Good Day Sunshine

http://Good Day Sunshine

It’s a sunny morning here in RL… What a wonderful change after days and days of rain! One more thing I love about SL is that rain or shine in RL (or whatever else nature throws my way except for loss of power!), I can always find whatever weather suits my chosen clothes as opposed to having to dress to fit the weather!  This casual sexy little set cried out for bright sunshine; perfect after going out to a cafe for, yes, another coffee!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento), updated to v3.05
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Java (worn in Maple)
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Eyes: Slightly Skewed – Omega Mesh Head Appliers in Break Green Tea (Marketplace Only)
  • Tattoo: Madame Noir – Secret One (no idea where this came from or how to get it lol)
  • Nails: Encore – Glittery Purples
  • Hair: eXxEsS – Gin
  • Outfit:  S&B Fashion – Strap Bralette with Frills & Shorts (10-color HUD)
  • Shoes: Chic & Shoes – Monna Sandals (40 texture HUD with mix & match)
  • Jewelry:  Indulge Temptation (IT!) – Khloe Necklace, Old Lamp Earrings, Femkant BraceletChop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Reve Obscura – Perspective Bento Pose (sunglasses included)
  • Location: Mystic Timbers Photo

P.S. I Love You

http://P.S. I Love You

Maybe it’s a holdover from when I was growing up, but I’m just crazy for fringe: fringed boots, fringed bags, and as in this case, fringed jackets. Paired with a more modern style open-side legging, a v-neck floral patterned cropped top, and studded stiletto ankle boots (all of which are included), it’s a very retro-hippie look, especially when topped with this love-child hair style right out of the ’60s.  And even though the jacket/top doesn’t come in Tonic (the pants do), the Maitreya size fit perfectly with just a teeny tap on the alpha hud… easy enough in order to get this fabulous fringe!  And as long as we’re talking retro, what’s more retro than a love letter — written on paper!!! — with those never-forgotten Beatles lyrics — P.S. I Love You…

The Torch Singer

http://The Torch Singer

I always feel like the star of the show when I get all dressed up in an Allure gown. Maybe it’s the style, maybe it’s the fit, maybe it’s the textures, maybe it’s all that and more. When it comes right down to it, the reason why doesn’t really matter; I just know that I always look great and feel great, whether standing on the side lines, dancing with my guy, or caught in the spotlight.  Personally, I haven’t found ANY other gowns that offer this quality for my Tonic curves without resorting to Omega… and it doesn’t hurt that they always come with matching shoes lol!  This sexy cut-away style in this pose just evoked thoughts of an old-style torch singer, about to sing one of my all-time favorites, At Last. (Please note: although the Mia Gown obviously enhances my Tonic curves, I DID need to tap on the Tonic alpha hud for the belly; your individual shape may not need that, but just in case, know that it was a super-easy fix.)

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento), updated to v3.05
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Java (worn in Maple browless/freckles)
  • Hair: TRUTH – Tinsley
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Eyes: IKON – Hope Eyes in Emerald
  • Makeup: LAQ – Glitter Eyeshadow and Black Lipsticks (worn on Layer 2 for blend)
  • Tattoo: Carol G. – Breast Black Rose
  • Nails: ZOZ – Sassy Polish
  • Gown with Shoes: Allure Couture – Mia Gown in Blue with Mia Slink Heels (for Tonic, eBody, Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Maitreya, Physique, TMP, Venus & Fitmesh)
  • Lingerie (not seen in image)Tonic – Corazon Thong (16-color HUD w/ 3 sheer levels)
  • Jewelry: Moondance Boutique – Chelle Necklace, Bracelet, & Solitaire Pearl Drop Cluster EarringsChop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Location: Beauty’s Edge Lounge

Fashion, The Musical

http://Listening to the music of my heart

One of my earliest memories of Second Life is the music. I was lucky enough to be introduced to live music my very first week here so many years ago.  In both my lives (RL and SL), when things are going well, the music is there to celebrate… and when it’s not, well, the music is there to help me through.

It may sound a bit crazy, but to me, putting together a look and then capturing a scene is a kind of music all its own.  Every item needs to harmonize with the others, creating a unified look while maintaining its own fashion note.  And sometimes, if you’re really lucky, the music creates a memory all its own.

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: Tonic – Elaine Bento Mesh Head
  • Shape:  Laine Sinful Curves (modified), from Bentoutta Shape
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Java, worn in Maple browless/freckles (May Group Gift)
  • Tattoo: Juna – Ruth (Omega), available at May eBento
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Makeup: LIVIA – Faith Tinted Lipstick
  • Hair: eXxEsS – Xiola
  • Top: Tonic – Belle Fleur Blouse; 16 beautiful floral prints with 4 sheer options, available for 50% off at the May Fitmesh Plaza & 50% Discount Event
  • Shorts: MOZ Designs – “Sass” Shabby Chic Shorts, available in 10 individual patterns, 2 Fat Packs, and one Super Pack
  • Lingerie: Tonic – Margarite Bra & Panty Set, 6 mix-and-match pastels with 4 sheer options
  • Nails: Cazimi – Kimono (Subscriber Gift)
  • Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer – Tarentella Gypsy Dancer Bracelet & Earrings; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: FoxCity – Soulfood 6, available at the Blush Event
  • Headphones:  eXxEsS – Cat Ears Headphones
  • Location: My home at GlenXi Estates

The morning after

http://The morning after

Some weeks are really a struggle; sometimes, it’s the weekends that burn us out. Either way, the morning after can definitely be a time when it’s just too much effort to do much more than throw on some comfy clothes, grab another cup of coffee, and hang around the house… even here on the grid. So to help make that next morning even easier, I put together a look that’s the epitome of a lazy morning at home before re-energizing for what lies ahead (while still looking cute lol)… coffee anyone?

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento), updated to v3.05
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Maureen (worn in Almond)
  • Tattoo: TattooMania – T-19 (appears to be an extinct vendor)
  • Nails: LIVIA – Adore Me Nails
  • Hair: TRUTH – Jacica with Cap (VIP April Gift)
  • Top: MOZ Designs – Arden Top (available in 17 different colors/patterns/fabrics as well as 3 Fat Packs — casual, satin, and seersucker — and a Super Pack)
  • Pants:  MOZ Designs – Laced Capris (available in 4 rib knits with leather trim, 2 all leather options, as well as a Rib Knit Fat Pack, a Leather Fat Pack, and an all-inclusive Super Pack)
  • Shoes: KC Couture – Ginko Flats
  • Jewelry: RealEvil Industries – Avva Set (Necklace, Bracelet & Earrings)Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: //elephante poses// – Sweetest Devotion #7 Gacha (includes coffee cup prop)

A whole new world of fashion

http://One last check before my debut

You might notice something a bit different about my blog page: I have two new sponsors! I’ve loved (and have been blogging about) Allure for a long time; now it’s happily official. What’s a bit unexpected is that I’m now also a blogger for the amazing Fitmesh Plaza & 50% Discount Event. This means I’ll be sporting LOTS of new designers (as well as some long-standing faves), all with items at a substantial limited-time discount!

I’m so excited, for my debut post, I decided the look should be celebratory.  What could be better than this beautifully made, sexy little party dress from LC Fashion… the way the texture gleams in the light, it just screams “satin”.  And since the fabric is sheer throughout the midriff, the details of the pattern really shine. But the dress is just half the story; the other half is this amazingly stunning skin from  7 Deadly S[k]ins, which just makes me feel, well, amazing.  I feel like I’m ready to take on the world!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento), updated to v3.04
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Serika (worn in Oak); dark and light skin tone fatpacks (6 tones each) and the Serika shape available at 50% off at the May Fitmesh Plaza & 50% Discount Event
  • Eyes: Anatomy – Vie Eyes, Green (mesh & Omega applier); available at the Blush Event (Events & Marketplace Only)
  • Tattoo: Juna – Branches of Flowers (Omega)
  • Makeup: DS’Elles – Eyeshadow Series 9 for Omega
  • Hair: EMO-tions – Jaily
  • Dress: LC Fashion – Rainee Laced Dress (in Tonic, Maitreya, Slink, & Belleza Isis & Freya sizes); fatpack with 11-color HUD available for 50% off at the May Fitmesh Plaza & 50% Discount Event
  • Lingerie (not seen in image)Tonic – Corazon Thong (HUD); the straps on this thong are so thin, they don’t show through the sheer fabric!
  • Shoes: KC Couture – Talea Heels
  • Nails: Encore – Glittery Purples
  • Jewelry: Beloved Jewelry – Baroque Necklace & Earrings Set (Texture Change) Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Imitation – Alegra 4 (Marketplace & Events Only)
  • Location: Luane’s World

Undeniably cute and incredibly sexy

http://Undeniably cute

Nothing says cute like a fluffy puppy, and that’s exactly why I paired one with this absolutely adorable — and incredibly sexy — denim outfit from Grafittiwear. The open vest is revealing without crossing that sometimes tricky line between sexy and trashy; the shorts really live up to their name, showing quite a bit more than a hint of cheek while still holding that line (if just barely lol). Sold separately, the vest comes with a HUD of 18 patterns while the shorts come in 18 solid colors to mix ‘n match with the vest or other tops.  Add this awesome hair from Little Bones (a new designer for me:  you pick both the main color AND a secondary color!), finish it off with Moz Designs’ sweet Western boots, and the whole look is adorably sexy… or sexily adorable… 😉

Purrfectly Alluring

http://Purrfectly Alluring

First, to give you fair warning, I’m in a rather punny mood. And not to be catty about it (I warned you, didn’t I?), but IMHO not every designer in Second Life can create both phenomenal formal and casual wear AND be extremely Tonic-friendly in the process. (FYI, I’m now defining Tonic-friendly as offering multiple selections in a Tonic size; one or two outfits won’t cut it.)  Allure is one of the few labels I’ve found where  I not only love the majority of styles, but a great many of them come in a Tonic size, always fit incredibly well (no twiddling with the alpha HUD) and boast the most amazing textures and attention to detail. When I wear Allure, I always feel sexy without looking trashy (which has its place, yes, but very very rarely for me personally).

This casual outfit is a perfect example… the little “flap” top offers a hint of breast (well, a very good hint) in a crochet texture with added edging for detail; the jeans are at that perfect hip-hugging  height where they flaunt my Tonic curves without being so low there’s an overabundance of skin that kills the idea of “outfit,” and carry fabulous detail both on the pockets and down the leg. Makes me absolutely purr with delight!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: Tonic – Elaine Bento Mesh Head
  • Shape:  Laine Sinful Curves (modified), from Bentoutta Shape
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Maureen
  • Freckles:  Izzie’s – Beauty Mole & Cheek Freckles; Izzie’s – Freckles & Moles Mesh Layer; DS’Elles – Freckle Omega (HEAD); DS’Elles – Freckle Body
  • Makeup: DS’Elles – Eyeshadow Series 6 for Omega
  • Eyes: Anatomy – Vie Eyes, Green (mesh & Omega applier); available at the Blush Event (Events & Marketplace Only)
  • Hair: MINA – Kimmy (NOTE: This style can’t be worn with applier eyebrows due to alpha conflicts with the bangs; it’s why I’m not wearing my normal brows)
  • Tattoo: SHANA (Marketplace Only) – Sati White (Omega)
  • Outfit: Allure Couture – Tori Pink Crochet Top & Grey Jeans (also comes in Violet/Black; Blue/Blue; B&W/Black; Green/Black; Aqua/Grey; Brown/Brown)
  • Shoes: KC Couture – Sevilla Wedges
  • Nails: Encore – Shades of Pink Nail Appliers
  • Jewelry:  Maxi Gossamer – Parisienne Love Heart Necklace & Earrings; Indulge Temptation (IT!) – Heart on Sleeve Bracelet; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: IRWA – Single Female 82 with Cats (Events & Marketplace Only)

Experiencing Tonic-friendly, more and more

http://I need a short break

I’d originally seen this outfit from Pink Cherry at the last Designer Circle, but due to my vacation, I’m buried under somewhat of a backlog in my blogging. Just to make sure it was still available (and to see the other color options), I visited the mainstore — what a pleasant surprise to see a big Tonic logo on their door! Now THAT’S a Tonic-friendly store! I will note, however, that it must be a relatively new friendship since I could find only a few outfits currently available in Tonic, including this flirty little midriff-baring number that absolutely makes the most of my Tonic curves! Most body “types” should find at least a few outfits to test their budgets. I will also note that I’m definitely finding Tonic in more and more stores, a trend that I’m hoping will continue to grow!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento), updated to v3.04
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Maureen (worn in Almond)
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Eyes: [alia] – Omega Mesh Eye appliers in Green; appears to be same store as Slightly Skewed, Marketplace Only
  • Tattoo: Juna – Diana (Omega)
  • Hair: MINA – Iris
  • Outfit: Pink Cherry – Bandage Top & Ruffled Skirt in Snake/Blue Jeans (also available in Leopard/Blue Jeans and Zebra/Grey Jeans
  • Lingerie (not seen in image): MOZ Designs – Thong Panty
  • Shoes: Rebel Hope Designs – Spring Fling Mesh Wedges
  • Nails: ZOZ – Jungle Day Polish
  • Jewelry: Meva – Poetry Jewel Set Silver (Earrings, Collar, Bangle)Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Location: Glanduin

A toast to new possibilities

http://New possibilities

One thing I find fascinating about blogging is the inspiration behind each picture. Sometimes, it’s the outfit; sometimes, it’s something I see when exploring a new sim; and sometimes — as in this case — it’s a pose.

As readers of this blog already know, I’ve been moving inworld from my long-time home in one family of sims to a whole new estate group. As in real life, moving provides new possibilities, but it’s still a pain to first pack up and then sort things out to where they should now belong. This pose captured my current Second Life so perfectly, I knew I had to build a shot around it. To dress the part, I chose the MOZ sweats to handle the physical aspects of moving (in a virtual sense of course), a high braid to keep my hair out of the way while working, flat sneakers for carrying boxes, no makeup and minimal jewelry.  The result: a perfect moment to capture this time in our SL lives! Definitely deserves a little champagne to celebrate!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento), updated to v3.04
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Maureen (worn in Almond)
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Eyes: [alia] – Omega Mesh Eye appliers in Green; appears to be same store as Slightly Skewed, Marketplace Only
  • Hair: MINA – Jennifer
  • Tattoo: Juna – Diana (Omega)
  • Outfit: MOZ Designs – “Darci” Zip Sports Top with “Gabbi” Zip Capri Leggings; NEW RELEASE , sold separately in 6 individual colors and an all-colors fatpack; also sold in a Super Pack with all colors for both the top and the capris
  • Shoes: Reign – Arianna Sneakers (Holiday gift)
  • Nails: .kosmetik – Classic Nails Nude
  • Jewelry: Fortuna – Earrings Asteria (small), Marketplace onlyChop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Ardent Poses – New Beginnings (includes packing boxes, champagne glasses & champagne bottle)