Black Kitty, Gold Fish, Red Head

http://Black Kitty, Gold Fish, and Red Head

There are so many parts to putting together a blog, which you already know because I’ve talked about how much I love putting them all together. Discovering the detail in an outfit like this from Sweet E’s is a pure joy — the sheer sections have a wonderful “netted” texture, and while they’re large enough to be quite sexy, they don’t cross over to become what I would consider trashy; on the solid pieces, the pattern is beautiful and rich, ESPECIALLY on the boots, where the lacing and the grommets took my breath away they’re so realistic (as are the zippers!); the chain link “straps” connecting the top and the bottom are extremely well done… all in all, just really well-pleased with all the textures and shading. Found the perfect jewelry, hair, skin… And then I go to do the shoot in a fabulous new sim like Kekeland-Bardeco, only to get knocked out of position while standing out of the way shooting in a doorway — wearing a pretty large modeling light I’ve built btw which simply can’t be missed — by other avi’s not once, but twice, and one of them kept running into me repeatedly.  AND NO APOLOGIES!  NOT ONE! I mean, seriously???  I’m a New Yorker and we have a reputation for supposedly being rude, and I would at least say “excuse me” if I banged into someone, let alone someone doing a photo shoot.  Well, that’s my rant for the week (ok, at least for the day lol)… 😉

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento), available exclusively at Uber
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Perla, worn in Cashew, Browless
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup: 7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Tattoo: Chameleon – Lalit in Henna
  • Nails: Encore – Shades of Purple Nail Appliers
  • Hair: Argrace – Kohaku
  • Outfit:  Sweet E’s – Mauve Wonda Outfit w/ Boots (also available in Teal Print), sized for Tonic, Freya, Isis, Venus, Hourglass, Physique, Maitreya, TMP & Classic Avatars; both versions promo priced at 99L (normally 229L) at the September FitMesh Plaza & Event 
  • Lingerie:  Tonic – Corazon Thong (16 color HUD in three levels of sheer)
  • Jewelry: Indulge Temptation (IT!) – Samsara Set (Earrings & Necklace; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Le Poppycock – Fragments of Yesterday
  • Location: Kekeland-Bardeco

A Twisted Snow White?

http://A Twisted Snow White?

One of the many things that I love about MOZ Designs is that there is ALWAYS something new coming out. The latest creation off the non-stop drawing board are these snug-fitting, beautifully constructed, comfy-looking, eternally stylish rolled-cuff jeans. They inspired me to piece together this thoroughly relaxed curly-gal look with another beautifully detailed  MOZ piece, the Ana Crochet Top, which yes, I wear over a bra but you can choose to go more natural if that’s your style.  And boy, do I need to relax and just hang out here at home with the gang a bit (kind of a twisted Snow White thing going on, don’t you think?), checking through all my messages and demos I’ve picked up from all the September events and shows… Not sure I’ll ever catch up, but at least with MOZ, I know I’ll look good trying!!! 😉

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento), available exclusively at Uber
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Junia, worn in Cashew, Browless
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Tattoo: Juna – Fahari
  • Hair: Analog Dog – V, Dark Reds
  • Top: MOZ Designs – “Ana” Crochet Top, sized for Tonic, Freya, Isis, eBody, Eve, Maitreya, Slink Original & Hourglass; available in 6 individual colors, 2 Fatpacks, and one Superpack
  • Pants: MOZ Designs – Roll Cuff Jeans, sized for Tonic, Freya, Isis, eBody, Maitreya, & Slink Original & Hourglass; available in 6 individual denims and one denim fatpack; NEW!
  • Lingerie:  Tonic – Corazon Bra (16 color HUD in three levels of sheer)
  • Shoes:  Ghee – SS18 Rickrack Wedges, (16 color HUD plus 3 metal options)
  • Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer – Tarentella Gypsy Earrings & Bracelet; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Infiniti – Flirt, 3; available at Au Lovely
  • Prop: StoraxTree – Birdhouse A13 (includes Squirrel)
  • Location: My home at GlenXi Estates

La Belle Soirée

http://La Belle Soiree

The minute I opened this box, I gasped. And once I put it on, I felt transported. I just couldn’t believe the detail… it looked like Rene had sat there painstakingly hand-sewing every bead to the bodice. It embodies elegance, but has enough transparency to the bodice to add a definite layer of sexuality.  This dress just needs the minimum touches of jewelry (my earrings didn’t photograph well, but they’re just simple pearl drops) and not too overpowering an updo.  And since it’s designed to be shape-hugging, when you slip it on over my Tonic curves, well, oooh la la… where else could I wear it but Paris? Special thanks here to  Zander Reeves, who helped me make my vision come true since I simply could not find the Paris I envisioned here on the grid, and was kind enough to edit it in for me after first trying to build it, and then bouncing around the grid with me a bit and sitting through my shoot.  On a side note, Champagne is just the first color of the fabulous Aria dress…  and it is EXCLUSIVELY available at the FitMesh Plaza & Event, it’s NOT at the main store. Other colors are to come, though personally, I don’t think any can possibly compare to this amazingly beautiful tone…

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento), available exclusively at Uber
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Junia, worn in Cashew, Browless
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup: LAQ– Smokey Eyes Applier7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Hair: D!va – Tessa in Garnet
  • Gown: Allure Couture – Aria Mermaid Dress in Champagne includes matching  Heels; in sizes for Tonic, Physique, Hourglass, Maitreya, TMP, Freya, Isis, Venus, Ebody, & Standard; EXCLUSIVELY at the September FitMesh Plaza & Event 
  • Jewelry: Cailyn Miller – Pearl Twist Earrings (long-gone designer); Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose:  GingerFish Poses – Moonlight and Martinis, #6
  • Location: Evans Country Club & Resort, with Paris edited in by Zander Reeves

The last summer evening

http://The last summer evening

Even if that hint of fall has not quite yet hit the air, it certainly has hit the calendar. I was actually stuck behind my first school bus yesterday lol! But I do love when the evenings get cool, and the jackets come out, and sometimes a little snuggling is necessary just to stay warm. And although summer is definitely hanging on, the new crop of fall clothes is definitely appearing both in the real world and here in Second Life. I just couldn’t resist either this one-buttoned open denim shirt with its stand-up little collar or these hip-hugging patterned denims (a whole bunch of different patterns, this is the only light one) that came through my “inbox”… sexy, but relaxed, perfect for the in-between change of seasons. At least here on the grid I don’t have to worry about getting my boxes down and moving my wardrobe all around! There’s always room for more!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento), available exclusively at Uber
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Fionne, worn in Cashew, Browless
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Tattoo: SHANA (Marketplace Only) – Sati Black (Omega)
  • Nails:  ZOZ – Bold Soft Polish
  • Hair: Navy & Copper – Latte (Gingers Hud)
  • Top: Dreams – Cati Shirt Denim w/ 14 Texture HUD; sized for Tonic, Ebody, Isis, Freya, Venus, Maitreya, Ocacin, Hourglass, Physique, & Standard Avatars; Marketplace Only
  • Pants:  ArisArisB&W – Alus61, Adoration Jeans w/ 20 texture HUD; sized for Tonic, TMP, Freya, Isis, Venus, Ebody, Maitreya, Hourglass & Physique
  • Shoes: Reign – Cery Wedges (with multi-option HUD not just for colors, but to make the bands solid or sheer lace)
  • Jewelry: Earthstones – Arron Set, Malachite; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Le Poppycock – Feminine Weapon
  • Location: Mythical Serenity Photography Sim

Blowin’ in the Wind

http://Blowin' in the Wind

How many times have I thought “yes, this is it!”, the head I’ve waited for, the best skirt, the best hair designer, the best this, the best that. The answer is countless, and I’m sure it will continue to be so in the future. Because yes, I have once again, broken several promises to myself. I have (a) bought another head… and yes, once again, I feel that THIS IS THE ONE! I adored Sandy, but Athena takes my look two steps further, with eyes that are more slanted and lips that are fuller, both of which were on my wish list.  And although I promised myself to cut back on hair, there’s an amazing sale at Argrace, with every single hair on sale for 100L per color from Sept 1-10, so yes, I (b) splurged on quite a few photographic styles like this one.  As for my outfit, when it’s MOZ mix ‘n’ match, I always wonder how I’ve never put it together before quite like this, because how could I have missed out on this look!?! The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind… 😉

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Athena (Bento), available exclusively at Uber
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Merci, worn in Maple, Browless
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Tattoo: SHANA (Marketplace Only) – Asha Brown (Omega)
  • Nails: Hello Dave – FabFree Autumn Skies
  • Hair: Argrace – Haruka (pre-renovation sale from Sept 1-10, with all hair priced at 100L per color, 380L per fatpack)
  • Top: MOZ Designs – Crop Camisole, sized for Tonic, Freya, Isis, eBody, Maitreya, Slink Original & Hourglass; available in 6 individual colors/patterns, 3 Fatpacks, and one Superpack
  • Skirt: MOZ Designs – “Moira” Belted Skirt in Brown Floral Denim, sized for Tonic, Freya, Isis, eBody, Eve, Maitreya, & Slink Hourglass; on sale for 50% OFF at the September FitMesh Plaza & 50% Discount Event 
  • Shoes: Reign – Spring Tassel Wedges (with multi-option HUD)
  • Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer – Katerina Necklace & Earrings; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: PO^Z – Gloria
  • Location: Mystic Timbers Photo

Daydreaming

http://Daydreaming

According to the calendar, the lazy hazy days of summer are ending… fall is on its way. Though where I live, it seems no one bothered to inform Mother Nature… it’s been brutally hot and humid. It’s nice to find whatever respite is available, some little corner of beauty for a private escape, where you can just let your mind drift along, carried away by the breeze, the music… before you know it, one thing leads to another, and you find yourself daydreaming your cares away. Where better than in a beautiful sim, on the banks of the Thames River, the wind in the trees, the swans in the water… wearing this kick-ass new outfit from Moz, with the slightly sheer skirt (just enough to see the bodysuit in the right light!) ruffling in the breeze… sighs… just a short break, and then back to work…

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Sandy (Bento)
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Merci, worn in Almond, Browless
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Tattoo: Juna – Ines
  • Nails: Go Frock Yourself – Bronze Omega Nail Appliers
  • Hair: TRUTH – Daphne, available exclusively at Uber
  • Outfit: MOZ Designs – “Vanessa” Bodysuit & Skirt, BRAND NEW; available in 9 colorways of 1 solid bodysuit + 3 skirts, and 1 superpak of all colors (I’m wearing the black bodysuit with a cayenne skirt)
  •  Shoes: Reign – Lottie Wedges (with multi-option HUD), Fatpack available at COLLABOR88
  • Jewelry: RealEvil Industries – LUX Nia Earrings & Necklace (multi-option HUD); Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Location: Soul2SoulRiver – Thames River Valley

Miles from nowhere

http://Miles from Nowhere

People have lots of misconceptions about bloggers, maybe because we’re all so different from each other in so many ways. For example, someone I don’t know (and who didn’t know I was a blogger) commented extensively in group chat at a crowded event that they hated bloggers because “they only blog what they get for free,” blah blah blah.  Well, although that might be true for some bloggers, it really got under my skin. Yes, if you’re sponsored, you get free items from your sponsors to blog; that’s your job. And you can see right there in the blog who sponsors a blogger (I have four sponsors, you can see their logos). But there’s so much more to putting together a look than just putting on a piece of clothing, and speaking only for myself, I often do posts that don’t feature a single sponsored (aka free) item (which is why I’m always cruising sales and events). This particular post is a perfect example. I saw an outfit that I thought would be killer on my curvy body, bought it, and created what you see here where the only sponsored item is the lingerie (and it does happen to be my go-to lingerie for those very short SL styles). And let me tell you, putting together a look is not just a few minutes work… it can take hours and hours and hours, not to mention lots of lindens to achieve a result you’re happy to put your name on. You don’t blog because it’s easy or “for the free stuff.” You blog because you love it. Otherwise, it’s a chore.

Well, enough ranting for today.  I can’t of course, promise anything for tomorrow lol.  As for you Ms. Anonymous AntiBlogger, you know what you can do with your misinformed little opinion.  And as for me, “I have my freedom, I can make my own rules…” 😉

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Sandy (Bento)
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Java, worn in Maple, Freckled Browless 
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Tattoo: Chameleon – “Rati” Black
  • Nails: Weaponized Sugar – Intergalactic Nails
  • Hair: Exile – Muse, was available at the Vanity Event, should now be at the main store (multi-style HUD gives 3 totally different looks!)
  • Top & Skirt: AlmaMiranda – Worn Denim Urban Wear, w/ Sunglasses (also includes boots); 9-color HUD, gold/silver sunglasses; sizes for Tonic, Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Maitreya, Venus & Phsyique; MarketPlace Only 
  • Lingerie (barely visible):  Tonic – Corazon Thong (16 color HUD in three levels of sheer)
  • Jewelry: RealEvil Industries – Areah Necklace, Earrings & Bracelet (multi-option HUD); Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Shoes: KC Couture – Merel Plateau (multi-option HUD)
  • Pose: PO^Z – Babe 4
  • Location: Mother Road-Mirage Motell 66

Hands on the wheel

http://Hands on the wheel

Well, real life has continued to be a mixed bag, but hey, that’s life, right?  When my iTunes served up this Willie Nelson song, it just really hit home.. “At a time when the world seems to be spinnin’ hopelessly out of control, there’s deceivers, and believers, and old in-betweeners, that seem to have no place to go, Well, it’s the same old song, it’s right and it’s wrong and living is just something that I do…”  Sometimes, being behind the wheel, on a winding road, the wind in my hair, my tunes on the radio, it just feels that everything’s that much better and it will all be okay in the end.

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Sandy (Bento)
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Merci, worn in Maple, Browless 
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Makeup:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – JUICY Omega Lipsticks for LAQ
  • Tattoo: SHANA (Marketplace Only) – Asha White (Omega)
  • Nails: Encore – Glittery Purple Nail Appliers
  • Hair: MINA – Carol, available at Collabor88
  • Top & Skirt: Gaall – Ella Skirt & Top, HUD has 15 solids + 5 patterns, mix ‘n’ match; sizes for Tonic, eBody, Belleza, Maitreya, & Slink (note, top sizes for Tonic Fine & Curvy are reversed)
  • Jewelry: Earthstones – Inlaid Harmony Necklace & Earrings, Purple/Mystic; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Shoes (not visible in shot): Reign – Livi Wedges V2 (with multi-option HUD)
  • Location: Mystic Timbers Photo

My perfect color!

http://My perfect color

Wow, is there a better color for a redhead than this? especially in this rich satin fabric? and at 50% off? I don’t think that “Wow” even begins to cover it! I even love the name… Cayenne! Wish I’d thought of it… Cayenne Laval would have had quite the spicy little ring to it, don’t you think? Wait, you’re not a redhead? You don’t like satin? Well, can’t say I understand your choices, but both the crop top and the thong — which has the most amazing back btw — come in plenty of other colors and fabrics… but no discounts ;-)…

Oh, one small note about this beautiful skin I’m in… I blogged this back on the 1st (see it here) in a dark tone with the included brows, using the Junia shape and the head it was designed for (Neve); now I’m wearing it in a light browless tone as part of my “normal” look with my unique shape, Sandy head and reddish LAQ brows… to me, the beauty of 7 skins is that they’re beautiful however you use them. Which is why I basically wear them all the time (though I constantly change both skin and tone)…

Red, red wine

http://Red, red wine

You know how sometimes I write how easily things fall into place? Well, this definitely wasn’t one of those times. Sometimes it’s exactly the opposite, and every single thing is a struggle. Unfortunately, that’s how it’s been the last few days since I got back from my vacation.

First off, I’m sick. Somehow, nothing seems worse than a summer cold. The sun is shining, and everyone is running around with summer activities, and here I am snuffling and sneezing and coughing and blowing my nose nonstop, and basically just feeling lousy. Second, I found the perfect hair demo in my inventory, and couldn’t figure out where I picked it up ANYWHERE. No response from the designer. On top of that, my computer is acting up… nothing specific, just sluggish, freezing more than usual, hanging on FlickR, crashing during SL transport a few times. After a really bad crash like that last night, I reverted… my hair, nails, feet, tattoo, etc. were all back the way they were the day before… not much fun for a fashionista. And then tonight, I finally get myself into the perfect camera angle with what I think is the perfect windlight and boom… not only do I crash, but Windows decides it needs to do an update… and then it has trouble restarting… for more than an hour.  Just what I have the patience to deal with when I’m not feeling well. Grrrrrrrr….. takes a deep breath… well, I managed to stay calm, and personally, I think the results show Sierra off to full advantage one last time while she’s still on her 50% off introduction at the MBA Fair, though I never was able to get quite that same perfect camera angle again… 🙁

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: Tonic – Sierra (Bento) available exclusively at the MBA Fair August 1-21 at HALF OFF during the fair; then she moves to the store full price
  • Eyes: Avi-Glam – Lucent Eyes, Emerald
  • Hair: Tameless – Candy
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Fionne, worn in Cashew (browless)
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Tattoo: Chameleon – Lalit
  • Nails: Encore – Shades of Blue Nail Appliers
  • Outfit: Cremosas Store – 133 Skirt & Top (12 color HUD for both the top & the skirt, can change the color of the top fringe separately); LOVE the detail on this one, it even looks amazing from the back!
  • Jewelry: LUMINESSE  – Kosazana Pacifica Gold Earrings & Necklace, at the August Swank Event
  • Pose: :LW: Poses – World Inside with Red Wine prop
  • Location: Mythical Serenity