Sweet and bright

orange dress Riri Nini, who designs for h.m.a.e.m, is known for her eccentric couture. But she also does minimal, clean-lined items— like the new Gaia dress—which recall the mod 1960s. This short strapless dress combines two simple shapes and punctuates them with symmetrical portholes. Some of the dresses are tone-on-tone, as in the orange version pictured here, and in the black and grey variations. Adventurous customers can opt for a shocking combo of marine blue and acid green, while shy girls can choose a subtle pairing of dove grey and rose. One of my rules as a blogger is that I am not allowed to wear anything I haven’t blogged. I broke that rule for Gaia and pranced around in one version after another on the pretense that I need to do more road-testing. For you, dear reader, for you.

gaia by riri My second last-minute Hair Fair recommendation is Milana’s Mint, an array of improbable curls (with a couple of flexi bits that bounce and make me giggle). Be sure to blow this pic up to see the beautiful speckles on Eclectica’s octopus necklace and the Free Bird nails patterned after the top of a pristine pencil. In order to see the large version of a pic, one has to click on it and then scroll down and select the original size. This is a major drawback of the Bushwick theme imho.

Credits
h.m.a.e.m- Gaia dress orange S (NEW; ty Riri!)
(Milana) Mint – Light Blondes (at Hair Fair till the 27th)
-FAUN- Xi Gladiator Sandals -Salmon- needs Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) Flat
Eclectica, Octopus Neckpiece-Coral(f)
::C’est la vie !:: Teddy Lamb(ivory/flower)mesh (gacha at The Dreamers)
.Birdy. Imogen Skin ~Porcelaine~ Frost (Bare) (past gacha)
Essences – Moles (new!) tintable
:[P]:- Aerin Cuff-R Arm :// Rosegold (past gacha)
[ glow ] studio – I’ll Rock you ring(gold rose sha)
Free Bird, Slink nail applier pencil pattern (free)
pose by h.m.a.e.m not available

Farewell to the fair

medieval Hair Fair, which raises money for Wigs for Kids, is ending this Sunday, July 27th. Today I am sharing with you one of my favourite finds from Oblivion—the perfectly fashioned Middle-Age 021, which comes with a colour-change HUD for the hat. I am aware that not everyone in SL speaks English, so I rarely comment on odd names. This one, however, made me cringe. Medieval 021 would be perfect, Middle Ages 021 just as good. But middle age, which I am experiencing, refers not to a historical period but to that time in a person’s life when parts of the body suddenly sag or swell or emit mysterious pains. I used to be able to read in near darkness. Now I have readers. I actually caught myself taking them off and folding them in my lap when I turned to address a young whippersnapper who was pestering me for a charitable donation when all I wanted was to sit quietly on a Starbucks terrace, dipping stale madeleines into tea, and ruminating over bygone days. Before I go, I want to point out that Hedda’s frighteningly sexy gladiator boots are a new template, so do some shopping around before paying out big bucks. I got mine as part of a 100L promo deal from ALB (Analee Balut) on Marketplace. It includes the boots, which can be worn with or without the leg straps, a wonderfully slutty short black dress, a tattoo and some accessories.

Credits to creators
[ Oblivion ] Middle-Age 021 / Black Jet (NEW at Hair Fair)
ALB, LION gladiator heels XS which require Slink Female Feet High (NEW; please see above for details on purchasing)
.Birdy. Red skin ~Porcelaine~ (n/a)

Sweet sinner

cocori summer I made a trip to Asia and spent a few days in Tokyo. True it was the rainy season and thus not summery sunny, but my colourful clothes made me feel like a clown. Even the yukatas were pale hued. I quickly adjusted to wearing only grey and black by going to Muji, a store I know from my travels in Europe. There I bought tee-shirts to replace the clothing I had stunk up in hot humid China. (In this post Hedda wears LB yukatas from the semi-annual fair in Bakumatsu. Here she sports one of the Sleepy Cocori skins from  MUDSKIN’s Enfant line, which are available at The Dreamers event. You do not have to add your own oh-so-skinny eyebrows as I did here.)

manicured I still feel skeezey about going to a maid cafe. I believe that women should be able to manipulate their looks in order to make money. It’s the infantilization that bothers me. I mostly “ate” at Starbucks and other cafes because I am a chai freak and a carbs fan. Although I loved the Starbucks croque monsieur in Hong Kong, I did not like the Belgian waffle in Tokyo or the iced green-tea latte with red-bean topping on the Chinese mainland. A ginger stalk wrapped in pork, which one can’t find in Starbucks, was a culinary highlight. (The Gallery Gift Shop is celebrating it’s third anniversary with one of its signature easy-peasy hunts. Here you see one of the gift manicures from c.A. Don’t ask about the mochi. It’s an old exclusive from ohmai.)

uhoh Not knowing the languages meant not being able to ask for directions. I got irretrievably lost every day in Tokyo and was occasionally misled by bad maps and stupid Google while in Hong Kong. (Don’t wander down any dark alleyways if you don’t want to wake up with fangs. They’re tougher to eat with than chopsticks. MUDSKIN’s vampire skin gacha, with two versions of teeth and multiple eyebrow tats, is also up and waiting for you at Okinawa.)

Credits (ty TGGS creators! happy anniversary all)

Look sweet
[ MUDSKIN ]/Enfant—Sleepy Cocori4(no Eyebrow)_C2 [NEW; comes with normal eyebrow tats] UPDATE (at The Dreamers event; ty Sopha!)
Miasnow, WALKER Betty Skin’s EYEBROW
[UMEBOSH] Anniversary eye -Rose- (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
c.A., Weather nail polish for Slink hands and feet (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
little bones. Cosmic (NEW dollarbie fatpack, group only)
tomoto, candy 2014 yukata [not mesh] (NEW LB or 50L at Bakumatsu festival)
(Yummy) Garden Cocktail – Canary (old gacha)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
pose 1: Glitterati, Headshot
Ohmai, Mochi (not available)

Look sinister
[ MUDSKIN ]_Kiss of Vampire14(no Eyebrow)_teeth1_Dawn (gacha at Okinawa festival; ty Sopha!)
.la petite morte. cosmic eyes-borealis (at The Gallery Gift Shop) [LPM's hunt gift is a lovely skin]
c.A., Blood Type nail polish for Slink hands and feet (The Gallery Gift Shop hunt gift)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
*koyu* mesh yukata ~tsubaki~ (NEW LB at Bakumatsu festival))
little bones. Cosmic (NEW dollarbie fatpack, group only)
pose: PDA (oldie)

Satellite of love

ZibskaEuropa Hair Fair has to be the fashion year’s weirdest event. Until mesh bodies give us the option of multiplying av heads there’s just no way to wear a dozen new hairdos at once. One possible exception to this rule is the work of Zib Scaggs for Zibska. Ms. Scaggs’ hairdos are so avant-garde that they could be stacked to stunning effect. Here Portia opts only for Io, named liked all five new offerings for one of Saturn’s moons. Personally, I would avoid the annual coiffure craziness altogether if it weren’t for the opportunity to contribute to the Wigs for Kids charity. Zibska is the place to go if you want to donate in high style because each new ‘do is set for an impressive 50 per cent donation. Let the hair games begin.

Credits to creators
Zibska, Io (NEW for Hair Fair; ty Zib!)
Paperbag. Clear Vinyl Swim Suit (at The Big Show)
Lolas ::: Tango ::: Mesh Breasts
[KOOQLA] Nico skin – Moonwalker (lb) (group gift)
[KOOQLA] Ghost Fingers (needs Slink hands; group gift)
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual -
Clemmm – Ghost Eyes v.4
pose: oldie from PDA

Vivid

poppedAlana is a new party dress from Nevery Lorakeet for LpD. If a fabric this bold threatens to raise eyebrows at the next garden party, you can always buy Alana in white or pink floral versions. Please save the black version for a slow nighttime ride in the extra-long limousine of a powerful wo/man.
oakley I love the distinctive look of Glam Affair’s Oakley skin with its enhanced eyelid. There are a few more days to play this gacha at Summerfest.

Credits to creators
*LpD* – *Alana* Tunic Dress PoP (Mesh-XS/XXS) (ty Nevery!)
-Glam Affair – Oakley skin – Asia 07 D (gacha at Summerfest)
little bones. Barbarella V.2 (older group gift: go to the back of the store to what looks like a storage area and find this and other gifts on a shelf)
. Liquence . – Hairbase (Tintable)
mijn.botique / accessorises / golden hope armcuff / (not available)
Pure Poison, Gladia Sandal Gold with Slink, Female Feet (AvEnhance) XXS – Flat
Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
pose 2: Grafica, Scylla (ty Alyx!)