Eastern Romance

Eastern Romance

The moon tries every month in vain
To paint a picture of your face;
And, having failed to catch its grace,
Destroys the work, and starts again.

~ Dharmakirti

Eastern Romance

The RFL Home & Garden Expo is opening on February 14, a perfect day to do double duty in the love department. First, you can go shopping with your sweetie to update your home or buy a new one and second, you can give love to the millions of lives the American Cancer Society helps save with their research, education and outreach.

I am giving you a Bollywood version of romance because I want to remind you that the ACS doesn’t just help people in the US, but also people around the world in conjunction with their many affiliate organizations, Remember, cancer doesn’t know a nationality, so research and education developed via ACS can help anyone. And besides, I love romance and Bollywood romances are the best!

I realize it’s rather incongrous that two people in Indian outfits (most of them supplied by Zaara Kohime, who is, as we all know, the chief devi of Indian wear in SL) should be standing in front of a Japanese temple but in this case it makes complete sense as the temple is one of the items that Ryo Ixxel and Ouka Ugajin are offering with 100% of the proceeds going to RFL. It’s a magnificent structure and a beautiful addition to the sims, which are all named “Hope” and were planned and constructed by Kaerri Rae, Cain Maven and Reven Rosca, who are the generous and frazzled organizers of this year’s RFL H&G.

Eastern Romance

Mr. Karthikeyan Engineer is my willing but handsome victim in these “wedding” photos. (A miracle because he’s usually outfitted as a panda.) He made the garland you see both of us wearing, which includes a texture change for different parts of the garland in the fatpack. The garland is a traditional item for the bride and groom in Indian weddings. He is also contributing two other items that will give 100% to RFL–a treasure chest and a dallawali cart (which I hope to somehow feature in another blog because it’s so cool). Karthikeyan is, as you might guess, in India and loves teaching about his culture and life in Southern India.

Besides wearing Zaara’s beautiful clothing and jewelry, I piled on the beauty, which is how an Indian bride is presented to her husband traditionally. Since many Hindu Indian marriages are arranged, the bride arrives bedecked and bejeweled so that the couple’s tour around the fire three times for their wedding ceremony allows the groom to see her sparkle and shine before they enter into their new life together. I was able to combine a darker skin from one of Umazuma Metaluna’s appliers for the Catwa Annie head with an exotic liner from Demi Placebo. Henna mehendi on my arms and hands is traditional makeup and Leti Hax has made a perfect applier that doesn’t go all over the body. My romantic poses are part of a wedding set from Olaenka Chesnokov that I slightly altered with Avimote Posemaker.

Eastern Romance

Hair: AD – top shelf – DARK BROWNS by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, avialable at Hairology *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Annie V4.5 by Catwa Clip for CATWA

Skin applier: [theSkinnery] Sienna (Catwa Applier) mocca by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery] *

Makeup: .euphoric ~Nefertiti Eyeliner ~[Catwa] by demi Placebo for .euphoric

Eyes: .ID. Attraction Eyes / Mesh by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Outfit: Zaara : [Mesh] Chandni lehenga *scarlet* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

Garland: MI Garland Female by Karthikeyan Engineer for Mesh India, available at RFL Home & Garden Expo (opens February 14) *

Henna tattoo: Letis Tattoo :: Mehndi :: H15005 :: by Leti Hax for Letis

Jewelry by Zaara Kohime for Zaara

  • ZC : Nizam bajubandh (arm band) *white*
  • ZC : Nizam Choodiya (bangles) gold *white
  • ZC : Nizam Jhumka (earring) *white*
  • ZC : Nizam necklace (long) *white* (chest)
  • ZC : Suvarna kundan head jewel 2
  • ZC : Suvarna kundan necklace
  • ZC : Suvarna kundan nose ring
  • ZC : Suvarna payal (anklet)

Shoes: Zaara : Janya jeweled sandals *crimson* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo Studio *

Taken with the [[RH]] GOJYUNOTOU -Japanese Temple Tower-  (exclusive) by Ryo Ixxel and Ouka Ugajin for  [[RH]] Design House, available at RFL Home & Garden Expo (opens February 14) *

Poses assisted by Avimote PoseMaker PE 1.02 by Avimote Dreamscape for Avimote *

Taken using the LUMIPro 2016 HUD by Stefan Buscaylet *

Model: Karthikeyan Engineer

Taken at the RFL Home & Garden Expo

Eastern Romance

Lucille

Lucille

Lucille has messed my mind up
But I still love her
Oh, I still love her

~ “Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up” by Frank Zappa

Lucille

Lucille has messed my mind up, so I threw some stuff together for this look because it just all kind of looked funky. I started with Tatyana Ultsch’s look for the Mesh Body Addicts, a fit-to-the body tube dress that does indeed fit and comes with a HUD with a ton of colors. (I admit I wish she had added some textures.) Then I dug out Inex Hax’ fur sleeves from Shiny Shabby that can add a bit of funk to any outfit, transforming it to something completely different, especially with the texture-change HUD for the fur portion of the sleeves. I added Senzati0n Domenitzo’s thigh high, lace-up boots (so sexy from the back) from Seasons Story and Mea Carnell’s hybrid scarf necklace for On9. To add one more element, I pulled out Zaara Kohime’s feathered ear cuffs, adding that last bit of almost over-the-top drama.

Lucille

Boo Nakamura has made this fabulous bun for Hairology that does NOT need a hairbase so you are not left struggling to find a matching hairbase, and Boo is not tasked with creating a ton of different appliers for mesh heads. That’s why I could wear it with the Catwa Annie Mesh Head and use JourdanMcMillan’s skin applier from Shiny Shabby to create this look. I love the lips on this skin and she includes some terrific shadow choices for separate application.

Lucille

Hair: booN Lab.004 hair by boo Nakamura for booN, available at Hairology *

Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Annie V4.5 by Catwa Clip for CATWA

Skin applier: Bold & Beauty :: Marie (Catwa Applier) – Canelle. HUD by JourdanMcMillan for Bold & Beauty, available at Shiny Shabby *

Eyes: .ID. Attraction Eyes by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard, available at The Men’s Dept

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: :::i::: TubeDress – LARA by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at Mesh Body Addicts *

Sleeves: PEQE – Fur Sleeves by Inex Hax for PEQE, available at Shiny Shabby *

Necklace: Meva Flower Scarf Necklace Black by Mea Carnell for Meva, available at On9 *

Earrings: Zaara : Aletta ear wings *earth* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara, available at Collabor88 *

Boots: Essenz – Montana (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at the Season’s Story *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Taken using the LUMIPro 2016 HUD by Stefan Buscaylet *

Taken at Frisland

Lucille

The Ocean Refuses No River

The Ocean Refuses No River

Sink into your eyes and all I see
Love is an ocean
And you for me

Sink into your eyes
Your eyes
Are all I see
Your love is an ocean

An ocean refuses no river
Ever so lonely
An ocean refuses no river

Waiting for the time when we can be alone together
Alone together
Eternally

The ocean, the ocean
Refuses no river

The ocean, your ocean
Refuses no river

~ “Ever So Lonely/Eyes/Ocean” by Sheila Chandra

The Ocean Refuses No River

A beautiful cosmic song of love and I have a gorgeous look to go with it. First I start with this luxurious silk look from LeEnfantTerrible, a silk robe over a very short tunic that is labeled a “dress,” but goodness knows it’s a short dress. I absolutely loved the textures she shows on these pieces, which come 2-for-1 at Chapter Four, so you get two gorgeous looks. The colors are vibrant, the style is sexy without being crass, and the feel is pure luxury.

I accessorized with a jewelry set Caelen Hancroft is featuring at 100 Block when it opens on April 9. All exclusive items at 100 Block are marked down 20% or more so you will be able to pick up this pretty mesh set, which includes a HUD for texture change on three different parts of the metal and the beads. Zaara Kohime has come out with gorgeously-textured ethnic bags, also made in mesh and done with her special touch of color. Available in a variety of colors, the bags can add spice to any look. Finally, Poulet Koenkamp is featuring these space age sandals at The Instruments with three different sets of color-change HUDs to give you a variety of looks.

The Ocean Refuses No River

Nicole Button has been going through her inventory of skins and upgrading them with new features, a full set of appliers (and I mean full set), brow varieties, several cleavage choices, and just a whole lot of goodness. I added her gloss to the lips on the pretty lips for this skin. I am wearing the darling hair from MissAllSunday Lemon from the Xiasumi School Fair, an anime-inspired cut with tendrils around the face. I love these bright blue eyes from Soleil Reid. Usually I am not for bright eyes, but these make the look with this gorgeous dress.

The Ocean Refuses No River

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Maiko Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/, available at Xiasumi School Festival *

Skin: Egozy.Hyolee (Golden).SOFT with Egozy.Hyolee.LipsGloss.(Add)(Golden) by Nicole Button for Egozy *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Aqua by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: .Enfant Terrible. Kia Dress Cyan by leenfantterrible for .Enfant Terrible, available at Chapter Four *

Jewelry: Cae :: :Lumiere :: Necklace and Earrings by Caelan Hancroft for Cae, available at 100 Block (opening April 9) *

Handbag: Zaara : Potli sling bag *orange* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [LB MehndiOmbreGold] *Slink* Manicure and Pedicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High V2.1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: :: PM :: Aretha Heels – Brights Pack by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations, available at The Instruments *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys

The Ocean Refuses No River

First Taste

First Taste

Give me the first taste
Let it begin
Heaven cannot wait forever
Darling, just start the chase
I’ll let you win
But you must
Make the endeavour

~ “The First Taste” by Fiona Apple

Cayenne

This sexy song from Fiona Apple suits this sexy look I put together with various elements, all adding up to a spicy hot mix. Start with the sexy top from Shai Delacroix that includes materials so you have a sexy shiny slinky look. I paired it with the awesome sarouel pants from Kit Pizzicato. I don’t normally like harem pants—they really could be so bad and often are, especially in SL, but these are expertly textured and come with a nice HUD that allows several choices with the belt colors and buckle (including having no belt at all). I was very impressed. I ran to Leslie Warwick’s and get these great sandals, which are made to be worn with Slink or Belleza feet.

Cayenne

I used Sawsan Secretspy’s applier for the Belleza Venus body. I love being able to put it on as her skins are uniquely tinted. My biggest disappointment is that her appliers do not cover the hands and feet. I understand the Venus body feet and hands are not “standard” but many skin makers have managed to get the hands and feet. It’s not having to mess around with the separate hands and feet that is the reason I like wearing the Belleza Venus. Having to wear it and then don separate feet and hands defeats that purpose. I realize it’s a time expenditure to redo the hands and feet and if not enough people purchase the applier, it’s not worth doing it. However, I hope Sawsan sees to fixing this because her skins are amazing.

Sexy hair flowing all over is Mina Nakamura’s newest for Fameshed. It topped this look perfectly, especially when I put on jewelry from Zaara Kohime. And let me tell you about Santana Lumiere’s nail polishes and makeup. Santana is Old School SL—she was making stuff before you knew what bling was—and she has snuck back on to the grid with an amazing set of nails and makeups. I bought up her store at her recent sale and omg, she has BELLEZA nail appliers too. The textures of her nails are incredible and everything is priced ridiculously inexpensively. I highly recommend you hit her store if you like the details of nail polish and lipsticks and shadows.

Cayenne

Hair: MINA Hair – Elisa (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Monica Golden 04 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – dark brown by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 *SlinkFit H&F by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Skin applier: .::WoW Skins::. Belleza Venus Body appliers by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Top: *Shai* Women’s Jumpsuit Top by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai *

Pants: *chronokit* Long Sarouel Pants khaki by kit Pizzicato for *chronokit* , available at Creation JP

Necklace: Zaara : Banjara silver hasli necklace by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Bangles: Zaara : Banjara kada bracelets *regular* and Zaara : Banjara kada bracelets *stacked* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

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

Nail appliers: [LB MehndiOmbreGold] *Slink* Manicure and Pedicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: [L.Warwick] Validation -Platform Wedges- Orange (SLINK) by Lindsey Warwick for Livalle

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Cayenne