Sneak Preview: Sierra

http://Sneak Preview - Sierra

There’s nothing more exciting than when a new bento head enters the marketplace, and Sierra will definitely stir up a buzz! Tonic’s second bento head offers her own unique look.  Yes, I’ve modified her shape a bit, but other than that, this is Sierra right out of the box! Her big eyes may seem innocent but she comes “fully loaded”, with skin in 10 tones (both with and without freckles) and multiple brow color options, eyes in 7 colors (or yes, you can wear your own if you prefer), 5 different styles of eyelashes, lipstick (7 colors), eyeshadow (7 colors), even two styles of blush.  And that’s just the start, because the HUD ALSO provides 12 animations, an eye-positioner that can hold the eyes in position even when the HUD is closed (phenomenal for taking pix!), 14 static expressions, and more.  You’ll also get a fully modifiable starter head shape and eyebrow shape.  But you can’t get Sierra yet… you’ll have to wait till her debut at the MBA Fair on August 1st where she’ll be 50% off till the fair closes on the 21st, then return to the main store at it’s normal price. .

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: Tonic – Sierra (Bento), PREVIEW; will be available exclusively at the MBA Fair August 1-21; includes skin (Tone 6 shown, with freckles), eyes, blush, lipstick 
  • Hair: Argrace – Kagura
  • Tattoo: SHANA (Marketplace Only) – Asha Black (Omega)
  • Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer– Parisienne Love Heart Earrings
  • Pose: K&S – Lana Poses, #5 (includes phone)

The Accidental Blogger

http://Bookworm

This is one of those totally unplanned, accidental blog posts. There I was, just wandering the aisles at the new Swank event, when I came upon a very inviting set. I chose to accept the invitation and try out the comfy-looking cuddle boat for a quick recharge.  Since I’m a total bookworm, who never ever leaves the house without a book (and I do mean a REAL book, not an e-book), I was immediately taken by the first singles anim, because this IS me in real life… finding a comfy little spot, pulling out my book, and taking a reading break, no matter where I am. The rest is how an accidental blog happens… you take a snapshot just to see, you turn on the shadows, start playing with windlight, and all of a sudden you have a pic you want to share.  I’m lucky that I happen to be wearing a great mix-n-match outfit, several items of which are group gifts… proving that not everything I wear is brand-new, and that many of the items I blog are things that I actually wear!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Sandy (Bento), NEW, still exclusively available 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: Juna – Ruth (Omega)
  • Hair: eXxEsS – Avela
  • Top:  [WellMade] – Patricia Top with a 30-color HUD (can change color for the top and laces separately)
  • Shorts: MOZ Designs – “Geri” High Waist Shorts, available in 10 individual colors/patterns and 3 Fat Packs; worn in Blue Stripe, available as a past Group 50/50 buy
  • Shoes:  Faboo – Havana Heeled Wedges (Group Gift)
  • Jewelry:  Earthstones – Triple Tear Earrings & Necklace, Turquoise (VIP Group Gift); Indulge Temptation (IT!) –Femkant Bracelet; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Prop:  Outside the Box! – OTB! Sail Away Cuddle Boat (available in PG and Adult)
  • Location: July Swank Event, Tropical Island Heat

Happy Hour

http://Happy Hour

I’m one of those people who love Etymology, the origin of words.  I find it fascinating how words and phrases make it into our daily lexicon.  For instance, did you ever wonder where the term “Happy Hour” came from? It sprang from the mind of some marketing guru, and spread like wildfire throughout our society.  It’s one of those terms that really grates when you think about it… who wants to be happy for just an hour? and is happiness really based on discounted food and drink? Or, as I believe, are there different levels of happiness, and happiness itself is a transient state?  Well, enough philosophizing… all I know is that this flirty little dress in this beautiful silk pattern feels like a summer breeze and always makes me happy, even more so when my partner commented on date night how exceptionally pretty it was on me.  Not to mention, it’s Happy Hour somewhere on the grid and in RL… so let’s start getting happy!

Beachin’ it!

http://Beachin' it

I’m heading off to the beach today in RL, and all I can say is that it takes an awful lot more work than on the grid.  Inworld there’s no driving, no traffic, no lotions, no red flags… all it takes for a perfect time at the beach is a sensational bikini, sunglasses, some kind of floatie, flip flops, and a hat… then a quick TP to find my perfect spot in the sun!  Sighs… if only it was this easy in RL… and if only I looked this good!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Sandy (Bento), NEW, exclusively available at Uber 
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Merci, worn in Almond
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Hair: TRUTH – Gwen, new VIP Gift
  • Tattoo: Juna – Zhoe, NEW at White Nights @ The Avenue 
  • Outfit:   Sweet E’s – Pink Bikini with Wrap (HUD includes a print & a solid option for all 3 items), now available for 50% OFF at the July Fitmesh Plaza & 50% Discount Event
  •  Shoes: ZK – Summer Flip Flops with 11-color/2-metal HUD, Cosmopolitan 6th Anniversary Gift (thru 7/14)
  • Sunglasses: Mulloy – Josa Glasses (HUD with 16 frame options + 4 lens choices)
  • Jewelry:  Aurealis Jewelry – Haro Earrings, Rose Gold, Cosmopolitan 6th Anniversary Gift (thru 7/14)Rebel Hope Designs – Starfish Beach Anklet; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Amitie – Summer Hat, pose 4 (hat included)
  • Prop: Sorumin – Summer Gacha Swimming Ring
  • Location: Baja Tides

Ready for my close-up

http://Ready for my close-up

Sometimes I wonder if the ability to continually change our look makes us happier in Second Life or adds new pressure to keep updating and be better.  I know that I’m not fully satisfied… even though I THINK I have finally achieved my initial goal of going to a mesh head — my original look, only better! But still I know that there will continue to be tweaks and new heads along the way; certainly as the technology continues to change, I will evolve right along with it.  But at this point in time, Sandy is definitely my new every day head (and no, I’m not taking bets on how long it will last).  And unlike my pre-mesh days, I DO change skins constantly, depending on the look I’m trying to achieve.  My skin of the day — Bali — is a beauty that really shows off the glorious details of the head (I used the Bali brows; all I did was add freckles) — and she’s available for half-off at the FitMesh Plaza Event.

Going for a ride

http://Going for a Ride

This is one of those outfits that I wanted the moment I saw it, and was just thrilled that it not only came in Tonic sizes but was from a designer whose sizes always fit like they should! The lo-cut, off-shoulder blouse has a wonderful finishing edge, and just looks like it would be incredibly soft to the touch. The cute little shorts are hi-cut in the rear, and unzipped in the front to not only make room for that post-partying bloat, but also to show a glorious inside fabric that matches the teeny thong. And of course there’s a HUD for everything, so you can pick the color/pattern combination you prefer (and let me say, it was NOT an easy choice).

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Sandy (Bento), NEW, exclusively available at Uber
  • Eyes: IKON – Hope Eyes in Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Merci, worn in Almond, available at the June Designer Circle event
  • Brows:  LAQ – Brows 1
  • Hair: Argrace – Yura
  • Tattoo: SHANA (Marketplace Only) – Asha Black (Omega)
  • Outfit:  Grafittiwear – NEW! Open Shorts (with thong panties) & Off-Shoulder Blouse, available in 3 different color-packs, each with 8 options; sold separately; sized for Tonic, Maitreya, Freya, Isis, Venus, Hourglass & Physique
  • Jewelry: RealEvil Industries – Avva Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet; Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: {NANTRA} – Beep Beep, Pose 3
  • Location: My home at GlenXi Estates

Firework

http://I'm a firework! Happy 4th of July!

So I wasn’t going to blog today because it’s a holiday and I figured few people are online. But then I realized that I’M online for at least a few hours, so maybe others are too. The result:  a SPECIAL JULY 4TH EDITION.

And what could I possibly blog other than a “patriotic” outfit. So here’s my take on the red-white-and-blue SL-style! There’s nothing subtle about this outfit, in ANY respect — strapless, lo-cut in front; wayyyy short in back (ass cheeks hanging out on full display here), side leg zippers pulled wayyyy up on the side (finding panties that worked was for me a necessity but quite the challenge!), and an in-your-face American flag pattern. I, of course, took it even further with some older items buried in my inventory  — July 4th shoes, firecracker earrings, and a tattoo of stars. I’m a firework going to shoot across the sky! Happy 4th of July (and Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends out there as well)!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Sandy (Bento), NEW, exclusively available at Uber
  • Eyes: IKON – Hope Eyes in Emerald
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Merci, worn in Almond, available at the June Designer Circle event
  • Hair: TRUTH – Halona
  • Tattoo: CyberStar BodyArt – Be A Cyberstar V1 (Group Dollarbie)
  • Nails:  ZOZ – Celebration 2 Polish. gift at the Cosmopolitan 6th Anniversary Event
  • Dress:  Sweet Temptations – 4th July 2018; sized for Tonic, Belleza (Freya, Isis, Venus), eBody, Maitreya, & Slink (Hourglass, Physique) 
  • Lingerie: Lumae – Lacey Days (Omega applier)
  • Shoes: KC Couture – Amelia Wedges, 4th of July (Group Gift 2016)
  • Jewelry: Earthstones – Little Stars Anklet, Freedom NEW GROUP GIFT; Dressed By Lexi – Firecracker Earrings Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: Sassy Sweet Poses – American Flag Hold Pose & Prop (available with other flags too); Marketplace Only

Permission to board?

http://Permission to board?

For someone who’s rarely taken bikini photos, I seem to be doing a lot of them lately (and there’s more to come).  And for good reason: it’s bikini season, and SL designers are going all-out to outdo each other with great cuts and fabulous textures.  Just look at this suit! The bottom is about as teeny as they get, with a pure thong in the back and just enough coverage in front; the top is lo-cut but full enough to comfortably support full-sized breasts, and sports cut-outs at the bottom for that added note of sexiness (as if this suit needs it).  Two tiny bands over the hips with a patch of fabric, and skinny string ties for the top with an alpha bow… all these details make for an incredibly special bikini. Sized for Tonic, Belleza Freya/Isis, eBody Classic/Curvy, Eve, Maitreya, and Slink Orig/Hourglass, it’s available in a range of solids and patterns… I’m wearing the Neon Ribbon, but be sure to check out the solid Blue Caribe… it’s 50% off at the July Fitmesh Plaza & 50% Discount Event.

Rain rain go away

http://Rain rain go away

OK, logically I know we need the rain, and sometimes a rainy day can be incredibly enjoyable, but NOT when the weatherman predicts sunny skies. In my time, I’ve had a lot of extra cups of coffee waiting it out, but — and how’s this for a segue? — I rarely look as good as in this amazingly soft-looking, flowy, remarkably feminine jumpsuit. Yes, the cut of the top is great, the sheer fabric in the middle adds undeniable sex appeal, the color choices are wonderful (15 solids, plus the pattern I’m wearing in 5 colors) but it’s the way the bottoms have such natural-looking folds that really makes this jumpsuit special. Unfortunately, though, it can’t stop the rain…

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento)
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Eyes: AZ Design Eyes Store – Mandala Eyes, available in Mesh, Appliers (Omega, Catwa, Lelutka), & Classic
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Merci, worn in Almond, available at the June Designer Circle event
  • Hair: Argrace – SAE
  • Tattoo: Juna – Lule V2
  • Outfit: Cremosas Store – Jumpsuit (20-color HUD); sizes for Tonic, Slink Hourglass, Physique, Belleza Freya, Isis, and Maitreya
  • Shoes: Tonic – Grace Sandals (multi-color HUD)
  • Jewelry:  Grafittiwear – Sunstones Earrings & Necklace;Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Pose: FMS Poses – pose 491
  • Location: Mystic Timbers Photo

Soaking up the last rays of sun

http://Soaking up the last rays of sun

If you follow my blog (and I certainly hope you do), you’ve probably noticed that I’m suddenly taking a lot of pictures on the beach or in water lately, including several in bikinis. There are three reasons for this… first, because it’s bikini season in this part of the world, SL designers are all releasing incredible new designs and textures that are just too hard to resist. Second, photo contests are popping up all over the place, and one I’m participating in is at a beach community. And three (and frankly, this is probably the biggest reason), it’s just wishful thinking on my part since (A) the beach is a few hours and a whole hassle away in RL and (B) RL bikinis belong way back in my past. But that’s part of what Second Life is for, right? So I’ll just continue my bikini dreams, soaking up the last rays of the Cape Florida sun… and I don’t even have to think about sunscreen!

  • Body: Tonic – Curvy Beauty
  • Head: LAQ – Neve (Bento)
  • Eyebrows: DS’Elles – Eyebrow Series 8 for Omega
  • Skin:  7 Deadly S[k]ins – Java, worn in Maple
  • Nails: Encore – Shades of Green Nail Appliers
  • Hair: eXxEsS – Avela
  • Eyes: AZ Design Eyes Store – Mandala Eyes, available in Mesh, Appliers (Omega, Catwa, Lelutka), & Classic
  • Tattoo: Juna – Dala (Omega)
  • Bikini: Allure Couture – Siren with 6 color HUD, includes Heeled Sandals (not worn); in sizes for Tonic, Physique, Hourglass, TMP, Maitreya, Freya, Isis, Venus, & Classic avatars.
  • Shoes: ROC – Canvas Sneaker! Tiptoe (25 color HUD); in sizes for Slink, Belleza, Maitreya, & TMP
  • Jewelry:  Chop Zuey – Bel Aire Gold Women’s Wedding Band
  • Location: Cape Florida Lighthouse & Park