iron Fist one more time before it disappears from the grid. Enjoy flopsie’s tremendous creativity and wonderful sense of humor and abundant love for this medium. (And if you’re so moved, make her an offer….)  Iron Fist is one place in SL where art lives.

Spring Stripes

One of the most wonderful fashion fantasies in SL is to have a great big hat. Not just any old hat but one that you could wear to the Kentucky Derby or to some equally fabulous spring fete. While the Derby won’t be held until April, it pays to prepare.

Spring Stripes

Sascha Frangilli will fulfill your fantasy with her beautiful new hats, offered as a match to her beautiful sleek new gown. Varying from her customary textured full gowns, Sascha shows this lean gown with white highlights and an asymmetrical neckline punctuated by a flower with abstract feathers. It’s elegant and minimal.

Spring Stripes

But the stunner of the outfit is really the hat with its fluted wide brim and translucent striped texture. Tilted at an angle, it frames this beautiful face (courtesy of Tricky Boucher) and keeps the sunlight out of a lady’s eyes as she watches the racetrack. I chose a feminine but sleek hair from Rachel Boram and earrings from Random Calliope. With a sleek minimal simplicity to most of the look, the busyness of the flower and the boldness of the hat stand out and seem in proportion.

Spring Stripes

Win, place, show:

Hair: [V] Vignette May Brick by Rachel Boram for Vignette

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 5 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: SAS – Pizarro by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha Designs *

Earrings: Earring – Pearl Stud (L) – White by Random Calliope for Worthwhile

Bracelet: Calla Ivory Pearl Bracelet by Tigerlily Koi for Calla

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

See my writing stint on Trace Osterham’s Twothreesixfive blog

My Blue Blue Heart

Day three, and this is for the lovers who have blonde babes as their Valentines. Blue *always* suits a blonde.. always.

Baby Blues

paeoti Pomeray, commonly known for her luscious lingerie, is also one heck of an evening gown maker. I remember one of my first gowns was a large romantic piece with a huge swirling skirt and fur trim along the top. I felt just glorious wearing it. Now paeoti has found her voice with the sleeker and sexier. The dress I show is one of four colors offered, but the blue really moved me. With the exquisite silver filigree trim, the slim sleek skirt cut up the sides, and the beautifully tiered scarf, this is a gown for a special lady. Not everyone can pull it off. If you want to give this as a gift, purchase it on XStreetSL and send it over.

Baby Blues

I wear my hair up with an elegant design from Elikapeka Tiramisu. Let me digress here and say that blonde textures are never quite as good as black or red in SL. Elikapeka somehow hit on that golden perfection needed for a blonde and variants of it. I know that she has cut back on her business in SL, but I encourage any of you to grab any ETD you can before it poofs altogether. She is STILL one of the best in SL.

My jewelry is from another creator that has gone quiet—Random Calliope. This set reveals the ground-breaking tiny work that Random did so amazingly well. Even today, none can rival how he made jewelry from in-world prims without textures (no.. no PS files were imported to make that work, no sculpties, no machine built them). Random hand laid each piece on a living avatar model for all his creations. Random had a uniquely romantic vision as well. A visit to his sim, Ode, will clue you into the beautiful landscape of his mind.

Baby Blues

A blue heart isn’t always bad:

Hair: ETD Roslin – Blonde by Elikapeka Tiramisu for ETD

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 11 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Dress: Paeoti_Teoni Formal Dress_Blue Grape by paeoti Pomeray for Nymphetamine *

Jewelry: Etiquette Sapphire by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: = Hal*Hina = [A] pumps 02 [dark blue] by Hinano Runo for = Hal*Hina =

Silly love song: “This Sweet Love” by James Yuill

P.S. Thank you to the “Governance of Virtual Worlds” class at Arizona State University for hosting me today in your panel. Getch’all some prim hair, kids!

Santa, Baby

I am running around the grid trying to shop for my loved ones for the holiday. I run into men looking at panels with quizzical looks in their faces (even without emoters), their edit beams going back and forth from one panel to the other, totally confused.

Santa, Baby

Well, Santa, Baby, what ladies want is something to make them feel pretty. And if she’s a lady like me, she wants to feel beautiful, and she wants only the best. And you want her to look sexy. I’ve got your answer!

Santa, Baby

LeeZu Baxter just came out with a set of lingerie that includes her own special touches. The lingerie is super sexy, but it also includes her signature artistic flourishes—this time in the manner of silver filigree slashed across the bodice. But the artistry is also in the myriad other details—the silk stockings wrinkled at the knee, the sheen of the satiny ribbons in the garters (one of them twisted, as if put on in haste), the sexy clips barely holding everything together, and the beautiful hand drawn lace along the bodice, stocking tops and panties. Gentlemen, buy your woman a piece of art!

Santa, Baby

I paired this with one of Lorac’s newest skins, only available at her new store at the Icon sim for a mere 10L. (Ten lindens for Pulse!!) For this small amount, you are getting the latest Lorac artistry from the new warmer Life line with a beautiful green shimmering eyeshadow, red holly lips and a dressy cat-eye liner.

Santa Baby

And finally, some cute little slingbacks I got from London Dailey. These are the kind you can kick off quickly, which one would need to be able to do, wearing this outfit ;)

Santa, Baby

“Been an awful good girl”:

Hair: CBC: Mrs.Mittens – Vampire red by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 4 Warm mThankyou by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins at Icon *

Lingerie: [LeeZu!] Monroe Lingerie /red by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!] *

Necklace: (Caroline’s) Broken Long Strand White Pearl Necklace by Caroline Apollo for Caroline’s

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

Shoes: {Cherry} Bow Slingbacks – cherry red by London Dailey for Cherry

Party Dress

As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to fill out my wardrobe with party dresses and suitable attire. I am not one for the red/green combos or for looking like one of Santa’s elves. I prefer a more sophisticated look.

Party Dress

This dress from Vitabela Dubrovna fit the bill. Based on her real life designs, Vita’s dresses are beautiful, imaginative, and couture. This lovely dress will take me to several parties, both day and night, with its lovely laces and beading on the bodice and full graceful skirt.

Party Dress

I am wearing Random Calliope’s Wish Set with the outfit. It’s very delicate, very ethereal. The glistening and spark of the tiny prims suit the dress perfectly. His is the standard by which all tiny prim work is judged, still. Lorac Farella’s new Life skins in Warm tone are ideal to go with this, adding the elegance I always want.

Party Dress

Finally, we end with shoes, and these shoes are ideal. Silver with diamonds, buckled and stiletto’d, these heels make this dress pretty and perfect. Jada Humby sells a fat pack of these—I would recommend you get the entire set.

Party Dress

Shuffling through my invitations:

Hair: >TRUTH< Grace – burgundy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone5 m4 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: Black Lace by Vitabela Dubrovna for Vita’s Boudoir

Jewelry: (WW by RC) Wish Set by Random Calliope for Worthwhile *

Shoes: Jada Humby Couture Stilettos *Marie Clair* SILVER by Jada Humby for Jada Humby Couture